Jill’s chitchat: Who’s the mayor’s mystery woman?

Mayor Cord Bennett was recently seen in Richmond with a tall, blond-haired woman. Since I reported this news, everyone in town has been asking who this mystery woman is.

There was some speculation that the mystery woman is a model, but I’ve discovered that she is not a model. She’s actually someone we all know well. The mystery woman is the mayor’s sister, Michelle. My source should have known who the woman was when he gave me the information. Apparently, he (Huck Lucas) left out some key information as did my other sources who helped me verify Huck Lucas’s story.

The good news is Michelle Bennett is back. She’s been working in Boston for the last few years, but she is returning to her hometown of Lincoln Falls. Rumor has it that she is in the market for a townhouse.

Why is she coming back to Lincoln Falls? It is unclear, but I will let everyone know as soon as I have more information. Stay tuned!

 

 

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Jennifer goes to La Romana

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Squirrel monkey at Monkeyland

Before the Dominican Republic fell victim to Hurricane Irma, and soon Hurricane Maria, I had the opportunity to stop at La Romana on my cruise. La Romana is primarily known for Casa de Campo, which is a large resort. Visitors can go to the beach, ride horses, play golf, and shop. There is also Altos de Chavón, which is a replica of a European medieval village.

My family decided to skip Casa de Campo and do something out of the ordinary. Our tour took us to someone’s home where we got a taste of the Dominican Republic. We ate fresh fruit, like pineapples and mangoes, and drank cocoa tea. All of it was delicious.

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Where they roast cocoa beans

We then drove a short distance to Monkeyland, which is in the mountains and is home to squirrel monkeys. Monkeyland is an interactive experience. I knew that I would be feeding the monkeys, but I didn’t expect them to be as friendly as they were. I had them crawling all over me and had one even on my head.

The monkeys are adorable and extremely gentle. I found that even when I didn’t have food, they still wanted to interact. 

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Me feeding a squirrel monkey

I’m hoping Monkeyland didn’t have much damage after Hurricane Irma and will make it through Hurricane Maria because it is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. It is something I and my family will never forget.

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Are the mayor and Misty Saunders over?

Misty Saunders is off to Europe with her sister. She claims she had planned the trip before she started dating Mayor Bennett, but rumor has it that she decided to go on the trip after the mayor broke her heart.

As she climbed into the taxi, tears were falling. The mayor was not there to say goodbye. It is unclear what happened, although there is speculation that the mayor is dating a model. He was recently seen in Richmond with a tall, blond-haired woman.

The once happy couple was recently seen at the Coffee Carafe. They were laughing while drinking cafe lattes. That happiness was short-lived as it appears that Misty has become another addition to the mayor’s long list of exes.

 

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Jennifer goes to Grand Turk

DSC05436My heart goes out to everyone who has suffered as a result of Hurricane Irma. It is hard for me to believe that I just visited Grand Turk and St. Maarten, and their welcoming people and those same islands have now been destroyed. It took years for Grand Turk to recover from Hurricane Ike, which struck in 2008, and it looks like that might be the case with Hurricane Irma.

Here are a few facts about Grand Turk:

  • It is said that Columbus discovered the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1492.
  • In the 17th century, Grand Turk became a major player in the salt industry.
  • John Glenn and Scott Carpenter trained at the U.S. Air Force base and John Glenn was brought to Grand Turk after he landed in the Atlantic Ocean after his space mission.

While in Grand Turk, I had a wonderful time. I went on a tour of the island. Grand Turk is only 7 miles long. It was beautiful.

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Donkeys are everywhere.

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St. Mary’s Anglican Church

On the tour, I visited the Turks and Caicos Museum, which houses exhibits on Grand Turk’s history and environment. There also are exhibits on the Molasses Reef shipwreck. Additionally, I visited St. Mary’s Anglican Church and the Grand Turk Lighthouse.

I hope Grand Turk is able to rebuild again and that I’ll be able to go back for another visit.

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Me at the Grand Turk Lighthouse

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Doughnut shortage in Lincoln Falls

I’m sad to report that we will have a doughnut shortage for the next couple of days in Lincoln Falls. The owner of Half-Baked, Mr. Sloane, said an unnamed worker, who has now been dismissed, added too much baking powder to the doughnut batter, causing the doughnuts to rise and then spread all over the ovens.

Mr. Sloane claims he’s never seen anything like it. Dough even seeped through the doors of the ovens.

Half-Baked is known for its baked doughnuts, a healthy alternative to fried doughnuts. I personally love the blueberry glazed doughnut and I’m not sure how I’ll get through Sunday morning without one.

The ovens will be professionally cleaned and Mr. Sloane says he should have doughnuts ready on Monday morning. I’ll be the first one in line to get my doughnut.

In the meantime, if you are in serious need of a doughnut, you’ll have to go over the town line to get a standard fried one.

See you on Monday at Half-Baked!

 

 

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Jennifer goes on a cruise

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This summer, I was lucky enough to go on a cruise out of Miami. I visited Grand Turk, La Romana, San Juan, and St. Maarten. Over the coming weeks, I will share details of my trip.

I love cruising and it has been a long time since I’ve gone on one. The food is great. I can easily eat gluten free. The entertainment is fabulous and it is completely relaxing. I love that my biggest worry is what time I want to go to the dining room for dinner.

Going to sleep and waking up in a new place is exciting. I love going on excursions and did something on this trip that I probably would have never done if I’d known more about it. That is your teaser. The details will come another week.

Before leaving from port, I explored Miami and it is a lovely city. South Beach is just plain fun. The beach is beautiful, but if you’re not a beachgoer, there is still plenty to do. Shops and restaurants line the street. At night, make sure you have your dancing shoes because the nightlife is spectacular with the many clubs.

While in Miami, I also visited Coconut Grove and went through many of the shops at CocoWalk. It is a pretty area of Miami and it’s not as crowded as South Beach (or at least it wasn’t when I visited).

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Labor Day event for all expecting women

Labor Day is Monday and it’s a day when we celebrate American workers and everything they have achieved.

Our mayor, Cord Bennett, and the Lilies of Lincoln Falls have decided to give new meaning to Labor Day. On Monday, all of the pregnant women in Lincoln Falls are invited to the town center for an afternoon of games.

The Lilies have an entire schedule of events that includes wheelbarrow races and a baby hand off relay race. The women also may participate in a car seat challenge in which the women must install a car seat correctly. The first one to complete the challenge wins two boxes of diapers.

Of course, we can’t have an event without food. Brothers Diner will be providing burgers and fries, and the Shake and Scoop will have a variety of shakes available. The food is free for all of the pregnant women. All others will have to pay $5 for a burger and fries and $2 for a shake.

The event begins at 2 pm and will end at 5 pm. I look forward to seeing all of you there.

 

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Boy Band: Four out of my top five made it

Boy Band ended last week with the members of the new band named. The architects also announced the name of the band. I don’t understand the thinking, but the new group is called In Real Life.

A couple of weeks ago, I named my top five — Jaden, Michael, Brady, Sergio, and Drew. Four out of my top five made it into In Real Life. The members of the group are Michael, Brady, Sergio, Drew, and Chance.

I’m truly stunned that Jaden didn’t make it. He had the best voice in the whole competition. Chance is okay, but doesn’t have the range that Jaden has. Luckily, Drew has killer vocals and Brady has great range. The band will need them.

I’m excited that Michael made it. I’m curious to see how they work Michael into the songs. The group’s first single has a rap in the middle of it. Will every song have a rap? Having Michael in the group makes In Real Life different from any other boy band.

As I’ve mentioned previously, Sergio can sing, but he also has a ton of charisma. He has that “it” factor. Sergio makes performing look easy.

I don’t know if this group will be a success. We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll also have to wait to see if Boy Band gets a second season.

Are you happy with the guys who were picked for In Real Life?

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Interview with Lissa de la Fuente

Jill: I have a special guest this week — Lissa de la Fuente. She was recently promoted to vice principal of Lincoln Falls High School. Congratulations on the new job!

Ms. de la Fuente: Thank you.

Jill: Next week, school starts and I’ve heard you have a message for all of the students.

Ms. de la Fuente: Principal Little has asked me to tell everyone about some changes to the curriculum this year.

Jill:  Oh, this sounds exciting. What do the students have to look forward to?

Ms. de la Fuente: This year, the AP Biology class will have a mandatory field trip to a morgue to examine the human body.

Jill: That seems morbid.

Ms. de la Fuente: It is, but Principal Little thinks it will be an enriching experience.

Jill: What other changes are coming?

Ms. de la Fuente: All tenth grade students will be required to complete their civics hours at a prison. They will be helping the prisoners with their community service.

Jill: Isn’t that a bit extreme?

Ms. de la Fuente: Principal Little believes it will make an impression on the students.

Jill: I believe it will. Is the principal trying to have fewer prisoners in the future?

Ms. de la Fuente: Principal Little wants the students to appreciate fully what prison is like.

Jill: Interesting. Any other changes?

Ms. de la Fuente: The last big change is for this year’s freshmen. They will be required to attend a retreat on teamwork. The retreat will include a survival lesson in which the students will be taken to a remote location and will have to survive on their own for a week.

Jill: What?! That seems crazy. Has the school board approved these changes?

Ms. de la Fuente: They have. They claim that Principal Little is a trailblazer.

Jill: The students are certainly going to have an exciting school year.

Ms. de la Fuente: They are and I look forward to seeing all of them on Monday.

Jill: Thank you for your time.

Ms. de la Fuente: This was a pleasure. Thank you.

Jill: Good luck to all of the students starting school next week.

 

 

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La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo: The first season ends

The first season of La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo has come to an end and it was pretty awesome.

The real Estela Carrillo returned after supposedly escaping from El Dorado. Everyone believed her story, except for Milton who found out the truth. Poor Milton didn’t get to tell anyone because Estela took him out. What did Milton know? Estela is El Dorado.

Asdrubal was her right-hand man and lover. He was jealous of Ryan and wanted Estela for himself. Estela though was obsessed with Ryan and double-crossed Asdrubal by sending him to meet Danilo with an unloaded gun. Asdrubal fired his gun at Danilo and, when Danilo saw the gun was empty, he didn’t hesitate to fire and kill Asdrubal.

Laura goes to see Estela and all of the secrets come out. Estela killed her father, Pedro, after he told her the truth about her parents. Estela is Mercy’s missing daughter, which means that Ryan is her brother. I’m sick to my stomach at this moment. Estela is in love with her brother. After Estela goes into hiding, Laura confronts Mercy and Mercy makes Laura promise that she won’t tell Ryan the truth.

Meanwhile, Danilo sold Morgana to El Sagrado. She’s disgusted and upset with Danilo because he keeps lying to her. Morgana asks El Sagrado if she can go see her sister. She goes to a car dealership and asks her sister to keep her guard busy so she can take a car for a test drive and meet Danilo. Her sister agrees and Morgana confronts Danilo who spews more lies. She’s had enough and shoots him.

He looked a bit bulky to me. I thought he had on a bulletproof vest and I was right. After calling Laura and telling her that he’s dying, Laura and Ryan go out to the scene and Danilo’s not there and a bulletproof vest is found. I was thrilled.

We fast forward a year and Laura has had her baby. Furia Productions is now Regia Productions. Leticia is a successful tailor and Chavalin reopened his bakery. Morgana is marrying El Sagrado.

Estela is in an airport, waiting for someone. That someone turns out to be Joe. Mercy thought the jerk had gone back to his wife and family. He didn’t. For some reason, he decided to be with a criminal.

As they get up to board the plane, Danilo appears. Estela feels something is wrong, but she doesn’t see Danilo.

Laura wins the award for Best Album of the year. She gives a great speech and at the end spots someone or something in the crowd. Ryan turns and spots the same thing and it ends. We have to wait until the second season to find out what they saw.

What did you think of the first season of La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo?

 

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