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  • In Divergent Easter Celebrations, Prayers For Virus Victims

    first_imgPixabay Stock Image.NEW YORK – Christians around the world celebrated an Easter Sunday upended by the coronavirus without the usual crowded church Masses and large family gatherings.Instead, they turned to the internet, television and radio from home to follow services that noted the grave impact of the pandemic. Some found novel ways to mark the holy day.  Others still assembled in groups, but took precautions to try to avoid infection.The virus forced a change in Easter traditions that had even endured wars. Christians in the U.S. contended with a patchwork of limits on how and where they could gather to mark Jesus’ resurrection.Many states exempted houses of worship from orders curbing communal meetings to help stop the coronavirus from spreading. A few pastors said they would stay open to visitors despite pandemic-fighting guidelines. But no matter how divergent the celebrations, the message from church leaders around the world remained consistent: prayers for the sick and dead and reassurances of God’s presence. Here’s a sample of Easter events from the U.S. and abroad:Parishioners from churches across New York City sang “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” from their balconies and windows as part of an initiative organized online.“My husband and I went out on the balcony and we belted it out as loud as we could,” said Kathy Keller, of Reedemer Presbyterian Church, who helped launch the ‘Easter2020’ singing event. 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

  • Jamestown Public Schools Announces Last Day Of School

    first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public Schools announced the last day of classes for this 2019-20 school year.The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 10, except for Ring Elementary School, which had to close for a day in February due to cleaning from a broken drainpipe.Ring Elementary School’s last day of school will be Thursday, June 11.Each school principal will notify students and families about end of year close out procedures including the return of school property such as textbooks, calculators, library books, novels and athletic uniforms. Principals will also share information about procedures to collect students’ belongings in lockers or classrooms.Those with questions on school closure procedures are asked to contact their school principal for more information. 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

  • DMV Road Tests Back On Following COVID-19 Shutdown

    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 Image.JAMESTOWN – Those looking to get their drivers licenses in New York State will now be able to schedule road tests following the COVID-19 shutdown.Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore in a news release on Tuesday said starting today road tests are being scheduled in the county for CDL, class D and class M licenses.Barmore says the state is first giving preference to those who had a scheduled appointment canceled because of COVID-19.“Albany is contacting those persons at this time,” said Barmore. “The best way to schedule an appointment at this time is online at Once on the website click on Licenses, Permits and IDs. On the drop down box click on Learner’s Permits or CDL and scroll down until you see ‘Schedule a road test.’” The Clerk says on the day of the test residents must arrive with only their driver and no extra passengers.They are also required to wear a mask and be prepared to wipe down the passenger seat with disinfectant for the test monitor.On Monday, the county’s DMVs reopened to some in person services.last_img read more

  • DEC Asking Hunters To Report Deer Sickened With EHD

    first_imgPixabay Stock Image.ALBANY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking hunters to report deer who they think are infected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease.According to the DEC, Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease is a viral disease of whitetail deer. It cannot be contracted by humans and cannot be spread from deer to other animals.The disease has been confirmed in portions of the state, with so far around 750 reports of dead deer due to this disease.The DEC says, although the current outbreak seems to be concentrated in the lower Hudson Valley, it may have spread elsewhere. They say the disease is carried by small biting bugs. Symptoms in deer include fever, hemorrhage in muscles or organs and swelling of the head, neck, tongue and lips.A deer that is infected may also look lame or dehydrated. Once infected with the disease, deer usually die within 36 hours. They’re often found near a water source.The DEC advises hunters to not handle or eat any deer that appears sick or acts strangely. 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

  • Tix Now Available to See Blythe Danner & More in The Country House on B’way

    first_img Opening night is set for October 2 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. View Comments Inspired by Chekhov’s pastoral comedies, The Country House follows Anna Patterson (Danner), the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. When the weekend takes an unexpected turn, the group is forced to improvise—inciting a series of jealousies, romantic outbursts and passionate soul-searching. The play received its world premiere at Geffen Playhouse in June. Related Shows You’re invited to join Tony winner Blythe Danner, Daniel Sunjata, Kate Jennings Grant, Eric Lange, David Rasche and Sarah Steele at Donald Margulies’ The Country House. Tickets are now on sale to see the Broadway production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, which will begin performances on September 9. The Country House Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014last_img read more

  • Clive Owen to Headline Harold Pinter’s Old Times on B’way

    first_img Old Times View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 29, 2015 Oscar nominee Clive Owen will make his Broadway debut in Harold Pinter’s Old Times. Directed by Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge, the Roundabout production will begin previews on September 17 and open officially on October 15. The full cast, design team and venue will be announced soon.Owen was nominated for an Oscar and garnered a Golden Globe for Closer, which he also starred on stage in. His additional theater credits include Romeo & Juliet, Design for Living and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Owen is currently in the Big Apple shooting the second season of Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick, for which he recently received a Best Actor Golden Globe nod.Old Times is the unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities. Deeley (Owen) is a man quite looking forward to meeting Anna, his wife Kate’s friend from long ago. But as the night goes on, Anna’s visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power.The production will kick off Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season.last_img read more

  • Tix Now Available to See Jason Ritter & More in David Mamet’s Ghost Stories

    first_imgTickets are now available to see Jason Ritter, Mary McCann, Arliss Howard and more in David Mamet’s Ghost Stories: The Shawl and Prairie du Chien. The Atlantic Theater Company production will begin previews on May 27 and run through June 28. Opening night is set for June 16 at Atlantic Stage 2.Directed by Scott Zigler, the double bill explores the toll of death and murder. The first follows a bereaved woman (McCann) who consults a small-time mystic (Howard) and his apprentice (Ritter) for guidance. The latter takes place on a railroad car as a friendly card game escalates to jealousy and murder.Rounding out the cast are Nate Dendy, Jim Frangione, Henry Kelemen, Jordan Lage and Dereks Thomas.The production will feature set design by Lauren Helpern, costumes by Linda Cho and lighting design by Jeff Croiter. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 Related Shows Ghost Stories: The Shawl and Prairie Du Chien View Commentslast_img read more

  • Thumbs Up! Sierra Boggess & Julian Ovenden Lead an Enchanted Evening

    first_img Star Files The halls were alive with—oh, you know—on October 9, as Carnegie Hall welcomed Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden to the stage for the New York Pops’ opening night, My Favorite Things: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein. The set list from music director and conductor Steven Reineke was perfectly structured, with the 33rd season opener spoiling attendees with rich melodies, soaring voices and a chance to visit an entire iconic cannon in one night. Ovenden, who served as a last-minute replacement for Steven Pasquale, appeared unfazed and charming, his sultry tenor to “Edelweiss,” providing a sneak peek to what ITV audiences might expect later this year in the U.K.’s new live telecast of The Sound of Music. Boggess was just as entranced as the audience; during her performance of “A Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific, the Audience Choice Award winner glided across the stage in adoration, beaming at Reineke and the musicians between verses. During duets, their chemistry permeated the venue, and when the pair joined forces with the Essential Voices USA choir for “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” the impact was particularly powerful. All in all, the evening was a perfect start to the Pops’ 2015-16 season! View Commentscenter_img Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

  • Premiere Date Set for Younger Season 2

    first_imgSutton Foster and a whole lot of statement jewelry are coming back! The one-hour premiere of Younger’s second season is now set for January 12, 2016 on TV Land. Get ready for even more GIFs!Younger follows Liza Miller (Foster), a 40-year-old recent divorcee who reenters the workforce by passing herself off as a millennial Brooklynite. Her “Tootsie-but-with-age” disguise takes effect in her dating life as well when she meets Josh, a local tattoo artist who falls for the now-20-something Liza.Will Diana and Kelsey discover Liza’s true age? Will Josh get along with Liza’s daughter? What statement necklaces will Miriam Shor wear?! We can’t wait to find out next year! View Commentslast_img

  • Matt Bogart & Whitney Bashor to Lead Himself and Nora

    first_img Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys, Miss Saigon) and Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County) will star in the new musical Himself and Nora off-Broadway. Directed by Michael Bush, with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle, the production is scheduled to begin performances at the Minetta Lane Theatre on May 14. Opening night is set for June 6.It was one of the world’s great romances. She was the country girl from Galway whose burning sexuality and acerbic wit inspired the genius of James Joyce (Bogart). Himself and Nora is a musical that reveals the private life of one of modern literature’s most controversial figures and illustrates the untold story of Joyce’s lifelong love and muse Nora (Bashor).The production will feature choreography by Kelli Barclay, set design by Paul Tate dePoo III, costume design by Amy Clark, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Keith Caggiano. View Comments Matt Bogart & Whitney Bashorlast_img read more