Aug 112017
Get into Your Sanctuary Day

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates Get into Your Sanctuary Day On Aug. 12, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary hosts its third Get into Your Sanctuary Day to raise awareness about the value of national marine sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation. In addition to a coastal cleanup, visitors can experience a ship-to-shore telecast with the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and share photos on the sanctuary’s new story map. Uploading to the story map requires only a few simple steps. Images illustrating how people spend their [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Don't Trust Trump's North Korea Bluff, Bluster, and Brinksmanship

by Thomas L. Knapp……. US president Donald Trump put much of the world atwitter and ajitter Tuesday with his comment to the press: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Trump’s certainly proving himself  Kim Jong Un’s equal at foreign affairs smack talk. Is he serious? I believe so. I expect some sort of major military confrontation — possibly even outright war — between the US and North [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #231, Thomas L. Knapp 26 Responses »
Aug 112017
Google to Employees: Feel Safe Sharing Your Opinions, as Long as They're Our Opinions

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Former Google engineer James Damore is suddenly between jobs. He’s been fired, Bloomberg reports, for writing “an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies.” Google has long cultivated a reputation for hiring smart people, turning them loose, and listening to them. This firing puts a giant dent in that reputation. Media reports describe Damore’s memo as a rant, a tirade, a screed, sexist, anti-diversity, and a whole bunch of other bad things. I was almost afraid to read the 10-page [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am ~ Opinion ~, Issue #231, Thomas L. Knapp 1 Response »
Aug 112017
Mueller v. Trump: Ain't Life Grand?

by Thomas L. Knapp ……. The Wall Street Journal reports that “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections.” That report diverges from reality when it comes to purpose. Mueller’s aim (and therefore the grand jury’s real purpose) is to “get” US president Donald Trump and key members of his administration. “Russian meddling” is just the pretext. Trump’s true crime in the eyes of the establishments of both major political parties is that he beat them. First [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #231, Thomas L. Knapp 5 Responses »
Aug 112017
Isn’t This Moronic?

by Kim Pederson……. In honor, I’m assuming, of the twentieth anniversary of the debut of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the publishing website Reedsy posted an article on June 27 featuring a cartoon where Dumbledore gravely tells the young wizlet, “Harry, the results are in. You are a HORCRUX.” The article, titled “Learn What Irony (Really) Is and How to Use It,” explains that most of us know what irony is when we see it “but few of us can articulate it without relying on half-remembered lyrics [continue reading…]

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Aug 112017
The New York Times

by Kirby Congdon……. A friend of mine will not read the Times because it’s a monopoly, but having no morals your reader is an addict. The issue of August 6th, 2017 emphasized poetry for its Book Review last Sunday. I can’t review that issue in its entirety but I want to touch on contributions that provoke interest. I get from the Times editor, David Orr (and A. O. Scott as well) a sense of knowing a wide range of subjects and how the poets handle [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #231, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Aug 112017
Coast Guard Rescues Navy Pilot from Waters 20 Nautical Miles Southeast of Key West

MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued a Navy pilot from the water approximately 20 nautical miles southeast of Key West, Wednesday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard 7th District Command Center were notified at approximately 1:07 p.m. that a Navy F-5N jet pilot was in the water and needed assistance. The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to conduct a search. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 1:15 p.m., observed an emergency smoke signal and located the pilot [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Resource Violation Arrests - Two Charged with Undersized Lobster Out of Season

Two Miami men were arrested Saturday for having 44 speared lobster out of season, some of which were very small. Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol when he spotted the two men just offshore of the 60 mile marker. They were in the water diving with no dive flag. As he watched, he saw them swim back to shore several times, holding spear guns, and place something in the rocks on the shore. He confronted the men, asking if they had caught anything. They said no. Deputy [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Deputies Who Fought Marina Fire Honored

On June 5th, in the early morning hours, Deputy Seth Hopp was on patrol when he saw smoke billowing form the Vaca Key Marina in Marathon. He called in a fire at that location and other deputies headed his way. As he heard an explosion, he ran toward the fire, concerned about the safety of anyone who might be in the area. Other deputies arrived. At a team, they all began clearing residences in the area, moving boats moored in the vicinity of the fire [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Largest Turnout in Monroe History for the "Big Latch On"

~~~ The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County’s WIC program, in partnership with Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition and volunteers – Jessica Laino and Kimmie Matlock, participated in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event.  The events took place on August 4 in Marathon and August 5 in Key West and Key Largo.  Twenty eight babies successfully latched on at the same time along with 17,790 other babies around the world, breaking the worldwide breastfeeding record.  Last year there were nine latched on babies [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #231, Special Events No Responses »
Aug 112017
Sheriff Honors Leaders

Sheriff commends service to community Sheriff Rick Ramsay recognized  leaders in two state law enforcement agencies for their service to the community and their commitment to working with the Sheriff’s Office as community partners. At an awards ceremony held Friday in Marathon, Sheriff Ramsay gave distinguished service awards to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathleen McKinney and Florida Fish and Wildlife Captain Dave Dipre. The two leaders have been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a close working relationship between their agencies and the Sheriff’s Office.

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Catch a Florida Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of our Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Recognition programs. This qualified her for the first tier of the Saltwater Fish Life List Club. Shortly after, she also submitted a gray triggerfish to the Saltwater Reel Big Fish program, becoming the first angler to qualify [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Bernstein Park Gets 3 Acres of New Sod During $7.7 Million Makeover

STOCK ISLAND, FL – Monroe County’s Bernstein Park on Stock Island is looking a lot more like a grassy oasis these days after nearly 3 acres of sod recently was installed. The new grass is part of the County’s $7.7-million renovation project to turn the park that was prone to flooding into a functional green space the community can enjoy for years to come. Keeping the grass green will be done by using reclaimed water from Key West Resort Utilities. The new park is scheduled to [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #231, News, Special Event 4 Responses »
Aug 112017
Commissioned Model of Tennessee Williams' Duncan Street House by Jane Rohrschneider Now on Display

Artist Jane Rohrschneider holds a tiny model English Bulldog, one of two faux canines that inhabit an elaborate model of Tennessee Williams’ Duncan Street house, crafted by Rohrschneider and installed on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, 513 Truman Avenue in Key West. The artist said the approximately 24 square foot model, which is 1/24 scale, took eight months to craft and represents how the home of the great American playwright looked in the 1950s. Since features of the property [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Al-Anon Family Groups Offer Weekly Meeting in Marathon

Al-Anon Family Groups, a support group for the friends and families of alcoholics, offers regularly scheduled meetings in Marathon. Monday nights and Friday nights meet at St. Columba Church located at 451 52ndrd Street Gulf in Marathon beginning at 6:00 p.m. A daytime meeting is held during season, October 1 through April 30, on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Marathon United Methodist Church located at 3010 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Al-Anon’s purpose is to help families of alcoholics by giving understanding and encouragement to [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Help Us Keep Our Students Safe

Sheriff’s Office prepared for the beginning of School The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force next week guarding the safety of children returning to school. “We take school related safety very seriously,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “We have a no tolerance policy for people who choose to speed in school zones, and for those who illegally pass school buses. We will be out in force beginning next week in both marked and unmarked cars watching for violators.” School Resource Officers and School [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:21 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Monroe County Veterans Affairs Hosting Town Hall on VA Healthcare

Monroe County Veterans Affairs is hosting a town hall meeting Monday, Aug. 28, to provide up-to-date information about health care for veterans both now and in the future. The public meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue, 2nd Floor, in Key West, FL. Paul M. Russo, director of the Miami VA Healthcare System, and members of his staff will provide the health care updates and answer questions.

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Woman Airlifted after Violent Domestic Dispute

A woman was airlifted to a Miami hospital and her boyfriend went to jail for aggravated battery after a violent domestic dispute on Cudjoe Key Saturday night. Deputies responded to a home on John Avery Lane at 6:40 p.m. to reports of an argument between 36 year old Anthony Velez and 32 year old Anelle Hernandez. The two are boyfriend and girlfriend and live with Hernandez’ parents. Hernandez’ mother called to report the two were arguing and pushing each other. She said she tried to break them up but [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Monroe County Fire Rescue Extrication Training

MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE AND NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST TRAIN TOGETHER ON ROCKLAND KEY ROCKLAND KEY, FL – Alex’s Auto Wrecking and Parts junkyard on Rockland Key was the perfect place for firefighters from Monroe County Fire Rescue and Naval Air Station Key West to get in some extrication training this week. Alex’s donated three cars for the firefighters to use for this life-saving training. Lt. Steve McAnally organized and led the training. Monroe County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Cab Bentley, Capt. Ryan Johnson and firefighters from [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Back to School Tips

More than 3,000 students will be returning to schools in the Key West area next Wednesday. Amid the adjustments of the community’s schedule, it is important to always remember the number one back-to-school priority:  keeping kids safe. As we start a new school year, patience is the most important thing that every motorist can bring to the table. It’s worth allowing a little more time to get around to be sure that all Key West kids are safe on their way to and from school. Here [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Former State Representative Joe Saunders Named Equality Florida Senior Political Director

  On Wednesday, Equality Florida announced that Former State Representative Joe Saunders is rejoining the organization’s staff as the new Senior Political Director. In this role Saunders will be charged with leading the organization’s civic engagement programs, pro-LGBTQ mobilization efforts, and electoral programs. After nearly a ten year tenure serving as Equality Florida’s Field Director, Saunders ran for and won an east Orlando seat in the Florida House of Representatives, making history in 2012 when he along with David Richardson of Miami Beach, became the first openly [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
NOW Meeting

Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 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:

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Maryland musician Oren Polak at the Hog’s Breath Saloon Maryland musician Oren Polak makes plays at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., mid-shift gig – 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Aug. 14 – 20. Polak is touring clubs along the Southeastern United States and is looking forward to his gig at the Hog’s Breath Saloon. Come in for happy hour and give Polak a return welcome to Key West greeting. Austin’s Ben Balmer Band Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon Austin’s Ben Balmer plays the late-night gig, 10 pm [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #231, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 112017
It's A ROYAL RENAISSANCE! The Kick-Off To The Royal Campaign of FANTASY FEST 2017 on Friday, August 25th!

Renaissance means rebirth in French and, with Fantasy Fest 2017 undergoing its own reinvention this year, it’s a natural that The Royal Campaign is entitled ‘A Royal Renaissance’. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 25th, at The Southernmost House, 1400 Duval, the evening’s poolside party renders official who is determined to become the 2017 King and Queen – and Duke and Duchess. With the Atlantic surf as their soundtrack and a sky going South Florida violet as their backdrop, reigning Queen Jane Rohrschneider and King Christopher Rounds [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #231, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Aug 112017
School District to Hold Stanley Switlik Elementary Construction Community Meeting

WHO:   Harvard Jolly Architect Team, Ajax Building Corporation, Executive Director of Operations and Planning Patrick Lefere, Public WHAT: Monroe County School District officials would like to meet with the public to begin to receive feedback on design plans for Stanley Switlik Elementary School. WHEN: August 17th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Stanley Switlik Elementary School                 3400 Overseas Highway                 Marathon, FL 33050                 Media Center WHY:    Officials plan to give the public an overview of the process, costs, and will take questions and feedback, to ensure the community has [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Monroe County School Board and United Teachers of Monroe Reach Tentative Agreement

The Monroe County School Board (MCSB) and the United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding the negotiations reopener topics of compensation, benefits and evaluation for the 2017-2018 school year for Teachers and School Related Personnel (SRP). After nine interest-based bargaining sessions, representatives for MCSB and UTM reached agreement on the issues of compensation, benefits and evaluation for teachers and school related personnel for the 2017-2018 school year.  For teachers compensation adjustments are the same as those received for 2016-2017 [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County School Programs for 2017-18

Who: Athletes- youth ages 8 an above diagnosed with an intellectual disability or related disorder. Unified Partner- youth ages 8 and above without a disability who desires to be on a team. Coach/Volunteer- any school staff member, parent or volunteer who has a desire to coach Unified Flag Football, Unified Soccer, Unified Track What: Unified Champion Schools —registration required via a letter of intent signed by school administration Where: Any school within Monroe County School District When: Programs can begin as soon as August 16, [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »