Aug 182017
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, Sunday August 20th

by Arida Wright……. A Key West tradition of the new millennium continues on Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the Annual Observance of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and of its Abolition, at the Key West African Cemetery memorial monument on Atlantic Boulevard, just west of White Street and adjacent to the West Martello Tower brick fort at Higgs Beach in Key West, Florida.

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:44 am Arida Wright, Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 182017
Students Experience Outer Space Adventures at Key West Art & Historical Society Mission Control ArtCamp!

Key West Art & Historical Society’s Mission Control ArtCamp!, which ran August 7-11, 2017,  challenged campers to create an atmosphere, terrain, and ecosystem of an exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star outside the solar system. This interstellar adventure propelled the students to a new world and helped them understand what is necessary for human habitation. Camp activities included exploring our galaxy, creating one’s own galaxy, growing space crystals and experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets. Key West [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 182017
Experts Share Ideas at Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop

If you are thinking of building a float for the 2017 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade – and you should be! – reserve a space now for the Parade Design Workshop August 27 at The Studios of Key West. The Design Workshop puts you in a room with imaginative yet practical experts—parade and float designers who have hit the pinnacle of crowd pleasing and won awards in the past! This year’s panelists include Marky Pierson, Bob and Sue D’Antonio, Rochelle Eannarino and Sugar Kirk. Marky Pierson is [continue reading…]

 August 18, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #232, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Get into Your Sanctuary Day

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates Get into Your Sanctuary Day On Aug. 12, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary hosts its third Get into Your Sanctuary Day to raise awareness about the value of national marine sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation. In addition to a coastal cleanup, visitors can experience a ship-to-shore telecast with the Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and share photos on the sanctuary’s new story map. Uploading to the story map requires only a few simple steps. Images illustrating how people spend their [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Coast Guard Rescues Navy Pilot from Waters 20 Nautical Miles Southeast of Key West

MIAMI – The Coast Guard rescued a Navy pilot from the water approximately 20 nautical miles southeast of Key West, Wednesday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard 7th District Command Center were notified at approximately 1:07 p.m. that a Navy F-5N jet pilot was in the water and needed assistance. The watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to conduct a search. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 1:15 p.m., observed an emergency smoke signal and located the pilot [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Deputies Who Fought Marina Fire Honored

On June 5th, in the early morning hours, Deputy Seth Hopp was on patrol when he saw smoke billowing form the Vaca Key Marina in Marathon. He called in a fire at that location and other deputies headed his way. As he heard an explosion, he ran toward the fire, concerned about the safety of anyone who might be in the area. Other deputies arrived. At a team, they all began clearing residences in the area, moving boats moored in the vicinity of the fire [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Sheriff Honors Leaders

Sheriff commends service to community Sheriff Rick Ramsay recognized  leaders in two state law enforcement agencies for their service to the community and their commitment to working with the Sheriff’s Office as community partners. At an awards ceremony held Friday in Marathon, Sheriff Ramsay gave distinguished service awards to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathleen McKinney and Florida Fish and Wildlife Captain Dave Dipre. The two leaders have been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a close working relationship between their agencies and the Sheriff’s Office.

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:29 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Catch a Florida Memory with 10-year-old Katlyn Paul

Summer may be coming to a close, but for 10-year-old Katlyn Paul, this summer was one she’ll never forget. Katlyn submitted 10 different species to the 71-species Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Fish Life List, one of three of our Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Recognition programs. This qualified her for the first tier of the Saltwater Fish Life List Club. Shortly after, she also submitted a gray triggerfish to the Saltwater Reel Big Fish program, becoming the first angler to qualify [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Bernstein Park Gets 3 Acres of New Sod During $7.7 Million Makeover

STOCK ISLAND, FL – Monroe County’s Bernstein Park on Stock Island is looking a lot more like a grassy oasis these days after nearly 3 acres of sod recently was installed. The new grass is part of the County’s $7.7-million renovation project to turn the park that was prone to flooding into a functional green space the community can enjoy for years to come. Keeping the grass green will be done by using reclaimed water from Key West Resort Utilities. The new park is scheduled to [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:26 am Issue #231, News, Special Event 4 Responses »
Aug 112017
Commissioned Model of Tennessee Williams' Duncan Street House by Jane Rohrschneider Now on Display

Artist Jane Rohrschneider holds a tiny model English Bulldog, one of two faux canines that inhabit an elaborate model of Tennessee Williams’ Duncan Street house, crafted by Rohrschneider and installed on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit, 513 Truman Avenue in Key West. The artist said the approximately 24 square foot model, which is 1/24 scale, took eight months to craft and represents how the home of the great American playwright looked in the 1950s. Since features of the property [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Al-Anon Family Groups Offer Weekly Meeting in Marathon

Al-Anon Family Groups, a support group for the friends and families of alcoholics, offers regularly scheduled meetings in Marathon. Monday nights and Friday nights meet at St. Columba Church located at 451 52ndrd Street Gulf in Marathon beginning at 6:00 p.m. A daytime meeting is held during season, October 1 through April 30, on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Marathon United Methodist Church located at 3010 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Al-Anon’s purpose is to help families of alcoholics by giving understanding and encouragement to [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Monroe County Fire Rescue Extrication Training

MONROE COUNTY FIRE RESCUE AND NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST TRAIN TOGETHER ON ROCKLAND KEY ROCKLAND KEY, FL – Alex’s Auto Wrecking and Parts junkyard on Rockland Key was the perfect place for firefighters from Monroe County Fire Rescue and Naval Air Station Key West to get in some extrication training this week. Alex’s donated three cars for the firefighters to use for this life-saving training. Lt. Steve McAnally organized and led the training. Monroe County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Cab Bentley, Capt. Ryan Johnson and firefighters from [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Former State Representative Joe Saunders Named Equality Florida Senior Political Director

  On Wednesday, Equality Florida announced that Former State Representative Joe Saunders is rejoining the organization’s staff as the new Senior Political Director. In this role Saunders will be charged with leading the organization’s civic engagement programs, pro-LGBTQ mobilization efforts, and electoral programs. After nearly a ten year tenure serving as Equality Florida’s Field Director, Saunders ran for and won an east Orlando seat in the Florida House of Representatives, making history in 2012 when he along with David Richardson of Miami Beach, became the first openly [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 112017
Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County School Programs for 2017-18

Who: Athletes- youth ages 8 an above diagnosed with an intellectual disability or related disorder. Unified Partner- youth ages 8 and above without a disability who desires to be on a team. Coach/Volunteer- any school staff member, parent or volunteer who has a desire to coach Unified Flag Football, Unified Soccer, Unified Track What: Unified Champion Schools —registration required via a letter of intent signed by school administration Where: Any school within Monroe County School District When: Programs can begin as soon as August 16, [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #231, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
Pita Retires from City After 29 Years

Today marks the last day in a 29 year career with the City of Key West for Kim Pita. She is retiring after serving as the Building Department’s Licensing Administrator since 1988. City Manager Jim Scholl presented her with a plaque in honor of her years of dedicated service to the community.

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #230, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
Key West Zonta Club Announces Breast Cancer Screening Event

The Zonta Club of Key West in partnership with Womankind and Department of Health in Monroe County will be offering breast cancer screenings, vouchers and breast exams for women without health insurance or who are underinsured.  The Screening Event will be held at Womankind located at 1511 Truman Avenue, Key West on Saturday, August 19th from 9am-2pm. FREE continental breakfast and door prizes will be provided.  Screenings are by appointment only Call Mechelle at 305-304-9117.   This event is one of several Community Service Projects sponsored by Zonta Club [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #230, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
PMAD Support Groups for Mothers Offered in 3 Locations

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is pleased to announce the formation of Mothers Together, a support group for mothers of young children, particularly for mothers facing challenges during their pregnancy or after the birth of their baby. PMAD stands for Perinatal Mood Anxiety Disorders, encompassing a wider variety of diagnoses formerly known as postpartum depression.  Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is passionate about having resources to address PMAD in the Keys, as it comes to the forefront of maternal and child health in our community. Thanks [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #230, News, Special Event No Responses »
Aug 042017
Shutterbugs Capture Key West and Dry Tortugas Starry Night Skies

Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, July 30, a party of night photography enthusiasts from around the country explored Fort East Martello in Key West and Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park via a “Dry Tortugas by Boat and Night Photography” workshop presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Dry Tortugas National Park and led by visiting “National Parks at Night” expert photographers and educators Gabriel Biderman and Tim Cooper. Under a waxing crescent moon and a brilliant Milky Way, the [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #230, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 282017
National Night Out Key West

The Key West Police Department invites the community to come meet our officers and special units during National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st from 5:30 until 7:30 at Bayview Park. The KWPD is joining law enforcement and first responding agencies nationwide in this annual event to increase awareness about our work in the community. There will be horses, dogs, special teams and more at this great family event. There will be an exciting array of displays and equipment used by the police, firefighters, and our military partners. [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #229, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 282017
Car Wash for Emily

All proceeds from this PBA-sponsored event go directly to help with Emily’s expenses. The Key West Police Benevolent Association will be holding a car wash charity fundraiser to support first grader Emily Gomez in her fight against cancer. The event is Sunday, July 30th from 10-4 at the Garrison Bight Marina at the corner of North Roosevelt and Palm Avenue. Emily is a 1st grader at Poinciana Elementary who was recently diagnosed with cancer. She will need to make routine trips to Miami Children’s Hospital for chemotherapy [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #229, News, Special Event 1 Response »
Jul 282017
NOAA Ship Nancy Foster Deploys from Key West

NOAA Ship Nancy Foster deploys from Key West on Thursday for a 10-day mission in the waters of the Florida Keys, Marquesas and Dry Tortugas. The 187-foot vessel, one of the most operationally diverse platforms in the NOAA fleet, will survey fish aggregations and capture seafloor images as scientists focus on the connection between the network of marine reserves within the NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #229, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jul 282017
Submit Your Artwork for the Fantasy Fest Poster Contest

Fantasy Fest and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts are seeking original artwork for the 2017 Fantasy Fest Poster contest. Submit your most creative, eye-catching interpretation of the 2017 theme Time Travel Unravels for a chance to have your work showcased on the official 2017 Fantasy Fest poster and t-shirt. Along with the Time Travel Unravels theme, the winning artwork will reflect the culture, character and flavor of Key West. Photography, cubism, graphic design, watercolors and cartoons have all been used over the past 37 years. The winning [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #229, News, Special Event No Responses »