Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
April 10, 2012 Issue
National Award-winning, Family-run Newspaper
Established 1891
news | sports | obituaries | archives | classifieds | subscribe | links | contact | tv listings | lottery



"The Wild Gardener"
Peter Loewer's Weekly
Column in the Democrat

"The Mouth That Roars"
Bill Liblick's Weekly
Column in the Democrat

"Inside Out"
Jeanne Sager's Weekly
Column in the Democrat

"Give Us Paws"
Ruth Huggler's Weekly
Column in the Democrat

John Conway's Look Back at the History of Sullivan County

Sullivan Renaissance

Sullivan County Chamber
Of Commerce & Industry

Sullivan County
Visitor's Association

Sullivan County
Government Center

Sullivan County
Partnership for
Economic Development

Please visit our
Community Links
section for other
Sullivan County

PLEASE NOTE: If you bookmark a particular link from the current news, sports or obituaries offered on our Website, be aware that the URL address will change once it is archived. Bookmarking an archived link is therefore the surest way to retain access to a particular article.


YMCA, Monti Recreation Dept. team up for athletic programs

By Rob Potter
SULLIVAN COUNTY — The Village of Monticello Recreation Department and the YMCA of Middletown and Sullivan County have teamed up to offer local residents more athletic programs.
The collaboration between the Monticello Recreation Dept. and the YMCA began back in February with an adult men’s basketball league.
“We had 150 men from Monticello and around Sullivan County playing in the league,” said Bill Fioravanti, who is the Associate Executive Director for Membership at the YMCA of Middletown and Sullivan County. “Some women also played in the league.”
One of those women was Kim Fore, Coach of the Monticello junior varsity girls’ volleyball team.
“The league was good,” said Michael Greco of the Village of Monticello Recreation Dept. “It was a chance for many adults to get out and play basketball. It was a very positive experience.”
The YMCA and Monticello Recreation Dept. also joined together to offer a free basketball clinic for kids following the adult league season.
“We held it at the Robert J. Kaiser School in Monticello,” Fioravanti said. “Many kids participated in the clinic. It was educational and enjoyable.
“It allowed us to share with them the four core values of the YMCA, which are respect, caring, honesty and responsibility,” he added.
This summer the YMCA and Monticello Recreation Dept. teamed up to offer a youth swimming program at the Dillon Road pool in Monticello.
“It was free to 95 percent of the kids who participated,” Fioravanti commented. “We had an incredible response for the program. The kids had fun and learned a great deal. This can be a lifetime sport for these kids.”
Greco noted that Kathy Krieger and her mother Alice, who live on Dillon Road, helped with the swimming program.
The Dillon Road facility also has a skate park and basketball court which youngsters can enjoy.
“The swimming program is great because it’s free for kids,” Greco said. “And the village had lifeguards and the YMCA had instructors for the program.”
“We’re thrilled that the swimming program is here,” he continued. “It really helps kids.”
Another recent event which included the YMCA and Monticello Recreation Dept. was the Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 4. The two organizations joined with several others, including the Recovery Center, Monticello Police Dept. and Kean Lake Community, to hold Night Out Against Crime, which is a national program, on Broadway in Monticello.
“So many non-profits were involved,” Fioravanti said. “Everything is a step in the right direction. It was a good experience.”
Fioravanti is happy to work with Greco on shared programs to benefit as many people as possible. Greco feels the same way.
“I like working with Bill,” Greco explained. “I think Bill brings a great energy to the Sullivan County YMCA from his experience with the Boys and Girls Club. We talk to each other about once a week. I talk about some ideas I have and he talks about ideas he has.”
One upcoming event the YMCA and Monticello Recreation Dept. are working together on is the Village of Monticello Halloween Parade. The parade will be held Sunday, Oct. 30 on Broadway.
“With the Broadway renovation project complete, this will be quite a parade,” Greco said. “The local kids really enjoy getting dressed up and marching in the parade.”
Village of Monticello Manager John LiGreci approves of the collaboration between the Monticello Recreation Dept. and YMCA.
“I think that the cooperation between the YMCA and our village recreation department is excellent,” LiGreci said. “They are working very well together and creating new programs. Those programs include arts and crafts and a youth dance night on Friday nights.”
LiGreci also praised Fioravanti.
“Bill has such an enthusiasm for the Sullivan County YMCA and all of its programs,” LiGreci said.

Copyright © 1999-2012 Catskill-Delaware Publications.
The information you receive online from the Sullivan County Democrat Online Edition is protected by the copyright laws
of the United States. Please read our user agreement and our use information
privacy statement.
Internet Services provided by Time Warner, Site Design by Green Enterprises

Please be aware that once a new issue is posted on this site, the immediate previous issue's links change. Check our Archives section to obtain the new links for old issues.
top of page       top of page