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Heat Wave Expected to Affect Westfield Through Sunday

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Westfield Memorial Library is a free place to escape the heat Friday and Saturday. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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WESTFIELD, NJ —  A heat wave rolling into the area is expected to last through Sunday, with the National Weather Service calling for a heat advisory for Union County from 2 p.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The town of Westfield advised residents to stay hydrated, limit outdoor activity and check on any neighbors in need.

“Please do not leave children or pets unattended in a car,” the town wrote in its announcement about the heat on Facebook.

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For tips from the Red Cross about staying safe in hot weather, click here.

The freeholders advised residents to shut drapes, shades and curtains to help keep indoor spaces cooler during the day.

If there is no cooling available at home, the freeholders recommended finding relief at a library, senior center, community center, museum, mall or any other cooled public space where seating is available.

Westfield Memorial Library is open Friday until 5 p.m. Friday and will be open Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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                                                      3 p.m.– 10 p.m.

Saturday                                                          10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday                                                            Closed

Monday                                                           10:30 a.m.– 10 p.m.

 

Elmora Racquet Club

23 Fernwood Terrace

 (908) 820-2860

 

Monday through Friday                                  7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday                                                          10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday                                                            Closed

 

Peterstown Community Center

408 Palmer Street

(908) 820-4288

 

Monday through Friday                                  12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday                                                          10 a.m.-   4 p.m.

Sunday                                                            Closed

 

Fanwood

 

Chelsea Senior Living Center

295 South Ave.

908-654-5200

 

Open daily                                                      8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Linden

 

Linden Public Library

31 East Henry Street

908-298-3830

 

Monday through Thursday                             9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday                                                              9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday                                                          9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

 

John T. Gregorio Recreation Center

330 Helen Street

908-474-8627

 

Monday through Friday                                  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday                                        Closed

 

Linden Multi-Purpose Center

1025 John Street

908-474-8639

 

Mon, Wed & Friday                                       8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tues & Thurs                                                   8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday                                     Closed

 

Plainfield

 

Plainfield Senior Center

400 East Front Street

908-753-3506

 

Open daily                                                     9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

 

 

Rahway

 

Rahway Library

5075, 2 City Hall Plaza,

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732)340-1551

 

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday                  9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday                                                           9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday                                                          9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday                                                            Closed

 

Rahway Recreation Center

275 E Milton Ave

Rahway, NJ 07065

(732) 669-3600

 

Monday-Friday                                               7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday                                                          8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sunday                                                            Closed

*7/3 close at 5 p.m. and 7/4 Closed

 

 

Union

 

Senior Center

968 Bonnel Court

908-851-5290

 

Open daily                                                      8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Townhall

1976 Morris Ave.

908-851-8500

 

Monday  - Friday                                            8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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, the freeholders announced. 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 p.m. Admission is free. For information on special activities call 908-789-3670 or visit ucnj.org/trailside.

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