JPS Launching Committee To Hear Community Feedback On Red Raider Logo

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public School’s is looking to hear the community’s feedback following calls to change the Red Raider logo.Newly appointed Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker released the following statement Monday afternoon:Given today’s climate and the important issues revolving around equity, it is vital that our community knows that we hear their concerns regarding the JHS logo, imagery and name. The voicing of these concerns creates an opportunity for JPS to hear, and work to understand, all points of view on the issues raised. It is also an invaluable educational lesson for our children to see our community come together to collaboratively work through an issue of community concern.JPS is launching a community conversation regarding this issue. We have formed a committee of students, parents, staff and community members to hear stakeholder feedback. We are committed to seeing this process through.  The subsequent introduction of legislation regarding this issue does not change our goal – to hear all sides of the issue and collaborate on a solution as a community. As the logo and name have been a long-standing tradition at JHS, this cannot be an overnight solution. We hope by talking about concerns and viewpoints in a committee format, we will find a way to bridge understanding and create an outcome that will make everyone feel heard in the process. 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),Hello, i am a student from jhs and i think this is ridiculous. First of all i know what is happening with the blm and its scary, it is, but that doesnt mean that “red raiders” is a recial thing just because it has an indian. We take pride in who we are and the people who came before us , and changing the name that stayed there as long as my family and i remember. My dad went to t his same highschool and loved it too!! It will happen just luke the jamestown team name, jamestown skunks?! Are you kidding me!!! Imagine the name or mascot will be for the high school! Hell maybe it will be worse!!!! JHS has a right to keep its name and i dont care who is against me and for all of those out there who are students of this school or were, repeat after me: ONCE A RAIDER, ALWAYS A RAIDER!!!. GO RAIDERS!!!last_img read more

New York Redistricting Commission Meets To Discuss Future

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) Photo: Jim Bowen / CC BY 2.0ALBANY – The ten-member “Independent Redistricting Commission” met virtually last week to discuss the future of redrawing the state’s legislative office and Congressional district lines.In 2014 New York voters approved a ballot proposal amending the state constitution to create an “Independent Redistricting Commission” tasked with redrawing lines for Congressional, State Assembly and State Senate seats following the U.S. Census.“It’s not fully independent, because the majority of the commissioners are appointed by the legislature. But it is separate and apart from the legislature in its functioning, and in its role in the redistricting process,” said League of Women Voters of New York State Deputy Director Jennifer Wilson.The Commission is still in its early planning stages, with much of the discussion about leadership roles, by laws and public outreach. “There’s already bipartisan, co-executive directors. It kind of makes sense to have bipartisan chairs, but it’s up to the commission. At the end of the day, this is our first go with this. They get to decide what they want to do,” Wilson said.They group did agree to start putting together a website for public information.Wilson says the maps they create will need to be available to the public in September, and they will need to hold public hearings.The deadline to have their final maps to the legislature to be voted on for approval is January 1, 2022.“So in between that, that timeline, this basic whole year is going to be them, looking at the census counts, working with local community groups and individuals and figuring out what these new maps are going to look like,” Wilson said.The Commission agreed to try to have a website live and open for public input by mid-January.last_img read more

Wintery Mix Sunday, Uncertainty Remains For Thanksgiving Holiday

first_imgJAMESTOWN – A low pressure system will track across Western New York today, that will provide for a wintry mix early before switching to rain in the afternoon. For today, rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet are possible early in the morning before turning over to all rain in the afternoon. Otherwise cloudy with highs in the low to mid-40’s.Tonight, a few rain or snow showers possible with lows in the lower-30’s. As we start off the new work week, we will be mostly cloudy with snow showers likely in the morning mixing with rain in the afternoon. An inch of snow is possible on the highest hill tops. Highs in the upper-30’s.Some sun returns for Tuesday with partly cloudy skies. Still a chance for a rain or snow shower in the morning. Highs near 40.Forecast is getting a bit more clear for mid-week into Thursday.  Models are suggesting a low pressure system will bring rain in for Wednesday/Thursday while still a few others show dry quiet weather. For now a chance of rain will be in the forecast for each day. Temperature wise, highs should be in the upper-40’s to near 50 for the period.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

Santa Claus To Visit Falconer Today

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.FALCONER – Santa Claus will make a visit to the Village of Falconer today at 10 a.m.Officials from the Falconer Rotary and the Village cancelled this year’s traditional Santa Claus parade last month, but are planning another way to welcome Christmas cheer.Instead, officials say Santa Claus will be escorted by the Falconer Fire Department around the village. 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) Mayor James Jaroszynski says he wanted to provide the Village with some Christmas positivity while also trying to keep residents safe.“We just wanted to give our residents some form of the Santa parade,” Jarozynski said. “We know that we can’t, because of the statewide COVID and the nationwide COVID, you hear locally our county, our numbers, you see the numbers everyday from Chautauqua County. We just wanted to try to give our residents some sort of holiday cheer a little bit. Not canceling the Santa parade totally, but kind of redoing it a little bit and restructuring it a little bit.”Children and their families will be able to see Santa as he passes through their neighborhoods. Santa’s ride around the village will be begin at SKF on Elmwood Avenue. He will then wind his way around the village aboard the Old Mac Fire Truck.Updates of Santa’s whereabouts in the village will be posted to the village Facebook page throughout the morning of Dec. 5th.Officials say this will provide families a little advance notice of when Santa will arrive in their neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs. Santa are reminding all good boys and girls (and their families) to please remember to wear their masks and to social distance throughout this event.Due to COVID-19, Santa will not be able to stay and greet children at the Santa House this year.Here is a map outlining Santa’s expected travel:last_img read more

Fit for a Prince! Joe Carroll and More Begin Performances in Broadway’s Cinderella

first_img This casting shakeup follows Victoria Clark’s return to the production on January 21. Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher are set to begin their roles as Cinderella and her stepmother, Madame, from February 4 at the Broadway Theatre. A new Prince is giving a ball! Joe Carroll joins the cast of Broadway’s Cinderella beginning January 28, succeeding original star Santino Fontana as Prince Topher. Meanwhile, ensemble member Stephanie Gibson takes over the role of forward thinking stepsister Gabrielle from Marla Mindelle and Todd Buonapane will appear as Jean-Michel, replacing Greg Hildreth. View Comments Directed by Mark Brokaw, the classic fairy tale Cinderella originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. The new production features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other R&H musicals.  Carroll recently appeared in Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet and Once. His film and TV credits include The Carrie Diaries and All My Children. Buonopane’s Broadway credits include Grease, Chicago and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His film and TV credits include 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, The Producers and Claire’s Cambodia. Gibson’s previous Broadway credits include The Addams Family and Spamalot. Her film and TV appearances include Up All Night, You Must Be Joking, All My Children, As the World Turns and Guiding Light. Joe Carroll Victoria Clark Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Star Files Related Shows Cinderellalast_img read more

Domhnall Gleeson and More Stage Vets to Appear in Star Wars

first_img The cast of the much anticpated film also includes Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow and…drumroll… the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Fisher and Hamill, of course, are no strangers to the Great White Way either. Fisher’s Broadway credits include Wishful Drinking and Agnes of God, and Hamill’s Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Amadeus and The Elephant Man. Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. John Williams returns as the composer. The movie will open worldwide on December 18, 2015. Tony nominee and Harry Potter star Domhnall Gleeson (Lieutenant of Inishmore), will appear in the recently announced cast of Star Wars Episode VII. He joins off-Broadway alums Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac, along with London stage vets John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. View Commentslast_img read more

Listen to Two Tracks from the Hedwig and the Angry Inch Broadway Cast Recording!

first_img Neil Patrick Harris View Comments Lena Hall We still have to wait until July 1 to download the Hedwig and the Angry Inch Broadway cast recording, but these tracks might just satisfy our craving until then. Pop some gummibärchen, pull your wig (we know you have at least one) down from the shelf and rock out to Tony nominees Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, and the Angry Inch band performing “Sugar Daddy” and “Wig in a Box.” We can’t wait to belt out Stephen Trasks’ score in its entirety with the rock goddess herself on the new album! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015center_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Carey Mulligan & Bill Nighy’s Skylight’s One to Watch & More

first_img Skylight, Starring Carey Mulligan & Bill Nighy, is One to Watch David Hare’s much buzzed about Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually), which is currently running in the West End, will broadcast to movie theaters worldwide on October 23 courtesy of National Theatre Live. Directed by Tony winner Stephen Daldry and also starring Matthew Beard, the London production completes its limited engagement on August 23. Skylight ran on Broadway in 1996—time for a return? Zachary Quinto Anna Kendrick Had to Tone Down Her Fangirling Over Meryl Streep Oscar and Tony nominee Anna Kendrick, who is appearing alongside Meryl Streep in the starry movie adaptation of Into the Woods, was amazed at how good the three-time Oscar winner was in the tuner. “I just couldn’t get my mind around how she could have been sitting on this level of talent for so long and no one really knew about it,” she told V Magazine. “At a certain point, I had to tone it down.” View Comments Zachary Quinto Celebrates ‘How Much Better Things Would Be if the British Ruled Over America’ As if we needed any more reasons to love Zachary Quinto. What’s the Broadway alum (The Glass Menagerie) and Hollywood hottie (Star Trek, American Horror Story) done now? Only gone and tape this tongue-in-cheek ad, below, for a British beer about the “craft of acting.” After somehow keeping a straight face as he talks about “how much better things would be if the British ruled over America,” he goes on to discuss the difference between an actor and a thespian. Hilarious. Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Zachary Quinto May Get Naked for Girls & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Gillian Anderson Demonstrates That the Show Must Go On  Gillian Anderson, currently appearing in A Streetcar Named Desire in London, proved herself quite the showbiz trouper on August 26. The X-Files star was injured by a flying plate during a particularly dramatic scene in the acclaimed revival. According to the Evening Standard, despite suffering a nasty cut to her shin, the actress went on with the show, garnering a whole-hearted standing ovation from those typically more reserved Brits. David Schwimmer Makes More Theater Friends Friends alum David Schwimmer, currently represented off-Broadway with his direction of Sex with Strangers, will helm a developmental reading of Stephen Belber’s Shut Up When You Talk to Me. The workshop will take place as part of the 2014 PlayLabs reading series from MCC Theater, on September 15 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. B’way May Not Be Getting a New Theater After All Bigwig theater owners the Shuberts may not be adding a new marquee to the Broadway landscape after all. Rumor had it that they were in talks to build a 1,500 seat Great White Way theater from the ground up between West 45th and 46th Street, between the Imperial Theatre and Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse. However, now Deadline reports that a luxury apartment tower is planned for the site by Extell Corp. Of course, that doesn’t stop a theater being built at the bottom of it… Zachary Quinto May Get Naked for Girls There’s every chance we’ll get to see Zachary Quinto nude in the near future. When asked if the Broadway alum would be stripping off during his previously reported guest stint on Girls, Lena Dunham told E! Online: “I also want to see him naked—that’s all you need to know for now.” Well, it’s not ideal, Lena, we want assurances, but at least you’ve given us hope. Josh Gad’s Trouble in Paradise Is there trouble in paradise for Josh Gad? Warner Bros., which is developing a Gilligan’s Island movie with the Frozen and Mormon star, has had a lawsuit filed against it by Travis Dunson. According to Deadline, Dunson is claiming that the studio’s version infringes on an adaptation he wrote of the 1960s TV show. Come back to Broadway and leave all these Hollywood arguments behind, Mr. Gad! There’s a part in Forum waiting just for you… View Commentslast_img read more

Tony Winner Kelli O’Hara on Why Leaving The King and I Feels ‘Strange and Heartbreaking’

first_img The King and I Related Shows Kelli O’Hara(Photos: Bruce Glikas, Paul Kolnik, Theo Wargo/Getty Images) In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Kelli O’Hara, who was nominated five previous times over a decade, won her first Tony Award for playing Anna Leonowens in The King and I. The actress, who was named the 2015 Broadway.com Star of the Year, will take her final bow in the Tony-winning revival on April 17. We asked the lovable star to participate in Broadway.com’s Exit Interview and tell us all about what she learned, loved and will miss about her time in the classic musical.How did you feel when you first got this job?Excited and a little apprehensive. I didn’t know this show/role that well and honestly thought it would be easier than it has been. But the challenges have ultimately been the most fulfilling part.How do you feel now that you’re leaving?I feel proud of this show, the family we have created at LCT and very grateful that roles like Anna exist, and especially that I was asked to play her.What are three words you would use to describe your experience? Cathartic, personal, educational.What was the easiest thing about this job? Loving the children.What was the hardest thing? Missing my own.What was the highlight of your time at this job? My highlight of any project is always the rehearsal period when the work is really done. I always miss it when it’s over.What skills are required for future job applicants? Ha! I never think of our jobs like that. They aren’t technical or cookie-cutter. They are emotional and best served by being special to the individual playing them. And my Anna will be different from any other Anna. I guess I would ask, out of respect for my company who will still be there, that the actress has a good moral core, a strong investment in a close company of actors and a warm heart. And I know we have hit the jackpot with Marin Mazzie.What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Be an observant and quiet leader. Support when it is needed but concentrate on the show itself, and in some way, a healthy, strong show will make for a healthy, loyal company.How do you think you’ve grown?Anyone who plays Anna will grow, I think. Her strength, her fearlessness and her dedication to something good and just have definitely affected me. She has made me feel stronger and more confident.Why are you leaving? I miss my own children, and I want more time with them, but I also want to move on creatively. I always itch to do new things professionally. I always have.What will you miss the most? I will miss my cast more than I can put down in words. They are beautiful, soulful, dedicated artists, and I love them so much. We built this together, and leaving them feels strange and heartbreaking. But I have been around this business long enough to know that I will be with them again and that perhaps my leaving will create a change for them that is creative and healthy and new.center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

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