Heavy traffic expected Memorial Day Weekend Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year for traffic in the Florida Keys and this year will be no exception. That is the assessment of the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit, which will be out in force this holiday weekend to make sure people are driving safely. All Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Officers will be assigned to work the entire holiday weekend and will work county-wide to help supplement road patrol, particularly on [continue reading…]
by Sloan Bashinsky……. Something happened yesterday, May 19, 2016, which caused me to go to my website, goodmorningkeywest.com, and find the February 16, 2015 post: “Michelangelo Giuseppe Peluso, a Key West living treasure, did it his way”. I felt moved to pull excerpts from that post into an article for the blue paper. So here goes, ~~~~~~~~~~~~ What a sense of humor the angels have. A while back, I gave my Toyota Highlander to the mechanic who took care of it, for him to sell [continue reading…]
Truman Waterfront Advisory Board Member, Ben Volpian, has asked for the group’s May 23, 2016 board meeting to include a frank discussion on future park plans. Volpian says there are three Plans: 1. The Truman Waterfront Park Master Plan, 2. Conceptual Plan as presented by Planning Director, Thaddeus Cohen, and 3. Truman Waterfront Plan as presented by Ben Volpian. His aim is to begin a group discussion that would compare the 3 Plans using the City of Key West’s Mission’s and Duties of the Truman [continue reading…]
Dear Editor: Following my past Letter to Editor, I authored a 2,000+ word article in TheBluePaper.com outlining additional research and questioning why GMO mosquitoes are even considered. I continued my research, wondering why Zika suddenly became serious enough to spark recent media hysteria and predictions of epidemics. I found some disturbing correlations that suggest all thoughts of GMO mosquito release should be abandoned. Consider the cause of the Zika epidemic a mystery to be solved. Here are some clues: The Zika virus was isolated by [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, In a recent letter to the editor, Monroe County Mayor, Heather Carruthers, discussed her opposition to single-member districts. The letter glosses over very real and very significant problems with the current system. Carruthers claims that the at-large system allows voters to influence county commissioners from other districts. With SMD elections, you vote for one Commissioner every four years. In our current at-large elections, you get to vote for all five Commissioners every four years, and for at least 40% of the Commission every [continue reading…]
Dear Editor, Mayor Caruthers comments in her letter: “Being a County Commissioner requires many practical things, including a flexible schedule, accessibility and travel. It is difficult to manage a normal 40-hour work week and effectively serve, and more difficult to support a family solely on a Commissioner’s salary.” This validates citizen’s concerns that new entrants must be wealthy or beholden to special interests for funding a Keys wide campaign. Ask yourself: “Who would possibly be against letting citizens decide how they elect their local representatives?” [continue reading…]
by Thomas L. Knapp……. Philip Rucker and Robert Costa of the Washington Post report that Mitt Romney and other establishment Republicans are unsheathing their threatened final sword: Attempting to put together an “independent” Republican presidential campaign versus GOP nominee-apparent Donald Trump. The draft effort’s reputed short list includes Ohio governor John Kasich and US Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE). Good idea or bad idea? Depends on how one looks at it. If the goal is partisan Republican victory this November, two Republican candidates — one chosen [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. Dare say, the rants denigrating law-enforcement officers, along with the chants calling for their murder, are difficult for me to reconcile with; while watching and listening to accounts of their extraordinary bravery and steadfast courage under fire, as President Obama decorates them with the ‘Medal of Valor’ at the White House. Just today, these ‘officers of the law’ appeared on TV as our president reverently draped this distinguished award around each of their necks. One mother was presented her son’s medal posthumously, [continue reading…]
by Kim Pederson……. Everyone needs help sometimes, especially with regard to putting the spark back into relationships teetering on the edge of gutteringdom. Guttering is a great word, isn’t it? It acts as a gerund for the verb “gutter” that denotes the melted wax that runs down a candle. The intransitive verb “gutter” means, in turn, to flow in rivulets as in wax down a candle, to incline downward in a draft or wind as candle flames do, or to burn feebly as again in [continue reading…]
By Dr. Dan Dodgen, Director of the Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hurricane season is fast approaching and disaster preparedness should be something that everybody, including older Americans, is thinking about. It only takes one hurricane to change your life and your community. But that one hurricane can do some serious damage, especially if you aren’t ready for it. Bouncing back after a storm isn’t [continue reading…]
by Kirby Congdon……. An important book on nursery rhymes, Iona and Peter Opie’s Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1952), pointed out that those light-hearted poems from Mother Goose were, in fact, documentaries, not just making things up. In those days an execution could be your punishment for embarrassing any political figure accused of mishandling civil rights — as if there were any! A few years ago, a local poet prefaced a reading of a poem by saying, “This really happened.” I asked myself, Does that mean [continue reading…]
Key West Art & Historical Society board member and historian Sharon Wells and Curator Cori Convertito, PhD get friendly with “The Water Skiier” while “Dough Boy World War I” looks on. The sculptures are just two of more than 100 of the artist’s sculptural objects and three-dimensional constructions featured in the new permanent exhibit— “Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel”— which is now open to the public at Fort East Martello. For more information, visit KWAHS.ORG.
Monroe County School District invites you to participate in its 2016 Survey regarding the School District Strategic Plan that was developed by Hanover Research. This is the third year of deployment of the Strategic Plan and it is important to get feedback regarding its implementation, not only from the focus groups that meet every November, but from the broader community. The Survey will be available until May 27th. Click on this link for the survey.
Haley Marguerite, a 24-year old published children’s book author, spent time with Sugarloaf Elementary School students this week. Growing up as a young girl Haley was driven to be successful “no matter what that meant.” She was hungry to be the best that she possibly could be. “As an entrepreneur,” Marguerite says, “seeking new opportunities to take her company to the next level is a main priority.” Haley’s book, Charlie Takes an Adventure, is rather unique as it was written when she was only eleven [continue reading…]
The Board of Directors of the Anne McKee Artists Fund recently awarded 12 project-based grants to Florida Keys visual, performing and literary artists. The awards support specific creative projects proposed by each recipient. Established by Anne McKee, a longtime Key West resident and supporter of the arts, the Fund assists talented individuals with qualified creative endeavors. Since its inception, the Fund has awarded over $234,000 to visual artists, writers and performing artists who live in the Florida Keys. The Fund’s 2016 grant recipients are: Visual [continue reading…]
The Key West City Commission last night honored Fire Chief David Fraga with the following proclamation. Chief Fraga is stepping down at the end of the month after 42 years of service, ten of those as Chief. “Key West Fire Chief David began his career in 1973 as a firefighter, working his way up through the ranks: Captain, Fire Marshal, Division Chief, and in 2006, Fire Chief. When he first made the commitment in November of 1973, Chief Fraga could not have imagined the legacy [continue reading…]