Roundup: Barbara Bernstein, Ruth Shalit Barrett …

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Longtime Westporter Barbara Bernstein taught art to special education students at Coleytown Elementary School for many years. She died in 2021, at 85.

But her art lives on. Her paintings are on display at Art Place (70 Sanford Street, Fairfield) every afternoon through January 29, from noon to 5 p.m. It’s the same door as the Fairfield Theater Company box office.

It’s a beautiful memorial show — well worth the trip on a winter’s day. (Hat tip: Jo Ann Davidson)

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In the fall of 2020, Westport writer Ruth Shalit Barrett wrote a long article for The Atlantic about crazy, college-focused  Fairfield County niche youth sports, like fencing, crew, squash, lacrosse. It created an immediate, intense buzz.

It created even more buzz when the magazine appended an extraordinary 800-word correction. Then they retracted the entire piece. (Click here to read why.)

Now Barrett and her story are back in the news. She’s suing The Atlantic for $1 million. She clams the editor’s note and retraction “destroyed her reputation and career.”

The suit was filed in Washington, DC Federal Court. Click here for details. (Hat tips: Mark Potts and Jeff Mitchell)

Ruth Shalit Barrett (Photo/Robertson Barrett, courtesy of Washington Post)

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Westport’s wildlife has a way of naturally protecting itself. Can you find the hawk in today’s “Westport … Naturally” photo, taken by Pam Kesselman in last week’s snowstorm?

(Photo/Pam Kesselman)

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And finally … Marilyn Bergman died Saturday in Los Angeles, at 93. You may not know her names, but you sure know the lyrics she wrote. They include “The Way We Were,” “The Windmills of Your Mind,” and the theme songs of “Maude and “Good Times,” among many others. Click here for a full obituary. (Hat tip: Amy Schneider)

One response to “Roundup: Barbara Bernstein, Ruth Shalit Barrett …

  1. Terry Brannigan

    ooofa, I’m not an attorney, but if what the Atlantic said about the story and author is correct, that seems like a tough case to win…. BTW; I think it would have been just as effective if she gave ficctional but accurate examples but said so up front.

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