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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…

Staten Island YMCA elects 5 new members to its Board of Managers

The Staten Island YMCA welcomed five new members to its Board of Managers in 2015. The new members are: Frank Aversa, managing partner at Aversa Bros Industrial Contracting Inc.; John R. Birstler, associate broker at Century 21 Papp Realty, and owner of independent real estate and commercial consulting practice JR Birstler and Associates; Joseph Marchese, president of Financial Planning Concepts ; Eileen Merkent, first vice president/Commercial Lending team leader for Northfield Bank; and John R. Merlino Jr., a partner at Merlino & Gonzalez law firm. Read more…

Staten Island YMCA launches annual campaign to fund community programs

The Staten Island YMCA launched its 2015 Annual Campaign on Wednesday at the South Shore facility in Eltingville. The yearly community fund-raising effort supports programming and services in youth development, activities for seniors, healthy living and social responsibility. The Staten Island YMCA serves 60,000 Staten Islanders -- including 30,000 children. Donations to the Staten Island YMCA have a direct impact on Island residents and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Read more…

Chinatown Y offers free Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday

Coming up Sunday, Feb. 22, Chinatown will come alive with this year’s edition of the Lunar New Year Parade. But if you’d like to get an early start in celebrating the Year of the Ram, the Chinatown Y has a free event coming up this Saturday. There will be a lion dance, tea tastings, lantern making and other crafts for kids. The party takes place from noon-4 p.m. at the YMCA’s Lower East Side facility, 273 Bowery. Lunch will be at 12:30 (first come, first served). Read more…

Diabetes Prevention Program: YMCA and RUMC team up to offer free 16-week course

The Staten Island YMCA and Richmond University Medical Center have joined forces to extend the reach and increase the success of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. The Y has offered the 16-week program for a number of years. The partnership with RUMC grew out of a dedication of both institutions to curb the diabetes epidemic on Staten Island. Read more…

13th annual Unity Games take on even greater meaning than usual in 2015

The Unity Games, an annual event which incorporates basketball as a vehicle to bring children of different races and cultures together for a weekend of activities, will stage its 13th edition on March 21-22. With the support of the YMCA, the Games will provide workshops on Internet safety with a focus on cyber-bullying; gang awareness, cultural diversity, bullying and overcoming obstacles. The program is about understanding and tolerance of someone who is different, about erasing fears at an early age and making friends. Read more…