For those who live in or visit the Florida Keys for an extended length of time, the sight of a miniscule Key Deer wandering about might not be so unusual. But what about the Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Bartram’s hairstreak butterfly, the Key Largo woodrat, the Key Largo cotton mouse, the Miami Blue butterfly, the Key tree cactus, the Stock Island tree snail, or the American Crocodile? Have you ever happened upon any of these creatures? Did you know they’re federally listed as endangered or [continue reading…]
The Cornish Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church invites all members of the public to attend the 24th Annual Black History Program Come celebrate with the choir, the poets, and the praise dancers! Join the Parade of Kings and Queens! Please wear you African Attire! Historians are invited to participate. Sunday, February 26, 2017, 3:00 pm 702 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL www.cornishmemorialamez.com
Saturday, February 18 from 12pm-9pm, Key West Art & Historical Society’s “Music at Martello” program presented the 2nd Annual Key West Food Truck Festival, an event that transformed the Fort East Martello parade grounds into a family and pet-friendly musical feast with the tasty delights of Key West’s top-notch food trucks and the grooving tunes of local and international acts.
Mayor Craig Cates has proclaimed February as Know Your Fisherman Month, acknowledging the vital role that our local fishermen play in our economy and our lives. “The Florida Keys commercial fishermen provide our community and our tourist economy with local, fresh, sustainably-caught seafood,” reads the proclamation, and “Key West’s reputation has been built as the seafood capital of the world.” On February 22nd, Keys commercial fishermen, restaurant chefs and community members will come together at the Three Hands Fish Market at Ibis Bay to launch [continue reading…]
Mayor Craig Cates and Commissioners Jimmy Weekley and Clayton Lopez joined together to recognize the tireless environmental efforts of Fran Ford. Ford, a long-time Key West resident, has dedicated years of hard work to environmental education and preservation. She was instrumental in founding the Florida Keys Audubon Society and the Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust. She has been active for many years with the Monroe County Environmental Education Advisory Council, the Key West Garden Club and the Botanical Garden Society. “Mrs. Ford has had [continue reading…]
Key West Zonta Club Again Presents “Journey To Success” Workshop Provides Business Skills to Help Women Begin and Advance In Careers The Zonta Club of Key West again presents “Journey to Success” a workshop designed for women and high school students searching for employment or currently working in Key West and the Lower Keys who are ready to enhance their career skills. It will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street in [continue reading…]
The February Cemetery Stroll at the Historic Key West Cemetery will take place on Saturday, February 25th. During the stroll, small groups of visitors will be escorted to gravesites where interpreters will tell the stories of the deceased in brief monologues. The groups are scheduled for departures at 9:30, 9:50, and 10:10 Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling (305) 304-1453. Among the gravesites to be visited are the Otto Plot, the USS Maine Memorial, the Martires de Cuba Memorial, and the Figueredo [continue reading…]
The Key West Police Mounted Unit this morning accepted $2000 worth of specialty tack and equipment donated through the fundraising efforts of Key West businesswoman Jane Gardner. Officers Matt Johnson and Mike Wolf presented her with a plaque in appreciation of her support. Paco got in on the celebration with a taste of a carrot-topped cupcake!
The Women in White held a peaceful vigil on the corner of northeast of Eaton St. and Simonton St. in Key West, Fl on Tuesday, February 7th 2017 from 10 AM- 12 noon. The group will be holding a weekly vigil in support of the Resistance. It is a friendly and approachable vigil. The group wears white as a symbol of solidarity with the suffragettes who successfully stood for our right to vote. We vote on Tuesdays. We stand on Tuesdays. However, you may bring [continue reading…]
Look for the KWHS Marching Conchs to include actual conch shells in future pregame performances! Five musical grade conch shells were donated to the KWHS Band on February 3rd 2017 with the help of Shep Shaw, grandfather of clarinet player, Thatcher Flowers. Shep was enjoying watching the KWHS Marching Conchs perform last Fall when he first suggested a conch shell addition to the show. The Flowers contacted band director, Gary Hernandez, to inquire about the idea of conch shell blowing with the Key West High [continue reading…]
Key West children and their grateful parents filled the commission chamber last night to witness the commendation of one of the City’s favorite guardians of public safety. Martha Fitch, a Key West crossing guard for over four decades, was named the Florida School Crossing Guard of the Year by the Florida Department of Transportation. Fitch has been in Key West since 1955. After retiring after serving over 25 years with the County Clerk, she started work as a crossing guard in 2000. The crossing guard [continue reading…]
Wednesday morning Jane Gardner, proprietor of ‘Jane’ on Simonton Street, presented the Key West Police Mounted Unit with cupcakes, carrots and $2000 worth of new specialty tack and equipment, the result of fundraising efforts the local businesswoman conducted over the holidays. Jane, in turn, was presented with a plaque from the Unit, thanking her for her contribution and support. 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 [continue reading…]
As part of the February-April 106th birthday celebration of America’s foremost 20th century playwright and Key West resident, the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit announces a series of public competitions for prose writers, poets, and professional and amateur painters. The submission deadline for the short story writing and poetry contests is March 8 with possible publication in an on-line journal; the deadline for registering for the plein air painting contest is March 3 and the painting will take place on the morning of March 4, [continue reading…]
On Sunday, February 12th, United Way of the Florida Keys will host a Valentine’s Day Jazz Brunch at the Lobster Crawl Bar and Grill. The brunch will be from 11:30-2pm on Fiesta Key (mile marker 70) and features live music from a local jazz trio. Tickets are $65 per person or $25 per child and are available on the United Way website: www.keysunitedway.org. The brunch will include an Endless Champagne and a Bloody Mary Bar, cinnamon roll French toast, local hogfish Oscar, smoked salmon platter, [continue reading…]
The Rotary Club of Sunset Key West is hosting the 1st Annual Manny Madruga Domino Tournament on Saturday, February 11th at The Southernmost House, 1400 Duval Street, Key West. Registration will begin at 6:00pm with the games commencing at 6:30pm. This event will honor Manny and the funds raised will benefit suicide awareness and prevention efforts in the Florida Keys along with a criminal justice scholarship in Manny’s name. “Manny truly defined being a Rotarian by constantly serving his community and always loving and supporting [continue reading…]
Artist Michael Palmer has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Anne McKee Artist’s Fund’s Miriam B. Good Award. Palmer, who has painted professionally for more than 40 years, has spent more than half of that time as a Key West working artist and contributor to the annual Anne McKee fine art auction. Of his association with the Anne McKee Fund he says, “There have been many auctions in Key West, but the Anne McKee auction holds a special place for me. Artists have [continue reading…]
Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Marathon high school youth, Rachel Philcox (left) and Alyssa Turner volunteer on Saturday, January 28 at the Marathon Family Fun Fest. The young women distributed information regarding the dangers of smokeless tobacco in advance of Through With Chew week, February 19-25, 2017. The SWAT youth advocates work to educate and unite students against the alleged manipulation and targeting of youth by tobacco companies. For more information, visit monroe.flhealth.gov.
City Commissioner Sam Kaufman, during last week’s City Commission meeting, proclaimed January 28th as International Women’s Flag Football Association Day. The International Women’s Flag Football Association is a union of women’s and girls’ flag football teams, leagues, and individual players from around the world, run by women. Their mission is to provide an opportunity for all females regardless of race, nationality, age, skill level, economic status or sexual orientation to enjoy healthy competition, have fun, develop teamwork skills, learn fair play, good sportsmanship, create new [continue reading…]
Superintendent Mark T. Porter is pleased to announce Information Technology Programmer Analyst, Tariel Moran as the Monroe County School District’s School Related Personnel Employee of the Year. Mr. Moran’s role in the successful implementation of a new student information system, Focus School Software, was vital to the district reaching one of its most significant milestones of the year. Tariel has served the School District for over twenty-one (21) years. He spent eight years at Sigsbee School as an Office Manager and Data Entry Clerk before [continue reading…]
At 10:36 a.m. Thursday, Monroe County Fire Rescue responded to a fully involved fire of a two-story house at 26 Bay Drive in the Bay Point subdivision, around mile marker 15 in the Lower Keys. “The first company arrived, station 10 out of Sugarloaf, and the house was completely involved from top to bottom and side to side,” Monroe County Fire Chief James Callahan said. “The guys and gals went into defensive mode and did a good job to contain the fire to the house [continue reading…]
May Sands Montessori student Isabela Barr holds out a handcrafted lampshade created by she and fellow classmates for the live auction component of her school’s annual gala, while her mother and gala organizer Layla Barr entices the crowd for their bids. The “Great Gala- Bal Masque” held January 20 brought together more than one hundred revelers- a mix of the school’s parents and community members- who enjoyed an evening of dancing, dining, and a silent and live auction of items generously donated by many local [continue reading…]
Last November, Hanna Antonides, a senior at Key West High School and an active member of local nonprofit One World One Canvas (OWOC) organized art workshops for the Big Pine Academy first and fifth grade classes, in which she taught a lesson on the importance of charity and the students created cards for the orphans at The Church of The God of Prophesy Orphanage in Leogane, Haiti. With help from art teacher Ms.Conny, the entire school created cards decked out with crayons and lollipops for each [continue reading…]
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…]