Oct 022015

Commentary by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Several years ago, I moved from one apartment to another here in Key West. At that time, I still owned Key West The Newspaper– The Blue Paper– and I was, therefore, a little more concerned about “appearances” than I am now, as an old retired guy. I knew that when one moves, there are laws that have to be considered concerning updating home addresses on drivers licenses, voting registrations, etc.– and although I didn’t really know the details about what legal [continue reading…]

Oct 022015
Are Your Children Safe In School?

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Are your children safe in the Monroe County Schools? The School District, understandably, certainly wants parents to believe that. According to a recent article in the Citizen, Michael Michaud, the District’s Security and Safety Coordinator, said that the main focus of maintenance activity over the summer was to make the schools safer. “The biggest two things we’ve been working on are perimeter fencing and getting all of the school cameras functioning.” Laudatory goals indeed, but how successful was the District in [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:56 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #134 2 Responses »
Oct 022015

by Bud Navero……. Imagine retiring after thirty years of teaching and deciding to keep your hand in and pick up a modest income by subbing in the local schools. Anyone who’s been to school knows the travail that can accompany being a substitute teacher. Nevertheless, the idea that someone with outstanding professional credentials would be willing to do such a thing, would seem to be a rare outsized blessing for any school system – they get a seasoned professional working for peanuts in an often [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:54 am Island Voices, Issue #134 5 Responses »
Oct 022015
Cudjoe Regional: Is the BOCC Uninterested in Inconvenient Facts?

by John Prosser……. Before the June 10, 2015 BOCC meeting, I delivered two letters to the BOCC at the Marathon Government Center building in envelopes marked “Agenda Item J1 & Agenda Item J2, Public Comment.” Working people have no opportunity to speak when Board meetings are in the middle of the week and the middle of the day. That is why many town councils meet at night. I asked a County employee to please deliver the envelopes to someone who would hand them to the commissioners before [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:52 am Island Voices, Issue #134 3 Responses »
Oct 022015
Higher Education - Unbridled Hypocrisy - Advancing An Inferior Product...

Dear Editor, It’s troubling that an accomplished individual would be leading the charge to expand his organization’s ‘carbon footprint’ in the Florida Keys. Particularly, when such action is based upon antiquated data and pernicious principles governing the manner we educate our students. Florida Keys Community College President Jonathan Guevara is pushing for an expansive, unnecessary and ill-advised construction project, which will significantly add to the erosion of our fragile aquatic ecosystem. The massive compilation of concrete, asphalt, glass, noise and pollution; which Mr. Guevara desires [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #134, John Donnelly, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Oct 022015
Keep Old Town Old Petition

Dear Editor, I ordinarily don’t send a blanket message to everyone I know who has a link to Old Town Key West, however as of late there has been a great deal of concern over the HARC approval of building plans for a property on Eaton Street which most people said would “never pass in a million years.” Well, it passed pretty much on the first reading! If you’ve been surprised to drive down Simonton Street to see a large rectangular monolith erected in the 700 [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #134, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Oct 022015

by Alex Symington……. I have been following the congressional inquisition of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, President Cecile Richards and it is everything I would expect from the Republican inquisitors. The glee with which Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) attacks Richards for making a decent annual salary would be comical except for its ugly misogynistic tone. This undisguised open disdain for a woman making a respectable income was not overlooked by Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Cummings started by pointing out Cecile Richards’ salary is commensurate with her job as president [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Alex Symington, Issue #134 18 Responses »
Oct 022015
You Can Have the Pope- I'll Take the Peace Pilgrim!

  by Ray Jason……. She walks alone and unnoticed down one of America’s scenic but barely-traveled highways. Like any true pilgrim, she is penniless and her only possessions are the clothes on her back. But she also carries precious cargo with her – the message of Peace. For 28 years she quietly delivered her little peace talks wherever people were willing to listen. She was The Peace Pilgrim. He arrives in a motorcade led by a phalanx of motorcycle cops and surrounded by his massive [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Island Voices, Issue #134 6 Responses »
Oct 022015

by Jerome Grapel……. (Quite coincidentally, I was in New York when the Pope made his blockbuster visit to the mega city. It didn’t take long before I was totally “Poped out” under the weight of such an onslaught. If there is one thing I can say for sure about Pope Francis, it is this: his public relation skills are better than anyone who has ever held the Papacy. Whether he can, or intends to back this ability up with the substance of his rhetoric, is [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #134 5 Responses »
Oct 022015
A Modest Grandiose Proposal

by Kim Pederson……. Now that it’s football season again in America, the incidence of televised coin flipping has skyrocketed, as it always does at this time of year. In the NFL, the head referee stands in the center of the canyon formed by various players from each team and tosses a coin in the air. The head captain of the visiting team calls heads or tails and the winner of the toss decides whether to receive the opening kickoff. Whichever team kicks off, the other [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #134, Kim Pederson 5 Responses »
Oct 022015
Screwed, Blu'd and Tattooed by Reef Perkins... continued

Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins ***Present*** Later that night, after counting his four-hundred dollar jackpot for the eighth time, Blu stole a license plate off an old Yugo parked ass-in near a Guzzle gas station in South Miami. He tweaked the stolen plate onto the Ford then reclined, thumbed through his wad for the ninth time, and watched a watchable girl in cut-off blue jeans punch a handful of quarters into a nearby air pump. The girl had skinny, swizzle-stick legs stuck in [continue reading…]

Oct 022015
About the Pope

by Kirby Congdon……. The change in the church has been noticeable. Even in the Methodist church this writer knows that playing cards was gambling and prohibited as a sin for those born about 1856. And eighty years ago in 1955 Catholicism was still an exclusive sect. Heaven and hell were real entities governing many youngsters who were seeking guidance for behavior in small towns. Now Pope Francis has emphasized the unity of mankind in general. Other ideas are still discursive matters but the relaxation of narrow viewpoints is a relief and [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #134, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Oct 022015
Principal Props Video Contest

All year long, your principal is working hard to ensure that your school is running smoothly. This year during National Principals Month, NASSP invites you to make a one- to two-minute video giving “props” to your principal—telling us why you love your principal and what he or she means to you, your school, and your community. Last year we received over 70 incredible submissions, and choosing winners was harder than ever. Check out the 2014 winning videos below, and be sure to view all the [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #134, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 022015
KWPD Looking to Sponsor Cadets

The Key West Police Department is looking for motivated candidates who want to become police officers. The Department wants to sponsor the best and the brightest in the upcoming session of the Law Enforcement Academy at the Florida Keys Community College Institute of Criminal Justice. These sponsorships are a rare opportunity to earn a salary while working toward becoming a sworn officer. Not only that, but students don’t have to worry about tuition, books and supplies, it’s all paid by the Key West Police Department. [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #134, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 022015
Matheson Family Legacy is Topic of Keys History & Discovery Center Presentation

Islamorada, FL – The Matheson Family Legacy: Key Biscayne to Lignumvitae Key will be presented by Bruce Matheson, the great grandson of William J. Mathson, as part of the Keys History & Discovery Center Presents lecture series. The presentation is the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada. The Center opens at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6 p.m. Cost for non-Discovery Center members is $25 and includes admission to the exhibit as well as light [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #134, Special Events No Responses »
Oct 022015

Key West Commissioner Clayton Lopez is hosting the monthly District VI community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 8th at the Martin Luther King Community Center at 300 Catherine Street.  This is an important meeting for the community as we discuss the possibility of naming the roads at the Truman Waterfront in honor of members of our community. These monthly community meetings are part of the Key West Police Department’s community policing initiative. They provide an open forum to talk frankly with elected officials and local [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:33 am Bahama Village, Issue #134 1 Response »
Oct 022015
Time to Renew Residential Parking Permits

Beginning October 1, residents can purchase their new annual residential parking permit for Old Town. The new orange stickers will help ensure marked residential parking spaces are reserved for residents. The new orange permits cost just $10 a year. They are available at the Monroe County Tax Assessor’s office at the Harvey Government Center. Applicants will need to show proof of residency in Key West as well as a driver’s license and vehicle registration in order to obtain the residential parking permit. Old Town has [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #134, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 022015
Haven Hospice Announces Affiliation with Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice of the Florida Keys

Gainesville, Florida (October 1, 2015) — To further strengthen the delivery of high quality home health and hospice services to patients and families throughout Monroe County, Haven Hospice has formed an affiliation with the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNAHFK). “We welcome VNAHFK as an affiliate of Haven Hospice and SantaFe HealthCare as of October 1,” said SantaFe HealthCare President and CEO Michael P. Gallagher about the arrangement which recently received regulatory approval. “With the resources, skills and expertise that Haven [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #134, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 022015
Zonta Awards Martina Thurmond Scholarship to Navy Veteran

The Zonta Club of Key West announces this year’s award of the Martina Thurmond Ongoing Education Scholarship. Ariela Mariano is a Navy veteran who is starting the Nursing Program at FKCC this fall. Mariano will use the $1,500 award to help purchase books, scrubs and supplies. Most importantly, it will help allow her to focus on full time studies which make it difficult to continue in a part-time job. “Organizations like this give women like us that extra push we need to keep moving forward [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #134, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 022015
Habitat for Humanity's Announces Winners

It’s official! With a record 13 acts performing Art Humphries and the Lower Keys Horny Horn Section are in first place in their categories at the end of Round 1 of Votes for Notes, an annual music competition held for the benefit of the two Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Lower Keys. The audience “votes” with cash donations dropped in the performers vote bucket while they perform. The Band and Solo/Duo performers who garner the most in donations to Habitat will each win a [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #134, Special Events No Responses »
Oct 022015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, October 1 thru Wednesday, October 7 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Thursday Como lo vemos a Usted – How We See You Opening Reception, 6 PM A collaborative project by two photographers Jeffrey Cardenas and Yanela Pineiro Gutierrez – a portfolio of 100 black-and-white images both diptychs and individual portraits. First exhibited at Havana’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, February 2015. The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458. tskw.org Thursday [continue reading…]

 October 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #134, Literature, Music, Theater No Responses »