August,  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 08/01/2016

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

From The Chair
The mission of Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association is to serve as the umbrella organization that empowers residents and supports connections and collaborations among all stakeholders to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

HouseFrom the House
Dear Neighbors:
I have received many calls and emails over the past few weeks about the shocking violence gripping our country.  We have all seen videos of American citizens gunned down in their cars or on the street - some shot by police officers, and police officers being shot. 


AHThenAsylum Hill Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month - Dr. Ed Johnson

When AHNA was first formed back in the late 90's, Dr. Ed Johnson was Senior Vice President for Community Affairs at Saint Francis Hospital. At that time he volunteered to serve on the Board of what was then called the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Problem Solving Committee.

ThenAsylum Hill Then and Now

The address 19 Beach St is one that very few Asylum Hill resident can remember, Along with Queen St and Hopkins St, it is a part of the neighborhood that changed dramatically in the years after WWII.



 Empowerment of Women

Asylum Hill neighborhood is lucky to have Georges Annan-Kingsley as one of its residents. Having come from Ivory Coast in Africa, Georges now teaches art at the Trinity Academy at Trinity Episcopal Church on Sigourney Street. He also organizes events.



The Comet Kitchen Incubator
In Hartford Farmington Avenue on Asylum Hill once thrived with commercial activity. The blocks bounded by the Aetna Insurance Company, The Cathedral of St. Joseph and both Mark Twain's and Harriet Beecher Stowe's houses boasted elegant apartments, restaurants, a pharmacy, super markets as well as once home to the Hartford Architecture Conservancy, Hartford Ballet, Opera and the Symphony. The street was and still remains a major corridor linking downtown Hartford with suburbs to the West. Multiple historic buildings lined Farmington Avenue having been built during the decades of the Gilded Age giving witness to the prosperity of the City. Now much of the commercial activity has dwindled, restaurants are gone, so too the pharmacy and arts organizations. Farmington Avenue is still a major transportation route however now used to get away to somewhere else. Many historic buildings are now vacant and abandoned.

Community Arts Mural in Asylum Hill
On July 16, 2016 Connecticut Center for Non-Violence and several organizations were on Niles Street to paint the impressive large-scale mural on the wall of the 224 Eco-Space adjacent to the Knox Community garden on 17 Niles Street.



Jazz On The Lawn Concert
The members of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church invited the public to an outdoor gathering on Sunday, July 24th, from 4-6pm. The band Conga Bop was the featured attraction, They entertained approximately 160 people for the hot two-hours. Fortunately, there were many shady areas for lawn chairs and those who chose to stand.


Poet, Performer, Photographer and Sculptor

Vanessa German, a native of Homewood, Pennsylvania has a show on exhibit at The Wadsworth Atheneum entitled, "I Come To Do A Violence To The Lie". Her visit kicked off the first day of The Owl Enrichment Summer Exploration Program at the Mark Twain branch Library on Monday July 11, 2016.

203rd Bhanu Jayanti at Hartford Public Library
On Saturday July 23rd, members of the Bhutanese Community of Connecticut, many of whom are Asylum Hill residents and members of the AHNA-HPL Welcoming Committee gathered with fellow Nepalese-speaking people from CT and beyond to celebrate the birth of Bhanubhakta Acharya the first poet of the Nepali language and the one who first translated the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana into Nepali.


Dr. Robert Putnam at the Bushnell

Dr. Robert Putnam, author of the book "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis", gave a talk at the Bushnell in Hartford last Thursday (7/21/16), entitled "Closing the Opportunity Gap". It was sponsored by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and it is very relevant to Asylum Hill. Starting from the premise that "poverty is isolation, obstruction, exclusion," he asks the question, "Why has the opportunity divide become so large in recent decades?"


YWCA Hartford Region and Honorary Chair Denise L. Nappier, Connecticut State Treasurer, have been hosting the annual Money Conference for Women for 15 years. This FREE financial literacy conference has helped thousands of women in the Hartford region take control of their money. The 2016 Money Conference for Women will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Connecticut Convention Center. Registration for the FREE event opens August 1, 2016 at . This year's conference will feature keynote speaker, financial expert and author, Michelle Singletary.  



Passages Gallery Jazz Concert

Join us for an evening of Great Jazz, Food, Fun & Fellowship:  
Passages Gallery ("Hartford's Hot Spot For Jazz") Presents Warren Byrd-Byrdspeaks Ensemble:
Date: Sat., August 20, 2016 
TIme: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

CT Heights Places 9th at AAU Girls Nationals in Orlando, Florida

CT Heights, a central Connecticut based 8 th grade girls exposure basketball team attended the 2016 AAU Nationals in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide of Sports. The tournament, which took place July 8 - July 13, is a premier AAU tournament where teams from all over the country who place 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd in the State District qualifiers are invited to attend. CT Heights competed at the Division 1 level and finished with an impressive 5-2 record, placing 9 th in the nation.

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.



City Tax Office Hours Change

New Hours For Hartford Tax Collector's Office
The Tax Collector's Office and the Office of the City Assessor - located on the Main Floor of City Hall - will now have evening hours on Thursdays, for the convenience of taxpayers, and will close earlier in the day on the other weekdays due to staff reductions and restructuring. Our new hours are:
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday  8:15AM-2:00PM
Thursday  8:15AM to 7:00PM
Friday       8:15 AM to 2:30 PM
To avoid potential long wait times when paying in person in late July, we urge taxpayers to mail their payments or to pay on line at






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From The Editor
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Paul O'Mara Communications Committee Chair
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