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Kids learn about baby-sitting at Meriden YMCA

Kimberly Primicerio | Record-Journal MERIDEN — Local teens and tweens are taking responsibility and thinking about ways to make money over the summer, and in a poor job market, the skills they learn could help them in the future as well as now. Though they may be too young now to apply for a job at McDonald’s or a grocery store, they are capable of being baby sitters. Eleven young people enrolled recently in an American Red Cross Baby-sitting Class at the Meriden YMCA. For several hours, the class of males and females learned the ins and outs of being a good sitter. YMCA fitness director Carrie Marquardt led the class.

Awards highlight Meriden YMCA's annual meeting

By Andrew Ragali, Record-Journal staff | MERIDEN — Awards aren’t usually part of the program for the Meriden YMCA’s annual dinner, but they were Thursday night at this year’s program at the Mountain Mist Outdoor Center. Three awards were included in this year’s program, called “A Midsummer’s Night by the Pool,” because “we wanted to find a way to better honor our volunteers,” said Joan Goodman, membership and marketing director.

Healthy Kids Day brings out the kids -- and their parents

By Rich Scinto, Record-Journal MERIDEN — More than 200 people turned out Saturday for the Meriden YMCA’s 13th annual Healthy Kids Day event for family fun and exercise. There was no shortage of activities for children and their parents to join. Outside, children made their way around a traffic cone racetrack on tricycles and played on an inflatable slide. The center was even busier inside, as many studios were used for combined parent-and-child classes such as Zumba, yoga and karate. “It’s the YMCA’s initiative to bring the community together to promote health activities and healthy eating,” said Carrie Marquardt, the Meriden YMCA’s health and wellness director.

Meriden YMCA Men’s Adult Basketball League

Congratulations to Dave Dufour and his teammates from S.A.L.S.A. INC. on winning the Competitive Division. It was an exciting hard fought game with S.A.L.S.A. INC. pulling off the win in the final seconds of overtime. Angel Rosado and his Str8Cash team earned second place. Congratulations to Frank Zeledon and his Sinai Bakery teammates on winning the Recreation Division. Brian Amenta and the Amenta’s Barbershop Team earned second place. For information on the Meriden YMCA’s adult sports leagues including Coed Softball, call Steve Markoja at (203) 235-6386.

YMCA and Care

Editorial Meriden's YMCA, under the direction of John Benigni, has expanded its presence in preschool and child care: 600 children are now attending one or another licensed daycare programs run by this organization. Most recently, the Y has purchased Lil' Rascals Preschool and Daycare on Swain Avenue, a Meriden facility for 30 years. It also operates Head Start on Liberty Street, the Martin A. Gaffey Childcare Center on Crown Street, the Toddlers and Infant Care Center on Main Street, South Meriden, as well as child care in city schools and child services in the Y's main building on West Main.

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