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RTM’s Flug to Take Over as Assistant Town Attorney

Eileen Lavigne Flug, moderator of Westport Representative’s Town Meeting (RTM), for almost four years, will be appointed assistant town attorney in August, replacing Gail Kelly who is leaving that post at the end of July, First Selectman Jim Marpe and Town Attorney Ira Bloom announced today. Image
Eileen Flug:: “a great honor.”Dave Matlow for

Flug’s appointment comes as she joins the firm Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C. as senior counsel. Most recently she has been with Cohen & Wolf, P.C.

“I am very pleased to appoint Eileen Lavigne Flug as the new assistant town attorney beginning in August,” said Marpe. “Eileen is widely respected in town, has an excellent understanding of town government, and has a distinguished legal background.

“We have had the opportunity to work together closely during the past three-and-a-half years in our respective town leadership roles, so I know that she will add tremendous value to the town through her new responsibilities,” he added.

House, Senate Democrats Unable to Agree on Provisional Budget

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Connecticut’s prospects of enacting a state budget — even a provisional one — before the new fiscal year begins July 1 appeared to slip away late Monday night as House and Senate Democrats were unable to agree on a path forward.

After closed-door talks between House and Senate Democrats bogged down over several issues, including a potential sales tax hike and labor concessions, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz of Berlin, notified his fellow Democrats they should not expect to vote on a provisional budget Thursday.

The speaker had asked Democrats, who hold a slim 79-72 edge in the House, to hold open Thursday for a possible budget vote.

Aresimowicz refused to discuss details of the negotiations, but he confirmed today that he doesn’t anticipate a budget vote at this time.

Lawrence G. Genovesi, 83

Lawrence G. Genovesi of Westport died Jan. 24. He was 83. Image
Lawrence G. Genovesi: Air Force veteran. Contributed photo

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was raised in Rockville and went on to a lifetime of service in the U.S. Air Force stationed at the Air Force Academy, Hamburg, Germany and NATO headquarters in Oslo, Norway, among other countries.

He joined the military with dreams of playing the sax, however as fate would have it, he found a higher meaning for his life in helping others as a paramedic and medic in emergency rooms for over 20 years, literally saving lives and touching many.

After distinguished service as a master sergeant in the Air Force, he went on to graduate with honors from Northeastern University.

Granger at the Movies: ‘47 Meters Down,’ ‘Beatriz at Dinner,’ ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Ever since Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” (1975), summer is synonymous with sharks. Consider “The Shallows,” “Deep Blue Sea,” “Open Water,” “The Reef,” even “Sharknado.” So what about “47 Meters Down”? Image

Lisa (Mandy Moore) invites her younger sister Kate (Claire Holt) to join her at a Mexican resort after her longtime boyfriend dumped her because, as he said, she was “too dull.”

Determined to lighten Lisa’s depression, free-spirited Kate insists they go out dancing, where they meet two local lads (Santiago Segura, Yani Gellman) who talk them into a risky maritime adventure, even though the concierge warned them not to take side-trips not sanctioned by the hotel.

Early the next morning, they board the rickety Sea Esta, as Captain Taylor (Matthew Modine) explains the shark-tank excursion. Assuring him they have experience with scuba equipment -— which, for terrified Lisa, is not true -— they don wet suits and face-masks equipped with radio communication.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Main Street to Madison Avenue”
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “The High School That Rocked!” & “Magical Thinking”
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Westport Library – Drop-in Tech Help
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Luciano Park – Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Tuesdays @ the Train
5:30 p.m. – 134 Cross Highway – Wakeman Town Farm
7 p.m. – Levitt Pavilion – Comedy Club I
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Pop-up Painting Party
7 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – Round Table Discussion: Main Street to Madison Avenue
7:30 p.m. – Town Hall Auditorium – Zoning Board of Appeals CANCELED

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Talk of Racial Issues and Police Hits Home

By Gordon Joseloff

An overflow Westport Library audience turned out tonight for a discussion about blacks and policing across America with a CBS News journalist who grew up here and his old pal, now Westport’s police chief. Image
TEAM Westport Chairman Harold Bailey Jr. (r) introduces Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas (l) and CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

The crowd in the McManus Room likely did not expect the discussion to hit close to home. But it did.

The talk centered on a new book by CBS News Justice and Homeland Security correspondent Jeff Pegues, “Black and Blue: Inside the Divide Between the Police and Black America.”

Pegues, who lived with his family on Prospect Road from 1979 to 2000, joined in conversation with Police Chief Foti Koskinas. The two were football teammates at Staples High School.

Journalist, Police Chief, Former Staples Teammates, Talk Race and Policing Image
Jeff Pegues (r), CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Department correspondent, returned to Westport tonight where he grew up, to talk about his new book, “Black and Blue: Inside the Divide Between the Police and Black America.” Before a packed audience at the Westport Library, he and Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas, teammates on their Staples High School football team, discussed policing in large cities and small towns like Westport. Asked how to improve relations between blacks and police in urban areas, Pegues replied, “You must have the facts. Go into the communities and talk to people.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Malloy Proposes $300M in New Revenue

By Keith M. Phaneuf, Mark Pazniokas, Kyle Constable, and Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today asked legislators to consider nearly $320 million in revenue increases to mitigate the massive cuts he would be forced to impose if Connecticut enters the new fiscal year Saturday without a budget.

But even if those steps are taken, Malloy outlined deep cuts to municipal aid, social services, hospitals, and public colleges and universities that would occur if he had to run the upcoming fiscal year by executive order.

“Connecticut can and will adopt a responsible, balanced budget for the coming biennium – the question is how best to handle our finances until that happens,” Malloy said.

“I am prepared to operate government in the absence of a budget, but it has never been my preference to do so.”