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  • Investigators Allegedly Find Drugs, Cash, And A Loaded Handgun During Raid

    first_imgJamestown Police say Luis Martinez, 48, Sammy McKeithan, 38, Edwin Rosario, 31, and Shelia Mendez, 36, were taken into custody after SWAT kicked down the door at 64 Water St., Apt. 1 on Friday evening.Inside the apartment, investigators allegedly found 14 ounces of methamphetamine, one ounce of cocaine, 3.4 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $3,500 in crash.Additionally, police said a loaded 9mm handgun stolen from a Jamestown home in 2018 was recovered. Martinez, McKeithan, and Rosario are all charged with varying degrees of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said charges are pending against Mendez.The four were taken to Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment in the case. Sammy McKeithan Luis Martinez Edwin Rosariocenter_img Image by Jamestown Police.JAMESTOWN – Investigators with the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force say they allegedly recovered drugs, cash and a loaded handgun after executing a search warrant at a Water Street Apartment last week. 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

  • Schumer: Canada Dodge Hurts New York Dairy Farmers

    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) Stock Image.WASHINGTON — After advocating for federal aid for New York’s dairy farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is citing concerns that Canada is using unfair trade practices to hurt New York dairies.Schumer urged U. S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to raise concerns about Canada evading its commitments under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to eliminate harmful dairy trade practices.“New York’s dairy farmers are the lifeblood of the Upstate economy, but unfortunately, they have been squeezed by the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Schumer. “That is why I am calling on Ambassador Lighthizer to do everything in his power to ensure that Canada abides by its dairy trade obligations and eliminates its unfair and harmful pricing programs and practices that unfairly impeded Upstate New York dairy farmers from freely selling their product – as agreed to in the new trade agreement with Canada, the USMCA. As the trade deal enters into force next week, it is imperative that our New York dairy farmers are able to sell their products into Canada and churn up profits that mitigate the huge losses they have suffered this year.”Photo: Senator Charles E. Schumer“USMCA requires Canada to provide new market access for American dairy products and to eliminate its destructive Classes 6 and 7 milk pricing schemes,” said Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president for Policy Strategy and International Trade with the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council. “While not unexpected, Canada’s efforts to manipulate its agreed upon trade obligations to protect its tightly controlled dairy market are unacceptable. Canada needs to live up to the commitments it made to the U.S. on dairy. America’s dairy industry appreciates Senator Schumer for his leadership on this issue and we support Ambassador Lighthizer and Secretary Purdue as the U.S. works to hold Canada accountable to its commitments under USMCA.” Schumer explained that under USMCA, Canada agreed to eliminate Class 6 & 7 pricing within 6 months. However, the Senator revealed, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), which represents approximately 4,000 Canadian dairy farmers, has recently requested that Ontario’s tribunal which provides an avenue of appeal on agriculture issues grant restricted access to DFO’s pricing regulations. Schumer argued that with only a few days left until the USMCA is set to enter into force, the lack of transparency and timing of DFO’s request raises questions about whether or not Canada is seeking to circumvent its dairy commitments in USMCA.Additionally, Schumer pointed out, under USMCA, Canada agreed to an expansion of tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for several categories of U.S. dairy products. However, the U.S. dairy industry has raised concerns that Canada’s recently-released TRQ allocations weaken the intent of USMCA and will prevent New York dairy farmers from fully benefiting from the agreement’s expanded market access opportunities.In a letter to the ambassador, Schumer wrote:“We must ensure that hardworking dairy farmers in New York and across the country, who rely on strong trade enforcement from the U.S. government for protection against other countries’ unfair policies and practices, benefit from the changes in USMCA as intended. As such, I urge you to expeditiously raise these aforementioned concerns about Canada’s dairy obligations with your Canadian counterparts, and in particular, ensure Canada reaffirms its commitment that Class 6 and 7 will be fully, and permanently, eliminated.”last_img read more

  • Ring Elementary School Students Celebrate The Patchwork Elephant

    first_imgRing UPK students, Jude carlson, Oliva Evans, Liam Alexander, and Nolan Farrar Bauer, show off their patchwork elephant tissue art project. (JPS Image)JAMESTOWN — Elephants, reading and art were the order of the day for Ring Elementary School UPK students in Terry Ortiz’s and Jill Anderson’s classrooms.Ring UPK student, Remy Monn, creates her “patchwork” elephant. (JPS Image)The teachers are reading ELMER, the Patchwork Elephant to their students as part of their study of the letter “E.” They are using the book to reinforce the letter and its sound.Weekly, the teachers introduce one letter and its sound until they have taught the entire alphabet to their students.ELMER, the Patchwork Elephant is the story of being yourself and accepting your differences. One day, Elmer becomes tired of being a patchwork elephant so he discovers a tree of grey colored berries and covers himself, so he blends in, looking like all of the other elephants. Ring UPK student, Jude Carlson, shows off his elephant ears during a parade to celebrate the book, ELMER, the Patchwork Elephant. (JPS Image)When he returns to his herd, he finds they were all too quiet and boring. A rainstorm washes off Elmer’s gray color and reveals his patchwork colors. All the elephants love Elmer’s best trick.So, once a year they celebrate with a parade where all of the other elephants decorate themselves in colorful patchwork and Elmer in all gray.Anderson and Ortiz decided to have students create “elephant head pieces” as a craft for the letter “E” including tracing the upper-case E on each ear of the elephant.Ring UPK student, Cora Berg, creates squares on her “patchwork” elephant. (JPS Image)The students wore their creations in an “elephant parade” outside the school, just like in the book. Students were also learning their shape of the week – a square.The book tied into the shape with a tissue paper art project and creating squares on an elephant drawing and coloring in the patchwork.“The story is a great way to reinforce the letter ‘E,’ as well as telling a great story of friendship, getting along and being original in who you are,” said Anderson. 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

  • Andrew Rannells Discusses Filling NPH’s (High-Heeled) Shoes & More

    first_imgBroadway alum Andrew Rannells, who is set to take over for Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch beginning August 20, is being extra careful these days. The Tony nominee joked with the The Toronto Star, saying, “You know, it’s Catholic guilt. Things are going so well that something bad has got to happen.” Related Shows Rannells will play a limited engagement through October 12 at the Belasco Theatre. Harris is set to play his final performance on August 17. The Book of Mormon and Girls star didn’t initially see himself stepping in for Harris. “Michael [Mayer, Hedwig director] had this idea that I should replace Neil when he left,” Rannells explained. “I came in and saw it that weekend. Neil was so amazing; I didn’t think I could possibly do it.” Hedwig and the Angry Inch Rannells received a Tony nod for his performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. He’s also appeared on the Great White Way in Jersey Boys and Hairspray. His screen credits include Girls, The New Normal, Bachelorette and the upcoming film The Intern.center_img While the thought of Hedwig might conjure up glitter and glam rock, Rannells notes that there is a side to her that is not as noticeable on the surface: “it’s about feeling lost and looking for love and wanting to feel complete inside.” Of course, nothing bad seems to be coming his way yet as he waits to throw on the iconic wig and pumps once more, having played the role in a Houston, Texas production in 2001. “I literally replied to an audition notice I saw in Backstage,” Rannells said of his first stint with the show. “On a personal note, it was shortly after my dad passed away…I needed to do something…I was very depressed.” View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img read more

  • Tickets Now On Sale for Public’s 2014-15 Season, Including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton

    first_img View Comments Tickets are now on sale for The Public Theater’s 2014-15 season. The lineup includes new works from Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pulitzer winner Young Jean Lee and Michael Friedman.Miranda will present the world premiere of Hamilton, in which he tells the story of the life, death and rhymes of a scrappy young immigrant who forever changes America: Alexander Hamilton. Thomas Kail directs the heart-filled new musical that combines hip-hop and a classic Broadway sound. Hamilton will run from January 20, 2015 through February 22 at the Newman Theater and officially open on February 17.Straight White Men, written and directed by Lee, will receive its New York Premiere from November 7 through December 7, and officially open on November 17, at the Martinson Theater. With a cast featuring Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson and James Stanley, the play explores the value of being a straight white man when identity is the cornerstone of ones worth and privilege is increasingly problematic.The world premiere of Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin’s musical The Fortress of Solitude will run from September 30 through November 2 at the Newman Theater. Opening night is set for October 22. Conceived and directed by Daniel Aukin and based on the Jonathan Lethem novel, the tuner tells the coming-of-age story of two superhero-obsessed teenagers who believe that maybe, just maybe, they could fly.Rock Bottom, a new show created by Bridget Everett, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray, will play Joe’s Pub from September 9 through October 11. Opening night is set for September 17. The production follows Everett as she barrels through life, leaving behind her chardonnay-induced stupor for a path toward redemption. The show was originally commissioned as part of The Joe’s Pub 2013 New York Voices series.The Anspacher Theater will host the world premiere of Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks from October 14 through November 16. Jo Bonney directs the drama comprised of three plays presented in a single performance, which follow a slave who must decide whether to join his master on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. The series is presented in association with American Repertory Theater and will officially open on October 28.The Total Bent will begin on March 3, 2015 at the Anspacher Theater and officially open on March 19. Passing Strange creators Stew and Heidi Rodewald reunite to present the world premiere of their new musical to the Public stage. Directed by Joanna Settle, the tuner explores the passions that divide a gospel star and his songwriting son as they make their music and make their choice between salvation and selling out. The Total Bent will run through April 5.Finally, spoken word artist and Tony winner Lemon Anderson’s ToasT will return to the Public after previously being presented at The Public’s Under the Radar Festival. Directed by Elise Thoron, the play weaves characters from black oral narratives into a story about men trying to live free in a system—and a world—designed to keep them chained. ToasT will run from April 2, 2015 through April 19 at the Martinson Theater. Star Files Related Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton (Off-Broadway) Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015last_img read more

  • Kelli O’Hara & Matthew Morrison Talk Carnegie Hall, Cheese Grits & More

    first_img O’HARA: You’ve had cheese grits at least three or four times from me. Q: What can we look forward to hearing you sing, Matt? MORRISON: I think I’ve had them. Is that your family recipe cheese grits? Q: What is your favorite family Christmas tradition? O’HARA: My mom does themed Christmases. So every year, the dinner is themed. It’s actually really fun because it makes every Christmas the same but different. She gets pretty creative. Q: Matt, what are you looking forward to most about bringing Finding Neverland to Broadway this spring? MORRISON: We were. It kicked our asses, though. Q: And Kelli, you just wrapped up your own Peter Pan experience. How does it feel now that it’s all over? O’HARA: My memory is [Matt’s] audition. I saw so many guys come through. I had never seen you before; I didn’t know who you were. I’ll never forget when you came in the room and it was just absolutely, unmistakably clear that you were going to be it. MORRISON: I’m going to add a little Hawaiian flair to the evening. I’m singing “Mele Kalikimaka,” which is the traditional Hawaiian Christmas song, and I’m going to bust out my ukulele. Q: What’s the craziest memory you two have of working on Piazza? MORRISON: Yeah, we’re basically learning this show on our own and then we’ll come together. Which I’m not worried about, because we already have this built-in chemistry. O’HARA: Yeah. It’s fantastic. There’s a great history to it. There’s a vast expanse that makes you feel pretty powerful. Well, you feel like a tiny little ant, but powerful at the same time. And that huge orchestra and ensemble—The Essential Voices—what it is is empowering. O’HARA: We look so happy! O’HARA: I’m southern! We always have cheese grits. Nearly 10 years after playing lovebirds in The Light in the Piazza, Tony nominees Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison are reuniting on stage. The pair will bring yuletide cheer to Carnegie Hall on December 19 and 20 in Kelli and Matthew: Home for the Holidays, backed by the incomparable New York Pops and the Essential Voices choir. Morrison, who’s busy shooting Glee in Los Angeles, and O’Hara, in the midst of rehearsals for The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera, hopped on a conference call with us to recount their busy 2014, share cheesy Christmas traditions and plan an imaginary Hawaiian dream vacation. MORRISON: I think we’ve all grown up with Peter Pan in our lives. What I love about Finding Neverland is the story behind the story. It has great themes of using your imagination and never growing up and keeping that child inside of you always. It’s such a great message. MORRISON: I’ve only performed there once in a benefit concert, so I’m really excited to take more ownership of the evening with one of my dear friends. Q: What’s the must-have dish on your Christmas dinner table? O’HARA: I’ve done [long runs of shows], and there is something beautiful about that, because it gets richer and you can deepen your performance. But I’m also a person who loves to do lots of things and move on. So I was OK to do it and then step away and go back to something else. MORRISON: Kelli, you’ve performed there before, right? Q: What’s your all-time favorite Christmas song?center_img Q: With the two of you currently on opposite coasts, what’s the preparation process been like for this concert? O’HARA: [Laughs.] That’s mine too! MORRISON: Good! There was a debate of who was going to sing that song at the concert, and all I want to do is hear Kelli sing it. O’HARA: Matt sends me recordings of him running through something so I can hear his part and I’m trying to learn my part. We haven’t even seen each other. The day before, we’re going to see each other for the first time to run through things. MORRISON: Oh, you’re so freakin’ country. I love you. MORRISON: Let’s do it in Hawaii! O’HARA: Yes! MORRISON: [Christmas] has been my one break from Glee, so my wife and I always get on a plane on Christmas Day. We pick a place to go and head to the airport. I’m sure when we have kids that’ll change, and we’ll have some new family traditions. O’HARA: No, that’s perfect! You can wake up, do your Santa Claus, and then go right to the airport and go to a brilliant island and swim in the ocean. And I’m going to come along as your nanny. With my kids! MORRISON: For me, it was jumping on board when a lot of people had done it before. I was lost in this world of Italy and crazy operatic voices and I was like, “What am I doing here?!” I felt out of my comfort zone, but it was so rewarding. MORRISON: Aww, we were babies. O’HARA: No, it’s always a surprise. Q: Maybe you could do Hawaiian this year and have Matt play the ukulele. MORRISON: I have to say, every time I hear “O Holy Night”… Q: Kelli and Matt, you’re both on the line. MORRISON: Oh, those are so good. That’s my answer, too. Kelli’s family recipe cheese grits. For Kelli’s wedding, one of the coolest things was this recipe booklet as a gift from her family, which I still use to this day. Q: Do you know what this year’s theme is? O’HARA: CHEESE GRITS. Q: What makes performing an iconic space like Carnegie Hall so special? O’HARA: Matty, guess where I am! I’m in the breezeway at Lincoln Center, standing right in front of our The Light in the Piazza poster, looking at how young we were. Catch Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison at Carnegie Hall on December 19 and 20. View Commentslast_img read more

  • Broadway Grosses: The Lion King is Still Roaring at the Box Office

    first_imgJanuary is always a challenging time for the Broadway box office, so unsurprisingly this week perennial favorite The Lion King reigned supreme followed by usual suspects The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Aladdin and Beautiful. Elsewhere, Hollywood hunks Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman were bringing in the crowds to The Elephant Man and The River, respectively, with both productions making the top five frontrunners by capacity. Despite good reviews, Honeymoon in Vegas saw no uptick at the box office—we’ll continue to carefully monitor the tuner’s fortunes. And wondering why It’s Only a Play is suddenly in the underdogs category? The show only played five performances as it moved from the Schoenfeld to next door’s the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre—they had to make way for the Queen. Source: The Broadway League FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,641,207) 2. The Book of Mormon ($1,575,262) 3. Wicked ($1,500,725) 4. Aladdin ($1,347,820) 5. Beautiful ($1,047,501) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. It’s Only a Play ($462,008)* 4. You Can’t Take It With You ($441,995) 3. Chicago ($427,273) 2. Honeymoon in Vegas ($425,029) 1. Disgraced ($360,932) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Mamma Mia (70.36%) 4. Disgraced (67.10%) 3. Chicago (66.98%) 2. You Can’t Take It With You (65.39%) 1. On the Town (60.27%) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.60%) 2. The Elephant Man (101.81%) 3. Aladdin (99.73%) 4. The River (99.34%) 5. Constellations (99.13%) *Number based on five regular performances Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending January 25: View Commentslast_img read more

  • Hot Shot! Bruce Willis Sees Benjamin Scheuer Roar in The Lion

    first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Bruce Willis spent February 13 in the company of a lion! The Lion, to be exact—the legendary star of Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, Twelve Monkeys and many more headed to the Lynn Redgrave Theatre to catch Benjamin Scheuer’s gripping one-man musical about love, loss, family loyalty and the redemptive power of music. Check out this Hot Shot of Willis and Scheuer backstage after the show, then see The Lion off-Broadway. The Lion View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

  • Picks of the Week! Inch Uptown for Lena Hall, Fly Away with Anne Hathaway & Go Medieval at Wolf Hall

    first_imgHey, you, stuffing yourself with Peeps—it’s time for an intervention, Broadway-style! The city is busting with fun things to do this week, including the New York premiere of Wolf Hall Parts One and Two, Anne Hathaway’s return to the NYC stage, and a former Phantom’s TV special. Here come this week’s picks!Follow Lena Hall UptownBegins April 7 at Café CarlyleWhen you leave your job, the days after are spent either agonizing over your decision while in the fetal position or learning how to tolerate a new batch of annoying coworkers. Lena Hall doesn’t have that problem. After a mega-successful stint on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the talented Tony winner makes her debut at Café Carlyle. She’ll be there through April 18. Will she be joined by The Deafening? Gotta go to find out. Click for tickets!See What Broadway Friends Are ForApril 7 at 54 BelowFor most of us, friends are reliable in a pinch. If you’re singer-songwriter Michael Mott, your friends are Broadway superstars whom join you onstage in high-profile shows. Mott tells stories and performs songs in That Was Then, This Is How, and gets an assist from the likes of Jeremy Jordan, Adrienne Warren, and Marissa McGowan. That’s great, but let’s see Jordan help Mott move a couch into a fourth-floor walk-up. Click for tickets!Get Grounded with Anne HathawayBegins April 7 at Anspacher TheatreThrough May 17, Anne Hathaway stars in Grounded, George Brant’s drama about a fighter pilot whose days are now split between working a drone in an Air Force trailer and living in the suburbs with her family. No, this isn’t a musical, but before Hathaway dreamed a dream in the Les Miserables movie, she delivered a string of stirring dramatic performances (Remember Rachel Getting Married?). Plus, Julie Taymor is directing…so get moving! Click for tickets!Join the King’s Court at Wolf HallOpens April 9 at the Winter Garden Theatre“A night at the theater” is an expression. That’s actually the case with Wolf Hall Parts One & Two, and, oh boy, is it worth your time. Based on Hilary Mantel’s beloved novels and presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the show(s)—which played to raves in England—explores the stormy times of King Henry VIII (Nathaniel Parker) and his right-hand man Thomas Cromwell (Ben Miles). Bring on the noirish goodness! Click for tickets!Get to Know Norm LewisApril 10 on PBSIf you’ve done everything on this list, you deserve a night in. Make it tonight, when PBS presents Norm Lewis: Who Am I?, an airing of the erstwhile Phantom’s recent concert from Lincoln Center. The show, according to PBS, lays out Lewis’ “musical course from gospel to Marvin Gaye.” We hope that journey doesn’t include interminable pledge breaks from folks who resemble our eighth grade algebra teacher. But, hey, it’s Norm! He’s worth it. View Commentslast_img read more

  • Sound of Music & Legendary Fiddler Star Theodore Bikel Dead at 91

    first_imgOscar and two-time Tony nominee Theodore Bikel, who created the role of Captain Georg Von Trapp in the original production of The Sound of Music on Broadway and played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof more than 2,000 times, died aged 91 on July 21. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bikel passed away of natural causes at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.Bikel was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Miriam (née Riegler) and Josef Bikel, on May 2, 1924. After the Nazis took power in Austria in 1938, the family escaped to Mandatory Palestine. Bikel began acting as a teenager and in 1946 moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He later emigrated to the United States, where he became a citizen in 1961.Bikel began his professional acting career in 1948 as understudy for the parts of both Stanley Kowalski and Mitch in the West End premiere of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. By 1955 he made his Broadway debut in Tonight in Samarkand and in 1958 he received his first Tony nod for his performance in The Rope Dancers. His second Tony nomination came for The Sound of Music for the original 1959 production. Bikel first played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in 1967, and subsequently appeared in the role more than any other actor, even stepping into the North American tour in 2010 at the age of 86. He additionally wrote and starred in Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, which had its world premiere in Washington in 2008.Oscar nominated for 1958’s The Defiant Ones, his numerous film credits included the Hungarian phonetics expert in My Fair Lady, The Little Kidnappers, The Enemy Below, The Pride and the Passion, The Russians Are Coming, The African Queen, I Want to Live!, See You in the Morning, Crisis in the Kremlin, Shadow Conspiracy, Dark Tower, Second Chances and Crime and Punishment. Notable television appearances included The Final Days, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Law & Order, JAG, Colombo, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dynasty and Falcon Crest.Author of Folksongs and Footnotes, his autobiography Theo was published in 1994. Bikel founded the Newport Folk Festival in 1961; as well as being a renowned folk singer, he also appeared in opera productions including La Gazza Ladra at the Philadelphia Opera Company in 1989 and Ariadne auf Naxos at the Los Angeles Opera Company in 1992.A civil rights activist and board member for Amnesty International, Bikel served as president of Actors Equity from 1973-82. In 1977 President Carter appointed him to serve a five-year term on the National Council for the Arts.Bikel married four times. First to Ofra Ichilov in 1942; they divorced in 1943. In 1967 he wed Rita Weinberg Call with whom he had two sons, Robert and Daniel. They divorced in 2008 and in 2009 he married conductor Tamara Brooks, who passed away in 2012. He wed Aimee Ginsburg on December 29, 2013, who survives him, along with his children. View Commentslast_img read more