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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Sad News:

L'Indigo restaurant on Meads Bay is no longer open at the location. They may reopen next season at another location - we will keep you posted.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

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Easter-Saturday Reggae Jam, Apr 10-Sandy Island

Irie Reggae Easter Jam on Sandy Island with "Gossip and the Boys Band". Music from 12.00 noon......til sundown. Open bar and restaurant. Boat shuttle from Sandy Ground starts 10.00h a.m.8.-$US / round trip. Big party time!! Please call for reservation or info. Doris: 1-264-772-0787 or Jason 1-264-772-0542
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Jazz on Anguilla

Anguilla Guide story, photos and musician web links for jazz in Anguilla!
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Monday, March 29, 2004

New Cable TV Channels

The cable company is phasing in 8 new channels for April 1: Discovery Kids, TV Land, Fox Movie Channel, Fit TV, the Food channel, ESPN 2, MTV and Boomerang. But the monthly cost is going up from EC $80 to EC $80 (US $33.50).
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Sunday, March 28, 2004

Moonsplash April 1-4

For latest news from The Anguillian newspaper, click link above.

Also, prepare for the Moonsplash Cocktail Party.

Bankie Banx' Moonsplash Music Festival 2004 kicks off at 7:00pm this Thursday evening, April 1, with the traditional pre-concert Moonsplash Cocktail Party. Bankie welcomes Anguilla's Callaloo Club as a major sponsor of Moonsplash 2004 and host for this year's cocktail party. The event will be held at the gorgeous facilities of Callaloo Club Peninsula, home of the Anguilla International Yacht Club, located on the promontory between Blowing Point and Rendezvous Bay.

A delightful evening of culinary and musical pleasures, the cocktail party is a chance to meet the stars of Moonsplash up-close and personal. Party fare will include light hors d' oeuvres and refreshments, and live entertainment with Anguilla's Supreme Band. Tickets are $40US per person and are available at the Anguilla Tourist Board, Anguilla Drug Store and most major hotels in Anguilla. Further information can be obtained by calling 497-2759, 497-2388 or 497-2911. Email enquiries may be sent to concierge@dunepreserve.com.
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A Unique Anguilla Sunset

Combining bougainvillea flowers and a beautiful red sky.

Sent in by a frequent Anguilla visitor.
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Saturday, March 27, 2004

Courtney Devonish Showing

New sculptures in wood and clay tiles. An exhibition of touch forms, including works from the old Anguilla Mahogany Tree. At Restaurant Frangipani, Meads Bay. Continues until April 17. 497-2949.
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Tranquility Jeeps

Rent an air-conditioned, automatic, 4 door, 4 wheel drive Suzuki Vitara Jeep. Perfect for beach-hopping and discovering off-the-beaten track spots. They offer personalized service and flexible arrangements. US$300 per week/ US$50 per day. Tel: 264 772 0020 Email: tranquilityjeeps@hotmail.com
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Friday, March 26, 2004

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Hughes Surgical Arts

Dr. Lowell Hughes, MB.BS. (Hons), FRCS (Ed), FRCS (C)

Fellow: The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada)

MB.BS. (Honors): University of the West Indies

Member: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Anguilla Medical and Dental Association, Medical Protection Society

Creator of the Hughes Medical Centre, a private healthcare facility in South Hill, Anguilla.

Web site for his plastic surgery/reconstructive care practice: www.hughessurgicalarts.com
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Thursday, March 25, 2004

US Airways Sale

US Airways is having a sale on flights into SXM (St Maarten, which is easy ferry ride from Anguilla) - you must purchase by April 2 and travel between April 19 and June.
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Car Wash and Luncheon Mar 27

The Scotia Bank Sports and Social Club is hosting a Car Wash and Luncheon on Saturday, March 27th ( this weekend!) in the Fairplay Mall parking lot ( next to Scotia Bank) to raise funds for the club's activities. 9:30am until..... Car Wash EC$20.00 Lunch EC$12.00 Come out have some yummy (homemade) food, get your car cleaned and support a good cause.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

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New Ferry from Philipsburg to Anguilla!

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday the "Rapid Explorer Sea Shuttle I" will offer new ferry options between Anguilla and Sint Maarten for $49 US roundtrip:

PHILIPSBURG				ANGUILLA
8:30 AM          		---->             9:15 AM
10:15 AM			<----             9:30 AM
15:00 PM          		---->            15:45 PM
16:45 PM			<----            16:00 PM
Great Bay Marina, J. Yrausquin Blvd, St. Maarten, N.A. Phone nr; +599-5429762. Fax nr; +599-5429782. info@rapidexplorer.com
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Monday, March 22, 2004

Bellavista Apartments

Bellavista in South Hill has 9 bedrooms (3 + 3 +3), plus pool and is located on the waterfront. There web site is www.sidina.com - previous web site for this property is now defunct and had incorrect information. So check it out again!
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Animals Looking for Immediate Homes!

Jackie Cestero of AARF reports that Roy and Margaret Tabor are moving back to the UK and will need to rehome their animals before March 24, 2004. All animals are spayed/neutered and are seeking new and loving homes. If you are interested in any of their lovely pets please contact them at 497-6685. Trixie is an approximately 4-5 year old spayed female dog. She is blind in left eye. She is very gentle and stays in the yard. Tiger - 5 year old spayed female cat and Mischief - 2 year old neutered male
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Saturday, March 20, 2004

Pumphouse Music Changes

The Pumphouse, Sandy Ground's Roadhouse, has made some changes to their weekly music menu and they are now keeping the kitchen open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to satisfy those late night munchies! Drop by for great food and a rockin' good time.

Tuesday starting 10PM: "DJ MARK” -THE NEW DANCEMASTER GROOVE

Wednesday starting 9PM: “THE HAPPY HITS” -ALL ACOUSTIC ANGUILLIAN FOLK HEROES

Thursday starting 10:00PM: “THE MUSICAL BROTHERS"- ALBUM ORIENTED CALYPSO POWERHOUSE FAVOURITE

Saturday starting 10PM: “JAH MOVERS”- MASTERS OF CONSCIOUS REGGAE
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Easter Special ...

Sur La Plage Villas: Stay on the beautiful beach at Meads Bay, Anguilla. Book now and pay OFF SEASON rates for Easter! E-mail surlaplagevillas@aol.com or call (264) 497-6598
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Great Time at Frangipani

Donna Anderson writes: Just a note to let you know we had a fantastic time in Anguilla last week. We stayed at Frangipani and would definitely recommend it to others. We ate amazing food and soaked up sun on the most amazing beaches. Your site was a wonderful resource for us. I look forward to your updates in the future.
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Friday, March 19, 2004

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Birthday Dinner

Great birthday dinner at Blanchard's Restaurant.

Appetizers were Spring Rolls and Corn Chowder.

Entrees were Braised Veal (Blanchard’s Osso Buco) and Grilled Rack of Lamb.

Desserts were Coconut Cheesecake and Buttermilk Lemon Pound served warm with vanilla bean ice cream and loads of fresh seasonal berries (and candle)!
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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Photos from Cap Juluca Honeymoon

Honeymoon couple have posted their pictures on the web, including shot at Windward Point.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004

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Shoal Bay, March 2004

Lounging at Uncle Ernies.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Update on the Night Ferry Service

The AHTA writes: "According to information received from the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure today, the Night Ferry Service, which was reinstated on a two month trial basis in January and expected to terminate on March 12th 2004 will continue until further decision from the Office of the Sous Préfet in St. Martin."
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Lots of Cap Juluca Photos

Here is another visitor's trip, captured in 4 pages of photos.
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Monday, March 15, 2004

A New Newspaper

I bought Issue #2 of the Anguilla Star paper today at IGA. Feature story was Ashley's Annual Road Race with lots of color pictures of the children. Other headlines: French Ferry Terminal being upgraded (in Marigot), Paintings on the Children's Ward of the Princess Alexandria Hospital, ACE Opens, Access Road near completion, etc.
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Cycle Race

March 28, the John T Memorial Cycle Race, 10 am near Cable and Wireless office.
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American Airlines Sale!

Cheap fares to the Caribbean, including Anguilla. For example, Austin to Anguilla, $703. Or Austin to St Maarten for $524 and take the ferry. Or Austin to St Thomas for $433 and fly LIAT to Anguilla! Ticket by March 24, valid for travel April 1 through June 15, 2004.
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Carnival 2004

This year Carnival is from July 29 until August 8th. A number of new initiatives: children's parade and juniors band-o-rama. The schedule announced in the paper is:
Thu July 29: Opening ceremony
Fri July 30: Female Calypso Competition
Sat July 31: Children's Parade, Junior Band-o-Rama, Junior Calypso
Sun Aug 1: Prince and Princess Show
Mon Aug 2: International Night
Tue Aug 3: CCB Talented Teen Pageant
Wed Aug 4: Calypso Monarch
Thu Aug 5: Miss Anguilla Pageant
Fri Aug 6: Grand Parade of Troupes
Sat Aug 7: Leeward Islands Calypso Monarch
Sun Aug 8: Showcase of Winners.

Note: This schedule does not show the boat races, which are usually every day starting Sunday. And J'ouvert morning seems to have been eliminated; as well as Last Lap.
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Sunday, March 14, 2004

chamber of Commerce

Anguilla Business Survey – Ends March 31 ... don’t be left out!

The 2004 Anguilla Business Survey has been extended to March 31 to be sure every member of the business community can share their views about doing business in Anguilla - owners or managers of businesses, stores, restaurants, taxis, hotels/villas - and providers of independent contract or other professional services. The Anguilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry will focus on the concerns and needs of everyone shaping our economy every day. To include YOUR opinions right now, simply click this link to the survey page. OR... If you prefer to arrange for an appointment to be interviewed before March 31, please e-mail your request along with your name and phone number to: acoci@anguillanet.com
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Anguilla Regatta 2004

May 7-9, 2004. - three days of yacht and local boat racing and will be centered in the beautiful sheltered harbor of Road Bay. A number of the races are run close to shore so there is ample opportunity for visitors to enjoy the spectacle.
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New Anguillian Stamps

The two most recent sets are "Archaeological Artifacts" and "Past sailing vessels". See the stamps and read the story behind each on this web page.
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Saturday, March 13, 2004

Public Holidays 2004

From the government web site.
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Airport Project

Read the government press release on an interim solution to problems with the airport expansion, on the Anguilla Forum.
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Jazz at Frangipani

March 19-21. From The Anguillian newspaper. More info from the Anguilla Guide.
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Friday, March 12, 2004

The Green Flash

Don Bryan of Cape Carteret, NC writes:

"Your sunset article in the news prompted this e-mail ... I have been looking at sunsets, trying to see the green flash for over 25 years... and, on Feb. 18 -- I finally saw it... Me, my wife, and a couple from home who were our guests for a week in Anguilla, we all saw it. I had introduced them to flash looking their first night there.

"We were staying at the Island View Point Villa in Cul de Sac and diid our flash watches from the gallery there looking down past the new resort going up at the end of the Cul de Sac... Was very pleased my group saw if for 2 reasons - 1. that they saw it on almost first time watching and 2. that I was not seeing things myself..."

More information on the Green Flash:
www.bishopmuseum.org/planetarium/greenflash.html
sandiegopictures.org/greenflash1/
hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/atmos/redsun.html
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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Silent Auction for Wallblake House

The Wallblake House Trust proudly presents its annual Silent Auction. Saturday, March 20, 2004 6:00 p.m. at the historic Wallblake House. Entrance Fee US$5.00 Light Refreshments and Cash Bar.

Items for auction include artwork, villa rentals, hotel stays spa services, fine dining, wines and more. Everyone welcome. Proceeds to benefit the maintenance and upkeep of the renovated Wallblake House
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Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Bartender Mix-Off

The AHTA says:

We are in the process of finalizing the members of the 2004 National Culinary Team who will compete at this year's Taste of the Caribbean which will be held in Puerto Rico from June 11-13, 2004.

Local bartenders will be competing for top spot on the team this week in a Bartender Mix-Off to be held at Ripples Restaurant, Wednesday, March 10th at 3:00pm. Three judges will be on hand to judge each participant based on entries in 3 different categories: Rum based cocktail, Vodka based cocktail and Non-Alcoholic drink. The final selection will be made based on a special "mystery basket" event.
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Monday, March 08, 2004

3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath House For Sale in Island Harbour

Panoramic views and jacuzzi tub. Click link for pictures and more details. Email: smyrtle@hotmail.com - one correction from the web site - correct number to reach the owner is 264-772-6202.
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Sunday, March 07, 2004

New Chefs at Cuisinart?

Dr. Paul Carey of NY writes: You probably know this but Daniel Orr and Christopher Heath have been brought in to revitalize the kitchen and culinary amenities at Cuisinart. They arrived March 7.
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Main news.ai set updated!

We have updated the news for the month with a picture story of the annual flower and garden show.
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Saturday, March 06, 2004

Auction for 7 Days at Madeariman Beach Club

The Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association is holding an on-line auction for a stay on Shoal Bay beach. Bids start at $300, which would be quite a bargain!
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Don't Click on Any Email Attachements

The latest variety of email virus is very tricky. It pretends to be an email from someone you know, such as News.ai, and asks you to run an anti-virus program that is attached. Never do such a thing!
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Murals for Children's Ward

The Pediatric Ward at the Princess Alexandra Hospital is now alive with underwater scenes of sea creatures and cartoon characters. The artists, Peg Gregory, Michele Lavalette, Michelle Owen-Vasilis gave freely of their talents to create this masterpiece. The project was arranged by the Soroptimist Club complementing their other donations to this ward including a TV, VCR and videos.
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Villa Honeymoon Packages and Last-Minute Specials

Splash and Spyglass villas have last minute specials: Spyglass Hill Villa (March 20-27) and Splash Villa (March 13-April 2). Email: sunsethomes@anguillanet.com

And new special honeymoon packages:
Splash Honeymoon Package
Spyglass Honeymoon Package
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New Road!

The new Blowing Point-to-Little Harbour road appearsr to be open.

But looks can be deceiving. At the press conference, yesterday Kenn Banks said that the new road, although completed is not officially open to the public. Evidently they have to wait for the Governor to sign a document that the Attorney General is preparing!! It should be signed next week. (Thanks to Brenda Carty for report from the press conference).
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Halcyon Cottage

Halcyon Cottage features a one bedroom studio apartment just steps away from a tiny secluded beach on the coast at Little Harbour. Great sunning, swimming and snorkeling. Dramatic views of St. Martin.
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Friday, March 05, 2004

Animal Rescue Newsletter

The newsletter is filled with great stories including recent adoptions, animals in foster care, updates on our recent fund raising activities, and our 2003 Annual Report.
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Pumphouse Music Menu

During the peak of the tourist season (which is now), the night life options increase. For example, here is the Pumphouse lineup:

Wednesday starting 9PM- “THE HAPPY HITS”

Thursday starting 9:00PM- “THE MUSICAL BROTHERS”

Friday starting 10PM- “DJ RAS” Reggae Hip Hop Dance Mix

Saturday starting 10PM- Jah Movers - Masters of Conscious reggae

The Pumphouse is located in Sandy Ground, with food, drinks and live music. Take away available Tel: 264-497-5154 - Open Monday to Saturday from 6:00pm.
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New: Ace Hardware on Anguilla

Shopping choices have dramatically improved on the island this week.

Although the new Ace hardware by the Sandy Ground roundabout hasn't had their grand opening yet, the tools and supplies and paint are flying off the shelves as fast as the staff can stock those shelves!

Ace is a world-wide chain that aims to cater to the “do-it-yourself” homeowners and contractors with a modern, friendly service and an extensive product line. Ace in Anguilla is locally owned and carries a similar theme and product line to other enterprises under the Ace brand. The following sections are featured: Hardware, Paint, Housewares, Lawn and Garden, Electrical, Plumbing, Tools, Powertools and Accessories. Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm; Saturdays 9am – 3pm. Tel. 498-1223; Fax 498-1224; Email: ace@anguillanet.com

Below is a picture of Alison Harrigan, manager, behind the counter at the new Ace.

Directions: starting from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then left again and past the airport entrance. Continue straight west through the roundabout, then keep left at the next roundabout (Sandy Ground) and you will see Ace on the left almost immediately.

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Ashley Brooks Road Relay

Come run on March 7, 2004 at 2pm, at Ashley's Supermarket in The Valley.
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Tuesday, March 02, 2004

www.gov.ai/statistics

Website for the Statistics Government Department with interesting information on various statistics for Anguilla.
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New web address: www.pavillion-inn.com

The Pavillion Inn in Blowing Point has a new web site. Their fax number has changed to 1-240-235-8247. And here is the online reservation form.
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Monday, March 01, 2004

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Sunset in Anguilla!

There was an incredible sunset last week.

Looking west from
Zara's restaurant,
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