Sep 092016
Oh, Connie!

by Malcolm Willison….. Oh, Connie!  Can you be gone?  Can you really have taken away your impish face, those penetrating eyes, wry smile, the devastating remark? You would throw out an article or craft a poem that captured us—you could revel in a phrase or reveal a deepest longing.  We so counted on you–your quick wit, your sly remark, your careful edit of your own and others’ exposition and choice of words, your trenchant critique.   Now who will offer us that same left-handed support, the [continue reading…]

Sep 092016
In Memoriam, Connie Gilbert, 1939-2016

On September 4, 2016 the world lost Connie Gilbert of Key West to a stroke. She had just turned 77. Connie had an endless capacity for love and a profound desire to nurture those around her. Brilliant and complicated, Connie was committed to the fight for social justice and was active in every significant civil rights struggle in her lifetime: from resisting McCarthyism; to registering blacks to vote in the segregated South; to establishing reproductive choice and advocating equal rights for women; to the struggle [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am ~ Artists ~, Issue #183, News 1 Response »
Sep 092016
Sunshine and Sadness

by Ray Jason……. I walked into the little Panamanian drug store feeling sorry for myself because I had a nasty cold. Two minutes later I walked out feeling humbled … and desolate. Inside there was a mom and her young teenage daughter consulting with the female pharmacist. My arrival instantly turned the scene tense. I could sense it – but not understand it. Then I realized that the druggist was showing them how to use a pregnancy testing kit. Suddenly, the insignificance of my runny [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Island Voices, Issue #183 1 Response »


Sep 092016

by Alex Symington……. The ongoing protest of the Bakken Oilfield pipeline by Native Americans in North Dakota is especially significant and highlights much of what is wrong with our fossil fuel dominated energy policy; wrong as in the House and Senate’s unwavering servitude to the interests of Big Fossil Fuel to the detriment of the people and the environment. The Standing Rock Sioux Indians are rightly concerned with this pipeline so close to their land rupturing and poisoning their water supply. Oil pipelines have a [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Alex Symington, Issue #183 7 Responses »
Sep 092016
There's a Light, Over at the Chicken-Legged Place

by Kim Pederson……. One of the characters in Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire (of Wicked fame) is Baba Yaga, the supernatural being (a.k.a. witch) from eastern Slavic folklore. (She’s in Russia in the novel.) Baba flies around in a mortar carrying the attendant pestle and lives in a house (called “Dumb Doma” in Maguire’s book) that stands on chicken legs (sometimes a chicken leg). In Egg & Spoon, Baba invites, or rather has a large cat chase, a young girl named Cat into her [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #183, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Sep 092016
On a Bird Feeder

by Kirby Congdon……. My wireless printer along with prosthetic limbs controlled by the brain lets me consider how living creatures evolve. No bird has the intelligence to have known its bones need to be hollow to facilitate flight. This development of a species can be applied over and over where protective advantages are taken on. Darwin’s trial and error does not resolve an animal’s survival. By the time all the attempts at an advantageous change have been tested, the species is exhausted beyond existence. Is [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #183, Kirby Congdon 1 Response »
Sep 092016
Detective Needs Help Identifying Suspects

A Sheriff’s detective is asking for the public’s help identifying two young burglary suspects from an incident in August. The suspects stole two cases of beer and a pack of cigarettes from a home on Kingbird Lane, Big Coppitt Key. The homeowner contacted the Sheriff’s Office on the afternoon of August 15th. He told Deputy Shawn Steele he had captured the burglary on video. He said he reviewed his surveillance video after discovering an 18 pack of bottled Budweiser Select 55 beer, a 24 pack [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #183, News No Responses »
Sep 092016
DEA Declares (Kr)atomic War on Americans

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In early August, the US Drug Enforcement Administration announced that, contrary to expectations, it wouldn’t remove marijuana from “Schedule 1” (“no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”). At the end of the month, DEA made another announcement: It intends to add another herbal substance, kratom, to Schedule 1. Why is the DEA picking on kratom? The agency offers numerous excuses — insufficient testing for the plant to have an approved medical use, its historical use as an [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:42 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #183, Thomas L. Knapp 3 Responses »
Sep 092016
Crime Report

Miami men charged with illegal lobster, fish On Friday afternoon Marine Deputy William Guerra was on routine patrol in the area of Toms Harbor Channel when he saw Miami resident Luis Del Rosario, 54, walking from the shore line carrying a bag. Upon contacting Del Rosario and checking the bag, Deputy Guerra found 11 speared lobster, nine of which were undersized and a illegally speared Parrot fish. Another man who was with Del Rosario, 45 year old Alexis Penate of Miami, was still swimming in [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #183, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Sep 092016

Dear Editor. While our skeeter killers dither and fail to use every safe and effective weapon that they have in their arsenal, ZIKA is knocking on our door. On Wednesday it was reported that we now have at least 3 cases of ZIKA in Monroe. That’s only the cases that have been discovered and proven. Given that many infected persons have no symptoms, we could have scores of infected persons. It is safe to assume that the authorities ae keeping the number of cases under [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #183, Letter to the Editor 5 Responses »
Sep 092016
HOMETOWN"S Final General Election Forum will be October 17

Hometown Newsletter – October 2016 HOMETOWN! is pleased to announce its Sixth and Final Event of the 2016 political season QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR CERTAIN CANDIDATES ON THE NOVEMBER 8, GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street, Key West, Florida MONDAY, October 17, 2016, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM Hometown’s Second and Final Question and Answer Forum for candidates on the November 8, General Election Ballot is approximately three weeks before the Election. Key West and Monroe County voters will [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #183, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 092016
The Lives of One’s Parents: Review of a Novel by Rosalind Brackenbury, “The Third Swimmer”

Review by Malcolm Willison……. The Lives of One’s Parents:  Review of a Novel by Rosalind Brackenbury, “The Third Swimmer” (John Daniel: McKinleyville, Cal., 2016) Any reader anticipating a compelling, well-written, insightful novel already knows to seek out any of the five novels already published by Rosalind Brackenbury. A short but compelling book, this sixth of her novels is divided into two parts, a before and an after. The first part elicits how two emotionally disparate and differently situated young people in London meet, and how, [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #183, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 092016
Third Monroe County Zika Case Confirmed, Department of Health Zika Update

Tallahassee, Fla. [Wednesday Sept. 7th]—In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the Zika virus, the department will issue a Zika virus update each week day. Updates will include a Zika case count by county and information to keep Floridians informed and prepared. In order to keep the public informed, the department has posted our investigation process here. There are 19 new travel related cases today [Wednesday, Sept. 7th] including 11 in Miami-Dade, four in Broward, one in [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #183, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Sep 092016
Domestic Abuse Shelter Reopens Key West Shelter

  Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc. (DAS) announced on September 6th it had reopened the domestic violence emergency shelter in the Lower Keys. While local, around the clock, domestic violence shelter and hotline services in Monroe County have continued to operate since the temporary closing of the Lower Keys shelter in April, the goal has been always been to reopen the shelter as soon as it was possible. An agreement between the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), Victim Response, Inc. (The Lodge) and Monroe County’s DAS [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #183, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 092016
Barroso Honored for 20 Years of Service

Key West Fire Chief Michael Davila presented Capt. Gregory Barroso a gold watch in honor of his 20 years of service to the City during last night’s City Commission meeting. Capt. Barroso started as a firefighter in 1996, and was promoted to a driver/engineer in 2008. In 2013 he moved to the Fire Marshal’s office where he became a captain/ inspector. “Greg just last year was the lead instructor and a driving force behind the great Key West Fire Department success story that is the [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
Reelected Officials Sworn In

City Clerk Cheri Smith this afternoon swore in those reelected city officials who won the election in the August primary. City Commissioners Jimmy Weekley, Billy Wardlow and Clayton Lopez were reelected as was Utility Board incumbent Peter Batty. Commission Lopez was unable to attend today’s ceremony, and will be sworn in this afternoon. An official public ceremony will occur on November 21st after the election. This early oath was necessary for them to perform their duties in the interim.

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #183, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 092016
MCSO Quarterly Awards

Sheriff’s Office employees of the second quarter, 2016 were honored in August for their exemplary service. Left to right, Major Crimes Detective Manuel Cuervo, Explorer Stephen Normington, Records Supervisor Peggy Bryan, Detention Deputy Juan Cotto and Sheriff Rick Ramsay

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, September 8 thru Wednesday, September 14 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. KEY WEST HAPPENINGS ARTIST RECEPTIONS/EXHIBITIONS Thursday and Sunday Anima/Persona, A. E. Fournet – Exhibit Opening, 6 PM An exhibition of original digital collage portrait photographs influenced by Symbolist paintings. In addition, local artist Alaina Plowdrey will exhibit several paintings from Origin, her solo exhibition/installation recently shown at the Studios of Key West. Artist talk with A.E. Fournet Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Key West Contemporary Art, 516 [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Art, Issue #183, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 092016
JU, Jacksonville Zoo Teaming Up to Bring Science to Life with Video Magazine

The Science Of … bringing science to life with unique video magazine Scientific concepts will become clearer and the area scientific community will become more accessible to residents with a unique new online digital video magazine produced by Jacksonville University in collaboration with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The Science Of … ( will explain, illustrate, and demystify scientific concepts while telling stories on scientific topics in Northeast Florida and will open the fascinating world of science to all in an interesting and engaging way. [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:23 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
National Key Deer Refuge Beach Cleanup –Sat. Sept. 17th

Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016 is International Coastal Cleanup Day; in honor of that, the National Key Deer Refuge is hosting a beach cleanup at Long Beach on Big Pine Key from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. We are looking for volunteers to help clean this magnificent public beach area so it’ll be a beautiful place to walk, and safer for the Key deer, sea turtles, birds and other wildlife. The Refuge will supply gloves and trash bags, and have water available. Please bring your own refillable water [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
Key West Theater's Sunday Ramble Concert Series Announced for 2016/17

  The Sunday Ramble returns for a second year announcing it’s full artist lineup & dates for the Key West Theater’s 2016/2017 season. September 2nd, 2016 – When the Key West Theater showcased their first ever Sunday Ramble concert on May 29th, 2015 to a sold out audience, they never imagined that over a year later they would be fulfilling another season where local artists are invited to the big stage to come together and perform their original work for a five show concert series. [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #183, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Sep 092016
The Search is on for Florida's Top Youth Volunteers of 2017

  State Honorees receive $1,000, medallions, all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. for 22nd annual national recognition events Key West and North Palm Beach students were Florida’s top youth volunteers of 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards begins its search for Florida’s top youth volunteers of 2017. Now through November 8, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
Key West Sunrise Rotary Welcomes Cousineau

Key West Sunrise Rotary’s newest member is Roger Cousineau, a broker associate with Century 21 Schwartz Realty. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic, established in 1988, provides community service, supports charities and funds college scholarships through events including BrewFest, Poker Run and a golf tournament. The club meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at the Marriott Beachside Hotel.

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »