Jun 302015
 

uber

This just in from spokesperson, Bill Gibbons, on behalf of Uber in response to KWPD’s announcement today that Uber drivers in Key West that don’t possess a vehicle-for-hire license will be arrested beginning tomorrow, July 1, 2015:

“It is unconscionable that the city would seek to limit safe, reliable transportation ahead of one of the deadliest weekends of the year for drunk driving-related incidents. We hope the city will reconsider and work with us on a sensible, modern regulatory framework for ridesharing in Key West. Continue reading »

Jun 302015
 
A Message From KWPD to Uber Drivers

Key West has an ordinance that prohibits independent Uber drivers. Beginning July 1, drivers for Uber/Lyft may find themselves under arrest if they continue to drive passengers without a City vehicle-for-hire license. For several months, the City has attempted to inform the community that it provides only 56 such licenses, all of which have been [more…]

Jun 262015
 
To Tase or Not To Tase:  CRB Exonerates Officer Responsible For Catastrophic Tasing of Matthew Murphy

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…. The controversy over police use of tasers in Key West and Monroe County has recently received a lot of attention. The results of separate investigations in two high-profile taser cases in the Keys have just been announced. Four months ago we published cellphone video showing an unidentified man who’d been tased [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Trooper Out of Control

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… OIG Investigation Report just in… In February we reported on the shocking tasing of an older gentleman by a state trooper on US 1 near the 18-mile stretch. Before a bystander’s cell phone video was made public, the trooper, Eloy Arias, had written in his incident report that he had [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Show Me the Money, Part II

by Dr. Larry Murray……. Since the publication of my article, “Show Me the Money”, additional information has come my way regarding the School District’s contractual agreement(s) with NMSI for assistance with broadening participation and increasing scores in Advanced Placement classes. Perhaps the most important thing that I have learned is that no one really knows [more…]

Jun 262015
 
The Long Poem

by Kirby Congdon…. We have a tradition of the long poem as an historical account in ancient history on through to the contemporary meditative reflection. A cousin of mine, around 1944, could recite Hiawatha (1855) by Longfellow. Few people outside of the schools have even read any long poem today. As a nation we tend [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Collective Insanity

by Alex Symington……. Looking back three and a half years ago I finally had to admit we have gone collectively insane as a country with the passive acceptance of the Newtown, CT massacre of twenty toddlers and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. With that nightmare I had thought, well, finally the nation [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Introducing the Secondhand Smoke Citizens Advisory Board

by Dorothy Harden… Did you know that in 1985, Florida became the first state to strip local governments of the ability to adopt laws that restrict smoking in public places and workplaces? Preemption of tobacco control issues is the tobacco industry’s #1 legislative goal. The industry knew that if local governments adopted smoke free laws for [more…]

Abundant Gratitude

 Posted by on June 26, 2015  Issue #120  1 Response »
Jun 262015
 
Abundant Gratitude

by Mary Susan Axberg… In October of 2014 an article was published in “The Blue Paper” written by my late husband’s dear friend John Donnelly. Your decision to publish his story produced a miracle in my life. The article highlighted my husband, Robert Axberg, and his meritorious service to our country as a United States [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Tree Planting Project

Letter To The Editor: The tree planting project in Key Largo is a valuable investment that will pay enormous dividends. This beautiful and effective undertaking will reverse the destructive impulses that have been tearing away at our communities. Trees clean the air. Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Hotel Booking Scam

On June 5th, the entire Florida Congressional delegation wrote a letter (see below) to the FTC asking them to look into the Hotel Booking Scam plaguing the state and to protect more consumers from falling victim to it. Some of the deceptive acts include: -The rogue URL was almost exactly the same as the actual hotel’s URL. [more…]

Jun 262015
 
16 Community Members Become Certified Car Seat Technicians

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition would like to congratulate 16 community members on becoming the newest car seat technicians in Monroe County. Without the hard work of volunteer technicians, the Coalition would not be able to offer this free car seat program, which has helped hundreds of children travel safely. The Florida Keys Healthy [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Waste Management of the Florida Keys Donates Truck to Haiti

Waste Management of the Florida Keys is donating a garbage truck to an organization that is helping children and communities survive in impoverished and earthquake ravaged areas of Haiti. Waste Management’s Greater Mid-Atlantic Area donated a truck to the Haitian organization, Love a Child, following the January 2010 earthquake. Allentown, PA Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who [more…]

Jun 262015
 
7 Killer Reasons to Register for the Mystery Writers Key West Fest Today

1) Sensational Star Power: Rub elbows with international bestselling and global multi-award winning suspense-thriller writer Jeffery Deaver and other world-class and bestselling mystery authors, including James O. Born, Heather Graham, Chris Kuzneski, Libby Fischer Helman, Sandra Balzo, Nancy J. Cohen, Laurence O’Bryan, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera and many more. 2) It’s a steal of a deal: Event [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Florida Keys Council of the Arts Cultural Calendar

Thursday, June 25 thru Wednesday, July 1 Visit keysarts.com, Cultural Calendar for more listings and events throughout the Keys. Key West Happenings ARTISTS RECEPTIONS and EXHIBITONS Friday thru July 9 Gale Upmal Featured Artist Show: Fins & Feathers, 10 AM The Key West Art Center, 301 Front St. 305-294-1241. keywestartcenter.com CLASSES and WORKSHOPS The Studios [more…]

Jun 262015
 
NAS Honors Pride Month

  “This is a moment I never thought I’d see in my lifetime.” Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Mark Ebenhoch admitted he was “blown away” by his participation in the 2nd Annual Pride Month celebration at Naval Air Station Key West Thursday. “I’m standing here talking about [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] LGBT pride and [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Cistern Ecologies Bike Tour 2015

The Studios of Key West is hosting Artist in Residence Laurencia Strauss as she leads the Cistern Ecologies Bike Tour 2015. Join us to share in the exchange of locally based knowledge. We’ll be visiting people and sites that continue the island’s legacy of creative strategies to harvest fresh water. If you went on the [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Going Home:  Key West Art & Historical Society Receives Suzie dePoo Art Acquisition from Spring Hills, Florida

Key West Art & Historical Society recently acquired 14 original pieces of artwork created by Suzie dePoo, the venerated Key West artist recognized as a legacy to the island’s arts community through more than fifty years of art work, support of other artists and the large body of work she produced for Key West Hand [more…]

Jun 262015
 
LWV Socials Continue

The Fifth Tuesday socials sponsored by the Lower Keys League of Women Voters continue on June 30 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at New York Pasta Garden in Duval Square. President Joan Wallin and Treasurer Sandy Bergin will be on hand to report on their adventures at the recent convention of the Florida League [more…]