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Playground dedicated to beloved YMCA official Ken Griffen

The New Britain YMCA hosted a dedication ceremony of its pre-school playground Thursday, in Memory of Ken Griffen, vice president and a strong presence at the Y, who passed away.

“He was an active leader in the Y, Rotary Club, St. Mark’s Church and many other community organizations. There is no doubt that Ken’s devotion to the Y led to new and better facilities and services to children and families of our community,” said Marci Moskal, branch director at the New Britain YMCA. “I know that Ken would be very proud of this playground and we are thrilled to be able to name this area in his memory.”

New Britain's Friday Night Ballers program is more than just a game

Friday Night Ballers, a recreational basketball program for students in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades, wrapped up its first 19 week session with an awards ceremony on Friday.

Families of students in the program joined them for an awards ceremony where students were presented a medal and invited to stay for a pizza social.

The program served approximately 80 students predominately from Slade, Pulaski, and DiLoreto Middle Schools. Students received basketball training and benefited from hearing from motivational speakers who encouraged positive relationships, building camaraderie, self-awareness and self-pride, according to a release from the school district.

New Britain-Berlin YMCA Camp Thundermoon returns for a fun summer

The New Britain – Berlin YMCA Camp Thundermoon is sure to offer a summer of memories that will last a lifetime. YMCA Camp Thundermoon, which has been around for 34 years in the Berlin community, is coming back this summer. Camp Thundermoon is offered for nine weeks starting on June 24 and ending on Aug. 23. Camp is held at Willard Elementary School in Berlin.The camp will incorporate sports and arts camps with specialized activities throughout the day.

YMCA: Helping hands for healthier communities

NEW BRITAIN - While the Village People’s popular tune ignites dancing, the acronym “YMCA” represents much more than just a song.

The organization more closely symbolizes a lighthouse at the center of our community, a welcoming beacon for everyone. The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life, working side by side to strengthen communities.

The YMCA is a collaboration of volunteers and neighbors, working towards a greater purpose. CEO John Benigni calls it “a place where families spend quality time together and build relationships that deepen our sense of belonging.”

A nonprofit entity whose success came about by benevolence and neighborhood hardship makes its goal to be socially responsible in a meaningful way. This is why Benigni is so hopeful that the Y’s preschool and daycare programs, Camp Thundermoon, and an October fundraiser will continue to inspire its mission.

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