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‘Let’s Talk About It’

Florida Keys Community College

Library hosts “Let’s Talk About It:

Making Sense of the American Civil

War,” a five-part reading and discussion series.

e FKCC library is one of only 65

public libraries nationwide receiving a grant

to host the series by American Library Association

and National Endowment for the

Humanities. Two-hour sessions open to the

public each Tuesday, January 31 to February

28. FKCC history professor Sharon

Farrell, a Ph.D. candidate who specializes


100 years later | Andy Newman photography

in minority history, will lead the group

discussions. e reading list includes works

of historical fiction and interpretation,

speeches, diaries, memoirs, biographies and

short stories. e series is significant for the

Keys as it coincides with Fort Zachary Taylor’s

26th Annual Civil War Heritage Days,

February 10-12. To obtain copies of program

materials or to check out the books on

the reading list, visit FKCC Library on the

Key West Campus, (305) 809-3194,


Monroe County residents can check out

materials with local identification. Library

hours are Monday 8:30a.m. to 9 p.m.,

Tuesday through ursday 8:30a.m. to

8:30p.m., Friday through Saturday

8:30a.m. to 4p.m.

• Session I of V

Imagining War: 6pm January 31.

Readings: “March” by Geraldine Brooks

and “American War” anthology, Part 1,

edited by Edward L. Ayers

• Session II scheduled for February 7.

INFO http://library.fkcc.edu

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Literary Week, Florida

Celebrate Literacy Week in

Florida, January 23-27. Anyone

who buys a copy of “Treasure

Coins of the Nuestra

Senora de Atocha and the

Santa Margarita” at Mel

Fisher’s Treasures gift

shop will receive a second

copy to donate to a school

or library at no additional

charge. e museum is located

at 200 Greene St.

across from the Westin


27th Key West Craft Show

e annual Key West Craft

Show takes place Saturday and

Sunday, January 28-29, at Caroline

and Whitehead streets in Old

Town. Nearly 100 artisans and

craftsmen show handcrafted

items. 10-5 p.m.

Exhibitors are craft artists

from all over the United States.

Each year the artists of original

handmade crafts have expanded

the variety of items on exhibit.

is year’s artisans offer home

décor pieces from handpainted

clothing to hand-turned wooden

utensils. Jewelry is glass, silver,

gold and even shells. is year’s

show brings a selection of wearable

art clothing and accessories

from hats to handbags. Handcrafted

toys of wood and fabric,

children’s clothing and even

something for your pet will be for

Key West Craft Show, January 28-29

sale. e Key West Craft Show

started 27 years ago by the Key

West Art Center to complement

the Fine Art Show. It has become

huge with artists nationwide

applying for the

100 spaces. National

magazine “Sunshine

Artist has again named it

in the top 100 shows.

e Key West Art Center,

a non-profit community

Art Center,

sponsors the Craft Show

and offers local artists a gallery

for art, classes and free lectures

and demos. Craft show is sponsored

by City of Key West, Monroe

County Tourist Development

Council, Truman Annex Property

Owners Association and First

State Bank. Admission is free.

New garden sculpture

As a tribute to Flagler’s railroad

centennial, sculptor Bill

Wood has installed “High Road,”

a fiberglass and steel construction

in e Studios of Key West sculpture

garden, 600 White St. Meet

the artist at a garden reception

4-5:30pm Monday, January 23.

Guests invited to stay for Friends

of the Library free lecture by Seth

H. Bramson at 6pm.

“High Road” is the result of

hours spent with one of Wood’s

favorite landmarks of the Keys.

e installation is on view

through March.



Vol. 2 No. 4

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Published Weekly






Sheel Sheelman, Ralph dePalma,

Larry E. Blackburn

COVER by Andy Newman


Guy deBoer Key News

Louis Petrone Key West Lou

Steve Calderwood Wining the Keys

Paul Menta What’s Cooking

Matt Gardi The Naked Conch

Rick Boettger The Great Debate

Scott McCarthy The Gadabout

Kimberley Denney Bitch in Paradise

JT Thompson Hot Dish

David Lybrand KONK Reactor








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Arbor Day revived in local schools

More than 400 fourth graders within Keys Energy Services’ service area

helped mark Arbor Day 2012 by planting a tree and becoming members

of the Fourth Grade Foresters program. e program’s goal is to revitalize

the observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools by helping students become

stewards of the community by planting and caring for a tree. National Arbor Day

is celebrated the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day according

to best tree-planting times. Florida observed Arbor Day on January 20. Students

received a Sabal Palm seedling, the official state tree, to take home and plant.

Philanthropist on hand at Keys Children’s Foundation event

Take Stock scholar Catherine Guinovart, a Coral Shores High School 11th

grader, was the student speaker recently at Keys Children’s Foundation

luncheon. Mrs. Leigh Anne Tuohy, philanthropist and author was keynote

speaker. Leigh Anne was the inspiration for Sandra Bullock’s Academy award-winning

role in Michael Lewis’ bestselling book and movie, “e Blind Side.”

Get ready: Wesley House Family Services Valentine’s Day gala

Prudential Knight & Gardner Realty assemble the most anticipated silent

auction in the Keys for the annual Wesley House Family Services Valentine’s

Day Gala, February 14, a night of dining, music and dancing. More than

600 guests attended the gala at Curry Mansion Inn last year. Donate to the cause.

Edith Amsterdam again extends the hospitality of the Curry Mansion Inn, 511

Caroline St., for Key West’s most sparkling

fundraising event, Wesley House Annual

Valentine’s Day Gala, now in its 29th year.

e fete raises money for Wesley House

programs that provide crucial support

to child welfare and family preservation

throughout the Florida Keys.

INFO Pat Madiedo (305) 304-4287

to donate; www.wesleyhouse.org


KONK Life’s newest columnist, David Lybrand, introduced his column last week

under an inaccurate column heading in the print edition of KONK Life.

e column is “KONK Reactor.” We apologize for the error.

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Phil Goodman

Mosquito Control District

board member

Guy deBoer | GD You’re the most

recent board member to the mosquito

control district. I understand

you and the board are working hard

to tighten up the employee manual

booklet. Why is that so important

for employees?

Phil Goodman | PG We had a

workshop last meeting, and we will

have another workshop at the next

meeting and hope to have this completed

and updated by the time we

have our new reorganization in

April. e employee manual is overlooked

many times by many organizations

and is not kept up to date,

but this is also a legal basis of a lot

of the regulations each individual

organization has to it. Without having

an updated and well written

manual, you can get into a lot of

trouble. e district has gotten into

trouble in the past with certain employees

by not having properly documented

manuals. Because of that

we’re going through it item by item,

looking at what we have, being sure

it’s what we want, looking at things

that have been emitted and deciding

on what we want to add so that we

can have a real living document that

really means something and can

help us avoid some of the problems

that the districts had in the past.

You can’t protect yourself against

everything but I think we can really

make some significant improvements


GD ere was obviously a lot of

controversy about the case against

Michael Spoto who was obviously a

top manager at the district. Do you

think that if the employee manual

was better outlined this would of

been a situation that could of been


PG I think so and the real reason

that Mr. Spoto was discharged was

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One of the goals

of our three-year

strategic plan is

to solve our budget shortfall,

and one of the ways to do

this is to be sure that we

have a very efficient


lPhil Goodman

Mosquito Control District

board member

because he didn’t reveal a speeding

ticket that he had received and this

was a new regulation that the board

had made prior to him getting his

ticket. e way the board announced

it to everyone is that they

included the document or the wording

of the new provision in with

their paycheck that was mailed to

them at the time assuming that if

you cashed your paycheck you read

this document. is was not really

the proper way to do it and Mr.

Spoto said that he never received it

and never read it so this left us open.

Now this is being incorporated into

the manual. All new employees will

sign that they have read and understand

the manual. We are trying to

do a few things to make this a little

more of an airtight situation in the

future so that they will know what

the district requires.





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n L E G A L I T I E S

W I T H Louis Petrone

Justice triumphs. Sometimes it

takes a while. Sometimes it is

not perfect in form. But one

way or another, it evens the score.

Remember Joran van der Sloot?

He was the Dutch citizen living in

Aruba in 2005 when an American

citizen disappeared. She was a young

lady on holiday. Her name, Natalee


Her disappearance received international

media attention. e suspicion,

then and to this day, is that

Natalee was murdered and her body

hidden. Her body has yet to be recovered.

Joran and two of his friends were

taken into custody in connection

with Natalee’s disappearance. e

two friends were never prosecuted.

Charges were dropped because of a

lack of evidence. Joran was taken

into custody and/or arrested several

times. In each instance, the charges

were withdrawn because of a lack of


Recently, Joran plead guilty to a

murder in Peru. A 21-year-old Peruvian

lady. Flores Ramirez. He admitted

strangling her in a casino hotel


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Joran has been sentenced to 28

years in jail for the murder.

ere are charges pending against

Joran in the United States. e

United States apparently is intending

to extradite Joran for his Aruba

conduct. Wire fraud and extortion.

It is alleged Joran contacted Natalee’s

mother and offered to tell her

where Natalee’s body was buried for

$25,000. Some money changed

hands. e body was not found.

Bottom line. Justice has a way of

triumphing. Not necessarily for the

crime one may want. But for some

crime. en Justice has its day. Remember


e Good Book says it best: As

ye sow, so shall ye reap.






The comedy “e Big Year” highlighted the excitement

of birding and inspired many to join in the fun. Become a

“citizen scientist” on Saturday, February 4, by helping Ranger

Christi Carmichael document birds along Main Park Road from Royal

Palm Visitor Center to Flamingo. December’s Big Day Birding Adventure

participants spotted 2,210 birds (45 species). Everglades National

Park is a world-class birding area. More than 365 species of birds have

been recorded in the park. Bird habitat ranges from freshwater marsh

and pine rockland to shallow tidal flats. Many species use the park

as a significant wintering area. White-crowned pigeons and mangrove

cuckoos considered specialties to the area from the Caribbean. Be

prepared to drive your own car and bring lunch, water, sun and mosquito

protection, and binoculars if you have them. Plan on spending six

hours and walking at least three miles.

Meet 8 a.m. at Royal Palm Visitor Center 15-minute drive from Homestead park

entrace at 8336 State Road. Maps at Coe Visitor Center or entrance. $10/car fee.

Program free. For more information, call (239) 695-3092.


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island biz

Fishes for scholarships

First State Bank of the Florida

Keys partnered with Florida

Keys Commercial Fishermen’s

Association to raise funds for local

scholarships at the 7th Annual

Seafood Festival. e bank provided

sponsorship funds, ATM service and

a team of volunteers to assist with

serving food, collecting money and

selling raffle tickets at the local event.

e Florida Keys Seafood Festival is

designed to strengthen the local fishing

industry by showcasing local

seafood harvested by Keys fishermen.

Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s

Association provides scholarships to

college bound children of local commercial


Five stars awarded

First State Bank of the Florida

Keys earns a Five Star rating by the

Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce

Education Committee for its

dedication to Keys schools and students.

e bank has been awarded the

Five Star rating since the programs

inception. Tom Sawyer Five Star designation

is awarded through the

Chamber to members contributing to

local education by donating to

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schools and mentoring students.

First State Bank of the Florida

Keys sponsored five local classrooms

throughout Key West with donations

totaling $1,250 to sponsor Ms.

Marston’s kindergarten class at Gerald

Adams Elementary School; Ms.

Cameron’s fifth and Ms. Smouse’s

first grade classes at Poinciana Elementary

School; Ms. Edwards’ fourth

grade class at Glynn Archer Elementary

School; and Ms. Preston’s Math

classes at Key West High School.

T-S Factory’s Gunny

Richard “Gunny” Cliffe is the

newest member of the T-Shirt Factory

team. A master embroiderer and

digitizer with 30 years experience in

the screenprinting and embroidery

field, Cliffe serves as embroidery

manager overseeing design and production

of the embroidery department.

Now the T-Shirt Factory

handles all embroidery needs from

hats to jackets, t-shirts to leather. He

graduated from Military Graphic Arts

Course in Dever, Col., and has

graphic arts degree from Kishwaukee

College in Malta, Ill., and studied

radio and television broadcasting at

Northern Illnois University.

Sheila Cantler on the job at No Name Race.

No Name Race aids abuse shelter

Centennial Bank’s Hospitality Wagon served 300 runners and walkers in

the 5K No Name Race recently. Linda Jones walked in the annual

fundraising event. Sheila Cantler, pictured above, also serves on shelter’s

board of directors.

island biz

First State Bank Key West Winn Dixie Office Assistant Branch

Manager Yani Sierra-Garcia, Key West Winn Dixie Branch Green

Caption Ani Galstyan, Dan’s Cans Dan Bell and First State Bank

Key West Winn Dixie Office Assistant Branch Manager Izabela


Recycler partners up

Local business entrepreneur Dan

Dell of Dan’s Cans partners with

First State Bank of the Florida Keys

to enhance its Going Green efforts

at the Key West Winn Dixie office.

Dan’s Cans provides free recycling

service for businesses and residents

who recycle from Key West to Key

Largo. Partnering businesses get a

recycling container and the client

determines pick up schedule:

weekly, every two weeks, or call

when needed. Cans are picked up,

sorted and taken to the recycler in

Big Pine Key for revenue.

INFO (305) 240-9385,


Anny up

First State Bank of the Florida

Keys Vice President and Security

Officer Luis Reyes and Portfolio

Analyst/ Loan Administration Officer

Jon Boley celebrated their fifth

year with the bank. Reyes joined

the bank as Vice President and Internal

Control/Data Security Officer

in 2006. Boley joined as

Assistant Controller, promoted to

Accounting Officer in 2010 and recently

transferred to the Loan Administration


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Assistant Vice President and Key

West Winn Dixie Branch Manager

Karen Mendez celebrated 30 years

with the bank. Mendez first joined

in 1975 as a Check Printer. After a

short leave, she returned in 1982 as

a Teller. Mendez oversees branch

staff and operations at the Key West

Winn Dixie location in Overseas

Market. Born and raised in Key

West, Mendez is a graduate of Mary

Immaculate High School with an

Associates Degree from Florida

Keys Community College.

‘Outstanding’ Sanchez

Manny Sanchez has been named

Keys Energy Services’ Outstanding

Employee of the Fourth Quarter

for 2011. Sanchez has worked for

the Utility since 1991 and currently

serves as an operator maintainer in

KEYS’ generation department, responsible

for maintenance and operation

of KEYS’ generation units.

Sanchez was born and raised in Key

West, where he lives with wife

Darcy and children Symone, Jelena,

and Christopher. His name will be

engraved on a perpetual plaque that

hangs in the William Arnold Service

Building lobby and receive a

$250 bonus and an extra day off.


Race Week 2012 | Ralph de Palma photography



| Continued from page 5

GD How detailed is the employee manual for the district?

PG I don’t know exactly the number of pages but it’s

about a quarter of an inch thick and it’s very basic. It hasn’t

been looked at in a number of years and hasn’t been

updated. I think Michael Doyle is really aware and conscious

of all of the


within the district

in the past and is

working with the

board to try to improve

this. I think

when we finish the

manual, it will be

significantly larger

then it is now. is

will be competitive

with most employee

manuals in

a private sector and

also other government


Without having

an updated

and well written

manual, you can get into a

lot of trouble. The district

has gotten into trouble in the

past with certain employees

by not having properly

documented manuals.”

lPhil Goodman

Mosquito Control District

board member

GD When do you

think this might be completed?

PG Our plans are to have it completed by April because

in April we are rolling out a new organization for mosquito

control and we need a new manual to be sure that

our manual goes along with our new organizational

plans. We have a manual in place with the basic rules and

the current employees have read it and are updated with

what we have but there will be some additional items that

are added to it by April.

GD When you talk about new organizational plans will

there be any announcements made regarding any potential


PGis is under construction at this time and I think

Michael Doyle has been charged with coming up with a

new organization. He will unveil it to the commission at

the April meeting. I think the idea was to be sure that we

had not only an effective organization but an efficient

one. One of the goals of our three year strategic plan is to

solve our budget shortfall and one of the ways to do this

is to be sure that we have a very efficient organization.

ere already have been people who have left the mosquito

control for various reasons and they were not replaced.

Depending on how much attrition does and what

Michael Doyle’s final plan is, this might take care of it.

is is a three year strategic plan so the organizational

structure is something that is also living and is also

changing. It very easily could be that we have a phase

one, phase two, phase three organizational structure over

time because we are getting a new computer system and

some new computer software and this will allow us to be

more efficient with less people.


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Parade for Flagler’s railroad

The Southernmost City in

the Continental United

States celebrated the centennial

anniversary of the Florida

Keys Over-Sea Railroad’s debut

with parade and gathering exactly

100 years after the first train’s arrival

from the Florida mainland on

January 22, 1912. e parade

through Key West’s Old Town was a

highlight of the Florida Keys Over-

Sea Railroad Centennial Celebration

that continued through

Monday. e Over-Sea Railroad

connected an isolated Florida Keys

with the mainland for the first time,

paving the way for today’s community

of islands. e completion of

the line has been called the single

most important event in Keys history.

e railroad ceased operation

in 1935 after a Labor Day hurricane

ravaged 40 miles of track in the

Middle and Upper Keys. It was replaced

in 1938 by the Overseas



key moment

Key West

Art Center


craft of art

Key West Art

Center, sponsor

of the annual

Craft Show, features

craft work from mem-

Art Center member Georgina Hosek shows her

ceramics that are part of the featured craft work

at the Gallery on Front Street.

bers. Work ranges from pottery to jewelry and hand painted functional items

such as furniture and mailboxes. Member artists Joan Cox, Jane Grannis,

Georgina Hosek and Maggie Ruley show their ceramic pieces in functional and

decorative works. Each artist has a unique style. Lois Songerlfeatures handmade

glass bead jewelry and beaded items from letter openers to bookmarks.

Gale Upmal has something for the young with handpainted children’s furniture.

Tom Avery has hand-turned wooden bowls, trays and salad servers.

INFO Daily Key West Art Center, 301 Front St., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily


Smokin’ Tuna

Howard Livingston

January 27


The Doerfels

January 29

j a n u a r y 2 6 - f e b r u a r y 1

The Green Parrot

The Heavy Pets

January 27-29

Hog’s Breath

The Stray Dogs


February 2

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The Smokin’ Tuna

4 Charles St. off the 200

block of Duval Street

n Thursday

Scott Kirby, 2-5pm

Chris Cook, 6-10pm

n Friday

Scott Kirby, 2-5pm

Howard Livingston, 7-10pm

Chris Cook, 10pm-1am

n Saturday

Clint Bullard, 2-5pm

Scott Kirby, 5-9pm

Chris Cook, 10pm-1am

n Sunday

Chris Cook, 6-10pm

n Monday

Scott Kirby, 6-10pm



Robert Hutto, 2-5pm

Robert Hutto returns as mesmerizing

as always with his songs

and other favorites.


The Green Parrot

601 White St., 294-6133

n Thursday

Caffeine Carl and

Nick Norman 10pm

n Friday-Sunday

The Heavy Pets

5:30pm and 10pm Friday; 10pm

Saturday; 5:30pm Sunday

Vibe blends rhythm and blues,

jazz-funk and reggae fusion with

homegrown rock’n’roll. Known for

powerhouse performances

The Green Parrot

The Hackensaw Boys

January 30-31

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spiked with hot electric licks,

multi-climactic instrumental solos

and masterful acoustic acumen.

n Monday-Tuesday

The Hackensaw Boys

10pm Monday; 5:30pm and

10pm Tuesday

Rough-and-ready touring bluegrass

band. Hard-core, acoustic

string combo specializes in Appalachian

roots music, combines

fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin,

mouth harp, upright bass and

percussive curios in a yodel


n Wednesday

Ukulele Association Meets 8pm

Jeff Clarke, Tim McAlpine and

Jay Gewin co-host Key West's

only ukulele jam session. Same

format as previous monthly, highspirited

shindigs, 8pm workshop

on basic instruction. Chord and

song sheets provided. 9 p.m.

performers, open mic, play-along.

White Tarpon Tiki Bar

at end of Front Street

One of the newest spots in town

features eclectic range of music

every day of the week.

n Friday

Zu Zazz String Orkestra,

Dan and Renee Santhouse

Noon-4pm and 6-9pm

String-band interpretations of

abandoned and regional styles

of American music from first

three decades of popular



The Schooner Wharf

202 Williams St., 292-3302


n Thursday Sam Ramos and

Robert Douglas 7-11pm

n Friday-Saturday

The Doerfels 7-Midnight

n Sunday Wreckers’ Race 1pm

Latin Calypso Party with Marty Stonely

and Din Allen 6:30-11pm

n Monday Raven Cooper and

Bubba Lownotes Noon-5pm

The Real Malloys 7-11pm

n Tuesday Raven Cooper and

Michael Gillis 7-11pm

Guitar player and singer Raven

Cooper with Michael Gillis, affluent

jazz musician. They churn out an

eclectic mix of jazz, country, blue.

The Pier House

The Wine Gallery Piano Bar

One Duval, 296-4600

n 7 pm Friday-Monday

Larry Smith jazz, pop, originals

with Peppy Pabon on drums.

n Sunday Showcase, January 29

Nancy 3. Hoffman performances

are experiences in cultural diversity

from her international repertoire (10

countries) with show tunes, spicy

dancing and quirky humor in an

eclectic presentation accompanying

herself on accordion or ukulele.

NEXT WEEK February 5:

Singer/impersonator Gina Maseratti

n 9pm Monday Jazz Jams

Drummer Skipper Kripitz and

bassist Tim McAlpine.

The Gardens Hotel

526 Angela St., 294-2661

n Friday

In the Cabaret, 5:30-8pm

Michael Robinson on piano

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n Saturday

In the Cabaret, 5:30-8pm

Jimmy Olson on piano

n Sunday

Jazz in the Gardens, 5-7:30pm

with Lenore Troia & Friends

Hog’s Breath

400 Front St., 296-4222

n January 20-February 2

The Stray Dogs 10pm-2am

Possibly Key West’s most dangerous

trio, The Stray Dogs bring highenergy

blast of reggae, funk and

rock. Local favorite Wayne Hammond

(bass) and Trinidad native

George Victory (guitar) share

singing duties while local Randy

Morrow (drums) drives the groove.

Special guest can be expected.

B.O.’s Fish Wagon

801 Caroline St., (305) 294-9272


n Thursday 5-9pm

Southernmost Magnolia Cajun Band

Key West version of the renowned

New England band plays Cajun, bluegrass

and country. Led by singer and

guitarist Maggie Moniz with local fixtures

Steve Gibson on mandolin and

Cindy Jefferson on bass. Special

guests every week. This week:

world-famous Chuck Shepherd on

pedal steel and Dr. John Kreinces on

fiddle. Laissez les bon temps rouler!


301 U.S. Hwy. 1, MM 10 Bayside

(305) 296-1664

Live music 7-11pm, Thursday-Sunday

n Thursday John Lamere

n Friday Moose & the

Bulletproof Blues Band

n Saturday Munks of Punk

n Sunday The Doerfels

Receptions & Exhibits

Thursday, January 26

Stephen Muldoon & Steven Quartly

Exhibits Open

Stephen Muldoon, Wyland Gallery,

102 Duval St. Steven Quartly, Wyland

Gallery, 623 Duval St. Thru January.

Friday, January 27

Adam Rote Exhibit Opens

Wyland Gallery, 623 Duval St. 292-

4998. www.wylandkeywest.com

Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28

Artist Receptions

Green World Gallery, 712B Duval St.



Jennifer Badry Artist Reception, Friday,

6-9 PM/Barbie Wilson Artist Reception,

Saturday, 11 AM-2 PM.

Saturday, January 28

Jill Caldwell Exhibit Opening Reception,

6-9 PM

Fleming St. Gallery, 830 Fleming

St.296-9000. www.flemingstreetgallery.com

Thru February 9.

Classes & Workshops


Key West Still Life Class with Annamarie

Giordano, 11 AM

FKCC, 5901 College Rd. 809-3185.



Keys to Oil Painting with Amanda

Johnson, 9 AM

Digital Photography - Beyond the

Camera, 10 AM

Hot Stuff! Blown Glass & Raku, 10 AM

FKCC, 5901 College Rd.


Monday, January 30

So Ya Wanna Be An Acta? with

Richard Grusin, 11 AM

Impressionist's Palette - Plein Air with

William Welch, 12:30 PM

The Studios of Key West, 600 White

St. 296-0458.tskw.org Contact to register.

Beading Workshop & Meeting, 1 PM

Guild Hall Gallery, Upstairs, 614 Duval

St. Jean Disrud, 304-8377.

The Artist's Way - Rosalind Brackenbury,

7:30 PM

The Studios of Key West, 600 White

St. 296-0458. www.tskw.org



Watercolor Workshop Series: Session

I: Dynamic Design Principles Karen

Beauprie, 10 AM

Key West Art Center, 301 Front St.

517-6806. www.keywestartcenter.com

Life Drawing with Annamarie Giordano,

11 AM

FKCC, 5901 College Rd. 809-3185.


Abstract Painting Seminar: Roberta

Marks, 12 PM

Painting Bootcamp with Rick Worth -

Session 1, 12 PM/Session 2, 6 PM

The Studios of Key West, 600 White

St. 296-0458. www.tskw.org


Show&Tell Art Group, 2 PM

The Wine Cottage on Eaton, 930

Eaton St, Unit C. Dottie Harden, 772-



January 27 & 28

Argentine Tango Workshop with Guest

Instructors Jon & Judy

Dance Factory, 906C Kennedy Dr.

304-8184. Call Daina for times and


Dance Classes – please contact for

complete listings

CoffeeMill Dance Studio, 916 Pohalski

St. 296-9982.


The Dance Factory, 906C Kennedy

Dr. 296-5015. Ballroom classes, 304-


Florida Keys Community College,

5901 College Rd. 809-3185.


Learn to Dance with Lucy & Leon,

1706 N Roosevelt Blvd. 296-6348.


Festivals & Fundraisers

January 26-29

Key West Food & Wine Festival

Various times and locations. 800-474-

4319. info@keywestfoodandwinefestival.com

Saturday, January 28

Anne McKee Artists Auction, Preview,

7 PM/Auction, 8 PM

Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosevelt

Blvd. 296-6616. www.mckeefund.org

Annual fundraiser whose mission is to

provide project-based, short-term,

monetary grants to qualified artists in

the area cultural community.

Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29

Key West Craft Show, 10 AM-5 PM

Whitehead & Caroline Streets, Old

Town Key West. 294-1243. www.keywestartcenter.com

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27th annual juried show comprising of

nationally recognized artists and artisans.

Sunday, January 29

Waterfront Playhouse Winter Wonderland

Annual Gala, 7 PM

At the home of Brenda and Warren

Dedrick, 727 Washington St. 294-

5015. www.waterfrontplayhouse.org



Monday, January 30

Classic Movie Series: Gotta Dance –

All That Jazz, 7 PM

Tuesday, January 31

Opera in Cinema Series - Cendrillon

from the Royal Opera, 2 PM

Tropic Cinema, 416 Eaton St. 295-

4393. www.tropiccinema.com


Saturday, January 28

Key West Writers Guild Meeting,

10 AM

Key West Library, Conference Room,

700 Fleming St. jessica@argyle.org



Open Mic Night, 7-9 PM

Sippin' Coffee House, 424 Eaton St.

Onett Johnson, onett@bellsouth.net


Monday, January 30

Friends of the Library Lecture Series:

James Gleick, 6 PM

The Studios of Key West, Main Hall,

600 White St. 294-8488. www.friendsofthekeywestlibrary.org

Tuesday, January 31

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of

the American Civil War Discussion

Sessions, 6 PM

FKCC Library, 5901 College Rd. 809-

3194. www.library.fkcc.edu


Friday, January 27

In The Cabaret: Michael Robinson at

the Piano, 5:30 PM-8 PM

The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St.

294-2661. www.gardenshotel.com

Skippo & Friends, 5-7 PM

Salute, 1000 Atlantic Blvd. 292-1117.

Sunsets & jazz.

Fridays & Saturdays

Happy Hour with Mike Emerson, 6-10


Tavern ‘N Town at the Marriott Beachside

Hotel, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd.

Fridays & Wednesdays

Waterfront Wine Dinner & Concert

with Classical Guitarist Mateo, Dinner,

7:30PM/Concert, 9 PM

SHOR American Seafood Grill, Hyatt

Resort, 601 Front St. 809-1234. RSVP



Wine Galley Piano Bar with Larry

Smith, 7 PM

Pier House Wine Galley, 1 Duval St.



Fridays & Saturdays, solo. Sundays,

special guests. Mondays, Jazz Jam

with special guests.

Saturday, January 28

In the Cabaret: Jimmy Olson, 5-6:30


The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St.

294-2661. www.gardenshotel.com

Dulcimer Jamboree - One Day Event,

5-11 PM

Casa Cabanas, 2510 Harris Ave.

Bing, 407-342-1447.

Sunday, January 29

Jazz Brunch with Libby York & Pianist

Bobby Nesbitt, 12-2 PM

Cafe Sole, 1029 Southard St. 294-

0230. www.libbyyork.com

Kim Gordon - Love in the Afternoon

Concert, 4 PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401

Duval St. 296-5142.

Romantic melodies of Gershwin,

Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner &

Lowe, Irving Berlin, Jerry Herman and

more with Linda Sparks, pianist.

Jazz in the Gardens - Lenore Troia &

Friends, 5:30-7:30 PM

The Gardens Hotel, 526 Angela St.

294-2661. www.gardenshotel.com

Monday, January 30

Gayla Morgan in Concert, 8 PM

Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901

College Rd. 295-7676.



Skipper's League of Crafty Musicians

& The Crizzbees, 9 PM

Virgilio's, 524 Duval St. 296-8118.


Thursday-Saturday, January 26-28

Red, 8 PM

Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval St. 296-

9911. www.redbarntheatre.com Final


Tuesday, January 30

Dead Man's Cell Phone Preview

Night, 8 PM

Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall St.



Opening night, February 2. Tuesdays-

Saturdays thru February 18.

late night key west


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Igotta be honest:

I feel completely high right

now. What is really bizarre

about this feeling is that it is not the

result of anything illegal. I haven’t

even had a drink. But maybe that’s

the thing.

For the last two days, I haven’t

had any alcohol, not by design, and

I’ve been eating healthy. Again, not

by design, more like just eating

what’s in the house.

And I feel like if I kept this up, I

could rule the world. I could at least

become city manager. Except that

would involve showing up to work

at a specified time, sitting in a lot of

long boring meetings, and listening

to an endless parade of crybabies,

but that $180K annual salary could

fund a lot of European vacations.

Plus I could delegate everything

to my two assistants. I think I

would make my fellow Muriel’s my

assistants and then they could have

assistants to do their work while we

went to three-martini lunches sponsored

by the cruise industry. (Don’t

know who the Muriel’s are? Check

out Muriel’s, formerly known as Key

West Waterlosers on Facebook).

And when was it that the threemartini

lunch became frowned

upon? Have you ever tried to work

over drinks? People become much

more agreeable and creative. And

then it’s time for a siesta. And if it

works for the Spanish, then why

can’t it work for us? It can, I tell

you! I practice what I preach. It’s

called work/life balance.

Or how about exchanging sexual

favors to get what you want? When

did that become “wrong”? If both

parties agree, well then, what’s the

harm? I would be open to that,

and if I didn’t find you particularly

attractive, I could just delegate you

to one of my assistants.

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It’s the “any means necessary”

approach to getting the job done.

I would be completely accessible to

the people. If you saw me out,

bought me a drink and weren’t too

annoying, I would totally listen to

what you had to say. Whether I

remembered it the next day would

be another story, but you could

always follow up in an email that

one of my assistant’s assistants

would read.

Not to worry, though: instead

of continuing my high-flying ways,

I will revert back to my usual

procrastinating self at 7:15 tonight,

when I have champagne to celebrate

my friend having paid off her

mortgage. Yes, I know someone

who has paid off not even just a

Key West mortgage but an Old

Town mortgage. And she’s not

even a one-percenter. Well, I have

suspicions she was close to that in

her former corporate life, but that

was long ago. at’s exactly the

kind of friend an aspiring

politician needs!

I vote that we vote for a city

manager. And that you vote for me:

the first real honest politician in the

history of politics. Because I really

don’t care who I piss off.


bitchinparadise@earthlink.net or

tweet @bitchinparadise







Iam sad to report that the last

round of the Great Debate

(Wednesdays, 10-11am on

KONK-AM ) degenerated from the

usual knife fight into a reasonable

discussion by two intelligent and

thoughtful economic experts on fine

points of the economy.

ose thoughtful experts would

be me, on the commie pinko Left,

and Jim Ferris, on the ditto-head

wing nut Right. Our usual technique

is to holler real loud at each

other about taxes and spending, generating

a lot of heat, which makes

for good radio. Instead, the last

“debate” generated a fair amount

of light, as we found common

ground, especially on the fundamental

strength of the American economy,

which lacks only competent

national leadership to get us roaring

into a prosperous future.

I knew the debate had been a dud

when Jim confided in me, “Rick,

your inner Conservative is beginning

to come out.” Ouch! I had

thought, but did not tell him, “Jim,

your inner Liberal is beginning to

come out.” When both debaters quit

with the feeling they are reaching

common ground, we might as well

be conducting a college seminar, or

worse a PBS interview.

To return to the spirit of the

radio show and this column, I will

now revisit the cream-puffy hand

grenade fight I had with Matt Gardi

last week. To recap, I had to declare

our on-air debate a draw, because

my damn Fact Checker found out

Matt had indeed been correct about

the Social Security yearly balance.

But I smacked him down for disagreeing

with him in the course of

the show about paying back the national

debt. He originally agreed

that, yes, any country can pay off its

debts simply by printing more

money. But later he forgot that, and

I took him to task for it. I generously

forwarded him a copy of the

article I wrote after the show. e

ruthless sneak then came back at me

with his “Last Word” in which he

ducked my gentle creampuff and

threw a grenade back at me, a new


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“ere is a mathematical certainty

that . . . society cannot continue to

service the size of the debt. . . I find

it baffling that people [meaning me]

can comfortably lean over the

upper-deck railing of a sinking ship

while sipping champagne and watch

the lower decks slowly sink in icy

waters of debt. . .”

Wow! at’s powerful rhetoric,

Amigo. But to follow your metaphor,

the SS America has most assuredly

NOT been “sinking” from

over 200 years of massive debt accumulation,

starting most famously

with the Louisiana Purchase. Our

“ship” is leading the world comfortably

in just about everything that

matters, and the giant scary “debt”

number has had exactly zero effect

on our well being. Every single prediction

for 200 years by baffling

people (like Matt Gardi) has been

wrong, wrong, wrong.

I predicted in my 1994 book that

we could double the size of our debt

and triple the amount of money we

printed without causing harm, when

people like Matt Gardi were screaming

“Bankruptcy 1995!” In 2009, I

predicted that the huge increase in

the deficit and the doubling of our

money supply overnight would be

good for the economy, and that the

stock market would rebound—

within two weeks of its historic low.

So, gentle jury, who do you want

to go with: people whose predictions

are always wrong, or the guy —

that would be me — who is (on

the economy) always right? I rest

my case. And Matt, I am calling

Most Lastest Word, so you are

forbidden to take up this topic

again in print next week. Save it

for a rematch on my show! e

Rick Boettger



wining the keys

‘W I N E A B I T, Y O U ‘ L L F E E L B E T T E R’

We live in a great town

The only topic for this week’s

column is upcoming events

because we live in the best

place ever. Not only does the Food

& Wine Fest start tonight, but we’ve

got a ton of great events coming up,

and I want to see you; yes, YOU, at

all of them. Also, I just want to let

you know I’ll be writing my next

column right in the middle of the

festival; so, it will probably be

unintelligible anyway. Remember,

if you see me laying in a gutter,

pick me up, take me home and

prop me up in front of my

computer. I’ll write something.

So, as I said, tonight, ursday

night, is the start of the Key West

Food & Wine Festival with the Kick

Off Your Flip Flops Barefoot Beach

Party. It just goes downhill from

there (or at least I do.) All of the

events are great, but the one I want

everyone to attend is the Key West

Master Chefs Classic on Sunday at

the Westin. It’s a major fundraiser

for MARC House and one hell of a

good time! It always sells out, but if

it hasn’t already, you can get tickets

at the MARC plant store, the

Restaurant Store, or keystix.com

For more info on all of the events,


online for everything you need to


Now, if you’re not going to the

kickoff party tonight but still want

to swill a little wine, have some fun

and support another one of my

favorite charities — the Florida Keys

ASPCA — call (305) 923-6431 and

sign up for the Bordeaux Blending

Event at the Bagatelle. You can either

register a team of up to five people

for $50 or a single for $25. You’ll

learn the secrets of blending wine

with the five Bordeaux varietals provided

by Southern Wine & Spirits

and Trinchero Napa Valley Estate


Next up is a new recurring event,

Wine and Tapas Merienda at Café

Solé. Each Wednesday from 4-6 pm,

John Correa will create tapas paired

with six wines selected by Nicole

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Garcia. It’s a la carte, and the tapas

start at just $5 and wines under $10

a glass. It’s perfect for a light, early

dinner (great for us senior citizens)

or just something to hold you over

until later. For more information,

call (305) 310-5880.

en on ursday, February 16,

from 6-8pm is the next SHOR

American Seafood Grill’s food and

wine pairing with Vicki Roush from

Premier Beverage. I’m serious people.

If you don’t attend, you’re an

idiot! Six wines paired with six small

plates for $35. What I really love is

that Chef Dan tastes the wines and

then creates each dish; and, believe

me; he’s damn good at it. e last

two have sold out, so call (305) 809-

4000 to book your seats. NOW!

Finally, get ready for the next

Tasters Guild wine dinner on

Monday, February 20, at 6:30 pm.

e last one was at 915 and was out

of this world, and the next one is

going to be at Fin. e third course

alone is hanger steak with truffle

potato salad and candied bacon.

Candied bacon, people! Get on the

phone and call (305) 292-4004 to

book your candied bacon; er, I mean

seats. e cost is $70 for members

and $80 for guests. But if you’re not

a member yet, why the hell not?!?!

All the wines at the event will be

available for purchase at 10 percent

over cost and members always get

a 15 percent discount at Conch

Republic Liquors. Don’t be stupid.


Well, now that I’ve insulted

everyone’s intelligence, remember,

wine a bit, you’ll feel better.





KONKLife”s BIG SAVINGS are here!










hot dish!

OK. I wondered, too. What

does a restaurant calling itself

2¢ serve? Well, owner

Chris Shultz says it is a Gastro Pub

serving some of your favorite classic

bar foods but reinvented elegantly.

Working with renowned local Chef

Chris Otten, he and his crew have

created a fantasy land to enjoy their

eccentric dishes in.

Located next to LeatherMaster

on Appelrouth Lane, 2¢ is cleverly

designed merging everything from

Frank Lloyd Wright architecture,

giant airbrushed murals lining an

outdoor arbor, to banquettes

mounted on stacks of antique Post

Office boxes. Everywhere you look,

details will amaze you. Seldom do

restaurateurs spent so much time on

the details of the physical location.

Just ask bartender Travis about the

bar itself and get ready for the unexpected


And if the restaurant itself

is unique, the fare at

2¢ is also unexpected but

familiar at the same

time. What Chris calls

snacks are kind of like

tapas meant for sharing

but with many world influences.

Chris brought Gregory and I

the Heirloom Watermelon Radish

— thin slices of a red, fresh, snappy

radish with butter and sea salt ($6).

It’s simple looking but complex tasting.

Very unexpected. Who knew

radishes were this delicious?

Our server Bobby brought us another

“snack” — Charred Shishito

Peppers. ese long green peppers

are both rich and mild tasting with

the charred skins adding texture as

well as flavor. With sea salt crystals

to dip them in, it’s yet another

unexpected treat for the palate that

is weary of the same old things ($8).

For greens, Bobby offered the

Watercress Salad — pink grapefruit

slices and avocado wedges drizzled

in a red wine vinaigrette ($8).

“Fresh” is an understatement with

this salad. Garden flavors were so

complimentary it left us wanting

more salad, but there were other surprises

to come.

For seafood, Chris presented a

Grilled Wahoo Filet, served over

chick pea ragout with mustard

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creme fraiche ($24). Taste it and

you’ll see why it’s called “wahoo!”

It was so phenomenally light, delicate

and mild that even Gregory,

who doesn’t care for seafood, was instantly

enamored. He enjoyed it so

much that after I had a couple

tastes, he asked if he could finish it.

Now that’s really saying a lot!

We were wowed by the Bahamian

Conch Ceviche — vibrant and alive,

zipped up with the onion, pepper

and citrus flavors ($10). Being

chewy, it makes you pause to savor

the fresh conch from the Bahamas.

And this is another seafood dish

Gregory loved. Two in a row!

e star of the show, however,

was the ai Style Chicken Wings.

Not greasy, they were bathed in intriguing

ai spices and completed

with a sweet chili dipping sauce

($10). ese are really addictive,

folks. If you love wings, you gotta

try these savory tidbits.

We finished with ai

Iced Tea Creme Brulée

with a gossamer and

creamy interior hiding

under a crunchy sugar

crust ($8). Light and perfect

way to finish the meal.

Chris tells us to watch for

happy hours and lunches, starting

soon. ey have only been open

two weeks, so discover this place

early. You’ll be glad you did. Chris

and his crew are genuinely friendly

and helpful. ey just want you to

have a great time!

2¢ is open 6-11pm Monday to

Saturday. Travis offers craft beers

(like pear) and captivating wines.

And everything is carefully designed

to enhance your dining experience.

So when you wonder “where do we

go tonight?” think new. ink fresh.

You’ll get a lot more than your 2¢






now we’re cooking

You have seen

it as a pretty

garnish or

walked by it in the market, but

you never saw it as having “star”

potential. Carambola, otherwise

known as star fruit, is turning a lot

of heads because of all it offers

besides being pretty.

When I first came here in the

1980s, they still had groves of these

in the Keys and, if you look hard

now, you will see them again in

local yards.

eir growing season is right

now in South Florida, and it’s a

good one. People are surprised by

the sweet flavor the star fruit has,

but like anything, you need to know

your food and how to use it.

e trees fruit about four times a

year and have a 30-year life. ey

have a citrus flavor, but are not in

the citrus family, and the

pink flowers that bloom smell nice

too. Now if you get them green, you

need to let them turn yellow to have

the sweet taste. e green fruit

have a pleasant tart taste, but the

yellow is my favorite.

When they are ripe, you will see

the edges of the star get brown. It’s

OK. It’s not

rotten. It’ss ready to eat now. You

can trim the brown off all the edges

before you use it. e nice thing

about this fruit is its all edible —

seed, skin and all. So your thinking,

“What’s all the fuss with this?”

Well, check out these facts:

l Higher than vitamin C

than oranges


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l Low in acids

l Low sugar index

l Lots of potassium

l 30 calories per fruit

Now with all

that, it packs

lots of antioxidants

as well. Here is your Key West

bonus: it’s good for helping hangovers,

and we all have suffered from

that or have a friend who might.

Now that I am selling you on

this, what do you make with it?

Smoothies are great, but I just put

them in the blender and add some

water and drink up. e juice is

really awesome and gives you a good

refreshing start to your day.

So the next time you’re at the

market, buy a few of these beauties

and try it out, because now you

know that this fruit became a star

way before its pretty looks!

Eat local and always with a friend.


Paul Menta


Now We’re Cooking


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