Friday, February 8, 2013
The YMCA in Barrington will receive a quarter-million dollar 'challenge gift' if it can raise a $250,000 match by May 1.
The Bayside YMCA in Barrington faces a new 12-week financial challenge. Jim Berson, CEO and president of the Greater Providence YMCA, which owns the local facility, laid out that challenge on Thursday morning, Feb. 7, during an abbreviated tour of the new wing under construction. “We have received a quarter-million dollar challenge gift,” Berson said. “And it’s time-sensitive. We need to make a quarter-million dollar match by May 1.” The challenge gift came from a group of YMCA supporters, he said. Now it’s up to the Bayside YMCA to match it with gifts and pledges of $2,500 or more. “We cannot do this without the community,” he said. “We must raise this so the next generation can take advantage of this facility.” Bayside YMCA Executive …
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 …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Bayside YMCA celebrates active older adults on Wednesday with a health and information fair and luncheon.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Bayside YMCA in Barrington celebrates Active Older Adult Day on Wednesday from 9 am to 1:30 pm. “All Active Older Adults are welcome to join us at the Bayside YMCA,” said Edna Kurtzman, coordinator for active older adults. "Display tables and screening booths will be open from 9 am to noon,” she said. “Posture, flexibility and balance assessments and glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure screening will be available. Enjoy seated massage or Reiki." “This year,” Kurtzman said, “Grace Barker Nursing Center, Atria Bay Spring Village, East Bay Manor, the Arthritis Foundation, and Barrington Senior Center have displays. “Ask the pharmacist or ask a dietitian,” she said. “Learn more about home safety.” Information will be available on …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Barrington Planning Board approves the final plan for the expansion of the Bayside YMCA; construction expected to start in August.
Just in time for the opening of construction bids on Friday, the Bayside YMCA expansion plan got its final approval from the Barrington Planning Board Tuesday evening. “We’re really excited that the formal public process is completed,” said Joe Martino, Bayside YMCA executive director. “Everybody is itching to get started.” All bids for work on the $6.8 million project are due today, May 3, said Martino. They’ll be opened in Providence on Friday, May 4. “We’ve been doing facility tours,” he said, to make every prospective bidder aware of the facility and the plans for the expansion. “We will then begin the permitting process,” said Martino, which he expects will take up to six weeks. Construction of the expanded YMCA at the end of West …
Friday, January 13, 2012
A reorganized construction schedule will allow the Bayside YMCA to keep its swimming pool open until the spring.
Swimmers at the Bayside YMCA are much happier campers today. The pool will remain open until May 1. That news sparked multiple emails to Patch Thursday. Joe Martino, executive director of the Bayside YMCA, said: “We have been guessing when we need to close it down for construction. We’ve guessed wrong twice. We decided that we didn’t want to go month to month.” The YMCA is building a new aquatics center as part of its expansion. A construction schedule that has been reorganized will involve work and demolition in other parts of the building first, Martino said. The building timetable remains approximately the same. The YMCA is ready to start construction even though it still needs approval of the construction process from the RI Department…