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Jenna gives us two great interviews this week. The first with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham who visited Key West for the 2nd Annual Mystery Writer’s Key West Fest. The second with  former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver, who is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #128, Special Events No Responses »
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Next Hometown Event is Tonight, August 21, at The Studios of Key West, at 5 PM

“My vote is my voice…and the voice of all who struggled, so that I may have my voice.” (Lyida C. Obasi) REMEMBER: PEOPLE WHO VOTE DETERMINE AN ELECTION Hometown!’s “MEET THE CANDIDATES” Rally at The Studios of Key West 533 Eaton Street–2nd Floor On Friday, August 21, 2015 5:00 P.M. TO 7:30 PM This will be a timely event because all 2015 candidates must qualify by noon on this date. Key West’s Hometown! will present all candidates running for office in the upcoming October 6, [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #128, Public Notice No Responses »
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Outstanding Warrant Scam

State Attorney Catherine Vogel wants to warn the public of a new scam that was reported to the Monroe County State Attorney Office. Someone reporting to be from the Sheriff’s Office contacted a resident threatening them with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for a Grand Jury session. The caller then told the resident to obtain cash cards to pay a fine or risk immediate arrest. The State Attorney Office wants to caution all residents that if you are ever called and informed that [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #128, Public Notice 2 Responses »
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NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Advisory Council Applicants

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for nine seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. “Advisory council members are important conduits to the community, helping inform sanctuary management decisions,” said Sean Morton, sanctuary superintendent. “Council members selected this term will play a critical role in shaping the future of marine conservation during the sanctuary’s marine zoning and regulatory review.” The sanctuary is currently accepting applications for the member and [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #128, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 212015
 
Tentative Teacher Contract Agreement Reached

The Monroe County School Board (MCSB) and the United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding the 2015-2016 Teacher and School Related Personnel (SRP) contracts with regard to re-opener issues of compensation and teacher evaluation. During the final negotiation session on Monday, August 10th, after twelve previous sessions during the spring and summer months, representatives for the MCSB and the UTM reached mutually agreed upon terms and conditions for compensation and teacher evaluation for the 2015-2016 school year. Holly Hummell-Gorman, President of the UTM stated, [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #128, Public Notice No Responses »
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Something Wicked Real This Way Comes

by Kim Pederson……. It’s often difficult to separate reality from fiction. This may be particularly true regarding people and events that receive the “based on a true story” treatment in prose and film. Take Macbeth for example. If you’ve seen a stage production or film rendition of the Shakespeare play (which some stage actors, by the way, only talk of as “the Scottish play” out of superstition), then you know Macbeth was a Scottish general and lord who listened a little too closely to some [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #128, Kim Pederson 3 Responses »
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2015: Where Are We?

by Jerome Grapel……. (5/15, Spain) For a chicken soup philosopher like myself, one who breathes in all the stimuli around him — the politics, trends, the Beyonces and Lebrons, the Oscars, presidents, divas, movers, shakers, the technological hypnotism that has us so enthralled, the ebbs and flows of who’s in charge, how it’s going down and the whole paella-goulash-punch bowl we live in — woo! It gets complicated, overwhelming, does anyone have an aspirin? This essay, at least from a socio-political aspect, will try to [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #128 1 Response »
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The Illusion of Nation

by Alex Symington……. As the sit-com distraction of presidential candidates and their campaigns heat up absurdly early (stumping now for primaries starting January 2016 and torturing us through June 2016 and the general election still fifteen months away!) I thought it might be a good time to look and see what we are being distracted from. In my search I came across a short Forbes Magazine article titled “Super Rich Hide $21 Trillion Offshore”. Staff writer, Frederick E. Allen informs us (while we have been focusing [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Alex Symington, Issue #128 3 Responses »
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What Could Possibly Go Right?

by Ray Jason……. One of the great joys of my sea gypsy life is the ease with which I can alternate between solitude and camaraderie. Scattered about the Archipelago of Bliss are many friends living on the shore or on their own islands. They often invite me to come and anchor near their home and hang out for a few days. I frequently do so. These are always delightful interludes. But when the lonesome call of contemplation beckons me, there are many empty lagoons where [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Island Voices, Issue #128 6 Responses »
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On Happiness

by Kirby Congdon……. This column centers its attention on the literary form of poetry. But there are other kinds of poetry that should not be overlooked. An inalienable right we all agree on in our civilization is the constitutional protection for the pursuit of happiness. When we look at this idea with a little care, however, we notice that to deliberately pursue such a comfortable state the result is instability. One may contend that such a satisfaction can only be obtained as a byproduct of our [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #128, Kirby Congdon 2 Responses »