The Somerset Valley, including Hillsborough, expands statewide initiative into its pre-school programs.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Festival is open to all ages and will include free food and a chance to win prizes.
As fall officially rolls in, Hillsborough residents can celebrate the equinox and the change of seasons at the Hillsborough Family YMCA. On Saturday, the Y is celebrating with its Family Fall Festival, which is free and open to all ages. You can stop by from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to meet the staff, exercise, win prizes, and even grab a bite to eat. The Y is welcoming community members to try its youth sports and adult exercise classes, such as family Zumba. Kids can take part in an arts class or a dance class, play in a "bounce house" or enjoy face-painting. Program and Camp Director Matt Gray and Associate Sports and Teen Director Bryan Elsasser will be on hand to organize sports and games for kids. As for food, the Y staff will be popping …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Letter from CEO says Y recently found out about incident that occurred before he was hired.
The Somerset Valley YMCA has declined to renew the contract of a consultant swim coach it has employed for the past six years after discovering he had previously served five years in jail for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Joe Weber pled guilty to having oral sex with the girl 17 years ago in the Philadelphia area, according to a report by NJ.com. In a letter sent to swim team parents obtained by Patch, Somerset Valley YMCA Chief Executive Officer Paul Kieltyka said the Y recently learned of a personal relationship Weber was involved in nearly 20 years ago with a teenage swimmer he coached at the time. Kieltyka said the relationship occurred prior to Weber's tenure at the Somerset Valley YMCA. The Somerset Valley YMCA includes …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Jake Burgess pulled child from bottom of North Brunswick pool, successfully resuscitated him.
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -- Local resident Jake Burgess says that he wants to help people. That's why he has been a lifeguard for three years. It's also why he plans to become an EMT and eventually hopes to work in law enforcement. As a lifeguard at the Hillsborough YMCA and through a company called Clear Blue, which stations him at different pools in the region, the 17-year-old has made plenty of saves before. But none were like the one last Monday in North Brunswick, at Governor's Pointe condominium complex, when he pulled a boy from the bottom of a pool, performed CPR on the child and resuscitated him before the EMTs or police had even arrived. He saved the child's life. "It was extremely stressful," Burgess said. "But my training prepared me …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The inaugural Hoppy was given out as 65 smiling faces cheered.
Adele Morgan, a Somerset Valley YMCA swim coach and registration coordinator of the Hillsborough Hop 5K, presented the first annual Hoppy Trophy to Auten Road Intermediate School students who ran in the race. The 65 kids cheered when the trophy was presented to principal Chris Carey in the school cafeteria last month. Many of the students who ran in the Hop were participants in the IRUN training and self-esteem program (I am Responsible, Unique and Noble), sponsored by the Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance and Youth Services. The trophy, designed by the Y and engraved with the name of the winning school, will travel each year to the district school with the highest percentage of participants in the Hop. The 12th annual Hillsborough…
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Event benefits YMCA's Strong Kids fund.
The Hillsborough branch of the Somerset Valley YMCA saw its strongest turnout at the 12th annual Hillsborough Hop 5K road race on Saturday with approximately 615 registered runners. Hillsborough Mayor Suraci started the race, which began at 8 a.m. at the Hillsborough YMCA, that wound through local roads and ended at the municipal building. Proceeds from the event go to the Y’s Strong Kids fund, ensuring all community residents have access to programs that help them live healthier lives. The top finisher in the race was Joseph Spaniol, 16, who runs track for Hillsborough High School, with a time of 17.56.71 minutes. The top three male and female finishers were Spaniol, Jay Coleman, 16, and Brendan Crowley, 16, both of Hillsborough, Lyndsay …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
12th annual road race will benefit the Strong Kids Fund.
Here's a look at what's happening this weekend around Somerset County: Hillsborough Hop 5K When/Where: Saturday, 8 a.m. at the Hillsborough YMCA Why go: Get run in and help benefit the YMCA's Strong Kids Fund. Cost: $18 Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 Ladies Auxillary Flea Market When/Where: Saturday, 9 a.m. at the Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2 Why go: Support your local firefighters. Cost: $15 Asian Festival When/Where: Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Why Go: To get some Asian culture as the Somerset County Asian American organization brings food, dancing, music and much more to the high school! Cost: Free. Bonnie Brae Scottish Festival and Games When/Where: From 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Even the 'y' in Bryan Elsasser's name came from the place his parents worked.
The following was submitted by the Somerset Valley YMCA. Some parents use a family member as a namesake, others choose a celebrity or historical figure. Mark and Sherry Elsasser chose the Y. In honor of where they worked, the Elsassers named their son “Bryan” with a “y,” later commissioning T-shirts emblazoned with the Y logo in place of an ordinary Y on the front. “Bryan grew up and did everything in the Y, including summer camp, youth sports, pre-school,” said Mark, who has worked for the Y for 35 years and is currently the CEO of the Westfield YMCA. With the Y forming a large part of his life, it’s no surprise that’s where Bryan, now 23, wanted to work after graduating from Lock Haven University in 2011. He was recently named sports …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
YMCA program combines fun with educational activities.
The Hillsborough YMCA celebrated Healthy Kids Day Saturday with a free community event for children and families. The event, which was coordinated with nearly 2,000 Ys across the country, is a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children. “At the Hillsborough Family Y, we know that when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep them moving and learning," said Valerie Giacopelli, branch executive director of the Hillsborough YMCA. "Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to stay physically and intellectually active in the summer. Summer is just around the corner and is an ideal time for kids to get out and grow so they are healthier and sharper …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Credit card program by gives $5,025.64 back to the community and eight organizations.
Eight local youth and senior non-profit organizations were at the receiving end of a grant totaling $5,025.64 awarded through the Hillsborough Rewards Visa Credit Card Program. Hillsborough Heat Baseball, the Resource Center of Somerset, Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troops 1776, the Hillsborough Family YMCA, the Hillsborough Rockettes, Woodfern HSA and Hillsborough Senior Group B were all on-hand at Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting to accept the award, presented by the township’s Credit Card Advisory Committee. “I am humbled and proud to be standing here and be part of this wonderful, ever-strengthening project. Two years ago, in midst of an economic downturn, Affinity (Federal Credit Union) placed a large investment and brought forth …