To mark the 50th anniversary of F. Scott Fitzgerald's death, the city government will sponsor a ceremony at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the old sanctuary of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Fitzgerald and his parents, wife and daughter all are buried in the church's cemetery. Although Fitzgerald never resided in Rockville, he visited frequently because his parents lived in the area.

The program will include talks on Fitzgerald's life, works and Rockville connections and readings from his books and letters.

Because a Christmas program also is being held at the church that evening, those attending the Fitzgerald program are asked to park at Rockville Metro Center, just north of the church on Hungerford Drive, or in the city-owned lot on Middle Lane across from Metro Center.


The Takoma Park City Council voted unanimously this week to appoint Edward F. Sharp, a three-term member of the council, to serve as mayor succeeding Stephen Del Giudice, who last month won a seat on the Prince George's County Council. Sharp, 41, will complete for the remaining year of Del Giudice's term. uidthe term of succeed Stephen Del Giudice as mayor and fill out the remaining year of his term.

Sharp, 41, who voiced his interest in the $4,800-a-year post shortly after Del Giudice's election, last month won a seat on the Prince George's County Council won early support from a majority of the council. Council member Marc Elrich also expressed interest in the job.

Although council members had said that they would most likely would choose Del Giudice's successor from their ranks, applications came were received from two other city residents: Verne Wilson, who has served as a city election judge, and Avis L. Sanders, formerly an activist in Takoma Park's sanctuary movement.

At Monday night's meeting, Elrich again expressed his interest, but later asked that his name be removed from consideration and threw his support to Sharp.

Sharp, who writes grant regulations at the Department of Energy and lives in the city's Prince George's County segment of the city side, was sworn in after the vote by clerks of the court from both Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Sharp entered city politics in 1985 as an ally of Del Giudice. In that election, Del Giudice ousted controversial mayor Sammie Abbott.

The council must now must appoint a replacement to fill Sharp's Ward 7 council seat. Those interested in applying should write send a letter of interest to the city clerk's office; To be eligible, that all letters must be received by the clerk's office by 5 p.m. Jan. 4.

Ward 7 encompasses takes in the southeastern section of the city, lying mostly in Prince George's County, with a small portion area in Montgomery County.

Council members will meet with and interview the candidates for the Ward 7 seat at a work session Jan. 7, and the council will vote for a new member at a meeting Jan. 14.