Bridgeport YMCA adult program ends due to cuts

The head of the Bridgeport YMCA said today that the facility's adult program will be closing immediately due to state budget cuts.



A letter was handed out to adult members as they arrived at the facility. It explains that state budget cuts have made it impossible for the nonprofit organization to continue serving adults.



The children's program at the club will continue.



Bob Beslove, who says he has been coming to the Y for 71 years, prides himself on being the facility's longest-living member. He says he was furious when he learned that state leaders had cut the funding to keep the Y opened.



"They're a bunch of idiots," he says. "I mean this is what's going on in this country today."



The facility's regional director Tim Bartlette says the nonprofit was powerless to avoid the move given the financial predicament Connecticut is in.



"$1.3 billion deficit, we're a victim of that just like anybody else," says Bartlette.



A spokesman for the YMCA says adults will be refunded the unused portion of their membership fees, or they can choose to use one of the other YMCA's nearby, including Fairfield, Stratford and Trumbull.



The Bridgeport closure takes effect on Saturday, Jan. 7.


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