Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Mile Markers

FLORIDA

Advice for holiday drivers

With millions of drivers hitting the road this holiday season, the Florida Department of Transportation reminds travelers to plan ahead by calling 511 or visiting www.fl511.com. The statewide service provides free, real-time traffic information on all interstate highways and Florida's Turnpike.

The system gives callers information about specific segments of the highways. Ask for a nearby city and the associated road info will be given. For example, if a caller wants traffic conditions on I-75 around Ocala, he would ask for "I-75" and then "Ocala." Visit the website to learn more.

The 511 system also gives up-to-the-minute reports on major evacuation routes, toll suspensions and bridge and road closures in the case of emergency hurricane evacuations.

KEY WEST

Fringe Theater hosts gala

The Key West Fringe Theater will celebrate the opening of its 2013 performance season with A Fringe Affair gala from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 13 at the home of Barbara and Creighton Webb, 1216 Washington St., Key West.

The event includes food, drinks and entertainment by Bobby Nesbitt, Carmen Rodriguez, Mike Mulligan, Eric Haley and Michael Robinson.

Tickets for the gala are $100 and are available at www.keystix.com or by contacting Joe Viana at 305-296-4761 or BakerViana@aol.com.

KEY WEST

Local kids spread cheer

For the fifth year in a row, a fifth-grade gifted class including students from Mary Immaculate, Gerald Adams, Glynn Archer and Poinciana elementary schools and their teacher Katrina Madok visited Lower Keys Medical Center this week to help bring joy and cheer to hospital patients and the hospital staff during the holidays.

The children offered patients and staff holiday cards and ornaments to decorate their rooms and nurse stations.

The hospital gave the class hot chocolate, milk and fresh-baked cookies at the end of their visit.