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Pre-Trial Motions in Final 3407 Lawsuit Continue Tuesday

BUFFALO, NY- Pre-trial motions will resume Tuesday in the final remaining lawsuit involving a family affected by the Flight 3407 crash.

The family of Doug Wielinski is the only Flight 3407 family that has not settled their lawsuit against the airlines involved in the crash.

Wielinski was killed when Flight 3407 crashed into his home on Long Street in Clarence.

"We have no choice. This motion has been brought. Yes, it is tough. it's extremely difficult for our clients to have to sit through but we have no choice. We're being forced to make public some very difficult facts, "Philipp Rimmler, an attorney representing the Wielinski Family said Monday night.

The Wielinski family is suing Colgan Air, its parent company Pinnacle Air and Continental Airlines, which had a sharing agreement with the regional carriers to provide oversight for training and hiring the crew and the conduct of the flight.

Daemen Receives National Distinction As a ‘Great College to Work For’

Daemen Receives National Distinction As a ‘Great College to Work For’

Daemen College has been named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2014 Honor Roll as a “Great College to Work For,” an elite distinction that places the college as one of the top 10 small four-year institutions to work for in the nation. This marks the first time Daemen has been selected for this distinguished workplace recognition as one of the best colleges in the United States.

“The fact that Daemen has been named one of the nation’s top 10 small four-year colleges to work for is a tribute to our devoted faculty and staff, who together make Daemen a remarkably collegial workplace and an exceptional learning community for our students,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are honored to receive this prestigious national recognition.”

The results, which were released today (July 21) in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,000 employees at 278 colleges and universities across the U.S.

'Downdraft' causes damage to Clarence neighborhood

CLARENCE, NY - A weather phenomenon known to meteorologists as a "downdraft" impacted a Clarence neighborhood late Saturday afternoon, causing some damage and frightening residents.

Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, told us the downdraft formed at the tail end of some very heavy rainfall that moved through the area Saturday, causing winds of about 50 MPH, based on radar readings.

Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Josh Kozlowski says: "Sometimes this phenomena occurs without thunder, lightning, nor any other meteorological indication otherwise. What happened here is super cooled air descending in the downdraft of the rain cloud hits an area of dry air beneath the cloud. The air within the downdraft carrying the rain down with it cools due to evaporation once the rain hits the dry air and causes it to descend even faster hence the strong gust of wind capable of this type of damage."

India’s Ambassador Mulay to Present Lecture at Daemen

India’s Ambassador Mulay to Present Lecture at Daemen

Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, consul general of India in New York, will be the first international presenter in the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series being held at 4:30 p.m. July 25 in the Wick Campus Center Social Room.

“Emerging India and Indo-American Relations” will be discussed by Mulay, a career diplomat who has been with the Indian Foreign Service for more than 30 years.

Prior to his appointment as consul general in 2013, Mulay served as high commissioner of India to Maldives and is credited with making significant progress in Indo-Maldivian relations. He previously held posts at Indian missions in Tokyo, Moscow, Port Louis, and Damascus. He also had assignments in India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Ministry of Finance and was an advisor in the Cabinet Secretariat.

Seven Local High Schools to Host Drums Along the Waterfront Corps

Seven Local High Schools to Host Drums Along the Waterfront Corps


The top seven drum corps in the world will begin arriving in the very early hours of Sunday, Aug. 3, for the annual Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champions event taking place at 7 p.m. that evening at Robert E. Rich, Sr. All-High Stadium, located at 2885 Main St., Buffalo. All of the corps will be staying at local high schools as they prepare for the big event. 

“Upon their arrival in Western New York they live a life of luxury,” joked event coordinator Jack Gaylor Jr. “Actually, they will be sleeping on gym floors trying to catch a few hours of sleep before getting up to rehearse all day. Corps are known to practice for up to 10 hours a day in preparation for a big show like the one coming to Buffalo.”

Final Flight 3407 passenger lawsuit settled

The last family to have lost a loved one on Flight 3407 has settled their lawsuit with the airline. Attorney Terry Connors confirmed that fact Thursday night, saying that the terms of the settlement are confidential.

The August trial in State Supreme Court, however, is still going forward since the family of Doug Welinski, who died when the plane hit his house, have not settled their case.

A series of pre-trial motions will be heard over the next several weeks in anticipation of the trial.

Daemen Approved for Advancement in NCAA Membership Process

Daemen Approved for Advancement in NCAA Membership Process

The NCAA Division II membership committee has advanced Daemen College to Provisional Year status, President Gary A. Olson has reported. With the advancement to the Provisional Year of the membership process, Daemen is on track to being granted active member status next summer, becoming the first and only NCAA Division II institution in the Greater Buffalo Region.

“We are delighted to advance in the NCAA membership process,” Olson said. “This is a tribute not only to our excellent coaches and student-athletes but also to our hard-working athletics staff and administration.”

Benefits of progressing to the Provisional Year include use of the widely recognizable NCAA logo, as well as the College's right to officially brand itself as an NCAA Division II member.