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Thursday, January 31, 2002

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Tasty's is a delightful little spot which serves indigenous Anguillian cuisine with a European flair.

Owner and Executive Chef Dale Carty has had 13 years experience in the culinary field moving up the ranks from dishwashing at Malliouhana Hotel to opening and running his very own popular restaurant known for excellent cuisine. Chef Carty has had the benefit of training in the South of France and Paris under renowned French Chef Michel Rustang.

Click the link above or the picture to read our review and get Chef Carty's recipe for Snapper and Papaya Salad.
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Fletch's Cove

New! Gorgeous one bedroom private villa with pool and cabana just a few steps away from a small sandy beach. Web site: Email:
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News from The Xtreme Band

Anguilla's newest musical group, the Xtreme Band, was officially launched in July 2001. Built around a nucleus of accomplished musicians and vocalists, the group creates a dynamic blend of experience and new talent. Xtreme's goal is to create its own distinctive sound and image and to promote itself and Anguilla in the region and internationally. Already, the group's first CD, "Ruption" demonstrates a unique musical style, with its fusion of Caribbean, Latin and French rhythms.

Click the link above to read more about the band and bios of the members.
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Shoemaker Ramon

Ramon and his wife Ana and part-time assistant Felipa operate an efficient shoemaking service in Stoney Ground. Originally from Santo Domingo, Ramon has been offering a high standard of repair service on the island for about 7 years now. He specializes in fixing shoes, leather bags, suitcases and belts. He can be very creative in his mending techniques. Click the link or the picture for news article.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Where to do laundry? If you'd like to use laundry services while on the island there are two main spots located in The Valley area. Click the link above to read our news story.
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Villa Dina Photo Tour

See inside a private villa on Anguilla, one that is creatively decorated with art, antiques and whimsical crafts.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Valentine's Day Menu at Altamer.

February 14 is a special day in Anguilla, with both locals and tourists competing for the most romantic dinner reservations. Altamer Restaurant is the first to send us their special menu for the occasion:

A Romantic Four Course Prix Fixe Dinner Special

An alternative to the regular menu (also each special item can be ordered à la carte).

Course 1: STARTER: AntipastoChilled platter of proscuitto ham, salami, mozzarella and provolone cheesesserved on a bed of mesclun greens with olives, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs and marinated artichoke hearts (à la carte price US$18)


Course 3: ENTREE: Napoleon Of Surf and Turf. Filet Mignonette Of Beef Tenderloin layered with crisp potato pancakes and Medallions of Fresh Local Lobster Served with Au Poivre Sauce (à la carte price US$46)

Course 4: DESSERT: Love Birds Dark chocolate cone filled with swirled strawberry white chocolate mousse, garnished with a white sugar dove and served on heart of wild strawberry sauce (à la carte price US$15)

Coffee or Tea

Price Per Person $75.00

Music: Pianist, Dmitri Loutsiv. Executive Chef: Maurice Leduc. Subject to 15% service charge
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Sunset Homes Web Site Updated

Sunset Homes has just broken ground on a new villa in North Hill on the ridge overlooking Sandy Ground village and Road Bay. Check the Villa in Progress section of their web site for the update.
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Dog Training Classes.

Does your dog take YOU for a walk? Does he come when you call him? Does he sit and stay on command?

Discover the joys of living with a well-trained dog. The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation have arranged a course of 9 classes to begin in mid-February. The tutor will be Lynn Coffin, the Director of the Saint-Martin Animal Shelter, who has over 30 years experience training dogs of all ages and temperaments.

Sign up before Friday February 8th, 2002. The cost of each class is US$25.00 (full payment to be made in advance for whole 9 week course – no refunds.). First come first served – numbers will be limited. Enrolment at Morlens Veterinary Clinic (Amy Williams), Anguilla Techni-Sales (Chris Carty), All Island Cable TV (Barbara Owen).
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Villa for Long Term Rent

Charming brand new private home in Island Harbour for rent. 3 bedrooms. 2 ½ baths. Spacious living, kitchen and dining area. Master suite features jacuzzi tub and has a private porch. Private. Tranquil. Set on half-acre grounds. Great sea and island views. Can be rented furnished or unfurnished. For more details contact
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“In Every Home a Garden”

Don’t miss the Agricultural and Agro Industrial Exhibition at the Agricultural Department Lawn in The Valley on February 8th and 9th from 9:00am. “Farm Today or Starve Tomorrow”.
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Monday, January 28, 2002

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New Wing at Paradise Cove.

The recently opened new wing of Paradise Cove features 15 delightful suites: 12 studio apartments and 3 super deluxe one bedroom suites.

The Owners, Dr. Frankie & Mrs. Cheryl Hughes and family had a grand ribbon cutting ceremony on January 4th, 2002 celebrating the opening of the villas with government officials and other well-wishers. The energetic local band Musical Brothers entertained the guests as they danced on the pool terrace.

For more details, click the link above or the picture.

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Speed Limits. All roads in Anguilla have a 30 MPH speed limit, with a few exceptions. 15 MPH in a school zone, 20 MPH in the villages of Long Bay, Sandy Ground and The Valley, and 40 MPH on Long Road and on the main road from Anguilla Trading to the turn off for Long Bay village. The speed limit on the main road between Sandy Hill and George Hill has been reduced from 40 MPH to 30 MPH.
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Sunday, January 27, 2002

Moonsplash 2002 Lineup Announced

Bankie Banx and Altamer Resort are pleased to announce the guest artists and event schedule for the Moonsplash Music Festival, Bankie's three-day musical extravanganza at The Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay. Moonsplash 2002 features two of reggae's biggest stars and a host of tremendous guest artists from around the world.

Reggae legend and Grammy Award Nominee Freddie McGregor, who turned in an electrifying performance as last year's Moonsplash headliner, will headline Moonsplash International Nite on Friday, March 22. Saturday's Reggae Nite, March 23, will feature Marcia Griffiths, who toured for many years with Bob Marley as a member of the I-Threes, and has since forged her own living legacy as the finest female vocalist in reggae.

Also in attendance throughout the Moonsplash weekend will be a very special Celebrity Guest, Mrs. Rita Marley, whose appearance is made possible by Altamer Resort. Additional guest artists include Shema McGregor, Freddie's daughter and a promising new reggae talent in her own right, as well as Lymie, one of the hottest young stars in reggae today, Gumption Band, Bacon/Banx Band, Colours, Bunfyah, Reggae Groovers, High Tension and, of course, Anguilla's own Bankie Banx and Friends.

Sunday's Grand Beach Party will feature the Moonsplash Folk, Food & Arts/Crafts Fair with entertainment by Sleepy and the All-Stars. For all the details, visit Bankie's website at
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Sweet Potato Pudding

The Caribbean is known for tasty cuisine. Some dishes date back to the culinary traditions of days gone by. Try your hand at this recipe for a dessert made from a common vegetable grown in the region known as the sweet potato.

Click the link above or the picture for the complete recipe.

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Saturday, January 26, 2002

Tropical Construction Web Site. Mary Ann's Beachshack site has been updated with pictures of the finished swimming pool and the kitchen.
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Police Week, 30 Year Anniversary.

Don't miss the police variety concert at Landsome Bowl on Wednesday January 30 and the policy calypso show on Thursday night. Friday night there will be a domino competition, bbq and fish fry at Police headquarters. Saturday night is the high point with a dinner and ball at the House of Chandeliers.
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Festival Del Mar - February 22-24.

This 3 day sea festival starts off on Friday in West End with a sea food and craft expo, with community members and restaurants preparing and displaying seafood cuisine. Also included, a Strng Band performance and craft displays.

On Saturday, the festival moves to Sandy Ground with tours of the salt pond and the pump house, a deep sea fishing tournament, and a salt pond Jam in the afternoon.

On Sunday, the festival continues in Island Harbour, with a fish fry, model boat race, C-class boat race and much more.
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Direct Charter Flights to St. Barts: $143 US. Systeme Solaire annnounces direct flights from Anguilla to St. Barts, Thursday and Sunday, starting Thursday Jan 31, 2002. Leaves at 845am and returns 430pm. Price: $143 per person (taxes included). Contact them in St. Martin 011.590.509.873504 (per their ad in The Anguillian)
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Friday, January 25, 2002

Beer-battered Filet of Snapper. We had lunch today at Cinammon Reef resort. The beer-battered snapper with tarter sauce ($14) was the best tasting I have ever had.
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Busta Cup Cricket. Barbados vs Leeward Islands. March 1-4, 2002. Ronald Webster Park, Anguilla. 10am daily, EC$20 per day.
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Chinchary: Two Villas for Sale.

Located on Sandy Hill, with beautiful views and a short walk to a beautiful sandy villa, these two villas are for sale in Anguilla. The "blue villa" is offered at US$325,000 and the other can be purchased with or without an adjoining tennis court!

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Thursday, January 24, 2002

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New Works at Palm Garden.

Come visit The Palm Garden in North Hill. Young local artist Michelle Owen-Vasillis has just completed an exquisite selection of new paintings in acrylic and water-colour. A petite size original entitled “Junks Hole” would make a perfect memento which is convenient for travel. The “Dolphin in The Waves” selection is an interesting collection of three paintings depicting three different angles of a dolphin diving through the waves. Michelle is also happy to do specially commissioned art work for your home or office. For more information please feel free to contact Michelle at or by telephone 264-497-5705 and 264-235-1254.

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Pottery Course: New Dates February 25-March 1. See below for details.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Estate Hope Art Studio.

A new art studio, with a twist, has opened on Crocus Hill. The Estate Hope Art Studio features a variety of handmade quilts, wallhangings and other decorative items by textile artist Carol Richardson. Located in Mrs. Richardson's home opposite the Old Hospital, the studio is a combination gallery and workshop where visitors can see the artist create her unique textiles first hand. All of the one-of-a-kind works are in a Caribbean style and feature a mix of traditional and original designs and an original combination of textural fabrics and unusual construction techniques. Mrs. Richardson's quilts can be custom-made for a specific event or person and be highly personalized. Examples of custom-made quilts include commemorative quilts for a retirement or an honoree or a friendship quilt with signatures of friends and family. For more information please call Carol Richardson at 497-8733. Story from the AHTA newsletter.
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Splash Villa Last Minute Getaway Special! Unwind in your private, tropical hideaway. Offer effective from February 6 - 15, 2002. Contact us for details.
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Alcoholics Anonymous. AA in Anguilla can be contacted care of Wendy King at 264-497-8097 or e-mail to - many tourists in AA like to contact Wendy before making reservations or before they come here to set up meetings.
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Saturday, January 19, 2002

Washington Post: Relaxed Chic in Anguilla

An article about Anguilla from this USA newspaper.
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Friday, January 18, 2002

Cultural Festival: Feb 17-24

This year's theme is "String and Sea Rhythms". In addition to the regular jollification and educational programs, West End, Island Harbour, Shoal Bay and Sandy Ground are invited to host events highlighting traditional string bands and seagoing activities. One special event being planned is Festival del Mar, which will incorporate boat racing, deep sea fishing, water sports, beach activities, salt picking, and culinary arts.
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Thursday, January 17, 2002

Pottery course from expert to be held in Anguilla in February.

Jimmy Clark, director of the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, will be in Anguilla in February to conduct courses in pottery. He is a specialist in pinch pottery and in sawdust firing that he will be using here.

Pinching is an ancient hand building technique that allows the maker to interact directly with the clay without the use of a wheel or other instruments. Clark describes his work as “an attempt to connect with the spirit and of the archaic.” He has found that the raku sawdust kiln is most effective for his work and part of the course will be the setting up of this type of kiln that anyone can produce for themselves.

Clark is an expert who is well known for his workshops in the USA, Puerto Rico, Germany and Canada, he has exhibited widely in the USA, Switzerland and Germany and won many awards for his outstanding work.

The courses in Anguilla will run from February 25-March 1. and will be held in the mornings from 9.00 a.m. until 12 noon and in the evenings from 5.00 p.m.-7.00 p.m. The cost of US$175.00 for the morning course and $150.00 for the evening sessions includes all clay and other materials and the cost of firing work. A spokesperson for the Anguilla Arts Festival Committee that is organizing the workshops says that it is hoped parents and children may attend the evening workshops together.

Clark says that in the course he will attempt to transmit not only technical methods of creating a wide variety of forms with the pinch technique, but also to explore the therapeutic almost spiritual qualities of pinching. He will be demonstrating and students will be making small pots, larger vessels, closed boxes, pitchers, vases and mugs. He will also demonstrate finishing techniques, the application of colour and pit firing in sawdust.

The Arts Committee is hoping that a number of persons will benefit from the course including persons from St Martin/St Maarten or other neighbouring islands. Further information can be obtained from the Devonish Art Gallery, Tel 264 497 2949. [Story courtesy Brenda Carty.]
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Community Foundation to launch “Anguilla Cares” Campaign.

The Anguilla Community Foundation is to launch a fund-raising campaign called “Anguilla Cares” that will run from the end of January until Anguilla Day, May 30. The aim is to raise US$40,000 that will be used for grants to organizations and communities for worthwhile projects. To reach its goal the Foundation will be appealing to individual, corporate and government sources.

There are three honorary chairpersons, Victor Banks, Emile Gumbs and Walter MacCalman. They will provide overall leadership for the Campaign and recognition and community support for the fund raising effort. In addition they will be announcing the launching, reporting back to the community each month and assist the board members in contacting potential donors both business and individual.

The start of the campaign is scheduled for January 31 at an event at Johnno’s Beach Bar at Sandy Ground. A wide cross section of the community is being invited to participate in this important launch and to hear about the work of the Foundation in Anguilla. A thermometer is to be erected near to the Post Office so that the general public can watch the progress of the campaign and the funds being raised.

The Anguilla Community Foundation recognizes the many needs in the island and is ready to step into the role of grant maker with a defined process for distributing and tracking funds for charitable purposes. They have designed a standard process for grant making including a grant application, a system of reviewing grants and a grant report requirement. The Board of the Anguilla Community Foundation is hoping that donors will join them in order to share an organized and managed grant programme for the island. [Story courtesy Brenda Carty.]
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Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Flower and Garden Show - March 2-3. The Anguilla Beautification Club is hosting their flower show this year. You can read about the last one: Click Here.
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Puppies Available For Adoption

The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation has several adorable puppies looking for homes.

Contact Amy at Morlens Veterinary Clinic (264.497.4600), Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

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For Sale: Serenity Villa Located on a hill overlooking the South side of the island and views the islands of St. Barth's, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, Tintamarre, and Saba, the view of the sea and the other islands is unparalleled. The property is 5/6 of an acre, completely fenced with a stone wall and red wooden gate in the front.

Click link above or contact the owner at (520) 577-0112, Email:

On island: Contact either Charlotte Berglund at 264-497-2817, Attorney Josephine Gumbs at 264-497-1212, or Jackie Pascher at 264-497-3743 (

Web page:

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Fresh Fish? Spence Miller ( writes:

My wife and I are heading to the island Saturday and wondered if there are any places you can buy fresh fish from any of the locals. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for your insight and help!

The answer: The main fish market (The Fishery) is located on George Hill/ Waterswamp area on the main road before you reach the roundabout heading down to Sandy Ground if you're travelling westwards. They sell fresh fish that is already cleaned anytime between 5:30pm and 7:00pm everyday except Sunday. Some days they have fish in the day but they often sell out all their fish by 7:00pm. The fishermen bring their fish at varied times between 5:30pm and 7:00pm so to avoid waiting a long time or going too late, I always call them at around 5:30pm to get a rough idea when the fish will be brought in. You can call 497-3170 and speak to Esme or Eric to find out. Also there are several spots that sell fish in Island Harbour but the times are days of sale are not set. If you happen to be in that village sometime you can ask a villager the best time and place to get fish. You may wish to ask if the fish is already cleaned and gutted as this chore can be arduous at times (smile).
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New: Vancoy's Limousine Service!

Wondering how to make those special moments even more memorable? Then tell Fabian Makoy Romney at Vancoy's Limousine where you want to be and your personal chauffeur will take you there in a first class, dependable, convenient, luxury 6-passenger Lincoln Town Car limousine. Fabian started the business in March 2001 by going to Miami and purchasing the limo himself!

Click the link above for the full news story.

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Visitor Testimonial. Kathleen and Joe Manfredo ( write:

We have vacationed Anguilla fourteen (14) times and intend to visit again in April. I left my heart there after the first visit and vow to spend part of our retirement in a few years. The people of Anguilla are the best around any vacation island and believe me we have been around the Caribbean. We have made close friends, which is very easy to do. I count the days to return my home away from home.
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Monday, January 07, 2002

St. Gerards's 19th Annual West Indian Garden Party. The Catholic Church is proud to announce that once again they are hosting their fabulous fund-raising party: Feb 9, 2002. Bar opens at 6, dinner from 7:30 to 9:30, music for listening and dancing by Sprocka. $20 (children $10). Location: in The Valley at Wallblake House, across from the airport.
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Main News Page Updated. The monthly news page has been updated with stories on Altamer and much more.
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Friday, January 04, 2002

Last Minute Special. Harbor Lights in Island Harbour offers a couple of last minute specials on rooms. Ocean front room with private patio/balcony from January 5th to January 12th regularly $910.00 per week. special $630.00 Ocean front room from January 17th to 27th. either $700.00 for 7 nights or $900. for all ten nights.
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