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Breaking the Heat

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A wave of heavy thunderstorms accompanied by lightning rolled across southwest Connecticut late Thursday, causing dramatic darkened skies, a sharp drop in temperatures, and scattered power outages. View is looking south across the Saugatuck River in Westport’s center at about 5:45 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Friday, June 10, 2011


8:30 a.m. – Town Hall Room 309 – Westport Transit District Board
9:30 a.m. – Westport Arts Center – ArtCafé
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – Exhibit, “Westport Farming: Then & Now”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – 2011 Solos Exhibition
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Green’s Farms Church (71 Hillandale Road) – “Creations:  An Inspirational Journey Through Art” exhibit
8 p.m. – Green’s Farms Church (71 Hillandale Road) – premiere of film “Remember, Rejoice, Renew:  Celebrating 300 Years of Green’s Farms Church”
8 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – “The Circle”
8 p.m. – Town Hall – Westport Community Theatre: “Sabrina Fair”

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Doris P. “Penny” Ray, 89

Doris P. “Penny” Ray of Albuquerque, N.M. died June 8.The former Westport resident was 89.

Born Nov. 15, 1921, in Swedesboro, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Elsie and Alfred Pfennig. In addition to her late husband Dr. Linton G. Ray and her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Ralph and Herbert Pfennig.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Sara Lee Mollo and her husband Mike of Bloomsburg, Pa., and Georgia Blanton and her husband Olin of Greenville, S.C.; a stepson, Terry Ray; three nieces, Stephanie Walti and her husband Michael of Albuquerque, Joan Maine and her husbnad Bill of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., and Roberta McGlinn of Crystal Lake, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Theresa Pfennig of Mountlake Terrace; and her companion, Aminah Ali Salim of Albuquerque.

Cremation will take place at a later date. No services are planned at her request. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Visit http://www.danielsfuneral.com to leave condolences.

Steven J. Markus, Sr., 77

Steven J. Markus, Sr. of DeLand, Fla. died May 28 at Kindred Hospital-North Florida in Green Cove Springs, Fla. He was 77.

He was born in Norwalk on July 16, 1933 and lived in Westport for several years before moving to South Kortright, N.Y. and then to DeLand. Steve (also known as Pete) worked as a heavy equipment operator for Kowalsky Brothers for more than 30 years.

Steve was predeceased by his wife Lillian of 53 years on May 18, 2011 as well as his brother Joseph. He is survived by his brother, Alex, his wife Doris, and their children of East Merideth, New York; his son Steven, Jr. and his wife, Robin; grandchildren Joey and Kristina (Lulu) of DeLand, Kimberly and her Fiance Matt of Streamwood, Ill., and Gregory of Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.allensummerhillfuneralhome.com.

Jazz Tribute to Max Wilk

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The Westport Arts Center tonight hosted a jazz jam in honor of Max Wilk, the Westport author, playwright and film and TV writer who died Feb. 19 at the age of 90. He was associated with the Arts Center’s musical offerings for 20 years. Arthur Ashman (r) who with his wife Bonnie sponsored the Center’s jazz offerings this season, introduced the evening’s event to the sold out crowd. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

Power Outages Reported

UPDATE A severe thunderstorm caused scattered power outages around Westport late today.

At 7 p.m., Connecticut Light & Power Co. said 164 customers were without power. All but a handful were restored by mid-evening.

Many of the outages were concentrated in the Greens Farms Road and Valley Road areas, according to a CL&P official.

A tree was reported to have fallen on a house on Pioneer Road off of Sylvan Road North. No injuries were reported. Several other trees fell across roadways.