Anguilla Local News

Anguilla has a colourful new building in a tropical style, and it serves food in a Caribe Mediterranean style. . . .

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 March 15, 1999 - Site Map - Click to enlarge pictures

"La Veranda" Restaurant

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La Veranada opened for business recently in Sandy Ground and we went to the unofficial opening, where proprietors Anastasia ("Stacey") and Didier Rochet toasted us with champagne. Stacey grew up in St Kitts and Anguilla and her husband Didier is a highly successful chef from France.

The prices are low for Anguilla and the quality is high. Even though chef Didier is a trained French chef and has worked at Malliouhana and Cinammon Reef, this is not nouveau cuisine -- the portions are generous. From personal experience I can recommend the Mango Gazpacho Soup $6, and the Curry Chicken Pot Pie $16, which has a light French Provencal crust and assorted condiments for dipping. They also have my favorite dessert, Creme Brulee $7, rich and creamy with a nice ginger flavor.
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The setting itself creates a unique ambience, with open dining verandas on all four sides and a high pitched center roof enclosing a Tapas bar/lounge area. The surrounding gardens are already lush and green -- every table has a view over the balcony into the garden. The lounge has congenial sitting areas and comfortable seating, with an antique glass chandelier from St Kitts.

La Veranda is a family venture. Stacey is the hostess, Didier is the chef, mother Denise organizes the back office, and Jerry Brown (Denise's husband, who runs the Anguilla Garden Center next door) does the landscaping Even the children helped out, working furiously to get La Veranda opened before the tourist high season is over.

Telephone: 1-264-497-2225. Open every day. Future plans include lunch, and breakfast.

Directions: From the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then left again and drive back past the airport. Go straight through the roundabout and west down the main road. Turn right at the next roundabout and drive down toward Sandy Ground. Partway down the hill, turn right at the sign for La Veranda restaurant.


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Flash Is Missing!

[Click to enlarge] Have You See This Puppy? Last seen Sunday March 7, 1999 at approximately 3:00 pm in the area of Upper Shoal Bay. he answers to the name of Flash. He was wearing a blue and white flea collar when he disappeared from home.

Please call Sam Mason at 497-5217 if you have any information which would help him find his way home!



What's Happening

Translations. This issue of the Anguilla Local News is also available in Italian (translated by Gaetano Di Palo) and in German (translated by Hans Krähenbühl).

Existing Government Re-elected. The incumbents were re-elected in all seven districts and reformed the same coalition government with Hubert Hughes as Chief Minister. Read all about the voting on the elections.ai web site, created by Griffin Webster and Wycliffe Richardson.



Editorial Policy

The Anguilla Local News publishes information about what is happening in Anguilla. We do not accept advertising and do not charge for stories.

We welcome submission of press releases, announcements, story ideas, even guest articles, but we reserve the right to select what we think is of interest to our readers and to condense, expand, or edit stories.

Appropriate topics are tourism, beaches, local culture, nature, sports, schools, clubs, shopping, boating, fishing, events, music, art and, of course, food.

Bob Green
Anguilla Local News
Box 931
The Valley
Fax: 1-264-497-3295
Email: submit@news.ai




Weather in Anguilla


Weather Summary Anguilla
Today: 81F 27C 63% Humidity, Partly sunny March 15
Low temp since last news report 66F 18C
High temp since last news report 81F 27C
Low humidity since last news report 52%
Tropical storm web site Link
Five-day weather forecast Link

The weather has been warm, clear, and dry for the last two weeks. Although the tourists love this, the gardens are drying up and looking unhappy!



Upcoming Events in Anguilla


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The Anguilla Local News has an Calendar for the year showing events, holidays, and activities.

Saturday, March 20, 1999 from 5:30 to 7:30pm, the Devonish Gallery is having an opening reception for "Essential Anguilla", an exhibition of oil paintings by Shari Erickson. The work here is Not Yet Noon, Copyright Shari Erickson.

Other events in the next two weeks include: Mar 21. 11am. Second annual Optimists Triathalon Relay Extravaganza. Swim, run, bicycle. Call 497-2369 to enter a 3-person team. There are both serious and fun categories.

Mar 25-28. Moonsplash 99. The Bacon Brothers headline The Dune. Rendezvous Bay. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate for each night, or $30 in advance for both Friday and Saturday. Sunday admission is free for everyone. For more information, email zemi383@aol.com or telephone 616-785-8383.

Mar 31. Deadline to register for Summer Art Festival Competition and Workshops. Web Site.


Updates and Feedback

Back Issues and Translations. The previous March 1st issue is now available in Italian (translated by Gaetano Di Palo) and in German (translated by Hans Krähenbühl). Every issue of the Anguilla news since Sep95 is available on this web site. To browse by date and language, click here.

Update on Allamanda Beach Club. This small popular resort on upper Shoal Bay now has a beach cafe: Zara's Beach Bar, which is located next to Shoal Bay Scuba & Watersports (they have a new dive boat, but more on that in a later issue). The low season is just about upon us and Allamanda's rates for April 15th to December 14, 1999 drop significantly, and if you stay 6 nights, the 7th is free. Apartments, all with kitchen, range from $85 to $162, but Allamanda's summer special includes the 18% service and tax, so the actual rates are $72 to $137. And they have installed air conditioning. Telephone: 1-264-497-5217. Email to Ava in the office at info@allamanda.ai or hnorton1@aol.com in the USA. Web site: www.allamanda.ai

Update on Roadwell Cafe. This gallery, coffee bar and cafe now serves lunch. As usual, I volunteered to investigate. Two very nice bageutte sandwiches, with a glass of wine and iced tea were US $12.50.

Feedback on Fishing.

From:	        Randy Graham   rgcpa@nettally.com
Sent:	        Monday, March 08, 1999 5:19 PM
To:	        fishing@news.ai
Subject:	Bonefishing at Corito Bay
We stayed at the Boathouse for a week in February 1999 and I did some of the best Bonefishing ever. The fish would tail at low tide and would hit small strips of squid on a very small gold hook. I used a spinning outfit with 10 lb line and fished standing in the shallow turtle grass that lines the beach. Unbelievable!!! I can send pictures if you would like.

Randy Graham
Tallahassee Fla.

From:      moleman333@aol.com
Sent:      Tuesday, March 02, 1999 9:23 AM
To:        fishing@news.ai
Subject:   Fishing with Johnno
I have been to Anguilla many times and have fished with Johnno on at least 3 different boats. Anguilla is a great place to fish because you never know what your going to catch! Johnno is always a great Captain and has taken my family out many times. My two boys have always caught fish. Lots of Barracuda. Sandy Ground is a great area to look for a fishing boat. A few nice ones to choose from. Should always try and give the Captain a couple of days notice. If for some reason one day you just want to do it!! Make the trip to Sandy Ground and I am sure there will be a boat for you.


Splash Villa

[Click to enlarge] Splash Villa is the creation of a young contractor named Ian "Sugar George" Edwards. Ian did the house design himself using Autocad and the construction too, including many fine finish details often skipped in Anguilla: custom wood kitchen cabinets, washed wood ceiling, a feature stone wall, a deck with pool, a jacuzzi tub overlooking St Martin in the master bath, wooden baseboards and door trim, and wooden French windows with brass slides on some windows. It is even painted a nice shade of yellow instead of white! For more pictures, click here).

Splash Villa is very private and very quiet, down a long windy road in South Hill, behind Rendezvous Bay, with spacious and unobstructed views. It has an open design with entry (8' door), kitchen and dining area overlooking sunken living room, and pool deck with St Martin beyond. On the left up a half flight of stairs is a master suite and on the right, separated for privacy, are two more bedrooms and another bathroom.

This is an ambitious venture for a local builder, even doing landscaping and trying to grow grass. Ian and his fiance Janine have furnished Splash Villa, including some antiques, and are ready to start renting it to holiday guests. They already have one booking, for the Millenium week. Phone/fax 1-264-497-2262. Cellular 235-7667. Email: edwards@anguillanet.com and web page at splash.ai




Shipping to Anguilla

Shipping to Anguilla is a bit of mystery, since you can use Fedex, DHL, the Regular Mail, Four Star Jet service out of Miami, American Airlines freight, Tropical Shipping, the Karma inter-island freighter from St Thomas, various freighters from the Pan-American docks in San Juan, and various other means. What we need is for everyone who knows something and some method of shipping to contribute what they know.

Reader Lee Ann Cox (email: lacox@coam.net ) starts the process by sending us some information on using ocean freight shipping to Anguilla:

Tropical shipping in Miami - 1-800-638-8767
Tropical shipping in Houston - 1-281-272-0185

If you don't have enough to fill an entire container, you can send Less Than Container Load (LTC). The basic rate from Miami is 4$ per cubic foot, (from San Juan, $2 per c.f and from St. Thomas, $2.75), but there is a minimum of $80 and other factors may modify the charge (weight, type of goods).

Schedule from Miami - Ship leaves Miami Friday and arrives Anguilla the following Wednesday. v Schedule from San Juan - Ship leaves Thursday and arrives Anguilla the following Wednesday.

Schedule from St. Martin - Ship leaves Tuesday and arrives Anguilla the next day (Wednesday).

Tropical shipping Website - www.tropical.com

Now we still need to know what it costs to send an entire 20' or 40' container from Miami or San Juan?

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Valley Primary School Newspaper

[Click to enlarge] Students in Grade 4 at Valley Primary recently produced their own newspaper. It was called "The Sun" and sold for EC$ 1.00 (equivalent to $0.37 US). Here are some highlights:

My Class. The name of my class is Grade 4. My teacher is Teacher Vivienne Vanterpool. My class is rectangular in shape. The colour of my class is cream and yellow. The blackboards are black. There are twenty two pupils in my class. In class at mornings we have Maths, Composition, and Reading. In the afternoon until school finishes we have Social Studies, General Knowledge, Science and Comprehension. At the end of the day we have homework. When school is finished we put up the chairs, close the windows, say our prayers, put on our bags and go home.

By Lesandra Morton

All For An Apple. Once upon a time there was a boy who always went by a farmer named Ken. One day he decided to go over by the farmer. When he went over he saw an orchard with a lot of apple trees. A dog was sleeping behind the tree. He ran to pick an apple to eat. He fell down. The dog woke up. The dog smelt someone in the yard. The dog started barking. The man came outside running and saw the boy. The dog stopped barking. Ken called hs mother and told his mother all what had happened. His mother talked to him. He never got permission to leave the house again.

By Kerlyn Hughes


School Library. Our school is presently setting up our library. We have some books, but we need more. Help us if you can.

By Teshana Brooks

A Poem.
Remember "M"
Remember "E"
Remember yourself
Then remember me.

By Renee Dore

My Little Pear Tree.
I have a little pear
It bears every year
But when I got to feed it
It goes very bare.

By Kishena Webster

[Editor's Note: avocados are called "pears" in Anguilla]

Thanks The staff and pupils of the Valley Primary School wish to say a big THANK YOU to La Serena for the lovely plants which decorate our school yard. We really like them very much. We will take good care of them. Thanks also to Wilmoth Richardson Backhoe Services and Terry for digging the holes for us.

By Kenville Hall

Sports Day. The annual interschool Sports Day of the Primary Schools will be held on the 25th of March. It will be on the Ronald Websters Park. The six primary schools will be taking part in these sports. There will be races such as relay, long distance running, bicycle race for boys and girls and many more. We hope to see you there.

By Malone Richardson and Genrick Reid




Tuning In On Anguilla, 1999

Here's an update on the Anguilla radio dial from visitor Roger Fenn (you can also read his report from last year).

We were back for the fifth year to enjoy beautiful Junks Hole Bay and much more. While relaxing, we did our usual dialing around and dropped by some of the local stations.

Some delightful anomalies are found on Anguilla. A few include driving on the left (British) side of the road in cars which for the most part are imported with left side steering wheels. Speed limits are posted in miles per hour though speedometers in some vehicles on the island show only kilometers per hour. Likewise, thereís a melange of radio (and TV) protocols which donít match, since adjacent St. Martin stations broadcast under the guidelines of both France and The Netherlands, and Anguilla is tuned up to British standards.

Some AM auto radios are tuned to U.S. type standards, which step frequencies in 10 kilohertz increments, while others are set for international 9 kilohertz increments. The latter is fine if you want to hear the stations from E.C. islands which were once part of the British empire, but when you try tuning in some others from the U.S.V.I. or distant night time signals, forget it. On the FM band, most stations are tunable in the odd megahertz available on most car radios, but some of the stations in Marigot fall on even decimal numbers, making them untunable. Be prepared. If you want the most variety, bring a good digital tuning international radio such as the Grundig Yacht Boy. When all else fails, you can tune in the BBC or Voice of America.

Here is Rogerís easy reference table arranged in order of distance from Anguilla. Submit any corrections or additional info to rqfenn@gwi.net

Location

Frequency

Call

Format

Lang

Weather

News

Features

Anguilla

1505/95.5

Radio Anguilla

Full Service

E

7:45a.m.

7-8 a.m.

Community*

Anguilla

105.7 f.m.

"105"

Jump up

E

None

None

Sello **

Anguilla

1610/101.1

Caribbean Beacon

Christian M

E

Some

Some

Local live***

Marigot

88.9

R.F.O.

Full Service

F

 

Hourly

 

Marigot

91.2

   

F

     

Marigot

105.2

R.C.I

Full Service

F

Hourly

Occ.

Local Music

Marigot

106.1

"Radio Transat"

Adult Cont.

F

   

Local Music

St Barth

100.7

"Radio St.Barth"

Variety Mus

F

Hourly

Hourly

Carib.Music

Philipsb

92.5

Maranatha Radio

Contemp Ch

E

     

Philipsb

91.9

"105" "PJR-2"

Rebroadcast

E

above

   

Philipsb

94.7

"Mix 94.7"

C.H.R.

E

     

Philipsb

96.3

"The Oasis"

Soft Contem

E

Occ

 

sponsors

Philipsb

99.9

"Choice FM"

A. Contemp

E

Hourly

Hourly

 

Philipsb

101.1

"Laser 101"

C.H.R.

E

     

Philipsb

101.5

"Jams FM"

C.H.R. Carib

E

Hourly

Hourly

Local Music

Philipsb

102.7

PJD-3

Full Service

E

Hourly

Hourly

Community

Philipsb

1300

PJD-2

Full Service

E

Hourly

Hourly

Community

Saba

93.9

PJF-2

A.Contemp

E

     

St.Kitts

550

ZIZ

Full Service

E

Hourly

Hourly

Community

Antigua

620

ABS

Full Service

E

Often

 

Community

Tortola

780

ZBVI

Full Service

E

Often

Ĺ Hours

Community

Nevis

895

VON

Full Service

E

Often

Often

Comm.Cml.

St.Thoma

1000

WVWI

Full Service

E

Hourly

Hourly

Local

SanJuan

1030

WOSO

News Talk

E

Hourly

Hourly

Local

* Located in the Valley, long news also at noon and 7:00 p.m. plus many special local programs

**Located on Crocus Hill, truly local music with Mello Sello, otherwise satellite programs, rebroadcasts on 91.9 St. Martin and 92.1 Statia

***Located near Sandy Hill, this other local station on Anguilla also has a short wave transmitter

Many thanks to Roger Fenn for this report. When asked about Spanish-language programming, he wrote:
I listened primarily for local English (E) and French (F) because of the proximity to Anguilla. I think there was one St. Maartin F.M. Spanish station, and certainly dozens of distant A.M. Spanish signals from around the Caribbean rim. Since my mastery of Spanish is slim to none, I had little idea of where most were heard from, though the majority of daytime A.M.'s were probably Puerto Rico.
[Editor: read about a bi-lingual broadcast in Anguilla.]




Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
Gentle Saxaphone Cryptographers Here
Le Bon Pain Bakery & Cafe Garden Party
Make Us Your Start Page Flower Show






 
 
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