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Car-boat storage & consignment shop opens


Sta. Teresita Holy Week Easter celebrations and times:

Today: March 28, Holy Thursday; NO 7 p.m. Mass; 10 p.m. Mass.
Tomorrow: March 29 – Good Friday; 12:30 p.m. Via Crucis/Stations of the Cross; 4 p.m. Celebration Lord’s Passion (as re-enacted by children); NO 7 p.m. Mass.
 March 30,, Holy Saturday, NO 7 p.m. Mass; 10 p.m. Easter Vigil.
Sunday, March 31 – Easter Sunday, Masses at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.



DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME, Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:00:00 AMclocks are turned forward 1 hour to 3:00:00 AM local daylight time instead. Sunrise and sunset will both be about 1 hour later on Apr 7, 2013 than the day before: There will more daylight in the evening.
CONCERT SERIES CONTINUES at 7 p.m. Saturday April 6 in the Puerto Aventuras Cultural Center featuring a night of soft jazz, soul and rhythm and Blues featuring vocalists Alejandra Milan and Claudia Trevino and a musical quartet of piano, bass, drums and guitar.. Tickets 80 pesos at the Colonos office and at Bamboo. Songs by favorites like Diana Krall, Christina Aguilera, Chaka Kahn and more.
ARTISTS, CRAFSTSMEN wanted to participate and market their products at a Fun, Food, Fashion and Arts Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday April 14 at Latitude 20 Restaurant while Colegio students offer entertainment. Any artist, cook, tailor or other craftsperson who wants to participate is asked to call Peter at 984-128-2933 or his chef, Daniel, at 984-593-1362. Contact can also be made at [email protected] …
COMEDY FESTIVAL, April 11-13, in Akumal


New provider appears as snowbirds yearn

to safely store and maintain  cars, boats


By Staff
    Snowbirds and part-time residents with cars, boats and other chattel assets take heed. Help is at hand.
Who better in your absence this summer to protect prized possessions than a former Los Angeles SWAT policeman and martial arts instructor backed by a 12-foot-high metal fence, several junkyard dogs, a sturdy hurricane-proof building, a roving night watchman, plenty of lights and video cameras?
Probably nobody.

That’s why former peace officer Ken Kindred of Puerto Aventuras and his brother-in-law businessman Ted Farber have opened  the nearby Riviera Maya Dry Marina and Storage Co.
Besides storage, it includes a consignment shop for everything from cars, boats to furniture, art and other tangibles. “We wanted to bring something here that people needed,” Kindred said during an interview at the site last week.
The business is in a sturdy, white, low-slung building on the perimeter of Highway 307’s southbound lane, just across the highway from the entrance to the unique seaside palapa village of Paamul. There are retornos coming and going nearby.
Even as Kindred and workers continue to modify the inside of the building, six clients have already deposited their cars there for inside storage and nine more reservations are in hand, leaving room for about five more cars and about six to eight golf carts. “If demand exceeds our current indoor capacity, we have room for expansion in another section of the building and in the yard. We are taking reservations and demand will dictate a space increase,” Kindred said. There is also a large fenced tract for outdoor storage of boats, trucks, equipment and cars available.

News of the new  facility so close to Puerto Aventuras and Akumal arrives just as the only indoor storage service in the Puerto Aventuras resort community, owned by Hal Harper, announced it was going out of business and its space being taken over by a dive shop. “Hal has already referred his clients to us,” Kindred said.
A covered  palapa-type structure in front of the building easily seen from the highway will be used to store cars, boats or equipment offered for sale on consignment. A front portion of the building itself will be a consignment area for smaller goods like furniture, art, crafts and appliances.
A large yellow box truck parked on the grounds is available as part of a service to transport golf carts or other bulky consignment merchandise.

Also available are roughly 5 x 5 x 6 lockable storage cages for people who need to store their smaller personal belongings when renting their living units to others or for any general storage needs.
“We have a full-time worker whose only job is to take care of stored possessions like cars. He will assure windows on the cars and building are routinely opened to prevent mildew. Cars and golf cart batteries will be charged monthly and cars washed as needed, all included in the storage fee,” Kindred said.
”We are also working with a boat mechanic should a client need one.”
Kindred, who volunteered to instruct Poblado children in martial arts and anticipates resuming those classes once the business stabilizes, is bringing two unique features to storage and consignment: One gives clients the ability to view their stored items on their home computers regardless of where they are via the surveillance video cams posted inside and outside of the building. The other feature is that for an extra fee, the company will deliver cars and their owners to and/or from the airport for those who prefer such a service.

Details and prices are on the new company’s website that can now be reached by clicking on the storage company’s logo on the left hand side of this page.
Kindred, who has been living in PA with his wife and three children for several years, said prospective clients should also maintain insurance on their stored possessions since the building and contents are not insured by the company.
“We are taking every other precaution to ensure the safety and security of our clients’ property,” Kindred said.
Interested parties can call cell 044-984-139-6632 or e-mail athttp://www.rmayastorage.com/for further information or stop by the site 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday or 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays to pick up a month-to-month storage agreement, giving clients the flexibility of not having to sign a long-term contract.

Last week’s story is this week’s photo fact    


Looking Upwith Gayle Sandholm

Sunday stroll joined by poisonous coral snake

There is a rhyme I learned years ago that goes: “Red touches yellow, you’re a dead fellow. Red touches black, you’re OK Jack!” Another version is “Red on yellow, kill a fellow”. This was my first thought when I viewed the picture taken by Ali Perkins during her Sunday morning walk around Puerto last weekend.

She spotted this magnificently colored snake, could see its direction of travel, popped her house key down for scale and snapped a shot as it slithered past. It was a very small snake, and “not knowing its variety I wasn’t getting too close.” Good decision Ali!

Seeing a cross-banded, red, black and yellow snake you would be wise to think “coral snake”. When the snake’s red bands are framed with narrow, yellow bands – see Ali’s photo –the little magnificently colored snake is a real coral.

In the Yucatan the most common coral snake is identified as a Variable Coral Snake. The variation is in the number and the widths of the colored bands. We seldom see them because they are generally nocturnal.
Coral snakes have very potent venom. They are very dangerous and in the same snake family as cobras and mambas. Not getting close is a very good idea.
All the snake lovers out there would remind us that the vast majority of cross-banded, red, yellow or white and

black snakes people come into contact with are perfectly harmless mimics of coral snakes. The more commonly encountered and harmless Tropical Milksnake looks just like a coral snake, except that its red bands are framed with black ones. If you are not sure, keep your distance.
Speaking of keeping distance, numerous onlookers were excited to see two hummingbirds hatch, then grow day by day until they are now ready to fly. The small nest was constructed 4.5 feet (137 centimeters) off the ground in a small flowering bush bordering a parking lot.
The birds seemed quite vulnerable to any number of predators and the adult hummers kept watch and “dive bombed” would-be invaders. Fortunately those of us who kept looking also kept our distance and did not deter the adult from continual care and feeding.


Best thing about the new ‘Oz’

is it reminds us of the old one

By Staff
     Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the movie “Oz The Great and Powerful” that some of our friends went to see in Playa del Carmen last week appears on the silver screen as the U.S. founders in a financial funk just as it did when the original “Wizard of Oz” book imposed itself on the great bi-metallism argument near the end of the 19th Century.

While the story line of the new “Oz” unveils a general theme of good vs. evil , that is, “Money Mad” Madoff vs. “Benefactor” Buffet, it also reminds us that what’s new in the realm of finance is really old hat.
While the world ponders an escape from the self-inflicted financial miseries of corruptive overspending and as the yawning chasm between haves and have-nots widens, perhaps the best we can say about the new “Oz” is that it reminds us of the old one and its unique and insightful allegorical context.
We may have forgotten, with all the hype Hollywood showers upon itself, that the “Wizard of Oz” was first a book written by children’s author L. Frank Baum at the turn of the 20th Century. Its popularity exploded when the 1939 movie erupted on the screen, but there was one subtle difference between the book and the movie that nearly scuttled the book’s allegorical musings.
The difference had to do with shoes and color.
The shoes Dorothy (Judy Garland) wore in the movie were ruby red. In the book, they were silver because silver had a lot to do with the emotional bi-metallism debate of the times. Why would Hollywood change the color of the shoes?

Because a fellow named Herbert Kalmus, an MIT graduate, had pioneered Technicolor and producers wanted to use it in “The Wizard of Oz” because red was more vibrant and dazzling than silver. The “tech” in Technicolor was derived, some speculate, as a tribute to Kalmus’ alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of “Tech”nology.
The subtle change masked the movie’s symbolism until 1964 when high school teacher Henry Littlefield peeled the parable from “Oz” as one might skin an onion to reveal an economic allegory of the state of the union’s monetary policy.
The nation had a gold standard, that is, money backed up by gold. Farmers in middle and western America were struggling financially and in a wave of populism wanted to add silver to the gold standard. It would have increased the money supply, raised price levels and lifted an economic burden off the indebted shoulders of farmers and workers.
But it would have meant a downgraded dollar and the loss of substantial wealth to the eastern financiers. Hence, that generation’s recurring battle between haves and have-nots.

Littlefield suggested that Oz is the abbreviation of “ounce”, the commercial measure used for gold. Littlefield saw the yellow brick road as gold bricks and Dorothy’s silver shoes as representing the two sides of  the bi-metallism argument. He saw the scarecrow as vulnerable farmers, the tin man as dehumanized labor and the lion as venerable orator William Jennings Bryan, the then voice of populism.
The associations go on and on with Emerald City representing Washington, the wizard as the U.S. president in hiding, the witch of the west being the railroad tycoons and the witch of the east as the financiers of Wall Street.
There is more, but this is enough to remind us that the world’s ubiquitous fiscal debates between the haves and have nots are not something new, something never experienced before. The allegory reminds us that, like life itself, the economics of nations is also a roller coaster ride of ups, downs, twists, loops and curves.
Like the new Oz movie, history is simply reprising itself with a fresh cast of characters and a generational batch of progressive circumstances. But why worry? No matter how well or badly we survive the roller coaster adventure, we all have to get off at the end of the ride, yes?


Kudos for the golf course changes


Dear Editor:
     Three years ago we were looking for a place to spend our winters and Jan found this place on the internet. We were looking for a place that was warm, on the ocean and that had a golf course with reasonable fees.
We decided that Puerto Aventuras sounded good and we decided to come here.
We always enjoyed playing the golf course and now with the new manager, Jose Louis Ortega, the course is getting better by the day. Now it shows that someone is taking pride in it.
All the changes have been for the better and is even more fun to play. All the staff people are friendly and welcoming. This new atmosphere really adds to the pleasure of playing golf. These changes will be certain to bring us back again as long as we can make it.

Signed/Tom and Jan Heidt


Church Services…

STA. TERESITA del NINO Jesus Y la Santa Paz (Roman Catholic)
Puerto Aventuras  poblado masses: daily/Mondays through Sundays, 7 p.m. (Spanish) and Sundays, 9 a.m. (Spanish) .  Church office Tel. 984-206-6245 (daily, 9 a.m .- 1 p.m. and 4 – 8 p.m.)
Contact: The Rev. James Hogan
CORPUS CHRISTI (Roman Catholic)
Calle 110A entre 25, Playa del Carmen (near Soriana)
Mass: Saturdays, 11 a.m. (Spanish)
Church offfice: 803-0600
Contact: The Rev. James Hogan
FELLOWSHIP CHURCH PAAMUL– Non-denominational English worship Service is at 9:00 a.m Sundays in Paamul at the Palapa Church and at 10:45 a.m. at the Hacienda Real Hotel, Avenida 10 and Calle10 in Playa del Carmen.
LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH TULUM – “Lighting the way to Life” English worship Service is non-denominational, 10:00 a.m. Sundays with continental breakfast at 9:30; located on Highway 307, 1.2 miles past San Francisco grocery, hospital and Subway, next door to fruit stand.


Phrase a week … By Gloria Contreras, state certified interpreter


Where can I buy a prepaid phone card?  “Donde puedo comprar una tarjeta telefonica de prepago?”
Anyone interested in learning the language can please contact Ms. Contreras by email at[email protected] or Cel: 984-108-3517 so she can prepare materials in advance.
(Classes are from 8:30 to 9:30 a..m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Tiramisu Restaurant and all are welcomed to attend. The fee is 150 pesos per session.


AA and Alanon meetings…


     AA and ALANON meetings are held at the public library at the Colegio as follows:
AA Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m; Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at noon.ALANON meeting is held Mondays at 6 p.m., also at the library. Meetings are “open” and non-members are welcomed to attend.


What’s Playing…


See for yourself what’s showing at the local movie houses in Playa del Carmen at the links below.
Centro Maya: http://cinemex.com/

Las Americas: http://www.cinepolis.com/_CARTELERA/cartelera.aspx?ic=70#Cine215

Briefly noted…

Compiled from staff, contributor and media reports

MECHANICAL FAILURE was suspected for a small-plane crash on Boulevard Playa del Carmen, a/k/a Highway 307, adjacent to Sam’s Club Tuesday. Neither the pilot nor a passenger heading for Cozumel with a briefcase were seriously injured, said the police. Several Aventurans including John and Darlene Schwandke and Jay Gogh, owner of Sushi Hi-Mi Restaurant were stuck for several hours because of road closures and detours around the crash site…SOLIDARITY MAYOR Filiberto Martinez was on hand in the Poblado to place the cornerstone of the village’s second sports dome… POWER OUTAGE in the town hall of Fillipe Carillo Puerto was due to the non-payment of the electric bill. But why have the lights along 307 from Playa to Puerto been shut off? Lots of folks are complaining about it, saying they fear driving at night. Did somebody not pay a bill? Does the Colonos have an answer to this?…MEXICO PRESIDENTEnrique Pina Nieto and his family vacationed at the presidential retreat on Cozumel this weekend guarded by the Mexican Navy and several of its interceptor vessels. For safety reasons, the press was asked not to photograph his children who were seen playing on the beach…LIKE FERAL CATS, STRAY DOGS can become a health problem, as inhabitants of Jose Maria Morelos claim in asking the government to exterminate or sterilize dogs without owners to prevent disease spread by the droppings of sick animasl…THE STATE’S HOUSINGindustry is reportedly in a funk as a result of the 6-year-old world recession. It is being said the new federal government is stalling release of new public housing policy, which in turn has reduced capitalization of construction companies by 50 percent reflected in a downturn of new housing starts…THE SOLIDARITY CITY COUNCIL held its 5oth session Saturday in Puerto Aventuras with reported gains being made in setting aside parcels of land adjacent to federal zones as “protected” and maintained as open space. The council also adopted regulations for the management and improvement of  5th Avenue in Playa as a first class tourist destination…DRUNKS HURLING BOTTLES from the street into a night club in Tulum last weekend injured 20 people, a few seriously with head and neck wounds. There were no arrests…THE EASTER HOLIDAY PERIOD was off to a good start this past weekend as an estimated 10,000 visitors, mostly nationals, jammed Playa del Carmen’s beaches…


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