ERIC T. HOUGHTON
To the Editor:
"The end of an era" is one of those tiresome cliches that is certainly destined to touch each and every one of us. After all, people don't live forever, and neither do even the most successful businesses.
After more than 80 years, era's end came to Mike's Tavern last week. Beginning as an ice-cream parlor during prohibition, and then serving as a tavern from the very day that horrible amendment to the constitution was repealed, Mike's quietly served its last drink on September 2.
I'm sure in years to come other venerable Princeton institutions will face the end. Perhaps, sometime in the next century, the Carnevale great-grandchildren will no longer be able to keep The Annex affordable and delicious, and therefore have to shutter its doors.
Perhaps another local hangout will be forced to close as well. None of us will be around to see it of course, but it may be that distant descendants of Dicky McCloskey will hold the final Super Bowl party at a still smoke-filled Ivy Inn. It's a dreadful thought, but all eras must have an end.
To three of the original Mike Lieggi's children, Lou, Al and Mike, I say thank you. Thank you for being an oasis of drink and good will for all those years. May you fare well in the years ahead. Don't allow this era's end to interfere with your continuing life's journey a journey that certainly has many more miles left.
To the Editor:
My family has enjoyed using the new Princeton Public Library since it opened this year. It is a great asset to the town.
However, every time I step onto Witherspoon Street I put my children at risk of injury when trying to reach the nearby crosswalk. The sidewalk from the Library to the crosswalk consists of about one foot of rubble hemmed in by a construction fence. Shouldn't the reconstruction of this sidewalk be a priority? Or will we have to wait until someone is seriously hurt?
To the Editor:
Kids-for-Kids members, under the direction of Daryl Rothman, a sophomore at Princeton High School, have spent the summer packing 250 brand new backpacks filled with school supplies. They will be delivered to seven shelters and group homes around New Jersey, causing joy and good grades for disenfranchised and special-needs children living there.
But kudos do not go to the Kids-for-Kids members alone. None of this would have been possible were it not for the help of so many in our communities.
So many people are deserving of our thanks, but we would like to mention just a few individuals who were essential: The Princeton Recreation Department, and especially Ted Earnst for letting us use their grounds; Amy Mahar, who graduated this year from Princeton High School, for her wonderful leadership of the Princeton High School chapter; all of the Princeton and West Windsor stores that generously donated prizes for our raffle; Princeton High School, and especially the new principal, Mr. Schneider, who helped plan and showed support for our walkathon; all of the chapter leaders and members who put together a successful and fun carnival; and last but certainly not least, all of the people who showed up or supported the Kids-for-Kids Walk-for-Chalk walkathon this year.
It was with all of your help that Kids-for-Kids went above and beyond its goal and raised over $17,000. Thanks again for all of your help!
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