COVID-19 Cases Remain Steady In Chautauqua County Sunday

first_imgJAMESTOWN – The number of active COVID-19 cases in Chautauqua County remained steady on Sunday.Officials with the county health department say there remain a total of 42 confirmed cases with six active.So far, a total of 32 patients have recovered from the virus.A total of four have died from COVID-19 since the outbreak began. “95 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored,” said officials. “Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.”As of 4 p.m. health officials in Cattaragus County have not provided an update. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Why was there people at walmart with no masks,and taking over the aisles,no 6 inches barely….much less,six feet. Not cool….,Because there is an extremely unnecessary amount of skepticism that this whole thing hasn’t been a hoax. People are too stupid for their own good. And I could probably trademark that phrase, I use it so often, pre- and post-COVID, but never have I been more adamant about it. The amount of people that are too stubborn, or unwilling to educate themselves, that they are literally a danger to themselves and others, is staggering. Not only was there a protest of the PAUSE order the other day in Jamestown, but there has been plenty of unofficial meetups to show opposition to logic and reason. People are coming together and doing great things from what I hear, but all I see in my slice of the world, is those who would surely be dead, if we weren’t forced to risk our healthcare system/workers lives on.,This is communism! Stay home boomers. Let us live.last_img read more

Board of Education Approves Yearly Budget, Public Slated To Vote Online

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) File Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Board of Education approved the 2020-21 Budget on Tuesday.The proposed 2020-21 Budget of $88,313,617 will be presented for public vote via absentee ballots with ballots due back to the District Clerk by June 9, at 5 p.m., by mail or in person.In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.The Public Hearing for the Proposed 2020-21 Budget will be on June 1, at 6 p.m. The Public Hearing will be held remotely. The public can access the Budget Hearing jpsny.org/budgethearing. There are two propositions on the absentee ballot:The first proposition is for the JPS Proposed 2020-21 Budget not to exceed $88,313,671, which includes NO tax increase.The second proposition is the Prendergast Library Association asking the public to approve a tax levy of $350,000 for the purpose of funding the library.There are also three seats up for election to the Board of Education, each for a three-year term beginning in July. There are three candidates on the ballot: Paul Abbott, Shelly Leathers and Christine Schnars.The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all registered voters.Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote. Residents can register to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles at dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application.Those with questions on the budget vote or the process, are asked to call JPS District Clerk, Jaunita Walter, at 716-483-4420 or email at jaunita.m.walter@jpsny.org.For more information on the JPS Proposed 2020-21 Budget, visit jpsny.org/budgetinfo.last_img read more

Pandemic Puts Convicted Representative’s Seat On 2 Ballots

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Democrat Nate McMurray (left) and state Sen. Chris Jacobs (right). Image via New York State Senate / McMurray for Congress Campaign.BUFFALO — The U.S. House district once represented by Chris Collins is on two separate ballots Tuesday in a special election to fill out the convicted former congressional member’s fourth term and in a Republican primary for the GOP line in November’s general election.The unusual situation is part of election season fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. To avoid creating crowds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo moved the special election originally scheduled for April to coincide with state and federal primary elections.Collins narrowly won reelection in 2018 while under federal indictment for insider trading but pleaded guilty on Sept. 30. He resigned from Congress the next day, setting off a scramble to fill his seat.The special election in the Republican-leaning district pits state Sen. Chris Jacobs, a wealthy developer, against Democrat Nate McMurray, a former town supervisor who lost to Collins by about 2,500 votes two years ago. Accountant Duane Witmer will appear on the Libertarian line and Michael Gammariello for the Green Party. Also Tuesday, Jacobs will be running in the Republican primary against former town Justice Beth Parlato and Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw. The winner also will face McMurray in the general election for a full two-year term that begins in January. Parlato was endorsed by the Conservative Party.Having both elections on the same day raises the possibility that Jacobs could win the seat but lose the opportunity to run for reelection as a Republican in November.President Donald Trump tweeted his endorsement of Jacobs on June 2 and twice more in the following two weeks, describing him as strong on the border, military, Second Amendment, crime and taxes.“Chris has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump blasted in each tweet on behalf of Jacobs to the district that gave him biggest margin of victory of any in the state in the 2016 presidential election. Collins had been the first member of Congress to endorse Trump for president.Nearly 40% of the 27th Congressional District’s voters are registered Republicans. About 30% are Democrats and the rest are independent or enrolled in minor parties, according to the state Board of Elections. The largely rural district touches eight counties between and around Buffalo and Rochester.The double vote could advantage Jacobs, given that Republicans who vote for him in the special election may be unlikely to vote against him in the primary, said political science Professor Timothy Kneeland, of Nazareth College in Rochester.“For a voter, it would be a lot easier and simpler to simply vote for Jacobs for both,” he said.Coincidentally, Collins at one point was scheduled to report to prison June 23, something Kneeland said could have given McMurray, the Democrat, a boost among voters casting ballots that day. A federal judge has since agreed to delay the start of his 26-month sentence until Aug. 18 because of the 69-year-old’s risk of getting COVID-19.Jacobs and McMurray, in the special election’s lone debate, each condemned the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Jacobs aligned with Trump’s call for “law and order” in the aftermath, while McMurray said he opposed the use of the military to control protesters.When asked about Trump’s June 9 tweet suggesting a 75-year-old protester who was hospitalized after being pushed by two Buffalo police officers “could be an ANTIFA provocateur,” Jacobs said there were questions that needed to be answered about the incident. He added he did not believe the officers should have been charged with felonies because they didn’t mean to hurt protester Martin Gugino.McMurray characterized the tweet as “craziness.”last_img read more

Cornell Cooperative Extension Holds STORY Curriculum

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN Stock ImageJAMESTOWN — The Cornell Cooperative Extension asks, “What do modern farming practices, invasive insect species, and robot fashion all have in common?”They say they are all curriculum found in the Science Technology Opportunities for Rural Youth (STORY) curriculum. Molly Brown, 4-H Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, began teaching with the STORY program last year as part of a three-year, grant funded by the Ralph Wilson Jr. Foundation. While the program was originally envisioned as live-teaching encounters, it has been restructured to meld with the needs of the community while facing a pandemic.“This year, we’re partnering with Chautauqua Institution and made STORY into a type of virtual programming that is very hands on and it’s actually not face-to-face,” Brown explains. “We’re not doing any of it with Zoom. Instead, there are discussion boards and interactions between me and the kids.”Submitted ImageThrough their Learning Management System, Chautauqua Institution is making the STORY curricula available to the public. Learners do not need to be a member of the Institution in order to purchase and participate in the program. Proceeds from the sale of STORY curricula will be shared between Chautauqua Institution and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. More information is available at https://learn.chq.org/. “Chautauqua Institution is holding all of this really incredible education so that even though they are not doing in-person programming this season, people can still purchase and be a part of the programming,” Brown says. “You can go through it at your own pace, and if you have questions you can message me and I’ll get back to you.”Videos and printable activities help round out each interactive adventure. The three courses Brown has assembled involve using robots and fashion to promote healthy body image, learning about farm anatomy and modern agriculture, and invasive species in our region. The courses will be released one at a time in the Chautauqua Institution’s Learning Management System.“The first one that launched is invasive species, and we’re doing a citizen’s science program to have the kids build mosquito traps and put them on their properties,” Brown explains.The traps will collect a variety of mosquitoes and potentially one of particular interest: the Asian Tiger Mosquito. This highly-invasive species was introduced to the United States from Asia in the mid-1980’s and is capable of carrying and transmitting disease. They can be trapped safely by creating the right environment for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Participating in this program also helps Cornell University track the prevalence of this mosquito in the area.“Once we have eggs, we hatch the eggs and put the lid of the trap on and raise the mosquitos,” Brown states. “And then we freeze them and find out if we have Asian tiger mosquitos. All the research goes back to Cornell.”The STORY Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York.It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state.Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.last_img read more

Watch, Worship & Adore Into the Woods’ Chris Pine as He Channels Frank Sinatra on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

first_img View Comments We can’t wait to see Rob Marshall’s upcoming film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods for a bevy of reasons. Just one of them is Hollywood hunk Chris Fine Pine because we can’t think of a better star to play Prince Charming! That perfectly chiseled face, that beaming smile, those swoon-worthy blue eyes…we could go on. On January 16, Pine stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! and channeled the original Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra, and sang the crooner’s famous tune “Fly Me To The Moon.” Watch the clip below and let Mr. Pine fill your heart with song!last_img

Robert Webb and Mark Heap Join Perfect Nonsense in London’s West End

first_img Webb is best known for his TV role as Jeremy in Peep Show. Other screen credits include The Mitchell and Webb Situation and That Mitchell and Webb Look, Confetti, Magicians and The Wedding Video. Webb made his West End stage debut in the UK premiere of Fat Pig by Neil LaBute. Jeeves and Wooster will be continuing their Perfect Nonsense in London’s West End. Robert Webb will take over from Stephen Mangan as Jeeves and Mark Heap wll replace Matthew Macfayden as Wooster in Perfect Nonsense on April 7. The comedy, directed by Sean Foley, is set to continue playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre through September 20. View Comments Heap’s screen roles include Spaced, Green Wing, Friday Night Dinner, Lark Rise to Candleford, Miranda, Skins, Outnumbered and Stardust and The World’s End. Based on and adapted from the established literary works of P.G. Wodehouse, Perfect Nonsense, which is about the charmingly incompetent Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves, are brought to life in this new comedy by brothers Robert and David Goodale. last_img read more

Daniel Radcliffe & the Cast of The Cripple of Inishmaan Take Their First Bows!

first_imgAfter a long journey from Ireland, The Cripple of Inishmaan has arrived on Broadway! The new production of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy had its first preview performance on April 12, and Broadway.com’s Bruce Glikas was on the scene to capture the cast’s very first Broadway bows. Starring Harry Potter favorite Daniel Radcliffe, Cripple tells the story of “Cripple” Billy Claven, a young boy who, to everyone in the small town’s surprise, is selected to play a part in a Hollywood film that is shooting nearby. Check out this Hot Shot of Radcliffe and his co-stars taking their first bow, then see The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Cort Theatre! Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Related Shows Star Files The Cripple of Inishmaan View Comments Daniel Radcliffelast_img read more

Tony Winner Andrea Martin Will Return to Pippin on Broadway

first_img Star Files Pippin Andrea Martin Related Shows Andrea Martin, who won the 2013 Tony for creating the role of Berthe in the revival of Pippin, will return to the part for 24 performances only, September 2 through September 21. Tony winner Priscilla Lopez will now perform the role of Berthe through August 31 at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre. Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. The current cast also includes Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Ciara Renee as Leading Player, John Rubinstein as Charles, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Pippin received four 2013 Tony awards included Best Revival. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Comments Martin also received a Tony for her performance in My Favorite Year. Additional theater credits include Act One, Fiddler on the Roof, Young Frankenstein, Exit the King, Oklahoma!, Candide and Godspell. Martin earned two Emmy awards for her writing and creation of sketch comedy characters on SCTV. Other screen credits include Working the Engels, The Simpsons, Anastasia, The Rugrats Movie, 30 Rock, Nurse Jackie, The Producers, Wag the Dog, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Her book of autobiographical essays “Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts” will be released by Harper Collins in September.last_img read more

Finding Neverland Lands Broadway Dates & Theater

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Finding Neverland Related Shows View Comments The previously reported Broadway transfer of Finding Neverland will fly into the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre after Motown vacates the venue next year. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, the new musical will begin previews in March 2015 with opening night set for April 8. No word yet on casting, but the recent American Repertory Theater production in Cambridge, Massachusetts, starred Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan as J.M. Barrie and Olivier winner Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davis. Finding Neverland will have scenic design by Scott Pask, lighting design by Phillip S. Rosenberg, costume design by Suttirat Larlarb and sound design by Jonathan Deans. The ART production’s cast also included Carolee Carmello, Michael McGrath and Jeanna de Waal. Tony nominee and Glee star Matthew Morrison previously starred as Barrie in an industry-only workshop of Finding Neverland in New York in late March. The tuner, which features music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, is based on the 2004 film written by David Magee. Finding Neverland follows the story of Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. The Harvey Weinstein produced musical overhauled its creative team in 2013, bringing on board Paulus, Barlow and Graham.last_img read more

Biotech Pros and Cons.

first_imgOne, Europe is a huge market for U.S. food products like soybeans.”If Europe refuses biotech soybeans, it will be tremendousblow to the industry,” Guillebeau said.And two, U.S. shoppers don’t ignoreÿEuropean concerns.”Many are starting to wonder if we shouldn’t be more concerned,”he said.Establishing Regional CentersTo address these issues and others, the second step in Glickman’splan is for USDA to propose establishing regional centers nationwide.These centers would evaluate biotech products long-term and provideongoing information to growers, consumers, researchers and regulators.Glickman said biotechnology is changing the way farmers dobusiness. But social and economic trends, including increasedmarket concentration, have a powerful effect on farming, too.So does a rise in contracting, as well as fast-evolving technologiessuch as information power and precision agriculture.”We’re seeing different marketing techniques such as organics,direct marketing, co-ops and niche markets,” he said. “Andnonfarm, industrial uses for plants are expanding.”Family farmers, he said, are among his biggest concerns. Biotechnologyshould lead to greater — not fewer — options for farmers.”As this technology develops,” he said, “wemust reach a balance between fairness to farmers and corporatereturns.”(Dan Glickman photograph courtesy of U. S. Department ofAgriculture.) Embrace biotechnology with an eye on potential problems. Thatwas the message U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman gavethe National Press Club in Washington, D.C., July 14.”Aswe encourage the development of these new food production systems,we cannot blindly embrace their benefits,” he said. “Wehave to ensure consumer confidence and assure farmers they willbenefit.”Five Principles/Advisory CommitteeGlickman said five principles should guide biotechnology inthe 21st century: (1) an arm’s-length regulatory process, (2)consumer acceptance, (3) fairness to farmers, (4) corporate citizenshipand (5) free and open trade.Glickman set up a Secretary’s Advisory Committee on AgriculturalBiotechnology. The group is a cross-section of 25 people fromgovernment, academe, agriculture, agribusiness and environmental,ethics and consumer groups. It will begin meeting in the fall.”The committee will provide advice on a broad range ofissues on biotechnology and on maintaining a flexible policy asbiotechnology evolves,” he said. “Public policy mustlead and not merely react. Industry and government cannot engagein hedging or double-talking as problems develop.”Soybean, Corn and PharmaceuticalsMost of today’s U.S. soybeans and a fast-rising part of thecorn crop are genetically engineered, he said. And researchersare looking at genetically modified mosquitoes that can’t carrymalaria. But Glickman said we have only chipped the high-techiceberg.”Biotechnology is already transforming medicine,”he said. “Pharmaceuticals such as human insulin for diabetes,interferon and other cancer medications, antibiotics and vaccinesare all products of genetic engineering.”U.S. scientists are also looking at processing drugs from milkfrom genetically altered cows. Others are growing bananas thatmay one day deliver vaccines to children in developing countries.USDA, FDA and EPAThree federal agencies – The U.S. Department of Agriculture,Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency- each play a role in determining the use of biotechnology productsin the United States.USDA tests products for risk to other plants and animals andhas already approved about 50 genetically altered plant varieties.FDA reviews biotechnology’s effect on food safety. EPA examinespesticides.To keep pace with fast-growing agricultural biotechnology,Glickman announced two new steps “to ensure we are fullyprepared to meet the regulatory challenges.”Outside Review of Biotech ProcessThe first is to create an independent scientific review ofUSDA’s biotech approval process. The idea is to make sure USDAscientists have the best information and tools to keep regulatorycapabilities evolving at the same pace as new technology.To address complex issues like pharmaceutical-producing plantsor genetically modified livestock will require consulting experts,many of whom are outside USDA.Farm biotech firms have two main concerns, said Paul Guillebeau,pesticide coordinator for the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more