Community Briefs – March 8, 2018

Free USCIS workshop at Saipan library today

Officers from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free event today, March 8, at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, starting at 5pm. They’ll present a one-hour workshop covering immigration and the naturalization process. The public is invited to attend. This session is part of a larger USCIS initiative to help immigrants better understand the many services available. For more information, contact Sharon Rummery at (415)248-8873. (PR)

Survivors, caregivers support meeting today

All people facing cancer, their family members, and caregivers are invited to the Commonwealth Cancer Association support meeting today, March 8, 2018, starting at 5:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Saipan’s Chamolinian Room. Guest speaker will be Helen C. Sablan, director, Medicaid Program, CHCC. To RSVP or for more information, call the CCA at 682-0050 or email at (PR)
USCIS’ Mathur at SHRM meeting today

The Society for Human Resource Management-CNMI Chapter will be holding a special meeting today, March 8, featuring Kamana Mathur of USCIS Pacific District, who will speak about the Form I-9 process.  The SHRM meeting will be held at the PIC’s Charley’s, from 11:30am to 2pm. The presentation includes the PIC lunch buffet at the cost of $20 for SHRM members and $30 for non-members.  Reserve your seat by contacting Penny Jones by e-mail at or Denise Montenegro at or by telephone at 323-5867/68.  (SHRM)

Military training at Warning Area 12

ASAN, Guam—The U.S. military will conduct training at Warning Area 12 during the following dates and times:
• March 8, from 7am to 7pm

• March 9, from 7am to 6pm

• March 10, from 6am to 6pm

• March 11, from 6am to 4pm

• It is recommended the public, fishermen and marine tour operators monitor the Coast Guard broadcast notice to mariners for advisories. W-12 begins south of Guam and extends south-southwest in international waters. (PR)

Scheduled power outage on March 9 and 10

There will be a scheduled power interruption on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, from 6am to 11am to allow the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. line crew to replace eight 45-foot wooden poles with concrete poles along Chalan Pale Arnold Road on Lower Navy Hill. The Lower Navy Hill area will be affected by this power outage but not water wells. The S-8 wastewater lift station will be affected. For more information, contact the CUC Customer Call Center (664-4282) or monitor its Facebook page for the latest updates. (CUC)

Philippine consular outreach

The Philippine Consulate General in Guam will be holding a mobile consular outreach on Saipan on March 13-15, at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe. Note that all e-passport applications require the personal appearance of the applicant. Please wear proper attire (i.e., shirt with collar). For more information and confirmation, call (670)233-6293 and ask for Mel Santos. (PR)

Women’s Month events

In celebration of CNMI Women’s Month, the public is invited to attend the following free events this week:

March 8, Thursday: Parenting tips at KKMP radio, 7:30am

March 8, Thursday: Women arts & crafts at Thursday Street Market, Garapan Fishing Base, 5pm 

March 9, Friday: Oral health presentation, Garapan Community Development Center (next to the Carolinian Affairs Office), 1:30pm

To schedule a free oral health exam between March 5-15, 2018, females 16 years old and older may call the Commonwealth Health Center Dental Clinic at 236-8369 to make a 1pm – 3pm appointment.

March 9, Friday: NMC-CDI Computer Tech Hour, Bldg. W, Northern Marianas College, 5pm – 7pm. (PR)

OPA ethics presentation on Rota, Tinian

The Office of the Public Auditor will be conducting ethics presentations on Tinian on March 9, 2018, at the Northern Marianas College Tinian Instructional Site, Room D. There will be a morning and afternoon session at 10am and 2pm. If an agency or group of government employees are interested in the presentation, contact the OPA at telephone number (670)322-6481/2. The OPA staff will also be notarizing and accepting filings of financial disclosure statements from government officials. All filers are reminded to bring with them some form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license or a passport. Failure to do so may result in the denial of notary services. (OPA)

Military training at Warning Area 517, FDM

ASAN, Guam—The U.S. military will conduct training at Warning Area 517 during the following dates and times:
• March 8, from 7am to 7pm 

• March 9, from 7am to 6pm 

• March 10, from 6am to 6pm 

• March 11, from 6am to 4pm 

• The military will also conduct training at the island of Farallon de Medinilla during the following dates and times: 

• March 7-8, from 11am to 7:30pm 

• March 9, from 10am to noon 

• It is recommended the public, fishermen and marine tour operators monitor the Coast Guard broadcast notice to mariners for advisories.
• W-517 is activated south of latitude 12° 40’ 00″N. Santa Rosa Reef and Galvez Banks are open for public use.
• The general location of the training on the island of Farallon de Medinilla will be in a 12-nautical mile radius of the island. (PR)

Free business seminar for veterans & spouses

The CNMI Military/Veteran’s Affairs Office and the Small Business Development Center will be offering a free business seminar called “Reboot to Business” at Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan’s Azucena Room on March 26, from 9am to 4pm, presented by Dennis Kwak, director, Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Pacific. To register, contact Velma Del Rosario at 664-2650 or visit (PR)

Art-in-the-Park at the AMP

In March and April, the American Memorial Park is partnering with artists and organizations to provide free art classes to the community under the 2nd annual Art-in-the-Park series. All ages are welcome.
There will be banana painting with Joy Rankin Santos on March 10, from 9am to 12pm. The Carolinian Affairs Office will teach beading on March 24, from 9am to 12pm. Kimberly Mendiola will teach watercolor painting on April 7, from 9am to 12pm.
At the end of the art sessions, on April 21, artwork will be displayed at the Visitor Center for the National Park Week. Space is limited so register soon! To register for a class, visit the American Memorial Park Visitor Center. The center is open daily from 9am to 5pm. For questions contact ranger Brooke Nevitt or education specialist Jovanna Mafnas at 234-7207×2020 or email (NPS)

SCC now accepting scholarship applications

The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its Educational Scholarship Fund. Hard copies of the Chamber scholarship applications are available at the Chamber office and can also be delivered to schools upon request. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application which are due on or before 5pm on Friday, April 20, 2018, at its office in the Marianas Business Plaza, third floor, Suite 315. The scholarships will be awarded at the Chamber’s monthly general membership meeting on June 6, 2018. Chamber scholarship applications are also available on the website, For more information call the Chamber office at (670) 234-7150 or email (PR)

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