Oct 172014

Issue #84 — Friday, October 17, 2014

The Burglar, The Vigilante, and The Axe of Justice


by Naja and Arnaud Girard…….

“He saw me. I wasn’t even in the room and he shot me.  He shot me through the open door.”  What Troy Singleton had just experienced was the instant of thunder, blinding flash, and burning flesh of a 9 mm pistol shot right at his face.

Troy, you see, was the ‘cemetery burglar’ of twenty-four years ago.  Only at the time it was ‘the hotel room burglar.’  In the winter of 1990, a rash of burglaries at Key West hotels had brought the hotel /motel industry to the edge of hysteria.  Tourists were waking up in their rooms to realize someone had stolen their money and valuables while they were sleeping.  The hotel room burglar was said, in the Key West Citizen, to “threaten not only the community but the entire tourist industry.”

Twenty-four years later, still serving time on his 35-year burglary sentence, Troy Singleton says he now knows who that hotel room burglar really was. In fact, he has a signed confession from the guy, a man named Willie Lee Rose.  He also claims his trial was rigged and this week he filed a Writ of Habeas Corpus which is pending before Judge Louis Garcia, for violation of his civil rights.

This is Troy’s story: (more…)

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Emergency Helo Fare to Miami: $66,000 or Free…


“First I said I didn’t want to take the helo,” says Ellen Engleson, who had arrived at Lower Keys Medical Center with a broken femur, “I was concerned about the cost.”   She was right.  After being heliported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Ellen received a bill for $ 59,000 from LifeNet, a for-profit medical emergency helicopter service.

She has since learned that the hospital in Key West could have made the choice to send her for free, in the County’s Trauma Star medical transport helicopter. (more…)

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Subsidizing Religion: The Monroe County School District and Eagles Rest Ministries

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If you have been reading my essays the last few weeks in the “Blue Paper”, you know that I have been looking into community use of School District property.  More specifically, I have been examining Facilities Use Agreements (FUA’s) between various schools and community organizations.  It has been an interesting exploration to say the least.

The School District has very specific policies governing community use of school facilities.  SB 7510  – Use of District Facilities, along with the terms and conditions contained in Facilities Use Agreements, govern the contracts between the District and renters.  What is most interesting about the execution of these policies is that they are ignored more than they are followed.  A particular case in point is an FUA between Poinciana School and Eagles Rest Ministries. (more…)

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Apathetic Losers or Leisure Users?


In the published responses to last week’s column on the death of the middle class, the always-ascerbic Keysbum dared to dump on me for “blaming the victims” of our “fascistic” corpora-tocracy. He’s right. I blame them for allowing and even helping create their own miserable job conditions. But I have reflected on Keysbum’s barbs and am playing with the idea: have the losers actually won? (more…)

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I sometimes think back on that glorious night in November of 2008, when Barak Obama gave his victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park. As the tens of thousands gathered there watched Obama and his beautiful family approach the podium, there was a feeling of ecstasy in the air, almost as if the President-elect need not say anything for this moment to be etched in history forever. One could feel it, even from the vantage point of a TV screen. America had done it again. We’d thrown out the Bush-Cheney Huns, we’d righted the ship, and, most importantly, we’d blazed a new path for all the world to see, one in complete harmony with the national rhetoric of equality, democracy, opportunity and freedom. It felt good to be an American again. It was time to restore the nation’s dignity, especially in the realm of foreign policy, which The Huns had reduced to little more than a barbaric use of force (I use the word “barbaric” with purpose, being that we use it so often in describing ISIS). Please, somebody, anybody, rescue us from this endless degradation of drones, smart bombs, color coded terrorist threats, and the narrative needed to make us accept such idiocy. And we thought, yes, this man, this poised, intelligent black man with the dazzling smile — maybe he can do it.

Yeah — and maybe an elephant can fly. (more…)

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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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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


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

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Love Lane Gang Is Back For More Fun!!

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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.

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 playing their regular gigs at Saluté On The Beach Sunday at 5:30 PM and Sunset Pier Wednesdays at 5:30 PM.

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Additional mentors are needed to match with incoming Take Stock in Children students prior to the contract signing ceremonies scheduled for the week of October 27th.

Take Stock in Children, the flagship college scholarship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation, is ready to accept nearly 60 new students into the program during the last week of October. “We have a fantastic group of qualified candidates who are ready to join Take Stock in Children and work towards achieving their goal of a college education. However, if we do not have a volunteer mentor to match with the student, we cannot accept the student into our program,” said Monroe County Education Foundation president Steve Pribramsky. (more…)

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Sunday, October 19th, the Zombie Ride.  This year the event will begin at East Martello Tower, 3501 S Roosevelt Blvd.  Gathering will be from 2-4 p.m. at East Martello with face painting, etc. prior to the ride.
The ride will depart East Martello Tower at 6:00 p.m. going west on S Roosevelt Blvd to Bertha Street, north on Bertha Street to Atlantic Blvd.  west on Atlantic Blvd to Reynolds Street, north on Reynolds Street to South Street, west on South Street to Duval Street, north on Duval Street toward Front Street.  The 100, 200, and 300 blocks of Duval Street will be closed from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. for these revelers.
There will still be access to the airport, if necessary, from Flagler Avenue onto S Roosevelt Blvd.
There will be running street closures during this event, but keep in mind that there will be stragglers along this route.

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Fantasy Fest 2014 Posters and T-Shirts Available Now


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New Portrait Painting Class by Janis Stevens

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Key West artist Janis Stevens is now teaching portrait painting classes at FKCC every Tuesday at 6PM. The cost is $ 25 per class.
Take your oil, acrylic or pastel painting to a higher plane! We will explore the techniques and principles used by masters like Sargent, Zorn, and Fechin as we work from both photos and live models. Traditional techniques will be emphasized and individualized instruction provided. Beginners are welcome. Bring you own supplies. Canvas and pastel paper will be available at cost.

Janis Jo Stevens has been doing portraits for over 30 years and holds a Master’s degree in Art Education. www.artbyjanis.com for more information email: janisjoy@live.com or call Cathy Torres at FKCC Continuing Education to register. (305) 809-3250.

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Drone Technology as Tool of Terror at the Heart of Thriller From Florida Author

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Drone technology is making its presence known and is the focus of Joel Narlock’s “Drone Games,” which will be released on Oct. 14 and will be available in bookstores and from online retailers.

The benefits are evident, but what if drones were used for evil?

In “Drone Games,” it’s domestic terrorism as you’ve never seen it before. An al-Qaeda terror ​cell uses cutting-edge drone technology to circumvent post-9/11 airport security measures. Within hours, two commercial planes crash. The President faces an unthinkable decision: ground US aviation—and the economy—or keep flying and risk more deaths. Based on real-life technology, “Drone Games” is a fascinating fictional account of terrorism’s future. (more…)

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Keys Council of the Arts, Calendar October 16 – 22

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Key West Happenings

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


Thursday, October 16

Walk on White Gallery Walk, 6 PM

Exhibitions & receptions at galleries & shops along White St including Cindy Kulp New Works & Sally Binard at Harrison Gallery, Jack Houston, Island Inspirations at Stone Soup Gallery & hIPSO facto at the Coffee Mill Dance Studio on Pohalski Lane. (more…)

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Monthly SHOW & SHINE This Saturday October 19th


The Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club (FKSCC) holds its monthly SHOW & SHINE- CAR SHOW this Saturday, October, 19th. Noon to 4pm 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 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 305- 942-1758.

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB EVENT: Celebrate the 15th Annual Lights On Afterschool

Once again, The Southernmost & Big Pine Boys & Girls Clubs will celebrate Lights On Afterschool. On the afternoon of October 23rd from 4-7 PM in Bayview Park, children and their families will join in the carnival-like atmosphere of the 15th annual celebration. Face-painting, a giant bounce house with slides, cookie-decorating, games and prizes, popcorn, Centennial Bank’s hamburgers and hot dogs, with sodas and water, the Fire Department, the Wildlife Center, Bahama Village Music Program, US 1 radio with Steve Miller and much more. (more…)

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Monthly Artisan Market Kicks Off New Season

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The much anticipated Key West Artisan Market will kick off a new season on Sunday, November 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm at the Restaurant Store parking lot.

The event gives residents and visitors alike a chance to shop fresh and local. The parking lot at 1111 Eaton is transformed into a showcase of art, photography and unique local handicrafts made exclusively in the Keys in one convenient location. There will be entertainment, demonstrations and sampling. (more…)

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FLOW TRIBE In Key West at The Green Parrot! October 17th and 19th

“Back cracking music.” That’s how the New Orleans natives in Flow Tribe describe their sound. It’s a groove-based gumbo, a mixture of classic Louisiana traditions (funk, jazz, electric blues) and modern-day influences (rock, hip-hop). It’s music that moves. Music that hits you in the heart and the feet. Music that sounds as celebratory as the Big Easy itself.

More than anything, though, it’s music that gets you dancing. (more…)

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The Beach Boys at The Tennessee Williams Theatre November 7th
Photo Credit: David McClister

Photo Credit: David McClister

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history.  The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world. The Beach Boys will pull into town to perform on November 7 at The Tennessee Williams Theatre in Key West, FL.  (more…)

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Call to Artists for the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival
Sarasota based artist Stig Lindow is shown putting finishing touches on his 2013 Key West Chalk Festival creation, a larger-than-life rendering of Key West Art & Historical Society mascot, Robert the Haunted Doll.  Photo by Carol Tedesco

Sarasota based artist Stig Lindow is shown putting finishing touches on his 2013 Key West Chalk Festival creation, a larger-than-life rendering of Key West Art & Historical Society mascot, Robert the Haunted Doll. Photo by Carol Tedesco

The Key West Art in Public Places Board announces a call to artists for the 3rd Annual Key West Chalk Festival.  November 19-23, local and visiting artists—from novices to world-class artists—will use the promenade alongside the seawall at the Truman Waterfront as their canvas for elaborate and colorful chalk art creations, with prizes awarded in student and adult categories. The AIPP Board is happy to announce that Denise Kowal, Founder and Chair of the Sarasota Chalk Festival is working with AIPP to help make this year’s Festival the best yet. Artists may register using the event submission form available online at artinpublicplaceskw.com. Ongoing information and updates are available on the Key West Chalk Festival Facebook page.

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City of Key West Sightseeing Franchise Input

The Key West City Commission wants to hear your views and ideas regarding the franchise agreements between the city and sightseeing enterprises. These agreements will be reviewed by all commissioners from now until February. The commissioners want to hear from the community. Please click the following link for the online form. Or you can send your comments to 3132 Flagler Ave, Key West, Florida 33040



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Vending Booths Available for Fantasy Fest Street Fair

Booth Spaces for Food Vendors and Artists & Craftspeople: Fantasy Fest has a few select Food Vendor booth spaces available at the festival’s spectacular Animated Dreams and Adventures Street Fair to be held Friday, October 24th, set-up at 10 am and running to 10 pm and Saturday, October 25th from 10 until Midnight.

Several excellent vending spaces are also available to artists and craftspeople for the Street Fair on Friday, October 24th.

Applications are available at the Fantasy Fest website, www.fantsyfest.com or by calling the Fantasy Fest office, 296-1817.

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