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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Alex Ballin Wins Bartender of the Caribbean

Read this report from The Anguillian on the Caribbean Hotel and Industry Conference in Puerto Rico. "Alex Ballin won the Bartender of the Year competition from among a field of 12 top bartenders in the region. Her rum-based cocktail called Island Twinkle won her a gold medal in the final “mystery basket” round and the coveted Bartender of the Year. Alex is a popular bartender at The Pumphouse. ... Sherille Hughes [of Paradise Cove was appointed] as one of the Regional Vice Presidents of the CHA ... the and 2004 CHA Executive of the Year Award was presented to Mimi Gratton in the small association category."
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Tuesday, June 29, 2004


Thanks for the Books!

Visitors have really helped with the www.islandbooks.ai drive to collect more reading books for the Anguilla primary school children. Mike Bass of Cherry Hill, NJ writes:

We made our 4th trip to Anguilla last week, and are now home. We met with Art at the Alwyn Allison Primary School, and upon our return have made tremendous headway in getting books to Anguilla. A local school near to me in NJ donated lots of used taxtbooks: Spelling, history, health, etc, as well as a printer and a scanner. Three couples, regulars to Anguilla, are buying PM Reader 2 series as a donation, I have already notified Art of this. Many others are sending cases of books. Anguilla will soon have more books than it know what to do with!

I am in daily communication with Art on everything, and he seems to have a good handle on it. Anything more we can do let us know, but the participation is growing!   June 9, 2004

Now there is a new opportunity to make a difference: bring Joy Readers with you on your next trip to Anguilla. The primary schools in Anguilla have been using the Joy Readers, which are a set of reading books at different levels that really help new readers. They have a few sets of the of the Joy Readers, but not nearly enough to go around. Click the link above to find out more. (P.S. Joy Readers can be purchased online.)
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Monday, June 28, 2004

High-Speed Internet at Arawak

For guests with WiFi equipped laptops, there is high speed internet access (802.11 b/g) in the restaurant/pool area, available for a flat charge of $25 for up to a week's stay. They also offer cabled high speed access in our Deluxe rooms, using Ethernet or USB connections. Advance booking with reservation is required. The cost for in-room access is $12 per day (minimum $25), or $70 for a week. For casual users, access through their office PC is also available with a minimum charge of $10 for up to 15 minutes.
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Summer at Sur La Plage

Special offer for summer bookings. 1 bedroom studio starting at $125 per night plus tax. 1 bedroom villa $150 per night plus tax. Stay on the beach at Meads Bay and enjoy the privacy at Sur La Plage Villas. Call Kim for info (264) 497-6598 or (264) 772-2444 e-mail surlaplagevillas@aol.com www.anguillasurlaplage.com
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Traffic Warning

When making a left hand turn off of Queen Elizabeth Avenue to go to Shoal Bay, or a right hand turn down towards Lakes, you can no longer rely on people slowing down to go over the speed bump, mainly because the speed bump has been removed. So you have to look further down to insure that it is safe to turn.
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Sunday, June 20, 2004

Great Air Rate from West Coast

Molly Sumption of Travel Concepts/Caribbean Concepts in Seattle has an excellent air rate to Anguilla, good from any city in the US. However it works best for West Coast travelers. She can only package it with accommodations. She cannot sell the air separately. It is $633 plus taxes and fees, regardless of the originating city. The rate is not available for holiday travel. Travel Concepts is an excellent Anguilla-boosting travel agency. Contact Molly at 206 686-1231, 888 918-7933-Toll Free, molly@caribbeanconcepts.com, www.caribbeanconcepts.com
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Thursday, June 17, 2004

BeachCourt Villa

BeachCourt is a unique villa for rent. Recently completed. At the west end of Shoal Bay, past the Fountain Beach hotel. Lots of bedrooms, large pool, and a waterfront tennis court!

Click here for a slide-show of BeachCourt villa, with over 60 photos.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

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As is usually the case, Altamer is humming with news. Click the link above to download their newsletter in PDF format. They now have a webcam of Shoal Bay West that actually shows waves breaking (you do have to download a viewer).

The second villa, now called the Brazilian Emerald, opened in December and the final villa ("African Sapphire") should open in September. The original villa, whose gardens are now quite mature and well-developed, has been renamed the Russian Amethyst.

Summer and Fall Specials. For example, enjoy one of their villas as a three bedroom villa (instead of the full complement) for $2500 per night. 3 night minimum. Or take four bedrooms for $3000 per night.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Yacht Runs Into Reef

"Six crew members, three men and three women, from South Carolina, escaped harm on Tuesday morning June 8 when the 46.3-foot yacht, CARO, on which they were travelling, struck 60 Yards Reef outside Island Harbour Bay at about 9.30." Article from The Anguillian.
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Monday, June 14, 2004

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Buying a Villa in St Barts

Recently we (Bob and Mary Ann Green!) added a 4 bedroom villa in St Barts to our Anguilla property, where we live. We are going to rent it as it for holiday getaways (click here to rent!)

We plan to upgrade this villa (building in the Caribbean was not enough of a challenge - now we have to try it in a foreign language). If anyone recognizes the villa from a stay in St Barts, please send us your suggestions for improvements(maryann@beachshack.ai).

We found that the purchase process has some similiarities to Anguilla, but many differences. There is no Alien Land Holders license nor any special transfer tax for foreigners, and in most ways outsiders are treated the same as residents. The transfer tax is 7% in most cases.
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A key legal figure is the Notaire, who we don't have in Anguilla or the USA. He puts together the buy-sell agreement for both parties, holds the funds, and organizes the closing.

Before you make an offer, be sure to talk to a lawyer about the purchase of real estate in St Barts. There are some legal issues, such as French inheritance law, and the lawyer can offer general advice during negotiations also. Don't expect procedures to be the same as the USA (i.e., truth in selling laws, title insurance, etc.) We used and recommend Chantal Decombe-Greaux, Gustavia, St Barts. Tel: 011-590-590-27-85-79 Email: chantal.decombe-greaux@wanadoo.fr

Unlike Anguilla where development is still considered a positive, St Barts thinks it has enough buildings and pools. Do not bother looking for bare land to build a house on. The island is in an anti-development phase, which could last for years. Land without a building permit is virtually useless.
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There are several realtors, but no Multiple Listing service. So you need to consult several agents to see all the villas available. We looked at 3 or 4 houses with each of 4 realtors. But many villas are shown by several agents. so be clear which realtor is presenting which villas, to avoid disputes later. Realtors are paid by the seller, as in the USA.

Prices in St Barts have been appreciating steadily since the 60s and are higher than in Anguilla. The ban on new development is likely to increase prices further. Forum discussion.
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Sunday, June 13, 2004

Trip Pictures

Kristen has posted 120 pictures of her recent trip to Anguilla! She stayed at Frangipani, so there are lots of pictures from there, but many more from around the island. You can read her trip report here.
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Saturday, June 12, 2004

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Lake's Hardware

This business has been upgraded on the inside and the outside.

To find it, start in the airport parking lot, take the only exit, turn left, continue straight past Island Car Rentals and NBA. After you go through the traffic light, turn left into the next parking lot.
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Friday, June 11, 2004

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Update on Cerulean Villa

Bruce Hearn, the General Manager of Cerulean Villa, has been in the resort hotel business for over 30 years, 25 of those years in the Caribbean managing properties like Little Dix Bay, Caneel Bay, Bitter End Yacht Club, Golden Eye in Jamaica and most recently Carenage Bay on Canouan Island. He joined Cerulean in December 2002.

Bruce says that what distinguishes Cerulean among the "Super Villas" on Anguilla is their staff of 14, who are totally dedicated and focused on only the guests staying at Cerulean. Their Executive Chef now is a very gifted young Anguillan, Anderson Gumbs, who has trained at Malliouhana.

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Cerulean's current rates are $28,000/week in the off-season and $39,000 in the high Season. The contact information is Bruce Hearn at Cerulean Villa, (264) 497-8840 or Laurie Weltz at (212) 285-2070. Web site is www.ceruleanvilla.com
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Thursday, June 10, 2004

US Airways Extends Deadline for Caribbean Sale

For Caribbean travel - book by Wednesday, June 16 - for details click link above.
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Papa Lash's Food Van

Papa Lash's food van serves up tasty vegetarian and a selection of other snacks and lunches for people on the go. It is usually located in the Ronald Webster parking lot opposite the Anguilla National Trust in The Valley. The cuisine is tasty and very reasonably priced. They serve breakfast and light lunches and usually open from 7:30am - until about 4:30pm weekdays.

Menu and prices in US$ (Approximate as the menu prices are originally quoted in EC$)

Cheese patty US$1.50
Pizza patty US$1.50
Saltfish patty US$1.75
Vegetarian patty US$1.50
Veggie and cheese patty US$1.75
Plantation sandwich US$3.50 (Veggies, greens & Tofu on Pita Bread)
Vegetarian Burger US$3.00
Cheese Burger US$2.75
Hamburger US$2.50
Cheese Johnnie Cake US$1.75
Ham & Cheese Johnnie Cake US$2.50
Ham Johnnie Cake US$2.00

Papa Lash has been an entrepreneur in the food and beverage industry for many years. He's especially proud of his unique cheese patty recipe and hopes to expand his menu line to include more vegetarian plates. Tel. 264-235-2490.

Story and pictures by Janine Edwards.
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Mango's Restaurant

Mangos Restaurant is offering all island residents a 15% discount during the months of June and July 2004. Also, as a reminder Boss & Friends perform every Monday and Thursday night throughout the summer. Reservations recommended 497-6479.
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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Shoal Bay Scuba Moved Down the Beach

Please be advised that Shoal Bay Scuba has moved locations and can now be found at Shoal Bay Beach Hotel. The dive center will be open throughout the summer. To arrange dives and other excursions please contact Matthew Billington at 235-1482.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

AARF “Flea” Market/Garage Sale

Saturday June 19th, 2004. Agriculture Grounds. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We will be selling a variety of items new and used including kitchenware, computer supplies, clothing, household items, books, baby clothes, VCR movies, and much more.

Meet some of our adoptable pets seeking new homes. Sign up for our Free Spay/Neuter Clinic July 3rd to 5th, 2004. Also serving Chicken BBQ and drinks. Come shop and have lots of fun too!

All proceeds to benefit The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation and its animal welfare programs in Anguilla. We are still seeking donations for the sale. If you have anything you would like to donate please drop the items at Morlen’s Veterinary Hospital, Anguilla Techni-Sales or call 497-8177 or 497-5024 for pick up.
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Covecastles Wine Pairing Dinner

Covecastles Resort in collaboration with Grands Vins de France is hosting a Wine Pairing Dinner on WEDNESDAY, June 9th, 2004 at 7:00pm ( please note that an ad in last week's Anguillian incorrectly identified the date as Thursday, June 10th).

Cost is US$110.00 per person (service charge included) - maximum seating capacity 25 persons. Reservations requested 497-6801

Please find below a copy of the menu created by Chef de Cuisine Dominique Thevenet. The dinner will feature wines from two exclusive wineries: Far Niente & Duckhorn Vineyards.

Steamed Dover Sole filet stuffed with carrot mousse. Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 2002, Napa Valley

Pan seared crayfish tail served with tropical chutney, laced with vanilla sauce. Far Niente Chardonnay 2001, Napa Valley

Pan seared veal medallion with mushroom sauce. Duckhorn Merlot 2001, Napa Valley

Assorted goat cheese selection and mixed greens with hazelnut vinaigrette. Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon 1997, Napa Valley

Warm liquid center chocolate pepper cake, mint ice cream and raspberry sauce. Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1997, Napa Valley
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Monday, June 07, 2004

US Air Specials to St Maarten

Special fares: You may depart between June 5 and August 21, 2004 and return between June 12 and August 28, 2004. For St. Maarten, you may depart or return Mondays through Fridays. Tickets must be purchased by June 9, 2004. These special fares can also be purchased by calling US Airways at 1-888-359-3728.
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Anguilla News for June

The main Anguilla news page has been updated with stories on Anguilla Day and ATMs.
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Saturday, June 05, 2004

Bid for 4 Nights at Cap Juluca

The ATHA is raising funds to send our culinary team to an international competition. Auction closes June 21th, 2004 - 4:00pm Eastern.

For the ultimate in pampering and getaway vacation, this package offers you 4 night/5 days for two in a luxury room including continental breakfast. Taxes are included.

Valid Dates: May 21-December 19th, 2004 and is based upon availability. Reservations are not available during holiday periods (ie. Thanksgiving). Minimum bid is $400, which would be quite a steal, if that were the high bid!

Bids are entered via a form on www.anguillaauctions.com (link above).
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Don't Forget: Carnival 2004

July 29 to August 8th. Click the link above for a schedule of events.
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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Every Book Ever Written About the Caribbean

Have you ever looked at Mitchell's West Indian Bibliography, aka www.books.ai? For historians and antique book-lovers, it is amazing. For example, did you know that in 1807 James Parkyns DERRIMAN wrote "Marooned: The Story of a Cornish Seaman". (Emsworth, Hampshire: Kenneth Mason) 136 pages 22 cm pb, 10 ills, 1 map, index, [ca 1991]. Naval and admiralty. Royal Navy. Sombrero. Anguilla. The story of the marooning of R Jefferey on Sombrero by Captain W Lake in 1807. By a British author.
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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Great Response to "Island Books" Web Site

The response to the www.islandbooks.ai web site has been incredible. Visitors have brought enough reading books that there have been some for each of the primary schools. And more are on the way. Thanks so much!

Now we have a special book requirement that we hope someone can fulfill before school starts again in the fall.

The Alwyn Allison Primary School in West End is the only one of the primary schools that does not have a set of the PM Plus reading starter books. These books are excellent for igniting reading interest and skills in the early grades. They are available from the Rigby web site:

We can use the complete set ($225, but worth it) or the Non-fiction pak, or the add-on packages, in both level 1 and level 2. Any questions about this, check with Teacher Art at hurricaneart@caribcable.com


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New Inn: C Breeze

Young entrepreneur Carol Richardson has opened up a vacation apartment called C Breeze Inn. It is located in the picturesque village of Sandy Ground, a minute's walk from one of the island's fun beaches, where you can enjoy soft sands and calm tranquil water (perfect for children).

Within walking distance are grocery shopping, restaurants and bars (Johnnos and Pumphouse) that feature local entertainment, authentic local dishes and dancing. Rates range from $75 to $85 per night. The apartment has king-size bed, a fully-equipped kitchen, cable tv, airco and telephone. Tel: 264-235-7515. Email: cbreezeinn@anguillanet.com Web site: New Inn: Cbreeze in Sandy Ground
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