Dec 022016
 

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The controversy over Key West’s charter schools rocked the school board during last week’s meeting.  “How do we know this is not going to be another white-flight school?” asked longtime school board member Andy Griffiths about a new charter middle school.  Some fear an exodus of white students toward charter schools will leave the district run public schools with insufficient resources and failing grades. For others, the specter of re-segregation is simply intolerable.

The numbers are telling: Key West’s Horace O’Bryant [HOB], the district run public K-8 school, has only 27% white [non-hispanic] students and 71% of its students receive free or reduced lunch while barely 3 miles away Sigsbee Charter School has 66% white [non-hispanic] students and only 2% of students qualify for subsidized lunches.

We decided to update and republish our previous investigation into the re-segregation of Key West’s schools; the tricks of the trade: 

Monroe County’s Secret Roadmap to Re-segregation

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Dec 022016
 

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Company to Pay $40 Million and Implement Remedial Measures on All Carnival Companies Visiting U.S. Ports

During the campaign leading to the Key West Channel dredging referendum, the question of the efficiency of cruise ship waste water system came to the forefront of the debate. After years of litigation, the image of wastewater tanks regularly overflowing into the bilge of the Caribbean Princess is reaching the public. The Caribbean Princess is one of the cruise ships that visits Key West during the winter season. Here is the account of a runaway sewer system, secret discharge pipes and onboard monitoring equipment tampering. Continue reading »

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am * Featured Story *, Environment, Issue #195, Water World 2 Responses »
Dec 022016
 

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By Arnaud Girard…….

If you are like us you’ve probably always wanted to take a tour of the iconic Southernmost House. Well yesterday we were called on a tip to go there and report on a mysterious “big story.” Police cars were already parked at the gate but surprisingly we were allowed inside. Ah! Amazing sculptures and paintings, trompe l’oeil ceilings painted like the sky, infinity swimming pool suspended over the turquoise ocean view. Priceless.

But what was going on? Continue reading »

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #195, Naja and Arnaud Girard 4 Responses »
Dec 022016
 

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Tropical life still

green upon green upon gray

galvanizing sight

(An image with a haiku is called a haiga)

“Fueled by an image, thinking about words placed in a 3 line, 5-7-5 syllabled format to distinguish “RodStuDa’s Photo Of The Week” from the palpable plethora of photos permeating the internet, I thought that that would be a good Idea.”  ~ Rodger Stuart Davis

Rodger’s photography books are available on Amazon.

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #195, Rod-Stu-Da Photo of the Week No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Detective Asks for Help Identifying Suspect [Surveillance video]

Sheriff’s Detective Leon Bourcier is asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect who stole a Honda motorcycle from a Marathon residence. The 2013 Honda 250 CRF was taken from a home on Sombrero Boulevard just after midnight on November 28th. The owner told Deputy Matthew Cory he went to bed on the 27th, there were two matching motorcycles parked next to each other in the driveway. When he woke the next morning, one was gone. A neighbor was able to produce surveillance video of [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #195, News No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Man Arrested for Threatening Sheriff's Office Lieutenants Life

A Florida City man with a violent criminal history was arrested Thursday, charged with threatening to shoot a Sheriff’s Office lieutenant in the head. Sheriff’s detectives received information from a source that 47 year old Johnny Nash was planning to shoot Lt. Al Ramirez in the head because he holds the lieutenant responsible for his arrest in October for Sale of Cocaine.  The information was Nash specifically said he planned to “ambush” the lieutenant at Friendship Park in Key Largo, take the lieutenant’s own firearm [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #195, News No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Homelessness...A Journey & Memoir...

by John Donnelly……. An individual chooses their shelter in accordance with the realties facing them. Affordable Housing is living where you can afford to live. In fact, ones’ only true residence is lodged between their ears. Mother Earth is our home. Tangential structures and morsels of food do not equate to the nourishment required to maintain a healthy “Self”, the “Thinker of the Thought”. No human power, bathroom towel, soup kitchen, principality or government will alleviate the so-called homeless issue. Successful civilizations thrived because they [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #195, John Donnelly 6 Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Hey, @RealDonaldTrump, Hands Off My Flag

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag,” writes US president-elect Donald Trump in one of his patented incendiary (pun intended) tweets. “[I]f they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” You’ve probably heard all the arguments for and against a flag-burning ban, most of them variations of the maudlin “my ancestor died for that flag” or the obvious (and Supreme Court affirmed) fact that flag-burning is a form of political expression protected [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #195, Thomas L. Knapp 23 Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Will Trump Roll Back "Net Neutrality?"

by Thomas L. Knapp……. US president-elect Donald Trump will appoint a new Federal Communications Commission chair in January. That chair will likely be inclined to undo the FCC’s 2015 “Net Neutrality” power grab and, to at least some degree, let markets settle how bandwidth gets priced and who pays. Good. For the most part I’m no Trump fan, but Net Neutrality was a bad idea from the beginning — half crony capitalism, half stalking horse for a future Internet censorship regime, all economic nonsense. If [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #195, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
An Epistle to the Earthonians

by Ray Jason……. At the time, it was just an eccentric, utopian game. But now, a couple of decades later, I realize that it was a perfect metaphor for my deepest aspirations. I would find some nicely rounded, sea-worn rocks along the shore. My favorites were about the size of a mango and slightly flattened. On each one I would paint a short quotation from a wise thinker. Here are some examples that swiftly rise from my memory vault. Whitman’s “Question much and obey little.” [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Island Voices, Issue #195 2 Responses »
Dec 022016
 
What Will the Interactive Water Feature at Truman Waterfront Park Be Like?

by Ben Volpian……. Last Summer while I was getting up-to-speed with the Truman Waterfront Park, I asked City Commissioner Wardlow, “What the “heck” is this Interactive Water Feature I keep hearing about?” I and others I talked to had visions of a kind of Three-Coins-in-a-Fountain kind of structure, you know, with a sculpture of naked people or whatever in the middle of a shallow pool. But then, Billy or someone in the Engineering Dept. sent me a video [above] of what it was. After seeing [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #195, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Open Letter: White Flight?

by Larry Murray……. Andy: In today’s Keynoter, you are quoted with regard to the proposed Collegiate Middle School: “How can we be sure that this will not result in one more white-flight school?” Very interesting comment that is likely to have the community talking and then some. When you say “ONE MORE white-flight school” (emphasis added), I assume you are referencing Poinciana School, Montessori Charter School and Sigsbee Charter School as existing “white-flight” schools. Correct? Or, are you referencing other schools? You cannot be identifying [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #195, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Fidel's Beard On The Day Of His Death

by Edgardo Alvarado-Vazquez……. Fidel’s Beard on the day of his death (for Doña Olga, Don Fernando, su esposo y su hija Lourdes, the first people that taught me about Cuba and Fidel Castro) Today it finally snowed in La Habana as the flairs of your beard fell to the ground one white irresolute hair at a time. In Miami, the pots and spoons come out, reminiscences of other protests in a lethargic and weary Latin America. In La Habana, nothing changes a memento of an ongoing [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Island Voices, Issue #195 No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Semi-Annual Crime Stats Show Significant Decrease

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement this week released crime statistics for counties and cities, showing an impressive decrease for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for the first half of 2016. Between January and June of this year, areas of the county patrolled by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office showed a decrease in major crimes of 19.3% over the same time period in 2015. Most of that decrease was in property crimes like theft, grand theft and burglary. And the clearance rate for crimes in [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #195, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Man arrested for burglary on Stock Island A Stock Island man was arrested Friday, charged with burglarizing his mother’s apartment. Deputies were dispatched to an apartment building on 3rd Avenue, Stock Island at midnight. A woman who lives there was calling from Miami. She told Sheriff’s dispatchers a neighbor had seen her son breaking into her apartment through a back window. She said her son does not have permission to be in her apartment. She said he has a drug problem and has stolen from [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #195, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Monroe County BOCC Special Meeting: Affordable Housing

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, 10 a.m. Marathon Government Center 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL MARATHON, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners is holding a special meeting about affordable housing on Dec. 6 at the Marathon Government Center. Monroe County consultant Clarion Associates will provide an update about the inclusionary housing project, the project schedule and project goals. Clarion Associates also will receive input and feedback. There will be a presentation and discussion of Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) Resolution 01-2016, adopted by [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #195, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Our New Blackbeard

by Kim Pederson……. In 1853, an American named William Walker took forty-five men to Mexico, “conquered” the city of La Paz on the Baja Peninsula, declared his conquest to be the Republic of Lower California, made himself president, and instilled the laws of Louisiana, where slavery was still legal. The Mexicans said “Don’t think so” and eventually kicked Walker back to the United States. He was tried there for violating the Neutrality Act of 1794 and acquitted in eight minutes. About a year later, Walker [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #195, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
The American Scene in the Sixies

What impressed me most about the poets of the Beat scene was their independence. Their need was not quite so much to get appreciation and recognition from society for what they were doing as it was to establish faith in themselves regardless of pubic opinion or being in print. Our “kitchen-counter press” published William Wantling’s first publication because of this self confidence shining through it. Gregory Corso got his own poems down first and then looked around for approval, which he evidently got from Allen [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #195, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Cuban and Florida Marine Sanctuary Essences Captured in SALT Gallery Exhibit by Photographer Jeffrey Cardenas: Special Preview Party on December 3

If you’ve ever wanted to catch a glimpse of Cuba’s western coastline and its surroundings, now’s your chance to see its unspoiled beauty via the lens of a master. SALT Gallery welcomes the public to a special preview of “Naturalezas Gemelas/Twins of Nature”— the “sister sanctuaries” of Cuba’s Parque Nacional Guanahacabibes and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary— with a series of images presented by award-winning photographer Jeffrey Cardenas from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, December 3 at 830 Fleming Street. The SALT Gallery exhibition celebrates a [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Art, Issue #195, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
"Moody's Birthday Suit"

Gildea Contemporary Gallery features the tromp l’oeil artwork of Dick Moody. Well known in Key West for his stainless steel sculptures, murals, and acrylic paintings, 20 of his paintings will be on display. Moody, celebrating his birthday, join him as he displays his detailed artwork December 8th, 9th and 10th. Join him for Birthday Cake between 10AM and 5PM at the Gallery. Gildea Contemporary Gallery 522 Southard St. Key West 305-942-1758/305-797-6485 www.dickmoody.com

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #195, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
This Week in the Arts Dec. 1-7

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, December 1 – Wednesday, December 7 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. KEY WEST ARTIST EXHIBITS/RECEPTIONS Thursday, 5 p.m. Works by Lucy Paige -Opening Reception Debra Butler Design Studio, 612 Fleming St., Key West Thursday, 6 p.m. First Thursdays Art Walk From Studios of Key West at Eaton and Simonton to Guild Hall Gallery on Duval and galleries and boutiques in the 500 Block of Fleming , including Members Exhibition [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Art, Issue #195, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Last Call: Go "Back In Time" with Key West Art & Historical Society

Melody G Moore and Bob Bowersox channel historic elegance in preparation for “Back In Time” – Key West Art & Historical Society’s formal fundraiser with a history twist- set for Wednesday, November 30 from 5pm – 10pm. Break out your timely fashions and celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Custom House with an evening of revelry and cocktails on the veranda of the island’s architectural crown jewel located on 281 Front Street followed by dinner, music, and dancing at the Westin Resort. Party proceeds will [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Art, Issue #195, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
2017 McKee Fund Events Announced

The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund, Inc. announces the date of Friday, February 10, 2017 for their annual fine art auction. This year, the auction will take place at The Studios of Key West. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the auction, led by Tom Luna, will begin at 8:00 p.m. Champagne and desserts will be included in the $25 ticket price and there will also be a cash bar. The auction preview will be from January 30th until February [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #195, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Join Us to Celebrate the Season - Holiday Membership Party in Key West

Celebrate the Season with the Florida Keys Council of the Arts ~ Holiday Membership Party~   Wednesday, December 14, 2016 5:30 -7:30 pm at the elegant home of Rob & Maria Sharpe 723 Fleming Street, Key West Entertainment by Bobby Nesbitt & Carmen Rodriguez with Laura Hackworth & Gordon Ross Festive holiday hors d’oeuvres & libations A time to renew your membership and welcome new members. Avoid the Line – Join Online Now! www.keysarts.com The Art of Giving We Connect * We Support * We [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #195, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Events at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Sunday, December 4th: First-Sunday-of-the-Month LOCALS FREE DAY includes FREE GARDEN TOURS at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. “Come See How We’ve Grown and Changed in 80 Years” — Misha McRae & Constance Miller will be your guides. Meet at the Visitors Center. Sat. December 10th at 1:30pm: “Understanding the Florida Keys Environment & How It Affects Gardening” will help you choose appropriate plants and nurture them for your personal version of Eden. Susan Reutling, KWBGS Nursery Coordinator, will share her secrets to success. Meet at the Garden [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #195, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Holiday Parade Saturday!

It may sound strange, but candy safety is an important consideration at the upcoming Holiday Parade. The parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, and as is the annual tradition, many of the entrants will be tossing candy to the kids that line the parade route. The City of Key West wants to remind parents to keep their children out of the streets and let the candy come to them. Anxious little ones tend to move into the parade route looking for goodies, so parents need [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #195, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Lighting of the Menorah

The community is invited to Bayview Park on Thursday, December 22nd at 5:30 p.m. for the lighting of the menorah. Rabbi Shimon Dudai from Congregation B’Nai Zion and Rabbi Jacob Zucker from Chabad of the Florida Keys will say the blessings.

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #195, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Nutcracker Key West Returns

Nutcracker Key West returns! This enchanting holiday production will be performed December 10th to December 18th at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center. Eight public performances are scheduled, with professional dancers from around the world joining 60 of our own community performers to retell this beloved holiday tale. Key West’s local lore and maritime history set the stage with the story opening in 1864 at the Christmas party of the mayor of Key West. The adventure continues, taking our young heroine, Clara, through a fight [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #195, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Music Room’s 35th Annual Holiday Concert

The Music Room Proudly presents the 35th annual holiday concert, A COOL YULE! This long time traditional program gets a fresh twist with holiday pop tunes from artists such as Justin Bieber & Ariana Grande along side unique jazz and rock interpretations of beloved Christmas classics from Louise Armstrong & Mannheim Steamroller. Featuring 36 of the community’s finest young musicians accompanied by local artists Skipper Kripitz & Joe Dallas, with special guest, jazz legend, Othello Molineaux on steel drums. Hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #195, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Celebrate the Season with the Key West Art Center

Celebrate the Season! Season Opening & Festive Reception at the Key West Art Center Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:00 – 7:00 pm Key West Art Center, 301 Front St., Key West The Key West Art Center will host its annual “Celebrate the Season” opening show and festive reception on Sunday, December 4th from 5 – 7 p.m. View new work by our Florida Keys Artist Members while you enjoy sweets and savories with the artists themselves and the Art Center’s extended family and friends. The [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #195, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Joel Nelson Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon Local troubadour Joel Nelson plays the at the Hog’s Breath Saloon outdoor stage Dec. 6 – 8, from 1 – 5 p.m. Nelson has been a popular afternoon entertainer at the Hog’s Breath for some time now, so stop by and see why he helps fill the restaurant and bar during the luncheon afternoons. Copper Sky Plays the Hog’s Breath The Cooper Sky duo takes to the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s outdoor stage Dec. 5 – 11, playing mid-shift [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #195, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Holiday Concert & Bazaar at Custom House Museum

Join The Key West Art & Historical Society for the inaugural Holiday Concert & Bazaar on Wednesday, December 21st from 5PM to 9PM, located on the sweeping historic porch and walkway of the Custom House Museum. The event will feature Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, along with a spectacular holiday light show. Browse hundreds of unique gift options while enjoying the music, food and libations on and around the island’s architectural crown jewel, with eggnog to lift the frazzled ‘final shopping days’ spirits [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #195, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
2016 Florida Book Awards Competition Call for Entries

Deadline for Submissions is Jan. 13, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Book Awards kicks off its 11th annual competition with a call for entries in ten categories. Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books written by Sunshine State residents with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live elsewhere. Two new categories also have been created — Younger Children’s [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #195, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Political Sign Removal

Key West Code Enforcement wants to remind the community that it’s a state law to remove all political signs within 30 days of the election. Members of the community have complained about the number of signs that still remain posted in Key West. Beginning on December 8th, the City will begin enforcing the state law that requires the removal of political signs. Whether you are a candidate or a supporter, regardless of the outcome of the election, the City urges you to remove the clutter [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #195, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Free Hazardous Waste Disposal Day

The City of Key West and Waste Management want to remind the community that Saturday is the monthly free hazardous waste and e-waste drop off for Key West residents. Everything from old paint to pesticides can be dropped off free of charge at Indigenous Park on Saturday, December 3rd from 8 a.m. until noon. Drop offs are limited to residents only. No commercial waste can be accepted. This Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day provides a safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of hard-to-dispose-of [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #195, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Flu Season is here!

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County wants to encourage all Floridians to do their part to prevent getting seasonal flu and spreading it to others by getting the flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop protection against the flu so it is important to get your flu shot early. Flu strains change from year to year so it is important to get the flu shot this year even if you got one last year. The flu [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #195, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Transit Discounts for Seniors

Beginning December 1st, seniors in Monroe County will enjoy a new, lower rate for public transit. The Lower Keys Shuttle will be just $1 for a one way trip to anyone age 60 or over. In addition, seniors will receive a discount on the second Saturday of every month. On that one day a month, seniors ride free all day — either in town or on the Lower Keys Shuttle. For more information, check out www.kwtransit.com.

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #195, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 252016
 
Thanksgiving Celebrated at Homeless Shelter in Shadow of Terrible News

The homeless man was found face down on Smather’s Beach with his throat cut. Detectives are investigating. SHAL Raising Funds for Homeless Bus Tickets From SHAL’s Press Release: The Southernmost Homeless Assistance League (SHAL) is asking for community support for its popular reunification program this holiday season.