May 062016
 
Remembering Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty

May 3rd marked the anniversary of the line-of-duty death of Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Alexander. Deputy Alexander died in a traffic accident May 3rd, 1998 while working road patrol for the Sheriff’s Office in the Key Largo district. He had just left roll call at the Plantation Key Substation and was on the way to his duty station at the Ocean Reef Resort. For some reason, he pulled off of the highway and onto Val Jean Way, in Tavernier. He was stopped at a stop sign [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 1:52 am Issue #165, News, Special Event 3 Responses »
May 062016
 
Peary Court Purchase Plan B and the Cornfeld Group

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…….. Commissioner Jimmy Weekly has announced a “Plan B” for the City’s involvement in Peary Court: A “family business” is interested in purchasing Peary Court with Key West City government kicking in 12.5 million in Land Authority money to sweeten the deal. For its $12.5 million portion of the Peary Court purchase, Key West government would lock the Robert Cornfeld “family business’” into a deed-restriction requiring that existing Peary Court properties be dedicated in perpetuity to ‘affordable’ rentals—that is, “affordable” for [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 1:04 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #165 6 Responses »
May 062016
 
GMO Mosquitoes: Why Are They Even Considered?

by John Prosser……. While the mainstream media successfully whipped most of the country into a Zika-fearing panic, I smelled a rat and started researching. “Always follow the money.” Pesticide peddlers and Oxitec all stand to make a fortune from fear of mosquitoes that have not been found responsible for a single Zika infection in the continental U.S. It is my opinion that release of Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquitoes in Key Haven may be a very grave mistake. The proponents of GMO anything are quick to call [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 1:02 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #165 3 Responses »
May 062016
 
Commissioner Murphy Addresses Senate Committees Regarding Cooling Canals at Turkey Point

MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER SYLVIA MURPHY TELLS SENATE COMMITTEES FPL NEEDS TO CLEAN UP HYPERSALINE PLUMES CAUSED BY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT HOMESTEAD – The state’s Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee and the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee held a joint workshop April 29 in Homestead to learn more about hypersaline water – created by Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear plant – that has moved outside the utility’s cooling canal system and is threatening Biscayne National Park and the Biscayne aquifer. For [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #165, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 062016
 
Open Letter: Contretemps Over Drug Testing of Student Athletes

Gentlemen: I think we all know that there has been a major brouhaha over the proposed return of random drug testing for high school athletes. The proposal was brought to you at your recent workshop/meeting with very little, if any, explanation as to why the program was being revised. There was some mumbling to the effect that the principals and athletic directors wanted the random testing. This morning in his interview with Bill Becker on “Morning Magazine”, Superintendent Porter repeated that he and his staff [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:58 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #165 No Responses »
May 062016
 
Hialeah Man Faces Multiple Charges in Connection with Car Burglaries

Sheriff’s detectives worked together to solve a string of car burglaries that took place in June and July of 2015 in several locations in the Keys. One suspect, a Hialeah man, was arrested Wednesday and faces numerous related charges. The multiple vehicle burglaries took place in Marathon, on Big Coppitt Key and in the Stock Island neighborhood of Key Haven. In late June and early to mid-July, 29 year old Williams Alonso traveled multiple times to the Keys to commit the crimes. He entered unlocked [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #165, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 062016
 
Two More Scams Reported

The Sheriff’s Office had two more different types of scams reported Tuesday and would like to make everyone aware so they do not fall victim to these fraudsters. An Islamorada woman called the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night to report being scammed by someone she believed worked for a legitimate loan company. The 60 year old victim said she was trying to obtain a loan from a company called “Easy Loans”. She said a representative called and agreed to give her a $3,000 loan. He told [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #165, News No Responses »
May 062016
 
MCSO Crime Report

Lake Worth man charged with exposing himself on the beach A Lake Worth man was booked into jail Wednesday, charged with exposing himself at Bahia Honda State Park. The incident took place on March 16th. Deputy Austin Hopp responded to Bahia Honda State Park to a report that a man had exposed himself to two women on the beach. The two 24 year old victims from Georgia told Deputy Hopp they were sitting on the beach when 33 year old John Udovich sat down near [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #165, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 062016
 

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Six months ago, who would have bet on Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, even given juicy odds? But here we are. Who would have predicted the last two Republican presidents, the immediate past GOP presidential nominee, and the Republican Speaker of the House declining even lukewarm endorsements for their party’s horse? Yet that’s what’s happening. Over on the Democratic side, who expected Bernie Sanders to erase Hillary Clinton’s 50-point leads and go toe to toe with her — [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #165, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
May 062016
 
The End of the Bill of Rights is at Our Fingertips

by Thomas L. Knapp……. I recently got my first “smart phone” (I’ve been a late adopter in that particular area of technology). One of the first things I noticed about it was that I could use my fingerprint, rather than a pesky pass code, to unlock it. Much more convenient, isn’t it? A password can be forgotten, but it takes pretty severe physical trauma to lose one’s fingerprint. If your hand gets cut off, your phone is the least of your worries, right? Unfortunately, the [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:51 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #165 1 Response »
May 062016
 
Agreement Ensures Survivors of Domestic Violence in Monroe County Maintain Shelter and Services

Marathon Shores, Fla – Local domestic violence services in Monroe County will continue uninterrupted thanks to an agreement between the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), Victim Response, Inc. (The Lodge) and Monroe County’s Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc. (DAS). The agreement ensures that survivors of domestic violence and their children residing in Monroe County continue to have access to critical life-saving shelter and services within the community. “We believe wholeheartedly that this agreement will provide DAS with the tools and resources necessary, in both the [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #165, News, Public Notice No Responses »
May 062016
 
Key West: An Art Colony

by Kirby Congdon……. The town of Key West makes you step back and look at it. This writer spent a summer in an art colony in Maine as a pot-and-pan boy in the kitchen to be able to stay there. I didn’t assimilate the need or the drive to be a creative person for decades. But I see it all around me now. This past season Auwina Weed and Joseph Lowe provided us with a keyboard concert for organ and piano very recently (April 28) [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #165, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
May 062016
 
Fringe Theater Group Present Nine Ten-Minute One-Act Plays

Invitation to Attend: On Wednesday, May 11, the Fringe Theater group will present nine ten-minute one-act plays written by the participants in a just-concluded three- month weekly play-writing workshop. Toby Armour, experienced Key West playwright, producer, director, and actor associated with the Fringe, conducted the workshop. The plays begin at 7 pm at St. Paul’s Parish House, just down from the corner of Duval and Eaton Streets (additional access at the back from Bahama Lane), the Parish house has handicap access and is at the side  of the St. Paul Episcopal Church. [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #165, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
May 062016
 
Key West Community Sailing Center Youth Summer Program

The Key West Community Sailing Center will be offering a youth summer program again this year for students’ ages 6-17. All classes will run 9a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be ten, one-week sessions running Monday through Friday. Cost per student is $250.00. The classes will cover all skill levels, the basics of sailing and racing on a variety of boats owned by the Center. Skill level descriptions can be found of the Centers website. Graham Shivers and Heidi Ruse are the U.S. Certified instructors; [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #165, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 062016
 
FREE Summer Camp for Kids Pre-K – 5th Grade

Key West United Methodist Church is offering free Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 20-24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at The Old Stone Church, 600 Eaton St. Children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to “Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love” at the “Surf Shack.” Activities include music, games, crafts and snacks. Students who have completed 6th grade and up are eligible to volunteer. Adult volunteers are also needed. You can register your child or sign up to volunteer here: http://2016.cokesburyvbs.com/kwunitedmethodist

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #165, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 062016
 
Kids Clean up the Town

Key West school kids made Earth Day truly meaningful this year with their excellent efforts to clean up the island, and they had a great time doing it. St. Mary’s Basilica School had every grade picking up litter and recycling: The lower grades around the school grounds and the upper grades around the surrounding neighborhoods. They picked up about 10 full bags of litter. Poinciana Recycling Rangers and Student Government came out to Bayview Park, picked up six full bags of litter and helped sort [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Successful Cleanup of Mule Key with Danger Charters

  Reef Relief partnered with Danger Charters for a cleanup of Mule Key on Wednesday, April 27th to conclude their “Earth Week”. With the help of 15 volunteers, including Captain Wade and Nicole Talton of Danger Charters, Reef Relief removed 451 pounds of marine debris from the mangroves. The volunteers discovered that most of the debris was a result of fishing gear, such as rope, buoys, traps and crates. Mangroves are essential environments because they serve as nursery areas to a large diversity of sea life, such as juvenile [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, May 5 thru Wednesday, May 11 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Thursday Exhibitions by Alaina Plowdrey and Andrew Printer – Opening Reception, 6 PM The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. 305-296-0458. tskw.org Jewelry IS Art Trunk Show, 6 PM New Works by Barb Grob; held over is Ayala Bar and Ula Sustazula. Key West Local Luxe, 515 Fleming St. 305-304-9001. keywestlocalluxe.com Friday Janis Childs Opening Reception, 6 PM SoDu Gallery, [continue reading…]

May 062016
 
Two Florida Keys Writers Announced as Finalists in 2016 Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition and Award

Florida Keys authors Elia Chepaitis of Grassy Key and Lewis C. Haskell of Key West are two of four finalists announced in a nationwide competition to claim the 2016 Mystery Writers Whodunit Award. Chepaitis with “Murder with Kayaks in the Florida Keys,” and Haskell, with “Tequila Mockingbird,” are joined as finalists by Loveland, CO, (formerly Islamorada, FL) resident Carl Bock with “Coronado’s Trail,” and Ocean City, MD, resident Paul Marion Geiger with “The Crayon Box.” Candidates for the Award, which is supported by the Marion [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Rally Cry for Rebels and Renegades: Last Call for May 15th Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade Entrants

In less than a week, a groundswell of Florida Keys creatives and spectators will come together to applaud a rebellious welder-turned-metal artist while showcasing their own ingenious recycled creations during the inaugural Stanley Papio Kinetic Parade— a family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade set for noon on Saturday, May 14th. The late Stanley Papio was a man ahead of his time, seeing art where others saw junk. The pioneering folk artist transformed the controversial metal collection piled high in his yard into extraordinary [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Art, Issue #165, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 062016
 
Papio Exhibit Opening Set for Saturday

Key West Art & Historical Society Executive Director Michael Gieda rubs elbows with “The Preacher,” a towering Stanley Papio sculpture at Fort East Martello Museum. The sculpture is one of more than 100 of the artist’s sculptural objects and three-dimensional constructions that will be featured in the new permanent exhibit— “Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel”—which opens to the public at Fort East Martello on Saturday, May 14 from 5:30-7:00pm with a free celebration featuring live music by Ben Harrison. For more information, visit KWAHS.ORG.

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Art, Issue #165, Special Events, What To Do 1 Response »
May 062016
 
The Other Band Takes Over Monday Nights at Schooner Wharf Bar

The Other Band is taking over the Monday evening slot at Schooner Wharf Bar from 7 – 11 PM every week this month. This latest outgrowth of the vast talent pool here in The Keys features Steve Gibson on mandolin and vocals, Michelle Dravis on guitar and lead vocals, and Bubba Lownotes on bass and vocals. They provide a different approach to roots and Americana for music lovers, with a unique blend of talents like no other. This will be true alternative music, acoustic style, [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #165, Music, What To Do No Responses »
May 062016
 
Southernmost Magnolia End of Season Bash!

Southernmost Magnolia will be playing their last two shows for this season during the month of May. They’re going to go out with a bang. Redhead Express will join them at their regular gig Thursday May 5 at B.O.’s Fish Wagon 6 – 9 PM. This will be a meeting of the minds for like-minded roots music lovers, bridging a generation gap to include fans of all ages. And also, this will be partly a video shoot for the family band currently wowing everyone. Come [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #165, Music, What To Do No Responses »
May 062016
 
SISTER SEASON SURVIVORS PARTY, MONDAY MAY 30TH!

The Sister Season Fund needs volunteers to help with the 39th Annual Survivors Party – Family Fun Fair on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th from 4pm – 8pm at the Bottlecap.  This promises to be a family friendly event, full of good old fashioned fun, featuring food, entertainment, and games.  If you can help with set up, selling raffles, taking admission, or with one of our Family Fun Fair games please call John at 305-434-5538.  All funds raised will be used to provide assistance to locals [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #165, Special Event, What To Do No Responses »
May 062016
 
Books & Books Supports Public School with Community Book Fair Celebration

  Books & Books @ The Studios of Key West, the island’s new independent book store at 533 Eaton Street, will host a celebration of books and community on Sunday, May 15 from 10am-6pm, with supporting entertainment and opportunities presented by Key West Montessori Charter School. “Books & Books is happy to offer this day to the community and to the Montessori charter school to help encourage enthusiasm for books and reading,” says store manager Mia Clement. “We look forward to supporting an appreciation of [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #165 No Responses »
May 062016
 
Gearing Up for the Parade

Featured artist Steve King gives his pedal and belt-driven creation some finishing touches in preparation for the Stanley Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, an event held in honor of pioneering folk artist Stanley Papio. Following in Papio’s footsteps, King used recycled materials in the construction of his creation “The Grinder,” combining wood, metal, bike parts and “bits and bobs” to create his gears-and-cogs-inspired design. “It’s always great when you can share your art and ideas with the community,” says the custom home and boat builder. King’s [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Art, Issue #165, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
May 062016
 
TIES Program to Honor Community Partners at Annual Event

TIES Program Community Partner Appreciation Event June 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sigsbee Base Community Center A highly successful program for young adults with intellectual challenges will mark its eleventh year with a June 1 luncheon honoring the critical role played by its community partners. The TIES (Transition to Independence, Employment and Success) program provides a teacher, job coach and facilities for students, ages 18-22, to learn, practice and network within real life settings to achieve their goals of independence. At the 11:30 a.m. luncheon at [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Josh the Otter comes to Key West for Water Safety Awareness Month

During National Water Safety Awareness Month, Key West Sunrise Rotary’s Josh the Otter program is delivering life-saving messages and copies of the “Josh the Baby Otter” book during interactive presentations at preschools and kindergartens. On Thursday, Josh the Otter (AKA Key West Sunrise Rotary Past President Ron Demes) entertained prekindergarten students at the Basilica School of Saint Mary Star of the Sea by leading the Learn to Float dance and a pledge to be careful around bodies of water. Visits are also planned to Sigsbee [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
GLEE Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Shrimp Road Bar & Grill, Stock Island Please join us for Florida Keys Green Living and Energy Education’s annual meeting May 12. Meet others interested in Keys’ environmental issues and hear local groups and individuals share their experiences in sustainability. Topics and speakers include: GLEE’s Key West Community Garden – Rick Smith, committee chairman Solar Education Association of the Keys – Michael Welber, executive director Green Business Program – Alison Higgins, sustainability coordinator, city [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Mayor Names Honorary Conch

Mayor Craig Cates commended Jane Newhagen with the highest Key West honor during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Sexton’s House at the Key West Cemetery on Wednesday. He proclaimed her an honorary Conch. Newhagen became involved with the Key West Cemetery after she graduated the Key West Ambassador Academy 11 years ago. She began by volunteering, helping organize and preserve burial records. She continued as a part time helper, then was hired full time. Mayor Cates noted that Newhagen has been “a driving [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Ribbon Cut on Sexton's Office

Mayor Craig Cates, accompanied by City Commissioners Sam Kaufman, Margaret Romero, Clayton Lopez, Billy Wardlow and Richard Payne, cut the ribbon today on the new Sexton House at the Key West Cemetery. The sexton’s office serves as a vital repository of the city’s history, containing burial records of nearly two centuries of Key West families. “This project is very dear to my heart,” said Mayor Cates, “as I know it is to many of us. My mother, my father, my grandparents are all here.” “This [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #165, News, Special Event No Responses »
May 062016
 
Queen Mother 33 May 9, 2016

33rd Annual Queen Mother Pageant is a “Dragorama” Evening Gowns, Stilettos and Jeweled Crowns, it must be time for The 33rd Annual Queen Mother Pageant, presented by John “Ma” Evans Productions and La Te Da will be on Monday, May 9, 2016 This must see Key West tradition benefits Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys and One Human Family. Taking over Duval Street in front of La Te Da (1125 Duval), contestants compete in categories such as “evening gown,” “talent” and of [continue reading…]

 May 6, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #165, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Apr 202016
 
Say Hello to Our Little Friends

by Kim Pederson……. I’m sure it’s been a burning question in many people’s minds for centuries: “What really happens when you drop food on the floor?” Or put another way, is the five-second rule myth or fact? Since you may not be familiar with the FSR (a 2003 survey noted that 56% of men and 70% of women queried knew of it), the rule is simply that food dropped on the floor is safe to eat, i.e., not chowdaminated, if picked up before five seconds [continue reading…]

 April 20, 2016  Posted by at 2:46 am Issue #165, Kim Pederson No Responses »