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Remembering Culinary Pacesetter; Rest Easy Bugaloo

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By  Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 

 

 

#TurksandCaicos, February 20, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos has lost a culinary giant with the passing of pioneering chef, Berlie “Bugaloo” Williams.   Magnetic Media on February 15 was informed of the well-loved chef’s passing by his business partner and friend Michael Stolow.

Today we lost a legend.  Bugaloo knew how to work with the most simple things, to make beauty.  With some 2×4 planks of wood, paint, fresh conch, scotch bonnet peppers, and a lemon, the man made Provo’s first loved conch spot.  From the original small spot in Blue Hills, to the now standing @bugaloos_turksncaicos in 5 Cays, his spirit guided all including the special friendship with Mike that made Bugaloo’s name as known as it is.”

Williams was the legendary mind behind restaurants like the Conch Shack which has enjoyed incredible success and has become a pillar of TCI culinary life; and of course, his namesake Bugaloo’s, which is beloved by residents and visitors alike in the fishing settlement of Five Cays, Providenciales.

What is now commonplace was unique in those early days of a developing Caribbean tourism hot spot.  Conch Salad diced up with fresh fruit and vegetables while standing, even lounging in the incomparable waters of Providenciales.

The tasty fusion of Bahamian, Haitian, Jamaica, Dominican and Turks and Caicos creations while being fanned by the brisk breezes continue to be part of his legacy in the kitchen.  Added to his trademark, dazzling smile and his “I am Bugaloo” shirt, he and his menu items left a decisive (and delicious) mark on the TCI dining scene.

Born in Bottle Creek, North Caicos he like many others hopped between the TCI and the Bahamas.  He worked in the service industry all his life from his first job at a hotel in the Bahamas as a busboy to master chef.  With a knack for utilizing the TCI’s conch in new and tasty ways his talent in the kitchen was undeniable.

He came back to his native country after a stint in the Bahamas in 1991.

Recognizing his talent, Stolow offered him the chance to open a restaurant of his own and only three years later, Bugaloo’s, his first restaurant in Blue Hills with his signature and savory conch salad was born.

The Five Cays location with beachside views and fresh conch from the ocean has remained a hit.  Opening up a new side of the island and bringing unprecedented attention to the community, including a flood of guests who love the restaurant planted on soft sands with unique vistas of the fisherman’s beach.

“Bugaloo is a legend in this country and is one of the most interesting characters you’ll have the opportunity to meet,” so many have penned over the years.

Destination Magazine described and captured this conch-making-maverick in a 2016 interview; an apt description that speaks to the deep love the TCI people have for the chef. He will certainly be missed.

Until his death; Bugaloo was always a delight despite his struggles with illness.  Filled with hilarious reflections on days gone by and promises of tomorrow, he was a man full of hope and one who can rest assured, that his love for native foods and his desire to enhance the dining experience of visitors to and residents of the Turks and Caicos are now legendary.

Bugaloo’s Conch Crawl, is brilliantly named in his honour and the restaurant continues to show great care for the kitchen stylings and is unflinchingly committed to the original ideas of Berlie Williams, which are as yummy as they are iconic.

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13th Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament (WCGFT) Check Presentation Ceremony – 5th April, 2023

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#TurksandCaicos, April 10, 2024 – We are proud to announce that this year’s proceeds from the 13th WCGFT were presented to 3 youth-oriented organizations: Edward Gartland Youth Centre, TCI Amateur Athletic Association (TCIAAA) and TCI Swimming Federation (TCISF).

The Edward Gartland Youth Centre is a non-profit organization providing a space of learning for the youth of Providenciales with activities ranging from tutoring to sports and recreation, arts and craft and so much more.

TCIAAA and TCISF just represented the Turks & Caicos Islands in the CARIFTA Games in Grenada, 2024. We are proud of their achievements and happy that we could help in time.

The Charities were presented cheques totaling $70,000:

Edward Gartland Youth Centre:          $35,000

TCIAAA:                                            $20,000

TCISF:                                                $15,000

This brings the total donated by the WCGFT and its Sponsors to $530,000. We look forward to giving even more next year.

This concludes this year’s 13th WCGFT Event and Cheque Presentation. We would like to thank our sponsors and organizers who were key in our efforts to give back to the youth of the TCI Community.

We look forward with great anticipation to next year’s event.

Thank you all.

 

CONTACT: Desmond Williams, desmond@winecellar.tc, Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament

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Provo Water Company Boosts Water Distribution Infrastructure in Providenciales with Key Improvement Initiatives

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PROVIDENCIALES, TCI, APRIL 9, 2024: Provo Water Company (PWC) remains steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the water distribution network in Providenciales by making significant progress on various improvement projects while innovatively addressing short-term distribution challenges.

The company is currently working on two projects to enhance water distribution on Providenciales. The first project will see the installation of a new city water transmission main line from the TCWC Production Plant along June Plum, Gardenia Way, Kakeka Streets, and Garden Loop to the Leeward Highway, extending from the Long Bay Hills Drive junction to the roundabout near Crackpot Kitchen. This pipeline upgrade will provide increased water supply to the network and is expected to be completed by the end of May 2024, enhancing water reliability and ensuring better service for the community.

The second project, which is set to be completed by the end of September 2024, will focus on upgrading the fittings at major water junctions along the Leeward Highway. These improvements to the water supply network’s central artery will increase water flow to the Suzie Turn Reservoir, and enhance water availability and quality for customers located west of Turtle Cove.

These projects not only tackle the current water distribution issues causing nightly restrictions but are also essential components of PWC’s long-term strategy to support the island’s population growth and flourishing tourism industry. In the immediate term, the organization has resourcefully repurposed a newly built water tank located in the Industrial Park area. Originally designated for a future project, the water company has utilized the new tank as an additional source to replenish the Suzie Turn Reservoir, addressing the water supply issues that began in March.

In response to the new development, Managing Director Robert Hall stated, “We are pleased to have found a way to utilize this water tank as a temporary aid in addressing the high-water demand. The activation of this tank reaffirms our commitment to fulfilling the water requirements of our community in response to the growing demands of our customers and stakeholders.”

Situated in the heart of the Industrial Park area, the new tank boasts a capacity of 1.5 million gallons. This tank will work hand in hand with the Suzie Turn Reservoir to meet the water supply needs in the northern and southwestern areas of Providenciales, bridging the gap until ongoing projects deliver a lasting solution.

Once the two current projects have been completed, the new water tank will serve a critical role in a future project and in safeguarding Providenciales with an emergency water supply during crises like hurricanes and other natural disasters.

“This water system investment speaks volumes about our proactive approach to directly addressing water challenges. Through expanding storage capacity and optimizing distribution efficiency, we are well-positioned to deliver reliable, high-quality water services to our customers,” Hall said.

He also added that, amid these efforts, advocating for water conservation practices is crucial. Small actions, such as fixing leaks, using water-efficient fixtures, and practicing mindful water consumption, can play a significant role in safeguarding our valuable water resources.

In addition to these initiatives, the organization will continue to optimize and promote its robust educational campaigns and community engagement programs aimed at raising awareness about water conservation and the importance of sustainable water practices. By empowering individuals with knowledge and tools to make informed choices about water usage, Provo Water Company aims to foster a culture of responsible water stewardship that benefits both the environment and future generations.

“As we move forward, we remain committed to serving our community and look forward to the positive impact that these new initiatives will bring to this island.” Hall concluded.

For additional details about Provo Water Company and its water efficiency and conservation initiatives, visit its website, provowater.com and social media pages at @ProvoWaterCompany for tips and announcements, or contact our customer service team at customerservice@provowater.com.

 

Pic: Provo Water Company’s Managing Director, Robert Hall, and team working to expand water storage capacity to optimize distribution efficiency.

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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”

 

Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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