Broken switch leads to alarm
A broken fire alarm switch in one of the rear buldings at Key West High School led to a false alarm that evacuated the students, early after the start of the school day on Friday.
Fire trucks were sent to the scene, but no signs of fire could be detected.
"When the call came in, the fire trucks rolled like they do when an alarm comes in," Key West Police Department spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.
After determining that the problem lay with the switch, the students were allowed to return to class around 8:18 a.m.
"The alarm company came and fixed the problem," KWHS Principal Amber Archer Bosco said. "There was no student involvement in this incident."
Counselors evaluate insurance needs
There's still time to sign up for health insurance coverage and Lower Keys Medical Center can help. The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014, or pay a tax penalty. The penalty will be applied to your annual taxable income for each month you don't have health insurance after March 31, the last day to enroll.
Based on household income and dependents, you may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid. Or, you may be eligible for new health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace, and financial help from the government towards the cost of premiums may be available.
Lower Keys Medical Center counselors will help individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans and determine if they're eligible for Medicaid or other insurance options.
To make an appointment, call 305-294-5531, extensions 3254, 3253 or 3220.
Garden Club meets
The Key West Garden Club meets the first Thursday of every month at the West Martello Tower, 1100 Atlantic Blvd., on Higgs Beach.
The speaker is Lynne Bentley-Kemp, who will present the lecture "Tips on Taking Beautiful Pictures of Plants and Flowers."
The club meets between October and April. For information, call 305-294-3210.
A nonprofit, the club is one of the island's last free tourist attractions, open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for New Year's Day. Plants are donated and maintained by volunteers.