Community Briefs – August 17, 2018


Veterans registration drive on Aug. 17, 18

The office of Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan is continuing its veterans registration drive at the Saipan Troop Store’s first anniversary celebration this Friday, Aug. 17, from 10am to 1pm, and at the Joeten Superstore on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10am to 2pm. 
Staff from the CNMI Office of Military/Veterans Affairs will also be present to provide information about their services, and assist veterans in signing up for the local registry.  
Veterans who are interested in enrolling for Veterans Affairs healthcare, following up on benefits claims, filling out a Vet Center Needs Assessment Survey, or learning more about the federal and Commonwealth services available to them, are encouraged to stop by. Military family members and friends are also welcome.  For more information, contact the congressional office’s Wounded Warrior Fellow, Randy Johnson, at 323-2647 or email (PR)

Video presentation on Amelia Earhart

The Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument, Inc. Group will be featuring a special video presentation on Amelia Earhart at the American Memorial Park on Aug. 23, Thursday, at 7pm. Admission is free and all are invited. This video will feature our Chamorro elders who have seen Amelia Earhart here on Saipan in 1937. Come, listen and talk stories about a woman who opened doors, opportunities, set records, and impacted the world, the U.S., Pacific region, Micronesia, and Saipan. Another presentation will be announced at a later date for the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. (PR)

Veterans affairs visit to Saipan

A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits counselor will be at the CNMI Military/Veterans Affairs Office on Sept. 5, 2018, from 9am to 4pm. The benefits counselor will be available to answer benefits questions, and assist with the claim process. The CNMI Military/Veterans Affairs Office is located at 1364 Anatahan Dr., Capital Hill, Saipan. If you have questions, contact Bernadita Dela Cruz at (670) 664-2650/2651. (PR)

MHS back gate to be used

Marinas High School said the back entrance gate (Texas Road) will be opened for student drop off and pick up.  Gates will be open for morning drop off during school days between 7:15am and 8:30am and after school pick up between 3:15pm and 4:30pm.  When using back entrance gate, parents are to make the first right turn upon entering the back gate.  This will bring you to a loop around the gym where you can drop or pick up students. A guard will be present to direct traffic. (PR)

Public library closed on Aug. 25

The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will be closed on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in celebration of CNMI Labor Day. The library will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. For the latest news and events, visit the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s website at and like and/or follow JKPL’s Facebook page, @joeten kiyu. Follow us on Instagram @joetenkiyu. The library’s hours of operation are as follows: from Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm; Saturday, from 9am to 4pm; and closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. (PR)

MARC Gala set

The Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam will celebrate 50 years of growth as a cultural repository and library with an anniversary gala dinner on Aug. 21 at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort’s Ocean Sirena Ballroom. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund scholarships for graduate students at UOG. Proceeds will also support future MARC projects, including the publication of a high-quality contemporary Guam history book, which will serve as a resource for Guam’s students.  To purchase tickets, contact Mye Ganan-Flores at (671) 482-6930 or or Myracle Mugol at (671) 735-2957 or (PR)

Call for youth musicians extended

The newly established Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra has extended auditions for their inaugural 2019 music season to Sept. 7, 2018.  This second call out is specifically for the members of the community that have recently relocated to Guam, and for current residents that may have missed the initial call for musicians. In our initial call for members in May 2018, close to 60 youth from Guam and Saipan have auditioned for the orchestra.  The orchestra plans to tour Australia in the summer of 2019. Rehearsals will begin mid-September 2019. Auditions are open to all who play violin, viola, cello, upright bass, percussion, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trombone, tuba and percussion with at least three years playing experience and are under the age of 25 by Dec. 31, 2019. Additional information on the audition process can be found at For more information, contact Derrick Yen, orchestra manager at 483-9788 or email (PR)

Volunteers wanted for WSR library

Come volunteer at William S. Reyes Elementary School’s library in Chalan Kanoa. Volunteers require no special attributes or skills, and any and all people are welcome to volunteer in our school library. There are no minimum time commitments; and tasks taken on by volunteers can be entirely of their own choosing. Come help develop our students into your helpful productive neighbors of tomorrow! Please contact WSR at or call 783-2787. (PR)

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