Jul 28, 2014

City Opens Cooling Centers

Temps well into the 90s forecast through Friday

City Opens Cooling Centers

Mayor Cory A. Booker and Department of Child and Family Well-Being Director L’Tanya L. Williamson has announced that with temperatures expected to hit 99 degrees Thursday, the City of Newark will open cooling centers in each ward. The opening hours of each center vary.

Cooling center hours and locations are:

Central Ward
Bethany Senior Center                                             
275 W. Market Street                                              
Newark, New Jersey 07103 
Monday – Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm
Newark Dept of Child and Family Well Being    
110 William Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
East Ward
Ironbound Senior Center                                          
156 Rome Street                                                       
Newark, New Jersey 07105                          
Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
North Ward
Stephen Crane Elderly Complex                  
900 Franklin Avenue                                                   
Newark, New Jersey 07107                         
Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
South Ward
South Ward Senior Center                            
731 Clinton Avenue                                     
Newark, New Jersey 07108 
Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm
West Ward
Unified Vailsburg Services Org.                   
462 Sanford Avenue                                                    
Newark, New Jersey 07106
Monday – Friday

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Friday. Temperatures are expected to continue to be above 95 degrees on both Thursday and Friday which will make people outdoors feel as if the temperature is even greater.
“With temperatures expected to hit over 95 degrees tomorrow and Friday, it is imperative that our residents drink plenty of fluids, stay indoors in a cool climate, and avoid strenuous activity. Check on your neighbors, particularly the elderly or the young. I urge our senior citizens and Newark residents who lack air conditioning to come to one of our cooling centers, where they can find relief during this hot spell,” Booker said in a statement Wednesday night.
The Department of Child and Family Well-Being, located at 110 William St., and several other sites throughout the city, will function as cooling centers for residents seeking refuge from the heat. For more information about the cooling centers, seniors should contact the Office on Aging, during the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays at (973) 733-4392.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke can include heavy sweating, paleness, tiredness, dizziness, and headache, said Williamson.
“Residents should use common sense and keep cool in a heat wave,” Williamson said. “Avoid exerting yourself, hydrate frequently, and limit exposure to the sun.”
Residents are also reminded that two of the City’s swimming pools, the Ironbound Aquatic Center at 226 Rome Street, and the John F. Kennedy Aquatic Center at 211 West Kinney Street (entrance on Howard Street) will be open at their normal hours tomorrow, of 9:30 am to 7:30 pm. The pools are open on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. In addition, the city will open its four outdoor swimming pools on Tuesday, June 26.
For more information about any municipal policy or program, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.


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