May 232015
 
Unbelievable! Crash Results In Only Minor Injuries...

Just in from Alyson Crean, spokesperson for City of Key West, KWPD: The intersection of Flagler Avenue and South Roosevelt Blvd was closed for two hours around 1 a.m. Saturday after a high speed collision. A white Kia was traveling south on South Roosevelt Blvd and ran a red light. The car was estimated to be traveling between 85 and 100 mph. A red mustang traveling east made the legal turn onto South Roosevelt and was struck by the speeding car. The impact pushed the [continue reading…]

 May 23, 2015  Posted by at 10:30 am ** BREAKING NEWS **, Issue #115 3 Responses »
May 222015
 
EVERY LITTLE SECRET... How Did FKAA Really Go About Hiring Randy Acevedo?

by Colby Fisher……. Guest Columnist Colby Fisher dives deep into official records and comes out with a fist full of cronyism. Here’s the real story behind FKAA’s hiring of convicted felon Randy Acevedo… The official story that Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) told the public and press was they hired Randy Acevedo because he was the person who was “best suited” for their Computer Technician job and that FKAA “didn’t see we could turn him away.” The truth, however, is anything but that. He was [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:39 am * Featured Story *, Issue #115 15 Responses »
May 222015
 
"THE DRAGON UNDER THE LANDFILL": Sanctuary Experts Say Don’t Use Shallow Wells at Cudjoe Regional

BREAKING NEWS…. The South Florida Conservation Director of The Nature Conservancy and two eminent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary scientists called on the BOCC to delay using the shallow wells at the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater plant. Describing the current system of septic tanks as the devil we know, The Nature Conservancy’s Chris Bergh told the Board of County Commissioners at its meeting on May 20, 2015, “The devil we know is better than the devil that we don’t know…based on these studies the AWT [effluent] [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am * Featured Story *, ** BREAKING NEWS **, Issue #115 5 Responses »
May 222015
 
March Against Monsanto Without Leaving Your House

By Michael Welber… A large number of people all over the country will take to the streets on Saturday to express their displeasure about what the mega-corporation Monsanto is doing to farms, consumers, and, quite literally, the world. Whether Monsanto gives a rat’s rectum about these marches is open to question but they certainly didn’t change their rapacious and damaging ways after last year’s march. If you want to take action but don’t think that walking around in the hot sun, carrying a sign, will [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #115, Michael Welber 3 Responses »
May 222015
 
A TRIBUTE TO A MASTERPIECE

by Ray Jason………. In a world poisoned with sensationalism and hype, this little masterpiece entered my life quietly and without fanfare. I did not know of it, so I did not seek it. But it found me – and at a dark time when I needed solace. It renewed my wounded belief in the transformative power of art. It reminded me that a thinker/writer can touch people deeply and awaken and comfort them. It is called THE GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES and it is a [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #115 No Responses »
May 222015
 
Kirby Congdon On Poetry: The Death of The Mite

by Kirby Congdon [Key West Poet Laureate Emeritus]………. There’s a song bird in midtown which I’ve noticed a few times up there on an electric wire. It is so ecstatic it flies straight up about a yard and lands back on the same spot again hardly interrupting its extemporaneous bursts of song. How can I indulge my anxieties and frustrations when this creature has so little and does so much with nothing? He doesn’t realize how brief his life is. He doesn’t believe he is going [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #115, Kirby Congdon, Literature 1 Response »
May 222015
 
Dinner Party

By Alex Symington…. I went to a dinner party at an old friend’s house this week held in honor of some other old friends that had left Key West ten years ago and returned for a visit. I would describe those in attendance as a lively liberal minded, educated people from different countries, backgrounds, sexual orientation and racial make up… in other words a Central Casting conservative’s worst nightmare. The food was spectacular and the verbal intercourse stimulating. Naturally, talk of politics, political wishes and [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:33 am Alex Symington, Issue #115 3 Responses »
May 222015
 
Local Musician Releases Keys Inspired CD

Composer / arranger/ songwriter and Grammy member Glenn Finnan currently divides his time between the Philadelphia area and Key West, with the hopes of soon calling Key West his permanent home. Glenn first came to Key West in 2012 to play clarinet with the South Florida Symphony. He fell in love with the city at first sight, and within a year had purchased a home here, to get his foot in the door for a move. He spends about 3 or 4 months a year [continue reading…]

May 222015
 
Guest Column: Key West Photojournalist in Haiti, Part 4

by Jeane LaRance… I ended my last column talking about how I would teach documentary photography to the young people in LaVallée, so they could visually document their culture for future generations. Till then, the only information I had about Haitian culture was what other people told me, or what outsiders wrote. I couldn’t build my hopes and dreams on someone else’s words; I couldn’t teach about preserving a culture until I knew the culture myself. I wanted to learn more about the people and [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:29 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #115 5 Responses »
May 222015
 
"Just 4 Kids" Summer Camp 2015!

Just 4 Kids & Bahama Village Art Center is gearing up for it’s 2015 Summer Day Camp, beginning June 8th, 2015, through the final week of summer.  Summer Camp is going to be filled with awesome art, excursions, beach parties, and so many surprises! With various themes, Just4Kids will take your kids on a journey to the far corners of the world with our “International Passport to Color,” we’ll create an old western town during our “Cowboys & Sea Horses in an Old West Town,” [continue reading…]

May 222015
 
March Against Monsanto, Marathon, Key West, and Worldwide, Saturday

WORLDWIDE – On May 23, 2015, hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals will gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company as a part of the March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. This movement seeks to raise awareness to the dangers surrounding Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked herbicide Roundup. The campaign comes as the demand for GMO labeling and non-GMO food alternatives continues its exponential climb, with states like Vermont enacting mandatory GM labeling legislation that will [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #115, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
May 222015
 
The Public is Invited to Two Memorial Day Services

Naval Air Station Key West will join the Navy League Key West Council and American Legion Post 28 in marking the nation’s Memorial Day holiday at two ceremonies Monday morning. At 9 a.m., the Navy League will hold their annual ceremony at the Maine Memorial in the Key West City Cemetery. NAS Key West Commanding Officer Capt. Steve McAlearney will be the guest speaker and the air station Honor Guard will render a 21-gun rifle salute. At 11 a.m., American Legion Post 28 will host [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #115 No Responses »
May 222015
 
Unity in the Community Bike Ride

The Rotary Club of Key West in partnership with the Key West Parrot Heads is proud to be holding its First annual “Unity In The Community” Bike Ride Fundraiser on May 29th 2015 from 5:30pm to 9pm at Bayview Park, followed by a night at the movies on the Bayview lawn. This special “Unity” event will help raise monies for all of the charities both Clubs support locally in Key West. The ride is open to families as well as individual riders and will encompass [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:21 am Issue #115, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
May 222015
 
Public Invited to Grand Opening of Simonton St. Fire Station #2

The Key West Fire Department wants to invite the community for the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new Station #2 at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28th at 616 Simonton Street. Chief David Fraga, city and state officials will be taking this opportunity to thank everyone who made this new station a reality. Following the ceremony, the community is invited to tour the magnificent new facility and see first-hand the fruit of years of hard work.

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #115, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
May 222015
 
Confusion Over Student Final Grades

The Florida Department of Education announced Monday that the delay caused by the required validation study of the new Florida Standards Assessments end-of-course tests (FSA EOCs) in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II effectively releases districts from the requirement that these scores constitute 30 percent of the course grade for students in these classes. This announcement grants Florida school districts, including the Monroe County Schools, to locally determine how the results of these state required EOC’s will be used in calculating final grades for students. [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #115, Public Notice No Responses »
May 222015
 
Oldtown Fitness to the Rescue

When Womankind announced it was expanding and needed another exam table, the Monroe County Health Department quickly lent one to the medical center. Then Womankind executive director Kim Romano found four strong men at Old Town Fitness Gym to deliver the heavy equipment. From l-r, Todd Ranger, Chris Uihlein, Time Wiseman, and co-owners Frank Dunne and Jenessa Berger.

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #115 No Responses »
May 222015
 
City Donates $20,000 to FIRM

Key West City Manager Jim Scholl on Thursday presented the Board of Directors of FIRM (Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe) a check for $20,000 in support of FIRM’s efforts to reduce windstorm and flood insurance rates in Key West and Monroe County. The contribution was authorized by the City Commission in February, in a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Teri Johnston. Johnston and Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers were founding members of the grass roots organization that has given Monroe County property owners a strong voice [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #115, Public Notice No Responses »
May 222015
 
Generations of Bethels Honored

Key West Mayor pro tem Mark Rossi, along with the entire City Commission, honored former Commissioner Harry Bethel for his dedication to public service, and honoring the fact that his great grandfather and great great grandfather also served the City of Key West. Commissioner Bethel served on the commission from 1991 to 2007, and 13 of those years were served as vice mayor. He was elected to the Career Service Council in 1971 and served three terms through 1976. Mr. Bethel was appointed by Mayor [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #115, Public Notice No Responses »
May 222015
 
Maritime Day Proclaimed!

In recognition of the vital role that our merchants and seamen play in Key West’s history, culture and economy, Mayor Craig Cates proclaimed May 22nd Maritime Day during this week’s City Commission meeting. In times of war and peace, the American Merchant Marine has been dedicated to the orderly flow of goods and materials to and from the shores of our nation. May 22nd marks the anniversary of the day the S.S. Savannah sailed from U.S. shores in 1819 to Liverpool on the first successful [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #115, Public Notice No Responses »
May 222015
 
Call For Vendors, Mel Fisher Day Street Festival and Concert

Call for Vendors: Mel Fisher Days’ Street Festival and Free Concert on Duval Florida Keys, Key West– This year’s Mel Fisher Days Rockin’ Block Party and street festival will take place Saturday, July 11, on the 200 and 300 blocks of Duval Street in Key West. Event organizers are calling for retail Vendors for this event. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Mel Fisher’s famous discovery of Atocha’s Mother Lode in 1985. 80s rocker and founding member of Night Ranger, Jeff Watson, will headline the free [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:09 am Issue #115, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »