January 2022
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

The next meeting is Monday January 10th at 6:15 PM. The meeting will be held utilizing Zoom software.
The Zoom e link for that meeting will be:

Dial-in Phone#: 1 646 558 8656    
Meeting ID: 452 191 5370    Passcode: 897273

Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association will hold a Virtual Public Hearing – On Monday, January 10th, the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association will hold a virtual public hearing via the Zoom platform to receive feedback on the Asylum Hill Strategic Plan, starting at 7pm. The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4521915370?pwd=aG9OUHlNMlVXSWVaRUlsSEFaZnJSQT09

From The Executive Director
David MacDonald
Happy New Year from everyone at AHNA
AHNA wishes you and your family a happy and healthy New Year. Our first General neighborhood meeting of 2022 will take place on Monday, January 10th at 6:15pm via Zoom. The agenda for January includes the public hearing starting at 7pm on the recently completed Asylum Hill Strategic Plan (the last opportunity for residents and stakeholders to request changes or additions to the Plan prior to approval by the membership), a presentation on the Traffic Calming proposal for Ashley Street, and introduction of Asylum Hill resident Tiana Hercules, the soon to be appointed Working Families party member to the Court of Common Council, who will replace Asylum Hill resident Councilor Wildaliz Bermudez, who is resigning from the Council in early 2022. 

From The House

Winter Assistance is Available

By Rep. Matt Ritter

Fuel and energy prices are going up…and up. For those who need help, I want to share information on available energy assistance services.

Exploring Asylum Hill - A Yearend Review
 By Bernie Michel
In many ways, 2021 was a year of partnerships and a year of planning. Despite 9 months of quarantines, sheltering in place, Zoom meetings and working from home, AHNA, with the help of our partners was able to take on several large projects with remarkable success.
Asylum Hill Then And Now
809 Asylum Avenue
Volunteer Of The Month - AHCC Thrift Shop
By Bernie Michel
The last time we wrote about the Asylum Hill Congregational Church’s Thrift Shop was in 2015. A lot has happened since then for all of us and them as well.
I caught up with Sue Powell recently, who has accepted responsibility for the project and theirs is an interesting story. 
Letting Go Matters

By Michelle R. McFarland
The lessons I have learned over the last year have been life changing in a good way.
Choosing a peaceful path forward in all situations to keep things moving forward.
In order to ”Let Go” we need to honestly admit we are holding on to something in the first place. The first thing most people will do is to admit they are always right.
The last thing most people want to do is admit they are wrong.
I have decided I no longer need to be right or wrong.
I choose to remain peaceful instead. It allows me to let go and not waste energy when I do not need to.
It also removes me from conversations I do not need to be part of in the first place.
Letting Go allows me to mind my business and tend to my personal growth garden in peace and focus on my presenting my BEST Self.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines closure seven different ways.
Definition 1: as an often comforting or satisfying sense of finality victims needing closure
also something (such as a satisfying ending) that provides such a sense.
Closure means finality; a letting go of what once was. Finding closure implies a complete acceptance of what has happened and an honoring of the transition away from what's finished to something new. In other words, closure describes the ability to go beyond imposed limitations in order to find different possibilities.
It is time to move on from old arguments and disagreements with everyone.
The past is the past. Rehashing old conversations will not change anything that took place. Letting Go of all things old gives me permission to create new narratives and new memories in 2022.

Events Calendar

Please click on the following link to go to our online Events Calendar.

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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