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May 23, 2017

U.S. Virgin Islands

RFP-017-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-017-2017 (P) Request for Proposal: RFP-017-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands Police Department, Office of Highway Safety (VIOHS) is requesting proposals from qualified firm(s) to conduct the 2017 Seat Belt Survey in the districts of

Senate Rules Committee Keeps WICO Alternative Tax Unchanged

Source: St. John Source | Senate Rules Committee Keeps WICO Alternative Tax Unchanged WICO President Clifford Graham testifies. (Photo by Barry Leerdam courtesy of the V.I. Legislature) Members of the Senate Rules Committee on Monday sent a bill to buy the historic Estate Catherineberg house from the West Indian company on for a final floor

Feds Approve V.I. Medicaid Expansion

Source: St. John Source | Feds Approve V.I. Medicaid Expansion Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Human Services Commissioner Felecia Blyden at Friday’s press conference Nineteen thousand more Virgin Islanders are now eligible for healthcare and prescription drug coverage under the federal Medicaid program under expanded funding in the federal Affordable Care Act. At a press conference

Tourism Addresses Steep Decline in St. Croix Cruise Ship Visits

Source: St. John Source | Tourism Addresses Steep Decline in St. Croix Cruise Ship Visits A cruise ship visits the Fredericksted pier on St. Croix. (John Baur photo) Steps are being taken to counter an almost 75 percent decrease in cruise ship passengers to St. Croix this year, the Virgin Islands Tourism commissioner told the

Government Still Behind Paying GERS

Source: St. John Source | Government Still Behind Paying GERS GERS Complex on St. Croix. (Source file photo) A government retiree attending the Government Employee Retirement System (GERS) Board of Trustees meeting Thursday would have had trouble deciding whether she should be relieved or aggrieved. The treasurer’s report, read by Austin Nibbs, GERS administrator, showed

Virtue of the Week: Loyalty

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Loyalty Loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals when the going gets tough as well as when things are good. With loyalty, you build

GVI and Airbnb Sign Groundbreaking Tax Agreement in Caribbean

Source: St. John Source | GVI and Airbnb Sign Groundbreaking Tax Agreement in Caribbean GVI and Airbnb officials at signing of landmark agreement The Government of the Virgin Islands (GVI) and Airbnb have signed a groundbreaking agreement in the Caribbean that will allow the platform to collect the 12.5 percent Hotel Room Occupancy Tax on

Beach Advisory for May 15-19

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for May 15-19 The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public

V.I. Department of Health Wants Public Input on Work Plan

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Department of Health Wants Public Input on Work Plan The Virgin Islands Department of Health (VIDOH) invites the public’s input on its work plan: the Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant. Residents will have the opportunity to review the work plan and provide feedback on DOH’s proposed

RFP-016-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-016-2017 (P) Request for Proposal No: RFP-016-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Office of Management and Budget is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to function as the Consultant to Support the Development of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Coast Guard Offloads 573 Pounds of Marijuana in St. Croix

Source: St. John Source | Coast Guard Offloads 573 Pounds of Marijuana in St. Croix The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded approximately 573 pounds of marijuana, valued at about $1.2 million, Thursday in St. Croix. The offload followed a sea interdiction in international waters off the French Caribbean island of Martinique, according to the Coast Guard.

DOH Offers Wellness Self-Management Group Therapy for Addiction

Source: St. John Source | DOH Offers Wellness Self-Management Group Therapy for Addiction You Are Not Alone The Department of Health’s (DOH), Division of Mental Health, Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Services has announced a Wellness Self-Management Group Therapy for those who need assistance with personal recovery from alcohol, or illegal or prescribed drugs. Stress, addiction,

Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs to Hold Conference on St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source | Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs to Hold Conference on St. Thomas The Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs Conference (CAFC) is held annually. This CAFC 2017 Fire-Rescue-EMS Conference will again bring together fire service administrators, firefighters, paramedics/EMTs, vendors and other professionals in a regional forum, enabling the exchange of the latest

Proposed UVI Med School Faces Unique Challenges, Huge Hurdles

Source: St. John Source | Proposed UVI Med School Faces Unique Challenges, Huge Hurdles Workers prepare the ground for the UVI medical school simulation center on St. Croix. (Carol Buchanan photo) A medical school at the University of Virgin Islands has the potential to ignite an ailing economy. Construction of the proposed school is making

Senators Hold JFL Sewer, Medicaid Match Bills

Source: St. John Source | Senators Hold JFL Sewer, Medicaid Match Bills Kurt Vialet chairs the Finance Committee hearing Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature) Senators held, for now, legislation proposed by Gov. Kenneth Mapp to divert $3 million in federal rum funds to fix major sewer pipe problems at Gov.

Police Week on St. John Seeks to Engage Community

Source: St. John Source | Police Week on St. John Seeks to Engage Community Students ask Officer Ecedro Lindquist questions following the demonstration during National Police Week activities on St. John. “Who let the dogs out?” called out Police Officer Ecedro Lindquist to a crowd of school children observing a canine squad demonstration during Police

RFP-008-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-008-2017 (P) Request for Proposal No: RFP-008-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands Police Department is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Seatbelt Survey for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proposals will be received by the

WAPA Has the Solution, But Can It Get the Financing?

Source: St. John Source | WAPA Has the Solution, But Can It Get the Financing? Monday was not a good day for Virgin Islands Water and Power customers – eight electrical feeders on St. Croix went down and nine feeders on St. Thomas went off line causing service interruptions to 31,000 customers. WAPA has a

Senate Panel OKs Bill to Change Tavern Licensing

Source: St. John Source | Senate Panel OKs Bill to Change Tavern Licensing DLCA General Counsel Frederick Norford discusses tavern licenses Wednesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature) The Division of Licensing and Consumer Affairs may get new power to determine how many tavern liquor license are allowed in the historic districts

Bill Would Mandate Time and a Half Pay on Emancipation Day

Source: St. John Source | Bill Would Mandate Time and a Half Pay on Emancipation Day Sen. Positive Nelson speaks at hearing on his Emancipation Week proposal. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature) The territory may celebrate June 26-July 3 as Emancipation Week, with an annual proclamation from the governor and various

GERS Seeks Volunteers for New Ambassador Program

Source: St. John Source | GERS Seeks Volunteers for New Ambassador Program The Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS) is now seeking volunteers to be a part of its new public education campaign entitled the GERS Ambassador Program. Through its participants, this initiative aims to keep active and retired members informed about any current or upcoming

Senators to Keynote at Small Business Week Closing Ceremonies

Source: St. John Source | Senators to Keynote at Small Business Week Closing Ceremonies Senators Neville James and Tregenza Roach of the Virgin Islands will join Small Business Week Closing Ceremonies on St. Croix and St. Thomas as keynote speakers Sen. Neville James and Sen. Tregenza A. Roach will deliver the keynote addresses on St.

Zika Update: No New Cases Reported

Source: St. John Source | Zika Update: No New Cases Reported New cases of Zika have tapered off in 2017. Click on image for larger view. (Graphic by the V.I. Department of Health) The V.I. Department of Health reported no new cases of Zika in its weekly report, issued Tuesday. On Friday the department confirmed

Program for Hearing and Vision Impaired Will Continue at UVI

Source: St. John Source | Program for Hearing and Vision Impaired Will Continue at UVI The University of the Virgin Islands program for people with combined hearing and vision loss – iCanConnect – will become a permanent service through the UVI Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD,) sponsored by the Perkins School for the

American Legions of the V.I. to Host 48th District Convention

Source: St. John Source | American Legions of the V.I. to Host 48th District Convention              Senate President Myron D. Jackson of the 32nd V.I. Legislature The American Legions of the Virgin Islands will host their 48th Annual American Legion District Convention on Saturday, May 20, at the Patrick U. George American Legion Post No.

Senate Changing Mental Health Committal Laws

Source: St. John Source | Senate Changing Mental Health Committal Laws The automatic length of time for emergency commitment of someone suffering from mental illness or addiction who is an immediate danger to themselves or others will increase from 48 hours to five days, and the maximum will increase from five days to 10 days,

Commissioner Remembers the Day Sweeney Died

Source: St. John Source | Commissioner Remembers the Day Sweeney Died The memorial service Monday morning for V.I. police officers slain in the line of duty hit Police Commissioner Delroy Richards personally. Speaking to the Source Monday evening at an event focusing on police department retirees, he said he was closely connected with six of

UVI to Hold 2017 CLEP Exams in June, July

Source: St. John Source | UVI to Hold 2017 CLEP Exams in June, July The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has announced College Level Exam Program (CLEP) exam dates during the 2017summer semester.  CLEP is a computer-based exam taken by college students with previous knowledge of the subject matter; it is taken in lieu

Territorial Youth Sports Festival Games Set for May 18-21

Source: St. John Source | Territorial Youth Sports Festival Games Set for May 18-21 The Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation will host its Second Annual Territorial Youth Sports Festival Games from Thursday, May 18, through Sunday, May 21, on St. Thomas. Athletes from St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and the British Virgin islands

The V.I. Budget Crisis: Part 6, Technology Park Tax Breaks

Source: St. John Source | The V.I. Budget Crisis: Part 6, Technology Park Tax Breaks The RT Park building on UVI’s St. Croix campus. (File photo) The V.I. government is at a crossroads, facing budget deficits, growing debt and an inability to borrow. Revenues have gone down due to the Hovensa closure and economic downturn.

Senate Bill Would Change Senior ID Requirement

Source: St. John Source | Senate Bill Would Change Senior ID Requirement Sen. Jean Forde (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature) Sen. Jean Forde (D-STT) introduced a bill Monday to allow any Real-ID compliant identification to take the place of special senior IDs issued by the government. V.I. senior citizens get several

Parade Kicks Off National Police Week Events

Source: St. John Source | Parade Kicks Off National Police Week Events During Monday’s event marking National Police Week, St. Thomas-St. John District Police Chief Jason Marsh lays a wreath in honor of officers killed in the line of duty. National Police Week celebrations kicked off on St. Thomas Monday with a first responder parade

UVI and VI Sea Turtle Project Document Their 100th Turtle

Source: St. John Source | UVI and VI Sea Turtle Project Document Their 100th Turtle Members of the VI Sea Turtle Project at UVI The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Center for Marine and Environmental Science and the VI Sea Turtle Project (VISTP) documented their 100th sea turtle in April, hitting a major milestone

Power Outages in Both Districts Monday

Source: St. John Source | Power Outages in Both Districts Monday Both the Estate Richmond Power Plant on St. Croix and the Randolph Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas experienced tripped generating units on Monday triggering electric service interruptions in both island districts. Eight electrical feeders on St. Croix fell off line around 10:45 a.m.

V.I. Guardsmen to Train at Many Locations During ‘Vigilant Guard’ Exercise

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Guardsmen to Train at Many Locations During ‘Vigilant Guard’ Exercise The Virgin Islands National Guardsmen (VING) will participate in the territorial emergency response assessment Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 19.  The exercise provides an opportunity for the U.S. Virgin Islands and the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA)

Department of Human Services Offers Summer Camp Subsidies

Source: St. John Source | Department of Human Services Offers Summer Camp Subsidies The Office of Childcare and Regulatory Services has funds available to defray the cost associated with the fees for summer camp, according to a press release issued by the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS).   “We remain supportive of families

Virtue of the Week: Confidence

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Confidence Confidence is having faith in someone. Self-confidence is trusting that you have what it takes to handle whatever happens. You feel sure of yourself and enjoy trying new things, without letting doubts or fears hold you back. When you have confidence in others, you rely

Beach Advisory for May 8-12

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for May 8-12 The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public

DOH Reports V.I.’s First Zika-Related Microcephaly Case

Source: St. John Source | DOH Reports V.I.’s First Zika-Related Microcephaly Case The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the U.S. Virgin Island’s first case of Zika-related microcephaly, the V.I. Department of Health reported Friday. “We are saddened to report this case; however, we are not surprised due to the high rate of local transmission

VIHA Management Offices to Close for 3 Days of Training

Source: St. John Source | VIHA Management Offices to Close for 3 Days of Training The Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA) Management Offices and Public Housing Communities on St. Thomas including the Estate Bovoni Apartments, Knolls at Contant, H.H. Bergs Home, Lucinda Millin, Michael J. Kirwin Terrace, Oswald Harris Court, Paul M. Pearson Gardens and

UVI Awards More than 100 Degrees on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source | UVI Awards More than 100 Degrees on St. Croix More than 100 UVI graduates celebrate the school’s 53rd commencement with a ce3remony in the St. Croix Educational Complex auditorium. Relentless rain Thursday forced a last-minute change of venue for the University of the Virgin Islands 53rd commencement ceremony, but it

JFL Board Told Griffith May Be Leaving Cardiac Center

Source: St. John Source | JFL Board Told Griffith May Be Leaving Cardiac Center Juan Luis Hospital board members discuss recent problems with the plumbing, from left, Aida Iris Bermudez, Dr. Anne Treasurer (back to camera,) Theresa Frorup-Ali, Philip Arcidi, Chairwoman Aracelis B.Walcott and Richard Evangelista, acting chief executive officer. The move of the Juan

USVI Soccer Association Offers CONCACAF ‘D’ License Course

Source: St. John Source | USVI Soccer Association Offers CONCACAF ‘D’ License Course In a continued effort to improve the level of professionalism at all levels of soccer in the Virgin Islands and to improve the quality and knowledge of coaches, the USVI Soccer Association will host a Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean

RFP-007-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-007-2017 (P) Request for Proposal No: RFP-007-2017 (P)  Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Education is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Professional Development for an Instructional Leadership Institute and Coaching in the St. Croix District. 

Stingrays Break Virgin Islands Records at Recent Swim Meet

Source: St. John Source | Stingrays Break Virgin Islands Records at Recent Swim Meet The St. Thomas Swimming Association (STSA) held its annual Mixed Event Swim Meet on Saturday, May 6, at the Aquatic Center in Estate Nazareth. Three St. Thomas Stingrays set new V.I. Swimming Federation records. Veronica Leinenbach set a new 100-meter butterfly

DPNR Announces Boating, Mooring Registrations

Source: St. John Source | DPNR Announces Boating, Mooring Registrations The Division of Environmental Enforcement will immediately begin vessel and mooring registrations for the 2017-2018 year, according to a press release from the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). Commissioner Dawn L. Henry Esq. informs the public that the mooring application has been

Reward Offered in ‘Vicious’ Rape

Source: St. John Source | Reward Offered in ‘Vicious’ Rape St. Croix Police Chief Winsbut McFarland, Lt. Naomi Joseph and Police Commissioner Delroy Richards, Sr. speak Wednesday about the weekend rape and carjacking case. In response to a “vicious sexual assault,” $40,000 has been donated for information leading to an arrest in Saturday’s rape and

LPP Mortgage, LTD., f/k/a Loan Participant Partners, LTD., Plaintiff vs. Crystal Johannes, Ralph Johannes, Troy Johannes, “John Doe”, et al, Defendants

Source: St. John Source | LPP Mortgage, LTD., f/k/a Loan Participant Partners, LTD., Plaintiff vs. Crystal Johannes, Ralph Johannes, Troy Johannes, “John Doe”, et al, Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. CROIX LPP MORTGAGE, LTD., f/k/a LOAN PARTICIPANT PARTNERS, LTD., Plaintiff, vs. CRYSTAL JOHANNES, RALPH JOHANNES, TROY JOHANNES, “John

Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Timothy Jackson, Defendant

Source: St. John Source | Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Timothy Jackson, Defendant IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN FRENCHMAN’S COVE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC.                                                        Plaintiff,  vs.                              

Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Timothy J. Knust and Jody A. Knust, Defendants

Source: St. John Source | Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Timothy J. Knust and Jody A. Knust, Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN FRENCHMAN’S COVE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC.                                                     Plaintiff,  v.                    

Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Lewis V. Wu and Rachel Wu, Defendants

Source: St. John Source | Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Lewis V. Wu and Rachel Wu, Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN FRENCHMAN’S COVE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC.                                                     Plaintiff,    v.                      

U.S.V.I. Economic Authority to Hold Public Hearings May 18

Source: St. John Source | U.S.V.I. Economic Authority to Hold Public Hearings May 18 All interested persons are hereby notified that in accordance with the Virgin Islands Code, a public hearing for the V.I. Economic Development Commission (VIEDC) will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, at 8000 Nisky Shopping Center, 2nd floor.,

Warriors and Ambassadors Win VITA’s Junior Team Tennis Title

Source: St. John Source | Warriors and Ambassadors Win VITA’s Junior Team Tennis Title The Warriors and the Ambassadors captured the Junior Team Tennis title to conclude the Virgin Islands Tennis Association Junior Team Tennis League on May 7.  The Ambassadors won the 14-and-under division by accumulating the most points and defeating the Titans, Stinger

Emergency Response Exercise Begins Next Week

Source: St. John Source | Emergency Response Exercise Begins Next Week Adj. Gen. Deborah Howell, Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Mona Barnes, VITEMA director, discuss Vigilant Guard exercises (Susan Ellis photo) On Monday, government officials joined Gov. Kenneth Mapp to talk about the territory’s upcoming participation in Vigilant Guard 2017 exercises from May 15 to May

The Crisis: Another Dimension

Source: St. John Source | The Crisis: Another Dimension Frank Schneiger A joke from the Broadway play Oslo. A Chinese man and his Jewish friend are taking a walk. All of a sudden, the Jewish man whacks the Chinese man, knocking him down. Stunned, the Chinese man asks, “What the hell was that for?” The

CAHS to Hold Mandatory Pre-Orientation for Incoming 9th Graders

Source: St. John Source | CAHS to Hold Mandatory Pre-Orientation for Incoming 9th Graders Charlotte Amalie High School (CAHS) will hold a mandatory pre-orientation meeting for all incoming 9th graders for School Year 2017-18 at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, at the school’s Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium. The CAHS administration reminds students and parents of

District Schools to Close Early on Thursday, May 11

Source: St. John Source | District Schools to Close Early on Thursday, May 11 The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s St. Thomas-St. John District Office of the Insular Superintendent notifies parents there will be an early dismissal of all public schools on Thursday, May 11. Dismissals will take place three hours before normal release times

PSC Says WAPA Keeping It In Dark About Fuel Supplier Dispute

Source: St. John Source | PSC Says WAPA Keeping It In Dark About Fuel Supplier Dispute The Water and Power Authority has not given the Public Services Commission information about billing and payment problems with its fuel producer, and members learned about it through news reports, PSC officials said in a statement Monday. WAPA reported

V.I. to Raise Minimum Wage on June 1

Source: St. John Source | V.I. to Raise Minimum Wage on June 1 Effective June 1, the minimum wage in the U.S. Virgin Islands will be increased to $9.50 per hour for all employees, except tourist service and restaurant employees, according to a press release from the V.I. Department of Labor. Persons not in compliance

Viya to Host Next Business After Hours

Source: St. John Source | Viya to Host Next Business After Hours Viya will host the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. The attendees will be taken on a tour of Viya’s new Customer Experience Center in Tutu Park, and hear about the products and services from a new communications and entertainment

FirstBank Puerto Rico, Plaintiff, vs. Elridge St. Clair Tobias, a/k/a Eldridge St. Clair Tobias, Defendant

Source: St. John Source | FirstBank Puerto Rico, Plaintiff, vs. Elridge St. Clair Tobias, a/k/a Eldridge St. Clair Tobias, Defendant IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN FIRSTBANK PUERTO RICO, Plaintiff, v. Elridge St. Clair Tobias, a/k/a Eldridge St. Clair Tobias, Defendant. _______________________________________ ST – 16 –

VIEDA Public Hearing

Source: St. John Source | VIEDA Public Hearing U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING All interested persons are hereby notified that in accordance with Section 717 Chapter 12 of Title 29, Virgin Islands Code, as amended, a public hearing for the V.I. Economic Development Commission will be held beginning at 9

‘Awesome’ Iron Man Ends

Source: St. John Source | ‘Awesome’ Iron Man Ends Francky Favre talks to Dave Ragsdale Sunday after winning the 29th – and final – St. Croix Ironman in a tie of 4:42:07. Stefan Irion from the Netherlands learned Sunday what all Crucians know – be cautious around rain-filled pot holes. The eighth-place finisher in the

WAPA Says Electricity Production Will Continue Without Disruption

Source: St. John Source | WAPA Says Electricity Production Will Continue Without Disruption The V.I. Water and Power Authority assured residents Sunday that its power plants will not run out of fuel and WAPA will continue to produce and provide electricity to its customers. The news release Sunday from the authority’s governing board and executive

Virtue of the Week: Courage

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Courage Courage is bravery in the face of fear. You do the right thing even when it is hard or scary. When you are courageous, you don’t give up. You try new things. You admit your mistakes. Courage is the strength in your heart. You are

UVI Announces Research Day Winners

Source: St. John Source | UVI Announces Research Day Winners The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has announced the winning students of the 6th Annual UVI Research Day. The Office of Research and Public Service and the Eastern Caribbean Center hosted the event in April on the St. Thomas Campus and Albert A. Sheen

GERS to Hold ‘Transitioning to Retirement’ Workshop

Source: St. John Source | GERS to Hold ‘Transitioning to Retirement’ Workshop The Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS) invites its members to participate in a transitioning from work to retirement workshop. The workshop is geared towards members who have six months to one year before they retire. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to

Beach Advisory for May 1-5

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for May 1-5 The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public

Forum Film Festival 2017 to Feature Three Award-Winning Movies

Source: St. John Source | Forum Film Festival 2017 to Feature Three Award-Winning Movies The Forum Film Festival is bringing three award-winning films to St. Thomas. The first film, “The Salesman,” won this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Film. “A Man Called Ove,” an award-winner in Europe, was nominated for an Oscar and “Neruda” made

Board of Education Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

Source: St. John Source | Board of Education Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week The Virgin Islands Board of Education (VIBE) commemorates Teacher Appreciation Week during the first full week in May and Teacher Appreciation Day on May 9.  “Teachers nationwide often are undercompensated, underappreciated and not given adequate tools and facilities in which to nourish the

Amateur Fighter Clayton Laurent Jr. Turns Pro

Source: St. John Source | Amateur Fighter Clayton Laurent Jr. Turns Pro Julian Jackson Sr. and Clayton Laurent Jr. announce Laurent’s new management contract. Calling himself “Mr. 340,” nine-year amateur fighter Clayton Laurent Jr. announced Friday that he will soon make his professional debut on St. Thomas, in a fight tentatively scheduled for Aug. 19.

IFB012DPWC17(C)

Source: St. John Source | IFB012DPWC17(C) Invitation for Bid No: IFB012DPWC17(C) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Bids from qualified firm(s) for Route 75 Clifton Hill Roadway Widening and Improvements, St. Croix. Bids will be received by the Department of Property and

Second Lawsuit Filed Over Timeshare Fees

Source: St. John Source | Second Lawsuit Filed Over Timeshare Fees Another group is suing the V.I. government over new $25 per day of occupancy fees on timeshare units in the territory. This is the second lawsuit over the fees, proposed by Gov. Kenneth Mapp as one of several new taxes and fees imposed to

Mapp Calls Special Session for Medicaid, Horse Racing Bills

Source: St. John Source | Mapp Calls Special Session for Medicaid, Horse Racing Bills Gov. Kenneth Mapp Gov. Kenneth Mapp has called a special session for Wednesday to consider seven proposed bills, including more funding for Medicaid matching and anti-doping rules for horse racing that he has proposed before, but which senators stripped from earlier

St. Croix Legislature Elevator Repaired

Source: St. John Source | St. Croix Legislature Elevator Repaired Senate President Myron Jackson (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature) The Legislature’s elevator at the Lagoon Complex on St. Croix had a mechanical issue, restricting the ability of those with disabilities to access their representatives’ offices, but was repaired Wednesday, according to

Blyden Sworn in As Human Services Commissioner

Source: St. John Source | Blyden Sworn in As Human Services Commissioner V.I. Supreme Court Chief Justice Rhys Hodge swears in Felecia Blyden. (Government House photo) Felecia Blyden took the oath of office and formally assumed the office of commissioner of the Human Services Department Wednesday at a ceremony in Government House. According to a

V.I. Answer Desk: Where to Play Table Tennis on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Answer Desk: Where to Play Table Tennis on St. Croix The Cheeseburgers in America’s Paradise sign is next to the place in the restaurant where the table tennis table is located. (Photo from Cheeseburgers in Paradise’s social media website) Reader Delvin Hector asks: “I will be visiting St. Croix

RFP-014-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-014-2017 (P) Request for Proposal: RFP-014-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands Energy Office is requesting proposals from qualified firm(s) or individual(s) to develop an Energy Benchmarking and Efficiency Pilot Program in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

We Can Solve Health Care Issues in the Virgin Islands

Source: St. John Source | We Can Solve Health Care Issues in the Virgin Islands Dear Source:                                           There is a solution for the three main areas of concern we face regarding healthcare in the territory: Quality, Cost and Availability. I’ve spent a portion of my career engaged in projects involving the industry of health insurance

Science Still Has a Strong Foothold on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source | Science Still Has a Strong Foothold on St. Croix The radio telescope on St. Croix is the easternmost point of the Very Long Baseline Array system, 10 dishes stretching from St. Croix to Hawaii. Science has been under attack by religious people denying evolution and moneyed interests denying that burning

VING Workshop Ceremony to Recognize Top Volunteers

Source: St. John Source | VING Workshop Ceremony to Recognize Top Volunteers The State Family Program Office (SFPO) of the Virgin Islands National Guard will host its annual volunteer workshop and recognition ceremony on St. Croix from Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7, at Divi Carina Bay Resort.   This year’s theme, “Maintaining a Consistently

New York Times Features St. Croix’s Links to Hamilton

Source: St. John Source | New York Times Features St. Croix’s Links to Hamilton Alexander Hamilton, from 1806 oil portrait by John Trumbull. The painting is now at Washington University Law School. (Image in the public domain) The New York Times printed an extensive look Wednesday at famed U.S. historical figure Alexander Hamilton’s years on

V.I. Terminix Suit Continues

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Terminix Suit Continues The V.I. government’s lawsuit against Terminix over the company’s use of methyl bromide in the territory continues to move forward slowly, with Terminix filing a motion to dismiss and the V.I. government filing a counter action opposing Terminix’s motion. Issues with a Terminix subcontractor’s use of

DOH to Host Workshops in Recognition of Mental Health Month

Source: St. John Source | DOH to Host Workshops in Recognition of Mental Health Month The V.I. Department of Health’s (DOH) Division of Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Services will be celebrating Mental Health Month during the month of May. This year’s theme, “Risky Business,” highlights the importance of knowing when behaviors and habits

Timeshare Group Suing Over Timeshare Fee

Source: St. John Source | Timeshare Group Suing Over Timeshare Fee The American Resort Development Association’s Resort Owners’ Coalition, a non-profit lobbying organization for the timeshare industry and 1.6 million timeshare owners, has filed suit in federal court against a new $25 per occupancy day fee on timeshare units in the territory. In a statement

Division of Personnel Announces New Applicant Tracking System

Source: St. John Source | Division of Personnel Announces New Applicant Tracking System The Division of Personnel (DOP) has announced a new and improved initiative that improves the electronic handling of all its recruitment needs. NeoGov, its new Applicant Tracking System, will replace the current system beginning Monday, May 8. Founded in 2000, NEOGOV provides

Patient Assist V.I. Marks $1 Million Milestone

Source: St. John Source | Patient Assist V.I. Marks Million Milestone Patient Assist V.I., a private non-profit organization, has celebrated a milestone, facilitating $1 million in free prescription medications to low-income Virgin Islanders since it was founded five years ago. PAVI works with uninsured and underinsured patients and their doctors to determine a medication plan,

Source Manager’s Journal: Janesville

Source: St. John Source | Source Manager’s Journal: Janesville Frank Schneiger Janesville is a small city of 63,000 people in southern Wisconsin. Its winters are cold and long. Its population is 93% white and less than 2% black. Its congressman is Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. A new book, Janesville: An American Story by

Applications for $10,000 Viya Scholarships Now Available

Source: St. John Source | Applications for ,000 Viya Scholarships Now Available Viya, formerly Innovative and Choice Wireless, the largest telecommunications provider in the U.S. Virgin Islands, recently merged and became a new communications and entertainment company. CEO Alvaro Pilar has announced Viya Scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the territory. Pilar said, “Viya

UVI Bulletin Board for May

Source: St. John Source | UVI Bulletin Board for May Iyanla Vanzant, Inspirational Speaker and Prolific, Commanding Author to Speak at Commencement; Renowned Virgin Islanders to Receive Honorary Degrees Iyanla Vanzant, prolific and commanding author, soulful priestess, television personality and healer of people, will be the keynote speaker at the University of the Virgin Islands

Sewage Drainage Crisis At JFL

Source: St. John Source | Sewage Drainage Crisis At JFL Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital’s sewage drainage system was compromised mid-day Monday leading the hospital to take steps to limit visiting and staff to reduce use of the system, according to the hospital. Some of the sewage drain lines on the first floor were compromised,

Mongoose Junction’s “First Friday” Arts and Culture Event Scheduled for Cinco De Mayo

Source: St. John Source | Mongoose Junction’s “First Friday” Arts and Culture Event Scheduled for Cinco De Mayo On Friday, May 5, the Mongoose Junction Merchants Association will again present their “First Friday” arts and culture event. From 6-9 p.m., monthly event features live music, featured artists and art exhibits, cultural performances, sale specials, contests

UVI Student Entrepreneurs Win $60,000 in 5th Annual 13D Competition

Source: St. John Source | UVI Student Entrepreneurs Win ,000 in 5th Annual 13D Competition                 Three University of the Virgin Islands student entrepreneurs earned $60,000 at the 5th annual 13D Entrepreneurship Competition on April 21, on the St. Thomas Campus. The 13D Competition, sponsored by 13D Research and Viya (formerly Innovative), is designed to

A News Story Shouldn’t Bring More Trauma to a Victim

Source: St. John Source | A News Story Shouldn’t Bring More Trauma to a Victim Dear Source: This letter is in response to the publishing of the details of an “alleged sexual assault” on the V.I. Consortium’s website, the week of April 23rd.  Reporting a sensational story is not more important than a person’s life.

Human Services Celebrates Foster Care Month

Source: St. John Source | Human Services Celebrates Foster Care Month The V.I. Department of Human Services (DHS) is celebrating Foster Care Month this May.  “We are extremely diligent in our efforts to promote the welfare of children in foster care in the Virgin Islands.  We understand the changes in the dynamics of the family

RFP-013-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-013-2017 (P) Request for Proposal: RFP-013-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Education is requesting proposals from qualified firm(s) or individual(s) to provide Professional Development on Aligning Instruction to the Common Core State Standards in the

IFB020LGOT17(S)

Source: St. John Source | IFB020LGOT17(S) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31, Virgin Islands Code, request sealed bids in QUINTUPLICATE (1 original and 4 copies) for the following: IFB020LGOT17(S) – Qualified vendors to furnish all labor, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide Janitorial Services to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor at two (2) locations

Boschulte Turns Over WICO to a New Captain

Source: St. John Source | Boschulte Turns Over WICO to a New Captain Dear Source: For the past five years, it has been my honor and pleasure to serve as the CEO and President of the West Indian Company Limited.  And as I embark on the next stage of my life and career, I will

Adults Parade Celebrates V.I. History, Cultural Mix with Unique Entries

Source: St. John Source | Adults Parade Celebrates V.I. History, Cultural Mix with Unique Entries The V.I. Filipino Association celebrates unity with the local community during Saturday’s Adult’s Parade. The rain this year might have caused some delays, but the more than 30 troupes that streamed down the Adult’s Parade route Saturday on St. Thomas

Virtue of the Week: Commitment

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Commitment Commitment is caring deeply about something or someone. It is deciding carefully what you want to do, then giving 100 percent, holding nothing back. You give your all to friendship, a task, or something you believe in. You finish what you start. You keep your

The Bookworm: Backman’s ‘Beartown’ Can’t Be Beat

Source: St. John Source | The Bookworm: Backman’s ‘Beartown’ Can’t Be Beat “Beartown: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman, © 2017 Atria, 418 pages hardcover Your favorite team cannot be beat. As soon as they hit the court, field, or rink, they play their hearts out to win. And win. And win. The competition is …

LWV to Have Annual Meeting May 6

Source: St. John Source | LWV to Have Annual Meeting May 6 The League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Virgin Islands will host its next annual meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 6, in the Hibiscus Conference Room at the Emerald Beach Resort. The guest speaker will be Delegate to Congress Stacy Plaskett. Fees

Oliver A. Edwards Dies at 85

Source: St. John Source | Oliver A. Edwards Dies at 85 Oliver A. Edwards Oliver A. Edwards, also known as “Lion,” of Estate Judith’s Fancy died on Wednesday, April 5. He was 85 years old. He is preceded in death by his wife, Agatha Edwards; brother, Cecil “Kitto” Edwards; sisters: Rubelle Edwards Titus and Candace

Streets Fill with Supporters for St. Thomas Carnival Children’s Parade

Source: St. John Source | Streets Fill with Supporters for St. Thomas Carnival Children’s Parade Savannah Gabriel frontlines for her grandmother’s troupe, the Sebastien Majorettes, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Friday’s children’s parade had more spectators than ever before, and even when the rain fell around midday, people stayed put and cheered for all

Beach Advisory for April 24-28

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for April 24-28 The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public

Territory Getting $371,000 in Federal Historic Preservation Grants

Source: St. John Source | Territory Getting 1,000 in Federal Historic Preservation Grants The U.S. Virgin Islands is getting $371,000 in historic and cultural preservation grants funded by offshore drilling funds, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced this week. The money is a share of $26.9 million in historic preservation grants to every U.S.

Marriott Ownership Resorts (St.Thomas), Inc., Plaintiff vs. Marco A. Munoz, Rossana M. Munoz, Marriott Hotel Management Company (Virgin Islands), and Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Defendants

Source: St. John Source | Marriott Ownership Resorts (St.Thomas), Inc., Plaintiff vs. Marco A. Munoz, Rossana M. Munoz, Marriott Hotel Management Company (Virgin Islands), and Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN MARRIOTT OWNERSHIP RESORTS          (ST. THOMAS), INC.,                                                                                            

viNGN‐Solicitation‐2017‐634

Source: St. John Source | viNGN‐Solicitation‐2017‐634 VIRGIN ISLANDS NEXT GENERATION NETWORK  viNGN‐Solicitation‐2017‐634 _______________________________________________________  Request for Proposals for Property and Liability Insurance Bidders may pick up a hard copy of the RFP package containing specifications and other requirements relating to this solicitation at viNGN, No 3 King Cross Street, Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands 00820, or at

Viya Announces Carnival Closings for April 28, 29

Source: St. John Source | Viya Announces Carnival Closings for April 28, 29 Viya, formerly Innovative and Choice Wireless, the largest telecommunications provider in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has announced its holiday schedule during Carnival. Customer Experience Centers at Tutu Park on St. Thomas, Estate Diamond and the Sunshine Mall on St. Croix, and the

Open Your Eyes

Source: St. John Source | Open Your Eyes Dear Source: What’s going on in the Virgin Islands? Where are we heading, and, more importantly, who is navigating the ship? As a Virgin Islander, I have watched our beautiful community slip lower and deeper into the abyss. My three children were all born and educated on

UVI-SIP Joins Nation in Recognizing Safety Stand-Down Week

Source: St. John Source | UVI-SIP Joins Nation in Recognizing Safety Stand-Down Week Injuries and fatalities among workers, especially in the construction industry, are a growing concern across the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls are the leading cause of death in construction, and every year falls from ladders make up nearly

Virgin Islands National Park Hiring Youth for Summer Jobs

Source: St. John Source | Virgin Islands National Park Hiring Youth for Summer Jobs National Park Youth Employment program offers jobs to kids ages 15-18. The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is providing paid summer employment for youth (15-18 years old) in Virgin Islands National Park (VINP) on St. John. The park is looking for employees

Large Crowd Celebrates Tradition at Cultural Fair

Source: St. John Source | Large Crowd Celebrates Tradition at Cultural Fair Honoree Winifred Francis, who’s been participating in the fair for more than 20 years, stands second from right with family members. If asked which Carnival event is at the top of their list, aside from the parades, most Thomians would agree that the

IRB Holding Workshop on New Fee for Timeshare Owners

Source: St. John Source | IRB Holding Workshop on New Fee for Timeshare Owners IRB Director Marvin Pickering (Source file photo) With a new impact fee for timeshares going into effect, the Bureau of Internal Revenue is holding a workshop for owners. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, May 5, at IRB offices

GERS to Hold Workshop for Retirees on May 10

Source: St. John Source | GERS to Hold Workshop for Retirees on May 10 The Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS) invites retired members to participate in a post-retirement workshop called “The Joys and Challenges of Retirement.” It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, in the training room on the

Think Education to Host V.I. Education Revitalization Symposiums

Source: St. John Source | Think Education to Host V.I. Education Revitalization Symposiums Think Education invites educators, parents and other stakeholders to participate in an educational symposium scheduled for 6-9 p.m., on Tuesday May 9, at the University of the Virgin Islands, both campuses. The UVI – St. Croix campus symposium will be held at

17 federal officers Commissioned as V.I. Peace Officers

Source: St. John Source | 17 federal officers Commissioned as V.I. Peace Officers The U.S. Virgin Islands commissioned 17 federal law enforcement officers as Virgin Islands Peace Officers after the officers completed an orientation on Virgin Islands history and culture. The ceremony took place Monday at Government House on St. Croix. Commissions were awarded to

Governor’s Brother Approves Mass Termination of VIPA Management

Source: St. John Source | Governor’s Brother Approves Mass Termination of VIPA Management David Mapp, acting head of the V.I. Port Authority and brother to Gov. Kenneth Mapp, has approved the ouster of most of VIPA’s top management, two independent sources tell the Source. Asked about the terminations Tuesday, VIPA Public Information Officer Monifa Brathwaite

Patient Care Continues Uninterrupted at CKCI

Source: St. John Source | Patient Care Continues Uninterrupted at CKCI Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) informs the public that cancer treatment continues to be available at the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute (CKCI) despite the financial challenges it faces. Patients enrolled at CKCI continue to receive their treatments as scheduled. New patients who meet admission

St. John Land Conservancy to Raise Funds at Chili Cook-Off

Source: St. John Source | St. John Land Conservancy to Raise Funds at Chili Cook-Off The St. John Land Conservancy will hold a fundraising event, its first Chili Cook-Off, from noon to 10 pm., Saturday, April 29, at Skinny Leg’s Restaurant in Coral Bay. More than six restaurants will participate to include Rhumb Lines, Indigo

Hoops in Paradise Invitational Tournament Draws USVI, BVI, PR Teams

Source: St. John Source | Hoops in Paradise Invitational Tournament Draws USVI, BVI, PR Teams Charlotte Amalie High School scores at Hoops in Paradise Invitational Tournament The Virgin Islands Department of Education (DOE) in conjunction with the Bertha C. Boschulte (BCB) Middle School and Island Ballers have been hosting the first Hoops in Paradise Invitational

UVI Entrepreneurs Place Second in Global Health Game Design Competition

Source: St. John Source | UVI Entrepreneurs Place Second in Global Health Game Design Competition Gerald and Joy, 2nd place winners at International Games4Health competition University of the Virgin Islands sophomore Joy Grant, social science major, and UVI junior Gerald Bellot, applied math major, have placed second in the international Games4Health, the world’s largest and

Election Board Votes Not to Certify Special Election Result

Source: St. John Source | Election Board Votes Not to Certify Special Election Result After a meeting that lasted only15 minutes, St. Thomas-St. John District Board of Elections members voted Monday not to certify the April 8 special election results and left the matter in the hands of the Senate to figure out. The special

The V.I. Budget Crisis, Part 3: The GERS Time Bomb

Source: St. John Source | The V.I. Budget Crisis, Part 3: The GERS Time Bomb GERS Complex on St. Croix. (Photo provided by GERS) The V.I. government is at a crossroads. Along with this year’s $110 million deficit, the USVI is facing ongoing structural deficits of around $170 million per year out of a locally

Cohen Named New GERS Retiree Trustee

Source: St. John Source | Cohen Named New GERS Retiree Trustee Former government employee Stephen Cohen has been selected to complete the term of Judge Edgar Ross on the board of trustees of the V.I. Government Employee Retirement System, GERS announced Monday. Ross resigned for personal reasons effective March 31. Cohen will serve through March

RFP-012-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-012-2017 (P) Request for Proposal: RFP-012-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Office of Management and Budget on behalf of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor is requesting proposals from qualified Certified Public Accounting or Financial Management firm(s)

Six Boaters Rescued Between St. Thomas, St. Croix

Source: St. John Source | Six Boaters Rescued Between St. Thomas, St. Croix Coast Guard rescue crews, a Good Samaritan vessel and the crew of the cruise ship Zenith rescued six men Monday during a search and rescue case involving three vessels in the waters between St. Thomas and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, the

Viya Aims to Take Advantage of Changes in Telecom Industry

Source: St. John Source | Viya Aims to Take Advantage of Changes in Telecom Industry Alvaro Pilar talks about changes coming to telecommunications in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the new compan’y focus on service. ‘I want our customers to feel that this is their company,’ he said.. When Alvaro Pilar came to the territory

St. John Resort Listed as a Top Honeymoon Destination

Source: St. John Source | St. John Resort Listed as a Top Honeymoon Destination St. John is often touted as a great vacation destination, and it has happened again. The Canadian travel site Flight Network rated a Cruz Bay resort one of the 22 best honeymoon destinations under $3,500 (Canadian) in the world. The smallest

V.I. Commemorates Earth Day

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Commemorates Earth Day On St. Croix, Earth Day marchers celebrate the annual even with a parade through Frederiksted. (Susan Ellis photo) With pithy signs and banners, St. Croix scientists and activists took to the streets Saturday, joining others around the world to commemorate Earth Day and advocate for action

Virtue of the Week: Integrity

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Integrity Integrity is living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere. Integrity helps you listen to your conscience, to do the right thing and to tell the truth. You act with integrity when your words and actions match. Integrity gives you self-respect and

WAPA Releases Schedule of Customer Service Hours for Carnival Week

Source: St. John Source | WAPA Releases Schedule of Customer Service Hours for Carnival Week The following is the schedule of operating hours for the customer services offices of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) during Carnival week, according to a press release from WAPA. Wednesday, April 26 (Carnival Food, Arts and Crafts

Beach Advisory for April 17-21

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for April 17-21 The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public

Labor Begins 2017 Summer Youth Employment and Training Program

Source: St. John Source | Labor Begins 2017 Summer Youth Employment and Training Program The V.I. Department of Labor (DOL) has begun accepting and processing Summer Youth Employment applications for the 2017 Summer Youth Work Experience and Training Program. While applications continue to be received throughout the year for other programs and activities, young people

Senators Seek Legal Counsel’s Opinion On Special Election

Source: St. John Source | Senators Seek Legal Counsel’s Opinion On Special Election Three minority senators out of the St. Thomas-St John District on Thursday requested a legislative legal opinion to determine what action the Legislature should take if the Board of Elections does not certify the results of the 2017 Special Election. This, they

RC St.Thomas, LLC, Plaintiff vs. Donald E. Cox, Julie A. Cox, Jay Telenda and Lori J. Telenda as Trustees of the Telenda Family Trust and Great Bay Condominium Owners Association, Inc., Defendants

Source: St. John Source | RC St.Thomas, LLC, Plaintiff vs. Donald E. Cox, Julie A. Cox, Jay Telenda and Lori J. Telenda as Trustees of the Telenda Family Trust and Great Bay Condominium Owners Association, Inc., Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN RC ST. THOMAS,

Five New Ambulances Arrive in USVI

Source: St. John Source | Five New Ambulances Arrive in USVI A St. Croix EMS crew practices with the new aambulance and patient cart. (Photos provided by the V.I. Department of Health) The Department of Health has five new ambulances going into service Friday, helping to fill a long-standing urgent shortage of emergency vehicles and

IEKHS to Hold Mandatory Pre-Orientation for Incoming 9th Graders

Source: St. John Source | IEKHS to Hold Mandatory Pre-Orientation for Incoming 9th Graders The Ivanna Eudora Kean High School (IEKHS) has scheduled a mandatory pre-orientation meeting for all incoming ninth graders for School Year 2017-2018 at 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, at the high school’s Café Kean. Agenda items include:  Selecting career paths

VITEMA Begins Installation of Twenty New Outdoor Sirens

Source: St. John Source | VITEMA Begins Installation of Twenty New Outdoor Sirens The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) continues to enhance the USVI Tsunami Readiness Program with upgrades and expansion to the All Hazards Siren Warning System. This week, VITEMA began the installation of 20 additional outdoor sirens across the territory, including

All Political Signs Must Be Removed

Source: St. John Source | All Political Signs Must Be Removed Effective Saturday, April 22, all political road signs are to be removed pursuant to the law, according to a press release from the V.I. Department of Public Works (DPW). As stated on the approved Advertising Device Permit Application, there is a maximum fine of

Mapp Administration Going After Delinquent Taxpayers

Source: St. John Source | Mapp Administration Going After Delinquent Taxpayers Gov. Kenneth Mapp, center, flanked by IRB Director Marvin Pickering, left, and Attorney General Claude Walker at Wednesday’s press conference (Photo provided by Government House) Flanked by Attorney General Claude Walker and Internal Revenue Bureau Director Marvin Pickering, Gov. Kenneth Mapp told reporters Wednesday

Innovative and Choice Come Together as Viya

Source: St. John Source | Innovative and Choice Come Together as Viya The logo for Viya, the new company formed by the merger of Innovative and Choice Wireless. After months of anticipation, Innovative and Choice Wireless unveiled the new corporate logo Wednesday as the two companies came together as Viya, a newly merged communications and

Garcia Takes First Step to Qualify for Tokyo Olympics Marathon

Source: St. John Source | Garcia Takes First Step to Qualify for Tokyo Olympics Marathon Eduardo Garcia The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (VIOC) and the Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) are putting their support behind V.I. National Track and Field Team member Eduardo Garcia to be the next V.I. Olympian to compete in

Innovative Merges With Choice Wireless to Form Viya

Source: St. John Source | Innovative Merges With Choice Wireless to Form Viya Innovative and Choice Wireless, the largest telecommunications provider in the U.S. Virgin Islands with a full suite of telecommunications services, is entering a new era with a new brand: Viya. On Wednesday, April 19, Viya was introduced to the community at a

WAPA Restores Service After Rotating Interruptions

Source: St. John Source | WAPA Restores Service After Rotating Interruptions The V.I. Water and Power Authority at 9:31 p.m. Thursday was able to fully restored electricity to all customers affected by challenges to the power plant. Two of WAPA’s generating units – Units 15 and 18 – a pair of 20-megawatt generators, had tripped

RFP-005-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-005-2017 (P) Request for Proposal No: RFP-005-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Education is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Professional Training on Data Collection and Analysis for School Administrators in the St. Croix

RFP-006-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-006-2017 (P) Request for Proposal No: RFP-006-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Property & Procurement is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Territorial Armored Car Pickup and Delivery Services, U.S. Virgin Islands. Proposals will

St-Thomas-St. John District Board Can’t Certify Special Election Until Rodriquez De-Certified

Source: St. John Source | St-Thomas-St. John District Board Can’t Certify Special Election Until Rodriquez De-Certified Almost all special election votes have been counted, but the St. Thomas-St. John District Board of Elections might not be able to certify the results until the status of former senator elect Kevin Rodriquez has been officially settled, according

Careful What You Order Online

Source: St. John Source | Careful What You Order Online Virgin Islanders be careful shopping online; say if those shoes seem like a little too good a deal, because if it’s a fake that violates U.S. trademark laws, federal officials may confiscate it and you’ll be out the cost. This is happening right now. There

UVI Bulletin Board for April/May

Source: St. John Source | UVI Bulletin Board for April/May UVI Holds Annual Service Awards on the 18 and 20 of April The Human Resources Department is having its 43rd Annual Service Awards on April 18 and 20 on the St. Thomas Campus and the Albert A. Sheen Campus, respectively.  Join the Human Resources staff

A Science Cafe Event About Corals Set for April 20 at Iggies

Source: St. John Source | A Science Cafe Event About Corals Set for April 20 at Iggies     Join UVI Master of Marine and Environmental Science graduate students for an evening of “Corals & Cocktails” on Thursday, April 20, at Iggies Beach Bar.     Graduate students Alexandra Gutting, Vernita Smith and Elizabeth Smith will discuss

UVI Celebrates ‘University Pride’ Throughout April

Source: St. John Source | UVI Celebrates ‘University Pride’ Throughout April The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will celebrate ‘University Pride’ throughout the month of April. UVI alumni, students, faculty and staff will showcase their Buccaneer spirit with events in the territory, on campus and online. “This year the university is especially proud as

Flash Flood Watch Extended to Tuesday Morning

Source: St. John Source | Flash Flood Watch Extended to Tuesday Morning The flash flood watch in effect since the weekend for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico has been extended until 6 a.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service in San Juan. According to the NWS, a very moist weather pattern will continue

The V.I. Budget Crisis: Part 2, The Hovensa Effect

Source: St. John Source | The V.I. Budget Crisis: Part 2, The Hovensa Effect The V.I. government is at a crossroads. Along with this year’s $110 million deficit, the USVI is facing ongoing structural deficits of around $170 million per year out of a locally funded budget of around $850 million. It has outstanding debt

Flash Flood Watch Extended Through Monday

Source: St. John Source | Flash Flood Watch Extended Through Monday The National Weather Service extended the flash flood watch issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday to be effective through Monday evening. When originally issued, the advisory was to be in effect through Sunday. But on Sunday evening, the NWS said the conditions

Virtue of the Week: Truthfulness

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Truthfulness Truthfulness is being honest in your words and actions. You don’t tell lies even to defend yourself. Don’t listen to gossip or prejudice. See the truth for yourself. Don’t try to be more that you are to impress others. Be yourself, your true self. You

Hurdler Eddie Lovett Achieves No. 6 in World Ranking

Source: St. John Source | Hurdler Eddie Lovett Achieves No. 6 in World Ranking Eddie Lovett (center) wins gold medal at World University Games Eddie Lovett, a Virgin Islands National Track and Field team member, has made the transition from his indoor season, where he achieved top IAAF World Ranking, to No. 6 on the

Police Arrest Suspect in Cruz Bay Restaurant Burglaries

Source: St. John Source | Police Arrest Suspect in Cruz Bay Restaurant Burglaries The V.I. Police Department on Thursday arrested Malik Cheatham, a 66-year-old Solberg man suspected in the burglary of two Cruz Bay restaurants in April. According to police, at about 9:30 a.m. April 4 police learned that a burglary had occurred at Wharfside

Territory on Flash Flood Watch Through Sunday

Source: St. John Source | Territory on Flash Flood Watch Through Sunday The National Weather Service on Friday issued a flash flood watch for the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with portions of Puerto Rico, effective through Sunday evening. According to the NWS, the advisory was issued due to the potential for periods of heavy rains,

Slave Wrecks Offer Clues about Difficult History

Source: St. John Source | Slave Wrecks Offer Clues about Difficult History Just outside the door of the National Park Service lecture room in the Danish Company Warehouse on Company Street, Christiansted, is the place where thousands of Africans were auctioned off as slaves. Thursday night the lecture room was filled with about 100 people

Graham Named New WICO Chief; Boschulte Working with Tourism

Source: St. John Source | Graham Named New WICO Chief; Boschulte Working with Tourism Incoming WICO head Clifford Graham, left, and outgoing head Joseph Boschulte participate in Wednesday’s task force meeting. The first meeting of a new government task force put together to improve the visitor experience within Charlotte Amalie started Wednesday with some surprise

14th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim Set for May 28

Source: St. John Source | 14th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim Set for May 28 Beach-to-Beach Power Swim start a few years ago at Maho Bay, St. John, USVI (Photo/Thomas Layer). Imagine the Caribbean sun, azure water, white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs that await competitors as they swim through the pristine Virgin Islands National

New Commercial Fishing License Was Issued Despite Moratorium

Source: St. John Source | New Commercial Fishing License Was Issued Despite Moratorium Tuna are sold from the back of a commercial fishers truck on St. Thomas. In 2001 the Virgin Islands put a moratorium on issuing new commercial fishing licenses in order to protect the territory’s fisheries, but at least one has been issued

Senate Bill Would Increase Floor on Franchise Taxes

Source: St. John Source | Senate Bill Would Increase Floor on Franchise Taxes Franchise taxes for corporations, a small tax on each licensed corporation doing business in the territory, will increase slightly, if legislation approved Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee becomes law. Under the proposal, the franchise tax for V.I. corporations would increase from

St. Johnians Say Their Property Taxes Are Unfairly High

Source: St. John Source | St. Johnians Say Their Property Taxes Are Unfairly High An array of St. John residents testified Tuesday about what they called the hardship caused by high property taxes on St. John, urging senators to pass legislation to address the problem. Some told the lawmakers that assessments were way off and

Source Manager’s Journal: Some Rules for the Crisis

Source: St. John Source | Source Manager’s Journal: Some Rules for the Crisis These are an outside observer’s comments on the Source’s Bill Kossler’s exceptional reporting on the Virgin Islands budget crisis which began running in the Source this week. V.I. Budget Crisis: How Did We Get Here and How Do We Get Out? Frank

Senate Panel Supports Reducing WICO Alternative Tax

Source: St. John Source | Senate Panel Supports Reducing WICO Alternative Tax The West Indian Company will see its payment in lieu of taxes go down from $700,000 per year to $250,000 per year, all of which will be used to maintain and operate the historic Estate Catherineberg structure as a museum, if a measure

Innovative Business Offices to Close for Easter Weekend

Source: St. John Source | Innovative Business Offices to Close for Easter Weekend In commemoration of Easter, the Innovative- Choice Business offices and retail stores on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix will be closed on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15.   Innovative’s Business Offices, which include the customer care departments for Innovative

WICO Names Clifford F. Graham to Be New CEO

Source: St. John Source | WICO Names Clifford F. Graham to Be New CEO West Indian Company Ltd. (WICO) has announced that Clifford F. Graham will assume the position of president and chief executive officer on Monday, May 1. Graham said, “l am honored and humbled to be selected as the president and chief executive

Feds Extend Loan of Health Commissioner Davis

Source: St. John Source | Feds Extend Loan of Health Commissioner Davis The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to extend for another year the assignment of Dr. Michelle Davis to serve as the Virgin Islands Commissioner of Health, according to Government House. Davies is regional health administrator for the U.S. Health

RC St.Thomas, LLC, Plaintiff vs. Allan Richard Thomas, Randy Thomas and Great Bay Condominium Owners Association, Defendants

Source: St. John Source | RC St.Thomas, LLC, Plaintiff vs. Allan Richard Thomas, Randy Thomas and Great Bay Condominium Owners Association, Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN RC ST. THOMAS, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. ALLAN RICHARD THOMAS, RANDY THOMAS and GREAT BAY CONDOMINIUM OWNERS ASSOCIATION, Defendants.

Walker Bars Charleswell from V.I. Property Auctions

Source: St. John Source | Walker Bars Charleswell from V.I. Property Auctions A former government employee who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to defraud the government through a property auction has been barred from engaging in any future public auctions for five years, the Office of the Attorney General announced. Attorney General Claude

Baha’is Celebrate Nine Holidays Each Year

Source: St. John Source | Baha’is Celebrate Nine Holidays Each Year Naw Ruz baby with balloon The Baha’is of the Virgin Islands brought in the Baha’i New Year with prayers and festivities on March 19.  Their New Year parties also brought an end to their 19-day period of fasting and spiritual renewal. The Baha’i calendar

UVI Bulletin Board for April Continued

Source: St. John Source | UVI Bulletin Board for April Continued Angelique Flemming Crowned Miss University of the Virgin Islands 2017-2018 Angelique Flemming was crowned Miss University of the Virgin Islands 2017-2018 at the 37th Annual Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition held Saturday, April 8, at the St. Croix Educational Complex on St. Croix.  Flemming, 19, is a

Nine Federal Officers Commissioned as V.I. Peace Officers

Source: St. John Source | Nine Federal Officers Commissioned as V.I. Peace Officers Nine federal law enforcement officers received commissions as Virgin Islands Peace Officers Monday after attending an orientation on V.I. history and culture at the Police Training Academy on St. Thomas, Attorney General Claude Earl Walker announced. Commissions were awarded to three agents

Senate Streamlining Health Insurance Board

Source: St. John Source | Senate Streamlining Health Insurance Board The duties of the Government Employees Services Commission will be pared back to just its primary role of negotiating the government health insurance contract, eliminating employee complaint response roles that overlap with other agencies and boards, if legislation approved in committee becomes law. The Committee

Angelique Flemming Is Crowned Miss UVI 2017-2018

Source: St. John Source | Angelique Flemming Is Crowned Miss UVI 2017-2018 Miss UVI Angelique Flemming Angelique Flemming was crowned Miss University of the Virgin Islands 2017-2018 at the 37th Annual Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition held on Saturday, April 8, at the St. Croix Educational Complex. Flemming is a sophomore psychology major. The 19-year-old was

IFB011DOEC17(C)

Source: St. John Source | IFB011DOEC17(C) Invitation for Bid No: IFB011DOEC17(C) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Bids from qualified firm(s) to provide Roof Resurfacing at the John Woodson Junior High School Located in the St. Croix District. Bids will be received

Public Finance Authority RFP

Source: St. John Source | Public Finance Authority RFP REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: The Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority is requesting proposals from qualified firm(s) or individual(s) to provide ARBITRAGE REBATE CALCULATION SERVICES. Proposals will be received by the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority: 5033 Kongens Gade St. Thomas, VI 00802 Proposals will be accepted at

UVICELL, Archibald Energy Group Offering Solar Technician Training

Source: St. John Source | UVICELL, Archibald Energy Group Offering Solar Technician Training To increase awareness of renewable energy and advance the territory’s agenda of promoting and improving energy efficiency, the UVICELL Center is collaborating with a local company to prepare the workforce for jobs in this emerging sector. The UVICELL Center and Archibald Energy

Community Service Honorees Urge Chamber Members to Work Together

Source: St. John Source | Community Service Honorees Urge Chamber Members to Work Together During their award acceptance speeches Saturday evening, honorees of the community service awards told their fellow St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce members that they must keep working together to not only improve the local business climate but to also make

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Source: St. John Source | Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week. 32nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands Senate Calendar Week Beginning April 10 Monday, April 10 10 a.m. Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room, St. Croix Agenda: The committee has scheduled a meeting to

Janelle Sarauw Wins Vacant Senate Seat

Source: St. John Source | Janelle Sarauw Wins Vacant Senate Seat Janelle Sarauw supporters campaign outside the Charlotte Amalie High School Saturday morning. Janelle Sarauw nabbed the St. Thomas-St. John district’s vacant Senate seat in a special election Saturday. According to the unofficial numbers Sarauw received 1,234 votes. The second highest vote getter in Saturday’s

McKenzie Pleads Guilty in Auction Scheme

Source: St. John Source | McKenzie Pleads Guilty in Auction Scheme Edward McKenzie, 61, pleaded guilty in a scheme to defraud the government through a property auction and has been sentenced for his role in the conspiracy, the Attorney General’s Office announced Friday. McKenzie, who became the third person to enter a guilty plea in

RFP-011-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-011-2017 (P)   Request for Proposal: RFP-011-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Education is requesting proposals from qualified firm(s) or individual(s) to provide Professional Development on Supporting Content Based Professional Learning Communities to Improve Instructional

V.I. Tennis Again Makes Strong Showing at Junior Davis Cup

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Tennis Again Makes Strong Showing at Junior Davis Cup Virgin Islands Tennis Association in El Salvador The 2017 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup just ended in San Salvador, El Salvador, and once again Virgin Islands boys made a strong showing. The Virgin Islands Tennis Association (VITA) sent

New Liquor, Cigarette Taxes Go Into Effect May 1

Source: St. John Source | New Liquor, Cigarette Taxes Go Into Effect May 1 Unpopular new taxes on tobacco, sodas and liquor aimed at helping reduce the V.I. government’s structural budget deficit go into effect May 1. Mapp called the new excise tax rates “sin taxes” when his administration proposed them in December of 2016.

Innovative-Choice Wireless Prepares Public for News With Doughnuts

Source: St. John Source | Innovative-Choice Wireless Prepares Public for News With Doughnuts On Thursday, April 6, some 9,000 Virgin Islanders were treated to a tasty surprise. The “Better Together” team of Innovative and Choice Wireless employees took to the streets offering orange-iced Krispy Kreme doughnuts.   Wearing shirts sporting cheery messages such as “Treat yourself;

RFP-010-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-010-2017 (P) Request for Proposal: RFP-010-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, GESC/Health Insurance Board of Trustees is requesting proposals from qualified firm(s) or individual(s) to assist and advise the Virgin Islands Health Insurance Board of Trustees in

RFP-004-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | RFP-004-2017 (P) Request for Proposal No: RFP-004-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Workforce Development Board is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide One-Stop Operator for the Virgin Islands Workforce System. Proposals will be received by the

Solar Sprint Lights Up Students Again

Source: St. John Source | Solar Sprint Lights Up Students Again Students prepare their cars at the starting line. After a half-a-dozen-years hiatus, the Virgin Islands Energy Office sponsored a Junior Solar Sprint competition Thursday at the Sunshine Mall, a race featuring solar cars built by middle schools students. Seven St. Thomas schools sent teams

United Adding Houston-STT Flights

Source: St. John Source | United Adding Houston-STT Flights Expect a spike in Texas tourists to the territory this summer as United Airlines adds daily flights from Houston to St. Thomas. The July to August daily flights are an off-season boon, said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty, because the V.I. usually experiences a significant summer slowdown.

Beach Advisory for April 3-7

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for April 3-7 The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public

Technology Education Conference Gives President’s Award to St. Thomas-St. John Teachers

Source: St. John Source | Technology Education Conference Gives President’s Award to St. Thomas-St. John Teachers Teachers from St. Thomas-St John District receive President’s Award at the Northwest Council for Computer Education Twelve educators and educational leaders from the St. Thomas-St. John District received the President’s Award at the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE)

In the Matter of the Estate of Benedikt K. Karalius

Source: St. John Source | In the Matter of the Estate of Benedikt K. Karalius IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. CROIX IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF BENEDIKT K. KARALIUS _______________________________ CASE NO. SX-16-PB-41 ACTION FOR: ADMINISTRATION OF TESTAMENTARY ESTATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS              NOTICE IS

CSU Team Predicts Slightly Below-Average 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Source: St. John Source | CSU Team Predicts Slightly Below-Average 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Citing the potential development of El Niño as well as recent anomalous cooling in the tropical Atlantic, hurricane researchers from Colorado State University on Thursday predicted a slightly below-average Atlantic hurricane season for 2017. A weak La Niña this past winter

DPNR to Host Five-Day Gothic Handwriting Workshops

Source: St. John Source | DPNR to Host Five-Day Gothic Handwriting Workshops Territorial Archives will host its second Joint Centennial Project with the Danish National Archives (Rigsarkivet). Like the first project carried out earlier this year, this will provide training to researchers, historians, students, scholars and genealogists on deciphering and understanding Danish Gothic handwriting and

Ferry Begins STX to STT Service

Source: St. John Source | Ferry Begins STX to STT Service After delays for testing on high seas, the QE IV steamed out of Gallows Bay Tuesday and has been on schedule since then, making the crossing between St. Croix and St. Thomas islands in just over two hours, according to the boat’s captain. The

Alfred Berry and Kelle Berry, Plaintiffs, vs. Chase Herro, Zachary Folkman, Jennifer L. Krausert, Kirk Boeger, Cara Jo Hinton and Real Solutions Real Estate and Management Solutions, LLC, Defendants

Source: St. John Source | Alfred Berry and Kelle Berry, Plaintiffs, vs. Chase Herro, Zachary Folkman, Jennifer L. Krausert, Kirk Boeger, Cara Jo Hinton and Real Solutions Real Estate and Management Solutions, LLC, Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS/ST. JOHN  ALFRED BERRY AND KELLE BERRY Plaintiffs, vs.  

Mongoose Junction to Host ‘First Friday’ Arts and Culture Event

Source: St. John Source | Mongoose Junction to Host ‘First Friday’ Arts and Culture Event Explore the arts, culture and history of the Virgin Islands in the charming courtyards of Mongoose Junction. On Friday, April 7, the Mongoose Junction Merchants Association will present another “First Friday,” a monthly event that features live music, featured artists,

VIEDA-EZC Request for Proposals

Source: St. John Source | VIEDA-EZC Request for Proposals REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority’s (“USVIEDA”) Enterprise Zone Commission (“EZC”) is hereby requesting sealed bid proposals for scrape, paint and minor repairs and clean & board-up buildings in the Enterprise Zones on St. Thomas. The mission of the (“EZC”) is to revitalize

Retiree Groups Sue Government Over Missing Payments

Source: St. John Source | Retiree Groups Sue Government Over Missing Payments Groups representing retired Virgin Islands government workers on Tuesday filed a petition in Superior Court seeking a writ of mandamus ordering the territorial government to pay at least $21 million it owes the retirement fund. The petition was filed by Debra A. Christopher,

Sen. Marvin Blyden to Hold St. John Office Hours

Source: St. John Source | Sen. Marvin Blyden to Hold St. John Office Hours Sen. Marvin Blyden, chairman of the Housing, Public Works, Waste Management and Planning will have office hours on St. John at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 5. Although the senator will be chairing a Senate Committee hearing on the

ICMC, UVI to Host Free Summer Entrepreneur Business Institute

Source: St. John Source | ICMC, UVI to Host Free Summer Entrepreneur Business Institute International Capital & Management Company (ICMC) in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) School of Business will host a free summer Entrepreneur Business Institute (EBI). Created in 2013, EBI’s mission is to positively impact the business landscape as

UVI Bulletin Board for April

Source: St. John Source | UVI Bulletin Board for April VI-EPSCoR 2017 Annual Conference Set for April 6 The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) has announced its 2017 annual conference from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, in the Administration and Conference Center Building, Room 142, at the

DOE’s Applications for Summer Food Programs Now Available

Source: St. John Source | DOE’s Applications for Summer Food Programs Now Available The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Office of School Food Authority, St. Thomas-St. John District, informs the public that applications for Site/Camp or Employment for the 2017 Summer Feeding Program are now available at the Office of School Food Authority in Sub

STEEMCC Donates to Scholastic Chess Club

Source: St. John Source | STEEMCC Donates to Scholastic Chess Club (back row from left): Lockhart Elementary School’s Merle Vanterpool, librarian; Moleto A. Smith Jr., STEEMCC’s executive director; Sinclair Wilkinson, St. Thomas-St. John Youth Scholastic Chess Club Inc. president On April 3, the St. Thomas East End Medical Center Corporation (STEEMCC) made a $200 contribution

UVI Students, Faculty to Share Findings at Research Day

Source: St. John Source | UVI Students, Faculty to Share Findings at Research Day                 The University of the Virgin Islands will host the 6th Annual Research Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, and at the Sports

Energy Offices to Close for One Day

Source: St. John Source | Energy Offices to Close for One Day The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) informs the public that its offices on St. Croix and St. Thomas will be closed on Thursday, April 6. The entire staff will be on hand to assist with the event as the VIEO hosts the 16th

Bermudez Pleads Guilty to Federal Program Fraud and Tax Charges

Source: St. John Source | Bermudez Pleads Guilty to Federal Program Fraud and Tax Charges Celeste P. Bermudez, 41, formerly of St. Croix, pleaded guilty Monday in federal court on St. Thomas to theft of federal program funds and making and subscribing a false income tax return, acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced. District Judge

V.I. Carnival 2017 Schedule

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Carnival 2017 Schedule Schedule of events for V.I. Carnival 2017 on St. Thomas:  

Nine Calypsonians Move on to Carnival Final

Source: St. John Source | Nine Calypsonians Move on to Carnival Final Eighteen calypsonians battled Saturday night for the opportunity to become one of nine finalist to compete against the reigning Calypso Queen, Caribbean Queen for the 2017 Calypso Monarch title. The elimination, which kicked off St. Thomas Carnival for 2017, was held in two

Beach Advisory for March 24-30

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for March 24-30 The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public

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