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Sunday, July 21, 2013

City pools are open; cooling centers, who knows?

Hannah Atkins and other city pools are waiting for you!

Thanks to a post on Plainfield Councilor Rebecca Williams' blog (see here), residents can find a schedule for the city's pools, which are open to all regardless of age or neighborhood.

The city pools are open Monday through Saturday from Noon to 7 PM and Sunday from Noon to 6 PM. Monday through Friday the pools are reserved from 10 AM to Noon for participants in the Recreation Division's summer camp.

Plainfield's three pools are --

Hannah Atkins
West 3rd Street and Plainfield Avenue

Rushmore Playground
West 3rd Street at Rushmore Avenue

Seidler Field
North Avenue at Netherwood Avenue
Meanwhile, though rain Saturday evening brought some relief from high temperatures and humidity, you still cannot find any word on the City's website (or anyplace else) about cooling centers.

Plainfield, like other communities in Union County belongs to the FirstAlert system by which residents can sign up for text message notifications.

Here is a sample of Fanwood's emergency heat notice sent to me by a reader --

Date: July 20, 2013, 9:16:52 AM EDT
Subject: #E5A  Important message from UCFirstAlert
Heat advisory: Check on elderly neighbors, stay hydrated & go to Chelsea Cooling Station if needed. Chief Trigo

Sent by Pat Hoynes to Fanwood, Fanwood Live, Fanwood Work, Fanwood Administration, Fanwood DPW, Fanwood Employees, Fanwood FD, Fanwood OEM, Fanwood PD (e-mail accounts, pagers, Cell phones) through UC First Alert
... powered by Cooper Notification's Roam Secure Alert Network
You received this message because you registered on UC First Alert.  To change your alerting preferences go to

Tell a friend/co-worker about UC First Alert! Forward this message to them and have them register for this free service at
I just don't understand what is so freaking hard about supplying information to the residents of Plainfield. It can't be any harder than making sure everyone knows when Mayor Sharon is making an appearance somewhere.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Rebecca Williams said...


This kind of advisory is not difficult to set up. The council suggested an emergency alert system after Irene (2011) and BEFORE and after Sandy (2012). I was working on getting an emergency alert system in place back in 2005-2006, when I was working at the public access station. The spreadsheet and other projects were left dangling--looks like they will dangle until we have a new mayor, with professionalism, true leadership, and a competent and professional cabinet.