Sep 182015
Controlled Burns

Dear Editor, Bob Dylan tells us that “It doesn’t take a weatherman to tell which way the wind is blowing.” Were that true for everyone! The staff at the Key Deer Refuge, particularly the controlled burn unit, has had its problems over the years determining which way the wind is blowing. In September, 2011, Key Deer management planned a 18 acre controlled burn just north and west of the Blue Hole. During the burn, the wind shifted and over 100 acres was scorched. At one [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #132, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Sep 182015
DID YOU MISS IT?  You Can Still Watch the Hometown! September 9, 2015 Q and A Event

Hometown is especially appreciative of the hard work of the “Question and Answer Forum” panelists: Kay Harris, Mary Grusin, Rev. Dr. Randy Becker and Mark Songer. They were terrific. For information on registration, early voting, the address of your voting precinct and absentee voting, Please call the Office of Supervisor of Elections 305-292-3416 EARLY VOTING FOR KEY WEST CITY COMMISSION AND UTILITY BOARD Early Voting: September 21 to, and including, October 3 Early Voting site will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #132, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 182015

The sunset celebration at Mallory Square is a must-see event for virtually every visitor to the island city. Will Soto helped nurture its development into the internationally recognized “happening” it is today – and his photographed silhouette, standing on the high wire against a blazing sky and the waters of Key West Harbor, became an iconic symbol of the nightly gathering. See more great interviews from Good Morning Florida Keys with Jenna Stauffer on their FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE pages.

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Island Voices, Issue #132 No Responses »
Sep 182015
Broken Trust Destabilizes Communities & Nations

by John Donnelly……. Madmen and women rushing through a valley of delusion, skirmishing in the froth of ignorance, as they proclaim their wisdom and importance. As each one of them dies, the world goes laughingly on without them. Materialists and ‘world worshippers’ spend their lives battling to ‘get theirs’. Upon their departure, they leave with nothing. Don’t you dare question my conduct; for my money, position and prestige has its perks and privilege. It buys influence, ascendency and admission into a perplexed, bewildered and aggressive [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #132, John Donnelly 7 Responses »
Sep 182015
You're Invited to Take a Peak at Reef Perkins' Hilarious Collection, "SCREWED, BLU'D AND TATTOOED (and other stories)"

Alright guys.  Ready to LYAO?  Here’s a sneak peak just for you BP readers:  Reef Perkins’ hilarious collection of short stories… “Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed.”    Join us!! Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins “Two roads forked in a wood.   I don’t care what roads do in private.   I turned and headed back. It was cold.   And that has made no difference at all.” (Blu Yunger, 8th grade) Forefinger by Blu Yunger Some souls are destined to wander without a clue. I am one, one [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Island Voices, Issue #132, Literature No Responses »
Sep 182015
Oh, The Thane of It!

by Kim Pederson……. Illusions sometimes die in hard, messy, neuron-warping ways. My heritage on my dad’s side is Norwegian. My grandfather was born in Kristiania (Oslo) in the late 1800s. So I have often referred, overly pretentiously always, to my Viking genes and to how the Vikings are the forbearetects of everything in the modern world. The pyramids in Egypt?, I would say, oh, the Vikings did that. As with most things, in such instances I “knew naught of what I spake.” Various “truths” have [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #132, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Sep 182015
The Machine is Not Your Friend!

by Ray Jason……. The sailor within me was concerned. But the poet within me was delighted. This was no ordinary squall that was approaching from the north. It was so gray and dark and menacing that it looked like molten lead as it churned across the bay towards me. So I slipped behind a small mangrove island where I dropped my sails and set the anchor. As I was finishing that task, the deluge descended. A burst of wind tipped AVENTURA over to starboard. It [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Island Voices, Issue #132 9 Responses »
Sep 182015
About John Jacob

  by Kirby Congdon……. The interest in American poetry got a boost with the Beat movement after World War II but what has kept that activity alive and well is the rather vast involvement of its publishers, readers, reviewers and writers from every level of society who have volunteered their energy from that time to the present. One individual who can represent this phenomena caught one reader’s eye with his positive style and literary accommodations as a voluntary reviewer for The Small Press Review in [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #132, Kirby Congdon 3 Responses »
Sep 182015
Key West - I Came, I Saw, I Was Arrested

by Ronald Sands……. ….In retrospect, I see myself as somewhat noble, hell I was downright gallant. For in Key West, there was a dragon I had to confront. I am one of the shareholders/owner of the Lofton B. Sands Estate. And I wanted to personally confront why after three years under the control of a relative I have only received $100. While this woman has multiple vehicles, dripping in jewelry, etc. Police were called to my property at 322 Truman for an unrelated incident. One [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Island Voices, Issue #132 2 Responses »
Sep 182015
AP Scholar Awards for Coral Shores High School

Sixty-four students at Coral Shores High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 20 percent of the 2.1 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #132, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 182015
LWV Hosts Braddock Speaking on Marijuana

The Rev. Stephen E. Braddock, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, will be guest of honor at the Lower Keys League of Women Voters Fifth Tuesday social, which will be held Sept. 29 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the New York Pasta Garden, Duval Square in Old Town. “The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative will likely appear on the November 8, 2016 ballot in the State of Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would legalize medical marijuana [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #132, Special Events No Responses »
Sep 182015
Top Musicians, Faith Leaders and Climate Justice Activist Gather for Pope Francis 'Moral Action on Climate Justice Rally'

  Speakers: The Most Reverend Pedro Jimeno Barreto Archbishop of Huancayo, Dolores Huerta, Reverand Barber; Featuring Performances by: Moby, Sean Paul, Natasha Bedingfield, Christina Grimmie, Eric Paslay, Victoria Justice, Q’orianka Kilcher and Toby Gad. A Special Live Performance of “Love Song To The Earth” | #FollowFrancis WASHINGTON, D.C. — On September 24, as Pope Francis addresses Congress, tens of thousands of citizens representing an unprecedented coalition of activitsts of all creeds, colors and faiths, will join together to rally on the National Mall. DC’s [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #132, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 182015
SHAL Monthly Report - August 2015

REPORT TO THE CITY OF KEY WEST For August 2015 THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS SHAL’s Case Management team continued to show high numbers, with 435 services rendered at 314 appointments in the month of August. Elicia, Amy and Channing took advantage of being ‘where the action is’ with a case management presence in a number of locations around the community. However… New SHAL Office Space Needed! Due to their own expansion and reorganization, Rural Health was required to repurpose the space they were letting SHAL use [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #132, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 182015
23rd Annual Zonta ABC 5K Walk/Run on November 7th

Zonta Club of Key West ABC (Awareness Breast Cancer) Event Serves Uninsured and Underinsured Lower Keys Women 23rd Annual 5K Race provides crucial preventive services for locals in need The Zonta Club of Key West will hold its Annual ABC (Awareness Breast Cancer) 5K Walk/Run starting 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 7th at Salute Restaurant on Higgs Beach, with registration beginning at 7:00 AM. The event raises money to cover mammograms, thin-prep pap tests, and other diagnostic and preventive measures in Monroe County, which has [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #132, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 182015
FIRM Testifies on Windstorm Insurance Rates

On August 25, 2015, Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) President Mel Montagne, accompanied by FIRM Consultant Annalise Mannix, testified at a hearing before the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to set Citizens Property Insurance Company (CPIC) windstorm and multi-peril property insurance rates. Mr. Montagne noted that CPIC underwrites 85-95% of the windstorm policies in Monroe County, and that FIRM disagreed with several assumptions proposed to be used by CPIC in its rate determinations. The issues he raised with the CPIC’s rate-setting included: -Failure to [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #132, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 182015
Italian Mandolin at Salute! On the Beach

And now, ladies and gentlemen, for your dining and dancing pleasure … Salute! On The Beach and Steve Gibson present: Stefano on the mandolino, playing well-known Italian tunes, country dance melodies from the Abruzzo region, and a few surprises from other countries, to enhance your evening out on the town. Enjoy delicious bistro food, a beautiful view of the sea, and delightful music, all at once. This is the best place to start the weekend. Yes, dancing is encouraged – just try not to bump [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #132, Music No Responses »
Sep 182015
Best of Key West at 5th Musician's Festival

  Many of the Keys best and best loved musicians will let it rip at the 5th Annual Key West Musician’s Festival, which takes the stage Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 2 p.m. till 9 p.m. each day. Singing Iguana Productions are presenters of the free annual music fest and the event is the year’s biggest fundraiser for the local charity, Sister Season Fund, which assists locals in the entertainment and hospitality industries with rent and utilities when [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #132, Music No Responses »
Sep 182015
Photographer Todd Feit Leads Workshop in Conjunction with Key West Art & Historical Society’s Arthur Rothstein Exhibit

Saturday, September 26 marks the first session of Assignment Key West: 2015, a two-part photography workshop at the Custom House Museum offered by Todd Feit in conjunction with Key West Art & Historical Society and their new adolescent and adult education program, Outside The Lines. The workshop is open to all skill levels and integrates the museum’s exhibit of world-renowned photographer Arthur Rothstein’s monochromatic images and photography practices as impetus to view the island and create new works. Rothstein documented Key West in 1938 while [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #132, Special Events No Responses »
Sep 182015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, September 17 thru Wednesday, September 23 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Thursday Walk on White Gallery Walk, 6 PM Exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along White St, including Artists @ the Armory, Stone Soup Gallery and hIPSO facto at the Coffee Mill Dance Studio. Friday What a Drag! Opening Reception, 6 PM A zoomed-in view of Key West’s famed drag queens and the men who embody them. The [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Art, Issue #132, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater No Responses »
Sep 182015
5th Annual Votes for Notes to Benefit Both Habitat for Humanity Affiliates in the Lower Keys

Local musician Ray West is working with the affiliates to produce this friendly music competition with performers of all ages and genres. Local acts perform at shows held at three Lower Keys venues. The audience “votes” with cash donations in the act’s “vote bucket” while they perform. All donations go to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. Competing in two categories, solo/duo or band, the acts with the largest cumulative total after three rounds win Prize Packages containing free recording time, gift certificates and [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #132, Special Events No Responses »
Sep 182015

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW this Saturday, September 19th 4 – 7 pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. We’ll meet at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #132, Special Events No Responses »
Sep 182015
Paws and Remember Pet Loss Center and Crematory has Opened in Tavernier

For many pet owners, the loss of a pet can be compared to that of losing a family member. A loss like that is felt by everyone, young and old alike. To serve those families in the Florida Keys, a new Paws and Remember Pet Loss Center and Crematory has opened in Tavernier, FL. In the Florida Keys, most good ideas start sitting under a Tiki Hut, and TJ Hayes and Steve Turner, while reminiscing of old times, both graduates of Coral Shores High School, [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #132, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 182015
Mangia Mangia Pasta Cafe Donates 25% of Sales to Habitat for Humanity

WHAT: Mangia Mangia Pasta Cafe donates 25% of total sales to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm WHERE: Mangia Mangia Pasta Café, 900 Southard Street, Key West Mangia Mangia and Habitat for Humanity – food and shelter, two necessities of life! Mark your calendar and make your reservations: Mangia Mangia, 900 Southard St. in Key West, is donating 25% of total sales (including take-out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #132, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 182015
Fantasy Fest Parade Deadline Looms

  Don’t miss the chance to participate in Key West’s Freaktacular Extravaganza! Fantasy Fest 2015 All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show will be the biggest masked and costumed event of the year. Don’t be left on the sidelines. Show off your extraterrestrial creativity by being part of the Fantasy Fest parade. Taking place on the last Saturday of the month, this year’s parade will be filled with goblins, ghouls, witches, aliens and every member of the freak show you can imagine. You’ll fit right in [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #132, Special Events No Responses »
Sep 182015
Fantasy Fest 2015 King and Queen Candidate Event Schedule - Updated

WWW.AIDSHELP.CC Ongoing Events: Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning September 1 – October 20, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  Help the singer raise the most money for their candidate. All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 30 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates All [continue reading…]

 September 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #132, Special Events No Responses »