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The city of Manchester is asking residents to cut back on water use due to a lack of rain, NBC Connecticut reports . The city's said in a letter Friday that reservoirs have dropped to 80 percent of their capacity, and residents are asked to take shorter showers, turn off water while washing hands, shaving and brushing teeth, and to water lawns sparingly.
South Windsor police arrested a Manchester man for allegedly being involved in an altercation with a woman that had a protective order against him and for failing to stop when an officer tried to pull him over for a motor vehicle violation. Markin Jones, 20, of 102 Westerly Terrace in Manchester, was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of criminal violation of a protective order, disobeying an officer's signal, operating a motor vehicle under suspension, failure to display registration plate and second-degree breach of peace.
Now that the embankment carrying the Cheney Rail Trail has been cut open, the link between the Broad Street redevelopment area and Center Springs Park is finally clear. Town leaders disagree, however, on how to complete that connection - with or without an archway bridge that would continue the rail trail and provide a structured gateway to the park.
An early morning fire at an apartment complex in Manchester has displaced dozens and resulted in one death, NBC Connecticut reports . The fire broke out at 54 Chesnut Street early Thursday morning around 12:30 a.m., damaging multiple units at the Centennial Apartment complex.
She graduated as the class valedictorian at South Portland High School in 1929. After high school, she attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she majored in mathematics and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
A body has been discovered in a charred apartment that burned overnight, but it has not been formally identified, said fire officials, family and a friend of the man who lived there. Chris Harker, who lives next to Thomas LaFontaine, said nothing seemed amiss when he last talked to his missing neighbor and friend at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday when LaFontaine was leaving his job as a mover for the day.
Residents are asked to save water by taking shorter showers, running washing machines and dishwashers only with full loads, shutting off water while washing, shaving or brushing teeth, and minimizing lawn and garden watering. A lack of precipitation prompted the alert, but "hopefully, cooler weather, historically lower outdoor water use and normal will be enough to reverse this trend," a news release said.
Roy Roberts, the new head varsity football coach and freshman assistant principal at Manchester High School, is ready to make an impact on and off the field. Roberts, 36, is originally from Long Island but has lived in Manchester since he graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2002.
Musicians are now free to perform for money on Main Street after town officials did some research and found there are no restrictions or ordinances against the practice. Steve Gates, a member of the town's board of directors and the Imagine Main Street group, said he wanted to find out what might be keeping some his First Thursday volunteer musicians from collecting money while they perform.
A three-week enforcement blitz designed to stop people from texting while driving kicked off Wednesday in dozens of towns across the state.
When Michele Colletti became program director at Manchester Community College 's MCC On Main five months ago, she wanted to develop new programming that would appeal to a variety of people.
Autumn Struk, the association's vice president, is the leader of Project Playground, and said her goal is to make some sort of improvement to the playground before the start of the 2015 school year.
The mayor and the Democratic Town Chairman exchanged terse and sometimes testy emails over a proposal to change the way the town adopts its budget, according to copies of the messages sent to The Courant Wednesday.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 04:58 pm
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