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My son Anthony was born in October 1996 and my family and I moved to Rye from New York City in March 1997. We joined the Y a few months later. My wife would take my son here when he was a baby for the many activities that the Y offers for children. We met many different people at the Y and it helped us integrate into the community.
We joined with a family membership and have held it for the last 20 years. Every member of my family takes advantage of the membership. My son Anthony, who is 20 years old and in college at NYU, plays in the adult soccer league when he is home from college. My daughter Isabel, who is 17 years old, still comes and swims. My wife comes periodically and I try to use it on a weekly basis. Generally, I use the gym, and that is what keeps me somewhat fit and not completely out of shape!
Twenty years ago I was the new guy in the neighborhood, now I feel like a veteran. In my neighborhood, we have had about four new neighbors in the last six months, mostly young families with kids. I talk up the Rye Y to all of them and tell them how wonderful it is for them AND their families.
I am a solo practitioner attorney and have an office in Port Chester. I make my own schedule, so when I don’t have court in the morning I come to the Y as a stress reliever. If I had the time, I would be here more often. It is a wonderful place and a great institution; truly a jewel in this wonderful community of Rye.
I love coming to the Y; it is like an extension of my home. The people and staff are friendly and very helpful. The Y has been a part of my life for the last two decades, and will hopefully continue to be for the next 20 years or more. I hope to age gracefully, and if I do, the Rye Y will have a lot to do with it!
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