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Sunday NY Times Focuses on F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Westport Connection

Famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lived in Westport for only a brief time in 1920, but their six-month stay here is now part of their—and the town’s—legend and is highlighted in today’s Sunday New York Times Connecticut section.fscottfitzgeraldwestport112804260.jpg
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda in front of their Westport house. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Princeton Unversity Library photo

The newspaper, in a front-page story on how Connecticut seems to have long attracted literary types, said Fitzgerald is in a category of his own.

On June 4, 1920, a small item in The Westporter-Herald announced his bigger-than life arrival in Westport: ‘F. Scott Fitzgerald, a writer, has leased the Wakeman Cottage near Compo Beach,’’ the Times reported.

“Fitzgerald, 23, was the toast of Manhattan for his first novel, ‘This Side of Paradise,’ published three months earlier by Charles Scribner’s Sons. In April, he had married Zelda Sayre, who was 19, and the couple had planned a long New York City honeymoon.”

Protesting in Westport

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Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge across the Saugatuck River was the scene today of a political protest. Residents from Westport, Fairfield, and Monroe waved placards reading “Recount in the Ukraine,” “And Ohio” “And Florida” and “The Votes Dont Add Up.” The protesters urged those interested to find more information to visit www.usvip.org, home page of the Voting Integrity Project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Barbeque Restaurant Opens in Onion Alley Space

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Just in time for the holiday season, a new barbeque restaurant has opened on Westport’s Main Street where Onion Alley was a mainstay since 1985 until its closing earlier this year. (See WestportNow Jan. 7, 2004). Bobby Q’s Barbeque & Grill offers barbeque cooking along with salads, sandwiches and wraps. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Staples Will Meet Newington in CIAC Football Semifinal Tuesday

The Staples Wreckers, 9-1 on the season, will meet the Newington Indians, also 9-1, Tuesday night under the lights at Staples in a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) semifinal.

Staples won its right to advance to the semifinal with Thursday’s 38-0 lopsided win over Fairfield Warde while Newington defeated Wethersfield 44-21 for a berth in the Class L game. Staples is ranked No. 2 in the class while Newington is No. 3.

The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. using temporary lights. Members of the Staples Gridiron Club Inc. donated $15,000 to install the lighting, which has been approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Saluting Wall of Famers

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Westport’s Staples High School inducted four new members into its football “Wall of Fame” during halftime ceremonies at Thursday’s game against Fairfield Warde. Among them was 1942 athlete Walt Melillo who acknowledged applause from the fans. Melillo was a stalwart two-way player who was one of the Wreckers’ first great running back/receivers. Others honored inlcuded Glenn Hartman, who captained the 1975 Paul Lane-led squad to a perfect 11-0 mark; Mark Brockwell, who captained the 1979 Wreckers to a 7-2 mark, and Mike Ungari, a two-way starter at fullback and linerbacker in 1992-95. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo