Sep 302016
 
Trout Unlimited Launches Digital Report: We are Public Lands

Interactive report shows importance of public lands to the people who use them SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The United States has 640 million acres of public lands that belong to every man, woman and child lucky enough to call themselves Americans. Today, that birthright is under threat from private special interests that want to sell them off under the guise of “transferring” them to the states. In honor of National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, Trout Unlimited is releasing a [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #186, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 302016
 
Wounded Veterans Find Healing Waters in Islamorada

    Sixteen wounded veterans were recently hosted by local volunteers and fishing guides out of Worldwide Sportsman. The veterans had two days of guided fly and spin fishing on the flats of Florida Bay and the patch reefs of Islamorada. Veterans came from as far away as Wyoming and caught snook, permit, tarpon, and mangrove snapper. The event was coordinated by local and national non-profits. The Tavernier Elks Lodge, through its Vets on the Water outreach program, led local logistics and provided fundraising support. [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #186, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 302016
 
Students Celebrate International Peace Day

The Key West Montessori Charter School is a free, lottery-based public school that is open to all children and strives to reflect the diversity of our community while guiding students in the development of curiosity, self-motivation and respect. For more information or to schedule a time to observe the Montessori model at work in the classrooms, contact Principal Lynn Barras at 305. 293.1400 x 53418 or visit keywestmontessori.com.

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #186, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 302016
 
Reef Relief Seeking Volunteers

Reef Relief is looking for volunteers to help with our many projects throughout the year. Reef Relief, in partnership with the City of Key West has a storm water education project that provides three types of volunteering needs. The volunteering options include: Storm drain stenciling, distributing educational door hangers to residents, and marine debris removal events. If your company is looking for a way to give back to the community or an individual that can donate just a few hours of time, please contact us [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #186, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 302016
 
United Way of the Florida Keys “Stuffs the Bus”

On Friday, September 23rd, dozens of dedicated United Way volunteers distributed over $30,000 worth of school supplies to 15 Keys schools benefiting the over 8000 students throughout the district. Through generous donations from businesses and individuals up and down the Keys, UWFK was able to give out 5,500 packages of notebook paper, 2,500 boxes of crayons, 7,500 folders, and much more! Supplies are distributed to schools for children who may lack access to the resources they need to succeed in the new school year. The [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #186, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 302016
 
PROuuD Participated in an Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up

PROuuD participated in an Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up on Sunday, September 25, 2016. PROuuD is One Island Family Southernmost UU Congregation’s Youth Group. It stands for People Regardless of Orientation Development. Please contact the Pam Flowers at (305) 731-4298 to learn more about this newly formed youth group. Two hundred and twenty eight pounds of trash and thirty-four pounds of recycling were gathered by this small, yet, mighty, group on Sunday.

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #186, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 302016
 
Monroe County Fire Rescue Competes in Tunnel to Towers Race

MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE FIRST RESPONDERS PARTICIPATE IN TUNNEL TO TOWER RACE TO HONOR FIREFIGHTER WHO DIED IN TWIN TOWERS DURING 9/11 Twelve first responders of Monroe County Fire Rescue competed Sept. 18 in the Miami Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk to benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. They joined more than 1,000 firefighters, police officers, military members and civilians to run 3.1 miles through the Port of Miami tunnel and over a causeway to Bayfront Park, where they then climbed [continue reading…]

 September 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #186, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
Five Marathons in Five Days for Young Carers

On October 31, 30 brave Brits are heading to Florida to walk four marathons and run a fifth in just five days to raise money for the award-winning UK arts charity Create. The intrepid team, all staff from London-based diner chain The Breakfast Club, will start the challenge, dubbed The Beast, in Key Largo on October 4 and finish by taking part in the Southernmost Marathon in Key West on October 8 – an incredible total of 4,030 miles walked and run for Create. Create, [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
Womankind's Chocolate Bars

Sandra Ballard, center, is flanked by Womankind medical assistants Anisleidy Caridad, left, and Dianelis Borges, right. Sandra is holding the Hershey’s chocolate bar she received for being a patient at the medical center. Executive Director Kim Romano got the idea after reading an article describing how the sense of an ending shapes memory:”If you want people to remember you fondly, it’s best to engineer things so that the last thing they remember of you is something other than paying a bill.”

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
Deputy Honored by Marlins

Deputy Josh Gordon was selected by Sheriff Rick Ramsay to be honored at the Marlins Heroes event Monday night in Miami. He and his family were treated by the Marlins baseball team to VIP seats and parking and Josh was recognized during the game. Deputy Gordon was shot on duty last October attempting to apprehend a robbery suspect on Stock Island. He was saved from serious injury by his bullet proof vest. Thanks to the Marlins’ organization for their recognition of the heroes in our [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
Thanks to Volunteers for the Hard Work Cleaning Beaches!

Thanks to volunteers for Saturday’s cleanup of National Key Deer Refuge and Key West Refuge beaches. We wanted to say thanks to the more than 60 people who volunteered their Saturday morning, September, 17th to help clean up the public (National Key Deer Refuge) portion of Long Beach on Big Pine Key as part of the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup. At 9:00 am, Long Beach was a complete mess, full of plastics and other hazards to wildlife; by 12:00 pm it was beautiful and free [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
Zonta Pier House Goes PINK! Party to Benefit Zonta's Local Mammogram Program

Zonta 24th Annual ABC Walk/Run Fundraiser to Combat Breast Cancer Again Gets A Boost From Pier House Partnership Upcoming Pier House Goes PINK! Event Kicks Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month On October 6th, the third annual Pier House Goes PINK! party and live concert on the beach will kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and benefit the annual ABC Walk/Run fund which supports women in our community. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:00pm at the Pier House Resort and Spa, One Duval [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
Animal Rescue Fundraiser

CoCo’s Monkey Athleisure Wear Store Hosts a Fundraiser For Animal Lovers On Friday September 30, 2016, from 5-8:00pm at CoCo’s Monkey, 209 Simonton St., will host a fundraiser with hopes to raise money for our furry friends. Funds will be donated to the prevention of cruelty to animals & to locally operated Pawadise Pet Rescue. Pawadise is bringing ADOPTABLE PUPPIES in search of forever homes. Over $2,000 in prizes will be raffled off & some items available for bid in a silent auction. Free beer [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:11 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 232016
 
Sigsbee National Junior Honor Society

September is Micro Plastics Awareness Month. Reef Relief is proud to report that Sigsbee Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society brought 15 students and 3 adult volunteers to clean up small plastics on Boca Chica Beach for International Coastal Cleanup Day September 17. These hard working students collected over 65lbs of marine debris off of the beach, most of which was tiny pieces of plastic. Special thanks to Sigbee Educator Roxann Fournier for coordinating with Reef Relief to make this special event such a success. [continue reading…]

 September 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #185, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 162016
 
6th Annual Key West Musician's Festival to Benefit Sister Season Fund

Many of the Keys best and best loved musicians will let it rip at the 6th Annual Key West Musician’s Festival, which takes the stage Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 2 p.m. till 9 p.m. each day. Singing Iguana Productions are presenters of the free music fest and the event is critical annual fundraiser for the local charity, Sister Season Fund, which assists locals in the entertainment and hospitality industries with rent and utilities when they are out [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #184, Music, Special Event, Special Events No Responses »
Sep 092016
 
Barroso Honored for 20 Years of Service

Key West Fire Chief Michael Davila presented Capt. Gregory Barroso a gold watch in honor of his 20 years of service to the City during last night’s City Commission meeting. Capt. Barroso started as a firefighter in 1996, and was promoted to a driver/engineer in 2008. In 2013 he moved to the Fire Marshal’s office where he became a captain/ inspector. “Greg just last year was the lead instructor and a driving force behind the great Key West Fire Department success story that is the [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
 
MCSO Quarterly Awards

Sheriff’s Office employees of the second quarter, 2016 were honored in August for their exemplary service. Left to right, Major Crimes Detective Manuel Cuervo, Explorer Stephen Normington, Records Supervisor Peggy Bryan, Detention Deputy Juan Cotto and Sheriff Rick Ramsay

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
 
JU, Jacksonville Zoo Teaming Up to Bring Science to Life with Video Magazine

The Science Of … bringing science to life with unique video magazine Scientific concepts will become clearer and the area scientific community will become more accessible to residents with a unique new online digital video magazine produced by Jacksonville University in collaboration with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The Science Of … (http://thescienceof.ju.edu/) will explain, illustrate, and demystify scientific concepts while telling stories on scientific topics in Northeast Florida and will open the fascinating world of science to all in an interesting and engaging way. [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:23 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
 
National Key Deer Refuge Beach Cleanup –Sat. Sept. 17th

Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016 is International Coastal Cleanup Day; in honor of that, the National Key Deer Refuge 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 your own refillable water [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
 
The Search is on for Florida's Top Youth Volunteers of 2017

  State Honorees receive $1,000, medallions, all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. for 22nd annual national recognition events Key West and North Palm Beach students were Florida’s top youth volunteers of 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards begins its search for Florida’s top youth volunteers of 2017. Now through November 8, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
 
Key West Sunrise Rotary Welcomes Cousineau

Key West Sunrise Rotary’s newest member is Roger Cousineau, a broker associate with Century 21 Schwartz Realty. 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, Poker Run and a golf tournament. The club meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at the Marriott Beachside Hotel.

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 092016
 
Free Green Industries-Best Management Practices Workshop

Free Monroe County Educational Program Workshop Agenda The law is now in effect. If you apply fertilizer as a commercial landscaper, this license is required. This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices (BMPs) for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. The Best Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application. At the end of this training, you will be given a post-test to determine knowledge learned. If the [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #183, News, Special Event No Responses »
Sep 022016
 
Biggest Loser Challenges Coming Soon!

Biggest Loser Weight Loss Competitions Coming Soon in Key West and Upper Keys The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County will be hosting two Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenges this Fall in Key West and Tavernier in September. Both challenges run for eight weeks. Registration fee is $30 per contestant. All money collected from registration fees will be split among the top three males and top three females. The challenge is open to the public and will conclude on the second week of November. [continue reading…]

 September 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #182, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 262016
 
Wesley House Family Services Events

Key Largo Lighted Bike Ride – December 10, 2016 The Lighted Bike Ride helps to gather the needed toys for the struggling, working families of Key Largo for the holidays. At the Holiday Helpers Store, eligible parents walk through the store, empowered by the ability to pick free, new toys their children will want instead of just allocating non-specific toys to parents. The ride is a family event beginning with a registration at 5:30 with the Lighted Bike Ride beginning at 6:30pm. Families and individuals [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #181, News, Special Event No Responses »
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 »