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Damaged Gym Hinders Theodore Young Center Programs

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The damaged gym at the Theodore D. Young Community Center is affecting many of its activities, according to the center's commissioner William Carter and his deputy James Robinson.

The center's gym, flooded during Tropical Storm Irene, is now bulged in its whole extension, even if it didn't look so bad just after the storm.

"It was a delayed reaction," Carter said. "Three or four days later it really began to swell.The gym being the heart of the center, many programs and events are threatened. Carter and Robinson mentioned sports like the basketball league and karate, senior citizens and after-school programs, concerts and special activities such as roller skating.

"There's no place to go for roller skating this year," Robinson said.

Some organizations are helping the center to keep its activities alive, Carter said, mentioning the Woodlands and Richard J. Bailey schools and the Westchester Community College.

"We enjoy a good relationship with other community facilities," he said.

The center has to request to the Greenburgh town board a resolution to allow it opening a bid to fix the gym.

Carter estimates the bidding and repairing process to take eight months and the cost to fall between $100,000 and $200,000.

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