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Cherishing Alice’s name

To the Editor:

Once again the news broadcast brought disturbing news to my evening television viewing. So this morning I have confirmed what I thought I heard on the news last evening as reported by whotv.com. “However, Alice’s Road, the road the town center will sit on, is named after Alice Nezzi. Decades ago, Nezzi owned Alice’s Spaghetti Land when the town was still developing. City leaders say they want to change the name of Alice’s Road because it doesn’t fit with the theme of the new town center.”

So what in the grand scheme of things is the importance of this news? First and foremost it is about the name. I do believe from my past recollection and current research that Alice’s last name is spelled “Nizzi” and out of respect for this woman, her former restaurant and her family they should get it correct. Second, we often as parents and citizens wonder what is wrong with children and society in general today, well folks, this is just one of the many rocks in the pile.

You see Alice Nizzi opened her restaurant, Alice’s Spaghetti Land, in 1947 and was a fixture in that business until her death in 1997, a truly one of a kind converted house into restaurant where you were always greeted by the staff as you entered through what one would assume would have been the “back door” of the house as you walked through the kitchen on your way to the dining area, which consisted of the main room and side rooms (one would guess converted bedrooms). Menus were handed out but rarely used as most of the guests were “regulars” and as with my family. The food was served in what I would call family style, noodles first and then the sauce, and always with a “would you like a little more?” You would never leave hungry and the price could not be beat. The road was named after this woman for who she was in the community and what she represented to the community and its people, not for the amount of money that she could spend on a piece of ground. We should really spend more time with the coming generations explaining our history as it happened and spend less time attempting to re-write history. While to most of the new comers to the area Alice’s Road is just another slab of pavement that we use to now conveniently access the interstate, The Alice of Alice’s road is the very essence of the American Dream that will soon be lost forever if we continue to allow our state and our country to be bought. Some day in the near future I would expect that the Kate Shelley High Bridge will have a corporate name and banner hanging on the side of it, after all ……..ask a grade school age kid in Iowa today who Kate Shelley is and see what sort of reaction you get. So “it doesn’t fit the theme of the new town center” then maybe the “town” and its “center” should dig a bit deeper and look past the cash and cherish the people and events that put them on the map and build their new “town center” around that.

Patrick Thornburgh, New Virginia

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