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Major grocery retailers adjust shopping hours for seniors due to coronavirus

Publix has designated 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays as senior shopping hours for customers ages 65 and older. This change in hours went into effect Tuesday, March 24, and will continue until further notice. Its pharmacy will also open at 7 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays to serve the[…]

FKEC closes customer service offices

FLORIDA KEYS — In response to the CDC’s guidance to implement social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus, the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative suspended in-person services at its Tavernier and Marathon customer service offices effective Monday, March 23. FKEC is also suspending in-person services with customers in the field.[…]

Keys Federal Credit Union awards $1,500 to student fitness winners

Keys Federal Credit Union has announced the winners of its Middle Keys Financial Fitness Tournament for high school students. Marathon High School students Taylor Sokolosky, Frank Dupey and Haley Dargay, who go by the team name “The Goldilocks,” beat out a field of more than 100 contenders to win the[…]

Keys Board of Realtors hosts International Women’s Day event

The Florida Keys Board of Realtors kicked off International Women’s Day by hosting the WIRE Conference at Bakers Cay Resort in Key Largo on March 3. Attendees of the leadership program represented an array of professions in South Florida. Speakers included Margy Grant, CEO, and Juana Watkins, vice president of[…]

Key West Art & Historical Society project garners supports, funds from HTA

Historic Tours of America has joined “Papio’s Pals” with support of Key West Art & Historical Society’s artist in schools program and the April 4 Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. Each year, local artists work with school groups to create kinetic sculpture floats for the annual Papio Kinetic[…]

Realtors offering scholarships to graduating seniors

The Marathon and Lower Keys Association of Realtors is once again offering college scholarships to graduating seniors. Four $1,500 scholarships are open to graduating seniors who reside between Layton and Saddlebunch Key regardless of where they attend school or if they are homeschooled. Applicants must submit a typed, double-spaced essay[…]

Call for artists and sculptors

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is looking for sculptors for its 2020 “Art in the Garden” exhibit featuring local art that conveys a sense of nature using natural or recycled materials. The artistic creations will be placed outside and must be able to withstand wind and weather.[…]

Annual Bougainvillea Ball benefits Mariners ER expansion

Nearly 500 people gathered for an evening of live and silent auctions, dining and dancing during the 31st annual Mariners Hospital Bougainvillea Ball. Money raised will benefit the two-year expansion of emergency care at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier. The expansion is expected to help meet growing demand and reduce wait[…]

Third-graders complete Junior Banker program

First State Bank congratulates the most recent group of Key Largo School third-graders on their completion of the Junior Banker program. The Junior Bankers learned the fundamentals of everyday banking over the course of three months working alongside First State Bank customer service representatives, tellers and branch managers.

Sloppy Joe’s supports Wesley House

Sloppy Joe’s Bar has been a sponsor of the Wesley House Family Services Annual Valentine’s Day Gala every year since the event began 37 years ago. Sloppy Joe’s staff volunteer their time to bartend at the gala and donate their tips to the Wesley House. This year’s tip donation was[…]