Sights from the 2024 Spring Fest at Founders Park Saturday, March 30, 2024. Photo by Doug Finger

With baskets in hand, young kids eagerly awaited the big egg hunt during Spring Fest at Founders Park on March 30. Parents watched as their children scurried to snatch as many plastic eggs as possible. Kids were separated by age group as they waited for the yellow tape to drop. For kids 12 and under, activities included airbrush tattoos, face painting, kid’s coloring, bounce houses, a DJ and dancing. Snow cones from Polar Ice and donuts from Joey Bag O’ Donuts were also available.

Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy is one of the many Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 4-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, hockey, mixed martial arts and golf. He also enjoys time with family and his new baby boy, Lucas, who arrived Oct. 4, 2022.