Habitat’s Builder’s Club boosting construction

Habitat’s Builder’s Club boosting construction

Join the Club The first rule of Habitat for Humanity’s Builder’s Club is you tell everyone about the Builder’s Club. The homebuilding organization’s Upper Keys affiliate created the club/program as a way to recognize its most dedicated supporters. It’s not all that difficult a club to join. There are three levels of commitment. First is […]

Wish for big fish

Wish for big fish

Indiana boy dreams of hooking first deep sea ‘monster’ Thanks to the efforts of national children’s charity Kids Wish Network, Greg Stepro got to experience the ultimate Keys trip. Greg, who has Wilson’s Disease (an inherited disorder that involves copper not properly being eliminated from the body), is first and foremost a dedicated angler. One […]

First time for everything

First time for everything

Newbie takes on paddleboarding [Editor’s note: This summer the Keys Weekly team is focusing on what we are loosely billing as “summer adventures.” The stories will publish every week. Some are pretty straightforward, no-experience-needed adventures of a day; others focus on the treasures awaiting locals and visitors “off the beaten path.”] A quick phone call […]

Fly the coop, visit the Roost

Fly the coop, visit the Roost

It was the fresh citrus and elevated fertile lands of North Key Largo that earned Garden Cove its name. The waterfront bay was a destination for pirates and sailors who would arrive to purchase fruits high in vitamin C to prevent scurvy. Back in those times, early Keys farmers shared the higher ground with local […]

Children’s shelter officer looks ahead

Children’s shelter officer looks ahead

Outlook: Optimistic New Florida Keys Children’s Shelter Chief Development Officer Karen Holmes joined the shelter with an optimistic outlook on the impact she could achieve. As chief development officer, some of Holmes duties involve forming strong relations with the community and local government, fund raising, and marketing. The Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University […]

Cruisin’ with Chapman

Cruisin’ with Chapman

Key Largo resident sends locals on all kinds of trips Key Largo’s Ilja Chapman grew up in the Netherlands not far from Amsterdam. But just because she was born there, didn’t mean she was staying. After graduating college, Chapman made her first adventure to the South American country of Ecuador. She lived deep in the […]

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