DONATION Sen. Edith E. DeLeon Guerrero (D-Saipan), and Reps. Denita K. Yangetmai (D- Saipan) and Corina L. Magofna (D-Saipan) pose with their staff and some family members after the installation of a children’s slide worth $3,500 at the playground of the Carolinian Affairs across Bank of Guam in Garapan last Wednesday. DeLeon Guerrero donated the slide using her remaining operations fund. CAO and Parks and Recreation staff helped assemble it. (Contributed Photo)
LOCAL AUTHOR Northern Marianas College students and employees had a chance to speak with Julian Aguon, a Guam-based lawyer, activist, and author. His book, The Properties of Perpetual Light, is currently being used as a textbook in the college’s Current Issues capstone course (SO297). Aguon and members of the University of Guam Press also facilitated a training session for NMC instructors who teach the SO297 class. For more information on Aguon’s book, visit www.uogpress.com. (NMC)
COURTESY VISIT-Gov. Ralph DLG Torres meets with Iglesia ni Cristo executive minister Eduardo V. Manalo, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines Martin G. Romualdez, and Philippine Rep. Sandro A. Marcos during a courtesy visit to the Iglesia ni Cristo Central Office in Quezon City. “Our Filipino community is an important part of the Commonwealth’s history and success, and to meet with these distinguished officials is something that reaffirms our bonds and ties together as a community as we look to address and find solutions for issues that affect our islands’ Filipino community,” said Torres. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS)
GARAPAN REVITALIZATION GROUNDBREAKING-Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, together with CNMI Office of Planning and Development deputy director and Garapan Revitalization Task Force chair Chris A. Concepcion, U.S. Economic Development Administration representative Joaquin S. Quenga, CNMI dignitaries, staff of OPD, local business partners, representatives from various CNMI government departments, and members of the community broke ground yesterday for the Garapan Revitalization Project. (OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR)
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDERS-Twenty-two Northern Marianas College students recently took part in a youth mental health first aid training sponsored by the Area Health Education Center, or AHEC. The Youth Mental Health First Aid training course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course, which was taught by Associate Director of Hawaii-Pacific Basin AHEC Erica Davis, introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. (NMC)
LEGACY FLAME TREES-Gov. Ralph DLG Torres is assisted while planting a pair of flame trees at the CNMI Veteran’s Cemetery entrance in Marpi last Thursday, as a prelude to Friday’s celebration of Veterans Day. Others in attendance included staff and rangers of the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance, CNMI Office of Veterans Affairs employees and executive director Marie Salas-Igitol, and veterans. (CHRYSTAL MARINO)
SUGAR DOCK AFTERNOON-In a dazzling display of youthful abandon, this young man leaps from the old Japanese Sugar Dock in Susupe into the southern part of the Saipan Lagoon Monday afternoon as his friends watch. (MARK FARMER)
EARLY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
Members of the local Girl Scouts learn how to make early Christmas decorations during a workshop at McDonald’s Gualo Rai last Nov. 12, 2022. Led by troop leader Jessy Loomis, the Girl Scouts that participated were Maia Ada, Baila Marie Loomis, Kyrie Palec, Vangelyn Serrano, Ariah Villagomez, Emma Lee, Jamara Cabrera Sablan, Carlia Jolee Tudela, Gianna Jolee Tudela, Crystin Pangelinan, Makenna Pangelinan, Jacqueline Quitugua, Gianna Rose Moses, Imani Camacho, Gabriella Tenorio, and Alan Tenorio.
HOLLYWOOD COMES A-KNOCKING-Gov. Ralph DLG Torres talks about the arrival this Monday of Hollywood filmmaker Brad Krevoy, who is planning to put up a movie studio on Saipan, during a press conference in the governor’s office conference room yesterday afternoon. Also in the photo is Northern Marianas College president Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero, who is also a passionate filmmaker. NMC will host a meet and greet with Krevoy at the Hafa Adai Roasting Company Cafe in T-Galleria on Monday, Nov. 21, from 6pm to 8pm. (FERDIE DE LA TORRE)
BANKPACIFIC DONATION BankPacific Saipan Branch employees donate new toys to the Toys for Tots program under the direction of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Saipan Chamber of Commerce. From left, Jamesky Blanchard (U.S. Marine), Riley Buenaventura (SCC marketing), Jamie Starling (Associated Students of NMC senator), Rubin Tan (U.S. Marine), Audrey Camacho, Maggie Aldan, Randy Arriola, Angelynn Suzuki; Marvin Deleon Guerrero, BankPacific manager; Austin Figueroa (U.S. Marine); Janice McPhetres, BankPacific CFO; and Joray Miranda (SCC Financial & Data Management coordinator). (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
THANKSGIVING TREAT In what has become a tradition for the Rotary Club of Saipan, the organization treated the man’amko (elderly) at the Office on Aging to a Thanksgiving Lunch last Tuesday, sponsored by Rotarians, the Rotaract, and Interact clubs.(CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
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