Dec 252015
 
CELEBRATING A MERRY CHRISTMAS-- IN SHORTS

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. The Christmas holidays. A wonderful time of the year, wherever you are. But celebrating Christmas in Key West is, well, sort of surreal– even for those who were born here and those of us who have lived here for years. And for those who are visiting here for the holidays, it has to be really strange to be walking around among all the Christmas decorations in the bars and stores and seeing those big candy canes hanging on the lamp posts [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 1:07 am Issue #146, Journalism as a Contact Sport No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Islamorada Man Charged With Attempted Murder

An Islamorada man is in jail, charged with attempting to murder his neighbor shortly after midnight on Christmas Eve. Deputies Michael Onsgard, Garrett Test and Titus Hodges responded to 82207 Overseas Highway in Islamorada just before 1 a.m. after the victim called to report being stabbed with a knife. When the deputies arrived, they initially located the victim, 36 year old Hector Vasquez, and two witnesses. The suspect, 38 year old Juan Ocampo Medina was found nearby. The victim and two witnesses all said Medina [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #146, News No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
KW Resort Utilities Wants a 98% Increase

Dear Editor, In 2007 KW Resort (KWR) tried to increase our utility rates. Citizens protested, we went to court and the judge found KWR overcharging. Let’s not forget who we’re dealing with. At public meeting December 10th good information was shared KW Resort wants to build 2 shallow wastewater wells in Stock Island. Last Stand has proven these are not effective in treating the water. Deeper injection wells should be built. This is more money and KWR doesn’t want to do this. There’s a lawsuit [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #146, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Open Letter to Monroe County School Board

Gentlemen: I must confess that I am more than a bit confused. 1. You have told the public that Richard Fechter, a forensic auditor and lawyer, will be investigating the missing funds at the HOB daycare center. Yet, according to newspaper reports, you have not signed a contract with Mr. Fechter and, in that regard, have yet to determine the cost and parameters of his investigation. Phrased differently, you have not told Mr. Fechter exactly what you would like done and when you would expect [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:48 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #146 1 Response »
Dec 252015
 
Appliance Replacement at Peary Court

Friends: Supporters of the purchase of Peary Court by the City of Key West have emphasized that ALL rental income will be used to retire the bonds issued in the purchase. That has concerned me from Day 1 because there will be significant maintenance issues over the years, particularly when you consider that the units are already 20 years old. For example, the life of a typical roof is 20 years. My home is 25 years old and I have had to remodel both the [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #146 4 Responses »
Dec 252015
 
A Pantheist Looks at Christmas

by Ray Jason……. As soon as I finish this essay and send it out into the world to find its way, I will begin my own private Christmas celebration. I will cast off the dock-lines, hoist the sails and head off to a little cove that will bequeath me the wondrous gift of Solitude. My only companions will be the creatures of the Sea and the Sky and an occasional fisherman drifting by in a cayuco. What I will be seeking in this isolation is [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Island Voices, Issue #146 12 Responses »
Dec 252015
 
SHAL Staff Goes The Extra Mile for Homeless Client

Sight Restored For Christmas In early December, SHAL Case Manager Amy Yancich asked for permission to take several full days to drive an unsheltered homeless client, whose street name is “Porter,” to Miami for a series of visits to ophthalmologists and laser surgeons in order to get him sight-restoring cataract surgery. Porter’s vision had become so poor he was left essentially blind on the streets of Key West, unable any longer to make his way to the SHAL Emergency Shelter on Stock Island. Because there was limited assistance available in the [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #146, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Make This a Happy Holiday Season – Don’t Drink and Drive

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force watching out for drunk and unsafe drivers during this last week before Christmas and during the rest of the month of December 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 upcoming season in an effort to save lives and make this holiday season a safe and enjoyable [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #146, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
As Yet, No Title!

by Kirby Congdon……. We have had the Victorian period and World War I, to which we reacted with the roaring twenties when my mother exposed her ankles for the first time. Then everything went askew and the Depression affected everyone. The revival of self-confidence came with World War II. This was disrupted with the Beats in literature, and let us not forget Sigmund Freud with his exposure of the ego or Karen Horney’s investigations in the psychosomatic. Both of them brought forward the characters we are [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #146, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Christmas

by Jerome Grapel……. (This essay was written in the late 90’s) I’ve been writing this series of essays long enough to have passed through a number of Christmas seasons. It is only now, after the accrued confidence garnered in elaborating this mounting slush of chicken soup philosophy, that I feel strong enough to take on this despotic colossus that has become such a powerful force in our culture. Given what I’ve written in these pages over the last few years, it should come as no [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #146 2 Responses »
Dec 252015
 
What the Thrush Said

by Kim Pederson……. One Poem-a-Day selection last weekend was John Keats’ “What the Thrush Said.” For me, the poem has that “sticky” quality that website developers and webpage creators crave, primarily because of this line: “O fret not after knowledge–I have none.” On one prehensile, multi-fingered extremity, this is a very elegant way of saying what Sergeant Schultz endlessly claimed in Hogan’s Heroes: “I know nothing. Nothing!” On the other, it plays the TMI card in a gently admonishing way that could be expressed more [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #146, Kim Pederson 2 Responses »
Dec 252015
 
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 *** The Small Café*** (Click here for previous chapter) The cafe smelled of coffee and piss, like all the others at this latitude. A dangling fly strip over the bar was full and buzzing. Business was good. Squads of corpulent attorney flies corkscrewed the smoky air, trying to eat each other while consoling the doomed. Beth, a rumpled, now blond-haired woman in khaki shorts, slipped through the [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:36 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #146, Literature No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
It Takes a Tribe

by Bill John Baker……. Thirty-seven years ago, the federal government passed a law to keep Indian children safe. Today that promise, embodied in the Indian Child Welfare Act, is under assault. America’s multibillion-dollar adoption industry and its allies seek to undermine ICWA’s enforcement by filing lawsuits they hope to take to the Supreme Court. If successful, the lawsuits would deny tribes of their right — and their duty — to look after the welfare of their children. As Indian people, we’ve always known that it’s [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #146 No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Mystery Evacuation Highlights Inept EPA Crisis Management

EPA Official Who Contaminated His Office Promoted to Head Emergency Response Washington, DC — A chemical release inside an office building occupied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency forced an evacuation, contaminated the premises for months, and caused long-term health problems for affected employees. Yet, the EPA never provided an adequate explanation to its workers, who enlisted Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) to file suit to force release of the reports about the incident. The agency then promoted the official who caused the mess. [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #146, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24 thru WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Monday Gingerbread Square Gallery – A Celebration of the Life of Sal Salinero, 5 PM All are invited to join Jeff Birn and Adele Braghieri to celebrate the life of Key West Artist Sal Salinero, in the courtyard at Gingerbread Square Gallery. 1207 Duval St. 305-296-8900. gingerbreadsquaregallery.com LITERARY Saturday Key West Writer’s Guild, 9 AM Writers of essays, poetry, fiction and [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:31 am Art, Issue #146, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Key West Youth Lacrosse League Clinics and Registration, Sponsors Needed!

  January 4th-7th 2016, 5pm-7pm, Poinciana Elementary School Fields The Key West Youth Lacrosse League will be hosting four FREE clinics for children ages 5-15 January 4th through January 7th 2016 at Poinciana Elementary School Fields from 5pm-7pm. No experience is necessary and we have equipment available to borrow; the clinic will be a simple introduction to new players that may be interested in lacrosse and will be a warm-up for the upcoming season for any previous members of the league. We do not require [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #146, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Key West Holiday Fest 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 keywestholidayfest.com. Photos by Carol Tedesco.

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #146, Special Events No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Additional House on December Tour!

Old Island Restoration Foundation House Tour December 27th & 28th, 2015, 4pm – 7pm Holiday lights and baubles adorn the welcoming front porch of a sunny yellow 1924 bungalow at 704 White Street. Ticket holders are also welcome for a special evening tour of the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street. Other participating addresses are 813 Thomas St., 201 Virginia St., 1118 Pearl St., and 1612 Catherine St. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 on tour days. Go to www.oirf.org for details or call 305-294-9501.

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #146, Special Events No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
The Inside Out Paradigm

What: The Inside Out Paradigm Where: FKCC Cafe, 5901 College Rd, Key West When: January 4, 2016 On Monday, January 4, 2016, Dale Alexander will be speaking at the FKCC Cafe on The Inside Out Paradigm: The Aspiration to Prevent Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Replacements. During this talk, he will teach about: ■ The “Sacs and Tubes Theory of Stress” ■ The hip and shoulder have an innate evolutionary pre-disposition for subluxation ■ That to help the knee, one must begin with the hip ■ [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #146, Special Events No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Tibetan Monks to Arrive in Key West for Sacred Art Tour: Schedule of Events

Eight Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery—students of H.H. Dalai Lama— will be in Key West from Sunday, January 3 through Sunday, January 10 for a seven-day festival of culture, teachings, and artistic expression to take place in various public locations around the island. The festival is part of the monk’s mission to spread the message of peace, loving kindness, wisdom, and compassion while sharing their traditional Tibetan arts and culture. They also aim to raise support for their monastery in south India, where [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #146, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Presents Award-Winning Film “Chico & Rita” at Custom House Museum

On Thursday, January 7 at 6:00 pm, Key West Art & Historical Society will offer the 2012 Oscar-nominated animated film “Chico & Rita” – a story that illuminates a journey of the culture, the people, and the music that has influenced the world—in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Calle 54) and Spain’s legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate their passion for the music and culture of Cuba [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #146, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Libby York/John Hart New Year's Eve!

Internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Libby York teams up with in- demand New York guitarist John Hart to ring in the New Year at Bistro Sole, Dec 31, 10pm-midnight. York’s recordings have received raves form jazz press worldwide and Hart has performed with some of the best in the business. Hart is currently Director of Jazz Guitar Studies at University of Miami. The duo originally performed together in New York and are looking forward to two Key West dates, Dec 30 at Little Room Jazz Club [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #146, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Tibetan Monk Sacred Art Tour Features Crystal Bowl Healing Concert

Debra Kupchok and Eric Levy gather to prepare for their upcoming a crystal bowl healing concert with the Drepung Gomang Tibetan Monks on Monday, January 4 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on 401 Duval Street. The concert is one of several events slated during the week-long festival of Tibetan culture, teachings, and artistic expression led by Eight Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery—students of H.H. Dalai Lama— from Sunday, January 3 through Sunday, January 10. For more information [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #146, Special Events No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Last Call for Tickets to JJ Grey & Mofro at Fort East Martello

Last Call for Tickets to JJ Grey & Mofro at Fort East Martello: JJ Grey dubbed “the north Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker”—and his band Mofro will perform at Fort East Martello on Saturday, January 2. Doors open at 5pm; opening act Kaleigh Baker—a jazzy, blues rock powerhouse—takes the stage at 5:45 with JJ Grey & Mofro at 7pm. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 at keywestconcerts.com or at the door for $30. Key West Art & Historical Society members can [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #146, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Internationally Acclaimed Guitarist John Hart @ Little Room Jazz Club December 30

Vocalist Libby York welcomes internationally acclaimed guitarist John Hart to her popular Little Room Jazz Club series Wednesday Dec 30, 8:30-11pm. 821 Duval Street, Key West. Hart’s playing has been heard in various studio work including Inline image 1on soundtracks for HBO’s “Sex in the City” and a recent appearance on the Garrison Keillor show with the popular band Pink Martini. John was recently named director of Jazz Guitar Studies at University of Miami Frost School of Music and is dividing his time between NY [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #146, Music No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Key West Half Marathon Ranked #7 in World

The historic Old Town and waterfront districts are to become a scenic race course for several thousand runners on Sunday, Jan. 17, during the annual Key West Half Marathon. In Steve Kesh’s new book, “‘The Best Half Marathons in the World,” the Key West Half Marathon is ranked #7! Now in its 18th year, the race typically attracts American and international runners to compete in Key West’s balmy January climate. Named as one of the United States’ leading winter half marathons: in Runner’s World, February, [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #146, Special Events No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
Heavy Traffic Expected on Big Pine Key

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays coming up, traffic is expected to be heavy as people travel to holiday events, do last minute shopping and take care of holiday errands. This is especially true for those who live on and travel through the Big Pine Key area. Traffic becomes particularly congested during the holiday season on Big Pine Key. Sheriff Rick Ramsay would like to remind everyone to be patient. Expect delays and try to get out early in the day before traffic is [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #146 No Responses »
Dec 252015
 
An Increase of Motorists on Florida’s Roads During the Year-End Holiday Season

Plan Ahead Holiday Traffic with Florida 511 TALLAHASEE – A busy year-end holiday season will bring high traffic volume on Florida highways with more than 4.7 million travelers on the road. Whether you’re driving home or going on vacation during the holidays, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages motorists to plan ahead with its 511 Traveler Information System. As one of the top travel destinations for holiday travelers, motorists in the state should use FDOT’s 511 Traveler Information System to stay up-to-date on crashes, [continue reading…]

 December 25, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #146, Public Notice No Responses »