Man is not free to watch impassively the enslavement and dishonor of men, nor their struggles for liberty and honor. Jose Marti, Cuban Independence Revolutionary and Key West Poet by JD Adler The Pope, Obama and Castro are on the phone… In a surprise announcement Wednesday, December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama informed the world that at the urging of Pope Francis who “pursues the world as it should be, not as it is…” the US and Cuba have been negotiating directly for the first time in 5 [continue reading…]
by Naja Girard… UNANIMOUS! REQUEST FOR DOJ TO STEP IN ON EIMERS CASE / BOARD WILL PROBE DEEPER INTO TASING OF MATTHEW SHAUN MURPHY “Garbage in. Garbage out.” That’s how Tom Milone, Vice-Chairman of the Citizen Review Board [CRB], described the concept of the Board relying on investigative reports furnished by KWPD, FDLE, and SAO [State Attorney’s Office] when it comes to local police brutality cases. The CRB voted unanimously on Wednesday night to make a formal request to the US Department of Justice to investigate not only the in-custody-death [continue reading…]
Good Morning Florida Keys’ Jenna Stauffer interviews the fantastic family band, The Doerfels. This highly sought after band from upstate New York began touring in 2004 and performs over 250 shows a year. Now based in Key West, you can can catch them performing at popular spots Sloppy Joes, Green Parrot, Schooner Wharf, Sunset Pier and Blue Heaven. — with Jenna Stauffer and Leo Martinez. For more great productions by Good Morning Florida Keys: visit their FACEBOOK.
by Alex Symington… Sociopath is a word I have been employing frequently in chronicling current events. The dictionary defines the sociopath as, “a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.” There is no shortage of this psychological characteristic in people in positions of power. In fact being sociopathic can play an essential role in attaining that power. Be it in law enforcement, politics, Fortune 500 corporations or the humble run-of-the-mill serial killer. Historically, we as [continue reading…]
by Jerome Grapel…. For the average contemporary American, the title of this essay would not be metaphorical, but a direct reference to an iconic film made in 1992. Let’s take a phrase association test: “a few good men” – famous movie starring Tom Crews, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon, about a military incident where 2 Marines are accused of — so forth and so on. You’ve seen it, right? As mentioned previously in this ever growing mass of dubious philosophical patter, I have [continue reading…]
by Caron Balkany… Concerning your Guest Editorial by Harry Powell: Thank you very much for your guest editorial in The Blue Paper about the problems with shallow sewage wells at Cudjoe Regional. I think it’s really important to make these issues public, so I appreciate very much the time you’ve spent to do that. But you’ve overlooked a very important fact. The two property owners groups you mentioned are not the only challengers to the shallow wells at Cudjoe Regional, so the fact that they [continue reading…]
The Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the release of the 2013-2014 preliminary high school grades as reported by the Florida Department of Education. In 2013-2014, three out of four Monroe County high schools received a “B” rating and one high school received a “C.” Coral Shores High School, Key West High School, and Marathon Middle-High School each achieved a “B” distinction, while Key West Collegiate High School was rated a “C”.
Seizing on the growing momentum for transgender equality nationwide and across the state, Equality Florida has launched TransAction Florida, a statewide initiative created to increase awareness and to educate and promote complete equality for the transgender community. This month Florida hit the tipping point, with 50% of the population currently protected from gender identity and expression discrimination via local policies. The announcement also coincides with the introduction of a statewide bill in Tallahassee that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the state’s nondiscrimination [continue reading…]
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Friday, December 19 thru Wednesday, December 24 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS DANCE THURSDAY thru SUNDAY Nutcracker Key West 2014, 7:30 PM and 2 PM (SUNDAY) Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Rd. 295-7676. keystix.com
The following tribute was read aloud by John Donnelly during the Purple Heart Trail Dedication Ceremoney on December 15, 2014 at MM 106: We thank each of you for making time to attend this ceremony. We are honored by your presence… Sheriff Rick Ramsay and Capt. Don Fannelli have done a spectacular job in providing us with security, on such short notice. We are appreciative for all of the deputies assigned to this detail. Our State Representative Holly Raschien and her superb team of Kate DeLoach [continue reading…]
The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem! The emphasis is on ragtime and swing from the 1930s and 1940s, [continue reading…]
On Saturday, December 20, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Old Island Restoration Foundation and Key West Collegiate Academy will host the eighth annual community gingerbread house making party in the garden of The Oldest House at 322 Duval Street in Key West. Kids of all ages are invited to attend this fun and free event. Each person attending is encouraged to bring edible items for house building and decorations, like gumdrops, candy canes or cookies to share. There will be tables full [continue reading…]
This Friday, December 19, 5:30-8 pm, bring the critters and the kids for Pet Pictures with Santa, at the Historic Seaport Christmas tree at the foot of William Street. Sponsored by All Animal Clinic, a $20 (cash only) donation gets a professional high-resolution photo with Santa, plus goodies and treats including pet bandanas, dog treats, gift cards for free nail trims and candy for the kids. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Keys. Island 107 FM will broadcast live onsite. For more [continue reading…]
The Intuitive Arts Co-op of the Lower Keys presents an Intuitive Arts and Psychic Fair on Saturday, December 27th from 10-4 at Good Food Conspiracy Health Food Store at mile marker 30.2 Oceanside on Big Pine Key. The Co-op is a local group of intuitive readers, body therapists, artists and vendors. The fair features intuitive insights offered by experienced practitioners and vendors. Tarot, life path readings, jewelry, metaphysical gifts, crystals, and more will be available. Come enjoy the delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and healthy smoothies [continue reading…]
As in years past, St. Paul’s will be pulling out all the stops for our Annual Christmas Concert held every year on the first Sunday before Christmas. This is a family friendly event with a multitude of talented performers. Get your tickets early for this is always a sold out show. $ 20.00 per person. Check out the event on Facebook. Get your tickets here.