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Chautauqua County Government Releases Plan To Reduce On-Site Staff Size

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Government officials have released their plan to reduce on-site staff in in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus.County Executive PJ Wendel says the actions are a result of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s March 16 executive order to local governments to reduce their overall on-site staff by 50 percent and to allow nonessential employees to work from home.“Chautauqua County Government will continue to run smoothly with a few changes in some of our services as we take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our employees, residents, and clients safe,” said Wendel.Changes to county services include the following. County Legislature Office:In order to ensure that social distancing is practiced in our County during this pandemic, the Chautauqua County Legislature is establishing precautionary procedures for all remaining March meetings. One of the Governor’s executive orders this month allows a waiver of the open meetings law and provision for non- public meetings, conference call meetings, or webinar meetings (or other similar technology) as long as the public is able to listen to the proceedings, and as long as a transcript is produced.Planning & Economic Development Committee and Audit and Control Committee Meetings. For the Planning & Economic Development Committee meeting on March 18, 2020 at 6 p.m. and the Audit & Control Committee meeting on March 19, 2020 at 8:35 a.m. the following guidelines will be followed:The meetings will be live-streamed on Facebook, which can be accessed on the County Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChautauquaCountyGovernment/Although committee meetings will remain open to the public within reduced capacity limits, the public is encouraged to avoid attending the meetings in person, and to follow the meetings on live stream. In lieu of making a statement in person, any and all comments to the committees that would be presented under privilege of the floor should be emailed prior to the meeting to the Clerk of the Legislature at TampioK@co.chautauqua.ny.us . Emailed statements received by the Clerk shall be read during the privilege of the floor.County Legislature Meeting. For the Legislature meeting on March 25, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. the following guidelines will be followed:The meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook, which can be accessed on the County Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChautauquaCountyGovernment/ .Although the Legislature meeting will remain open to the public within reduced capacity limits, the public is encouraged to avoid attending the meeting in person, and to follow the meeting on live stream. In lieu of making a statement in person, any and all comments to the Legislature that would be presented under either privilege of the floor should be emailed prior to the meeting to the Clerk of the Legislature at TampioK@co.chautauqua.ny.us. Emailed statements received by the Clerk shall be read during the appropriate privilege of the floor.Department of Health and Human Services Operations:Division of Social Services. Until further notice, the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all Social Services clients with an appointment in Mayville, Jamestown or Dunkirk, to not come in for scheduled appointments or nonemergency services.  Negative actions will not be taken on the case as a result of missing an appointment.   The Department is using this time to update our practices and ensure safe facilities for both clients and staff as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.   Applications, both certification (initial) and recertification for assistance should be mailed to Chautauqua County Department of Social Services 110 E. 4th Street, Jamestown, NY 14701 or 319 Central Avenue, Dunkirk New York 14048 or dropped off in either location – drop boxes are available.   It is essential that all clients please include a working phone number so we can contact you for an interview by telephone.  Emergency needs will still be addressed on site at our Dunkirk and Jamestown locations.  The Department will communicate further updates as they develop.Human Resources Department and Civil Service Exams:Civil Service Exams. Due to recent public health and safety concerns, the Chautauqua County Department of Human Resources announces that ALL Chautauqua County Civil Service Exams scheduled to be held in Mayville, NY on March 21, 2020 and March 28, 2020, have been postponed.  At this time we are unable to provide an alternate test date.  All eligible applicants that received an admission letter for one of these exam dates will be notified by the Human Resources Office, Department of Civil Service, when an alternate test date has been determined.Human Resources Office. Effective March 18, 2020, the Chautauqua County Human Resources office will be closed for public access. Please contact the office at (716)753-4237 if you need assistance. We will take every effort to address needs in a timely manner.We ask for your cooperation and patience as we navigate the current health and safety concerns.  Please be sure to stay informed of updates and additional employment information as it becomes available by checking the Chautauqua County website at www.co.chautauqua.ny.us then click on “Employment.”Probation Department Operations: The Probation Office in Mayville will be closed for the duration of this event.  The Jamestown and Dunkirk offices will remain open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with public access by appointment only.  Anyone with questions can call (716) 363-3640 or (716) 661-8011.Department of Public Facilities (DPF) Operations:DPF County Highway Transportation. The DPF County Highway Transportation operations in Falconer, Sheridan and Sherman will be closed starting March 18, 2020 until further notice.  For any County Highway related issues, please call the county highway dispatch number (716) 661-8401 or alternatively the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office at (716) 753-4232 as appropriate.  County Highway personnel will be available to respond as needed to ensure the safety of the travelling public.The Falconer County Highway Administration building and the Division of Parks and Recreation will also be closed starting March 19, 2020 until further notice.  Please see the county’s website for contact information for inquiries in these areas.County Landfill. The North, South, and West County Transfers Stations will be closed starting March 19, 2020.  The County Landfill will continue to operate under normal operating hours and the Ellery Transfer Station will be open daily Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System (CARTS). CARTS will be adjusting public transportation services starting March 19, 2020.  All Saturday City Route Service will be suspended until further notice.  CARTS Rural Route Service will have modifications so call CARTS to find out further information.  CARTS Demand Response will be operating but in a limited capacity for essential transportation only.  Continue to check with CARTS at (716) 665-6466 or (716) 366-3500 or on our CARTS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CARTS.NY for further updates and continuing changes.Jamestown and Dunkirk Airports. The Jamestown and Dunkirk Airports will remain open as normal with the Centric Aviation, the fixed based operator handling flight operations at both airports.  However, the Jamestown Airport Terminal building will be closed to the public until further notice.“We appreciate our residents understanding and cooperation during this pandemic,” said Wendel. “Should more changes in county government operations arise, we will be sure to keep residents informed.” 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)last_img read more

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Governor Cuomo Says Businesses Can Require Customers To Wear Masks

first_imgGovernor Cuomo hosts his daily Coronavirus briefing at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in Brooklyn, where he was joined by Brooklynites Chris Rock and Rosie Perez. The actors were on hand to promote testing and the wearing of PPE while in public. Image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.BROOKLYN — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo says that businesses are legally allowed to require customers to wear face masks.The Governor during his Thursday press conference said he’s signing an executive order that allows business owners to deny entry to people who aren’t wearing a mask or face covering.The Governor has stated in the past that he believes the numbers show masks are effective in helping slow the spread of the Coronavirus.To help enforce his point, actors Rosie Perez and Chris Rock joined Cuomo on Thursday to promote mask use and getting tested. Normally saving this portion of his talks for later, Cuomo went straight into discussion about federal action after announcing the latest COVID-19 numbers, which showed 74 deaths on Wednesday. 22 of those people were nursing home residents.The Governor met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning, where they discussed additional funding from the federal government.This is something Cuomo has long been pushing for, as he says schools and essential services like police and hospitals will see massive cuts without it.Previously, the federal government passed a stimulus package that resulted in payments averaging at $1,200 per citizen, but more is needed, the Governor says.Looking at the reopening of New York, Cuomo says the economy needs more than just an open door. It needs revitalization, he says.Most of New York has begun Phase One of the reopening schedule, but New York City has yet to meet the metrics.“Once you hit Phase One, you continue to monitor the metrics,” Cuomo said, speaking on the progression of the reopening phases.Reopening New York City is important to Cuomo, as he has referred to it as “an economic engine of the state, the country and the world.” 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)last_img read more

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Toys For Tots Hosting First Of Many Collection Drives Today

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) Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – The Toys for Tots program in Chautauqua County will be hosting the first of many toy collection drives today in Jamestown.Patrick Smeraldo, who works with the initiative, is asking community members to drop off toys at the Foote Avenue Plaza from 10:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.He says Southern Tier Storm Soccer coaches and players will be there to assist in the collection effort.In addition to toys, cash donations are also accepted. Next Saturday, November 14 his group will be collecting donations at Kirks Jewelers on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk.Toys will also be collected on Saturday, November 28 at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.last_img read more

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Bullets Over Broadway, Starring Zach Braff, Sets Closing Date

first_img Star Files View All (4) Related Shows Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway tells the story of an aspiring playwright in 1920s New York who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his new show in order to have it produced on Broadway. The tuner features existing hits from the 1920s with a new, adapted book by Allen. Although the production was nominated for six Tonys, it did not pick up any awards at the ceremony. Marin Mazzie View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Zach Braff Bullets Over Broadway Don’t speak! Bullets Over Broadway, which stars Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie, will shutter on the Great White Way on August 24. The world premiere of the musical adaptation of Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath’s 1994 film began performances on March 11 and officially opened on April 10 at the St. James Theatre. At time of closing, the tuner will have played 33 previews and 156 regular performances. The show also stars 2014 Tony nominee Nick Cordero, Vincent Pastore, Betsy Wolfe, Brooks Ashmanskas, Lenny Wolpe, Helene Yorke and Karen Ziemba. Vincent Pastore Betsy Wolfelast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: A Broadway Baby for Stephanie J. Block & Sebastian Arcelus & More

first_img A Broadway Baby for Stephanie J. Block & Sebastian Arcelus This is wicked good news for a former Elphaba! Broadway.com has confirmed that Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block is expecting her first child with her hubby, fellow Great White Way alum Sebastian Arcelus. Block told us late last year that: “I love caring for a home and a yard, and hopefully sooner than later, a little family, with little Block-Arceluses.” Huge congrats to them both! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Stage Adaptation of Denzel Washington Movie Devil in a Blue Dress Aiming for Broadway You might remember Devil in a Blue Dress as a 1995 movie starring Tony winner Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. Well now, Walter Mosley, whose novel the film was adapted from, has revealed that a stage version is aiming for the Great White Way within the next year. Eurweb reports that Mosley is working with composer and Jazz musician Branford Marsalis on the project. No word yet on dates, theater…or casting. Stephanie J. Block Sebastian Arcelus Star Files Roger Allam Will Star in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar in London Roger Allam will star in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar at London’s Hampstead Theatre. The Olivier winner will play Leonard, a role performed by Alan Rickman and then Jeff Goldblum when the show ran on Broadway from November 2011 to May 2012. Directed by Terry Johnson, the production will begin previews on September 25 and play a limited engagement through October 18. Opening night is set for October 1. China’s $323 Million Boost to Musical Theater Tuners are still comparatively not that big of a thing in China, but a $323 million musical production center, currently under construction just outside Beijing, could change that. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the one million square foot compound will be completed in 2017, although the first production at the venue will be Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods later this year. We need to pay a visit! View Commentslast_img read more

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Heather Graham Exits Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot

first_img View Comments The Money Shot No word yet on will replace Graham. The Money Shot cast also includes Frederick Weller, Gia Crovatin and Callie Thorne. Heather Graham has left the off-Broadway production of The Money Shot, according to Deadline. The film star has reportedly departed the Neil LaBute play to focus on her film Half Magic, which she will write, direct and star in. The MCC Theater production is scheduled to begin performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on September 4, where it will run through October 12. Opening night is set for September 22. Related Shows The Money Shot, directed by Terry Kinney, tells the story of Karen and Steve, two glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. The night before filming a big scene for the latest film by a hot shot European director, the two meet with their respective partners to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain? Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 19, 2014last_img read more

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Here Lies Love Sets Closing Date Off-Broadway

first_img Star Files View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2015 You have until just after Christmas to dance the night away off-Broadway. Here Lies Love will close on January 4, 2015. Directed by Alex Timbers, with music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, the production is playing at The Public Theater’s LuEsther Hall and officially opened on May 1. It is a return engagement for the tuner, which previously had a successful run at the venue in 2013.The musical is set to the beat of a throbbing dance club score. Here Lies Love tells the story of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, her meteoric rise to celebrity and subsequent descent into infamy. The production is an immersive theatrical experience that puts audience members directly into the action in a 360-degree scenic and video environment. The show goes beyond Marcos’ legendary obsession with shoes and explores the tragic consequences of the abuse of power.Jaygee Macapugay will take over from Ruthie Ann Miles as Imelda Marcos on October 20. The cast also includes Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos and Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino. Related Shows David Byrne Here Lies Lovelast_img read more

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Cast, Dates & Theater Confirmed for London’s The Elephant Man

first_imgAfter Bradley Cooper revealed that the London transfer of The Elephant Man would play the Theatre Royal Haymarket, we now have official dates and casting. The show will play a limited engagement at the prestigious venue from May 19 through August 8. The U.S. cast, led by the Oscar nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner along with Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, will all cross the Pond with the production. Related Shows In addition to Cooper, Clarkson and Nivola, the cast also includes Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram, Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne. The production features scenic and projection design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg and original music and sound design by John Gromada. “Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London,” said Cooper in a statement. “I’m honored that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story.” View Commentscenter_img The Elephant Man Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life Joseph Merrick (Cooper), a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The Broadway revival, which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012, is helmed by Scott Ellis. The production is set to run through February 21 at the Booth Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015last_img read more

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Chill! Here’s Your Broadway Guide to Winter Storm Juno

first_img The Broadway League has confirmed that all Broadway shows apart from Aladdin and The Lion King will perform evening performances. Tuesday January 27 View Comments If you’ve bought a ticket for the below shows through Broadway.com you can exchange or return your ticket in advance of the performance. A Delicate Balance Book of Mormon Chicago Curious Incident Disgraced Hedwig Kinky Boots It’s Only a Play Jersey Boys Les Miserables Matilda Mamma Mia! The Elephant Man The Phantom of the Opera You Can’t Take It With You Wednesday January 28 If you’ve bought a ticket for the below show’s matinee performance through Broadway.com you can exchange your ticket in advance of the performance. If you’ve bought a ticket for the below shows’ matinee or evening performances through Broadway.com you can exchange your ticket in advance of the performance. Here is all you need to about the current status of shows on the very Great White Way as a result of Winter Storm Juno. Check back for updates throughout the day. If you’ve bought your tickets through Broadway.com, call 1-800-BROADWAY for information about refunds or exchanges. A Gentleman’s Guide A Delicate Balance Aladdin Beautiful Cabaret (up to two hours prior) Chicago Disgraced Hedwig It’s Only Play Jersey Boys Kinky Boots Les Miserables Matilda Mamma Mia! The Book of Mormon The Curious Incident The Elephant Man The Lion King The Phantom of the Opera You Can’t Take it With You All Broadway shows were canceled on Monday January 26. The Riverlast_img read more

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New Works From Duncan Sheik & More Set for Vassar’s Powerhouse Season

first_img View Comments We know where we want to be this summer! New works from Spring Awakening’s Duncan Sheik, Hedwig’s Stephen Trask, 2015 Tony nominee Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) and more are slated for Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s 2015 Powerhouse Season. The event will run June 26 through August 2 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Casting will be announced later.Noir, with music by Sheik, book by Kyle Jarrow, and lyrics by Jarrow and Sheik, will receive a musical theater workshop. Helmed by Rachel Chavkin, the tuner follows a heartbroken man who never leaves his apartment and is consoled only by the music on the radio. Through the thin walls, he hears almost every word of the couple next door—and before long, his eavesdropping becomes an obsession. Soon he finds himself drawn into a web of lust, lies, deceit and danger. Sheik is also currently working on the Broadway-aimed American Psycho.Meanwhile, Junk by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Doug Hughes, is set for the Reading Festival #1, which takes place June 26 through June 28. Also tapped for the Reading Festival #1’s lineup is Stephen Trask & Peter Yanowitz’s 15 Minutes, which will have a book by Rick Elice and direction by Trip Cullman.First up on the mainstage will be Keith Bunin’s The Unbuilt City, which will run July 1 through July 12. Directed by Sean Mathias, the show is set on a cold afternoon in February. Jonah knocks on the door of a townhouse in Brooklyn Heights. He’s come to persuade Claudia to sell her famously secret art collection to a university archive. Instead she turns the tables and reveals to him a series of mysteries about the nature of love, legacy and the untold history of the city.Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen’s The Light Years will follow on the Main Stage, playing July 23 through August 2. Developed and directed by Oliver Butler and made by The Debate Society, the production is a haunted love story spanning 40 years. Set at the Chicago World’s Fairs of 1893 and 1933, The Light Years revolves around Steele MacKaye, a forgotten visionary theatrical impresario commissioned to design and build the Spectatorium, a 12,000 seat theater at the 1893 fair.Other notable presentations include a musical workshop of Michael John LaChiusa’s Rain, which will be directed by Barry Edelstein and is based on the short story by Somerset Maugham, and a reading of the new play White Noise, White Light by Nicky Silver.last_img read more

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