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Keep Cool in Union County this Weekend

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As another heat wave rolls into New Jersey, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that resources are available for cooling off during extreme hot weather. The National Weather Service has called a heat advisory for the Union County area from 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon June 29 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday June 30.

The heat wave is expected to last through Sunday.

Residents are advised to stay indoors when possible and keep outdoor activity to a low level. The sun’s heat easily penetrates windows, so shutting drapes, shades and curtains will help keep indoor spaces cooler during the day.

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If there is no cooling available at home, relief can be found at a library, senior center, community center, museum, mall, or any other cooled public space where seating is available.

 

The following municipalities in Union County are offering cooling centers. Residents planning to visit these locations are encouraged to call ahead to confirm hours of operation.

 

Elizabeth

 

Miller Evans Logan Recreation Center

161-163 First Street

 

This Friday                                                      3pm– 10pm

Saturday                                                          10am – 4pm

Sunday                                                            Closed

Monday                                                           10:30am– 10pm

 

Elmora Racquet Club

23 Fernwood Terrace

 (908) 820-2860

 

Monday through Friday                                  7am – 10pm

Saturday                                                          10am – 4pm

Sunday                                                            Closed

 

Peterstown Community Center

408 Palmer Street

(908) 820-4288

 

Monday through Friday                                  12pm – 10pm

Saturday                                                          10am-   4pm

Sunday                                                            Closed
 

 

Fanwood

 

Chelsea Senior Living Center

295 South Ave.

908-654-5200

 

Open daily                                                      8am – 8pm

 

Linden

 

Linden Public Library

31 East Henry Street

908-298-3830

 

Monday through Thursday                             9am-9pm

Friday                                                              9:30am-9pm

Saturday                                                          9:00am-5pm

 

 

John T. Gregorio Recreation Center

330 Helen Street

908-474-8627

 

Monday through Friday                                  8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday & Sunday                                        Closed

 

Linden Multi-Purpose Center

1025 John Street

908-474-8639

 

Mon, Wed & Friday                                       8:30am-8pm

Tues & Thurs                                                   8:30am-10pm

Saturday and Sunday                                     Closed

 

Plainfield

 

Plainfield Senior Center

400 East Front Street

908-753-3506

 

Open daily                                                     9am-5pm

 

 

Rahway

 

Rahway Library

5075, 2 City Hall Plaza,

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732)340-1551

 

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday                  9am-8pm

Tuesday                                                           9am-5pm

Saturday                                                          9am-5pm

Sunday                                                            Closed

 

Rahway Recreation Center

275 E Milton Ave

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732) 669-3600

 

Monday-Friday                                               7am-9pm

Saturday                                                          8am-1pm

Sunday                                                            Closed

*7/3 close at 5pm and 7/4 Closed

 

 

Union

 

Senior Center

968 Bonnel Court

908-851-5290

 

Open daily                                                      8:30am-4:00pm

 

Townhall

1976 Morris Ave.

908-851-8500

 

Monday  - Friday                                            8:30am-4:30pm

Saturday & Sunday                                        Closed 

 

For more information on resources for senior citizens, contact the Union County Division on Aging toll-free, 888-280-8226.

 

Union County’s public recreation facilities can also offer some respite from the heat. In Rahway, the Walter E. Ulrich Memorial Pool in Rahway River Park is open seven days a week. For information on hours of operation call 732-381-4045.

Spray parks are available for children at Union County’s Warinanco Park in Roselle, Phil Rizzuto Park in Union, Snyder Park in Berkeley Heights, Ponderosa Park in Scotch Plains, Mattano Park in Elizabeth, and Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield. For maps and directions visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation.

The Loop playground in the Watchung Reservation includes a mist feature, and the County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside is a short walk away. It is open seven days a week from noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. For information on special activities call 908-789-3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside.

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