Jun 052015
 
Fracking? In Florida?

by Michael Welber……. Anyone who has followed this issue of hydraulic fracturing or fracking might be more than a little surprised to discover that companies want to frack right here in the Sunshine State. Most people consider it something that happens elsewhere. Like Canada. Or New York. It turns out that as recently as December 2012, Florida began receiving applications for permits to drill new wells in the Panhandle, in southwest Florida near Naples and Ft. Myers, and in the sensitive ecosystems around Big Cypress [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #117, Michael Welber 6 Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Apartment Hunting in Key West Can Be Full of Surprises...

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..   Nina and Naomi Newton go apartment hunting with mom in Old Town Key West. What they find keeps them laughing for days….    

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Island Voices, Issue #117 No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Environmental Groups Send Reps to Washington to Probe FDA About GM Mosquito Release

A representative from the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition traveled to Washington D.C. last week to meet with the FDA to convey local concerns about the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District’s plans to release genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in the Keys. The mosquitoes are being bred by British company Oxitec. Barry Wray, executive director of FKEC, was joined by Genna Reed from Food & Water Watch, Dana Perls from Friends of the Earth, and Jaydee Hanson from the Center for Food Safety. The group pressed a [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #117, News No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Hometown!'s Call for Candidates Event

“My vote is my voice…and the voice of all who struggled, so that I may have my voice.” (Lyida C. Obasi) REMEMBER: AN ELECTION IS DETERMINED BY PEOPLE WHO VOTE Key West, 15 July 2015: Hometown! ‘s “Call for Candidates” Event at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach at 5 p.m. Dear Members, Prospective Members of Hometown!, and all Candidates, Prospective Candidates and Those Merely Testing the Waters: Please join us on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, when Key West’s Hometown! will present declared and potential candidates for [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #117, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Life - The Wonder and The Sadness

by Ray Jason……. Peer into this child’s eyes at your own risk. They have haunted me for 18 months. Every few weeks I look at this poignant image and try to decipher the message that those enormous brown eyes are sending to me – and to you – and to the world. I found this photo at Google Images and used it to accompany my final essay of 2013. It is of a little gypsy girl in Romania who has just received a Christmas present [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Island Voices, Issue #117 1 Response »
Jun 052015
 
Bernie?

by Alex Symington……. These last few days I’ve been thinking how am I going to resolve my internal conflict with my total loss of faith in our ersatz “two party” system, but still be some kind of participant? Just when I was going to resign myself to the grim idea of the “choice” between Hilary and “Jeb” (whoever), along comes this disheveled rumpled suited Vermonter-via-Brooklyn guy named Bernie Sanders. Here is someone who is unafraid to speak the truth and just when I was at [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Alex Symington, Issue #117 8 Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Jenna Stauffer and Good Morning Florida Keys Featuring Kids Wish Network

Cameron Bonney was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells. She immediately started chemotherapy treatment. After seven rounds of the harrowing treatment and two bone marrow transplants, Cameron still faced more issues. In June 2010, Cameron’s body rejected her second bone marrow transplant, and she was diagnosed with chronic scleradormatous. This disorder causes a buildup of collagen between the muscle and skin which restricts movement. New treatment for both her cancer and scleradormatous caused a reduction in blood flow to her [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Island Voices, Issue #117 No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
"Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's"

  by John Donnelly……….. Something happened on the way to Key West. My mind was stretched in a new direction. It was different; nice and smooth; welcoming and unafraid. Kind of like that ‘Rocky Mountain High’ taken to verse by John Denver. My spiritual condition had been suffering of late. I had been too busy to participate in my devotional practices or give thanks to the God of my understanding, for the many miracles and protections, which my Creator has provided unto me throughout my [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #117, John Donnelly 6 Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Seventy-Two to Zero

by Bryan Baese…………… I was on the back patio of a mail center in Key Largo when the greeting came from the foliage that topped the pergola in the adjoining retail space. HELLO. The voice was high pitched, slightly metallic, and had a back-of-the-throat kind of sound to it. I never saw the speaker but it was the first indicator that my adventure was off to a good start. Three days, two campsites, one snake, and a hundred miles later I failed spectacularly at a [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Island Voices, Issue #117 No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
What Am I Missing?

An Open Letter to the School Board 1. A first grade teacher in Key Largo is found by a parent, not an administrator, to be under the influence in the classroom with an open container of alcohol in her desk. Makes you wonder how long this behavior has been going on? Because of years of loyal service, she is allowed to quietly resign, effective with the close of the school year, and presumably nothing in her personnel file to alert a future employer. 2. A [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #117 1 Response »
Jun 052015
 
Poll the Voters!

Dear Editor: I propose, in the public interest, a poll of the locals as to their thoughts of governments in general, and Monroe County in particular. I propose the following questions: Do you think you’re getting your tax dollars spent in your best interest? Do you think that BOCC officials are acting in your (the Voters) best interests or the influence peddlers? Do you think that you’re being told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth by your elected county officials? Do [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #117, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Walmart to Pay $15 Minimum

Dear Editor: I can’t help but to inquire about the Walmart detractors now that Walmart raised the minimum wage at all Walmart stores to $15 an hour. That will really put the pressure on employers to pay a fair wage to attract the best and the brightest to work for them. What say you now? Walmart will bring jobs and jobs are what we need. Jobs with benefits and opportunity. Ken Sullivan Key West

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #117, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Key West Resident’s Artwork Selected to Appear in National Creativity Calendar for Parkinson’s

Key West resident Timothy Vallilee is using his paintbrush to fight Parkinson’s disease. He is one of thirteen artists whose artwork was selected to appear in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) 2015 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar. His watercolor painting entitled, “Melanie’s Beach Party,” is the featured artwork for the month of June in PDF’s nationally distributed calendar that helps to raise awareness. After Mr. Vallilee was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2007, he says he discovered painting to be a “great blessing” and serve as a [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Featured Artist, Issue #117 No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Who Will Nab Cameo Role in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s Next Novel?

Have you ever imagined yourself in the role of moody mobster, dangerous dame or daring detective in a fiction novel? Now, organizers of the upcoming 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest have announced that one Fest guest will walk into the pages of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham’s next novel. Every fan of mystery fiction that has registered for the Fest by midnight June 30 is eligible to win a cameo “character placement” role in the prolific author’s next [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #117, Special Events No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to Meet in Marathon

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council in Marathon, Fla., on Tuesday, June 16, 2014. The focus of the meeting will be a discussion on marine events and concentrated uses such as party areas, raft-ups, and boat races to determine whether there are any management issues in need of potential action. Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Coast Guard will bring their [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #117, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
The 9th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream and Spectacle

The most magical night of summer – the 9th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle – is set to unfold Saturday, June 20, 5-11 p.m. at its historic and enchanting new venue, Fort East Martello Museum in Key West. Everyone attending is invited to be a co-creator at this colorful and spontaneous festivity. 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 is an annual favorite for all ages [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #117, Special Events No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Music in Paradise Events

Music in Paradise is pleased to host the 3rd Annual Musicians in Residence program by “9 to 5”, a chamber music ensemble of highly talented students based out of Rochester, NY. From the Eastman School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music, performers this year are Sho Kato, flute, Audrey Yu and Noah Kay, oboes, Dominic Giardino, clarinet, Michael Elderkin, bassoon, Eleanor Lee, cello, and David Belkovski, piano. Events for the week include: Sunday, August 2, at 4 p.m. Solo Piano Recital, David Belkovski [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #117, Music No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Singer/Student Honored by Commission

The City Commission on Tuesday honored Key West High School student Liza Jane Catana for her drive and her talent by naming June 2nd Liza Jane Catana Day. Catana’s singing is already legendary. The soprano has opened for groups such as Three Dog Night, The Doobie Brothers and Grand Funk Railroad. She has performed with a number of local entertainers and songwriters. She recorded her debut CD “We Can Start a Fire” in Nashville last March, at the age of 15. Catana volunteers countless hours [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #117 No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Police Chief Commended

During Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, City Manager Jim Scholl presented Key West Police Chief Donie Lee with a Lifesaving Award Commendation. Chief Lee was off duty at home with his family in March when he saw that his cousin’s 3-month old baby was choking while drinking from a bottle. Chief Lee immediately assessed the situation, responded as he was trained and performed life saving techniques to open the obstructed airway. While a family member called 911 to get help, Chief Lee was able to revive [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #117 2 Responses »
Jun 052015
 
KWFD Honored for Ambulance Service

Key West Fire Chief David Fraga, Operations Division Chief Michael Davila and EMS Division Chief Edward Perez accepted recognition recently for bringing local ambulance service in-house. The Broward County Fire Chiefs Association congratulated the Key West Fire Department. Representatives from Key West were attending the four-county meeting held in Broward County which focused on emergency medical services. The Association presented a plaque commemorating this beginning of a new era for the Key West Fire Department. Since April 1st, the department has provided complete Emergency Medical [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #117 No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Torres Honored for 20 Years of Service

Capt. J.R. Torres was honored at this week’s City Commission meeting for his 20 years of dedicated service to the Key West Police Department. Capt. Torres has been with the Department since he started as a patrol officer in 1995. For the decade prior to that, he worked in Key West’s emergency medical services. Capt. Torres served as a patrolman and a detective until his promotion to sergeant in 2003. In 2010 he was promoted to lieutenant, and became captain in 2012. Today, Capt. Torres [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #117 No Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Daniel Ayers Named to Board of Directors of the National Museum Store Association – Florida Chapter

Daniel Ayers, Director of Retail Operations for the Key West Art & Historical Society, recently attended the national Museum Store Association Conference in Hartford, CT, where he was named to the Board of Directors of the National Museum Store Association – Florida Chapter. Ayers, who has been with KWAHS since 2012, is accompanied by his canine companion Jixxer each day at his office and on his rounds of The Society’s museum stores at the Custom House Museum, The Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters and [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:00 am Art, Issue #117 No Responses »