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Anguilla Diary: November 4, 2002 to December 8, 2002   Site Map   Click to enlarge pictures

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

Sunday, December 08, 2002

Anguilla Watersports Update

Snorkeling and Parasailing on Shoal Bay.

New scuba program: first dive: introduction to scuba diving program lasts 15 to 20 minutes and cost only $10, everyone has got to try this.

New "ultimate snorkeling machine": environmentally friendly, battery operated, no polution, 2 speeds: 1 mile/hour or 5 miles/hour, no noise, no vibrations, glass window to see under water without getting wet!!! Ideal for weak swimmers, ideal as well for getting the best sun tan.

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High speed internet connection, Cyber beach point: check your mail, send digital pics to your friends back home. Tel: 264-497-7048 email:
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click for starters Hibernia Web Site Updated.

Hibernia has updated their web site with complete new menus for this season, a special page on their art gallery and details of their travelling during the off season.

For example, pictured here is SALADE DE LANGOUSTE AUX CEREALES, ESSENCE DE CRUSTACES A LA VANILLE, MESCLUN ET MENTHE FRAICHE (lobster and barley cooked 'risotto style' with vanilla & lobster reduction, salad with fresh mint).
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Saturday, December 07, 2002

New Restaurant: Local With Flair.

Kirk Hughes, owner of the new "Flavours" restaurant on Back Street (South Hill), sees his unique selling point as “local, with flair”: a menu offering the great local dishes for which Anguilla has always been known, in an ambience that captures the style and flair of the island. “And the really great thing”, Hughes points out, “is that the prices, too, will remain local – our intention is not to offer the so-called “Tourist prices” but to remain true to the value that can be found in any of Anguilla’s local restaurants”. Dine with views of Sandy Ground and Prickly Pear. The chef at Flavours is Rexford Fleming, a self-taught Anguillian Chef, has worked at Cap Juluca Hotel and as Head Chef at the Sapphire Restaurant. He was also a member of the National Culinary Team. His menu includes many local favourites such as Stringy Saltfish served in a crisp Corn Shell, Anguillian Pigeon Pea Soup garnished with slivers of Salt Beef, and Pot Fish served with coconut dumplings and a medley of ground provisions. Telephone: 264-235-6100
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Friday, December 06, 2002

The Anguilla Tourist Board announces its Annual Christmas Gift Basket Distribution on Monday December 23, 2002. Persons interested in contributing to this worthwhile cause may contact the Anguilla Tourist Board at 264-497-2759 or email No gift is too large or too small. Play a part in brininging Christmas cheer to some of Anguilla's little boys and girls.
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Bartletts Collection, located next to Irie Life on Back Street, South Hill is excited about their new line called "Bartletts Gifts to Go". Lots of fun gifts are already packaged in decorative bags and are ready to go - gift packages contain items like binoculars, baseball bats, car kits, neck ties, accessories, oven mitts, Christmas ornaments (some of them hand crafted in Poland), Guavaberry gift packages and more. Email: Tel. 264-497-6625.
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Something Special, located in West End next to Devonish Art Gallery has a pre-Christmas sale and new items. French soaps, Christmas ornaments, Bob Marley candles, oils, lotions, jewelry, gift sets, perfumes, dried flowers, crafts from Haiti and Guyana, hats ands more hats. Tel 264-497-6655.
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Marissa Gumbs

Here is a profile of a former Miss Anguilla and currently a Marketing major at Barry University in Miami Florida.
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Thursday, December 05, 2002

Real Estate

Koal Keel - Le Petit Patissier.

Although Koal Keel restaurant has not reopened this year, the pastry shop is open for breakfast and lunch: butter croissants, braided challah, brioche, cookies, muffins, fruit tartes, french baquettes and more, including Lobster sandwiches, ham sandwiches, soups and salads. Mon-Sat 6am - 130pm, closed Sun. Located upstairs in the "Warden's Place", Koal Keel restaurant, The Valley. 497-2930
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Wallblake House.

The restoration of historic Wallblake House is complete. The official opening will be on December 12, 2002. The buildings and grounds will be available for community events, weddings, etc. and tours of the site are offered during the tourist season, starting Tuesday Dec 17 at 10am and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday.
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Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

New Printed Maps with Street Names.

Now that Anguilla has street names and even some street signs, you can pick up a new map with the street names on it. Just ask at the Anguilla Tourist Board.
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Enthusiastic entrepreneur Heather Wallace proudly opened her stationery and specialty gift store located in Rock Farm in early November 2002. The store is a welcome addition to the island's business sector in terms of providing a competitively priced array of stationery and unique gifts. The stationery product line includes office supplies, equipment and furniture. There are some great gift ideas for Christmas and other special occasions including leather goods like briefcases and wallets, paintings, picture frames, 2003 diaries and more.

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Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5pm. Saturday 9am – 12:30pm. For more information email Heather at or call 264-497-7890.

Directions: starting from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then left again to pass the airport entrance. Turn right at the roundabout and go past Wallblake House, turn left on the next paved road, at Keene Enterprises, just past the post office. Follow this street until you pass Hall’s Bakery, then take the next left , then take the first right and follow the signs.
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Frangipani Restaurant.

This gourmet restaurant in the Frangipani Beach Club on Meads Bay has something special (besides the Napolean Creme Brulee dessert!). When we went last night, it was rainy and windy in Anguilla (for a change). Frangipani has dining on their seaside terrace, but they also have a beautiful inside dining room, completely isolated from the weather if the windows are closed. Most dining rooms in Anguilla are open-air.
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All the resorts/hotels/inns.

Soroptomist Fair.

Saturday, Dec 7, 11am-4:30pm. On the grounds of the Governer's house in Old Ta. $1 admission. Lunch, bbq, drinks, baked goods, toys, games, books, ...
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Tuesday, December 03, 2002

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Launch of "Dollar-A-Day" Tourism Marketing Fund

On November 19, The Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association (AHTA) proudly launched the "Dollar-A-Day" Tourism Marketing Fund, an unprecedented drive to raise funds for marketing Anguilla as a tourism destination. This initiative is private sector led, operating in collaboration with the Anguilla Tourist Board and the Ministry of Tourism. Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism Osbourne Fleming enthusiastically endorsed the campaign and welcomed the innovative proposal for the public-private sector partnership initiative. Pictured here are Dr. & Mrs. Frankie Hughes on behalf of Paradise Cove, making a ceremonial check presentation to the fund.

The launch ceremony was energized by visiting keynote speaker Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Director General of Tourism for the Bahamas. Mr. Vanderpool-Wallace is a vibrant hospitality industry veteran, and made his contribution drawing on his varied experience and expertise in the private and public tourism sectors. He championed of the cause for private and public sector cooperation sharing various success stories of The Bahamas.

Basically the campaign has three phases and allows for the voluntary participation of all registered businesses on the island and also visitors to Anguilla's shores. Here's an outline of how it works:
Phase One: Guests staying at participating hotels and villas will be invited to contribute US$1.00 for each night of their stay towards the fund. For instance a family of 4 staying at a particular property for one week would be asked to contribute US$7.00 to the fund.
Phase Two: Registered businesses on the island will be asked to contribute US$1.00 per day or US$365 per year towards the fund.
Phase Three: Monies raised as part of Phases One and Two will be matched dollar for dollar by an annual contribution from a Matching Fund Strategic Partner.
For more information email Mimi at AHTA at Feel free to have a look at the AHTA website at
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Go-To Anguilla Web Site

This site has information for a number of services on Anguilla (guest houses, car rental, etc.), including Kerwin Kottages.
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Monday, December 02, 2002

Beachshack Update

Mary Ann's Tropical Construction web site has been updated with information on decorating the apartment above the technology center, including lots of local resources that other people may find useful. Nice pictures.
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Blanchards is Going Full Steam

We went to Blanchards Restaurant for dinner and found a good crowd enjoying this year's new menu.

Here are shots of a couple of items that we tried:

Bangkok Shrimp skewered, grilled and served with a dipping sauce of soy, lemon and ginger..... and
Grilled Vegetable Salad with goat cheese, red peppers, scallions, yellow squash and sesame seed dressing.

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Sunday, December 01, 2002

K's Kove.

Gratel Webster has just built some efficiency apts in Island Harbour overlooking Scilly Cay for vacationers at very reasonable rates. Prices range from $50 to $70 per night, depending on size and amenities. Click link above for her web site.
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Cedar Grove Cafe

The Rendezvous Bay Hotel has been upgrading itself for the last few years and one of the additions is the Cedar Grove Cafe with a gourmet, eclectic menu for lunch and dinner. You have a choice of dining experiences: either make new friends at the long family-style table on the veranda, or choose a more intimate table along the sea nestled in the local cedar trees.

We dropped in one day in early November for lunch and had an excellent meal. Here are some snapshots. Click here for the dinner menu. Tel.: (264) 497-6549 E Mail: E Mail:

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New Gas Station!

Delta Petroleum has a new gas station on Long Path, near the Tropical Flower wholesale outlet. Directions: from the airport, take the only exit, turn left and go straight past Island Car Rental, then turn right at Barclays Bank (where Alberts Market used to be). Continue for about 2 miles, it is on the left!
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New: Island Supermarket

There is a clean, bright, enjoyable new market in Anguilla, located on the road going east out of Island Harbour village, on the top of White Hill.

Juanita, the manager, previously ran a supermarket in St. Thomas and has brought in many of the items that enjoyed success there. For example, she has mexican tortillas for sale, both flour and corn, which we have used for tacos, burritos and fajitas. And she sells flavored rum of many kinds. The Coconut Rum makes a great rum punch.

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Police Commisioner Receives Queen's Award. (The Anguillian)

Mitchell Harrigan, Commisioner of the Royal Anguilla Police Force, received the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service. Click link to read the story from The Anguillian.
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Nurse Lloyd Honored.

Nurse Vida Lloyd was honored this month for her nursing career in Anguilla, which started in 1953 and ended with her retirement in 1988 as Senior Nursing Officer. Mrs. Lloyd is also the proprieter of the well-regarded Lloyds Guest House.
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Saturday, November 30, 2002

Altamer Resort’s second quarterly newsletter

Available on their website and includes a preview of the view of villa 2 from villa 1, new restaurant layout, private jet access, recipes and design interview. You may also subscribe to the Altamer News at
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Straw Hat Restaurant.

Re-opened for the season in November, this restaurant that is over the water and has great views of St. Martin, also has a great menu this year. Some unusual and delicious new items are "Cilantro, Lime and Pecan Pesto Pasta" and "Local Goat Sausage Wonton".
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Friday, November 29, 2002

Kobbe Design Web Site

Adrian Kobbe, interior director, now has a web site for his businesses on Anguilla, including Colony Leisure for high-end outdoor furniture. His retail location is on George Hill, across from Anguilla Vision Center.
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50th High School Reunion

The Valley Secondary School and Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School 50th Anniversary Reunion has a web site. In 1953, the doors of the Valley Secondary School opened to less than 50 students from all around Anguilla. It was renamed Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School in 1986 in honour of our first female minister of government.
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Major Buildings

Here is a web page that has pictures of the major buildings in Anguilla: House of Assembly, National Library, etc.
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Thursday, November 28, 2002
Restaurants and menus.

Private Residence for Rent

Bayview Villa overlooking Road Bay and Sandy Ground is available for long term rent. 3 bedrooms/2 baths upstairs, 3 studios each with a bath downstairs. Onwer flexible - would rent main house only if preferred. For photos and details check link above. Enquiries:
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Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Corals Restaurant.

Corals Restaurant (next to the Dolphin Fantaseas)a Mediterranean style restaurant at Meads Bay will be open for business on Monday, November 25, 2002 for lunch and dinner. They are offering a special Thankgiving dinner for $30.00 per person. For more information please contact: or call 264-498-5555.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Private villas for rent.

November Trip Report

Belinda has posted a trip report of a recent visit to Anguilla, with words and text. Well done.
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Monday, November 25, 2002

Available for Christmas/New Years.

Gorgeous one bedroom villa with pool. Opens onto small secluded beach. Dramatic oceanfront ambience.
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Over 30 Anguilla beaches.

The Anguillian Web Site.

This weekly newspaper has started publishing their content on the web. For example, click here for Colville Petty's recent column entitled "If you have food in your refrigerator".
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Duplicate Bridge

Monday and Saturday mornings 9:30 am at Koal Keel Restaurant on the way to Crocus Bay. Coffee/pastries available. All levels of skill welcome. Happy to have beginners. More information, Carol 264 497 5722
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Saturday, November 23, 2002

lost dog
Dog Found - Looking for Owner

Jackie Cestero of Animal Rescue writes:

Found: A female puppy - approximately 3-6 months old.
Where: Dirt road between Shoal Bay and Island Harbour by the bottom

This lovely puppy was found trapped under the bush unable to move because her leash was tied around a number of trees. She had probably been there for a day or two. It would appear that she got away from her owner because she has a new collar and leash (chain link with red handle). She has a wonderful personality and loves to ride in the car.

If you have lost this puppy or know anything about the owner, please contact Morlen's Veterinary Hospital 497-4600 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
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Friday, November 22, 2002

Tourism Week 2002: November 17-23

"Celebrating the Best of Anguilla"

Tourism week started off with a Service of Thanksgiving and Brunch followed by a Model Boat Race and Beach fun at Road Bay on Sunday November 17. Other highlights are as follows: port services seminar, tourism talks in the schools, industry awards, Launch of "Dollar-A-Day" Tourism Marketing fund, "Careers in Tourism" school fair and the launch of the Best Village competition. Here's a selection of the schedule of some of the events:

Friday November 22.

9am - 4pm Open House with live entertainment at the Anguilla Tourist Board. Free admission.

7:30pm Tranquility Jazz Festival Launch with live jazz entertainment. Frangipani Beach Club, Meads Bay. Tickets US$50.

Saturday November 23

5:00am Tourism Week Walk, The Valley to Shoal Bay. Participation fee: EC$20.

11am - 6pm Culinary Fair and Arts & Crafts Exposition, Agricultural Grounds, The Valley. Free admission.

5:00pm Tranquility Jazz Festival, Johnno's Beach Stop, Sandy Ground.

For more information contact: Anguilla Tourist Board (264)497-2759.
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Thursday, November 14, 2002

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Results of Art Festival Competition.

Georgia Paul writes:

Some 130 people gathered at the Bistro at the Malliouhana Hotel on Meads Bay to enjoy wine and hors d’ oeuvres for the opening of the art exhibit which showcased all 38 of the finalists in the Third Biennial Anguilla International Arts Festival Competition. This event also served as the Awards Reception for the Competition where all attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork for the People’s Choice Award. The panel of three judges (Dr. Robert Metzger of Pennsylvania, Jane Coombes of St. Thomas and Nik Douglas of Anguilla) had already made their winning selections so that at the end of the evening the honors were announced as follows:

First Place: Jacqueline MARNIE Mariethoz, of Anguilla
$10,000US Painting: Shoal Bay Before Luis

Second Place: Lisa Davenport, of San Diego, California
$2,500US Painting: Hammocks

Honorable Mention: Sheri Moore, of Summerton, South Carolina
Painting: Day of the Substitute

People’s Choice: Jean Pierre Ballagny, St Barthelemy
$2,500US Painting: Party at the Beach

The exhibit will remain open to the public free of charge at the Bistro at Malliouhana for some time. Notice will be given when the exhibit moves to another location. In the meantime, everyone who could not attend on Saturday is urged to come enjoy the artwork. Remember that all of the artwork is for sale.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Pete's Car Rental and Guest House

Here is a web site for a business in South Hill operated by Peterson Connor.
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Anguilla Forum:
Carib On-line

Web Maps with New Road Names

The roads in Anguilla have been given names and new road signs started going up last week. The Calabash web site has maps of Anguilla with the main roads shown with their official names.
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Animal Rescue Newsletter

The November edition of the AARF Newsletter is now available for viewing on the web. This edition contains articles on funding from the Pegasus Foundation, many puppies for adoption and more of AARF s puppies going to the US.
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Submit a News Story.

Anguilla Photo Albums

This visitor has put two albums of excellent Anguilla photos onto the webshots site.
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Friday, November 08, 2002

House for Rent.

Gerald Gumbs (, who spends most of his time in Trinidad, is looking for a tenant for his house next to the Roti Hut near George Hill. The 3 bd/2ba house was recently painted inside and outside, with the installation of cupboards in the kitchen. Semi furnished, fridge, stove and telephone. The locak contact in Anguilla is Ethlyn Gumbs at 264-497-2220.
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Street Names

Anguilla has official street names and actual street signs have started popping up all over the place. Now all we need is a map showing the newly named streets.
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Stay on Shoal Bay
Spacious one-bedroom suite.

Regiments of the West Indies - Anguilla History

A capsule summary of the history of Anguilla, organized around the British invasion of 1969.
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Loblolly Gallery

Opening November 8 for "Watercolors and Beyond" show by Sihn Ja An.
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Thursday, November 07, 2002

Serenity Restaurant and Bar on Shoal Bay has re-opened for business.
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Monday, November 04, 2002

Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at or the Hotel Association at


The Pumphouse announces their musical lineup (and new cover charges) for this season: Sandy Grounds Rocking Roadhouse in the Historical Anguilla Salt Company Factory. Live Music Menu.

“Wednesday starting 9pm: ””HAPPY HITS”. Friday starting 9pm $5 covercharge: “XTREME”. Saturday starting 9pm $5 covercharge: “THE REGGAE BAND”. Come and join us in Sandy Ground for fun and good food. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 7PM Tel.497-5154 Take away available.

The Pumphouse also announces their new menu:

CARIBBEAN FISH SOUP $6 HOMEMADE WITH RED HIND AND OLD WIFE! Caribbean Fish Soup $6. Homemade with Red Hind and Old Wife.
Classic Caesar $9 with spicy Caribbean jerk chicken $12, or blackened Yellowfin Tuna $18.
Southwest Painted Corn Tortilla Tacos with black bean rice, guacamole and salsa, steak $15 chicken $13, Vegetarian $11
The Big Quesadillas and Burritos in seasoned flour tortillas, steak in sun-dried tomato $15, chicken in asian ginger $13, or vegetarian in spinach $11. Spiced lentil, rice, sour cream, guacamole and salsa.
Up north styel nachoes with monterey jack, cheddar, guacamole, sour cream jalapenos, plum tomatoes and scallions, $11. with our homemade chilli $14
Pumphouse Buffalo Wings with blue cheese dipping sauce. 1 doz $10, 1/2 doz $6. Mild medium or volcanic!
The Original 8 oz Pumphouse Beef Burger $10. Add Amercan Swiss or Blue cheese, mushrooms, bacon or carmalized onions $1 each. Or try our Chicken Burger, same as above with a spiced boneless 8 oz breast.
Famous Pumphouse Pizza, $10. Thin crispy crust, marinara and mozzarella. Extra toppines $1. Vegetarian $14, Garbage pizza $16. Fruit de mer pizza $17
Grilled marinated ribeye steak, $23, with a baked potato, french fries, or side caesar.
Pasta. Daily special.
Double chocolate fudge brownies a la mode. $7
Strawberry, vanilla or chocolate ice cream, $5
15% service charge will be added. Prices in US$.

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