December,  2018 

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 12/03/2018

The next meeting is Monday December 3rd, 6:15 P.M. at  The 224 Eco-Space, 224 Farmington Ave .  This is our 'End of Year Celebration Meeting'  for 2018. We will be voting for Board of Directors renewals, the Year End Report will be presented and a chance to celebrate with each other. Food and drink will be provided courtesy of the members of the Board.

               Parking at 224

       November Minutes 



From the House

Greetings to my friends and neighbors in Asylum Hill!


By: State Rep. Matt Ritter

Happy holidays!
I hope you are surrounded by friends and loved ones this holiday season.
The holidays in Hartford are special. Our city really shines in December. We have great neighbors helping neighbors; excellent businesses - big and small; and the sights and sounds of our city embracing the holidays.




Asylum Hill Then and Now - 83 Woodland Street

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Exploring Asylum Hill


Exploring Asylum Hill - Loaves and Fishes

Since 1982, Loaves and Fishes Ministries has been a fixture in Asylum Hill. Quietly operating in the basement of Immanuel Congregational Church, they have been serving the poor for more than 35 years. 

     Volunteer of the Month

Volunteers Emeriti

This past month the Asylum Hill and the broader Hartford Community lost two very important volunteers, although that was the title for neither.

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Why I Love Asylum Hill

By Bernie Michel

In the Sunday November 18 th Hartford Courant Insight Section was an opinion piece written by Christopher Swift, the CEO of The Hartford, titled "Why I Love Hartford, City on the Move". In it he speaks of all of the encouraging signs of progress in Hartford and the region and why it's so important to continue the momentum, to sustain the progress.


New At Hartford Artisan Weaving Center

It's been a few years since we've visited The Hartford Artisan Weaving Center on Woodland St and what we recently discovered is interesting and encouraging. To begin with, they have space for three more artisans who will be able to begin in January. They currently have 33 artisans, one-third blind or low vision and two-thirds over 55.

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        'Solar Saves Lives' Fiesta

On Friday the 16 th last month Former Mayor Pedro Segarra hosted a benefit Fiesta for the NeoMed Health Clinic in Gurabo Puerto Rico. The goal was to provide solar panels and battery storage for this clinic still suffering from the ravages of last years' hurricanes.
The art on display was the work of Carlos Hernandez Chavez and was inspired and created in Puerto Rico some years ago. 

How To Donate

Arts and Music on the Hill
Events and Opportunities

Pear Orchard Project
'Caritas Community Orchard'

Knox Inc. has asked AHNA to co-sponsor a neighborhood project, the 'Caritas Community Orchard'.  This will be a community pear orchard, planted in the Spring of 2019, in front of the Niles Street Community Garden on a strip of land belonging to Knox. When the orchard bears fruit, the pears will be harvested and shared with various programs for those who are food challenged in our neighborhood.

To raise money for this project an event has been planned by Lynn Johnson an Asylum Hill resident and a primary supporter of this effort.  She is inviting everyone to her 70th birthday party on January 5, 2019 from 1-4 PM in the Community Room of the Woodland House, 31 woodland St. in Hartford. Kate Callahan, our outgoing State Troubadour will be singing and Ron Pitz, the Executive Director of Knox will speak. Guests will be asked to give a donation to Knox of any size to help establish the orchard. 

Events Calendar


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

From The Editor
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Paul O'Mara Communications Committee Chair
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