Oct 162015
Key West Art & Historical Society Debuts New Film Series

Thursday, October 22 at 6pm marks the debut of Key West Art & Historical Society’s new film program, to take place once a month in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The educational program, titled, “History as Art, Art as History,” will “support and enhance The Society’s mission, exhibitions and programs,” said local film expert and KWAHS Board member Michael Shields, who is director and host of the series. The inaugural film, titled [continue reading…]

 October 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #135 No Responses »
Oct 092015

Video by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Commentary by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Suppose that you are inclined to tell people that you own the Cow Key Channel Bridge and, furthermore, that you are willing to sell it for a reasonable price. And suppose that you hear that there are three Key West residents who might be gullible enough to actually believe that you do own the bridge and who might be willing to make an offer. Who do you think those three people might be? How [continue reading…]

Oct 092015
FKAA Chairman Dean Plays Cat and Mouse

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The documents often begin with: “I, J. Robert Dean do solemnly swear” and thereafter the facts seem to change and contradict each other depending on what Dean needs to do to stay in power. On Wednesday Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority [FKAA] Board Chairman Bob Dean provided Supervisor of Elections, Joyce Griffin, with a new sworn affidavit. In response to those who accuse Dean of unlawfully sitting on the FKAA Board and of not being a Key West resident, Dean now [continue reading…]

Oct 092015

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. If you are a longtime Key Wester and a longtime reader of The Blue Paper, you know that when I ran the paper from 1994 until 2012, Code Enforcement (or Code Compliance, as the department is now known) was in the news a lot. And why not. Allegations of corruption were rampant. And reporting corruption was our specialty. More than a million dollars in fines were going uncollected. It was rumored that many businesses were avoiding coming into compliance with code [continue reading…]

Oct 092015
A Golden Opportunity

Dear Editor, It’s really a blessing in disguise that Cudjoe Regional hasn’t started operation yet. One very senior DEP official has called this sewer system “kind of a big experiment.” And it’s already showing problems before it’s even operating. I hear reports from the field people that some of the gravity sewers are so leaky that they can’t keep them emptied. And normally a service tech would turn on lift station pumps and know immediately that they were working because the water level would start [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #135, Letter to the Editor 3 Responses »
Oct 092015
NOAA Declares Third Ever Global Coral Bleaching Event

Bleaching intensifies in Hawaii, high ocean temperatures threaten Caribbean corals As record ocean temperatures cause widespread coral bleaching across Hawaii, NOAA scientists confirm the same stressful conditions are expanding to the Caribbean and may last into the new year, prompting the declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever on record. Waters are warming in the Caribbean, threatening coral in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, NOAA scientists said. Coral bleaching began in the Florida Keys and South Florida in August, but now [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #135, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 092015
Massacre du Jour

  by Alex Symington……. Now we can add Roseburg, Oregon to the infamous list of communities traumatized by mass murder. Another mentally ill young man with “small arms” (innocent sounding name of things so deadly) killed nine people in his community college English class then killed himself. You and I knew it was only a matter of time. It was inevitable. In America gun mass murder events are as regular as Yellowstone’s Old Faithful. Yes, regular as clock work and fast becoming as traditional as [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Alex Symington, Issue #135 17 Responses »
Oct 092015
The Curse of Dimensionality

by Kim Pederson……. Sometimes you run across a word or phrase that just cries out for attention. This happened recently as I edited a paper on how used-good markets affect digital game sales. As part of the discourse, the author mentioned “the curse of dimensionality” in reference to analyzing the data collected. On the scientific side, the term refers to, well, I’ll let Wikipedia explain it: The curse of dimensionality refers to various phenomena that arise when analyzing and organizing data in high-dimensional spaces(often with [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #135, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Oct 092015
Screwed, Blu'd and Tattooed by Reef Perkins...continues...

Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins ***Ingrown Heirs*** A Compact History Blu’s Yunger’s far-flung uncle, Ferling Bagwidth, once described as a “hermit crab without the personality,” owned a home and clock repair shop half way down Dung Beetle Lane in Old Town, Key West. Ferling was a Conch. A Conch (pronounced Konk) is someone born, without a say in the matter, on the island of Key West. One hundred years ago Ferling’s great uncle, Wiley Bagwidth, a Bahamian and Master Shipwright, along with his [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am ~ Artists ~, Island Voices, Issue #135, Literature No Responses »
Oct 092015

by Kirby Congdon…….. The movie, Stonewall, about the uprising of a minority against the local police, is an event this columnist remembers hearing about when it happened. The gays who frequented the Stonewall bar were not my crowd. I had not even heard of it before then. It was not patronized by the Sunday afternoon coffee and poetry aficionados. Having casual drinks out was always an expense that did not fit into most people’s budget. However the stigma of homosexuality was a given and this accusative [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #135, Kirby Congdon 2 Responses »
Oct 092015
Veterans Organization Denounces U.S. Bombing of Afghan Hospital

Calls for End to U.S. Led War in Afghanistan St. Louis, MO. Veterans For Peace condemns the U.S. bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The sustained attack by one or more U.S. fighter jets left 22 people dead, including staff members, patients and children, and caused great destruction to the hospital. A U.S. military spokesperson in Afghanistan has referred to the attack as “collateral damage,” but eyewitness accounts and Afghan military sources indicate the hospital was attacked deliberately, on the pretext [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #135, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 092015
Weather Service Employees Tethered By Illegal Orders

Special Counsel Asked to Reverse Recent Raft of Blanket Nondisclosure Policies Washington, DC — National Weather Service employees face growing restrictions on their ability to disclose information about the inner workings of their agency, according to a complaint filed today by the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). They contend these gag orders are illegal and are pressing U.S. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner to lift these nondisclosure policies and take action against responsible officials. A key provision of [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #135, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 092015
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Jeb Bush Opposition to Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON –Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush said that he would not sign a reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act if elected president. When speaking on the Voting Rights Act at an event today in Iowa, Bush said “If it’s to reauthorize it to continue to provide regulations on top of states as though we are living in 1960…I don’t believe that we [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #135, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 092015
Key West for Bernie Debate Watch Party at Salute this Tuesday Oct 13th at 8PM

The Key West Conchs for Bernie Debate-Watch Party will be held at Salute on the Beach at 8pm, Tuesday Oct 13th. This is the first of six sanctioned national Democratic Presidential televised debates now scheduled for this fall and winter, featuring both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, along with the other Democratic primary candidates. There will be a short organizing meeting at 8:15 with debate coverage beginning at 8:30. The actual debate will begin at 9PM on CNN. A cash bar and light snacks will [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #135, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 092015
FKSPCA and BO's Fishwagon Fundraiser

The Florida Keys SPCA is a completely independent, private, not-for-profit organization. We are not under the umbrella of, nor are we funded by the ASPCA or any other national humane organization. Every donation, large and small, is important, needed and much appreciated. Our community needs a new, modern, clean, healthy shelter complete with adequate kennel space and office space. Please join the campaign efforts. Thank you for the part you play in helping us help the animals in our care.

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:23 am Issue #135, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 092015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, October 8 thru Wednesday, October 14 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Saturday Go on ‘Assignment with Mr. Conchtastic’ Pop-up Exhibit, 10 AM A pop-up exhibit of the participants’ work. The Custom House, 281 Front St. 305-295-6616. kwahs.org Wednesday Lemonade Stand Gallery – Newly Remodeled Grand Opening Party, 6 PM Grand Opening Party of the newly remodeled Lemonade Stand Gallery and Key West Sunshine Club in Bahama Village. Music provided by Cailtin Evanson. [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #135, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater No Responses »
Oct 092015
Key West Theater Announces Winter Concert Series: Indigo Girls, Deana Carter, JOHNNYSWIM and Robert Randolph and the Family Band

  Rams Head Group, a Maryland based restaurant and entertainment company, announces a partnership with Key West Theater for a Winter Concert Series. The series features Grammy Nominated and Awarded artists Deana Carter, Edwin McCain, Indigo Girls, JOHNNYSWIM and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. “The Key West Theater is excited to be partnering with the Rams Head Group in bringing national acts to our venue. We believe this will be hugely beneficial to the Key West community and our visitors in providing an experience [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #135, Music, Special Events No Responses »
Oct 092015
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…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #135, Special Events No Responses »
Oct 092015
Two Officers Honored for 20 Years of Service

At Wednesday night’s City Commission meeting, Key West Police Chief Donie Lee recognized two department members for reaching the 20-year mark in their careers. Lt. Kathleen Ream joined the Key West Police Department in 1995. Her interest in law enforcement began in 1991 when she became an auxiliary officer, which inspired her to attend the police academy. She was promoted to sergeant in 1999. In 2003 she was promoted to lieutenant. During her 20 years of service, she has served as community policing officer, training officer [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #135, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 092015
Zombie Bike Ride and Pre-Party Celebration at Fort East Martello Creeping Up

Calling all ghouls: it’s time to get your Zombie on with WeCycle’s 6th Annual Zombie Bike Ride on Sunday, October 25th. The popular pedaling promenade begins at 2pm at Fort East Martello located at 3501 South Roosevelt Boulevard, a civil war-era fort home to Robert the Doll and stewarded by Key West Art & Historical Society. The parade’s new starting point at the Fort was initiated last year and helped accommodate the growing number of participants while also alleviating past year’s traffic congestion. “We clearly [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #135, Special Events No Responses »
Oct 092015
Key West Sunrise Rotary Installs Janszen and Richie as New Members

The two newest members of Key West Sunrise Rotary represent the Coast Guard and a disaster recovery company. The club welcomed USCG Sector Key West Commander Capt. Jeff Janszen and Royal Plus, Inc., Operations Manager Brian Richie. Both were sponsored by Jim Smith and installed by President Jim Scholl and Membership Chair Sue Fowler. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic, established in 1988, provides community service, supports charities and funds college scholarships through events including Brewfest, Poker Run and a golf [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #135, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 092015
Key West Sunrise Rotary FKCC Scholarship Recipients

Key West Sunrise Rotary was honored at this fall’s Florida Keys Community College Foundation scholarship social for funding Game Changer Scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. The program provides a path to a free Associate in Arts degree to financially-underserved Monroe County students. Recipients receive federal and state grants along with local funds to cover 100 percent of tuition and fees with additional money for essential living expenses.

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #135, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 092015
Rotary Club of Upper Keys Collects 2,354 Baby Diapers

The members of the Rotary Club of the Upper Keys collected and donated 2,345 baby diapers to give to the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, after hearing a presentation about diaper need by Arianna Nesbitt, CEO of Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition. “Diaper need is not only a community problem, but a national problem. There are programs available to parents to help cover expenses for food and other necessities, but diapers are not typically included. When choosing between diapers or other necessities, sometimes parents leave [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #135, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 092015
Annual Tot Swap Consignment Sale

Are your closets overflowing with unused children’s clothes and other items? Now is the time to clean out your closets and make some extra cash, or donate your items to support a local non-profit! The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is holding their annual Tot Swap Consignment Sale, to be held in Key West November 11-15. The sale location will be announced soon. Accepted sale items include new or clean, gently used children’s clothing size newborn through 12 years old; nursery furniture; baby equipment and [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #135, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 092015
Album Release Party & Walk-on-White

Join us at Harrison Gallery on Thursday, October 15th from 6-8 pm as we debut Ben Harrison’s latest album, Destino. This event also coincides with this month’s Walk on White. From epic to mariachi, Ben’s 9th studio album, Destino, shares colorful musical stories, many about infamous Key West characters and locales. Love, barrooms, and the ocean, play a large part in these rhythmic adventures, with a little “Adult Entertainment” thrown in for good measure. Ben Harrison is an author, musician, and playwright, who has been [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #135, Special Events No Responses »
Oct 092015
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 also music from Greece, Russia, France, and the Caribbean, 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 [continue reading…]

 October 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #135, Music No Responses »