Jul 102015
Goombay Controversy Exposes Key West's Racial Tensions

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Do you think White business owners should take over the management of a Black heritage festival? That’s the tricky question that City Commissioners were set to resolve last Tuesday when once again they were faced with having to choose between two groups that wished to run the coveted Goombay Festival. One group consists of nearly every church and non-profit in the Black community of Bahama Village. They call themselves ‘The Coalition’. The other group is essentially made up of Whites, [continue reading…]

Jul 102015
An Open Letter To State Attorney Catherine Vogel

I need your help. Specifically, I need your help in convincing Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter and the Monroe County School District to comply with Florida law and fulfill my public records requests. You have some awareness of this situation because I began copying you recently on my correspondence with the District and its representatives. On May 30, 2015, I filed three public records requests with the District. One was an original request and two were follow-ups to previous requests. The District promptly acknowledged the [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #122, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Jul 102015
Officers Sims and Stockton Save a Life

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee this week commended Officers Joe Stockton and Carter Sims with a Life Saving Award for their quick response to a life-threatening incident in February. Officers Stockton and Sims responded to a medical emergency call in which the male subject was not breathing. Both officers immediately began rescue breathing. When Rescue arrived on scene, the subject was intubated to assist with his breathing. However, by the time Rescue loaded the subject into the ambulance he was awake and talking and [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #122, News No Responses »
Jul 102015

Ray Rolston was born in British Guyana, a small country nestled amid the rain forest at the northern tip of South America. Ray is a graduate of Queens College with a Masters Degree in English. A naturalist at heart, and growing up in the tropics with bright sunsets and endless summer weather inspired him at an early age. He started painting the surrounding landscapes of his hometown. The many waterfalls and rivers of the area served as the perfect backdrop for his later works. He [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Island Voices, Issue #122 No Responses »
Jul 102015
The Stranger Arrives

by Ray Jason……. Welcome, Stranger! We are the Pelican/Slocum Sea Gypsy Tribe. I am currently our Spokesperson – a position that rotates regularly in our clan. Congratulations on surviving The Descent and the Shattering. While you are regaining your strength, we will provide you food, water, shelter, medicine and perhaps most importantly – emotional comfort and reinforcement. Your injuries are severe, particularly the wound beneath your jawbone, so please do not attempt to speak. When you have sufficiently recovered, we will tell you Our Story. [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Island Voices, Issue #122, Water World 1 Response »
Jul 102015
WWD (World Water Dilemma): Part 2

by Kim Pederson……. Gizmodo recently posted an article by Annalee Newitz titled “NASA: We Are Going to Europa.” The piece features a short video from the agency called “Alien Ocean: NASA’s Mission to Europa.” Ostensibly, the goal is to gather information on the liquid ocean beneath the moon’s frozen exterior and determine, if possible, if it supports life. (If you have seen Europa Report, you already know the answer to this and it is not pretty. Maybe we should let sleeping…whatevers lie.) I suspect there [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Environment, Island Voices, Issue #122 1 Response »
Jul 102015
A Reply

by Kirby Congdon……. John Donnelly asks in response to last week’s thoughts on God, where does our consciousness come from when we consider abstract ideas about being human beings. Oh, this correspondent, in reply to John, has all the answers of course! We are just waiting for Columbia University to establish their new center for the study of the brain to verify this essayist’s speculations! If we had all the answers to all the questions would the quality of life be dismissed? Indeed, almost all [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #122, Kirby Congdon 4 Responses »
Jul 102015
Are You an Aspiring College Journalist of Color? Apply to [ProPublica's] Emerging Reporters Program

This story was originally published by ProPublica. https://www.propublica.org/atpropublica/item/college-journalist-of-color-apply-to-propublica-emerging-reporters-program Are you a college student of color interested in doing great journalism? ProPublica wants to help. We are a nonprofit investigative newsroom and we’re offering stipends to five minority students who work or want to work at college journalism outlets – newspapers, websites, radio stations or TV stations. We want to make college journalism accessible to students for whom it would otherwise be economically out of reach. Students can apply for the stipends annually. Those selected will [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Bahama Village, Issue #122, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 102015

“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 Hometown!’s Call for Candidates Event 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 2015 Candidates, 2015 Prospective Candidates and Those Merely Testing the Waters to be a possible 2015 candidate: Please join us on Wednesday, [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:21 am Issue #122 No Responses »
Jul 102015
Problem Solved

Dear Editor, So much hoopla about same sex marriage becoming the law of the land. Why not just remove the government from the marriage licensing business altogether? Some have suggested that there be civil disobedience by the state to refuse to issuing same sex marriage licenses. Let’s not go there again as was done when states tried to nullify federal laws regarding integration and miscegenation. Just refuse to issue any marriage license so that if some couple wishes to ‘live in union’ then they can have a [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #122, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jul 102015
Key West Sunrise Rotary Installs Scholl as President; Honors Narlock as Rotarian of the Year

City Manager Jim Scholl added another responsibility on July 1 as he became president of Key West Sunrise Rotary. The former Naval Air Station Key West commanding officer succeeds Ron Demes, executive director and business manager of NAS Key West, in the club’s top leadership position. The Naval connection continues with NAS Key West Public Affairs Officer Trice Denny becoming president-elect for the 2015-16 year. Other club officers are Stephanie Griffiths, treasurer, Janie Rodriquez, sergeant-at-arms, and George Wallace, parliamentarian. Board chairs include Sue Fowler, membership; [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #122, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 102015
Free Self-Defense Class for Women

Could you deflect an attacker? Womankind and Switchboard 211/Helpline of the Keys are offering a free self-defense class for women. Instructors trained by the Monroe County Sheriff’s office will teach simple maneuvers to hinder an attacker and protect yourself. The workshop will take place at Paradise Health & Fitness, 1706 North Roosevelt Boulevard on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm. Space is limited, please call 305-766-8330 to reserve your spot.

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #122, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 102015
Habitat for Humanity Provides Fire Safety Course to Families

Habitat for Humanity partner homeowners at Bayside Landing, Big Coppitt Key attended a Fire Safety presentation given by LT Ryan Johnson, and firefighters Wesley Berry, Jessee Hubman, and Paul Altamuro from the Big Coppitt Key Fire Station. The presentation was given as part of Habitat’s series of home-buyer preparation classes. Some of the topics discussed were the importance of strategically placed smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, family emergency escape plans, and keeping the dryer lint-vents cleaned out. While these 18 new homes at Bayside Landing have [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #122, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 102015
Key West Zonta Club Seeks Applicants for Martina Thurmond Scholarship

Scholarship Program Awards Women Advancing Their Careers The Zonta Club of Key West has opened the application period for the Martina Thurmond Ongoing Education Scholarship. The $1,500 award will be provided to a woman at least 30 years of age enrolled as a new or existing student at Florida Keys Community College, for use to advance her current career or make a career change. Applications must be received by August 7, 2015, and are now available on the club’s website. The scholarship’s namesake, Martina Thurmond, [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #122, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 102015
Key West Art & Historical Society to Honor Celebrated Photographer in Exhibit at Custom House Museum

Arthur Rothstein, one of the most important and influential photojournalists in American history, will be featured this coming week at Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House Museum, with more than 40 pieces of the photographer’s work to be exhibited. The show will feature a selection of iconic black-and-white images taken during Rothstein’s assignment with the Farm Security Administration—a program established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of his New Deal to help struggling farmers—where he was “instructed to visit Key West to [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Art, Issue #122 No Responses »
Jul 102015
KWPD Explorers Honored

The Key West Police Department recognized the outstanding accomplishments of the graduating Key West High School students whose participation and dedication to the Explorer program has been exemplary. Explorer Ralph Val was presented with a plaque and a medallion in recognition of his commitment, efforts and dedication to the Key West Police Explorers. Val’s ability to make everyone laugh, even during difficult times, will be missed. The Department thanks him for his outstanding service. He is also the recipient of the Tenure Ribbon for completing [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #122, News No Responses »
Jul 102015
Yoga @ the Botanical Gardens on July 20, 2015 at 5:45 pm

We will be going deep yoga with tips and techniques to extend your yoga years. Start or extend your yoga experience with deep yoga tips you will love. Learn some simple ways to stretch the years you stretch, reduce pain and improve your overall yoga experience. Plus, enjoy the beautiful botanical gardens as we go deep yoga-style. Space is limited. RSVP is required. Call Eric, The Body Concierge at 305-842-1320 to reserve your spot! www.thebodyconcierge.com TheBodyConcierge on Facebook  

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #122 No Responses »
Jul 102015
Key West Art & Historical Society Staff Member Celebrates 15 Years of Service

On July 10, Key West Art & Historical Society’s Gerri Sidoti celebrates fifteen years of service with the island’s oldest non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the culture and heritage of the Florida Keys. Sidoti has “played a fundamental role in helping craft the Society’s identity, reinforcing its commitment to the mission and giving back to the local community,” says KWAHS Executive Director Michael Gieda. “On behalf of the Society, I thank her for her continued service,” he says. “It has been both a [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Island Voices, Issue #122 No Responses »
Jul 102015
Old Island Restoration Foundation Gift to KWAHS Supports Custom House Renovation Project

Key West Art & Historical Society Board President Shirrel Rhoades (left) receives a check for $1,250.00 from Old Island Restoration Board President Kelly Friend. The gift supports the recent replacement and repair of second story windows in the 124 year-old Custom House Museum building – the first of six renovation phases designed to preserve and protect the iconic landmark building.

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #122, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 102015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, July 9 thru Wednesday, July 15 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings 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. tskw.org DANCE Thru Sunday Key West Modern Dance 2015 The Coffee Mill Dance Studio, 916 Pohalski St. 305-296-9982. keywestmoderndance.com Three daily classes starts at 10:30, 12:00 and 2:00. [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Art, Issue #122, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater No Responses »
Jul 102015
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.They have revamped their lineup and material, resulting in a sound that is stronger than ever. The addition of Lance Taylor on guitar and vocals and his smartly written songs add more depth to the already wide-ranging repertoire. The highly esteemed Leah Orlikowski adds her strong vocals and stage presence to the act. Fiddler Guy Tittes has added cello to his arsenal, and when bassist [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #122, Music No Responses »
Jul 102015
The Greens - Key West’s Newest Sound

The Greens At Green Parrot & Schooner Wharf New Key West Band Swings The Greens, Key West’s newest sound, is playing at the Green Parrot and Schooner Wharf this week, swinging out with Django Reinhardt’s & Stephane Grappelli’s Minor Swing, Celtic jigs, and Louis Armstrong favorites. Enjoy Gary Mackey, former fiddle player with Dolly Parton’s Nashville band, Rob Cook, the popular Duval Street “washboard- tie guy” on percussion, with composer Steve LaPierre on stand-up bass, along with special guests on guitar and banjo as The [continue reading…]

 July 10, 2015  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #122, Music No Responses »