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YMCA bestows honors on community members

November 14, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Southington-Cheshire YMCA announced the award recipients for the Person of the Year award, the Reaching Out Award and the Unsung Hero award at a press conference on Nov. 10. Town Councilor Dawn Miceli will receive the Person of the Year award, the Southington Education Foundation will receive the Reaching…

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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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DJ Caspar slides kids into fitness at Sloper

August 1, 2014
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By ED HARRIS Editor Campers at Southington YMCA Camp Sloper recently “Cha Cha” slid there way into exercise. DJ Casper (also known as 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 to reduce childhood obesity. Casper made…

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YMCA to use $900,000 grant to renovate its pool

June 5, 2014
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From left, Tony Palmieri, Director of Operations, Southington YMCA,  Dave Donnelly, Board Member, Bread for Life, Southington State Repre-sentative David Zoni, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, John Myers, executive director, Southington – Cheshire Community YMCAs, Melissa Sheffy, president, Southington – Cheshire Community YMCAs’ Board of Directors, and Donna Ayer, director of Community Development, Southington YMCA, receive a $900,000 grant-in-aid to the town of Southington to finance renovations and improvements to the Southington YMCA.

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA will use a $900,000 grant from the State Bond Commission to renovate its pool. Since its installation in 1968, the pool has only received minimal renovations, funded from the YMCA reserves. “This is such a critical resource for our community,” YMCA Executive Director John Myers said about the…

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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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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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YMCA to offer adult dodgeball tourney

March 6, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA is hosting an adult dodgeball tournament early next month. Spurred on by the success of the annual teen tournament, event organizer Steve Silva decided to create an adult tournament. “I’ve kicked around the idea to host an adult tournament for the past two years,” Silva said. “With the…

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YMCA Fun Day

January 31, 2014
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Victoria Macmullen and Shelby Glovna enjoy a day at the YMCA.

School break is in session, and the Southington Community YMCA was alive with winter fun. Here are some photos from Monday, Dec. 29.

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Taking the plunge in Sloper Pond

January 24, 2014
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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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Annual youth dodgeball tournament returns to YMCA

January 22, 2014
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The dodgeball tournament at the Southington YMCA utilizes foam balls to help protect participants.

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA’s annual Teen Dodgeball Tournament returns for another throw this weekend. The tournament, now in its fourth year, is broken up into two divisions, sixth and seventh grade and eighth and ninth grade. There is a maximum of 16 teams per division. “We had it fill every year” said…

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