Monday, August 18, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, August 18 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in August!, 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 in August...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am now 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 ....

Floral offering commemorating 20 years since the immersion of the Cross of the Bay

A 20 años de la inmersión de la Cruz de la Bahía

Lanrry PARRA

Dozens of boats participated in the ceremony placing a wreath above the Cross of the Bay to commemorate 20 years since it was installed. The mayor Agapito Magaña Sánchez was in charge of the event and was accompanied by his wife Marthy Varguez de Magaña. 
        The procession began at the church of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at about 9am, and moved through the downtown area to the vehicle ferry dock, where one of the ferries sailed out into the bay at 10:30 am.  At about 11am there was a Mass to mark the 20th anniversary of the immersion of the "Cruz de la Bahia", in the area of Los Manchones.

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de agosto.-

Church plans third marriage retreat

Previous two events were successful 

Tras dos exitosas ediciones

Lanrry PARRA
The Catholic Church is planning a retreat for married couples on October 3, 4, & 5th at the Hotel Cristalmar, and expecting 40 couples to attend. At the event last year, there were thirty couples at the event and last weekend 14 couples spent three days at "Marriage Encounter" retreat at a local hotel. The priest Raul Sanchez Alonzo said the previous events were successful at strengthening the bonds between the couples and making them more united.
ISLA MUJERES, 17 de agosto.-

Official commemoration of the 164th anniversary of the founding of the city of Isla Mujeres 

Con motivo del 164 aniversario de la fundación de la ciudad de Isla Mujeres

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de agosto.-
The City Council held their official commemoration of the 164th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres on Sunday evening, which was attended by representatives of all three levels of government. At the event, recognition was given to the winner of the first Women's Fishing Tournament on June 14th, Imar Concepción Martínez Nájera. The Citizen's Merit award, was given to Don Romualdo Velázquez Delgado, for his essay "Mahache", which won second place in the national contest titled "The Old Man & The Sea". The Tourism Merit award was given to licensees of the whale sharks.
   The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez said, "Those who live on the island, those who live in the continental zone, those who were born here, and those who came after to contribute their best to improving this location; we are all isleños (islanders)."  He also spoke emotionally about the contributions, dedication,  and commitment of Professor Gilberto Avalos Galue, who recently died. Other speeches were made, and the official's names are given in the article.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Commemoration of 20 years since the immersion of the Cross of the Bay

Conmemoran los 20 años de la inmersión de la Cruz de la Bahía en #IslaMujeres

Family & friends say goodbye to professor Gilberto Avalos Galue

Noticias de  Quequi......

  • Increasing security at Salina Grande 


    Refuerzan la seguridad en Salina Grande

    Refuerzan la seguridad en Salina Grande0 18 de agosto de 2014 
    In response to citizen complaints about burglaries and a lack of security in the area, the police chief, Joaquin Poot Acosta said they are increasing patrols in Salina Grande at the walking path. Residents also complained about a lack of lighting, and now there is better lighting at the path, said the police chief. The foot patrols will be equipped with radios, so they can request support if there is a problem. 
        Last June the City Council approved hiring 40 officers, and now that the increase has been achieved, the police chief said they plan to meet several commitments on the island, as well as on the mainland. As a result, there is now more staff to assign to areas where it was previously difficult to give coverage.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-



    Preparing maritime procession to Isla Contoy

    Preparan la procesión marítima a ContoyPreparan la procesión marítima a Contoy

    0 18 de agosto de 2014 
    The pilgrimage taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to Isla Contoy will take place on September 6th. This annual traditional event includes hundreds of people, and recently the fishermen had a meeting and a tour of Isla Contoy to determine what is needed for the event. The Virgin icon is taken from the chapel of the Church of Immaculate Conception aboard a boat for the pilgrimage by sea to Isla Contoy, where a Mass is celebrated. The leader of the fishermen in Isla Mujeres, Baltazar Gómez Catzín, said about 100 boats are expected to participate and the cruise takes about 50 minutes. He said last year about 80  vessels participated.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

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Plan to construct a "Casa de la  Crónica ": Lacks funding yet
Hay plan de construir la casa de la crónica[+] Ver mas
The town historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid,  responded in an email to the comments made in Por Esto yesterday by former councilman Emilio Sosa Medina. He said there are plans to build a  Casa de la Crónica de Isla Mujeres, but resources are needed for the project. He also explained that he performs several functions simultaneously as a public servant, but he receives no salary for his work as the town historian (cronista), and that he does this as an honorary service, without income.
     He said that the laws governing the performance of his duties allow him to produce his work from his home, and to house the historical materials there. He said it has been five years since the plans were made for the Casa de la Cronica of Isla Mujeres, but no resources have been allotted yet.
   He said he also serves as Chairman of the Technical Advisory Board of the Isla Contoy National Park, in an honorary, unpaid capacity, as well being a consultant for the project of cultural rescue that is taking place currently at the Hacienda Vista Alegre of Fermin Mundaca, also altruistically, without charging a penny. 
       "I regret that there are people who accuse me without being able to prove their allegations. Your assumptions are just that and nothing more, " said Sr. Villanueva in the final part of his email. 
      Sr Sosa replied by saying the historical materials should be readily available as reference tools for students, researchers, and tourists, and asked which law empowers the historian to "virtually own what is the cultural heritage of the town".
   Sr. Villanueva works for the City as the head of the municipal union, and Sr. Sosa alleged that he was collecting pay from two jobs simultaneously, which would be illegal. That translation & link to that article yesterday is HERE.

Suicide by official is confirmed
Confirman suicidio de funcionario.. [+] Ver mas

The death certificate released by authorities on Sunday morning confirmed that the cause of death of politician  Gilberto Ávalos Galué was asphyxia by hanging. His funeral Mass was scheduled at 4pm at the Church of the Sacred Heart on Sunday, followed by interment at the municipal cemetery in colonia La Gloria. The road in front of his house, which is on the way to Garrafon, was partially closed so that friends and family could participate. On social networks islanders were expressing grief and condolences to the family.
    Sr. Avalos left five teenagers, and many friends in political, sports, and social spheres. His last public office was representing Isla Mujeres at the Department of Education of Quintana Roo. He served as a mentor for three decades at the primary school  “Andrés Quintana Roo”, but in recent years has delegated this responsibility to a colleague. He has had direct contact with several generations of students, who expressed surprise and consternation at his sudden death. There is conjecture that economic difficulties may have been a factor in his suicide. Authorities have said they have no reason to suspect any foul play.

Commemoration of the anniversary of the Cross of the Bay
Conmemoran aniversario de la Cruz de la Bahía[+] Ver mas
This article contains information that has already been translated about the cultural events and exhibits associated with the 164 anniversary of the founding of the town,  plus comments that there was a lack of translations for the visitors who do not know Spanish. An unnamed hotel manager said frequently their guests encounter a "tower of Babel" at these cultural programs, and noted that this issue was raised when the current administration was campaigning.

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 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...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso
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NEED DIABETES SUPPLIES FOR OCTOBER DIABETES CLINIC: We have been doing Diabetes Clinics on Isla Mujeres for five years, with more local residents participating annually. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners. Diabetes is now the primary cause of death in Mexico.
We are in great need of donations of glucometers and strips, specifically these brands: Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch. Many doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals discard strips that are almost expired. Strips are actually still effective for at least a year after expiration dates so often those are the ones that are most often donated. If you have any contact with medical professionals or pharmaceutical reps, you can often get current supplies. We can also use lancets, lancet devices, alcohol pads, and syringes.
The next clinic will be in October 2014. Contact Karen Rosenberg at or Kathy Ennis at or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.


 Aug. 26 Kapanga at Poc Na

Link to video  

 Sept 5 Los Cafres at Poc Na


Linkto video above

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 
Friday, July 4 El Patio 8-10:30
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm   discontinued for now

 Ryan Rickman Friday - Tuesday at 8 - 11 pm (Fridays 9 pm - 12)
 Fabio Thursdays and Sundays 6:30 - 8 pm 
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 Fridays 
Wednesdays & Thursdays live music with a band that rotates starting at 8:30-11 pm.

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 
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!! 
 Sat ~2p Frequencia

       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) & SeBlues..tho he's off isle right now.

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


August Events

Turtle hatchling releases at Media Luna & Guadalupana (eastern)  beaches  TBA (Usually 1-2 days before event.)

 (Gets 10 min later across month)
Aug 1   ~6:20am
Aug 31 ~6:30am

(Gets 20 mins earlier across month)
Aug 1   ~7:25p
Aug 31 ~7:05p
Aug 9  5:05 am   ~Full moon sets before sunrise 
Aug 10 6:11am     Full moon sets  ~sunrise

Aug 10  Full Moon Rises at 7:18p   Sunset ~7:20p
Aug 11    Sunset ~7:20p  Moonrise 8:07p

Aug 12  Moonrise 8:54p
Aug 13  Moonrise 9:40p
Aug 14  Moonrise 10:25p
Aug 15  Moonrise 11:10p

Aug 7, Thursday Artist Fair on the Square 5:30-9:30 Summer Hours

Aug 15 Friday
 11a City Council room: Presentation of the book "Isla Mujeres a traves del tiempo, tomo II. Fidel Villanueva Madrid, Historian of the City 
7pm Documentary Exposition  Town Hall Pasillo
7:30pm Inauguration of Photographic Exposition  Hidalgo Avenue

Aug. 16 Saturday  8pm  Town Square
Presentation of the show: "Monsters & Mayan Legends" (Monstruos y Leyendas Mayas)
Presentation of a dance:  Traditions of Isla Mujeres"
Regional Night with an orchestra from the township of Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Aug. 17 Sunday
9am Port Authority Pier (#6)  Floral offering for the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Cruz de la Bahia/Cross in the Bay

Following Mass: Procession from the Church on the Town Square celebrating the Virgin of Assumption going down Guerrero, to Lopez Mateos, then down Rueda Medina, main street. The walkers will return to the square via Morelos, while the decorated carts go farther down Medina to loop back from the south to the north. There is a contest for the top five decorated carts.

8pm Town Square
Official Session of the City Council commemorating the 164th Anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres
Homage to the founding families
Giving of the Award for Citizenship
Giving of the Award for Tourism

 On August 31, about 500 athletes, both Mexican and international, are expected to participate in an open water swimming competition, Competencia de Nado de Aguas Abiertas, at Playa Norte/North Beach. The swimmers will travel distances between 250 meters and five kilometers, with the course being defined by a rectangle of buoys off Playa Norte. Dozens of foreigners are expected to participate, especially from the United States.



Whale Shark Season ...ends Sept 15
It is Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting season
Red & Blue crabs are migrating to the sea for spawning during full moons

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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