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Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Central High School boosters ready to paint the town green

September 08. 2017 8:12PM
Manchester Central parent Dave Flurey tags a driveway with the Central logo at a home on Whitford Street in Manchester on Friday. For $25 he will come to your house and leave a logo on your driveway. Proceeds benefit the school's booster clubs and athletics. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

You're not just “C”-ing things. The Manchester High School Central Booster Club is inviting students and school supporters to “Paint Your Pride” by having a 3-foot-by-3-foot white box with a green “C” stenciled at the end of their driveways.

Any Central team or club at the school that sells a $25 “C” will get $15 for its group, while sending $10 to the booster club. Dave and Nicole Flurey — parents of two Central students — said they got the idea from a similar fundraiser at Goffstown High School.

“We thought it was something easy to do to benefit the teams and booster club,” said Dave Flurey, who made the stencil and does all the painting himself. The paint can be removed with a pressure washer or left to fade over time.

Flurey was busy Friday fulfilling three “C” orders, including one at the home of Maureen and Norm Hamel, who have three children at Central.

“I just think it’s a good community builder,” said Maureen Hamel. “Just like the ‘C’ sticker on the back of my car window.”

The police having just launched the city-wide graffiti crackdown GRIT (Graffiti Removal Intel Tips), I had to ask what Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard thought about all the spray painting. He assured me that these “C’s” don’t count as graffiti because they are done on private property with the homeowner’s permission.

“I think it’s awesome,” he said of the program.

I do too. As a Central graduate, I love seeing the “C’s” popping up around my neighborhood, and I would love to see some “M’s” and “W’s” in the mix too. It’s a smart program that could be adopted by Memorial and West to raise money while showing the world how proud we are of Manchester high schools.

If you would like a “C” to appear at the end of your driveway, email dflurey84@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number. Be sure to write “Central Pride” in the subject line. Orders will be taken through the end of September.

Welcoming week

A series of events called Welcoming Manchester is being held this month to bring together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents, and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

A Welcoming Week kickoff party will be held Monday, Sept. 18, at Jupiter Hall, a new event space at 89 Hanover St.

The evening will include food, music, art, cultural performances and speakers. Doors open at 5 p.m. for this free event, and the program will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

An event called Immigration and Entrepreneurship, hosted by The World Affairs Council on Tuesday, Sept. 19, will feature author Elmira Bayrasli. She will speak about the themes in her book “From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places.”

This free event will be held at UNH Manchester. Register by calling 603-314-7970.

You can “Ask a Muslim Anything” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, as Exeter resident Robert Azzi hosts a discussion at Jupiter Hall and welcomes any questions on Islam, being Muslim, and issues related to terrorism and the geopolitics of the Middle East.

Azzi, an Arab American, is a photojournalist, columnist and public speaker who has lived in Beirut, Cairo, Athens, Jeddah and New York.

Six professional and amateur storytellers will perform first-person stories on themes of resettlement, immigration, and cultural integration in Suitcase Stories to be held at The Palace Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets, which range from $19 to $125, are available at www.palacetheatre.org.

All funds support International Institute of New England’s services, including refugee resettlement, English language education, workforce training, citizenship services, and more.

Do you have an interesting item for The Scene? Email Katie at scene@unionleader.com.

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