A lawsuit filed by the owner and coach of the Jamestown Jets junior hockey team has seen some movement in a state district court in Buffalo. A judge in the state’s Eight Judicial District Commercial Division court recently granted a motion by Jet’s owner Dennis Canfield to consolidate his lawsuit against the Jets’s former owner – Barry Soskin – with his lawsuit against the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena and other related parties.
Canfield is suing the Ice Arena, the North American Hockey League and the Motor City Metal Jackets – now the Jamestown Ironmen – for financial damages related to what he claims is a breach of contract. Following the Jets 2010-2011 season, the Jets team was evicted from the ice arena to make room for the new Jamestown Ironmen team. Canfield claims the eviction violated a contract that was put in place three years earlier when Soskin was still owner of the Jets.
A motion by the defendant to dismiss the case has also been scheduled for September 29 in Buffalo.
JAMESTOWN FINALIZES BABE RUTH WORLD SERIES PREPARATIONS
All the details are just about set for the start of the 13-15 Year Old Babe Ruth World Series, which begins this Saturday. Even though the official start of the event isn’t until Aug. 20, players from individual teams from across the country will be arriving in Jamestown starting tomorrow with an Ice Breaker Picnic at Bergman Park on Friday. This will be at Bergman Park and in addition to meeting the players, relaxing and “breaking the ice”, there will also be a Home Run Derby. A total of 9 teams will be coming in from out of town and, with the addition of the host team, a total of ten teams will compete in the tournament.
For complete details on the Babe Ruth World series, go online to www.jamestownworldseries.com or visit the world series headquarters at the Lillian Ney Renaissance Center on 3rd Street. Hours are 9 to 4:30 p.m.
AUGUST IS CHILD SUPPORT AWARENESS MONTH IN NEW YORK STATE
MAYVILLE, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a Proclamation designating August as “Child Support Awareness Month,” in New York State. Throughout August, the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will highlight the importance of participation of both parents in a child’s life. OTDA oversees the State’s child support program and works closely with the local county departments of social services.
Locally, the Chautauqua County Child Support office serves over 12,500 families. During 2010, collections made by this office recovered over $2.8 million in Public Assistance and Medicaid benefits and passed on over $12 million to custodial parents.
The Chautauqua County Child Support Unit has also been actively participating, in partnership with other community service providers and the Family Court, in bringing the New York State Strengthening Families through Stronger Fathers Initiative; to local non-custodial parents. The County is one of only a few counties in the state that provides this program.
Additional child support information is available at childsupport.ny.gov.
SENATOR YOUNG TO ATTEND DEDICATION CEREMONY IN KENNEDY
State Senator Cathy Young will be in Chautauqua County later today to take part in a dedication ceremony at a community park. Senator Young will take part in the ceremony dedicating the new memorial wall in Hallquist Park, located on Route 394 in Kennedy. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. with Young and other officials in attendance. There will also be food and other activities taking place following the ceremony. The public is invited to attend.
DIRECTOR OF JRC WILL BE THIS WEEK’S GUEST ON WRFA’S ‘COMMUNITY MATTERS’ PROGRAM
There’s been a major effort over the past couple of years to renovate the façades of various historic building in Jamestown. The agency responsible for overseeing the restorations is the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, which administers federal grants set aside for restoration projects. Several buildings in Jamestown have received, or are currently getting, a facelift this summer. In addition, various other projects, including the development of the former Winter Garden space on Main Street, have taken place. WRFA will provide listeners with a complete update on the effort when we talk with JRC Director Jason Stronz during our Community Matters program at 6 p.m. tomorrow.