Ruling Goes Against Indiana’s ‘Strong Public Policy’ Of Enforcing Contracts

first_imgJennifer Nelson for www.theindiianalawyer.comA federal judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging the town of Fortville’s procedure for disputing unpaid water bills that class members’ constitutional rights to procedural due process trump the state’s public policy of enforcing contracts.Bobbi Kilburn-Winnie and Michelle Allen-Gregory had their water service disconnected after not paying their bills on time. They allege that the procedure that allows customers who want to dispute the amount billed or the impending disconnection to have a hearing before the Fortville Town Council is so complicated and burdensome that it violates the right to procedural due process under the 14th Amendment.Allen-Gregory has sued over this issue before. In 2014, her complaint stated the town would terminate water service without a hearing. This led to the town revising its notice and disconnection procedure, but the plaintiffs claimed the new procedure was “overly burdensome” because it required four written submissions, including a notice of appeal of the service or disconnection fee.The lawsuit was settled in 2015, with the settlement agreement becoming effective Oct. 12, 2015. The agreement contained a released claims clause, at issue in the instant case. The town defendants argue this released claims clause prevents the instant lawsuit, as Allen-Gregory was a named plaintiff in the original case and Kilburn-Winnie was a member of the settling class because she had her water disconnected in February and June 2014 under the defendants’ original procedure. She also received settlement proceeds.After determining state law applies, Chief Judge Richard Young inthe U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana found the plain language of the release bars the plaintiffs’ claim, but that does not necessarily mean it is enforceable against Allen-Gregory, Killburn-Winnie or potential class members.The release is enforceable as it relates to Allen-Gregory because she was the original named plaintiff, participated in the settlement conference and signed the settlement agreement.Killburn-Winnie received a notice of the class action and proposed settlement, but there’s no evidence she actually read the class action or the settlement agreement and release clause.“The court recognizes that this ruling strikes against Indiana’s strong public policy of enforcing releases and enforcing contracts in general. This decision also overrules the clear intent of the parties to the Settlement Agreement and the very purpose of releases. Parties include a release in settlement agreements in order to “foreclose further claims,” Young wrote citing Zolman v. Geneva Leasing Assocs., 780 N.E.2d 387, 392 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002).“Yet, at least at this stage in the proceeding, the court must allow the releasers to return with a claim Defendants reasonably believed was waived. The court is troubled by this result and its possible implications.“Despite this …the court cannot enforce a waiver of a constitutional right until it is satisfied that the individual voluntarily relinquished a known right. At least in this context, the class members’ constitutional right to procedural due process trumps Indiana’s public policy of enforcing contracts, the parties’ contractual intent, and the plain language of the Release.”Young ordered Allen-Gregory removed from the case. He also granted the defendants leave to renew their motion for summary judgment if evidence reveals that Killburn-Winnie knowingly and voluntarily waived her due process rights.The case is Bobbie Kilburn-Winnie and Michelle Allen-Gregory, on behalf of themselves and all similarly situated persons v. Town of Fortville, Fortville Water Works and Fortville Utilities, 1:15-cv-0784.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Great British Bake Off Blog: Episode Three

first_imgIt’s bread week on Bake Off and there’s not a gluten-free loaf in sight! I am ecstatic. There is, however, a rather phallic-looking snail, an adorable baby dragon and a wise old bread owl.To be honest, were it not for the incredible bread sculptures in the showstopper, it would have been a rather dull episode. Up until that point, I was bored and uninterested. After all, watching people make teacakes and cottage loaves is dull.Paul, obviously, disagrees, declaring this week the “best bread week ever”. What was he watching? Has he forgotten the other Paul’s bread lion of 2015 so quickly?There was one good part about the teacake challenge – watching Steven mess it up. He has become a bit smug over the last two weeks, having been named star baker on both occasions. It’s time someone knocks him off his perch. His flat teacakes certainly helped with this.Paul also seems to have taken a dislike to teacakes – at least that’s the impression he gave by aggressively prodding each one to see if they were baked properly.On to the technical and there was more prodding, this time with a floured finger, to give the cottage loaf its shape and stability. Kate found out the hard way what happens when you neglect this step. Stacey, meanwhile, did everything to perfection and rightly came first in this challenge.Also, a quick shout out to the use of the phrase “PruePaul’s Drag Race”!  The internet has been going crazy for this pun, and for those of you not in the know, it’s based on the greatest reality TV show ever to grace our screens – RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s a fierce and fabulous competition in which drag queens battle it out with costume, singing, acting and comedy challenges to become America’s next top drag queen. Watch it. Now. But I digress.Throughout the showstopper, all I could think about was bread. I want it all – focaccia, rye, breadsticks… but not the squid ink. Never the squid ink. The resulting two octopi made with the squid ink bread were terrifying. Luckily, James’ bread owl and Yan’s baby dragon offered some comfort… but not as much as Julia’s suggestive snail under a mushroom. Paul – and, I suspect, everyone at home – literally had to calm himself because he found it so funny. But a good rise and a bit of humour was enough to clinch Julia the star baker badge, and deservedly so.That was despite a late surge from Steven and his handbag, which was so good Paul used phrases such as “unbelievable” and “ridiculous”, prompting him to sit down in the place of the contestant. Steven won’t win, though. Let’s not forget Richard Burr, the loveable builder from the 2014 series with a pencil permanently behind his ear, who secured star baker five times, but was not crowned the series champion. He totally should have been, though. Three years on and I’m still not over this.Back to 2017 and it was beloved Flo (pictured) who was given her marching orders. She’d gone as far as she could go in this competition, but it’s still heartbreaking to know she won’t be gracing our screens any more. Can’t she just stay on and offer the others words of encouragement? The tent would definitely be a better place for it.Here’s my predictions based on this week’s episode:      Most likely to win: JuliaWho should have been sent home: Sadly, FloMost fun to watch: StaceyQuote of the week: “The only thing that could beat that is a gluten-intolerant unicorn” – Noellast_img read more

Culture of impatience impacting consumer expectations

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » No longer just a luxury, speed has quickly made the transition from being a ‘nice-to-have’ to a ‘need-to-have’ across all industries. The demand for instant gratification has made retailers rethink delivery options. Smartphone apps have changed the way consumers connect with taxi alternatives, make a reservation at a restaurant and even arrange a date. Entertainment can be streamed to a TV or a phone in seconds. Consumers are becoming less patient.This need for immediate gratification has also impacted the banking industry. Spurred on by a surge in banking innovation, a new generation of consumers continue to raise expectations to greater heights. Long wait times and limited customer service options are quickly falling out of favor as new technology — such as mobile banking apps, peer-to-peer transfer services and online banking — responds to a consumer base that is perpetually impatient.Millennial consumers specifically often trade face-to-face interactions at their local bank branch for the speed and convenience of digital alternatives. In fact, mobile banking transactions are expected to more than double by 2022, while visits to retail bank branches may decline as much as 36% during the same time frame. And it is not just the Millennial generation. Consumers of all ages are increasingly choosing digital alternatives rather than visiting a branch.last_img read more

SVC All Stars retain NYSCL Independence Cup

first_imgBy Frederick HalleySVC All Stars made it two in a row with a resounding 71-run victory over New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL), the same opponents they defeated in last year’s Independence Cup final, when the NYSCL annual tournament climaxed at Baisley Pond Park, Queens, New York on Sunday.The well-oiled SVC All Stars unit, who played unbeaten in the competitive three-day tournament, reserved their best performance for the final after receiving a scare from upstarts Unruly in Saturday’s semi-final played at the same venue.Led by consistent scores from their top-order batsmen, SVC All Stars reached a respectable 159 for eight in their allotted 20 overs after losing experienced campaigners Chien Gittens (two) and Andrew Gonsalves (nine) with 38 on the board in the sixth over. They also lost opener Richard Latiff (20) at 45 for three before Surujpaul Deosarran (13) went caught by skipper Eon Ellis as SVC All Stars slipped to 63 for four in 10.5 overs.Patrick Rooplall and V.J Surujpaul, however, averted further inroads with a fine fifth-wicket partnership of 65 in just under seven overs with the former hitting 26 off 29 balls, which contained three fours and a six while Surujpaul’s top-score of 39 off just 20 balls was spiced with three fours and two sixes.Surujpaul’s bold innings ended in the 18th over, bowled by the persistent Murph Seeram while Rooplall, who came in at number five, departed in the final over, caught by Murphy Ramnath off Dane Glasgow.Teenager Nishal Dhaniram, who caused the early damage, ended with two for 29 from his four overs while Seeram, who got rid of Gonsalves and Surujpaul, claimed two for 27. Glasgow also got into the act with two for 31.MVP Richard Latiff receives his award from one of the sponsors.Latiff caused an early scare in the NYSCL reply, shattering the stumps of Wasim Aslim (six) in the third over but two run-outs, that of opener Amar Singh (31) and number three batsman Zamal Khan (12) at 58 and 64, in consecutive overs (ninth and 10th) put a damper in NYSCL’s chase.It was a steady procession thereafter, with skipper Bobby Prahalad, who surprisingly came on as the fifth bowler, wreaking havoc, as the middle- and lower-order succumbed to his searing pace.Prahalad finished with the impressive figures of four for nine from just two overs, shattering the stumps of Seeram (0) and Dhaniram with his 11th and 12th deliveries, as NYSCL folded in 15 overs. He had earlier sent back Raja Parsram (one) and Ellis (one). Latiff took two for 16 from his four overs.SVC All Stars’ Latiff was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the tournament, tallying 81 runs and capturing eight wickets while he also copped the man-of-the-match in the final. NYSCL’s Rohit Dutchin made the most runs (171) with a top score of 120 versus Schenectady. He received three awards in the process.Nishal Dhaniram claimed the most wickets (16) and also took six for 31 against Schenectady, the best figures in the Open category while his NYSCL teammate Zamal Khan, a former Guyana Under-19 batsman, was rewarded for his century (109) versus Unruly.At the presentation ceremony, NYSCL president Eric Ferrier thanked all the teams for their participation also commending the umpires for a fine job. Ferrier also reserved special praise for the several sponsors and the many volunteers who made the annual three-day activities possible.last_img read more

Six England players selected for Vagliano Trophy

first_img Six England players have been selected for the GB&I team of nine to face the Continent of Europe in the Vagliano Trophy at Malone, Ireland, from June 26-27. They are: Gemma Clews of Cheshire (image © Leaderboard Photography), Hayley Davis of Dorset, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Bronte Law of Cheshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire and Singapore-based Charlotte Thomas. The Vagliano team, just announced by the LGU, will be completed by the Irish players, world number one Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey, and by Chloe Williams of Wales In addition, two England teenagers have been picked for the junior match, which is played simultaneously. They are Hollie Muse of Lancashire and Emily Price, who represents Warwickshire. Sammy Fuller of Surrey and Cloe Frankish of Kent are the reserves. The other junior team members are: Mairead Martin and Annabel Wilson of Ireland and Hazel MacGarvie and Shannon McWilliam of Scotland. The Vagliano Trophy team captain is Elaine Farquharson-Black and Claire Coughlan-Ryan will be the junior team captain. Lincolnshire’s Helen Hewlett is the manager for both teams. Elaine Farquharson-Black, who played in two winning GB&I Vagliano teams said: “In recent years, Europe has had the upper hand, but I am feeling very excited about our team. We have the world numbers 1 and 3, in Leona Maguire and Bronte Law, but importantly we have strength in depth with players who have already shown that they can perform consistently well on the world stage. “I am particularly pleased that Alice Hewson and Olivia Mehaffey who were in my Junior Vagliano team at Chantilly two years ago have made the progression to the senior team. Hopefully we will have a strong home support to cheer the team to victory.” This will be the 29th Vagliano Trophy match. The Continent has won the last four matches but GB&I lead 16-12 overall. The Vagliano team is made up of four automatic selections from the World Amateur Golf Ranking, two from the LGU Order of Merit and three wild card picks. The junior team is picked by a selection panel. The England players: Gemma Clews, 20, (Delamere Forest) has a perfect record of five wins from five international matches played so far this year, one against France and four in the recent England v Spain international. She was also in England’s winning team at the 2014 ladies’ Home Internationals. This season she has successfully defended the Delamere Comboy scratch tournament and had top five finishes in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play, The Leveret and the Hampshire Rose. Hayley Davis, 22, (Ferndown) is the English women’s stroke play champion and has previously held the English women’s amateur and girls’ titles. She topped the individual leaderboard in qualifying for the 2014 European team championship. She is a student at Baylor University, Texas, winning three times on the US women’s college circuit and has just helped her team to become runners-up in the NCAA Division 1 Championship. She has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and the Astor Trophy and is ranked 23rd in the world. Alice Hewson, 17, (Berhamsted) was in England’s winning team at the recent international against Spain. She has also won the Hampshire Rose this season. Last year she won the Critchley Salver and the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy and helped England to victory in both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She has represented GB&I in the Junior Vagliano Trophy and is currently second on the LGU order of merit. Bronte Law, 20, (Bramhall) is currently third in world amateur rankings and has represented GB&I in two Curtis Cup teams, the Vagliano Trophy and the Astor Trophy. She is the English women’s amateur champion and won the individual bronze medal at the 2014 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. She is a student at UCLA in California and has won three times on the US women’s college circuit and helped her university to reach the NCAA Division 1 championship. Meghan MacLaren, 21, (Wellingborough) charged to victory in the 2014 British women’s stroke play championship, playing the final 36 holes in nine-under par. She has also won the Irish stroke play and French U18 titles. She is a student at Florida International University and has won seven times on the US college circuit and helped her team to reach the NCAA Division 1 Championship. She is 18th in the world rankings. Charlotte Thomas, 22, (Sentosa) played in the 2014 Curtis Cup match and made her debut as an England international in last year’s European ladies’ team championship. She is a student at the University of Washington in Seattle and has won twice on the US women’s college circuit. In 2013 she won the English mid-amateur championship and was runner-up in the English stroke play. Hollie Muse, 15, (West Lancashire) helped England beat Spain in the recent mixed international and this season has won the Scottish U16 championship and The Leveret. She also helped England win the team event at the Fairhaven Trophies and tied second in the girls’ championship. She was in England’s winning teams at both 2014 ladies’ and girls’ Home Internationals. Emily Price, 15, (Cleobury Mortimer) is the English U15 girls’ champion and took third place in this year’s Scottish U16 stroke play. She represented England in the recent U16 international against Spain and won three of her four matches. She has also helped England to beat Switzerland U16s. Sammy Fuller, 16, (Roehampton) returned from injury this season to tie for the Irish U18 stroke play, but lost a title play-off. She has represented England in the girls’ Home Internationals and GB&I in the junior Vagliano. Cloe Frankish, 16, (Chart Hills) has had top ten finishes this season in the Irish women’s stroke play and the Scottish U16s. She has represented England in Nations Cup teams and last year she tied second in an event on the WPGA One Day Series. 30 May 2015 Six England players selected for Vagliano Trophy last_img read more

It’s official – This Pitt basketball team belongs to Trey McGowens and Xavier Johnson (Rob Taylor Jr.’s column, Jan. 9)

first_imgRob Taylor Jr. is the Managing Editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier. Email: [email protected] Pittsburgh’s Trey McGowens (2) goes past Colgate’s Tucker Richardson (15) to dunk during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)It wasn’t exactly Cleveland – people weren’t dancing in the streets, setting off fireworks, believing this day would never come – but fans of their beloved Pitt Panthers had reason to celebrate Wednesday night, Jan. 9.It had been 690 days since the Pitt men’s basketball team had won a game in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sure, the ACC isn’t the MAC – there’s Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, and other powers – but 690 days since their last win in-conference? For every Dukie, Tar Heel and Cavalier, there’s an equally-inferior ACC squad – a Boston College Eagle, a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, a Wake Forest Demon Deacon. And still, the Panthers couldn’t get through the front or back door to an ACC win all of last year (2017-18) and in the final conference games of the 2016-17 season?So on this Wednesday night, just days into the new year, Pitt’s new crop of players – namely freshmen Trey McGowens and Xavier Johnson – complete with a new attitude, in their second-ever game in the ACC, decided to just knock the whole stinkin’ door down.And even though it came against college basketball powerhouse Louisville, even though, as Pitt coach Jeff Capel said postgame, the Cardinals “threw punches,” the Panthers stayed on their feet, and ultimately delivered their own knockout punch.The final score read, 89-86, in overtime, in front of a sometimes-raucous crowd of 6,290 at the Petersen Events Center, against a Louisville team that had beaten Pitt in 12 straight games. McGowens and Johnson were in basketball diapers the last time the Panthers had beaten the Cardinals (2010).But after the way these two freshman sensations played Wednesday, you can officially remove their training wheels – these guys are for real.Xavier Johnson (AP Photo/File)McGowens scored 33 points, Johnson added 21. But the point totals only tell half the story. It was apparent Louisville had the height advantage and the experience. But McGowens and Johnson know they have the quickness, the blow-by ability to reach the paint and score or strut to the free throw stripe. And time and time again, it was McGowens and Johnson with made-buckets via attacking the rim.Louisville couldn’t stop them. I’m not sure anyone can.But where Pitt’s newbies really shined on Wednesday was in their outside shooting. As a team, Pitt shot 31 percent from the field in their ACC opener, Jan. 5, a 25-point loss to North Carolina. Against the Cardinals, the Panthers shot 53 percent. McGowens, whose 33 points set a school record for points in a game by a freshman, shot 64 percent from the field (12 of 19). Johnson, who had a slow start with just 4 points and 3 fouls in the first half, exploded for 17 second-half points, including 2 three-point baskets.Terrell Brown, a 6-foot-10 sophomore center, kept his end of the bargain with 5 of 7 shooting from the floor, 11 points total. Jared Wilson-Frame, the Pitt senior stalwart who suffered each of the previous 23 painful ACC losses, contributed 9 points. He hit 2 three-pointers, extending his streak to 26 games with at least 1 three-point field goal.When you’re a freshman, you could have all the talent in the world; there’s still times when you’ll struggle with confidence, there’s games where you may begin to tire in the final moments, there’s times when a hostile road environment gets the best of you.But there’s a point in the season when the rubber meets the road. The freshman realizes why he was so heavily recruited. He realizes that he’s the leading scorer on the team. He’s the one always in the media room, answering the questions from the nosy reporters. He realizes…this is my team.The Cardinals just knew Pitt wouldn’t be able to make it to the finish line. After racking up 10 wins in non-conference play, the baby Panthers could only hang for nine minutes in the first half against the battle-tested Tar Heels before North Carolina took over for good just four days ago (Jan. 5).Jared Wilson-Frame scored 9 points against the Louisville Cardinals in a Pitt 89-86 win, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP PHOTO)But credit Pitt. They became battle-tested on Wednesday, even when Louisville hit a 2-point shot with under 30 seconds left to send the game into overtime, at 79-79. Pitt outscored the Cardinals, 10-7, in the extra five-minute period, McGowens’ coast-to-coast, contested, go-ahead layup with 38 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner.“I thought Jeff’s guys were a lot harder-playing than our team,” Louisville coach Chris Mack said postgame. “…They came out and played a lot harder than we did. The backcourt for Pitt was phenomenal. (The freshmen) had their way with us.”Those who follow Pitt know that McGowens and Johnson are joined by fellow freshman guard Au’Diese Toney, who scored 6 points in 36 minutes Wednesday night. While talented, he hasn’t been as productive as McGowens and Johnson, and as the season progresses, Toney, I believe, will continue to be surpassed by the play of McGowens and the X-man. Toney’s role on the team is still important – to be truly competitive in the ACC, you’ll need at least a third player consistently averaging double figures in scoring, similar to No. 4 Virginia (Ty Jerome, 13.5 ppg), and Pitt’s next opponent on Saturday, Jan. 12, No. 15 N.C. State (C.J. Bryce, 11.3 ppg). After Johnson (16.5 ppg) and McGowens (13.8 ppg), Pitt does have a third player averaging at least 10 points per game, but it’s not even Toney – it’s Wilson-Frame (11.4). Toney is fourth on the Panthers in scoring at 9.6 points per contest. That should tell you something right there.So it’s not exactly champagne-popping, block-the-highways-with-your-fanny time, like Cleveland Browns fans did when their beloved football team finally won their first game in 635 days, beating the New York Jets, 21-17, on Sept. 20, 2018, but defeating Louisville (10-5, 1-1) was still a huge obstacle overcome by Pitt. They hadn’t beaten an ACC opponent since Feb. 18, 2017, when they beat then-No. 17 Florida State, 80-66.“Tonight was huge for us. I’d be lying if I tried to play it down. It was huge for us. It was huge for this program at this moment,” Capel said postgame. “These guys are fighting. One of the things that they are learning how to do is they’re learning that in order to win, you have to invest more. Everyone has to invest more. Everyone that is associated with our program has to be in it. This is not just a job where you can just be happy to be here. You have to invest. It has to be a passion.”Of course, Pitt (11-4, 1-1) wants to win more than just one game in the ACC this year. With a healthy McGowens and Johnson at the helm, they’re bound to win more. Not only are these two freshmen invested in their craft, but they have the size, the talent to compete in this conference. And after beating Louisville, I believe they’ve finally come to the realization – this is their team. 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WDFW Approves 3-Day Razor Clam Dig Beginning April 6

first_imgFacebook620Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Razor clam diggers can return to various ocean beaches for a three-day opening beginning Saturday, April 6 and extending through the following Monday.State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on morning low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and low tides:April 6, Saturday, 8:05 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 7, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 8, Monday, 9:20 a.m.; 0.0 feet; MocrocksBeachgoers should note a change from the tentative schedule announced earlier. Shellfish managers canceled the April 6 razor clam dig at Copalis and replaced it with a dig just down the road at Mocrocks beach.“Our razor clam-loving population has been hitting Copalis beach hard in recent months,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Based on our projections, we need to make this shift to ensure a healthy population of razor clams for the fall and coming years.”Ayres recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. 2018-19 licenses will no longer be valid for this dig. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities. WDFW razor clam digs support outdoor lifestyles and coastal economies.Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see read more

Oceanic Bridge May Re-Open Early

first_imgRUMSON — Things are looking good on the Oceanic Bridge construction project, thanks in large part to the very mild winter weather. So good, in fact, that a county freeholder is predicting a likely completion date a little earlier than first anticipated.“We are definitely on a better track for completion,” Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone said on Wednesday.The county drawbridge has been closed since October undergoing much-needed repairs to its malfunctioning bascule span and other work.That project, officials have projected would be completed by Memorial Day weekend, to accommodate summer traffic. When the project timeline was being drafted, those working on the project had included two additional weeks to account for bad weather.Given that, “Things are much better than we probably anticipated because of the way the weather has been,” Arnone said. “Because of the weather we would be able to increase our days with the completion of the project a little earlier.”Arnone, though, is keeping his fingers crossed. “But anything can happen. It’s almost like a jinx,” to offer a prediction, he warned.Arnone is the member of the freeholder board who oversees the Public Works and Engineering, and this week he said the bridge project has been going “absolutely fabulous.”“They did things I think were not expected to be done,” this time of year, he said. “It’s very encouraging.”“Thank you. I appreciate that,” said Marylouise van der Wilden, when informed of the news.She owns and operates Le Papillion, a clothing and accessories boutique, 7 West River Road, and acknowledged the bridge’s closure has had more of an impact on her business than she first thought.“We definitely noticed a big difference,” van der Wilden said. “We had people call and say, ‘I’d like to come over but it’s just out of the way.’”“I know the negative impact on the businesses over there and the detriment to the businesses not having that bridge open,” Arnone said. “I couldn’t be more excited or pleased the way things went this winter.” Weather permitting, work on the Oceanic Bridge may be completed ahead of schedule.last_img read more