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Feb 272015
 
An Open Letter to Kathy Reitzel

Kathy: Congratulations! I understand that Thursday, February 26, 2015 will be the 5th anniversary of your suit against the Monroe County School District for wrongful termination. For many, it is a timely reminder of what you did and the importance thereof. For others, it is an opportunity to inform the new and uninitiated about the […]

Feb 272015
 
Southernmost Magnolia!

Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass,and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to […]

Feb 192015
 
Anonymous Tip Leads Police To Stash of Stolen Goods on Wisteria Island

Key West Police were back and forth all day Tuesday to Wisteria Island, retrieving tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods. With the help of an anonymous tip, Key West Police Detectives recovered stolen fishing gear, electronics, sails, coolers, grills, dive gear and more from the offshore island. The recovered property has been […]

Feb 192015
 
City  Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony

Mayor Craig Cates wants to invite the community to a groundbreaking ceremony at noon on Tuesday, February 24th at the new City Hall at the historic Glynn Archer School, 1302 White Street. The historic Glynn Archer School was transferred to the City in 2013. Over the past few months, the interior was removed while the […]

Feb 192015
 
A Special Tribute to the Memory of Jay and Robin Gogin

MUD PI DINNER Key West Light House 938 Whitehead Street FEBRUARY 28, 2015 6 to 10 PM Pig Roast, Rice and Beans and many vegetarian sides Includes your choice of a beautiful take home Mud Pi ceramic bowl Live music with the Marty Stonely Band Piper road spring band DJ: Spyder Wright Dancing by Janis Stevens […]

Feb 192015
 
SAVE THE DATE: Key West Art & Historical Society Hosts Membership Drive and Celebration, March 8th

Sunday, March 8 marks the annual Key West Art & Historical Society’s membership drive & member celebration from 5:30- 7:30 pm. at the Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters—one of three historic sites The Society is steward to. The “Howl at the Moon & Stars” party at the Lighthouse shines light on its current and incoming members […]

Feb 192015
 
Program Focuses On Keys Women In Transition

Lower Keys Professionals Roxanne Fleszar and Dolly Garlo Present Their “Women Money and Power” Workshop For Women Ready To Strengthen Their Financial Mastery And Personal Satisfaction In A New Phase Of Life. Registration has opened for the program entitled “Women Money and Power: Design & Finance A Life You Love” to be held Saturday, March […]

Feb 132015
 
Stop Wastewater Injection Before It's Too Late

We cannot risk the final deathblow to our fragile coastal reef system and fishery with the decision to inject inadequately treated sewage waste into the highly fractured regional karst aquifer system below us. The Florida barrier Reef is the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world expanding 4 miles wide and 170 miles […]

Feb 132015
 
Public is Invited for Coffee and Peek into “After Life” this Tuesday at the Key West Public Library

The Key West Public Library, 700 Fleming Street, welcomes Carol Tedesco, Roberta DePiero and Jane Newhagen, authors of “After Life – Images from the Key West Cemetery,” 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 17, for their Café con Libros program. Enjoy coffee and social time leading up to an author discussion at 10 a.m. Betty Darst will […]

Feb 132015
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Highlights “Collections Management” in Next Curator Series Session

Key West Art & Historical Society offers the second of their monthly Curator Series on Wednesday, February 18 from 12:30-1:30 pm at the Custom House Museum on 281 Front Street. The session, led by The Society’s curator Cori Convertito, will focus on “Collections Management,” which will delve into “the complex nature of having a permanent […]

Jan 302015
 
City's Insurers Agree To Pay Charles Eimers' Family $900,000 to Settle Excessive Force Case

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… Eight attorneys, eight police officers, the City Manager, the Chief of Police, and Joshua Eimers met yesterday in a conference room at City Hall to try to settle the civil rights lawsuit regarding the death of Charles Eimers. Eimers, 61, was the father of four who died a year ago […]

Jan 302015
 
GUEST EDITORIAL: MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION IS A BETTER OPTION

by Catherine Vogel, State Attorney… The legalization of medical marijuana in Florida seems inevitable. Last year the ballot initiative to amend the Florida Constitution to allow medical marijuana failed by a slim margin. Any amendment to the Florida Constitution requires passage by 60%. The initiative garnered 57.6% of the vote. Here in Monroe County, the […]

Jan 302015
 
JANET’s BOOB

by Jerome Grapel….. (With the trauma of Super Bowl weekend now upon us, I dug back in the ar-chives and found this essay pertaining to the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction”, which relegated the game itself to the smaller type of after thought in its aftermath.) I feel somewhat ambivalent about the now historical halftime […]

Jan 232015
 
F.E.B. Corporation Argues Against Offshore Island Moratorium / BOCC Remains Steadfast

Attorney Barton Smith, clarified his relationship with Roger Bernstien’s F.E.B. Corporation on Wednesday.  On behalf of the would-be developer of Wisteria Island, Smith attempted to convince the Board of County Commissioners to change their minds about establishing a moratorium on new offshore island development. The Commission, in a unanimous decision, moved forward with steps to enact […]

Jan 232015
 
Grinder Pumps Opposition Gets Hearing

by Rick Boettger The organization Dump the Pumps finally got a court hearing in its suit to halt the installation of grinder pumps up the Keys. Judge Wayne Miller heard arguments from Dump the Pumps on one side and the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, in charge of installing the pumps, and the Department of Environmental […]

Jan 232015
 
Action Jammie

by Ronnnie Sands They stole my Action Jammie (my state-of-the-art yellow Diamondback mountain bike) from my porch during the night. I had christened it Action Jammie on the day I purchased it two years ago from Island Bicycles. I wept openly in my wife’s Cheryl’s arms. She began to cry also when I told her […]

Jan 232015
 
ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET RETURNS TO KEY WEST

“We loved playing for you all last year. It was a very special event.” Fred Lifsitz, violin player with the San Francisco-based Alexander String Quartet, is describing the ensemble’s Impromptu Classical Concert experience during their February, 2014 appearance at Key West’s San Carlos Institute. Good news for Keys audiences: the Quartet is returning in 2015 […]

Jan 232015
 
The Greens Tonight & All Week long!!! Civil War Jazz and Blue Grass NEW GROUP in Town

Nothing green behind the ears when it comes to Key West’s newest band, The Greens. Each member brings a fresh country sound of Civil War Jazz and jam to the lower Keys. Steve LaPierre… the popular Key West street painter, burly stand-up bass player and cofounder of the Love Lane Gang, just back from Nashville […]

Jan 162015
 
Public Defender Topic of  Jan. 22 League of Women Voters Civics Lesson

In the continuing series of Civics Lessons demystifying the workings of government departments and officials, Lower Keys League of Women Voters on Thursday, Jan. 22 turns the spotlight on the Office of the Public Defender of Monroe County. Chief Assistant Public Defender Patricia Dockerty-Gibson is guest speaker at the 7 p.m. meeting at One Island […]