October,  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 10/03/2016

The next meeting is Monday October 3rd, 6:15 P.M. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue.

From The Chair
Let us love one another! The love and care from another will heal a broken heart, move someone from the back or the end of something to the front and or the beginning of it at the right time.

HouseFrom the House
Dear Neighbors:
Some of the laws the legislature passed in the 2016 session went into effect the moment the Governor signed them, while others go into effect at varying dates. Many new laws take effect on October 1. Here are some that you should know about:

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AHThenAsylum Hill Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month - YOU

Each month we feature a different individual or group that are volunteering their time and energy to help Asylum Hill become the great place to be that we all know it can be. The variety of ways that people have found to help are nearly as vast as the benefits they get for their efforts. This month we're going to turn this around and talk about a fantastic new opportunity where you can participate.


Building On Success Grant

AHNA chair Yvonne Matthews was pleased to receive the letter dated September 7th informing us that AHNA has been selected to participate in the Building on Success Program. This new program from the Hartford Foundation includes a series of quarterly learning sessions, the assistance of a consultant and a $10,000 grant over the two-year program. The goal of the Building on Success Program is to help small non-profit organizations identify and address areas of need in order to become more effective.



Veeder Place to become Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Training
Hartford.Health.Works (HHW) has an agreement to purchase Veeder Place, subject to certain customary closing conditions, and plans to turn it into a center for advanced manufacturing and training. The Center will be operated cooperatively with Capital Community College (CCC) and Asnuntuck Community College (ACC). HHW expects to complete fundraising for the purchase this fall; begin renovations in early 2017; and open the CCC-ACC training center in early 2018.

Fresh Start Pallet Project Fund Raiser At T&C Club
On a beautiful Thursday evening more than 30 supporters of the Fresh Start Pallet Project gathered at The Town & County Club on Woodland St to celebrate the successes of this past year and contribute to a promising 2017.



40 Under Forty Includes AHNA's Own
It's always nice to see people you know and have worked with receive recognition
for their efforts, especially when that recognition is regional. So when the Hartford Business Journal came our with their list of the "40 Under Forty" as they have for the last 19 years, it was especially gratifying to see David Ambrose, Asylum Hill resident, AHNA member, and until recently a board member and vice-chair among those honored.




Habitat For Humanity Back On South Marshall Street
Work is progressing in earnest now that all three foundations have been dug for the six new homes that will be added to the S. Marshall St Habitat community. The homes, at least the first one at 161-163 S. Marshall St. is part of the Habitat Build-a-thon that runs from September 19th to Oct 1st


The Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture Opens

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to the public on September 24, 2016, in Washington D.C.
The museum took 13 years to be built. It is clear the best was saved for last. This is the last building to be built on the mall and rightly so.


Green Apple Day Of Service

The Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford Public High School (HPHS).Volunteers descended upon the HPHS campus and worked diligently from 8:00 am until Noon. This event was part of Green Apple Day of Service, a global day of action that brings together advocates around the world and encourages them to improve their communities through service projects at local schools. Green Apple Day of Service, launched by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012, provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations, companies and others to transform all schools into places that sustain the world we live in, enhance health and well-being, and prepare students for 21st century careers.

Fresh Express Farmers Market
The Hartford, Aetna and Billings Forge are excited to share the attached flyer highlighting the 2016 Asylum Hill Fresh Express program, which launches Thursday, June 2nd and runs weekly through October 27th.  Additional details on shuttle stops and times are included in the flyer.




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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Committee Briefs

Committee Briefs
Friends of Sigourney Square Park met on Sept 10 th, at 50 Jennings Rd for a tour of the Hartford Police Department's real time crime center. They were able to see the results of all the latest technology acquired by HPD through various grants and other sources that are being used to keep crime down and Hartford safe. In many ways Hartford is a leader in this area.
Public Safety Committee met at the Asylum Hill Family Center on Sept 21 st at 5:30 pm. This evening meeting was an attempt to engage with more of the residents. The topic discussed was how to help minority teens prepare for a future engagement with a local police officer. Everyone present shared anecdotes and experiences and Ofc. Chanaca was able to present a police perspective. The committee will continue to work on this in the months to come.
Welcoming Committee met on Sept 22 nd at Center for Health Equity, 140 Woodland St. It began with a presentation of the Hartford Decides program. This year the total funds available are $250,000. All Hartford residents 13 years of age and older are allowed to vote. The steering committee is looking for more volunteers to represent various constituencies in order to expand the variety of ideas presented.
Kim McLoughlin from CT Fair Housing Center spoke about a new law requiring dissemination of information concerning affordable housing to be spread more widely.
Items for the next meeting include an update on the Multicultural Center at the Mark Twain Library, and a selection of a new chairperson or co-chairperson for the committee.

Events Calendar


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

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
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