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Stitching up friendship and local traditions in East End

A group of East End women is keen to keep a special set of Cayman traditions alive.

50 years ago: Easter services and some welcome rain

“Arriving home on Thursday 7th was Mr. Lloyd Whittaker of Old Man Bay. He is an employee of N.B.C. and had been hospitalized in California. Having had an operation on his knee, he spent seven weeks in the hospital there."

Haitian trash identified on Cayman beaches

Trash discarded as far away as Haiti is washing up on beaches in Cayman, according to citizen-scientists taking part in a beach plastics survey on the island.
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Police: Arson caused East End house fire

Police and fire investigators say a fire that destroyed a home on Seaview Road in East End in March was caused by arson.

East End Primary rock their socks for Down Syndrome Day

Students and staff of East End Primary School showed their support for Down Syndrome Day by wearing their craziest socks to school for “Rock Your Socks Cayman” on March 21.

50 years ago: A busy time for seafarers

In the March 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “Leaving on Thursday 17th were Messrs. Harold Ebanks and Stanley Douglas to take up work with N.B.C."

East Enders’ art store wins rave reviews

Housed in a small building in East End is a treasure trove of local art, crafts and jewelry, run by the mother and son team of Elsa Edwards and Matthew McLaughlin.

This week in the eastern districts

The Red Cross mobile shop will be in East End on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. near the Pirates’ Cove Bar. Items for sale include shoes, clothing, linens, and household goods.
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UPDATE: Man dies after car strikes CUC pole in East End

A 30-year-old East End man died after the car he was driving struck a CUC pole near East End Blow Holes late Friday night.

Potato rewards back-to-the-land dream

A North Side farmer is still awestruck after digging up a 26-pound sweet potato from a rugged piece of farmland some weeks ago.

Progress reported on seaside park

Long-standing plans for a seaside recreational area in Old Man Bay should be at least partially realized by the end of the year.

50 years ago: Organizing a youth club

In the Feb. 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

Eastern districts host primary sports day

It was “ready, set, go,” for Eastern District youngsters at North Side’s Edna M. Moyle Primary and East End Primary’s joint sports day.

The People Time Forgot: Rachel Rankin

Rachel Rankine’s home was located near the old Cayman Diving lodge in East End. She enjoyed playing guitar, though usually her instrument had no more than a few strings.

Lions volunteers lend a helping hand

Members of the Lions club were out in the district of East End on Saturday, Jan. 30 to lend a helping hand.

The People Time Forgot: Tally McLaughlin

This image shot around 1983 shows Tally McLaughlin standing at the door of his East End home.

Pelican’s Reef serves up tempting bill of fare

A jaunt up to the tranquil eastern districts with their verdant beauty and quiet sun-kissed beaches is a day out that puts mind and body at ease.

Community activists call for assistance

After a number of local residents slipped and fell on a popular footpath, a group of East End volunteers got together to come up with a solution.

50 years ago: A visit and a birth

In the Feb. 2, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “A party was arranged by relatives and friends on the 28th Jan to say ‘welcome’ to Mr. Oriel Rankine who arrived on the 26th from the U.S."

Police search for 3 Cubans who landed Sunday

Three people from Cuba are on the run in Grand Cayman after landing at Beach Bay on Sunday. Police rescued another 15 migrants who ran into difficulties at sea on Monday.
Evelyn McLaughlin’s prize cow Princess and her calf will be entered in the upcoming Agriculture Show cattle competition in February. – Photos: Jewel Levy

East End gears up for Agriculture Show

Cayman farmers are in the home stretch making final preparations in anticipation of taking part in and, hopefully, winning a ribbon at this year’s Agriculture Show.

Wompers and thatch in East End

Snapped in a moment in time in the late 70’s, this image features all things “Caymanian” as an unidentified gentlemen walks along the seaside under the shade of coconut palms in East End.

North Side resorts share colorful history

The Rum Point Club was opened in the 1950s by entrepreneur Ralph Coatsworth, and later run by Bruce and Doris Parker from 1965 until...

50 years ago: Pesky mosquitoes, fishing and a wedding

In the Jan. 26 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “Mosquitoes are once again...

Did you know?

In its Labour Force Survey Report for Spring 2015, Cayman’s Economics and Statistics Office provides mid-year estimates for population numbers in the districts. North Side’s...

Athletes battle the elements in Mercuryman Triathlon

More than 50 athletes battled rough seas and high winds Sunday morning to compete in the Mercuryman half-Ironman Triathlon in East End. Three professional triathlon...

50 years ago: Visits, weather and fishing make the news

In the Jan. 19 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

Discovering East End’s hidden treasures by bike

Plenty of visitors flock to Seven Mile Beach for its spectacular sunsets, and if Shane Edwards has his way, they’ll soon be just as eager to trek out to the East End around sunrise.

Health City: 2016 looks like a growth year

Health City Cayman Islands is about to enter a new stage of development.

Voter numbers continue to decline

The number of registered voters in Cayman has continued to decline since the general elections in May 2013.

Cayman’s tomato crop struggling

Tomato farmers are reporting that this year’s crop is failing to produce any fruit.

Expansion plans ahead for Health City

Health City Cayman Islands will invest $25 million in infrastructure in 2016, and as much as another $100 million in 2017 and 2018, all drawn from private sources.

Powell museum a jewel box of West Bay history

West Bay's Powell museum is a treasure trove of local history.

Cousteau visit to Grand Cayman recalled

Suzy Soto recalls Jacques Cousteau's 1976 visit to Grand Cayman.

Young parents in East End concerned over lack of jobs

Some young parents in East End are speaking out about the difficulties they have in finding jobs.

Premier’s New Year’s message 2016

Fellow Caymanians, residents and guests; Happy New Year.

A month-by-month roundup of Cayman’s 2015 news stories

Top stories of 2015 in the Cayman Islands

East Ender reminisces about tourism’s early days

Having spent 45 years in the tourism business, East Ender Doralee McLaughlin has a treasure chest of memories to share, stretching back to the industry’s early days.
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Routes announced for free Purple Ribbon buses

Routes for the free Purple Ribbon buses on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day have been announced by the National Drug Council, organizers of the initiative.

Cayman's top sporting events draw enthusiastic crowds

A look at some of Cayman's most popular sporting events of 2015.

Red Bay church Christmas caroling trailer hits the streets

The Red Bay Church of God Holiness caroling trailer took to the roads for the 29th consecutive year, spreading Christmas cheer to Cayman residents on Tuesday night.

Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports gives back to community

Staff of the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports paid Christmas visits to residents of the Family Resource Centre, Pines Retirement, Golden Age and Bonaventure Boys Home.

Government gets its first electric vehicle

The Cayman Islands Postal Service will deliver packages to George Town offices in 2016 using government’s first electric vehicle, a Nissan van, which Cayman Automotive delivered Thursday.

Hunting the Christmas beef

A Caymanian Christmas would not be complete without one special food tradition: preparing mouth-watering cuts of fresh, seasoned local beef.

Kitchen bands a Christmas hit

The legendary Radley Gourzong of East End, playing the fiddle in the photograph on the left, is shown performing at an annual Rotary Senior Citizens Christmas party sometime in the mid-1980’s.

Multi-talented retiree wears many hats

For some people, retirement is a time to kick back, relax, and do a whole lot of nothing. But East End resident Florett Dixon has a different kind of retirement philosophy: do a little bit of everything.

50 years ago: Christmas visitors aplenty from near and far

Visitors from near and far arrived for the holidays.

Car tire tree wins 'Christmas round the world'

Christiana Edwards, an artist from East End, won first prize for her original decorated Christmas tree at the Bodden Town cultural committee’s “Christmas Round the World” event on Saturday.

Stamps mark anniversary of National Museum

A set of stamps featuring four artifacts at the National Museum have been issued by the Cayman Islands Postal Service to commemorate the museum’s 25th anniversary.

Cayman Prep, Red Bay remain undefeated in U-11 Champions Cup

The second round of games in the 2015/2016 CUC Primary Football League and Girls Primary Football League playoffs were played Saturday at the Annex Field.

Shotgun stolen in burglary

A 12-gauge Maverick shotgun was stolen in a burglary at a home in East End on Monday, police said.

Bikers ride for Christmas toys

More than 50 motorcycle riders took to the streets on Sunday to collect toys as Christmas gifts for Cayman’s children.

Rolling out the Kimpton carpet for One Young World

The opening of Dart's Kimpton Seafire Resort in late 2016 foreshadows a much-needed renaissance in Cayman's lagging mid-level to upscale tourism room inventory.

Soto biography book signing at Book Nook

A book about Bob Soto's extraordinary life, aptly titled "Extraordinary Adventures" will be launched on Dec. 15 with a book signing on Dec. 18.

Stoak’d: Fired up for any challenge

The trio of Marc and Pam Laurenson and Kevin Mounsor, otherwise known as "Stoak'd" are quickly emerging as exciting artists to be watched in the future.

50 years ago: Updates from East End and North Side

In the Dec. 15, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon made note of some community news:

Cayman cemeteries face grave problem

Two Cayman Islands districts face looming problems with cemetery space, with the problem in West Bay district being the most severe and East End looking to close one of its cemeteries next year.

Festive music is in the air

East End Primary was the scene of festive songs and celebrations for the school’s annual Christmas musical, “A King is Coming to Town.”

Thoughts on the sensitive subject of cemeteries

Intertwined with culture, religion and public health, the practice of burial is a defining characteristic of the human species.

For these East End women, 'fishing is a hobby we all love'

When it comes to hauling in fish, no two Caymanian women do it better than Cecile Conolly and Ruth Grant.

Christmas wishes: Keep it kind, Cayman Islands

Our elected statesmen would do well to draw inspiration from the sounds of Christmas, and utilize the feelings of goodwill and politeness to temper their political discourse.

Rotary Central treats kids

Rotary Central hosted a Christmas party for more than 70 children at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on Sunday.

American diver is 14th water-related fatality this year

A tourist from the United States died Sunday after he surfaced in distress from a dive off North West Point.

Christmas without the cooking

Overview of Christmas brunch and dinner options.

In Bodden Town, garden parties of today and yesteryear

For many decades, the Webster United Memorial Church has welcomed in the New Year by celebrating Caymanian cultural traditions with fun, fellowship and food at its annual garden party for visitors and residents.

Shooting witness says he saw gunman in 'Halloween mask'

A gas station pump attendant told the court hearing the Devon Anglin trial he saw a gunman in a Halloween mask at the Hell Service Station the night 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes was shot dead.

Review: From Island Girl to National Hero

The biography of Miss Sybil McLaughlin offers a compelling look at the life of the Cayman Islands' only living National Hero.

50 years ago Prison sentence for obeah, sunglasses lost

In the Dec. 1 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, a front-page story told of an East End woman who was found guilty of practicing obeah, a type of sorcery similar to voodoo practiced in the West Indies by former West African slaves:

Shake-up for seamen's benefits

Benefits payments to veteran sailors or their widows are facing new scrutiny as part of a shake-up of the system.

Turning nature's leftovers into art

East End’s Edney McLean is endowed with a unique sense of creativity and the ability to transform pieces of rotted wood or cassava root into works of art.

Mercuryman supports Stroke Warriors of Cayman

Cayman’s only half-Ironman triathlon event, the Generali Worldwide Mercuryman, has chosen as its benefitting charity for next year the Stroke Warriors of Cayman.

Bulk waste collections begin

It’s time to get rid of old household appliances, furniture and yard waste: the annual bulk waste clean-up campaign started this week.

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