June,  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 6/01/2020

The next meeting is Monday June 1st at 6:15 PM. The meeting will be held utilizing Zoom software .

Dial-in Phone#: 1 646 558 8656

                May 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. We continue to navigate the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amidst all this uncertainty, however, our primary concern is the health of our residents. This means that our June 1 st general meeting will be done via video/teleconference. If you receive our newsletter via email then you will receive an email detailing how you can join our virtual general meeting.

From the House

Greetings to my friends and neighbors in Asylum Hill!


The Close of the 2020 Legislative Session
By Rep. Matt Ritter
It was a somber and surreal final day of the 2020 legislative session on May 5. With maybe a dozen people in the House Chamber, that usually would be packed with people, we declared "Sine Die" to close the session.
It was the final regular session day for some incredible leaders: Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, Rep. Themis Klarides and Sen. Len Fasano. All are retiring from the legislature.


Exploring Asylum Hill

Exploring Asylum Hill -   Properties Improving

By Bernie Michel

Part of the emphasis on working from home and on the Internet means that there's more time and focus on research. One such area is the City of Hartford Property Assessment Data. It's a great way to find out who your neighbors are, at least in terms of owners.
Several properties that have been empty for a long time, have recently been acquired by new owners, and it seems that maybe NINA and Habitat are getting some help in revitalizing Asylum Hill.
One such property is at 43 Niles St. It has been a troubled property for many years, and with the recently renovated West Middle School right across the street, it stands out all the more as an example of something needing fixing.

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Asylum Hill Then And Now


Public Transit

Volunteer Of The Month

Volunteer of the Month -  Give and Take Pantry 

For the last three years or so, the little Give & Take Pantry in front of 202 Laurel St. has been silently but steadily "volunteering" to help the residents of the neighborhood. It has provided its service free of charge all day and night every day of the year. It's been the miniest of minimarts, but with the best prices, and the friendliest of service, and it's hard to say how many have benefited from its presence.


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


Asylum Hill's Newest Homeowner

It's hard to know when your going to find a perfect match in the real estate business, but NINA keeps trying, and Asylum Hill is all the better for it. So when they acquired the two properties on Sigourney St that were formerly owned by Saint Francis, the single family historic home originally built by a member of the Plimpton family seemed to be the one easiest to work with. They had done nearly twenty very much like it over the years. The six-unit brick apartment building next door with the flat roof would likely be more of a challenge.

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
Send emails directly to AHNA at  [email protected]

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