John Donnelly

John Donnelly, a resident of Key Largo was born, raised and went to high school in the South Bronx. Upon graduation he was awarded several scholarships to college. He chose to enlist in the United Sates Marine Corps. While serving in Vietnam John was wounded in action. He received two meritorious promotions, one during combat. Upon discharge and return to America, John had a difficult time transitioning back into civilian life. He found himself homeless for the next 4 years. As he worked out some troublesome concerns, he began to yearn to make some sense of his experiences via education. He sought and received his GI Bill benefits. He later graduated frpm the University of Miami on the President’s Honor Roll. While working at a Maximum Security Prison Facility for criminally insane adolescents, he earned a Master of Science degree from Florida International University. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More Articles by John Donnelly prior to November, 2014.

Mar 032018
NRA Members Perform Great Works

by John Donnelly……. The picture appearing as a lead to this article is a “Commissioned Sculpture” presented to me recognizing my achievements as an “Outstanding Educator” in South Florida. I’m a Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA). Although very much imperfect, the God of my understanding saw fit to bring a cadre of courageous, determined and magnanimous people into my life. These individuals allowed me to team up with them to do some truly incredible things. We successfully fought against injustice, [continue reading…]

 March 3, 2018  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #258, John Donnelly No Responses »
Feb 042018
Over-Development To Begin

by John Donnelly……. Monroe County Commissioners, County Administrator Roman Gastesi & Planning Director Mayte Santamaria are on the verge of executing a plan that will end life as we know it in our beloved island homes, neighborhoods and communities. My message to them is as follows: I’m at the Miami VA and unable to attend this important meeting. I adamantly oppose and will do all within my power to resist these specious, fallacious and unconstitutional changes under consideration that will destroy our way of life [continue reading…]

Jan 122018

SASSY MAMAS January 18- February 4, 2018 Wednesday – Saturday 8:00 pm | Sunday Matinee 3:00 pm BUY TICKETS Dear Blue Paper Patrons: Within our midst is a thriving and homegrown theater company that has been serving South Florida for more than 45 years, with their magnificent performances and brilliantly directed theatrical productions. The M Ensemble Theater Company is one of the oldest African-American theater companies’ in the United States. It may be the longest running company in the State of Florida. On this MLK [continue reading…]

 January 12, 2018  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #251, Special Event, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 242017
Marine Corps Spirit & Resolve

by John Donnelly……. Words are insufficient in describing the debt of gratitude I harbor for those who gathered to celebrate this year’s 242nd Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. With the passing of my long time Marine Brother and partner, Norm Higgins, along with the destruction associated with Hurricane Irma, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to provide our Marines, their families and the citizens of Monroe County with what has become a “bedrock event”. At first, I doubted my [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #244, John Donnelly 2 Responses »