THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE & FRIENDS Part 1 JULY 24, 2023.
THE KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE & FRIENDS
JULY 24, 2023.
Hello Everyone. The KEYS BLAST FROM ED KRANE AND FRIENDS ; Going out to an Active Database of 7935..
Our July 24, 2023 Parts 1 & 2 have WILLIAMS HALL Wine Tasting and Gourmet Dinner Class Schedules.
Alaen Ledesma Fernandez Opens a NEW Exhibition at Ocean Sotheby's from Carlos Guzman Hernandez
THE KEY WEST ART CENTER WWW.KEYWESTARTCENTER.COM at 301 Front Street ; Presents a show from MAGGIE RULEY . I so LOVE Maggie's Paintings. Maggie is also featured in the Florida Keys Council of the Arts current show "SUMMER SYNERGY"
Chas, Paul, & Letty at Jag Gallery Present an Exhibition by Cathy Rose and will be up until August 14 ( Below : is called FREE). COMING SOON : "POOLSDIE" A JURIED EXHIBITION AUGUST 19 TO SEPTEMBER 5
Celebrating NATIONAL NIGHT OUT are Key West Police Chief and his Staff SEAN BRANDENBURG and Sheriff RICK RAMSEY and his Staff. Articles in the City of Key West Section in Part 1 of this July 24 Issue. Also in this Part 1 of July 24, 2023 the weekly Photographic Journeys of Bill and Linda Klipp. Roberta DePiero has her weekly Photographic Journey around Key West and her PLOGGING (Clean-Ups) in the Part 2 of this July 24, 2023 Issue. Kristen Livengood has her Monroe County Articles in Part 2 of this July 24, 2023 Issue.
Mayor Teri Johnston and the Commission Proclaims The City of Key West as a "WELCOMING CITY"
Below : The Keys Weekly Publications and the annual voting for the 2023 Bubbas
Executive Director Jed Dodds Give Thanks for another Successful Year at THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST WWW.TSKW.ORG
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts ; just finished their "2023 CONNECTIONS PROJECTS" and just OPENED "SUMMER SYNERGY" with Major Contributions from the Key West Art Center in Key West and Artists in Paradise in Big Pine. Curator is everyone's good friend SUSANN D'ANTONIO. Below is QUIET MORNING by NEVA TOWNSEND
for the July 2023 "Keys Traveler" and in a few days the August "KEYS TRAVELER"
Nance Green tells us abut the November 2023 Art Tours in Cuba
As usual both Parts of our Magazine will have some very Interesting Memorabilia from Zazoo Fine Art and Memorabilia Gallery. Below is Artisan and owner of Zazoo Don Oriolo and a few of his Peanuts Art in this issue . 622 Duval Street, 305-294-8925 WWW.ZAZOOART.COM
In this July 24, 2023 Part 1 & Part 2 Issue : We Continue "RARE AND NOSTALGIC HISTORICAL PHOTOS" BY Popular You-Tube Content Provider "RARE HISTORY" Below "Malcom X Kidding Around with Muhammad Ali 1963". Then we continue with Popular You-Tube Content Provider "The Time Then" Below : The 1937 Flood in Louville Kentucky. We also Feature material from many other Popular You-Tube Content Providers like "Yesterday Today Tribute"
The Key West Business Guild has many events.
Dr. John "Jack" Norris Opens Second Key West Location and continues through his Social Media in giving US Great Medical Advice. His and Kathryn's Practice is now called "KEY LIME MEDICAL ASSOCIATION".. Part 1 and Part 2 of this July 24, 2023 Issue Dr. Norris gives us Information about either 60+ YO receiving another Covid Booster Beneficial?.
EDITOR'S NOTE : Every Issue Contains Hundreds of URL Links. Although I properly Insert the URL Links; just a few times the Connection to the Site Fails. When that Happens Simply Copy and Paste the URL Link into your Web Browser. Thanks for Reading. Ed. The 2023 Magazines will Now have 2 Parts Due to the Amount of Information that I Gladly Insert into the Issues. Our New 2 Part Format is done to insure that ALL the Material will download successfully.The Keys Blast from Ed Krane and Friends ("Friends" being the Many Associate / Executive Contributing Editors) that send me Material & Cover Events. Our Readership has an Active Database of 7935....
A Thank You from this Magazine and the THOUSANDS that have Expressed to me : How Publix in ALL their Stores were able to Organize the MASSIVE ROLLOUT of the COVID-19 VACCINES and now Featuring the 3rd. & 4th. in a Series of Covid Booster Shots (Extremely Effective). Certainly a Monumental Challenge that was so (& Still Is) SUCCESSFUL . Here in Key West Publix GM Kevin Piper Sr. and Staffs were BRILLIANT in their Coordination of this Unchartered Venture & the Magnitude Involved. The Two Booster Shots for the latest Omicron Strains can be Given with this Year's Flu Shot. . Check out Dr. John "Jack" Norris's weekly section for Information.
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts ; just finished their "2023 CONNECTIONS PROJECTS" and just OPENED "SUMMER SYNERGY" with Major Contributions from the Key West Art Center in Key West and Artists in Paradise in Big Pine. Curator is everyone's good friend SUSANN D'ANTONIO.
Thank you to all the artists, audiences, teachers, performers and supporters who helped make another great season at The Studios of Key West possible! Some highlights below...Jed Dodds Executive Director
photo by Nick Doll
If you go to the June 26, 2023 Issue; you will see a Lead Feature that we ran that was created by the Studios of Key West and Executive Director Jed Dodds. The Feature showed Much that was accomplished this past year especially dealing with Covid-19:
The Nursery contains 160 species of native plants available including Native & Cuban palms, Tomato and Pepper plants. The total nursery inventory totals more than 2,000 plants which attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators in 1-gallon to 15-gallon pots. Key West Botanical Garden members receive a 15% discount. The Garden is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation and all proceeds directly benefit the Garden’s conservation program.
The Garden is located at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. For more information call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden.
WALK ON WHITE (STREET) is always done the the 3rd Thursday of the Month. The Next being Thursday August 17 WWW.WALKONWHITEKEYWEST.COM will give detailed Information on the Host Venues. One of the Lead Venues besides Shade and Shutter & Stone Soup Gallery is the Helen Harrison Gallery. Two Works of Art below from Helen Harrison and to follow Son Adventurer Cole Harrison.
SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES THEIR FIFTH ANNUAL SUMMERFEST CULINARY ARTS FESTIVAL BENEFIT EVENT TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 FROM 6 TO 10 PM.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. 5/8/18 --- Southampton Arts Center is thrilled to be hosting their 5th annual SummerFest benefit on Thursday, August 30 from 6 to 10 PM – the final major fundraising event of the summer season!
SummerFest is SAC’s premiere annual event, raising nearly a half-million dollars, to support world-class exhibitions and 200-plus programs annually, many of which are free of charge. Attendees will enjoy signature dishes from the most celebrated chefs on the East End plus DJ and dancing under the stars on the historic grounds of 25 Jobs Lane.
Tickets for SummerFest start at $500 for individuals with VIP tables starting at $10,000, and can be reserved online at southamptonartscenter.org, by calling Southampton Arts Center at 631-283-0967 x 13, or by emailing Advancement Coordinator Molly Bishop at email@example.com.
About Southampton Arts Center
Southampton Arts Center is a not-for-profit located at 25 Jobs Lane, in the heart of Southampton Village. Our mission is to provide the highest quality programming to our entire community through partnerships with a diverse slate of world-class artists, performers, educators and cultural institutions. As stewards of one of the most beloved buildings and grounds on the East End, we serve as a hub to strengthen arts and culture in Southampton Village for this and future generations. For additional information, please visit southamptonartscenter.org. For additional information, please visit http://southamptonartscenter.org/. #SummerFestAtSAC
Reef Relief is the reigning champion “Best Summer Camp” for the annual Keys Weekly Bubba Awards. We are asking you to consider nominating us in the “Business” category for “Best Summer Camp”. This award helps us with our grants and fundraising purposes.
We also would appreciate the nomination for "Best Non Profit" and "Best Place to Take the Kids"
November 1940 Boys in the School House in Ledyard Connecticut working on a school Newspaper
September 1942 Rochester New York ..The Babcocks an American Family Tuning in for War News, Mr. and Mrs. Babcock with Children Howard and Carl the Youngest
October 1940 Mr. & Mrs. Labbe and Children in their Newly built home. Mr. Labbe FSA Client Runs a Small Seed Foundation Unit in Wallagrass Maine.
October 1940 Mr. Lawrence J. Brown Aroostook Potato Farmer Operates a small Seed Foundation unit in Eagle Lake Maine. His Three Sons and 1 Hired Man do all the work. The Little Boy on the Left Picked 14 Barrels of Potatoes before Lunch
Tedfords Party 1953 New Hampshire
March 1940 Skiers from Boston Relaxing in Lodge at North Conway New Hampshire
August 1959 Vermont Country store Western Common Windsor County Vermont. The Building Dates back to 1828 Typical Early Country store still serving it's original function but filled with more merchandise than it would have originally had and now with a popular attraction
A Colorful Scene from the Vermont State Farm at Rutland September 1941
This was taken in Provincetown, Massachusetts
November 1940 Ledyard Connecticut Mr. T.L. Crouch A Quaker preparing to carve the Thanksgiving Turkey
December 1940 at a Saturday Square Dance in Clayville Rhode Island
September 1942 Rochester NY The Babcoks at the dinner table
Street scene Providence 1957
New Jersey Luncheonette Circa 1955-1957
Times Square 1943
New York June 6, 1944 Allied Armies Land on the Coast of France. Great Invasion of Continent Begins D-Day
Schylkill County Pennsylvania 1938 Shenandoah Fronts in a mining town
Second Grade Class James Buchanan Elementary School Levittown, Pennsylvania Spring 1962
From the Linda Kodachromes Circa 1950s Somewhere in New England. A Place at the Table just for You
Somewhere in New England sometime in Mid-Century
June 1941 Daughter of Frank Robbins United Aircraft Employee who lives in trailer with his Wife and 4 Daughters. The Housing Shortage in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Dear Members and Friends of the Key West Art Center,
ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS FOR MAGGIE'S LARGE EXHBITION AT THE KEY WEST ART CENTER. She also has some of her art hanging at the THE FLORIDA KEYS COUNCIL OF THE ARTS "SUMMER SYNERGY"
"Salty Island Summer", Recent Paintings by Maggie Ruley, opened at 301 Front Street in Key West on Friday, July 14th, with a reception from 5 - 7 PM. The work will remain on display through the 28th of this month.
Even if you are not in town, consider purchasing a few raffle tickets that benefit our building fund! In doing so, you are directly contributing towards the maintenance of the oldest gallery in Key West, where over 50 local artists display and sell their work.
Raffle tickets are $10 each, or 3 for $25. Even if you are not in the area, call the gallery during business hours and you can still enter for a chance to win "Hemingway's Whiskey", a beautiful and vibrant 20" x 24" original painting by Maggie.
Summer Workshops For Ages 9-12 With Sarah Butler
Sarah Butler is a wonderful artist, teacher, and asset to the Florida Keys community. And now she is teaching a round of summer art workshops for kids aged 9-12! You can register for either class on our website, in person at the Art Center, or by calling the gallery. Remember, both exhibiting and associate members of the Key West Art Center can register at a discounted price.
Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Michael and Jenn for the Summer Months will put on Hiatus..."FIRST FRIDAY" at their Salt Island Provisions ; that Featured a Local Artist Each Month. HOWEVER Salt Island Provisions is a very unique Store and so ideal for gifts that you actually give thought to and are unique. Keep in mind that their STONE SOUP GALLERY AND FRAME SHOP is still very much one of a few LEAD Hosts for WALK ON WHITE ; Next Being August 17
The Next Walk on White is the 3rd Thursday of every month : August 17 and the Hosts are :
A few of the Lead Venues are Shade Pottery and Shutter Photography 1102 White Street WWW.SHADEANDSHUTTERKEYWEST.COM 305-767-3769. Below at Shade is a Photograph by Sarah "Grace" and Pottery from Mark; and then Helen Harrison Gallery WWW.HARRISON-GALLERY.COM 825 White Street 305-294-0609..
Join some of your favorite Key West Artisan Market vendors during the dog days of summer at the Southernmost VFW Post 3911 for the all new Summer Mini Market!.
Enjoy fresh produce by Erick from Homestead, Rosie and Robert's famous cheese selection, orchids and plants from Anna, Romero's breads and dips, Mel's decadent desserts, Mundy the Pirate's locally caught seafood, Mark's Rodriquez cigars and Latitude 24 Coffee by the Daniels, among several others. Of course rotating in will be many local artists, jewelry creators, photographers, candle makers and collection curators for your shopping pleasure.
The VFW's air conditioned dining room will be open for a sit down breakfast, brunch or lunch with chef Mark serving up lots of fresh made options to tempt your palate. A full bar (inside and out) will offer mimosas, bloody mary's and all your favorite libations at the best prices on the island.
Parking is plentiful courtesy of the Gulf Atlantic Bank (corner of 5th and N. Roosevelt) - they even have a walk up ATM for your convenience. As a courtesy, please don't use PetSmart's spots unless you're making a stop at their store.
The every other Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm event mirrors our regular season with 6 dates currently to include:, June 11 , June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20. The Key West Artisan Market at Higgs Beach is scheduled to resume November 5.
Watch for a summer 'mini market' :This new show will take place every other Sunday 10 am to 2 pm through the summer. As a reminder, our sister show, the Truman Waterfront Farmers Market, is every Thursday from 2 pm to 7 pm year-round at the Truman Waterfront Park
We Now Continue with one of our Vinatge Photographic Features "102 AMAZING PHOTOS ACCROSS AMERICA FROM 1930s to 1960s by "YESTERDAY, TODAY, TRIBUTE"
Glouster Ohio Circa 1950
May 1940 Country Road in Western Iowa Corn Country Monona County
February 1942 Burlington Iowa Sunnyside Unit Farm Security Administration trailer camp In a Trailer for Workers at the Burlington
September 1939 Kimberley Farm Jasper County Iowa Corn Fight Bdetween Margaret and Howard Kimberley
1942 Hettinger North Dakota Street Scene after Snow Storm
North Dakota Taken in 1937
February 1942 Timberlakes Dewey South Dakota Barbara Shop
November 1940 Residential Section of Aberdeen South Dakota. This is one of the Few Towns with Plenty of trees. They were brought here when the town was first settled by Easterners
November 1940 Schulstad boys listening to the radio in Aberdeen South Dakota
May 1942 Lancaster County Nebrasker. Mrs. Lynn May FSA Borrower Cleaning a Chicken
Seed and Feed store in Lincoln Nebrasker our Third View of The Grand Grogery from 1942
May 4 1936 Bank that failed
July 1941 The Old Cathedral in Vincennes Indiana
Grace and Sally September 18, 1951 Minnesota Kodachromes at Home in Blue Earth
May 4, 1952 Dam at Blue Earth below cemetery
Air View of Claude's Farm Minnesota April 27, 1952
Dearborn Michigan 1954 Ford Mianline Two Door Sedan
May 1938 New Madrid County Missouri House without Windows Home of Share Croppers cut over farmers Mississippi
Key West Library at 700 Flemming Street
and FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
Just got off the phone Michael Nelson and he Updated me on Library Events. Cafe Con Libros is Off for the Summer / Fall . Michael comments that he has an event on November 19 Featuring Nathan Hill. Michael also informs us that 'FRIENDS OF LIBRARY" is active with their Speaker Series Jan. 2024 to end of March 2024
The Friends of the Key West Library will not be holding another outdoor book sale
. Friends of the Key West Library will offer books published from 2020 to 2023 inside the main library all year. Just deposit your cash
donation into the slotted box provided. Please note that the library staff will not be able to take your money or be able to provide change.
We so very much appreciate your interest in our book selection and will return to an outdoor book sale on December 2, 2023. Please note that we will continue taking book donations all year. Books published after the year 2000 are needed.
Original rare, vintage, used 1963 theater lobby card
for ' Marilyn ', based on the life of the 1950's to early 1960's actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. The film, directed by Harold Medford, was released by 20th Century Fox, and was narrated by Rock Hudson.
The lobby card has been floated to display the original copyright and theatrical numbering ' 63/120 ' denoting it was the 120th production of 20th Century Fox for
the year 1963.
The lobby card has been linen-backed to help preserve it.
Cathy Rose, an artist for over 40 years. Widely known for her unique work in assemblage and painting utilizing found and reclaimed objects and antiques. Her 21st year exhibiting in Key West. Operates Lucky Rose Gallery in New Orleans.
1 MARTIN : 16 X 13 X 3 Oil on Fabric on Panel, Antique Glass Negative, Antique Cypress Frame
2) CLAIRE : 11 X 6 X 4 Hand Formed Clay, Antique Hat Form, Antique Doll Shoe
3) MOON : 22 X 21.5 X 2 Oil on Antique Bread Board
4) FREE : Hand Formed Clay, Wood, Insulated Wires, Antique Fabrics, Recylaimed Wood Base
WWW.LETTYNOWAK.COM Letty's Gallery "JAG" 1075 Duval Square (Where Doug Mayberry Realty was) Off of Simonton.
POOLSIDE : A JURIED EXHIBITION AUGUST 19-SEPTEMBER 5
CALLING ALL ARTISTS
CATHY ROSE AT JAG GALLERY
Jag Gallery welcomes the always anticipated return of Cathy Rose, a Key West favorite for over two decades, with an exhibit of new works in assemblage and painting.
An artist for over 40 years and a gallerist for almost 20, with her New Orleans based Lucky Rose Gallery, Rose began her artistic journey as a production potter but became interested in figurative work both as a sculptor and a painter. Primarily known and easily recognized for her captivating assemblage in wood and clay plus vintage fabrics and reclaimed objects as well as her paintings on reclaimed bread boards or foundry forms, Cathy is inspired largely by Southern Primitive and Outsider Art charming collectors throughout the US and abroad.
CATHY ROSE…new works, opens with a preview reception, which is free and open to the public, on Friday, July 14th from 5-7 and continues through August 14th and will be available for online viewing at the gallery website www.jaggallery.art.
Considered one of the Island’s finest destinations for contemporary art offering carefully curated exhibits featuring work of prominent artists from Key West and beyond, Jag Gallery is located at the Simonton Street entrance to Duval Square, 1075 Duval Street with ample, free parking. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday noon to 5, Monday’s by appointment. For additional information call 305.407.6202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us
on Facebook and Instagram..
GO TO PART 2 IN THIS JULY 10, 2023 ISSUE to see a Few Works from Cathy
MARTHA RESK MANAGER at The Florida Keys Council of the Arts and LIZ YOUNG President send regards and tells us :
COLLABORATIVE ARTISTS EXHIBIT OPENS at the HISTORIC GATO BUILDING
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is proud to announce the opening of a new art exhibit:
“Summer Synergy,” a collaborative artists show of festive works by over 30 local artist members of
the Key West Art Center and Artists in Paradise Gallery of Big Pine Key. The show is curated by
Arts Council Advisor and Chair of the Art in Public Places Committee, Susann D’Antonio.
This show is vibrant, colorful, and truly showcases the beautiful artwork of our very talented Keys’ artists. From garden scenes, Royal Poinciana, and local architecture to dreamy seascapes, sport fish, turtles and wildlife, this exhibit provides a chance for the viewer to be inspired by our local environment. All artwork is for sale and may be purchased directly from the artist with all proceeds going to the artist.
On display Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. in the Gato, 1100 Simonton St., Key West,
through September 21st. There is free parking and the building and show are ADA accessible.
This exhibit is part of the Arts Council’s Art in Public Buildings program, designed to offer an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work beyond a traditional gallery space and enhance the environment of those who work and visit the Gato Building.
For more information, please call the Florida Keys Council of the Arts at 305-295-4369.
It’s a great show with a cool vibe
BELOW : QUIET MORNING ON PETRONIA by NEVA TOWNSEND
Reef Relief Announces 8th Annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash
Reef Relief is excited to announce the 8th Annual Jerry Garcia Bash on August 1st. The fundraiser is hosted by the Green Parrot Bar from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. Happy Dog & Palz will be performing live music all night. There will be raffle prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and thousands of dollars in silent auction items. All proceeds go to expanding Reef Relief’s education and advocacy programs.
Silent auction items include fishing and sandbar charters, spa and restaurant gift certificates and stay-cation bundles.
Lynn Goldsmith's imagery is in numerous collections:
The Smithsonian, The Polaroid Collection, The Kodak Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the permanent collection of Museum Folkwang. She is a multi-awarded portrait photographer whose work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, The New Yorker, etc. Her subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to authors, from the extra-ordinary to the ordinary man on the street. Her forty years of photography have not only been an investigation into the nature of the human spirit, but also into the natural wonders of our planet.
The original art for “Heroes Unite” was created for DC Comics' Batman #45. This image was issued as a variant cover to commemorate 80 continuous years of Action Comics issues. It was released to commemorate Batman's 80th Anniversary.
DC Superhero limited edition today at the very special price!
Best regards, James Curken
Managing Art Consultant , Zazoo Fine Art Gallery
622 Duval Street, Key West, FL. 33040
BOB DYLAN - ' NASHVILLE SKYLINE '
Bob Dylan photographed outside his Byrdcliffe
home, Woodstock, NY, 1969.
This important image was used for the
' Nashville Skyline ' album cover.
Open Edition Archival Pigment Print.
Hand-signed by the photographer, Elliott Landy.
Measures approx. 20 5/8" x 26 5/8" framed.
Gallery price $1,995..
' BOB DYLAN - INFARED '
Bob Dylan outside his Byrdcliffe home,
Woodstock, NY, 1968.
Open Edition Archival Pigment Print.
Hand-signed by the photographer, Elliott Landy.
Measures approx. 27 1/8" x 21 5/8" framed.
Gallery price $1,995.
' FOREVER YOUNG '
BOB DYLAN AND THE BAND
Bob Dylan appearing with ' The Band ' at ' The Last Waltz '. Dylan sang a new song from the ' Planet Waves ' album called ' Forever Young '. November 25th, 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
Presented as a Fine Art Print in a limited edition of only 99 prints.
We have 11/99 in the gallery!
Hand signed and numbered by photographer James Fortune.
The City of Key West was pleased to welcome Ms. Shamele Jenkins of the Miami Foster and Adoptive Parent Association and her group to Key West last week.
They were greeted at the port by the City's Special Projects Coordinator Dorian Patton brought them to City Hall where they were welcomed by Mayor Teri Johnston, Commissioner Clayton Lopez, City Manager Albert Childress, and Administrative Assistant Portia Navarro.
They were treated to a discussion of the Bahama Village Community Quilt by local artist Sally Binard and Michael Ross of the Studios of Key West. The quilt was made possible by The Studios of Key West and artist William Rhodes, Keys Arts Counsel, CFFK, and the Bahama Village Music program.
Poet Arita Wright treated them to a reading, and Commissioner Lopez talked about Key West history. They then visited the Key West African Cemetery and met Monroe County Historian Corey Malcom for a discussion of the history of the cemetery
Mayor Teri Johnston and the Key West City Commission have proclaimed July as Recreation and Parks Month.
The declaration dovetails with recognition countrywide by the National Recreation and Park Association as well as the Florida Recreation and Park Association.
“Parks and recreation programs enhance our quality of life by contributing to healthy lifestyles, building community, creating economic development, and encouraging environmental stewardship,” reads the proclamation. In addition, they “boost the economy, enhance property values, attract new business, increase tourism, and reduce crime.”
Recreation helps build “family unity, strengthens neighborhood involvement, offers opportunity for social interaction, enhances education, develops creativity, and promotes cultural diversity.”
The honor was accepted by Tiffany Pellicier, Chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and Roger McVeigh, Vice Chair.
In the photo: Commissioners Mary Lou Hoover and Lissette Carey, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Vice Chair Roger McVeigh and Chairperson Tiffany Pellicier, Mayor Teri Johnston, and Commissioners Clayton Lopez and Billy Wardlow. Vice Mayor Sam Kaufman was in attendance via Zoom.
Mayor Teri Johnston and the Key West City Commission commended the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida International University for its recent national recognition.
The Center started working with small businesses in the Keys in 2018. The team of highly experienced consultants provides assistance and training to entrepreneurs and business owners in the City of Key West and Monroe County to help them start, grow, and succeed.
FSBDC at FIU work one-on-one with small businesses providing startup assistance, access to capital, marketing, financial management, government contracting, human resources and business strategy advising.
The Center has delivered more than 2,215 hours of consulting to 223 Key West small businesses, resulting in business owners securing over $18.4 million in capital, securing $7.3 million in government contracts, increasing sales by $8.6 million, impacting 1,548 jobs, and launching 13 new businesses.
In April, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced SBDC at FIU as the winner of the 2023 Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award, which recognizes the country’s top small business center.
Regional Director Brian Van Hook accepted the honor with consultants Nancy Hull, Bonnie Barns, and Julie Brown. They were joined on the dais by Nick Formico, owner of Key West Marine Hardware who is the Center’s Keys Client of the Year.
“We talk about numbers on a page but its actually all about the business owners,” said Van Hook. “Nick here was our Client of the Year. And that’s what we’re all about, helping local business owners.”
The Key West Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office are teaming up for another National Night Out family event. On Tuesday, August 1st, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., we invite the community to come meet our first responders who keep us all safe. The Lower Keys event will be held at Bayview Park in Key West. Monroe County Sheriff's Office will also host events at the Aviation Hangar in Marathon, Founder's Park in Islamorada, and at the Key Largo Community Park.
This national annual event is aimed at increasing awareness about assets and resources in the community. There will be an exciting array of displays and equipment used by police, firefighters, as well as our military and community partners. There will be everything from special teams, fire trucks and boats to dogs, horses and more at this great family event. The kids will love the animals from the Monroe County Sheriff's Farm! There will also be music, free food and beverages.
The Bayview Park National Night Out is a convenient location for residents of all ages to come see what we do and meet your local first responders. It dovetails with events held across the nation, including those hosted by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in the Upper and Middle Keys.
In the photo: Sheriff Rick Ramsay and Police Chief Sean Brandenburg invite the community to visit one of four National Night Out locations.
Mayor Teri Johnston and the Key West City Commission honored Dr. Jonathan C. Carey, who recently received the President's Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his 5,000 hours of service to the United States of America through community development and emergency services.
Dr. Carey is a minister, author, certified life coach, an Assemblies of God USA commissioned chaplain, and the lead pastor of Glad Tidings Tabernacle in Key West. He has served as chair for the faith based juvenile justice program for Monroe County, served as disaster response chaplain throughout the country on a volunteer basis, and served as a volunteer counselor during the aftermath of the George Floyd killing.
Dr. Carey taught crisis and trauma care for debriefing purposes. He has volunteered as a worker during rebuilds after storms, developed a food assistance program and served in it, and served as a counselor on Native American reservations.
He has also served as a member of Key West Cares, and as a junior league baseball, football, and soccer coach.
The President's Lifetime Achievement Award was initially established by President George W. Bush as the President's Volunteer Service Award. It has become the President's Lifetime Achievement Award and is the most prestigious national recognition of extraordinary service.
"It an honor to live in the greatest city in the greatest nation and to add value to the greatest people on the earth," he told the commission as he accepted the award with his wife Shena.
In the photo: Commissioners Mary Lou Hoover, Lisette Carey, and Jimmy Weekley, Shena Carey, Dr. Jonathan Carey, Mayor Teri Johnston, Commissioner Clayton Lopez, Vice Mayor Sam Kaufman, Commissioner Billy Wardlow.
Mayor Teri Johnston and the City Commission unanimously approved a resolution affirming that Key West continues to be a Welcoming City.
The resolution emphasizes the City's commitment to ensuring the rights of residents and visitors, including drag queens, gender nonconforming, transgender, cisgender and all manner of humans to walk upon, and to use, public spaces while wearing attire of their own choosing, as long as it is in compliance with the City's nudity ordinance and public health requirements.
In addition, it acknowledges the Drag Community for elegance and originality, for their ability to unite the community and for boundless events, and the contributions benefiting the charitable causes of our City.
"Key West's 'One Human Family' philosophy," reads the resolution, "represents a commitment to protect the human rights of all citizens, and the Key West City Commission categorically condemns violence, discrimination, hate, intimidation, harassment or similar acts that undermine the fabric of what makes the Key West community unique and vibrant."
Mr. Frank, as many of his friends call him, was born on June 15, 1923 in Winter Park, Florida to Charley and Orsolina Toppino.
Charley Toppino and Sons was established in the 1920s and moved to Homestead in 1933. As a teenager, Frank worked his first job driving trucks from Homestead down to Marathon, delivering potable water to contractors building bridges over the overseas railroad via ducts after the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 washed away the tracks. By the 1940s, the family and business relocated to Key West.
Mr. Frank enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1941 and spent 15 months in China. He was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant in 1945. Back in Key West he married Betty Rose in 1947 and they had three children, Daniel, Ramona and Richard.
Mr. Frank has been an active and generous member of the community. He has as a member of the Florida Keys Educational Foundation, Mel Fisher Museum, Military Affairs Committee, Monroe County Contractors Association, and the Sunrise Rotary. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Florida Keys Community College, served as President of the Key West Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed to the Key West Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in 1991 by former Mayor Dennis Wardlow and has served continuously for 32 years.
His service and generosity have been acknowledged by many awards and recognitions. Mr. Frank was the 1993 Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Award recipient and he won the Florence Spottswood Humanitarian of the Year Award. The Frank P. Toppino Poinciana Gardens Senior Living Complex was dedicated in honor of him in recognition of his outstanding dedicated service providing for the housing needs of the community.
This 100th milestone was celebrated during the June 8th City Commission meeting where he was greeted with a standing ovation and a chocolate cake.
City Manager Albert Childress on Thursday congratulated career civil servant Angela Budde for 25 years of dedicated service to the City of Key West, presenting her with a 25-year Challenge Coin.
Budde began with the City in the fleet department in 1998. Throughout her career she has become familiar with the workings of our municipality by serving in several areas. She has served in the Engineering Department, Community Services, Planning, and the City Clerk’s Office. She is currently the web specialist for the City in the IT Department.
“Twenty-five years of service is not an easy feat,” Budde said. “As I reflect back on my career, I am thankful that the City provides me with the opportunities for self-development and professional growth and continues to support my professional development.”
In the photo: Web specialist Angela Budde and City Manager Albert Childress..
Key West Division Chief of Emergency Management Gregory Barroso convened a briefing of the City's emergency management command staff on the first day of hurricane season to ensure everyone is refreshed on hurricane plans and preparedness.
After the briefing, Barroso and City Manager Albert Childress met with the National Weather Service's Meteorologist in Charge Chip Kasper and Warning Coordinator Meteorologist Jon Rizzo for a discussion of protocols.
In the photo: Key West Division Chief of Emergency Management Gregory Barroso, City Manager Albert Childress, NWS Meteorologist in Charge Chip Kasper, and Warning Coordinator Meteorologist Jon Rizzo.