July,  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

As is our custom, there is no meeting in July.  The next meeting is Monday August 1st, 6:15 P.M. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue.

From The Chair
Forgive and you will be forgiven. Forgiveness is the one thing that makes loving our neighbor as ourselves genuine and easy.

HouseFrom the House
Hartford residents will soon see a significant drop in their motor vehicle taxes. I worked hard for two years to protect the car tax cut that families will begin to see July 1 of this year


AHThenAsylum Hill Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month - Andrea Mequita

Andrea Mesquita has resided in the Asylum Hill neighborhood for the past 16 years. She is a committed mother to her three children Gabriel, Victoria and Minetta. In addition to raising her children, Andrea has decided to create "Hartford Community Trust" her own non-profit.


 "Inspirational" At ArtSpace

Following on last year's month long Arts event in Asylum Hill, George Annan-Kingsley was determined to keep the momentum going. He has led the effort to host a 2-week exhibit of new works from six Asylum Hill Artists and he has titled it "Inspirational".



Open House And Hartford Blooms
Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, Inc. (NINA) marked the completion of its newest home in Asylum Hill with an open house that was attended by fifty people.  Attendees saw the house, enjoyed food and drink, and listened to live music provided on the front porch.

"Kevin's Kourt" a new addition to AH Boys & Girls Club
UCONN Head basketball coach Kevin Ollie had a dream, one that he was awake for. He witnessed a team mate from his days as a UCONN player suffer paralysis from a car accident, and it opened his eyes to the special challenges that people with similar conditions face. He also was inspired by the determination and drive that so many people with special challenges have. He has wanted to do something to help, and on June 6th, his dream became reality.


Jazz On The Lawn Concert
The Asylum Hill Congregational Church and Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association are sponsoring a 'Concert on the Lawn' in front of the church at 841 Asylum Avenue on Sunday, July 24th, 4-6 PM. The concert will feature the local musical group Conga Bop. Conga Bop fuses Afro-Cuban influenced rhythms and hard-bop harmony to create unique, soulful originals and creatively arranged jazz standards. This nine piece band is led by acclaimed drummer Ed Fast and AHCC's own Jorge Fuentes. The concert will include children's activities with food and Italian ice trucks.


13th Annual South Marshall Street Block Party

Overcast skies only threatened but didn't dampen the good time the children of every age had on Tuesday afternoon. Starting with the Hartford Proud Drill, Drum & Dance Team right through to the Salvation Army's Hartford Citadel Dance Troupe, this year's program was all about moving. Even the Hartford Hot Several, - a brass band took, their show on the road as they followed their leader and singer Josh Michtom and his portable PA up and down the street.

Sleeping Beauty
It was a beautiful if slightly warm afternoon that gradually morphed into a beautiful if slightly cool evening during the course of the Hartford City Ballet's production of Sleeping Beauty. The sun provided the stage lighting for most of the performance and it
was a steady, slowly changing warm to cool as the afternoon went to evening. This is to say that the performance was truly enchanting. Not that there weren
't challenges from the wind and a few difficulties with the sound, but the dancing that we all came for was beautiful.

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.


Vanessa German / MATRIX 174
i come to do a violence to the lie
June 9, 2016-September 4, 2016

i am thinking about the power of love. for how inside of my heart of love. all of my ancestors are present....this army is ancestral. ...and love is the process, the product, and the way. and it is infinitely reproducible. and all of this rises from the soul.   -Vanessa German
Currently on exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum


"Three Academies, One Community"

The Owl Enrichment Center (OEC) 2016 Summer Exploration of Hartford program will begin July 11, 2016 and will end on August 5, 2016.
During the four (4) weeks students will learn about Hartford in both the historical and present context. The enrichment activities will focus on the architecture throughout the city by walking tours around Hartford. By comparing buildings and the distinctive characteristics of neighborhoods, the students will learn factual content, but will also share their unique perspectives by writing an article or reflection for publication in the North End Agents newspaper.
The Center, a supervised, safe, teen approved space, is located in the Hartford Room at Hartford Public High School. It is open Monday through Thursday from 1:00 - 4:30pm.
All applicants MUST meet the following criteria :
Students enrolled in the program must attend at least three days a week.
Students must be in grades 9-12 and residents of the Asylum Hill neighborhood.
Students attending schools in the Asylum Hill Neighborhood are welcome to participate.
For additional information contact the Owl Enrichment Staff.
Michelle McFarland
Jenee Midgette & Cherell Banks



Hartford Blooms 2016

The 2016 Hartford Blooms Garden Tours season was a great success!  Please plan on coming to the Bushnell Park Pump House for a celebration of that success and a fundraiser for coming events, including First Night.  There will be food, music and a happy hour bar with a chance to meet the many supporters of this great organization.  There is a suggested donation of $20 to help support the efforts of Hartford Blooms to make Hartford bloom.


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 www.hartford.gov/tax






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
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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