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THAT HIPPIE BAND ROCKS EARTH DAY IN KEY WEST

Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson saw the ravages of the 1969 Santa Barbara, California oil spill. He saw the Cuyahoga River catch fire from pollutants in downtown Cleveland. The Los Angeles smog was thick enough to obscure the iconic Hollywood sign.  So Nelson created the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, when 20 million mostly young Americans took to the streets to protest for a cleaner environment. Fast forward 51 years, and more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day in 192 countries and on every continent. The planet needs more help than everyone on it still needs this magical music...

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HIRING IN THE KEYS: TOP 10 REASONS IT’S SO DIFFICULT

The Florida Keys are enjoying a robust spring in terms of tourism, but most employers in the island chain are experiencing  a severe shortage of workers. To explain this challenge, the Keys Weekly brings you… Top 10 reasons it’s so difficult to hire in the Keys… 10. “Flee, run or escape” describes how the prospective candidate arrived in the Keys.  9. Stupid federal requirements – like furnishing a legitimate social security number. 8. Candidates find it difficult to schedule interviews when they are already working three other jobs. 7. Millennials need “creative hours and...

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New Book: A Fathers Fight Against Scientology’s Disconnection Policy that Ripped his Family Apart

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Author Brian J. Sheen’s new book, “Relentless, Rescuing My Daughter from Scientology, an Illustrated Story,” (ASIN B091P673ZX) is the struggle of a father and newly pronounced grandfather, attempting to get state and federal officials to preserve the sanctity of his family from the Church of Scientology’s “horrific acts” that ripped his family apart and allegedly violated his human rights, was recently released, Quan Publications announced. The book is now available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle Brian...

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TOP 10 SIGNS THE KEYS REAL ESTATE BUBBLE WILL BURST

Housing boom much? Homes seem to be moving off the market in the Keys faster than toilet paper moved off the shelves last spring. If you’ve been wondering about this market, we’re here to help. Top 10 signs the Florida Keys real estate bubble is ready to pop: You keep trying to explain to friends in your hometown that the 800-square-foot “fixer upper” you purchased for $750,000 was a great deal.   Your Realtor keeps bitching that her McLaren doesn’t have enough space for a second car seat.    There are fewer than 700 homes listed for sale in the Keys … and over 5,000 Realtors.    ...

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RUNNING THE BRIDGE

On Saturday, April 17, runners will race between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico over the longest bridge in our island chain. Whether you are a spectator or competitor the 40th Annual 7 Mile Bridge Run will be a mini marathon to remember! Born to Run by Christopher McDougal A hidden tribe, super athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen … This book is about running. The physiology, history, biology, love of it, hate of it and injuries a runner endures. Award winning journalist Christopher McDougall is an avid runner endlessly experiencing outdoor adventures and battling common...

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MARATHON COMMUNITY — YOUNG AND OLD — REDESIGNING ROTARY PARK

Rotary Park in Marathon is turning 20 next year, just in time for a major upgrade and facelift. The city has $225,000 set aside in next year’s budget. As with the initial build, it will truly be a community effort, starting with design ideas contributed by students from Stanley Switlik Elementary.  “The experience of having local elementary school students draw out their ideas for the Play by Design consultants has proven to be a huge success,” said Shannon Wiley, the school’s art teacher.  Colton Huff’s sketch includes castle design elements and a zip line. As in 2002, the City of Marathon...

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PRIDE, RAFFLES & TRIBUTES: KEY WEST BUSINESS GETS BUSY

With Key West Pride approaching, the Key West Business Guild invites local artists to submit a symbol of pride in their medium of choice. All submissions will be entered in the art competition, then auctioned off, with proceeds to benefit the guild and their efforts with the LGBTQ+ community. Artwork must be completed and submitted to the guild at 808 Duval St. by Friday, May 28, to be photographed and posted for the start of Key West Pride the following week. For more information, contact Dorian at 305-731-3446 or email moc.liamg@ovenottapd. The Key West Business Guild will hold an April mixer...

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PAM HOBBS’ TROPICAL PAINTINGS ARE AS BRIGHT AS SHE IS

Key West artist Pam Hobbs’ work is as colorful and fun as her bubbly personality. Imagine the most whimsical of poems by Shel Silverstein mixed into an illustrative world from the mind of Dr. Seuss himself. Now add a splash of the most vibrant colors and patterns you can imagine with the chroma (vivid) oil paints.  Personally, I cannot even talk to Hobbs without smiling and I can’t look at a single one of her paintings without this same level of joy. I find myself wanting to jump inside one of her paintings for a little nap on the beach or perhaps just for a tropical mixed drink.  Hobbs is a...

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THE STUDIOS OF KEY WEST OFFERS PRIVATE BOOKINGS & REGULAR GALLERY HOURS

The three galleries inside The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St., will feature artists Scott Ponemone, Olga Manosalvas and Kyla Piscopink through April 29. To help keep art accessible during this challenging time, The Studios is offering a number of new ways to enjoy its exhibitions this season. In addition to regular gallery hours (noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday), The Studios is offering private tours to couples and small groups.  Kyasia and Nikea The perfect opportunity to enjoy art safely, bookings begin with a rooftop mimosa at The Studios’ historic art deco building on Eaton Street,...

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MHS PERFORMS ‘GREASE’ THIS WEEKEND

“Grease” was a play before it was a blockbuster movie. In fact, at the time that it closed its run on Broadway in 1980, it had racked up more than 3,000 performances since its start in 1971. The play has different songs, and the school version of the play is very G-rated when compared to the original production. Marathon High School’s drama club will perform “Grease” this weekend — Friday and Saturday, April 9-10 with a 7 p.m. curtain, and on Sunday, April 11 with a 2 p.m. curtain. “It took me a while to appreciate the differences between the movie and the play,” said director Carrollyn Cox,...

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