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Give Thanks

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours! On Thanksgiving, we reflect that true wealth does not come from our

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Y Arts in the Community: Peter & The Wolf, featuring the NJSO

  The Y Arts in the Community initiative provides enriching arts experiences, offering opportunities for all ages to experience visual and performing arts. We believe in the power of art to help youth realize their potential and improve quality of life.

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A Salute to our Veterans

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” 
—John F. Kennedy Veterans Day is celebrated nationwide each year on November 11th. This was the day at

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The Giving “Spirit”: Giving Back for Halloween

Halloween isn’t here yet, and you’re already strategizing what to do with all that candy so your kids don’t get a two-week sugar high, and you don’t snack on it until Christmas. And those beautiful costumes you bought that the

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Eating Seasonally: Autumn Harvest

Harvest the benefits of autumn produce this month! The Y is committed to keeping your family healthy from the inside out, which is why this week we’re highlighting popular fall “superfoods” you should add to your grocery list. Did you know that

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Back to School, Back to Healthy

6 Back to School Tips to Keep your Kids in A+ Shape Back to school unfortunately also means back to germs! Changing weather and lots of time spent with other kids gives germs the opportunity to spread. Keep your kids healthy

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Oasis Summer Campers Learned to Swim with the Sharks

This summer, the Wyckoff YMCA partnered with Oasis in order to provide a summer camp experience for children who may not otherwise get such an opportunity. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, Oasis strives to change the lives of women and

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Tips for Working Out in Summer Sun

“If you can run six miles on a summer day, then you, my friend, are a lethal weapon in the animal kingdom.”- Christopher McDougall We’re entering the dog days of summer that feature hot, sultry weather and lots of sunshine.

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13th Annual Oasis & Camp Wydaca BBQ

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt Camp Wydaca and Oasis—together accomplishing great things!  On Wednesday, July 20th, Camp Wydaca and Oasis came together at our

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8th Annual Billy’s Buddies Golf Outing

At the Y, we believe all people of all abilities and should have the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Which is why we are dedicated to providing greatly needed services to the special needs community. The Y

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Staying Nimble with Table Tennis

“If I can challenge old ideas about aging, I will feel more and more invigorated. I want to represent this new way. I want to be a new version of the 70-year-old woman. Vital, strong, very physical, very agile.” –

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34th Annual Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Triathlon

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~Mother Teresa The Wyckoff Franklin Lakes Triathlon is the longest-running and one of the largest in New Jersey. Attracting local athletes and

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Women’s Fitness: We Want More

“The fitness industry is surprisingly a women’s business by number and influence. In fact, 75 percent of IDEA’s members, which include personal trainers, group fitness instructors, program directors and business owners, are women.” -Kathie Davis, founder and executive director of IDEA Health

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From Pike to Shark: Our Swim Team Shines at National Championship

 “Somehow I kept my head above water. I relied on the discipline, character, and strength that I had started to develop as that little girl in her first swimming pool.”- Esther Williams The Wyckoff YMCA Sharks swim team flashed some

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Community Trunk Sale

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris Out with the old, in with the new…de-clutter, de-stress and socialize at our Community Trunk Sale on Saturday, April

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Head for the Hills: Spring Hikes with the Y

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” –Henry David Thoreau Experiencing gym fatigue? Need a change of scenery? Step off the treadmill for a day and go on fun, challenging hike with the

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Active Older Adults: Finding a New Vitality

“Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”- Betty Friedan Staying active as you age is extremely important for both your physical and mental well-being. Exercising regularly can help prevent or delay many injuries, diseases and

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Y News: Two Staff Members named “Coaches of the Year”

We’re proud to have two “Coaches of the Year” on our staff! A big congratulations to Bryan McDonnell, named High School Boys Swimming Coach of the Year by the Bergen Record, and Jeff Ziegler, High School Girls Swimming Coach of

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Give Kids their Best Chance: Register for Session IV Programs!

Extra-curricular activities have many benefits for kids, and it’s never too early to get them involved. Give kids the chance to develop their talent or find it! Nurture their potential in sports and arts, or new skills like swimming, cooking

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Put Play in Your Day!

The Y is for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.  Come see it all rolled up into one event at our Annual Healthy Kids Day®, on Saturday, March 19 from 10am to 1pm.  Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative

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The Tale of the Active Mariner: Swimming for a Longer Life

“Heave Ho! My Lads, Heave Ho!  It’s a long, long way to go. It’s a long, long pull with our hatches full, Braving the wind, braving the sea, Fighting the treacherous foe.” – “Heave Ho, My Lads”: official song of

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Y Yoga?

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”~B.K.S. Iyengar You might be wondering, what is Yoga, exactly? The word Yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted

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Top Fitness Trends for 2016

Are you following the trends, or caught up in a passing fad? (Please, drop the shake weights and throw away the ab roller.)  Every year, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health & Fitness Journal  surveys thousands of health and

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From Down-and-Out to Triathlete: A Transformation

“I do not train to swim, bike, or run faster, I train to remove quit from my body and from my mind.”- Greg Almstad Featuring: Frank Bloise.  Special thanks to Jim Parks, interviewer. Frank’s Transformation Most of us cannot imagine

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Healthy is a Lifestyle, Not a Diet: The “Detox” Diet Fallacy

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” -Robert Urich Are you looking for a quick fix to jump-start your weight loss? After the holidays, we often see people blending up all sorts of concoctions  to “detox” or “cleanse” their bodies

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Keeping Your Resolve

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” -Edith Lovejoy Pierce Happy 2016! It’s that time after

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Building a Community: A Glance at “5am’ers”

“What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good on this morning; or that it is a morning to

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Finding Comfort, Surrounded by Water and People

“If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” ~The Crow, written by James O’Barr, David J. Schow, and John Shirley, 1994 Featuring: Bruce G. Hetzel Unassuming,

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It’s here!

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a

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Coming soon…Our Blog is Getting a Make-Over!

Starting this Thanksgiving, our blog will be transforming into something that we feel has been missing from the Y. Thanksgiving is a holiday about family, and everyday we hear stories from and about our “Y family” about how the Y

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The Wyckoff Y Celebrates 21 Years of Serving the Special Needs Community

The Wyckoff Family YMCA’s Shining Star Express program for Special Needs recently celebrated 21 years of serving this population by hosting a ”formal” for its group participants.  The Y’s “New Year’s Social” was attended by 70 special young adults donned

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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

First class opera came toWyckoff recently. I was among the fortunate 300 individuals, who were treated to a scintillating performance of the Barber of Seville right here in town.  Right at our own YMCA!  The quality of the production, featuring

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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

First class opera came toWyckoff recently. I was among the fortunate 300 individuals, who were treated to a scintillating performance of the Barber of Seville right here in town.  Right at our own YMCA!  The quality of the production, featuring

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Shop Locally at the Y’S Holiday Market Place!

Last Christmas, I spent weeks scouring the malls for the perfect gift for my daughter, trudging through cavernous parking garages and standing on lines that would rival the Dumbo ride at Disney World.  Finally, on December 22, I found what

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Fall Brings Lots of Colors to The Y

It’s Fall already and the leaves are just starting to turn vibrant reds,  oranges,  and yellows .  Here at the Y  we are so excited about another colorful event,…our annual Art Show.  Talk about bringing in a fabulous fall!!  The

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Fall Brings Lots of Colors to The Y

It’s Fall already and the leaves are just starting to turn vibrant reds,  oranges,  and yellows .  Here at the Y  we are so excited about another colorful event,…our annual Art Show.  Talk about bringing in a fabulous fall!!  The

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FALL PREVIEW

August 9, 2011 FALL PREVIEW Summer is flying by…and we have been hard at work planning our fall line-up.  By now you should have received your Y Fall brochure.  I hope you had some “down time” over the past week

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The Y is Old Fashioned…When it Comes to Summer Fun!

Summers have changed since we were kids, haven’t they?  I remember they were much longer then!  We enjoyed lazy days of sleeping in, swimming, bike rides, trips “down the shore,” and playing with the neighborhood kids from dawn until dusk.

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Welcome to Our New Website!

This is such an exciting time for the Wyckoff Family YMCA and our very valued members.  With our new and long-waited website up and running,  we are now able to communicate to you and with you on a “day by

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