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CrossFit helps busy mom get back in shape and regain strength

CrossFit is the only work out that has motivated me to leave the house at 5 a.m. and be happy about it. My back feels better than it has in 10 years. It feels good getting my strength back and it’s rejuvenating having time to myself. And it’s efficient. You can get a good work out in 20 minutes.” CrossFit helps me get stronger and it works with my schedule. The 5:15 a.m. class is perfect. It’s an efficient work out.

Meriden YMCA STEM Academy Science Director earns prestigious teaching award

Chris Stone's work doesn't end when summer comes. Instead, the fifth-grade teacher at Pond Hill School works with other area teachers to organize Family Science Nights and leads the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy.

Stone has been running summer programs since 2000, when the Young Astronauts Club of Wallingford started. In 2005, he started working on the Family Science Nights. Since 2010, STEM-related camps have been running at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center.

Meriden Police to start Cops in Camps program this summer

MERIDEN — As children get ready to spend days at summer camps in the area, this year police officers will be on hand to foster a sense of community among the youngsters while also providing extra security for the kids. “Cops in Camps” is a new initiative starting this summer in some of the city’s camp programs. Detective Lt. Mark Walerysiak, police spokesman, said Neighborhood Initiative Unit officers will go to the city’s camps in a mentor type of role.

Treat them at the Station, courtesy of the Meriden Y

By Kim Primicerio MERIDEN — A noodle pool, a playscape, a Porsche sports car and a bounce house are among the offerings at the Meriden YMCA’s newest hands-on play area, at 88 State St. Exploration Station opened this week after months of planning. The play area allows children 2 to 8 years old to be creative, explore and play. The child-friendly activities area and toys will be used by preschools, YMCA members and the public for party packages.

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Lacrosse growing rapidly, and now there’s a team in Meriden

MERIDEN — After the Boys & Girls Club and the Meriden YMCA started a youth lacrosse clinic with 35 to 40 children last year, local kids started going to surrounding towns like Wallingford and Cheshire to play in a league. “I thought, ‘Why not have a team in Meriden?’ ” said Weve Valery, who coaches the Meriden United Lacrosse team. The travel squad, for children in third through sixth grades, had its first game last week, playing Middletown to a 4-4 tie.

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