Feb 112018
Bizarre but True 'Undying Love' to Debut in Key West on Valentine's Day

BUY TICKETS: tskw.org In 1930s Key West, a man who called himself “Count von Cosel” fell in love with a terminally ill girl named Elena Hoyos. Her death was the start of a bizarre but true love story that unfolds for theater fans in “Undying Love: A Key West Musical,” debuting on Valentine’s Day at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. Both macabre and darkly humorous, the stranger-than-fiction musical saga was written by Key West author and musician Ben Harrison. Harrison previously penned a nonfiction [continue reading…]

 February 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #254, Theater, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
Kathy Reitzel's Pain and Suffering

by Rick Boettger…….. Kathy’s Reitzel’s long whistleblower lawsuit against the School District is coming to a head. There was a blip in a preliminary hearing on whether she could claim non-economic damages, that is, pain and suffering, emotional distress, etc. (hereinafter “suffering”). The school board’s hired, expensive outside attorney, Michael Burke, succeeded with a deft plan to block non-economic damages.  In what at first was a bit of a surprise, in the pre-trial hearing in early February, he admitted for the first time in the [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:56 am * Featured Story *, Issue #254, News 3 Responses »
Feb 042018
Animal Control: Corruption or Stupidity?

by Margaret Blank……. The image above is a screen shot from the Florida Inspectors General website.  Is the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (FKSPCA) over-charging the taxpayers to run the Marathon shelter?  Sure looks that way. Are county officials benefiting somehow?  There’s no smoking gun, but documents that would shed light on how much it cost the previous operators to run the shelter are mysteriously unavailable.  And the state attorneys office has made it abundantly clear they cannot be bothered to properly look [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:55 am * Featured Story *, Issue #254, Margaret Blank 1 Response »
Feb 042018
Over-Development To Begin

by John Donnelly……. Monroe County Commissioners, County Administrator Roman Gastesi & Planning Director Mayte Santamaria are on the verge of executing a plan that will end life as we know it in our beloved island homes, neighborhoods and communities. My message to them is as follows: I’m at the Miami VA and unable to attend this important meeting. I adamantly oppose and will do all within my power to resist these specious, fallacious and unconstitutional changes under consideration that will destroy our way of life [continue reading…]

Feb 042018
Blue Collar Review. Vol. 21, Issue 1 (2917)

by Kirby Congdon……. Editors often put their best material near the front of their productions to catch the attention that is most worth it. Was this happening in the current Blue Collar Review? The poem on page 2, “Jackie Kennedy’s Hats” by Robert Cooperman out there in Denver is clear and memorable. When Jackie loses her hat as the President is shot, the poet’s father, a hat maker, responds, “There goes my business.” The poem ends this way: “…Dad couldn’t help but love Kennedy’s beautiful [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:53 am Issue #254, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Feb 042018
We and FEMA Swindled Out of Millions—Maybe You Too?

by Rick Boettger……. Well, Homeland Security finally got back to me on my post-Irma FEMA swindle. In brief, 250,000 cases like mine this year in FEMA disaster areas see crooks steal just enough of your identity to claim a FEMA benefit on your behalf, and have it sent to THEIR bank account—in my case, $500. I found out about this in October when a nice fellow knocked on our door one morning.  Boy, was he glad to find us, because he had called five times [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #254, News 3 Responses »
Feb 042018
"Treatment We Associate With Regimes We Revile as Unjust ..."

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On January 29, US District Judge Katherine B. Forrest ordered the release of immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir from pre-deportation detention. Ragbir, who came to the US from Trinidad in 1991 and got his “green card” in 1994, has been fighting deportation over a fraud conviction since 2006.  Earlier this month, while checking in with immigration authorities to renew his annual extension, he was detained and jailed. Ragbir’s is an interesting and compelling story, but this column is about Forrest and [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #254, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Feb 042018
Protectionism: Trump's Tariff-ic Attack on Your Wallet

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On January 22, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer fired the first shots of the Trump administration’s 2018 trade agenda: Tariffs of 30% on imported solar panels, and tariffs starting at 20% on imported residential washing machines. In the name of “protecting” jobs — “America First!” — the administration is dead-set on making you poorer. Yes, the tariffs may benefit a few people (stockholders and employees of American solar panel and washing machine makers), if foreign governments  don’t retaliate in kind and [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #254, Thomas L. Knapp 3 Responses »
Feb 042018
#ReleaseTheMemo -- And Then Some

by Thomas L. Knapp……. On January 29, the US House Intelligence Committee voted to publicly release a four-page memo on the “Russiagate” inquiry, authored by committee chair Devin Nunes (R-CA).  Republican sources tell The Hill  that the memo alleges “‘shocking’ surveillance abuses” by the Department of Justice. By the time you read this, we’ll  all know much of the memo’s contents, as President Trump has reportedly signed off on the decision to release it with redactions. While the memo may be a bombshell, whats more [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #254, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Feb 042018
Save the Date - Commissioner Margaret Romero's Community Meeting

Please save the date and join me for another of our community meetings. Commissioner Romero Community Meeting Tuesday, February 20 Marriott Beachside Hotel 6:00 PM  Agenda  will be sent out approximately 1 week prior to the event If you want a particular topic included, please let me know. As with previous meetings, this one is targeted to last 1 hour. You are welcome to share this note with others – all in the city are welcome. You are encouraged to participate with your questions and suggestions. [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #254, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 042018
Resources for Unmet Needs of Hurricane Irma Survivors

Survivors of Hurricane Irma who face unmet needs may find help through state and federal resources listed below. State assistance: Florida 211 Floridians seeking information about disaster-related services and unmet needs may call Florida 211, a statewide referral service. Call 211 to find resources in your community, such as food, childcare and crisis counseling. State Assistance Information Line Call 800-342-3557 to receive information regarding Hurricane Irma recovery. For Florida Keys specific recovery information, visit www.keysrecovery.org. Available Housing Information Florida residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Irma may [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #254, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 042018
Sheriff’s Office Seeks Help in Suspect ID

Marathon detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who is wanted in several fraud cases involving the theft of about $9,000. The suspect used the four victims’ credit card information to withdraw money from ATM machines in Miami Beach. The transactions occurred on Dec. 30 and 31. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2430. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #254, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 042018
The Desecration at Gettysburg

by LTC William D. Hewitt……. Dear Editor, When Americans join the military, they surrender their rights, even unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In return they have certain expectations. Their service will be used in vital efforts regarding national security. Should they be a casualty the nation would, as Abraham Lincoln said, “Care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” For those who gave their last full measure of devotion their remains would be [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #254, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Feb 042018
Key West Friends of the Library Welcome Arlo Haskell as Guest Speaker

On Mon., Feb 12, the Friends of the Key West Library will host Arlo Haskell at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. as part of its speaker series. Admission is free. His talk begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Mr. Haskell is a writer, historian, literary organizer, and publisher. Much of his work focuses on the literary and social histories of Key West, Florida. As executive director of the Key West Literary Seminar, he is responsible [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #254, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
Key West Art & Historical Society Seeks to Borrow Captain Outrageous Artwork for “That’s Outrageous!” Exhibit

The Key West Art & Historical Society is seeking to borrow Captain Outrageous artwork from collectors to exhibit in “That’s Outrageous!,”  a Captain Outrageous retrospective that will open Friday, April 13 and run through Sunday, June 24 in the Bryan Gallery at the Custom House Museum. “That’s Outrageous!” is the first major exhibition to examine the artwork of one of Key West’s most famous artists, Captain Outrageous.  The exhibit will feature more than 100 works and will explore his pop art style across several different mediums. During his four decades in [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #254, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
SALT Gallery Features Famed Austrian Artist in February: Opening Reception Feb. 9 and 10

Beginning February 2nd and for the entire month of February, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St., www.saltislandprovisions.com) will feature a new collection of colorful paintings by Austrian artist Margot Holzapfel. To celebrate this cross-cultural collaboration, SALT will be co-hosting two opening receptions with John Brandolino (better known as the Sole Man) at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9th and Saturday, Feb. 10th. Margot Holzapfel was born in Ybbs, Austria and studied art under Professor Christian Ludwig Attersee, one of Austria’s greatest contemporary artists. She has exhibited [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am Art, Issue #254, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
RESCHEDULED DATE: Sail into Historic Exploration with Key West Art & Historical Society, Hindu Charters and Archaeologist Corey Malcom, Ph.D.

Originally scheduled for January 27, now set for 10:00am departure, Saturday, February 10: Noted archaeologist and Mel Fisher Maritime Museum curator Corey Malcom, Ph.D., will lead the first of a series of three historically illuminating 90-minute seafaring excursions presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Hindu Charters. Passengers aboard the beautifully restored 79’ wooden sailing schooner Hindu, which launches from Key West Bight Marina, can enjoy mimosas or non-alcoholic beverages and salt spray as Dr. Malcom shares the historic back-story and personal insights on [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #254, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
Future Physicists of Florida Returns to the Monroe County Schools

Dr. Paul Cottle, the Steve Edwards Professor of Physics at Florida State University, will return to the Florida Keys on Tuesday, February 6th to recognize eighty 8th grade students from Marathon Middle School and Sugarloaf School  for their achievements in advanced math and advanced science classes.  Dr. Cottle will also participate in the induction of these students into the Future Physicists of Florida Program.  The Future Physicists of Florida Program was founded in 2012 to prepare promising middle school students for college majors in physics, engineering and [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #254, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 042018
Pucker Up - the Second Flash-Mob “Kiss-In” at the Custom House Museum Happens on Valentine’s Day

Key West Art & Historical Society invites locals and visitors to a flash-mob style, mass Kiss-In event on Wednesday, February 14, starting at 5:00pm, in front of the 25-foot-tall Seward Johnson ‘Embracing Peace’ sculpture at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The goal is to fill the street in front of the Museum on Valentine’s Day with a crowd of couples emulating Johnson’s sculpture that was inspired by an image of a sailor and nurse celebrating the end of World War II in Times Square, New [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #254, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
Call for Artists: Tennessee Williams to be Celebrated with Plein Air Painting Contest Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society

Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes both recreational and professional painters to participate in a Saturday, March 3 plein air painting contest celebrating the legacy of Tennessee Williams, the acclaimed playwright and artist who made Key West his home for 34 years. Participants will use the Key West Art Center building at 301 Front Street, where Williams purchased artwork while attending the gallery’s opening in 1960, as their subject. Key West Art & Historical Society will provide participants a choice of canvas or watercolor paper, available [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:16 am Art, Issue #254, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
Anne McKee Artists Fund Honors Dr. Lynne Bentley-Kemp with Miriam B. Good Award

Local artist Dr. Lynne Bentley-Kemp has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Anne McKee Artist’s Fund’s Miriam B. Good Award.  Lynne is the embodiment of the McKee Fund’s mission to facilitate local artists helping artists. This makes her the perfect choice for the Fund’s 2018 Miriam B. Good award, given annually in recognition of continuing contributions to the Florida Keys arts community in the name of Miriam, herself an artistic guiding light. Lynne has been heavily involved in the local arts community as an [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #254, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Feb 042018
A Great New Book Introduction at the Pigeon Key Art Festival!

“Pathway through Paradise” It will be an engineering “miracle.” A highway across the ocean! We will build it from both ends to the middle… It will be frustrating. It will humble us. But we will have the fortitude, the perseverance, the courage and the political savvy to build this highway across the sea!! Awe-inspiring! Laugh-out-Loud at some of their antics! A most entertaining look! Oh! The conniving politics! Pigeon Key Papy The scandalous toll era! The history and beauty of the bridges – engineering marvels. [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #254, Literature, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
Key West Art & Historical Society Serves It Up with the 3rd Annual Key West Food Truck Festival

On Saturday, March 10 from 12pm-8pm, Key West Art & Historical Society presents the 3rd Annual Key West Food Truck Festival, an event that will transform the Fort East Martello parade grounds into a family-friendly musical feast with the tasty delights of Key West’s top-notch food trucks and the grooving tunes of local and international acts. Key West Food Truck Fest founder and co-producer Clint Steckly will park his ever-tasty Triano’s Taco food truck on site along with Beach Bites and many other mobile-vendor faves.  Performers Fish Out of Water, The Copper Tones, Oracle Blue, J [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #254, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
Register Now for February Cemetery Stroll

HISTORIC KEY WEST CEMETERY STROLL FEBRUARY 24 The second Cemetery Stroll to be offered at the Historic Key West Cemetery this season will take place on February 24th. During the stroll, small groups of visitors will be escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. The groups are scheduled for departures at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:10 Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling 305-304-1453. Among the gravesites to be visited are those of the Ellen Mallory, Sandy Cornish, the Mitchell family restoration, Francis [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #254, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 042018
Old Island Restoration Foundation Home Tour

February 16th & 17th, 2018, 10am – 4pm. Washington Never Slept Here – Key West homes have more interesting tales to tell. Our island – and the rest of Florida – did not become part of the United States until the administration of James Monroe, for whom our County is named.  But lack of early Presidential visits did no diminish the strategic importance of our port, for both military and trade purposes, which brought growth to this island outpost.  Little exists from the earliest decades, but OIRF is pleased to [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #254, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 042018
Hearts, Flowers, Pasties and Bananas – Key West Burlesque’s Latest Extravaganza Hits the Key West Theater Stage February 16 and 17

Savor Cupid’s favorite holiday just a little bit longer with your favorite burlesque performers and special visiting guest stars at Key West Burlesque’s “Key West, We Love You: A Love-Filled Revue,” set for Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. The outrageous extravaganza incorporates the love of all things Key West in a follies-style storyline of high energy, humor, and glamour that takes the crowd inside the lives and loves of the Southernmost city. Set to classic love songs, the revue stars some of the nation’s all-time favorite performers [continue reading…]

 February 4, 2018  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #254, Theater, What To Do No Responses »