Nov 072015
 
SHOOTOUT VIDEO RELEASED: Heroic Deputy Shot in Chest / Suspect Shot First

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The Monroe County Sheriff released video of a gun battle that took place weeks ago on Stock Island. [See video below] Dashcam from two deputies’ cruisers show the October 24th high speed chase of Timothy Thomas, who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Key West. In the video Thomas drives a stolen Ford Mustang over 70 miles/hour down a Stock Island narrow street. The car then speeds out of control and slides into a fence at the [continue reading…]

Nov 062015
 
Timothy Thomas Claims 'Deputies Shot First' [Police Shootout Rained Bullets on Stock Island Family]

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. [Note:  This article was written and published prior to the Sheriff’s release of the dashcam video.  You will find an update at the end of the article including both Deputy Gordon and Deputy Lariz’ dashcam video excerpts as posted by the MCSO on youtube this morning.] It was about 9:45 pm on Stock Island. Tony Alfonso’s kids were playing in the front yard. “We were having a sweet sixteen party for my daughter,” says Tony. In a few minutes their home [continue reading…]

Nov 062015
 
City Commissioner Sam Kaufman: Do Good - But Do It Within Budget

  by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. We here at The Blue Paper wanted to know what kind of city commissioner newly-elected Sam Kaufman is going to be. So, armed with questions ranging from affordable housing and homelessness to marijuana and the opening of Cuba, I made an appointment with Commissioner Kaufman and drove out to his law office in the Northside Office Center for an early morning meeting. As it turned out, I learned just about everything about what kind of city commissioner Attorney Kaufman is [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:58 am * Featured Story *, Editorial, Issue #139 3 Responses »
Nov 062015
 
Drug Sweep Nabs 27 So Far

Twenty seven local drug dealers have been arrested over the past few weeks as part of a months-long effort by the Key West Police Department. With the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Customs and Border Protection, the KWPD Special Investigations Unit conducted numerous undercover operations that resulted in 41 people facing various narcotics charges. They include the sale of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, spice and even heroin. Those arrested so far are: Anthony Tamburello, 40 Hector Moreira, [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #139, Public Notice 1 Response »
Nov 062015
 
Chief Commends Officer Richardson

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee on Thursday presented Officer Curtis Richardson with a Chief’s Commendation in recognition of his continuing dedication and professionalism. In the predawn hours of July 22, Officer Richardson was on routine patrol in the 200 block of Truman Avenue when they saw heavy smoke billowing from the rear of a building. He quickly woke the residents and discovered that a pile of rags soaked in highly combustible deck stain was smoldering at the rear of the house and beginning to burn [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
 
Chief Commends Officer Kouri

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee Thursday presented Officer David Kouri with a Chief’s Commendation in recognition of his role in the arrest of a dangerous suspect. On Oct 25, local law enforcement located and converged upon a house in Key West where Timothy Thomas, an armed and dangerous suspect, was hiding. He was wanted for a violent home invasion robbery and for shooting a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy. The suspect was armed and had been shot the night before when he exchanged gunfire with MCSO [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
 
Guest Column: Is it Fantasy or the Naked City?

by Barbara Blackmore……. Well, it happened. I may be one of the least repressed people that you have ever met. I grew up being comfortable seeing my parents nude, my kids grew up seeing me nude. When they closed their bedroom door, I started wearing a house coat. Nudity is the way we came into this world. It is something that feels too good. Today, it was too much! It was 9:30 in the morning. I pedaled over to my local drug store to get some vital purchase, and what did [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:54 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #139 1 Response »
Nov 062015
 
Local Governments & Entities Praise Filing of Florida Keys Stewardship Act

Florida Keys Stewardship Act Invests in Florida Keys’ Most Significant Environmental Needs Local governments and entities in Monroe County, Fla., this week praised the filing of the Florida Keys Stewardship Act – House Bill 447, sponsored by Representative Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo). The Senate Bill is slated to be introduced by Senator Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby). Local governments in support of the Florida Keys Stewardship Act include Monroe County; City of Key West; City of Marathon; Islamorada, Village of Islands; and City of Key Colony Beach. Local [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #139, Public Notice 1 Response »
Nov 062015
 

Cindy Williams is best known for her role as Shirley Feeney in the television series Laverne and Shirley, which recently won the TV Land award for “Fan Favorite”. In addition she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2004). Her film credits include Travels with My Aunt directed by George Cukor, The Conversation directed by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas’s American Graffiti for which she received a British Academy Award nomination in 1974 for Best Supporting Actress. Williams has also [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 am Island Voices, Issue #139 1 Response »
Nov 062015
 
New Keys Organization Promotes Solar Education

A new organization has been formed in the Keys to promote training of solar installers. Calling itself the Solar Education Association of the Florida Keys, the group will work to create career training for the solar industry in the island chain. The effort also aims to help educate locals about how to tap which solar power to reduce energy expenditures. The Florida Keys attract people from all over the world for one primary reason: the plentiful sunshine. The Keys get 259 days of sun, on [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
 
Double Talk Needs to Stop

Letter to the Editor: There is an article that appeared in the Free Press titled “Majeska files to run for Murphy’s seat”. Murphy made some statements in that article that really ought to be clarified for the voters and the taxpayers. Referring to Key Largo, Murphy is reported to have said: “We are not up here paying one bit more than the people down the road, even though their assessment is lower,” she told the Free Press. That is self-contradictory. How does Key Largo pay [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #139, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Nov 062015
 
True Identity and Paul Ryan

by Alex Symington……. We human beings have an obsessive need to identify and label every manner of thing in existence. Every animal, vegetable and mineral have scientific names in Latin, as well as more numerous “common” names. Take the Oak Tree for example; “An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus (/ˈkwɜrkəs/;[1] Latin “oak tree”) of the beech family, Fagaceae. There are approximately 600 extant species of oaks. The common name “oak” may also appear in the names of species in related [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Alex Symington, Issue #139 21 Responses »
Nov 062015
 
Palimpsest

by Kirby Congdon……. This writer leans toward using experience as the best tool in learning how to do anything. It hurts to get criticism, rejections and, most devastating, seeing one’s own flaws by oneself. One can find excuses to dismiss tactless remarks from friends but the writer himself is his own best guide and he can be his own most severe teacher. This may be because he or she does not have to admit the embarrassment to one’s pride one may feel in receiving involuntary advice! Stanley Kunitz, a [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #139, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Nov 062015
 
And Now for a Few Last Words

by Kim Pederson……. As you may know, November 2 is the Day of the Dead. As you may not know, it is also Plan Your Epitaph Day, at least according to Lance Hardie, author of the yet-to-be-published (I think) How to Write Your Own Epitaph — and Live Long Enough to Enjoy It. Lance believes that having a forgettable gravestone is a fate worse than death, and he exhorts his readers to avoid this at all costs: “Don’t give up your power over the most [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #139, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Nov 062015
 
Monroe County School Partnerships Upcoming Events

November 9th through the 13th will be a very busy week in the Monroe County Schools with three major new initiatives and partnerships being recognized. These three programs are all new to the MCSD in 2015-2016 and are part of our efforts to provide higher academic rigor and opportunities for all students. Experiment in International Living – Global Essay Contest for MCSD high school students – several in-school presentations and opportunities Future Florida Physicists – Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 10th 3:00 PM at Marathon [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #139, Public Notice, Special Event No Responses »
Nov 062015
 
Plantation Key School Project Public Meeting Notice

The Monroe County School District will hold a community meeting on Thursday, November 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Plantation Key School Cafeteria. The meeting will be held to discuss programming the school according to 21st century educational principles. Zyscovich Architects will give a presentation discussing the programming, project updates and the project schedule. The meeting will be held in an open house format and a question and answer session will follow the presentation. Facilities Planner Michael Skrodinsky said, the new school will be planned for 650 student stations. [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #139, Public Notice No Responses »
Nov 062015
 
Music Program for Babies, Toddlers Finds New Home

Music Together in the Keys now operates out of Key West Church of Christ, 1700 Von Phister St. Minister Bill Rankin’s congregation graciously offered its Fellowship Room for the innovative music education classes, for newborns through 4-year-olds and the adults who love them. “We are so grateful to have this nice, big, bright space for our classes,” Director Libby Curtis said. This semester, 65 families are enrolled in the local branch of the internationally renowned, research-backed program. Trained, registered Music Together educators teach sophisticated musical [continue reading…]

 November 6, 2015  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #139, Music No Responses »