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Friday, July 25, 2003

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Anguilla Tennis Academy takes first step to facility - By Brenda Carty (The Daily Herald)

On Tuesday July 22 the Government of Anguilla and the Anguilla Tennis Academy signed a memorandum of agreement for the leasing of six acres of land at Blowing Point to build a state of the art tennis facility. The Government has agreed to lease the land to the Academy founded and led by Mitchelle Lake, who has run a tennis camp here for the past seven years.

The ceremony drew a large cross-section of the Anguillian public, including the Deputy Governor Mark Capes and Mrs Capes, as well as Ministers Eric Reid and Victor Banks, Permanent Secretaries Marcel Fahie and Ken Banks, as well as the Second Nominated Member Claudel Romney (see picture below).

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The signing ceremony took place on the basketball court on the Blowing Point Road. The many visiting coaches for this summer's tennis camp helped cheer on the project (see picture below). Children participating in this year’s tennis camp also attended, with their parents.

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The facility will comprise six lighted tennis courts, a stadium court with seating for one thousand and a building with showers, bathrooms, a conference room and pro shop, designed by Myron Goldfinger. Plans are to start construction in November 2003. In the meantime the Anguilla Tennis Academy is actively seeking funds from businesses, visitors, residents and friends interested in promoting tennis on the island. A buy a brick campaign is to be launched soon and will involve buying a brick for US$100.00 that will be inscribed with the purchaser’s name and used to pave the entrance to the facility. Further details on the project and on purchasing the bricks is available at

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Lake said that after completion the project will provide opportunities for young children through the sport of tennis while strengthening the sense of community, knowledge and health and at the same time promoting sport tourism. He said that there will be regular tennis lessons for children and adults, and coaches from the USA will be employed. He has already appointed a committee for the project and has included several honorary members who have contributed to the sport over the years. As well as the every day use of the courts there are plans for inter-regional and international competitions as well as local league matches and tournaments.
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Flash News: Two More Shows!

Last night we took guests and went to see the Apple Theatre young people's performance of "Journeys - an adventure in music and dance". The show is a musical revue of some of the greatest songs from hit Broadway shows and classic movie musicals. The performance was lively, fast-paced, and with some incredible young singers and dancers.

Program director/choreographer Nanci Lenaure Batista said "I really want to emphasize how proud I am of the entire cast. In two weeks they have gotten through 22 different numbers - now that's hard work! For many of these young performers, this is their first real taste of a full production, and boy was the pressure on."

The show repeats tonight and Saturday at the Stoney Ground Primary School.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Apple Theatre Shows This Summer

Tonight is the first performance of this young people's theatre company, but there are many more through August.

Journeys, a music and dance adventure, plays July 23, 24, 25, 26 at Stoney Ground Primary School Auditorium, 7:30pm sharp. $7.50 US/$20 EC

ATC Summer Jams, various locations in July and August, watch for more info, $4 US/$12 EC.

Stage Works, new work in progress. Workshop dates: July 28-August 1, Workshop place: Campus B. There will be an August 2 performance of new works, watch for details.

Voices of Anguilla, a celebration of local history. This is a reprise of last summer's amazing hit production. Highly recommended. Dates: August 20, 21, 22 and 23, Teacher's Resource Center (upstairs library). Time: 7:30 sharp. Tickets: $7.50 US/$20 EC.
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Scorpion Charter Boat

Eric Drai grew up on the island of Anguilla and was always passionate about the boating lifestyle. Now he is running Offshore Sensations, in which anyone can join him as he skippers the 38 foot Scorpion powerboat across the waters. Full and half day excursions around Anguilla (stopping at Shoal Bay for lunch, Sandy Island for snorkeling, and Little Bay), or St. Martin (Stopping at Mullet Bay, Tintamarre, and a choice of Pinel Island or Orient Beach for lunch) or St. Barths (stopping at Fourche Island, Colombier, Flammands, Baie de St. Jean and the beautiful Port of Gustavia for lunch). Offshore Sensations also caters for airport transfers, Prickly Pear, and any custom charter.

One of their specialties is night charters they can take passengers from Anguilla to St. Martin to explore Marigot's night life, or even the casinos in the Dutch side, and they can also take passengers from St Martin to Anguilla to enjoy the live music at Road Bay either Johnno's or The Pump House. These night trips are easily arranged. They obtain the passport numbers from their passengers beforehand and clear them with customs. We can also pay a fee and have customs stay longer in order for us to clear on the actual night in Road Bay.

Click the link above for their web site, and email to obtain the off-season rates. Or of course call Eric on St. Martin cellular (0) 590 690 651616.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Open for Business 2003

The following AHTA member establishments will be open all through the summer season:

Accommodations: Allamanda Beach Club, Anguilla Great House Beach Resort, Arawak Beach Resort, Easy Corner Villas, Elodia’s Beach Resort, Keene Enterprises, Kerwin Kottages, La Sirena Hotel, Madeariman Beach Club,, Ocean Terrace Condominiums, Paradise Cove, Poinciena Villas, PREMS Villas, Splash!, Villa Sur La Plage, Villa Loblolly

Restaurants: Arawak Beach Club Restaurant, Elodia’s Beach Bar & Grill, La Sirena, Madeariman Reef Restaurant, Ripples, Tasty’s Cafe, The Old Caribe

Other Services: Dolphin Fantaseas,Re/Max Anguilla,Taino Wellness Centre
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Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Auction: Rendezvous Bay Vacation

The AHTA is holding their 5th on-line auction, this one is a 7 night stay at Rendezvous Bay Hotel. Bids start at $300, but there is a already a bid of $325 (still quite a bargain price).
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Sunday, July 13, 2003

Puppies and Dogs for Adoption

The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation has a number of puppies and adult dogs available for adoption. If you are interested in adding a furry friend to your life, please see our web site or call Amy at Morlen's Veterinary Hospital Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 497-4600.
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Gone Fishin' 2003

Here is a preliminary list of AHTA members:


Property - Closed - Reopening

Altamer Resort (Villas Only) : Sept. 1 - Oct. 13 : October 14
Carimar Beach Club : Aug. 24 – Oct. 14 : October 15
Cap Juluca : Sept. 1 - Oct. 31 : November 1
Covecastles Villa Resort : Sept. 1- Oct. 22 : October 23
CuisinArt Resort & Spa : Sept. 2 – Oct. 31 : November 1
Ferryboat Inn : Scheduled to close for 3 weeks mid September : TBA – mid October
Frangipani Beach Club : Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 : November 1
Malliouhana Hotel : Aug. 31 - Oct. 31 : November 1
Rendezvous Bay Hotel & Villas : Sept. 1 – 30 : October 1
Shoal Bay Beach Hotel : Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 : November 1
Shoal Bay Villas : Sept. 1 – Oct. 26 : October 27


Restaurant - Closed - Reopening

Altamer Restaurant : July 29 – October 23 : October 24
Barrel Stay Restaurant : September 1 - mid October : TBA
Blanchard's Restaurant : September 1 – October 20 : October 21
Cedar Grove Restaurant : September 1 – 30 : October 1
Covecastles Restaurant : September 1 – October 22 : October 23
E’s Oven : September 9 – October 8 : September 9
Ferryboat Inn : Scheduled to close for 3 weeks mid September : TBA – mid October
George’s : September 1 – October 31 : November 1
Gorgeous Scilly Cay : September 1 – October 31 : November 1
Hibernia Restaurant : July 13 – early October : October TBA
Hydroponic Cafe : September 2 – October 31 : November 1
Kemia : September 1 – October 31 : November 1
Le Bistro at Malliouhana : August 31 – October 31 : November 1
Mangos Restaurant : August 1 – October 31 : November 1
Meaditeraneo : September 2 – October 31 : November 1
Oliver’s Seaside Grill : September 1 – October 25 : October 26
Pimms : September 1 – October 31 : November 1
Pumphouse : End of August – early October : TBA - early October
Restaurant Frangipani : September 1 – October 31 : November 1
Santorini Restaurant : September 2 – October 31 : November 1
Straw Hat Restaurant : August 22 – October 21 : October 22
The Restaurant at Malliouhana : August 31 - October 31 : November 1


Establishment - Closed - Reopening

Anguilla Rums : August 4 - 8 August 11
Anguilla Watersports : Sept. 1 – Oct. 31 November 1
Devonish Art Gallery : By Appointment OnlySeptember - October November 3
Micasa Ltd. : September 1 – October 6 : October 7
Savannah Gallery : August 31 – September 30 : October 1
Shoal Bay Scuba & Watersports : Sept.1 – Oct. 31 : November 1
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Don't Forget Art Festival and Raffle

The Anguilla International Art Festival and Competition should be on your calendar for 2004, but this year you should be buying a fundraising raffle ticket. For $20 US you get a chance on a trip to Anguilla, including air fare, accommodations, car rental, gift and meal vouchers!
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Ash Falls in Anguilla

The volcano on Montserrat exploded ash yesterday when the dome collapsed. In Anguilla, the entire country was covered in a thin dusting of ash, including the beaches.
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Monday, July 07, 2003 Updated

We have updated the main news page. Don't miss the story on the Bartlett's new place.
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Sunday, July 06, 2003

Sunset Homes Construction Update

Sunset Homes has done a villa contruction update showing works such as driveway, fence, walls (link above), pool completion and various final touches like the courtyard tiling. If you want to see how a villa is constructed in Anguilla, visit their web site.
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Tranquility Jazz Festival 2003 Kicks Off

On July 4, 2003 The Anguilla Tourist Board in liaison with BET Event Productions officially launched the first ever Tranquility Jazz Festival, now an annual event on Anguilla's festival calender. The dates for this year's splash down are November 14 - 16, 2003 and a jazz village will be set up in Sandy Ground for the grand event. (See picture right of the festival organizers!)

Jazz on the beach promises to tie in with Anguilla's tranquil setting and relaxed pace of life and top international, regional and local artists will be gracing our shores. The event will feature "straight ahead jazz" providing a unique and distinct flavour to Anguilla's festival.

This year's line-up includes Eric Reed Trio, James Moody, Bobby Watson, Gary Barty, Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz Quartet, Vanessa Rubin, Sonny Fortune, Steve Turre along with premier local and regional artists.

BET Event productions will produce the Tranquility Jazz Festival. BET brings extensive production and marketing resources to the staging of their events which include Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Durban Jazz Festival, Chicago Smooth Jazz Festival, Bermuda Jazz Festival, Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, J & R Computer and Music World Jazz Festival, Billboard/BET on Jazz Awards and the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.

For more information you can check out the website at or email Candis Niles at or Fitzroy Tomlinson/James Connor at

Tranquility in's a jazz thing!
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Saturday, July 05, 2003

Public Holidays Changed!

Caricom Day July 7 will not be a holiday this year. Instead, July 31st has been declared a Public Holiday to mark the 50th Anniversary of the high school.
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Apple Theatre Company

This summer's youth theatre festival begins July 7th at 10 am with rehearsals for the first musical show, Journeys to be performed July 21-24 at Stoney Ground Primary School Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Founder Eleanor Stacey is joined by singer/songwriter Lenaure Batista as musical director, choreographer and co-administrator for this summer.

Voices of Anguilla the history piece written by last summer's student actors will be rehearsed in August for performances on August 20-23 upstairs in the library. The Anguilla News felt that this was the most entertaining theatre production seen in Anguilla in many years and encourages everyone to see it this summer.
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Merchants Market for Good Food

An excellent shopping source for food in Anguilla is Merchants Market, a wholesaler for restaurants who also serves the general public.

We just bought rack of lamb, veal rack trim, a 5-lb bag of shrimp and a box of Strip First Cut Buckhead steaks (Black Angus), in order to cope with a family visit.

They don't have a catalog or a price list, so just ask for what you need (cilantro, roast of beef, lemons, you name it!). Merchants Market is a bit tricky to find, since there is no sign: in The Valley take the dirt road that turns in at the Anguilla Drug Store and look for the entry pictured below in the next building. Open til 4pm Monday-Friday, til noon on Saturday. Tel: 264.497.5533

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Items for Sale.

HP inkjet print cartridge tri-color no 41, US$40.00 and black no 45, US40.00. GE Super Capacity Plus Washing Machine: 4 size load capacity, 5 wash/spin speeds, 20 clothes care cycles. Never been used US $ 550.00. Contact Lynn 497-6625
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Taino Wellness Centre -'Summer Special' for June, July & August.

$50 US for 1 hour Deep Tissue Massage or Relaxation Massage at the Centre (out-calls to homes or villas still at regular price). For more information, please call 264-497-6066
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Radio Anguilla Now Broadcasting Online

You can now listen to Radio Anguilla in real time from wherever you are around the globe at

The Government Information Technology Unit in liaison with Radio Anguilla has created a website to enable a broader listenership to enjoy programs, news, current affairs, weather and music live. The staff in the News and Current Affairs Division of the station update the news and weather daily.

Anguillians and friends of Anguilla living abroad welcome this new initiative. Positive effects are also expected in tourism as Anguilla's voice and culture receives worldwide exposure.

Radio Anguilla has local programming between 5:25am and 11:00pm Anguilla time.
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Serenity Cottages

Ken Rogers' Serenity Cottages on Shoal Bay now have their own web site.
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June Weather Stats from the West End Steve & Suzie Donahue send the following weather report for June 2003:

                   MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY for JUN. 2003
NAME: Tainos   CITY: West End   STATE: Anguilla, BWI 
ELEV: 45 Ft.  LAT: 18° 10" 00'  LONG: 63° 50" 00'
                   TEMPERATURE (°F), RAIN  (in), WIND SPEED (kn)
                                      HEAT  COOL        AVG
    MEAN                              DEG   DEG         WIND                 DOM
 1  81.2  92.5   9:30a  70.5   1:00a   0.0   0.0  0.06   7.2  21.7   7:30a   ESE
 2  80.8  89.7  12:00p  71.7   9:00a   0.0   0.0  0.18   8.2  24.3   7:30a   ESE
 3  81.1  89.0  12:00p  70.4   6:00a   0.0   0.0  0.16   9.7  26.1   4:00a   ESE
 4  82.2  91.9  11:00a  77.0   5:00a   0.0   0.0  0.00   9.1  21.7  12:00p   ESE
 5  82.2  91.2   9:30a  77.2   4:30a   0.0   0.0  0.00   9.5  22.6  11:00a   ESE
 6  82.1  93.7  10:00a  72.5  11:30p   0.0   0.0  0.11   8.3  20.9  11:00p   ESE
 7  81.2  89.3  12:00p  71.2   1:30a   0.0   0.0  1.60   9.2  21.7   1:00a    SE
 8  81.6  90.2  12:00p  74.1   9:30a   0.0   0.0  0.04   9.6  26.1   9:30a   ESE
 9  82.1  89.9  10:30a  77.7  12:00m   0.0   0.0  0.00   9.1  22.6  11:00a   ESE
10  81.5  91.3  11:00a  76.4   4:00a   0.0   0.0  0.00   7.6  19.1  11:00a     E
11  81.1  88.5  12:30p  73.7   5:00a   0.0   0.0  0.01   9.9  22.6   5:00a   ESE
12  81.7  91.1  10:30a  74.3   3:30a   0.0   0.0  0.00   9.7  23.5   7:00a   ESE
13  82.0  90.6   1:00p  77.3   5:30a   0.0   0.0  0.00   8.7  20.9   3:30p     E
14  80.6  91.6  12:30p  74.4   8:30p   0.0   0.0  0.30   9.3  26.1   7:30p   ESE
15  82.0  91.0  10:00a  76.9  12:30a   0.0   0.0  0.00  11.1  23.5   9:00a   ESE
16  82.0  92.7  12:30p  75.9   7:30a   0.0   0.0  0.01   9.2  20.0   4:30a   ESE
17  82.5  91.5  11:00a  77.7   5:00a   0.0   0.0  0.00   8.3  20.9   6:30a   ESE
18  81.9  90.8  12:30p  74.7   9:30a   0.0   0.0  0.09   8.4  23.5   9:30a   ESE
19  82.2  92.8   1:00p  77.5  12:00m   0.0   0.0  0.00   8.9  20.0   8:30a   ESE
20  81.8  94.1  11:00a  76.4  11:00a   0.0   0.0  0.11   8.8  19.1   9:00a   ESE
21  83.2  91.7  11:30a  79.1  10:00p   0.0   0.0  0.00   9.5  20.0  10:30a   ESE
22  82.8  91.5  10:30a  77.7   7:30a   0.0   0.0  0.00   9.1  20.0  10:30a   ESE
23  82.9  92.0  10:30a  77.6   4:00a   0.0   0.0  0.00   8.8  22.6  10:30a   ESE
24  83.3  92.6  12:30p  75.0   5:00a   0.0   0.0  0.01   9.4  20.0   2:00p   ESE
25  83.6  92.4  11:00a  79.4   3:30a   0.0   0.0  0.00   8.9  19.1  11:00a   ESE
26  83.2  92.1  11:00a  77.5   6:00a   0.0   0.0  0.00   8.4  17.4   1:30p   ESE
27  83.0  91.9  12:30p  76.9  12:30a   0.0   0.0  0.00   9.6  23.5   4:30p   ESE
28  83.2  92.0  12:00p  78.6   5:30a   0.0   0.0  0.00  10.1  23.5   3:30a   ESE
29  83.1  91.5  11:00a  78.2   5:30a   0.0   0.0  0.00  11.3  27.0   1:00p     E
30  83.0  93.0  10:30a  77.6  12:00m   0.0   0.0  0.00   8.6  21.7   1:00p     E
    82.2  94.1    20    70.4     3     0.0   0.0  2.68   9.1  27.0    29     ESE
Max >=  90.0: 25
Max Rain: 1.60 ON  6/07/03
Days of Rain: 9 (>.01 in) 6 (>.1 in) 1 (>1 in)
                            ANNUAL CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY
NAME: Tainos  CITY: West End   STATE: Anguilla, BWI  
ELEV: 45 Ft.  LAT: 18° 10" 00'  LONG: 63° 50" 00'
               TEMPERATURE (°F), HEAT BASE 75.0, COOL BASE 90.0
                          DEP.  HEAT  COOL                                          
        MEAN  MEAN        FROM  DEG   DEG                        MAX  MAX  MIN  MIN 
 YR MO  MAX   MIN   MEAN  NORM  DAYS  DAYS  HI  DATE  LOW  DATE  >=90 <=32 <=32 <=0 
  3  5  90.8  76.6  82.2   2.2     0     0  93.2  20  72.4   22   11    0    0    0
  3  6  91.5  75.8  82.2   0.2     0     0  94.1  20  70.4    3   25    0    0    0
        91.3  76.0  82.2   0.5     0     0  94.1 JUN  70.4  JUN   38    0    0    0
                                PRECIPITATION (in)
              DEP.   MAX        DAYS OF RAIN 
              FROM   OBS.          OVER
 YR MO  TOTAL NORM   DAY  DATE .01   .1   1
  3  5  1.15  0.00  0.80   22    2    2    0
  3  6  2.68  0.00  1.60    7    9    6    1
        3.83  0.00  1.60  JUN   11    8    1
                                WIND SPEED (kn)
  3  5   6.9  21.7   23   ESE
  3  6   9.1  27.0   29   ESE
         8.4  27.0  JUN  ESE

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Private Residence for Long Term Rent

Tucked away in the quiet, residential area of Little Harbour, this residence captures lovely views of the coastal terrain, St Maarten and the ocean. The main house comprises 2 bedrooms and 2 baths and this is complemented by an annex on the same floor comprising a one bedroom suite with bath. Set on just under an acre of private fenced grounds, this residence has a beautiful mature garden with citrus, mango, flamboyant and various other trees and shrubs. The large pool and deck are great for relaxing and entertaining. Fully furnished. Gardening and pool maintenance included. Utilities paid by tenant.

Available starting October 1, 2003. Enquiries:
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Villa For Sale By Owner

A brand new 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home located in the eastern section of the island is available for sale. The home has a pleasant open design capturing the best of the tradewinds and views. House is poised on a hill taking in panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding terrain. Master suite has jacuzzi tub and private patio.

Enquiries: please contact Tel. 264-772-0536.

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Johnno's 20th Anniversary

Here is the schedule of events:

Friday July 18, 2003: Candle Light Beach Dinner. Seatings: 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, $25.00 per person, Music by the Mussington Band from 9:30pm

Saturday July 19, 2003: Candle Light Beach Dinner. Seatings: 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, $25.00 per person, Live jazz from 8:00 pm. Artists: Sprocka, LaVaune Henry, Melvin Hodge, Alex Jack, Fred York

Sunday July 20, 2003: A Class Trophy Boat Race on Sunday at 1 pm. Music by the Mussington Band from 4:00 pm

Reservations preferred. Tel: 264-497-2728 Fax: 264-497-8406 Email:
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On 2 Scooter

This business in George Hill that rents scooters and bicycles now has a web page.
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Flavours restaurant now has a web site.
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Le Bar

Le Bar restaurant on Shoal Bay now has a web site.
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Summer Tennis Camp Again!

The Anguilla Tennis Academy is operating a summer tennis camp for young people again this summer, the 8th year in row. July 14-18 at Ronald Webster Park (Age 7-10 at 8:30am, 11-13 at 9:30am and 14-17 at 10:30) and July 21-25 in the West End with Visiting Coaches. Week 1 is for young players from Anguilla; week 2 is open to all players from any country.

Coaching team for 2003: Chris Wade, Texas; Bill Riddle, Tennessee; Jonathan Collazo, Univ of S Florida; Eric Shore, Alabama University; Robert Speight, Tennessee; Time Maciel, Colorado Springs; Rick Landy, Mass.; Marvin Hazel, Anguilla; and Mitchelle Lake, Anguilla.

A registraton fee of $25 US will help cover various costs incurred during the two week sesssions. Children should bring tennis shoes (no black sole), drinking water, and tennis racket if they have one. Participants receive a camp T-shirt and a Certificate. 497-3234 or 497-5111. Email: Web:
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Wednesday, July 02, 2003

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Sur La PLage Summer Specials:

Sur La Plage offers 2 villas and a studio on 2 acres, directly on the sand of Meads Bay beach. Super Summer getaway specials starting from $99/night (plus applicable taxes, 3 night minimum). Amenities include: pool, jacuzzi tub, a/c, beach umbrellas and lounge chairs, fully equipped kitchens, walking distance to world class spa, restaurants, dolphin pool and more. For more information contact (264) 497-6598 or e-mail
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