Dionne named to university board of trustees

Jacquelyn Rasieleski Dionne, of Westport, has been named to the University of Scranton’s board of trustees.

A native of Scranton and a University of Scranton alumna, Dionne became a registered nurse upon graduating from Community Medical Center in 1986. She received a bachelor’s degree in health administration from the University in 1989. She began her career as a trauma intensive care nurse in Scranton and continued as a cardiothoracic nurse in Boston and the New Hampshire Heart Institute. She recently returned to a medical setting, working as an registered nurse with elderly and Alzheimer’s patients.

She is active in numerous charitable organizations, including having served as a vice president for the National Charity League, Westport Chapter, as well as Horizons Organization of Bridgeport Connecticut, Meals on Wheels and several other nonprofit organizations.

Dionne previously served on the University’s board from 2011 through 2017. During that time, she chaired the advancement committee, served on the executive committee, and on both the presidential and provost search committees. In 2015, she was instrumental in the creation of the Kania School of Management’s Business Wall of Fame. In 2013, she and her husband, John D. Dionne, were co-recipients of the University’s President’s Medal, an honor presented by the President’s Business Council. In 2008, the University named its newly created green at the heart of its campus in honor of her and her husband.

Tennis tourney benefits youth nonprofit

The 11th annual Autumn Classic Tennis Tournament benefitting Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education, a 23-year-old youth development nonprofit, was held on Sept. 30.

The lead sponsors were Laurel Road Bank and the Lublinsky family. NGTE touches the lives of over 500 student-athletes, offering free year-round tennis instruction, education support and life skills programming to Norwalk youth living in public or subsidized housing.

The Autumn Classic was open to all public and private varsity and junior varsity high school students in the area, and was played at the Weston Field Club and Longshore Park in Westport. Over 150 young men and women representing their schools fought hard in competitive but fun doubles play.

Tournament coordinator and NGTE board member, Mark Magnusen, thanked the sponsors and players for contributing over $28,000 to help continue the NGTE programs that graduate all participants from high school and help many graduates go to college. “We really appreciate the commitment and support from these high school tennis players and their parents, and our wonderful sponsors. Many of the students who served as Chairpersons and Committee Members for the Autumn Classic also volunteer at NGTE during the year as youth tennis coaches and academic tutors, and they allow us to help our underserved youth realize their potential in Norwalk,” he said.

Charlie Low of Fairfield Ludlowe High School, Caroline Mayock of New Canaan High School, Aaron Miller of Weston High School, Will Roddy of Rye Country Day School, Daniel Stone of Staples High School, and Annabel Thrasher of Greenwich Academy all co-chaired the event.

Winners and finalists included:

Girls varsity winners: Grace Coale and Katie Wiley, Sacred Heart Greenwich and Darien High School; finalists: Gariella Gatto and Allison Katz, St Joseph High School and Staples High School.

Girls junior varsity winners: Ellie Collier and Layla Magnusen, Hopkins School and New Canaan Country School; finalists: Iasiah Sena and Erickah Tertulien, Norwalk High School.

Boys varsity winners: Andrew Ilie and George James, Trumbull High School; finalists: Conrad Emerson and Henry Murphy, Wilton High School.

Boys junior varisty winners: Eric Degter and Thomas King, King School; finalists: Byron Hart and Josh Handel, Weston High School.

The Flying Ivories to perform at Hadassah event

The Westport Chapter of Hadassah’s Fall Fundraiser will take place on Oct. 20 at Temple Israel. The Flying Ivories, one of the premier dueling piano entertainers in the Northeast, will perform at the event. They play everything from Billy Joel to Aretha Franklin, from Sinatra to Metallica, from Garth Brooks to Madonna.

Additionally, there will be an open bar, kosher dinner, wine tasting, silent auction, and other great surprises. Two of the Chapter’s past presidents and active board members, Ivy Gosseen and Alison Sherman, will be honored at the fundraiser. Both of the honorees are lifetime members of Hadassah who have held multiple roles in our Chapter. Honorary certificates will be presented to the honorees at the event.

In connection with the event, we will be creating gift baskets for the four Israeli emissaries through the Federation Israeli Emissary Program serving our community this year. We invite you to donate items to be included in the baskets. Possible items are winter gloves, movie tickets, candy, gift cards to local businesses/restaurants. Bring donations to the event if interested in donating.

The proceeds will benefit Hadassah Medical Organization and its lifesaving work, including areas of nephrology and organ transplantation.

For information, contact Marcia Falk at mkfalk@gmail.com or Deborah Greenberg at debgreenberg4@gmail.com.


The following Westport residents recently matriculated as first-year students at Hamilton College: Brooke Kessler, Ian Bernstein and Peri Kessler.

Westport residents Nicole Dienst, Anna Ehli and Sally McGee recently enrolled as part of the Colgate University Class of 2022.

Wesport residents Catherine T. duBoulay, Alexandra N. Holoubek-Sebok and William N. Marshall enrolled at Colby College in Maine.

Nicholas Diaz, Elizabeth Mathis and Tyler Wright enrolled for the fall semester at Eastern Connecticut State University.