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  1. Thanks for this reminder about what wonderful work Boquete Hospice and Health does. Spread the word. Not enough people take advantage of what they have to offer. It's an outstanding community resource, manned by talented, dedicated people.
  2. I need help from those of you more well-versed in technology than I. I haven't had a laptop in a long time, but I need to get one. I'm not looking for anything fancy, but I do want a reliable machine that will handle most things. Also, I need help with availability. I would appreciate any advice any of you can give. I currently have a Windows desktop, an iPhone, and an iPad.
  3. There is a contradiction (as well as an error in year) about the dates of this community outreach in the below Embassy message. The correct date is Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Library from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Read the message carefully to see what and when particular services are offered. U.S. Embassy Panama Consular Section American Citizen Services Unit The American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama will be visiting Boquete, Chiriqui, on Thursday, March 28, 2018, to provide DS-11 passport and notarial services to U.S. Citizens. Please note that due to logistical constraints, we are not able to provide passport renewal services for adults (Form DS-82) at the event. To renew adult passports, please use the passport by mail service. WHERE,WHEN, AND HOW: Where: Biblioteca de Boquete,Avenida Central, Bajo Boquete, Panama When: Thursday, June 28th. Notarial services 10am-12pm. Passport services 12-1pm. How: Please register below according to the service that you require: For passport renewal for minors and lost/stolen or damaged pssport services, register here (Please note that we will NOT accept routine adult passport renewals during this outreach event. To renew adult passports, please use the passport by mail service). For Notarial Services, register here HOW TO PAY FOR PASSPORT AND NOTARIAL SERVICES (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY): The Embassy can only accept payment by local banker’s cashier check (known in Spanish as “Cheque Certificado”) made payable to “U.S. Embassy Panama,” issued within the past five months. Our office has confirmed with the State Department that, unfortunately, we cannot accept cash or credit card payments. The notarial fee is $50 per each signature of the Consular Officer. A list of passport fees can be found here. Other than passport and notarial services, all other services are no-fee. WHAT TO BRING FOR PASSPORT AND NOTARIAL SERVICES: Passports: Please note that we will NOT accept adult passport renewals during this outreach event. To renew adult passports, please use the passport by mail service. For passport renewals for minors, in addition to the completed DS-11 application, bring a copy of the photo page of the minor’s passport, a copy of both parents’ passports /cedulas, one recent color photo with a white background that measures 5x5 cm (2X2 inches) and a copy of the minor’s birth certificate, in addition to the original birth certificate and passport/ cedulas. The fee for passport renewal is currently $115.00 for a minor (under 16) and $145.00 (for a minor 16 years of age and older). The minor (under 16) and both parents or guardians must appear in person. If only one parent is present in Panama, the “Statement of Consent from Absent Parent” Form DS-3053, notarized in the United States, is required. Please note that the DS-3053 will not be accepted if notarized in Panama. For lost/stolen passports, in addition to the completed DS-11 application and the DS-64 statement regarding a lost or stolen passport, one recent color photo with a white background that measures 5x5 cm (2X2 inches), a Panamanian police report documenting the lost/stolen passport, and documentation of your identity (government-issued identification cards and/or proof of U.S. citizenship). The fee is currently $145 for an adult (over the age of 16) replacement of a lost or stolen passport. Notarizations: Here is the link with details. If you are requesting the notarization of your driver’s license, bring a photocopy of the front and back page of your license, as well as your license. If you are requesting notarization of benefits documents, bring the original and a copy of the document(s) showing the amount of benefits you receive monthly or annually. The notarial fee is $50.00 for each signature of the Consular Officer. We look forward to seeing you there! Sincerely, American Citizen Services Unit U.S. Embassy in Panama Assistance: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 507-317-5000 Panama-ACS@state.gov https://pa.usembassy.gov/ State Department - Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Panama Country Information Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Note: The timestamp on this e-mail message may reflect Washington, D.C., time, which may differ from local time
  4. There is an error in the Embassy announcement. The correct date is Thursday, March 28, 2019.
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    Personnel of the U.S. Embassy in Panama will be in Boquete to provide Notarial Service and DS-11 Passport Services.
  6. I now am able to access the video on all my devices: desktop computer, iPad, and iPhone. I agree that BD was caustically rude. Those persons putting together the video are unpaid volunteers who offered their time to make available a presentation important to U.S. expats—a presentation that was “sold out” and that many who attended therefore were unable to participate in. I, for one, applaud their community service.
  7. I can reach it on my tablet and phone by going directly to the website: www.tvchiriqui.com
  8. But, returning to the subject at hand, I have not received my new Medicare care via my MBE Miami address. I guess I’ll have to go to MyMedicare.gov and sign up.
  9. I also should add, Jim, that even were I inclined to "get legal" and reveal my foreign address by registering with SSA online, it's not possible to do so from Panama. And we all know what the likely wait period would be to speak to someone were I to telephone SSA in either the U.S. or Costa Rica. If I'm ever found out and chastised, I intend to point out how very difficult they make enrollment for persons abroad.
  10. The link works on my desktop but not on my iPhone or iPad.
  11. The CLV link doesn’t appear on my iPhone or iPad, but it does on my desktop. Instead, the third link is Videos en Vivo. ???? By the way, in case it isn’t clear, this is a video of the presentation that the CLVs gave at the Tuesday morning meeting at BCP a couple of weeks ago.
  12. You are correct about the proof of life form. Although the s.s. Instructions say that you may not use a forwarding address and that doing so will result in your benefits being suspended, it’s not so. In fact, it seems to protect you from receiving the form. If you have your check deposited in a Panamanian bank, however, it triggers the mailing of a proof of life form to the local post office, as does registering your Panama whereabouts on s.s. online. I, for one, am happy not to be on the proof of life mailing list and therefore plan to change nothing.
  13. Jim, the MBE address is in Florida, but mail is then forwarded to MBE in Boquete. I'm not sure what you mean by "[t]hat will be worth clearing up." I have always gotten mail from Medicare at MBE. It's a much better alternative than depending on the slow, slow, slow Panamanian mail system.
  14. Gloria's employee's name is Enson, not Enron. I doubt that he reads Chiriqui Life, not being fluent in English, but see Martine's post above about how to reach him.
  15. My haircutter told me yesterday that a branch of this restaurant is scheduled to open in the new shopping mall across from the Todo a Dollar.
  16. There are excellent doctors in Panama City. And he can be driven there.
  17. Seeking vendors for community yard sale on Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8:00 to 2:00, to be held at the Amigos de Animales facility in Alto Boquete. To reserve space to sell your goods, contact Pat Mains at iloveboquete@yahoo.com or WhatsApp 6738-9933.
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    Annual community yard sale, 8:00 to 2:00, at the Amigos de Animales facility in Alto Boquete.
  19. I am so very sorry to hear this. Gloria was a lovely person, a good friend, and a trustworthy businesswoman. She helped me, made my life easier, in so many ways. My condolences to all Gloria's family and friends. I have been told that there will be a mass for Gloria today at 1:00 with the funeral following at 2:00.
  20. If you are a US citizen, do you know.... What years you are required to send in your proof of life form? What to do if your Social Security check is suspended? What days and times you can call the US Embassy in Panama? Under what circumstances you would be required to contact the SSA in Costa Rica? How long must you stay out of Panama if required to leave on a tourist visa? If you have to allow police into your home? Whether, as a US citizen, you have the same rights as a Panamanian? Come to the BCP 10:30 presentation on Tuesday, March 5th, where Bonnie Williams and Hank Landis will address these questions and more.
  21. The correct day is Tuesday, not Wednesday Sorry. Too many things going on today. This is the Tuesday morning BCP meeting that begins 10:30 and runs until about noon.
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