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Bluegrass concert and Art Under Oaks this weekend!

Libby Eddy, left, Gary Antol, and Ed Croft of Jakob’s Ferry pluck, strum, and bow through masterfully innovative songs. Jakob’s Ferry is one many talented bands performing at the 5th annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival. The three-day festival starts on Jan. 13 and continues throughout Jan. 15. Not pictured is banjoist, Joe Dep. See story, page 19. PATRICK FOLEY/Contributed



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As the new year kicks off, folks throughout the Keys are taking on the “new year, new me” mentality. Out with the old, in with the new –as the saying goes. 2017 is an opportunity for anyone who was unsatisfied with the previous year’s efforts to shape up, glow up, or shut up. The local gyms may be a little busier than usual, and that’s ok. Bubba conch from the local fishery may have decided to go “all-natural” and stop using deodorant; that’s also ‘ok.’ But, is new always better? There’s a couple surefire ways to know, so the Weekly asked locals…

What’s something new that you squeeze before you buy?

Cathy Johnson, of Printing Plus, said “Oranges and tangerines. Someone once taught me to also smell the ends of the orange to see if it’s ripe.”

“My pillow, because I love my pillow and a good night’s sleep,” said Charlie Sobrino of Mattress and Beyond.

“Grapes. You need to squeeze them before you buy them and before you make wine, because if not, you’re stuck with raisins,” said Jill Atwell of Corks and Curds.

“Avocados. I just like the way they feel in my hand,” said Joey Miller of DJ’s Diner and Seafood Grill.

Marlis Miller, also of DJ’s Diner and Seafood Grill, said “Bread. But for no particular reason, just because it’s soft.”





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DNA lecture at DAR meeting Nora Quinlan is set to speak about “Identifying a King: Richard III, DNA and Genealogy” at the Saturday, Jan. 14, meeting of the Florida Keys Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Marathon. The public is invited. She will discuss the life and times of England’s Richard III and how researchers know the bones found under a parking lot are those of Richard III. Quinlan is director of Reference and Instructional Library Services at Nova Southeastern University’s Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, a unique joint use public academic library, located in Fort Lauderdale. The Florida Keys DAR meets seven times a year at 10:45 a.m. at Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House at MM 48, bayside. To reserve a spot, email or call Gloria at 443-631-2551. ‘Over the Hill’ tourney is this weekend The 28th annual Capt. Al Flutie Over the Hill Rip Off Sailfish Tournament is set for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 15-16, headquartered at the Ocean View Pub & Inn. The action starts Monday with a live auction at 6 p.m. Then anglers fish all day Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — in time to get cleaned up and back for the awards at 7 p.m. The contest is a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Research, ReMARCable Citizens Inc., and Over the years, the tournament has raised almost $500,000, no doubt in part to its unique requriement: only anglers over 50 years of age are eligible to win trophies (though everyone can fish). It is, organizers say, the only senior sailfish tournament in the world. For more information, contact Corinne at 305-432-8384.

Bob Epstein to speak at MHT meeting Bob Epstein will deliver an audiovisual presentation on Monday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Island Community Church, MM 83. Bob Epstein’s presentation will be on “A history of fishing in the Florida Keys” and his “Africa on a Pin & a Prayer.” Many of the images for the fishing book were provided for his use in writing and putting together his book published by the History Press in Charlotte, N.C.  All African images were taken by the author in 1962-63. Bob Epstein, a 35-year resident of Tavernier, is a full time author, freelance writer, photographer and presenter. He and his wife Barbara, are publishers of and he is a past president of the Florida Outdoors Writers Association. The presentation is free and open to the public. Epstein will be signing some of his books, and a portion of each sale will benefit the Matecumbe Historical Trust. For more information contact Barbara at 305-393-0940. Garden Club  to meet Jan. 17   The Garden Club of the Upper Keys will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Francis Tracy Garden Center, MM 94 bayside. The presenter will be Tricia Keffer, who is in the graduate program at FIU. She will be speaking on the topic “What a Landscape Architect Does, and Tropical Hardwood Hammocks.” Open to the public, bring a bagged lunch. For more information please call Kathy at 305-519-0135.

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The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program for Monroe County would like to thank all our coordinators, volunteers, contributors, businesses and bikers and our extended community who helped to make this year’s annual Toys for Tots campaign in the Florida Keys such a rousing success. To our generous Poker Run Stops – Gilbert’s Resort, Snappers Waterfront Restaurant and Bar, Dillon’s Pub and Grill, Safari Lounge and most especially the Oceanview Inn & Sports Pub – you have our deepest gratitude! Wow, biker community, we were amazed by the number of motorcycles that turned out for the Poker Run on Dec. 17! At the OV we had a wonderful All-American Pig Roast & BBQ thanks to Capt. Charlie Scoble and Capt. Eric Scoble and their volunteer team! Our entertainment by local volunteer musicians arranged by Alan Truesdale rocked the OV all afternoon! Thanks to the Pvt. Bruce W. Carter Medal of Honor Young Marines for the youthful energy and muscles. Thanks to the U.S. Marines who volunteered their time to help! Whether you supported us with a toy in a box, a box at your business, a donation for the USMC to buy toys for us, a raffle item for us to raise more cash for toys, helped organize our event, helped to load or unload more toys than ever before, every bit of it helped to make this our most successful year in the Florida Keys, ever! We thank you for your support and want you know you supplied a whole lot of Monroe County Kids a memorable holiday season! Sincerely, GySgt. Louis Slagle, Florida Keys Toys for Tots Committee and Coordinator




Jan. 13-15 • Annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival at Founders Park, Islamorada. Saturday, Jan. 14 • Art Under the Oaks festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at San Pedro Church, MM 89.5, Islamorada. • Blues Brothers Dinner & Show at 6 p.m. at Elks Lodge 1872, Tavernier. Sunday, Jan. 15 • Rusty Strings at Key Largo Acoustic Open-Mic Coffeehouse at 2 p.m. at the Key Largo Civic Club. Jan. 15-16 • Al Flutie Over the Hill Rip Off Sailfish Tournament, Islamorada. Monday, Jan. 16 • Mindful and healthy eating seminar at 6 p.m. at Mariners Hospital, MM 91.5. • Matecumbe Historical Trust presentation at 6:30 p.m. at Island Community Church, MM 83. Tuesday, Jan. 17 • The Garden Club of the Upper Keys at 11 a.m. at the Francis Tracy Garden Center, MM 94 bayside.  • Achievable Housing Citizens Advisory Committee at 5 p.m. at Village Admin Center, Islamorada. • Islamorada Chamber after Hours at 5:30 p.m. Contact Chamber for location.

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Thursday, Jan. 19 • Morada Way Third Thursday Artwalk at 6 p.m. at Arts & Cultural District, Islamorada. • Cancer support group at 6 p.m. at Mariners Hospital, MM 91.5.

Plus jamming, craft beer, food, local businesses and family fun!

Saturday, Jan. 21-22 • Boating Skills and Seamanship Program at 10 a.m. at History of Diving Museum, Islamorada. Wednesday, Jan. 25 • “Civil War in South Florida” seminar with speaker Sara Ayers-Rigsby at Keys History and Discovery Center, Islamorada. • Islamorada Chamber monthly luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 • Village Council Meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Founders Park, Islamorada. Saturday, Jan. 28 • Sailfish Shuffle Color Run at 8 a.m. from Sigsbee Charter School. • Annual Bougainvilla Ball at 6 p.m. at Mariners Hospital, Tavernier.

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Hospital hosts seminar about healthy eating

Hospital hosts cancer support group

Losing weight and a healthy lifestyle are the topics for Mariners Hospital’s next community seminar. “Mind What You Eat” will take place Monday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the main conference room of the hospital, MM 91.5. During the free seminar, registered dietitian Courtney Dorchak will offer more than the typical lecture about eating more fruits and vegetables. She’ll present a different approach to eating – mindful eating. This concept is not a diet and there are no menus or recipes. Instead, you’ll learn how small changes in the way you eat can help you manage your weight. Topics will include an awareness of physical and emotional cues to eat, recognition of non-hunger triggers for eating, and how to choose food for both enjoyment and nourishment. This program is free. Space is limited and registration is required. To reserve your space, call 305-434-3400.

The Mariners Hospital and VNA/ Hospice of the Florida Keys Cancer Support Group will meet Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the hospital’s main conference room, MM 91.5. This group meets the third Thursday of every month and gives participants the opportunity to share their experiences and receive guidance and support. No reservations are required. For questions about the support group, call 305-434-1100. Student runners: mark your calendars Marathon Runners Club’s 36th Annual 7 Mile Bridge Run is scheduled for April 1, 2017 at 7:20 a.m. Students interested in running at the reduced fee of $25 may get a registration form at any Monroe County school. The student-only registration must be completed and sent in with the fee no later than Jan. 20. More information about online registration for other interested runners can be found at

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The 34th Art Under the Oaks is the primary fundraiser for San Pedro Church in Tavernier.


festival of fine arts and crafts set for Saturday, Jan. 14, features about 80 artists, live music and food. The 34th annual Art Under the Oaks is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gardens of San Pedro Church at mile marker 89.5 bayside. There is fine art viewing and shopping, international and specialty food booths, a bake sale, entertainment by local musicians and raffles of one-ofa-kind donated art, a fishing trip and valuable gift baskets. Claudia Clark of Islamorada, a fabric artist, who sells placemats, potholders, cloth storybooks and towels, will be back for her 33rd year participating in the show. Cinnamon Edgar of Islamorada, born with Down Syndrome 45 years ago, has participated for a decade or so in the show and sells notecard packets, photography and fine art. Marie Henson, a bead artist in Key Largo, also celebrates a decade at the show.

Other local participants are the musicians. Church members Sam and Haney Nekhaila and John Mavis will perform as a trio and individually. The church’s men’s club will sell pork sandwiches; other food vendors are offering chicken and rice and Greek food in the church gardens. Admission is free, and on-site parking costs $5. Free shuttle buses run continuously from Coral Shores High School’s parking lot at MM 90 oceanside. No parking will be allowed on the U.S. 1 (Overseas Highway) right-of-way. Art Under the Oaks is the church’s primary yearly fundraiser. More information is at www.,, via email or by phone at 305-664-0888.

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ebbie Hess didn’t know she had a dormant ability to create. It wasn’t until she took an art class after graduating South Dade Senior High school that her innate ability began to surprise her. She put off art, however, to continue a more fulfilling career as a recreational therapist, helping children with addiction, psychiatric disorders, and those who suffered abuse and neglect. Once the hospital she worked at closed down in 1999, she relocated to the Keys and began substituting at St. Justin Martyr Catholic School. Her love of helping children encouraged her to get her teaching certificate, and start a career. When the school closed, she moved over to the Academy at Ocean Reef for eight years, finally transferring to Treasure Village Montessori, where she’s in her third year. The artistic itch never left Hess, though. She continued taking the occasional art class, and expanded her creative side into theater. Her art originally manifested itself in murals. Hess has painted a number of them at private and professional dwellings that include seascapes and local flora and fauna.

7. Star of the Show Thomas Rhett “The Keys have inspired me, being around water and wildlife. I love being on the boat fishing, lobstering, and diving,” said Hess. Her confidence grew as she transitioned to canvas. “I like bright colors, so a lot of the animals I paint aren’t colored to be realistic. Often they turn out more whimsical looking or cartoony. I like using bold colors like blue, red, and purple to make them eye-catching,” said Hess. Her process is mostly organic and part mystery, said Hess. Beforehand, she might set the ambience with candles, incense, or music to act as a catalyst for creativity. She begins by sketching the scaffolding of her paintings from photographs and adds colors until it feels right. “It’ll take me a long time before I really like it. Sometimes I’ll have one painting atop another. Let’s say I didn’t like it, I’ll just add paint over the top and keep going,” laughed Hess. Hess prefers using watercolor or acrylic paints to flesh out her sketches, mixing in heavy gloss gel for added effect. She also incorporates the use of papier mache at times to add texture. In the future she wants to explore other art methods like mosaics and more intricate papier mache sculptures. “I’d also like to try my hand at ‘en plein air’ (in open air) art,” said Hess. “I wish I had more time to learn from other artists but I stay fairly busy.” Hess’ art is exclusively showcased at RESF Island Properties in Key Largo. The South Florida based realty company is sponsoring Hess’ first ever appearance at the Art Under the Oaks festival. The free festival will be at San Pedro Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event has roughly 50 local artists attending, and more than 100 exhibits on planned.

“I like bright colors, so a lot of the animals I paint aren’t colored to be realistic.”

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Live Music SNAPPER’S Outerband - Friday, Jan. 13 Outerband - Saturday, Jan. 14 Frank C. - Sunday, Jan. 15 Ray Jaworski - Wednesday, Jan. 18 Dangerous Dave - Thursday, Jan. 19 Dangerous Dave - Friday, Jan. 20

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GILBERT’S OVRHOL - Friday, Jan. 13 Stone Mojo - Saturday, Jan. 14 Mr. Nice Guy - Sunday, Jan. 15 Bobbe Brown - Tuesday, Jan. 17 Scotty Meyer - Wednesday, Jan. 18 DJ Reggae Ronnie - Thursday, Jan. 19 Tripmachine - Friday, Jan. 20 LORELEI’S CABANA BAR AND RESTAURANT The Steve Venini Band - Friday, Jan. 13 John Bartus and Storm Watch - Saturday, Jan. 14 Webb & Davidson - Sunday, Jan. 15 The Carousers - Monday, Jan. 16 Dennis Holmes - Tuesday, Jan. 17 Webb & Davidson - Wednesday, Jan. 18 Adrienne Z and Friends - Thursday, Jan. 19 The Steve Venini Band - Friday, Jan. 20 The Taylor King Band - Saturday, Jan. 21 Webb & Davidson - Sunday, Jan. 22 The Carousers - Monday, Jan. 23 Dennis Holmes - Tuesday, Jan. 24 Webb & Davidson - Wednesday, Jan. 25 Adrienne Z and Friends - Thursday, Jan. 26 The Steve Venini Band - Friday, Jan. 27 Brothers of Others - Saturday, Jan. 28 Webb & Davidson - Sunday, Jan. 29 The Carousers - Monday, Jan. 30 Lara Hope and the ARK Tones - Tuesday, Jan. 31 SKIPPERS DOCKSIDE Bobbe Brown - Friday, Jan. 13 Lee Sharp - Saturday, Jan. 14 Scott Meyer - Sunday, Jan. 15 Lee Sharp - Monday, Jan. 16 Bob Bonnen - Tuesday, Jan. 17 Ronnie Molyneaux - Wednesday, Jan. 18 Scott Youngburg - Thursday, Jan. 19 Bobbe Brown - Friday, Jan. 20 BAYSIDE GRILLE Luke Sommer Glenn Band - Friday, Jan. 13 Steve Venini Band - Saturday, Jan. 14 Dave’s Alter Ego - Sunday, Jan. 15 Luke Sommer Glenn - Monday, Jan. 16 Dave Bowman - Tuesday, Jan. 17 Steve Venini - Wednesday, Jan. 18 Steve Venini Band - Thursday, Jan. 19 Luke Sommer Glenn Band - Friday, Jan. 20 SNOOKS Yishka - Friday, Jan. 13 The Freddie’s - Saturday, Jan. 14 Yishka Reggae Man - Sunday, Jan. 15 The Freddie’s Monday, Jan. 16 Ashba - Tuesday, Jan. 17 Bobbe Brown - Wednesday, Jan. 18 Scott Meyers - Thursday, Jan. 19 Yishka - Friday, Jan. 20 The Freddie’s Saturday, Jan. 21

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On Dec. 15, plans for the renovation of the Plantation Key Courthouse and Detention Facility were approved, in part, by the Islamorada Village Council. The renovation is intended to bring the aging facilities into compliance with the village’s code of ordinances. The proposed development also includes a children’s shelter. Monroe County Public Works will relocate to Key Largo. The proposed new 35,697-squarefoot courthouse would have all the functions the current building provides. The existing courthouse will remain as a storage space. The renovation plan is estimated to cost $28 million when complete. The initial vote, which approved the site plan, will continue the process leading up to the site’s anticipated groundbreaking in 2018. The second vote, which would decide the fate of affordable housing units included in the proposal, was postponed. The vote will determine if the housing units will be constructed instead of having the village receive $435,508.33 in impact fees, per the affordable housing agreement mitigation plan. The mitigation plan requires the developer to pay an in-lieu fee instead of constructing the eight housing units previously outlined. The sum is paid before issuing building permits related to the project. Cheryl Meads asked her fellow council members for more time to speak with County Commissioners in regards to the housing space. Jose Aguila, one of the principal architects with Currie Sowards Aguila Architects, says the renovation will slightly expand the useable workspace and make the buildings energy efficient. “We have an existing courthouse that is outdated and does not take advantage of construction techniques against flooding, storms and hurricanes,” said Aguila. The firm’s design will bring the buildings into full compliance with land develop regulations and improve efficiency. The landscape design also conserved an existing hammock preserve nearby. Aguila says another benefit of the proposal is the exterior design of the facilities, which conceals security perimeters, like barbed wire. “Driving by, you won’t be able to tell it’s a detention facility. Our design will allow the safety and security needed, but with a nicer look,” said

A rendered view of the Plantation Key Courthouse, part of the 16th Judicial Circuit. CONTRIBUTED/ CURRIE SOWARDS & AGUILA

LAW AND ORDER’S NEW LOOK PLANTATION COURTHOUSE AND JAIL APPROVED Aguila. “The building is very traditional, it’s got color, articulation, and all the things that meet the intent of the code. We’re proud that folks felt it would be an asset to the community.” Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay says the renovation was due. “The current detention facility was supposed to be temporary. It’s been there more than 20 years now. Though we only keep low-risk inmates there, it needs more modern technology, improved security infrastructure, safer working conditions, and a cleaner space. Sheriff Ramsay says officers, civil servants, and the public deserve a better facility. “It’s important to have aesthetics there as well. It does a lot of good for morale,” said Ramsay. “It’s important to have space for inmates, too. If we didn’t have the facility in Plantation, prisoners would have be transported two hours to Key West and back. Citizens have the right to see a judge in the geographic area they were arrested.” The proposed detention center will keep the same number of inmates as before. The adjoined two-story courthouse will have three courtrooms to accommodate legal proceedings.

An overhead view of the proposed Plantation Key Courthouse and Detention Facility along U.S. 1.

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Homebrewers and craft beer enthusiasts throughout the Upper Keys flocked to the Key Largo Lions Club for the Brew on the Bay’s annual homebrew competition. From homemade mead to dark roasted porters, this year’s competition had it all. The Key Largo Rotary Club judged brews that ranged from light and easy to big and bold. Winner of the Best of Show award took home a kegerator, while guests voted on their favorite beer for People’s Choice. Ultimately, it was Black Clover Brewing, which is made up of firefighters from Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue, that captured the People’s Choice honor, while Jaws Brewing took home Best of Show. All proceeds from the weekend competition and festival are put towards vocational programs and educational scholarships. —Weekly Staff report






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The Upper Keys Weekly is proud to partner with Coral Shores High School faculty and students in choosing “The Student of the Week.” Recipients are chosen on a myriad of qualifications ranging from academic standing, athletics, outstanding achievements, community involvement, individuality and moral fortitude. We thank our future leaders and CSHS for allowing us to share in a weekly dose of “Cane Pride.”



What organizations and activities are you involved with at CSHS and why are they important to you? I am in basketball and football, and hopefully baseball. These are important to me because I love sports and build strong friendships while playing with teammates. Who has been your biggest inspiration at CSHS and why? My biggest inspirations have been Zach Roth and Kyle Krause because they are both humble and nice to everyone and really outgoing. What class do you think has best prepared you for life after high school and why? Science. I learn a lot of useful information about how the world works and why things happen. Instagram or Snapchat? What’s your favorite filter? I don’t really use filters or take pictures of myself. What are the biggest challenges facing the Keys? What would you do to meet these challenges? Invasive species like iguanas and lionfish. We could look into relocating these animals. What are your plans after high school? I want to go to college. Do you think you will make the Keys your permanent home? Why or why not? I haven’t really thought that far ahead. Right now, it’s up to my parents. Finish this sentence: Living in the Keys has taught me… about marine life.


y love of vintage started after my grandmother died and lovingly bequeathed her vintage jewelry to me. I can rememLEAH MAKI ber playing with her earrings, necklaces, and brooches as a is a fashion-obchild. I was fascisessed style Keys blogger, formerly nated by the bright from Minnesocolors, sparkling ta. Her current gems and unique infatuations include statement compilations of her vintage baubles. pieces, dramatic heels, red lipstick Each piece seemed and vintage to have its own costume jewelry. story and to this Visit LeahsFabuday, I love wearing her jewelry knowing for more of her musings. she had worn them a lifetime before. Since then, my love of vintage has grown and my own collection now includes vintage clothing, evening clutches, fur collars, and costume jewelry. For my wedding, I wore a vintage veil and feather headpiece formerly worn by a professional ballroom dancer in the 1940s. This timeless piece was my “something old” in the adage guiding brides on what to wear on their wedding day. And it remains one of my most prized possessions. Leigh Anne Brown is also an avid vintage collector who began collecting vintage clothing more than 20 years ago. Her passion

for vintage led her to start collecting vintage wedding dresses; she has amassed more than 75 dresses from different decades. What is unique about her collection is that the dresses represent the average American bride. They are not elaborate; they instead demonstrate what was happening politically and culturally that affected the styles of that time. For Leigh Anne, the art of the dress is as important as the history of each piece. Her oldest dresses are from 1890 and show the transition from Victorian style. Others reflect the sociopolitical issues of the time such as during World War II - when zippers were not used because the materials were needed for bullets. Through Leigh Anne’s collection, you see the progression and evolution of women by each decade. The dresses are not changing shapes and styles simply because a designer changed the silhouette. A woman’s choice on her wedding day is influenced by economics, politics, war, education, family and societal expectations. On Friday, Jan. 27 the Florida Keys chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a luncheon at the Hilton Key Largo Resort where Leigh Anne Brown will speak about the History of Fashion. She’ll have 25 wedding gowns on display from her collection, sharing stories of each bride, demonstrating how politics, economics, and education have shaped women’s wedding gown choices throughout history. Tickets are $50. Call 443-6312551 for more information or RSVP to






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rom the Upper Keys to Key West, dozens took part in the Wounded Warrior project’s annual soldier ride last weekend. Starting Friday morning at the Key Largo VFW Post 10211, the ride had stops at Coral Shores High School, the Postcard Inn in Islamorada, Marathon Fire Station and the Seven Mile Bridge. On Saturday, 30 wounded soldiers in Key West rode from Boca Chica NAS down Duval and ended in Bayview Park, with cheering supporters all along the way. Commanding Officer Capt. Bobby Baker summed it up: “Key West joins you today to say thank you for our freedom.” In return, Adam Faine, spokesperson for the Warriors, said, “It’s the gratitude the riders feel from the community that brings them back to life.” —Weekly Staff report Photos by HAYS BLINCKMANN, GABRIEL SANCHEZ and SARA MATTHIS/ Keys Weekly


1. Warriors set out on the remainder of their ride as Islamorada Fire Rescue stands at attention. A crowd of supporters chanted ‘USA! USA! USA!’ 2. Pat Lefere with the Military Affairs Committee, left, waits for the soldiers with Rear Admiral Chris Tomney and City Manger Jim Scholl. 3. Allison Hall, left, Kathi Basarab, Natalie Charles, Amanda Rodriguez, and Sherry Watters came together as strangers but quickly became friends on their journey south. 4. All wives of retired military, Marion Burke, left, Sue Williams, Judy Price, and Regina Ash help serve lunch to the riders in Key West.



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5. The soldiers and teammates don’t actually traverse all 125 miles of the Keys; riders and bikes are transported part of the way in vans and trucks. Here, a volunteer unloads a bike that will cross the Seven Mile Bridge. 6. A Wounded Warrior organizer addresses the crowd — riders and well wishers — before they leave the Marathon Fire Station. 7. Soldier Kim Defiori helps fellow soldier Sebationa Lopez with her leg after the ride, both from Walter Reed Medical Center.







Q. What happens to your body when you take heroin? Immediate reactions include clouded mental functioning and slowed cardiac and respiratory functioning, which can lead to asphyxiation and/or heart attack. Long-term effects include soft tissue infections, liver or kidney disease, AIDS, hepatitis and other blood-borne illnesses, permanent damage to soft nasal tissue, chronic insomnia and sexual dysfunction.

Q. What is heroin? Heroin is processed from morphine, and can be smoked, snorted or injected into veins or muscles. The drug binds to and activates specific receptors in the brain causing you to become addicted to it both physically and psychologically. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2011, 4.2 million Americans over the age of 12 had tried heroin at least one time, with 23 percent of those individuals becoming dependent on the substance as a result. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just reported that there are more deaths from heroin than from gunfire. Q. Why is heroin so dangerous? Heroin is incredibly addictive, it’s cheap and relatively easy to obtain. Addicts come in all shapes and sizes and all walks of life, wealthy, poor, homeless, parents, children. Addiction knows no bounds. One of the most dangerous things is that no one really knows what is mixed in with the heroin they buy. Ingredients can vary wildly. Some batches are more “pure” than others. Some heroin even has strychnine, a toxic substance used as a pesticide, mixed in with it. In addition to the unknown ingredients, heroin is dangerous because it interferes with the area of the brain that controls auto-functioning, such as breathing and reaction time. When combined with other consciousnessaltering substances like alcohol, the effects can be deadly that much more quickly. Q. What draws people to use heroin? People use heroin for any number of reasons, sometimes pain relief, other times for the fun of the high. Often people begin their drug addiction through the use of prescription medications, after an accident, surgery or some disease. When their physician stops prescribing the medication or they cannot afford to buy the prescription medication, they turn to the much cheaper heroin as a substitute. Pain medications such as oxycontin or oxycodone have properties similar to heroin. Heroin is known to cause an initial rush of euphoria, making the user feel happy, even euphoric. As the drug leaves the system, this is replaced by anxiety, restlessness and even depression. Each time a person uses heroin, more of the drug must be used to achieve the same “high.”



The Monroe County Coalition, dedicated to drug awareness efforts, is having a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Department of Children and Families, 1111 12th St., Key West. Speakers will address marijuana legalization progress, presence of opiates in Monroe County and substance abuse trends.

16 - Heroin-related arrests made by Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in 2016.

Jim Hall will be presenting on the 2016 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey. For the last 30 years, Hall has tracked patterns and trends of substance abuse in Florida as the state’s representative on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Community Epidemiology Work Group. Hall’s work focuses on converting research about emerging drug abuse problems into community-based solutions.

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4 - Of the 32 deaths in Monroe County from January to June of 2016, four persons had the presence of heroin in their system plus other drugs such as cocaine and fentanyl. All of them were labeled accidental deaths. Data for the second half of 2016 is not available. 11 - Of the 32 deaths in Monroe County from January to June of 2016, eleven persons had the presence of other opiates in their system such as oxycodone, morphine, codeine and fentanyl. All but one were labeled accidental. 59 - The number of times Narcan was administered by Marathon EMS professionals during 2016. Narcan is given to patients who are overdosing. 43 - The number of times Narcan was administered by Monroe County EMS professionals during only five months of 2016. Data for the full year was not available. In comparison, only 41 doses were administered for the entire year of 2015, and 34 doses in 2014.  

Q. How does heroin affect the brain? Heroin addiction is one of the hardest addictions to beat. Relapse is common because the drug actually changes your brain. Once heroin enters the brain, it is converted back to morphine, a powerful drug used primarily to block pain. The morphine then binds to existing opioid receptors in the brain, which causes the feeling of pain relief and euphoria at 10 times the normal dopamine levels. By exposing your body to increased levels of dopamine, your body adjusts and builds a tolerance. The result is a lower pain threshold. Some studies have shown that these changes can occur after a single dose of heroin, resulting in the user “needing” more and more heroin just to feel “normal.” I once heard a physician/researcher explain that heroin works in the same area of the brain that controls breathing and heartbeats. He explained that heroin becomes as important as breathing. Once addicted, your body believes you must have heroin in order to live — just like breathing. This makes it incredibly difficult to stop using. Q. How is heroin addiction treated? To begin tackling heroin addiction, both the physical and psychological must be addressed. Thankfully, a wide range of behavioral modification methods exist to address primarily the psychological aspect of heroin addiction. These include traditional detox programs, counseling, and behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, coping and skills training, and support group participation. In conjunction with these programs, specific medications can be used to help wean the patient’s dependence. — Kim Bassett is a registered nurse and health care executive with more than 25 years experience. To se her full bio, visit www.kimbassettceo. com.




Master mandolin player Mike Compton, left, and 15-year-old prodigy Paul Silas are two of the many talented musicians performing at the 5th annual Baygrass Bluegrass Festival this weekend in Islamorada.


Festival rooted in fostering passion GABRIEL SANCHEZ


ack in 1995, it seemed youth art and music programs were in trouble in the Upper Keys. Judy Justice, Coral Shores High School teacher at the time, saw a growing need for supporting young local musicians. So she wrangled up musicians from around the area, one of whom was current Islamorada Community Entertainment Director Dave Feder. A year later, Feder took the lead and, over the next 15 years, helped put on local concerts and productions, including the long standing Bay Jam festival. With the help of former Mayor Ron Levy, the two would found Islamorada Community Entertainment (ICE) in 2006. ICE was integral in the construction of the Founders Park amphitheater, hiring the company to build it, and supervising the ins and outs of developing a venue the community would be proud of. Nowadays, ICE sponsors roughly 20 annual events and handles the production of each one. Some of ICE’s most popular concerts in the past are Bay Jam, Bay Day Jazz Fest, Bay Jamma, and the upcoming Baygrass Bluegrass festival. ICE subsidizes most of the events to guarantee patrons can enjoy the show at a reasonable price, as well. The Baygrass Bluegrass festival’s origins are also closely tied to Keys native Robbie McClung, who, as a resident of the Upper Keys and musician, saw the door for a resurgent genre wide open. Since he partnered with ICE, he’s had a vital role in coordinating much of the work. Along with productions, the orga-

nization holds workshops with local artists at schools around the Keys. The organization has also provided more than $70,000 in art, music, and dance scholarships to local students over the years. “When we come across kids who show an affinity for the arts, we try to take them in and cultivate that passion. If they are willing, we teach them how to mix, set up and break down venues, run audio and video, and sometimes conduct repairs in addition to teaching them music theory and instrument lessons,” Feder said. Key Largo native and current Florida State University senior Ryan Raines, knows firsthand how beneficial the support of ICE is. After graduating in 2013, Raines applied for and received various scholarships from ICE to pursue his degree in jazz drumming. This past summer ICE helped fund the software program he needed for producing his music, a helping hand that Raines says was huge. “It added more features, ran smoother, and gave me unlimited tracks to add layers and depth to my music,” Raines said. In the past, Raines, like many other local kids, had been very active with ICE and its productions. He would volunteer to help ICE put on the Bay Jam and Bay Jamma concerts. “I learned from Dave how to run live sound. ICE is the only organization in the Keys that I know doing real industry stuff,” said Raines. “They would put me in charge of at least one thing each set, and that involvement gave me confidence that I could do this type of work.” Raines said ICE is all about professionalism, doing your best, challenging yourself, and taking pride in your work. He credits the organization as a major influence in his career decisions. While the bands typically steal the show at the Baygrass Bluegrass festival, it’s the unsung heroes behind the scenes who have been tirelessly working to put on a memorable concert. For the concert schedule, visit

THEME: FAMOUS INVENTIONS ACROSS 1. The Mamas & the ____ 6. Clingy plant 9. Half of Brangelina 13. Poem at a funeral 14. 2nd largest bird in the world 15. Palm grease 16. Abraham’s original name 17. *Columbia introduced the 33 1/3 ___ record 18. Painting support 19. *Originally known as safety cushion assembly 21. *Penny Farthing, e.g. 23. G in music 24. Damp and musty 25. Teacher org. 28. Locus, pl. 30. Opposite of cantata 35. Tiny leftovers 37. Jimmy Kimmel, e.g. 39. Fat cat in the Orient 40. *You can do this from afar with a telescope 41. Certain saxes 43. Org. headquartered in Brussels 44. Not Doric nor Corinthian 46. Novice 47. Ponzi scheme, e.g. 48. “____ ____! This is the police!” 50. Trunk extension 52. Priestly garb 53. Sound of a bell 55. Deadeye’s forte 57. *Aid for the blind 61. Inquirers 64. Soup dispenser 65. ____ of war 67. Homeric epic 69. Like Tower of Pisa 70. North American country 71. Incessantly 72. Risky business, pl. 73. p in mph 74. Coastal feature

DOWN 1. “The Princess and the ____” fairy tale 2. “Fantastic Four” actress 3. ____wig or ____winkle 4. Petri dish jellies 5. It can be a mark, sign or word 6. Cause of Titanic’s demise 7. Strike caller 8. Cuban dance 9. Donkey cry 10. Reduced Instruction Set Computer 11. Cain’s unfortunate brother 12. Mark for omission 15. Call with a wave 20. Hello in 50th state 22. Deporting agency 24. Make moonshine, e.g. 25. *Jonas Salk’s conquest 26. Group of apes 27. Do penitence 29. *Early gun maker 31. Grannies 32. Manila hemp 33. Bottom line 34. *Manhattan Project invention 36. Largest organ of human body 38. Reality TV’s Spelling 42. Technical term for human bodies 45. Veal serving 49. Neighbor of Ger. 51. *Clothing named after a site of A-bomb testing 54. Reduce pressure 56. Cantaloupe, e.g. 57. Spill the beans 58. Relative speed of change 59. Miners’ passage 60. Misfortunes 61. #4 Down, sing. 62. Cambodian currency 63. Not loony 66. Put into service 68. *Nobel Prize-winning insecticidal, now banned




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Wyland Gallery of Key West hiring full-time Art/Sales Consultant (Key West) Compensation: Will be discussed at interview. If you are someone who has great people skills, great personality, team player and motivated to make money…if you are looking for a career and not just a job, then you are the perfect match for us. NO experience needed - we are willing to train! Flexible shifts/hours!!! Please forward your resume via email to Tammy@ w ylandkey west. com. No texts or phone calls please. OFFICE


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a local Not for Profit community theater, is seeking an Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors. This position is a full time salaried position at $30,000/year with limited benefits. Some evenings and weekends will be required. Advanced computer skills, website maintenance skills, and graphic skills preferred. Job responsibilities include managing daily operations of the playhouse, supervising box office operations, playbill development, c o o r d i n a t e s with building maintenance staff and with contracted personnel. Please send cover letter, resume and any inquiries to John Hunt at jhh952@comcast. net . Application Deadline January 17, 2017.

Part-time Receptionist Nights & Weekends. Plantation Key Nursing Center, Tavernier, FL. To apply for position, please submit your resume to BOL@ P L A N T A T I O N K E Y N C . C O M Looking for an Alarm Technician with current working knowledge of intelligent fire alarm systems. Email deborahg@ barnesalarmsystems. com for more information and a p p l i c a t i o n . Housekeeper, MM 80 Islamorada, FL Call 305-962-5243. Posicion de limpieza. MM 80, Islamorada, FL. Llame a 305-9625243. Seeking RN’s and LPN’s, F/T and P/T, 12 hours shifts. We offer a competitive wage and benefits program. To apply for position, Please submit your Resume to: BOL@PLANTATION KEYNC.COM.

LOOKING FOR Wait Staff, Food Runners & Hosts. Established busy restaurant must apply in Person. Sparky’s Landing, Key Colony Beach Advertising sales professional sought for temporary position for local tourismcentric creative printed publication. Could turn into longerterm. Compensation well above typical potential. Key West and Lower Keys. For more details contact sales@ wanderingdog creations. com or call 305-495-2820. Seeking stable happy energetic personality for PT sales position in fun gift shop. Must be year-round Marathon resident; retirees welcome. Stop in to schedule appointment at 11528 Overseas Highway Marathon Construction Foreman

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LEGAL NOTICES IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 16-CP-138-P IN RE: THE ESTATE OF DARLENE PALMER, a/k/a DARLENE JULIE PALMER, DECEASED. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of DARLENE PALMER, a/k/a DARLENE JULIE PALMER, deceased, whose date of death was December 7, 2015, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key, FL 33070. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate upon whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE





The date of the first publication of this notice is January 13, 2017. Personal Representative: Patricia H. Eckler, a/k/a Patricia Hale Eckler 183 Corrine Place Key Largo, FL 33037 (561) 914-7037 Attorney for Personal Representatives: Donna M. Flammang, Attorney Florida Bar Number: 0015230 Brennan, Manna & Diamond, PL 27200 Riverview Center Blvd., Suite 310 Bonita Springs, FL 341347833 Telephone: (239) 992-6578 Fax: (239) 992-9328 E-Mail: dmflammang@ Secondary E-Mail: bonitaservice@ Publish: January 13 & January 20, 2017 The Weekly Newspapers

As of January 31, 2017, Dr. Anesa W. Ahamad will not be affiliated with 21st Century Oncology the Marta A. Gonzalez Cancer Center. You may continue to seek medical care


and services with one of 21st Century Oncology’s board certified radiation oncologists by contacting the office directly. 21st Century Oncology the Marta A. Gonzalez Cancer Center will continue operations at their current location and hours and will maintain the medical records for patients treated by Dr. Ahamad. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your medical records, please contact the office directly at 305-296-0021, fax 305296-0061, or write to 3426 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040. 21st Century Oncology complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not dis criminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Por favor, póngase en contacto con su oficina médico o llame al 239-9389391. ATANSYON: Si w pale Kreyòl Ayisyen, gen sèvis èd pou lang ki disponib gratis pou ou. Tnpri kontakte biwo doktè ou a oswa rele 239-938-9391.

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Plantation Key Nursing Center

General Housekeeping Fax Resumes to 1-305-664-4242 or pick up an application at 123 Beach Rd. Islamorada

Applicants must be open minded & personable with the ability to lead others. Should enjoy interacting with customers, and be a responsible self-starter with computer skills & the ability to focus on details. Reply to this job posting by sending all of the following to Letter of interest on the available position • Current resume & your availability & include your favorite joke PLEASE NOTE: Emails that only include a resume without a letter of interest will NOT be considered. • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.



for the following positions:

Truck Helpers CDL Drivers Applicants must apply in person to be considered. 4290 Overseas Hwy, Marathon


Bartender, General Manager Servers, Busperson, and Food Runners. Please apply on line at or on site 13201 Overseas Highway. EOE m/f/d/v


let’s do business - (305) 743-0844 Rent the Legendary Keys Cruisers $45 per week includes baskets-locks-lights

We also rent Kayaks

Free Delivery, Free Pick Up & Free Snow Removal Marathon and Key Colony Beach


All Keys Real Estate

Brenda Alexander

Broker Associate

Selling The Florida Keys...

10055 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050 305-481-5156 (Direct) Each Office Independently Owned and Operated




Karen Raspe, P.A. 305.393.9010

9141 Overseas Hwy. Marathon, FL 33050

Kitchen Cabinets Sales REAL Wood Cabinets at Particle Board Prices KitchenKorner/Fred's Beds 1333 O/S Hwy, MM 53.5 • 305-743-7277

Ceramic Tile We Do Porcelain Installations! Marble Licensed & Insured Granite Tops FREE ESTIMATES & 109th St, Marathon Floor & Wall Tiles U.S.1 (Across from Beall’s Outlet) Carpets Lic#SP-3562 289-3019


SP 3636




Aargh Golf Carts Maintenance & Service Mobile Golf Cart & LSV Service & Repair Fully licensed & factory trained Locally owned and operated Used & Custom Cart Sales

(305) 743-6656

Gift Certificates Available




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