Chautauqua County’s Marine Toys For Tot Seeks Normalcy In Upcoming Season

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 Chautauqua County’s Marine Toys For Tots launched its 2020 campaign with a virtual kick off Friday morning.Several participants, including coordinator Heather Brown, appeared on the Zoom call. Officials say this year’s event will be rather different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Brown tells WNYNewsNow that, because of the pandemic, the 2020 campaign will be key to providing some stability for children during the Christmas season.“This year, more than ever, children have been out of their routine since March 15,” Brown said. “How scary to not understand what’s going on in the world, or to have so many confusing messages or uncertainty. Hopefully the Christmas and Holiday season can anchor that back. Whatever their family dynamics may be, at least if they can have a toy under the tree on Christmas morning, give them a semblance of this isn’t going to be something their going to miss out on.” “We want Christmas to be as close to normal as it can. If we can do just a small part of that, we are honored to.”Applications for families in need start online now and will close on Dec 13th. Applications for agencies, community groups, schools start online now and will close Dec. 4. All Volunteers will sign up through “Sign up Genius.”Collection boxes will be limited at sites throughout the county.Other events include the “Non- Event”. Officials ask the public not to come to the annual Kick-Off Charity Ball. – see flyer for detailsDrive Thru Toy drop off events Saturdays in November: November 7th @ Foote Avenue Plaza November 21st @ Kirks Jewelers Fredonia November 28th @ Chautauqua MallTim Hortons Donuts & Coffee sale: Buy certificates for $10 each and redeem at Tim Hortonso COVID Survival Raffle – details to be announced soono Wholesale Bundles shipped direct – flyers availableo Amazon Wish List “Chautauqua County Toys for Tots 2020”o “Buy Local” project – details to be announces soon.o Paper Trains – businesses can accept donations and post paper trains on their wallso Donations can be made online, being sure to indicate Chautauqua County. Or checks, must be made out to “Toys for Tots” and mailed to 200 Dunham Ave., JamestownCOVID Details:All NYS and CDC COVID guidelines will be strictly followed while running our local campaign. Applications will be accepted on-line only, distribution / toy pick up will be contactless drive thru ONLY.All Volunteers will be screened as per current guidelines and numbers of people in the warehouses will be limited.Officials anticipate local toy collections will be negativity impacted during the holiday season due to the pandemic.Officials expect a significant increase in families seeking assistance from Marine Toys for Tots.last_img read more

Dunkirk Winter Parking Starts 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) WNY News Now File Image.DUNKIRK — Alternate and overnight parking regulations on Dunkirk streets will change today to assist snow removal efforts during the winter months, according to the Dunkirk Police Department.Overnight parking rules go into effect Sunday and stay in effect thru Saturday, April 3. For overnight regulations parking is prohibited on the following Streets from 3:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.:Brigham Road from Lakeshore Drive South to the City Line; Brooks Avenue; Canary Street; Central Ave. from City Pier to the City Line; Columbus Ave.; Doughty St.; Eagle St. between Fifth and Sixth Streets, between Lakeshore Dr. West; Second Street; E. Chestnut St. from Fizell St. West to Warsaw St.; E. 6 th St. from Main St. East to Maple Ave.; Franklin Ave. from Main St. South to Wright St.; Franklin Ave. from Talcott St. South to City Line; Irving Pl.; Lakeshore Dr. from City Line to City Line’ Lamphere St. from Seventh South to City Line; Lark St.; Leopard St.; Lynx St.; Main St. from Lakefront Blvd. South to Sixth St.; Main St. Extension from Newton St. South to City Line; Maple Ave. from Main St. South to Talcott St.; Middle Rd. from Moffat St. East to City Line; Nichols Ave.; North Beaver St.; Pelican St.; Plover St.; Point Dr. North; Point Dr. West; Roosevelt Ave.; Ruggles St. from Main St. South to Wright St.; Taft Pl.; Talcott St. from Roberts Rd. West to Franklin Ave.; Temple St. from Fourth north to CSX; Third St. from Main St. West to Central Ave.; Washington Ave. from Third St. South to Fourth St.; Second St. from Brigham Rd. West to Brooks Ave.; Seventh St. from Woodrow Ave. West to Brigham Rd.; Woodrow Ave. from Lucas Ave. North to Sixth St.All other Streets not subject to the above listed Overnight Parking are subject to Alternate Parking Regulations. The Alternate Parking Regulations change from weekly to daily for the Winter Months.Effective Sunday, and continuing through April 3, vehicles shall be parked only on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days and only on the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered days. The date of the day after the hour of 5:00PM will determine the side which Parking is allowed.Warning notices will be issued for a short period of time after which strict enforcement will begin by issuance of Parking Summonses. Vehicles in violation of Overnight, Alternate or any other posted Regulations which hamper snow removal efforts by Public Works or pose a hazard for access of emergency vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.Vehicles which block sidewalks and hamper sidewalk plowing will also be ticketed and towed if necessary.last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Husband & Wife Drama Annapurna, Starring Real-Life Couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

first_img Offerman currently plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, and his film and TV credits include Axe Cop, 21 Jump Street, Childrens Hospital, We’re the Millers and Sin City. Annapurna marks his off-Broadway debut. Annapurna Art imitates life! Tickets are now on sale for the New York premiere of Sharr White’s drama Annapurna, starring real-life couple Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Megan Mullally (Will & Grace). Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, the New Group production will begin performances April 13 off-Broadway. The show is slated to play a limited engagement at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre through June 1. Offerman and Mullally will reprise their roles in the new play after starring in the two-person drama at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles in April 2013. The production tells the story of Emma (Mullally), who walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses (Offerman) in the middle of the night. Now hearing he’s in dire straits, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado in a grungy trailer, working on his magnum opus, hooked up to an oxygen tank and cooking in the buff. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, brings back the best and worst of their former bond. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 1, 2014 Related Shows View Comments Mullally last appeared on Broadway in Young Frankenstein. Her additional Broadway credits include Grease and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Perhaps best known as Karen on Will & Grace, her other film and TV credits include Childrens Hospital, Bee Movie, The Kings of Summer and Bob’s Burgers.last_img read more

This Week’s Picks: Aladdin, Frozen on DVD, SJB & Andrew Rannells!

first_img Eat, Drink & Learn with Jarrod Spector March 23 and 24 at 54 Below Join the longtime Jersey Boy, now starring in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, for a music history lesson of sorts. Fortunately, this one features booze and snacks, not worksheets and filmstrips. Jarrod Spector will perform songs from his forthcoming album, A Little Help from My Friends: Live at 54 Below, which croons tribute to famous tenors ranging from Enrico Caruso to (of course) Frankie Valli. (Yes, you can buy the CD at the show.) Click for tickets! Vive La Revolution with Les Miz March 23 at Imperial Theatre We know you’ve seen Les Miserables. You can nail “I Dreamed a Dream” in the shower and you even gave the movie a whirl, enduring Russell Crowe’s chest-cold baritone. So why watch James Powell and Laurence Connor’s revival? We’ll give you seven reasons: Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy, Nikki M. James, Andy Mientus, Samantha Hill and Keala Settle. Click for tickets! With a warm(ish) weather forecast in our future, it’s time to ditch those sweats, comb your hair, and get outside! (Unless, you’re watching Frozen, which is totally cool. Stay home. We’ll come over. Can we bring snacks?) You’ve got plenty to take in this week, including a Beautiful star’s musical history lesson, the latest revival of a bona-fide classic, and two Great White Way songbirds taking over Carnegie Hall. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list! Get Classy with SJB and Andrew Rannells March 21 at Carnegie Hall How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Yeah, you can practice. Or you can save yourself the struggle and heartache by putting on your fancy duds and heading over to the New York Pops’ On Broadway concert, featuring Stephanie J. Block (Wicked) and Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon). The talented duo will belt Broadway classics accompanied by the incomparable orchestra conducted by Steven Reineke. That sounds way better than practice. Click for tickets! Ride the Magic Carpet with Aladdin March 20 at the New Amsterdam Theatre We’ve been waiting decades for a musical adaptation of the 1992 animated smash to bow on Broadway, and the day is finally here! Featuring classic songs from the movie and new songs from composer Alan Menken, Adam Jacobs (The Lion King) steps into the title character’s baggy pants and Courtney Reed plays Princess Jasmine. If we had a magic lamp, we’d wish for tickets to Aladdin, tickets to Aladdin, and three more wishes. Click for tickets! Snuggle Up With Elsa and Friends Available March 18 on DVD and Blu-ray Will you please watch Frozen now that it’s on DVD and Blu-ray? Good! Because this animated musical about two royal sisters (voiced by Kristen Bell and—pay attention, John Travolta—I-d-i-n-a M-e-n-z-e-l) confronting a frosty, destructive family secret has everything: Hooky songs from Robert “EGOT” Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, laughs aplenty, and a taut story that favors sisterly love over pretty princesses pining. (Warning: “Let it Go” is a massive earworm.) Click to buy! View Commentslast_img read more

Jerry Mitchell to Helm Marvin Hamlisch’s B’way-Bound Gotta Dance

first_imgYou know what we’ve always been saying Broadway needs more of? Octogenarians doing the Running Man. Lucky for us, the new musical Gotta Dance will premiere in Chicago this year and has its eyes on Broadway for spring 2016. The tuner, based on the 2008 documentary of the same name, features music by Marvin Hamlisch and Matthew Sklar (who completed the score after Hamlisch’s death in 2012), lyrics by Nell Benjamin and a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin. Tony winner Jerry Mitchell will direct and choreograph the show.Performances will begin at the Windy City’s Bank of America Theatre on December 13 and run through January 17, 2016. Additional information, including a cast and design team, will be announced at a later date.Gotta Dance tells the true story of a group of professional dancers, who, in 2007, were tasked with getting a basketball team’s senior citizen dance troupe performance-ready for their center court hip-hop debut. Through an unlikely art form and some hot moves, generation gaps are crossed and friendships are formed.The show is not to be confused with the series Gotta Dance!. View Comments Related Showscenter_img Half Timelast_img read more

Will the Tonys Return to the Beacon Theatre in 2016?

first_img View Comments The Tony Awards may head back uptown in 2016. Because of a planned summer run of a show featuring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, the ceremony would instead be held at the (smaller and less central) Beacon Theatre, reports The New York Times. The Tonys took place at the Upper West Side venue in 2011 and 2012 due to a Cirque du Soleil engagement.The Rockettes show would likely be a revised version of New York Spring Spectacular, with performances set to take place from June 15 through August 7.The Tony Awards ceremony was held in a Broadway theater from 1967 (the year the event was first televised nationally) to 1996 and again in 1999. Before that, the Tonys were presented from a hotel ballroom.last_img

New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards Announced

first_imgSarah Steele, Arian Moayed & Jayne Houdyshell in ‘The Humans'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hot on the heels of their Tony nominations, there was more good news for Broadway’s The Humans and Shuffle Along on May 5. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named the former best play of the 2015-16 season, while the latter picked up best musical. The selections were made at the organization’s 81st annual voting meeting. The awards will be presented at a private cocktail reception on May 17.The honor for best play carries a cash prize of $2,500, made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation. The Humans, by Stephen Karam, directed by Joe Mantello, opened at the Roundabout Theatre Company on October 25, 2015, and closed January 3. The production transferred to Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre on February 18, where it is currently playing.Shuffle Along, book by George C. Wolfe, music by Eubie Blake, lyrics by Noble Sissle, original book by F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles, directed by George C. Wolfe, currently plays at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre where it had its world premiere on April 28.Special citations were voted to Oskar Eustis of the Public Theater; Lois Smith who appeared in the off-Broadway productions of John and Marjorie Prime; and Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld, who were represented on Broadway this season by A View from the Bridge and The Crucible.The New York Drama Critics’ Circle comprises 22 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, which has been awarded every year since 1936 to the best new play of the season (with optional awards for foreign or American plays, musicals and performers), is the nation’s second oldest theater award, after the Pulitzer Prize for drama. View Commentslast_img read more

Andrea Martin Joins Hairspray Live!

first_img View Comments Andrea Martin(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) She isn’t done playing difficult yet. Andrea Martin is the latest name added to the starry roster for Hairspray Live!. The Tony and Emmy winner will take on the role of the appropriately prudish Prudy Pingleton, the mom of Penny (played by Ariana Grande in the NBC project). The live broadcast will air on December 7.The Broadway favorite joins a cast that will also include her longtime friend and collaborator Martin Short, who will play Wilbur, as well as Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad.Martin earned a Tony nomination earlier this year for her performance in Noises Off. She won in 2013 and 1993 for Pippin and My Favorite Year, respectively. Her additional Broadway credits include Act One, Exit the King, Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma! and Candide. Martin received an Emmy for her work on the Canadian sketch show SCTV and can currently be seen on the Hulu series Difficult People.Rounding out the announced stars for the live telecast are Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Rosie O’Donnell as the Gym Teacher and Sean Hayes as Mr. Pinky.last_img read more

Tax Relief.

first_img“The state introduced a current-use taxation program for qualified properties, called ‘Conservation Use Valuation,’ in 1992,” said Coleman Dangerfield, an Extension Service economist in the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forest Resources.CUV was created, Dangerfield said, in response to concerns about urban sprawl, land use transition and resulting environmental impacts from these changes.”It also provides tax relief for broad classes of qualified agricultural and forest landowners,” he said. “Under CUV, a landowner signs a 10-year covenant with the county to receive current-use, as opposed to fair-market, valuation of the property for tax purposes.”Residential TransitionalUnique to the CUV program, he said, is “residential transitional” property. It gives relief to anyone whose home is in an area changing from single-family, owner-occupied homes to agricultural, commercial, industrial, office-institutional, multifamily or utility use, or a combination of those uses.Eligible RT property is a single family’s home and no more than 5 acres around it. The bottom line is that people who want to keep the property for a home should have it assessed on its use as a home and not on its development potential.Evidence of ChangeEvidence of a change in use, Dangerfield said, may be recent zoning changes, purchase by a developer, affidavits of intent, or being close to property that has changed from single-family residential use.To qualify as RT property, the tax valuation must reflect a change in value that can be attributed to being in or close to a transitional area.Application for CUVApplications for current-use assessment, including RT property, must be filed with your county tax assessor by the deadline for filing county ad valorem tax returns, usually Jan. 1 to March 1.If the property must be reassessed by the board of tax assessors, you can file for current-use assessment in conjunction with or in lieu of an appeal of the reassessment.To learn more about the CUV or RV tax breaks, call the Georgia Department of Revenue Property Tax Division at (404) 656-4240. Property Tax Facts People are always talking about property tax relief. But since 1992, a little-known program has already been offering tax breaks for many Georgians.last_img read more

Greenhouse program

first_imgConsumer demands are forcing greenhouse managers to grow better plants at better prices. To help them stay competitive, the University of Georgia and others will offer the Regional Greenhouse Management Seminar Nov. 14 in Dallas, Ga.UGA experts will provide useful, factual information and techniques to give growers the tools they need to be successful.They’ll cover nutrient deficiency disorders, tospoviruses, legislative issues, watering bans and solid waste management. Private (1 hour) and commercial (2 hours) pesticide recertification credits will be given.The program starts at 2:45 p.m. at Rambo Nursery at 279 Tucker Boulevard in Dallas. It ends at 7 p.m. Dinner and a few door prizes will be provided.Preregistration by Nov. 11 is required. To sign up, mail your name, address, phone number and e-mail address with a $5 check (payable to the Paulding County Agribusiness Association) to the PCAA at 530 W. Memorial Drive, Dallas, GA 30132.For more on the event, call the Paulding County Extension Service office at (770) 443-7616.last_img read more