SERVING GREENWICH VILLAGE SINCE 1933 | Volume 73, Number 42 | February 18 - 24, 2004

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Editorial
John Kerry for president
This year’s compressed Democratic presidential primary schedule appears to have produced a clear nominee earlier than most years. Part of the plan was to allow large states like New York, California and Ohio to be part of Super Tuesday and play a meaningful role in the decision. The plan did not figure on Senator John Kerry’s impressive sweep, which has put his nomination in the something-approaching-inevitable category, pending of course a serious misstep or some other implosion.

Scoopy's notebook
The scoop on people, politics and gossip

Talking Point
Jim Davis: Out of jail — get a #9; be called ‘sir’
By Keith Crandell
After 17 years in 13 prisons around the state, Jim Davis is out on parole. One day last week he walked out of a lockup in Queens, where he had spent the final few days of his long imprisonment. His fellow inmates urged him to head for the nearby McDonald’s and order a #9. He did. A #9 consists of a fish sandwich, a large serving of fries and a large Coke.

Notebook
Irritation: Bleeps, shrieks and sidewalk freaks
By Wilson
Recent statistics in the news report that crime is down in New York City. But sadly, irritation, a lesser offense, has hit an all-time high. Never before have so many people, intentionally or otherwise, been more annoying, especially Downtown in the Village.

Editorial cartoon
By Ira Blutreich

Letters to the editor

Second thoughts
By Richmond Jones


News In Brief

Kentucky Fried cruelty

Will Blix drop a bomb at N.Y.U.?

N.Y.U. applications are record amount

Conservation Voters endorse John Kerry

McCourts toast McSorley’s

Dental clinic opens wide

Designer housing for all

V.I.D. overwhelmingly endorses Kerry for president

Police Blotter

Students’ mural brightens up winter

Mae’s return court date


Obituary
Elizabeth Schutz Lydon, an activist in sustainable agriculture, food, 47
Elizabeth Schutz Lydon, active in the field of sustainable agriculture and author of books and articles on environmentally sound food, died Mon. Feb 9 at her home on Morton St. at the age of 47.


Profile

Kerry’s big sister lending a hand in her own way
By Ed Gold
She’d love to be First Sister.
Peggy Kerry leaves her office at the U.N. and heads back to Greenwich Village, back to her modest apartment on Barrow St., to feed her 5-year-old daughter. Her younger brother, John, is on a political roll, on the verge of capturing the Democratic Party’s nomination for the U.S. presidency.


Sports

Handling babies or goalies, he has the right touch
By Judith Stiles
In the morning, physical therapist Jack Stefanowski works with newborns, small infants diagnosed with “delayed development.” But in the afternoon, Coach Stefanowski dons his goalie gloves and can be found demonstrating how to catch and punch a soccer ball, ironically a size five ball, which is about the same size as some of his patients. The daily transition from gentle to vigorous movement is no problem for Stefanowski.

Villager photo by Lincoln Anderson

Fernando Ferrer was guest speaker at Village Independent Democrats’ meeting last Thursday evening.



Ferrer flares up at V.I.D.
By Lincoln Anderson
Fernando Ferrer had just started into his talk at the Village Independent Democrats’ meeting last Thursday night. He had quickly described what he’s been up to the last two years, then launched into an attack on President Bush. He was a little rusty, though, his voice lacking the necessary oomph for a political club meeting.

Some wary of Union Sq. BID growth
By Elizabeth O’Brien
Some residents are crying foul over the proposed expansion of the Union Square Partnership, saying they shouldn’t be required to pay for a business improvement district whose main function is supporting neighborhood commerce.

N.Y.U. signs environmental self-audit pact
By Albert Amateau
New York University and the N.Y.U. Hospital Center signed an agreement on Thurs. Feb. 12 with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to undertake a comprehensive environmental self-audit of all 160 N.Y.U. buildings, including medical facilities, in Manhattan.

City and state would team on Hudson Yards project
By Albert Amateau
City and state officials last week presented details for a new Hudson Yards business district with a 75,000-seat stadium for the 2012 Olympics and the Jets football team, the potential for 28 million sq. ft. of new high-rise offices, a park-and-boulevard corridor between 10th and 11th Aves. and the extension of the No. 7 subway to serve them all.

Con Ed feels the heat, from protest, at hearings
By Lincoln Anderson
From a rally outside its headquarters to hearings by the City Council and State Assembly, the heat was turned up on Con Edison last week to insure that its manholes and street service boxes are safe.

Another chocolate store sweetens the mix in Village
By Melanie Wallis
The opening of a new chocolatier on Christopher St. has brought an air of Europe to the neighborhood with the shop’s selection of imported Belgian blended chocolate creations. The family-run business called Tulip opened in October, expanding from their well-established branch of the same name in New Jersey.



The early draft of genius
By Jerry Tallmer
Now hear this.
It is the morning after. Blanche and Stanley are groggily awakened from their bed of passion by a telephone that rings seven or eight times. Stanley staggers up, listens, grunts: “Yeah? Good.” Blanche asks: “What was it?” and Stanley Kowalski says: “I have a girl, a daughter.” His shoulders are full of lacerations, fingernail scratches.

Infamous women converge Off-Off Broadway
By Jerry Tallmer
In the early 1960s the Dragon Lady of South Vietnam, Mme. Ngo Dinh Nhu, born Tran Le Xuan, or “Beautiful Spring” — she who had relished the “barbecues” of all those monks who’d immolated themselves in protest against the Saigon dictatorship — passed through New York on her way to Rome, dropping scathing remarks en route about weak-kneed America and its President Kennedy, whom she blamed for the assassination of her husband and brother-in-law.

A new play by former N.Y.U. student
By Davida Singer
Just over twenty years ago, Tom Noonan founded the Paradise Theater on East 4th Street in order to present his own work and that of company members. Noonan has mounted 53 plays since then, including award- winning productions like “What Happened Was” and “Wifey”. This season’s Paradise opener, “People Die That Way” is a play by newcomer, Lisa Ebersole, who also directs and performs in her own piece.

Koch on Film
By Ed Koch
‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ (+)
This beautiful film, based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier, is filled with tableaus that enchant the eye. It takes place in 1665, and the audience is transported to that period as the characters walk the cobblestone streets of Delft Holland amidst the unique Dutch buildings which still exist today.
‘The Return’ (+) This Russian film with English subtitles contains beautiful and occasionally breathtaking pastel-colored scenes.


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