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New initiative seeks to protect kids from Staten Island drug epidemic

Borough President James Oddo, along with the NYPD, the Department of Education and borough drug addiction specialists, announced a new initiative on Wednesday designed to prevent children from becoming victims of Staten Island's drug epidemic.Jacqueline Fiore, executive director of the Staten Island YMCA Counseling Services at Borough Hall was at the ceremony to help announce "Drop Box Program: Police and Parents Protecting our Kids." Read more…

Registration open for Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics

The annual Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics will take place Oct. 11 to 15, featuring 23 competitions, including two new events -- Pickleball and Corn Hole.Participants will compete for a gold, silver or bronze medal in their chosen events. Sponsoring this year's event are: The Staten Island Jewish Community Center; the YMCA; the city Department for the Aging; the city Parks Department, and the Staten Island Advance. Read more…

Former Jets QB Gives Keynote at YMCA Counseling Service Brunch

The YMCA Counseling Service, an outpatient program that provides prevention and treatment services for people struggling with chemical dependence, held its annual fundraising brunch Sunday in the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. Former New York Jets quarterback Ray Lucas, a recovering prescription pill addict whose drug abuse started after a football injury, was the keynote speaker at the event. Read more…

6 free events for kids: St. George Day, Whistlin’ Wolves and more

Staten Island YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with free community events, featuring activities such as Tae Kwon Do, basketball, swimming, arts & crafts, nutrition information and much more, to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. "We'll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long, and give families tips they can easily replicate at home. It's free and open to the community." said Anita Harvey, senior executive director of the Staten Island YMCA . Read more…

Spring break fun for Staten Island kids: Street games, trampolines, art camp

School's out for the week of April 6 and after a long, cold winter, the kids will be itching to get moving and out of the house. The Island culturals have come up with some pretty nifty things to do indoors and out -- for fun, creativity, learning -- but no tests. Both the Broadway and South Shore YMCA offer spring break camps. Read more…

Revelers kicked up their heels at YMCA’s Dine ‘N Dance at Hilton

Nicotra's Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn provided the perfect backdrop for the YMCA's Dine 'N Dance event March 13, where more than 250 revelers partied heartily for the age old organization whose mission is to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Proceeds from the evening will help support local children and families by providing them with free youth memberships and scholarship funds for YMCA programs such a summer day camp. Read more…

Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics 2015

Recently, the Staten Island Senior Olympics was renamed to the Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics in honor of the events founder, Beatrice Victor. She gave some advice to participants for the upcoming game. She advises to start prepping for the October 11 - 16, 2015 games now! "If you have been eating too much and letting those muscles grow soft, it's time to get going now. Use your senior centers, the parks, the JCC and the YMCA to get your bodies in condition and learn [if you don't already know how] to play the games." Read more…

Fighting a war on two fronts

Jacqueline Fiore, executive director of Staten Island YMCA Counseling Service,spoke to the Staten Island Advance on the issue of insurance and addiction. She said, "It's left up to the provider and the client to prove the need for this level of treatment. Sometimes it is a fail-first model, where you have to fail outpatient visits before you can be approved for inpatient.: Read more…

Husband and wife both diagnosed with cancer learn to ‘Livestong at the YMCA’

After Gerard and Maureen Herr found were both diagnosed with cancer, they found support in the Livestrong at the YMCA. The three-month program for cancer patients and survivors provides a personal trainer to show people the ropes in the gym and shift the focus from fighting cancer to regaining strength and confidence and improving their well-being. People need not be a YMCA member to join. A grant from the Richmond County Savings Foundation helps the YMCA provide it at no cost to as many people as possible. Read more…

Shake off winter blues: ‘Kick up your heels’ for the Staten Island YMCA

The Staten Island YMCA, a leading borough non-profit dedicated to helping families learn, grow and thrive, will host its annual Dine 'N Dance event on Friday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Nicotra's Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. This year, the event will honor local community leaders with names like Teddy Atlas, boxing trainer and commentator and founder of the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation; Joanne Cook, a longtime YMCA volunteer and vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Brian Laline, a deep rooted YMCA volunteer and executive editor of the Staten Island Advance. Read more…