I am a lifelong resident of Manchester and a Facility Director with the Department of Leisure, Families, and Recreation. I graduated Manchester High School in 2017 and I’m currently an undergraduate student majoring in International Studies at Boston College. I am an editor for The Gavel, a progressive student publication, and a co-director for FACES, the anti-racism student organization at Boston College.
Fun Fact #1: I studied abroad in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra was the most beautiful place I’d ever been.
Fun Fact #2: I can speak Spanish and one day want to be fluent.
Pride Month is officially here and communities across the country are coming together to celebrate and recognize the resilience of LGBTQIA+ individuals historically and to this day. Pride Month takes place in June to honor the Stonewall Uprising of June 1969 in New York, NY.
As of April, around 40% of Connecticut’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, with a total of 2.5 million doses administered. This impressive number marks a hopeful turning point and many are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this unprecedented past year. Surviving such a difficult year and reaching this point is cause for all of us to reflect on just how far we’ve come.
On Saturday, April 24, volunteers, subcontractors, community partners, and neighbors will partner with Rebuilding Together Manchester to clean up yards, organize outdoor materials, and paint decks of local home sites.
This upcoming summer, the Manchester Country Club in collaboration with the Town of Manchester’s Department of Leisure, Family, and Recreation will be offering a new opportunity for local parents or guardians and their children to learn golf while relationship-building and establishing a life-long activity they can share together.
Warmer weather is on the horizon and with it comes the opportunity to get outside and take advantage of the fresh air. This past year during the pandemic in particular, people have been heading to the outdoors as a safe way to exercise and participate in fun activities with others.
The Town’s most recent mural installation at Mahoney Center pays homage to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a large scale, multi-color portrait of the historic leader of the civil rights movement. Since the mural’s completion on MLK Jr. Day this past January, there has been a great outpouring of public support for the art piece and a call for additional art murals in town.
The recently painted ‘Birthing a Legacy’ Mural at Manchester’s Mahoney Center has been catching the attention of people across the state. On this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, news stations flocked to see the beautiful, complete mural after a weekend of hard work and late nights by artist Ben Keller.
As a part of the Town’s collaboration with consulting company BerryDunn in the development of the new Parks & Facilities Master Plan, a survey was recently administered to Manchester residents by the ETC Institute.