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City announces cooling centers for Tuesday and Wednesday

July 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET – To help people keep cool and safe in the latest wave of high temperatures, the city announced it has designated several sites as “cooling centers” where they can escape the heat.
The following sites will be available Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18. Availability of the cooling centers will be extended if conditions warrant.
The following sites have been designated as “cooling centers” and are posted with appropriate signage:
· The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
· The Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· Community Rooms at the following Pawtucket Housing Authority facilities will be open around the clock for the duration of the current heat wave: Fogarty Manor, 214 Roosevelt Ave.; Kennedy Manor, 175 Broad St.; and St. Germain Manor, 401 Mineral Spring Ave. Bottled water will also be available.
· The downtown Visitor Center, 175 Main St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seniors with heat-related issues may also contact the Senior Center at 728-7582 or the city’s Seniors Liaison, Beth Roberge, at 728-0500, ext. 241.
The non-emergency numbers for police (726-3911) and fire (725-1424) are available to call for people affected by the heat who may need to arrange transportation.
“We want our residents, particularly our elderly population who are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, to be aware the city has safe and air-conditioned places available for them to take refuge from the high heat and humidity we are currently experiencing,” Antonio Pires, Director of Administration/Public Safety, said in making the announcement.

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