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June 2013  Issue 126

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Well, as you see, the problems The Staff had publishing The Akumalian have been resolved, and The Staff sends a heartfelt thanks to all of you who offered ideas, hints, suggestions, and Internet access on Playa Wireless.  They all helped better pin-point where the problem was – actually it still is there – but did not get it resolved.

Don Papa to the rescue.  Don spoke with the hosting service and got them to change the IP address of the hosted Akumalian, so that it would not run into the blockage by a Telmex domain.

 This issue stays as it was written before the problem.

June 1st is the start of the 2013 hurricane season, but if the weather stays the way it has been – very wet –, there won’t be much of anything rain left to create any kind of a disturbance.              Do not forget the other local publications, Sac-Be The Costal Source for Travel in the Riviera Maya, the Pelican Free Press, and the CEA Newsletter

And, do not forget that Robin’s Best Shirt Award is on  Friday, July 5th.



Several stories are passed around to show how the month of June was named.  The most widely accepted explanation is that it is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera.

Gemini   May 22 - June 21

Cancer   June 22 – July 22

 June Birthstone:  Pearl
Aphrodite's tears of joy, Cleopatra's love potion, Krishna's wedding gift for his daughter.  The legends stretch fast and far, however one fact is undeniable: Pearls are the oldest known gem and were considered the most valuable, for centuries!  In fact, the Roman General Vitellius allegedly financed an entire military campaign with just one of his mother's Pearl earrings!  The only jewel that is not made by mother Earth, the Pearl is created from a secreted resin of the oyster.

June Flower:  Rose
One of the earliest flowers known to man, symbolize love magic, hope, passion.  The rose represents beauty and perfection.  The name rose comes from the Latin word rose which means red.  Nebuchadnezzar used roses to decorate his palace.  They were grown for perfume oil in Persia.  The Greeks associated roses with the blood of Aphrodite's beloved Adonis.  There are more than a hundred species of wild roses.


Birthdays and Anniversaries
1          Wally Koenst
3          Nash Cost Knod
4          Betty McElhatten
4          Elle Jolie DeAngelis
4          Sharon Goby
5          Paige Wright
8          Harry Bittner
10        Salvador Company
11        Kathy Sonheim
12        June Sloan
13        Richard Mazzola
14        Ellen Eanet
15        Zoe Pargot
15        Bruce & Ellen Eanet Anniversary
16        Ingrid Clouther
16        Barbara Company
16        Gynna
18        Stephanie Motley
19        Hans Schmitthenner and Joan Potenza Anniversary
19        Richard Dooley
20        Demetrio’s girls
21        Steve Cole
21        Jim & Kathy Farrell Anniversary
21        Susanne Van Lierop
21        Richard and Yijie Dooley Anniversary
22        Kristi Chapman
22        Sam & Sharon Goby Anniversary
25        Janet (Tricia’s mom)
25        Michael Schwartz
25        Katie & Joel Datica Anniversary
26        Richard Glenn (“Ricardo”) & Mary Sue Northcutt, Anniversary
26        Beryl Van Lierop
29        Lunda Schwartz
29        Bud & Alice Blatner Anniversary
30        Starr Dooley DeAngelis

There must be more than this.  Let’s hear about YOUR birthday.

Missed May Birthdays and Anniversaries



June 1 is here, and we have the start of the 2013 Hurricane Season.  The active hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30.  One thing to keep in mind is that tropical cyclones can develop at any time of the year.  It is during the official hurricane season, however, that we see the most development.


Navy Day is an official Mexican holiday.  The day is held on the June 1st and has been recognized every year since 1942.  

The Mexican Navy (Armada de México or SEMAR) is the naval branch of the Mexican military responsible for conducting naval operations.  Its stated mission is "to use the naval force of the federation for the exterior defense, and to help with internal order".  The Navy consists of about 56,000 men and women plus reserves, over 189 ships, and about 130 aircraft.  The Navy attempts to maintain a constant modernization program in order to upgrade its response capability.

Given Mexico's large area of water (3,149,920 km2) and extensive coastline (11,122 km), the navy's duties are of great importance.  Perhaps its most important on-going missions are the war on drugs and protecting PEMEX's oil wells in Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico.  Another important task of the Mexican Navy is to help people in hurricane relief operations and other natural disasters.  Go to Navy Day for additional information.


Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.

It’s time for the “Best Shirt Award”, which is held on the first Friday of each month during Happy Hour at the Lol Ha Beach Bar.  This award is based on Robin’s penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary Henderson, is ready to once again be the judge and jury as she selects the “Best Shirt” for June.  And, as we go to print the criteria are still somewhat nebulous, but it looks like “coolest”, “neatest”, and “most colorful” might work.

The May award for “Best Shirt” went to Don Papa, who had to go through some very tough scrutiny by the judges, because there was some serious competition.  See May Best Shirt for more photos.  



National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.  The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a. "donut") – an edible, torus-shaped piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened.

What started in Chicago has gone global --- Dunkin’ Donuts says it plans to celebrate National Donut Day in 31 countries this year.  The Canton-based chain said that its participating restaurants “will offer guests a free donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage.”

According to Dunkin’, the donut is an ideal delivery platform for an infusion of cheerfulness, and only the worst of bad attitudes are immune to its culinary charm.


Do you know the actors that die the most in movies?
John Hurt - Dies 40 times
Bela Lugosi - Dies 36 times
Vincent Price - Dies 33 times
Sean Bean - Dies 25 times
Mickey Rourke - Dies 19 times



Comings, in May, for Best Shirt Award, Kentucky Derby, and other things:

  • Jim & Jackie Power were back at Jade Beach.

·       Mike & Peggy Stone are here at Iguana.

·       Lisa & Terry Turner were spotted in South Akumal.

·       Nancy and Jim & Laura were with David Richards in South Akumal.

·       Bay & Chris Haas were back in Seven Seas.

·       Paul & Gayle Rasmussen were also back, staying in South Akumal.

·       Macon & Susan Gravlee were back for closing the sale of Casa Paraiso in South Akumal.

·       Denny & Diane Mahan are return on June 5 to clean out Solymar: also SOLD.

·       Jim & Kathy Farrell have returned for the season.

·       Hugh Maynard is back and Carolyn Harris arrives next week at Yalku Cai through to August.

  • David & Nancy Poor are back

  • Ron & Shari Stern are back in town.

  • Tom & Judy Baxter are back in South Akumal


·       Antonio Bolio & Jan Harper walked down and up the Grand Canyon trail.


The 145th running of the Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 8 ABC-TV and ESPN will provide live coverage of the day’s events.  Post time is 5:35pm AST

There will be no Triple Crown champion this year.

The 2013 Belmont Stakes has far less on the line this time around than many had hoped—the legendary third leg of the Triple Crown doesn't mean as much when two different horses win at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes—but this still will be a great race.  With serious contenders like Derby winner Orb and Preakness champion Oxbow decorating an already impressive field, the excitement surrounding the Belmont Stakes is still very high despite no possibility of a Triple Crown winner.

Maybe next year.

The first Belmont in the United States was not the famous stakes race or even the man for whom it is named.  Rather, the first Belmont was a race horse that arrived in California in 1853 from his breeding grounds of Franklin, Ohio.  The Belmont Stakes, however, are named after August Belmont, a financier who made quite a name and fortune for himself in New York politics and society.  Obviously, Mr. Belmont was also quite involved in horse racing, and his imprint is even intertwined within the history of the Kentucky Derby.

One thing the Belmont does have over the Derby is that it is the oldest of the three Triple Crown events.  The Belmont predates the Preakness by six years, the Kentucky Derby by eight.  The first running of the Belmont Stakes was in 1867 at Jerome Park, on, believe it or not, a Thursday.

Here's a tidbit you didn't see in Derby or Preakness history.  When Grey Lag won the Belmont in 1921, it marked the first running of the Belmont Stakes in the counter-clockwise manner of American fashion.  This 53rd running was a mile and three-eighths over the main course; previous editions at Belmont Park had been run clockwise, in accordance with English custom, over a fish-hook course which included part of the training track and the main dirt oval.


The 2013 French Open (also known as Roland Garros, after the famous French aviator) is a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts.  It is the 113th edition of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam event of the year.  It is taking place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from 21 May to 9 June, 2013.

The women’s finals is on Saturday, June 8, and the men’s final is on Sunday, June 9.


The American Theatre Wing's 67th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards will be broadcast live from Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sunday, June 9, 2013 (8:00-11:00 p.m., live EST) on the CBS Television Network.  The awards honor theatre professionals and distinguished achievement on Broadway.  The nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced on April 30 by stage and screen star Jesse tryler Ferguson and past-winner Sutton Foster. 

The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards are bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement.  The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television.

While the theatre-going public may consider the Tony Awards to be the Oscars of live theatre, critics have suggested that the Tony Awards are primarily a promotional vehicle for a small number of large production companies and theatre owners in New York City.  Only shows playing in one of 39 "Broadway" theatres designated by the Tony Awards Management Committee are eligible for the Tony Awards.  The 39 "Broadway" theatres are all large venues located between 40th and 66th Streets and 6th and 10th Avenues in New York City, an area surrounding Broadway from Times Square to Lincoln Center.  Shows playing in "off-Broadway" or "off-off-Broadway" theatres, or shows playing outside of New York City, are not eligible.  Since there are only 39 theatres, only a portion of which will be featuring a "new" production in any given season, and 27 award categories, it's likely that many "new" shows will reap at least one award.

Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris will return to host the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards this year, for the fourth time.  Harris will preside over a star-studded ceremony live on stage at the Beacon Theatre.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's Tony Awards,” said Harris.  “Not only will I be shining a spotlight on the best that Broadway has to offer, but hopefully I'll score some free house seats to a show or 5. "


The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, is the annual open golf tournament of the United States.  It is the second of the four major championships in golf, and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.  It is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in mid-June, scheduled so that, if there are no weather delays, the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father's Day.

The 113th US Open will be played at the East Course of the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, west of Philadelphia.


The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885.  Go to Flag Day for additional information.

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14.  It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.  One of the longest-running Flag Day parades is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, which began in 1952 and celebrated its 57th year in 2009.

 Did you Know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!



 Richard Mazzola’s Painting of the Month
            Richard Mazzola has his gallery, Ak-Nah Galeria, in Plaza Ukana, and back in February he had a very successful art show; see Richard’s Art Show.  As a result, The Akumalian is featuring one of Richard’s painting each month.

            The name of this oil painting is" TOO MUCH DAMN DRAMA", and it represents Dec. 21, 2012.  There is a lot symbolism in this painting.  The focus is in the middle of the street.  The more you look, the more you see.  The size is 26" by 32" approx., and the price is $1,800 US with custom wood frame.

Visit Richard’s Gallery for more info on Richard and his art work.

Lol-Ha Restaurant Summer Hours
           Nothing new as of yet!


Sam Jimenez to Leave Lol Ha
   Sam Jimenez, the Food & Beverage Manager at Lol Ha, has resigned and will be gone from Lol Ha by mid-June.  Be there at the Beach Bar for Best Shirt night on Friday, June 7th, to wish Sam all the best in his new endeavor in Playa del Carmen.

Update, Sam apparently has landed a job at one of the hotels at Mayakoba.  Congratulations and good luck.

Turtle Bay Café Summer Hours
Bart reports, “We are Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.  4-7 Daily is Our Summer Time Happy Hour.  1/2 Priced Flatbreads and Tacos.  2x1 Well Drinks, Margaritas & Mojitos.  50 Peso Long Island Iced Teas.  15 Peso- Sol, Corona, Pacifico, Dos XX & Superior.  No local discounts on Happy Hour Items and No Take-Out.”


NO Parking On Curve by Las Casitas
            With parking being eliminated on the entrance road to Akumal by work being done there, parking congestion has moved onto the road in Central Akumal, starting at the Dive Shop and going around into North Akumal.  Now, work is under way to stop the parking on the curve by the entrance to Las Casistas.



 Airport Customs
We do not know if this was a one-off thing, but on Wednesday, May 29, the customs at the Cancun Airport was NOT using the radar scanning machines.  Needless to say, this made both immigration and customs quick and painless processes.


Historians have recorded that there was a tradition to celebrate Father's Day even thousands of years ago.  Their studies say that 4,000 years ago in Babylon, a son called Elmesu carved a father's day message on a clay card.  In his message Elmesu wished his father a long and healthy life.  There is no knowledge as to what happened to this father son duo, but it is believed that several countries retained the custom of celebrating Father's Day.  Go to Father’s Day for additional information.


This is the first day of summer!!

Each year, the timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator.  This occurs annually on June 20 or June 21 in North America, depending on your time zone.

The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).

In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer.  In the winter, just the opposite occurs: The Sun is at its southernmost point and is low in the sky.  Its rays hit the Northern Hemisphere at an oblique angle, creating the feeble winter sunlight.

The Sun is directly overhead at its most northern point at "high-noon" on the summer solstice, creating more sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere on this day than any other.  

FULL MOON, JUNE 23rd     

The Full Strawberry Moon occurs on June 23rd at 12:32:18 pm AST.  This name was universal to every Aztec tribe.  However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon.  Also, because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June, so the full Moon for June was christened for the strawberry!

This full moon is not only the closest and largest full moon of the year.  It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013.  The moon will not be so close again until August, 2014.  In other words, it’s not just a supermoon.  It’s the closest supermoon of 2013.


The Championships, Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is considered the most prestigious.  It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877.  It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments – the other three Majors are the Australian Open, French Open and US Open – and the only one still played on the game's original surface, grass, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name.

The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July (24 June – 7 July), culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled respectively for the second Saturday (July 6) and Sunday (July 7).  

Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage.  The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts.  In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof to prevent rain delaying and interrupting Centre Court matches during the tournament.



Running from Saturday June 29th to Sunday July 21st 2013, the 100th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,360 kilometers.  First up Corsica, then nothing but the French mainland.  Corse-du-Sud and Haute-Corse were the only two departments in metropolitan France that had never before hosted the Tour.  The Grand Départ of 2013 will put an end to that.  Once back on the mainland, the race will continue entirely within France and not take in any foreign countries – a concept last applied in 2003.


During the month of May, there was one other “Event” beside the Best Shirt Award, and that was the Kentucky Derby “party” on May 3rd.  For photos, go to Kentucky Derby.


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