Jun 232017
Greatness Moves Among Us: Flower Conroy Named Key West Poet Laureate

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

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:09 am Arida Wright, Issue #224 No Responses »
Jun 232017
Contemplating a Jobless Future: I For One Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

by Thomas L. Knapp……. Writing in Reason magazine, Ronald Bailey asks (and tries to answer) a question you’ve probably been hearing a lot lately and may have silently asked yourself: “Are Robots Going to Steal Our Jobs?” Bailey takes an optimistic view. “[A]s we look ahead now to the end of the 21st century, we can’t predict what jobs workers will be doing, he writes. “But that’s no reason to assume those jobs won’t exist.”

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:05 am Issue #224, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Jun 232017
The Castile Doctrine: Cops Without Consequences

  by Thomas L. Knapp……. On June 16, a jury acquitted St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges in the 2016 killing of motorist Philando Castile. That acquittal was, in a sense, also a death sentence — not for Yanez, but for future motorists unfortunate enough to encounter cops like him. No, this is not a “bad cop” story. It’s a sad tale and I actually feel sorry for Yanez. But the facts are what they are. Yanez killed Castile. The killing [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #224, Thomas L. Knapp 3 Responses »
Jun 232017
Mere Anarchy: The Center Cannot Hold

by Thomas L. Knapp……. A spectre is haunting Earth — the spectre of freedom. All the powers of the existing order have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Drug Czar, Tillerson and May, European progressives and Chinese financial police. Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as anarchistic by its opponents in power? Where is the opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of anarchism, against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #224, Thomas L. Knapp No Responses »
Jun 232017
Two People Arrested, Two Separate Incidents of Violence, Same Victim

A Summerland Key man was beaten by his ex-girlfriend, then cut with a knife by his roommate all over a complicated domestic dispute between four people in the early morning hours Thursday [June 22, 2017] at a home on Summerland Key. Deputies responded twice to a home on Airport Drive North. The first call, shortly after midnight, was a woman who was beating a man “to death”.

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
Get off the Beaten Trails at the National Key Deer Refuge

Join us for the 4th annual National Key Deer Refuge sponsored Ranger-Guided “Summer Nights Adventure Program”.  Visitors and locals are welcome at these free, kid-friendly, nature-oriented walks and bike rides. Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center, (179 Key Deer Blvd in Winn Dixie Plaza, on Big Pine Key).   Attendees are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear (that is ok to get wet), bring bug spray and a camera to capture the moments.  For details, or information, contact Kristie Killam at 305-304-9625 or kristie_killam@fws.gov.  Come on out, [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:01 am Issue #224, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 232017
FDLE Arrests Broward County Man for Scheme to Defraud and Grand Theft over $100,000

FT. MYERS, Fla – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Colin L. Ansby, 25, of 225 NW 79th Terr., Margate, for one count each of scheme to defraud over $50,000, grand theft over $100,000, and grand theft between $20,000 and $100,000. Ansby is accused of being the recipient of the proceeds of an elaborate scheme to defraud victims in Florida and Pennsylvania. The scheme, known as a business email compromise, used compromised email accounts to convince the victims to wire transfer money which they [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
The Secret to Success: Shut Up

by Kim Pederson……. I would have to discover this advice right after posting about getting back to work on my novel ZAD. Can I take it back? No. What advice you ask (or might ask)? Euny Hong’s Quartz post titled “Want to Write a Book? Stop Talking about It. Entirely.” In it, she leads off with this Korean saying that her mom cited often: “You have nothing to fear from someone who threatens that he is going to kill you tomorrow.” Then she explains: The [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #224, Kim Pederson No Responses »
Jun 232017
Anti Meridiem

Anti Meridiem “Once more, now.” Alright. I’ll breathe. They say it’s good for you but who cares? I want more sleep. “The clocks do not stop.” I said who cares? “We’re starting over.” Do I get a cup of coffee? “Two cups.” Alright I’ll start over. Kirby Congdon

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #224, Kirby Congdon No Responses »
Jun 232017
PLASTIC SURGERY & LAVISH TRIPS ABROAD: This Is Where Tax Dollars Intended For Education Are Going Thanks To Tallahassee's Severe Mismanagement Of Floridians' Money 

School Operator, Who Received Over $57 Million In Public Funds, Charged With Racketeering & Fraud Florida Legislature Diverts Millions To For-Profits, But Fails To Hold Them Accountable TALLAHASSEE – On Monday, a school operator who managed 15 schools across six Florida counties was charged with racketeering and fraud “in what prosecutors said was a scheme to steer public education money his way using huge markups, bogus invoices and a web of related corporations.” Over the past decade, the operator received over $57 million in public funds and used over [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
Animal Cruelty Case Vs. U.S. Forest Service Sidelined

Two Horses and a Mule Died of Dehydration in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves Forest Washington, DC — An attempt to criminally prosecute U.S. Forest Service employees for acts of cruelty to animals resulting in the death of two horses and a mule has been dropped, according to court records posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The dismissals followed an assertion of federal sovereign immunity in order to block prosecution in state court. More than most federal agencies, the U.S. Forest Service uses horses and [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jun 232017
Four Arrested on Drug Charges

  Sheriff’s detectives arrested four people on drug charges. 29 year old Travis Adamson of Big Pine Key was arrested Wednesday afternoon on Big Pine Key for sale of Oxycodone and Clonazepam. When he was arrested, Adamson was found to be in possession of more Oxycodone. There was also an active warrant for his arrest on drug charges from a previous undercover drug purchase made on June 13th on Big Pine Key. 29 year old Jerome Durham of Big Pine Key was arrested on outstanding [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
Marine Related Thefts Begin to Increase as Season Approaches

As the boating and fishing season picks up in the Florida Keys, the Sheriff’s Office has started to see more marine related thefts throughout the county. Just a reminder to everyone to take precautions. Most boat, motor, fishing and diving equipment thefts can be easily prevented with minimum effort on your part. On Friday, the property manager of Lion’s Lair trailer park on Grassy Key reported a boat motor missing from a 2016 20 foot long Robaldo boat at the trailer park. The motor, a [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
BOCC Congratulates Raschein and Flores on Successful Legislative Session for Monroe County

KEY LARGO, FL – At the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners meeting Wednesday in Key Largo, Mayor George Neugent praised the work that was done on behalf of Monroe County by Rep. Holly Raschein, Sen. Anitere Flores and the County’s entire legislative team during the 2017 State Legislative Session in Tallahassee. Monroe County Director of Legislative Affairs Lisa Tennyson said most of the County’s state legislative priorities were successful this year. Monroe County received an appropriation of $13.3 million through the Florida Keys Stewardship [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
Chris Oliver Named Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, selected Chris Oliver as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Oliver assumes his new position this week. As assistant administrator, Oliver will oversee the federal agency responsible for recreational and commercial fisheries that contribute more than $200 billion to the nation’s economy and support nearly two million jobs. In addition to managing productive and sustainable domestic fisheries, including some aspects of marine aquaculture, the agency works to recover and conserve protected resources such as whales, [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:45 am Issue #224, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 232017
Emerging Writer Award Deadline is June 30

The Key West Literary Seminar is currently accepting applications for three Emerging Writer Awards, which recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers. Poets and writers who have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017. The Marianne Russo Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award are each tailored to a particular literary form: the Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #224, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 232017
Sheriff’s Office Remembers Deputy Killed in Traffic Accident

This week the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office remembers a Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty seven years ago in a traffic accident. On June 22, 2010 Deputy Melissa “Missy” Powers was killed in a traffic accident in Key Largo as she was responding to assist a fellow officer. Deputy Powers was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2006  as a road patrol deputy. She previously worked for the Florida Department of Corrections.

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #224, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 232017
Monroe County School District Announces Florida Council for Social Studies Teachers of the Year

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. — Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the Florida Council for the Social Studies (FCSS) Elementary Teacher of the Year for Monroe County, Anne Osborne from Plantation Key School and the Secondary Teacher of the Year, Nora Laubenstein, from Key West High School.  Ms. Osborne and Mrs. Laubenstein were selected because of their ability to foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, the student ­teacher relationships they have built, their professionalism, and their outstanding teaching methods. Ms. Osborne teaches [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #224, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 232017
Key West Resident Judy Hadley Lands Walk-On Role in Bestselling Author Meg Muldoon’s Next Novel

Judy Hadley of Key West, Florida, has won a walk-on cameo appearance in bestselling author Meg Muldoon’s next novel, “Meltdown in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery Book,” which is due out this August. Muldoon, author of more than a dozen “cozy” mystery titles and a run-away success story in the self-publishing world, was a featured panelist at the recent Mystery Fest Key West. The “character placement” contest was an early registration promotion for the fest, which took place June 16-18 at the DoubleTree Resort [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #224, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 232017
Save the Dates for Schooner Wharf Bar Dock Party!!

Summer Jam Wesley House Family Services is partnering once again with Sunset Grille to host the 8th Annual Summer Jam on July 29th from 6:00PM – 9:00PM. This family-friendly, island pool party will be emceed by the fabulous Leigha Fox of US 1 Radio, entertainment by the amazing band I-Land Vibe, the Top Caribbean Band in South Florida, enjoy some delicious food and drink specials, fun games, and you can relax and keep cool in the beautiful pool. For more information contact Claire at 305-809-5000 [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:30 am Issue #224, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 232017
Key West Association of Realtors

Scholarships Last week we handed out $15,000 in scholarships checks. 15 Key West High School graduates were awarded $1,000 scholarships each. The KWHS scholarship fund has been has been in place for the last 19 years. The money is raised from members of KWAR and sponsors. Chris Elwell of Royal Furniture and Design has been a main contributor to this fund as well as the luncheon the sponsor for the KWAR General Membership Meeting that the scholarships were presented to the graduates. Recipients were selected [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #224, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 232017
Notice of Change of Date for Key Colony Beach Meeting from the 27th to the 29th

Department of Health Hosting Upcoming Community Meetings ~ Florida Department of Health in Monroe will presenting public health survey results for Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach~ Monroe County, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County recently completed three community health assessments involving resident input in the Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach. The department is inviting members of the community to participate in three upcoming community meetings where research specialists will be presenting the results of these assessments. These [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
SUMMER Music Classes

Music for newborns, infants, toddlers & families Registration is now open for Music Together in the Keys’ six-week Summer term, which begins July 4, with new CDs, books and activities. Space is limited. The fun, playful classes are for newborns through 4-year-olds and the adults who love them. Music Together is an international, science-based program that makes positive, lasting changes in young brains. Classes meet weekly, on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, in the cheerful Fellowship Room of the Church of Christ, 1700 Von Phister St. [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #224, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 232017
United Way of the Florida Keys Releases New Mission Statement

United Way of the Florida Keys (UWFK) announced today that its board of directors has approved a change to its formal mission statement. UWFK’s mission now affirms: “United Way of the Florida Keys, the leader in community caring, advocates for increased social consciousness while actively fighting for strong working families through access to nutritious food, child development and safety net services.” Almost 50% of our Florida Keys community is one step away from homelessness and despair. United Way of the Florida Keys works to increase [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:15 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
Florida TaxWatch Honors Miami-Area Winners of the 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards Program

TAMPA, Fla. – On June 21, 2017, Florida TaxWatch recognized innovative and inspiring Prudential Productivity Awards winners from the Miami area during a ceremony at the Miami Airport Hilton. In its 29th rendition, the Prudential Productivity Awards program is designed to highlight and reward state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers. The program received hundreds of nominations in 2017 and Florida TaxWatch honored those hard-working state employees and teams from the Miami area for their achievements and efforts. All winners [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
Hog's Breath Entertainment

Myles Mancuso At the Hog’s Breath Saloon The Myles Mancuso plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon’s outdoor stage, June 26 – July 2, 10 pm – 2 am. Myles Mancusco is a nationally recognized prodigy who fronts his own band, singing, playing guitar and keyboards. He is considered one of the top 10 guitar prodigies in the world. He has been performing professional since the age of 10. Mancusco has performed at some of New York City’s top bars: BB Kings in Time Square, the Cutting [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #224, Music, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 232017
KWAHS Teen Camp - Pinhole Photography

Jaden Most, 11, watches Key West Art & Historical Society Teen Camp assistant instructor Lilly Magidson use a contemporary DSLR camera to photograph Pinhole Photography instructor Jodell Roberts and student Maddie Bock, 12, as they set up a pinhole camera exposure at Fort East Martello on Tuesday. Pinhole camera’s can be made from a number of materials (in this case a can) and rather than a lens, a small hole is made that light passes through to expose the photo paper, which must be placed [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:08 am Art, Issue #224, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 232017
Key West Art & Historical Society to Contribute to Hemingway Days Events with Multiple Cultural Offerings

Literary icon and Key West legend Ernest Hemingway will be commemorated July 18-23 during the annual Hemingway Days celebration, with this year’s offerings to include an array of cultural events presented by Key West Art & Historical Society that applaud not only Hemingway’s accomplishments but those that have been inspired by him. “Hemingway Days is a perfect fit for our mission,” says Director of Education Adele Williams. “The event attracts a diverse audience to Key West and allows us to showcase a myriad of subject [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #224, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 232017
Key Lime Festival Kicks Off at Key West Lighthouse with Gravity-Defying Key Lime Pie Drop

Key West Art & Historical Society helps to catapult America’s favorite citrus celebration – the Key Lime Festival – into the lime-light on Saturday, July 1 from 11:00am-4:00pm with a free Key Lime Pie Drop contest and party at the Key West Lighthouse, located at 938 Whitehead Street. Those with a taste for engineering adventures are invited to enter the competition for a chance at fame, fortune, a trophy and a crisp $100 dollar cash prize. Food and drinks, live music from the funky/soul band [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #224, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Jun 232017
South Florida Ford & Duncan Ford Family to Present $5k Grant to Womankind

South Florida Ford and Duncan Ford to present Womankind of Key West with a $5,000 grant in honor of the Duncan Ford family’s longtime efforts to help breast cancer patients become survivors. Womankind is a medical and wellness center providing high-quality family planning, primary health care, and mental health counseling to people of all income levels. Through the Duncan Family Breast Cancer Treatment Grant, Womankind will implement an outreach and education program component that will target African American women 40 years of age and older. [continue reading…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #224, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jun 162017
Community News: Narcotics Anonymous 25th "Recovery in Paradise" Event Was Phenomenal!

by Arida Wright……. A phenomenal event happened the weekend of April 28-30, 2017. 1,600 recovering addicts and their families gathered at Sugarloaf KOA Campground for the 25th Anniversary of the Conch Republic Area of Narcotics Anonymous Recovery In Paradise Spiritual Retreat! There has never been anything like it in the Keys, ever! Twenty five years ago, a small group of recovering addicts who were having NA meetings at the Anchors Aweigh Club house at 404 Virginia St. had a desire to unite in fellowship with [continue reading…]

 June 16, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #223, News, Public Notice No Responses »