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Jacó Happenings

Jacó is now home to a 2nd-division soccer team, the Jacorays. The team will be managed by Carlos Esquivel and Johnny Pérez, who have selected trainer Wilmer “El Pato” López. Training sessions began earlier this month at the Garabito stadium. For information, call Johnny at 8877-9494.

Herradura is hosting its 2010 Fiestas this weekend, beginning tonight with the annual bullfights to benefit the community’s development association. There will also be dances, traditional food, bingo, karaoke and the announcement of Little Queen Herradura 2010. For more information, contact Martha Luz Alvarado at 2637-8363.

At last month’s National Surf Circuit finals in Playa Hermosa, the Surf Federation of Costa Rica and sponsor Quiksilver agreed to help the Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala National Wildlife Refuge by raising awareness and funds. Daystar Properties allowed use of the land adjacent to the competition site and made it possible to raise funds through parking fees, with collaboration from the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Volunteers for Service in Protected Areas and Morgan’s Cove Resort, as well as many local sponsors and volunteers.

McKee Jacó’s biannual Golden Paw Award was presented to Shirlene Chinchilla from Quebrada Amarilla in honor of her compassion and service toward animals. Shirlene and her husband, Carlos Bermúdez, are putting great effort toward making Quebrada Amarilla and the surrounding area a better place to live for all animals. For more information about McKee, contact Katja Bader at

Here’s some important community contact information. In Jacó, you can find offices for the Municipal Police, the National Police (Fuerza Pública) and the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). The OIJ, under the Judicial Branch, is responsible for investigating, detecting and verifying the offenses of alleged perpetrators. Jacó’s OIJ office (2643-1731) is diagonal to the GarabitoMunicipality and is headed by Sergio Vives. The Municipal Police force focuses on local crime-related issues in the district of Garabito. It operates 24/7 and is headed by Juan Gabriel Hidalgo. Its office has moved from Calle Ancha to a location next to INS on Avenida Amapola. Jenny Salazar, the secretary, handles the e-mail ( and telephone (2643-1213). The National Police is responsible for protection and maintaining public order. Its local office, headed by José Luis Sandoval, is on Calle Bohío, next to Balcón del Mar (2643-1881, 2643-3011, Out in Herradura, the Tourist Police (2637-7545), headed by Cristian Monge and Elidier Bogantes, has been established to prevent crimes affecting tourism. Its offices are next to the gas station.

A new Al-Anon group is now meeting in Jacó Mondays at 10 a.m., on the second floor of the clock tower building across from Banco Nacional.

–Christina Truitt

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