The Mission of the Salvatore Mancini Resource & Activity Center is to provide programs and services to Enhance, Enrich, & Educate the elders of our community; and to act as a community resource to elders and their families.
SMRAC OPEN LETTER
April 20, 2016
Dear Members & Friends,
Once again, I find myself taking positive time to address negative matters as a result of misinformation that is being circulated throughout the community regarding the Salvatore Mancini Resource & Activity Center, Inc. (SMRAC). This is an attempt for us to share with you the current status of things and for you to come to a better understanding of the issues we continue to face and how they impact us all on a daily basis.
On March 21, 2016, SMRAC officials appeared at a Special Town Council meeting. At this meeting, the Town Council unanimously approved Ordinance #16-005 entitled, “Grants to Local Organizations” without objection from the SMRAC or its representatives. This Ordinance requires any organization requesting funds from the Town of North Providence to complete a grant application that would be submitted to theTown Clerk.
On March 22, 2016, the SMRAC received correspondence from the Town’s Controller requesting we complete and submit our grant application for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Unfortunately, the grant application form that was attached to the correspondence did not comport with the provisions of the Ordinance, as approved by the Town Council on March 21, 2016. Because of this conflict, SMRAC officials were unclear whether or not the grant application form was sent in error, and thereafter requested that it be provided the revised grant application form to conform with Ordinance #16-005.
On Friday, April 15, 2016, the SMRAC was notified that it needed to complete the newly-revised grant application for submittal to the Town Clerk. The SMRAC staff immediately began the process of completing this grant application. The grant application was submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
At no time has the SMRAC refused to supply information to Town officials, as incorrectly reported in the April 13-19 edition of “The Breeze”. SMRAC officials have always been, and continue to be, available to Town Officials who have appropriate questions regarding the SMRAC’s activities, programs and services we provide.
Furthermore, adding to the problems associated with the misinformation communicated through “The Breeze” is the fact that Mayor Lombardi has taken the liberty of proclaiming that he does not feel the “proposed salary increases included in the SMRAC budget are warranted”.
The Mayor failed to explain that these increases are negotiated with the Laborers’ Union and represent a 2% increase for loyal, hardworking professionals, who are dedicated to the people, programs and services of SMRAC.
We thank you for your continued support and assistance. We look forward to serving you in the professional manner you have been accustomed to for the past “40 years”.
Barry Fishback, Chairman
Board of Directors
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
May is “Older Americans Month” and it is a tradition that shows our commitment to honoring the value seniors contribute to our community. This year’s theme is “Blaze a Trail”! Join us for one of the many activities, presentations and celebrations we have planned in honor of “Older Americans Month”.
We will honor all Mothers, Grandmothers, Adoptive Mothers and Godmothers at our Annual “Mother’s Day Celebration” on Friday, May 6th. Please be sure to make your luncheon reservation for this celebration. All mothers in attendance will receive a gift.
“National Senior Health and Fitness Day” is Wednesday, May 25th and this year’s theme is “Improve Your Health for a Better Self”! In recognition of the importance of fitness in our lives, all exercise classes held on Wednesday, May 25th will be FREE! Join in the movement and take a FREE class.
For many of us, Memorial Day has come to signify the beginning of Summer and we often overlook the holiday’s true meaning. Although the challenges have changed, the men and women of our Armed Forces, both past and present, remain devoted to their duty and to our Country. As a sign of our appreciation, we are sponsoring our “Annual Memorial Day Celebration” on Friday, May 27th. See page 12 for details and join us as we show our gratitude for the sacrifices made by many to ensure our freedom!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Warmest Personal Regards,
Karen Testa Leone, Executive Director