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Congratulations to Mike Stockman!
Mike was instrumental in the completion of the Zunner Building, stepping in to oversee the final stages of construction which included the installation of the elevator. Mike's role in seeing this project through to the end simply cannot be understated.
NINA will of course miss Mike, and we have tremendous gratitude for everything he has done while working for us. We wish him well in his retirement -- he tells us he plans to do some traveling, see some Broadway shows, spend time with family, and, once he gets that out of his system (and Carrie orders him out of the house!), come back as a volunteer on future NINA projects. We're not fooled of course: we know he's coming back for the weekly "fellowship meeting"!
Best wishes, Mike: thanks for a great decade and the enormous difference you've made in Asylum Hill!
Thanks to Our Friends from JELLO!
Trinity College and NINA have partnered now for close to 10 years, with groups of students coming up at least three times each year to work on NINA sites. We're very glad to have their help, and thanks to the support of our member institutions everything these volunteers do goes directly toward the creation of affordable homeownership opportunities in Asylum Hill.
In Memoriam: Stu Beckett
Stu was a wonderful person to have around, and NINA and our homeowners all appreciate the contributions he made toward our work and toward the revitalization of Asylum Hill. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at the Zunner Building
Look for a dedicated page under Some of Our Past Projects under Our Work soon!
People's United Community Foundation Supports NINA!
People's United Community Foundation has been a tremendous partner with NINA for over five years, and its funding has contributed to the creation of over 20 owner-occupied homes in Asylum Hill.
Many thanks to our friends at People's United Community Foundation!
Consecration of 54 Huntington Street
AHCC has generously supported this project from beginning, donating the land to NINA and contributing funds and volunteers to the construction.
In Memoriam: Liam McGee (1954-2015)
NINA was honored to work with Mr. McGee during his tenure at The Hartford. His support for our efforts in Asylum Hill helped us to complete the rehabilitation and restoration of nine homes, all of which are now occupied by homeowners. The Hartford also committed significant funding to our mixed-use project at the Zunner Building and to our two new construction projects at 33 Sargeant Street and 54 Huntington Street.
We wish to offer our condolences to Liam's family and to his colleagues at The Hartford, and we also wish to express our gratitude for his commitment to our work and his belief in the impact it has on the Asylum Hill neighborhood.
Illumination Night in Sigourney Square Park
We estimate that around 125 people attended the event. For this being the first time the event was held in over a century, it went well, but we learned a few things. First, it wouldn't have been nearly as bright in the park 100 years ago -- they didn't have streetlights, and really we should have factored that in! And second, many of the attendees walked away with lanterns as souvenirs, which we hadn't anticipated. We are glad they liked them so much -- but we had been thinking that we would re-use them.
With lessons learned, we'll hope to bring this event back in a subsequent year. Until then, we had a good time watching great performances by Sankofa Kuumba and listening to great music performed by Ron Pitz & Friends.
Funding for the musical performances for this event was generously provided by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund.
Raising the Wall at 54 Huntington Street
Summer Walking Tour Series Kicks Off with a Concert at HartBeat Park
First Fresh Express of the 2014 Summer Season
The Fresh Express, sponsored by The Hartford and Aetna, will take employees of those two companies to and from the market. These employees can then help to provide fresh produce for local families in need: for every dollar up to $2,000 an employee of either The Hartford or Aetna spends at the Farmers Market, The Hartford and Aetna will match that spending with a contribution to the double SNAP purchase program at the Market. Employees should visit the Master Table at the Market to enroll their purchases and to learn more about other offers during the summer.
Consecrating and Breaking the Ground at 54 Huntington Street
Congratulations to our friends at JELLO!
JELLO has been volunteering with NINA for the last everal years, and they've put in work most recently at 51 Ashley Street, 55 Ashley Street, and 1 Imlay Street. Their work helps us to keep our homes affordable for their future homeowners, and we truly appreciate all of the efforts that they have put in on behalf our homeowners and the Asylum Hill neighborhood.
In Memoriam: Robert Knowles
We will miss Bob's presence on our sites, but we will enjoying seeing him in the work he did on our homes, whether it was a door, a window, a fireplace, or framing. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, especially Betty, his wife of nearly 61 years, and we will remain grateful for his tireless efforts on our homes. Bob helped make our homes more affordable for our homeowners, and he helped make Asylum Hill a better place to live.
Ribbon Cutting, 33 Sargeant Street
Placing the Commemorative Cornerstone, 21 Ashley Street
Moving the Victorian Lady - Day 2
Stay tuned -- more to come!
Moving the Victorian Lady - Day 1
Unfortunately, we had to pause at the corner of Ashley and Garden due to some issues with power lines, but we're looking forward to moving the Victorian Lady onto her new lot first thing tomorrow morning!