Jun 302015
Uber Fires Back...

This just in from spokesperson, Bill Gibbons, on behalf of Uber in response to KWPD’s announcement today that Uber drivers in Key West that don’t possess a vehicle-for-hire license will be arrested beginning tomorrow, July 1, 2015: “It is unconscionable that the city would seek to limit safe, reliable transportation ahead of one of the deadliest weekends of the year for drunk driving-related incidents. We hope the city will reconsider and work with us on a sensible, modern regulatory framework for ridesharing in Key West.

 June 30, 2015  Posted by at 5:43 pm Issue #120 1 Response »
Jun 302015
A Message From KWPD to Uber Drivers

“Key West has an ordinance that prohibits independent Uber drivers. Beginning July 1, drivers for Uber/Lyft may find themselves under arrest if they continue to drive passengers without a City vehicle-for-hire license. For several months, the City has attempted to inform the community that it provides only 56 such licenses, all of which have been issued. Operating without this license is against the law and punishable as a second degree misdemeanor, which is subject to a fine up to $500 and/or up to 60 days [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2015  Posted by at 1:57 pm Issue #120 9 Responses »
Jun 262015
To Tase or Not To Tase:  CRB Exonerates Officer Responsible For Catastrophic Tasing of Matthew Murphy

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…. The controversy over police use of tasers in Key West and Monroe County has recently received a lot of attention. The results of separate investigations in two high-profile taser cases in the Keys have just been announced. Four months ago we published cellphone video showing an unidentified man who’d been tased on US 1 just north of Key Largo. After the clip went viral, the DMV’s Office of the Inspector General conducted an investigation. A review of footage from two additional video cameras, led [continue reading…]

Jun 262015
Cop Involved in In-Custody Death of Charles Eimers Arrested For Assault

Key West Police Officer Nicholas Galbo, one of the officers involved in the in-custody death of Charles Eimers, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault. Officer Nicholas Galbo, 32, was charged with battery after his live-in girlfriend, Ashlynn Jones, 18, called the police. Police responded to the call at 10:40 p.m. when Jones called and complained that Galbo had thrown her over his shoulder to the ground and held her pinned during an argument. According to the victim, an argument escalated to the point where she [continue reading…]

Jun 262015
Show Me the Money, Part II

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Since the publication of my article, “Show Me the Money”, additional information has come my way regarding the School District’s contractual agreement(s) with NMSI for assistance with broadening participation and increasing scores in Advanced Placement classes. Perhaps the most important thing that I have learned is that no one really knows how much money the program will cost. There is general agreement that a whole lot of money is in play, 6 figures and perhaps 7 figures, but there is no [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #120 No Responses »
Jun 262015
The Long Poem

by Kirby Congdon…. We have a tradition of the long poem as an historical account in ancient history on through to the contemporary meditative reflection. A cousin of mine, around 1944, could recite Hiawatha (1855) by Longfellow. Few people outside of the schools have even read any long poem today. As a nation we tend to be more used to quick entertaining accounts of recent events. The pat answers in our formal education seem to get more respect than the curious inquiry. However, once a [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #120, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jun 262015

Good Morning Florida Keys With Jenna Stauffer Presents:  It’s Painting Boot Camp with Rick Worth! By most measures (including a 2014 Bubba award) Rick Worth is the most popular artist in Key West, and it’s no wonder; he’s hard working, funny, easygoing, and dripping with talent. Setting up his easel in The Studios of Key West, Worth reprises his role as drill sergeant for another season. See more great interviews from Good Morning Florida Keys with Jenna Stauffer on their FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE pages. Thank you Jenna!!

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:43 am Art, Island Voices, Issue #120, Special Events No Responses »
Jun 262015
Collective Insanity

by Alex Symington……. Looking back three and a half years ago I finally had to admit we have gone collectively insane as a country with the passive acceptance of the Newtown, CT massacre of twenty toddlers and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. With that nightmare I had thought, well, finally the nation will come to its senses and at least make it harder for crazy people to get a hold of weapons of mass murder. Nope. Other crazy people we elected to [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Alex Symington, Issue #120 12 Responses »
Jun 262015
Introducing the Secondhand Smoke Citizens Advisory Board

by Dorothy Harden… Did you know that in 1985, Florida became the first state to strip local governments of the ability to adopt laws that restrict smoking in public places and workplaces? Preemption of tobacco control issues is the tobacco industry’s #1 legislative goal. The industry knew that if local governments adopted smoke free laws for workplaces and public places, people would have fewer opportunities to smoke and would buy fewer cigarettes. The industry’s bottom line was in trouble! So Florida was hand-picked as the test [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Island Voices, Issue #120, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 262015
Abundant Gratitude

by Mary Susan Axberg… In October of 2014 an article was published in “The Blue Paper” written by my late husband’s dear friend John Donnelly. Your decision to publish his story produced a miracle in my life. The article highlighted my husband, Robert Axberg, and his meritorious service to our country as a United States Marine serving in Vietnam. It was during this time that John and Robert became acquainted, as they traveled via helicopter into battle on combat missions. My husband was a ‘door [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #120 1 Response »
Jun 262015
Tree Planting Project

Letter To The Editor: The tree planting project in Key Largo is a valuable investment that will pay enormous dividends. This beautiful and effective undertaking will reverse the destructive impulses that have been tearing away at our communities. Trees clean the air. Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Trees remove air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates. This project will increase roadway safety [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #120, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jun 262015
Veterans For Peace Stands with the People of Charleston

  We Will Resist Racist Violence at Home and Abroad St. Louis, MO. Veterans For Peace is appalled by the racist killing of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. We extend our deepest sympathies to their families, to the members of the AME Church, and to the community of Charleston. We understand that this ugly, terrorist act is causing people deep pain throughout the United States and around the world. We wish to stand in solidarity with the [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #120 No Responses »
Jun 262015
Hotel Booking Scam

On June 5th, the entire Florida Congressional delegation wrote a letter (see below) to the FTC asking them to look into the Hotel Booking Scam plaguing the state and to protect more consumers from falling victim to it. Some of the deceptive acts include: -The rogue URL was almost exactly the same as the actual hotel’s URL. -Reservations were lost/cancelled last minute. -Guests showing up at the hotel and the hotel not having any record of their reservation. -Special accommodation requests weren’t met (they were never passed [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #120, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 262015
16 Community Members Become Certified Car Seat Technicians

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition would like to congratulate 16 community members on becoming the newest car seat technicians in Monroe County. Without the hard work of volunteer technicians, the Coalition would not be able to offer this free car seat program, which has helped hundreds of children travel safely. The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition periodically hosts classes for community members to become certified car seat technicians. The 16 new technicians essentially doubles the number of volunteers available to assist families through the [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #120, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 262015
KWPD Donates to A Positive Step of Monroe County

  Key West Police Chief Donie Lee this week presents a $2000 check to A Positive Step of Monroe County Director Billy Davis in support of the program. A Positive Step Monroe County is an effort to help socially and economically deprived adolescents obtain job training skills. This non-profit serves at risk kids and helps them become productive members of the community. “The Key West Police Department needs programs like APSMC to help troubled youth and their families get the help they need,” said Chief [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #120, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 262015
Waste Management of the Florida Keys Donates Truck to Haiti

Waste Management of the Florida Keys is donating a garbage truck to an organization that is helping children and communities survive in impoverished and earthquake ravaged areas of Haiti. Waste Management’s Greater Mid-Atlantic Area donated a truck to the Haitian organization, Love a Child, following the January 2010 earthquake. Allentown, PA Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who is involved with the organization, requested a second truck, and Waste Management’s Florida team was able to assist. “We’re very pleased that we can provide a truck for Love a [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #120, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 262015
7 Killer Reasons to Register for the Mystery Writers Key West Fest Today

1) Sensational Star Power: Rub elbows with international bestselling and global multi-award winning suspense-thriller writer Jeffery Deaver and other world-class and bestselling mystery authors, including James O. Born, Heather Graham, Chris Kuzneski, Libby Fischer Helman, Sandra Balzo, Nancy J. Cohen, Laurence O’Bryan, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera and many more. 2) It’s a steal of a deal: Event registration is just $125 and includes three days of exciting panels, presentations and social events – in Paradise – plus three meals in the company of Fest guests and celebrity [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #120, Special Events No Responses »
Jun 262015
Poetry Guild's Featured Poet, JD Adler

Featured poet for July will be a recent transplant from Philadelphia, JD Adler, Key West Poetry Guild announced this week. July 5 is the date of the guild’s regular, first Sunday meeting at 7 p.m., upstairs in the old bordello at Blue Heaven, Thomas at Petronia streets in Old Town. Nance Boylan will moderate. Adler was born in 1970 in a small Pennsylvania community devastated by the lack of foresight in the post World War II steel industry, according to his bio. Following in the [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Island Voices, Issue #120, Special Events No Responses »
Jun 262015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, June 25 thru Wednesday, July 1 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS and EXHIBITONS Friday thru July 9 Gale Upmal Featured Artist Show: Fins & Feathers, 10 AM The Key West Art Center, 301 Front St. 305-294-1241. keywestartcenter.com CLASSES and WORKSHOPS The Studios of Key West – Classes and Workshops: Painting and drawing, writing and reading, Photo and Mixed Media, Culinary Arts, Kids and Teens, Music Performance and movement. 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458. [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #120, Literature, Music, Theater No Responses »
Jun 262015
NAS Honors Pride Month

  “This is a moment I never thought I’d see in my lifetime.” Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Mark Ebenhoch admitted he was “blown away” by his participation in the 2nd Annual Pride Month celebration at Naval Air Station Key West Thursday. “I’m standing here talking about [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] LGBT pride and I’m standing here talking about it to the military,” he said, as he told the audience about his Marine Corps career and having to sacrifice who he truly was in [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #120 No Responses »
Jun 262015
Cistern Ecologies Bike Tour 2015

The Studios of Key West is hosting Artist in Residence Laurencia Strauss as she leads the Cistern Ecologies Bike Tour 2015. Join us to share in the exchange of locally based knowledge. We’ll be visiting people and sites that continue the island’s legacy of creative strategies to harvest fresh water. If you went on the 2012 bike tour, repeat riders are welcome! We will be seeing some places for the first time and returning to others to see their progress. Monday, June 29, 4 – [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #120, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 262015
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. They have revamped their lineup and material, resulting in a sound that is stronger than ever. The addition of Lance Taylor on guitar [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #120, Music No Responses »
Jun 262015
Sun-Day Fun-Day with the Survivors June 28

  It’s going to be a Sun-Day Fun-Day on June 28 and Sister Season Fund hopes the whole adult community will turn out for the 38th annual Survivors Party, to be held upstairs at Rick’s, 202 Duval St. from 2 till 6 p.m. It’s the continuing story of “locals helping locals” and a grand celebration of the end of Season 2015. The Survivors Party was founded by John “Ma” Evans to raise funds to assist locals in the hospitality and entertainment industries with basic expenses [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #120, Special Events No Responses »
Jun 262015
Going Home:  Key West Art & Historical Society Receives Suzie dePoo Art Acquisition from Spring Hills, Florida

Key West Art & Historical Society recently acquired 14 original pieces of artwork created by Suzie dePoo, the venerated Key West artist recognized as a legacy to the island’s arts community through more than fifty years of art work, support of other artists and the large body of work she produced for Key West Hand Print Fabrics. The acquisition consists of painted tiles mounted on wood, several paintings on reclaimed wood, two ink on paper images, and a large textile print that reflect the classical [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Art, Issue #120 No Responses »
Jun 262015
LWV Socials Continue

The Fifth Tuesday socials sponsored by the Lower Keys League of Women Voters continue on June 30 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at New York Pasta Garden in Duval Square. President Joan Wallin and Treasurer Sandy Bergin will be on hand to report on their adventures at the recent convention of the Florida League of Women Voters. “Come celebrate our legislative victories and learn about what more needs to be done to accomplish League legislative priorities,” said Wallin. “While the 2015 Legislative session just [continue reading…]

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #120, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 262015
Old Island Restoration Foundation Awards Scholarship

Lissette Albury received this year’s Nancy Ordway Jameson scholarship from OIRF President, Kelly Friend. The award is named in honor of Ms. Jameson, a volunteer for Old Island Restoration Foundation for 22 years, including 13 as Museum Director. OIRF also contributes to Take Stock in Children. For more information on scholarships, preservation grants and the fund-raising programs that make them possible, please go to oirf.org.

 June 26, 2015  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #120 No Responses »