County Officials Say They Have Control Of The Fieldbrook Foods COVID-19 Cluster

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) Image via Chautauqua County Government / Facebook.MAYVILLE — With 82 confirmed cases at Fieldbrook foods in Dunkirk, Chautauqua County officials say they believe the cluster is under control.County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler said of the 82 confirmed cases, 61 were employees and 57 of them have fully recovered. All 21 community contacts have also recovered.“It definitely was a cluster, we call it an outbreak, I think it has been under control now,” Schuyler said. “We’ve been able to control the outbreak within that facility. It doesn’t mean were never gonna have anymore cases there.”Officials also said there are enough positive COVID-19 cases to change how positive cases will be reported. Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel and Schuyler said, starting Monday, positive cases will be reported by zip code, instead of fire battalion units.There are currently 558 confirmed cases, with 450 fully recovered and 10 deaths, officials said.Schuyler said positive tests were “pretty even breakout of symptoms among all age groups.”last_img read more

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Councilmembers Voice Concerns Over Proposal Increasing Parking Costs

first_imgImage by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.JAMESTOWN – Members of the Jamestown City Council are expressing concern over a recommendation from Mayor Eddie Sundquist that would raise the parking meter fee to $1 an hour in the City starting Jan. 1.Multiple members, including Councilwoman Marie Carrubba, explained why the resolution made them hesitant during a City Council Work Session last night. Carrubba, who represents Ward IV, says that, after listening to concerns from business owners, she’s concerned that the increase in the rate could be a detriment to the Downtown economy long-term.“I understand the need to generate revenue, but I’d hate to see it drive out businesses that aren’t going to get people coming because they don’t want to pay for parking, especially right now with the number of people that are unemployed and are financially disadvantaged because of this (the pandemic),” Carrubba said. “I think it’s a tough thing to discourage people from coming down…”Carrubba notes that the rate, under Sundquist’s proposal, would double from the current rate of $0.50 an hour. That’s a 100 percent increase, which Councilwoman Vickeye James says she’s also concerned with. Councilwoman Kim Ecklund also weighed in on the recommendation. She says her main issues involve the idea that people would need to put in four quarters, rather than two, despite the fact that there’s a nationally-recognized coin shortage due the COVID-19 pandemic.Sundquist says part of the reasoning behind the increase is because the City is exploring a transition into an app-based meter feeding system to cover a transaction fee. The resolution, which he says will potentially double the revenue from parking meters, says that a mobile pay solution would be provided in November as part of a separate resolution.“They’re not going to use the app-based (system) and go up to the meter and be forced to put in (required information).” Ecklund said. “I’m in favor (of the technology).  and I agree with it from my perspective, but it’s not just about me. We have elderly residents that I have concerns about being able to utilize that system. So how do we manage that?”The Mayor’s Executive Assistant, Zach Altschuler, says that the meters will remain the same, but stickers containing instructions on how to download and use the app would be placed on the meters. However, he says coin-based meters would still be available.The resolution wasn’t tabled, meaning the Council should vote on it during its Voting Session October 28th. 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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CDC: Do Not Travel For Thanksgiving

first_imgCropped vxla / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 WASHINGTON – One week before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising Americans not to travel for the holiday.The agency made the comments during a conference call on Thursday.The recommendation comes, as Coronavirus cases surge throughout the United States.The CDC says traveling right now could spread the virus from one part of the country to another. But for those who are still planning to travel, the CDC urges people to wear masks, social distance and wash your hands. 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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Broadway Grosses: Twelfth Night Breaks Records, Beautiful Packs the House & Bridges Joins the Boards

first_imgAudiences are still clamoring to catch Mark Rylance pull double-duty as the neurotic, lovestruck Countess Olivia in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and then as the murderous titular madman of The Bard’s Richard III. The shows, performed in repertory, broke the house record of Broadway’s Belasco Theatre for the fourth time. Meanwhile, Beautiful, starring Tony nominee Jessie Mueller, packed in huge crowds this week, playing to over 97 percent capacity at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and The Bridges of Madison County, starring four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, began Broadway previews. UNDERDOGS (By Gross)
 5. Rock of Ages ($361,214)
 4. A Night with Janis Joplin ($339,451)
 3. Outside Mullingar ($282,706) 2. Machinal ($214,329)*
 1. Bronx Bombers ($167,974)

 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
 2. Twelfth Night/Richard III (101.94%)
 3. Wicked (98.62%)
 4. Beautiful (97.77%)
 5. The Lion King (97.74%)

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 5. The Phantom of the Opera (73.12%)
 4. Cinderella (72.71%)
 3. A Night with Janis Joplin (69.09%)
 2. Jersey Boys (68.53%) 
1. Bronx Bombers (61.90%)

 *Number based on 3 preview performances and 5 regular performances
 1. The Book of Mormon ($1,750,313)
 2. Wicked ($1,749,967)
 3. The Lion King ($1,653,132)
 4. Kinky Boots ($1,527,348)
 5. Motown The Musical ($1,169,588)

 Read below to find out who was on top and who was not for the week ending January 19:
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Nicky Silver’s Too Much Sun Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Too Much Sun Too Much Sun: something we never thought we’d say after this winter. The world premiere of Nicky Silver’s play celebrates its official opening night on May 18 at the Vineyard Theatre. The show stars Tony winner Linda Lavin and nominee Jennifer Westfeldt. Related Shows View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 Directed by Mark Brokaw, Too Much Sun tells the story of Audrey Langham, a celebrated actress who unravels completely while preparing for a new production of Medea. With nowhere else to go, she descends upon her married daughter for a summer by the sea. She is not, however, greeted with confetti and champagne. Her arrival sets off a chain of events alternately hilarious and harrowing. In addition to Lavin and Westfeldt, the cast includes Richard Bekins, Matt Dellapina, Ken Barnett and Matt Dickson. Too Much Sun will play an extended run through June 22. Linda Lavinlast_img read more

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Rosanne Ma & More Set for Damon Chua’s Film Chinois Off-Broadway

first_imgRosanne Ma (The Joy Luck Club) has been tapped for Damon Chua’s atmospheric noir mystery Film Chinois. Directed by Kaipo Schwab, the off-Broadway production will begin previews on January 17, 2015 and run through February 8. Opening night is set for January 22 at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. The play will also feature Jean Brassard, James Henry Doan, Katie Lee Hill and Benjamin Jones. Related Shows Film Chinois takes us back to 1947 Peking, an uneasy time between WWII and the imminent Communist takeover two years later. The play follows Chinadoll (Ma), a Maoist femme fatale, Randolph (Jones), a fresh-faced American operative on a secret mission, and a mysterious man (Doan).  Further complicating things are the Ambassador (Brassard) and his current flame, Simone (Hill), a songstress with something up her sleeve. As Randolph plunges deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness, he finds his life imperiled, as he begins to unravel the mystery of a piece of old home-made film. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015center_img The production will feature sets by Sheryl Liu, lights by Marie Yokoyama, costumes by Carol Pelletier and sound by Ian Wherle. Film Chinois View Commentslast_img read more

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Learn the Extraordinary True Story of The Elephant Man

first_imgMerrick became an obsessionYears later, at the Actors Studio Drama School, Cooper discovered Pomerance’s play. He performed The Elephant Man for his master’s thesis—against his advisers’ counsel. To prepare, Cooper traveled to London after buying a plane ticket from his earnings working the graveyard shift at Morgans Hotel, notes The New York Times. Among Cooper’s stops: the hospital where Merrick was treated and the store where he was exhibited. A bittersweet endAs the hospital staff got to know Merrick, they discovered that he was a kind, sensitive young man, and began to treat him less like a patient and more like a friend. Thanks to his benefactors, Merrick also checked two items off his bucket list: Attending the theater and vacationing in the country. But Merrick’s facial deformities worsened; the size of his head increased and fatigue left him bedridden. Merrick was only 27 when he was found dead on April 11, 1890. It’s likely the massive weight of his head led to death by spinal dislocation or asphyxiation. The Elephant Man is back on Broadway, and no one could be more thrilled than the revival’s leading man, Bradley Cooper. The screen star has been enthralled with the true story of Joseph Merrick for decades, and after years of dreaming, he’s officially taking center stage December 7 at the Booth Theatre. How did the story of a man with a mysterious illness become the basis for a Tony-winning play? Let’s take a look back at the true story of The Elephant Man. Back home on BroadwayAlessandro Nivola (Treves) and Patricia Clarkson (high-society admirer Mrs. Kendal) joined Cooper to headline a production of The Elephant Man at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the summer of 2012. Now, the stars are reprising their roles on Broadway at the Booth Theatre, the same stage where it first opened in 1979. “If you asked me what would be the one character and the one play I’d love to do on Broadway, it would be this play,” Cooper told Adds Clarkson, “You see Bradley become the Elephant Man in front of your eyes.” See the transformation for yourself at the Booth Theatre! View Comments The Elephant Man evolved onstageDirector Roland Rees, who ran a theater company called Foco Novo with Pomerance, needed something for their fall tour. But first, the original title, Deformed—which Rees believed would isolate audiences and producers—was out. They also decided that the actor who played Merrick would not wear makeup. Instead, photos of the real Merrick would be displayed. “They allowed the actor to transform themselves from an ordinary body into a facsimile of Merrick,” Rees told Unfinished Histories. The story piqued a playwright’s interestBernard Pomerance, an American playwright living in England, first learned about Merrick from his brother Michael, who sent him photocopies of Treves’ memoir and a copy of Montagu’s The Elephant Man: A Story in Human Dignity. Pomerance wrote a play in response to Treves’ memoir, referring to Merrick as John, just as the doctor had. The working title? Deformed. Shunned by societyAs a teenager, Merrick tried to work as a door-to-door salesman for his haberdasher father, but customers were either scared by Merrick’s appearance or couldn’t understand his speech. Merrick’s father responded by beating his underperforming son, who decided to leave home at age 17. After four awful years at the Leicester Union Workhouse, Merrick joined the human oddities circuit as “Half-a-Man and Half-an-Elephant.” In 1884, Merrick was displayed at a shop across from London Hospital. The birth of “The Elephant Man”Born in Leicester, England in 1862, Joseph Carey Merrick’s disfigurements first surfaced in early childhood—notably “lumpy, grayish skin” and “a bony lump on the forehead,” according to the National Human Genome Research Institute. At the time, Merrick’s condition was rumored to have been caused when his mother was knocked over by a circus elephant during her pregnancy. He is now thought to have had Proteus Syndrome, in which a mutant gene causes atypical growths on the body. (Illustration by Paul Mellor)center_img Stardust, Skywalker & more took a turnThe juicy role of John Merrick quickly became a magnet for big-name stars: David Bowie (left) and Mark Hamill, at the height of his Luke Skywalker-inspired fame, were among the leads in The Elephant Man’s two-year run on Broadway. Billy Crudup (right) garnered a Tony nomination in the short-lived 2002 revival. “This character is one of the most hopeful characters I’ve played in a long time,” Crudup told the Associated Press. Broadway beckonedThe Elephant Man opened at the Hampstead Theatre in London in 1977, where it was both a popular and critical success. Of course, Broadway was the next logical destination. After a short off-Broadway run, it bowed at the Booth Theatre on April 22, 1979, starring Philip Anglim. The New York Times called it “an enthralling and luminous play,” while Time raved that it “nests in the human heart.” The show nabbed the Tony for Best Play, and in 1984, a TV movie based on the drama aired on ABC, with Anglim reprising his role. Books made Merrick a legendMerrick’s brief, memorable life is the subject of several books, including The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences by Treves, who somehow mistakenly refers to his own patient as “John” Merrick. John, however, was the name of Merrick’s younger brother, and according to Ashley Montagu’s The Elephant Man: A Story in Human Dignity, Treves accidentally confused the two and the name stuck. Bradley Cooper found inspirationThe future Silver Linings Playbook star was 12 years old when he was first introduced to Merrick via the 1980 film. “Lynch created a character with John Hurt that was sort of innocent and beautiful and effortlessly benevolent, and there was something so moving about him, given all of his adversity, that just crushed me as a kid,” he told The New York Times. “I just felt so akin to him.” Merrick became a Hollywood starDavid Lynch’s 1980 movie The Elephant Man is not based on Pomerance’s play, but on Montagu and Treves’ books. Unlike the play, John Hurt, who played Merrick, was covered in detailed makeup. “We were working 20 hours a day,” Hurt explained in The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed—it took 12 hours to create the finished look. The hard work paid off: The film, produced by Mel Brooks, garnered eight Oscar nods and introduced the iconic phrase “I am not an animal!” into the pop-culture mainstream. Saved by a business cardDoctors flocked to take a gander, including Frederick Treves, who examined the young man and presented him to the Pathological Society of London, which Merrick hated—he said it made him feel like “an animal in a cattle market.” Treves redeemed himself: In 1886, when Merrick, unable to communicate and in failing health, was picked up by London police, the cops contacted Treves after finding his business card in Merrick’s pocket. Treves took Merrick back to London Hospital. Friends in high placesAfter London Hospital declined to admit the “incurable” Merrick, chairman Francis Carr-Gomm rallied on the young man’s behalf. He outlined Merrick’s case in a letter to The Times of London, arguing, “He has the greatest horror of the [Leicester Union] workhouse, nor is it possible, indeed, to send him into any place where he could not insure privacy, since his appearance is such that all shrink from him.” Support and donations snowballed, granting Merrick a permanent residence at London Hospital.last_img read more

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Our 12 Favorite Fan Photos From the Peter Pan Live! Scavenger Hunt!

first_img “I’M FLYING!” Awwww Nana! Jealous. Holding @kelliohara’s hand. #PeterPanHunt — Leilani H (@leilanihanaike) December 5, 2014 Tinkerbell #peterpanhunt — Kiara (@TewKhuteKiara) December 5, 2014 NEWSIE MUSTACHE #PeterPanLive “Did that just happen?” #peterpanhunt — Laura (@LauraStar663) December 5, 2014 AND THE EMMY GOES TO… Hey look—mustache! #PeterPanHunt #PeterPanLive — Nikki Kim (@serenitymoon123) December 5, 2014 I’m flying #PeterPanLive #peterpanhunt @broadwaycom — Danielle Ashley (@danielleashly) December 5, 2014 CROC! AWW, NANA… “DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?” CROC!!!!! #PeterPanHunt #PeterPanLive — Nikki Kim (@serenitymoon123) December 5, 2014 STAR OF THE NIGHTcenter_img “I CAN’T EVEN.” THE EMMY ABSOLUTELY GOES TO THIS STAR!!! #QueenOHara #PeterPanHunt — S (@Fanzel24601) December 5, 2014 Cutest Lost Boy! #PeterPanHunt #PeterPanLive — Lydia (@JustLegallyMe) December 5, 2014 What a night! We hope you had a blast eating Pirate’s Booty, drinking green Midori sours and of course, playing’s Peter Pan Live! Scavenger Hunt on December 4. readers posted so many awesome, sweet and hilarious photos of the broadcast to the hashtag #peterpanhunt on Twitter, and we just had to share a few of our favorites. Check out some of the buried treasure we found! — Sophia Fortuna (@sogck47) December 5, 2014 TINKER BELL “I’ve never locked a window!” #icanteven #strangerdanger #PeterPanHunt #PeterPanLive — Julie Achilles (@julieachilles) December 5, 2014 CUTEST LOST BOY TAP-DANCING HOOK Tap dancing Hook!!! #PeterPanHunt I spy a Newsie! @RySteele #PeterPanHunt — Kate Brown (@kate_brown7349) December 5, 2014 Star of the Night… Christian Borle and his really nice arms #PeterPanLive #PeterPanHunt — Nick Eibler (@Nickolase77) December 5, 2014 View Commentslast_img read more

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Jeff Kready Is A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’s Newest Monty

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 View Comments Related Shows There’s a new Monty in town! Jeff Kready will temporarily assume the role of Monty Navarro in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder while the show’s original Tony-nominated headliner, Bryce Pinkham, takes a leave of absence to star in The Heidi Chronicles. Kready, who currently appears in the ensemble of the tuner and understudies Monty, will begin performances full-time on January 20, 2015 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.Kready made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables, and has also appeared on the Great White Way in Sunday in the Park with George and Billy Elliot. His additional stage credits include Tokio Confidential and Carousel. Fun fact: he’s married to Broadway favorite Nikki Renee Daniels!Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro, a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Jefferson Mays) who precede him in line for the title. The tuner received four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Additional cast members include Lisa O’Hare, Catherine Walker and Carole Shelley. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Star Files Bryce Pinkhamlast_img read more

Learn More →’s Imogen Lloyd Webber & More Talk Theater at NCTF Roundtable

first_imgStage favorites and theater tastemakers aligned at the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s 12th annual Broadway roundtable on February 6 at UBS. news editor Imogen Lloyd Webber was on hand to chat about theater with You Can’t Take It With You star Richard Thomas, Living on Love playwright Joe DiPietro, playwright and performer Dale Orlandersmith and producer Elliott Masie. The chat was moderated by NCTF executive director Bruce E. Whitacre. After the roundtable, Lloyd Webber and Thomas snapped a photo with Linda Powell, actress and daughter of former U.S Secretary of State Colin Powell. View Commentslast_img read more

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