Jan 152016
AFFORDABLE HOUSING: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Commentary by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Key West’s City Commissioners are considering the purchase of the old Navy housing at Peary Court. According to Commissioner Weekley, the real estate deal will relieve some of the effects of the dire housing crisis that bleeds the island of its workforce. Yet The Blue Paper discovered this week, that the City is also discretely considering loosening its land development regulations, easing the requirement that developers provide affordable housing.

Jan 152016

Music Video by local artist Miguel Perez, “90 Miles”, miguelperezmusic.com by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Last week, I was doing some research, looking through some of the early issues of The Blue Paper when I ran across a little article headlined “U.S. Could Authorize Travel to Cuba.” According to that article, which was published in our April 15, 1994, issue, then-Senator John Kerry was seeking “to pry open the Clinton administration’s hardline Cuban policy by pushing for an amendment to the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (FRAA).” The [continue reading…]

Jan 152016
Judy Blume to Speak at The Friends of the Library Series Monday, January 25th

As part of its ongoing speaker series, the Friends of the Key West library will be welcoming best-selling author Judy Blume to the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St., Monday, Jan. 25 at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Doors open at 5:30. Blume has sold more than 85 million books, and her work has been translated into 32 languages. Her novels Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Deenie, Forever, and Fudge, as well as several others, belong in [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Last Stand Annual Meeting Features Photographer Mac Stone

Last Stand will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, January 21st, at 6:00 pm, at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street in Key West. This year’s program features the award-winning photography of Mac Stone. Now based in Gainesville, Stone grew up in Central Florida and shares his adventures in springs and swamps, glaciers and mountain streams through his photography. His work explores the relationship between mankind and the natural world, and Stone’s talk will feature stunning photos of Everglades landscapes and wildlife. Everglades: [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Historic Key West Artifact Traveling to Sydney Australia

The 25 ft section of Key West historic Sea to Sea rainbow flag (#93) will be traveling to Sydney Australia to participate in the world largest LGBT celebration the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras 2016. This is the same section that has traveled quite extensively this last year to include the US Supreme Court in Washington DC, New Orleans Louisiana, Louisville and Rowan County KY representing Key West, Monroe County in the national campaign for marriage equality. This same section, dubbed “The Sacred Cloth” [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
2015 Annual Report

The City of Key West released the 2015 Annual Report, giving the community an insight to the accomplishments of city government over the past year throughout the various departments. The report is available on the City’s web site at www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov. “I’m pleased to say that each department within the City was successful at providing essential services while staying within stringent budgetary guidelines,” said City Manager Jim Scholl. “I’ve always said that, in addition to our responsibility for the public’s welfare, we have an obligation of [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Wounded Warrior Cyclists

To The Editor: Being a non-veteran bicyclist, I was still overcome with gratitude and compassion, as I viewed the Wounded Warrior Cyclists begin their journey South to Key West. The heartfelt and respectful greeting given by those assembled at VFW Post 10211 in Key Largo, to these severely disabled veterans, brought tears to my eyes. Dennis Ward and John Donnelly were honored with plaques, for their commitment to this rehabilitative project. Sheriff Ramsay’s deputies safely guided, protected and encouraged these riders throughout the day. State [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
No Time to Celebrate: Manatees’ Future Far from Certain

On January 7th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced plans to downlist all West Indian manatees from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Given the political inconveniences of manatee protection in the U.S., the move to downlist Florida manatees was expected. The decision to include the whole species is surprising, since there are about as many manatees in the entire rest of the range (Greater Antilles, Mexico, Central America, and South America) as there are in Florida, and “population trends are [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016

by Kim Pederson……. Science is one of the many things that interfound (interest and confound) me constantly. Such is the case with the gravitational wave, the recent “rumored” discovery of which has many in the egghead community all a tither. Or as The Guardian put it, “scientists struggle to stay grounded after possible gravitational wave signal.” Such waves, to make it exceeding clear, are “ripples in the fabric of space-time.” When I read this, I pictured the solar system, galaxy, and universe sashaying around in [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Malcolm Willison

by Kirby Congdon……. In an age of the new evangelism among the uneduated along with the Donald Trump kind of power on the one hand and, on the other, the constant online connectivity, it is interesting how poetry has beome grout for both thought and emotion. It fills up the gaps left by tehnology and the complexity of a civilization we can carry around with us on our wrist as a continuously illustrated postal card on the internet. This critic has noticed how business people, lawyers [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
A Tale Told By Idiots...

by John Donnelly……. We all die. Before we do, shall we strive to authentically live a complete and awakened existence, recognizing our transcendent potential and incorporeal permanence? Making a fuss over the infinitesimal irregularities existing in the material world, which delusively masquerade themselves as factually important, during our brief stay, is impractical and unproductive. Living on Park Avenue or a ‘park bench’, the cosmic play proceeds, each one with their part to play. Sustaining and expanding upon a ‘conscious awakening’ via the lessons learned and [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
"So You Think You Can Act?"

Let Director Kelly McGillis direct you as our panel of judges decide. Pick 1 of 4 famous movie scenes to act suited for male and female performers Compete against other actors or non-actors The best performance will walk away with a Flag Football Oscar Award JANUARY 27TH @ MARRIOTT KEY WEST BEACHSIDE FROM 6 – 8PM – No entree fee – Spectators Welcome Just email : IWFFA@IWFFA.COM SUBJECT: ACTING CONTEST KMC 2016 This is Part of the 25th Kelly McGillis Classic International Female Flag Football Championship here in Key [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Unending U.S. War is Driving North Korea's Nuclear Program

Ending the Korean War is Our Best Response St. Louis, MO. As a major U.S. peace organization of veterans, including members who served in the Korean War, Veterans For Peace (VFP) is deeply concerned about the underground test of a “smaller hydrogen bomb” in North Korea on January 6 (Korean Time), as well as the rising military tensions on the Korean Peninsula at this time, including the resumption of the loud anti-North propaganda broadcasts across the DMZ by the U.S.-ROK military. U.S. also sent a [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge Mimics Time Constraints of Real-World Math Professions

Philadelphia, PA — For most people, time constraints are part of everyday life — in the workplace, at school, in sports, and even at home. Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an applied math competition for junior and senior high school students that requires them to use modeling to solve a realistic problem within a 14-hour time frame. The strict time constraint of the competition mimics many professional environments and shows students how critical time management skills are when solving real-world problems, specifically in STEM [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
John Hemingway to Present Talk at Tropic Cinema as Part of KWAHS Distinguished Speaker Series

On Thursday, January 28, from 6:00pm-7:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to the Tropic Cinema for “Cuba at the Crossroads,” an evening presentation presented by John Hemingway, author and grandson of the iconic Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway, who grew up in Miami and has visited Cuba three times in the last year, will share his perceptions of our neighboring island and the many contradictions that saturate it. “Cuba has, after more than fifty years of living or at least trying to live [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
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 ***Twelve Gears and Gone*** (Click here for previous chapter) Ticks Ratfield sat in an old White Freightliner tractor/trailer rig. He was fueling up at Randy Cooter’s Cowbone Truck Stop, six-hundred miles northeast of El Paso. Ticks one-hundred-twenty pound cowboy body shook in sympathy with the ancient diesel that rattled like an overloaded washing machine. I’d rather be riding a Brahma bull, he sometimes thought, and sometimes did. [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Martha dePoo Exhibit - Opening Reception Friday, Jan 22, 2016, 5 - 7 pm

New work by renowned Key West artist Martha dePoo will be the subject of Key West Art Center Gallery’s first Featured Artist Show of 2016. The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Friday, January 22nd, 5 to 7 pm. The exhibit will be on display from January 22nd through February 3rd. Martha dePoo, a long-time member of the Key West Art Center and third-generation Key West artist who has mastered the medium of watercolor to express her interpretation of life in Key West. [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
22nd Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival Announces New Partnerships

Held as a fundraiser for the tiny historic island called Pigeon Key in the tropical Florida Keys, the two-day juried Pigeon Key Art Festival attracts exemplary artists and quality buyers from across the globe. The event takes place February 6 & 7 at the Marathon Community Park, MM49, Marathon FL. and offers more than 70 fine artists and craftsmen, delicious local cuisine and live art and auction by preeminent celebrity marine life artist, Wyland. New this year will be historical reenactments, period entertainment and educational [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Walk on White January 21

Thursday, January 21, 2016 6-9 pm Between: 1106 White St. and 1122 Virginia St. Across from Faust’s Food Palace Join us for an evening of fun and exciting new work from 4 fine friends/artists: Ted Haykal, whose fine art pencil portraits capture a moment in time. His commissions include people and pets! Simone Lasswell, clay artist from Renegade Clay. Her work, influenced by island life, is functional, sculptural, useful and beautifully made for you. Carrie Disrud presents new small work on watercolor paper with mixed [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
“Layers” to Open at KEPart Studio-Gallery on February 4

Kevin Peterson, proprietor of KEPart Studio-Gallery, 534 Fleming Street, presents “Layers,” a joint showing of individual works by photographer Carol Tedesco and visual artist Deborah Goldman. The exhibit will open to the public with a wine and cheese reception, Thursday, February 4, 6-8:30 pm. Goldman is an acclaimed visual artist and 2011 awardee of the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. Focusing on nature, the passage of time and the fragility of life, Goldman’s work has appeared in major exhibitions across the U.S. “Layers” is [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Pop-up Exhibits to Feature Authentic Island Art Collections: First Up—Artists Karen and Jimmy Wray and their Collection

Island art collectors take note: on Saturday, January 22 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm and Sunday, January 23 from 10-2, Karen & Jimmy Wray host “Collections, Key West”— the first in a series of pop-up exhibits— at Safe Harbor Marina just beyond Hogfish Bar & Grill on Stock Island. The pop-up exhibits will feature “Island Treasures” from private collections, with the initial show featuring the collection of Karen & Jimmy Wray and guest appearances of Elizabeth Devries and Kate Peachey and their new works. “Our venue [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
KWBGS - Jan. 21st Speaker

Your landscape can be beautiful, low-maintenance, attract birds and butterflies, and help keep the natural environment free of harmful invasives. Janice Duquesnel, biologist with the Florida Park Service, presents “AlterNatives” to commonly used exotic plants. Come to the Nature Chapel at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden (College Road at US 1 on Stock Island) Thursday, January 21st at 12:30pm. Admission is FREE to members and students with ID; others – $5.00. Call 305-294-1504 or visit www.kwbgs.org.

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Jan 152016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 thru WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Saturday The Beautiful Florida Keys art by Michael Harrell Opening, 5 PM Gallery on Greene, 606 Greene St. galleryongreene.com Sunday Susan Sykes Opening, 5:30 PM Cocco and Salem Gallery, 1111 Duval St. coccoandsalem.com Thru January 31 Rodger Stuart Davis, Black and White and Color Exhibit The Tropic Cinema. 416 Eaton St. George Lee Crosby, Paintings from Cuba and Key West Stone [continue reading…]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Art, Issue #149, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 152016
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…]

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Jan 152016
The Greens at Salute! On The Beach

After a year of wowing listeners at various venues downtown, The Greens are branching out, moving from the north side to the south side of the island. Their music runs the gamut of modern acoustic music – rock, blues, folk, country, and some originals; Their smartly styled arrangements make each song their own. They’ll be making their Atlantic debut at Salute! On The Beach this Sunday 1/17 from 4:30 – 7 PM.

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #149, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 152016
“Tales From the Sea” by Berserk Bastards

In 2007 the Norwegian sailboat Berserk, a 48’ 30 ton expedition yacht with a 1.5” thick steel hull sailed through the perilous Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, a treacherous journey that took six months. One of the crewmen is Fred the Red, known here as the lead singer of The Berserk Bastards. While not as well known here as in their native land, where these new day Vikings thrill audiences of 30,000 and more, they rocked the island during their three-week invasion [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Rock Solomon Plays Truman Little White House

“Moon Over Bourbon Street” is a jazz-noir multimedia & music performance by Rock Solomon that chronicles the story of an unknown jazz singer who lived in Key West in the early 1930’s. With the help of Key West music veteran Joe Dallas on upright bass, and newcomer James King on piano, Solomon will perform songs by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini & Cab Calloway, as well as songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald & Elvis Presley. Told in music, story and digital [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Jazz by the Jacuzzi - Featuring Rock Solomon

“Jazz by the Jacuzzi” features Rock Solomon and Tim McAlpine at the Patio Pool Bar Friday, January 15th, 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 & jacuzzi. [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Impromptu Classical Concerts

A Cappella Vocal Ensemble Come to Key West This season the Impromptu Classical Concerts offers the Key West audience something different. Appearing at St. Paul’s Church on January 24, 4 PM, the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Western Wind Sextet will share the special beauty and variety of a cappella music; the first ever a cappella concert hosted by the cultural organization. The ensemble will call upon its diverse background – from Renaissance motets to Fifties finger-snapping Doo-Wop, from love songs Italian style to Judaica selections, [continue reading…]

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Jan 152016
Drug Drop Program: Environmentally Friendly Way to Dispose of Medications

Note: The Sheriff’s Office will not accept medications from commercial establishments The Monroe County The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone about the drug disposal program offered at all our county Sheriff’s Substations and the reasons why it is important to dispose of medications in the right way. The program has been an ongoing success. The Sheriff’s Office regularly collects hundreds of pounds of medications county wide each year. In the last six months of 2015, we collected and disposed of 330 pounds of [continue reading…]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #149, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 152016
Super Bird Fests 2016 : A Calendar of Great Festivals on or near National Wildlife Refuges

New birder or old hand? No matter. It’s hard not to be moved by the sight of more birds erupting in flight than you’ve ever seen in your life. National wildlife refuges make great festival sites because so many of these special places are located along the country’s key migratory bird routes. Many festivals coincide with spring or fall migration. Here are some great refuge bird festivals to catch in 2016. The National Wildlife Refuge System, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, protects natural [continue reading…]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #149, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jan 152016
Explorers Present Colors at Events

Looking sharp! The Sheriff’s Explorer Post 906 in Marathon presented the colors for the first time at the Marathon / Coral Shores varsity basketball game on December 18th at Marathon High School. The newly formed Explorer Color Guard will be performing this function at many upcoming high school events and at other events around the Marathon area. Left to right, Yanelys Vergara, Angel Muino, Darian Companioni, Daniela Leyva. Their advisor in the post is Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy Derick Velez.

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #149, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 152016
New Online Series from Sea Delight Ocean Fund

SEA DELIGHT OCEAN FUND IS SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON ‘WOMEN IN SEAFOOD’ WITH A NEW ONLINE SERIES! MIAMI – The Sea Delight Ocean Fund, Inc., the charity arm of Sea Delight, LLC, Miami’s purveyor of high-quality, responsibly sourced fish and seafood, announced the start of a new online series that will feature the female movers and shakers in the seafood industry entitled “Women in Seafood,” announced Adriana Sanchez, Sustainability Director for Sea Delight and President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund. “Women in Seafood” was [continue reading…]

 January 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #149, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 152016
Agenda Available for January 20 BOCC Regular Meeting

The agenda for the January 20, 2016 Monroe County Board of County Commissioners is now available on the county website at http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/01202016-137. The meeting will be held at the Marathon Government Center (2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon), beginning at 9 a.m. Agenda items include: A proposal to explore the use of a relatively new state statute that allows local governments to enact an “Emergency Fire Rescue Services and Facilities” sales surtax of up to one penny. The money raised must be used to reduce property taxes. [continue reading…]

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