Blizzard Warning Dropped, Lake Effect Snow Still Likely Later 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 Image.JAMESTOWN – The National Weather Service in Buffalo says more lake effect snow is on the way to Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.Forecaster dropped the Blizzard Warning that was set to expire Friday at 4 p.m. and replaced it with a Lake Effect Snow Warning that runs through 10 a.m. Saturday.Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches in the most persistent lake snow bands are expected.The most widespread and heaviest snow will occur later Friday afternoon into the evening. Winds will also play a factor, gusting as high as 40 mph Friday morning near the Lake Erie shoreline resulting in blowing and drifting snow.Travel could also be difficult as areas of blowing and drifting snow could significantly reduce visibility.Viewers can submit weather photos and videos via email ( or on social media.To track the storm, and for updates, download the WNYNewsNow Mobile App on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.last_img read more

Former Jamestown Mayor Dies

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 by the City of Jamestown. SALAMANCA — Jamestown’s first woman mayor, Carolyn Gifford Seymour, is being remembered as a trailblazer following her death in Salamanca at age 81.She served as Jamestown’s mayor in 1992-93. In addition, she owned The Bookshop on Third Street and in Warren.She was elected mayor in 1991, beating Republican Donald Ahlstrom 4,652 to 4,562. She then lost in the Democratic primary in 1993.She was the caretaker Jamestown needed at that time, Jamestown Democratic Committee Chairman Jim Walton told WNYNewsNow. “She was the first woman mayor. That was a fairly calm time in the city. What we needed at that time was a caretaker and she was that caretaker,” Walton said.“She was one of the first women to dominate in politics and be elected to high office,” Walton said. He said he knew Seymour for decades and always referred to her as Mayor Seymour. He recalled she was a very kind person.Seymour could likely have won re-election had it not been for errors in the old AVM paper voting machines, according to Democratic Election Commissioner Norman P. Green, who was not commissioner during the 1993 election.She lost in the Democratic primary in 1993 and launched a write-in campaign, but new paper rolls were not added to the voting machines so hundreds “untold votes” were not counted in the election. Green said hundreds of people were coming to the polls to vote for her, but the votes were not recorded.“What’s really sad is she won’t be here to see the first female vice president,” Green said.”She was a trailblazer.”“She was all about women being involved in politics,” Green said. He said at that time, men dominated politics and wouldn’t let Seymour in the front door of city hall, but she found a way in and helped women gain a seat at the table.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist remembered Seymour’s dedication to volunteerism.“We here in City Hall are mourning today the death of Jamestown’s first, and only, female Mayor – Carolyn Seymour. Carolyn Seymour served the city as Mayor from 1992-93 and was previously employed as Jamestown Mayor Stan Lundine’s assistant. She had an exemplary lifetime of service to the community through her volunteer efforts on many local boards as well as her time at Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation (CHRIC) and Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board. We extend our condolences to her family and invite the community to join us in honoring her memory,” Sundquist said in a statement.She was valedictorian of Gorham Central School class, graduated summa cum laude from Houghton College, and earned a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.After serving as mayor of Jamestown, she was Executive Director of Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation (CHRIC), securing millions for lead paint abatement, housing and job programs for the county, retiring in 2010. Her last community work was volunteering for the 2010 census.Moving to New York in 1972, she was research assistant for Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., assistant to Jamestown Mayor Stan Lundine, and later housing and economic development coordinator for Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board.Her honors include Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation Lifetime Achievement Award, Jamestown YWCA Woman of Achievement Award, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, New York State Senate Woman of Distinction, and National Science Foundation Fellow.last_img read more

Stay, Mr. Hannity, Stay! Watch Nathan Lane and the Cast of Jersey Boys Mock Sean Hannity on The Daily Show

first_img View Comments Following conservative political TV and radio host Sean Hannity’s recent announcement that he’s “leaving the socialist state of New York,” Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and New Yorkers hilariously retorted with a satirical PSA begging Hannity to stay. Lead by openly gay two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane and the cast of Jersey Boys, the PSA mocks the anchor’s far right ideals, including his opposition to gay marriage, and the Jersey Boys excitedly beg Hannity to “stay in your first and second homes,” and “stay pro-life and anti-gay!” Watch and sing-a-long with the Jersey Boys and their number “Stay Mr. Hannity, Stay!” Star Filescenter_img Nathan Lanelast_img

Watch If/Then Star Idina Menzel Talk Men Being a ‘Mess’

first_imgIdina Menzel just received a Tony nom, is prepping for Radio City, takes her son to school in the morning, and she still has time to do talk shows? Maybe it’s easier when you can lead two lives simultaneously. The If/Then star stopped by Live on May 2 to chat with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan about how lucky she is to be “embraced by a beautiful show” and how men react when they see the new musical. Also watch her blush as Ripa calls her “Broadway royalty.” Did you hear that cackle? Was that Elphaba?! Take a look below! View Comments Idina Menzel Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then Related Showslast_img

Daniel Sunjata, Kate Jennings Grant & More Will Join Blythe Danner in The Country House

first_img Daniel Sunjata Sunjata was nominated for a Tony for his performance in Take Me Out and most recently appeared on Broadway in Macbeth. On screen, he can be seen in Graceland, Smash, The Dark Knight Rises and The Devil Wears Prada. Grant’s Broadway’s credits include The Lyons, Guys and Dolls, Proof and An American Daughter. Lange makes his Broadway debut with The Country House; on screen, he has appeared in Weeds, Lost and the upcoming films Imagined and Nightcrawler. Rasche’s stage credits include Little Miss Sunshine off-Broadway, as well as To Be Or Not To Be, Getting and Spending and Speed-the-Plow on the Great White Way. This marks Steele’s Broadway debut; she was seen off-Broadway in Slowgirl, Russian Transport, All-American and Speech and Debate. The Country House Star Files View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014center_img The Country House will feature sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Rita Ryack, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Obadiah Eaves and original music by Peter Golub. Daniel Sunjata, Kate Jennings Grant, Eric Lange, David Rasche and Sarah Steele will join the previously announced Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner in Donald Margulies’ The Country House. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the production will begin performances on Broadway on September 9. Opening night is set for October 2 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Inspired by Chekhov’s pastoral comedies, The Country House follows Anna Patterson (Danner), the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. When the weekend takes an unexpected turn, the group is forced to improvise—inciting a series of jealousies, romantic outbursts and passionate soul-searching. The play received its world premiere at Geffen Playhouse in June. Related Showslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Hunchback of Notre Dame to Release Cast Album & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the holiday weekend. The Hunchback of Notre Dame to Release Album Annoyed that you missed Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse and/or New Jersey’s Paper Mill over the 2014-15 season? Well, there’s good news! The American premiere studio recording will be released on November 20 on Sh-K-Boom, featuring Broadway faves Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Patrick Page as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky as Captain Phoebus de Martin, Erik Liberman as Clopin Trouillefou and more. Directed by Scott Schwartz with a book by Peter Parnell, the musical is a darker take on Disney’s 1996 film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel about Quasimodo, a deformed bellringer at the Notre Dame cathedral, and his unlikely relationship with the gypsy Esmeralda.Preludes, Starring Gabriel Ebert & More, ExtendsDave Malloy’s Preludes has extended off-Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. Developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, the production will now run through August 2; it had previously been set to shutter on July 19. The show features Tony winners Gabriel Ebert and Nikki M. James, along with Eisa Davis, Joseph Keckler, Chris Sarandon and Or Matias, on piano, and is a musical fantasia set in the hypnotized mind of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.Tony Nominee Set for West End-Bound Mrs HendersonA bit of a switcheroo has gone on with the previously reported, eagerly anticipated, stage adaptation of the 2005 cult film Mrs Henderson Presents. Tracie Bennett has stepped in for Janie Dee, who has had to withdraw from the production for personal reasons. It’s no surprise that director Terry Johnson has turned to Bennett—he helmed her Tony nominated performance in End of the Rainbow. Mrs Henderson Presents will play at the Theatre Royal Bath August 15 through September 5, and has now confirmed that it aims to transfer to London’s West End. The stellar creative team also includes Tony winner Don Black, George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain.Nicole Scherzinger Does CarouselNicole Scherzinger is teasing us fans of the Great White Way. First of all, she goes and kills a number from Avenue Q. Then, at A Capitol Fourth this past weekend, she sang the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein number “If I Loved You” from Carousel, below. Please Ms. Scherzinger, isn’t it now time you announce that you will make your Broadway debut reprising your Olivier nominated performance in the Cats revival next year…?!last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Michael Flatley Make His B’way Debut

first_img View Comments Get in line! Tickets are now available to see Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre. The show is set to play a limited engagement November 7 through January 3, 2016, with opening night scheduled for November 10.Flatley himself will appear—and make his Broadway debut—in the production in what will serve as his swan song as a performer. The Irish dancer is the force behind the internationally-recognizable brands Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Directed and choreographed by Flatley, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games will feature Flatley in a special appearance at the end of each evening performance as well as star his protégés Morgan Comer, James Keegan and Cathal Keaney in the title role of the “Lord of the Dance.”The production, which will showcase a troupe of Irish Dance’s most accomplished performers, is an updated staging of Flatley’s original shows Lord Of The Dance, Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger. Dangerous Games features holographic-effect projections, along with new costumes, choreography and music by Gerard Fahy.Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games had its world premiere at the London Palladium, before heading on a 200-plus date tour across 15 countries. It was recently announced that it will return to the West End later this year for a holiday engagement.Please note that Flatley will not perform in matinees or November 18-19 and December 4-5. Related Shows Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016last_img read more

Barbara Cook Will Return to the New York Stage

first_img from $110 Barbara Cook will return to the New York stage this spring for another song-filled retrospective. The Tony-winning legend will headline Barbara Cook: Then and Now at off-Broadway’s New World Stages beginning April 13. The show, conceived by three-time Tony winner James Lapine and directed by 10-time Tony winner Tommy Tune, will weave personal stories with several of Cook’s signature numbers.Cook last appeared on the Broadway stage in Sondheim on Sondheim. Her numerous additional credits include her Tony-winning performance as Marian Paroo in The Music Man, Candide, She Loves Me, Carousel and two solo shows: Barbara Cook’s Broadway and Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre. In 2011, Cook received the Kennedy Center Honor.Barbara Cook: Then and Now will open officially on May 4 and is scheduled to play a limited engagement through June 26. Related Shows Barbara Cook(Photo: Bruce Glikas)center_img View Comments Barbara Cook: Then and Nowlast_img read more

Killian Donnelly Begins Performances in Kinky Boots

first_img Kinky Boots West End star Killian Donnelly will make his Broadway debut in Kinky Boots from December 6. Donnelly, who earned Olivier—and Grammy!—nominations for originating the role of Charlie in the West End staging, is replacing Aaron C. Finley.In addition to Kinky Boots, Donnelly’s additional London stage credits include Memphis, Billy Elliot, The Commitments, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. He also appeared in the screen adaptation of Les Miz, playing Combeferre.Featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, the Tony-winning Kinky Boots follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from a local drag queen. Together, these two become an unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.The cast also currently includes Todrick Hall as Lola, Haven Burton as Lauren, Shannon O’Boyle as Nicola, Marcus Neville as George and Daniel Stewart Sherman as Don. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019center_img View Comments Killian Donnelly(Photo courtesy of Jo Allan PR)last_img read more

Deadline Looms

first_imgThe demand for safe food could soon shut some meat and poultry processors down.That’s not the way it’s supposed to work. But if processors don’t meet a Jan. 27federal deadline, that’s the way it will be.”The deadline is for anyone who sells meat or poultry wholesale,” said EstesReynolds, a food scientist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”All plants must meet the Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures requirements onJan. 27, 1997,” he said.Georgia’s huge poultry industry isn’t likely to have much trouble meeting the deadline.”They’re in pretty good shape,” Reynolds said. “The smaller processors,though, are not as prepared.”Sanitation SOPs are the first step in putting a new inspection system into place. Thefinal rule on the Pathogen Reduction and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control PointSystems was announced July 25, 1996.The written SOPs must include five parts, including the signature of thehighest-ranking official at the plant. Other items must identify:* What will be done before and during the operation to prevent contamination of themeat or poultry product.* How work surfaces, equipment and utensils will be kept clean.* Who will be responsible for doing these things.* What daily records will be maintained to assure that the SOPs are carried out.Plants with SOPs that fail to include any of those parts will have their inspectionsuspended until the inspector rules that the plant has complied.In short, plants that fail to comply will be out of business, according to the GeorgiaDepartment of Agriculture.Reynolds and other UGA food scientists are leading a pair of December workshops to helpprocessors comply. They will explain the new rules. And they’ll show, step by step, how towrite SOPs that meet them.The workshops will be Dec. 6 in Tifton, Ga., and Dec. 11 in Athens. A $90 fee coversbreaks, lunch and a notebook.To learn more about the workshops, call Reynolds at (706) 542-2574. Or call JaneMertens at (706) 542-6592 about the Athens workshop, or Verna Kea at (912) 386-3416 aboutthe Tifton program.When it’s fully in place, HACCPS will bring the most sweeping food inspection changesin 30 years, Reynolds said.Safety is built into the system to make sure anything that could contaminate oradulterate food doesn’t happen, he said. It won’t rely just on sight, smell and physicalchecks of a sample of food products, but will monitor the safety of the whole process.”Eventually,” Reynolds said, “HACCPS will protect the safety of our foodfrom the farm to the table.”The seafood industry has already put the system into place, he said. The food servicepart of the system, called “Serv-Safe,” is also being carried out in restaurantsand other food service businesses.last_img read more