Serving Hartford's Asylum Hill & West End Neighborhoods


Farmington Avenue will be bustling with music and fun activities this weekend during its first street festival, Discover Farmington Avenue, June 10, from noon to 5 p.m.

There will be horse and buggy rides, old fashioned games and dancing, period costumes, garden and house tours, music and lemonade birthday cake at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

Next door on the green near Clemens Place will be an Arts and Crafts show featuring work from local artists.

Music will abound at area restaurants, Braza, Dishes, Half Door and Tisane. WECA will host an extravaganza of gospel, dance, choir, R & B, Salsa, including the well known group, Precise, at the vacant lot on the corner of Farmington and Girard.

Festival goers can join architectural tours of historic homes, churches and districts in the Farmington Avenue area. Or, the more adventurous may tour the north branch of the Park River. Gardeners at Laurel Corner will proudly show off their project. Ichiban will have a cooking demo. Tisane will offer a talk about teas.

Brilliantly colored banners, troubadours, clowns and activities on every block between Laurel and Whitney will encourage festival goers to stroll and explore the avenue. An old fashioned trolley will run up and down Farmington all day. And CT Transit will offer free rides on city buses traveling Farmington Avenue (E-line only) during the festival.

For more information on the event schedule and locations > > > click here

Check out the plans for Farmington Avenue.....

Farmington Avenue will undergo major streetscape improvements between Marshall St and Girard Ave in Spring 2006. See the plans for street layout, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping. Your feedback is welcome at this Community Meeting at the Mark Twain Museum Center auditorium, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Ct. June 14 at 7:00 p.m.


The FABD invites you to join us for our next quarterly After Hours Event to be held at Vegas Blvd, 233 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, CT. 5 - 6:30 p.m. to help proprietor Michael Brown celebrate his new patio and liquor license. Vegas Blvd features Las Vegas memorabilia, state-of-the-art sound, tin ceiling, and a warm lounge atmosphere.

Members, friends, guests, and those who might be interested in joining FABD are welcome. The event will include a cash bar, light food, and a raffle. Please join the FABD for an evening of fun, food and networking. There will be no charge for attendance.

For directions to Vegas Blvd. please > > > > GO TO MAP

More information on these, the status of the proposed Business Improvement District, plans for the Pathways School, and other FABD activities please visit > > > > FABD FORUM .

Join our nearly 100 businesses and organizations and enjoy all our member benefits for one low annual fee. For more information on FABD or to request a membership package please call 860-522-3223 or email your request to membership@fabd.org. To subscribe to our monthly community E-newsletter send your name and email address to: newsletter@fabd.org. You can also visit our web site @ www.fabd.org

West End Civic Association Annual Meeting June 13, 2006 7 p.m. – United Methodist Church (corner of Farmington Avenue and South Whitney Street)......








In the spring of 2005 Officer Jim Barrett (pictured above), Asylum Hill Community Service Officer, began what would become know as the "Choices" program. Having two schools in his district, West Middle Elementary and Hartford Public High, Officer Barrett is confronted on a daily basis with the activities, to often less then favorable, with many of the students within his patrol area. Officer Barrett stated that "Although most of the students want to be in school and are working hard toward improving their academic achievements there are those that fall into what he calls the "at risk" category, often confronted with making choices that could lead them to less then desirable activities and bring them into possible conflicts with both society and law enforcement officials." Believing that intervention prior to incarceration might have a positive impact on this "at risk" group Officer Barrett, in collaboration with the Hartford Police Department, Hartford Public School System and the Connecticut Department of Corrections arranged in March, 2005 to bring a group of students to visit the Enfield Correctional Facility.

There, the students met with inmates, who discussed their lives, their mistakes and their thoughts about what they had done. Students had a chance to question inmates about the choices they had made and listened to advise given by these men. The visit was a powerful reminder of the consequences of making poor choices. A second visit, sponsored by the Choices Program, is being planned for this year.

Officer Barrett hopes that these visits may help "at risk" students gain self-esteem, progress toward a greater willingness to work hard, develop skills to overcome obstacles in their path and serve as a reminder that all actions have consequences.

Editor's Note: Officer Barrett will soon be deployed to Iraq for a tour of duty. Please keep Officer Barrett in your prayers and may we all wish him a safe return.


Under a brilliant blue sky in the last week of April, The Hartford Garden Club, the City of Hartford, and Knox Parks introduced the Hartford Legacy Tree Program. Under this program a person or organization may purchase a tree to be planted in Hartford in memory or honor of an individual or organization. The Hartford Garden Club, in commemoration of their 90th anniversary kicked off the Tree Program at South Green/Barnard Park, Hartford's oldest, by donating 90 trees to be planted throughout the city.

Governor M. Jodi Rell, Mayor Eddie A. Perez and DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy praised the inauguration of this program and thanked the many sponsors who through their collaboration made it possible. With the Gospel Choir from Buckley High School and Village South, children from St. Cyril's School, Leadership Greater Hartford, Hartford Proud and Beautiful and Hartford Hospital all contributing to the ceremony, Governor Rell wielded the symbolic first shovelful of mulch.

A new American flag, which will be cared for by the Veterans Organization of South Park Inn, snapped in the breeze as more than 100 dignitaries, neighborhood residents and representatives of businesses and organizations celebrated new trees for Hartford. An art show and a mural created by Buckley students under the tutelage of Humberto Castro Cruz and Village South reflected the beauty of the day with astounding color and great promise.

Jack Hale, Executive Director of Knox Parks and John Kehoe, City Forester, will work with donors to choose their tree and location. For more information about the Hartford Legacy Tree Program, people may call Jack Hale at 951-7694.

Job Readiness Open House a Great Success......

The West End Civic Association (WECA) and the West End Community Center (WECC) co-sponsored a Job Readiness Open House May 10.The focus of the event was to connect Hartford residents with agencies specializing in job training and placement. The Open House was a success, and I wish to thank the following people for their contributions.... David Barrett, Darrell Garner, David Klein, Dore Thomas, Sylvia Reid, John Barlow, and numerous other volunteers who gave their time. Thanks to the West End Community Center staff and the tenants of the WECC offices for their cooperation. Acknowledgment's to the following businesses for their generosity: Capitol Workforce Partners, Sheldon Oak Central Incorporated, Donut and Bagel Stop, Dunkin' Donuts, and Wood n Tap. Last, but not least, special thanks to WECA Administrative Assistant Brenda McCumber, who worked the hardest of all of us to pull this event together.



Mr. Allie Gamble recently completed his purchase of the Preston Building and former Roo Bar located at 482-486 Farmington Avenue from the Colonial Theater Renaissance Corporation (CTRC) for an estimated $320,000.00. Mr. Gamble is presently working with his engineers and design consultants to renovate lower level of building into an upscale restaurant. Second floor is currently occupied by four non-profit groups; The Farmington Avenue Alliance (FAA), The Farmington Asylum Business District (FABD), Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and 1000 Friends of Connecticut. Third floor is a residential unit also occupied. Mr. Gamble owns two other neighborhood restaurants; The Half Door Irish Pub located at 270 Sisson Avenue and Tisane located at 537 Farmington Avenue. Mr. Gamble is a member of the Farmington Asylum Business District (FABD) and has consistently been a most generous contributor to many community based events. Both the Half Door and Tisane will be participating in the upcoming "Discover Our Avenue" event sponsored by the Farmington Avenue Alliance (FAA) to be held on June 10. The FABD wishes Mr. Gamble luck and success in his new venture and know he will continue to provide the community with the same high level of quality and service displayed in his other establishments.


The Connecticut Culinary Institute announced its plans to move into the former Hastings Hotel site (corner of Farmington Avenue & Sigourney Street) are official and have finally come to fruition. The school plans on using the facility for housing of up to 570 students, to educate 1000s of students in the years to come, to construct 6 new, state of the art teaching kitchens, to add approximately 100 new jobs in the next two years, to re-open the conference and banquet facilities, to re-open the restaurant, to renovate the retail space on Farmington Avenue, and to allow the City of Hartford to put a police sub-station on the premise. Construction on the building is to begin immediately and it is estimated that the Institute will begin using the facility for housing as soon as July of 2006.

"This is a great day for the Connecticut Culinary Institute," said Brad Baran, President of CCI. "We have worked on this project for quite some time and we are very gratified to make this announcement. We want to thank all of the community groups as well as the City of Hartford Officials who have shown so much support for us and the project. We truly believe that our organization will be an asset to Hartford, and we look forward to our new home."

Free Small Business Workshops

THE BASICS OF IMPORTING; Monday, June 12; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.:

Learn what it takes to start an import business or begin importing items to sell in your current enterprise. A representative from U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be among our panelists.


Learn how to mine HartfordInfo.org ( www.hartfordinfo.org ), a Hartford Public Library Web portal, for Hartford-area specific community information and data for use in business planning. If time allows, other Web sites will be discussed

IDENTITY THEFT AWARENESS WORKSHOP; Monday, June 26; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.:

Millions of Americans have had their identities stolen. Businesses lose billions of dollars each year as a result of this crime. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and/or your business from identity fraud. John Voice of the Identity Theft Awareness Group® is the presenter

QUICKBOOKS® FOR NONPROFITS Tuesdays, June 6, 13, & 20 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. (Registration required and you must commit to attending all sessions.)

This QuickBooks® course (three classes) is geared specifically to not-for-profit organizations. Use one of today's most popular software programs for small business accounting to learn how to create a company file, produce purchase orders, write checks, invoice customers, manage accounts payable/receivable, reconcile bank statements, and generate management reports.

All programs are at Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., in the Third Floor Program Room. Registration is requested: in–person, online @ REGISTER or by calling 695–6295. For other programs offered by Hartford Public Library please visit our web site @ www.hplct.org

Proposal will limit tax increases on homeowners while improving job prospects in city.....

A plan to avoid delays in the city of Hartford's much-needed real property revaluation has been put forward by city business leaders.

The proposal, which has been drafted by the Hartford Chamber of Commerce, the subsidiary of the MetroHartford Alliance, and supported by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) would limit increases on homeowners by phasing in the results of the next revaluation over five years and phase out a significant portion of a tax surcharge on commercial properties.

"By minimizing the impact on homeowners and improving the tax climate for businesses, we believe that this can be a win-win for the city," said Oz Griebel, president and CEO of the Alliance. "It strikes the balance of keeping Hartford a livable city for homeowners while making Hartford more business-friendly through elimination of the surcharge."

CBIA Senior Vice President Joseph Brennan said that CBIA supports the efforts of the city's businesses and the chamber to move the revaluation forward while easing the burden on homeowners. "Delaying the revaluation will only hurt everyone in the long run," Brennan said. "The best way to deal with property tax issues is to grow the economy in the city and increase the tax base. This plan can help do that."

The plan put forth by the business community would:
.Phase in revaluation for homeowners at increases restricted to 5 percent or less each year for five years.
. Establish a sustainable property tax structure that supports homeownership and brings the city more in line with the rest of the state.
. Phase out two-thirds of the surcharge on commercial property, which sets Hartford apart from other cities and towns and deters job growth in the capital city.
Businesses would pay approximately $32 million more in property taxes under this plan. However, if no changes are made by the legislature, residential homeowners would see taxes increase by an average of 57%, partly because of past revaluation delays.

"The legislature should adopt the business community's proposal and let the revaluation move forward," said Griebel. "It's the best result for homeowners and businesses in the city."


Please join us for the opening day of Hartford's ONLY Saturday Farmers Market, Rain or Shine.....

Laurel Street Farmers Market Grand Opening Celebration Saturday, June 17 10 am - 1:30 pm. Music by Fiesta Del Norte, Blessing of the Harvest, Speakers, and a FREE raffle.

The Laurel Street Farmers Market had planned to operate for two Saturdays preceding the opening celebration. However, heavy rains in May have pushed back the growing season for everyone. Join us on Saturday, June 17 for the first and freshest harvest of the spring. Meet the farmers, know where your food comes from. *WIC certified * EBT machine available * Food Stamps accepted!!

The West End Civic Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, corner of South Whitney and Farmington.

The Farmington Avenue Alliance (FAA) invites the neighborhood to learn more about how the proposed plan for Farmington Avenue and to offer comments before the design becomes final. A community meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Mark Twain House Auditorium.

Basketball Tournament - June 23-25

The West End Civic Association, the West End Community Center and the Hartford Police Athletic League will be hosting a Youth Basketball Tournament June 23 -25 at Noah Webster School. The tournament is open to West End youth between the ages of 14-18. For more information call David Samuels at 570-0782 (h), 205-9906 (c) or email at samuelssloflo@aol.com

West End Farmers' Market 2006

Opening day for the West End Farmers' Market is Tuesday, June 27, from 4 to 7 PM at the United Methodist Church on the corner of Farmington and South Whitney.

There will be a Strawberry Shortcake Celebration on Friday June 30, from 4 to 7 PM. Come and enjoy live music, free strawberry shortcake, and fresh, local produce!

Please visit our new web site @ www.westend.org

May 18 – June 18
By Terrence McNally
Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen

Frankie is a waitress in a diner who seems resigned to her lot in life as a single woman. Johnny is the diner's new short order cook who quotes Shakespeare and embraces romance. After a "one night stand," an unlikely romance blossoms between these two lonely hearts. Can the optimistic Johnny woo the apprehensive Frankie? Will she take a chance on love or be burned by this overly ardent chef? Staged by Associate Artistic Director Jeremy B. Cohen against the strains of Debussy's rapturous "Clair de Lune", Terrence McNally's comedy is a sexy and touching pas de deux. "A small masterpiece." - Variety

Contains nudity and adult language.

For tickets, call the Box Office at 860.527.5151 or BUY TICKETS ONLINE NOW @ BUY TICKETS . For more information on Hartford Stage please visit our web site: www.hartfordstage.org

Upcoming at Hartford Seminary:
Lectures, Seminars and Special Events

The 3rd Annual President's Reception: The Spirit of Science and The Science of Spirit, A lecture by Diarmuid O'Murchu Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Reception: 6 p.m. / Lecture: 7 p.m.....

Beyond the rationalism, objectivity and certitude so central to scientific method, and beyond the conventional debate between science and religion, we experience today a new synthesis between science and spirituality in which integration rather than separation is the central objective. In this lecture, we will examine this new synthesis.

Diarmuid O'Murchu is a priest and social psychologist. Author of nine books, including "Quantum Theology," "Evolutionary Faith," "Reclaiming Spirituality," and "Paradigm Shifts in Religious Life," Father O'Murchu explores spirituality and new paradigms from a multi-disciplinary perspective. He lectures extensively throughout the world and lives in London, UK.

Also offered by Father O'Murchu is a course, "Integrating Science and Spirituality, Theological Challenges for the 21st Century," beginning June 12. For further information on this course, please contact the registrar at (860) 509-9511 or registrar@hartsem.edu

Suggested Donation: $20 (to help defray the costs of the reception and event) Advance registration is requested.

To Register: Call (860) 509-9555, write to events@hartsem.edu or go to our website, www.hartsem.edu , for a registration form.

Also remember that the Hartford Seminary Bookstore is your neighborhood bookstore and is open to the public. We have a special collection of books and greeting cards and also can order books for you. Just stop in or call us at (860) 509-9527. Location: Hartford Seminary, 77 Sherman Street, Hartford, CT. For directions to Hartford Seminary > > > > GO TO MAP

Regarding the Connecticut Historical Society Museum: The Important Preservation of Our Collections is in Full Swing!

The CHS Museum is temporarily closed to the public during the installation of improved climate control systems that will better protect and preserve our collections. Our library will reopen in June, while other research collections will not open until the early fall. Additionally, all adult and family programs are being presented at the Old State House in downtown Hartford. For updates on the status of the project, please visit our website at www.chs.org

For more information please call 860-236-5621, x-238.
Please visit our web site @ Connecticut Historical Society . For Directions to CHS > > > GO TO MAP


Enjoy FREE admission while you take in the new hand-held audio tour which explores the magnificently restored historic rooms in this National Historic Landmark, plus other activities. Call 860-5226766, x 10 for further information.

5th Annual Connecticut Brew Fest at the Old State House Thursday, June 29 – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It's time again to raise a mug of beer! Our oh-so popular Beer Fest at the old State House where we celebrate Connecticut's beer-brewing history with a toast featuring hearty stouts, rich, frothy ales and refreshing lagers from more than a dozen of the region's best microbreweries and brew pubs. You're invited to quaff responsibly and quench that "cold one" craving, while gobbling up great eats, and rocking out to the sounds of a popular live band. So get your thirst on and hoist a few! (Did we mention that this all-around good-time supports a great cause: the many educational programs at the Old State House?) Cheers! Admission: $30 at the door; $25 in advance; $5 discount for CHS Museum and Old State House members. Photo I.D. required at the door; must be 21 years of age or over. Reservations: 860-522-6766, x 11.

For more information on Hartford's Old State House call 860-522-6766 or visit our web site @ www.ctosh.org . For directions to Old State House > > > GO TO MAP

The Hartford Children's Theatre presents Summer Youtheatre 2006, June 26- July 21, 2006. Two and Four week sessions are available for preschool through High School students. Join us for this exciting adventure in summer theatre. The tuition range is $259.00 to $1150 depending on age and session length. Call 860-249-7970 for details or visit www.hartfordchildrenstheatre.org.

Hartford Children's Theatre announces auditions for Fame the Musical June 9th, 6-9pm and June 11th, 1-5pm. Fame is a rock musical following the story of teens in a performing arts high school. It will be performed Oct 20-29, 2006 at the Classical Magnet School on Woodland St in Hartford. Please call 860-249-7970 for more details and to make an audition appointment.

The Hartford Children's Theatre is located at 360 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Ct. Phone: 249-7970. Web: www.hartfordchildrenstheatre.org. For directions to the theatre > > > GO TO MAP


Victorian Gardens & Grounds Tours at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center-- kick off Garden Tour on Saturday June 1, 2006 – to run through September 30, 2006. The Stowe Center's Victorian Gardens & Grounds showcase wildflowers, high Victorian plants and abundant flowering bulbs. Garden tours are offered Thursday and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. or any time by advance registration. Stowe House tours: $8.00 adults, $7.00 seniors, $4.00 children, 5-12 years, FREE children under 5, Members Combination tours (Garden & Stowe House): $12.00 adults, seniors, $7.00 children 5-12 years, Members FREE. Garden only: $6.00 adults, seniors, $4.00 children 5-12 years, Members FREE.

Harriet's Garden Party Saturday, June 10, 2006 12 noon-5:00 p.m. A FREE day of family fun to celebrate the 195th birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe. On hand will be costumed historic interpreters portraying Stowe, her daughter Hattie, her sister Mary Beecher Perkins and Nook Farm neighbor Willy Gillette. Visitors can tour Stowe's Victorian Gothic Home and tour the Victorian Gardens and Grounds with Garden Guru Rob Fuoco. Also enjoy horse and carriage rides, croquet on the lawn, decorate straw hats and paint tea cups for seed planting. Featured musical performances by Tierra Mestisza, the Hopewell Concert Choir and the Bristow Big Band. Tour the art exhibition of works by Hartford Public High School art students. Birthday Cake and lemonade will be served.

Rose and Garden Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, 2006, Stowe Center Grounds. Garden Tours for adults and "In Harriet's Garden," a special tour with a garden craft for kids. Children's Tour features a bookmark/flower pressing activity. Adult tours: 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 & 4 p.m. Saturday; 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Children's tours every hour (10-4 Sat., noon-4 Sun.) Special Prices for Rose and Garden Weekend: $5. (Adult, 13+); $4. (5-12). FREE for Stowe Center members. Combination tour of the Victorian Gardens and the Stowe House for $10. (Adult 13+); $5 (Children 5-12). In Harriet's Garden Tour $3 (per child).

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is located at 77 Forest Street, Hartford, Ct. Ph: 860-522-9256. Web Site: www.harrietbeecherstowe.org. For direction > > > > GO TO MAP


Clemens Lecture with Bob Schieffer Monday June 5, 2006
at 7 p.m......

Bob Schieffer, interim anchor of The CBS Evening News, is broadcast Journalism's most experienced Washington reporter. Schieffer will discuss his career as moderator of Face the Nation and offers his opinion on today's news and newsmakers. Tickets for the auditorium are sold out. Seats are available for the live video feed in the small theater. $20/general admission, $15/students and members of the museum.

The Mark Twain House is located at 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Ct. Phone: 860-247-0998. Visitor Center: 860-493-6411. Web: www.marktwainhouse.org . For directions: GO TO MAP


invites you to their 2006 Independence Celebration Cruise on the Connecticut River Saturday, June 24 aboard Lady Katherine Cruises (Mystique) departing from Hartford Charter Oak Landing. Sailing from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music by Love International. For more information, pricing and reservations please call Karen @ 860-212-1718; Cathy @ 860-995-1067 or Perry @ 860-306-1693 or you may visit our web site @ www.westindianindependence.com For directions please go to: www.riverfront.org/driving.asp


Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams, Jr., Senator Len Fasano and 1000 Friends of Connecticut invite you to a continental breakfast and media release of A Leader's Guide to Growing Connecticut Smart June 9 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Old Judiciary Room, State Capitol Building, Hartford. Please RSVP to: Heidi Green @ 860-523-0003 or email: hegreen@1000friends-ct.org


HARK ArtSparks show will be on exhibit at Paesaggio, 100 Pearl Street, Hartford, Ct. from June 15 - August 12, 2006. Opening reception Thursday, June 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information on HARK please visit our web site @ www.hark-ct.org. For directions to Paesaggio please > > > > GO TO MAP


The Community School of the Hartford Conservatory will present its annual student recitals for the academic year 2005-2006. Thursday, June 15 - 7:00 PM will feature senior high school and adult students. Saturday, June 17 - 2:00 PM will feature children and adolescent students. Both performances will be at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 860 Asylum Ave., Hartford. The two programs include performances of the Conservatory piano, wind, brass and voice studios.

A $5 donation is suggested at the door and all audience members are invited to join after the performance to enjoy some refreshments and goodies.

Summer Fun at the Hartford Conservatory......

The Hartford Conservatory is currently registering for its popular Children Performing Arts Summer Program meeting for two sessions of two weeks. You can register your child for the July 10 to July 21 session, the July 24 to August 4 session or for the entire four weeks. The program runs from Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM offering dance, acting and music classes as well as field trips. A showcase will be presented at the end of each session on Fridays July 21 and August 4 in the afternoon. Financial aid is available to income-eligible families. The program also offers early drop-of and late pick-up at low cost. For more information, please contact Anne Filion, Director of Programs, 246-2588 ext. 21. or visit our web site @ www.hartfordconservatory.org

Music & Arts at Trinity!

The Trinity Choristers and Choir of Adults perform the final concert of our 2005-2006 Trinity Church Music & Arts Season Saturday, June 10 @ 5:30 p.m.

Join the Trinity Choristers and the Choir of Adults for a program of choral music celebrating our patronal feast day, and help send the Choirs off for their tour of England this summer. Directed by Bert Landman Tickets: $10 Available at the door.

Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford CT. Please visit our web site @ www.trinityhartford.org. For directions to Trinity > > > > > GO TO MAP


.Artist of the Month . Bonsai Society . Full Moon Tour . Heritage Advancement Grant . Historical Park Tour . Horticulture Show . New Jazz in the Park . New Roses in Elizabeth Park . Perennial Garden Tour . Pond House Cafe . Rose Garden Tours . Rose Society . Rose Weekend . Rose & Garden Weekend . Summer Concert Series . Super Saturdays . Tulip Bulb Sale

For these and other great happenings at Elizabeth Park please see our JUNE NEWSLETTER or visit our web site @ www.elizabethpark.org




The West End Civic Association has entered a remonstrance in opposition to the renewal of Amigo Market's liquor license. A remonstrance is basically an objection to the renewal of a liquor license. Review of criminal activity at Amigo Market (527 Farmington Avenue) over the past several years confirms repeated violations of liquor laws and regulations as well as other violations of law by Amigo's (for example, police found Amigo's selling illegal fireworks and at another time found them selling single cigarettes, a practice often used to sell cigarettes to minors who are less likely to be able to afford a whole pack). Review of complaints to police at Amigo's address also shows regular calls for service to Amigo's for complaints outside the premises. The liquor commission will hold a hearing June 8 to consider the license renewal. Though you may not be able to speak, all interested persons are welcome to attend the hearing. If you are interested in attending, the hearing will be at 10 a.m., June 8, 165 Capitol Avenue, room 126 (the Legislative Office Building). Please note that to enter the Legislative Office Building, one must present valid photo identification.


On the evening of Tuesday, May 23, two vehicles headed southbound on Oxford St. crashed at the intersection with Warrenton Avenue. All vehicle occupants exited their vehicles and fled on foot. Police have since apprehended all the vehicle occupants. I will keep folks informed as I get more details.


I need help chairing the public safety committee. If you are interested in working with the West End public safety committee as a co-chairperson, I really would like you to call me and we can talk about whether it sounds like something you might be interested in. Calling is not a commitment. Please call 860-232-1455 or 203-687-3289.

Please report emergencies to 911. Please report other crimes and/or suspicious behavior to the dispatch non-emergency line at 527-6300. Please also make a call to your local community service officer's for the West End, Officer John Miller at 424-2034 and/or Asylum Hill CSO Officer Jim Barrett at 777-7533.

If you would like to pass on information via email, please contact the undersigned. We do not currently have email communication with the police department.

Jory Johnson, West End Public Safety Chairperson @ 860-232-1455 or 203-687-3289. Email: nancyboone@sbcglobal.net


The West End Civic Association, West End Community Center and the Hartford Police Athletic League will host a Youth Basketball Tournament at Noah Webster School, June 23-25. If any area businesses are interested in becoming involved in this tournament, please call 570-0782.

Newletter Sign Up - Do you receive this newsletter directly from FABD? If it has been forwarded to you, probably not. To sign up for a direct copy, go to the fabd.org newsletter web page and fill out the subscription form.

FABD Membership - If you have a small business that is active in the West End or Asylum Hill, please consider joining FABD if you have not already done so. Memberships range from $95 to $500 depending on the size of the business or organization. If you are a resident or small business outside of the area and would like to support the work that FABD is doing, please consider a $50 Friend of FABD membership. Contact membership for more information and an application form.

Asylum Hill Problem Solving Revitalization Association - Membership Meeting Monday, June 5 beginning at 6:15 p.m. at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, Ct. Next meeting date:Monday, August 7 beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Hartford Seminary Bookstore - 77 Sherman Street, Hartford, Ct. is "your neighborhood bookstore and is open to the public." We have a special collection of books and greeting cards and also can order books for you. Just stop in or call us at (860) 509-9527.

Quality of Life Issues - If residents would like to report quality of life issues in their neighborhood, they can log-on to www.hartford.gov and click on the quality of life link in the yellow section of the homepage.


"He who does not voluntarily do more then he is obliged to do will in time do less then he ought, and in the end will find himself unable to do what he must"....Joseph Krauskoph

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