Kristen Livengood

Kristen Livengood is a Marathon High School and University of South Florida grad, mom of two beautiful little girls, and wife to some cute guy she met in a bar. She enjoys red wine, Tito's, Jameson, running (very, very slowly), and spearfishing.

Help develop the Keys’ future

In the spring of 2017, a 17-page questionnaire regarding business and residential priorities circulated the Keys. 433 were returned. It was created to help craft the 2018 budget with the strategic plan in mind, since it expires in 2020. Monroe County’s Strategic Planner Kimberly Matthews knew there had to be...

Charles “Chuck” Licis works tirelessly for Take Stock

Chuck Licis has a passion for learning, all things French, and helping children. As program coordinator for Take Stock in Children, a college and career readiness program for deserving students who meet income and academic eligibility requirements, he oversees the program which helps students receive post-secondary education. In addition...

MMA Fights Return to Key West

Key West has a long history of fighting as entertainment, from banned cock fights to Ernest Hemingway and friends duking it out after a late night of drinking. The cage is ready again, as local MMA fighters and one out-of-towner aim to bash heads on Saturday, Aug. 18, starting...

Haircuts & school supplies – Marathon and Key West offer free events

Kiley Mae is 9 years old and heading into the third grade. Her home was devastated by Hurricane Irma and she’s been living in an RV since September. Driving back into the Keys after the storm sparked fire in her heart and she’s been an activist for Kids of...

CONNECTED

From the farmland of Iowa to the Lower Keys, Sue Harrison retired from Northwest (Delta) Airlines and carries a degree from University of Northern Iowa in textiles - yes, that really is a degree - with a minor in business administration. She jumped right into the nonprofit sector when she...

Storm Surge brings the talent

“At first we didn’t have the right chemistry,” said Storm Surge basketball player Josh Conn of Key West High School. “It didn’t take long for us to start figuring it out since we are the top players in the county.” Coaches John Ryan and Demetrius “DR” Roach, a Marathon High...

Praise the Mango

Mango ceviche, mango salsa, mango key lime pie, mango lemonade…mangoes, mangoes, everywhere. About a month ago, the Facebook posts started popping up, “I lost my tree during Hurricane Irma, if anyone has any extra mangoes, please send them my way.” Here’s your chance. On Saturday, July 21, Key West’s Mango...

New way to pay – Person-to-person payments growing

Sending money with the click of a button on your iPhone would have been a foreign language for many mere years ago. Today, it’s as easy as emoji pie.  “I use it any time I owe money, since I rarely carry cash,” said Monroe County Public Defender Robert Lockwood. “Not...

‘Success comes from hard work’

On June 29, Jill Cranney-Gage was inducted as Key West Rotary’s 103rd president. But her hats are ever-changing. As the assistant finance director at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, administrator of the Lower Florida Keys Hospital District Board, and District 1 commissioner for Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, she’s...

Lance Berry paints Key West

The naturally creative Lance Berry knew he wanted to paint when he was growing up, but it wasn’t until five years ago that he actually started. Since then, he has been in a whirlwind of creativity. “I’m literally living the starving artist dream, using my paintbrush to make my own dreams,”...

The Zumba Guy – Dance has no language

Juan Carlos Mora is known around town as “JC” and “the Zumba guy.” “I don’t even think anyone even knows my real name,” he said. Mora was born and raised in Mexico, and although his love for music and dancing started long before he came to Marathon, the art...

The Breakfast Club – ‘Once a bubba, always a bubba’

There is only one written document more closely guarded than Vice Honcho Lenny Salazar’s breakfast club book, and that’s the United States Constitution. “I am going to share this with you, but you have to protect it with your life,” he said at Kennedy Café. The Long-Time Local’s Breakfast Club...