January,  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.  The Communications Committee would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and enjoy your first edition of 2016!


Next Meeting 01/04/2016

The next meeting is Monday January 4th, 6:15 P.M. at The 224, 224 Farmington Avenue.    Please note the change in location.

From The Chair
Being committed to loving your neighbor as you love yourself is an excellent way to start off the New Year. The longer I live, I see clearly that loving others and receiving love in return are the most beautiful experiences that can happen in a lifetime.

HouseFrom the House
First and foremost, happy new year to you and your families.  May you have a blessed and enjoyable 2016.
For my column this month, I wanted to take an opportunity to discuss the future of our State's transportation infrastructure.  This seems timely to write about since many of us have hit the roads to visit friends and family this holiday season.


AHThenAsylum Hill Then and Now
This was Hartford Public High School at Broad & Hopkins St from 1891 until 1962 when it was removed to make way for I-84. Hopkins St was also eliminated at
the time. The Brownstone Owl, which is the School mascot was preserved and is now in the current Building on Forest St. More photos are
available at https://goo.gl/photos/V9FYxKXjfGW8Hi6b7


Above is the site today,



Exploring Asylum Hill:
Compass Jr. Peacebuilders
The Compass Youth Collaborative has recently expanded into Asylum Hill. Their mission is to work with youth, especially those who show signs of having leadership potential to develop the skills necessary to be successful in life and to be future leaders in the community. The Jr. Peacebuilders Program, in their own words, seeks to provide these youth with "job readiness skills, communication skills and stipends for internship placements.




Asylum Hill Volunteer of the Month: Michelle McFarland
Anyone going to the Mark Twain Branch of the Hartford Public Library and expecting a stereotypical Librarian will be disappointed or more likely stunned. Michelle McFarland, the Branch Manager since the library moved into Hartford Public High School in 2011 is a very different kind of librarian. And it's a good thing.


AHNA December Meeting/Celebration
If you weren't at the December AHNA meeting, don't count on the minutes to tell you everything that went on. That will only capture the usual items, and the presentation by UCONN students about air quality and buses.

AHNA 2015 Accomplishments

We were very busy this past year and achieved a number of accomplishments that had a direct impact on our community. 

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Trinity College Research Assistants

As we mentioned in last month's News & Views, AHNA was fortunate to have the assistance of two researchers from Trinity College to assist the Welcoming Committee's Multicultural Center Committee to discover what other parts of the country have been doing in similar situations, trying to obtain a physical place for multiple cultures to meet and both share their own culture and learn about others. So now the results are in.

Hartford Blooms Bus Tours

Hartford Blooms, in coordination with the Cathedral of Saint Joseph's Knights of Columbus offered two tours during the Christmas season of Hartford's religious sights on December 15th and 16th, 2015. 
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Carol Sing in Sigourney Square Park

Friday evening, December 18th, found more than 30 hearty souls out in Sigourney Square Park singing Christmas carols. Santa arrived thanks to a ride on a Hartford City Fire truck, along with Mrs. Claus and passed out candy and Christmas hats to all the boys & girls. The carols were led by the sturdy voices of the Youth Challenge Singers, with enough gusto that neighbors came out of their warm homes to join in this annual tradition. State Representative Matt Ritter was there as well as AHNA Chairperson Yvonne Matthews, and of course the tall elf from previous years brought three slightly shorter elves to help Santa spread the Christmas cheer.


Boys and Girls Club Christmas Party
Once again, the Asylum Hill Boys & Girls Club hosted a Christmas party for all the children in the neighborhood, and like most every event there, it was big, energetic and a little chaotic.

Hartford City Ballet Nutcracker

It seems like it just wouldn't be Christmas without a performance of the Nutcracker ballet. One can only imagine how repetitive it might seem for the artists and professionals who are capable of so much more than this one ballet. Still it is so perfectly identified with the season, and it gives so many young dancers an introduction to classical ballet, that it's hard not to be glad for yet another performance when one is presented.



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


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BriefsCommittee Briefs
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
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