Questions: Arbitration Award, Trains and Prom Dates

The week of May 14-21, 2011.

The Town Council voted to not issue $650,000 in bonds to cover the cost of an the town in a dispute with Loureiro Contractors, Inc. about the Lakeview Ave. bridge. The arbitration decision was handed down on Feb. 25, but the Town Council hadn't been told about it until the bond request appeared on the May 18 agenda. Confusion arose about who knew what and when they knew it.  The award was for nearly $600,000, plus another $100,000 in arbitration fees. And there are nearly $1 million in additional, related costs, including $800,000 in legal fees. The Town Council will Monday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the matter. 

It won't come as a surprise to most commuters that the Metro-North line is in . That was the assessment of Howard R. Permut, the president of the MTA, who spoke to members of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council. The council held its annual meeting at the Madison Ave. headquarters of the MTA. Perlmut said the MTA expects to receive 60 new M-8 cars by the end of the year. 

The Farmers Market opened on May 14, and Randy Brown (AKA Uncle Buck) shared his thoughts about the that is his garden business. Terry Dinan introduced us to at the Market, and Melinda Fager created a . Can you tell how much Patch likes the Farmers Market? 

“This year’s story is one of ,” Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Abbey said.  The transition he was referring to was the news that NCHS Assistant Principal Dawn Bartz would be leaving at the end of the school year, to take a job as principal of Pleasantville High School in New York. Principal Tony Pavia will be leaving at the end of the year, as well. The "achievement"?  “We are pleased to be second in our demographic in the country, recognized by Forbes and Great Schools," Abbey said. 

was in town to talk about the movement that she helped found. The author of 'Clean Food' and 'Clean Start' shared recipes and tips with residents at a Design District appearance at Deane, Inc.

Senior prom was held on Friday night, and columnist Laurie Cantillo coined a new term for the (rhymes with drama).  Paul Devlin found out some of the creative ways NCHS students . Kevin Macari got Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine to ask his girlfriend, Melanie Sztorc, in a tweet. Tomorrow morning we'll have a behind the scenes look at post prom. Check back then. 

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