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8 March 2014
The foundation 'la Fundación Educativa de Jazz' (Fedujazz), recently gave on loan 22 violins to students who receive violin lessons in the upper room of Casa de Arte in Sosúa.
In this ceremony, Mayor Ilana Neumann, Adolfo Faringthon, director of Casa de Arte, Marie Lena Gratereaux and Jennifer Kirkman, representatives of Fedujazz, the music teacher Venus Guerrero and the parents of the students were present.
The parents had to sign a contract that they have the responsibility to take good care of the loaned expensive musical instruments.
The Fedujazz foundation had already made some violins available on which students had studied diligently.
As evidence for this the students played 'Estrellita Dónde estás'.
Casa de Arte and Fedujazz
Casa de Arte and Fedujazz
Now every student has its private violin and according to teacher Venus Guerrero, they are able to study even more.
The intention is that they give their first violin concert for the public in December of this year.
The mayor Ilana Neumann said in a short speech that she is proud that Sosúa can offer the musically gifted children of Sosúa a chance to develop their talents.
This is very unique, because this possibility exists so far only in the capital, Santo Domingo.
But now it is also possible in the small beach town Sosúa, thanks to support from the Fedujazz Foundation, that talented young people have the opportunity for their musical development.
Source and photos: Félix Corona
7 March 2014
As of 15 March the tax department (la Dirección General de Impuestos Internos, DGII) wants to start nationwide with the handing out of license plates and vests to motoconchos (motorcycle taxis).
The entire plan will, according to the tax authorities, cost a total of 1300 million pesos.
Motorcyclists need only pay 100 pesos for a license plate and vest.
In the subsequent period the motorcyclists will also have to pass a driving test.
Private motorcyclists will have to purchase a new license plate and vest at a later face.
The license plates for individuals will have a different color and therefore will stand out from the license plate of a motoconcho.
New license plate and vest
Moreover, all the cars will need in the near future a second license plate for the front end of the car.
These measures are in accordance with the tax authorities and traffic police to improve traffic safety.
6 March 2014
A few years ago you could choose from three movie theaters in Playa Dorada.
But for the decline of tourism on the north coast and therefore the closure of several hotels in the Playa Dorada complex, also these theaters were forced to close their doors.
But now entrepreneur José Daniel Jiménez has had the courage to open a new theater
Opening cinema at Playa Dorada
with three screening rooms under the name 'POP Cinemas' in the shopping center of Playa Dorada.
The inauguration took place on Thursday, February 27 in the presence of dignitaries from Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Sosúa and Cabarete.
Among them, the director of tourism on the north coast Mr. Lorenzo Sancassani.
Pastor Rafael Martínez gave his blessing during the opening of the beautifully built and luxuriously furnished theater.
Lorenzo Sancassani said on this occasion that tourism, thanks to many efforts of the local hotel owners, picks up and the opening of the theater is hopefully another sign that is does.
The tickets for a movie only cost 150 pesos.
The cinema has always three film to offer.
The movies can be seen from Thursday to Sunday at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm.
5 March 2014
This year again (now on Sunday) March 2 the National Police held a party in honor of the Patron Saint 'San Judas Tadeo'.
This party was held on the premises of the police station of Sosúa.
In addition to the officers and family members of the National Police, there were many guests invited.
National Police party
National Police party
Although invited, there were also uninvited guests present who liked some free drinks and food, but everybody was peaceful tolerated.
In the afternoon the tipico band 'Musiquito y su conjunto típico played nice upbeat music which by the way invited many to dance.
Later in the afternoon the police personnel with guests could enjoy a buffet with typical Dominican dishes.
Not many criminals have been caught this day.
4 March 2014
The mayor Ilana Neumann is back from her promotional trip to the tourist fair in Tel Aviv in Israel.
That shows too, because she immediately commissioned to give several parks and playgrounds in Sosúa a facelift.
First it's the playground 'Los Caracolitos' turn in the neighborhood La Unión.
They started to smarten up the seesaws, swings and climbing frames, and where necessary, provided it with a new coat of paint.
They also made fences at the entrance so that the lanky youth can not drive their motorbikes on the playground.
Facelift parks and playgrounds
After the facelift of the Los Caracolitos playground the other gardens and parks will follow.
Source and photo: Félix Corona
(press officer municipality Sosúa)