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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Be cool

NEWTON

It's not the heat, or the humidity. It's the heat AND the humidity. [Boston.com's Newton temperature reading at 3:36 p.m. was 92 degrees, with a RealFeel temperature of 101.]

Have a neighbor or a friend, particularly an elderly one, suffering in the heat without air conditioning?

In response to the two day heat wave, Newton officials have designated the Newton Senior Center as the offical "cool down" spot for seniors, with extended hours until 9 p.m. through at least tomorrow.

Free rides to the center, which is located at 345 Walnut Street in Newtonville, are available by calling (617) 796-1660, city spokesman Jeremy Solomon said.

Officials are also reminding residents that the city swimming areas at Gath Pool in Newtonville and Crystal Lake are both open until dusk.

If you don't like either of those alternatives, you can always try the frozen food aisle at the nearest supermarket...

-- Ralph Ranalli

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