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Aug 112017
Al-Anon Family Groups Offer Weekly Meeting in Marathon

Al-Anon Family Groups, a support group for the friends and families of alcoholics, offers regularly scheduled meetings in Marathon. Monday nights and Friday nights meet at St. Columba Church located at 451 52ndrd Street Gulf in Marathon beginning at 6:00 p.m. A daytime meeting is held during season, October 1 through April 30, on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Marathon United Methodist Church located at 3010 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Al-Anon’s purpose is to help families of alcoholics by giving understanding and encouragement to [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Help Us Keep Our Students Safe

Sheriff’s Office prepared for the beginning of School The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force next week guarding the safety of children returning to school. “We take school related safety very seriously,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “We have a no tolerance policy for people who choose to speed in school zones, and for those who illegally pass school buses. We will be out in force beginning next week in both marked and unmarked cars watching for violators.” School Resource Officers and School [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:21 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Monroe County Veterans Affairs Hosting Town Hall on VA Healthcare

Monroe County Veterans Affairs is hosting a town hall meeting Monday, Aug. 28, to provide up-to-date information about health care for veterans both now and in the future. The public meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue, 2nd Floor, in Key West, FL. Paul M. Russo, director of the Miami VA Healthcare System, and members of his staff will provide the health care updates and answer questions.

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Woman Airlifted after Violent Domestic Dispute

A woman was airlifted to a Miami hospital and her boyfriend went to jail for aggravated battery after a violent domestic dispute on Cudjoe Key Saturday night. Deputies responded to a home on John Avery Lane at 6:40 p.m. to reports of an argument between 36 year old Anthony Velez and 32 year old Anelle Hernandez. The two are boyfriend and girlfriend and live with Hernandez’ parents. Hernandez’ mother called to report the two were arguing and pushing each other. She said she tried to break them up but [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Monroe County Fire Rescue Extrication Training

MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE AND NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST TRAIN TOGETHER ON ROCKLAND KEY ROCKLAND KEY, FL – Alex’s Auto Wrecking and Parts junkyard on Rockland Key was the perfect place for firefighters from Monroe County Fire Rescue and Naval Air Station Key West to get in some extrication training this week. Alex’s donated three cars for the firefighters to use for this life-saving training. Lt. Steve McAnally organized and led the training. Monroe County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Cab Bentley, Capt. Ryan Johnson and firefighters from [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Back to School Tips

More than 3,000 students will be returning to schools in the Key West area next Wednesday. Amid the adjustments of the community’s schedule, it is important to always remember the number one back-to-school priority:  keeping kids safe. As we start a new school year, patience is the most important thing that every motorist can bring to the table. It’s worth allowing a little more time to get around to be sure that all Key West kids are safe on their way to and from school. Here [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Former State Representative Joe Saunders Named Equality Florida Senior Political Director

  On Wednesday, Equality Florida announced that Former State Representative Joe Saunders is rejoining the organization’s staff as the new Senior Political Director. In this role Saunders will be charged with leading the organization’s civic engagement programs, pro-LGBTQ mobilization efforts, and electoral programs. After nearly a ten year tenure serving as Equality Florida’s Field Director, Saunders ran for and won an east Orlando seat in the Florida House of Representatives, making history in 2012 when he along with David Richardson of Miami Beach, became the first openly [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
NOW Meeting

Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 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:

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Maryland musician Oren Polak at the Hog’s Breath Saloon Maryland musician Oren Polak makes plays at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., mid-shift gig – 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Aug. 14 – 20. Polak is touring clubs along the Southeastern United States and is looking forward to his gig at the Hog’s Breath Saloon. Come in for happy hour and give Polak a return welcome to Key West greeting. Austin’s Ben Balmer Band Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon Austin’s Ben Balmer plays the late-night gig, 10 pm [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #231, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 112017
It's A ROYAL RENAISSANCE! The Kick-Off To The Royal Campaign of FANTASY FEST 2017 on Friday, August 25th!

Renaissance means rebirth in French and, with Fantasy Fest 2017 undergoing its own reinvention this year, it’s a natural that The Royal Campaign is entitled ‘A Royal Renaissance’. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 25th, at The Southernmost House, 1400 Duval, the evening’s poolside party renders official who is determined to become the 2017 King and Queen – and Duke and Duchess. With the Atlantic surf as their soundtrack and a sky going South Florida violet as their backdrop, reigning Queen Jane Rohrschneider and King Christopher Rounds [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #231, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 112017
School District to Hold Stanley Switlik Elementary Construction Community Meeting

WHO:   Harvard Jolly Architect Team, Ajax Building Corporation, Executive Director of Operations and Planning Patrick Lefere, Public WHAT: Monroe County School District officials would like to meet with the public to begin to receive feedback on design plans for Stanley Switlik Elementary School. WHEN: August 17th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Stanley Switlik Elementary School                 3400 Overseas Highway                 Marathon, FL 33050                 Media Center WHY:    Officials plan to give the public an overview of the process, costs, and will take questions and feedback, to ensure the community has [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Monroe County School Board and United Teachers of Monroe Reach Tentative Agreement

The Monroe County School Board (MCSB) and the United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding the negotiations reopener topics of compensation, benefits and evaluation for the 2017-2018 school year for Teachers and School Related Personnel (SRP). After nine interest-based bargaining sessions, representatives for MCSB and UTM reached agreement on the issues of compensation, benefits and evaluation for teachers and school related personnel for the 2017-2018 school year.  For teachers compensation adjustments are the same as those received for 2016-2017 [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County School Programs for 2017-18

Who: Athletes- youth ages 8 an above diagnosed with an intellectual disability or related disorder. Unified Partner- youth ages 8 and above without a disability who desires to be on a team. Coach/Volunteer- any school staff member, parent or volunteer who has a desire to coach Unified Flag Football, Unified Soccer, Unified Track What: Unified Champion Schools —registration required via a letter of intent signed by school administration Where: Any school within Monroe County School District When: Programs can begin as soon as August 16, [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
Why I Still Have Hope for Coral Reefs

Corals in the Pacific Ocean have been dying at an alarming rate, particularly from bleaching brought on by increased water temperatures. But it’s not too late to act, says TED Fellow Kristen Marhaver. She points to the Caribbean — given time, stable temperatures and strong protection, corals there have shown the ability to survive and recover from trauma. Marhaver reminds us why we need to keep working to protect the precious corals we have left. “Corals have always been playing the long game,” she says, [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #230 1 Response »
Aug 042017
Spiny Lobster Regular Recreational and Commercial Season Starts August 6

The two-day sport season last week successfully wrapped up, and lobster lovers everywhere are now getting ready for the regular recreational and commercial season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2018. This economically important season generates more than $1 million through the sales of more than 200,000 spiny lobster permits annually. “Based on what we saw during the two-day mini-season last month, we look forward to successful recreational harvests as well as ample opportunities for Florida’s robust commercial fishing industry,” said FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski. [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center Seeks Volunteers

The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, seeks volunteers to provide information to visitors and assist with interactive displays. Applicants must be at least 18, have an outgoing personality, ability to pass a background check and be willing to work one or more weekly shifts of 3.5 hours. Training is provided. The application is available at the center and at _opportunities/. Volunteer Opportunity Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 35 E. Quay Rd. Key West, FL 33040 Any interested [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Couple arrested for stalking A Big Pine Key couple was arrested on Wednesday for stalking another couple and sending them threatening text and voice mail messages. The male victim called the Sheriff’s Office on July 26th. He told Deputy Alexandra Davis he used to rent a room from 42 year old Enrique Valdes, Jr. and 35 year old Omitsu Cervantes.  He said the harassment from the couple started after he moved out at the beginning of June. He said they began asking him for more [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Filmmaker Christian Fernandez’ New Project To Feature Cuban Struggle: Fundraising Event at San Carlos Institute

Key West Art & Historical Society and the San Carlos Institute invite the public to an evening of celebration and support for young, local filmmaker/director Christian Fernandez and his short-film project “Este Niño Lindo,” a fictional narrative of a treacherous journey two siblings endure as they flee Cuba for the U.S. in a makeshift raft.  The fundraising event takes place on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 5:30-8:00pm at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West. A champagne welcome and presentation by Fernandez about his project and ramifications of the “wet [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
Pita Retires from City After 29 Years

Today marks the last day in a 29 year career with the City of Key West for Kim Pita. She is retiring after serving as the Building Department’s Licensing Administrator since 1988. City Manager Jim Scholl presented her with a plaque in honor of her years of dedicated service to the community.

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #230, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
 Key West Art & Historical Society Call for Collections of Curios, Baubles and Tchotchkes

Do you collect interesting and unusual objects? Are your shelves filled with knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork, and other objects of interest? Your unique treasures could be part of the upcoming “Key West Collects” exhibit, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum in December. Keys residents who have their own unusual or impressive collections to loan should contact KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305.295.6616 x112. The last “Key West Collects” exhibit, held in December 2013, included objects [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
Back to School Immunizations

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe encourages parents to have their children immunized as the new school year approaches. Local county health departments statewide are providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year. Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children’s immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year. Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Get Ready to Romp with Ceilidh Scottish Dancing During the Next Key West World Culture Dance Series Hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society

Add some movement to your summer groove with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West. The six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series, produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, which happens every second Monday, continues on August 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street with a focus on Ceilidh Scottish Dancing. Following weeks will include Argentine Tango, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, and East Coast Swing. Ceilidh Scottish Dancing is the centuries-old country dance of [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
Horace O'Bryant to Transition to One School Start Time for the New School Year

All Horace O’Bryant School students, kindergarten through eighth grade, will begin classes at 8:40 a.m., beginning the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. School ends at 3:45 p.m. Horace O’Bryant School joins Sugarloaf, Key Largo, and Plantation Key schools, as a kindergarten through eighth grade school with a single student start time. According to HOB Principal Christina McPherson, kindergarten students may be dropped off in the cafeteria at 8:15.  First through fifth grade students may report directly to their classrooms at 8:15 and middle school students may arrive on [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Key West Zonta Club Announces Breast Cancer Screening Event

The Zonta Club of Key West in partnership with Womankind and Department of Health in Monroe County will be offering breast cancer screenings, vouchers and breast exams for women without health insurance or who are underinsured.  The Screening Event will be held at Womankind located at 1511 Truman Avenue, Key West on Saturday, August 19th from 9am-2pm. FREE continental breakfast and door prizes will be provided.  Screenings are by appointment only Call Mechelle at 305-304-9117.   This event is one of several Community Service Projects sponsored by Zonta Club [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #230, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
Zion Explores Cap On Number Of Visitors As Other Parks Fiddle

Curbs On Park Overcrowding Mandatory But  Are A Politically Perillous Third Rail     Washington, DC — Zion National Park, one of the country’s most popular, is considering a cap on visitation in order to remedy crippling overcrowding. It is one of the very few major national parks to directly address site-specific carrying capacities, despite a nearly 40-year statutory mandate that all parks have them, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). National parks report record numbers of visitors for the third year in [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Aug 6 is Free Premiere Showing at Tropic Cinema of “Paradise” - A Short Film Produced In Key West

Sunday, August 6, at 11:00am, the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street, welcomes the public to a free premiere screening of “Paradise,” a short film co-produced by Key West High Conch 5 Studios students Bronza Fox, Krzsyztof Madro, and T.J. Nitti, which has been selected for an upcoming screening at the prestigious American High School Film Festival in Times Square, NYC. Shot on several area islands utilizing the latest in 4K cinematography technology, the visually vibrant and rich film features stunning footage of the Florida Keys. The [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #230, Theater, What To Do No Responses »