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National HIV Testing Day

To mark National HIV Testing Day today the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County (DOH-Monroe) will be providing HIV testing services at no cost to anyone interested in getting tested this week. Testing is also offered at the Gato Building in Key West every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and from[…]

Buying a license made easier

Buying state fishing and hunting licenses has never been easier with the new Fish-Hunt-FL application for Android, Apple and Windows smartphone devices. The interactive app gives fishermen and hunters easy access to purchasing any recreational fishing or hunting license offered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Anglers and hunters can check out recent[…]

Report provider complaints

The Florida Department of Health’s Division of Medical Quality Assurance offers a health care complaint portal. The portal was developed in collaboration with the Agency for Health Care Administration and allows Floridians to more conveniently report everything from health care violations and unlicensed activity, to fraud and more. The portal also educates consumers on which[…]

Blood donations sought

OneBlood, the local blood center, is seeking people to donate blood. While all blood types are needed, there is an urgent need for platelets as well as O Negative and O Positive blood types.  OneBlood encourages all eligible donors to visit a donor center or Big Red Bus to ensure blood is available for patients[…]

Leadership Monroe County events upcoming

Leadership Monroe County will hold a social reception and program introduction on Friday, June 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel. Potential Class XXVI members will have the opportunity to meet LMC alumni and board members and learn about the upcoming sessions, including the scope, mission and benefits of[…]

Summer reading program at library

The Key West Library is offering a five-week summer reading program for children starting June 24.  The free program offers a different activity for children every Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to pick up a reading log during the week, which can be turned in for prizes.  The program kicks off with[…]

Artists, teachers can apply for grant

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts invites artists and teachers to apply for the Artists in Schools Grant with a June 30 deadline. The streamlined application is available online at http://www.keysarts.com. Artists in Schools funds projects where collaboration between teaching artists and teachers bring innovative arts into the classroom for grades Pre-K to 12th grade[…]

Oldest House seeks docents

The Oldest House and Gardens is seeking volunteers to help in the role of docent. Docents greet visitors and introduce them to the museum and its history. Training is provided, and no special skills are needed. Also, individuals with specific craft skills (e.g. basic sewing and carpentry) are sought to work with children making toys[…]

City names 2017 poet laureate

Mayor Craig Cates recently named Flower Conroy as Key West’s poet laureate for 2017. Originally from New Jersey, Conroy was the valedictorian of Richard Stockton College, where she earned her BA in literature and language and, in 2013, she earned her Master of Fine Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She served as poetry editor of[…]

Utility warns of phone scam

Keys Energy Services has once again been made aware of a local scam that is targeting utility customers with the aim to have energy bill payments wired to fictitious accounts. In the scam, customers are informed by phone that a payment is immediately due on their electric account or they will have their service disconnected.[…]