Tag Archives: Key West The Newspaper

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City’s Insurers Agree To Pay Charles Eimers’ Family $900,000 to Settle Excessive Force Case

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… Eight attorneys, eight police officers, the City Manager, the Chief of Police, and Joshua Eimers met yesterday in a conference room at City Hall to try to settle the civil rights lawsuit regarding the death of Charles Eimers. Eimers, 61, was the father of four who died a year ago on South Beach at the hands of Key West police officers. Yesterday, the case was tentatively settled when the City’s insurance carrier agreed to pay…

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GUEST EDITORIAL: MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION IS A BETTER OPTION

by Catherine Vogel, State Attorney… The legalization of medical marijuana in Florida seems inevitable. Last year the ballot initiative to amend the Florida Constitution to allow medical marijuana failed by a slim margin. Any amendment to the Florida Constitution requires passage by 60%. The initiative garnered 57.6% of the vote. Here in Monroe County, the vote was 70% in favor of the amendment. Those in favor of the amendment have vowed to raise the signatures to put it back on…

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Ego-Terrorism

by JD Adler… Leaders of Ego In the face of recent terror attacks in France, Pakistan, Libya and Nigeria, the fall of the Yemeni government, a thwarted attack in Belgium, continuous drone strikes in the Middle East and Africa, Russian incursions into the Ukraine and the never ending cycle of Israel/Palestine; one has to wonder about the people ordering all of this bloodshed. Imagine believing that it was your job to make the world better for democracy, or Islam, or…

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Good Morning Florida Keys Talks With Pat Croce

Videographer: Leo Martinez Good Morning Florida Keys, Jenna Stauffer, talks with Pat Croce, nationally recognized motivational speaker, bestselling author, founder of the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum and owner of six restaurants in Key West. His remarkable success as a physical therapist and pioneer in the sports medicine field and then as president of the Philadelphia 76ers, where he helped lead the team to the NBA finals in 2001, has been defined as one of the most amazing stories…

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FEATURED ARTIST: Clementine Girard d’Albissin

Clementine Girard d’Albissin is a senior at Key West High. She is enrolled in Ms. Shannon Perkins’ AP Art Class. Clementine plans on studying art in college, most likely abroad. Clementine began drawing and painting when still a todler. She enjoys working in watercolor and colored pencil and can spend countless hours working quietly on her art. She creates pieces that reflect her happy personality and the beautiful world around her. Most of her works are very detailed and full of vibrant colors. This year in…

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An Ode To My Little Ship

by Ray Jason… A cold front has lost its bearings and meandered all the way down to the Banana Latitudes. The evening chill is quite refreshing. In a celebratory gesture, I light AVENTURA’S kerosene lamps. Normally, they heat up the boat too much when I am south of the Tropic of Discontent. But tonight … they are perfectissimo! The warm, amber light is so different from the sterile, blue, fluorescent lamps that I use most of the time. It not…

Because You Never Asked

JANET’s BOOB

by Jerome Grapel….. (With the trauma of Super Bowl weekend now upon us, I dug back in the ar-chives and found this essay pertaining to the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction”, which relegated the game itself to the smaller type of after thought in its aftermath.) I feel somewhat ambivalent about the now historical halftime incident at this year’s Super Bowl, where a sacred part of Janet Jackson’s anatomy was briefly exposed to the world. I’m not here to say…

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Crack(ed)

by Ronnie Sands… The first time I recall hearing of it was in the early ’80s when comic genius Richard Pryor set himself ablaze. My first physical contact with this particular vampire occurred not long after that. Since then I have smoked it with the lowest of the low, the people who eat out of dumpsters on a regular basis. I have indulged myself with it in the company of a member of the family, which we in this country…

Satire and Propaganda

by Alex Symington… I was reading contemporary satirist, Andy Borowitz, and it occurred to me that satire and propaganda share a common denominator. They both require a kernel of truth to be effective. Neither can be total fabrication or they ring hollow, although that doesn’t stop FOX from trying. Andy’s work fits well with our short attention span and fondness of sound bites because they are brief little pokes at the political foibles and theater of the absurd that is…

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An Open Letter to US Fish & Wildlife Services Regarding Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

January 23, 2015 To: Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Cynthia_Dohner@fws.gov CC: Ashleigh Blackford, Branch Lead, Planning and Resource Conservation –East, Ashleigh_Blackford@fws.gov; Nancy Finley, Refuge Manager, Nancy_Finley@fws.gov; Brian Powell, USFW Biologist, Brian_Powell@fws.gov; Larry Williams, State Supervisor, South Florida Ecological Services Office, Larry_Williams@fws.gov From: Caron Balkany, Balkany@aol.com Re: Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant – shallow sewage wells Director Dohner: Undersigned counsel represents several residents in the Lower Florida Keys who are concerned about the environmental impacts from the proposed…

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An Open Letter To South Florida Water Management District [re: Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System]

Dump the Pumps, Inc. P.O. Box 1956 Big Pine Key, FL 33043 January 29, 2015 Jonathon E. Shaw, P.G. Section Leader South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) PO Box 24680 West Palm Beach, FL 33406 Subject: Application No.: 150121-6 (Lower Sugarloaf Key Master Lift Station) Dear Mr. Shaw: Dump the Pumps, Inc. (DTPI) was made aware of the “Minor Modification- Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Collection System D B Project (Application #150121-6), County: Monroe S3/T67/R27” via our corporate attorney Lee Rohe, Esq….

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Phyllis Rose Next Speaker at Library Friends Lecture at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Phyllis Rose, biographer and literary critic, is next speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, February 2, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Rose will discuss her latest book, The Shelf: From LEQ to LES, in which she reports on an experiment in random reading of fiction in the New York Society Library. The Shelf is a defense of physical library stacks…

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, January 29 thru Wednesday, February 4 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Upper Keys Happenings ARTIST RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Tuesday The Connections Project III: A Mosaic of the Keys Opening Reception, 5:30 PM Nelson Gov’t Center, Key Largo, MM 102.5, bayside. 305-295-4369. keysarts.com Wednesday Art Guild of the Purple Isles Meeting, 10 AM Elks Lodge, Tavernier, MM 92.6, Bayside. 305-451-2726. artguildofthepurpleisles.com Renown local artist, Kathleen Denis will demonstrate her techniques. CLASSES and WORKSHOPS…

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COMMISSIONER CARRUTHERS HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING FEB 5TH

Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers (District 3) will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, February 5, 2015. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will begin with a 2015 State of the County discussion and will be followed by a Question and Answer format, leading to discussions on current topics of interest to the attendees. The meeting will be at the Harvey Government Center located in the Historic Truman School at 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West in…

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FIRM Invites Keys Residents to Annual Meetings

Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) invites all residents of Monroe County to its series of Annual Meetings, to be held in four convenient locations from Key Largo to Key West. During each of the meetings, FIRM President Mel Montagne and Vice President Heather Carruthers will provide an overview of FIRM’s recent successes and activities, its 2015 legislative priorities for ensuring fair flood and windstorm insurance rates for property owners in the Keys, and FIRM’s increasing emphasis on community outreach,…

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Congratulations to State Attorney’s Office Employee of the Quarater: Anna Hubicki

On behalf of the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office, State Attorney Catherine Vogel presented Anna Hubicki with the designation of “Employee of the Quarter” for her outstanding work in the Misdemeanor Divisions. Anna is an Assistant State Attorney at the State Attorney’s Office in Key West. This award is certainly well deserved; Anna was victorious in a jury trial that was held in Marathon when a jury pool was not available in Key West. “She is most deserving of this…

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Ingham hosts Waterfront 75th birthday Feb. 8

  Celebrating a 75th birthday is reason for a major celebration, and Florida’s oldest, continuously operating professional theater, the Key West Players, are celebrating in style aboard the USCGC Ingham on Feb. 8, 5 till 8 p.m. Key West Players, also known as the Waterfront Playhouse, was born Feb. 2, 1940, with only seven core members, military and civilian. It the early days they performed in various venues, including the U.S.S. Gilmore and the Harris School. In 1944 the Players…

Key West Half Marathon 2015

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,…

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Local Military Spouses Win Spouse of the Year Awards

Military Spouse Magazine founded the Military Spouse of the Year® (MSOY) award in 2008 to honor military spouses of all ranks and from all branches of service. More than a million military spouses support and maintain the home front while our service members defend this great nation. The Military Spouse of the Year® award recognizes military spouses’ important contributions and unwavering commitment to the military community and our country. This year two spouses have won in our area. NAS Key…

Kenny Lowe, Store Director for the Big Pine Key Winn-Dixie with Ashlee Fisher and Michele White, two of the volunteers at bag giveaway station outside Winn Dixie.

Big Pine Winn-Dixie And GLEE Team Up For Another “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” Day

Special Event Benefits Shoppers And Helps Reduce The Impact Of Single Use Plastic Bags On The Florida Keys Environment Winn-Dixie will again partner with nonprofit Green Living and Energy Education’s “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” program and host a reusable bag giveaway and sale event on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10a – 2p at the store on Big Pine Key. GLEE volunteers will provide free reusable shopping bags to shoppers at a station set up just outside the store….

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THE LOVE LANE GANG! They’re Just Plain Fun!!

The Love Lane Gang is a homegrown band that charms and thrills both locals and visitors with their rollicking raucous ruckus. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear and appeal to music lovers of all ages. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present. It’s impossible to keep from smiling amidst their mirthful musical mayhem! The emphasis is on ragtime, swing, and…

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Southernmost Magnolia!

Southernmost Magnolia, the Key West version of the renowned New England band Magnolia, plays a unique blend of Cajun, country, and bluegrass music. Led by singer and guitarist Maggie Moniz, with local fixtures Steve Gibson on mandolin and Cindy Jefferson on bass,and world-famous Chuck Sherman on pedal steel, they play good time music sure to get your head boppin’, your toes tappin’, and your feet movin’. They will be making sure everyone can let the good times roll at B.O.’s…

Eimers Case: Accusations of Perjury and Destruction of Evidence Could Land Default Judgment For Eimers Family

Eimers Case: Accusations of Perjury and Destruction of Evidence Could Land Default Judgment In Favor of Eimers Family

by Naja and Arnaud Girard [SEE VIDEO DEPOSITIONS BELOW] Attorneys in the federal wrongful death case filed by the Eimers family against KWPD officers and the City of Key West were heard for the first time before Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman on Plaintiffs’ Motion For Sanctions. In their motion the family accuses Defendants of perjury and destruction of evidence. The City filed a 24-page response to try to curb the damage done by an unexpected video that appears to contradict sworn statements made…

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Mortgage Fraud Investigation of FDLE Agent Kathy Smith Ongoing

by Naja and Aranud Girard The home that landed FDLE Agent Kathy Smith in the center of a mortgage fraud investigation is now being foreclosed on. We learned this week that on December 15, 2014, Capital One N.A. filed a foreclosure action against the home on 1 Emerald Drive in Big Coppitt. According to a local financial analyst [who asked to remain anonymous] any potential charges that may be filed against Agent Smith could become more serious if the lender ends up suffering…