Saturday, January 23, 2021

January 11, 2021  -This week, the St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) started distributing its 2021 Event Calendar. The association is pleased with a record amount of planned events sent in, showing the resilience and ambition of the island for the New Year.

In the tradition of St. Maarten cultural icons being featured on the calendar, the 2021 edition highlights Isidore York’s well-known Dow Orchestra. As a first in the history of the calendar, designer Loic Bryan of Artistic Drive held a special photo shoot honoring the steelpan celebrity and his orchestra. SHTA calls on the community and visitors to support Dow’s Musical Foundation preserving St. Maarten culture.

SHTA thanks ILTT’s world-famous brands Captain Morgan, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker, Grant Thornton, Telem Group, the St. Maarten Tourism Bureau and l’Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin for making the 2021 Event Calendar possible. Last but not least, it thanks to the over 50 organizations contributing to the calendar.

As the global pandemic persists, SHTA calls on participants as well as organizers of the mostly small-scale events listed to respect guidelines and government stipulations pertaining to events. To assist in responsible meeting behavior, the calendar reminds of guidelines for events like mask-wearing and social distancing and a preliminary warning that all listed events are subject to change as health will remain of the greatest importance.

SHTA and ILTT hope the 2021 calendar serves as a symbol to the community and visitors that Sint Maarten remains a vibrant and dynamic place. Suggestions for events for the next edition can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. St. Maarten residents can collect a free personal printed version via the same e-mail address. Digital versions can be downloaded via

The SHTA is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with the social partners and the creation of a fair marketplace. For more information please contact our offices at 542-0108 or visit our website at

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.