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Seniors, Families Get Priority On Port Chester Dry Ice

Dry ice being distributed in Port Chester will go to seniors, those with medical emergencies, and families with children first on Thursday at the Port Chester Senior Community Center
Dry ice being distributed in Port Chester will go to seniors, those with medical emergencies, and families with children first on Thursday at the Port Chester Senior Community Center Photo Credit: Public Domain

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Seniors citizens, people with medical needs and families with children will be given priority for dry ice being distributed at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Port Chester Senior Community Center, the village announced.

Interested Village residents should go to the Senior Community Center, 222 Grace Church St.,  beginning at 2 p.m. with a cooler, small box or other insulated container if possible, to obtain a supply of dry ice.

"The Board [of Trustees] is extremely concerned with the well-being of all our residents," said Mayor Dennis Pilla, in a release. "We sprang into action to obtain dry ice for our residents when we realized that power could not quickly be restored.  We want to be as helpful as we can."

Residents will be required to sign a liability release in order to obtain the dry ice.  Dry ice is frozen Carbon Dioxide (-110 degrees) and must be carefully handled with insulated gloves. Handling and safety instructions will be provided with the dry ice.

The Senior Community Center is also being used as a warming and charging center, and a place where residents without power can get a hot meal during lunch or dinner.  The center will remain open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily until further notice due to the prolonged power outage situation.

Interested seniors who are unable to get out and people with disabilities should call the mayor's office at 914.939.5201 for further assistance.

The village to picked up the dry ice from Enfield, CT. using a container truck donated by Dominic Neri, owner of Neri’s Bakery in Port Chester.

"We are very grateful to Mr. Neri for his great generosity,” said Mayor Dennis Pilla, in a release. “Dry ice has become scarce due to the widespread power outages and transportation disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy, and Dom jumped at a moment's notice, once again, to be helpful to Port Chester.  I thank him on behalf of our village residents."

The nearest overnight shelter is located at Rye Country Day School on Boston Post Road in Rye.

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