May 292015
 
The White, the Black, the Blue and His Dog

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……………………………………… This week Blue Paper reporters stumbled across a very secretive drug interdiction operation in the Florida Keys. And what we discovered is a trove of information that brings us closer to understanding the issue of racial profiling in the Keys. The operation was called, “Blue Lightening Strike Force.” It took [more…]

May 292015
 
Fear and Loathing

by Alex Symington…………… Last week in Key West the Newspaper [The Blue Paper], I wrote about the quiet coup of corporate co-option of our government and listed the glaring evidence to that truth. Towards the conclusion of the essay I had used the word “revolt” in, what I thought, was contextually appropriate. I submitted the [more…]

May 292015
 
On Writing

by Kirby Congdon….. As in prose, the subjects for poetry are almost limitless. Oddly enough, however, there seem to be inhibitions about writing poems on personal relatives or in any area that is so familiar–like politics or business–that it has lost any aura of mystery. Actually the subjects in a poem we write are not [more…]

May 292015
 
'RON MON SON OF SUE'

by Ronald Sands……………….. For decades I have existed in the realm of darkness; a place of deceit, the precise location of iniquity. And I was totally resigned to die there, with a crack pipe in my mouth, a drink in my hand and the facial orifice of someone vehemently bobbing on my lap. On the [more…]

May 292015
 
Madok Declares Candidacy for Clerk of Court

Kevin Madok announced today that he has filed as a candidate for the office occupied by Amy Heavilin. “I’m running to restore competence and accountability to the Clerk’s Office,” explained Madok. “It was a model agency before Heavilin took over in 2012.” Currently, Madok serves Monroe County as Senior Director of Strategic Planning. Prior to [more…]

May 292015
 
THE IRISH REFERENDUM

Dear Editors: DID GAYS ELIMINATE MORAL AUTHORITY IN IRELAND? THE WEST? It’s hard to believe that an estimated 10-percent minority could overthrow the absolute moral authority of a major world religion. Yes, the indomitable spirit of gay Hibernians has undercut the Roman Catholic Church’s 1,600 year long, moral stranglehold on western civilization. How could this [more…]

May 292015
 
Writers Contest and Award to Honor Late Author Jeremiah Healy

The inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award – “The Jerry” – will be presented at the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, August 14-16 in Key West, Florida. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Writers Key West Fest registration, hotel accommodations for two nights, and a captivating [more…]

May 292015
 
Call Out to Artists for Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle

Calling musicians, actors, painters, card-readers, filmmakers, poets, dancers, storytellers, jugglers, fire-breathers, clowns and fairies, nymphs and satyrs to take the stage and celebrate the arts in our community, Saturday, June 20, at the 9th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle at its historic and enchanting new venue, Fort East Martello Museum in Key West. Co-produced [more…]

May 292015
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Receives Donation

Key West Art & Historical Society continues its momentum of educational growth with generous support from The Helmerich Trust. Current initiatives will grow and new initiatives are being developed to directly benefit the youngest minds of our community. “Our chief objective is to engage the community and take the museums to the people,” says Executive [more…]

May 292015
 
Key West Sunrise Rotary Donates to Nepal Earthquake Relief

Key West Sunrise Rotary earmarked a $10,000 donation to Rotary International to support recovery efforts in Nepal. Rotary District 6990 Assistant Governor Jim Smith accepted the club’s donation from President Ron Demes. Rotary International, through its partner Shelterbox, is delivering emergency shelter and other lifesaving equipment to the earthquake-ravaged country, and is mobilizing expertise to [more…]

May 292015
 
Key West Sunrise Rotary Supports New FKCC Scholarship Program

Key West Sunrise Rotary became the first organization to sponsor Florida Keys Community College’s new Game Changer Scholarship. The $8,250 donation will fund 11 scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. The program provides a path to a free Associate in Arts degree to financially-underserved Monroe County students. Recipients will receive federal and state grants along [more…]

May 292015
 
WOUNDED VETERANS RIDING ACROSS AMERICA  FOR HEALING AND AWARENESS

Extraordinary Individuals Undertaking 2,000 Miles on a Can-Am Spyder The Road Warrior Foundation is hosting an event that will bring 8 wounded veterans cross country on Can-Am Spyder Roadster RTs, from Valcourt, Canada to Key West, Florida from June 5 -12, 2015. The Road Warriors will be arriving into Key West with a Journey’s Completion [more…]

May 292015
 
Key West New Fire Station Grand Opening

The Key West Fire Department held its official grand opening of the gorgeous new Station #2 on Simonton Street today, cutting a ceremonial ribbon with close to 100 members of the community and dignitaries from around the state in the audience. Following the ceremony, the public toured the new facility and saw first-hand why it [more…]

May 292015
 
Winn-Dixie celebrates National Donut Day with Free Donut Hole

    WHO: All Winn-Dixie stores WHAT: To celebrate National Donut Day, your neighborhood Winn-Dixie is putting a sweet spin on a sugary holiday by offering customers a free powdered donut hole at their neighborhood in-store bakery (limit one per guest, per store visit, while supplies last). WHEN: Friday, June 5, during regular store hours [more…]

May 222015
 
EVERY LITTLE SECRET...

by Colby Fisher……. Guest Columnist Colby Fisher dives deep into official records and comes out with a fist full of cronyism. Here’s the real story behind FKAA’s hiring of convicted felon Randy Acevedo… The official story that Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) told the public and press was they hired Randy Acevedo because he was [more…]

May 222015
 
"THE DRAGON UNDER THE LANDFILL": Sanctuary Experts Say Don’t Use Shallow Wells at Cudjoe Regional

BREAKING NEWS…. The South Florida Conservation Director of The Nature Conservancy and two eminent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary scientists called on the BOCC to delay using the shallow wells at the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater plant. Describing the current system of septic tanks as the devil we know, The Nature Conservancy’s Chris Bergh told the [more…]