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Maureen N. Maratita

I’m frequently reminded how valuable our archives are to businesses in the region, particularly those who have lost historical material in typhoons, when readers reach out.

  But we get plenty of other requests for help, including a recent one for material on the brown tree snake — going back to the 1980s. It came from a biological station in Spain.

I’m happy to say we were able to help. …

 

We were also pleased that Guam Business Magazine was credited for its contributions to the 144-page “Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Guam, 2020 – 2025,” which came from the Guam Economic Development Authority. The Economic Development Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce put out the finished products for our region, and it was released on July 7 by the Pacific Basin Development Council.

Siska Hutapea of Cornerstone Valuation contributed the information on the property market. Our readers would have seen that earlier, since it was in the January-February 2019 issue of the magazine. …

 

Many thanks go to Dre (Adrian) Pangelinan of the Department of Public Safety in the Northern Mariana Islands for a sad but necessary warning. In a July 7 release, Dre reminded the NMI public “not to leave vehicle keys inside an unattended vehicle. In recent weeks there have been several reports of stolen vehicles throughout the island of Saipan. In most of these cases it was found that vehicles had their keys left inside while unattended by the owner.”

Dre told me, “We try to do our best to try and counter unsafe situations that are preventable.”  …

 

When you get an email from “The United Nation,” offering millions in free funding, it’s easy to delete it. But an offer for leading event planners to visit Turkey just might be plausible — if not advisable.

And a gentleman who wants to give our media organization a few hundred thousand in the form of a grant sounds entirely reasonable. It duly got read twice before deletion.

I think the scammers are getting smarter. …

 

Wherever you travel in the capitals of the civilized world, there is dog doo doo. Mayor Rudy Guiliani will long be remembered for reducing crime in New York, but even he could not get rid of dog doo doo on the streets of the Big Apple.

Vienna claims to have conquered the problem, FYI. You can imagine the manpower that must have taken, even though the city applied fines. …

The condo development of Perez Acres in Yigo where I stay is a really nice place to live — and the neighbors are pretty nice too. Leave a window open in your car and somebody will knock and tell you; need to borrow an essential ingredient for dinner — no problem; just ask. …

 

But the dog doo doo — ai adai. Not even a dog park helped. (See our story on Page 11.)

The latest PAHA newsletter came with photographic ‘evidence’ and calling for the neighborhood watch to step it up and for whistle blowers to step forward should they catch a doggy neighbor in the act.

We will see how that goes. …

 

— Maureen N. Maratita is the publisher at Glimpses Media. Publications at Glimpses Media include the Marianas Business Journal, MBJ Life, The Real Estate Journal, Guam Business Magazine, Beach Road Magazine, Buenas and Drive Guam.