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TV series reviewing petition to rebuild Wielinskis' home

The executive producer of the television series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" says that a petition to rebuild the home destroyed in last week's crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence Center has been received and is being reviewed.

Executive producer Anthony Dominici said, "We, like the rest of America, are deeply saddened by the tragic plane crash in Buffalo, N.Y., and our hearts go out to all the families who have been affected. We have received the petition and are reviewing it, but we do not comment on casting. We truly appreciate the effort involved and are always thrilled to see a community coming together to help each other."

The petition drive was initiated last weekend by two girls -- Jayne and Emma O'Connor, identified as students at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart -- who started a Facebook group, "Let's Get Extreme Makeover to Build the Wielinski Family a New Home."

They put up a mailing address and links to Web sites for people interested in lobbying the show's producers, as well as an address for contributions to the Wielinski family.

By midweek, it had attracted more than 90,000 signatures. Deadline for the latest round of nominations for the show is Friday.

Karen Wielinski has said she does not want to rebuild at the site. She and her daughter Jill managed to escape at the time of the crash. Her husband, Douglas, was killed.

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The Clarence Chamber of Commerce has established a bank account to receive donations to build a memorial in honor of the victims of Flight 3407. The location has yet to be determined.

Chamber president David Hartzell announced the establishment of the memorial fund at the community meeting Sunday in Clarence High School. Donations may be sent to the Bank of Akron, Attn: Flight 3407 Memorial Fund, 9865 Main St., Clarence, NY 14031.

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An East Aurora funeral home has established a memorial wall in honor of those who died in the crash of Continental Flight 3407.

The public is invited to visit the wall at Wood Funeral Home, 784 Main St., and sign a memorial book that will be sent to local families of the victims. The wall will remain in place through March 1.

Funeral home manager Andrew J. Solecki Sr. said people are welcome to bring flowers, candles and memorabilia for the memorial and to show the community's respect for those who died.

"We believe people need a place to go to express their sense of loss and grief," Solecki said. "By erecting this memorial, we hope to provide such a place for the people of Clarence and the surrounding communities to mourn the loss of these victims."

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A group of graduate forensic anthropology students from the University at Buffalo were among the people working to identify the remains of crash victims from Flight 3407. The group of five to 10 students was divided between the crash site and the Erie County Medical Examiner's facilities.

The students worked under direction of the medical examiner and Professor Joyce Sirianni, SUNY distinguished teaching professor of anthropology.

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