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Old 05-21-2001, 12:48 PM
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Harlem Community Centers

Does anyone remember the community centers? I went to PS80 elementary school on 120th street and first Ave. I remember goint to the center after school hours to watch Walt Disney movies for 10cents. My brother, Ellis and I would buy a bag full of candy (that's when candy was 1 cent a piece) and watch a Disney Cartoon. During the summer months the center was open all day and we would play checkers, table hocky. The games were set up in the lobby of the school near the gym.

In JHS45 the center was even better. We had that big indoor swimming pool to cool off during those hot summer months. JHS45 was one of the best schools in Harlem. If you had cooking class you were lucky. This was the first place I learned how to make French Toast. I also learned how to make my first dress in sewing class. Thanks to John S. Roberts for us Harlem kids progress.

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Old 05-21-2001, 02:43 PM
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Jefferson Park and Washington Houses

marthadel,

I partially grew up across the street from Jefferson Park. They had a community
center there for teens, but I was too young to go there by myself. We later
moved to DeWitt Clinton, which also had a community center. I got to see
it one summer during my first Job Corps job. It scared me because kids were
hanging out upsupervised. The counselors were "street" people. So after I
left that job I never went back there.

I did spent a lot of time later on in the Washington Houses Community Center on
East 99th Street. I had become a Hotline Cares, Inc counselor and was required
to be there at times for meetings. I out grew my fear, but I still kept away from
kids who grew themselves in the street.
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Old 05-21-2001, 02:55 PM
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Jose you sound like you were one of those goody-goody kids. My parents also raised me in a very strict christian home. I was never allowed to go out by myself not even when I was a teenager. When I went to high school I would come straight home, and being the obedient child that I was, I always went straight home. Even if I knew I was not allowed to go out side after school by myself.

When I went to the community centers I was escorted by my brother who is three years older than me.

My parents were old fashion holy-rollers. In a way, I have alot to be thankful for. I was never exposed to that street life of drugs and alcohol.
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Old 05-22-2001, 06:10 AM
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I am raising my children the same...

marthadel,
Believe it or not, I am raising my children the same way. The two eldest have only recently begun to go out by themselves. One is now an adult and the other will be next year (legal age). They come home and get on their computers and surf till they go to bed.

My son is now getting out on his own. Having turned 18, he is now part of a cable wrestling show on public access in Manhattan.

And although there are still community centers, Boy's and Girls Club around in the community, I have never allowed them to join. I don't feel that they will be supervised to my standards and I am afraid they will pick up bad habits from some of the other members. No reflection on these groups, but I'd rather be real safe than sorry.

By the way, my sisters were never allowed to go out either. I was allowed to play football with my school mates (who also went to Catholic school) after school.

Thank heaven that all of us (my brother and sisters grew up to be well adjusted people. Not even a JD ticket.
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Old 05-23-2001, 04:19 PM
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It's nice to hear there are people raising their kids the old fashion way. I complained about my mother being strict with me until the day I married. But, today I thank God for her because now I see what I didn't see then. She did a great job by not letting me be exposed to the drugs, and the hoodlums in the streets.

If my mother would have let me date at an early age, God only knows where I would be today. Probably with no education and a house full of kids. My mother always said God first, School second then boys.

Lov ya mom
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