Posts Tagged ‘ YMCA ’

Team Lauryn to return to Apple Harvest Festival Road Race

September 12, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Team Lauryn will return to the Apple Harvest Road Race this year in memory of Lauryn Ossola, a former YMCA Stingray and Lady Knight’s swimmer at Southington High School who died tragically in car accident two years ago. Team Lauryn will participate in the 5K/5 mile Road Race at the…

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YMCA expansion includes parking lot and other buildings

September 5, 2013
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YMCA expansion includes parking lot and other buildings

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the Southington YMCA may have more parking spots to choose from by the end of September, as construction of the lots is near completion. Director of Operations Tony Palmieri said there will be 99 additional parking spaces in front of the building alone, bringing the total number of…

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Camp Sloper skate park open for the summer

May 9, 2013
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Camp Sloper skate park open for the summer

By Ed Harris Editor The YMCA Skate Park is open for the summer and there is the opportunity for free skateboarding lessons. The skate park has been in existence since 1998 and has grown in popularity through the years. “There is no other place in town to skate legally,” said Camp Sloper Director Mark Pooler.…

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YMCA holds annual campaign kick-off breakfast

March 9, 2013
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YMCA holds annual campaign kick-off breakfast

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA held its annual Community Support Campaign Kick-off Breakfast last week, complete with stories of how the YMCA, its staff and programs, have helped numerous people within the community. Last year the campaign was able to raise $280,000, all of which was used to help those that could not…

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Family funfest brings out a crowd

February 28, 2013
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Family funfest brings out a crowd

By Margaret Waage Correspondent The Healthy Family FunFest, held February 24 at the Aqua Turf, had such a big turnout that many cars arriving at noon were being directed to park in the perimeter parking lots because those closest to the entrance were filled. Coordinated by three organizations including the Hospital of Central Connecticut, the…

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Activate Southington tries to keep the town healthy

February 23, 2013
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By Matthew Patterson Contributor Activate Southington was formed in 2009, with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In the years since, the group has been active in town and will take part in the fourth annual Healthy Family Funfest this weekend. In the past, Activate Southington has supported the community with the Hershey…

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Taking a charitable dip in Sloper Pond

January 24, 2013
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Taking a charitable dip in Sloper Pond

By Rob Glidden Staff Wrter The annual YMCA Polar Plunge pulled in $24,000 worth of donations, which were given by the community to sponsor the roughly 80 participants who jumped into the frigid waters of Sloper’s Pond. In the eight years since it was first held in Southington, the event has grown into one of…

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Southington YMCA teen dodgeball tournament returns

January 13, 2013
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Dodgeball

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA’s annual Teen Dodgeball Tournament returns for another throw later this month. The tournament, now in its third year, is broken up into tow divisions, middle school and high school. There is a maximum of 16 teams per division. “In the past two years we’ve had some success with…

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Dive into the Polar Plunge

January 11, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Every year, Mark Pooler is often the last man to leave the frigid waters of Sloper Pond during the YMCA’s annual Polar Plunge. For the past seven years, Pooler has spent approx. 75 seconds in the water, racking up the donations. “We pledge by seconds,” said Pooler, the Outdoor Center director…

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YMCA expansion set; Olney home is the only sticking point

January 10, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The YMCA’s plans for expanding their building and adding new parking lots was approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission, although details of how the organization will deal with traffic are still under negotiation. The expansion includes additions on two sides of the YMCA’s main building and an increase of…

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