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Parkinsons Class at the Wallingford Family YMCA

“It’s a completely different medium and it really helps to loosen the tight muscles,” said Howard Inglis, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s seven years ago.

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Member of the Year Neil Bukowski

Wallingford YMCA hands out honors at annual celebration this month

WALLINGFORD — The Wallingford Family YMCA will recognize members, volunteers, staff and community partners at its 74th annual celebration this month.

YMCA Executive Director Sean Doherty said the honorees, including the owner of Neil’s Donuts and an aerobics instructor, were selected in a process that began last year. The honorees were nominated and voted on by members.

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Tai Chi at the YMCA

HEALTHY LIVING: An Introduction to Tai Chi for Relaxation

WALLINGFORD – Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that has become increasingly popular for its meditative and physiological benefits. Adapted from its original form as a method of self-defense for Taoist monks, tai chi is widely practiced as a low-impact exercise.

I recently met with martial arts expert and tai chi instructor George Donahue at the Wallingford YMCA to learn more about this transformative method of movement.

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HEALTHY LIVING: 4 things to know about recreational gymnastics

WALLINGFORD – The Wallingford Family YMCA will be reviving a recreational gymnastics program at its facility in the new year through West Haven based In-Flight Gymnastics. The YMCA last hosted gymnastics classes in the 1990s before the classes were discontinued at the location.

Here are five things to know about the re-launch of the program from the instructors and YMCA team.

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Turkeypalooza 2018

WALLINGFORD YMCA Hosts Turkey Palooza Event

WALLINGFORD — Families spent the afternoon Saturday playing Thanksgiving-themed games and activities at the annual Turkey Palooza at the Wallingford Family YMCA.

There were physical activities in the gym and board games and arts and crafts in the community room. The event was free with the donation of a non-perishable food item.

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Livestrong at the YMCA in the News

HEALTHY LIVING: 4 things to know about the YMCA Livestrong program for cancer survivors

WALLINGFORD – For a decade, cancer survivors have returned to physical activity through the nationwide Livestrong fitness initiative offered at several local YMCA branches, including Wallingford.

Here are four things to know about the program from the team at the Wallingford YMCA.

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Fishbein/YMCA Road Race 2018

ROAD RUNNING: Plenty of local kick up that final hill at Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race

WALLINGFORD — The Wallingford YMCA hosted its annual Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race on Sunday. The event helps fund the YMCA’s community support campaign and Livestrong at the YMCA, a program for cancer survivors.

This is the second year that the Fishbein Road Race coincided with the Taste of Wallingford, the town-wide celebration of Wallingford.

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Good Morning CT Road Race Interview 2018

Annual Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race 

Sean Doherty, Eric Hutchinson and Sally Darrow join Laura Hutchinson on the set of Good Morning Connecticut for an interview about the Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race.

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Mayor Dickinson playing bugle at Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race

Annual Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race road race set for Oct. 7 in Wallingford

WALLINGFORD – The annual Fishbein/YMCA Community Road Race will be held on Oct. 7 as part of the Celebrate Wallingford festival.

The event includes a 5K and 10K race as well as a one mile walk, with proceeds benefiting the Wallingford Family YMCA Community Support Campaign and the Livestrong at the YMCA program for cancer survivors.

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Stretch Your Dollar: Before and After School Help

(WTNH) – Back to school time is a time of transition for everyone whether you’re a parent, teacher or student.

We are stretching your dollar with some free or inexpensive options you may want to explore if you need help before or after school.

One place to look is local nonprofits in your community! You shouldn’t let finances deter you from picking up the phone.

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Wallingford puppies take a plunge during YMCA event

WALLINGFORD — Their backstrokes might need work, but the doggie paddle was on display at the Wallingford Family YMCA’s Puppie Plunge on Sunday.

“I think it’s a really unique event, because not a lot of places are going to open their doors not only to all humans in the community, but also all dogs,” said Alex Hunter, the YMCA’s aquatics director.

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Camp Ulbrich 2018

Wallingford YMCA summer camp celebrates ‘Ulbrich Day’

WALLINGFORD — The campers at the YMCA’s Camp Ulbrich summer program got a special visit recently from Weston Ulbrich, who brought pizzas in honor of “Ulbrich Day.”

“It was fun, they had a blast,” Sean Doherty, executive director of the Wallingford Family YMCA, said about the event at Doolittle Park on Friday.

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HEALTHY LIVING: 5 things to know about training, stretching and preventing injury from the Wallingford YMCA

WALLINGFORD – Student athletes of all levels are beginning to prepare for their fall season with the start of school just weeks away.

Here are 5 things they should know about training, stretching and preventing injury from John Palmieri, a personal trainer at the Wallingford YMCA.

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Do you know a family or a business that is in need of an AED? In a Heartbeat is here to help!

In July 2018, In a Heartbeat donated 4 Automated External Defibrillators, with the Wallingford Family YMCA being one of the recipients!

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Stretch Your Dollar: Picking a summer camp

(WTNH) – The year is flying by and before long your kids will be out of school. If you still need to find summer entertainment for your kids, we’re stretching your dollar with help picking the right summer camp.

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