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Breaking News — YMCA Re-opens At Noon On Friday

The Westport Weston Family Y announced late today that it has received a temporary Certificate of Occupancy from town officials. The Y resumes operations — on a limited basis — tomorrow (Friday, November 30), at noon.

Family Y CEO Rob Reeves said:

“I am very proud of the work our staff and contracting partners have done to get us to this point. It’s been 4 weeks of cleaning up, drying out and undertaking the many complex tasks involved with getting our facility back in working order.”

The Y will resume operations using 2 external generators. These rooms and services will be open:

 The lower level of the Fitness Center remains shut until early next week.

YMCA aquatic director Nicole Turechek checks the temperature of the Stauffer Pool, prior to reopening.

The shallow, warm-water Brophy Pool was refilled on Tuesday, and a new heater connection is being established. It’s expected to re-open later next week.

The Family Child Care Center, in the lower level of the original Bedford building, suffered extensive flood damage. It is in the process of being completely renovated.

The Y’s infant/toddler rooms (upstairs only) will be ready to open on Monday.

Plenty of work needed to be done on the Y’s flood-damaged Child Care Center.

Y officials thanked the many contractors who helped recover from Hurricane Sandy, as well as  area facilities that welcomed Y members and hosted numerous classes and programs during the hiatus. Those facilities include the YMCAs of Norwalk, Wilton, New Canaan, Darien and Fairfield, as well as Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Intensity in Norwalk, Fairfield Country Day School, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Westport Center for Senior Activities and Staples High School.

Meanwhile, as one door — er, YMCA — opens, another closes. The Norwalk Y on West Avenue will cease operations on December 31. Officials cited declining membership and contributions, as well as the cost of maintaining the nearly 90-year-old building, as reasons for the move.

Click here to read more about the Norwalk Y closing, from the Hour.

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