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Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

Hope Town District Council

As the meeting began on November 6 for the Hope Town District Council a moment of silence was observed in recognition of the passing of Chester Thompson and Javon Black (son of Dr. Lenora Black District Education Officer for Abaco). A letter was read formally announcing the resignation of Michael Albury, council member from Man-O-War Cay. The letter expressed frustration over “not having the ability to do the will of the majority of Man-O-War residents.” He added that he was concerned with the “distraction caused to the normal operation of the [Council] meetings while attempting to do what I believe is the will of the Man-O-War people.”

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Central Abaco District Council

The contract for the Central Abaco Landfill has expired as the Central Abaco District Council awaits a decision from Central Government on who will be responsible for overseeing the management of the site going forward. During the Council’s meeting on November 6, Chief Councillor George Cornish told the council that he had negotiated a month to month schedule of payment for the maintenance of the landfill until a decision is made, which Administrator Cunningham suggested could happen as early as this month.

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PM Visit Prepares for Bye Election

Visiting the Government Complex for the first time as Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Perry Christie was impressed with the “extravagance” of the Prime Minister’s office and said he would consider having a cabinet here in the future. “My colleagues and I saw instantaneously that there is an opportunity to hold a cabinet meeting here in Abaco and I will give consideration to holding a cabinet meeting here in Abaco,” he said.

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Treasure Cay Hotel & Marina Make Donations

Donations of school materials were made to several schools across Abaco in early September by Treasure Cay Hotel & Marina Limited. Representing Treasure Cay Hotel & Marina Limited, Noel St. Claude said the resort believes in giving back to the community and “we feel this donation will assist with education.” He said the donation includes pens, pencils, exercise books, flash cards, calculators and some sporting equipment.

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Hope Town District Council

Despite promises of removal, a local freight barge remains on a Guana Cay beach since being stranded there during Hurricane Irene in August 2011. The council has determined that they will seek directions from the Attorney General’s office as they look to have the barge moved. Baker’s Bay submitted plans for a garbage incinerator for approval. The incinerator will be primarily for the resort; however, they are open to handling some community waste. The plans have already been approved by the Ministry of Works and Department of Environmental Health.

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Marsh Harbour Town Committee

In a very brief meeting on September 12, members of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee met and discussed dock repairs and elected a new member to represent the committee at Central Abaco District Council meetings.

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Ingraham Addresses Real Estate Association

Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham spoke to the Real Estate Association of Abaco on the Planning and Subdivisions Act on September 13 outlining the importance policy and legislation for orderly town planning. He told the audience that Abaco is growing and developing and that environmental protections are needed as many areas of land contain protected wetlands and pine trees.

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Immigration and Education must work together to curtail enrollment of illegal immigrants in public schools

A new school year has begun and teachers have gotten off to a great start but they are still challenged by the many children who begin school and do not speak any English. It has become clear that these children arrived in the Bahamas from Haiti and have now taken …

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Multiplying Potholes Causing Grief

Residents grow more and more weary of dodging potholes on Central Abaco’s main roads – Don MacKay Blvd. and Elizabeth Drive which joins into Bay Street – as after every rain shower the size and quantify of holes to avoid. During a drive through of these roads on September 12, significant (more that twelve inches wide and at least one inch deep) potholes numbered close to 100 and several areas had large clusters that required vehicles to slow significantly or switch lanes to avoid.

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PLP Meet and Greet in Treasure Cay

Renardo Curry, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate for North Abaco, held a ‘meet and greet’ at Treasure Cay Public Beach on Saturday, September 8, where guests were able to enjoy an evening of music, food and drink while meeting some members of parliament including the Deputy Prime Minister, Philip ‘Brave’ Davis. The Deputy Prime Minister told eager party-goers that “the government belongs to you because the PLP believes in you”, and to “vote with the same enthusiasm and energy you are showing tonight for Renardo Curry.”

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