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Second man charged in Christmas cocaine robbery

Fred Ollen McLaughlin was refused bail on Friday afternoon after appearing in Summary Court in connection with the Christmas Eve robbery at an East End beach involving 50 to 60 pounds of cocaine.

55 arrested in holiday drunk driving clampdown

Police have condemned the “unacceptable conduct” of some drivers during a holiday season that saw 55 people arrested for drunk driving.

Christmas tree recycling begins

Owners of natural Christmas trees can deposit their trees at six Department of Environmental Health collection points throughout Grand Cayman, the department advised.

Adventist Church makes pre-Christmas deliveries

The Adventist Church lowered the curtain on its 2017 community service program with a flurry of Pre-Christmas deliveries to individuals, families and care institutions across Grand Cayman and in Cayman Brac.

Cocaine washes ashore at East End resort

This was not the kind of “white Christmas” that Bing Crosby was singing about. A resort security guard was confronted by a masked man wielding a machete after tourists found several bricks of cocaine washed up on an East End beach.

A touch of snow

The Snow King and Queen, who also go by the names ‘Mr. and Mrs. Winter,’ added some chilly festive cheer to the Ritz-Carlton brunch on Christmas Day.

Why Christmas dinner when — you can Christmas brunch?

Here are the finer details of all the festive brunches happening this Holiday season.

3 Cayman-style festive events for young and old

Do you think you’ve missed all the special events happening at this time of the year? Absolutely not! There are still ways for children and adults to celebrate the festive season, and here are just a few items on the calendar to consider:

Cayman’s shops ready for Christmas rush

Cayman’s retailers are preparing for a last-minute Christmas shopping rush this weekend. It has already been a bumper shopping season, according to several store owners and Saturday is expected to see residents fill the aisles again in search of last-minute gifts.
Joey Hew, commerce minister

Hew: Too late to change music law for New Year’s Eve

There is no mechanism or “nuclear option” to make a change to the Music and Dance (Control) Law this close to New Year’s Eve, according to Commerce Minister Joey Hew.

EDITORIAL – As the spirit of Christmas pervades our fair isles . . .

Yes, Cayman, there is a Santa Claus – he is kindled in each of our hearts. This season, may he find a home in yours.

Dreaming of a bright Christmas

‘Tis the season … for Cayman’s traditional display of Christmas lights – on the streets, adorning roundabouts and blazing from private homes and gardens.

Holiday closures

Many government offices will be closing early Friday in preparation for the Christmas holidays and will remain closed until Wednesday, Dec. 27. Below are the closing times for several offices.

Camana Bay and food bank filling pantries

The Camana Bay Christmas Give and the Good Samaritan Food Bank are filling bags to help fill the pantries of less fortunate families in the community this Christmas.

Old Friends Reunion benefits school

Members of “Old Friends Reunion” community group has made a special presentation to Sir John A. Cumber Primary School Parent Teachers Association for the benefit of students at the school.

Church delivers early Christmas gifts

Some families and individuals in the Windsor Park and Prospect areas were recipients of early Christmas gifts from Kings Adventist Church.

Adventist Chamber Orchestra holds Christmas concert

The Bodden Town Church held a full-scale orchestral Christmas classics concert featuring Trinidadian violinist Harold Beckles and local rising stars, saxophonist Junior Hines and flautist Janelle Tibbetts.

Sir John A. Cumber spreads festive cheer

Students at Sir John A. Cumber Primary got into the spirit of Christmas last week when the school presented Christmas concerts that were attended by parents, relatives, community members and well-wishers.

Christmas on Cardinall draws festive crowd

Musicians, clowns and a magician entertained hundreds of holiday revelers on Cardinall Avenue as they gathered for the annual Christmas on Cardinall event hosted by Kirk Freeport on Saturday.

Firefighters host annual toy giveaway

Grand Cayman’s Airport Park was filled with children, parents, firefighters and motorcycle enthusiasts on Saturday, Dec. 16, as the Cayman Islands Fire Service hosted its annual picnic and toy giveaway.

St. Ignatius raffle results

Susan Ow walked away with the grand prize of $25,000 in the annual St. Ignatius Catholic Church and School Christmas Concert and Fundraiser.

Christmas housecleaning for Miss Lassie’s

Cayman Islands National Cultural Foundation staff and volunteers where busy as bees on Friday getting Miss Lassie’s house in tiptop shape for the festive holiday season.

Culture at the Cinema: ‘Follies’

The Camana Bay Cinema is actually bringing three live-recorded shows to its screens this month.

‘Only in Cayman’ stocking stuffer ideas

If you are racking your brain, trying to think of gift ideas as stocking stuffers, why not consider tickets to upcoming events in January and February?

Seasonal spirits with Camana Bay’s cocktails

Camana Bay is home to a number of fine bars and restaurants, and to celebrate the festive season, they have concocted some creative cocktails. Visit them to sample their seasonal sips.

‘Bah, humbug’ said ‘Rudolph’ composer

I hate leaving my peaceful Breakers home to endure my once-a-week stressful, perilous George Town trips, rife with unfamiliar traffic.

Toy drive brings cheer to sick children

Students at Montessori by the Sea are spreading Christmas joy by donating toys to sick children at Health City Cayman Islands.

Charity spreads Christmas kindness

For Shirlene Zelaya, Christmas will be a little less stressful this year. Miss. Zelaya took delivery of a $500 Foster’s grocery store gift voucher yesterday, part of charity Acts of Random Kindness’ Feed Cayman Christmas campaign.

Gift drive under way at Cayman Prep and High School

Cayman Prep and High School is running a gift drive for the Cayman Islands Department of Children and Family Services.

JGHS students donate Christmas boxes

John Gray High School students wrapped up lots of love and gifts to give to the community during this festive season at the school’s assembly on Thursday.

Bodden Town Mission House gets pre-Christmas makeover

The Mission House in Bodden Town got a pre-Christmas makeover Monday by members of the Ministry of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing.
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General Registry announces holiday hours

The General Registry will be following a holiday schedule. The Grand Cayman office in the Government Administration Building will close Dec. 20 at 12:30 p.m. and resume normal hours on Dec. 21.

Cayman Port Announces holiday hours

The Cayman Port will follow holiday hours from Dec. 12-22. The billing office will open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The warehouse will serve customers on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Bikers collect toys for tots

A group of bikers took to the streets of Grand Cayman again on Sunday – this time for a good cause.

‘What Christmas is all about’: Fresh meat a holiday tradition

It just would not be Christmas in the Cayman Islands without the beef. “This is what Christmas is all about,” said Jay Ebanks, 34, as he prepared to assist in dressing a bull for the holidays.

EDITORIAL – As Cayman comes together for a ‘community Christmas’

The North Pole may be nearly 5,000 miles away, but “Santa” has managed to recruit an impressive number of helpers to fill our three little islands with beneficence and Christmas cheer.

Customs Department announces holiday hours

The Customs Department Collections Office will open for longer hours to accommodate Christmas package retrieval.

Needs Assessment Unit to close for Christmas

The Needs Assessment Unit, located on the second floor of the Aqua Mall at 55 Church Street, will be closed on Friday, Dec. 15 from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

National Choir and Orchestra Christmas Spectacular

The Cayman National Choir and Cayman National Orchestra are presenting their Christmas Spectacular at the Harquail Theatre on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Join in the jolly Jingle Bell Run

Grab your Santa hat, your running shoes and your kids; it is time once again for the annual Jingle Bell Walk/Run!

DVDL announces holiday closures

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing announced it will close all of its offices Dec. 15 “to facilitate a staff function and meeting.”

Wreathed in smiles

Red Bay Primary School Year 6 students show off traditional Christmas wreaths.

Christmas mail deadlines approaching

If you want your Christmas mail to arrive in time for the holiday, send it soon. The Postal Service says it is likely already too late for an air parcel package of 2 pounds or more to arrive in time for Christmas. Other deadlines are looming.

Barking up the right tree

This Christmas, your best present might be attached to the tree instead of sitting under it. The holiday season has inspired the staff at Island Veterinary Services to go the extra mile in the interests of Cayman’s most vulnerable pets.

Rotary gets into festive spirit with tree lighting

One of Cayman’s biggest holiday traditions, the lighting of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s Christmas tree, took place in George Town Heroes Square Monday evening.

In the pink for Christmas

The Arts and Recreation Center in Camana Bay was packed Saturday as the local community came out to support the Pink Ladies’ annual Christmas Bazaar.

Christmas hug

Bella Partridge, 7, gets a hug Friday during a visit with Camana Bay’s Santa.

Decorated pet bowls spread festive cheer

Animal lovers got to dish over their pets at a One Dog At A Time’s charity fundraiser Friday when they decorated and designed food and water bowls for their pooches and cats.

An ‘Epic’ night for Parade of Lights

Close to 8,000 people turned up for Saturday night’s Parade of Lights, the annual event which is one of the hallmarks of Cayman’s annual holiday season.

Vessels lit up in Christmas finery strut their stuff

It is that time of the year again, when the water at Camana Bay will be lit up by festive lights, courtesy of the Cayman 27’s Annual Parade of Lights Show on Saturday. What’s Christmas without this celebrated event?

Winter Carnival brings rides, games for whole family

Christmas in the Caribbean doesn’t necessarily bring the classic celebrations we see in the northern hemisphere. But we don’t need snow and reindeers when we have sunshine and stingrays. To help get us into that yuletide spirit, the Cayman Winter Carnival is back this holiday season.

Catch holiday spirit at ‘Playhouse Family Christmas’

The return of writer and director Sue Howe’s “A Playhouse Family Christmas” is like stepping into a holiday dream. Singing reindeer invite you to take a sleigh ride. Pajama-clad Three Wise Men whisk you into a sugar-plum fantasy.

Christmas miracle as first trees cleared for sale

A first batch of Christmas trees was cleared for sale by Department of Agriculture inspectors Wednesday and was almost sold out by lunchtime.

Hundreds sign up for Christmas cleanup jobs

As a mother of seven, Daniella Ebanks has a lot of shopping to do for the holidays. “They love bikes, they like anything new – electronics, games, clothes, shoes – you know,” the 33-year old East End resident said of her youngsters.

Pests threaten Christmas tree imports

Cayman families hoping to unwrap their presents under a real Christmas tree this year could be out of luck.

Island’s only hay ride a hit with the kids

Dozens of excited children turned out for the third Christmas in the Pony Park at the Equestrian Center on Saturday morning. The event included a hay ride with Santa, cookie and cupcake decorating and sing-alongs.

Five-star dining delivered to needy families

For struggling families across Grand Cayman wondering where their next meal is coming from, the surprising answer might be two of Cayman’s top restaurants. Grand Old House and The Wharf have begun delivering free meals to needy families on a weekly basis.

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