The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Essex County as temperatures are expected to rise above 90 on Friday. Due to the extreme temperatures, cooling centers will be open around town.
The Montclair Public Library Main Branch, at 50 South Fullerton, will be open as a cooling center on the first and second floor only on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. Montclair Public Library’s Bellevue Avenue Branch, 185 Bellevue Avenue, will be open Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.
The township is also opening their doors to the public. Communications Director Katya Wowk said: “Members of the public are welcome to cool off in the municipal building council chambers during office hours.”
The Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue, will be open until 4:30 p.m. Councilor-at-Large Peter Yacobellis is encouraging residents to utilize public spaces in Montclair to stay cool and stating he will reimburse residents who need to take an Uber, Lyft or taxi service, if they message him on Facebook.
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced Thursday that Essex County’s Richard J. Codey Arena, located at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange is also available to the public as a cooling center on Friday, July 28 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, July 29 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.