Aug 192016
 
KWPD Underwater Search and Recovery Team Saves Man's Life

While conducting training yesterday, the Key West Police Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT) heard a call come over VHF channel 16 advising there was a vessel near Fort Zachary Taylor with a male having a medical emergency. The emergency was described as either a heart attack or seizure. The Coast Guard was receiving limited information as the woman on board did not know how to use a VHF and her cellphone had sporadic service. They were able to ascertain she was somewhere off the [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #180, News, Special Event 2 Responses »
Aug 192016
 
City Honors Retiring FHP Cpl Dunick

Florida Highway Patrol Corporal Gary Dunick received a commendation, a standing ovation and a Key to the City at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. Cpl. Dunick is retiring after nearly 40 years of dedicated service to the people of Key West and the Florida Keys Cpl. Dunick’s spent his entire career in the Keys, starting in August of 1978. The commendation noted that Cpl. Dunick “has served honorably and faithfully during his tenure with the Florida Highway Patrol. He approaches even the most difficult of situations [continue reading…]

 August 19, 2016  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #180, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 122016
 
Annual Tot Swap Consignment Sale

Are your closets overflowing with unused children’s clothes and other items?  Now is the time to clean out your closets and make some extra cash, or donate your items to support a local non-profit! The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is holding their annual Tot Swap Consignment Sale, to be held in Key West September 13-18.  The sale will be held next to the Key West K-mart and is open to the public.  Everyone is welcome to shop. Accepted consignment sale items include new or [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #179, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 122016
 
The Big Latch On in Monroe County

The Florida Department of Health Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program, in partnership with the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, hosted the Big Latch On in Islamorada and Key West last weekend. Nine babies in Monroe County successfully latched on with 17,223 other babies around the world, breaking the worldwide breastfeeding record. The Big Latch On supports communities with identifying and growing opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion. The event was part of World Breastfeeding Week, a global effort led by the World [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #179, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 122016
 
Sign-up is Open for 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair

Food and arts & crafts vendors are invited to sign-up for the 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. The Friday Street Fair is one of the key attractions of Fantasy Fest, creating an exuberant street party along Duval Street. Food vendors of all types are invited to come feed the hungry party-goers and the arts & crafts fair focuses on handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind art works. You never know what you’ll find. On Saturday, the Street Fair Promenade [continue reading…]

 August 12, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #179, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 052016
 
Green Lodging Certification Workshop

Did you know? The average Keys visitor seeks green travel 53 percent of the time? That TripAdvisor recognizes green lodging certifications on its website? The City of Key West supports businesses that want to conserve resources and save money, and is hosting a meeting for hotels, motels, inns, guest houses, resorts and B&B’s that are interested in getting certified or recertified with Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging Program. Date: Thursday, August 11th Where: Old City Hall at 510 Greene Street When: 9am – [continue reading…]

 August 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #178, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 052016
 
Hard Rock Café to Host “Stuff the Bus” Party for United Way of the Florida Keys

United Way of the Florida Keys and our friends throughout Monroe County are hard at work again this summer, making sure all of our kids have the tools they need for a successful school year! To help celebrate and collect more supplies, we are once again partnering with Hard Rock Cafe in Key West on Tuesday, August 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30pm. There will be free light bites with a donation of either school supplies or cash. Every dollar collected for Stuff the Bus goes [continue reading…]

 August 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #178, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 052016
 
Sister Season Fund Celebrates 11th Anniversary

Join the Sister Season Fund as they celebrate 11 years of Locals Helping Locals from 5pm – 8pm on Friday, August 5th at the Bottlecap with celebrity bartenders, snacks, games, a 50/50 raffle, and silent auction. The Sister Season Fund was founded in 2005 to help locals employed in tourism-related industries when a temporary financial emergency occurs through no fault of their own. These individuals represent the infrastructure of the tourism industry in Key West and our island can’t afford to lose them. Many do [continue reading…]

 August 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #178, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 052016
 
Creative Monkey Films as a Bronze Winner in  the 37th Annual Telly Awards

The Telly Awards has named Creative Monkey Films as a Bronze winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards for their piece titled Hemingway Challenge Key West Marlin Tournament. With over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. The entry produced by ‘Fernando’ Fred Barta Chronicles the excitement and action of the 3-day marlin tournament in Key West. The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and [continue reading…]

 August 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #178, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 052016
 
Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics Swim Games

Special Olympics Florida will host the 2016 Area 11 Swimming Games on Saturday, August 20th at Founders Park. Special Olympics athletes from Miami-Dade & Monroe County will compete in Swimming for the opportunity to advance to Special Olympics Florida State Swimming Championships. Volunteer Role: Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, check-in, opening ceremonies, score keeping, escorting athletes, timing, lunch distribution, awards and more. Volunteers will receive: A FREE Special Olympics White T-Shirt FREE Lunch A record of community service hours Volunteer Requirements: Complete a [continue reading…]

 August 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #178, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 052016
 
<Monroe/> COMPUTE$ New Challenge

“We’ll offer new prizes and awards for Monroe County students for the new school year,” John Padget, representing one of the Padget-Dekker foundations. “We are committed to students ready to grasp the challenge and get deeply involved in computer science—guaranteeing their job futures in virtually any industry.” Padget continued, “All forecasts tell us that most jobs of the future will require some knowledge of computers and computer science. www.Code.org forecasts that there will be a million open jobs in America by 2020.  Right now in [continue reading…]

 August 5, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #178, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 292016
 
Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2016 Visits Key West

Heather Taylor — Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2016 — arrived in Key West this week as part of her statewide trip to highlight the myriad of thing accessible to people with wheelchairs. Community Services Administrative Assistant Stephanie Johnson and Recreational Facilities Manager Randy Sterling took her on a tour of the recently remodeled center. They were joined by City Commissioners Margaret Romero and Clayton Lopez. Taylor, her husband Randal and their daughter Grace went swimming at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Pool and enjoyed some [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #177, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 292016
 
Police Lieutenants Graduate Management Program

Lieutenants Areaka Jewell and Joe Tripp completed the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development course in Ft. Lauderdale. This challenging ten week course better prepares upper level managers for practical law enforcement management. The Key West Police Department is continuously improving through training and seeking improved ways to protect and serve. This course provides improved skills for enhanced communication within the Department. It hones the officers’ skills for better management practices, enabling them to make the Department more efficient and effective. Capt. Sean Brandenburg and [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #177, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 292016
 
Noted Authors Celebrate Hemingway on the 117th Anniversary of his Birth

Authors Nancy Sindelar, PhD. (left), and Denyse Woods (right) share a celebratory moment and slices of birthday cake in honor of literary legend Ernest Hemingway at the Custom House Museum Thursday evening. The sweet dessert was dished up by Key West Art & Historical Society staff and volunteers following an insightful presentation by Sindelar, an internationally acclaimed Hemingway scholar. Woods is an Inniscarra, County Cork, Ireland-based author whose 500-word story won her the Florida Keys Flash Fiction contest and a stint of writing in Hemingway’s [continue reading…]

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #177, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 292016
 
The Weather Channel Team at Key West Lighthouse on Sunday

Intermittent waves of rain didn’t squelch The Weather Channel “It’s Amazing Out There Summer Tour” team’s Key West expedition this weekend. Left to right: Matt Saffer, cameraman/editor; Jen Carfagno, meteorologist; Trish Ragsdale, producer; Mark Elliot, meteorologist and Bobby Brunelle, cameraman/audio, made multiple stops at famous Key West landmarks including the Key West Light House and Keepers Quarters, where they broadcast a live report Sunday morning from the top of the historic structure that is stewarded by the Key West Art & Historical Society.

 July 29, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #177, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Monroe County Sheriff To Sponsor Local 'National Night Out' Events Keys Wide

National Night Out – Mark your calendars and have some fun! On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Sheriff’s Office will sponsor National Night Out events in the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys. All of the events will feature food, refreshments, and a great chance to meet your neighbors, members of the Sheriff’s Office from a wide variety of divisions, departments and special teams and many others who are involved in the field of public safety here in the Florida Keys. The goal of National Night Out [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #176, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Ms. Wheelchair Florida to Hold Press Conference Friday

The City of Key West is hosting a press conference by Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2016 at 10 a.m., July 22 at the Martin Luther King Community Center, 300 Catherine St. Please join us in welcoming her! Heather Taylor is flying to major cities across Florida to highlight accessibility changes for persons with disabilities and raising awareness about Dysautonomia. “I am excited to be visiting your beautiful city as part of a national news media event called, Ms. Wheelchair Florida Takes Flight,” said Heather. When Randall [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #176, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 222016
 
Early Sign-up Open for 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair, Discount for Key West Vendors

Early sign-up for the 2016 Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 has opened. Key West-based vendors get a 10 percent discount. Now thru August 8, food vendors can contact the Fantasy Fest Street Fair team at 305-296-1817 or streetfair@marketsharecompany.com for early access to vending locations for the exciting and well-attended Fantasy Fest Street Fair. Visit fantasyfest.com for applications and contact the Street Fair team for open locations and early sign-up fees. Any vendors hoping to bring a food truck [continue reading…]

 July 22, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #176, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Mayor Carruthers Receives Advocacy Award from Florida Association of Counties

ORANGE COUNTY – The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Monroe County Commissioner Carruthers with the Presidential Advocacy Award during the recent 2016 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Orange County. “It has been and continues to be a gratifying experience to work with fellow Commissioners around the state on federal issues that impact all of our 67 diverse counties,” Carruthers said. “I look forward to more progress in the future, and thank FAC for this recognition.” As a Chair of the FAC Federal Committee, [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #175, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
United Way of the Florida Keys to “Stuff the Bus” this Summer

This summer, United Way of the Florida Keys will collect school supplies to distribute to over 8,000 Keys students. Florida Keys children need school supplies such as pencils, binders, notebooks, and backpacks as part of their studies. But some local families can’t afford these basic supplies. That’s why United Way of the Florida Keys and community partners are supporting the annual “Stuff the Bus” event, an effort that last year produced 16 pallets of school supplies for distribution to Monroe County schools throughout the Keys. [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #175, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 152016
 
Volunteers Needed for Florida Keys Water Watch Program

Volunteers are needed for Florida Keys Water Watch (FKWW), an educational program developed by The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the Monroe County Extension Service. Volunteers receive free training and equipment to collect water quality data from the more than 170 miles of manmade canals throughout the island chain. Florida Keys Water Watch is designed to raise awareness of the importance of water quality, which has been adversely affected by development. Beginning in the 1950s, canals were dug out to [continue reading…]

 July 15, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #175, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 082016
 
Homeless Coalition Honors American Legion

The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition (FKOC) recently honored American Legion Arthur Sawyer Post 28 for their outstanding partnership and long time commitment to collaborating with FKOC to address the needs of homeless veterans in the Florida Keys. “No man or woman who fights to defend us, should have to fight for a job, a roof over their head, or the care they need when they come home,” said FKOC President and CEO, Rev. Stephen Braddock (not pictured). “I pray that together with the American Legion, [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #174, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 082016
 
Deputy Cleans up on Stock Island

Deputy David Lariz has been busy this week. He partnered with Public Works to clean up the area of 5th Street and 3rd Avenue on Stock Island. This area is known as a hang-out area for people conducting narcotics sales. He also worked with community member and former MCSO employee Ira Goldstein to tackle piles of trash on Sunshine Street on Stock Island. Waste Management was also a partner in this effort.

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #174, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 082016
 
Cleaning up in Marathon

Part two of the cleanup just north of the Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon. This hard working bunch from Sgt. Marc Maison’s squad initially removed 4,100 pounds of trash from the area, then returned for all of this remaining stuff, which weighed approximately 2,100 pounds.

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #174, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 082016
 
Call for Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys is seeking volunteers to work on a home repair and painting project in Key West on July 14th, 15th, and 16th. Our “A Brush With Kindness” Program focuses on homes owned by seniors that need minor repairs. No We are looking for folks at all skill levels to participate one or more days on this important project. If you can help, contact volunteer coordinator, Susan Kent, at 305-294-9006 or volunteer@habitatlowerkeys.org. Habitat for Humanity believes that [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #174, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 082016
 
29th Annual Membership Meeting

  Reef Relief’s 29th Annual Membership Meeting is to be held Monday, July 18, 6-8pm at the Casa Marina Grand Ballroom. This year’s speakers include Florida State Representative Holly Raschein who will discuss water quality issues and the 2016 Florida State legislature. Dr. Chris Langdon from the University of Miami will present his research on Ocean Acidification in South Florida and Cindy Lewis of Keys Marine Lab will present their work on Pillar Coral restoration. Presentations also include reports on Reef Relief’s current programs and [continue reading…]

 July 8, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #174, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 012016
 
Pier Dedicated to Edward B. Knight

Ninety-nine year old philanthropist Ed Knight did the honors this morning, unveiling the plaque renaming the White Street Pier in his honor. The pier will henceforth be known as the Edward B. Knight Pier. In recognition of nearly a century of service to the citizens of Key West, the City Commission dedicated the landmark “as a reminder of the overwhelming kindness, philanthropic support, and act of generosity bestowed upon the city and citizens of Key West,” reads the plaque. “The City of Key West acknowledges [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #173, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 012016
 
ADVISORY: Florida Bay Forever Forum

EVENT ADVISORY Florida Bay Forever Forum The Health of this Unique Everglades Estuary and its Impact on the Florida Keys What: The Florida Bay Forever Forum is intended to provide Florida Bay scientists and members of the Florida Keys community an opportunity to discuss openly the current Florida Bay seagrass die-off (including the causes, the impacts, and prognosis for recovery) and the solutions to fixing this problem. Presentations by Florida Bay scientists will be brief (10-12 minutes each) and designed for a non-technical audience. Following [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #173, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 012016
 
Key West Zonta Club Seeks Applicants for Martina Thurmond Scholarship

Scholarship Program Awards Local Women Advancing Their Careers The Zonta Club of Key West is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Martina Thurmond Ongoing Education Scholarship. The $1,000 award will be provided to a Lower Florida Keys woman at least 30 years of age for use to advance her current career or make a career change through continuing education. Applications must be received by July 29, 2016 by 5:00pm and are now available on the club’s website. The scholarship’s namesake, [continue reading…]

 July 1, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #173, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 242016
 
Pier Dedication Ceremony

The community is invited to join in commemorating local philanthropist Edward B. Knight with a ceremony renaming the White Street Pier. The dedication ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29th at the base of the pier henceforth known as the Edward B. Knight Pier. During his 75 on the island, Mr. Knight has been known as a visionary and a man open to new ideas. He has made tremendous contributions to our City by way of real estate development, historical preservation and overall [continue reading…]

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #172, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 242016
 
Indigenous Grandmothers Rally & Take Action at Shell Refinery in Martinez, CA

Martinez, CA: Early this morning, more than six people have occupied the main entrance to the Shell Oil refinery on Pacheco Boulevard in Martinez, CA today to protect and defend the land, air, water and soil from pollutants and to protest the company’s environmental and human rights record. Gathering with several dozen other community members, the group intentionally walked onto Shell’s property with the intention of stopping entry into the refinery. Today’s action at Shell is in response to the Indigenous Women of the Americas [continue reading…]

 June 24, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #172, News, Special Event No Responses »