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Boy’s Death May Have Virus Link

NEW YORK — A 5-year-old boy has died of a rare inflammatory condition possibly linked to COVID-19, the first such death in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. Also, some New York City parks will see stepped-up policing to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. And ...

Schuyler: No COVID-19 Cases In County Nursing Homes

It appears Chautauqua County’s nursing homes have not yet been touched by the coronavirus, according to Public Health Director Christine Schuyler. During Friday’s weekly briefing in Mayville, Schuyler said she has been in communication with the local administrators of the facilities. ...

Sweet Delivery

Health care workers and hospital staff at UPMC Chautauqua received a donation of 1,000 cookies on Friday morning, thanks to a coordinated effort by the Jamestown Community College Alumni Association and Farm Fresh Foods. Farm Fresh Foods owner Dan Brown, a JCC alumnus, was happy to supply ...

Plans On Hold

Plans to move into a new location have been put on hold for one city restaurant following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Jason Skinner, Skinner’s Kitchen owner, said he was about to move his restaurant, which is located inside the Pearl City Arts Building in Jamestown, to the ...

Pet Custody Could Be Decided In Court

Pet ownership could get a lot more complicated under legislation proposed recently in the state Assembly. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-New York City, has proposed legislation that would require courts to consider the best interest of a companion animal following the dissolution of a ...

Quiet Fredonia Campus Copes, Looks Ahead

Around this time every year, there is an unmistakable buzz that reverberates from the State University of New York at Fredonia campus. As the trees and flowers begin to blossom near the Central Avenue entrance, a new beginning also starts to take shape for many of the seniors who are plotting ...

County Public Facilities Director Seeking Balance

Chautauqua County’s public facilities director said he is trying to find the right balance in maintaining highways, county facilities and employees during the coronavirus pandemic. “Just getting a building cleaned is a monumental task right now,” Brad Bentley said during Tuesday’s ...

Audubon Volunteers Give Back While Maintaining Social Distance

Volunteers recently maintained social distancing while responding to Audubon Community Nature Center’s call for help. The annual spring roadside clean-up is usually part of a major Volunteer Day. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, this year Audubon sought households to do it as a ...

House Destroyed

Daniel Dolan said he awoke late Tuesday to yelling from a neighbor. That man, Dolan said, likely saved the lives of him and his family after a fire swept through his 43 Adams St. home in Jamestown. “As we were coming down our stairwell, the whole front of our house was completely ...

Bag Ban Enforcement Postponed

The state Department of Conservation has pushed back enforcement of its plastic bag ban until June 15. It is the third time the ban’s enforcement has been delayed in the wake of a lawsuit by New York business owners and then the COVID-19 pandemic. At least one member of the state ...

WellNow Locations Offer Virus, Antibody Testing

WellNow Urgent Care said it has begun COVID-19 and antibody testing at its Jamestown and Lakewood locations. The molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and blood antibody serology tests are available seven days a week with no appointments needed. “Bringing both types of COVID-19 testing ...

Decision On County Fair Expected Soon

DUNKIRK — This past year the New York State Fair broke its attendance record for the fourth consecutive year. That streak will likely come to an end this summer as Gov. Andrew Cuomo alluded to the possibility of its canceling if the state is not completely opened back up. While Cuomo’s ...

Lily Dale Eyes Options As Opening Nears

By Natasha Matteliano nmatteliano@observertoday.com LILY DALE — On Lily Dale’s website, the board of directors released a letter to the public about their plans to open and alternate plans in case they can’t open. The letter wishes for public safety and good health during the ...

Wondering On ‘Wow’

City of Jamestown officials are waiting for direction from the state on how to spend about $300,000 in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding. One of the programs associated with the $10 million in state funding allocated to Jamestown to revitalize its downtown was the Fund for Downtown ...

Village Elections Set For Fall; Schools To Be In June

Schools will hold elections next month, while village elections will be delayed until early fall. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order last week delaying school board elections and budget votes statewide until Tuesday, June 9. The school board elections and budget votes will all be ...

Chase Involving Ambulance Ends Near Fredonia

For the second time this year, an ambulance was on the run in the village of Fredonia. The stolen vehicle was stopped after a short chase that led to the Plaza 59 parking lot off Route 60 just after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said the ambulance was first spotted in Fredonia, where a village ...

Snellings: No Mechanism To Enforce Mask Mandate

A question many might be asking during the coronavirus outbreak is, “When do I have to wear a mask while out in public?” During a work session meeting of the Jamestown City Council on Monday, Tamu Graham-Reinhardt, At-Large councilwoman, asked Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings ...

Study: How Officials Pitch Isolation Affects Compliance

A recently released study indicates governments’ ability to manage expectations is an important factor in peoples’ decision to comply with social distancing and self-isolation measures. A National Bureau of Economic Research paper published on April 7 surveyed roughly 900 Italian ...

Monday Mishap

At least one person was transported to UPMC Chautauqua following a crash Monday afternoon in the city of Jamestown. Members of the Falconer Fire Department came across the crash involving an SUV on Foote Avenue at the railroad viaduct. Jamestown firefighters, police and Chautauqua County EMS ...

Man Who Wiped Head On Officer Charged

LAKEWOOD — A Jamestown man who reportedly stole a backpack from Walmart is also facing charges he intentionally wiped his forehead on an officer’s arm. The incident took place Saturday around 3:50 p.m. after members of the Lakewood-Busti Police Department were summoned to Walmart in ...