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Island Living CABLE TV PHOTO PROVIDED BY TC SOTHEBYS INTERNATIONAL REALTY Private secondary schools offer classes can be kept outside by closing doors and year six on up and include the British windows before 4pm and keeping screens in from Digital TV and HD TV is provided by three West Indies Collegiate (www.bwic.tc), good repair. firms here on Providenciales.There are dif-Maranatha Academy and Wesley Methodist PROVO CHILDREN’S ferent packages to choose from and there School. are several specialty channels available. WATER Many homes have both city water and cis-terns designed so that if your cistern is dry you can switch on city water to fill it. If you only have a cistern, remember to monitor the level and be prepared to order water. There are a few providers on island who will send truckloads of water to fill your cistern. SECURITY Even in Paradise there are times when securi-ty is a concern. There are several experienced local firms which provide the whole gamut of security services, from escort of valuables and cash to security patrols of neighbourhoods after dark, to electronic surveillance of resorts and businesses. HOME IMPORTATION OF PERSONAL GOODS As a returning resident, you are allowed to bring in goods worth $400 duty free. Beyond the $400 most items carry a duty charge of 10 to 33% with some exceptions. When moving to the TCI for the first time, a person may import personal effects free of duties. These goods must be intended solely for your personal use, your spouse or any other person wholly or mainly in your custody, charge or care. You must also have obtained a Residence Certificate or a Work Permit. PETS AND VETS When you move to these islands, you may bring your pets with you. However, it is critical to have ALL your pet’s paper-work in order in advance. Getting the required tests performed and forms filled out may take three to six months, so planning ahead is the key. Any dog or cat imported to the TCI must be spayed or neutered. If, upon arrival, you do not have your pet’s documentation in order, your pet could be immediately deported, quarantined or euthanized. For information and forms, contact the Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Services animalhealthservicest-ci@gmail.com or call 649-946-5801. As with most Caribbean islands, we have many homeless cats and dogs referred to as ‘potcakes’. They come in a startling variety of sizes, colours and shapes. If you would like to help in any way or adopt one, please call the TCSP-CA -941-8846 / 231-3052 or Potcake Place 231-1010. VEHICLES If you live on Providenciales, a reliable vehi-cle is a must. The settlements, stores and offices are widespread, with no scheduled public transportation system. If you import a motor vehicle (new or used), you will pay a duty rate of 25 to 45% based on the engine size. For personal use cars, you will also pay that duty on the ship-ping cost. If you purchase here, (new or used) those costs are in the price tag. It can amount to less to purchase a new car here than to buy and import a used car from home. Used cars, trucks and utility vehicles are often available for sale by private owners, or through several car dealers / importers and from car rental companies who are updating their fleet of autos. The PCH is a residential long-term care facility for all children in need of a safe liv-ing environment. The PCH Build Group was formed after Hurricanes Ike and Hanna destroyed the existing orphanage in 2008. The group decided to build a 20 bed facility with two emergency placement rooms and caregiver suites to handle chil-dren in need, while trying to keep the facili-ty as a home instead of an institution. The community supported these volunteers, and the new home was completed in record time. PCH opened its doors to the children on Christmas Day 2009. The building contains a large and inviting, open-plan kitchen/ dining/ living area. The central area includes a play room, library, study, computer lab, laundry and lots of storage space, along with two overnight rooms for emergency situations, and a meeting room. Separate girls and boys dormitory wings flank either side, with kids doubling up in each bedroom and two spa-cious bathroom/shower areas for each gen-der. Far from institutional, rooms are bright and cheery. The PCH is entirely dependant upon the generous donations of their in-country and overseas supporters. For their wish list and ways you can help please go to www.pch.tc 649-946-4201 or 242-7197. I PEST CONTROL As on any tropical island, we have some undesirable 'critters', which impose on homes and offices uninvited. By comparison to other more humid tropic islands, our insect population is sparse. Roaches, ter-mites and ants are the main culprits, and although not dangerous to our health, they are annoying. Small, non-lethal scorpions and centipedes are spotted occasionally. You may chance upon mice and small rats. Fortunately we have good pest control services, which deal with all the above. Mosquitoes are not a major problem and PRIVATE SCHOOLS There are several private primary schools on Providenciales offering day care and classes for pre-school through grade six students. The curriculum varies from British National to Caribbean. Visit the Turks & Caicos Islands at www.WhereWhenHow.com SUMMER 2017 • • • • • 143

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