Posts Tagged ‘ Sloper ’

Woman donates $5,000 to YMCA Camp Sloper

August 14, 2014
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Carmel Avitabile recently donated $5,000 to the Southington YMCA’s Camp Sloper. Forty-two years ago a YMCA staffer helped Avitabile during a time of need and now she is looking to do the same for others.

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer A YMCA worker made a huge difference in the life of a struggling Southington woman 42 years ago and now she is paying it back by donating $5,000 to the Southington YMCA’s Camp Sloper. After suddenly losing her brother to cancer in 1972, Carmel Avitabile and her elderly mother were…

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Cha Cha Slide at Camp Sloper

August 1, 2014
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By Ed Harris
DJ Caspar, the creator of the Cha Cha Slide, stopped by Southington YMCA Camp Sloper last week to perform and speak to the campers about exercise.

By Ed Harris, Editor Campers at Southington YMCA Camp Sloper recently Cha Cha slid there way into exercise. DJ Casper, birth name Willie Perry, the creator of the Cha Cha Slide, visited Sloper as part of week long tour of Connecticut camps aimed at getting kids moving and reducing childhood obesity. Casper had made a…

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Sloper skatepark will only open one Saturday a month this season

May 31, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor The skatepark at YMCA Camp Sloper is open only once a month this year, due to budget issues. “Being the sole funder, we are assuming all the maintenance and staff costs for the program, which has limited our ability to be open more,” said Mark Pooler, Camp Sloper director. The skatepark…

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Southington YMCA holds campaign kick-off breakfast

March 26, 2014
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By Ed Harris
Southington YMCA Camp Sloper Director Mark Pooler, left, and ESPN Director of Communications Mike Soltys gave out three bikes during the campaign kick-off breakfast.

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA held its Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast last week, with speakers highlighting the good that the YMCA has done in their lives. Albert Stavidlo shared his story on how YMCA staff helped save his life earlier this year. Stavidlo, 39, went to the YMCA on Tuesday, Jan. 14 expecting…

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Taking the plunge in Sloper Pond

January 24, 2014
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By Tammi Naudus
Former Town Councilor Al Natelli, left, led Team Southington Politicians into the frigid waters of Sloper Pond on Saturday. He is pictured above with Republican Town Councilor Tom Lombardi.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the community jumped into the frigid waters of Sloper’s Pond during Southington YMCA’s ninth annual Polar Plunge—all for a good cause. Transforming into one of Southington’s most popular fundraisers, the Polar Plunge event featured nine different teams made up of local politicians, school staff and officials, YMCA employees,…

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Obstacle race set at Camp Sloper

January 5, 2014
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The natural beauty at YMCA Camp Sloper will provide some of the obstacles in the Storm Sloopers Trails Challenge later this year.

By Ed Harris Editor Southington YMCA officials are planning a Storm Sloper Trails Challenge for early next year. The race is billed as being part run, part obstacle course and part scavenger hunt. “It is very much like a Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder, but at the same time it is its own unique event,”…

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Blue Knights mix it up; Cross Country shines at co-ed Sloper Relays

October 4, 2013
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By John Goralski
Colin Murphy races across the gravel surface at YMCA Camp Sloper during a recent Blue Knight race.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Parents and boosters huddle around gas grills at the edge of the pavilion, while groups of athletes stroll around the field in a wash of fall colors. On Friday, Sept. 27, YMCA Camp Sloper looked more like a fall festival than a competitive racing meet, and that’s just what officials…

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Surviving the course; Perkowski, Garrison pace the Knights at Sloper

September 27, 2013
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By John Goralski
Lauren Perkowski paces the Knights against Conard and NW Catholic at YMCA Camp Sloper on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Perkowski emerged from the woods in a sea of red jerseys and elbowed for position as they wound their way down one of the course’s steep hills. Her teammate, Sean Garrison, had already prevailed in the boys race, outlasting all but one on Southington’s new and improved cross-country course.…

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Schools offer new enrichment program; Like Learners to offer new opportunities

September 19, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the lost of the SOAR program last May due to budget cuts, the Southington School District decided to devote its time over the summer to creating a new enrichment opportunity for gifted and talented students in all eight elementary schools and the two middle schools. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Erardi…

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Tombstone with Sloper ties found in Meriden

September 18, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco
Tony Palmieri, Southington YMCA director of operations wraps the Sloper tombstone in a protective blanket.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer What started out as a cleanup day in a basement turned into an excavation site for Meriden resident Shawn Hard. About four years ago, Hard was cleaning up the basement of his home on Reservoir Avenue one day when he came across a tombstone with a name familiar to Southington:…

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