Jul 142017
Baby Turtles Hatch on Higgs Beach in Key West for First Time in 3 Decades

It was a sight to behold Sunday night at Monroe County’s Higgs Beach in Key West. At about 9:15 p.m., 104 baby loggerhead turtles – just 2 inches long – waddled as fast as their tiny flippers would take them to their new home in the sea. Ralph Capone, president and founder of the Key West Sea Turtle Club, was excited: “Higgs Beach hasn’t had a successful turtle nest on it since 1985 or ‘86. There’s not enough sand to dig down to find a sweet spot for [continue reading…]

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Jul 142017
Letter from Across the Horizon

by Antonio de la Fuente Arjona……. I am thinking about this letter as I go through the tropical winter on my Black Mare. On my tricycle, I am riding from one end to the other of a heat dilated island. I am waving mosquitoes away as I write this message of relief in the air. I am talking to you. I am singing to you. And I might look like a homeless in Key West who holds interesting conversations with the wind. Here too, I [continue reading…]

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Jul 142017
Monroe County Medical Examiners Nominating Committee Selects Dr. Snider as First Choice

MARATHON, FL – The 16th District Medical Examiner Nominating Committee interviewed four people Wednesday at the Marathon Government Center and selected Dr. Cameron Snider as its first choice and Dr. Michael Steckbauer as its second choice. Dr. Snider currently is serving as Associate Medical Examiner in District 1, which covers Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. He has 19 years of experience in forensic pathology. Dr. Steckbauer is currently serving as Monroe County’s interim Medical Examiner. (Not selected was Dr. Zhiming Li and Dr. Ira Kanfer.)

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Jul 142017
Our Paranoid Society is Too Hard on Kids -- and on Parents

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In the latest sign that America has gone stark-raving nuts at the expense of its parents and children, the Rochester, New York Democrat & Chronicle reports that a “mother faces child endangerment charges for letting her 10-year-old hang out in a Lego Store while she shopped elsewhere” in the same mall. Not a week goes by without a report of parents getting arrested, or having their children seized by social workers, for the “crime” of letting them walk to or from [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #227, Thomas L. Knapp 3 Responses »
Jul 142017
Death Panels: Sarah Palin Was Right, Sort Of

by Thomas L. Knapp……. In 2009, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin raised the kind of ruckus she’s known for with her comment on the then-notional Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” In a Facebook note, she wrote: “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide … whether they are worthy of health care.” Palin’s aim was rather [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #227, Thomas L. Knapp 5 Responses »
Jul 142017
Circumcision: One Woman's Piercing Commentary

by Thomas L. Knapp……. When Enedina Vance posted a photo of her smiling baby with a pierced cheek on Facebook, she expected — and wanted — a reaction. She probably didn’t expect the reaction to be so vehement. She received death threats. Some commenters claimed to have called government “child protective services” to come take the child away from an “abusive” mother. When Vance revealed that the photo was fake (no, she hadn’t really had her child’s dimple pierced) and intended as social commentary, the [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #227, Thomas L. Knapp 4 Responses »
Jul 142017

by Kim Pederson……. He, RatBlurt, has shut down & gone off to watch the new Twin Peaks on TV in the other room. The cats followed him. But me, the RatBlurt Computer [RBC], is here in the study silently “netting,” i.e., musing on my deep neural networks. Most of you probably don’t even think of me when you’re reading the blog. Now you’re thinking: What? A message from the virtual world? The computer is writing solo? The robot overlord scenario is upon us like Stephen Hawking warned! But that’s [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #227, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jul 142017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Islamorada woman loses money in phone scam An Islamorada woman fell for a common phone scam, losing $400 to the scammers Wednesday. The 50 year old woman received a call Wednesday afternoon from someone who said her brother had been in an accident. The caller knew her brother drove a green car, and told her she would need to pay him money to keep him from hurting her brother. He also told her not to call the police. On his instructions, she drove to Walgreens and purchased four [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
Mango Fest 2017

It’s mango season and the Key West Police Athletic League is celebrating with Mango Fest 2017 on Saturday, July 15th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Bayview Park. This first annual event features enjoy all things mango: Culinary competitions, mango tastings, mango daiquiris, mango trees and much more. There’ll be music, bounce houses, raffles, local artisans and a live radio broadcast. Mango Fest 2017 benefits the Key West PAL. PAL’s efforts are designed to get children involved in sports and in educational programs. It provides a safe place [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #227, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 142017
"Tropical Summer" Paintings by Maggie Ruley

Colorful, vibrant and fun, these are the words most often used to describe the paintings of Key West artist Maggie Ruley. Ms Ruley’s upcoming show Tropical Summer highlights all the delights of mid summer here in Key West: the brilliant blue water, cloud filled skies, and island scenery. Her paintings remind us all of the joy of summer. Tropical Summer will be on exhibit at the Key West Art Center from July 14 through July 27. Join us for the opening reception Friday July 14 from 5 to 7 PM to meet the [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #227, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 142017
Reef Relief's 30th Annual Meeting is Next Week!

Monday, July 17, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Casa Marina Resort Reef Relief’s 30th Annual Membership Meeting is next Monday, 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 [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
City Adds New Commuter Shuttle

Beginning Monday, July 17th, Key West Transit will be adding a commuter shuttle to the Lower Keys Shuttle. This additional run will leave Marathon at 6:30 a.m. from mile marker 53.5 at the Holiday Inn Express and is scheduled to reach downtown Key West a little after 8 a.m. A new evening commuter shuttle will be leaving downtown Key West at 6 p.m., arriving in Marathon just after 8 p.m. This added run in each direction is aimed at alleviating crowding on the buses during morning and evening commutes. It [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 Key West Art & Historical Society Celebrates Hemingway Days with Several Cultural Events

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. The Society presents several days of signings, readings, a classical music performance and film viewing, and a gala. Tuesday, July 18 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street: “Hemingway & Harry’s Way” presented by author Ted Geltner.  Geltner’s “Blood, Bone and Marrow: A [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #227, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 142017
Summer Heats Up with New Key West World Culture Dance Series Hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society

Tango your mango and add some salsa to your sweet summer groove with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West. The six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series, produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, which happens every second Monday, kicks off on July 24, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street with a focus on Salsa. Following weeks will include Ceilidh Scottish Dancing, Argentine Tango, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, and East Coast Swing. With its mix of [continue reading…]

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Jul 142017
“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

On Thursday, July 20, from 6:00-8:00pm, Key West Art & Historical Society supports the annual Hemingway Days celebration with a 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 at the Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street. In 2007, Lorraine was inspired to begin work on an orchestral composition as a tribute to Hemingway. In 2014, the Key West-based artist and musician saw his musical and cross-cultural vision come to fruition [continue reading…]

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Jul 142017
 Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Free Night Sky Symposium at Eco-Discovery Center

Shutterbugs, night sky gazers and National Park lovers take note: Key West Art & Historical Society has created a symposium just for you.  The Society has partnered with the National Park Service and B&H Photography to welcome the public to a free “Night Sky Symposium” on Wednesday, July 26 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Eco Discovery Center, 35 E. Quay Road, featuring an astronomy talk about Florida Keys night skies, a brief history and overview of the Dry Tortugas National Park by the Park’s Cultural Resources Specialist Kelly Clark, and a showcase of [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #227, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 142017
Applications Available for 2017 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade

As the sands of time defy gravity, applications for the newly rewound and rebooted Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade are available at www.FantasyFest.com/parade/ . If you dare, download now and enter the magical wormhole that will spit your team and float out costumed and ready to join the parade as it rounds the corner onto Duval Street to the cheers and rollicking quantum physics of Fantasy Fest 2017: Time Travel Unravels! Produced by Nadene Grossman Orr of events planning company We’ve Got the Keys, Fantasy Fest [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
Christmas in July to Benefit Sister Season Fund

Join the Sister Season Fund for Christmas in July on Wednesday, July 12th from 6-8pm on the upstairs balcony at Irish Kevin’s. The event is sponsored by Republic National and will feature photos with Santa, Live Auctions, and Raffles. Suggested donation of $10 includes 2 drink tickets for sponsored beverages. Proceeds from the event, including tips, benefit the Sister Season Fund, a local non-profit organization that assists qualified locals by paying utility bills and/or rent when they are unable to work for a short time due to [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #227, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jul 142017
Save the Manatee Club

Save the Manatee Club, founded by Jimmy Buffett and former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, is an international nonprofit conservation organization and the voice for manatees since 1981.   The Club’s mission is to protect manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations. Funds from our adoption program go toward emergency rescue response for sick and injured manatees, and for waterway signage, public awareness and education, research and more.  Read about our efforts to protect the manatees. Go to http://www.savethemanatee.org to learn more.

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #227, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 142017
NOW Meeting

Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West.   This meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues.  A social hour follows the meeting.  For more information or to join, email: kwnowinfo@gmail.com.

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
Special Olympics 2018 USA Games- Local Athlete Qualifies

In less than one year – July 1-6, 2018 – more than 4,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will gather in Seattle to compete before tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers. The 2018 USA Games will showcase the limitless talents of people with intellectual disabilities while promoting the barrier-breaking power of sport to promote inclusion and acceptance. To learn more visit https://www.specialolympicsusagames.org/ Among those 4,000 athletes and coaches will be one of our local athletes, [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #227, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 142017
Key West Sunrise Rotary Installs 2017-18 President and Board

Gena Parsons, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation communications and outreach specialist, leads the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club as president for 2017-18, succeeding NAS Key West public affairs officer Trice Denny, who continues to serve on the club’s board as past president. Other club officers are George Wallace, president-elect; Stephanie Griffiths, treasurer; Dave Geller, treasurer-elect; Matt Babich, sergeant-at-arms and George Lindner, parliamentarian. Board directors and committee chairs include Scott Duszynski and Ron Demes, community service; Mark Moss, membership; Roger Cousineau, publicity; Stan Rzad, international service; Sue Fowler, administration [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #227, News, Special Event No Responses »