Thursday, February 21
Published weekly since August 2017
Presidential Range
Last Monday's holiday got us thinking, and it turns out that more than half of past U.S. presidents happen to share last names with street in town.  As for the future? Well, the 2020 slate is starting to take shape, and we know of only one likely candidate (so far) who also has this peculiar Manchester connection. Scroll down for more and if you like this newsletter you can subscribe by clicking here.
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  • Our country has had 45 presidents -- but Grover Cleveland was both 22 and 24, and 10 others shared last names (Adams, Bush, Harrison, Johnson and Roosevelt) -- so there have been 39 different last names and 21 of them also happen to be street names in Manchester.
  • Of all the major declared and rumored 2020 presidential candidates, only one has a last name that happens to be a Manchester street. And, no, it isn't Sanders, Weld, Klobuchar, Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Biden or Hickenlooper.
  • So who is it? What viable 2020 presidential candidate happens to have the last name of a street in Manchester? Scroll down (a little further) to find out.
The Week Ahead

Friday (6:15-7:30 p.m.) -- Open Mic Karaoke Night!  at Bennet Leisure Center
Friday (7 p.m.) -- Manchester in the Movies at the History Center, 175 Pine Street
Saturday (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) -- Early Childhood Fair at Manchester High School Cafeteria
Saturday (2 p.m.) -- Cheney Cinema Saturday at Mary Cheney Library
Saturday (2 p.m.) -- Pop-up Craft at Mary Cheney Library
Sunday (2 p.m.) -- Manchester’s Mermaid with Dr. Marcy MacDonald at Army/Navy Club
Saturday (5:30-11 p.m.) -- Stupid Cupid Steampunk Ball 4 at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road 
Saturday (6 p.m.) -- 36th Annual Manchester St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Dinner Dance at the Elks Club
Monday (7 p.m.) -- BoE regular meeting at Lincoln Center
Thursday, Feb. 28 (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Policy and Pints at Labyrinth Brewing Company

Next Weekend:

Friday, March 1 (5:30-8:30 p.m.) -- Annual Murder Mystery Dinner fundraiser for MHS Class of 2020 at MHS
Friday, March 1 (6 p.m.) -- UNICO Honors Volunteer of the Year: Bill O’Neill at Olive Garden
Saturday, March 2 (10:30 a.m.) -- Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Family Program at Mary Cheney Library
Saturday, March 2 (noon-2 p.m.) -- Old Manchester Museum open house, 126 Cedar Street. 

Further down the road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed in our 'OneMan Central' log. (You can also check out MPS Central, which lists future school/district stuff.)

Thursday-Saturday, March 21-23 (7 p.m.) -- The Wizard of Oz at Bailey Auditorium/MHS
Tuesday, March 26 (7 p.m.) -- United States Army Jazz Ambassadors in Concert at at MHS
Saturday, March 30 -- 8th Annual District Invention Convention and Science Fair at Manchester High School
Mon-Fri, April 15-19 -- No school (spring vacation)
Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- Rebuilding Together Manchester
Thursday, June 13 (4:30-6:30 p.m.) -- 4th Annual Community Block Party & Cultural Festival at the School Street Courtyard, 1151 Main St.
Friday, June 14 -- Last day of school. (This was pushed back after a Feb. 12 snow day). See more here

For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
and click here for town calendars and email to add an item.
  • The town has scheduled a public presentation for the East Side neighborhood on Monday, March 4 about the proposed re-use for Nathan Hale by Odyssey charter school. Click for English and Spanish fliers.
  • Learn English -- free classes for Manchester residents begin March 18 and you can learn more here.
  • Free tax preparation is available for families and individuals meeting certain income guidelines. Check out the fliers in English and Spanish.
  • The 'Uniting for a Safe Inclusive Community' First Friday Film Series continues March 1 with "Race - The Power of an Illusion: The House We Live In."
  • Click here to see latest blood drive information and updates.
Humans of Manchester
He once weighed about 450 pounds, but after the death of his dad (inset at right), Mike Harrington vowed to get healthy, and he has. Read his remarkable story by visiting our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.
School Scenes
Illing teacher Ashley Okwuazi (third from left) and students are part of a larger group discussing district equity issues. At right, a math fluency flash mob activity at Bowers.
More school stuff:
The Manchester Community College Hall of Fame and Donor Appreciation Brunch was held last Sunday at Manchester Country Club and you can click here to see who's who in this photo.
In The News
The Road To 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
There are dozens of people who have either declared their intention, or formed an exploratory committee, or been heavily rumored -- and of the best known, the only connection we could make, sign-wise, was with Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Did we miss someone? Let us know at
ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell and Paul Ofria of the school district's communications office based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim, the district's communications director, can be reached at or 860-268-6377 and he keeps a log of mistakes he makes in district-produced newsletters that you will find here.