March,  2019 

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 03/04/2019

The next meeting is Monday March 4th, 6:15 P.M. at  The 224 Eco-Space, 224 Farmington Ave .  

               Parking at 224

       February Minutes 



From The Director

From the Executive Director
David MacDonald
It is with great pleasure that I announce the election of officers for the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association. 


From the AHNA Chair

I am very excited about being the new Chair of AHNA. I live at Artspace Hartford, which is an Artist Community. I have been there since it opened over 20 years ago. I love Asylum Hill with its two magnificent avenues, Farmington and Asylum and its large number of restored old Victorian homes.
It's a neighborhood with three major corporations, the Aetna, Hartford Insurance Company and St. Francis Hospital that began in Hartford in the 1800's and still maintain their headquarters here. We also have the Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe historic houses, and Hartford High School, the second oldest high school in the country.

From the House

Greetings to my friends and neighbors in Asylum Hill!


By: State Rep. Matt Ritter

From The House

Early Voting

As the legislative session began, I was proud to stand with Secretary of the State Merrill, Sen President Looney, Sen. Majority Leader Duff, fellow legislators and advocates to announce a Constitutional Amendment to allow Connecticut voters to vote early, just as voters are allowed to do in at least 37 other states in our country.



Asylum Hill Then and Now - St. Joseph Cathedral
Because of issues with space, this article did not make it into the Hartford News last month, so we are repeating it in our newsletter this month.  Thank you for your understanding.

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Exploring Asylum Hill


Exploring Asylum Hill - Asylum Hill Family Center

By Bernie Michel

The Asylum Hill Family Center recently moved from its long-time location at 60 Gillett St to the Catholic Charities building at 896 Asylum Ave. It seemed like a good time to find out how the move might affect this long-standing partner in the neighborhood, and also get an update on what they are doing.

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     Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer Of The Month - Lynn Johnson

Like many who give freely of their time and effort, Lynn Johnson likes to focus on something that can make the world a better place, has a lasting impact and where her own skills, in collaboration with others are well suited. She did this ten years ago when she got a group of volunteers together to plant six trees in the Northeast neighborhood of Hartford.
Since then, she had wanted to plant more trees and to plant them in her own neighborhood of Asylum Hill. The idea, as trees do, grew slowly. 


Wheeler Clinic One Year On

It was just over a year ago that Wheeler Clinic opened their new facility at 43 Woodland St. and we wrote about it in the News & Views. In that time they have added 6 Community Health Workers (CHW), as well as a Community Health Coordinator.
Their purpose is to bring an integrated approach to health care where the patient is the center of their own medical care. 


Apartment Parking on Asylum Hill

Parking for renters in Asylum Hill has long been a problem, and AHNA has made efforts at various times to try to alleviate it as much as possible. Several years ago we piloted a program with the Hartford Parking Authority to institute the Residential Parking Permit Program. This allows renters to purchase a special permit on certain designated streets to park during certain hours, and prevent those who have other options from taking those spaces. It was definitely a step in the right direction, but it's not a solution to the whole problem.


Organ Donor Celebration

New England Donor Services
in collaboration with
Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association
"An Evening of Donation through Art and Photography"
Mark Twain House and Museum
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford CT
April 5, 2019

This event is the kickoff for National Donate Life Month.
We will celebrate and honor donor families and donors on this occasion. Special recognition will be given to Hartford resident Georges Annan Kingsley, kidney recipient and renowned painter throughout the world.
Come join us for an evening of testimonials, art exhibit, jazz ensemble for your listening pleasure and celebration of the gift of life.
  • Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
  • Free admission
For more information contact:
Mark Brevard

Arts and Music on the Hill

2018-19 Music on the Hill Concerts

Music for Humanity Concerts  join the music and outreach ministries of Asylum Hill Congregational Church. This endowed music series presents community concerts in AHCC's historic sanctuary. Since presentation costs are covered by this fund, all proceeds from ticket sales are directed to Hartford area service agencies and community programs supported by the church. Tickets: $20 per concert.
March 23, 8pm - Jazz Samaritan Alliance - A collective of composer/performers who have united to create and present original, socially conscious jazz, charter members Kris Allen (alto saxophone), Noah Baerman (piano), and Chris Dingman (vibraphone) will be joined by other accomplished performers for a program of pieces composed for the occasion that addresses the topic of health care. This event is produced in conjunction with Resonant Motion, Inc. and the Inner Arts Initiative.
Agency beneficiary: Malta House   |  Purchase tickets in advance  CLICK HERE
The Jazz Samaritan Alliance is a collective founded by Jimmy Greene (tenor and soprano saxophones), Kris Allen (alto saxophone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Noah Baerman (piano and organ) and Johnathan Blake (drums).
These established composer/educator/performers came together with the purpose of creating and presenting socially conscious original jazz. They appear together on Baerman's Ripples album and in the fall of 2014 presented their first all-new program, a series of compositions addressing the subject of hunger and food justice. Other collaborators to join the Jazz Samaritans have included saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, bassists Linda Oh and Ike Sturm and drummers Rudy Royston and Otis Brown, III.

Events and Opportunities
Events Calendar


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From The Editor
If you have any comments, suggestions or submissions please contact me via email at 
Paul O'Mara Communications Committee Chair
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