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The effort to implement an integrated sewer management plan for all of Chautauqua Lake is one of the top infrastructure projects for Congressman Tom Reed.  The Republican from Corning spoke about the project during his weekly conference call with area media Tuesday.  Reed says he is working closely with County Executive Vince Horrigan to identify possible federal funding for the projects involved. Reed says "sewering" the entire lake is one of his top priorities for the district.  He adds they've been in constant contact with county officials regarding the need for a "closed" sewer loop around Chautauqua Lake.  Horrigan says carrying out the plan would help reduce the amount of phosphorous going into the lake.


New York state's private colleges and universities have a new, affirmative sexual consent policy to combat campus sexual violence.  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Tuesday at New York University.  The bill includes a `yes means yes' definition of consent requiring a clear, affirmative agreement between partners.  It also creates a victim's bill of rights and boosts training for law enforcement, faculty and students.  Cuomo had made the policy a priority in the recently concluded legislative session, teaming up with pop artist Lady Gaga to write a supportive op-ed in Billboard Magazine.  The Democratic governor says the change is needed to combat an ``epidemic'' of sexual violence on the nation's college campuses.  The state's public schools adopted the policy last year.


Dozens of patients and caregivers rallied outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's office Tuesday to plead for early access to medical marijuana.  The group says the governor needs to take immediate action to sign a bill that provides marijuana for critically ill patients.  A year ago... the governor authorized medical marijuana in the state, but the program is still months away from beginning.  Retired police officer Barbara Jennerich said she may be forced to move to Colorado if Cuomo doesn't act soon.  Her two 6-year-old boys suffer from seizures and she said they need the marijuana to help. 


A Buffalo-area man is jailed without bail for allegedly breaking into a home in the town of French Creek late last week.  State Police in Jamestown say they took 31 year-old Ronald Smith of Cheektowaga into custody last Thursday following an investigation into the July 1st incident.  Troopers say the owner came home... and, surprised Smith... who escaped by jumping off the second-floor balcony.  Police later found and arrested Smith for second-degree burglary... and, Making a False Written Statement.  He was arraigned... and, sent to the county lock-up.


A Buffalo-firm has been hired by the city of Jamestown to do environmental consulting work in the city's Brownfield Opportunity Area... or "BOA."  The city council recently approved contracting with C-and-S Companies for 200-thousand dollars to assess the BOA... and, identify other possible brownfield areas that can be re-developed.  City Development Director Vince DeJoy says C-and-S had the best proposal to carry out the aplproximately 200-thousand dollars worth of work.  DeJoy says several potential development sites have already emerged... but, adds C-and-S will also help in finding others. DeJoy says C-and-S will be on board for phase-one and phase-two environmental assessments... which will inform developers what needs to be done to clean-up those locations so projects can begin.  He says this work is required by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency.  DeJoy says there are a "number of sites" that they are working on currently that were formerly used by many of the city's "legacy industries" in the past -- especially along the Chadakoin River.  DeJoy says the city's "BOA" encompasses more than 600-acres.


A noted expert on the raising of boys says children should be allowed to 'go out and play'.  Michael Thompson was Tuesday's Amphitheater lecturer at Chautauqua Institution.  Thompson believes the loss of neighborhood play deprives boys, in particular, of peer society.  He says our violent culture had led us to fearfully conclude boys play will de-sensitize them to violence. Thompson says true violence should always be stopped, but play should be permitted.  As a strategy for success for parents, Thompson recommends consulting boys on their own experience.  He says asking a boy "What do you think you're going to do?..." is an empowering way to face a challenge.  Thompson also believes parents need to keep engaging with their sons, even on difficult subjects like sex.


Police say a 35-year-old man is dead after he was accidentally shot by a handgun his friend had kept loaded and handy during the search for two escaped prison inmates.  Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot (Rach-et) says James Kohl picked up his friend Derrick Young's handgun at Young's apartment early Sunday after a night of drinking to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Racicot says Young told Kohl to put it down and reached for the gun, which went off, killing Kohl.  Racicot said the gun was accessible because Young had kept it handy during the three-week hunt for escaped Clinton Correctional inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat.  Matt was shot dead by U.S. border patrol June 26 and Sweat was wounded and recaptured June 28.


The Office For The Aging Announces this year's distribution of Senior Farmer's Market coupon books.
Coupon books are being sold at twenty dollars. These coupon books come with five coupon books worth four dollars each. Coupons are accepted at designated Farmer's Markets,  a list of participating markets with their location and time will be dispersed with the coupon books.Coupons will be distributed at: Covenant Manor Apartments at 23 W. 3rd St. in Jamestown, right across form the Farmer's Market. on Thursday July 16 from noon to 3 p.m. or until books are gone. They will also be distributed at Dunkirk's Senior Center at 45 Cilffstar Court in Dunkirk, right next to the Farmer's Market, on Wednesday, July 15 from 9 am to 11:30 am or until books are gone. One coupon book allowed per household. To be qualified for the program for people over the age of 60 must follow the following criteria. For a single person household you must have a monthly income of $1815 or below. For a two person household you must have a income of $2,456 or below. And for a person of a three person household you must have and income of $3,098 or below. Seniors who wish to apply need to come in person and be prepared to show proof of age. For more information contact the Office for the Aging.


A city woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing nearly two-dozen DVDs and candy from a 7-11 store on Jamestown's southside.  City police were called to the Hazeltine Avenue store shortly before Midnight Monday on a report of a woman shoplifer.  Jamestown police responded... and, found a person matching the description of the suspect on Newland Avenue -- near Chautauqua Avenue.  An officer detained 34 year-old Julie Waterman so a witness could identify her.  Waterman allegedly tried to flee... but, was caught after a short foot pursuit.  She was positively identified... and, found with the stolen merchandise.  Waterman was charged with petty larceny... and, obstruction.  She was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.


BPU water customers on the north side of Jamestown should be on the look-out for discolored water today.  Water is off on Washington Street between Fluvanna Avenue and 18th Street while a water main is being repaired.  No time for completion of the work is known at this time.  Some discolored water may be seen in the downtown area as well as on the north side of the City. 



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