November,  2015 

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.  This month's edition was delayed until after our monthly meeting to prevent revealing The Hartford's art banner on their new parking garage before the meeting.


Next Meeting 11/02/2015

The next meeting is Monday November 2nd, 6:15 P.M. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue.   

From The Chair
Your voice is powerful and what you have to say is important.

HouseFrom the House
Dear neighbors - as cold weather begins to arrive, I want to make sure you are not being overcharged while trying to stay warm in your house.


The Hartford Garage Banner
Back in February, when The Hartford first proposed to AHNA their plans to extend their parking garage on Sumner St up to Collins St, the neighbors asked them to look into ways to soften the effect that this structure would have on the residential neighbors both on Collins and Sumner Streets. They agreed, and what we see today is the result of that commitment.

Exploring Asylum Hill:
Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement began in 1919 in Springfield MA as an organization dedicated to teaching youth about business, but it really began to grow in the 1940s after WWII. Today JA of Southwest New England, under the leadership of Lou Golden their CEO serves all of
Connecticut except Fairfield County and last year they served 35,000 students.

South Marshall Street Fall Events

There's been a lot happening on S. Marshall St in the month of October, and it won't end
there. Following up on the extensive poling of residents that took place in August,
volunteers from the South Marshall Interfaith Coalition and AHNA as well as Hartford
Public HS have embarked on a series of events on the street to let the residents there know
that they are not alone.

Cheer for Community-Hooker Day Parade Event
Once again, residents and members of the Asylum Hill community came together to celebrate us. For the past
two years we have gathered at the Boys & Girls Club the morning before the Hooker Day Parade to express our joy
and enthusiasm for all that is good and vibrant in Asylum Hill. Each year, AHNA leads the effort with support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council to gather as many of the
partners as are available to join in the fun.

Immanuel Installation Service
Members and friends of Immanuel Congregational Church joyfully installed the Reverend Kari Joy Nicewander as Senior Pastor on October 4. Several Asylum Hill and Hartford area clergy participated in leading the service to welcome Rev. Nicewander that included two dozen choir members and a four member Manantial del Gracia (Spring of Grace) liturgical dance group. The service formalized the covenant between the church and Rev. Nicewander, who was called here from her ministry in Zambia earlier this year.

The Catalyst Awards 2015 at The 224

On the last Friday evening in October, well over a hundred people gathered at The 224 Ecospace on Farmington Ave for the Catalyst Awards Celebration and Asylum Hill was very well represented. Not only was Yvonne Matthews the chair of AHNA one of the Honorees, but so was Diane Cantello, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at

The Hartford, Floyd Green, Vice President of Community Relations and Urban Marketing at Aetna, Rev. Matt Laney, Senior Minister at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, and Dr. Beth Shiavino-Narvaez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools.


Hartford City Ballet - Thriller Dance Party
For the second year in a row, Hartford City Ballet offered an over-the-top Halloween celebration for the children of the neighborhood, this time at their new location at 85 Gillett St. They now occupy the second floor of this office building that is rapidly being transformed into a ballet and dance studio. But for this one night, it was haunted
everywhere you looked. Scavenger hunting and face painting had to compete with pumpkin bowling and an apple-carry obstacle course
that got progressively more difficult. But nothing could compete with the title event, the chance to learn Michael Jackson's "Thriller Dance"
from none other than Dartanion Reed, the Ballet's Artistic Director.

AHNA Sponsors Free CT FasTrak Bus Tour

AHNA and the Welcoming Committee are sponsoring a free CT Fastrak bus tour on Saturday morning Nov. 7 th . We'll all leave together from the Sigourney St Station on
Hawthorn St between Sigourney and Imlay Sts at 10:00 am headed toward New Britain.



ConnectiKids 3rd Annual Charity Ball
On Saturday November 7th ConnectiKids will be hosting their 3rd Annual Charity Ball.  This will be a wonderful event with live music, dancing, a silent auction and food all to help support one of our finest organizations for children on Asylum Hill.


Participatory Budgeting
Have you ever wished you could have a voice in determining how money is spent in your city?  Now's your chance!  Get involved in Participatory Budgeting where citizens will propose ideas for spending and then vote on their choices.  This is real money, $1.25 million to be exact, and a real chance to take part in the decision making process.  Don't let this amazing opportunity pass you by.  Get involved, let your voice be heard and bring your ideas to the table.  See your ideas and suggestions take seed and blossom into projects that actually get done.  This is a first for Hartford and could set a precedent for future decision making by it's citizens.  Everyone is welcome, please take part.
Open Studio
On Thursday November 5th the popular opening reception for the biggest City-Wide Arts event will take place at ArtSpace Hartford.  Come vote for your favorite artist.  There's live entertainment, food and drinks!
Teens For Real
Spreading the word about Real Art Ways next Teens for Real meeting, THIS Thursday, 11/5 at 3:30-5:15pm at Real Art Ways lounge. All teens/high school students from any school/background/town are welcome.  
Teens for Real is a very new, very open committee of teens getting together in an informal setting to work together to plan fun, creative art happenings here at Real Art Ways.  
Some refreshments will be provided. Bring something tasty if you can!

Please RSVP to: Lindsey (

Passages Gallery Events Calendar
The next concert in the music series scheduled for Saturday November 7th will feature jazz artist Leslie Manselle.  Click on the following link to see the calendar of events and the concert flyer for details. 

Hartford News AHNA Supplement

As part of our communications efforts we publish our newsletter 'AHNA News and Views' as a supplement in the Hartford News monthly.  To cover the printing costs we need to secure ads generating $500.00 dollars each month.  This provides us with four pages with color.  If you, an organization you work for or belong to would like to help support this effort please see the order form below.  Please contact the editor at  if you know of anyone or business you think we might reach out to for support.  Thank you.


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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
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