Saturday, January 23, 2021

January 5, 2021   PHILIPSBURG--Quite a few motorists got an early start on Monday, January 4, when they paid their 2021 motor vehicle tax and collected their new number plates. Receiver’s Office staffers said there had been a steady flow of persons to collect their plates on Monday. Motorists were able to pay their 2021 motor vehicle tax (sometimes called road tax) online as of January 1, and physically at the Receiver’s Office cashiers as of yesterday, Monday.

January 4, 2021   MARIGOT - French Minister of Overseas Territories Sébastien Lecornu said at a brief press conference in St. Martin on Sunday following his official visit to Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Barths that roll-out of vaccines for protection of the population will “logistically be more complicated” for the overseas territories compared to France in terms of having seamless transportation and distribution to maintain the vaccine at the correct temperatures.

January 3, 2021    -As of January 2nd, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however thirteen (13) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to eighty (80). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand four hundred and sixty-two (1462). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy-seven (77) people in home isolation.

January 4, 2021    -As of January 4th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however ten (10) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to sixty-eight (68). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand four hundred and sixty-five (1465). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring sixty-six (66)  people in home isolation. Two (2) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27). 

January 4, 2021  -As of January 3rd, there were zero (0) persons who tested positive for COVID-19. Five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to seventy-five (75). The total number of confirmed cases remains at one thousand four hundred and sixty-two (1462). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy-two (72) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27). 

January 2, 2021    -As of January 10, 2021, St. Maarten will roll out the SXM Protection Plan, mandatory health coverage for its visitors that is very affordable and assures the tourist a relaxing and safe vacation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Maarten wants to ensure that all visitors are properly protected and have advanced protection in case they test positive while vacationing on our friendly island.

January 16, 2021   LOS ANGELES (AP) — True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she told The Associated Press in an email. White’s low-key plans include feeding a pair of ducks that regularly visit her Los Angeles-area home. Her birthday meal will be a hot dog and French fries brought in — along with a bouquet of roses — by her longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas. The actor’s TV credits stretch from 1949’s “Hollywood on Television” to a 2019 voice role in “Forky Asks a Question,” with “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” among the enduring highlights.

January 15, 2021   NEW YORK (AP) — Philip J. Smith, who rose from box office treasurer at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway to chairman and co-CEO of the theatrical giant Shubert Organization, has died from complications from COVID-19, according to his daughters. He was 89. In a career that spanned 63 years, Smith worked in every department of the Shubert Organization and was named general manager of all Shubert Theatres in 1964. The Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six off-Broadway venues. Smith “influenced every aspect of the professional theater and earned the respect and admiration of everyone from the stage doormen to the greatest performers and creative talents of our time,” Robert E. Wankel, chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization, said in a statement.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has died. He was 93. Richman died Thursday at his home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Harlan Boll announced. Born in Philadelphia, Richman was a pharmacist but turned to acting. He joined the Actors Studio and in 1953 he starred on stage in the play “End as a Man.” He appeared on Broadway in “A Hatful of Rain” and “Masquerade.” He also portrayed Jerry in more than 400 New York performances of Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story,” Boll said.

January 14, 2021  -Joanne Rogers, an accomplished concert pianist who celebrated and protected the legacy of her husband, the beloved children’s TV host Mister Rogers, has died in Pittsburgh. She was 92. Rogers died Thursday, according to the Fred Rogers Center. No cause of death was given. The center called her “a joyful and tender-hearted spirit, whose heart and wisdom have guided our work in service of Fred’s enduring legacy.” Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for more than 50 years, spanning the launch and end of the low-key, low-tech “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which presented Fred Rogers as one adult in a busy world who always had time to listen to children. His pull as America’s favorite neighbor never seemed to wane before his death in 2003.