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USM students performed puppet show at the library

PHILIPSBURG - Students of the Children’s Literature class of the University of St. Martin (USM) performed an entertaining puppet show in the Philipsburg Jubilee Library this week.

The USM students provide the puppet show each year as a fulfillment of their course assignments. The hosts on the day were Rita Carty and Leontine Joseph.

The puppet show, which was completely free of charge, featured stories of Anansi and the Tug of War, the Little Red Hen and Rapunzel. The puppets and the performing students interacted with the children in the audience to make it a truly enjoyable show.

Children, from babies to ten years of age, were enthralled by the shows….Hopefully, the students will take this experience with them into their classes when they are teaching,” USM educator Patti Maier stated after the performance took place. 


Lions Club meets representatives of the Police Department

PHILIPSBURG - On Thursday April 16th, representatives from the Lions Club Sin Maarten met with representatives of the police department at the Police Head Quarters in Philipsburg. This first meeting that was held between both entities was to open a line of communication, exchange information and form a good working partnership.

One of the main topics of discussion was the campaign the Lions Club has embarked on, which is to change the present laws and increase the legal age for using alcoholic beverages from 16 years old to 18 years old. The use and abuse of alcohol by under youngster and teenagers is increasingly becoming a problem within our society.

The use and/or abuse of alcohol are linked to many criminal acts that are committed by our youth and are definitely issues that should be dealt with immediately. The carnival season has just started and the use and abuse of alcohol by our youth will again be a major issue. Parents should have a serious talk with their children regarding this topic before they leave home to attend any event.

During the Carnival season the Police Department will be looking into these issues and is definitely in full support of the Lions Club with their campaign and will be doing all possible to assist in making it a successful one. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


Motorists Advised to Cooperate with CYCLING RACE

CAY HILL - The Dutch Riders Cycling Club “Mo trouble” will be holding cycling race on Sunday April 19th 2015 from 02 p.m. until 05 p.m.

The race will start at the Raoul Illidge Sport Complex in Cay Hill heading to Bush road, Long Wall road, Little Bay road, Belair to Raoul Illidge Sport complex. 

15 laps of this same route will be made and will end at the starting point. All drivers are advised to take note of this information and give all cooperation to make this race a successful event. 


RM Concept- Print N Go donates bumper stickers to Art Saves Lives Foundation

PHILIPSBURG - Art Saves Lives Foundation was honored to receive bumper stickers from RM Concept for use in their 2015 fundraising drive.  

Mr. Raymond Mazzola made the donation on behalf of RM Concept. Art Saves Lives is a proud customer of Print N Go, And Print Tees part of the RM Concept Company for the past two years.

Ms. De Weever expressed her thanks to Mr. Mazzola for the generous donation and was especially grateful for the work Print N Go’s Jay Echteld, and Print Tees’ Angela Mazzola have done and continues to do for the organization.  

ASLP has raised funds for almost a year in order to bring the event to fruition to serve local youth who are interested in a career in the arts and strengthen the performing arts on St. Maarten. The week long program begins June 29, 2015. Bumper stickers are on sale for $5 from ASL ambassadors or from any ASL staff member.

About Art Saves Lives

Art Saves Lives Program (ASLP) is a cross-cultural exchange between youth in need and experienced practicing artists who seek to use their talents for positive change. This collaborative project will select renowned artists from around the world who use the arts to introduce participants to global and local traditions and empower them with the life skills necessary to effectively deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life. The program will also provide guidance for young artists with aspirations in pursuing a career in the arts. ASL 2015, an intensive week long workshop program will be held June 29-July 4 on St. Maarten.


MP Lake commends NV GEBE on senior citizens relief program for 2015

PHILIPSBURG – United People’s (UP) party Member of Parliament (MP) Hon. Maurice Lake would like Government to commend NV GEBE for starting the second program bringing relief to the senior citizens of the country by reducing their electricity bills.

“I applaud NV GEBE Board of Directors and Management to continuing the relief program for seniors citizens age 62 and older for another six months.

“The first pilot senior relief program in 2014 was started when I was the Minister of Energy Affairs, and it was considered a success, and I applaud the Managing Board for continuing with the programme through the end of 2015.

“Our seniors have until May 1 to apply for the relief according to information NV GEBE submitted to the media.  Application forms can be picked up at GEBE's main office on Walter Nisbeth road (Pondfill).

“The seniors who were in the program last year have to reapply in order to participate again this year.  I encourage all seniors 62 and over to apply as this will help reduce costs.

“For those who missed the opportunity the last time because of listening to others misguiding them with the wrong information, I encourage you to visit the NV GEBE office in town and get the necessary documentation together that are required to request this assistance that is being offered.

“This initiative is a good step until a more structural solution is implemented by GEBE across the board for everyone and we work towards alternative energy to lower the cost of living for all our people,” MP Hon. Maurice Lake said on Friday.


Central Committee Meeting reconvened for Friday about Draft National Ordinance to Establish Integrity Chamber

PHILIPSBURG – TheCentral Committee of Parliament will meet in public session on April 10. The Minister of General Affairs Hon. Marcel Gumbs will be present for the House session.

The public Central Committee meeting is was adjourned on April 8 is now being reconvened for Friday at 9.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg.

The three point agenda is: the draft National Ordinance for the establishment of a Integrity Chamber; second agenda point is approval of the travel schedule for the year 2015 in connection with Committee and Board of Directors meetings of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino); and the third agenda point is approval of the composition of the delegation and provisions for General Assembly of Parlatino from May 15-16.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.

The parliamentary session will be carried live on St. Maarten Cable TV Channel 120, via Pearl Radio FM 98.1, the audio via the Internet and via 


Temporary road closures on April 12 due to cycling race

PHILIPSBURG - In connection with the upcoming cycling race which is organized by Soualiga Riders and scheduled to take place on Sunday April 12th the police department is announcing the following:

The race will start at 1.00 p.m. on the Welfare road in the vicinity of Willy’s Restaurant and Mini Mart and head towards the Kruythoff round about and turning right on to A.J.C. Brouwers road, round about on the top of the hill, A.J.C. Brouwers road, Church hill round about, Bush road, Zagergut road, The Cottage round about, A. Th. Illidge road, Arch road, Suckergarden road, Freedom Fighter round about, Walter Nisbet road, Saltpickers round about, Walter Nisbet road,A.Th. Illidge road and then making ten laps around the Great Salt Pond and finishing at Air Lekkerbek on the Walter Nisbet road. Approximately 50 riders will be taking place in this race. 

Directly after this “senior” race a race for the “juniors” will take place. This race will be held on the Walter Nisbet road between Air Lekkerbek and Plaza China Supermarket. The entire event will end at approximately 03.00 p.m.

At the intersections along the route of the races there will a police officer or a volunteer who will be assisting in giving direction to other traffic. These volunteers will all be wearing a safety vest. All alleys and street leading to the Walter Nisbet road will be closed during these races.

The police department and race organizers are asking the general public to take note of this event and to give all cooperation necessary to make this event a safe and successful one. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


Police: Message to the Parents for the Carnival Season

FESTIVAL VILLAGE - Carnival 2015 has arrived. There are many youngster and teenagers who will definitely be taking part in the upcoming carnival festivities. The Carnival season is a period in which a lot of alcohol is consumed and the Police Force of Sint Maarten is making appeal to the parents of these youngsters and teenagers with the following advice:

  • Take time out, before your son or daughter takes part in the celebration and talk to them about the use and abuse of alcohol; it just may save a life.
  • A teenager’s brain is developing until the early twenties and is very sensitive to alcohol’s affects on judgment and decision-making.
  • If youngster and teenagers drink, they may temporarily feel elated and happy, but they should not be fooled. The next day isn’t elated and happy at all.
  • Their inhibition and memory soon become affected, so they may say and do things that they will regret and possibly not remember doing it at all.
  • Their decision making skills will be affected and may become restless and aggressive.
  • They may be more at risk getting into fights, destruction or making unwise decisions about sex.
  • They have no physical control and suffer loss of balance, slurred speech and blurred vision. Their normal activities can become truly dangerous.
  • Don’t drink and drive, it’s dangerous for yourself and others.

Excessive drinking can mean trips to the emergency room (because of injuries you might suffer as a cause of alcohol abuse), arrests (because of aggressive behavior) and sexual attacks (because of the state of mind you’re in). These youngsters and teenagers can put themselves in real danger.

Parents talking to their children about the use and abuse of alcohol could prevent serious problems. Tell them to play it safe and party right during the Carnival Season.

Our advice to youngsters and teenagers: it’s better not to drink alcohol at all, because you might damage your brain permanently. For more information you can check or 

A Message from the Police Force of Sint Maarten. (K.P.S.M.)      


Port St. Maarten Clearance Offices Temporarily Closed on Thursday for Staff Meeting

POINT BLANCHE – Port St. Maarten would like to inform its clients and customers that due to a general staff meeting on Thursday, 9 April, the clearance office windows at the port in Point Blanche and at Simpson Bay Police Sub-Station will be temporarily closed.

The windows will be closed from 9.30am to 1.00pm.

Port St. Maarten regrets any inconvenience that this may cause.  The objective of the meeting is to further enhance and improve services to clientele.



PHILIPSBURG - St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce & Industry (COCI) informs the general public that on April 9th 2015 it shall be closed to the general public from 12 noon.

This partial closure is due to a scheduled staff training session. COCI on that date will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon to serve the public.

This staff training is undertaken as part of the Chamber’s overall objective to enhance services to the general public. The cooperation of the public is appreciated. (COCI)

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