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It looks to be a busy week on the Lower East Side. The kids are back in school. We’re looking ahead to several key events, including a big meeting of the DOE’s Panel for Educational Policy (the controversial expansion of Girls Prep Middle School is on the agenda).  Tomorrow we’ll post our in-depth interview with Michael Duffy, head of the DOE’s charter school office. Also, later today, look for the latest installment in our continuing series of interviews with LES residents on the future of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Before the weekend, we sat down with Grand Street’s Harold “Heshy” Jacob to discuss his views on the controversial topic.

We’ll have a wrap-up of the big Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown – as well as the news that the Little Italy/Chinatown Historic District is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  And last but not least, today’s “My LES – Florence Eng from “The Door.”

This week, we’re debuting our brand new Community Calendar. You’re welcome to post your events there. Click on the link in our navigation bar at the top of the web site – you’ll have to register for The Lo-Down forums in order to submit events.

Looks to be a beautiful day early with a high of 44, but then it’s going to turn nasty (rain and possibly snow showers likely). Can Spring be far away?

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