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Hempstead opens 16 warming centers to town residents

In anticipation of below-freezing temperatures, Hempstead Town is opening 16 senior centers as warming sites for town residents, Supervisor Anthony Santino announced Monday.

“I strongly urge residents who do not have adequate heat to seek shelter at one of the town’s 16 warming centers,” Santino said in a statement. “Freezing temperatures can be dangerous for anyone, especially seniors, who may have a hard time regulating their body temperature.”

The sites, which were open Monday and will be open again Tuesday, will offer “a warm gathering place, camaraderie, as well as a hot cup of coffee or tea,” said a news release Santino sent out.

Nassau County said any county residents needing shelter from the cold should call its hotline at 1-866-WARM-BED.

“No resident should have to spend nights in the freezing cold when they can call the Nassau County Hotline and be placed in a warm shelter right away,” County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement.

He said the hotline began operation on Nov. 25 and will continue to operate seven days a week through March 31. If winter conditions persist beyond March 31, the program will continue until warmer weather arrives, he said.

The Hempstead warming centers, which will be open from 9 a.m. until 4:45 p.m., are at:

  • 1810 N. Grand Ave., Baldwin
  • 2000 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore
  • 200 Cedarhurst Ave., Cedarhurst (open until 4:30 p.m.)
  • 1485 Front St., East Meadow
  • 138 Elmont Rd., Elmont
  • 260 Clinton St., Hempstead
  • 1182 Martha Place., Franklin Square
  • 400 Flower Rd., Valley Stream
  • 555 Newbridge Rd., Levittown
  • 2550 Clubhouse Rd., Merrick
  • 2900 Rockaway Ave., Oceanside
  • 2 Babylon Tpke., Roosevelt
  • 460 Salisbury Park Dr., Westbury
  • 840 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale
  • 750 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale
  • 1150 Seamans Neck Rd., Wantagh

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