YMCA OF MONTCLAIR
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Geyer Family Branch: (973) 783-7640

YMCA of Montclair and Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center Announce Partnership to Build a Healthier Community

The YMCA of Montclair and Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center announce a new 3-year partnership to address critical health and wellness needs in the community. The YMCA of Montclair and Mountainside Medical Center share a purpose and passion for progressively building a healthier community. For 10 years they have partnered on community health initiatives including health fairs, health education and screening programs. Mountainside Medical Center has also been a sponsor of the Montclair Run and 1891 Gala Fundraiser.

“Our impact on the health and well-being of our community can be magnified through this deeper partnership, rooted in a common commitment to prevention and combating chronic disease,” said Buddy Evans, YMCA of Montclair President and CEO.

The partnership will focus on chronic disease management and improving quality of life for people with diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. Cardiac and bariatric patients cleared by Mountainside Medical Center will be seen by a YMCA personal trainer to create custom programs which will include education on how to incorporate fitness into their daily regimen.

Mountainside Medical Center physicians and specialists will conduct healthy living screenings, lectures and “ask a doctor” tabling events at the YMCA of Montclair. Of special note, pediatric lectures and screenings will be made available at the Geyer Family Branch for parents. Topics will include developmental milestones, vaccinations, preschool readiness, and breastfeeding.

“Through this unique collaboration, we will be able to extend the continuum of care for our patients after they leave the hospital by connecting them with programs and services that will help them continue to improve their health.” said John A. Fromhold, CEO of Mountainside Medical Center.

In addition, the YMCA of Montclair will expand its mission of enhancing healthy living in our community by providing employees of Mountainside Medical Center an on-site wellness program featuring dance, yoga and kickboxing classes. Mountainside Medical Center employees will also have access to a special YMCA membership, enabling employees to utilize the Y’s facilities and programs.

“The YMCA of Montclair has been a leader in healthy living for 125 years. We thank John A. Fromhold for his leadership and support of our Y’s chronic disease prevention and healthy living programs, and mission work within our community,” said Buddy Evans, YMCA of Montclair President and CEO.

Dolphins Turn In Outstanding Performances at 2019 Jeffrey S. Mace Memorial Summer Sizzle

Members of the YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team turned in outstanding performances at the 2019 Jeffrey S. Mace Memorial Summer Sizzle hosted by Eastern Express on Friday-Sunday June 28-30 at the Werblin Recreation Center, Rutgers University.

Thirty-seven of the team’s fastest swimmers qualified for a meet that has traditionally been one of the most anticipated all year. More than 1,500 swimmers from nearly 50 teams from the Tri-State area participated this year.

For the Dolphins, there are 6 national qualifiers – Lily Foung, Connor Townson, Liam Hood, Natalie Dripchak, Ela Habjan, and Thatcher Smith.

A new team record was set in the 13/14 age group in the 200 Medley Relay by Ela Habjan, Natalie Dripchak, Carly Frank, and Natalie Shaw. New national cuts included Natalie Dripchak for the 200 Breaststroke; Ela Habjan for the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Back; Connor Townson for the 100 Breast, 200 IM; and Liam Hood for the 100 Back. Lily Foung is our newest national qualifier for the 200 Breaststroke (2:48.07).

For the first time in quite a while for the Dolphins, a boys relay has qualified for Nationals in the 400 Medley Relay swam by Liam Hood, Connor Townson, Mizell McEachin and Thatcher Smith. The swimmers missed the team record in the event by less than one second.

Natalie Dripchak came in 1st in the 200 Breast in the 13/14 age group. Despite swimming in the open events, Ela Habjan (age 14) was 7th in the 50 Free, and 6th in the 100 Back. Mizell McEachin was 1st in the 50 Fly. Leo Powers was 4th in the 13/14 Boys 400 IM event. Girls relays in the 13/14 age group did extremely well – 200 Medley Relay placed 2nd (Ela Habjan, Natalie Dripchak, Carly Frank, Natalie Shaw), and 3rd in the 200 Free Relay (Natalie Shaw, Salma Benchekroun, Tyna Davis, Ela Habjan). The Boys 400 Medley that qualified for Nationals took 3rd in the event.

“Our swimmers have been training hard and we are so proud to see them achieve such great results,” said Paulo Madeira, the team’s head coach. “I am excited to see the swimmers develop further as we head into the championship season.”

New Inclusive Playground Coming To YMCA Of Montclair’s Geyer Family Branch

Nearly 1 in 3 children (ages 2-19) is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems. In addition, nearly 1 in 4 children (ages 2-8) have a chronic health condition. Yet, only 1 out of 3 is physically active each day. [According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation https://www.healthiergeneration.org/]

That’s why playgrounds are a critical source of physical activity for young children.

The YMCA of Montclair is in the process of raising funds for an imaginative and accessible public playground. The project will break ground this summer behind the Y’s Geyer Family Branch at 159 Glenridge Ave in Montclair.

Through a design and development collaboration with Montclair State University, the Y is planning a fully accessible Rainbow themed playground. It will include a Play Tower with an ADA staircase, slide, a greenhouse and florist play space, sand and water play, a tiered mountain riding road, an urban garden and more.

The goal for the new playground is to enhance collaboration, inclusion, physical development and challenges to provide a safe, fun environment for all children, regardless of their abilities.

This playground will benefit children who attend programs and camp at the Y and children who live in the area, as there is no public playground nearby.

The Y needs your help to make this inclusive playground experience possible.

The YMCA of Montclair has raised $65,000 for the playground thanks to generous donations from Investors Foundation, Susann and Jim Connors and Wendy and Andrew Lacey and others. They are seeking an additional $85,000 in donations to finish funding it. As a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, all donations to the Y for the playground are tax deductible. If you are interested in making a donation, please visit https://www.montclairymca.org/giving/appeal/ or call 973-415-6107.

“Forming healthy habits at a young age puts children on a path to improved health outcomes,” said Buddy Evans, President & CEO of the YMCA of Montclair. “This playground is great for our Y and this area because it inspires physical activity in young children and is filling a community need.”

According to Evans, this is a tremendous community effort.

“I presented the idea of the playground to the Y’s major donors and they’ve been fully supportive of this project,” said Evans. “We then reached out to the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University who were very excited to jump on board along with our architect.”

A professor and six students from Montclair State’s Department of Art and Design are also engaged in this project – the interns will receive credit for designing and manufacturing the playground.

“In working with the YMCA, select students and various consultants, our goal was to design an inclusive play space that engages children both physically and creatively,” said Gary Fredriksen, Professor of Art and Design at Montclair State University. “We also wanted to include unique elements that connect the playground to the Montclair community.”

The Y plans to open the playground in the fall.

The YMCA of Montclair Announces Learn to Swim Week, Drop-in Classes and Summer Session

The Week of June 24th is an Exciting Time at Both Branches of the YMCA of Montclair

During the week of June 24, 2019, the YMCA of Montclair will host Safety Around Water which is a learn to swim week at the Park Street and Geyer Family Branch. For a $25 registration fee, children ages 6 months+ through adults can take FREE swim classes. Five classes are offered, Monday through Friday, and a Y membership is not required. The 40-minute swim/safety lessons are taught by certified swim instructors and are designed for those with little or no swim experience. Pre-registration IN PERSON is required and space is limited.

The YMCA of Montclair recently began to offer swim lessons that are open to the community. Previously, swim lessons at both branches were only open to Members.

“Summer is here, and recent high-profile drowning tragedies have once again thrust water safety into the spotlight, stressing the dire importance of teaching children and adults how to swim,” said Tammy Como, Association Aquatics Director at the YMCA of Montclair. “We’re proud and excited to offer free swim classes during our Safety Around Water Program, and we encourage everyone who wants to benefit from this program to sign up now before space is full.”

Also during the week of June 24th, the Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair will offer its Members and Community Members (members of the community who don’t hold Y memberships) the opportunity to try out a few of its great classes in cooking, dance, art, and sports. The cost is $15 per class for YMCA of Montclair Members and $20 per class for Community Members.

“Drop in Classes are a great opportunity for Members to check out something new at our Geyer Family Branch, as well as for members of the community to come in and give us a try,” said Justine Biendon, Executive Director of the Geyer Family Branch. “We hope that our current Members take advantage of the offerings and find something new that they enjoy, and that others are encouraged to stop in and see what we’re all about.”

The Summer Session at the Y’s Park Street Branch begins June 29 (Community Member registration begins June 17) and July 1 at their Geyer Family Branch (Community Member registration begins June 24).

To learn more about Safety Around Water, visit https://bit.ly/2WFEwyP

To learn more about the Y’s Summer Session and Drop in classes, visit montclairymca.org

YMCA Of Montclair And The Montclair Recreation Department To Host 37th Annual Montclair Run

On June 2, 2019 the YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Recreation Department will host the 37th Montclair Run. The event is a great way for individuals, families and runners of all abilities to support an active lifestyle while giving back to the community.

“The Montclair Run has such a community feel to it,” says Pat Brechka, the Montclair Recreation Department Director and race co-director. “It’s great to see runners and volunteers come back every year. This year, we have switched up the order of the races and there are new start times. Now, the 10K runners will race first at 8am, followed by the 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 10am. We made these changes because the longer distance runners have been requesting an earlier race start. It’s also to allow time for families to complete the race with their little ones and not have to be up so early. This year we are also sanctioned by USATF and featured in the Grand Prix so runners can earn points for competing.”

The traditions of the Montclair Run will continue next year, but without Brechka, who is retiring from the Montclair Recreation Department on July 1.

“The contributions to scholarships that Pat Brechka has helped realize through the Montclair Run are measurable in dollars yet her contributions to the community are immeasurable,” said Buddy Evans, President & CEO of the YMCA of Montclair. “We will miss her greatly.”

All runners must register online by June 1 at 2pm at runsignup.com/Race/NJ/Montclair/TheMontclairRun

Price increases after May 24.

In-person registration at the YMCA of Montclair, Park Street Branch is available on Friday, May 31 from 8am-8pm and Saturday, June 1 from 10am-6pm. Same day in-person registration at the YMCA of Montclair’s Park Street Branch will be available from 6:30-9:30am on race day.

Funds raised make it possible for the YMCA of Montclair to fulfill its mission to strengthen individuals, families and community by developing spirit, mind and body. All proceeds benefit the YMCA’s Mental Health and Chronic Disease programs and scholarships for the Montclair Recreation Department. The YMCA of Montclair offers financial assistance for childcare, summer camp, membership and other programs to ensure opportunities for everyone to grow and thrive. The Montclair Run also makes it possible for the Montclair Recreation Department to offer scholarships for those in need in the community.

In addition to the two races, there will be a health and wellness fair, sports massages, music, activities for kids and a moonwalk.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE

  • 6:30-9:30am Race Check-In
  • 8am USATF certified 10K Run starts
  • 9-11am Family Fun Activities (wellness & health fair, free sports massages, DJ, games and a moonwalk)
  • 10am 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk starts

Awards ceremony immediately following each race.

The races begin and end in front of the YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street, Montclair.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center. “We love to support the YMCA and the wonderful example they set for the community,” said John Fromhold, Chief Executive Officer of Mountainside Medical Center. “The Y is a great place for people to proactively improve their health. This perfectly compliments the mission of our hospital.”

The Montclair Run is seeking volunteers to assist with the race. Volunteers help set up for the race, hand out water, direct traffic and clean up.

For further information about the Montclair Run and to sign up to volunteer, visit https://www.montclairymca.org/montclair-run/.

You Are Invited To Our Annual Meeting

Join us for our Annual Meeting on May 15, 2018 as we celebrate our successes of the past year and look forward to an exciting year ahead. Come and hear about the positive impact the Y has made on individuals within the community. We’ll also be highlighting our Chronic Disease Programs.

WHEN: MAY 15

TIME: Networking at 6:30 pm, meeting begins at 7 pm.

WHERE: Geyer Family Branch, YMCA of Montclair, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair

COST: Free and open to the community

RSVP by May 10 to Li Schuman at 973-415-6127.

New Programs For Spring II Session

Highlights Include a Variety of New Classes for Kids 7-9 Years Old and Opening Swim Lessons to the Community

The Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair is ‘springing’ into action bringing new programs for youth ages 7-9. These are in addition to their already packed schedule for youth through age 6. Classes will include sports such as track and field and soccer, and creative arts classes like movie making, baking, and creating spa products.

“The YMCA continues to increase program opportunities for all ages giving those individuals youth and families options that suit their schedules, interests and needs. Our staff is so excited to welcome more kids to the Geyer Family Center to learn, explore and try new things,” said Justine Biendon, Director of the Geyer Family Branch.

Additionally, beginning with the start of the Spring II session on April 29, 2019 both the Geyer Family Branch and Park Street Branches of the YMCA of Montclair will offer swim lessons that are open to the community. Previously, swim lessons at both branches were only open to members, making these changes quite significant and in many cases to come, potentially life saving.

“Water safety is one of our highest priorities and with summer quickly approaching, this is the perfect time to teach kids how to swim and for parents to refresh their own skills,” said Tammy Como, Association Aquatics Director at the YMCA of Montclair. “We have different levels of classes so there’s something for everyone. Our door is always open and we encourage you to come see for yourself.”

As an established nonprofit committed to youth development, for almost 100 years the Y has been a leader in providing swimming lessons and water safety, including:

  • In 2018 alone, the Y offered scholarships to 95 individuals of all ages, awarding a total of $16,400 in swim and water safety.
  • Offering Safety Around Water, a FREE water safety program each summer to help people of all ages, especially children, to learn basic swimming skills and water safety practices. In 2018 alone, 150 children and adults participated. The program will be offered again June 24-June 28 at both YMCA of Montclair locations.
  • Providing free swim lessons to four-year-old children from the Montclair Child Development Center Head Start program. The program started in 2017 with 40 children and grew to over 50 the following year. Typically, these children would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn how to swim.
  • Offering a Mission Swim Possible Special Needs Program for children with different needs and abilities.
  • Teaching American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructor Training.

“You would be hard pressed to find someplace else in the community with such a long history and deep experience with water safety,” said Como. “With membership no longer a barrier and competitive pricing, we’ve made it easier than ever to take swim lessons at the Y. Beyond its heathy attributes, swimming is a life-saving skill for all.”

Registration for Spring II at both branches begins on April 22, 2019. To learn more, visit montclairymca.org

The YMCA Of Montclair Wants To Celebrate Healthy Kids Day With YOU!

Come move, learn and celebrate with the YMCA of Montclair for our annual Healthy Kids Day on April 27th!

Healthy Kids day is a national Y event that encourages kids and their families to create healthy habits together, especially as we enter the summer months. Research shows that during out of school time, without access to activities, kids fall behind academically; they can gain weight twice as fast and they are less motivated. The YMCA of Montclair’s Healthy Kids Day jumpstarts ideas for healthy habits and this year’s event will get kids and adults alike to embrace their inner ninja!

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the YMCA of Montclair is hosting their “Ninja Warrior” themed event from 12 – 2pm that will inspire kids and families to motivate, move and make memories.

The event is FREE and open to the community. Special events are:

  • Ninja Obstacle Course (ages 7+)
  • Mini Ninja Obstacle Course (ages 6 and under)
  • Ninja Aqua Fun & Safety
  • Ninja Tour de France (riding spin bikes)
  • Ninja Mind Games (Minute to Win It activities)
  • Ninja Nutrition (food related activity)
  • Goodie Bags to take home

Bring your bathing suit, towel and swim cap with you to take advantage of free swim times after the Ninja Warrior events (Youth Swim from 3-5 pm and Family Swim from 5-7 pm).

“A child’s development is never on vacation! Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to enhance kids’ enthusiasm and our Ninja courses and activities will motivate their minds, bodies and spirit!” says Buddy Evans, YMCA of Montclair CEO. “All kids have unlimited potential when they feel healthy and happy and supported. When this happens, they can do anything they set their minds to.”

Special Healthy Kids Day Offers With Participation In Activities:

50% Off*
If you register your child for a membership at the YMCA of Montclair on 4/27/19 and you also register that child for a Spring II swim class that day, you will receive 50% off the swim class.

0$ JOINING FEE*
Purchase a Family or Adult membership on 4/27/19, the YMCA of Montclair will waive the Joining Fee.

ENTER RAFFLE*
Register for two or more weeks of camp on 4/27/19 and you can enter a raffle to get 50% off a week of camp.

*New members/campers only, restrictions apply. Participation in Healthy Kids Day required.

For more information, contact the YMCA of Montclair at montclairymca.org or 973-415-6102

YMCA of Montclair – 2019 Black History Month Program

The YMCA of Montclair is hosting a series of events in celebration of Black History Month that are free and open to the community. All events are held at the Y’s Park Street Branch at 25 Park Street or Geyer Family Branch at 159 Glenridge Ave, both in Montclair. More events will be added; please check our website as we update the schedule: www.montclairymca.org

Black Panther – A youth movie night, Saturday, February 9 at 7:30pm (grades 4-7), YMCA of Montclair Geyer Family Branch.

Wakanda Forever! Join us for a screening of the iconic Oscar nominated film Black Panther, rated PG-13. Space is limited, registration required in advance ymcablackpanther.eventbrite.com.
Optional: Stay after the movie for our annual Youth Night Overnight. Registration for the overnight is required in advance. For fees and registration information, contact Kimberly Griffiths, kgriffiths@nullmontclairymca.org or 973-415-6102.

Poetic Expressions of the Black Experience – A community read-in led by Dr. Shirley A. R. Lewis, Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00am, YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch.

From Phyllis Wheatley to Modern Hip Hop, experience black history as seen through the eyes of our most revered African American poets.

The Art of Jacob Lawrence – An art history lecture led by Maggie Rothman, Wednesday, February 20 at 9:30am, YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch.

Maggie Rothman, YMCA member and retired art history professor, will lead a conversation on the works of Jacob Lawrence, followed by a Q&A. Jacob Lawrence is best known for paintings that vividly portray contemporary depictions of everyday life as well as epic narratives of African American history and historical figures.

Running A Thousand Miles For Freedom – The Story of William and Ellen Craft’s Amazing Escape from Slavery, Thursday, February 21 at 6:30pm, YMCA of Montclair Geyer Family Branch.

Join Mary Ellen Butler, great-great-granddaughter of William and Ellen Craft as she shares their story and the legacy of achievement they created for their ancestors. Refreshments will be served. Register at https://running-a-thousand-miles-for-freedom.eventbrite.com.

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend – A story and hands on art project, Saturday, February 23 at 12:30pm (grades pre-K-sixth), YMCA of Montclair Geyer Family Branch.

Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story is a true story of a mule that played a key role in the civil rights movement in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Gee’s Bend is a small rural African American community which is also known for the quilts that are created there. Children will create their own quilt art project after the story.

Afro-Caribbean Dance with Congolese Drummers, Sunday, February 24 at 3:30pm, YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch.

Immerse yourself in the joy and vitality of rhythms rooted in Africa. Class led by Julio Jean, a renowned master Haitian dance teacher, choreographer and musician.

The YMCA of Montclair Opens New Functional Training Studio

The YMCA of Montclair announced the opening of its new Functional Training Studio, a state-of-the-art workout space that includes an Assault Air Runner Treadmill, Assault Air Bike, Power Rack with assorted Bumper Plates, Kettlebells and Rack, Torque Bridge unit, 10 TRX Straps, Power Sled, Medicine Balls, Slam Balls, and an Antigravity Suspension Trainer. Also coming soon is an Adjustable Weight Tire for practicing weighted flips.

While the Functional Training Studio officially opens on February 1, a soft opening is taking place January 28 through January 31, 2019. During the soft opening, people in the community ages 13 and up can take two FREE DEMO classes.

Limited spots are available for each class, so advance sign up to reserve a spot is required. Click here to reserve a spot and to view the demo schedule visit.

A government issued photo I.D. is required to take demo classes.

The Functional Training Studio offers multiple class packages (in addition to the YMCA membership cost) to best meet new members’ fitness goals:

  • 1 class: $25
  • 5 classes: $75 ($15/per class)
  • 10 classes: $125 ($12.50/per class)
  • 20 classes: $225 ($11.25/per class)

Packages expire 30 days after date of purchase.

As an added incentive, if the demo leads to the purchase of a YMCA of Montclair membership and a 10-class pack or higher, then the new member will get one FREE Fitness Assessment.

“We are thrilled to open the much-anticipated Functional Training Studio, which helps solidify our leadership in the fitness industry,” said Washima Redding, Senior Health and Wellness director for the YMCA of Montclair. “We take fitness seriously while making it fun and rewarding. We want our members to be engaged and challenged so they train to the best of their ability. The studio provides our members with one stop shopping for their fitness regimen.”

Those looking to step up their workouts now have a more cost-efficient alternative to specialized training studios, plus they receive the added benefit of our two pools, a weight room, over 130 fitness classes, child care, and so much more—all under one roof.

If you join the Y before January 31, 2019, the Y also will waive the Joiner’s Fee and give you the 3rd month of membership free.*

If you join the Y between February 1-28, 2019, the YMCA of Montclair will waive the Joiner’s Fee for all new members who purchase a Functional Training Studio package of 10 or more classes.*
*New family and adult members only. Restrictions apply.

“The Functional Training Studio is a huge capital improvement to our facility that wouldn’t be possible without the support of our members,” said Buddy Evans, President and CEO of the YMCA of Montclair. “We look forward to continually upgrading and expanding our offerings both as a way to say thank you and to provide a health and wellness facility that exceeds all expectations.”

YMCA Of Montclair Welcomes New Members To Its Board Of Directors

The YMCA of Montclair welcomed three newly elected members to its Board of Directors at its October 2018 Board meeting.

Steve Bloomstein is a Montclair resident, a graduate of Hofstra University and holds an MS, Information and Computer Systems from Johns Hopkins University. Steve is currently a consultant who helps technology and professional services firms transform through operational excellence. Prior to becoming a consultant, he was the Senior Vice President of Operations for Polaris (now IOVIA) and the Senior Vice President of Operations for KORE Software.

John Fromhold is a Verona resident, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and holds a Masters of Health and Hospital Administration from Xavier University. John is the Chief Executive Officer at HackensackUMC Mountainside. Prior to joining HackensackUMC Mountainside, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Merit Health Systems in Louisville, KY. He is a former member of Big Brothers and Sisters of Arlington TX, a former Board Member of the Arlington, TX Chamber of Commerce and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jack Pitts is a Montclair resident, a graduate of Hillsdale College and holds a J.D. from Howard University School of Law. He is a Managing Director of The Blackstone Group L.P. in their Hedge Fund Solutions Group. He is a former Associate in the Investment Management Group of Debevoise & Plimpton L.L.P.

Each will serve a three-year term.

The new Board Members join new Board Officers Izumi Hara of Montclair, Chair; Tad Roselund of Montclair, Vice Chair; Alberto Bonilla of Basking Ridge, Treasurer; and Mutya Harsch, Esq. of Montclair, Secretary.

The new Board Members join incumbent Board Members:

  • Mario Corado Avila of Bloomfield
  • Al Cristantiello of Morristown
  • Walter L. Douglas, Jr. of West Orange
  • Naomi Grobstein, MD of Cedar Grove
  • David Harrison of Montclair
  • Victoria L. Herzberg of Bloomfield
  • David R. Lagasse of Montclair
  • Shirley A. R. Lewis, PhD of Montclair
  • Alicia N. Robinson of Montclair
  • Gerald C. Tobin, Esq. of Montclair
  • Michael Townson of Glen Ridge
  • Andrew L. Weinstein of Montclair
  • Tyrone Williams, Jr. of Montclair

The YMCA of Montclair Gala Honors The McMullen Family Foundation And Kate Stanton Paule And Leslie Wallace

The YMCA of Montclair is pleased to announce the McMullen Family Foundation, and Kate Stanton Paule and Leslie Wallace who lead the Montclair Public School Transition to Adulthood program, as this year’s honorees at their annual YMCA 1891 Gala fundraiser being held Friday, October 26, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm at the Valley Regency in Clifton.

The McMullen Family Foundation will be honored as a community champion of academic enrichment programs. Thanks to a grant provided by the Foundation, many elementary school age children have excelled at the YMCA’s Academic Camp Experience (A.C.E.). The A.C.E. program helps prevent the “summer slide” for children, keeping their minds active and available to learn. In addition to the A.C.E. program, the McMullen Family Foundation has supported the construction of the YMCA’s Senior/Teen room. Hundreds of active older adults gather weekly for lectures, programs and stimulating group interaction, and the room also serves as a safe gathering place for teens to learn and socialize after school.

The McMullen Family Foundation is also this year’s Gala Event Sponsor.

“The McMullen Family Foundation is proud to align and partner with organizations that have values that are consistent with the values that we share,” said Peter McMullen, President of the McMullen Family Foundation. “The YMCA of Montclair believes in providing programming and support for the entire community regardless of socio economic issues, race or gender.”

Kate Stanton Paule and Leslie Wallace are Montclair Public School educators who equip students with special educational needs from every walk of life, with skills and opportunity to recreate, work, and live as contributing citizens. The Transition program prepares students for life after high school by developing the skills to navigate their community. “A big component of the Transition program is to provide students with work experience that prepares them for competitive employment in the community,” said Stanton Paule. Wallace says the Transition program is home to a diverse population of students who have the opportunity to explore their strengths and interests outside of the classroom, in real life settings.

The YMCA of Montclair is one of more than 50 community partners who provide work experiences and jobs for young people in the Transition program. Together the YMCA and the Transition program work side-by-side to ensure that all community members can reach their full potential with dignity. “There is no way we could do this without our partners and the community,” said Wallace. “We appreciate that they believe in our students.”

“At our 1891 Gala, we honor notable individuals and programs which have made a significant impact on the YMCA and the community we serve,” said Buddy Evans, President and CEO of the YMCA of Montclair. “The McMullen Family Foundation, Kate Stanton Paule and Leslie Wallace stand out for the immeasurable impact they have made on the community. They embody the YMCA’s mission of strengthening the mind, body and spirit of every person in our community.”

This year’s 1891 Gala emcee is Montclair resident and on camera music and entertainment personality Amy Scott. Amy held the Music News Anchor slot on the re-launch of VH1, was a correspondent on CNN’s “Newsstand” and freelanced as a correspondent for Fox News Network. Event co-chairs are community members Christine Delaunay and Dawn Fabbro, who along with her husband John, owns Fleet Feet Montclair.

Proceeds from the YMCA’s annual 1891 Gala support the YMCA’s Financial Assistance Program. Last year the YMCA’s Financial Assistance Program served more than 200 children attending summer camp, almost 400 individuals joining the Y, nearly 200 children participating in safe before-and-after school care and over 150 children learning to swim. Fundraising is a critical component in the YMCA’s ability to offer school aged child care, summer camp, membership, swim lessons and program scholarships to those in need.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or to make a donation visit montclairymca.org/gala or call 973-415-6125.

Glow After Dark Family Edition Event Hits The YMCA Of Montclair

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, the YMCA of Montclair is holding Glow After Dark Family Edition, a healthy way for kids ages 6+ and their families to get their glow on. From 7:30-10pm, at the Y’s Park Street Branch (25 Park Street in Montclair) families can glow in the dark while doing their best Standing Climb, Downward Dog or Merengue. Tickets are $35 for community families (living in the same household) and $25 for individual adults. Tickets are free for those families who have the Y’s New Family Membership.

The event includes Glow In The Dark Family Cycling, Yoga & Zumba. It also includes dedicated glow fitness activities for children ages 6+.

After exercising, attendees can socialize over refreshments.

Suggested dress is white or neon to help attendees who want to get their glow on under the black lights. Upon arrival, participants will also receive free glow sticks and body paint to help them glow during their workouts.

“The start of the school year is often a busy time for family members that are revving up from a relaxing summer,” said Washima Redding, Senior Director of Health and Wellness for the YMCA of Montclair. “With this special family glow event, we wanted to give families a reason to spend quality time with one another, have fun, reconnect and most importantly exercise together while glowing in the dark! Glow isn’t just for families, everyone in the community is welcome and encouraged to attend this unforgettable evening.”

The Y’s Joiner’s Fee will be waived for those that join the Y that evening.

Need babysitting? It will be free with admission. The Y’s Park Street Branch Nursery will offer children 6 months to age 3 a sensory lightshow; GLOW in the dark Paint and Play; and participation in a light up band with maracas and drums. And the Y’s Park Street Branch Meeting Room will offer children ages 4 through 6 GLOW in the dark – slime, ring toss, Jenga; splatter paint, hopscotch, and Ping Pong stations. Drop off starts at 7:15 pm and pick up must be by 10:15 pm. In addition, parents and guardians must stay in the Park Street building.

Visit montclairymca.org/glow to buy tickets and learn additional information about the evening.

The YMCA of Montclair was founded in 1891 and is a nonprofit organization that welcomes all people. The Y offers need based financial assistance for programs and membership and school aged child care to residents of Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Verona. They also offer financial assistance for camp to residents of Bloomingdale, Haskell and West Milford. Members benefit from healthy lifestyle-related core programs, including aquatics, child care, day camp, family activities, health and wellness, sports and teen programs.

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Dolphins End Highly Successful Swim Season With SunKissed Invitational

Two swimmers captured titles, two team records were broken, and one more swimmer qualified for the national championships, as the YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team punctuated a highly successful season at the recent SunKissed Invitational Junior/Senior Swimming Championships of the USA in Charlotte, N.C.

The meet draws hundreds of swimmers from more than a dozen teams from all over the country, and represents the highlight of the short-course season for the Dolphins who are able to meet the tough qualifying times. This year, 60 Dolphin swimmers participated in the meet, held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center on April 5 to 8, 2018, accompanied by dozens of parents and coaches.

Overall, the boys team finished in second — their highest in many years — while the girls performed strongly as well, coming in 7th.

Two Dolphins were crowned as champions: Ela Habjan (13) of Montclair in the 100 backstroke, and Natalie Dripchak (12) of Montclair in the 200 breaststroke. Natalie’s brother, Kyle (10), broke the team record in the 200 backstroke, dropping an eye-popping 17 seconds from his previous best. And a foursome of 14-year-olds — Connor Townson and Enzo Wood of Glen Ridge, and Sumner Smith and Mizell McEachin of Montclair — broke the team’s record in the 400 medley relay.

Two Dolphins also qualified for the YMCA National Championships: Liam Hood (16) of Glen Ridge in the 200 backstroke, and Edward Madrigal (18) of Belleville in the 100 backstroke. Madrigal had already qualified in the 100 and 200 butterfly.

In other individual highlights, Habjan took 2nd in the 500 freestyle and 200 backstroke, and 3rd in the 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle. Leo Powers (13) of Montclair was the runner-up in the 200 breaststroke, and came in third in the 200 backstroke and 100 backstroke. And Eric Pitman (13) of Montclair came in third in the 500 freestyle.

The meet was also memorable for the high school seniors who made the trip, and were honored during a ceremony. This year, the Dolphins were represented by Madrigal, Lenny Brown (17) of Montclair, Jordan Caro (18) of Montclair, and Julian Charles (17) of West Orange.

“Fabulous,” exulted Paulo Madeira, head coach of the Dolphins team. “Many best times and a great team-bonding experience.”

The team is now transitioning to the summer long course season, in which the athletes will compete in 50-meter, Olympic-sized pools.

The YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team offers a year-round opportunity for competitive swimming in both YMCA and USA Swimming competitions as well as seasonal instructional clinics for aspiring competitive athletes. The team is comprised of girls and boys from age 6 through high school. More than 200 athletes train with the team each year. They compete at all levels, based on their skill set.

For more information about the Montclair YMCA Dolphins swim team, contact head coach Madeira at pmadeira@nullmontclairymca.org or 973-744-3400.

YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Recreation Department To Host 36th Annual Montclair Run

Registration is now open for this family friendly event on Sunday, June 3 that includes a USATF certified10K and a 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk

On June 3, 2018, the YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Recreation Department will host the 36th Montclair Run. The event is a great way for individuals, families and runners of all abilities to support an active lifestyle while giving back to the community.

“This year’s race is held in loving memory of Carol Kearney,” says Pat Brechka, the Montclair Recreation Department Director and race co-director. “Carol, who co-directed the race for over 30 years with me, passed away earlier this year. She had the most kind and giving nature and was so passionate about the Y and this community and getting people active. It’s an honor to remember Carol on this special day.”

“This is an event that’s geared towards getting people of all ages moving and for parents to set a good example for their children,” says Washima Redding, Senior Health and Wellness Director at the YMCA of Montclair. “By emphasizing family time and fitness, this race helps everyone develop healthy habits that can last a lifetime.”

All runners must register online by May 28 at register.compuscore.com/montclairymcaruns

In-person registration at YMCA of Montclair, Park Street Branch is available on Friday, June 1 from 8am-8pm and Saturday, June 2 from 10am-6pm. Same day in person registration at the YMCA of Montclair will be available from 7-9 am on race day.

Funds raised make it possible for the YMCA of Montclair to fulfill its mission to strengthen individuals, families and community by developing spirit, mind and body. The YMCA of Montclair offers financial assistance for childcare, summer camp, membership and other programs to ensure opportunities for everyone to grow and thrive. The Montclair Run also makes it possible for the Montclair Recreation Department to offer scholarships for those in need in the community.

In addition to the two races, there will be a health and wellness fair, sports massages, music, activities for kids and a moonwalk.

Race Day Schedule

  • 7-9am Registration/Check-In
  • 8:30am 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk starts
  • 9-11am Family Fun Activities (wellness & health fair, free sports massages, DJ, games and a moonwalk)
  • 9:30am USATF certified 10K Run starts
  • 11am Awards

The races begin and end in front of the YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street, Montclair.

This year’s 10K run lead sponsor is Clara Maass Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health, due to their commitment and compassion to support programs that promote health and wellness in our communities and provide access to services that would otherwise be unavailable.

“The Y’s job is to strengthen community through our programs and services,” says YMCA of Montclair President and CEO Buddy Evans. “In 2017 we provided $400,000 of financial assistance and allocated another $400,000 to our Social Responsibility programs. This assistance helps improve the lives of residents of Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Verona. Sponsors like Clara Maass Medical Center help to make that happen. Their support is invaluable to the community and to us.

The Montclair Run is seeking volunteers to assist with the race. Volunteers help set up for the race, hand out water, direct traffic and clean up.

For further information about the Montclair Run and to sign up to volunteer, visit https://www.montclairymca.org/montclair-run/ or contact Washima Redding at wredding @ montclairymca.org or 973-415-6111.

The YMCA of Montclair Celebrates Healthy Kids Day

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the YMCA of Montclair is holding a free community event from 3:30 – 5:30pm to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. The event features activities geared towards elementary age children such as Namaste Family, Tour de France, Bring A Book To Life and Fuel Your Body to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home.

Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue when school is out. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on helping children imagine what they can accomplish over the summer.

“When a child is healthy, happy and supported they can make great things happen,” says Buddy Evans, YMCA of Montclair CEO. “We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body.”

Keeping Kids Healthy

In celebration of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits that can have a lifetime effect:

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
  • Read Together – 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well.
  • Get Moving! – Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes.
  • Play Together – Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.
  • Make Sleep a Priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

The YMCA of Montclair’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at their Park Street Branch, 25 Park Street in Montclair from 3:30 – 5:30pm and features fun, active play and educational activities geared toward elementary age children, such as Namaste Family, Tour de France, Bring A Book To Life and Fuel Your Body. A parent must accompany their child to the event.
For more information, contact the YMCA of Montclair at 973-744-3400.

Special Healthy Kids Day Offers
Participate in Healthy Kids Day and enter a raffle to win a free week of camp.

Register your child for a YMCA of Montclair Spring 2 class on Healthy Kids Day at our Geyer Family Branch or Park Street Branch and receive 50% off subsequent available Spring II classes for that child if you register them on April 21.

Adults Step Up And Speak Out To Protect Children From Sexual Abuse During National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The YMCA of Montclair is marking Child Abuse Prevention Month with Five Days of Action the week of April 16, 2018, to prevent child sexual abuse. They’ll share tips on how adults can step up and speak out to prevent child sexual abuse.

The YMCA of Montclair encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Verona safer for children. By encouraging adults to step up and speak out, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and foster conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening.

“Protecting children from sexual abuse must be the number one goal of every person who cares about the health and well-being of kids,” said Buddy Evans, YMCA of Montclair CEO. “Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and speak out to encourage adults to make it happen in our community. It takes all of us.”

Throughout the week of April 16, here are the steps the YMCA of Montclair is taking to raise awareness:

  • On April 17 from 7-8pm, they are holding a free lecture that’s open to the community by Susan Morton, the VP of Operations at the Westfield Area Y and a trainer for a leading child abuse prevention program. Susan will speak about what parents can do to protect their children from child abuse as well as warning signs of abuse. Free babysitting will be available onsite to parents during the lecture for children ages 6 months to 12 years. The lecture takes place at the YMCA of Montclair’s Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Ave. Montclair. To RSVP, contact Lisa Aulisi at laulisi@nullmontclairymca.org or 973-415-6134.
  • At their Park Street and Geyer Family Branches and 25 School Age Child Care sites, parents are invited to sign a pledge to keep children safe.
  • At their Geyer Family Branch, children can color pinwheels that will be displayed in their grassy front area. Pinwheels are a powerful symbol of hope for child abuse prevention.

The YMCA of Montclair with support from YMCA of the USA, Darkness to Light, the Redwoods Group Foundation, and Praesidium have made materials available to help adults learn more about preventing child sexual abuse.

For more information about preventing child sexual abuse visit www.fivedaysofaction.org.

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICS – PROVIDED BY DARKNESS TO LIGHT

  • One in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
  • 90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abuser.
  • Approximately 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members.
  • 60% of child sexual abuse victims never tell anyone.
  • False reports are rare. Research shows that only 4 to 8% of child sexual abuse reports are fabricated.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU BELIEVE A CHILD IS BEING ABUSED – PROVIDED BY DARKNESS TO LIGHT

  • You do not need to have proof that abuse is occurring to make a report, only reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion means that you have witnessed maltreatment or boundary violations, either in the child or adult, or both.
  • Or, you have received a disclosure from a child about abuse, neglect, or boundary violations towards them.
  • Child sexual abuse reports should be made to the police and/or state child protective services.
  • Contact the Darkness to Light Helpline at 866-FOR-LIGHT to have questions answered by trained counselors at no charge.

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About the YMCA of Montclair
The YMCA of Montclair was founded in 1891 and is a nonprofit organization that welcomes all people. The Y offers need based financial assistance for programs and membership to residents of Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Verona. Members benefit from healthy lifestyle related core programs, including aquatics, child care, day camp, family activities, health and wellness, sports and teen programs.

About Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Through education and awareness, the organization seeks to create a safer world for children to grow and thrive. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is a one-of-a-kind, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.4 million adults have been trained using the program. For more information, visit www.D2L.org.

About Redwoods Group Foundation
The Redwoods Group Foundation supports programs that can change the world and helps them reach more people than ever before, through funding and backbone support. They currently focus on child sexual abuse prevention, drowning prevention, and growing the field of social entrepreneurship. For more information, visit www.redwoodsgroup.com/about-us/redwoods-group-foundation.

About Praesidium
Praesidium specializes in preventing sexual abuse in organizations that serve youth and vulnerable adults. Over a period in excess of 25 years, the company has reviewed over 4,000 cases of abuse within organizations to determine the root causes of sexual abuse within organizational settings. Praesidium employs more than 40 staff, including licensed social workers, lawyers, psychologists, health care researchers, and other experts. The company has served over 5,000 clients with a broad range of products and services to aid organizations in preventing abuse, including online and instructor‐led trainings; organizational risk assessments; model policies and incident investigations. Having trained more than one million people online and hundreds of thousands in person, Praesidium is the largest and most comprehensive sexual abuse risk management firm globally.

Dolphins Reach New Heights At State Championships

Two swimmers were crowned state champions, two others qualified for the upcoming national championships, and two team relay records were smashed, as the YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team reached new heights at recent state championships meets.

At the New Jersey YMCA State Championships for swimmers ages 12 and under in Toms River, N.J., from Feb. 23-25, 2018, Natalie Dripchak (12) of Montclair won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:30.32, or five seconds faster than her previous best. She also recorded six other top 10 finishes.

Howard Zhuang (12) of West Orange, meanwhile, won the 100 breaststroke, placed 4th in the 50 breaststroke, and 9th in the 200 breaststroke.

At the New Jersey YMCA State Championships for swimmers ages 13 and older at Franklin and Marshall College from March 8-11, Elizabeth Habjan (13) of Montclair finished sixth in the 100 backstroke in 59.32 seconds. She also became the first female Dolphin athlete to qualify for the YMCA National Championships, held annually in April in Greensboro, N.C., since three high school seniors (Charlotte O’Leary, Hannah O’Halloran, and Emily O’Halloran) competed in 2016.

At the same meet, Sumner Smith (14) and Mizell McEachin (14)), both of Montclair, and Killian Blitz (14) of Verona, powered two record-breaking boys’ relay teams. Together with Christian Remache (13) of Nutley, they finished the 200 free relay in 1:35.78, eclipsing an 8-year-old team record. They finished in eighth place overall. Then, in the 200 medley relay, Smith, McEachin, and Blitz, together with Connor Townson of Glen Ridge, finished in 1:45.91 — smashing the previous team record by two seconds. That was good for an 11th place finish.

Several Dolphins also participated in individual finals: Habjan, Townson, McEachin, and Edward Madrigal (18) of Belleville. Madrigal’s time in the 100 butterfly qualified him for another event in the YMCA National Championships, where he was already slated to swim the 200 butterfly.

Several Dolphins also turned in tremendous performances at the New Jersey Short Course Junior Olympics, held at Rutgers University, from March 9-11, for swimmers ages 11 to 14. Among those qualifying for finals were Aly Breikaa (12) of Bloomfield in the 50 back; Dripchak in the 400 intermediate medley; Carly Frank (12) of Montclair in the 500 back; and Zhuang in the 50 breast.

“Many of our swimmers registered personal best times and two of our swimmers are State Champions,” said Paulo Madeira, head coach of the Dolphins swim team. “Congratulations to all!”

Next up for the team is the season-ending SunKissed Invitational Junior/Senior Championships of the USA, which will be held in Charlotte, N.C., from April 5-8.

The YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team offers a year-round opportunity for competitive swimming in both YMCA and USA Swimming competitions as well as seasonal instructional clinics for aspiring competitive athletes. The team is comprised of girls and boys from age 6 through high school. More than 200 athletes train with the team each year. They compete at all levels, based on their skill set.

For more information about the Montclair YMCA Dolphins swim team, contact head coach Madeira at pmadeira @montclairymca.org or 973-744-3400.

Remembering Carol Kearney

Dear YMCA Community-

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Carol Kearney on March 16, 2018. Carol was a mainstay of the YMCA of Montclair community for over 37 years.

During her time with our Y, she served in various roles within our Health and Wellness Department including Fitness Director, leading our Active Older Adults Program and as an advisor to our Women’s Program Committee. Carol’s endless work on the Montclair Run for 35 years helped bring the community together and make it a celebrated and anticipated event each spring for serious and casual runners and for families.

Her passion and dedication to health and wellness and her outstanding ability to build community have helped shaped the YMCA of Montclair into what it is today.

“The Y is like my family,” said Carol in 2011. “It’s the best thing that happened to me. It’s my friends. It’s the connections that I have at the Y that are just so special. I’ve met so many people and I’ve been able to inspire people.”

Carol showed so many of us the meaning of caring through her love, kindness and selflessness. We are so grateful for the many ways that she has touched our members, staff and the community.

Please join us in extending our deepest condolences to Carol’s husband, Tony, and daughter Amanda. A memorial will be held for Carol on Saturday, April 14 at 11 am, Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave. Montclair.

Dawn McFadden
Chief Operating Officer

Dolphins Swim Team Excels At Championship Meets

Rounding into peak form, members of the YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team recorded outstanding performances in two championship meets in the last two weeks.

At the YMCA Bronze Championships, held at the Raritan Bay YMCA on Feb. 10-11, 2018, 31 swimmers racked up 51 top 10 finishes, with many achieving personal bests or qualifying for additional championship meets. Overall, the boys finished 4th out of 16 teams, and the girls 6th out of 17 teams.

Four Dolphins won events: Christian Gilio-Malabre (15) of West Orange in the 100 boys backstroke, Jordan Caro (17) of Montclair in the 200 girls IM, Brendan Goldman (13) of Montclair in the 200 butterfly, and Daniel Seow (9) of Bloomfield in the 100 breaststroke. Gilio-Malabre, Caro, and Seow also logged top 5 finishes in other events.

But they were hardly the only standouts. Among those who finished in the top 5 were Lauren Espiritu (10) of Bloomfield; Asad Holmes (15) of Montclair; Bryana Luna (13) of Newark; John McGovern (16) of Roseland; Mina Meyer-Najmi (12) of Montclair; Caroline Pokorny (10) of Glen Ridge; John Sagui (9) of Clifton; Katie Song (11) of Glen Ridge; Caitlyn Tagliareni (12) of Bloomfield; Clayton Thomas (9) of West Orange; and Natalie Torres (13) of Bloomfield.

At the YMCA Silver Championships, held at Gloucester Institute of Technology on Feb. 16-18, 18 Dolphins recorded 34 top 10 times, with some qualifying for the upcoming state championships. The boys and girls combined to finish 11th out of 26 teams.

Three Dolphins, all from Montclair, won events. Leo Powers (13), led the way with 4 victories in the 200 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, and 100 breaststroke, plus a 2nd place finish in the 200 breaststroke. He broke four meet records with his 1st place finishes. Lucas Foung (10) won the 100 IM, and came in 3rd in the 100 freestyle. Olivia Beck (12) won the 200 butterfly.

Others who claimed top 5 finishes in one or more events were Tyna Davis (9) of Bloomfield; Justin Ellis (16) of Montclair; Lily Foung (13) of Montclair; Meyer-Najmi; Bailey Morganlander (16) of Montclair; Noemi Morrison (12) of Montclair; David-William Park (14) of Rutherford; Kailan Sobier (12) of Montclair; and Millie Steffe (15) of Montclair.

Next up on the calendar for the Dolphins is the YMCA 12 and under state championships, to be held on Feb. 23-25. The YMCA state championships for older swimmers will be held on March 8-11, at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

“We are excited about the great results that many of our swimmers had in the Bronze and Silver Championships,” said Head Coach Paulo Madeira. “I look forward to seeing some more great swimming at States.”

The YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team offers a year-round opportunity for competitive swimming in both YMCA and USA Swimming competitions as well as seasonal instructional clinics for aspiring competitive athletes. The team is comprised of girls and boys from age 6 through high school. More than 200 athletes train with the team each year. They compete at all levels, based on their skill set.

For more information about the Montclair YMCA Dolphins swim team, contact head coach Madeira at pmadeira @montclairymca.org or 973-744-3400.

 

Youngest Dolphins Shine at 2018 State Championships

The first weekend in February 2018 was a chance for the youngest members of the YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team to shine, as they turned in fantastic performances at the state championships.

At the YMCA championships for swimmers ages 8 and under on Feb. 4, 2018 at Raritan Valley Community College, 13 Dolphins competed in events ranging from the 25 freestyle to the 100 intermediate medley. They were joined by more than 250 other swimmers from 14 teams in what was the biggest meet most had ever attended.

When the final results were tabulated, seven Dolphins had earned 15 top-20 finishes. One standout performer was Riley Felber (7) of Montclair, who placed 4th in the 25 free and 6th in the 25 butterfly. Svea Knagge (7) of Montclair, meanwhile, recorded two top-10 finishes, placing 9th in the 25 free and 25 backstroke. And Caitlin Hood (8) of Glen Ridge sliced an impressive 9 seconds off her time in the 100 IM and finished 6th.

Many other athletes also achieved personal bests in multiple events. Among those who dropped a significant amount of time were Madison Honegan (8) of Bloomfield (12 seconds in the 25 breast); Brenna Laracy (7) of Montclair (6 seconds in the 50 free); and Lola Somerstein (8) of Montclair (4 seconds in the 25 fly.)

The YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team offers a year-round opportunity for competitive swimming in both YMCA and USA Swimming competitions as well as seasonal instructional clinics for aspiring competitive athletes. The team is comprised of girls and boys from age 6 through high school. More than 200 athletes train with the team each year. They compete at all levels, based on their skill set.

For more information about the Montclair YMCA Dolphins swim team, contact head coach Paulo Madeira at pmadeira @montclairymca.org or 973-744-3400.

YMCA of Montclair – 2018 Black History Month Program

The YMCA of Montclair is hosting a series of events in celebration of Black History Month. All events are free and open to the community. All 2018 events are held at the Y’s Park Street Branch at 25 Park Street or the Geyer Family Branch at 159 Glenridge Ave, both in Montclair. More events will be added as available so please check back again.

African Caribbean Dance, Friday, February 2 at 10:15am and Sunday, February 25 at 3:15pm, YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch.
This class incorporates traditional African Caribbean dance moves with modern day music. Connect your mind and body to the rhythms of the beat.

Poetic Expressions of the Black Experience – A community read-in led by Dr. Shirley A. R. Lewis, Wednesday, February 7 at 10:15am, YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch.
From Phyllis Wheatley to Modern Hip Hop, experience black history as seen through the eyes of our most revered African American poets.

Montclair Art Museum Hands-on Art for Children, Sunday, February 11 at 2:30pm (ages 4 to 12), YMCA of Montclair Geyer Family Branch.
The Montclair Art Museum will lead children through several art projects inspired by the African American works currently on display at the museum. Children will be separated into age appropriate groups. Space is limited so RSVP is required; please stop by the Geyer Family Branch Welcome Desk or call 973-783-7640.

Author reading with children’s book author Denise Lewis Patrick, Sunday, February 11 at 4pm, YMCA of Montclair Geyer Family Branch.
Denise Lewis Patrick is a Montclair resident and the author of Meet Cécile, an American Girl series about a free girl of color in 1850’s New Orleans. She also has an American Girl book coming out at the end of January about Rosa Parks. Patrick is the author of thirty-five other children’s books, as well as educational materials, and poetry. Denise will be signing books and Watchung Booksellers will have copies of her book for sale at the reading.

Montclair Art Museum discussion on the lives, inspirations, and works of African American artists on display at the museum, Tuesday, February 13 at 11:15am, YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch.
Cassandra Martin, MAM docent will conduct a conversation on the works of artists Faith Ringgold, Gladys Grauer, Janet Taylor Pickett, Mickalene Thomas, Nicholas Cave and Romare Bearden, followed by a Q&A.

Movie Ali, Monday, February 19 at 11:15am, YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch.
The film Ali focuses on ten years in the life of the boxer Muhammad Ali from 1964 to 1974, his capture of the heavyweight title, banishment from boxing and his return to the sport and reclaiming of the title in the “Rumble in the Jungle” fight. It also touches on the great social and political upheaval in the U.S. following the assassinations of Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Conversation about important issues in education of students of African ancestry in New Jersey with James Harris, Monday, February 19 at 6:30pm, YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch.
James E. Harris, President of New Jersey Association of Black Educators will speak about New Jersey Amistad Law,education and the democratic process, how to advocate for change in educational institutions and the role of parents, YMCA and other community based organizations as well as elected and appointed officials.

Author Reading with Benilde Little, Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm, YMCA of Montclair Geyer Family Branch.
Benilde is the bestselling author of the novels Welcome to my Breakdown, Good Hair, The Itch, Acting Out, and Who Does She Think She Is? A former reporter for People and senior editor at Essence, she lives in Montclair with her husband and son. Benilde will be signing books and Watchung Booksellers will have copies of her book for sale at the reading.

The Black Athlete in Unconventional Sports with Bob Cottingham Jr., Thursday, February 22 at 10:15am, YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch.
Bob Cottingham Jr was a member of the 1988 and 1992 United States Olympic fencing teams. He was also the 1990 United States National Sabre Champion and the 1988 NCAA individual sabre champion. Cottingham Jr. will speak on barriers to entry into unconventional sports for black athletes and the difficult actual and emotional journey for black athletes when pursuing successful careers in those sports both from within and outside of their race.

An Evening with Jim Johnson, Monday, February 26 at 7pm, YMCA of Montclair Geyer Family Branch.
Join Jim Johnson in a discussion of the great migration from South to North with a focus on New Jersey. Featuring Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns and Gary Hunter’s Neighborhoods of Color: African American Communities in Southern NJ 1638-2000. Jim Johnson is a lawyer and community leader. In 2017 he finished second in a crowded field in the Democratic primary for governor. Tasty treats from Soul Food Catering will be served.

YMCA of Montclair Names Buddy Evans as New CEO

Buddy Evans Brings 25 Years’ Experience to Organization

The YMCA of Montclair has named Buddy Evans as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 5, 2018. Selected by the Y’s Board of Directors following a four-month search, Evans will succeed former President and CEO Jo Ann Short and Interim President and CEO Tim Weidman.

“During our nationwide search for a new President and CEO, Buddy stood out among the rest,” said Victoria Herzberg, Chair of the YMCA of Montclair Board of Directors. “His energy and vision for the YMCA of Montclair is exactly what we were looking for in a leader to follow the successes of Short and Weidman. With Buddy’s experience and passion towards the mission of the YMCA to strengthen individuals, families and communities in partnership with staff, members, volunteers, local businesses, schools, charities, and local and state government, we are convinced that the YMCA of Montclair will have fantastic leadership and successes for years to come.”

“I’m thrilled to join the YMCA of Montclair family and I’m excited to build upon the rich tradition of service by the YMCA of Montclair to its various communities. I see incredible potential for our Y to continue to have a meaningful and positive impact on Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair, and Verona as we continue to strengthen the foundation of communities we serve through healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility,” said Evans.

Evans comes to the YMCA of Montclair with 25 years of experience that began right out of graduate school with his work as Youth Services Director at the Greater Fall River YMCA. He is currently at the YMCA of South Florida, where he is the Executive Vice President of Operations. At the YMCA of South Florida, he is responsible for mentoring and advising Executive Directors and Vice Presidents; managing daily operations of multiple Family Centers; and developing key strategic partnerships with local organizations including the Miami Heat, Miami Marlins, Cleveland Clinic Florida, and Broward College, just to name a few. Prior to the YMCA of South Florida, Evans was the Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Central Florida, Executive Director and Group Vice President at the Metro Atlanta YMCA, and held positions at the Newport County YMCA in Middletown, Rhode Island, and the Greater Fall River YMCA in Massachusetts. Evans holds a B.S. in quantitative economics from the University of Rhode Island and a M.S. in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy.

Dolphins Turn In Outstanding Performances At Two Swim Meets

Members of the YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team turned in outstanding performances in two major meets that were held just before the Christmas break.

At the Eastern Express Holiday Classic XXXI, held at Rutgers University on Dec. 16-18, 2017, 32 of the team’s fastest swimmers qualified for a meet that has traditionally been one of the most anticipated all year. More than 1,700 swimmers from 40 teams from the Tri-State area participated this year.

For the Dolphins, Howard Zhuang (11) of West Orange recorded top 8 finishes in 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke. Natalie Dripchak (12) of Montclair finished 3rd in the 100 breaststroke and 10th in the 200 backstroke. Mizell McEachin (14) of Montclair finished 5th in the 50 freestyle. Melanie Dripchak (9) of Montclair finished 10th in the 100 backstroke. And Ed Madrigal (17) of Belleville became the first Dolphin to qualify for the YMCA National Championships in 2 years by shaving more than 4 seconds off his personal best in the 200 butterfly.

At the Winter Classic, held at the Ocean County YMCA on Dec. 8-10, 2017, 68 Dolphin swimmers contributed to a strong performance that included 62 top 10 finishes. Among the highlights was a 1-2-3 finish by Dolphin boys in the 100 free, and a 1-5-7 finish by Dolphin girls in the 200 breaststroke.

Three Dolphin swimmers won races: Kyle Dripchak (9) of Montclair in the 100 and 200 freestyles, and 100 backstroke; Christina Gilio-Malabre (15) of West Orange in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes; and Aurora Auld (10) of Montclair in the 100 butterfly.

Top five finishes in one or more events were recorded by Mia Padberg (15), Melanie Dripchak (9), Lucas Foung (10), and Olivia Beck (12), of Montclair; Femi Oshodi (10) and Kazuri Lateef (11) of West Orange; Cristian Remache (13) and Nead Kojic (12) of Nutley; Natalie Shaw (12) of Glen Ridge; and Ryan LoCicero (11) of Bloomfield.

“Our swimmers have been training hard all through the fall and we are so proud to see them achieve such great results,” said Paulo Madeira, the team’s head coach. “I am excited to see the swimmers develop further as we head into the championship season.”

The YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team offers a year-round opportunity for competitive swimming in both YMCA and USA Swimming competitions as well as seasonal instructional clinics for aspiring competitive athletes. The team is comprised of girls and boys from age 6 through high school. More than 200 athletes train with the team each year. They compete at all levels, based on their skill set.

For more information about the Montclair YMCA Dolphins swim team, contact head coach Madeira at pmadeira@nullmontclairymca.org or 973-744-3400.