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May 30, 2006
  • Baseball Hall of Fame to collect bats for Dominicans
  • Adria Hall to speak in Puerto Plata
  • Tom Fazio in Punta Cana
  • Ocean World Marina open for business
  • Jazz at Casa de Teatro
Baseball Hall of Fame to collect bats for Dominicans
The Cooperstown, New York National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has announced a nationwide collection program to deliver new or almost new baseball equipment to children in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The program, Roberto's Kids, honors Roberto Clemente.
Roberto's Kids is a collaborative effort between the Hall of Fame, Clemente family members Luis and Roberto Clemente, Jr., and two individual supporters of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Steve Pindar of Oneonta, N.Y., and Steve Tremitiere of Newtown, Pa. Roberto's Kids hopes to continue the work of Pindar and Tremitiere, who have each collected several tons of equipment for children in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in recent years.
Pindar started the Baseball Equipment Project in 1999 in the Dominican Republic with a single donation from the Oneonta Little League. In 2005, the Pindar family collected five tons of equipment for Dominican children, collecting for all ages from organizations across the country.
"The good thing about this project is that it provides much needed equipment to kids who have the hopes and dreams of playing in the Major Leagues one day," said Omar Minaya, executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager of the New York Mets.
This year, through Pindar's efforts, and with the support of sportscaster Onfalia Morillo in Santo Domingo, children at the Muchachos y Muchachas con Don Bosco program and the YMCA will receive baseball equipment. The opportunity to play baseball is an important incentive for keeping children in school, as Father Juan Linares of Don Bosco explained when Pindar visited his offices last year to look into the possibility of the donation. The Muchachos y Muchachas con Don Bosco program encourages kids that otherwise would be mostly on the streets, to get an education.
With the liaison with the Baseball Hall of Fame, the work of Pindar and Tremitiere acquires a nationwide dimension. "The goal of Roberto's Kids is to collect and distribute equipment from baseball leagues, charitable organizations, individuals or retailers in the United States and Canada and provide that equipment to those in Latin American countries where baseball is loved and played with passion," said Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey.
"As a not-for-profit, educational institution, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has the responsibility for connecting generations, and we are grateful for the commitment of the Clemente family, Steve Pindar and Steve Tremitiere and others to deliver the right tools to the next generation of baseball stars."
Organizations or individuals interested in supporting Roberto's Kids can contact the organization by calling 607-432-7440 or 607-437-8779, or by email at [email protected].
Adria Hall to speak in Puerto Plata
Adria Hall, former CNN journalist and Caribbean region specialist, is the guest speaker at the Tourism and the Media conference organized by the Ministry of Tourism in Puerto Plata from 2 to 4 June. She will be speaking about marketing the message through emdia relationships as a key to tourism success.
The event will take place at Hotel Playa Naco in Playa Dorada and has the sponsorship of the Playa Dorada Hotel Association, Playa Naco Hotel and Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana (Presidente beer). Adria is president of SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A., Inc. and a popular speaker on press relations.
The Ministry of Tourism has invited journalists from all over the Dominican Republic who cover tourism, health and police topics to attend the event.
In addition to Hall, others speaking are Tourism deputy ministers Iris Perez, Luis Simo and Magaly Toribio. Culture and tourism journalist, Jose Rafael Sosa will discuss press coverage as an important vehicle for citizen awareness campaigns.
Tom Fazio in Punta Cana
Golf course architect Tom Fazio was in Punta Cana recently to decide on final details for the new Oceanfront Championship Golf Course he has been entrusted with at the Punta Cana Resort & Club. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on the resort's second golf course. The new course will have seven holes overlooking the Caribbean Sea and is located in the exclusive residential area of Corales. The Punta Cana Group reports that once more, the Seashore Paspalum variety of grass will be used, that is resistant to salt-water spray and environmentally-friendly.
Ocean World Marina open for business
Ocean World Marina's Stefan Meister has announced that the official grand opening of the marina and casino is scheduled for 16 December. And a famous band from the 60s (and beyond) has been signed up to lead the festivities.
The marina has actually been open for several months now. Phase A of the marina, basically the mega-yacht slips, offer ships passing by electricity and water service. "We are open for business; however there is construction going on at the guest services building adjacent to these docks. Other more quiet slips are available but they do not have electricity or water yet. Ocean World Marina is offering a 50% discount on published rates until construction finishes", he explained.
By inaugural time in December, there will be about 100 wet slips (some berths for boats up to 225 feet) and 200 dry dock slips (for boats under 35 feet). The depth of the marina is 16 feet at mega-yacht area and 12 feet at the rest.
Meister is confident that the marina and its guest services building (which will have marina check in, tour desk, showers, bathrooms, laundry, car rental, a bait and tackle shop, yacht brokerage, food, liquor provisioning and more) should be completed around September.
In the meantime, boats can get fuel from a tanker truck. Pumped fuel from the fuel dock should be ready in July.
You can go to www.oceanworldmarina.com for more details.
Jazz at Casa de Teatro
Casa de Teatro at Arzobispo Merino Street in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone is announcing a new edition of its summer jazz festival. Every Wednesday in June and July, starting 7 June, there will be a quality jazz performance at 9:30pm at the colonial city's top bohemian spot. Booked are performers from England, US, France, Cuba and Argentina, as well as from host country Dominican Republic. Coming this year are Ernan, Harold Lopez-Nussa from Cuba to open the event on 7 June. Felle Vega (who performed with Sting at Altos de Chavon) is booked for a 14 June performance. On 21 June, Smooth (France) is scheduled. On 28 June, Rafaelito Mirabal and Sistema Temperano. On 5 July, Doreen's Jazz New Orleans (United States). On 12 July, Sandy Gabriel will take the stage. And on 19 July the Trevor Watts Quartet (England) is booked. The festival closes on 26 July with a performance by Argentinian Luis Natch. Tickets are RD$300.

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