Feb 172017
 
Ocean's Edge: A Play in Four Acts

by Conch S. Fritter …….. County Commissioners appeared lost this Wednesday in the intricacies of their own laws. But for those who had followed the growing controversy over Pritam Singh’s Ocean’s Edge (175-room) Hotel the meeting looked like the last of the county’s many renditions of The Emperor’s New Clothes. The actors are real pros and they’ve played the part many times.

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Island Voices, Issue #206, News 4 Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Key Largo woman charged with fraud A Key Largo woman was arrested after she was caught stealing and using another woman’s credit card information. The suspect, 39 year old Michele Moser, works at a Key Largo restaurant that takes on line orders. The victim told Deputy Dave Campbell she placed an order at that restaurant and soon after, someone used her credit card to order pizza for delivery. She contacted the pizza restaurant and was given the address where the pizza was delivered. It was [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Key West Crime Drops

Crime in Key West has been dropping continuously over the past few years, and it dropped by 18 percent in 2016. The Key West Police Department’s end of year report to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows an overall drop in both violent and non-violent crime. The most dramatic drop was a 37 percent decrease in violent crime over the previous year. Non-violent crime dropped by 15.5 percent. Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Trump: Triumph of the Permanent Campaign

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Less than a month into the first term of his presidency, Politico reports, Donald Trump appears to be back on the campaign trail, heading for Melbourne, Florida and one of his signature airport hangar rallies. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump speculates that Trump’s outing is motivated by the simple need for an ego boost. It’s been a rough month. Heck, it’s been a rough week, marked by the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and the withdrawal of Labor Secretary [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #206, Thomas L. Knapp 8 Responses »
Feb 172017
 
War Letters

From a collection of war-time letters. Germany. Nurnberg, 1945 Dear Mother: What a day! I got up early and got some stuff ready to send home, which I hope to do tomorrow, after it has been censored. Later on in the morning I was put on a detail to help evacuate a four-story apartment house.  The tenants seemed to accept it quite calmly. Within five minutes dozens of go-carts and wagons appeared from nowhere, like a too-realistic play. Some filled up one little wagon load [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #206, Kirby Congdon, News No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
All Out of Whack

by Kim Pederson……. So, balance. It’s a complicated thing. Our bodies achieve it (or try to) every day. mostly unbeknownst to us. They keep (or try to keep) our core body temperature, our blood glucose, our plasma ionized calcium, our blood O2/CO2 pressure, our blood oxygen, our arterial blood pressure, our extracellular sodium and potassium content, our water volume, and our extracellular fluid pH, among many other things, on an even keel. I have no idea what most of these are but thank you, body, [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #206, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Homage to My Little Ship

by Ray Jason……. When the world of “today” weighs too heavily upon me, I find solace in the world of “yesterday.” And I do not have to travel far to find that comfort. In fact, I am surrounded by it. That’s because my little sailing boat – which is also my little home – is a bridge across to the Old Ways. The building of boats is one of the earliest chapters in the book of human history. Tools and fire and dugout canoes were [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Island Voices, Issue #206 No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Federal Employee Free Speech Tied in Knots

Ethical Quagmires Line Narrow Path of Federal Workers’ Ability to Speak Out Washington, DC — Federal employees concerned about Trump White House actions face legal constraints on their freedom to protest, according to ethics warnings posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Some restrictions are clear but others are subject to interpretation. The biggest limitation is that government workers have no – as in zero – First Amendment free speech rights when acting in their official role. That is because the government owns [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Adoption by Shepherd Care Seeks Families and Sponsors for Colombian Orphans

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Adoption by Shepherd Care, an adoption services provider with over 30 years of experience helping birth parents, adoptive parents, and children in need domestically and internationally, is gearing up for its annual summer hosting program for Colombian orphans. This summer’s hosting program will take place from June 28 – July 12 and includes nearly a dozen children from Colombia between the ages of 10 and 14. With each year that passes the chances of finding a permanent home in a loving family [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Monroe County MCTV Channel 76 on Comcast Now Broadcasts Digital

Monroe County’s Information Technology department has converted MCTV Channel 76 on Comcast to digital broadcasting. This is one of the first steps in the planned transition to full HD digital. With this conversion, MCTV on Comcast has much higher quality and more consistent video – and clearer audio, too. The improvement in audio and video will continue as MCTV fine-tunes the conversion. The improvement also is in all parts of the broadcast, from the rebroadcast of existing content and public service announcements to live broadcasts. [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Habitat for Humanity Schedules Homebuyer Program Meetings

Habitat for Humanity has scheduled community meetings to share information about their Homeownership Program. Community members are invited to attend to get information about the new homes Habitat is building on Big Coppitt in 2017,  find out what is needed to qualify to purchase a Habitat Home, and learn about the Homeowner Selection Process.  Application packages will be available. Meetings are scheduled as follows: Thursday, February 23rd, 5:30 PM at Bethel AME Church, 223 Truman Ave., Key West; Saturday, February 25th, 10:00 AM at Unity [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Jeff Speck: 4 ways to Make a City More Walkable

Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his “general theory of walkability” — four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Editorial, Issue #206 No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Rod-Stu-Da's Hydrants in Paradise Photo Exhibit Feb 17-Mar 17!

  Rodger Stuart Davis’ “Hydrants In Paradise” photo exhibit, will run from February 17, through March 17, at the Tropic Cinema Art Gallery. Featuring 26 Old Town street corners. “This exhibit is my glorification of the mundane. I believe it is the everyday, which, woven in, around, and throughout the picturesqueness of this island that makes Key West my paradise, and without fresh water there would be no Key West.  A large majority of island dogs have endorsed this exhibit, giving it 3 paws and a pee.” ~ Rodger Stuart Davis

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:27 am Issue #206 No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Art Teacher Danielle Gould Commended

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Basilica School of Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea art teacher Danielle Gould for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. The commendation notes that she inspires students to be better citizens and to become the decision makers of the future. “Her continued support in her classroom motivates her students to be involved and participate in afterschool projects like the City of Key West Recycled Robot Art Contest,” reads the commendation. “The environment in Key West [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Know Your Fisherman Month

Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed February as Know Your Fisherman Month, acknowledging the vital role that our local fishermen play in our economy and our lives. “The Florida Keys commercial fishermen provide our community and our tourist economy with local, fresh, sustainably-caught seafood,” reads the proclamation, and “Key West’s reputation has been built as the seafood capital of the world.” On February 22nd, Keys commercial fishermen, restaurant chefs and community members will come together at the Three Hands Fish Market at Ibis Bay to launch [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Fran Ford Honored

Mayor Craig Cates and Commissioners Jimmy Weekley and Clayton Lopez joined together to recognize the tireless environmental efforts of Fran Ford. Ford, a long-time Key West resident, has dedicated years of hard work to environmental education and preservation. She was instrumental in founding the Florida Keys Audubon Society and the Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust. She has been active for many years with the Monroe County Environmental Education Advisory Council, the Key West Garden Club and the Botanical Garden Society. “Mrs. Ford has had [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Mayor Commends Zeman

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Montessori Children’s School art teacher Sally Zeman for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. Her student Finn Hickey entered the City’s Recycled Robot Art Contest in November, and his entry was one of the winners. The commendation notes that Ms. Zeman, through efforts like the art contest, “motivates her students to be involved and participate in afterschool projects like the City of Key West Recycled Robot Art Contest.” They learn about the key link between [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Mayor Commends Poinciana Art Teacher

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Poinciana Elementary School art teacher Elizabeth Liz for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. Her student, Amiah Marston, participated in the City of Key West Recycled Robot Art Contest in November and was one of the winners. Ms. Liz’s dedication inspired Marston and her classmates to take part if the afterschool project. Ms. Liz’s continued support in her classroom motivates her students to be involved and participate in important lessons about our limited resources and [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Art Teacher Holtkamp Commended by Mayor

Mayor Craig Cates last week commended Horace O’Bryant School art teacher Katie Holtkamp for her dedication and service to the children of Key West. Ms. Holtkamp is a dedicated teacher who inspires her students, urging them to be forward-thinking citizens. Her students recently took part in the City’s Recycled Robot Art Contest. Her student Julia Nurkiewicz created one of the winning pieces. “The environment in Key West is very important to our way of life and so are the arts,” reads the commendation, “which is [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #206, News No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) Holds its Monthly SHOW &SHINE this Sunday, Feburary 19th.

This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, Ratrods, 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 3pm . The event continues at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key.MM17. Prizes, 50/50 good food and cold beverages are available. The Club’s new sound system will provide 50’s and 60’s music .Bring the kids to [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #206, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Author James Gleick will speak At Friends of the Library Feb. 27

Monday, Feb. 27, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome acclaimed author, James Gleick to the podium to participate in its ongoing lecture series. The talks, which begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. are at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. and begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating begins at 5:30 on a first come first served basis. Admission is free. James Gleick writes about science and technology. His first book, Chaos, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #206, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Free Zonta Journey to Success Career Advancement Workshop

Key West Zonta Club Again Presents “Journey To Success” Workshop Provides Business Skills to Help Women Begin and Advance In Careers The Zonta Club of Key West again presents “Journey to Success” a workshop designed for women and high school students searching for employment or currently working in Key West and the Lower Keys who are ready to enhance their career skills. It will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street in [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
February Cemetery Stoll

The February Cemetery Stroll at the Historic Key West Cemetery will take place on Saturday, February 25th. During the stroll, small groups of visitors will be escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. The groups are scheduled for departures at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:10 Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling (305) 304-1453. Among the gravesites to be visited are the Otto Plot, the USS Maine Memorial, the Martires de Cuba Memorial, and the Figueredo [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #206, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Last Call: Lincoln Perry’s New Work on View at SALT Gallery Throughout February

“Embrace I, “26×20”, oil pastel on Canson toned paper, is one of more than a dozen new works on display at SALT Gallery by nationally-acclaimed artist Lincoln Perry. The SALT Gallery exhibit located at 830 Fleming Street highlights Perry’s edgy narrative figure paintings with saturated palettes and multifaceted architectural compositions and will be on display throughout February. For more information, call 305.896.2980 or visit SALTGalleryKeyWest.com.

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Art, Issue #206, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Upcoming Classes at The Studios of Key West

Learn to Fly: Introduction to Aerial Skills with Mara Neimanis Mondays beginning Feb 20, 4:30 – 6PM Expand your limits – drop by Mondays to fly on trapezes and aerial sculpture! Investigate awareness, strength, and physical empowerment. Class will combine introductory circus technique, basic yoga and movement and aerial improvisation. No experience necessary. Drop in or attend ongoing. See full calendar schedule here

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #206, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Newly Released Film “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age” with Remote Filmmaker Q&A Session at Custom House Museum March 2

Thursday, March 2, at 6 pm, the newly released documentary “America Rising: The Arts of the Gilded Age” will screen in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center on the third floor of the Custom House Museum. Following the film, which highlights 87 classic American artworks from the post-Civil War period described by Mark Twain as “The Gilded Age,” Connecticut-based independent film-making team Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will participate in a Q&A session with viewers from a remote location. “America Rising: The [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #206, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 172017
 
Crocs, Moths, Wildlife Walks and Talks: Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Outdoor Fest Spotlights What’s Endangered and Native in the Upper Keys

Saturday, March 11th through Saturday, March 18th, the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge Complex and their Friends group FAVOR (Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges) host the second annual Outdoor Fest with a full week of family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities that encourages people to get outside in a wildlife-friendly manner while promoting the history and stewardship of the refuges. Newest to the four Florida Keys Refuges is the remote Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a 37-year-old refuge on mile marker 106.3 on [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #206, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »