Aug 282015
 
FDLE AGENT KATHY SMITH GETS AWAY WITH IT!

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. FDLE reprimanded Special Agent Kathy Smith with a 5-day suspension. Agent Smith was accused of having intentionally signed a false affidavit in order to secure a $461,000 bank loan. Agent Smith became engulfed in controversy in 2014 while leading the investigation of the in-custody-death of 61-year old tourist, Charles Eimers. [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Mystery Writers, Street Crime, and Mosquitos: Framing Crime--A Three-Part Series

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D. ……. Some Mysteries of Murder Mysteries Now that Key West’s “Mystery Writers Fest” has ended I want to talk about mystery novels, “street” crime, and its oft-ignored cousin, ‘white-collar’ corporate and government crime. As a mystery novel junkie, I was shaped in my teens by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Credit Card Fraud Suspects Arrested

Three of four suspects in a large credit card fraud case were taken into custody on Wednesday. Yaisdonis Gomez-Fabelo, 35, Ayami Consuergra-Rojas, 32, and Leidys Soler, 23, all face multiple charges in scheme to defraud Wells Fargo Bank and ten credit card holders. A fourth suspect, Jorge Consuergra-Rojas is still at large. The case began [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Scientific Clues Connect the Deep Reefs of Pulley Ridge to Florida Keys

This week, a team of university, state, and federal scientists is exploring a little known deep reef, Pulley Ridge, where spectacular plate coral colonies blanket the seafloor and red groupers actually help create habitat. Scientists believe this ecosystem, which lies 33 miles northwest of the western most boundary of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Hometown!'s Questions and Answer Forum - September 9 at Tropic Cinema 5-7:30 PM

  Hometown!’s Questions and Answer Forum Who: Candidates for Key West City Commission, and Utility Board Where: Tropic Cinema, Carper Theater, 416 Eaton Street When: Wednesday, September 9, from 5:00 – 7:30 pm What: A great event as Candidates are questioned by political pundits The panelists for this event will be: Bill Becker, the radio [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Oppressed!

Dear Editor, Who are the truly oppressed people in America? Contrary to all the propaganda spewed out by the government and their brainwashing mouthpiece Pravada-oops, liberal media, it’s not the 13% minority who’s distant ancestors were brought here to do work for others. OBTW the definition of Slave is one that is forced to do [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Last Call for Tickets to Family-Friendly Donavon Frankenreiter Concert at Fort East Martello this Sunday

Hawaii-based pro-surfer turned musician Donavon Frankenreiter wraps up his 2015 east coast tour in Key West this week with a family-friendly, early evening concert this Sunday, August 30, at the Fort East Martello parade grounds at 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Frequently referred to as the “mustachioed maestro,” Frankenreiter, whose wife and two children often accompany [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, August 27 thru Wednesday, September 2 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings DANCE Fridays and Wednesdays Salsa and Salsa Rueda too Dance Class, 7 PM Wednesdays at 8 PM: Nightclub 2 Dance Course. All levels, drop in class, no partner needed. Paradise Health and Fitness [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Special Exhibition Features Key West Drag Queens at Custom House Museum: Gala Reception Set for September 18th

The Key West Art & Historical Society, the non-profit organization that embraces and educates the community on the islands’ many unique cultural aspects, presents a colorful, zoomed-in view of Key West’s famed drag queens and the men who embody them in a special exhibit. What a Drag! is set to run September 18 – December [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Once Upon A Time - A Light Was In The World...

by John Donnelly……. The ‘American Press’ was adjudicated specific constitutional rights by the founders of this nation. It was hoped that as the ‘Fourth Estate’ they would rigorously expose the institutional excesses that are systemic within the corruptive influences of a powerful government. The architects of this new nation knew that politicians would be insulated [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Getting Involved

by Kirby Congdon……. In considering poetry, definitions becomes obscure. Each person’s imagination has its own references. It is difficult to appeal to every reader. One has to refer to whatever one knows or has experienced himself. Yet it is essential to commit oneself to all that and, so, avoid pat answers, convenient references or cliches. [more…]

Aug 282015
 
What The ------ is Going On?

An Open Letter to Commissioner George Neugent: Please explain to the Taxpayers of Monroe County how an egress, OWNED by the State of Florida, to a City of Marathon tourist attraction became the financial responsibility of the Taxpayers of Monroe County? The TDC advised me that state statues forbid the use of TDC funds for that [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Fantasy Fest 2015 King and Queen Candidate Event Schedule

WWW.AIDSHELP.CC Ongoing Events: Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning September 1 – October 20, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  Help the singer raise the most money for their candidate. All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates Drag Queen [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Approach of Erika Puts Readiness Plans in Motion

Tips from Waste Management on pre- and post-storm preparation After a severe tropical storm or hurricane, garbage and recycling collection and debris removal are vital to beginning local recovery and revitalization. To prepare prior to advancing storms, all residents and businesses should take actions to secure their garbage cans and other recycling and trash containers [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Healthy Living Bike Ride

In recognition of Healthy Living Month, Commissioner Yaniz is sponsoring a bike rides to help Key Westers get fit on August 29th. Anyone interested in this first of a monthly bike ride should meet at the White Street Pier for an 8 p.m. departure. The route will travel three miles to Coconut Mallory for a [more…]

Aug 282015
 
Vending Booths Available for Fantasy Fest Street Fair

Booth Spaces for Food Vendors and Artists & Craftspeople: Fantasy Fest has several select Food Vendor booth spaces available at the festival’s spectacular All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show Street Fair to be held Friday, October 30th, set-up at 10 am and running to 10 pm and Saturday, October 31st from 10 am until Midnight. Several [more…]

Aug 212015
 
Next Hometown Event is Tonight, August 21, at The Studios of Key West, at 5 PM

“My vote is my voice…and the voice of all who struggled, so that I may have my voice.” (Lyida C. Obasi) REMEMBER: PEOPLE WHO VOTE DETERMINE AN ELECTION Hometown!’s “MEET THE CANDIDATES” Rally at The Studios of Key West 533 Eaton Street–2nd Floor On Friday, August 21, 2015 5:00 P.M. TO 7:30 PM This will [more…]

Aug 212015
 
Outstanding Warrant Scam

State Attorney Catherine Vogel wants to warn the public of a new scam that was reported to the Monroe County State Attorney Office. Someone reporting to be from the Sheriff’s Office contacted a resident threatening them with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for a Grand Jury session. The caller then told the resident [more…]

Aug 212015
 
NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Advisory Council Applicants

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for nine seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. “Advisory council members are important conduits to the community, helping inform sanctuary management decisions,” said Sean Morton, sanctuary superintendent. “Council members selected this term [more…]

Aug 212015
 
Tentative Teacher Contract Agreement Reached

The Monroe County School Board (MCSB) and the United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding the 2015-2016 Teacher and School Related Personnel (SRP) contracts with regard to re-opener issues of compensation and teacher evaluation. During the final negotiation session on Monday, August 10th, after twelve previous sessions during the spring and summer [more…]

Aug 212015
 
Something Wicked Real This Way Comes

by Kim Pederson……. It’s often difficult to separate reality from fiction. This may be particularly true regarding people and events that receive the “based on a true story” treatment in prose and film. Take Macbeth for example. If you’ve seen a stage production or film rendition of the Shakespeare play (which some stage actors, by [more…]