Democratic logo, 2021UPDATED April 12: The rare astronomical phenomenon that was the solar eclipse reached near-totality at approximately 3:35 p.m. Monday, April 10, with the moon appearing to almost completely cover the sun. 

Local resident Peter Fuller told YourArlington the following: "I watched the partial eclipse from Florence Field with dozens of excited eclipse-glasses-wearing Dallin School students, some quite interested in the science of eclipses (some not so much!) And the bonus when it was over was the usual traffic-free trip home, a 15-minute walk!" For those who were not so fortunate, local cable television station ACMi has a report here >>

Social media claims that a traditional post-eclipse non-alcoholic drink is the egg cream (which despite its name traditionally contains neither egg nor cream and is not to be confused with egg nog) -- albeit for reasons that are not immediately obvious. A detailed explanation, from a few years ago, of the history of this century-old soda-fountain drink's (plus two updated recipes for same) is courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.

Other Arlingtonians who were able to see the eclipse live and who wish to speak for publication may send short comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for possible publication.

Read about precautions to protect one's vision and more information courtesy of local resident Jeff Alexander >> A safe way to watch the eclipse was on television or online. Information on the best viewing times and other details were carried here>> and here>> Still-usable eclipse glasses that are not longer wanted may be donated to Eclipse Glasses USA, LLC, POB 50571, Provo, UT 84605.

This news announcement was published Monday, April 8, 2024, and was continually updated through that afternoon and was based on YourArlington's files and online sources. It was updated April 10, to give an address to which to donate used eclipse glasses, if desired, so that they can be used by others to safely view future eclipses, including the one expected Oct. 2, 2024, visible in the Southern Hemisphere. It was updated April 12, to include a comment from local eclipse-watcher Peter Fuller plus a link to a short video showing local students and other people of all ages witnessing the celestial event from another Arlington park.