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Keep mayoral control, but with modifications
Too often, the current debate about continuing the mayor’s control of schools is talked about as if it were a referendum on two men: Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Both have been in charge of educating more than 1 million public school children since 2002, when Albany gave the mayor real but temporary authority of the system.

Letters to the Editor

Facebook as a message in a bottle, but cyber-style
By Sonya Sobieski
How many Facebook friends do we need? One could ask the same about subway musicians, chatty neighbors, cursing indigents, graffiti artists, police on horseback, model-gorgeous waiters, churlish deliverymen, sidewalk Italian ice sellers.



Serving West and East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the Lower East Side

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel 

Graduates of Parsons The New School for Design celebrated at the end of The New School’s commencement ceremonies last week.

After Kerrey says he’ll leave by ’11, a calm commencement
By Lincoln Anderson and Jefferson Siegel
After a tumultuous year at The New School that saw students twice occupy a campus building and clash with police, increasingly strident calls for Bob Kerrey to resign as president and an overwhelming vote of no confidence in Kerrey by the school’s faculty, the university’s commencement last Friday was surprisingly placid.

GEMS helps sex-trafficking victims learn to shine
By Will McKinley
It was a Friday night at the Bowery Poetry Club, and a group of ethnically diverse young women in their late teens and early twenties were preparing to take the stage. But these girls weren’t performers. They were survivors of New York City’s commercial sex industry. And they were about to share their pain in spoken word and song.

Slow response to seizure charged
By Albert Amateau
Eva Delgado, 64, died after a seizure at the Grand St. Settlement’s Senior Center at 80 Pitt St. on Thursday morning, according to staff members who said it took three 911 calls and 20 minutes before help arrived from a nearby firehouse.

Fire, air, water (well, beer) are brought back to earth

Deal is sealed for pre-K classes at 27 Barrow St.
By Albert Amateau
Village parents who feared there would be noseats in their two zoned schools for their children entering kindergarten in September can breathe easier.

New St. Mark’s pastor brings lots to the pulpit
By Bonnie Rosenstock
When the two wardens and vestry of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery chose Reverend Winnie Varghese to be their new pastor and priest in charge, they got a full complement of credentials: a chaplain, a community organizer, a self-described systematic thinker who likes to finish what she starts, and a gay woman of color.

Local C.E.C. parents file suit
By Albert Amateau
Parent members of the District 2 Community Education Council filed a lawsuit last week charging the city Department of Education and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein with violating state education law by making changes in neighborhood schools in the Village, Tribeca, Chelsea and the Upper East Side without C.E.C approval or consultation.

Villager Arts & Lifestyles

Are you ready for the summer? Best bets for Village arts events
By Scott Stiffler
Who in their right mind would ever want to escape the city for overhyped, overplayed, undeserving destinations like the Hamptons? If it’s a pleasant diversion you want, why go anywhere else? There’s a reason the world flocks to NYC (and it’s not that new pedestrian mall in Times Square). No, it’s the culturally enriching, good times to be had by all — much of it happening within walking distance of the place you call home. 

Photo by Richard Greene

George Drance as Aesclepius and Denise Greber as Panacea

Here to torture, instruct and protect
By Jerry Tallmer
These boots were made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do.
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.
—Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, 1966

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
“Summer Hours” (+) I was looking forward to seeing this film and was very glad that I did. The show was sold out when I saw it on a Saturday evening — the weekend it opened at the IFC Center at 3rd Street and 6th Avenue.

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Volume 78, Number 51 | May 27 - June 2, 2009


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