Feb 192015
The FBI Will Record Charles Eimers’ Killing as “Justifiable” Because….

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D.* Tulane University Emerita…………. In just the first six weeks of 2015 US law enforcement has killed on average one civilian every eight hours, resulting in at least three deaths every day. These figures do not come from a US government data base because there is none, nor has there ever been one on these deaths. Vigilant citizen groups (killedbypolice.net) obtain statistics on law enforcement killings by tabulating national news and newspaper reports. Ironically, this is exactly how non-governmental organizations in [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:30 pm * Featured Story *, Issue #102 14 Responses »
Feb 192015
“It Ain’t Never Going To Happen”  / The Auditor General’s Annual Report and the School District’s Response

by Dr. Larry Murray… The annual Auditor General’s audit of the School District is now available for review on the District’s website. Specifically, it is attached to the agenda for the School Board’s workshop held on February 10, 2015. I urge everyone to read it. It is not particularly long, but it is very informative. For the last month or more, Board Chairman John Dick and Superintendent Mark Porter have been bragging about the “clean” audit. Until very recently, the community had little choice but to believe them [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:29 pm Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #102 No Responses »
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 linked to several burglaries – including at least one burglary of an occupied structure – over the past several weeks. Many of the items were stolen from open boats. One [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:28 pm Issue #102, News No Responses »
Feb 192015
Good Morning Florida Keys With Jenna Stauffer Featuring Diana Nyad

25 million people worldwide rooted for Diana on September 2nd, 2013 as she approached the Florida shore, at long last achieving her 35-year-old dream of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. Diana is not one to quit. On her fifth attempt, speaking the words “Never Ever Give Up” to the wildly cheering crowd on a Key West beach on September 2, 2013, Diana may have been dazed and physically spent, but she showed the world what persistence and belief can manifest. [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:27 pm Issue #102, Water World 1 Response »
Feb 192015
Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

by John Gish… A cultural bomb is going off daily at the Regal Cinema here. The just released “Fifty Shades of Grey” will forever change the sexual mores of America.  It’s a provocative, erotic drama of a hot, young couple embarking on what is known as a consensual, dominant-submissive sexual relationship, which is nothing new to hip metrosexuals, who survived the 60’s and the AIDS pandemic. I would not recommend it to be viewed by teen-agers. The stars were thankfully unknown to me, lending an [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:26 pm Island Voices, Issue #102, John Gish, Theater 3 Responses »
Feb 192015
FOX Skews

by Alex Symington… Now wait just a minute! Let me get this straight… Brian Williams gets suspended from NBC for six months, without pay for telling tall tales about his exploits of daring while covering military actions that he never actually took part in? Really?! Why is Brian Williams being targeted? A little ego inflating canard and he is the devil incarnate, yet our friends at FOX lie on an hourly basis and have the audacity to call themselves “fair and balanced”! Why no hue [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:25 pm Alex Symington, Issue #102 31 Responses »
Feb 192015
Featured Artist:  Sarah Wolcott

Sarah Wolcott was born in Key West in 1997. She is a senior at Key West High School. Sarah enjoys making pieces that seem real but could never happen and specializes in landscape photography. She is inspired by images that demonstrate the same surrealistic effect as her own work. Her artwork is influenced by Tumblr and advice from other students. This year in art class Sarah learned how to manipulate photos using Photoshop. Her favorite thing about art class is the freedom she is given [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:24 pm Featured Artist, Issue #102 No Responses »
Feb 192015
Varela Announces Candidacy for City Commission

Long-time resident Fredy Varela, Sr. is proud to announce that he is officially entering the race for the Key West City Commission District 4 seat. Varela is a local family man, former restaurant owner and retired food sales representative, who has served his community in different capacities throughout his life. “Through my years of involvement, I’ve gained a lot of insight into city issues and have the organizational skills to unite our city to move forward. I feel that these skills qualify me, but the [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:23 pm Issue #102, Public Notice No Responses »
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 historic auditorium murals were preserved. Now it’s time to begin work on building our new City Hall!

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:22 pm Issue #102 No Responses »
Feb 192015
An Immodest Proposal

  by Michael Alan… What do you think of when you think of Key West? Watching the sunset with a Margarita in hand, relaxing on the beach, fishing, snorkeling, dining, and shopping would be at the top of many people’s lists. Some of us enjoy watching the Conch Train go by, counting the cruise ships, and dodging scooters and runaway bicycles. We also test our imaginations by wondering what goes on inside the t-shirt shops and jewelry stores that line Duval Street. The list goes [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:21 pm Island Voices, Issue #102, Michael Alan 3 Responses »
Feb 192015
Herman and Rod

by Ronnie Sands… One morning while pulling weeds at the base of Garrison Bight Bridge, I observed two joggers running in opposite directions. One remarked to the other, “Two ships passing.” Immediately I was transported back to the South Bronx many years ago. . . . My cousin Herman was at my housing project apartment for a sleep-over. Except neither he or I could sleep, for in a few days we were to leave for Paris Island, South Carolina, and Marine Corps boot camp. We [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:20 pm Island Voices, Issue #102 3 Responses »
Feb 192015
KEPart Gallery Debuts to Showcase Works of Kevin E. Peterson

KEPart Studio/Gallery will open to the public with a debut celebration Friday, February 27, 6-9 p.m., at 534 Fleming Street (the old Eye Eye Eye location). KEPart was conceived to showcase the vibrant and richly toned works of Key West master watercolorist Kevin E. Peterson – a painter whose works have been described as “dancing with movement.” And dance they do. Whether a breathtaking male figure, a classic Key West rooster, or a snowy white egret, his creations appear to shimmer with the effect of [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:18 pm ~ Artists ~, Issue #102, Special Event, Special Events No Responses »
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 Mud Pi was founded by Jay Gogin to support and expand the ceramics department at FKCC College. It is the oldest and most active FKCC student activities club. It is a group [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:17 pm ~ Artists ~, Issue #102 No Responses »
Feb 192015
Barracuda Disappearing from Keys

Three upcoming workshops to discuss the diminishing number of barracuda in the Florida Keys provide the public opportunity to share with FWC staff anecdotal information about their numbers, fisheries and habitat. Lower Keys Guides Association’s campaign to Save the Barracuda has helped bring this concern to the attention of the FWC. Help is now needed to convince FWC of the importance of this species to our fisheries and to recreational fishermen. The workshops are open to the public. February 25, 2015 from 6-8 p.m City of Key Colony [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:16 pm Issue #102, Public Notice, Special Event, Water World No Responses »
Feb 192015
Learn How to “Paint the Night” with Stephen LaPierre

Key West plein air oil painter, Stephen LaPierre, will offer artists and art lovers a “paint the night” workshop:  Tuesday, February 24th and Wednesday, February 25th from 7-9:00 PM. The free two-session workshop  includes basic instruction on how to prepare, plan and create your piece using only artificial light.  Attendees are asked to bring their own materials, along with an easel or a chair. The group will meet at the Keys Energy Office parking lot at Eaton and Grinnell Streets. LaPierre , a five-year Key West resident and [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:15 pm ~ Artists ~, Issue #102, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 192015
State Attorney Catherine Vogel Names Val Winter 'Prosecutor of the Year'

On behalf of the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office, State Attorney Catherine Vogel presented Val Winter with the designation of “Prosecutor of the Year 2014” for his outstanding efforts supervising misdemeanors and tireless devotion to the prosecution of major crime cases. Val is an Assistant State Attorney at the State Attorney’s Office in Key West. “Val is most deserving of this honor,” said State Attorney Catherine Vogel.

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:14 pm Issue #102, News 1 Response »
Feb 192015
Library Friends Lecture at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

  Musician Larry Smith is next presenter in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, February 23, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.   Smith will talk about his career as a pianist/composer and will play all styles of music that have influenced his composing, from jazz to classical. Pianist at age 4 and professional clarinetist in his dad’s band at age 12, Smith worked the New York music [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:13 pm Issue #102, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 192015
Tickets Now On Sale for John McEuen Performances on Feb 27 and 28

A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (now in their 44th year) John McEuen has continually performed since 1964 – 8,500 concerts and 300 television shows throughout more than 3 million miles – both with the band and as a solo performer. Presented by The Studios of Key West, audiences can catch John McEuen live in concert February 27 and 28 at 8pm the Historic Armory, 600 White Street. Beyond performing, McEuen has a rich history of creating, producing and preserving original and [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:12 pm Issue #102, Music, Special Events No Responses »
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 with jam-infused Southern Rock by Knoxville’s Homemade Wine Band, a photo booth and membership “star chart,” tickets to raffle packages, discounted membership fees and great food and drinks. Attendees will [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:11 pm Issue #102 No Responses »
Feb 192015
Singing Liberally- Vicki Roush

Key West’s favorite Diva by the Sea and Diva of the Vineyards, Vicki Roush brings her new boisterous one-woman show, Vicki Roush – Singing Liberally!, to the Tennessee Williams Cabaret with a liberal dose of Broadway show-stoppers, torch, standards, pop, and her own brand of sometimes risqué comedy. Monday and Tuesday, February 23 and 24, at 8:00 o’clock p.m., Roush entertains with the help of guest-star Gerri Louise, guaranteed to bring down the house with her own brand of rip-roaring hilarity. Musical director and accompanist [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:10 pm Issue #102, Music, Special Event 1 Response »
Feb 192015
Love Lane Gang!  They're Just Plain Fun!!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. 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. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem! The emphasis is on ragtime, swing, and jug band music from the [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:09 pm Issue #102, Music No Responses »
Feb 192015
Where Did Your Last Fish Come From?

Did you know that roughly 90% of the seafood consumed by Americans comes from overseas and more than half of that is farmed and processed in facilities with consistently low or no environmental or health regulations? Enter Dock to Dish, Florida’s first Community Supported Fishery, opening here in Key West! Dock to Dish introduces a fundamental change in the seafood marketplace, creating triple-bottom line benefits for local fishermen, our community and especially for our environment. Twenty-one fishermen, of a new generation, have signed up to [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:08 pm Issue #102, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 192015
Cemetery Stroll Honoring Black History Month, Feb 21st

A Cemetery Stroll honoring Black History Month is planned for Saturday, February 21st. During the stroll, three groups of visitors will be escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. Gravesites to be visited include: George Adderley; Willie Ward; Roosevelt Sands, Sr.; Thomas Romer; Sandy Cornish; and the U.S. Battleship Maine Memorial. The three groups will depart from inside the Frances St. gate every 20 minutes beginning at 9:30 am. The strolls will last approximately 90 minutes. This [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:07 pm Issue #102, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 192015
American Legion Riders Celebrate New Charter

Historic Sonny Andrews Bicentennial American Legion Post 333 (Key Largo) Commander Rocco LaPace invites all Key’s residents and guests (Veterans or not) for an afternoon of celebration, food and fun Saturday February 21st from 12-3pm. American Legion Riders (ALR) of Florida State Commander will present the charter for the newly formed local ALR group. Join this spirited and adventurous group who are dedicated to overcoming challenges and promoting the goals and ideals of the American Legion – service to Veterans in the family, community and [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:06 pm Issue #102, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 192015
City of Key West To Survey Residents

The City of Key West is turning to you – our residents – to shape the future of our community. In the next several weeks, a random sampling of 1200 households will be receiving, in the mail, the 2015 Key West Citizen Survey. The 5-page questionnaire is designed to measure our community’s livability based on several aspects including the economy, recreation, safety and mobility. The 2015 Key West Citizen Survey is a way for the City to track its success in serving the community and [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:05 pm Issue #102, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 192015

Poets are invited to participate in a contest being offered by the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit as part of its March celebration of the author’s birthday. The challenge is to submit a 30 line or less poem about the relationship between Tennessee Williams and his sister and muse Rose or that of Tom and Laura in the play and film “The Glass Menagerie.” A completed registration form, a $20 entry fee, and the poem must be mailed to Tennessee Williams Exhibit, 513 Truman Ave. [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:04 pm ~ Artists ~, Issue #102, Special Events No Responses »
Feb 192015
Heart Health Initiative for Local Women

Zonta Club of Key West Sponsors:  Heart Health Initiative for Local Women Launched in 2012, the Zonta Club of Key West is again sponsoring its annual Heart Health Initiative to bring attention to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. One in three women die of heart disease or stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Because prevention and early detection are paramount, Zonta has again partnered with Womankind to provide free comprehensive heart health screenings [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:03 pm Issue #102, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 192015
The Body Concierge: Health Coaching

The Body Concierge A transformative, radiant, personal health promotion service  My Body Concierge Club: New group health coaching program brings members face to face with Key West best wellness practitioners Starting March 2nd The Body Concierge brings My Body Concierge Club to Key West. A group health coaching program, My Body Concierge Club hosts meetings at approved businesses around town, bringing clients face to face with alternative foods, exercise and local natural health practitioners.  By spending time in the very places that perpetuate health, members [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:02 pm Issue #102, Public Notice No Responses »