Welcome to our attempt to celebrate the 70-somethings in our community who are busily engaged in all sorts of worthwhile activities. Let’s emphasize the word “attempt.” Even as we are buttoning up this issue, we are thinking of business and thought leaders in the area who are in their 70s (and sometimes 80s) who ought to be included in this coverage but are not.

Some are out by our choice — we have reported on them recently or we have plans to feature them soon and we don’t want to wear out our welcome. Others declined. Rose Nini, whose remarkable career at Mercer County College and newsworthy lawsuit over dismissal at the age of 73 prompted this feature, decided she would take a break from the spotlight (age-acquired wisdom that some youngsters could use.)

But in other cases we have simply goofed. We apologize in advance. If you know someone who should have or could have been included, please forward the information to our editor: rein@princetoninfo.com. We will make every effort to include them in a future issue.

For those who like to plan ahead, 10 years from now the baby boomers will be well into their 70s. If we are lucky enough to be around, will we repeat this act? Not likely. First off there will be too many of them. And, as Baby Boomers are wont to do, most of them will act as if they were the first people in the world to ever make a difference at the age of 70-plus. But how about a portfolio of 80-somethings? We wish everyone featured in this issue and all our readers a healthy, and happy future.

A postscript: We asked people to state their ages for this issue, so it only seems fair to list our editors and reporters for this section in chronological order: Sara Hastings, 22; Scott Morgan, 39; Jamie Saxon, 48; and Richard K. Rein, 63.

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We thank U.S. 1 for covering the book signing by Christian Lander, author of “Stuff White People Like,” to support One Simple Wish, a small volunteer-run nonprofit that relies heavily on support from the community.

One Simple Wish is now embarking on an exciting new chapter as we open our Wish Shop at 183 Scotch Road in Ewing. At our Wish Shop, anyone can come in and select a wish to grant for a foster child or child in need in New Jersey. We will also be selling greeting cards, note cards, Wish necklaces, and T-shirts that support our mission of brightening the lives of those in need. And in a few weeks we will offer art classes and poetry nights open to all.

The Wish Shop is now open and will host some celebratory events on Monday, July 19, including free ice cream and cookie nights, live music performances, and lots of family activities. All the events are free and everyone is invited to attend. People can find out more at www.onesimplewish.org/events.

We hope the One Simple Wish Shop becomes a place where the community can come together to support one another, explore their creative sides, and find out more about the great work our organization does.

Danielle Gletow, Founder & executive director, One Simple Wish

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