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Petition to Protect the Spirit of "Guinans"

June 10, 2008

Iím writing to ask for your help as a reader of Little Chapel on the River.

As many of you know, Guinanís closed its doors earlier this year. Many of us who loved it, whether as regulars, occasional visitors from out-of-town, or dreamers who just liked knowing it existed, are eager to see a new store erected to honor Guinanís tradition. Already, one loyal patron, Mary Ellen Yannitelli, has put forth a proposal to do just that.

However, some members of the board that controls the building that housed Guinanís want to convert it into all office space/living quarters.

Weíre trying to stop that. An online petition has been started (its first signature is from former New York Governor George Pataki and his wife, Libby) to encourage the board to keep community alive with a new store.

Citizens from around New York, and the country, are responding by signing and leaving a message. I hope you might consider doing the same.

Here is the link:

http://www.gopetition.com/online/19821.html

Again, thank you for all of your support. For those of you who donít know, I am deeply sorry to tell you John Guinan died last week after a brave fight with brain cancer. Many people are leaving messages for his family here:

http://littlechapelontheriver.blogspot.com/2008/06/john-guinan-1952-to-2008_04.html

Best, Wendy
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