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The Anguilla National Trust in partnership with the Government and the respective communities is spearheading the development and management of two sites which aims to protect and preserve elements of the island's heritage and environment. . . .

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Preserving Natural and Cultural Treasures

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The Big Spring Heritage Site and the East End Pond Conservation Project will soon be welcome additions to the island educational resources and ecotourism product offering.

The Big Spring Heritage Site located in Island Harbour, centers around a collapsed cavern which features Amerindian drawings (petroglyphs) on the rocks. Island Harbour was an important cultural center for the Amerinidians. The Big Spring site is believed to have been an Arawak ceremonial site. The Amerindians believed that caves were sacred places.

The number of petroglyphs discovered there range between 28 and 37, based on the varying findings of various archaeologists who studied the area. Big Spring is described as a "typical limestone sink hole about 15 feet below ground level." There's a large rock overhang sheltering the fresh water source which bears several groups of petroglyphs.

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The East End Conservation Site encompasses a 12 acre pond/park located in East End which is an ideal spot for bird-watching. It boasts the richest biodiversity of birds on the island. The project outlines plans for two viewing platforms outfitted with telescopes and a small interpretation center. Currently the East End primary school already uses the "pond as a classroom" to support their academic program.

The Anguilla National Trust is hosting an exhibition to show their work and future plans for the two sites from September 16 - October 15, 2002. School children and the general public are invited to view the exhibition on weekdays between 8am and 4pm.

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Each site has a sound plan to guide the implementation and management of the areas and flora and fauna lists have been developed for each. The Island Harbour and East End communities are playing a pivotal work in the development of the sites. Both projects are expected to be open to visitors in January 2003.

To learn more about the Anguilla National Trust or to become a member check their website at www.ant.ai or email axanat@anguillanet.com - tel. 264-497-5297. fax 264-497-5571.

The two Amerinidian art pieces were done by Penny Slinger and the one with the birds was done by a 3rd form student of the Albena Lake Hode Comprehensive school.

Story and pictures by Janine Edwards




A Taste of Jamaica: Totally Grilled & Hot Plate

[Click to enlarge] You can now savour tasty Jamaican cuisine in Anguilla. Totally Grilled & Hot Plate started out with a barbecue grill last December and a couple months after they expanded into a full restaurant.

Young Chef Oliver Bailey hails from Jamaica where he's been cooking from the age of 10 years old. He then had varied culinary experience working the hotels and restaurants in Jamaica before relocating to Anguilla. His goal is to make Totally Grilled & Hot Plate one of the most talked about dining spots in the Caribbean.


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The menu features lots of jerk from the grill (very spicy!) ... including pork, fish, shrimp and chicken. Chef Oliver also features fried fish, popcorn chicken, curried goat, ackie and saltfish, pizzas, salads and meat loaf. Side orders of rice and peas, salad and grilled veggies complete the dish. Oliver also makes one of my favourites - "festival" - which is a mildly sweet, fried food made of cornmeal flour, similar to the johnny cake.

Chef Oliver also experiments with different dishes including Chinese cuisine, Italian dishes and what he calls Executive Dishes. Prices are very reasonable.

Totally Grilled & Hot Plate also hosts parties on their premises and also caters out. On the last Saturday of each month they feature a Happy Hour from 7pm - 8pm where they offer a complimentary buffet! Opening hours are flexible depending on demand but usual business hours are as follows: Monday - Friday 11am - 12 midnight, Saturday 12 noon to 11pm and Sunday 1pm - 9pm. Tel. 264-497-7305. Email Oliver at oli264@hotmail.com

Directions: located in The Valley across the street from Video Dynasty. Starting from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, continue straight past Island Car Rentals and National Bank of Anguilla. You will see Totally Grilled on the left before you get to the light at Alberts Supermarket.

Story and pictures by Ian Chase and Janine Edwards




Weather in Anguilla


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Pt. Cloudy 82F 27C 74% Humidity, Oct 5
Low temp since last news report 79F 26C
High temp since last news report 91F 32C
Low humidity since last news report 51%
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Brooklands Island View Apartments

[Click to enlarge] If you're seeking a very spacious three-bedroom self-catering apartment at great value, consider Brooklands Island View located on the hill overlooking gorgeous Crocus Bay and the coastline. The units optimize privacy as they each occupy an entire floor. Each comprises three bedrooms, 2 baths, living area, dining room, kitchen and wrap-around patio.

John Brooks the owner of the condo is a son of the soil who relocated to the United Kingdom over thirty years ago. He invested in the property and his personable daughter Christine moved down to Anguilla this past April to operate the business.

The breezy apartments are fully furnished with an equipped kitchen, cable TV and ceiling fans. Brooklands Island View is located just a few minutes walk from Crocus Bay. Stays include a complimentary welcome amenity, airport/ ferry port transfers, concierge service and maid service a couple of times a week. Christine would be happy to pre-arrange for a rental vehicle or first food pack stocks as needed.

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Weekly Rates:
Winter (15 Nov. - 15 April) US$850 (Top fl.), US$750 (Middle), US$650 (Ground).
Summer (16 Apr - 14 Nov.) US$650 (Top), US$550 (Middle), US$450 (Ground).
Add 10% government tax to all rates

For details: www.brooklandsislandview.com
Tel. 264-497-5078.
Email: chrissybrooks978@hotmail.com

Story and pictures by Janine Edwards




Anguilla Diary: August 25 to October 6, 2002

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

Saturday, October 05, 2002

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Wigley Properties.

A Caribbean-styled waterfront home with red tiled roof located at Sile Bay. The house consists of three spacious bedrooms - two of which face the sea, two bathrooms, a large living room area and adjoined kitchen, a two-car garage and a swimming pool surrounded by lush grape trees. Gentle sea breezes and panoramic views of the ocean and the islands of St Barths and St Martin.



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Why Not Try a Local Inn?

Inns.ai is the web site of the local inns and guest houses of Anguilla.You don't need to spend a lot to have a great time here. The web site has recently been updated, new properties added, information updated and confirmed, with more to come in the next few weeks.



Beaches.ai:
Over 30 Anguilla beaches.

Cruise to Prickly Pear, With a Twist.

Shirley Painter writes: My family, consisting of daughter, her husband and two children, my husband and I, vacationed in St. Maarten August 10 thru the 17th. Prior to arriving in St. Maarten, I contacted 4 companies that I found on the internet, requesting information on a “day boat trip”. Each one responded with “we can take you – where do you want to go?” To which, I responded “we don’t know where we want to go, as we’ve never been there. Perhaps you can put a couple of packages together and let me know.” I also gave them such information as “our party consists of 4 adults, 2 children ages 5 and 8, and we all enjoy sight seeing, snorkeling, sampling different foods of the Islands”.

Only one person responded to my request, and that was Jack and Mere, owners of Zippity Do Da. They had not only put a package together, but promised us the “day of our life”. I also mentioned to them that it would be my daughters birthday – and they said they would have something special for her.

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Well, Jack and Mere picked us up in St. Maarten at 9:30 on Wednesday, August 14th. From that minute, for the rest of the trip, was non-stop fun! They took us to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches, including Shoal Bay. We snorkeled in some coves and reefs so beautiful, you thought you were inside some National Geographic Scene. They provided us with non-stop food and beverages on the boat, along with a good mix of laughter and friendship. Yes, friendship! We had never met these people before, but instantly felt like life-long friends. Then, just about the time we were thinking of lunch, we pulled into a reefy area near Prickly Pear, the Captain Jermaine Flemming donned a mask and spear, and jumped in. My husband and son-in-law also grabbed their masks and jumped in to watch. Within minutes, Jermaine returned with a spear full of fish – and he showed Don and Ken where to find the Conch and told them to grab those, too.

With a “booty” of fresh fish and Conch, we headed into Prickly Pear where Jack, Mere and Jermaine cooked our lunch! It was awesome! Mere had also prepared shrimp and fruit salads and baked potatoes – and had a birthday cake and Champagne for Michelle!

Indeed, it was trip we will never forget – and will be “return customers” each and every time we return to the Islands. We do go to the Islands at least every other year, and may be returning sooner than that. Zippity Do Da is our choice!


Villa Paradise.

At 3.5 acres and with 350 feet of waterfront, this gated estate is the largest privately owned waterfront property in Anguilla. The main house has five bedrooms, in more than 7,000 square feet of air-conditioned living space and is surrounded by 10,000 square feet of decks and terraces. The 20' x 50' filtered sea-water swimming pool on the south side of the house is extremely private and offers a spectacular view of the Caribbean sea and St. Martin in the distance. Located on the road to Cul de Sac. For more information, visit their web site at www.villaparadise.com or email the manager Julian Davis at adanguilla@juno.com



Villas.ai:
Private villas for rent.

Island Queen

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Introducing Anguilla's newest villa....Island Queen. Gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 bath tropical villa with pool and stunning ocean views. Pleasant indoor-outdoor design maximizing cool tradewinds. Generous patio and roof-top deck. Airco in bedrooms and living area. Located in Sea Feathers just a few minutes drive from lovely beach. For more information email edwards@anguillanet.com. Tel. 264-497-3666. Cell. 264-497-3666. Fax 264-497-2262.

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Menus.ai:
Restaurants and menus.

Halcyon Cottage - Winter Special

Halcyon Cottage...Gorgeous private villa on a small secluded beach offers a grand special for the Christmas/New Year's holiday. For the coming winter season Halcyon is offering complimentary indulgent Spa Escape services with 7 night stays. For details email: halcyoncottage@hotmail.com


News.ai Attackers...Champs in 2002 Soccerama

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The 2002 football season in Anguilla kicked off on September 29 with a brief ceremony at the Ronald Webster Park, which was followed by an exciting senior league soccerama. Seven teams competed and the emerging champs were the News.ai Attackers. Second place went to Island in The Sun Roaring Lions and third place was captured by Cool Runnings FC. Other teams that participated were: Highway-Rent-A-Car Spartan International, Jam Boyz, Caribbean All Stars and First Anguilla Trust Co. I.F.C. Come out and enjoy the weekend games that continue at the park.

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Tranquility in Anguilla...It's a Jazz Thing

The Anguilla Tourist Board proudly presents the launch of Tranquility Jazz Festival. Experince an evening of Jazz in the sophisticated ambience of one of Anguilla's premier resorts. Kick your shoes off and enjoy the laid-back rhythms of jazz on the beach. November 22 and 23, 2002. For more information contact The Anguilla Tourist Board at atbtour@anguillanet.com or tel. 264-497-2759.


Thursday, October 03, 2002


Hotels.ai:
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Hibernia

Hibernia Restaurant will be re-opening on Friday October 4.


Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Bird-watching Trip to Anguilla

Read this detailed report of a trip to Anguilla to spot birds.


Monday, September 16, 2002

Tuesday: A Lecture by Dr. Lowell Hughes

The Soroptimist Club of Anguilla invites you to learn more about cancer, as it affects women, at a lecture and question and answer session on Tuesday September 17 at The Soroptimist Day Care Centre at 6.00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 10, 2002


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

Wayne Brooks aka Daddy Roots

Renee, James and Ruby Russell write: I know one cannot keep track of all Anguillians who venture out of their island into other parts of the world. However in the case of Wayne Brooks aka Daddy Roots, formerly of the Reggae Groovers and Red band..., he and his new band has been touring the midwest USA and are making a name for themselves, as well as acting as the musical ambassadors for Anguilla. Many a times my friends and family have seen him performing and heard him differentiating Anguilla (Leeward Islands) from Angola (Africa).

Click the link for Wayne's web site: www.daddyroots.com


Monday, September 09, 2002

Altamer Newsletter

Altamer has posted their first quarterly newsletter on their web site. The newsletter is in PDF format, which means you need the free Adobe Acrobat to read it. It has an interesting article on boat racing, a receipe from Chef Leduc and news of the goings on at Altamer (including their new conference center). The web site also contains a calendar showing what weeks are available at Altamer. In addition, Altamer Restaurant has posted their New Years Eve program as well as their Thanksgiving , Christmas Eve , Christmas and Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) menus.


Thursday, September 05, 2002


Build Your Own:
Beachshack

18 Degrees North

This villa is designed for a romantic couple. It has one bedroom, 1 1/2 bathrooms, living/dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. The large partially covered terrace is the setting for the infinity pool. There is a path to Sandy Hill beach.


Villa in Progress, Stage 8, the Second Floor

Another update to this villa construction web site. See also Stage 9 (Roof construction).



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All known Anguilla sites.

Wesley House

A new villa on the market, on the peak of a hill east of Island Harbour, with an unobstructed 360 degree view. Tropical hardwood construction. Infinity pool. 3 bedrooms or rent with one only. Jackie Pascher at Island Dreams has also added this villa to her web page. Jackie (jackiep@anguillanet.com) writes: "We are offering an excellent special for our latest addition, The Wesley House. This villa is on Navigation Hill (it is the wooden house) and has a vanishing edge pool and is beautifully furnished. The bathroom off the master suite is spectacular also. If someone wants privacy, lots of breeze, and true peace & quiet in a luxurious setting this is the perfect space at an affordable rate."


Visitor Web Site: Anguilla-beaches.com

"So what's your favorite of all the Anguilla beaches?"
That's a question we were asked a lot. You see, we had visited all 33 Anguilla beaches during the 30 days we were here (amazing that such a teeny speck of a Caribbean island in the BWI (British West Indies), a mere 35 square miles, could have so much sand!). And I don't just mean that we saw them. We walked them. We swam, snorkeled, and snoozed on them.

Here is a very extensive, professional web site by a teen, based on her month-long family stay in Anguilla, with stories and pictures of beaches, restaurants, tips, and "magic moments". And you can subscribe to her newsletter for future updates.


Monday, September 02, 2002


Anguilla Forum:
Carib On-line

Animal Rescue August Newsletter

News of new officers, lost puppies, and a visitor who adopted an Anguillian kitten and took it home to Maryland.


Thursday, August 29, 2002

Cocoloba Resort

This resort on the headlands between Barnes Bay and Meads Bay has reopened under new management. Click link for their web site. Notice the special opening rates through Dec 14, 2002: $90 to $120 per night. For more information, email info@cololobaresort.com



Real Estate

KMAX Fitness Center.

New web site for this business in Anguilla.




Stories from the previous and earlier News.ai issues.
Carnival 2002 M and M
Summer Tennis 2002 Sept Diary
Sandy Ground View Madeariman Restaurant


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Recommended Vacation Villas

Our villa on Shoal Bay beach: Bellamare.

And ten minutes away by small plane, our Azu villa in St Barth, that is totally secluded and private, but only a short walk to everything in St Jean, and with unbelievable views.



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