Community center gets $15,000 for Christmas break activities

The Booker T. Washington Community Center picked up its emergency financial aid from the city Friday afternoon.

The money — $15,000 — is intended to allow the center to reopen for the next couple of weeks while students are out of school on Christmas break.

“Everything’s taken care of, and they’ve gotten the check,” said Andrew Blascovich, a spokesman for Mayor Robert Reichert.

The City Council this week asked Reichert to find short-term operating money for the Pleasant Hill neighborhood center that closed its doors in October. Blascovich said the funding was taken out of the mayor’s budget, but officials hope in the future to reimburse some of it with state grant money that was intended for the center.