A lovely memorial service was held April 6 in honor of Pat Brady. Pastor Brett Clifford led the service, and attendees shared fond memories of Pat and spoke of how much she was appreciated for all her hard work in the community. Afterward, everyone was invited to Marie’s Restaurant for bocas and drinks as part of the celebration of her life.
The Shack in Surfside celebrated its first anniversary April 3; this café and bar has become a favorite hangout for coffee, meals and happy hour. The Yellow Fin Lounge at La Plaza in Flamingo also threw a party that day to celebrate the end of the three-day alcohol prohibition during Easter week.
EMS (Emergency Medical Services) at the Vista Verde commercial center in Surfside is now offering ambulance transportation to Liberia or Nicoya in the event of an emergency. The cost for this service is ¢150,000 (about $290). The ambulance operates out of the EMS clinic in Villarreal, which is open 24 hours a day. EMS owner and Potrero resident Dr. Marcos Rodríguez offers 24-hour medical service with a response time of 10 minutes for emergency calls to 8830-4995. Other important numbers for medical care are 2654-5978 in Potrero and 2653-0611 in Villarreal. CountryDay School Guanacaste’s lower school (pre-K through sixth grade) is proud to announce that February and March fundraising efforts for Haiti earthquake relief raised $828. Through bake sales, soccer tournaments, movie nights, art sales, toy and book sales, basketball tournaments and candy sales, and a lot of hard work and imagination, the students were able to make a difference in the lives of people who have suffered so much. Funds were donated to the Costa Rican Red Cross Haiti relief fund last week.
Our condolences go to Surfside resident Jim Heal, whose dear friend of nearly 40 years, Dave Morrow from Sooke, British Columbia, passed away unexpectedly March 16 while visiting Jim. This was Dave’s first visit to Costa Rica, and he was truly excited about his visit and believed this land to be “paradise.” The family held a memorial service for Dave in the Canadian province of Ontario, and the funeral took place in Sooke.
Another sad note: Surfside resident Jack Halloway passed away March 22 after experiencing many heart problems. He was well known here and worked as a real estate agent at Pacific Resort Properties in Surfside.
A memorial service was held March 26 on a boat, and his ashes were sprinkled at the CatalinasIslands. Our condolences go to Jack’s family in the United States and to his girlfriend, Maritsa Mejía, who was with him when he died.