Anesthesiologist Jeffery Wolszczak (right) has joined Fishermen's Community Hospital in Marathon to provide backup coverage when staff anesthesiologists are unavailable. He is shown with his father, Andrew Wolszczak, a urologist and longtime member of the Fishermen's medical staff.
Tasha Prics, a U.S. Postal Service carrier in Key Largo, picks up a delivery for the Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive, an annual event conducted May 11 by letter carriers nationally. Staff from the three Upper Keys post offices collected a record 16 tons of food, delivered to local food banks at Burton Memorial United Methodist Church in Tavernier and First Baptist Church of Islamorada. Carriers in the Middle and Lower Keys also participated. Photo by CINDY SMITH
Twenty-two volunteers managed a massive cleanup drive on Earth Day, with the results seen in bags of trash ready to be hauled away. Carrie Babich, director of sales and marketing at the Southernmost Hotel Collection, said the Key West effort engaged staff from the Southernmost group, joined by volunteers from the Casa Marina, Avalon House and Reef Relief. The cleanup covered from the Southernmost Point to the Casa Marina and Duval Street to Truman Avenue.
The Marathon chapter of Delta Mu, part of the international teacher sorority Alpha Delta Kappa, celebrated its 30th anniversary in April. On hand to celebrate at Keys Fisheries were the chapter's teacher and principal members, both working and retired, from Stanley Switlik Elementary School and Marathon High School. The core work of the chapter is community service and raising scholarship money.
Melissa Grady from Centennial Bank presents a $300 check to Potentate Steve Rosean of the Mahi Shriners in Marathon. Of that, $140 was collected in a jar at the bank and the bank matched the rest. The money is used to drive and fly patients to the Shriners hospitals with no out-of-pocket costs to the patients or their families.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office and other public safety agencies participate in a drunk-driving prevention skit at Coral Shores High School. The event was held in preparation for upcoming proms and graduation celebrations to help kids make safe choices about drinking and driving.
Key West Police Chief Donie Lee (left) and Officer Steve Torrence (right) congratulate the latest graduates of the department's Citizens Police Academy. This is the 12th class to graduate the program, aimed at giving the community a hands-on understanding of what it means to be a police officer. They learned about everything from budgets to crime-scene investigation.
Sgt. Marc Maison from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office spends some time talking to the children of the Grace Jones Day Care Center in Marathon about safety. He made them all honorary junior deputies and gave them badges and coloring books.
A new osprey nesting platform has gone up at Sunset Bay Park, a city of Marathon park on Grassy Key. Residents Dale and Kathy Ledebuhr built the nest platform and the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative donated the pole and labor. Also giving to the project were city Community Services Director Debbie London, and Sara Hamilton, Rob Christensen, Dale Ratza and Mike Black from the co-op.
The annual Big Pine Key Kids Fishing Tournament attracted hundreds of people April 20, with 127 kids registered to fish from the No Name Key Bridge. The tournament, sponsored by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and Lower Keys/Big Pine Rotary, included food and prizes. Steve and Holly Estes were the main organizers.
Bill Knickman, representing the Key Colony Beach Fishing Club, presents a $300 check to leaders of the Grace Jones Day Care Center in Marathon.
Members of the Key West and police fire departments, Monroe County TraumaStar and Care Ambulance Service simulate an auto crash May 20 at Key West High School aimed at reminding kids not to drink or text while driving. Seven students posed as accident victims.
This prekindergarten class at Grace Lutheran School in Key West didn't have anywhere to keep its juices and milk cold while they were in class, so the Key West Fire Department donated and delivered a new refrigerator. Firefighters Keith Hernandez, Frankie Guiterrez, Danny Galvan and Wayne Owen did the heavy lifting.
Six 'Going Green in the Florida Keys' hybrid cars in the Monroe County government fleet may be the most visible evidence of a newly completed $2.67 million grant from the state Office of Energy Office, but the savings continue. The hybrid cars (only about 6 percent of the grant), 'smart' electric meters and numerous other improvements cut energy costs about $100,000 per year from the county budget, says Sustainability Program Director Rhonda Haag.
Spring brings a new generation of blue jays, with some rescued chicks winding up in foster care. These two chicks, not yet sporting a blue jay's vibrant colors, were injured when they 'jumped out of their nest a bit early,' says Amanda Margraves, wildlife rehabilitator at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier. Less than a month old, they are healing and soon will move to an outdoor enclosure to prepare for release. Photo by FLORIDA KEYS WILD BIRD CENTER
Marathon resident Karen Nielsen captured this double rainbow about 7:30 p.m. May 20 on the oceanside near 112th Street. It stayed in the sky for about 25 minutes not long after rainstorms had subsided.