by Thomas L. Knapp……. This weekend, Americans will seize the opportunity to sleep in an extra day, fire up the family grill, and maybe — probably not, but maybe — wheel out to a family cemetery, lay flowers on graves, and contemplate the memories of their beloved for a few minutes.
by John Donnelly……. The youngest United States Marine killed in action while serving in Vietnam was 15 years old. This teenager doctored his birth certificate at age 14 in order to join the Marines. This courageous African-American Marine from New York City was killed a month after I was wounded, while running to the aid of his heavily outnumbered colleagues with ammunition, so they might prevail in battle and not be killed.
Key West Police officers are often called upon to rescue dogs and sometimes kittens, but this week they had a call that could only happen while protecting paradise. Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, a concerned citizen reported seeing a loggerhead turtle laying her eggs on the Bridle Path across the street from Smather’s Beach. When officers arrived, they found the gigantic animal attempting to cross the four-lane South Roosevelt Blvd. and return to the ocean. They immediately set up a perimeter – blocking traffic to ensure [continue reading…]
Hope Unity & Global Equality Inc. (H.U.G.E.) is very honored to announce that Section 93 of the 1.25 mile (worlds longest) Rainbow25 Sea to Sea Flag sewn in Key West will be leading The Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington D.C., Sunday June 11th 2017. Section 93 (eight color), sometimes referred to as the ‘Sacred Cloth Project’, has been proudly presented at many historic moments worldwide, and was in DC for the SCOTUS Marriage Equality hearing in 2015. Originally commissioned in 2003 and created [continue reading…]
by Ray Jason……. Years ago, I nick-named this modest little spot The Domino Triangle. It was too tiny for an actual building, so a tarp had been slung to provide shelter from the sun and the rain. Beneath it was a folding card table and some battered chairs, where the locals would play dominoes. When the tropical heat would begin to lessen in the late afternoon, the men would start gathering. They arrived with beer and a little pocket money. They also brought something that [continue reading…]
by Kim Pederson……. If you’re lacking scary things to ponder these days, here’s something that might fill the gap: “If every infinite outcome were equally likely, we’d never come to be.” This obtuse statement sounds ominous, perhaps more so because I don’t have a clue as to what it means. It serves as the subtitle for Ethan Siegel’s article “The odds of your unlikely existence were not infinitely small.” My first reaction to this seemingly more optimistic pronouncement was “Oh! Good!” and then a moment [continue reading…]
Stock Island man charged with gun possession Deputies arrested a Stock Island man Wednesday afternoon for improperly exhibiting a firearm and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sheriff’s dispatchers received reports just before 5 p.m. of a man waving a black colored revolver around at the Tom Thumb convenience store on Stock Island. Another caller reported shots fired at a nearby trailer park on Maloney Avenue. Deputies Jenna Moeller and Freddy Rodriguez responded. The caller said the man with the gun was [continue reading…]
by Kirby Congdon……. Donald Trump’s reference to the age of the dictator of North Korea, Kim Yong Un, came as a surprise. To be 27 with all that power is revealing for both of them. Love and affection seem to have been denied them in their early development as human beings. The thrill of saying, “You’re fired!” or in executing an annoying uncle replaces the attention and independence they feel they have missed out on. Other more rational ways to be recognized and appreciated is [continue reading…]
District II City Commissioner Sam Kaufman is holding a community meeting on June 1st at 5:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Brewery, 201 William Street, upstairs. He’s convening the meeting to take input from the community regarding the concepts of building parking garages on Simonton Street and on Greene Street.
Key West showed its stuff this year when it came to the Green Commute Challenge by beating the national average. While 76 percent of the nation drives to work solo, employees on our island are out of their cars 64 percent of the time The 3rd Annual Green Commute Challenge sets a rivalry between the city’s largest businesses because these businesses can make the biggest difference in going green. During the week of March 27th to April 2nd, employees from ten of the largest businesses [continue reading…]
On Wednesday, May 24, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers arrested nine suspects for violations of Florida’s laws pertaining to possession of American alligator, alligator egg harvesting, interstate transport of alligator eggs and hatchlings, falsifying official records, dealing in stolen property, conspiracy to commit racketeering, racketeering and other wildlife violations. These serious charges include first-, second- and third-degree felonies. These charges are the result of a multiyear undercover operation initiated in 2015 by the FWC Division of Law Enforcement’s Investigations Section. FWC undercover [continue reading…]
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – FDLE recognized National Missing Children’s Day on Thursday, May 25, 2017. “As we head into the summer months, I urge parents and caregivers to remind children about staying safe,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “I encourage you to take advantage of the online safety tools and resources available. When a child does go missing, the timely awareness of concerned citizens is often vital to law enforcement in recovering that child quickly and safely. Please sign up to be notified when there is [continue reading…]
Florida Keys Mosquito Control District [FKMCD] broke ground this morning on the Lower Keys Operational Facility on Big Coppitt. The facility, which is located at 18 Aquamarine Drive, includes a chemical storage and maintenance facility. FKMCD still needs to apply for another permit for a trailer complex that will house administrative offices and a small mosquito identification lab. FKMCD has until the end of March 2018 to vacate their current location at 5224 College Road. The project is currently on track to have the new [continue reading…]
Navy League Key West Council hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Maine Memorial, Key West Cemetery, with guest speaker Capt. Bobby Baker, Naval Air Station Key West commanding officer. American Legion Post 28 hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Southern Keys Cemetery, Big Coppitt Key, with guest speaker Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West commander.
Local Radio Personalities Return to the Airwaves After 8 Years Local tech experts and radio personalities are joining forces to offer an innovative, call-in talk show which invites listeners to call with their most challenging technical questions. The show, titled Keys Genius, premieres Sunday, May 28th at 6pm on FM radio The X 104.9 with live streaming on YouTube. Keys Genius is the brainchild of David Bethune, a longtime resident of Key West and serial entrepreneur. It’s also the new name for his tech consulting [continue reading…]
Event organizers have announced that John Hemingway, grandson of the late Nobel Prize winning American author Ernest Hemingway, is set to be a special guest speaker during the Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and bestselling mystery fiction and true crime authors and the readers who love them, set for June 16-18, 2017. The American-born, Canada-based writer and translator’s articles and short stories have appeared in American, Italian and Spanish newspapers and reviews. He was a contributor to the “Murder In Key [continue reading…]
On Friday, June 9, from 5-7pm, author Kenneth D. Michaels will debut his latest mystery, “Only in Key West” at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West. “Only in Key West” is a sequel to Michaels’ first novel, “The Gay Detective,” which earned kudos in 2106: the International Readers Favorite Book Award and the Reader Views Award. He was also a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. “Only in Key West” reflects our local “One Human Family” philosophy,” [continue reading…]
The Monroe County Education Foundation will recognize the accomplishments and celebrate the graduation of 54 Take Stock in Children scholars on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the Marathon High School Auditorium. This year the foundation is honored to welcome Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie or Ethiopia as the keynote speaker. Prince Ermias currently serves as the Chairman of the Crown Council of Ethiopia in exile. The Crown Council is the last surviving Imperial Ethiopian deliberative body. The Crown Council has, in exile, pursued a [continue reading…]
Those who have registered to attend the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West by midnight June 1 will be entered in a drawing to win a cameo ‘walk-on’ role in bestselling author Meg Muldoon’s next “Christmas River” series novel, “Meltdown in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery Book,” which is due out this August. Muldoon, a former news reporter and author of more than a dozen “cozy” mystery titles, is slated to be a featured panelist at the upcoming “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Fest, [continue reading…]
The Key West Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of “Key West, en Plein Air” featuring the works of local artist Nancy Henning. Join us Friday, June 2nd from 5-7pm for the opening reception: sip a glass of wine, enjoy a lite snack, and visit with the artist. A resident since 2005 Nancy Henning has a passion for painting on the streets of Key West, in the open air. This special exhibition of her recent work bespeaks to the tropical beauty and vibrant colors of the [continue reading…]
Local photographer Larry Blackburn will again show his photographic works on Friday, June 2nd from 6-9 pm as part of the First Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll. The exhibit will feature new photographs of familiar sights around Key West as well as images captured in the South American country of Ecuador. The photographs are printed on different mediums including canvas, metal, metallic paper and acrylic. The exhibit will take place at the newest gallery in Key West, “The Salty Gallery” which is located at 1114 [continue reading…]
Donavon Frankenreiter’s new album, “The Heart,” officially marks the start of the singer-songwriter’s second decade as a solo recording artist. It’s been over ten years since the release of his self-titled debut, and in that time he has grown, not only as a musician, but also as a man. He’s raising a family and nurturing two creative careers – on onstage, on in the waves – but on top of all that, he’s still learning what makes him tick. And so, naturally, he names his [continue reading…]
Do you have a collection of old photographs that you’d like to organize but aren’t sure how to start? On Thursday, June 8 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Custom House Museum, Key West Art & Historical Society hosts a “Cataloging Your Photograph Collection” workshop series that invites people to learn what museums do with their photograph collections, and why it is important to digitize, catalog or just simply preserve them for future generations. Space is limited to two students per session due to limited scanning stations; [continue reading…]
Youth aged 10-16 can join in on the cultural immersion fun while engaging their passion for the arts and the environment with Key West Art & Historical Society’s ArtCamp!, beginning June 12th through June 30th with three sessions: Teen Fossil Camp June 12– June 16, Pinhole Photography Camp: Technique June 19- June 23, and Pinhole Photography Camp: Creating a Body of Work June 26-June 30. The Teen Fossil Camp guides students in learning how to sculpt and cast bones working with tools in clay, plaster, [continue reading…]
The summer season has arrived and that can mean crowded conditions on Florida’s waterways. Save the Manatee Club encourages the boating community to watch for manatees when out on the water. “Last year was a record year for manatees killed by watercraft in Florida, and many more manatees suffered injuries from boat strikes,” said Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club Executive Director. “Watercraft-related manatee mortality is the leading identified cause of manatee death in Florida.” Manatees usually swim about 3 – 5 miles per [continue reading…]
Looking for a unique gift this Father’s Day? Forget the ties and socks – adopt a manatee! For $25, Save the Manatee Club (SMC) will send your dad an adoption certificate, photo, and life history of a real living manatee. Adoptive “parents” will also receive updates on their manatee in the Club’s quarterly newsletter as well as a subscription to Paddle Tales, the Club’s bi-monthly enewsletter. Or for $35, each new member who joins the Adopt-A-Manatee program will also receive a free T-shirt with a [continue reading…]
Key West Art & Historical Society’s Newly Renovated “Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway” Exhibit Re-opens to the Public Key West Art & Historical Society’s newly-renovated permanent “Overseas to the Keys: Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway” exhibit debuts Friday evening, May 26, with a special opening event on the second floor of the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The Society welcomes members of the public to the exhibit opening from 6:00pm-7:00pm, with a suggested donation of $10 for non-members, and free VIP access [continue reading…]