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South Brunswick YMCA to Close Permanently Friday

Over 90 full time and part time employees now out of work as YMCA shuts down.

The South Brunswick Family YMCA will cease operations Sept. 20
The South Brunswick Family YMCA will cease operations Sept. 20
After declaring for bankruptcy earlier this year, the South Brunswick Family YMCA announced today that it would be permanently ceasing operations on Friday (Sept. 20).

“This is a very difficult time for everyone associated with the South Brunswick Family YMCA,” said Jeff Hermann, Chair of the YMCA’s Board of Directors in a statement. “Like so many businesses and organizations in our area, our YMCA has been hit hard by the economic recession. Declines in membership and donations over the past few years have proven too difficult to overcome."

Earlier this year, the YMCA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in Trenton with hopes of bolstering the floundering organization moving forward.

"We filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January with the intent of reorganizing and strengthening our YMCA, but despite our best efforts, we are not able to generate the financial resources necessary to sustain our operations on a long-term basis," Hermann said on Thursday.

The YMCA, which served about 400 members, had 10 full-time employees and over 80 part-time employees who now find themselves out of work with the  closing. Earlier this year, the YMCA named Hermann as it's third Board President, as he succeeded Anthony Campisano, who stepped down after six years as Board President.  

The YMCA statement said future updates and questions should be directed to the organization's Facebook page by clicking here.

SBMom September 19, 2013 at 07:33 PM
YMCA on Friday and The Willows swim club is next.. It's the unfortunate sign of the times here in SB. The community has definitely changed from when I was growing up.. So sad
Mathew Renk September 19, 2013 at 09:03 PM
What a shame, I know my family helped them open over 10 years ago with donations :(
I am RIGHT September 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM
The Willows is financially strong. Don't compare the WILLOWS to the dysfunctional YMCA. SBMOM - Fling your BS elsewhere.
lyrw September 20, 2013 at 09:32 AM
This is a loss for our community. My son attended the childcare center, learned to swim and play soccer at the Y. I would like to thank the staff for their dedication and enriching the lives my family and the community.
Sean Caffrey September 20, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Years ago, I would be at that YMCA everyday, along with many others. Once they removed the indoor basketball courts, I never went back. I would assume a few people my age did the same. If they kept the indoor basketball courts, their business would be booming, in my opinion.
AM1968 September 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM
well if the "Y" wasn't so expensive to join for a family membership they may have gotten more people to join... the summer camp program was terrible this year - my child was there and there were hardly any kids this year that participated; it was actually sad to see how the "Y" has gone downhill over the past years -- they got too expensive for a family to join and really didn't offer that much anymore
Ibrahim Wakim September 20, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Ashamed on you
Simon September 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM
No surprise. There is no "C" in South Brunswick anymore.
zbcm September 25, 2013 at 01:38 PM
This is truly a shame, as the Y was such a valuable resource for residents, especially the children. I don't think it was the membership rates that contributed to this. Actually, the family membership ($70/mo) was comparable to or less expensive than nearby Ys (East Brunswick $62.50/mo no pool onsite, Princeton $99/mo, Hamilton $127.33/mo). I found that the child development staff (Kids Korner and preschool/kinderprep) went above and beyond when it came to the children. Truly an unfortunate loss for our township.

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