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Northern Westchester Residents Come Out For Solar Eclipse

Kids gather at Ossining Library for the solar eclipse.
Kids gather at Ossining Library for the solar eclipse. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Ossining gathered to view the solar eclipse
Ossining gathered to view the solar eclipse Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Eliza Dean and Melissa Frey with their cereal boxes to view the eclipse.
Eliza Dean and Melissa Frey with their cereal boxes to view the eclipse. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- They came. They saw. They eclipsed. (After putting on their glasses first, of course.)

More than 300 people came to the Ossining Public Library Monday afternoon to view the solar eclipse at a viewing party. Guests put on their special glasses or got out their cereal boxes before looking up at the sky and oohing and ahhing.

"It's amazing," Program Director James Trapasso said. "We've never had anything quite like this. It's exciting to see everyone in the community come together."

Trapasso thanked everyone at the library who worked hard to make today special. He joked the library is already planning for the next solar eclipse in 2024.

Eliza Dean, who had a Honey Crunchin' Oats cereal box, said she wanted to share the experience with others.

"I am very excited," Dean, an Ossining resident said. "Your mind harkens back to when the lights out and no one would know what happened."

Like Dean, Melissa Frey, a Croton-on-Hudson resident, said she wanted to see the eclipse with her friends and neighbors. Frey also had a cereal box that she fashioned after reading the directions online.

"It's so exciting," Frey said.

The eclipse was the first to sweep across the entire country since 1918. After Aug. 21, the next total solar eclipse is due for April 2024.

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