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Chautauqua County Churches Organize COVID-19 Response

first_imgStock Image.JAMESTOWN – Churches from around Chautauqua County have been holding weekly video conference calls since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to share best practices, to work to ensure food security and mobilize their faith communities.During the conference calls, area churches have created the Pastoral Crisis Line for individuals to seek personalized pastoral care and prayer, regardless of denomination or religious affiliation. The crisis line will refer callers to faith leaders reflective of their religious background and preferences. The new Pastoral Crisis Line can be reached at 716-226-1494.Additionally, leaders have created a sub-committee to better coordinate the efforts of church-sponsored food pantries and to connect these efforts to the Jamestown Public Market and the Mobile Market.To amplify the flow of food from FeedMore WNY church leaders  leaders have also set up a friendly competition between the faith communities to see who can raise the most funds to support those who are struggling to find food in these difficult times.  “To keep folks safe, this food drive will invite folks to contribute funds only,” said church leaders. “We are calling it the Friendly Food Fund Fight which we run until May 3.”The Mobile Market will coordinate the ordering of the food from Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce & Garden Center.  Each congregation will be able to allocate those dollars to their own food pantries or to support a community pantry of their choosing.    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

Pfizer Says Early Data Results Show Its COVID-19 Vaccine Is 90% Effective

first_imgInside Edition / YouTube NEW YORK – Drug maker Pfizer says early data shows its COVID-19 vaccine has an effective rate of more than 90-percent.That’s a much better than expected efficacy if the trend continues. The so-called interim analysis looked at the first 94 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the more than 43,000 volunteers.The volunteers got either two doses of the vaccine or a placebo. The data found that fewer than 10-percent of infections were in participants who had been given the vaccine.More than 90-percent of the cases were in people who had been given a placebo. The final goal of the trial is to reach 164 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.Pfizer said in a news release it anticipates seeking emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by the third week of November.The company says it expects to have more than a billion doses manufactured next year and it would be free to Americans. 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

Lake Effect Snow Warning Issued For Chautauqua, Cattaraugus Counties

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Some areas in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties could see nearly a foot of snow through Monday evening.The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning Lake Effect Snow Warning Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, effective until 7 a.m. Tuesday. This upgrades the Winter Weather Advisory which is no longer in effect.Total snow accumulations will range from 7 to 14 inches across the higher terrain and 4 to 7 inches in the lower elevations. Winds will gust as high as 35 M.P.H.Sunday will feature mostly cloudy skies with snow showers possible. Highs in the lower-30’s. Lake effect snow will begin to kick into gear Sunday night across the traditional snow belt areas. 4-6 inches of snow in the most persistent lake bands. Lows in the upper-20’s.Snow will continue through the days Monday into Tuesday. Outside the lake bands, expect mostly cloudy skies with only the occasional snow shower possible. Highs both days in the around 30.A series of systems passing through the area through the rest of the week will keep the chances for snow in the forecast each day along with plenty of cloud cover.Temperature wise, Wednesday we’ll see highs in the upper-20’s and back closer to 30 for the end of the week. As we look towards next weekend temperatures look to return to the mid-20’s with snow showers continuing.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.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

As If We Never Said Goodbye! Tony Winner Glenn Close to Return to Broadway This Fall

first_img Star Files View Comments Glenn Closecenter_img Three-time Tony winner Glenn Close is set to return to the Great White Way this fall. She previously hinted to Broadway.com about the possibility and according to the Associated Press, Close revealed during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival that she was “not coming back in a musical” and instead would appear in a play.Close divulged about the show: “The world that it is in is a world I know very well. It’s just a very complex play. It’s very challenging. It’s like somebody said, ‘A mountain of a play.’”This production would be the first time Close has been seen on the Main Stem in 17 years. The six-time Oscar nominee got her start on Broadway, and won the Tony for her roles in Sunset Boulevard, The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden. Her film and TV roles include include Dangerous Liaisons, Air Force One, Fatal Attraction and Damages.last_img read more

Find Out Why Kristin Chenoweth Makes Pippin Star Annie Potts Nervous

first_imgQuirky comedy queen Annie Potts has officially moved to the kingdom of Charlemagne! The Designing Women, Ghostbusters and GCB favorite is swinging high in the air as sassy granny Bertha in Stephen Schwartz’s Tony-winning musical Pippin. After making her Broadway debut in God of Carnage in 2009, Potts is back with a vengeance—not to mention a show-stopping sing-along number. Below, the actress chats with Broadway.com about her first foray into musical theater in four decades, sharing the stage with Broadway royalty and her nightly “nervous breakdown” before hitting the trapeze. We already know you’re funny, which is a prerequisite for this role, but what about dancing or acrobatic experience? No, I had none! The reason I haven’t done a musical since I was 21 years old was because I was in a terrible car accident. A drunk driver hit me and broke both my legs in a million pieces, so there ended my musical comedy career…until now. Any Broadway dream roles you want to put out into the universe? I would really like to do Auntie Mame, it’s a fabulous role. What was your audition like? I guess some people are afraid of heights, so they like to hoist people up there just to see how they take it. It was fine! I have three sons and one of them has been doing trapeze for seven years, so I’ve spent many hours as an observer of that. Doing is a whole lot different than observing, of course. Why’s that? Because it’s scary! It’s a huge number and it’s quite a responsibility. Everyone else has been in this show for a year and a half, so they’ve got it down. It’s a little bit like jumping on a moving bullet train. Would you ever want to do a Broadway show with her? Are you kidding? I think we know the answer to that. Who wouldn’t want to do a show with Kristin Chenoweth? What was your first impression of this show and this cast? “Holy sh*t!” That was my first impression. Then I thought, “Oh, what a great opportunity.” It’s a beautiful show, so beautifully realized, and the principals—that shiny, beautiful talented boy [Matthew James Thomas], Patina Miller and Terry Mann and his wife, Charlotte d’Amboise, they’re all royalty. It’s pretty swell to share the stage with them. You and Pink have a lot in common, singing upside down and hanging from the ceiling. Have you seen her act? I haven’t seen her do it, but I heard about it from my voice teacher, who happens to be Pink’s voice teacher. I went to him and said, “Not only do I have to sing this, but I have to do it upside down,” and he said, “Oh, Pink, my other client does that, so don’t think you’re so special. Everyone’s singing upside down these days.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 See Potts in Pippin at the Music Box Theatre. Annie Pottscenter_img View Comments How did you know now was the right time? Life is like a waiting game. I’m not an ingénue, and no one expects me to go bounding around tap dancing and stuff, so this role was well suited for me [laughs]. And actually, I’m able to do the trapeze quite easily, even with my injuries. You and Kristin Chenoweth were so hilarious together on GCB—do you guys still keep up and stay in touch? We do, and I’m a little nervous because she’s coming to the show in a couple of weeks, and I’m hoping to be excellent for her. The bar is pretty high. Pippin You get the awesome job of coming onstage and completely stopping the show—what do you do backstage while you’re waiting for your big moment? Oh, I’m just having a little nervous breakdown. Star Files Related Shows Congratulations on your first Broadway musical! Is this something you’ve always wanted to do? It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl, and now I’m a very old girl. What’s the biggest difference between TV and movies and live theater? What takes the most adjusting to? The live nature of theater—there’s no retakes. Either it’s going to work, or you’re going to fall on your face. That does up the ante a little bit. But I like it all. It’s all good practice for life. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that really scares you,” so I’m following Eleanor’s advice right now.last_img read more

The Great Immensity Begins Performances at the Public

first_img The Great Immensity is a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues someone close to her who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show. Through her search, Phyllis uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit in Auckland. As the days count down to the Auckland Summit, Phyllis must decipher the plan and possibly stop it in time. The Civilians’ The Great Immensity begins performances off-Broadway on April 11 at the Public. Written and directed by Steven Cosson, the production will run through May 1 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Theater. Related Shows The Great Immensity View Comments The cast of The Great Immensity features Damian Baldet, Cindy Cheung, Dan Domingues, Rebecca Hart, Trey Lyford, Chris Sullivan and Erin Wilhelmi. The production includes projected film and video and a wide-ranging score of songs by Michael Friedman. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2014last_img read more

Vanessa Williams & Cicely Tyson to Star in L.A.’s The Trip to Bountiful

first_img View Comments The Trip to Bountiful tells the story of Carrie (Tyson), an elderly woman who longs to return to her hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one final time, but must battle with an overprotective son (Underwood) and domineering mother-in-law (Williams). The revival, helmed by Wilson, opened on Broadway in April 2013. Cicely Tyson Blair Underwood Star Filescenter_img A family reunion out west! According to the Los Angeles Times, Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson will reprise their performances as Jessie Mae Watts and Carrie Watts, respectively, in the L.A. production of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful at the Ahmanson Theatre. Williams, who is currently heating up the Cotton Club stage in Broadway’s After Midnight, and Tyson, who won a Tony award for her performance in the Broadway revival, are joined by Blair Underwood, who will portray Ludie (a role played in New York by Cuba Gooding Jr.). The three take the stage after appearing in the Lifetime television remake of the play earlier this year. Directed by Michael Wilson, the production will begin performances on September 17. Vanessa Williams Williams received a Tony nomination for her performance in Into the Woods; she has also appeared on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider-Woman and Sondheim on Sondheim. Tyson was the first African American to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress after appearing in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and received an Oscar nod for the film Sounder. Underwood, known for his performance on the T.V hit L.A. Law, has appeared on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire, Purlie and Measure for Measure.last_img read more

Pageant: The Musical Will Return Off-Broadway

first_imgThere are never enough drag queens on the New York stage! Pageant: The Musical will return off-Broadway beginning June 29. The tuner will play concurrently with Forbidden Broadway at The Davenport Theatre on Sunday and Monday evenings through September 1. Opening night is set for July 14. The show celebrated a sold-out benefit run for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in February. Returning from that production are The Skivvies headliner Nick Cearley, Frankie J. Grande, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas and Seth Tucker, who will be joined by Curtis Wiley. Additional casting will be announced soon. Like every beauty pageant you’ve seen before, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions, the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unlike some (though possibly not all) beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2014 Pageant: The Musical Conceived by Robert Longbottom, Pageant is written by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show, The Last Smoker in America) and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans. The tuner premiered off-Broadway in 1991 prior to engagements in the West End and around the world. The production features choreography by Shea Sullivan, music direction by Mark Hartman, costumes by Stephen Yearick, scenic design by Paul Tate DePoo III, sound by David Sanderson and lighting by Paul Miller.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Poster Revealed for Hamlet, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & More

first_img Photographer Tim Gutt, Poster Art Direction Shona Heath. Donna Murphy Will Appear in Resurrection Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy (The King and I, Passion) has won a big recurring role on the ABC drama Resurrection. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress will play an enigmatic government agent. Altar Boyz Crosses the Pond Good God! Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz is crossing the pond. The award-winning musical comedy will receive its U.K. premiere at London’s Greenwich Theatre on October 3 and will play through October 18. Directed by Steven Dexter, casting will be announced later. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Poster Revealed for Hamlet, Starring Benedict Cumberbatch We were most excited to wake up to the news that the poster had been revealed for the upcoming London production of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. However, the image, below, is a puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes. For it’s not of the British stage and screen star. It’s of a small child. Back to gazing at these totally necessary mashups of Cumberbatch and Hamlet. Helmed by Lyndsey Turner, Shakespeare’s classic will play a limited engagement (naturally) at the Barbican Theatre, August 5, 2015 through October 31. Opening night is set for August 25. Further casting news (and photos, presumably) will be released later. West End’s Made in Dagenham Completes Casting Isla Blair (The History Boys, TV’s House of Cards) and David Cardy (Ghost Stories) will join the West End cast of Made in Dagenham, as Connie and Monty, respectively. The musical stage adaptation of the hit British film, starring Gemma Arterton, will officially open at London’s Adelphi Theatre on November 5. View Commentslast_img read more

Almost Home, Starring Karen Ziemba, Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 12, 2014 View Comments Directed by Michael Parva, Almost Home will feature set design by Harry Feiner, lighting design by Graham Kindred, costume design by Michael McDonald, sound design by Quentin Chiappetta and Hair/Wig Design by Leah J. Loukas. Walter Anderson’s new drama Almost Home officially opens off-Broadway on September 18. Starring Tony winner Karen Ziemba, along with Joe Lisi, James McCaffrey, Jonny Orsini and Brenda Pressley, the production will play through October 12 at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row. In the turbulent sixties, a young Marine returns home to the Bronx, shaken but hopeful for the future. Met by a mother fighting to keep the family going and a father down on his luck, Johnny finds himself caught between his parents’ dreams for his future and a police captain with plans of his own. Related Shows Almost Homelast_img read more