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Scotch Plains-Fanwood Stops to Watch the Solar Eclipse

Amateur astronomer and photographer Bob Fiorellino looks at the eclipse through a sun filter held by Bob Beltre at La Grande Park in Fanwood. Credits: John Mooney
Reagan Mooney and Jake Friedman look into the sky while wearing eclipse viewing glasses in Fanwood. Credits: John Mooney
Mike Falzone of Watchung made a filter by burning glass with a lighter. "That's how my grandmother did it 100 years ago. They didn't have fancy glasses," he said. Credits: John Mooney
Dr. Kathy Shin of Fanwood Eye Care put out a sign outside her office to remind people not to look at the sun directly during the solar eclipse. Credits: John Mooney
Eclipse from the World Trade Center Credits: Bill Sherman
Sun gazers outside the Scotch Plains Library. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- While the highly anticipated "Great American Eclipse" did not turn day into night in our area, plenty of local residents stopped to take a look at the celestial phenomenon through special eclipse glasses, sun-filtering camera lenses, home-made cereal box viewers, and even an old fashioned smoked pane of glass.

Photographer Bob Fiorellino used a special sun filtering lens for his camera in La Grande Park in Fanwood, while Watchung resident Mike Falzone made his own glass filter. Many viewers used special eclipse glasses. 

"It's how my grandmother watched the eclipse 100 years ago," said Falzone, who used a lighter to burn a pane of glass and make the filter.

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Dr. Kathy Shin of the recently opened Fanwood Eye Care put up a sign reminding people not to look at the sun without eye protection. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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