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Carol Dinley, 75

Carol Diane (Conners) Dinley of Jupiter, Florida, a former Westport resident, died May 12 at home. She was 75.

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Connie Dinley: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born Aug. 23, 1942 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Ethel Mae (Bender) and James Albert Conners. 

She married Patrick Jerome Dinley on March 18, 1967.  He preceeded her in death in December 2016. They were married for almost 50 years.

The youngest of four children, she grew up in Beaver Falls and graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1960.  After attending Ambridge Nursing School in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, Carol, known to her friends as “Connie,” worked as a practical nurse.

Electrical Burning Odor Forces Evacuation of CMS

An electrical burning odor in the school library today forced evacuation of Coleytown Middle School.

There was no fire or smoke reported after someone pulled a fire alarm in the school lobby at about 8:15 a.m., according to firefighters.

Students and staff were allowed to return to their classrooms about a half hour after the alarm was pulled.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – TEAM Westport
9 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Board of Finance Audit Subcommittee
10 a.m. – Westport Library – RTM Library, Museum, & Arts Committee
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport”
10 a.m. – Westport Library – Book Chat
11 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201 – Board of Selectmen
11:45 a.m. – Westport Senior Center – Aging & Your Eyes
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
7 p.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Historic District Commission & Architectural Review Board
7 p.m. – Saugatuck Congregational Church (245 Post Road East) – Lauren Weisberger on “When Life Gives You Lululemons”
7 p.m. – Staples High School – Staples Music: BMS/SHS Jazz Concert
7 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “Flyin’ West”
7:15 p.m. – Town Hall Lobby – RTM Health & Human Services Committee
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Representative Town Meeting (live on cable channel 79, Frontier channel 99, & westportct.gov)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

In Wake of Anti-Semitic Chants, Safe Schools Top Board Agenda

By James Lomuscio

Westport Schools Superintendent Colleen Palmer told the school board tonight that referees should have stopped the state championship lacrosse game when anti-Semitic chants were hurled at a scoring Staples High School player.

At last Wednesday’s home tournament in which the Staples Wreckers lost 11 to 10 to Fairfield College Preparatory School’s team, Fairfield fans reportedly shouted anti-Semitic chants when a Jewish player scored.

It was also reported that a sign showing male genitalia was held up, and that some fans urinated on the school and cars in the parking lot.

“The lacrosse championship game with Fairfield Prep was upsetting and unprecedented,” Palmer said. “It flies in the face of the beliefs of both schools, and I’m surprised the referees did not stop the game.”

Staples Parents Weigh in on New Grade Point System

By Jarret Liotta

The first look at how Staples High School’s Grade-point average (GPA) system will evolve over the next couple of years received low marks tonight from some parents.

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Four members of the Board of Education were among those listening to Staples Principal James D’Amico’s presentation tonight. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jarret Liotta for WestportNow.com

Still, Principal James D’Amico, addressing dozens of parents in the school auditorium, said the new measurements would not only keep high achievers on the fast track, but hopefully reduce the competitive and often stress-filled decision-making process of choosing classes.

“There’s an emphasis in the current structure on competition,” D’Amico said, explaining that the academic GPA currently in use only includes core courses in English, math, science, social studies and world languages.

Consequently, students will turn their back on areas of study they may be passionate about solely to up their GPA.

Welcome to Riverwalk and Interim Library

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Bill Harmer, executive director of the Westport Library, tonight addresses guests outside the new library west entrance on the riverwalk at a reception marking the opening of the newly renovated Riverwalk Level and Interim Library. The level now houses the library’s stacks and children’s section in a configuration that will change when the main floor renovation is completed next summer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Maria R. Giunta, 95

Maria R. Giunta of Westport died May 28 at home. She was 95.

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Maria Giunta: active in community. Contributed photo

She was wife of the late Anthony P. Giunta, Sr.  She was born in Windber, Pennsylvania on Feb. 24, 1923, the daughter of the late Pasquale Roig and Dolores Miralles Roig.

She worked for the Westport Bank and Trust for a number of years and was active in the community. 

She was a longtime parishioner of the Church of the Assumption, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and a dedicated volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Westport Sons of Italy.

Staples Hires New Football Coach

After a long search, Staples High School has found a successor to longtime football coach Marce Petroccio.

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Phil Treglia: succeeds Coach P. Contributed photo

School officials today made known their choice — Phil Treglia, 41, who comes from Archbishop Stepniac High School in White Plains, New York, where he was the offensive coordinator last season.

Petroccio resigned in January to coach at his alma mater, Trumbull.

In his 25 years with the Wreckers, Coach P., as he was known, won 210 games, three state championships and five FCIAC titles.