JUDGE DISMISSES JETS LAWSUIT AGAINST ICE ARENA
BUFFALO – A lawsuit filed by the owner and coach of the Jamestown Jets junior hockey team has seen dismissed by a state district court in Buffalo. Last Thursday afternoon, Judge John Michalek moved to dismiss the case filed by Dennis Canfield, who was suing the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena, the North American Hockey League (NAHL), and the Motor City Metal Jackets – now the Jamestown Ironmen – for financial damages related to what he claimed was 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 Ironmen team from the NAHL. Canfield claimed the eviction violated a contract that was put in place three years earlier by the Jets’ previous owner Barry Soskin.
Judge Michalek dismissed the case on the grounds that a lease agreement between Soskin and the Ice Arena was void after Soskin sold his share of the Jets to Canfield. The ruling effectively stated that Soskin’s made his agreement with the arena as an individual and not on behalf of the Jets franchise, meaning it was nullified after he sold his share of the team to Canfield.
The decision was made without prejudice, meaning Canfield will have an opportunity to file another lawsuit against all parties involved. Local attorney Charles Hall – who serves as the vice president of the Jamestown Center City Development Corp. which serves as the oversight board for the arena – says the board is obviously pleased with the court’s decision to dismiss the case.
CITY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE TO MEET
JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public Safety Committee will have a light agenda when it meets tonight for a work session in city hall. The panel will review two special event applications – one for the JHS Homecoming Parade and the other for the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
The panel will also discuss a change in the city code regarding parking, along with the establishment of a neighborhood watch group in an area of Forest Avenue.
FUNDING SOURCES HELP JACKSON CENTER CONTINUE EDUCATION PROGRAMMING
JAMESTOWN – The Robert H. Jackson Center will continue its various high school outreach and education programs, thanks in part to funding from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and an attorney who recently moved into the area.
The Jackson center will use the funding to retain both Andrew Beiter and Joseph Karb, both eighth-grade Social Studies teachers from Springville. The two work to coordinate the Center’s networking efforts among schools, to facilitate workshops for teachers, and to administer educational outreach programs that will benefit students.
The fellowships and educational endeavors are being supported with a $5,000 Community Service grant from the Community Foundation. In addition, attorney Clayton Sweeney of Bemus Point has provided additional endorsement of this program through a recent pledge of $10,000 which he has offered as a 100% matching gift for others to match by December 31st. The learn more or to make a donation, call 483-6646.
UNITED WAY’S ‘WALK UNITED’ RAISES $1,100
JAMESTOWN – Several community members recently joined the United Way partner agencies for the 3rd annual “Walk United.” The walk is put on each year by Chautauqua Striders and took place last Thursday. This year’s event was held at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena, where walkers raised just over $1,100 to help support the 2011 United Way Campaign.
According to officials, over $242,000 has been raised so far for the United Way Campaign, which officially kicked off in September at the Jamestown Boys & Girls Club in Jamestown. For more information on the 2011 Campaign, you can visit www.uwayscc.org.
ALTERNATE PARKING NOW IN PLACE FOR JAMESTOWN
JAMESTOWN – Now that we are in October, the city’s Daily Alternate Parking policy is now in effect. Automobiles must park on the Odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days and the even-numbered side on even-numbered days. The police will remain in effect until April 1, 2012.