Media Coverage of Our YMCA

The Westport Weston Family YMCA is a vibrant center of community life and fellowship. We collaborate with many other local nonprofit groups, town agencies and community leaders on a wide range of programs and activities. Our Y sponsors a number of competitive teams, from gymnastics to dance to basketball and swimming. And among our 5,500 members are any number of local residents who achieve great things, on and off the court, gym floor or pool.

We share these highlights and achievements with Y members, friends and neighbors across all media platforms, from this website, our Y’s Facebook page, print and e-newsletters to our “Who, What, When — and Y” blog on

We also attract news coverage from local media. What follows is a listing of recent news articles about our Family YMCA, its members and our impact on the communities we serve.


Links to Recent Articles

Westport Weston Family YMCA Buys Red Barn Restaurant Property
Published: Nov. 10, Westport Weston Daily Voice

The YMCA’s Annual Campaign: Together, We Can Do So Much More
Published: Nov. 2, ct post

Highlights: YMCA’s Into the Woods Youth Obstacle Run
Published: Oct. 27, ct post

What Makes Milly Run
Published: Oct. 26, ct post

Westport-Weston YMCA pays tribute to Bedford family’s legacy of support
Published: Oct. 7, Westport News

YMCA Water Rat Swim Team Preps for Start of New Season
Published: Oct. 5, ct post

YMCA dedicates Bedford family legacy wall
Published: Sept. 29, Weston Forum

Westport Weston Y to celebrate first year, unveil Bedford Family Legacy Wall
Published: Sept. 27, The Norwalk Hour

The YMCA and Westport PAL Team Up for Youth Travel Basketball
Published: Sept. 21, ct post

Family Y to mark first anniversary of Bedford Center
Published: Sept. 15 Westport Minuteman

Water Rats hire new head age group coach
Published: Aug. 24, Westport News

Family YMCA’s After School Program Starts Aug. 27 at Saugatuck Elementary
Published: Aug. 21, ct post

John Poppa: The Family YMCA’s Go-to, Gem of a Goodfellas Kind of Guy…
Published: Aug. 19, ct post

Westport Weston Family Y Offers Outdoor Classes During Shutdown Week
Published: Aug. 19, Westport Weston Daily Voice

Local gymnasts participate in international festival
Published: July 23, Westport News

37th Annual Point to Point Compo Beach Swim Results and Highlights
Published: July 15, ct post

New CEO Looks To Grow The Weston Westport Family YMCA
Published: July 13, Westport Weston Daily Voice

Doug Brill, the Most Unforgettable YMCA Member You’ll Ever Meet
Published: July 2, ct post

Family YMCA Announces Creation of $5 Million Bedford Family Social Responsibility Fund
Published: June 17, ct post

Family YMCA Offers Rising Local 8th Graders Special Membership Program
Published: June 11, ct post

Family YMCA offers specialty camps for gymnasts, dancers
Published: June 3, Westport Minuteman

Before You Check Out for the Summer, Lock in Your Child’s After School Plans for 2015-16
Published: May 12, ct post

Family YMCA Showtime Gymnasts to Perform at 2015 World Gymnaestrada in Finland this July
Published: May 7, ct post

The Y Story of Annam and Ayaan Olasewere? Priceless…
Published: May 5, ct post

Patricia Riemersma Named New CEO of the Westport Weston Family YMCA
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 22, ct post

The Y Wants You to Make Sure Your Children Are Safe Around the Water
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 21, ct post

 Water Rat Men Place 2nd at 2015 YMCA Short Course National Championships
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 7, ct post

Water Rat Head Coach Ellen Johnston Named National YMCA Coach of the Year
Published: Friday, Apr. 3, ct post

Westport Weston Family YMCA and Norwalk Hospital Split $80 million Gift
Published: Saturday, March 21, Weston Forum

A YMCA and a Hospital Receive $40 Million Each From Oil Heiress
Published: Wednesday, March 18, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

2015 Team Mossman Family YMCA Indoor Tri Results & Highlights
Published: Tuesday, March 3, ct post

Westport Weston Family YMCA Hosts St. Baldrick’s Event, March 29
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 4, Westport Patch

YMCA Celebrates Heart Health Month
Published: Thursday, Jan. 26, Weston Forum

Westonites may sign up for free week at the new Y
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 24, Weston Forum

What Will You Do With Your One Free Week at the Family YMCA?
Published: Monday, Jan. 23, Westport Patch

Thanks to Donors
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 13, Westport Minuteman

From Family Y Back to Being Called YMCA
Published: Monday, Jan. 12,

Y Water Rats Host Pentathlon Swim Meet
Published: Sunday, Jan. 11,

 Y Offers 1 Free Week
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, Westport Minuteman

Rotary Farewell for Outgoing Family Y CEO
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014,

The Westport Y is Hiring
Published: Thursday, Dec. 11, Westport Hamlet Hub

8-Year-Old Jude Dequeljoe of Fairfield Breaks Swimming Record
Published: Thursday, Dec. 4, Westport Hamlet Hub

Transformation of Westport Y to Bedford Square Underway
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 12, Westport News

Bedford Associates Closes on Old Y Building Sale
Published: Thursday, Nov. 6,

Y Leaders Hand Over Keys to Downtown Y’s New Owners
Published: Thursday, Nov. 6,

World-Renowned Expert on Health and Nutrition to Speak at Westport/Weston Family Y
Published: Monday, Nov. 3, Norwalk  Hamlet Hub

Family Y cites Loffredo as Volunteer of the Year
Published: Saturday, Nov. 1, Westport News

Philip Dwyer Assumes Duties as Interim CEO of the Family Y
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 28,

Change in Management as CEO Resigns from Westport Weston Family Y
Published: Thursday, Oct. 23, Weston Daily Voice

Y Water Rats Host First Meet in New Home
Published: Sunday, Oct. 19,

Enjoying Teen Night at New Y
Published: Friday, Oct. 17,

Westport Y opens with a splash … and lots more
Published: Saturday, Oct. 11,

Glittering Turnout for Y Gala
Published: Saturday, Oct. 11,

Westport Weston Family Y gala gets plenty of Weston support
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 7, The Weston Forum

A Long Time Coming (Photo Gallery)
Published: Monday, Oct. 6,

Westport Weston Family Y Moves to New Facility
Published: Monday, Oct. 6, News 12 Connecticut

 New Y Off to a Busy Start
Published: Monday, Oct. 6,

New Family Y to Open Monday
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 30, Westport Minuteman

Westport Weston Family Y Gets Final Approvals to Open New Campus
Published: Monday, Sept. 29, Westport Daily Voice

New Westport Y to open Oct. 6 after selectmen approve sewage pact
Published: Saturday, Sept. 27,

With Selectmen Approval, Y Set to Open Oct. 6
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 24,

Taking Part in Strong Kids Triathlon
Published: Sunday, Sept. 21,

Westport Family Y Awaits Final Approvals
Published: Sunday, Sept. 14,

Family Y holds open houses for Westonites
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 10, The Weston Forum

Ribbon-cutting at new Family Y
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, Westport Minuteman

Westport Weston Y’s Water Rats Hires New Coach, Schedules Tryouts
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2, Westport Daily Voice

Westport Y cuts ribbon for new home, unwraps a dream
Published: Friday, Aug. 29, Westport News

Westport Y to cut ribbon for Mahackeno home tonight, but opening date uncertain
Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, Westport News

Westport Weston Family Y Prepares For Start Of After-School Program
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, Westport Daily Voice

Westport Weston Water Rats Shine At Long Course Championships
Published: Friday, Aug. 22, Westport Daily Voice

Aquatics Center at new Family Y takes final shape
Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, Westport Minuteman

How Many Gallons Does the New Y’s Pool Hold?
Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, Westport Hamlet Hub

Opening date of Westport Y pushed back
Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, Norwalk Hour

Take A Tour of the New Westport Weston Family Y (video)
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, It’s Relevant

Letter: Steinberg says bonds for Y road work in town’s best interest
Published: Thursday, July 24,

Mahackeno Y Opens August 29; Long Journey Ends, New Road Begins
Published: Monday, July 21,

Making a ‘Point:’ Swift swimmers tackle Compo course for 36th year
Published: Sunday, July 20,

Gymnasts perform in America’s parade
Published: Thursday, July 10,

Y Gymnastics Center in Norwalk opens
Published: Tuesday, July 8, Westport Minuteman

Norwalk gymnast to perform with group in Washington D.C. July 4 parade
Published: Tuesday, July 1, Norwalk Hour

Family Y honors youth, staff, volunteers
Published: Tuesday, June 24, Westport Minuteman

Westport Weston Family Y Hosts Grand Opening For New Gymnastics Center
Published: Tuesday, June 24, Westport Daily Voice

Ruth Thomas Bedford, 99, Westport Philanthropist
Published: Saturday, June 21, Westport Daily Voice

Saying goodbye: Memories shared at Westport Weston Family Y’s final annual meeting downtown
Published: Tuesday, June 17,

Family Y at Mahackeno now 85 percent complete
Published: Tuesday, June 10, Westport Minuteman

Y Announces Formation of Aquafins
Published: Monday, June 9,

New facilities, programs coming at Family Y
Published: Tuesday, May 20, Westport Minuteman

Lucie C. McKinney, Activist and Mother of GOP Leader, 80
Published: Sunday, May 11,

Family Y facility at Mahackeno taking its final shape
Published: Wednesday, May 7, Westport Minuteman

Death Of ‘Mr. Westport’ Allen Raymond Tops News This Week
Published: Sunday, May 4, Westport Daily Voice

Family Y to host celebration for new Mahackeno facility
Published: Wednesday, April 23, Westport Minuteman

Westport Weston Family Y Swimmers Place 11th In National Meet
Published: Monday, April 21, Westport Daily Voice

Family Y to relocate Gymnastic Center to Norwalk
Published: Wednesday, April 8, Westport Minuteman

Westport Y Hosting Vacation Gym & Swim Camp
Published: Thursday, April 3, Fairfield Hamlet Hub

Matt Johnson: A Builder of the Y, and the Communities We Serve
Published: Friday, March 21,

Water Rats set records at championship meets
Published: Thursday, March 20,

Y Gymnastics Team Wins Meet
Published: Tuesday, March 18,

Latest Views of New Family Y Under Construction at Mahackeno
Published: Thursday, March 13,

The Big Pour
Published: Thursday, March 13,

Westport Weston Family Y to Host Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course, Apr. 5-6 & 12-13
Published: Tuesday, March 11, Fairfield Hamlet Hub

The Y. We’re More Than a Gym. We’re A Cause
Published: Friday, March 7,

Southport Stroke Victim Makes Amazing Recovery Strides at Westport Y
Published: Tuesday, March 4, Fairfield Hamlet Hub

Free Swim Lessons for Kids at Westport Y April 14-18
Published: Monday, March 3, Fairfield Hamlet Hub

Photo Highlights: Mossman Indoor Tri at the Y
Published: Sunday, March 2,

Taking Part in Tri at the Y
Published: Sunday, March 2,

Westport-Weston Family Y offers new classes for special-needs children
Published: Thursday, Feb. 27,

Our Family Y’s Impact Within the Westport and Weston Communities
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25,

Pickleball Is Coming to the New Y
Published: Friday, Feb. 21,

Crafty Y Kids at the Y’s Winter School Break Programs
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19,

‘Second Groundbreaking’ for New Y: Latest Photo Update
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19,

Westport Weston Y Plans Youth Programs For February School Break
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, Westport Daily Voice

Y Water Rats Keblish and Blansfield to Compete in Arena Grand Prix Swim Meet in Orlando
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12,

Westport Weston Family Y Celebrates American Heart Month
Published: Monday, Feb. 10, Westport Daily Voice

How the Y Helped Shaun White Go for Olympic Gold
Published: Friday, Feb. 7,

Y Swim Meet Highlights: Miller Sets New Water Rat Team Record
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4,

Y Offers Free 3-Week Trial Membership, through March 31
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28,

New Westport Y on Track for Fall Completion
Published: Friday, Jan. 24, Fairfield Hamlet Hub

The Inspirational Y Story of the Year!
Published: Thursday, Jan. 23,

SIR Development makes donation to Westport Weston Family Y in honor of Gault family
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, Westport Minuteman

New Family Y on schedule
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, Westport Minuteman

The Westport Y offers new classes for youth with special needs
Published: Thursday, Jan. 16,

Y to Host Mossman Indoor Tri, Sunday, March 2
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14,

Full House for Y Swim Meet
Published: Sunday, Jan. 12,

Westport Y, Senior Center Open As Public Warming Stations
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, Westport Daily Voice

Marpe looks ahead to challenges of new year
Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 Westport Minuteman

Advice from the Y on Year-end Charitable Giving
Published: Thursday, Dec. 26,

Family Y Kinderkids learn to earn, save — and give
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, Westport Minuteman

A slice of the holidays: Pizza with Santa at the Westport Y
Published: Monday, Dec. 23,

Westport Weston Family Y Combines Hafaday, Mahackeno Summer Camps
Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, Westport Daily Voice

Y Gymnasts Perform as New Temporary Home Sought
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18,

Y Teams Kick Off Travel Basketball Season
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18,

Westport Weston Family Y Water Rats Raise $41K For The Philippines
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, Westport Daily Voice

Pete Wolgast Honored by AARP
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11,

Parent-Child Programs at the Y Provide Quality Family Time
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10,

Construction Of New Westport-Weston Family Y Remains On Schedule
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, Westport Daily Voice

To view select media coverage of our Y from 2013, please click here.

To view select media coverage of our Y from 2012, please click here.

To view select media coverage of our Y from 2010-11, please click here.