In my experience with East Meadow, whenever you start reading about how great they are and that girls and boys are running there in droves, it really means they are need of kids, not doing as well as the parents, want and the water line is starting to touch their lower lip.
East Meadow is a town club. It is an LIJSL Club, and with some luck they were able to pull off ECNL because they were awake when most, if not all of the LIJSL were sleeping. They got NPL first because I, yes me, got the then EM president and VP to meet with Grossman at the Harvest Diner. I can tell you that EM made a decision to go balls deep into NPL, before my second cup of coffee. That's how it started.
I know this club and most of its people better than most, and many of them know me.