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Westport’s Deer Population Remains Stable

A new survey by the Westport Weston Health Districts Target Lyme Disease project, in conjunction with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, has found deer to be evenly distributed throughout both communities. deersurvey260.jpg
This map by the Westport Weston Health District shows the density of Westport’s deer population. (CLICK MAP TO ENLARGE) . Westport Weston Health District graphic

ғThe number of deer in the two towns remains stable, said Judy Nelson, director of health, following the March 20 helicopter survey.

The survey was conducted by Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, of the Department of Forestry and Horticulture, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

The purpose was to gather information on the number and distribution of deer in the two towns.  Comparative data was use to assess the deer population.

Ramakrishnan estimated the deer density to be about 30 deer per square mile in Westport and 25 deer per square mile in Weston.

Allen’s Clam House Coming Down Today

Allen’s Clam House, a Westport landmark for more than a century, is coming down today.

The former restaurant, now town-owned, will be demolished after years of debate over what to do with the Hillspoint Road property. It will become a park.

Workers Monday found an abandoned fuel tank on the property and had to dig out soil around it.

The town bought the property in 1999 for $1.2 million, some of it contributed by neighbors and other Westporters.

A last-ditch effort by town historian Allen Raymond before the Board of Finance and then the Representative Town Meeting to save the building failed.

Property Tax Relief Initiative Passes Key Committee

A key legislative committee in Hartford has passed a bill aimed at helping Westport taxpayers and others in Connecticut who are facing large property tax increases.

The legislation would allow cities and towns to adopt local ordinances and exempt part of a residential homeowner’s property tax liability in an effort to soften the blow.

Westport’s 2003 property assessment, now postponed for a year, could have meant a double-digit or more ֖ jump in local taxes for some homeowners after their property was re-valued.

The legislation passed the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee 26-19 Monday. It awaits further action in the Senate.

Temporary Bridge Moved into Place on I-95

Construction workers have moved the skeleton of a temporary bridge into place to replace an I-95 overpass in Bridgeport that melted last week in the fiery crash of a fuel oil tanker truck.

The process, begun as the evening rush hour got under way, took a few hours.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Chris Cooper said the bridge on the southbound side of the highway will be paved today and should be open to motorists by Thursday.

The northbound lanes of the bridge were repaired and reopened Sunday night.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that it would give Connecticut $2 million in emergency aid to build the new bridge and pay for police overtime for traffic control.

The agency already has expedited $11.2 million in highway funds for the project.

Report: Democrats Target Shays But Congressional Votes Can be Confusing

Today’s Hartford Courant spotlights an effort by Democrats to discredit Rep. Christopher Shays, the incumbent 4th District Republican who will face Westport Democratic First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell in November.

“Democrats were waiting in the bunker as Chris Shays voted on the budget earlier this month,” the newspaper said in a report from Washington.

“Voting with the majority on the House Budget Committee, he turned back repeated efforts by Democrats to add money for a host of programs by scaling back tax breaks for the wealthy.”

The newspaper said the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pounced, accusing Shays of “creating soaring deficits” and “masquerading as a moderate in Connecticut while voting for a far right wing agenda in Washington.”

Westport’s MediaReach Lands Javits Center Account

Westport’s MediaReach has been retained to represent the video advertising network at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

The deal was announced today by Robert Harris, chairman of MediaReach and Myles McGrane, vice president operations, Javits Convention Center.

Under this initial agreement, MediaReach will assist the Javits Advertising Sales Department in selling time on the network for the 2004 New York International Auto Show.

An estimated 1.3 million visitors are expected to attend the auto show during its 10-day run from April 9 through April 18.

Westport Historical Society Names Denise Torv Executive Director

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) has appointed Denise Torv as its new executive director. denisetorv100.jpg
Denise Torv takes over Historical Society role. Contributed photo

Torv, a Westport resident since 1997, was the executive director of First Night Westport/Weston for the past three years, and previously worked at the American Film Institute and American Cinematheque in Los Angeles.

We are delighted to welcome Denise as Executive Director,Ӕ said Joni Andrews, president of WHS.

Her enthusiasm, creative talents, broad museum experience and love of history are a natural fit with the goals and mission of the Westport Historical Society.Ӕ

Originally from New York City, Torv lived in Australia for several years where she graduated from the University of New South Wales, working as a journalist before switching to communications and community relations for non-profit arts organizations.

Survey Shows Westport Deer Population Unchanged

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Arrow shows two deer spotted during a March 20 helicopter deer survey by the state and the Westport Weston Health District. (See inset upper right for enlarged portion.) The survey found Westport’s deer population unchanged from four years ago about 30 deer per square mile. (CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE) Westport Weston Health District photo

Temporary Bridge Readied for I-95

Workers today prepared to swing a temporary bridge into place on the southbound side of I-95 and officials said the section of highway closed after a fiery accident Thursday night could fully reopen in a few days.

Earlier experts had said the highway would be closed for two weeks or more. The northbound lanes reopened shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday.

“Who would have thought that in just a few days we’d have the northbound section open?” Gov. John G. Rowland said today at a news conference at the site.

“We will probably have just a few more days and then we will be back on track.”