Monday opening planned for Vineland pool

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While temperatures continue to rise, the city’s Recreation Department is preparing to offer a free cooling dip.

The city’s outdoor pool, located in Samuel Clark Park at Third and Plum streets, will open at noon Monday, barring any water-quality issues, city Recreation Director Dale Elbeuf said.

The city-run pool inside the Vineland Community Learning Complex at Montrose Street and the Boulevard is scheduled for a July 8 seasonal debut. That’s when the recreation department expects to have the lifeguard manpower necessary to protect swimmers there, Elbeuf said.

Several lifeguards are in the process of completing required background checks, he said.

The outdoor pool will be open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Two lifeguards will be stationed there.

The indoor community pool, overseen by three lifeguards, will be open noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays for an “all swim.” Then, between 5:30 and 7 p.m., pool access will be limited to people 18 and older for an adult swim, Elbeuf said.

Lifeguards attended an orientation briefing Monday at the Walnut Road recreation department facilities to review policies and regulations. They also picked their uniforms, keys and whistles.

Returning lifeguard Marissa Milam, 18, said she looks forward to being back at work.

“There’s enjoyment in the kids’ faces when they swim,” she said.

To access the Community Learning Complex pool, swimmers must enter through the IMPACT-Dallago main entrance, Elbeuf said. That will be strictly enforced because other youth programs, such at the Police Athletic League, also use the school facilities.

The maximum capacity for the indoor pool is 55 people. If it’s full, city policy requires people to wait outside for admission.

On busy days when the pool is in high demand, Elbeuf said, the plan is to rotate swimmers every two hours to give more people access.

All children younger than 14 must be accompanied by a adult who is at least 18 years old at the indoor pool. Some lifeguards recounted how parents last year dropped off youngsters and alerted the lifeguards their children could not swim.

 Children entering the New-York Historical Society on Thursday may think that the oddly dressed gentleman carrying a walking stick and a kite just wandered in from catching the breezes in Central Park. But this visitor hasn’t come from the neighborhood; he’s from the 18th century.Buy Cheap Michael Kors Satchel at Michael kors handbags outlet online store.

He’s Benjamin Franklin, a k a Jack Sherry, a 61-year-old high school history teacher from West Nyack, N.Y. Mr. Sherry, who’s frequently portrayed Franklin at the museum, will reprise that role in “Independence Day Family Fun!” His wife, Celeste, an English professor, will play Franklin’s spouse, Deborah, who led a quieter life than her illustrious mate.

“He was the only founding father to sign four major documents in American history,” Mr. Sherry said, citing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Treaty of Alliance with France and the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War. “He happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

Acting in character, Mr. Sherry will answer questions, share Franklin’s enthusiasm for science — while warning children not to fly kites in thunderstorms — and impart some of his role model’s wisdom, like “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

“The parents give it a big thumbs up,” he said. Another favorite Franklinism: “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”

While Franklin will be the only forefather shaking hands, children will encounter the images and artifacts of others in the galleries, where a scavenger hunt will send them looking for pieces like George Washington’s cot and Alexander Hamilton’s portrait. The Hudson River Ramblers will also offer stories and songs of the Revolution, like a tune celebrating the Continental Army’s victory at Saratoga, N.Y. (Joining in is encouraged.)

It will even be possible to taste the past from noon to 4 p.m. in “History of Ice Cream,” a program devoted to making old-fashioned flavors like mint and orange flower water with a vintage-style crank.

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