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Local Girl Scouts Collecting Eclipse Glasses for Astronomers Without Borders

Girl Scout Troop 40041 in Westfield is collecting used solar eclipse glasses for Astronomers Without Borders.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Girl Scout Troop 40041 in Westfield is collecting used solar eclipse glasses to be redistributed to schools in Asia and South America by the group Astronomers Without Borders in time for the 2019 solar eclipse there.

“The eclipse was such an exciting event that really brought everyone across the country together,” Grace Hutchinson, a member of the troop and a rising sophomore at Westfield High School, said. “When we saw that we could use our old glasses to help less fortunate people have the same experience, we thought it would be a lot easier to gather multiple glasses for one big mailing rather than making everyone do it own their own.”

Drop off locations in town are at Bohemian Raspberry (219 South Ave. East), Vicki's Diner (110 East Broad St.) and the Memorial Pool check-in gate (713 Cumberland St.). Boxes will be out for collection until Sept. 1.

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