Springfield seniors protest at City Hall, upset over closing of Mason ...

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Oct 10, 2017 ... The Mason Square center was one of four senior centers due to close anyway as services were to be consolidated in the new Raymond Jordan ... Springfield seniors protest at City Hall, upset over closing of Mason Square senior center before replacement opens Updated Jan 07, 2019; Posted Oct 10, 2017 Springfield seniors protest closure of senior centers before new center is open Gallery: Springfield seniors protest closure of senior centers before new center is open By Patrick Johnson | pjohnson@repub.com SPRINGFIELD - A dozen seniors took to the steps of City Hall Tuesday to protest what they called being left in limbo with the closing of the Mason Square Senior Center prior to completion of a new senior center in Blunt Park. At issue is the closing of the Mason Square Senior Center this week. The center, which had operated for years in the Mason Wright Assisted Living apartments on Walnut Street, is closing on Friday. The Mason Square center was one of four senior centers due to close anyway as services were to be consolidated in the new Raymond Jordan senior center in Blunt Park. The problem is that the $12.8 million facility has had construction delays. The building is supposed to be completed by the last week of November or first week of December.  Preparing it for occupancy by installing furniture and electronics could push the grand opening back another month until the end of December or even January. The seniors protested for being left essentially in the lurch by the closing of one facility and delays in the opening of its replacement. Many of its patrons rely on the center for daily lunch and social activities with peers.



Elder Affairs, City of Springfield, MA: Elder Affairs

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Apr 9, 2020 ... ... closure of the Pine Point Senior Center, the Mason Square Senior Center, the Forest Park Manor Center, and the Mayflower Senior Center. Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center The Department of Elder Affairs/Council on Aging (COA) works to improve and enhance the quality of life for elder residents in Springfield. It advocates, plans, develops, coordinates and provides social services as well as information and referral services for Springfield's elder citizens. Springfield Department of Elder Affairs link to Facebook page On March 19, 2020, No Brown Bag at Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center. Starting March 18, 2020 all appointments for AARP Tax preparation Cancel. Application for extension must be file by April 15, 2020 Tax line 413-784-4769 opens January 2, 2020 Appointments available on Thursdays beginning February 6, 2020 to April 9, 2020 Springfield-Raymond A. Jordan senior center at Blunt Park - 2017 SPRINGFIELD - The construction of the new $12.8 million Raymond A. Jordan senior center at Blunt Park is expected to result in the closure of four neighborhood senior centers in Springfield, city officials said Tuesday. During a budget hearing at City Hall, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen R. Caulton-Harris, said that a preliminary consolidation plan calls for the closure of the Pine Point Senior Center, the Mason Square Senior Center, the Forest Park Manor Center, and the Mayflower Senior Center. Three neighborhood centers will remain open under the consolidation: the Riverview Center in the North End, the Clodo Concepcion (Greenleaf) Senior Center in Sixteen Acres, and the Hungry Hill Center in Liberty Heights, city officials said. The Fitness Center on Plainfield Street will also remain open.



Springfield Mayor Sarno apologizes to Mason Square seniors ...

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Oct 12, 2017 ... A temporary space has been found for the Mason Square Senior Center until a new facility opens in Blunt Park in a few months. Springfield Mayor Sarno apologizes to Mason Square seniors; agrees to temporary center space Updated Jan 07, 2019; Posted Oct 12, 2017 Springfield seniors protest closure of senior centers before new center is open Gallery: Springfield seniors protest closure of senior centers before new center is open By Patrick Johnson | pjohnson@repub.com SPRINGFIELD - Sometimes you can fight City Hall. A group of seniors who gathered on the steps of City Hall this week to protest the closing of the Mason Square Senior Center months in advance of the grand opening of new center in Blunt Park learned Thursday their cries had not fallen on deaf ears. Mayor Domenic Sarno issued a statement in which he said he apologized for any confusion,  and announced a temporary space for the senior center has been found and it will operate until the new Raymond Jordan Senior Center goes online. Pam Edwards, operations director for the Mass Seniors Action Council, the group behind Tuesday's demonstration, said members were very pleased to learn of Sarno's announcement. "The mayor has given us a lifeline. That is what we were asking for," she said. "We're looking at this as a stay of execution." Seniors who used the Mason Square center, located for years in  the Mason Wright Senior Living apartments, were left in the the lurch this week when it was announced the center would close at the end of this week. It was due to close this year along with two other senior centers once the city opened its $12 million Raymond Jordan Senior Center in Blunt Park.



Affordable Senior Community | Mason Wright | Springfield MA

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At Mason Wright, an affordable senior community, we are proud of our long- standing commitment to excellence in affordable assisted and independent living .---









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