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Benson Playground gets a facelift

After years of playing on cracked and graying blacktop, dozens of children eagerly waited to have their sneakers hit the newly renovated multi-use asphalt of Benson Playground after the July 13 ribbon cutting hosted by New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and City Councilmember Vincent Gentile. P.S. 200 students and YMCA campers broke in the new play area with Parks’ staff, playing soccer and basketball. Read more…

Immersion Therapy at the Pool

Saaif Alam, 20, who grew up in Jamaica, Queens, joined WETs 4 Vets - a swim club based in New York City - to become a stronger swimmer. Alam would practice at the YMCA, noting his father learned to swim in a deep river in Bangladesh. Read more…

The Will to Tri: Legally blind and suffering from lupus, nothing stops Staten Island triathlete John

Heat and humidity hound John Chan, a legally blind triathlete, and his guide, Bob LaBanca, as they commence a training run by the Fred Lebow statue just inside Engineers’ Gate at the 90th Street entrance to Central Park. Readying for Sunday’s New York City Triathlon, Chan and LaBanca trained together in the YMCA on Broadway in Staten Island. Read more…

Haitian Bar Association hosts clinics for those in danger of losing temporary protected status

Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) have been hard at work this summer as they have held a pair of temporary protected status (TPS) renewal clinics in Flatbush this summer to help Haitian immigrants who are in danger of losing their status. The first of these events was held at the YMCA in Flatbush last month and another was held this past weekend at the Bethesda Baptist Church, also in Flatbush. Read more…

Community health fair

The Jamaica Community Partnership will host a neighborhood health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 12 on 160th Street in Jamaica between Jamaica and 90th avenues. Sponsors include the YMCA, the Greater Jamaica Development Corp., Radio 103.9 and the Healthcare Education Project. Read more…