Sep 012017
 
Survey: Military Families Report Alarming Health Issues in "Sick Houses" on Sigsbee Island

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Constant allergies requiring weekly injections, repeated pneumonia, bloody noses, frequent severe headaches, skin rashes, swollen eyes and breathing issues are a few of the symptoms described by Sigsbee residents who responded to a survey conducted by The Blue Paper. Following reports of “sick house” symptoms on Sigsbee island, we asked military families to describe any health-related issues they’ve experienced while living on the island. Over 66% of those who responded reported having developed some form of allergy. Almost all say [continue reading…]

Aug 252017
 
Monroe County's TDC and 11 Other Florida TDC's Accused of Deliberately "Hiding From Transparency"

***BREAKING NEWS*** Tallahassee, FL—Today, Speaker Richard Corcoran sent letters to 12 local tourism development councils who have severed ties with Visit Florida. Corcoran accuses the TDC’s of doing so, “under the false presumption that such an action would shield them from legislative oversight.” Upon sending the letter Speaker Corcoran said, “Let me be painstakingly clear, if you spend one dime of taxpayer money you will do it in a transparent and accountable way. These TDCs are sadly mistaken if they think Florida’s families don’t deserve to [continue reading…]

 August 25, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #233, News 1 Response »
Aug 042017
 
Police Explorer Sabrina Islam Awarded Scholarship

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee congratulates Explorer Sabina Islam, who has been recognized by the Florida Police Chiefs Education and Research Foundation with a $1000 college scholarship. In a letter announcing the awarding of the scholarship the foundation’s Executive Director Amy Mercer said that the selection process including an in-depth assessment of Islam’s overall commitment to the community, the Key West Police Department and her Explorer post. Key West Police Explorer Post #2011 is a Key West Police Department sponsored youth organization affiliated with [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:27 am News No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Tim Williams & Rob Carroll At the Hog’s Breath Philly-based singer-songwriter Tim Williams and Rob Carroll, play the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., July 17 – 23. Williams has two CDs, “We Begin” and “Blue Ribbon.” His shows are often comedic as well as musical. Paired with Carroll, who can tell what will happen on stage.   Atlanta’s Mike Veal Band At the Hog’s Breath Saloon The Mike Veal Band, Atlanta’s favorite party band brings its energy and excitement to the Hog’s Breath Saloon,  July 17 [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:13 am Issue #225, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 232017
 
Greatness Moves Among Us: Flower Conroy Named Key West Poet Laureate

by Arida Wright……. A few months ago I attended a Black Poetry Celebration hosted by the Key West Poetry Guild and after reading an original piece, they invited me to come to their monthly gathering* at the library and I finally did. Walking through the door I was pleasantly surprised to see my poetry teacher Ms. Flower Conroy who motioned me to sit by her.

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:09 am Arida Wright, Issue #224 No Responses »
Jun 162017
 
TPS HAITI: "Know Your Rights" Forum June 23rd - Spread the Word...

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…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:49 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
May 122017
 
IN PRAISE OF UNSAFE SPACES

by Ray Jason……. The waters of the Archipelago of Bliss have been a wondrous reservoir of inspiration for me as I meander through my Middle Years. My secluded life amidst these tranquil islands has blessed me with a perspective and clarity that is difficult to attain by those chained to the cacophony of the Real World.

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Island Voices, Issue #218 No Responses »
May 122017
 
Yard Waste

by Kirby Congdon……. Raking up the past in dead piles of withered leaves, we dance around the little things we missed as that song of grief we sing becomes a pagan howl of rectitude to redeem whatever victories we did not win. So losers begin their lives again and watch the trash bags almost burst their straining seams as perfection’s world unfolds in listless imitations of those dust-laden dreams that younger men in their routine on garbage trucks lift on up with weightless ease.

 May 12, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Kirby Congdon, News No Responses »
May 052017
 
Standing Up to “ICE”

by Martha K. Huggins, Ph.D…….. Abba: “Money, Money, Money–M-O-N-E-Y”[i] “Money, money, money Must be funny In the rich man’s world” A private prison corporation, The GEO Group,[ii]  located in Boca Raton, Florida, was recently awarded a contract[iii] by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to develop and operate a $110 million dollar 1,000-bed Detention Facility.  The private prison facility, to be located in Conroe, Texas, is expected to generate “approximately $44 million” for the Geo Group “in annualized revenues and returns on investment.” [iv]

 May 5, 2017  Posted by at 1:05 am Martha Huggins No Responses »
Apr 282017
 
Six Short Plays on Key West Personalities to Be Performed by Key West Fringe Theater

“Who’s that Key West character?”  That’s the question that will be buzzing among those who attend next Tuesday’s Key West Fringe Theater performances of six short plays.  They were written by participants in the Fringe playwriting workshop these past three months.  Led by Toby Armour, playwright and actor, the six play writers have honed each of their plays written for the seminar into a ten-minute exploration of the life and character of particularly interesting Key Westers.  The audience will not be told who they are, [continue reading…]

 April 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #216, Theater 1 Response »
Apr 142017
 
Navy: Leases Require Balfour Beatty and Military Families to Work Together to Minimize Mold Growth in Sigsbee Housing

  Two weeks ago we featured a story, Is Key West Military Housing Making People Sick? [March 31, 2017] This week we share information provided by Trice Denny, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Air Station Key West, in response to our questions about whether Sigsbee housing is causing health issues for local military families.

Apr 142017
 
Refuge Manager: Key Deer Screwworm Threat Appears Over But We Must Remain Vigilant

Efforts to protect Key deer from a recent New World screwworm outbreak reached an important milestone this week, surpassing 90 days without a confirmed screwworm-infested animal. The milestone represents a significant reduction in the risk of additional reinfestation of the screwworm, which threatened not just Key deer, listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), but people, wildlife, domesticated animals and livestock. The administration of oral doses to Key deer of anti-parasitic medicine has been stopped following this week’s milestone.

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:59 am Environment, Issue #214 No Responses »
Apr 142017
 
FKHSC's Safety Program Assists Keys Parents

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is working hard to make child safety education and supplies available to all Keys parents, and to ensure that Keys children are all riding in appropriate car seats when passengers in a vehicle. All parents and caregivers are invited to attend the Child Safety Event on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 am – 1 pm, at Peace Covenant Presbyterian Church (2610 Flagler Ave, Key West). Certified car seat technicians will be available to check installation on car seats already installed, [continue reading…]

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:02 am Issue #214, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 172017
 
Deportation of Two Legal Restaurant Workers: The Beginning of the End?

Commentary by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The plane that carried Jean Dervil back to Haiti landed late Thursday in Port-au-Prince. With him were 250 more deportees from the United States. To put it mildly, it has been puzzling for our readers to watch our documentary about a beloved, hard-working Haitian man, married to an American citizen, and to come to the realization that it may now be the policy of the federal government to deport people with valid work permits. 

Mar 172017
 
Katherine Norris: "GOP Bill Trades Affordable Health Care for Millionaire Tax Breaks"

March 21, 2017 by Katherine Norris……. Dear Editor: The Republican healthcare repeal bill is exactly the kind of typical Reverse-Robin-Hood giveaway to the rich that we have come to expect from GOP lawmakers. The bill shifts nearly a trillion dollars in federal funding from the middle class and working families to wealthy people and health care corporations through tax breaks.

 March 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:54 am Issue #210, Letter to the Editor No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Film Series Continues at Custom House Museum with “I am Cuba”

Key West Art & Historical Society’s film series continues on Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Helmerich Research & Learning Center at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street with “Soy Cuba” (I am Cuba) a Cuban-Soviet co-production filmed following the Cuban missile crisis as an anti-American propaganda film, which has been described as “a visual masterpiece.” With actors Luz Maria Collazo, Jose Gallardo, Sergio Corrieri, Mario Gonzalez Broche, Jean Bouise, Raul Garcia and Celia Rodriguez, “I am Cuba” consists of four vignettes, [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:07 am News No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Key West Art & Historical Society Offers Stipends for Kinetic Coaches in Schools

The Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade is set for May 5-7, and the Key West Art & Historical Society seeks artists to help students in schools prepare and create dynamic moving artworks using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) principals. Selected artists will receive a $1200 stipend to conduct a brainstorming session and two three-hour workshops with students at two different schools, presenting information on kinetic art principles and application, and team mobile sculpture idea development and production. “Artists will [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:57 am News No Responses »
Mar 102017
 
Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade—Call for Artists, Builders, Assemblers

The Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius to play and on display for the Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for May 5-7. Small and simple or elegantly engineered, teams of any number and age are welcome to enter this pedaled or pushed sculpture parade. Registration is $25 for kinetic sculpture floats and $15 for art bikes, with registration fees waived for Society members. Cash prizes will be awarded [continue reading…]

 March 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am ~ Artists ~ No Responses »
Mar 032017
 
Planning Director Out at End of March

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. Key West Planning Director, Thaddeus Cohen, “came to a mutual agreement” [with the City Manager] “to end Mr. Cohen’s tenure with the City.” The official explanation is quite diplomatic: “The transition will better serve the City’s needs.” “Planning is a complex and challenging department…” reads the official PR statement that the City sent to The Blue Paper.

 March 3, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am News 4 Responses »