Thursday, December 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jane Gardner of Jane Gardner Interiors at 328 Simonton Street invites the public to a Season Opening Cocktail Party with plenty to celebrate: the upcoming holidays; the debut of her latest design project – a Key West inspired, whimsical new fabric called ‘Paradise’; a name change for her retail showroom from Jane Gardner Interiors to ‘jane’ and a new fundraising campaign that she has launched for the benefit of the KWPD Mounted Police unit horses. Cocktail party guests are [continue reading…]
On Wednesday, December 7th at 3 p.m. the public is invited to a gravestone blessing at the historic Key West Cemetery. St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Basilica’s priest will bless the gravestones of Ellen Welters Sanchez and Nelson English. Miss Sanchez, who died in 2007, taught music to generations of Key West children and played the organ for St. Mary’s and numerous other churches. She organized the Island City Choral Singers and wrote the song “The Beautiful Isle of Key West” that was recorded [continue reading…]
Key West Art & Historical Society announce the winning photographers from the Custom House 125th Anniversary Photo Contest, a free-entry competition that ran virtually on Facebook from August til November 9th. The Society awarded three separate categories—Color, Black & White, and Nighttime—with winners based on the amount of “likes” their post upload received. David Bingham took the winning night image with “Moonlight Dancing Custom House,” Shawn Verne claimed the color category with “Morning Glow,” and Sid Graves stole the Black & White category with “Dancing [continue reading…]
Residents at Monroe County’s Bayshore Manor assisted living facility on College Road in Key West got into the Thanksgiving spirit and created cheerful meal bags for Star of the Sea (SoS) Outreach Mission. Now, when needy Monroe County citizens visit the mission’s food pantry for the holiday, they can put the goods into the decorated and festive bags that have been lovingly made by our residents. This annual project brings joy to the visitors of the food pantry — people of low income, disabled, elderly [continue reading…]
The first-ever Key West Youth Ambassadors Class last night graduated eight Key West High School students. This amazing group learned about City government and conducted its own City Commission meeting. Congratulations, Youth Ambassadors, the City of Key West is proud of the future you represent. A huge thank you also goes out to Lisette Carey, who coordinated the class, and Ambassadors Tiffany Pellicier and Gigi Varnum for their tireless volunteer work!
Duck Key, FL– Angler & Ale, the new marina restaurant at Hawks Cay Resort, participated in the Taste of the Islands event in Marathon, Fla. on Nov. 12, 2016 and won the People’s Choice Award for its quail with polenta cake and warm bread pudding with caramelized bananas dishes. The restaurant team – led by the resort’s executive chef, William Ryan – participated in the event, which is an annual fundraiser for Business & Professional Women of Marathon. The event showcases local food, art and [continue reading…]
November kicks off a fundraising campaign for the KWPD Mounted Police unit horses, a drive for a beloved community asset launched by Key West resident and business owner Jane Gardner, proprietor of Jane Gardner Interiors at 328 Simonton Street. The mounted unit presently has three horses and two officers. Why a fundraiser for the horses? The City budget provides for the stable at the Truman Waterfront, feed, hay, and basic equipment. But it is public fundraising that provides for emergency veterinarian expenses, certain specialty tack [continue reading…]
In honor of the men and women of the armed forces who have served our nation, The U.S. Navy is sponsoring this year’s Veterans Day Parade. The parade begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 11th on Duval Street at Catherine. The parade will proceed down Duval to Front Street. Bus service will only serve the Simonton side of Duval Street from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Last week the City Commission passed a proclamation in recognition of veterans “who have served this great nation [continue reading…]
Zonta Club of Key West ABC (Awareness Breast Cancer) Event Serves Uninsured and Underinsured Lower Keys Women 24th Annual 5K Race provides crucial preventive services for locals in need The Zonta Club of Key West will hold its Annual ABC (Awareness Breast Cancer) 5K Walk/Run starting at 8:00 AM on Saturday, November 5th at Salute Restaurant on Higgs Beach, with registration beginning at 7:00 AM. The event raises money to cover mammograms, thin-prep pap tests, and other diagnostic and preventive measures for women in the [continue reading…]
Florida Department of Health in Monroe County staff celebrated the retirement of Jean Barber, BSN, RN. Barber bid an emotional farewell after a vocal solo by the department’s HIV Prevention and Training Consultant, Clayton Lopez, to “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” Barber was the Epidemiologist for the department for over 27 years. She coordinated staff members and volunteers for innumerable Public Health events in Monroe County, including the Key West 2009-2010 Dengue outbreak. Barber also oversaw and investigated all emerging disease and [continue reading…]
Key West Mayor Craig Cates, during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, proclaimed November 7 – 11 as Buddy Poppy Days, in honor of Veterans of Foreign Wars. The poppy has been named the official memorial flower for Veterans of Foreign Wars, as it represents the blood shed by American Service members. Since 1922, the VFW has been making and distributing these symbolic reminders to reiterate that the VFW will never forget their sacrifice. With Veteran’s Day approaching, members of the VFW will be distributing them around [continue reading…]
An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, takes off at Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Field November 2. VFA-101 is at NAS Key West to train and qualify F-35C aircrew and maintenance professionals to operate safely and effectively as part of a Carrier Strike Group at sea. NAS Key West is a state-of-the-art facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft of all military services and provides world-class [continue reading…]
Wearing bear ears and a bear nose, Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers read to children this week at the Key West Preschool Cooperative’s Read for the Record event. Read for the Record is an annual national campaign in which the same book is read at the same time across the country. It’s an effort that began more than a decade ago to get families, early education centers and children excited about reading – and to address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for [continue reading…]
LAST CALL FOR PHOTO CONTEST– Shutter-bugs have until November 9th to submit entries into Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House photo contest. Go to KWAHSPhotoContest.com and upload one or more photos you have taken of the Custom House – inside or out. One winner from each of three separate categories—Color, Black & White, and Nighttime—will be determined by the amount of “likes” uploaded images receive. Winners will receive a $250 cash prize and tickets for two to the November 30 “Back In Time” [continue reading…]
On November 19th the City of Key West invites you to celebrate America Recycles Day at the Key West Recycles Day Fair and Art Contest at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Come out and enjoy this free event and visit booths with local environmental groups, reused and recycled art displays, recycle booths and concessions. Items for reuse and recycling will also be collected, such as: Blankets, towels, canned goods, books, art supplies, travel toiletries, old medications, [continue reading…]
Sheriff Rick Ramsay and State Representative Holly Raschein have been selected to receive the “Distinguished Citizen Medal”. This award will be presented to them by the Marine Corps League, on behalf of the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. This prestigious distinction recognizes their commitment and devotion to the needs of “Veterans & Community”. It will be presented to them at the 241st Birthday Celebration of the USMC, on November 10th, 2016, at the American Legion Post 333 in Key Largo. The ceremony will [continue reading…]
The 40th Annual Swim Around Key West recently donated $4,000 to the Key West High School Cross Country Team. More than 170 swimmers participated in the 12.5-mile event on June 4, 2016. A portion of their entry fees supports the donation to the Key West student runners. The historic, round-the-island event is the longest-running sporting event in the Florida Keys, founded in 1977. The 41st Annual Swim Around Key West will be held on June 28, 2017, with a start and finish at Smathers Beach. [continue reading…]
Congratulations to the winners of the 6th Annual Votes for Notes benefit for Habitat for Humanity! The winners in our new JUNIOR category: 1st Place – Delaney, 2nd Place – Amelia. SOLO/DUO: 1ST Place-Dustin Sedlak, 2nd Place – Glenn Harman. BAND: 1st Place -The Shanty Hounds, 2nd Place – Bob D’Antonio and his pick-up band. The Shanty Hounds were also the winners of our One Night Wonder Prize, for bringing in the most money in one night! The musical competition to see which acts [continue reading…]
The Key West Historic Marker program recently added the Tennessee Williams Exhibit and the circa1884 bungalow at 513 Truman Avenue that houses the collection to its map as Historic Marker 91. Detailed historic information about the house, the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, and the Historic Marker program can be accessed by phone at 305-507-0300, with input of site 91 when prompted; on line at KWHMT.org; or on foot at the Truman Avenue location. For more information, contact Dennis Beaver, Curator, at email@example.com.
AIDS Help and Fantasy Fest Draw Attention to Critical Health Issue The individuals who are crowned this year’s Fantasy Fest King and Queen will have the additional honor of serving as Grand Marshals for this year’s Fantasy Fest Parade. The King and Queen, who will have been crowned just the week before at the Royal Coronation, will lead the parade of approximately 50 floats and walking groups down Duval Street, on Saturday, October 29, starting at 7 PM. “Fantasy Fest has always been about throwing [continue reading…]
While Saturday, Oct. 29 is officially sold out, a handful of arts & crafts and food booths remain available for the Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Friday, Oct. 28. Locals get a 10 percent discount off the booth fee. We are looking for artists and artisans who make unique, hand-crafted items that will appeal to the crowds expected for the Friday Street Fair. Find the application at FantasyFest.com, under Street Fair in the Events tab or call 305-296-1817 for more information.
The Florida Keys are teaming up to provide recovery assistance to The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Marathon City Manager Chuck Lindsey and City Manager Jim Scholl have coordinated with Bahamian Defense Force Commander Bethel to provide some assistance. The Bahamian Defense Force has been docked in Key West Harbor to stay out of the path of Hurricane Matthew. We are currently collecting cases of bottled water as well as diapers for the ships to take back to The Bahamas when they return. [continue reading…]
Ten local businesses will be donating 20% of their proceeds this Saturday, October 8th to The Children’s School Scholarship Fund. By shopping, dining or playing at Isle Style, Jean-Pierre Klifa, We-Cycle, Mellow Cafe & Gastropub, De La Gallery, Seam Shoppe, coastprojects.com, sweetestknights.com, Jimmy Lane Real Estate, and Fly Away Cafe you will be helping to provide a Montessori education to children in the community who would otherwise not be able to afford it. The Children’s School provides a complete and authentic Montessori environment that fosters [continue reading…]
This week the Sheriff’s Office remembers the anniversary of the death of Deputy Frank Adams. Adams was killed in the line of duty on October 7th, 1901. Deputy Frank Adams was the first of seven Sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty in Monroe County. Deputy Adams was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had interfered with him in the discharge of his duty. The shooting occurred after two drunken men started fighting near Jackson Square in Key West. They [continue reading…]
Athletes of all levels are welcome on Higgs Beach in Key West Oct. 15-16 for the 5th Annual Stand Up Paddle Invitational, a two-mile paddleboard race and beach obstacle course supporting Special Olympics Florida-Monroe County. The beachside luau and race day activities are open to the public. The invitational begins on Friday at 3 p.m. with the Lazy Dog SUP Clinic teaching basic paddle technique, safety practices and tips on the race course. The Preferred Properties Beachside Luau catered by New York Pasta Garden and [continue reading…]
Who doesn’t like Italian? On Tuesday, October 18th, 5:30 -9 pm, dine at Mangia Mangia (900 Southard – corner of Margaret). You’ll indulge your cravings with a clear conscience, knowing that 20% of that evening’s profits will be donated to support the educational programs at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. More details at www.kwbgs.org or call 305-296-1504.
Interactive report shows importance of public lands to the people who use them SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The United States has 640 million acres of public lands that belong to every man, woman and child lucky enough to call themselves Americans. Today, that birthright is under threat from private special interests that want to sell them off under the guise of “transferring” them to the states. In honor of National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, Trout Unlimited is releasing a [continue reading…]
Sixteen wounded veterans were recently hosted by local volunteers and fishing guides out of Worldwide Sportsman. The veterans had two days of guided fly and spin fishing on the flats of Florida Bay and the patch reefs of Islamorada. Veterans came from as far away as Wyoming and caught snook, permit, tarpon, and mangrove snapper. The event was coordinated by local and national non-profits. The Tavernier Elks Lodge, through its Vets on the Water outreach program, led local logistics and provided fundraising support. The sixteen [continue reading…]
The Key West Montessori Charter School is a free, lottery-based public school that is open to all children and strives to reflect the diversity of our community while guiding students in the development of curiosity, self-motivation and respect. For more information or to schedule a time to observe the Montessori model at work in the classrooms, contact Principal Lynn Barras at 305. 293.1400 x 53418 or visit keywestmontessori.com.
Reef Relief is looking for volunteers to help with our many projects throughout the year. Reef Relief, in partnership with the City of Key West has a storm water education project that provides three types of volunteering needs. The volunteering options include: Storm drain stenciling, distributing educational door hangers to residents, and marine debris removal events. If your company is looking for a way to give back to the community or an individual that can donate just a few hours of time, please contact us [continue reading…]
On Friday, September 23rd, dozens of dedicated United Way volunteers distributed over $30,000 worth of school supplies to 15 Keys schools benefiting the over 8000 students throughout the district. Through generous donations from businesses and individuals up and down the Keys, UWFK was able to give out 5,500 packages of notebook paper, 2,500 boxes of crayons, 7,500 folders, and much more! Supplies are distributed to schools for children who may lack access to the resources they need to succeed in the new school year. The [continue reading…]
PROuuD participated in an Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up on Sunday, September 25, 2016. PROuuD is One Island Family Southernmost UU Congregation’s Youth Group. It stands for People Regardless of Orientation Development. Please contact the Pam Flowers at (305) 731-4298 to learn more about this newly formed youth group. Two hundred and twenty eight pounds of trash and thirty-four pounds of recycling were gathered by this small, yet, mighty, group on Sunday.
MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE FIRST RESPONDERS PARTICIPATE IN TUNNEL TO TOWER RACE TO HONOR FIREFIGHTER WHO DIED IN TWIN TOWERS DURING 9/11 Twelve first responders of Monroe County Fire Rescue competed Sept. 18 in the Miami Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk to benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. They joined more than 1,000 firefighters, police officers, military members and civilians to run 3.1 miles through the Port of Miami tunnel and over a causeway to Bayfront Park, where they then climbed [continue reading…]
On October 31, 30 brave Brits are heading to Florida to walk four marathons and run a fifth in just five days to raise money for the award-winning UK arts charity Create. The intrepid team, all staff from London-based diner chain The Breakfast Club, will start the challenge, dubbed The Beast, in Key Largo on October 4 and finish by taking part in the Southernmost Marathon in Key West on October 8 – an incredible total of 4,030 miles walked and run for Create. Create, [continue reading…]