Maureen N. Maratita

We love hearing from you, I wrote in the last “Plain English.”

And in the past two weeks, we have fielded a lot of questions (and a bunch of complaints.)

So here’s the situation: Practically everything the team and I know about grants, testing and quarantine is in the Journal. There’s a lot of information on our site, since we are updating our news on all the time.

And things change — from day-to-day it seems. …


If you are still dealing with grants, the Guam Chamber, the Saipan Chamber and the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association are putting out streams of information to members.

It just so happens Boris Hertzlet, — the Guam PTAC guru — has put a slew of the latest websites in his column in this Journal that is worth your time. Boris has even given you an email address if you need to contact the SBA, rather than wading through FAQs.

If you have quarantine and testing questions, you should contact your governments and their hotlines.  But for real words of wisdom on that subject, I refer you to Roland Miranda’s cartoon at the airport in this issue. ….


United Airlines sent me a release on May 20 about its partnership with Clorox, which it will be using to clean its planes.

Not all bleaches are created equal.

And in Guam at least, Clorox reigns supreme. (It has to be the same in the U.S. mainland. Clorox probably has a place in history.)

The stronger the better — because not all Clorox is created equal.

If it makes your eyes water, then it’s doing its job, according to CHamoru women of a certain age.

The Clorox partnership will first roll out in Chicago and Denver but will be introduced in all hubs. I hope that includes Guam. The news that United uses Clorox is more likely to get people flying to the mainland again from Guam than any million-dollar marketing campaign. …


And now for an encouraging entrepreneurial story from London, along the lines of, when life hands you lemons …

Beer in kegs can last for months, but one English brewer is not taking any chances and is delivering beer on tap to enthusiastic customers.

While pubs and bars have been closed in England for weeks, alcoholic beverages can still be delivered. According to Reuters, the brewer’s delivery van or “tactical beer response unit” has taps on the side and delivers cold beer in an appropriate glass.

The service is doing so well — with an order book full until the end of May — a second van for different areas are in planning.

So instead of COVID-19 driving you to drink, there is at least one place where drink can be driven to you.  …


Licensing laws and the laws governing the purchase of alcohol in England are now quite liberal. Should you want to add a bottle or two of something to your shopping cart at any time of the day or night — that’s considered perfectly normal behavior.

I have a theory that while early morning COVID-19 shopping hours are extended to our manamko or senior citizens on Guam, there’s a reason you can see some more mature residents shopping later in the morning.

It’s the fact that you can’t buy alcohol before 9 a.m. on the island. …


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.