February,  2016 

Your copy of the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association 'News & Views' has arrived!   You will find that you can easily go to any subject in the table of contents by just clicking on it or just browse through the articles as you wish. Please have a look. 


Next Meeting 02/01/2016

The next meeting is Monday February 1st, 6:15 P.M. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue.

From The Chair
A beautiful statue is mounted at the fork of Asylum and Farmington Avenues in Hartford. It was designed and sculpted by Frances Laughlin Wadsworth in 1952. 

HouseFrom the House
It is that time of year for Hartford parents to begin the process of thinking about which school they would like their son or daughter to attend for the coming school year. 


AHThenAsylum Hill Then and Now
Asylum Hill Congregational Church
Most often in this column we show the great changes that have occurred in the neighborhood, but in this photo you can see how little has changed in the basic structure of this beautiful old brownstone church build 150 years ago. Granted it didn't yet have the steeple and clock, and the fence was wood not wrought iron, and Asylum Ave. was yet to be paved, but still anyone living then would easily recognize the church today. And
given the work that was done both on the brownstone and the slate roof in the recent past, it should live long into the future.



Committee Briefs
Issues And Goals For 2016
AHNA wants to hear from you. We are reaching out to see what our stakeholders are thinking about for 2016. Click on the link below to send an email or call (860) 944-6614; give us up to three goals and up to three issues and your contact info so we can follow up with you.


Exploring Asylum Hill:
Capitol View Deli
While the Capitol View Deli has been a fixture in Asylum Hill for 20 years, like much of the neighborhood, it has gone through some changes. Originally, Capitol View was a "mom & pop" business with all three of Donna's children having done their "Life internships" there over the years.


After more than a year of intense meetings and thoughtful discussion, Hartford finally has an all-new zoning code. It replaces the 50+ year old use based code that has been amended so many times it became an impediment to both development and enforcement.





Rising Star Breakfast With Mayor Bronin

On the morning of the 12th of January, less than two weeks after being sworn into office, Mayor Luke Bronin spoke to a full house at Infinity Music Hall on Front St.

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Karen New Year Celebration

Despite the stormy morning skies of Saturday, January 16th, more than 300 guests attended the Karen New Year celebration held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph's former school auditorium at 140 Farmington Ave. 




Snap Up!

Get more fruits and vegetableswhen you use your Connect Card at Bravo Supermarket (Albany Ave)  or C-Town Supermarket (Wethersfield Ave)!




Hartbeat Ensemble: 'Meet Us Where We Are'

Following up on a very successful production of "Jimmy & Lorraine" and "West End: Hartford " in 2014, Hartbeat is focusing on Asylum Hill this time. As you may know, Hartbeat is dedicated to creating stage plays based on first hand research with the intention of fostering social change through theatrical art.






HPL ArtWalk - 'Expressions in Sound & Motion'
From January 22nd to March 4th, more than 60 photographs by Asylum Hill resident Maurice Robertson will be on display at the Hartford Public Library's 3rd floor ARTWALK exhibition space.


Rock Your Future 2016

A free workforce development event on Saturday, February 20th for youth ages
14-19 who live in Hartford or attend school in Hartford.



Hartford News AHNA Supplement

As part of our communications efforts we publish our newsletter 'AHNA News and Views' as a supplement in the Hartford News monthly.  To cover the printing costs we need to secure ads generating $500.00 dollars each month.  This provides us with four pages with color.  If you, an organization you work for or belong to would like to help support this effort please see the order form below.  Please contact the editor at communications@asylumhill.org  if you know of anyone or business you think we might reach out to for support.  Thank you.


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Events Calendar


Please click on the following link to go to our online Events Calendar.

BriefsCommittee Briefs
Friends of Sigourney Square Park will meet next in April

Quality of Life Committee;
Car breaks are down due to 3 separate arrests and HPD is conducting car break operations on the overnight shift where there are the highest numbers of occurrences.
The "do not enter" signs at South Marshall and Case St have been replaced with brand new signs.
Numerous quality of life arrest have been made at 10 Marshall Street as well as panhandling arrests at the Farmington Avenue corridor.
"Apple Picking" (theft of iPhones by thieves on bicycles) is up several have been recovered by police due to Find My Phone app which is highly recommended.
Hartford has a new replacement for See Click Fix called Public Stuff and they recommend all concerned citizens download the free app.

Communications Committee;
Discussed and chose articles and columns for the current issue of News & Views
The committee discussed status of advertisements for News & Views in Hartford News.
AHNA Communications and Library Interactions; discussed how the committee and the Library could work together to improve awareness and coverage of activities. Will be working with Assistant Children's Librarian on a calendar of events and potential column of feedback from the kids involved in library programs.

Website; discussed status and updates to site.

  Welcoming Committee;
      H ad not met as of press deadline. Their 1/28 agenda includes the following:
Temporary space for the Multicultural Center at Mark Twain branch - opening event, weekly schedule, volunteer coverage, activities etc.
Where are We Going in 2016- planning for the upcoming year

From The Editor
If you have any comments, suggestions or submissions please contact me via email at communications@asylumhill.org 
Paul O'Mara Communications Committee Chair
Contact Us
Send emails directly to AHNA at  info@asyluhill.org

To visit our website click on the following link.   AHNA Website

To visit our Facebook page go to 'Asylum Hill Living' group page.