December,  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 12/05/2016

The next meeting is Monday December 5th, 6:15 P.M. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue.

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 9th
The venue beyond that is still being determined, and we'll be sharing that information as soon as it is finalized.
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 all their assistance or more optimistic about the future.
Bernie Michel

From The Chair
Jesus tells us in the Gospel of John 16:33 "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world."
Without a conscious decision to be peaceful, there is no peace.   Depression, chaos, arguments, unforgiveness, manipulation, domination and control arise in relationships when there is no decision to allow for peace. As is in unwarranted behaviors such as fights, untimely deaths caused by violence, wars, verbal and physical abuse are almost always manifested when there is no decision to hope for peace.
This Holiday season let's make the decision to allow peace to saturate our thoughts and our behaviors, let us make the decision to forgive one another and sincerely love one another. 

HouseFrom the House

Greetings to my friends and neighbors in Asylum Hill!
For starters, I want to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.  You know it's the holidays when Mariah Carey's song, "All I want for Christmas", can be heard on every radio station!
I wish you and your families a peaceful and fulfilling holiday season. I hope you are able to surround yourself with friends and loved ones.
On another note, the 2017 legislative session is fast approaching and with it comes a new role for me in the House of Representatives. I am honored to share that my colleagues have elected me to serve as the House Majority Leader, which is the number two position in our caucus after the Speaker of the House.  I am also quite proud that I am the first Hartford legislator to serve as a legislative leader since 1998. 

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AHThenAsylum Hill Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month -Jennifer Fournier-Dubree

I first met Jennifer one morning in September when I looked out my kitchen window to see half a dozen maroon and blue Hartford T-shirts working in the dirt in front of the Boys & Girls Club. After asking for information I was directed to Jennifer Fournier-Dubree, the Team lead only to discover that there were another dozen or more Hartford volunteers inside helping out all over the building. I asked if I could get more information for an article in the News & Views and after permissions were secured we sat down for an interview.


Exploring Asylum Hill

In 2014, the US Economic Development Administration gave the City of Hartford $1 million to run the Strong Cities-Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge, $900,000 of which was to be distributed as cash prizes to winning contestants, and the rest for the City's administrative expenses. SC2 was a crowd-sourced prize competition for economic development plans only. Implementation of winning plan(s) would require separate funding, at the City's discretion.




Hartford Public Library is celebrating a Year of Hip - Hop and extended an invitation to MK  Asante, an American author, filmmaker, rapper, and professor at Morgan State University, being   one of the youngest professors at the college. He is best known for his best-selling memoir Buck.   The man behind this impressive list of credentials is one of the most humble and brilliant minds that I have heard lecture. 

The Comet Diner
 Latest news from Hartford Preservation Alliance!

   Latest Round: Comet 2  Demolition 0

On Wednesday, November 16, representatives for the owners of 267 Farmington Avenue went before the Hartford Historic Preservation Commission to request demolition. No plans were presented on what would be built at this location. The demolition request was tabled at the request of the applicant who expressed an interest in working with HPA to come up with a viable alternative for development and reuse. 
Thank you to the HPA members and the general public who appeared before the commission in support of preservation or who wrote to the commission.
Actively responding to our calls to action really does make a difference!  


Asylum Hill Karen Community March in Washington D.C.

Thirty-one residents of Connecticut - many active members of the Karen Association of CT - originally from the Karen tribe of Burma, traveled to Washington D.C. and proudly joined almost 700 of their fellow Karen from 17 states across the United States for a peaceful demonstration in front of the White House on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016.  The attendees were members of KOUSA (Karen Organization of the USA) who came together in community to show their unity with those currently living and suffering under the military regime of Burma. 




Ebeneeza a Hartford Carol by HartBeat

Asylum Hill is fortunate to be one of the few neighborhoods in Hartford that can boast having a theater producing live shows, and their most recent offering,
Ebeneeza A Hartford Carol is very much alive.
True to the Hartbeat model of play-writing through interview dialogue, this play retells Dickens Christmas Carol through the lens and with the words of Hartford residents speaking of longstanding and recent Hartford conditions. 





Winterfest Hartford 2016-17
If you've been to the rink in Bushnell Park, you know how special it is. It's everything Hartford wants to be: inclusive, affordable, joyful, and fun. 


Concert: The Tallis Scholars ~ A Renaissance Christmas

December 11, 2016 -  2:00pm to  4:00pm
Loca tion:  AHCC (Asylum Hill Congregational Church)  Sanctuary
The world-renowned, Grammy-nominated Tallis Scholars present a program featuring some of the classic texts associated with Christmas from some lesser-known masters of the renaissance period. Experience fascinating new musical perspectives on this holiday season from masterpieces by Victoria, de Sermisy, and Hernando Franco, to John Taverner's elaborate and splendid antiphon,  O splendor gloriae
Tickets: $25 (group discount available for 15 or more) |  Purchase tickets  here.  *Student rush tickets available at the door with student ID for $10 (cash only)


Jack Pott





509 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT / 860-523-3232 or

Sat., Dec. 10 6-9 pm JAZZ IMPROVISATION FEATURING MINTA WHITE & COMPANY Tickets $20. BYOB. Includes light refreshments. Contact 860-523-3232 or email at


Sat., Dec. 17th 7-11pm JAZZ FEATURING KOSI Presenting Her "WHO I AM TOUR" To Introduce Her 4th Album "I KNOW WHO I AM": Tickets $20. BYOB. Includes light refreshments. Contact 860-523-3232 or email at


DANCE CLASSES- Tuesdays 6-8pm ANGOLA SHOW SOCIAL 3rd Fridays 7-11pm (Oct. 14, Nov. 18, & Dec. 16) Tickets $10. $7 Advance Light Refreshments. BYOB



(Sundays 1-5pm) Nov. 13 & 27; Dec. 11th Bi-w Weekly Book Club & Tea, Discussions on topics and genres that feed the mind, body, spirit & soul.


(1st FRIDAYS-Dec. 2) Kick back, relax and use your mental capabilities to strategize through playing games (backgammon, chest, monopoly, checkers, black jack & more. Dinner- Wine- Dessert $15.


Saturdays (Nov. 19 & Dec. 10th 10am-1pm) Time to unwind, unload from the stress of life's day-to-day demands (pedicures, manicures, massages, facials, etc).


Create your own perfect candles. Tickets $20. Purchase tickets at:



(Parking is available on site and at lot across from the Gallery / next to Burger Kings)




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