Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce is encouraging local businesses to partake in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Downtown Jamestown.The Chamber of Commerce says they will once again turn the Chadakoin River green for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. at the Riverwalk in Brooklyn Square.The business group is asking local shops to participate in the day’s activities by offering holiday deals to customers.Businesses interested in participating are asked to contact Joanna Dahlbeck, the Jamestown Community Chamber Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the chamber at 484-1101. The chamber says they are trying to move foot traffic from Brooklyn Square into local businesses for shopping, brunch, or lunch on the day of the event.The event is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and M&T Bank. 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)
Stock Image.FINDLEY LAKE – Pennsylvania State Police say a man suspected of stealing a vehicle and leading officers on a chase last week was found dead in Chautauqua County on Saturday.Troopers say a 2003 Ford Explorer SUV was reported stolen from Girard, Pennsylvania on Monday.The vehicle, police say, was involved in a pursuit in the City of Erie later in the day. Police stopped pursuing the SUV due to safety concerns and it fled towards New York.Erie Police say they were able to positively identify the driver, who is the same person who allegedly stole the SUV. PA State Police say the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office found the vehicle about a mile off the road on a snowmobile trail in Findley Lake Saturday.The suspect, a 41-year-old Albion man, was discovered hanging in a nearby tree, dead from an apparent suicide, with multiple items of drug paraphernalia in the area.Troopers say have notified the family of the man’s death.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)
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) DUNKIRK – A City of Dunkirk man is facing charges after allegedly damaging parking meters on Central Avenue in Dunkirk Tuesday afternoon.Dunkirk Police say Gabriel Soto, 27, was taken into custody after witnesses identified him at the scene of the crime.Additionally, police allege Soto was found in possession of tools used to cause the damage.Soto also allegedly had several hypodermic instruments on his person. Officers say Soto is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, possession of burglar’s tools and possession of hypodermic instruments.Soto was processed at the Police Headquarters in Dunkirk and released with an appearance ticket under New York State’s Bail Reform law.
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Myles Cullen / White HouseWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak.In a letter to the nation’s governors, Trump said the new guidelines are meant to enable state and local leaders to make “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other measures they have put in place.” States and municipalities would still retain authority to set whatever restrictions deem necessary.“I think we can start by opening up certain parts of the country: you know, the farm belt, certain parts of the Midwest, other places,” Trump said Thursday in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity. “I think we can open up sections, quadrants, and then just keep them going until the whole country is opened up.”The president has been trying for days to determine how to contain the economic fallout of the guidelines issued by his administration as well as local leaders to slow the tide of infections. “Every day that we stay out it gets harder to bring it back very quickly,” Trump said during a Thursday press conference.Last week Trump unveiled a 15-day program advising against large gatherings and calling for many Americans to remain at home. The guidelines, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are voluntary, but many state and local leaders have issued mandatory restrictions in line with, or even tighter than, those issued by the CDC.The White House was still developing the new guidelines and gathering the data to back them up, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coordinator for coronavirus response, told reporters Thurday.“What we are trying to do is utilize a very laser-focused approach rather than an generic horizontal approach,” she said.Birx acknowledged concerns that people could simply move between areas with different infection risks — and potentially different restrictions on movement and gathering amid the outbreak.“Part of this will be the need to have highly responsible behavior between counties,” she said, saying the administration would provide additional guidance to states next week, once the new plan is finalized.Two administration officials said it would not involve any restrictions on travel between hotspots and those with lower rates of infection.Trump announced Thursday that he would visit Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday to see off the USNS Comfort, the 1,000-bed hospital ship heading to assist New York in responding to the virus.Still, he dismissed desperate calls from governors, including New York’s Andrew Cuomo, who have pleaded for additional ventilators to help treat patients with COVID-19.“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” Trump said, referencing New York’s request of the federal government.On a conference call with governors Thursday, Trump stressed the need to reopen businesses and to recognize regional differences in the virus’ impact.“We all have to get smart,” Trump said on the call, audio of which was obtained by The Associated Press. “We have to open up our country, I’m sorry.”Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who has not ordered business closures or limits on social behavior, thanked Trump for recognizing that the virus has affected states differently and “one size does not fit all.”“I appreciate you realizing that,” Reeves said.The announcement of the forthcoming new guidelines comes days after Trump said he hoped to “reopen” the country by Easter.“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he said Tuesday during a Fox News virtual town hall. Easter is just over two weeks away — Apr. 12.Health experts have made clear that unless Americans continue to dramatically limit social interaction — staying home from work and isolating themselves — the number of infections will overwhelm the health care system, as it has in parts of Italy, leading to many more deaths.And scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, have cautioned against artificial timetables.“And you’ve got to understand that you don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline,” Fauci told CNN Wednesday. “So you’ve got to respond, in what you see happen.”White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump developed the Easter date as a goal to give people “hope.”“I think, Easter, the president was giving people a lot of hope and basically telling us it won’t last forever, and we’ll see what happens over time,” she told reporters Thursday.While the worst outbreaks are concentrated in certain parts of the country, most significantly in New York, experts warn that the highly infectious disease is certain to spread.Trump said the rollout of additional testing will enable more nuanced recommendations that would allow some lesser-impacted parts of the country to regain a sense of normalcy sooner.“Our expanded testing capabilities will quickly enable us to publish criteria, developed in close coordination with the Nation’s public health officials and scientists, to help classify counties with respect to continued risks posed by the virus,” Trump said.Trump, appearing to allude to the forthcoming guidelines, promised that there would be new favorable “statistics” and “facts” coming from the federal government in the next two days.“Some good statistics are coming out which will make your lives easier,” Trump said.
Photo: CDCWASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved at home testing for COVID-19.A statement by the FDA Tuesday said that the agency reissued an Emergency Use Authorization for LabCorp to COVID-19 RT-PCR Test to permit testing of samples that were self-collected by patients at home using LabCorp’s Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 Test home collection kit.“Throughout this pandemic we have been facilitating test development to ensure patients access to accurate diagnostics, which includes supporting the development of reliable and accurate at-home sample collection options,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn.The LabCorp home self-collection kit includes a specific Q-tip-style cotton swab for patients to use to collect their sample. Due to concerns with sterility and cross-reactivity due to inherent genetic material in cotton swabs, officials say other cotton swabs should not be used with the test. 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)
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) Image via Governor Laura Kelly / Facebook.TOPEKA – A retired farmer earned his bachelors degree, almost 50 years after dropping out of college.Image via Governor Laura Kelly / Facebook.Dennis Ruhnke gained national attention last month when he donated an N-95 mask to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.Even though his wife has only one lung, he said the mask should be used by a doctor or nurse.Cuomo read the letter Ruhnke wrote during a briefing as an example of generosity during the Coronavirus pandemic. Kansas State University President Richard Myers presented him with a degree in agriculture Monday.Image via Governor Laura Kelly / Facebook.He was only two credits short of graduating when he left school in 1971 to care for his mother and family farm after his father died.
JAMESTOWN – The remains of what is left of Delta will mostly bypass our area today, much cooler weather takes shape by late week. For Columbus Day, mostly cloudy with a rain shower possible. It will be breezy with highs in the low-60’s.A weak cold front will pass by Tonight into Tomorrow that will bring a few showers, otherwise cloudy with lows in the upper-40’s. High Pressure building in Tuesday afternoon will provide sunshine for both Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the low-60’s. An early morning shower is possible Tuesday morning.A low pressure system with its cold front will bring in a return for rain as well as gusty winds for Thursday. Gust as high as 45 M.P.H are possible ahead of the front.Behind the system, highs next Friday and heading into the weekend will struggle to make it out of the upper-40’s.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.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)
Tony nominee and Emmy winner Valerie Harper, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in March 2013, forcing her to withdraw from a national tour of Looped, has filed a lawsuit against its playwright Matthew Lombardo and the production’s producers. The New York Daily News reports that it claims they failed to pay the remainder of her contract. In response, Lombardo and the producers of Looped have filed a suit against Harper and her husband, Tony Cacciotti, for $2 million, saying the two “were both aware” that the actress was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, but did not disclose the information until after she signed onto the play. Lombardo said in a statement that “he was given no choice to defend himself as would anyone in his position and to reluctantly reveal what had actually transpired behind the scenes.” Best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, Harper appeared on Dancing With the Stars last fall. A Tony nominee for the 2010 Broadway run of Looped, her other Great White Way credits include Take Me Along, Wildcat, Subways Are For Sleeping, Something Different, Paul Sills’ Story Theatre, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. It was recently reported that she was to guest star in Hallmark’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered. View Comments
Attention all Broadway fashion mavens: Disney’s got a new wearable work of art for your wardrobe! Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned a gorgeous portrait in honor of Aladdin’s opening night, and it’s now available as a t-shirt at the online Aladdin store. The limited edition t-shirt, as modeled above by Aladdin headliners Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, is a comfy cotton-poly blend in royal blue. Get ‘em before they’re gone, then see Aladdin on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre! Star Files Courtney Reed About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Aladdin from $57.50 Adam Jacobs View Comments Related Shows
Related Shows The King and I Former Here Lies Love stars Ruthie Ann Miles and Conrad Ricamora will join Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in the previously announced The King and I on Broadway. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic tuner will begin previews on March 12, 2015 and officially open on April 16 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre.Along with Miles as Lady Thiang and Ricamora as Lun Tha, the cast will feature Ashley Park (Mamma Mia!) as Tuptim, Edward Baker-Duly (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Sir Edward Ramsey, Jon Viktor Corpuz (Godspell) as Prince Chulalongkorn, Murphy Guyer (South Pacific) as Captain Orton, Jake Lucas (Newsies) as Louis, Paul Nakauchi (Chu Chem) as Kralahome and Marc Oka (Flower Drum Song) as Phra Alack.The 51-member ensemble will include Aaron Albano, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Billy Bustamante, LaMae Caparas, Hsin-Ping Chang, Andrew Cheng, Lynn Masako Cheng, Olivia Chun, Ali Ewoldt, Ethan Halford Holder, Cole Horibe, MaryAnn Hu, James Ignacio, Christie Kim, Kelvin Moon Loh, Sumie Maeda, Paul HeeSang Miller, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Kristen Faith Oei, Autumn Ogawa, Yuki Ozeki, Stephanie Jae Park, Diane Phelan, Sam Poon, William Poon, Brian Rivera, Bennyroyce Royon, Lainie Sakakura, Ann Sanders, Ian Saraceni, Atsuhisa Shinomiya, Michiko Takemasa, Kei Tsuruharatani, Christopher Vo, Rocco Wu and Timothy Yang.The King and I is set in 1860’s Bangkok and tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The musical’s score includes Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful. Ken Watanabe View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Star Files