Apr 102015
Letter to the Editor: On the AFC

Editor:        Recent nominations to the School District’s Audit and Finance Committee, along with public comments from the Board members accompanying the nominations demonstrate two things:  To serve on the AFC, one must be a retiree along with a willingness to swear that they have no interest in ever running for the School Board. Larry Murray

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #108, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Apr 032015
Racial Profiling in Paradise

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…. What Traffic Tickets and “Disorderly Conduct” Reveal… What would you think if you were stopped by Key West police, on average, three times a year over 5 years—5 times in 2011 alone? To your credit, you had no stops for DWI. Your traffic infractions were for such things as not wearing your seat belt—a violation discovered after you’d been stopped for loud music; how about ‘failure to stop’ and ‘to yield,’ ‘driving at an ‘unlawful speed,’ and going the wrong [continue reading…]

Apr 032015
Dog Lady is Free! Ocean Key Investigated...

by JD Adler… In February Ocean Key Hotel, subsidiary of the Nobel House corporation, held a for-profit concert on Sunset Pier during which the band, the Revivalists, invited local citizen Kelsey Haas and her dog Mali onto the stage to dance with them. Police, at the request of hotel management, removed and arrested Ms. Haas for being in the “VIP section” without, allegedly, having paid a $150 entrance fee. As reported exclusively in The Blue Paper, Sunset Pier is on submerged public land leased from [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 3:55 am * Featured Story *, Issue #108, JD Adler, Uncategorized 14 Responses »
Apr 032015
Wal-Mart Announces Plans for 2017

by JD Adler… At the monthly luncheon of the Key West Business Guild, member Owen Trepanier of Trepanier & Associates introduced representatives from Walmart with whom they are collaborating on a plan to be the anchor tenant at the shopping center being developed for Rockland Key. Michelle Belaire, a senior manager of public affairs and government relations for Walmart, spoke to the membership for roughly 10 minutes and took questions afterward. “Walmart has operated in the state of Florida for 33 years. We’ve probably been [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 3:50 am Issue #108, JD Adler 3 Responses »
Apr 032015
Letter To the Editor: Bad Manners

If the subject of global warming/climate change and the reactions it elicits are any indication of the subject’s incendiary nature, I guess we can add that to the things to never discuss at a dinner party; Politics, Religion and Climate Change. Actually there is very little that remains to discuss that hasn’t been painted with the left/right political brush now that weather has been politicized to the point of paralysis. What used to be considered harmless conversation is now a minefield of highly charged emotional [continue reading…]

Apr 032015
Tunatoons - Bad Kitty

by Richard (Tuna) Rohe…   Our dear friend Kate died of cancer due to harmful chemicals in the kitty litter, it’s about all the chemicals that will cause Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Cancer and (crap poop) toxoplasmosis Gondi. Watch out for all the kitty litter and nasty Cats! For more about the toxicity of Kitty Litter click here…

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 3:35 am Cartoon, Issue #108 No Responses »
Apr 032015
Poetry Guild features Professor Elliott April 5

Established poet and Professor Elizabeth Elliott, a snowbird from Tavernier who makes meetings occasionally for a sleepover in the city, will be Key West Poetry Guild’s featured poet on Sunday, April 5 at 7 p.m. upstairs at Blue Heaven, Petronia at Thomas streets in Old Town. J.M. Varela will moderate. The meeting will, as is the tradition, include at least one “lightening round” in which attending poets are invited to read one original poem. “Until she was in her twenties,” the featured poet reports, she [continue reading…]

Apr 032015
Free Film Warns Fracking Could Come to Everglades, April 8

Health and Environmental Organizations Bring Anti- Fracking Film Tour To Florida Fracking could come to the Everglades Key West, FL— Local community groups will host a screening of Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water, a film about fracking—one of the most controversial methods of drilling for oil and gas. Craig Stephens, one of the film’s subjects who has seen the devastation that fracking can cause firsthand, will speak to viewers and answer questions about fracking. The groups will present the film, which is free [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 3:25 am Issue #108, Public Notice, Theater 1 Response »
Apr 032015
ACLU, Florida Keys Chapter, to host Annual Town Hall Meeting

 The forum presented by the local Florida Keys Chapter of the ACLU will be: “Policing Issues in Paradise”, with a panel discussion by noted author Barbara Ehrenreich, Key West Police Chief Donnie Lee, Public Defender Patricia Docherty Gibson, Citizen Review Board member Larry Beaver, and City Commissioner Clayton Lopez. Highlighted will be treatment of minorities and the disadvantaged and the Bill of Rights. The Constitution is our nation’s framework to ensure the rights of all our citizens. Recent police and community actions have highlighted the [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 3:20 am Issue #108, Public Notice, Special Event 1 Response »
Apr 032015
22 Monroe County Students to meet with Nobel Peace Laureate

Historic Tours of America is the lead corporate sponsor for Keys to Be the Change and their PeaceJam trip which will be on April 10 – 13. Twenty-two students from Monroe County will be traveling to Florida State University to attend the annual Leadership Conference. Students will meet and work with a Nobel Peace Laureate  during the weekend conference. Historic Tours of America donated funds to help with scholarships that provide this opportunity to youth who otherwise would not be able to afford this trip. [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 3:15 am Issue #108, Public Notice, Special Event 2 Responses »
Apr 032015
Adopt a Manatee for Mother's Day

The best kind of gift on Mother’s Day is one that comes straight from the heart.  A manatee adoption from Save the Manatee Club is a thoughtful surprise that any mom would be pleased to receive on her special day.  It makes a great gift and it also provides vital help for endangered manatees. A tax-deductible gift adoption from the Club costs $25 and includes an adoption certificate, full-color photo, and biography of a real, living manatee with their own unique story.  Select a manatee [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 3:10 am Issue #108, Public Notice, Special Event, Water World No Responses »
Apr 032015
Florida House Committee Passes Bill Discriminating Against LGBT Adoption

Equality Florida today strongly condemned the Florida House Judiciary Committee for passing an adoption bill that allows discrimination against prospective LGBT parents, and places children seeking a permanent home at continued risk. “This is Indiana-style legalized discrimination plain and simple,” said Carlos Guillermo Smith. “But it’s even worse, because this promotes state-sanctioned and taxpayer-funded discrimination. The legislators who voted for this bill know it’s as indefensible as it is unnecessary. That’s why they blocked an amendment that would have required businesses to state publicly, ‘we [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 3:05 am Issue #108, Public Notice No Responses »
Apr 032015
Two Solo Exhibitions at The Studios of Key West for April

Future Ancient by Adam Russell and Gestures of Power by Jodell Roberts On View April 2-April 30 Reception Thursday, April 2, 6-8pm An orange and purple pelican flings his head back to devour a tiny setting sun; the motion — splendid, mythical, and rendered beautifully in clay by artist Adam Russell — articulates the mood of early evening on the island. It’s that moment people gather in Key West to witness the shift between day and night, when the birds disappear, and the stars spread like [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 2:55 am Art, Issue #108, Special Events No Responses »
Apr 032015
Key West Artisan Market “Ocean Awareness” Edition This Sunday

The Key West Artisan Market: Ocean Awareness Edition will be held Sunday, April 5th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot, 1111 Eaton St. The Market follows the 6th Annual Mote Marine Laboratory Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show on Saturday, April 4th at the Eco-Discovery Center and strives to continue to promote the important message of ocean awareness through positive marine stewardship. Local artisans at the Market include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Konk Life Local Author’s Nook, a live variety show, beer, wine and [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 2:45 am Issue #108, Public Notice, Special Event, Uncategorized No Responses »
Apr 032015
Love Lane Gang CD Release Parties: 7 Dog Gone Songs

The Love Lang Gang’s first CD, Seven Doggone Songs, is finally available, and the popular locals band will be in rare form all week long with their off-beat instrumentation, gang vocals, and more, as tourists and locals snatch up their copies of the long-awaited album. Gang regulars and irregulars will be whooping it up, dancing and singing along,, as the band performs songs from the CD,  including  “Sadie Green, The Vamp From New Orleans,” River Stay Away From My Door,” and “The Man With The Jive.” Don’t miss the happy [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 2:40 am Issue #108, Music, Special Events No Responses »
Apr 032015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts, Weekly Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, APRIL 2 thru WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS THURSDAY The Connections Project III: Mosaic Opening Reception, 5:30 PM Royal Furniture, Searstown Shopping Center, 3326 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 295-4369. keysarts.com Jodell Roberts, Gestures of Power Opening Reception, 6 PM The Studios of Key West. 296-0458. tskw.org Show thru April 30. FRIDAY David Scott Meier Trunk Show, 6 PM Frangipani Gallery. 305-296-0440. frangipanigallery.com Upper Duval Art Stroll, 6 PM Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 2:35 am Art, Issue #108, Music, Special Events, Theater No Responses »