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Jamestown School Board Meeting Recap.... 

A group of more than 100 people attended a regular school meeting of the Jamestown School District Tuesday night, to express their concerns and criticisms surrounding the early November altercation at Jamestown High School, which led to a lockout and charges against students involved.  During his Superintendent Report, Dr. Bret Apthorpe says this is not something the board is taking "lightly" and announced goals he hopes to implement in the near future and the actions the district has started taking. Results are expected to be detailed at the March 10th board meeting.  

As several attendees took to their turn at the microphone during the nearly 1.5-hour long Open Session -- Brandon Maggio, a retired Jamestown Police Officer, and father of three -- said he believes "children with problem homes and mental health issues, need to be separated and handled with more structure and one-on-one attention, to help them reacclimate to normal surroundings".  


The Brooks-TLC Hospital System today announced the decision to close the TLC/Lakeshore Health Center Campus in Irving.....

Area State Senator George Borrello says he's disappointed by the announcement, adding that the closing of the facility will affect a host of services, not only for Northeast Chautauqua County, but nearby Erie and Cattaraugus counties.

Borrello says he is reaching out to hospital officials to see if there is any way to postpone the closing until the state and local government can see what can be done to keep Lakeshore open.  The move will affect nearly 141 full-time and 60 part-time employees at the TLC campus.

 
New York's junior U-S Senator has begun a push to extend, increase, and reauthorize funding for Community Health Centers across the state and the country....  

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand says two of them are in Chautauqua County, including the newly-opened Chautauqua Center in Jamestown.  Gillibrand says CHCs provide high-quality, comprehensive, and low-cost care to millions of New Yorkers, and provide services to patients regardless of income and insurance coverage.  However, she's hoping there won't be another repeat of two-years ago. 

Gillibrand says, unless Congress approves funding for Community Health Centers by December 20th, they could lose more than 70 percent of their federal grant funding, causing health centers to cut or scale back on services.  In addition... she says she's also pushing for 10-percent more in funding for those centers, along with more capital project funding.  She has made her requests to House and Senate Leadersip, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  In addition to the Chautauqua Center, there is also a Community Health Center in the Dunkirk area. 


There's a new holiday event tomorrow in Busti...

The Historical Society is having its first ever Christmas Open House from 6 to 7:30 PM.  The society's Judy Schultz says the Miller House will be decorated as it would have been in the early to mid 1800's and the grist mill will be open for tours.  In addition, the society is planning refreshments, crafts and caroling in their museum building.  Visitors are asked to park their cars at the Busti Federated Church or the fire department and take a horse-drawn carriage to the Historical Society grounds.  There's no charge for the event, but donations will be accepted for the carriage rides... and to benefit the society.  Two gift baskets, one for adults, one for children, will be given away.


A new restaurant has opened on Jamestown's westside, a close walk from the National Comedy Center and Northwest Arena....

 The ribbon was cut Tuesday on Skinner's Kitchen at 120 Foundry Alley -- between West Second and Third Streets.  It's located on the first floor of the Pearl City Arts Building... and, is owned and operated by Jason Skinner and his wife, Erica.  Jason Skinner says he has two other neighbors in the building.

Skinner says they have a full offering of breakfast and lunch specialties,  including reubens, fresh made pizzas, and omlets and pancakes.  He says they're open from 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM.  Incoming Mayor Eddie Sundquist was on hand for the grand opening, along with Chautauqua County Executive Assistant Dan Heitzenriter, who presented a proclamation from Acting Executive Steve Abdella.  Skinner's Kitchen can be found on Facebook, and the e-mail is Skinnerskitchen35@gmail-dot-COM.  Their phone number is 294-9127.