July,  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

As is our custom we will not have a meeting for July.  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
Open Letter to the Mayor and City Council on Civilian Oversight of the Hartford Police Department
Mayor Bronin and City Councilpersons,
We write to express our strong support for those voices calling for greater transparency and accountability by strengthening civilian oversight of the Hartford Police Department. As you know, the composition of Asylum Hill includes 75% Black and Hispanic residents and is predominantly low- income, making police misconduct an issue which disproportionately threatens our quality of life.

From the House

Greetings to my friends and neighbors in Asylum Hill!


Racial and Social Justice 

By Rep. Matt Ritter

In the past few weeks, I have heard from neighbors, friends, constituents and residents across Connecticut that the General Assembly must quickly convene a special session to address issues regarding police accountability in our State. 


Exploring Asylum Hill

Exploring Asylum Hill -   Syp's Grille

By Bernie Michel

Asylum Hill now has another eatery at 628 Asylum Ave. It's called Syp's Grille and it's owner, Ken Rodriguez is determined to make it work. I stopped by several times to see how the opening is going during these very challenging times, and I'm encouraged.
Ken was born and raised in Hartford and he has owned or managed several restaurants in the area so he's experienced both with the community and the business.  

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Asylum Hill Then And Now


The above photo was taken 102 years ago, June 24 th 1918. 

Volunteer Of The Month

Volunteer of the Month -  Pollinator Gardeners

 Most of the time when people plant flower gardens, they choose the flowers based on color or fragrance, and occasionally as edible. But we, as creatures with even greater curiosity than squirrels like to know things. It's that curiosity that has led us to discover a lot about flowers besides which ones we think are most beautiful, and it's also caused us to discover that we're not the only creatures that like flowers. 


Black Gold

By, Yvonne Matthews
We are Black Gold! Our black existence began when God created and named Adam. Your life or your world cannot exist without us (Black Gold).  We are Kings and Queens preeminent! We are Great Teachers, Pastors, Mathematicians, Artists, Engineers, Scientists, Botanists, Doctors, Lawyers, Great Writers and Orators, Great Thinkers, Politicians...Great leaders who's black skin is prophetic! Our black minds are beautiful, perspicacious, astute, discerning, ingenious, inventive... our dance is fluid like the waves of the sea, when we sing and play instruments we bring peace and joy...happiness and a time to remember. As a people, we remember, we forgive, we love... We are more than a nation of people who matter, we are Black Gold! We still rise through the blood of our murdered forefather's and mother's, our brothers and sisters. We are Black Gold!


Black Lives Matter

There are several signs in Asylum Hill that remind us that, black lives matter, but the most prominent is the sign on the parking lot at My People Clinical Services at 111 Gillett St. For those who are not aware of this longtime Asylum Hill treasure, you can Google either that or Abdul Rahmaan Muhammad. 


Ted Carroll Retires From Leadership Greater Hartford

Months ago, Ted Carroll announced to the AHNA board that he would be retiring at the end of June in 2020. 
At the time it seemed like a long way off, but even then it was not welcomed news. Ted had been helping, guiding, and coaching AHNA for the past seven years, both by serving as a consultant and shepherding members into Leadership Greater Hartford's various programs, to help us understand and implement what was needed to be an effective board of an effective organization.


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 www.asylumhill.org

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 [email protected] 
Paul O'Mara Communications Committee Chair
Contact Us
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