Jan 082016
PEARY COURT / What to do?

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Some recent independent home inspection testing at Peary Court has brought a worrisome result. “My mold assessment led me to advise the tenants to vacate the apartment,” says Hugh Johnson. Johnson is the owner of “Inspect Key West.” He’s a Florida licensed home inspector and mold assessor. On March 15th voters will decide whether the City should purchase the White Street property, including the 49 buildings that were once used as Navy housing.

Jan 082016
Let’s Write a Mystery Novel: “The Turkey Hawk Brief—A Key West Mystery”

by Martha K Huggins, Ph.D……. The Pitch: Everyone’s Good Ole Boy meets a softball champ at work. When the “Softball Queen” gets buried in debt from wagering in Good Ole Boy’s personally lucrative sports betting operation, she turns to pilfering money from her employer, just a little at a time over four years. Fortunately her colleague, “Turkey Hawk Stan”–as Good Ole Boy is called–is their employer’s computer programming expert. He can help hide “Softball Queen’s” monthly revenue shortfalls. But her alleged thefts are very belatedly [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:18 am * Featured Story *, Issue #148, Martha Huggins 7 Responses »
Jan 082016
No National Merit Scholarship Program?  If Not, Why Not?

Editor: Some time before Christmas when the School District comes to a grinding, two week halt, I sent a simple and direct email to Superintendent Porter requesting information about academic activity. The question was: “Can you tell me if the Monroe County School District participates in the National Merit Scholarship Program and, if so, how well have we done?” Because of the academic nature, I copied Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. Neither has deigned to respond to my query. I am not [continue reading…]

Jan 082016
An Immodest Proposal:  A Solution to School Shootings

Editor: All this agonizing over school and other shoot-outs! The Sheriff of Harnett County in North Carolina and others in Texas and Arizona have lately urged everyone in their counties to carry guns. And the Florida and other state legislatures are considering whether to allow open carry in the schools. So does this include the obvious solution for school shootings? Why aren’t we arming the little ones themselves! To defend us Americans’ love of our personal freedom, what better way to meet challenges to kids’ [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #148, Letter to the Editor 5 Responses »
Jan 082016
Positive Discipline

Montessori Children’s School is offering a FREE 3-hour Positive Discipline course on Saturday, January 16th from 9 a.m. – noon. Speaker and consultant Karina Bowders will introduce the “Positive Discipline” approach to child rearing and offer methods and tools to use at home or in the classroom. This workshop is tailored for individuals that engage with children through the age of 9 years. Montessori Children’s School is located at 1221 Varela Street. For more information call 305-294-5302 or email karina@montessorikeywest.com [optin-cat id=”26188″]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #148, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jan 082016
Sanctuary Seminar Sheds Light on Lighthouse, Lobsters, and Undersea Lab / Class Schedule...

Become enlighted about Loggerhead Key Lighthouse and explore an undersea lab in this winter’s “Sanctuary Seminar” series, which also features talks on lobsters, canal restoration efforts and the status of Florida Bay. In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016, Dry Tortugas National Park experts will share plans to relight historic Loggerhead Key Lighthouse and stabilize Civil-War era Fort Jefferson. Hear it straight from the experts in this non-credit, six-week course offered by the Florida Keys Community College and hosted by Florida [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:11 am Issue #148, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Fellow Growlers & Grumblers - Let's Flip the Script...

by John Donnelly……. The malfeasant malignancies chronicled in the school district, FKAA, city government, state attorney’s office, KWPD and FDLE et al.; pose serious concerns for many conscientious citizens. Are these foreboding descriptions real, fictitious or imaginary? The burden associated with incompetency, negligence and criminal conduct; which may be affiliated with the aforementioned agencies, rests squarely on the shoulders of the citizenry that placed and make it possible for these characterless individuals, to be situated and maintained in positions of power and authority. Shuffling e-mails [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #148, John Donnelly 13 Responses »
Jan 082016
The Appeal of the Dark Side

by Kim Pederson……. Rachel Maddow made an interesting and scary comparison on her MSNBC show Tuesday night: what if Donald Trump were George Wallace reincarnated? If you don’t remember, Wallace was governor of Alabama for sixteen years and ran for president in 1968 as an independent, the last independent candidate to win state electoral votes in a presidential election. For most of his adult life, George was a vitriolic segregationist, although he reportedly renounced those views later in life. He was also a populist, that [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am Issue #148, Kim Pederson 3 Responses »
Jan 082016
Omnipotent Acoustical Ugliness

by Jerome Grapel……. I recently published an essay called “Music Revisited” where I included an excerpt from Milan Kundera’s renowned novel, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”. In it, he spoke of an “omnipotent acoustical ugliness” that is conquering the world. Right on cue, a recent incident in my life engendered this further expansion into the subject. Contemporary life is played out in front of an uproarious avalanche of noise almost all of us have become numb to. I say “almost” because I know of one [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:07 am Essays from Post Consumer Man, Issue #148 7 Responses »
Jan 082016
Andy Warhol

by Kirby Congdon……. Having found my voice along with everyone else during the poetry movement after World II, I criticized a poem by Gerard Malenga that I had felt was too obsequious in its approval of success, wealth and connections. I assumed he and I would thereafter be enemies, but at the next coffee-house reading we attended he put his hand on my shoulder in a friendly gesture. My sense of superiority was of course destroyed. I learned then that fighting for the true, the [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #148, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jan 082016
New Website Helps Residents Save Money

The Solar Education Association of the Florida Keys has launched a website that helps those who want to tap the sun’s energy find installers in the Keys, get information about tax credits and other financial incentives, and learn more about how they can use solar to save money. The website, www.seaflkeys.com, is part of the organization’s effort to promote solar education and the training of solar installers. Many local residents have already discovered how much money and energy they can save by heating their household [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #148, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 082016
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 ***Earlier in Key West*** (Click here for previous chapter) With Perki’s help, Blu got a job at the Naked Bunch. It only lasted a few days. He made a lot of money but, after making thirty-two of his unusually popular Penitinis in a row, he got frost bite on his mixer. No one offered to take his shift and when he learned workman’s comp did not cover [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #148, Literature No Responses »
Jan 082016
Calling All Rising High School Seniors

At the ACLU, we know that the fight for freedom requires people who are in it for the long haul. That’s why we’ve created the ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute – to invest now in the next generation of social justice advocates. We’re looking for rising high school seniors to join us at Georgetown University this summer, June 19-25. If you know anyone who fits the bill, please encourage them to apply! The ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of students from [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:03 am Issue #148, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 082016
Peter Max to Appear at Key West Exhibition

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…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am Art, Issue #148, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
McKee Auction Tickets Now Available

Tickets are now available for the annual Anne McKee Artist’s Fund fine art auction. Attendees can choose from the work of 62 Florida Keys artists, ranging from renowned masters to emerging talents, at the auction on Sunday, January 31st. The annual auction raises money for project-based grants to Keys visual, literary and performing artists. This year the doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Fort East Martello on South Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West. Under the guidance [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Art, Issue #148, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Kim Gordon Sings One Hot Night

When an extraordinary vocalist and stellar band come together, magic happens. Key West favorite, Kim Gordon, will perform a rare solo concert on January 29 at the Key West Theater. Kim Gordon: One Hot Night offers a unique musical mix from this multitalented performer, weaving new Broadway tunes with old favorites, and beloved standards are followed by fresh, fun cabaret numbers. Gordon is backed by a stellar band including musical director Larry Smith and Ann McFarland on piano, plus Paradise Big Band’s Joe Dallas on [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #148, Music, What To Do 1 Response »
Jan 082016
KWAHS Children's Education

Children attending the Key West Art & Historical Society’s Imagination Institute Islands of History Youth Program workshop on Monday had the opportunity to explore aspects of science, technology, engineering, art, math and social studies with a new Rigamajig large scale building kit, which was gifted to The Society by Advisory Board member and long-time KWAHS supporter M. Lee Garrison. The kit, which consists of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope, allows children to follow their curiosity through play and empowers them to think [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #148, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Jazz by the Jacuzzi

Rock Solomon will be performing “Jazz by the Jacuzzi” at the Patio Pool Bar January 8th, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Every Friday Rock Solomon sings the music of Frank Sinatra and other great swing-era crooners with the help of special guests 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 is now open to all with​ exclusive live entertainment by the pool. The Details: -Jan 8th, [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #148, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Key West Follies

Follies Performs Friday Jan 15 at Tennessee Williams Theatre Free Trolley Service from Aqua Nightclub Key West-don’t forget that the highly anticipated Key West Business Guild’s presentation of the second annual Key West Follies performs Friday, January 15 at the Tennessee Williams Theatre at 8 PM. Director Rick Dery has again assembled an all-star local cast to star in 14 acts (with one intermission.). Applaud your favorite local talent in the professional environment of the Tennessee Williams Theatre. The event features the lighting designs of [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #148, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Michael J Harrell at Gallery on Greene

Florida native Michael Harrell received his BFA in graphic design from the University of Georgia. Following graduation, he was a freelance illustrator for MasterCard, American Express and Paramount Pictures and exhibited with the Society of Illustrators at the Museum of American Illustration in New York. By the early 1990s, Harrell was devoting his full attention to fine art and exhibiting his work with the Salmagundi Club of New York, the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, and the North American Marine Arts Society in Gloucester, Massachusetts. His paintings [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Art, Issue #148, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 thru WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS THURSDAY Marcus Lundell and Susan Guadagno Art Show, 5 PM Guadagno: paintings and small assemblages, Lundell: reverse paintings on glass. Art@830 Gallery, 830 Caroline St. art830.com THURSDAY John Martini: 16 Tons Opening Reception, 6 PM One of Key West’s leading sculptors, Martini offers this collection of earlier and more recent work as a thank you note to the island. Show runs [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Art, Issue #148, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Learn About Law Enforcement at the Sheriff's Citizen Police Academy

Sheriff announces next Citizen’s Police Academies The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be holding its next Citizen’s Police Academies starting in February and we are looking for people who are interested in learning more about law enforcement and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Classes will begin the week of February 23rd and will continue through graduation the week of April 13th. There will be three separate academies held during that time – one each in the Lower, Middle and Upper Keys. Attendees will be asked [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #148, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 082016
Montessori Charter School to Host 1920’s-Themed Gala Fundraiser

Key West Montessori Charter School—a public school that offers free Montessori education—will be hosting its annual Gala fundraiser at The Key West Theater located at 512 Eaton Street on Saturday, January 30th from 6:00pm-10:00pm. The “Great Gala” will be a 1920s Gatsby-esque affair featuring hors d’oeuvres by Chef Layla Barr; time-period entertainment and music by Bria Ansara; a silent and live auction of student created art, Cuban art, jewelry, gift certificates to restaurants and charter boat tours; and a raffle that includes a spa package [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #148, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Save the Date: Get Wild in the Four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges with the First Annual Outdoor Fest, March 17th-20th

US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group FAVOR announce their first annual Outdoor Fest—four action-packed days filled with family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities—set for Thursday, March 17th through Sunday, March 20th. The event location spans the four national wildlife refuges established in the Florida Keys – National Key Deer, Crocodile Lake, Great White Heron, and Key West National Wildlife Refuges—and features expert guided birding and nature walks, art and photography workshops, kids programs, kayak [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #148, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Historic Key West Cemetery Stroll, January 23

The first Cemetery Stroll to be offered at the Historic Key West Cemetery this season will take place on January 23, 2016. During the stroll, small groups of visitors will be escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. The groups are scheduled for departures at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:10 Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling (305) 304-1453. Among the gravesites to be visited are those of the Los Martires de Cuba, the B’nai Zion [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #148, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Zonta "Journey to Success" Job Skills Workshop

Key West Zonta Club Presents “Journey To Success” Workshop Provides Business Skills To Help Women Advance In Careers The Zonta Club of Key West presents “Journey To Success” a new workshop designed for women and high school students searching for employment or currently working in Key West and the Lower Keys who are ready to enhance their career skills. It will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street in Key West. This [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #148, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
January 20 Equality Connections at Isle Cook-Key West

On Wednesday, January 20th, Equality Florida will hold an EQUALITY CONNECTION at Isle Cook – Key West from 6 pm – 8 pm. This event is a fun way to share enthusiasm for the work of Equality Florida, the largest statewide organization working to secure justice and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Equality Florida committee members have planned a delightful and delicious evening with the theme “Isle Cook for Equality Florida”. A silent auction will feature cooking/kitchen/dining type items.. Guest bartenders [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #148, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
School District Public Meeting Notice

The Monroe County School District will hold a community meeting on Thursday, January 14th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Plantation Key School cafeteria. The meeting will be held to discuss the proposed schematic design which includes the new school’s location on the current site. Zyscovich Architects will give a presentation discussing the design, building site locations, 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.

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #148, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 082016
H&R Block To Give Away $1 Million a Day

H&R Block To Give Away $1 Million a Day for 32 Days 1,000 people will win $1,000 each day in first month of the season MIAMI, Fla. –H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world’s largest consumer tax preparation company, is starting Refund Season 2016 in a big way. With its 10,000 offices in the U.S. and Puerto Rico now open, the company is kicking off an industry first – awarding $1 million a day for the first month of tax season during the 1000 Win $1000 [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #148, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 082016
Key West Sunrise Rotary Seeks Golf Sponsors

Key West Sunrise Rotary invites businesses to support the club’s 23nd Annual Golf Classic benefiting local charities and college scholarships for Key West High School graduates. Sponsorships are available and door prizes are appreciated for the Feb. 28 tournament. Players may register now. For more information, contact George Wallace at 305-294-3660 or george@georgebwallacelaw.net or call the Key West Golf Club at 305-295-5232.

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #148, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 082016
Ride the Conch Train through the Twilight of Futures Past

“New houses in Old Town; Old Houses in New Town: ride the Conch Train to see a selection of post-Historic private homes. Two of the stops are private residences of OIRF Board members. Tour at your own pace over two dates, or ride the Conch Train and see them in one evening. The tour is scheduled for Friday & Saturday, January 15 & 16, from 4pm to 8pm. Tickets including transportation on the Conch Train are $35 available in advance. Due to distance between houses, [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #148, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 082016
Making an Impact is a Picnic with this Family-Friendly Joint Fundraiser

Every day, nearly 150 of the island’s nonprofits work diligently to make a difference in our community. On Saturday, January 23rd at 5:00 pm, citizens can support four of these notable organizations by simply gathering together to celebrate at Fort East Martello for a “Picnic Under The Stars”— a fundraiser presented by Boys & Girls Club, Key West Art & Historical Society, Mote Marine Laboratory, and Womankind. The family-friendly event welcomes all to bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic-style celebration in the grass-covered citadel [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #148, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 082016
Tom Hambright Day

The Key West City Commission this week paid tribute to one of the Keys’ biggest treasures — County Historian Tom Hambright — by proclaiming January 5th as Tom Hambright Day. Hambright has worked for the Monroe County Library in Key West for the past 30 years. During that time, Tom has given presentations on Keys history to most of the nonprofit organizations in the county, from Key Largo to Key West. He has worked with authors, students, journalists, film producers, and scholars, sharing his wealth [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #148, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 082016
Haley Promoted to Sergeant

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee last night swore in Officer Matt Haley, promoting him to sergeant. Sgt. Haley came to the Key West Police Department in 2004 after working as an investigator for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Over the past decade, he has worked as an officer and, like his father who is retired from FDLE, as a detective. He has received numerous letters of commendation and thanks from the community [continue reading…]

 January 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #148, News, Public Notice No Responses »