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March 14, 2019

U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Health, Human Services Gives Grant to USVI for Preschools

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Department of Human Services The Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and… Link: U.S. Health, Human Services Gives Grant to USVI for Preschools

March Is Red Cross Month; Be a Hero in the Community

Source: St. John Source American Red Cross March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross of the Virgin Islands (ARCVI) asks everyone to be a hero for… Link: March Is Red Cross Month; Be a Hero in the Community

VITEMA Chief Highlights Gaps in Territory’s Disaster Preparedness

Source: St. John Source During Hurricane Irma in 2017, emergency responders staff the St. Thomas Emergency Operations Center for VITEMA. On Tuesday, acting VITEMA Director Denise Lewis told lawmakers… Link: VITEMA Chief Highlights Gaps in Territory’s Disaster Preparedness

Boschulte Touts Boost in Air Capacity this Summer

Source: St. John Source Henry Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix. (File photo) Airlift capacity to the U.S. Virgin Islands will get a boost this summer, the Department of Tourism… Link: Boschulte Touts Boost in Air Capacity this Summer

St. Croix RTPark Welcomes Four New Tax-Break Recipients

Source: St. John Source The Research and Technology Park on UVI’s St. Croix campus(File photo) The University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Board of Directors announced the… Link: St. Croix RTPark Welcomes Four New Tax-Break Recipients

St. Luke A.M.E. Church Celebrating 99th Anniversary

Source: St. John Source   St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church in Grove Place is celebrating 99 years of serving the faithful. (Bill Kossler photo) St. Luke African Methodist… Link: St. Luke A.M.E. Church Celebrating 99th Anniversary

V.I. Forecast: Passing Showers

Source: St. John Source A high pressure are located to the north of the region will continue to result in a northeasterly wind flow bringing some low-level cloud fragments… Link: V.I. Forecast: Passing Showers

Montessori School to Host 10th Annual Taste the Nations

Source: St. John Source The 10th annual Taste the Nations will be held on March 16 St. Thomas’ biggest culinary event, Taste the Nations, will take place from 5-9… Link: Montessori School to Host 10th Annual Taste the Nations

New STJ Business Plans to Reduce Island’s Plastic Waste

Source: St. John Source The mounting piles of single-use plastic containers that end up in landfills because they cannot be recycled have been a source of dismay for Virgin… Link: New STJ Business Plans to Reduce Island’s Plastic Waste

District Invites Public to Social Studies Fair Slated for March 15

Source: St. John Source Emancipation Garden, Charlotte Amalie The V.I. Department of Education, St. Thomas-St. John District invites the public to its annual Social Studies Fair from 9 a.m.… Link: District Invites Public to Social Studies Fair Slated for March 15

Public Hearing on VIPA Marine Tariff Set for March 21

Source: St. John Source   Virgin Islands Port Authority A public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, to discuss proposed amendments to the Virgin Islands Port… Link: Public Hearing on VIPA Marine Tariff Set for March 21

St. Croix International Regatta, a 26-year Crucian Tradition

Source: St. John Source Beecher Higby and crew aboard Ava head down wind. (Anne Salafia photo) The 2019 St. Croix International Regatta this weekend tested the skills of 13… Link: St. Croix International Regatta, a 26-year Crucian Tradition

Bishop Emeritus Elliott G. Thomas: a Retrospective

Source: St. John Source Bishop Emeritus Elliot Thomas (Photo from Catholic Islander magazine) The life of Elliott Griffin Thomas proved one thing: It doesn’t take a crashing boom to… Link: Bishop Emeritus Elliott G. Thomas: a Retrospective

Finance Committee Delays Additional GERS Funds

Source: St. John Source Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory presides over Friday’s Senate Finance Committee meeting. (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature) The dispute at the Committee on Finance Friday… Link: Finance Committee Delays Additional GERS Funds

Senate Panel OKs Leases for Farmers, Trucker

Source: St. John Source Errol Chichester testifies at Friday’s meeting of the Senate Finance Committee. (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature) Two proposed leases Friday were not moneymakers… Link: Senate Panel OKs Leases for Farmers, Trucker

European Union Removes USVI from Money-Laundering Blacklist

Source: St. John Source The U.S. Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories are no longer on a list of 23 high-risk jurisdictions the European Commission claimed were “posing significant… Link: European Union Removes USVI from Money-Laundering Blacklist

CFVI Scholarship Applications Available March 11

Source: St. John Source Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has announced that applications for its annual academic scholarship cycle for… Link: CFVI Scholarship Applications Available March 11

We Must Protect the Least Among Us

Source: St. John Source A grebe While minding my own business a few days ago at Magens Bay, taking my usual 60-minute walk-run, something caught my eye as I… Link: We Must Protect the Least Among Us

Open forum: Light Up the Night Event to Help People With Cancer

Source: St. John Source Dear Source: News stories tend to start with the “what,” but in this case, the “what”—St. John Cancer Fund’s annual fundraiser, Light Up the Night—is… Link: Open forum: Light Up the Night Event to Help People With Cancer

Open forum: How Shall We Govern Ourselves?

Source: St. John Source Gwen-Marie Moolenaar Dear Source: The Reapportionment Initiative has spawned serious thought and lively discussion among Virgin Islanders about how we shall govern ourselves. I thank… Link: Open forum: How Shall We Govern Ourselves?

Pedestrian Killed By Car Near Cancryn

Source: St. John Source A man was killed by a car near Adelita Cancryn Junior High School Thursday evening around 7:55 p.m. according to police. A vehicle traveling west on… Link: Pedestrian Killed By Car Near Cancryn

Budget Marine, Marlow Ropes Sponsor Volunteer Shirts for STIR

Source: St. John Source The Regatta volunteer shirt for STIR 2019 Volunteers are the lifeblood of many Caribbean regattas. This is certainly true of the 2019 St. Thomas International… Link: Budget Marine, Marlow Ropes Sponsor Volunteer Shirts for STIR

Funeral Mass for Bishop Elliott Thomas to Be Held on St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source Bishop Elliott Thomas A funeral mass will be celebrated for Bishop Elliott Thomas at St. John Neumann Residence — Stella Maris, Timonium, Md., on Tuesday,… Link: Funeral Mass for Bishop Elliott Thomas to Be Held on St. Thomas

Deon Stephens Dies

Source: St. John Source Deon Stephens Deon Stephens died Feb. 14. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 8, at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay,… Link: Deon Stephens Dies

Beach Advisory for March 4-8

Source: St. John Source Magens Bay Beach (Photo by Chuck Munson) The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates… Link: Beach Advisory for March 4-8

DHS’s Failure to Pay for Services Puts Nonprofits on the Brink

Source: St. John Source Felecia Blyden (File photo) When nonprofit representatives testified at a Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services hearing Thursday, they told senators all is not… Link: DHS’s Failure to Pay for Services Puts Nonprofits on the Brink

Open forum: Hurricane Wreckage Still Not Cleaned Up

Source: St. John Source Shoreline Inn Island Blues debris on St. John Dear Source: “Why has the Island Blues Building hurricane wreckage not been cleaned up by the people… Link: Open forum: Hurricane Wreckage Still Not Cleaned Up

Pistarckle Audtions for ‘Doubt’ Set for March 10, 11

Source: St. John Source Pistarckle Theater Pistarckle Theater will hold auditions for “Doubt” at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, March 10 and March 11, at Pistarckle Theater in… Link: Pistarckle Audtions for ‘Doubt’ Set for March 10, 11

Volunteers Spruce Up Trees in Roosevelt Park

Source: St. John Source Dead limbs sit at the base of a freshly pruned tree in Roosevelt Memorial Park on St. Thomas. Sean Krigger, acting director of the V.I.… Link: Volunteers Spruce Up Trees in Roosevelt Park

Storms Long Gone but the Pain Continues for Many Residents

Source: St. John Source Hurricane Irma left Tutu High-Rise on St. Thomas uninhabitable, contributing to a staggering loss of public housing in the Territory. Photo by Bill Kossler About… Link: Storms Long Gone but the Pain Continues for Many Residents

CORE Launches a New Approach to Controlling Lionfish

Source: St. John Source This is the second of two stories about the efforts of the Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation, known as CORE, to save the reefs… Link: CORE Launches a New Approach to Controlling Lionfish

This Week’s Senate Calendar March 4-8, 2019

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Cardiac Center on St. Croix Senate Calendar 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Monday, March 4 No meetings will be held today. Tuesday,… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar March 4-8, 2019

Gifft Hill School Opens Its Doors for Enrollment

Source: St. John Source Gifft Hill School on St. John (Steve Simonsen copyright 2008) Gifft Hill School will be holding Open House Days throughout March for prospective new students… Link: Gifft Hill School Opens Its Doors for Enrollment

Coalition Combating Sunscreens that Damage V.I. Corals

Source: St. John Source This is the first of two stories about the efforts of the Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation, known as CORE, to save the reefs… Link: Coalition Combating Sunscreens that Damage V.I. Corals

Antilles Pair Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Source: St. John Source Grace Randall and Maggie Huang of Antilles School have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists. (Submitted photo) Two Antilles School seniors, Maggie Huang and Grace… Link: Antilles Pair Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Promise Kept? New WICO Board Says Meetings Will Be Open

Source: St. John Source Joseph Boschulte appears before the V.I. Legislature as WICO CEO in 2016 (V.I. Legislature file photo) After years of vigorously fighting to keep its meetings… Link: Promise Kept? New WICO Board Says Meetings Will Be Open

Feds Giving V.I.’s Airports $27 Million in New Grants

Source: St. John Source Henry Rohlsen Airport will get $7 million in renovations from the grants announced Tuesday. (File photo) The U.S. Department of Transportation will give $20 million… Link: Feds Giving V.I.’s Airports Million in New Grants

Integrated Public Alert and Warning System to Conduct Live Test March 14

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and the Federal… Link: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System to Conduct Live Test March 14

The Future of Farming is on STX Now

Source: St. John Source The FarmPod at the William D. Roebuck Industrial Park is the second one constructed. The first is in Santa Fe. (Anne Salafia photo) A few… Link: The Future of Farming is on STX Now

A Focus on Crucian Identity at NPS Talk on Enslavement in the USVI

Source: St. John Source Zandy Hillis-Starr and Akee, McIntosh lead a breakout group at the National Park Service’s ”Slavery to Freedom’ meeting. (Elisa McKay photo) The place of Crucian… Link: A Focus on Crucian Identity at NPS Talk on Enslavement in the USVI

UVI Board of Trustees Holds Quarterly Meeting on March 2

Source: St. John Source UVI President David Hall (File photo) In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on March 2 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St.… Link: UVI Board of Trustees Holds Quarterly Meeting on March 2

WMA Says There’s Too Much Garbage, Too Little Money

Source: St. John Source Sen. Novelle Francis. (File photo by Barry Leerman for the V.I. Senate) The Cotton Valley waste bins are in a remote area of St. Croix… Link: WMA Says There’s Too Much Garbage, Too Little Money

St. John Dinghy Dock Near Completion

Source: St. John Source The south side of the Cruz Bay dinghy dock is being rebuilt. (Photo provided by Dan Boyd) There’s good news for boaters who have skipped… Link: St. John Dinghy Dock Near Completion

$6 Million FEMA Grant Infuses Life into Street Naming Project

Source: St. John Source A nearly decade-old effort to modernize the territory’s address system and make it GPS-accessible is getting a boost from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. When… Link: Million FEMA Grant Infuses Life into Street Naming Project

WAPA Demand Down, Bills Up

Source: St. John Source WAPA CEO Lawrence Kupfer in August testifying before the Senate Finance Committee. (File photo) The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is selling less electricity… Link: WAPA Demand Down, Bills Up

Mardi Croix Rolls Through STX North Shore

Source: St. John Source First prize in the Mardi Croix parade went to the ‘North Shore Freak Show.’ (Melody James photo) The Krewe of Croix brought Mardi Gras mayhem… Link: Mardi Croix Rolls Through STX North Shore

HUD Approves U.S.V.I. Recovery Plan, Tight Fiscal Controls to Apply

Source: St. John Source U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced its approval of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ latest… Link: HUD Approves U.S.V.I. Recovery Plan, Tight Fiscal Controls to Apply

Beach Advisory for February 25 – March 1

Source: St. John Source Chenay Bay beach on St. Croix The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has announced that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates… Link: Beach Advisory for February 25 – March 1

March Is Virgin Islands History Month

Source: St. John Source Statue of Rothschild Francis Friday, March 1, will mark the beginning of Virgin Islands History Month. Act 6802, sponsored by former Senator Shawn-Michael Malone in… Link: March Is Virgin Islands History Month

VIPA Provides Seaport, Airport, Building Restoration Updates

Source: St. John Source Working on restorations of Cyril E. King and Henry E. Rohlsen airports The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) is progressing with the permanent repairs of… Link: VIPA Provides Seaport, Airport, Building Restoration Updates

Carnival Cruises Returns to St. Croix After 17 Years

Source: St. John Source Cruise passengers swimming off Frederiksted February 19. (Tourism Department Photo) The arrival of the Carnival Glory to Frederiksted a week ago, on Feb. 19, marked… Link: Carnival Cruises Returns to St. Croix After 17 Years

AKA Sorority Celebrates Black History

Source: St. John Source A Read-In at Julius Sprauve Elementary School on St. John Black History Month, which is celebrated in February, is a great opportunity to celebrate and… Link: AKA Sorority Celebrates Black History

Interior, White House Host Territory Governors and Delegates

Source: St. John Source At the White House, the Department of the Interior and the White House co-hosted territorial governors and members of Congress for the 2019 Senior Plenary… Link: Interior, White House Host Territory Governors and Delegates

Senate Panel OKs Nominees To Tax Bureau, Procurement

Source: St. John Source After six grueling hours of questioning, Gov. Albert Bryan’s nominees to head the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Department of Property and Procurement received… Link: Senate Panel OKs Nominees To Tax Bureau, Procurement

Plaskett: Refer GOP Rep for Ethics and Possible Criminal Violations

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plasket questions Michael Cohen Wednesday during the House Government Oversight Committee’s hearing. Rep. Stacey Plaskett got attention online and on news… Link: Plaskett: Refer GOP Rep for Ethics and Possible Criminal Violations

Plaskett’s Cohen-Hearing Eye Roll Goes Viral

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett rolls her eyes at Rep. Jim Jordan during the Michael Cohen hearing Wednesday. The video clip went viral. V.I. Delegate… Link: Plaskett’s Cohen-Hearing Eye Roll Goes Viral

VITFF Releases Results of 2019 Agfair Track and Field Meet

Source: St. John Source Ag Fair Track Meet 2019 V.I. Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) Junior Track and Field Championship team hopefuls took advantage of the annual Agfair Track… Link: VITFF Releases Results of 2019 Agfair Track and Field Meet

St. Thomian Is First Black Woman Aviator to Receive Air Medal

Source: St. John Source Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell flies an HC-144 in support of Hurricane Maria response efforts. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Aviation history was made this week… Link: St. Thomian Is First Black Woman Aviator to Receive Air Medal

Senators Concerned Over Condition of Territory’s Libraries

Source: St. John Source Sen. Kurt Vialet expresses concern about the smell of mold at the Florence Williams Library in Christiansted. (Photo by Barry Lerman for the V.I. Legislature)… Link: Senators Concerned Over Condition of Territory’s Libraries

Sen. Thomas Speaks to IEKHS Students on Black History Icon

Source: St. John Source Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Sen. Athneil “Bobby” Thomas spoke to the students at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School during Black History Month, urging them… Link: Sen. Thomas Speaks to IEKHS Students on Black History Icon

St. John Library Celebrates Digital Learning Day

Source: St. John Source Anita Davis works with a student at ‘Code Like A Girl’ camp Wednesday. (File photo provided by V.I. Next Generation Network) Residents of St. John… Link: St. John Library Celebrates Digital Learning Day

CARIFTA Trials Draw V.I. National Team Hopefuls

Source: St. John Source Cheetahs Track Club athletes and coaches with volunteers at the CARIFTA Trials at theIvana Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas (VITFF Photo) The Virgin… Link: CARIFTA Trials Draw V.I. National Team Hopefuls

Mongoose Junction to Hold Its First ‘First Friday’ on March 1

Source: St. John Source Alegra Christopher Macislyn Bamboula Dance Company Inc. (photo by Aisha Zakiya) “First Friday” will start at 6 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Mongoose Junction. Fueled… Link: Mongoose Junction to Hold Its First ‘First Friday’ on March 1

VI SBDC to Host ‘Fundamentals of Business Credit Seminar’ Feb. 28

Source: St. John Source V.I. Small Business Development Center The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) will host “Fundamentals of Business Credit Seminar” from 10 a.m. to… Link: VI SBDC to Host ‘Fundamentals of Business Credit Seminar’ Feb. 28

Governor Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee

Source: St. John Source Governor Bryan, left, converses with Chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico. Governor… Link: Governor Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee

Coral World Answers Concerns About Health of New Dolphins

Source: St. John Source Coral World’s dolphin enclosure extends out into Water Bay. (David MacVean photo) One of the new dolphins at Coral World seems ready for a closeup.… Link: Coral World Answers Concerns About Health of New Dolphins

Senators Grill VIHFA Officials About Unpaid Contractors

Source: St. John Source VIHFA Executive Director Daryl Griffith, far right, interact with lawmakers during a hearing break Tuesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature) Lawmakers praised… Link: Senators Grill VIHFA Officials About Unpaid Contractors

V.I. Students to Compete at Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Source: St. John Source Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) has announced the territorial finals for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.… Link: V.I. Students to Compete at Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Open forum: Virgin Islands Has State-of-the-Art Medical Care

Source: St. John Source Roy L. Schneider Regional Medical Center Dear Source: I am writing to share my experience with the medical community and the Schneider Hospital. I want… Link: Open forum: Virgin Islands Has State-of-the-Art Medical Care

Sen. Frett-Gregory Announces St. John Office Hours

Source: St. John Source Senate Vice President Donna Frett-Gregory takes her seat during Monday’s session. Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory has announced her office hours for St. John. Office hours for… Link: Sen. Frett-Gregory Announces St. John Office Hours

Chief Nursing Officer Holds Session With Nursing Students

Source: St. John Source Chief Nursing Officer Valarie Lee talks with nursing students. The Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Valarie Lee met… Link: Chief Nursing Officer Holds Session With Nursing Students

Beautiful Blooms Draw Crowd to STX Orchid Show

Source: St. John Source Beautiful example of Phalaenopisis in bloom. (Linda Morland photo) Close Up of the Best Cattleya Alliance flower by Exhibitor Maria Friday. (Linda Morland photo) The… Link: Beautiful Blooms Draw Crowd to STX Orchid Show

Dr. James Fletcher Robinson Dies at 81

Source: St. John Source Dr. James Fletcher Robinson (photo from Facebook) A popular skin doctor who made the most of life in the Virgin Islands is being remembered by… Link: Dr. James Fletcher Robinson Dies at 81

viNGN Offers Pop-Up Coaching on Google Applied Digital Skills

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Next Generation Network Inc. The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network Inc. (viNGN) invites the public to a Pop-Up Digital Coaching session from 10… Link: viNGN Offers Pop-Up Coaching on Google Applied Digital Skills

Casino Control Commission to Meet

Source: St. John Source DIVI Carina Bay Resort and Casino The Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission (VICCC) has scheduled a special commission meeting for 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 5.… Link: Casino Control Commission to Meet

Deadly Coral Disease Found in Multiple Sites

Source: St. John Source White patches on a brain coral at Black Point illustrate the rapid spread of the destructive SCTLD attacking reefs in V.I. waters. (Photo by Sonora… Link: Deadly Coral Disease Found in Multiple Sites

Judge Sentences Coulter to 40 Years in Killing of Roommate

Source: St. John Source A 35-year-old man from North Carolina was sentenced to 40 years in prison after he admitted stabbing and bludgeoning his roommate to death in 2014.… Link: Judge Sentences Coulter to 40 Years in Killing of Roommate

Governor Names Territorial ADA Coordinator

Source: St. John Source Julien Henley Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has announced longtime disability rights advocate Julien Henley as Territorial Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator. Henley is an… Link: Governor Names Territorial ADA Coordinator

Bryan Appoints Chief Negotiator for Office of Collective Bargaining

Source: St. John Source Joss Springette Esq. Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has announced Joss Springette, St. Thomas attorney and former acting-chief negotiator, as chief negotiator for the Office of… Link: Bryan Appoints Chief Negotiator for Office of Collective Bargaining

Plaskett Tells Town Hall Congress Will Address Climate Change

Source: St. John Source Stacey Plaskett addresses a town hall meeting Saturday at UVI on St. Croix. Climate change is the biggest issue the U.S. House of Representatives is… Link: Plaskett Tells Town Hall Congress Will Address Climate Change

Cruise Ship Schedule for St. Thomas for March 2019

Source: St. John Source Princess Cruise ship in Crown Bay (Photo by Semele A.C. George) Cruise Ship Schedule for St. Thomas for March 2019 These are the cruise ships… Link: Cruise Ship Schedule for St. Thomas for March 2019

This Week’s Senate Calendar Feb. 25– March 1, 2019

Source: St. John Source Legislature Building on St. Thomas. Senate Calendar 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Monday, February 25 10 a.m. Committee on Education and Workforce Earle B.… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar Feb. 25– March 1, 2019

Beach Advisory for February 19-22

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 February 19-22

UVI AgDiscovery Summer Program Applications Available for Grades 7-12

Source: St. John Source U.S. Department of Agriculture The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) and Agricultural Experiment Station have announced the application period for the… Link: UVI AgDiscovery Summer Program Applications Available for Grades 7-12

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on March 2

Source: St. John Source UVI President David Hall (File photo) The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, in… Link: UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on March 2

U.S.V.I. to Participate in CARIB WAVE Tsunami Warning Exercise on March 14

Source: St. John Source The territory is located in a seismically active region, prone to earthquakes and tsunamis Citizens, businesses and communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands will participate… Link: U.S.V.I. to Participate in CARIB WAVE Tsunami Warning Exercise on March 14

Good Hope Country Day Wins St. Croix MATHCOUNTS Competition

Source: St. John Source MATHCOUNTS St. Croix winner is Good Hope Country Day School team (L-R) Michael Atwell, Anil-Prasad, teacher Amanda Beach, Lucaformo D’ adamo and Che Guerra The… Link: Good Hope Country Day Wins St. Croix MATHCOUNTS Competition

V.I. Men’s Basketball Team Overpowered by Brazil

Source: St. John Source Brazil defeated the Virgin Islands 104-80 on Thursday evening at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center. The game was competitive early… Link: V.I. Men’s Basketball Team Overpowered by Brazil

Bryan to Attend National Governors Association in D.C.

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. will travel to Washington D.C. on Thursday for a week of meetings with senior White House officials… Link: Bryan to Attend National Governors Association in D.C.

Senate Cancels Feb. 21st Hearing on Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Source: St. John Source Legislature Building on St. Thomas. Sen. Athneil “Bobby” Thomas has canceled the Committee on Government Operations, Consumer and Veterans Affairs’ hearing that was scheduled for… Link: Senate Cancels Feb. 21st Hearing on Bureau of Motor Vehicles

STT Photographer Turning Black Stereotypes into Stunning Photos

Source: St. John Source ‘Afro,’ by Emmanuel Phillips, features the artist’s brother, Tu’Shouney. St. Thomas photographer Emmanuel Phillips’ goal for his Black History Month photo series was simple: take… Link: STT Photographer Turning Black Stereotypes into Stunning Photos

Soccer Association Recruiting National Male U17 Team

Source: St. John Source USVISA Soccer The U.S.V.I. Soccer Association is conducting a recruitment drive for male soccer players born on or after Jan. 1, 2002. The USVI Soccer… Link: Soccer Association Recruiting National Male U17 Team

ALERT: Most District Schools to Dismiss Early on Feb. 21

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Department of Education The Virgin Islands Department of Education, St. Thomas-St. John District Office of the Insular Superintendent has announced the early dismissal… Link: ALERT: Most District Schools to Dismiss Early on Feb. 21

Opinion: Dissolve WICO and Merge It into Port Authority

Source: St. John Source The cruise ship Viking Sea at the VIPA pier in Frederiksted in March 2018. (Bill Kossler photo) The Legislature should dissolve the West Indian Company… Link: Opinion: Dissolve WICO and Merge It into Port Authority

Men’s Basketball Hosts Pair of International Squads

Source: St. John Source The USVI men’s basketball team, which will host Brazil on Thursday and Chile on Saturday at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas.… Link: Men’s Basketball Hosts Pair of International Squads

Friends of Public Libraries-St. John to Hold Annual Meeting

Source: St. John Source A visitor browses at the Sprauve Library. (Amy Roberts photo) The Friends of the Public Library, the Elaine I. Sprauve Library and Museum of Cultural… Link: Friends of Public Libraries-St. John to Hold Annual Meeting

Open forum: All of Us Must Rally Together

Source: St. John Source D. Orlando Smith OBE My Fellow Citizens: I come before you this evening for my final official speech as Premier of this territory. Soon, our… Link: Open forum: All of Us Must Rally Together

Government Agencies Working Together to Expedite Contractor Invoices

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) and the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) in conjunction with the… Link: Government Agencies Working Together to Expedite Contractor Invoices

Winners Named at Viya VI Open Tennis Tournament

Source: St. John Source L to R: June Horii, runner-up, and Julio Martinez, winner, Men’s Open Singles. (Credit: Dean Barnes) Winning proved the rule rather than the exception for… Link: Winners Named at Viya VI Open Tennis Tournament

Analysis: Another Way to Finance Yacht Haven Hotel?

Source: St. John Source Concept drawing of proposed hotel at Yacht Haven Grande presented to the V.I. Legislature in 2018. (V.I. Legislature image) Why can’t Tax Increment Finance loans… Link: Analysis: Another Way to Finance Yacht Haven Hotel?

K-12 to UVI to the Stars and Beyond

Source: St. John Source Derrick Thomas and Antonino Cucchiara look lovingly at their prize solar telescope. (sap photo) Sci-fi movies and books have long captured the imagination with images… Link: K-12 to UVI to the Stars and Beyond

Carnival Returns to St. Croix Tuesday

Source: St. John Source Carnival Glory will dock in Frederiksted Tuesday. (Photo provided by Carnival Cruise Line) Carnival, the world’s largest cruise company, will return to St. Croix Tuesday… Link: Carnival Returns to St. Croix Tuesday

Soccer Association Holds Premier League Championship Game

Source: St. John Source After being postponed due to several challenges concerning eligibility of players and teams, the USVI Soccer Association (USVISA) held its Premier League Championship game on… Link: Soccer Association Holds Premier League Championship Game

RCI Gives Silver Crown Resort® Award to Sunset Ridge Villas

Source: St. John Source Sunset Ridge Villas on St. John, V.I. Sunset Ridge Villas has announced it has been awarded the prestigious RCI Silver Crown Resort award by RCI,… Link: RCI Gives Silver Crown Resort® Award to Sunset Ridge Villas

Agrifest Celebrates Crucian Culture

Source: St. John Source People crowd across the entry bridge to the food booths and other delights as the first day of AgriFest goes into high gear. (Linda Morland… Link: Agrifest Celebrates Crucian Culture

STX Scale House Restoration Expected to Be Done in April

Source: St. John Source The front of the historic Scale House in Christiansted shows wear and tear. (Elisa McKay photo) The community came out Thursday evening to hear Gary… Link: STX Scale House Restoration Expected to Be Done in April

The Westin St. John Resort Villas Reopens After Hurricane Recovery

Source: St. John Source The Westin St. John Resort Villas The Westin St. John Resort Villas—a vacation destination located along the white beaches of Great Cruz Bay on St.… Link: The Westin St. John Resort Villas Reopens After Hurricane Recovery

VITFF Hall of Fame Announces Its First Class

Source: St. John Source Laverne Jones-Ferrette and Allison Peter are inducted into the first class of the Virgin Islands Track and Field Hall of Fame (IOC photo) The Virgin… Link: VITFF Hall of Fame Announces Its First Class

Board of Elections to Conduct Poll Worker Training

Source: St. John Source A poll worker helps a voter log in at the Lockhart polling site. (April Knight photo) The St. Thomas-St John District Committee of the Board… Link: Board of Elections to Conduct Poll Worker Training

Board of Elections Schedules Voter Registration Drives

Source: St. John Source Voters fill rows of privacy booths at the UVI polling site. The St. Thomas-St. John Board of Elections will conduct registration drives on St. Thomas… Link: Board of Elections Schedules Voter Registration Drives

ALERT: Sprauve Library Sets New Temporary Hours of Operation

Source: St. John Source A visitor browses at the Sprauve Library. (Amy Roberts photo) Effective Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Elaine Ione Sprauve Library and Museum of Cultural Arts on… Link: ALERT: Sprauve Library Sets New Temporary Hours of Operation

All Saints 7th Grader DaJahnelle Joseph Wins District Spelling Bee

Source: St. John Source DaJahnelle Joseph and family, and coach Suzette Gomez-Smith, (far right) Following 24 grueling and intense rounds, All Saints Cathedral School seventh-grader DaJahnelle Joseph secured the… Link: All Saints 7th Grader DaJahnelle Joseph Wins District Spelling Bee

Black History Spotlight: Casper Holstein

Source: St. John Source Casper Holstein in his heyday. (File photo) When native Virgin Islander Casper Holstein died in April 1944, the New York Times ran his obituary, summarizing… Link: Black History Spotlight: Casper Holstein

HUD Awards $69,000 to Help V.I. Families Reach Self-sufficiency

Source: St. John Source U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today awarded $69,380 to the U.S. Virgin Islands Housing… Link: HUD Awards ,000 to Help V.I. Families Reach Self-sufficiency

Forum to Bring Miró Quartet to V.I. on February 23

Source: St. John Source The Miró Quartet The Miró Quartet is one of America’s most celebrated and dedicated string quartets, having been labeled by The New Yorker as “furiously… Link: Forum to Bring Miró Quartet to V.I. on February 23

EU Places USVI on Money-Laundering Blacklist

Source: St. John Source European Commission logo The European Union has placed the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa, on a list of 23… Link: EU Places USVI on Money-Laundering Blacklist

Electric Cars Gaining Energy in the V.I.

Source: St. John Source Artist’s rendering of a charging Nissan. (Nissan USA photo) When St. Thomian Adrien Austin founded Drive Green VI six years ago, he dreamed of igniting… Link: Electric Cars Gaining Energy in the V.I.

Elections: More Public Education Needed on Referendum

Source: St. John Source Elections board member Lydia Hendricks reviews planning for the March 30 special election. With a special election looming for voters to decide on a reapportionment… Link: Elections: More Public Education Needed on Referendum

Bryan Appoints New WICO Board Members

Source: St. John Source Albert Bryan Making his first appearance as chair of the V.I. Public Finance Authority Board, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. appointed six new members to the… Link: Bryan Appoints New WICO Board Members

FEMA Administrator Brock Long Resigns

Source: St. John Source Official FEMA portrait of Brock Long, who resigned Wednesday as the administrator of FEMA. FEMA Administrator Brock Long resigned Wednesday, during a time when the… Link: FEMA Administrator Brock Long Resigns

ALERT: VIWMA Announces Solid Waste Collection Delays

Source: St. John Source The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise Team advises the St. John community that there will be… Link: ALERT: VIWMA Announces Solid Waste Collection Delays

FEMA Officials Provide Senators with Off-Camera Briefing

Source: St. John Source Sen. Allison Degazon, wearing red, Sen. Alicia Barnes wearing black, and FEMA Regional Coordinator Jacquline Heyliger speaking at Tuesday’s briefing. (V.I. Legislature photo) Federal Emergency… Link: FEMA Officials Provide Senators with Off-Camera Briefing

Sen. Thomas Schedules Office Hours for St. John

Source: St. John Source Legislature of the United States Virgin Islands Sen. Athneil “Bobby” Thomas has announced office hours on St. John will be held from 9 a.m. to… Link: Sen. Thomas Schedules Office Hours for St. John

St. Croix Spelling Champ for 2019 Is Michael Atwell

Source: St. John Source GHCDS seventh grader Michael Atwell is the St. Croix District Spelling Bee Champion for 2019. (Elisa McKay photo) Michael Atwell, a seventh grader from Good… Link: St. Croix Spelling Champ for 2019 Is Michael Atwell

Dave Gerard’s Groove Thang to Perform on St. Thomas-St. John

Source: St. John Source Dave Gerard’s Groove Thang Dave Gerard’s Groove Thang returns for its annual tour of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Starting in 2002, (including St. Croix for… Link: Dave Gerard’s Groove Thang to Perform on St. Thomas-St. John

UVI Bulletin Board for February and March

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands — St. Thomas Campus UVI Board Approves Free Tuition Policies and Procedures In a special session on Jan. 23, the… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for February and March

New Sailors Train for STX Regatta

Source: St. John Source Captain Craig Harms and sailing students Darryl Donohue, Jr., Terrence Nelson Jr., Khalil James and Amaraini Ventura prepare to launch Saturday. (Susan Ellis photo) When… Link: New Sailors Train for STX Regatta

Correction Officer Entrance Examinations Scheduled for March 25-29

Source: St. John Source Personnel Director Milton Potter. (2016 file photo from the V.I. Legislature) Milton E. Potter, V.I. Division of Personnel acting director, in accordance with V.I. Code… Link: Correction Officer Entrance Examinations Scheduled for March 25-29

Arthur A. Richards Jr. High School Reopens in Modular Style

Source: St. John Source Etta Mitchell, business teacher at Arthur Richards, welcomes her students home Monday and reminds them to take care as construction continues. (Anne Salafia photo) It… Link: Arthur A. Richards Jr. High School Reopens in Modular Style

Oriol Steps Up to the Helm at DPNR

Source: St. John Source Jean-Pierre “JP” Oriol, commissioner-designee for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. (Submitted photo) It would be hard to find someone with more experience of… Link: Oriol Steps Up to the Helm at DPNR

St. Croix Track Club Wins 3 Golds, One Silver in Puerto Rico

Source: St. John Source (L-R)– Coach Smith, Ariana Edgar, Anelia Austrie and Alex Joseph competed The St. Croix Track Club (STXTC) Mustangs is very proud of the admirable performances… Link: St. Croix Track Club Wins 3 Golds, One Silver in Puerto Rico

V.I.’s Destination Wedding Business on the Road to Recovery

Source: St. John Source Mainlanders are beginning to rediscover the magic of a wedding in America’s Caribbean. (Photo by Kelly Greer Photography) Tracy and Robert Quist were married by… Link: V.I.’s Destination Wedding Business on the Road to Recovery

World Renowned Cosmologist Offers More Questions Than Answers

Source: St. John Source Laura Mersini-Houghton addresses big questions at Prior-Jollek Hall (W. Bostwick photo) The more we know about the universe, the more we understand how much we… Link: World Renowned Cosmologist Offers More Questions Than Answers

St. Croix’s 48th Agrifest Kicks Off Saturday

Source: St. John Source Yvette and Dale Browne, owners of Sejah Farms, will again be selling produce at Agrifest and preaching the importance of agrilcuture to local life. The… Link: St. Croix’s 48th Agrifest Kicks Off Saturday

Customs Building Construction Limits Cruz Bay Parking

Source: St. John Source Demar Lewis installs fencing around the Customs lot in Cruz Bay. The Virgin Islands Port Authority has closed half of the most centrally located parking… Link: Customs Building Construction Limits Cruz Bay Parking

Bryan Names Wynnie Testamark as Director of Bureau of Corrections

Source: St. John Source Wynnie Testamark On Saturday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. named Virgin Islander and longtime corrections expert Wynnie Testamark to be the next director of the V.I.… Link: Bryan Names Wynnie Testamark as Director of Bureau of Corrections

Police Seek Asheem Charles, Warn Suspect May Be Armed

Source: St. John Source Asheem Gregory Charles, known as ‘Kartel’ (VIPD photo) The V.I. Police Department on Sunday asked the public to be on the lookout for Asheem Gregory… Link: Police Seek Asheem Charles, Warn Suspect May Be Armed

Soccer Association to Teach Soccer Skills Weekly at Saturday Grassroots

Source: St. John Source USVI Soccer Association to teach soccer fundamentals USVI Soccer Association has announced the resumption of Saturday Grassroots at the University of The Virgin Island, St.… Link: Soccer Association to Teach Soccer Skills Weekly at Saturday Grassroots

340365 Athletics Inc. and UVI Hold Spring Volleyball League

Source: St. John Source Volleyball 340365 Athletics Inc., in collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), will host the 2019 Spring Volleyball League on St. Thomas at… Link: 340365 Athletics Inc. and UVI Hold Spring Volleyball League

BIR, UVI Offer Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance to the Public

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue Joel Lee CPA, director-nominee of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and Aubrey Washington, chair of the… Link: BIR, UVI Offer Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance to the Public

Election Calendar and Sample Ballots for March 30th Vote Now Available

Source: St. John Source Elections System of the U.S. Virgin Islands The Special Election Calendar and sample ballots in both districts for the initiative proposal that has been offered… Link: Election Calendar and Sample Ballots for March 30th Vote Now Available

Beach Advisory for February 4-8

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 February 4-8

HUD Awards $193,000 to Help End Homelessness in USVI

Source: St. John Source U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $28,184 to support one new homeless program… Link: HUD Awards 3,000 to Help End Homelessness in USVI

Elections System Launches ‘Voter Lookup’ Access to Website

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes A new Voter Registration “Lookup” component has been added to the agency’s website. The new “Voter Lookup” feature… Link: Elections System Launches ‘Voter Lookup’ Access to Website

Public Reminded of New Law Protecting Trees

Source: St. John Source Palm trees on St Thomas (photo by Kelsey Nowakowski) Bill No. 32-0062, The Community and Heritage Tree Law of the Virgin Islands, was signed into… Link: Public Reminded of New Law Protecting Trees

YWCA’s Youth Get Fit Day 2019 Set for February 23

Source: St. John Source Youth Get Fit Day — Building Youth Resiliency The members and coordinators of YWCA USVI Inc. — Y-TEENS VI and GIRLS ON THE GO Inc.… Link: YWCA’s Youth Get Fit Day 2019 Set for February 23

Fencing and Water are Top V.I. Farmer Needs

Source: St. John Source Cistern and new irrigation lines bring water in Estate Upper Love. (File photo) Fencing and water are the top needs of V.I. farmers, officials told… Link: Fencing and Water are Top V.I. Farmer Needs

Mathcounts Competition Kicks Off Feb. 14

Source: St. John Source At the 2017 Mathcounts state final, Good Hope Country Day’s Patrick Boring, and Kashish Chainani, Tanya Mirchandani and Ashwarya Nagpal from Antilles School took home… Link: Mathcounts Competition Kicks Off Feb. 14

‘Evita’ to Open on Feb. 15 at Pistarckle Theater

Source: St. John Source Poster for original Broadway production of “Evita” in 1978 Pistarckle will present the musical “Evita,” which will begin on Friday, Feb. 15, and will run… Link: ‘Evita’ to Open on Feb. 15 at Pistarckle Theater

Cultural Ed Debuts Student Arts Program

Source: St. John Source V.I. Department of Education’s Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education Director Valrica Bryson The Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education will debut its V.I. Cultural… Link: Cultural Ed Debuts Student Arts Program

USVI Still ‘Mired in Financial Crisis’; Structural Deficit at $415M

Source: St. John Source The governor’s finance team testifies before the Senate Tuesday. From left, acting Chief Negotiator Edward Francis, acting OMB Director Jennifer O’Neal, Finance Commissioner nominee Kirk… Link: USVI Still ‘Mired in Financial Crisis’; Structural Deficit at 5M

Priceless V.I. Art, Antiquities Have Gone Missing – But Not Recently

Source: St. John Source For Virgin Islanders concerned the government’s large collection of valuable and historically priceless art and artifacts may not be secure after the 2017 hurricanes, there… Link: Priceless V.I. Art, Antiquities Have Gone Missing – But Not Recently

Forum Hosts Physicist Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton

Source: St. John Source Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton Was there a notion of time before our Big Bang? Can we detect universes that are not entangled with ours? What determines… Link: Forum Hosts Physicist Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton

Valentine’s Day Is National Donor Day

Source: St. John Source Human organ for transplant Dear Source: The Health Resources and Services Administration (www.HRSA.gov) is the primary federal agency responsible for oversight of the organ and… Link: Valentine’s Day Is National Donor Day

UVI Bulletin Board for February/ March

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands School of Law Agrifest 2019 Set for Feb. 16-18: “VI Agriculture: Still Growing in 2019” The public is invited to… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for February/ March

Bryan Names Shikima Jones to St. John Administrator

Source: St. John Source Shikima Jones is now St. Croix administrator. (Government House photo) Governor Albert Bryan named Shikima Jones as administrator to the island of St. John Monday,… Link: Bryan Names Shikima Jones to St. John Administrator

Hospitals Report Both Progress and ‘Mountain of Debt’

Source: St. John Source From left, JFL CEO Dyma Williams, Schneider Chief Medical Officer Luis Amaro, and Schneider VP of Facilities Darryl Smalls testify at Monday’s hearing. Executives of… Link: Hospitals Report Both Progress and ‘Mountain of Debt’

8 Tuff Miles Expected to Draw 1,200 Participants to St. John

Source: St. John Source Participants in the 2017 8 Tuff Miles near finish line (Gary Metz photo) Peter Alter, race director of 8Tuff miles. If you’ve noticed there’s recently… Link: 8 Tuff Miles Expected to Draw 1,200 Participants to St. John

Fashion Raises Funds for Women’s Coalition

Source: St. John Source Model Jai Issa, wearing a design from Envii Boutique, walks the runway at the third Crucian Fashion Fest Sunday in Frederiksted. (Photo by Kelly Greer… Link: Fashion Raises Funds for Women’s Coalition

Op-Ed: Racism Is Out There, and It Hurts Us All

Source: St. John Source The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. Stereotypes can sometimes have some basis in reality, but it doesn’t mean they tell the whole… Link: Op-Ed: Racism Is Out There, and It Hurts Us All

Free Potable Water Testing Available on St. Thomas, St. John

Source: St. John Source The Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC) encourages residents to test their cistern potable drinking water on a regular basis — at least every six months… Link: Free Potable Water Testing Available on St. Thomas, St. John

Molloy Rolls Up His Sleeves at Labor

Source: St. John Source Gary Molloy is Labor Department commissioner-designee. (Submitted photo) For much of Gary Molloy’s life, he has been laser focused on education – his own, and… Link: Molloy Rolls Up His Sleeves at Labor

Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas Sets Annual Auction Feb. 10

Source: St. John Source The exterior of the St. Thomas synagogue. Like virtually every institution on St. Thomas, the Hebrew Congregation took its blows from Hurricane Irma, but it… Link: Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas Sets Annual Auction Feb. 10

Board of Elections OKs Calendar for March 30 Special Election

Source: St. John Source Board of Elections Chairman Raymond Williams presides over meeting on Friday. The Board of Elections reviewed and approved the special elections ballot for March 30… Link: Board of Elections OKs Calendar for March 30 Special Election

This Week’s Senate Calendar

Source: St. John Source USVI Legislature Building on St. Thomas Senate Calendar 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Senate Calendar Week Beginning February 4 Monday, February 4 9 a.m.… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar

Beach Advisory for January 28 – February 1

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 January 28 – February 1

Deadly New Disease Attacking V.I. Corals Right Now

Source: St. John Source A marine scientist has found what is believed to be an especially devastating new coral disease in the waters off the west end of St.… Link: Deadly New Disease Attacking V.I. Corals Right Now

Registration Opens for 2nd Semester of Adult Continuing Education

Source: St. John Source The St. Thomas-St. John District Adult Continuing Education Program (ACE) announces that registration for its second semester of the Evening High School Diploma Program is… Link: Registration Opens for 2nd Semester of Adult Continuing Education

Editorial: A Compelling Case for Free Tuition

Source: St. John Source UVI President Dr. David Hall (Photo by Barry Leerdam) On Jan. 4, 2019, Governor Kenneth E. Mapp signed into law Act 8155, entitled the Virgin… Link: Editorial: A Compelling Case for Free Tuition

Female Senators Join to Support National Wear Red Day

Source: St. John Source National Wear Red Day Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory, in collaboration with senators DeGazon, Barnes and Sarauw, is championing the fight for women’s heart health by participating… Link: Female Senators Join to Support National Wear Red Day

My Brother’s Workshop Trainee Speaks at Clinton Conference in Puerto Rico

Source: St. John Source MBW Trainee Adajah Benjamin answers Hillary Clinton’s questions at the CGI conference. (Clinton Global Initiative Image) Eighteen-year-old St. Thomian Adajah Benjamin said she never imagined… Link: My Brother’s Workshop Trainee Speaks at Clinton Conference in Puerto Rico

V.I. Kmarts Slated for Survival

Source: St. John Source Shoppers at kmart, Tutu Park The first month of 2019 has been brutal in bankruptcy court for Sears Holdings Co. But among the 838 legal… Link: V.I. Kmarts Slated for Survival

Conservator Encarnacion Produced Inventory of Government Artifacts

Source: St. John Source Julio Encarnacion holding painting ‘Strength and Power,’ artist unknown, during assessment and inventory of St. Thomas Government House Annex. (Photo submitted by Julio Encarnacion) Six… Link: Conservator Encarnacion Produced Inventory of Government Artifacts

JFL Board Meets, But Lacks a Quorum to Do Business

Source: St. John Source Dr. Olivine Anne Treasure and Faye John-Baptiste, registered nurse, discuss hospital operations Tuesday night. The two were the only board members present for the meeting,… Link: JFL Board Meets, But Lacks a Quorum to Do Business

UVI Diver Plays with Wild Dolphins

Source: St. John Source Prosterman swims with a dolphin in 1994. (Submitted photo) Steve Prosterman, dive safety officer for the University of the Virgin Islands, divides his time between… Link: UVI Diver Plays with Wild Dolphins

STT Relay for Life Raises Funds for Cancer Patients

Source: St. John Source Participants of the 2019 Relay for Life Walkathon were greeted to a spread of water, sports drinks and bananas in the shape of ‘HOPE’ after… Link: STT Relay for Life Raises Funds for Cancer Patients

DOE Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Applications Now Available

Source: St. John Source U.S, Virgin Islands Department of Education The Virgin Islands Department of Education — State Office of Special Nutrition Programs has announced the availability of the… Link: DOE Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Applications Now Available

Crucian Open Regatta Draws Region’s Top Junior Sailors to STX

Source: St. John Source Advanced Optimists are set to race in the Buck Island Channel, 2017 Crucian Open Regatta. (Anne Salafia photo) Junior Sailors from St. Croix, St. Thomas,… Link: Crucian Open Regatta Draws Region’s Top Junior Sailors to STX

Kean Students Learn Scuba at Coki

Source: St. John Source Ivanna Eudora Kean High School students scuba dive at Coki Point. (Photo provided by VIMAS) Students from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School practice scuba. (Photo… Link: Kean Students Learn Scuba at Coki

UVI Bulletin Board for January III

Source: St. John Source UVI Board Approves Free Tuition Policies and Procedures In a special session on Jan. 23, the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Board of Trustees… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for January III

Senators: State of the Territory Refreshing, Collaborative

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., left, shakes hands with Senate President Kenneth Gittens before delivering his first State of the Territory Address. (Photo by Barry Leerdam)… Link: Senators: State of the Territory Refreshing, Collaborative

St. John Film Arts Festival to Screen ‘Sharkwater Extinction’

Source: St. John Source A shark from the film “Sharkwater Extinction” St. John Film Society and St. John Arts Festival presents “Sharkwater Extinction,” directed by Rob Stewart, plus two… Link: St. John Film Arts Festival to Screen ‘Sharkwater Extinction’

V.I. Federal Employees Describe Hurdles They Hit During Shutdown

Source: St. John Source A TSA agent monitors the X-ray machine in a security line. (DHS photo) Virgin Islands members of the American Federation of Government Employees have been… Link: V.I. Federal Employees Describe Hurdles They Hit During Shutdown

EDC Applicants in Limbo While Board Lacks Quorum

Source: St. John Source IGY CEO Tom Mukamal, left, and VP of Corporate Services Charles Irons testify before the EDC in December. (File photo) Three businesses, including Yacht Haven… Link: EDC Applicants in Limbo While Board Lacks Quorum

V.I. National Soccer Team’s J.C. Mack Signs With Icelandic League

Source: St. John Source J.C. Mack The Virgin Islands National Soccer Team captain signed a two-year contract with Vikingur Reykjavík in the Icelandic Pepsi League yesterday. This makes J.C.… Link: V.I. National Soccer Team’s J.C. Mack Signs With Icelandic League

V.I. Department of Human Services Dispels SNAP Rumors

Source: St. John Source The V.I. Department of Human Services informs customers that they are not required to spend all their SNAP benefits by Jan. 31, 2019. Clients are… Link: V.I. Department of Human Services Dispels SNAP Rumors

VIPA to Close Offices for Employee Event

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Port Authority on St. Thomas The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) informs the public of upcoming administrative office closures to allow staff to… Link: VIPA to Close Offices for Employee Event

More Than 300 Attend JFL Job Fair

Source: St. John Source Job hopefuls fill out forms at the Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Care Center during JFL’s Job Fair Friday. (Photo submitted by JFL) More… Link: More Than 300 Attend JFL Job Fair

Exterminator Gets 12 Months for Misusing Pesticides

Source: St. John Source Methyl Bromide The pest-control technician who admitted illegal use of a restricted pesticide has been sentenced to a year in federal prison. Jose Rivera, 59,… Link: Exterminator Gets 12 Months for Misusing Pesticides

USVI’s Marketing Warms Up as Cold Weather Grips the North

Source: St. John Source Hawksnest Beach, St. John With frigid temperatures chilling many of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ key markets, the Department of Tourism’s marketing campaign, launched at the… Link: USVI’s Marketing Warms Up as Cold Weather Grips the North

Sen. DeGraff Announces St. John Office Hours

Source: St. John Source Sen. Dwayne M. DeGraff St. John residents seeking appointments with Sen. Dwayne M. DeGraff are informed that his office staff will work at the St.… Link: Sen. DeGraff Announces St. John Office Hours

Krystahl Gordon Named CIAA Indoor Track/ Field Athlete of the Week

Source: St. John Source Krystahl Gordon Lincoln University Track and Field athletes Krystahl Gordon (Frederiksted, V.I./Saint Croix Educational Complex) and Jaylen Sanders (North Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial) have been named… Link: Krystahl Gordon Named CIAA Indoor Track/ Field Athlete of the Week

Mango Tango to Exhibit Works of Thompson and Rosenberg

Source: St. John Source WB Thompson painting Mango Tango Art Gallery will unveil two new shows from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. W.B. Thompson will present mixed-media paintings on… Link: Mango Tango to Exhibit Works of Thompson and Rosenberg

Bryan Says V.I. Police Working With Feds on Spate of St. Croix Murders

Source: St. John Source From left, St. Croix Chief of Detectives Naomi Joseph, St. Croix District acting Police Chief Edmond Walters, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., acting Police Commissioner Jason… Link: Bryan Says V.I. Police Working With Feds on Spate of St. Croix Murders

VIPA to Begin Construction of STJ Customs Building

Source: St. John Source The Victor Sewer Marine Facility on St. John, where VIPA will begin construction of a new Customs and Border Protection Building. (Photo from VIPA) The… Link: VIPA to Begin Construction of STJ Customs Building

UVI Board Approves Free Tuition Policies and Procedures

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands (File photo) In a special session Wednesday, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees approved policies and procedures… Link: UVI Board Approves Free Tuition Policies and Procedures

UVI Bulletin Board for January II

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus UVI Mourns the Loss of First CVI President, Dr. Lawrence Wanlass On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for January II

Francis Reintroducing Bill to Place Cameras at Intersections

Source: St. John Source Sen. Novelle Francis (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature) Sen. Novelle E. Francis on Tuesday announced he was going to reintroduce legislation… Link: Francis Reintroducing Bill to Place Cameras at Intersections

WW II Navy Flyer Visits USVI Midshipmen at U.S. Naval Academy

Source: St. John Source From left to right: MIDN 1/C Kobe Sutton (Educational Complex H.S.), Matthew (Matty) and Gloria Yacovino, Anthony Martin III, Hazel Acosta (Central H.S.), Nicholas Gartner… Link: WW II Navy Flyer Visits USVI Midshipmen at U.S. Naval Academy

Frederiksted Remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

Source: St. John Source Quadrille dancers from Alfredo Andrews Elementary School were on hand to perform for Martin Luther King Day in Frederiksted. (Melody Rames photo) The mood was… Link: Frederiksted Remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

Bordeaux Farmers Building Back Minus Disaster Relief

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan chats with We Grow Food, Inc. President Eldritch Thomas on Sunday at the 22nd Rastafari Cultural and Agricultural Fair. Fifteen months after… Link: Bordeaux Farmers Building Back Minus Disaster Relief

Plaskett Discusses What the New Democratic Majority Means for the USVI

Source: St. John Source Delegate Stacey Plaskett (File photo) As Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) begins her third term in Congress representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, she and the Democratic… Link: Plaskett Discusses What the New Democratic Majority Means for the USVI

Community Honors the Legacy of Irvin ‘Brownie’ Brown

Source: St. John Source Irvin ‘Brownie’ Brown appears before the V.I. Legislature at a hearing earlier this year. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature) A cross-section of… Link: Community Honors the Legacy of Irvin ‘Brownie’ Brown

Boutique Hotel Opens on Frederiksted’s Waterfront

Source: St. John Source Co-owner Christopher Swanson stands behind the frame of the new bar at The Fred. (Susan Ellis photo) The Fred Hotel is the first new hotel… Link: Boutique Hotel Opens on Frederiksted’s Waterfront

BIR Updates Public on Availability of 2018 Tax Year Filing Forms

Source: St. John Source Internal Revenue Service Marvin L. Pickering, EA, PHR, acting director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), informs the taxpaying public that certain… Link: BIR Updates Public on Availability of 2018 Tax Year Filing Forms

Friends of V.I. National Park to Convene Annual Meeting

Source: St. John Source Late morning at Trunk Bay, Virgin Islands National Park, on St. John (photo by Chuck Munson) Friends of Virgin Islands National Park will hold its… Link: Friends of V.I. National Park to Convene Annual Meeting

Delegate to Congress Plaskett to Host Town Halls

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett (File photo) Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett will host a Town Hall regarding opportunities for the Virgin Islands and how people… Link: Delegate to Congress Plaskett to Host Town Halls

Open forum: Insights

Source: St. John Source Bob White What a treat the beginning of a New Year is. Looking forward for many of us is an opportunity to go beyond the… Link: Open forum: Insights

Department of Human Services to Issue SNAP Early

Source: St. John Source There will be an early issuance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, according to Commissioner Felecia L. Blyden of the V.I. Department of… Link: Department of Human Services to Issue SNAP Early

NY Power Authority to Help Modernize WAPA’s Electric Grid

Source: St. John Source Generating Unit on St. Thomas (James Gardner photo) The ongoing recovery effort by the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) to restore, improve and… Link: NY Power Authority to Help Modernize WAPA’s Electric Grid

Crucian Wins $50,000 In Caribbean Lottery

Source: St. John Source Stachill Parker of St. Croix is the lucky winner of $50,000 in Caribbean Lottery’s Instant Scratch game. He purchased his lucky ticket at the BiRite… Link: Crucian Wins ,000 In Caribbean Lottery

Boys of e-STEAM Carnival Troupe Get Intro to Coding

Source: St. John Source Everette Ryan explains the importance of closing tags and syntax. (Education Department photo) Young revelers from the Department of Education’s Boys of eSTEAM carnival troupe… Link: Boys of e-STEAM Carnival Troupe Get Intro to Coding

ALERT: VIPA Asks Travelers to Arrive Earlier at King Airport

Source: St. John Source Passengers queue up in the Cyril E. King Airport (V.I. Port Authority file photo) The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) advises the public to arrive… Link: ALERT: VIPA Asks Travelers to Arrive Earlier at King Airport

Form W-2VI Now Available at All Bureau of Internal Revenue Offices

Source: St. John Source V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue Acting Director Marvin Pickering Marvin L. Pickering, EA, PHR, acting director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR),… Link: Form W-2VI Now Available at All Bureau of Internal Revenue Offices

Watlington Steps Back, Williams Takes Helm at Elections Board

Source: St. John Source Raymond Williams (Source file photo) The newly sworn in Virgin Islands Board of Elections marked its first meeting Thursday with a new set of officers,… Link: Watlington Steps Back, Williams Takes Helm at Elections Board

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