Levittown rec center closes after 45 years

A community center that has been a part of the Levittown community for more than 40 years closed its doors Thursday to tears from volunteers and those it served. Yours Ours Mine Community Center was

News 12 Staff

May 1, 2009, 12:24 AM

Updated 5,552 days ago

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A community center that has been a part of the Levittown community for more than 40 years closed its doors Thursday to tears from volunteers and those it served.
Yours Ours Mine Community Center was evicted after a financial dispute with the owner of the building. The Town of Hempstead says it has tried to bring both parties together to come up with a compromise, but was unsuccessful. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray says YOM?s closure will be detrimental to the community because it helped so many children and seniors. The center also offered drug and alcohol abuse counseling.
?This is the first day in 40 years that YOM has not opened its doors,? says Louise Cassano, who works at the center. ?It?s very sad.?
Meanwhile, volunteers are trying to place those they helped in other programs. The Levittown school district has stepped forward and offered the children before- and after-school programs until the end of the school year. A number of senior centers have put down their welcome mats for seniors who spent time at YOM.
Cassano says the fight is not over though. She says the state attorney general is looking into the financial matter and that the center could proceed legally depending on what is found.


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