The Norman Park Senior Center, which I wrote about in this post a couple of weeks back, will significantly extend its opening hours starting immediately, thanks to a federal grant, the city of Chula Vista announced today.

The Norman Center, which is Chula Vista’s only senior center, has seen its hours of operation slashed since its heyday and recently has only been able to open its doors from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday to Thursday because of the city’s fragile economic situation. Thanks to the latest influx of cash, the center will open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, including Fridays.

“I’m ecstatic that we can extend our services to the citizens that use the senior center,” Frank Carson, the Norman Center’s supervisor, just told me. “They’ve been anxious to get the 2 p.m. timeframe back, and we’re very grateful to have the funding for it at this time.”

The funding will tide the Norman Center over until the end of the fiscal year, June 30. The city’s website says the city will keep looking for additional funding to keep it open after that.

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Will Carless was formerly the head of investigations at Voice of San Diego.

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