Stock Image.MAYVILLE — With COVID-19 concerns and social distancing recommendations, the Chautauqua County Board of Elections Commissioners are urging voters to apply now for absentee ballots for the upcoming November elections.Commissioners Norman Green and Brian Abram said it is not too early to apply for the absentee ballots with an approved reason.“It’s not too early to apply for absentee ballot for any allowed reason,” said Abram.Absentee ballot applications are available for download at votechautauqua.com or by calling the Board of Elections at 716-753-4580 to have an application mailed. ”If voters are concerned for the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend voters select ‘Temporary Illness’ as the reason on the application for voting absentee,” said Green. “This is a worldwide pandemic and each of us may or may not be virus carriers and thus we are all eligible to check off temporary illness as the reason to qualify for a NYS absentee ballot.”Other categories for absentee ballot applications include: being permanently physically unable to go to the polls; being a care giver for a voter who is permanently unable to go the polls, who must reapply each year; being out of the county on Election Day; being a military or overseas voters, who must reapply every two years and are able to download their ballot; voters who move out of the county too late to register in their new locale out of state may apply for a special presidential ballot.Ballots will be mailed in Chautauqua County starting on Friday, Sept. 18. The period to apply for an Absentee Ballot with a United States Postal Service postmark is now through October 27. Absentee Ballots are not able to be forwarded, so voters should fill out applications now with a ballot to mailed where they will be the week of September 18.Absentee voting will run Friday Sept. 18, through 5 p.m., Monday Nov. 2, at the Board of Elections Hall Clothier Building, 7 N. Erie St. Mayville, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. daily. Early voting will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 1, in Mayville, at the Chautauqua Mall, Lakewood, and at the County Fairgrounds, Dunkirk.In person voting will be held as always at all county poll sites Nov. 3, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Social distancing and masks will be required for all in person voting and masks will be provided if a voter does not have one. Election inspectors are trained to be accommodating to voters who refuse to wear a mask and will take precautions including the limiting of other voters to enter the poll site while the non-masked voter is voting and to completely clean any area where the non-masked voter touches or may have contaminated.Due to the pandemic, the Board of Elections is preparing for as many as 35,000 absentee ballots to be requested and mailed for this year election out of an enrollment of nearly 77,000 active voters. More information may be obtained about voting by visiting www.votechautauqua.com.In related news, the New York State Legislature passed automatic voter registration, which introduces a streamlined, more accessible voter registration process, officials saidNew Yorkers would be automatically registered whenever they interact with a “qualified” government agency like the DMV or Department of Health. Millions of New Yorkers use these city and state agencies for basic necessities like housing, social services, health insurance, disability services, unemployment insurance, etc.Having passed the Senate on Wednesday and the Assembly on Thursday, the legislation still must be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to become a law. The bill would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.Automatic voter registration, or AVR, is part of a legislative package building on previous voting rights legislation. Counting Washington D.C., 20 states already have some form of AVR. 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) Photo: US Air Force / PixabayJAMESTOWN — A deceased priest who served at St. James’ and St. John’s Roman Catholic churches has been named in two Child Victim Act lawsuits in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County, according to Horowitz Law of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Fr. Ralph P. Federico was named in the two lawsuits filed in July 2020 in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County.Fr. Ralph Federico Horowitz LawAccording to the lawsuits, both victims were 10 years old at the time of the abuse. The first lawsuit states that the abuse occurred in 1976 when Federico served St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Jamestown. The plaintiff was a student and participated in youth activities at St. John’s, where he met Federico.The second allegation claims Federico allegedly engaged in “unpermitted sexual contact” around 1974 while serving at Our Lady of Pompeii in Depew. Federico was also named in a lawsuit filed in August 2019, when the Child Victims Act first went into effect, allowing past sexual abuse victims to file claims. A man told the 7 Eyewitness News (diocesan documents confirm) that he reported an allegation against Federico in 2018. The victim was 12 years old when the abuse occurred in the early 1970s. The victim claims he was an altar boy at Our Lady of Pompeii in Depew, where Federico was pastor, but the abuse occurred when Federico took him to a trailer he owned in Mayville.Federico died in 2007, 12 years before the lawsuits came to light. He was 80 years old. Federico was ordained in 1952 and retired in 1997.He served at Our Lady of Pompeii, Lancaster, in the 1950s, Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in Clarence in the 1960s, St John in Olean in the 1960s, St. James in the 1960s, St. John’s from 1970-76, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Bemus Point, from 1978 to 1997.Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York.
View Comments Stage and screen star Joely Richardson will star in the off-Broadway revival of The Belle of Amherst, William Luce’s one-woman play that captures the revered career and private life of poet Emily Dickinson. Under the direction of Steve Cosson, performances will begin on October 7 at the Westside Theatre. Opening night is set for October 19. In The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson’s poems, diaries and letters are woven into an illuminating portrait of the prolific wordsmith. Dickinson’s encounters with close friends and family and her often-amusing observations come to life on stage. The play originally premiered on Broadway in 1976. Richardson has appeared on stage previously in Side Effects, The Lady from the Sea, Ivanov and Madame Melville. On screen, she has appeared in Nip/Tuck (for which she received two Golden Globe nominations) and numerous films, including The Patriot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 101 Dalmations, Thanks for Sharing and Endless Love. The Belle of Amherst will feature set design by Antje Ellermann, lighting design by David Weiner and sound design by Daniel Kluger.
Brandon Victor Dixon Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple) was center stage in the original New York production of the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys in 2010, only to miss out on the show’s subsequent Broadway transfer and acclaimed 2013 London premiere at the Young Vic. Now he has returned to the starring role of Haywood Patterson—one of nine young black Americans accused of raping two white women in 1930s Alabama—for the show’s West End transfer, currently in previews at the Garrick Theatre. It’s an emotional homecoming—since last appearing in the musical, Alabama has granted posthumous pardons to three of the real-life “boys,” Dixon’s character included. Broadway.com caught up with Dixon to talk musicals that matter, mixing acting with producing, and what it might take to get him to stay in London.They say you can’t go home again, but you clearly have!Yes, I did all the readings and then the Vineyard production [off-Broadway] so it feels wonderful to come home and finish the other leg of our journey. I always thought from my knowledge of London theater and the audiences here that they would appreciate a truly genius piece of theatrical work.I assume conflicts elsewhere kept you from the show’s British premiere last fall at the Young Vic?I was in Motown [on Broadway] at the time but I’ve always been aware of each production of Scottsboro no matter where it’s happening. We’re all a family by this point.What is it like to reprise something from four years ago? Is your sense memory kicking in?In all honesty, this has been a wonderful experience but also a complicated one. I’ve never gone back to do a role again. Also, because some of our cast are from the Young Vic and some from Broadway, and some are new and some from the original, we’ve had to find a throughline so that we’re all operating from the same world.is it gratifying be reminded of a musical that is willing to take such risks in its depiction of a shameful chapter in American race relations?I just think this is a remarkable piece, not just in terms of its atypical subject matter, which is pretty much in the wheelhouse of Kander and Ebb, but the way in which they and [book writer] David Thompson and [director/choreographer] Susan Stroman managed to take this unknown but incredibly significant story and communicate the realities and circumstances of the times while putting it through a framework which is entertaining but also challenging.You mean the minstrel show format?Yes, which means that people can’t just watch [the production], they have to feel it; I think it’s an incredibly effective construction.Haywood is a remarkable figure in that he refused throughout to confess his guilt in order to gain parole.He’s the final straw that won’t break. In order to be pardoned, the other boys had to plead guilty, which Haywood wouldn’t do, so he is the one character who never makes it out of prison. It’s as if he is saying, “You’ve taken so much from me as a person and as a human being, that I won’t allow you that power over me.” He refuses to let anyone change or compromise who he is.Did you know a lot about this event before you first came to this show?I did not. I had to research the story to discover who these people were only to find that it was such a monumental moment in world history and nobody knew about it. My brother is a lawyer and he had studied the case in law school because it set a lot of legal practice but people for the most part are not educated about these kinds of stories in our history.And as recent history has shown, we’re not entirely out of the woods yet.Of course not. As much as things in America like segregation and Jim Crow have been abolished, the mentality that framed those things has not, so to that extent our show isn’t about Alabama—or racism in Alabama—as much as it’s about a mode of thinking that can become systemic in a society. And systems sometimes take longer to change than people do.You say that you’d always thought British audiences would get Scottsboro —have you spent time here?Yes, a friend and I were on the BADA [British American Drama Academy] program here at Balliol College, Oxford, in 1999, the year I turned 18. I used to shoot up to London to see theater and I still have an uncle who lives in Dollis Hill.You’re also a producer with two Broadway credits [Hedwig and Of Mice and Men]. How did that come about?I think from wanting as full an understanding of the production as possible, which means executing your lines and knowing who your character is but also how does my work fit into the context as a whole? My business partner Warren Adams and I formed our company WalkRunFly as part of what felt like a logical progression: if you want to execute things to your satisfaction, then you want to have as much control as you can. That leads to helping create work for others, not just yourself.They say one in seven Broadway shows pays back, but both of yours were hits!Frankly, some of those seven shows shouldn’t be on Broadway. For my money, there really are some ideas that are terrible ideas, so with regard to that one-in-seven success rate, you could argue that half of those should never have been produced.Might you return to Motown when the musical crosses the ocean to London next year?[Laughs.] We shall see, Matt, we shall see. Treat me nice, and I’ll stick around. View Comments Star Files
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 A Delicate Balance About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. View Comments Star Files It’s a full house, whether they like it or not! The Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance opens officially at the Golden Theatre on November 20. Pam MacKinnon directs a cast that includes Tony winners and Oscar nominees John Lithgow and Glenn Close.To celebrate the show’s opening night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the tumultuous bunch. In addition to Lithgow and Close as heads of household Tobias and Agnes, the portrait features Lindsay Duncan as Agnes’ fiery alcoholic sister Claire, Martha Plimpton as their troubled daughter Julia and Clare Higgins and Bob Balaban as Edna and Harry, their friends who stop by unexpectedly for…who knows how long.Broadway.com wishes the cast of A Delicate Balance a happy opening! Have an extra drink for us! Or, you know, take it easy. Glenn Close
3. It’s party time! The premise of the new short? It’s Anna’s birthday, and Elsa plans to throw a big celebration for her sister—but when Elsa gets a cold, things don’t go as smoothly as planned. Uh-oh. 1. Elsa’s warming up She was an ice princess in the first film, but in Frozen Fever, Elsa is showing her softer side, and she’s going to be much sweeter to her sister Anna. Awww! New York City is a winter wonderland, and what better way to celebrate than with a frenzy of Frozen Fever photos! The new Frozen mini-sequel won’t hit theaters until March 13, but USAToday.com has released a sneak peek of the new short film featuring the vocal talents of original stars Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and of course, Idina Menzel. Although we’ll have to wait a little longer for the new song by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, here are five photos to tide you over until March. Let the storm rage on! 4. Olaf’s still making mischief Even though he’s in a warmer climate, Olaf is still up to his old tricks, including apparently ruining Anna’s birthday cake! Bad snowman. View Comments 2. …And she has a spring makeover Forget the old icicle dress—that’s so last winter. This spring, girls everywhere are going to want to rock Elsa’s flowy warm weather look, complete with blooming pink flowers. 5. The Frozen fam is adorably awkward We’re not the only ones who think AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com is hilarious! Check out this sweet and silly homage that hangs in the castle in the short film. Is it March yet?
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Anne Hathaway-Led Grounded Reschedules OpeningGeorge Brant’s Grounded, starring Anne Hathaway, has pushed back its official off-Broadway opening night to April 26; the date had previously been set for April 23. Directed by Julie Taymor, the one-woman show exploring the consequences of war and the struggle to find a balance with home life, will still begin previews on April 7 at the Public’s Anspacher Theater. We can’t wait for the Les Miz Oscar winner’s return to the New York stage!Cats’ Nicole Scherzinger & More Tapped for the OliviersThe Olivier nominated (and hopefully Broadway-bound) Nicole Scherzinger will sing “Memory” from Cats at London’s Olivier Awards ceremony on April 12. Olivier nominees Katie Brayben (Beautiful) and Beverley Knight (Memphis) are also set to take the stage to perform numbers from their respective shows. Other big names to join the event’s lineup at the Royal Opera House include Tony winners Angela Lansbury and Judi Dench, Broadway alums Emilia Fox and Michael Urie, along with Olivier winner Chiwetel Ejiofor. Can’t wait? Listen to Scherzinger’s rendition of the famous feline 11 o’clock number here.Netflix Orders Second Season of Bloodline Netflix has renewed Bloodline, starring Broadway faves Norbert Leo Butz, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek, for a second season. According to Deadline, the family thriller will return to production later this year and be released in 2016. Not started binge-watching yet? Maybe Tony winner Butz will talk you into it! Related Shows Grounded Show Closed This production ended its run on May 24, 2015 View Comments
Southern Comfort Show Closed This production ended its run on March 27, 2016 Jeff McCarthy and Annette O’Toole in ‘Southern Comfort’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Related Shows View Comments The off-Broadway production of Southern Comfort has moved its official opening night due to an actor illness. The new musical will now open on March 13 instead of the previously announced March 8. It is still scheduled to run through March 27 at the Public Theater.Southern Comfort tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia. Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award, the folk and bluegrass-inspired musical is a celebration of redefining family and choosing love over every obstacle.The cast features Annette O’Toole, Jeff McCarthy, Lizzie Hagstedt, Jeffrey Kuhn, Elizabeth Ward Land, David M. Lutken, Morgan Morse, Robin Skye, Joel Waggoner, Donnie Cianciotto and Aneesh Sheth.
Alex Timbers(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Frozen View Comments Related Shows Broadway.com has confirmed that director Alex Timbers and Disney Theatrical Productions have parted ways on the upcoming Broadway musical Frozen. No word yet if this will impact the timing of the project: the eagerly anticipated stage adaptation of the movie is scheduled to make its world premiere in August 2017 at the Buell Theatre in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The New York Post has claimed that Frozen has booked the St. James Theatre for the planned spring 2018 Main Stem bow.Announcement of a new director will be made in the near future. Peter Darling, who had been set to choreograph the production, also recently departed the project; an equity casting notice for a fall developmental lab suggests that Tony winner Christopher Gattelli will replace him.“Making the tough calls when creating a new Broadway musical is never easy, but this was especially painful,” said Thomas Schumacher, President and Producer of DTP, in a statement. “Alex Timbers is one of the most exciting and innovative theater directors I know, and we’ve proudly worked with him from my support of the early development of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson through our work together on Peter and the Starcatcher. Though we have chosen to go in another direction with this role, we are committed to seeing Frozen’s tremendous theatrical potential brought to life onstage.”The Disney musical, featuring the beloved tunes (and some new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee, follows two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, whose relationship is put to the test when Elsa’s magical ice powers are unleashed during a power anthem that you’re still singing under your breath. Also in the mix are a strapping iceman, his reindeer, a fast-talking snowman and a too-good-to-be-true prince. We probably didn’t need to explain that to you.The film won Oscars in 2013 for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Let It Go”) and featured the vocal talents of several Broadway favorites, including Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Kristen Bell.No word yet on casting for the musical. In a lab of the tuner earlier this year, Betsy Wolfe, Patti Murin and Okieriete Onaodowan played Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, respectively. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020
View Comments Charlie Stemp(Photo: Manuel Harlan) We were right: Half a Sixpence’s dream team is West End-bound! Co-created by mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh and School of Rock scribe Julian Fellowes, the play ran in the U.K.’s Chichester Festival this year. Performances will commence at the Noël Coward Theatre beginning on October 29, with opening night scheduled for November 17. The entire Chichester cast will transfer to the West End, including newcomers Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps and Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick alongside three-time Olivier-nominees Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow and Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham.Half a Sixpence, the musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s semi-autobiographical novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, is a fresh adaptation which reunites book-writer Fellowes with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the musical team that Mackintosh first put together to create the hit stage adaptation of Mary Poppins with Disney. The score is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker’s exhilarating songs from the original production, including “Flash Bang Wallop,” “Money To Burn” and “Half A Sixpence.”In Half a Sixpence, Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century, unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. His childhood companion, Ann Pornick, watches with dismay as Arthur is made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. Both young women undoubtedly love Arthur – but which of them should he listen to? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon will open on Broadway in March 2017; Hamilton is scheduled to open in 2017 at his renovated Victoria Palace Theatre in London.