PHILIPSBURG:— The much anticipated 2nd edition of Where’s Where in St. Maarten (WWSM) was released to the public in an official launch held at the Jubilee Library in Philipsburg on Friday, August 18th. The first copies of “Where’s where in St. Maarten” were offered to the Director of the library, Mrs. Monique Alberts and Assistant Circulation Supervisor, Daniel Helligar. To highlight the community aspect of WWSM, several community leaders spoke at the event such as Rhoda Arrindell, Cassandra Richardson and vice president of the University of St. Maarten, Pastor Wycliffe Smith who all related how important community connections were and evident within the pages of the magazine. Then keynote speaker and WWSM publisher Robert Espitia described his labor of love and explained how best to use the maps and list of street names to find any location fast and easy. Armed with a deep understanding of the community of St. Maarten and its important places, Espitia who first arrived St. Maarten 43 years ago emphasized that the 2nd edition was aimed at empowering the locals of St. Maarten with valuable information and helping newcomers navigate throughout Island –literally through the intricate full-color Area Maps in the publication as well, the many monuments displayed throughout its pages as well as the 140 + important places with photos in the magazine.
Several magazine advertisers were present within the gathered audience as community members both young and old and flipped through the pages finding familiar places and new important places they didn’t know existed. Where’s where in St. Maarten magazine is being personally distributed by Robert Espitia and others who are assisting with the distribution to important places. The magazines are being distributed FREE of charge! Advertisers received their copies first then schools will get copies as well. Apart from the many magazines given out during the launch, an additional 250 were given to the Philipsburg Jubilee Library this week with more made available as they are needed. Other distribution points include Telem, WIB and Visser Pharmacies and other hot spots who have also received hundreds of copies. As Where’s Where in St. Maarten hit the streets, this 2nd edition promises to be in the hands of locals for a very long time and serve as a tangible link to our community.