Thursday, May 28, 2009

Beautify CNMI Meeting Next Week

The first Beautify CNMI monthly meeting in about a year is scheduled for next Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM. This will be a reorganization meeting. We're not going to change too much, just bring everyone back to the table to see how we can continue to work together.

I will start the meeting off with a short synopsis of our different programs over the last 3 years.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Boonie Strikes Back

PAWS WARS LogoIt is that time of year again – when Beautify CNMI! and PAWS team up to celebrate Saipan’s boonie dogs. This year, the dog show, PAWS WARS, Episode III, Revenge of the Boonie, will be held on June 13, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at CPA Airport Field. Categories include:

Star Wars Character
Most Disobedient
Most Talented; and
Best in Show.

Come down and bring your dog in their best storm trooper or Darth Vader mask. There will be great prizes and loads of fun for the entire family. Registration forms are available here. As we have done in the past, we hope to use the dog show as a method of educating people about the benefits of responsible pet ownership and promote the human-animal bond.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mga larawan ng mga basura na aming pinulot kahapon

Mahirap man paniwalaan na may mga taong nananadya para magtapon nang kanilang basura sa ganitong lugar malapit mismo sa dagat. Sana matutu na ang mga tao na pangalagahan ang inang kalikasan. Kami po sa Friends of the Mariana Islands (FMI) nanawagan sa publico na tulungan po ninyo kaming bantayan at pangalagaan ang Inang kalikasan, sapagkat tayo rin pong lahat ang siyang makikinabang sa kalinisan at kagandahang lugar kung saan tayo ngayon nakatira pansamantala.
Minsahe po namin sa mga taong mahilig gumamit sa gawaing maganda nang Iba.
Matutu po sana tayong rumispito sa iba at huwag gamitin ang gawaing magaganda nang kapwa para po hinde mapulaan nang mga taong nakakakita sa kung sino ang mga taong tunay na gumagawa. Tama na pong ipaglaban ninyo kung saan ang pinapaniwalaan ninyo sa buhay pero huwag na huwag po ninyong gagamitin ang aming mga magagandang ginagawa dito sa Islang ito, kami po ay kinikilala at nirerespito ng mga tao na naniniwala sa aming mga ginagawa.
PAALALA lang po namin sa lahat nang mga tao na kailamanman hinde kami kinikilala at hinde rin po kami renirespito sana pagpalain kayong lahat nang ating panginoon diyos. Maraming salamat po.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

FMI Cleanup at Lau-Lau Bay Road

FMI Sent over two hours on Sunday cleaning up Lau Lau Road from the Cross-Island intersection down towards the beach. These pictures were taken along the Road down below the where the old restaurant road joins Lau Lau Road. The drainage areas had been used by some people as a dump site. They had dumped their personal or business trash along side the road and then covered the trash with branches and other green items as an attempt to hide the trash. Our Trash warriors could smell (as could anyone using the Road) the trash and found the illegal dump. Anyone with information on the dump please let DPS know as it is illegal.

We will make sure to really wacth this area and to make sure also that no one can get away with this illegal dump!

Friday, May 15, 2009

FMI Weekend Cleanups

Tomorrow (Saturday) the FMI will start the weekend of cleanup activities at 07:30 around the San Vicente School campus. We will be working inside and outside the campus on various cleanup and drainage clearing projects. We will have everything a parent or volunteer may need to help us clean up both the Island and SVES!

This coming Sunday the Friends of the Mariana Islands will be undertaking our monthly cleanup of the Lau-Lua road from the Cross-Island road intersection down towards the beach. The FMI will provide the trash bags and gloves to any volunteers who find the time in their day and the room in their heart to help cleanup our Island.

See you on the 16th at San Vicente School and on the 17th at about 7:30 at the intersection!

Monday, May 11, 2009

May 9, 2009 ISA Drive FMI monthly cleanup

2009 FMI Mother's of the Year

From Left; Mrs. Rose Adams, Middle; Mrs. Sitsit Abe, From rigth; Melecia Marquez

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Island Wide Cleanup Award Winners

Saipan, (CNMI) – Two elementary schools and a government agency that provides early intervention services for infants and toddlers are one hundred dollars richer today as Beautify CNMI! handed out prizes to groups participating in last month’s island-wide cleanup.

Garapan Elementary School received $100 for the photo they submitted of their entire student body right before cleaning up their campus and the surrounding neighborhood. They won the contest for the photo with the most volunteers.

“I told some of the staff that we won and they were really proud,” remarked Dale Roberts, Vice Principal of Garapan Elementary.

In the contest to take a photo of the biggest pile of collected garbage, San Vicente was declared the victors. ACT President Betty Miller was on hand to accept the $100 on behalf of the students.

“We had a lot of support from the parents on our cleanup day and they deserve a lot of the credit,” said Miller about winning the contest category.

Each of this year’s 61 participating groups also had their names put into a random drawing to win $100. William S. Reyes 5th grader Shizuka Takayama pulled the name of the Children’s Developmental Assistance Center during a press event at the Marianas Visitors Authority office on Wednesday.

“Everyone who participated in this year’s island-wide cleanup deserves a hearty thank you,” said Angelo Villagomez of Beautify CNMI. He added, “the Kramis family also deserves a big thank for their generous donation making these prizes possible.”

Award winners: Roberts and Miller with the $100 checks for their schools. Saipanda is also pictured.
The 2009 island-wide cleanup had the participation of 4,140 volunteers from 61 groups and over 13.5 tons of litter was removed from the streets and beaches of Saipan. The Rotary Club of Saipan, Division of Environmental Quality, Marianas Visitors Authority, and Marianas Tourism Education Council coordinated the event.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Beautify CNMI award nominations deadline on Friday

The deadline to submit nominations for the annual Beautify CNMI Steward and Beautify CNMI Champion awards is this Friday, May 8.

The awards are given out to recognize the individuals or groups who have been environmental leaders during the past 12 months. There are two award categories, the Environmental Steward and the Environmental Champion.

The Environmental Steward award recognizes a person or group that leads the community in activities that help protect our environment in a variety of ways. This individual or group has demonstrated the need to take pride in our islands and to take care of the place we all call home. They serve as an example for others, especially the next generation, to follow.

The Environmental Champion award recognizes a person or group that exemplifies the Beautify CNMI spirit. Those qualities include volunteerism, cooperation, innovation, creativity and the ability to infect others with the Beauty Virus. The Environmental Champion is a role model for others to follow. They bring environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness. They make things happen and effect change.

The 2007 Environmental Champion winners were Bree Reynolds, Kathy Yuknavage, and Carl Brachear. The winners of the 2007 Environmental Steward award were Adam Sablan and Friends of the Mariana Islands.

The 2008 Environmental Champion winners were Nava Khorram, Marites Castillo, Katie Busenkell and Rose Callier of PAWS, Mike Tripp of Marianas Dive, and Aqua Resort Club. The winners of the 2008 Environmental Steward award were Friends of the Marianas Islands, Marianas Dive, Paseo de Marianas Promoters and Max Aguon and the Pantalon Boys.

To nominate an individual or group, submit a written nomination explaining why that person or group deserves recognition. You can make as many nominations as you like, but individuals and groups can only be nominated for one award category. Nominations must include the award category the nominee is being considered for, a well written argument detailing the reasons why this nominee should be considered, and contact information for the nominee and for the person making the nomination.

Send nominations to Angelo Villagomez at or mail them to PMB 360 BOX 10001; Saipan, MP 96950 or call 285-6462 for more information.