The Coastline CL
March 8, 2012
Volume 22 Issue 9
March 8, 2012
U.S. Naval Activities, Spain
Joint Forces Participate in LISA AZUL Page 6 Hay Motivo Bolsters Camaraderie
NMCRS Fund Drive Kicks Off
El BucaritoItâ€™s More Than a Farm
March 8, 2012
Hay Motivo Bridges Cultures On a base full of historical significance, last week I had the pleasure of joining the re-opening of the only building on the Naval Station that pre-dates the base itself. Originally, a small farm house or perhaps even a venta between Rota and Puerto, what is now the Hay Motivo club was spared the bulldozer as a refuge from the weather for construction crews as the base first began to take shape in the early 1950s. Now I’m sure the club has a legacy that exists vividly in the memories of Rota old timers – the photos and signatures inside hint at quite a past; however, what was Capt. Scott C. Kraverath especially significant that day last COMNAVACTS Spain week was the roughly 70 Spanish and American Officers, Chiefs and other guests who came together with the sole intention of reinvigorating a lost tradition and uniting our forces in an informal setting for conversation and interaction. To me, the club’s newly painted walls, thanks mainly to our deployed Seabees of NMCB-3, also signified what makes our base so great – the contribution of so many to making Rota work. The togetherness exhibited not only in the preparation of the club, but also in the event itself, is a testament to what works so well on Naval Station Rota – working closely with our partners on both sides of the base, regardless of military occupational specialty, service branch or nationality.
Getting Hay Motivo off the ground again was a vision pushed to me by the Spanish Base Admiral, coordinated by our Public Works Officer and his team, executed by our Seabees and facilitated by LT Aimee Smith, CMC Twiford and their Spanish counterparts. This was all work above and beyond their daily workload to take something old and make it special again. Naval Station Rota contains within its 16-mile fence line more than 20 sites of ancient historical significance. You may know that Cadiz is widely considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly in all of southwestern Europe. What you may not know is that some of Rota’s identified sites trace back through that ancient history; to Phoenician, then Greek then Roman settlements. The lost city of Atlantis is even rumored – some say found – just west of the base. Cadiz was also the principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century and the waters of the bay saw some of the most important achievements in both discovery and war. It is nice to know that in our time, our shared history with our Spanish hosts, though brief in the larger context, continues to add to that rich history. I encourage everyone to examine and explore the history of the region and reflect on the notion that all of us are part of that rich record. Don’t be a stranger to the local area – take advantage of the unique opportunities you have here to experience and learn more about the region’s people, culture and geography.
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Sharpening the Sword Marines from 4th Platoon, Fast Company, Europe and Sailors from Naval Station Rota's Security Department conduct Close Quarters Battle and Advanced Urban Combat practical application drills during FAST Company, Europe's Presence and Deterrence training mission aboard Naval Station Rota, Monday.
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Speaking to the fleet during a worldwide All Hands Call on board USS Bataan (LHD 5) which was televised and web-streamed live to the fleet March 5, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the establishment of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative. The secretary explained that the initiative consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness. The programs are divided into five categories, or "areas;" readiness, safety, physical fitness, inclusion and continuum of service. "The new defense strategy will put increased responsibilities on the Navy and Marine Corps in the years to come," the secretary said. "You are the department's most essential asset, and it is the duty of the department's leadership to do all we can to provide each individual Sailor and Marine with the resources to maintain that resiliency." A new initiative will include breathalyzer tests when Sailors stationed onboard ships, submarines and at squadrons report for duty and randomly elsewhere to reduce the occurrence of alcohol related incidents. In addition to ensuring the readiness of our Sailors and Marines, the initiative will aim to make the Navy and Marine Corps the safest and most secure force in the department's history. The Department of the Navy continues to work aggressively to prevent sexual assaults, to support sexual assault victims, and to hold offenders accountable. Part of this effort is implementing new training at multiple levels in both the Navy and Marine Corps. A recent program, the Bystander Intervention course, which is part of the Navy's Sexual Assault Prevention and
Response program, began in January for all A-school students. BI is intended to educate Sailors that, as bystanders, they have the power - and responsibility - to intervene in a potentially harmful situation, regardless of rank. BI training is part of a larger strategy addressing changes in attitudes and behaviors in the Department of the Navy. Under the 21st Century Sailor and Marine area of safety, DoN will continue stressing to Sailors and Marines that they should apply the same operational risk management (ORM) skills to their off-duty activities. Statistically, the most dangerous thing Sailors and Marines do every day is also one of the most common, driving a personal motor vehicle. While there are a number of factors that make this even more dangerous: driving while fatigued, distracted, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs; the good news is that alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities are down across the fleet. The Naval Safety Center has tools and resources available to help train Sailors and Marines. One of the tools is the travel risk planning system (TRiPS), an online, automated risk-assessment tool that Sailors and Marines use before they go on liberty or leave, driving outside command travel limits. The system helps them recognize - and avoid - the hazards they may face on the highway. Adopting the "Fueled to Fight" program fleetwide will provide a nutrition strategy to increase high quality fuel (food, drink) fleetwide to meet the warfighter's nutrition needs. Additionally, Secretary Mabus is moving the DoN to be smoke-free by choice with a continued education campaign on the hazards of smoking, providing easy access to free cessation tools to every Sailor and Marine trying to quit and ending the discounts for cigarettes in Navy Exchanges and Marine Corps Exchanges. Ending the discounts will bring the prices up to 100 percent
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Secretary of the Navy Announces 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative
March 8, 2012
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announces the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative to the fleet during an all-hands call aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) at Naval Station Norfolk, March 5.
market pricing. The program's fourth area is inclusion. Regardless of mission, in the Navy women are permanently assigned to all types of ships, aviation squadrons, afloat staffs, Naval Construction Force units and certain submarine platforms. A new Diversity Office will leverage, coordinate and formalize ongoing efforts within the Navy and Marine Corps and will include the heads of the Navy Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Marine Corps Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management and the DoN Office of Civilian Diversity as team members. The final area, continuum of service, aims at ensuring Sailors and Marines are provided the most robust transition support in department history. The Navy's Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) program offers Sailors the opportunity to earn civilian certifications and licenses corresponding to their Navy ratings, collateral duties and out-of-rating assignments. Through each of the areas described in the secretary's address, the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative will realign many programs throughout the department and focus their combined efforts to ensure all personnel are not only mentally and physically prepared for the future fight, but that they will also have the knowledge, skills and support needed to succeed for the remainder of their lives. To read more from the Secretary of the Navy, visit www.navy.mil/secnav.
March 8, 2012
Commander In Chief Naval Base Rota Rear Adm. Juan Ruiz Casas (left) and Commanding Officer Naval Station Rota, Spain Capt. Scott Kraverath sign the agreement that revives Spanish and American military activities at Hay Motivo Club, Friday. Hay Motivo Club has been hosting social engagements between U.S. and Spanish military personnel since 1953.
Here’s to the Leadership Story and Photos By MCC(SW/AW) Mikel Bookwalter
Call it an ‘icebreaker’ or call it ‘romper el hielo;’ whatever you call it, it’s aimed at making critical relationships between Spanish and U.S. Navy leadership stronger. Approximately 70 U.S. and Spanish service members reignited a tradition of cooperation at Hay Motivo Club aboard Naval Station Rota, Spain, Friday, during a ceremony in which Commander In Chief Naval Base Rota Rear Adm. Juan Ruiz Casas and Naval Station Rota, Spain Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Kraverath signed into effect a new agreement that bolsters camaraderie between their Sailors and navies. The agreement is new, but the traditions of Hay Motivo Club date back to 1953. The building that is now home to Hay Motivo (which translates to: ‘There is a reason’) predates the establishment of the base. There are two stories about what the structure was originally used for. A popular story is that the building was a pre-existing farm house that was turned into lodging for surveyors during the construction of the Naval Base. Another story says that it was an old venta. Both stories agree that it was an existing structure that base leadership protected and set aside as a gathering point for the two navies. Whichever story may be more accurate, the more interesting story of this building’s history has taken place under the combined stewardship of the U.S. and Spanish navies. The signatures that have accumulated on the walls throughout the better part of the last six decades tell of grand visitors and grand days. From Adm. Arleigh Burke to King Juan Carlos I, the inscriptions affixed and the photos hung on these bulkheads speak of a rich his-
tory of cooperation that sprung from within the walls of the Hay Motivo Club. “There were times when the events here were great,” said Master Chief Federico Caro Sanchez, master chief for the Spanish Aircraft Force. “For reasons I don’t know, at times, it just slowed down, and there was nothing done here.” The newly signed agreement provides structure that will serve to end the nearly five-year absence of regular Hay Motivo meetings between the U.S. and Spanish. “…there are two big and well defined areas inside the Base, separated by an invisible frontier, the 'Spanish side’ and the ‘American side,’” said Ruiz Casas. “Club Hay Motivo is a common place for Spanish and Americans to meet beyond work spaces and consolidate the fraternal feeling that has united us, as loyal allies, for what has been already more than 50 years.” Cooperating as allies is especially important for the success of this Base. A one-of-a-kind Agreement for Defense Cooperation between the two nations allows the United States Navy to operate in Spain. “It’s a unique situation, running a U.S. naval station aboard a Spanish naval base,” said Kraverath. “However, the Spanish are gracious hosts, and we work very well with each other already. I look forward to our relationships and friendships growing from the Hay Motivo Club. These bonds make both of our navies better and stronger.” These two navies operating from the same base are getting more advanced every day. Hay Motivo serves as a respite from the relentless salvos from technology, an
Approximately 70 Spanish navy and marines and U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine senior enlisted and officers celebrate the reopening of Hay Motivo Club after the signing of the new agreement between U.S. and Spanish Base leadership, Friday.
ordained place that brings two nations’ navies face to face. “Living in the age of being wired in online is great for efficiency; but, at the end of the day, it’s solid relationships that make things happen,” said Naval Station Rota, Spain Command Master Chief CMDCM(SW/SS/AW) David Twiford. “It’s imperative that we take a break from the office and spend some time with the other side of the Rota team here.” The importance of the Hay Motivo Club is recognized by both navies. “For the Spanish, Hay Motivo Club is a place where we can meet our American friends and cheer for our traditional friendship and even have the possibility to talk ‘shop’ with a glass of wine,” said Ruiz Casas. “It’s a place where two cultures and two different lifestyles merge under a common slogan of camaraderie and friendship.” As the Spanish Fleet Admiral Adm. Santiago Bolíbar Piñeiro said simply enough during his toast after the signing of the new agreement, “We are here today, because, there is a reason!” Both sides of the Base stepping back, briefly, from work to share fellowship, ideas and cultures is the reason, and on certain Friday afternoons it briefly becomes the mission at Hay Motivo Club.
Thursday, March 8th
7 p.m. We Bought a Zoo ☻ 9:30 p.m. Safe House
Act of Valor (R) 111’. Action, Adventure, Drama. Starring: Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the US, a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt.
(PG), 126’ (R), 115’
Friday, March 9th 5 p.m. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG), 98’ 7:30 p.m. Underworld Awakening (R), 89’ 10 p.m. Red Tails (PG13), 125’
Saturday, March 10th 2:30 p.m. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 5:30 p.m. The Darkest Hour 7:30 p.m. Haywire 10 p.m. Safe House DRIVE-IN 8 p.m. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
(PG13), 129’ (PG13), 89’ (R), 93’ (R), 115’
(PG), 96’ (R), 101’ (R), 110’
Monday, March 12th CLOSED
Tuesday, March 13th CLOSED
Wednesday, March 14th
7 p.m. Colombiana ☺
St. Patrick’s Day Free Movie Special
March 17th, 10 p.m. At the Gateway Theater.
7 p.m. The Devil Inside ☻ (R), 87’ 9:30 p.m. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo ☻ (R), 158’
Friday, March 16th (PG), 96’ (R), 93’ (R), 101’ (R), 117’
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Join Gateway Theater as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a FREE showing of the Irish classic, The Commitments. This movie is showing during our normal 18 and older time slot, but we have lifted that restriction to allow for parents to bring in those under 18 years. The movie is rated R, for language.
Starring: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White (PG) Action, Adventure, Animated, Family, 96’
MWR’s Movie Info Line: 727-2624. Theater Phone Number: 727-2328 Check www.rotamwr.com for full listing.
G – General Audiences. PG – Parental Guidance Suggested. PG-13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned. R – Restricted.
Starring: Kate Beckensale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley (R) Action, Adventure, Horror, 89’
Thursday, March 15th
2:30 p.m. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 5 p.m. Haywire 7:30 p.m. Act of Valor 10 p.m. The Grey
Underworld Awakening Gateway Theater, March 9th, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 11th 2:30 p.m. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 5 p.m. Act of Valor 7:30 p.m. Contraband
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Drive-In, March 10th, 8 p.m. Gateway Theater, March 11th, 2:30 p.m.. March 16th, 2:30 p.m..
As a reminder to all movie patrons, COMNAVACTSPAINST 1754.3 requires that all minors must have supervised transportation from the theater movies that end after sunset. Minors are prohibited from walking home from the Drive-In after dark. If no patrons arrive within 30 minutes after showtime, movies will be cancelled. Movies are subject to change without notice.
OTHER PICKS THIS WEEK
A boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
The vampire warrioress Selene, escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.
Contraband (R) 110’. Action, Adventure, Remake, Thriller. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster. Chris Farraday long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy, botches a drug deal for his ruthless boss, Tim Briggs, Chris is forced back into doing what he does best--running contraband--to settle Andy’s debt. Haywire (R) 93’. Action, Adventure, Thriller. Starring: Gina Carano, Michael Douglas. Beautiful freelance covert operative Mallory Kane is hired out by her handler to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can’t authorize and heads of state would rather not know about. After a mission in Barcelona, he is quickly dispatched on another mission to Dublin. The Darkest Hour (PG13) 89’. Adventure, Family, Thriller. Starring: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Man Minghella. Five young people find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.
March 8, 2012
One Team, One Fight Story and Photos By MC2(SW/AW) Travis Alston
A simulated suspected terrorist is apprehended while attempting to detonate explosives during exercise LISA AZUL at Hogan’s Alley. During the final exercise, Marines from the Spanish 10th Mechanized Infantry Company and the U.K. Force Protection Group Royal Marines worked together to secure an urban terrain objective.
As part of the trilateral exercise LISA AZUL, U.S. Marines from 3rd Platoon, Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST), Company Europe conducted training on military operations with Spanish Marines attached to the Spanish Marines from the 10th Mechanized Infantry Company and U.K. Marines from the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines. LISA AZUL is a training exercise held twice a year that promotes partnership and maritime security while improving cultural understanding between the U.S., Spain and Great Britain. This year was the first time that members assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 4, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 and NAVSTA Security department’s military working dog unit were involved with the exercise. During the two weeks of training, the allied forces conducted live weapons training, fast rope and rapelling drills and demonstrated urban combat and building clearing procedures. “The exercise focused on the exchange of enhanced conventional infantry tactics between U.S. Marines and two of our allies,” said FAST Company Europe Commanding Officer Maj. Gary Cobb. “This exercise is an excellent example of different units coming together for two weeks to show interoperability at the platoon level.” Cobb added that Rota is special, because each unit has equal footing, sharing the tactics, techniques and procedures that each specializes in. The exercise concluded with a final evolution in which all units worked together to secure an urban terrain objective. “The exercise went great,” said exercise LISA AZUL Officer in Charge Capt. Issac Olvera. “The Marines had an opportunity to showcase their tactical skills, learned from the techniques used by the other forces and learn about each others’ customs.”
March 8, 2012
NMCB 3 Joins the Fight Story and Photo By MC2(SW/AW) Travis Alston
Marines participating in the exercise detain civilian personnel in the affected area.
Olvera also said that being exposed to different techniques and procedures allows U.S. Marines and their counterparts to validate or improve their skills. “We have already learned much from our counterparts,” said Olvera. “We hope they can take what they have learned from us and utilize it when faced with an actual combat environment.” FAST Company Europe is a tenant command of Commander, Naval Expeditionary Task Force Europe and Africa (CTF 68). The Task Force is responsible for exercising tactical control and functional component command over assigned forces for the direction, control and approval of movements, maneuvers and operations necessary to accomplish Commander, 6th Fleet assigned missions and tasks.
In preparation for the trilateral exercise LISA AZUL, Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 assemble a building clearing obstacle course at the simulated urban terrain compound Hogan’s Alley aboard Naval Station Rota, Spain. During four days of extensive building, they assembled various challenges and obstacles that members participating in the exercise would be exposed to in a real combat environment. “We are supporting the exercise by building obstacles that will expose Marines to different combat scenarios,” said Steelworker 1st Class Teddy Brown. “What better way to prepare for deployment then by practicing in a stimulated combat environment.” Seabee units also remained on station during the final exercise, repairing any damage than occurred when the Marines cleared the buildings. “Due to timelines and constant repetition, we remained on station during the exercise,” said Brown. “If something is damaged and an other team has cleared that location, the repairs need to be made on the spot. Our job isn’t done until the completion of the exercise.” Brown added that aside from safety precautions, not having any guidelines or procedures while constructing the obstacle course made the job fun. “We ensured that all safety procedures were followed,” said Brown. “We were able to get very creative with some of the obstacles. Our goal was to challenge the Marines and introduce them to random but common situations.” For junior Sailors like Builder 3rd Class Patrick Connolly, this exercise gave a sense of accomplish
Utilitiesman 3rd Class Justin Mcnairn, assigned to Naval Construction Battalion 3, assembles a false bulkhead in preparation for the final evaluation as part of exercise Lisa Azul at Hogan’s Allly aboard Naval Station Rota, Spain.
knowing that one day some of the Marines who participated in the exercise would be better prepared because of the Seabees' effort. “It feels great to play such a large role in this year’s exercise,” said Connolly. “Most of the time we do jobs for ourselves or public works. It’s nice knowing that our hard work is benefiting and preparing Marines for a combat environment.” LISA AZUL is a training exercise held twice a year that promotes partnership and maritime security while improving cultural understanding between the U.S., Spain and Great Britain. This year was the first time that members assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 4, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 and NAVSTA Security department’s military working dog unit were involved with the exercise.
MWRROTASPAIN fitness center, x2565
March 16th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sign up by March 8th.
1/2 and 1/4
March 17th, 10 a.m. at starting at La Plaza. Sign up by March 14th. $20.
Wear green and be ready to run for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The event is open to authorized American and Spanish authorized personnel and family members ages 18+. Categories include: Overall winners, Mens and Womens Open(18-29), Seniors(30-39), Masters(40+). The cost of the event is $15.00. No same day sign ups. We will only be taking dollars. We will give out medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each category. All participants get a T-shirt and food at the end of the race during the award ceremony.
I T T & OUTDOOR REC
Granada Ski & Snowboard Trip
March 16th - 18th. Sign up by March 14th. $245.
The ski resort has numerous runs of varying difficulties to satisfy all levels of skiers and brilliant sunshine most of the winter. Trip includes transportation and lodging but does not include lift tickets or ski equipment.
Teams of 3-6 athletes from each command on base are invited to participate in this first-ever competition, which includes traditional feats of strength and skill, such as the Caber Toss, Stone Put, Sheaf Toss and Hammer Throw. Mandatory Kilts will be provided. Following the games, all participants are welcome to join the Liberty Staff for a celebratory Irish feast, featuring Guinness Stew. Bring your fans! Call Liberty Center at 727-2527.
Photography Class Sign-Ups Sign up by March 19th. $55 for the 4 week course.
Are you interested in learning how to use your Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera and begin taking better pictures? Signup for our upcoming classes to teach you the basics and intermediate techniques of photo composition and digital camera use. Taught by Josiah Wilson, AFN Mass Communication Specialist and professional photographer, youâ€™ll definitely learn increase your knowledge about photography and cameras!
We will be offering two courses: Introduction to Photography Course. Starts March 20th. Intermediate Concepts in Photography. Starts March 2nd. Call MWR Community Classes at 727-2527.
Child & Youth Programs Need You! Employment opportunities are available with the Child Development Center, School Age Care and the Youth Center today!
Are you interested in providing high quality educational and recreational programs for children and youth? Become part of our staff and foster a sense of independence, trust and responsibility within each child through understanding and respectful interactions. Earn college credit while working in a fun and dynamic environment. CYP is an opportunity to serve military families, while working with a professional and rewarding organization. Please call 727-1100, off base 956-821-100
SAINT PATRICK'S DAY
March 17th, 9 a.m. $20.
4 person scramble tournament. Fee includes lunch & prizes. Call 727-2260 for details.
March 8, 2012
We are Here to Help Story and Photos by MC2(SW/AW) Travis Alston
Chief Yeoman Raymond Rodriguez, Naval Station Rota, Spain Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Kraverath, Chief Yeoman George Roberts and Chief Master-at-Arms Keila Romeo cut a cake during a kick-off ceremony for this year’s NMCRS fund drive, March 1.
Sailors and Marines assigned to Naval Station Rota, Spain participated in a cake cutting ceremony at the base Fleet Family Support Center, March 1. The purpose of the ceremony was to kick off the 2012 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Fund Drive. This is an annual drive that service members conduct to raise money to contribute to the NMCRS. Founded in 1904, the NMCRS is a private non-profit charitable organization that provides financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members and survivors when in need. “It’s not just loans and grants, but also the visiting nurses, thrift shop programs and the rest of the services that are provided through the NMCRS that impact Rota,” said NAVSTA Rota Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Kraverath. “The success and meticulous planning of campaigns such as this show the teamwork and joint efforts of this base.” Not only are NAVSTA Rota Sailors taking time to raise contributions, but also members assigned to the base’s tenant commands.
“We are really excited to do this year’s fund drive,” said Fund Drive Coordinator Chief Yeoman George Roberts, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8. “I thank all the volunteers for showing their support for this program. We are going to work together as a team to ensure that this is a huge success.” Last year the NMCRS saw 96,750 cases and provided $48.3 million in financial assistance worldwide. The Rota office was involved in 302 of the case and provided $264,128 in assistance. “The NMCRS is a volunteer-base dprogram,” said NAVSTA Rota NMCRS Director June Brennan. “We encourage volunteers to come over and assist us with this much needed organization. Without volunteers we can’t stay afloat.” Kraverath added that the Rota office and its staff has a tremendous impact on the base as well as other regions on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. “Thing like this show what the team assigned to this base is all about, “said Kraverath. “This base has a worldwide impact and is the model for many aspects of naval operations.”
Hospital Joins Nationwide Effort to Promote Patient Safety Awareness Story by USNHRS Public Affairs
In an effort to raise awareness and encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers and the public, U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain announced their participation in the 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week campaign, ‘Be Aware for Safe Care.’ Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4 - 10, is an annual, National Patient Safety Foundation (NSPF)-led education and awareness campaign for healthcare safety. Each year, healthcare organizations around the world take part in the event by prominently displaying the NPSF campaign logo and promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community and deploying NPSF educational resources to hospital staff. This year’s theme: Be Aware for Safe Care focuses on the need for everyone
to understand the importance of patient safety and to recognize the range of efforts being made to improve health safety in the U.S. and worldwide. U S N H R S C o m m a n d i n g O ff i c e r Capt. Bruce Laverty notes the staff of USNHRS will be engaged in educational and awareness-building activities specific to patient safety. This year, activities include patient safety displays and handouts in the pharmacy waiting area, patient safety training video sessions and a “Patient Safety Search,” where the staff is challenged to identify problems in a patient care environment. The campaign seeks to make patients, providers and the public aware of the ways they can participate in these efforts and partner to improve patient safety. While efforts of the past decade have brought improvements, recent studies indicate that much work
remains to be done, and can be done most effectively through the involvement of all parties. Be Aware for Safe Care emphasizes the fact that safety issues impact everyone. “The more we work together to promote patient safety, the more we all benefit from a safe healthcare system,” said Diane Pinakiewicz, MBA, president, National Patient Safety Foundation. NPSF encourages creative collaboration among provider groups, patient advocates and other community organizations to help patients and consumers understand how they can be part of the solution. For additional information on Patient Safety Awareness Week, please visit www.npsf.org or locally Anthony Brown at 727-6421.
Las Palmeras Road Closure Oviedo Lane in the Las Palmeras housing area is scheduled to be closed until May 31 due to construction. Contact Maria Angeles Granado of public works at 7271014 if you have any questions regarding the closure.
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Religion is Spiritual and Spirituality is Religious My friend Bob has the worst military bearing of any Sailor I know. His hair is too long, he probably doesn’t have a blouse on under his jacket, and he may or may not be wearing socks. He is not ignorant (he is a former Marine). But, his military bearing reflects his view of the Navy. He says, “I am in the Navy but not the military.” What do you think of that? Chaplain Patrick Riley I am reminded of Bob when I read that a large number of people say they are spiritual but not religious (SBNR). Narrowly defined: spirituality can be a private practice of faith, and religion can refer to organized religion. Before the last half of the 20th century, however, the terms religious and spiritual were used interchangeably. I find it ironic that the ones who seem most angry (by their use of caps and exclamation marks) at the SBNR are found on an atheist Web site.
Call 727-2161 for more information on Chapel events.
Trusting God Bible Study
This Bible study by Jerry Bridges addresses the question, “Can we trust God?” Join us every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the NAVSTA Rota Chapel Fellowship Hall. The study begins with a meal, followed with a discussion from 7 - 8 p.m.
Amos Bible Study
A Bible study on Amos meets Wednesday, 6 p.m. at the Chapel Fellowship Hall.
Some quotes (minus the caps and obscenities) are: “This is totally self-serving, and you only hear it from those who describe themselves as ‘spiritual.’” One writer calls it “Intolerable shallowness.” Another says, “They weren’t prepared to abandon religion entirely, so they created a new category ... just privatizing religion,” and, it’s “Burger King spirituality.” Still another says, “No wonder that courts have refused to acknowledge any difference between ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality,’ concluding that spiritual programs are so like religions that it would violate the separation of church and state to force people to attend them (as with AA).” Some theists are not SBNR fans either and can also be a bit over the top: “SBNR at its worst is mindless drivel, the egotism of the believer.” “It’s probably not fair to stereotype all these folks as ‘bland’ or ‘self-centered’ or cowardly sunset people who are too weak for big-league religion - I use
‘SBNR’ as code for ‘I don’t really think about religion at all, because it’s boring or difficult or irrelevant to my self-interest.’” Such comments are a bit strong, but the SBNR approach does remind me of Bob’s “I’m in the Navy but not the military” comment. If you consider yourself spiritual, great! But how are you spiritual and for what spirit are you being spiritual? If you claim to be religious, are you growing spiritually? In reality, religion is spiritual and spirituality is religious. And, since I am full of quotes today, I’ll close with a couple: “There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by oneself” and “Where life with God gets rich and provocative, is when you dig deeply into a religion that you did not invent all for yourself.” If you would like to speak to me or another chaplain regarding this discussion or any other issue, please call the Religious Ministries Department at 727-2161.
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March 8, 2012
It's More than a Farm It's a Lifestyle By Jan Hammond, Coastline
Just outside the NAVSTA Rota fence line, along the perimeter road, is an unassuming farm that is much more than meets the eye. It is here that you will find El Bucarito, a new concept in farming that offers a wide range of gourmet cheese, desserts and meats to the public. A farming concept with the environment in mind, using only natural ingredients, grown and raised right there. El Bucarito opened its doors in June and aspires to be ecologically friendly. “We use crops grown on the farm to feed the animals, who then in turn produce waste that is turned into compost and back to the fields to be used as fertilizer,” said Carlos Larieu, who handles the marketing at El Bucarito. “It is very progressive for this area.” This 200-acre farm is home to nearly 2,000 goats that alternate their time between grazing in the fields and eating grain in the barns. Their diet is constantly monitored, utilizing computer equipment to mix the grain and to distribute it to the goats in increments. Each goat wears a computerized necklace that makes it possible to know its entire life history in minutes. There are three breeds of goats native to Spain, and as is fitting with their philosophy, El Bucarito chose the Florida breed since it is native to this area. The goats are milked twice a day and the milk is used to make cheese, yogurt and desserts. Currently there are about 1,500 milked every day. There is even a nursery for the newborns where the youngsters run and play and drink plenty of milk. The males are sold when they get older, and the females will go on to live at El Bucarito, grazing and producing milk, just like their mothers. The farm is also home to 1,300 black Iberian sows which are used for breeding. Most of their female offspring will also be used as breeders while the young male pigs that show the most potential for making the best ham are
sent off to a pasture also owned by the farm where they can feed on acorns. From these pigs come the much prized Jamón Ibérico (a type of cured ham made from acorn fed black Iberian pigs and often called the best in the world). El Bucarito is not only a production farm, but also an education facility, where students come to learn about ecological farming. “The children are our future,” said Larieu. “It is important to teach them.” The students begin their tour by watching a video that shows how the farm works. They then tour the facilities and are given a chance to make their own cheese which they are able to take home. As the tour concludes, there is a visit to the resident birds of prey. Here you will find trained feathered creatures they use in exhibitions. The farm is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Group tours are available by calling 902-881499. So the next time you are looking for something to do nearby, visit El Bucarito and witness the cycle of farming.
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(Vista Cover) Samples of some of the cheese made at El Bucarito. (Previous Page) El Bucarito, an unassuming farm on the perimeter road, is eco-friendly and produces tasty desserts and cheese as well as Jamón Ibérico. (Above Left) Goats graze on one of the many fields on the 200-acre El Bucarito compound. (Top) A compost facility takes animal waste and water runoff to make fertilizer for the fields. (Above) Karen Lucas, The Coastline publisher, holds one of the birds of prey used for exhibitions. (Left) Some of the 1,300 black Iberian sows roam in the mud at the farm's breeding area.
March 8, 2012
Fleet & Family Support Center Resumé Review
Friday and March 23, 9 - 11 a.m. Have a current job announcement and need your resumé reviewed? Drop off or e-mail your resumé with the job announcement at least 24 hours prior to the review appointment. Individual half-hour sessions are available. Sign up and review your resumé with our specialists.
Tuesday, 9 - 10 a.m. I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go. Wondering if you’re using credit appropriately? Find out what determines the cost of credit. Discover your own debt ratio and the warning signs of too much credit.
Intermediate Spanish Class
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. For those who have attended the beginner’s class, come and enjoy our 16 hour-Spanish course for intermediate students during March and April. This course is useful, easy and interesting as we help you improve your Spanish speaking skills.
Wednesday, 9 - 10 a.m. Whether you are single or married, preparing for deployment has practical and emotional aspects to consider. This workshop covers financial, communication and coping strategies. Spouses and family members are highly encouraged to attend to help prepare for this often stressful period.
Retirement TAP Workshop
Monday - March 15, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Explore information about transitioning from the military, job searching, benefits and your responsibilities. If you are retiring within the next 24 months, the Transition Assistance Program is here to assist you. Contact your command career counselor to sign up.
Ten Steps to Federal Employment
March 16, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. The federal government is the largest employer in the U.S. This class will cover the steps you need to make the challenging process of landing a federal job an achievable goal.
Saving and Investing
March 20, 9 - 10 a.m. Retirement? Kids college? TSP? 401K? This workshop gives you information you need to make an informed decision about your future.
Single Parents Support Planning Session
March 20, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Single parents don’t need to go through this alone we can support each other. Learn from than the ones who are really doing the single parenting. Come help the group get organized.
Federal Resumé Format
March 20, 1 - 2 p.m. Target your federal resumé to highlight your qualifications to HRO and hiring managers. Learn about keywords, the certificate of eligibility and the special requirements of a federal resumé.
Lunch and Learn: The Art of Bullfighting
March 21, 11.30a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bullfighting season is around the corner. Witness at least one of these Corridas de Toros while in Spain. Learn all about this ancient tradition that dates as far back as the Roman times during this seminar.
March 22, 9 - 11 a.m. If you have orders or are getting ready to PCS, you should consider signing up for this course. It is designed for all military personnel, civilian personnel and family members departing the local area. Even if it is your umpteenth PCS, you might get some new and useful information about the PCS process, as well as information about your new duty station. Pre-registration is required.
March 22, 1 - 2 p.m. Ten seconds! That is the average time your resumé will receive. Discover the key elements on a resumé and how to catch the employer’s eye. Learn how to market yourself for your dream job.
Lunch and Learn: Easter Traditions in Spain
March 26, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Learn about the Catholic church and Holy Week. This year, Holy Week is April 1 - 8. Traditions of Easter in Spain include Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The purpose of Holy Week is to reenact, relive and participate in the passion of Jesus Christ. There will be parades all over Spain with thousands of people in the streets. Discover places to go to enjoy the traditions and learn its significance.
March 28, 4:30 - 6 p.m. How we communicate is a learned skill we can improve on no matter our age or stage in life. Learn techniques on how to be an effective communicator.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join us for a waking tour of Cadiz. This ancient city claims to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. Walk through the old quarter, visit Santa Catalina Castle, the Farmers Market and do some shopping.
Survive and Thrive Café
Photo by Carolina Jaime-Medina
Call 727-3232 to pre-register for all FFSC functions.
March 28, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Spend some time chatting about your experience in Spain and share your occasional frustrations or successes. Both beginners and experienced “roteños” are welcome in this seminar. Walk downtown Rota with us to get some advice on how to thrive and survive by visiting grocery stores, markets and more. This spouse oriented class is created to help adapt to a new environment and provide some hints to help make your stay in Spain more successful and pleasant.
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graduate and graduate on-site and online courses is open through March 18. View the complete schedule at www.ed.umuc.edu/schedule or contact your UMUC field representative at 727-2917.
Relay for Life Meeting
Relay for Life is scheduled to hold a general meeting Tuesday, 6 - 7 p.m. at the hospital health promotions kitchen. Those willing to assist the Relay for Life event in any capacity, team captain, committee chair or all-around help, are needed. Contact Heather Jungk at 727-3851 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Rota Relay for Life Facebook page.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Registration
Budget for Baby Class
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offers an interest-free loan program for up to $3,000 per year for undergraduate or graduate tuition. This is an overseas only program, so take advantage while you’re here. Call 727-1614 to make an appointment today. For more information, contact the NMCRS at 727-1614.
This class provides expectant parents the resources to become more aware of the costs related to the birth of a child and making better financial choices. Receive a Junior Sea Bag containing Gerber products and other free items. The next class is scheduled for Wednesday. Sign up at the NMCRS office in building 3293 or call 727-1614.
Red Cross Babysitting Certification
The Rota American Cross is offering a Babysitter’s Training and Infant/Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification March 31, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A $40 fee includes a two-year CPR certification, first aid kit, backpack, course materials and babysitter's training certification. Class is limited to six students. Call 727-2333 for more information or to register.
Volunteer Boy Scout Troop 73 Looking for Volunteers
Support the youth of our community by volunteering with the Boy Scouts. Troop 73 is looking for assistant Scout masters and volunteers. The Scouts meet every Thursday, 7 - 8:30 p.m., at building 134 in housing. Contact Troop Scoutmaster Dave Myers, at email@example.com for more information.
Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities
Child Find for children 3 - 5 years of age is an ongoing outreach program that locates and identifies children who may have developmental delays or educational disabilities and need special services. If you have concerns regarding your child's development, please contact Linda Hill at 727-4185 or 727-4435.
The leaders of tomorrow are studying with ERAU today. Sign-up for Rota’s term four classes in aviation safety, management, airframe and math. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 727-2984 to register or for more information.
Navy College Graduation
The Rota Navy College Office will be holding its annual graduation and recognition ceremony June 22. This ceremony is open to all adult members of the Rota community who have been or will be awarded a degree from an accredited institution between Aug. 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2012. If you are interested in participating, contact the Navy College at 727-2785/2798 or e-mail email@example.com. The deadline to sign up is May 15.
Prepare for the SAT or ACT Now
EKnowledge is donating SAT/ACT Test Prep Programs worth $200 to all active duty, retired, veterans, Guard, Reserve, their family members, DoD employees and civilians performing military support, as well as their family members. Materials may be ordered online at www.eknowledge.com/DANTES or by calling 951-25-64076.
OU Offers Human Relations Certificates
University of Oklahoma now offers individuals with a bachelor's degree or OU graduate students certificates in Helping Skills in Human Relations and Human Resource Diversity and Development. All certificate course work can be applied to a Master of Human Relations.
OU Offers Master in Human Relations Program
University of Oklahoma’s Rota site offers a Master of Human Relations with professors from the main campus in Oklahoma holding face-to-face classes right here in Rota. Ten classes are taught in six-day increments with six semester hours of internship completing the required 36 hours for the program. No prerequisites, except for a bachelor's degree and no GRE. Sign up today by visiting the OU office located in the Navy College and speak to Trevor Sloan, OU’s Rota site director.
Women, Infants and Children Overseas is a nutrition, education and supplemental food program for qualified members of the uniformed services, civilian employees, DoD contractors living overseas and their family members. Eligible participants include pregnant, post-partum and breast-feeding women, infants and children up to age 5. WIC provides important benefits including: one-on-one nutrition counseling, nutrition and health screenings, breast-feeding education, breast pump loan program, infant and child feeding tips and drafts redeemable for nutritious foods at the commissary and Nexmart. For eligibility screening and more information, call 727-2921.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
Early Release for DGF Students
DGF Talent Show
AA meetings are scheduled for every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at the base chapel. Call DAPA at 727-2876 for more information.
Central Texas College Registration
Register for CTC spring semester until Friday with classes to be held Monday - May 11. Classes in Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice and Fire Protection will be offered.
UMUC Spring Registration
University of Maryland University College Europe spring class registration for under-
DGF students will have an early release March 16 at 11:30 a.m. for teacher's training. Lunch will not be served that day. The Rota community is invited to see the annual David Glasgow Farragut Talent Show March 21, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., in the DGF multi-purpose room. Come support your singer, dancer or musician.
NEX A-OK Student Reward Program
Students with a B-grade point average or better may enter a drawing for U.S. Savings Bonds given each quarter. Stop by the NEX with a current report card, fill out an entry card and obtain an A-OK ID, which entitles the student to discount coupons for NEX products and services.
Te a c h O t h e r s a n d E a r n I n c o m e Story by MWR Marketing
“Before accepting orders to Rota, Navy families who rely on two incomes stateside should anticipate financial changes at Rota. Most of the available jobs are part-time, intermittent, with flexible schedules. Most of the available positions are for clerks, cashiers, food service personnel, sales clerks and recreational aids.” (According to the Naval Station Rota, HRO Web site). Many family members have encountered this message when first researching employment opportunities on Naval Station Rota. Spouses can have a difficult time finding additional employment. Some families take this opportunity to focus their energies being more involved in the daily routine of their children and spouse, advancing their education or just enjoying their
time overseas with the myriad of travel opportunities. Since 2009, Rota MWR has coordinated and supported the Community Classes program to help community members trade their time teaching a hobby or skill for cash. “Community Classes offers community members the chance to earn some real cash,” says Eric Flagg, Rota MWR Community Classes coordinator. “I have instructors who make over $60 an hour teaching community members about photography, dance, tumbling, the Spanish language and other activities. We’re very interested in providing spouses and active duty members an avenue by which to explore business opportunities and ‘sell’ their talents to the community.” Some classes that have been offered in the past
and proved to be popular have been baby sign language, SAT prep, tutoring, dog obedience training, craft classes and dance classes. MWR and Community Classes instructors enter into a revenue sharing arrangement where MWR provides the facilities, advertising/marketing, administration and other logistical support to the instructors so that they only have to worry about showing up and teaching their classes of choice. Instructors are paid at the end of every month. For more information concerning what the Community Classes program entails, becoming an instructor or familiarizing yourself with current class offerings, please visit the Rota MWR Web site at the following address: http://www.rotamwr.com/community-classes/
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Ruta de los Sentidos, a guided tour in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. and Juega con los Sentidos, a guided tour in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Saturdays at 6 p.m.
El Sueño de Morfeo in concert, Friday, 9 p.m., Palacio de Congresos, Cadiz, www.cadenacien.es
Festival Nacional de Flamenco de Jerez, until March 10, Jerez, www.festivaldejerez.es
Gran Homenaje a la cancion Napolitana, Saturday, 9 p.m., with Luis Pacetti, Raul D’abreu and Felix Rodrigues, Hotel Monasterio San Miguel, Calle Virgen de Los Milagros 7, El Puerto, tickets 15 euros
Conocer el Flamenco, Friday, 10 p.m., Peña Flamenca Tomas El Nitri, Calle Diego Niño 1, El Puerto
Ruta por El Puerto y Bodegas Osborne, a guided tour, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., tickets 5 euros (children) and 10 euros (adults)
Sober, March 23,10:30 p.m., Imagina Jardin Bar, Cadiz, tickets 15 - 18 euros
Sevilla Bullring guided tours, daily, 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sevilla, Reales Alcazares (Moorish Fortress) guided tours, Monday - Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., tickets 7.50 euros
Ara Malikiam Emsemble, April 27, 8:30 p.m., Real Teatro de Las Cortes, San Fernando, tickets 15 - 30 euros
Sevilla, Cathedral and Giralda guided tours, Monday Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. Flea Market, Ramon y Cajal Street, Sanlucar, Sundays and holidays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Flea Market, Alameda Vieja (by the Castle), Jerez, Sundays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
“Marruecos, una mirada sincera,” photo display by Ignacio Abalos, until March 15, Sala de Exposiciones San Dionisio, Jerez
Flea Market, Picabarro, Rota, Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
“Warning, Ocurrencias Belicas,” display by the illustrator Sergio Tejedor, until March 20, Sala Caja Inmaculada, Calle Isaac Peral 6, El Puerto
Castillo de Luna, Rota, weekend guided tours at 1 and 5 p.m., request tickets in advance at the tourist office, Calle Cuna 2
Painting display by Renata Kuwilsky, until March 24, Chicago Art Place Gallery, Calle Nuestra Sra. de Los Angeles 3, El Puerto
Como Bailan los Caballos Andaluces, (How Andalusian Horses Dance), Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, Recreo de las Cadenas, Avda. Duque de Abrantes, Jerez, tickets 19 - 25 euros, 956-31-8008, www.realescuela.org
40 Años de Doñana photo and painting display until March 28, Centro Cultural La Victoria, Sanlucar
Visit Doñana National Park, www.visitasdonana.com
Handcrafts display by Sisters of Belen, Tuesday Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., La Cartuja Monastery, Jerez
Flamenco recital by Sandra Cabrera, Saturday, 9 p.m., Palacio de Congresos, La Linea, tickets 15 - 30 euros Sara Baras show, March 19 - 23, 9 p.m., Gran Teatro Falla, Plaza de Fragela, Cadiz, tickets 20 - 45 euros Nuevo Amanecer, a recital by Jose Merced, May 10, 9 p.m., Gran Teatro Falla, Plaza de Fragela, Cadiz Flamenco show, Jerez, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m., El Lagar del Tio Parrilla, Plaza del Mercado, 956-33-8334 Flamenco show, Sanlucar, Fridays at 10:30 and 11:30 p.m., Bodega de Arte “A Contratiempo,” Calle San Miguel 5, tickets 12 euros, 956-07-1099
Sports Costa de La Luz Half Marathon, Rota - Chipiona, April 15 Bay of Cadiz Half Marathon, Cadiz - San Fernando, April 22, www.gescon-chip.com Motorcycling World Championship, April 27 - 29, Jerez Villa de Puerto Real Half Marathon, April 29, www. clubatletismopuertoreal.blogspot.com
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Badulaque: A Special Restaurant at a Special Location Badulaque is a concept of a restaurant, cafeteria and bar, located on a privileged spot in Rota: the Costilla Boardwalk. Here, eating an exquisite bite with a glass of good wine, the sea and the By Karen Lucas, Coastline Publisher Karen@coastline.e.telefonica.net sand make a closed circle of pleasure that will be hard to leave. This circle is sustained by professionalism, inspiration and the desire to please. These traits are characteristic of the local idiosyncrasy and will make you a habitual client. Badulaque has a minimalist, modern yet warm design that immediately makes you feel comfortable. The sea view is spectacular and so relaxing. Both the tapa and dining menus are interesting. Some of the things you will find are: Cod au gratin with Ibericos, Taboulé, and Beef Strogonoff on the main menu. There are great tapas such as mini burgers, vegetable quiche and Wellington tenderloin. I have not yet had a meal, but I have tried the Wellington and it was delicious! I must say that for a tapa the serving was very large. Next time you go out, whether for dinner, a tapa or two, or just a drink, stop by Badulaque and give it a try. I am sure you will like it. Richard from the Asian restaurant Zen
on Avda. Sevilla in Rota, asked me to remind you that you can park in the lot in front of the restaurant. If you see the barrier is down, make a signal and they will open it for you. It is only during the height of tourist season that parking there is impossible. Hotel Playa de la Luz is open for the 2012 season. Thanks to continual maintenance and improvements, this hotel has conserved its characteristic charm for 45 years. To mark its reopening, they have several special offers so if you have friends or family coming for a few days, check out www.hotelplayadelaluz.com As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Long and Foster Real Estate Agent, Mimi Nun will be here Monday and will be available for consultation Tuesday. If you are going to PCS this year, especially if you are going to the D.C. area, don’t miss this opportunity. Mimi has been helping people from Rota get settled in that area for more than 20 years. For an appointment, you can e-mail MIMI.NUN@ LongandFoster.com or after Tuesday, call 672-16-0754 or leave a message at Hotel Playa, 956-81-0500. Saturday, there is a fashion show of flamenco dresses in the Castillo de Luna in Rota at 7 p.m. There will be performances later by coral and dance groups as well as a sampling of sweet Rota wine. The folks from Takiko just called to say they will be closing for vacation March 15.
They plan to reopen on April 17. Takiko is the Asian restaurant located in Rotamar. Anything you want me to pass along? Let me hear from you about your favorite places or coming events. I do like hearing from you! Send me an e-mail to Karen@coastline.e.telefonica.net or give me a call at 607-56-4132. Support your paper by supporting the advertisers.
Badulaque is located on the Costilla boardwalk in Rota.
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How to Win Pick Tournament Winners
With the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about your March Madness bracket. If you want to win the office pool and take home the big prize, here are a few things to consider. Home Court Advantage – While the selection committee prohibits teams from playing in their home Yuval Fleming arena, they do make a strong effort Sports Writer to reward top seeds and increase attendance by ensuring teams play close to home. For example, this year it is almost certain that both Duke and the University of North Carolina will play their early round games in Greensboro, N.C. As a result, their opposition will be forced to take on a formidable team on the court and a partisan crowd off it. Pay close attention to the entire bracket, because those very same teams may have to travel across the country to play their next set of games. Region or conference pride can factor in too; for example Nashville is not exactly close to Florida or Georgia, but it is SEC (Southeastern Conference) country and teams from those states can expect to find a warm welcome in the Music City. Experience is Overrated – Many procrastinators will shy away from teams that are filled with freshman and sophomores, but in today’s game that type of reasoning could be flawed. Having already played a full regular season and participated in pre-season and conference tournaments, underclassman, by this stage in the year, are fully prepared for the crucible that is March Madness. Furthermore, most elite freshman have already competed in dozens of pressure-filled games and packed gyms before they ever set foot on a college campus. Start from the Middle – Most people tend to fill out a bracket from the top left corner and work their way down. Before you pick your early round games, first determine your final four teams and then your champion. The championship selection is the most important decision so spend extra time on that pick. In addition, what you forecast in the Final Four should factor into what you do in the early rounds. Diversify – Financial planners always preach the values of having a diverse portfolio; your NCAA
tournament bracket is no different. Picking the favorite to win it all is not a bad strategy but it comes with disadvantages; although, so does picking an underdog. When selecting a favorite, be cognizant that others in your pool are likely to pick the same team. Therefore, if you do choose a goliath, try to separate yourself from the pack in the early round by picking upsets. Conversely, if you pick a dark horse to cut the nets down in April, play it conservative in the early rounds and bet that your championship team comes through for you at the end. Upset City – Upsets and underdogs are the most exciting element of the NCAA tournament. Predicting a Cinderella like a 14 seed to win in the first round can give you bragging rights for years to come. However, if you are serious about winning your pool be careful not to go overboard. Yes upsets will happen, but also take into account that since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 no number one seed has ever lost in the first round and two seeds are a combined 104 and 4. Mid-Majors – Butler and Virginia Commonwealth proved last year that no matter the name or size of the school, good coaching, senior leadership and athletic underclassmen can lead to tournament success. Teams that hail from smaller conferences tend to be underestimated and disrespected, which gives them added motivation to slay Goliath. Shooting Percentages – If you have the time to do a little research take a look at a teams three point and free throw percentages. Lower seeds that shoot well from beyond the arch can be dangerous as the long ball can neutralize a bigger or more athletic opponent. Poor free throw shooting by a favorite should cause some concern. Shooting well at the line is like having a good closer in baseball; it seals the deal at the end of the game. If a team can’t close out games at the charity stripe, they probably can’t win it all. Guard Play – College basketball is a small man’s game; with the ball in their hands the majority of the
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Thursday *Athletic Bilbao at Manchester United 9:05 p.m. This Europa League fixture will give Athletic a chance to test their mettle against one of the elite European soccer teams. If you miss the match this week, they will play the second leg Thursday in Bilbao. Saturday *Real Madrid at Real Betis 10 p.m. This is La Liga game of the week and can be seen on Spanish television channel La Sexta. Real Madrid has been steamrolling opponents, winning their last 10 games, and they sit 10 points ahead of second place Barcelona. Betis tend to elevate their game against elite competition, and with a raucous home field advantage, this game might be a lot closer than people think. Wednesday *CSKA Moscow at Real Madrid 8:45 p.m. This is the second leg of a Champions League Fixture. The first game ended 1 - 1, so the team that wins this game will advance to the next round. The pressure is on Real Madrid as most are expecting this to be the year that “Los Blancos” win their tenth Champions League title.
game, guards dictate the pace of play and make the critical decisions at the end of games. With defenses clogging the paint and most big men lacking reliable post-up games, it can make it even harder for them to impact the game. Recent years have seen very good forwards, such as Kevin Durant and Kevin Love, play in the tournament, but neither led their teams to championships. Last year's champion and runnerup were both led by star point guards who are now practicing their trade in the NBA. Momentum – When it comes to the NCAA tournament think about “what have you done for me lately.” Teams that are peaking at the end of the season often play well in the Big Dance. Last year’s champion Connecticut had a subpar regular season but then ran off five straight wins in the Big East tournament and never looked back, winning their next six games to claim the university’s third championship. Timing is Everything – In the first round there are 32 games in two days, all broadcast on national TV, meaning some games are played at unusual times. The first game in the Eastern Time zone is at noon on a Thursday, and for teams playing out west, they may have to wait until 9 p.m. on Friday to tip off. For players who are traveling from other time zones, that could mean a 10 a.m. start according to their biological clock. An early game could mean an empty arena, while a late night contest could have an unusually raucous crowd. Either way, the odd circumstances seem to cause the unexpected. NBA Talent – If you go back in history and take a look at past rosters of championship teams, you will usually find at least two or three players who took their games to the next level. These types of players can generally create their own shot and tend to excel in high pressure situations. If you want a leg up, look at draft predictions to see which teams posses the most NBA-ready talent. Yuval Fleming is a biased sports fan who lives in Rota, Spain and writes a weekly sports column for Coastline. Please send comments and article ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 8, 2012
History Comes Alive Story and Photo By Patti Rzeznik, DGF
Campbell Lamb recites his speech to visiting students as he portrays George Flippin, the first African-American football player at the University of Nebraska.
The third grade students at DGF Elementary made history come alive when they portrayed famous African Americans during a living wax museum. To meet the third grade Language Arts Research Application standard, the students had to conduct research on an African American during the month of February. They then had to compile their research and organize it on a large poster board. They also had to compose a speech about their African American that they recited at the living wax museum. The students used various research methods to collect their data; books, magazines, technology, pictures, document sources, etc. Then came the big day. On Feb. 28 the students, dressed in clothing to represent their character, got to display their posters and recite their speeches to the enthusiastic students from all the other grades. Students who came to the living wax museum were informed that the third graders were portraying famous African Americans and had a pretend activation button on the floor in front of them that they needed to press to make the student come alive and tell them about themselves. Once the students entered the room and the buttons started to get pressed the information started to flow. Students excitedly went from one child to another to hear them speak.
Luke McMillan, left, and Mary Sullivan, act out a bullying play during the “Rally Against Bullying” event at the David Glasgow Farragut multi-purpose room.
Student Actors Say No to Bullying Story and Photos By Patti Rzeznik, DGF
The Gifted Education fifth grade students in Maria Rodriguez's class recently worked on creating a play about bullying. The students wrote the script, created the puppets, and then performed the play for fellow DGF students. They also performed their puppet show at the DGF community-wide "Rally Against Bullying" event, but at the event they didn't use puppets - they instead made costumes and acted out the play themselves. This whole activity reinforced DGF Elementary's Goal One, which states: All DGF students will increase in communicating their understanding in all curricular areas by demonstrating improved ability to gather, organize and compose information in both oral and written formats. The students were recognized for all their hard work by the thunderous applause they received when they completed their performance.
March 8, 2012
CDC Celebrates Dr. Seuss Week
Story and Photos By Claudia Drake
Naval Station Rota’s Child Development Center wrapped up Dr. Seuss Week by enjoying a family breakfast of “Green Eggs and Ham” and a Dr. Seuss theme door decorating contest on Friday. Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote 46 children’s books. The National Education Association celebrates ”Read Across America” every year to honor his birthday. The author would have been 108 March 2. The Child Development Center held their week long tribute to Dr. Seuss to foster parent participation, team building for staff and to help children develop speech and listening skills that will further their development of reading and writing according to Parent Technician Sarah Twiford. Each class learned about Dr. Seuss throughout the week and worked on artwork based on the book they chose for the door decorating contest. To culminate the week the CDC hosted a special breakfast. Parents and siblings joined the CDC children for a breakfast of green eggs and ham, kiwi and milk. Lt. Brandon Williams from the hospital attended the breakfast with his 2 year old son,Evan. “I think it’s great,” said Williams. “Green
Eggs and Ham, he loves it, because we read him the book during the week. So, he definitely knows. He wasn’t scared of the green eggs and ham. He knew. He was excited.” From a child’s point of view Austin Macias said it best, "I had green eggs! I liked the eggs!” After the breakfast, Twiford tallied the votes for the best decorated door contest that included art ranging from baby footprints, to photos of a group of children using their bodies to spell out ‘Put me in the zoo.’ Parents judged the contest. The preschool room won with the theme ‘Go, Dog. Go!’, which incorporated photos of all the children’s pets. The toddler room won second place with Are You My Mother?, which included an airplane with the children’s photos as passengers and a bird nest made of real twigs. It was a very close call as the decisive win came by one vote. The first place classroom won a pizza party, and teachers Elena Garcia and Valerie Ramsey were awarded 59 minutes of time-off. It's awesome,” said CDC Education Technician Aurelia Dunn “The children really enjoyed making all the decorations.”
(Above) USNHRS Lt. Brandon Williams, enjoys "Green Eggs and Ham" with his son Evan at the Dr. Seuss Celebration, Friday. (Far left) The ‘Are You My Mother?’ door won 2nd in the door decorating contest. (Left) ‘Go, Dog. Go!’ won first place. (Below) The preschool class poses for a photo after learning they won the door decorating contest