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Police: Investigation Nets Two Possible Suspects for Threatening Signs

UPDATE —The Westport Police Department’s investigation into the threatening signs posted Sunday in the downtown has “yielded information on two responsible parties.”

“With that significant development, the department wishes to take this opportunity to assure all that there is currently no viable threat to the community relative to this incident,” Lt. Anthony Prezioso said.

He added that the investigation involved “close collaboration with federal law enforcement officials based on some of the statements directly expressed in these postings.” The signs, most of them posted on Church Lane, read as follows: “This Town is Ours, Kill Trump, Fight the White,” “Only Good Cop—A Dead Cop,” and “Kill Trump and Once We Win, We’re Coming to Westport.”

Another one is a picture of a bloody fist with the words “Black Lives Matter” on top and a message below stating “War Is Coming.”

Candidates’ Forums Set for Oct. 6, 13 via Zoom

The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) and Westport Library today announced two candidate forums via Zoom, the first set for Tuesday, Oct. 6, the second, Tuesday, Oct. 13. Both will be held at noon.

The first debate will feature candidates for the office of state representative. They include Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, a Democrat, and Chip Stephens, a Republican, running for the 136th District, and Stephanie Thomas, a Democrat, and Patricia Zucaro, a Republican, who are running for Republican Gail Lavielle’s 143rd District seat.

The second debate will feature incumbent state Sen. Tony Hwang, a Republican, and Michelle McCabe, a Democrat, competing the 28th District, as well as incumbent state Sen. Will Haskell, a Democrat, and Kim Healy, a Republican, competing for the 26th District.

“Once again we are pleased to offer this service to the community during these unprecedented times,” said Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director. “Who leads us out of this pandemic and the clear economic impacts due to it is of the utmost of importance.”

William F. DePalma, 76

William F. DePalma of Weston and former long-time resident of Westport died Sept. 29, He was 76. For 54 years, he was the beloved husband of Marie (Donofrio) DePalma.

William F. DePalma
William DePalma Contributed photo

Billy was born on Aug. 20, 1944 to Carl and Lucille (Bussiere) DePalma. He was a master plumber and ran a successful business in Westport, DePalma’s Plumbing & Heating, for more than 50 years. Billy was an avid golfer, like to shoot pool at the senior center, throw horseshoes, bowl, and build furniture. Billy enjoyed being with his family and friends, telling stories, laughing, and having a beer. He was a member of the Westport Screwball Club. Billy was a loving husband, father and grandfather to LilyMarie & Joey who affectionately referred to him as Papa.

In addition to Marie, Billy is survived by his two daughters; Diane DePalma Vullo and husband Joe of Cavendish, VT; Debra DePalma and her partner, Geoff Morse, of Boston, MA; a brother, Richard DePalma, of Peru, MA; a sister, Patti DePalma Slesinski, of Kennett Square, PA, his grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many long-time friends. He is predeceased by his brother, Donny DePalma.

The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home at 210 Post Road East in Westport on Friday, Oct. 2 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. for a walk-through visitation. Interment will be private. Condolences for the family may be left online at http://www.hardingfuneral.com. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Dean Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020


Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed.
8 a.m. –  – Electronically – Board of Education Policy Committee: live streamed on http://www.westportps.org, Optimum ch. 78, Frontier ch. 6021
7 p.m. – Electronically – Board of Selectmen: live streamed on http://www.westportct.gov, Optimum ch. 79, Frontier ch. 6020
7 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  829 2199 7108 Code: 142911 – Coleytown Middle School Building Committee
7 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Environmental Book Discussion: “The Diversity of Life”
7 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – Tough Queer Stories in YA Fiction

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Event Calendar
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar

Hazardous Waste Day Postponed Until Spring

Westport’s Public Works Department announced today that the Oct. 3 Household Hazardous Waste Day has been postponed until the Spring. “We apologize for any inconvenience,” the announcement said.

In the meantime, residents with household hazardous waste may check the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) website for disposal options. They may also dispose of their hazardous waste for a fee by contacting Clean Harbors at (860) 583-8917, according to the announcement.

The announcement reminded residents that the Westport Transfer Station at 300 Sherwood Island Connector accepts most types of latex and oil paints, antifreeze, motor oil, batteries of any type, fluorescent bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, and electronics. The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

For further information, contact the Public Works Department at (203) 341-1120.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020


Westport Town Offices & Senior Center are closed.
4 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – StoryFest 2020: Finding Bravery Through Books
6 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  850 2172 9568 – RTM Finance, Parks & Recreation, Public Works Committees
6 p.m. – Virtual Westport Library – StoryFest 2020: Valuing the Spectrum of Identities in YA
7 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  895 7765 3345 – RTM Public Works Committee
7 p.m. – 646-876-9923 ID:  884 8471 2668 – Historic District Commission
7:15 p.m. – 929-205-6099 ID:  880 3565 1507 Code: 800851 – Youth Commission

Westport Senior Center YouTube Channel
Westport Library Event Calendar
Westport Library YouTube Page
Earthplace YouTube Channel
Virtual Westport Museum for History & Culture
See more events: Celebrate Westport Calendar