Town of Manchester Matters: May 20, 2022

From: Town of Manchester
May 23, 2022

Dear American Towns,

Here's what's new in Manchester:

Employment Opportunities:
Current Town of Manchester job openings include: Assistant Budget Director, Environmental Health Inspector, Forestry Summer Help in Water & Sewer Division, Police Officer, Records Clerk I (Office of Town Clerk), Recycling & Community Service Coordinator, School Crossing Guard, Senior Account Associate and Social Worker (Human Services – Senior, Adult & Family Services Division). For details, visit:

A special Building Committee Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom to award the Buckley playground equipment. Contact is for any members of the public who would like to join. Email an hour prior to the meeting and provide your name and address requesting access to the meeting.
Agendas and Minutes are posted at

Manchester Board Of Education
Regular Meeting: May 23, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. – Virtual or in person option: Lincoln Center at 494 Main St.
Individuals who wish to speak at the meeting, must complete a Request to Speak form by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
Community members can submit questions prior to or during a Board of Education meeting by contacting Jim Farrell, the district’s communication director, by email (b11jfarr@mpspride) or Facebook message (via the district Facebook page).
Public access to view meeting live :
Live streaming on FaceBook : Link to MPS Pride FaceBook Page
On demand after the meeting:
Agendas are available online: Schools Task Force Meeting
A public meeting of the Repurposed Schools Task Force is scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 6:30pm and will be held in person at Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center, 110 Cedar Street, in the Culture Lab on the third floor. During this time, Meraj Consulting LLC will be introduced by the task force to discuss community engagement efforts. Please note that this meeting room location is accessible by stairs or elevator.

Spring Water Main Cleaning
To provide the Town of Manchester’s water customers with the best possible quality of water, we will be cleaning water mains from April 4, 2022 through July 1, 2022. The cleaning is done to remove sediment in the pipe that has accumulated. The following streets are scheduled to be flushed:
May 23 – May 27: Aaron Dr., Bella Vista La., Bobby La., Brendan Rd., Bruce Rd., Clover La., Cobb Hill Rd., Country Club Dr., Duncan Rd.,
Emily La., Faith Cir., Fern St., Garden Grove Rd., Gardner St., Gerald Dr., Glen Rd., Hampton Dr., Haystack Rd., Hercules Dr., Hillcrest Rd., Holyoke
Rd, Jacqueline Dr., Joyce La., Keeney St., Kingswood Dr., Lakewood Circle North, Lakewood Circle South, Lenti Dr., Lexi Dr., Line St., Lookout
Mountain Dr., Markwood La., Master’s Way, Phyllis Rd., Reed Dr., Shallowbrook La., South Main St., Spring St., Spring St. Ext., Steeplechase Dr., Sunrise Dr., Tam Rd., Timber Trail, Timrod Rd., Tonica Spring Trail, West Gerald Dr., all of Glastonbury.
Complete details & schedule can be found online:

Need Help Paying Water and Sewer Bills?
The CT Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) may be able to help!
If you get benefits from the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, SNAP, TFA, SSI, State Supplement, or Refugee Cash, then you likely meet income requirements. For more information or to apply, visit:

The James “Dutch” Fogarty Independence Day Celebration provides people of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to gather and celebrate our nation’s freedom and honor the men and women of our armed forces.  This year’s celebration will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 (rain date is Sunday, June 26, 2022) on the grounds of Manchester Community College at the Bicentennial Band Shell.  The day’s festivities will begin around 4:00PM and include a variety of food, organized activities for children and live music. Local sensation Whiskey Boulevard will begin their musical set at 5 pm and we are thrilled to have Savage Brothers headline this year’s music presentation beginning at 7:15 PM. The evening will conclude with a spectacular display of fireworks beginning at approximately 9:30PM.  We are also happy to announce the return of our famous “Chicken BBQ” Dinner this year. Tickets for the event will be on sale in June at Town Hall Customer Service.
We would like to invite you to become a sponsor of the 37th Annual James “Dutch” Fogarty Independence Day Celebration.  We are thrilled to be back once again for the annual celebration.  
We are committed to providing an accessible event that everyone can enjoy.  Any assistance you can give this year would be greatly appreciated.  With the increased cost of the bands, lighting and sound, fireworks and port-o-lets, the fireworks committee has been busy at work.  We were thrilled with the outpouring of generosity from the community, however this is not nearly enough to help cover our costs.  
Thank you for your consideration of this year’s request.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Erin O’Neil, at (860) 922-6805, Molly Devanney at (860) 338-1612 or Marty Shea at (860) 202-1773. 

Walking Book Club Thursday June 2nd, 2022
Our June selection is "The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett" by Annie Lyons.
Program starts promptly at 2PM in the Mary Cheney Library Lobby. Attendees will take a two mile walk to and from the library, making stops for discussion. We will walk rain or shine, but in extreme weather, please call the library at: 860-645-0821.
About the book, from It's never too late to start living; a moving and joyous novel about an elderly woman ready to embrace death and the little girl who reminds her what it means to live.

The Manchester Women's Club Town Wide Tag Sale will be held Saturday June 4, 2022 (raindate June 5).
Register here and set up at your home on the date of the sale. Cost to be included on the tag sale map is $20. The Manchester Women's Club will provide the marketing and the buyers - you keep the profits! To sign up visit or go to      
The map of tag sales will be posted June 3 and 4 at

Community Shred Event Sponsored by Mc Cabe & Associates
Saturday, May 21, 2022 10 am-1 pm (Rain Date is June 11th) at 935 Main Street - Watkins Centre Manchester CT.
Please limit 2 boxes per family. Boxes can’t be left at the event.  Beverages and pastries will be served.
This complimentary event is extended to our clients, their friends and families, and local residents. To help protect yourself from fraud and identity theft, you are welcome to bring in personal documents such as old bank statements, tax returns, receipts, credit card applications, and outdated medical records—to be safely shredded.

The Manchester Historical Society invites the public to its “Then & Now” exhibit at the History Center, 175 Pine Street. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 and Saturday 12:00 noon to 4:00. “Then & Now” showcases the history of Manchester from to pre-Colonial times to the present, in a gallery of images, artifacts, and descriptions -- illustrating Manchester’s contributions to the arts and industry, while telling the story of how people from around the globe and from diverse backgrounds came to call Manchester home. Free admission; donations welcome. More information:

Make A Powerful Impact! Blood donations are critically important this spring. Give by May 19 & get a $10 e-gift card + a chance to win a travel trailer camper, powered by Suburban Propane. Upcoming Manchester blood drives include:
May 27 from 11:00am -4:00pm at Buckland Hills Mall, 194 Buckland Hills Dr.
May 31 from 7:30am -1:00pm at Manchester Memorial Hospital, 71 Haynes Street.
June 2 from 1:30pm-6:30pm at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker Street.
June 10 from 11:00am -4:00pm at Buckland Hills Mall, 194 Buckland Hills Dr.
June 16 from 9:00am-6:30pm at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker Street.
For more info and to schedule your appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online to find drives in nearby towns:

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