Woman Arrested Following Month Long Burglary Investigation

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 ImageLAKEWOOD – A Sherman woman was arrested and charged following a several month long burglary investigation in the Lakewood area.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says deputies started looking into a burglary and fraud case stemming from an incident on Fairmount Avenue in November 2019.Following the inquiry, Chelby Murray, 28 was taken into custody Tuesday.Murray is charged with two felony counts of first degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of petit larceny. Deputies say Murray was taken into custody without incident and was brought to the Chautauqua County Jail for centralized arraignment.last_img read more

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Audobon Says People Can Enjoy Bird Watching From Home

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) UI Here PhotoJAMESTOWN – The Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) says two people have prepared birding programs for beginning and intermediate birders that people can enjoy at their convenience in their own home.More people are bird watching than ever before. In addition to wild spaces, birds are all around houses and towns, and observing them can be a great way to connect to the natural world.Retired ACNC President Ruth Lundin and Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History (RTPI) President/CEO emeritus Jim Berry have transformed their intended live presentations to COVID-safe online experiences that are available through September 5.With Lundin’s “Audubon’s Backyard Birds” (Bird Series: Session 1) you will visit the feeders and learn about Audubon’s varied habitats that are home to numerous birds. You will also learn about citizen science opportunities and how they add to our understanding of our feathered friends. Then follow Berry into the fields and discover the birds that call them home with “Birds of the Field and Meadow” (Bird Series: Session 2). When people think of birds, they often think of forests, but a rich diversity of birds live and breed in local fields as well.During her nearly two decades at Audubon, Lundin served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Nature Center Administrators, including a term as president, and on the board of the Audubon Council of New York State, with three years as Vice Chair and five as Secretary. She was presented with the Council’s highest affiliate honor, the prestigious Norman I. Stotz Award for extraordinary leadership and contributions to the environmental cause.Prior to his 17 years at RTPI, Berry was the executive director of the Cincinnati Nature Center and before that was with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, including managing Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio. He was president of the Association of Nature Center Administrators, and his volunteer history includes the New York Natural Heritage Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the U.S. Forest Service in Allegheny National Forest.To register and receive your online participation information for these two virtual opportunities, go to AudubonCNC.org/Programs, click on “Current Schedule,” and choose the Birding Series. The fee for each program is $8, and they are available through September 5.Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. While the Nature Center building is not open for walk-in visitors just yet, you are welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. Enjoy the native tree arboretum, gardens, picnic area, and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle, while practicing safe social distancing measures.The Blue Heron Gift Shop is also open for drive-thru sales; visit AudubonCNC.org/Shop for more information.To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.last_img read more

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16 New COVID-19 Cases Reported On Wednesday

first_imgWNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Sixteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Wednesday.The county health department says there are now 104 active cases that continue to recover.Out of the new cases 7 are in Jamestown, 3 cases in Asheville, 2 cases in Falconer, 2 cases in Frewsburg, 1 case in Lakewood, and 1 case in Dunkirk.There are currently 10 active cases among employees and 51 active cases among residents at Tanglewood Manor. To date there have been:o   695 recovered cases;o   13 deaths; ando   812 total confirmed cases. 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

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Town Of Gerry Man Charged With Use Of Child In A Sexual Performance

first_imgStock Image.GERRY – A Town of Gerry man is facing charges following an alleged sex crime against children.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office charged 52-year-old Michael Stravato with two counts of use of a child in a sexual performance on Wednesday.Deputies say Stravato was arraigned at the Chautauqua County Jail and released under the supervision of probation.No further details were released about the incident. The County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was involved in the arrest. 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),Yep that’s our CJS hard at work for the children..Doesn’t surprise me..last_img

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Listen to Lea Michele’s Emotional Tribute to Cory Monteith

first_imgGlee star Lea Michele shared a new song from her upcoming album Louder called “You’re Mine.” The ballad is a heartwrenching tribute to her late boyfriend Cory Monteith, and Michele revealed that the song was one of Monteith’s favorites off her new record. “The song makes me think so much of Cory. It was ours. When I think of him, I play this,” she told Jonathan Groff for Teen Vogue. “It’s so special to me and it’s story is so close to my heart.” Co-written by Sia, the track shows off Michele’s powerful vocals. Louder isn’t scheduled to hit the shelves until March 4, but you can listen to “You’re Mine” below. Jonathan Groff Star Files View Comments Lea Michelelast_img read more

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Tom Bateman & Lucy Briggs-Owen to Headline Shakespeare in Love

first_img The movie, penned by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and directed by John Madden, Shakespeare in Love won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. The film also starred Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson. Bateman’s stage credits include The Duchess of Malfi, Much Ado About Nothing, The Lion in Winter and Lizzie Siddal. He’s appeared on TV in Da Vinci’s Demons and The Tunnel. Briggs-Owen’s stage credits include Boris Godunuv, The Orphan of Zhao, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cardenio,  The City Madam, Noises Off, The Way of the World, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Private Lives, The Importance of Being Earnest and Fortune’s Fool. View Comments Can you love a fool? Can you love a player? Can you love Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen as the lead roles of Will Shakespeare and Viola De Lesseps in the West End’s Shakespeare in Love? Of course, you can! Adapted by Tony winner Lee Hall and directed by Olivier winner Declan Donnellan, the previously announced production will begin previews at London’s Noel Coward Theatre on July 2. Opening night is set for July 23. Additional casting will be announced soon. Set in London during the late 16th century, Shakespeare in Love centers on young playwright William Shakespeare, who is struggling with his latest work Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter. A great fan of Shakespeare’s plays is young, wealthy Viola who is about to be married to the cold-hearted Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. Women were not allowed to act on stage at that time, but, dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo. Soon she and William are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play.last_img read more

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50 Facts About Fiddler on the Musical’s 50th Anniversary

first_img 47. When Harvey Fierstein told producer Susan Bristow he’d like to star in the 2004 revival of Fiddler, she responded, “Who are you going to play, Golde?” 7. Harold Prince originally passed on producing Fiddler on the Roof. Bock and Harnick sweetened the deal by offering Prince their musical She Loves Me, and wonder of wonders, Prince agreed to take on Fiddler. 39. There have been five Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof to date. The original 1964 production ran for 3,242 performances; the 1976 production ran for 167 performances; the 1981 production ran for 53 performances; the 1990 production ran for 241 performances, and the 2004 production ran for 781 performances. 13. There were many changes made to the script as the production got rolling. For example, Tevye’s first number, “What a Life,” which was sung to his horse, was replaced with “If I Were a Rich Man.” 25. Merlin went on to be a casting director for Sondheim musicals. She worked with producer Prince on Company, A Little Night Music, Follies and Sweeney Todd. 5. The title of the musical and Boris Aronson’s set design for the original production are based Marc Chagall’s painting “The Fiddler.” 49. Harnick wrote new lyrics to “Sunrise, Sunset” for same-sex weddings in 2011. The male version includes these lines, “When did they get to be so handsome?/When did they grow to be so tall?/Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small?” 10. Lee Grant, Nancy Walker and Mercedes McCambridge were all considered for Golde. 37. Of the film’s major reviews, eight were favorable, six were negative and two were mixed, according to the American Film Institute. The movie cost $9 million to make and grossed $50 million in its initial release. 11. The first person cast in the show was Austin Pendleton. Pendleton, who played Motel the tailor, would later go on to be a notable director and actor. 33. Three villages in Yugoslavia were transformed into Anatevka for the film. 18. Joanna Merlin, who originated the role of Tzeitel, was cast in the show on November 22, 1963. She came out of the theater to learn that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. 6. Stephen Sondheim urged director/choreographer Jerome Robbins to get involved with Fiddler after hearing the score at a private party at Stein’s home in New Rochelle. Good thing Jerry listened to Steve! Check back all week long for more Fiddler features! 12. Famed comic actor Gene Wilder also auditioned for Motel.  Though he didn’t get the part, he would go on to star alongside Mostel in Mel Brooks’ 1968 film The Producers. 1. It’s widely known that Fiddler on the Roof is based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories, but did you know that the real name of this “Jewish Mark Twain” was Solomon Naumovich Rabinovich? His pen name Sholem Aleichem literally means “peace be with you.” 16. Bea Arthur auditioned multiple times for the role of Yente, but Robbins thought she was too contemporary for the role. She eventually got the part, but many of her lines were cut. In her 2002 Broadway show, Just Between Friends, Arthur says Robbins was only director who ever made her cry, and called him “a really dreadful human being.” 23. No one mentioned Zero Mostel in their Tony acceptance speeches. When Mostel went up to accept his award, he said, “Since no one else has thanked me, I will thank me.” 22. Fiddler was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won nine (all but Best Set Design). 44. John C. Reilly played a Russian commissar in a local Chicago production. He stood backstage and sang “Sunrise, Sunset” every night because he was upset he didn’t have a singing role. 47. While sitting in her seat before the curtain went up, Jerome Robbins’ sister Sonia Cullinen suffered a heart attack on opening night of the 2004 revival of Fidder. She was taken to Bellvue Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 36. Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner and John Ritter auditioned for the role of Motel, but were passed over for Leonard Frey, who had played a small role (Mendel, the rabbi’s son) in the Broadway production. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. 14. Fiddler on the Roof held the record for the longest-running show on Broadway for 10 years, when it was succeeded by Grease. Wonder of wonders, it’s the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof! It’s been five whole decades since the celebrated musical first premiered on Broadway on September 22, 1964. To celebrate, Broadway.com is doing a daily bottle dance will offer up a week of Fiddler features. With some help from the new book Tradition!: The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, we’ve got 50 Fiddler facts about the hit musical by Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. So grab your yarmulke and study up—the show is aiming to return to Broadway in the 2015-16 season! 34. Jewison tried to get Anne Bancroft to play Golde in the film but was unsuccessful. Other possible Goldes included Colleen Dewhurst, Zoe Caldwell, Dorothy Loudon, Marian Seldes and Beverly Sills. It finally came down to Norma Crane and Lee Grant—Crane got the role. 40. In 2007, Time magazine ranked Fiddler on the Roof the 7th most frequently produced musical in American high schools. 21. Paul Lipson, who was Mostel’s understudy and later played Tevye in his own right, clocked over 2,000 performances in the role. His first performance in the part was during the pre-Broadway Washington, D.C. engagement.  27. The iconic violin solo in the film was played by renowned violinist Isaac Stern. 2. Composer Bock and lyricist Harnick originally wanted to write a musical based on Aleichem’s Wandering Stars, about a traveling Yiddish theater company. “It would have to had 40 minor characters on stage and it was just too big,” Harnick said in an interview. They settled on the Tevye the Dairyman stories instead. 8. Speaking of passing up a terrific opportunity, Stein showed Fiddler to Zero Mostel while he was still starring in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Mostel turned it down, but later had a change of heart when he heard a more complete version of the show. 35. Robert De Niro read for the role of Perchik—the role in the film eventually went to Paul Michael Glaser, who later became Starsky in the hit cop TV show Starsky & Hutch. 29. Norman Jewison was then asked to direct the film—he agreed, but he was worried the producers assumed he was Jewish. “The whole world thinks I’m the Jewish son of a Jew—Jewison,” he said. 15. Maria Karnilova, who played Golde in the original production, famously played stripper Tessie Tura in the original cast of Gypsy. View Comments 24.  Bette Midler joined the Broadway cast of  Fiddler as Rivka, one of the villagers, and understudied the role of Tzeitel. When Merlin left the show, Midler took over and played the role for four years. 9. Walter Matthau, Eli Wallach, Rod Steiger, Tom Bosley (who played the title role in the Bock-Harnick hit Fiorello!), Jack Gilford, Danny Thomas and Alan King were all considered for the role of Tevye in the original Broadway production. 45. The Book of Mormon and Frozen star Josh Gad played Tevye in his high school production. He calls it his “least celebrated” performance. 31. Frank Sinatra’s agent called Jewison to try to get his client an audition, but he didn’t envision the crooner as a Jewish milkman. 48. Sacha Baron Cohen played Tevye when he was studying at Cambridge. For his Sweeney Todd movie audition, he sang “If I Were a Rich Man.” 20. According to Pendelton, Robbins finally staged “Tradition” in the middle of the final week before they were set to leave for their Detroit tryout. It only took him an hour and a half to stage it. 26. Fiddler on the Roof premiered in Tokyo on September 6, 1967—it has since been mounted in Japan more than 1,300 times. 41. Composer Jerry Bock died November 3, 2010—10 days after the death of Fiddler book writer Joseph Stein. 42. Translated into Spanish, Un Violinista sobre el Tejado premiered in Panama’s National Theatre of Panama in October 2012, featuring Aaron Zebede as Tevye. 43. Grammy winner Josh Groban played Tevye in high school—if you missed his performance, don’t worry, it’s all available on YouTube. 19. Bert Convy, who originated the role of the revolutionary Perchik, went on to be a famous host of TV game shows, including Win, Lose or Draw and Super Password. 32. Israeli actor Chaim Topol was playing Tevye in Tel Aviv when he was asked to audition for the London production. He barely spoke any English, and learned to speak the language by studying the script. 4. The first draft of the show was called The Old Country—other working titles included Tevye, Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away and Where Poppa Came From. 17. When Fiddler on the Roof premiered in Poland in 1985, the show’s authors donated their royalties to preserving the country’s Jewish monuments. 30. Jewison thought Mostel was “too big” to star in the film, and went in search of another actor to play Tevye. Danny Kaye was an early choice, but “his wife turned us down saying he was too young to have marriage-age daughters,” Harnick said. 38. Fiddler was nominated for eight Academy Awards in 1972, winning three: Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score. The French Connection beat it for Best Picture. 3. Pass the apples and honey! Bock and Harnick began writing Fiddler on the Roof on September 11, 1961, which was Rosh Hashanah (a.k.a. the Jewish New Year). 50. The final script of Fiddler on the Roof is dedicated “to our Fathers.” Prince said later that the show was “clearly conceived” by Stein, Bock, and Harnick “as a kind of valentine to their grandparents.” 46. Beam me up, Hodel! In 1971, Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy played Tevye for eight weeks in Ohio, Massachusetts and upstate New York in a local touring production. 28. United Artists was contractually obligated to ask Robbins if he wanted to direct the film version. The director, who was wary after the conflicts that arose during the filming of West Side Story, turned the offer down.last_img read more

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Tix Now Available to See Morgan McCann in Sayonara Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Tickets are now on sale to see Morgan McCann and more in a re-imagining of James A. Michener’s Sayonara. Directed by Tisa Chang, the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre production will begin previews on July 5 and run through July 26. Opening night is scheduled for July 9 at off-Broadway’s Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row.Sayonara has a book by William Luce, lyrics by Hy Gilbert, music by George Fischoff, and is adapted from Michener’s novel. The tuner follows Lloyd “Ace” Gruver (McCann), a U.S. military fighter pilot stationed in post-WWII Japan who is beginning to question his military destiny. When he falls in love with the beautiful Hana-Ogi (Chang), a star performer in the Takarazuka dance troupe, compassion and love heal prejudice despite the inevitable collision of two disparate worlds.The cast will also include Ya Han Chang, Ako, Natsuko Hirano, Justin Holcomb, Scott Klavan, Justin McEllroy, Rumi Oyama, Edward Tolve, Mollie Vogt-Welch, Sandy York, Carol Angeli, Yurina Kutsukake, Azumi Milligan, Michiko Sasaki, Alicia Kaori Shumway and Jessica Wu. View Comments Sayonara Show Closed This production ended its run on July 26, 2015last_img read more

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Culturalist Challenge! Which Broadway Dance Number Is the Biggest Showstopper?

first_img View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday.Last week, our neighbors at Avenue Q celebrated their 12th anniversary in New York City, so we asked you to rank your favorite characters from the Tony-winning musical. The results are in, and fans chose Avenue Q’s gay republican puppet Rod as their best pal. This week, we’re celebrating all things dance. From Something Rotten! to An American in Paris, Broadway is chock full of gorgeous, stirring, silly and downright fun dance numbers—and with American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland joining the cast of On the Town on August 25, there’s another reason to celebrate this summer. So we want to know: Which dance number on Broadway is the biggest showstopper? Broadway.com Features Editor Lindsay Champion posted her list of top 10 picks here!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Broadway.com Show!last_img read more

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Tix Now On Sale for Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life

first_img Related Shows Tappin’ Thru Life Tap dancing legend Maurice Hines will bring tales, tunes and a whole lot of hoofing to the off-Broadway stage this winter. His autobiographical show Tappin’ Thru Life will play New World Stages beginning December 23, with opening night set for January 11, 2016. Tickets are now available for the Jeff Calhoun directed production, which previously played the Delaware Theatre Company and Atlanta, Georgia’s Alliance Theatre.Tappin’ Thru Life explores Hines’ life and career, from working at the age of five with his brother Gregory to establishing a career inspired by such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Judy Garland. His numerous credits include a Tony-nominated turn in Uptown…It’s Hot!, Bring Back Birdie and The Cotton Club.Joining Hines on stage will be tapping siblings John and Leo Manzari and the all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by drummer Sherrie Maricle. The production features set design by Tobin Ost, lighting design by Michael Gilliam, sound design by Michael Hahn and projection design by Darrel Maloney. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2016last_img read more

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