Volume 73, Number 31 | December 3 - 9, 2003


Pompei party has something for everyone
Our Lady of Pompei Church at Carmine and Bleecker Sts. is holding its annual free-admission, fundraising Christmas party Sat., Dec. 6, in the church’s Father Demo Hall, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be an assortment of handicrafts made by skilled parishioners, many attractive “white elephants”(i.e., assorted knickknacks) and a silent auction for dinner and food packages from the best eateries and emporiums in the area. The party will also give raffle prizes and offer an affordable and tasty lunch. Bring the kids along, Pompeii’s Father Cogo urges, because the gym across from the party will hold a carnival, an art class and holiday games, all free.

Christmas spirit on Carmine St.
The Carmine St. Block Association will host a half-hour Christmas concert at Father Demo Sq. at Bleecker St. and Sixth Ave. on Fri., Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. Suss IV Music, a brass band made up of professional musicians who are N.Y.U. graduates, will perform “Christmassy songs,” according to David Gruber, CaSBA president. The block association recently festooned the trees on Carmine St. with lights, Tavern on the Green-style; for an added treat at the concert, as night falls a timer will turn on the lights.

Gachot no-no

Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation reported that the Department of Buildings and the Landmarks Preservation Commission have issued letters of violation to the landlord of the Gachot meatpackers building at Washington and W. 14th Sts. in the Meat Market, after part of the building’s historic metal canopy was removed and billboard brackets erected on the building’s Washington St. side. In both cases, according to Berman, permits for the work were not obtained from Buildings. Also, the work was done after the designation in September by Landmarks of the Gansevoort Historic District; even though the designation hasn’t been approved by the City Council yet, once Landmarks designates a district, any major exterior changes must be reviewed by the agency.

Mayor’s help is fitting

On Monday morning, Mayor Bloomberg helped kick off the 15th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive at the Bowery Mission, 227 Bowery, between Prince and Spring Sts. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also attended the event. Every December, thousands of New Yorkers donate “gently used” coats to The New York Cares Coat Drive. The coats collected — more than half a million since The Coat Drive’s inception in 1989 — are distributed to struggling men, women and children at city homeless shelters, community organizations, churches and agencies serving seniors. Villager photos by Elisabeth Robert

Another legendary night for Village Care
Roberto Beteta, Jr., chief marketing officer of Cortel Business Solutions, left in photo at left, accepted the Business Legend Award from Village Care of New York President and C.E.O. Arthur Y. Webb. The award was presented at the organization’s Legends of the Village Awards Gala, held Nov. 17 at the Chelsea Art Museum, 556 W. 22nd St., and attended by some 400 persons. Among those attending were, from left in photo above, Lawrence Peters of Hachette Filipacchi; Trudy Lieberman of Consumer Reports and Marjorie and Carl Pellicane. Peters, Lieberman and Pellicane are Village Care board members. Village Care, a nonprofit AIDS and senior care organization, honors important Village figures annually and publishes a celebrity Legends of the Village calendar as part of its fundraising efforts. Also honored this year were playwright Arthur Laurents and Project A.L.S., which raises funds to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Broadway actress Liz Callaway performed during the gala.

Designer Donna Karan, center, at left, with Sixth Precinct police officers, hosted a lavish Charles St. Association reception Oct. 19 at the Stephan Weiss Studio at Charles and Greenwich Sts. The event marked the installation of 14 historic lampposts on Charles St., one of which is to be dedicated on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. to the two fallen 9/11 Sixth Precinct officers. Karan spoke of her plans to create the Stephan Weiss Foundation to honor her late husband, a sculptor who died in 2001. Karan, who lives on Central Park W. and in E. Hampton, hopes to give Weiss’s bronze apple sculpture, in the background of the photo, to the children’s playground at Jane St. in Hudson River Park.


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