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) Pexels Stock Image.HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania restaurants can increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent starting Sept. 21, as announced by Gov. Tom Wolf.“While our aggressive and appropriate mitigation efforts have kept case counts low, we must continue to take important steps to protect public health and safety as we head into the fall. At the same time, we must also support the retail food services industry that has struggled throughout this pandemic,” Wolf said. “The self-certification ensures that restaurants can expand indoor operations and commit to all appropriate orders so that employees and customers alike can be confident they are properly protected.”The self-certification documents and information about the Open & Certified Pennsylvania program can be found online starting Sept. 21 and will contain the following:A list of requirements contained in the current restaurant industry guidance and enforcement efforts; a statement that the owner has reviewed and agrees to follow these requirements; the business’ maximum indoor occupancy number based on the fire code; and a statement that the owner understands that the certification is subject to penalties for unsworn falsification to authorities. Business owners should keep a copy of the self-certification confirmation they will receive by e-mail. Social distancing, masking and other mitigation measures must be employed to protect workers and patrons. Further, starting Sept. 21 restaurants that have alcohol sales will close alcohol sales at 10 p.m.Additionally, restaurants that self-certify will be mailed Open & Certified Pennsylvania branded materials, such as window clings and other signage designating their certification, which they can display for customers and employees.
MGN Stock Image.ALBANY — Tuition Assistance Program and Excelsior Scholarship grants are solidly in place for the current semester, but what will happen to Spring semester funding is undetermined, according to officials with the state’s Higher Education Services Corporation.HESC officials met with assembly members Tuesday to discuss the uncertain future of college grants.Officials told lawmakers that Fall 2020 semester tuition assistance programs like the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Excelsior Scholarship were unaffected for approved recipients, awards for the Spring 2021 semester are undetermined.Priority for the spring semester will be given to students already receiving awards in accordance with state tuition assistance legislation, says HESC Executive Vice President, Elsa Magee. She says HESC is currently focused on processing fall semester awards and is awaiting guidance from the state before looking ahead to the spring semester. HESC is waiting to hear from state officials about what a decreased New York revenue will mean for the future of tuition assistance programs.Students who have already received TAP for eight semesters are not eligible for the program making those who had a COVID-19 related issue that forced them to sign up for additional courses or another semester will not be eligible.Both the state and the federal governments have put rules forth to help people with student loans that may have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. These include the deferment of federal student loans through Jan. 1, no accounts being sent to collections, and zero percent interest. New York has also temporarily stopped sending loans to collections.The New York State Education Department says the future of opportunity programs such as the Science and Technology Entry Program and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Programs which help support underserved or poor students, is also in jeopardy from state budget cuts due to loss of revenue. 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) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.BUSTI – Pumpkintown has released its schedule for Saturday’s Halloween celebration.Details include Halloween hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Trick-or-Treating will be from noon to 2 p.m. Candy will be offered at the attractions by Pumpkintown employees. Participants are asked to help themselves to candy as they make their way around the grounds.The Third Annual Halloween Costume Contest is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The contest is for children only and cash prizes/goodie baskets will be given as prizes for the first, second and third place winners in each age group. Winners will be announced and prizes dispersed immediately after their age group has finished. Regular admission must be paid in order to participate in the contest. There is no charge for the contest, which is at the Pumpkintown Stage Area.“Due to the pandemic, we are doing things a little different this year. You and your costume-clad little will take your place in line to walk past the judges with proper social distancing being followed! We have separated the age brackets to keep groups smaller and CDC guidelines will be closely followed. Please be respectful and responsible. Keeping everyone safe is the main priority.” the owners explained.The age brackets are: 2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Ages 0-2; 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Ages 3-5; 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Ages 6-8; and 2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Ages 9-12.Halloween Day will be the last day of the 2020 season. Pumpkintown is located at 3435 Baker St. Ext. in the Town of Busti.
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) Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A mother in Jamestown is facing several charges after police say they found her five children living in filth during a welfare check at the Appleyard Terrace Apartments on East Second Street Friday evening.Jamestown Police were investigating alleged child endangerment at the location just before 6 p.m.Officers say they found five children living in “deplorable conditions” in the apartment.Police made contact with the mother, 31-year-old Jaquetta Albinao Gonzalez, who officers allege did not maintained the apartment’s cleanliness. Additionally, police say they found broken glass on the floor in reach of the children.Albinao Gonzalez was taken into custody and charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.Police say she was transported to Jamestown City Jail.
Something to stay awake for! Oscar winner Paddy Chayefsky’s Middle of the Night officially opens February 27 at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row. Tony nominees Jonathan Hadary and Amelia Campbell star in the Keen Company’s revival of the rarely produced 1954 comedy-drama. The off-Broadway show will play a limited engagement through March 29. Related Shows A comedy about a May-December romance in 1950s New York City, Middle of the Night centers on a older Jewish widower (Hadary) and a young gentile bride (Lowrance) of another man, who meet and fall in love, throwing their disapproving families into a tizzy. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2014 Middle of the Night Directed by Jonathan Silverstein, the cast also features Nicole Lowrance, Todd Bartels, Alyssa May Gold, Denise Lute and Melissa Miller. The seven-member company play multiple roles.
View Comments Curtain up, clothes off! The 2005 film Mrs Henderson Presents, which starred Dame Judi Dench and the late Bob Hoskins, will be adapted for the stage in a new musical eyeing the West End. The Daily Telegraph reports that Tony and Oscar winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard) is on board the creative team.Inspired by a true story, Mrs Henderson Presents tells the story of Laura Henderson, a recent widow in the years preceding World War II, who buys the shabby Windmill Theatre as a new hobby. When other theaters begin to copy their successful revue, Laura devises a new plan for the show—one with considerably less clothing.The film, directed by Stephen Frears, was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2006, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Dench. The cast also included Christopher Guest and Kelly Reilly.
Three generations of Peter Pans stopped by The Today Show on October 30 to chat with Matt Lauer about what it takes to become the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. So why has this character been traditionally played by women since 1904? The three discuss casting their femininity aside for something more androgynous and non-sexual. “It’s what I’ve been going for for the last couple of weeks,” says Williams, who will take flight in the live NBC telecast on December 4. She’s fortunate to have the guidance of two women of Peter Pan past: Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby. The two encouraged Williams to embrace the role past the live broadcast and take Peter to the stage. The Girls star gave the nod of approval, saying she would, “if NBC would kindly invite me into a theatre to do it.” Make that happen! Duncan and Rigby will produce. View Comments
Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015 View Comments Broadway.com has confirmed that Glenne Headly has temporarily replaced Rita Wilson as Brenda in Fish in the Dark on Broadway. A spokesperson for the production said that Wilson was on brief medical leave and expected to return to the comedy, written by and starring Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, on May 5.Headly received Emmy nominations for her performances in Lonesome Dove and Bastard Out of Carolina. Her film credits include Don Jon, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mr. Holland’s Opus and Dick Tracy. She made her Broadway debut in the 1985 revival of Arms and the Man. Prior to that, she appeared off-Broadway in Extremities and The Philanthropist. In 2013, she starred in the New Groups’ The Jacksonian.As previously reported, fellow Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander will succeed David in the role of Norman beginning June 9. The Anna D. Shapiro-helmed production will run on extension through July 19 at the Cort Theatre.In addition to Headly and David, the current cast of Fish in the Dark includes Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jake Cannavale, Marylouise Burke, Jerry Adler, Jenn Lyon, Jonny Orsini, Molly Ranson, Maria Elena Ramirez, Rachel Resheff, Joel Rooks, Jeff Still, Kenneth Tigar and Richard Topol. Related Shows Fish in the Dark
An Act of God Christopher Fitzgerald View Comments Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 2, 2015 Thanks be to God—the Almighty has chosen his Broadway angels! Two-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald and SNL’s Tim Kazurinsky will star opposite Jim Parsons in new comedy An Act of God . Directed by Joe Mantello, the stage adaptation of The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, will begin a limited engagement on May 5 with opening night set for May 28 at Studio 54.Fitzgerald will play Michael. He received Tony nods for Finian’s Rainbow and Young Frankenstein. Other Broadway credits include The Merchant of Venice, Wicked, Amour and Chicago. Screen credits include The Good Wife, Elementary, Twins, Girl Most Likely and Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant.Kazurinsky will take on the role of Gabriel. He was a cast member of Saturday Night Live (1981- 84) and played Officer Sweetchuck in three Police Academy films. A 20 year stint as a screenwriter (My Bodyguard, About Last Night, For Keeps, The Cherokee Kid, Strange Relations) followed. Stage credits include The Odd Couple, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Old Jews Telling Jokes, and for the past year he has played the Wizard of Oz in the first National Tour of Wicked.The Creator Himself has written the Play, which has been transcribed by Emmy-winning The Daily Show head writer and executive producer David Javerbaum. God (through His press agent) has billed the show as such: “A 90-minute conversation in which I will reveal the mysteries of the Bible and answer some of the greatest existential questions that plague mankind.” In an early statement, He said, “This Play will help clear up the fallacy that I’m old fashioned…and instead reveal the true Me: up-to-date and holier-than-you.”Although the show is playing at the holy locale of Roundabout’s Studio 54, it is not a Roundabout production. This is the Word of the Lord.
Oh yes, all the man musical that you need is coming to North America! The musical adaptation of the popular 1992 Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard will launch a national tour in the fall of 2016. Grammy nominee Deborah Cox (Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde) will headline the tour as superstar Rachel Marron. Additional casting and the tour’s schedule will be announced at a later date.Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s Oscar-nominated film, starring Houston and Kevin Costner, and adapted for the stage by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris, The Bodyguard had its world premiere in December 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the musical was nominated for four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. The Bodyguard ended its West End run in August 2014 and is currently touring the U.K. and Ireland.Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron (Cox) from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the best-selling singles of all time—“I Will Always Love You.”The Bodyguard features set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker, choreography by Karen Bruce and orchestrations and additional music by Chris Egan. View Comments