Sep 012017
Discovery Saturday Dives into Dolphin Behavior

The Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center, operated by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, hosts Discovery Saturday for children in kindergarten through fifth grade on the third Saturday of each month. Discovery Saturday on Sept. 16th will feature guests from the Dolphin Research Center who will help children uncover fun facts about dolphin family behavior and learn about the mammal’s amazing abilities. Space is limited. Call 305-809-4750 to register. Discovery Saturday 10-11 a.m., Sept. 16, 2017 Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 35 E. Quay Rd. Key West, FL 33040 For children in kindergarten through 5th grade The Eco-Discovery Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #234, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 012017
National Key Deer Refuge Beach Cleanup –Sat. Sept. 16th

Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017 is International Coastal Cleanup Day; in honor of that, the National Key Deer Refuge and our Friends group FAVOR is hosting a beach cleanup at Long Beach on Big Pine Key from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.  We are looking for volunteers to help clean this magnificent public beach area so it’ll be a beautiful place to walk, and safer for the Key deer, sea turtles, birds and other wildlife. The Refuge will supply gloves and trash bags, and have water available.  Please bring [continue reading…]

 September 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #234, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 252017
Labor Day Service To Honor the Civilians and Veterans Who Perished in the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane

Islamorada Hurricane Monument Monday, September 4th 9:00 am The service will include the invocation, presentation of colors, recognition of special guest,singing of the national anthem, guest speakers, history of the hurricane and monument, theplacing of the memorial wreath and the benediction. We encourage everyone to attend in honorof those who perished. For more information please contact Barbara at 305-393-0940 We thank Centennial Bank for sponsoring the wreath, and all our guest speakers and volunteers.

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #233, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 252017
Andreas Franke at 7 Artists

Steve Panariello of Key West and Vienna, Austria, based photographer Andreas Franke (right) meet up at 7 Artists & Friends gallery on Friday, August 18, during a showing of Franke’s signature works – complex creations which involve production of studio images portraying people engaged in everyday activities, composited with photographs taken on submerged ships. The merged images are then mounted on the ships themselves, forming a temporary underwater art gallery and accumulating sea encrustation before retrieval some months later for land-based exhibitions. Franke’s first such [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #233, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 252017
A Boy’s Dream Comes True

The Mountains Shall Depart by Robert E. Holzhei has been published by Book Baby & Smith Publishing Companies that distribute throughout the United States and Europe. Writing was a lifelong dream for Holzhei and the words kept nudging at him. The first story was written at Cedarville, Michigan, and was published. “Two authors had an influence as my writing style developed. The book begins being told from the perspective of a young boy growing up in the mid 1940’s, much like To Kill a Mockingbird [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #233, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 252017
Monroe County Tourist Development Council Supports Preservation and Enhancements of Key West Lighthouse

Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum, one of the most highly visited historic locations in Key West, is getting much-needed renovations to its admission area thanks to $70,000 in funding from a Monroe County Tourist Development Council’s brick and mortar grant and in-kind contributions from Monroe County’s Project Management Department. The project, which started July 5 of this year, will run through early October— without impacting the museum’s operations and allowing them to remain open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm. “The Society wants to ensure a positive [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #233, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Aug 182017
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, Sunday August 20th

by Arida Wright……. A Key West tradition of the new millennium continues on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the Annual Observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, at the Key West African Cemetery memorial monument on Atlantic Boulevard, just west of White Street and adjacent to the West Martello Tower brick fort at Higgs Beach in Key West, Florida.

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Arida Wright, Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 182017
Students Experience Outer Space Adventures at Key West Art & Historical Society Mission Control ArtCamp!

Key West Art & Historical Society’s Mission Control ArtCamp!, which ran August 7-11, 2017,  challenged campers to create an atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of an exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star outside the solar system. This interstellar adventure propelled the students to a new world and helped them understand what is necessary for human habitation. Camp activities included exploring our galaxy, creating one’s own galaxy, growing space crystals and experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets. Key West [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 182017
Experts Share Ideas at Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop

If you are thinking of building a float for the 2017 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade – and you should be! – reserve a space now for the Parade Design Workshop August 27 at The Studios of Key West. The Design Workshop puts you in a room with imaginative yet practical experts—parade and float designers who have hit the pinnacle of crowd pleasing and won awards in the past! This year’s panelists include Marky Pierson, Bob and Sue D’Antonio, Rochelle Eannarino and Sugar Kirk. Marky Pierson is [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Get into Your Sanctuary Day

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates Get into Your Sanctuary Day On Aug. 12, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary hosts its third Get into Your Sanctuary Day to raise awareness about the value of national marine sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation. In addition to a coastal cleanup, visitors can experience a ship-to-shore telecast with the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and share photos on the sanctuary’s new story map. Uploading to the story map requires only a few simple steps. Images illustrating how people spend their [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Coast Guard Rescues Navy Pilot from Waters 20 Nautical Miles Southeast of Key West

MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued a Navy pilot from the water approximately 20 nautical miles southeast of Key West, Wednesday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard 7th District Command Center were notified at approximately 1:07 p.m. that a Navy F-5N jet pilot was in the water and needed assistance. The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to conduct a search. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 1:15 p.m., observed an emergency smoke signal and located the pilot [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Deputies Who Fought Marina Fire Honored

On June 5th, in the early morning hours, Deputy Seth Hopp was on patrol when he saw smoke billowing form the Vaca Key Marina in Marathon. He called in a fire at that location and other deputies headed his way. As he heard an explosion, he ran toward the fire, concerned about the safety of anyone who might be in the area. Other deputies arrived. At a team, they all began clearing residences in the area, moving boats moored in the vicinity of the fire [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Sheriff Honors Leaders

Sheriff commends service to community Sheriff Rick Ramsay recognized  leaders in two state law enforcement agencies for their service to the community and their commitment to working with the Sheriff’s Office as community partners. At an awards ceremony held Friday in Marathon, Sheriff Ramsay gave distinguished service awards to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathleen McKinney and Florida Fish and Wildlife Captain Dave Dipre. The two leaders have been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a close working relationship between their agencies and the Sheriff’s Office.

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Catch a Florida Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of our Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Recognition programs. This qualified her for the first tier of the Saltwater Fish Life List Club. Shortly after, she also submitted a gray triggerfish to the Saltwater Reel Big Fish program, becoming the first angler to qualify [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Bernstein Park Gets 3 Acres of New Sod During $7.7 Million Makeover

STOCK ISLAND, FL – Monroe County’s Bernstein Park on Stock Island is looking a lot more like a grassy oasis these days after nearly 3 acres of sod recently was installed. The new grass is part of the County’s $7.7-million renovation project to turn the park that was prone to flooding into a functional green space the community can enjoy for years to come. Keeping the grass green will be done by using reclaimed water from Key West Resort Utilities. The new park is scheduled to [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #231, News, Special Event 4 Responses »
Aug 112017
Commissioned Model of Tennessee Williams' Duncan Street House by Jane Rohrschneider Now on Display

Artist Jane Rohrschneider holds a tiny model English Bulldog, one of two faux canines that inhabit an elaborate model of Tennessee Williams’ Duncan Street house, crafted by Rohrschneider and installed on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, 513 Truman Avenue in Key West. The artist said the approximately 24 square foot model, which is 1/24 scale, took eight months to craft and represents how the home of the great American playwright looked in the 1950s. Since features of the property [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Al-Anon Family Groups Offer Weekly Meeting in Marathon

Al-Anon Family Groups, a support group for the friends and families of alcoholics, offers regularly scheduled meetings in Marathon. Monday nights and Friday nights meet at St. Columba Church located at 451 52ndrd Street Gulf in Marathon beginning at 6:00 p.m. A daytime meeting is held during season, October 1 through April 30, on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Marathon United Methodist Church located at 3010 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Al-Anon’s purpose is to help families of alcoholics by giving understanding and encouragement to [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Monroe County Fire Rescue Extrication Training

MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE AND NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST TRAIN TOGETHER ON ROCKLAND KEY ROCKLAND KEY, FL – Alex’s Auto Wrecking and Parts junkyard on Rockland Key was the perfect place for firefighters from Monroe County Fire Rescue and Naval Air Station Key West to get in some extrication training this week. Alex’s donated three cars for the firefighters to use for this life-saving training. Lt. Steve McAnally organized and led the training. Monroe County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Cab Bentley, Capt. Ryan Johnson and firefighters from [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Former State Representative Joe Saunders Named Equality Florida Senior Political Director

  On Wednesday, Equality Florida announced that Former State Representative Joe Saunders is rejoining the organization’s staff as the new Senior Political Director. In this role Saunders will be charged with leading the organization’s civic engagement programs, pro-LGBTQ mobilization efforts, and electoral programs. After nearly a ten year tenure serving as Equality Florida’s Field Director, Saunders ran for and won an east Orlando seat in the Florida House of Representatives, making history in 2012 when he along with David Richardson of Miami Beach, became the first openly [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »