Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Published weekly since August 2017
We begin the new newsletter year with a special edition -- an A-to-Z glossary of what makes Manchester special, or at least what makes Manchester Manchester. 
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The Week Ahead
Today (6-8 p.m.) -- WORK_SPACE 'pop-up gallery' open house
Friday (8-9:30 a.m.) -- Manchester state legislators constituent access in the Manchester Room of Manchester Town Hall
Friday (6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) -- FriSciNi: Make it Snow! at Bennet Leisure Center
Friday (6:45 p.m.) -- East Catholic at Manchester High boys basketball
Saturday (2 p.m.) -- Cheney Cinema Saturday at Whiton Library
Saturday (2-4 p.m.) -- Make Your Own Snow Globe at Mary Cheney Library
Saturday (6 p.m.) -- Coffeehouse Open Mic at  Unitarian Universalist Society: East
Sunday (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Train Show at Army & Navy Club
Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Woman's Club Meeting at Manchester High School
Tuesday (7 p.m.) --  Board of Directors, Special Meeting at Town Hall
Wednesday (6 p.m.) -- Board of Education Budget Workshop at MHS
Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) -- Town Wide Block Watch meeting at the Senior Center
Thursday, Jan. 10 (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.) -- Imagine Main Street, Main Street, Manchester
Thursday, Jan. 10 (6:30 p.m.) -- Healthy Eating Program at Whiton Branch Library
Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.
Next Weekend:

Friday, Jan. 11  -- Broadcast Bingo
fundraiser at the Elks
Saturday, Jan. 12 (11:30 a.m.- 2p.m.) -- KofC free throw contest, St. James School gym
Saturday, Jan. 12 (1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.) -- Silk City Chorus - two shows at Manchester High School
Saturday, Jan. 12 (5:30 p.m). -- Beef Stew Dinner at Second Congregational Church
Sunday, Jan 13 (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) -- Cheney Homestead Open House
Further down the road

Tuesday, Jan. 15 (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Annual MLK ceremony at Manchester High School
Friday, Feb. 1 - 17 -- Little Theatre of Manchester presents The Game's Afoot
Saturday, March 30 -- 8th Annual District Invention Convention and Science Fair at Manchester High School
Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- Rebuilding Together Manchester
Thursday, June 13, 2019 -- Last day of classes for MPS students
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The ABCs of the 06040*

A -- Auriemma, Geno: Bonus points for staying in town even after he became famous (and wealthy) for his success at UConn.
B -- Buckland Hills Mall: The day after Christmas notwithstanding, the ‘shoppes’ are a great draw (and grand list boost).
C -- Case Mountain: There’s no prettier sight in all of Connecticut than water cascading through the five barrel dam.
D -- DeValve, Seth: He’s Cleveland’s now, but football stud Seth will always belong to Manchester.

E -- East Coast Greenway: The country’s longest biking and walking route covers 3,000 miles, connecting 450 cities and towns -- including ours.
F -- Farr's Sporting Goods -- Camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, skating ... you need it, they've got it.
G -- Garden Club: More than 160 green thumbs (that’s 80 people) design, plant and maintain five town gardens, and do so much more.

I -- Imagine Main Street: Downtown is hopping during IM events, as our historic heritage intersects with a new and creative arts culture. Btw, there’s a special Imagine Inside Market on Feb. 2 at WORK_SPACE.
J -- Journal Inquirer: “The JI tells it like it is,” boasts this regional newspaper that calls Manchester home. “Somebody has to.”
K -- Kechejian, Judy: Judy, who presumably grew up in Manchester, last week became the 10,000th member of the extremely popular GUIM Facebook group.
L -- Little Theater of Manchester: From Cheney Hall, itself a National Historic Landmark building, LTM presents high-quality productions with ‘The Game’s Afoot’ next up, in just four weeks.
N -- Nike Site: Now used by the Rec Department and Connecticut Concert Ballet et al, the Nike Site was once among about 260 bases nationwide prepped for Cold War anti-aircraft action.
O  -- Oak Grove Nature Center: This 52-acre preserve is operated by the town and the Lutz Children’s Museum, which uses the on-site building for educational programs.
Q -- Queen, as in Dairy: Yeah, it’s known as DQ  but we needed a Q and so chose this Hartford Road mainstay where blizzards are welcome (in the summer anyway).
R -- Round Table Singers: What, you expected the Road Race? This MHS-based group has been around a long time, too, having performed (since 1938) throughout North America, winning countless awards.
S -- Squire Village: Built in 1972 and one of the state’s biggest rent-subsidized apartment complexes, it had a $24 million face lift recently that included construction of a top-notch community center.
T -- Time Machine Hobby: Taking up two floors of a historic Hilliard Street factory building, it’s where “hobbies and imagination meet” -- and where trains run from 1-4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month.
U  -- Union Pond: Ringed by, among other things Northwest Park (with its ball fields and butterfly garden) and the new Jay Howroyd Fitness Trail, the pond is popular with anglers, kayakers and more.
V -- Vietnam Memorial Monument: Opposite Mary Cheney Library, it lists the names of 14 Manchester men and adds those poignant words from the poet Archibald MacLeish: “We were young. We have died. Remember us.”
W -- WORK_SPACE: Town-owned and billed as “a launching pad and home base for a variety of start-ups, consultants, artists, non-profits, and entrepreneurs,” it's a premier collaborative co-working community.
Y - Youth Service Bureau: The YSB provides a variety of no-cost programs and services that provide opportunities for personal growth, family bonding and more.
Z - Zipser Club: Like the BA Club and Washington Social Club and other sanctuaries of that ilk, Zipser is a community within our community.
*Fun facts: According to, Manchester has four zip codes, with 06040 serving 35,000 people and 06042 serving 23,000. The others are 06041 ('unique' for JC Penney Co.) and 06043 (a PO box zip code).
In The News
The Journal Inquirer, Hartford CourantManchester Patch and newcomer The Manchester Scoop all have regular town news coverage. (FYI: The JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits.) Here are some recent highlights:
Where Have You Seen That Sign?
In case you were wondering, the Zipser Club is at 35 Brainard Place -- just a block behind the Salvation Army on Main Street.
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 can be reached at or 860-268-6377. To subscribe to this newsletter, just click here.