David Wolkowsky, affectionately known as “Mr. Key West” to many, awarded eight teachers $5,000 each at Key West High School in the first week of June. Mr. Wolkowsky has been bestowing the Teachers of Merit Awards for 16 years, since 2001. The educators learned they’d been chosen during a faculty meeting after watching a short film dedicated to Mr. Wolkowsky. Teachers receiving the award from previous years were showcased in the short film. In it, they thanked Mr. Wolkowsky for his generosity. Many believe the [continue reading…]
Local Educators to Participate in National Program Area educators have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 26-30, 2017. Participants include: Tess Alfonsin, St. Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, Texas Joanna Best, Roberts Field School, Brooklyn, N.Y. Kim Bradley, George Washington Elementary School, Kingsport, Tenn. Aaron Branda, Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville, Md. Robin Cicchetti, Concord-Carlisle (Mass.) Regional High School Rebecca Cochrane, Charter Oak International [continue reading…]
-Jim Knight uses Rock ‘n’ Roll spirit to transform business on June 28th- The Monroe Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), in partnership Key West Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, is excited to feature Jim Knight, a nationally-renowned speaker and training and development veteran of more than 30 years, at their upcoming Rock Your Business to Success Workshop. This educational workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort [continue reading…]
Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West. This meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues. A social hour follows the meeting. For more information or to join, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renowned drag queen “Sushi” introduces author Kenneth D. Michaels to the crowd at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar on Friday night during a debut event for his most recent book, “Only in Key West,” a ‘Nick and Norm’ Gay Detective Series novel in which Sushi and the ‘801 Girls’ appear under pseudonyms.
Key West Art & Historical Society’s ArtCamp! is held every summer at Fort East Martello, featuring themed weeks with auxiliary activities and excursions that include field trips to local museums, nearby beaches and gardens—all highlighting the abundant history and cultural assets of our islands while encouraging and expanding students in their knowledge of their local community. For more information, visit KWAHS.ORG/LEARN or call Adele Williams, Director of Education at 305.295.6616 extension 115. All the student’s films can be viewed at facebook.com/pg/KWAHSArtCamp/videos.
A Live, Local, “Critter Cam” has been established on a backcountry island in the National Key Deer Refuge. The camera is focused on a pair of nesting white-crowned pigeons, who currently are incubating two eggs in their nest. We welcome the public to view the live video feed at their convenience by visiting either the National Key Deer Refuge or the Great White Heron National Wildlife Websites and then clicking on the critter cam links. www.fws.gov/refuge/National_ Key_Deer_Refuge/ or go DIRECTLY to the CRITTER CAM [continue reading…]
18th Annual Tour American Cancer Society Relay For Life Kayaking Team Cancer affects all of us in one way or another. You may have a family member who has battled the disease or a friend or a co-worker. Cancer can not only do physical damage to the body, but can leave permanent scars on its victims and their loved ones. These are the people for whom we paddle. The mission of the Castaways Against Cancer is two-fold. The goal is to not only find a [continue reading…]
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Call to Artists Requests for Grant Proposals, Deadline June 30, 5pm The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is seeking Monroe County artists of all genres (visual, music, dance, literary, etc.) to apply for two grant opportunities. The deadline for Artists in Schools and Special Projects grants is June 30 at 5 pm. Online applications can be found at www.keysarts.com or click application links below. Artists in Schools The Artists in Schools Grant program invites teaching artists in [continue reading…]
Mayor Craig Cates helped kick off a week of celebration by proclaiming June 7th through the 11th as Key West Pride Week. Since the late 1970s, the Key West Business Guild has been promoting Key West as a LGBT travel destination. “Key West made history by electing the first openly gay Mayor,” reads the proclamation. In addition, this community “presented the world with the Sea to Sea Rainbow Flag and has always been a leader of LGBT rights and protections for our nation.” The city’s [continue reading…]
EQUALITY MARCH AND RALLY WILL BE THE GRAND FINALE AT THIS YEAR’S PRIDE PARADE ON JUNE 11 Women’s March Florida Keys Chapter to host Equality March and Rally for Unity and Pride on June 11. The Equality March will end at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with an Equality Rally. Speakers include Stuart Milk (the nephew of Harvey Milk), County Commissioner Heather Carruthers, and others. The Equality March for Unity and Pride is a grassroots movement taking place June 11 in more than 110 cities across [continue reading…]
The Key West Literary Seminar is offering full scholarships to teachers and librarians from around the country to attend this year’s Seminar, “Writers of the Caribbean,” held January 11-14, 2018, at the San Carlos Institute in Key West. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 15. Scholarship packages include a full waiver of the Seminar registration fee of $575 and need-based financial assistance to offset lodging costs. Scholarships for local teachers and librarians are also available through arrangements with the Key West Public Library, Key [continue reading…]
The Key West City Commission last night paid tribute to retiring cardiovascular specialist Dr. Bruce Boros for his extensive service to the community by naming June 6th as Dr. Bruce Boros Day. Throughout his 32-year career, Dr. Boros has cared for the community with all his heart. In the early 1980s, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, he resurrected and formed the local Lower Keys Heart Council which dedicated all funds to local needs, particularly to those families with children who needed financial assistance [continue reading…]
Key West High School graduating student Billie Jo Carter is the recipient of the Richard and Nina Wardlow Memorial Scholarship. The award was presented during Class Night by Key West Fire Department’s Captain David Zarate, the first recipient of this award 20 years ago, and Captain Jason Barroso the Fire Academy facilitator. Billie Jo was a student in this year’s fire academy. She plans to use the money to further her firefighting education and become a firefighter with the Key West Fire Department. She is [continue reading…]
On May 31, the Key West Art Center was honored to bestow the 2017 Martha Watson Sauer Scholarship on two talented graduating seniors: Hanna Antonides and Firdavs Yuldashev. Both of these young artists are dedicated and impassioned individuals; Hanna has volunteered extensively with One World One Canvas and Firdavs has won numerous national, regional, and state awards for animation and illustration. Their talent speaks best for itself through their work: “Brother” by Hanna is done in watercolor & ink and “Deep in the Woods” by [continue reading…]
BINGO FOR A CAUSE — Key West Art & Historical Society Curator, Cori Convertito, Ph.D., and Nic Farrar will host the Monday, June 19, Charity Bingo Night at the Green Parrot Bar, from 7-9pm. Bingo cards are just $1 each; prizes and surprises to be won include gift certificates and goodies from Deuce’s “Off the Hook” Grill, Pepe’s Café, Camille’s Restaurant, Thirsty Mermaid and a bottle of Stoli vodka donated by the Green Parrot Bar. Proceeds benefit the KWAHS exhibitions department. For more information contact [continue reading…]
Several scholarships are available for teens interested in upcoming Key West Art & Historical Society Teen Camp workshops: Fossil Lab, which takes place June 12– June 16, and two consecutive Pinhole Photography Camps: Technique, which runs June 19- June 23, and Creating a Body of Work, June 26-June 30. Workshops run from 9am-4pm at Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Teen Fossil Camp, taught by sand-sculptor Marianne van den Broek, guides students in learning how to sculpt and cast bones working with tools in [continue reading…]
Mayor Craig Cates this week commended some of the island’s larger employers for their team’s efforts to go green. During the week of March 27th, ten of the largest employers in Key West took the 3rd Annual Green Commute Challenge. Employees earned points for the methods they used commuting to work. More than 970 people participated, reporting over 4,000 commutes that week. Sixty-six percent of all trips were self-powered in this year’s challenge. This year’s challengers included the City of Key West, the Florida Department [continue reading…]
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers testified at the inaugural public meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Climate Solutions Caucus in Washington, D.C. Her remarks emphasized the reality that many local governments already are being forced to take expensive action to prepare for the negative impacts of sea level rise on their communities and their vital infrastructure. In her remarks, Carruthers said that to date most of the costs to address necessary adaptation to sea level rise so far have [continue reading…]
Some days are better than others in law enforcement as in any other profession. I’m thinking this was one of the better days for Deputy Wilfredo Guerra and Sgt. Nick Whiteman, who were on Wave Runner patrol offshore of Marathon Sunday. While out on the water, watching for scofflaws, the two saved a pelican who, it turned out, was suffering from botulism. They took it to the Wild Bird Center where the bird was expected to make a full recovery.
Monroe County Fire Rescue responded at 2:03 a.m. Monday to an RV fire at 27342 Antigua Lane, mile marker 27 of U.S. 1 on Summerland Key. The RV was parked on a vacant lot with one female living inside. She escaped without injury prior to the arrival of Fire Rescue. Firefighters from the Cudjoe, Big Pine and Sugarloaf stations responded to find one RV fully engulfed in flames and a second RV partially involved. A box trailer located on the property suffered heat and smoke [continue reading…]
Ms. Stephanie Ganim Webb and her 7th grade class at Treasure Village Montessori school have successfully completed the 11 week Project Alert class taught in all schools by Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers. The class teaches resistance skills to combat peer pressure to use alcohol, tobacco and drugs. In the photo, the kids are proudly showing their drug free commitment essays they will take home and present to their parents. Congratulations to them and to all the kids who completed Project Alert this year!
Garden Grads! Anoom Yasmin, Jessica Ofarrill and Olivia Johnson are three of five “Garden Companions” heading off to college who were honored by the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on May 27th. Inspired by their years as nursery volunteers, they plan to continue studies in biology, environment and related sciences. Over a four year period, the five budding scientists donated over 1530 hours of community services hours to KWTF&BG. Their replacements are sought. School-aged children 13 and older who would like to learn [continue reading…]
The Autism Society of the Keys (ASK) invites you to join us for a free workshop in Key West on Tuesday, June 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Grace Lutheran Church located at 2713 Flagler Avenue. Workshops are designed to inform participants of resources available to your child and family and to create and provide continuing support through personal interaction with other families who are living with autism. Resources include financial assistance with co-pays for doctor visits, help with [continue reading…]
A 6-panel mural created by the entire student body of May Sands Montessori was revealed in a special celebration on Friday, May 25th at the public charter school located on the corner of United and Leon Streets. The 420-square foot mural features local island fauna with varying island weather patterns and day times as a back drop and selected facts to represent the image painted. Supported by a grant from the Florida Keys Arts Council and led by the school’s arts enrichment instructor Bria Ansara, [continue reading…]
Hope Unity & Global Equality Inc. (H.U.G.E.) is very honored to announce that Section 93 of the 1.25 mile (worlds longest) Rainbow25 Sea to Sea Flag sewn in Key West will be leading The Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington D.C., Sunday June 11th 2017. Section 93 (eight color), sometimes referred to as the ‘Sacred Cloth Project’, has been proudly presented at many historic moments worldwide, and was in DC for the SCOTUS Marriage Equality hearing in 2015. Originally commissioned in 2003 and created [continue reading…]
Key West showed its stuff this year when it came to the Green Commute Challenge by beating the national average. While 76 percent of the nation drives to work solo, employees on our island are out of their cars 64 percent of the time The 3rd Annual Green Commute Challenge sets a rivalry between the city’s largest businesses because these businesses can make the biggest difference in going green. During the week of March 27th to April 2nd, employees from ten of the largest businesses [continue reading…]
Florida Keys Mosquito Control District [FKMCD] broke ground this morning on the Lower Keys Operational Facility on Big Coppitt. The facility, which is located at 18 Aquamarine Drive, includes a chemical storage and maintenance facility. FKMCD still needs to apply for another permit for a trailer complex that will house administrative offices and a small mosquito identification lab. FKMCD has until the end of March 2018 to vacate their current location at 5224 College Road. The project is currently on track to have the new [continue reading…]
Navy League Key West Council hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Maine Memorial, Key West Cemetery, with guest speaker Capt. Bobby Baker, Naval Air Station Key West commanding officer. American Legion Post 28 hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Southern Keys Cemetery, Big Coppitt Key, with guest speaker Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West commander.
Local Radio Personalities Return to the Airwaves After 8 Years Local tech experts and radio personalities are joining forces to offer an innovative, call-in talk show which invites listeners to call with their most challenging technical questions. The show, titled Keys Genius, premieres Sunday, May 28th at 6pm on FM radio The X 104.9 with live streaming on YouTube. Keys Genius is the brainchild of David Bethune, a longtime resident of Key West and serial entrepreneur. It’s also the new name for his tech consulting [continue reading…]
The Monroe County Education Foundation will recognize the accomplishments and celebrate the graduation of 54 Take Stock in Children scholars on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the Marathon High School Auditorium. This year the foundation is honored to welcome Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie or Ethiopia as the keynote speaker. Prince Ermias currently serves as the Chairman of the Crown Council of Ethiopia in exile. The Crown Council is the last surviving Imperial Ethiopian deliberative body. The Crown Council has, in exile, pursued a [continue reading…]
Looking for a unique gift this Father’s Day? Forget the ties and socks – adopt a manatee! For $25, Save the Manatee Club (SMC) will send your dad an adoption certificate, photo, and life history of a real living manatee. Adoptive “parents” will also receive updates on their manatee in the Club’s quarterly newsletter as well as a subscription to Paddle Tales, the Club’s bi-monthly enewsletter. Or for $35, each new member who joins the Adopt-A-Manatee program will also receive a free T-shirt with a [continue reading…]
United Way of the Florida Keys is excited to share it will distribute a total of $185,000 in grants to local nonprofit agencies in 2017-18. 15 programs have been identified so far for funding through UWFK’s traditional funding process in one of three United Way focus areas: access to nutritious food for people in critical need; early childhood or after-school care with an educational or positive behavioral component; or safety net services, including information and referral or short-term emergency response. In addition to distributing [continue reading…]