Feb 182018
UPDATE: Cover-up of Gun Threat at HOB Middle School?

(c) Can Stock Photo / Stevemc by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. First Published on Feb 16, 2018 Following our coverage last week of alleged repeated gun threats by an HOB Middle School student, more questions have surfaced this week concerning a possible school cover-up of multiple gun related incidents at HOB. After our story was published, HOB Principal Christina McPherson sent a note home to parents assuring them that all gun threat incidents had been thoroughly investigated, all protocols had been followed and that no [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:58 am * Featured Story *, Naja and Arnaud Girard 5 Responses »
Feb 182018
ARREST Made in Gun Threat Aimed at Marathon High

First published on Feb 17, 2018 A 19-year-old Marathon man was arrested Saturday night for posting pictures on the social media site Instagram of guns along with a message threatening Marathon High School. Duviel Gonzalez was charged with written threats to kill or do bodily injury. He was also charged for possessing a small amount of marijuana. Sheriff’s Office detectives — working alongside the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations and the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office — utilized numerous citizen tips in the investigation leading to [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:52 am ** BREAKING NEWS ** No Responses »
Feb 182018
Working Together to Protect Our Children

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee wants to intensify efforts to ensure the safety of children in our schools. He will invite key stakeholders to meet next week to explore ways in which law enforcement and the schools can tighten security to keep tragedy from striking. “We need to double down on what we’re doing,” he said. “We need to look at our capabilities, address the challenges, and implement any changes we can. We need to do all that we can do.” Lee hopes to [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
Feb 182018
Hunter Withdraws

“I filed for the Monroe County Commission seat that represents the Lower Keys because I have been involved with county government and Lower Keys community issues for years. Since filing, I’ve realized the time required to serve in office the way we want our commissioners to serve will keep me from fulfilling some of the other goals I have in life. I have decided to withdraw as a candidate early in this campaign season to leave room for other candidates to succeed. I thank my [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Feb 182018
Planned Agenda for Romero Community Meeting - February 20th

What:        Commissioner Romero Community Meeting When:       Tuesday, February 20 Where:      Marriott Beachside Hotel Time:        6:00 PM  Below you will find topics that I plan to cover in our community meeting next week. As with previous meetings, this one is targeted to last 1 hour. I am glad to stay longer and cover more topics for those who are interested. You are welcome to share this note with others – all in the city are welcome. You are encouraged to participate with your questions and suggestions.  Your [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
No Huawei! US Spy Chiefs Reverse Course on Phone Spying

  by Thomas L. Knapp……. If it seems like only a year ago that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was telling us how dangerous it is for Americans to have encrypted smart phones that make it hard for the FBI to poke around in our data, that’s because yes, it really was only a year ago. In early 2017, James Comey took Apple to court, demanding that the company help the FBI hack into the iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorist/murderer Syed [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #256, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Feb 182018
Purpose versus Excuse: Why Congress Might Buy Trump's Food Stamp Reform Plan

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Politico reports that the Trump administration wants to partially replace “food stamps” with “a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month.” Under the plan, recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, which these days are delivered as debit card balances rather than as physical coupons — “stamps” — would receive about half as much money to buy food with. The other half would be replaced by the “America’s Harvest Box,” stuffed with “100 percent U.S. grown and produced food” such [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #256, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Feb 182018
Key Deer: The Endangered Darlings of the Florida Keys and What We Can Do to Protect Them

Key deer may be tiny in size, but this endangered species is big on the list of well-loved wildlife. If the diminutive deer exclusive to the Florida Keys has somehow eluded you, it’s time to make your way to the third annual Outdoor Fest, set for Saturday, March 10th through Saturday, March 17th and hosted by US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group, Florida Keys Wildlife Society. With a Wildlife Fair at their new Big Pine Key Nature Center and a Run [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
What’s the Body Count, Kenneth?

by Kim Pederson……. In Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film Kill Bill Volume 1, 95 people lose their lives in one way or another, most of them (76) cut down by Uma Thurman’s katana-wielding character The Bride. In Robert Rodriguez’ 2007 film Grindhouse: Planet Terror, 281 humans die, most of them gruesomely. No, I didn’t watch these movies with a counter in my hand clicking off each death. These numbers are easily available, believe it or not, at moviebodycount.com. While not blockbusters, both films were box office successes. In [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #256, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Feb 182018
Hurricane Irma Marine Debris Cleanup Begins in Monroe County

Working from a crane anchored on top of a barge on Friday morning, an operator used a knuckleboom loader to remove toppled trees, destroyed fencing, roofing material and even a TV from canal #290 along Avenue I on Big Pine Key. This was the beginning of a 12- to 18-month process to remove hurricane debris from the impacted canals and nearshore waters of the Florida Keys. “Watching this work begin to clean up our precious waters is great to see,” Monroe County Mayor David Rice [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
Upper Keys Residents Forming Solar Co-Op to Go Solar Together, Get a Discount

Neighbors in the Upper Keys have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Upper Keys League of Women Voters, Sierra Club Miami/Monroe County, Burton Memorial United Methodist Church, Florida Keys Brewing Co, Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Upper Keys Business and Professional Women’s Club and Solar United Neighbors are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking participants and will host an information meeting on Monday, February 26 at Key Largo Public Library at 7PM [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
What We Save: Historic Scrapbooks Featured in Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series with Archivist Breana Sowers

Kick off Women’s History Month with Key West Art & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speaker Series guest Breana Sowers on Thursday, March 1, 6:00pm at Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street. The Monroe County Libraries Archivist presents an exploration of late 19th century scrapbooks created mostly by women, using text, ephemera, and photographs to reflect on why individuals chose to save certain items and what that tells us about our island’s history. Sowers’ presentation showcases scrapbooks from the Monroe County Florida History Department Collection and reveals how they evolved from a rainy-day [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018

  The Author’s Book Fair, presented by Seastory Press, is coming up again on Saturday, February 24th from 10am – 3pm, if you are interested in the work of local authors, please join us at the Oldest House, 322 Duval Street.  For more info go to seastorypress.com and see the link in the home page or contact Sheri Lohr directly at seastorypress@gmail.com. Decimos – We Say, the new literary magazine for the Florida Keys has released its third issue and continues to seek submissions from local authors. We are also requesting submissions from [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #256, News, Special Event No Responses »
Feb 182018
Joy Center in Tavernier Activities for Feb. 21

Come spend the day at the J.O.Y. Center, a free lifelong learning program at the Pearl House of Worship, 161 Pearl Ave., Tavernier.  A collaboration between the Upper Keys Life Enrichment Coalition (UKLEC) and Keys to Peace, the program will offer the following activities on Wednesday, February 21: 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Community Cafe Social Hour – Coffee & baked goodies, Scrabble and Cards 10:00- 11:00 – Mystery Writing: “Crafting the Cliffhanger” with Cathy Bosworth AND    “So You Think You Can’t Draw? Come Be Wrong” [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:28 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Downlisting: Don’t Leave Manatees Out in the Cold

Op Ed by Anne Harvey Holbrook, JD, MS Save the Manatee Club……. Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service downgraded the West Indian manatee’s status from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Save the Manatee Club is concerned that downlisting will further slow efforts to secure key habitat protections needed for the species’ longevity in Florida. In order to sustain the progress made toward recovering the manatee, increased reporting of manatee boat strikes and a stronger emphasis on preserving and restoring warm [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:26 am ~ Opinion ~, Editorial, Issue #256 No Responses »
Feb 182018
Katona Twins Give Impromptu Concert Performance at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Feb. 25

Hungarian guitar duo Katona Twins will appear in Key West for an Impromptu Concert performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. The concert will be the fourth of the 2018 Impromptu Concert season, which is celebrating the centennial of the late composer Leonard Bernstein, a frequent visitor to Key West. This music act, comprised of Péter and Zoltán Katona, has been described as “the classical world’s best-known guitar duo.” These identical twins were born in Budapest, Hungary, where they [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #256, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Plein Air Painters Historic Sites Show

The Key West Plein Air painters will exhibit their works portraying twelve Key West historic sites at the opening reception in the Oldest House Garden on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5-7pm. Based on the Florida Stories walking tour app created by the Florida Humanites Council, these sites include the Custom House, Clinton Square, Coast Guard Headquarters, Old Custom’s House, Sloppy Joe’s, Fogarty Mansion, Curry Mansion, Porter Mansion, the Oldest House, the Woman’s Club, the Patterson Baldwin House, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A percentage of the art [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:20 am Art, Issue #256, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Tennessee Williams Celebration to Feature Classic Williams’ Film Showings

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration features classic Williams’ film showings along with parties, poetry readings and contests Key West Art & Historical Society celebrates Tennessee Williams, the Pulitzer-prize winning literary icon that moved to Key West in 1949 and remained a resident for 34 years, with a series of arts and cultural events, launching February 28 and running through early April. On Wednesday, February 28, Tennessee Williams Exhibit (now Museum) founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt will open their Whitehead Street home for a limited-ticket celebration kick-off party with [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Carol Munder is Guest At Friends of the Library Series, Feb. 26

Monday, Feb. 26, the Key West Friends of the Library will welcome Carol Munder as guest speaker, in conversation with local photographer Mark Hedden. Ms. Munder’s appearance will be at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Admission is free. Her discussion begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. Seating starts at 5:30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Carol Munder is a photographer and lithographer who creates hauntingly evocative monochrome images. Munder rolled into Key West in a Volkswagen Microbus in 1978. Her first job was with [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Upper Keys BPW Adult Scholarship Program

THE UPPER KEYS BPW WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO APPLY FOR THE ADULT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM! Twice every year, the Upper Keys BPW (Business & Professional Women) awards a scholarship to adult women wishing to continue or complete their education, including certifications, training classes, or classes and required materials for higher educational degrees. The deadline for our next scholarship is March 15, 2018.  The scholarship(s) will be awarded at our evening networking event on March 21st.  We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the family and [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
Save the Date Opening Reception Feb 19th 5-7pm

Opening Reception February 19, 5-7 PM Jean Pederson Jean will be teaching at The Studios of Key West Wed-Fri Feb, 22-24, Varied Hours Ground Breaking: Water Media with Jean Pederson Thurs & Fri, March 8 & 9, 9 AM – 4 PM Mixed Media with Jean Pederson Opening Reception February 19, 5-7 PM Mariyah Sultan ‘Has define and develope her particular vocabulary of line, form and color’ Gildea Gallery 522 Southard Key West 305-797-6485

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:08 am Art, Issue #256, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Key West NOW Meeting, Feb. 28

The Key West National Organization for Women chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 28.  This meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues.  A social hour follows the meeting.  KWNOW gathers in the fourth Wednesday of every month in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West.  For more information, or to join, email kwnowinfo@gmail.com.

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 182018
Tennessee Williams Birthday Events to Recall Late Playwright in Key West

Tennessee Williams first visited Key West in 1941, subsequently buying a house where he resided until his death in 1983. Fans of the PulitzerPrize–winning playwright can celebrate his legacy Feb. 28 through April 9 with cultural and creative events on the island he called home. Highlights are to include a March 26 “birthday party” recognizing the 107th anniversary of Williams’ birth, film screenings and play presentations, contests for writers and artists, a poetry reading and curator-led tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Ave. During his residence in Key West, [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:03 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 182018
Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club SHOW & SHINE

The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE this Sunday,February,18th. Noon to 3pm. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, Ratrods, lowriders, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here. This fun afternoon event is free to all, starts at noon till 3pm . The event continues at the Sugarloaf Lodge, on Sugarloaf Key.MM17. Prizes, good food and cold beverages [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #256, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Feb 112018
Gun at HOB / Who's in Charge?

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. “No, I don’t believe it was a toy,“ says our source [Let’s call her “B”], “It was the real thing and when the other kids reported that this student had brought a gun to HOB middle school, the student responded by sending a Snapchat photo to one of them: him with a gun and the message, ‘[I’m] gonna bust a cap in yah head.’” More recently he reportedly said (paraphrasing): ‘This ain’t over. I’m gonna shoot yah.’ Did this really [continue reading…]