Habitat’s New Key West Repair Project off to a great start
Thanks to a group of exceptional young people from the SEPA Synod, a Lutheran group out of Pennsylvania, Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys was able to “jump-start” a new repair project at 313 Truman Avenue in Key West. The PA high school students came in early July and quickly cleaned up the yard and trimmed the brush. They then began scraping and priming the house in preparation for painting.

Other volunteers will begin work this Saturday, July 12 at 8 a.m. on the inside of the house and the roof to repair the extensive damage done by time and hurricanes. 

While Habitat has experienced some problems working in Monroe County due to an interpretation of the State’s Workers’ Compensation policy, the City of Key West continues to welcome volunteers who want to give of their time and talents to help local residents make their homes safe and secure. With hurricane season upon us, any work Habitat can do in Key West to improve the quality of life and insure the safety of our neighbors is very much appreciated.

Anyone wishing to volunteer or to make a contribution toward the Truman Ave. repair project should contact Habitat at 305-294-9006 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dillon wins Homegrown Fruit Contest
Bryan Dillon, right, was the Grand Prize winner of the Tenth Annual Tropical Fruit Fiesta’s Homegrown Fruit Contest for his pineapple. He won an original design silver sea life necklace that Neil Goldberg (next to Dillon) of Sunlion Jewelry created. Also pictured: Kim Gabel, Horticulture Agent for Monroe County Extension; front row: Justin Walton, Noah & Nick Goldberg.

Citizens should obtain hurricane re-entry permits
Hurricane season 2008 is underway. Everyone who lives in Key West should have an orange and white Key West Hurricane Re-Entry decal for their vehicles, which will allow them back on the island after an evacuation. The decals are available during normal business hours in the lobby of City Hall at 525 Angela Street and at the Police Department at 1604 North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West. Please be prepared to show proof of Key West residency. This hurricane preparedness tip is brought to you by the Key West Emergency Management Team.


FKSPCA extends cat adopt-a-thon
Thanks to an anonymous donor, the FKSPCA’s Cat Adopt-a-thon will now run through the entire month of July. The usual adoption fee for adolescent and adult cats has been reduced to just $15 (Monroe County’s adoption fee, plus license fee) and includes a cardboard cat carrier. Cats will have been spayed or neutered and up to date on shots.

The shelter is currently housing over 50 cats, all of which would have to be evacuated into foster homes in the event of a hurricane— because of the precarious state of the shelter’s buildings.

The shelter, located at 5230 College Road on Stock Island, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday thru Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Call the shelter at 294-4857 for more information.


Local soccer supporters go national
Three local American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) volunteers recently took their volunteer spirit on the road to San Francisco. While attending the AYSO National General Meeting, local volunteers Michael Hartley, AYSO Area J Director, Didier Kuntzmann, Region 660 Regional Commissioner and Bonnie McManus, Region 901 Regional Commissioner, took time out to volunteer with America Scores Bay Area. They went out into the San Francisco community to clean up a local school’s garden, rehab the community soccer field, and create banners for an upcoming youth event. The weather was beautiful and all enjoyed giving back to the host city.

AYSO is a national non-profit organization that promotes youth soccer throughout the United States. AYSO relies on thousands of volunteers and local sponsors to support the AYSO program. Without volunteers and sponsors we would not be able to offer soccer programs to hundreds of local children. If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring, or you have a child who would like to play soccer you can reach Didier Kuntzmann in Key West at 304-1758 or Bonnie McManus in Big Pine Key at 923-4467. You can also visit the AYSO National website at www.soccer.org for more information. See you on the field!



Curves donates to center for supported living
Maurene Freedman (pictured right), board member of Heron-Peacock Supported Living, presents an appreciation plaque to Kathleen Gillis (left), owner of Curves, Key West. The award comes on the heels of Gillis’ recent donation of a truckload of clothing and household items to the Heron-Peacock Supported Living for residents with mental illness. All items were collected and donated at Curves, Key West.


Red Cross training in Key West
Register today for the July 26 Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR/AED with applied skills for adults, infants, and children. To enroll, call the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and The Keys at 305-296-4033.

The most effective way to learn First Aid and CPR/AED is to participate in hands-on training courses taught by a certified Red Cross instructor. While quick-overview videos and courses help you to become familiar with safety training; attending certification courses under the supervision of a qualified instructor is the best way to obtain the skills and confidence needed to successfully perform first aid and CPR/AED. And, in order to remain confident and keep skills current, it is recommended that you attend refresher courses and be re-certified yearly. 

Learning basic First Aid and CPR/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death for someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) or other medical emergency. The Red Cross advises that being able to administer first aid and CPR/AED during the first few minutes of a medical emergency is crucial to the survival and recovery of a victim. Having these skills allows you to become a vital first responder when help is needed, especially if you are out on a boat, or at another remote location.


Students presented Honor Roll of 100/Charley P. Toppino Memorial Award
The Key West Chamber of Commerce is pleased this year to honor three Key West High School graduates with scholarships totaling $10,000 in recognition of academic and civic achievements.

The chamber awarded two $2,500 scholarships using funds raised through membership donations. The generous $5,000 scholarship is made possible by Charley Toppino & Sons, and Monroe Concrete Products.

Kyla Radziejewski, will take the Honor Roll of 100/Charley P. Toppino Memorial Award $5,000 Scholarship with her to University of Florida, where she will major in either Fine Arts or Graphic Design.

Annabelle McLeod and Monica Bertram both received $2,500 scholarships through the generosity of the chamber membership donations through the Honor Roll 100/Charley P. Toppino Memorial Award.

Both women will attend University of Central Florida. Annabelle plans to major in Childhood Education, while Bertram will pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Pictured left to right: Bascom Grooms, President; Anabelle McLeod, Kyla Radziejewski, and Danny Toppino from Charley Toppino & Sons.

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