February 14, 2017 Free weddings and holy union ceremonies for locals of Monroe County. Provided to couples are the minister, the church, bouquet/boutonnière to borrow, taped music, and the opportunity to take pictures in the sanctuary and garden area. Couples must register together, at the church office. Please call Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center at 305-296-5888 for a registration appointment time. Weddings and holy union ceremonies will be conducted on Valentine’s Day at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, noon, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. Unity [continue reading…]
Friday, Jan. 20 10 a.m. Mile Marker 103.6, south end of bridge on bay side KEY LARGO – A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Jan. 20 to celebrate the opening of a new 125-foot-long, 11.5-foot-wide pedestrian bridge over Marvin Adams Waterway. The pedestrian bridge completes the U.S. 1 Bayside Shared Use Path, which stretches from approximately mile marker 100 to 106. “This is a very special day for those of us who walk, jog, bike or just want to go from our hotel to [continue reading…]
Get creative this Valentine’s Day – do something extra special. Few gifts could rival a real, living manatee from Save the Manatee Club. Manatee gift adoptions given as a Valentine’s Day gift help to educate others about this unique, gentle marine mammal and also support the Club’s many conservation programs. Anita McCarthy from Fernandina Beach, Florida, decided to adopt a manatee for her “very special guy,” Kent Andres, also from the same locale, after visiting Blue Spring State Park, in Orange City, Florida. “I had [continue reading…]
Key West Sunrise Rotary recently installed marketing and fundraising consultant Michelle Chennault as its third new member of 2017. 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 Beachside Hotel.
On Friday in a ceremony in Marathon, the Sheriff’s Office recognized its members of the fourth quarter for 2016. These members were chosen for this honor due to exceptional service during the period of October – December of 2016. Left to right, Sheriff Rick Ramsay; Explorer of the Quarter Mako Geide; Deputy of the Quarter Alexandra Davis; Detention Deputy of the Quarter Anthony Lopez and Support member of the Quarter Human Resources Specialist Suzanne Alexander.
AIDS Help, one of the seven participating Agencies of The SMART Ride (TSR) 2016, was awarded $120,140.63 for its participation in the annual 165-mile trek from Miami to Key West. TSR’s inception dates back to 1993, when it was known as BIKE It & B.E.A.R. It. Since, over $8,300,000 has been raised and returned to Florida organizations working with HIV/AIDS clients for direct services…the only one of its size to give back 100%. At the January 14th check distribution party, 6 AIDS service organizations (ASOs) [continue reading…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
AIRLINE TO START NEW NONSTOP SERVICE FROM CHICAGO TO KEY WEST IN JANUARY Wearing coats and sweaters, the 55 passengers of United Airlines’ first flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Key West International Airport stepped off the plane last Friday. They left New Jersey with temperatures below freezing and a chance of snow and were greeted with sunshine, a light breeze, 80 degree temperatures, celebratory baseball caps and a water cannon salute from Monroe County Fire Rescue. “Best flight ever and I’ve been coming [continue reading…]
MARATHON, FL – Monroe County staff in five departments held a “Count Down to Giving” contest to benefit the Grace Jones Community Center Backpack 4-Kids program. This program provides weekend food backpacks for needy families in our community. For the first 19 days of December, employees from the building, code compliance, planning and environmental resources, information technology and employee services departments competed with each other to bring in the most non-perishable food items. Team Captains assisted at each location and all donations were brought to [continue reading…]
Did you know 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder? If you are a professional, parent, or caregiver of an autistic child, or know someone who is, on January 9 and January 11 CARD (the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities) will offer a series of workshops in the Florida Keys to help support students with autism and hold open registration for in-person consultations for those wanting to learn how they can access CARD’s many support programs and resources specific to their [continue reading…]
Every year the Sheriff’s Office collects toys for the Holiday Helper’s Toy Drive, which is coordinated through the Wesley House. As part of that yearly collection of toys, Captain Jon Crane organizes a special collection of bicycles. This year, he and many others who helped out with the bike drive, collected over 100 new bicycles in all sizes and colors. The bikes will go to families in need of help this Holiday season. Here is Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Captain Jon Crane and the many people [continue reading…]
PROuuD donated $200 worth of food to Cooking With Love on Saturday, December 17, 2016. PROuuD is One Island Family Southernmost UU Congregation’s Youth Group. It stands for People Regardless of Orientation (Unitarian Universalists) Developing. Please contact the Pam Flowers at (305) 731-4298 to learn more about this newly formed youth group. The teens collected cans and non perishable food items and used a portion of money donated to the group from the Key West Business Guild to shop for the equivalent of one meal. [continue reading…]
CenterState Bank staff participated in the The 10th annual U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots event at the Ocean View Restaurant and Pub in Islamorada on Dec. 17th. Local branches collected toys to be distributed to kids in need throughout the Keys through firehouses up and down the Keys and KidsCome First in Key West.
Miami, Fla. – SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and The Everglades Foundation, Inc. announced a new partnership focused on educating young Floridians about the importance of saving America’s Everglades. Through the Everglades Literacy Curriculum, teachers help students understand the immeasurable ecological and economic impact of the Everglades ecosystem and why saving this national treasure is important to all Floridians and more than 70 threatened and endangered species that call it home. To watch a video on the partnership, please visit http://bit.ly/2hwRFF6. The Everglades Literacy Program is [continue reading…]
The Key West Botanical Garden Society is proud to announce the receipt of $25,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant-supported project will revise and improve the “Living Laboratory”, a school partnership program that enriches elementary school science curriculum through interaction with the natural environment at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. In previous years, hundreds of children have studied biodiversity with trained environmental educators and explored solutions to issues dealing with energy, ecosystems, migration and sea level [continue reading…]
Holiday revelers at Jane Gardner Interiors on Simonton Street enjoyed complimentary festive hors d’oeuvres and libations while hobnobbing with KWPD Mounted Police unit horses last Friday evening. The horses, who were sporting soft fleece saddle pads made from a new fabric designed by Jane in collaboration with Wisconsin-based illustrator Allison Beilke, are to be the beneficiaries of a fundraising campaign launched by Jane on their behalf, set to run through the month of December. For more information about Jane Gardner Interiors and Jane’s KWPD Mounted [continue reading…]
Locals and visitors celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Custom House Wednesday, November 30, at ‘Back in Time,’ a formal fundraiser with a history twist, presented by the Key West Art & Historical Society, steward of the historic landmark building. The evening of stylish revelry and eclectic festivities featured a cocktail reception on the elegant Custom House veranda with performers and musicians providing entertainment, followed by a red carpet promenade to the Westin Resort for a sit-down dinner with an auction, live music and presentation [continue reading…]
Though every entry into this year’s Holiday Parade was a winner the moment it brought a smile to a child’s face, five entries earned special recognition from the judges. Mayor’s Cup — Lower Keys Friends Vice Mayor’s Cup — Basilica of St. Mary’s School We have a tie for the Commissioner’s Cup — Florida Keys Aqueduct and Key West High School Conchettes Honorable Mention – Fifth Street Baptist Church The City of Key West wants to thank the community for this amazing effort. In addition [continue reading…]
The Keys Chorale sang in the season with the 2016 ‘Keys Chorale Holiday Harmonies’ concert at the Florida Keys Community College Friday evening. The festive musical toast to the holidays presented under the stars is just one of many attractions taking place across the island during the annual Key West Holiday Fest, which runs through December 31. Presented in part by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and the Monroe Country Tourist Development Council, for more information contact the Lodging Association at 305-296-4959 or [continue reading…]