Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Regina Raffa of Barrington has been a very familiar face at the Bayside YMCA for more than three decades; she retires on Sept. 12.
Regina Raffa already misses her colleagues at the Bayside YMCA in Barrington, and she isn’t retiring until next Wednesday, Sept. 12. But the very familiar face at the Bayside YMCA over the past 35 years seems ready for “the next phase of my life,” Raffa said. “I will miss being around all the members and the staff,” she said. “But I’m looking forward to it. And I will always be a member – a ‘Y’ person.” The Barrington native lives about a mile from the YMCA. So she certainly won’t be going far away from her “second home.” “I’m very lucky to have stayed at the same YMCA for all these years,” she said. “All my stars were lined up. And they have stayed lined up for a while.” Raffa describes the Bayside ‘Y’ as far more than a swimming pool and…
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Demolition of the indoor pool area starts the expansion of the Bayside YMCA in Barrington; the rest of the building remains open to members.
It was kind of like watching a Tyrannosaurus rex chew apart a building in a monster movie. A wrecking crew for New England Construction went to work this morning, Aug. 30, tearing down the indoor pool area of the Bayside YMCA in Barrington. The sounds of the wood being splintered by the jaws of the excavator drew ears and eyes from 50 yards away. The demolition and cleanup will take several days, said Carl Brown, project manager for the Bayside YMCA expansion project. The indoor pool will then be filled to make way for construction crews. The existing facility will remain open as the first phase of the expansion project – construction of the new Aquatics Center – takes place. “We know it is an inconvenience for our members,” said Sandi …
The demolition of the indoor pool at the Bayside YMCA in Barrington begins today and is expected to finish Friday, Aug. 31, to make room for construction of the new Aquatics Center.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Renovations to the Bayside YMCA in Barrington continue today, Aug. 30, with the start of the demolition of the indoor pool to make way for a new, expanded Aquatics Center. The contractor, New England Construction, has installed fences to limit access to the work area and protect YMCA members and neighbors, according to Hugh Minor, communications director for the YMCA of Greater Providence. New routes have been established to offer safe access to the outdoor pool and child watch areas, Minor said. Signs are posted throughout the property to help with traffic flow. In addition to the work on the Aquatics Center, renovations to the lobby and “welcome center” will make the entire facility accessible to people of all abilities, he said. Right …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Construction of the new Bayside YMCA aquatic center getting underway as the indoor pool closes.
Monday, August 6, 2012
The Bayside YMCA closed its indoor pool at the end of the day yesterday, Sunday, Aug. 5, for construction of its new swimming pool. The outdoor swimming poll will remain open until the summer season ends. And members can swim at other YMCA branches, including the East Side of Providence, Seekonk and Cranston. The Bayside aquatic staff will offer programming at the other branches. The YMCA announced last week that New England Construction will continue to work on staging, temporary fencing, erosion control methods and tree trimming. Construction work also will mean a need for new routes child watch and outdoor pool users. Call 245-2444 for details.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Bayside YMCA invites anyone in Barrington, Warren and Bristol to use the outdoor pool for free on Wednesday.
Another scorcher is forecast for the region on Wednesday, with plenty of humidity and temperatures in the mid-90s. So, the Bayside YMCA at the end of West Street is inviting you again to use its outdoor pool for free. The YMCA allowed anyone who wanted to cool down on Tuesday -- the second day in a row of high heat and energy-sapping humidity -- to use the pool. Almost double the usual number of swimmers – more than a hundred -- took advantage, according to the pool supervisor. The outside pool is open from 11 am to 7 pm. Come anytime.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Bayside YMCA in Barrington offers Barre Transformations -- a fitness class that combines Pilates, weights, floor exercise and a ballet barre.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Participants in this Bayside YMCA class switch back and forth between the mats and the ballet barre. The instructor moves among them, demonstrating proper form and offering tips and encouragement while upbeat music fills the room. The class is Barre Transformations – a new one offered at the Bayside Y. New to the local fitness scene, Barre method classes are hugely popular in New York, Boston and other cities, according to instructor Heather Martinez. “This is a great class for anyone who wants quick results,” Martinez said. Barre classes combine Pilates techniques, weights, floor exercise and the ballet barre. It is touted as increasing flexibility as well as developing long, lean muscles. Martinez is a certified Pilates instructor and a …
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Bayside YMCA in Barrington gets an OK from the Parks and Recreation Commission to run a 5K on the beach; Town Council is the next hurdle.
Imagine a 5K road race at low tide on Barrington Beach. It could happen. The Bayside YMCA got the approval it needed for the race from the Parks & Recreation Commission on Monday night, July 2. Now the race organizers will go before the Town Council to plead its case. Two representatives from the YMCA said the race will be run early in the morning on Sunday, Aug. 26. The race is expected to be history by the time most beach-goers drop down their towels or blankets. The beach will not be closed. The race will start west of the entrance to the beach at Bay Road. It will go west for about 1.5 miles and swing around orange plastic cones to return to the finish line at the starting point. Vans will shuttle runners to the beach from the YMCA to …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Archery gaining in popularity among children because of hit movies; the Bayside YMCA in Barrington is offering free clinics to introduce the sport on Saturday.
The popularity of archery among children is growing. It is featured in in movies such as the Disney/Pixar animated film Brave, the superhero blockbuster The Avengers, and the smash hit, The Hunger Games. So, the Bayside YMCA in Barrington will offer archery clinics for children 6 and older this Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.The clinics will offer a free introduction to this sport. The free clinic will include training in archery equipment, rules of the game, how to shoot a bow and arrow, safety, and target practice, said Hugh Minor, spokesman for the Greater Providence YMCA. The archery clinics are led by certified YMCA instructors. The Y offers archery programs all summer long at day camps throughout the area for children wanting …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Active older adults were targeted at the annual special day at the Bayside YMCA in Barrington.
Bill Michonski has had a shoe fetish for most of his life. “I took them apart when I was a kid,” Michonski said on Wednesday at the annual Active Older Adult Day at the Bayside YMCA. Now Michonski puts shoes back together and tweaks them for clients as a certified pedorthist – a physical therapist who specializes in feet and making sure shoes fit a person's feet. He showed off his array of orthotics and custom-made shoes at a table set up by Olympic Physical Therapy & Foot Orthotics in the gymnasium. Michonski was busy answering questions and evaluating feet at the Older Adult Day. He also talked over lunch about “Putting Your Feet First.” "Most people don't wear the right size shoes," he said. "Especially women, who often sacrifice …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Thefts of wallets and a fishing knife reported to Barrington police.
Wallets swiped from YMCA locker room Maybe locking the lockers would help. Two wallets were reported stolen from unlocked lockers at the Bayside YMCA on West Street on the same evening last week. The thefts also occurred in the same time period, according to the Barrington police. A West Warwick man, 20, said he used the YMCA between 6 and 8 pm on Wednesday, May 9. He said he left his wallet in a pocket in a pair of jeans he hung in the locker, police said. A Providence man, 25, said he left his clothes hanging in a locker as well while he used the YMCA from around 6 to 7:10 pm. He did not discover that his wallet was missing until he attempted to make a purchase at the CVS Pharmacy around 8 pm. The West Warwick man said he lost about $20 …