Manchester Government Academy
MANCHESTER — The Town of Manchester is now accepting registration for the Manchester Government Academy Fall 2017 class. Government Academy will consist of a series of interactive sessions, Academy participants will get an inside look at the municipal operations covering everything from public safety to the public library.
The Academy will feature a lively blend of demonstrations, presentations, and tours, all conducted in a casual format at numerous sites throughout the town. The nine-week Manchester Government Academy class will begin on Thursday, Sept. 7, and will conclude with a graduation ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9.
The sessions are free and held mostly on Thursday evenings with a few exceptions; anyone living or working in Manchester are welcome to apply. While seating is limited, applications received first will be given preference. Anyone with questions may call Tricia M. Catania at 860-647-3102 or Lisa Fusco at 860-647-3092.
Detailed program brochures and registration information is available online at www.townofmanchester.org by clicking one of the links: Latest News, Press Releases, or Human Resources - Government 101.
Birthday Party Picnic
MANCHESTER — The Manchester High School Class of 1955 with host a birthday party picnic for its 62nd class reunion. All MHS grads are welcome to attend. The picnic will take place at Wickham Park on Aug. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. Call Gerry Greene at 860-645-0729 with any questions.
MANCHESTER — Beth Sholom B'nai Israel invites people to come and see its community, be a part of Jewish life in Manchester and meet the clergy. Religious School is tuition free for members; the school is open to all Jewish children. For more information, visit www.myshul.org or call 860-643-9563.
Cruisin' On Main
MANCHESTER — Cruisin' On Main Street will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. For more information, visit www.cruisinonmainstreet.org. The rain dates are Aug. 13 and Aug. 20.
New Show Car Cut-off Date: Cruisin' organizers have revised their show car cut-off date, expressing a preference for cars 1980 and prior. Cars 1987 and prior will still be welcomed.
New Extended Spectator Viewing Hours: Cruisin' 2017 will open for spectator viewing at 10 a.m., one hour earlier than in previous years and continue until 3 p.m. The earlier opening provides additional time in the cooler morning hours to view the show. Show car registration will open at 8 a.m.
New Car Club Partner: Cruisin' is pleased to welcome its new car club partner, The Gear Head Mafia.
New Event for Kids: A Hot Wheels Car Race Competition will be set up at the show by the Gear Head Mafia Car Club to allow kids to select and race a Hot Wheels car on a specially designed race track. Medals will be awarded to the winners in different age categories and every young competitors will be able to keep the Hot Wheels car provided to them.
New Shuttle to Tour Manchester History Center: Cruisin' is working with the Manchester Historical Society to run a free shuttle van between the car show and the Manchester History Center on Pine Street. By providing easy access between the car show and the History Center, attendees will be able to view Manchester's automotive history displayed along Main Street and displays of town history. The shuttle stop will be located on Forest Street next the Forest Street parking lot, and will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour and shuttle service are free.
New Opportunity to Donate to MACC: Stop & Shop is sponsoring a food drive to benefit MACC charities. Both show car drivers and spectators are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to the show. Collections points will be strategically placed for easy drop-off. Show car drivers can drop off their items at registration entry points. Spectators can find drop-off locations at the Cruisin' T-shirt booths.
New Celebrity to Greet Cruisin' Attendees: Miss Connecticut 2017, Eliza Lynne Kanner, will greet Cruisin' attendees at the Cruisin' Citgo booth from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MANCHESTER — Acrobat Li Liu will perform at the Whiton Branch Library, 100 North Main St., at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, and at the Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St., at 6:30 p.m.
Li Liu began her acrobatic training at age six and has performed all over the world. Call 860-645-0577 for more info.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Event
MANCHESTER — Adults are invited to participate in the astronomical event of the decade at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St.
Adults will learn about the science of eclipses and see a demonstration of the NSTA's safe viewing methods. Weather permitting, attendees will move to Center Memorial Park adjacent to the library to view the eclipse with specially provided viewing glasses.
The total phase of the solar eclipse is not viewable in the area, but will be observed as a partial solar eclipse. The provided safety glasses must be used for viewing and may be limited.
Call 860-645-0821 for more information.
The 39 Steps
MANCHESTER — Little Theatre of Manchester continues its 2017 season in August with the high-speed spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's classic spy movie, Patrick Barlow's "The 39 Steps." Directed by Shane William Kegler, this comedy runs from Friday, Aug. 11, to Sunday, Aug. 27.
The four-person cast includes Shawn Procuniar of New London as Richard Hannay, Christine Voytko of East Windsor as Pamela and others, Ed Bernstein of West Hartford as Clown 1 and Michael King of Manchester as Clown 2. The show is sponsored by the Manchester Chapter of UNICO.
The performances will take place on Fridays and Saturdays and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., on the following dates: Aug. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road.
Tickets are $19 to $25 and can be purchased by visiting www.littletheatreofmanchester.org or calling the Box Office at 860-647-9824.
Discounts are available for seniors and students. Manchester Community College students can receive a free general admission ticket with a valid student ID, and Greater Hartford Arts Council Let's GO Arts! members are eligible for 2-for-1 tickets.
Mark Twain Talk
MANCHESTER — Mark Twain And The American Presidents with presenters Jason Scappaticci and Mallory Howard will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at the Whiton Auditorium 100, North Main St.
Registration is not required for this free event. Call Reference and Adult Services at 860-645-0821 for more information.
Mental Illness Support Group
MANCHESTER — The National Alliance for Mental Illness support group will hold its regular meeting on the third Thursday of every month. The meeting will be held at the Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
This meeting is open to all families and friends of people with mental illness, and focuses on sharing experiences and information. All information is held confidential. For more information, contact Karen at 860-649-5659.
Letter: Addressing Joe Aresimowicz
To the Editor:
Dear Joe Aresimowicz, Lifelong Connecticut resident here. Since you're the Speaker of the House and the leader of the CT house Democrats, I was hoping you could explain a few things for me, ok? You might have heard by now that the state has a gigantic deficit this year, over $400 for every man, woman, and child in the state, and it's only getting worse. Now the main reason for that is that our legislators have been kicking the can down the road for years, pretending we were going to earn more interest than was ever rational, borrowing against the future, and ignoring the lavish benefits they kept heaping on our state workers. So Joe, we taxpayers are in a real mess. So tell me Joe, with all that going on, why did you lock Republican legislators out of the budget negotiations when they were elected to represent hundreds of thousands of us? After years of decline under what amounts to one-party rule, do you really believe your side has all the answers?
Now I have no problem with my neighbors who work for the state. But don't you think some of those benefits seem a little unreasonable? For example, running up overtime in the last three years of employment and even travel miles can be applied to jack up someone's pension -- for life! That's known as pension spiking. And don't forget the gold-plated medical benefits. We'll be paying for all that while many spend their golden years in a low-tax southern state. That's unsustainable. There must be some organization in CT charged with looking out for the interests of taxpayers that could correct those abuses and restructure our government so that the whole state succeeds.
Just a thought, maybe the state legislature? Remind me, who leads that again?
That brings me to my final question. I understand that the Democrats negotiated a package of "concessions" with the state employee unions.
Except that the really big concessions seem to be made by the taxpayers. For example, the contract says the state will not lay off anyone, anyone! until 2022. Another concession is that the state will guarantee gold-plated benefits for another decade, no matter who the governor is, no matter who the voters elect. And don't forget the guaranteed raises! Now I'm sure the state workers gave something up too, but given that 85-percent voted for the deal, it's pretty obvious who's really doing the conceding. Yesterday, the legislature held a vote to ratify that contract. Didn't even wait for the Office of Fiscal Analysis to determine what if anything the savings would really be. So Joe, how did that happen? It's almost as if the guy running the legislature is working for the public sector unions instead of the taxpayers. Oh wait, you do work for a union, don't you? So tell me Joe, when are you and the Connecticut Democrats going to start representing the rest of us?
Pete Bradley, Bolton
BOLTON — Lutz Museum presents Lots of Legs at the Bentley Memorial Library, 206 Bolton Center Road, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. The event features storytime about insects and the sharing of facts. Call or email to register at Bentley@biblio.org or 860-646-7349.
Manchester High Reunion
MANCHESTER — The Manchester High School class of 1967 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Villa Louisa in Bolton. For information about the reunion, contact Class Vice President Dave White at email@example.com. To purchase tickets at $60 per person, mail checks to: MHS Class of '67, P.O. Box 226, Coventry, CT (checks payable to MHS Class of '67) The Reunion Committee is still trying to reach classmates and asks that people share the reunion information.
BOLTON — Going Buggy For Books Storytime will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Bentley Memorial Library, 206 Bolton Center Road. The event will feature stories, crafts, games and treats. All are welcome to attend. Call 860-646-7349 or email Bentley@biblio.org to register.
Woodbridge Barn Restored
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Historical Society will conduct free open houses of the restored 18th-century barn and the grounds of its Woodbridge farmstead from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Sundays: Aug. 13, Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, and Nov. 12.
The farmstead is located in Manchester Green, 495 East Middle Turnpike, near its intersection with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, and individual donors.
Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, and along the street that runs between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historical Society is in the process of developing displays of farm tools and equipment. More information about local history at www.manchesterhistory.org
Mental Illness Alliance Meets
MANCHESTER — The National Alliance for Mental Illness support group meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The meeting is open to all families and friends of people with mental illness and focuses on sharing experiences and information. All the information is held confidential. For more information, contact Karen at 860-649-5659.
MANCHESTER — Market Nights are coming to Manchester. The Spruce Street Market will run from 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday evening, until Oct. 4 at 153 & 160 Spruce St.
Every market night will feature live music, open gallery hours, and the opportunity to support local farmers and artisans. Call the Office of Neighborhoods and Families at 860-647-3089 for more information.
Pet Food Drive
MANCHESTER — Bennet PTSA representatives are holding a pet food and supply drive to benefit Manchester residents through Manchester Animal Control. They are collecting crunchy and canned dog and cat food, used tennis balls and waste bags. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANCHESTER — Morning and evening yoga classes for people of all levels will take place at the Meetinghouse of Unitarian Universalist Society: East, 153 Vernon St. West. For more information, visit www.uuse.org or 860-646-5151.
Cost to attend is $40 per eight-week session or a $6 drop-in fee. Guests are asked to bring a yoga mat or large towel and wear loose clothing. First-time students are asked to arrive 10 minutes early.
St. James School Accepting Applications
MANCHESTER — St. James School in Manchester is currently accepting new student applications for its pre-K, elementary school and middle school 2017-18 school year.
St. James School accepts students of all religious faiths and from all towns in the surrounding area. Tuition assistance is available to qualifying families.
Poets And Writers
MANCHESTER — The Wit & Wisdom Poets and Writers Club in Manchester is looking for new and established poets and writers. Club meetings are held at the Arbors, 403 W. Center St., on the second Saturday of each month, between 1 and 3 p.m. For more information, contact Charles Gilbert at 860-647-7348 or email Debbie at email@example.com
MCC Library Goes Live
MANCHESTER — As part of the Integrated Library Project, the Raymond F. Damato Library at Manchester Community College has gone live with a comprehensive online search tool that will find and deliver materials stored not just at MCC but also at the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) libraries and the Hartford-based Connecticut State Library.
Any state resident of high school age or older with valid ID is welcome to register as a borrower at MCC's Library. To use the new search tool, visit www.manchestercc.edu/library and enter keywords.
Youth Mini Grant Program
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Youth Commission is requesting proposals for mini grants. Applications for the Manchester Youth Commission Mini Grant Program are available at townofmanchester.org. Contact Heather at 860-647-5215, or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Hoopla Digital Content Available
MANCHESTER — Manchester Public Library card holders can download the free Hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles. Once registered patrons can borrow up to 10 items each month and Hoopla digital's automatic return feature eliminates late fees. Hoopla allows multiple simultaneous downloads so there is no wait to borrow. Titles are available for instant streaming or temporary downloading. To learn more about this exciting new offering click on the "Online Databases" link at library.townofmanchester.org.
MS Support Group
MANCHESTER — The Manchester MS Support Group meets at the Presbyterian Church, 394 Lydall St., at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Contact Nancy at 860-742-5155 or Karen at 860-746-4247. Visit ctfightsMS.org or call 800-FIGHT MS.
Softball Umpires Sought
STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience is necessary. For more information or to join, contact Al at email@example.com or call/text 860-205-1688.
Operation Fuel Offering Energy Assistance
HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.
Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.
Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.
Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.
For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.