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The Shop: Since 1955

On the road through Little Dix village, just before the left turn for Shoal Bay, a tiny store has opened this week by the side of the road. Actually, it is reopening after a hiatus of many years. The shop has been carefully and colorfully refurbished and repainted by the son in the same building where is father used to sell staples long ago. We stopped to buy two thatch brooms (the ones made from local thatch palms grown in the west end) and a bag of fresh local limes. It is like a small corner store, stocking a little of everything, but without a fridge. A friend of ours remembers being sent to "The Shop" by her mother in the fifties to buy small bags of sugar (rebagged by the shop from a 50 lb. sack).

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Sunny 75F 23C 63% Humidity, January 15
Low temp since last news report 73F 22C
High temp since last news report 81F 27C
Low humidity since last news report 55%
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Irie Life

[Click to enlarge] Looking for a cool comfortable sun dress or tropical shirt? Try Irie Life. This shop carries the famous Jams Worlds of Hawaii brand of clothes, which require no ironing, can be washed in the sink, and dry quickly. My wife never passes the store without stopping to see if there are any new dresses in. Irie Life also carries beachwear swimsuit, beach "Reef" brand sandals, beach shoes, bags etc. The store is located in an old West Indian House with the gingerbread detailing and bright colors - a fun shop. Telephone: 1-264-497-6526.

Directions: Located off Back Road (the one way street above Sandy Ground), on the same side street at the Light House chinese restaurant, one block east of Rafe's bbq. On the main east-west road, watch for their sign between South Hill Plaza and Connor's Rental Car, then turn North away from St Martin.

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Tuning In On Anguilla, 2000

Here's an update on the Anguilla radio dial from visitor Roger Fenn (you can also read his report from last year). Weather and news are the highlights for this update of the Anguilla radio list. Though Weather is similar from day to day in the Caribbean, some changes happen, and here’s where to find out each morning:

Weather Time

Frequency

Station

Location

Note

7:05 a.m.

1100 AM

ZDK

Antigua/Barbuda

 

7:15 a.m.

1300 AM

PJD-2

Philipsburg, St. Maartin

 

7:30 a.m.

780 AM

ZBVI

Tortola, BWI

 

7:40 a.m. (varies)

95.5 AM.

Radio Anguilla

The Valley, Anguilla

 

7:45 a.m.

101.5 FM

"Jams 101.5"

Marigot, St.Martin

St. Martin Airport

8:05 a.m.

780 AM

ZBVI

Tortola, BWI

"definitive forecast"

8:10 a.m.

101.5 FM

"Jams 101.5"

Marigot, St. Martin

 

:30 min past each

780 AM

ZBVI

Tortola, BVI

 

Top of most hours

1100 AM

ZDK

Antigua/Barbuda

 

Local and Regional news Highlights are as follows:

News Time

Frequency

Station

Location

Note

6:45 – 7:00 a.m.

1300 AM

PJD-2

Philipsburg, St. Maartin

Local News

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

95.5 FM

Radio Anguilla

The Valley, Anguilla

Local announcements

8:00 – 8:20 a.m.

101.5 FM

"Jams 101.5"

Marigot, St. Maartin

"The Daily Herald"

8:00 –8:10 a.m.

1100 AM

ZDK

Antigua/Barbuda

Caribbean "CANA"

Hourly

AM stas.

Various

See Chart Below

BBC Radio

Hourly

1000 AM

WVWI

St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

CBS Radio

Some Hours

94.7 FM

"Mix 94.7"

Philipsburg, St.Martin

CNN Radio

Since our last update, some changes and amplification about radio and news on Anguilla and in the region:

The 7:00 a.m. News program is an excellent summary of community events, and is a must. Also, press conferences from both the Chief Minister and The Opposition are aired regularly, and provide a significant insight into the dialogue happening in local government.

The other two Beacon frequencies, at 1610 a.m. and 100.1 f.m. are locally programmed with a mix of inspirational talk, Caribbean Gospel, and Christian Contemporary music.

Here’s the fresh easy reference table arranged in order of distance from Anguilla. Submit any corrections or additional information to rqfenn@gwi.net

Location

Frequency

Call

Format

 

Weather

News

Features

Anguilla

95.5 FM

Radio Anguilla

Local Variety

E

7:45a.m.

7-8 a.m.

Community*

Anguilla

105.7 FM

Island Radio

Local Carib Mu

E

None

None

Sello **

Anguilla

1610/100.1

Caribbean Beacon

Local Christian

E

Some

Some

Local live***

Anguilla

690 AM

Caribbean Beacon

Christian Talk

E

   

Dr Gene Scott

Marigot

88.9 FM

R. Guadeloupe

Full Service

F

 

Hourly

 

Marigot

89.3 FM

R.F.O.

Full Service

F

 

Hourly

Classical

Marigot

90.8 FM

R.F.O.

Full Service

F

     

Marigot

91.2 FM

   

F

     

Marigot

105.2 FM

R.C.I

Full Service

F

Hourly

Occ.

Local Music

Marigot

106.1 FM

"Radio Transat"

Adult Cont.

F

   

Local Music

Marigot

100.7 FM

"Radio St.Barth"

Variety Mus

F

Hourly

Hourly

Carib.Music

Marigot

104.8 FM

Unidentified

C.D. Tracks

F

Philipsb

92.5 FM

Maranatha Radio

Contemp Ch

E

     

Philipsb

91.9 FM

"105" "PJR-2"

Rebroadcast

E

above

   

Philipsb

94.7 FM

"Mix 94.7"

C.H.R.

E

     

Philipsb

96.3 FM

"The Oasis"

Soft Contem

E

Occ

 

All music

Philipsb

99.9 FM

"Choice FM"

A. Contemp

E

Hourly

Hourly

 

Philipsb

101.1 FM

"Laser 101"

C.H.R.

E

     

Philipsb

101.5 FM

"Jams 101.5"

C.H.R. Carib

E

Hourly

Hourly

Local Music

Philipsb

102.7 FM

PJD-3

Various

E

Hourly

Hourly

Some Spanish

Philipsb

1300 FM

PJD-2

Full Service

E

Hourly

Hourly

Community

Saba

93.9 FM

PJF-2

A.Contemp

E

     

Statia

91.5 FM

PJR-1

Full Service

E

St.Kitts

550 AM

ZIZ

Full Service

E

BBC

Hourly

Community

Antigua

620 AM

ABS

Full Service

E

BBC

Hourly

Community

Tortola

780 AM

ZBVI

Full Service

E

Often

½ Hours

Community

Nevis

830 AM

Radio Paradise

Religious

E

     

Nevis

895 AM

VON

Full Service

E

BBC

Often

Comm.Cml.

St.Thomas

1000 AM

WVWI

News/Talk

E

CBS

Hourly

Local

SanJuan

1030 AM

WOSO

News Talk

E

CBS

Hourly

Local

Antigua

1100 AM

ZDK

Full Service

E

CANA

Hourly

 

Antigua

1165 AM

R Carib. Lighthse

Religious

E

     

Radio St. Barths is also on 98.7 FM & 103.7FM

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, there’s a melange of radio (and TV) protocols which don’t 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.




The Old House Restaurant

[Click to enlarge] The Old House restaurant in George Hill has been a civilized place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner since 1985. Located in a classic Anguillian building that has been lovingly restored, sited on a small rise with a view of the airport (don't worry about the noise, there are only a few flights a day!). Open all day and convenient to The Valley, this is a prime place to see people having efficient business meals or leisurely breakfast.

Telephone: 1-264-497-2228. Open 7am to 10pm.

All prices in US dollars. Happy hour 5-6pm daily (reduced prices, hor d'oeuvres).

Directions: Starting in the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then left again and past the airport entrance, straight through the roundabout and watch for The Old House on the right.

To see the Old House menus (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from December 1999, Click Here.



Anguilla Diary: January 3, 2000 to January 16, 2000

Here is a day-by-day compendium of news items, as we gathered them - starting with the most recent.

Sunday, January 16, 2000

Indah's Anguilla Page. A top class Anguillian student, Indah Wallace (email: isajah@aol.com) sends greetings from university in the USA. Indah worked for us last summer and impressed us a great deal.

Indah Wallace

Indah invites you to visit her Anguillian Guide on the Internet, Click Here, where she has information on Anguilla history, dictionary, calendar and museum information.



Computer Instructors Say Hello. Don and Wendy Reimer of Denman Island, BC Canada (email: dreimer@mars.ark.com) send greetings to all their friends in Anguilla and ask them to send email if they can:
We spent 3 great weeks in Anguilla last July working with teachers as volunteers for a "computers in the schools" project. We would like to contact some of these folks are looking for Anguilla email addresses.

don and wendy reimer

We were very impressed with the enthusiasm and determination of the educators we worked with last July, and I'm sure some will have email addresses. There were teachers from each primary school, as well as some administrators. We remember them well, so I hope they all haven't forgotten us! Hello to Susan and Lester at Island Harbour, to Verrin (we hope your baby is fine) and Paula at Stoney Ground, to Marville, Marcia, Janice, Wreneth, Vanetta, Dorothy, Carmen, Joy at Gloria Omolulu, Pearline Hughes, Maralyn Richardson, and many others.

Also hello to the Ministry of Education office and CEO Mrs Richardson, and Mrs Hughes. We were worried about everyone on Anguilla during the hurricane and followed the news carefully. We send best wishes to everyone for 2000.



Saturday, January 15, 2000

Elections. Click here for the web site of The Light newspaper, where it reports that the Chief Minister has asked the Governor to dissolve the house and call elections for March 3, 2000. This story also appears in The Anguillian newspaper.


LA Cafe Nightclub. A club has opened near Blowing Point that is right on the water with an incredible view of St Martin. The Mussington Brothers are playing on Saturday night and another live band on Friday, with DJ music on Thursday. The building is large, air conditioned, impressive and has a large dance floor and generous comfortable seating as well, plus state of the art sound and light system. As in most Anguilla nightspots, don't expect much of a crowd or live music until midnight. There is a $10 cover charge and there are Rules: Telephone: 1-264-497-6151. Fax 1-264-497-6860. Gibbons Point.

Directions: Starting from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then left again past the airport entrance and straight through the roundabout. Continue straight through the Sandy Ground roundabout and turn left for Blowing Point at Connors Rental Cars. As you enter the village watch for the LA Cafe sign and turn left. Go a long block and follow the road right, then about a mile toward the coast. Just before the paved road ends (and turns right back to the main road at Amys Bakery), there is a left turn on a gravel road (with a small LA Cafe sign at the moment). Go straight about a mile until the road and power poles bear right. Drive straight out to the coast and into the LA Cafe paved parking lot.


Elodias on Shoal Bay. This beach bar and restaurant is still going strong. It was very busy yesterday. I picked up the new prices (higher) and updated their News.ai page: Click Here.


Friday, January 14, 2000

Greetings from Norway. Kari Turid Moody (email: kmoo@statoil.com) writes:
I found, I found.....!!!! your Anguilla News Page et.al. What a treat. My daughter and her husband, Kim and Herold Ribsskog, arrived Sandy Ground on New Years Eve in their sailing yacht "River Estes". They have kept in touch by e-mail and phone (when close to shore) and I have e-mailed news to a loooong list of friends and family members. We have followed their saga since they left Norway in May. Now I was able to send out a link to your page so everyone can see Sandy Ground and the rest of Anguilla. Fantastic!! For Kim and Herold this is a ten-year dream realized. I have been to Anguilla twice, and after seeing your pages I am ready to pack my suitcases and come back. Unfortunately, I must wait till Easter. Thanks, and keep up the good work,
greetings Kari


Classified Ad: Renting a Large VIlla.
We are a large (10-18 people) family group that has had a family reunion on Anguilla every year for the last 5 years during the first 10-12 days of January. We had been going to Spindrift Resort which closed last summer. This year we went to a villa which we feel was overpriced and had some other drawbacks. Does anyone have a large villa they would like to rent or if they have other suggestions for us. The main criteria for us are that we have enough room to cook, eat and socialize together even if we don't all stay under one roof. We would like to be within walking distance of each other.

Contact : Jane Voichick, voichick@plantpath.wisc.edu, Univ of Wisconsin

How about Nathans Cove on Meads Bay?


Thursday, January 13, 2000

The Light Has New Managing Editor. Anguilla has two weekly newspapers: The Light and The Anguillian. Mary Steel is the new Managing Editor at The Light. She says she has been catching up on reading the emails from the last few months. If you want to contact her, email to thelight@anguillanet.com


Wednesday, January 12, 2000


Build Your Own:
Beachshack

Villa Bianca. Here is a new web site for a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath vacation villa on Anguilla. It has air-conditioning and is a waterfront property. Nice looking web site: Click Here.


Tuesday, January 11, 2000


Anguilla Forums:
Carib On-line

Travel Talk

Tête-à-Tête

Silent Auction to Benefit Wallblake House.
When: Saturday February 19, 2000, 6pm until 10pm
Where: Paradise Cove Resort
Who: Everyone
Other Details: hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, no admittance fee, over 100 items up for bid (pieces of art, boat trips, hotel stays, villa rentals, restaurant visits); all for a good cause;
Contact: Matt or Monica Trimble at 497-4511 or at mmtrimble@eudoramail.com with items to donate to auction or questions.
Read about last year's fabulous auction: Click Here.


Art Festival Competition is Still On. Despite Hurricane Lenny, there is no delay in the judging of the Second Intl Anguilla Arts Festival competition (Click here for web site.) The art work should still be received in Anguilla by January 20, 2000.


Le St-Clair, Anguilla: Wahoo Fishing Tournament. Sunday February 20, 2000.

A wahoo

Tournament Registration: In Anguilla, phone Normand, at (264) 497-5579. In St-Martin, phone Maurice, Au Bouchon restaurant, at 590-29 20 90. Tournament fee: US$100 per boat. The three PRIZES for this friendly tournament are:

  1. Biggest weight in Wahoo. $200 + Trophy
  2. Biggest Wahoo. $200 + Trophy
  3. Second biggest weight in Wahoo. $100
Lunch and Music: Starting at 1:00 pm a buffet lunch with Ribs and Chicken will be served for tournament participants, their guests and the general public. Price US$20 include food and drinks (Rum Punch and Beer). Music by local band (Dumpa), from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

Le St-Clair location is just east of the commercial dock at Sandy Grounds. Boats intending to fish in Anguilla waters should have their fishing licenses.


Art in Anguilla - A Web Article. From Caribbean Channel, brought to our attention by yelruc@islands.vi - Click Here.



Translations:
In the archive

Italian Translation. We have posted Gaetano Di Palo's Italian version of the Jan-02 news: Click Here.


Monday, January 10, 2000

Classical Music Jan 23rd. Talented musicians in Anguilla for special performance, sponsored by the Anguilla Community Foundation:

Two young professional musicians will be in Anguilla on January 23 to present a concert at the Bethel Methodist Church. The classical concert is being organized by the Anguilla Community Foundation and funds raised will be for the work of the Foundation in Anguilla.

American violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn will be performing, along with Estela Kersenbaum-Olevsky, Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts, on the piano. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Bach and Tchaikovsky as well as three Cuban dances and two tangos for piano solo by the talented Argentinean pianist.

Elizabeth began to play the violin at the age of three in 1976. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree at the University of Southern California and she worked extensively with the renowned Robert Lipsett. She has won acclaim as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician both in the United States and abroad. She made her solo orchestra debut at the age of fourteen and has since performed with orchestra concertos by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mozart and others.

The Community Foundation Board members are hoping that Anguillians, residents and tourists will take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear these professional musicians and attend the concert on the evening of January 23. Tickets are available at Keene Enterprises, the Anguilla Drug Store, Devonish Art Gallery and from members of the Board.

Further information from Brenda Carty. Telephone: 1-264-497 3138 or Leroy Martinez, Tel: 497 4293


Sunday, January 09, 2000

Bougain Villa - More Pictures. Due to feedback from viewers, Normand Trembley has added another page of photos and floorplans to his villa web site: Click Here. And Bougainvilla.ai is now the official web site address.



Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

NY Times has an article on Lenny's impact on this tourist season: Click Here. The NY Times requires registration, but it is free and relatively painless. Read it quick as NY Times stories often disappear quickly. If it is gone, try the Search Archive ("The Storm That Moved the Beach"). To figure out a bookmark for a NY Times story that you find via their search engine, follow these instructions.


Friday, January 07, 2000

USA Today Article. Click Here for a news article entitled "Hurricane aftermath, St. Maarten, Anguilla still mopping up after Lenny", wherein they state "Anguilla also got slammed by Lenny, but 52 of its 57 lodging options were open by New Year's Day, according to the island's tourist board. Still, the popular Cap Juluca resort doesn't plan to reopen till summer."


Slick Has A Sponsor. Rebecca Eggleton has stepped forward and agreed to become Slick Carty's major sponsor for his competitive efforts in the Paralympics. Yesterday Rebecca presented Slick with a cheque for US$10,000 so that he can travel to Australia for professional coaching. Slick leaves on the early American Eagle flight on Monday, if you want to wish him well.

Rebecca Eggleton is on Anguilla creating a new exclusive villa resort, Altamer It is located in the West End on Shoal Bay West, east of the Blue Waters Resort. The resort was designed by architect Myron Goldfinger, who also designed CoveCastles.

Altamer, Shoal Bay West



Thursday, January 06, 2000


Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at atbtour@anguillanet.com or the Hotel Association at ahta@anguillanet.com

Garden Centre. Denise & Jeremy Brown want you to make note of the new email address at the Anguilla Garden Centre (located next to La Veranda restaurant on the way down into Sandy Ground):

gardencentre@anguillanet.com
Notice that "Center" is spelled the British way.


Wednesday, January 05, 2000


Calendar:
Events, holidays, activities

Pastels Art Class. If you are coming to Anguilla for the winter, or you live here, you might be interested in this note from Paula Walden (email: electrolube@anguillanet.com):

Pastels art class beginning Thursday, Jan 20 at 10 am. The classes will run once a week for 10 weeks and cost $100 US. Experienced artist and teacher will be teaching this class. If you are interested please call me at 1-264-497 3838
Paula


The First Issue of the Anguilla News. You can read the Sept95 issue by clicking here. Notice how the format has changed (there were no pictures to start with), but the content is still very similar. You can also read the entire archive.


Tuesday, January 04, 2000

Sun Ra Villa For Sale. Brian Watkins (email: bcwatkins@yahoo.com) writes
Grazyna and I were in Anguilla for a fortnight in December to check on our house in Little Harbour Drive after hurricane Lenny. Fortunately there was no damage to the house, just two trees down in the garden. We were so impressed to see how, once again, the resilient people of Anguilla had, and continue to work flat out, to get life back to normal after such a disaster. We had a great time, as usual, and swam every day at Meads Bay by the Malliouhana Hotel. The beach there is now even bigger and better than ever.

We still have some rental vacancies for the 2000 season - see our web site for details

After 14 years of very happy home ownership in Anguilla, we have come to a difficult decision to put our house up for sale. Our daughter Ania, who is now 15, and attends the French Lycee in London, wants to immerse herself more in the language and spend more holidays with friends in France, so we have decided to buy a house in Provence. We hope to continue coming to Anguilla, albeit less frequently, and hope to stay in touch with all the wonderful friends we have made over the years.

For all enquiries about the sale of the freehold of the house and its complete contents, please contact us at bcwatkins@yahoo.com



Monday, January 03, 2000

Y2K Glitch. If you see Revised: January 03, 19100 at the bottom of a News.ai page, you have experienced our Y2K glitch! We use a discontinued web page generator called pop!site for our web site. As of January 1, 2000 the 'date' and 'eurodate' formatting functions stopped working. By playing with pop!site's underlying date functions we were able to put together a new macro that works, but we have to remember to insert it in each story that we edit.


Straw Hat Update. We have posted the Year 2000 Menu for Straw Hat restaurant. This year they have a "Chef's five Course Tasting Menu" for $75 and many new items. This sounds good to me:

Crisp Skin Snapper & Tempura shrimp

over stir-fry vegetables in a Thai flavored bouillon $26





Stories from the previous and earlier News.ai issues.
Happy New Year Palm Grove Reopens
Micasa Shop Airport Tour
Daily Diary The Cakewalk


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Our villa on Shoal Bay beach: Bellamare.

And ten minutes away, our Azu villa in St Barth that is totally secluded and private, but walking distance to everything in St Jean, and with unbelievable views.



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