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AN ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER WHO CAN'T VOTE -- or Serve on a Jury, or Hold Public Office or Possess a Firearm. So What's the Big Deal? This is Key West, After All

Journalism as a Contact Sport Commentary by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. If you are convicted of a felony in Florida, you lose more than your freedom for a few years (or more than a few years)– you lose a number of civil rights– like voting, serving on a jury, holding public office and possessing a firearm. And you lose those rights forever– although there is a clemency process through which convicted felons may seek restoration of their rights. Key West Assistant City Manager Greg Veliz is [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #147, Journalism as a Contact Sport 1 Response »
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To Monroe County Taxpayers and School Board: How the Early Learning Center’s Shortfall Gets ‘Disappeared’

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D……. Today’s Citizen (1/1/2016) reports that a Monroe County School System computer technician, Joseph Patrick Clements—nicknamed, “Joe Weed”—has been running a sports betting operation with “over $10,000 a week in wagers.” This was big enough to bring in the FDLE, FBI, DEA, and Homeland Security. “Joe Weed’s” alleged gambling operation was–guess what?: discovered in December 2014, the same month that the ELC’s ‘disappeared’ shortfall was revealed by a Horace O’Bryant Principal. Criminology 101: Illegal gambling schemes often lead losers’ with debts [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Editorial, Issue #147 6 Responses »
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Missing Cats

To The Editor: Over the weekend of December 12, 2015 at least 17 cats disappeared from the Tradewinds Plaza Shopping Center at Mile marker 101. This slaughter of cats has got to stop. No one at the plaza knows who did it or why. One of the missing cats is Heidi. I fed Heidi every night for the last four years. When she would finish eating she would look up at me and meow. I felt that she was saying thanks for feeding her. I [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #147, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
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Florida Panther Deaths Set Another Record in 2015

70% Killed in Collisions; Nearly One-Quarter Females of Kitten-Bearing Age Washington, DC — 2015 was the deadliest year on record for the endangered population of Florida panthers, according to official figures posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). This year has seen 41 Florida panther deaths in the wild, exceeding the previous record of 31 of the large cats killed in 2014 and more than double the number killed in 2013. In contrast to rising mortality, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #147, Public Notice No Responses »
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Missed Opportunity--Keeps Students In Darkness & Blinds The World...

by John Donnelly……. Children and the world at large continue to unnecessarily suffer in pain and ignorance. Abundant “Answers and Solutions” await these young ones, however, leaderless adults within the fabric of a broken society beckon approval from their Masters, while cowering before the ‘god of political correctness’. Empirical data with proven results are available to anyone seeking clarity and sound outcomes; when it comes to devising effective strategies and techniques that actually advance and educate our children. On the ‘firing line of life’ empty [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #147, John Donnelly 9 Responses »
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On Coping With It All

by Kirby Congdon……. A suggestion was overheard on television the other day which was that blacks often need a “slower” college education if they reach that point. My response was don’t whites need it too? This writer sure did. Who, after all, doesn’t? An alcoholic remarked to me once that to be provided with a bed in a row of cots in a barracks here in Key West was pertinent but it still was demeaning. This fellow had an IQ of 150 and was writing [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #147, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
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A Sea Gypsy Haiku Sampler

by Ray Jason……. It was a most unusual voyage. I was sailing South in search of a world free of screens. Still reeling from a month in El Norte, witnessing the tyranny of technology, I needed serenity. I sought a peaceful lagoon, where people were not submissives – dominated by their TV screens, computer screens and Smart phone screens. When the anchor was down in one of my favorite hideaway coves, it felt like a great emancipation – a return to solitude and stillness. Within [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Island Voices, Issue #147 3 Responses »
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Oh, Mammon!

by Kim Pederson……. “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” So Gordon Gekko tells his listeners in the 1987 film Wall Street. It’s not clear, to me anyway, whether the “lack” refers to “greed” or “good.” I was probably not alone in thinking about this pronouncement after seeing The Big Short, which Wikipedia describes as a “biographical comedy-drama.” I don’t recall anyone laughing during the screening as we watched even the, for lack of a better word, “good guys” who figure out the [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #147, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
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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…]

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Impromptu Classical Concerts 44th Season Opens with Pianist Thomas Pandolfi

  “There are many humorous things which tend to happen while one is on the road”, asserts Pianist Thomas Pandolfi who opens Impromptu Classical Concerts 44th season on Sunday January 10th at St. Pauls Church at 4:00 pm. Pandolfi continues: “One that springs to mind is coming out on stage to perform the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1. To my great surprise, the wheels of the piano had not been locked in place. I quickly saw the alarmed look on the faces of the cellists [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:21 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #147, Music No Responses »
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Artist of Distinction Presentation by Adam Russell Following Key West Art Center’s January 2016 Membership Meeting

Friday, January 8th, 3:30 pm, Key West Art Center, 301 Front St., Key West Key West Art Center will be hosting its first monthly Membership Meeting of 2016 on Friday, January 8th at 3:30 pm. Directly following the meeting the public is invited to attend a customary presentation to the membership by an artist of distinction. This month’s presentation will be given by local artist Adam Russell. Adam, and his wife Kelly Lever, moved to the island from Ohio in January 2010, a few months [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #147, What To Do No Responses »
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Artist Vera Vasek Leads Exploration in 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…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Art, Issue #147, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Writer and Photojournalist Jeffrey Cardenas Featured as Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker

Noted photographer, writer, and fly-fishing guide Jeffrey Cardenas will speak at The Custom House Museum on Thursday, January 14, from 6:00PM-7:00PM as part of Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The 35 year Key West resident will present Saltwater—Seeing Art in the Natural World, a collection of images showing the work in progress of his new project documenting maritime landscapes. It will be followed by a Q & A discussion on the study of water and light. Cardenas comes to the platform [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #147, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
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Arts Council Free Upcoming Workshops for the Connections Project!

  We Invite YOU to CONNECT! The Connections Project 2016:  A Mosaic of the Keys Join the Arts Council in a countywide project which connects Keys’ artists and community members. Pick up your free 6×6 inch blank canvas to create a unique artwork. Artists of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to participate. All 400 canvases will be collected and assembled into a 24’ mosaic and is exhibited with opening receptions in all five regions of the Keys. Pick up your canvas today and do it yourself [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Art, Issue #147, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31 thru WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll, 6 PM Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United to Truman. Including Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery, Cocco and Salem, Island Arts, Key West Pottery, Cork and Stogie, Millionaire Gallery, Dog Tired Studio and Gallery and Rock House Gallery. SoDu Gallery 10th Anniversary Celebration, 6 PM Celebrate the New Year [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Art, Issue #147, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
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New Years Day Jazz

Live Jazz by the Pool, Featuring Rock Solomon Jan 1st, 2016 4pm-7pm Patio Pool Bar 525 United Street (entrance is through unmarked gate in back of small gravel parking lot) Free Admission & All Ages Rock Solomon sings the music of Frank Sinatra and other great swing-era crooners with the help of special guests this New Years Day at 4pm at the all-new Patio Bar at 525 United Street. Formerly known as Pearl’s Patio, the space has been re-imagined as “your hidden Island oasis” and [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #147, Music, What To Do No Responses »
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Thomas McGuane to Speak at Library Lecture Series

Monday, January 11 at 6:00 p.m., the Key West Friends of the Library will present author Thomas McGuane as the first speaker of its annual lecture series at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. Seating begins at 5:30. McGuane, who has been writing literary fiction for more than 45 years, will be reading from his latest book of short stories, Crow Fair, published in 2015. McGuane lived in Key West in the 1970s and set two novels here: Ninety-two in the [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #147, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
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Friends of KW Library Book Sale, Jan. 9

Friends of the Key West Library will sponsor the first book sale of 2016 on Saturday, January 9, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming Street. On offer are books in many popular categories. Art, biography, food, history, hobbies/pets, nature/geography, and plenty of fiction. Children’s and coffee-table books are at super low prices. Lots of DVDs and CDs available. For more information call 305-394-7148. Proceeds go to the library’s programs, books and equipment. Future sales are on [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #147, Public Notice No Responses »
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Annual Wounded Warrior Bicycle Ride

The Annual Wounded Warrior Bicycle Ride for the Florida Keys will begin on the morning of January 8th. We ask all interested parties to make their way to the Southbound side of US 1, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM; if they’d care to give a shout out or wave of encouragement to these combat disabled veterans, as they make their way from VFW Post 10211 to Coral Shores High School. These Purple Heart Recipients will leave the VFW Post located at [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #147, News, Special Event No Responses »
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SAVE THE DATE: First Annual Family-Friendly “Picnic Under The Stars” with Boys & Girls Club, Key West Art & Historical Society, Mote Marine, and Womankind

Four of the island’s community organizations are joining forces to celebrate an evening “Picnic Under The Stars” at Fort East Martello on January 23, 2016, starting at 5:00 pm. Participants can bring a blanket to this family-friendly event and raise a toast to the environmental, education, arts and culture, and health care missions that each organization maintains while enjoying live music, food truck vendors, libations, and games and activities for kids. Gourmet picnic baskets from select restaurants will be available for pre-purchase, and raffle tickets [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #147, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Business Guild Award Lifetime Membership to Towels of Key West

The Key West Business Guild will award its annual Lifetime Membership Award to Towels of Key West at its January 6 membership luncheon held at the Key West Marriott Beachside. Towels of key West is owned by Kent Henry and Stan Wellman. They started the business 30 years ago and it is the longest running LGBT retail store at 806 Duval Street, and is one of the oldest business on Key West’s main drag. They opened Cocktails of Key West nine years ago and began [continue reading…]

 January 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #147, Special Event No Responses »