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Jamestown's Development Director, Vince DeJoy, is stepping outside his official role to provide financing for the reopening of Friendly's as 'Jimmy's Family Restaurant' next month....  

Standing outside the Brooklyn Square location Monday afternoon, DeJoy said he 'could not stand to see this place closed for as long as it was'.  DeJoy says he and his family have put together a $155,000 package under the corporate name 'Jamestown DJF'.  The county IDA is contributing $55,000 from the Community Revolving Loan Fund.  DeJoy said his family is providing the rest.  The day to day operations of 'Jimmy's Family Restaurant' will be handled by Marcy Parenti, the manager of Friendly's until it closed.  She says the new restaurant will have the same family feel as Friendly's, and groups, organizations and schools will be welcome.  DeJoy emphasized there will be no direct city involvement in new restaurant, and his role will be behind the scenes.  Regarding the chance for a major franchise in the Brooklyn Square location, DeJoy said building's owner made an effort to find an operator, but no one called back. 
WJTN's Saturday Breakfast Party broadcast from Frienldy's for many years and has recently relocated to the DoubleTree by Hilton, where it will remain. 

The community group that now owns the Jamestown Jammers summer collegiate baseball team has taken another step forward in resuming play in the Perfect Game League next season....  

It also provides another link to the city's baseball past, as Frank Fanning has been hired as general manager.  The Jammers made the announcement Monday afternoon.  He is the son of former Jamestown Expos General Manager Jim Fanning, who later worked with Montreal, and the Colorado Rockies.  Frank Fanning worked in various capacities with the Vermont Lake Monsters the past two seasons, first heading up the box office in 2017.

Fanning says he spent last season as the Director of Team Operations for Vermont last season.  The Lake Monsters, incidently, is the same organization that was moved by Montreal from Jamestown to Burlington, Vermont, several years ago.  That team is still part of the Class-A New York-Penn League.  It is now an affiliate of the Oakland A's.  Prior to being in baseball, he was involved in radio sales and promotions in London, Ontario.

An alleged sex offender arrested back in May now faces more charges after allegedly getting a Bemus Point woman to help him communicate with a child he had been ordered to stay away from.......  

Sheriff's officers say they arrested, and charged 33 year-old Richard Lafrance -- who's already a county jail inmate -- with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.  The woman accused of helping Lafrance contact the juvenile victim, 35 year-old Olive Hardinger, was arrested last Friday.  She was issued an appearance ticket for endangering the welfare of a child.  Lafrance was returned to the county lock-up following his arraingment.

A Clymer man is being held pending arraignment following a domestic disturbance in the Town Sunday night.... 

Deputies responded to a residence on Mohawk Street for the incident, where witnesses said 58 year-old Timothy Drayton allegedly threw a wooden board through a window and struck several children.  Officers say Drayton is also accused of pushing a child to the ground.  He was sent to the County Jail for two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one-count of second-degree harrassment. Drayton will appear in Clymer Court at a later date. 

Chautauqua County officials are hoping for more weather like Monday's with reconstruction work on the $3-million Harrison Street Bridge project in Jamestown....  

The span, which crosses the Chadakoin River in Brooklyn Square, being fully replaced over the next five months.  That from Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley, who says detours have been set-up.  Bentley says if the weather stays like this, it could be completed by Halloween.

The contractor, who is from Lancaster, New York, began the project Monday morning and, detours have been posted for both cars and trucks.  However, Bentley says it's more involved for trucks because trucks can't fit underneath the railroad overpasses, so they will be taken in around the city.  A sign posted in Brooklyn Square states that Harrison Street from Main to Winsor will be closed for the work.  

Media One's annual coverage of the Summer season at Chautauqua Institution is back underway, and, another week of activites is now underway at several venues on the grounds....  

The big event this week will be this Friday night, when legendary singer Diana Ross takes the stage at the Amphitheater.  However, Spokesman Jordan Steves says if you don't already have your ticket, you're out of luck because the concert is sold out.  Steves says the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra has a couple of big programs coming up soon.

Again this season, Steves says they'll be offering a limited amount of "preferred seating" for most major events.  He adds there are a couple of ways to get event tickets  Festival seats are available online at chqtickets.com.  You can also call the Chautauqua Box Office at 357-6250.  Steves says you can also got to the box office in person to buy your tickets for most of the 2,000 events this Summer.

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