Thursday, Nov. 2
(through Wednesday, Nov. 8)
The big story in town? Election Day is upon us. On Tuesday, voters will determine who will serve on the Board of Directors and Board of Education, and as Constables and Selectmen. There's also a $13 million capital projects question. You can see the ballot here and read below for more election information. We also have coverage of this afternoon's Homecoming Parade at Manchester High -- and remind you that the Homecoming football game is tomorrow (Friday) night at 6:30 against Simsbury.

Based on recent trends, about 8,500 of Manchester's more than 29,000 registered voters will cast ballots this year. (That's 29 percent, which was the turnout for the last two municipal elections.) A recap:

Manchester's recent voter turnout

2016 -- 83 percent (Trump wins presidency)
2015 -- 29 percent 
2014 -- 62 percent (Malloy II)
2013 -- 29 percent
2012 -- 80 percent (Obama II)
2011 -- 26 percent
2010 -- 57 percent (Malloy I)
2009 -- 31 percent
2008 -- 78 percent (Obama I)
POLLS ARE OPEN: From 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and here's the list of polling places.

REMEMBER: Due to construction, the Waddell polling place has been changed to the Manchester High School cafeteria (use the Brookfield Street entrance)

  • Boy Scout Troop 27 will be at MHS from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  on Election Day selling Munson’s candy bars.
  • And Manchester Cub Scout Pack 47 will hold a Trails End Popcorn Sale at the Keeney polling place
The Week Ahead
(Just a few highlights -- see links below for more)
Friday (through Nov. 19)  -- "The Addams Family" opens at Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall
Friday (6:30 p.m.) -- Manchester High Homecoming football game vs. Simsbury
Saturday (9-11 a.m.) -- Craft Fair at Concordia Lutheran
Saturday (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) -- Hi Ho Fair at South United Methodist Church
Saturday (1:30 p.m.) -- Micro-grids presentation at Manchester Police Station
Saturday (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) --  Special passport application day at Mary Cheney Library.
Saturday, 7 p.m. --  Pianist Margarita Nuller at St. Mary's Church
Tuesday (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.) -- Election Day (no school for students)
Tuesday (2:30 p.m.) -- Slime Shop at Whiton Library
(The town meeting calendar is here and the BoE calendar is here)
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The Week That Was
(Just a few highlights)
A freak storm that peaked Sunday night dropped trees and power lines -- and gave students a surprise day off. These photos were posted on the Manchester Crime and Safety Facebook page.
Hundreds of students marched -- and hundreds more, joined by parents staff and community members, watched -- as the high school held its annual Homecoming Parade on Thursday afternoon.
Downtown was crowded with costumed characters on Saturday as the town held its annual daytime trick-or-treat extravaganza. There are dozens more photos in this gallery (thanks to Christiane O'Brien).
Humans of Manchester
Please visit our gallery on either Facebook or Instagram and see how many people you recognize.
Want More?

From the GM:

General Manager Scott Shanley's monthly reports always have lots of interesting information and such is the case from the report released on Nov. 1 
ALSO: The school district also publishes weekly newsletters (click to see the latest) for:... And the Courant's 'Community' section has items of interest
Calendar Highlights
Down The Road
Tuesday, Nov. 7 -- Election Day (and here's the ballot)
Friday, Nov. 10 -- Veteran's Day observed
Friday, Nov. 10 -- Lutz Poetry Night
Saturday, Nov. 11 (10:30 a.m.) -- Veteran's Day Parade leaves from American Legion Drive 
Saturday, Nov. 11 -- Manchester Sports Hall of Fame dinner
Saturday, Nov. 18 - Little Manchester Road Race
Thursday, Nov. 23 -- Manchester Road Race/Thanksgiving
For details and many more listings, click here for school calendars and click here for town calendars.
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Picture This!
(We always leave you with a photograph!)
Every thought of raising chickens in your back yard? There will be a workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center that will cover it all -- breed varieties, coop construction, predators, feed and water and more. Bawk bawk bawk. Call 860-647-3084 for more info.
ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell, the school district's communications director, based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim's office is at the EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street and he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. To subscribe to this newsletter, just click here.