Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Wednesday, November 26 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 ....

Celia Flores Yam wins award in Tae kwon do

A la destacada taekwandoin Celia Flores Yam

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de noviembre.-
The municipal Sports Merit Award for 2014 was given to Celia Flores Yam, who will receive it from the Mayor at an event in the City Council room of the Town Hall on Wednesday at 11am. A committee which determined the winner which included contralor municipal / Municipal Comptroller, José Manuel López García; el regidor de Deportes / Alderman for Sports, Abirán Fuentes; el secretario general del Ayuntamiento/ City Council General Secretary, César Poot Pérez, and el director municipal de Recreación y Deporte  /Director of the Municipal Sports Department, Enrique Barros Peña, and seven athletes.

Grand celebration in honor of Virgin of Immaculate Conception 

A partir del próximo 8 de diciembre, en honor de la Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 25 de noviembre.-

Government of Agapito confirms commitment to opposing violence against women 

Ayuntamiento de Agapito ratifica compromiso con las mujeres

Lanrry Parra

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de noviembre.-
The website is unavailable..will translate this manana if it has info that hasn't been translated.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Government in Isla Mujeres celebrates day against violence against women

Noticias de  Quequi......

Still showing news that has already been translated.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

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Excellent expectations

Excelentes expectativas [+] Ver mas
 More than half of the 2500 hotel rooms on the island are reserved in advance of the winter season, representing excellent prospects for the general commercial and tourism sectors. This was announced by the municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, who also noted December 11-13th there will be a National Beach Handball Tournament, which should have a positive economic benefit on the island.
  He said the private sector has great expectations for the upcoming Christmas season, and it is predicted there will be many tourists of Canadian origin escaping the cold weather and snow of their country, as well as the people who visit year after year, and the first timers.
    The group Hoteles Isla Mujeres say ~75% of their rooms are reserved for the upcoming season, while the Asociación de Pequeños Fascinantes Hoteles reports reservations are at ~60%. The Director of Tourism said not all small hotels are doing the same, noting that those associated with travel agencies report the most reservations, while those who declined to participate in any associations have to settle for tourists who arrive without reservations, and there exists a good chance that they will become full. 
     In closing, Sr. Rodriguez Orozco reported that for the last three months there have been no reports of theft from visitors, which means operations implemented by the Tourism Police have been successful.

 Celebrations begin on Friday

 Este viernes inician las fiestas[+] Ver mas

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. There will be fiestas held by the various guilds of the different groups, as are traditionally held yearly & attended by families. On Dec. 3 the Bishop of the Cancun-Chetumal prelature, Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cárdenas will offer Confirmation to the young people at 6pm. 
   Regarding the schedule of celebrations for the patron saint of the island, they are as follows:
 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.

I posted this on FB last week....
The Patron Saint of Isla Mujeres is the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, whose day is Dec. 8, and celebrations usually begin Nov. 28th. The icon is taken down & moved around the isle, visiting different groups who honor her & hope for her blessings. She returns to her niche on the 8th, and if we get bad weather afterwards, some folks say it is because she is annoyed that the fiesta is over.
The Patron Saint of Mexico is Guadalupe, the Virgin of Tepeyac, whose day is Dec. 12. Islanders gather at her Chapel on the evening of the 11th, and sing Las Mañanitas to her at midnight (this occurs all across Mx. That is a traditional birthday song & also sung to Isla's patron saint the night before her official day. ).
Dec. 12 is the start of the holiday season, which continues until Dia de los Reyes, Jan. 6, when children get their presents (celebrating the three Magi who brought gifts).  The Christmas season begins in earnest with the Posadas, nine nights before xmas eve, when people reenact Joseph & Mary being turned away by walking thru their neighborhood knocking on doors (usually in costume) & being refused, until they get to the house where the celebration/fiesta is being held. The kids often put on a posada play on the town square.
Here's an article about our town saint & the celebrations in her honor
Merida Yucatan Online Magazine and Cultural Guide about living, working & traveling in Yucatan and Mexico

Higher statistics of abuse against women
Altas cifras de maltrato contra las mujeres[+] Ver mas
 The DIF, social service agency, is involved with an average of 15 cases monthly of domestic abuse against women, which includes abuse that is psychological, physical, verbal, or threats. In situations where it is necessary, the cases are turned over to the Public Prosecutor to stop the aggressor. 
      On the 25th of each month activities are held to fight violence against women, which include workshops, lectures, and conferences that hope to raise awareness. A Health Fair has also been organized for women which includes pap smears, testing for HPV, condoms for women and men, and information about HIV testing and vasectomies, as well as vaccines against influenza and pneumococcus.
 General Hospital: Very old
 Muy viejo, el Hospital Integral[+] Ver mas
 The General Hospital was built over 50 years ago, and its obsolete electrical system may have been a factor in the short circuit that occurred in the dental offices. It is noted that this fire could not be attended to in a timely manner due to the lack of fire extinguishers, which were requested six months earlier from the state Health Department, but were not received. 
    Despite the fire, the hospital continued to provide services, and a mobile unit was brought over from the mainland to provide a dental office and additional medical offices, during the cleaning and repairs. The windows have now been replaced, painting has been done, and at that is left is to install the new dental equipment, said an anonymous worker who was not authorized to issue statements. The reception area was temporarily relocated. 
      One worker said the incident could have been avoided if the hospital had been given proper maintenance, saying the building is over fifty years old and the electrical system is outdated, adding that the staff do not know exactly what the problem was involving the sterilizer, but they believe it is associated with the poor wiring.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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....
Once again the Islaholics have stepped up to help the community. 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!!!

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!!

Hello Everyone! Thank you to each and every one of you who donated and shared! Because of your incredible donation, Isla Animals is able to have a SECOND clinic (2-3 days in late January or early February). Today I am turning off the donations on this page. You can always check out daily updates on Isla Animals' Facebook page at: and their website where you can make Paypal donations:

Attached is a before and after photo of Toby who came in for surgery-he required hours of de-ticking, bathing, grooming.


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 
. 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 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


November events
Sunset ~5:10p
Moonrise in the east..over the Caribbean
Nov. 6 at 5:14p  Full Moon
Nov. 7 at 6:03
Nov. 8 at 6:54
Nov. 9 at 7:46
Nov. 10 at 8:38
Nov. 11 at  9:29
Nov. 12 at 10:20
Nov 13 at 11:10

 Nov 1  Halloween Buffet & Party at Casa de los Suenos 6:30 (reservations recommended)
Nov.1 & 2 Dia de los Muertos
Nov 1 DIF Catrina Costume event.. Benefit for DIF, social service agency, at the Naval Club (Playa Albatros)  200 pesos  The DIF is also collecting jackets & sweaters.

Activities for Municipal Month of Ecology:

 On Nov. 5, the Animal Welfare Act will be signed by the State Ministry of the Environment.
Nov. 8 is the Day of Municipal Urbanismo with compulsory cleaning of vacant lots, and the start of collecting of batteries.
Nov. 15 is World Recycling Day, when there will be a training workshop about recycling and reusing.
Nov. 20th is Municipal Clean Air Day, when an ongoing campaign will begin for the certification of smoke-free spaces.
Nov. 25 is Municipal Day of No Use of Pesticides when an interesting conference will be held on the management of solid residues concerning vegetable oils: "What to do with them"
Nov. 27 is Municipal Species Conservation Day when there will be an opening of the drinking fountains and inauguration of the space for the conservation of the Striped Iguana (Iguana Rayada). Also there will be a brigade to rescue and assist the Blue Crabs during their period of reproduction. (They move between the mangroves and the sea to spawn during the full moons in the fall, which often includes crossing a road).
On Nov. 30th, Sunday, there will be a drawing contest, and a presentation of the cookbook "Lion Fish".
Friday Nov 7  near Centro Cemetery 7pm
It says...Jean Piaget school invites you to the Festival of the Souls 2014...A silent procession starting promptly at 7p at Hidalgo & Lopez Mateos, followed by a presentation of altars representing 5 Mexican states at Jean Piaget school. Dress code: regional clothing or white. Friday Nov. 7 at 7pm

Nov 10 World Science Day for Peace and Development
Nov 11 US Veteran's Day Canada Remembrance Day
Nov 12 Postal Worker Appreciation Day Mexico
Nov 12-18 Caribbean Culture Fest
Nov. 13, Thursday 9am at Naval Club:  Navy Wives' Breakfast
            All proceeds go to the Navy Hospital, The tickets are $100 pesos, and can be purchased         in advance thru Mon. from Sue McDonald Lo (and may be available at the door?)
Nov 14 World Diabetes Day
Nov 14-17 Buen Fin (discounts)
Nov 15 World Recycling Day
Nov 16 International Day of Tolerance
            8:30p Caribe Culture Fest Concert in Town Square  (see below)
Nov 17 Day off for Revolution Day 
              Parade date TBA
Nov 19  World Toilet Day
Nov 19 6:30p  Sisters of Perpetual Disorder Wine Meeting location TBA (Coffee meetings are first Sunday of the months at 10am)
Nov 20  Dia de la Revolución with parade 8a La Gloria cancelled

Nov 23 Solemnidad de Cristo Rey (Christ the King Day / El día de Cristo Rey)
Nov 23  Día de la Armada (Naval Day)
Nov 25 Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer  UN International Day
             to End Violence Against Women
Nov 27 US Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (exact date TBA)  HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends

 Artist Fairs on the Square, usually first Thursday, were cancelled for October & November.  Next Fair: Dec. 4

Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm
Club Naval Isla Mujeres, Quinta Region Naval
 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

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

New Hours for the Red Cross Doctor (who speaks English)
  + monday, tuesday, thursday and friday: 13:00 to 21:00 hours.
+ wednesday: 15:00 to 21:00 hours
+ Saturday: 7:00 to 12:00 only with appointment and emergencies.
To make an appointment please call 5522967740

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