Wanted: cool ideas
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com July 16, 2013 9:58PM
Richard Henderson and his daughter Abbey, 10, formerly of Manhattan, enjoy the New Lenox Commons on a hot summer day as they returned to the area on a recent visit. | Susan DeMar Lafferty~Sun-Times Media
Local cooling centers
Illinois Department of Human Services cooling centers:
Will County: 45 E. Webster St., Joliet
Blue Island: 3301 Wireton Road
Chicago Heights: 1010 Dixie Highway, 4th floor
South Holland: Southland Lincoln Oasis, Interstate 294 west of Route 394
Updated: August 19, 2013 2:11PM
No one was trying to exert themselves Tuesday as the heat indices began to rise this week, one of the hottest of the summer.
Playgrounds, tennis courts and skate parks were quiet as people sought less strenuous activities in the Lincoln-Way area.
All winter long, Mike Lucas, of Mokena, walked his dog Zulu along the four-mile trail at the Hickory Creek Preserve, but on a hot July day, they were only going “a little way,” Lucas said.
“It’s too hot to do the entire trail,” he said.
Also taking advantage of the shade on their lunch break were Martin Ramirez and Ricardo Reyes, of ASE Illini-scapes of Joliet. The two were shoveling dirt and planting seeds along the edges of new sidewalks in the 500 block of Livingston in New Lenox.
“Sometimes the sidewalk is in the sun. Sometimes it’s in the shade,” Ramirez said. Their coolers were stocked with “lots” of water and Gatorade, they said.
A large ice cream cone brought Mike Hansen and Jim Silvia from Park Forest to the Creamery in Frankfort.
“They better give you a bib,” Hansen said, as he lapped at the cone to keep it from dripping.
“This is very acceptable for a hot day,” Silvia said.
He didn’t mind the ride “as long as there’s air conditioning in the van,” he said.