May,  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 5/04/2020

The next meeting is Monday May 4th at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held utilizing either video or phone using FreeConferenceCall software.  Details on how to connect, either via video or  phone, will be emailed on Monday.

                March 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, we know we need to learn how to do things in a new way, our "new normal." This means that our next 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. If someone needs to receive information about how to join our meeting on May 4 th at 6pm, please email me at to join our email list.

From the House

Greetings to my friends and neighbors in Asylum Hill!


Increasing Hartford's COVID-19 Testing Capacity
By Rep. Matt Ritter
The key to restarting our economy and protecting our community is increasing access to COVID-19 testing. The stronger our testing capacity, the better our position.
Governor Ned Lamont announced a new partnership between the state, Quest Diagnostics and Hartford HealthCare to increase testing in the state to add an additional 2,000 tests per day - including additional testing capacity in Hartford.


Exploring Asylum Hill

Exploring Asylum Hill -   nature on the Hill

By Bernie Michel

While nearly all of our attention this month and much of last has been taken up with trying to live with out being together, the natural world outside our doors has continued as always without so much as a ripple. In fact if anything, given the plentiful rainfall and sunshine, it seems to be doing as well as ever.

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Asylum Hill Then And Now


St Francis Hospital

Volunteer Of The Month

Volunteer of the Month -  Grace Friday Night 2.0 

Grace Lutheran Church began feeding neighbors in need more than nine years ago, and up until March, the protocol was always the same. A rotating group of volunteers would arrive at about noon and begin going through the fresh food that had been secured the day before from Foodshare and arrive at the menu. They then prepared enough for at least 150 or more people so that after everyone had their fill, there would be leftovers for those who needed it to take home. 


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


The Book of Steamships by Peter Sparre

It was just over six years ago that Peter Sparre was featured in a column in the Asylum Hill News & Views. In part it describes his desire to publish a book of his scale drawings of the steamships that traveled the Atlantic Ocean from the late 19 th Century until their demise after the Second World War.


Easter and beyond in a time of Sheltering in Place

There are many practices that we have all come to rely on that are no longer allowed in this time of COVID 19, but few as emotionally charged as the regular celebration of community worship. This is especially true for the Christian celebration of Easter as well as the Jewish celebration of Passover and the Muslim celebration of Ramadan, all of which come in April this year. 

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
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