Thursday, December 19, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Thursday, December 19 The Afternoon Edition

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte

North Beach/Playa Norte In Real Time  In Isla Mujeres  LINK to 24 hour time lapse of the webcam

The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the news articles,  Daily Events, the Live Music Schedule  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses .... Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.

Check out the Daily Specials...with Delivery numbers and Menus...see tab at top of page.

   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Beautiful celebration of 50 years of priesthood

Hermosa celebración

Miércoles, 18 de Diciembre de 2013 23:11

La de los 50 años  de sacerdote del padre Jesús

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There was a small festival at the Church of Immaculate Conception downtown to celebrate 50 years of priesthood of  "Father Pescador", as padre Jesús Martínez Penilla is known. Attending the ceremony were  Monseñor Favio Martínez Castilla; el Obispo, Pedro Pablo Elizondo and el Obispo Emérito of the parish of  Cancún-Chetumal, Jorge Bernal Vargas, and about 30 priests who were friends of the the honored priest. There was a video shown of his long history as a priest in various parts of Mexico and around the world.

HERE is a commemorative video for Father JESUS MARTINEZ PENILLA, who is celebrating his 50 year anniversary of being a priest.

More support for sports

Agapito marks the start of works on the island's infrastructure 

Más apoyo al deporte

Miércoles, 18 de Diciembre de 2013 23:08

Agapito marca inicio de obras de infraestructura en ínsula

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The mayor announced there will be continued work on the sports infrastructure, as he stood under the framework of the majestic multi purpose dome in La Gloria. These works include: Expansion of the indoor futbol rapido facility in La Gloria with the addition of an open air gym,  and renovation of the oldest and most traditional basketball court of the island, the "Jose del Carmen Pastrana". (I believe this is the one by the town square).
     These two projects will cost more than 3 million pesos, which is being supplied by the Comisión Nacional de Cultura Física y Deporte (Conade).
  At the futbol rapido facility, they will add a cyclone fence (mesh/chain link), I am not familiar with gym equipment lingo in Spanish....una caminadora elíptica, ( an elliptical treadmill?), equipo para movimiento de cintura (equipment for waist movement?), jaladora doble de manos (double handed something? ) , wabboard para abdominales ( some sort of board for abdominal muscles?), alfombra de pasto sintético (artificial turf), reflectores (floodlights), cubierta de área de gradas y de jugadores.(a covered area for the grandstands and players?)

"Internationalizing" of fishing tournament 

Internacionalizarán el torneo de pesca

Miércoles, 18 de Diciembre de 2013 23:04

Avanza su organización

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The first meeting was held to begin organizing the eleventh edition of the fishing tournament  Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña” which will be held May 16-18 in 2014. The organizers met in the City Council room, with assistance from directors of various city agencies, as well as representatives of the Region V, who will serve on the organizing committee which will be formally installed on January 23, 2014.
   As part of the meeting, a representative of the association "Fishing In The Caribbean" gave a presentation about attracting national and international fishermen to the tournament, with the abundance of species in the area. The representative, Gamaliel Ek, said they are willing to collaborate with the City of Isla Mujeres to promote the tournament.
   It was proposed that the same Catch and Release plan be used this year, which was done on a trial basis last year. This contributes to the global preservation of billfish.
   The Mayor said the City wants Isla Mujeres to be distinguished as a sports fishing destination, and in addition to this tournament, there will be a lion fish tournament and a women's fishing tournament.  He said he has the Governor's support to provide prizes, and they will continue working to attract sponsors and resources, which will increase the number of participants.

Naming the police mascot "Paisita" 

Justo reconocimiento al agente "Paisita"

Miércoles, 18 de Diciembre de 2013 23:02

Así se llamará botarga policiaca

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Wednesday morning a fun a creative event took place in the City Council room, which was organized by the police department and attended by dozens of children, including the winners of the contest: Give the Police Mascot A Name.  The winners of the contest are: Monserrat Zúñiga Gamboa, Emiliano Alejandro Córdova García, Juan Jesús Martín Garrido, Brisa del Carmen Santiago Masaji, Shirley Guadalupe Campos Chulim, Estrella de los Angeles Canché Torres and Marina Joanne Hoil.
   The name chosen is "Paisita" which is the nickname of an officer who is well known in the community with over 20 years of service, Don Luis Amezquita Manzanero.
   The police give talks in the grade schools of Isla Mujeres about issues of public safety, raising awareness among children and youngsters in the community, about values and respect for police officers, and educating students about road safety. The mascot "Paisita" will tour the town campuses, giving information about self-protection, how to act and how to be careful, to be safe in public. They will share teaching materials about road safety, and help the children learn that the safety and tranquility of Isla Mujeres depends on everyone, from the smallest to the oldest.

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Flooded baseball field "El Pescador"

Inundado campo de beisbol El Pescador

Inundado campo de beisbol El Pescador
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Invitation to exchange propane tanks 

Invitan al intercambio de los tanques de gas

This program is called " “Por una Isla Segura”, For a Safe Island, offering an opportunity to exchange propane gas cylinders that are in poor condition for a new one, to avoid potential accidents. This is being done in coordination with the Zeta Gas company and the municipal Civil Protection agency. The exchange will take place tomorrow on December 20th in colonia La Gloria, where they will have 150 tanks available, and you only pay the cost of the gas. Another 150 cylinders will be available for exchange at a later date. It is noted that these tanks have a short shelf life because salt eats away at them, and that safety of the island is a priority of the Mayor.

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Businessman says Tourism Promotion agency never functioned
Nunca funcionó el Fideicomiso de Promoción[+] Ver mas

Small business owner  Enrique Ríos Chalé says the decision of  state government to discontinue the Isla Mujeres Promotional agency probably won't affect the island very much, because he thinks it never functioned. He says local government should focus on cleanliness around the island,  assure that the commisionistas and mobile vendors are not bothering the tourists, and address problems of poor service. He says there should be bilingual police who cater to tourists. He says tourists are disoriented when they arrive from the pressure exerted by vendors in the streets. He said the government needs to take control and enforce regulations in a way that will protect tourism. He said there is not an association between the hoteliers and the Department of Tourisim, which is essential for the businesses to achieve their goals. The hoteliers want an average occupancy of 50 percent, although for many small hotels their annual average occupancy is at 30 percent.

No complaints of wrongful termination
Sin demanda laboral por despido injustificado[+] Ver mas

Former city workers, who threatened to complain, have not filed complaints, after ~600 were laid off with the change of government, said Jaime Torres municipal jurídico. Due to the economic crisis, many were offered a "Take it or Leave It" deal, accepting less than their share that was due according to Labor Laws, says Por Esto, noting that caused anger in September, and workers were considering filing complaints with the Arbitration Board.

Lost control and ran over elderly woman
Pierde control y atropella a anciana[+] Ver mas
Betzaida Marza Guerra, 66, of  Chiapas, was transported to a hospital in Cancun after she was struck by a golf cart along the malecon of Rueda Medina, main street, on Wednesday afternoon around. The driver, Colombian  Ana Incapié,  left the side street Matamoros, and ended up on the median of the malecon  (salía de la calle Matamoros y fue a parar en el camellón del malecón), where the elderly woman was standing.
   The police chief said they were awaiting information from the medical reports, and it does not appear that it was an overwhelming blow, but they are awaiting more information about her prognosis before determining the appropriate actions. The driver was taken to the police station to await news of the medical report.The police personnel must reconcile things between the two parties, and for this it is necessary to consider the medical status of the elderly woman.
  Por Esto notes that visitors do not receive adequate training, and there are some 20 businesses renting golf carts. The accident happened shortly before 3 o'clock when there is the greatest amount of traffic usually occurs, especially during good weather like this, after two days of heavy rain from Cold Front #19.

  Red Cross is ready to safeguard lives
 The paramedics of the Red Cross are ready to protect lives during the holiday season,in coordination with police, other institutions, and the three levels of government. The chairman of the board, Jorge Cardenas, recommended that motorcyclists and motorists respect speed limits and do not drive drunk. They held a banquet and all of the workers were thanked including counselers, lifeguards, volunteers, and staff. They have been busier lately due to the number of accidents, caused by a lack of caution.
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December Calendar of events

 Festivities for the Patron Saint, The Virgin of Immaculate Conception are Nov. 28-Dec 8
The religious image was moved to Isla Mujeres from the Boca Iglesia Church, where she has been honored annually for 102 years. HERE is an article about the Festival
Dec 4 Wednesday 6p Confirmation Mass at Catholic Church on Town Square
Dec 5 Thursday  4-7 Artist Fair Town Square (First Thursday of Each Month)
Dec 6 Friday  Security Operation Guadalupe-Reyes begins
Dec 7 Saturday 7p Procession of the Virgin through the colonias
                         ~10p Singing Las Manitas, Mass Catholic Church on Town Square
Dec 8 Sunday 3p Procession from Church on Square to Bay, for procession on Bay with three large boats provided for parishioners. Followed by Grand Kermes, and returning of icon to her niche. Celebration of 50th anniversary of priesthood for Father Martinez.
Dec 12 Dia de Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico. Festival at Chapel in Salina Chica.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th.
Dec 14 Saturday 5:30-8:30 Casa Sirena Benefit for Brazos Abiertos
Dec 16 -24  The Posadas
The Posadas are nine days before Christmas eve, when there are reenactments in neighborhoods (and a play on the town square) of Mary & Joseph being turned away, until they are accepted at one house, and there is a neighborhood party there.
  During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico
Dec 14 Saturday Caribbean Cultural Festival 8pm Town Square (Cuban band)
Dec 18 Wednesday 4-6  Brisas Grill  Benefit for Keys4Life
Dec 21 Saturday
 6p  Golf Cart Parade starting just south of MaraVilla Caribe, near Hotelito Ixchel, where the road gets very wide at the end of Aeropuerto before entering the first village of Salina Chica, just south of Colegio Bachilleres. More info Friday in Notes From Paradise   

8p  Municipal Christmas Parade

4p-8p CHRISTMAS ART SHOW at ComoNo at el Patio, Gifts for sale

Dec 24  Noche Buena  Zapatos por los ninos party
Dec 25  Christmas
Dec 31 New Years Eve celebration on Town Square (Usually fireworks & dancing to live music until dawn. Reserved tables are sold by Tourism Department.)
 Charity Info
Donate some shoes? You can drop them off at Barlitos! If you aren't coming before this event, your donations of shoes or money are always welcome and needed!
ZAPATOS PARA LOS NINOS   Shoes for the Children Annual Christmas Party and Shoe Drive
        December is here, and we are collecting shoes and donations for our annual Christmas Party and shoe delivery.  Last year every child that came for shoes walked away with a new pair for Christmas!
This is the one time of year we only collect new shoes in order to make each child feel extra special.
Not only do we distribute shoes, but we join with the local community to provide a meal and a small gift. It is a special event, as for some of the children, it will be their only Christmas gift. They are already looking forward to it on December 24th.
If you would like to donate shoes, please contact Greg Snider at:

If you would like to contribute monies so we can purchase shoes, food, or small toys, please also contact Greg at the email address above or go to our website for Pay Pal   We will happily send you photos of the children who receive your gifts.   Greg and Natalie


Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Shoes for the Kids, Items for Little Yellow School House...Barlitos:  On Hidalgo, the pedestrian street, at Abasolo  Tues-Sat 8 - 3

Toys for PEACE: Galerita across from Olivia's Restaurant  Tues-Sat 5-9



Iguana's: Thursday is Blues, with beer & pizza specials. Friday evenings have featured Cuban-Vera Cruz music. On Saturdays & Sundays they have   Reggae- Caribbean-Tropical music.  Starting around 6.  Saturday they are grilling & Sunday's special is paella. Usual menu also.

  Miguel's playing schedule 
 Fayne's BarandGrill  Wednesday through Saturday 10:30pm - 12:00am.
 Saturday Tequileria La Adelita's 12:00am - 2:00am for salsa night. 
 Sunday Bahia Tortuga with the Sol Rockers 7:00pm - 9:00pm

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Friday, Bally Hoo Restaurant, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 530 to 730 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm 
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! 
Fenix Sat ~3p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~2p Salsa
Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
every tuesday!You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.
ComoNo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico  RYAN RYCKMAN......back at ComoNo......every night 8:30

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Por Siempre Viva is a breast cancer charity, and below it says thank you to Carlos Garcia for a donation of this pinata whose name is Dora Autoexplora...Self breast exam can save your life.
Agradecemos a nuestro amigo Carlos Garcia Garcia por la donación de una piñata la cual se llama Dora la que se Autoexplora hablando de esto y tu ya te Autoexploraste? No? Que esperas recuerda que puede salvar tu Vida! Les deseamos una linda Tarde y recuerda que te Queremos Por Siempre Viva

Ocean Blues

INFORMES AL 9982448474 O AL 9982433776

Above is an offer to cook your holiday dinner for you.
Below is a  Sandwichon. If you cut a small slice, it would look like a finger sandwich, made with ham usually. This ad is from yesterday, when they were selling squares.

Link to Squalo Adventures video (three and a half minutes...nice underwater video shots, edited w music), which was published this week, but it's not loading here, so below is another one they published in November that is twelve minutes, its link is HERE.

Susan Stowell

Daily Update: I’m sad to report that we lost one of our pups today. This is not unusual with street pups but it never gets easy. I have another one that has been struggling since she got here but she’s still hanging in there. We are trying new meds, put her in a coat because it’s rainy and cold here and I’m giving her vitamins and immune boosters. Her name is Susie and she is very sweet as you can see from the picture. On a happy note all of Momma Macs (she had her babies under a truck) pups are doing well. They are opening their eyes and two of them were making a good try to walk today. I will get Jeff to video it.

Betsy Snider shared Tony Garcia's photo.
  • Where can we find a Santa for Lockets photos?

    Kathy Ennis: Santa was driving the bus earlier

    Betsy Snider: Santa was at the new park for the singing and then at Posada del Mar tonight. If I see Santa out and about, I'll give you a call.
A special Zumba class with Christmas spirit, pinatas, karaoke, and many more surprises...Come and celebrate...

An Golf Cart Parade Saturday at sunset before the Municipal Parade:

Elmo (Freddy Medina) is the star, with supporting cast members to include Mickey (Lawrie Lock) and Minnie Mouse (Lynda Lock), Spiderman (Darren) and perhaps Sponge Bob if we can find someone who is willing to wear the costume for two or more hours.  (Remember, characters, don't take the head off when kids are watching! It will give them nightmares for years.  LOL)

The Carnival dance troupe that Yadira Velázquez (Freddy’s wife) dances with is organizing the parade as a fundraiser for the group, and to entertain the island kids.

Assembly point: Aeropuerto Road across from the kindergarten, and in front of Casa Luna Turquesa, and Casa Rosa.
Time: BE THERE BY 5:30 P.M.  Gringo time, not Mexican time.
Start time: 6:00 p.m.  We must start on time as the City parade is later on the same day.
Route: TBD  Check Friday’s Notes fromParadise for details.
Bring: Decorate your vehicle, candies to toss, cold drinks for you.
Vehicles: Characters in golf carts will be spaced out between other vehicles with music, lights etc.
End Time: Before 8:00 p.m. when City parade starts
Organizers: Dance Troupe -

It's been busy around here finishing up the last of our Christmas orders (the deadline for ordering has now passed)! Taking a dip on Playa Norte is sounding really good right now!

Villa La Bella's open happy hour begins on Friday, December 20th from 5 to 7pm. It is always a fun event meeting new people & seeing old friends. Ashley, Curtis & the boys are wonderful hosts. VLB is always decorated so beautifully for the holiday season it is hard not to spread the cheer! Hope to see you there!
Barlito's Holiday Schedule

We will be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 24th & Wednesday, December 25th.
We will be OPEN Thursday, December 26th through Monday, December 30th.
We will be CLOSED Tuesday, December 31st & Wednesday, January 1st.
We will be OPEN Thursday, January 2nd to Saturday, January 4th.
We will then be closed our normal days Sunday & Monday & will resume normal business hours of Tuesday through Saturday, 8am to 3pm. 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Channeling my love for Pavone's Pizza as a kid with this week's Pavone Panini w/ grilled chicken, pepperoni, herbed ricotta, mozzarella & homemade marina sauce. Enjoy another day of sunshine after too many days of flooding & rain. Hope to see you at Barlito!

Below it says...Today, as we complete three years of struggle, effort, dedication and commitment; we want to say THANK from our hearts to the Founding Members who believed and launched the Association, to our Associates to belong to this beautiful project, but primarily to those of you who attend our breakfasts, disco nights and marches:  THANK YOU! We believe that this is a year of many more things that we aim to accomplish, and with this confidence to continue and to grow as an association and as human beings, we continue this fight with  a beautiful  Angel as a symbol to give us guidance from heaven and gives us the strength to Move forward.

El día de Hoy cumplimos 3 años de lucha, esfuerzo, dedicación y entrega, queremos AGRADECERLES de corazón a las Socias Fundadoras que creyeron y pusieron en marcha a la Asociación, a nuestras Asociadas por Pertenecer a este bello proyecto, Pero sobre todo a TI que asistes a nuestros desayunos, noches de disco y marchas MUCHAS GRACIAS, confiamos que este es un año mas de muchos que pretendemos cumplir, y con la confianza de seguir creciendo como Asociación y como seres humanos, Este lucha tiene un bello motivo un Ángel que nos guía desde los Cielos y nos da la fuerza de Seguir adelante.


Max the Wonder Dog, formerly of Isla...loves this colder version of "sand" also!


Posted yesterday...
This was my view tonight at our Secret Santa Christmas Celebration. In spite of rescheduling, we had over 75 in attendance. Raised enough pesos to buy a nice Christmas gift from "Santa" for 188 children that would have received nothing! Thank you to everyone that attended!!


Lots of sunshine and no rain predicted today! Come join us for Texas Holdem at El Patio 6pm every Monday and Thursday!
Roger Hardesty's photo.
Today at 6:00pm
El Patio Caribbean Grill
Ocean Blues Art

Green Verde serving authentic Mexican food
They are on the west side, north of Chedraui & KKChuc, byt the Construction materials place....north of Seso Loco, and across the street.  A friend emailed me today recommending their mole. Bruce had an excellent baguette there a few months ago, before they closed for slow season.

Link to Christmas Island by Leon Redbone

Link To Craig Moritz Christmas in Mexico, filmed on Isla Mujeres



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