October,  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 10/02/2017



The next meeting is Monday October 2nd, 6:15 P.M. at The 224 Eco-Space, 224 Farmington Ave .  


From The Chair

Thoughts from the Chair

Giving is an act of kindness that can change a life forever. Many of us give our money and our time to help others. We often give our money and time to many movements and causes whose overall mission is to empower, help and support others. We give to help meet a need in our families, communities, cities,  states and nations. We give because we care, and our caring is birthed out of love.

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HouseFrom the House

Greetings to my friends and neighbors in Asylum Hill!

By Rep. Matt Ritter
The recent Equifax data breach has affected the sensitive personal information of approximately 143 million Americans, many here in Hartford.
In order to determine if your personal information may have been impacted and for steps to protect your information, visit:   www.equifax.com/personal and www.equifaxsecurity2017.com . You should be vigilant in reviewing account statements and credit reports and immediately report any unauthorized activity to your financial institutions.  Criminals can use your info to get a second mortgage on your house or lease a car by impersonating you. They could go after your tax refund or Social Security benefits, even medical information.



HawksHawks Eye View
West Middle Community School: an update
Or as Principal Lynn Estey said at the Grand Opening last year, "West Middle, the Community's School." So now that we are a full year back at the newly renovated campus, I wanted to check in with the Community School Director Joe Bumpers, and the Volunteer Resource Director Nicole Rodriguez, to see how things are going and to better understand just what "Community School" means.
Beginning in 2007 as the School Community Partnership, the designation of a community school where organizations in the community, working with a designated "lead agency" support and augment the school leadership and staff has continued to evolve. Today Hartford has seven Community Schools. West Middle became one in 2010 and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford is their designated lead agency.

Asylum Hill Then And Now

AH Then & Now - 9 Gillette Street

Mary Mitchell owned 9 Gillett from 1972 to the present. It was a 12-unit apartment building built around 1915 and it had the sort of details you can only find in a building from that era. More than that Mary was one of the founding members of the board and represented landlords to AHNA. She was unique in that she lived in one of her units, and up until recently when her health required it, she finally moved out. The building sustained a fire caused by an appliance in one of the units and had been vacant for months when a second fire recently completed the destruction. 




Volunteer of the Month

     Volunteers of the Month - South Marshall Street

For anyone who has driven down S. Marshall St lately, you must have noticed the three two family homes that are nearing completion on the west side of the street. Habitat Volunteers have been working for months on these three and they're nearing completion. If you'd like to help and you're available Friday, October 13
th from 8:00 - 2:00 pm you can go to
http://tinyurl.com/y8p2etr6 and register. Most of the heavy lifting is done, so you'll mostly be doing painting and finish work.

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Exploring Asylum Hill 
Pivotal Hartford Exhibit


If you didn't happen to get to the Bushnell Back in May or June to see this display when it first opened, or if you didn't catch any of the news reports in the Courant or WNPR, all is not lost. The complete show is now at The 224 EcoSpace at 224 Farmington Ave until the end of the year.
The oversized black & white photos were taken by Ruedi Hoffmann, a photographer from Newburgh NY. He created a similar project there first, and Hartford is his second.
The idea of the exhibit is to present images of people who are involved in making Hartford "Great again", only really. Many of them you're likely to recognize, like Mayor Luke Bronin and his wife Sara Bronin or Rev. Shelley Best. Others may not be so well known, and with more than 75 individuals and groups presented, there are bound to be a few you don't recognize even if you've heard of them.

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Real Art Ways Andy Hart Photo Exhibit


The Welcoming Committee meeting had to be postponed, because many of the members past and present were going to Real Art Ways to celebrate the photography of Andy Hart.  It was a perfect substitution for a meeting about welcoming immigrants into Asylum Hill and Hartford, And Andy has been at nearly every event that the Committee hosted to document it in photos.
The exhibit consisted of 65 photos of more than 20 of the many and varied cultures, many of them immigrants, that are Hartford.

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Youth Challenge Walk-a-Thon Successful

It was a nice day for either a walk or a run, and more than a hundred came out to the Annual Youth Challenge Walk-a-thon, which began at 10:00 am on Saturday the 16th The course took participants to Asylum Ave and westward to Trout Brook Rd in West Hartford before coming back to Sigourney St and finally to Sigourney Square Park. The 10K course was completed in just over an hour by Niko Martinez. Other runners, joggers and walkers continued to complete the course in the next hour or so.


Fall Foliage Tours

Hartford Blooms, working with a variety of attractions, city and
state visitor operations and the Cathedral of Saint Joseph Knights of
Columbus, will offer "Hartford Fall Foliage Tours" on Saturday,
October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd from 10 am to 3 pm both
Participants will ride shuttle buses from the parking lot of Tangier's
Market, 550 Farmington Avenue, Hartford to various sites and
overlooks throughout the city, with a lunch break at noon on Front
Street in Downtown Hartford, using the many restaurants there for
on your own choices on Saturday and the Hooker Brewery on

Gardening Grant For AHNA

In May of this year AHNA received an invitation from the Connecticut Valley Garden Club to submit an application for a grant for "new or restoration gardens or landscape projects." The grant could be up to $20,000. Over the years, Asylum Hill has been involved in several such projects of varying size and scope and they have added considerably to the quality of life here in the neighborhood.




 Doc Hurley Project

WHAT:   A Public-Art Project Honoring the Legacy  of Walter "Doc" Hurley
WHEN:   Thursday, October 5, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm
WHERE: McKinney-King American Legion Post 142
 2121 Main Street, Hartford, CT


The Money Conference for Women

YWCA's Money Conference for Women will be held on Saturday October 28th at the Connecticut Convention Center from 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM. This FREE conference focuses on money management, investment strategies and retirement planning for women of all ages, economic backgrounds, and levels of financial knowledge. The Money Conference is designed to address the financial challenges women face in their work and personal lives. It will feature honorary chair Connecticut State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier along with financial expert and author Michelle Singletary as the keynote speaker. A financial expert and author, Michelle's topic will be: Wonder Woman: How to Become a Wealth Warrior. Discover within you your power to be rich. You can be a fierce money manager by tapping into your strength. Michelle will focus on the 5 strongholds that keep women from being wealthy.

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Arts and Music on the Hill



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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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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