Thursday, March 1
(through Wednesday, March 7)
It's full speed ahead at Waddell. That huge window is on the South side of the media center and there's a cozy courtyard, too. As for the indoor slide? It hasn't
been installed yet. Town and school officials toured the building earlier this week and we have more pics on the district Facebook page. Like this newsletter? Click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead

Adeline Gray, who worked for Manchester’s Pioneer Parachute, will be the subject of a presentation given on Sunday at the Manchester Historical Society. Adeline (shown here with the legendary Bob Steele) was the first person to test-jump a parachute made from nylon rather than silk.
Friday (5:30 p.m.) -- 'Murder Mystery' fundraiser at MHS (includes raffle and benefits the class of 2019)
Saturday (10:30 a.m.) -- Dr. Seuss Magic Show at Mary Cheney Library
Sunday (1 p.m.) -- Manchester Historical Society presentation on parachutist Adeline Gray
Sunday -- Undie Sunday (sponsored by St. Mary's Episcopal Church and friends)
Tuesday (5-7 p.m.) -- Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 'Business Showcase'
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- BoD meeting
Wednesday (5:30-7:15 p.m.) -- Work_Space workshop on 'The Psychology of Stress'
Wednesday (6-8 p.m.) -- Learnshop on 'Tag Sales 101' at Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street
St. Mary's has teamed up with Concordia Lutheran Church and Emanuel Lutheran Church because 'dignity begins with the basics.' Read more here.
Down The Road
Saturday, March 10 (9-noon) --  Childhood Fair at MHS
Saturday, March 10 (9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) -- Courageous Nonviolence Leadership Workshop at St. Bridget.
Saturday, March 17 -- District-wide Science Fair at Illing Middle School
Friday, March 30 -- Good Friday
Saturday, March 31 (8:30-11 a.m) -- 'Stop the Bleed' mass casualty training at Cheney Hall
Mon-Fri April 9-13 -- Schools closed for spring vacation
Saturday, April 28 -- Rebuilding Together day
Thursday, May 3 -- Youth-themed 'Imagine Main Street'  (the first of five straight 'First Thursdays)
Saturday to Saturday, June 2-9 -- Pride in Manchester week
Monday, June 25 -- Last day of school (adjusted after school cancellations on 10-30, 1-4, 1-5, 1-17 and 2-7)
Other Opportunities
To see her other classes/clubs/stuff coming up, click here.
For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
and click here for town calendars and email to add an item.
'Ask Gary'
(Gary is Gary Anderson, Manchester's Director of Planning and Economic Development.)

Q: Any update on the empty spot on Spencer Street behind Pep Boys and Ocean State? I thought I heard WalMart was moving in to where KMart used to be but haven't seen any construction going on yet.

A: Walmart owns that property and had planned on building a SuperWalmart on the site.  As with a lot of “big box” companies these days, Walmart made a corporate decision not to build a number of stores they had previously planned on.  This was one of those stores.  Walmart is currently working to sell the property and the Town is in contact with the real estate broker.  We are hoping they are able to sell the land so that the site can be developed soon.
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Kids really look up to Pierre Brillant of the Youth Service Bureau. After all, he played in the NFL -- and he's also 6-foot-8. Read about the latest addition to our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.
Check 'Em Out
  • The latest Manchester Matters is here.
  • Scott Shanley's 'General Manager's Report' for March is here.
  • The latest 'MPS This Week' is here.
A Charter Oak Afternoon
The first day of the month was a busy one at Charter Oak Park, as kids of all ages were playing outside on Thursday. Friday looks like a different story, with the forecast calling for lots of rain and maybe even a little you-know-what.
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One More From Waddell
Brian Murphy (left) of the town building committee and Chris Pattacini, chairman of the BoE, were among those who toured Waddell on Monday. This is the view looking through the huge media center window. We've got more pics here.
ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell, the school district's communications director, 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.