Oct 142016
Public Meeting on Big Pine Key Regarding Screwworm

BIG PINE KEY – Monroe County Mayor Pro Tem George Neugent is hosting a public meeting this Saturday to address the screwworm fly infestation and aggressive eradication response that is underway on Big Pine and No Name keys. A panel of federal, state and local experts will explain all you’ve ever wanted to know about screwworm flies. The panel will outline the rapid response to save the endangered Key deer population and eradicate the invasive pest before it can spread and do even more harm. [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Free Screwworm Screening for Pets

Winn-Dixie Parking Lot 251 Key Deer Boulevard, Big Pine Key Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, 9 to 11:30 a.m. BIG PINE KEY – The Florida Keys SPCA is hosting a free screwworm screening for pets. Veterinarians Nelly Amador-Jehn and Joe Fisch with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and local veterinarians Doug Mader and Gerry Diethelm will conduct the screenings. They take just a few minutes to complete. If an infestation is found, pet owners will be directed to immediately see their veterinarian for [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Zombie Bike Ride and Family-Friendly Celebration at Fort East Martello Creeping Up

Calling all zombies: brush off the graveyard dust and break out your wheels— it’s time for the world-famous Zombie Bike Ride. WeCycle’s 6th Annual Zombie Bike Ride is ready to roll on Sunday, October 23, beginning at 2pm with a family-friendly, pre-event celebration at Fort East Martello, a civil war-era fort home to Robert the Doll and stewarded by Key West Art & Historical Society. Origniated by WeCycle owner Evan Haskell and WonderDog Studios Director Marky Pierson, the famed, four-mile, pedaling parade of ghouls on [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #188, Special Events No Responses »
Oct 142016
School Board and Teachers' Union Reach Tentative Agreement

The Monroe County School Board (MCSB) and the United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding the 2016-2018 Teacher and School Related Personnel (SRP) contracts. During the final negotiation session on Friday, October 7th, after fifteen previous sessions during the spring and summer months, representatives for the MCSB and the UTM reached mutually agreed upon terms and conditions for teachers and school related personnel for the 2016-2017/2017-2018 school years. Holly Hummell-Gorman, President of the UTM stated, “We are very pleased with the results of our [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
New Bus Schedule Effective Monday

Key West transit has adjusted the schedule to improve our service. The new schedule goes into effect on Monday, October 17. On that day, the Orange Route will be servicing the Senior Center on Kennedy Drive and the Blue Route on College Road will be a bit different. These changes will affect timing somewhat, so please check the new schedule. It’s available at www.kwtransit.com

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:17 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Local Mission to the Bahamas

by Rick Boettger……. Pulling into a checkout lane in Publix last Friday after Matthew, I saw dirt on the floor. The checkout lady was wiping up dirt from all along the counter. The cause? A dozen potted plants in one of four grocery carts stuffed with goods. The buyer had walked away to get his credit card approved, because, I saw on the screen, his bill was $2,760 dollars. When he got back to swipe his card, I said, “That’s the biggest grocery bill I’ve [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #188, Rick Boettger No Responses »
Oct 142016
Monroe County's New Public Works Building in Upper Keys Now Open to Public

Monroe County’s new Upper Keys Public Works building that houses Facilities Maintenance and Roads & Bridges is now open to the public. The building is located at 300 Magnolia St., Key Largo, FL 33037. The hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The new fax number for the Public Works building is 305 451-1746. Facilities Maintenance is the department where you can book facilities, parks or beaches for events; notify staff about problems at any County facilities, beaches or parks; or file a complaint about [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Key West Airport Installing Safety Tinting on Glass Bridges to Protect Birds

Monroe County’s Key West International Airport is in the middle of installing SOLYX Bird Safety Film on its two glass bridges that cross over the arrivals roadway. This $25,000 project funded by the airport will help protect warblers and other birds from continuing to fly into the bridges, causing many injuries and fatalities. The Key West Wildlife Center has assisted airport staff by rescuing or recovering birds that have struck the windows. And since last Fall, airport staff has worked closely with the Key West [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
FKHSC Welcomes New Board Members

Monroe County, FL – Dr. Melanie Youschak, and Sara Phillips, RN, have joined the Board of Directors of the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition. FKHSC is 1 of 32 Healthy Start Coalitions state-wide created by the Florida Legislature through the vision of Governor Lawton Chiles in 1991 to improve the lives of pregnant women and their babies. Each one operates on a local level to address the needs of their communities and provide community oversight and planning to improve maternal and child health outcomes. Florida [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
6TH Annual Votes for Notes Winners!

  Congratulations to the winners of the 6th Annual Votes for Notes benefit for Habitat for Humanity! The winners in our new JUNIOR category: 1st Place – Delaney, 2nd Place – Amelia. SOLO/DUO: 1ST Place-Dustin Sedlak, 2nd Place – Glenn Harman. BAND: 1st Place -The Shanty Hounds, 2nd Place – Bob D’Antonio and his pick-up band. The Shanty Hounds were also the winners of our One Night Wonder Prize, for bringing in the most money in one night! The musical competition to see which acts [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #188, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 142016
Exhibit Named as Key West Historic Marker

The Key West Historic Marker program recently added the Tennessee Williams Exhibit and the circa1884 bungalow at 513 Truman Avenue that houses the collection to its map as Historic Marker 91.  Detailed historic information about the house, the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, and the Historic Marker program can be accessed by phone at 305-507-0300, with input of site 91 when prompted; on line at KWHMT.org; or on foot at the Truman Avenue location. For more information, contact Dennis Beaver, Curator, at exhibit@twkw.org.  

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #188, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 142016
Infant/Child CPR Classes Offered in Key West and Key Largo

FLORIDA KEYS – If your child was choking, would you know what to do?  If your baby stopped breathing, do you know how to respond?  The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition invites all parents and caregivers to attend a CPR class in Key Largo or Key West to learn invaluable life-saving skills. The class will cover infant/child CPR, choking prevention, poison control, shaken baby prevention, and basic first aid.  Participants will Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Ready Reference to take home.  To keep costs affordable, it is [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #188, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Fire Prevention Week

Key West Mayor Craig Cates and City Commissioner Billy Wardlow proclaimed Fire Prevention Week at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting at Old City Hall. Key West Fire Department Capt. Gregory Barroso accepted the proclamation and reminded the community that smoke alarms save lives. “Please take this as a reminder to check your homes for fire hazards,” he said. “Install smoke alarms in every room of your home, and be certain they work by replacing their batteries.” Nationwide, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home fires in [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Key West Artisan Market Oktober Brewfest Edition This Sunday, October 16

The first Key West Artisan Market of the Season is this Sunday and locals are excited the monthly meet-up is back. Key West Artisan Market: Oktober Brewfest Edition will be held Sunday, October 16 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot, 1111 Eaton St. Local artisans include fresh produce, culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the KONK Life/Key West Writer’s Guild Local Author’s Nook, 104.9 the X live variety show, beer, wine and food. In addition, celebrating Oktoberfest, [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #188, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 142016
White Cane Safety Day

Mayor Craig Cates October 15th as Dan & Leslie Spoone — White Cane Safety Day, named for the national committee chairs of the Council of the Blind. Bruce Lieske accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Key West Lion’s Club. The use of white canes to provide a means of independent mobility originated with the Lion’s Club in 1930. Since then, it has been recognized worldwide as a tool for safe and reliable navigation for the blind. It “is a symbol of the user’s skills [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Key West Association of Realtors Volunteer Day with Habitat for Humanity

A stellar group of Realtors® pitched in to help paint the parsonage of Bethel AME Church for the Annual Key West Association of Realtors® Volunteer Day with Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Florida Keys last week. Leigh Ann Roach with Preferred Properties even brought husband Tom along to help out. Leigh Ann said “Working with Habitat for Humanity just makes a person feel good about the community we all share. It’s definitely time well spent.” In addition to building affordable homes, Habitat assists [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #188, News No Responses »
Oct 142016
Hog's Breath Entertainment

The Zack Seemiller will play the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., Oct. 17, 1 – 5 pm. Zack was the lead singer with the Groove Yard Band, a popular local band that broke up in the early 2000s. Zack, who has a voice that reminds many of a young Bob Dylan, said his music is a mixture of folk and rock and, along with his original songs, he draws off an eclectic list of rock ‘n’ roll. West Texas singer-songwriter Cliff Cody plays the [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #188, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Oct 142016
Fantasy Fest King & Queen Named Parade Grand Marshals

AIDS Help and Fantasy Fest Draw Attention to Critical Health Issue The individuals who are crowned this year’s Fantasy Fest King and Queen will have the additional honor of serving as Grand Marshals for this year’s Fantasy Fest Parade. The King and Queen, who will have been crowned just the week before at the Royal Coronation, will lead the parade of approximately 50 floats and walking groups down Duval Street, on Saturday, October 29, starting at 7 PM. “Fantasy Fest has always been about throwing [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #188, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 142016
FamilyWize, Walgreens, United Way of the Florida Keys, and the Southernmost Boys & Girls Club Collaborate to Prevent Influenza

Flu shots vouchers donated by Walgreens provided at Lights On Afterschool in Bayview Park Key West, Florida on Thursday, October 20th from 5:00 – 7:00pm FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, together with Walgreens, United Way of the Florida Keys, and the Southernmost Boys & Girls Club, are providing a health clinic at no cost to make flu vaccinations more accessible to residents of Key West and the Lower Keys. These organizations are working together to deliver flu shots to uninsured and underinsured residents. They also hope [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #188, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 142016
Last Chance for Fantasy Fest Street Fair Booths

While Saturday, Oct. 29 is officially sold out, a handful of arts & crafts and food booths remain available for the Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Friday, Oct. 28. Locals get a 10 percent discount off the booth fee. We are looking for artists and artisans who make unique, hand-crafted items that will appeal to the crowds expected for the Friday Street Fair. Find the application at FantasyFest.com, under Street Fair in the Events tab or call 305-296-1817 for more information.

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #188, News, Special Event No Responses »
Oct 142016
Show & Shine October 16th

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE this Sunday, October 16th. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, lowriders, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. This fun afternoon event is free to all, starts at noon till 4pm with plenty of shade under the trees. The event continues at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key. Peoples Choice Plaque for [continue reading…]

 October 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #188, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »