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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Today is April 1st, usually a pretty giddy day when we patiently tolerate silly pranks because, hey, winter's over and Manchester's greenin' up and it's time to find your short-sleeved shirts and all that. This year April arrives ominously but there surely will be sunshine and happiness, just as there was yesterday during a special birthday celebration that you can read about below. We also have lots more news and our daily invite to subscribe by clicking here.
The Latest
The numbers keep climbing with officials saying 550-plus new confirmed cases of COVID-19 now have the state’s total over 3,100. Other developments:
  • More than 60 banks and credit unions are offering a three-month grace period on mortgage payments for people impacted by the pandemic.
  • A 250-bed temporary hospital is being built in the field house at SCSU. (Local connection -- Manchester Mayor Jay Moran is AD there.)
The Weather

Jaedin, a first-grader in Ms. Karlin's class at Keeney Elementary, has today's weather drawing and it fits the forecast nicely --  some sun (in the morning) and clouds later in the day.

Click here for Manchester's 10-day forecast and here for info on how to submit weather drawings. (We have lots of sunny days from wishful thinkers but could use more drawings of clouds and, hate to say it, rain.)
School Stuff
From left are Liam, Adreana and Gabriella (with dad). We have a dozens of photos of students learning from home on the district FB page and we'll add yours if you send them to
MHS junior Aislinn Gara Grady is writing for us each day and in today's installment she muses about what it will be like when this is behind us and we get to go back to school. You can read it here. Plus, if you have an essay you'd care to share we have info for you here.
District Resources and Info
  • The Superintendent's email to the MPS community that was sent yesterday is here.
  • We also have all the past emails from the superintendent (in English and in Spanish)
  • This resource hub has tips about Google Classroom, Chromebook troubleshooting info and more.
  • We have a team of people who are helping with tech-related concerns and issues and they can be reached at

Zoey is only a kindergartener (at Buckley) but she knows that even though COVID-19 is bad it's at least led to more family time.

Our writing contest rolls on and to get the details just click here.
Happy BDay

Stuck at home like everyone else, Patrick McCooe had a special birthday treat yesterday -- a celebratory parade of police cars and a greeting from Chief Darby.
To see more photos and read Patrick's story, click here.

Yesterday marked the end of the line for Officer Richard Boyle, who signed off after 23 years with the Manchester PD.
It's all covered on FB and you can see it here.
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
  • The  'Humans of Manchester' gallery can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Trinity Covenant Church has a special drive-thru Holy Week Experience starting Sunday and the details are here.
Meals For Students Now Include Supper

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals for students are available Monday through Friday with food brought to cars so drivers don't even have to get out. These photos were taken at Waddell at lunchtime yesterday.
You'll find the menu here. 
Note: Starting on Monday, Verplanck will begin distributing three meals each day using the same times as Bennet, MMA and Waddell. Meals will not be distributed at Squire starting on Monday.
OTHER FOOD AVAILABILITY: For info about the MAAC community kitchen, the Salvation Army and the Second Congregational Church food pantry, please click here.
Teacher's Pet

Danielle Brodeur, a kindergarten teacher at Waddell, has lots of pets including this three-year-old African Pygmy hedgehog named ...
Penelope? Sonic? or Fluff?
Click here to find out the hedgehog's name and click here to learn how to have your pet featured (and all teachers can submit pet pics -- both those employed by the district as well as parents/guardians helping their kids from home).
Center Springs Solitude
Whether walking amidst what will be 10,000 daffodils or casting lines into placid waters, the scene was serene at Center Springs Park yesterday.
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