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Scourge brought out of the shadows; St. Clare’s and the YMCA partner to dry parents’ tears

With the frightening record number of deaths and near-fatal overdoses officially reported for 2014, there is wide concern that the numbers for last year will be far worse. In response to the increased number of deaths due to drug use on Staten Island, the YMCA Counseling Service and St. Clare's Parish are partnering to offer a bereavement group for parents who have lost a child to substance abuse. Read more…

25 Things to Do in NYC Over Mid-Winter Recess 2016

The kids are off from school for mid-winter recess (February 15 to 19, plus two weekends!) and, if you're anything like us, you're starting to worry about how you'll keep them from going stir crazy. One idea is to practice your hoop skills and footwork with professional coaches during the YMCA Park Slope's Basketball Sports Performance Camp. Read more…

Bellerose couple have been each other’s Valentines for more than 70 years

The married couple, Ronnie and Hank Arond, now 91 and 92, found love on March 4, 1943. Having been members since 1952 they are very involved with the Cross Island YMCA on Hillside Avenue, where they have been members since 1952. Ronnie has been teaching yoga for over 20 years, along with synchronized swimming. In her spare time, she performs scenes from plays with a drama club for seniors called STAR. Read more…

New York Times unveils lost snapshots of black history

The New York Times has begun to unpack never-before-seen photographs that help fill in a portrait of African-American history. Why did these images of historic moments and well-known figures go unpublished for so long? After The Times posted a photo from 1949 of Jackie Robinson giving a speech to the Sociology Society of City College in New York, reader feedback uncovered that he was talking about his work with the YMCA in Harlem. Read more…