Villages neighboring Williston Park offer people opportunity to cool off

July 16, 2013 by  

The first major heat wave of the summer hit the Northeast, including Long Island, starting yesterday, July 15. To prevent heat stroke and illness, authorities from the Town of North Hempstead, which includes Williston Park, announced that they would open several ‘cooling centers’ throughout the week.

Each cooling center will be fully air conditioned and will provide residents of the town with a seating area and cool water. The centers are spread throughout the Town of North Hempstead and operating hours vary for each. Most will be open throughout the forecast heat wave, until Friday, July 19.

The ‘Yes We Can’ Community Center in westbury will offer a cool place for residents from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm every day this week. The community center at Clinton G. Martin Park will also remain open from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm through July 19. The park also has an outdoor pool in which residents can take a dip to cool down.

Over in Port Washington, the public library will provide people with an air-conditioned place to sit and keep out of the heat until 9:00 pm each night. The Roslyn Community Center will also be open for limited hours to provide people with a refuge from the heat. It will close at 5:00 pm most days.

Town officials can make use of printing services to provide beat-the-heat tips to people. They recommend drinking plenty of water and avoiding beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine, while also advising to pay attention to the weather and the daily heat index.