Call to Artists for the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival

Sarasota based artist Stig Lindow is shown putting finishing touches on his 2013 Key West Chalk Festival creation, a larger-than-life rendering of Key West Art & Historical Society mascot, Robert the Haunted Doll.  Photo by Carol Tedesco

Sarasota based artist Stig Lindow is shown putting finishing touches on his 2013 Key West Chalk Festival creation, a larger-than-life rendering of Key West Art & Historical Society mascot, Robert the Haunted Doll. Photo by Carol Tedesco

The Key West Art in Public Places Board announces a call to artists for the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival.  November 19-23, local and visiting artists—from novices to world-class artists—will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for elaborate and colorful chalk art creations, with prizes awarded in student and adult categories. The AIPP Board is happy to announce that Denise Kowal, Founder and Chair of the Sarasota Chalk Festival is working with AIPP to help make this year’s Festival the best yet. Artists may register using the event submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com. Ongoing information and updates are available on the Key West Chalk Festival Facebook page.

City of Key West Sightseeing Franchise Input

The Key West City Commission wants to hear your views and ideas regarding the franchise agreements between the city and sightseeing enterprises. These agreements will be reviewed by all commissioners from now until February. The commissioners want to hear from the community. Please click the following link for the online form. Or you can send your comments to 3132 Flagler Ave, Key West, Florida 33040

https://www.keywestcity.com/egov/apps/action/center.egov?view=form;page=1;id=3

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART TWELVE: A MISSION OF LOVE

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART TWELVE of Island of Bones Series…  Continue reading

Drone Technology as Tool of Terror at the Heart of Thriller From Florida Author

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Drone technology is making its presence known and is the focus of Joel Narlock’s “Drone Games,” which will be released on Oct. 14 and will be available in bookstores and from online retailers.

The benefits are evident, but what if drones were used for evil?

In “Drone Games,” it’s domestic terrorism as you’ve never seen it before. An al-Qaeda terror ​cell uses cutting-edge drone technology to circumvent post-9/11 airport security measures. Within hours, two commercial planes crash. The President faces an unthinkable decision: ground US aviation—and the economy—or keep flying and risk more deaths. Based on real-life technology, “Drone Games” is a fascinating fictional account of terrorism’s future. Continue reading

Vending Booths Available for Fantasy Fest Street Fair

Booth Spaces for Food Vendors and Artists & Craftspeople: Fantasy Fest has a few select Food Vendor booth spaces available at the festival’s spectacular Animated Dreams and Adventures Street Fair to be held Friday, October 24th, set-up at 10 am and running to 10 pm and Saturday, October 25th from 10 until Midnight.

Several excellent vending spaces are also available to artists and craftspeople for the Street Fair on Friday, October 24th.

Applications are available at the Fantasy Fest website, www.fantsyfest.com or by calling the Fantasy Fest office, 296-1817.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB EVENT: Celebrate the 15th Annual Lights On Afterschool

Once again, The Southernmost & Big Pine Boys & Girls Clubs will celebrate Lights On Afterschool. On the afternoon of October 23rd from 4-7 PM in Bayview Park, children and their families will join in the carnival-like atmosphere of the 15th annual celebration. Face-painting, a giant bounce house with slides, cookie-decorating, games and prizes, popcorn, Centennial Bank’s hamburgers and hot dogs, with sodas and water, the Fire Department, the Wildlife Center, Bahama Village Music Program, US 1 radio with Steve Miller and much more. Continue reading

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN READY TO WELCOME 60 NEW SCHOLARS, BUT NEEDS MENTORS

Additional mentors are needed to match with incoming Take Stock in Children students prior to the contract signing ceremonies scheduled for the week of October 27th.

Take Stock in Children, the flagship college scholarship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation, is ready to accept nearly 60 new students into the program during the last week of October. “We have a fantastic group of qualified candidates who are ready to join Take Stock in Children and work towards achieving their goal of a college education. However, if we do not have a volunteer mentor to match with the student, we cannot accept the student into our program,” said Monroe County Education Foundation president Steve Pribramsky. Continue reading

New Portrait Painting Class by Janis Stevens

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Key West artist Janis Stevens is now teaching portrait painting classes at FKCC every Tuesday at 6PM. The cost is $ 25 per class.
Take your oil, acrylic or pastel painting to a higher plane! We will explore the techniques and principles used by masters like Sargent, Zorn, and Fechin as we work from both photos and live models. Traditional techniques will be emphasized and individualized instruction provided. Beginners are welcome. Bring you own supplies. Canvas and pastel paper will be available at cost.

Janis Jo Stevens has been doing portraits for over 30 years and holds a Master’s degree in Art Education. www.artbyjanis.com for more information email: janisjoy@live.com or call Cathy Torres at FKCC Continuing Education to register. (305) 809-3250.

Monthly Artisan Market Kicks Off New Season

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The much anticipated Key West Artisan Market will kick off a new season on Sunday, November 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot.

The event gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local. The parking lot at 1111 Eaton is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. There will be entertainment, demonstrations and sampling. Continue reading

ZOMBIE BIKE RIDE 2014

Sunday, October 19th, the Zombie Ride.  This year the event will begin at East Martello Tower, 3501 S Roosevelt Blvd.  Gathering will be from 2-4 p.m. at East Martello with face painting, etc. prior to the ride.
The ride will depart East Martello Tower at 6:00 p.m. going west on S Roosevelt Blvd to Bertha Street, north on Bertha Street to Atlantic Blvd.  west on Atlantic Blvd to Reynolds Street, north on Reynolds Street to South Street, west on South Street to Duval Street, north on Duval Street toward Front Street.  The 100, 200, and 300 blocks of Duval Street will be closed from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. for these revelers.
There will still be access to the airport, if necessary, from Flagler Avenue onto S Roosevelt Blvd.
There will be running street closures during this event, but keep in mind that there will be stragglers along this route.

Keys Council of the Arts, Calendar October 16 – 22

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Key West Happenings

Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings & events throughout the Keys.

ARTIST RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS

Thursday, October 16

Walk on White Gallery Walk, 6 PM

Exhibitions & receptions at galleries & shops along White St including Cindy Kulp New Works & Sally Binard at Harrison Gallery, Jack Houston, Island Inspirations at Stone Soup Gallery & hIPSO facto at the Coffee Mill Dance Studio on Pohalski Lane. Continue reading

The Beach Boys at The Tennessee Williams Theatre November 7th

Photo Credit: David McClister

Photo Credit: David McClister

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history.  The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world. The Beach Boys will pull into town to perform on November 7 at The Tennessee Williams Theatre in Key West, FL.  Continue reading

Monthly SHOW & SHINE This Saturday October 19th

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE- CAR SHOW this Saturday, October, 19th. Noon to 4pm in the evening when its cool. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event  at  at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50 Free Ice Cream and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 305- 942-1758.

Love Lane Gang Is Back For More Fun!!

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The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

They will be playing their regular gigs at Saluté On The Beach Sunday at 5:30 PM and Sunset Pier Wednesdays at 5:30 PM.

Scheduled Appearances:

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The Eyes Have It

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What my mind sees when someone tries to explain quantum physics.
(Rubik’s Cube, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Remember the Rubik’s Cube? I have a theory that one of the reasons for the world’s ills today was the appearance of this nightmarish puzzle game in 1980. By 2009, over 350 million of these mental torture devices had been sold worldwide, which means that at least five percent of the global population has suffered serious psychological damage trying to match up the colors on the six sides of this “toy.” No doubt some buyers took a hammer to the thing in exasperation after failing to stumble on which of the 43 quintillion possible permutations “solved” the puzzle. Those who somehow restrained themselves from going Rubik in this manner passed the cubes on to others and others and so on ad infinitum. (Forgive them. They knew not what they did.) So theoretically, everyone on this planet could have come in contact with the RC at some point in their lives. I’m thinking the guys who started ISIS must have been among that cohort. Had they not, they would likely have maintained their sanity and the world would be a more tranquil, less deadly habitation. If this is what happened, we should definitely go all Fahrenheit 451 on these things to protect future generations. Continue reading

MARRIED: FLORIDA RECOGNIZES FIRST SAME-SEX COUPLE

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Arlene Goldberg officially listed as wife of Carol Goldwasser on death certificate.

On the heels of a groundbreaking decision by the Supreme Court Monday that brought the freedom to marry to a majority of Americans, Florida also made history today as Arlene Goldberg and her late wife, Carol Goldwasser, officially became the first same-sex couple whose marriage is respected by the state. Continue reading

MOSQUITO CONTROL IS OUT OF CONTROL

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How do you know if you are getting value from a public utility or taxing district that is not regulated by a Public Service Commission?  Over the last few years that question has been asked by many regarding the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD).  The answer has always been that the FKMCD is the most advanced, effective and admired agency of its kind in the US!  The Management and some Board members have worked hard to convince us that they are both operationally and cost effective in performing their function.  It is generally difficult to prove that this is not the case; however, recently the free market has demonstrated just how expensive our service in the Florida Keys really is.  Continue reading

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART ELEVEN: THE RESCUE

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART ELEVEN of Island of Bones Series…  Continue reading

KEY WEST’S HEIGHT REFERENDUM: What’s It All About?

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Youtube video above by Marc Averette, actual footage during Hurricane Wilma, October 24, 2005

On November 4th we will be voting on a referendum to allow homeowners to voluntarily raise the elevation of their homes above flood level in order to protect themselves and their property. We saw thousands of our homes flooded during Hurricane Wilma. One way to protect them and to lower our flood insurance premiums is to raise them above flood level. Our current height restriction of 35 feet (25 feet in some neighborhoods) would prohibit many of those homes from being raised. One example would be a two-story home in New Town. Continue reading

SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS MOONLIGHT TREASURES


The South Florida Symphony Orchestra opens its season with the Tropical Beats Series Moonlight Treasures on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm. The show will feature members of the Blue Door String Quartet and music by Dohnányi and Beethoven. Guests will be serenaded at the stunning La Te Da Restaurant located at 1125 Duval Street in Key West, FL.

“The South Florida Symphony Orchestra looks forward to treating our audience with a special evening of diverse music,” said Jacqueline Lorber, President and CEO of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. Continue reading

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

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Thursday, October 9 thru Wednesday, October 15

Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings & events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

ARTIST RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS

Friday, October 10

Ronny Bailey, Visions of Key West Opening Reception, 6 PM. The Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. 295-6616. kwahs.org Bailey recreates city landmarks from locally salvaged materials to bring Old Key West to life.

Call to Artists – Craft vendors needed: Grace Lutheran Arts & Crafts Festival: November 15. Applications available at gracelutherankw@att.net or call 296-5161.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

2013 King & Queen King Stephen "Sunshine" Sunday & Queen Diane May

2013 King & Queen
King Stephen “Sunshine” Sunday & Queen Diane Ma

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

All Candidate Events:

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Conch Poet J.M. Varela Featured Oct. 5 at Blue Heaven

The wit and wisdom of popular Conch poet J.M. Varela takes the stage upstairs at Blue Heaven during the first Sunday monthly meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild on Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

Varela, author of the eclectic collection “Inside the Head of a Conch Women,” turns her sometimes jaundiced and often hilarious eye toward Key West history, customs and characters. The Guild looks forward to premiering some of her more recent work, written, she said, “as a wrap up of four days of Conch Reunions in August and a backlash for so many negative comments about raising children in Key West.” Continue reading

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Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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United Way President Margie Smith Resigns To Join Family Investment Firm

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MARGIE SMITH, UNITED WAY PRESIDENT

Margie Smith, President of United Way of the Florida Keys since January 2010, will leave the agency at the end of this year to join her husband’s investment management firm in Islamorada.

Smith said she is excited about her new position but sad to leave a job that has been so much a part of her for almost five years. “As President of United Way I’ve had the unique opportunity to see a detailed picture of who we are as a county, and to interact with so many public service-minded individuals,” she said. “What we have here is special.  I’ve never felt so profoundly connected to a community as I have here in the Keys.” Continue reading

Reef Relief Hires New Education Coordinator

Reef Relief Education Coordinator Carly Shabo

Reef Relief recently hired a new Education Coordinator, Carly Shabo. She is a graduate of the College of Charelston with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine Biology. As Reef Relief’s Education Coordinator, she will be organizing and presenting Reef Relief’s Discover Coral Reefs School Program to the Monroe County School District, also coordinating activities with the Key West High School Reef Relief Club and the summer’s Coral Camp for Kids Program.  She can also be seen staffing booths for Reef Relief at the many community events in the Lower Keys.

For more information about scheduling classroom visits or details about Coral Camp, contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100 or by email at reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem. www.reefrelief.org

 

The Blue Paper #82

Issue #82 — Friday, October 3, 2014

AUDIT: County Administrator and Three County Commissioners / Misuse of County Purchasing Cards

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Sometimes top County officials buy stolen County iphones.  And sometimes, after they get caught with the iphones and the scapegoat has gone off to jail, they take County issued credit cards and pay for personal items and entertainment and … well, they get caught again.

Let us explain.

Monroe County issues Purchasing Cards [P-Cards] to its top officials.  County Commissioners have them. County Administrator, Roman Gastesi has had 6 of them, sometimes three at a time with a total of $ 75,000 in credit capacity per month.  He also has a tendency to lose them. (more…)

Did You Miss Hometown PAC’s Final Candidate Forum? Watch it Now…

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Hometown! Mission Statement,

Policy and Goals

The mission of Hometown PAC is to promote free expression and exchange of political viewpoints and ideas. To accomplish these goals, Hometown will provide opportunities to educate its members and the voters in Key West and the surrounding environs through candidate lectures, forums, debates and other political discourse. These enabling actions will allow the voters to more fully consider the merits of the candidates and their proposals (i) to unite and give voice to residents, and (ii) to provide leadership and balance for economic growth while preserving the character of Key West. (more…)

The Shade of Ignorance

Shade of Ignorance

Remarkable laws exist so ‘We The People’ can detect and avoid abuse from our government officials. Unfortunately, too many media and political action groups have abdicated their watchdog roles, keeping themselves and the public in the shade of ignorance.

Florida’s 1967 Sunshine Law was a remarkable accomplishment, influencing the rest of the states and even the Federal government to follow our lead. Basically it requires government officials to open their meetings to the public and maintain open records. There is no common law or First Amendment guarantee of such rights—our Founding Fathers met in secret. It takes legislation like Florida’s to give us citizens the right to monitor how our politicians are deciding our fates. (more…)

GUEST COMMENTARY: Grinder Pump Attacks Get Personal

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In a recent posting to the BigPineKey.com “Coconut Telegraph” an anonymous writer, using a fake e-mail, initiated a personal attack against a number of the activists opposed to the extensive use of grinder pumps in the Cudjoe Regional System.  The posting was lifted from a five page diatribe that Randy Bell, the Grinder Pump salesman, wrote earlier this year and sent to the FKAA.  The posting claimed Dump the Pumps was wasting money, that Walt Drabinski, who initiated the original lawsuits and has been very vocal had no engineering degree, was incompetent and that his economic and engineering analysis were lies. The writer also initiated a really low personal attack against a select few members of Dump the Pumps.  Walt Drabinski responds as follows: (more…)

NO AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND

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With the advances of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist army in Iraq and Syria, America is once again reacting to the argument that we have to confront the bad guys over there or we will have to fight them over here. So our anti-war president has reluctantly authorized the use of American air strikes on ISIS positions. The new war is being supported by a few allies– including even a few Muslim nations. But the President has solemnly promised that there will be no American boots on the ground. Critics, including a number of military experts, quickly came out of the woodwork to point out that, while even “pinprick” air strikes might slow down the ISIS terrorists, somebody’s boots on the ground will be required to defeat them. I want to suggest here that, under the immediate circumstances, the “slow-down-ISIS” strategy may be the right strategy. (more…)

There Is Hope

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When I read a report on Jefferson County Colorado high school students walking out in protest over proposed changes to the school’s history curriculum, I rejoiced. Anyone that pays attention to current events knows there is a concerted attack on common sense being administered by conservative ideologues and their corporate sponsors. The kids in Colorado have decided enough is enough. Their misguided school board members are proposing a flag waving revisionist history curriculum that emphasizes obedience to law, extolls the virtues of individual freedom and free enterprise, and at the same time dismisses social consciousness, past struggles and victories for civil rights as mere footnotes. Hardly worth mentioning…, and PLEASE disregard the fact that our nation was actually forged in the fires of revolution caused by lack of representation in our government. Yeah…that’d be great. (more…)

In Case You Have Nothing Better to Do
Are wedding-chests having fusion yet?(Raymond Queneau, Oulipo co-founder)

Are wedding-chests having fusion yet?
(Raymond Queneau, Oulipo co-founder)

While watching Vi Hart’s short film “Twelve Tones” (I recommend it if you have 30 minutes to spare), I was introduced to the word “Oulipo.” It denotes a group of French-speaking writers and mathematicians who thought it would be fun to create works using “constrained writing.” (All of my writing seems constrained. I’ve convinced myself, as they did apparently, that it is enjoyable in spite of this.) Although Oulipo sounds like something started by artistic types high on green fairy juice in the 1800s, it was actually founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais.

Constrained writing simply means there are certain arbitrary rules you must follow. If you want to “snowball,” for example, you have to write a poem where each line is one word and each successive word is one letter longer than the previous word. If you take the N+7 route, you replace every noun in your text with the seventh noun that comes after it in the dictionary (see caption above). Here are two examples of Oulipian creations: (more…)

WHY I BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE

because you never asked adThe fact that something so having to do with science has become such a political issue is not only surprising but significant. We live in a world where the issues proven or debunked by scientific investigation — rationally and patiently proven through an objective set of criteria and methodology — are generally accepted with some degree of Gospel-like adherence. The debate as to right and wrong, true or false, yes or no and what we should finally believe, is generally confined to the realm of professional science. If and when an issue is resolved within this community is almost always what the rest of us take our cues from. This does not mean science is always correct, but what makes professional science the most reliable oracle of truth is its ability to admit its mistakes. It understands the road to truth is pot holed with mistakes and is constantly trying to not just break new ground but to rectify and renew old “truths” that could be leading us astray. Like any other human endeavor, some element of ego might cloud an investigator’s assumptions, but ego gratification in professional science overwhelmingly rests on getting it right. That is why we laymen almost always trust it. (more…)

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MOSQUITO CONTROL: In Response to FKMC Chairman Stephen Smith’s Editorial

The editorial by Stephen Smith, Commissioner, Chairman, Florida Keys Mosquito Control, was a fascinating read, and it was a perfect example of why we so desperately need term limits for all elected officials.   Mr. Smith, who has been a FKMC board member for 18 years missed the mark. He seems to forget that FKMCB has not only a duty to protect us from mosquitos, but it also is a steward of our tax dollars.

First, his mention of his 18 years on the Board was intended to lend gravitas to his opinion. Apparently Mr. Smith wants you to forget the corruption and the waste that plagued the Board during the first 15 years of his tenure. He would have you forget the egregious salaries and benefits collected by the Board during his tenure.  He would have you forget or ignore the criminality of certain staff members during his tenure and his full throated defense of at least one of those staff members. (more…)

Speaking For Monroe County’s Most Vulnerable Kids

Dear Editor,

The Key West Golf Course community of 350 members is screaming to the City of KW that they will do whatever it takes to stop the possible construction of a nearby homeless shelter. In a published letter the KWGC expressed that it would be reckless and dangerous to create the shelter near their KWGC residential community, a grade school, a college, hospital, senior residential home, and businesses. (An open letter to Mayor Cates and City of KW Commissioners—The Blue Paper  http://thebluepaper.com/article/an-open-letter-to-mayor-cates-and-city-of-key-west-commissioners/ )

Now, I want to speak for those in KW without voices that have been placed in a “reckless and dangerous” place for years. From 2008 to 2013, my wife and I were house parents for the two Department of Children and Families’ licensed foster homes in the Poinciana apartments of Key West that are sandwiched directly between two institutions for homeless adults. (See children shelters address @ 1621 Spalding Court, Key West, FL http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1965 ) (more…)

A Challenge to Both Mr. Garcia and Mr. Curbelo…

To the Editor,

[Response to "Garcia, Curbelo Trade Insults Again" Key West Citizen, September 30, 2014 p1a]

Conspiracy of silence

At Monday’s Hometown pac political forum at FKCC Key West Citizen publisher and panelist Mr. Paul Clarin made the statement about halfway through the rehashed candidate questions that: “This is like Groundhog Day” (the movie). Ironically, Phil (the protagonist in the movie) was a weatherman caught in a time loop who gets to keep repeating the same sequence of events on Groundhog Day over and over – known only to him. Phil may represent the new American Dream – becoming an “insider.” (more…)

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TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART TEN: THE WITCH, THE DEVIL, AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART TEN of Island of Bones Series…  (more…)

Apply to be a Studio Artist!

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Jackhammers, saws, and drills: now that’s the sound of progress! We’re thrilled to (loudly) report, that we’ve secured our final contract with D.L. Porter Construction, and work is speeding along at 533 Eaton.

Back at the office, we’re cooking up all sorts of plans for the 2015 season, including Studio Artists to fill the nine work spaces on the building’s third floor. Most of the gang from the Armory will follow us to our new home, but we’ve held two studios open for new applications.

Intrigued? Click here for details! Our Studio Artists breathe life into The Studios 24/7, participate in monthly First Thursday Open Studios, and find themselves at the epicenter of Key West’s vibrant art scene.

Reef Relief Hires New Education Coordinator

Reef Relief Education Coordinator Carly Shabo

Reef Relief recently hired a new Education Coordinator, Carly Shabo. She is a graduate of the College of Charelston with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine Biology. As Reef Relief’s Education Coordinator, she will be organizing and presenting Reef Relief’s Discover Coral Reefs School Program to the Monroe County School District, also coordinating activities with the Key West High School Reef Relief Club and the summer’s Coral Camp for Kids Program.  She can also be seen staffing booths for Reef Relief at the many community events in the Lower Keys.

For more information about scheduling classroom visits or details about Coral Camp, contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100 or by email at reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem. www.reefrelief.org

 

United Way President Margie Smith Resigns To Join Family Investment Firm
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MARGIE SMITH, UNITED WAY PRESIDENT

Margie Smith, President of United Way of the Florida Keys since January 2010, will leave the agency at the end of this year to join her husband’s investment management firm in Islamorada.

Smith said she is excited about her new position but sad to leave a job that has been so much a part of her for almost five years. “As President of United Way I’ve had the unique opportunity to see a detailed picture of who we are as a county, and to interact with so many public service-minded individuals,” she said. “What we have here is special.  I’ve never felt so profoundly connected to a community as I have here in the Keys.” (more…)

Sgt. Pablo Rodriguez Recognized for 15 years of service to KWPD

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Key West Police Chief Donie Lee recently recognized Sgt. Pablo Rodriguez for 15 years of service to the Department.

Rodriguez was hired in 1999 and started out patrolling the downtown and Bahama Village area. As a patrol officer, he made numerous drug arrests that led to convictions as well as the seizure of drugs and money. In 2002 Sgt. Rodriguez was transferred to the Special Operation Unit where he has been involved in the successful investigation of numerous covert and overt operations, making arrests of drug dealers and users. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2006.

FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

View Fantasy Fest King and Queen Candidates page

All Candidate Events:

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Conch Poet J.M. Varela Featured Oct. 5 at Blue Heaven

The wit and wisdom of popular Conch poet J.M. Varela takes the stage upstairs at Blue Heaven during the first Sunday monthly meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild on Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

Varela, author of the eclectic collection “Inside the Head of a Conch Women,” turns her sometimes jaundiced and often hilarious eye toward Key West history, customs and characters. The Guild looks forward to premiering some of her more recent work, written, she said, “as a wrap up of four days of Conch Reunions in August and a backlash for so many negative comments about raising children in Key West.” (more…)

ZONTA ABC 5K WALK KICK-OFF PARTY, OCTOBER 9

Pier House ABC Flyer 2014 FINAL

Help Support the CoffeeMill Dance Studio! / Third Annual Benefit Sunday October 12th

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In Case You Have Nothing Better to Do

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Are wedding-chests having fusion yet?(Raymond Queneau, Oulipo co-founder)

Are wedding-chests having fusion yet?
(Raymond Queneau, Oulipo co-founder)

While watching Vi Hart’s short film “Twelve Tones” (I recommend it if you have 30 minutes to spare), I was introduced to the word “Oulipo.” It denotes a group of French-speaking writers and mathematicians who thought it would be fun to create works using “constrained writing.” (All of my writing seems constrained. I’ve convinced myself, as they did apparently, that it is enjoyable in spite of this.) Although Oulipo sounds like something started by artistic types high on green fairy juice in the 1800s, it was actually founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais.

Constrained writing simply means there are certain arbitrary rules you must follow. If you want to “snowball,” for example, you have to write a poem where each line is one word and each successive word is one letter longer than the previous word. If you take the N+7 route, you replace every noun in your text with the seventh noun that comes after it in the dictionary (see caption above). Here are two examples of Oulipian creations: Continue reading

Did You Miss Hometown PAC’s Final Candidate Forum? Watch it Now…

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Hometown! Mission Statement,

Policy and Goals

The mission of Hometown PAC is to promote free expression and exchange of political viewpoints and ideas. To accomplish these goals, Hometown will provide opportunities to educate its members and the voters in Key West and the surrounding environs through candidate lectures, forums, debates and other political discourse. These enabling actions will allow the voters to more fully consider the merits of the candidates and their proposals (i) to unite and give voice to residents, and (ii) to provide leadership and balance for economic growth while preserving the character of Key West. Continue reading

Speaking For Monroe County’s Most Vulnerable Kids

Dear Editor,

The Key West Golf Course community of 350 members is screaming to the City of KW that they will do whatever it takes to stop the possible construction of a nearby homeless shelter. In a published letter the KWGC expressed that it would be reckless and dangerous to create the shelter near their KWGC residential community, a grade school, a college, hospital, senior residential home, and businesses. (An open letter to Mayor Cates and City of KW Commissioners—The Blue Paper  http://thebluepaper.com/article/an-open-letter-to-mayor-cates-and-city-of-key-west-commissioners/ )

Now, I want to speak for those in KW without voices that have been placed in a “reckless and dangerous” place for years. From 2008 to 2013, my wife and I were house parents for the two Department of Children and Families’ licensed foster homes in the Poinciana apartments of Key West that are sandwiched directly between two institutions for homeless adults. (See children shelters address @ 1621 Spalding Court, Key West, FL http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1965 ) Continue reading

FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

WWW.AIDSHELP.CC

Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

View Fantasy Fest King and Queen Candidates page

All Candidate Events:

Continue reading

A Challenge to Both Mr. Garcia and Mr. Curbelo…

To the Editor,

[Response to "Garcia, Curbelo Trade Insults Again" Key West Citizen, September 30, 2014 p1a]

Conspiracy of silence

At Monday’s Hometown pac political forum at FKCC Key West Citizen publisher and panelist Mr. Paul Clarin made the statement about halfway through the rehashed candidate questions that: “This is like Groundhog Day” (the movie). Ironically, Phil (the protagonist in the movie) was a weatherman caught in a time loop who gets to keep repeating the same sequence of events on Groundhog Day over and over – known only to him. Phil may represent the new American Dream – becoming an “insider.” Continue reading

MOSQUITO CONTROL: In Response to FKMC Chairman Stephen Smith’s Editorial

The editorial by Stephen Smith, Commissioner, Chairman, Florida Keys Mosquito Control, was a fascinating read, and it was a perfect example of why we so desperately need term limits for all elected officials.   Mr. Smith, who has been a FKMC board member for 18 years missed the mark. He seems to forget that FKMCB has not only a duty to protect us from mosquitos, but it also is a steward of our tax dollars.

First, his mention of his 18 years on the Board was intended to lend gravitas to his opinion. Apparently Mr. Smith wants you to forget the corruption and the waste that plagued the Board during the first 15 years of his tenure. He would have you forget the egregious salaries and benefits collected by the Board during his tenure.  He would have you forget or ignore the criminality of certain staff members during his tenure and his full throated defense of at least one of those staff members. Continue reading

Sgt. Pablo Rodriguez Recognized for 15 years of service to KWPD

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Key West Police Chief Donie Lee recently recognized Sgt. Pablo Rodriguez for 15 years of service to the Department.

Rodriguez was hired in 1999 and started out patrolling the downtown and Bahama Village area. As a patrol officer, he made numerous drug arrests that led to convictions as well as the seizure of drugs and money. In 2002 Sgt. Rodriguez was transferred to the Special Operation Unit where he has been involved in the successful investigation of numerous covert and overt operations, making arrests of drug dealers and users. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2006.

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART NINE: THE SHRIMP BOAT

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Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART NINE of Island of Bones Series…  Continue reading

Crown Jules, This is Your Life; ‘Criss Cross’ Screens Oct. 8

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In this year’s heating up and always hilarious race for the honor of being Fantasy Fest’s top royalty is a woman who first came to Key West in 1976 and had a brush, of sorts, with Hollywood (the one in California), the motion picture industry and Goldie Hawn.

Julie Hanson, born in Montgomery, Alabama, has worked mostly in restaurant management or hairdressing; in the late 1970s, after a stint at the Esquire Lounge, she “worked parttime at the Eden House, at Rich’s Cafe in the back,” she said. During this time a “writer, Scott Somer, was a guest at the Eden House for a few months. He became a friend to all of us” staffers, she remembered. Somer, it turned out, wrote a book based on Julie as the main character which eventually became a screenplay and finally the motion picture “Criss Cross.” Continue reading

4th Annual Habitat for Humanity’s Votes for Notes Musical Competition!

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Mark your calendar for Habitat for Humanity’s 4th Annual Votes for Notes fundraiser! Local musician Ray West is lining up musical talent for yet another season of this ever-growing, three-night event. New musical talent and popular pros are invited to compete in order to win $ 250 cash and other prizes at the Grand Finale.  At three competitions audience members “vote” for their favorite performers by dropping cash donations in the Habitat vote bucket. Habitat tracks each performer’s total with the winner being announced at the Grand Finale.  Performers are invited to play any or all three nights. Past performers and winners include Phoenix, Moondogs, Billy Brown, The Doerfels, Paul “Shanty” Elliot, Shastina Chiles and so many more! Continue reading

HOMETOWN! PAC Final Forum is September 29th at 5:00 pm. Don’t Miss it!

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A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, GROUP 4; MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2; MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD, DISTRICTS 2 AND 5; AND CANDIDATES  FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

WHERE:  LOBBY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FINE ARTS CENTER ON THE LEFT OF THE FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS STOCK ISLAND/KEY WEST

WHEN:  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM

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United Way ‘Stuffs the Bus’ with School Supplies

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KEY LARGO SCHOOL RECEIVES A LOAD OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM UNITED WAY VOLUNTEERS

United Way of the Florida Keys and its community partners want to make sure that Monroe County students have the supplies they need to succeed at their studies. That’s why they launched “Stuff the Bus,” an effort that produced truckloads of school supplies distributed last week to all 16 Monroe County public schools from Key Largo to Key West.

United Way volunteers showed up early at the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative facility in Marathon and loaded their vehicles with pens, pencils, paper, backpacks, binders, notebooks and other school supplies that had been collected in the “Stuff the Bus” drive. They were welcomed with open arms by the schools who received the items. The items were collected in “Stuff the Bus” boxes at businesses throughout the Keys and at several “Stuff the Bus” events, such as a party at the Hard Rock Café in Key West. About $ 15,000 worth of school supplies were distributed—almost double the amount that were distributed last year. Continue reading

LIGHTS! ACTION! CAMERA! FORT LAUDERDALE GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED WHIRLWIND OF FILMS AND EVENTS

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FLGLFF 2014 has expanded to seven days, includes more award-winning and diverse films, and features special events and parties that elevate this Festival to a new level, making it one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the nation.

FLGLFF takes place Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12 and resumes Thursday, October 16 through Sunday, October 19. Continue reading

Official Fantasy Fest® 2014 Artwork Announced

Poster Signing Party is Tuesday, October 21, at 5 pm

Fantasy Fest is pleased to announce the artwork chosen for the Official Fantasy Fest 2014 posters and t-shirts. Dozens of fantastic designs were submitted for the poster contest, and with an unrivaled selection of quality work, we are thrilled to announce two separate designs. The official poster will feature artwork submitted by Petar Stracenski and the t-shirt is designed by Rey Flores.

Stracenski is a Key West based artist who wanted to evoke the playfulness and mystery of Fantasy Fest while capturing elements characteristic of Key West. His minimalist design features an anime beauty with a few of Key West’s best known creatures. This poster is sure to look great in any home. Flores’s festive T-shirt design brings a cast of Key West flavored anime characters to the Southernmost Point and will make for a fantastic token of your Fantasy Fest adventure.

Congratulations to Petar and Rey, and a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated in this year’s Poster Contest.  To purchase your very own piece of Fantasy Fest history, or for additional information regarding the t-shirt and poster, contact Tom Sawyer’s Keyboard Advertising at 305-292-9315 or visit KeyBoardAdvertising.com.

EQUALITY FLORIDA ACTION PAC ENDORSES GEORGE SHELDON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

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A Sharp contrast to Pam Bondi

Equality Florida Action PAC, the largest organization dedicated to electing pro-equality candidates in Florida, has endorsed George Sheldon for Attorney General.

“As Florida moves forward towards full equality, the next Attorney General will have a tremendous impact on the everyday lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our state,” said Stratton Pollitzer, chair of the PAC. “Time and again, George Sheldon has proven that he is an advocate for basic human rights.” Continue reading

OIRF Supports Take Stock In Children

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Kelly Friend, Old Island Restoration Foundation president, presents a $ 2500.00 check to Chuck Licis, program coordinator and Steve Pribramsky,  MCEF President of Take Stock in Children.

Since 1995, non-profit Take Stock in Children has provided a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

OIRF grant funds are earned through the “Key West House Tours”, as well as memberships, donations and rental of the Oldest House gardens.  More information at www.oirf.org or call 305-294-9501.

Take Stock in Children Graduate Story: Paulina Rippere

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The Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF) is looking for volunteers to mentor students in its flagship program, Take Stock in Children. The MCEF has been helping Monroe County students achieve their goal of earning a degree, certificate, or credential since 1995. Here is an example of how mentoring a student for just 30 to 45 minutes a week can change a student’s life.

Paulina Rippere, Take Stock In Children Graduate, Monroe County 2003

My Take Stock in Children mentor at Key West High School was Helen Rowe. She was wonderful. She worked at the high school, so whenever I wanted to say hello or needed advice I could stop by her office and bounce ideas off of her. She was a great mentor and really helped me through the last couple of years of high school, making plans for college and the future. Continue reading

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden on Agenda for the 16th Annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival

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Every year, the natural habitats of the KWTF&BG serve as a rest and refuel stop on the Autumnal migration route of birds returning from their summer roosts to the warmth of southern latitudes.   The Stock Island site and its staff also host birders and butterfly enthusiasts participating in the annual Birding and Wildlife Festival.  Scheduled are:

  • Friday, 26th, 10 – noon:  “Birds in the Forest” – a guided tour lead by Phillip Hughes of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
  • Saturday, 27th, 1 – 3pm: “Butterflies in the Forest” – guided by Leigh Williams and Amy Grimm, butterfly enthusiasts and photographers.  Don’t forget your camera!
  • Saturday, 27th, 4:30 – 6pm:  “Birds in the Forest” – lead by Dr. Mark Whiteside, our renown Key West bird expert.
  • Saturday, 27th, 5:30 – 8pm: “Garden Evening Extravaganza”.  Reception at the Nature Chapel sponsored by Florida Keys Audubon Society and Key West Wildlife Center, featuring a special presentation by Peggy Coontz and feathered friends.

Visit www.kwbgs.org or keysbirdingfest.org for details; reservations required.

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Anti-Smoking Campaign Doesn’t Make Sense

Dear Editor,

There seems to be something funny going on. The BOCC’s latest anti-smoking campaign doesn’t make sense to me. They claim that smoking causes 700+ sick days taken by county employees. How does smoking cause one to take a sick day? Also, although they keep ignoring this point, I’d bet that HANGOVERS take FAR more sick days than smoking cigarettes. Even the daily paper has edited that part of my citizen’s voice comment. This seems like a real legal quagmire that a few (or one) fanatic is really pushing this hard! Meanwhile, many very old issues are being ignored or back-shelved yet again. What is your take on this? Could it be a mere distraction while something else is going on?

John K Thomas

Key West, Florida

GUEST EDITORIAL: Mosquito Control Is An Intensive Battle

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Let us be clear that Mosquito Control’s focus is to keep the mosquito population at a minimum which is labor intensive and necessary to protect the health of both our residents and our visitors.  Election season is upon us, and as Chairman and an 18 year elected commissioner at Florida keys Mosquito Control I would like to address some statements being made during this election season.

When I was elected to the FKMCD board there was a management change and a change of practices.  These changes we put into place to control larvae (as opposed to blanket spraying insecticide for adult mosquitos) thus dramatically reducing biting adult mosquito numbers.  In addition to the immediate health advantages, these changes resulted in saving County residents millions of tax dollars and reduced the use of adulticides (pesticides) by approximately 80%. Continue reading

The Blue Paper #81

Issue #81 — Friday, September 26, 2014

MONROE COUNTY’S SECRET ROADMAP TO RESEGREGATION

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It’s 7:30 am at the bus stop on Truman and Emma.  Eleven-year old Dimitri is about to climb into the morning school bus.  Like him, most of the kids sitting on the bus are African American.  Like them, he has a mere 40% probability of graduating from high school with his classmates; a stark difference from his white brothers, who have an 83% graduation rate [2013 data].

When we interviewed parents in Bahama Village about this disparity their responses raised an unexpected red flag.

“I didn’t want my son to go to HOB,” says the mother of a fifth grader, “He’s going to the white school.”

BP:  “The white school?  What do you mean?  What white school?” (more…)

GUEST EDITORIAL: Mosquito Control Is An Intensive Battle

Let us be clear that Mosquito Control’s focus is to keep the mosquito population at a minimum which is labor intensive and necessary to protect the health of both our residents and our visitors.  Election season is upon us, and as Chairman and an 18 year elected commissioner at Florida keys Mosquito Control I would like to address some statements being made during this election season.

When I was elected to the FKMCD board there was a management change and a change of practices.  These changes we put into place to control larvae (as opposed to blanket spraying insecticide for adult mosquitos) thus dramatically reducing biting adult mosquito numbers.  In addition to the immediate health advantages, these changes resulted in saving County residents millions of tax dollars and reduced the use of adulticides (pesticides) by approximately 80%. (more…)

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE…

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Is George Neugent on the take?

First, George. Second, are the Keys corporate media in full defend-the-powerful mode? Third, are the 60% of voters for George in full denial?  Numbers two and three, I’m sure of. About George, what do you think?

George is certainly doing his best to make me believe he has used his votes on grinder pumps and the waste contract to feather his own nest.  I  reported  two  weeks  ago  about  the  mysterious  $ 150,000 increase in his bank account from $ 50,000 in August 2013 to $ 200,000 in June 2014.  In print, I asked anyone to explain how it happened.  I also sent respectful letters to George’s 16 biggest donors begging them to defend George.

I have not heard a word of defense or explanation from George or his supporters. Realize that public documents like the Financial Disclosure Form exist in order to expose suspicious irregularities like this to us, the public. This is exactly how we would find out about a financial kickback: a public servant who reports only his $ 40,000 government salary, and no gifts, somehow adds $ 150,000 to his bank account at a time when mega-million-dollar contracts have gotten his votes. (more…)

Records Management: The Black Hole in the School District

black hole canstockphotoI am sure that you all have read the press release from Coral Shores High School touting student accomplishments on the various Advance Placement (AP) tests.  Kudos to the Hurricanes for a job well done.

I noticed that neither Key West High School nor Marathon High School published or otherwise broadcast their AP results.  Curious, I requested the AP scores from each of the principals and they promptly replied.

As you might expect from the absence of public commentary, the results in Key West and Marathon were mixed and by no means a cluster of high achievement.  To the contrary, there were instances of certain classes where the results can only be described as poor, if not downright abysmal.  As often as not, fewer than 50% achieved the coveted “3”, which the principals refer to as “passing”.  To be fair, I did not read any class by class results for CSHS and it may be that they had their deficiencies as well. (more…)

IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N ROLL

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My daughter the lawyer calls me an “accidental academic.” After high school, there was no way that I could afford to go to college. So I joined the army and learned how to jump out of airplanes. After the army, I used the GI Bill to finance a degree in journalism and landed a job in public relations with a large corporation based in New York City. It wasn’t long, however, that I realized that an advanced degree would be helpful if I wanted to progress in my career. Also, in the field of public relations, mass persuasion is the name if the game– and I learned that there were entire programs of study being offered by some universities dealing with persuasion and mass communication. Social psychologists had been studying the effects of mass communication for years, but it was just then becoming an independent field of study. So I returned to graduate school to get a masters degree and, a few years later, I went back again and got a Ph.D in mass communication.

One of the ways I paid my tuition in graduate school was to teach one course every quarter– usually journalism 101. But one quarter, journalism school management asked me to teach a course called Mass Communication in Society. Okay, something different. As I reviewed the textbook, I saw that the content of the course was basically what I expected– the effects of various mass communication media. Newspapers, magazines, radio, television, etcetera, etcetera. And music. Music? Yep, music as a mass communication medium. (more…)

GREATNESS

THE ROOSEVELTS corrected

My wife and I just finished watching all seven, two-hour installments of Ken Burns’, documentary on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It left me feeling a bit melancholy, for watching any birth-to- death encapsulated in a few short hours will depress, but such Olympian greatness ending like ordinary mortals is an especially bitter pill to swallow. Ken Burns’ reputation for skillful use of black and white stills melded with music, sound effect and professional actors reciting the written word of the protagonists is mesmerizing and “The Roosevelts, An Intimate History” did not disappoint. (more…)

I DON’T LIKE AMERICAN FOOTBALL

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 As I sit down to write this essay, we are one day out from Super Bowl XLVIII. To sit down and write about the Super Bowl has become much more an exercise in socio-cultural behavior than athletic endeavor. If my memory serves me, this would be the 5th time I’ve written about an event that has become perhaps the most galvanizing moment on the American calendar. With the exception of the essay “Super Bowl XLIII”, where I consciously decided to play the role of a sports writer, every other foray into the subject matter has been made with broader, more universal intentions. An event of this magnitude has philosophical meaning beyond The Game and sport itself.

As the countdown to kickoff 2014 enters its final day, what most stands out for this writer is the raw, almost hysterical popularity of the sport in question. In making a detailed inventory through the voluminous storehouse of what has become a long lifetime of experience, I cannot remember anything having grabbed the American psyche in such a passionate, overwhelming way. No fad, no trend, no food stuff, pop star, musical innovation, diva, no cinema crapola, product, clothing line or whatever else might pollinate and spread through a group of people with a cultural identity, has ever aroused the American mindset in such a continuous, emotional and widespread way. It is almost embarrassing to think that one point of focus could render the bulk of the population so helplessly devoted to it. Football’s popularity has almost made everything else seem trivial and irrelevant. Such massive, hypnotic subjugation to such a single source of passion could almost be called “provincial”.

When something so fanatically and universally adhered to grabs hold of a culture, it cannot be considered an innocuous or neutral force. It creates an experience people are affected by. In a subconscious way, like termites invisibly and stubbornly undermining the integrity of a house, it bores into our behavioral patterns and influences who and what we are. The question I ask is the following: is this almost pathological subjugation of the American people to this game of football a healthy force in our development? Is it leading us in the right direction?

Before expounding upon such themes, I’d like to give the reader a short history of my athletic prowess. Let’s start by describing myself as a genuine American “jock”. Undoubtedly, my earliest doses of ego gratification were the result of my athletic ability. In an attempt not to mislead anyone, it’s pertinent to say I was never talented enough for any kind of professional consideration, but I was always one of the best in the neighborhood. I eventually played on some good baseball teams at a large university and although my protagonism was modest, I made my contribution and was able to play at that level. I also played on some undistinguished high school basketball teams in an area where the high school basketball is quite good. Later on, as my body grew into maturity, I became a fixture in some of the best schoolyard environments in both New York and Philadelphia. I mention all this not as a means to glorify an athletic background that, when put into its proper perspective, is far from noteworthy in a global sense, but more as a way of having the reader understand that the upcoming remarks are not those of some condescending academic-intellectual looking at the world of sport from outside its borders.

Perhaps because of a tall, spindly body not generally conducive to football, but probably more the result of a middle class upbringing lacking the more ferocious elements germane to being a good football player, I never played this sport on a serious level. But, as a genuine American “jock”, I’ve followed it and know football. Anyone interested in verifying that fact can go read the essay “Super Bowl XLIII”.

It is ironic that a genuine American “jock” has begun to lose his passion for the sport of football at a time when it has conquered American culture like perhaps nothing else ever has. What I’ve come to dislike about it is the spirit with which it is played. As mentioned in the essay “The Super Bowl Revisited”, it has lost much of its nobility. Although I do not object to a governed form of physical aggression, the football format has evolved into a reckless, ruthless exercise with virtually no empathy for anything beyond the 10 men on your side. Its attitude has become an almost pre-historic exercise in hunting where everyone becomes prey and predator at the same time, as if we were playing this sport at a time when more organized, sedentary human life had not yet come into being. Football has become a Darwinian quest for survival akin to what might happen on the plains of the Serengeti. Other then the refined strategy of the game, the only other exclusively human behavior left in the sport’s “modus operandi” is the way in which opposing players taunt and mock each other. The football industry is selling a lower form of homo sapien, but it sells.

This Super Bowl has found a poster boy for this kind of behavior in one Richard Sherman, a heretofore semi-anonymous cornerback on one of the Super Bowl teams. Sherman’s interview directly after the game which put his team in the Super Bowl ripped through our culture like a nearby grounded thunderbolt. It was a vicious, vindictive diatribe meant to humiliate a named opponent, as well as a declaration describing himself as the greatest football player since the inception of the forward pass — or so it sounded. Compounding the obnoxious quality of its message was the shrill, screeching, lunatic way in which it was delivered, a presentation that could even draw Sherman’s sanity into question.

Whatever happened to the modesty we so admired in our heroes? Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?

Sherman offended — and rightly so — a good part of America with his tasteless outburst. And yet, for the 2 weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, I had to listen to an endless medley of rationalizations, excuses and justifications for his behavior from not only the most important elements of our sporting punditry, but from socio-political commentators of all kinds. Most disheartening for me was to see how the progressive segment of our journalistic community, the segment I most identify with, was the most vociferous in defending Richard Sherman.

One learning that Richard Sherman is a cornerback in the NFL also knows, without ever seeing, hearing or knowing of him before, that he is also a black man. The liberals who came so stridently to his defense played what the conservatives like to refer to as the “race card”. His left leaning defenders claimed he was being persecuted unfairly by those who just can’t accept a successful, self confident, brash black man. They claimed the word “thug”, used by so many of Sherman’s critics, was just a code word for the “n” word.

There are 2 black men I find relevant in this discussion: Barak Obama and Muhammad Ali.

Let’s start with Obama. It would be naïve to not believe that much of the personality critical of this historic president has been shaped by his genetic make up. The nature of this criticism has taken on a tone and modulation different from what political opposition has been before in our nation. To suggest that Barak Obama being the country’s first man of color to be our Commander in Chief has had no bearing on the quality of the behavior of many who oppose him, is to deny reality itself. There is a “race card” to be played here and those of us of good will should not let such retro thinking go unchallenged.

But Richard Sherman plays in the NFL. The product in the NFL is an overwhelmingly black product. We are used to black men in this venue. We accept it and glorify success here regardless of its color. Like a stubborn weed in an otherwise beautiful lawn, there is a racist element that will always exist, but the vast majority of us who were offended by Sherman’s outburst were offended as human beings, not racists. The progressive pundits that brought race into this equation have crossed a border into knee jerk behavior they should have given more thought to.

Ali enters this story for the following reason: it is not unreasonable to suggest he was the originator of this kind of behavior. But he differs from the Richard Shermans of the world in 2 fundamental ways. 1) Ali delivered his rants with a kind of “panache” that was almost disarming. We heard him, we listened, he had his effect, but we were not, regardless of how we viewed him, deeply disturbed or disgusted by him. He was not some kind of boogeyman we cringed from or feared. But even more importantly, 2) whatever it was Ali was trying to do had parameters far beyond his persona. I’m not sure how he actually saw or described himself, but, in essence, he has to be considered an activist and a civil rights icon. He had a cause to fight for and he did it in a way that was as necessary and relevant as what people like Martin Luther King did. Much more than a boxer, Muhammad Ali is an important figure in history.

Try putting people like Richard Sherman, or buffoons like Terrell Owens, whose performances serve no purpose beyond their own self aggrandizement, in that kind of league.

With the publicity Sherman reaped from this incident, we’ve gotten to know him better. One thing we’ve all learned is that he is not a “thug”. Quite the contrary, he is an articulate, intelligent, impressive young man. And that seems to be a further indictment of the NFL and the sport it represents. It has created an environment where even intelligent young men like Richard Sherman are turned into boorish ogres while under its influence. It has created a subculture that promotes our lower instincts more than our noble ones.

If I had the opportunity to talk this over with some of the progressive commentators who came to Sherman’s defense (and one of my absolute favorite political pundits led the charge in defending Sherman), I’d ask them this: if you had been plopped in front of your TV with your 10 year old son watching Sherman’s infamous tirade (or daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild, cat, dog or house plant), is that the kind of behavior you’d want him to emulate? Is that how you’d want him to relate to his opponents? Is that how you’d want his opponents to relate to him? Is that how you’d like him to relate to the world in general? Is that the kind of world you want him or anyone else to live in, a world where we simply compete and squash each other without compassion?

And that is why I don’t like football anymore. If something as powerful as this is not setting a healthy example, it can be dangerous.

I quote from the essay “The Super Bowl Revisited”: “The NFL is Iraq; Iraq is the NFL”.

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Jerome GrapelI began writing essays in the early 90’s, the collection “Because You Never Asked” being a fractional but representative cross section of an output that is still in progress today. I restrict their content to anything that may be relevant since the dawn of time to the end of eternity. They’ve given me a kind of therapeutical way to voice my objections to the paradigm of our culture and the negativity it is leading us into. All cultures attempt to inculcate their constituents into someone’s narrow minded, self serving version of reality and this book is an attempt to translate these subterfuges into the truth. Although a number of my earliest essays are included in this collection, the vast majority of them are more contemporary. Regardless of their chronology, they should all still be pertinent to whatever is happening at this moment.

To order you copy of “Because You Never Asked” by Jerome Grapel click here.

Sheriff Rick Ramsay—Detectives, Deputies & Staff Under His Command—Deliver Commendable Result…

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Words are insufficient in describing the extraordinary brilliance demonstrated by Sheriff Rick Ramsay and his magnificent team of officers, when it comes to their apprehending the individual, who allegedly tortured and killed an innocent dog, because it snored.

Monroe County Sheriff’s detectives and investigators did not have much to go on in capturing their suspect. An exemplary effort, with an inordinate amount of work was necessary to gather the intelligence required to get their man. (more…)

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An Open Letter to Mayor Cates and City of Key West Commissioners

Mayor Cates and Commissioners:

As members of the Key West Golf Course community, we want to express our extreme displeasure with the recent news that the City of Key West may proceed forward with construction of a homeless shelter at the Easter Seals location on College Road.

On August 17, 2014, on behalf of our more than 350 homeowners, the Key West Golf Club Homeowners Association (KWGC HOA) Board of Directors has passed a resolution to oppose the placement of a homeless facility at the Easter Seals location and to pursue litigation options in this matter. (more…)

Anti-Smoking Campaign Doesn’t Make Sense

Dear Editor,

There seems to be something funny going on. The BOCC’s latest anti-smoking campaign doesn’t make sense to me. They claim that smoking causes 700+ sick days taken by county employees. How does smoking cause one to take a sick day? Also, although they keep ignoring this point, I’d bet that HANGOVERS take FAR more sick days than smoking cigarettes. Even the daily paper has edited that part of my citizen’s voice comment. This seems like a real legal quagmire that a few (or one) fanatic is really pushing this hard! Meanwhile, many very old issues are being ignored or back-shelved yet again. What is your take on this? Could it be a mere distraction while something else is going on?

John K Thomas

Key West, Florida

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART NINE: THE SHRIMP BOAT

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART NINE of Island of Bones Series…  (more…)

HOMETOWN! PAC Final Forum is September 29th at 5:00 pm. Don’t Miss it!

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A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, GROUP 4; MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2; MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD, DISTRICTS 2 AND 5; AND CANDIDATES  FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

WHERE:  LOBBY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FINE ARTS CENTER ON THE LEFT OF THE FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS STOCK ISLAND/KEY WEST

WHEN:  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM

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EQUALITY FLORIDA ACTION PAC ENDORSES GEORGE SHELDON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

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A Sharp contrast to Pam Bondi

Equality Florida Action PAC, the largest organization dedicated to electing pro-equality candidates in Florida, has endorsed George Sheldon for Attorney General.

“As Florida moves forward towards full equality, the next Attorney General will have a tremendous impact on the everyday lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our state,” said Stratton Pollitzer, chair of the PAC. “Time and again, George Sheldon has proven that he is an advocate for basic human rights.” (more…)

OIRF Supports Take Stock In Children

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Kelly Friend, Old Island Restoration Foundation president, presents a $ 2500.00 check to Chuck Licis, program coordinator and Steve Pribramsky,  MCEF President of Take Stock in Children.

Since 1995, non-profit Take Stock in Children has provided a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

OIRF grant funds are earned through the “Key West House Tours”, as well as memberships, donations and rental of the Oldest House gardens.  More information at www.oirf.org or call 305-294-9501.

Take Stock in Children Graduate Story: Paulina Rippere
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Paula Rippere

The Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF) is looking for volunteers to mentor students in its flagship program, Take Stock in Children. The MCEF has been helping Monroe County students achieve their goal of earning a degree, certificate, or credential since 1995. Here is an example of how mentoring a student for just 30 to 45 minutes a week can change a student’s life.

Paulina Rippere, Take Stock In Children Graduate, Monroe County 2003

My Take Stock in Children mentor at Key West High School was Helen Rowe. She was wonderful. She worked at the high school, so whenever I wanted to say hello or needed advice I could stop by her office and bounce ideas off of her. She was a great mentor and really helped me through the last couple of years of high school, making plans for college and the future. (more…)

Conch Poet J.M. Varela Featured Oct. 5 at Blue Heaven

The wit and wisdom of popular Conch poet J.M. Varela takes the stage upstairs at Blue Heaven during the first Sunday monthly meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild on Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

Varela, author of the eclectic collection “Inside the Head of a Conch Women,” turns her sometimes jaundiced and often hilarious eye toward Key West history, customs and characters. The Guild looks forward to premiering some of her more recent work, written, she said, “as a wrap up of four days of Conch Reunions in August and a backlash for so many negative comments about raising children in Key West.” (more…)

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden on Agenda for the 16th Annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival

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Every year, the natural habitats of the KWTF&BG serve as a rest and refuel stop on the Autumnal migration route of birds returning from their summer roosts to the warmth of southern latitudes.   The Stock Island site and its staff also host birders and butterfly enthusiasts participating in the annual Birding and Wildlife Festival.  Scheduled are:

  • Friday, 26th, 10 – noon:  “Birds in the Forest” – a guided tour lead by Phillip Hughes of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
  • Saturday, 27th, 1 – 3pm: “Butterflies in the Forest” – guided by Leigh Williams and Amy Grimm, butterfly enthusiasts and photographers.  Don’t forget your camera!
  • Saturday, 27th, 4:30 – 6pm:  “Birds in the Forest” – lead by Dr. Mark Whiteside, our renown Key West bird expert.
  • Saturday, 27th, 5:30 – 8pm: “Garden Evening Extravaganza”.  Reception at the Nature Chapel sponsored by Florida Keys Audubon Society and Key West Wildlife Center, featuring a special presentation by Peggy Coontz and feathered friends.

Visit www.kwbgs.org or keysbirdingfest.org for details; reservations required.

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Support Environmental Education For Monroe County Students: Have Dinner at Mangia Mangia

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4th Annual Habitat for Humanity’s Votes for Notes Musical Competition!

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Mark your calendar for Habitat for Humanity’s 4th Annual Votes for Notes fundraiser! Local musician Ray West is lining up musical talent for yet another season of this ever-growing, three-night event. New musical talent and popular pros are invited to compete in order to win $ 250 cash and other prizes at the Grand Finale.  At three competitions audience members “vote” for their favorite performers by dropping cash donations in the Habitat vote bucket. Habitat tracks each performer’s total with the winner being announced at the Grand Finale.  Performers are invited to play any or all three nights. Past performers and winners include Phoenix, Moondogs, Billy Brown, The Doerfels, Paul “Shanty” Elliot, Shastina Chiles and so many more! (more…)

United Way ‘Stuffs the Bus’ with School Supplies
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KEY LARGO SCHOOL RECEIVES A LOAD OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM UNITED WAY VOLUNTEERS

United Way of the Florida Keys and its community partners want to make sure that Monroe County students have the supplies they need to succeed at their studies. That’s why they launched “Stuff the Bus,” an effort that produced truckloads of school supplies distributed last week to all 16 Monroe County public schools from Key Largo to Key West.

United Way volunteers showed up early at the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative facility in Marathon and loaded their vehicles with pens, pencils, paper, backpacks, binders, notebooks and other school supplies that had been collected in the “Stuff the Bus” drive. They were welcomed with open arms by the schools who received the items. The items were collected in “Stuff the Bus” boxes at businesses throughout the Keys and at several “Stuff the Bus” events, such as a party at the Hard Rock Café in Key West. About $ 15,000 worth of school supplies were distributed—almost double the amount that were distributed last year. (more…)

Crown Jules, This is Your Life; ‘Criss Cross’ Screens Oct. 8

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In this year’s heating up and always hilarious race for the honor of being Fantasy Fest’s top royalty is a woman who first came to Key West in 1976 and had a brush, of sorts, with Hollywood (the one in California), the motion picture industry and Goldie Hawn.

Julie Hanson, born in Montgomery, Alabama, has worked mostly in restaurant management or hairdressing; in the late 1970s, after a stint at the Esquire Lounge, she “worked parttime at the Eden House, at Rich’s Cafe in the back,” she said. During this time a “writer, Scott Somer, was a guest at the Eden House for a few months. He became a friend to all of us” staffers, she remembered. Somer, it turned out, wrote a book based on Julie as the main character which eventually became a screenplay and finally the motion picture “Criss Cross.” (more…)

Official Fantasy Fest® 2014 Artwork Announced

Poster Signing Party is Tuesday, October 21, at 5 pm

Fantasy Fest is pleased to announce the artwork chosen for the Official Fantasy Fest 2014 posters and t-shirts. Dozens of fantastic designs were submitted for the poster contest, and with an unrivaled selection of quality work, we are thrilled to announce two separate designs. The official poster will feature artwork submitted by Petar Stracenski and the t-shirt is designed by Rey Flores.

Stracenski is a Key West based artist who wanted to evoke the playfulness and mystery of Fantasy Fest while capturing elements characteristic of Key West. His minimalist design features an anime beauty with a few of Key West’s best known creatures. This poster is sure to look great in any home. Flores’s festive T-shirt design brings a cast of Key West flavored anime characters to the Southernmost Point and will make for a fantastic token of your Fantasy Fest adventure.

Congratulations to Petar and Rey, and a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated in this year’s Poster Contest.  To purchase your very own piece of Fantasy Fest history, or for additional information regarding the t-shirt and poster, contact Tom Sawyer’s Keyboard Advertising at 305-292-9315 or visit KeyBoardAdvertising.com.

LIGHTS! ACTION! CAMERA! FORT LAUDERDALE GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED WHIRLWIND OF FILMS AND EVENTS

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FLGLFF 2014 has expanded to seven days, includes more award-winning and diverse films, and features special events and parties that elevate this Festival to a new level, making it one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the nation.

FLGLFF takes place Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12 and resumes Thursday, October 16 through Sunday, October 19. (more…)

LEARN ABOUT THE BUTTERFLIES, SEPTEMBER 26th

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An Open Letter to Mayor Cates and City of Key West Commissioners

Mayor Cates and Commissioners:

As members of the Key West Golf Course community, we want to express our extreme displeasure with the recent news that the City of Key West may proceed forward with construction of a homeless shelter at the Easter Seals location on College Road.

On August 17, 2014, on behalf of our more than 350 homeowners, the Key West Golf Club Homeowners Association (KWGC HOA) Board of Directors has passed a resolution to oppose the placement of a homeless facility at the Easter Seals location and to pursue litigation options in this matter. Continue reading

Conch Poet J.M. Varela Featured Oct. 5 at Blue Heaven

The wit and wisdom of popular Conch poet J.M. Varela takes the stage upstairs at Blue Heaven during the first Sunday monthly meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild on Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

Varela, author of the eclectic collection “Inside the Head of a Conch Women,” turns her sometimes jaundiced and often hilarious eye toward Key West history, customs and characters. The Guild looks forward to premiering some of her more recent work, written, she said, “as a wrap up of four days of Conch Reunions in August and a backlash for so many negative comments about raising children in Key West.” Continue reading

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN IN MONROE COUNTY EARNS PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARD

Monroe Excellence Award TSIC Conference 2014For the second year in a row, the Take Stock in Children program of Monroe County has earned a program excellence award for its outstanding mentor and college success coach services. “This would not have been possible without the dedication of our devoted volunteer mentors and our wonderful college success coaches who go above and beyond.” said program coordinator Chuck Licis.

Take Stock in Children is the flagship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF). “Obviously, I’m thrilled and the board is delighted that we’ve been able to continue to win this award,” said Steve Pribramsky, president of the MCEF. “We don’t actually put a lot of emphasis on winning the award. Instead, we try to spend as much time as possible focusing on creating a better program year after year.”

Twenty-one Take Stock programs in Florida were recognized for their achievements last year. “We are proud to be in the top third of successful programs in the state. We are looking to build on our successes and continue to work with our college bound students to earn a degree, certificate, or other credentials.” Licis reiterated.

“This year, we hope to offer a TSIC college scholarship opportunity to at least forty new students in the county,” Licis continued, “but we need mentors. We must have a mentor for each student we enroll.” The MCEF encourages community members throughout the Keys to consider becoming a mentor for a Take Stock in Children scholar.

For more information about mentoring or the TSIC program, call 305-293-1546 or send an email to chuck.licis@keysschools.com.

Womankind Staff Honors Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month By Wearing Teal

Photo contributed by Nick Ruby  Womankind staff members dressed in teal in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness this month.  Gynecologist Dr. David Forest, PA-C Jennifer Whaley and NP Carolyn Daly provide patients with information about symptoms and treatment for this disease. L-r, back row: Sal Zappulla, Anisleidy Caridad, Cali Roberts, Kim Romano, Chase Hurst, Ginny Barr. L-r, front row: Anissah Tomas, Dianelis Borges, Jennifer Whaley, and Judith Cisneros.

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Womankind staff members dressed in teal in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness this month.
Gynecologist Dr. David Forest, PA-C Jennifer Whaley and NP Carolyn Daly provide patients with information about symptoms and treatment for this disease. L-r, back row: Sal Zappulla, Anisleidy Caridad, Cali Roberts, Kim Romano, Chase Hurst, Ginny Barr. L-r, front row: Anissah Tomas, Dianelis Borges, Jennifer Whaley, and Judith Cisneros.

Making Smart Medicare Choices for 2015

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As we head into autumn, people with Medicare once again need to consider their options for next year. Even if you like the coverage you have now, you should spend at least a few minutes making sure it will still meet your needs next year. Here are some key questions that people with Medicare should ask.

When is the enrollment period?

Medicare’s open enrollment period runs, as usual, from October 15 to December 7. During this time, you can make changes in your Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan, or, if you don’t have one, you can select one for the first time. Continue reading

Congressman Joe Garcia Introduces Student Loan Bill To Help College Affordability

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WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday [September 18, 2014], Congressman Joe Garcia introduced the Fairness in Student Loan Repayment Act to provide assistance to students repaying their federal student loans. Congressman Garcia, a strong proponent of college affordability, introduced this legislation as a way of helping students repay their debt with minimal struggle.  Students around the country take on thousands of dollars of student debt in an effort to acquire a quality higher education, spending decades paying off those loans. Last year, 71%  of college students who graduated had student loan debt, with an average of $ 29,400 per borrower. Continue reading

Where Are the Vampire Linguists?

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Ha! You Vill Never Split an Infinitive Again!
(The Vampire, Philip Burne-Jones, 1897, US-PD)

If this is a question that’s never crossed your mind, don’t feel alone. It did come up, however, in a recently published Speculative Grammarian, “the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field [?] of satirical linguistics.” The current issue, for example, has articles on “Linguimericks, Etc.,” “Profuse Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know” (this will go on my reading list obviously), and “It Was a Dark and Stormy Noun.”

But I digress. The article in question, written by F. Ang Bangah (oh the pun of it!), presents musings such as this one: Continue reading

Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, NMSI’s Rene McCormick, and Former NASA Astronaut Sandy Magnus among Judges for Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM

Today, Sally Ride Science announced the list of judges that will evaluate submissions and select the winners for the Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM, a program open to all K-12 educators in the U.S. that recognizes innovations in instruction related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), as well as STEM careers.

Judges also Include Educators; Will Select Top Finishers in National Award Program that Recognizes Innovations in STEM Education; First Prize of More than $ 5,000. Continue reading

FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

 

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

All Candidate Events:

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TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART EIGHT: Bales and the Musician Go Fishin’

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Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART EIGHT of Island of Bones Series…  Continue reading

Questions About Recent Arrest of Florida Keys Children’s Shelter Employee

Dear Editor,

Why is it that the chief operating officer for  Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (FKCS) had to defer to their lawyer to answer important media questions regarding the recent story of one of their former employees arrested for “interference and custody” of two foster teens in protective shelter of FKCS, while he was employed with FKCS?  (“Report: Runaways used as prostitutes- Mentor at Florida Keys Children’s Shelter Arrest,” Sept. 11, 2014).

Couldn’t this attorney fee be used to sponsor back-to-school clothes, special event trips, and summer science camps?

Would Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay who serves on the FKCS Board of Directors as Vice-Chairman and Board Development Chair be in conflict with this investigation?

Mike Sawyer

(Substitute teacher for a metro-Denver turn-around school district with 13% Caucasians. Over 1k published newspaper letters promoting health and humanity. Most recently the New York Daily News “Counting Sheep,” http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/sept-7-pre-k-washington-football-team-fracking-article-1.1929802 )

Master of Divinity

B.S., Social Science

Denver, Colorado

The Blue Paper #80

Issue #80 — Friday, September 19, 2014

BLUE WALL OF SILENCE COST CITY ALMOST $300,000!

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By now, you have probably read in the daily paper or heard on the radio that the City of Key West has agreed to pay former Key West cop Matt Klosowski $ 287,500 to settle a six-year-old whistle-blower lawsuit. But you probably don’t know the rest of the story. The real significance of this story is that the Mayor and City Commissioners now know that the Blue Wall of Silence is alive and well inside the Key West Police Department. The Mayor and Commissioners now know for sure that Police Chief Donie Lee’s department is corrupt. That is basically what City Attorney Shawn Smith had to admit when he recommended that the City settle out of court. (more…)

Fraudulent Obstruction of Information Act – FOIA
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Supreme Court Building, Washington D.C., USDA photo by Ken Hammond

The U.S. Navy has refused to release a public document that proves they lied. This well-documented chronicle of lies and obstruction is not likely to bring justice, but the beauty of the internet is the lies are very public. Having repeated those lies on October 31, 2013, the Navy has restarted their five-year Statute-of-Limitations clock.

In June 2014, former County Commissioner Kim Wigington (Monroe County, Florida) appealed the Navy’s rejection of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request she submitted in 2011. Below is the latest chapter in the seven-year history of fraud, abuse and obstruction. (more…)

Buyer Beware! School District Public Records and The Ultimate Escape Clause

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I believe that it is reasonably well known that I often make Public Records Requests of the School District.  Usually these requests are for documents of a financial nature.

Superintendent Mark Porter finds my requests tedious and objectionable, but he ultimately complies as Florida’s Public Records laws demand that he do so.  You have to stay on top of the situation and usually repeat your request.  Porter invariably hopes that if he ignores you long enough that you will go away, which I never do. (more…)

Environmentalism, My Opponents, Bees, Dogs, and GM Mosquitoes
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Lynda Schuh with Bingo

As an activist for so many years it warms my heart that both of my opponents refer to themselves as environmental. Twenty years ago being a tree-hugger carried the same stigma as being a Communist.  And whether you feel you are one because you recycle, or because you do beach clean-ups, it doesn’t matter.  What matters is the direction you are moving in, your growing awareness and your actions.

(However let me say here that Governor Scott calling himself an environmentalist is just too much of a stretch.) (more…)

Good Morning Florida Keys’ Jenna Stauffer Spotlights ‘Kids Come First’


Jenna Stauffer spotlights ‘Kids Come First’ an amazing organization here in the Florida Keys that provides clothing, school supplies and personal items to children in need.

Videographer: Aaron Harrigan

Sunset Key Rip-off

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Last year I wrote a column praising Sunset Key, titled “Sailing to Wisteria.” It described a wonderful wedding anniversary stay-cation Cynthia and I had with treasured friends, ending with our evening sunset on a beach that reminded us of one on Vanuatu, except riotous Key West was only five minutes behind us on the other side of the island. I thoughtfully wrote that one alternative to cruise ships was places like this, and maybe if that happened to Wisteria, it wouldn’t be all bad.

Oh boy, have I had a change of heart. (more…)

Shine Your Light—Make It Bright…

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The first line of defense against incursions upon our rights and liberties, are law-enforcement officers. Members from policing agencies either protect and serve the citizenry, adhering to a legal and professional standard of conduct, or from the onset, denigrate and deny an individual their Constitutional and God given rights.

Just because the violence or intrusive actions utilized by a police department upon a citizen are determined to be legal, it doesn’t mean that their conduct was appropriate, reasonable or correct.

On the front lines, during the heat of battle, the meaning and intent, along with obedience to the law, can become blurred and obscured for police officers seeking to rationalize and justify improper or illegal conduct. (more…)

That Would Explain A Lot…

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No matter what your political affiliation is, haven’t you wondered, “What is wrong with those people? Can’t they see how misguided they are?!” God knows, I’ve said that countless times. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some explanation why political paralysis and polarization are so prevalent? Look no further than science!  Finally we have an answer why some see black and others white when looking at the exact same thing. The amygdala, sometimes called the amygdaloidal nucleus, a little almond shaped bit of gray matter amongst our other gray matter, in the anterior section of the temporal lobe, might be the culprit. Frankly, I don’t care what it is or what it’s called. I’m just pleased as punch there is ANY explanation for the insane cognitive dissonance and schizophrenic contradictive perceptions of what is our current political theater of the absurd.

MRI images of test subject’s brains revealed that conservatives have a larger amygdala than liberals. Now before you conservatives start high-fiving each other, (more…)

FROM THE BACK ISSUES: MOST POPULAR

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Where Are the Vampire Linguists?
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Ha! You Vill Never Split an Infinitive Again!
(The Vampire, Philip Burne-Jones, 1897, US-PD)

If this is a question that’s never crossed your mind, don’t feel alone. It did come up, however, in a recently published Speculative Grammarian, “the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field [?] of satirical linguistics.” The current issue, for example, has articles on “Linguimericks, Etc.,” “Profuse Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know” (this will go on my reading list obviously), and “It Was a Dark and Stormy Noun.”

But I digress. The article in question, written by F. Ang Bangah (oh the pun of it!), presents musings such as this one: (more…)

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART EIGHT: Bales and the Musician Go Fishin’

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART EIGHT of Island of Bones Series…  (more…)

Congressman Joe Garcia Introduces Student Loan Bill To Help College Affordability

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WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday [September 18, 2014], Congressman Joe Garcia introduced the Fairness in Student Loan Repayment Act to provide assistance to students repaying their federal student loans. Congressman Garcia, a strong proponent of college affordability, introduced this legislation as a way of helping students repay their debt with minimal struggle.  Students around the country take on thousands of dollars of student debt in an effort to acquire a quality higher education, spending decades paying off those loans. Last year, 71%  of college students who graduated had student loan debt, with an average of $ 29,400 per borrower. (more…)

Making Smart Medicare Choices for 2015
Ron Pollack

Ron Pollack

As we head into autumn, people with Medicare once again need to consider their options for next year. Even if you like the coverage you have now, you should spend at least a few minutes making sure it will still meet your needs next year. Here are some key questions that people with Medicare should ask.

When is the enrollment period?

Medicare’s open enrollment period runs, as usual, from October 15 to December 7. During this time, you can make changes in your Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan, or, if you don’t have one, you can select one for the first time. (more…)

New Chief Petty Officers at NAS Key West
Four chief petty officer selectees receive their combination covers from sponsors during a chief pinning ceremony at Boca Chica Field Tuesday. The time-honored Navy tradition celebrates a Sailor's transition from bluejacket to chief petty officer as they advance in rank. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/ Released

Four chief petty officer selectees receive their combination covers from sponsors during a chief pinning ceremony at Boca Chica Field Tuesday. The time-honored Navy tradition celebrates a Sailor’s transition from bluejacket to chief petty officer as they advance in rank. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/ Released

Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, NMSI’s Rene McCormick, and Former NASA Astronaut Sandy Magnus among Judges for Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM

Today, Sally Ride Science announced the list of judges that will evaluate submissions and select the winners for the Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM, a program open to all K-12 educators in the U.S. that recognizes innovations in instruction related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), as well as STEM careers.

Judges also Include Educators; Will Select Top Finishers in National Award Program that Recognizes Innovations in STEM Education; First Prize of More than $ 5,000. (more…)

HOMETOWN! PAC Announces Fifth and Final Event for the 2014 Political Season

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A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR:

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, GROUP 4; MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2; MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD, DISTRICTS 2 AND 5; AND CANDIDATES  FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

LOBBY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FINE ARTS CENTER ON THE LEFT OF THE FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS STOCK ISLAND/KEY WEST

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Hometown’s FIFTH AND FINAL forum is September 29, about three (3) weeks before early voting begins. Monroe County and Key West voters will have to make important judgments regarding the election of a judicial candidate for a six year term, a County Commissioner for the next four years. two Mosquito Control Board members for a four year term and this District’s Congressional candidate for the next two years. (more…)

Questions About Recent Arrest of Florida Keys Children’s Shelter Employee

Dear Editor,

Why is it that the chief operating officer for  Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (FKCS) had to defer to their lawyer to answer important media questions regarding the recent story of one of their former employees arrested for “interference and custody” of two foster teens in protective shelter of FKCS, while he was employed with FKCS?  (“Report: Runaways used as prostitutes- Mentor at Florida Keys Children’s Shelter Arrest,” Sept. 11, 2014).

Couldn’t this attorney fee be used to sponsor back-to-school clothes, special event trips, and summer science camps?

Would Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay who serves on the FKCS Board of Directors as Vice-Chairman and Board Development Chair be in conflict with this investigation?

Mike Sawyer

(Substitute teacher for a metro-Denver turn-around school district with 13% Caucasians. Over 1k published newspaper letters promoting health and humanity. Most recently the New York Daily News “Counting Sheep,” http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/sept-7-pre-k-washington-football-team-fracking-article-1.1929802 )

Master of Divinity

B.S., Social Science

Denver, Colorado

Key West Resident Running for Cancer Care and Research / Running as Member of the Dana-Farber Team in the 14th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon®

Katherine Gilmore

Katherine Gilmour from Key West, will be running in the 14th annual [Boston Athletic Association] B.A.A. Half Marathon® presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, as a member of the official Dana-Farber team.

More than 570 Dana-Farber team members will raise awareness and at least $ 750 to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the Half Marathon for twelve years. During this time, runners on the Dana-Farber team have raised more than $ 4 million to fuel lifesaving discoveries. To support a runner in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, go to www.RunDanaFarber.org. (more…)

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN IN MONROE COUNTY EARNS PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARD

Monroe Excellence Award TSIC Conference 2014For the second year in a row, the Take Stock in Children program of Monroe County has earned a program excellence award for its outstanding mentor and college success coach services. “This would not have been possible without the dedication of our devoted volunteer mentors and our wonderful college success coaches who go above and beyond.” said program coordinator Chuck Licis.

Take Stock in Children is the flagship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF). “Obviously, I’m thrilled and the board is delighted that we’ve been able to continue to win this award,” said Steve Pribramsky, president of the MCEF. “We don’t actually put a lot of emphasis on winning the award. Instead, we try to spend as much time as possible focusing on creating a better program year after year.”

Twenty-one Take Stock programs in Florida were recognized for their achievements last year. “We are proud to be in the top third of successful programs in the state. We are looking to build on our successes and continue to work with our college bound students to earn a degree, certificate, or other credentials.” Licis reiterated.

“This year, we hope to offer a TSIC college scholarship opportunity to at least forty new students in the county,” Licis continued, “but we need mentors. We must have a mentor for each student we enroll.” The MCEF encourages community members throughout the Keys to consider becoming a mentor for a Take Stock in Children scholar.

For more information about mentoring or the TSIC program, call 305-293-1546 or send an email to chuck.licis@keysschools.com.

Womankind Staff Honors Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month By Wearing Teal
Photo contributed by Nick Ruby  Womankind staff members dressed in teal in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness this month.  Gynecologist Dr. David Forest, PA-C Jennifer Whaley and NP Carolyn Daly provide patients with information about symptoms and treatment for this disease. L-r, back row: Sal Zappulla, Anisleidy Caridad, Cali Roberts, Kim Romano, Chase Hurst, Ginny Barr. L-r, front row: Anissah Tomas, Dianelis Borges, Jennifer Whaley, and Judith Cisneros.

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Womankind staff members dressed in teal in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness this month.
Gynecologist Dr. David Forest, PA-C Jennifer Whaley and NP Carolyn Daly provide patients with information about symptoms and treatment for this disease. L-r, back row: Sal Zappulla, Anisleidy Caridad, Cali Roberts, Kim Romano, Chase Hurst, Ginny Barr. L-r, front row: Anissah Tomas, Dianelis Borges, Jennifer Whaley, and Judith Cisneros.

Fantasy Fest Parade Openings

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The 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest 2014 parade is sure to be the best yet! Thanks to a couple of last minute cancelations, we are accepting applications for two additional floats and four walking groups.

Live out your wildest anime dreams and secure your spot now! Visit FantasyFest.com or call the Fantasy Fest office at (305) 296-1817 for additional information.

FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

 

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

All Candidate Events:

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) Holds its Monthly Ice Cream Social and Car Show

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND CAR SHOW this Saturday, September 20th, 5 to 8pm in the evening when its cool. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes, Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it’s cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event  at  at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50 Free Ice Cream and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 942-1758.

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition Holds Quarterly Meeting

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The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC) will hold a quarterly board meeting on Wednesday, September 24 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Marathon Shores IberiaBank, 12640 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL.

Baby_in_Hands_245_177_s_c1Our mission is to unite people and resources to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children, and their families in Monroe County.  As the only non-profit in Monroe County, Florida, serving pregnant women and the unborn, we are dedicated to uniting people and resources to improve the health and well-being of our clients.  We believe every baby deserves a Healthy Start in life and a safe, productive, and happy future.  More information is available at KeysHealthyStart.org.

The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.  If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, including requesting materials in an accessible format, information, or other assistance, please contact fkhsc@yahoo.com or 305-293-8424 (5 days advance notice requested). Please RSVP to the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition at (305)293-8424.

LEARN ABOUT THE BUTTERFLIES, SEPTEMBER 26th

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Mangia Mangia Hosts Key West Botanical Garden Fundraiser

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Key West Botanical Garden is excited for the 2014-2015 school year and needs your help to make it a success and continue to offer our programs to as many students as possible.  Mangia Mangia Restaurant is generously hosting a fundraiser for us in which they will donate 25% of food sales to the KWBG Education Department. Please come out and enjoy your favorite homemade pasta dishes and support our program. Take-out orders are also included in the donation!

Mangia Mangia pasta cafe

Mangia Mangia

900 Southard St * Key West, FL * 294-2469

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:30pm-9:00pm

The KWBG Education Department provides unique, hands–on, environmental education experiences for students pre-kindergarten through high school.  Our program makes learning come alive! Please help us continue to offer these educational opportunities to the youth of our community.

To learn more about the KWBG Education Department or for additional information visit us at

www.kwbgs.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kwbgseducation

LOCAL CELEBRITY BASKETBALL 2014! SUNDAY OCTOBER 5th

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Don’t Get Your Criss Crossed: Save the Date, Oct. 8

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Star power comes to the quest for election as Fantasy Fest royalty, even if once removed. Jules for Queen was in fact the person upon whom the Goldie Hawn character in “Criss Cross” was based. Share a look at Key West in the 70s at a screening of the near-iconic film on Wednesday, October 8 at the Eaton Street Theater (behind St. Paul’s).

VIP tickets are $ 50 and include hors d’ourves and cocktails at 6 p.m. and  advance viewing of memoribilia and documents, some of which are for sale. General admission is and doors open at 7 p.m. There will also be a Q&A after the show with Jules and Bud Brewer, who was the owner of the Esquire Lounge, where part of the movie was filmed.

For additional details, please phone Campaign Manager and former FF Queen Ginger King at            (305) 849-0991.

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) Holds its Monthly Ice Cream Social and Car Show

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND CAR SHOW this Saturday, September 20th, 5 to 8pm in the evening when its cool. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes, Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it’s cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event  at  at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50 Free Ice Cream and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 942-1758.

Don’t Get Your Criss Crossed: Save the Date, Oct. 8

crown jules

crisscross

Star power comes to the quest for election as Fantasy Fest royalty, even if once removed. Jules for Queen was in fact the person upon whom the Goldie Hawn character in “Criss Cross” was based. Share a look at Key West in the 70s at a screening of the near-iconic film on Wednesday, October 8 at the Eaton Street Theater (behind St. Paul’s).

VIP tickets are $ 50 and include hors d’ourves and cocktails at 6 p.m. and  advance viewing of memoribilia and documents, some of which are for sale. General admission is $25 and doors open at 7 p.m. There will also be a Q&A after the show with Jules and Bud Brewer, who was the owner of the Esquire Lounge, where part of the movie was filmed.

For additional details, please phone Campaign Manager and former FF Queen Ginger King at            (305) 849-0991.

Key West Resident Running for Cancer Care and Research / Running as Member of the Dana-Farber Team in the 14th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon®

Katherine Gilmore

Katherine Gilmour from Key West, will be running in the 14th annual [Boston Athletic Association] B.A.A. Half Marathon® presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, as a member of the official Dana-Farber team.

More than 570 Dana-Farber team members will raise awareness and at least $ 750 to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the Half Marathon for twelve years. During this time, runners on the Dana-Farber team have raised more than $ 4 million to fuel lifesaving discoveries. To support a runner in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, go to www.RunDanaFarber.org. Continue reading

New Chief Petty Officers at NAS Key West

Four chief petty officer selectees receive their combination covers from sponsors during a chief pinning ceremony at Boca Chica Field Tuesday. The time-honored Navy tradition celebrates a Sailor's transition from bluejacket to chief petty officer as they advance in rank. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/ Released

Four chief petty officer selectees receive their combination covers from sponsors during a chief pinning ceremony at Boca Chica Field Tuesday. The time-honored Navy tradition celebrates a Sailor’s transition from bluejacket to chief petty officer as they advance in rank. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/ Released

Mangia Mangia Hosts Key West Botanical Garden Fundraiser

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Key West Botanical Garden is excited for the 2014-2015 school year and needs your help to make it a success and continue to offer our programs to as many students as possible.  Mangia Mangia Restaurant is generously hosting a fundraiser for us in which they will donate 25% of food sales to the KWBG Education Department. Please come out and enjoy your favorite homemade pasta dishes and support our program. Take-out orders are also included in the donation!

Mangia Mangia pasta cafe

Mangia Mangia

900 Southard St * Key West, FL * 294-2469

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:30pm-9:00pm

The KWBG Education Department provides unique, hands–on, environmental education experiences for students pre-kindergarten through high school.  Our program makes learning come alive! Please help us continue to offer these educational opportunities to the youth of our community.

To learn more about the KWBG Education Department or for additional information visit us at

www.kwbgs.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kwbgseducation

BLUE WALL OF SILENCE COST CITY ALMOST $300,000!

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By now, you have probably read in the daily paper or heard on the radio that the City of Key West has agreed to pay former Key West cop Matt Klosowski $ 287,500 to settle a six-year-old whistle-blower lawsuit. But you probably don’t know the rest of the story. The real significance of this story is that the Mayor and City Commissioners now know that the Blue Wall of Silence is alive and well inside the Key West Police Department. The Mayor and Commissioners now know for sure that Police Chief Donie Lee’s department is corrupt. That is basically what City Attorney Shawn Smith had to admit when he recommended that the City settle out of court. Continue reading

Fraudulent Obstruction of Information Act – FOIA

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Supreme Court Building, Washington D.C., USDA photo by Ken Hammond

The U.S. Navy has refused to release a public document that proves they lied. This well-documented chronicle of lies and obstruction is not likely to bring justice, but the beauty of the internet is the lies are very public. Having repeated those lies on October 31, 2013, the Navy has restarted their five-year Statute-of-Limitations clock.

In June 2014, former County Commissioner Kim Wigington (Monroe County, Florida) appealed the Navy’s rejection of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request she submitted in 2011. Below is the latest chapter in the seven-year history of fraud, abuse and obstruction. Continue reading

HOMETOWN! PAC Announces Fifth and Final Event for the 2014 Political Season

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A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR:

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, GROUP 4; MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2; MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD, DISTRICTS 2 AND 5; AND CANDIDATES  FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

LOBBY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FINE ARTS CENTER ON THE LEFT OF THE FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS STOCK ISLAND/KEY WEST

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Hometown’s FIFTH AND FINAL forum is September 29, about three (3) weeks before early voting begins. Monroe County and Key West voters will have to make important judgments regarding the election of a judicial candidate for a six year term, a County Commissioner for the next four years. two Mosquito Control Board members for a four year term and this District’s Congressional candidate for the next two years. Continue reading

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition Holds Quarterly Meeting

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The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC) will hold a quarterly board meeting on Wednesday, September 24 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Marathon Shores IberiaBank, 12640 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL.

Baby_in_Hands_245_177_s_c1Our mission is to unite people and resources to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children, and their families in Monroe County.  As the only non-profit in Monroe County, Florida, serving pregnant women and the unborn, we are dedicated to uniting people and resources to improve the health and well-being of our clients.  We believe every baby deserves a Healthy Start in life and a safe, productive, and happy future.  More information is available at KeysHealthyStart.org.

The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.  If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, including requesting materials in an accessible format, information, or other assistance, please contact fkhsc@yahoo.com or 305-293-8424 (5 days advance notice requested). Please RSVP to the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition at (305)293-8424.

Environmentalism, My Opponents, Bees, Dogs, and GM Mosquitoes

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Lynda Schuh with Bingo

As an activist for so many years it warms my heart that both of my opponents refer to themselves as environmental. Twenty years ago being a tree-hugger carried the same stigma as being a Communist.  And whether you feel you are one because you recycle, or because you do beach clean-ups, it doesn’t matter.  What matters is the direction you are moving in, your growing awareness and your actions.

(However let me say here that Governor Scott calling himself an environmentalist is just too much of a stretch.) Continue reading

MUSIC FINE-TUNES YOUNG BRAINS

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WHAT: Brain-developing music classes for newborns to 7-year-olds
WHERE: Behind 404 Duval St., in St. Paul’s Rectory
WHEN: Fall term starts Sept. 23
COST: $ 185 for 10 weeks includes materials
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Fine-tune your child’s brain for success by enrolling in Music Together in the Keys classes, which start Sept. 23.

The innovative music program for babies through 7-year-olds teaches sophisticated music concepts under the guise of fun. The colorful, playful, non-competitive experience also wires young brains for overall success. Continue reading

Join Reef Relief for the September 21st Shoreline Clean-up

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Past Clean-Up: Reef Relief, The Lost bus, and a group of local students teamed up and collected 600 lbs of marine debris from the mangroves off Key West

LOCAL ACTION TO CREATE GLOBAL CHANGE

Reef Relief will be celebrating International Coastal Cleanup with a community shoreline cleanup on Sunday, September 21, 2014. We invite locals and visitors interested in protecting our ocean and wildlife to this weekend event.

Meet us at the Lazy Dog kayak stand located at Hurricane Hole Marina, look for the Reef Relief sign. The event will start at 10:00 am and finish up at 1:00pm. Thanks to Lazy Dog for generously providing kayaks.

To attend or for directions contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100, reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystems. Find out more at http://reefrelief.org Continue reading

Mangia Mangia To Donate 25% Of Total Sales To Habitat For Humanity

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WHAT:             Mangia Mangia donates 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-    out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys 

WHEN:            Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm,

WHERE:          Mangia Mangia 900 Southard Street in Key West

Mangia Mangia and Habitat for Humanity – food and shelter – two necessities of life!  Mark your calendar and make your reservations! In honor of their 25th Anniversary Mangia Mangia, 900 Southard St. in Key West, is donating 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys on Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30 pm -10:00 pm.

Habitat staff and board members will be present to answer any questions you might have about our mission and programs.

This will also be the first opportunity to donate for a chance to win a newly painted bike by local renowned artist Rick Worth!

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Mangia Mangia pasta cafeFor more information, make reservations or call in your take-out order contact

Mangia Mangia (305) 294-2469

www.mangia-mangia.com

 

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Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower FL Keys 

(305) 294-9006

www.habitatlowerkeys.org

 

facebook.com/habitatkeywest

The Blue Paper #79

Issue #79 — Friday, September 12, 2014

BODY CAMERAS FOR COPS?

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Apparently, enough is enough. Use of  excessive force by police officers, that is– real or imagined. More and more police departments across the nation are equipping officers with body cameras that can record both audio and video. The increasing use of this new technology has two goals: (1) Help try to catch cops who might use excessive force during arrests and other interactions with citizens; and (2) To try to protect cops from false allegations by citizens.

Just last week, the New York City Police Department unveiled new body cameras that officers will wear as part of a pilot program to test the technology. One of the cameras being tested is about the size of a pack of cigarettes and weighs 3 ounces. Another camera being tested looks like a small microphone and can be worn on a collar, a baseball cap or helmet or even on the frame of a pair of glasses. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said that he expects the cameras will help to reveal the truth in “he-said-she-said” situations. (more…)

Finally, A Key West Homeless Forum With Substance

Thursday, 9/11, brought a link to the above video of the recent homeless forum from Father Steve Braddock. (more…)

Impeding Traffic on the Boulevard
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Poster – St. Augustine

It’s official: it is legal, and in fact encouraged, for bikes, and only bikes, to impede traffic on highways. While it is illegal for motorized vehicles and pedestrians to impede the flow of traffic, and they can be ticketed, bikes are encouraged to use the car lanes even if they  impede the flow of traffic. Their slowing down cars is now considered a good thing. (more…)

In Monroe County, Change Is A Dirty Word

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[Note from the editor:  In case you missed Dr. Murray's article last week [which was inadvertently posted late last Friday - my bad] … here it is again… No one pays attention to School District affairs like Dr. Murray…]

Change is a dirty word in Monroe County.  In last week’s election, every incumbent save one was returned to office.  And the incumbent turned out was a judge in the midst of a tawdry personal scandal who still managed to appeal to nearly 4,000 voters or 23% of the electorate.  The only new face to win was in the District 1 School Board race where Bobby “King Conch” Highsmith bested outspoken reformer Stu Kessler and incipient change agent Warren Leamard in a battle for an open seat. (more…)

Life and Death

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Recently I read with fascination an article on simple life forms that can survive the harsh environment of space. British scientists are claiming that they discovered single cell algae, Diatoms, living sixteen miles above the Earth. They were discovered when specialized balloons were sent up to collect data on the Perseid meteor shower. Some of the scientists believe these Diatoms are of Earth origins and somehow managed to reach the stratosphere by air currents sweeping over the ocean and rising, but others are positing it may be our first encounter with alien life, further hypothesizing these “aliens” might explain how life started here. Did comets laden with super resilient single cell organisms travel countless light years to slam into our planet and seed it with our far distant ancestors?

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The Hurrier I Go…
"Oh dear I'm behinder again!"

“Oh dear I’m behinder again!”

The White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was not a master of time management despite looking at his pocket watch every three seconds or so. I suspect part of the reason he was always late was his OCD impulse to check the time and confirm that, yes, he indeed was late.

Whoever said something like “a plague on all your houses” must have been cursing humanity with time because, when you take time to think about it, it is indeed a sort of curse upon us. (Well, to be honest, no one ever said “a plague on all your houses.” Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet says “a plague on both your houses” after he’s mortally wounded. And I’m sure he was wanting to have more time at the moment rather than laying a big whammy on the world.) (more…)

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART SEVEN: LAWRENCE THE LOBSTER

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART SEVEN of Island of Bones Series…  Lawrence The Lobster (more…)

FROM THE BACK ISSUES: MOST POPULAR

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Issue 76 Comic hood kkk thumbCOULD KEY WEST REACH THE FERGUSON FLASHPOINT?

Murphy thumnailTHE CASE OF MATTHEW MURPHY:  ANOTHER COVER-UP?

ZantaveousPOLICE POINT GUN AT SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY… AND MORE

 

shh thumbTHE KEYS’ DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

tilly sunk thumbSUNKEN TUG TILLY COULD COST HALF-MILLION DOLLARS WHY WAS NOTHING DONE?

wisteria fire back thumbWISTERIA ISLAND FIRE: THE BACK STORY

Peter-Pan thumbHOMELESS IN KEY WEST:  OLD MAN CHAPMAN, CAPTAIN TILLY, AND PETER PAN

MUSIC FINE-TUNES YOUNG BRAINS
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WHAT: Brain-developing music classes for newborns to 7-year-olds
WHERE: Behind 404 Duval St., in St. Paul’s Rectory
WHEN: Fall term starts Sept. 23
COST: $ 185 for 10 weeks includes materials
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Fine-tune your child’s brain for success by enrolling in Music Together in the Keys classes, which start Sept. 23.

The innovative music program for babies through 7-year-olds teaches sophisticated music concepts under the guise of fun. The colorful, playful, non-competitive experience also wires young brains for overall success. (more…)

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Phil Goodman named to Top Environmental Post in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, D7

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Phil Goodman of Cudjoe Key, a member of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary in Key West, was recently appointed Staff Officer responsible for all Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Activities in District 7 (D7).  Headquartered in Miami, D7 encompasses The Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and most of Georgia and Florida, including the Florida Keys.  Environmental Protection of our waterways is a rapidly expanding mission of the USCG and Auxiliary. (more…)

OIRF Contributes To Commemorative Statue

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Kelly Friend, board president of Old Island Restoration Fondation presented $ 500 to the Bishop Kee statue fund. Bruce Neff of Historic Markers Inc., accepted the donation. The statue, created by local artist Tom Joris, is scheduled to be unveiled in March of 2015 at the Southernmost Point.

OIRF grant monies for preserving Key West history are generated by the organization’s “House Tours”, an annual fund-raiser since 1960.  For more information, visit oirf.org.

FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

 

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

All Candidate Events:

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Monroe County Same Sex Couple Requests Case to be Moved to Florida Supreme Court

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SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, formerly SAVE Dade) and State Representative David Richardson will help host Upper Keys MEET & GREET Fundraiser Announced In ISLAMORADA Florida

This Meet & Greet fundraising event will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday September 15th 2014.

SAVE and Representative David Richardson invite you and the Upper Keys and South Florida public to join Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones and the Legal team of Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Farinas in attending the SAVE & LoveisloveKW Upper Keys Meet & Greet fundraiser at the S.A.L.T. Fusion Cuisine & Cana Lounge, 82779 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada Fl. 33036.

“I’m proud to lend SAVE’s support to Aaron and Lee’s fight for their marriage,” said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “By standing together with them, I am confident we can help notch yet another win in court for marriage equality in Florida.”

Funds are needed to defray legal costs. The attorneys filed a Motion in the Third District Court of appeal to move the case directly to the Florida State Supreme Court on behalf of Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones.  This motion, if granted, will move the case quickly to the Florida Supreme Court, and will decide this issue of marriage equality for all Floridians, not just those in Monroe County.

Fundraisers are being planned countywide in anticipation of a vigorous appeal and challenges from the State and other anti-LGBT groups.

Mangia Mangia To Donate 25% Of Total Sales To Habitat For Humanity

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WHAT:             Mangia Mangia donates 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-    out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys 

WHEN:            Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm,

WHERE:          Mangia Mangia 900 Southard Street in Key West

Mangia Mangia and Habitat for Humanity – food and shelter – two necessities of life!  Mark your calendar and make your reservations! In honor of their 25th Anniversary Mangia Mangia, 900 Southard St. in Key West, is donating 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys on Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30 pm -10:00 pm.

Habitat staff and board members will be present to answer any questions you might have about our mission and programs.

This will also be the first opportunity to donate for a chance to win a newly painted bike by local renowned artist Rick Worth!

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Mangia Mangia pasta cafeFor more information, make reservations or call in your take-out order contact

Mangia Mangia (305) 294-2469

www.mangia-mangia.com

 

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Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower FL Keys 

(305) 294-9006

www.habitatlowerkeys.org

 

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Special Offer on Marlins Tickets!

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Join Reef Relief for the September 21st Shoreline Clean-up
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Past Clean-Up: Reef Relief, The Lost bus, and a group of local students teamed up and collected 600 lbs of marine debris from the mangroves off Key West

LOCAL ACTION TO CREATE GLOBAL CHANGE

Reef Relief will be celebrating International Coastal Cleanup with a community shoreline cleanup on Sunday, September 21, 2014. We invite locals and visitors interested in protecting our ocean and wildlife to this weekend event.

Meet us at the Lazy Dog kayak stand located at Hurricane Hole Marina, look for the Reef Relief sign. The event will start at 10:00 am and finish up at 1:00pm. Thanks to Lazy Dog for generously providing kayaks.

To attend or for directions contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100, reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystems. Find out more at http://reefrelief.org (more…)

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TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART SEVEN: LAWRENCE THE LOBSTER

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Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART SEVEN of Island of Bones Series…  Lawrence The Lobster Continue reading

OIRF Contributes To Commemorative Statue

oirf Bishop donation

Kelly Friend, board president of Old Island Restoration Fondation presented $ 500 to the Bishop Kee statue fund. Bruce Neff of Historic Markers Inc., accepted the donation. The statue, created by local artist Tom Joris, is scheduled to be unveiled in March of 2015 at the Southernmost Point.

OIRF grant monies for preserving Key West history are generated by the organization’s “House Tours”, an annual fund-raiser since 1960.  For more information, visit oirf.org.

Monroe County Same Sex Couple Requests Case to be Moved to Florida Supreme Court

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SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, formerly SAVE Dade) and State Representative David Richardson will help host Upper Keys MEET & GREET Fundraiser Announced In ISLAMORADA Florida

This Meet & Greet fundraising event will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday September 15th 2014.

SAVE and Representative David Richardson invite you and the Upper Keys and South Florida public to join Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones and the Legal team of Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Farinas in attending the SAVE & LoveisloveKW Upper Keys Meet & Greet fundraiser at the S.A.L.T. Fusion Cuisine & Cana Lounge, 82779 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada Fl. 33036.

“I’m proud to lend SAVE’s support to Aaron and Lee’s fight for their marriage,” said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “By standing together with them, I am confident we can help notch yet another win in court for marriage equality in Florida.”

Funds are needed to defray legal costs. The attorneys filed a Motion in the Third District Court of appeal to move the case directly to the Florida State Supreme Court on behalf of Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones.  This motion, if granted, will move the case quickly to the Florida Supreme Court, and will decide this issue of marriage equality for all Floridians, not just those in Monroe County.

Fundraisers are being planned countywide in anticipation of a vigorous appeal and challenges from the State and other anti-LGBT groups.

FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

 

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

WWW.AIDSHELP.CC

Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

All Candidate Events:

Continue reading

The Hurrier I Go…

Late
"Oh dear I'm behinder again!"

“Oh dear I’m behinder again!”

The White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was not a master of time management despite looking at his pocket watch every three seconds or so. I suspect part of the reason he was always late was his OCD impulse to check the time and confirm that, yes, he indeed was late.

Whoever said something like “a plague on all your houses” must have been cursing humanity with time because, when you take time to think about it, it is indeed a sort of curse upon us. (Well, to be honest, no one ever said “a plague on all your houses.” Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet says “a plague on both your houses” after he’s mortally wounded. And I’m sure he was wanting to have more time at the moment rather than laying a big whammy on the world.) Continue reading

FROM THE BACK ISSUES: MOST POPULAR

Charles-Eimers-thumbOFFICER GARY LEE LOVETTE: “ME, I DROPPED LIKE A F***ING BOMB ON HIS HEAD… WE KILLED HIM”

Issue 76 Comic hood kkk thumbCOULD KEY WEST REACH THE FERGUSON FLASHPOINT?

Murphy thumnailTHE CASE OF MATTHEW MURPHY:  ANOTHER COVER-UP?

ZantaveousPOLICE POINT GUN AT SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY… AND MORE

 

shh thumbTHE KEYS’ DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

tilly sunk thumbSUNKEN TUG TILLY COULD COST HALF-MILLION DOLLARS WHY WAS NOTHING DONE?

wisteria fire back thumbWISTERIA ISLAND FIRE: THE BACK STORY

Peter-Pan thumbHOMELESS IN KEY WEST:  OLD MAN CHAPMAN, CAPTAIN TILLY, AND PETER PAN

Phil Goodman named to Top Environmental Post in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, D7

Phil Goodman Pic_media Release

Phil Goodman of Cudjoe Key, a member of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary in Key West, was recently appointed Staff Officer responsible for all Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Activities in District 7 (D7).  Headquartered in Miami, D7 encompasses The Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and most of Georgia and Florida, including the Florida Keys.  Environmental Protection of our waterways is a rapidly expanding mission of the USCG and Auxiliary. Continue reading

Tick…Tick…Tick

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Doomsday Clock: Minutes to Midnight, 1947-2012 (US-PD)

On Friday, Vladimir Putin said this: “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words.” He’s also started calling eastern Ukraine “New Russia,” which is a little scary since we have a good idea where that could go and more than a little ironic because Putin seems intent on bringing the Cold War “Old Russia” back into our lives. On reading about these events, I wondered if they had moved the hands on the Doomsday Clock.

If you’re not familiar with the DC (and why should you be?), it first appeared in 1947, created by the members of the Science and Security Board of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The “minutes to midnight on the clock” represent how close the world is to a politically related global catastrophe. Initially, this meant nuclear war but now climate change and “new developments in the life sciences and technology that could inflict irrevocable harm to humanity” have been added to the cheery mix. Continue reading

Key West Homeless Forum Report From An Ex- Key West Street Person’s Perspective

canstockphoto16346190While The Blue Paper was hard at blue news work, the Key West homeless forum happened on August 28 at the Harvey Government Center.

The  four forum panelists’ main thrust was the criminalization of homelessness is the most expensive and least effective way to deal with homelessness. Jailing homeless people costs the criminal justice and the court systems heaps of money and makes it even harder for homeless people to get a job and stop being homeless. Putting homeless people into hospitals, instead of into jails, also is super expensive. Easily the cheapest and most effective way to end homelessness, 95 percent proven success, is to put homeless people into housing where they are managed by case workers until, and if, they are ready to move out on their own. Continue reading