by Arida Wright……. A phenomenal event happened the weekend of April 28-30, 2017. 1,600 recovering addicts and their families gathered at Sugarloaf KOA Campground for the 25th Anniversary of the Conch Republic Area of Narcotics Anonymous Recovery In Paradise Spiritual Retreat! There has never been anything like it in the Keys, ever! Twenty five years ago, a small group of recovering addicts who were having NA meetings at the Anchors Aweigh Club house at 404 Virginia St. had a desire to unite in fellowship with [continue reading…]
A 35-year old Key West man previously convicted for shooting an AR-style rifle on Truman Avenue in 2011 was arrested Monday morning. A tip from a concerned citizen led Key West police to the man, who was riding a scooter with an assault rifle, a pistol and two hundred rounds of ammo hidden in a guitar case and a military styled backpack.
Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives are looking for several people who went missing over the past year in the Florida Keys. Families continue to hope and pray for information about Paul Murray, Albert Bosco, Robin Ford and Mike Wegrzyn. If you have any information regarding Paul Murray, Albert Bosco, or Robin Ford please contact Major Crimes Detective Bob Dosh at 305-289-2351 or 2410. If you have information regarding Mike Wegrzyn please call Marathon Detective Barios at 305-289-2430. Detectives Still Trying To Find Missing Man One Year [continue reading…]
On the affordable housing front: Some news came from the US Navy this week regarding the 166 units of vacant housing located on Sigsbee Island. A Request for Interest (RFI) was issued this week by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast to seek information on “how developers could open the 166 vacant townhomes located on the Sigsbee Park Annex at Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West.”
A ‘Know your Rights’ informational gathering to provide information on the recent policy changes in the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians, including the six month extension will take place on Friday, June 23rd at 5:30 pm at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in the Klaus Murphy Center, 724 Truman Ave.. In order to provide accurate information from a trusted source, Mr. Peterson St. Philippe, Esq., Managing Attorney from Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami will provide updated information [continue reading…]
MIAMI, Fla – On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Miami-Dade Police Department arrested current Sweetwater Police Department Sergeant Reny Armando Garcia, 46, of Palmetto Bay, FL, and former Sweetwater Detective William Garcia, 42, currently incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pennington, VA., each on one count of organized scheme to defraud, one count of racketeering, and one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering. FDLE, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Police Department and the FBI, interviewed numerous victims and witnesses during the [continue reading…]
by Thomas L. Knapp……. The New York Times reports that US and/or US-allied forces in Syria may be using white phosphorous munitions in the assault on Raqqa, capital city of the Islamic State in Syria. The use of white phosphorous in war is a perennial complaint among human rights activists. And while it’s valid as far as it goes, it misses a larger and more important point. White phosphorous — nicknamed “Willie Pete” by the US mortar, artillery and air forces who use it — [continue reading…]
National Key Deer Refuge helps community reduce wildfire risk through vegetation thinning and prescribed burns As the summer lightning-induced wildfire season returns, National Key Deer Refuge will be working to reduce fire fuels on Refuge natural areas on Big Pine Key, No Name Key and Cudjoe Key. These actions will help protect public and private lands from wildfires. Select vegetation will be removed mechanically by mowing and trimming using a skidsteer and hand trimming, with most vegetation thinning work being completed from June – November. [continue reading…]
by John Donnelly……. Toxic barbs by design are authored with the intent to weaken and disable their target. Enlightening and illuminating discourse are not sought nor desired by such poltroons. Absent the wisdom and creative genius accrued by Self-Realized and Self-Actualized individuals, these bottom feeders haven’t anything of authenticity to write about. Not dazzling you with brilliance, they shall baffle you with their bullshit. For generations these types of ideologues have given rise to the bureaucracies and ineffective policies proffered to remedy our defective educational [continue reading…]
Review If you forget me do I die? Does memory last for man or his name? Was it your love or mine that kept us alive? Whatever we do is lost in time but the flesh is defined as partly divine. Does a universe survive within the measuring mind when the depth that we share is as deep as it is wide? Kirby Congdon
David Wolkowsky, affectionately known as “Mr. Key West” to many, awarded eight teachers $5,000 each at Key West High School in the first week of June. Mr. Wolkowsky has been bestowing the Teachers of Merit Awards for 16 years, since 2001. The educators learned they’d been chosen during a faculty meeting after watching a short film dedicated to Mr. Wolkowsky. Teachers receiving the award from previous years were showcased in the short film. In it, they thanked Mr. Wolkowsky for his generosity. Many believe the [continue reading…]
Local Educators to Participate in National Program Area educators have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 26-30, 2017. Participants include: Tess Alfonsin, St. Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, Texas Joanna Best, Roberts Field School, Brooklyn, N.Y. Kim Bradley, George Washington Elementary School, Kingsport, Tenn. Aaron Branda, Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville, Md. Robin Cicchetti, Concord-Carlisle (Mass.) Regional High School Rebecca Cochrane, Charter Oak International [continue reading…]
by Eugene E. Nanay Jr…….. Dear Editor, Ever since The GOV. gave Big Sugar and Big Agriculture a Get Home Free pass, Blamed the Florida Keys the Polluter of South Florida, and Issued a MANDATE–Every parcel of property SHALL BE connected to a public sewer system it started. Every time the FKAA issued a permit to do anything with the MANDATED public sewer system The FDEP broke out Their Rubber Stamp. It didn’t make any difference whatsoever, A FORGED ArmyCorps of Engineers analysis, A Permit [continue reading…]
Marathon Man Sustains Injury A Marathon man sustained a serious injury on the morning of June 4th to his neck and detectives are attempting to determine what may have happened. The incident has resulted in numerous rumors which detectives have been following up on as they are reported. So far, Detective Amanda Coleman has confirmed that 55 year old Jeffrey Knapp was last seen uninjured by employees of the Hurricane Restaurant in Marathon. He was escorted by employees from the bar at approximately 9 [continue reading…]
She can scream like Janis Joplin or purr like Chrissie Hynde. Simone “has one of the most unique sounds in Florida” (Wes Cambron, Tampa Examiner) and Steve Gilmore (Rebel Riffs) knows that “Simone has the look, has the voice, and has the songs”. Though born in Detroit’s Mt. Sinai hospital and educated in Windsor, Ontario, singer and songwriter Simone Star (née Taylor) discovered beauty and creativity on ‘both sides of the tracks’. Her biracial background provided her with varying viewpoints; fueling her artistry and initially leading [continue reading…]
The Garden is doing a “spring cleaning”! In conjunction with the Native Plant Sale in the Nursery, the Visitor Center will be having a rummage sale to make room for new inventory in our Gift Shop. Come see what treasures we have that you can’t live without. Clay pots, ceramic pots, glassware, tablecloths and more – you never know what you might find. The rummage sale will be held in the Courtyard of The Key West Tropical Forest, 5210 College Road on Stock Island Saturday, June [continue reading…]
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER LIGHTS THE WAY TO KEY WEST’S HISTORY AND BEAUTY: “Loggerhead Light in the Dry Tortugas” and “Northwest Channel Lighthouse” are among two dozen images presented by National Geographic Photographer and local legend Don Kincaid at SALT Gallery located at 830 Fleming Street. A filmmaker and photographer for more than 40 years, Kincaid’s images document the marine habitat of the Florida Keys and the heyday of treasure-hunting, crossing “photojournalism with graphic design elements,” he says. His images offer historic moments and colorful observations of marine [continue reading…]
-Jim Knight uses Rock ‘n’ Roll spirit to transform business on June 28th- The Monroe Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), in partnership Key West Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, is excited to feature Jim Knight, a nationally-renowned speaker and training and development veteran of more than 30 years, at their upcoming Rock Your Business to Success Workshop. This educational workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort [continue reading…]
Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West. This meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues. A social hour follows the meeting. For more information or to join, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literary icon and Key West legend Ernest Hemingway will be commemorated July 18-23 during the annual Hemingway Days celebration, with this year’s offerings featuring an array of cultural events presented by Key West Art & Historical Society that applaud not only Hemingway’s accomplishments but those that have been inspired by him. “Hemingway Days is a perfect fit for our mission,” says Director of Education Adele Williams. “The event attracts a diverse audience to Key West and allows us to showcase a myriad of subject matter [continue reading…]
Do you have unique historic objects you would like to know more about, learn how to preserve, or be organized into a ‘life plan’ to pass on to friends and loved ones? Join Key West Art & Historical Society curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D., Monroe County Public Libraries archivist Breana Sowers, and Key West artist and architectural historian Sharon Wells during “Trash or Treasure” on Saturday, June 24 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street, as they share guidance on how [continue reading…]
Key West Art & Historical Society helps to catapult America’s favorite citrus celebration – the Key Lime Festival – into the lime-light on Saturday, July 1 from 11:00am-4:00pm with a free Key Lime Pie Drop contest and party at the Key West Lighthouse, located at 938 Whitehead Street. Those with a taste for engineering adventures are invited to enter for a chance at fame, fortune, a trophy and a crisp $100 dollar cash prize. Food, drinks, live music from the funky/soul band 3sum and loads [continue reading…]
Music Together in the Keys will hold a free class at the June 28 and 30 Story Time sessions at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St. The fun, playful classes will be at 10:30 a.m. June 28 and 11 a.m. June 30. Music Together is an international, science-based program that’s great for neural brain development! The classes are for newborns through 4-year-olds and the adults who love them. Our trained teachers will lead songs, dancing and a jam session for all. For more information on Story Time, visit www.keyslibraries.org or call (305) 292-3595. [continue reading…]
Want to help discover a new species? In the past 10 years there have been almost 600 species of moths identified in the Florida Keys and through an ongoing survey, new species are being discovered all the time. The month of June is the best time of year to witness biodiversity in moths, so if you would like to be part of the first annual KEYS MOTHs BIO BLITZ, come join us and help play a part in further understanding the moth fauna in the [continue reading…]
Renowned drag queen “Sushi” introduces author Kenneth D. Michaels to the crowd at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar on Friday night during a debut event for his most recent book, “Only in Key West,” a ‘Nick and Norm’ Gay Detective Series novel in which Sushi and the ‘801 Girls’ appear under pseudonyms.
Key West Art & Historical Society’s ArtCamp! is held every summer at Fort East Martello, featuring themed weeks with auxiliary activities and excursions that include field trips to local museums, nearby beaches and gardens—all highlighting the abundant history and cultural assets of our islands while encouraging and expanding students in their knowledge of their local community. For more information, visit KWAHS.ORG/LEARN or call Adele Williams, Director of Education at 305.295.6616 extension 115. All the student’s films can be viewed at facebook.com/pg/KWAHSArtCamp/videos.
The Matecumbe Historical Trust will host with month’s free presentation on Monday, June 19th at 6:30 pm at Island Community Church. Michael Shields will present, Key West: Bohemia in the Tropics, produced by Timothy Long. This is an account of a largely unknown story of how a radical community-building experiment during the Great Depression led to the laid-back, anything-goes lifestyle of today’s Key West. The film opens during the darkest days of the Great Depression and goes on to explore how Key West, once the [continue reading…]
The Coal Men Play the Hog’s Breath Saloon Dave Coleman’s Nashville smart-rock band, “The Coal Men,” play the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s late-shift, 10 p.m.- 2 a.m., June 19 – 25. Dave Colman recently played solo for the mid-shift on the Hog’s outdoor stage, and thrilled his fans with more of his original music and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll. The bands late-night fans have ask for more of the popular Nashville band and this gig is the Hog’s answer. The band’s CD, “Nowhere’s [continue reading…]
Women’s March Florida Keys Demands a Clear Policy from Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Regarding the Questioning of Florida Keys Residents about their Immigration Status As Monroe County residents and constituents we demand a clear policy from our Monroe County Sheriff’s Department regarding questioning residents and visitors about their immigration status, and sharing this information with federal immigration officials. The recent body cam footage of an officer questioning the immigration status of multiple Florida Keys residents is very concerning. As there is no clear policy or [continue reading…]
Guest Editorial William Deans, flight nurse and long-time Key West resident……. Call it six degrees of separation, or maybe just how a tight-knit community works: with LifeNet operating in the Florida Keys for ten years, it’s hard to find a resident who doesn’t know someone whose life has been touched by air ambulance service.
Commissioner Sam Kaufman has chosen Mr. Ed Russo as his Planning Board Appointee to serve out the remainder of former planning board member Crisity Spottswood’s term. Ms. Spottswood was appointed by former Commissioner Mark Rossi, and just recently stepped down after three years of service to the board. Commissioner Kaufman conducted a series of interviews with potential candidates and found Mr. Russo to be a great fit for the Planning Board. Mr. Russo comes with a keen understanding of the environment has an extensive and [continue reading…]