Aug 042017
Why I Still Have Hope for Coral Reefs

Corals in the Pacific Ocean have been dying at an alarming rate, particularly from bleaching brought on by increased water temperatures. But it’s not too late to act, says TED Fellow Kristen Marhaver. She points to the Caribbean — given time, stable temperatures and strong protection, corals there have shown the ability to survive and recover from trauma. Marhaver reminds us why we need to keep working to protect the precious corals we have left. “Corals have always been playing the long game,” she says, [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #230 1 Response »
Aug 042017
Spiny Lobster Regular Recreational and Commercial Season Starts August 6

The two-day sport season last week successfully wrapped up, and lobster lovers everywhere are now getting ready for the regular recreational and commercial season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2018. This economically important season generates more than $1 million through the sales of more than 200,000 spiny lobster permits annually. “Based on what we saw during the two-day mini-season last month, we look forward to successful recreational harvests as well as ample opportunities for Florida’s robust commercial fishing industry,” said FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski. [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
If You've Got Nothing to Hide, You've Got Nothing to Fear, JFK Assassination Edition

by Thomas L. Knapp……. As America marked the 50th anniversary of US president John F. Kennedy’s assassination four years ago, a clear majority of Americans (according to polls by Gallup and AP/GfK) still believed that the whole truth of what happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963 remains unknown: That Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone and that the killing was in fact the result of a conspiracy. One good reason for that belief, or at least for skepticism as to the truth of [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #230, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Aug 042017
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center Seeks Volunteers

The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, seeks volunteers to provide information to visitors and assist with interactive displays. Applicants must be at least 18, have an outgoing personality, ability to pass a background check and be willing to work one or more weekly shifts of 3.5 hours. Training is provided. The application is available at the center and at _opportunities/. Volunteer Opportunity Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 35 E. Quay Rd. Key West, FL 33040 Any interested [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Purple & Broken Hearts...

by John Donnelly……. “Purple Heart Day” in the United States is celebrated on August 7th. The Purple Heart Medal is awarded under the most adversarial of circumstances. Many recipients are never presented with their award as their next of kin receives it posthumously, because the individual honoree was “Killed In Action”. Other members of the Armed Forces awarded the Purple Heart are those “Wounded In Action”. United States Marines were brutally killed and savagely wounded under my watch. Their grotesquely mangled bodies were beyond anything I [continue reading…]

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Aug 042017
An Open Letter To FKAA

by Larry Murray  ……. I was pleased to read that FKAA has slowed its rush to build a multi-million dollar desalinization plant, though I disagree with your reason for postponement.  I assume that the criticism raised by the Key West Chamber of Commerce played a part in your decision making.  I agree with the KWCoC that there needs  to be considerably more community input before FKAA invests tens of millions of dollars in a desalinization plant.  Shifting part of the cost to the state from local [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Dr. Larry Murray, Issue #230 1 Response »
Aug 042017

by Kirby Congdon……. In his book, Equipment for Living, the author, Michael Robbins, considers contemporary music and lyrics. Louis Menand has reviewed it in The New Yorker (31 July 2017, p. 64) with the title The Defense of Poetry with the subtitle, “Can a poem change your life?” Mr. Menand tells us that the claim suggested in the book’s title is that “poems and songs should make a difference.” The overall concern of the book, as I understand it, is that poetry as lyrics have declined [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #230, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Aug 042017
The Once and Future Svengali

by Kim Pederson……. Usually I try to ignore what Rubberlina™ is up to when she usurps this space. In her blog yesterday, though, I couldn’t help but notice her claim to suddenly be able to teleport herself from one place to another instantly, in this case from my desk to a single-cup Keurig machine that she swears is some kind of alien transporter. As “proof” that this is possible, she cites Dr. Bruce Goldberg’s article “What is teleportation?” I just had to check it out. [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #230, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Aug 042017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Couple arrested for stalking A Big Pine Key couple was arrested on Wednesday for stalking another couple and sending them threatening text and voice mail messages. The male victim called the Sheriff’s Office on July 26th. He told Deputy Alexandra Davis he used to rent a room from 42 year old Enrique Valdes, Jr. and 35 year old Omitsu Cervantes.  He said the harassment from the couple started after he moved out at the beginning of June. He said they began asking him for more [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Filmmaker Christian Fernandez’ New Project To Feature Cuban Struggle: Fundraising Event at San Carlos Institute

Key West Art & Historical Society and the San Carlos Institute invite the public to an evening of celebration and support for young, local filmmaker/director Christian Fernandez and his short-film project “Este Niño Lindo,” a fictional narrative of a treacherous journey two siblings endure as they flee Cuba for the U.S. in a makeshift raft.  The fundraising event takes place on Thursday, August 10, 2017, from 5:30-8:00pm at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street, Key West. A champagne welcome and presentation by Fernandez about his project and ramifications of the “wet [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
Pita Retires from City After 29 Years

Today marks the last day in a 29 year career with the City of Key West for Kim Pita. She is retiring after serving as the Building Department’s Licensing Administrator since 1988. City Manager Jim Scholl presented her with a plaque in honor of her years of dedicated service to the community.

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #230, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
 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 objects [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
Back to School Immunizations

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe encourages parents to have their children immunized as the new school year approaches. Local county health departments statewide are providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year. Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children’s immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year. Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Get Ready to Romp with Ceilidh Scottish Dancing During the Next Key West World Culture Dance Series Hosted by Key West Art & Historical Society

Add some movement to your 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, continues on August 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street with a focus on Ceilidh Scottish Dancing. Following weeks will include Argentine Tango, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, and East Coast Swing. Ceilidh Scottish Dancing is the centuries-old country dance of [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #230, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
Horace O'Bryant to Transition to One School Start Time for the New School Year

All Horace O’Bryant School students, kindergarten through eighth grade, will begin classes at 8:40 a.m., beginning the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. School ends at 3:45 p.m. Horace O’Bryant School joins Sugarloaf, Key Largo, and Plantation Key schools, as a kindergarten through eighth grade school with a single student start time. According to HOB Principal Christina McPherson, kindergarten students may be dropped off in the cafeteria at 8:15.  First through fifth grade students may report directly to their classrooms at 8:15 and middle school students may arrive on [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Key West Zonta Club Announces Breast Cancer Screening Event

The Zonta Club of Key West in partnership with Womankind and Department of Health in Monroe County will be offering breast cancer screenings, vouchers and breast exams for women without health insurance or who are underinsured.  The Screening Event will be held at Womankind located at 1511 Truman Avenue, Key West on Saturday, August 19th from 9am-2pm. FREE continental breakfast and door prizes will be provided.  Screenings are by appointment only Call Mechelle at 305-304-9117.   This event is one of several Community Service Projects sponsored by Zonta Club [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #230, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
Zion Explores Cap On Number Of Visitors As Other Parks Fiddle

Curbs On Park Overcrowding Mandatory But  Are A Politically Perillous Third Rail     Washington, DC — Zion National Park, one of the country’s most popular, is considering a cap on visitation in order to remedy crippling overcrowding. It is one of the very few major national parks to directly address site-specific carrying capacities, despite a nearly 40-year statutory mandate that all parks have them, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). National parks report record numbers of visitors for the third year in [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Aug 6 is Free Premiere Showing at Tropic Cinema of “Paradise” - A Short Film Produced In Key West

Sunday, August 6, at 11:00am, the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street, welcomes the public to a free premiere screening of “Paradise,” a short film co-produced by Key West High Conch 5 Studios students Bronza Fox, Krzsyztof Madro, and T.J. Nitti, which has been selected for an upcoming screening at the prestigious American High School Film Festival in Times Square, NYC. Shot on several area islands utilizing the latest in 4K cinematography technology, the visually vibrant and rich film features stunning footage of the Florida Keys. The [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #230, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 042017
PMAD Support Groups for Mothers Offered in 3 Locations

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is pleased to announce the formation of Mothers Together, a support group for mothers of young children, particularly for mothers facing challenges during their pregnancy or after the birth of their baby. PMAD stands for Perinatal Mood Anxiety Disorders, encompassing a wider variety of diagnoses formerly known as postpartum depression.  Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is passionate about having resources to address PMAD in the Keys, as it comes to the forefront of maternal and child health in our community. Thanks [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #230, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
Shutterbugs Capture Key West and Dry Tortugas Starry Night Skies

Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30, a party of night photography enthusiasts from around the country explored Fort East Martello in Key West and Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park via a “Dry Tortugas by Boat and Night Photography” workshop presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Dry Tortugas National Park and led by visiting “National Parks at Night” expert photographers and educators Gabriel Biderman and Tim Cooper. Under a waxing crescent moon and a brilliant Milky Way, the [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #230, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
BRACE for the Storm Workshops

The 2017 Hurricane Season has begun and the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is inviting residents to learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane by signing up for a free internet-based BRACE for the Storm Workshop scheduled for August 24.  This workshop is designed to provide information to homeowners on disaster preparedness techniques that may reduce damage to their homes from hurricanes and other disasters that threaten Floridians.  In addition, homeowners will learn how to save money on the windstorm portion of [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #230, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Tim Williams & Clay McElwee At the Hog’s Breath Philly-based singer-songwriter Tim Williams and Clay McElwee, play the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Aug. 7 – 13. Williams has two CDs, “We Begin” and “Blue Ribbon.” His shows are often comedic as well as musical. Paired with McElwee, who can tell what will happen on stage. The Eclaires Premiere at the Hog’s Breath Saloon The all female band The Elclaires will premiere at the Hog’s Breath Saloon Aug. 7 – 13, taking over the late-night gig, 10 [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #230, Music, What To Do No Responses »