Thursday, November 29, 2012



 Welcome to one of the best physical fitness programs offered to children of all ages CATCH! Catch stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health. Catch offers non-elimination games that include all children from all different backgrounds. Catch also includes a nutritional piece that promotes healthy eating and wellness. Currently we offer our Catch recess programming in seven local elementary schools here in Middletown. (Bielefield, Wesley, Macdonough, Farm Hill, Snow, Moody and Spencer)
             The Catch Program is conducted two to three times a week at recess time by our trained Catch Coordinators. This wonderful program is also coordinated at all of our 11 Kids Korner before and after school programs. Over 500 children take part in our Kids Korner Catch programming monthly.
            On a weekly basis we recognize Catch participants who go above and beyond within our programming. These participants get their picture taken and a prize for their hard work, good attitude and dedication to better themselves physically. These particular students are recognized on our Catch Kid of the Week Board at the YMCA and on our Kids Korner Facebook page!
            Catch is also provided three times a week to our pre-school students here at the YMCA. Catch helps develop the gross motor skills of all our participants while giving them the proper exercise they need to grow physically. Catch also helps our pre-school students further develop mentally. Kids are asked to demonstrate simple techniques and skills which become second nature through repetition.
If you have any questions or would like to receive any additional information on Catch Programming please contact Catch Coordinator Kevin Cassesse @ (860)343-6211 or email

Monday, November 19, 2012

Giving Thanks to our Heritage Club Members

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week and reflect on all that we are thankful for, here at the Y we have much to be grateful for as well.  I wanted to take a moment to thank a special group of people who make up our Heritage Club. 

The Middlesex YMCA's Heritage Club's mission is to encourage planned giving in support of YMCA programs and services so that the good you do lives on forever.

Some of these most generous donors and supporters gathered recently to reunite and to learn about all the happenings at the Y. It was also a chance for us to say thank you. 

We are thankful for each and every one of our Heritage Club members whose lives have been touched by the Middlesex Y and in turn, want to ensure our mission, programs and services live on for generations to come.  This group of individuals have designated the Y as part of their legacy and estate plans, and for that we are truly grateful.

Some of our Heritage Club members are gathered above at our annual dinner earlier this month. We had a fantastic evening together, but also thank all of our Heritage Club members, whose  support we are most thankful for:

 Kendrick Bellows Jr.
George Brown Jr.
Eileen & Jerry Burke
Joan Cambria
Janet Daniels
Arthur  Director
Woodbridge & Nancy D'Oench
William & Janet Evison
Julie Flagg
Richard & Barbara Gibbons
David & Marcia Kalayjian
Ron  Klattenberg
Irwin  Knafel
Joan Kowack
Joseph Lombardo
James & Mabel Matschulat
Jane McMillan
Sigrid McWilliams
Marion  O'Gorman
Bruce & Amy Parmenter
Maurice Schwarz
Irwin & Helen Sitkin
Bob  Spencer & Lindsay Harvey
Charles & Joan Stone
Frank & Kathy Sumpter
Richard & Joan Tomc
Patti Anne Vassia
Michael & Dorothy Waller
Joyce Yarrow
Nancy Zimmer

We are always seeking new members for our Heritage Club. If you are interested in learning more about how you can make a planned gift to the Middlesex YMCA, please visit: or contact Jessica Carso, Director of Development at (860) 343-6232 or  
From everyone at the Middlesex Y, we wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.