January,  2017 

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 01/09/2017


The next meeting is Monday January 9th, 6:15 P.M. at Grace Lutheran Church,
46 Woodland Street.

Meeting Location Change!

AHNA Meetings moving beginning January 9
th 2017
After 20 years of monthly meetings at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, AHNA will be reaching out for a new venue. The first Monday evening time slot no longer worked for our hosts, and after considerable polling it seems that no other day works as well for our board and members. We are creatures of habit.
And so our January meeting will be held at Grace Lutheran Church at 46 Woodland St.   Also due to the fact that the first Monday is a holiday, we'll be meeting on January 9 th .   The venue beyond that will be 'The 224', 224 Farmington Ave.  Please use the far west entrance to the parking lot.

I'm sure everyone will join us in thanking Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Pastor Matt Laney and all of the staff as well as all of the members who have been so generous and supporting to AHNA for so long.  This is not to say that our relationship is any less. AHNA will continue to use AHCC as our mailing address and will turn to them for other meeting spaces as the need arises.
As someone who has been there for every monthly meeting from the start, it feels a little like a teenager tentatively moving toward independence. I suspect they feel much the same.   We couldn't be more grateful for all their assistance or more optimistic about the future.
Bernie Michel

'The 224' facility is the white building shown in the background of the picture.  Use the driveway on the left as viewed from Imlay Street looking North.

From The Chair

Happy New Year!

2017 is the year that The Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association will celebrate 20 Years of existence. We continue to serve together in strength and with joy as the umbrella organization that empowers residents and supports connections and collaborations among all stakeholders to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.
When we look at where AHNA is today and at the plethora of past victories, losses and breakthroughs within the last 20 years, we see a constant, the repetitive actions from concerned residents and stakeholders who have strived and continue to strive to have a peaceful, safe, beautiful and loving neighborhood to reside, work, learn, play and worship in.

HouseFrom the House

Greetings to my friends and neighbors in Asylum Hill!

My office has received dozens of calls and emails over the past few weeks about winter heating assistance programs. I wanted to dedicate this column to alerting you and your neighbors that help is available through Operation Fuel and the State's home heating assistance program.

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AHThenAsylum Hill Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month -Kafar Hassan

Kafar Hassan is not new to Asylum Hill, nor for that matter to volunteering, but the story of how they connect is interesting.
In case the name sounds familiar, Hassan was one of the original seven immigrants to tell their story at the New Voices in Asylum Hill event held at CPBN on World Refugee Day 2014 h ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHU3NzsDs_A


Asylum Hill Then And Now
The church as it stands now, facing on Asylum Avenue was completed in 1896 and designed by the Architectural firm of Hapgood & Hapgood. Before that, the original sanctuary faced onto Sigourney St and was an early design of George Keller.
From the picture you can see that quite a bit has changed, from the trolley tracks on Asylum Ave to the front entrance way to the steeple in the back. Still in it's 120 years since the Hapgood addition, it has held up rather well. Photo courtesy of Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library  




Non-Profit World TV  Show

AHNA recently received a Christmas gift that we weren't expecting. From seemingly out of the blue Sekienna Ellis, an AHNA Board member informed Yvonne that there is a TV show called The Nonprofit World produced by Sara DeGraff at Nutmeg TV, a public access station in Farmington CT; and she features the stories of various nonprofit organizations. She had an opening right before Christmas and wanted to know if anyone was available to be interviewed. 

NEPR HPL Words In Transit Book Roll Out


On December 14  th the Hartford Public Main Library hosted the book rollout of
Words in Transit the book created from the podcasts ( http://nepr.net/wordsintransit/ ) and the broadcasts that were created by WNPR to tell the stories of a few of the many immigrants who have recently come to this area. Three of those whose stories are told are Georges Annan-Kingsley, Naomi Dissanayake and Foaud Abbood, all members of the AHNA/HPL Welcoming Committee. 



Petition To Set The Minimum Wage At $15/hr

United Church of Christ members from five different churches, two from Asylum Hill, recently gathered over 400 signatures to petition the Connecticut legislature to increase the minimum wage to $15.00/ hr. Led by David Biklen, a member of Immanuel Congregational Church, Jim Boucher and Rev. Bill Warner-Prouty visited the office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to discuss the issue with senior staff before presenting them with the petitions. They also left copies with more than 15 members of the legislature, in the hopes of getting this considered during this year's session.



Volunteer Opportunity Is Now!

Back in October we talked about how you could get involved with the success at West Middle School. If you'll recall it was all about the new Volunteer Resource Center being lead by Nicole Rodriguez.
Right now they have a special limited time opportunity for anyone willing to invest a little time, for a lot of children.



Hartford City Ballet Nutcracker Better Than Ever!

This year's production of the
Nutcracker by the Hartford City Ballet was truly excellent.
I've seen the last several, and it's not just my imagination, they are getting better every year.



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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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From The Editor
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Paul O'Mara Communications Committee Chair
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