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) FREDONIA – Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson will face a Republican challenger in the 2020 election.Fredonia native Jason Schmidt recently filed the necessary petitions with the Chautauqua County Conservative Party, according to the Chautauqua County Board of Elections website. Schmidt told WNYNewsNow Friday that he is running, but declined to comment further on the race due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.“There will be a time and place to discuss the issues and distinguish myself from my opponent (Swanson), but now is not the time for political maneuvering,” Schmidt said. “It’s a time for all of us to come together and not draw lines. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this crisis.Schmidt, currently a private defense attorney, ran unsuccessfully against then-Acting District Attorney Swanson in 2016. Schmidt previously spent time in the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s office under former DA David Foley, who is now a county judge. The candidate also served under former DA James P. Subjack.The Board of Elections website doesn’t show a potential primary opponent for Schmidt, who received the Republican Party endorsement last month. Swanson also doesn’t appear to have a primary challenger.Swanson previously received the Democratic Party endorsement.
Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man was arrested Monday after allegedly striking an officer with a bucket full of soap and water during a neighbor dispute on East Second Street.Officers with the Jamestown Police Department were dispatched to 1267 E. 2nd St. just before 7 p.m. Monday for a dispute where a man allegedly smashed his neighbor’s window with a bat.Through investigation, officers alleged that Marc Cheney, 47, was the culprit.While attempting to speak with Cheney he allegedly pushed past officers in an attempt to flee. Police say a struggle ensued and Cheney then allegedly struck an officer in the face with a bucket full of soap and water, causing injury.Cheney was arrested and charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, fourth-degree criminal mischief and obstructing governmental administration.Officers report Cheney was held in Jamestown City Jail prior to arraignment in the case. 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)
WNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County will receive $54,633 in federal grant money to support planning and operational readiness for any type of disaster the county may experience.The grant was announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said the money can be used for items ranging from development and implementation of training and exercises to acquiring emergency response resources.“Whether its fighting against an invisible enemy like COVID-19, or helping communities withstand the dangers of extreme weather, local governments play a critical role in emergency management and we need to make every effort to support our local partners and help ensure they have the resources they need to keep New Yorkers safe,” Cuomo said. “With this funding in hand, our local partners will now be better positioned to protect the communities they serve no matter what this new reality throws at us.”In order to access the funding, local awardees must develop projects or initiatives which strengthen their own readiness and response capabilities to address all hazards. Projects should also focus on addressing any efforts identified by FEMA as needing national improvement. This includes logistics and distribution management planning, evacuation planning, disaster financial management, catastrophic disaster housing and resilient communications.Funding can be used to support: Management and Administration activities; Planning; Staffing for Emergency Management Agencies;Equipment; Training and Exercises; Construction and Renovation of Emergency Operations Centers; and Maintenance and Sustainment of GIS and interoperable communications systems.Cattaraugus County has been awarded $34,567. 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 Hollyloft Ski & Bike / Facebook.WEST ELLICOTT – Hollyloft Ski & Bike announced Monday that they’ll be closing on December 24th after 42 years of serving the winter-sports and biking community of Western New York and Pennsylvania. The announcement, posted on the company’s Facebook page, says that Les & Cheryl Johnson are retiring from the business.“Since 1978 in Warren, PA with The Ski Warren, and 1984 in Jamestown with Hollyloft Ski & Bike, they have helped equip local enthusiasts with fun, trending products with enduring value, and always were striving for the best in service,” the company said in a statement. “Hollyloft is grateful to our many loyal staff members throughout the years, and our community of amazing customers that have made this business fun and successful for the past 42 years.”The business says they’ll be winding down operations at the shop over the next few weeks, and they’ll sell down their inventory before eventually closing at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. “While this is a chapter closing, it is not necessarily good-bye, and we are actively planning new beginnings as we go dormant for a while to ride out the storm,” the company continued. “We invite you to reach out with your best memories from the past years, to celebrate the friendships and connections made through this one small business that is Hollyloft.”“Memories that attach to our local ski resorts past and present: Buckaloons, Cockaigne, Peek ‘N Peak, Holiday Valley, and Holimont. As well as the many cross-country ski events, marathons, and nordic challenges of the 70’s and 80’s. And of course: the biking world with Team Hollyloft and the many rides and races like Raccoon Rally, Kinzua Classic, Tour De Bemus, and Chautauqua Gran Fondo. While the world-wide pandemic prevents us from throwing a going-away extravaganza, we invite you to virtually share your memories and connections made through Hollyloft over the last 42 years, as we send Les and Cheryl off into a well-deserved retirement.”
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),If you have to be recognized for a charitable act something is wrong. Submitted image.JAMESTOWN – The former Cummins Engine Plant Manager has been recognized by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce for his charitable work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Last week, the Chamber announced Mike Abbate has won its 2020 Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award for his work bettering the local economy and helping address critical issues of education and food resources in our communities.When the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown this past year, Abbate remained busy working with United Ways in Chautauqua County on a project that would help with much-needed food distribution.“I am humbled and honored to be this year’s recipient of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award,” stated Abbate. “Cummins realized many years ago the correlation between the viability and success of a manufacturing site, and the viability and success of the surrounding community, creating a strong desire within Cummins to partner with our communities to improve, optimize and grow.” Abbate was deeply involved in the formation of the Chautauqua County Education Coalition, which in 2019 was named by the Lumina Foundation as one of the nearly 100 community partnerships nationwide to be part of the Lumina Community Network to help understand best practices and how resources can best make an impact.The group secured a $66,000 multi-year National Grid STEM grant for reinvestment of micro-grants to support programming in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Chautauqua County.He has also served on a number of boards of directors in the community including the board of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.“He played a critical volunteer role in putting together a system for tracking data and outcomes for emergency food pantries and providers (like school districts) across Chautauqua County in the midst of the COVID crisis,” said Amy Rohler, Executive Director of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. “Not only did he dive into a group of organizations that felt a bit like ‘herding cats,’ but helped us logistically think through a way to address transport, communicate, and share resources in this sector, especially in the early days of COVID when services were changing rapidly, and we weren’t sure yet what food access for needy families would be.”The Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award recognizes an individual in the region who has worked hard to bring groups of people together around a common goal or objective.This award is presented to an individual that has helped move the region forward in a positive direction through collaboration and by building partnerships.It is named in memory of Pam Lydic, the first President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, who was instrumental in bringing together smaller Chambers of Commerce to create a countywide entity 20-years-ago.The award includes a $500 donation from the Chamber of Commerce to a non-profit charity of the recipients’ choice. Abbate has selected the United Christian Advocacy Network to receive the donation.The award will be presented during the joint Chamber-MAST Annual Meeting which will be held online at noon, Friday, January 22. The keynote speaker will be Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.The event marks the 20th anniversary of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the 120th year of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier. To register for the event visit www.chamberrsvp.org.
Jake Epstein The new album will feature dozens of Carole King hits, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “I Feel the Earth Move” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Can’t wait for the album’s release? Click below to stream “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” right now! Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Jarrod Spector Related Shows Anika Larsen We haven’t lost that lovin’ feeling, so we’re eagerly awaiting the previously announced cast album for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical! Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording digitally April 1, and the album will be available in stores May 13. The digital version can now be pre-ordered on iTunes. Beautiful stars Tony nominee and Broadway.com video blogger Jessie Mueller as the groundbreaking singer-songwriter. The cast also features Jake Epstein, Anika Larsen, Jarrod Spector, Liz Larsen and Jeb Brown. Directed by Marc Bruni and featuring a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. View All (4) View Comments Jessie Mueller Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019
View Comments Star Files Jonathan Groff Kristin Chenoweth Someone put these kids and Broadway superstars in Beautiful, stat! Stage and screen favorites unite with artists and children around the world in this touching international music video from Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP), an organization that connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth worldwide to spark creativity and critical thinking and to help break the cycle of poverty. Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Groff and Looking costar Frankie Alvarez, Tituss Burgess, Debra Monk (who knew she was such a good drummer?), Julia Murney, Andrew Lippa, the cast of Big Fish and many more join forces with children of all over to perform the Carole King classic “Where You Lead.” Take a look, sing-along, and see who you can spot! Learn more about ASTEP here. Debra Monk
Written by and starring Qurrat Ann Kadwani, They Call Me Q is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between the cultural pressures brought forth by her traditional parents and wanting acceptance into her new culture. Along the journey, Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and African-American friends. They Call Me Q Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014 Directed by Obaid Kadwani and Claudia Gaspar, the production was developed with Ellery Schaar. View Comments Tickets are now available for They Call Me Q, which begins performances May 19 off-Broadway. The show, appropriate for those aged 13 and over, is scheduled to open on June 4 at St. Luke’s Theatre. Related Shows
It’s a case of “I don’t know how to love him.” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group is taking legal action against promoter Michael Cohl, after he canceled the North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. In a statement, RUG said that it had “no option but to proceed with legal action to recover its costs associated with the project and in turn, satisfy outstanding payments to suppliers and contractors.” Cohl was one of the lead producers of Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and has recently announced plans to bring Rio and Alvin and the Chipmunks to the stage. View Comments Jesus Christ Superstar is based very loosely on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life. The show began life as a record-breaking album before it landed on Broadway in 1971. It was subsequently revived on the Great White Way in 1977, 2000 and 2012. The American arena tour extravaganza of Tim Rice and Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar had been due to begin on June 9 in New Orleans. The production was set to star Brandon Boyd, N’SYNC’s JC Chasez, the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten and Destiny’s Child and Broadway vet Michelle Williams and play 50 cities including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Big Apple. The UK and Australian versions of the arena tour played to capacity audiences in 2012 and 2013, starring Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Winner Tim Minchin and Spice Girl Melanie C.
Melanie Moore, Adam Dannheisser and Karl Kenzler have joined the cast of the forthcoming Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. The trio takes on the roles of Chava, Lazar Wolf and Constable, respectively. They join previously announced stars Danny Burstein as Tevye, Jessica Hecht as Golde and Adam Kantor as Motel. The Bartlett Sher-directed revival will begin performances at the Broadway Theatre on November 12. Opening night is set for December 17.The cast will also include Nick Rehberger as Fyedka. The ensemble will feature Eric Bourne, Jacob Guzman, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Sarah Faye Parker, Marla Phelan, George Psomas and Jonathan Royse Windham.Moore can currently be seen as Peter Pan in Finding Neverland on Broadway. She won the eighth season of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Dannheisser most recently appeared on Broadway in Rock of Ages; his additional credits include Cymbeline and The Coast of Utopia. Kenzler’s Broadway credits include the recent revival of You Can’t Take It With You and Mary Poppins.Featuring a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and a book by Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. Related Shows View Comments Fiddler on the Roof Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016