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Thursday, July 30, 2020

More than 50 years ago Nat King Cole sang about those 'lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer' and those adjectives pretty accurately capture life in 2020.  Lazy? Well, the events calendar remains pretty light. Hazy? We've reached 90 degrees 15 times in this sultry July already. Crazy? That sums up the political climate and also the state and national school situation. Scroll down for more and if you want to subscribe to OneManchester just click here.
School Year To Begin Sept. 8  
WHAT WE KNOW: The school year in town will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8. That news was in this letter, which Superintendent Matt Geary sent to the MPS community on Monday.
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW: A lot, because later on Monday Gov. Lamont indicated that individual districts have discretion about whether to offer a hybrid model (with students doing a combo of in-school and remote learning) after weeks of insisting it would be either/or. This story has more.
SO NOW WHAT? District officials are seeking clarity from the state and Geary will have another update for the MPS community in the next few days.

IN THE MEANTIME: The district submitted an 85-page plan to the state that breaks down what learning might look like in the fall. You can see it here.

The Dukes of Bourbon Street Dixieland Jazz Band will be at the Army & Navy Club Saturday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night, a Little league fundraiser.

Tonight at Center Memorial Park -- Yellow 9, a five-piece rock band.
  • Our OneMan Planner has more info including down-the-road events as well as links to lots of relevant calendars.
Manchester A to Z
On our summer to-do list: Brainstorming our upcoming (in January) intentionally idiosyncratic 'what makes Manchester Manchester?' list ... and we could use your help. Click here to see how.
  • We've reached the end of an uncomfortable July during what's been a pretty crappy year ... but there's good news: just five months left in 2020! 
  • As we look ahead, we're prepping our annual 'Manchester A to Z' list, which we will again publish in our first edition of 2021.
  • The entries from 2019 are in blue below (and the complete edition is here) while the entries from January 2020 are in red (with the full edition here).
  • To share your suggestion, please click here.

A -- Auriemma, Geno; Angry Egg
B -- Buckland Hills Mall; Better Manchester Magazine
C -- Case Mountain; Chuckles
D -- DeValve, Seth; Daffodils
E -- East Coast Greenway; Elks Club 
F -- Farr's Sporting Goods; Filomena’s on Main
G -- Garden Club; Garden (Spruce Street Community)
H -- Humans of Manchester; Highland Park Market
I -- Imagine Main Street; Ice Cream, Royal
J -- Journal Inquirer; JCPenney Warehouse
K -- Kechejian, Judy; Keropian, Michael
L -- Little Theater of Manchester; Lincoln Center
M -- Music Garden; MELC
N -- Nike Site; Northwest Park
O -- Oak Grove Nature Center; OneManchester
P -- Pitkin Glass; PJ Day
Q -- Queen, as in Dairy; Queenie Foundation
R -- Round Table Singers; Red Hawks
S -- Squire Village; Shady Glen
T -- Time Machine Hobby; Troubador-to-Door
U  -- Union Pond; Urban Lodge
V -- Vietnam Memorial Monument; Valedictorian Matt Barnwell (MHS '19)
W -- WORK_SPACE; Westown Pharmacy
X -- Xtra Mart; Xylophonist Grace Reid (MHS '22)
Y - Youth Service Bureau; Yoga, Moonlit
Z - Zipser Club; Zingler, Kevin 

A reminder: These people, places and things are not the 'most popular' or 'most obvious', but instead just peculiarly Manchester. And as in Scrabble,we especially need help with tough letters like Q, V and Z. Thoughts?
Around Town
The town has a new vehicle designed to improve civic engagement.
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage but monthly free-read limits -- although the Courant has removed the paywall from its main daily Coronavirus story. You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch. 
  • Manchester Matters: The Senior Center is being used as a community cooling center this week. Read more here.
  • Manchester Historical Society: The latest newsletter is right here.
  • Better Manchester: Click here for this online news and info source.
  • Manchester Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation: A recent update on summer programming.
The state has a rental assistance program for residents impacted by COVID-19 and the details are here.
  • The town website has a Coronavirus page that includes info in Spanish. It also has a data dashboard.
  • The Imagine Main Street event scheduled for Sept. 3 has been canceled.
  • There will be another Gentle Love Diaper Pantry drive on Saturday, August 15 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Summit Street Parking Lot at Manchester High School.
More School Stuff
Manchester Adult and Continuing Education is offering a STEAM camp that starts in August.
  • There are lots of academic resources on the district website so students can stay sharp.
  • Included is information about the state Summer Math Challenge. Here's an overview.
  • Students can earn as many as 14 books by performing various community service projects. Click here for more about this district-sponsored program.
  • Free meals (breakfast and lunch) for children 18 and under and can be picked up weekdays from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. at Bennet, MMA, Verplanck and Waddell
The Greatest Generation

The Manchester Historical Society World War II exhibit opens Saturday at 126 Cedar. You can visit between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This plaque is in the lobby of Bailey Auditorium at MHS.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017, is always free, and has not been hacked since Sept. 12, 2019, Want to subscribe? Just click here