Jul 072017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Tim Williams & Rob Carroll At the Hog’s Breath Philly-based singer-songwriter Tim Williams and Rob Carroll, play the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., July 17 – 23. Williams has two CDs, “We Begin” and “Blue Ribbon.” His shows are often comedic as well as musical. Paired with Carroll, who can tell what will happen on stage.   Atlanta’s Mike Veal Band At the Hog’s Breath Saloon The Mike Veal Band, Atlanta’s favorite party band brings its energy and excitement to the Hog’s Breath Saloon,  July 17 [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #225, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 302017
Key West Africana Festival: Inspiring

by Arida Wright……. Celebrity in Town Actor Malik Yoba served as the 2017 Keynote Speaker and Ambassador for the 3rd Biennial Key West Africana Festival (KWAF) held June 22 – 25, 2017. He is known for his starring role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the Fox police drama NY Undercover and the cultural classic movie, Cool Runnings. Malik Yoba has a long list of theatre, tv and film credits but what I didn’t know is that he is also a singer and a passionate [continue reading…]

Jun 302017
Former Sheriffs: Loss of Health Insurance Benefits for County Retirees Will Have "Far-reaching Consequences"

by Paul Ross……. To Citizens and Friends: Recently the Board of County Commissioners held a ‘special’ meeting in where some decisions were made that will affect all of us in one way or another. To say the least I have served 31 years to MONROE COUNTY I started this career when I was 19 years old. NOW I am being told that my insurance will be going up upon retirement to outrageous portions. (Basically making the rates so high you cannot afford them.) Further, YOU [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #225, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Jun 302017
What The Deep State Is

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Buzzwords come and buzzwords go. Lately, a trending buzzword — or, I guess, buzz phrase — among the politically inclined is “Deep State.” Google News returns 127,000 recent media uses of the phrase. Every time US president Donald Trump finds himself under attack or just stymied in one of his policy initiatives, his supporters blame the Deep State. The Deep State is behind the “Russiagate” probes. The Deep State doesn’t like his Muslim travel ban or his ObamaCare replacement bill. The Deep [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #225, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Jun 302017
Mourn on the Fourth of July, 2017

by Thomas L. Knapp……. I visited Washington, DC for the first time in 1980. I was 13. Jimmy Carter was the president. My family only had one day to see the sights. As I remember it, we went through what seemed a somewhat sketchy  neighborhood (I was a country boy, so it may have just been nerves about The Big City), turned onto Pennsylvania Avenue, and drove past the White House and Capitol before taking in selected bits of the Smithsonian and visiting Arlington National [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #225, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Jun 302017
Everyone Should be Listening to Nobody Speak

by Thomas L. Knapp……. When Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, sued Gawker Media for invasion of privacy, infringement of personality rights, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, the suit’s chief effect was to amplify the “news” that Bollea had been caught on video having sex with another man’s wife. Par for the course as salacious popular culture goes, and most of us treated it that way: As something of a joke. The laughter came to an abrupt halt when a jury found in Bollea’s favor, [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:53 am Issue #225, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Jun 302017
Gluteus Terminus

by Kim Pederson……. “Where were you when you learned your butt could die?” So asks Almie Rose in an Attn: blog post. My answer would be “right here in front of my screen, sitting on it.” The title of Almie’s article explains why she’s asking the question: “If you spend most of your day sitting down, you need to be aware of this weird health risk.” The risk she references is “gluteal amnesia” or “dead butt syndrome” (DBS). If you search for gluteal amnesia, an [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #225, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jun 302017

by Kirby Congdon……. Centrifugal force would fling everything from the planet if its path hit a snag. Gravity is holding it all together in one clump. The ice in my glass, the nail in my shoe, the pupil in my eye defy incoherence or any sense of disunity whether it’s the intimate landscape that lies in the writing of your name or the long stretch of a mountain range. Such effects cannot work together at the same time, but they do. Is this what they mean [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #225, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jun 302017
Kudos to the Board

by Walter Lagraves……. Dear Editor: Hey Hey!  There’s some good governance going on.  You may have missed it, but last week the Board of Directors of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Authority voted to term limit themselves.  They voted unanimously to limit membership on the board to three four year terms.  That is good news and good governance. The entire board deserves kudos, but the prime mover was Board Chairperson, Phil Goodman.   Mr. Goodman, in his previous term on the board, had pushed for [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #225, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Jun 302017
Man Arrested for Robbery with a Knife

A Stock Island man was arrested on Thursday, June 30, charged with threatening the clerk at a convenience store with a knife, demanding she give him money. The clerk told deputy Wendy Negron she was working at the Stock Island Chevron convenience store Wednesday night just before midnight when a man walked in. He walked up the counter, pulled out a filet knife and demanded she give him money. The clerk refused. He demanded the money again and she refused, telling him if he was [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Two charged with undersized lobster out of season Two men were caught with undersized, out of season lobster Monday night by a Sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol. Deputy Matthew Cory was patrolling at Fiesta Key RV Park at 10:45 p.m. when he saw two men cleaning fish and a red cooler next to them on the ground. He approached and saw they were cleaning Grunts. He asked if he could check the cooler and received permission to do so. Inside the cooler were 17 undersized [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
Monroe County Marine Resources Office Replaces Channel and Informational Markers

Monroe County Office of Marine Resources has replaced 42 channel markers and 14 regulatory and informational markers throughout the public waters of the Florida Keys.  This project was funded in part through a $93,705 grant awarded to Monroe County by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP). Replacement of these waterway markers improves boater safety by increasing marker visibility, better understanding of waterway regulations by boaters, promotion of boating access and protection of shallow-water resources such as seagrass and [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
Monroe County Administrator Elected President of Florida Association of County Administrators

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi was elected President of the Florida Association of County Managers on Thursday at the Florida Association of County’s Annual Conference & Education Exhibition in West Palm Beach. “It’s an honor to be selected by my fellow board members,” Gastesi said. “It’s beneficial to learn about all the wonderful things other counties are doing around the state and then bring many of those great ideas and practices back to our slice of paradise to improve the [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Reminder: Deputies Patrolling for Resource Violations

Sheriff’s deputies on patrol over the weekend caught several people from the Miami area committing resource violations. At 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Mark Martin was on foot patrol at the south end of the Long Key Bridge. He saw a group of people walking off the bridge carrying a cooler and fishing equipment. He approached them and asked if they had any fish in the cooler. Inside the cooler he found two undersized Mutton Snapper. 40 year old Geovanis Corujo of Cutler Bay said he [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
Fourth of July and Weekend Before the Holiday Expected to be Busy

With all kinds of special events planned for the Fourth of July holiday county-wide, the Sheriff’s Office expects traffic to be very heavy throughout the Florida Keys starting on Friday and continuing through Wednesday, July 5th. The Sheriff’s Office will have extra officers on the water and on the highway in an effort to keep residents and visitors safe. If you plan to drive anywhere in or out of the county, make sure you plan extra time for your trip. There are a number of [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
Graffiti Clean Up Downtown Key West

A huge group of people – including about 30 members of the Sheriff’s Office – turned out last week to clean up the downtown area of the City of Key West. They identified approximately 70 locations where people had painted graffiti and either painted out or cleaned off the unsightly markings. They also scraped stickers off of many street signs, poles and trash containers around the area.

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Fundraiser Friday for the Sheriff’s Animal Farm

There will be a special fundraiser Friday night to raise money for the Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm. The fundraiser, sponsored by Sunset Rotary of Key West, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bottlecap Lounge, 1128 Simonton Street. The event will feature loal Celebrity Bartender Dr. Doug Mader, who is co-owner of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital and who provides medical services for all the animals at the farm. There will also be a special appearance by the famous Animal Farm team, Farmer [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Key West Art & Historical Society Call for Collections of Curios, Baubles and Tchotchkes

Do you collect interesting and unusual objects? Are your shelves filled with knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, tchotchkes, artwork, and other objects of interest? Your unique treasures could be part of the upcoming “Key West Collects” exhibit, presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum in December. Keys residents who have their own unusual or impressive collections to loan should contact KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305.295.6616 x112. The last “Key West Collects” exhibit, held in December 2013, included [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #225, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 302017
Culinary Curator Martha Hubbard Stirs Photography Pot with Exhibit at SALT Gallery:  Special Preview July 6

When local chef Martha Hubbard of Isle Cook Key West isn’t creating and curating delicious meals, she’s making and serving a fantastic array of images that reveal the island’s many special flavors.  More than two dozen of Hubbard’s images will be served up at SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming Street, in her exhibit “Postcards from the End of the Road,” with a special preview on Thursday, July 6 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. While celebrated for her culinary expertise and service to fine dining establishments that [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #225, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 302017
SAVE THE DATE:   Party Like a Hemingway During Hemingway Days with Renowned Mixologist Philip Greene and Key West Art & Historical Society

Hemingway Days, happening July 18-23, celebrates a myriad of ingredients of Ernest Hemingway’s lifestyle, including his passion for the cocktail. Did Hemingway like vermouth?  How about sugar in his daiquiri?  Which drink became his comfort when the sharks came and ate his catch?  Fans of Hemingway and connoisseurs of the cocktail will be intoxicated by Key West Art & Historical Society’s “The Hemingway Gala,” featuring special guest Philip Greene, mixologist and author of “To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion,” set for Sunday, [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #225, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 302017
South Florida Ford & Duncan Ford Family Presented $5,000 Grant To Womankind Of Key West

On Monday, June 26, South Florida Ford and Duncan Ford brought the community together to present Womankind of Key West with a $5,000 grant. Womankind is a medical and wellness center providing high-quality family planning, primary health care, and mental health counseling to people of all income levels. The Duncan Family Breast Cancer Treatment Grant was presented in honor of the family’s longtime efforts to help breast cancer patients become survivors. Through the Duncan Family Breast Cancer Treatment Grant, Womankind will implement an outreach and [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Sheriff’s Office / Florida Sheriff’s Association Summer Camp

  The annual Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) Summer Camp, coordinated by the Sheriff’s Office, is wrapping up today at Horace ‘O Bryant School after a week of fun. The camp hosts between 60 and 70 kids each year. The kids spend the week learning all about law enforcement, and get to visit with the Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Traffic Enforcement, Road Patrol, the Sheriff’s Animal Farm and many other aspects of the agency. The camp is organized by the Sheriff’s [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
KWAHS Wreckers Camp

Key West Art & Historical Society ArtCamp! Wreckers Camp student Sage Lever-Russell, 10 (far left), uses a boathook on Wednesday to retrieve a ‘sunken’ ship recovered with a salvage rig operated by fellow students (second from left to right) Anthony Korzen, 11, Jackson Santelli, 6, and Nya Lever-Russell, 7, with the assistance of ArtCamp! instructor Kevin Lisinski. From June 26 through June 30, children learned about the tools and apparatus used in historic shipwreck salvage and built tripods, swingarms and sling carts to conduct salvage [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Reef Relief's Annual Meeting

Monday, July 17, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Casa Marina Resort Reef Relief’s 30th Annual Membership Meeting is July 17th at the Casa Marina Resort, located at 1500 Reynolds Street in Key West. This meeting’s presenters include State Representative Holly Raschein to discuss the legislature, Dr. Rivah Winter from the new Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science to discuss her work developing a laboratory method to increase coral resistance to bleaching events by promoting thermally tolerant symbionts, and Dr. Alex Brylske who [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Kids 'Beat the Heat' at Monroe County Fire Rescue's Community Event

TAVERNIER, FL – Monroe County Fire Rescue hosted the first of nine “Beat the Heat” community events on June 24 at Monroe County’s Harry Harris Park in Tavernier. Kids of all ages enjoyed free snow cones. Children got some help from real firefighters, who showed them how to use a fire hose to shoot water at a target of a house with pretend flames. Children and adults also cooled off under a stream of 1,000 gallons of water sprayed from a fire truck. Here are [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Key West Theater School for the Performing Arts Hosts Children’s Summer Camp

The Key West Theater School for the Performing Arts will be holding a multidisciplinary theatrical summer camp from July 17–21. The camp will focus on teaching students acting, singing, and dancing as well as the vocabulary of the theater, in addition to how to collaborate, fail forward, and create their own art so they have a chance to live in the world successfully as artists, should they choose to do so. If they choose another path, they will still have a deep understanding of and [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #225, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 302017
Key West Sunrise Rotary welcomes Hospital CEO as Member

Key West Sunrise Rotary’s newest member is David Clay, chief executive officer of Lower Keys Medical Center. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic, established in 1988, provides community service, supports charities and funds college scholarships through events including BrewFest and a golf tournament. The club meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at the Marriott Beachside Hotel.  

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #225, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 302017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Patrick & the Swayzees At the Hog’s Breath Saloon The Key West hullabaloo, The Patrick & the Swayzees band takes center stage at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., July 3 – 9, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. From surf rock to doo-wop, rockabilly to beach music, Patrick & The Swayzees have created a current, yet still wholly nostalgic blend of early rock ‘n’ roll sounds that bring crowds to their feet from opening to encore. Their sets include original songs and instrumentals as [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #225, Music, What To Do No Responses »