WNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has received a record number of applications for absentee ballots.Democratic Election Commissioner Norman Green said nearly 7,000 absentee ballot requests have been received with Election Day still eight weeks from this coming Tuesday.No past presidential cycle has found much more than 4,000 absentee ballot applications for the county, out of its current 77,758 registered active voter total. Commissioners expect that 70 percent of county voters (55,000) will turnout this year.The board, which is one of just five of sixty-two counties statewide that prints its ballots in-house, will be mailing absentee ballots starting Friday Sept. 18t, and every business day thereafter when a timely application is received before Election Day. “It is an extremely complicated process to send out absentee ballots and that is why the board ordered 60,000 printed envelopes, since each ballot needs three envelopes when it goes out: a labeled envelope for the mailing of the ballot, an envelope to return the voted ballot and the actual security envelope holding the ballot,” Green said in a released statement.With the record number of absentee requests already received and the totals expected to increase, Republican Election Commissioner Brian C. Abram are expecting workers will be at the board six days a week processing returned absentee ballots.“We have brought on extra staff and our regular workers are kicking it up a notch to ensure that the absentee ballots get out the door on time,” said Abram.“No voter will be denied the opportunity to vote by mail, as long as they apply now and return their ballots as soon as they are received,” concluded Green.Voters can apply in a one stop on-line request portal that can be located at votechautauqua.com Also voter can call the elections office at 716-753-4580 daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The elector could also send via mail or fax a hard copy absentee application.This year voters will find a Chautauqua County unique tracking tool that will allow county citizens to determine their personal voting status and track the application, mailing and receipt of their voted absentee ballot.“Chris Burt in our office developed the ballot tracking software,” said Green. “The tracking application was developed by Chris during his workday and at no additional cost to the taxpayers.” 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) MGN ImageALBANY – Juneteenth is now an official holiday in New York State.Governor Andrew Cuomo first made it a holiday by executive order earlier this year and now made the act permanent after signing legislation on Wednesday.Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Texas first learned they had been freed years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.It also celebrates achievements in the Black community. “I am incredibly proud to sign into law this legislation declaring Juneteenth an official holiday in New York State, a day which commemorates the end to slavery in the United States,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new public holiday will serve as a day to recognize the achievements of the Black community, while also providing an important opportunity for self-reflection on the systemic injustices that our society still faces today.”The new holiday makes 13 paid holidays for state employees.
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: PixabayWARREN — The City of Warren has been awarded a $5,000 WalkWorks Program grant to help increase physical activity options for residents.The grant, from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, will assist with the development of plans and policies to increase physical activity options in their communities through the WalkWorks Program“During these most trying times our state and local parks are seeing an unprecedented crush of visitors, most intent on walking, hiking or biking,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “Now more than ever people need that access to healthy physical activity, which is exactly what this partnership embraces.”With this funding, the grant recipients can now execute the plans they submitted which emphasize new or improved pedestrian, bicycle and/or transit systems establishing activity-friendly routes that connect residents and visitors to everyday destinations. The grants will help assist in community planning and design to incorporate more opportunities for walking, cycling and public transit while providing more healthy options for exercise in these communities. This shift in planning requires a coordinated effort to link transportation policy and public health, which these grants support.The grant recipients were selected from a competitive pool of applicants by a multidisciplinary review team that included representatives from DOH, University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Public Health Practice, PennDOT, DCNR, the Department of Community & Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Local Technical Assistance Program.
The Great Immensity Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2014 Ready for a highly theatrical look into one of the most vital questions of our time: how can we solve the enormous environmental challenges that confront us? Tickets are now available for The Civilians’ The Great Immensity. Written and directed by Steven Cosson, the off-Broadway show will begin previews April 11 and run through May 1 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Theater. The Great Immensity is a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues someone close to her who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show. Through her search, Phyllis uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit in Auckland. As the days count down to the Auckland Summit, Phyllis must decipher the plan and possibly stop it in time. The show features projected film and video and a wide-ranging score of songs by Michael Friedman. View Comments
Was it difficult gaining confidence in yourself in a singer? It was. At first I didn’t want anybody to see my singing, and it took a very long time for me to overcome that. For a long time in rehearsals if anyone beside the musical director came in, I completely froze and turned my back on them again. It was quite a journey to go from singing in a cupboard to singing in front of 1,400 people [laughs]. It certainly feels like luxury casting to have you in this role. [Laughs.] I don’t know that [my colleagues] think that at the moment! But what’s been most extraordinary has been the love and support our ensemble has given me. There are moments where I have been literally shaking with terror and the young dancers have put their arms around me and held me and championed me and picked me up; I’ve literally been blown away by their support. Here you are in your first musical. Had you been angling to sing and dance on stage? No, it came completely the other way around! My agent rang and said, “They’re doing a new musical and I’ve suggested you for the part of Muriel,” and I said, “I don’t do musicals; Alex [Bond’s husband, Stephen Ward alum Alexander Hanson] does musicals,” and my agent said, “But I’m sure you can.” So I went away and thought about it and listened to [Muriel’s] big number and thought, well, if I was going to have this experience, it couldn’t be more phenomenal than to have it in this company. Tell us your thoughts on Muriel—she’s British in this version, which of course she was not on Broadway. Very British—she comes from Surrey! What was useful for me was that I never saw the show on Broadway or the film, so I was able to approach the whole thing totally fresh. I think of Muriel as someone incredibly wealthy who’s recently divorced and is looking for love, and her one drive in life is to be useful and helpful. She’s smitten very early on by Robert Lindsay, who beguiles her by pretending to be a prince. She’s an innocent, an absolute innocent. Samantha Bond was a Tony nominee for Amy’s View, played Moneypenny in the Bond (no relation) films, and appeared in Downton Abbey as Lady Rosamund—but only now is the 52-year-old actress tackling her first-ever musical. The new production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre features Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound as two con artists let loose on various unsuspecting Riviera culprits, with Bond as an Anglicized version of Muriel Eubanks, the glamorous divorcee originated on Broadway by Joanna Gleason. The protean actress spoke to Broadway.com about her fears of singing and dancing in public, and taking a vocal cue from her former Broadway and West End co-star, Judi Dench. With your two children, Tom and Molly, now entering the profession as actors, might we at some point see an all-Bond/Hanson project? [Laughs.] Only if someone writes a rather extraordinary play! Leaving the vocals aside, how does it feel to be part of a big West End musical, with all the expectations that entails? You become really aware with something like this of the scale of it and the fact that it’s a huge undertaking quite unlike being in a straight play. And I think when there’s so much riding on a project, then all the pressures are greater: musicals are such expensive machines. Did you take a leaf from your friend and former co-star Judi Dench (Amy’s View), who always says that she sings the way she speaks? I think that is the way to approach it. Even Alex, who sings properly, always says that the reason you break into song in a musical is because speech is no longer enough and, following that logic, that you should be singing as you speak, as it were. What Judi says about singing is all I can do. What’s been the most exhausting aspect of the job? The stairs at the Savoy! There are 55 stairs down to the stage and back up again to my dressing room and then there are 13 to the exit, and I’m forever going up and down. I added it up about a week ago and it was something like 976 steps that I have to climb every night. What was your audition like? There were ten people there, including [book writer] Jeffrey Lane, [composer] David Yazbek and [director/choreographer] Jerry Mitchell, and I sang the song with my back to the entire room—which is precisely what you’re taught not to do—and then read for them. Jerry put his arms up and twirled me around in a waltz and I left the room feeling the whole thing had been a total disaster, but thank heavens I wouldn’t have to do it again. Then before I knew it, I had the job. Good heavens! That’s a far cry from the demands of playing Lady Rosamund in Downton Abbey. How has that been? What’s been interesting is that my character only arrived in the last episode of the first series, so by the time I got there, I knew something extraordinary was happening. I think the older members of the cast in particular were aware that the show was being done so carefully and with such style—such attention to detail—that by the time I got there, it was as if a delicate perfume was hanging around the entire project. I’ve been filming again this week, mostly with Laura Carmichael [who plays Lady Edith], and I’ll be filming again over the summer. Had you really never sung in a show before? The last time I sang in public was in pantomime at the Bristol Old Vic some 30 years ago when I was a year or two out of drama school. I certainly didn’t think I’d ever be doing it again. View Comments
Star Files Ben Platt Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Transatlantic Mormon UpdateA plethora of hellos for The Book of Mormon on both sides of the Pond. As previously reported, Gavin Creel is taking over as Elder Price on Broadway from Nic Rouleau, who is heading to London. Rouleau will begin performances in the West End on February 2, 2015, which we now know is the same day Brian Sears (who also appeared on the Great White Way in the musical) joins the London company as Elder Cunningham. There’s also a goodbye—Ben Platt, who is currently playing Elder Cunningham in New York, will depart the production on January 4, 2015 (the same day as Rouleau). A production spokesperson had no word yet on who is replacing Platt. We believe in you all!John Rando Turns Down King KongThere’s possibly some chest-beating going on with the team behind the Broadway-aimed King Kong. Tony winner John Rando, who had been in talks to helm the stage adaptation of the thriller, has dropped out because of timing issues, The New York Times reports. Rando’s current projects include The Honeymooners. Hopefully a new director will tie the knot with the monster musical soon.ICYMI: Peter Pan Live!If for some strange reason you missed the telecast of Peter Pan Live! on December 4, we are coming to your rescue. You can either get your fill of Christopher Walken’s dancing, Allison Williams’ flying and Christian Borle’s biceps at anytime online here or actually watch the show on TV—NBC will be re-airing it on December 13.See Woods’ Anna Kendrick Sing ‘On the Steps…’So yesterday we brought you a first listen of Anna Kendrick singing “On the Steps of the Palace” from Disney’s upcoming Into the Woods. Today, below, we bring you a first look at it, although it’s not the whole scene. For that, you will have to wait until the classic tuner hits movie theaters on Christmas Day. Not long now! View Comments
View Comments Star Files Josh Groban Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch Josh Groban Sing ‘All I Ask of You’ With Lena HallJosh Groban is busy promoting his new album of musical theater covers, Stages, and at a recent event he teamed up with Tony winner Lena Hall to sing “All I Ask of You” live. As previously reported, Kelly Clarkson duets with him on the Phantom track on the record. Stages also includes tunes from Chess, Sunday in the Park with George and Les Miserables, and a special Carousel duet with Audra McDonald. Check out Groban and Hall’s performance below. Seriously, Mr. Groban—it’s about time for you to make your Broadway debut! Helen Mirren, Zachary Quinto & More Team UpSix-time Tony-winning theater designer Bob Crowley will be honored at the New York Theatre Workshop’s 2015 Spring Gala on May 11 at the Edison Ballroom. The evening will feature special tributes from The Audience Tony nominee Helen Mirren, Zachary Quinto, It’s Only a Play’s Stockard Channing and more, as well as a dance number performed by An American In Paris Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Crowley has been nominated for a total of four creative Tony Awards this year, for his work on Skylight, An American in Paris and The Audience.Tony Nominee Patricia Clarkson’s Busy Summer2015 Tony nominee Patricia Clarkson’s new film Learning to Drive will be released on August 21. She stars opposite Oscar winner Ben Kingsley in the coming of (middle) age comedy and you can check out the trailer here. That’s not all she’s got in the calendar! Clarkson will soon begin performances in the West End transfer of the Bradley Cooper-led The Elephant Man and then there’s a certain ceremony on June 7 she’ll want to attend…
View Comments Super Good Day! Sion Daniel Young will join the West End cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the lead role of Christopher Boone from June 22. Directed by Marianne Elliot and penned by Simon Stephens, the production is running at the Gielgud Theatre.Also from June 22, Rebecca Lacey will play Siobhan with Nicholas Tennant continuing as Ed, Mary Stockley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs. Alexander, Indra Ove as Mrs. Shears, Stephen Beckett as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr. Thompson, Pearl Mackie as No. 40/Punk Girl, Sean Mckenzie as Reverend Peters and Kaffe Keating will play alternate Christopher. They are joined by Mark Rawlings and Penelope McGhie who continue with the company and Naomi Said and Simon Victor.Adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows teenager Christopher who is exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs. Shears’ dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a journey that upturns his world.The London production won seven Olivier Awards; the Broadway incarnation, which stars Alex Sharp and is playing at the Barrymore Theatre, is nominated for six 2015 Tony Awards.
View Comments Related Shows We’ve known for some time that he can wear the hell out of a tux, so this seems like a natural fit. Broadway alum Jason Danieley will step into the Ambassador Theatre courtroom as Chicago’s next Billy Flynn. He begins performances on October 13, stepping in for Ryan Silverman, who will depart the production on October 12.Danieley last appeared on Broadway in The Visit. His additional credits include Next to Normal (opposite his wife Marin Mazzie), Curtains, The Full Monty and Candide. He has also recently appeared in Can-Can at Paper Mill Playhouse and Carousel with the New York Philharmonic.The cast currently features Dancing with the Stars victor Rumer Willis as Roxie Hart (through November 1), Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Chicago from $49.50
Leslie Odom Jr. from $149.00 Fresh off of his first Tony win, solo album release and celebrating Hamilton’s whopping 11 2016 Tony wins, Leslie Odom Jr. stopped by CBS This Morning on June 14. He had his shiny Tony in tow, simply because he has not been home to his apartment since Broadway’s biggest night. “I’m still taking in the moment,” he said. “There was a little bit of talk on social media—’They should postpone the Tonys,'” he said. “I think that joy in the face of something like that is in its own way a protest.” Watch the full interview below! View Comments Hamilton Star Files Related Shows Leslie Odom Jr.