Tag Archives: Clarence Center

February 12, 2010

13 Feb

NTSB Update on Flight 3407

26 Mar

The NTSB investigation into Flight 3407 seems to be moving away from icing and moving in the direction of pilot error. When the stick shaker activated, the flight data recorder reveals that 25 lbs of pull pressure was applied to the controls, which aggravated the situation.

A preliminary examination of the airplane systems has revealed no indication of pre-impact system failures or anomalies. Investigators will perform additional examinations on the dual distribution valves installed in the airplane’s de-ice system. The de-ice system removes ice accumulation from the leading edges of the wings, horizontal tail, and vertical tail through the use of pneumatic boots. Read the rest after the jump Continue reading

Fred Phelps’ Cult Gets PWN3D in Clarence Center

23 Feb

On Sunday, these imbeciles came to my town:

They chose to leave Kansas, drive halfway around the country and spread their profane hate and filth:

A sorrier little trio of morons I’ve seldom seen.

But this is Western New York, and this is what greeted them:

About 100 average western New Yorkers from around the area came to Clarence Center to tell the hateful cretins to take it someplace else. No one wants these fools to preach hatred in our towns. No one wants these idiots to disrupt church services or preach their ignorant hatred. No one wants a bunch of morons to disrupt a memorial service for the victim of a plane crash. In WNY, Fred Phelps’ sorry group of cultists got pwn3d.

Photos courtesy of NY_Lucy at Flickr, who wrote about it at Artvoice.

Businesses Needing A Boost

23 Feb
NovelTea & LAtelier in Clarence Center

NovelTea & L'Atelier in Clarence Center

If you’re headed towards the Northtowns sometime in the next few weeks, please help out some of the businesses that have been affected by the flight 3407 disruption of traffic and access throughout Clarence Center.

NovelTea is a great place to stop and get a cuppa tea or coffee and a legendarily good scone. Right next door is L’Atelier kitchen shop. Mardee’s on Maple just east of Goodrich has a great breakfast, and the two businesses on the northwest corner of the four at Goodrich & Clarence Center could probably use a boost – the Perfect Gift in the Eshelman Building, and Get Heeled right next door.

Perfect Gift and Get Heeled in Clarence Center

Perfect Gift and Get Heeled in Clarence Center

The Clarence Center Coffee House was unaffected by the road closures, but is a great locally-owned coffee shop offering food & beer, as well as hot beverages. Del Monte hair salon next door on Goodrich has also probably seen a drop-off in business.

Try the eggs, bacon & polenta at NovelTea in Clarence Center

Try the eggs, bacon & polenta at NovelTea in Clarence Center

After the memorials are done, life in the neighborhood will slowly begin to return to some semblance of normal. Having access to your business blocked off is a killer, especially in this economy. So, if you’re in the neighborhood, please consider these businesses.

100 to 3

22 Feb

This is such heartening news.

UPDATE: The Buffalo News has posted video. They do not permit you to embed for some reason. This is unfortunate, as the videos have Buffalo News branding all over them and would be graphical advertisements for the paper and its website. It would be embedded right here, as a matter of fact. Oh, well.

While all week the media wrung its hands over whether to notify the public that the most hateful monsters from the Phelps family were planning on descending on Western New York, people organized to counterprotest.

Sure, Phelps and his band of imbeciles crave attention, but regular folks, when threatened with Phelps’ brand of hate speech, have a right no know they’re coming, and to appropriately react.

And that’s just what they did.

The Buffalo News reports that 100 regular Western New Yorkers from throughout the area came to the corner of Goodrich & Clarence Center to make sure that the Phelps cretins cannot be seen or heard, and to make sure they’re outnumbered.

Phelps’ group had a grand total of three idiots holding signs about God hating someone. Fail.

[Phelps’] demonstration was intended to coincide with what the hate group thought would be a community prayer service for victims of the crash being held at Zion Lutheran Church, just two blocks from where the protesters gathered. However, church officials said they were holding normal Sunday services.

“Hatred in the name of Jesus is a despicable thing,” said Zion Lutheran Pastor Randy Milleville.

The counterprotests took many forms, and included individuals from across Western New York, as well as groups including Vietnam Veterans Legacy Club and OUTspoken For Equality, an area gay rights advocacy group.

Joe and Marilyn Ruszala of Hamburg held homemade signs along the side of Clarence Center Road.

“I’m not standing for this in my neck of the woods,” Marilyn Ruszala said. “This doesn’t belong anywhere, and if no one stands up they’ll get away with it.”

Her husband added, “Something just enrages you to the point where you’ve got to do something. You just couldn’t sit home and do nothing.”

Autumn Fiscus, 16, a member of Zion Lutheran, painted a sign with acrylic paints and candle wax. On the opposite side of the sign, she painted Bible verses she said contradicted the Westboro protesters’ anti-homosexual beliefs.

I am proud to be a resident of Clarence. I am proud to be a resident of Western New York. I am proud to call myself a Buffalonian. I am proud that my community came out in such huge numbers to show Phelps’ hateful bastards that neither they nor their message is welcome here.

If anyone has pictures, please let me know.


20 Feb

So, this pops up in my Gmail account (click to enlarge):


and it links to this law firm, located in Philadelphia and South Florida:

Classy.  Not.  /Borat

Classy. Not. /Borat

From NY Personal Injury Law Blog:

DR 7-111 (22 NYCRR 1200.41-a) Communication After Incidents Involving Personal Injury or Wrongful Death

(a) In the event of an incident involving potential claims for personal injury or wrongful death, no unsolicited communication shall be made to an individual injured in the incident or to a family member or legal representative of such an individual, by a lawyer or law firm, or by any associate, agent, employee or other representative of a lawyer or law firm, seeking to represent the injured individual or legal representative thereof in potential litigation or in a proceeding arising out of the incident before the 30th day after the date of the incident, unless a filing must be made within 30 days of the incident as a legal prerequisite to the particular claim, in which case no unsolicited communication shall be made before the 15th day after the date of the incident.

And…according to Ethical Consideration (EC) 2-18 of the rules:

A “solicitation” means any advertisement:
a) which is initiated by a lawyer or law firm (as opposed to a communication made in response to an inquiry initiated by a potential client);
b) with a primary purpose of persuading recipients to retain the lawyer or law firm (as opposed to providing educational information about the law) (see EC 2-6(c));
c) which has as a significant motive for the lawyer to make money (as opposed to a public interest lawyer offering pro bono services); and
d) which is directed to or targeted at a specific recipient or group of recipients, or their family members or legal representatives. (emphasis added)

and…Ethical Consideration (EC) 2-19(c):

“…an advertisement in a public medium such as newspapers, television, billboards, web sites or the like is a solicitation if it makes reference to a specific person or group of people whose legal needs arise out of a specific incident to which the advertisement explicitly refers.”

These rules apply to out-of-state firms like this one.

Extra-Territorial Application of Solicitation Rules

EC 2-21 All of the special solicitation rules, including the special 30 day (or 15 day) rule, apply to solicitations directed to recipients in New York, whether made by a lawyer admitted in New York or a lawyer admitted in any another jurisdiction.

Seems to me to run afoul of the rules.

Opportunity Knocks, and So Does Nonsense

20 Feb

I’m home watching a sick kid and a vacationing kid. The doorbell rings.

Jehovah’s Witnesses. They start talking about Flight 3407 and grief and something. I stop them and told them I couldn’t stand by the door all day listening to nonsense because I have a sick kid. (Well, I was somewhat more polite than that). They dropped this off for me:

Religious tract or coupon for Aleve?

Religious tract or coupon for Aleve?

Please don’t use Flight 3407 to make a buck, and don’t use it to proselytize. KTHXBAI.

6038 Long Street in Clarence Center Does Not Belong To Everybody

20 Feb

Although I’m sure everyone’s got the best intentions, it’d probably be swell if everyone would just cool it with suggestions as to how to rebuilt or memorialize the site of the crash of flight 3407, also known as the Wielinski property.

They have insurance. Colgan has insurance. The Wielinskis have retained the law firm of Paul William Beltz to represent them for whatever legal claims they may have. It’s their property before it’s anything else, and as long as they own it, they have the absolute right to decide what, if anything, is to be done with it.

If a memorial is to be placed there, is the town supposed to buy the property? Colgan and then donate it to the town? Seriously – these grand ideas need to be thought through a bit.

And in the end, who are we to tell them what to do there? Who are we to bring a self-congratulatory TV show and media circus to town to saddle the family with a massive income tax liability? Let the family decide. Who are we to shame them or anyone else into placing a memorial on that spot? Yes, it’s sacred ground because so many perished there, but does that make the site of every traumatic death sacred ground requiring memorialization? Let the families decide. Let the neighborhood decide. Let the Wielinskis decide.

I don’t presume to know or give the answers to any of these questions. I don’t presume to tell the families of any of the victims what should be done. I don’t say Donn Esmonde is right or wrong, or that the Facebook groups and petitions to bring Extreme Home Makeover to town are right or wrong.

What I’m saying is that it’s not our job to decide what to do.

Before we start measuring the property for a memorial, let’s let these people mourn, then let’s let them decide.

Excerpt of Clarence Supervisor Scott Bylewski’s State of the Town Address

19 Feb


2300 feet from the sky. 50 lives and one unborn child remembered. 45 minutes during which a close knit community becomes even closer.

From first glance at the red, fire-illuminated sky to declaring a state of emergency, the past week has been one of many emotions — tragedy, grief, and hope.

Tragedy — in the size and scope of the disaster. Grief — in our feelings towards those involved. Hope — in that we will continue as a Town, stronger and better than ever, as we honor those who are no longer with us, but continue on in their memory. To the families and friends of those who perished in Flight 3407, those so deeply affected in and around the Long Street neighborhood, and all who bear their own personal grief, you have the Town of Clarence’s and my most sincere condolences.

I became aware of the tragedy shortly after the crash as I looked out my front door at approximately 10:20 p.m. Within minutes, I was in communication with first responders and our emergency management team. I arrived first at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with Assistant Disaster Coordinator David Baumler literally on my heels. Over 100 people were at the EOC by 10:40 p.m., including the County Executive. By 11:05 p.m., 45 minutes after becoming aware of the incident, I declared a state of emergency. Throughout this event, I remain proud of our reaction and the reaction of those we partnered with as we handled arguably the most traumatic event in Western New York history.

The Town of Clarence and I express our thanks, for their heroic, professional, and overwhelming response, to: all first responders (especially the following fire companies: Akron, Bowmansville, Clarence (CFD #1), Clarence Center (CCVFC), Getzville, Harris Hill, Main Transit, Millgrove, Newstead, North Amherst, Swormville, East Amherst, and Rapids); Erie County Sheriff’s Department; New York State Police; NFTA; FBI; NTSB; FAA; SEMO; all Town employees and Departments; Amherst Fire Control and Emergency Services; and the local, county, state and federal officials and agencies involved.

Thank you to all volunteer efforts and donations that allowed us to do what we needed to do.

Special thanks to Disaster Coordinator David Bissonette, CCVFC Chief David Case, CFD # 1 Chief Chad Hawes, and my assistant Karen Jurek. Also, thanks to David Bissonette’s wife, Traci, and my wife, Rebecca, and all of our families for being supportive and helping. You each performed the work of many people for many days.

The eyes of the world have gazed upon our Town and found it exceptional. Our performance has been unparalleled. Our hearts ache, but are not broken.

We share in the loss of life suffered by Colgan Air and Continental Airlines, and we thank them for helping in our time of need. If I inadvertently omitted anyone due to space limitations, I am sorry. You have extended yourselves to us without hesitation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Our representative Town government, however imperfect, continues to rise to do good for the Town. Last year, we finished our first 200 years as a Town — closing a significant chapter in our book of life. This year, we began a new page — one initially filled with sadness, but one which will blossom with new found strength and hope.