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…]
FLORIDA STUDENTS GET COOKING FOR DAIRY COUNCIL’S GRIDIRON CHALLENGE Fuel Up to Play 60 Initiative Calls for Recipe Submissions from Elementary and Middle School Students ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Yogurt, cheese, milk … the options are endless when it comes to cooking with dairy products. And to prove just that, the Dairy Council of Florida is now accepting recipes for its fourth annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge, a fun-filled cooking competition for elementary and middle school students throughout Florida. The initiative, which is designed and supported [continue reading…]
Dave and Gerry Geller are the newest members of Key West Sunrise Rotary. After careers in civil engineering and sales that took them across the country and to Saudi Arabia, the New York natives retired to Key Haven from Vero Beach, Florida, in 2015. 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 [continue reading…]
Revelers celebrated the arrival of 2017 at the 24th annual Dropping of the Conch Shell at Sloppy Joe’s Bar on Duval Street Saturday night, one of four uniquely Key West ‘drops’ that occur on New Year’s Eve in the island city each year. The others are the world-famous Red High Heel Drop with Sushi the Drag Queen at the Bourbon St. Pub; the saucy Pirate Wench Drop at the Historic Seaport and the Key Lime Wedge in a Margarita Glass drop at the Ocean Key [continue reading…]
The Children’s School, Key West’s premier Montessori school, will be holding an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, January 14th from 9 – 11 a.m. Children ages 18 mos – 3rd grade and their families are invited to tour the campus and visit our classrooms. Applications will be accepted at half price during open house. We are located in Old Town on the corner of Varela and United Streets. For further information visit our website @ montessorikeywest.com or call 305-294-5302.
Marine Deputy James Hager found and rescued three Orange County, California teens today from a capsized vessel offshore of Little Torch Key. The boys, 18 year old Zachary and 16 year old Jacob Sowder and 18 year old Brent Shishido, were on board a 22 foot rental boat about 2.5 miles off of the ocean side. They were anchored in about 30 feet of water when their boat started taking on water. By the time they got the anchor line cut, the boat had [continue reading…]
St. Louis, MO. Veterans For Peace, a national organization made up of military veterans and military family members, released an apology to the people of Japan for U.S. usage of nuclear weapons. This apology is in conjunction with a call to President Obama to also apologize to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his upcoming visit to Pearl Harbor. Veterans For Peace expresses our deepest condolences to all those who were killed and maimed, and to their families. We apologize to the Hibakusha, the survivors of [continue reading…]
RESCHEDULED Pier House Goes PINK! Event for Breast Cancer Awareness and Zonta Key West Membership Drive On Thursday, January 5th, the Zonta Club of Key West will hold its third annual Pier House Goes PINK! party to benefit the ABC (Awareness Breast Cancer) Walk/Run Fund. The rescheduled event which was postponed in October when tropical storm conditions prevented the party, will be held from 4:30 to 7:00pm at the Pier House Resort and Spa, One Duval Street, Key West. The ABC Walk/Run Fund provides free [continue reading…]
Warriors will arrive at the VFW Post 10211 in Key Largo at Mile Marker 102 Oceanside, at approximately 8 AM, on January 6th (Friday). After gathering their bikes, they will begin their journey South on US 1 headed to Key West. First rest stop will be at Coral Shores High School. They will then continue their ride on down to Holiday Isle. After visiting the Dolphins Facility in Marathon, they will ride across the seven mile bridge. The following day, they will enter Key West [continue reading…]
Some Key West residents got a big surprise on Wednesday when Key West Police Officers pulled them over but, instead of ticketing them, gave them $100 bills! A generous and anonymous donor provided the Department with $5000 for a community give-back program. This afternoon, led by Chief Donie Lee and Captains Sean Brandenburg and JR Torres, officers approached random members of the community and gave them cards containing the money and this message, which came from the donor: “Greetings, My wife and I have the money [continue reading…]