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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wildlife center elects officers

The Key West Wildlife Center (KWWC) recently named Debra Brittin president of the center's board of directors. Brittin is co-owner of Mer-Maids Boat Detailing and replaces Thomas Sweets, executive director of the center who served for three years as president.

In addition to Brittin, the center's new board includes Esther Domian (treasurer), Peggy Coontz, Sarah Goodwin-Nguyen, Jennifer Lopes, Francis Masat, Ellen Westbrook and Diane Johnson. Sweets will remain on the board as past president and continue as executive director.

The nonprofit Key West Wildlife Center is located within the seven-acre Indigenous Park, 1801 White St. where it operates a 24/7/365 rescue, rehab and release service. Its clinic provides treatment for more than 1,200 wild animals a year. Parking and admission are free, but donatiosn are always appreciated. For information, visit

New orthopedist arrives

Dr. Mark Morishige, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, recently moved to Key West and will sharing office space with Dr. Robert Loeffler in the Key West Professional Building on 12th Street.

Morishige graduated from medical school at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 2003. Following an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Kansas, he completed an arthroscopy and sports medicine fellowship at the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and Tulane Institute for Sports Medicine.

Morishige has been actively involved in the care of several sports teams that range from high school to Division 1 NCAA athletes as well as professionals, according to a press release from Lower Keys Medical Center.

He has received multiple honors and awards, has extensive research experience, written several textbook chapters and has presented and published articles on shoulder arthroscopy and techniques of shoulder replacements, the release states.

Morishige specializes in advanced arthroscopy of the shoulder, wrist, hip and knee, as well as total shoulder replacements and reverse total shoulder replacements.

First State congratulates Meneses

First State Bank of the Florida Keys congratulates Susan Meneses on her 15th year of employment. Meneses is currently the assistant branch operations manager on Summerland Key, having worked her way up through the ranks since 1998, when she was hired as a teller. She was promoted to Customer Service Representative in 2000, and then to her current position in 2010, states an announcement from the bank

Originally from the Keys and a Key West High School graduate, Meneses lives in Summerland Key with her husband and son.

Coldwell Banker Schmitt ranks 26 of 896

Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co. was ranked 26th in productivity among the 896 North American Coldwell Banker affiliates at the end of 2013's second quarter.

"When you compare the size of the Florida Keys real estate market with major metropolitan areas served by other Coldwell Banker affiliates, this is a tribute to the productivity of our sales associates, the effectiveness of the service organization we've built, and the loyalty of our customers, and we're very gratified," said Brian Schmitt, president and broker.

Sloppy Joe's honors employees

Sloppy Joe's recently presented the Jean Klausing Award to employee of the month Beverly Kohl. Kohl is a bartender who has been with Sloppy Joe's for more than 17 years. She was recognized for her outstanding performance and dedication to her work, according to a press release.

Sloppy Joe's also honored General Manager Louisa Slaven-Boynton for 20 years of service.