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January 10, 2019

U.S. Virgin Islands

Open forum: January Is National Stalking Awareness Month

Source: St. John Source The Women’s Coalition of St. Croix Dear Source: January 2019 marks the 15th National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), an annual call-to-action to recognize and respond… Link: Open forum: January Is National Stalking Awareness Month

New Frederiksted Café Takes Cannabis to a ‘Higher Class’

Source: St. John Source Customers at 840STX can buy a CBD infused drink, or purchase the oil and infuse the drink themselves. (Anne Salafia photo) Frederiksted’s newest cafe, 840… Link: New Frederiksted Café Takes Cannabis to a ‘Higher Class’

Love City Car Ferries Announces Back to School Essay Winners

Source: St. John Source All Saints Cathedral School, USVI Love City Car Ferries Inc. is finally able to announce the Back to School Essay Contest winners of the 2018-2019… Link: Love City Car Ferries Announces Back to School Essay Winners

From Air Traffic Control to Food Stamps, Fed Shutdown Affects USVI

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett speaks Tuesday at a news conference. Park Service employees are already furloughed, the passport office is closed and if the… Link: From Air Traffic Control to Food Stamps, Fed Shutdown Affects USVI

Testimony Begins in Maritime Manslaughter Trial

Source: St. John Source Capt. Richard Smith is owner and captain of Cimmaron. (Facebook photo) A licensed boat captain from Maine, operating a seasonal sailboat charter on St. John,… Link: Testimony Begins in Maritime Manslaughter Trial

NPS Announces Important Notice to Park Visitors

Source: St. John Source V.I. National Park Superintendent Nigel Fields Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) is unable to fully staff the properties… Link: NPS Announces Important Notice to Park Visitors

Youth Volunteers Help SEA Plant Native Trees

Source: St. John Source Jennifer Valiulis and her crew prepare to plant trees at the Southgate Coastal Reserve. Ten community volunteers closed out the old year on Dec. 29… Link: Youth Volunteers Help SEA Plant Native Trees

Crucian Christmas Parade Winners and Road March Champions

Source: St. John Source The Simply Sophisticated Fun Troupe dances down the parade route for Crucian Christmas Carnival 2018-2019. (Anne Salafia photo) Children’s Parade Troupe (over 50) Winner: Department… Link: Crucian Christmas Parade Winners and Road March Champions

Bryan Sworn in, Pledges Change that Unites the Territory

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is sworn in Monday by Chief V.I. Supreme Court Justice Rhys S. Hodge. Albert Bryan Jr. was sworn in Monday as… Link: Bryan Sworn in, Pledges Change that Unites the Territory

V.I. Veteran Dennis McIntosh Awarded Purple Heart for Vietnam Service

Source: St. John Source Delegate Stacey Plaskett presents Dennis McIntosh with the Purple Heart. (Image provided by Delegate Stacey Plaskett’s office) Delegate Stacy Plaskett (D-VI) presented the Purple Heart… Link: V.I. Veteran Dennis McIntosh Awarded Purple Heart for Vietnam Service

WAPA Selling Excess Transformers to Typhoon-Stricken Marianas

Source: St. John Source Surplus Water and Power Authority transformers will be sold to the Northern Mariana Islands. (WAPA photo) WAPA is selling excess transformers and other supplies to… Link: WAPA Selling Excess Transformers to Typhoon-Stricken Marianas

Mapp Vetoes ‘Dig Once’ Legislation

Source: St. John Source Workers for viNGN contractor All Rounder/Trans-Tel Central install fiber optic cable in 2013. Over the weekend, outgoing Gov. Kenneth Mapp vetoed the contentious “Dig Once”… Link: Mapp Vetoes ‘Dig Once’ Legislation

CFVI Makes Available the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Source: St. John Source KIDS COUNT Data books are now available through CFVI. Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) will continue the fruitful momentum gained from two recent… Link: CFVI Makes Available the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Friends of the VINP Help Out as Federal Shutdown Continues

Source: St. John Source Friends of the V.I. National Park is helping to maintain services at Trunk Bay, among many other sites on St. John. The national parks on… Link: Friends of the VINP Help Out as Federal Shutdown Continues

Three Stolen Vehicles Recovered on St. John

Source: St. John Source An alert posted on Facebook helped residents team up. Three vehicles stolen in separate incidents on St. John within a 24-hour time period were all… Link: Three Stolen Vehicles Recovered on St. John

2019 Adults Parade Fills Frederiksted with Good Vibes, High Spirits

Source: St. John Source Francheska Parrilla and D’Shane Riviere, members of the Simply Sophisticated Fun Troupe, love the parade! (Anne Salafia photo) An Adult Parade Trouper brings a little… Link: 2019 Adults Parade Fills Frederiksted with Good Vibes, High Spirits

A Good Day for the Children’s Parade

Source: St. John Source Madras, agriculture and farming depict the islands cultural heritage by the DOE. (Susan Ellis photo) The smallest members of the Cultural Conquest Troupe try to… Link: A Good Day for the Children’s Parade

Beach Advisory for December 31 — January 4

Source: St. John Source Ha’ penny Beach on St. Croix The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly… Link: Beach Advisory for December 31 — January 4

Governor-elect Bryan to Grant Administrative Leave; Inaugural Events Scheduled

Source: St. John Source Governor-elect Albert Bryan Jr. and Lieutenant Governor-elect Tregenza Roach Governor-elect Bryan has announced he will grant administrative leave to non-essential government employees. “Governor-elect Bryan intends… Link: Governor-elect Bryan to Grant Administrative Leave; Inaugural Events Scheduled

Police Investigate Fatal STX Shooting

Source: St. John Source A man was shot and killed Friday in the Mount Welcome area of St. Croix, according to the V.I. Police Department. The victim was identified… Link: Police Investigate Fatal STX Shooting

The Caribbean Writer Releases Volume 32

Source: St. John Source The Caribbean Writer, Volume 16 “The Caribbean Writer,” an international, refereed literary journal published yearly by the University of the Virgin Islands, has announced the… Link: The Caribbean Writer Releases Volume 32

All Public Schools to Resume Classes on Jan. 8

Source: St. John Source The Virgin Islands Department of Education All public schools across the territory will resume regular instruction on Tuesday, Jan. 8, according to Acting Commissioner Dionne… Link: All Public Schools to Resume Classes on Jan. 8

Repairs to Coral Bay Fire Station Almost Complete

Source: St. John Source Coral Bay’s fire station Repairs to the Coral Bay Fire Station are almost complete, according to Ernest Matthias, Deputy Fire Chief for St. John. The… Link: Repairs to Coral Bay Fire Station Almost Complete

V. I. GOP Leader Urges National Rule Change to Support Trump

Source: St. John Source Jevon O.A. Williams (photo courtesy of GOP National Committee) Small as the Virgin Islands Republican Party may be, it is playing a major role in… Link: V. I. GOP Leader Urges National Rule Change to Support Trump

Crucians Tramp to Breakfast Fest in Christiansted

Source: St. John Source Revelers, including a “bush man,” dance down King Street. (Susan Ellis photo.) Just as the sun was rising Thursday, people, some in hilarious holiday get-ups,… Link: Crucians Tramp to Breakfast Fest in Christiansted

St. Thomas and St. Croix Welcome First Babies of 2019

Source: St. John Source Zaiya Monaé Burnette, the first baby born in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2019, with her mother Leah Edwards and father Vernal Burnette. (Photo courtesy… Link: St. Thomas and St. Croix Welcome First Babies of 2019

Biden Rang In New Year on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source St. Croix resident Devin Boyd with former Vice President Joe Biden at Point Udall shortly after dawn, Jan. 1. (Devin Boyd photo provided by Alice… Link: Biden Rang In New Year on St. Croix

Rain or Shine, Crucians Flock to the Foods, Arts, and Crafts Fair

Source: St. John Source The ladies at the Goodies table serve hot dinners to delighted food fair attendees Wednesday in Frederiksted’s Buddhoe Park. (Anne Salafia photo) Just as the… Link: Rain or Shine, Crucians Flock to the Foods, Arts, and Crafts Fair

A Look Back at 2018: Milestones of The Year

Source: St. John Source 2018 was an eventful year with ups and downs, good news and bad, new beginnings and inglorious endings. It was the year the territory began… Link: A Look Back at 2018: Milestones of The Year

Medal for Exceptional Public Service Given to Beresford Edwards

Source: St. John Source An awards ceremony for volunteers who support Guardsmen and Reservist is held at the Mark Center, Alexandria, Va., Nov. 16, 2018. Beresford Edwards is on… Link: Medal for Exceptional Public Service Given to Beresford Edwards

Governor Appoints Additional Acting Agency Heads

Source: St. John Source Acting Education Commissioner Dionne Wells-Hedrington testifying to the Legislature in October. (Barry Leerdam photo courtesy of the V.I. Legislature) Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp has announced… Link: Governor Appoints Additional Acting Agency Heads

Idle Thoughts: A Bridge to a New Year

Source: St. John Source Idle the Iguana (File photo) “What a difference a year makes, right?” observed Idle the Iguana, the Source’s mascot. Every Jan. 1 the Source seeks… Link: Idle Thoughts: A Bridge to a New Year

Senate Turnover: Sanes Plans to Continue Public Service

Source: St. John Source Sen. Sammuel Sanes (File photo) Sen. Sammuel Sanes is one of nine V.I. senators leaving the Legislature this week, a 60 percent turnover in the… Link: Senate Turnover: Sanes Plans to Continue Public Service

Beach Advisory for December 24-28

Source: St. John Source Shoy’s Beach, St. Croix The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has announced that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly… Link: Beach Advisory for December 24-28

STT Family Redoubles Efforts to Find Missing Teen

Source: St. John Source Sokotto Clendinen, in a photo from his sister’s Facebook page. The family of a St. Thomas teen reported missing after Hurricane Irma says they will… Link: STT Family Redoubles Efforts to Find Missing Teen

FEMA: V.I. Pleads for Waiver, Heyliger Named Regional Director

Source: St. John Source Jacqueline Heyliger As Virgin Islander Jacqueline J. Heyliger assumes her position as the first V. I. Recovery Director for Federal Emergency Management Agency Caribbean Division,… Link: FEMA: V.I. Pleads for Waiver, Heyliger Named Regional Director

First STX Yoga Fest Draws More Than 200 Despite Rain

Source: St. John Source Yoga instructor Shera Evens and her young class practice the dancer pose. (Susan Ellis photo) A yoga class overlooks the Leatherback brewing room. (Susan Ellis… Link: First STX Yoga Fest Draws More Than 200 Despite Rain

NRCS Remains Open During Partial Government Shutdown

Source: St. John Source Natural Resources Conservation Service Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Offices will remain… Link: NRCS Remains Open During Partial Government Shutdown

Senate Greenlights Nelson’s Medical Cannabis Act

Source: St. John Source Sen. Positive Nelson (File photo) Medical cannabis survived what Senate President Myron Jackson called its “day of reckoning” when, in what Sen Positive T.A. Nelson… Link: Senate Greenlights Nelson’s Medical Cannabis Act

UVI Free-Tuition Policy Gets Final Senate OK

Source: St. John Source Sen. Tregenza Roach, sponsor of the UVI free-tuition bill, speaks Friday at the Senate while Sens. Myron Jackson, left, and Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly look on. Lawmakers… Link: UVI Free-Tuition Policy Gets Final Senate OK

Federal Workers Show Up the Day After Christmas — Sort Of

Source: St. John Source The Ron de Lugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo) Day five of the partial shutdown of the federal government fell on Boxing Day; a holiday for… Link: Federal Workers Show Up the Day After Christmas — Sort Of

‘Creative’ Double Dippers Contribute to GERS Decline

Source: St. John Source The GERS building on St. Croix. (File photo) When Austin Nibbs, administrator of the Government Employees’ Retirement Service, released information concerning government employees’ “double dipping” he… Link: ‘Creative’ Double Dippers Contribute to GERS Decline

Yoga Fest Offers Free Classes for All Ages Saturday

Source: St. John Source Suki Eleuterio Anyone who has ever practiced or wanted to try yoga is invited to the STX Yoga Fest from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.… Link: Yoga Fest Offers Free Classes for All Ages Saturday

NOAA’s Explorers-in-Training Program Now Accepting Applications

Source: St. John Source Explorer-in-Training Claudia Thompson in the control room on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. (Image courtesy of Anna Hallingstand, NOAA OMAO.) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s… Link: NOAA’s Explorers-in-Training Program Now Accepting Applications

Depression Can Have Many Causes, Many Symptoms, but There Is Help

Source: St. John Source Jessica Whyte, a licensed mental health counselor at J.W. Behavioral Center in Charlotte Amalie, is conducting a women’s groups to address issues such as depression… Link: Depression Can Have Many Causes, Many Symptoms, but There Is Help

Local Kwanzaa Events Are Scheduled on St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source Kwanzaa candles Events scheduled for Kwanzaa include: After #KwanzaaEve at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25, at the University of the Virgin Islands Local Kwanzaa Gatherings… Link: Local Kwanzaa Events Are Scheduled on St. Thomas

Community Bands Together to Bring Christmas Cheer to Seniors

Source: St. John Source Senior resident Mary Edwards, 81, takes a picture with Santa. Some 45 residents of the Sugar Estate Seniors’ Residences received a Christmas Day treat on… Link: Community Bands Together to Bring Christmas Cheer to Seniors

St. Thomian Using Cutting-Edge Research to Save V.I. Coral

Source: St. John Source Logan Michelle Williams St. Thomas native Logan Michelle William’s love affair with coral began when she was two years old, snorkeling the waters of St.… Link: St. Thomian Using Cutting-Edge Research to Save V.I. Coral

Brothers Brewing a Plan for a Mass-Produced V.I. Lager

Source: St. John Source Rock City Brewing owners John, left, and Joe Brugos at their Tap & Still brewery. When brothers John and Joe Brugos began home-brewing beer eight… Link: Brothers Brewing a Plan for a Mass-Produced V.I. Lager

Beach Advisory for December 17-21

Source: St. John Source Ha’ penny Beach on St. Croix The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly… Link: Beach Advisory for December 17-21

Bryan Transition Names Assessment Team Members

Source: St. John Source Governor-elect Albert Bryan announced the members of the 10 transition assessment teams that will provide his incoming administration with detailed analyses of the current state… Link: Bryan Transition Names Assessment Team Members

UVI Remembers Founding President, Lawrence Wanlass

Source: St. John Source Lawrence C. Wanlass (Photo submitted by UVI) An educator and author who helped the College of the Virgin Islands get its start in 1962 is… Link: UVI Remembers Founding President, Lawrence Wanlass

Miracle on Main Street Had Something for Everyone

Source: St. John Source Santa arrives for the Miracle on Main Street riding a red-nosed fire truck. Organizers of this year’s Miracle on Main Street wanted to put together… Link: Miracle on Main Street Had Something for Everyone

New VINP Superintendent Eager to Engage Community

Source: St. John Source V.I. National Park Superintendent Nigel Fields Nigel Fields, the new superintendent of the Virgin Islands National Park, sees parks as natural “classrooms” providing communities with… Link: New VINP Superintendent Eager to Engage Community

DPW Announces VITRAN Bus Service Holiday Schedule

Source: St. John Source A VITRAN bus on St. Thomas The V.I. Department of Public Works (DPW) informs VITRAN ridership of the abbreviated bus schedule during the holiday season.… Link: DPW Announces VITRAN Bus Service Holiday Schedule

WAPA Board Ratifies Contracts Concerning Generating Units

Source: St. John Source Rendering of the Wartsila Power Plant with three new units at Harley power plant St. Thomas. (Image provided by WAPA, March 2017) Meeting on St.… Link: WAPA Board Ratifies Contracts Concerning Generating Units

VIWMA Releases Holiday Schedule for Solid Waste Facilities

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority facility The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team advises the community that all solid waste facilities –landfills,… Link: VIWMA Releases Holiday Schedule for Solid Waste Facilities

CAHS and IEKHS Host Exhibition Games With National Team Avenue

Source: St. John Source Team Avenue Baseball Cruise Camp along with Coach Thomari Story-Harden and Legendary Coach Reggie Smith Baseball players from across the globe participated in the Team… Link: CAHS and IEKHS Host Exhibition Games With National Team Avenue

Op-ed: Rethinking the Sale of Government Properties in the U.S.V.I.

Source: St. John Source United States Virgin Islands The idea of selling government-owned assets in the U.S. Virgin Islands is mooted periodically, though only in the case of utilities… Link: Op-ed: Rethinking the Sale of Government Properties in the U.S.V.I.

Medical Cannabis Poised for Final Senate Vote Friday

Source: St. John Source A cannabis bud (Image from the Wikimedia Commons) After getting enough votes in the Senate Economic Development Committee on Tuesday, the Medical Cannabis Patient Care… Link: Medical Cannabis Poised for Final Senate Vote Friday

‘Dig Once’ Bill Narrowly Survives Contentious Rules Hearing

Source: St. John Source ‘Dig Once’ bill sponsor Sen. Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly. (File photo) The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the controversial “Dig Once” legislation in spite… Link: ‘Dig Once’ Bill Narrowly Survives Contentious Rules Hearing

Cruz Bay Parking Lot Closes until January

Source: St. John Source If you hear a collective groan coming from Cruz Bay Friday morning, it may be the sounds of residents discovering that the parking lot next… Link: Cruz Bay Parking Lot Closes until January

Love City Car Ferries Releases Holiday Schedule

Source: St. John Source Captain Vic car ferry, St. John Love City Car Ferries Inc. has released a reminder of its schedule. On holidays the first trip from each… Link: Love City Car Ferries Releases Holiday Schedule

Police Identify Suspect in STJ Burglary

Source: St. John Source The V.I. Police Department on Thursday was questioning a suspect in a burglary that may shed light on a recent crime wave on St. John.… Link: Police Identify Suspect in STJ Burglary

Seaborne Airlines Adding Capacity to USVI

Source: St. John Source Seaborne Airlines plane Seaborne Airlines reported Wednesday that it is making “a significant investment and commitment” to the Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands by adding… Link: Seaborne Airlines Adding Capacity to USVI

Carla Sewer Wins Library Legacy Scholarship

Source: St. John Source Carla Sewer in 2017 file photo. Carla Sewer, a St John resident who is working towards a master’s degree in library science at Texas Women’s… Link: Carla Sewer Wins Library Legacy Scholarship

Police Chief: Reports of Seaplane Accident Highly Exaggerated

Source: St. John Source A mechanical issue occurred with a seaplane off St. Croix Wednesday but passengers and witnesses say initial reports make a very minor situation seem much… Link: Police Chief: Reports of Seaplane Accident Highly Exaggerated

Sex Video Purportedly of Prominent Crucian Spread on Social Media

Source: St. John Source Someone has published online a highly personal video, ostensibly of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Devin Carrington, in a compromising situation with a woman and… Link: Sex Video Purportedly of Prominent Crucian Spread on Social Media

PSC Delays Increase in Electric LEAC

Source: St. John Source PSC member David Hughes expresses concerns Tuesday over WAPA’s financial state. Serious financial concerns about the V.I. Water and Power Authority’s finances, expenses and cost… Link: PSC Delays Increase in Electric LEAC

Vital Energy Certification to Help Lockhart Tenants

Source: St. John Source PSC Board member Raymond Williams (File photo) Vital Energy received the go-ahead Tuesday to begin negotiating a power purchase agreement with the V.I. Water and… Link: Vital Energy Certification to Help Lockhart Tenants

GVI Holiday Closures Scheduled

Source: St. John Source Temporary Closure of VITEMA Offices Territory-wide The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) announces temporary closure of its offices territory-wide to conduct holiday celebrations.… Link: GVI Holiday Closures Scheduled

Medicinal Cannabis is Now Two Steps Away from Senate Approval

Source: St. John Source Sens. Positive T.A. Nelson, left, and Tregenza Roach, the sponsors of the medical cannabis bill, confer at Monday’s committee hearing. Lawmakers on Monday approved Sen.… Link: Medicinal Cannabis is Now Two Steps Away from Senate Approval

Discord Interrupts Elections Meeting

Source: St. John Source Some members showed up for a Territorial Elections Board meeting on Friday at the V.I. Cardiac Center. In between shouting matches, the Territorial Elections Board… Link: Discord Interrupts Elections Meeting

V.I.’s GDP Decreases, But Employment Climbs Slightly

Source: St. John Source (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis) The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis Monday released estimates of U.S. Virgin Islands gross domestic product for 2017, showing a… Link: V.I.’s GDP Decreases, But Employment Climbs Slightly

Everybody’s Santa: Charity Begins at the Mall

Source: St. John Source Santa Claus escorts students through the toy section. The kindness of strangers is brightening the season of giving across the Virgin Islands this month. Signs… Link: Everybody’s Santa: Charity Begins at the Mall

Greg Boyle Arrives on STT with Message of Hope

Source: St. John Source The Rev. Greg Boyle speaks Sunday at a welcoming reception at Coral World. The founder of Homeboy Industries will present a public talk Monday night… Link: Greg Boyle Arrives on STT with Message of Hope

Father Greg Boyle to Address Audience at MBW Event

Source: St. John Source Father Greg Boyle with members of My Brother’s Workshop My Brother’s Workshop will host a special evening with guest speaker Rev. Greg Boyle from 6-7:30… Link: Father Greg Boyle to Address Audience at MBW Event

St. John Recovery Choir Presents Holiday Concert Dec. 22

Source: St. John Source The St. John Recovery Choir readies for Christmas concert in the park The St. John Recovery Choir will host a free concert of holiday music… Link: St. John Recovery Choir Presents Holiday Concert Dec. 22

Holiday Closures Scheduled

Source: St. John Source Temporary Closure of VITEMA Offices Territory-wide The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) announces temporary closure of its offices territory-wide to conduct holiday celebrations.… Link: Holiday Closures Scheduled

Beach Advisory for December 10-14

Source: St. John Source Sunset at Ha’ penny Beach. (Source file photo) The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which… Link: Beach Advisory for December 10-14

DPNR to Close Offices Early on Dec. 14

Source: St. John Source DPNR Commissioner Dawn Henry Esq. The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources will close all offices on St. Thomas at noon, Friday, Dec. 14,… Link: DPNR to Close Offices Early on Dec. 14

DLCA to Close on Friday, Dec. 14, to Relocate

Source: St. John Source The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs’ (DLCA) St. Thomas District informs the public of a one-day closure on Friday, Dec. 14, due to a… Link: DLCA to Close on Friday, Dec. 14, to Relocate

Mapp Says Government’s Pissarro Artworks On Display on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source Camille Pissaro pencil drawing “Study of Two Women,” previously documented to be at Government House on St. Thomas. Government-owned artworks by St. Thomas-born painter Camille… Link: Mapp Says Government’s Pissarro Artworks On Display on St. Croix

Senate Plans Perma-Plaque and Recognition Ceremony for Friday

Source: St. John Source Government House in Christiansted. (Kelsey Nowakowski photo) Senate President Myron D. Jackson and the other members of the 32nd Legislature will be hosting a Perma-Plaque… Link: Senate Plans Perma-Plaque and Recognition Ceremony for Friday

Mapp Exodus Continues As Tourism Commissioner Nicholson-Doty Departs

Source: St. John Source Tourism Commissioner Beverly NIcholson-Doty speaks at a news conference, flanked by Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter. Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty tendered her… Link: Mapp Exodus Continues As Tourism Commissioner Nicholson-Doty Departs

Bryan and Plaskett Want to See Schools, Hospitals Go Out to Bid

Source: St. John Source Albert Bryan Governor-elect Albert Bryan Jr. and Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett are concerned no major government infrastructure rebuilding contracts have gone out to bid… Link: Bryan and Plaskett Want to See Schools, Hospitals Go Out to Bid

Division of Banking, Insurance to Close Early on Dec. 14

Source: St. John Source Office of he Lieutenant Governor The Office of the Lieutenant Governor’s Division of Banking, Insurance and Financial Regulation will close its St. Thomas office from… Link: Division of Banking, Insurance to Close Early on Dec. 14

Two Vie for Miss St. Croix Queen Title

Source: St. John Source Patrice Shannon, left, and Rachelle JnBaptiste will compete for the title of Miss St. Croix Sunday at the Divi Casino Ballroom. (Submitted photos) The 66th… Link: Two Vie for Miss St. Croix Queen Title

Senators-elect Form Majority Caucus, Name Gittens Senate President

Source: St. John Source Newly formed majority caucus for the 33 Legislature. Back row, from left: Javan James Sr., Myron Jackson, Oakland Benta, Stedmann Hodge, Steven Payne, Athneil “Bobby”… Link: Senators-elect Form Majority Caucus, Name Gittens Senate President

Ponteen Steps In as AG Walker Steps Down

Source: St. John Source Joseph Ponteen at a 2017 Senate hearing. (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam) Attorney General Claude Walker resigned the post of attorney general in the… Link: Ponteen Steps In as AG Walker Steps Down

Governor Mapp’s Holiday Parties for Children Set

Source: St. John Source Governor Kenneth Mapp’s 2018 holiday parties for children will be held on all three islands. St. Croix: 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, in D.C. Canegata… Link: Governor Mapp’s Holiday Parties for Children Set

Public Libraries Introduce Story Time Initiative for Children

Source: St. John Source Florence Williams Library (File photo) The Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums has launched the Story Time Initiative territory-wide. This initiative fosters and promotes community… Link: Public Libraries Introduce Story Time Initiative for Children

Senators-Elect Tackle Parliamentary Procedures, Sunshine Act

Source: St. John Source Senators-elect of the 33rd Legislature huddle during a break at the 2018 Pre-Legislative Conference. Clockwise from left: Senators-elect Kenneth Gittens, Allison Degazon, Marvin Blyden, Oakland… Link: Senators-Elect Tackle Parliamentary Procedures, Sunshine Act

PFA Increases Investment Earnings

Source: St. John Source The PFA board meets Tuesday. At least one V.I. government agency has increased its earnings over the last few years. Board members of the V.I.… Link: PFA Increases Investment Earnings

Julian Jackson Elected to Boxing Hall of Fame

Source: St. John Source In this 2017 photo, three-time world boxing champion Julian ‘The Hawk’ Jackson of the USVI holds aloft a replica of his first world-title belt he… Link: Julian Jackson Elected to Boxing Hall of Fame

District Opens Registration for Adult Education GED Program

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Department of Education The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Adult Education Program in the St. Thomas-St. John District is now registering students for… Link: District Opens Registration for Adult Education GED Program

UVI Bulletin Board for December II

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus UVI Administrative Holiday Recess Schedule Set for Dec. 17 through Jan. 4 The University of the… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for December II

Senators-Elect, Staff Begin First Day of Senate Academy

Source: St. John Source From left, Senators-elect Kenneth Gittens, Donna Frett Gregory and Alicia Barnes stand up to be introduced at Monday’s conference. The Virgin Islands Legislature hosted a… Link: Senators-Elect, Staff Begin First Day of Senate Academy

Mr. Bryan Goes To Washington

Source: St. John Source Governor-elect Albert Bryan Jr. visits students at the Claude O. Markoe Elementary School in Frederiksted Friday. (Photo from the office of Governor-elect Albert Bryan) Governor-elect… Link: Mr. Bryan Goes To Washington

CACAF Gives RLS Support for Dialysis Unit

Source: St. John Source CACAF founder Michael Thomas presents check to Roy L. Schneider Medical Center The Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation Inc., (CACAF) presented a check for $5,000… Link: CACAF Gives RLS Support for Dialysis Unit

Rotary Club Donates $15,000 to IEKHS Music Department

Source: St. John Source Kirk Callwood, the president of Rotary Club of St. Thomas II, and fellow members presented a check from a Rotary International matching grant for $15,000… Link: Rotary Club Donates ,000 to IEKHS Music Department

Soccer Association U17 Female National Team to Host Soccer@Sea Academy

Source: St. John Source U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association’s (USVIVISA) U17 Female National Team The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association’s (USVIVISA) U17 Female National Team is preparing to host… Link: Soccer Association U17 Female National Team to Host Soccer@Sea Academy

Beach Advisory for December 3-7

Source: St. John Source Sunset at Ha’penny Beach. (Source file photo) The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates… Link: Beach Advisory for December 3-7

St. Croix Hosts Thirtieth Triathlon

Source: St. John Source St. Croix drew athletes from across the globe to take part in the thirtieth anniversary of the island’s triathlon Sunday. The event began in 1988… Link: St. Croix Hosts Thirtieth Triathlon

District Christmas School Concerts Planned for December

Source: St. John Source The V.I. Department of Education (DOE) invites the community to join students, faculty and staff in celebration of the 2018 holiday concert season. Bertha C.… Link: District Christmas School Concerts Planned for December

VITFF Holds First Development Meet, Focus Is on Skill Building

Source: St. John Source Dominic Pugliese and Michelle Smith at VITFF’s first Development Meet of the 2019 season The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) held the first… Link: VITFF Holds First Development Meet, Focus Is on Skill Building

Climate Change in Virgin Islands Gets Renewed Focus

Source: St. John Source A ruined sailboat by Hook Line and Sinker after Hurricane Marilyn. The incoming Bryan-Roach administration plans to address the threat that global climate change poses… Link: Climate Change in Virgin Islands Gets Renewed Focus

Love City Strong Invites Public to Open House

Source: St. John Source Love City Strong Love City Strong Inc., a St. John-based nonprofit organization, invites the community to attend an Open House event to be held in… Link: Love City Strong Invites Public to Open House

Yacht Haven Execs Seek EDC Benefits for New St. Thomas Hotel

Source: St. John Source IGY CEO Tom Mukamal, left, and VP of Corporate Services Charles Irons testify before the EDC Tuesday. Yacht Haven Grande executives came before the Economic… Link: Yacht Haven Execs Seek EDC Benefits for New St. Thomas Hotel

NPS Names Randolph Lavasseur as Deputy Regional Director

Source: St. John Source National Park Service photo shows Maho Bay, part of the V.I. National Park. Randolph (Randy) Lavasseur has been named Deputy Regional Director for the National… Link: NPS Names Randolph Lavasseur as Deputy Regional Director

Open Auditions Continue on Dec. 7/8 for ‘Evita’ at Pistarckle Theater

Source: St. John Source Pistarckle Theater in Tillett Gardens Pistarckle Theater announces follow-up auditions for “Evita,” the rock opera about Eva Peron, the Argentine leader who inspired a nation… Link: Open Auditions Continue on Dec. 7/8 for ‘Evita’ at Pistarckle Theater

UVI Bulletin Board for December

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands UVI Students Take Top Honors at National Biomedical Research Conference Three students from the University of the Virgin Islands, the… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for December

Routine Car Maintenance Tips for Tropical Climates

Source: St. John Source Checking your fluid levels is one of the most important maintenance routines for your car. Islanders know how important routine car maintenance is for their… Link: Routine Car Maintenance Tips for Tropical Climates

Crucian Christmas Isn’t Complete Without Coquito

Source: St. John Source Tawana Nicholas and Jordan Albany pass out samples of coquito at the 2017 Coquit Festival. File photo) Folks on St. Croix will compete to see… Link: Crucian Christmas Isn’t Complete Without Coquito

V.I. Heavyweight Laurent Fights Friday in Puerto Rico

Source: St. John Source Clayton Laurent Jr. V.I. heavyweight boxer Clayton Laurent Jr. will return to the ring Friday when he fights Kenny Cruz Carasquillo Friday in Truillo Alto,… Link: V.I. Heavyweight Laurent Fights Friday in Puerto Rico

Crafts and Baranowski Take Top Spots at Ten Bay 10K

Source: St. John Source Winners of the Ten Bay 10K Race Eighty-two runners and walkers turned out for the second Ten Bay 10K Road Race on St. John on… Link: Crafts and Baranowski Take Top Spots at Ten Bay 10K

Moorings for Day Charter Boats Would be a First for Magens Bay

Source: St. John Source Jean-Pierre “JP” Oriol, director of Coastal Zone Management for the Virgin Islands, addresses Saturday’s gathering at Magens Bay. A preliminary proposal to place four to… Link: Moorings for Day Charter Boats Would be a First for Magens Bay

Company House Hotel Makes Elegant Comeback

Source: St. John Source The stately Company House Hotel at 2 Company St. will be open for business Jan. 1. (Anne Salafia photo) One of the old grande dames… Link: Company House Hotel Makes Elegant Comeback

Senate Re-Enacting Probate Reforms

Source: St. John Source Attorney Tom Bolt (Photo from the BoltNagi PC website.) The U.S. Virgin Islands inched closer to re-adopting uniform probate laws in line with most stateside… Link: Senate Re-Enacting Probate Reforms

National Park Service Announces Free Entrance Days in 2019

Source: St. John Source Christiansted National Historic Site Christiansted National Historic Site has been educating the public about the history of slavery and the export industry for approximately 52… Link: National Park Service Announces Free Entrance Days in 2019

2018 Runoff Election Ballots Unofficial Results Given

Source: St. John Source General Election 2018 The Virgin Islands Board of Elections completed the Mail-In Absentee ballot counting on Friday, Nov. 30. (See unofficial report with the updated… Link: 2018 Runoff Election Ballots Unofficial Results Given

Beach Advisory for November 26-30

Source: St. John Source Shoy’s Beach, St. Croix The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality… Link: Beach Advisory for November 26-30

CAHS to Deliver Christmas Concert on Dec. 11

Source: St. John Source A Christmas tree from another year The Charlotte Amalie High School Music Department invites the public to it Christmas Concert, titled “Season’s Reasons – A… Link: CAHS to Deliver Christmas Concert on Dec. 11

LEPC Requests Proposals From Organizations, Agencies

Source: St. John Source Sen. Kurt Vialet, member of the LEPC (Source file photo). The Virgin Islands Law Enforcement Planning Commission (LEPC) with funding through the U.S. Department of… Link: LEPC Requests Proposals From Organizations, Agencies

ALERT: Electrical Interruption on Four Feeders

Source: St. John Source Randolph E. Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas An electrical service interruption is affecting customers on four feeders in the St. Thomas-St. John District. Shortly… Link: ALERT: Electrical Interruption on Four Feeders

Tyrone Brunn Dies at 61

Source: St. John Source Tyrone Brunn Tyrone “Teba” Brunn of Contant, St. Thomas, died on Nov. 18, at Schneider Regional Medical Center. He was 61 years old. Tyrone worked… Link: Tyrone Brunn Dies at 61

Cancer Support VI to Host Last Lecturer on Dec. 5

Source: St. John Source Cancer Support VI lecturer Cancer Support VI, sponsored by International Capital & Management Company (ICMC), has announced the next free presentation will be made by… Link: Cancer Support VI to Host Last Lecturer on Dec. 5

UVI Welcomes New Professor of Data Science Dr. Joanne Luciano

Source: St. John Source Dr. Joanne Sylvia Luciano The University of the Virgin Islands welcomes Dr. Joanne Sylvia Luciano to its College of Science and Mathematics. She will work… Link: UVI Welcomes New Professor of Data Science Dr. Joanne Luciano

Jahmed Mills Returns to STT to Make Resort ‘Top Shelf’

Source: St. John Source Jahmed Mills sits on the balcony at Point Pleasant Resort. (Gerard Sperry photo) Point Pleasant Resort is transforming an already special property into a “top… Link: Jahmed Mills Returns to STT to Make Resort ‘Top Shelf’

ICMC Downsizes Staff, But Says It Isn’t Closing Its Doors

Source: St. John Source International and Capital Management Company’s headquarters on St. Thomas. (James Gardner photo) Reports of a full closure of International and Capital Management Company are not… Link: ICMC Downsizes Staff, But Says It Isn’t Closing Its Doors

Bryan Names Dayna Clendenin, Karl Knight to Head Transition Team

Source: St. John Source Governor-elect Albert Bryan, right, named Dayna Clendinen and Karl Knight the first members of the transition team. Albert Bryan and Tregenza Roach, who will take… Link: Bryan Names Dayna Clendenin, Karl Knight to Head Transition Team

DOA to Temporarily Suspend Land Preparation Services

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Agriculture Carlos Robles testifies at a Senate hearing in August. Commissioner of Agriculture Carlos Robles informs farmers and the general public that applications… Link: DOA to Temporarily Suspend Land Preparation Services

State Office of Special Education to Hold Transition Parent Conference

Source: St. John Source The United States Virgin Islands Department of Education The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s State Office of Special Education (SOSE) invites parents and guardians of… Link: State Office of Special Education to Hold Transition Parent Conference

DLCA Names Miguel Tricoche New Consumer Affairs Director

Source: St. John Source DLCA Commissioner Devin Carrington (Image courtesy of the V.I. Legislature) Commissioner Devin Carrington Esq. of the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) has announced… Link: DLCA Names Miguel Tricoche New Consumer Affairs Director

UVI Bulletin Board for November and December

Source: St. John Source UVI’s Etelman Observatory at night at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas UVI Call Center Hosts its Third Annual Thank-a-Thon The University of… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for November and December

Bryan to Announce Transition Plans Wednesday

Source: St. John Source Governor-elect Albert Bryan and Lieutenant Governor-elect Tregenza Roach will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday to announce the beginning of the transition to… Link: Bryan to Announce Transition Plans Wednesday

Opinion: It’s Time to Change How We Interact With Each Other

Source: St. John Source Bryan/Roach Campaign’s “Course Changer” a Nissan Leaf electric car, assisted in getting out the vote on St. Thomas. Dear Source: It’s a time to rebuild!… Link: Opinion: It’s Time to Change How We Interact With Each Other

Climate Change is Not ‘Coming’ to the Caribbean – It’s Here

Source: St. John Source For hundreds of years, the Virgin Islands towns of Christiansted, Frederiksted and Charlotte Amalie have withstood earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods and military invasions, but by… Link: Climate Change is Not ‘Coming’ to the Caribbean – It’s Here

Central High Teen Wins World Pool Championship

Source: St. John Source World champion pool player Mahkeal Parris lines up a shot. Mahkeal Parris, 16 years old, is a confident young man but not arrogant – despite… Link: Central High Teen Wins World Pool Championship

Voter Registration Reopens on Monday, Nov. 26

Source: St. John Source Elections System of the U.S. Virgin Islands Pursuant to Virgin Islands law, Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes has announced the reopening of voter registration… Link: Voter Registration Reopens on Monday, Nov. 26

UConn, Kentucky Women Win Paradise Jam Division Championships

Source: St. John Source UConn’s Napheesa Collier, 24 in the white, and Purdue’s Ae’Rinna Harris, 32 in black, battle for the opening tip at the UVI’s sports and Fitness… Link: UConn, Kentucky Women Win Paradise Jam Division Championships

CAHS Announces New Daily Start Times

Source: St. John Source Charlotte Amalie High School on St. ThomasCharlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas The Charlotte Amalie High School (CAHS) has announced new daily start and end… Link: CAHS Announces New Daily Start Times

Open forum: Governor, Give Us a Good Last Meal

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp Dear Source: Dear Governor: Win or lose in politics, there is still the how will they remember me? Remember you got a… Link: Open forum: Governor, Give Us a Good Last Meal

St. John Community Gets a Modest but Heartfelt Feast

Source: St. John Source A volunteer helps set up food at Thanksgiving in the Park in Cruz Bay. Two St. John non-profit organizations welcomed the public to a free… Link: St. John Community Gets a Modest but Heartfelt Feast

Beach Advisory for November 19-23

Source: St. John Source Lindqvist Beach on St. Thomas The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has announced that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly… Link: Beach Advisory for November 19-23

VIPA Launches New Website for Crown Bay Center Shopping Mall

Source: St. John Source Crown Bay Center Shopping Mall The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) has announced today that it has launched a new website for its Crown Bay… Link: VIPA Launches New Website for Crown Bay Center Shopping Mall

UVI Students Holding Annual Thank-a-Thon at Alumni Call Center

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands The University of the Virgin Islands Alumni Call Center is hosting its 3rd annual Thank-a-Thon from Nov. 21-28. Alumni are… Link: UVI Students Holding Annual Thank-a-Thon at Alumni Call Center

Governor Mapp Extends Thanksgiving Holiday for GVI Workers

Source: St. John Source Governor Kenneth E. Mapp has issued a proclamation heralding the upcoming Thanksgiving Day and providing administrative leave for all non-essential Government of the Virgin Islands… Link: Governor Mapp Extends Thanksgiving Holiday for GVI Workers

VIBE Commemorates Birth of Jose Antonio Jarvis

Source: St. John Source Jose Antonio Jarvis The 18th Virgin Islands Board of Education (VIBE) commemorates the birthdate of Jose Antonio Jarvis, one of the icons of Virgin Islands… Link: VIBE Commemorates Birth of Jose Antonio Jarvis

Early Results Show Bryan With Two to One Lead Over Mapp

Source: St. John Source The first batch of results show Gov. Kenneth Mapp with a wide lead on St. Croix and Democrat Albert Bryan with an even larger lead… Link: Early Results Show Bryan With Two to One Lead Over Mapp

Voters Line Up for ‘Exciting’ Runoff

Source: St. John Source A pollworker hels a voter log in at the Lockhart polling site. (April Knight photo) Election officials working Tuesday’s runoff election say voters pouring into… Link: Voters Line Up for ‘Exciting’ Runoff

Supervisor Fawkes Updates Run-Off Absentee Ballot Status

Source: St. John Source Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes (V.I. Legislature photo) Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes updates the community on the status of absentee ballots for the 2018… Link: Supervisor Fawkes Updates Run-Off Absentee Ballot Status

4,495 Fewer Early Votes for Gubernatorial Runoff than General

Source: St. John Source Democratic gubernatorial candidate Albert Bryan and independent incumbent Gov. Kenneth Mapp. Early voting for the gubernatorial runoff election took place Saturday and Sunday, and while… Link: 4,495 Fewer Early Votes for Gubernatorial Runoff than General

Pistarckle Theater Schedules Open Auditions for ‘Evita’

Source: St. John Source Pistarckle Theater Pistarckle Theater will hold auditions for “Evita,” the rock opera/musical about Eva Peron, the Argentine leader who inspired a nation to take back… Link: Pistarckle Theater Schedules Open Auditions for ‘Evita’

USVI Soccer Association Schedules Premier League Week 5

Source: St. John Source USVI Soccer Association Premier League Week 4 results are given: St. Croix Game One New Vibes 7 vs Prankton 2 Carl Previous 5′ Shadanri Frances… Link: USVI Soccer Association Schedules Premier League Week 5

VIWMA Announces Thanksgiving Schedule

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority facility The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team advises the community that in celebration of Thanksgiving all… Link: VIWMA Announces Thanksgiving Schedule

UVI Shares Results of Run-off Election Poll

Source: St. John Source The RTPark building on UVI’s St. Croix campus (File photo) The Virgin Islands Run-off Election poll results are in. The poll was conducted by VI… Link: UVI Shares Results of Run-off Election Poll

Kansas State, Missouri to Meet Monday for Paradise Jam Title

Source: St. John Source KSU’s Xavier Sneed slams the ball home in transition. Missouri was able to defeat Oregon State 69-63 and Kansas State dispatched Penn 64-48 in Paradise… Link: Kansas State, Missouri to Meet Monday for Paradise Jam Title

Pre-Thanksgiving Ag Fair Returns to St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source Chef Ashley Allen explains the finer points of carving a turkey during the St. Thomas-St. John Ag Fair. An early holiday season event, the St.… Link: Pre-Thanksgiving Ag Fair Returns to St. Thomas

WAPA Will Use HUD Funding to Acquire Generators for STT

Source: St. John Source The Water and Power Authority will use HUD Community Development Block Grants to acquire as many as seven new generators for the Randolph Harley Power… Link: WAPA Will Use HUD Funding to Acquire Generators for STT

Paradise Jam Day 2: Old Dominion, Northern Iowa win; UVI Dominates

Source: St. John Source Northern Iowa’s A.J. Green drives on Eastern Kentucky during Saturday’s action at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. In Saturday’s first action, Old Dominion dominated… Link: Paradise Jam Day 2: Old Dominion, Northern Iowa win; UVI Dominates

2018 General Election Releases Count, Includes Absentee Ballots

Source: St. John Source Polling Judge Donna Phillip, right, looks on as voters file into the UVI polling site. The Board of Elections completed the Mail-In Absentee ballot counting… Link: 2018 General Election Releases Count, Includes Absentee Ballots

Sunday Event on STJ Celebrates V.I. Culture

Source: St. John Source St.JanCo, “The St. John Heritage Collective,” will celebrate V.I. history, culture, and identity through storytelling at an event Sunday that is open to the public.… Link: Sunday Event on STJ Celebrates V.I. Culture

Public Works Launches New, Improved Website

Source: St. John Source DPW’s Nelson Petty takes questions from senators. (Photos by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature) The Department of Public Works (DPW) has launched a newly redesigned website:… Link: Public Works Launches New, Improved Website

Upcoming Runoff Election Is Partial Legal Holiday

Source: St. John Source Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes at the Legislature. (Barry Leerdam photo courtesy of the V.I. Legislature) Tuesday, Nov. 20, will be a legal holiday across… Link: Upcoming Runoff Election Is Partial Legal Holiday

Crowds Flock to Taste of St. Croix

Source: St. John Source A trio of Taste first timers enjoy the 2018 event. The venue as new, but the usual aromas, excitement and camaraderie of the Taste of… Link: Crowds Flock to Taste of St. Croix

Paradise Jam Opener – A Day of Close Competition

Source: St. John Source Kyle Clarke, No. 11, dribbles the ball upcourt for Kennesaw State in its opening round loss to Missouri. Clarke represented the Virgin Islands during summer’s… Link: Paradise Jam Opener – A Day of Close Competition

Hansen Endorses Bryan for Governor

Source: St. John Source Sen. Alicia ‘Chucky’ Hansen and supporters of the Adlah ‘Foncie’ Donastorg/Hansen ticket join with members of the Albert Bryan/Sen. Tregenza Roach campaign Thursday evening. (Photo… Link: Hansen Endorses Bryan for Governor

Pistarckle Theater’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ to Open Nov. 16

Source: St. John Source The 13-member cast of Pistarckle Theater’s “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Pictured left to right: Jennifer Arellano, Robert Leonard, Kellie Meyer, Caroline Emch-Wei, Jessica DeFrancesco, Matthew… Link: Pistarckle Theater’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ to Open Nov. 16

Coast Guard Probes Circumstances of 2015 Sailboat Altercation

Source: St. John Source Details of an investigation by Coast Guard officials into the death of a sailboat crewman surfaced this week as a lawyer representing the captain in… Link: Coast Guard Probes Circumstances of 2015 Sailboat Altercation

Paradise Jam Returns to St. Thomas with Stiff Competition

Source: St. John Source Northern Iowa huddles up during their practice at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on Nov. 15. Paradise Jam returns to St. Thomas tomorrow afternoon… Link: Paradise Jam Returns to St. Thomas with Stiff Competition

DPNR Issues Storm Water Beach Advisory for Territory

Source: St. John Source Ha’ penny Beach on St. Croix Due to the high volume of rainfall experienced throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands this week, the Department of Planning… Link: DPNR Issues Storm Water Beach Advisory for Territory

DOA Warns Consumers to Be on Alert for Stolen Meat Products

Source: St. John Source USVI Department of Agriculture With the upcoming holiday season, Commissioner of Agriculture Carlos Robles would like to remind consumers to buy local meat only from… Link: DOA Warns Consumers to Be on Alert for Stolen Meat Products

St. Thomas-St. John District TWIC Enrollment Center Moves to UVI

Source: St. John Source U.S. Department of Transportation: Security Administration The U.S. Department of Transportation has notified the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) of a new, permanent enrollment center… Link: St. Thomas-St. John District TWIC Enrollment Center Moves to UVI

NOAA Awards UVI $500,000 to Advance Community Resilience to Hurricanes

Source: St. John Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Literacy Program (ELP) has given the University of the Virgin Islands $500,000… Link: NOAA Awards UVI 0,000 to Advance Community Resilience to Hurricanes

Flash Flood Warning in Effect

Source: St. John Source A flash flood warning has been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands as Invest 65L brings a strong line of moister that began to impact… Link: Flash Flood Warning in Effect

Veterans Day: V.I. Honors Those Who Served

Source: St. John Source Members of the V.I. National Guard parade through Christiansted. Virgin Islanders took to the streets Sunday to mark Veterans Day, honoring the citizen soldiers who… Link: Veterans Day: V.I. Honors Those Who Served

Coral Reef Swim Draws Top Athletes

Source: St. John Source Swimmers at Buck Island hit the water for the start of the 23rd Annual Coral Reef Swim. (Image by Steve Simonsen Photography) From left, Ricardo… Link: Coral Reef Swim Draws Top Athletes

Taste of St. Croix: New Date, New Location, Great Food

Source: St. John Source At the 2012 Taste of St. Croix, Percival Stang and Jessica Benjamin serve up smoothies from Country Snack Stand. For many years, A Taste of… Link: Taste of St. Croix: New Date, New Location, Great Food

System Likely to Bring More Rain by Tuesday

Source: St. John Source An area of disturbed weather east of the Lesser Antilles has has become better organized with a circulation beginning to form, which may lead to… Link: System Likely to Bring More Rain by Tuesday

AG Says No to Registering Voters Before Runoff

Source: St. John Source Attorney General Claude Walker (File photo) If you were not registered for the general election you should not be allowed to vote in the runoff… Link: AG Says No to Registering Voters Before Runoff

STX Man Sentenced for Distributing Crack Cocaine

Source: St. John Source A 55-year-old St. Croix man, Bruce McIntosh, was sentenced Friday in District Court on a conviction for distribution of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert… Link: STX Man Sentenced for Distributing Crack Cocaine

Police ID Victim of Thursday’s Fatal Shooting

Source: St. John Source The V.I. Police Department on Saturday identified the victim of a Little La Grange shooting as 67-years-old Joseph Mark Graffis of Little La Grange, Frederiksted,… Link: Police ID Victim of Thursday’s Fatal Shooting

VIWMA Announces Solid Waste Schedule for Veterans Day Holiday

Source: St. John Source Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas. (File photo) The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team advises the community of the hours of operation… Link: VIWMA Announces Solid Waste Schedule for Veterans Day Holiday

Plante Sentenced for 2013 Robbery-Related Offenses

Source: St. John Source Visiting Judge Anne E. Thompson sentenced Ajani Plante, 28, to a total of 180 months in prison for firearms and robbery offenses, and three years… Link: Plante Sentenced for 2013 Robbery-Related Offenses

Homicides 2018 – A Chronological Log

Source: St. John Source A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2018 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases are broken down by island.… Link: Homicides 2018 – A Chronological Log

Police Find Body in Estate La Grange

Source: St. John Source The V.I. Police Department on Thursday discovered the body of a man who apparently had been shot to death in Estate La Grange on St.… Link: Police Find Body in Estate La Grange

Absentee Ballot Applications Available for 2018 Run-off Election

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes reminds the public that absentee applications are available for the 2018 Run-Off… Link: Absentee Ballot Applications Available for 2018 Run-off Election

DLCA St. Thomas District Office Closes Temporarily

Source: St. John Source DLCA Commissioner Devin Carrington (Image courtesy of the V.I. Legislature) The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) notifies the public that the St. Thomas… Link: DLCA St. Thomas District Office Closes Temporarily

Rushing Rain and Runoff Puts St. John on Pause

Source: St. John Source An overturned jeep in the parking lot of Mongoose Junction. A torrential rain began pounding Cruz Bay, St. John around 7 a.m., Thursday. One year… Link: Rushing Rain and Runoff Puts St. John on Pause

Opinion: Is Flash Flooding Triggering Irmaria Flashbacks?

Source: St. John Source St. Thomas clinical psychologist Nour Suid weighs in on the psychological impact of heavy rains a year after two devastating hurricanes threw Virgin Islanders’ lives… Link: Opinion: Is Flash Flooding Triggering Irmaria Flashbacks?

Dominican Re-Sentenced to 121 Months for Drug Charges

Source: St. John Source District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez on Thursday re-sentenced Tomas Liriano Castillo to 121 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for… Link: Dominican Re-Sentenced to 121 Months for Drug Charges

ALERT: VITEMA Monitors Weather System, Floods Impacting the V.I.

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) is closely monitoring the tropical weather system currently impacting the U.S.… Link: ALERT: VITEMA Monitors Weather System, Floods Impacting the V.I.

Bellille Indicted on Two Jewelry Store Robberies, Related Charges

Source: St. John Source A federal grand jury last week indicted 46-year-old Wayne Bellille on two counts of Hobbs Act robberies, conspiracy, and related gun charges, U.S. Attorney Gretchen… Link: Bellille Indicted on Two Jewelry Store Robberies, Related Charges

STX Man Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

Source: St. John Source Julio Lopez Jr. (VIPD photo) The V.I. Police Department on Tuesday arrested 49-year-old Julio Lopez Jr. and arrested him on domestic violence charges. According to… Link: STX Man Charged with Domestic Violence Assault

Forum Presents Met Opera Live Screening Set for Nov. 8

Source: St. John Source “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi The Forum will present a Met Opera Live Screening at 7 p.m., Thursday Nov. 8, at Prior-Jollek Hall, Antilles School Campus.… Link: Forum Presents Met Opera Live Screening Set for Nov. 8

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Hires New President

Source: St. John Source Honeymoon and Hawksnest beaches at Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. (National Park Service photo) The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park… Link: Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Hires New President

Democrats, Women Rule the Senate Races

Source: St. John Source Donna Frett-Gregory celebrates a first place finish in Tuesday’s election. Female candidates and Democrats swept the districts’ Senate races Tuesday night, including newcomers Donna Frett-Gregory… Link: Democrats, Women Rule the Senate Races

V.I. Voters Swarming to the Polls

Source: St. John Source Voters fill rows of privacy booths at the UVI polling site. Voters headed out to the polls in droves early Tuesday, packing turnout numbers in… Link: V.I. Voters Swarming to the Polls

V.I. Charter Yacht Industry on a Fast Recovery Course

Source: St. John Source Luxury charter yachts line the pier at Yacht Haven Grande in preparation for the VIPCA Charter Yacht Show, Sunday through Tuesday. (Photo by Melisa Kirby)… Link: V.I. Charter Yacht Industry on a Fast Recovery Course

Get Up, Get Out and Vote!

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands flag with flg of the United States of America Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes states: “Can you believe it? Today, Tuesday, Nov.… Link: Get Up, Get Out and Vote!

Thoughts on the Shabbat Morning Massacre in Pittsburgh

Source: St. John Source The Star of David Dear Source: We have barely had time to process the reality of domestic terrorism and pipe-bombs mailed to political opponents. Now… Link: Thoughts on the Shabbat Morning Massacre in Pittsburgh

Federal Fugitive Girard Apprehended on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source Paul ‘Bogus’ Girard A law enforcement team composed of member of the V.I. Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Office, the DEA and ATF on Sunday… Link: Federal Fugitive Girard Apprehended on St. Croix

Gunmen Escape After Robbing McDonald’s on STX

Source: St. John Source Armed robbers hit the McDonald in Villa La Reine, Kingshill, on St. Croix Saturday night, escaping after a police chase but leaving behind an undisclosed… Link: Gunmen Escape After Robbing McDonald’s on STX

Diamonds International to Host Business After Hours

Source: St. John Source Diamonds International on St. Thomas Diamonds International will host the next St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov.… Link: Diamonds International to Host Business After Hours

Delegation to Observe V.I. Election; Early Voting Numbers Set Record

Source: St. John Source Deputy Elections Supervisor Kevermay Douglass listens to concerns from Board members Lydia Hendricks, left and chairman Arturo Watlington, Jr. Glitches with the video conferencing system… Link: Delegation to Observe V.I. Election; Early Voting Numbers Set Record

DOJ, LEPC Make Funds Available for Violence Against Women Grants

Source: St. John Source United States Department of Justice The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Violence Against Women makes STOP (2016) Grant Program funds available to the… Link: DOJ, LEPC Make Funds Available for Violence Against Women Grants

DOJ, LEPC Offering Grants for Victims of Crime Assistance

Source: St. John Source Law Enforcement Planning Commission, Virgin Islands Legislature The Law Enforcement Planning Commission, through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime, is… Link: DOJ, LEPC Offering Grants for Victims of Crime Assistance

VOLTS Part of Team Representing USVI at CONCACAF Tournament

Source: St. John Source Left to Right: VIMSIA junior Jimson St. Louis and senior Ammiel Maynard. The USVI U-20 Soccer Team will compete in a 34-nation tournament that will… Link: VOLTS Part of Team Representing USVI at CONCACAF Tournament

Government Pays Off Longtime Streetlight Debt to WAPA

Source: St. John Source LED street lights The Government of the Virgin Islands (GVI) is now current on payments to the authority for street lighting across the territory. The… Link: Government Pays Off Longtime Streetlight Debt to WAPA

ALERT: VITEMA Plans Audible Testing of Tsunami Alert Sirens

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) advises Virgin Islanders there will be a test of the following tsunami… Link: ALERT: VITEMA Plans Audible Testing of Tsunami Alert Sirens

STX: Wellness Activities Promote Healthy Living

Source: St. John Source A cyclist rides the road down from Point Udall, with Buck Island in the background. (File photo) St. Croix offers numerous wellness activities for tourists… Link: STX: Wellness Activities Promote Healthy Living

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