Feb 262016
HOB DAYCARE SCANDAL: The Making of a Thief?

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…….. The investigators of the disappearance of over $21,000 from the HOB daycare program seem to have found a convenient “bad apple.” Thirty-two year old Tina Godfrey was in charge of collecting the money. She didn’t file the proper paperwork, money is missing, and unbelievably enough, it seems “she has done it before.” In some sort of bizarre Japanese ritual at last Tuesday’s School Board meeting Superintendent Porter stoically reprimanded himself. He gave himself a 5-day suspension for not catching the thief [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am * Featured Story *, Issue #155 7 Responses »
Feb 262016
Where Better to Spend Ten Million Tourist Tax Dollars?

by Maureen Bramlage…….. Where should $10 million in tourist tax dollars  be spent now,  if not at Peary Court?  A public-private partnership can build, at little or no cost to the City, the 70 units the  Planning Dept. has recommended for Bahama Village;  likewise 65 new units at the old Mosquito Control site. The 100 additional units at Poinciana must be done piecemeal to avoid displacing current residents, and can use the remaining $2.5 million in tourist tax dollars,  plus an additional $2 million per year [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:59 am ~ Column ~, Island Voices, Issue #155 8 Responses »
Feb 262016
About 100 Years Ago, It Was Being Said that Florida was Uninhabitable. Then Somebody Invented Mosquito Control

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Before the Florida Keys meant sun, sea and Jimmy Buffet, they were famous for mosquitoes– dense, black clouds of them that hummed and bit without pause, spread malaria, dengue and yellow fever, and drove visitors temporarily insane with irritation. At the beginning of the 20th Century, many thought that Florida was virtually uninhabitable and could never be developed. By 1922, however, Dr. J.Y. Porter was on the job as the Florida’s first health officer and was proposing procedures to help control [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Island Voices, Issue #155 No Responses »
Feb 262016
Being Homeless in Key West with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

by Sloan Bashinsky……. Pedaling my bicycle up to the Winn-Dixie the other day, I chatted with a homeless man standing at the intersection of Palm and North Roosevelt Blvds, waiting on the light to change. He said he only arrived here about a week ago, he’d come down with the flu, stayed one night at KOTS, the city’s homeless shelter, it was the dirtiest place he’d ever seen, he was not going back there. On same general theme, excerpts from recent emails written by my [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Island Voices, Issue #155 1 Response »
Feb 262016
Government Has a Hard Heart for the Homeless

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Elvis Summers helps the homeless. As Gale Holland of the Los Angeles Times reports, Summers has so far (with the help of $100,000 in private donations) built and placed 37 “tiny houses” in the LA metro area so that people with nowhere to live can move off the sidewalks, out of their tents or cardboard boxes, and into parking-spot-sized buildings with solar powered lighting and doors that lock. Instead of presenting Summers with an award for improving the city and making [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #155 No Responses »
Feb 262016
Big Thanks to the Mom & Pops

Dear Editor, The 25th Kelly McGillis Classic Women’s & Girls Flag Football Championship Tournament was last month, in Key West. For the past 25 years. We have brought national and international teams to this city to play some great flag football, be the pro or the beginner. All different types of female flag football players have come to this great city for the event. The tournament has been filmed by NFL Films, Inc. and ‘Football America’ which show cases women’s flag football, Key West and [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am Issue #155, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Feb 262016
Open Letter to the Monroe County School Board

Demise of the Audit & Finance Committee Gentlemen: Be generous; be merciful. Put the Audit and Finance Committee out of its misery. Send its members off gently into the good night. You never much cared for the AFC. It was veritably forced upon you in the wake of the Acevedo scandal and you have never looked to it as a significant asset. There were members of the AFC that you so disliked that you deposed them, witness Stuart Kessler and myself. There were members of [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #155, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Feb 262016
Open Letter to Mayor Cates

Dear Mayor, I am asking you please! Do not rush into any plans for the new dock master building at Key West, Garrison Bight Marina at Roosevelt Blvd and Palm Ave. We have not had a public meeting about this important building! I feel it must be a building that the community and visitors see and say, “Yes! This is the entrance into the famous historic waterfront distinct – What a great building!” I have tried to follow the plans for the new dock master [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #155, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Feb 262016
Down On the Border…

Dear Editor, Watching the Republicans in debate has been painful for many voters in recent weeks. There has been a lot of heat, mostly from Mr. Trump, but not much useful light. For instance: Immigration is a top issue, and if you’re satisfied with semi-plausible, boilerplate rhetoric, all of the candidates have tried hard to oblige. Although Mr. Trump has had at least the loudest Republican voice, it may not count. Now the Pope has magically appeared on the exact spot where the Donald wants [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #155, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Feb 262016
Save the Date for Hometown!'s "Call for Candidates"

Key West, April 11,2016, Hometown!’s “Call for Candidates” at Salute Restaurant, Higgs Beach at 5 p.m. Dear Members, Prospective Members of Hometown!, and all Candidates, Prospective Candidates and Those Merely Testing the Waters: Please join us on Monday, April 11, 2016, when Key West’s Hometown! will present declared and potential candidates for the upcoming 2016 elections. The event will be held at Salute Restaurant at Higgs Beach in Key West, at 5 p.m. Candidates, declared or potential, will introduce themselves and make short presentations. All [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #155, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Feb 262016
National Women’s Political Caucus Endorses Annette Taddeo for Congress

    Miami, FL —Today, the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) endorsed Annette Taddeo for Congress. “The time for a strong, woman leader representing Florida’s 26th district is far past due. We support women candidates who stand for our shared values. We endorse Annette because she will take Washington to task and make sure equality is a top priority. Her experience and dedication to the environment, education, public safety, and immigration reform demonstrate her commitment progressive values and we look forward to seeing her in [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #155, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 262016
The Naked Truth

by Kim Pederson……. I came across the word “veritas” a few days ago editing a bio. In this context, it referred to an on-campus student organization of some sort (not identified). You perhaps know it better as the motto of Harvard University. It’s also the motto of several other schools as well as that of the Dominican Order of the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, the word “veritas,” which in Latin means “truth” or “truthfulness,” is much more popular than I knew or imagined. Indeed, [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #155, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 262016
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 OVER  (Click here for previous chapter) A 1952, twin-engine Lockheed Lodestar, originally designed to shuttle orphaned moose for the Canadian Park Service, crossed the Colombian mountain range at 14,000 feet and descended rapidly. Mama’s Rose was painted in hooker red on the nose cone, just above a rack of commemorative moose antlers. Mama all but flapped her wings to stay aloft in the thick jungle air. If [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am ~ Artists ~, Featured Artist, Issue #155, Literature No Responses »
Feb 262016
SALT Gallery Offers Preview of Susan Sugar Exhibit

For more than twenty years, painter Susan Sugar’s gaze has been drawn to the summer sky and sea, a subject Sugar says she can never imagine tiring of. On Tuesday, March 1, from 6pm-8pm, Salt Gallery at Salt Island Provisions on 830 Fleming Street welcomes the public to preview her new body of work, “a handful of skies.” In this new body of work, there is no land in sight. She speaks of the work as music, as dance. The exhibit is made up of [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Art, Issue #155, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 262016
Tennessee Williams Exhibit to Present Film Series

During the month of March, The Tennessee Williams Exhibit and the Tropic Cinema will screen three classic films at 6pm Monday nights at the Tropic Cinema. The films series, based on plays and a novel by the famed writer Tennessee Williams, includes: March 7, “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone”starring Vivien Leigh and Warren Beatty; March 14, “The Fugitive Kind” starring Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, and Joanne Woodward; March 21, “Summer and Smoke” with Laurence Harvey, Geraldine Page, and Rita Moreno. On Monday, March 28, [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #155, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 262016
Mindi Abair @ Key West Theatre March 3

Key West Theatre, March 3 at 8pm In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Mindi Abair has made her mark as one of the most recognizable saxophonists in the US. You may know her as the saxophonist on American Idol, or the only saxophonist to tour with rock legends Aerosmith since 1973. You may have seen her on stage with Bruce Springsteen for a historic night at the Beacon Theater, or tuned in as she joined [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #155, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 262016

Local photographer Larry Blackburn will show his photographic works on Friday, March 4th in conjunction with the First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll. The showing, entitled “Scene in Key West”, will feature photographs of many familiar sights around Key West that Larry feels fortunate to experience on a daily basis. The photographs are printed on different media types including canvas, metal and metallic paper. The show will take place inside of Duval Square at 1075 Duval Street in Key West from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #155, What To Do 1 Response »
Feb 262016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 thru WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS SATURDAY Crossing the Line by Peter Vey Opening Reception, 5 PM Gallery on Greene, 606 Greene St. galleryongreene.com SUNDAY Janis Fitch and Frederic Palay Opening Reception, 5:30 PM Cocco and Salem Gallery, 1111 Duval St. 305-292-0072. coccoandsalem.com WEDNESDAY Tennessee Williams Legacy Membership Party, 6 PM Entertainment by Bobby Nesbitt and Carmen Rodriguez. Private Home of Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt, 1207 [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Art, Issue #155, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 262016
NAS Key West Air Show April 2-3

Lineup Set for “2016 Southernmost Air Spectacular” Air Show The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team The Blue Angels and other military and civilian aerial performances will fill the skies of the Florida Keys on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, at the Naval Air Station Key West “Southernmost Air Spectacular” air show at Boca Chica Field. Admission and parking are free. The gates open at 9 a.m. and the show will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the Blue Angels flying at 2:30 p.m. Boca [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:23 am Issue #155, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 262016
Volunteers Needed to Spread Stormwater Runoff Awareness

  Friday March 4, 2015 9:00am – 12:00pm Reef Relief will be distributing Stormwater Education door hangers on March 4th to residents of Key West. Volunteers will meet the Reef Relief staff at 9:00 am at the Willy Ward City Park outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Pool, 300 Catherine St. Look for the Reef Relief banner. Volunteer check-in will start at 9:00 am and the distribution will conclude at approximately 12:00pm. Please RSVP to Shell at Reef Relief via email at reefrelief@gmail.com. Stormwater [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #155, Special Events No Responses »
Feb 262016
FAVORite People of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges: Wildlife Biologist Adam Emerick

FAVORite People of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges: Wildlife Biologist Adam Emerick.— Adam Emerick carefully handles a Florida Keys mole skink while collecting data during a survey that could provide information vital to its protection status within refuge lands. The Big Pine Key resident moved to the Keys a year and a half ago to work with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, where he serves as a wildlife biologist for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex. “The islands of the Keys are [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #155, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 262016
Nature’s Playgrounds: Quick Tips to Keep Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Wild

Most know the subtropical Florida Keys are a mecca for those who love to sail, snorkel, kayak, paddle-board, boat, bird, fish, hike, bike, and run. Head in just about any direction and you’ll land in a haven that seems tailor made for these activities. What many might not realize is that a great deal of these pristine playgrounds are actually part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, set aside and protected not for us but for some of the world’s most endangered habitats, plants, and [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #155, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 262016
Get Ready for a “Picnic Under The Stars”

Get Ready for a “Picnic Under The Stars”—Bring a blanket and join Mo the sloth along with Farmer Jeanne and leaders of four of the island’s community organizations for an evening “Picnic Under the Stars” at Fort East Martello on March 12, 2016, starting at 5:00 pm. Pre-purchase a gourmet picnic basket now or simply show up and purchase your picnic from on-site vendors. Admission price for this family-friendly, joint fundraiser that includes live music and activities for kids is only $10 and can be [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #155, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 262016
Fundraiser for Relay for Life and Key West United Methodist Church Pipe Organ

The inaugural performance of Key West’s Masterwork Oratorio Chorale will take place at 4 p.m., Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Key West United Methodist Church. The first presentation of this new, invitation/audition group of singers will be the magnificent Mozart Mass in C Minor, an exciting blend of baroque and romantic styles with lush choruses and soaring solos. “There is a growing group of vocalists and audience members in Key West and surrounding communities who enjoy the classical vocal works of the master composers,” [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #155, Music, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 262016
Farm open Sunday; Easter Event March 13th

The Sheriff’s Animal Farm will be open this Sunday February 28th, between 1 – 3 p.m. Bring the family and come visit the animals at the farm, including horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a Kinkajou, Sloths, a Lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian Cavys, a skunk, an opossum, tortoises and turtles, snakes and many more. It is free of charge (donations are welcome). The farm is located just off of College Road, on Stock Island, at the Sheriff’s Office [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #155, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 262016
Basketball Game Benefits Relay for Life

In an event to raise money for Relay for Life, the Sheriff’s Office and the Key West Police will face off on the basketball court March 12th. The Sheriff’s “Stars” will play the KWPD “Finest” in the fourth annual “Let’s Dunk on Cancer” game at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12th at the Key West High School gymnasium. The event is open to the public. A $5 donation would be appreciated at the door and there will be food, drinks and raffle tickets on sale. All [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #155, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 262016
Friends of the Key West Library Book Sale Saturday, March 5

Friends of the Key West Library will sponsor their monthly book sale on Saturday, March 5, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Palm Garden next to the library, 700 Fleming St. 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 low prices. Lots of DVDs and CDs are available. Baked goods provided by the “Keys to be the Change” program supervised by Heidi Golightly will also be on sale. [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #155, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 262016
Key West Friends of the Library Series, March 7

Brewster Chamberlin to Speak At Friends of the Key West Library Series Monday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m., the Key West Friends of the Key West Library will present well-known local writer, Brewster Chamberlin as speaker of its lecture series at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. Seating is on a first come first served basis, and will begin at 5:30. Chamberlin has written several books, including a novel, a memoir, travelogues, short stories, essays and poetry. During a lengthy career [continue reading…]

 February 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #155, Literature, What To Do No Responses »