Island Notices

Island Notices (1934)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The Central Committee will meet in a session on May 24, 2017. The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure, who is the Shareholder Representative of GEBE, as well as the Management Board of NV GEBE will be present.

The Central Committee meeting was requested by Members of Parliament, F.A. Meyers, T.E. Heyliger, S.M. Bijlani, T.E. Leonard, and C.M.M. Connor. This is a continuation meeting of Monday, May 15, 2017.

The continuation meeting has been set for Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 14.00 hrs in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1 in Philipsburg.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Ministry of Public Housing, Environment, Spatial Development and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI), announces that part of Back Street will be closed from Wednesday, May 24 to Friday, June 2.

The closure is in connection with the start of Phase III of the Back Street project.  The street will be closed after Gevangenis Street up to Korte Steeg where there will be no through traffic.  The works will be carried out from 7.00am to 6.00pm daily for the aforementioned dates.

On Wednesday, May 24, the intersections Gevangenis street (area of Angelo’s Boutique) and Wilhelmina street, and Hendrick street, will be closed off from 7.00am up to 1.00pm.

The bricks will be removed and base course placed and compacted accordingly.  Once this has been done, the intersection will be re-opened for motorized traffic.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) is currently in the process of building a database comprising of all chefs on the island.

The objective is to have a database of chefs and food & hospitality professionals from around the island that the STB can use as a resource tool for the chefs to work with STB on various projects showcasing their culinary talents to various stakeholders as well as visitors. 

If you are interested, you should email your name, qualifications, specialties and contact information to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts (CBA) proudly announces its students Faith Peterson, Kiara Vanterpool, Lian Borsje, Ray Angel Boasman and Jeremiah David, who will be forming part of the National Institute of Arts (NIA) delegation to compete in Champagne, France, from May 25-28, 2017. The total delegation of students traveling to France is eight of which five are the CBA students. Th students had first competed in the prestigious Regionaux Confederation National De Danse held for the first time in St. Martin in April this year. The CBA students were amongst 100 students that took part in the inaugural competition in the dance genres consisting of Ballet, Jazz, Modern Contemporary and Outre Style. Lian Borsje and Kiara Vanterpool are sitting their Dance CSEC examinations on Wednesday May 24, 2017 after which they will go directly to the airport to catch their flight to France.

Director of the CBA, Mrs. Claudette Forsythe Labega notes that “our students Faith Peterson (form 2,), Kiara Vanterpool, Ray Angel Boasman, Jeremiah David (all in form 4) and Lian Borsje (form 5) respectively have worked hard to qualify to compete in this event under the tutelage of Arlene Halley Newhouse and Clara Reyes, co-directors of NIA. We thank NIA for closely working together with CBA to prepare our students for regional and international representations and would like to wish our students much success in the competitions.

Furthermore, Mr. Roy Lynch, Ray Angel’s father, expresses heartfelt gratitude to directors of NIA, Arlene and Clara and all the teachers for their attentiveness and passion in their craft. “Anytime they are on a plateaux, it seems that they outdo themselves. With this trip to France, our son will be competing amongst 5000 of the best in the world. We want to thank them very much for giving him the opportunity and wish them the very best” he stated.

Lian Borsje, who has competed in this category in the past and is a defending champion from St. Maarten, is one of the form 5 students of CBA’s first cohorts writing the CXC examinations. “I feel so excited and ready to perform even better than I did in 2016 and hop that I will do my best and continue to enjoy the experience” said Lian.

COLE BAY, St. Maarten - For those 60+, your current physical condition can benefit from exercise.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday May 17th the second of four Robbery Awareness Trainings conducted by the Sint Maarten Police Force, mainly the Community Police Officers, in collaboration with the Philipsburg Safety and Security Committee was given to business owners and their employees on Front Street and members of the Indian Merchant Association at the Cultural Center on Back Street.

These Robbery Awareness Training are given free of charge by the Police Department to any business upon their request.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Engineers at the Power Plant responded immediately and upon investigation established that one of the engines tripped because of high temperature which also caused one of the larger engines to lose its load at the time causing the outage. Restoration started taking place immediately and power was periodically restored to the affected areas.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday May 19th representatives from the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) participated in the 2017 Career day held at the Milton Peters College. The Police Department was represented by Community Police Officer Felix Richards, Officer Marcia Bremer and Head Public Relation and Communication Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson.

A complete Power Point presentation of what the police do on a daily basis, the type of equipment in use by the police, the structure of the organization and of course the encouragement of the students to join the police force as a future career.

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten — Following its presentation to parliament on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the Independence for St. Martin Foundation (ISMF) said it is encouraged by the response of the legislative body to its call for a constitutional referendum. 

Parliament is the only authority that can convene a referendum and even though, as President of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams pointed out, a new constitutional status is not specifically mentioned in the constitution as one of the reasons for a referendum, it is now for Parliament to do the right thing and allow the people of St. Martin to determine their own future,” said José Lake, Jr., president of the foundation.

“We strongly believe that Parliament will do the right thing and convene the referendum we are asking for either through the so-called initiative law or by prevailing on government to submit a draft national ordinance that would facilitate a new constitutional referendum,” Lake said. 

He added: “After all parliament itself exists today thanks to the constitutional referendum that was held 17 years ago.”

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten — The Independence for St. Martin Foundation (ISMF) has expressed solidarity with the people and government of St. Eustatius in the ongoing conflict with the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

 Speaking on behalf of ISMF during the latter’s presentation to the Central Committee of Parliament on Wednesday, May 18, 2017, secretary of the foundation Dr. Rhoda Arrindell said, “we of the ISMF have taken note of the increasing tension between the government of St. Eustatius and the kingdom government.”

“We consider this rather unfortunate as it points once more to a relationship which is not based on equality and mutual respect,” said Dr. Arrindell.

“That is why we of the ISMF express our solidarity with the government and people of St. Eustatius,” she said. 

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