Dec 042015
Housing Hocus-Pocus? Is the City Losing the Workforce Housing Battle One House at a Time?

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. It was not the Sistine Chapel, but the ceilings were painted with beautiful scenes of Florida Keys’ waters, with schooners and fishermen. The artists had been Cuban refugees who long ago paid for their stay at “The Kerr House” by redecorating the inside of the old conch house. When we visited the house at 410 Simonton Street seven years ago there were seven apartments bursting with local residents. Today we read in a redevelopment plan that the house will soon become [continue reading…]

Dec 042015
Eimers Death In Custody. Could It Happen Again?

Commentary by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Two years ago, on Thanksgiving morning, paramedics were called to assist an old man on South Beach. KWPD officers on scene told them that the man had been running away from police on the beach and had suddenly collapsed in the sand and when they got to him he had no pulse and they began CPR. An investigation by The Blue Paper was going to bring to light a very different story, including two bystander videos showing the suspect, [continue reading…]

Dec 042015
An Open Letter to Superintendent Porter / Confusion vs. Contradiction

Superintendent Porter: I found your comments last week on Bill Becker’s “Morning Magazine” about finances at the HOB daycare operation to be confusing, if not contradictory. You told Becker that you thought it perfectly appropriate, without explanation, not to inform the School Board, the State Attorney or anyone else for that matter when HOB Principal Mike Henriquez told you a year ago about financial problems, if not irregularities, with the HOB daycare operation. Rather, you took it upon yourself to conduct an internal investigation sotto voce. [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Sheriff Announces Promotions

Sheriff Rick Ramsay announced several promotions today in the bureaus of law enforcement and corrections. “I am extremely proud of these Sheriff’s Office members who have worked hard to get where they are today,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “I look forward to working with them in their new positions and fully expect them to continue to perform in an exemplary manner, serving the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of our county.”  

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Dec 042015
Background Roots

Note from the Editor: The Blue Paper is honored to share with you the first in a series of  excerpts from the autobiographical works of Key West’s first Poet Laureate, Kirby Congdon… ~~~~~~~~~ Background Roots by Kirby Congdon……. After my family had lost their house, business and employment in West Chester, Pennsylvania, we settled into Great Uncle Jim’s one-horse farm house on nine acres in Old Mystic, Connecticut. Uncle Jim’s own father had built it himself, being a carpenter, about 1856 with gold-rush income as a [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
It’s Just Sad

by Alex Symington……. The world seems to be coming apart at the seams and events of just the past few weeks are making my head spin. I have to wonder, are the fundamentalist radical Christians correct about the apocalyptical end times or are they just frantically engineering it into existence with the help of their Abrahamic cousins? We are living within a perfect storm of fear, hate and religious/political extremism being made much worse by an impotent press. Corporate sponsored media is more concerned with [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Review of Allen Meece 2015 Book of Poetry, "Drifting in Paradise"

Review of Allen Meece, Drifting in Paradise: Road Map to Reality Essential Existential Poetry (Key West: publ. KeyWest House, 2015) reviewed by M. R. Willison……. You never know what others are up to, but in the case of Allen Meece, you know it’s got to be poetry. He reads his poems at the Key West Poetry Guild, which he guided for many years, and he has published his poetry. He is also known for his turn-of-the-millennium Viet Nam War novel/memoir, The Abel Mutiny, on his [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
I Forget. You Forget. We Forget. We're Forgotten.

by Kim Pederson……. Ever since the Internet took up residency pretty much 24/7 within the gramatter [gray matter] of our brains there’s been talk and research and…shoot, I can’t recall what I was just thinking about. Oh, well. I’ll just go on with something else like…wait, sorry, I just got a text, a Facebook notification, an Instagram ping, several tweets, a Tumblr notice, and several emails. I’ll just be a…oh…no…something’s wrong. My mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. I just [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Tunatoons - Garbage Terrorist

by Richard (Tuna) Rohe……. All the Sea creatures have had enough with humans dumping all their Plastic in the oceans. So they have decided to become GARBAGE TERRORIST in order to get some attention! Watch out they are on their way ………….

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Dec 042015
Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins…continues…

Key West author Reef Perkins shares more of his hilarious book, Screwed, Blu’d and Tattooed by Reef Perkins ***Key West*** (part two) (Click here for previous chapter) It took Pepto a couple days to track Ferling Bagwidth down. He had a connection in the Miami sewer department. A guy who knew his shit. The connection gave Pepto the name of a guy in the Key West sewer department. “He knows his shit,” the friend covertly advised. Pepto met his source behind an old septic tank [continue reading…]

Dec 042015
Reef Relief Fundraiser Hosted by Rock House Art Gallery

 Wednesday, December 9, 2015 6:00pm-8:00pm Rock House Art Gallery is hosting a fundraiser to benefit Reef Relief on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Refreshments will be donated by Firefly Key West and a cash wine bar will be available. Musical entertainment will be provided by Andy Westcott. Raffles will be sold and we will be displaying a limited edition museum quality archival print by Jerry Garcia, available through silent auction. Artists to be displayed include Aaron Chang and Tony Ludovico. Admission is free and [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Florida Bay Forever Exhibit Opens

  Florida Bay Forever Exhibit Comes to Islamorada Keys History & Discovery Center Features Photographic Exhibit Florida Bay Forever: A Photographic Exhibit, is now on display at Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada, through Feb. 28, 2016. The exhibit explores the relationships linking the state’s bodies of water and examines the inextricable link of Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades, Florida Bay and the Florida Reef. With more than 40 photographs and images, the exhibit offers a visually-stimulating experience as well as one which will educate [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Poetry Guild Spotlights Boguszewski

The Key West Poetry Guild on Sunday, December 6, will again feature the work of Vicki Boguszewski. The Guild meets at 7 p.m. upstairs at Blue Heaven, Thomas at Petronia streets in Old Town. All poets, visitors and locals alike, are invited to read their original work and auditors are welcome as well. Nance Boylan will moderate. Boguszewski is a longtime Guild member and serves as corresponding secretrary of the Guild’s informal coordinating committee. In case of rain, the meeting is postponed until the following [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
6th-Annual "Take A Child To A Bookstore Day"–Mike Mongo at Key West Island Books

Children’s Book Author Mike Mongo book signing The Astronaut Instruction Manual Along with over 700 bookstores nationwide, Key West’s oldest and longest-running bookstore Island Books is welcoming parents to bring their children to the bookstore this Saturday, December 5th. Take Your Child To A Bookstore Day started in 2010 by New York author Jenny Milchman who wanted to share her joy of bookstores with her own children. Milchman also decided a bookstore was a terrific place to launch the holiday season. Since then, Take You [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Library Book Sale Rain Delay

  **UPDATE** Due to the unsettled weather situation, the Friends of the Key West library have postponed their December book sale scheduled for Dec. 5. It will instead take place on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the palm garden next to the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St. For information, call 305-394-7148. Books and baked goods! The first Palm Garden Book Sale of the year will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9:30a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Palm Garden next [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Holiday Traffic Safety

Make this a happy holiday season – don’t drink and drive Just a reminder: the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force watching out for drunk and unsafe drivers during the holidays with the goal of making sure holiday travel is as safe as possible here in the Florida Keys. Deputies will be concentrating their efforts on drunk drivers, improper passing and other unsafe driving practices throughout the season in an effort to save lives and make this holiday season a safe and [continue reading…]

 December 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #143, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 042015
Plantation Key School Project Public Meeting Notice

The Monroe County School District will hold a second community meeting on Wednesday, December 9th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Plantation Key School cafeteria. The meeting will be held to discuss the final programming that will incorporate 21st century educational principles to inform the conceptual design process for the new schools location on the current site. Zyscovich Architects will give a presentation discussing the programming, building site locations, project updates and the project schedule. The meeting will be held in an open house format and a question [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Help Prevent Car Burglaries - Lock Up!

With the heaviest part of the tourist season approaching, the Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to lock car doors and don’t leave valuables in sight. Car burglaries are usually crimes of opportunity. Typically, criminals will walk through a parking area or a neighborhood and try car doors, looking for one that is unlocked. Sometimes, they will break a locked window to get to valuable items visible inside. The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone this type of crime is easy to prevent. [continue reading…]

 December 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #143, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 042015
United Way of the Florida Keys Participates in Global Day of Giving

United Way of the Florida Keys staff spent the afternoon of #GivingTuesday volunteering with local nonprofit partner agency Marathon Rec Center, enjoying craft projects and helping students with homework. Tuesday, December 1, United Way of the Florida Keys celebrated #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back! Created in New York City in 2012, #GivingTuesday brings people together around the values of service and giving back. More than 60 countries around the world now celebrate this day to round out the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. #GivingTuesday combines [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Photographer Rob O’Neal’s Work Featured in Newest Custom House Museum Exhibit

On Friday, December 11, from 6:00pm-7:30pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to the opening of its newest exhibit at the Custom House Museum— “Islands in the (Gulf) Stream: A photography exhibit of Key West & Cuba by Rob O’Neal.” The exhibit, set to run through April 19, 2016, will showcase more than 40 images of his vibrant work. For over 20 years, the professional photojournalist’s images have regularly appeared worldwide via the Associated Press— and for 16 of them, he has [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
JJ Grey & Mofro Concert at Fort East Martello - Tickets on Sale

JJ Grey & Mofro Concert at Fort East Martello – Tickets on Sale Tickets are now on sale for the Saturday, January 2 Key West Concerts presentation of “An Evening with JJ Grey & Mofro,” hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society at the historic Fort East Martello’s parade grounds at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Grey—dubbed “the north Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker”—and his band Mofro have toured widely with more than 120 live shows a year, and have been lauded in major [continue reading…]

 December 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #143, Music No Responses »
Dec 042015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 thru WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS THURSDAY The Studios of Key West: Feather Your Nest Exhibition and Auction, 6 PM Tony Konrath, Lines on the Body Opening Show and Holiday Sale, 6 PM. The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. FRIDAY Rockhouse Gallery: Pacific Green Furniture Show, 5:30 PM Join Key West’s newest destination gallery for the unveiling of the 2016 arrivals of Pacific Green’s [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Celebrate the Season - Sunday December 6

Key West Art Center hosts annual Celebrate the Season ​ opening show and reception​,​ ​​SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 5-7 PM The Key West Art Center is hosting its annual “Celebrate the Season” opening show and reception on ​​Sunday, December 6​​​th from 5 – 7 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate the Holidays and the start of another season of the arts with our talented and well-known Keys artists. A great variety of new works of art are on display in the gallery which has been, of course, [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
Peter Max to Appear at Key West Exhibition of His Works

PETER MAX – A RETROSPECTIVE – 1960-2015 AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS FROM AMERICA’S ICONIC ARTIST Journey through the career of a Pop Culture Icon: Peter Max to Exhibit in Key West An artistic diversity that has defined American Art: Captured by the Artist who began a new visual culture A newly-curated collection by artist legend, Peter Max’s exquisite paintings will be on exhibition and available for acquisition in a presentation at Key West Gallery, Key West’s premier fine art destination. Included in the Collection are [continue reading…]

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Dec 042015
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 favorite 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…]

 December 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #143, Music No Responses »
Dec 042015
Southernmost Magnolia at BO's Fish Wagon - Thursdays

Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass, and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s Fish Wagon every Thursday [continue reading…]

 December 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #143, Music No Responses »
Dec 042015
Norway’s Berserk Bastards Invade Key West

Prepare to be invaded by the only real Viking pirate band in the world! The Berserk Band was established in Cuba 2007 under the name “Cuban Bohemian Refugee Orchestra” during the expedition of the sailboat “Berserk” through the Northwest Passage. The “Berserk” met the US sailboat “FUBAR” and the music adventure began. The first tunes were jammed into shape during Caribbean sunsets and late nights into early mornings, fueled by a whole lot of rum. The tunes later became singalong songs on deck, and the [continue reading…]

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