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Hometown!'s "Meet the Candidates" Event, June 24

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” ― Larry J. Sabato, Pendulum Swing Hometown!’s “MEET THE CANDIDATES” Rally at The Studios of Key West 533 Eaton Street–2nd Floor On Friday, June 24, 2016 5:00 P.M. TO 7:30 PM Here are the details about the “Meet the Candidates” event at TSKW: This will be a timely event because all 2016 candidates must qualify by Noon on this date. Key West’s Hometown! will present all candidates running for office in the upcoming August 30, [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #169, News, Special Event No Responses »
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by Thomas L. Knapp……. Only bad parents lose track of their kids. Only the negligent, the unqualified, the suspect arrive at the emergency room — or funeral home — with toddlers in tow. When something inexplicable and terrible happens to a child, it must be Mom and Dad’s fault. That would never happen to OUR kids because WE impart discipline and maintain vigilance, right? Enter Harambe, the 400-pound gorilla killed by Cincinnati Zoo staff after a toddler escaped adult supervision, vaulted a railing and fell [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #169, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Jun 032016
Some Musings on the Towel of Babel

 by Kim Pederson……. Is it just a slip of the tongue? I sometimes wonder what goes on in our brains when we write or speak a word that’s different from the one we intended to write or speak. Case in point. Yesterday, while blogging about “The Unconfusion of Tongues,” I intended to type “Tower of Babel” and instead typed “Towel of Babel.” I must have read through the entry three or four times before I noticed the mistake. But was it, I now ask, an [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #169, Kim Pederson No Responses »
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Reef Perkins to Debut “Deep Air” - An Unconventional Life is His Muse

On Saturday, June 18, from 6 to 8pm, former combat veteran, smuggler, salvager and Conch Republic Navy Officer Reef Perkins will debut his third book, “Deep Air” at Grand Vin, 1107 Duval Street, Key West. Reading a tale written by Perkins is much like experiencing his storytelling in person. The language and story lines are fast-paced, improbable and wickedly entertaining – with a vaguely psychedelic feel. His style has been compared to that of Kurt Vonnegut. In “Deep Air,” Perkins describes a sailing vessel secured [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Island Voices, Issue #169, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
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Languages Birds, hidden within their cool recess, twitter and tweet behind the leaves as beyond the written page our own vocabularies rage to tell us what the world’s about when we find that any peace of mind reaches out for that light that hangs over the rooted craniums of earth-bound trees with their huge arms amazingly upraised while even each green leaf’s stem extends its sturdy place in its own season’s time to offer even more praise. Kirby Congdon

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #169, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
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Sea Gypsy Philosopher - Third Anniversary

  Hello Dear Readers, Three years ago today I began my blog with the modest goal of sharing my unconventional outlook on Life with whoever might be interested. Because I come from a street performing background, where my juggling act was available for free to whoever walked by, I was delighted that my site could have the same sort of “give it away” purity to it. Even from the beginning I refused to litter my website with ads or to ask for donations. I wanted [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Island Voices, Issue #169 No Responses »
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Trash + Rain = Mosquitoes

by Douglas Hattendorf……. I’m no biologist or expert (as one man told us at a mosquito meeting — we have no right to speak on such things if we aren’t a biologist or an expert.) However, sometimes it’s just a matter of common sense. Our shorelines are loaded with plastic buckets, totes, bottles, cups, etc that hold water before they return to the ocean to cause further damage. So, what happens when those items are pushed to the high tide line and then it rains? Well, a [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am ~ Opinion ~, Environment, Issue #169 1 Response »
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Three Honored with Lifesaving Award

Chief Donie Lee today presented three Key West Police officers with the Lifesaving Award for saving the life of a drowning man. On April 21st Officers David Kouri, Michael Pettee and Billy Vazquez responded to a drowning call on North Roosevelt Blvd. Officer Kouri was first on the scene and saw the victim, a 58 year old man, unconscious and floating almost completely submerged in the water. Officer Kouri jumped off the sea wall and into the water and immediately repositioned the victim’s head, opened [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #169, News, Special Event No Responses »
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My Tribe is BETTER than your Tribe

by Dr. Geno……. The seven magic words that have tumbled planet Earth into becoming the insane asylum of the Universe. So what’s the latest example?? Members of the German Parliament(Former Nazis??) have labeled the Turks as having committed Geoncide of the Armenians in 1915. Now how’s that the pot calling the kettle black?? Don’t forget the 23MILLION exterminations by our Ally Uncle Jo Stalin. And, what about the Invasion of the Americas?? The Europeans Extermination of the native populations. And don’t forget the WMDs used [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #169, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
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Last Stand Forum - June 9

Neighborhood Information Forum June 9th covering Traffic and Parking Problems plus Affordable Housing Issues Join Last Stand board members on Thursday June 9th at 5:30pm at the Eco-Discovery Center, 35 East Quay Road in the Truman Waterfront for a Neighborhood Information Forum where you will hear about Transportation and Affordable Housing changes coming in the near future. After a brief social period, the program will begin at 6:00pm and adjourn at 7:30pm. The program begins with Chris Hamilton, Bicycle/Pedestrian/Transportation Coordinator for the City of Key [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #169, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
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Keys-Wide Underwater Clean-Up During Get into Your Sanctuary 2016 Celebration

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Blue Star certified charter operators are calling all divers to participate in underwater clean-ups throughout the Florida Keys on June 25th and 26th during the National Get into Your Sanctuary celebration. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the most extensive coral reef ecosystem in the continental United States. The biological diversity of marine organisms found here is often breathtaking, beautiful, and fragile. It is not uncommon to spot over 75 species of reef fish on just one dive! [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #169, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Conservation Groups File Legal Action

Officials Diverting Taxpayer’s Land Conservation Money for Other Uses TALLAHASSEE – Four Florida citizen groups filed legal action today in their continuing case to stop state officials from taking the tax dollars that voters earmarked for land conservation buying and instead using the money to pay for existing employees and ordinary agency expenses. A huge majority – 75 percent – of Florida voters approved the Water and Land Conservation Amendment to the state Constitution in November 2014. Its title was clear: “Dedicates funds to acquire [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #169, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Attacks Against Federal Range and Forest Workers on Rise

2015 Saw Spike in Reported Threats and Interference on Federal Lands in West Washington, DC — Assaults against national forest and rangeland employees and facilities rose sharply last year, according to figures released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Reported incidents nearly doubled (87% increase) on rangelands overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and increased by more than half (60%) on national forests. “Security is a rising concern for scientists and other specialists working in the remote Western outposts,” stated PEER [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #169, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Reminder: Tie Down Straps Required by Law

Don’t forget to use tie down straps on your vessel when towing Earlier in the week, this boat came off of its trailer just north of Coco Plum Road in Marathon. It did not have tie down straps holding it to the trailer as required by law. Tie-down straps are an easy and inexpensive way to make sure your boat is secure on its trailer and that this does not happen to you. And using them ensures you are complying with the below Florida statute: A [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #169, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Hurricane Preparedness: Red Cross Issues Steps to Get Ready for 2016 Hurricane Season

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane, and the American Red Cross has steps people should take to be prepared for hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30. Hurricanes cause problems for people in coastal areas. But these storms can also cause damage hundreds of miles inland. “These are dangerous storms that can affect people living across South Florida,” said Carlos Castillo, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross South Florida Region. “It’s time to get ready now, before a storm threatens.” [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #169, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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TIES Program Honors Community Partners at Annual Event

Students in the Transition to Independence, Employment and Success (TIES) program hosted the annual Community Partner Appreciation Event on Wednesday to thank individuals, businesses, agencies and parents. Monroe County Schools, Naval Air Station Key West and Florida Keys Community College created the program in 2005 to address the needs of young adults with intellectual challenges. During a student-led luncheon at the Sigsbee Base Community Center, former NAS Key West Commander Jim Scholl, former MCSD Transition Specialist Marty Jacquette, NAS Key West Public Works Engineer Stephen [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #169, News, Special Event No Responses »
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Experts Secrets Revealed at the 3rd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, June 10-12

The 3rd annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest launches this Friday, June 10, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd. The “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed weekend of total mystery immersion – open to published authors, aspiring authors and non-writing book lovers alike – includes panels, presentations, workshops and social events with a “killer” hit-list of some of America’s top award-winning and bestselling mystery writers and true crime experts and features New York Times bestselling author and renowned trial [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #169, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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Key West Art & Historical Society Exhibits Original Sketches by Famed Folk Artist Mario Sanchez

In 1961, Key West Art & Historical Society presented the first public showing of Mario Sanchez’s art at Fort East Martello Museum. Today, The Society welcomes the public to the opening of Pencil Me In: The Sketches of Mario Sanchez on Friday, June 17, in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum located at 281 Front Street. The exhibit lauds the celebrated Cuban-American folk artist’s sketches done on brown paper bags, a process Sanchez used to guide the layout of his famed bas-relief woodcarvings. [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Art, Issue #169, What To Do No Responses »
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Key West Art & Historical Society Presents “Monster in the Forest: the Story of the Cyclop” Film at Custom House Museum

The Key West Art & Historical Society presents “Monster in the Forest: the Story of the Cyclop” at 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 9 in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. Nearly forgotten until filmmakers Louise Faure and Anne Julien rediscovered it for their sterling documentary, Jean Tinguely’s Cyclop is a shining example of Nouveau Realisme. Tinguely was a Swiss painter and sculptor best known for his sculptural machines or kinetic art in the Dada tradition, known [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Art, Issue #169, What To Do No Responses »
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Flow Tribe The Green Parrot- 601 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040 Friday July 1st to Sunday July 3rd 5:30 and 10pm Free Event All ages early, 21+ late http://www.flowtribe.com Founded in New Orleans in 2004, Flow Tribe has spent the last decade refining a sound that blends many rhythms with the soul of their hometown. Constant touring and a high-energy live performance have built a loyal fan base from California to Key West. The band is comprised of six high school friends: K.C. on [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #169, Music, What To Do No Responses »
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Mystery Writers Forum Scholarships for Two FKCC Students

The purpose of the Mystery Writers Forum scholarship, made possible this year through the generosity of Fred and Linda Greenberg, is to encourage creative writing and the enjoyment of reading, said Rhoades. Cardenas, a fifth generation Conch, and fellow student Kimberly Wolney (not shown) were selected by FKCC leadership and faculty for their “wonderful enthusiasm, creativity and ethics as students,” said Prof. Parmentier. For more information on the Mystery Writers Key West Fest and the non-profit Mystery Writers Forum, visit mysterywriterskeywestfest.com

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #169, News, Special Event No Responses »
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Celebrate Key West Pride with Tennessee Williams

Two free curator-led tours are being offered at the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, 513 Truman Avenue, on Thursday, June 9, at 10 a.m. and again on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. Dennis Beaver, Curator of the Exhibit, is offering these tours in support of Key West Pride 2016. The tours will include a wealth of information about the Key West life of the iconic playwright who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Carter in 1980. For more information, contact Beaver at 305-842-6111 [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #169, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
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ON NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY, “WEAR ORANGE” CAMPAIGN REACHES FLORIDA “Wear Orange” Inspired by Chicago Teens Who Refused to Be Silent in the Face of Daily Gun Violence JACKSONVILLE—On June 2, National Gun Violence Awareness Day, more than 300 influencers, corporations, mayors, partner organizations and a series of more than 75 iconic landmarks across the country will participate in the Wear Orange Campaign (www.WearOrange.org). Wear Orange campaign elements in Florida noted below. • Skylines and key buildings nationwide will begin turning orange on June [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #169, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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Driver of the Quarter Named

Key West Transit has named Laura Bohdan the Driver of the Quarter for January through March, 2016. Originally from New York, Laura has been a bus operator with Key West Transit since January, 2013 and really enjoys the people she meets in her job. In addition to driving the bus, Laura is also a licensed electrologist and a member of the 2015 first place bocce league in Key West. “Key West Transit is honored to have such an accomplished member of our staff,” says Transit [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #169, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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EMT and Paramedic of the Year

Key West Fire and Rescue Medical Director Dr. Bruce Guerdon this week honored two men for a year of outstanding professional service. Brian Rose was named Paramedic of the Year and Reinhardt Hamel was named EMT of the year. The City has just completed its first year of emergency medical services. Dr. Guerdon commended both men for setting the standard on excellence and community service.

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #169, News, Public Notice No Responses »
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FKHSC Invites Public to Quarterly Meeting

MONROE COUNTY – The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC) will hold their quarterly Coalition and Board meeting on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at IberiaBank, 12640 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050, 10 am – 12 pm. Anyone with an interest in maternal and child health is welcome to attend. The Coalition works to promote the health and well-being of all pregnant women, infants and young children within the Florida Keys. Through partnerships with both the private and public sector, we serve families before, during and [continue reading…]

 June 3, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #169, News, Public Notice No Responses »