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Seniors Stay Cool in Mamaroneck Firehouse

Kay Flynn and Christina Paceaicz had lunch and a movie at the Town of Mamaroneck senior center, which acted as a cooling center for all three municipality's from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

"When you go outside it takes your breathe away," said Flynn, a Mamaroneck resident who didn't want to chance any of the heat-related illnesses that can befall people in extremely hot weather. "It's delightful in here."

The Town and Village of Mamaroneck, in addition to the Village of Larchmont, designated the cooling center for public use in the basement of the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department, which is also the senior center.

The heat index Thursday afternoon was in the range of 105 to 110 degrees, which will persist through Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

"Potential impacts and concerns for everyone include heat-related disorders for children, the elderly, and people performing physical activities, especially during the peak heat times that are reached mid-day," according to a press release from the National Weather Service, which issued an excessive heat warning for the New York Metropolitan region Thursday.

Kathy Flynn, who supervised the cooling center, said nobody showed up to use it Thursday. At 6 p.m., Town of Mamaroneck administrator Stephen Altieri decided to close the cooling center. Had people shown up to use it, he said he would have kept it open based on the need.

Village of Mamaroneck manager Richard Slingerland said people in Mamaroneck and Larchmont typically stay home and use their air own conditioning to stave off the heat.

Flynn and Paceaicz usually come to the senior center two-to-three times a week, but said they may wind up coming more this week because of the heat.

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