Thursday, March 8
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Facebook is far and away the most popular social media platform in the world, with more than 2 billion monthly users. Predictably, there are dozens of sites devoted to All Things Manchester and in our ongoing effort to connect various constituencies who care about the Silk City, we've listed below some of the many grass-roots sites that generate a lot of traffic. Like this newsletter? Click here to subscribe and here to see our archives.

Like It Or Not

We can't vouch for the content, but there's plenty of it.  Here are some of the many Facebook pages devoted to Manchester. You'll find that some are closed groups, meaning you need to request access:

Grew up in Manchester CT 
Manchester CT Crime and Safety Watch 
Manchester CT Message Board 
Manchester, Connecticut 
Manchester CT Life
Manchester, CT Classifieds
Manchester Living 
Everything Manchester, CT
Manchester CT News & Information
Manchester, Connecticut  Tag sale Group
Manchester, CT. Crime Watchers
Business Showcase
Tuesday's Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase, held at MHS, featured goods and services offered by local businesses and organizations and we have a gallery of photos on the district Facebook page.

The 2018 GMCC Community Achievement Award will be presented to Stephen Penny of Penny, Botticello & O’Brien at the Chamber's 117th annual meeting on April 26th. Click here for more.
The Week Ahead
Friday (6:30-8 p.m.) -- Hip Hop For Health Family Fun Night at Nathan Hale Recreation Center, 160 Spruce Street.
Saturday (9-noon) --  Early Childhood Fair at MHS
Saturday (9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) -- Courageous Nonviolence Leadership Workshop at St. Bridget.
Saturday (7 p.m.) --  Lions Gate Trio concert at Emanuel Lutheran Church.
Saturday night -- Family Friendly Magic Show featuring Jim Spinnato at Concordia Lutheran Church
Sunday (1-4 p.m.) -- Weaving and Fiber Arts Fun at the Cheney Homestead
Sunday (7 p.m.) -- Celtic Vespers at Mary's Episcopal Church
Tuesday (6-8 p.m.) -- Learnshop on 'Tag Sales 101' at Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center (rescheduled from 3-7)
Wednesday (7 p.m.) -- Public hearing on town 2018-19 budget at Lincoln Center

Don't forget!
Down The Road
Saturday, March 17 -- District-wide Science Fair at Illing Middle School
Wednesday, March 21 (6-8 p.m.) -- 'Raising Backyard Chickens' workshop at Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center
Friday, March 30 -- Good Friday
Saturday, March 31 (8:30-11 a.m) -- 'Stop the Bleed' mass casualty training at Cheney Hall
Mon-Thurs, April 9-12 -- Schools closed for spring vacation
Friday, April 13 -- Schools reopen (thanks to 3-8 snow cleanup day)
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
Friday, June 22 -- Last day of school for students
Bulletin Board
To see 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.
A Big Check (as in $5.6 Million)
Posted on the Manchester Community College Facebook Page: A check for $5.6 million was presented to the college this week from the estate of Raymond F. “Sonny” Damato, who died in 2014 "after a lifetime of dedication to the development of the town of Manchester." His total bequest was $7.6 million.
News About The News
The Journal Inquirer now has a 'metered paywall', meaning people can access as many as five articles a month for free. This is in effect until approximately mid-April on a trial basis. Click here for the JI's Manchester page. Manchester's other 'mainstream media' includes The Courant and Manchester Patch.
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All (Hands)

State Superior Court Judge Dave Sheridan visited Washington Elementary School last Friday, which was Read Across America Day. We have more photos here.
'Hey Tana'
(Tana Parseliti is manager of Downtown Manchester Special Services District) 
Question: I see crews working on installing decorative poles along Main St. and in the Downtown and in Parking lots. What are they for? 

Answer: A new unified Wayfinding sign system is starting to go up in the Downtown. Crews are currently prepping the locations for sign placement.  There will be vehicle direction signs, signs identifying our eight Downtown public parking lots and pedestrian signs that identify key downtown locations and provide the time it would take to walk to the various locations. The signs will have a bright, new design with parking lots identified by a specific color code. 

Have a question about goings on in Manchester? We'll do our best to get you the answer from the expert (like Tana, right) who knows best. Just ask by emailing your request to

of Manchester

Regina Gatmaitan, a fourth-grade teacher at Robertson Elementary, is the latest addition to our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.
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March Madness
Fans were pumped Tuesday as Logan Tomlinson (right) and MHS throttled Bloomfield in the first round of the state basketball tournament. We have more photos and info from the game 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.