Friday, November 29, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, November 29

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From the City....

Lifeguard training continues by the Civil Protection Department. Establishments with beaches or located on bodies of water are required by law to have certified lifeguards and are reminded to request information about dates for training.

Graphic about the census in March which says Where were you born?...Asssk me!

  Forty residents with disabilities received credentials from the City, via the DIF social service agency, for free transportation on the Ultramar ferry, and a significant discount for their companion, due to an agreement between the City and the company. Dr. Xhanat Tze González Mora noted that the CRIM rehabilitation center offers various services to residents with disabilities, including classes in on ongoing manner in Braille and sign language. 

Three steps to compact Tetrabrik
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Residents of the "irregular" colonia Guadalupana reported that heavy machinery is being used to clean land at the municipal cemetery near their neighborhood, which includes the destruction of trees. They say families need the shade from the trees when they visit the cemetery during the day, and they also want authorities to ensure that protected species, like chit, aren't being destroyed. They are also concerned about the changes to the slope of the land and the amount of debris, and they don't understand why this work is being done. They note that there are still many spaces available at the cemetery, even though it has grown rapidly. (photos)

Sunday, Dec 1st at 7pm on the downtown basketball court there will be a lightning baskeball tournament for males 13 and older with surprise prizes.

 Although Saturday is the deadline for the completion of the installation of the wastewater network, and the winter holiday season is approaching, the road remains in need of repairs. The Mayor has had meetings with the company concerning the need to pave the road 100 percent and to not just patch it. Aguakan has begun repairing the the four kilometers of road where a ditch was opened for the introduction of the pipes, from the municipal Trash Transfer Facility to the Monument to Ramon Bravo. (photos)  VIDEO  

Notice that the INE voter registration module is on the island today, Nov. 29th.

City Councilman Hector Gil Chable said that Aguakan is asking for another ten days to conclude the introduction of the wastewater and tap water networks, which was scheduled for completion on November 30th, moving the deadline to December 10th. They need these ten days to repair the cuts that were made in the road, and there are some sections where the pipe has not yet been installed. He said there is also a need to restart work in January 2020, opening ditches to introduce pipes, when the road will be repaired again.
Last weekend, Isla Mujeres fisherman J.C.C., of the Caribe cooperative, died from decompression after diving for lobster and passed away before reaching the island.  Before this death, two other cases were registered, one fisherman from the Isla Blanca coop and one from the Patria and Progreso coop. Although it is only five months into the lobster catching season, 147 divers have suffered from decompression this season, which will conclude on Feb. 29th. The Director of Fishing, Polycarp Pastrana said the doctor who manages the Hyperbaric Chamber has offered courses about the risks of decompression and measures that must be adopted to avoid it, but there has been little interest in these classes.

From  Por Esto :

Security cameras will be installed  

Instalarán cámaras de vigilancia

Isla Mujeres news briefs 

Breves de Isla Mujeres

The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros will visit the Astros de Tulum this Sunday, for the eighth game of the IV Championship of the Northern League of Quintana Roo. The game will begin at 1p, in that town. The Cockteleros won the previous championship, and are on their way to winning this one, and on the cusp of joining the Category A competition. 

Flu vaccines at Maritime Terminal 

Vacuna contra la influenza en la terminal marítima

     The Isla Mujeres Community Hospital will install a health module in the Maritime Terminal of Isla Mujeres to administer flu vaccines on Fridays from 9am to 1pm for island residents, particularly those at risk who include pregnant women, children under five and adults 60 and over, and persons with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cancer, or HIV. The vaccines are free, even for those without Seguro Popular insurance. 
   The Director of the Community Hospital advised that people with influenza shouldn't shake hands or exchange kisses, should cough into their inner elbow, and should employ proper hand washing methods to prevent the spread of infection. Residents are advised to see a doctor if they experience symptoms such as a sudden fever over 38, body aches, headaches, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose and to avoid self-medication.


 Published yesterday....

      Today, while Americans gather together to gratefully remember the history of their country's European settlers being fed by the native people, and the blessings & opportunities they've enjoyed; hundreds of Islanders will take to the streets, in celebration of their Patron Saint, affectionately nicknamed "Conchita", followed by dancing on the Town Square, and a week and a half of festivities.
Yesterday's patron saint procession 

    For over a century, generations of Islanders have gathered together to celebrate their Patron Saint "Conchita", whose legends include a journey from Spain, discovery in an abandoned sixteenth-century church, and a case of mistaken identity, as well as occasionally shedding tears, starting fires, wandering the coast, and influencing the weather. 

     In Mexico, Patron Saint celebrations feature a week or two of loud music, dancing, singing, fairs, fireworks, rodeos, religious gatherings and processions. In Isla, this begins tonight at the 7p mass when the icon of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception comes down from her niche to join hundreds of devout islanders walking together thru the downtown streets, singing in her honor. Later there will be festivities on the Town Square with live music and dancing.
      "Conchita" is one of three "sister" statues relocated by three fishermen from the ancient Catholic church, Boca Iglesia, in the late 1800's, several decades after Isla Mujeres was founded. The icons are wooden carvings with hands and faces made of porcelain, and the other two were taken to Kantunilkin and Izamal. They were presumably brought to the church by Spaniards in the late 1700's.
Boca Iglesia church is located ~40 miles north of the island, where the Spanish first landed in what is now Mexico, after visiting Isla Mujeres in March of 1517. It was constructed the following year on the site of a significant Mayan city, but the isolated Spanish settlement never prospered.
       "Conchita's" first shrine on the isle was a small palapa chapel, and legend has it that when it was time to move her to the church, eight men had difficulty lifting her, although normally two people can easily carry her. After she was moved, the palm chapel burned down, to everyone's astonishment.
        Another version of this story says that enemies of the church attempted to destroy the icon in the small chapel, but the four men were unable to lift it, so they ran away, frightened. Their cabin burned down several days later, which was attributed to anger from the sacred image.
       Islanders have claimed to see "Conchita" walking around the island or on the sea, perhaps seeking her sisters, and it's said that one morning her dress contained burrs and sand. Residents say they have witnessed the image shedding tears and some have seen her face expressing joy or sadness, or changing to images of their dying or deceased relatives.
       In the previous century, musicians & families from around the region would travel to the island to join in this popular festival which will end on her Day, Dec. 8th, when she'll return to her niche after a boat procession around the Bay. Meanwhile, during the next week and half, ~20 groups will hold events in her honor, concluding next Saturday with the Cabalgata horse procession, the vehicle Caravan, and the Mariachi Mass, followed by the communions & other events on Sunday.
       There's a local legend that attributes the bad weather that often occurs after the 8th to her unhappiness about the celebrations ending. However, due to a case of mistaken identity, she also gets out for a week of festivities in August, because for her first 24 years in Isla Mujeres, it was thought that she represented the Virgin of Assumption.
      Isla Mujeres History is sponsored by Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach, and Isla Mujeres News & Events. This article was written by Ronda Winn Roberts.
       Photo #1 of Isla Mujeres in the late 1800's when "Conchita" arrived. #2 is Boca Iglesia, considered by many to be the first Catholic church in Mexico. #3 is the bullring at the 1944 festivities.The bull(s), musicians, and visitors arrived together & it was traditional for the band to strike up a tune in the Bay, and for the attendees to dine on the bull(s). (Bullfights have recently been banned.) #4 is "Conchita" who wears new clothes each year, and past dresses may be on display next to the Church, photo by Tony Garcia.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
November 12   6:30
November 13  7:13
November 14   8:01
November 15   8:53
November 16   9:50
November 17  10:50
November 18  11:51

Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:11-6:04p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:50-7:07a (start-end/mo)
November Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

Wednesday, Nov. 6 Diabetic Clinic-Free for residents with glucose testing, glucometers & supplies, reading glasses, nutritional education. Senior Citizens Club in colonia La Gloria 9a-12p.
 Saturday, Nov 9, the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros will receive the Dorados of Playa del Carmen at the Convention Center court at 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 10  At the Pescador baseball field (in front of Chedraui) the Isla Mujeres Cocteleros of Picus will play the Vaqueros of Leona Vicario. (It doesn't say what time, but games usually begin at 1p.)

Monday, Nov 11-12 N. Taurids Meteor Shower peaks around midnight

Tuesday, Nov. 12  Postal Workers Day  El Día del Cartero y del Empleado Postal

 Thursday, Nov. 14 World Diabetes Day

Friday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 17 Buen Fin (sales)

Saturday, Nov. 16-17 Leonids Meteor Shower  but the moon will interfere

Monday, Nov. 18 Day off for  Día de la Revolución Mexicana  . Banks & governmental offices close.  

Wednesday, Nov. 20 Dia de la Revolucion. There is usually a parade down Rueda Medina that starts around 8a, usually from the Naval base. Expect traffic detours.

Thursday, Nov 21 This year the Artist Fair has moved to the Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square by the Malecon, near the food trucks.

Friday, Nov. 22 Mexican Fair at LYSH  at 6p with food, prizes, surprises & plenty of fun! The Little Yellow Schoolhouse is on Paseo de los Peces...the east-west cross street with Mundaca & the hospital, at the southern end of La Gloria.

Sunday, Nov. 24  at 1p the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros will play the Astros of Tulum at the El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui.

Thursday, Nov. 28 Artist Fair by Town Square at Paseeo de la Triguena every Thursday in high season. Probably starts ~3p

Thursday, Nov. 28 The Festival for the Town Saint, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception will begin
when the icon is removed from her niche after the 7pm Mass when hundreds of parishioners take her on a procession around downtown, and later there will be a cultural event on the Town Square with live music and dancing.
The Cabalgata horse procession is Saturday, Dec. 7th at noon & Por Esto says it will travel from downtown to the colonias. That evening at 7pm is the vehicular caravan around the isle, and at 9pm is the Mass of the Mañanitas with Mariachi.
On her Day, Sunday, Dec. 8th are the Communions (10a) and the procession by the boats in the Bay (3p), with the closing Mass and return to her niche at 6p.
The first four photos are by Bruce, including the cabalgata as they passed by MVC Bed & Beach....offering him tequila. The last four are by Tony Garcia, including the processions from 9-10 years ago.

Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7pm on the Town Square--Lighting of the Christmas lights & dance troupe performances!

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres

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