Dec 182015

Commentary by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Well, there’s another financial scandal at the Monroe County School District. More than $20,000 has gone missing from the daycare program at Horace O’Bryant School. And apparently, School District officials have absolutely no clue as to what may have happened to the money. No clue at all. None. Was the money stolen or is this latest financial scandal just the result of sloppy bookkeeping? Nobody seems to know. The money is just missing. But based on the recent history of [continue reading…]

Dec 182015
Open Letter to the Monroe County School Board

Gentlemen: With the singular and notable exception of Board Chairman Griffiths, you set a new high (or is it low?) for posturing at [Tuesday’s] Board meeting regarding the HOB daycare financial fiasco. One definition of posturing is “to pretend to have or affect a particular attitude” and I thought that you did that exceptionally well. Apparently, your collective capacity to evade, avoid and obfuscate is without bounds. I thought that Board member Martin in particular demonstrated a capacity to bluster that exceeded your collective posturing. [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #145 1 Response »
Dec 182015
Marijuana: A Better Plan

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In 2014, Florida’s legislature passed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act. The idea was to make strains of marijuana that are low in THC (the stuff that gets you high) and high in CBD (the stuff that helps children with seizure disorders) legal with a doctor’s prescription. A year-and-a-half later, patients still await legal permission to purchase their medicine while state health bureaucrats and would-be providers of low-THC cannabis wrangle over which five nurseries will receive licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries. [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #145 3 Responses »
Dec 182015
Ayala Convicted of Aggravated Battery

On December 15, 2015, Lazaro Ayala was convicted of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years prison. On May 27, 2012, at Fiesta Key RV Park, Lazaro Ayala attacked Ruben Torres with a knife, stabbing him several times. The Honorable Ruth Becker presided over the trial in Marathon consisting of eight State’s witnesses and one Defense witness. The defendant did not testify. The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorneys Colleen Reed and Anna Hubicki. The [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #145, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 182015
EPA Takes Timid Step Toward Stemming Pharmaceutical Pollution

EPA Admits Growing Water Contamination but Tackles Only Tiny Fraction of Flow Washington, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency frankly admits that chemicals from pharmaceuticals are increasingly polluting our waters but plans to remove only a sliver from the pathway flow, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Public comment ends this month on an EPA proposed rule requiring healthcare facilities to safely dispose of unused medications, a rule that covers very few drugs and applies in only a [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #145, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 182015

by Alex Symington……. I don’t know about you, but I am so damned tired of this topic of debate I could spontaneously discorporate and happily enter a different dimension inhabited by the rational and sane, but that isn’t going to happen, is it? So, here I am scratching my head in wonder and amazement at the fresh hell of NRA sponsored, Government sanctioned death from hand-held personal weapons of mass destruction. Representatives of this God forsaken empire of dirt must come up with new and [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Alex Symington, Issue #145 29 Responses »
Dec 182015
A Letter From Post Consumer Man

by Jerome Grapel……. (Some of you might remember a controversy that swirled through our culture shortly after the 9/11 tragedy. It went something like this: a Moslem owned some property in close proximity to Ground Zero and wanted to develop it with an Islamic cultural center. This immediately sent the usual American demagogs into a spittily rage of rejection, claiming it would besmirch the hallowed ground where the attacks had taken place. At the time, I wrote a letter to the editor that could be [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #145 2 Responses »
Dec 182015
Zombie Questions

by Alex Symington……. Did you ever wonder what’s behind the psychology of the “Zombie” genre? You know, that scenario of human survivors battling the animated dead? Everybody, EVERYBODY identifies with the uninfected healthy people, but NOBODY identifies with the poor zombies! This begs the question; in every human vs zombie portrayal, why are there so many zombies and so few healthy survivors? How is this still attractive? This train of thought is evident in every day life, as well. The enthusiastic supporters of the shark-tank-last-man-standing-hyper-capitalist [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:39 am Alex Symington, Issue #145 2 Responses »
Dec 182015
Just Add Water

by Kim Pederson……. As you may remember, when Alice first tumbles down the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, she lands in a strange hall with many locked doors of different sizes. There’s also a table whereupon lies a tiny key that fits a tiny door much too small for the girl and a bottle labeled “Drink Me.” Alice decides that, since the bottle is not marked “Poison,” she’ll swig it down. She does and immediately downsizes — “shutting up like a telescope” in [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #145, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Dec 182015
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 ***Looner Too*** (Click here for previous chapter) During the same period of time that Blu was out of town, Ferling Bagwidth also left Key West and traveled by bus to Washington, DC in an attempt to market the Looner-Too. After three months of face to face, in-office consultations with his local Congressman and not showering or changing his cloths once, the government agent agreed to pay citizen [continue reading…]

Dec 182015
On "Figure"

by Kirby Congdon……. An aggressive poem, “Figure,” was put out as a folded broadside in 1967 and was recently advertised as rare literature. At least we know it is rare. Special permission was obtained to reprint a photograph in it, a portrait of the author standing beside his first motorcycle. The photographer, Marie Cosindas had exhibits of her Polaroids at the Museum of Modern Art and elsewhere and, so, was very protective of her work. The Polaroid Company had even set up a separate laboratory [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #145, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Dec 182015
Southernmost VFW Announces Local Essay Contest Winners

Sydney Hamilton, a senior at Key West High School was named the VFW Southernmost Post 3911’s first-place winner and recipient of the $500 award in the 2015-16 Voice of Democracy Scholarship program. Hamilton’s audio essay (your listening to it now) was then judged at the VFW Department of Florida District 5 and awarded 2nd Place. Around 40,000 students in grades 9-12 participate in the “Voice of Democracy” audio-essay competition that requires entrants to write and record a three-to-five minute essay on a patriotic-based theme. “My [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #145 No Responses »
Dec 182015

Jedidah Isler dreamt of becoming an astrophysicist since she was a young girl, but the odds were against her: At that time, only 18 black women in the United States had ever earned a PhD in a physics-related discipline. In this personal talk, she shares the story of how she became the first black woman to earn a PhD in astrophysics from Yale — and her deep belief in the value of diversity to science and other STEM fields. “Do not think for one minute [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #145 No Responses »
Dec 182015
Free Bus and Parking

The City of Key West is offering free transportation and parking for the holiday. All Lower Keys and City bus routes will be free December 23rd and 24th. There is no bus service on Christmas so our driver can be home with their families. Metered street parking will be free on December 23, 24 and 25th. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day 2016 the City of Key West Transfer Station at 141 US Highway 1, Rockland Industrial Park, Rockland Key will be open to [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #145, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 182015
“Islands in the (Gulf) Stream: A Photography Exhibit of Key West & Cuba by Rob O’Neal

On Friday evening, December 11, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomed 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, sponsored in part by The Trophia Butterfly Foundation, the Westin Key West Resort & Marina, Tom Sawyer’s Keyboard Advertising Specialties, and the Gardens Hotel, showcases more than 40 images of O’Neal’s vibrant work along with a rotating electronic slideshow and is [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Art, Issue #145 No Responses »
Dec 182015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 thru WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS THURSDAY Walk on White Gallery Walk, 6 PM Exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along White St, including Artists @ the Armory, Harrison Gallery, Stone Soup Gallery and hIPSO facto at the Coffee Mill Dance Studio. Walk on White Paradise Reception, 6 PM Artists explore the intersection of human and nature, the universal concept of paradise and its myriad manifestations. [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #145, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater No Responses »
Dec 182015
Military Volunteer Appreciation

City Commissioner Margaret Romero, during the recent City Commission meeting, proclaimed December 16th Military Volunteer Appreciation Day. “The strong ties between our local military and civilian communities,” reads the proclamation, “are further strengthened by the many volunteers from all the service branches who have donated countless hours during this past year to make the community a better place.” Military Affairs Committee President Phil Goodman accepted the proclamation, noting the amazing dedication of these volunteers who assist “from assisting coaching to beach cleanups and everything in [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #145, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 182015
Holiday Open House Features Key West Oil Paintings by Stephen LaPierre

Dec 20th Sunday 2-6 PM, 925 Eaton Street Key West oil painter and musician Stephen LaPierre will hold his annual Holiday Open Studio and Fine Art Sale, Sunday 2-6 PM at 925 Eaton Street. LaPierre, known for his plein air paintings that capture Key West’s architecture and culture, circa 2015, will also introduce fine art patrons and friends to his new studio-based clown series and offer his Key West sketch collection of Simonton Street sunsets and favorite Key West beach scenes. Since rolling into town [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Art, Issue #145 No Responses »
Dec 182015
Everything Old is New Again at Impromptu Classical Concerts 2016 Season

Now in its 44th season, Key West’s much-lauded Impromptu Classical Concerts steadfastly retains its original mission: “To promote the appreciation and enjoyment of music, particularly classical music, for all residents of and visitors to Monroe County and the city of Key West by providing opportunities to experience concerts of outstanding quality performed by the very best ensembles and artists at the most affordable prices possible.” To fulfill that mission in a changing world, this season’s six-concerts series offers inspired chamber music programs performed by talented [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #145, Music No Responses »
Dec 182015
Save the Dates: Artist Vera Vasek to Offer Four Week Installation Workshop at Fort East Martello

Saturday, January 9 marks the first of four consecutive Saturday sessions of Which Way Is Up?, a collaborative, multidisciplinary installation workshop offered by Vera Vasek in conjunction with Key West Art & Historical Society and their adolescent and adult education program, Outside The Lines. The workshop will run January 9, 16, 21, and 30 from 10:00AM-12:00PM and will be held at Fort East Martello’s second floor citadel. The museum’s eclectic collection will provide inspiration for a collaborative piece under the guidance of Vasek, who will [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #145 No Responses »
Dec 182015
Ten Reasons to Get Your JJ Grey & Mofro Concert Tickets Now

JJ Grey & Mofro is set to grace the Key West stage on Saturday, January 2, 2016 for a family-friendly concert at the historic Fort East Martello’s parade grounds at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. The Jacksonville, Florida-based band offers audiences a soulful blend of blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, R&B and Southern-inspired narratives and have been lauded in major media outlets such as New York Times, Wall Street Journal and NPR. Producer Key West Concerts and host Key West Art & Historical Society offer you [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #145, Music No Responses »
Dec 182015
FIRM Receives Local Support from First State Bank

The Executive Board and Board of Directors of FIRM would like to take this opportunity to graciously thank, Karen Sharp and First State Bank for their generous donation to FIRM. Karen Sharp and First State Bank presented FIRM with a $1,000.00 donation at its last board meeting in November. With donations like this from First State Bank, private donations, and other businesses FIRM is able to continue our fight for fair insurance rates for everyone in the Florida Keys. Anyone wishing to donate to FIRM [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #145, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 182015
Grant Available for Historic Preservation - Deadline Announced

The Old Island Restoration Foundation, a Key West institution for over 50 years, announces the availability of grant funding for preservation of the architectural and cultural heritage of Key West. Individuals and tax exempt entities located in the City of Key West are eligible. Deadline for receipt of applications is January 22, 2016. For information and application forms go or call (305) 294-9501. [optin-cat id=”26188″]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #145, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 182015
Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club CHRISTMAS SHOW on the Key West Harbour

Sunday December 20th, Noon to 4pm, Custom cars, Antiques, Classics, Sports Cars, Street rods and Pickup Trucks will fill the parking lot at The Conch Republic Seafood Company, Green & Elizabeth St’s. for our annual Christmas Show & Shine. The event will be the eighth year collecting unwrapped toys for the children at the Monroe County Domestic Abuse Shelter. Seven trophies will be presented for Best Paint, Engine, Interior, Original, Custom and Best in Show. Bring a gift to vote for the “Peoples Choice”. We will FILL a pickup [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #145, Special Events No Responses »
Dec 182015
KW Holiday Fest Events & Celebrations

Photos by Carol Tedesco/ Key West Holiday Fest events and celebrations continued throughout the weekend at the Key West Historic Seaport and at historic inns and guesthouses around town. Presented in part by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and the Monroe Country Tourist Development Council, the island-wide celebration of the season continues through December 31. For a complete list of holiday happenings, visit [optin-cat id=”26188″]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #145, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 182015
Holiday Historic Inn Tours Continue on December 18

This Friday, December 18, locals and visitors can delight in exploring a festively decorated array of Key West’s most charming inns, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts plus a butterfly wonderland during the Holiday Historic Inn Tours. From 6pm to 8pm revelers can savor the unique architecture and history of The Gardens Hotel, The Mermaid & The Alligator, La Mer & Dewey House, The Avalon Bed & Breakfast Hotel, and The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory with self-guided tours while toasting the season with samplings [continue reading…]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #145, Special Events No Responses »
Dec 182015
Key West Sunrise Rotary Welcomes New Member

Key West Sunrise Rotary welcomed Sean McCoy, project manager for engineering services firm CH2M. McCoy is also a den leader for Cub Scout Pack 573. The Dec. 11 installation ceremony included McCoy’s sponsor Jim Reynolds, Membership Committee Chair Sue Fowler and President Jim Scholl. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic meets 7 a.m. Fridays at the Marriott Beachside Hotel. [optin-cat id=”26188″]

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #145, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 182015
Music Together in the Keys - New Winter Session

Music for newborns, tots, families Music Together in the Keys’ 10-week winter term starts Jan. 5, with all new CDs and books. The international, science-based program offers family fun for newborns through 4-year-olds and their adults. Trained, registered Music Together educators teach sophisticated musical concepts with play, sparking amazing development in young brains. Classes meet weekly, on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, in the Fellowship Room of the Church of Christ, 1700 Von Phister St. Visit or call 305-797-1999.

 December 18, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #145, Music No Responses »