Dec 092016
Fight at Key West High / Student Arrested

IF PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE TO SURVIVE… Commentary by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Last week’s Blue Paper report on the re-segregation of Key West’s public schools has generated a lot of comments and questions.  What makes the new charter schools so appealing to mostly white parents? The video of a recent fight at Key West High speaks for itself. Academics are a great concern for parents and so is safety. We had previously received similar reports of kids ganging up on a lone student: Four kids [continue reading…]

Dec 092016
The DNC’s Epic Fail

by Alex Symington……. I, like millions of other good people in this dubious democracy, woke up November 9 to the news that Donald Trump had garnered more Electoral College votes than Hillary Clinton. There still is the issue that HRC had a surplus of popular votes greater than Obama had to defeat Mitt Romney, but never mind that annoying fact. The rapturous joy of Trump supporters was equaled only by the incredulity of the DNC and members of the Democratic Party. The tsunami of conflicting negative [continue reading…]

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Dec 092016
Boeing's Iran Business: The War Party Versus American Jobs

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In June, US aerospace company Boeing inked an agreement with Iran Air to produce 109 passenger aircraft. Estimated value: $25 billion. The agreement represents the biggest business interaction between the US and Iran since that country’s 1979 Islamic revolution. On November 17, the US House of Representatives voted 243-174 to block the deal. The Senate seems unlikely to follow suit president Barack Obama would almost certainly veto the bill, but Boeing’s stock took a temporary 2% tumble on the vote. Why [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 1:16 am Issue #196, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Dec 092016

by Kirby Congdon……. Soliloquy Each branch was poised on the silent air. No leaf stirred and no bird sang but one crow called and then was still. The sky was dull but light seeped through. The ocean’s line, drawn, was far and long as the sad surf’s sound still drew the earth’s edge as firm where oceans end out there under another world that only sound’s silence can comprehend.   – Kirby Congdon

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Dec 092016
Amateur Night

by M.R. Willison……. Who are those scowling faces congealed from their resentful pasts? And smiling unctuous ones oozing from sanctimony? Or the tweeters and those who weave their fabrications into whole-cloth fantasy? They are disaster’s chorus who used to flutter at the screens but now have breached them by inattention and design to cluster at the incandescent source, to crackle their own and our skins, too in the game of power. The head conniver, having wrung concession from the prior prissy management convenes his random [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 1:14 am Island Voices, Issue #196 1 Response »
Dec 092016
Icelandic Pentameter

by Kim Pederson……. So I was thinking about some reasons to move to Iceland today. One, Donald Trump would not be president there. Two, they have polar bears. Oh wait. They eat people. Scratch that one. Two, they have Jacuzzis everywhere (better known as hot springs). Three, they have Norwegian roots, as do I. Four, they have the Icelandic Phallological Museum (better known as the Penis Museum). Five, according to the island’s official website, “thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool, temperate maritime [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 1:13 am Issue #196, Kim Pederson 1 Response »
Dec 092016
Sex in the Pool at Parrot Key Resort Triggers Slap Fight Between Old Friends

The following is a true story taken from a KWPD incident report dated 12/7/2016. The names have been disguised to ensure Ms. X’s spouse doesn’t hear about it here – just in case this sort of thing would upset him…or her…. Ms. “X”, 48, told Key West Police Officer Kristopher Bouvier that she was sitting on the bed in the hotel room eating when her friend, Ms. “Y”, 52, entered the room and intentionally knocked the food out of her hand and called her a whore. Ms. [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #196, News 2 Responses »
Dec 092016
Drug Sweep Nets Arrests

Key West Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit has been conducting undercover drug operations that have resulted in 26 recent arrests, and several more arrest warrants. The unit was assisted by Homeland Security Investigations, the DEA, the Monroe County Sherriff’s Office and Customs and Border Protection. The joint operations combine undercover detectives, special agents and confidential informants making narcotics purchases on the streets of Key West. Most of the resulting charges were for the sale of cocaine, however a few were for the sale of controlled [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am Issue #196, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 092016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Key West man faces drug charges A Key West man who was driving erratically is facing drug charges after a traffic stop Friday afternoon. Deputy Matthew Corey stopped the white Chrysler at 1:45 p.m. Friday after he spotted it speeding northbound at 17th Street in Marathon. He had received previous information from a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent who had seen the vehicle passing in a no passing zone at the 15 mile marker of the highway and driving carelessly on the Seven Mile [continue reading…]

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Dec 092016
New Coming-of-Age Novel Recalls South Florida in the Stormy 1960s

Author Book Signing and Q&A Friday, January 6 at 6:00 PM Books and Books at The Studios of Key West 533 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040 Laced with humor and peopled with colorful characters, The Skinny Years, by award-winning author Raul Ramos y Sanchez, recalls South Florida during the 1960s, a decade rocked by the seismic shocks of the cold war, the civil rights movement and the hippie counter culture. Called “gritty and witty” by Foreword Reviews, The Skinny Years is drawn from memories [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #196, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 092016
Marines with Supra-Natural Healing Powers? Key West Author’s Debut Novel Says Yes!

M. N. SNow (sic), a former Marine Corps NCO and Key West resident, is excited to be releasing a debut novel, The Helper, just in time for the holiday season! The Helper combines contemporary, speculative fiction/magical realism with an ambiguous spirituality. Two parts Stephen King, one part Dennis Lehane/Mystic River, the story explores relationships between lovers, friends, families, and what Powers of Good there may be. The novel travels from the gritty Lake Superior port-cities and Indian Reservations of northern Wisconsin to the Jewish neighborhoods [continue reading…]

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Dec 092016
City Attorney Marks Ten Years of Service

Mayor Craig Cates and the Key West City Commission this week paid tribute to City Attorney Shawn Smith for a decade of dedicated service. “He serves the community with honesty and integrity and is a constant professional,” said Cates. “Though he does sometimes like to crack a joke and tease.” “I appreciate the trust and confidence you have shown me,” said Smith. “It truly is an honor.” Commissioner and former Judge Richard Payne noted that he watched Smith grow up in Key West and that he [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #196, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 092016
Cruises to Cuba with Stop in Key West – Beginning May 2017

Empress of the Seas Cruises to Cuba Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas has been rebuilt with Cuba in mind with special Boleros Salsa Club and an expanded Cigar Lounge. The new itinerary will include a round trip cruise from Tampa to Cozumel with stops in Key West and Havana. On Thursday the company requested dockage reservation for Mallory Square dock for May 21st, 2017, 12:30 – 19:00.

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #196, News, Water World 1 Response »
Dec 092016
Call to Artists for the 2017 Annual Anne McKee Fine Art Auction!

Don’t Miss the opportunity to participate in the annual Anne McKee Artists Fund Auction set for Friday February 10, 2017, at Studios of Key West, with returning auctioneer Tom Luna. This is the only auction where 50% of the funds raised from your artwork is given back to you and the other half is donated the fund. The Anne McKee Artists fund then provides grants to visual, performing and literary artists for a grant based project of up to $2000. The Anne McKee Artists Fund [continue reading…]

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Dec 092016
This Week in the Arts - Dec. 8-14

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, December 8 – Wednesday, December 14 Visit, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. KEY WEST ARTIST EXHIBITS/RECEPTIONS Friday, 6 PM Eric Anfinson Calendar Release Party Salt, 830 Fleming St., Key West 305-896-2980 Friday, 8 PM SLIDESHOW The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. Saturday, 9 AM Holiday Artisan Fair The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. THEATER Saturday & Sunday Dec. 10-11 & 14-18 Nutcracker Key West [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:52 am Art, Issue #196, Literature, Music, Special Events, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 092016
Key West Theater Updated Calendar

UPCOMING CONCERTS: newly added/changes in dates are bolded below 12.09 Here Come The Mummies 12.10 Taylor Hicks 12.11 Devon Allman Band – CANCELLED 12.18 Edwin McCain w. Nick Norman 12.22 Paula Poundstone 01.06 The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band 01.12 Dave Mason 01.15 Jonathan Edwards 01.21 Phil Vassar w. Shastina Chiles 01.29 The Sunday Ramble 02.10 Shane Mauss (Comedian) 02.11 Colin Hay 02.21 Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes 03.01+02 Alan Cumming 03.07 Marc Cohn 03.10 Jim Breuer 03.21 Get the Led Out 04.30 America [continue reading…]

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Dec 092016
Federal Grant to the Education Program at the KW Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

  The Key West Botanical Garden Society is proud to announce the receipt of $25,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant-supported project will revise and improve the “Living Laboratory”, a school partnership program that enriches elementary school science curriculum through interaction with the natural environment at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. In previous years, hundreds of children have studied biodiversity with trained environmental educators and explored solutions to issues dealing with energy, ecosystems, migration and sea level [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #196, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 092016
Missed the Party? It’s Ok. You Can Still Help Jane Gardner Support the KWPD Mounted Police Unit Horses

Holiday revelers at Jane Gardner Interiors on Simonton Street enjoyed complimentary festive hors d’oeuvres and libations while hobnobbing with KWPD Mounted Police unit horses last Friday evening. The horses, who were sporting soft fleece saddle pads made from a new fabric designed by Jane in collaboration with Wisconsin-based illustrator Allison Beilke, are to be the beneficiaries of a fundraising campaign launched by Jane on their behalf, set to run through the month of December. For more information about Jane Gardner Interiors and Jane’s KWPD Mounted [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #196, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 092016
Poet Elizabeth Bishop Featured in KWAHS Distinguished Speaker Series Presented by Author Thomas Travisano

On Thursday, December 15, from 6:00-7:00 pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum for “Elizabeth Bishop: All the Untidy Activity Continues,” a presentation by Distinguished Speaker Series guest Thomas Travisano, founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society and author of numerous books and articles about the Pulitzer Prize winning poet who once owned and lived in the house at 624 White Street in Key West. Tickets [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #196, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 092016
Painter Eric Anfinson’s 2017 Calendar Release Celebrated at Salt Island Provisions

With only a few weeks left of 2016, it’s time to consider how you’ll document and organize your upcoming year. On Friday, December 9th, SALT Gallery invites the public to join them in celebrating artist Eric Anfinson and the release of his 7th annual calendar of paintings from 6pm – 8 pm at their location on 830 Fleming Street. A curated selection of the artist’s work from the year prior allow collectors and fans and a chance to live with one of his paintings every [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Art, Issue #196, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 092016

Homeless Myth #6 (of 7) “They don’t have the daily living skills to have an apartment.” Even chronic homeless individuals have the living skills and experiences to quickly resume a regular lifestyle in permanent housing. Some skills, habits and coping mechanisms learned during longer periods of homelessness may take a short time to fall away, but the advantages of permanent housing vastly outweigh the difficulty of life on the street. It is important to remember that nearly all homeless persons were permanently housed in the [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #196, News No Responses »
Dec 092016
Castillo Promoted to Sergeant

Key West Police Chief, during last night’s City Commission meeting, swore in Jason Castillo as the Department’s newest sergeant. Sgt. Castillo started with the Department in 2002 and has most recently served as the accreditation manager. He has served as a road patrol officer, school resource officer and a youth division detective. He was born and raised in Key West and is the son of Housing Authority Executive Director Manual Castillo.

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #196, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 092016
Key West Harbor Walk of Lights and the 26th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade

Change of Date for the 26th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade Due to high winds, the date for the 26th annual Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade has been moved from Saturday, December 10 to Wednesday, December 14. This Saturday December 12, Wednesday December 14, festively illuminated watercraft, including schooners and small yachts, fishing and pleasure craft, row-boats and skiffs will participate in the 26th annual Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade. The boats begin parading at [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #196, News, Special Events, Water World No Responses »
Dec 092016
Holiday Parade Winners Named

Though every entry into this year’s Holiday Parade was a winner the moment it brought a smile to a child’s face, five entries earned special recognition from the judges. Mayor’s Cup — Lower Keys Friends Vice Mayor’s Cup — Basilica of St. Mary’s School We have a tie for the Commissioner’s Cup — Florida Keys Aqueduct and Key West High School Conchettes Honorable Mention – Fifth Street Baptist Church The City of Key West wants to thank the community for this amazing effort. In addition [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #196, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 092016
KWAHS Back In Time Fundraiser Photos/ Scotti Merrill Preservation Award Announced

Locals and visitors celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Custom House Wednesday, November 30, at ‘Back in Time,’ a formal fundraiser with a history twist, presented by the Key West Art & Historical Society, steward of the historic landmark building. The evening of stylish revelry and eclectic festivities featured a cocktail reception on the elegant Custom House veranda with performers and musicians providing entertainment, followed by a red carpet promenade to the Westin Resort for a sit-down dinner with an auction, live music and presentation [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #196, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 092016
Key West Art & Historical Society Invites Members to Join Museum Store Shopping Parties, All Welcome to Holiday Concert & Bazaar

Shopping local goes a long way in Key West during the holiday season, especially when your purchase helps support a museum and its mission while giving you discounts. On Wednesdays throughout the month of December, Key West Art & Historical Society gives back with private members-only shopping parties with refreshments and exclusive 30% discounts for members from 6:00PM-8:00PM at their three museum store locations: December 7 at Fort East Martello Museum, December 14 at Key West Lighthouse, and the final private shopping party on December [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #196, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 092016
There’s No Place Like Cayo Hueso for the Holidays

While visions of winter holiday joys traditionally involve fluffy falling snow and warm crackling fires, few U.S. destinations can boast a solid month of festivities and holiday merry-making to compare with the annual Key West Holiday Fest. The island-wide Keys-centric celebration kicked off in late November and continues through December 31, with highlights including (but not limited to): Wednesday, December 7 – The 5th Annual POSH (Paws Often Steal Hearts) Florida Keys SPCA Fundraiser at the Audubon House and Gardens and the Wesley House Family [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #196, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 092016
A Cool Yule Holiday Concert

The Music Room Proudly presents the 35th annual holiday concert, A COOL YULE! This long time traditional program gets a fresh twist with holiday pop tunes from artists such as Justin Bieber & Ariana Grande along side unique jazz and rock interpretations of beloved Christmas classics from Louise Armstrong & Mannheim Steamroller. Featuring 36 of the community’s finest young musicians accompanied by local artists Skipper Kripitz & Joe Dallas, with special guest, jazz legend, Othello Molineaux on steel drums. Hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #196, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 092016
12/2 FKCC Keys Chorale Holiday Harmonies Concert

The Keys Chorale sang in the season with the 2016 ‘Keys Chorale Holiday Harmonies’ concert at the Florida Keys Community College Friday evening. The festive musical toast to the holidays presented under the stars is just one of many attractions taking place across the island during the annual Key West Holiday Fest, which runs through December 31. Presented in part by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and the Monroe Country Tourist Development Council, for more information contact the Lodging Association at 305-296-4959 or [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #196, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 092016
Holiday Historic Inn Tours 2016 to Light Up Key West

Locals and visitors have the delightful opportunity to celebrate the holiday season while immersing in the charms of some of Key West’s most enchanting inns, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts during the annual Holiday Historic Inn Tours on December 9 and 16. From 6pm to 8pm each Holiday Historic Inn Tours evening, revelers can make merry with sweet and savory holiday treats and libation samplings while exploring the unique architecture and history of romantically decorated locales. Participating December 9 destinations are the Wicker Guesthouse, The [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #196, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 092016
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photo Club Meeting: Wed. Dec. 14th, 2016

Looking for a new adventure? We invite you to attend the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Photography Club meeting. We welcome everyone, from beginners wanting to learn, to experienced photographers who want to share their expertise. Together we’ll explore the natural areas of the Florida Keys looking for great photography opportunities and stories to share. Bring 3-5 photos to share, including the super moon and pics of people enjoying the outdoors in National Wildlife Refuges. Learn about our upcoming field trips and photo classes. The [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #196, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Dec 092016
Devon Allman Band - CANCELLED

Sad news for the Allman family: due to the sudden passing of Devon Allman’s mother, the December 11th Devon Allman Band show at Key West Theater has been cancelled. Tickets have been refunded. We do hope to bring this show to our venue in the future, so keep an eye on our calendar.

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #196, News, Special Event No Responses »