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