Monday, December 9, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Monday, December 9 The Afternoon Edition

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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.

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   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

75 students registered for ferry transport subsidies from the City

Esperan becas de transporte

Domingo, 08 de Diciembre de 2013 21:56

Se inscriben 75 aspirantes para recibir este apoyo por parte de la Comuna

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de diciembre.- 
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On Friday, December 13 the municipal Department of Social Development will release a list of the beneficiaries and the amounts that each will receive. In the beginning, there were about 150 students under consideration, at various educational levels, from primary to university. The two criteria for the subsidies are the student's economic situation and their grade average.  Applications were taken from November 25 to Dec 7.  
Former league leaders, "Pescadores" suffer a painful defeat 

Pescadores sufre dolorosa derrota

Domingo, 08 de Diciembre de 2013 21:52

Ante los líderes de la liga estatal

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de diciembre.- 
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The Isla Mujeres team, Los Pescadores, were leading the state league, until this painful loss to the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas, at the Isla Mujeres stadium "El Pescador" .  The seventh inning was decisive, when the game was tied, ... then the Pescadores were winning...and then they weren't, and they couldn't recover in the last two innings.  Now Lazaro Cardenas leads the league and Isla Mujeres is in second place. (I don't understand baseball Spanish very well & am not doing justice to this article.)

Dramatic victory for "Cahuameras"

Dramática victoria cahuamera

Domingo, 08 de Diciembre de 2013 21:51

Sobre la selección de Benito Juárez

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de diciembre.-
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At one point the game was tied with each team having 73 points, and a basket was scored for two points. It was dramatic with extra time being played when the score was tied and only four seconds of regulation play remained. There was s shot from the penalty line, and an Isla player lost the ball in a dramatic manner. After playing overtime, the final score was 75-73, and the winning basket for Los Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres was a dramatic lay-up.  (I didn't understand the details after the tie on this one either)
     The Islenos won both games this weekend and on Saturday the final score was 83-76. They are now in second place, behind La Rebotera of Cancun, who have only lost three games. The Cahuameros have accumulated four losses.  

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Public Services Department fences in lagoon

Delimita Servicios Públicos cuerpo lagunar

Delimita Servicios Públicos cuerpo lagunar
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Mayor guarantees benefits for city employees

Garantiza edil prestaciones a empleados de Ayuntamiento

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 Traditional festival for the Virgin concludes
Concluye la tradicional fiesta a la virgen[+] Ver mas
The festivities commemorating the 102 years since the religious image was brought to the island from the Boca Iglesia church concluded on Sunday, when the Virgin was taken out onto the Bay for one last ride before returning to her niche in the Church. Hundreds of parishioners in boats participated in the event.
      The festivals began on November 28th, and dozen of organizations, cooperatives, groups, and unions participated, including: Over a dozen gremios/groups including fishermen, women, teens, police, colonias (villages), businesses, and children. This included the fishermens coops of  s Justicia Socia, Isla Blanca, Caribe, and  Patria y Progreso; and the Tourism Service Coops (nautical tours): Adolfo López, Isla Mujeres and Isla Bonita. The participating colonias were  Cañotal, Miraflores, la Gloria y Salina Grande. Other groups were the chefs of the CROC union, the teen group, the children's group, the fishermen's "barrio de pescadores" Police officers, the women's group, and the mobile vendors group.

Unfinished works remain on the malecon
Aun obras inconclusa en el malecón [+] Ver mas
There is a hole in Matamoros street, just steps from the Rueda Medina Malecon, where a barrier has been placed. There a Electrical poles that are deteriorating along the malecon of Reuda Medina, and sections of sidewalk that are unfinished. It was decided five years ago to put the utility services underground along Rueda Medina, which has not yet occurred. The Casa de Cultura still remains unfinished, as well as the municipal market in Canotal, and the sidewalks were not finished in Sac Bajo.

Fishermen seek to "recuperate" an area of beach
Pescadores buscan “recuperar” una zona de playa.. [+] Ver mas
A petition with 700 signatures is being presented to the municipal authorities, said Alberto Figueroa Sanchez, who is one of the leaders of the group who are asking for "recovery" of an area of beach along the boardwalk of Rueda Medina. The areas is about 100 meters in length and the concession was given to  Rolando Figueroa, Luis Valencia, Rolando “Pelayo” Figueroa  (sic, I don't know if those are different people or the same) and Manuel Figueroa Velázquez, who are related to the complainant.
  He said this is not a family matter, but rather it is about the need to maintain the entire site as an open area for boats to be parked and nets to be repaired, which is used by local families, as well as tourists. The area in question is from the Posada beach to the concession of the family Velazquez.
   The theme of "recovery" is not new to the beaches in Isla Mujeres. Over a decade agao there was  a disagreement over the Posada beach when members of the family of ex governor Ross intended to construct a solid structure, which resulted in the detention of two people, one of whom is Gomez Tur. He is  now a leader among residents of the colonia La Guadalupania, who occupy an abandoned property.
  According to the law in this matter, natural or legal persons may solicit a concession or a permit corresponding to its use, development, and operation from the  Dirección General de Zona Federal Marítimo Terrestre & Ambientes Costeros. It is assumed these men obtained the concession in this manner, but the plaintiffs are asking for reconsideration to grant "recovery" and allow the area to be available for public use, because there is an absence of public beach under municipal concession.
   The Posada beach has not been 'recovered', and the public lost the Garrafon beach area at the hands of Governor Ross in 1998, when it was removed from municipal control with an agreement to be administered by Xcaret for the next 30 years, generating a municipal income of more than 20,000 dollars monthly.

Caribbean sea walk: Less attractive now
Ya poco atractivo, el Malecón Caribe[+] Ver mas
The new Caribbean malecon walkway has suffered damage from vandals. The second stage was opened a few months ago, and now there are lights that have been damaged or removed, as well as some cables and barricades.  The photo shows one that was tossed over the cliff, ten meters below. The improvements cost nearly 3 million pesos, and residents want city officials to control the problem. The ornamental plants need pruning to improve visibility, and some families do not use it after dark, because of the other people who are there.Yet frequently you see parents, children, and pets, and there are more cyclists using the track, which is not appropriate.
  The recreational area opened May 1st, in response to demand for a nice place to view the Caribbean sea, watch the lights of passing cruise ships & cargo ships. There are lights, benches, landscaping, and a path of 400 meters that is wide enough for a family.
   The project consists of four stages, with the final part involving a two kilometer extension to the Trash Transfer Station area. It is noted that the area needs increased police patrols.

Christmas in Isla Mujeres?

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A larger studio is available now, until Dec 29th as a special price of $300/wk. 
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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 or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; 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 pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants

December Calendar of events

 Festivities for the Patron Saint, The Virgin of Immaculate Conception are Nov. 28-Dec 8
The religious image was moved here from the Boca Iglesia Church to Isla Mujeres, where she has been honored annually for 102 years. HERE is an article about the Festiv

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
 They have been setting up the circular stadium, along the Caribe road down south, which usually means a 'bullfight' with little people and heifers, where no one is harmed. There could be trained monkeys riding dogs, or circus animals, rides for the kids, and vendors.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th.
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. 

Everyone is invited!Dec 14 Saturday 5:30-8:30 Casa Sirena Benefit for Brazos Abiertos
Dec 16 -24  The Posadas
Dec 17 Tuesday 4-6  Brisas Grill  Benefit for Keys4Life
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

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

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

Olivas...Toys for PEACE

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

Keys 4 Life  Benefit Event: Tuesday, Dec 17 Brisas Grill 4pm  A Christmas concert called "Secret Santa Christmas Celebration." by Ken Wanovich with buffet, beverage, & gift CD. $20 or 250p (link for tickets). Profits will be spent on toys, and Ken explains, "The concept is that we are the Secret Santa, giving gifts to the children through the parents, who cannot afford gifts for their own families." 


  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, 630 to 830 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 2p Reggae/Cuban   off & on

  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!! — at Fenix Lounge.
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. 
The Sol Rockers play at Bahia Tortuga on Sunday evenings. 
RYAN RYCKMAN......back at ComoNo......every night 8:30You 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

From Bahia Tortuga....
Bahia Tortuga Restaurant-Bar / Hotel / Marina's photo.

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 Playa Fenix for Salsa...which started an hour later than usual.  Late afternoon clouds rolling thru.
 At Iguanas for more music...Sunset

Organized chaos in the water procession following la virgen


We ended up in the Ultramar boat, la virgen is in blue in front of the other big boat that was in the procession. Good times.

Jackie ConlonIslaholics
Ferry 1996


Question - I am working with 4th graders to teach different traditions or customs of Mexico, particularly during Christmas or winter months. Does anyone have any information? Thank you

  • I answered.....
  • In Mexico the holiday season is Lupe-Reyes...From the day of the patron saint of Mx Dia de Guadalupe to Dia de los Reyes when children get presents (in their shoes)..and includes the posadas..nine days b/f buenanoche (xmas eve)..when in neighborhoods the turning away of Mary & Joseph is reenacted...until they get to the house where they are accepted..and that's where the evening neighborhood party is..w pinatas of course. (There is also a play like this on the town square one night of the posadas) Star pinatas are popular at this time. Down here, (I dunno about the rest of Mx) the turkey is stuffed w ground meat..'picadillo'. A popular game among the kids is to tie a balloon around ankles and try and break each others. Kids go around in groups/choirs and sing The Rama and are given pesos..and sing a Thank You refrain then (it is a looooong song).

    For dia de los Reyes, there are roscas..king cakes. If you get the baby Jesus in your have to make the tamales for your friends on Candlemas..Feb 2. (Here in Isla Mujeres...the season kinda starts earlier. Our town saint celebration annually begins on Nov 28 and concludes on her day Dec 8.) They have set up the circular stadium for the 'bull fight' on Dia de is Little People and Little Cows and no one gets hurt. )In old days for the annual town festival..they had to bring the bull over on a boat..and after the bull fight, the town feasted on the bull.) Last year there were other circus animals too...and horses for the parade...all coming & going on the ferry. During the posadas there are dances on the town square...usually featuring dancers/styles from different states in Mx, and vendors selling to the side there are rentals of strollers for kids & sometimes vendors from other parts of Mx.


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