August,  2020 

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 8/03/2020

The next meeting is Monday August 3rd at 6:15 PM. The meeting will be held utilizing Zoom software .

                        June Minutes



From The Director

From the Executive Director
David MacDonald
The Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association's mission is to empower and connect residents and stakeholders to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood. Amidst all this uncertainty with the pandemic, however, our primary concern continues to be the health of our residents. This means that our August 3 rd general meeting will be again via video/teleconference. If you receive our newsletter via email then you will receive an email with the link and phone numbers to join our virtual General Meeting. The agenda will include two important items;

From the House

Greetings to my friends and neighbors in Asylum Hill!


Special Session Tackles Important Legislation

By Rep. Matt Ritter

The Connecticut House of Representatives held a socially distanced special session to fight for legislation that will make Connecticut an even better to live, work and raise a family. We passed four incredibly important bills - police accountability, absentee ballot reform, telehealth and capping the cost of insulin.


Exploring Asylum Hill

Exploring Asylum Hill -   a Solitary Garden at Stowe

By Bernie Michel

It's a very small garden, but a very substantial work of art. It is based on a memoir publish last year and selected for this year's Stowe Prize. The work of art was designed by Jackie Sumell. The memoir is titled Solitary. It is the life of Albert Woodfox and it is especially important now that we as a society are looking at racism and criminal justice more closely.

Asylum Hill Then And Now


80-86 Hawthorn

Volunteer Of The Month

Volunteer of the Month -  BLM on Farmington at Woodland

For seven consecutive Monday afternoons, dozens of friends and members of Immanuel Congregational Church have been spending an hour on the corner of their property at Farmington Avenue and Woodland Street showing their support for the Black Lives Matter Movement.
In truly exemplary fashion, all have worn masks and for the most part, maintained the suggested six feet of separation.


Remembering Jill Barrett

By Bernie Michel
Word came late last week that Jill Barrett had passed on. While I had not seen her in person for a while, my first thought was that this seemed sudden. When I did see her images on Facebook, she and David both seemed to be doing well.


Neighborhood Needs Assessment Survey

The Hartford is looking to hear from you and the Asylum Hill community. If you live, work, worship or otherwise frequently engage in activity in Asylum Hill, share your thoughts on what the neighborhood needs most by completing this brief survey before Aug. 31. And as a thank you, you can enter to win one of ten $50 grocery gift cards.  All responses are anonymous and confidential, and the survey is also available in Spanish.


Sunday Dinners in August at AHCC

Asylum Hill Congregational Church is providing Sunday dinner for neighborhood residents from 3 PM - 5PM through the month of August.  The kickoff dinner was this past Sunday with a Fish Fry that served 200 meals to grateful attendees. For more information click on the link below.


NINA and Fresh Start Pallet Products

The sub-title to this should be "a partnership made in Asylum Hill", in fact more specifically "at Veeder Place."  



Asylum Hill Guide

The paper edition has been printed and is being distributed along with the latest edition of the Hartford News.
The digital edition is available on the AHNA website

Events and Opportunities
Arts and Music on the Hill
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 
Paul O'Mara Communications Committee Chair
Contact Us
Send emails directly to AHNA at

To visit our website click on the following link.   AHNA Website

To visit our Facebook page go to 'Asylum Hill Living' group page.