Friday, September 30, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 30

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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Cleaning beaches to participate in winning Guinness record 

Quieren ganar el Premio Guinness

Con la limpieza de playas más extensa

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 29 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link.    To participate in winning the Guinness Award for the longest simultaneous cleaning of beaches, a large beach clean up was held on Saturday, which was also part of the 15th anniversary of AMResorts. Approximately 150 kilos of trash were put into 30 large black trash bags, and there were 4 buckets of glass.
        The event took place behind the new skate park, and by the Caribbean Sea across from the gas station. Those who participated include staff from Zoetry Villa Rolandi, the Dive Life dive shop, and the Cooperativa de Artesanías de Mujeres de Isla Mujeres (I think that is the women's group aka The Bead Coop).
      In addition to participating in the Guinness Award for longest simultaneous beach cleaning, the goal of this event is to raise awareness about keeping the beaches clean, preventing pollution of the sea, and looking after wildlife and the environment by separating trash.

Swearing in at 4pm today with Governor Carlos Joaquin in attendance  

Toma de protesta a las 4 de la tarde, hoy

Asistirá el Gobernador Carlos Joaquín

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 29 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link.
   The swearing in of the Juan Carrillo Soberanis as Mayor will take place on Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock in the esplanade of the Casa de la Cultura, adjacent to the eastern Malecon, for his term 2016-2018.
     Those expected to attend include the state Governor,  Carlos Joaquín González; the President of the Gran Comisión of the XV Legislature of the State Congress, Eduardo Martínez Arcila, and the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of the state, Fidel Gabriel Villanueva Rivero. As of Thursday afternoon, the attendance of the first two were confirmed, and the latter was pending. The transition is expected to take place in a atmosphere of calmness and cordiality.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

Important Advisory
Notice for the beneficiaries of the Senior Citizen Pension Program who are paid in cash and who must be present to receive your payment on Saturday Oct. 1 at 11:30am at the Community Center in La Gloria for the September-October benefit period.
Se les informa a los beneficiarios del Programa de Pensión para Adultos Mayores que cobran en efectivo, que deberán presentarse en la Mesa de Atención y Entrega de Apoyos para recibir su pago correspondiente al bimestre septiembre – octubre.
En Isla Mujeres el sábado 1 de octubre a las 11:30 de la mañana en el Centro Comunitario de la Colonia La Gloria. En la Zona Continental el sábado 1 de octubre a las 9:00 de la mañana en el Centro Comunitario de Rancho Viejo.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Isla Mujeres fishermen affected by PROFEPA closure. Twitter photo at this link.
Pescadores de Isla Mujeres seran los que tendrán que hacer frente a la clausura de Profepa

Planning second demonstration for Friday, seeking better services at the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital. Full article and photo at this Link 
Convocan para mañana a segunda marcha para exigir mejores servicios en hospital comunitario de Isla Mujeres

As of Thursday, 6 months have passed since the disappearance of the "Anastasia" and its five crew members
Hoy se cumplen 6 meses de la desaparición de la embarcación "Anastasia" y sus 5 tripulantes
  It has been six months since the disappearance of the boat "Anastasia" and her five crew members. The lawyer for the families plans to go to Mexico City next week to meet with the head of the National Human Rights Commission, to seek information about any progress in their investigation.
She also plans to meet with the Procuraduria General of the Republic, (PGR) to see about the case with their office of Missing Persons. That investigation is being handled by the Cancun branch, and not at the central office in Mexico City.
The lawyer, Natalia Paola de la O, said although there is not much to say about the progress in the past months, the case remains open, with the PGR maintaining 6 lines of investigation. For reasons of security, no more details have been given.
It is unclear what happened to the five fishermen, who continue to be considered as missing, since no bodies have been found. She said when the PGR offers more information, clearly and precisely, she will promptly communicate with the press.

There are two videos of the Mayor-elect, Juan Carrillo Soberanis;  the new Chief of police, Jose Carlos Pech Pat, Council Members, and other politicians for the changing of the police command, in the middle of the night. It also reported that the swearing in of the new administration will take place at 4pm at the esplanade of the Casa de Cultura.   FB link
 El alcalde electo Juan Carrillo Soberanis recibe esta media noche el mando policiaco quedando al frente José Carlos Pech Pat

Photo and article at link below;  Mayor-elect of Isla Mujeres, Juan Carrillo, oversees the changing of command of the Police force (Public Security)  
Alcalde electo de Isla Mujeres, @juancarrillo58 recibe cambio de mando de Seguridad Pública

José Carlos Pech Pat is now the new Chief of Police in Isla Mujeres. He has a degree in criminology and forensics. Twitter photo at this link
José Carlos Pech Pat es desde hoy el nuevo Encargado de Despacho en la dirección de Seguridad Pública de Isla Mujeres; Es licenciado en criminología y criminalística


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Honoring three retiring teachers   
Se jubilan tres distinguidas maestrase.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 On Thursday, distinguished teachers Clara Cristina González Robles, María del Rocío Vega Coral, and Lisbeth Araceli Cervera Gio were honored for their long careers at a retirement ceremony at Benito Juarez middle school.. All three taught at the Middle School level, with the first completing 28 years, and the latter two women each taught for 27 years.
    Words of gratitude were offered by former students and former Mayor Hugo Sanchez Montalvo, and recognition was given by the campus Director, Julian Avila Perez. The ceremony was held under the Middle School's dome and they each received flower arrangements, as well as congratulations from their colleagues and former coworkers, and they became emotional. 

Monitoring Hurricane Matthew  
Precaución por huracán[+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Sept. 29 The National Hurricane Center has issued recommendations for the Caribbean region regarding Hurricane Matthew, and residents are advised to pay attention to official sources and to ignore rumors. As of this afternoon, the storm represents no danger to the coast of Quintana Roo.
       The NHC reported the hurricane was located 2600 kilometers to the East-Southeast of their location, and moving west at 28 kph. The path was forecast to be toward the direction of the coasts of Central America and Mexico, but it appears that a cold front is likely to cause it to move northward on Sunday, heading toward the south of Cuba, then....(it ends mid sentence)  LINK to information & graphics in English.

Baseball Sunday
   A doubleheader is scheduled for Sunday, with each game having 7 innings each, starting at 11am at the El Pescador baseball field, with the Cockteleros of Isla Mujeres taking on Los Tucanes of the Instituto Tecnológico de Cancún,

Unhappy about capacity of vehicle ferry  
Inconforma la poca capacidad del transbordador.. [+] Ver masPhoto &full article at this link
   It has been about three weeks since the temporary departure of the larger of the two vehicle ferries which serve the route between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam. In the second week of September, the ferry "Isla Blanca" went to Ciudad del Carmen for general maintenance and was expected to return within a month, unless there are problems.
     The ferry in service, Sergio Aguilar Gracia, has a smaller capacity, and trucks with high boxes must remove some air from their tires to reduce their height by a few centimeters. There have been complaints about the inconvenience this ferry is causing, including comments by architect Sabina Herrera Castillo, who is involved with construction activities. She also complained about delays of more than 30 minutes and the lack of trained personnel to arrange the vehicles, at times.
    The schedule is as follows:
  Departures from Isla Mujeres on Monday thru Saturday are:  5:00, 7:00, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 & 19:00. Departures from Punta Sam 6:00, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00 & 20:00  On Sunday it departs the isle 8:00, 10:00, 16:00 & 19:00; and departs Punta Sam at 9:15, 11:15, 17:15 & 20:15.

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 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. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. 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. 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 southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, 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.

September events

Sunset ~6:45p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Sept. 16     6:58p
Sept. 17     7:45p
Sept. 18      8:32p
Sept. 19      9:21p
Sept. 20     10:12p
Sept. 21     11:05p

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials. Casa de Cultura  This has moved to his home...directions on his FB page HERE

Aug. 30-Sept. 8  Our Lady of Charity Celebration: Patron Saint of Fishermen. 
               Evening activities at the chapel of Caridad del Cobre in colonia Miraflores. 
               Wed., Sept. 7-Mass at 10p, then Las Mananitas (usually at midnight). 
               Thur.  Sept 8  Saint's Day of Our Lady of Charity
               Sat., Sept. 10-Boat procession to Isla Contoy departs at ~8am, This 17th annual procession will include hundreds of Catholics who will travel  30km, transporting the wooden icon to the chapel at the fishermen's camp.  A Mass will be held, and the people will return to Isla Mujeres afterwards, probably shortly after noon. The Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre is the patron saint of seamen and this icon from Cuba will remain in Isla Contoy throughout the lobster season, returning to Isla Mujeres in early March.

Sept. 1 Thursday  Artist Fair scheduled at Casa de Cultura 4-9


Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30pm the "Movies in your colonia" program presents "Bichos" (A Bug's Life) at the Bicentario Plaza in La Gloria. Free.

Sept. 5-9 Second state Week of the Manatee

Sunday, Sept. 11 International Coastal Cleanup in Isla Mujeres

Schedule of Patriotic Festivities
Sept. 12 at 7:30p Town Square   Lighting of the lights
Sept. 13 at 9am  Benito Juarez Middle School  Ceremony commemorating the 169th anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847    Dia de los Ninos Heroes of Chapultepec
Sept. 14 at 9am  Colegio Bachilleres High School  Ceremony commemorating the 192nd anniversary of the Annexation of Chiapas in 1824
Sept. 15 at 9:30pm  Town Square  Band & Dancing * Coronation of Queens of the Patriotic Festivities * Proclamation of Independence-Grito  (See poster below)
Sept. 16 at 8am Naval base Civic parade for the anniversary of the Independence of Mexico
Sept. 30  at 8am  Julio Sauri Espinoza school commemoration of the 251st anniversary of the birth of Jose Maria Morelos

Thursday, Sept.15  Artist Fair scheduled 4-9p  Casa de Cultura

Thursday, Sept. 15   Grito of Dolores Celebration
 Town Square.
9:30 Folklorico Dancers Performing
10p Coronation of the Festival Queens
11p Celebration of the Proclamation of the Grito of Independence
11:30 Super Crack band

Friday, Sept. 16   Independence Day Parade 8am
Thursday, September 22 at 8pm on the esplanade of the Casa de la Cultura
Celebremos a #IslaMujeres este 22 de septiembre en la explanada de la casa de la cultura a las 8pm.

Thursday Sept. 22  Equinox
Sunday, September 25 at 8pm on the Town Square, celebration of the first Anniversary of Isla Mujeres being named as a Pueblo Magico.


The 9th annual Diabetes Clinic will be November 3rd in La Gloria. We are a team of nurses, social workers, EMT's and paramedics with a doctor for consultation of patients who need to be seen immediately. Please consider donating $50 which would buy 200 test strips, enough for one patient for a year. We also need donations of reading glasses, particularly the higher numbers. Many diabetics have vision problems too. We have a drop off location at Marina Paraiso Hotel or will pick up wherever you are! Muchisimas gracias for your generosity ~ Contact  Karen Rosenberg Here or email me at

Sources for Storm Information:
Tropical Tidbits

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9. 

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