A series of entries designed to capture the ongoing adventures of NINA! See how we came to be where we are today, and follow along as we enter the new century of social media!
After two years away because of the pandemic, JELLO volunteered again to work at a NINA project site, this time at 847 Asylum. The group of six cleaned up the site, removing debris and dust from the floor, and they put in a tremendous effort on our behalf. We’re already looking forward to the next time they can volunteer!
A group from Fresh Start Pallet Products was working on the porch at 29 Ashley Street today. First step, taking down the old porch! At the same time, the house was being painted, and now the house’s final form has begun to emerge. In the afternoon, Bernie Michel joined in, helping to dig a hole for the footing, and that’s Ken Johnson over on the far right of that photo.
Trinity Health New England is demolishing the parking garage that sat at the corner of Collins and Atwood Streets. The work has exposed some views of the hospital that haven’t been seen in awhile! At least not from the street level. The garage was long enough that it cut off camera angles.
At a press conference today, State Representative (and Speaker of the House) Matt Ritter announced $1.3 million for the State's Community Investment Fund for the rehabilitation of the Comet Diner. Ritter was joined by Luke Bronin, Hartford Mayor; Douglas McCrory, State Senator for the 2nd District; Wayne Benjamin, Georgetown Associates; David MacDonald, executive director, AHNA; and Jackie McKinney, chair, AHNA. Ritter, who represents the 1st District in the State House, has been an active supporter of projects in Asylum Hill, including NINA's projects. AHNA helped put together the application for this funding. The combined support from government and community is a real boost for this project, and it will restore an important landmark and restaurant in Asylum Hill.
The Comet Diner was only one of the location's various incarnations. It was originally the Aetna Diner; later it was Oasis (which also had Pancho's, a Mexican restaurant, in the basement), Mississippi Grille, and Dishes.
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