Sarah Villegas / U.S. Navy JAMESTOWN – Today marks a solemn day to remember those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Former President George W. Bush declared the first “Patriot Day” just before September 11, 2002. That was a year after the attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives.On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four planes, two of them crashed into both World Trade Center towers in New York, causing them to collapse.Another crashed into the pentagon while a fourth went down in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers struggled with hijackers. On Patriot Day, you can honor their memories by volunteering, spreading kindness, and participating in remembrance vigils.Chautauqua County officials will be holding a remembrance ceremony today at noon at the County Courthouse. Viewers can watch that streamed live on the County Government’s Facebook page. 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)
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) WNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Director Emergency Services is retiring at the end of February.Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel announced on Friday that Director John Griffith will retire from his position effective March 1.Deputy Fire Coordinator Noel Guttman will take over following’s Griffith retirement.“It has been an honor to work with the first responders of Chautauqua County,” said Griffith in a statement. “I look forward to working with the new director to help him transition into the office.” Griffith first began his career with the county in April 2012 as a Deputy Fire Coordinator with the Office of Emergency Services.In October 2017, he was promoted to the position of Director.Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Griffith worked with the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to ensure resources were moved into Chautauqua County so first responders, law enforcement, health care workers, and others had proper and sufficient quantities of Personal Protective Equipment.“Throughout his eight years of service, John has worked tirelessly to serve and protect the residents and visitors of Chautauqua County,” said Wendel. “His leadership has been especially critical during the current COVID-19 Pandemic where he has worked closely with a magnitude of agencies to prevent and contain the virus.”“I thank John for his outstanding accomplishments in improving our county’s emergency preparedness and response, and his endless contributions in making Chautauqua County a safer place,” furthered Wendel. “I wish him all the best in retirement.”In addition to his job with the county, Guttman has been a member of the Mayville Fire Department since 1991.In his current role as Deputy Fire Coordinator, he led the County’s Technical Rescue Team and Chautauqua Area Search Team (CAST).Pictured, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel (left) welcomes Noel Guttman as the County’s next Emergency Services Director. Submitted image.Guttman has also served in various law enforcement roles. He previously served as a part-time deputy sheriff with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, police officer with the Lakewood-Busti Police Department, and part-time police officer with the Westfield Police Department.Most recently, Guttman worked as a police officer with the Chautauqua Institution Police, where he was responsible for police patrol and event security within the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.“I look forward to working in this position and continuing to serve Chautauqua County,” said Guttman.
View Comments The West End’s new musical comedy and fictional X Factor spoof I Can’t Sing! has delayed previews due to technical issues. Previously scheduled to begin performances at the London Palladium February 27, the show, starring Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman, Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrisey, will now start on March 1. Opening night remains set for March 26. Along with Harman, Ervio and Morrisey, the show will also star Ashley Knight, Victoria Elliot, Simon Bailey and Billy Carter. Directed by Sean Foley, I Can’t Sing! features music by Steve Brown and a book and additional lyrics by British comic Harry Hill. The production tells the story of Chenice (Erivo), who lives in an ITV blackspot because her grandad’s iron lung interferes with the signal in her caravan—she’s the only girl in the world who has never heard of The X Factor. When she accidentally stumbles into an audition with her talking dog, she starts a journey to both stardom and love. I Can’t Sing! goes beyond the microphone and under the judges’ desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning in every week.
Related Shows View Comments Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, the non-biographical story of Holler If Ya Hear Me focuses on two childhood friends living in a poverty-stricken Midwestern industrial city, struggling to realize their dreams. The production will feature songs from throughout the late rap icon’s career, including “California Love,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Me Against the World” and, of course, the title song. Tickets are now available for Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur. Starring Tony winner Tonya Pinkins and award-winning slam poet Saul Williams, the show will begin previews on June 2 at Broadway’s Palace Theatre, with opening night set for for June 19. Holler If Ya Hear Me The cast also features Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, Tony nominee John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone and Dyllon Burnside. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014
from $49.50 View Comments Broadway’s Chicago has a new Countess of the Clink! Carmen Ruby Floyd will step into the role of Matron “Mama” Morton on September 29, taking over from Carol Woods. Related Shows Floyd has been seen on the Great White Way in After Midnight, Porgy and Bess, Avenue Q and The Lion King. Other theater credits include Cotton Club Parade, Little Miss Sunshine, Little Ham, Crowns and Blind Lemon Blues. She has appeared on screen in Law & Order, Rubicon, Mercy, One Life to Live and Coach. Chicago The current cast of Chicago also stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Billy Flynn and Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart.
View Comments The memory is living again in London as the Nicole Scherzinger-led revival of Cats is set to open in the West End on December 11. The show’s composer Andrew Lloyd Webber recently sat down with BBC One to talk the origins of the Tony-winning tuner. It turns out that the musical was inspired by one his most treasured childhood reads, TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, written in 1939. Watch below as the Tony-winning composer reveals how everyone in London thought the first production of the show was “a recipe for disaster,” sings “Macavity” at the piano and is asked who his favorite feline is (hint: he’s very nimble and into timekeeping).
View Comments ‘1984’ Big Brother will watch the West End again! George Orwell’s 1984 is set to return to the Playhouse Theatre for a limited engagement June 14 through September 3. The new adaptation, created and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, will officially open on June 28.April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.The production will feature set and costumes by Chloe Lamford, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound by Tom Gibbons and video by Tim Reid.
Leslie Odom Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda & Joan SmallsSmalls wears an Erdem cape and dress(Photo: Mikael Jansson/Vogue) The Schuyler Sisters aren’t the only Great White Way show-stoppers that know how to werk. Hamilton title star, mastermind, Tony nominee, Pulitzer Prize winner and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with BACA Fave Onstage Pair partner Leslie Odom Jr. and a slew of other Broadway stars have received the wave from Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s wand. This season’s robust roster of talent is currently slaying in the glossy pages of the iconic fashion magazine’s June issue. From a high fashion duel in front of the NYC skyline to model Joan Smalls riding shotgun with Tony host James Corden (see below), the issue is currently on stands to get you hyped up for the glamour of Broadway’s biggest night on June 12. So, who will Wintour play fairy godmother to at this year’s Great White Way ball? One thing’s for sure: all of Broadway’s best clean up real nice. Pick up a copy of Vogue with actress Margot Robbie on the cover to see Cynthia Erivo, Sara Bareilles and more inside! Star Files Hamilton View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda Leslie Odom Jr. Fashion Editor: Camilla NickersonPhoto: Mert Alas And Marcus Piggott/Vogue Related Shows from $149.00 Smalls wears a Saint Laurent blouse; Corden wears BurberryPhoto: Mikael Jansson/Vogue
Trick-or-treat, Broadway fans! Halloween has arrived, and we’re so excited to see the costumes you’ve whipped up. The Great White Way productions of the past year have been chock-full of characters to offer you inspiration, whether you’re going door-to-door for goodies or staying home with a big bowl of popcorn and a scary movie (or Holiday Inn star Bryce Pinkham and Susan Blackwell’s spooky episode of Side by Side). So which Broadway characters inspired the best Halloween costumes of the year? Take a look at your top 10 below, and have a happy Broadway Halloween! Dewey Finn, School of Rock Winnie Foster, Tuck Everlasting Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof Evan, Dear Evan Hansen View Comments Ilona, She Loves Me Grizabella, Cats Mr. Mistoffelees, Cats Jenna, Waitress Patrick Bateman, American Psycho Celie, The Color Purple
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSuper-size isn’t an option in Georgia’s school cafeterias. AndUniversity of Georgia experts are working to keep it that way.To help reduce childhood obesity numbers, UGA CooperativeExtension nutrition specialists conduct statewide schoolcafeteria worker trainings each summer.”School-aged children eat meals at school nine months out of theyear,” said Judy Bland, a UGA Extension specialist. “Manychildren eat two meals a day at school.”For this reason, UGA Extension nutritionists decided to teachportion control to school cafeteria workers.”We’re eating too much food in our country,” said Bland, whoorganizes the trainings in south Georgia. “We’re eating hugeportions, and we think that’s normal. Our kids don’t know thatit’s not normal.”TrainingsBland and her extension counterparts present the trainings eachsummer, while school is out. It’s easier, she says, for theworkers to focus on the educational material when they aren’tfocusing on the hundreds of children they have to feed that day.”Most school-aged children eat two meals at school, so the schoolcafeteria is the perfect place to provide examples of what normalportion sizes are,” she said. “Educating school lunchroom staffs… is the best way to control the portion sizes school childrenare served.”Training cafeteria workers on portion control not only helps withchildhood obesity issues. It also helps reduce food wastes.In seven locations across southwest Georgia, the one-day trainingreaches more than 1,000 cafeteria workers each summer.”One in four kids is classified as obese,” Bland said. “Obesityspills over into high diabetes rates in children and increasedheart disease, too. We’re seeing increased levels of Type 2diabetes in adolescents and teenagers. This is a serious trend inthe health field, and we’re trying to help reduce it.”(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)