Friday, November 28, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, November 28 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published soon, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities soon...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Work on Rueda Medina to be done by the end of December

En la Rueda Medina, tras obras

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de noviembre.-
 The completion of the paving work on Rueda Medina was delayed by about 30% by the inclusion of work on the water and waste water lines, which is an additional four weeks or 30 days. The road is expected to be ready for use by the end of December. There may be some secondary details like painting it,, to be done in January.  
        During the upcoming festivities for the patron saint, the Catholic guilds will be given access and allowed to have their processions.  Access had been given to vehicles to reach the ferry or businesses along the road during the construction, while general traffic has been detoured. 
     There is one section closed of 870 meters where Aguakan has been working, which is being released today.  Aguakan has closed the ditch they made, and doing secondary work like placing connections.

Disponen PGR y Armada, para detectar armas y drogas

Surprise operation to detect drugs or guns: Navy & PGR

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The operation took place around noon at the vehicle ferry which travels to Punta Sam. These surprise operations are carried out at various locations, including piers, to deter crime. There were no reports of any drugs or guns being found. It was conducted by members of the Navy and of the PGR Procuraduría General de la República (Attorney General's office). (Actually it says "at piers and  aéreas públicas, public airways").
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de noviembre.-

Celia Flores Yam given Athletic Award by Agapito 

Entrega Agapito

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de noviembre.-

Progress on modernization of system for tap water & waste water: Along Rueda Medina

Y modernización de red de agua potable, en la Rueda Medina

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de noviembre.-

 Tvisla Mujeres

Ready for start of festivities in Isla Mujeres honoring the Virgin of Immaculate Conception

Aguakan closes 2014 with a large investment in modernization of the tap water network in Isla Mujeres. Today on behalf of the residents, appreciation was expressed to Aguakan and the Governor.

Government gives Celia Flores Yam the Sports Award in Isla Mujeres for 2014

Today is the last day to submit document to apply for the student grants for transport to the mainland to study. 
A todos los interesados en las becas marítimas les informamos que HOY es el último día para entregar sus documentos.
Staff from the municipal landscaping crew cleaned and groomed the sports fields of the municipality.
Personal de jardinería se encuentra limpiando y chapeando los campos deportivos del municipio.
During the City Council meeting, the aldermen & women voted unanimously to approve a program of  stimulus and incentatives for residents with discounts for prompt payment of property taxes.
Durante la XXXI Sesión Ordinaria de Cabildo, los regidores por unanimidad aprobaron el programa de estímulos y facilidades para que los ciudadanos obtengan descuentos en el pago puntual del impuesto predial.

November 27: National Day of Conservation
Hoy 27 de Noviembre, Día Nacional de la Conservación. #ComunidadEnAcción
Photo: Hoy 27 de Noviembre, Día Nacional de la Conservación. #ComunidadEnAcción

Noticias de  Quequi......

The Isla Mujeres articles are still from last week.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

I'm getting an error message saying the site is being renovated.

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Risky for pedestrians 
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 Some pedestrian areas that are uneven or have irregularities are unmarked and present hazards, especially in high traffic areas such as the walkway along Rudea Medina. With tourists about to arrive from Canada and the United States to escape the winter weather, these deficiencies could represent a risk for senior citizens, who could have accidents and receive sprains. It is suggested that the government take responsibility and correct these potentially hazardous areas.

 Untimely public works
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 The improvements to the water & wastewater network along Rueda Medina are being done with an investment of 2,576,387 pesos, to renew 870 meters of pipeline for water and for waste water. This project will directly benefit 150 resident and includes the replacement of 65 home connections. Residents in the area have been advised to keep children away from the construction areas, to respect the signs, and to close their windows to reduce the dust. The road construction was originally scheduled to be completed in early December, but when renewal of the water & sewer lines were added to the project, the completion date was moved to Christmas or early January, according to estimates. The initiation of the work was attended by the Mayor and other officials, who gave thanks for the work. There are members of the business community who are not happy with the prolonged blockade and detours.

 Loose bull causes damage
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 For several years, the Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgos Sanitarios/Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) has advised the local government to not allow cattle to be slaughtered at the Rastro Municipal, but this is occasionally allowed. These animals can cause panic when they escape from confinement. On Tuesday, in amplification La Gloria, damage was done to a scooter in amplification La Gloria which belonged to Víctor René Pech Sunza,(aka "Cholas") who is a tourism services provider. He asked for help from the municipal police, but then went directly to the owner of the animal who paid him 600 pesos for the damage to his moto. He said it could have been worse if he had not been able to stop for the cow. (I think?... que le dijo que pudo ser peor el asunto si la moto no hubiese sido la que detuvo al vacuno.)  The cow walked along the perimeter road, facing the Caribbean Sea, and then walked into the nearby streets, where it could have attacked women and children, but it attacked "Cholas". Then someone caught the animal and tied it to a light pole near the store  Carivalú, of señor Luis López Pech Sunza, which startled him and some other people, who sought refuge when they was the animal approaching.
    Past incidents with cows include the time two escaped from an event for the town saint festival, and they fell down a ten meter cliff and both died. Some residents say cows and horses should not be brought to the island. This will avoid a problem "that is out of control" . Esto para evitar problema que salga de control.

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui. Visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

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, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

Follow up info on the recent clinic by Isla Animals....
Attached is a before and after photo of Toby who came in for surgery-he required hours of de-ticking, bathing, grooming.

From Alison Sawyer Current 
Thank you so much form Isla Animals, it was a wonderful clinic, 125 cats and dogs sterilized, 100 vaccinations sold or offered for people who volunteered, we shaved and bathed many poor knotted dirty dogs, gave out meds, tick and flea prevention, de-wormer and medicines if we had them. Thank you for your generous support: Matthew Garrity, Theresa Gerber, Tracey Gazdik, Lisa Bassett, John Pasnaeu, Robert O’Hara, Dawn Baxter, Roxanne Edmundson, Judith Arnold, Biztech LLC, Linda Weiss, Terri Huffstetler, David Ross, Deborah Mason, Angelique Carlisle, Connie Harris, Brad Peek, Wesley Montemayor, Jon Knight, Kelly Johnston, Paul Ruetz, Amy Moe, James Marias, Dave Rhinehart, Scott Vogt and Eileen Regn.
Sally Margolis  Thank you to Casa el Pio and Ronda Winn Roberts at Maravilla Caribe for the towel and sheets donations and Sugeidy Avilés for volunteering as well. The next clinic will be 2-3 days at end of January or early February. It may be one day on the island and two days in Rancho Viejo or all in Racho Viejo depending on timing and space available-Thanks everyone!!!You can always check out daily updates on Isla Animals' Facebook page at: and their website where you can make Paypal donations:

Rodger Ericson's photo.Rodger Ericson I invite all to donate $20 to Isla Animals at the upcoming Fair or via Tiffany and I'll give you a hummingbird like this one.

A HUGE Thank You to Sally Margolis for raising thousands of dollars in funds for these clinics!! And, of course, to Alison Sawyer for all she does!!
December 1st: World AIDS Day
I'm happy to share that Brazos Abiertos/Fundación BAI A.C. will be returning to Isla Mujeres THIS weekend to continue their work on the island towards HIV Prevention & Testing and Teen Pregnancy Prevention.  Brazos has been working closely with Agapito and the Minister of Health on Isla to organize these events.
 Nov 30*SUNDAY, the team will be doing Free Rapid HIV Testing & Education in Rancho Viejo, on the continental zone of Isla. This is a very poor area and they need a lot of help. All of the volunteers remarked in June, that they wanted to do more in this area as the interest from locals (and the need) was evident.
Dec 1 *MONDAY  Teen Pregnancy Prevention Workshops at Middle School
6p. Town Hall/ Palacio Municipal will be lit red in honor of World AIDS Day  with speeches by the Mayor, the Health Director, and a Brazos representative.
Here is a link to the Brazo's events in Merida & Isla.!world-aids-day/cso8
Donations are always welcome via Paypal on their Website Consider a re-curring donation, $10 can go a long long way The HIV test kits that will be used in Rancho Viejo were purchased with donations from YOU that were made on our gofundme campaign last June. Thank you again to everyone who donated, you are making such a difference! And thank you to Brazo's for stepping outside of the Yucatan and helping our island. .!donate/c1ghi (I also have forms if you would like to make cash donations on Isla Mujeres.)
Thank you everyone for your continued support, and to Casa El Pío Mexico and Bonnie & Ariel at Seahawk Divers/Que Barbara apartments for donating rooms (again!) for our volunteers!

Non profit organization helping to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and teenage pregnancies. 


Miguel's high season schedule:
Sunday: The Sol Rockers @ El Patio 9p - 11p
Monday: Miguel solo @ El Patio 6:30p - 8:30p
Tuesday: La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio 9:15p - 11:15p
Wednesday: The Sol Rockers@ El Patio 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Thursday: Miguel Solo @ el Patio 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Friday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a

 John Cain's schedule   
 Sunday 9pm - 11pm
  Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm  Comono/Patio Sol Rockers 
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm
Sats. El Patio 630-830 "Country Nights"  this Saturday thru December.. 
. Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 630 to 9 - solo Ryan Rickman - 9 to 11 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel - 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  not sure who is there, but someone is...
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers and DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel and Elvin from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio Ryan and band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..
. Sunday at El Patio  7 to 9 pm Sol Rockers 

Javier Martinez Cen La Banda Sin Nombre has played for 12 years at Faynes, we needed some days off, so less than a year a go, we let the band Radios play for us (at the same stage same time), they are great! LBSN play Weds/Saturday from 10:30 till 12, Fridays and Saturdays we also play next door, at Adelitas, just salsa music, from 12:39 till 2:00  (I'm not sure if this is still current
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix  Sun ~2p  Salsa 

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant

Here's Music by day of the week...with a thanks to Jean Lemke for rearranging it!

Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30

Tuesday - John Cain @ Café Del Mar solo 8-10 p
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday - John Cain @ Marina Paraiso - solo 7-9
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
Elvis @ el Patio house of music 8-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Saturday - Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Banda Sin Nombre - Chuuk Kay 3:30
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9


Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (e  HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends

  Regarding the schedule of celebrations for the patron saint of the island, they are as follows:
On Friday, Nov. 28, the activities honoring the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the patroness of Isla Mujeres, will begin with the removal of the icon from her niche, and the blessings of the banners of the guilds & blessings for the faithful who have kept a promise during the year. Following the blessings by Father Raul Sanchez, there will be a procession through the town center.  That will be followed by fireworks, and the ribbon cutting to inaugurate the festivals, by the City officials. 
    On Friday, there will be family oriented celebration to carry on traditions that will include a vaquería, bailables,and a kermesse.
 Sat. Nov 29, the gremios of  colonias Cañotal & Salinas;
 Sunday, Nov.30 el gremio de Niños & of the  colonia Miraflores.
Monday, Dec. 1, gremio of Apostolados of la Capilla,  of la Caridad del Cobre 
Tuesday Dec.. 2  gremios of la cooperativa Isla Blanca, Sindicato de Gastronómicos of the CROC union & colonia Salina Chica.
Wed., Dec. 3, gremio de la cooperativa Caribe  & at six in the evening are the confirmations by monseñor Pedro Pablo Elizondo.
Thurs. Dec. 4, gremios of la cooperativa Patria y Progreso, Apostolados of Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart church) & Seguridad Pública (the police), 
 Friday Dec. 5,  en tanto que el viernes 5,  los gremios of la cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Barrio de Pescadores, Jóvenes, colonia Salina Grande and the Señoras.
On Saturday, Dec 6, los gremios of las cooperativas Isla Mujeres, Justicia Social, Isla Bonita & el gremio of las Familias.
On Sunday, Dec 7, at 7pm, the Virgin will pass through the main streets of the isle in a caravan of members of the congregation of the Church of Immaculate Conception. At 10:30pm the gremio of the mobile vendors will celebrat with a grand kermesse, and the mass of the  mañanitas will be held for  a la patrona of the island.
 To close the celebrations, on Monday, December 8 at 10am there will be a mass of First Communion, and of the gremio of las Choncitas, and at 3pm there will be a boat procession in the Bay, a mass, and the Virgin will be returned to her niche until next year.

 Artist Fairs on the Square, usually first Thursday, were cancelled for October & November.  Next Fair: Dec. 4 
Dec. 4 Naval Wives Breakfast
Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm  Naval Club
 Fashion show with participation of designers from Merida, Cancun, & Isla Mujeres, as well as participation by local models and our little children models. 200 peso donation. Cocktail reception at 6:30

Sunset ~5p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
Sat., Dec. 6  at 5:35p Full Moon
Sun, Dec. 7 at 6:27p
Mon, Dec. 8 at 7:19
Tue, Dec. 9 at 8:11
Wed, Dec. 10 at 9:01p
Thur, Dec. 11 at 9:51
Fri, Dec. 12 at 10:40

Dec 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, Isla's town saint
Dec 11-13 Posada Beach National Handball Tournament 
Fri. Dec 12 Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's saint 

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