Jul 072017
Key West Neighborhood Boy Makes Good -- Real Good!

by Arida Wright……. The intro on Corneil McIntosh’s Facebook page reads: “creator.innovator.believer.” His Facebook followers total 2,758. He has 12.1k followers on his personal Instagram page. An article written by “Bruce A.” of richcelebs.com describes him as, “an American entrepreneur, actor, director, producer, film maker and the founder of one of the most popular urban musical companies in the world.”

Jul 072017
Disintegration of a Nation...

by John Donnelly……. Has the United States Government under the tutelage of Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Reagan, along with the many thousands of congressmen and women who’ve served under their leadership, had enough time to formulate “comprehensive immigration reform”? Why is it that the leaders of our nation have been unable to develop a  plan of action that contains clear, cogent, humane and enforceable immigration laws?

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #226, John Donnelly 10 Responses »
Jul 072017
Academics vs. Sports at Keys High Schools

by Larry Murray……. Dear Editor, If you are interested in obtaining insight to the mindset of the typical Keys high school student, I urge you to read the “Prep Sports: Class of 2018 Senior Spotlight”.  This is a daily feature on the sports page of the Key West Citizen. The Citizen has published this feature for a number of years and I find the comments very insightful. I urge you to pay particular attention to the responses to two questions: “Regarding the sports you play [continue reading…]

Jul 072017
Free Vessel Turn-In Pilot Program Launches in Monroe County with Public Meetings

FREE VESSEL TURN-IN PILOT PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN MONROE COUNTY FOR END-OF-LIFE BOATS WITH PRESENTATIONS AT THREE PUBLIC OUTREACH MEETINGS Tuesday, July 18: Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19: Murray Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20: Marathon Government Center, 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, 6 p.m. MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County’s Marine Resources Office, in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has developed a pilot Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) for the Florida Keys.  The VTIP [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
More Than 100 Groups Call on Secretaries of State to Protect Voter Rights by Rejecting Pence-Kobach Request for Sensitive Voter Data

WASHINGTON –The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with more than 100 groups, today sent a letter to state elections officials, including 51 Secretaries of State and 13 election administrators, applauding those who have resisted Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s recent request for sensitive voter information, and urging those who have not yet responded to protect voters’ rights by rejecting the request. “This letter is a clear example of the intense resolve of the civil rights coalition [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
City Commends Exemplary Deed

The Key West City Commission on Tuesday commended Zachary Robert Brown for “seeing something and saying something.” On June 10th, Brown overheard and incident between two men and one of the men mentioned an assault weapon that he was carrying. Brown immediately reported what he’d heard to a nearby police officer. Within minutes, the armed man was pulled over on his scooter carrying a guitar case and backpack. Inside the guitar case and the backpack, police discovered an AR style rifle and a .9 mm Glock pistol. [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
Outgoing CRB Member, Tom Milone, Commended

Mayor Craig Cates, during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, commended outgoing Citizens Review Board member Tom Milone for his years of service. Milone has served on the board, which reviews complaints involving the police department, since 2011. He stepped down in June. The commendation is in “recognition of his dedication and commitment to increasing police professionalism through accountability and promoting valued ties between the local community and the Key West Police Department.”  

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Trumped Up

by Kim Pederson……. Today, a study in trump. First, because our president’s trip to Europe and meeting with Putin is trending #1 right now. And second, and more interestingly (one hopes—this “one” especially), because the word itself, without the still-waiting-for-him-to-be-presidential association, is curious in its own way. The first known use of trump, supposedly an alteration of “triumph,” occurred in 1529, according to Merriam-Webster, in conjunction with “sense 1A”: “any of various cards and usually all the cards of a suit designated by chance or [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #226, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jul 072017
Night Thoughts

by Kirby Congdon……. At age six or seven a child in a minority (beyond his own position in his own minority of being a child) wants to bond comfortably with his superiors. If his family is uneducated he will see that as his standard. Without the essentials, like food, housing, clothing, companionship and a decent income to begin with, his imagination has nowhere to grow and so we lose another generation of citizens. That one-on-one learning process relies on close associations where empathy, rather than competition, [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #226, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jul 072017
Woman Arrested for Weapon Threats

A Marathon woman is in jail, accused of threatening an 18 year old girl with what turned out to be a pellet gun. The incident took place just before 1 p.m. Wednesday between neighbors who live on Copa De Oro in Marathon. The victim told Deputy Michelle Swilley she was playing music outside as she did yard work. She said she took a break to lay in a hammock under her house. She said she looked next door and saw her neighbor, 46 year old Marie Resnick, staring [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Stock Island man charged with burglary A Stock Island man was arrested late Friday, June 30, charged with burglarizing a home on Azalea Street in the Key Haven neighborhood of Stock Island. The victims called the Sheriff’s Office just before 11 p.m. They told dispatchers they were out of town, but had seen someone in their house on their video surveillance system. They said no one had permission to be in their house while they were gone. Deputies Jenna Moeller, Anthony Lopez and Vince Pacifico arrived to investigate. [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
Women’s March Florida Supporting Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Women’s March Florida is proud to align with The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) to raise awareness and funds for the upcoming event, “The Convening” hosted on July 20-22 in Orlando, Florida.   The Convening is a training and collaborative planning event to engage grassroots activists in a ballot initiative campaign to restore the basic civil rights of citizens formerly convicted of a felony. Florida is one of only three states that strip all individuals with past felony convictions of their civil rights, including their [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Coral Documentary to Premiere in the Florida Keys

  The landmark documentary “Chasing Coral,” chronicling the unprecedented rate of decline in coral throughout the world’s oceans, premieres in the Florida Keys on July 14 presented by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Mote Marine Laboratory, Coral Restoration Foundation and Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). Special, free-admission screenings are scheduled for at the following locations: Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street, Key West – 8 p.m. Mote Marine Laboratory, 24244 Overseas Highway, Summerland Key – 8 p.m. Marathon Community Park, 200 Ocean, 36th Street, Marathon – 8 p.m.                   [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Know Your Status – Get Tested for HIV

As part of National HIV Testing Day, Peggy Ward-Grant, HIV Prevention and Training Consultant for the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, speaks with a client before getting tested for HIV at last Saturday’s event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Pool in Key West.   Clients can know their status quickly as the testing process, which involves a finger prick, only takes 15 minutes and is offered at no cost.  Walk-in hours are Mondays and Wednesdays at the Gato Building in Key West from 9am [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
KWPG Fusion Art and Lit Exhibit at the Key West Library, Opening: 5:30 PM, July 7

  The Key West Poetry Guild is excited to announce the opening of a fusion visual and literature art exhibit on display at the Key West branch of the Monroe County Library during the month of July. The formal opening will be held 5:30 PM, July 7 at the library. Key West native photojournalist, Jeane LaRance, will give a short presentation on her photos that members of the KWPG used as inspiration for original works of poetry, followed by a reading of the poems. These combination works are [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
Reef Relief's 2016-2017 Discover Coral Reefs School Program Reached a New All Time High!

Reef Relief’s Discover Coral Reefs School Program (DCRSP) is a collaborative program between Reef Relief and the Monroe County School District that teaches students a variety of marine science topics with a special focus on the value and importance of our local coral reef ecosystem. The DCRSP has been successfully educating students from grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th for the past 23 years. This school year, the DCRSP taught a new record amount of students! Reef Relief taught 5,216 students through our interactive marine lessons by partnering [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Key Lime Pie Drop

Saturday, July 1, 2017, Key West Art & Historical Society partnered with Key Lime Festival producers David Sloan and Marky Pierson to offer the first Pie Drop in Key West history (that we know of!) from the approximately 86 foot-high observation deck of the approximately 100 foot-tall Key West Lighthouse. The challenge for competitors was to (in advance) create a device or container to protect the pie, deliver it to a targeted area on ground level and keep it from exploding on impact. People of [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Custom House Museum to Serve as Literary Headquarters for Hemingway Days Symposium, Signings, and Readings

Literary fans of the legendary Ernest Hemingway can look forward to an array of new cultural offerings presented by Key West Art & Historical Society at the Custom House Museum during the annual Hemingway Days celebration, taking place July 18- July 23. “Hemingway is an integral part of Key West’s cultural fabric and honoring his literary legacy during Hemingway Days is an opportunity  for us to showcase some of the country’s finest Hemingway scholars,” says Director of Education Adele Williams. Hemingway Days events kick off on Tuesday, [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
“The Hemingway Suite” Event Spotlights Key West Composer Bill Lorraine with Special Guests Cuban Virtuoso Pianist Lianne Vega, Conductor Zenaida Romeu and Film-maker Oscar Ortega

Writers, fishermen, revelers- many have been inspired by literary legend Ernest Hemingway. This year, Key West Art & Historical Society supports the July 18-23 Hemingway Days festivities with an array of offerings that include not only literary events and a symposium featuring Hemingway-inspired authors, but a very special cultural event spotlighting local composer Bill Lorraine who will offer “The Hemingway Suite,” a short film premiere with a live performance of classical music dedicated to Hemingway at the Studios of Key West on Thursday, July 20 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. In 2007, [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #226, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 072017
NOAA Names Sarah Fangman and Lisa Symons to Key Posts at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is pleased to announce that Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent, Sarah Fangman, has been selected as the new superintendent of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Lisa Symons has been tapped as deputy superintendent of the sanctuary. Aria Remondi, on temporary assignment from NOAA’s Policy Office, will serve as Acting Sanctuary Superintendent of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The effective date for these changes is July 23, 2017. Sarah Fangman is currently the superintendent of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Lady Conchs Travel Softball Team Wins Tournament

Mayor Craig Cates added a special proclamation to last night’s City Commission agenda to welcome the Key West Lady Conchs 8U Softball Travel Team home by proclaiming a day in their honor. The team won the USSSA South Florida State Tournament, playing six games in three days while amassing a record of five wins and only one loss on their way to the State Championship. “These tremendous young women are an example of what can be accomplished with hard work, dedication, teamwork, and good sportsmanship,” reads the [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #226, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 072017
Writers' Workshop Openings Announced

The Key West Literary Seminar announces openings in its Writers’ Workshop Program January 15-19, 2018, in Key West. Faculty instructors with availabilities include short story master Joy Williams, two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and critically-acclaimed novelist Madison Smartt Bell. Financial assistance is also available. The five-day Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and application requirements, but not all workshops require submission of a writing sample. Enrollment is limited [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #226, Literature, What To Do No Responses »