By Northeast Community Center staff
For the Hollywood Star News
Brian, Stephanie, Samantha and Madeline Cefola have been members of the Northeast Community Center since 2010. We recently caught up with Stephanie to talk with her about the NECC.
Why did you join the NECC?
I was working out at a bigger club, but I was looking for a smaller fitness facility with more of a community feel. At that time my children were just babies, and another parent recommended the NECC because it had a great Child Watch. The first time I left my girls alone was at NECC Child Watch, and they had a very positive experience with the excellent staff. The staff regularly engages the girls with interactive and excellent art projects, and they have met other children in Child Watch who they are still friends with. While Child Watch was what drew us to the NECC, I soon found that there was a lot more to the Center.
What activities do you do?
When I first joined the NECC, I was primarily a runner. While I still run, I also take a variety of fitness classes like Barre Fusion and Total Body Conditioning. Right now, Cardio Kickboxing is my favorite class! I love the variety, get a thorough workout, and feel energized when class is done.
What is there for your family?
While Brian has created his own fitness routine in the Cardio and Weight rooms, our two girls have participated in nearly every program offered. The girls started swim lessons when they were three years old, and my older daughter is now in swim club, a developmental swim team. They have learned every stroke plus flip turns, and both girls have become very confident swimmers. It has been meaningful for them to have the same instructors for several years, and the girls have strong relationships with their instructors.
The girls have also participated in so many other activities that are offered: soccer class, basketball class, basketball league, ballet, mini-camps, and much more. They regularly go to the Flick ‘N Float movies in the pool, and our family often spends time together in open swim. The girls have marched with the NECC in the Junior Rose Parade, and they had a great time at the Halloween Carnival last year; they dressed up like matching clown fish.
Beyond fitness activities, what have you found that is unique about the NECC?
Our family is here almost every day. I have found a network of people and have developed lasting friendships. I really prefer the personal touch and relationships that are the basis of the Community Center, and the girls have also found meaningful friendships. Really, it is like a home away from home.