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Published weekly since August 2017 and now daily during the Coronavirus school shutdown

Friday, April 3, 2020

As people pine for The Way Things Used To Be, remember when Friday meant you got to wears jeans to work, and someone always brought in donuts, and maybe you even got a paycheck? Ah, well. Friday will someday feel like Friday again and in the meantime you just have to keep the faith -- which reminds us (and as you'll read below), some dimensions of worshipping have also moved online. Btw, if you like this newsletter you can click here to subscribe
The Pandemic
The Big Picture
The numbers that are being used to quantify the impact of the Coronavirus remain depressing: Deaths statewide are over 110, total confirmed cases have surpassed 3,800 and the state budget office is saying the financial ramifications will be dire, with a possible shortfall of a $500 million this fiscal year and three times that next year.
Manchester High Grad Making A Difference
SCSU's Moore Field House has been converted into a temporary medical facility, and Rebecca McCray (MHS '83), the director of Ambulatory Services at Yale New Haven Hospital, was with Gov. Lamont overseeing things.
Blood Banks Low

Business was slow but steady at a Red Cross blood drive at United Methodist Church yesterday because of precautions related to social distancing.
The time slots are currently filled for UMC’s next drive (on April 16), but the American Cross Farmington Blood Donation Center holds drives somewhere in Greater Hartford every day. Click here to make an appointment.
Of note:
The Weather

Bowers' second-grader Nathalia drew heart-shaped raindrops and while we appreciate the positive spin we'd also prefer some clear skies and warmer weather. Alas, it looks like today will be a mostly wet one.

School Stuff
Superintendent Matt Geary's email to the MPS community yesterday is here.
Here's how much work students are expected to be doing at home.
Yesterday was the 13th annual World Autism Awareness Day and despite not being with students lots of MPS staff members dressed for the occasion.
  • For mom Michele, keeping life on track with three children learning at home has been a challenge.
  • Daughter Aislinn is concerned about people who have nowhere to go but aren't safe at home.
To read their essays please click here. If you have an essay you'd care to share we have info for you here.

Buckley first-grader Josie Steffenson is being featured on the state Invention Convention Facebook page as the competition continues online. The full list of finalists is here.
  • We 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
No matter what your grade, you can participate; for details just click here.
Around And About

Of Manchester

As pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church, the Reverend Douglas D. Barclay and his congregants have had to do what worshippers all over have had to do -- find different ways to come together as a community.
'Humans of Manchester' can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
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 household hazardous waste collection scheduled for Saturday has been canceled and weekend the collection in May is tentative at this time. For questions, please contact the Sanitation Department: 860-647-3200, or

The Manchester Road Race Committee yesterday announced that 12 charities and non-profit organizations will share a total of $68,139 from the proceeds of last November’s race. The top three beneficiaries:
  • $20,000 -- Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • $10,000 -- Manchester Police Activities League
  • $10,000 --  Manchester Area Conference of Churches
Honk 10 Times!

Amir Waterman, a fourth-grader at Bowers, turned 10 yesterday and close family and friends drove in circles and honked their horns in the empty Cinemark parking.

HELPING OUT: Sandra Barrera, a nurse at the Community Child Guidance Clinic, is busy making masks for healthcare workers.
Free Meals For Students

After today, Squire goes offline (meal-wise) but Verplanck will be a distribution site.
The menu is here as well as more information.
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

These eight-month-old kittens are "inseparable brothers," says their owner, who has three children at home (one from college and two from MPS).

Guess the kittens' names:
  • A) Bravo and Charlie
  • B) Calvin and Hobbs
  • C) Phineas and Ferb
Click here to find out their names, their owner and more and click here to learn how to have your pet featured.
The Bottom Line
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