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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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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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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…

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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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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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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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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…

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…

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Library Friends Lecture at Key West Theater

Alison Lurie, prize winning author and scholar, is the second speaker in this season’s Friends of the Key West Library lecture series—Monday, January 26, 6:00 p.m., at the series’ temporary location, Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Lurie will discuss and show slides that illustrate her newest work, The Language of Houses, a book that explores the psychological significance of the houses in which we live, as well as the public buildings in which our…

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Action Jammie

by Ronnnie Sands They stole my Action Jammie (my state-of-the-art yellow Diamondback mountain bike) from my porch during the night. I had christened it Action Jammie on the day I purchased it two years ago from Island Bicycles. I wept openly in my wife’s Cheryl’s arms. She began to cry also when I told her I would have to use her bike (a relic from the Wizard of Oz; the only things missing were Margaret Hamilton, a picnic basket, and…

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A Message from Interstellar Transmissions Band

Citizens of Key West, We, the humble gypsies of Interstellar Transmissions, would like to express our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of Love and support that we have received from all of you, since the moment that we arrived in your laid-back Island community. While we had come to Key West for the weather, it is in the kindness of the people where we truly find warmth. Our project has gone through many incarnations, bested countless challenges, watched the sunrise…

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ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET RETURNS TO KEY WEST

“We loved playing for you all last year. It was a very special event.” Fred Lifsitz, violin player with the San Francisco-based Alexander String Quartet, is describing the ensemble’s Impromptu Classical Concert experience during their February, 2014 appearance at Key West’s San Carlos Institute. Good news for Keys audiences: the Quartet is returning in 2015 to perform an all-Beethoven program at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday, February 1st, 4:00 p.m. Their performance is a replacement for the 2015 series first…

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Paul Cotton Back From His Band Poco’s Induction Into Colorado Music Hall of Fame

PAUL COTTON returns home to perform all his written hits, with a few tribute songs to Poco and their founders the Buffalo Springfield. Don’t miss this renowned Gold & Platinmum recording artist and his legendary local band – right here in Key West! Schooner Wharf Historic Seaport Jan. 23/24 730ish -1130pm

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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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Cuba Abierto

by JD Adler After confirmation of the release of 53 political prisoners earlier this week, the US  Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) published official amendments to its Cuban regulations today. This publication, in turn, arrives just one week prior to the Assistant Secretary of State heading to Havana to discuss potentially re-opening the US embassy there. For airlines, travel agents, telecom companies, banks and Cuban citizens, these changes are tremendously beneficial. For anyone else, little has…

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Public Defender Topic of Jan. 22 League of Women Voters Civics Lesson

In the continuing series of Civics Lessons demystifying the workings of government departments and officials, Lower Keys League of Women Voters on Thursday, Jan. 22 turns the spotlight on the Office of the Public Defender of Monroe County. Chief Assistant Public Defender Patricia Dockerty-Gibson is guest speaker at the 7 p.m. meeting at One Island Family, the Southernmost UU Congregation, at the corner of Georgia and Petronia streets. The meeting is free and open to the public. Dockerty-Gibson, known familiarly…

The Key West/Boston Jazz Collective is Back!

The Key West/Boston Jazz Collective, the ten member musical collaboration between top local jazz musicians and all-star seasonal visitors, will present a concert at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 800 Center Street, on Wednesday, January 14, at 8 o’clock. The Collective was formed a decade ago to play at the Tennessee Williams Theater, and has been reunited in concert several times since. Reviews of its concerts have been invariably enthusiastic. The visiting players will be Jerry Seeco on trumpet and flute,…

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Why I March

by Alex Symington I took part in a march for police accountability last Sunday with about fifty other concerned citizens of Key West. It isn’t as if I WANTED to. I had plenty of more interesting things I could have done on a Sunday afternoon; projects backed up or books to be read or just a nice civilized afternoon nap with my dog. Movies, shopping, biking, sight seeing, picture taking, visiting friends or hanging out at the beach. You name…

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A Keys Christmas Tree Story

by Michael Alan I am sure you have noticed them lying there, alone and forlorn at the side of the road. I don’t know about you, but I feel a twinge of guilt as I pass by and wonder if it could have worked out differently somehow. Was there something I could have done to help, some Good Samaritan-like act that would spare the carnage and shame?

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Friday, January 2 thru Wednesday, January 7 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS / EXHIBITIONS Friday Upper Duval Art Stroll, 6 PM Special art exhibitions and receptions at galleries and shops along Upper Duval from United to Truman. Including Irene Stanton, Circular Patterns Opening Reception at Frangipani Gallery, SoDu Gallery Partners’ Show, Cocco & Salem, Dog Tired Studio & Gallery (Whitehead &…

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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!

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Rotary Club ‘Smile Makers’ Raising Funds For Key West Kids

The Smile Makers of the Rotary Club of Key West will hold a fundraiser on Friday, January 9th from 6:00 to 8:00pm hosted by Hard Rock Café, 313 Duval Street. All proceeds raised at this event and at the Club’s 12th Annual Golf Tournament on January 18th will benefit the Club’s “Help a Child Smile” Dental Fund. Trolley service will be available from the Key West High School parking lot to the Hard Rock Café the evening of January 9th.