Feb 122016
Last Stand Fundraiser TONIGHT [Friday 2/12] at BottleCap Blue Room

Join Last Stand board members Friday February 12th from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the BottleCap Blue Room, 1128 Simonton Street in Key West for a happy hour fundraiser and take this opportunity to give your opinions on current issues of the day. There will be raffles and prizes, plus all tips will benefit Last Stand operating costs. There is never an off-season for quality of life issues in the Florida Keys. The board is working to define policy positions on a variety of topics, including [continue reading…]

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Dec 112015
Real World Math Challenge! Up to $150,000 in Scholarships Available for High School Juniors and Seniors

[responsive_youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhD-bLLLRxY] Competition Gives High School Students Access to Tools for Learning Applied Math You’ve heard it before – the age old complaint from students across the U.S. and beyond, “Why should we learn math that we’ll never use in real life?” While this is nothing new, modern day math teaching often relies heavily on pure math and theoretical techniques with abstract outcomes. In an effort to quell students’ concerns and help teachers respond to this question, Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge gives students free access [continue reading…]

 December 11, 2015  Posted by at 12:54 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 092015
HARC Guidelines Workshop / December 9th at the Eco Discovery Center

The Historic Architectural Review Commission will host a workshop for proposed new guidelines for new construction as well as new guidelines for signage for the Historic District. The workshop will be held at 5:30 on December 9th at the Eco Discovery Center at the Truman Waterfront. For more information, please contact Enid Torregrosa, Historic Preservation Planner at 305-809-3973 or via email at etorregrosa@cityofkeywest-fl.gov. Proposed drafts for the guidelines and ordinance are available here.

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Dec 072015

The Sheriff’s Office has finished checking Coral Shores High School room by room as of 10 a.m. and has found no sign of any suspicious person or suspicious activity. The incident at the school started when a report was received at 7:48 a.m. of a possible armed subject seen at the school. The School Resource Officer assigned to the school worked with school administrators to initiate a lock down of students and teachers and then immediately began searching, beginning with the media room where the [continue reading…]

 December 7, 2015  Posted by at 10:16 am Uncategorized 1 Response »
Dec 042015
Three Marathon Men Further Charged With Aggravated Battery

  Three Marathon men who were arrested last Wednesday night after a fight with deputies were further charged Monday with aggravated battery. Deputies responded to reports of a fight on 15th Street at 11:30 p.m. on November 25th. When they arrived, they found a man – 48 year old Ignacio Echeverria Aguila – lying in the street with severe injuries to his face and head. He was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center for treatment of his injuries. As deputies began to investigate, they followed [continue reading…]

 December 4, 2015  Posted by at 12:46 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Nov 202015

Community members are invited to the Annual Turkey Dinner and Turnabout Show scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 from 5 until 9 p.m. at Bourbon Street Pub. A traditionally wonderful Pot Luck dinner of turkey and ham and all the trimmings is planned. There is no charge. The Turnabout Show begins at 10 p.m., when local bartenders and servers turn the tables on local performers, offering up an hilarious mix of acts displaying a variety of talent – mostly that of straight and butch hospitality professionals [continue reading…]

 November 20, 2015  Posted by at 12:12 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Nov 132015
TED TALKS: Elora Hardy: Magical houses, made of bamboo

You’ve never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn. They defy convention because the bamboo itself is so enigmatic. No two poles of bamboo are alike, so every home, bridge and bathroom is exquisitely unique. In this beautiful, immersive talk, she shares the potential of bamboo, as both a sustainable resource and a spark for the imagination. “We have had to invent our own rules,” she says.

 November 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:47 am Uncategorized 1 Response »
Jul 032015
Environment Florida Report

Report: Florida leadership critical foundation for an international agreement on climate [St. Petersburg, FL] – Florida is poised to play a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change, a new report said today. In the next decade, the state will cut the seventh most global warming pollution of any state in the country. The Environment Florida Research & Policy Center report comes as pressure mounts on the U.S. to play a leading role in negotiations for an international climate agreement in Paris. “The [continue reading…]

 July 3, 2015  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #121, Public Notice, Uncategorized No Responses »
Apr 032015
Dog Lady is Free! Ocean Key Investigated...

by JD Adler… In February Ocean Key Hotel, subsidiary of the Nobel House corporation, held a for-profit concert on Sunset Pier during which the band, the Revivalists, invited local citizen Kelsey Haas and her dog Mali onto the stage to dance with them. Police, at the request of hotel management, removed and arrested Ms. Haas for being in the “VIP section” without, allegedly, having paid a $150 entrance fee. As reported exclusively in The Blue Paper, Sunset Pier is on submerged public land leased from [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 3:55 am * Featured Story *, Issue #108, JD Adler, Uncategorized 14 Responses »
Apr 032015
Key West Artisan Market “Ocean Awareness” Edition This Sunday

The Key West Artisan Market: Ocean Awareness Edition will be held Sunday, April 5th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot, 1111 Eaton St. The Market follows the 6th Annual Mote Marine Laboratory Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show on Saturday, April 4th at the Eco-Discovery Center and strives to continue to promote the important message of ocean awareness through positive marine stewardship. Local artisans at the Market include culinary, textile, jewelry, wood, artists & crafters, curiosities, the Konk Life Local Author’s Nook, a live variety show, beer, wine and [continue reading…]

 April 3, 2015  Posted by at 2:45 am Issue #108, Public Notice, Special Event, Uncategorized No Responses »
Mar 202015
Fractured Department--Free Falling In Disrepair...

by John Donnelly… The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has a significant number of ineffective leaders, compromised supervisors and rogue agents being recycled within their ranks. A plethora of documents and investigative reports have surfaced, attesting to this fact. A local (Key West) FDLE special agent is alleged to have violated her own “Ethical Standards” on how to conduct an accurate and viable investigation. In addition to disregarding these policy guidelines, it appears that this agent may have broken the law regarding her questionable [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:30 am Issue #106, John Donnelly, Uncategorized 11 Responses »
Mar 052015
Womankind Dresses in Blue to Support Colon Health

The Womankind staff dresses in blue to help raise awareness for colon health. Launched by the Colon Cancer Alliance, “National Dress in Blue Day” draws attention to the fact that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Florida among cancers that affect both men and women. Regular screening for colorectal cancer should begin at age 50. Testing options and their recommended frequency include: • A Fecal Immunochemical Test or FIT (testing for blood in the stool) annually • A sigmoidoscopy every [continue reading…]

 March 5, 2015  Posted by at 10:36 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Feb 132015
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, February 12 thru Wednesday, February 18 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.   Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Thursday Jewelry Trunk Show and Art Show with Thomas Mann, 5 PM Art@830 Gallery, 830 Caroline St. 295-9595. art830.com   Friday Artist Demonstration with Priscilla Coote, 4 PM & Elizabeth Chamberlain Featured Artist Show, 5 PM Key West Art Center, 301 Front St. 294-1241. keywestartcenter.com   The Civil War in Key West, A Sesquicentennial Salute Opening Reception, 5:30 [continue reading…]

 February 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:34 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Feb 052015
Library Friends Lecture at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Cultural historian David Garrard Lowe is the next speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, February 9, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.   Lowe’s subject for the evening is poet-satirist Dorothy Parker, a key figure in the glamorous New York literary world between World Wars I and II. Parker is especially remembered for her witty writings in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. Lowe himself has written [continue reading…]

 February 5, 2015  Posted by at 11:55 am Issue #100, Public Notice, Uncategorized No Responses »
Jan 302015
Close to 4,400 Runners Compete in the 17th Annual Key West Half Marathon and 5K Race on Sunday, January 18th

Key West lived up to runners’ expectations on Sunday, Jan. 18th, providing beautiful, balmy weather to underscore its being called “One of 14 Best Destination Half Marathons”. Athletes in the races were treated to a scenic course through Old Town and a gorgeous view of the Atlantic. “This is the perfect excuse to come to Key West to get rid of the dark, cold winter blahs,” said Barbara Wright, race founder and organizer. “We offer a walk in both races, too, so there’s something for [continue reading…]

 January 30, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Jan 232015
United Way Grant Applications for 2015-16 Now Available

Applications are now available for grants United Way of the Florida Keys will distribute in 2015-16. In 2014-15, United Way distributed a total of $145,000 in grants to 13 Keys nonprofits. United Way’s mission is to support programs that meet a critical need for working families in Monroe County. To be eligible for a 2015-16 grant, a Keys nonprofit agency must provide an unduplicated service in one of two community impact areas—“Access to nutritious food for people in critical need,” or “Early childhood and after [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:25 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 122014
Guest Editorial: Cudjoe Regional Sewer Design / A Look Behind The Curtain

CUDJOE REGIONAL WASTEWATER SYSTEM, WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON? Here is another piece of the puzzle on how the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) came to be so very badly designed that those of us who are paying attention actually consider it to be an endangerment to our National Marine Sanctuary, and far from an improvement to existing treatment and disposal. The information herein was not easily obtained.

 December 12, 2014  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #92, Uncategorized 7 Responses »
Jul 252014
Amazing Showing of Support for Old Man Chapman!

“He had gray shoes.  That’s the only thing I could tell about him because he had a hood on his head and a noose around his neck.  When I saw what was going to happen, I almost fell off the tree.  I jumped, sorry I had even wanted to know what was happening on the other side of that wall, and I ran.  I ran home as fast as I could.” For years now, sitting in his yard at the corner of Petronia and Chapman [continue reading…]

 July 25, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am Uncategorized No Responses »
May 092014
Wisteria Island:  The King of Spain and Roger Bernstein

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Finally, some movement in the Wisteria Island lawsuit.  It’s a hundred thousand dollar legal adaptation of I own it No, I own it No, I own it The controversy turns around what has become known as the “Navy’s claim.”  A 2010 attempt to build a large hotel complex, with private homes and a marina on Wisteria Island was shut down after The Blue Paper published a story revealing that Roger Bernstein might not be the true owner of the island.  The [continue reading…]

 May 9, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am Uncategorized No Responses »
May 022014
CBS Morning Show Probes Key West In-Custody Death

The death of Charles Eimers while in the hands of Key West police officers is now getting national attention.   CBS investigators were in town this week researching the circumstances surrounding the death of Eimers, the apparent cover-up involving near cremation of the body before autopsy, destruction of evidence, lying to emergency medical personnel, and finally the shocking conflict of interest that is tainting FDLE’s investigation of the case:  FDLE’s top investigator in the Eimers case, Kathy Smith, is the ex-wife of KWPD Captain Scott Smith. [continue reading…]

 May 2, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Apr 112014

Charles Eimers’ children have grown tired of waiting for answers from FDLE. They asked their lawyers David Paul Horan and Darren Horan to file a suit for wrongful death against the City of Key West and 12 police officers involved in the arrest of Charles Eimers on Thanksgiving morning.  The arrest resulted in a coma and death a week later when Charles Eimers was removed from life support at Lower Keys Medical Center. The lawsuit, filed this morning in U.S. District Court, alleges that officers [continue reading…]

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Apr 102014

by Dennis Reeves Cooper……. Benjamin Franklin has got to be a role model for anyone who makes or has made his or her living as a publisher. We all learned about Benjamin Franklin in school– the statesman, diplomat, scientist, inventor and a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. But he started as a printer and a publisher. At the age of 12, Ben became an apprentice to his brother James, a Boston printer, and learned the printing trade. Three years later, [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Apr 042014
Anatomy of a Cover-Up

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… According to new information obtained by The Blue Paper, KWPD officers covered up the true circumstances surrounding Charles Eimers’ death. This could have sent paramedics on the wrong path and might even have jeoparidized Eimers’ chances of survival. For Charles Eimers, it was the first day of a new life.  He had finally retired after 30 + years working in an auto manufacturing plant in Michigan.  With a full pension and medical he was going to spend a winter in [continue reading…]

 April 4, 2014  Posted by at 5:03 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jul 052013
Wisteria Island Case:  Judge Denies Government's Motion To Dismiss

NOTE:  THIS STORY WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ON SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2013 AS A ‘BREAKING NEWS’ STORY. Federal Judge Jose Martinez denied the federal government’s Motion to Dismiss F.E.B.’s (Roger Bernstein’s) claim over ownership of Wisteria Island on Friday, June 28th. The question posed publicly for the first time by Key West The Newspaper back in June of 2011 as to just who owns Wisteria Island in Key West harbor remains undecided. “This court finds that at this stage it cannot determine whether it has jurisdiction and [continue reading…]

 July 5, 2013  Posted by at 12:00 am Uncategorized No Responses »