May 292015
The White, the Black, the Blue ... and His Dog

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…………….. This week Blue Paper reporters stumbled across a very secretive drug interdiction operation in the Florida Keys. And what we discovered is a trove of information that brings us closer to understanding the issue of racial profiling in the Keys. The operation was called, “Blue Lightening Strike Force.” It took place on March 19, 2015 on US 1 just outside of Key West.   DID YOU LIKE THIS STORY?  SUPPORT THE BLUE PAPER Help us continue to bring you local investigative journalism… [continue reading…]

May 292015
Photo Documentary: Key West Marches Against Monsanto

by Terri Brentnall………………. Terri Brentnall came to Key West from Germany with her husband George in mid-2004 and opened her freelance photography business. Over the intervening years, she refined her unique perspective of island life and developed her photojournalism skills. Terri, who is a member of Professional Photographers of America, has been the recipient of the Best of Key West – Photographers Award for 2014 and 2015. She can occasionally be found with her magic Canon out and about in Key West, documenting island life.

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May 292015
Fear and Loathing

by Alex Symington…………… Last week in Key West the Newspaper [The Blue Paper], I wrote about the quiet coup of corporate co-option of our government and listed the glaring evidence to that truth. Towards the conclusion of the essay I had used the word “revolt” in, what I thought, was contextually appropriate. I submitted the piece and after the editors read it they cautioned me on the word “revolt” and sent me a link to The Cornell University Law School web site “Legal Information Institute” [continue reading…]

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May 292015
On Writing

by Kirby Congdon….. As in prose, the subjects for poetry are almost limitless. Oddly enough, however, there seem to be inhibitions about writing poems on personal relatives or in any area that is so familiar–like politics or business–that it has lost any aura of mystery. Actually the subjects in a poem we write are not chosen. We may be attracted to write down an idea or even just a phrase but it is unlikely that we will know all that much about it beforehand. A [continue reading…]

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May 292015

by Ronald Sands……………….. For decades I have existed in the realm of darkness; a place of deceit, the precise location of iniquity. And I was totally resigned to die there, with a crack pipe in my mouth, a drink in my hand and the facial orifice of someone vehemently bobbing on my lap. On the twenty ninth day of June 2014, I for reasons at that time unknown to me, left my family’s estate in Key West and voyaged in what, looking back to that [continue reading…]

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May 292015
Madok Declares Candidacy for Clerk of Court

Kevin Madok announced today that he has filed as a candidate for the office occupied by Amy Heavilin. “I’m running to restore competence and accountability to the Clerk’s Office,” explained Madok. “It was a model agency before Heavilin took over in 2012.” Currently, Madok serves Monroe County as Senior Director of Strategic Planning. Prior to Heavilin’s arrival, Madok worked for eight years in the Clerk’s Office under long-time Clerk of Court Danny Kolhage. “During my years in the Clerk’s office, Danny Kolhage led a professional, [continue reading…]

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May 292015

Dear Editors: DID GAYS ELIMINATE MORAL AUTHORITY IN IRELAND? THE WEST? It’s hard to believe that an estimated 10-percent minority could overthrow the absolute moral authority of a major world religion. Yes, the indomitable spirit of gay Hibernians has undercut the Roman Catholic Church’s 1,600 year long, moral stranglehold on western civilization. How could this happen? How could a despised minority garner the support of a majority that was taught to fear and denigrate it as human condition? On Friday, May 22, 2015, Ireland held [continue reading…]

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May 292015
Open Container Law Targets the Homeless

Dear Editor: The newspaper has blamed the Police for targeting the homeless. The fault lies not with the police, but with the City Commission. Our open container law, Ordinance 18-87 is designed to target the homeless. In order to violate the statute, you must be drunk while drinking in public. Then, on the first offense, the police can only give a warning. When the Police encounter a drunk tourist drinking, they are required to take away the open container and issue a warning. The tourist [continue reading…]

 May 29, 2015  Posted by at 2:50 am Issue #116, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
May 292015
Writers Contest and Award to Honor Late Author Jeremiah Healy

The inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award – “The Jerry” – will be presented at the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, August 14-16 in Key West, Florida. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Writers Key West Fest registration, hotel accommodations for two nights, and a captivating bobble-headed Jerry trophy. Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, the award salutes the author’s legacy as a beloved and influential mentor credited with helping and advising many aspiring writers. Candidates wishing [continue reading…]

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May 292015
Call Out to Artists for Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle

Calling musicians, actors, painters, card-readers, filmmakers, poets, dancers, storytellers, jugglers, fire-breathers, clowns and fairies, nymphs and satyrs to take the stage and celebrate the arts in our community, Saturday, June 20, at the 9th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle at its historic and enchanting new venue, Fort East Martello Museum in Key West. Co-produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios and the Key West Art & Historical Society to benefit KWAHS children’s educational programs, Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle celebrates the creative Keys community, and [continue reading…]

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May 292015
Rotary Bike Ride Today May 29

  The Rotary Club of Key West would appreciate your presence at Bayview Park on May 29th from 5:30pm to 9pm as we kick off our First Annual Unity In The Community Bike Ride. Sign up for a leisurely ride through Old Town followed by a movie on the Bayview Lawn featuring RIO 2, or just hang out in the Park and enjoy a variety of food and beverages available at our vendor booths until the movie starts. Prizes will be raffled off in addition [continue reading…]

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May 292015
Key West Art & Historical Society Receives Donation

Key West Art & Historical Society continues its momentum of educational growth with generous support from The Helmerich Trust. Current initiatives will grow and new initiatives are being developed to directly benefit the youngest minds of our community. “Our chief objective is to engage the community and take the museums to the people,” says Executive Director Michael Gieda. “With the support of The Helmerich Trust, we are now better positioned to deliver local history, art and the region’s cultural heritage to the next generation.” The [continue reading…]

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May 292015
Key West Sunrise Rotary Donates to Nepal Earthquake Relief

Key West Sunrise Rotary earmarked a $10,000 donation to Rotary International to support recovery efforts in Nepal. Rotary District 6990 Assistant Governor Jim Smith accepted the club’s donation from President Ron Demes. Rotary International, through its partner Shelterbox, is delivering emergency shelter and other lifesaving equipment to the earthquake-ravaged country, and is mobilizing expertise to support intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding. There are 84 Rotary clubs in Nepal with a total membership of nearly 2,800. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch [continue reading…]

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May 292015
Key West Sunrise Rotary Supports New FKCC Scholarship Program

Key West Sunrise Rotary became the first organization to sponsor Florida Keys Community College’s new Game Changer Scholarship. The $8,250 donation will fund 11 scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. The program provides a path to a free Associate in Arts degree to financially-underserved Monroe County students. Recipients will receive federal and state grants along with local funds to cover 100 percent of tuition and fees with additional money for essential living expenses. Accepting the donation from Sunrise Rotary President Ron Demes were FKCC Trustee [continue reading…]

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May 292015

Extraordinary Individuals Undertaking 2,000 Miles on a Can-Am Spyder The Road Warrior Foundation is hosting an event that will bring 8 wounded veterans cross country on Can-Am Spyder Roadster RTs, from Valcourt, Canada to Key West, Florida from June 5 -12, 2015. The Road Warriors will be arriving into Key West with a Journey’s Completion Celebration being planned on Friday, June 12 between 4:30 and 5:00 pm at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel. Mayor Cates will be present at the welcome celebration and will [continue reading…]

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May 292015
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! They will be playing at Rum Row at The Gates Hotel Saturday [continue reading…]

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May 292015
Key West New Fire Station Grand Opening

The Key West Fire Department held its official grand opening of the gorgeous new Station #2 on Simonton Street today, cutting a ceremonial ribbon with close to 100 members of the community and dignitaries from around the state in the audience. Following the ceremony, the public toured the new facility and saw first-hand why it received a preservation award upon its completion by the Historic Florida Keys Foundation. That award goes to preservation of structures as well as to those in historic districts that maintain [continue reading…]

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May 292015
Winn-Dixie celebrates National Donut Day with Free Donut Hole

    WHO: All Winn-Dixie stores WHAT: To celebrate National Donut Day, your neighborhood Winn-Dixie is putting a sweet spin on a sugary holiday by offering customers a free powdered donut hole at their neighborhood in-store bakery (limit one per guest, per store visit, while supplies last). WHEN: Friday, June 5, during regular store hours WHERE: Your neighborhood Winn-Dixie stores WHY: To celebrate a 78-year tradition started in Chicago, Illinois, by the Salvation Army in 1938 to raise funds during the Great Depression. National Donut [continue reading…]

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