Keys Blast from Ed Krane & Friends October 26, 2020
THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE AND FRIENDS
OCTOBER 26, 2020
We start off each Issue with our Lead Tease Photos (Each Photo will Represent Features in this Issue). Above : Two Photos (Liz Acar & Steve Panariello from "Isolated Island : The Key West Covid-19 Spring of 2020" 352 Page Coffee Table Book , & Then the Next Photo is Part of Our Weekly Photographic Journey around the World ( This Week : Poco da Ribeira do Ferreiro on Flores Island Azores). Then Below : This Week in the October 26th. 2020 Issue : The Gang is back in town Bill, Gary & Deb this Weekend at Key West Gallery & a Sneak Preview of their NYE Events, The Key West Film Festival (KWFF WWW.KWFILMFEST.COM ) IS ON THIS YEAR 11/18-22 Kick Off at The KW / Coffee Butler Amphitheatre with the Film by Albert Maysles "Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones" , Pt. 4 "49 Most Powerful & Rare Historical Photos Vol. 40" from Popular You-Tube Content Provider "Perfect Life", Bill and Linda Klipp's Photographs help us tremendously to remember Fantasy Fest, KWBG ( Key West Business Guild) has their next Luncheon at Marriott Beachside Wed. Nov. 4, BVMPKW on Sunday Nov. 8 a Benefit Art Auction from 20 Local Artists called "HeArt Strings" + They are Looking for a New Executive Director (Great Job Katchen), The TSKW (Studios of Key West) so much going on inc. "The Smallest Parade in the Universe" Oct. 24 by Gordon Ross WHICH IS LIVE STREAMING 7-9PM LOTS OF FUN...- West Side Story : An American Tragedy with Stephen Kitsakos 10/15-29 + Recycled Potraits by Bria Ansara (10/27) PLUS "Between Two Palms" Continues Wed. 10/28 with Dawn French, The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) is partnering with Hawks Cay Resort to expand educational and training opportunities in the field of hospitality in the Middle Keys, Don Oriolo Owner of the Zazoo Galleries and Famed Cartoonist Just Hung 6 Oriolo "Felix the Cat" Paintings in Key West (Originals & Copies are Offered),TDC (Tourist Developement Council has their "October Keys Traveler" On-Line Magazine (Below : Kyla Piscopink and Jordan Fife Performing in a Dance Key West event WWW.DANCEKEYWEST.ORG ), The City of KW comes out with the 2020 Old Town Parking Pass, Our Good Friend Shirrel Rhoades Owner of WWW.ABSOLUTELYAMAZINGEBOOKS.COM always Tells us about their Many New Additions ( I buy my Mom about $150 every month; she loves to read and they have Hundreds of Interesting Tities Covering ALL the Genres. Also in this Issue: Many Additional Features inc. New Info from The Gallery on Greene on Peter Vey in addition to info on Jmes Kerr-Alfred Crimi-Silvia Rivero-Henry Lagagnina-Michael Harrell & Harriet Frank, REEF RELIEF and MOTE, & The City of Key West Produces a Few "MASKS" Videos and we have the URL Links.
The Next Batch of Photos Representing Many of the Features in this Issue October 26th., 2020 Issue : Two Groovy History Features : Pt. 3 of 3 from Popular Editor Kennita Leon Rose of WWW.GROOVYHISTORY.COM"Photographs You'll Not Find in Books" & Part 1 of Probably 6 (from their Popular Editor Lyra Radford) "Stunning Photos from the Past Sure to Cause NOSTALGIA" Below Ginger and Mary Ann, 2020 KWFF LIVE STREAMING KICK OFF Wed. Oct 28 7pm, Our Continuation of The Artists Hanging Year Round at The Key West Art Center (Below : "As The Light Fades" by Pam Hobbs Acrylic), "The Key West Covid-19 Spring of 2020 Large Photo Book", Roberta DePiero & Her Weekly Photographic Journeys Around Town, The Good Doctor John "Jack" Norris Giving Us Much Information with Many Video Features, Updated Info. from Alyson Crean & Monroe Holloway & The City of KW Including Mayor Teri Johnston's Appointments for The City of KW Sustainability Board, + "Kids Masquerade Party Produced by "Mom and Pop Business Organization" on Oct 31 5-8pm at Coffee Butler Amphitheater (Contact PaulMenta@Gmail.com) + Our Weekly Feature from Monroe County. Also Featured in this Oct. 26 Issue : Part 3 of 3"24 Rare & Mind Blowing Historical Photos" from Popular You-Tube Content Provider "World of Pics", Curator for the Cuban / Latin American Artists Alaen Ledesma Fernandez promotes Beatriz Sala Santacana & 11/2 Alaen Features Juan Carlos Verdial Soltura, WWW.HOMETOWNKEYWEST.COM, Paul Overstreet & Trop Rock Music Association Awards Oct 28, K9 "Coral" In the Service of MCSO,Then Our Continued Weekly Feature from The Key West Gallery 601 Duval Street Featuring Alexandra Nechita (Below : "Untitled Hand Colored Etching) and Other Upcoming Events and Features in This Issue. Thanks for Reading; Ed.
Mayor Teri Johnston Appoints Two KWHS Students to the Coty of KW Sustainabilty Board : Left Valerie Thene & Right Rosa Nafrere
THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE AND FRIENDS
October 26th., 2020 ; going out to 7800 Weekly.
The Weekly "CRISIS INFORMATION CENTER" Feature has Grown Large in Order to keep you Well Informed from
The City of KW , Monroe County, KWPD, One Clean Island (OCI), MCSO, CDC, SOS, & Other Very Important Local & National Organizations. This Info. will now APPEAR Every Week as a PART 2 LINK at the Very End of Each Part 1 Issue.
Every Part 1 will contain VERY IMPORTANT LINKS at the Beginning of Each Issue (to give you Easy to Find Info. in One Place).
ALSO IN PART 2 : Extensive Listings of Many Websites from Local Organizations that have Contributed Features the Last 8 Years + Most of the Art Gallery Websites + Many Local Entertainment Videos + Classic Music Videos. EDITOR'S NOTE : There was a recent article on Oct. 22 about Covid-19 Exposure CDC Updated Suggestions. If you go to the end of this Issue I have Inserted the Article.
EDITOR'S NOTE : The October 19th Issue had a longer Informative Feature describing the 2020 KWFF to start that Issue..I'm Inserting the Feature again and will be apper in this issue in Part 2 of KWFF. Now here is some new Info from KWFF
KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL 2020
OFFICIAL PROGRAM LAUNCH
LIVESTREAM THE LAUNCH:
OCTOBER 28 AT 7PM ET
The program for your 2020 Key West Film Festival will be revealed on Wednesday October 28 at 7pm! For the first time ever, audiences across Key West and around the world can join in for a LIVESTREAM LAUNCH of Festival Programming!
Individual tickets are not yet on sale, so secure your seats now with a KWFF 2020 VIP or All-Access pass at our lowest festival prices ever!
Passes for the 2020 Key West Film Festival are now available, featuring the lowest prices ever for the festival.
As we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, each purchase of a pass is a tax-deductible donation. And in the toughest year on record, we greatly appreciate contributions to help make the festival happen. And here are even more great reasons to buy one before they're gone:
We have two tremendous passes for you for KWFF2020!
VIP PASSES: For only $149 this year, you receive insider access, preferred seating, Opening and Closing Night films, the Awards Ceremony and Champagne Reception, and access to all virtual programming. Plenty of fun all festival long!
ALL ACCESS PASSES: You get all of the perks listed above, except for our Awards Ceremony celebration, all for just $99!
These passes get you into every film at the fest. No tickets. No waits. No worries.
Passes are the best way to ensure unrestricted access to the hottest ticket in town! Information on individual event ticketing will be made available in the days ahead.
” FOR ADDITIONAL INFO AND PHOTOS GO TO THEIR ADDITIONAL FEATURE FURTHER DOWN ; as well as WWW.KWFILMFEST.COM ALSO THERE IS a 2:52 Minute Trailer for the Movie : Gimme Shelter in Part 2 of the Key West Film Fest Feature in this Issue
More from Bill and Linda Klipp from a Recent : Historically the big event for the Thursday of Fantasy Fest was Sloppy Joe’s Toga party and the Headdress Ball. In this Issue Photos from Thursday Activities, and a 3rd Section in this Issue for Bill and Linka Klipp's Look Back at Fantasy Fest
Bahama Village Music Program brings local artists and old instruments together for online art sale fundraiser
Twenty celebrated Key West artists will offer their “HeArt Strings” artwork created on old instruments in support of Bahama Village Music Program’s online fundraiser, set for Friday, November 8, on the non-profit organization’s Facebook and Instagram platforms. Event profits, funds much needed due to the outfall of COVID-19, will be split 50/50 to support the artists and the island’s only free music education school.
“BVMP is primarily funded by generous arts supporters and creative fundraisers,” says Executive Director Katchen Duncan. “Since March 2020, we’ve had to cancel over a dozen in-person fundraisers, including our 20th Birthday Bash, and many annual events like Fats Navarro Day and Sugarloaf Oktoberfest.”
Participating artists include Eric Anfinson, Kassie Burnette, Fran Decker, Cricket Desmarais, Kate Divoll, Kate Fago, Tony Gregory, Ben Harrison, Pam Hobbs, Marlene Koenig, Karen Luknis, Mike Marrero, Lauren P. McAloon, Jack McDonald, Bucky Montgomery, Jim Salem, Jimm Sherington, Emma Starr, B Lucy Stevens, and Rick Worth. The artists were invited to transform a “retired” string instrument into a creative masterpiece to be sold at a fixed price selected by them.
Bahama Village Music Program is a comprehensive music school that fosters important mentor relationships between local teenage musicians and their students and has taught over 20,000 lessons to more than 2,000 children since 1999. The program has grown to include free summer camps for BVMP students, free dance lessons with Dance Key West, yearly full-tuition scholarships and grants to student teachers to attend the Berklee College of Music’s Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive, and full-scale musical theater productions with Keys Kids Junior and House of Pan Steel Pan Band at Horace O’Bryant School— inspiring children island-wide to discover the musician within.
“We are happy to have an ‘event’ that not only brings in money for our program, but for other artists, too,” says Duncan.
For more information, email BVMP board member Cricket Desmarais at Cricket@bvmpkw.org or Executive Director Katchen Duncan at Katchen@bvmpkw.org. BVMP- Celebrating 21 years of free music education. It takes a village.
IMAGE: Key West artist Marlene Koenig takes her talent to a new surface in the upcoming Bahama Village Music Program “HeArt Strings” online art sale fundraiser, set for Friday, November 8, on the non-profit organization’s Facebook and Instagram platforms. Event profits, funds much needed due to the outfall of COVID-19, will be split 50/50 to support the artists and the island’s only free music education school.
Mayor Teri Johnston is pleased to announce that she has appointed Key West High School students Valerie Thene and Rosa Nafrere to the Key West Sustainability Board beginning October 8th, 2020.
Ms. Thene currently attends Key West High School and is the Technology Quartermaster as well as the class historian for 2023. Her other activities include Marching and Concert Bands, Student Council and Youth Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club of the Keys Area.
Ms. Nafrere is also a Youth Coordinator for the BGCKA, as well as a member of the Class of 2022 Executive Board and Treasurer of the Student Council. Her other activities include the Chosen Generation Youth Choir and Zonta Club.
“We are very excited to add both of these very talented young women,” said Mayor Johnston, “as they educate and engage the public in efforts to make Key West businesses, residents and institutions more sustainable.”
Deborah Moore Our Good Friend and Curator at the Key West Art Center is always supplying us with Images of their Many Local Artists that Hang Year Round Here .Go to the Last Two Weeks of the Magazine to see many additional KWAC Art Works. OCTOBER 19 2020 https://conta.cc/2T0cdqm
Over the past several months, MARC clients have had to take extra safety precautions and self-isolate to protect their health. During that difficult time, many have found art-making to be a perfect outlet. This collection of paintings and sculptures by MARC clients shows the highs, lows and in-between felt by this community during a most unusual time.
K9 Coral helps find large amount of drugs in separate cases
The Sheriff’s Office new K9, Coral, is off to a stellar career as she helped find trafficking amounts of cocaine and heroin in separate traffic stops on Monday.
• In the first case: A 32-year-old Big Pine Key motorist was stopped at approximately 2:12 p.m. at 74th Street in Marathon for a window tint violation. The driver, identified as Jerome Durham, did not have vehicle registration. K9 Coral was called to the scene and she alerted to the presence of narcotics in the Dodge sport utility vehicle. Approximately 4.1 ounces of cocaine was found in the vehicle. Durham was charged with cocaine trafficking. He was also cited for illegal window tint.
• In the second case: A 54-year-old Big Pine Key man was stopped in a Chevrolet pickup truck on U.S. 1 near 58th Street in Marathon at approximately 3:46 p.m. The pickup truck was impeding left lane traffic. There were multiple people in the vehicle. The front passenger, identified as James Leroy White, exited the pickup truck as K9 Coral arrived on scene. White attempted to throw a bag into a nearby storm drain. White was detained as he attempted to flee. The bag contained slightly more than one ounce of heroin. A small amount of marijuana, about .7 grams, were found inside the truck. White claimed ownership of the drugs. White was charged with heroin trafficking, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. White was out of jail on a $45,000 bail stemming from his on Oct. 15, 2020 arrest last week in which he fled from a traffic stop and jumped into a canal on Little Torch Key. White was released from Florida prison on Sept. 22, 2019 after serving two years for drug-related charges.
HERE ARE 7 PHOTOS OF FEATURES THAT WILL BE INSERTED INTO THE NEXT FEW ISSUES OF THE MAGAZINE
1) OUR ON-LINE PHOTO EXHIBITION OF THE GALAXY IN THE CONSTELLATION NGC 5468
2) GROOVY ERA IN 54 PHOTOS (Below is Raquel Welch Guest Starring on Mork and Mindy)
3) CURATOR FOR THE ARTISTS OF CUBA / LATIN AMERICA TO THE US ALAEN LEDESMA FERNANDEZ CONTINUES WITH SHARING HIS ARTISTS WITH US INC. JUAN CARLOS VERDIL SOLTURA
4) OUR CONTINUED WEEKLY FEATURE OF BRINGING PHOTOS FROM AROUND THE WORLD (The Nov. 2nd Issue will have Barcelona Spain)
5) Our Continuation of Featuring the Local Artists that Hang Year Round at The Key West Art Center at 301 Front Street; Below is from their Curator Deborah J. Moore "Another Blue Heaven Afternoon" (Editor's Note the Month Long Marc House Residents Art Exhibition at TSKW is only on for a few more days until Oct. 31)
6) Todd German's Visit to the Front Science Museum in Downtown Miami
7) Probably an 8 Issue Feature : Jay Leno's "Big Dog Garage" Containing Over 100 Amazing Cars. Below is a 1963 Corvette Split Window Couple Fuelie
Our good friend Carol Tedesco writes "Hello friends - please share! Back in May, Roberta DePiero approached me about collaborating on a photo-book commemorating the Key West COVID-19 Spring of 2020. She'd noticed that I and a number of other photographers had been out shooting during what is surely one of the most unique and surreal times in our local history - the "COVID-19 Spring," which we defined as running from March 1, when Florida's first COVID-19 cases were announced, to June 1, the day after the upper Keys checkpoint was dismantled. Seeded with a $1000 grant from the Awesome Foundation Key West and additional donations from individuals and business to help cover the printing expense, this soon-to-be released, beautiful, 352 page, numbered/LIMITED EDITION book - produced as a fundraiser for Sister Season Fund - showcases some 350 images of our island home as experienced by more than 25 photographers. Order now at www.keywestauthors.com. Special pre-printing price $49; price as of November 1 will be $74.99.
*Everyone involved in the creation of this book has donated their time and/or talents so that all proceeds can benefit Sister Season Fund and their crucial COVID-19 relief efforts on behalf of those in tourist-rated industries."
PLEASE GO TO TO THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE AND WEBSITE FOR CANDIDATE INFO...Also if you click the October 12th. Issue Link you'll see the larger Feature I've been running with much additional information about the Candidates and Panelists
ENTIRE TWO PAST EVENTS VIDEOS URL VIDEO LINKS OF THE PAST 9/21 2020 CANDIDATES Q & A ; SIMPLY CLICK THIS GREEN LINK ; Then this PAST 10/5/2020 ENTIRE EVENT CLICK THIS BLUE LINK
HERE IS THE URL VIDEO LINK TO THE ENTIRE OCT. 5 HOMETOWN KEY WEST Q & A to copy and paste and send to others..Of course ; you will probably be able to copy from their Facebook Pages as well. A fast thanks you to the entire STAFF and SUPPORT CREW for the AMAZING work they do these Many Years. One of our TRUE LOCAL KEY WEST TREASURES; giving us MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT OUR LOCAL CANDIDATES.
The history books tend to leave out a lot of pictures. Particularly ones like what we're about to show you in this gallery. They capture moments with some of the most iconic faces in history. Here are the rare pictures you won't find in any history book.
Written by Kennita Leon Rose
Kennita's funky style of writing has only blossomed since she discovered her passion for reading. In her downtime, she loves chillaxing with her friends and letting loose. This grown-up flower child, who hails from the Caribbean, can definitely hang with us any time.
Steve Carell as a high school hockey goalie, 1979
Life Magazine once nominated Steve Carell as “America’s funniest man”, but before The Office, The 40-year-old Virgin, and before he voiced Gru on Despicable Me, Carell was your everyday high school hockey player.
Steve Jobs having recently returned from his pilgrimage in India, 1974
While he was in India, Steve Jobs contracted, lice, scabies, and dysentery. However he emerged as an enlightened man with renewed spirituality. From this trip, he understood the focus required to start and build Apple Corporation.
Steve McQueen’s mugshot, 1972
If Steve McQueen didn’t smile through his mugshot, he would have lost his title as “The King of Cool”. This mugshot was taken in Anchorage, Alaska when McQueen was caught drunk driving. He hastily posted bail and left town.
Sylvester Stallone on the Los Angeles set with director, John Avildsen, 1976
Hard work and persistence truly paid off, both for Sylvester Stallone and for Rocky. Stallone wrote the Rocky script and insisted that he play the lead role. Under the direction of John Avildsen, Rocky became the highest grossing film of 1976, and won Best Picture at the Oscars.
The Dukes of Hazzard, 1980’s
This popular television series aired from 1979 to 1985. The show depicts the adventures of Bo and Luke Duke, and their cousin Daisy who live in the fictional Hazzard County in Georgia. Their orange car, the General Lee, was modeled from the 1969 Dodge Charger.
George Clooney in a promo shoot for The Facts of Life-1979
Appearing as a handy- man on the sit com The Facts of Life, his career evolved as an actor and he went into screen writing and producing. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Vladimir Putin, 1963
From this image, it is clear that Vladimir Putin’s serious countenance has persisted throughout his life. As the President of the Russian Federation, his public image is one of machismo and strength.
WE CONTINUE WITH (Part 2 of 3 in this Issue) BILL AND LINDA KLIPP'S sharing their GREAT Photos from Recent Fantasy Fests to give us a little Taste of the Excitement of This Fun Annual Event
Fantasy Fest – Toga Thursday
Historically the big event for the Thursday of Fantasy Fest was Sloppy Joe’s Toga party and the Headdress Ball. Toga clad party revelers of all types are everywhere as the town continues to swell with over the top costumes and body paint. In a way the rain we been having everyday this week has been a blessing. It has dampened (pun intended) the Non-Fantasy Fest 2020 crowds during these Covid times and also made us feel better about missing this normally most fun week of events.
Photos by: Bill Klipp
Editor's Note : Bill in his recent FaceBook Postings Mentions that to "See 20 Years of His Fantasy Fest Photographs go to one of his websites below :
One More Editor's Note : Many of our readers including myself Really Want to Thank Linda and Bill for the Efforts they are making the last few days to give our Local Population A TASTE of what Fantasy Fest was like; since 2020 will be known for many things Including Closing Fantasy Fest. Thank You for going back to your Archives and Retreaving Thousands of Photos; as well as making Available on Your Websites Tens of Thousands of Photographs. I do think your work is Brilliant. Capturing the TRUE Moments.
Films to screen at outdoor venues with socially-distant seating program to focus on stories of Women, LGBTQ+, Music & Arts
The Key West Film Festival (KWFF) revealed its plans for the 9th annual festival, set for November 18-22, 2020. Building off the mantra of “Passion Meets Paradise,” the festival will be embracing its tropical paradise setting by moving all screenings to outdoor venues across the island. Each venue will feature socially-distant seating and masks will be required throughout all screenings. Full COVID-19 policies will be released in the upcoming weeks.
This year’s festival will have a spotlight on films by and about women, LGBTQ cinema, and movies about music and the arts! As always, outstanding work from Florida filmmakers will be presented, as well as critically-acclaimed shorts and features from around the world. Films showcased in the last five years of KWFF have amassed more than SIXTY-FIVE Academy Award nominations.
The 6th annual Critics Panel is back once again, as is the Golden Key for Excellence in Costume Design, amidst an exciting and engaging weekend of cinema and socially-distanced events in Key West. Venues will span throughout The Key West Historic District (Old Town), and for the first time in KWFF history, extend to beautiful Stock Island to make the festival even more inclusive of the Key West metro area. The festival will also be complementing its live, in-person screenings with virtual programming audiences can enjoy from their homes.
Brooke Christian, Founder and Executive Director of the Key West Film Festival, notes “The staff of the 2020 Key West Film Festival is committed to helping provide the community with joy and inspiration during an incredibly tough year. We will use beautiful venues and stringent safety protocols to offer a smaller program using outdoor and streaming options. With many fewer films produced this year, we will still exact the highest standards of excellence for the festival.”
“Art builds community,” says Florida Keys Council of the Arts Executive Director Liz Young,” and I am a huge fan of what the Key West Film Festival brings to our island community. I especially love that this year the festival will be utilizing our beautiful outdoor venues so we can continue to experience the cutting-edge films the festival brings to the island, many of which go on to win major awards, including Oscars. We are so fortunate to experience great filmmaking, talk backs with industry professionals, while showing off all that Key West has to offer.” FOR ADDITIONAL INFO AND PHOTOS GO TO THEIR ADDITIONAL FEATURE FURTHER DOWN ; as well as WWW.KWFILMFEST.COM ALSO THERE IS a 2:52 Minute Trailer for the Movie : Gimme Shelter in Part 2 of the Key West Film Fest Feature in this Issue
KWFF GETS ROLLING WITH
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF “GIMME SHELTER”
AT COFFEE BUTLER AMPHITHEATER
Building off its recently announced programming theme of films about music, the Key West Film Festival revealed today its opening night film on Wednesday, November 18 will be Albert Maysles' “GIMME SHELTER,” on the 50th Anniversary of the release of the seminal film about The Rolling Stones.
For the first time in its nine-year history, the festival‘s opening night film will be screened outdoors at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater. The screening will be preceded by a performance from Key West-based performing artist Nick Norman.
The Amphitheater will be operating at 25% capacity to allow for ample room for social distancing.
A Key West resident since 2005, songwriter Nick Norman recently inked a publishing deal with Fourward Music and Lee Brice's new publishing company Cock Crows Publishing. A show-stopping vocalist and sharp songwriter, Nick Norman brings humor, heart, southern storytelling, and soulful swagger to the country genre.
NICK NORMAN Photo Directly above. The October 26th. Issue will have much additional Information. Once again go to their Website WWW.KWFILMFEST.COM FOR MUCH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ALSO CLICK THIS RED TRAILER LINK for the 2:51 Trailer for "Gimme Shelter Movie"
DR. JOHN "JACK" NORRIS has been one of the LEADERS in Helping out The Keys Understand what has been going on with this Pandemic; and also makes Frequent Appearances at the Key West Bi Monthly Commission / Mayor Meetings and Monroe County Meetings. He is one of the LEADING Voices of Reason. Thank You. Here are the URL Links to his Most Recent Facebook Posts / Videos.. IN CASE YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE with Clicking these Direct Links ; just copy and paste in your Facebook Browser.or Simply go to his Facebook Page and look for his recent Posts.
Poco da Ribeira do Ferreiro on Flores Island, Azores
Some describe this part of Flores Island as unspoiled perfection; others call it a ‘lost Eden.’ Here at Ribeira do Ferreiro, dozens of waterfalls tumble down soaring, steep basalt cliffs carpeted in lush greenery, with some falls flowing into a wide pond. One reason this landscape remains pristine is due to its remote location. The Azores island chain is an autonomous region of Portugal, set some 850 miles west of the Portuguese mainland in the Atlantic Ocean. Another reason for the Edenic vibe? In 2007, UNESCO declared the entire island of Flores a Biosphere Reserve. The designation helps to balance commercial interests with ecological concerns and aims for sustainable development.
WE CONTINUE NEXT WEEK (November 2nd) with another Choice of Locations from Around the World in Photographs. Below is 1 Photo from the Oct. 19 Issue that we Featured from PALAMAS SPAIN CHARMING COSTA BRAVA FISHING VILLAGE WITH OF OUR MULTI-PART SERIES OF BEAUTIFUL AREAS AROUND THE WORLD. Click the Green URL Link to the October 19th Issue : https://conta.cc/2T0cdqm
WEST MARTELLO TOWER AND BOTANICAL GARDENS 1100 ATLANTIC BLVD.
ROBERTA DEPIERO Almost Everyday will travel (Journey) around Key West / Stock Island . I want to Thank You Roberta for providing amazing images ; especially to those like myself that are in Total Lockdown ISO.
$49.00: Advance orders/pre-printing price, now through Oct 31. Only 15 days left to order at this price.
$74.99: As of November 1, official print release.
Books to arrive soon after November 1 with pick up locations to be announced. Shipping available.
There will be one limited edition run, print only, no digital sales.
Contributing photographers: Liz Acar, Peter Arnow, Susan Bailey, Michael Blades, Lynne Bentley-Kemp, Joe & Ozlem Berg, Larry Blackburn, Kyle Campbell, Jeffrey Cardenas, Alyson Crean, Roberta DePiero, Ralph DePalma, Heather D. Dow, Todd Andrew Feit, Tony Gregory, C.J. Groth, Jay W. Hall, Mark Hedden, Martha Hubbard, Bill Klipp, Linda Klipp, Corey Malcom, Andy Newman, Rob O'Neal, Steve Panariello, Carol Tedesco, Sharon Wells.
Anyone wishing to place advance orders, please contact Roberta DePiero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE NOW CONTINUE Roberta DePiero's Journeys around KW & Stock Island to Photograph ALL THE GREAT SITES. Here are the Captions / Descriptions of Images that Roberta writes with the inclusion of her Photos on Facebook
Those are some BIG fangs!
I don't think I've ever seen a skeleton walking a spider before!
Dee Dee Green you would be happy with these recycled decorations: An old water jug ghost and painted coconut fronds..
The guys definitely needs help. Anyone??
We found his other hand stuck in this tree!
Ok, she has masked up for Halloween ( I hope!)
The pumpkin house!
More pumpkins here..
Ok, she has masked up for Halloween ( I hope!)
LAST TWO PHOTOS BELOW is from LIZ ACAR & STEVE PANARIELLO and are two of the Hundreds of Photographs in the 352 Page Cofee Table Book : ISOLATED ISLAND-THE KEY WEST COVID-19 SPRING OF 2020"
Magic nannies, caped crusaders, friendly aliens...the groovy era was filled with outlandishly awesome plots. This was a time when walking into a studio executive meeting and pitching a show about a man driving cross-country with his monkey was given the green light immediately. The images collected here are full of optimistic, fantastical, and magic times from pop culture history. These happy days are yours and mine to look back at fondly anytime.
Mary Ann - I used to be a Girl Scout, and they teach you a lot. Ginger I used to go with a Boy Scout, and they teach you a lot, too.
The differences between Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells) and Ginger Grant (Tina Louise) characters on Gilligan's Island couldn’t be better summed up any better than this simple bit of dialogue between them:
Mary Ann - “I used to be a Girl Scout, and they teach you a lot."
Ginger: “I used to go with a Boy Scout, and they teach you a lot, too
Mary Ann was the quintessential all American girl next door type while Ginger, on the other hand, oozed glamour and sex appeal. Og course, both women were gorgeous but on opposite sides of the spectrum.
Jane Seymour in the East of Eden TV miniseries from 1981.
Over the course of her career, Jane Seymour has earned an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire back in 2000.
One of her first shots at stardom was back in 1981 from the East of Eden TV miniseries. The miniseries was based on the John Steinbeck novel of the same name and is one of Seymour’s most memorable early works. Aside from that, the model turned actress was also well known for her performances in the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973), Somewhere In Time (1980), and eventually, she would go on to become Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–1998).
Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones playing for his wife Maureen and their daughters, 1971.
Pictured here is John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, playing for his wife Maureen and their daughters, 1971. John and Maureen have been married since 1967, and they have three daughters together: Tamara, Jacinda, and Kiera.
Aside from rising to fame as a member of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer also developed a solo career. Jones remains widely considered one of the most influential bassist, keyboardist, and arranger in the history of rock music.
Stevie Nicks hanging out backstage during the ‘Cal Jam II’ music festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway in 1978.
Here is the mystical Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame, hanging out backstage during the ‘Cal Jam II’ music festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway in 1978.
Stevie Nicks got her start in music right alongside her high school sweet heart Lindsey Buckingham. The duo formed “Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band” with some friends back in high school and played school functions in addition to landing small gigs all around the San Francisco Bay Area. The couple eventually branched off and made an album together as “Buckingham Nicks” before finally joining Fleetwood Mac as a package deal in 1974.
Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey as the ill-fated young lovers in the film Romeo and Juliet. (1968)
Back in 1968, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey were the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers in film, stage, and literary history. This British-Italian romance film was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic play of the same name (1591–1595).
It was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. It also gained nominations for Best Director and Best Picture, making it the last Shakespearean film to be nominated for Best Picture to date. It was wildly popular amongst the teen population (much like the 90’s version) and at the time it was the most financially successful film adaptation of a Shakespeare play.
The Mod Squad was the cool trio of Pete, Julie and Linc. They were hippie cops with checkered pasts hired to go undercover in 1968-1973.
The Mod Squad was a crime drama that ran on ABC from 1968 to 1973. They were the first young undercover cops on television and each represented a fear in mainstream culture for the era. The whole concept was to take three rebellious social outcasts and turn them into undercover detectives as an alternative to being incarcerated themselves. They were The Mod Squad ("One black, one white, one blonde"), the hippest cops on TV. The main cast in 1971 was Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, and Michael Cole. Despite its short initial run, the iconic series earned six Emmy Award nominations, four Golden Globe nominations plus one win for Peggy Lipton, and a Directors Guild of America Award.
The November 2nd Issue will have (Part 2 from Lyra Radford and WWW.GROOVYHISTORY.COM ) Many Additional Photos of "Stunning Photos from the Past SURE to Cause NOSTALGIA" WWW.GROOVYHISTORY.COM
Key West residents can now purchase their new annual residential parking permit for Old Town. The new stickers will help ensure marked residential parking spaces are reserved for residents.
The permits cost $20 a year. They are available at the Monroe County Tax Assessor’s office at the Harvey Government Center. Applicants will need to show proof of residency in Key West as well as a driver’s license and vehicle registration in order to obtain the residential parking permit.
A fifth sculpture was being installed today at the Duval Pocket Park at the south end of Duval St. Adam Russell’s Red Column is on loan as part of the City of Key West Art in Public Places program. Please note that the photo was taken prior to installation.
Last week, four pieces of art were installed, and one more remains to fill out the Art in Public Places plan. Commissioner Clayton Lopez and Monroe County Council of the Arts Director Liz Young were on hand for the installation.
The other works in place are by artists Bill Lorraine, Tim Marshall Trish Pleasant, and Paula Effio.
In the photo: Monroe County Council of the Arts Director Liz Young, McKendry Builders’ George Lyons, who helped with the pad installation, artist Adam Russell and his wife Kelly Lever and City Commissioner Clayton Lopez.
Thank You Kevin and Staff for Providing US with an awesome Group; Now more then ever providing GREAT Info to the Entire Population. Your Chamber Like Org. is Amazing Providing Great Mixers and Luncheons and Support.
Next luncheon will be held right after the election Wednesday, 11/4. The mixer will be held on November 18th at Four Marlins restaurant @The Reach(will also serve as a “toy drive”, but will be requesting gift cards this year instead).
HIT RED LINK FOR MORE INFO AND FOR DIRECTLY RESERVING WITH THE KWBG FOR THE NOVEMBER 4TH LUNCHEON
EDITOR'S NOTE : As Most of my readers know the KWBG has an extremely large following /Support and Membership from the "Straight" Communities and not just an exclusive GAY Membership; and is Extremely Receptive in welcoming ALL to their events REGARDLESS of being a Member or Sexual Preference....Just one of the many attributes that KWBG has over other like Organizations. Lastly by Joining the KWBG your Business (if it's not a Personal Membership) gets placed EVERY WEEK in their Extremely Informative Weekly E-Mail Campaigns. So your Yearly Dues Pays for itself ONLY AFTER ONE WEEK. Ed Krane
ALSO EVERY WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY THE KWBG will send out a Very Informative E-Mail Campaign telling us about things happening in town; as well as Advertising Materials from the Members (FREE) These E-Mail Campaigns will also tell us about Many Events & Specials in the Clubs and Restaurants.
Once again, we are the bearer of sad news; however, we have made the responsible and best decision for our community and the Business Guild. We have decided to cancel Pride Follies due to Covid-19 and the increasing number of cases in the county and here in Key West. We strongly feel that we must put the health of our community first. We look forward to seeing everyone at Pride Follies in June of 2021. For additional information, please contact the Key West Business Guild at 305-294-4603.
Sean and Jill send regards and tell us that us that the Market is going strong and will be open atleast until the end of the year and probably beyond.
Truman Waterfront Farmers Market
The Truman Waterfront Farmers Market continues to operate on Thursdays from 3 pm to sunset through December which has brought overwhelmingly positive support from the community. The Market typically includes cheese, produce, fruit, baked goods, coffee, plants and fresh seafood along with international cuisine available for take-away. Arts, crafts and general merchandise round out the offerings. Additional picnic-style food options, occasional acoustic musicians and a beer and wine stand to encourage the community to shop the market, get dinner and enjoy the sunset views from the Truman Waterfront Park. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted with ample space to social distance. Stringent safety protocols, including mandatory masks, remain in place to protect vendors and visitors alike.
UP SHORTLY : MORE PAINTINGS FROM ALEXANDRA NECHITA and The Key West Gallery and from ZAZOO's Don Oriolo and "FELIX THE CAT"
THE TOURIST COUNCIL OF THE FLORIDA KEYS : EVERY MONTH THEY PRODUCE THE ON-LINE "THE KEYS TRAVELER" Filled with very informative Features. They have an Extensive Website filled with Feature Articles, Photographs, & Videos. Their website gets updated evey month.
The October "Keys Traveler" IS OUT NOW. As we always do; we feature that in my first Issue of the Month (and Keep the Feature in ALL Month) ; along with additional Features that the TDC Added IN OCTOBER. BUT DUE TO TIME AND SPACE CONSTRAINTS I need to push back to the Oct. 12 Issue our Material from the TDC; OF COURSE You can go to their Website (after reading the rest of our Magazine) TO SEE THEIR OCTOBER MATERIAL
FLORIDA KEYS OPENNSTATE PARKS WITH WIDE OPEN SPACES ALSO IN THE SAME ARTICE : TDC FLORIDA KEYS COVID-19 GUIDLINES (MASKS REQUIRED , SOCIAL DISTANCING, & WASH HANDS)
In the Next Few Issues Our Photographic Exhibitions of Beautiful Places Around the World Features : Yosemite National Park, Flores Island, Grand Tetons National Park Wyoming, Kyoto Japan (Ninomaru Gardens),& Coastline at Palamos Spain. The November 2nd. Issue will Have Barcellona Spain
2 time Grammy Award winning, Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Iconic writer and artist, Paul Overstreet.
No stranger to Key West, Paul started coming down years ago to hang with his friend, Shel Silverstein. He would return many times for the largest festival of its kind, the Key West Songwriters Festival presented by BMI. Paul was the BMI Songwriter of the Year for 5 years in a row.(the only one in history)
Now, Paul Overstreet returns to Key West to perform and present at the Trop Rock Music Association Awards, because Yes! he has a beach project, "Somewhere in the Caribbean" (nominated for 3 Trop Rock awards), which includes the song he wrote that Blake Shelton recorded, "Some Beach".
He will be doing his own show at the Key West Theater on October 28, at 8PM. Last year, Paul's guest was his buddy, Mac McAnally. This year, he brings some surprise guests along. Great songwriters and musicians in their own right. Wynn Varble "A Little Too Country", Mike Loudermilk "Buffett Would Love It", Summer Overstreet, writer/artist "Thank You Anxiety" "Delight".
This promises to be a "Bucket List" show. You will laugh, you will cry and you will have the time of your life!
Great Features, Photos of the Day, Hundreds of Photo Galleries, and Extensive Special Events Sections.
Of course go his site to see this Entertaining and Very Informative Website
Every Week Johnny White Covers Event and inserts about 12-40 Photos from each event in His On-Line Magazine; and Johnny Shares some with us. Of course just like ALL of Us in the Media and Event Attendees; Our Activities are Limited. So Johnny has Provided Us with Many Photos from Past Features He has Done in His On-Line Magazine WWW.MILEZEROKEYWEST
DUE TO SPACE AND TIME CONSTRAINTS ; WE'LL HAVE MORE PHOTOS FROM MILE ZERO NEXT WEEK
We Continue with Part 3 of 3 Sections this Week from Bill and Lina Klipp
Fantasy Fest – Wednesday Red Night
Back in B.C. (Before Covid) the main themes for Wednesday of Fantasy Fest was the Pet Masquerade and Red Night.
Effusion Gallery is happy to offer two unique collections from artist Anna Sweet.
Anna's 'Babes' collection feature underwater photographs that reveal the sensuality and elegance of women throughout the most exotic waters of the world. All pieces are limited edition, available in multiple sizes and are enhanced with mineral and resin elements.
Inspired by real life beaches, her 'Waves' collection feature several mediums that come together creating an almost photorealistic view of the sea from above. Each piece is made by hand, customizable and one of a kind. Go to the August 3rd Issue to see the Entire Extensive Feature on Anna Sweet at Effusion https://conta.cc/3gyhuj0
As my regular readers know I try when possible to acknowledge Christopher Elwell for the amazing work he does with many non profits here in the Keys for Decades. He truly is one of the GREAT people in the Keys in our Lifetime. He Donates Hundreds of Thousands of $ and much of his time to the LEGITIMATE Non-Profit Organizations.. Christopher Posts on His Facebook Pages that his stores have Opened. Thanks Christopher; We are so Grateful to You, Royal, and Your Royal Furniture Stores. Important Note in this October 26th. Issue..if you go to the Royal and Christopher Elwell Facebook Pages you will see some Inventory Sales; of course go in person to their Retail Units as Well.
WWW.PLAYINGFORCHANGE.COM : ALL of the Tunes are MUST LISTEN TO. Go to their Website for the Complete Listing. THESE MUSIC VIDEOS WILL HAVE BETWEEN 10-30 DIFFERENT MUSICIANS PLAYING THE SAME TUNE; AND THROUGH BRILLAINT EDITING A COMPLETE MUSIC VIDEO IS PRESENTED THAT WILL BLOW YOU AWAY
AS OF 10/23 I HAVE NOT BE SENT ANY NEW INFORMATION ABOUT UPDATED ON-LINE LOCAL CONCERTS AND WATCH PARTIES; IN CASE I DON'T UPDATE HERE BY MY DEADLINE ; HERE IS MASTRA SEBRINA ALFONSO's FACEBOOK Page TO SEE IF ANY ADDITIONAL EVENTS ARE ADDED FOR THIS UPCOMING WEEK https://www.facebook.com/sebrina.alfonso
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About South Florida Symphony Orchestra
South Florida Symphony Orchestra, founded by Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso 23 years ago, provides exciting and enriching cultural experiences through Masterworks concerts with internationally renowned guest solists in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Key West. Guided by the belief that music is pivotal to community engagement, SFSO also brings vibrancy and strengthens public commitment to the arts through its transformative outreach and educational programming, including Symphony in the Schools for culturally underserved students.
After impressive career successes, Maestra Alfonso returned “home” to Key West, Florida, in 1997 to make a dream come true: bringing orchestral music, with all its associated educational and cultural benefits, to the southernmost island in the continental United States. In late 1998, with huge community support, the Key West Symphony made its debut. Subsequently renamed, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra (SFSO) is the only professional orchestra that performs full seasons in Key West, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
Award-winning Maestra Alfonso has established herself as a dynamic musical force. She is one of the few female conductors in the world. Her creativity has established SFSO as a leader in innovative collaborations, which are evolving the classical music art form and attracting new audiences.
We are so excited to announce that the libraries are offering curbside pickup. It's a work in progress so we'll be in touch if anything changes. Thanks! For immediate release :
Library Curbside Pickup
The Key West Library at 700 Fleming St is offering curbside pickup of library materials Monday-Friday 9:30am-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. To reserve library items, visit www.keyslibraries.org to search our catalog and our online electronic resources. To make an appointment for pickup, or for more information, give us a call at 305-292-3595.
Allison Rich, . Library Technician. Monroe County Public Library
Our Good friend Author Rodney Ross gives us some great extensive info on how Fantasy Fest will in fact survive (Some Adjustments Made to Carry On in 2020) Rodney can be reached day and night 305-304-5994. Their Store front Location ( where they do Testing) 1434 Kennedy Dr. 305-296-6196.. THIS LONGER FEATURE FROM RODNEY CAN BE FOUND IN THE AUGUST 3RD ISSUE https://conta.cc/3gyhuj0
Rodney's Feature starts with this Paragraph : "The cancellation of the 2020 Fantasy Fest has only empowered the fundraising of AH of Monroe County, Inc., which has announced a special ‘Community Wins’ initiative to replace the annual Royal King & Queen Campaign". MORE IN THE FEATURE Hit the 8/3 Issue Link and go this Area.
WOW CHECK THIS OUT : A chance to see the hit plays you may have missed when they had their stellar runs over the last 8 years. Proceeds support the actors and crew of each play. A great way to see some terrific theater AND support our local artists! Visit theatrexp.org for more info and access.
I have been featuring ALL of the MANY Artists that Hang Year Round at Nance's Gallery for the Past Few Months.
Look at the EXTENT that Nance Frank is Insuring that her CONTROLLED AND SAFE OPENING WILL BE
Yes, we are open to 4 people at a time, then cleansing the gallery. Also open by appointment/locked doors for clients who make a reservation of 45 minutes. We also deliver on approval. They look at the website, we bring the art to their home and the next day we come back and charge them or take the art back to the gallery and clean it. We have repainted the gallery, ionize it nighty and disinfect the doors after each customer.
CHUCK HURLEY IS THE WINNER OF THE PETER VEY PAINTING AND Many Raffle Donations were raised to help FRANKIE ENDECO
IMPORTANT NOTE AT THE VERY END OF THIS PART 1 IS A CONSTANT CONTACT PART 2 URL LINK That Contains the WEEKLY CRISIS INFOMATION CENTER Section. ALSO in Pt. 2 : I have an Extensive Section of Photos on the Art Galleries along with the Names/Addresses & Websites/FB URLs of the Galleries, Museums, & a Few Other Arts & Entertainment Environments.. Then I have a Very Extensive Listing (with Website Links-Ph. #s, & FB Urls) of other Organizations that I've Featured in the Past 8 Years. These Two EXTENSIVE FEATURES ALONG WITH THE CRISIS INFORMATION CENTER ARE IN PART 2 ; and simply click the PART 2 LINK at the very end of this Part 1. The Part 2 LINK will ALWAYS BE at the END of Every New Part 1 ISSUE.
NEIL CHAMBERLAIN OWNER PUBLISHER / EDITOR OF "Q-MAGAZINE" sends regards and tells us "Q Magazine misses you all but wants you to know that we are all OK and we hope that you are as well. We will greet you with open arms when it's safe for us to open up. In the mean time, feel free to view our magazine online at www.qkeywest.comNeil@Qkeywest.com 305-396-8227
KEY WEST Q PRINTINGWe offer a full range of printing services. Please check out our website at www.qprintingkw.comWe have other items not listed on our website. If you don't see what you're looking for, call us at 305-396-8227 or email us at email@example.com
A Message from Michael Nelson and Allison Rich at the KW Public Library
Online Book Club Fridays!! Our main focus is on New Adult Literature. "New Adult" literature are books that are Young Adult books with slightly more mature themes and content or Adult books that can be enjoyed by teens. It's great for YA readers and non-YA readers alike to explore the genre and discuss them online.
And what's this? A link to all of our selections so far for the New Adult Book Club? Say whaaaaatttt?!?!?!?
Read a book, and then pop into the event discussion on Fridays and give us your thoughts! It's ok if you've just started it or have finished your third! We want to hear from you. Let's talk about books! :)
One of the Popular Groovy History Editors Lyra Radford
Lyra spends her days exploring all shades of history. In her writing, she covers topics ranging from the 'groovy' to the downright strange. She enjoys books, movies, and strong coffee. She also fancies herself the world's greatest air hockey player. She learned the ins and outs of writing and producing film/television at Palm Beach State and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is currently enrolled at Arizona State University studying psychology and writing. Her work has been featured by some of the most prolific sites on the web and she is the author of the travel guide "Two-Days Exploring Haunted Key West".
ONE OF THE POPULAR GROOVY HISTORY EDITORS JACOB SHELTON
Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.
Rebeka Knott(3rd Photo Down)is another one of their Frquent Writers
Writer of this Feature and many other GROOVY HISTORY Features
Rebeka grew up in the 1960’s & 1970’s and has always subscribed to the theory that a positive attitude will take you far! She is a wife and mother of 3 with a fun-loving spirit, believing that family and relationships are invaluable.
Karen Harris (4th Photo Down) is Another Frequent Writer /Editor and her work can be seen in this issue with "UNBELIEVABLE VINTAGE ADVERTISEMENTS"
Karen left the world of academic, quitting her job as a college professor to write full-time. She spends her days with her firefighter husband and four daughters on a hobby farm with an assortment of animals, including a goat named Atticus, a turkey named Gravy, and a chicken named Chickaletta.
Kennita Leon Rose
Kennita's funky style of writing has only blossomed since she discovered her passion for reading. In her downtime, she loves chillaxing with her friends and letting loose. This grown-up flower child, who hails from the Caribbean, can definitely hang with us any time.
Key West Botanical Garden Society, Inc.
5210 College Road, Key West, Florida 33040, (305) 296-1504
Face masks are required and social distancing protocol will be strictly followed. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden. Photo of Jamaican Caper by Audrey Thompson
Face masks are required and social distancing protocol will be strictly followed. The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden.
From Lucy Carleton Key West Dance "Regrads to ALL. Our New Location is at 804 White Street in the CoffeeMill Dance Annex. At the moment our Salsa Classes are at Capacity due to the Social Distancing. I Will Leave word with Ed and the Other Social Medias when I will take more attendees into the Class. I'll also let him know about any additional classes. Have a Great Rest of Your Summer." Lucy
MONROE COUNTY, FL – The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners approved a second round of $1 million in CARES Act assistance for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The Monroe County CARES Business Assistance Program consists of a one-time fixed amount grant to qualifying Monroe County-based small businesses with up to 25 employees to aid in their recovery from COVID-19 interruptions.
The application period will be announced pending potential further guidance from the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) regarding the CARES Act funding regulations, which is expected to be announced in the next week. The County will keep those interested in the program updated as more is learned. In the meantime, should a business wish to pre-prepare required documents, unless guidance from FDEM changes, the requirements can be viewed at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/bizcares.
Business grant amounts will be based on the number of the applicant’s employees as of Feb. 29, 2020. They are as follows:
1)Self-Employed, Sole Proprietors (1 employee): $2,500
2) 2-10 employees: $5,000
3) 11-25 employees: $7,500
Small businesses throughout Monroe County, unincorporated and throughout the cities, are eligible.
Applications will be accepted and funded based on when a fully completed application is received until the funds are expended on a first-come, first-serve basis. As noted above, the application period will be made live after receiving FDEM guidance. Round 2 will done completely with an online application. Business or business owners funded in the first round are not eligible for a second grant or additional funding for any other business they may own as the county would like to help as many affected businesses as possible. Businesses that applied but were not funded in the first round can reapply in the second round.
“We cannot stress enough how important it is to read the Frequently Asked Questions document and to turn in a fully completed application,” said Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson, citing the many applications that had missing required documents and were not funded in Round 1. Local chambers of commerce also offered to help any local businesses in their area with application questions, even if they are not members. Contact your local chamber for any additional help after reading the guidance and frequently asked questions document.
In the first round, Monroe County released all $1 million funding to 259 small local businesses that were affected by COVID-19. Businesses received grants based on completed applications submitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The application period was open from Sept. 5-21 with 577 total applications. Funded businesses ranged from retail, food, galleries, charter fishing, and salons to photographers, pool service, and fitness centers, among others. The commissioners also approved a grant program for COVID-19-impacted 501c3 nonprofits that will be announced later this month pending guidance for the FDEM. To be eligible, local nonprofits must be located and serve in Monroe County, and have been in continuous service, excluding any COVID-19-related closures, in the Florida Keys since at least March 1, 2018. More details to follow as they become available.
Monroe County CARES Act funding has also earmarked $315,000 for food assistance programs and pantries throughout the Keys for:
1) Star of the Sea Foundation
2) Metropolitan Community Church
3) Florida Keys Outreach Coalition
4) Burton Memorial United Methodist Church
5) Healthy Start Coalition (baby food and nursing supplies)
Editor's Note Kristen attached a file "Guidance & Frequently Askeed Questions Document; Please go to their website for possible Reprint.
KEY LARGO COMMUNITY PARK BASEBALL FIELDS TO CLOSE THROUGH MID-DECEMBER FOR REFURBISHMENT
KEY LARGO – Both baseball fields located at Key Largo Community Park, 500 St. Croix Place, will be closed from Monday, October 26, 2020 through mid-December while Monroe County Facilities Maintenance refurbish the fields and replace the sod. The County will provide a reopening date when the work is completed and the sod is established on the fields. The intention is to have both ballfields reopened by January so there are no delays to the beginning of t-ball and baseball season.
Naja and Arnaud and their entire staff does a GREAT COMPREHENSIVE job in their covering Monroe County with Articles/Photographs/& Videos that you can always enjoy (everyday Just like KonkLife and The Weekly) Log on to see the Latest News. Many of the Blue Paper Links can be found in the "CRISIS INFORMATION " section in PART 2 ; SIMPLY CLICK THE LINK at the bottom of this magazine to take you to my PART 2. Arnaud Girard has an amazing selection of Cartoons he has Drawn over the Years. Here is the Link to their Cartoon Section in their Newspaper https://thebluepaper.com/cartoons/
The Editor of the Key West The Weekly Mandy Miles; along with Britt Myers and Jason Koler (Owner & Publisher) ALL send regards. I asked them to send me Information; so our readers can continue to expand the information Resources they receive ; from the Daily Sources Including WWW.THEBLUEPAPER.COM and WWW.KONKLIFE.COM
Free music education school Bahama Village Music Program seeks Executive Director
Bahama Village Music Program, the Florida Keys’ only free and comprehensive music school serving more than 200 students, bids adieu to Executive Director Kätchen Duncan as she steps back after 15 years of leadership to focus on the arrival of her child, due in December. Duncan will return after maternity leave to continue teaching but will not resume the Executive Directorship for the non-profit organization. A search is underway within the Key West community.
The BVMP Executive Director responsibilities and activities are broad and considerable and affect both the long-term and daily program activities. The viability of the program relies on the participation and interaction of the Executive Director with student teachers, professional instructors, the Board of Directors, and the community that the program serves.
“The position requires a forward-thinker ready to step into all that entails running a non-profit organization and really embracing their role as ambassador of our organization, says Duncan. “It’s because of our relationships with this amazing community and our many supporters that we have been able to continue doing what we do, year after year, while growing to serve more children through the gift of free music education.”
Throughout the program’s two decades, the Bahama Village Music Program has offered over 20,000 free lessons taught by more than a dozen student teachers, professional instructors, and dedicated volunteers to over 2,000 children who could not otherwise afford it. Outreach programs include Keys Kids Junior, House of Pan Steel Pan Band at Horace O’Bryant School, Dance Key West dance lessons, a Junkanoo music program, free summer camps for 25 children with the most need, and annual full-tuition scholarships & grants to student teachers to attend the Berklee College of Music’s “Aspire,” a five-week music performance intensive.
Interested applicants should be passionate about and dedicated to the program’s mission of music for every child while being capable of general oversight, management, fundraising, and outreach while managing various multi-task challenges. The position is supported by long-serving staff and dedicated student and professional instructors.
“BVMP and our mission of music for every child is so important to me and our incredible staff,” says Duncan. “We hope the right person is ready to help us keep the music playing for 20 more years!”
Interested applicants should email a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview. Celebrating 20 years of free music education. It takes a village. ###