Aug 212015

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 »
Aug 212015
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 »
Aug 212015
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 »
Aug 212015
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 »
Aug 212015
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 »
Aug 212015
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 »
Aug 212015
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 »
Aug 212015
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 »
Aug 212015
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 »
Aug 212015
Money Saving?

Dear Editor, Last week an article was written in the Key West Citizen about how much money could be saved by changing your septic tank to a cistern. It was claimed you can save $1,297.00 in a year with a 1000 gallon cistern. After the FKAA charges the base facility charge, you will pay about one penny a gallon. You would have to empty your tank over 10 times a month, once every 3 days for the entire year, to save $1,297.00. So far this [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #128, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Aug 212015
Lobster Season

Dear Editor, Every year, prior to and after Lobster Sport Season, there are requests to abolish the event. Lobster Sport Season was originally created in an effort to alleviate a bad situation. Prior to the establishment of Mini Season, the opening day of Lobster Season was complete chaos. Countless commercial harvesters and recreational hunters were on the water at the same time, which led to dangerous situations. Throughout the years, the event has been modified in an effort to gain more control. The 2016 Lobster [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #128, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Aug 212015
City Honors Moe Mosher

Mayor Craig Cates, during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting presented a commendation in honor of the late Gerald “Moe” Mosher to his family. Mosher “embodied the entrepreneurial spirit of Key West,” reads the Mayor’s proclamation, “beginning with the opening of his own barber shop, on Duval Street in 1954.” Mosher partnered with Ed Swift and Chris Belland in 1973 in the company that was later named Historic Tours of America, while still operating the community hub that was Moe’s Barber Shop. Mosher was a member of [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #128, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 212015
EPA Stealth Rollback of School PCB Safeguards

Material and Exposure Testing Discouraged; Child Exposure Levels Loosened Washington, DC —Without announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has removed guidance from its website and replaced it with much less protective advice on how schools and other building owners should address toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), according to an analysis posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). If followed, this guidance would result in thousands of students and teachers occupying schoolrooms containing illegal levels of PCBs, a bio-accumulating carcinogen linked to disruption of the [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #128, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 212015
Green Parrot, Bingo and Habitat for Humanity

Another way to support Habitat without swinging a hammer! On Monday, August 31, 7 pm – 9 pm, Green Parrot Bar’s old fashioned Monday Night Bingo will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys. Everyone can play bingo with cards only $1.00 per game! With fun and unusual prizes, a truly great coverall prize and a very special celebrity caller you don’t want to miss this! To make a prize donation or for more information, feel free to call Habitat at [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #128, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 212015
Last Call for Tickets to Family-Friendly Donavon Frankenreiter Concert at Fort East Martello this Sunday

Hawaii-based pro-surfer turned musician Donavon Frankenreiter wraps up his 2015 east coast tour in Key West this week with a family-friendly, early evening concert this Sunday, August 30, at the Fort East Martello parade grounds at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Frequently referred to as the “mustachioed maestro,” Frankenreiter, whose wife and two children often accompany him on tour, is renowned for his intimate, “feel-good” music and breezy, laid back vibe that attracts fans of all ages across the globe to his shows. Produced by Key [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #128, Music No Responses »
Aug 212015
Inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award Winner Announced

Award-winning mystery writer Sandra Balzo and Absolutely Amazing eBooks Publisher Shirrel Rhoades presented J. E. Irvin of Springboro, Ohio, with the inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award on Saturday, August 15, during the annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, a three day mystery genre festival set in the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys. Irvin was one of four finalists in a nation-wide competition for the prize, which garnered her a book-publishing contract with AAeB, free 2016 Mystery Writers Key West Fest registration with hotel [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #128, Special Event No Responses »
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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, August 20 thru Wednesday, August 26 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTIST RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Friday August 21 Farewell to Island Arts Celebration, 6 PM 1128 Duval St. Local artisans hosting a farewell celebration of one of the longest running galleries in Key West. Sale on a wide variety of art forms including acrylic and water color paintings, photography, Gyotaku and block printing, jewelry, pottery, collage, painted glassware and more. Island Arts members include: [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Art, Issue #128, Literature, Music, Theater No Responses »
Aug 212015
Parade Celebrates Girls Softball Champs

A parade on Wednesday will help seal the celebration of three remarkable softball teams who won this summer’s State Championships. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at Key West High School. The route will take Bertha to South Roosevelt Blvd, then back down Flagler Avenue and return to the high school. The Key West City Commission is poised this evening to celebrate the achievements of the Key West Lady Conchs and the Key West Knockouts three travel softball teams. The Key West Lady Conchs 8-U [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #128, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 212015
NOW Plans Women's Equality Day

On Friday final plans will be polished for Key West National Organization for Women’s annual celebration of Women’s Equality Day, marking August 26, 1920 – the day all American women won the right to vote. The 95th anniversary party, co-hosted by the Lower Keys League of Women Voters, will top the agenda at the monthly NOW meeting, this Friday from 5 till 6 at Shanna Key at the corner of Flagler and Bertha. All supporters of equality are welcome at the meeting and at the [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #128, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 212015
Food Service Breakfast Program

MONROE COUNTY SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE AMENDMENT TO FOOD SERVICE BREAKFAST PROGRAMS Monroe County School District announces an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Breakfast Program for the 2015-2016 school year. All students at the following sites will be served breakfast at no charge: Gerald Adams Elementary School    5855 W. Jr. College Road, Key West, Florida Keys Center Program     1105 Leon Street, Key West, Florida  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for [continue reading…]

 August 21, 2015  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #128, Public Notice No Responses »