Jan 182017
Detective Looks for Help Identifying Suspects in Credit Card Fraud

 Sheriff’s Detective Rosa DiGiovanni is looking for help from the public to identify two female suspects in a credit card fraud case she is investigating. The victim reported the theft of her credit card on December 22nd. It had been taken from her purse, where she kept it behind the counter at the store where she works in Marathon. The card was subsequently used to make six different purchases for a total of $2,055 before the fraud was spotted and the card was cancelled.

 January 18, 2017  Posted by at 11:58 am News No Responses »
Jan 132017
Women's March on Duval Day

Commissioners Jimmy Weekley, Richard Payne and Sam Kaufman proclaimed January 21st Women’s March on Duval Day during last week’s City Commission meeting. “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and unalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,” reads the proclamation. The march is the local manifestation in support of a planned march on Washington the protection of women’s rights, safety, and health. The Women’s March on Washington [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #201, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 132017
Last Stand Annual Meeting Features Author Cynthia Barnett

Last Stand will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm, at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street in Key West. This year’s program features award-winning environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett on the human relationship with weather and climate, and what that history has to tell us about adapting to future climate change. Ms. Barnett is the author of three books on water, including her latest, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, longlisted for the National Book Award, [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #201, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 132017
Woman Charged [Again] with Using Car as Deadly Weapon

A Key West woman is facing a felony charge and several misdemeanors after she attempted to run down a City employee with her car. Katerina Devlin, 37, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, criminal mischief and a municipal ordinance violation, all stemming from her wanting to use a private bathroom. Devlin was attempting to access private bathrooms at Land End Village, and public works employees directed her to the public bathrooms. Devlin became angry and began screaming at them, then [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #201, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 132017
Hospital Management Company [CHS] Won't Break Contract Early or Share Control...(Not Yet)...

Lower Florida Keys Hospital District Board Chairman, James Padget, has shared the response to his December 15th letter to Community Health Systems Chief Executive Officer Wayne Smith. In his letter, Padget asked whether CHS would consider amending its agreement to allow the District more control over operations or possibly breaking its 30-year lease early. Extending the contract period was also mentioned in the Chairman’s letter.

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am News 2 Responses »
Jan 132017
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The City of Key West invites the community to join in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16th from noon until 4 p.m. at Nelson English Park at 300 Catherine Street. The family-oriented celebration will include free food, bounce houses, inspiring speeches, a parade and more in honor of the civil rights pioneer. Rev. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work in the civil rights movement. He was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 for his [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #201, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 132017
Late Chief Assistant State Attorney Honored

Mayor Craig Cates and City Commissioners Richard Payne and Sam Kaufman have proclaimed January 7th through the 15th as Manny Madruga Week in honor the dedicated Chief Assistant State Attorney who died in November. Commissioner Payne, a retired judge, spoke compassionately to Madruga’s daughter Natalie and her mother Annie, remembering Madruga as a consummate public servant dedicated to justice. Chief Assistant State Attorney Manuel E. “Manny” Madruga, following graduation from the University of Miami Law School in 1990, served his entire 27-year legal career as [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #201, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 132017
Trauma Star Transported Record 528 People in 2016

The Trauma Star air ambulance program just ended a record year over the busy holiday weekend, transporting four people who were critically injured in a fatal, head-on collision in the Lower Keys to a Miami trauma center. With that horrific Dec. 30 accident, Trauma Star’s total number of patients flown in 2016 was 528. That is 131 more patients flown than was the case in 2015, when the previous record was set with 397. Of those 528 patients flown in 2016, the breakdown is: 114 [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #201, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 132017
Mayor Recognizes Mentors Month

In honor of National Mentoring Month, Mayor Craig Cates and Commissioner Sam Kaufman proclaimed the month of January as Take Stock in Children Month. Take Stock in Children is the premier Florida scholarship and mentoring organization which has served more than 800 students. The proclamation “commends and honors its 270 volunteer mentors for the assistance, advice, and guidance they provide during weekly mentor sessions, making a positive difference in the students’ lives and improving their self-confidence and belief that a college degree is attainable.” The [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #201, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Jan 132017
Larger-Than-Life Sculpture Inspired By Iconic World War II Era Photograph Installed at Custom House Museum

Tuesday, January 10, more than 30,000 pounds of bronze were moved around on the Custom House Museum stairs when a New Jersey-based sculpture installation team proceeded to de-install the existing J. Seward Johnson sculpture “Time for Fun” which depicts Renoir’s “Dance in the Country” and replace it with another by the same artist. Visitors to the Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House Museum will now be greeted by “Embracing Peace,” a 25-foot tall bronze sculpture inspired by a world-famous photo shot by Alfred [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #201, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Jan 132017
Kmart FREEBIE for Students with Good Report Cards

Getting good grades in school is always a priority. Now there’s an extra reward for studying hard! Kmart is hosting a Star Student Report Card Program to celebrate the ridiculously awesome achievement of getting good grades. Now through January 31, elementary and middle school students are encouraged to visit their local participating Kmart with their report card in hand. A report card with A’s and B’s earns a free Emoji backpack clip. Students must simply just present their report card to store management to receive [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #201, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 132017
Half-Marathon on Sunday Could Cause Traffic Congestion Around Key West International Airport

Due to the 19th Annual Key West Half-Marathon that takes place Sunday morning (Jan. 15) along South Roosevelt Boulevard, there is expected to be traffic congestion around Key West International Airport. For people traveling on flights that depart Key West before noon Sunday, please give yourself extra time getting to the airport to accommodate for possible traffic delays. The best route to drive into the airport: take Flagler Avenue or North Roosevelt Boulevard to South Roosevelt Boulevard and go south – so the airport entrance [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #201, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 132017
Domestic Abuse Shelter Holding 'Virtual' Race

The Domestic Abuse Shelter’s annual fundraiser is taking a hi-tech approach you won’t want to miss! Instead of getting up early and driving to No Name Key, hunting for a place to park and getting jostled by the crowd when the starter gun goes off, you can run for them on your own schedule anytime between Jan. 22-28. Pick your own route, select your running buddies, put your favorite tunes in your ears and either walk or run a 5k route, track it on any [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #201, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 132017
Calling All Kids to the Kitchen!

FLORIDA STUDENTS GET COOKING FOR DAIRY COUNCIL’S GRIDIRON CHALLENGE Fuel Up to Play 60 Initiative Calls for Recipe Submissions from Elementary and Middle School Students ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Yogurt, cheese, milk … the options are endless when it comes to cooking with dairy products. And to prove just that, the Dairy Council of Florida is now accepting recipes for its fourth annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge, a fun-filled cooking competition for elementary and middle school students throughout Florida. The initiative, which is designed and supported [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #201, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 132017
Key West Sunrise Rotary Welcomes Gellers

Dave and Gerry Geller are the newest members of Key West Sunrise Rotary. After careers in civil engineering and sales that took them across the country and to Saudi Arabia, the New York natives retired to Key Haven from Vero Beach, Florida, in 2015. The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic, established in 1988, provides community service, supports charities and funds college scholarships through events including BrewFest and a golf tournament. The club meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at the Marriott [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #201, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 062017
Sheriff's Crime Report

Fight between roommates leads to drug arrest A dispute between two roommates Saturday afternoon led to the arrest of a Stock Island man for possession of marijuana. Sgt. Ken Fricke and Deputies Lazaro Valdes and Freddy Rodriguez met with the victim at 1:20 p.m. He told them his roommate, Henry Fayette, had thrown him down during a dispute. The officers could see no injuries visible on the victim. As he was telling them what happened, the victim told them Fayette had marijuana at their house. [continue reading…]

 January 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #200, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 062017
New Year's Eve - Sloppy Joes - Duval St

Revelers celebrated the arrival of 2017 at the 24th annual Dropping of the Conch Shell at Sloppy Joe’s Bar on Duval Street Saturday night, one of four uniquely Key West ‘drops’ that occur on New Year’s Eve in the island city each year. The others are the world-famous Red High Heel Drop with Sushi the Drag Queen at the Bourbon St. Pub; the saucy Pirate Wench Drop at the Historic Seaport and the Key Lime Wedge in a Margarita Glass drop at the Ocean Key [continue reading…]

 January 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #200, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 062017
New City Hall Dedicated

Mayor Craig Cates on Tuesday cut the ribbon in the dedication ceremony for the Josephine Parker City Hall at Historic Glynn R. Archer School. The magnificent, newly restored historic school at 1300 White Street now houses City offices, providing efficient and easily-accessible customer service to the residents of the island. Generations of Conchs were educated and worked in this building, and will continue to utilize this landmark for generations to come. “This is a wonderful moment in Key West history,” said Mayor Cates, noting that [continue reading…]

 January 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #200, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 062017
Open House at The Children's Motessori School

The Children’s School, Key West’s premier Montessori school, will be holding an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, January 14th from 9 – 11 a.m. Children ages 18 mos – 3rd grade and their families are invited to tour the campus and visit our classrooms. Applications will be accepted at half price during open house. We are located in Old Town on the corner of Varela and United Streets. For further information visit our website @ montessorikeywest.com or call 305-294-5302.

 January 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #200, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 062017
United Way of the Florida Keys Releases Application for 2017-18 Funding Cycle

United Way of the Florida Keys is pleased to announce the release of their 2017-18 application for funding. Grant applications will be available online from January 5th to March 5th on our website at: http://www.keysunitedway.org/apply-united-way-funding. Our funding supports programs that meet a critical need for working families in Monroe County by providing services in one of our community impact areas: Access to nutritious food for people in critical need School-aged, early childhood, or after-care support with an educational or positive behavioral component Safety net services [continue reading…]

 January 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #200, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 062017
It's the Law, So Move Over, Florida!

~ Florida’s Move Over law protects stopped law enforcement, first responders and service vehicles ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This month, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles DHSMV) is reminding all motorists to Move Over for stopped law enforcement, first responders, service and utility vehicles and Road Rangers during its second annual Move Over, Florida! campaign. In 2016, there were more than 200 crashes that occurred and 5,518 citations issued for failure to move over in Florida. DHSMV and its Division of the [continue reading…]

 January 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #200, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 062017
Dispose of Medications Properly with the Sheriff's Office

Sheriff’s Office Drug Drop program: Environmentally friendly way to dispose of medications Note: The Sheriff’s Office will not accept medications from commercial establishments. Also, we have seen a lot of items being deposited in our drug disposal bins that are trash items like empty pill bottles, superglue and nail polish. Please do not dispose of trash in this manner. The Monroe County The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone about the drug disposal program offered at all our county Sheriff’s Substations and the reasons [continue reading…]

 January 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #200, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 312016
Sheriff's Deputy Involved in Head-On Collision / Second in Two Days Near MM 16 on US 1

The second major head-on collision in two days at the 16 mile mark on Highway U.S. One involved a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy who, after crawling out of his overturned patrol car, without missing a beat, ran over to assist passengers in the two other vehicles involved. Deputy Daniel Hill reported that he was northbound at 12:30 a.m., returning to his Marathon duty post after transporting a prisoner from Marathon to the Stock Island Detention Center. He said he saw an oncoming vehicle pull into his [continue reading…]

 December 31, 2016  Posted by at 9:32 am News 7 Responses »
Dec 302016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Man charged with multiple burglaries on Little Torch Key A Little Torch Key man is in jail charged with multiple burglaries on Little Torch Key. Deputies responded to Lobster Tail Trail on Little Torch Key Christmas morning to reports of multiple vehicle burglaries. When they arrived, they began speaking with victims and discovered two attempted residential burglaries and a boat burglary as well. Investigations led officers to a home on Coral Shores Road, Little Torch Key. They identified several people who lived in the house [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #199, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 302016
Three Teens Saved from Capsized Vessel

  Marine Deputy James Hager found and rescued three Orange County, California teens today from a capsized vessel offshore of Little Torch Key. The boys, 18 year old Zachary and 16 year old Jacob Sowder and 18 year old Brent Shishido, were on board a 22 foot rental boat about 2.5 miles off of the ocean side. They were anchored in about 30 feet of water when their boat started taking on water. By the time they got the anchor line cut, the boat had [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #199, News, Special Event 2 Responses »
Dec 302016
Veterans Apologize to Japan For Using Nuclear Weapons

St. Louis, MO. Veterans For Peace, a national organization made up of military veterans and military family members, released an apology to the people of Japan for U.S. usage of nuclear weapons. This apology is in conjunction with a call to President Obama to also apologize to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his upcoming visit to Pearl Harbor. Veterans For Peace expresses our deepest condolences to all those who were killed and maimed, and to their families. We apologize to the Hibakusha, the survivors of [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #199, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 302016
Rescheduled Zonta Pier House Goes Pink Fundraiser for Mammograms

RESCHEDULED Pier House Goes PINK! Event for Breast Cancer Awareness and Zonta Key West Membership Drive On Thursday, January 5th, the Zonta Club of Key West will hold its third annual Pier House Goes PINK! party to benefit the ABC (Awareness Breast Cancer) Walk/Run Fund. The rescheduled event which was postponed in October when tropical storm conditions prevented the party, will be held from 4:30 to 7:00pm at the Pier House Resort and Spa, One Duval Street, Key West. The ABC Walk/Run Fund provides free [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #199, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 302016
Lt. Bogoeff Named Firefighter of the Year 2016

Key West Fire Chief Michael Davila announced the Firefighter of the Year for 2016 at the December Key West Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Lt. Jason Bogoeff has served since January of 2006. During his decade with the City, Lt. Bogoeff has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and an unwavering positive attitude toward both fellow firefighters and citizens in the community. He was a member of the first Fire Academy before being hired and continued his education, eventually becoming certified in almost every team provided by [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #199, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 302016
Officer Revoredo Named Officer of the Year 2016

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee announced the Officer of the Year for 2016 at the December Key West Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Officer Nicholas Revoredo first came to the Key West Police Department in 2005 as a department-sponsored cadet in the academy. Upon graduation, he was sworn in and began as a road patrol officer. He has also served as a mounted patrol officer and is currently a member of the Marine Unit. He is the point person for port security operations, and he [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #199, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 302016
Building Inspector Richardson Named Employee of the Year

Key West City Manager Jim Scholl announced the Employee of the Year for 2016 at the December Key West Chamber of Commerce luncheon. City Plans Examiner and building Inspector Terry Richardson has been with the building Department since 2013. “I first met Terry in 2004 and worked with him as a contract inspector,” said Building Official Ron Wampler in his nomination letter. “He proceeded under his own volition to apply to the state of Florida for his Electrical Plans Examiner license through validation of experience [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #199, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 302016
Wounded Warrior Bicycle Ride

Warriors will arrive at the VFW Post 10211 in Key Largo at Mile Marker 102 Oceanside, at approximately 8 AM, on January 6th (Friday). After gathering their bikes, they will begin their journey South on US 1 headed to Key West. First rest stop will be at Coral Shores High School. They will then continue their ride on down to Holiday Isle. After visiting the Dolphins Facility in Marathon, they will ride across the seven mile bridge. The following day, they will enter Key West [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #199, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 242016
Man Shoots, Kills Friend with Shotgun

A Marathon man admitted to shooting and killing his friend after an altercation Friday night in Marathon according to the office of the Monroe County Sheriff. The 47 year old suspect, Gary Moore, called the Sheriff’s Office after shooting his 46 year old friend, John Stevens in the stomach with a shotgun.

 December 24, 2016  Posted by at 10:59 am News 3 Responses »
Dec 232016
Radio-Collaring of Key Deer to Begin Soon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and our partners will begin putting radio collars and tags on Key deer beginning around the new year, and will continue through the month until the goal is met. The primary objective of this effort is to monitor females during the fawning season for screwworm infestation, and if needed, to facilitate the administration of preventative treatments and/or moving them to holding pens. The tags will also provide data to improve our ability to estimate the population, and identify [continue reading…]

 December 23, 2016  Posted by at 1:10 am Issue #198, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Dec 232016
Secret Santa

Some Key West residents got a big surprise on Wednesday when Key West Police Officers pulled them over but, instead of ticketing them, gave them $100 bills! A generous and anonymous donor provided the Department with $5000 for a community give-back program. This afternoon, led by Chief Donie Lee and Captains Sean Brandenburg and JR Torres, officers approached random members of the community and gave them cards containing the money and this message, which came from the donor: “Greetings, My wife and I have the money [continue reading…]

 December 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #198, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 232016
Sheriff's Crime Report

Teen flees from traffic stop, is stopped with stinger spikes An 18 year old from Washington D.C. fled from a traffic stop on Summerland Key Thursday night; he was finally stopped in Marathon when deputies used Stinger Spikes to puncture the tires on his vehicle. Just before 10 p.m. Sheriff’s dispatchers received information a blue Ford Mustang was driving recklessly at a high rate of speed northbound from the 17 mile marker of the Highway. Deputy John Gabay spotted the car as it passed the [continue reading…]

 December 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #198, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 232016
Darren Jones

by Kirby Congdon……. Darren Jones, a courageous and original artist, changed continents after his education in Edinburgh and London. After completing graduate work in New York at Hunter College he compiled an extensive exhibit of contemporary art from Scotland, Darren’s homeland. Later, as a noted curator and critic, writing for Artforum, Artcritical, and other publications, he was invited to the Artist Residency Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. There he participated in the art scene, writing reviews, participating in public discussions, and presenting [continue reading…]

 December 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:48 am News No Responses »
Dec 232016
KWPD Capt. Sean Brandenburg Graduates FBI Academy

Key West Police Captain Sean Brandenburg is one of an exclusive class of law enforcement officers who graduated this month from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. “We are fortunate to have another FBI Academy graduate return to our department,” said Key West Police Chief Donie Lee. “This exceptional opportunity is highly sought by thousands of police managers and executives. I’m sure that Capt. Brandenburg will bring this new knowledge and experience to compliment his leadership role in the department.” Two hundred and [continue reading…]

 December 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #198, News, Special Event No Responses »