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Friday, October 31, 2003

Auction: Shoal Bay Villas

The AHTA is holding another auction: a week for 2 in a beachfront unit at Shoal Bay Villas, valid May 1, 2004 to August 31, 2004. Bidding starts at $300, but there is already a bid of $325! What does that work out to per day?
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Wedding Photos at Shoal Bay

The Forni wedding, photos by Chris Mason.
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Menus Web Site Updated

We have updated our www.menus.ai web site, checking all the phone numbers, deleting restaurants that are gone, checking all the web links and deleting dead ones, and adding a few restaurants that we had missed. Then we surfed the net for restaurant reviews and added those links as well.
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Anguillanet Email Bounces?

The Cable & Wireless email server in Anguilla has been down a couple of days, so if you write people with Anguillanet addresses they have not been able to access and respond.
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Question About Premium Gas

We're thinking of bringing our 1983 BMW when we move to Anguilla and were wondering if you can buy premium gas there?

Answer: the gas staions only offer regular non-leaded gas. However there are many people on the island with more modern BMWs and they use the regular gas.
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Thursday, October 30, 2003

The Pumpouse Annual Halloween Party

Oct 31, from 10pm. Music by DJ Claudius. and good food from 5pm to 11pm. Prizes too!
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Crusoe’s @ Sandy Island

Doris Brooks writes: We are happy to announce that beautiful Sandy Island has re-opened it’s restaurant and beach-bar Crusoe’s. Beginning at Nov. 4th the place will be opened every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for the starting season. (For further announcements pay a visit to our office down in Sandy Ground, next to the police station).

Boat shuttle service is available from 10.00 a.m. till 2.00 p.m., leaving from the small pier in Sandy Ground. Just give us a call at our cell. 772-0787 or 772-0542 and the boat will come right back to pick you up. A round trip is 8.- $US p.p. Also, we gladly do special arrangements such as fishing trips, birthday parties, wedding arrangements and other family events. Just get in contact in advance, we surely make it possible!

Our menu has been extended with a wide range of different salads such as Chicken Salad, Fish Salad or Lobster Salad, as well as delicious Ham-and Cheeseburger’s. Still we offer the best of BBQ Chicken, Ribs, Fish and Lobster! All dishes are freshly prepared and served by our charming and friendly staff.

Come an make your holidays perfect, feel like Robinson Crusoe for a day and drift away......explore the fascinating underwater-world and snorkel around the unique reefs of Sandy Island. We are looking forward to see you there!! sandyislandenterprises@hotmail.com
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Zara's Reopens Sat Nov 1

Shamash is back and reopening Zara's Restaurant (at Allamanda Beach Club, Shoal Bay) this Saturday.
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New at E’s Oven

E’s Oven has added some interesting features for the coming season. They are offering a new and extensive menu which includes the Executive Chef’s “Garlic Crusted Crayfish Tails” as aired on the television program “Great Chefs of the Caribbean”. The wine list has been expanded and enhanced. They’ve also included an “At the Bar Menu” – chicken wings in a mango sauce ($4), meatballs ($5), pork spring rolls in a soya port ($6) and fish bits in tartar sauce ($7). Creative Bartender Specials include E’s Smile and Anguilla Breeze. E’s Oven opens every day except Tuesday for lunch and dinner from 12 noon to 12 midnight. Happy Hour is held on Friday from 6pm – 7pm. Now on display at E’s Oven are the tools used in the traditional West Indian stone oven. Tel. 498-8258.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

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Charming 2 Bedroom Apartment for Rent centrally located in a tranquil setting in Rock Farm. Features include: Two spacious bedrooms: one is 24 ft. x12 ft. and the other 16 ft. x12 ft. One main bathroom connected to both bedrooms. One powder room. Generously proportioned common living areas: Kitchen/Dining room is 23 ft. x22 ft. and step-up living room measures 23 ft. x17 ft. Laundry room. Semi- furnished with beds, dining table, stove, fridge, living room set and washing machine. US$650.00 per month includes cable TV. Contact: hwallace@anguillanet.com
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Watercolor Workshop November 3-7

Garve Beckham will be in Anguilla for his second year teaching an on-site watercolor workshop November 3-7, 2003. The workshop will be based at Villa Romeo in Sea Rocks, with on-location painting for the bulk of the class. Garve is a superb and very popular teacher. He works well with students at all levels -- beginner to advanced -- in the same class. Each student receives a substantial amount of individual attention. Samples of his work can be viewed at: http://edge.ai/article/articleview/246/1/139/

The cost is $150.00 for the week, with full-day instruction from 9:00AM to 4:00PM which will include professional critique of each student's previous-day's work, a detailed demonstration by Garve, and student painting in the afternoon.

If you are interested in joining this workshop, contact me (Bethany Riskin) at 497-4499 or email to bethany@edge.ai.

Biography of Garve Beckham, Watercolor Artist

While studying architecture, Garve Beckham began his serious move toward art when he explored lower division painting and drawing at the University of Oregon, which gifted him with an excellent background in texture, composition, perspective, color and value. Beginning in 1970, he took his first class in watercolor from Charles Mulvey, a world-renowned watercolorist. Mulvey's spontaneity and style of producing pure, transparent watercolors had great appeal for Garve, and he has since had no desire to attempt any other medium. In the ensuing years, he has taken workshops from such prestigious American Watercolor Society artists as Zoltan Sabo, Joe Bohler, Rex Brandt, George Post, Bud Shackelford and George Hamilton.

Garve taught his first watercolor painting class for Portland Community College in 1972, where he taught continuously for 25 years. Since 1997, Garve has taught for Clackamas Community College, Tillamook Bay Community College, Oregon Society of Artists, and most of the major art groups in the Portland, Oregon area, such as the Portland Fine Arts Guild, the Buffalo Grass Society, and Lake Oswego Artists. He remains the most sought-after teacher at the Oregon Society of Artists and Portland Fine Arts League, consistently attracting the largest classes. Garve has also taught many summer workshops both in the U.S. and abroad. In his workshops, he explores the basics of good painting as well as the more elusive elements of passion, mood and feeling. Garve teaches by example with daily morning demonstrations and discussions explaining his philosophies and techniques followed by on-site painting where Garve assists each student individually. At the end of the day, a critique session is conducted in which each student’s work is evaluated and given positive suggestions for improvement.

Garve is an award-winning artist of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, as well as the Oregon Society of Artists. He also served as president of Oregon Society of Artists for two years, the Vice President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and has recently assumed the presidency of the WSO. Garve is a charter member of the oldest and most prestigious critique group in Oregon. The group currently has three members who are signature members of the American Watercolor Society.

Transparent watercolor is Garve’s passion and he will pursue it as long as he can hold a brush and see the watercolor paper. You will enjoy taking a workshop from this fine artist and teacher.
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Overlook Restaurant

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Monday, October 27, 2003

Coffee and Croisssants at Irie Life

Irie Life is expanding its operations and will soon be opening its second location in Sandy Ground. Starting the first week of November they will be serving coffee and croissants in the mornings at their Sandy Ground spot located next to Johnno's.

Irie Life did a cool Tshirt this year called "Wrecks and Relaxation", which lists eight of the more well known dive sites here around Anguilla. This shirt will be on sale exclusively at their Sandy Ground location. No trip to Anguilla is complete with out a Goat Crossing T shirt...one of the most popular Anguilla souvenir designs around!

Please note that Irie Life is not listed in the phone directory! Irie Life phone #s are South Hill 497 6526 Sandy Ground 498 6526. Email: irielife@powerantilles.com
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Splash! Villa Upgrades

Splash Villa is pleased to announce that it has added two great new amenities for the upcoming season. Two bedrooms now have air-conditioning and the pool deck has more shaded area with the addition of bamboo covered pergolas.
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Thanksgiving Special: Sur La Plage Villas

Villa rental from $250. per night (rates apply to 5 night minimum stay and do not include 18% tax and service charge. Valid from November 25 thru December 2, 2003) Relax this thanksgiving in the privacy of your 2, 3 or 4 bedroom villa on the beach at Meads Bay, Anguilla. Call (264)497-6598 or e-mail surlaplagevillas@aol.com
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Island View Apartments: new web site

3 bedroom apartments on Crocus Hill, overlooking Crocus Bay and The Valley. If you can move quickly, the "Specials" tab offers a 50% discount for online booking, but bookings must be made by midnight Oct 31, 2003.
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Sandy Hill Resort

An oceanfront condominum resort steps away from the beach at Sandy Hill. One, two and three bedroom ocean view units, Italian design kitchens, and baths with imported Italian ceramic tiles. 40 x 20 pool. Units available for rent ($120 to $270 per day) and for sale ($140,000 to $260,000). New web site.
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Paul Keens-Douglas Entertains

Famous poet, comedian and motivational speaker Paul Keens-Douglas from Trinidad and Grenada appeared at Cocolobo last Friday Night, at a fund raiser for Anguilla's Family Hope Network (to end domestic violence).

The large audience enthusiastically enjoyed his storytelling and humor. A bonus were the performances by Calypso King (and Queen) Lady Messenger, young calypsonian Island Girl, and the All Ah Wee Theatre dance company.

All in all, an incredible evening.
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Sunday, October 26, 2003

Pressure King Memorial

Saturday evening that was a memorial for Roger Clarke (Pressure King) at Shoal Bay Beach.


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Saturday, October 25, 2003

Tranquility Jazz Festival Update: November 14 – 16, 2003

Excitement is building as Anguilla gets ready to stage the First Ever Annual Tranquility Jazz Festival.

The organizing committee is now working on creating the venue which will comprise a bamboo enclosure featuring a VIP area, Sponsors’ arena, a Food Court manned by a selection of Anguilla’s top Chefs, and an Art and Craft section. Flambeaus will line Road Bay in Sandy Ground…creating the perfect romantic setting for the premier event.

The overall theme of the event is “Straight-Up Jazz” with Bebop jazz on the Friday night event, with a touch of Latin Flavour on Saturday evening, topped off by Jazz in the Sun, a beach lime on Sunday.

The committee has been active in significant promotions within the region in islands like St Maarten, British Virgin Islands and St. Thomas. International promotions are being spearheaded by BET Event Productions and Anguilla’s Overseas Marketing Representatives.

For more information on the line-up check the Official Tranquility Jazz Festival Website, this Anguilla Guide article, and this article from The Anguillian. Background information from 2002: News.ai article and another. P.S. Tickets can be bought online!
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Friday, October 24, 2003

New & Exciting! Spyglass Hill Villa

Ian "Sugar George" Edwards and his wife Janine are delighted to announce the opening of Spyglass Hill Villa available for vacation rental from November 15, 2003.

This residence has been a labour of love of Ian, Chief Designer and Builder of The Sunset Homes Group of Companies. Sugar George put a lot of thought in creating the concept, model and architectural drawings of this home and then masterfully executed the construction with an exquisite “finish”. The architectural features and building materials were carefully selected to create an elegant, indoor-outdoor ambience.

The hours spent surfing the net for the finest finish materials and scouring the beaches for the perfect rock were part of the experience. Hard wood doors were hand-crafted by the crew and decorated with antique ironwork hardware; hand-made wood trims edge windows and doors; natural stone (travertine, cobblestone and indigenous Anguilla rock) pave some areas, complemented by elegant bamboo floors; logs were specially carved to form the roof; hours were spent locating the perfect copper kitchen sink …all just a glimpse into the energy and passion put into the project.

The building stages of the project have been documented step by step over the months at Sunset Homes web site offering insight into building an Anguilla home.

The same detail is mirrored in the fine selection of interior amenities and furnishings. Spyglass Hill is the choice setting for a truly memorable vacation experience. To view the villa: www.spyglasshillanguilla.com

Available for Thanksgiving!
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Oct 29: Learn to Relax Through Music!

Relaxation session led by Margaret Ouwehand. Through music you will learn to relax your body from the tip of your toes to the top of your head!

When you feel stressed out and you want to relax but can't then try this new method which is also a very old method. You will hear a soft melodious voice teaching you how to relax starting with your toes and work up to your head. By the time the program is finished you will feel so relax and all you did was enjoy the moment. Nothing to bring but a beach towel and a pillow if you would like to lay down. A donation of 10.00 E.C. dollars for the Soroptimist Club will be appreciated. Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003 Time: 7:00- 8:30 p.m. At the Soroptimist day care center hall. Doors will close at 7:30 p.m.
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We Need Your Information!

We'd like to do an article for the Nov. issue of news.ai on "A Day Trip to St. Barths". If anyone has an experience to share or ideas of places to go, things to see or general tips on St Barths, please feel free to drop me a line at bgreen@news.ai
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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

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New: Best Buy Supermarket

There is a new supermarket in the Rainbow Isle shopping mall on Load Path.

It has very good selection, and very good prices on many items.

And, the market is open on Sundays until 8pm! (It is closed Sat except for 6-8pm).

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Hughes Surgical Arts

New web site for the practice of Dr. Lowell Hughes from the Hughes Medical Centre.
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Tortue Villa - Shoal Bay

Here is a new web site for Tortue Villa on the coast just east of Upper Shoal Bay beach. 8 bedrooms and two pools. This villa can accommodate multiple families travelling together as well as large families. There are two floors to this villa and each boasts a wide verandah for relaxing and soaking up the views of Shoal Bay.
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Monday, October 20, 2003

Pressure King Memorial

There will be a memorial for Roger Clarke on Shoal Bay Beach (near Uncle Ernies) at 5pm, this coming Saturday, Oct 25.
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Terra Firma Villa

On the waterfront in Harbour Ridge, with a pool. Villa includes three air-conditioned bedrooms and three bathrooms in the main house, and cozy studio apartment. Full kitchen, living and dining area which opens onto the main deck and pool area. Private pool of 3700 sq ft with Brown Jordon outdoor furniture. Spectacular views of Island Harbor beach, and up towards Scrub Island. Concierge service available.

New additions since the last ownership are as follows:

New bathroom in main house
Balcony of glass blocks replaced with bannisters
Landscaping enhancements with irrigation system
Planter at the entrance to enhance privacy
New furniture in bedrooms, living area and patio.
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Thursday, October 16, 2003

Cap Juluca Voted #1 Caribbean Resort

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted Cap Juluca, Anguilla the best resort in the Caribbean. With a rating of 94.5%, it is also the nineteenth best hotel overall in the world. Results of the "2003 Readers' Choice Awards" are published in the November issue. For the Condé Nast Traveler award, resorts were rated in the categories of rooms, service, food/dining, location, overall design and activities/facilities. This latest recognition is the fourth major accolade received by Cap Juluca in the past year.

"Cap Juluca has had a banner year. We owe a great 'thank you' to our guests who took the time to cast their votes for us; to the hotel's owner, Dion Friedland, who has had tremendous confidence in us over the years; to the travel agents; and to our dedicated teams in Anguilla and around the world, whose efforts and hard work enable us to achieve such recognition," said Eustace Guishard, General Manager.
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More on The Pumphouse

The new chef Ryan Foley has made some changes to the kitchen and menu. As well, there is a new kid's menu, and they will be opening for lunch at the beginning of November. Music at nights starts again in November as well.
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Conde Nast Eassy Finalist Leaves for St. Thomas Competition

Anguilla’s finalist in the Conde Nast Essay competition, Ms Nina Rodriguez of Morris Vanterpool Primary School left the island on Tuesday, 14 October to attend the 16th annual Conde Nast “My Caribbean” Essay competition in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Ms Rodriguez, who is chaperoned by her father, Raoul Rodriguez (chef at Hibernia, will join her counterparts from 24 CTO countries for the three day program which forms an integral part of the Caribbean Tourism Conference (CTC) events.

As Anguilla’s finalist Nina will be an honoured guest at a welcome dinner for Finalists and Chaperones hosted by Conde Nast and the CTO Ministers and Directors of Tourism at the Inn at Blackbeard’s Castle in Charlotte Amalie. She will also participate in a number of other events including the official Opening Ceremony for the Conference, a tour of Government House, a trip to coral world, a Pool Party and the Official Conde Nast Essay Awards Ceremony at Marriott’s Frenchman Reef Resort.
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New Web Site: Devonish Gallery

A new site, now with Flash effects, has been unveiled for this art gallery in the West End. The Devonish Art Gallery and Something Special in West End have reopened for the season. New items arriving weekly and items on sale. Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Gifts and art and craft from the Caribbean. For additional information call 497-2949.
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Ambrosia Villa

Five-bedroom villa on the coast near Shoal Bay beach. Swimming pool.
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Saturday, October 11, 2003

A Wedding

Pictures of a wedding that took place at our place last week. Very romantic!
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Friday, October 10, 2003

Road Well Cafe Pre-opening Celebration

Saturday, Oct 11, 8pm, Join them for some fun with the "Happy Hits" string band. Sandy Ground, pondside East. 497-3210
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Thursday, October 09, 2003

Flavours Restaurant.

The Management and staff of Flavours Restaurant thank everyone for their support and advice during their first season in operation:

"It was a very challenging season but one that we have summed up from all of the constructive criticism and advice capitalizing on it to make the upcoming season a better one. We have not expanded the restaurant but have shifted the bar to a different location and have opened the store room and turned it into a cozy lounge area. The kitchen of course we expanded and hope it will be more efficient this year. Our menu has been altered to suit the demands but we are still local with a little flair. We will be reopening on Oct 23rd 2003 for dinner only. We are looking forward to a good season and your continuous support. Please spread the word."
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Altamer Restaurant.

Altamer's Restaurant will be opening on Sunday, Ocotber 26th, 2003. They welcome all new and past patrons to join them in the 2003 - 2004 season.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Casa Nadine

Nadine Gumbs writes that the new number for the guest house is 264-772-2517. And she is planning some renovations, so keep posted.
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Anguilla Chefs at "Taste of the Caribbean"

The Anguilla Culinary Team, composed of Vaughn Hughes, Sherman Niles, Shaun Hodge, and Joyah Gumbs, earned a silver medal at the Caribbean Food and Beverage Awards of Excellence among 11 Caribbean national teams at the Renaissance Jamaica Grande, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, October 2-5, 2003. The winning menu consisted of: Pan Seared Napoleaon Snapper with wilted Spinach, served with Banana Soursop Rum Sauce and topped with Fried Yucca (starter); Stuffed Chicken Breast with Crayfish and Stewed Curry Chicken served in a Fried Plantain Basked, with Mixed Baby Greens (main); and Anguilla Sweet Potato Coconut Conky Dumpling, served with Guava Ice Cream and Anguilla Pyrat Rum Sauce (dessert).

In addition, Alexandra Ballin, bartender at The Pumphouse, earned honors in mixology with a silver medal in the Bartender Competition and an award for the Most Creative Non-Alcoholic Drink, for her cocktail, “Mango Massage.”

The awards, highest honors for food and beverage professionals in the Caribbean region, culminated three days of events at Taste of the Caribbean, annual showcase for the development and refinement of Contemporary Caribbean Cuisine, sponsored by the Caribbean Culinary Federation (CCF) and the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA). "The sense of camaraderie among the participants was outstanding. We demonstrated our personal best and exchanged skills and information with a network of professionals, members of the press and the public, all of whom share a common interest in the culture and cuisine of our region. It was an inspiring and educational experience for everyone who attended," said Peter Rousseau, President of CCF.

The competition brought teams of chefs to Taste of the Caribbean 2003, for qualifying rounds of "live kitchen" competition in which each team prepared a 3-course meal for 40 persons in under 4 hours.
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Pumphouse Has Reopened!

Opened Monday to Friday from 5pm, Sat from 6. Kitchen open til 11pm. Take away available. 497-5154. New menu now includes Flaming Fromage $14, Pan Fried Blue Tang $11, Roast Duck Breast $22, Baby Back Ribs $18, Rack of Lamb $29, Tuna Steak $18, Pork Loin $17, plus the old favorites: burgers, pizza and quesadilla.
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Monday, October 06, 2003

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Pitch and Putt Golf Course Opens

A nine hole pitch and putt golf course opened on Saturday September 27 at Sandy Ground. It is a project of the Anguilla Golf Association that was founded in 2001 with residents interested in playing golf who hoped one day to play in Anguilla.

Chairman of the Association, Malcolm Hope-Ross says that the new course will be a good first step for persons wanting to learn the game and will introduce beginners to the fundamentals of golf. It will also provide fun and practice for experienced golfers including residents and visitors.

The course is built on land that was part of the estate of the late Arthur Romney Carty and now belongs to Mr and Mrs Andrews and Mr and Mrs Kinsey. Hope-Ross expressed gratitude for the rental of the land at a nominal rent. The Roadwell Café owned by John and Diana Lloyd is designated as the Club House for the pitch and putt course and will receive green fees, sell balls, rent clubs and will be available for refreshments for players.
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The Governor Peter Johnstone who belongs to the Golf Association and was one of the persons keen to have the pitch and putt course, teed off the first ball. Deputy Governor Mark Capes was present for the occasion as well as the elected representative for Road North, including Sandy Ground, Edison Baird and Minister of Finance, Victor Banks.

The course consists of 9 holes ranging in length from 90 yards to 35 yards. The Chairman explained that only wedges and putters will be needed and these are available for rent or to purchase. There are two artificial greens already in place and the Association hopes to secure more funding and be able to put in the other greens. Sponsors to date include Anguilla Rums, Caribbean Commercial Bank, Arawak Energy, Albert Lake, Anglec and Cap Juluca.

Following a demonstration of the use of the net by member Chester Walden, persons were invited to practice at the net or putting on the green. Refreshments were served at the Roadwell Café to the members and invited guests attending the opening.
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Sunday, October 05, 2003

Main News.ai Page Updated! The Anguilla news main page has been updated for October, with a pictorial on things for grownups to do.
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Saturday, October 04, 2003

La Residence Apartments

New place to stay on Sandy Ground - A/C, king size beds, right on the beach.
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Cap Juluca Photo Album

Visitor Tony has posted 4 pages of nice pictures from his visit.
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Friday, October 03, 2003

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Race Against AIDS - Nov 30

Everyone should enter.

Win your fist marathon, or mini-marathon.

If you or any anyone you know is interested in participating in this first-ever race (featuring 5K, 10K or 1/2 marathon races) please contact Jerome Roberts at the OptimistClub at the numbers listed.

More race details can be found here.
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Tickets for Tranquility Jazz Festival Available Online

The festival is Nov 14-16, 2003. Sage Entertainment of New Jersey is coordinating the ticketing system and box office operations of the Festival. They will also create and coordinate international travel packages through approved travel partners for prospective festival attendees.

Perons interested in purchasing tickets on-line can do so by visiting the official Tranquillity Jazz website at www.anguillajazz.org (click on Bookings) or directly at www.ticketweb.com

If you are on island, you can buy tickets at the Tourist Board, at Johnno’s in Sandy Ground and at Cuisinart Resort & Spa, the Host Hotel for the Festival. Nightly performances are US$40.00 per person, while a season pass retails for US$75.00 per person. There is also a limited number of VIP tickets available for each night which includes VIP seating, one complimentary cocktail, and waitress service throughout the evening for a cost of US$75.00 per night.

The Anguilla Tourist Board’s Tranquility Jazz Festival is being presented by the National Bank of Anguilla and BET Jazz – the 24-hour Jazz.
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FEDEX Moves.

FEDEX has moved to the ProfGroup building, where the Xerox copy center is (across the street from the National Bank). In addition, in order to make life easier for all of their customers, the new cut off time for packages to be received for same day shipment off island is now 12:30--with those packages reaching their destinations in the USA and Canada the next day, and reaching their destinations in the Caribbean, Europe, South America and Asia the day thereafter. Opening hours are from 8:00 a.m. till 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. Saturday. The phone numbers are 497-3575 and 497-2719
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Affordable Anguilla Winter Getaway

"All the comforts of Home" Great breezes, lovely view of the sea and St. Martin Comfortable West End House - 3 bedroom, home office, 2 bathroom, washing machine, weekly maid service and utilities included - available January 30- March 30, 2004 - $1750./US per month.

Contact Wendy at wendking@hotmail.com or King at 264-497-8097.

Give yourself a winter of sunshine and warm!
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Puppies!

AARF has 6 lovely female puppies seeking new and loving homes. They are approximately 6 weeks of age. You can visit their web site (click above) and look under pet adoption to see photos of these sweet little pups. If you are interested in pet adoption, please call Amy at 497-4600 Monday through Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm or stop by Morlen's Veterinary Hospital.
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Pressure King Tribute

I have posted a tribute to Pressure King, aka Roger Clarke.
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ATA and Anguilla's Banks.

Article by Brenda Carty, for The Daily Herald:

Mitchelle Lake, founder of the Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA) was in Anguilla for the weekend to make presentations to three of the banks. He says he is grateful to the senior management of the National Bank of Anguilla, the Caribbean Commercial Bank and the First National Bank for their interest in the proposed plans for the state-of-the-art tennis facility to be built at Blowing Point.

Note: as the picture to the right shows, the ATA is raising funds by selling "bricks at $100 each. The bricks will be used to create the entryway into the tennis academy.

Lake reports that the responses were great and he is looking forward to support from the banks as well as other businesses and individuals. He notes that the goal is to get Anguillians involved in the project as it is to be a symbol of national pride assisted by international tennis enthusiasts.

The facility will have six lighted tennis courts, a stadium court with seating for more than one thousand persons and a main building with a pro shop, bathroom facilities, lounge, terraces, conference room and offices. To date pledges have reached in excess of US$100,000 contingent on the ground breaking that is scheduled for December 2003.
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Several donations in kind have been made including the land from the Government of Anguilla, a donation of doors, windows, plumbing fixtures and other hardware from All Island Exports based in Miami, and the architectural drawings by Myron Goldfinger. Legal assistance has been from Ephraim Helton and Associates of Danville, Kentucky and from Caribbean Juris Chambers in Anguilla. Promotional assistance and discount fares from American Airlines/American Eagle, blocks from ABC Supplies, fencing from Anguilla Island Development and land clearing by Walton Fleming, are all important aspects of the donations.

Lake says that the ATA will help build valuable life skills for its younger members including work ethics, competitiveness and teamwork. There will be cultural benefits through the out-reach programme when members will be able to share the rich culture of our island and people with international participants and coaches. There will also be economic benefits too with year round scheduled tournaments attracting visitors to the island and providing a boost to the industry by helping to extend the season. He notes that the ATA will provide opportunities for young children and adults through the sport of tennis, that with the world class golf course and the world class tennis facility click to enlarge Anguilla will become the number one sports leisure destination in the Caribbean and all local businesses will benefit financially. He also stressed that Anguilla must be the first in the Caribbean to build this tennis facility as it was first proposed in Anguilla.

Also attending the presentations with Lake and answering questions posed were Bill Riddle, the ATA Tournament Director/Event Director and Marketing official who is the Head Coach at Cumberland University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Brent Davis, treasurer of the ATA.
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Thursday, October 02, 2003

Anguilla’s National Culinary Team left today to participate in the regional Taste of the Caribbean culinary and bartender competition to be held in Ocho Rios, Jamaica from October 2-5, 2003. Taste of the Caribbean is a four day food and beverage festival and the single largest annual culinary platform in the region. Anguilla’s National Culinary Team is this year comprised of five young talented individuals selected for their strong culinary skills and ability to work as a member of a coordinated team. They include, Vaughn Hughes, Chef; Shaun Hodge, Chef; Sherman Niles, Chef; Joyah Gumbs, Pastry Chef ; and Alex Ballin, Bartender.
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Hibernia Re-opens!

Hibernia will be re-opening on Saturday, October 4th, with lots of new items on the menu. For the moment, they will be operating on their 'low season' schedule: Dinner Wed to Sundays Inclusive, Lunch Wed and Fri only. On October 14-17, Hibernia will be closed, but will re-open again on the 18th.
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