Town’s senior center gets a new name

Town’s senior center gets a new name

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The town’s senior center on Atlantic Boulevard has a new and simpler name, chosen for a number of reasons, say those involved with its operation.

The Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center is now known as the North Providence Mancini Center, said staff on Monday.

Mayor Charles Lombardi said the change, which had input from many parties, was less about simplifying the long name and more about two other factors:

• A number of town officials felt changing the name would ensure that the town will not be held liable for any of the prior decisions made when the center was run by a nonprofit board of directors instead of by the town.

• It clarifies that this is now the North Providence municipal senior center, not a random center run by a nonprofit board.

The name maintains its recognition of former Mayor Salvatore Mancini and does nothing to change what the facility offers, said Lombardi.

The town took over the Mancini Center as a municipal department in late December after reaching a deal with the center’s board of directors to pay off more than $60,000 in debt.

The controversial process of converting the center to a municipal department began during last year’s budget approvals, when the Town Council voted to slash the town’s allocation to the center, citing ongoing concerns about a lack of financial information provided.