Lower Elementary Students and Kindergarteners at the Montessori Children’s School get together during the afternoons for reading buddies. KWFD Visits the Montessori Children’s School.
The 40th Annual Swim Around Key West recently donated $4,000 to the Key West High School Cross Country Team. More than 170 swimmers participated in the 12.5-mile event on June 4, 2016. A portion of their entry fees supports the donation to the Key West student runners. The historic, round-the-island event is the longest-running sporting event in the Florida Keys, founded in 1977. The 41st Annual Swim Around Key West will be held on June 28, 2017, with a start and finish at Smathers Beach. [continue reading…]
Congratulations to the winners of the 6th Annual Votes for Notes benefit for Habitat for Humanity! The winners in our new JUNIOR category: 1st Place – Delaney, 2nd Place – Amelia. SOLO/DUO: 1ST Place-Dustin Sedlak, 2nd Place – Glenn Harman. BAND: 1st Place -The Shanty Hounds, 2nd Place – Bob D’Antonio and his pick-up band. The Shanty Hounds were also the winners of our One Night Wonder Prize, for bringing in the most money in one night! The musical competition to see which acts [continue reading…]
The Key West Historic Marker program recently added the Tennessee Williams Exhibit and the circa1884 bungalow at 513 Truman Avenue that houses the collection to its map as Historic Marker 91. Detailed historic information about the house, the Tennessee Williams Exhibit, and the Historic Marker program can be accessed by phone at 305-507-0300, with input of site 91 when prompted; on line at KWHMT.org; or on foot at the Truman Avenue location. For more information, contact Dennis Beaver, Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIDS Help and Fantasy Fest Draw Attention to Critical Health Issue The individuals who are crowned this year’s Fantasy Fest King and Queen will have the additional honor of serving as Grand Marshals for this year’s Fantasy Fest Parade. The King and Queen, who will have been crowned just the week before at the Royal Coronation, will lead the parade of approximately 50 floats and walking groups down Duval Street, on Saturday, October 29, starting at 7 PM. “Fantasy Fest has always been about throwing [continue reading…]
While Saturday, Oct. 29 is officially sold out, a handful of arts & crafts and food booths remain available for the Fantasy Fest Street Fair on Friday, Oct. 28. Locals get a 10 percent discount off the booth fee. We are looking for artists and artisans who make unique, hand-crafted items that will appeal to the crowds expected for the Friday Street Fair. Find the application at FantasyFest.com, under Street Fair in the Events tab or call 305-296-1817 for more information.
The Florida Keys are teaming up to provide recovery assistance to The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Marathon City Manager Chuck Lindsey and City Manager Jim Scholl have coordinated with Bahamian Defense Force Commander Bethel to provide some assistance. The Bahamian Defense Force has been docked in Key West Harbor to stay out of the path of Hurricane Matthew. We are currently collecting cases of bottled water as well as diapers for the ships to take back to The Bahamas when they return. [continue reading…]
Ten local businesses will be donating 20% of their proceeds this Saturday, October 8th to The Children’s School Scholarship Fund. By shopping, dining or playing at Isle Style, Jean-Pierre Klifa, We-Cycle, Mellow Cafe & Gastropub, De La Gallery, Seam Shoppe, coastprojects.com, sweetestknights.com, Jimmy Lane Real Estate, and Fly Away Cafe you will be helping to provide a Montessori education to children in the community who would otherwise not be able to afford it. The Children’s School provides a complete and authentic Montessori environment that fosters [continue reading…]
This week the Sheriff’s Office remembers the anniversary of the death of Deputy Frank Adams. Adams was killed in the line of duty on October 7th, 1901. Deputy Frank Adams was the first of seven Sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty in Monroe County. Deputy Adams was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had interfered with him in the discharge of his duty. The shooting occurred after two drunken men started fighting near Jackson Square in Key West. They [continue reading…]
Athletes of all levels are welcome on Higgs Beach in Key West Oct. 15-16 for the 5th Annual Stand Up Paddle Invitational, a two-mile paddleboard race and beach obstacle course supporting Special Olympics Florida-Monroe County. The beachside luau and race day activities are open to the public. The invitational begins on Friday at 3 p.m. with the Lazy Dog SUP Clinic teaching basic paddle technique, safety practices and tips on the race course. The Preferred Properties Beachside Luau catered by New York Pasta Garden and [continue reading…]
Who doesn’t like Italian? On Tuesday, October 18th, 5:30 -9 pm, dine at Mangia Mangia (900 Southard – corner of Margaret). You’ll indulge your cravings with a clear conscience, knowing that 20% of that evening’s profits will be donated to support the educational programs at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. More details at www.kwbgs.org or call 305-296-1504.
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…]
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. The sixteen [continue reading…]
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.
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
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…]
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.”
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…]
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…]
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…]
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 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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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.