Kamenetz an­nounces longer hours for Flem­ing Cen­ter

The Dundalk Eagle - - EDITORIAL - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @NRod­man_Ea­gle

Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz an­nounced longer op­er­at­ing hours at Flem­ing Se­nior Cen­ter as part of a tour of se­nior cen­ters across the county last Thurs­day.

In recog­ni­tion of Na­tional Older Amer­i­cans Month, the county ex­ec­u­tive, who is run­ning for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion for Mary­land gov­er­nor, met with mem­bers of Flem­ing, Lans­downe and Here­ford se­nior cen­ters.

At Flem­ing, Kame­nentz made his an­nounce­ment amidst the cen­ter’s Cinco de Mayo cel­e­bra­tion (held early as May 5 fell on Satur­day). Cen­ter mem­bers en­joyed food, mu­sic and fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions in the cen­ter’s gym­na­sium last Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Kamenetz was joined by spe­cial assistant Tony Baysmore, Flem­ing Se­nior Cen­ter di­rec­tor Cyn­thia Mingo and the cen­ter’s Coun­cil pres­i­dent, Don­ald Jones, dur­ing a brief cer­e­mony an­nounc­ing the ex­panded hours.

“It’s good to be back,” Kamenetz told the crowd, re­fer­ring a “Cof­fee with Kevin” lis­ten­ing ses­sion he held at the cen­ter on March 2.

Ac­cord­ing to Kamenetz, one of the main is­sues raised by mem­bers at that time was the dif­fi­culty at­tract­ing new mem­bers to the cen­ter with lim­ited cen­ter hours.

Cur­rently, the cen­ter is open Mon­day to Fri­day, noon to 4 p.m.

The county will in­crease the cen­ter’s op­er­at­ing hours by 20 per­cent — or four hours per week — for the next six months be­fore reeval­u­at­ing. Hours could be changed again — ei­ther in­creased or de­creased — or re­main the same af­ter the six month trial pe­riod.

Cit­ing in­fras­truc­ture con­cerns raised at the March meet­ing, Kamenetz noted that main­te­nance is­sues in the build­ing are be­ing ad­dressed. He also noted his in­ten­tions to look into out­door equipment for cen­ter mem­bers to en­joy.

“You speak; I lis­ten,” Kamenetz told the mem­bers — a re­mark rem­i­nis­cent of his now well-known “it’s my job to talk and your job to lis­ten right now” re­sponse to pro­tes­tors at the Mays Chapel Ele­men­tary School ground­break­ing in 2013.

Kamenetz also pre­sented a ci­ta­tion to the cen­ter in honor of Older Amer­i­cans Month.

“Our se­nior cen­ters are vi­tal re­sources in our com­mu­ni­ties that of­fer a broad range of ser­vices to older adults, help­ing them to stay ac­tive, phys­i­cally fit and age in place in the neigh­bor­hoods where they spent their lives and raised their fam­i­lies,” Kamenetz stated.

He added, “By of­fer­ing ex­panded hours, we are in­creas­ing those op­por­tu­ni­ties for pos­i­tive pro­grams, es­pe­cially with re­gard to fit­ness and ex­er­cise classes.”

For more on Flem­ing Se­nior Cen­ter, 641 Main Street in Turner Sta­tion, call 410-887-7225, email flem­ingsc@bal­ti­more­coun­tymd. gov or visit https://www.bal­ti­more­coun­tymd.gov/Agen­cies/ag­ing/cen­ters/flem­ing.html.

Flem­ing Se­nior Cen­ter mem­bers cel­e­brated Cinco de Mayo two days early last Thurs­day.

PHO­TOS BY NI­COLE ROD­MAN

Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz pre­sented a ci­ta­tion to Flem­ing Se­nior Cen­ter di­rec­tor Cyn­thia Mingo and cen­ter coun­cil pres­i­dent Don­ald Jones last Thurs­day.

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