Treasure Village Montessori students and staff present a $500 check and decorated bags with toys created by the young pupils to the Upper Keys Humane Society on March 15. Representatives from UKHS accepted the donations. Ariel Poholek, dad of the late Pascal Weisberger, offered his thanks to the students and faculty at TVM. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly

Treasure Village Montessori honored the late Pascal Weisberger by donating a number of items to a near-and-dear cause the young boy had before tragically passing away in May 2020. Taking a brief break from studies on March 15, TVM students and faculty presented a $500 check and pet toys they made to the Upper Keys Humane Society. To generate funds, students spent several hours washing vehicles during the annual Pascal’s Day of Service on Feb. 2. In addition, students crafted and sewed pet toys for the furry animals at UKHS, located in Key Largo. 

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.