Monday, April 1, 2013
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KEY WEST

Watercolor show at Art Center

The Key West Art Center, 301 Front St., will host the Florida Keys Watercolor Society this month for a special edition of its 31st Annual Judged Watercolor Exhibition.

It will open with an artists' reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 9 and remain on display through April 23.

The exhibit will feature a selection of paintings by Watercolor Society members including Barbara Totten, Sandy Mezinis, Terry Mulrooney, Betty Rondeau and more. "The show offers an opportunity to see the work of many talented artists who are primarily based in the Upper Keys," organizers say.

The Art Center is a nonprofit community gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 305-294-1241 or visit www.keywestartcenter.com for more information.

FLORIDA KEYS

Beaches test OK for bacteria

The Monroe County Health Department's water-quality tests this week showed none of the county's beaches had high levels of bacteria. A March 13 warning for Higgs Beach was lifted.

Levels of fecal coliform and enteric bacteria are monitored. They are normally found in the intestinal tract of humans and other warm-blooded animals. The Health Department says high levels may come from runoff or sewage from pets, wild animals or humans. It can cause disease, infections or rashes. Don't swim in the water if a warning is issued.

For more information, visit http://www.doh.state.fl.us, click on A-Z Topics, then choose Beach Water Quality, or call 305-293-1653.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Social Security goes online

The Social Security Administration now offers a personalized online account service residents can use to access and print official benefit verification letters, payment history and earnings records.

Nine million people last year requested verification letters, which serve as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other housing, and state or local benefits. It also proves age, current Medicare health insurance coverage, and retirement or disability status.

People 18 and older can sign up for an account and find more information at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.