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Midge Deverin and Vera Shanov share a laugh in the Welcome Center.

Family YMCA Staffer Vera Shanov: A World-class Person … and Friend

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Midge’s Membership Blog: First and foremost, Vera Shanov is my friend. She is one of the chosen few who will keep my secrets, allow me to pour my heart out, laugh my head off, and scream my ridiculous ideas to; she and I will share a bottle of wine and solve the world’s problems… That […] [Read More]
Brian and Bob Ference.

The Brothers Ference: Our Family YMCA’s ‘Swim & Gym’ Dynamic Duo

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Midge’s Membership Blog: Brian steps behind the Membership desk at the Welcome Center, wet towel wrapped around his waist and starts writing a list of names of his private swimming lesson students. “Do you mind processing these?” he asks me … and, despite the fact that there’s hardly a day that goes by when Brian […] [Read More]
A swim race in the Saugatuck, back in the day...

Camp Mahackeno Gears Up for Groundbreaking Summer

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Midge’s Membership Blog: It’s hard to imagine, as I sit here writing this, looking out at the piles of encrusted snow still scattered on the fringes of the Family YMCA’s parking lot, that in just a couple of months Camp Mahackeno will be up and running. So many of us have heard stories of Mahackeno’s […] [Read More]
Devyn Mufson with Miss Lillian, her dance mentor.

Family YMCA Dancer Devyn Mufson Prepares to Step onto Larger Stage

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Midge’s Membership Blog: Devyn Mufson… “That’s Devon with a ‘y’… my family is Irish and wanted me to have an Irish name but wanted to change it up a bit, make it a little more unique.” This beautiful, articulate young woman is as unique as her name — just 17 years old and with more […] [Read More]
Patty in Halloween mode on the Y pool deck with Y Lifeguard Andrew Myers.

The Family YMCA’s Patty Kondub: Doing Good Is What She Does Best

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    Midge’s Membership Blog: I wanted my first Y Story of the New Year to start off with a burst of energy, excitement and goodness.  Our very own Patty Kondub is the personification of these qualities … and then some. Whether you know Patty from her fabulous aqua fitness classes that she has been […] [Read More]
Midge and a tip of the cap to Y member James Colimitra.

Giving Thanks to the Many Members Who Make Our Family Y a Home

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Midge’s Membership Blog: It’s ‘that time of year’ again; funny how it always seems that as soon as the summer ends, the holiday season begins… With the colder weather, the fall foliage strewn about and the fireplaces awakened after their dormant period, it is a perfect time for us to reflect.  A time when one […] [Read More]
Meet Feven, as in "Heaven."

A Y Cinderella Story

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Midge’s Membership Blog: Many people ask me if one has to live in Westport or Weston to be a member of our Y and I always tell them “no, you can live ANYWHERE.”  Even Ethiopia! Meet one of the newest members of our Y family, Feven (pronounced like “Heaven”). According to her guardian/mother, Brenda Renzulli, […] [Read More]
Nick Weiner leads the check-in line of first official visitors to our new Y.

A New Beginning for the Family Y

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Midge’s ‘Why We Matter’ Blog: It’s been an arduous climb but we made it!  Years of discussion, negotiation, fund raising, lobbying, controversy and then acceptance … permits granted, certificate of occupancy in hand and the brand new Y’s doors are open. MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014, a date that will forever mark a new beginning for […] [Read More]