Tuesday, March 05, 2024

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Westport Arts Center April 21 Concert Canceled

The Westport Arts Center announced today that a concert by lyric tenor Matthew Polenzani on Friday, April 21 at Westport’s Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, has been canceled due to a death in the family. 

The concert was to be co-presented with Music at Christ and Holy Trinity as Polenzani was a soloist at the church during his graduate studies at Yale School of Music. The Arts Center and Christ and Holy Trinity will not be creating a replacement program.

Ticket-holders are requested to call the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070.

Rell Likely to Seek Federal Aid for Snowstorm

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced today that, pending the results of an end-of-the-month impact assessment, she will request federal aid to help reimburse the state as well as Connecticut towns that were adversely affected by this month’s northeaster that dumped record amounts of snow around the state.

Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff welcomed the possibility of federal help. “We had exhausted our snow funds for the year with last month’s storms so we were in the red going into this month’s,” he said.

The storm set several records, including the all-time highest snowstorm total at Bradley International Airport with 21.9 inches. While Westport had 16 to 19 inches from the Feb. 11-12 storm, several other communities had more. Danbury had more than 24 inches, Farmington had 24, and West Hartford registered 22. There were higher unofficial amounts reported in Fairfield.

“I know that municipal budgets are already stretched thin, and this massive weekend storm brought with it significant new costs in terms of overtime,” Rell said in a statement.  “I want to be sure we are doing everything possible to get our towns the assistance they need. 

Malcolm Beinfield, Longtime Westport Physician, Dies at 84

Malcolm S. Beinfield, a longtime Westport physician and surgeon who served as sideline doctor to the Staples High School football team for 38 years and never missed a game, died today at his Westport home. He was 84.WestportNow.com Image
Malcolm Beinfield:Westport doctor for almost 50 years. Contributed photo

Beinfield, Westport’s first board-certified surgeon, had been ill for some time, according to a family spokesman.

The Brooklyn-born, Yale-educated Beinfield headed a Westport practice that at one point included four physicians, a staff of 20, and had 543,000 patient charts. In almost half a century of practicing medicine in Westport, there were few longtime residents who did not come to know “Doc” Beinfield. 

In 1951, Beinfield became chair of Red Cross medical services in Westport and medical director of the town’s civil defense unit. The same year he became surgeon to the Staples athletic program, running out to assess injuries on the football field for every home game until 1989.

Large Turnout for Historical Society Winslow Exhibit

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There was a large turnout today for the opening reception of the new Westport Historical Society Exhibit “The Life and Times of Winslow Park 1835-2006” and “The Dogs of Winslow.” The exhibit, which runs through May 12, features the contemporary photography setting of dogs romping through Westport’s Winslow Park with a companion exhibit that features the history of Winslow Park and Compo House, one of Fairfield County’s most elegant mansions of yore. Pictured is Wally Woods, Westport Historical Society Exhibit co-director, as he welcomed visitors. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com