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Thursday, January 30, 2003

Can I Bring My Pet?

Barbara Kingsley Hirtle asks Here's why I'm writing and to ask if you can help: we'll be arriving on 2/27 for 3 weeks and staying on Shoal Bay. We'll be bringing our 3-month old puppy. We understand we'll need to provide proof of rabies and that he is infection-free. Are there any other requirements for entering?

If you want to bring your pet to Anguilla you will need to contact the Government Chief Vetenarian Dr Patrick Vanterpool to let him know your date of travel and type of pet you will bring. He will issue you a import permit which is valid for entry for up to one month after it is issued.

The animal must be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a Veterinarian in the country of origin stating that the said animal is free from any infectious or contagious disease and has not been in contact with any animals suffering from the same for the past sixty (60) days. The animal must be vaccinated against rabies more than one month but less that one year before the date of importation.

You would bring all the health documents and the import permit when you travel to Anguilla and show them to Customs. Customs would then call the vet to check the documents upon your arrival or usually just verify that your documents are in order and let the pet enter. The tel. # for the Agricultural Dept. is 1-264-497-2615 and the fax # is 264-497-0040. You can contact Dr. Vanterpool at these #s. They hardly use email.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Credit Cards and Currency Conversion.

Diana Kinsell of St. Paul Minnesota asks: I did not know, until I read your newsletter, that we can use credit cards at two of the grocery stores in town. When we use our credit card, do they run the amount through in US dollars or EC$? If it is EC, then Visa will charge an amount to convert it to dollars.

Good question. Here is our answer:

The grocery stores' prices are listed in EC$ but if you pay with a credit card they convert the EC price to US$ so your card is actually charged in US. The conversion rate that merchant's use is often slightly worse (for the customer) than the bank rate so although there is not a special conversion charge per se, the conversion rate used may end up costing you a little more. It's best to ask at the grocery store just before you pay as different merchants use different conversion rates.
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Monday, January 27, 2003

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Junior's Glass Bottom Boat: Marine Ecology/Eco-Tourism Children's Camp

Let Captain Junior Fleming introduce your children to the underwater marine life of Anguilla aboard his 27 foot glass bottom boat. During this camp participants will see the wide variety of marine life in Anguilla's tranquil blue waters and learn the importance of preserving marine ecology for future generations. Junior has over 20 years experience with glass bottom boats and teaching about the marine life of Anguilla.

Cost $75.00 per child for half-day session and lunch. Ages 7 to 14. Space is limited to 10 students per session so sign up early. Discounts available to groups of 6 or more. Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Meet at Gwen's Reggae Grill on upper Shoal Bay at 8:45 AM.

Life Jackets and Snorkel Gear Provided by Junior's Glass Bottom Boat. Bring your bathing suit, sun block and towel. Lunch provided at Gwen's Reggae Grill. Pick up time 12:15 PM at Gwen's Reggae Grill. More info: 264-497-4456
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Sunday, January 26, 2003

New web site: Seacliff VIlla

David Yates has a new web site for his villa on Back Street that has the overwhelming views of Road Bay.
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Saturday, January 25, 2003

New web site: Harbor Lights

This waterfront inn in Island Harbour has a new web location. They have four, fully-equipped efficiency apartments with full-size stoves and refrigerators, the people are nice, and the prices are very reasonable.
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Friday, January 24, 2003

Trattoria Tramonto Web Page

This is the web page for the Trattoria Tramonto restaurant and Oasis Bar on Shoal Bay West (not East) between Cove Castles and Blue Waters. Open for lunch and dinner. You could try La Tagliatella della Nonna Maria (My Grandmothers beef and pork ragu on homemade egg tagliatelle, US$ 22.00). Closed on Monday. 264.497.8819
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Thursday, January 23, 2003

Anguilla's Fourth Flower and Garden Show

Feb 15 and 16, 2003. Wallblake House and Grounds. Sat 10:30 to 5, Sun 12 noon to 5. Sponsored by the Anguilla Beatification Club. Categories of exhibits: Fresh flower arrangements, indigenous flowers, arrangements of folliage without flowers, arrangements using a single fresh flower, dried arrangements, miniature arrangements of fresh flowers, creative arrangements. Also grounds displays (size 20' x 12'). Read about a previous show.
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Nathan's Villas, Meads Bay

Take your choice of a 2 bedroom house or a duplex with two 1-bedroom apartments (together or separate). All bedrooms air conditioned. Walk to Meads Bay.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Realistic, Practical Building Ideas and Advice

Interested in building your dream home in Anguilla? Take advantage of free consultancy services offered by Sunset Homes, part of the Sunset Group of Companies Ltd. Experienced Designer and Builder Ian "Sugar George" Edwards would be happy to meet with you to discuss your ideas and assist with any questions you may have about building in Anguilla. Informal discussions. No obligations. Email edwards@anguillanet.com for further information.
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New at Bowgreen: Swimming Pool

Bow Green, a charming private villa located just 2 minutes walk from the gorgeous white sands of Rendezvous Bay, announces the addition of its swimming pool, set in the privacy of its lush tropical gardens. Lovely 3 bedroom villa with airco in bedrooms and all the conveniences of a modern home. Special rates offered for one couple.
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Monday, January 20, 2003

Garden Party: March 1, 2003

Mark your calendars for the 20th Annual St. Gerard's Garden Party to be held at 7:00 PM, Saturday, 1st of March on the grounds of St. Gerard's Church and Wallblake House. See any member of the parish for tickets (US$20 per person) and are available at the door (limited - first come, first serve), or email Steve Donahue at tainos@anguillanet.com for ticket information/tickets.
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More on Airport Expansion

Another article from The Anguillian.
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Wine Tasting Every Tuesday.

Vinissimo in West End has a wine tasting on Tuesdays at 12 noon. 264.497.6812
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Sunday, January 19, 2003

Sonesta Closed, Temenos Estates Starts.

The Sonesta resort in Anguilla was sold in late November, 2002 and will be replaced with a new development. No information is available for publication from the new developers, but they do have a telephone: 264.498.7000.
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Friday, January 17, 2003

Police Week Celebrations

Police Week begins January 26, with a service at St. Mary's, a radio address by the Governor, and a domino competition at police headquarters. Jan 27: lecture, cricket match, spelling bee, radio address. Jan 28: Quartet competition at St. Mary's. Jan 29: Police Drama Concert at Landsome Bowl. Jan 30: Senior Citizen's lunch, Police Calypso show at Landsome Bowl. Jan 31: presentation at the hospital, Laugh a Laugh concert at Landsome Bowl. Feb 1: Police walk, Dinner and Ball at Cocoloba, and the raffling of a Montero.
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Thursday, January 16, 2003

Azure Villa, Shoal Bay

Andy Wojack has a new web page (created by our friend Leroy Hill at Webdesigns.ai) for the brand new luxury villa that he and his wife have just completed on the shore adjacent ot Shoal Bay.

"Villa Azure is a brand new architectural masterpiece with over 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space spread over four levels and five decks and terraces. As you relax you will be mesmerized by the sound of the waves at this waterfront retreat, overlooking fabulous Shoal Bay Beach. You will be swept away by the amazing natural beauty, privacy and total comfort. Rent up to all four fully air-conditioned bedrooms, enjoy the vanishing edge pool, spacious decks, spa, thatched roof bar and steps to the sea. The villa is a Mediterranean influenced gem and all bedrooms face the soothing azure ocean and open on to a deck or terrace."
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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

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Offshore Sensations Web Site

Jack Tramonte and Meredith Leighton moved to Anguilla one year ago.They started a charter boat business geared to bring people from the other islands to Anguilla and now have three boats servicing the islands. Click link above for their new web site.

They have Zippity Do Da, a 42' diesal powered Chris Craft, No Fear a 38' Cigarette performance boat, and Scorpion a 40' offshore performance boat. Along with their partner Eric Drai formerly of Anguilla, they have put together three fine boats.

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Jack says the Prickly Pear charter seems to be the most popular.

Captain Jermaine Gumbs from the Forrest spears fish for the guests while Jack, Mere and Eric prepare shrimp and fruit salad, tomatoe buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil and olive oil for appetizers along with baked potatoe and fresh caught fish cooked on the beach.
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Stott and Co.

Web site for this offshore company management firm that was established in Anguilla in 1978.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Potential Gap in 2004 Air Service

As this editorial in The Anguillian points out, there is a likelihood that American Eagle will withdraw their ATR-42 aircraft from service at the end of 2003. For several years American has been warning the Caribbean islands that it will be switching to the ATR-72, which requires a longer runway than we have in Anguilla. Anguilla has a project to extend the runway, but it is not scheduled to be completed until Sept 2004. This leaves a potential gap of nine months in connecting service to American Airlines.
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Monday, January 13, 2003

Coco Plums Restaurant

Here is a link to Coco Plums dinner menu for 2003. Notice that they now have a children's menu.
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Colville Petty: A Change of Diapers

Another column by Colville Petty on Anguillian politics has been posted on The Anguillian web site.
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Beachshack Site Update

Mary Ann's construction web site has been updated with two pictures sent by recent visitors.
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Sunday, January 12, 2003

Offshore Laywer: Wigley and Associates

John Wigley and his company have a web site for their Anguillian business, which does company administration, asset management and offshore investment
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Thursday, January 09, 2003

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Lynne Bernbaum, Artist

Lynne has changed the name of her Stone Alley Art Studio to Lynne Bernbaum Art Studio. Along with that, her website is now www.lynnebernbaum.com.

Just published on the website, inside the STUDIO, you will find a new series of oil paintings about 'Dominoes', a popular game on Anguilla and a popular & ancient game in many parts of the world. The playful Domino compositions are built on top of canvases initially painted with the standard domino dots...see if you can pick out the dots in each painting. Also, the pure set of giant dominoes make a kinetic composition within itself.

Finally, Lynne would like to announce an upcoming exhibition in France on September 6, 2003. It will be held in the seaside, picturesque town on Binic along the Brittany coast.
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Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Bricks Are Going Fast

The Anguilla Tennis Academy campaign to raise runs by selling "bricks" is already in high gear. We just put up the announcement on Sunday and and in one day $1000 more bricks were sold. Monitor their web page to see the list of donors grow.

Also, the tennis.ai web site has been updated with scans of the architectural drawings for the complex.
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Italiano: Un attico su Shoal Bay!

If you speak Italian, click the link above for the Shoal Bay Penthouse web site, translated for you.
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Monday, January 06, 2003

Devonish Art Gallery

Devonish presents an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Marie Longhans Jonsson. Opening reception, Saturday Jau 11, 2003. 5:30-7:30pm. Devonish Art Gallery, West End Road, 264.497.2949
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Baby Dolphin Born

December 26, 2002

A bottlenose dolphin calf was born at Dolphin Fantaseas, Anguilla on Boxing Day. The dolphin calf weighing approximately 35 pounds and measuring almost three feet long, was born at two in the afternoon. After a 12 month gestation period and a short hour in labor, the calf was born to mother Ayla.

Ayla’s motherly instinct was immediate as she stimulated alertness by jostling the calf and swimming very fast, pulling the newborn calf beside her. The calf took strong breaths each time it surfaced and Ayla continued diving with the calf until its breaths were strong and consistent. Within four hours Ayla was nursing her newborn and this will continue until the calf is two years old.
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Pictures from Anguilla

Denise Graves sent me these photos. They great. Thanks Denise.

The first two are from Scilly Cay at the AOL-Anguilla party. Playing the music are Scotty and Booker. The third is a shot of school children in Anguilla.

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Sunday, January 05, 2003

Main News Page Updated

Our main page has been updated, with a new story on Captains Bay Beach and a story about the launch of a world-class community tennis complex!
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Friday, January 03, 2003

Anguilla Public Holidays 2003

Here is the updated list for 2003.
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Thursday, January 02, 2003

Anguilla's third wetland bird count Contributed by Karim Hodge (ANT) and Steve Holliday (RSPB)

Anguilla's third island-wide wetland bird count took place on saturday 28th December. A small team of 15 interested birdwatchers, both locals and visitors, counted herons, egrets, ducks and wading or shore birds on 21 of the island's ponds and salt ponds. The count was organised by the Anguilla National Trust (ANT) with assistance from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) based in the UK.

A total of 1710 birds of 32 different species were found on the count. This figure included some record counts for the island: 370 semi-palmated sandpipers, 285 blue-winged teals, 179 least sandpipers and 84 black-bellied plovers. These birds have have flown down from breeding grounds in the US and Canada to spend the winter in the Caribbean. Some species such as the black-bellied plover breed in the Arctic and their journies to Anguilla are longer than many of the tourists now arriving on the island.

This year's count is 660 higher than last year which is probably a result of higher water levels in the ponds following heavy rain in Novemebr. This has benefitted ducks which feed in deeper water such as the 184 white-cheeked pintails, a resident bird in much of the Caribbean. Other species such as black-necked stilts appear to have found their feeding areas less suitable with only 145 present compared to 259 last year.

The Anguilla wetland count developed to get a more accurate picture of the birds using the island's many wetlands. All the ponds are counted in a single morning to get a full count of birds many of which will move around the island and may use a number of ponds over time. All 21 ponds held some wetland birds but the largest numbers are currently on Gull Pond (273 birds), Long Pond near Sandy Hill (263 birds), Little Harbour, Caul's and West End ponds.

Visitors coming to Anguilla should look out for both great and snowy egrets, a few great blue herons, 3 tri-coloured herons which are unusual on Anguilla, white-cheeked pintails and moorhens. A good variety of wading or shore birds is present with several whimbrels, killdeers and both greater and lesser yellowlegs especially obvious just now.

The ANT hopes the wetland bird counts will draw attention to the importance of Anguilla's wetlands for resident and migratory birds and help to track changes as part of the long-term monitoring of the ecological health of the ponds. For further information on Anguilla's biodiversity and cultural heritage contact the ANT at axanat@anguillanet.com.
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