Reflections on Columbus or Happy Genocide Day

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Here we are, another celebration of Columbus Day has passed, and every year it gets just a little bit more embarrassing, bordering on surreal. We citizens of the United States are slowly waking up to the reality that the Americas were heavily populated by natives and doing just fine without European “civilization”. The fact that the Europeans were greeted for the most part by friendly folks willing to share what they had, was taken as a sign of weakness by our “hero”, Columbus. Instead of honoring the people that invited him into their home, he enslaved and murdered them, of course, baptizing them before they were put to the sword. Not the best way to start a new relationship.

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The Blue Paper #82

Issue #82 — Friday, October 3, 2014

AUDIT: County Administrator and Three County Commissioners / Misuse of County Purchasing Cards

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Sometimes top County officials buy stolen County iphones.  And sometimes, after they get caught with the iphones and the scapegoat has gone off to jail, they take County issued credit cards and pay for personal items and entertainment and … well, they get caught again.

Let us explain.

Monroe County issues Purchasing Cards [P-Cards] to its top officials.  County Commissioners have them. County Administrator, Roman Gastesi has had 6 of them, sometimes three at a time with a total of $ 75,000 in credit capacity per month.  He also has a tendency to lose them. (more…)

Did You Miss Hometown PAC’s Final Candidate Forum? Watch it Now…

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Hometown! Mission Statement,

Policy and Goals

The mission of Hometown PAC is to promote free expression and exchange of political viewpoints and ideas. To accomplish these goals, Hometown will provide opportunities to educate its members and the voters in Key West and the surrounding environs through candidate lectures, forums, debates and other political discourse. These enabling actions will allow the voters to more fully consider the merits of the candidates and their proposals (i) to unite and give voice to residents, and (ii) to provide leadership and balance for economic growth while preserving the character of Key West. (more…)

The Shade of Ignorance

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Remarkable laws exist so ‘We The People’ can detect and avoid abuse from our government officials. Unfortunately, too many media and political action groups have abdicated their watchdog roles, keeping themselves and the public in the shade of ignorance.

Florida’s 1967 Sunshine Law was a remarkable accomplishment, influencing the rest of the states and even the Federal government to follow our lead. Basically it requires government officials to open their meetings to the public and maintain open records. There is no common law or First Amendment guarantee of such rights—our Founding Fathers met in secret. It takes legislation like Florida’s to give us citizens the right to monitor how our politicians are deciding our fates. (more…)

GUEST COMMENTARY: Grinder Pump Attacks Get Personal

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In a recent posting to the BigPineKey.com “Coconut Telegraph” an anonymous writer, using a fake e-mail, initiated a personal attack against a number of the activists opposed to the extensive use of grinder pumps in the Cudjoe Regional System.  The posting was lifted from a five page diatribe that Randy Bell, the Grinder Pump salesman, wrote earlier this year and sent to the FKAA.  The posting claimed Dump the Pumps was wasting money, that Walt Drabinski, who initiated the original lawsuits and has been very vocal had no engineering degree, was incompetent and that his economic and engineering analysis were lies. The writer also initiated a really low personal attack against a select few members of Dump the Pumps.  Walt Drabinski responds as follows: (more…)

NO AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND

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With the advances of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist army in Iraq and Syria, America is once again reacting to the argument that we have to confront the bad guys over there or we will have to fight them over here. So our anti-war president has reluctantly authorized the use of American air strikes on ISIS positions. The new war is being supported by a few allies– including even a few Muslim nations. But the President has solemnly promised that there will be no American boots on the ground. Critics, including a number of military experts, quickly came out of the woodwork to point out that, while even “pinprick” air strikes might slow down the ISIS terrorists, somebody’s boots on the ground will be required to defeat them. I want to suggest here that, under the immediate circumstances, the “slow-down-ISIS” strategy may be the right strategy. (more…)

There Is Hope

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When I read a report on Jefferson County Colorado high school students walking out in protest over proposed changes to the school’s history curriculum, I rejoiced. Anyone that pays attention to current events knows there is a concerted attack on common sense being administered by conservative ideologues and their corporate sponsors. The kids in Colorado have decided enough is enough. Their misguided school board members are proposing a flag waving revisionist history curriculum that emphasizes obedience to law, extolls the virtues of individual freedom and free enterprise, and at the same time dismisses social consciousness, past struggles and victories for civil rights as mere footnotes. Hardly worth mentioning…, and PLEASE disregard the fact that our nation was actually forged in the fires of revolution caused by lack of representation in our government. Yeah…that’d be great. (more…)

In Case You Have Nothing Better to Do
Are wedding-chests having fusion yet?(Raymond Queneau, Oulipo co-founder)

Are wedding-chests having fusion yet?
(Raymond Queneau, Oulipo co-founder)

While watching Vi Hart’s short film “Twelve Tones” (I recommend it if you have 30 minutes to spare), I was introduced to the word “Oulipo.” It denotes a group of French-speaking writers and mathematicians who thought it would be fun to create works using “constrained writing.” (All of my writing seems constrained. I’ve convinced myself, as they did apparently, that it is enjoyable in spite of this.) Although Oulipo sounds like something started by artistic types high on green fairy juice in the 1800s, it was actually founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais.

Constrained writing simply means there are certain arbitrary rules you must follow. If you want to “snowball,” for example, you have to write a poem where each line is one word and each successive word is one letter longer than the previous word. If you take the N+7 route, you replace every noun in your text with the seventh noun that comes after it in the dictionary (see caption above). Here are two examples of Oulipian creations: (more…)

WHY I BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE

because you never asked adThe fact that something so having to do with science has become such a political issue is not only surprising but significant. We live in a world where the issues proven or debunked by scientific investigation — rationally and patiently proven through an objective set of criteria and methodology — are generally accepted with some degree of Gospel-like adherence. The debate as to right and wrong, true or false, yes or no and what we should finally believe, is generally confined to the realm of professional science. If and when an issue is resolved within this community is almost always what the rest of us take our cues from. This does not mean science is always correct, but what makes professional science the most reliable oracle of truth is its ability to admit its mistakes. It understands the road to truth is pot holed with mistakes and is constantly trying to not just break new ground but to rectify and renew old “truths” that could be leading us astray. Like any other human endeavor, some element of ego might cloud an investigator’s assumptions, but ego gratification in professional science overwhelmingly rests on getting it right. That is why we laymen almost always trust it. (more…)

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MOSQUITO CONTROL: In Response to FKMC Chairman Stephen Smith’s Editorial

The editorial by Stephen Smith, Commissioner, Chairman, Florida Keys Mosquito Control, was a fascinating read, and it was a perfect example of why we so desperately need term limits for all elected officials.   Mr. Smith, who has been a FKMC board member for 18 years missed the mark. He seems to forget that FKMCB has not only a duty to protect us from mosquitos, but it also is a steward of our tax dollars.

First, his mention of his 18 years on the Board was intended to lend gravitas to his opinion. Apparently Mr. Smith wants you to forget the corruption and the waste that plagued the Board during the first 15 years of his tenure. He would have you forget the egregious salaries and benefits collected by the Board during his tenure.  He would have you forget or ignore the criminality of certain staff members during his tenure and his full throated defense of at least one of those staff members. (more…)

Speaking For Monroe County’s Most Vulnerable Kids

Dear Editor,

The Key West Golf Course community of 350 members is screaming to the City of KW that they will do whatever it takes to stop the possible construction of a nearby homeless shelter. In a published letter the KWGC expressed that it would be reckless and dangerous to create the shelter near their KWGC residential community, a grade school, a college, hospital, senior residential home, and businesses. (An open letter to Mayor Cates and City of KW Commissioners—The Blue Paper  http://thebluepaper.com/article/an-open-letter-to-mayor-cates-and-city-of-key-west-commissioners/ )

Now, I want to speak for those in KW without voices that have been placed in a “reckless and dangerous” place for years. From 2008 to 2013, my wife and I were house parents for the two Department of Children and Families’ licensed foster homes in the Poinciana apartments of Key West that are sandwiched directly between two institutions for homeless adults. (See children shelters address @ 1621 Spalding Court, Key West, FL http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1965 ) (more…)

A Challenge to Both Mr. Garcia and Mr. Curbelo…

To the Editor,

[Response to "Garcia, Curbelo Trade Insults Again" Key West Citizen, September 30, 2014 p1a]

Conspiracy of silence

At Monday’s Hometown pac political forum at FKCC Key West Citizen publisher and panelist Mr. Paul Clarin made the statement about halfway through the rehashed candidate questions that: “This is like Groundhog Day” (the movie). Ironically, Phil (the protagonist in the movie) was a weatherman caught in a time loop who gets to keep repeating the same sequence of events on Groundhog Day over and over – known only to him. Phil may represent the new American Dream – becoming an “insider.” (more…)

MISSING! PLEASE SHARE…

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TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART TEN: THE WITCH, THE DEVIL, AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART TEN of Island of Bones Series…  (more…)

Apply to be a Studio Artist!

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Jackhammers, saws, and drills: now that’s the sound of progress! We’re thrilled to (loudly) report, that we’ve secured our final contract with D.L. Porter Construction, and work is speeding along at 533 Eaton.

Back at the office, we’re cooking up all sorts of plans for the 2015 season, including Studio Artists to fill the nine work spaces on the building’s third floor. Most of the gang from the Armory will follow us to our new home, but we’ve held two studios open for new applications.

Intrigued? Click here for details! Our Studio Artists breathe life into The Studios 24/7, participate in monthly First Thursday Open Studios, and find themselves at the epicenter of Key West’s vibrant art scene.

Reef Relief Hires New Education Coordinator

Reef Relief Education Coordinator Carly Shabo

Reef Relief recently hired a new Education Coordinator, Carly Shabo. She is a graduate of the College of Charelston with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marine Biology. As Reef Relief’s Education Coordinator, she will be organizing and presenting Reef Relief’s Discover Coral Reefs School Program to the Monroe County School District, also coordinating activities with the Key West High School Reef Relief Club and the summer’s Coral Camp for Kids Program.  She can also be seen staffing booths for Reef Relief at the many community events in the Lower Keys.

For more information about scheduling classroom visits or details about Coral Camp, contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100 or by email at reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem. www.reefrelief.org

 

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

United Way President Margie Smith Resigns To Join Family Investment Firm
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MARGIE SMITH, UNITED WAY PRESIDENT

Margie Smith, President of United Way of the Florida Keys since January 2010, will leave the agency at the end of this year to join her husband’s investment management firm in Islamorada.

Smith said she is excited about her new position but sad to leave a job that has been so much a part of her for almost five years. “As President of United Way I’ve had the unique opportunity to see a detailed picture of who we are as a county, and to interact with so many public service-minded individuals,” she said. “What we have here is special.  I’ve never felt so profoundly connected to a community as I have here in the Keys.” (more…)

Sgt. Pablo Rodriguez Recognized for 15 years of service to KWPD

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Key West Police Chief Donie Lee recently recognized Sgt. Pablo Rodriguez for 15 years of service to the Department.

Rodriguez was hired in 1999 and started out patrolling the downtown and Bahama Village area. As a patrol officer, he made numerous drug arrests that led to convictions as well as the seizure of drugs and money. In 2002 Sgt. Rodriguez was transferred to the Special Operation Unit where he has been involved in the successful investigation of numerous covert and overt operations, making arrests of drug dealers and users. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2006.

FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

View Fantasy Fest King and Queen Candidates page

All Candidate Events:

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Conch Poet J.M. Varela Featured Oct. 5 at Blue Heaven

The wit and wisdom of popular Conch poet J.M. Varela takes the stage upstairs at Blue Heaven during the first Sunday monthly meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild on Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

Varela, author of the eclectic collection “Inside the Head of a Conch Women,” turns her sometimes jaundiced and often hilarious eye toward Key West history, customs and characters. The Guild looks forward to premiering some of her more recent work, written, she said, “as a wrap up of four days of Conch Reunions in August and a backlash for so many negative comments about raising children in Key West.” (more…)

ZONTA ABC 5K WALK KICK-OFF PARTY, OCTOBER 9

Pier House ABC Flyer 2014 FINAL

Help Support the CoffeeMill Dance Studio! / Third Annual Benefit Sunday October 12th

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The Blue Paper #81

Issue #81 — Friday, September 26, 2014

MONROE COUNTY’S SECRET ROADMAP TO RESEGREGATION

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It’s 7:30 am at the bus stop on Truman and Emma.  Eleven-year old Dimitri is about to climb into the morning school bus.  Like him, most of the kids sitting on the bus are African American.  Like them, he has a mere 40% probability of graduating from high school with his classmates; a stark difference from his white brothers, who have an 83% graduation rate [2013 data].

When we interviewed parents in Bahama Village about this disparity their responses raised an unexpected red flag.

“I didn’t want my son to go to HOB,” says the mother of a fifth grader, “He’s going to the white school.”

BP:  “The white school?  What do you mean?  What white school?” (more…)

GUEST EDITORIAL: Mosquito Control Is An Intensive Battle

Let us be clear that Mosquito Control’s focus is to keep the mosquito population at a minimum which is labor intensive and necessary to protect the health of both our residents and our visitors.  Election season is upon us, and as Chairman and an 18 year elected commissioner at Florida keys Mosquito Control I would like to address some statements being made during this election season.

When I was elected to the FKMCD board there was a management change and a change of practices.  These changes we put into place to control larvae (as opposed to blanket spraying insecticide for adult mosquitos) thus dramatically reducing biting adult mosquito numbers.  In addition to the immediate health advantages, these changes resulted in saving County residents millions of tax dollars and reduced the use of adulticides (pesticides) by approximately 80%. (more…)

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE…

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Is George Neugent on the take?

First, George. Second, are the Keys corporate media in full defend-the-powerful mode? Third, are the 60% of voters for George in full denial?  Numbers two and three, I’m sure of. About George, what do you think?

George is certainly doing his best to make me believe he has used his votes on grinder pumps and the waste contract to feather his own nest.  I  reported  two  weeks  ago  about  the  mysterious  $ 150,000 increase in his bank account from $ 50,000 in August 2013 to $ 200,000 in June 2014.  In print, I asked anyone to explain how it happened.  I also sent respectful letters to George’s 16 biggest donors begging them to defend George.

I have not heard a word of defense or explanation from George or his supporters. Realize that public documents like the Financial Disclosure Form exist in order to expose suspicious irregularities like this to us, the public. This is exactly how we would find out about a financial kickback: a public servant who reports only his $ 40,000 government salary, and no gifts, somehow adds $ 150,000 to his bank account at a time when mega-million-dollar contracts have gotten his votes. (more…)

Records Management: The Black Hole in the School District

black hole canstockphotoI am sure that you all have read the press release from Coral Shores High School touting student accomplishments on the various Advance Placement (AP) tests.  Kudos to the Hurricanes for a job well done.

I noticed that neither Key West High School nor Marathon High School published or otherwise broadcast their AP results.  Curious, I requested the AP scores from each of the principals and they promptly replied.

As you might expect from the absence of public commentary, the results in Key West and Marathon were mixed and by no means a cluster of high achievement.  To the contrary, there were instances of certain classes where the results can only be described as poor, if not downright abysmal.  As often as not, fewer than 50% achieved the coveted “3”, which the principals refer to as “passing”.  To be fair, I did not read any class by class results for CSHS and it may be that they had their deficiencies as well. (more…)

IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N ROLL

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My daughter the lawyer calls me an “accidental academic.” After high school, there was no way that I could afford to go to college. So I joined the army and learned how to jump out of airplanes. After the army, I used the GI Bill to finance a degree in journalism and landed a job in public relations with a large corporation based in New York City. It wasn’t long, however, that I realized that an advanced degree would be helpful if I wanted to progress in my career. Also, in the field of public relations, mass persuasion is the name if the game– and I learned that there were entire programs of study being offered by some universities dealing with persuasion and mass communication. Social psychologists had been studying the effects of mass communication for years, but it was just then becoming an independent field of study. So I returned to graduate school to get a masters degree and, a few years later, I went back again and got a Ph.D in mass communication.

One of the ways I paid my tuition in graduate school was to teach one course every quarter– usually journalism 101. But one quarter, journalism school management asked me to teach a course called Mass Communication in Society. Okay, something different. As I reviewed the textbook, I saw that the content of the course was basically what I expected– the effects of various mass communication media. Newspapers, magazines, radio, television, etcetera, etcetera. And music. Music? Yep, music as a mass communication medium. (more…)

GREATNESS

THE ROOSEVELTS corrected

My wife and I just finished watching all seven, two-hour installments of Ken Burns’, documentary on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. It left me feeling a bit melancholy, for watching any birth-to- death encapsulated in a few short hours will depress, but such Olympian greatness ending like ordinary mortals is an especially bitter pill to swallow. Ken Burns’ reputation for skillful use of black and white stills melded with music, sound effect and professional actors reciting the written word of the protagonists is mesmerizing and “The Roosevelts, An Intimate History” did not disappoint. (more…)

I DON’T LIKE AMERICAN FOOTBALL

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 As I sit down to write this essay, we are one day out from Super Bowl XLVIII. To sit down and write about the Super Bowl has become much more an exercise in socio-cultural behavior than athletic endeavor. If my memory serves me, this would be the 5th time I’ve written about an event that has become perhaps the most galvanizing moment on the American calendar. With the exception of the essay “Super Bowl XLIII”, where I consciously decided to play the role of a sports writer, every other foray into the subject matter has been made with broader, more universal intentions. An event of this magnitude has philosophical meaning beyond The Game and sport itself. (more…)

Sheriff Rick Ramsay—Detectives, Deputies & Staff Under His Command—Deliver Commendable Result…

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Words are insufficient in describing the extraordinary brilliance demonstrated by Sheriff Rick Ramsay and his magnificent team of officers, when it comes to their apprehending the individual, who allegedly tortured and killed an innocent dog, because it snored.

Monroe County Sheriff’s detectives and investigators did not have much to go on in capturing their suspect. An exemplary effort, with an inordinate amount of work was necessary to gather the intelligence required to get their man. (more…)

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An Open Letter to Mayor Cates and City of Key West Commissioners

Mayor Cates and Commissioners:

As members of the Key West Golf Course community, we want to express our extreme displeasure with the recent news that the City of Key West may proceed forward with construction of a homeless shelter at the Easter Seals location on College Road.

On August 17, 2014, on behalf of our more than 350 homeowners, the Key West Golf Club Homeowners Association (KWGC HOA) Board of Directors has passed a resolution to oppose the placement of a homeless facility at the Easter Seals location and to pursue litigation options in this matter. (more…)

Anti-Smoking Campaign Doesn’t Make Sense

Dear Editor,

There seems to be something funny going on. The BOCC’s latest anti-smoking campaign doesn’t make sense to me. They claim that smoking causes 700+ sick days taken by county employees. How does smoking cause one to take a sick day? Also, although they keep ignoring this point, I’d bet that HANGOVERS take FAR more sick days than smoking cigarettes. Even the daily paper has edited that part of my citizen’s voice comment. This seems like a real legal quagmire that a few (or one) fanatic is really pushing this hard! Meanwhile, many very old issues are being ignored or back-shelved yet again. What is your take on this? Could it be a mere distraction while something else is going on?

John K Thomas

Key West, Florida

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART NINE: THE SHRIMP BOAT

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART NINE of Island of Bones Series…  (more…)

HOMETOWN! PAC Final Forum is September 29th at 5:00 pm. Don’t Miss it!

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A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, GROUP 4; MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2; MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD, DISTRICTS 2 AND 5; AND CANDIDATES  FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

WHERE:  LOBBY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FINE ARTS CENTER ON THE LEFT OF THE FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS STOCK ISLAND/KEY WEST

WHEN:  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM

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EQUALITY FLORIDA ACTION PAC ENDORSES GEORGE SHELDON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

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A Sharp contrast to Pam Bondi

Equality Florida Action PAC, the largest organization dedicated to electing pro-equality candidates in Florida, has endorsed George Sheldon for Attorney General.

“As Florida moves forward towards full equality, the next Attorney General will have a tremendous impact on the everyday lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in our state,” said Stratton Pollitzer, chair of the PAC. “Time and again, George Sheldon has proven that he is an advocate for basic human rights.” (more…)

OIRF Supports Take Stock In Children

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Kelly Friend, Old Island Restoration Foundation president, presents a $ 2500.00 check to Chuck Licis, program coordinator and Steve Pribramsky,  MCEF President of Take Stock in Children.

Since 1995, non-profit Take Stock in Children has provided a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

OIRF grant funds are earned through the “Key West House Tours”, as well as memberships, donations and rental of the Oldest House gardens.  More information at www.oirf.org or call 305-294-9501.

Take Stock in Children Graduate Story: Paulina Rippere
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Paula Rippere

The Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF) is looking for volunteers to mentor students in its flagship program, Take Stock in Children. The MCEF has been helping Monroe County students achieve their goal of earning a degree, certificate, or credential since 1995. Here is an example of how mentoring a student for just 30 to 45 minutes a week can change a student’s life.

Paulina Rippere, Take Stock In Children Graduate, Monroe County 2003

My Take Stock in Children mentor at Key West High School was Helen Rowe. She was wonderful. She worked at the high school, so whenever I wanted to say hello or needed advice I could stop by her office and bounce ideas off of her. She was a great mentor and really helped me through the last couple of years of high school, making plans for college and the future. (more…)

Conch Poet J.M. Varela Featured Oct. 5 at Blue Heaven

The wit and wisdom of popular Conch poet J.M. Varela takes the stage upstairs at Blue Heaven during the first Sunday monthly meeting of the Key West Poetry Guild on Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.

Varela, author of the eclectic collection “Inside the Head of a Conch Women,” turns her sometimes jaundiced and often hilarious eye toward Key West history, customs and characters. The Guild looks forward to premiering some of her more recent work, written, she said, “as a wrap up of four days of Conch Reunions in August and a backlash for so many negative comments about raising children in Key West.” (more…)

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden on Agenda for the 16th Annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival

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Every year, the natural habitats of the KWTF&BG serve as a rest and refuel stop on the Autumnal migration route of birds returning from their summer roosts to the warmth of southern latitudes.   The Stock Island site and its staff also host birders and butterfly enthusiasts participating in the annual Birding and Wildlife Festival.  Scheduled are:

  • Friday, 26th, 10 – noon:  “Birds in the Forest” – a guided tour lead by Phillip Hughes of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
  • Saturday, 27th, 1 – 3pm: “Butterflies in the Forest” – guided by Leigh Williams and Amy Grimm, butterfly enthusiasts and photographers.  Don’t forget your camera!
  • Saturday, 27th, 4:30 – 6pm:  “Birds in the Forest” – lead by Dr. Mark Whiteside, our renown Key West bird expert.
  • Saturday, 27th, 5:30 – 8pm: “Garden Evening Extravaganza”.  Reception at the Nature Chapel sponsored by Florida Keys Audubon Society and Key West Wildlife Center, featuring a special presentation by Peggy Coontz and feathered friends.

Visit www.kwbgs.org or keysbirdingfest.org for details; reservations required.

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Support Environmental Education For Monroe County Students: Have Dinner at Mangia Mangia

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4th Annual Habitat for Humanity’s Votes for Notes Musical Competition!

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Mark your calendar for Habitat for Humanity’s 4th Annual Votes for Notes fundraiser! Local musician Ray West is lining up musical talent for yet another season of this ever-growing, three-night event. New musical talent and popular pros are invited to compete in order to win $ 250 cash and other prizes at the Grand Finale.  At three competitions audience members “vote” for their favorite performers by dropping cash donations in the Habitat vote bucket. Habitat tracks each performer’s total with the winner being announced at the Grand Finale.  Performers are invited to play any or all three nights. Past performers and winners include Phoenix, Moondogs, Billy Brown, The Doerfels, Paul “Shanty” Elliot, Shastina Chiles and so many more! (more…)

United Way ‘Stuffs the Bus’ with School Supplies
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KEY LARGO SCHOOL RECEIVES A LOAD OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM UNITED WAY VOLUNTEERS

United Way of the Florida Keys and its community partners want to make sure that Monroe County students have the supplies they need to succeed at their studies. That’s why they launched “Stuff the Bus,” an effort that produced truckloads of school supplies distributed last week to all 16 Monroe County public schools from Key Largo to Key West.

United Way volunteers showed up early at the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative facility in Marathon and loaded their vehicles with pens, pencils, paper, backpacks, binders, notebooks and other school supplies that had been collected in the “Stuff the Bus” drive. They were welcomed with open arms by the schools who received the items. The items were collected in “Stuff the Bus” boxes at businesses throughout the Keys and at several “Stuff the Bus” events, such as a party at the Hard Rock Café in Key West. About $ 15,000 worth of school supplies were distributed—almost double the amount that were distributed last year. (more…)

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

Crown Jules, This is Your Life; ‘Criss Cross’ Screens Oct. 8

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In this year’s heating up and always hilarious race for the honor of being Fantasy Fest’s top royalty is a woman who first came to Key West in 1976 and had a brush, of sorts, with Hollywood (the one in California), the motion picture industry and Goldie Hawn.

Julie Hanson, born in Montgomery, Alabama, has worked mostly in restaurant management or hairdressing; in the late 1970s, after a stint at the Esquire Lounge, she “worked parttime at the Eden House, at Rich’s Cafe in the back,” she said. During this time a “writer, Scott Somer, was a guest at the Eden House for a few months. He became a friend to all of us” staffers, she remembered. Somer, it turned out, wrote a book based on Julie as the main character which eventually became a screenplay and finally the motion picture “Criss Cross.” (more…)

Official Fantasy Fest® 2014 Artwork Announced

Poster Signing Party is Tuesday, October 21, at 5 pm

Fantasy Fest is pleased to announce the artwork chosen for the Official Fantasy Fest 2014 posters and t-shirts. Dozens of fantastic designs were submitted for the poster contest, and with an unrivaled selection of quality work, we are thrilled to announce two separate designs. The official poster will feature artwork submitted by Petar Stracenski and the t-shirt is designed by Rey Flores.

Stracenski is a Key West based artist who wanted to evoke the playfulness and mystery of Fantasy Fest while capturing elements characteristic of Key West. His minimalist design features an anime beauty with a few of Key West’s best known creatures. This poster is sure to look great in any home. Flores’s festive T-shirt design brings a cast of Key West flavored anime characters to the Southernmost Point and will make for a fantastic token of your Fantasy Fest adventure.

Congratulations to Petar and Rey, and a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated in this year’s Poster Contest.  To purchase your very own piece of Fantasy Fest history, or for additional information regarding the t-shirt and poster, contact Tom Sawyer’s Keyboard Advertising at 305-292-9315 or visit KeyBoardAdvertising.com.

LIGHTS! ACTION! CAMERA! FORT LAUDERDALE GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES UNPRECEDENTED WHIRLWIND OF FILMS AND EVENTS

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FLGLFF 2014 has expanded to seven days, includes more award-winning and diverse films, and features special events and parties that elevate this Festival to a new level, making it one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the nation.

FLGLFF takes place Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12 and resumes Thursday, October 16 through Sunday, October 19. (more…)

LEARN ABOUT THE BUTTERFLIES, SEPTEMBER 26th

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The Blue Paper #80

Issue #80 — Friday, September 19, 2014

BLUE WALL OF SILENCE COST CITY ALMOST $300,000!

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By now, you have probably read in the daily paper or heard on the radio that the City of Key West has agreed to pay former Key West cop Matt Klosowski $ 287,500 to settle a six-year-old whistle-blower lawsuit. But you probably don’t know the rest of the story. The real significance of this story is that the Mayor and City Commissioners now know that the Blue Wall of Silence is alive and well inside the Key West Police Department. The Mayor and Commissioners now know for sure that Police Chief Donie Lee’s department is corrupt. That is basically what City Attorney Shawn Smith had to admit when he recommended that the City settle out of court. (more…)

Fraudulent Obstruction of Information Act – FOIA
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Supreme Court Building, Washington D.C., USDA photo by Ken Hammond

The U.S. Navy has refused to release a public document that proves they lied. This well-documented chronicle of lies and obstruction is not likely to bring justice, but the beauty of the internet is the lies are very public. Having repeated those lies on October 31, 2013, the Navy has restarted their five-year Statute-of-Limitations clock.

In June 2014, former County Commissioner Kim Wigington (Monroe County, Florida) appealed the Navy’s rejection of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request she submitted in 2011. Below is the latest chapter in the seven-year history of fraud, abuse and obstruction. (more…)

Buyer Beware! School District Public Records and The Ultimate Escape Clause

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I believe that it is reasonably well known that I often make Public Records Requests of the School District.  Usually these requests are for documents of a financial nature.

Superintendent Mark Porter finds my requests tedious and objectionable, but he ultimately complies as Florida’s Public Records laws demand that he do so.  You have to stay on top of the situation and usually repeat your request.  Porter invariably hopes that if he ignores you long enough that you will go away, which I never do. (more…)

Environmentalism, My Opponents, Bees, Dogs, and GM Mosquitoes
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As an activist for so many years it warms my heart that both of my opponents refer to themselves as environmental. Twenty years ago being a tree-hugger carried the same stigma as being a Communist.  And whether you feel you are one because you recycle, or because you do beach clean-ups, it doesn’t matter.  What matters is the direction you are moving in, your growing awareness and your actions.

(However let me say here that Governor Scott calling himself an environmentalist is just too much of a stretch.) (more…)

Good Morning Florida Keys’ Jenna Stauffer Spotlights ‘Kids Come First’


Jenna Stauffer spotlights ‘Kids Come First’ an amazing organization here in the Florida Keys that provides clothing, school supplies and personal items to children in need.

Videographer: Aaron Harrigan

Sunset Key Rip-off

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Last year I wrote a column praising Sunset Key, titled “Sailing to Wisteria.” It described a wonderful wedding anniversary stay-cation Cynthia and I had with treasured friends, ending with our evening sunset on a beach that reminded us of one on Vanuatu, except riotous Key West was only five minutes behind us on the other side of the island. I thoughtfully wrote that one alternative to cruise ships was places like this, and maybe if that happened to Wisteria, it wouldn’t be all bad.

Oh boy, have I had a change of heart. (more…)

Shine Your Light—Make It Bright…

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The first line of defense against incursions upon our rights and liberties, are law-enforcement officers. Members from policing agencies either protect and serve the citizenry, adhering to a legal and professional standard of conduct, or from the onset, denigrate and deny an individual their Constitutional and God given rights.

Just because the violence or intrusive actions utilized by a police department upon a citizen are determined to be legal, it doesn’t mean that their conduct was appropriate, reasonable or correct.

On the front lines, during the heat of battle, the meaning and intent, along with obedience to the law, can become blurred and obscured for police officers seeking to rationalize and justify improper or illegal conduct. (more…)

That Would Explain A Lot…

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No matter what your political affiliation is, haven’t you wondered, “What is wrong with those people? Can’t they see how misguided they are?!” God knows, I’ve said that countless times. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some explanation why political paralysis and polarization are so prevalent? Look no further than science!  Finally we have an answer why some see black and others white when looking at the exact same thing. The amygdala, sometimes called the amygdaloidal nucleus, a little almond shaped bit of gray matter amongst our other gray matter, in the anterior section of the temporal lobe, might be the culprit. Frankly, I don’t care what it is or what it’s called. I’m just pleased as punch there is ANY explanation for the insane cognitive dissonance and schizophrenic contradictive perceptions of what is our current political theater of the absurd.

MRI images of test subject’s brains revealed that conservatives have a larger amygdala than liberals. Now before you conservatives start high-fiving each other, (more…)

FROM THE BACK ISSUES: MOST POPULAR

Charles-Eimers-thumbOFFICER GARY LEE LOVETTE: “ME, I DROPPED LIKE A F***ING BOMB ON HIS HEAD… WE KILLED HIM”

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Murphy thumnailTHE CASE OF MATTHEW MURPHY:  ANOTHER COVER-UP?

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shh thumbTHE KEYS’ DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

tilly sunk thumbSUNKEN TUG TILLY COULD COST HALF-MILLION DOLLARS WHY WAS NOTHING DONE?

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Where Are the Vampire Linguists?
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Ha! You Vill Never Split an Infinitive Again!
(The Vampire, Philip Burne-Jones, 1897, US-PD)

If this is a question that’s never crossed your mind, don’t feel alone. It did come up, however, in a recently published Speculative Grammarian, “the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field [?] of satirical linguistics.” The current issue, for example, has articles on “Linguimericks, Etc.,” “Profuse Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know” (this will go on my reading list obviously), and “It Was a Dark and Stormy Noun.”

But I digress. The article in question, written by F. Ang Bangah (oh the pun of it!), presents musings such as this one: (more…)

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART EIGHT: Bales and the Musician Go Fishin’

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART EIGHT of Island of Bones Series…  (more…)

Congressman Joe Garcia Introduces Student Loan Bill To Help College Affordability

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WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday [September 18, 2014], Congressman Joe Garcia introduced the Fairness in Student Loan Repayment Act to provide assistance to students repaying their federal student loans. Congressman Garcia, a strong proponent of college affordability, introduced this legislation as a way of helping students repay their debt with minimal struggle.  Students around the country take on thousands of dollars of student debt in an effort to acquire a quality higher education, spending decades paying off those loans. Last year, 71%  of college students who graduated had student loan debt, with an average of $ 29,400 per borrower. (more…)

Making Smart Medicare Choices for 2015
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As we head into autumn, people with Medicare once again need to consider their options for next year. Even if you like the coverage you have now, you should spend at least a few minutes making sure it will still meet your needs next year. Here are some key questions that people with Medicare should ask.

When is the enrollment period?

Medicare’s open enrollment period runs, as usual, from October 15 to December 7. During this time, you can make changes in your Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan, or, if you don’t have one, you can select one for the first time. (more…)

New Chief Petty Officers at NAS Key West
Four chief petty officer selectees receive their combination covers from sponsors during a chief pinning ceremony at Boca Chica Field Tuesday. The time-honored Navy tradition celebrates a Sailor's transition from bluejacket to chief petty officer as they advance in rank. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/ Released

Four chief petty officer selectees receive their combination covers from sponsors during a chief pinning ceremony at Boca Chica Field Tuesday. The time-honored Navy tradition celebrates a Sailor’s transition from bluejacket to chief petty officer as they advance in rank. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales/ Released

Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, NMSI’s Rene McCormick, and Former NASA Astronaut Sandy Magnus among Judges for Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM

Today, Sally Ride Science announced the list of judges that will evaluate submissions and select the winners for the Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM, a program open to all K-12 educators in the U.S. that recognizes innovations in instruction related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), as well as STEM careers.

Judges also Include Educators; Will Select Top Finishers in National Award Program that Recognizes Innovations in STEM Education; First Prize of More than $ 5,000. (more…)

HOMETOWN! PAC Announces Fifth and Final Event for the 2014 Political Season

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A QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM FOR:

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, GROUP 4; MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 2; MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD, DISTRICTS 2 AND 5; AND CANDIDATES  FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

LOBBY, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FINE ARTS CENTER ON THE LEFT OF THE FLORIDA KEYS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS STOCK ISLAND/KEY WEST

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, FROM 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Hometown’s FIFTH AND FINAL forum is September 29, about three (3) weeks before early voting begins. Monroe County and Key West voters will have to make important judgments regarding the election of a judicial candidate for a six year term, a County Commissioner for the next four years. two Mosquito Control Board members for a four year term and this District’s Congressional candidate for the next two years. (more…)

Questions About Recent Arrest of Florida Keys Children’s Shelter Employee

Dear Editor,

Why is it that the chief operating officer for  Florida Keys Children’s Shelter (FKCS) had to defer to their lawyer to answer important media questions regarding the recent story of one of their former employees arrested for “interference and custody” of two foster teens in protective shelter of FKCS, while he was employed with FKCS?  (“Report: Runaways used as prostitutes- Mentor at Florida Keys Children’s Shelter Arrest,” Sept. 11, 2014).

Couldn’t this attorney fee be used to sponsor back-to-school clothes, special event trips, and summer science camps?

Would Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay who serves on the FKCS Board of Directors as Vice-Chairman and Board Development Chair be in conflict with this investigation?

Mike Sawyer

(Substitute teacher for a metro-Denver turn-around school district with 13% Caucasians. Over 1k published newspaper letters promoting health and humanity. Most recently the New York Daily News “Counting Sheep,” http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/sept-7-pre-k-washington-football-team-fracking-article-1.1929802 )

Master of Divinity

B.S., Social Science

Denver, Colorado

Key West Resident Running for Cancer Care and Research / Running as Member of the Dana-Farber Team in the 14th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon®

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Katherine Gilmour from Key West, will be running in the 14th annual [Boston Athletic Association] B.A.A. Half Marathon® presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, as a member of the official Dana-Farber team.

More than 570 Dana-Farber team members will raise awareness and at least $ 750 to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the Half Marathon for twelve years. During this time, runners on the Dana-Farber team have raised more than $ 4 million to fuel lifesaving discoveries. To support a runner in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, go to www.RunDanaFarber.org. (more…)

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN IN MONROE COUNTY EARNS PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARD

Monroe Excellence Award TSIC Conference 2014For the second year in a row, the Take Stock in Children program of Monroe County has earned a program excellence award for its outstanding mentor and college success coach services. “This would not have been possible without the dedication of our devoted volunteer mentors and our wonderful college success coaches who go above and beyond.” said program coordinator Chuck Licis.

Take Stock in Children is the flagship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF). “Obviously, I’m thrilled and the board is delighted that we’ve been able to continue to win this award,” said Steve Pribramsky, president of the MCEF. “We don’t actually put a lot of emphasis on winning the award. Instead, we try to spend as much time as possible focusing on creating a better program year after year.”

Twenty-one Take Stock programs in Florida were recognized for their achievements last year. “We are proud to be in the top third of successful programs in the state. We are looking to build on our successes and continue to work with our college bound students to earn a degree, certificate, or other credentials.” Licis reiterated.

“This year, we hope to offer a TSIC college scholarship opportunity to at least forty new students in the county,” Licis continued, “but we need mentors. We must have a mentor for each student we enroll.” The MCEF encourages community members throughout the Keys to consider becoming a mentor for a Take Stock in Children scholar.

For more information about mentoring or the TSIC program, call 305-293-1546 or send an email to chuck.licis@keysschools.com.

Womankind Staff Honors Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month By Wearing Teal
Photo contributed by Nick Ruby  Womankind staff members dressed in teal in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness this month.  Gynecologist Dr. David Forest, PA-C Jennifer Whaley and NP Carolyn Daly provide patients with information about symptoms and treatment for this disease. L-r, back row: Sal Zappulla, Anisleidy Caridad, Cali Roberts, Kim Romano, Chase Hurst, Ginny Barr. L-r, front row: Anissah Tomas, Dianelis Borges, Jennifer Whaley, and Judith Cisneros.

Photo contributed by Nick Ruby
Womankind staff members dressed in teal in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness this month.
Gynecologist Dr. David Forest, PA-C Jennifer Whaley and NP Carolyn Daly provide patients with information about symptoms and treatment for this disease. L-r, back row: Sal Zappulla, Anisleidy Caridad, Cali Roberts, Kim Romano, Chase Hurst, Ginny Barr. L-r, front row: Anissah Tomas, Dianelis Borges, Jennifer Whaley, and Judith Cisneros.

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

Fantasy Fest Parade Openings

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The 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest 2014 parade is sure to be the best yet! Thanks to a couple of last minute cancelations, we are accepting applications for two additional floats and four walking groups.

Live out your wildest anime dreams and secure your spot now! Visit FantasyFest.com or call the Fantasy Fest office at (305) 296-1817 for additional information.

FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

 

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

All Candidate Events:

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) Holds its Monthly Ice Cream Social and Car Show

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ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND CAR SHOW this Saturday, September 20th, 5 to 8pm in the evening when its cool. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes, Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it’s cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event  at  at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50 Free Ice Cream and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 942-1758.

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition Holds Quarterly Meeting

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The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC) will hold a quarterly board meeting on Wednesday, September 24 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Marathon Shores IberiaBank, 12640 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL.

Baby_in_Hands_245_177_s_c1Our mission is to unite people and resources to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children, and their families in Monroe County.  As the only non-profit in Monroe County, Florida, serving pregnant women and the unborn, we are dedicated to uniting people and resources to improve the health and well-being of our clients.  We believe every baby deserves a Healthy Start in life and a safe, productive, and happy future.  More information is available at KeysHealthyStart.org.

The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.  If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in this proceeding, including requesting materials in an accessible format, information, or other assistance, please contact fkhsc@yahoo.com or 305-293-8424 (5 days advance notice requested). Please RSVP to the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition at (305)293-8424.

LEARN ABOUT THE BUTTERFLIES, SEPTEMBER 26th

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Mangia Mangia Hosts Key West Botanical Garden Fundraiser

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Key West Botanical Garden is excited for the 2014-2015 school year and needs your help to make it a success and continue to offer our programs to as many students as possible.  Mangia Mangia Restaurant is generously hosting a fundraiser for us in which they will donate 25% of food sales to the KWBG Education Department. Please come out and enjoy your favorite homemade pasta dishes and support our program. Take-out orders are also included in the donation!

Mangia Mangia pasta cafe

Mangia Mangia

900 Southard St * Key West, FL * 294-2469

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:30pm-9:00pm

The KWBG Education Department provides unique, hands–on, environmental education experiences for students pre-kindergarten through high school.  Our program makes learning come alive! Please help us continue to offer these educational opportunities to the youth of our community.

To learn more about the KWBG Education Department or for additional information visit us at

www.kwbgs.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kwbgseducation

LOCAL CELEBRITY BASKETBALL 2014! SUNDAY OCTOBER 5th

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Don’t Get Your Criss Crossed: Save the Date, Oct. 8

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Star power comes to the quest for election as Fantasy Fest royalty, even if once removed. Jules for Queen was in fact the person upon whom the Goldie Hawn character in “Criss Cross” was based. Share a look at Key West in the 70s at a screening of the near-iconic film on Wednesday, October 8 at the Eaton Street Theater (behind St. Paul’s).

VIP tickets are $ 50 and include hors d’ourves and cocktails at 6 p.m. and  advance viewing of memoribilia and documents, some of which are for sale. General admission is and doors open at 7 p.m. There will also be a Q&A after the show with Jules and Bud Brewer, who was the owner of the Esquire Lounge, where part of the movie was filmed.

For additional details, please phone Campaign Manager and former FF Queen Ginger King at            (305) 849-0991.

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

The Blue Paper #79

Issue #79 — Friday, September 12, 2014

BODY CAMERAS FOR COPS?

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Apparently, enough is enough. Use of  excessive force by police officers, that is– real or imagined. More and more police departments across the nation are equipping officers with body cameras that can record both audio and video. The increasing use of this new technology has two goals: (1) Help try to catch cops who might use excessive force during arrests and other interactions with citizens; and (2) To try to protect cops from false allegations by citizens.

Just last week, the New York City Police Department unveiled new body cameras that officers will wear as part of a pilot program to test the technology. One of the cameras being tested is about the size of a pack of cigarettes and weighs 3 ounces. Another camera being tested looks like a small microphone and can be worn on a collar, a baseball cap or helmet or even on the frame of a pair of glasses. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said that he expects the cameras will help to reveal the truth in “he-said-she-said” situations. (more…)

Finally, A Key West Homeless Forum With Substance

Thursday, 9/11, brought a link to the above video of the recent homeless forum from Father Steve Braddock. (more…)

Impeding Traffic on the Boulevard
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Poster – St. Augustine

It’s official: it is legal, and in fact encouraged, for bikes, and only bikes, to impede traffic on highways. While it is illegal for motorized vehicles and pedestrians to impede the flow of traffic, and they can be ticketed, bikes are encouraged to use the car lanes even if they  impede the flow of traffic. Their slowing down cars is now considered a good thing. (more…)

In Monroe County, Change Is A Dirty Word

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[Note from the editor:  In case you missed Dr. Murray's article last week [which was inadvertently posted late last Friday - my bad] … here it is again… No one pays attention to School District affairs like Dr. Murray…]

Change is a dirty word in Monroe County.  In last week’s election, every incumbent save one was returned to office.  And the incumbent turned out was a judge in the midst of a tawdry personal scandal who still managed to appeal to nearly 4,000 voters or 23% of the electorate.  The only new face to win was in the District 1 School Board race where Bobby “King Conch” Highsmith bested outspoken reformer Stu Kessler and incipient change agent Warren Leamard in a battle for an open seat. (more…)

Life and Death

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Recently I read with fascination an article on simple life forms that can survive the harsh environment of space. British scientists are claiming that they discovered single cell algae, Diatoms, living sixteen miles above the Earth. They were discovered when specialized balloons were sent up to collect data on the Perseid meteor shower. Some of the scientists believe these Diatoms are of Earth origins and somehow managed to reach the stratosphere by air currents sweeping over the ocean and rising, but others are positing it may be our first encounter with alien life, further hypothesizing these “aliens” might explain how life started here. Did comets laden with super resilient single cell organisms travel countless light years to slam into our planet and seed it with our far distant ancestors?

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The Hurrier I Go…
"Oh dear I'm behinder again!"

“Oh dear I’m behinder again!”

The White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was not a master of time management despite looking at his pocket watch every three seconds or so. I suspect part of the reason he was always late was his OCD impulse to check the time and confirm that, yes, he indeed was late.

Whoever said something like “a plague on all your houses” must have been cursing humanity with time because, when you take time to think about it, it is indeed a sort of curse upon us. (Well, to be honest, no one ever said “a plague on all your houses.” Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet says “a plague on both your houses” after he’s mortally wounded. And I’m sure he was wanting to have more time at the moment rather than laying a big whammy on the world.) (more…)

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART SEVEN: LAWRENCE THE LOBSTER

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART SEVEN of Island of Bones Series…  Lawrence The Lobster (more…)

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MUSIC FINE-TUNES YOUNG BRAINS
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WHAT: Brain-developing music classes for newborns to 7-year-olds
WHERE: Behind 404 Duval St., in St. Paul’s Rectory
WHEN: Fall term starts Sept. 23
COST: $ 185 for 10 weeks includes materials
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Fine-tune your child’s brain for success by enrolling in Music Together in the Keys classes, which start Sept. 23.

The innovative music program for babies through 7-year-olds teaches sophisticated music concepts under the guise of fun. The colorful, playful, non-competitive experience also wires young brains for overall success. (more…)

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Phil Goodman named to Top Environmental Post in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, D7

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Phil Goodman of Cudjoe Key, a member of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary in Key West, was recently appointed Staff Officer responsible for all Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Activities in District 7 (D7).  Headquartered in Miami, D7 encompasses The Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and most of Georgia and Florida, including the Florida Keys.  Environmental Protection of our waterways is a rapidly expanding mission of the USCG and Auxiliary. (more…)

OIRF Contributes To Commemorative Statue

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Kelly Friend, board president of Old Island Restoration Fondation presented $ 500 to the Bishop Kee statue fund. Bruce Neff of Historic Markers Inc., accepted the donation. The statue, created by local artist Tom Joris, is scheduled to be unveiled in March of 2015 at the Southernmost Point.

OIRF grant monies for preserving Key West history are generated by the organization’s “House Tours”, an annual fund-raiser since 1960.  For more information, visit oirf.org.

FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE

 

TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street.  75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing.  All monies will be donated to AIDS Help.  Free to attend!  All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Cabaret every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates.  All Candidates

All Candidate Events:

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Monroe County Same Sex Couple Requests Case to be Moved to Florida Supreme Court

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SAVE (Safeguarding American Values for Everyone, formerly SAVE Dade) and State Representative David Richardson will help host Upper Keys MEET & GREET Fundraiser Announced In ISLAMORADA Florida

This Meet & Greet fundraising event will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Monday September 15th 2014.

SAVE and Representative David Richardson invite you and the Upper Keys and South Florida public to join Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones and the Legal team of Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Farinas in attending the SAVE & LoveisloveKW Upper Keys Meet & Greet fundraiser at the S.A.L.T. Fusion Cuisine & Cana Lounge, 82779 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada Fl. 33036.

“I’m proud to lend SAVE’s support to Aaron and Lee’s fight for their marriage,” said SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima. “By standing together with them, I am confident we can help notch yet another win in court for marriage equality in Florida.”

Funds are needed to defray legal costs. The attorneys filed a Motion in the Third District Court of appeal to move the case directly to the Florida State Supreme Court on behalf of Aaron Huntsman and William ‘Lee’ Jones.  This motion, if granted, will move the case quickly to the Florida Supreme Court, and will decide this issue of marriage equality for all Floridians, not just those in Monroe County.

Fundraisers are being planned countywide in anticipation of a vigorous appeal and challenges from the State and other anti-LGBT groups.

Mangia Mangia To Donate 25% Of Total Sales To Habitat For Humanity

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WHAT:             Mangia Mangia donates 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-    out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys 

WHEN:            Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm,

WHERE:          Mangia Mangia 900 Southard Street in Key West

Mangia Mangia and Habitat for Humanity – food and shelter – two necessities of life!  Mark your calendar and make your reservations! In honor of their 25th Anniversary Mangia Mangia, 900 Southard St. in Key West, is donating 25% of total sales (food, alcohol, and take-out orders) to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys on Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30 pm -10:00 pm.

Habitat staff and board members will be present to answer any questions you might have about our mission and programs.

This will also be the first opportunity to donate for a chance to win a newly painted bike by local renowned artist Rick Worth!

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Mangia Mangia pasta cafeFor more information, make reservations or call in your take-out order contact

Mangia Mangia (305) 294-2469

www.mangia-mangia.com

 

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Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower FL Keys 

(305) 294-9006

www.habitatlowerkeys.org

 

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Special Offer on Marlins Tickets!

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Join Reef Relief for the September 21st Shoreline Clean-up
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Past Clean-Up: Reef Relief, The Lost bus, and a group of local students teamed up and collected 600 lbs of marine debris from the mangroves off Key West

LOCAL ACTION TO CREATE GLOBAL CHANGE

Reef Relief will be celebrating International Coastal Cleanup with a community shoreline cleanup on Sunday, September 21, 2014. We invite locals and visitors interested in protecting our ocean and wildlife to this weekend event.

Meet us at the Lazy Dog kayak stand located at Hurricane Hole Marina, look for the Reef Relief sign. The event will start at 10:00 am and finish up at 1:00pm. Thanks to Lazy Dog for generously providing kayaks.

To attend or for directions contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100, reefrelief@gmail.com

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystems. Find out more at http://reefrelief.org (more…)

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

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The Blue Paper #78

Issue #78 — Friday, September 5, 2014

UPDATE: New Charges in Ethics Complaint Against George Neugent

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I previously reported on the formal ethics complaint I filed with the state of Florida against George Neugent for his actions bankrupting Stand Up for Animals in order to award their contract to his friends. I also reported on Neugent’s breaking of his signed oath on his financial disclosure Form 6 with numerous errors showing no effort to be “true, accurate, and complete.”

I also reported on George’s strange responses to these columns in my endorsements column.  He does not address a single fact I discuss, preferring instead to call me a “Slander[er]” and “nut case.” And the strangest thing is this is the most cogent defense anyone is offering, as no one else has said a word on his behalf—neither in the dozens of responses praising my columns, nor in emails I have sent to his fellow commissioners asking for a word to help out their friend. (more…)

Over-Development, Cronyism, and Corruption in the Middle Keys

Cities and towns love development. The more the better. More money – for rich people – more tourists, and more – low paying – jobs. That’s partly why the Marathon City Council rubberstamped a proposal to redevelop the Sombrero Country Club into what will become Florida Keys Resort.

The newly approved development may also endanger a threatened bird and the sanity of nearby residents, while calling into questions the ethics of elected government in Marathon.

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The Bird

It’s well documented that Burrowing owls have lived on the Sombrero Country Club golf course for many years. The club uses the image of the owl in its logo. (more…)

VOTER ALERT: IN THE WAKE OF THE EIMERS GRAND JURY SCANDAL, STATE ATTORNEY VOGEL IS UP FOR REELECTION IN 2016

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State Attorney Catherine Vogel’s office is corrupt. This statement might appear to some readers to be an attempt on my part to be a bit sensational. But it’s not. Informed government-watchers reading this are more likely to simply yawn and silently ask, “So what’s your point?” I have been reporting to my readers for years the varying degrees of corruption on the part of the various residents of the State Attorney’s Office (SAO). I have repeatedly pointed out that prosecutors knowingly allow police officers to present false under-oath testimony against  defendants — including, but not limited to “facts” from falsified police reports.

To grasp the truth of the concept that I am presenting here, you need to understand that the objective of the SAO is not necessarily justice — the objective is to win cases. (more…)

Key West Homeless Forum Report From An Ex- Key West Street Person’s Perspective

canstockphoto16346190While The Blue Paper was hard at blue news work, the Key West homeless forum happened on August 28 at the Harvey Government Center.

The  four forum panelists’ main thrust was the criminalization of homelessness is the most expensive and least effective way to deal with homelessness. Jailing homeless people costs the criminal justice and the court systems heaps of money and makes it even harder for homeless people to get a job and stop being homeless. Putting homeless people into hospitals, instead of into jails, also is super expensive. Easily the cheapest and most effective way to end homelessness, 95 percent proven success, is to put homeless people into housing where they are managed by case workers until, and if, they are ready to move out on their own. (more…)

In Monroe County, Change Is a Dirty Word

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Change is a dirty word in Monroe County.  In last week’s election, every incumbent save one was returned to office.  And the incumbent turned out was a judge in the midst of a tawdry personal scandal who still managed to appeal to nearly 4,000 voters or 23% of the electorate.  The only new face to win was in the District 1 School Board race where Bobby “King Conch” Highsmith bested outspoken reformer Stu Kessler and incipient change agent Warren Leamard in a battle for an open seat.

As I made my way into the auditorium at Harvey Government Center election night, two things immediately struck me.  First was the small size of the crowd, a fraction of two years ago.  Second, there was a decided tension in the air as hardly anyone was speaking to anyone else, even on their cell phones. (more…)

Just Sayin’

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My wife and I just returned from a long holiday touring Scotland and Ireland. We have visited Scotland before, but this was our first time on the Emerald Isle. We try to get out of the states every three or four years and see how it’s done elsewhere. We’ve been lucky enough to travel to France, Spain, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are closer, and almost as exotic. Meeting others from different locales in their natural habitat is eye opening and educational. I highly recommend travel if you are able. Even the most hard core nationalist might learn something.

The United States of America is a great country, no doubt about it, however there are MANY great countries on the planet. The incessant mantra by the thought police that we are “The Greatest” is becoming harder to sell as we witness the rapid decent of America into third world corruption, terminal environmental destruction and sanctioned violence and threat by those charged with serving and protecting us. News flash. It ain’t like that everywhere. (more…)

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Doomsday Clock: Minutes to Midnight, 1947-2012 (US-PD)

On Friday, Vladimir Putin said this: “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words.” He’s also started calling eastern Ukraine “New Russia,” which is a little scary since we have a good idea where that could go and more than a little ironic because Putin seems intent on bringing the Cold War “Old Russia” back into our lives. On reading about these events, I wondered if they had moved the hands on the Doomsday Clock.

If you’re not familiar with the DC (and why should you be?), it first appeared in 1947, created by the members of the Science and Security Board of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The “minutes to midnight on the clock” represent how close the world is to a politically related global catastrophe. Initially, this meant nuclear war but now climate change and “new developments in the life sciences and technology that could inflict irrevocable harm to humanity” have been added to the cheery mix. (more…)

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Kindred Acknowledgements–Spur Curiosity, Intellect & Optimism…

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Anguish and struggle are  a part of life.  It doesn’t mean that we are doing something wrong or need to be saved. If we’re willing to acknowledge that these experiences are integral components of life, the fear and despair associated with these states of mind can be eliminated.

Focusing on exterminating or avoiding any mood, outlook or sensation, which are central to our  growth and evolution as human beings, is a neurotic expenditure of energy. (more…)

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TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART SIX: The Musician and Judge Reef

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART SIX of Island of Bones Series…  The Musician and Judge Reef (more…)

Help Yourself Adopts “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” Program

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Help Yourself, the natural and organic market and restaurant became the first Key West retailer to “Take The Pledge” and promote the use of reusable shopping bags as part of nonprofit Green Living and Energy Education’s “Got Your Bags? Florida Keys” program (GYB). That pledge takes a big step toward reducing single use plastic bag litter on streets and highways, along with the harm that plastic bags produce for the wild birds and marine animals in our precious Keys waters. (more…)

JIATF PAO joins Key West Sunrise Rotary

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Key West Sunrise Rotary installed Jody Draves as its newest member on Aug. 29. Draves serves as the Public Affairs Officer for Joint Interagency Task Force South. The ceremony included Membership Committee Chair Sue Fowler, President Ron Demes and Draves’ sponsor Jim Smith.

The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at Trumbo Palms on Trumbo Point.

Key West Breast Cancer Prevention Advocate Named to National Cancer Summit

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Susan Wadia-Ells, breast cancer prevention educator and Key West resident will speak at the 2nd Annual Cure to Cancer Summit next week.

The September 3-19 on-line, international conference headlines: Bernie Siegel, M.D., The Art of Healing;  Kelly Turner,  Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds; Thomas Seyfried, The Metabolic Theory of Cancer; Bill Henderson, Cancer Free: Your Guide to Gentle non Toxic Healing; Dr Francisco Contreras; Oasis of Hope; Dr Brian Clement, Hippocrates Institute; Wadia-Ells, Busting Breast Cancer: 7 Simple Steps to Stop Breast Cancer before it Starts and 20 other leaders  in alternative or natural cancer prevention and treatment, along with  cancer survivors who chose natural protocols over mainstream treatments.

Considered a pioneering leader in teaching women how to stop breast cancer before it starts, Wadia-Ells is founding director of the National Breast Cancer Prevention Project/Busting Breast Cancer.

“The Summit offers everyone a chance to learn cutting edge information on how nutrition, detoxification, vitamin D3, low-hormone lifestyles, and mind/body practices, are preventing cancer  and successfully treating people who have developed all types of cancers.” said Wadia-Ells.

“It is a great honor to be included in this group of leading clinicians, researchers, and educators.”

To obtain free tickets to this week’s on-line event visit:  www.bustingbreastcancer.org

Tropic Cinema Presents “Sea Siren” a Multi-Media Show of Film, Art & Music [Adults Only]

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

Wesley House Fundraiser at Mangia Mangia, September 8th

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TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN NOW ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS [Deadline: Fri Sept 12th]
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Monroe County Take Stock In Children Class of 2014

Take Stock in Children, a college scholarship program for high-performing, low-income students, is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. Motivated students, grades 7 – 10, with the desire and potential to attend college or learn a trade should apply.

“This is an outstanding program that offers more than a college scholarship to qualified candidates. Our students are matched with a volunteer mentor while in middle and high school, attend college readiness workshops and college campus tours, and learn how to be successful in college,” explains TSIC program coordinator Chuck Licis. (more…)

PHIL PETERSON’S KEY WEST POKER RUN, SOFLA’S BIGGEST BIKER PARTY OF THE YEAR

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The Blue Paper #77

Issue #77 — Friday, August 29, 2014

Officer Gary Lee Lovette: “Me, I Dropped Like a F***ing Bomb On His Head… We Killed Him”
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Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

The Grand Jury’s Final Report is in. No indictment will be handed out in response to the fatal Thanksgiving Day arrest of Charles Eimers.

The report – no matter how beneficial it is for the officers who could have faced criminal charges – throws more fuel than water on that fire.   Indeed a summary contained in the FDLE Investigative Report, made public yesterday afternoon, of an audio recording captured during and immediately after the arrest is simply stupefying.

Apparently Officer Gary Lee Lovette inadvertently left the recording mechanism on his Taser in the on position for several hours after putting the Taser back into its holster.  What follows is an excerpt from FDLE’s summary of the audio recordings: (more…)

It’s The Law, Man

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Wasting police time; wasting taxpayer dollars

There aren’t many issues that Americans agree on in this era of divisive politics. The country has been fractured by innumerable partisan confrontations from foreign wars to immigration to birth control. And yet a clear majority of people in the United States do consistently agree on one issue: legalization of marijuana.

Not medical marijuana either. Smoking dope, man.

When the White House created its website Change.Org it asked the public to vote on the “Top 10 Ideas for Change in America.” The result? The call to “legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana” placed #1 in the 2010 Change.org online vote. (more…)

GUEST EDITORIAL: It May Be Time To Reform The Reformers

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Education reform has become a very large industry for big business and political careers. Public education is an extremely complex field because of the many ways to measure and debate student success and remedy poor outcomes. And we have conflicting philosophies world wide about what is best for students. Do we just teach the basics and focus on reading, writing and computing at grade level or do we offer a rich curriculum ? We know that public education has been highly successful in the United States because of our country’s success. We have nearly cornered the world market on creativity and entrepreneurship. Nearly every ethnic group in the United States out-performs their peers in their native countries when measured by test results. And for the exceptions not all students in those countries are tested.

And yet since Ronald Reagan declared the USA as a nation at risk in 1983 education reform has taken hold and seeks to sacrifice everything successful about public education in pursuit of “reform”. (more…)

FOLLOWUP 2: THE BLUE WALL OF SILENCE

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Last week, I again wrote about the Blue Wall of Silence, the unwritten “commandment” in law enforcement that cops don’t rat on cops– no matter how illegal or near-illegal a police officer’s conduct may be. I pointed out that this rule is almost absolute, not only because of peer pressure, but also because, typically, whistle-blowers are not protected by police management. In fact, the law enforcement careers of police officers who are too honest– officers who refuse to play the Blue Wall game– are often destroyed.

The classic example of this truth here in Key West is the case of former police officer Tom Neary. Neary was suspended in October 2007 and finally fired in June 2008, charged with conduct unbecoming a police officer. The official list of allegations against Neary gave the term “trumped up” a whole new meaning. But make no mistake here: The real reason that Neary’s law enforcement career was destroyed is that he threatened to go public with information about a bogus investigation ordered by then-Police Chief Bill Mauldin with the objective of ending the political career of City Commissioner Mark Rossi. (more…)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: the Boulevard Post-DeMoya
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State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/99707 McDonald, Dale M, 1966-67.

The main joy from the completion of our 850 Days of Hell is like the wonderful feeling when you stop beating your head against the wall. We now mostly have back what we had before, which is a relief after suffering pointless deprivation for so long.

The main improvement we can see is the drainage. I asked how they did it, and it was simple math. You see how they elevated the road in the former underwater areas, leaving sloping asphalt down to several businesses. I asked what went wrong on the recent work on South Roosevelt, where the repaving left larger lakes in front of La Brisa and east. They said DeMoya had not done the work that far down, but was engaged to do a future project on that stretch, so we can hope for some improvement. (more…)

Green Drinks and Aquaponics

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Every month around the world in various cities, people interested in ecological and environmental issues get together informally to talk and learn about different topics over cocktails.

These groups meet everywhere from Albania to Vietnam and everywhere in between, INCLUDING right here in Key West.

Dr. Bill Irwin, photo courtesy FKCC

Dr. Bill Irwin, photo courtesy FKCC

“Green Drinks Key West” meets monthly at Muse, the upstairs bar at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery at 301 Whitehead Street, and this past week we were treated to a presentation by Dr Bill Irwin of KFCC on AQUAPONICS.

We have long been interested in aquaponics and possibly even implementing a system on a larger plot of land – but where to begin?!  We never liked Chemistry in college, and even biology was not our thing, so we worried this might be a very complicated endeavor.

Dr. Bill made it all so simple – and you can build this all yourself as he did in his back yard!  Our layman’s description as to HOW TO follows: (more…)

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An Extremely Modest Proposal
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Don’t Have a Cow, Herc!
(Bandinelli’s Hercules and Cacus, CC0)

So imagine you’re a fire-breathing giant, son of the Roman god of fire Vulcan. You live in a cave on a hill that eventually becomes part of Rome. You hang out, eat human flesh, and nail human heads to the doors of your hillside abode (caves have doors?). Then you see some nice fat cattle grazing below and decide to drag eight of them into your subterranean crib. They were right there for the taking after all and the people you like to snack on have somehow figured out it’s in their better interest to vacate the neighborhood. So no big deal, right? Wrong. (more…)

Clueless Ambivalence…

August 28, 2014 Editor:

What is happening in Ferguson, MO is just the most recent symptom of the cancer of America’s soul. We are long past the delusion of “the Greatest-Country-In-The-World” and rapidly descending to violent third world status. After reading Naja and Arnaud Girard’s piece, Friday, August 22, in The Blue Paper on KWPD’s brutal and dehumanizing treatment of the people it is charged to serve and protect right here in our little city, I have no choice but to protest. As an American citizen it is my civic duty to protest. As a human being I am compelled to protest.

Of any city or town in the US, Key West is in the envious position to be a living, shining example of our One Human Family credo and show the rest of the country how it’s done. Key West is a unique blend of international culture, multi-generational locals with ties to Cuba and the Bahamas, a creative and vibrant gay community and US military history and an on-going military presence. We are a microcosm of the US in a beautiful tropical setting. It is a tragedy our leadership doesn’t have the political will or the imagination to celebrate and promote our diversity, but instead plods along shrugging its shoulders in clueless ambivalence as our police behave in such brutal fashion.

I’m getting worn out repeating the standard excuse for police brutality, “The majority of cops are great people, it’s just a few bad apples misbehaving, etc, etc, etc…” I’m sorry, but that isn’t working for me anymore. In truth, the “blue wall of silence” screams culpability. The archaic tradition of looking the other way and protecting psychopaths in uniform needs to end. Now. This goes for the tacit approval of the same by the city commissioners, the mayor, the city manager and the Chief of Police, Donnie Lee.

Please, let us be the city to emulate. We are so close, but until we cull those few bad apples we will be no better than those killer cops in Ferguson and St Louis.

Alex Symington

Key West

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Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians, so he named the island Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART FIVE of Island of Bones Series…  Lawrence the Lobster (more…)

Request to Take Up Marriage Case Sent to FL Supreme Court!

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Last Wednesday, the state’s 2nd District Court of Appeal sent a request to the Florida Supreme Court asking them to take on a Hillsborough County marriage case and rule on the constitutionally of Florida’s ban. If the Florida Supreme Court decides to take on the case, it will be a huge step forward in the fight for marriage in Florida.

“Today, the 2nd District Court of Appeal (DCA) in Tampa, Florida has requested that the Florida Supreme Court take up the issue of marriage equality right away,” said Stratton Pollitzer, Deputy Director of Equality Florida. “This is what we’ve been asking for all along. We’re thrilled that the 2nd DCA agrees that marriage equality is an issue of such urgency and importance that it should be elevated directly to the Florida Supreme Court. We hope that the 3rd DCA in Miami will follow suit and request that the marriage cases pending before them also be moved directly to the Florida Supreme Court. We need a final resolution, not another appeal, because every day this discriminatory ban remains in place causes significant and irreparable harm to our families.”

Read more here: http://eqfl.org/flsupreme

Key West Breast Cancer Prevention Advocate Named to National Cancer Summit

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Susan Wadia-Ells, breast cancer prevention educator and Key West resident will speak at the 2nd Annual Cure to Cancer Summit next week.

The September 3-19 on-line, international conference headlines: Bernie Siegel, M.D., The Art of Healing;  Kelly Turner,  Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds; Thomas Seyfried, The Metabolic Theory of Cancer; Bill Henderson, Cancer Free: Your Guide to Gentle non Toxic Healing; Dr Francisco Contreras; Oasis of Hope; Dr Brian Clement, Hippocrates Institute; Wadia-Ells, Busting Breast Cancer: 7 Simple Steps to Stop Breast Cancer before it Starts and 20 other leaders  in alternative or natural cancer prevention and treatment, along with  cancer survivors who chose natural protocols over mainstream treatments.

Considered a pioneering leader in teaching women how to stop breast cancer before it starts, Wadia-Ells is founding director of the National Breast Cancer Prevention Project/Busting Breast Cancer.

“The Summit offers everyone a chance to learn cutting edge information on how nutrition, detoxification, vitamin D3, low-hormone lifestyles, and mind/body practices, are preventing cancer  and successfully treating people who have developed all types of cancers.” said Wadia-Ells.

“It is a great honor to be included in this group of leading clinicians, researchers, and educators.”

To obtain free tickets to next week’s on-line event visit:  www.bustingbreastcancer.org

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN NOW ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Monroe County Take Stock In Children Class of 2014

Monroe County Take Stock In Children Class of 2014

Take Stock in Children, a college scholarship program for high-performing, low-income students, is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. Motivated students, grades 7 – 10, with the desire and potential to attend college or learn a trade should apply.

“This is an outstanding program that offers more than a college scholarship to qualified candidates. Our students are matched with a volunteer mentor while in middle and high school, attend college readiness workshops and college campus tours, and learn how to be successful in college,” explains TSIC program coordinator Chuck Licis. (more…)

Monroe County School District 2013-2014 Advanced Placement & ACT Scores Released

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The Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the release of the 2013-2014 Advanced Placement Scores. The Advanced Placement program provides students with rigorous coursework which aligns with college-level standards. Students participate in an international assessment to determine mastery of college-level course work. Students achieving a score of three or higher are eligible to receive college credit for the course.

Monroe County High Schools increased the level of participation in 2013-2014 with an impressive 740 students participating in the advanced course work; this is a 13 percent increase from 2013 and a 43 percent increase from 2010. 1377 tests were administered district wide. This is an increase of 17 percent from 2013 and 48 percent from 2010. (more…)

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION! WILLIE WARD & NELSON ENGLISH PARK, August 30th

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Mangia Mangia Offers Italian Feast On Labor Day For Womankind

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This Monday, Sept. 1st, spend your Labor Day evening at Mangia Mangia, 900 Southard St. from 5:30-10pm.

25% of your total food, alcohol, and take out orders will be donated to Womankind, helping locals get medical care.

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FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE Sep 1-7
2013 King & QueenKing Stephen "Sunshine" Sunday & Queen Diane May

2013 King & Queen
King Stephen “Sunshine” Sunday & Queen Diane May

 TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street. 75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing. All monies will be donated to AIDS Help. Free to attend! All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Caberet every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates. All Candidates

All Candidate Events:

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Fantasy Fest Entry Deadline Approaching

Lay off the snooze button; it’s time to turn your dreams into reality!

The 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest parade application deadline is quickly approaching and there is no time to waste.

Entry applications must be received by the Fantasy Fest office by 5pm, Friday September 5th. Don’t let your anime-zing parade dreams end in a nightmare, turn in your application today!

Applications are available online at Fantasy Fest.com.

Tropic Cinema Presents “Sea Siren” a Multi-Media Show of Film, Art & Music [Adults Only]

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Race The Reef / Ocean Race / Sept 7th

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Attention Non-Profits: Fantasy Fest Street Fair Liquor Lottery, Sept 11th

Attention Not-for-Profits: Fantasy Fest offers an excellent source of revenue available through alcohol sales booths at the Street Fair and Promenade, October 24 & 25.  Ten alcohol sales opportunities are offered to Monroe County not-for-profits only. Booth selection via the lottery system will be held on Thursday, September 11 beginning at 5pm at Dante’s, 951 Caroline St. For details and application information, call 296-1817.

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

The Blue Paper #76

Issue #76 — Friday, August 22, 2014

Grand Jury Clears All Officers in the Death of Charles Eimers / Vogel Brings In Expert Police Officer Defense Witness

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“This allows the prosecutor to say I didn’t take the decision.  The Grand Jury did it.  The people did it.  But of course, how vigorously the prosecutor presents the case is everything.  It’s just the prosecutor presenting a case to these Grand Jurors.  If the DA doesn’t want an indictment or has questions it could be a very different thing.”

-       Dan Abrams, “Nightline” anchor and Chief Legal Affairs anchor for ABC News, when speaking about the Grand Jury proceedings in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MO.

The Grand Jury’s Final Report was released this afternoon.  All Key West police officers involved in the death of Charles Eimers were cleared of any wrongdoing.

So, how “vigorously” did our State Attorney present the case for excessive force?

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Ferguson Flashpoint?

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Could Key West Reach the Ferguson Flashpoint?

“Cartwright began yelling as loud as he could, and almost immediately a large crowd began forming around us […] Within minutes a crowd of at least 50 bystanders surrounded us and Det. Wormington called for additional Officers while I held down Cartwright.”

Police officers were arresting bad boy Ricky Cartwright who had ridden his bicycle through a stop sign while texting, allegedly with a beer in his hand.  They tased him in the back.  He was now screaming in pain in the middle of the road, attracting an angry crowd which, according to Detective Siracuse’s police report, kept “drawing closer and closer… despite numerous commands to stay back.”

No, this is not Ferguson, Missouri.  This is Bahama Village, Key West, May 9, 2014.  Detective Siracuse had just tased a black man on Emma Street and yes this is the same Siracuse who three years ago tased Matthew Murphy into a coma. (more…)

It’s Hot! It’s Exciting!! Nobody’s heard of it!!!

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What is it? GreenKeys! Yes, exclamation point. That’s how terrific it is. Terrific!

So what is GreenKeys!? It’s hard to say precisely. It seems to partially be an outreach effort by the expensive consultant hired by the county whose task it is to design how the Keys will implement its climate action plan and update sea level rise modeling (SLR).

Problem is, GreenKeys! didn’t do a particularly effective job at reaching out. It appears that only 23 or, to be generous, 27 people in the entire county responded to a survey distributed via Constant Contact. But the consultant only sent it to 89 people. (more…)

FOLLOWUP: BLUE WALL OF SILENCE

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If you are a regular reader of Key West The Newspaper (The Blue Paper), I hope you read John Donnelly’s thoughtful commentary on the “Blue Wall of Silence,” published here two weeks ago. If you missed it, click on “back issues” on this website’s home page and call up the August 8 issue and scroll down to “Police Investigating Police Will Not Expose Criminal Cops– nor Protect Citizens.” Donnelly quotes police officers (anonymously, of course) explaining their “rationale” for failing to speak out or downright lying about other officers who may have broken the rules (at best) or who have maybe even committed a crime (at worst). (more…)

Kessler and Jones, Yes; Neugent, No

Rick BoettgerIt’s political season, and I’m limiting my picks to the three I feel most strongly and knowledgeable about. I understand the financial accounting in the School District for their board race, the law for Mark Jones’ re-election, and George Neugent’s numerous ethical flaws.

Stu Kessler is probably the most expert candidate for his position we have had run for anything in the 18 years I have been in Key West. His qualifications are both general and specific. He has degrees in law, accounting, and business, and a long background of not only being on a school board, but of being so respected he was their president for 11 years.

Locally, he has been on our district’s Audit and Finance Committee, and is currently their chair. Stu is one of the two AFC members who actually used their position to audit the district’s finances. He has had in particular a good effect on correcting the errors in the HOB project. (more…)

Grinder Pumps, Will They Mean the End of Key Deer?

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Commisioner George Neugent states that a pressure sewage system, with grinder pumps, is the optimum sewage collection system for Big Pine Key.  He says grinder pumps require less excavation and have a smaller footprint.  While these may or may not be immediate benefits of a pressure sewage system, we need to consider the impact of alternative systems, long term environmental issues and the unintended consequences of this political decision.  You may or may not agree with my hypothesis, but it needs serious analysis, debate and input from independent professionals before long term, permanent and potentially disastrous decisions are made. (more…)

GUEST EDITORIAL: A Recipe for Corruption

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How do you create a delicious dish, served to special interests?   Start with a rich donor who approaches a county commissioner and asks for a contract.  Next, preheat the oven with a bogus audit of the current contractor.  Make sure their director or bookkeeper is never interviewed so as not to alter the taste.  Release the preliminary audit illegally so as to avoid overcooking.  Next, freeze the main ingredients, in this case, the funds of a private organization.  This is a bit tricky, and will require kneading a judge.  Work the dough up with plenty of mainstream media play and let it rise. (more…)

Did You Miss The Hometown PAC Candidate Forum on August 18th?

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Residents Should Be Told The Truth

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When I first saw the acronym S.I.T. used for mosquito control I thought that had potential. Sterilizing males and females certainly works with cats and dogs although I must say the idea of having ‘spay day’ at mosquito control was hard to fathom.

Then I read that they haven’t yet figured out how to sterilize a mosquito by irradiation without killing it so they moved on to ‘messing with genetics.’

The purpose of sterilizing the Aedes aegypti mosquito is the prevention of Dengue, the mosquito driven virus that reared its ugly head after being absent in the Keys for 75 years. From 2009 to 2011 mosquito control went to war with the Aedes aegypti through door to door public outreach, increasing the number of inspectors and field employees, actively searching out breeding ground, using liquid larvicide to kill them before adulthood and educating the public about how not to breed mosquitos in their own back yard. (more…)

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TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART FOUR

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians. So he named the island, Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART FOUR of Island of Bones Series…  Miss Murray and The Bulldog (more…)

FLORIDA: Extending Marriage To Same-Sex Couples Could Add $182 Million To State Economy

Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Florida would generate over $ 182 million in spending to the state economy, according to a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar, M.V. Lee Badgett; Williams Public Policy Fellow, E.G. Fitzgerald; and Williams Senior Counsel, Christy Mallory.

“This study confirms that all Floridians benefit from marriage for same-sex couples, not just the LGBT community,” said Badgett.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the most recent data available, 48,496 same-sex couples live in Florida. Of those couples, the Williams Institute estimates that 50 percent (24,248 couples) would choose to marry in the first three years, a pattern that has been observed in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Over 15,000 marriages would occur in the first year alone, and bring over 6 million in revenue to the state of Florida that year.

Key Findings include:

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FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION

 Learn Here / Work Anywhere

John Padget and Jacob Dekker today pledged financial support of $ 100,000 for <Monroe/> COMPUTE$, a $ 400,000 initiative to create a “computing platform” of courses and certificates in Monroe County. Grants are available immediately—but must be claimed before June 30, 2015—from the Kura Hulanda Foundation, a private foundation supported by Padget and Dekker.

Grants will be made directly to all Monroe County students who successfully earn credentials in computer science during the 2014-15 school year. “We expect at least 350 middle, high-school, and college students to qualify,” according to Padget, Vice-Chair of Florida’s State Board of Education, and former Monroe County Superintendent of Schools. “The schools and the college will benefit, with matching performance-based funding of over $ 300,000 from the State of Florida.”

“There are about 25,000 open computing jobs in Florida right now,” according to Padget.  “Experts expect 1,000,000 more jobs than graduates in America by 2020, and that’s just six years away.  Kids in middle and high school have to get into the computer science pipeline to be ready.”

According to www.Code.org only 1,521 students in Florida took AP Computer Science in 2013, and only 44% passed with a 3 or better.  And, only 125 Florida K-12 schools teach computer science!

Libertarian Party of the Florida Keys Endorses No Candidates for August’s Elections

Ahead of August 26th’s local elections for many non-partisan offices in Key West and Monroe County, Libertarian Party of the Florida Keys Chairman Mike Kane released the following statement:

After much discussion and review, the Libertarian Party of the Florida Keys has decided not to endorse any candidates for Augusts’ elections. It was a consensus among all members that no candidate took the Libertarian approach to solving today’s societal woes: reducing the size and scope of government.

Rather than addressing important Libertarian issues, such as ending the failed war on drugs, reducing property and sales taxes, marriage equality until government is out of marriage licensing altogether, advocating for jury nullification, and the eventual privatizing of schools, most candidates are incredibly vague with their campaign slogans such as “increasing transparency in government”, “restoring trust in city hall”, and “setting high standards”. (more…)

VNA/HOSPICE Receives $ 6,000 From Lisa Taylor COURAGE Fund
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Photo: VNA/Hospice COO, Kathleen Ryzoc (center) and clinical team accepts $ 6,000 check from the Lisa Taylor COURAGE Fund

On behalf of the Lisa Taylor COURAGE Fund for Hospice, the Ocean Reef Community Foundation recently presented another $ 6,000 gift to Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/Hospice) for their compassionate work in home health and hospice care.

Lisa Taylor, daughter of Connie and John Taylor of Ocean Reef, died in 2007 after a four-year cancer battle.  She was 47-years-old.  An inspiration to all, Taylor believed that life is a celebration to be cherished even in its darkest hours. (more…)

RAYMOND EVANS (WPC-1110) SCHEDULED TO DOCK AT MALLORY SQUARE

On Monday, August 25th, from 10:00-2:00 pm, the latest Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) WPC-1110 RAYMOND EVANS will dock at Mallory Square during training.  While docked, they will offer tours to the public.  The fast response cutter WPC-1110 RAYMOND EVANS is soon to be the fourth cutter to be commissioned in Key West, FL and is the namesake of the late Commander Raymond J. Evans.

Commander Raymond J. Evans, USCG (Ret.) enlisted in the Coast Guard on 18 September 1939 in Seattle and immediately volunteered for sea duty when offered the chance.  In the years prior to World War II new recruits were sometimes sent immediately to sea without attending boot camp if a local cutter needed crewmen.  Such was the case when CGC Spencer tied up in Seattle while en route from Valdez, Alaska, to Staten Island, New York.  Along with Evans, another local recruit named Douglas Munro also joined the Spencer.  They both struck for signalman and both later transferred to the Coast Guard-manned assault transport USS Hunter Liggett (APA-14). (more…)

GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION! WILLIE WARD & NELSON ENGLISH PARK, August 30th

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FANTASY FEST 2014 KING AND QUEEN CANDIDATE EVENT SCHEDULE
2013 King & QueenKing Stephen "Sunshine" Sunday & Queen Diane May

2013 King & Queen
King Stephen “Sunshine” Sunday & Queen Diane May

 TROPICAL ESCAPADES AND TRANCES

 

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Ongoing Events:

Aqua Idol every Tuesday beginning August 26 – October 14, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – come support the candidates’ singers at Aqua Nightclub, 711 Duval Street. 75% of the monies collected will be split among the candidates and 25% would go to the campaign for which the winner is representing. All monies will be donated to AIDS Help. Free to attend! All Candidates

Drag Queen Bingo at 801 Caberet every Sunday from August 24 – October 12, 5:00 PM – Bingo at 801 Bourbon will divide all proceeds equally among the candidates. All Candidates

All Candidate Events:

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 thru WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27

Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings & events throughout the Keys. All phone numbers are area code 305 unless noted otherwise.

Key West Happenings

ARTS COUNCIL

REGISTER NOW! Inaugural Culture Crawl! Hosted by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts

Saturday, August 23 – Meet at The Porch Key West, 429 Caroline St., 5 PM

Register online at raceroster.com or keysarts.com. For details, 295-4369.

DANCE

FRIDAYS & WEDNESDAYS

Salsa & Salsa Rueda Too, 7 PM

Paradise Health & Fitness Dance Studio, 1706 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 294-6348.

All levels. Visitors are welcome to join.

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Fantasy Fest Street Fair Food Vendor Lottery Coming up / Food Vendors to meet at Grand Key August 26
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The lottery at which food vendors select booth spaces for the Fantasy Fest 2014 Street Fair will be held at the DoubleTree Grand Key Resort on August 26 starting at 10 am.  The lottery consists of each vendor drawing a number which will determine the order they will follow in choosing their space(s).

Food Vendors wanting booth spaces in the Friday October 24th Street Fair on Duval St. and/or for the Saturday October 25 th Promenade on the side streets up to and including Southard must be present in person on Tuesday, August 26, promptly at 10 AM in the Mangrove Room at the DoubleTree Grand Key.  Representatives of State licensing agencies and local safety and security agencies will be present to give setup information.  Important sign-up information is available on the festival website, www.fantasyfest.com. Vendors must be prepared to pay for their booths at the lottery.

For additional information please call the Fantasy Fest office at 296-1817 or email streetfair@marketsharecompany.com

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

The Blue Paper #75

Issue #75 — Friday, August 15, 2014

The Case of Matthew Murphy / Another Cover-Up?
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Matthew Shaun Murphy’s son Kaeden Murphy, 3 yrs old; Photo by Richard Watherwax

8:30 on a Saturday morning.  It’s already hot and with no AC in the car it’s going to get a whole lot hotter by the time we get into Miami.

At her mother’s tiny apartment on Olivia Street, Mary Annuylsse is getting 3-year old Kaeden Murphy ready to go see his dad, Matthew, at Jackson Memorial Hospital.  As we reported in previous articles, Matthew Murphy has been stuck in a hospital bed ever since he was tased by a Key West police officer on April 16, 2011.  We’d been told he was unable to walk, speak, or eat on his own, but that he could communicate by blinking his eyes.  We are in for the ride. (more…)

“SLANDER” or THE FACTS? FORMAL ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST GEORGE NEUGENT
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I have recently reported that I was filing an ethics complaint with the State of Florida against George Neugent.  It charges him with using his power as County Commissioner to affect the awarding of a contract to his friends. At the August 4 Hometown PAC candidates’ forum, he charged me twice with “slander” when questioned about my reporting.

Neugent is thus forcing me to make public the full complaint that I have mailed to the state ethics commission. While the commission by its charter must keep its investigation confidential until resolved, they explicitly state that either the filer or subject of the complaint may say anything they want about it.

The complaint itself is 2,800 words long, accompanied by 16 exhibits adding another 50 pages. You may read as much of it as you wish.  The exhibits are public records and Neugent’s own words: emails, media quotes, transcripts of county commission meetings, and his sworn deposition in the county’s years-long losing litigation against SUFA. (more…)

Neugent Breaks Oath

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On June 14th this year George Neugent wrote his notarized signature on an “OATH. I the person whose name appears at the beginning of this form, do depose on oath or affirmation and say that the information disclosed on this form . . . is true, accurate, and complete.” It is his Form 6, “Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interest.” All declared candidates for office must file it. It is a public record, created for all the world to read and judge.

Neugent’s is rife with errors. One would think anyone running for a position commanding a billion dollar budget would be able to fill out simple financial forms, a form designed to describe himself to the world. What he discloses is, I believe, “true,” but makes no attempt to be “accurate and complete.” (more…)

Every Kid Needs A Champion


Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Rita F. Pierson spent her entire life in or around the classroom, having followed both her parents and grandparents into a career as an educator.

Why you should listen

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PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN KEY WEST: Three Different Ballots

canstockphoto18778006I need to start this column with a lecture. If you want to consider yourself a good citizen, you should be registered to vote and you should vote in every election. If you are a non-voter and this statement offends you, so be it. Voting is important because elections have consequences. And this is especially true in Key West and the Keys where elections are often won or lost by just a few votes. Our state lawmakers have made it so easy to vote, as well as to register to vote, that there is almost no reasonable excuse not to vote. A few years ago, the State Legislature introduced Early Voting, which makes it possible to vote during a two-week period (including Saturdays!) before the official election day. In addition, you can avoid going to the polls altogether by using an absentee ballot. Early Voting is already underway for the Primary Election scheduled for August 26. The date of the General Election this year is November 4. (more…)

Justice System In Default–As Bad Cops Continue To Maul & Execute Innocent Men…..

canstockphoto18562148Walking or driving while Black or Homeless can be a grave offense. Perhaps a serious crime, capable of   causing the offender to be summarily executed on the spot.

United States Marine and Black Insurance Executive Arthur McDuffie was killed  by 12 Miami police officers because he ran a stop sign on his motorcycle, causing the police to pursue him. He stopped his motorcycle, raised his hands in the air and said: “I give up”, as sworn to by 3 police officers. (more…)

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Trial By Ambush And Other Hometown PAC Mayoral Candidate Forum Quirks

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First out of the chute in the mayoral candidates part of Hometown PAC’s August 4 forum, US 1 Radio News Coordinator Bill Becker said he called the Alabama Bar Association and they said they had no record of Sloan Bashinsky ever having practiced law in Alabama. You can watch and hear that and my answer by opening Hometown’s link, starting a little after the 1 hour and 10 minutes mark.

The next day, I called the Alabama Bar and got the same news from Cathy Sue McCurry – 334-269-1515 (phone). (more…)

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Danny Coll: “There Really Is A Difference In Candidates for Monroe County Commission/District 2″
There really is a difference in the candidates for Monroe County Commission/District 2.
***I am the candidate who opposes extending for ten years the multimillion-dollar contract with Waste Management without first sending it out for competitive bidding.
***I am the candidate who opposes the purchase of a private multi-million dollar land deal, when it is was appraised for less.
***I am the candidate who opposes forcing many District 2 residents to use grinder pumps of questionable quality and economics. Other areas of the Keys are receiving a more reliable, less invasive and environmentally superior system.
***I am the candidate who will support term limits, and does not believe in career politicians. (more…)
An Open Letter To Governor Scott:

The Honorable Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida

The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Dear Governor Scott,
I am enclosing past correspondence to you, and a copy of my published May 22, 2014 letter “Unsafe conditions endanger children,”  in the Alligator newspaper reminding you of the risk that you have foster kids placed in Key West.

The inspiration for me to continue to seek your action to remove these sheltered Monroe County kids comes from Elmer Carroll that you executed last year for the 1990 rape and strangled murder of 10-year-old Christine McGowen whose family lived next to the northwest Orange County, halfway house that sheltered Carroll.

I continue to inform the media of these two high-risk DCF (Department of Children and Families) licensed 14-bed children shelters with the heartfelt hope to reveal to the public for radical reaction.

In the last few months, I shared that you have kids placed in between two shelters for homeless indigent mental adults and males transiting out of jail with two Denver social workers with doctorate degrees and both couldn’t believe you are compromising Florida’s most vulnerable kids to live there.

Let’s hope and pray that no crime like that of Elmer Carroll to a kid will happen there at these facilities with a canal and woods very close, but, if it did wouldn’t you be liable.

Your action is needed immediately to possibly prevent history from repeating.

Thank you,

Mike Sawyer
Master of Divinity
B.S., Social Science
Denver, Colorado

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 thru WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20

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Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings & events throughout the Keys. All phone numbers are area code 305 unless noted otherwise.

Key West Happenings

ARTISTS EXHIBITS & RECEPTIONS

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Art Camp 2014 Exhibit, 10:30 AM

Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. 295-6616. kwahs.org

Showcasing the students’ art through August 22.

 

DANCE

FRIDAYS & WEDNESDAYS

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Rep. Joe Garcia Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge To Raise ALS Awareness

Early yesterday morning [August 14, 2014], Congressman Joe Garcia accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise awareness for ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He dedicates the challenge to Deb Gaudet, a South Florida resident who wrote a personal letter to the Congressman describing her current battle with the disease. The degenerative disease which causes progressive deterioration of the nervous system, affects more than 30,000 Americans at any one given time.  The disease typically strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and does not currently have a cure.  (more…)

LEGAL HANDBOOK FOR LGBT FLORIDIANS AND THEIR FAMILIES:

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Valuable Resource Offered Free of Charge from

Equality Florida Institute and Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Equality Florida Institute is providing an electronic version of the Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians and Their Families free of charge on their website.  Recently updated, the 76-page resource was a pro bono project of the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, in cooperation with Equality Florida Institute. (more…)

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

UN Climate Summit: What To Expect and Why it Matters

On September 23, world leaders from government, business, finance and civil society will gather in New York City—at the invitation of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon—to attend the UN Climate Summit 2014.

The aim of the Summit is to secure widespread commitment to increasing action on climate change and to build ambition among key country leadership ahead of pivotal negotiations at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris, in December 2015. In Paris, countries are widely expected to build upon their respective domestic climate plans and activities with the aim of developing a new international deal to address climate change from the year 2020 forward. The litmus test for this agreement will be whether the world changes paths to keep the goal—avoiding catastrophic climate change by limiting warming to below 2°C—within reach.  The Climate Summit will preview political appetite for such a course correction. (more…)

Getting Help with Your Medicare Costs When Money Is Tight

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Medicare provides vital health insurance for 50 million seniors and people with disabilities. But even when you have Medicare, health care is not free. People with Medicare pay premiums and have other costs that they pay out of pocket, like deductibles and co-insurance. For lower-income people, these costs can be overwhelming.

There are several programs that help low-income people with Medicare pay their health care costs—but many Medicare beneficiaries don’t know about these programs. Let’s see if we can shed some light on them.

Why might I need help?

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Womankind’s Dr. David Forest and Jennifer Whaley Featured Speakers
Womankind's Dr. David Forest, board-certified gynecologist, and Jennifer Whaley, P.A.-C, were the featured speakers at a recent Women's Health Forum at the Doubletree Grand Resort in Key West. Womankind, located at 1511 Truman Ave. in Key West, is a medical center for men, women and teens. 305.294.4004.

Womankind’s Dr. David Forest, board-certified gynecologist, and Jennifer Whaley, P.A.-C, were the featured speakers at a recent Women’s Health Forum at the Doubletree Grand Resort in Key West. Womankind, located at 1511 Truman Ave. in Key West, is a medical center for men, women and teens. 305.294.4004.

6th Annual “Yappy Hour” Fundraiser, Saturday August 16th

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SHINE ON FOR MR. CHAPMAN

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BONNIE HELMS FOR CIRUCIT JUDGE – MEET AND GREET, SUNDAY AUGUST 17TH

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3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop Scheduled for August 18, 2014
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Don’t let a lack of inspiration rain on your parade! Come to the design workshop, and get some great advice on how to create a fabulously over-the-top entry for this year’s 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade featuring “Animeted Dreams & Adventures”.This workshop is a chance for interested entrants, new and experienced, to make their dreams a reality. Come and get resourceful tips from seasoned pros on designing and building a creative entry that is both safe and dazzling!

Presenters will include legendary local float designer Rick Worth who continuously creates awe-inspiring works of parade art. Perennial award winner Sue D’Antonio, who has mastered the small-scale float design, will also be presenting. This is your chance to learn from the experts and get their advice on how to make your entry memorable and cash in on some of those fabulous Fantasy Fest Parade prizes!

The annual Design Workshop is scheduled for Monday, August 18, 5:30p.m., at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa’s Grand Cayman Room.

Visit FantasyFest.com for additional information or to download a parade application. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m.

For more information about the free workshop, call the Fantasy Fest office at 305.296.1817 or email parade@marketsharecompany.com.

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The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

The Blue Paper #74

Issue #74 — Friday, August 8, 2014

The Keys’ Dirty Little Secret

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According to some irritated homeowners, two lower Florida Keys sewage treatment plant operators are playing dirty tricks in their permit applications to inject over a million gallons a day of sewage into shallow injection wells on Cudjoe Key and Stock Island.

They claim that FKAA is using unrealistic old data projections from 2008, advertised it’s legal notices to Monroe County residents in Lee and Broward Counties and would have you believe that “we drink water worse than we‘re producing with Advanced Wastewater Treatment. [Actual quote from County Commissioner David Rice.]

On June 25th a group of Cudjoe area homeowners filed an administrative petition challenging FKAA’s permit for the Cudjoe plant followed last Tuesday by environmental group Last Stand’s challenge against the privately owned Key West Resort Utility Corporation permit for their Stock Island plant. (more…)

Did You Miss Hometown PAC’s August 4th Candidate Forum?

 

Standing Up For ‘Stand Up For Animals’

Note: The following article, published on December 3, 2010, was the first in a series of articles about Stand Up For Animals [SUFA] [the group that once handled animal control services for the Middle Keys] written by Rick Boettger for the original Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper].  As it turns out Rick’s article was amazingly prescient — and effective. As Rick included in his formal complaint to the State’s Ethics Commission, just four days after publication, SHARK [the newly formed group that eventually became the replacement contractor] dropped its leader Gwen Hatoff and the two friends of George Neugent who had given him false dirt on SUFA from their board. [The Monroe County Commission voted last month to end the four-year-old lawsuit with SUFA, offering the nonprofit $ 45,000 to settle the case. SUFA accepted.] 

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Rick BoettgerOriginally printed on December 3, 2010 in Dennis Reeves Coopers’ Key West The Newspaper:

Have you read the heart-warming story about the two cold-weather dogs, Chachi and  Eva, who were suffering from our heat in the Keys, and were shipped from our local shelter to an affiliated shelter in Michigan? The happy ending is that they were adopted out within two weeks of their arrival, and now are both healthy and happy on northern farms.

Unfortunately, you probably read only about the costs of sending them up north, in the context of a critical “audit” of that local shelter, Stand Up For Animals (SUFA).  This highly successful and much-lauded organization has been destroyed by Monroe County’s Clerk Danny Kolhage.  He, illegally in my considered opinion, trumped up false charges to freeze their bank account, containing a quarter million dollars of SUFA’s independently saved donations and grant moneys.  This forced SUFA to close, because they could not pay their bills and employees. (more…)

THE WAR TO END ALL WARS STARTED 100 YEARS AGO

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The fact that various wars, large and small, continue to rage around the world suggests that, sometimes, it’s really easy to start a war. Maybe too easy. Perhaps the classic example of too-easy might be World War I– which started almost exactly 100 years ago. The Great War, the War to End All Wars, started in June 1914, with the assassination of the archduke of Austria-Hungary. Historians did not start calling it World War I until the start of World War II, when it appeared that we were going to have to start numbering our wars. Today, the assassination of a government official of a minor nation might not even be a major news story, much less start a war. But that event triggered a chain of events that would result in the deaths of millions of soldiers and civilians in Europe, as well as thousands of Americans after the US became involved in the war. (more…)

Police Investigating Police — Will Not Expose Criminal Cops — Nor — Protect Citizens …

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All members of law-enforcement that I’ve spoken with, upon questioning, were willing to address the continuing abuses that are systemic within their agencies, resultant from “cops investigating other cops”.

I challenged them on the extent to which “The Blue Wall of Silence” actually applies. Are there any limits on the types of misconduct covered under this ‘code’?

I mentioned several hateful and savage crimes, and asked if the offending police officer would be shielded from their barbaric conduct by their silence. After obfuscating a clear response and upon being pressed for an answer, they all said (more…)

First Novel by William P. Bahlke: Frisbee Ball Rules

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William P. Bahlke is pleased to announce the publication of his first novel, Frisbee Ball Rules, a story set in a small college town in the year 1973. The country had just endured the humiliating conclusion of an unpopular war and the scandalous resignation of a once-powerful president. Born through the embarrassment of the lost war, and empowered by the student riots that facilitated its conclusion, came an emboldened generation like none before it. It was a time of rebirth and newfound freedoms. It was a time for growing up. Available at www.williampbahlke.com and online bookstores.

ZOMBIE SWIMMING POOLS…

CaptainLyndaHeadSelfieThere is a crisis in Florida right now and it has nothing to do with politics, immigration, fires or sink-holes. It’s “zombie swimming pools.”

According to an article in “Florida Today” as quoted in the “Huffington Post” Florida leads the nation in  “naked real estate” from foreclosed homes and those where the owners have ‘walked away,’ still owning the property. “Thousands upon thousands” of these properties have swimming pools and, “the sheer number of mosquitoes breeding in these pools is daunting.”

Although the article mentioned trying to combat the larvae with mosquito eating fish, which died, and pesticides, which were marginally effective, it never did mention the use of larvicides, a tool that our own mosquito control uses rather effectively. (more…)

Moving Out of the Comfort Zone
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It’s Way Past Time to Mix Things Up.
(Mr. Nobody, Freeport [No. 005], Michael Lin, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)

I came across a word recently and stuck it in a draft post to save for a later blog. I’ve just returned to it now. I can’t remember where I saw it but it still seems worthy of a post. The word is “homophily.” It translates to “love of the same” or “the tendency of individuals to associate and bond with similar others.” Although the word encompasses homosexuality of course, it’s the much broader scope of it that I find interesting.

In a 2006 New York Times article, author Aaron Retica notes that sociologists coined the term “homophily” in the 1950s. “The term didn’t catch on,” he writes, “but the concept is now enjoying a renaissance, in part because it has been repeatedly invoked to explain the American electorate’s apparent polarization into equally self-regarding camps.” Retica mentions a 2001 study titled “Birds of a Feather: Homophily in Social Networks.” In it, the authors sum up the nature and the harm of this tendency in their abstract: (more…)

TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART THREE

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians. So he named the island, Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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Florida Court Orders Immediate Redrawing of Unconstitutional Congressional Districts

A state judge’s order that Florida must redraw its congressional districts and propose a special election schedule for affected districts is good news for state voters, Common Cause said today.

“[On August 1st] Judge Terry Lewis again protected the rights of Floridians and rejected the legislature’s attempt to have one more election with congressional districts drawn for partisan advantage rather than fair representation,” said Peter Butzin, chair of Common Cause Florida. “Although holding an election based on fair and constitutional districts may create some logistical challenges, protecting Floridians’ right to select the representatives of their choice is a fundamental value that cannot be put off until next election.”

Lewis had ruled on July 10 that the districts violated the Florida Constitution’s prohibition against redistricting “with the intent to favor or disfavor a political party or an incumbent.” Common Cause is a plaintiff in the successful challenge to the districts along with the League of Women Voters and several voters.

Lewis agreed with the plaintiffs that holding an election using unconstitutional congressional districts is unacceptable. He ordered the legislature to immediately begin redrawing district lines and submit a new map by noon on August 15, 2014. Lewis also ordered the Secretary of State and Supervisors of Election to submit a proposed special election schedule for affected districts. A hearing will take place on August 20, 2014 on objections to the map and the proposed special election schedule.

For more information on redistricting developments in Florida, go to www.fairdistrictsnow.org.

‘Sunshine State’ Lags Behind Leading Solar States, Ranking 19th in Solar Per Capita


Florida lags behind other leading solar states, according to a new report released today by Environment Florida Research & Policy Center and its national federation.  The report, Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013, shows strong solar growth across the nation and ranks the states on the amount of solar per capita through 2013. While solar in Florida grew from 186 megawatts in 2012 to 213 megawatts in 2013 – a 7 percent increase, it lags substantially behind other states, ranking 19th in the nation for the amount of solar per capita in 2013. Nationwide, solar capacity tripled in the last two years to more than 12,000 megawatts.

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Fundraising Sail for Captain Lynda Schuh for Mosquito Control District 2
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Captain Lynda Schuh (center) with husband Frank Herdliska and shipmate Reen Stanhouse aboard the Wolf

On Sunday August 10th there will be a fundraising Sail for Captain Lynda Schuh for Mosquito Control Board District 2, aboard the Conch Republic Flagship, the Tops’l Schooner Wolf, Located at Safe Harbor Marina, Stock Island, by Hog Fish Restaurant.

Suggested campaign donation $ 25-$ 50 and reservations a must, as seating is limited.  Accepting paypal, check and cash.

Email captainlynda@gmail.com or call 305-756-8886

Appetizers, wine and soft drinks will be aboard, generously donated.

The full moon will be rising and the sun setting together. (within 5 minutes of each other)

 Boarding is at 6:45.  Sailing from 7 until 9pm

Key Largo to Key West Motorcade This Sunday / Meet Candidate for Re-election Circuit Judge Mark Jones

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Circuit Judge Mark Jones is working hard on the bench and on the campaign trail and wants to meet you.  This Sunday, August 10, 2014 Judge Jones will be in Key Largo in the morning walking and working his way down the Keys with stops that include Islamorada, Plantation, Marathon, Big Pine Key, Summerland Key, Sugarloaf, and Key West.  There will be a motorcade with RV’s, trucks and motorcycles.  Come on out to meet the Judge and enjoy a lemonade, water, tea or other cold beverage.

Find us on facebook.  Search for:   The Committee to Re-Elect Judge Mark Jones, or join the campaign at www.reelectmarkjones.com.

Fantasy Fest Recruiting Parade Ambassadors

fantasy festFantasy Fest is accepting applications for Parade Ambassadors for the 2014 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade. Volunteers will have a front-row view of the fun and chaos during one of the most incredible spectacles in the nation!

Parade Ambassadors are a group of nearly 150 anime-zing volunteers who are stationed along the parade route. These very important people help keep the parade moving and make sure partygoers are safe and out of harm’s way. Volunteers are entrusted with great responsibility and must remain sober during the parade.

These trustworthy-yet-fun-loving people will receive an exclusive, specially-designed 2014 Fantasy Fest t-shirt and the honor of wearing an Ambassador emblem. They will also be invited to attend social events with other entrants, team members, and parade staff.

To join the Parade Ambassadors and earn your official “Animeted Dreams & Adventures” swag, call the Fantasy Fest office at 305-296-1817, email the team at parade@marketsharecompany.com, or apply online at FantasyFest.com.

Parade entrants and partygoers will be forever grateful for your service and you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime!

Fantasy Fest Meeting for Non-Profits, August 14th

Fantasy Fest will again offer 10 vendor booth spaces to local non-profits for the lucrative sale of alcoholic beverages during the Street Fair and Promenade on October 24 and 25.  Festival organizers will hold a short meeting on Thursday, August 14, to review policy and procedures for obtaining a booth and for required licensing and insurance for liquor sales.

This informational meeting will take place at 5pm in the Market Share Company offices, Suite 211, at 1111 Twelfth St. (behind Kmart).  Space is limited, so please send only one representative. The lottery for liquor booth space selection with be held at Dante’s, on Thursday, September 11 at 5pm.

For additional information and guidelines, please contact the Street Fair Coordinator Betsy Dietz at 305-296-1817 or streetfair@marketsharecompany.com.

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

STONE SOUP PARTY AND BIKE PARADE, Sunday August 17th

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A Stone Soup party and bike parade to support our friend and neighbor, Mr. Chapman will be held on Sunday, August 17th.

The event will begin with a bike parade starting at Eaton Bikes on Simonton St. and ending at Cowboy Bills and Seadog Tavern. The Bike Parade will be open to anyone who wishes to participate and decorations are encouraged. Entry fee for the parade is $ 10 and all proceeds go to Mr. Chapman.

The Stone Soup Party will start at 3:00 and run until 8:30 at both Cowboy Bill’s and Seadog Tavern on Duval and Angela Streets. The event will include concerts on two stages, a pool tournament, bull riding, a giant  silent auction; raffles, and much more. To top off the day an incredible  “Stone Soup” dish prepared by Jenny Robinson of Seadog Tavern and consisting of delectable ingredients donated by our favorite restaurants will be served to all.

For more information or to donate silent auction items call Jeff Salzman at 305-896-0961 or Stacy Thomason at 305-433-1283.

If you can’t make it you can still help out by donating to ‘Light the Way for Mr. Chapman’:  GoFundMe

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

Police Point Gun At Six-Year-Old Boy — and More…

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It’s 6:27 p.m. — Sheila Carey and her two children are riding in a rented limo, a special treat to celebrate their outstanding report cards.  They’ve just dropped off their friend, eleven-year-old Shanyia Winn, who is now home alone taking a shower. A few minutes later, at 6:29 p.m. — the limo is stopped at gunpoint and surrounded by Key West police officers.  The mother is thrown to the sidewalk and handcuffed.  Her six-year-old son and eleven-year-old daughter are seized by the officers, guns pointed at their faces. Continue reading

The Blue Paper #73

Issue #73 — Friday, August 1, 2014

Police Point Gun At Six-Year-Old Boy — and More…

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It’s 6:27 p.m. — Sheila Carey and her two children are riding in a rented limo, a special treat to celebrate their outstanding report cards.  They’ve just dropped off their friend, eleven-year-old Shanyia Winn, who is now home alone taking a shower. A few minutes later, at 6:29 p.m. — the limo is stopped at gunpoint and surrounded by Key West police officers.  The mother is thrown to the sidewalk and handcuffed.  Her six-year-old son and eleven-year-old daughter are seized by the officers, guns pointed at their faces. (more…)

BOOK REVIEW: Sustainable [R]evolution [North Atlantic Books]

Sustainable Revolution coverReading Juliana Birnbaum and Louis Fox’s new book is both exhilarating and depressing. Exhilarating because the volume describes in varying detail more than 62 ecovillages, urban farms, and communities from all over the world working toward sustainability.

But the paperback is also a downer because it highlights what can be accomplished but isn’t in almost all cities and towns. Here in the Keys for instance, a place that is more than suitable for cutting-edge efforts to reduce human impact upon deteriorating habitats and our climate, nothing of the sort has been contemplated let alone implemented. (more…)

‘BRING BACK THE GULF’: New Book Slams Policies that Allow Oil Industry to Dump Old Rigs at Taxpayer Expense

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Anyone who thinks co-founder of Reef Relief, DeeVon Quirolo, may have toned down her efforts to protect our oceans since leaving the Keys and Reef Relief behind back in 2009 – well – think again.

Bring Back the Gulf  is a timely analysis of the scientific, environmental, legal, social and political aspects of the U.S. Interior Department’s “Rigs-to-Reefs” program and is now available as an e-Book at www.bringbackthegulf.org, the story of how Big Oil decided to fool the American taxpayer, and why their complicated scheme is not in the public interest.

Current policy allows the oil industry to send its trash to the ocean bottom and call it a reef. (more…)

Mr. Chapman Inspires A Town: Good Morning Florida Keys Interview With Stephanie Happ

CLICK HERE TO READ THE BLUE PAPER STORY ABOUT MR. CHAPMAN.

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TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES – PART TWO

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians. So he named the island, Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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SUFA Vindication! The Community Should Applaud and The County Should Apologize

The community should applaud and Monroe County apologize to Dr. Linda Gottwald now that she has been vindicated from the inaccurate press coverage brought on by the politically driven vendetta against her. Why? Because Stand Up for Animals, Inc. [SUFA] was awarded the contract, which the Florida Keys SPCA [FKSPCA] controlled for many years, and the “Bubba System” [that had been in place taking most of Middle Keys quarter million dollar budget to the Key West shelter] then stopped.

Accurate History: SUFA is a 501c3 federally regulated non-profit organization. It has its own board of directors, including locals from Monroe County despite the claims of a certain County Commissioner. SUFA was contracted by the County to provide animal control services from Marathon through Big Pine ending at MM 17 (Gottwald re-opened Big Pine). Per contract, the County cut monthly checks to SUFA. Anyone with a business understanding knows that monthly bills vary [pet food bills, repairs to the dilapidated building, etc.] Gottwald would not only use all of the “County” check to pay these bills, but had to supplement the County check with donations and grants annually from her 501c3 and even loans from her personal bank account to cover payroll. SUFA maintained separate accounts. FKSPCA totally co-mingled its funds for years (County checks and 501c3 donations in one account) and yet the County did not say a word. [“Bubba System”]. (more…)

Relocation Should Be a Part of DCF Reunification Plans For Struggling Families

Dear Editor,

The Key West Citizen newspaper front page headline on July 25, 2014, “Shelter No Longer A Crash Pad,” reported Randi Cohen Brown, executive director of the homeless nonprofit, stating, “This is Key West: Jobs are not plentiful. Housing is very expensive. This is not going to work for you.”

As house parents for the only children’s shelter and group home in Key West, Monroe County with a humble stipend like salary and subsidized living expenses from 2008-2013, my wife and I were constantly frustrated that child welfare was such a big business for the supporting non-profits family service agencies that they would never mix relocation with reunification.  All the case plans were about parent(s) having a job(s) and housing that would pass a required “home study.”  Homes and hope for these children and parents in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) were built in the beach sand.

Regretfully, the need for a “job” for many professional wraparounds will continue to anchor DCF kids and struggling parents in Monroe County enduring the “perfect storm” of failure.

For many “Another day in Paradise,” but for some it’s “Another day in Poverty.”

Mike Sawyer
Master of Divinity
B.S., Social Science
Denver, CO

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About Mike Sawyer:  summer camp leader for kids ages 6-11 with a Denver inner city non-profit, a substitute teacher, grades K-12, for a Metro-Denver turn-around school district with 13% Caucasians, over 1K published letters promoting health and humanity. Most recent — “Let Love Rule,” http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/july-10-teacher-tenure-hunting-horses-article-1.1860993 )

Join In With GreenKeys! Help Create A More Sustainable Florida Keys

GreenKeys! is using Mindmixer as an outreach and engagement tool. Feedback from the community is critical to the success of the effort.  Their website will include survey questions and other information allowing you to provide your opinions on how GreenKeys! should prioritize strategies and recommendations in the planning process.  Help spread the word about GreenKeys! and the importance of participating in the process of creating a sustainable future for the Florida Keys. (more…)

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

Equality Florida Applauds Charlie Crist for Commitment to Signing an Executive Order for LGBT Equality if Elected Governor

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Equality Florida, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, applauds Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist for his announcement today regarding LGBT employees.

At a press conference today in St. Petersburg, Crist announced that if elected Governor, he will make January 6, 2015 a “First Day of Fairness” by signing five Executive Orders, including an Executive Order to “prohibit any form of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity within the state agencies or its contractors — because all Floridians should be equal in the eyes of the law.”

“We applaud Charlie Crist for taking a stand for equality and fairness in the workplace,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. “Florida is at a critical moment in our struggle to end discrimination, and the next Governor can make a tremendous impact on the everyday lives of thousands of LGBT people in our state.  It is also clear that policies of nondiscrimination will make Florida more economically competitive in the global marketplace.”

The Executive Order announced by Crist mirrors the Executive Order recently signed by President Obama. In it, the President prohibited discrimination against LGBT workers in all federal agencies or its contractors.

In June, the Equality Florida Action PAC, the state’s largest PAC dedicated to electing pro-LGBT candidates, endorsed Charlie Crist in the race for Governor.

View details of “First Day of Fairness” here: http://www.charliecrist.com/updates/january-6th-2015

Key West Sunrise Rotary Welcomes Superintendent Porter As Member

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Monroe County School Superintendent Mark Porter officially joined Key West Sunrise Rotary on July 25. The installation ceremony included Membership Committee Chair Sue Fowler, President Ron Demes and Porter’s sponsor Stephanie Griffiths.

The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at Trumbo Palms on Trumbo Point.

Important Fantasy Fest® Street Fair Vendor Information

The organizers of  Fantasy Fest have announced that Early Selection of vendor spots as well as discounted fees are being offered to Key West restaurants and related businesses and festival Sponsors.  Applications for vendor space are available on the festival website, www.fantasyfest.com. Applications for early sign-up must indicate this preference and should be received by the festival office by August 1.

All other vendors wishing to participate should note the following: the Food Vendor Lottery will be held Tuesday, August 26, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort. Arts & Crafts booths are available through the festival office. The selection process for the not-for-profit Liquor Booths will be announced in August..

For information and guidelines, please contact the Street Fair Coordinator Betsy Dietz at 296-1817 streetfair@marketsharecompany.com.

United Way Wants to ‘Stuff the Bus’ with School Supplies
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The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce collected these “Stuff the Bus” supplies.

Keys kids need school supplies like paper, pencils, notebooks and highlighters in order to succeed at their studies. But some kids can’t afford even these basic supplies. That’s why United Way of the Florida Keys and its community partners have launched “Stuff the Bus,” an effort that will hopefully produce truckloads of school supplies to be distributed to all Monroe County public schools from Key Largo to Key West.

Local companies can become sponsors of “Stuff the Bus” by pledging to provide a minimum amount of $ 250 worth of school supplies through a supply drive with their employees or customers, or by making a contribution of $ 250 or more, or a combination of both. Supplies can be collected until August 25th.

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TELE-TOWN HALL MEETING: NEXT STEPS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN FLORIDA / MONDAY, AUGUST 4 @ 6 PM

Equality Florida Institute is hosting a Tele-Town Hall Meeting on Monday, August 4 at 6 PM to address the status of the fight for marriage equality in Florida.  Equality Florida Institute is a plaintiff, along with six same-six couples, in one of the lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

In the past two weeks, two Monroe County Florida judges have ruled that Florida’s ban is unconstitutional.

In both cases, Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed the decision, preventing same-sex couples from obtaining marriage licenses.

Where do we go from here?  What do the rulings mean, and what are the next steps for gay and lesbian Floridians to achieve marriage equality? (more…)

Announcing Fantasy Fest Meeting for Non-Profits, August 14th, 5 pm

Fantasy Fest will again offer 10 vendor booth spaces to local non-profits for the lucrative sale of alcoholic beverages during the Street Fair and Promenade on October 24 and 25.  Festival organizers will hold a short meeting on Thursday, August 14, to review policy and procedures for obtaining a booth and for required licensing and insurance for liquor sales.

This informational meeting will take place at 5pm in the Market Share Company offices, Suite 211, at 1111 Twelfth St. (behind Kmart).  Space is limited, so please send only one representative. The lottery for liquor booth space selection with be held at Dante’s, on Thursday, September 11 at 5pm.

For additional information and guidelines, please contact the Street Fair Coordinator Betsy Dietz at 305-296-1817 or streetfair@marketsharecompany.com.

STONE SOUP PARTY AND BIKE PARADE, Sunday August 17th

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A Stone Soup party and bike parade to support our friend and neighbor, Mr. Chapman will be held on Sunday, August 17th.

The event will begin with a bike parade starting at Eaton Bikes on Simonton St. and ending at Cowboy Bills and Seadog Tavern. The Bike Parade will be open to anyone who wishes to participate and decorations are encouraged. Entry fee for the parade is $ 10 and all proceeds go to Mr. Chapman.

The Stone Soup Party will start at 3:00 and run until 8:30 at both Cowboy Bill’s and Seadog Tavern on Duval and Angela Streets. The event will include concerts on two stages, a pool tournament, bull riding, a giant  silent auction; raffles, and much more. To top off the day an incredible  “Stone Soup” dish prepared by Jenny Robinson of Seadog Tavern and consisting of delectable ingredients donated by our favorite restaurants will be served to all.

For more information or to donate silent auction items call Jeff Salzman at 305-896-0961 or Stacy Thomason at 305-433-1283.

If you can’t make it you can still help out by donating to ‘Light the Way for Mr. Chapman’:  GoFundMe

3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop Scheduled for August 18, 2014
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Photo: www.fantasyfest.com

Don’t have your dream bubble burst!  Come to the design workshop and get some good advice on how to create a fabulously over-the-top entry for this year’s 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade featuring “Animeted Dreams & Adventures”

The annual Design Workshop is scheduled for Monday, August 18, 5:30p.m., at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa’s Grand Cayman Room.

This workshop is a chance for interested entrants, new and experienced, to make their dreams a reality, by getting resourceful tips from previous award winners on designing and building a creative entry that is both safe and dazzling.

Presenters will include legendary local float designer Rick Worth who continues to create awe-inspiring works of parade art. Multiple-award winner Sue D’Antonio who designed and mastered walking groups which will give any large float a run for it’s money. This is your chance to learn from the experts and get their advice on how to make your entry memorable and potentially award winning!

Download a parade application at FantasyFest.com. It includes the basic rules, regulations and the fees. This year’s parade will be Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m. For more information about the free workshop, call the Fantasy Fest office at 305.296.1817 or email parade@marketsharecompany.com.

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THE BLUE PAPER AND BILL O’REILLY

Dennis Reeves Cooper with Bill O'Reilly in 2001

Dennis Reeves Cooper with Bill O’Reilly in 2001

Since I have been writing a weekly column for the new Blue Paper online, the editors have periodically accompanied my column with a photo of me appearing with Bill O’Reilly on his show on the Fox News Channel. A number of readers have asked me when and why I was invited to appear on the O’Reilly Factor– the highest rated cable news program. Longtime readers know the story, but new readers may not. So here it is again. Longtime readers please pardon– but we have a lot of new readers.

When I ran Key West The Newspaper, I often pushed the envelope when it came to controversy– as the new editors still do. Back in 2001, one of our prime targets was an out-of-control police department. Needless to say, this pissed off then-Police Chief Buz Dillon. And on June 22 of that year, he used an obscure state law to have me arrested and jailed for writing about an on-going internal investigation. Now while I was confident that those charges would never stand up, the immediate fact was that I was facing criminal charges and that I was going to have to find the money to hire a lawyer and defend myself in court. Beyond that, I was concerned about my reputation and the reputation of my newspaper. Rightly or wrongly, many people assume that anybody arrested and charged is probably guilty. Continue reading

THE EIMERS CASE: Witness Claims Police Intimidation Tactics Will Not Deter Him

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“To be honest with you, I am really nervous about the whole thing.  I think they’re going to bother him or something,” says L, whose friend P was subpoenaed to testify before the Grand Jury in the Charles Eimers case last Wednesday.

While P was testifying, two squad cars were parked in front of his house, one blocking his driveway.  His friend, concerned about the strange coincidence, texted him a photo of the police cars.

On a recent occasion, officer Gary Lee Lovette, who was one of the officers who arrested Eimers last Thanksgiving, reportedly pushed P’s shopping cart violently out of his way at a Publix grocery store.

P had spoken with the Blue Paper after Eimers’ death revealing certain behavior and incriminating admissions by Key West police officer Lovette.  After P was finally interviewed by FDLE, he says Lovette’s attitude became threatening. Continue reading

Reenactment Points To Asphyxiation

“Your safe word is “no” and if you can’t talk, move your arms.” The woman lies down on the beach resting on her stomach, hands behind her back.  To be clear, we’re not shooting a bondage movie.  This is South Beach, at the end of Duval Street, where 61-year-old Charles Eimers died last Thanksgiving Day while being arrested by Key West police officers. The woman on the sand is Naja Girard of The Blue Paper.  We were trying to understand, through a reenactment, the most troubling part of the tragedy:  the cause of death itself.

Medical Examiner E. Hunt Scheuerman’s autopsy report shows no physical evidence that can directly establish the cause of Eimers’ death. However, circumstantial evidence led him to rule out asphyxiation.

This is what he wrote:

“FDLE’s investigation concluded that his face was not forced into the sand, but rather, as he struggled, his face moved back and forth across the sand. Audio recordings from the event revealed that Mr. Eimers repeatedly said “No.” Such verbalization would not have been possible if he had been smothering in the sand.” Continue reading

The Blue Paper #72

Issue #72 — Friday, July 25, 2014

Reenactment Points To Asphyxiation

“Your safe word is “no” and if you can’t talk, move your arms.” The woman lies down on the beach resting on her stomach, hands behind her back.  To be clear, we’re not shooting a bondage movie.  This is South Beach, at the end of Duval Street, where 61-year-old Charles Eimers died last Thanksgiving Day while being arrested by Key West police officers. The woman on the sand is Naja Girard of The Blue Paper.  We were trying to understand, through a reenactment, the most troubling part of the tragedy:  the cause of death itself.

Medical Examiner E. Hunt Scheuerman’s autopsy report shows no physical evidence that can directly establish the cause of Eimers’ death. However, circumstantial evidence led him to rule out asphyxiation.

This is what he wrote:

“FDLE’s investigation concluded that his face was not forced into the sand, but rather, as he struggled, his face moved back and forth across the sand. Audio recordings from the event revealed that Mr. Eimers repeatedly said “No.” Such verbalization would not have been possible if he had been smothering in the sand.” (more…)

THE EIMERS CASE: Witness Claims Police Intimidation Tactics Will Not Deter Him

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“To be honest with you, I am really nervous about the whole thing.  I think they’re going to bother him or something,” says L, whose friend P was subpoenaed to testify before the Grand Jury in the Charles Eimers case last Wednesday.

While P was testifying, two squad cars were parked in front of his house, one blocking his driveway.  His friend, concerned about the strange coincidence, texted him a photo of the police cars.

On a recent occasion, officer Gary Lee Lovette, who was one of the officers who arrested Eimers last Thanksgiving, reportedly pushed P’s shopping cart violently out of his way at a Publix grocery store.

P had spoken with the Blue Paper after Eimers’ death revealing certain behavior and incriminating admissions by Key West police officer Lovette.  After P was finally interviewed by FDLE, he says Lovette’s attitude became threatening. (more…)

Amazing Showing of Support For Old Man Chapman!

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“He had gray shoes.  That’s the only thing I could tell about him because he had a hood on his head and a noose around his neck.  When I saw what was going to happen, I almost fell off the tree.  I jumped, sorry I had even wanted to know what was happening on the other side of that wall, and I ran.  I ran home as fast as I could.”

For years now, sitting in his yard at the corner of Petronia and Chapman Lane, ‘Old Man Chapman’ has been telling the stories of a far side of Key West that few can remember.

“It was right over there, where the post office is,” says Chapman,  “There were no police or justice of the peace. They were lynching a negro. That’s the way it was in those days.”

Now that Chapman’s funky world of lighted tricycle, banana bunches and crowing chickens is being squeezed out by bank foreclosure, his stories seem more precious than ever. (more…)

Fouling Our Nest Part II: Let Us Spray
Workers digging trench for sewer line in front of the author’s house stand in chest-high salt water.

Workers digging trench for sewer line in front of the author’s house stand in chest-high salt water.

Anyone who has lived in the Keys for any length of time knows that the ground we live on is very porous. Made up of either coral or limestone rock, the surface of these islands resembles flat colanders, allowing everything that falls on it to eventually pass directly through the ground to the salt water below, a mere few feet.

When the contractors dug trenches for the sewers in Marathon, those cavities immediately filled with salt water that rose and fell with the tide. As a result, anything that is sprayed or poured onto the thin skin that separates us from the ocean below finds its way into that ocean.

So, for example, herbicides that anyone sprays throughout the Keys would not only kill weeds and other plants but also would eventually become part of the ecosystems in our oceans.

Who sprays in the Keys?

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GUEST COLUMN: Mosquito Control in the Florida Keys

CaptainLyndaHeadSelfieI would be remiss as a candidate for the mosquito control board if I did not address the potential threat of the fresh water mosquito borne Chikungunya virus which has made its way to Florida. The Florida Health Dept. has reported that the two South Florida residents who had contracted the virus in-State, have recovered, and that there was “no broad risk” to the health of the general public. There have been no reported deaths from the illness despite the thousands who have contracted it in the Caribbean.

My understanding of this illness is that it is somewhat like Dengue but attacks the joints with inflammation and may be more painful but of shorter duration, recovery being about one week but possibly more. Once a person has Chikungunya they become immune to having it again.

Monroe County residents certainly remember Dengue and West Nile and several of my friends are affected with Malaria, gotten elsewhere, all illnesses from the fresh water mosquito.  I am making this distinction from the salt marsh mosquito because Key West, as an urban island, has a predominance of the fresh water type and mosquito control may at some point be spraying pesticides (adulticides) in addition to stepping up their use of larvicides to combat this new and potential threat from Chikungunya. (more…)

THE BLUE PAPER AND BILL O’REILLY
Dennis Reeves Cooper with Bill O'Reilly in 2001

Dennis Reeves Cooper with Bill O’Reilly in 2001

Since I have been writing a weekly column for the new Blue Paper online, the editors have periodically accompanied my column with a photo of me appearing with Bill O’Reilly on his show on the Fox News Channel. A number of readers have asked me when and why I was invited to appear on the O’Reilly Factor– the highest rated cable news program. Longtime readers know the story, but new readers may not. So here it is again. Longtime readers please pardon– but we have a lot of new readers.

When I ran Key West The Newspaper, I often pushed the envelope when it came to controversy– as the new editors still do. Back in 2001, one of our prime targets was an out-of-control police department. Needless to say, this pissed off then-Police Chief Buz Dillon. And on June 22 of that year, he used an obscure state law to have me arrested and jailed for writing about an on-going internal investigation. Now while I was confident that those charges would never stand up, the immediate fact was that I was facing criminal charges and that I was going to have to find the money to hire a lawyer and defend myself in court. Beyond that, I was concerned about my reputation and the reputation of my newspaper. Rightly or wrongly, many people assume that anybody arrested and charged is probably guilty. (more…)

Electing Devious & Inept Bumblers–Destabilizes The World–As Children Die & Humanity Suffers…

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Individual excellence and personal achievement does not require the endorsement or approval of others. It rises up deep within an individual and manifests itself in their ideas and behavior; stimulating, attracting and motivating others to live exceptional lives.

Authentic leadership is a quality that cannot be purchased nor  acquired at a college or university. It cannot be learned from a book nor bestowed upon an unworthy candidate. Its characteristics are not  clearly delineated nor readily defined. However, most of us are keenly aware when we are in the presence of an extraordinary individual. Their  tangential energy has been changing the course of human events since the inception of ‘Man’. (more…)

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TUNATOONS: ISLAND OF BONES

Back in 1521 , Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Island of Key West.  The island had been used as a communal graveyard by the Calusa Indians. So he named the island, Cayo Hueso (Island of Bones). Since that time this tiny island has produced so many interesting and crazy stories. This story is about Key West back in the 1970′s and 80′s, when smuggling was at it’s peak. The characters in (Island of Bones) are strictly fictional and do not represent any citizens of Key West !

                      Enjoy!   — Big Tuna

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PART ONE OF ISLAND OF BONES SERIES… (more…)

RECENT TOP STORIES

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GOOMBAY:  ANOTHER BETRAYAL?

 

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Issue 70 bahama village for top stories

 

 

NOT ALL FESTIVALS ARE CREATED EQUAL

 

Mosquito thumbnailFOULING OUR NEST PART I:  Mosquito Control and the Ecology of the Keys

 

 

 

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Ode to Sir Peter Anderson, Secretary General of the Conch Republic

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Peter came to Key West

On a full moon night,

His sole purpose

Was fun and delight

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He led a group

Called the Conch Republic,

And I’m sure everyone

Is better for it

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Our passports were as real

As Monopoly money,

Some folks traveled using them

And that’s pretty funny (more…)

Today’s World

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There is so much darkness in my mind,

one never knows what one will find.

There is so much trouble in our life,

we live in a world so much strife.

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Senseless wars for money to be made,

all at the expense of the lower pay grade.

Chemical weapons and IED’s,

soldiers returning with “soul disease” (more…)

Air Traffic Control Squadron Visits NAS Key West
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Air National Guardsmen with the 245th and 259th Air Traffic Control Squadrons set up a mobile air traffic control tower and antennae Tuesday as part of their mobilization training exercises at Naval Air Station Key West’s Boca Chica Field. Ten air traffic control squadrons across the U.S. deploy and provide air traffic services for worldwide contingencies, such as wartime support and disaster recovery.               U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Morales.

VNA/Hospice Announces New Board Members

Richard Grusin, Board Chairman for Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/Hospice), is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Perry Arnold, Rick Freeburg and Stuart Kaufman to their Board of Directors.

“We are extremely energized by the leadership and commitment to serve that our new directors have made in support of this agency and its mission of care,” said Grusin.

Dr. Perry Arnold

ArnoldDr. Perry Arnold, who received his Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas, served in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Department of Indian Health prior to completing his USPHS residency in Radiology.

Dr. Arnold practiced general and Interventional Radiology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore for 27 years before developing and operating the first free-standing interventional access center for dialysis patients in the United States.  The center focused on dialysis access care as well as training other physicians on how to successfully treat dialysis dysfunction.

Prior to retiring in Key West in 2005, Dr. Arnold was a part-time member of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution faculty for 29 years and then worked part-time in New York for six years.  Dr. Arnold was a volunteer physician for VNA/Hospice in 2005 and 2006 and serves on the City of Key West’s Board of Art in Public Places. (more…)

Greer Cornell Newest Member of Sunrise Rotary

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Key West Sunrise Rotary welcomed Greer Cornell, Casa Marina Resort human resources assistant director, as its 79th member on July 18. Membership committee chair Sue Fowler installed Cornell as her sponsor and spouse Charlie Mench presented her Rotary pin.

The Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic was founded in 1988 to become the first Rotary Club in the Lower Keys to allow women members. Sunrise Rotary meets on Fridays at 7 a.m. at Trumbo Palms on Trumbo Point.

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

FIRM Announces 2014/2015 Board of Directors and Officers

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At their June 16, 2014 Board of Directors meeting, Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) announced their 2014/2015 Board of Directors and Board Officers.   Front Row Left : Theresa Faber,  Michele White, Mel Montagne (President),  Michael Kiraly; Second Row Left : Laura Burchard (Admin. Aide), Heather Carruthers (Vice President), Steve Russ and Third Row Left : Phil Wilson (Treasurer),  Lee Cummings,  Carol Schreck (Secretary).  Not shown:  John Barrett, Ava Bianchino, Kate DeLoach, Robert Gold, John Littriello and Joe Walsh.

FIRM is a county-wide grassroots organization whose mission it is to achieve residential, condominium and commercial property insurance rates in Monroe County that are neither excessive, discriminatory, nor unaffordable and ensure appropriate physical and financial protection for Keys property in order to sustain and support our communities.

Key West Mayoral Candidates Q&A Forum Scheduled for July 29th

The Key West Golf Course Homeowners Association will be hosting a Mayoral Candidates Question and Answer Forum on Tuesday, July 29th at 6:30 pm.  This event is open to all citizens of Key West.

The Forum will be held at the Key West Golf Course’s clubhouse.  There will be a cash bar available and the event is anticipated to last approximately 90 minutes.

Jenna Stauffer of WEYW-TV, the co-host and co-producer of “Good Morning Florida Keys with Rick and Jenna”, will act as moderator for the Forum.  She will field questions from the floor. All the Candidates will answer each question.  This will be a great way for the people of Key West to learn where each candidate stands on a particular issue and their views for the future of Key West.

All three candidates had been invited to participate.   Candidates Sloan Bashinsky and Margaret Romero have accepted the invitation to participate. The Homeowners Association was disappointed to learn that Mayor Cates declined the invitation, citing a conflict with “previous engagements”.

For further information please contact the Key West Golf Club HOA at info@kwgchoa.com.

Senator Bullard Guest of Honor at LWV Social July 29th
State Senator Dwight Bullard

State Senator Dwight Bullard

State Senator Dwight Bullard will be guest of honor at the Lower Keys League of Women Voters‘ Fifth Tuesday social on July 29, 5 till 7 p.m. at the New York Pasta Garden in Duval Square.

Senator Bullard is a professional educator and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Education Committee. In his tenure in the legislature, he has also been very active on issues of health care and justice.

LKLWV’s Fifth Tuesdays are an informal opportunity for league members and other interested constituents to get to know an elected official or community leader. “These gatherings have generated quite a bit of local interest and we know the Senator’s constituents down here in the Lower Keys will be thrilled to have the chance to hear his thoughts on the many issues affecting us, especially in this informal setting,“ said Joy Brown Taylor, the chapter’s founding vice president and current Voter Services Committee chair.

Duval Square is located at the corner of Duval and Virginia streets; there is customer parking off Simonton. The event will be held in the patio restaurant’s air conditioned party room. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available throughout, Brown Taylor said, noting that Bullard would speak informally at about 5:30 p.m. and a question and answer session would follow.

For additional details, please phone her at (305) 587-7833.

Restoration Advisory Board to Hold Meeting July 30

Representatives from Naval Air Station Key West will meet with community members Wednesday, July 30, to discuss sites on the air station and former Navy properties in the Lower Keys that require environmental cleanup or monitoring.

The annual Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting takes place in the meeting room of the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center at 35 East Quay Road, Key West, at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

The air station’s RAB mission is to establish a forum with the community, regulators and NAS Key West for the input and exchange of information in an open and interactive dialogue concerning the installation’s environmental program. (more…)

Light The Way For Mr. Chapman At The Gecko! July 31st 5-8 pm

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Thursday, July 31st during happy hour 5-8p, the Lazy Gecko will be hosting a fundraiser for Key West’s Mr. Chapman.

Mr. Chapman has had some housing issues arise and he and his family need Key West’s support!

We will have a fundraising raffle & many places around town have donated silent auction items. Items include gift certificates from Hot Tin Roof – Key West, Blackfin Bistro, Antonia’s Restaurant, Vinos on Duval, Santiago’s Bodega Key West, Michael’s, Paradise Tattoo, a private chef dinner for up to 8 guests from Great Events, 2 night stay at Gateway Canyons in Colorado, wine from Flora Springs Winery in Napa, artwork & more is coming every day!

There will also be a Lighted bike parade at sundown with Mr. Chapman himself! 20 lighted fat-tire bikes will be raffled for use during the parade, donated by KeyWestBicycles.com. Anyone & everyone is welcome to bring their lights & join the parade!

For those that can’t make it, we have a GoFundMe set up.

Important Fantasy Fest® Street Fair Vendor Information

The organizers of  Fantasy Fest have announced that Early Selection of vendor spots as well as discounted fees are being offered to Key West restaurants and related businesses and festival Sponsors.  Applications for vendor space are available on the festival website, www.fantasyfest.com. Applications for early sign-up must indicate this preference and should be received by the festival office by August 1.

All other vendors wishing to participate should note the following: the Food Vendor Lottery will be held Tuesday, August 26, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort. Arts & Crafts booths are available through the festival office. The selection process for the not-for-profit Liquor Booths will be announced in August..

For information and guidelines, please contact the Street Fair Coordinator Betsy Dietz at 296-1817 streetfair@marketsharecompany.com.

STONE SOUP PARTY AND BIKE PARADE, Sunday August 17th

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A Stone Soup party and bike parade to support our friend and neighbor, Mr. Chapman will be held on Sunday, August 17th.

The event will begin with a bike parade starting at Eaton Bikes on Simonton St. and ending at Cowboy Bills and Seadog Tavern. The Bike Parade will be open to anyone who wishes to participate and decorations are encouraged. Entry fee for the parade is $ 10 and all proceeds go to Mr. Chapman.

The Stone Soup Party will start at 3:00 and run until 8:30 at both Cowboy Bill’s and Seadog Tavern on Duval and Angela Streets. The event will include concerts on two stages, a pool tournament, bull riding, a giant  silent auction; raffles, and much more. To top off the day an incredible  “Stone Soup” dish prepared by Jenny Robinson of Seadog Tavern and consisting of delectable ingredients donated by our favorite restaurants will be served to all.

For more information or to donate silent auction items call Jeff Salzman at 305-896-0961 or Stacy Thomason at 305-433-1283.

If you can’t make it you can still help out by donating to ‘Light the Way for Mr. Chapman’:  GoFundMe

3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade Design Workshop Scheduled for August 18, 2014
Photo Fantasyfest.com

Photo Fantasyfest.com

Don’t have your dream bubble burst!  Come to the design workshop and get some good advice on how to create a fabulously over-the-top entry for this year’s 3Wishes.com Fantasy Fest Parade featuring “Animeted Dreams & Adventures”

The annual Design Workshop is scheduled for Monday, August 18, 5:30p.m., at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa’s Grand Cayman Room.

This workshop is a chance for interested entrants, new and experienced, to make their dreams a reality, by getting resourceful tips from previous award winners on designing and building a creative entry that is both safe and dazzling.

Presenters will include legendary local float designer Rick Worth who continues to create awe-inspiring works of parade art. Multiple-award winner Sue D’Antonio who designed and mastered walking groups which will give any large float a run for it’s money. This is your chance to learn from the experts and get their advice on how to make your entry memorable and potentially award winning!

Download a parade application at FantasyFest.com. It includes the basic rules, regulations and the fees. This year’s parade will be Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m. For more information about the free workshop, call the Fantasy Fest office at 305.296.1817 or email parade@marketsharecompany.com.

Hot Fun in the Summertime – Florida Keys Become Certified in Permaculture Design!

hot fun flyer PI 2014Aug 30th – September 20th (weekends only, Wednesday evenings possible)

Want to learn more about Permaculture and how you can utilize Permaculture design ethics and principles in your life and community?

Permadigm Initiative will be teaching a 72 hour Permaculture Design Course with Keys Native, Ashley Moore and invited speakers – hosted by Earth & Sea Farm on Upper Sugarloaf Key. Through hands on and classroom experiences, students will gain knowledge and skills in a broad array of subjects such as organic gardening, integrated pest management, natural building, sustainable technology, traditional ecological knowledge, mycology, bee keeping, water harvesting and conservation, design processes, social resiliency and more. This extended course is for aspiring or experienced gardeners, farmers, community organizers, land planners, builders and any active, engaged citizen seeking positive change.

Permaculture is the design and creation of ecological human habitats and food production systems based on the successful patterns exhibited in nature. It is a design method that has been applied worldwide at every level, from homesteading and agriculture to community planning and national policy. Permaculture offers tangible solutions to the many pressing ecological issues of our time, such as how to sustainably meet the basic needs of food, energy and shelter, how to revitalize our communities and restore our watersheds. Permaculture explores both land use ethics and community building movements, merging for the harmonious integration of human dwellings, energy systems, microclimates, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, and water into stable, productive and resilient communities.

The course price is $ 599 including a PDC Certificate. We hope you will join us to learn about how Permaculture can change your life and offer hope for our future.

For more information contact Ashley Moore at Permadigm@gmail.com or (504)699-5244 or visit www.permadigm.wordpress.com

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The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

Good Morning Florida Keys With Jenna Stauffer / Interview With Ms. Grace McKinnon

Grace Mckinnon

Grace McKinnon is interning with the Florida Keys Outreach Coaliton [FKOC] this summer as an AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer through the National Coalition for the Homeless.  Formerly homeless herself, Grace is from Maryland and now a college student with double majors in social work and psychology.  She is serving at Peacock Supportive Living, an FKOC program providing housing and supportive services to 38-individuals living with serious mental illness. We’re sure you will enjoy meeting this remarkable young woman! Enjoy!

Click here for more WEYW 19′s Good Morning Florida Keys With Jenna Stauffer Continue reading

The Blue Paper #71

Issue #71 — Friday, July 18, 2014

Last Day At Chapman’s House

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Whether ‘Old Man Chapman’ will finally be swindled out of his house is no longer up for debate.  Last Monday a red 8” X 6” legal notice was taped to his door at 221 Petronia Street.  It read:  “Final Notice of Eviction” and directed the Monroe County Sheriff to remove any person from the premises on Tuesday.

“It’s tomorrow. Tuesday is tomorrow,” said Chapman on the phone,  “Where am I going to put my things?  My clothes?  My wife’s clothes?  Our grandson’s clothes?  What am I going to do?”  It was 9:30 am.  The beginning of a long day – which was going to involve Sheriff’s deputies, pro bono attorneys, a Judge, New York bankers, someone known as “Coconut Man,” and Mr. James Matthew Chapman.  Mr. Chapman, the one-man-lighted-parade, who has been photographed thousands of times by tourists as he rides his Christmas-tree-like tricycle, blasting soul music, up and down Duval Street. (more…)

Goombay: Another Betrayal?
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Bahama Village Goombay Festival 2010, click for youtube video

Conspiracy theories are running wild over the City Commission’s decision to give control of the African-Caribbean Goombay Festival to a group dominated by white businessmen.  “This decision was a slap in the face,” says Glenwood Lopez. He is Chairman of a group supported by eleven Bahama Village non-profit organizations that came together to reclaim the event.

“They took away the 6.6 acres and now it’s Goombay,” says David, a resident of Bahama Village.

Wardlow ballotOne belief is that the decision was somehow usurped during the Commission meeting and that the vote was actually a tie. In fact, the ballot does show that Commissioner Billy Wardlow actually cast his vote for the “Bahama Village Coalition.”  The only group referred to as a “Bahama Village coalition” during the July 1st Commission meeting was the group led by Mr. Glenwood Lopez. (more…)

Ruling Allows Same-Sex Marriage In The Keys!

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Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia overturned the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday after hearing a legal challenge in the lawsuit Huntsman v Heavilin on July 7th in Plantation Key. Garcia ruled in favor of the plaintiff couple, Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones of Key West. The ruling applies only to Monroe County.

Garcia’s order would allow same-sex couples from around the state to flock to the Keys to get married. However, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, quickly filed a notice of appeal Thursday, putting Garcia’s ruling on hold.

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Does Climate Make A Difference?

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Over the past weekend, I binge-watched a TV drama series on Netflix. The story took place in Seattle. It was not about Seattle; it was about a murder mystery. But the outdoor scenes showed the city of Seattle and its climate. Now, I have never been to Seattle but I have always heard that it is cloudy and rainy there almost all the time. And sure enough, the TV presentation showed that. With few exceptions, it was raining or black-cloudy in every outdoor scene. I feel sure that it was not the intent of the producers to present the city in an unfavorable way and, as part of the plot, the actors were not particularly preoccupied with the weather. That is just the way it was. They were almost always walking or running or driving in the rain. Jeez, I kept thinking, how could anybody live in a place like that?! Indeed, when I Googled Seattle and weather, I learned that it does indeed rain a lot there and that the sun rarely shines– and that many residents suffer from depression and that there is a high suicide rate. Go figure. (more…)

Good Morning Florida Keys With Jenna Stauffer / Interview With Ms. Grace McKinnon

Grace McKinnon is interning with the Florida Keys Outreach Coaliton [FKOC] this summer as an AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer through the National Coalition for the Homeless.  Formerly homeless herself, Grace is from Maryland and now a college student with double majors in social work and psychology.  She is serving at Peacock Supportive Living, an FKOC program providing housing and supportive services to 38-individuals living with serious mental illness. We’re sure you will enjoy meeting this remarkable young woman! Enjoy!

Click here for more WEYW 19′s Good Morning Florida Keys With Jenna Stauffer (more…)

Rose Garden Betrayal…Odious Symbolism…

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Since commenting on an article published in ‘The Blue Paper’ by Dennis Reeves Cooper entitled: “The Prisoner Exchange: He Did What?!” on June 8, 2014;  I’ve closely monitored events surrounding the issues I addressed. I was determined to modify or correct my statements if necessary. As the Bowe Bergdahl saga unfolds, it appears the accuracy of my remarks have remained ‘spot on’.

Some have critiqued my interpretation of events as being lackluster and juvenile. They suggest that I’m unable to appreciate the grander scheme of our involvement in conflicts around the world. Although I challenge that notion, I respect their divergent perspectives and remain open to new ideas. (more…)

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2014 Amazing Mel Fisher Treasure Hunt Winners / Anthony and Kiana Porcelli
The Amazing Mel Fisher Treasure Hunt organized by Southernmost Scavenger Hunt presented Anthony Porcelli of the US Navy and wife Kiana Porcelli tonight with a treasure chest filled with ,000 in US one dollar coins on behalf of their 4 person team "Monsteras Deliciosas", which included team members Margot Koch and Shaun Griffin. Pat Croce Restaurant Group sponsored the prize and Mel Fisher's Treasures hosted the event. Congratulations, Today's the Day! Keep an eye out for next year's Amazing Mel Fisher Treasure hunt in Key West at www.melfisherdays.com

The Amazing Mel Fisher Treasure Hunt organized by Southernmost Scavenger Hunt presented Anthony Porcelli of the US Navy and wife Kiana Porcelli with a treasure chest filled with $ 5,000 in US one dollar coins on behalf of their 4 person team “Monsteras Deliciosas”, which included team members Margot Koch and Shaun Griffin. Pat Croce Restaurant Group sponsored the prize and Mel Fisher’s Treasures hosted the event. Congratulations, Today’s the Day! Keep an eye out for next year’s Amazing Mel Fisher Treasure hunt in Key West at www.melfisherdays.com

Important Fantasy Fest® Street Fair Dates and Discount for Locals

The organizers of Fantasy Fest have announced the important dates for food and arts and crafts vendor booth sign-up for the 2014 Street Fair and Promenade, to be held on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25.  Early selection of vendor spots as well as discounted fees are being offered to Key West restaurants and related businesses and festival Sponsors.  Applications for vendor space are available on the festival website, www.fantasyfest.com. Applications for early sign-up must indicate this preference and should be received by the festival office by August 1. Booth space will be assigned in early August according to the product the booth will be selling and availability of space.  (more…)

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State Recognizes Green Parrot and Blue Heaven For Outstanding Recycling Rates

Two local businesses are showing up the state when it comes to recycle rates. On Tuesday, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard, Jr. will be presenting awards to The Green Parrot and to Blue Heaven for their outstanding efforts at recycling. Secretary Vinyard will present the awards on Tuesday, July 22 at 1 p.m. at Old City Hall, 510 Greene Street, during the City Commission budget workshop.

FDEP has a program that recognizes businesses whose recycle rate tops 40 percent. The Green Parrot is the first bar in the state to achieve that goal with a rate of 59 percent. Blue Heaven is the first restaurant in the state to achieve that goal with a rate of 61 percent.

The state program is aimed at encouraging private businesses, institutions, schools, public organizations and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach Florida’s recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020.

Bravo Green Parrot and Blue Heaven!!

Southernmost Car Club Holds Monthly Ice-Cream Social and Car Show, July 19th

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND CAR SHOW this Saturday, July 19th. 5 to 8pm in the evening when its cool. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes. Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event  at  at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50 Free Ice Cream and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the People’s Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event. NEW Tshirt design is here.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 942-1758.

Islamorada Author, PJ Royal, Celebrates New Book Release: Roostica Restaurant, Tuesday July 22, 2014

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Join Author P.J. Royal in celebrating the release of her new novel, “Killing the Bee King” at Roostica Restuarant on Tuesday July 22, 2014 from 5-8 PM.

The new novel is a wonderful piece of historical fiction:

Against a backdrop of escalating tension, in an England mismanaged by inept leadership, Napoleon Bonaparte is silently massing battle-hardened troops along the French coast in anticipation of a cross-Channel invasion. While Ireland violently protests English oppression, an unlikely hero emerges in the form of an Irish bare-knuckle boxer by the name of Wolfe Trant. Recruited from the depths of Newgate Prison by William Pitt, an ex-prime minister who now operates a covert spy ring, Wolfe’s agenda is to infiltrate Napoleon’s inner circle to determine the intended point of invasion. Wolfe is forced to partner with the enigmatic leader of the French Resistance, a woman known only as Primrose, as the two are pursued through the streets of Paris by the sinister minister of police. Hounded by larger political and economic forces that have a vested interest in their failure, Wolfe and Primrose are forced to redefine their ideas of trust and loyalty as they race against time to defeat the strategically brilliant plans of Bonaparte.

Please join us for a brief reading and celebration of the release of this novel. If you are unable to make it, the book is available via Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, but why not come out, meet the author and get your copy signed.

Leadership Monroe County Class XXIII Recruitment and Reception July 24 at the New Islamorada Resort

Leadership Monroe County invites the public to the next and last of three social receptions to introduce the program for the upcoming Class XXIII which begins in October and meet alumni and Board, Thursday, July 24, at The Islamorada Resort, 80001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, at 5:30-7:30. 

Applying Class members will learn about the 2014-15 sessions, and the scope, mission and benefits of becoming part of this county-wide program which seeks to build relationships for constructive alliances among Florida Keys leaders in the public and private sectors. (more…)

Key West Mayoral Candidates Q&A Forum Scheduled for July 29th

The Key West Golf Course Homeowners Association will be hosting a Mayoral Candidates Question and Answer Forum on Tuesday, July 29th at 6:30 pm.  This event is open to all citizens of Key West.

The Forum will be held at the Key West Golf Course’s clubhouse.  There will be a cash bar available and the event is anticipated to last approximately 90 minutes.

Jenna Stauffer of WEYW-TV, the co-host and co-producer of “Good Morning Florida Keys with Rick and Jenna”, will act as moderator for the Forum.  She will field questions from the floor. All the Candidates will answer each question.  This will be a great way for the people of Key West to learn where each candidate stands on a particular issue and their views for the future of Key West.

All three candidates have been invited to participate.   Candidates Sloan Bashinsky and Margaret Romero have accepted the invitation to participate. The Homeowners Association was disappointed to learn today that Mayor Cates declined the invitation, citing a conflict with “previous engagements”.

For further information please contact the Key West Golf Club HOA at info@kwgchoa.com.

Senator Bullard Guest of Honor at LWV Social July 29th

State Senator Dwight Bullard will be guest of honor at the Lower Keys League of Women Voters‘ Fifth Tuesday social on July 29, 5 till 7 p.m. at the New York Pasta Garden in Duval Square.

Senator Bullard is a professional educator and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Education Committee. In his tenure in the legislature, he has also been very active on issues of health care and justice.

LKLWV’s Fifth Tuesdays are an informal opportunity for league members and other interested constituents to get to know an elected official or community leader. “These gatherings have generated quite a bit of local interest and we know the Senator’s constituents down here in the Lower Keys will be thrilled to have the chance to hear his thoughts on the many issues affecting us, especially in this informal setting,“ said Joy Brown Taylor, the chapter’s founding vice president and current Voter Services Committee chair.

Duval Square is located at the corner of Duval and Virginia streets; there is customer parking off Simonton. The event will be held in the patio restaurant’s air conditioned party room. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available throughout, Brown Taylor said, noting that Bullard would speak informally at about 5:30 p.m. and a question and answer session would follow.

For additional details, please phone her at (305) 587-7833.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT NEEDED FOR FLORIDA FOOD BANKS

Winn-Dixie launches donation program to help hungry children thrive in school

Local food banks, including Feeding South Florida, are preparing for the upcoming school year and the fight against childhood hunger. Winn-Dixie has launched the Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program in all stores to help the one out of five children in Florida who don’t know from where their next meal will come. Customers are encouraged to donate at any store register July 16 through August 19 to help provide meals for healthy minds and bodies to thrive in the classroom. Every dollar donated will go directly to regional food banks to help fill backpacks with nutritious, fresh foods. Give a dollar. Help fill a backpack.

“As a community food provider, no issue touches the heart of our customers and associates more than childhood hunger,” said Rondel Hartwell, Winn-Dixie’s director of community involvement and charitable giving. “It’s our belief that no child should ever go hungry and that every child deserves nutritious meals and a healthy start to life.”

Added Hartwell, “the Winn-Dixie Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program provides a quick and easy way for our communities to help give hungry children a nutritious meal.” (more…)

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

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The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

Last Day At Chapman’s House

chap tricycle

chap tricycle

Whether ‘Old Man Chapman’ will finally be swindled out of his house is no longer up for debate.  Last Monday a red 8” X 6” legal notice was taped to his door at 221 Petronia Street.  It read:  “Final Notice of Eviction” and directed the Monroe County Sheriff to remove any person from the premises on Tuesday.

“It’s tomorrow. Tuesday is tomorrow,” said Chapman on the phone,  “Where am I going to put my things?  My clothes?  My wife’s clothes?  Our grandson’s clothes?  What am I going to do?”  It was 9:30 am.  The beginning of a long day – which was going to involve Sheriff’s deputies, pro bono attorneys, a Judge, New York bankers, someone known as “Coconut Man,” and Mr. James Matthew Chapman.  Mr. Chapman, the one-man-lighted-parade, who has been photographed thousands of times by tourists as he rides his Christmas-tree-like tricycle, blasting soul music, up and down Duval Street. Continue reading

Not All Festivals Are Created Equal

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Last Tuesday, in an apparent disparate treatment of its constituency, the City Commission decided to allot Super Boat International race organizers approximately $ 25,000/year in free services (in addition to nominal rent and    $ 100,000 in Tourist Development Council [TDC] tax funding it receives) but refused to restore the Goombay Festival to a coalition of Bahama Village non-profit organizations because three years ago some festival organizers from the Village had been short by $ 2,500 on a payment for police protection. Continue reading

LOVE LANE GANG! THEY’RE JUST PLAIN FUN!

Photo: Sheelman Photography

Photo: Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang will be taking a summer break after this weekend, so come out and see them while you have the chance! In case you didn’t know, they are a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike. 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.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

They will be plating their regular gigs at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Friday at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sunday at 5:30 PM. They will also play at Blue Heaven on Saturday for brunch and dinner, 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM.

Scheduled Appearances: Continue reading

Peter Pan

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I have a personal policy of avoiding main stream corporate news outlets like I avoid The Weather Channel. I don’t need to know about hurricane Gertrude from the minute it forms off the coast of Africa. It might be weeks before it crosses the Atlantic and actually becomes a problem. When it gets close, IF it gets close, then I will hear about it at Five Brothers over café con leche. That way I avoid those weeks of needless anxiety and nail biting. The same goes for watching, listening and/or reading corporate sponsored propaganda, aka the news. Continue reading

The Blue Paper #70

Issue #70 — Friday, July 11, 2014

“Oh Lord!”

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Not All Festivals Are Created Equal

Last Tuesday, in an apparent disparate treatment of its constituency, the City Commission decided to allot Super Boat International race organizers approximately $ 25,000/year in free services (in addition to nominal rent and    $ 100,000 in Tourist Development Council [TDC] tax funding it receives) but refused to restore the Goombay Festival to a coalition of Bahama Village non-profit organizations because three years ago some festival organizers from the Village had been short by $ 2,500 on a payment for police protection. (more…)

Fouling Our Nest Part 1: Mosquito Control and the Ecology of the Keys

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 3.32.57 PM I woke up this afternoon

I saw both cars were gone

I felt so low down deep inside

I threw my drink across the lawn

 – Martin Mull, Shaker Heights Blues

I read in the Keynoter that the president of the gated and very wealthy Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo pleaded for an aerial spraying before last Friday because of an invasion of salt marsh mosquitoes.

“Most of our nearly 2,000 or so members and guests will have had their Fourth of July ruined,” Ocean Reef President Paul Astbury wrote to Mosquito Control.

Tragic.
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Good Morning Florida Keys With Jenna Stauffer / Interview With Key West Author Bud Navero

Click here to get a copy of Key West Confidential by Bud Navero.

GUEST COLUMN: Grinder Pumps For Dummies – Or Why I Don’t Want To Be A Loser

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If you live in the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System area, you need to read the “Dummies Guide To Grinder Pumps”.  If you are a “loser” as our County Commisioner has called all who are getting grinder pumps, you should read it very slowly.

DESCRIPTION OF A GRINDER PUMP

Dummy Version – The greatest invention since ice cream.  To quote our Mayor, “when you flush it goes away”, what else can you ask for?

Real Version – A system in which sewage flows from gravity into a heavy duty plastic tank.  The tank is about 180 gallons just over one day of waste for a typical family.  It has a one horsepower motor that turns grinder blades similar to a garbage disposal in your sink.  A progressive cavity pump then forces the sewage into a 1 1/4” pipe which leads to master stations or the treatment plant on Cudjoe Key. (more…)

Invalid Investigation–Derides & Mocks The Death Of An Innocent Man…

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An innocent man was killed while in the custody of the Key West Police Department. This disabled 61 year-old met his fate at the hands of police officers, as he laid down on the ground before them. This defenseless and helpless citizen  appeared compliant to all commands that were directed at him.

An onslaught of aggression was executed upon Mr. Eimers. He was face down in a prone position, with his arms extended above his head. He did not pose a threat to anyone. (more…)

CLIMATE CHANGE: How Do You Sell Florida Keys Real Estate That May Soon Be Underwater?

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Back in the summer of 2009, there was a big meeting up in Marathon about climate change and its implications for the Florida Keys. Officials of the Nature Conservancy and others, quoting reports from international panels of scientists, predicted that by 2100, the Keys will have lost about 59,000 acres of real estate valued at $ 11 billion to rising sea levels. And that, they said, was the best case scenario. The worst case scenario would be that sea level could rise by more than 28 inches, submerging 154,000 acres valued at $ 43 billion.

The spin, in case you haven’t heard, is that the climate is warming and that the polar ice cap is melting, which is causing sea levels to rise. Indeed, sea level here in the Keys has already risen by 9 inches over the last 100 years, according to an Associated Press article published in July of last year– that rise reportedly documented by a tidal gauge operating in the Keys since before the Civil War. Also, perhaps coincidentally, tidal flooding here, once a periodic inconvenience, has become almost routine. Just ask the owners of businesses on the northern end of Duval Street. But having said that, it is also important to report that a large number or scientists and weather experts believe that the Keys-going-underwater scenario is being overstated. (more…)

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Peter Pan

canstockphoto19842166

I have a personal policy of avoiding main stream corporate news outlets like I avoid The Weather Channel. I don’t need to know about hurricane Gertrude from the minute it forms off the coast of Africa. It might be weeks before it crosses the Atlantic and actually becomes a problem. When it gets close, IF it gets close, then I will hear about it at Five Brothers over café con leche. That way I avoid those weeks of needless anxiety and nail biting. The same goes for watching, listening and/or reading corporate sponsored propaganda, aka the news. (more…)

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Malibu Rum Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race / Set for this July 19th

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Runners and paddleboard enthusiasts can test their skills and celebrate Ernest Hemingway’s sporting lifestyle during the Malibu Rum Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk and Paddleboard Race set for Saturday evening, July 19. Come and participate in what Competitor Magazine called “One of the Must-Do Races” in their February 2014 issue!

This popular 5K Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race is the oldest ongoing race in Key West! It’s also a part of the annual Hemingway Days celebration commemorating the author, who lived in Key West during the 1930s.

Key Largo Bike & Adventure Tours is also organizing the 3rd Annual Hemingway Century Tour — a 100-mile bike ride to Key West on Saturday morning at 7:30. The ride begins at Key Largo Bike Shop, 91946 Overseas Highway, in Tavernier. Call 305-395-1551 for more information, or entrants can register at KeyLargoBike.com/Hemingway-Century-Ride.  (more…)

La Concha Key West Presents Wine-O / New Wine Shop, Tasting Room and Lounge Opens on Duval Street
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CROWNE PLAZA KEY WEST LA CONCHA 430 Duval Street, Key West, Florida 33040

The chic and lively La Concha Key West, situated directly in the heart of bustling Duval Street, announces a bold addition to the Key West market with Wine-O. Ideal for wine enthusiasts, local residents and island visitors, Wine-O offers a unique experience presenting a wine shop, tasting room and lively lounge. A refreshing escape with contemporary décor and sophisticated service, Wine-O stands out as an original destination in the nightlife scene.

Presenting an energetic and approachable environment, Wine-O encourages social interaction with circular bars, high top tables and sleek gathering spaces providing front row seats to all the action on Duval Street. Guests are invited to discover the wonderful world of wine with a premier selection of more than 200 bottles from all around the globe. Served by the glass, in two-ounce teaser pours or sold by the bottle, guests can purchase and uncork in the contemporary lounge or grab their favorite to go. The state-of-the-art flash chiller allows for immediate consumption, allowing guests to imbibe in their preferred selection any time of day. For perfect pairings, wine flights are complemented with fine chocolates or flavorful cheese boards. The wide assortment of Godiva chocolate available provides a sweet indulgence that will please the palate of any gift recipient. (more…)

REPRESENTATIVE JOE GARCIA STATEMENT ON HOUSE REPUBLICAN’S REFUSAL TO ACT ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

 

Congressman Garcia press release

Following a new report from USA Today that the House Republican Leadership stated “the last remaining hope for an immigration bill” is over. Representative Joe Garcia issued the following statement in response:

“Speaker John Boehner and the leaders of the Republican Congress have delivered a slap in the face to the Hispanic community, to South Florida families and to thousands of Americans across our country who are demanding action on comprehensive immigration reform now. They have stood in the way of comprehensive immigration reform for far too long. Enough is enough. We must continue to push forward and refuse to allow the dysfunctional, partisan politics of a few in Washington to stand in the way of what the American people have asked for and deserve – comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our nation’s diverse and vast human landscape.”

BACKGROUND: (more…)

Thousands Demand U.S. Keep FL Manatees on Endangered Species List

>64,000 Demand U.S. Government

Keep Manatees on Endangered Species List

ManateesThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is being forced to revisit manatees’ status as endangered.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review the status of manatees, potentially downgrading their status from “endangered” to “threatened.” A Care2 petition demanding manatees be kept on the endangered species list has gathered more than 64,000 signatures.

VIEW THE PETITION HERE

The review was forced upon the Fish and Wildlife Service following a lawsuit (more…)

Ron Demes Named President of Key West Sunrise Rotary Club

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Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic named its new President Ron Demes, left, during a ceremony June 27. 2013-14 Sunrise Rotary President Scott Duszynski and District Governor Ellen Blasi presented the gavel to Demes signifying his year as president. It was also announced that day that the club is the first 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow Club in the Florida Keys. Rotarians who contribute $ 1,000 or more or donations made for others to Rotary’s annual programs fund may become a Paul Harris Fellow, which is named after Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary in 1905. As of June 30, all Key West Sunrise Rotarians were Paul Harris Fellows. The donations contribute to Rotary International’s effort to eradicate polio worldwide.

The Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic was founded in 1988 to become the first Rotary Club in the Lower Keys to allow women members. It meets every Friday at 7 a.m. at Trumbo Palms on Trumbo Point in Key West.

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

Key West Mayoral Candidates Q&A Forum Scheduled for July 29th

The Key West Golf Course Homeowners Association will be hosting a Mayoral Candidates Question and Answer Forum on Tuesday, July 29th at 6:30pm.  This event is open to all citizens of Key West.

The Forum will be held at the Key West Golf Course’s clubhouse.  There will be a cash bar available and the event is anticipated to last approximately 90 minutes.

Jenna Stauffer of WEYW-TV, the co-host and co-producer of “Good Morning Florida Keys with Rick and Jenna”, will act as moderator for the Forum.  She will field questions from the floor. All the Candidates will answer each question.  This will be a great way for the people of Key West to learn where each candidate stands on a particular issue and their views for the future of Key West.

All three candidates have been invited to participate.   Candidates Sloan Bashinsky and Margaret Romero have accepted the invitation to participate. The Homeowners Association was disappointed to learn today that Mayor Cates declined the invitation, citing a conflict with “previous engagements”.

For further information please contact the Key West Golf Club HOA at info@kwgchoa.com.

Compost Available Saturday

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Composted horse manure is available this Saturday, July 12th from 10 a.m. until noon at the PAL gym near the entrance to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.

The horses have been busy filling the City’s manure composting bins, and we have a load that’s garden ready.  Bring a container and a donation and leave with locally produced compost.

LOVE LANE GANG! THEY’RE JUST PLAIN FUN!
Photo: Sheelman Photography

Photo: Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang will be taking a summer break after this weekend, so come out and see them while you have the chance! In case you didn’t know, they are a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike. 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.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

They will be plating their regular gigs at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Friday at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sunday at 5:30 PM. They will also play at Blue Heaven on Saturday for brunch and dinner, 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM.

Scheduled Appearances: (more…)

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The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

Fouling Our Nest Part 1: Mosquito Control and the Ecology of the Keys

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Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 3.32.57 PM I woke up this afternoon

I saw both cars were gone

I felt so low down deep inside

I threw my drink across the lawn

 – Martin Mull, Shaker Heights Blues

I read in the Keynoter that the president of the gated and very wealthy Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo pleaded for an aerial spraying before last Friday because of an invasion of salt marsh mosquitoes.

“Most of our nearly 2,000 or so members and guests will have had their Fourth of July ruined,” Ocean Reef President Paul Astbury wrote to Mosquito Control.

Tragic.
Continue reading

Who Owns Wisteria Island? Hearing Held On Fate Of Last Desert Island In Key West Harbor

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Roger Bernstein had his chance last Tuesday to convince a federal judge that his company, FEB Corporation, not the US Government, owns Wisteria Island.

“Well, I remember when, as a young man in the Navy stationed in Key West,” said Judge Jose Martinez, “our guys used to go swim out by Wisteria Island. I thought it was ours.” That remark probably caused some serious stomach rumbling in Bernstein’s group of white-haired lawyers.

At stake is the fate of the last desert island in Key West harbor.  For more than 40 years Bernstein’s family has claimed to be the owner, even paying County property taxes. But three years ago, when they tried to develop it into a luxury resort, the Federal Government threw a wrench into those plans by claiming the United States owned the island, not the Bernsteins.

Bernstein hired well-known attorney Barry Richard [George Bush’s attorney in the tussle with Al Gore over the Presidency] and filed suit in federal court under the Quiet Title Act [QTA]. Continue reading

LOVE LANE GANG! THEY’RE JUST PLAIN FUN!

Photo: Sheelman Photography

Photo: Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike. 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. They will be taking a summer break in mid-July, so come out and see them while you have the chance!
The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.
Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.
But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!
Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM.
Scheduled Appearances: Continue reading

The Blue Paper #69

Issue #69 — Friday, July 4, 2014

Who Owns Wisteria Island? Hearing Held On Fate Of Last Desert Island In Key West Harbor

Issue 4 Wisteria Cartoon cropped

Roger Bernstein had his chance last Tuesday to convince a federal judge that his company, FEB Corporation, not the US Government, owns Wisteria Island.

“Well, I remember when, as a young man in the Navy stationed in Key West,” said Judge Jose Martinez, “our guys used to go swim out by Wisteria Island. I thought it was ours.” That remark probably caused some serious stomach rumbling in Bernstein’s group of white-haired lawyers.

At stake is the fate of the last desert island in Key West harbor.  For more than 40 years Bernstein’s family has claimed to be the owner, even paying County property taxes. But three years ago, when they tried to develop it into a luxury resort, the Federal Government threw a wrench into those plans by claiming the United States owned the island, not the Bernsteins.

Bernstein hired well-known attorney Barry Richard [George Bush’s attorney in the tussle with Al Gore over the Presidency] and filed suit in federal court under the Quiet Title Act [QTA]. (more…)

Let ‘em fry!

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Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test, [the poor] fail, and for this they are despised.

– George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, 1933

Apparently it never rains in the Keys. And the hot sun doesn’t beat down mercilessly.

That must be the thinking of the local gendarmerie and town fathers in Marathon. While moving a commuter bus stop from a site in front of a local liquor store and bar might make sense, designing a new stop with no benches and no cover certainly doesn’t. But that’s what is going to happen in the Middle Keys as a result of a June 24 city council decision.

The bus stop in question serves two round-trip routes. One provides transportation to Key West while the other does the same between the Keys and Florida City. The people who use the latter are primarily service workers who travel two hours to slightly better paying low-end jobs at places such as Kmart, Winn-Dixie and Publix. (more…)

Murder-for-hire Perpetrator Gets Maximum Allowable Sentence

Pistol“I am the victim. My life has changed dramatically.”

So said an emotional Bruce Schmitt at a court session for the man who tried to have him killed.

At the session, a clearly frustrated U.S. federal judge, Jose E. Martinez, imposed the maximum allowable ten-year sentence on admitted murder-for-hire perpetrator Dennis Zecca in a sentencing hearing at the Federal Court Building in Key West on Wednesday. Zecca has been convicted of hiring someone – who turned out to be an FBI informant – to kill Schmitt, a Marathon realtor, for reasons still unknown.

Martinez wondered aloud what everyone else familiar with the case has been wondering since late 2012: why. (more…)

TRUMAN WATERFRONT: Commission Approves Five-Year Lease For Superboat Championship Races

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Last Tuesday evening the Key West City Commission approved a five-year lease on a significant portion of the Truman Waterfront to Super Boat International Productions (SBI).  SBI is a privately-owned, for-profit corporation based in Key West.

Lease terms were negotiated between former City Manager Bob Vitas and Charles Carbonell, president of SBI.  The lease allows SBI to make use of a portion of the Truman Waterfront property for up to three weeks each year.  A race village will occupy that land for about week, with a week on ether side for preparation and clean-up.  (more…)

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Some Things Your High School History Teacher May Not Have Told You About The Fourth Of July

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Make no mistake about it. The Declaration of Independence is one of the most significant documents in the history of the world. It introduced the idea that government derives its power from the governed–the people– not the other way around. What a concept. Nothing like that had ever been done before. We all studied the Declaration of Independence in our high school history classes. But some teachers may not have pointed out the level of abject courage that was required on the part of the men who signed it. Keep in mind that, in putting their names on that document, these guys were dissing the King of England. By signing the Declaration of Independence, they were, in essence, signing their death warrants. They and their families could have lost everything. But they had simply had enough of British domination, taxation without representatio, and existing at the pleasure of an arrogant king an ocean away.  (more…)

We All Want A Good System and Good Water Quality, As Promised…

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Some may try painting Dump The Pumps, Inc as being “against sewers”; that the group is simply trying to be disruptive and aims to bring all sewer construction to a stop.

Wrong!  We all want a good system and good water quality, as promised when we passed the one cent infrastructure sales tax.

Anyone that has attended the various meetings, followed the chatter, asked questions, donated money, signed the petitions knows that the fight is simple.  A substandard sewer system, mandated by politicians rather than engineers, putting grinder pumps in our yards, threatening our nearshore waters, is the fight.  Do not forget the original system, designed by engineers, was a gravity system.  It was not until the politicians got involved that we saw sewer money diverted to pet projects and a cheapened system thrust upon us. (more…)

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Капитализм (Capitalism)

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Somewhere Karl Marx is shaking his shaggy head and smiling. When a bastion of the capitalist right, Time Magazine, publishes an article validating ANYTHING Karl Marx said can Armageddon be far behind? I am most definitely not an economist. Show me a budget report or some financial spread sheet and my eyes glaze over in stupor, but lately I have been reading with some fascination many unflattering reports on the sacred free market. The imaginary capitalist guiding hand of self-regulation and its sister, the imaginary self-leveling playing field are, all of a sudden, being called into question. What is going on?! (more…)

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LAST STAND CALLS FOR DEEP INJECTION WELL AT CUDJOE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

 

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Last Stand announced on Wednesday that it is strongly opposed to disposal of treated sewage into shallow wells at the as yet unfinished Cudjoe Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

In letters to DEP, FKAA and each Monroe County Commissioner, the Keyswide environmental group cited state regulations, insufficient treatment and danger to sealife as reasons why the plant should be required to pump its waste 2,500-3,000 feet below the surface into the Boulder Zone.

“DEP requires sewage plants that have the potential to treat one million gallons a day to use deep well disposal,” said Naja Girard, president of Last Stand, a watch-dog group which has operated in the Keys for over 25 years.  “Deep wells receive the partially treated waste water and retain it below solid barriers, while shallow wells allow the fresh water to rise to the surface and move into the nearshore waters,” she added. (more…)

Reef Relief Urges Keys-Wide Wastewater Reuse Plan / Adamant That Laws Be Obeyed During Planning, Permitting, and Construction

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Reef Relief continues our work of using the best available science to educate the public and policymakers to achieve conservation, protection, and restoration of coral reef ecosystems.

The most critical issue facing all of us today is water quality. We fight to combat pollution in our oceans and negative effects of climate change, but without clean water, all of our work with regard to restoration and conservation are only delaying the loss of our coral reef ecosystems.

This is why Reef Relief, along with many other local, state, federal and private entities, have worked so hard toward creating a Keys-wide sewer system. We should all be proud of the work we have accomplished in this matter. Reef Relief would like to thank everyone involved in the implementation of the Keys-wide sewer system. It is imperative that our inefficient septic tanks are no longer allowed to leach human waste into our near shore waters. We would also like to thank all homeowners for cooperating with this process, as we are well aware of the financial burden. (more…)

Conditioned Minds–Attract Duplicitous Ideologies… Continued

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As an inner city high school student in an economics’ class, we were required to pick ten stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange, which we believed showed signs of growth and profitability. Our assignment was to trade these stocks as we saw fit, keeping the class abreast of our progress throughout  the year. The goal was to see who could accrue the most profit from their initial investment. With guidance and direction from our teacher, along with my summer job experience on Wall Street, I secured the highest profits ever recorded by any student taking that class. As I remember, one of the stocks I really liked back then was Disney. As an adult investor,  Telefones de Mexico has served me well.

I’ve had opportunities to acquire all the affluence and abundance that this world could offer. These riches were mine. I just had to work within a group, which was conducting the same business being performed by our government. (more…)

Florida Couples and Equality Florida Institute Urge Court to Strike Down State’s Ban on Marriage Equality

Last Wednesday, a state trial court in Miami heard oral argument on a motion filed in May by six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute challenging Florida laws barring same-sex couples from marriage. The couples asked the court to strike down Florida’s marriage ban and order the state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The couples argue that Florida’s ban on marriage equality cannot stand in light of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2013 that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” violates the federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. (more…)

KEY WEST ARTIST IN SOLO ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST SHOW / Rosanne Potter Shares New Works With Hometown
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“Textures, Blended Faces”, showing at the Armory, June 19-July 11, 2014

The recent work of well-known Key West artist, Rosanne Potter, will be on display in Westfield, New Jersey, through the end of July. The one-woman show in the Internet Lounge of the Westfield Memorial Library includes new works (acrylics, oils, and pastels on canvas and oil pastels on paper) created in the past winter season in Key West, as well as two of the artist’s paintings familiar to Keys collectors.

Ms. Potter grew up in Westfield and attended Rosemont College.  During the spring of 1962, she participated in a semester abroad at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria. This formative experience brought her in contact with the great art museums across Europe and, significantly, with the director of the Vienna program, American Abstract Expressionist painter, Clarence Giese. (more…)

Key West High School Graduate Anika Yasmin Takes Top Honors
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[L-R] Cyndi Chatman, Anika Yasmin, Roberta DePiero

The Zonta Club of Key West announces an annual scholarship award first. Anika Yasmin, 2014 Key West High School graduate captured the Young Women in Public Affairs award at the local level. Her accomplishments then captured both District and now International Level scholarship awards, chosen out of recipients from 17 different countries.

Born in Bangladesh, Yasmin came to Key West at age two. Beginning her education in specialized classes for non-English speakers, she worked her way into the gifted program in third grade and excelled at school becoming high school Valedictorian. She also became active in the community while juggling the responsibilities and expectations of being a domesticated Muslim woman, holding a job, and being a full-time caretaker for her mother after she had a debilitating stroke. Yasmin was the first Bengali girl in town to travel abroad by herself, and taking notice of her accomplishments the Bengali community also began encouraging their daughters to follow in her footsteps. (more…)

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Passage of Voting Rights Act Update

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, passage of which the broad Leadership Conference coalition spearheaded:

“The passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was signed into law 50 years ago today, was a milestone in our nation’s long journey to create a more perfect union. The CRA addressed the corrosive effect that discrimination in employment, public accommodations, education, and voting has on our democracy. As A. Philip Randolph, one of the founders of The Leadership Conference, rightly said, the CRA is the ‘Magna Carta for civil rights.’ (more…)

27th Annual Reef Relief Membership Meeting: A Coral Reef celebration

Reef Relief’s 27th Annual membership Meeting is July 15th,  from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Casa Marina Resort located at 1500 Reynolds Street in Key West. This year, we highlight water quality in the Florida Keys. Join us as we celebrate our marine environment together!

This year’s speakers include Dr. David Vaughan, Executive Director of M.O.T.E.’s Tropical Research Lab; Chris Costello, with the Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration and the Sierra Club. Representative Holly Raschein will be speaking about water quality and the Florida legislature. Please join us this evening as we recognize Reef Relief’s accomplishments over the past year. Enjoy free food and a cash bar.

Join or renew at the door for a 15-dollar minimum tax-deductible donation. This meeting is open to Reef Relief members. Join or renew today by visiting reefrelief.org/act/donate. Come show your support for the Florida Keys National Barrier Reef and help Reef Relief in our mission to preserve our beautiful coral reef ecosystem.

For more information: email: reefrelief@gmail.com, call (305) 294-3100 or visit reefrelief.org/act/events.

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem. Check us out at reefrelief.org 

RECYCLING RATES IN FLORIDA CONTINUE TO CLIMB ~State recycling rate takes modest steps toward the 75 percent goal by 2020~

MONROE COUNTY MAKES THE LIST OF TOP 10 COUNTIES FOR BEST RECYCLING RATES

[10TH OUT OF 10 WITH 55% RECYCLING RATE]

TALLAHASSEE – New 2013 recycling data released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection shows Florida’s official recycling rate is now 49 percent, up one percent from last year. This represents a substantial increase in the amount of solid waste recycled — from 9.7 million tons in 2012 to 11.8 million tons in 2013.

The total recycling rate represents a combination of traditional recycling practices and renewable energy credits, which are calculated based on the amount of renewable energy produced using solid waste as a fuel. Per Florida Statutes, each megawatt-hour of electricity produced by waste equals one ton of recycling. For 2013, there were 3.4 million megawatt-hours of electricity produced from both waste-to-energy facilities and the use of landfill gas. Florida law pertaining to the recycling rate was amended by the legislature in 2012 to promote the production of renewable energy from solid waste. (more…)

TROPICAL PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE OFFERED

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

WINN DIXIE TO HOLD JOB FAIR – July 10th and 11th

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LOVE LANE GANG! THEY’RE JUST PLAIN FUN!
Photo: Sheelman Photography

Photo: Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike. 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. They will be taking a summer break in mid-July, so come out and see them while you have the chance!
The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.
Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.
But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!
Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM.
Scheduled Appearances: (more…)
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The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper] or its affiliates of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

CONTENT DISCLAIMER

The expressed opinions, informational content and links displayed on http://thebluepaper.com pages do not necessarily reflect a position or policy of Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers. No official endorsement by Blue Pimpernel LLC, Key West The Newspaper [The Blue Paper], its affiliates, or advertisers of the viewpoints expressed on http://thebluepaper.com pages should be inferred.

TRUMAN WATERFRONT: Commission Approves Five-Year Lease For Superboat Championship Races

Park boat parking plan

Last Tuesday evening the Key West City Commission approved a five-year lease on a significant portion of the Truman Waterfront to Super Boat International Productions (SBI).  SBI is a privately-owned, for-profit corporation based in Key West.

Lease terms were negotiated between former City Manager Bob Vitas and Charles Carbonell, president of SBI.  The lease allows SBI to make use of a portion of the Truman Waterfront property for up to three weeks each year.  A race village will occupy that land for about week, with a week on ether side for preparation and clean-up.  Continue reading

Florida Couples and Equality Florida Institute Urge Court to Strike Down State’s Ban on Marriage Equality

Last Wednesday, a state trial court in Miami heard oral argument on a motion filed in May by six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute challenging Florida laws barring same-sex couples from marriage. The couples asked the court to strike down Florida’s marriage ban and order the state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The couples argue that Florida’s ban on marriage equality cannot stand in light of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2013 that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” violates the federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. Continue reading

RECYCLING RATES IN FLORIDA CONTINUE TO CLIMB ~State recycling rate takes modest steps toward the 75 percent goal by 2020~

MONROE COUNTY MAKES THE LIST OF TOP 10 COUNTIES FOR BEST RECYCLING RATES

[10TH OUT OF 10 WITH 55% RECYCLING RATE]

TALLAHASSEE – New 2013 recycling data released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection shows Florida’s official recycling rate is now 49 percent, up one percent from last year. This represents a substantial increase in the amount of solid waste recycled — from 9.7 million tons in 2012 to 11.8 million tons in 2013.

The total recycling rate represents a combination of traditional recycling practices and renewable energy credits, which are calculated based on the amount of renewable energy produced using solid waste as a fuel. Per Florida Statutes, each megawatt-hour of electricity produced by waste equals one ton of recycling. For 2013, there were 3.4 million megawatt-hours of electricity produced from both waste-to-energy facilities and the use of landfill gas. Florida law pertaining to the recycling rate was amended by the legislature in 2012 to promote the production of renewable energy from solid waste. Continue reading

Капитализм (Capitalism)

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Somewhere Karl Marx is shaking his shaggy head and smiling. When a bastion of the capitalist right, Time Magazine, publishes an article validating ANYTHING Karl Marx said can Armageddon be far behind? I am most definitely not an economist. Show me a budget report or some financial spread sheet and my eyes glaze over in stupor, but lately I have been reading with some fascination many unflattering reports on the sacred free market. The imaginary capitalist guiding hand of self-regulation and its sister, the imaginary self-leveling playing field are, all of a sudden, being called into question. What is going on?! Continue reading

Let ‘em fry!

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Money has become the grand test of virtue. By this test, [the poor] fail, and for this they are despised.

– George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, 1933

Apparently it never rains in the Keys. And the hot sun doesn’t beat down mercilessly.

That must be the thinking of the local gendarmerie and town fathers in Marathon. While moving a commuter bus stop from a site in front of a local liquor store and bar might make sense, designing a new stop with no benches and no cover certainly doesn’t. But that’s what is going to happen in the Middle Keys as a result of a June 24 city council decision.

The bus stop in question serves two round-trip routes. One provides transportation to Key West while the other does the same between the Keys and Florida City. The people who use the latter are primarily service workers who travel two hours to slightly better paying low-end jobs at places such as Kmart, Winn-Dixie and Publix. Continue reading

KEY WEST ARTIST IN SOLO ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST SHOW / Rosanne Potter Shares New Works With Hometown

Textures,blendedfaces

“Textures, Blended Faces”, showing at the Armory, June 19-July 11, 2014

The recent work of well-known Key West artist, Rosanne Potter, will be on display in Westfield, New Jersey, through the end of July. The one-woman show in the Internet Lounge of the Westfield Memorial Library includes new works (acrylics, oils, and pastels on canvas and oil pastels on paper) created in the past winter season in Key West, as well as two of the artist’s paintings familiar to Keys collectors.

Ms. Potter grew up in Westfield and attended Rosemont College.  During the spring of 1962, she participated in a semester abroad at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria. This formative experience brought her in contact with the great art museums across Europe and, significantly, with the director of the Vienna program, American Abstract Expressionist painter, Clarence Giese. Continue reading

Zecca Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison

BREAKING NEWS LOGO

A clearly frustrated U.S. federal Judge Jose E. Martinez imposed the maximum allowable ten-year sentence on admitted murder-for-hire perpetrator Dennis Zecca in a sentencing hearing at the Federal Court Building in Key West today. Zecca has been convicted of hiring someone to kill Marathon realtor Bruce Schmitt for reasons still unknown. Martinez wondered aloud what everyone else has been wondering, why. His sentence came after an emotional 15-minute statement by Schmitt to the court.

Check out Friday’s Blue Paper for the full story about what happened inside the courtroom.

STONE SOUP PARTY AND BIKE PARADE, Sunday August 17th

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A Stone Soup party and bike parade to support our friend and neighbor, Mr. Chapman will be held on Sunday, August 17th.

The event will begin with a bike parade starting at Eaton Bikes on Simonton St. and ending at Cowboy Bills and Seadog Tavern. The Bike Parade will be open to anyone who wishes to participate and decorations are encouraged. Entry fee for the parade is $ 10 and all proceeds go to Mr. Chapman.

The Stone Soup Party will start at 3:00 and run until 8:30 at both Cowboy Bill’s and Seadog Tavern on Duval and Angela Streets. The event will include concerts on two stages, a pool tournament, bull riding, a giant  silent auction; raffles, and much more. To top off the day an incredible  “Stone Soup” dish prepared by Jenny Robinson of Seadog Tavern and consisting of delectable ingredients donated by our favorite restaurants will be served to all.

For more information or to donate silent auction items call Jeff Salzman at 305-896-0961 or Stacy Thomason at 305-433-1283.

If you can’t make it you can still help out by donating to ‘Light the Way for Mr. Chapman’:  GoFundMe

STONE SOUP PARTY AND BIKE PARADE, Sunday August 17th

chapman

A Stone Soup party and bike parade to support our friend and neighbor, Mr. Chapman will be held on Sunday, August 17th.

The event will begin with a bike parade starting at Eaton Bikes on Simonton St. and ending at Cowboy Bills and Seadog Tavern. The Bike Parade will be open to anyone who wishes to participate and decorations are encouraged. Entry fee for the parade is $ 10 and all proceeds go to Mr. Chapman.

The Stone Soup Party will start at 3:00 and run until 8:30 at both Cowboy Bill’s and Seadog Tavern on Duval and Angela Streets. The event will include concerts on two stages, a pool tournament, bull riding, a giant  silent auction; raffles, and much more. To top off the day an incredible  “Stone Soup” dish prepared by Jenny Robinson of Seadog Tavern and consisting of delectable ingredients donated by our favorite restaurants will be served to all.

For more information or to donate silent auction items call Jeff Salzman at 305-896-0961 or Stacy Thomason at 305-433-1283.

If you can’t make it you can still help out by donating to ‘Light the Way for Mr. Chapman’:  GoFundMe

Ten Questions About The Charles Eimers Autopsy Report

Charles Eimers Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

Charles Eimers Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all believe that Charles Eimers’ death was just an accident – somehow the 61-year-old tourist was simply a ‘walking heart attack’ and when police tried to arrest him he stressed out and his heart gave up.

We have a few questions about the final autopsy report:

1.  What About The Civilian Witnesses?

Eimers’ “face was not forced into the sand,” wrote former Monroe County Medical Examiner, E. Hunt Sheuerman, “but, rather, as he struggled, his face moved back and forth across the sand.”

We know the Medical Examiners’ Report was signed on April 26th.  Of the many civilian witnesses we spoke to, only two were ever interviewed by FDLE and those two interviews took place in mid May, several weeks after the Medical Examiner had already signed his report. Continue reading

LOVE LANE GANG! THEY’RE JUST PLAIN FUN!

Photo: Sheelman Photography

Photo: Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike.They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM. They will also be playing at Blue Heaven this Saturday during brunch and dinner.Come out and see them before they take a summer break in mid-July!

Scheduled Appearances: Continue reading

DO YOU THINK WE MIGHT HAVE A HOUSING CRISIS?

Affordable Housing Crises

942765_444707312315462_900435827_nIt is becoming very alarming how few rental properties there are, and how high priced they are. Landlords are becoming very unreliable, houses are going into foreclosure in high amounts. I know my landlord defaulted on 10 in the last two months. I know of at least 3-4 more that friends live in houses facing foreclosure. Now banks own a ton of properties. Then banks sell them to people, and those people tend to turn them into vacation rentals. Florida Keys have a housing CRISIS on their hands. What is going to happen when more Key West residents move out for lack of housing? Or way to expensive housing? People can barely live down here unless they have many roommates. I’m a mother, so I really can’t have roommates. Who can really afford to live here without roomates? People who own their house, military workers, those in low income housing where the state pays their bills and rent, people on vacation, and people who really don’t need to work. Key west needs people to work, not moving out because they can’t afford the first, last, and security totaling $ 6,000 -$ 10,000 just to move in and rent a place. At least most tourist destinations have worker housing that is truly affordable. Without workers, you have no tourist destination … Also speaking of tourist destinations, I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice, the economy is not the same as it was in 2005-2007. The money is slowing down quite a bit. Tourists are spending a lot more for rooms in hotels, and vacation houses like Truman Annex and such. They’re  staying and relaxing in their hotels more, spending less money on Duval St. and other fun activities. People are starting to take their vacations to other cheaper places. I hear it all the time. Last year’s Fantasy Fest had to be the worst ever. Just like Bike Week and this year’s St. Patrick’s Day. Key west is not getting what it used to in tourism. So if our wages are not as good as they used to be, and rent is getting higher, what is next? Exactly, people are leaving… What is Key West going to do?? Huge Crisis. I have put this on Facebook and have had a huge amount of responses.

Do you think Monica hit a chord?  Well, she sure did.  Have a look at the flood of Facebook responses (get comfy): Continue reading

New Mel Fisher Days Events Offer Fun, Romance and Adventure for a Great Cause

The Spam Allstars will headline a free concert July 12 at the Mel Fisher Days Sizzlin’ Street Fair on Duval

The Spam Allstars will headline a free concert July 12 at the Mel Fisher Days Sizzlin’ Street Fair on Duval

Every summer a multi-day celebration is held in honor of Mel Fisher, a man who pursued his dreams and discovered a fortune in treasure in the seas off Key West, inspiring millions to follow their own dreams and earning him the title of The World’s Greatest Treasure Hunter. This summer’s Mel Fisher Days are set for July 10-13 and will feature a treasure-trove of events ranging from the educational to the adventurous.

Festivities kick off Thursday, July 10, 11-1 pm, with a “meet the crew” Diver Reunion dock party and book signing. For the first time since the 1980’s the 100’ salvage vessel JB Magruder will dock at the Historic Seaport, just behind Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William Street. Visitors are invited to meet current crew and alumni divers. Evening brings a swashbuckling great time with a PirateCon Pub Crawl and Pirate Ball. Continue reading

The Blue Paper #68

Issue #68 — Friday, June 27, 2014

Zecca Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison

BREAKING NEWS LOGO

A clearly frustrated U.S. federal Judge Jose E. Martinez imposed the maximum allowable ten-year sentence on admitted murder-for-hire perpetrator Dennis Zecca in a sentencing hearing at the Federal Court Building in Key West today. Zecca has been convicted of hiring someone to kill Marathon realtor Bruce Schmitt for reasons still unknown. Martinez wondered aloud what everyone else has been wondering, why. His sentence came after an emotional 15-minute statement by Schmitt to the court.

Check out Friday’s Blue Paper for the full story about what happened inside the courtroom.

Ten Questions About The Charles Eimers Autopsy Report
Charles Eimers Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

Charles Eimers Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all believe that Charles Eimers’ death was just an accident – somehow the 61-year-old tourist was simply a ‘walking heart attack’ and when police tried to arrest him he stressed out and his heart gave up.

We have a few questions about the final autopsy report:

1.  What About The Civilian Witnesses?

Eimers’ “face was not forced into the sand,” wrote former Monroe County Medical Examiner, E. Hunt Sheuerman, “but, rather, as he struggled, his face moved back and forth across the sand.”

We know the Medical Examiners’ Report was signed on April 26th.  Of the many civilian witnesses we spoke to, only two were ever interviewed by FDLE and those two interviews took place in mid May, several weeks after the Medical Examiner had already signed his report. (more…)

CHARLES EIMERS ARREST VIDEO: The Extended Version (26 More Seconds)

This is an extended version of the video published last December of Charles Eimers’ arrest on South Beach on Thanksgiving Day 2013. There are an additional 26 seconds at the end of this video.  We had initially received the bystander video in two parts.  The two files were sent to us under the same file name and it was originally thought that they were identical.  In fact they overlapped and the second video included an additional 26 seconds showing more of what happened to Charles Eimers that day. Those two overlapping videos have been pieced together into the extended video above.

NOTE: At the very end of the extended video it appears that one officer has placed both of his knees, and thus nearly all of his weight, on Charles Eimers’ back.

MEDICAL EXAMINER RULES DEATH OF CHARLES EIMERS ACCIDENTAL [In Case You Missed The Breaking News Release]]

“Mr. Eimers was at risk of a sudden death, at any time, due to either a chaotic cardiac rhythm or worsening of his congestive heart failure,” wrote the E. Hunt Scheuerman, M.D., the Monroe County Medical Examiner.

Charles Eimers, 61, a Michigan native, died after losing consciousness while being restrained face down in the sand by Key West police officers last Thanksgiving Day. Numerous eyewitnesses came forward accusing the police of excessive force, of holding Eimers head down in the sand, putting the weight of up to four officers on his back, and shocking him with a Taser stungun.

The Medical Examiner, however, in his final autopsy report, states that “the FDLE investigation concluded that his face (more…)

THIS SUMMER’S UNSUNG HEROES
Mary Parmley, "Just 4 Kids" Bahama Village Art Program  and Jeff Drechsler, Key West Sailing Center

Mary Parmley, “Just 4 Kids” Bahama Village Art Program
and Jeff Drechsler, Key West Community Sailing Center

 

“I know,” she says, “air conditioning would be nice.”  We have a moment of hesitation at the door, the heat inside the warehouse feels like an oven.

We are talking with Mary Parmley, who runs the Bahama Village art program, “Just 4 Kids,” on Forte Street. (more…)

Guest Column: Cudjoe Sewer System / What Is Everyone Complaining About and How Did We Get Here?

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Why have so many groups been complaining about the Cudjoe sewer system? They insist they don’t want their concerns to slow down the project and they agree that a well designed sewer system will improve water quality in canals and near shore waters. It seems the “well designed” is what they question.  We will get to that but let’s take a moment to remember how we got here.

Back in 2008, the new county administrator looked at the county sewer fund that had been depleted by infrastructure projects like the Hickory House and the Vandenberg. He realized no state or federal funding was in sight and the county was facing a 2010 state mandate to sewer the remaining Keys. The county and FKAA started looking at ways to trim the cost of the estimated $ 200M Cudjoe project in case the county had to fund the whole thing.  A consultant created a decision tree that favored low pressure grinder pumps, and in 2009 the treatment plant capacity was “averaged down” to allow shallow disposal wells. With no money in sight, everyone waited. (more…)

DO YOU THINK WE MIGHT HAVE A HOUSING CRISIS?

942765_444707312315462_900435827_nIt is becoming very alarming how few rental properties there are, and how high priced they are. Landlords are becoming very unreliable, houses are going into foreclosure in high amounts. I know my landlord defaulted on 10 in the last two months. I know of at least 3-4 more that friends live in houses facing foreclosure. Now banks own a ton of properties. Then banks sell them to people, and those people tend to turn them into vacation rentals. Florida Keys have a housing CRISIS on their hands. What is going to happen when more Key West residents move out for lack of housing? Or way to expensive housing? People can barely live down here unless they have many roommates. I’m a mother, so I really can’t have roommates. Who can really afford to live here without roomates? People who own their house, military workers, those in low income housing where the state pays their bills and rent, people on vacation, and people who really don’t need to work. Key west needs people to work, not moving out because they can’t afford the first, last, and security totaling $ 6,000 -$ 10,000 just to move in and rent a place. At least most tourist destinations have worker housing that is truly affordable. Without workers, you have no tourist destination … Also speaking of tourist destinations, I’m sure I’m not the only one to notice, the economy is not the same as it was in 2005-2007. The money is slowing down quite a bit. Tourists are spending a lot more for rooms in hotels, and vacation houses like Truman Annex and such. They’re  staying and relaxing in their hotels more, spending less money on Duval St. and other fun activities. People are starting to take their vacations to other cheaper places. I hear it all the time. Last year’s Fantasy Fest had to be the worst ever. Just like Bike Week and this year’s St. Patrick’s Day. Key west is not getting what it used to in tourism. So if our wages are not as good as they used to be, and rent is getting higher, what is next? Exactly, people are leaving… What is Key West going to do?? Huge Crisis. I have put this on Facebook and have had a huge amount of responses.

Do you think Monica hit a chord?  Well, she sure did.  Have a look at the flood of Facebook responses (get comfy): (more…)

Recovery

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I just finished reading an enlightening article on “Reparations” in the June 2014 issue of, The Atlantic. The piece was titled “The Case For Reparations” written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic. Reparations, in this context, is referring to amends for past treatment of African slaves and their descendants. The reaction to the word reparations has a predictable knee-jerk effect on most Americans of European descent. “Who is going to pay and who is going to be paid and how much are WE expected to come up with”, are the usual defensive and dismissive questions.

This article attempts to address those questions, but is more focused on the necessity for an open rational dialogue on the subject. As the copy on the cover of the magazine states in bold print: “250 years of slavery. 90 years of Jim Crow. 60 years of separate but equal. 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining. Until we reckon with the compounding moral debts of our ancestors, America will never be whole.” Recovery begins with an admission that there is a problem. (more…)

A POTPOURRI OF UNSOLICITED OPINION AND COMMENT
Dennis Reeves Cooper, Ph.D

Dennis Reeves Cooper, Ph.D

Here is a compilation of opinions and comments that either do not lend themselves to complete columns or which are left over from some of my previously-published columns. Some are tongue-in-cheek and some are reasonably serious. I will leave it up to you to tell the difference.

IRS SCANDAL. For months and months, congressional investigators have been trying the get the IRS to release emails of several high-level IRS employees to see if they were involved in an orchestrated effort to gag political speech of conservative groups before the last presidential election. Finally, in recent days, IRS officials, have reported, with straight faces, that thousands of the requested emails have simply been “lost.” Geez! The dog-ate-my-homework scam didn’t even work in the third grade. (more…)

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Conditioned Minds–Attract Duplicitous Ideologies…
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You can purchase a T-Shirt with this design at: http://www.neatoshop.com/product/Money-is-the-Root-of-All-Evil

Since man’s inception, the drive for wealth and power has been intrinsically woven into the species.

Many of the world’s movers and shakers are possessed with an inflamed primordial drive, requiring expression via “whatever means necessary”.  The weak and feeble are often recruited to serve as mouthpieces for those ‘calling the shots’.

Some government policy makers care little of the strategies and tactics employed to realize their power and monetary objectives. Wars, famines, ethnic cleansings and genocides have been honed into the crafts of their trade. (more…)

Did You Miss Hometown PAC’s Candidate Forum Last Week? Here’s The Video…

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Photo provided by Treavor EimersSTATE ATTORNEY SENDS EIMERS CASE TO GRAND JURY

FDLE’s investigative report in the Eimers case is finally in. No word yet on what the recommendations of the investigators are.

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Issue 43 Charles Eimers for webNEW WITNESS COMES FORWARD: “THE POLICE JUST KILLED A MAN”

“I saw an officer kneeling in front of the man with a knee on his back and he was holding the man’s head down in the sand. The man had a reflex lift of legs once head pushed down.  One of the officers had placed a small black device on …

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Peter PanHOMELESS IN KEY WEST:  Old Man Chapman, Captain Tilly, and Peter Pan

This is the first in a series of articles on affordable housing and homelessness in Key West and the Florida Keys.

 

 

Upcoming Hometown PAC Events

On Monday evening, August 4 and on Monday evening, August 18, great political events are in store for Key West/Monroe County voters when political pundits question primary candidates (the Primary Election is August 26, 2014) for the following offices:

·      Mayor of Key West

·      School Board, Districts 1,4 and 5

·      Monroe County Commissioner, District 2 (2 Republicans are in a primary race, the winner of which will oppose a Democrat in the November General Election)

·      United State Representative (5 Republicans are in a primary contest to determine who will run against Incumbent Joe Garcia)

·      Mosquito Control Board, District 5 (2 Republicans are in a primary fight—the winner to face a Democrat in the November General election)

·      Circuit Judges, Group 1 and 4 (more…)

BOOK REVIEW: Heavy Wait, A Strange Tale by Sloan Bashinksy

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PublishAmerica (2006)

www.amazon.com, paper and kindle, [also available in Spanish]

Mostly I read for entertainment—lightweight stories soon forgotten. Occasionally I stumble on a heavyweight—my first novel was “Hatter’s Castle” by A. J. Cronin. Read at aged twelve when I was still reading the “Famous Five” and “In the Fourth at Mallory Towers”—it was an epiphany in that, for the first time, I was introduced to realistic fiction and imperfect families. Last night I finished reading another literary heavyweight: “Heavy Wait” by Sloan Bashinsky. (more…)

BOOK REVIEW: Salvation Jane [Author: Jane Massey]

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Salvation Jane, by Ann Massey, Perth, Australia

Reviewed by a former practicing lawyer and published author who became homeless in Key West and other places.

Set in Perth, Australia, inspired by the massive tasering for sport of a schizophrenic homeless Aborigine by Aussie police officers, and by a brave and outraged Aussie lassie jumping whole hog into her ’tis of thee’s national politics over that, and over the general plight of homeless men and women down under, and by the author’s own personal experiences, which she asked me to keep between her and me, which inspired her to novelize all of the aforementioned: Salvation Jane is a topsy-turvy twisting-and-turning emotional tilt-a-whirl volcanic tsunami. Maddening, uplifting, maddening, uplifting. Featuring two saints, one dearly-departed, the other his left-behind common law, but for whom the silver linings would have been harder to swallow. (more…)

Garcia Recognizes One Year Since Passage of Senate Version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

Congressman Garcia press release

A year ago today, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill with broad bipartisan support. In honor of that date, yesterday [June 26, 2014], Rep. Garcia, along with several colleagues, held a press conference to highlight the House’s long inaction and discuss the need for a vote.

“It is disappointing that in 365 days, this body has done nothing but find excuses” said Garcia. “We need to stop with the finger-pointing and start governing. (more…)

Risky Business Report Finds Businesses and Infrastructure in U.S. and Florida Face Significant Economic Risks From Climate Change

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First-Ever Risk Analysis Quantifies Potential for Widespread Economic Disruptions

The American economy will face significant and widespread disruptions from climate change unless U.S. businesses and policymakers take immediate action to reduce climate risk, according to a new report released today. The report, “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States,” analyzes economic and climate impact data at the county, state, and regional level, and finds that communities, industries, and properties across the U.S. face profound risks from climate change.

The report, a product of the Risky Business Project, emphasizes that climate impacts differ by scale and type across the country. Focusing on higher temps and sea level rise, the report finds that Florida faces significant climate-related risks in the coming decades.

The report identifies these specific impacts as likely to hit the Sunshine State in the next five to 25 years: (more…)

O.K. Half-way There… Help Send Melson & Rodney to Berklee!

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Melson & Rodney Maxine have the amazing opportunity to attend the Berklee 5-week Summer Program for high school musicians. Melson & Rodney have been students at the Bahama Village Music Program since they were 6 and 8 years old and now they are giving back to the next generation through teaching Steel Pan and Drums to the students of BVMP.  They have been awarded a full tuition scholarship to the Berklee 5-week Summer Program through the Berklee City Music Network.  Please help them raise money for travel expenses and housing so they can take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE THE EVENT YOU CAN STILL HELP OUT: http://www.gofundme.com/98v890

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

New Mel Fisher Days Events Offer Fun, Romance and Adventure for a Great Cause
The Spam Allstars will headline a free concert July 12 at the Mel Fisher Days Sizzlin’ Street Fair on Duval

The Spam Allstars will headline a free concert July 12 at the Mel Fisher Days Sizzlin’ Street Fair on Duval

Every summer a multi-day celebration is held in honor of Mel Fisher, a man who pursued his dreams and discovered a fortune in treasure in the seas off Key West, inspiring millions to follow their own dreams and earning him the title of The World’s Greatest Treasure Hunter. This summer’s Mel Fisher Days are set for July 10-13 and will feature a treasure-trove of events ranging from the educational to the adventurous.

Festivities kick off Thursday, July 10, 11-1 pm, with a “meet the crew” Diver Reunion dock party and book signing. For the first time since the 1980’s the 100’ salvage vessel JB Magruder will dock at the Historic Seaport, just behind Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William Street. Visitors are invited to meet current crew and alumni divers. Evening brings a swashbuckling great time with a PirateCon Pub Crawl and Pirate Ball. (more…)

Eimers Family Seeks Information

Eimers Request For Information

27TH ANNUAL REEF RELIEF MEMBERSHIP MEETING: A CORAL REEF CELEBRATION

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 Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Reef Relief’s 27th Annual membership Meeting is July 15th at the Casa Marina Resort located at 1500 Reynolds Street in Key West. This year, we highlight water quality in the Florida Keys. Join us as we celebrate our marine environment together!

This year’s speakers include Dr. David Vaughan, Executive Director of M.O.T.E.’s Tropical Research Lab; Chris Costello, with the Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration and the Sierra Club. Representative Holly Raschein will be speaking about water quality and the Florida legislature. Please join us this evening as we recognize Reef Relief’s accomplishments over the past year. Enjoy free food and a cash bar.

Join or renew at the door for a 15-dollar minimum tax-deductible donation. This meeting is open to Reef Relief members. Join or renew today by visiting reefrelief.org/act/donate. Come show your support for the Florida Keys National Barrier Reef and help Reef Relief in our mission to preserve our beautiful coral reef ecosystem.

For more information: email: reefrelief@gmail.com, call (305) 294-3100 or visit reefrelief.org/act/events.

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem. Check us out at reefrelief.org

 

LOVE LANE GANG! THEY’RE JUST PLAIN FUN!
Photo: Sheelman Photography

Photo: Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike.They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM. They will also be playing at Blue Heaven this Saturday during brunch and dinner.Come out and see them before they take a summer break in mid-July!

Scheduled Appearances: (more…)

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MEDICAL EXAMINER RULES DEATH OF CHARLES EIMERS ACCIDENTAL [In Case You Missed The Breaking News Release]]

“Mr. Eimers was at risk of a sudden death, at any time, due to either a chaotic cardiac rhythm or worsening of his congestive heart failure,” wrote the E. Hunt Scheuerman, M.D., the Monroe County Medical Examiner.

Charles Eimers, 61, a Michigan native, died after losing consciousness while being restrained face down in the sand by Key West police officers last Thanksgiving Day. Numerous eyewitnesses came forward accusing the police of excessive force, of holding Eimers head down in the sand, putting the weight of up to four officers on his back, and shocking him with a Taser stungun.

The Medical Examiner, however, in his final autopsy report, states that “the FDLE investigation concluded that his face Continue reading

Recovery

Recovery

canstockphoto14059400

I just finished reading an enlightening article on “Reparations” in the June 2014 issue of, The Atlantic. The piece was titled “The Case For Reparations” written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic. Reparations, in this context, is referring to amends for past treatment of African slaves and their descendants. The reaction to the word reparations has a predictable knee-jerk effect on most Americans of European descent. “Who is going to pay and who is going to be paid and how much are WE expected to come up with”, are the usual defensive and dismissive questions.

This article attempts to address those questions, but is more focused on the necessity for an open rational dialogue on the subject. As the copy on the cover of the magazine states in bold print: “250 years of slavery. 90 years of Jim Crow. 60 years of separate but equal. 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining. Until we reckon with the compounding moral debts of our ancestors, America will never be whole.” Recovery begins with an admission that there is a problem. Continue reading

MEDICAL EXAMINER RULES DEATH OF CHARLES EIMERS ACCIDENTAL

BREAKING NEWS CHARLES EIMERS

BREAKING NEWS CHARLES EIMERS

“Mr. Eimers was at risk of a sudden death, at any time, due to either a chaotic cardiac rhythm or worsening of his congestive heart failure,” wrote the E. Hunt Scheuerman, M.D., the Monroe County Medical Examiner.

Charles Eimers, 61, a Michigan native, died after losing consciousness while being restrained face down in the sand by Key West police officers last Thanksgiving Day. Numerous eyewitnesses came forward accusing the police of excessive force, of holding Eimers head down in the sand, putting the weight of up to four officers on his back, and shocking him with a Taser stungun.

The Medical Examiner, however, in his final autopsy report, states that “the FDLE investigation concluded that his face was not forced into the sand, but rather, as he struggled, his face moved back and forth across the sand. Audio recordings from the event revealed that Eimers repeatedly said “No.”  Such verbalization would not have been possible if he had been smothering in the sand.”  The Medical Examiner acknowledged, however, that his face appeared coated in sand in photographs taken at the hospital, but that “No sand was found in his airways.” Continue reading

SAVING THE WORLD: Where Do We Draw The Line?

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Should Americans continue to try to save the world? If so, it seems pretty obvious that we can’t save it all. And if that is true, how do we pick and choose? Where do we draw the line? And the big question: Is the life of one American soldier worth the lives of the entire population of any Stone Age country? In the wake of the apparent meltdown of government military forces in Iraq, these questions seem appropriate and timely. Since we invaded that country in 2003 to save the people from an evil regime (and to search for non-existent weapons of mass destruction), more than 4000 American soldiers have been killed and thousands more injured, many with pieces of their bodies blown off. The financial investment so far has been estimated at more than $ 1 trillion. Continue reading

Hepatitis C: Older Americans Are At Risk

HepC-Infographic2013FullRes

Hepatitis C is a disease that is caused by a virus that affects the liver. Even though the disease often doesn’t produce symptoms, it can seriously damage the liver and can be fatal. An estimated 3.2 million Americans have Hepatitis C.

Older people are more likely to have been exposed to Hepatitis C, but many older Americans are not aware that they need to be tested for it. A December 2013 report found that Hepatitis C infections are concentrated in the Baby Boomers generation. In one major study of people with the virus, 75 percent of the patients were born between 1945 and 1964. Continue reading

The Blue Paper #67

Issue #67 — Friday, June 20, 2014

MEDICAL EXAMINER RULES DEATH OF CHARLES EIMERS ACCIDENTAL

BREAKING NEWS CHARLES EIMERS

“Mr. Eimers was at risk of a sudden death, at any time, due to either a chaotic cardiac rhythm or worsening of his congestive heart failure,” wrote the E. Hunt Scheuerman, M.D., the Monroe County Medical Examiner.

Charles Eimers, 61, a Michigan native, died after losing consciousness while being restrained face down in the sand by Key West police officers last Thanksgiving Day. Numerous eyewitnesses came forward accusing the police of excessive force, of holding Eimers head down in the sand, putting the weight of up to four officers on his back, and shocking him with a Taser stungun.

The Medical Examiner, however, in his final autopsy report, states that “the FDLE investigation concluded that his face was not forced into the sand, but rather, as he struggled, his face moved back and forth across the sand. Audio recordings from the event revealed that Eimers repeatedly said “No.”  Such verbalization would not have been possible if he had been smothering in the sand.”  The Medical Examiner acknowledged, however, that his face appeared coated in sand in photographs taken at the hospital, but that “No sand was found in his airways.” (more…)

State Attorney Sends Eimers Case to Grand Jury

FDLE’s investigative report in the Eimers case is finally in. No word yet on what the recommendations of the investigators are.

The office of State Attorney Catherine Vogel announced today that the matter of the Charles Eimers in-custody death will be presented for review to the Monroe County Grand Jury on July 21, 22, and 23rd. (more…)

So, What’s In The Closet?

ISSUE 67 CBS EIMERS for web

New Witness Comes Forward: “The Police Just Killed A Man”
Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

Charles Eimers
Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

“I saw an officer kneeling in front of the man with a knee on his back and he was holding the man’s head down in the sand. The man had a reflex lift of legs once head pushed down.  One of the officers had placed a small black device on the man’s back after the lift of legs […] The female officer then started walking away from the scene, shaking her head.”  [See bystander video here.]

This statement was given this week by a tourist from Maryland [We’ll call her “M”] who was having breakfast at the Southernmost Beach Café last Thanksgiving Day.  The man she describes was Charles Eimers, who would soon die in police custody.  (more…)

Prank Of The Week

Did You Miss Our Top Stories Last Week?

Peter Pan

HOMELESS IN KEY WEST:  Old Man Chapman, Captain Tilly, and Peter Pan

This is the first in a series of articles on affordable housing and homelessness in Key West and the Florida Keys.

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pipesBETRAYED! [SEWER LIES!]  At any other time, it would probably have slipped quietly past us all.  But timing and circumstances were such that members and sympathizers of the grassroots organization Dump the Pumps, Inc. (DTPI) were on high alert…

More Bull from Marathon City Council

 Lego Lighthouse

The Marathon City Council on Tuesday agreed to spend as much as $ 9,250 to investigate the true cost associated with moving a historic Fresnel lighthouse lens back to Marathon.

Florida Keys Keynoter

This is not a joke. Well, not an actual meant-to-be-funny-joke anyway. It might be Vice Mayor Chris Bull’s idea of a joke, but it’s hard to imagine that most of the taxpayers in Marathon would get the punch line.

That’s $ 9,250 in taxpayer’s money. That’s $ 9,250 that could have been spent on making the new city hall more energy efficient. Or the city itself. It might even pay for making a replica of the lens out Legos.

A little background. Sombrero Reef lies about eight miles off Marathon’s shores and is a much sought after spot for divers and snorkelers. The lighthouse on the reef was put in service in 1858, automated in 1960, and is still in operation. The upper platform, 40 feet above the water, held staff quarters but now the light is automated. The original lens, what’s known as a first order Fresnel lens, is on display in the Key West Lighthouse Museum. (more…)

SAVING THE WORLD: Where Do We Draw The Line?

canstockphoto14913127

Should Americans continue to try to save the world? If so, it seems pretty obvious that we can’t save it all. And if that is true, how do we pick and choose? Where do we draw the line? And the big question: Is the life of one American soldier worth the lives of the entire population of any Stone Age country? In the wake of the apparent meltdown of government military forces in Iraq, these questions seem appropriate and timely. Since we invaded that country in 2003 to save the people from an evil regime (and to search for non-existent weapons of mass destruction), more than 4000 American soldiers have been killed and thousands more injured, many with pieces of their bodies blown off. The financial investment so far has been estimated at more than $ 1 trillion. (more…)

Disposable People

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Apropos of last week’s heartbreaking article in The Blue Paper by Naja and Arnaud Girard on the personal stories of three local homeless, two families and one single person, I came across a story making its way around the web. It’s the miraculous human-interest/feel-good story of Rashema Melson, an eighteen year old homeless young African-American woman who graduated with a 4.0 GPA and valedictorian of her class at Anacostia High School in Washington DC. Ms. Melson will be attending Georgetown University in the fall with a full scholarship. She accomplished this miracle in spite of living in a homeless shelter with her mother and siblings for the last two years after a tumultuous existence of moving from place to place previous to landing in the shelter. She is an attractive and poised young woman and will no doubt go on to greatness and I salute her.

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You don’t often see an online headline like “Thirsty West: Why Californians Will Soon Be Drinking Their Own Pee.” Okay, you probably would never have seen it had Slate not explored the topic a couple of day’s ago. The article focuses on the California drought and how the state is attempting to cope with it. In San Diego, for example, which gets almost all of its water from snow melt and the much-contended-for Colorado River, they are now building a billion dollar desal plant. If and when finished, it will supply just seven percent of the area’s water needs. That seems ridiculous, opines author Eric Holthaus. He goes on to note that recycling wastewater is a much more efficient way of increasing available potable water. (more…)

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NEW!! CLASSIFIEDS FOR CONCHS! [CLICK ON THE IMAGE]

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Monroe County School Board member Andy Griffiths Elected to Florida School Board Association Board of Directors District 6 seat

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Monroe County School Board member Andy Griffiths has been elected to the Florida School Board Association Board of Directors District 6 seat representing Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Monroe Counties. Griffiths joins 25 Florida School Board members on the FSBA Board of Directors. He has served in every executive office of the Association and his colleagues in District 6 unanimously elected him to the post at the FSBA June 2014 conference.

“We are excited to have Andy back with us in a leadership role.” said Dr. Wayne Blanton, FSBA Executive Director. “His board experience is rare in this day and age.” (more…)

Monroe County Top School District for Studying Abroad

Twenty-one students from Monroe County High Schools (Key West, Key West Collegiate, Marathon and Coral Shores high schools) are preparing to participate in The Experiment in International Living’s cross cultural programs within 14 different countries. The Experiment in International Living offers immersive summer programs for high school students in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific.

“Monroe County, Florida, sends more participants every summer to The Experiment than any other school district in America outside of New York City,” according to Executive Director Dr. Aaron Morehouse.  “Since 2006, 125 Monroe County students have participated in The Experiment’s innovative cross cultural programs.”

All Monroe students will leave the U.S. in small groups at the end of June, (more…)

Hepatitis C: Older Americans Are At Risk

HepC-Infographic2013FullRes

Hepatitis C is a disease that is caused by a virus that affects the liver. Even though the disease often doesn’t produce symptoms, it can seriously damage the liver and can be fatal. An estimated 3.2 million Americans have Hepatitis C.

Older people are more likely to have been exposed to Hepatitis C, but many older Americans are not aware that they need to be tested for it. A December 2013 report found that Hepatitis C infections are concentrated in the Baby Boomers generation. In one major study of people with the virus, 75 percent of the patients were born between 1945 and 1964. (more…)

Hometown! PAC’s MEET THE CANDIDATES RALLY [TONIGHT JUNE 20TH]
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Date and Time:  Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Studios of Key West (TSKW)
Dear Voters and Declared Candidates:
Please join us on Friday, June 20, 2014, when Hometown! presents its second event of the 2014 election cycle: the Meet the Candidates Rally!
This will be a timely event, since all candidates must qualify not later than noon June 20th.  Hometown! will present declared candidates for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The event will be held at The Studios of Key West, located at the corner of White Street and Southard. The social portion of the event begins at 5:30 pm.  Voters will have time to meet and greet declared candidates. (more…)
Eimers Family Seeks Information

Eimers Request For Information

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

Go Native In Your Garden: Learn How With Susie Reutling at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
Lucy Carleton lends her support to the Botanical Garden by learning the importance of native before purchasing under the direction of Susie Reutling, Nursery Team Leader at the Native Plant Sale.

Lucy Carleton lends her support to the Botanical Garden by learning the importance of native before purchasing under the direction of Susie Reutling, Nursery Team Leader at the Native Plant Sale.

“GO NATIVE IN YOUR GARDEN” – Having problems gardening our thin, alkaline, rocky soil?  Feel guilty about wasting water on irrigation?  Are your plants attracting more pests than butterflies and birds?  Find out how to select & grow attractive and healthy native plants.  Saturday, June 21st, 1:00-3:00 pm at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Nature Chapel, Susie Reutling, Nursery Coordinator, Master Gardener will share her practical experience in landscaping with native plants and cultivating rare specimens. Members & students FREE; others $ 5.00.

Earlier that day, from 9-noon, the nursery at the KWTF&BG will be open for a plant sale. For more, visit www.KWBGS.org or call 305-296-1504.

8th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream

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LET’S HAVE LAUNCH!

Key West Confidential CoverInmates, Orderlies and Disorderlies are invited to “THE BOOK” Bash.

Where? Blue Heaven

Upstairs in the Bordello

When? 8PM

Thursday 6/26

KEY WEST CONFIDENTIAL

No names have been changed

No one’s innocent!

Love Lane Gang! They’re Just Plain Fun!
Photo by Sheelman Photography

Photo by Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike.They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM. They will also be playing at Ocean Key House Saturday at 6 PM

Scheduled Appearances: (more…)

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Go Native In Your Garden: Learn How With Susie Reutling at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Lucy Carleton lends her support to the Botanical Garden by learning the importance of native before purchasing under the direction of Susie Reutling, Nursery Team Leader at the Native Plant Sale.
Lucy Carleton lends her support to the Botanical Garden by learning the importance of native before purchasing under the direction of Susie Reutling, Nursery Team Leader at the Native Plant Sale.

Lucy Carleton lends her support to the Botanical Garden by learning the importance of native before purchasing under the direction of Susie Reutling, Nursery Team Leader at the Native Plant Sale.

“GO NATIVE IN YOUR GARDEN” – Having problems gardening our thin, alkaline, rocky soil?  Feel guilty about wasting water on irrigation?  Are your plants attracting more pests than butterflies and birds?  Find out how to select & grow attractive and healthy native plants.  Saturday, June 21st, 1:00-3:00 pm at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Nature Chapel, Susie Reutling, Nursery Coordinator, Master Gardener will share her practical experience in landscaping with native plants and cultivating rare specimens. Members & students FREE; others $ 5.00.

Earlier that day, from 9-noon, the nursery at the KWTF&BG will be open for a plant sale. For more, visit www.KWBGS.org or call 305-296-1504.

Love Lane Gang! They’re Just Plain Fun!

Photo by Sheelman Photography

Photo by Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike.They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM. They will also be playing at Ocean Key House Saturday at 6 PM

Scheduled Appearances: Continue reading

New Witness Comes Forward: “The Police Just Killed A Man”

ISSUE 67 CBS EIMERS for web
Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

Charles Eimers
Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

“I saw an officer kneeling in front of the man with a knee on his back and he was holding the man’s head down in the sand. The man had a reflex lift of legs once head pushed down.  One of the officers had placed a small black device on the man’s back after the lift of legs […] The female officer then started walking away from the scene, shaking her head.”  [See bystander video here.]

This statement was given this week by a tourist from Maryland [We’ll call her “M”] who was having breakfast at the Southernmost Beach Café last Thanksgiving Day.  The man she describes was Charles Eimers, who would soon die in police custody.  Continue reading

Disposable People

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Apropos of last week’s heartbreaking article in The Blue Paper by Naja and Arnaud Girard on the personal stories of three local homeless, two families and one single person, I came across a story making its way around the web. It’s the miraculous human-interest/feel-good story of Rashema Melson, an eighteen year old homeless young African-American woman who graduated with a 4.0 GPA and valedictorian of her class at Anacostia High School in Washington DC. Ms. Melson will be attending Georgetown University in the fall with a full scholarship. She accomplished this miracle in spite of living in a homeless shelter with her mother and siblings for the last two years after a tumultuous existence of moving from place to place previous to landing in the shelter. She is an attractive and poised young woman and will no doubt go on to greatness and I salute her.

Continue reading

Monroe County Top School District for Studying Abroad

Student Travelers

Twenty-one students from Monroe County High Schools (Key West, Key West Collegiate, Marathon and Coral Shores high schools) are preparing to participate in The Experiment in International Living’s cross cultural programs within 14 different countries. The Experiment in International Living offers immersive summer programs for high school students in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific.

“Monroe County, Florida, sends more participants every summer to The Experiment than any other school district in America outside of New York City,” according to Executive Director Dr. Aaron Morehouse.  “Since 2006, 125 Monroe County students have participated in The Experiment’s innovative cross cultural programs.”

All Monroe students will leave the U.S. in small groups at the end of June, Continue reading

More Bull from Marathon City Council

Lego Lighthouse

 Lego Lighthouse

The Marathon City Council on Tuesday agreed to spend as much as $ 9,250 to investigate the true cost associated with moving a historic Fresnel lighthouse lens back to Marathon.

Florida Keys Keynoter

This is not a joke. Well, not an actual meant-to-be-funny-joke anyway. It might be Vice Mayor Chris Bull’s idea of a joke, but it’s hard to imagine that most of the taxpayers in Marathon would get the punch line.

That’s $ 9,250 in taxpayer’s money. That’s $ 9,250 that could have been spent on making the new city hall more energy efficient. Or the city itself. It might even pay for making a replica of the lens out Legos.

A little background. Sombrero Reef lies about eight miles off Marathon’s shores and is a much sought after spot for divers and snorkelers. The lighthouse on the reef was put in service in 1858, automated in 1960, and is still in operation. The upper platform, 40 feet above the water, held staff quarters but now the light is automated. The original lens, what’s known as a first order Fresnel lens, is on display in the Key West Lighthouse Museum. Continue reading

Hometown! PAC’s MEET THE CANDIDATES RALLY

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Date and Time:  Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Studios of Key West (TSKW)
Dear Voters and Declared Candidates:
Please join us on Friday, June 20, 2014, when Hometown! presents its second event of the 2014 election cycle: the Meet the Candidates Rally!
This will be a timely event, since all candidates must qualify not later than noon June 20th.  Hometown! will present declared candidates for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The event will be held at The Studios of Key West, located at the corner of White Street and Southard. The social portion of the event begins at 5:30 pm.  Voters will have time to meet and greet declared candidates. Continue reading

Homeless in Key West: Old Man Chapman, Captain Tilly, and Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

This is the first in a series of articles on affordable housing and homelessness in Key West and the Florida Keys.  We will try to look past the anti-homeless rhetoric burning through local media and show you what is really happening on the Keys housing front.

In future articles we will bring you points of view and solutions proposed by some of the most knowledgeable people on the Island. Continue reading

Carol Munder Retrospective at Studios of Key West Through June 13

Carol Munder's photogravure "Beaumont Still Life."

Carol Munder’s photogravure
“Beaumont Still Life.”

Carol Munder’s photogravure retrospective is upstairs at The Studios of Key West through June 13.

Photogravure, an intaglio printmaking process in which a copper plate is coated with light-sensitive tissue and then etched, has been described as the most beautiful, challenging and labor-intensive of traditional photographic processes.

Evocative, haunting and masterful scarcely describe the exhibits depth, which might be compared to catching glimpses “through a glass darkly” into stories that have just begun to be imagined or perhaps were imagined long ago and now only shadowy vapors remain. Munder exhibits widely, both nationally and internationally, and is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium prize. For more information, visit tskw.org.

Mike DADDY BONES Tolbert’s Has A Great Idea! [Oh boy!]

How many think this is great IDEA! Gov’t thinks tasers are an awesome tool! Commissioner Yaniz thinks we need more fields for kids soccer. Everybody agrees boys and girls club needs new building! SO I suggest we auction off a chance to TASE Mayor Cates and Tony Yaniz! With all money going to project for the Kids! Daddy Bones will donate pork sandwiches.  Sure music will not  be  a  problem!   Hell,  I  will  personally  bid    $ 100 right now! Write the mayor and fats if you agree this is great idea.  We can sell tickets for people to watch. Kids make out big time!

Mike DADDY BONES Tolbert

PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY FROM NATURAL DISASTERS A Guide to Flood Insurance, Flood Mitigation and Wind Mitigation Programs

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Monroe County and the Florida Association of Counties are offering a FREE Wind and Flood Mitigation Workshop on Thursday, June 12th in Key West and Friday, June 13th in Key Largo. The workshops have been designed for homeowners, utilities, governments, developers and contractors, realtors, insurance agents, businesses, and homeowner & condo associations.

The workshop includes how recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program will affect flood insurance rates in our cities and County, steps to lower flood insurance rates as well as wind and flood grant programs for residents, governments, commercial properties and homeowner developments. Continue reading

Guest Column: Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System, a Solution?

For almost a year and a half, I have been arguing that the planned, pressurized wastewater system, using grinder pumps, that is proposed for the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) is uneconomic, unreliable, a burden on homeowners, and a potential environmental nightmare.  Now we learn that the shallow injection well design (120’ deep well) at the treatment plant may be an environmental disaster as well and is probably illegal, if the DEP actually enforces its own regulations.  How did we get to the point; where we are willing to install a system in the fragile environment of the Florida Keys, which may be worse than the septic systems we have now?  The answer is MONEY!!   In the 2006-11 timeframe, when the County and FKAA were being forced by the State and the EPA  to move forward with a sewer system, there were no State funds, the 1% infrastructure tax was to expire in 2018, and estimates for a system serving about 9,000 homes was well over $ 200 million. Continue reading

Artists Call for Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle

Michele Meck and Lydia Firefly dance with fire at a previous Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle.

Michele Meck and Lydia Firefly dance with fire at a previous 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 21, at the 8th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

Co-produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios to benefit The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle celebrates the creative Keys community, and gives artists a voice and platform to share the power of their dreams. To participate as an artist or an event sponsor contact Michael Shields at 305-394-3804 / javastudios@gmail.com. More information at keywestupdates.com.

Global Warming Is a Hoax, Wall Street Hedge Fund Managers Have Souls and Jenny McCarthy Is a Scientist

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There is a fascinating trend in seemingly well educated liberal America that has common roots in less educated conservative America. That trend is mistrust and denial of science. The folks that feel faith based solutions are the answer to just about any problem facing our society have an unlikely ally in the upper middle class suburban crowd. Many of the latter have, in spite of overwhelming scientific data to the contrary, decided that vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella and polio is the cause of afflictions such as Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder. Thanks to the likes of the pulchritudinous (love that word) Jenny McCarthy and Michele “Jesus Wrote the Constitution” Bachmann, the anti-science, anti-vaccination crowd have a national voice. Add the interweb and it’s an ignorance fest extraordinaire. Continue reading

Love Lane Gang! They’re Just Plain Fun!

Photo by Sheelman Photography

Photo by Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike.They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM. They will also be playing at Blue Heaven for brunch on Saturday,at 10:30 AM. And they will be at The Pier House Saturday evening for the Womankind Benefit from 7 – 10 PM.

Scheduled Appearances:

Continue reading

The Blue Paper #66

Issue #66 — Friday, June 13, 2014

Homeless in Key West: Old Man Chapman, Captain Tilly, and Peter Pan

Peter Pan

This is the first in a series of articles on affordable housing and homelessness in Key West and the Florida Keys.  We will try to look past the anti-homeless rhetoric burning through local media and show you what is really happening on the Keys housing front.

In future articles we will bring you points of view and solutions proposed by some of the most knowledgeable people on the Island. (more…)

Betrayed!

pipes

At any other time, it would probably have slipped quietly past us all.  But timing and circumstances were such that members and sympathizers of the grassroots organization Dump the Pumps, Inc. (DTPI) were on high alert, watching for still more sneaky and generally dishonorable Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) activity.

For years, FKAA had residents of the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) region believing the agency’s project to connect their homes to a centralized sewage treatment plant would consist primarily of a gravity fed system with only a minor amount of outliers, out of necessity and due to their remote location, slated to be connected via less reliable low-pressure grinder pump [LPS] systems. (more…)

Guest Column: Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System, a Solution?

For almost a year and a half, I have been arguing that the planned, pressurized wastewater system, using grinder pumps, that is proposed for the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) is uneconomic, unreliable, a burden on homeowners, and a potential environmental nightmare.  Now we learn that the shallow injection well design (120’ deep well) at the treatment plant may be an environmental disaster as well and is probably illegal, if the DEP actually enforces its own regulations.  How did we get to the point; where we are willing to install a system in the fragile environment of the Florida Keys, which may be worse than the septic systems we have now?  The answer is MONEY!!   In the 2006-11 timeframe, when the County and FKAA were being forced by the State and the EPA  to move forward with a sewer system, there were no State funds, the 1% infrastructure tax was to expire in 2018, and estimates for a system serving about 9,000 homes was well over $ 200 million. (more…)

HURRICANE SEASON: BOGUS FORECASTS AND PREPARING FOR THE “AFTER”

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Last week marked the beginning of the 2014 Hurricane Season and this year, the so-called hurricane experts are predicting a fewer than average number of storms. Of course, they are just guessing. But they have been humiliated over the past couple of years by predicting busy hurricane seasons only to see almost nothing happen. Two of the most famous “experts” are those two guys from Colorado State University– Phil Klotzbach and William Gray. They are famous because, every year, editors across the country pick up and publish the press releases that Klotzbach and Gray send out– without a thought of whether or not their forecasts are anywhere close to accurate. For example, their press release is usually included in the hurricane guides the non-weekly papers here publish every year. But the truth is that those annual forecasts are almost never accurate and absolutely never specific. They predict number of hurricanes– but they don’t even pretend that they know when or where the storms might hit or how powerful they might be. (more…)

Ambush Poetry: Conduct Unbecoming

Sunday before last, I wondered off and on during the day if a new poem would come to me for the Key West Poetry Guild’s first Sunday meeting in the upstairs room of Blue Heaven Restaurant in Bahama Village?

As the day passed, nothing seemed to come, and around 5 p.m. I pedaled my bicycle to Jack Flats on Duval Street to watch the end of that week’s professional golf tournament, which was played at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial County Club in Ohio. En route to Jack Flats, “conduct unbecoming” came to me, and I felt that might be the poem’s theme, if not also its title. I had my writing notebook with me, just in case. (more…)

The Case for a Sortition Chapeau
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The odds probably weren’t any better back then.
(1758 Massachusetts lottery ticket to fund the French and Indian War, US-PD)

As I was checking my losing (as usual) MassLottery tickets this morning, I wondered where it all began, the lottery revenue to fund government projects idea, that is. China, it seems, is the answer to this question. There are keno slips from the Han Dynasty dated between 205 and 187 BC. The revenues were supposedly used to finance the Great Wall of China among other projects. Queen Elizabeth I employed lotteries to raise money for the “reparation of the havens and strength of the Realme, and towardes such other publique good workes.” So lotto goings-on haven’t changed much since those days. (more…)

Global Warming Is a Hoax, Wall Street Hedge Fund Managers Have Souls and Jenny McCarthy Is a Scientist

There is a fascinating trend in seemingly well educated liberal America that has common roots in less educated conservative America. That trend is mistrust and denial of science. The folks that feel faith based solutions are the answer to just about any problem facing our society have an unlikely ally in the upper middle class suburban crowd. Many of the latter have, in spite of overwhelming scientific data to the contrary, decided that vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella and polio is the cause of afflictions such as Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder. Thanks to the likes of the pulchritudinous (love that word) Jenny McCarthy and Michele “Jesus Wrote the Constitution” Bachmann, the anti-science, anti-vaccination crowd have a national voice. Add the interweb and it’s an ignorance fest extraordinaire. (more…)

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Climate Action Transparency Key To Trustworthiness

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New carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) report reveals that global voluntary reporting of local climate action triggers trustworthiness, access to finance and citizen engagement.

Four hundred twenty-two [422] local and subnational governments from 44 countries serving 12% of the world’s urban population are on track to trustworthiness, according to the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) 2013 Annual Report released today at the ongoing UN Bonn Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany.

The cCCR is the world’s largest public database of local climate action. It contains 3870 mitigation and adaptation actions, 870 climate and energy commitments, and 771 inventories covering around 2.25 Gigatons Co2e of annual GHG emissions. The cCCR catalyzes the trustworthiness of local and subnational governments by improving transparency, accountability and comparability of local climate actions. (more…)

NEW!! CLASSIFIEDS FOR CONCHS! [CLICK ON THE IMAGE]

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Mike DADDY BONES Tolbert’s Has A Great Idea! [Oh boy!]

How many think this is great IDEA! Gov’t thinks tasers are an awesome tool! Commissioner Yaniz thinks we need more fields for kids soccer. Everybody agrees boys and girls club needs new building! SO I suggest we auction off a chance to TASE Mayor Cates and Tony Yaniz! With all money going to project for the Kids! Daddy Bones will donate pork sandwiches.  Sure music will not  be  a  problem!   Hell,  I  will  personally  bid    $ 100 right now! Write the mayor and fats if you agree this is great idea.  We can sell tickets for people to watch. Kids make out big time!

Mike DADDY BONES Tolbert

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A Feast of Fire and Ice at Pier House With Chef Norman Van Aken! FRIDAY JUNE 13th

Down in paradise at Pier House Resort & Spa in Key West, a feast of ice and fire is brewing at the 5th annual Key West Bacchanalia. James Beard award winning Chef and author, Norman Van Aken reunites with the Pier House’s stellar executive chef, Maria Manso. It was here at the first full-service resort in Key West during 1978 that Norman Van Aken began learning under the tutelage of Pier House head chef, Annie Donovan under the watchful and helpful eye of Betty Howard. You can still hear the laughter and the soulful scents from that kitchen years ago, as an emerging Chef Norman Van Aken launched off the hot line into the fires of culinary sunlight.

On the upcoming evening of Friday, June 13th guests celebrating the Bacchanal will enjoy the collaborative verve of these 2 magnificent chefs as they create dishes from Norman and Justin Van Aken’s book, “My Key West Kitchen”. During this feast of sunlight, guest will also enjoy the cold, icy creations of Mark Drobiarz of ABC Bartending School fame as he mixes concoctions from the Rums of Puerto Rico and Barbancourt Rum. There will also be incredible wines brought by the first family of wine in Australia – the DeBortoli family!  This Feast of Ice and Fire will help benefit Darrell’s quest (of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation) to provide a cure and mobility to paralysis.

Menu Sampling:

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Carol Munder Retrospective at Studios of Key West Through June 13
Carol Munder's photogravure "Beaumont Still Life."

Carol Munder’s photogravure
“Beaumont Still Life.”

Carol Munder’s photogravure retrospective is upstairs at The Studios of Key West through June 13.

Photogravure, an intaglio printmaking process in which a copper plate is coated with light-sensitive tissue and then etched, has been described as the most beautiful, challenging and labor-intensive of traditional photographic processes.

Evocative, haunting and masterful scarcely describe the exhibits depth, which might be compared to catching glimpses “through a glass darkly” into stories that have just begun to be imagined or perhaps were imagined long ago and now only shadowy vapors remain. Munder exhibits widely, both nationally and internationally, and is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium prize. For more information, visit tskw.org.

PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY FROM NATURAL DISASTERS A Guide to Flood Insurance, Flood Mitigation and Wind Mitigation Programs

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Monroe County and the Florida Association of Counties are offering a FREE Wind and Flood Mitigation Workshop on Thursday, June 12th in Key West and Friday, June 13th in Key Largo. The workshops have been designed for homeowners, utilities, governments, developers and contractors, realtors, insurance agents, businesses, and homeowner & condo associations.

The workshop includes how recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program will affect flood insurance rates in our cities and County, steps to lower flood insurance rates as well as wind and flood grant programs for residents, governments, commercial properties and homeowner developments. (more…)

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

One Will Nab Cameo Role in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s Next Book
One mystery fiction fan will win a walk-on cameo appearance in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s next novel.

One mystery fiction fan will win a walk-on cameo appearance in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s next novel.

Organizers of the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest have announced that one Fest guest will walk into the pages of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham’s next story.

All fans of mystery fiction who have registered for the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West by midnight June 6 are eligible to win a walk-on role in the prolific author’s next work. Graham, who has more than seventy-five million books in print, is slated to be a panelist at the upcoming “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Fest, a gathering of premier South Florida based true crime, mystery and suspense writers, to be held in Key West June 13-15.

Her most recent book, The Cursed, released in late May, is set in Key West and involves a haunted B&B, a murder, salvagers, a sunken ship and a curse.

For registration, hotel room booking link and a full event schedule, visit www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.

Southernmost Car Club Holds Monthly Ice Cream Social and Car Show This Saturday, June 14th

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The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND CAR SHOW this Saturday, June 14th. 5 to 8pm in the evening when its cool. This event is for the lovers of classic, custom, and street rod automobiles of all years and makes: Fords, Chevys, trucks, sports cars, and chrome loaded motorcycles. If it cool and on wheels it will be here.

This fun evening event is at our great location at the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM17, on Sugarloaf Key. Prizes, 50/50 Free Ice Cream and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Tiki Bar. Bring the kids to enjoy these beautiful relics of the auto world. Vote for the Peoples Choice and that classic will take home a beautiful Plaque! This is a FREE event.

Club members are seeking new members for a full schedule of Club events. For more information contact Dick Moody 942-1758.

Le Grande Chic Trunk Sale – June 14th

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Project Lighthouse and Christina’s Courage Present Teen Forums

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Key West Wildlife Center Fundraiser, June 18th

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Hometown! PAC’s MEET THE CANDIDATES RALLY [June 20, 2014]

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Date and Time:  Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Studios of Key West (TSKW)
Dear Voters and Declared Candidates:
Please join us on Friday, June 20, 2014, when Hometown! presents its second event of the 2014 election cycle: the Meet the Candidates Rally!
This will be a timely event, since all candidates must qualify not later than noon June 20th.  Hometown! will present declared candidates for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The event will be held at The Studios of Key West, located at the corner of White Street and Southard. The social portion of the event begins at 5:30 pm.  Voters will have time to meet and greet declared candidates. (more…)
Hometown! PAC’s MEET THE CANDIDATES RALLY
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Date and Time:  Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Studios of Key West (TSKW)
Dear Voters and Declared Candidates:
Please join us on Friday, June 20, 2014, when Hometown! presents its second event of the 2014 election cycle: the Meet the Candidates Rally!
This will be a timely event, since all candidates must qualify not later than noon June 20th.  Hometown! will present declared candidates for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The event will be held at The Studios of Key West, located at the corner of White Street and Southard. The social portion of the event begins at 5:30 pm.  Voters will have time to meet and greet declared candidates. (more…)
Artists Call for Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle
Michele Meck and Lydia Firefly dance with fire at a previous Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle.

Michele Meck and Lydia Firefly dance with fire at a previous 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 21, at the 8th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

Co-produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios to benefit The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle celebrates the creative Keys community, and gives artists a voice and platform to share the power of their dreams. To participate as an artist or an event sponsor contact Michael Shields at 305-394-3804 / javastudios@gmail.com. More information at keywestupdates.com.

Love Lane Gang! They’re Just Plain Fun!
Photo by Sheelman Photography

Photo by Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike.They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM. They will also be playing at Blue Heaven for brunch on Saturday,at 10:30 AM. And they will be at The Pier House Saturday evening for the Womankind Benefit from 7 – 10 PM.

Scheduled Appearances:

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HURRICANE SEASON: BOGUS FORECASTS AND PREPARING FOR THE “AFTER”

Hurricane

Hurricane

Last week marked the beginning of the 2014 Hurricane Season and this year, the so-called hurricane experts are predicting a fewer than average number of storms. Of course, they are just guessing. But they have been humiliated over the past couple of years by predicting busy hurricane seasons only to see almost nothing happen. Two of the most famous “experts” are those two guys from Colorado State University– Phil Klotzbach and William Gray. They are famous because, every year, editors across the country pick up and publish the press releases that Klotzbach and Gray send out– without a thought of whether or not their forecasts are anywhere close to accurate. For example, their press release is usually included in the hurricane guides the non-weekly papers here publish every year. But the truth is that those annual forecasts are almost never accurate and absolutely never specific. They predict number of hurricanes– but they don’t even pretend that they know when or where the storms might hit or how powerful they might be. Continue reading

Ambush Poetry: Conduct Unbecoming

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Sunday before last, I wondered off and on during the day if a new poem would come to me for the Key West Poetry Guild’s first Sunday meeting in the upstairs room of Blue Heaven Restaurant in Bahama Village?

As the day passed, nothing seemed to come, and around 5 p.m. I pedaled my bicycle to Jack Flats on Duval Street to watch the end of that week’s professional golf tournament, which was played at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial County Club in Ohio. En route to Jack Flats, “conduct unbecoming” came to me, and I felt that might be the poem’s theme, if not also its title. I had my writing notebook with me, just in case. Continue reading

Betrayed!

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At any other time, it would probably have slipped quietly past us all.  But timing and circumstances were such that members and sympathizers of the grassroots organization Dump the Pumps, Inc. (DTPI) were on high alert, watching for still more sneaky and generally dishonorable Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) activity.

For years, FKAA had residents of the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System (CRWS) region believing the agency’s project to connect their homes to a centralized sewage treatment plant would consist primarily of a gravity fed system with only a minor amount of outliers, out of necessity and due to their remote location, slated to be connected via less reliable low-pressure grinder pump [LPS] systems. Continue reading

PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY FROM NATURAL DISASTERS A Guide to Flood Insurance, Flood Mitigation and Wind Mitigation Programs

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Monroe County and the Florida Association of Counties are offering a FREE Wind and Flood Mitigation Workshop on Thursday, June 12th in Key West and Friday, June 13th in Key Largo. The workshops have been designed for homeowners, utilities, governments, developers and contractors, realtors, insurance agents, businesses, and homeowner & condo associations.

The workshop includes how recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program will affect flood insurance rates in our cities and County, steps to lower flood insurance rates as well as wind and flood grant programs for residents, governments, commercial properties and homeowner developments. Continue reading

Monroe County Top School District for Studying Abroad

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Twenty-one students from Monroe County High Schools (Key West, Key West Collegiate, Marathon and Coral Shores high schools) are preparing to participate in The Experiment in International Living’s cross cultural programs within 14 different countries. The Experiment in International Living offers immersive summer programs for high school students in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific.

“Monroe County, Florida, sends more participants every summer to The Experiment than any other school district in America outside of New York City,” according to Executive Director Dr. Aaron Morehouse.  “Since 2006, 125 Monroe County students have participated in The Experiment’s innovative cross cultural programs.”  Continue reading

Love Lane Gang! They’re Just Plain Fun!

Photo by Sheelman Photography

Photo by Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike.They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM. They will also be playing at Duval Street Pub on Saturday,at 8 PM.

Scheduled Appearances: Continue reading

Artists Call for Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle

Michele Meck and Lydia Firefly dance with fire at a previous Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle.

Michele Meck and Lydia Firefly dance with fire at a previous 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 21, at the 8th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

Co-produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios to benefit The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle celebrates the creative Keys community, and gives artists a voice and platform to share the power of their dreams. To participate as an artist or an event sponsor contact Michael Shields at 305-394-3804 / javastudios@gmail.com. More information at keywestupdates.com.

Carol Munder Retrospective at Studios of Key West Through June 13

Carol Munder's photogravure "Beaumont Still Life."

Carol Munder’s photogravure
“Beaumont Still Life.”

Carol Munder’s photogravure retrospective is upstairs at The Studios of Key West through June 13.

Photogravure, an intaglio printmaking process in which a copper plate is coated with light-sensitive tissue and then etched, has been described as the most beautiful, challenging and labor-intensive of traditional photographic processes.

Evocative, haunting and masterful scarcely describe the exhibits depth, which might be compared to catching glimpses “through a glass darkly” into stories that have just begun to be imagined or perhaps were imagined long ago and now only shadowy vapors remain. Munder exhibits widely, both nationally and internationally, and is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium prize. For more information, visit tskw.org.

The Blue Paper #65

Issue #65 — Friday, June 6, 2014

Citizen Review Board May Investigate Use of Police Taser on Matthew Shaun Murphy Three Years Ago

It was early morning July 6, 2000.  In a dark alley in Key West, Officer Michael Beerbower had Daniel Holte Stambaugh, 22, handcuffed in the back of his police cruiser. Beerbower was on top of Stambaugh’s co-defendant Jessie Gene Gregory, 19, also handcuffed.  Other officers were standing watch.  When they yelled, “Clear!” (it meant that there were no witnesses) Beerbower would allegedly then go on, alternately punching Gregory and then Stambaugh in the face.

But that “private” police matter would come out in The Blue Paper and later in the New York Times. In spite of public indignation, the police department appeared unwilling to fire or even discipline any of the officers involved.   Public discontent grew into a grass roots movement to create an independent board overseeing the Key West Police Department.  A referendum passed with 60% in favor on November 2, 2002.   The CRB (Citizen Review Board) was born.

Today, over 10 years later, in the midst of another KWPD scandal (again getting national attention) some CRB members have begun to question whether the Board should wait any longer to start tackling the issues. (more…)

NEW!! CLASSIFIEDS FOR CONCHS! [CLICK ON THE IMAGE]

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THE PRISONER EXCHANGE: He Did What?!

Longtime readers know that, of all the adventures I have had in my life, I rank my three years of military service at near the top, especially my time as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne. That time changed my life. I was discharged back into the real world, still young, but way more mature and responsible than before the Army. My brief time in the service does not make me a military expert, but I do have my opinions. Case in point: The prisoner exchange this week that resulted in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from captivity as the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

I remember what I thought when I heard the national news about Bergdahl’s capture back in 2009. How could that happen? What could the situation have been that would have given the enemy an opportunity to capture an American soldier? Well, subsequent news reports provided that answer– Bergdahl was a deserter! He simply left his post and walked off of his base. But regardless, our military has a tradition that we do not leave soldiers on the battlefield. So, during the five years that Bergdahl was in captivity, his fellow soldiers continued to look for him with the goal of freeing him from captivity. And six of them died in that effort. (more…)

GUEST COLUMN: Commissioner George Neugent / My Justification for Supporting Contract Extension

NeugentsmallCounty staff was dealing with a total of six contracts in the solid waste negotiations. Most of which expired at different times. Three objectives to be achieved which was by direction from the board 1. get all contracts to expire at same time, 2. maintain annual assessment to residents, 3. maintain present level of service. * a side note to remember, while negotiations were on-going the recycle contract automatically renewed for five years – now, another contract out of sync.

Another important issue to note, there were (28) twenty eight months left on the “haul out” contract with Waste Management (Oct 2016). This meant without a contract extension all eighteen months of negotiations would be for naught. Extension negotiation direction was given to staff by the Board of County Commission, supported transparently by vote by FOUR commissioners – Kolhage, Rice, Murphy and Neugent. County Administrator Gastesi then directed Rhonda Haag to head-up the effort, our Sustainability Coordinator. (more…)

Monroe County Top School District for Studying Abroad


Twenty-one students from Monroe County High Schools (Key West, Key West Collegiate, Marathon and Coral Shores high schools) are preparing to participate in The Experiment in International Living’s cross cultural programs within 14 different countries. The Experiment in International Living offers immersive summer programs for high school students in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific.

“Monroe County, Florida, sends more participants every summer to The Experiment than any other school district in America outside of New York City,” according to Executive Director Dr. Aaron Morehouse.  “Since 2006, 125 Monroe County students have participated in The Experiment’s innovative cross cultural programs.”  (more…)

Outshining the Monkeys
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We’re the Ones with the Smaller Brains, Remember?
(Bonobo, Cincinnati Zoo, 2005, Photo by Kabir Bakie, CC Some Rights Reserved)

A while back someone on Facebook posted a link to the Cracked article by David Wong titled “What Is the Monkeysphere?” Wong informs us that, given the size of their brains, monkeys can recognize and interact sociably with about 50 other monkeys and that, not surprisingly, is the normal size for their troupes. Any animal not in the group is outside the “monkeysphere” of those particular animals and thus can be ignored or abused with equanimity by all the “in crowd” monkeys.

Human beings have a little bit larger brain so our “monkeysphere” expands to about 150 people (which seems like way too many to me since I often can’t remember who the bleary-eyed person in the mirror is every day). Still, this is a limitation, one that “allows” us, Wong observes, to do things that harm other people, often unthinkingly, because they are outside of our monkeysphere. On the “front page” of The Washington Post web site on May 6th was a story titled “3 Shot Near Ballou High in the Southeast.” Do most people even notice or care? No, the two 17-year-olds and the one 20-year-old are outside our monkeysphere. (more…)

‘It Started With a Drill’
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I learned early on what little is accomplished waiting for someone to do something for you, or even to help you. Consider this one of the gleaming pros to not having your parents around, and I do stress one. Now that I’m a mother myself, I can’t imagine my children grocery shopping for the family or taking taxis by themselves when they were nine years old. Not only did I do these things, but I also created my own income because my mother’s money never seemed to make it down to me.

This lifestyle brought forth my signature feistiness which kept me afloat throughout my youth. Even heavy decisions, such as taking a Greyhound bus from Florida to Indiana to attend college, weren’t an issue for me. Although my best childhood friend and I planned on attending the same school, she decided that she wanted to move to Florida at the last minute. I still went because, like her, I needed a change. (more…)

SPJ Asks Senate to Bring Shield Law to Floor in Light of James Risen’s Case

The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection on Monday of New York Times journalist James Risen’s appeal leaves him in the unenviable position of potentially revealing confidential sources…or potentially going to jail. It is more important than ever for Congress to pass a federal shield law.

Reporters doing their jobs never should have to face that choice. The Society of Professional Journalists strongly encourages the Senate leadership to bring the Free Flow of Information Act to the Senate floor for a discussion and vote.

In July 2013, Risen — who wrote a book on a failed CIA effort to ruin Iran’s nuclear ambitions during the Clinton administration — was ordered by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer hit with criminal charges after Risen’s reporting. On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Risen’s appeal. (more…)

TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN GRADUATION CEREMONY / Award-winning columnist Eugene Robinson dazzles 37 Take Stock in Children Graduates

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Thirty-seven Monroe County high school graduates received their commemorative medallions at the Take Stock in Children (TSiC) graduation, Marathon High School this past Saturday, May 31st.

The Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF) welcomed Eugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post, honored guest and commencement speaker, at the 14th annual TSiC graduation ceremony. Robinson emphasized the responsibility the grads have to their Monroe County TSiC donors and mentors, as well as to the state of Florida,” noting, Success stories like these are a credit not only to the students and their families, but to the wonderful mentors who guided them during these past few years.”  (more…)

An Open Letter To Ron Martin and Andy Griffiths

Ron and Andy:

The Monroe County electorate owes both of you a big “Thank You” and I could not agree more.  Three seats on the school Board are up for election and it looked as if it was going to be a very dull, ho-hum campaign.  There did not appear to be any captivating issue(s) in the individual races or the election as a whole.  That being the case, it would not be an easy task for the voters to decide how they were going to cast their ballots.

Fortunately for us voters, you two have taken the proverbial bull by the horns and singlehandedly created an issue that will surely excite the voters.  The worst kept secret in Monroe County is your joint decision to ask your associates on the School Board to extend Mark Porter’s contract as superintendent before the August election.  Bear in mind that Porter’s contract does not expire until July 31, 2015, fourteen months from now.  Phrased differently, Porter is barely halfway through his initial three year contract. (more…)

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Justice Delayed…

Editor:

In a few days, we will be marking the third anniversary of a police riot in Miami Beach in which a motorist was killed and three others wounded when police unleashed a fusillade of 116 shots.  It was during Urban Beach Weekend in 2011 that a motorist ignored orders to pull over, nearly striking several officers and hitting barricades.  The police opened fire until the vehicle came to a stop and then continued firing into the vehicle.

Police would later claim that the motorist had fired first, mysteriously finding a gun three days later under the driver’s seat.  However, tests for gunpowder residue determined that the motorist had not fired a gun.  The general testimony by the police was contrary to the visual images shot by many bystanders using their cellphones and other devices, some of which were confiscated by the police.

There is a lot about the Miami Beach case that is very scary, not the least of which is that three years later the investigation is incomplete.  According to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office, the investigation “hopefully will be completed by the end of the summer.”  That is a common strategy in controversial cases, especially in instances where police are accused of improper, if not illegal, behavior.  Drag out the investigation interminably until most everyone has forgotten about it, witnesses have disappeared, evidence has been misplaced and so on.

Does any of this sound familiar?  Does the case of Charles Eimers come to mind?

The Blue Paper has done a superb job covering the Eimers case and it is imperative that that coverage continue.  You have already revealed questionable elements about the investigation as well as the case itself.  If we are not careful, the investigation will drag on and on and on….  Please stay on top of this case until it is resolved.

Larry Murray
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A further thought:

It has been 25 years, 1989, since a police officer in south Florida was prosecuted for killing someone in his custody.  And, that officer was acquitted.

I am unaware of any investigation by a south Florida state attorney into the death of someone in custody that was not ruled justifiable.

WORKING CLASS APPRECIATION DAY! Sunday 2:00 pm

Daddy Bones BBQ is hosting a Working Class Appreciation Day. They are providing FREE food to thank all the blue collar workers of Key West! Starts this Sunday June 8th at 2 p.m. and ends when the food runs out!

Ok, if you work three jobs, you live on a boat, your van, hell even KOTS, as long as you work and put into this little island home of ours. If you’re just a little tired of everything city government does hurting us the ones that feed the city, turn on the lights, make the beds! WELL DADDY BONES WANTS TO SAY THANK YOU! COME EAT SOME LOCAL BBQ, LISTEN TO LOCAL MUSIC, and blow off some steam!

Eimers Family Seeks Information

Eimers Request For Information

PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY FROM NATURAL DISASTERS A Guide to Flood Insurance, Flood Mitigation and Wind Mitigation Programs

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Monroe County and the Florida Association of Counties are offering a FREE Wind and Flood Mitigation Workshop on Thursday, June 12th in Key West and Friday, June 13th in Key Largo. The workshops have been designed for homeowners, utilities, governments, developers and contractors, realtors, insurance agents, businesses, and homeowner & condo associations.

The workshop includes how recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program will affect flood insurance rates in our cities and County, steps to lower flood insurance rates as well as wind and flood grant programs for residents, governments, commercial properties and homeowner developments. (more…)

Carol Munder Retrospective at Studios of Key West Through June 13
Carol Munder's photogravure "Beaumont Still Life."

Carol Munder’s photogravure
“Beaumont Still Life.”

Carol Munder’s photogravure retrospective is upstairs at The Studios of Key West through June 13.

Photogravure, an intaglio printmaking process in which a copper plate is coated with light-sensitive tissue and then etched, has been described as the most beautiful, challenging and labor-intensive of traditional photographic processes.

Evocative, haunting and masterful scarcely describe the exhibits depth, which might be compared to catching glimpses “through a glass darkly” into stories that have just begun to be imagined or perhaps were imagined long ago and now only shadowy vapors remain. Munder exhibits widely, both nationally and internationally, and is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium prize. For more information, visit tskw.org.

One Will Nab Cameo Role in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s Next Book
One mystery fiction fan will win a walk-on cameo appearance in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s next novel.

One mystery fiction fan will win a walk-on cameo appearance in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham’s next novel.

Organizers of the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest have announced that one Fest guest will walk into the pages of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham’s next story.

All fans of mystery fiction who have registered for the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West by midnight June 6 are eligible to win a walk-on role in the prolific author’s next work. Graham, who has more than seventy-five million books in print, is slated to be a panelist at the upcoming “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Fest, a gathering of premier South Florida based true crime, mystery and suspense writers, to be held in Key West June 13-15.

Her most recent book, The Cursed, released in late May, is set in Key West and involves a haunted B&B, a murder, salvagers, a sunken ship and a curse.

For registration, hotel room booking link and a full event schedule, visit www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

A Feast of Fire and Ice at Pier House With Chef Norman Van Aken! FRIDAY JUNE 13th

Down in paradise at Pier House Resort & Spa in Key West, a feast of ice and fire is brewing at the 5th annual Key West Bacchanalia. James Beard award winning Chef and author, Norman Van Aken reunites with the Pier House’s stellar executive chef, Maria Manso. It was here at the first full-service resort in Key West during 1978 that Norman Van Aken began learning under the tutelage of Pier House head chef, Annie Donovan under the watchful and helpful eye of Betty Howard. You can still hear the laughter and the soulful scents from that kitchen years ago, as an emerging Chef Norman Van Aken launched off the hot line into the fires of culinary sunlight.

On the upcoming evening of Friday, June 13th guests celebrating the Bacchanal will enjoy the collaborative verve of these 2 magnificent chefs as they create dishes from Norman and Justin Van Aken’s book, “My Key West Kitchen”. During this feast of sunlight, guest will also enjoy the cold, icy creations of Mark Drobiarz of ABC Bartending School fame as he mixes concoctions from the Rums of Puerto Rico and Barbancourt Rum. There will also be incredible wines brought by the first family of wine in Australia – the DeBortoli family!  This Feast of Ice and Fire will help benefit Darrell’s quest (of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation) to provide a cure and mobility to paralysis.

Menu Sampling:

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Le Grande Chic Trunk Sale – June 14th

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Artists Call for Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle
Michele Meck and Lydia Firefly dance with fire at a previous Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle.

Michele Meck and Lydia Firefly dance with fire at a previous 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 21, at the 8th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

Co-produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios to benefit The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle celebrates the creative Keys community, and gives artists a voice and platform to share the power of their dreams. To participate as an artist or an event sponsor contact Michael Shields at 305-394-3804 / javastudios@gmail.com. More information at keywestupdates.com.

Love Lane Gang! They’re Just Plain Fun!
Photo by Sheelman Photography

Photo by Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike.They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM. They will also be playing at Duval Street Pub on Saturday,at 8 PM.

Scheduled Appearances: (more…)

Hometown! PAC’s MEET THE CANDIDATES RALLY [June 20, 2014]

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Date and Time:  Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Studios of Key West (TSKW)
Dear Voters and Declared Candidates:
Please join us on Friday, June 20, 2014, when Hometown! presents its second event of the 2014 election cycle: the Meet the Candidates Rally!
This will be a timely event, since all candidates must qualify not later than noon June 20th.  Hometown! will present declared candidates for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The event will be held at The Studios of Key West, located at the corner of White Street and Southard. The social portion of the event begins at 5:30 pm.  Voters will have time to meet and greet declared candidates. (more…)
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THE PRISONER EXCHANGE: He Did What?!

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Longtime readers know that, of all the adventures I have had in my life, I rank my three years of military service at near the top, especially my time as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne. That time changed my life. I was discharged back into the real world, still young, but way more mature and responsible than before the Army. My brief time in the service does not make me a military expert, but I do have my opinions. Case in point: The prisoner exchange this week that resulted in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from captivity as the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

I remember what I thought when I heard the national news about Bergdahl’s capture back in 2009. How could that happen? What could the situation have been that would have given the enemy an opportunity to capture an American soldier? Well, subsequent news reports provided that answer– Bergdahl was a deserter! He simply left his post and walked off of his base. But regardless, our military has a tradition that we do not leave soldiers on the battlefield. So, during the five years that Bergdahl was in captivity, his fellow soldiers continued to look for him with the goal of freeing him from captivity. And six of them died in that effort. Continue reading

Citizen Review Board May Investigate Use of Police Taser on Matthew Shaun Murphy Three Years Ago

It was early morning July 6, 2000.  In a dark alley in Key West, Officer Michael Beerbower had Daniel Holte Stambaugh, 22, handcuffed in the back of his police cruiser. Beerbower was on top of Stambaugh’s co-defendant Jessie Gene Gregory, 19, also handcuffed.  Other officers were standing watch.  When they yelled, “Clear!” (it meant that there were no witnesses) Beerbower would allegedly then go on, alternately punching Gregory and then Stambaugh in the face.

But that “private” police matter would come out in The Blue Paper and later in the New York Times. In spite of public indignation, the police department appeared unwilling to fire or even discipline any of the officers involved.   Public discontent grew into a grass roots movement to create an independent board overseeing the Key West Police Department.  A referendum passed with 60% in favor on November 2, 2002.   The CRB (Citizen Review Board) was born.

Today, over 10 years later, in the midst of another KWPD scandal (again getting national attention) some CRB members have begun to question whether the Board should wait any longer to start tackling the issues. Continue reading

‘It Started With a Drill’

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I learned early on what little is accomplished waiting for someone to do something for you, or even to help you. Consider this one of the gleaming pros to not having your parents around, and I do stress one. Now that I’m a mother myself, I can’t imagine my children grocery shopping for the family or taking taxis by themselves when they were nine years old. Not only did I do these things, but I also created my own income because my mother’s money never seemed to make it down to me.

This lifestyle brought forth my signature feistiness which kept me afloat throughout my youth. Even heavy decisions, such as taking a Greyhound bus from Florida to Indiana to attend college, weren’t an issue for me. Although my best childhood friend and I planned on attending the same school, she decided that she wanted to move to Florida at the last minute. I still went because, like her, I needed a change. Continue reading

THE VA HOSPITAL SCANDAL

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The developing scandal at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospitals makes another strong statement about the sustainability of government-run health care. The problem here–the scandal– is not the quality of health care provided to our vets at the VA hospitals; the problem is access. And the problem of access is the result of sheer government incompetence. Here is a summary of the situation.

For the men and women who commit to serve our country in the military services, one of the commitments our government makes to them in return is to provide health care for life. This commitment is especially critical for veterans of this country’s various wars. That is one hell of a commitment– a commitment that requires professional and creative management to achieve. The problem is that, apparently, professional and creative management seem to be foreign concepts in government.

Recently, we have been hearing a lot about veterans having to wait months to get care at some VA Hospitals. By law, veterans should be able to see a doctor within 30 days after making an appointment. But at some hospitals, veterans have been forced to wait months for care– and some have died while waiting. This alone is scandalous enough. But to hide the fact that these hospitals have not been meeting the 30-day standard required by law, hospital staff has been falsifying appointment records. Now we are moving out of the realm of simple incompetence into the realm of criminal activity. Continue reading

The Blue Paper #64

Issue #64 — Friday, May 30, 2014

Who Is Responsible? Father Tased By Key West Police Suffered Catastrophic Brain Injury
Kaeden Murphy, 3 yrs old, May 2014

Matthew Shaun Murphy’s son Kaeden, now 3 yrs old, May 2014
Photo credit:  Richard Watherwax

Three years after being tased on Duval Street by a Key West Police officer, Matthew Shaun Murphy is still lying in a hospital bed.  It was around 3:30 am on April 16th, 2011, Murphy and his fiancé Marie Annulysse were on their way back home from a night on the town when they heard a raspy woman’s voice yelling, “Hey nigger lover!”  At this point you need to know that Matthew, 27 at the time, is a white man from West Virginia and Marie, then 23, is a black woman from Key West.

Sitting on the steps in front of the “Flirt” store in the 300 block were Beverly Anderson, Jason Moffet, and their pit bull.  According to Annulysse, while she was pushing Murphy away, across Eaton Street, the insults and threats kept pouring out of Anderson’s mouth, “I’m gonna kick your nigger girlfriend’s ass!” and “that’s how you make monkey babies!”

The Blue Paper has now obtained the 911 audio files. You can hear Anderson spewing an endless sewer of racial slurs at Murphy and his girlfriend.  According to Annulysse, Murphy went back and began arguing with Moffet and Anderson.  Police Officer Mark Siracuse arrived on scene at precisely the moment when Murphy punched Moffet in the jaw.  Siracuse, who had already pulled out his Taser, zapped Murphy on his right shoulder. (more…)

Welber on Welber: Special Interest Trumps Climate Action

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“I’m very proud of that,” Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent said after looking through the climate assessment last week. “I’m very proud to be part of an initiation in a region that contains millions of people.”

– Neugent commenting on praise for four-county compact that produced the Southeast Regional Action Plan

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We want to welcome back environmentalist Michael Welber for another in-depth interview.

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More like survivalist.

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Oh? And why is that?

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You’ve probably been snoozing this month, which would actually be a good thing given the continuing inexplicable actions of some of our fine county commissioners.

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What is it this time? Did they buy another restaurant? (more…)

THE VA HOSPITAL SCANDAL

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The developing scandal at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospitals makes another strong statement about the sustainability of government-run health care. The problem here–the scandal– is not the quality of health care provided to our vets at the VA hospitals; the problem is access. And the problem of access is the result of sheer government incompetence. Here is a summary of the situation.

For the men and women who commit to serve our country in the military services, one of the commitments our government makes to them in return is to provide health care for life. This commitment is especially critical for veterans of this country’s various wars. That is one hell of a commitment– a commitment that requires professional and creative management to achieve. The problem is that, apparently, professional and creative management seem to be foreign concepts in government.

Recently, we have been hearing a lot about veterans having to wait months to get care at some VA Hospitals. By law, veterans should be able to see a doctor within 30 days after making an appointment. But at some hospitals, veterans have been forced to wait months for care– and some have died while waiting. This alone is scandalous enough. But to hide the fact that these hospitals have not been meeting the 30-day standard required by law, hospital staff has been falsifying appointment records. Now we are moving out of the realm of simple incompetence into the realm of criminal activity. (more…)

Justice Delayed…

Editor:

In a few days, we will be marking the third anniversary of a police riot in Miami Beach in which a motorist was killed and three others wounded when police unleashed a fusillade of 116 shots.  It was during Urban Beach Weekend in 2011 that a motorist ignored orders to pull over, nearly striking several officers and hitting barricades.  The police opened fire until the vehicle came to a stop and then continued firing into the vehicle.

Police would later claim that the motorist had fired first, mysteriously finding a gun three days later under the driver’s seat.  However, tests for gunpowder residue determined that the motorist had not fired a gun.  The general testimony by the police was contrary to the visual images shot by many bystanders using their cellphones and other devices, some of which were confiscated by the police.

There is a lot about the Miami Beach case that is very scary, not the least of which is that three years later the investigation is incomplete.  According to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office, the investigation “hopefully will be completed by the end of the summer.”  That is a common strategy in controversial cases, especially in instances where police are accused of improper, if not illegal, behavior.  Drag out the investigation interminably until most everyone has forgotten about it, witnesses have disappeared, evidence has been misplaced and so on.

Does any of this sound familiar?  Does the case of Charles Eimers come to mind?

The Blue Paper has done a superb job covering the Eimers case and it is imperative that that coverage continue.  You have already revealed questionable elements about the investigation as well as the case itself.  If we are not careful, the investigation will drag on and on and on….  Please stay on top of this case until it is resolved.

Larry Murray
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A further thought:

It has been 25 years, 1989, since a police officer in south Florida was prosecuted for killing someone in his custody.  And, that officer was acquitted.

I am unaware of any investigation by a south Florida state attorney into the death of someone in custody that was not ruled justifiable.

Eimers Family Seeks Information

Eimers Request For Information

A Response to The CBS Report On The In-Custody Death of Charles Eimers

I watched the CBS report from beginning to end. It never made clear what was done to Mr. Eimers. The video which has always been very clear in The Blue Paper was too dark on the CBS report to see Mr. Eimers getting out of his car and getting on his knees with his hands up in surrender.

Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

Photo provided by Treavor Eimers

The report never showed that at that point, he should have been cuffed and placed into the police car, since he was not resisting arrest. The report never clearly showed all the police officers on top of him or told about the sand in his nose and mouth which asphyxiated him. The report was not clear that paramedics were told by police that they, the police, found the patient on the ground in cardiac arrest and gave him CPR, instead of being told the truth that multiple police officers were on top of him grinding him into the sand, causing the cardiac arrest from his being asphyxiated, because he first suffered respiratory arrest from having his two airways, his nose and his mouth blocked with sand from being pounded into the sand by the enormous weight from those multiple officers. If one can’t breathe, one goes into respiratory arrest and if this continues, one’s blood will stop circulating and then one goes into cardiac arrest. The CBS report never interviewed eye witnesses. They never mentioned the female officer yelling to the other officers that they were murdering Mr. Eimers. They never interviewed the medical examiner who performed the autopsy that almost didn’t happen because of the lies told to medical personnel. They only showed the interview with Mr. Eimers’ son and Chief Donie Lee, which would have been fine had they also interviewed eye witnesses and not darkened the video which clearly told the real truth.

When any officer of the law or multiple officers of the law throw a suspect, who has his hands up in surrender, to the ground and jump on him and start beating him and using the taser on him, that should no longer be considered police work; it should be considered assault and battery and assault with a deadly weapon. One does not have to be an attorney of law to know this, yet police officers are getting away with doing it all over the country, with few exceptions. Surrender is surrender and clearly, the video shows Charles Eimers on his knees with his hands up in surrender mode. What happened next should never have happened in the United States of America, and no one, officer of the law or layman, has to wait until the end of an “investigation” to know that.

Peggy Butler

West Palm Beach, FL

More Open Debate On Free Roaming Cats In Refuge Areas

Dear John,

Here are my responses to your latest letter. I think there are several issues here we can agree on and find ways to insure that those issues are adequately addressed. I share your concern that all animals, both wild and domestic, be treated humanely. But I reiterate the need for all responsible pet owners to keep their pets, particularly cats, indoors.

John Donnelly wrote on May 24, 2014 at 6:58 am

(1) Michael, thank you for your well-thought out submission. I consider you a dedicated and respected friend. As you know, just because you make statements in your article, it does not make them true or accurate.

I believe my statements to be accurate, and supported both by my own personal experience, and reports from other responsible observers. I invite anyone with evidence to the contrary to present it. I will gladly change any statement to make it more accurate, but I believe what I have presented is supported by the facts.

(2) The government is overreaching in its cat trapping practices. Cat hunters were caught, by several individuals, placing their cages on private property, with the intent to snare family pets that lived there.

“Overreaching” is a vague and undefined term. Particularly when you haven’t spelled out what the (more…)

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Another Founding Member of Sustainability Advisory Board Calls it Quits / Letter of Resignation to Mayor Cates

Dear Mayor Cates,

Please accept my letter of resignation from the Key West Sustainability Advisory Board, effective immediately.

I originally wrote this letter the night the commission voted to return us to twice-weekly trash pickup (2-1-1), but then decided to give myself a cooling-off period to see if it would change my mind. It has not.

Having served Key West as chairman to the Sustainability Advisory Board since its inception in 2009 and as vice chair since 2013, I am proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved. Key West has changed quite a bit during this time.  “Going Green” is now considered a normal part of doing business in most city decision making. I am sorry to be leaving under such circumstances, but feel compelled to do so.

It is hard to convey to you how dispiriting it is that four commissions could so easily overturn the many years of hard work by so many people, and to do so with not one comment from the public requesting a return to 2-1-1 during the discussion period of the meeting. (more…)

TUNATOONS… MEMORIAL DAY BOATING NIGHTMARE

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VNA/Hospice Receives Perfect Score!

Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys is proud to announce that they received a perfect score from the Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA) during their home health state licensure and Federal Medicare certification reviews.

“Our score on these reviews is an incredible demonstration of the hard work and commitment of our clinical staff in the field and our clinical managers and directors,” said VNA/Hospice President & CEO Jody Gross.  “I am so proud to be allowed to work with them in providing the best of home care in the Keys.”

ACHA reviews are performed at random and are un-announced in order to provide the truest and most accurate picture of the care provided by the agency and how it is managed.  The surveyors accompany staff on patient visits to observe the quality of care, as well as extensively review the agency’s medical records, personnel files, and policy and procedures.

“Surveys are important as they establish that home health agencies are providing care according to the high standards set by Medicare and the state of Florida,” stated VNA/Hospice COO Kathleen Ryzoc.  “It is an honor to work with the staff of VNA/Hospice, both here in our Tavernier office and in our Key West office, who provide such great care to our friends and neighbors.”

About Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys, Inc:

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Womankind Receives $6,000 United Way Grant For Teen Services
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Margie Smith, left, President/ CPO of United Way of the Florida Keys, is thanked by Kim Romano, Executive Director, Womankind, for the $ 6000 grant awarded to the medical center for their teen services.

2014 High School Graduation Ceremonies for the Monroe County Schools

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The Monroe County School District is proud to announce the schedule for the 2014 High School Graduation Ceremonies for the Monroe County Schools and Key West Collegiate Charter School.

Key West High School

Date and Time: Friday, June 6, 2014; 8:00 pm

Location: Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium on Kennedy Drive, Key West.

Commencement Address: Christine Dennison

Expected graduating class: 258

Key West Collegiate Academy

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 3, 2014; 5:30 pm

Location: Tennessee Williams Theater (next to Florida Keys Community College)

Commencement Address: Dr. W. Ann Reynolds

Expected graduating class: 9 (more…)

Congressman Garcia on Sec. Johnson Testifying before Judiciary Committee

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Earlier today [May 29, 2014], Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee. At the hearing, Congressman Garcia questioned Secretary Johnson regarding the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and his ongoing review of immigration policies, specifically with regards to the controversial Secure Communities program. Following the hearing, Garcia released this statement –

“With the second anniversary of DACA approaching, we are reminded, yet again, of the grave need to pass comprehensive immigration reform. As the Secretary stated, the program is working smoothly and has provided relief for hundreds of thousands of young people.  I also noted, and he agreed, that there remain those who fall short of qualifying for DACA but clearly fit the spirit of the program.  It simply shouldn’t be our country’s policy to abandon those people who have worked hard, served their communities, and are American in every way but on paper. This administration has chosen to allow more time before presenting their review of our nation’s deportation policies.  It is my sincere hope that come August, we are not met with yet another set of excuses and empty promises from Republican leadership in the House.  I was encouraged by Secretary Johnson’s candor and commitment to addressing the challenges facing our immigration system, but there is still much left to do.”

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar Thursday, October 30 thru Wednesday, November 5

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 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys.

Key West Happenings

CALL TO ARTISTS

Key West 3rd Annual Chalk Fest

November 19-23. Local and visiting artists will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for intricate and colorful chalk art creations. Adult and student categories. Submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com.

 

FESTIVALS and FUNDRAISERS

Thursday

Haunted Fort 5K, 5:30 PM

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park. Register online hauntedfort5k.com

Benefiting KWHS Class of 2015. (more…)

Mystery Writers Key West Fest Announces Novel Walk-On Role Winner
Rebecca Swope of Boca Raton has won a cameo walk-on appearance in award-winning author Sandra Balzo’s next Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse novel.

Rebecca Swope of Boca Raton has won a cameo walk-on appearance in award-winning author Sandra Balzo’s next Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse novel.

Rebecca Swope of Boca Raton, Florida, has won a walk-on cameo appearance in award-winning author Sandra Balzo’s next Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse novel, ninth in the mystery series that has just been optioned for possible development as a television series.

The walk-on prize contest was an early registration promotion for the Mystery Writers Key West Fest, which is launching its inaugural event June 13-15. A writer herself, who specializes in romantic suspense, sci-fi/fantasy and Southern memoir stories, Swope commented that she is “looking forward to causing mayhem in Sandra Balzo’s fictional world,” and would prefer the role of a criminal.

Balzo is one of nearly two-dozen premier South Florida based crime-fiction and true crime authors who will appear at the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West Fest. Open to authors, aspiring authors, and non-writing mystery-buffs alike, Fest registration is open until June 6. For further information, visit www.mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.

Artists Call for Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle
Michele Meck and Lydia Firefly dance with fire at a previous Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle.

Michele Meck and Lydia Firefly dance with fire at a previous 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 21, at the 8th Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

Co-produced by Michael Shields’ Java Studios to benefit The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Midsummer’s Night Dream & Spectacle celebrates the creative Keys community, and gives artists a voice and platform to share the power of their dreams. To participate as an artist or an event sponsor contact Michael Shields at 305-394-3804 / javastudios@gmail.com. More information at keywestupdates.com.

Love Lane Gang Playing All Sides of Town
Love Lane Gang Shoot 02+

Photo by Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike. They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

But you needn’t pay too much mind to all that serious musical analysis – they’re just plain fun!

Their regular gigs are at McConnell’s Irish Pub And Grill on Fridays at 8 PM and Saluté On The Beach on Sundays at 5:30 PM. They will also be playing at Blue Heaven on Saturday, for brunch and dinner.

Scheduled Appearances:

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Congressman Garcia on Sec. Johnson Testifying before Judiciary Committee

Congressman Garcia press release

Earlier today [May 29, 2014], Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee. At the hearing, Congressman Garcia questioned Secretary Johnson regarding the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and his ongoing review of immigration policies, specifically with regards to the controversial Secure Communities program. Following the hearing, Garcia released this statement –

“With the second anniversary of DACA approaching, we are reminded, yet again, of the grave need to pass comprehensive immigration reform. As the Secretary stated, the program is working smoothly and has provided relief for hundreds of thousands of young people.  I also noted, and he agreed, that there remain those who fall short of qualifying for DACA but clearly fit the spirit of the program.  It simply shouldn’t be our country’s policy to abandon those people who have worked hard, served their communities, and are American in every way but on paper. This administration has chosen to allow more time before presenting their review of our nation’s deportation policies.  It is my sincere hope that come August, we are not met with yet another set of excuses and empty promises from Republican leadership in the House.  I was encouraged by Secretary Johnson’s candor and commitment to addressing the challenges facing our immigration system, but there is still much left to do.”

Welber on Welber: Special Interest Trumps Climate Action

welber interviews welber

welber interviews welber

“I’m very proud of that,” Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent said after looking through the climate assessment last week. “I’m very proud to be part of an initiation in a region that contains millions of people.”

– Neugent commenting on praise for four-county compact that produced the Southeast Regional Action Plan

Blue Paper

We want to welcome back environmentalist Michael Welber for another in-depth interview.

Welber

More like survivalist.

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Oh? And why is that?

Welber

You’ve probably been snoozing this month, which would actually be a good thing given the continuing inexplicable actions of some of our fine county commissioners.

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What is it this time? Did they buy another restaurant? Continue reading

Love Lane Gang Playing All Sides of Town

Love Lane Gang Shoot 02+

Photo by Sheelman Photography

The Love Lane Gang is a locals band that knocks the socks off tourists and locals alike. They play music that spans generations as well as embodies them. With an age range among the members of over thirty years, they bring a wide variety of experience and musical tastes to bear. They’ve brought back skiffle and updated it for the present.

The emphasis is on ragtime and swing: classics from the 1930s and 1940s, done in a refreshing new style that incorporates the Hot Club approach with island flourishes. Dust Bowl ballads, old school country from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton, rockabilly and surf music classics and little-known gems, tunes from Sixties stars like The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Rolling Stones, and carefully chosen songs from current artists like Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings, and The White Stripes all fit in alongside original songs that sound like they could have come from any of those eras.

Offbeat instrumentation, including mandolin, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, washboard, and a kazoo horn section, added to familiar guitar, bass, and harmonica, creates a broad musical palette which they use to color their performances.

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