The James Manoah Bodden Civic Centre in Bodden Town, damaged during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 was officially reopened Tuesday evening. 
Bodden Town ladies 

In the upstairs section of the building, Bodden Town elected members Health Minister Anthony Eden, Tourism Minister Charles Clifford and MLA Osbourne Bodden welcomed guests and thanked the ladies of Bodden Town tremendously for their valuable contribution to the event. 

Also attending the event was Attorney General Samuel Bulgin, Chief Secretary George McCarthy, the Governor Mr. Stuart jack and wife Mariko and Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts 

Mr. Tibbetts outlined the many uses that were in store for the multi purpose building. 

He said when the bottom section was ready it would house a section of the Recreation Parks and cemetery Unit and a branch of the Department of Vehicles and Licensing, which would help to improve services in the Bodden Town district.

The multi-purpose centre will also be used for storage and distribution of food and supplies after a hurricane and be available to the public for holding events. 

Health Minister Anthony Eden took a moment of silence for the late James Manoah Bodden and his elected partner Haig Bodden, who were both instrumental in the establishment of the centre and for their huge contribution to the BT community during their time in Cabinet. 

Mr. Bodden's daughter Mary Trumbach was present with a framed photograph of the newly reconstructed building in his honour. 

Minister for Tourism Charles Clifford spoke on the new civic centre to come, which will be located near the re-opened centre. 

Work has started and a completion date of 15 months has been set, he said. 

The new Category 5 building sitting on an elevation of 12-14 feet, will also be used as a hurricane shelter, equipped with all the necessary gear. The building will also be used by the Bodden Town Primary School for events such as assemblies and sporting activities, said Mr. Clifford. 

Located on the same site will also be the new Bodden Town Police Station with lock up cells, fire services, emergency services and a helicopter pad with refuelling facilities. 

After the brief ceremony attendees were invited to view photographs of the forthcoming civic centre, craft handiworks and produce on display by the Bodden Town ladies. 

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The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens was the recipient of both regional and district awards recently. 
cheryl bell 

The awards were given at the 28th Multiple District Convention held in St. Lucia. 

Accepting the awards President Cheryl Bell indicated her pleasure with members for their commitment and unity. 

Region 4, which comprises clubs in the Cayman Islands and portions of Jamaica, received the Public Relations and Visibility Award. 

Norma McField was named secretary of the region. Cheryl Bell received first runnerup to club president of the region. 

The clubs breast cancer program was singled out in the region for recognition in the area of sustainable projects and named first runnerup. 

At the district level, Tropical Gardens Lions received the prestigious awards Club of the Year and Secretary of the Year. 

John Ebanks, Governor of District 60B, which encompasses much of the Caribbean, indicated his extreme pleasure with the functioning of the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens, particularly the Clubs high level of impact in the area of breast cancer awareness. 

District Activities Chairperson Denyse Forrest commended Ms McField for her excellence in reporting to the district. Her concise but informative reports could certainly be used as models. 

The Clubs 2007/08 administrative year will come to a close this month. The new board of directors take up duties on 1 July, 2008. 

A luncheon to change administration will take place at Ristorante Pappagallo on Saturday. 

At the event Ann Hunte will be sworn in as president for the 2008/09 administrative years. 

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Summer or winter, the weather in the Cayman Islands seldom changes, with a year round average temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit and highs of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the Cayman Islands is a wonderful place to go on vacation or live. The coolest season falls between November through to April. The rainfall is comparable to that in Florida with an average monthly rainfall of 4.7 inches. Click here to view the current weather. 

Efforts to restore the mangroves in Grand Cayman received a boost recently when the Rotaract Blue Club joined the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the Reef Ball Foundation in replanting the endangered flora along South Sound. 

Ben Chisholm, Project Coordinator in Reef Ball's Mangroves Division, explained, "The goal of this project is to restore the mangroves lost in Hurricane Ivan." 

He said the project began in November 2006 with the establishment of the nursery at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club. 

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Drivers passing through Elgin Avenue will be treated to a colourful new view as the fence in front of the new Government building becomes the island's largest work of art. 

Starting this weekend, the Ministry of Planning, in cooperation with the National Gallery, is going forward with a plan to beautify the all-white protective panels that border the construction site of the Government's new home by inviting local artists to lead mural-painting teams. 

According to a running joke on the island, the national bird has changed from the Grand Cayman Parrot to the McField Crane because of the prevalence of work zones around town. Many of these areas are closed off by large blank pieces of plywood that Kiran Denis of the National Gallery believes provides a perfect canvass for Cayman's thriving art scene. 

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