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The weather over Christmas and New Year’s was about as perfect as it gets around here but like all good things it came to an end. Country wide everybody broke open the barrels and braced for the smell of camphor balls as Wednesday night was a cold one, with temperatures dipped as low as 50 degrees.

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New to the island is the Asian Garden Day Spa, a family operated business with friendly faces. The Asian Garden has a very tranquil and simplistic Asian theme which offers customers an oasis from the hustle and bustle of life. Its distinguished characteristic is the ultimate spa experience.

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Ambergris Today Newspaper published an article titled Bats for Belize on Thursday, November 8, 2007, Vol. 9 No. 43, where the article talked about the Basher Family from St. Charles, Missouri organized a fundraiser event in order to buy sports equipment for Belize. This past Sunday, December 30, the Basher family was at the Softball finals where they made their donation.

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From 13,000 feet above San Pedro, Rich Grimm and the Tsunami skydivers exited the Twin Otter aircraft and dove into the wild, blue yonder, plummeting down at about 125 M.P.H., the amazing view of the Caribbean Sea and Ambergris Caye rushing up at them.

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New to the island is Artistic Skin Designs Belize Ltd, a professional tattoo shop that boasts over 20 years of experience in the body art business. Ken Richmond and John Tener moved to San Pedro from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA after falling in love with the island, its weather and its people (who doesn’t).

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Last week Thursday, residents of San Pedro woke up to what they have expressed to be a horrific site - the demolition of Central Park. Only three weeks away from municipal elections, the San Pedro Town Council decided to go along with phase three of Central Park renovations, a $2 million plan which they presented three years ago to the business community.

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A strange, but funny, rumor came through our office this past week. It seems that a Chinese merchant who sells Boledo “Lottery” tickets intentionally swallowed a winning ticket after he refused to pay up winnings of $10,000. Now these are only rumors and not confirmed facts. After a man discovered that he had won big on a Sunday Boledo, he went over to claim his $10,000 winnings to a Chinese merchant. Not wanting to pay up the big cash win, the merchant proceeded to swallow the ticket so as to destroy any evidence that someone had won.

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Press Release – San Pedro Town Council – February 14th, 2006 – Much has been said about the streets lately - that the Town Council has no interest in up keeping the streets. The truth of the matter is far from true.

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The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Said Musa and members of his Cabinet met on Monday, January 7, at the Princess Hotel and Casino with members of the clergy for a breakfast meeting. During the meeting, which was attended by a majority of Belize’s clergy, the Prime Minister announced that he will advise the Governor-General to dissolve the National Assembly and set Thursday, February 7th as Election Day.

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On Friday, February 10, 2006 the United Democratic Party unveiled their town council manifesto for the upcoming municipal elections at the Belize Yacht Club. “Your vote for a UDP Town Council is a vote for greater vision, honesty, integrity, openness, fairness, good government and a team that works to make our beloved town a better place for all,” stated Mayoral candidate Elsa Paz in her opening remarks.

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Channel 7NEWS in Belize City confirmed that according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, the Police Department has decided to act decisively on a case of extreme police abuse during an incident that occurred on New Year’s Eve.

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Ambergris Today met with Mayor Elsa Paz on Monday, January 8, to discuss what plans the Town Council has in store this year for the betterment and beautification of the island. Mayor Paz informed us that the Town Council has many plans for different areas of the island but their main concerns at the moment are the issues of the street and crime.

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A California tourist who went on a scuba diving excursion last week Thursday died before she could be given medical treatment in San Pedro. 68-year-old Janice Redman suffered the fatal mishap while she was scuba diving near the Hol Chan area with a tour company from Caye Caulker.

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They told police they are hunters but police say 25 year old Juan Cuz and 26 year old Andrew Swan are more like pirates who have been terrorizing the seas off of San Pedro.

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U.S. Ambassador Robert J. Dieter is proud to announce the launch of a new web site of the Embassy of the United States to Belize. The website has undergone a major transformation, in a redesign process updating both the form and content of the site. It now stands as the official source of information on the United States in Belize.

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PUP Standard Bearer, Mel Spain is on a roll, helping out the residents of San Pedro, La Isla Bonita, either by giving donations to the BDF, repairing the streets or giving away toys to the children. She is making a huge impact in the eyes of island residents in a positive way. This week was no different. Mel Spain and her group of workers were out distributing paint to several residents in different areas of the island. Over 200 buckets of paint were distributed in the San Mateo Area, San Pedrito Area, D.F.C Area and San Juan Area.

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Born Sheila Audrey Grey-Wilson in Belize, formerly British Honduras, she was the youngest of six children. Sheila Audrey Hewitt, a retired homemaker, died at the age of 80 on June 10, 2004 at St. Joseph Medical Center after suffering from multiple complications following surgery.

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As you start your journey up north across the bridge, you will be attracted by a bright pink and blue building that definitely stands out amongst its neighborhood. An oasis, of sorts, the new Sweet Basil Restaurant and Bar has risen form dormancy and is now offering the same great ambience it once did but with a new menu that promises to keep the establishments reputation as one of the “sweetest” spots up north and a must visit while visiting San Pedro.

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It was a beautiful, clear day early last Thursday afternoon when Chad Zielinski joined fifteen other Tsunami skydivers aboard the DeHavilland Twin Otter aircraft for the ride that took them up to 13,000 feet in the azure skies above San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

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Twenty-seven students along with professors from McDaniel College in Maryland U.S.A. arrived this Monday in San Pedro to take part in the school’s “Fishing and Diving-Belize” course, which is taking place in Belize for the 9th consecutive year. Accompanying the students to the island for their January study tour are Professors Herb Smith (course founder) and Dr. Brian Wladkowski, a political science and chemistry instructor, respectively.

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