Residents of both Verona and Cedar Grove may be feeling the heat, but they’ve also been beating the heat by making use of cooling areas throughout the towns.
In Cedar Grove, people have been utilizing the air-conditioned public library, which is serving as a cooling station for the duration of the heat wave. Both the library and the municipal building are air-conditioned and open to the public.
The library had a noticeably larger crowd for their weekly movie showing last night, said Library Director Peter Havel. This week about 40 people showed up to get out of the heat and enjoy “War Horse.”
“We had quite a big crowd for the movie yesterday which may have due in part to the increase in temperature,” said Havel. “People are welcome to come to the library to cool off. We have free internet access and plugs where people can come in and do work if they are hot.”
Verona is also doing all it can to keep their residents hydrated and cool.
To escape the heat, residents have been invited and encouraged to visit the Verona Community Center, which will serve as a cooling station, said Verona Township Manager Joseph Martin.
In addition, the Verona Community Pool, which would not normally be open this early in the season, was open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday to accommodate residents and help them cool off.
The pool will not be open today because of the impending Verona High School graduation.
“There was reasonable attendance at the pool, but not overcrowding,” Martin said.
The town also continues to do welfare checks to make sure elderly residents are taken care of and staying out of the heat, he said.
The Verona Police Department is reminding residents to “hydrate, stay cool, avoid exertion and check on others.”
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