Personal trainer and fitness coach Chris Merrell of Beyond Traditional Fitness believes in healthy lifestyle shifts and community. CONTRIBUTED
In September, the paper is doing a feature on people doing great at their jobs! This can be anyone from your server to your fishing guide, your tattoo artist to your local sheriff or mailman. We want to celebrate the people that keep the Keys running.
Do you have anyone from your organization or your life you’d like to nominate? We’re reaching out because we thought it’d be a great time to give some praise to very deserving people. All we need: email with a picture of the person (preferably in action at their job) and one sentence about why they’re great at what they do! [email protected] Accepting submissions all month! Thank you, and please spread the world!
Photos, captions and photo credit can be emailed to
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All photos must be original work and feature something or someone related to the Keys. Photos can be images that have been published before. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person. Any person agrees, by submitting photos, that photos submitted can be used by the Keys Weekly for any and all purposes, including but not limited to advertising, charity work, windhampharmacy.com/prednisolone sales, future editorial, print in the newspapers or online or on social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and any other social media platforms as may come about.
Sept. 30, 2021 Issue
Better Than Sex’s Sophi Antia prepares the G-Spot like no one else does. CONTRIBUTED The Key Dives and I.CARE team excels at marine debris removal, coral restoration and all, of course, diving! TIFFANY DUONG/Keys Weekly Personal trainer and fitness coach Chris Merrell of Beyond Traditional Fitness believes in healthy lifestyle shifts and community. CONTRIBUTED Personal trainer and fitness coach Chris Merrell of Beyond Traditional Fitness believes in healthy lifestyle shifts and community. CONTRIBUTED Richard Bush and friends had a great day on the water with Johnny Maddox Charters Sportfishing Adventures – Show Me The Mahi. CONTRIBUTED Upper Keys Weekly Editor Jim McCarthy and Ashley Schmidt go for their advanced open water certification with Islamorada Dive Center Instructor Chad. Jim says, ‘Chad’s the man when it comes to knowing what size BCD you need and weight you should have. The guy knows his stuff.’ CONTRIBUTED Emma Haydocy passionately communicates the importance of Everglades restoration to our Florida Keys community with stakeholders and elected officials and advocates for the protection and preservation of our fragile environment. FLORIDA BAY FOREVER/Contributed Capt. Shannon Fountain of the vessel Blue Heron hauls in an impressive dolphin off Key West. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly Daniela is a super mom and an amazing wife. CHRIS MERRELL/Beyond Traditional Fitness In full lionfish regalia, Cassandra Clark is dressed to kill — literally. KURT TIDD/Contributed Personal trainer and fitness coach Chris Merrell of Beyond Traditional Fitness believes in healthy lifestyle shifts and community. CONTRIBUTED
Sept. 23, 2021 Issue
Cathy Gohagen has been a vital part of our community for many years. Besides her kind and welcoming smile at The Catch, she constantly sponsors special fund raising events like the Witches ride and the Pink Bar Walk. Jim Horan’s the kind of Bartender you always want to come back and see. MARY MAGRATH/Contributed Dr. Cindy Lewis is not only a trailblazer in the coral community, but also a wonderful member of the community. CONTRIBUTED Mike Goldberg, owner of Key Dives and co-founder of I.CARE, knows his way around boats, diving and saving our oceans. TIFFANY DUONG/Keys Weekly Tom Higgins is in charge of our water systems at the Turtle Hospital. Tom is passionate about sea turtles and lends a helping hand wherever needed. Tom radiates a positive attitude and is an amazing support for all of our team. Not to mention he has the strength of a superhero. BETTE ZIRKELBACH/Contributed Capt. Andy Downs of Emerald Water Charters is really good at what he does. He works so well with the kids on his boat and is so patient with them. They always leave his boat with a love of fishing and a sense of respect for the water and the creatures that live there. VALERIE PERREAULT/Contributed Sometimes, it seems that people are destined to be great at something. Just ask artist, poet and all-around amazing human, Valerie Perreault of Portside Studios. CONTRIBUTED Instructor and captain Justin Benson, of Key Dives, always makes a dive trip fun. KURT TIDD/Contributed Sept. 16, 2021 Issue
Sabrah Witkamp is a 2nd & 3rd Grade Teacher at Ocean Studies Charter School in Key Largo. She ran a marathon 26.2 miles from her home to Bud & Mary’s (not able to run the Athens Marathon due to COVID), all after surviving stage 2/3 breast cancer in 2019. She also sign languages her journey on Facebook throughout her run for her hearing-impaired friends, hoping to motivate others. MARY K MAGRATH/Contributed Out with Captain Kim Sims, you can catch some pretty big fish. KIM SIMS/Contributed My daughter Elise Mucha Reid is good at her many jobs. She is raising a new baby, works with her husband in their charter fishing company, while also operating a restaurant, handling all orders and shipments for a seafood delivery company, serves as president of Forgotten Felines, sits on a Keys-related advisory board, organizes charitable work, and still makes time to be involved with, and help, the community. Personally, I have no idea how she does it all, I was exhausted just reading what she manages! DIANA MUCHA/Contributed My daughter Elise Mucha Reid is good at her many jobs. She is raising a new baby, works with her husband in their charter fishing company, while also operating a restaurant, handling all orders and shipments for a seafood delivery company, serves as president of Forgotten Felines, sits on a Keys-related advisory board, organizes charitable work, and still makes time to be involved with, and help, the community. Personally, I have no idea how she does it all, I was exhausted just reading what she manages! DIANA MUCHA/Contributed All play and no work at Bahia Honda. JEFF HARRISON/Contributed Bridge fishing with Ryan (Landboat Charters) is a blast. He is really nice and a great teacher. EMILY LILLARD/Contribued As director of conservation for Rainbow Reef Dive Center, Jennifer Pollom is helping to lead a large team of divers toward their collective goal to conserve the reefs in the Florida Keys. The team is concentrated on eliminating debris from the oceans and helping to replant the reefs. CONTRIBUTED
Sept. 9, 2021 Issue
Writer, author, coach, inspirational speaker and all-around positive vibes guru Melinda Van Fleet doing her thing around town. MARY GRIFFIN/Contributed At Blue Magic Charters, we work to catch the epic fish, like this 193-pound swordfish we caught the other day. STEVE STEENSTRA/Blue Magic Charters At Blue Magic Charters, we work to catch the epic fish, like this 193-pound swordfish we caught the other day. STEVE STEENSTRA/Blue Magic Charters Real estate broker associate Vanessa J. Chamizo with LoKation Real Estate shows potential buyers around the Upper Keys. VANESSA CHAMIZO/LoKATION REAL ESTATE Arthur Patterson from Arthur’s Island Kitchen serves up some of the best Keyribbean food in the Upper Keys. TIFFANY DUONG/Keys Weekly Working the perfect spot in the Little Venice area of Marathon. ROB FOLINUS/Contributed Jen White at Olive Morada making gift baskets. JEN WHITE/Olive Morada
Sept. 2, 2021 Issue
It’s always a joy to see our friend Phil the postman with his never-ending smile and contagious positive attitude! CITY MARINA STAFF/Contributed Ms. Amanda is an amazing person who constantly goes above and beyond to ensure that every student has a wonderful start to their day. She is communicating with parents about the safety precautions that need to be taken in order to provide a safe and secure campus in the midst of a pandemic. TVM would not be the same without her. KELLY MANGEL/Contributed Award-winning angler Sheila Knowles, pictured with Capt. Stan Miles, hooked, fought and caught it off Key West. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly Grandpa ‘hard at work’ living the good life at Bahia Honda. JEFF HARRISON/Contributed Joseph C. Kientzy working at home grading precious stones. P.S. Jimmy Buffett was playing in the background. JOSEPH KIENTZY/Contributed We were out boating and someone asked to send the Bombora vodka. We figured out a way to make a makeshift raft to accommodate their needs. Door dash delivers. Cheers! MICHELLE FREYDER/Contributed