Solutions for school overcrowding
As The Villager first reported last week, 87 kindergarten-age children in the Greenwich Village school zone do not have classroom seats for September. At this point, where these 4- and 5-year-olds will end up is anyone’s guess.
A Department of Education spokesperson last week told The Villager it was too early to say that the Village-zoned kindergartens would not be able to accept all applicants.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations is welcome, and overdue
By Markos Moulitsas
President Obama recently announced measures to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. But regardless of the merits of Obama’s changes, Congress is already moving far beyond them as it seeks to radically transform American Cuba policy.




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On Tuesday, Police Officer Kenneth Moreno of the Ninth Precinct, right, accompanied by his lawyer, surrendered at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office after being indicted on rape and other charges in connection with an incident last year in the East Village precinct. His patrol partner, Police Officer Franklin Mata, also surrendered.

Two 9th Precinct officers are indicted in East Village rape
By Albert Amateau
Two Ninth Precinct police officers, Kenneth Moreno, 41, a 17-year Police Department veteran, and his partner, Franklin L. Mata, 26, a policeman for three years, were indicted on Tues., April 28, on charges of rape and other offenses in connection with a Dec. 7 incident last year at the apartment of a woman on E. 13th St.

Moody celebrates 88th birthday, book launch in one joyous swoop
By Albert Amateau 
“I’m the one with the little feet,” said Donna Schaper, senior minister of Judson Memorial Church. “I just can’t fill Howard Moody’s shoes,” she told the 250 guests at Moody’s 88th birthday celebration at the church on Thurs., April 23.

Boston terrier is among breeds in Housing Authority’s doghouse
By Rita Wu
Boston terriers, but possibly not rottweilers, will be banned from New York City public housing projects under a new policy on dogs set to go into effect May 1.

Squadron: Traffic cameras are needed on Canal and West Sts.
By Julie Shapiro
The city will soon install 50 new red-light cameras, and state Senator Daniel Squadron wants as many as possible to target dangerous intersections in his district.

Borough president pitches parents plan for schools
By Albert Amateau
Amid dissatisfaction because of over-enrollment in city schools, there were mounting calls last week for increased parent participation in the Department of Education.

Actor’s latest role is his most challenging
By Albert Amateau
“How do you get an obituary in The Villager,” asked the man on the phone.
“Who’s the deceased?” replied the obit writer.


New cooking-oil pickup program getting cooking
By John Bayles 
Last Friday, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver were at Russ & Daughters Appetizers on East Houston St. to put their political will, and a little elbow grease, behind a new program making it easier for restaurants to recycle their used cooking oil.

Saunterers are set to kick off
Shorewalkers will hold its 24th annual Great Saunter, a 32-mile walk clockwise around the edge of Manhattan Island on Saturday morning May 2. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. at Fulton and South Sts. at the South St. Seaport and ends there about 12 hours later.

Bar owner bellies up to First District Council race
By Josh Rogers
A new candidate has joined Lower Manhattan’s City Council race, hoping to appeal to the younger Obama supporters living Downtown. But he does not quite have the background one would expect: He’s 55, walks with a cane and first worked in politics more than three decades ago.

River pageant will overflow with sights and sounds
By Rita Wu
For 15 years Felicia Young, founder and director of Earth Celebrations, organized the Rites of Spring and Rites of Winter pageants. Part parade, part performance art, the pageants highlighted the need to save the gardens of the East Village and Lower East Side and community gardens throughout New York.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Andrea Martin wrings laughs from royal role
By Jerry Tallmer
Funny, what a little hop, skip, and jump can do. It might even winher a second Tony Award to put alongside the one she captured in 1992 for her performance as a cynical gag writer in the Broadway musical of “My Favorite Year.”

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Fighting” (+) This low-budget, sleeper film is absolutely wonderful.  I went to an afternoon show the weekend it opened, and there were only ten other people in the theater.  Big mistake.  Make it your next movie selection.
“Every Little Step” (+) This documentary, about selecting a cast for the Broadway revival of “A Chorus Line” (which opened at the Schoenfeld Theater on Broadway in 2006), is magical.

Fresh air, food, free activities galore
By Scott Stiffler
When a block or two of your beloved neighborhood is blocked off to traffic — and the street is taken over by tented vendors — you can be sure it’s spring in Manhattan.

Pondering New York City artists’ pathway post-9/11 
By Monica Uszerowicz
Lit aglow by Clayton Patterson’s light sculpture and Nico Dios’s neon installation is Agathe Snow’s “Yellow Brick Road.” The density and scale of the sculpture vary depending on its venue — much like the myths of any culture adapt accordingly to its history.


Stealing hearts and minds
By Steven Snyder
The daughter visits her comatose father in the hospital. We can hear his every breath, as oxygen courses through the mask. Her crying is constant, but her words quickly veer from thoughts of sadness to those of outrage, and remorse.

Don’t bring daughters to “torturous” comedy
By Elena Mancini
This is the most torturous wannabe screwball comedy since Debra Messing stopped doing sitcoms. Containing all of the elements of yet another comedic drama about the war of the sexes, the plot is centered on the failing marriage between Louise and Ian, a white, privileged 40-something who own a vacation home in the country.

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