Feb 102017
 
Detectives Need Help Identifying Suspect in Theft at Key West Airport

Sheriff’s detectives are looking for help to identify a man they want to talk to in connection with a vehicle theft at the Key West airport. The vehicle, a blue 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, was parked at the airport the morning of January 27th. The owner / driver of the vehicle parked in the one hour parking lot and left the keys inside. The driver arranged for the jeep to be picked up later in the morning. When two men showed up at 9:15 a.m. [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:21 am Issue #205, News No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Public Records Law: What About Those School District Text Messages?

Superintendent Porter and School Board: I have expressed to you before my concerns about texting in the conduct of School District business. To my knowledge, only Superintendent Porter has a smart phone provided by the District. Board members provide and maintain their own private phones. Similarly, virtually all District employees have their own phones, not one provided by the District. As a result, there is no District maintained mechanism for storing text messages that might be involved with District operations. Consequently, Public Records Requests for [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:16 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #205 3 Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Open Letter to KW Mayor and Commissioners

Mayor and Commissioners: Tuesday night’s was the most EMBARRASSING meeting I have ever witnessed. When someone signs up to speak 3-minutes on an agenda item, that is what it is but when that man got up to speak, he looked like a WACKO to begin with but when he started immediately to attack, embarrass and humiliate Commissioner Romero was wrong. It is very sad that the Mayor allowed this man to go on and on and basically he spoke more about Commissioner Romero than the [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:14 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #205 3 Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Hey Antifa: Free Speech is Not Negotiable

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On February 1, a gang of violent thugs managed to shut down a speech scheduled to take place at the University of California at Berkeley, metaphorically making the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s into that movement’s grave site. The scheduled speaker, sponsored by the campus’s student Republican group, was “alt-right” clown cum agitator Milo Yiannopoulos. The gang of rock-throwing arsonists identified themselves as “Antifa” activists. “Antifa” is short for “anti-fascist,” but the actions of those identifying with [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:12 am Issue #205, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Feb 102017
 
Trump's Foreign Policy: Obama's Third Term, Bush's Fifth

by Thomas L. Knapp……. “Let me begin by saying that although this has been billed as an anti-war rally, I stand before you as someone who is not opposed to war in all circumstances,” Illinois State Senator Barack Obama said in 2002. Later in the same speech: “What I am opposed to is a dumb war.” Although elected president at least in part on his image as “the peace candidate,” Obama owned eight years of constant war. He waffled on then partially reversed the withdrawal [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #205, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Feb 102017
 
Guest Column: Black Patients Matter Too

Racial Bias Puts Patients at Risk by Brookshield Laurent, D.O. Do blacks have less sensitive nerve endings than whites? It’s an outrageously racist question. Yet in a recent survey, 14 percent of white second-year medical students answered yes. In that same survey, about 40 percent of white first- and second-year medical students expressed the belief that black patients have thicker skin than their white counterparts. These findings point to an awful reality: Racial biases and misconceptions remain rampant in our health care system — and [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:08 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #205 1 Response »
Feb 102017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Key West man charged with burglary A Key West man was arrested Thursday night, charged with burglarizing his ex-girlfriend’s house. The victim called the Sheriff’s Office at 10:45 p.m. to report her ex-boyfriend was outside her house, pounding on the doors and windows trying to get in. She said she’d locked herself inside with her kids because she was afraid of him. When Deputies Alexandra Davis and Denise Dery arrived at the house on Sugarloaf Boulevard, they found a silver colored truck parked outside; the [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:06 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
KWPD Crime Report

Stock Island man arrested for burglary A Stock Island man was arrested and charged with breaking into a Sugarloaf Key residence and stealing jewelry. Deputy Freddy Rodriguez responded to a home on Flying Fish Lane, Sugarloaf Key on February 2nd to a report of a burglary. The residents of the home left around 11 a.m. and returned home at 3 p.m. to find someone had broken in. Approximately $6,000 worth of jewelry was taken from inside. It appears the suspect broke in through a window [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Crime Rate Down Again in 2016

Preliminary numbers compiled by the Sheriff’s Office show a continuing decrease in crime of 15.6% for 2016 in Monroe County. These numbers are being reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE compiles all such statistics for the state of Florida each year. This decrease is for all areas of Monroe County excluding the city of Key West. The Key West Police Department submits their own similar report to FDLE. The Sheriff’s Office saw burglary go down by 12.4%; larceny crimes, which include theft, [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Redux-Shmedux

by Kim Pederson……. In an email I received today The Grammarist wondered “Do reduplicated phrases cause anxiety?” The question relates to the term “heebie-jeebies.” According to MW, the H-J term is a plural noun that refers to “a tense nervous jumpy condition produced by various causes (as in strain, irritation, fear, worry), one sometimes marked by hallucinations.” It first appeared on October 26, 1923, in the Barney Google cartoon strip. Other reduplicated phrases (RPs), that is, phrases where part of the root word is repeated [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #205, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
An Opinion

by Kirby Congdon……. What motivates people to deliberately abuse another person, as in gang rape, or group denial of a victim’s identity, or for a president to enjoy, as he does, a bullying personality? We cannot understand such negativity because we don’t want to. It comes too close to our own need to dominate and to be superior. It originates in the thrill of being powerful, to control by diminishing a victim’s ability to retaliate. It is the foundation and the purpose of our society’s [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #205, Kirby Congdon, News No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
John Baird and Timothy Peterson to Perform at St. Paul's, February 17th!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 7:00 PM PERFORMANCE AT ST. PAUL’S PROUDLY PRESENTS JOHN BAIRD – TENOR Formerly of the Metropolitan OPERA TIMOTHY PETERSON – PIANIST Singing a selection of German, French and Italian Art Song. Opera favorites and American Song Book Classics. Admission donation available online or at the door $20 stpaulskeywest.org Reception, Meet and Greet the Artists directly after performance.

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #205, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
A Cure for What Ails You: Engage with Nature and Creativity During the Second Annual Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Outdoor Fest

For most, nature’s capacity to instill awe goes without saying. Sea turtles nesting, dolphins frolicking, birds wading and migrating— wildlife encounters like these can leave us inspired and renewed. But a growing body of research is beginning to show that contact with nature has many proven physical, mental, and emotional benefits too, with “Nature Therapy” sometimes even prescribed as a supplemental Rx treatment and approach to well-being. Here in the Keys, with over 400,000 acres of land and shallow waters that make up the subtropical [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #205, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
"Marine Zoning Works for Me" Offers Presentations on the Benefits of Marine Zoning in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

The Future of the Florida Keys is in your hands and we want to show you how to make a difference! The health of our marine resources has been in decline for years. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, responsible for balancing the protection of these natural resources with sustainable use by the public, is currently in the process of deciding how to manage the Sanctuary in the future. We invite you to attend a presentation by Marine Zoning Works for Me to learn more [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #205, Water World No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
United Way of The Florida Keys Offers Free Tax Preparation

  Marathon, FL – United Way of the Florida Keys is offering FREE tax preparation for families with limited incomes who live in Monroe County. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is designed to assist qualified taxpayers with completion of their annual tax returns and to ensure that limited income families receive every available benefit. Tax preparers are IRS-certified and prepared to complete simple tax returns. Returns will include Earned Income Credit, Child Tax Credit, Education Credits and Dependent Care Credit. There is absolutely [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Generous Donation to the KWPD Mounted Unit

The Key West Police Mounted Unit this morning accepted $2000 worth of specialty tack and equipment donated through the fundraising efforts of Key West businesswoman Jane Gardner. Officers Matt Johnson and Mike Wolf presented her with a plaque in appreciation of her support. Paco got in on the celebration with a taste of a carrot-topped cupcake!

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #205, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
The Loons at Mellow Cafe and Gastropub

The Loons are a couple of, well, loons, who believe in the magic of music, who believe that music is meant to be enjoyed for the way it can move the hearts, spirits, and thoughts of those who hear it – not just sell drinks and food. The fun they have performing transfers to the audience, and a good time is had by all. Unusual instrumentation including mandolin, ukulele, and dulcimer, even conch, kazoo, and xylophone, provides settings for their soprano and baritone voices. This [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #205, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Valentine's Day Kiss-In to Take Place at Custom House Museum in Key West

KWAHS Invites the Public to a Flash-Mob Style Valentine’s Day Recreation of “the Most Famous Kiss in American History” at the Custom House Museum Key West Art & Historical Society invites locals and visitors to a flash-mob style, mass Kiss-In event on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14, starting at 5:30pm, in front of the 25 foot tall Seward Johnson “Embracing Peace” sculpture at the Custom House Museum at 281 Front Street. The goal is to fill the street in front of the Museum on Valentine’s [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #205, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

West Texas Singer-Songwriter Cliff Cody Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon West Texas singer-songwriter Cliff Cody plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., mid-shift gig – 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Feb. 13 – 19. “Chasin Whiskey,” Cody’s first recorded cut was recognized as a highlight of Julie Roberts’ album “Men and Mascara” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Since first playing the Key West Songwriters Festival, Cody has become a favorite and regular performer in the Keys. His soulful voice and story telling style of writing has [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #205, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Ethos Percussion workshop at Key West High School

The unique and inspired Ethos Percussion Group will visit Key West for an Impromptu Concert performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. On Monday, February 13, Ethos Percussion Group will present an Outreach Program at Key West High School. This program will consist of demonstrations of the more exotic percussion instruments the group plays along with a question & answer period. This program is free and open to the entire community. It will take place at [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #205, Music No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Author Alison Lurie to Speak At Friends of the Library Feb. 20

Monday, Feb. 20, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome distinguished Pulitzer prize winning author Alison Lurie to the podium. Lectures in the series are at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. They begin promptly at 6:00 p.m., but seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first served basis. Alison Lurie is a novelist, memoirist and writer of non-fiction. She won her Pulitzer for Foreign Affairs for fiction in 1984. Author John Fowles, writing about the book, said: [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #205, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Women in White

The Women in White held a peaceful vigil on the corner of northeast of Eaton St. and Simonton St. in Key West, Fl on Tuesday, February 7th 2017 from 10 AM- 12 noon. The group will be holding a weekly vigil in support of the Resistance. It is a friendly and approachable vigil. The group wears white as a symbol of solidarity with the suffragettes who successfully stood for our right to vote. We vote on Tuesdays. We stand on Tuesdays. However, you may bring [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #205, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
February 2017 National Key Deer Refuge Winter Guided Walk/Bike Schedule

Everyone is invited to join our free guided National Key Deer Refuge trail walks and bike rides designed for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. In an effort to keep everyone together, the centralized meeting point will be at the National Key Deer Refuge Visitor’s Center, located in the Winn Dixie shopping plaza on Big Pine Key. All events are family-friendly! Participants are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, water, binoculars, and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #205, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
FAVORite Images of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges: Photo Contest and Pop-up Exhibit Announced

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group FAVOR announce their second annual photography contest, aimed to celebrate the four refuges and the wildlife within them. The free-entry contest is open to any amateur photographer; categories are “Landscape,” “Birds,” and “Other Nature/Wildlife,” in both adult and children divisions, with awards in all three categories. Images must be taken within the boundaries of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges during the past 18 months; deadline for the contest is [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #205, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Distinguished Speaker Series To Highlight Sandy Cornish Civil War Era Garden

On Thursday, February 23 at 6:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes Distinguished Speaker Series guest Jeff Stotts, an environmental horticulturist and sustainable landscape development consultant, to the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum. Stotts will present a compelling and educational narrative on Sandy Cornish’s Civil War Garden, followed by champagne and samplings of tropical fruits harvested from Grimmel Grove. Stotts’ interest in Cornish developed from researching the Cornish church and Afro-American history of Key West. [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #205, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Film Series Continues at Custom House Museum with “The Order of Myths”

Key West Art & Historical Society’s film series continues on Thursday, February 16 at 6:00pm in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street with “The Order of Myths,” a 2008 documentary directed by Margaret Brown about America’s first Mardi Gras, established in Mobile, Alabama in 1703 and its 300-plus year tradition of segregation. Described by “SALON” as possibly “the nonfiction film of the year” and “an arch, acute and haunting documentary about the segregated Mardi Gras traditions of [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #205, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society’s Music at Martello Continues with the 2nd Annual Key West Food Truck Festival

What could be better than a day-long concert in a field by the sea, complete with a bevy of food trucks for the choosing? On Saturday, February 18 from 12pm-9pm, Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Music at Martello” program presents the 2nd Annual Key West Food Truck Festival, an event that will transform the Fort East Martello parade grounds into a family-friendly musical feast with the tasty delights of Key West’s top-notch food trucks and the grooving tunes of local and international acts. “It’s [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #205, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
It Can Be Easy Going Green!

GardenFest, a fair of nature, arts, crafts, food and entertainment for the whole family, returns to the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden on Saturday & Sunday, February 11th and 12th, 10am to 4pm. Free admission! Shop for plants, and artworks amid the cooling greenery lakeside at our arboretum. This is your chance to learn more about native plants from the Garden’s knowledgeable volunteers and acquire some specimens actually propagated on-site, as well as species brought in by other nurseries. Crafts and art feature [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #205, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Key West Preschool Co-Op 29th Annual Spring Fair on Saturday March 4th

Bring the family to the island’s biggest Spring Fair from 11 til 3pm on the grounds of the Peace Covenant Presbyterian church, 2610 Flagler Ave. The fun includes free egg hunts, Easter baskets with free bike raffles, photos with the Easter bunny, bounce houses, land train, gator coaster, giant slide, mini golf, petting zoo, face painting, games,various food and live music all day long! Highlights include a giant Silent Auction and for $10 per ticket, chance to win a grand cash prize of $2500, $500 [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #205, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Key West Derby Dames vs Orlando Sun Blockers on Saturday, February 11th

The Key West Derby Dames are playing Orlando Sun Blockers on Saturday, February 11th at 6:30PM. Money from the bout will benefit PAL-Police Athletic League. The bout will be at the Southernmost Hockey Rink in Key West on the corner of Bertha Street and Atlantic Blvd. Tickets are $5 and Children under 12 are always Free. Key West Derby Dames is a women’s flat track roller derby team that was founded in August 2013. We entered our first bouting season in 2015. Our goal is [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:19 am Issue #205, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
KWHS Marching Conchs to Include Actual Conch Shells

Look for the KWHS Marching Conchs to include actual conch shells in future pregame performances! Five musical grade conch shells were donated to the KWHS Band on February 3rd 2017 with the help of Shep Shaw, grandfather of clarinet player, Thatcher Flowers. Shep was enjoying watching the KWHS Marching Conchs perform last Fall when he first suggested a conch shell addition to the show. The Flowers contacted band director, Gary Hernandez, to inquire about the idea of conch shell blowing with the Key West High [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #205, News, Special Event No Responses »