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“I just do things and enjoy the moment!” commented Janet Brown to Ambergris Today as we chatted with her. To everyone on the island she is known as Jan and to her surprise, the staff of Ambergris Today visited her on an early Thursday morning to honor her with the coveted title of Person of the Year for 2010.

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Fire completely destroyed Judy’s Fast Food and Bar located in the San Juan Area on a quiet Boxing Day afternoon. The San Pedro Fire Department received a report of a fire in the San Juan Area on Sunday, December 26, 2010, and quickly dispatched the two fire trucks to the scene, upon their arrival the establishment was completely engulfed by fire.

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It’s that time of year when San Pedro Businesses give back to their customers through great raffles that offer great prizes. Here are this season’s winners of Christmas raffles at: Dalias Store1st Prize – Daewoo Refrigerator – Edgar Mungia – ticket # 4338532nd Prize – Premium Pressure Cooker – Elsy Gomez –ticket # 4326113rd Prize – Oster Blender – Ilda Edwards – ticket # 8549034th Prize – Rival Cake Mixer – Elder Vanogus (Oscars Gym) – ticket # 4336555

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Ambergris Today had a most joyful time last night, Thursday, December 23, as the staff joined the San Pedro Lions Club on their annual Christmas Caroling. Joining in on the fun this year was the San Pedro AIDS Commission. Spreading cheer and holiday joy was the mission of the night and everybody had so much fun doing it.

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Belize City, Belize, - Three culinary bloggers were in country to spend a week experiencing the flavors of Belize. Julia Coney – Blogger of Black Atlas, Kristine Hansen – Blogger of AOL’s Slashfood and Kelly Goodman – Blogger of Travellious, traveled around country to get a true taste of the varied delicacies Belize has to offer. Their visit took them to three distinct destinations across the country where they engaged in various tasting sessions of meals that are unique to those specific localities.

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Discovery Expeditions invited Ambergris Today to experience two of their most outstanding underwater adventures available in San Pedro, Sea Trek and Snuba. On Thursday, December 16, 2010, Delsie and I of the Ambergris Today arrived at the Discovery Expeditions office where they were greeted by the amazing staff, while observing their brand new look. Then setting off to a short boat ride to Mexico Rocks where the Sea Symphony was awaiting us.

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Earlier this year El Pescador Lodge in North Ambergris Caye hosted the filming of "Buccaneers and Bones" starring Michael Keaton actor/director, Tom Brokaw news anchor of NBC among others. The outdoor adventure was filmed on Ambergris Caye by Orion Multimedia, the world's largest producer of outdoor adventure television, and will air on December 31, 2010.

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Mangrove Habitat Creation using Riley Encased Methodology (REM)The health of coral reefs is dependent on the health of the closely associated seagrass beds and mangroves.  In Particular, mangroves provide coastal protection and other valuable environmental functions that artificial structures, such as seawalls, can never achieve. Nevertheless, the most significant threats to the integrity of these ecosystems are anthropogenic influences including dredging, mangrove clearing and coastal development

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CHRISTMAS 2010 PRESS RELEASE – PART ONE: Without the usual pomp and circumstance, the Free Music School, FMS, is giving free keyboards, guitars, silver flutes and violins to all of its conscientious students this Christmas. By executive decision, FMS, now in its eighth year, is breaking with the Christmas tradition of providing free turkey dinner, toys and gifts for every passerby in Central Park. Although the seven-year tradition has enabled literally thousands of Sanpedranos, the distribution of free musical instruments is more meaningful to our students.

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The Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the opening of its new office at 63 Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro Town. It is located on Barrier Reef Drive (Front Street) on the second floor above the Blu Gift Shop.

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It is always an honor to be first - first in your class, first in a competition or race, first in arriving to some goal. So who will be the FIRST BABY to be born for the New Year 2011, which is just around the corner? A baby always brings much joy and happiness to a family. A baby brings a bond between mom and dad and much love to be shared by the grandparents and all the rest of the family. A baby is the ultimate act of love in a family and something to be celebrated at birth and for the rest of his/her life.

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The San Pedro Dance Company put on another great show as part of its annual Christmas Show extravaganza. As usual this show brings a fresh and exciting new repertoire and this year was no exception. There were classical and ballet dances with the theme- “The Story of Reina Coral” by renowned choreographer Rosita Baltazar. And then there were the spicy modern selections like Lambada, Samba, and even the banda songs like La Quebradita presented by new choreographer of the Company, Alexander of Panama.

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The San Pedro Lions Club is one of the hardest working groups on the island, always working to raise funds, help the sick and needy and doing much more. But around Christmas time they are known for throwing the best Senior Citizens Dance, Children’s Party, a very festive Christmas Caroling and the ever popular New Year’s Dance!

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The former President of Columbia and former Secretary General of the OAS, César Gaviria, said it best on his visit to the island of Ambergris Caye during his participation in the Oceana board members' meeting earlier this month – “Tourism is the only main industry that your island depends on; you need to take care of it.” And with this statement in mind and some pressing issues affecting our community, a group of concerned citizens met on Friday, December 17, 2010, to take the first step into starting a new battle against crime on the island.

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Words are not enough to explain the emotion and happiness felt by the family of Baby Daniel as they saw him and his parents come out of the plane upon their arrival back home to San Pedro on board a Tropic Air flight at 11a.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2010. (Baby Daniel was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a rare liver disorder that required major surgery and transplants. After a successful surgery a few months ago, Baby Daniel is on a good road to recovery.)

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The island is definitely feeling the Christmas fever! All schools are celebrating with their annual Christmas show just in time before they are off for the Holidays. Below are pictures of the Island Schools that brought families & friends together for great entertainment and memorable moments. Happy Holidays Everyone!

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British infantry will no longer receive top level jungle training after the Ministry of Defense has made the surprise announcement to mothball its base in Belize as part of cost savings. The departure of 3,000 troops a year who go through the tough training has also led to fears that Belize will be more vulnerable to foreign invasion similar to the incursions by Guatemala in the late 80’s.

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Ambergris Today had the honors of being present at the opening of the 36th ordinary summit of Heads of State and the Government of SICA held on Thursday, December 16 at Coco Beach Resort on North Ambergris Caye.

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Ground breaking for the Rehabilitation and Upgrading of the “John Greif II Airport”

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