The folks at Seacamp on Big Pine Key were very grateful that Sgt. David Smith thought of them when he heard about all this fishing equipment from Director Diane O’Dell in our Property Division. Also among the items donated from our property division was a telescope found abandoned on the side of the road. All the items will be used for their various educational programs for kids.
Students invited to enjoy special perks from May 1-31 WHAT: School’s (almost) out for the summer! Local and visiting students are invited to Florida Keys Outlet Center from May 1-31 to take advantage of Student Appreciation Month, which is sponsored by Betolli Vending. Throughout the event, students are invited to stop by Simon Guest Services booth or the Management Office, located in the food court, to pick up Florida Keys Outlet Center swag bags filled with a coupon book, a discount sheet, extra coupons and [continue reading…]
National Telecommunications Week – help us recognize these important people! April 10th to the 16th is National Public Safety Telecommunications week and during this week, the Sheriff’s Office has been recognizing the diligence and professionalism of our Telecommunicators – Sheriff’s communications officers – who serve in our communications center in Marathon. We would like to encourage others to recognize them as well. Our communications officers are the first ones to receive your emergency calls and what they do with those calls can often greatly influence the [continue reading…]
At Program’s 10-year Anniversary, Bird Reserve Network Spans Almost a Million Acres (Washington, D.C.) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and its partners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Latin American Bird Reserve Network. A successful model for sustainable birdwatching tourism designed to prevent the extinction of some of the Americas’ rarest birds, the network now includes more than 70 tropical reserves spanning close to one million acres. The reserves were created and supported by ABC and more than 30 partner conservation organizations, as well as [continue reading…]
Seven FKSC Swimmers Compete in Short Course Junior Olympics—Two Advance The Florida Keys Swim Club had 7 swimmers competing in the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics last month. Individual qualifiers were Abbie Sargent, Corley Smith, Zoe Marchetti, and Caroline Hoff. Also swimming a relay were Layne Smith, Chrislyn Lowell, and Maria Grant. All seven swimmers were up against the best 14 &Under athletes in all of South Florida. Abbie Sargent had multiple top 5 finishes and as a result of being the fastest 9 years [continue reading…]
Who’s More Water Wise? Marathon or Key West? The Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1- 30, is a community service campaign to see which cities can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges to reduce water and energy usage. Locally, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is joining in as a neutral party to help all residents conserve water. To participate, residents of Key West and Marathon can register online via mywaterpledge.com or Facebook, and then make a [continue reading…]
This weekend is the NAS Key West Southernmost Air Spectacular. The event is expected to attract lots of people and may cause periodic traffic slow-downs in the area of the Boca Chica four-lane on Highway U.S. One. Everyone attending, and those traveling through the area on Saturday and Sunday should be aware of the potential for traffic back-ups due to this event and should plan accordingly. There may be traffic congestion both days, particularly between the hours of 8 – 10 a.m. and 3 – [continue reading…]
The Historic Landmark Hotel Offers Commemorative Events and Specials in honor of its Anniversary Celebration La Concha Key West, the shining star of Duval Street presenting a chic and lively atmosphere, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year with a host of events and guest experiences to honor its historical significance as one of the island’s most legendary hotels. An historic landmark Key West property, La Concha Key West is known for its deep and colorful roots within Key West’s history, famous for regularly hosting a [continue reading…]
The Key West City Commission has proclaimed April 1st the Rotary Club of Key West Day in honor of the 100th anniversary of its charter. For 100 years, members of the Rotary Club have put “service above self” by faithfully serving the community. “The Rotary Club of Key West has a long history of action to make our city better,” reads the proclamation, “by providing leadership in the establishment of other community organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Key West Chapter of [continue reading…]
It’s no secret that college students hop from bar to bar in the Florida Keys for spring break, but one group of students broke with stereotypes when they picked up trash at bars of a different kind: protected sandbars. For the fourth year in a row, students from the University of Florida’s Alpha Zeta fraternity chose to donate time from their spring break to help clean up marine debris from sandbars and shorelines in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The only active Alpha Zeta chapter [continue reading…]
Sydney Hamilton of Key West, a senior at Key West High School, will be presented with an engraved silver medallion to recognize her selection by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards as one of Florida’s top two youth volunteers of 2016. Presentation information: Date: Friday, March 18 Time: 2 p.m. Event: Spring pep rally Location: Key West High School gymnasium, 2100 Flagler Avenue, Key West Contact: Gavin Townsend, (305) 293-1549 Sydney started “Sydney’s Hope Project” two years ago to provide games, supervise craft projects and [continue reading…]
CELEBRATE TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK AT FLORIDA KEYS OUTLET CENTER Teachers invited to enjoy special perks from March 19-27 WHAT: Class dismissed! Area teachers are invited to Florida Keys Outlet Center for extra savings during their teacher appreciation special event from March 19-27. Throughout the event, teachers are invited to pick up Florida Keys Outlet Center swag bags filled with a coupon book, a discount sheet, extra coupons and a free gift! To receive a swag bag, shoppers must present a valid teacher or faculty ID [continue reading…]
NORTON, Mass. (Grassroots Newswire) Claire Young, a resident of Key West (33040) has been honored with placement on the Dean’s List at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., for the fall 2015 semester. A member of Wheaton’s Class of 2019, she is the daughter of Elizabeth Young and Gary Young, LMT. Wheaton is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Norton, Mass., with a 1,600-member student body drawn from 39 states and 72 countries. The college emphasizes the combination of rigorous academic study and real-world experience. [continue reading…]
Key West National Organization for Women (KWNOW) will host a demonstration to commemorate International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8 from 5 until 6 p.m.at the corners of N. Roosevelt Blvd. and Palm Ave. All women and men who support quality are invited to attend and create a sign to carry on an issue they feel passionate about — equal pay for equal work, reproductive rights, etc. A variety of signs will also be available. For details please phone (305) 393-7844.
March is National Women’s History Month and the 2016 theme is Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government. This year’s Honorees were chosen for their influence in public service and government leadership. Often overlooked and undervalued, they have individually and collectively dramatically influenced our public policy and the building of viable institutions and organizations. Women from diverse backgrounds in all levels of public service and government are essential in forming a more perfect union. The three Floridians chosen [continue reading…]
These kids, from Mrs. Kate Hofstetter’s class at Treasure Village Montessori School, are celebrating. They just graduated an 11 week intensive drug, alcohol, and tobacco resistance course called Project Alert. Project Alert helps kids in 7th grade learn about the consequences of giving in to peer pressure as it relates to alcohol, tobacco and drug use. Each lesson has a specific topic, and kids act out skits during which they get to practice resistance skills. The last class ended with students writing a commitment essay [continue reading…]
A large number of Navy personnel turned out to help the Sheriff’s Office with the Adopt a Highway cleanup on Cudjoe Key this week. Thanks to Deputy Austin Hopp and his wife Melissa – she is in the Navy and helped to encourage the involvement. About 600 pounds of trash were collected during the effort between mile marker’s 20 and 22. The cleanup was coordinated by Sgt. Linda Mixon and her squad. [optin-cat id=”26188″]
On Feb 29th 2016 Key West’s 25 ft section #93 of the historic Gilbert Baker Rainbow25 Sea to Sea flag (‘The Sacred Cloth’) will be departing Key West FL destined to Sydney Australia for its participation in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade March 5, 2016. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the largest LGBT celebrations in the world. Section #93, affectionately referred to as the ‘Sacred Cloth’ by the SCOTUS Obergefell Plaintiffs, will be carried the entire route [continue reading…]
FAVORite People of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges: Nancy Chatelaine and Robert Keeley.— Nancy Chatelaine and Robert Keeley pause a moment among their duties as members of FAVOR, the Friends group to the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Chatelaine has volunteered for 6 years, inspired not only by the land, water, weather and creatures but by “the smart, talented, creative individuals” of FAVOR and the Refuges. “It is an incredible opportunity for me to live here, interact with [continue reading…]
Calling all creators, builders and assemblers—are you a geek engineer or creative genius who likes to tinker with wheels, old bikes, gears and pulleys, nuts and bolts? Do you like costumes and love to make a spectacle of yourself parading down Duval Street in the company of others of like mind? If this sounds like you, sign up now to participate in the inaugural Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, set for May 13-15, 2016. Kicking off in front of the [continue reading…]
Visiting law professor, practicing criminal attorney, historian and Civil War reenactor Bernard Siler addressed some 130 middle school and 50 fifth grade students at Sigsbee Charter School on Friday. The lecture, titled “African-Americans in the Union Forces,” sponsored by the Friends of Fort Taylor and the Key West Art & Historical Society, focused on the experience of thousands of African-Americans who served in the Union Navy during the Civil War. Siler, who has been featured as an expert in documentaries about the military tribunal that [continue reading…]
Registration is open for Key West Sunrise Rotary’s 23rd Annual Golf Classic on Feb. 28 benefiting club charities and providing college scholarships to Key West High School graduates. Sponsorships are still available and door prizes are welcomed from local businesses. The four-player scramble tournament tees off at 7:30 a.m. at the Key West Golf Club with prizes awarded for first, second and third place in each flight as well as closest to the pin, longest drive, and longest putt. The $100 entry fee gets [continue reading…]
Zonta Club of Key West Sponsors Heart Health Initiative for Local Women Launched in 2012, the Zonta Club of Key West is again sponsoring its annual Heart Health Initiative to bring attention to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. One in three women die of heart disease or stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Because prevention and early detection are paramount, Zonta has again partnered with Womankind to provide free comprehensive blood screenings to [continue reading…]
School Resource Officer Advisors and their Explorer Posts 904, 905 and 906 got together and spruced up the paint in the parking areas around Plantation Key School in Islamorada this past weekend. Fueled by Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and power rings (also known as donuts) they all had a great time and performed a wonderful service to the school.
Two new trees now grace Bayview Park in honor of Sgt. Eric Biskup, who succumbed to cancer this month at the age of 49. In an effort spearheaded by City Commissioner Sam Kaufman, the City’s Community Services Department planted a rare cinnamon bark tree and a jatropha tree. A new bench was installed between the trees. Rob Crider, owner of Just Keys Trees, Inc. generously donated the cinnamon bark tree. “It’s appropriate that it’s right across from the police department,” said Chief Donie Lee. “It’s [continue reading…]
As the U.S. and Cuba break new ground in post-Cold-War relations, the catamaran, Impossible Dream is charting new territory in promoting universal design to improve accessibility for wheel-chair users. The 58-foot sailing vessel embarks on a nine-day voyage this weekend to compete in the Conch Republic Cup from Key West to Cuba, a popular sailboat race suspended in 2003, when relations between the neighboring nations were less cordial. A six-person crew, three of whom are disabled sailors, will man the fully accessible sailboat. They will [continue reading…]
Upper Keys Explorer Post 905 learned about leadership from Retired Army Colonel James Peterson, a West Point graduate who served in Vietnam and was an instructor at the Army War College. He travels the U.S. and teaches the subject to business leaders. Topics included understanding people and how to inspire others. Left to right, Colen Peterson, Explorers Tyler Callahan and Terry Cooper, SRO Dep. Larry O’Neill, Explorers Chris Dotschay, Jayden Gattorno, Michael Anchetta and SRO Dep. Dave Stark.
United Way of the Florida Keys staff and volunteers donated their weekend to service, distributing “Stuff the Bus” school supplies to students in need and volunteering with local nonprofits in Key West and Tavernier. From January 15th-18th, United Way of the Florida Keys participated in service events throughout the Keys to celebrate the Martin Luther King Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks [continue reading…]