Equality Florida to Honor Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones at 2015 Equality Florida Key West Gala

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Equality Florida, the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, will present the Voice for Equality award to Aaron Huntsman and William “Lee” Jones at the 2015 Equality Florida Key West Gala.

The gala takes place on Saturday, March 28 at The Gardens Hotel.

Past recipients include Constance Gilbert, Jon Allen, Jimmy Weekley, Rudy Molinet, Judge David Audlin, Heather Carruthers, Wayne LaRue Smith and Daniel Skahen.

Aaron and Lee are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.  They made history on July 17, 2014 when Judge Luis Garcia ruled in their favor; the first judge to declare Florida’s ban on marriage equality unconstitutional.  Their case has been consolidated with one in Miami-Dade County, where Equality Florida Institute and six plaintiff couples are plaintiffs in a similar lawsuit to overturn the discriminatory ban.  The consolidated case is now pending in the Third District Court of Appeals in Miami. Continue reading

Key West Chalk Festival Amps up for 3rd Annual Event

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Renowned Italy-based artist Cuboliquido is one of several high-profile street artists signed on to participate in the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival, set for November 19-23 along the promenade at the Truman Waterfront. Pictured here is Cuboliquido’s 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival creation.
Photo by David Taylor

Registration is now open for Chalk artists and artisan vendors for the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival, presented by the Key West Art in Public Places Board and set for November 19-23 along the Truman Waterfront promenade, adjacent to the USCGC Ingham Museum.

Chalk artists may download a registration form from the AIPP website at artinpublicplaceskw.com. Artists of all mediums interested in participating in a limited Chalk Festival artisan market may email sean@dailyplan-it.com.

Chalkers of all ages and calibers are invited to participate. Registration is free and prizes will be awarded in student and adult categories. Continue reading

Key West Film Festival Gives Back To The Community With Free Film At The Tropic Cinema

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“No Impact Man” Is Open To The Public Through Partnership With
Green Living & Energy Education’s “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” Program

For a second year, Key West Film Festival (KWFF) partners with Green Living & Energy Education (GLEE), utilizing the nonprofit’s event greening guidelines and inviting the public to enjoy a slice of the festival with a film that can help them “go greener” too. “No Impact Man” – free and open to the public – will be shown Sunday, November 16, 2014 at noon, at the Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton Street in Key West. Continue reading

5K to Benefit For Montessori Children’s School, Supports Family Fun

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Emma Bradshaw high-fives pal Alice O’Connor after the Montessori Children’s School 5K Fun Run.

The 5K season is upon us, with The Montessori Children’s School of Key West’s annual 5K set for Sunday, November 16 at 8am. The scenic, measured course begins and finishes at Higgs Beach and trails fast and flat along the Atlantic Ocean on Atlantic and South Roosevelt Boulevards.

The fundraiser event, organized by Amy Bradshaw of TRIKW, is particularly family-friendly, with additional races for children that include walk options during the 5K and a half mile and mile “Fun Runs” that follow the 5K at 9am.  The stroller division of the race begins at 8:10 am, allowing for greater safety and comfort of participants.

Bradshaw has also organized volunteers from the Montessori Children’s School to assist with childcare to help support participants who want to run the 5K.  Interested participants can make arrangements for the $ 10 childcare at Higgs Beach Park during check-in or at the 6:30 am registration.  Continue reading

Survey Shows Younger Americans Not as “Green” as Older Generations

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While conventional wisdom dictates millennials are more environmentally-conscious than older generations, their attitudes toward recycling begs to differ and suggest they may not be as “green” as we thought. According to a recent survey conducted online in November among over 2,000 U.S. adults by Harris Poll on behalf of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), younger American adults ages 18-34 are significantly less likely to say they always recycle (33% vs. 48% of those ages 35+).  In addition, younger Americans ages 18-34 are less likely to say that recycling is the socially responsible thing to do (61% vs. 53% of those ages 65+), and that it is critical to reducing energy consumption (36% vs. 46% of those ages 55-64) and will help reduce landfill space (45% vs. 60% of those ages 45+). Younger adults ages 18-34 are also more likely to say they wish they recycled more than any other age group (37% vs. 22% of those age 35+). These are some of the key findings in a national survey released yesterday by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in conjunction with America Recycles Day taking place on Saturday, November 15. Continue reading

Equality Florida to Introduce “Another Business for Equality” Wednesday, November 19 at noon at Aqua in Key West

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Equality Florida, the largest organization in Florida dedicated to securing full equality for the state’s LGBT community, will introduce the Key West business community to Another Business for Equality (www.AB4E.org) at a luncheon on Wednesday, November 19 at Aqua, 711 Duval Street.

Another Business for Equality spotlights businesses that have taken a stand for policies of LGBT inclusion.  Not only does the project demonstrate the strong and rapidly growing support for LGBT equality among business leaders, it also allows Floridians to connect with those pro-equality companies via a free, searchable online directory that is open to the public, reaching more than 200,000 supporters of Equality Florida.

Michael Reedy, AB4E Statewide Organizer, will provide details to attendees at the luncheon. “Although Key West is the southernmost point in the U.S. it is the guiding light, the North Star, of inclusive communities,” said Reedy.  “Residents, tourists and those who will flock to Key West when marriage equality comes to Florida will all view the AB4E directory as a valuable resource.” Continue reading

Climate Change From a Mountain Community Perspective…

Here in the Keys we are pretty focused on climate change… mostly from a rising sea-level perspective.  Here is a peek into the same issue as seen from the mountaintop…

“This historic joint climate agreement by China and the US, the world’s two largest polluters, is good news for the future of mountains and snow. With climate change leading to increasingly erratic winters, decreasing snowpack, and shorter ski seasons, mountain communities need climate action now.” – Phil Huffeldt, Snowriders International.

Denver, CO  –  On Wednesday night, the U.S. and China announced a groundbreaking agreement to cut greenhouse gas pollution, raising the chances of a possible accord at the international climate summit scheduled for December 2015 in Paris. In response, Philip Huffeldt, the Coordinator of Snowriders International, said the following:

“This historic joint climate agreement by China and the US, the world’s two largest polluters, is good news for the future of mountains and snow. With climate change leading to increasingly erratic winters, decreasing snowpack, and shorter ski seasons, mountain communities need climate action now. Continue reading

Candlelight Memorial For Charles Eimers Announced

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Gweko Phlocker has organized a Candlelight Memorial to honor Charles Eimers and his family on the one year anniversary of his death [Thanksgiving Day].  The event will begin at 6:00 pm at South Beach [at the foot of Duval Street] where Mr. Eimers died.  Here is a link to the facebook event.

“I don’t want people to forget him. My Girlfriend saw it go down from The Southernmost Point Guest House… So did everyone else there, and on the pier. When I showed up for Thanksgiving Dinner – that was All I heard about…

“Who was the man the cops killed on the beach after their slow speed Chase?”

When I went Live on The X 104.9 Radio that night to do my show, I asked, and reported what I had heard. No one knew nothing, No Police reports on the logs or anything, twelve officers and paramedics there and —Nothing. Seemed Odd.

A week later, it came out, and only The Blue Paper was on the same page….

Now a year later, after a bogus Grand Jury Investigation, I don’t think he should be forgotten.

RIP Charles Eimers”

~~ Gweko Phlocker

Study Abroad Opportunities for Monroe County Students

The Monroe County Education Foundation and The Experiment in International Living invite parents and students to attend a one-hour information session this Monday, November 17th at 10:15 AM in the Key West High School auditorium.

The Experiment offers unique 3-, 4-, and 5- week theme-based educational summer travel opportunities for high school students in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. “The Experiment provides a transformational experience. We are cultivating the next generation of global citizens that are prepared to engage in a rapidly changing world,” said Experiment Executive Director, Dr. Aaron Morehouse. Continue reading

United Way’s ALICE Report: 48% of Keys Households Are Struggling Financially

More than 14,000 Keys households—48% of the total—are struggling to afford basic needs like food, housing and health care, according to a groundbreaking report released yesterday by United Way of the Florida Keys.

United Ways in six states commissioned Rutgers University to conduct the research for the ALICE report, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The report spotlights a large segment of the population that is working hard—sometimes at two or three jobs—but is still barely able to make ends meet.

“ALICE folks are our child care workers, mechanics, home health aides, store clerks, office assistants and other workers who provide invaluable services we all rely on in our daily lives,” said Margie Smith, President of United Way of the Florida Keys. “But as hard as they are working, all it would take is one emergency–a serious illness, an expensive car repair, a damaging storm—for them to spiral into poverty.” Continue reading

Southernmost Car Club Holds Its Monthly SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE- CAR SHOW this Sunday, November 16th, Noon to 4pm in the evening when its cool.This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event  at  at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50,  and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 305- 942-1758.

OIRF Supports Preserving An Historic Church

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Kelly Friend, President of Old Island Restoration Foundation, delivered a check for $ 3,750 to a grateful Fr. Thomas J. Sterner, Pastor of the First Congregational Church.  The brick church located at 527 William Street was built c.1893 and survived major hurricanes in the early 20th Century that destroyed another nearby church and other structures .  The award will help pay for repairs to the old metal roof.

Funds for OIRF grants are generated by selling tickets to four annual Key West House Tours; the 55th season opener is December 27th & 28th .  To nominate a house to be showcased in a future tour or for tour tickets and information, go to www.oirf.org or call 305-294-9501.

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition Holds Annual Tot Swap: An “Everything Kids” Consignment Sale and Fundraiser

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The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition invites all Keys families to shop for their children at the annual Tot Swap: An ‘Everything Kids’ Consignment Sale and Fundraiser from November 12-16, 2014. This is a great chance to buy quality children’s items at a discounted price while supporting a good cause.  Sale dates are:

·       Early Bird Pre-Sale for Consignors ($10 admission for general public)

November 12 – 5:30-7:00 pm

·       Sale Free and Open to the Public:

November 13-15 – 10 am-6 pm

November 16 – 12-3 pm (final day- most items half price)

Items for sale will include new or gently used children’s clothing size newborn through 12 years old, nursery furniture, baby equipment and gear, toys, books, DVDs, games, maternity clothes and items.

The sale will be held next to K-Mart in Key West. Proceeds benefit programs to support pregnant women and babies in Monroe County. Cash or check are the only forms of payment accepted; sorry, no credit or debit cards.

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition helps families before, during and after pregnancy. For more information on the upcoming Tot Swap sale or any of the other programs offered by the Coalition, please contact 305-293-8424 orfkhsc@yahoo.com.

 

Significant Progress Reported on FIRM’s Reduce Insurance Premium Project

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Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) is pleased to announce significant progress in its comprehensive analysis of windstorm risk in Monroe County, Florida. The RIPP (Reduce Insurance Premiums Project) study involves the inspection of a target number of 704 homes from Key West to Key Largo. To date, nearly 500 homes have been inspected, and another 170 homes have been volunteered for inspection. Results are confidential and will be reported publicly only in the aggregate.

RIPP was undertaken by FIRM to prove its contention that the sturdy construction of homes in Monroe County required by strict building codes reduces windstorm damage risk. Study evidence will be used to help identify solutions to ever-rising windstorm insurance premiums. Those solutions may include lowering community rates by Citizens Property Insurance, (the state-run insurance company that helped fund the RIPP study), attracting private insurance companies to the Keys, and /or creating a new mutual or reciprocal insurance company to offer windstorm insurance in our community. Continue reading

Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Special, Discounted Trip to Dry Tortugas National Park

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This Saturday, November 15, Key West Art & Historical Society will partner with high-speed catamaran Yankee Freedom to offer a trip that every nature enthusiast ought to have on their bucket list.  

Dry Tortugas National Park, a 100-square mile park 70 miles west of Key West, is mostly open water with seven small islands accessible only by boat or seaplane.  Home to historic Fort Jefferson, it also offers vibrant coral reefs and marine life and a vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area. 

Passengers on that day’s trip can anticipate expert horticulturist Pat Tierney’s discussion on local flora and fauna of the islands.  He will also lead participants as they plant a Coconut Palm in the center courtyard of Fort Jefferson as a donation from the Society. Continue reading

MASON JENNINGS TO PLAY BENEFIT CONCERT AT COAST ON STOCK ISLAND

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Concert to Support Reef Relief is Nearly Sold Out

On Friday, November 21, singersongwriter and internationally recognized touring artist Mason Jennings will play an intimate concert at Stock Island’s COAST with ticket sales supporting Reef Relief.

The event is being brought to the community with the help of local sponsors, including the title sponsor, the soon to open Marker Waterfront Resort.

Jennings, who has toured extensively throughout the country and beyond for the past 15 years, including festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, will be finishing up his current tour at COAST before heading back to his home port of Minneapolis.  Continue reading

New Education Specialist to pilot outreach program for Key West Art & Historical Society

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A young girl visit Key West’s Custom House, part of the Key West Art and Historical Society. Credit: Todd Feit

This month, Key West Art & Historical Society will welcome a new staff member to manage their educational programming and outreach for their Custom House Museum, Fort East Martello Museum and The Lighthouse & Keepers Quarters.

With a Masters degree in Museum Studies from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Arts from the University of Oklahoma, Kristi Robinson’s first job will be to strengthen the relationship between the Society, Monroe County schools and other local arts organizations, redefining the organization’s role as a leader in arts and history education throughout the region.  Specifically, she plans to accomplish this through educational outreach into the classrooms, leading group tours to the museums, curriculum development and special events at the Custom House Museum’s soon to be unveiled Research & Learning Center. Continue reading

239th Birthday Celebration! US Marine Corps / American Legion Post 333

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Semper Fidelis…239th United States Marine Corps Birthday Celebration To Be Held At The American Legion Post 333, In Key Largo On November 10th, At 6PM…

All Are Welcome…Please Join Us For A Magnificent Blend Of Sumptuous Food, Extraordinary Cake, Spectacular Music And Some Dirty Dancing…

If You Can Handle A Truly Enjoyable Evening, Please Be Our Guest…Come Join Us…

The American Legion Post Address is 2 Seagate Blvd. Key Largo, FL 33037…For Further Information call us at 305.900.7530…Hope To See You There…

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition Holds Annual Tot Swap: An “Everything Kids” Consignment Sale and Fundraiser

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The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition invites all Keys families to shop for their children at the annual Tot Swap: An ‘Everything Kids’ Consignment Sale and Fundraiser from November 12-16, 2014. This is a great chance to buy quality children’s items at a discounted price while supporting a good cause.  Sale dates are:

·       Early Bird Pre-Sale for Consignors ($10 admission for general public)

November 12 – 5:30-7:00 pm

·       Sale Free and Open to the Public:

November 13-15 – 10 am-6 pm

November 16 – 12-3 pm (final day- most items half price)

Items for sale will include new or gently used children’s clothing size newborn through 12 years old, nursery furniture, baby equipment and gear, toys, books, DVDs, games, maternity clothes and items.

The sale will be held next to K-Mart in Key West. Proceeds benefit programs to support pregnant women and babies in Monroe County. Cash or check are the only forms of payment accepted; sorry, no credit or debit cards.

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition helps families before, during and after pregnancy. For more information on the upcoming Tot Swap sale or any of the other programs offered by the Coalition, please contact 305-293-8424 orfkhsc@yahoo.com.

 

Keys Students Need Help Getting to The Peacejam Leadership Conference This Year

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PEACEJAM LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE is the global leader with 18 years of experience around the world. The mission of PeaceJam is to create youth leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on their spirit, skills and wisdom that they embody.

PLEASE help us get to the Southeast PeaceJam conference in Tallahassee at Florida State University in April. Your donation will help send 40 students from the non profit organization, Keys to Be the Change, Inc.,  to a once in a lifetime event where they will meet and work side by side with a Nobel Peace Laureate. Thank you in advance and we will “be the change we wish to see in the world.”  Click here to donate.

Key West Chalk Festival Amps up for 3rd Annual Event

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Renowned Italy-based artist Cuboliquido is one of several high-profile street artists signed on to participate in the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival, set for November 19-23 along the promenade at the Truman Waterfront. Pictured here is Cuboliquido’s 2012 Sarasota Chalk Festival creation.
Photo by David Taylor

Registration is now open for Chalk artists and artisan vendors for the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival, presented by the Key West Art in Public Places Board and set for November 19-23 along the Truman Waterfront promenade, adjacent to the USCGC Ingham Museum.

Chalk artists may download a registration form from the AIPP website at artinpublicplaceskw.com. Artists of all mediums interested in participating in a limited Chalk Festival artisan market may email sean@dailyplan-it.com.

Chalkers of all ages and calibers are invited to participate. Registration is free and prizes will be awarded in student and adult categories. Continue reading

NEW MEMBERS JOIN ANNE MCKEE ARTIST’S FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Anne McKee Artist’s Fund Board of Directors welcomed four new Board members at their September meeting.  The new members are:  Sculptor Craig Berube-Grey; artist and owner of Dog Tired Studio, Sean P. Callahan; Mark Gambuzza, owner of Uva Gourmet Shoppe; and Interior Designer Stephanie Hellstrom, ASID.

President Joe Jackson said “We have four new members for this year, each bringing unique perspectives and strengths to the Board.  I already see strong  synergies with returning members and working together I believe that we can expect a great year!”

The Anne McKee Artist’s Fund art auction will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015.  The art auction has become known for auctioning the works of artists ranging from renowned masters to emerging talents.  The annual auction raises money for project-based grants to Keys visual, literary and performing artists.  Founded by longtime Key West resident Anne McKee, the not-for-profit fund has awarded more than $196,000 since 1994.  For more information go to www.mckeefund.org.

Participants Sought For Key West Veteran’s Day Parade

Key West’s Veterans Day Parade organizers are looking for military units, veterans’ groups and all other units to march through the streets of Old Town Key West Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. to pay tribute to America’s veterans, past and present, during the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade.

The Veterans Day Parade will travel down Duval Street and everyone is welcome to come cheer on the marching units and pay tribute to service members past and present.

Organizations wishing to participate may register or get more information by contacting Sgt. 1st Class Adam Van Natta, (305) 293-5782, or email adam.n.vannatta.mil@mail.mil.

CONGRESSMAN GARCIA ANNOUNCES HURRICANE BILL COMPETITION WINNER

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In honor of the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, voting for Congressman Garcia’s Hurricane Bill competition has been closed and a winner has been named. The contest was launched in August, with the beginning of Hurricane Season, and encouraged constituents to submit ideas for hurricane related legislation, the best of which would be introduced in the 113th Congress by Representative Garcia.

“Evident through our history, hurricanes and other natural disasters have a significant impact on the lives of South Floridians” said Garcia. “It is critical that we remain proactive by implementing commonsense, meaningful policies that ensures all Americans are kept as aware, prepared, and protected as possible.” Continue reading

FLORIDA MAKING PROGRESS IN FIXING PROBLEMS THAT LED TO 2012 VOTING EXPERIENCE WOES

State improving accessibility at polling places, training of poll workers; should adopt online voter registration, expand opportunities to vote before Election Day

Common Cause report looks at 10 swing states’ records implementing recommendations of Presidential Commission on Election Administration

WASHINGTON, DC— As the 2014 election enters its final days, Florida is making progress in addressing the problems behind the long lines, clerical errors and misallocated resources that bedeviled the 2012 election, according to a new report from Common Cause. Continue reading

“Trick or Treat?” – Saturday, October 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Children under 12 can celebrate a safe and fun Halloween far (enough) from the maddening crowd at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on College Road.  The 6th Annual ‘Screaming Green Halloween’  features separate costume competitions for ages 6-12 and those under 6, bounce house, games, candy, crafts, food and more  – spiced with a “green” theme.  Admission $ 5 a Child or $ 10 a Family; $ 5 for KWBGS member family. More at www.kwbgs.org; call (305) 296-1504 or email kwbgs@kwbgs.org.

Participants Sought For Key West Veteran’s Day Parade

Key West’s Veterans Day Parade organizers are looking for military units, veterans’ groups and all other units to march through the streets of Old Town Key West Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. to pay tribute to America’s veterans, past and present, during the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade.

The Veterans Day Parade will travel down Duval Street and everyone is welcome to come cheer on the marching units and pay tribute to service members past and present.

Organizations wishing to participate may register or get more information by contacting Sgt. 1st Class Adam Van Natta, (305) 293-5782, or email adam.n.vannatta.mil@mail.mil.

City of Key West Sightseeing Franchise Input

The Key West City Commission wants to hear your views and ideas regarding the franchise agreements between the city and sightseeing enterprises. These agreements will be reviewed by all commissioners from now until February. The commissioners want to hear from the community. Please click the following link for the online form. Or you can send your comments to 3132 Flagler Ave, Key West, Florida 33040

https://www.keywestcity.com/egov/apps/action/center.egov?view=form;page=1;id=3

 

Emergency Helo Fare to Miami: $66,000 or Free…

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“First I said I didn’t want to take the helo,” says Ellen Engleson, who had arrived at Lower Keys Medical Center with a broken femur, “I was concerned about the cost.”   She was right.  After being heliported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Ellen received a bill for $ 59,000 from LifeNet, a for-profit medical emergency helicopter service.

She has since learned that the hospital in Key West could have made the choice to send her for free, in the County’s Trauma Star medical transport helicopter. Continue reading

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB EVENT: Celebrate the 15th Annual Lights On Afterschool

Once again, The Southernmost & Big Pine Boys & Girls Clubs will celebrate Lights On Afterschool. On the afternoon of October 23rd from 4-7 PM in Bayview Park, children and their families will join in the carnival-like atmosphere of the 15th annual celebration. Face-painting, a giant bounce house with slides, cookie-decorating, games and prizes, popcorn, Centennial Bank’s hamburgers and hot dogs, with sodas and water, the Fire Department, the Wildlife Center, Bahama Village Music Program, US 1 radio with Steve Miller and much more. Continue reading

Vending Booths Available for Fantasy Fest Street Fair

Booth Spaces for Food Vendors and Artists & Craftspeople: Fantasy Fest has a few select Food Vendor booth spaces available at the festival’s spectacular Animated Dreams and Adventures Street Fair to be held Friday, October 24th, set-up at 10 am and running to 10 pm and Saturday, October 25th from 10 until Midnight.

Several excellent vending spaces are also available to artists and craftspeople for the Street Fair on Friday, October 24th.

Applications are available at the Fantasy Fest website, www.fantsyfest.com or by calling the Fantasy Fest office, 296-1817.

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN READY TO WELCOME 60 NEW SCHOLARS, BUT NEEDS MENTORS

Additional mentors are needed to match with incoming Take Stock in Children students prior to the contract signing ceremonies scheduled for the week of October 27th.

Take Stock in Children, the flagship college scholarship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation, is ready to accept nearly 60 new students into the program during the last week of October. “We have a fantastic group of qualified candidates who are ready to join Take Stock in Children and work towards achieving their goal of a college education. However, if we do not have a volunteer mentor to match with the student, we cannot accept the student into our program,” said Monroe County Education Foundation president Steve Pribramsky. Continue reading

ZOMBIE BIKE RIDE 2014

Sunday, October 19th, the Zombie Ride.  This year the event will begin at East Martello Tower, 3501 S Roosevelt Blvd.  Gathering will be from 2-4 p.m. at East Martello with face painting, etc. prior to the ride.
The ride will depart East Martello Tower at 6:00 p.m. going west on S Roosevelt Blvd to Bertha Street, north on Bertha Street to Atlantic Blvd.  west on Atlantic Blvd to Reynolds Street, north on Reynolds Street to South Street, west on South Street to Duval Street, north on Duval Street toward Front Street.  The 100, 200, and 300 blocks of Duval Street will be closed from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. for these revelers.
There will still be access to the airport, if necessary, from Flagler Avenue onto S Roosevelt Blvd.
There will be running street closures during this event, but keep in mind that there will be stragglers along this route.

Monthly SHOW & SHINE This Saturday October 19th

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE- CAR SHOW this Saturday, October, 19th. Noon to 4pm in the evening when its cool. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event  at  at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50 Free Ice Cream and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 305- 942-1758.

MARRIED: FLORIDA RECOGNIZES FIRST SAME-SEX COUPLE

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Arlene Goldberg officially listed as wife of Carol Goldwasser on death certificate.

On the heels of a groundbreaking decision by the Supreme Court Monday that brought the freedom to marry to a majority of Americans, Florida also made history today as Arlene Goldberg and her late wife, Carol Goldwasser, officially became the first same-sex couple whose marriage is respected by the state. Continue reading

Conch Poet J.M. Varela Featured Oct. 5 at Blue Heaven

The wit and wisdom of popular Conch poet J.M. Varela takes the stage upstairs at Blue Heaven during the first Sunday monthly meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild on Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

Varela, author of the eclectic collection “Inside the Head of a Conch Women,” turns her sometimes jaundiced and often hilarious eye toward Key West history, customs and characters. The Guild looks forward to premiering some of her more recent work, written, she said, “as a wrap up of four days of Conch Reunions in August and a backlash for so many negative comments about raising children in Key West.” Continue reading

United Way President Margie Smith Resigns To Join Family Investment Firm

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Margie Smith, President of United Way of the Florida Keys since January 2010, will leave the agency at the end of this year to join her husband’s investment management firm in Islamorada.

Smith said she is excited about her new position but sad to leave a job that has been so much a part of her for almost five years. “As President of United Way I’ve had the unique opportunity to see a detailed picture of who we are as a county, and to interact with so many public service-minded individuals,” she said. “What we have here is special.  I’ve never felt so profoundly connected to a community as I have here in the Keys.” Continue reading

Reef Relief Hires New Education Coordinator

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Reef Relief recently hired a new Education Coordinator, Carly Shabo. She is a graduate of the College of Charelston with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine Biology. As Reef Relief’s Education Coordinator, she will be organizing and presenting Reef Relief’s Discover Coral Reefs School Program to the Monroe County School District, also coordinating activities with the Key West High School Reef Relief Club and the summer’s Coral Camp for Kids Program.  She can also be seen staffing booths for Reef Relief at the many community events in the Lower Keys.

For more information about scheduling classroom visits or details about Coral Camp, contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100 or by email at reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem. www.reefrelief.org

 

Did You Miss Hometown PAC’s Final Candidate Forum? Watch it Now…

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Hometown! Mission Statement,

Policy and Goals

The mission of Hometown PAC is to promote free expression and exchange of political viewpoints and ideas. To accomplish these goals, Hometown will provide opportunities to educate its members and the voters in Key West and the surrounding environs through candidate lectures, forums, debates and other political discourse. These enabling actions will allow the voters to more fully consider the merits of the candidates and their proposals (i) to unite and give voice to residents, and (ii) to provide leadership and balance for economic growth while preserving the character of Key West. Continue reading

Sgt. Pablo Rodriguez Recognized for 15 years of service to KWPD

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Key West Police Chief Donie Lee recently recognized Sgt. Pablo Rodriguez for 15 years of service to the Department.

Rodriguez was hired in 1999 and started out patrolling the downtown and Bahama Village area. As a patrol officer, he made numerous drug arrests that led to convictions as well as the seizure of drugs and money. In 2002 Sgt. Rodriguez was transferred to the Special Operation Unit where he has been involved in the successful investigation of numerous covert and overt operations, making arrests of drug dealers and users. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2006.

Crown Jules, This is Your Life; ‘Criss Cross’ Screens Oct. 8

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In this year’s heating up and always hilarious race for the honor of being Fantasy Fest’s top royalty is a woman who first came to Key West in 1976 and had a brush, of sorts, with Hollywood (the one in California), the motion picture industry and Goldie Hawn.

Julie Hanson, born in Montgomery, Alabama, has worked mostly in restaurant management or hairdressing; in the late 1970s, after a stint at the Esquire Lounge, she “worked parttime at the Eden House, at Rich’s Cafe in the back,” she said. During this time a “writer, Scott Somer, was a guest at the Eden House for a few months. He became a friend to all of us” staffers, she remembered. Somer, it turned out, wrote a book based on Julie as the main character which eventually became a screenplay and finally the motion picture “Criss Cross.” Continue reading

4th Annual Habitat for Humanity’s Votes for Notes Musical Competition!

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Mark your calendar for Habitat for Humanity’s 4th Annual Votes for Notes fundraiser! Local musician Ray West is lining up musical talent for yet another season of this ever-growing, three-night event. New musical talent and popular pros are invited to compete in order to win $ 250 cash and other prizes at the Grand Finale.  At three competitions audience members “vote” for their favorite performers by dropping cash donations in the Habitat vote bucket. Habitat tracks each performer’s total with the winner being announced at the Grand Finale.  Performers are invited to play any or all three nights. Past performers and winners include Phoenix, Moondogs, Billy Brown, The Doerfels, Paul “Shanty” Elliot, Shastina Chiles and so many more! Continue reading

HOMETOWN! PAC Final Forum is September 29th at 5:00 pm. Don’t Miss it!

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A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, GROUP 4; MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2; MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD, DISTRICTS 2 AND 5; AND CANDIDATES  FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

WHERE:  LOBBY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FINE ARTS CENTER ON THE LEFT OF THE FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS STOCK ISLAND/KEY WEST

WHEN:  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM

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United Way ‘Stuffs the Bus’ with School Supplies

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KEY LARGO SCHOOL RECEIVES A LOAD OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM UNITED WAY VOLUNTEERS

United Way of the Florida Keys and its community partners want to make sure that Monroe County students have the supplies they need to succeed at their studies. That’s why they launched “Stuff the Bus,” an effort that produced truckloads of school supplies distributed last week to all 16 Monroe County public schools from Key Largo to Key West.

United Way volunteers showed up early at the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative facility in Marathon and loaded their vehicles with pens, pencils, paper, backpacks, binders, notebooks and other school supplies that had been collected in the “Stuff the Bus” drive. They were welcomed with open arms by the schools who received the items. The items were collected in “Stuff the Bus” boxes at businesses throughout the Keys and at several “Stuff the Bus” events, such as a party at the Hard Rock Café in Key West. About $ 15,000 worth of school supplies were distributed—almost double the amount that were distributed last year. Continue reading

LIGHTS! ACTION! CAMERA! FORT LAUDERDALE GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED WHIRLWIND OF FILMS AND EVENTS

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FLGLFF 2014 has expanded to seven days, includes more award-winning and diverse films, and features special events and parties that elevate this Festival to a new level, making it one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the nation.

FLGLFF takes place Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12 and resumes Thursday, October 16 through Sunday, October 19. Continue reading

Official Fantasy Fest® 2014 Artwork Announced

Poster Signing Party is Tuesday, October 21, at 5 pm

Fantasy Fest is pleased to announce the artwork chosen for the Official Fantasy Fest 2014 posters and t-shirts. Dozens of fantastic designs were submitted for the poster contest, and with an unrivaled selection of quality work, we are thrilled to announce two separate designs. The official poster will feature artwork submitted by Petar Stracenski and the t-shirt is designed by Rey Flores.

Stracenski is a Key West based artist who wanted to evoke the playfulness and mystery of Fantasy Fest while capturing elements characteristic of Key West. His minimalist design features an anime beauty with a few of Key West’s best known creatures. This poster is sure to look great in any home. Flores’s festive T-shirt design brings a cast of Key West flavored anime characters to the Southernmost Point and will make for a fantastic token of your Fantasy Fest adventure.

Congratulations to Petar and Rey, and a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated in this year’s Poster Contest.  To purchase your very own piece of Fantasy Fest history, or for additional information regarding the t-shirt and poster, contact Tom Sawyer’s Keyboard Advertising at 305-292-9315 or visit KeyBoardAdvertising.com.

OIRF Supports Take Stock In Children

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Kelly Friend, Old Island Restoration Foundation president, presents a $ 2500.00 check to Chuck Licis, program coordinator and Steve Pribramsky,  MCEF President of Take Stock in Children.

Since 1995, non-profit Take Stock in Children has provided a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

OIRF grant funds are earned through the “Key West House Tours”, as well as memberships, donations and rental of the Oldest House gardens.  More information at www.oirf.org or call 305-294-9501.

Take Stock in Children Graduate Story: Paulina Rippere

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The Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF) is looking for volunteers to mentor students in its flagship program, Take Stock in Children. The MCEF has been helping Monroe County students achieve their goal of earning a degree, certificate, or credential since 1995. Here is an example of how mentoring a student for just 30 to 45 minutes a week can change a student’s life.

Paulina Rippere, Take Stock In Children Graduate, Monroe County 2003

My Take Stock in Children mentor at Key West High School was Helen Rowe. She was wonderful. She worked at the high school, so whenever I wanted to say hello or needed advice I could stop by her office and bounce ideas off of her. She was a great mentor and really helped me through the last couple of years of high school, making plans for college and the future. Continue reading

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden on Agenda for the 16th Annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival

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Every year, the natural habitats of the KWTF&BG serve as a rest and refuel stop on the Autumnal migration route of birds returning from their summer roosts to the warmth of southern latitudes.   The Stock Island site and its staff also host birders and butterfly enthusiasts participating in the annual Birding and Wildlife Festival.  Scheduled are:

  • Friday, 26th, 10 – noon:  “Birds in the Forest” – a guided tour lead by Phillip Hughes of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
  • Saturday, 27th, 1 – 3pm: “Butterflies in the Forest” – guided by Leigh Williams and Amy Grimm, butterfly enthusiasts and photographers.  Don’t forget your camera!
  • Saturday, 27th, 4:30 – 6pm:  “Birds in the Forest” – lead by Dr. Mark Whiteside, our renown Key West bird expert.
  • Saturday, 27th, 5:30 – 8pm: “Garden Evening Extravaganza”.  Reception at the Nature Chapel sponsored by Florida Keys Audubon Society and Key West Wildlife Center, featuring a special presentation by Peggy Coontz and feathered friends.

Visit www.kwbgs.org or keysbirdingfest.org for details; reservations required.

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MONROE COUNTY’S SECRET ROADMAP TO RESEGREGATION

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It’s 7:30 am at the bus stop on Truman and Emma.  Eleven-year old Dimitri is about to climb into the morning school bus.  Like him, most of the kids sitting on the bus are African American.  Like them, he has a mere 40% probability of graduating from high school with his classmates; a stark difference from his white brothers, who have an 83% graduation rate [2013 data].

When we interviewed parents in Bahama Village about this disparity their responses raised an unexpected red flag.

“I didn’t want my son to go to HOB,” says the mother of a fifth grader, “He’s going to the white school.”

BP:  “The white school?  What do you mean?  What white school?” Continue reading

Conch Poet J.M. Varela Featured Oct. 5 at Blue Heaven

The wit and wisdom of popular Conch poet J.M. Varela takes the stage upstairs at Blue Heaven during the first Sunday monthly meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild on Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

Varela, author of the eclectic collection “Inside the Head of a Conch Women,” turns her sometimes jaundiced and often hilarious eye toward Key West history, customs and characters. The Guild looks forward to premiering some of her more recent work, written, she said, “as a wrap up of four days of Conch Reunions in August and a backlash for so many negative comments about raising children in Key West.” Continue reading

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN IN MONROE COUNTY EARNS PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARD

Monroe Excellence Award TSIC Conference 2014For the second year in a row, the Take Stock in Children program of Monroe County has earned a program excellence award for its outstanding mentor and college success coach services. “This would not have been possible without the dedication of our devoted volunteer mentors and our wonderful college success coaches who go above and beyond.” said program coordinator Chuck Licis.

Take Stock in Children is the flagship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF). “Obviously, I’m thrilled and the board is delighted that we’ve been able to continue to win this award,” said Steve Pribramsky, president of the MCEF. “We don’t actually put a lot of emphasis on winning the award. Instead, we try to spend as much time as possible focusing on creating a better program year after year.”

Twenty-one Take Stock programs in Florida were recognized for their achievements last year. “We are proud to be in the top third of successful programs in the state. We are looking to build on our successes and continue to work with our college bound students to earn a degree, certificate, or other credentials.” Licis reiterated.

“This year, we hope to offer a TSIC college scholarship opportunity to at least forty new students in the county,” Licis continued, “but we need mentors. We must have a mentor for each student we enroll.” The MCEF encourages community members throughout the Keys to consider becoming a mentor for a Take Stock in Children scholar.

For more information about mentoring or the TSIC program, call 305-293-1546 or send an email to chuck.licis@keysschools.com.

Womankind Staff Honors Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month By Wearing Teal

Photo contributed by Nick Ruby  Womankind staff members dressed in teal in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness this month.  Gynecologist Dr. David Forest, PA-C Jennifer Whaley and NP Carolyn Daly provide patients with information about symptoms and treatment for this disease. L-r, back row: Sal Zappulla, Anisleidy Caridad, Cali Roberts, Kim Romano, Chase Hurst, Ginny Barr. L-r, front row: Anissah Tomas, Dianelis Borges, Jennifer Whaley, and Judith Cisneros.

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Womankind staff members dressed in teal in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness this month.
Gynecologist Dr. David Forest, PA-C Jennifer Whaley and NP Carolyn Daly provide patients with information about symptoms and treatment for this disease. L-r, back row: Sal Zappulla, Anisleidy Caridad, Cali Roberts, Kim Romano, Chase Hurst, Ginny Barr. L-r, front row: Anissah Tomas, Dianelis Borges, Jennifer Whaley, and Judith Cisneros.

Congressman Joe Garcia Introduces Student Loan Bill To Help College Affordability

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WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday [September 18, 2014], Congressman Joe Garcia introduced the Fairness in Student Loan Repayment Act to provide assistance to students repaying their federal student loans. Congressman Garcia, a strong proponent of college affordability, introduced this legislation as a way of helping students repay their debt with minimal struggle.  Students around the country take on thousands of dollars of student debt in an effort to acquire a quality higher education, spending decades paying off those loans. Last year, 71%  of college students who graduated had student loan debt, with an average of $ 29,400 per borrower. Continue reading

Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, NMSI’s Rene McCormick, and Former NASA Astronaut Sandy Magnus among Judges for Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM

Today, Sally Ride Science announced the list of judges that will evaluate submissions and select the winners for the Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM, a program open to all K-12 educators in the U.S. that recognizes innovations in instruction related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), as well as STEM careers.

Judges also Include Educators; Will Select Top Finishers in National Award Program that Recognizes Innovations in STEM Education; First Prize of More than $ 5,000. Continue reading

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) Holds its Monthly Ice Cream Social and Car Show

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND CAR SHOW this Saturday, September 20th, 5 to 8pm in the evening when its cool. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes, Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it’s cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event  at  at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50 Free Ice Cream and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 942-1758.

Don’t Get Your Criss Crossed: Save the Date, Oct. 8

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Star power comes to the quest for election as Fantasy Fest royalty, even if once removed. Jules for Queen was in fact the person upon whom the Goldie Hawn character in “Criss Cross” was based. Share a look at Key West in the 70s at a screening of the near-iconic film on Wednesday, October 8 at the Eaton Street Theater (behind St. Paul’s).

VIP tickets are $ 50 and include hors d’ourves and cocktails at 6 p.m. and  advance viewing of memoribilia and documents, some of which are for sale. General admission is $25 and doors open at 7 p.m. There will also be a Q&A after the show with Jules and Bud Brewer, who was the owner of the Esquire Lounge, where part of the movie was filmed.

For additional details, please phone Campaign Manager and former FF Queen Ginger King at            (305) 849-0991.

Key West Resident Running for Cancer Care and Research / Running as Member of the Dana-Farber Team in the 14th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon®

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Katherine Gilmour from Key West, will be running in the 14th annual [Boston Athletic Association] B.A.A. Half Marathon® presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, as a member of the official Dana-Farber team.

More than 570 Dana-Farber team members will raise awareness and at least $ 750 to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the Half Marathon for twelve years. During this time, runners on the Dana-Farber team have raised more than $ 4 million to fuel lifesaving discoveries. To support a runner in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, go to www.RunDanaFarber.org. Continue reading

New Chief Petty Officers at NAS Key West

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Four chief petty officer selectees receive their combination covers from sponsors during a chief pinning ceremony at Boca Chica Field Tuesday. The time-honored Navy tradition celebrates a Sailor’s transition from bluejacket to chief petty officer as they advance in rank. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/ Released

Mangia Mangia Hosts Key West Botanical Garden Fundraiser

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Key West Botanical Garden is excited for the 2014-2015 school year and needs your help to make it a success and continue to offer our programs to as many students as possible.  Mangia Mangia Restaurant is generously hosting a fundraiser for us in which they will donate 25% of food sales to the KWBG Education Department. Please come out and enjoy your favorite homemade pasta dishes and support our program. Take-out orders are also included in the donation!

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Mangia Mangia

900 Southard St * Key West, FL * 294-2469

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:30pm-9:00pm

The KWBG Education Department provides unique, hands–on, environmental education experiences for students pre-kindergarten through high school.  Our program makes learning come alive! Please help us continue to offer these educational opportunities to the youth of our community.

To learn more about the KWBG Education Department or for additional information visit us at

www.kwbgs.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kwbgseducation

HOMETOWN! PAC Announces Fifth and Final Event for the 2014 Political Season

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A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR:

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, GROUP 4; MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2; MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD, DISTRICTS 2 AND 5; AND CANDIDATES  FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

LOBBY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FINE ARTS CENTER ON THE LEFT OF THE FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS STOCK ISLAND/KEY WEST

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Hometown’s FIFTH AND FINAL forum is September 29, about three (3) weeks before early voting begins. Monroe County and Key West voters will have to make important judgments regarding the election of a judicial candidate for a six year term, a County Commissioner for the next four years. two Mosquito Control Board members for a four year term and this District’s Congressional candidate for the next two years. Continue reading

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition Holds Quarterly Meeting

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The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC) will hold a quarterly board meeting on Wednesday, September 24 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Marathon Shores IberiaBank, 12640 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL.

Baby_in_Hands_245_177_s_c1Our mission is to unite people and resources to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children, and their families in Monroe County.  As the only non-profit in Monroe County, Florida, serving pregnant women and the unborn, we are dedicated to uniting people and resources to improve the health and well-being of our clients.  We believe every baby deserves a Healthy Start in life and a safe, productive, and happy future.  More information is available at KeysHealthyStart.org.

The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.  If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, including requesting materials in an accessible format, information, or other assistance, please contact fkhsc@yahoo.com or 305-293-8424 (5 days advance notice requested). Please RSVP to the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition at (305)293-8424.

Join Reef Relief for the September 21st Shoreline Clean-up

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Past Clean-Up: Reef Relief, The Lost bus, and a group of local students teamed up and collected 600 lbs of marine debris from the mangroves off Key West

LOCAL ACTION TO CREATE GLOBAL CHANGE

Reef Relief will be celebrating International Coastal Cleanup with a community shoreline cleanup on Sunday, September 21, 2014. We invite locals and visitors interested in protecting our ocean and wildlife to this weekend event.

Meet us at the Lazy Dog kayak stand located at Hurricane Hole Marina, look for the Reef Relief sign. The event will start at 10:00 am and finish up at 1:00pm. Thanks to Lazy Dog for generously providing kayaks.

To attend or for directions contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100, reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystems. Find out more at http://reefrelief.org Continue reading

Mangia Mangia To Donate 25% Of Total Sales To Habitat For Humanity

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WHAT:             Mangia Mangia donates 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-    out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys 

WHEN:            Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm,

WHERE:          Mangia Mangia 900 Southard Street in Key West

Mangia Mangia and Habitat for Humanity – food and shelter – two necessities of life!  Mark your calendar and make your reservations! In honor of their 25th Anniversary Mangia Mangia, 900 Southard St. in Key West, is donating 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys on Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30 pm -10:00 pm.

Habitat staff and board members will be present to answer any questions you might have about our mission and programs.

This will also be the first opportunity to donate for a chance to win a newly painted bike by local renowned artist Rick Worth!

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Mangia Mangia pasta cafeFor more information, make reservations or call in your take-out order contact

Mangia Mangia (305) 294-2469

www.mangia-mangia.com

 

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Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower FL Keys 

(305) 294-9006

www.habitatlowerkeys.org

 

facebook.com/habitatkeywest

OIRF Contributes To Commemorative Statue

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Kelly Friend, board president of Old Island Restoration Fondation presented $ 500 to the Bishop Kee statue fund. Bruce Neff of Historic Markers Inc., accepted the donation. The statue, created by local artist Tom Joris, is scheduled to be unveiled in March of 2015 at the Southernmost Point.

OIRF grant monies for preserving Key West history are generated by the organization’s “House Tours”, an annual fund-raiser since 1960.  For more information, visit oirf.org.

Monroe County Same Sex Couple Requests Case to be Moved to Florida Supreme Court

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SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, formerly SAVE Dade) and State Representative David Richardson will help host Upper Keys MEET & GREET Fundraiser Announced In ISLAMORADA Florida

This Meet & Greet fundraising event will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday September 15th 2014.

SAVE and Representative David Richardson invite you and the Upper Keys and South Florida public to join Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones and the Legal team of Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Farinas in attending the SAVE & LoveisloveKW Upper Keys Meet & Greet fundraiser at the S.A.L.T. Fusion Cuisine & Cana Lounge, 82779 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada Fl. 33036.

“I’m proud to lend SAVE’s support to Aaron and Lee’s fight for their marriage,” said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “By standing together with them, I am confident we can help notch yet another win in court for marriage equality in Florida.”

Funds are needed to defray legal costs. The attorneys filed a Motion in the Third District Court of appeal to move the case directly to the Florida State Supreme Court on behalf of Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones.  This motion, if granted, will move the case quickly to the Florida Supreme Court, and will decide this issue of marriage equality for all Floridians, not just those in Monroe County.

Fundraisers are being planned countywide in anticipation of a vigorous appeal and challenges from the State and other anti-LGBT groups.

Phil Goodman named to Top Environmental Post in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, D7

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Phil Goodman of Cudjoe Key, a member of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary in Key West, was recently appointed Staff Officer responsible for all Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Activities in District 7 (D7).  Headquartered in Miami, D7 encompasses The Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and most of Georgia and Florida, including the Florida Keys.  Environmental Protection of our waterways is a rapidly expanding mission of the USCG and Auxiliary. Continue reading

Key West Breast Cancer Prevention Advocate Named to National Cancer Summit

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Susan Wadia-Ells, breast cancer prevention educator and Key West resident will speak at the 2nd Annual Cure to Cancer Summit next week.

The September 3-19 on-line, international conference headlines: Bernie Siegel, M.D., The Art of Healing;  Kelly Turner,  Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds; Thomas Seyfried, The Metabolic Theory of Cancer; Bill Henderson, Cancer Free: Your Guide to Gentle non Toxic Healing; Dr Francisco Contreras; Oasis of Hope; Dr Brian Clement, Hippocrates Institute; Wadia-Ells, Busting Breast Cancer: 7 Simple Steps to Stop Breast Cancer before it Starts and 20 other leaders  in alternative or natural cancer prevention and treatment, along with  cancer survivors who chose natural protocols over mainstream treatments.

Considered a pioneering leader in teaching women how to stop breast cancer before it starts, Wadia-Ells is founding director of the National Breast Cancer Prevention Project/Busting Breast Cancer.

“The Summit offers everyone a chance to learn cutting edge information on how nutrition, detoxification, vitamin D3, low-hormone lifestyles, and mind/body practices, are preventing cancer  and successfully treating people who have developed all types of cancers.” said Wadia-Ells.

“It is a great honor to be included in this group of leading clinicians, researchers, and educators.”

To obtain free tickets to this week’s on-line event visit:  www.bustingbreastcancer.org

Help Yourself Adopts “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” Program

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Help Yourself, the natural and organic market and restaurant became the first Key West retailer to “Take The Pledge” and promote the use of reusable shopping bags as part of nonprofit Green Living and Energy Education’s “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” program (GYB). That pledge takes a big step toward reducing single use plastic bag litter on streets and highways, along with the harm that plastic bags produce for the wild birds and marine animals in our precious Keys waters. Continue reading

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN NOW ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS [Deadline: Fri Sept 12th]

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Take Stock in Children, a college scholarship program for high-performing, low-income students, is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. Motivated students, grades 7 – 10, with the desire and potential to attend college or learn a trade should apply.

“This is an outstanding program that offers more than a college scholarship to qualified candidates. Our students are matched with a volunteer mentor while in middle and high school, attend college readiness workshops and college campus tours, and learn how to be successful in college,” explains TSIC program coordinator Chuck Licis. Continue reading

JIATF PAO joins Key West Sunrise Rotary

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Key West Sunrise Rotary installed Jody Draves as its newest member on Aug. 29. Draves serves as the Public Affairs Officer for Joint Interagency Task Force South. The ceremony included Membership Committee Chair Sue Fowler, President Ron Demes and Draves’ sponsor Jim Smith.

The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at Trumbo Palms on Trumbo Point.

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN NOW ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

Monroe County Take Stock In Children Class of 2014

Monroe County Take Stock In Children Class of 2014

Take Stock in Children, a college scholarship program for high-performing, low-income students, is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. Motivated students, grades 7 – 10, with the desire and potential to attend college or learn a trade should apply.

“This is an outstanding program that offers more than a college scholarship to qualified candidates. Our students are matched with a volunteer mentor while in middle and high school, attend college readiness workshops and college campus tours, and learn how to be successful in college,” explains TSIC program coordinator Chuck Licis. Continue reading

Request to Take Up Marriage Case Sent to FL Supreme Court!

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Last Wednesday, the state’s 2nd District Court of Appeal sent a request to the Florida Supreme Court asking them to take on a Hillsborough County marriage case and rule on the constitutionally of Florida’s ban. If the Florida Supreme Court decides to take on the case, it will be a huge step forward in the fight for marriage in Florida.

“Today, the 2nd District Court of Appeal (DCA) in Tampa, Florida has requested that the Florida Supreme Court take up the issue of marriage equality right away,” said Stratton Pollitzer, Deputy Director of Equality Florida. “This is what we’ve been asking for all along. We’re thrilled that the 2nd DCA agrees that marriage equality is an issue of such urgency and importance that it should be elevated directly to the Florida Supreme Court. We hope that the 3rd DCA in Miami will follow suit and request that the marriage cases pending before them also be moved directly to the Florida Supreme Court. We need a final resolution, not another appeal, because every day this discriminatory ban remains in place causes significant and irreparable harm to our families.”

Read more here: http://eqfl.org/flsupreme

Key West Breast Cancer Prevention Advocate Named to National Cancer Summit

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Susan Wadia-Ells, breast cancer prevention educator and Key West resident will speak at the 2nd Annual Cure to Cancer Summit next week.

The September 3-19 on-line, international conference headlines: Bernie Siegel, M.D., The Art of Healing;  Kelly Turner,  Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds; Thomas Seyfried, The Metabolic Theory of Cancer; Bill Henderson, Cancer Free: Your Guide to Gentle non Toxic Healing; Dr Francisco Contreras; Oasis of Hope; Dr Brian Clement, Hippocrates Institute; Wadia-Ells, Busting Breast Cancer: 7 Simple Steps to Stop Breast Cancer before it Starts and 20 other leaders  in alternative or natural cancer prevention and treatment, along with  cancer survivors who chose natural protocols over mainstream treatments.

Considered a pioneering leader in teaching women how to stop breast cancer before it starts, Wadia-Ells is founding director of the National Breast Cancer Prevention Project/Busting Breast Cancer.

“The Summit offers everyone a chance to learn cutting edge information on how nutrition, detoxification, vitamin D3, low-hormone lifestyles, and mind/body practices, are preventing cancer  and successfully treating people who have developed all types of cancers.” said Wadia-Ells.

“It is a great honor to be included in this group of leading clinicians, researchers, and educators.”

To obtain free tickets to next week’s on-line event visit:  www.bustingbreastcancer.org

Fantasy Fest Entry Deadline Approaching

Lay off the snooze button; it’s time to turn your dreams into reality!

The 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest parade application deadline is quickly approaching and there is no time to waste.

Entry applications must be received by the Fantasy Fest office by 5pm, Friday September 5th. Don’t let your anime-zing parade dreams end in a nightmare, turn in your application today!

Applications are available online at Fantasy Fest.com.

Attention Non-Profits: Fantasy Fest Street Fair Liquor Lottery, Sept 11th

Attention Not-for-Profits: Fantasy Fest offers an excellent source of revenue available through alcohol sales booths at the Street Fair and Promenade, October 24 & 25.  Ten alcohol sales opportunities are offered to Monroe County not-for-profits only. Booth selection via the lottery system will be held on Thursday, September 11 beginning at 5pm at Dante’s, 951 Caroline St. For details and application information, call 296-1817.