In The Bronx, Teens Reflect On Today’s Total Solar Eclipse Experience

Gonzalo Duran
Published on April 08, 2024, 7:14 pm
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Total solar eclipses are phenomena that many, especially the younger generation, are not fully versed in, including the necessary protective measures for safe viewing. Despite the city’s efforts to distribute special viewing glasses to school-aged youth, the demand outpaced supply, leaving many empty-handed.

In Crotona Park East, an unexpected local emergency led to the closure of the library, a key distribution point for the eclipse glasses, leaving many teens without. Filling this void was Ms. Y. Lonnie Hardy, known as Ms. Lonnie, the Chief Executive Officer of Caldwell Enrichment Program Incorporated. Recognizing the educational and communal opportunity, Ms. Lonnie gathered local teens to share in the experience, providing them with glasses and encouraging them to reflect on their future and the rarity of such cosmic events.

“I just want to see them enjoy it and learn,” stated Ms. Lonnie, prioritizing the significance of the experience beyond just witnessing the event.

Teens shared their awe and appreciation for the eclipse:

  • Jalissa Bristol: “It’s nice, something once in a lifetime you can see.”
  • Randy Vazquez: “Very cool, I’d like to see it again.”
  • Xzavier Acevedo: “It’s nice, though I noticed it moved slowly.”
  • Chanice Shaw: “It’s cool, fun to watch, and my first time. I was scared at first.”
  • Harmonie Small: “It looks nice. I just woke up and was told to come see it. I’m glad I did.”
  • Cory McDowell: “It’s nice, and I hope to see it again.”

Today’s historic total solar eclipse, a sight not to be seen again until 2044, offered these Bronx teens a rare and memorable experience, fostering a sense of community and curiosity about the Cosmos.

Gonzalo Duran
As a seasoned professional in both the military and civic realms, Gonzalo Duran brings a wealth of experience to his role as the Chief Executive Officer of Devil Dog USA Incorporated. A former United States Marine Sergeant, he not only leads a non-profit dedicated to supporting Veterans’ reintegration but also holds key positions in Bronx County’s political landscape, including Vice Chairman of the Bronx County Conservative Party and (C) District Leader for the 79th Assembly District. With over a decade as a CEO, Gonzalo is a multifaceted contributor to his community, excelling as an access producer, talk show host, columnist, chaplain, and advocate.