7:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – TEAM Westport Committee
5 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309/307 – Board of Selectmen
Tuesday, March 05, 2024
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.
The house at 7 Broadview Ave. in Westport’s Old Hill area came down today. It was the WestportNow Teardown of the Day Feb. 10. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
10 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Arts Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. – Westport Public Library – Pageturners discuss “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind.
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.
Workers for Vertical Structures of Kentucky, a Motorola sub-contractor, continue their work today on the communications tower at Post Road East and the Sherwood Island Connector, site of the former state police barracks in Westport. Cold weather has made the work difficult. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ron Malone for WestportNow.com
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.
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.
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
Ria Freydl and her daughter, Morgan, 3, visited the Westport Historical Society’s “Dogs of Winslow” exhibit today and viewed a photo, captured by local photographer David Kalman, of Morgan and the family pup, Bella. Morgan’s dad, Tom, is on the left. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com