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Heat Sends Residents to Pleasantville Pool

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – With the temperatures near the upper 90's this week, the village pool in Pleasantville has been more crowded than usual.

"We've been really busy this past week with the heat and we really expect a big crowd on Friday and Saturday as the temperatures stay high and people get off for the weekend," said Dan Malone, director at the Pleasantville village pool.

With the number of people at the pool higher than typical, Malone and the rest of the staff have been cautious of issues that may occur in the extreme heat.

"We thankfully haven't had any problems with dehydration or heat stroke or anything like that but it's something that we definitely need to look out for," Malone said. "We try to tell everyone to drink fluids, stay in the shade if they can and also eat fruits and vegetables to keep their nutrients up."

The village pool staffed six lifeguards on duty throughout the day Thursday in order to ensure the safety of the residents.

As the heat brings a crowd to the Pleasantville pool, the same cannot be said for the Mount Pleasant town pool, where director Jon Battista says there have actually been fewer people in attendance.

"I think it's gotten to a point that it's just too hot for people to come out and they're staying inside and enjoying their air conditioning," Battista said.

Battista said the people who did come out to the Mount Pleasant pool have been in the water and not sun bathing.

Cristina Sullivan brought her family to the Mount Pleasant town pool Thursday and said that despite the heat, they were having a good time.

"We were at the library earlier where it was air conditioned and now we're at the pool and it's really hot but it's a great place to be" Sullivan said.

Both pools are open seven days a week and are free with a proof of residency.

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