MGN ImageNEW YORK — It has become a grim ritual outside New York City’s hospitals: workers in protective gear loading the bodies of coronavirus victims into refrigerated trailers.A surge in deaths in the epicenter of the crisis in the U.S. has overwhelmed the city’s permanent morgues and filled storage spaces in many hospitals to capacity. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending 85 refrigerated trucks to serve as temporary morgues, the city said.It’s been that way for days at Brooklyn Hospital Center, where a worker Tuesday wheeled out a gurney carrying a body covered in white plastic, a forklift operator carefully raised a body into the trailer and undertakers came to claim the remains of yet another of the city’s nearly 1,000 coronavirus dead.The hospital said in a statement that the “unprecedented crisis calls for extraordinary measures” and that extra storage is needed “to accommodate the tragic spike in deaths, placing a strain on the entire system of care — from hospitals to funeral homes.” “Grieving families cannot quickly make arrangements, and their loved ones who have passed are remaining in hospitals longer, thus the need for this accommodation,” the hospital in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood said.The city’s medical examiner’s office has also started operating a makeshift morgue, as it did after the Sept. 11 attacks, to provide emergency capacity as the city’s permanent facilities fill up.The city’s coronavirus death toll more than doubled in the past four days, surging from 450 on Friday to 932 as of Tuesday morning.For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms like pneumonia and can be fatal.The city and FEMA have delivered refrigerated trucks to various hospitals, while the Office of Chief Medical Examiner has been guiding them on how to properly move and store bodies, officials said.“To see the scenes of trailers out there and what they’re doing with those trailers — they’re freezers, and nobody can even believe it,” President Donald Trump said Tuesday.At some hospitals, like Lenox Hill in Manhattan, the trailers are being parked on city streets, along sidewalks and in front of apartments. Cars and buses passed by as bodies were loaded Tuesday outside Brooklyn Hospital Center.Cellphone videos posted on social media over the weekend drew attention to hospitals using trailers to store bodies. An image from one video of the activity outside Brooklyn Hospital Center appeared on the front page of Tuesday’s New York Post.“It’s hard to believe this, but this is for real,” said the man shooting the video, his voice quaking. “Lord have mercy, help us Lord, this is for real.” 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) South Riding, Va., photographer Kathleen Furey, was a previous finalist with her photograph, “Swan Lake.” Image via the Audubon Community Nature Center.JAMESTOWN – Audubon Community Nature Center is awarding cash prizes to winners of its 2020 Nature Photography Contest.“The Contest categories leave the field wide open for whatever fascinates you as a nature photographer. Don’t be shy. Search out something that captivates you, and take your best shot” said this year’s judge, Alex Shipherd.Cash prizes of $200 will be awarded to winners in both the Youth (ages 8 to 18, or still in high school) and Adult (ages 18 or older, or out of high school) divisions in all three categories of:Wildlife Portraits: any wild animal. No photos of animals in captivity, such as pets, zoos, or rehab animals. Macro Abstracts: anything that is natural/wild such as flowers, insects, leaves, water droplets, eyes/feathers of animals, close-up textures in nature, etc.Habitats and Landscapes: places that any wild animals live in and/or waterfalls, sunsets, mountains, etc.Audubon Community Nature Center will print the winning photographs to exhibit in the Nature Center, and winners will be named in a news release that is widely distributed, including to their local media.The six winning photographs and 12 finalists — six youth and six adults — will be displayed indefinitely on the contest website along with the photographer’s name and city/state/country.Deadline for submission of photographs is August 31, 2020.Full details of the competition as well as images of previous winners and finalists can be found at ACNCPhotoContest.com.Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. While the Nature Center building is closed due to COVID-19 per New York State restrictions, the public can visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily.To learn more about Audubon, call (716) 569-2345 or visit AudubonCNC.org.Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.
Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — A Jamestown woman, who allegedly tried to run down another woman with her car, faces multiple charges following a domestic incident, according to Jamestown Police.Police responded to a complaint of a domestic incident at 1:12 a.m., Thursday, in the area of Bush and Bowen streets.Samantha M. Gonzalez, 27, Jamestown, allegedly struck two vehicles attempting to flee, police said.She was charged with three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving while intoxicated and following too closely. Gonzalez was held pending arraignment.James Jackson, 33, Buffalo, was charged with third-degree assault for allegedly striking a female. He was held pending arraignment. 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),The evidence that these nicknames harm children and Native people is overwhelming. Changing the name now would be a relatively simple decision with very little downside.,Excuse me??? My name is Lorisanet Torres Marrero and im a PROUD STUDENT of JHS !!! This whole article is just dumb as hell and we take pride on out mascot and logo!!!! If you wanna change its name then you are going to have to face the proud students of this school including me!!! You are messing with the wrong raider family!!! And of course the BLM stuff is happening rn but targetting a school for being proud of who they are? Cmon!! Get a brain! JAMESTOWN — A local civil rights group is calling on the Jamestown School District to change the name of the Jamestown High School Red Raiders, calling the name “white appropriated Native American imagery,” and claimed the schools are making a mockery of native culture.“White-appropriated Native American imagery has no place in education or athletics. The Jamestown Justice Coalition agrees with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and fellow Jamestown residents of good conscience that there is no place for mascots, imagery, logos or nicknames employing Native American stereotypes in the Jamestown Public School system,” the coalition said in an issued statement. “We therefore respectfully request that the Jamestown Board of Education immediately retire the “Red Raiders” name and all associated imagery and create an inclusive process to generate a new nickname for JPS athletic teams.”The group went on to say this is not just a local issue, but one nationally impacting.“Across the United States, Native American iconography has been appropriated by predominately white school districts in the form of tomahawks, war bonnets, tipis, and feathers. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) there are 567 recognized Tribal entities across the U.S.–567 unique groups with different traditions, rich histories, and lived experiences. When we distill their cultural intricacies into a single image like a feather, or a tomahawk, we’ve objectified and marginalized all Native people. Jamestown is one of many school systems still using these racist symbols, but we must not be the last.,” they said. The statement went on to say white people “have for decades made the same, shallow arguments against changing these nicknames or logos, often that we are “honoring” Native people. We do not honor anyone by reducing them to a stereotype of a culture we can’t be bothered to understand.”“Jamestown Public Schools makes a mockery of Native American culture, traditions, history, and religion by portraying Native Americans through these degrading white stereotypes. Simply put, when we refer to Native people as “Red Raiders,” we are ridiculing them. We are actively contributing to an atmosphere of lowered expectations which teach all children Native Americans are an inferior people.”Schools are expected to elevate community ideals, the Coalition said.“What does this nickname convey to students? We expect our schools to elevate the ideals of our community, in addition to educating all our children in core subjects. We include theatre and music programs, organized clubs, and athletics, all of which promote individual growth as children learn teamwork, self-respect, and personal responsibility. These are noble pursuits that enhance our communities in meaningful ways. Tainting them with racist nicknames and logos degrades the efforts of so many excellent educators and school leaders.”Coalition members are reaching out to school board officials and area residents to change the name and logo.“Changing a nickname will never erase Jamestown’s proud history of athletic accomplishments anymore than it will erase racism from our community. Alumni should still be just as proud of Jamestown and their teams’ accomplishments. Our community will still have work to do to address systemic racism beyond this single issue.”“The Jamestown Board of Education has the power to change this with a single vote. For those who wish to keep the name despite student discomfort, who have heard the accusations of racism and ignored reality, who think being silent will make this discomfort go away, the times have found you.”
WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Twenty-four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County from over the past weekend.County health officials say the new cases were reported from Saturday to Monday.Of the cases, six are in the City of Dunkirk, four are in Fredonia, six are in Jamestown, one is in Bemus Point, two are in Brocton, one is in Lakewood, one is in Mayville, one is in Portland and two are in Stockton.There are now 55 active cases with three active cases employees connected to the Fieldbrook Foods outbreak. There are also currently 13 active cases of SUNY Fredonia students.Additionally, 361 people are under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.Furthermore, 220 are under domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory and three people are hospitalized with COVID-19 locally.To date, 517 people have recovered from the virus with 582 total cases confirmed. 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 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.CATTARAUGUS COUNTY — Local Department of Environmental Conservation Rangers, along with other agencies spent this past weekend in a two-day training exercise sponsored by the regional tech rescue team.The first day consisted of two rope rescue scenarios in the Zoar Gorge, which forced members of different departments to jointly utilize equipment and experience.On the second day of the training, Rangers reviewed the use of various tools and methods to complete swiftwater rescues. Departments from both Erie and Cattaraugus Counties participated, as well as Erie County Sheriff’s SWAT.New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from across New York State. In 2019, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 337 search and rescue missions, extinguished 74 wildfires that burned 212 acres, participated in 29 prescribed fires that burned and rejuvenated 645 acres, and worked on cases that resulted in 2,507 tickets or arrests.“DEC celebrates our 50th anniversary this year, but our Forest Rangers have been on the front lines for even longer, protecting New York’s wildlife, natural resources, residents, and visitors for more than a century,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “The State’s brave Forest Rangers have a vast knowledge of first aid, land navigation, and technical rescue techniques that are critical to the success of their missions in remote wilderness areas, rugged mountainous peaks, white water rivers, frozen lakes, and forested areas statewide. We are proud of the work our Forest Rangers perform and look forward to another 50 years and beyond of highly trained service.”
London’s Candide will continue to cultivate his satirical garden! Originally only scheduled to play a limited run through February 22, London’s Candide will now play eight additional performances. Directed by Matthew White and choreographed by Adam Cooper, the show will close at the Menier Chocolate Factory on March 1. View Comments Candide originally opened on Broadway in December 1956, starring Robert Rounseville as Candide and Barbara Cook as Cunegonde. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The cast of Candide features Fra Fee as Candide, Scarlett Strallen as Cunegonde, Jackie Clune as the Old Lady, James Dreyfus as Dr. Pangloss, David Thaxton as Maximilian, Cassidy Janson as Paquette and Ben Lewis as Govenor and Vanderdendur. The satirical operetta tells the story of Candide’s journey of discovery, from Westphalia to the far reaches of the New World. Through anguish, happiness, loss and love, Candide is a whirlwind adventure that seeks to prove “life is happiness indeed.” The show features classic songs “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow.”
What if Dr. Ruth were a gay man? The off-Broadway comedy Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man is looking to find out as they begin performances January 22. Written by Altar Boyz producer Matt Murphy and directed by Tim Drucker (Fat Camp), the world premiere of the show has an opening night set for February 9. The three-character play will star Jason Michael Snow (Book of Mormon), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones) and Andrew Brewer (Cougar the Musical). Based on the international best-selling book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, the show features a straight woman, a seductive model, and well, of course, the gay man who’s got the tips for um, you know. Audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: a woman’s gay best friend. Related Shows View Comments Sex Tips For Straight Women From a Gay Man Show Closed This production ended its run on June 23, 2018
Egan’s stage credits include People, Hamlet, Journey’s End, Arms and the Man, You Never Can Tell, M Butterfly, Noises Off, Art, The Secret Rapture and Déjà Vu. His screen roles include Cold Comfort Farm, Big Breadwinner Hog, A Perfect Spy, The Hireling, Downton Abbey and Bean. The show was first seen in 2010 at New York’s Lincoln Center, before transferring to Broadway where it garnered five Tony nominations. Other Desert Cities was also a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Three-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner Martha Plimpton, Peter Egan and Daniel Lapaine are to star in the U.K. premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s Tony-nominated play Other Desert Cities. They join the previously announced Tony nominees Sinéad Cusack and Clare Higgins in the show, which will kick off a season of productions to be presented in-the-round at The Old Vic. Directed by Olivier award winner Lindsay Posner, Other Desert Cities will begin previews March 13, with opening night set for March 24. Plimpton was Tony nominated for Top Girls, Coast of Utopia and Pal Joey. She won an Emmy award for her work in The Good Wife and a nomination for Raising Hope. Other screen credits include The Goonies, Parenthood, Another Woman, Running on Empty, ER, Grey’s Anatomy and How To Make It In America. Other Desert Cities follows Brooke Wyeth (Plimpton) as she returns to the family home in Palm Springs for the first time in six years with some incendiary news for her Republican parents (Cusack and Egan), her upbeat brother (Lapaine) and her recovering alcoholic aunt (Higgins). She is about to publish a memoir about her family, exposing a pivotal moment in their painful and explosive past, her actions threatening to push fractured family relations to a point beyond repair. View Comments Lapaine’s stage credits include Hedda Gabler and All My Sons. Film and TV work includes Zero Dark Thirty, Dead in Tombstone, Muriel’s Wedding, Hotel Babylon and Sex the City and Me.
View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Patrick Page Casa Valentina The men of Casa Valentina are all dressed up with somewhere to go! Nick Westrate, Tom McGowan, Gabriel Ebert, Patrick Page, Reed Birney, John Cullum and Larry Pine are getting in touch with their feminine sides in the new world premiere play by Harvey Fierstein. Presented by the Manhattan Theatre Club and helmed by Joe Mantello, Casa Valentina tells the story of a group of heterosexual men who gather in the Catskill Mountains to dress and act as women. Check out this Hot Shot of the dudes getting all dolled up, then see them in Casa Valentina, beginning April 1 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Star Files Reed Birney Gabriel Ebert Related Shows