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Nov 102017
 
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION’S Disaster Assistance Loan Program

In the wake of hurricanes and other physical disasters, the government entity almost always front and center is the Federal Emergency Management Agency – or FEMA ; But there is another agency that works hand-in-hand with FEMA, helping businesses, homeowners and renters with low-interest disaster loans. Many people are not aware of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the assistance SBA offers. If a business has sustained damage from Hurricane Irma – whether it is physical damage, economic damage or both, then SBA could be [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
The JFK Assassination: A Summary of Key Points and Theories

by Ben Volpian……. In remembrance of the anniversary of the JFK assassination [November 22, 1963], I present a summary of key points and theories, of which some findings are new and brought to light after decades of research and the use of state-of-the-art technology: 1) The Magic Bullet Theory that a single bullet hit both JFK and Gov. Connally has been proven to be entirely possible. The jump seat that Gov. Connally was sitting in was actually to the left of JFK and lower and [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #242 1 Response »
Nov 102017
 
Florida Hate Crime Coalition Urges Senate Committee Chair To Hear Hate Crime Bill, Launches Online Petition

Boca Raton – The Florida Hate Crime Coalition (FHCC) recently sent a letter to Senator Randolph Bracy, Chair of the Florida Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee, urging him to agenda SB 588 for a hearing before the Committee, and it launched an online petition for Floridians to contact the Senator about the bill. SB 588 would strengthen Florida’s current hate crime statute by fixing critical gaps in the law. The letter advises Senator Bracy that “[c]ountering the hate and violence on display in Gainesville, Charlottesville, VA and other [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series Guest Rick Smith to Share Colorful History of Florida’s Past at Tropic Cinema

On Thursday, November 16 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Rick Smith at the Tropic Cinema where he is to present a multimedia showcase of his late father’s works, entitled, “Patrick Smith’s Florida is a Land Remembered.” The author of seven novels and nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize, Patrick Smith is considered Florida’s “literary ambassador.” Rick Smith presents an unforgettable multimedia show about his father and the experiences that led him to write his novels, with special [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #242, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Young Entrepreneur Appearing on ABC's Shark Tank Speaks to Monroe County Schools Students

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Founder and CEO of Jack’s Stands & Marketplaces, Jack Bonneau spoke to students at Horace O’Bryant School, Key Largo School, Plantation Key School, and Sugarloaf School to offer advice and words of encouragement. The 11-year-old entrepreneur spoke to more than 1,600 students recently to give them advice on how to thrive in the marketplace. He shared lessons he learned from beginning his own lemonade stand and words of encouragement post Irma. The 7th-grader from STEM Lab School in Colorado said MCSD students [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Sheriff Awards Deputies for Saving Lives

Three deputies received Sheriff’s Medals for lifesaving at an employee awards ceremony held on Friday. Deputies Jean Gonzalez, Ignacio Molina and Dave Campbell received the awards; Deputy Gonzalez was actually honored twice for saving two lives in recent months. Deputy Campbell could not be present at the ceremony to accept, but all of the award recipients will receive a letter of commendation and a ribbon to wear on their uniforms. Deputies Jean Gonzalez and Ignacia Molina were honored for their swift and crucial actions when responding [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Sheriff Receives Recognition for 30 Years of Service

Sheriff Rick Ramsay received a plaque in recognition of his 30 years of service to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at an employee awards ceremony on Friday. Former Sheriff Rick Roth presented the award. Sheriff Ramsay began his career with the Sheriff’s Office upon graduation from the Florida Keys Institute of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Academy in November of 1987. He has worked in almost every area of the Sheriff’s Office since then, including patrol, investigations, special operations and corrections. He ran for Sheriff and was [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Health Department Releases Two Premier Health Guides Featuring Monroe County

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is happy to showcase the release of two booklets:  Monroe County Community Health Almanac and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  Both are available at monroe.flhealth.gov.  Limited hard copies are available at the Gato Building in Key West. Monroe County Community Health Almanac:  this 40-page document provides reader-friendly information about conditions that impact the health of the Florida Keys as a community and the myriad of interrelated factors that influence these conditions.  The almanac also describes the components that [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Offers In-Depth Look at “Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway” Exhibit During Curator-Led Tour

On Wednesday, November 15 from 10am -11am, Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., will offer a special curator-led tour of the newly renovated Key West Art & Historical Society Custom House Museum exhibit “Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway.” The permanent exhibit celebrates an important part of Florida Keys history and the incredible engineering feat that joined mainland Florida to Key West— an overseas train they said couldn’t be done. Convertito will guide guests through a detailed look at some of [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #242, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
South Florida Symphony Orchestra - Mozart Meets Hemingway & Siudy Flamenco Soiree Concert

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra kicks off the 20th Masterworks Season with a Soiree at the Ernest Hemingway House on December 14, 2017 followed by a Concert on December 16, 2017 brim full of diverse music and internationally acclaimed artists.  At the Soiree, immerse in the writings of Hemingway as the Symphony brings to life four of his beloved stories in the four movements of the Grammy Award winning Tales of Hemingway.  Music Director Sebrina Maria Alfonso presents: Zuill Bailey, cellist extraordinare and Grammy Award winner, performing the Grammy Award winning Tales [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:23 am Issue #242, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Buddy Poppy Days

Key West Mayor Craig Cates, during this week’s City Commission meeting, proclaimed November 7 – 11 as Buddy Poppy Days, in honor of Veterans of Foreign Wars. The poppy has been named the official memorial flower for Veterans of Foreign Wars, as it represents the blood shed by American Service members. Since 1922, the VFW has been making and distributing these symbolic reminders to reiterate that the VFW will never forget their sacrifice. With Veteran’s Day approaching, members of the VFW will be distributing them around town. [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Winners of the 4th Annual Sugarloaf Showdown

26 boats, 60 people, 3 days of fishing Benefiting our Community After an exciting 3 days of fishing around picturesque Sugarloaf Key, points were tallied and stories were told, and victory was determined. Everyone was happy and healthy at the end, which makes us all winners, but some also received awards and acclaim as well. The Tournament: This three-day, catch and release tournament is always open to all anglers and is a fundraising event for the Guides Trust Foundation which supports local guides. This year, 26 [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Teacher & Librarian Scholarship Winners Announced

The Key West Literary Seminar is pleased to announce the selection of its 2018 Teacher and Librarian Scholarship winners. Nineteen teachers and librarians from nine states and the Caribbean island of Dominica have been chosen to receive financial aid packages totaling $20,000. This year’s award winners include teachers and professors at community colleges, city and state universities, and public and private middle and high schools. They teach subjects from English, literature, and writing, to film and Caribbean culture. Librarian winners work at colleges, high schools, [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Key West Rotary Clubs Welcome District Governor

The Rotary Clubs of Key West welcomed District 6990 Governor Alan Cohn on Nov. 7 at the Bottlecap Lounge. Pictured are Assistant District Governor Jim Smith (Sunrise Rotary), Associate Assistant Governor Rachel Oropeza (The Rotary Club of Key West), Cohn, Key West Sunset Rotary President Holly Elomina, Key West Sunrise Rotary President Gena Parsons, and Albert Gonzales, president of The Rotary Club of Key West. Rotary District 6990 serves Southeast Florida, the Keys and Grand Bahama Island. Key West will host the district conference in May.

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Mystick Krewe of Key West Donates to Community Organizations

Two Key West organizations were awarded for service to the community as  recipients of annual giving from the Mystick Krewe of Key West. In check presentation ceremonies two organizations shared 11,500.00. Krewe Captain, Val Marmillion, noted,  “Sister Season Fund and the Key West High School Band serve Key West in very different  ways and were impacted as Hurricane Irma disrupted our community.” Sister Season Fund focuses its efforts on hospitality industry workers who have been  displaced or out of steady work due to storm disruptions [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Nov. 11th Plant Sale at KW Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Special Irma Recovery Prices!  Revive your battered garden with hardy natives!   The nursery at KWTF&BG on Stock Island came through the storm in great shape – even though much of our stock are “rare and endangered”!  The gates are open on Saturday, November 11th from 10am to -1pm.  Choose from over 1,500 plants and 150 species, including those favored by butterflies and birds.  Most 1-gallon pots $5.00; most 3-gallon pots $10;  many larger plants also on special sale.  KWBGS members save an additional 15%. All proceeds directly benefit the Tropical Forest’s [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #242, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Powerboat Race Generates Honors and Reunion

Wednesday’s City Commission meeting provided a good backdrop for a multi-faceted reunion. Powerboat racers Nigel Hook and Jay Johnson share a unique history with Havana’s Marina Hemingway Commodore Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich. Commodore Escrich was the one to welcome Hook and Johnson to Havana last summer when they set a new world record. In August, throttle man Hook and driver Johnson broke the endurance speed record from Key West to Cuba. In a 48-foot Silverhook powerboat, Hook and Johnson traveled the 103 miles from Key West to [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Sister Season Fund Awards over $121,000 in Assistance

In the weeks following Hurricane Irma, SISTER SEASON FUND, Inc. has provided emergency rental and/or utility assistance to 133 applicants working in the Key West Tourist Industry,  totaling over$121,000 in grants.  There are at least 40 new applications pending and little funding left. The fund generally awards less than $50,000 in housing and utility grants annually, so this represents a huge increase in assistance, and was only possible due to the generous donations which came in following the storm.  “Some applicants have lost their homes, some have [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #242, News, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Citizen Cope Returns to the Key West Theater as a Trio

Last May, Clarence Greenwood of Citizen Cope performed two sold-out shows that were billed as an “Intimate Solo / Acoustic Performance” and that is exactly what was delivered: An evening of what could only be described as “less is more” with just Clarence, his guitars, a small amplifier, and a stool. But it was during that performance that the audience received a small dose of the energy behind one of his fan favorites “Let the Drummer Kick” paired with a tracking of a drum beat [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #242, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
I Love Stock Island Information Meeting Nov. 14

The I Love Stock Island Initiative, a not for profit organization focused on making Stock Island a better place to live, work and play, is planning the 2nd Annual I Love Stock Island Festival December 8-10. An informational meeting for all interested businesses, volunteers and potential entrants in the Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30 pm at Deluna’s Bar & Grill (at the Chickee Hut) at Stock Island Marina Village, 7009 Shrimp Road. For more information www.ILoveStockIsland.org

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #242, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 102017
 
Festival to Showcase Stock Island’s Seafaring Heritage, Cuisine and Community

The seafaring tradition, culinary riches and vibrant creative enterprises of Stock Island, the Florida Keys community adjacent to Key West, are to be on display Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8-10, for attendees of the I Love Stock Island Festival. The hub of the Florida Keys commercial shrimping industry, Stock Island is defined by a rustic authenticity that flavors its colorful marinas, arts enclaves and waterfront bars and restaurants. The family-friendly festival is to blend culinary events, live music, history and art studio tours, a bicycle excursion, a lighted [continue reading…]

 November 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #242, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »