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Jun 162017
TPS HAITI: "Know Your Rights" Forum June 23rd - Spread the Word...

A ‘Know your Rights’ informational gathering to provide information on the recent policy changes in the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians, including the six month extension will take place on Friday, June 23rd at 5:30 pm at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in the Klaus Murphy Center, 724 Truman Ave.. In order to provide accurate information from a trusted source, Mr. Peterson St. Philippe, Esq., Managing Attorney from Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami will provide updated information [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
Jun 162017
FDLE Arrests Two for Criminal Activities at Sweetwater Police Department

MIAMI, Fla – On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Miami-Dade Police Department arrested current Sweetwater Police Department Sergeant Reny Armando Garcia, 46, of Palmetto Bay, FL, and former Sweetwater Detective William Garcia, 42, currently incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pennington, VA., each on one count of organized scheme to defraud, one count of racketeering, and one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering. FDLE, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Police Department and the FBI, interviewed numerous victims and witnesses during the [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 162017
National Key Deer Refuge Upcoming Prepwork for Start of 2017 Prescribed Burn Season

National Key Deer Refuge helps community reduce wildfire risk through vegetation thinning and prescribed burns As the summer lightning-induced wildfire season returns, National Key Deer Refuge will be working to reduce fire fuels on Refuge natural areas on Big Pine Key, No Name Key and Cudjoe Key. These actions will help protect public and private lands from wildfires. Select vegetation will be removed mechanically by mowing and trimming using a skidsteer and hand trimming, with most vegetation thinning work being completed from June – November. [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 162017
"Mr. Key West" Hands Out $40,000 in Awards to 'Teachers of Merit' at Key West High School

David Wolkowsky, affectionately known as “Mr. Key West” to many, awarded eight teachers $5,000 each at Key West High School in the first week of June. Mr. Wolkowsky has been bestowing the Teachers of Merit Awards for 16 years, since 2001. The educators learned they’d been chosen during a faculty meeting after watching a short film dedicated to Mr. Wolkowsky. Teachers receiving the award from previous years were showcased in the short film. In it, they thanked Mr. Wolkowsky for his generosity.  Many believe the [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #223, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 162017
Local Teachers Receive National Honors

Local Educators to Participate in National Program Area educators have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 26-30, 2017. Participants include: Tess Alfonsin, St. Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, Texas Joanna Best, Roberts Field School, Brooklyn, N.Y. Kim Bradley, George Washington Elementary School, Kingsport, Tenn. Aaron Branda, Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville, Md. Robin Cicchetti, Concord-Carlisle (Mass.) Regional High School Rebecca Cochrane, Charter Oak International [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #223, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 162017
MCSO Crime Report

  Marathon Man Sustains Injury A Marathon man sustained a serious injury on the morning of June 4th to his neck and detectives are attempting to determine what may have happened. The incident has resulted in numerous rumors which detectives have been following up on as they are reported. So far, Detective Amanda Coleman has confirmed that 55 year old Jeffrey Knapp was last seen uninjured by employees of the Hurricane Restaurant in Marathon. He was escorted by employees from the bar at approximately 9 [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 162017
Simone & The Supercats

She can scream like Janis Joplin or purr like Chrissie Hynde. Simone “has one of the most unique sounds in Florida” (Wes Cambron, Tampa Examiner) and Steve Gilmore (Rebel Riffs) knows that “Simone has the look, has the voice, and has the songs”. Though born in Detroit’s Mt. Sinai hospital and educated in Windsor, Ontario, singer and songwriter Simone Star (née Taylor) discovered beauty and creativity on ‘both sides of the tracks’. Her biracial background provided her with varying viewpoints; fueling her artistry and initially leading [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #223, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
Rummage Sale at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, June 17th

The Garden is doing a “spring cleaning”! In conjunction with the Native Plant Sale in the Nursery, the Visitor Center will be having a rummage sale to make room for new inventory in our Gift Shop.  Come see what treasures we have that you can’t live without.  Clay pots, ceramic pots, glassware, tablecloths and more – you never know what you might find.  The rummage sale will be held in the Courtyard of The Key West Tropical Forest, 5210 College Road on Stock Island Saturday, June [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
Last Call for National Geographic Photographer Don Kincaid at SALT Gallery

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER LIGHTS THE WAY TO KEY WEST’S HISTORY AND BEAUTY: “Loggerhead Light in the Dry Tortugas” and “Northwest Channel Lighthouse” are among two dozen images presented by National Geographic Photographer and local legend Don Kincaid at SALT Gallery located at 830 Fleming Street. A filmmaker and photographer for more than 40 years, Kincaid’s images document the marine habitat of the Florida Keys and the heyday of treasure-hunting, crossing “photojournalism with graphic design elements,” he says.  His images offer historic moments and colorful observations of marine [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Art, Issue #223, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
 Local FRLA Hosts "Rock Your Business to Success" Workshop Featuring Nationally-Renowned Speaker and Author Jim Knight

   -Jim Knight uses Rock ‘n’ Roll spirit to transform business on June 28th-  The Monroe Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), in partnership Key West Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, is excited to feature Jim Knight, a nationally-renowned speaker and training and  development veteran of more than 30 years, at their upcoming Rock Your Business to Success Workshop. This educational workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:27 am Issue #223, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 162017
Key West National Organization for Women Meeting, June 28

Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key  West.   This meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues.  A social hour follows the meeting.  For more information or to join, email:

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #223, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 162017
SAVE THE DATES: Key West Art & Historical Society to Contribute to Hemingway Days Events with Multiple Cultural Offerings

Literary icon and Key West legend Ernest Hemingway will be commemorated July 18-23 during the annual Hemingway Days celebration, with this year’s offerings featuring an array of cultural events presented by Key West Art & Historical Society that applaud not only Hemingway’s accomplishments but those that have been inspired by him.  “Hemingway Days is a perfect fit for our mission,” says Director of Education Adele Williams. “The event attracts a diverse audience to Key West and allows us to showcase a myriad of subject matter [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
Trash or Treasure? Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Free Preservation Session on Personal Historic Objects

Do you have unique historic objects you would like to know more about, learn how to preserve, or be organized into a ‘life plan’ to pass on to friends and loved ones? Join Key West Art & Historical Society curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., Monroe County Public Libraries archivist Breana Sowers, and Key West artist and architectural historian Sharon Wells during “Trash or Treasure” on Saturday, June 24 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street, as they share guidance on how [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
Key Lime Festival Kicks Off at Key West Lighthouse with Gravity-Defying Key Lime Pie Drop

Key West Art & Historical Society helps to catapult America’s favorite citrus celebration – the Key Lime Festival – into the lime-light on Saturday, July 1 from 11:00am-4:00pm with a free Key Lime Pie Drop contest and party at the Key West Lighthouse, located at 938 Whitehead Street. Those with a taste for engineering adventures are invited to enter for a chance at fame, fortune, a trophy and a crisp $100 dollar cash prize. Food, drinks, live music from the funky/soul band 3sum and loads [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
Free Music Class for Story Time

Music Together in the Keys will hold a free class at the June 28 and 30 Story Time sessions at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St. The fun, playful classes will be at 10:30 a.m. June 28 and 11 a.m. June 30. Music Together is an international, science-based program that’s great for neural brain development! The classes are for newborns through 4-year-olds and the adults who love them. Our trained teachers will lead songs, dancing and a jam session for all. For more information on Story Time, visit or call (305) 292-3595. [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #223, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
1st Annual “Keys Moths” Bio Blitz Events 

Want to help discover a new species?  In the past 10 years there have been almost 600 species of moths identified in the Florida Keys and through an ongoing survey, new species are being discovered all the time. The month of June is the best time of year to witness biodiversity in moths, so if you would like to be part of the first annual KEYS MOTHs BIO BLITZ, come join us and help play a part in further understanding the moth fauna in the [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
Book Signing Event at 801 Caberet

Renowned drag queen “Sushi” introduces author Kenneth D. Michaels to the crowd at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar on Friday night during a debut event for his most recent book, “Only in Key West,” a ‘Nick and Norm’ Gay Detective Series novel in which Sushi and the ‘801 Girls’ appear under pseudonyms.

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #223, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 162017
KWAHS Claymation Camp

Key West Art & Historical Society’s ArtCamp! is held every summer at Fort East Martello, featuring themed weeks with auxiliary activities and excursions that include field trips to local museums, nearby beaches and gardens—all highlighting the abundant history and cultural assets of our islands while encouraging and expanding students in their knowledge of their local community. For more information, visit KWAHS.ORG/LEARN or call Adele Williams, Director of Education at 305.295.6616 extension 115. All the student’s films can be viewed at

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #223, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 162017
Key West: Bohemia in the Tropics

The Matecumbe Historical Trust will host with month’s free presentation on Monday, June 19th at 6:30 pm at Island Community Church. Michael Shields will present, Key West: Bohemia in the Tropics, produced by Timothy Long.  This is an account of a largely unknown story of how a radical community-building experiment during the Great Depression led to the laid-back, anything-goes lifestyle of today’s Key West. The film opens during the darkest days of the Great Depression and goes on to explore how Key West, once the [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #223, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 162017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

The Coal Men Play the Hog’s Breath Saloon Dave Coleman’s Nashville smart-rock band, “The Coal Men,” play the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s late-shift, 10 p.m.- 2 a.m., June 19 – 25. Dave Colman recently played solo for the mid-shift on the Hog’s outdoor stage, and thrilled his fans with more of his original music and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll. The bands late-night fans have ask for more of the popular Nashville band and this gig is the Hog’s answer. The band’s CD, “Nowhere’s [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #223, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 092017
Women's March Florida Key's Statement Re-Sheriff's Lack of Policy

Women’s March Florida Keys Demands a Clear Policy from Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Regarding the Questioning of Florida Keys Residents about their Immigration Status As Monroe County residents and constituents we demand a clear policy from our Monroe County Sheriff’s Department regarding questioning residents and visitors about their immigration status, and sharing this information with federal immigration officials. The recent body cam footage of an officer questioning the immigration status of multiple Florida Keys residents is very concerning.  As there is no clear policy or [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice 11 Responses »
Jun 092017
A FOND FAREWELL / LifeNet Closes Key West Base

Guest Editorial William Deans, flight nurse and long-time Key West resident……. Call it six degrees of separation, or maybe just how a tight-knit community works: with LifeNet operating in the Florida Keys for ten years, it’s hard to find a resident who doesn’t know someone whose life has been touched by air ambulance service.

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Editorial, Issue #222 No Responses »
Jun 092017
Ed Russo Appointed to Planning Board

Commissioner Sam Kaufman has chosen Mr. Ed Russo as his Planning Board Appointee to serve out the remainder of former planning board member Crisity Spottswood’s term. Ms. Spottswood was appointed by former Commissioner Mark Rossi, and just recently stepped down after three years of service to the board. Commissioner Kaufman conducted a series of interviews with potential candidates and found Mr. Russo to be a great fit for the Planning Board. Mr. Russo comes with a keen understanding of the environment has an extensive and [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jun 092017
Monroe County Has Begun Surveying Neighborhoods that Repeatedly Flood

This week, Monroe County staff and their contractors began surveying neighborhoods where properties have experienced repetitive flood damage. This “Repetitive Loss Area Analysis” is part of an ongoing effort to obtain greater discounts for most of the 15,000 flood insurance policy holders in unincorporated Monroe County through the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that rewards communities that take actions – which exceed the minimum standards required by the National Flood Insurance Program – to protect [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Pruitt Moves to Politicize Superfund Cleanups

New Policy Enables Administrator to Bypass Staff and Dispense Favors to Industry   Washington, DC — The Trump-appointed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has moved to take personal control of all major toxic cleanup operations under the Superfund program, according to an agency memo posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  This new arrangement allows him to bypass staff experts and confer one-side benefits on corporate polluters. The May 22, 2017 memo by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt directs that all decisionmaking on [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Critter Cam Goes Live in Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges

  A Live, Local, “Critter Cam” has been established on a backcountry island in the National Key Deer Refuge.  The camera is focused on a pair of nesting white-crowned pigeons, who currently are incubating two eggs in their nest.  We welcome the public to view the live video feed at their convenience by visiting either the National Key Deer Refuge or the Great White Heron National Wildlife Websites and then clicking on the critter cam links. Key_Deer_Refuge/ or go DIRECTLY to the CRITTER CAM [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
Southeastern Grocers Issues Voluntary Recall 

Winn-Dixie Italian Style Panko Breadcrumbs sold in all Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Más stores  JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, is issuing a voluntary recall of Winn-Dixie Italian Style Panko Breadcrumbs. This product was sold in an 8-ounce package. The recall is due to undeclared allergens found in the product. This product was sold in Winn-Dixie stores in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and in Fresco y Más stores stores in Florida. The [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Man charged with multiple drugs A Marathon man was arrested after deputies found him in possession of numerous different kinds of drugs. Deputy Matthew Cory responded to the parking lot of the Overseas Lounge at 1 a.m. after dispatchers received reports of someone passed out in a truck. When the deputy arrived, he located 37 year old Hayes Culbertson sitting in his truck, scratching off lottery tickets. He approached the truck and, as Culbertson rolled down the window to talk to Deputy Cory, the deputy [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Department of Health Hosting Upcoming Community Meetings

~ Florida Department of Health in Monroe will be presenting public health survey results for Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach~ The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County recently completed three community health assessments involving resident input in the Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach. The department is inviting members of the community to participate in three upcoming community meetings where research specialists will be presenting the results of these assessments. These three communities were chosen as part of the department’s Community [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Castaways Against Cancer - Kayaking for the Cure

18th Annual Tour American Cancer Society Relay For Life Kayaking Team Cancer affects all of us in one way or another. You may have a family member who has battled the disease or a friend or a co-worker. Cancer can not only do physical damage to the body, but can leave permanent scars on its victims and their loved ones. These are the people for whom we paddle. The mission of the Castaways Against Cancer is two-fold. The goal is to not only find a [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #222, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 092017
New Card Sound Bridge Electronic Toll

SPEED-REDUCING ELEMENTS DESIGNED INTO CONSTRUCTION OF NEW CARD SOUND BRIDGE ELECTRONIC TOLL NORTH KEY LARGO, FL – Construction of a new electronic toll at the Card Sound Bridge in North Key Largo will begin Aug. 1, with a scheduled completion date of Feb. 8, 2018. No tolls will be collected during this time. The last hand-collected tolls will take place July 31. At that point, unused discount tickets can be returned for a refund. The construction phase of the project will start with the demolition [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 092017
Gerald Adams Elementary Groundbreaking

GERALD ADAMS ADMINISTRATORS READY TO BREAK GROUND, AJAX BUILDING CORPORATION READY TO BEGIN THE NEW BUILD   WHO:   Gerald Adams Elementary students, staff, and administrators; Ajax Building Corporation; Harvard Jolly Architects; invited guests WHAT: Gerald Adams Elementary School students, staff and faculty are ready to break ground and start constructing a new building. Ajax Construction and Harvard Jolly Architects are working with the District to improve the learning space at Gerald Adams. WHEN: Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 10:00 am WHERE:  Gerald Adams Elementary [continue reading…]

 June 9, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #222, News, Public Notice 1 Response »