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What You May Not Know About the Citizen Review Board

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. The Citizen Review Board (CRB) is a big deal. Now 13 years old, the CRB is an independent city agency with the authority to investigate complaints involving Key West police officers. The reason this is a big deal is that, before 2002, there was no such agency here. Citizen complaints often just disappeared into a black hole inside the Key West Police Department (KWPD). What you may not know about the CRB is that it is unique among City departments, boards [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am * Featured Story *, Issue #137 17 Responses »
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One of our readers pointed out an error in a recent story that involved Bob Dean’s service on the board of the Key West Housing Authority. The story should have reported that Dean receives no pay or benefits from the Housing Authority. All the members of that board are volunteers.

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Correction, Issue #137 1 Response »
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Commies and Socialists and Maniacs, Oh My!

by Alex Symington……. In his typical tedious and malicious style, Donald Trump called Bernie Sanders a “maniac” and a “communist.” When asked for a response, Sanders’ press secretary, Symone Sanders (no relation) said this about the school yard bully’s aspersions, “If we weighed in every time Donald Trump said something stupid we wouldn’t have time to do anything else.” Symone is wise beyond her twenty five years (and funny). I bring this up as an example of the confusion Trump and many others have in [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Alex Symington, Issue #137 4 Responses »
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In a Logical World, Too Many Cooks Don't Spoil the Pie

by Kim Pederson……. I miss math. Crazy I know for someone who never got beyond basic high school trigonometry and calculus and has retained pretty much none of it. Even so, I’ve been thinking about math recently and remembering that it was actually sort of fun to do geometry and work out equations in a world where the rules and the operations are clear, pristine, and consistent and the answers or solutions (at least at my level) were something everyone could agree were correct. What [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #137, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
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The Ditty

by Kirby Congdon……. Those of us who like to write poetry are almost always daunted by its history and its depth. A less intimidating kind of poetry is the ditty which lets us play with words in a casual way without abandoning standards. Light-hearted verse lets us forget that underlying obligation to produce something worth reading. The writing of it is not any easier but, like a crossword puzzle, doing it is its own reward. As the following ditty illustrates, the rhyme can take over reason. On reading it a [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #137, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
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POAs Settle with FKAA and County Over CRWS Shallow Wells

The legal challenge brought by Cudjoe Gardens and Sugarloaf Shores property owners associations over the use of shallow injection wells at the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System treatment plant resulted in a guarantee for the expeditious completion of a deep injection well, a generator dedicated to that well, monthly water quality monitoring, and restricted flow as shallow wells are utilized during deep well construction. Approval of the settlement today by county commissioners averted an Oct. 26 hearing before a state administrative judge. “We were pleased when [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #137, Public Notice No Responses »
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New Motion in Birth Certificate Case

NCLR and Equality Florida Ask Federal Judge to Order Immediate Issuance of Birth Certificates Acknowledging Same-Sex Spouses as Parents   Tallahassee —Today, the same-sex couples who filed a federal lawsuit challenging Florida’s refusal to add both of their names to their children’s birth certificates asked the court for immediate protection for their families. The request for a preliminary injunction filed by Debbie and Kari Chin of St. Petersburg and Yadira Arenas and Alma Vazquez of Winter Haven says: “Defendants’ discriminatory denial of equal birth certificates [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #137, Public Notice No Responses »
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by Thomas L. Knapp……. Irwin Schiff spent much of his later life in prison. He died in prison on October 16, blind and suffering from lung cancer, having been denied “compassionate release” to die at home with his family. So, who was this Schiff fellow? A mass murderer? Perhaps a serial rapist? Well, no. Irwin Schiff’s “crime” was saying and writing things the federal government didn’t want you to hear. He thought the income tax was an illegal scam. He refused to pay it. Based [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Editorial, Issue #137, Thomas L. Knapp 9 Responses »
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Robert the Doll is Vegas-Bound, Will be Included in Travel Channel Paranormal Show

The world’s most famous and intriguing haunted doll will be taken out of his secured, glass display case at Fort East Martello Museum from October 28-30. But have no fear-Robert the Doll will not be lurking about. Instead, he will join Key West Art & Historical Society Curator Cori Convertito, PhD, on a trip to Las Vegas to be featured on Travel Channel’s new television program ‘Zak Bagans: Mystery Mansion.’ “This is a wonderful opportunity to let people get to know Robert the Doll and [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #137, Special Event 1 Response »
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Key West Needs You!

November is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot Month and we want you to help us make a difference, and there are two opportunities to do so. One is the Business Recycling Campaign. Help businesses that want to recycle be successful and save money. This effort ties in with brand new Green Business Certification. In addition, we need help staffing a booth on Nov 8th and 21st for recycling events. Training will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20th at the Gato Building on Simonton St. beginning [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #137, Public Notice No Responses »
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EMT and Paramedic of the Quarter

Dr. Bruce Guerdan, Medical Director of Key West Fire and Rescue today recognized two outstanding emergency medical employees of the quarter for their outstanding service. Rick Hamel was named EMT of the Quarter and Brian Rose was named Paramedic of the Quarter.

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #137, Public Notice No Responses »
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Griffiths Elected to United Way of Florida Board

United Way of the Florida Keys Advisory Board member Andy Griffiths has been elected to a three-year term as a Board member for United Way of Florida. Griffiths served for seven years on the United Way of the Florida Keys Board, including two years as Chair, before moving to the UWFK Advisory Board in July. He said he is looking forward to the challenge of helping to set policy for the statewide United Way. “I am a big believer in the mission of United Way,” [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #137, Public Notice No Responses »
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Habitat for Humanity Announces a Staff Departure - Key West Art Center Has a New Executive Director

Anna Symington has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Key West Art Center in Key West and will be leaving Habitat for Humanity at the end of October, 2015. Prior to coming to the Keys in 1996 Anna was Assistant to the CEO of the New York State Historical Association and Fenimore Art Museum. The opportunity to work in arts administration again was something she felt she could not pass up. The Key West Art Center was established in 1960 and is the [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #137, Public Notice No Responses »
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Key West Art & Historical Society Excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park Celebrates US National Park System 100th Anniversary

On Saturday, November 7, in celebration of the US National Park System’s 100th anniversary, Key West Art & Historical Society members and friends can savor a day of nature’s wonders and epic history at Fort Jefferson – the 19th century red brick fortress located on Garden Key, 68 miles west of Key West, Florida, in the Dry Tortugas National Park. Traveling by the high-speed catamaran Yankee Freedom III, excursionists will enjoy Park Ranger Tree Gottshall’s discussion of the Park’s noteworthy history, as well as breakfast, [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #137, Special Events No Responses »
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Fury Water Adventure Honored as Make-A-Wish's 'In-Kind Angel'

Key West-based Fury Water Adventures was recently recognized with Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida’s “In-Kind Angel” award at the wish-granting organization’s donor appreciation event in Miami. For nearly three years, Fury has welcomed “wish kids” to the lower Keys by providing glass bottom boat excursions, sunset cruises, dolphin-watching trips, jet ski tours, parasailing, kayaking, and snorkeling opportunities. They’ve done this, sometimes as often as five times a month, at no cost to Make-A-Wish or the families it serves, enabling the foundation to use those funds to grant [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #137, Special Event No Responses »
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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, October 22 thru Wednesday, October 28 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Saturday Havana Dreamin’ Featuring Andy Thurber and Wayne Garcia Opening Reception, 5 PM Gallery on Greene, 606 Greene St. 305-294-1669. galleryongreene.com CLASSES and WORKSHOPS Saturday Pet Portrait Painting Class w/Maggie Ruley, 1 PM Paint your pet from photos using acrylic paints. Beginners welcome. Island Inspirations, 933B Fleming St. 305-305-1013. maggieruley.com FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS Friday and Saturday Goombay Street Festival Street party [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:09 am Art, Issue #137, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater No Responses »
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23rd Annual Zonta ABC 5K Walk/Run on November 7th

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 some of the highest incidence of breast cancer because so many workers living here have no healthcare coverage. “The money raised from this event all goes to providing these [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #137, Special Events No Responses »
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Key West Artisan Market Kicks Off New Season

  The much anticipated Key West Artisan Market will kick off a new season on Sunday, November 8th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store. The event gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local. The parking lot at 1111 Eaton is transformed into a showcase of art, photography, jewelry and unique local handicrafts made exclusively in the Keys. There is eclectic entertainment, local author book signings, demonstrations and sampling. Guests will be able to taste and buy [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #137, Special Events No Responses »
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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 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #137, Music No Responses »
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FKSPCA to Assume County's Animal Control Contract for the Middle Keys

  The Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (FKSPCA) announced at its meeting on October 21, that Monroe County commissioners gave approval for the FKSPCA to assume the remainder of the contract currently held by SHARK (Safe Harbor Animal Rescue of the Keys) for animal control services in the Middle Keys. As a result of their internal issues, the SHARK Board of Directors voted in August 2015 to find another group to assume the responsibilities in their jurisdiction. Both the County [continue reading…]

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #137, Public Notice No Responses »
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Report Scams and Illegal Rentals

As the busy season heats up, residents are reminded that Monroe County has launched a new toll-free phone number and email address to report illegal and noncompliant vacation rentals, as well as vacation rental scams in the Florida Keys. The phone number for reporting such occurrences to the Monroe County Tax Collector’s Office is 1-855-422-4540. Or contact them via email at mail@monroetaxcollector.com Callers can choose to identify themselves or remain anonymous.

 October 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #137, Public Notice No Responses »