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May 24, 2018

U.S. Virgin Islands

June 8 Is Deadline to Sign-Up for Corrections Officer Entrance Exams

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections The Division of Personnel has announced territory-wide testing for the rank of correction officer. Qualifications: 1). A candidate must have completed 12th grade or possess an equivalency certificate; 2). a candidate must also possess or be able to obtain a motor vehicle operator’s license. 3).…

V.I. Disaster Survivors Eligible for Additional Federal Disaster Assistance

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency Additional disaster assistance is available for the U.S. Virgin Islands. The assistance allows for additional federal funding for debris removal, emergency protective measures, hazard mitigation and permanent infrastructure restoration in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, according to a press release issued May 23 by…

viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐012

Source: St. John Source VIRGIN ISLANDS NEXT GENERATION NETWORK viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐012 _________________________________________________________ Request for Proposals for Air Conditioner Maintenance and Repair 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…

Interior Continues to Fund Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program

Source: St. John Source Coral reef on the west end of St. Croix (Susan Ellis photo) This week, Doug Domenech, assistant secretary of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs, announced $200,000 to fund the second half of the 2018-2020 National Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program in four U.S. territories.  This highly selective graduate-level…

Seniors in Mock Lawmaking Session Take on Assisted Living

Source: St. John Source Sydney George, right, stood in for Senate President Myron Jackson during Tuesday’s mock legislative session. (Government House photo) Expanding services to those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers was a major focus of a mock Legislative session held Tuesday. Each year, as part of what activities honoring contributions by…

Fed HUD Money Starting to Flow for Public Housing

Source: St. John Source Funding announced from HUD Tuesday will help the territory repair public facilities like the Tutu Hi-Rise Apartments, condemned after severe damage in last fall’s storms. (Bill Kossler photo) The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $9.6 million Tuesday to help the U.S. Virgin Islands rebuild from Hurricanes Irma…

Bloomberg Wants to Hear From St. John

Source: St. John Source Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses hurricane recovery just days after the September hurricanes blasted the territory. With him are, from left, Gov. Kenneth Mapp, St Croix native and NBA star Tim Duncan, and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter. The U.S. Virgin Islands St. John Bloomberg Project wants to get…

Court Makes Way for Legal Elections Meeting

Source: St. John Source In July 2017, the Joint Election Board discussed whether they could continue to meet after new election law took effect. The V.I. Supreme Court has agreed to hold an expedited hearing on the appeal. A series of court rulings issued in the past few days has cleared the way for…

District Now Accepting Applications for Summer Feeding Program

Source: St. John Source Government of the United States Virgin Islands The Virgin Islands Department of Education School Food Authority, St. Thomas-St. John District, informs the public that applications for employment and sites/camps for the 2018 Summer Feeding Program are now available at the School Food Authority office in Sub Base. The Employment and…

STT Residents Raise Questions about Road Repairs During DPW Town Hall

Source: St. John Source From left, Federal Highway Program Manager Jomo McClean, DPW Commissioner Nelson Petty, Jr., DPW Assistant Commissioner Roan Creque and ‎Capital Improvements Program Engineering Administrator Jim Grum answer question from the St. Thomas community about road repairs. Officials from the Department of Public works fielded questions Monday evening from the St.…

S.J. School of Arts Wraps Up Tough Year with Joyful Recital

Source: St. John Source Young dancers perform at Sunday’s recital. Young audience members cluster around the stage to give their full attention to piano students. Students who have been enrolled in 22 different arts programs tumbled, danced, sang, and strummed their way across the stage at the St. John School of the Arts last…

RFP-024-C-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No: RFP-024-C-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Training and Coaching on Mathematics Common Core Standards in the St. Croix School District.…

RFP-022-C-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No: RFP-022-C-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proposals will be received by…

USVIEDA Offices to Open at 1 P.M. on May 22

Source: St. John Source U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA) advises the public that the offices in the districts of St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix will open at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, following a professional development training for staff members. Link: USVIEDA

St. John Residents Flock to Hurricane Preparedness Fair

Source: St. John Source Linda Williams of VITEMA has tips for weathering the next storm. Linda Williams, VITEMA’s Emergency Operations Center supervisor for St. John, had words of advice for those who stopped by her booth at the Hurricane Preparedness Fair Saturday afternoon in Cruz Bay. “Be prepared,” Williams said. “Check your house (to…

Virtue of the Week: Loyalty

Source: St. John Source 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 relationships that last forever. You…

The Forum to Show ‘The Death of Stalin’ Film May 24

Source: St. John Source ‘The Death of Stalin’ — comedy and political satire The Forum has announced its 2018 Film Festival will be held at Caribbean Cinemas on May 10, 17 and 24, featuring three award-winning films. All films will be shown at Caribbean Cinemas at Market Square East on St. Thomas and will…

28-Year-Old Shot to Death Saturday in Estate Castle Coakley

Source: St. John Source A 28-year-old St. Croix man was shot to death and a woman injured by a gunshot early Saturday in Estate Castle Coakley, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim was identified by next of kin as 28-year-old Adrian Agustin, the police report said. According to police, at about 3:53 a.m.…

Former St. John Beauty Queen Sentenced in Cocaine Case

Source: St. John Source In 2011, Kinia Blyden was St. John Festival queen. (File photo) In early June 2011, Kinia Blyden was getting ready to compete for the title of St. John Festival Queen, a contest that she ended up winning. A newly minted graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, her summer seemed filled…

Beach Advisory for May 14-18

Source: St. John Source Lindqvist Beach on St. Thomas 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…

Mulch Available for Pick-up at Susannaberg Transfer Station

Source: St. John Source VI Department of Agriculture Chipped material is available for pick-up on St. John. Mulch can be obtained from the Susannaberg Transfer Station from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, May 21 and ending Friday, June 1, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Carlos Robles Residents must bring…

In the Matter of the Estate of Donald Planter, Deceased

Source: St. John Source IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: DONALD PLANTER,                                 Deceased. ____________________________________________ PROBATE CASE NO. ST-10-PB-045 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND…

Wagapalooza Returns to St. John on Saturday

Source: St. John Source The 16th annual Wagapalooza will take place on Saturday, May 19 at the Winston Wells Ball Field from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food and drinks will be on sale, and activities include games for kids, a raffle, and the widely anticipated dog show. This year’s show will comprise of…

GOP’s Jevon Williams Takes Seat on Board of Elections

Source: St. John Source Jevon O.A. Williams (photo courtesy of GOP National Committee) Virgin Islands Republican National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams has accepted an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Board of Elections. “We must take back our most fundamental right as citizens,” said Williams. “For too long, elections in our island communities…

Public Ejected from Mystery Elections Meeting

Source: St. John Source Joint Elections Board members discuss whether they can continue meeting to discuss a pending appeal. Barred from convening as a district or joint board, elections officials were left in limbo Tuesday morning as they came together for what was supposed to be a public meeting that no one seemed to…

Congress Considering Ban on Cockfighting

Source: St. John Source This cockfight in Venezuela is similar to those that take place on St. Croix. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) Congress may ban cockfighting if an amendment to its main farm bill this year is approved. V.I. Delegate Stacey Plaskett spoke against the proposal during one-minute speeches on the House floor…

DPNR and FEMA Update Residents on Building Code

Source: St. John Source DPNR’s Douglas Hodge reviews building code changes. The Department of Planning and Natural Resources and the Federal Emergency Management Agency provided homeowners and contractors with information on recently-updated building codes and guidelines at a public briefing Wednesday. The briefing, which was held at the University of the Virgin Islands’ administration…

Coast Guard Ends Search for Missing Crewmember

Source: St. John Source U.S. Coast Guard cutter Confidence, home-ported in Port Canaveral, Florida, was part of the search. (Coast Guard photo) U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews ended their search Wednesday night for the crewmember who went over the side of a cruise ship about eight nautical miles southeast of St. Thomas. No trace…

IFB029VEOC18(S)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No: IFB029VEOC18(S) 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 Janitorial Services for the Virgin Islands Energy Office, St. Croix. Bids will be received by the…

2018 Summer Camps for St. Thomas/ St. John Youth

Source: St. John Source Flamboyant tree on the campus of UVI St Thomas (photo_by Kelsey Nowakowski) To have your summer camp or program added to this list, please send the information as shown below to visource@gmail.com  The 3 Island Vibes Summer Camps Focus on Sports: Adalio Araujo Soccer Camp (Application Deadline May 15) Dates:…

SBA Recognizes Local Restauranteur’s Commitment to V.I. Community

Source: St. John Source Tickles Dockside Pub The Small Business Administration (SBA) has given its “2018 Resilient Small Business of the Year Award for the U.S. Virgin Islands” to Lou Morrissette, owner and CEO of Tickles Dockside Pub. Morrissette was nominated for this award by the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI-SBDC) as…

STX Filmmaker Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz Debuts ‘Soléne’

Source: St. John Source Vanessa Ayala of St. Croix plays Camilla in ‘Soléne,’ the 2018 film by Johanna Bermúdez film. (Photo by Quiana Adams for Cane Bay Films) St. Croix native Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz, recognized worldwide for her documentaries, will debut her first drama Thursday at an invitation-only gala premiere at Caribbean Cinemas. A love…

Seeking Executive Director, Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands

Source: St. John Source Apply Now to Work with Dancing Classrooms VI! Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands, Inc. (DCVI) is seeking a dynamic, mission-driven Executive Director to provide leadership to the organization and our in-school arts programming across St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. About Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands: DCVI is part of a…

FEMA Asks Landlords to Rent Apartments to Disaster Survivors

Source: St. John Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is appealing to landlords to help hurricane survivors who lost their housing in the storms and need a temporary home. Move-in-ready apartments or condos are needed for survivors who have been approved for FEMA’s Direct Lease…

In Sickness and in Health, FEMA Still Stands By V.I.

Source: St. John Source A FEMA mitigation specialist gives advice on rebuilding stronger. It started as a hurried affair, but now FEMA is promising a long-term commitment to the Virgin Islands. “We’re here for the long run,” said Ricardo Zuniga, who recently took over the USVI News Desk for the External Affairs office of…

CFVI Awards $73,000 in Enrichment Grants to Educators

Source: St. John Source Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has announced that a total of $73,000 in Education Enrichment Grants has been awarded to educators to enhance learning opportunities for the territory’s students. In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, education in the U.S.V.I.…

UVI Bulletin Board for Graduation Ceremonies, TEAS

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus Over 300 Degrees to be Awarded at UVIs 2018 Commencement Ceremonies This year the University of the Virgin Islands will confer over 300 degrees students at the University’s 54th commencement ceremonies on the St. Thomas Campus and on the Albert A.…

St. John School of the Arts Offering Two Summer Camps

Source: St. John Source St. John School of the Arts Summer Camp Writing Program St. John School of the Arts (SJSA) is offering a summer writing program for young teens called Young Writers.  It will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., July 9-20 at the SJSA Annex behind Mongoose Junction. To find out…

Viya’s Reminds Customers of Lifeline Recertification Dates

Source: St. John Source Viya reminds Lifeline customers they should be aware of their recertification date to ensure that they retain their current service and avoid disconnection. Recertification of some customers is due before May 31.  Landline Lifeline customers should refer to the mailed notice to determine when to come in to Viya’s Customer…

Cruz Bay Park Project Uses Hurricane-Debris Mulch

Source: St. John Source The mulch, made from hurricane vegetative debris, does not appear to have any non-organic waste in it. A dozen or so St. John residents worked together Saturday evening to spruce up Franklin A. Powell, Sr., Park near Cruz Bay’s ferry dock. The team planted donated bougainvilleas and spread mulch created…

Company Gets Funding for St. Croix Ambulatory Surgical Center

Source: St. John Source The former Innovative building sits on rise in Estate Diamond. Liberty Medical Development announced Monday that is has closed on construction-loan financing for full development of its ambulatory surgical center facilities at Estate Diamond, St. Croix, in the former Innovative building. Total capital funding for the project is in excess…

Coffelt Names Dwight Nicholson as Her Running Mate

Source: St. John Source Gubernatorial candidate Soraya Diase Coffelt and her running mate, Dwight Nicholson. (Campaign photo) Gubernatorial candidate Soraya Diase Coffelt announced Dwight Nicholson as her lieutenant governor running mate at the campaign’s headquarters on St. Croix. In a news release issued May 8, Coffelt said Nicholson “embodies the exemplary qualities we need…

Brown Sentenced in 2013 Jewelry Store Robbery

Source: St. John Source District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez on Friday sentenced Robert Brown, 28, to four years in prison and three years of supervised release in a case resulting from the 2013 robbery of a St. Thomas jewelry store. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert, Gomez…

Rotary Helping Residents Test Cistern Water

Source: St. John Source Rotary Club of St. Thomas II is helping residents tap their cistern water. Last year’s storms, roof debris and repair work all might impact the quality of cistern water collected from rooftops, so the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II is urging Virgin Islanders with cisterns in St. Thomas or…

St. Croix Teachers Union Announces Election Results

Source: St. John Source Rosa Soto-Thomas was re-elected as president of the St. Croix chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. (Facebook photo) The St. Croix chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, local 1826, recently held elections for its officers and announced the results Friday. Rosa Soto-Thomas was elected for another term as…

Virtue of the Week: Confidence

Source: St. John Source 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 on them. You are practicing…

This Week’s Senate Calendar

Source: St. John Source Legislature Building on St. Thomas. 32nd Senate Calendar Legislature of The Virgin Islands Senate Calendar Week Beginning May 14 Monday, May 14 No committee meetings will be held today. Tuesday, May 15 No committee meetings will be held today. Wednesday, May 16 No committee meetings will be held today. Thursday,…

Antilles Senior Mansi Totwani Chosen to Be U.S. Presidential Scholar

Source: St. John Source Mansi Totwani Antilles School congratulates Mansi Totwani, Class of 2018, on being selected this week as a U.S. Presidential Scholar. Annually, only 161 out of three million high school students are honored with this award, which breaks down to a mere .00537 of the nation’s graduating seniors. “Mansi’s academic achievements…

Coral World Participates in Rescue of Injured Green Sea Turtle

Source: St. John Source   Coral World staff rescue green turtle found in Christmas Cove. On Friday May 4, Patrick Cena, a local resident, spotted an injured green sea turtle washing ashore in Christmas Cove.  According to Erica Palmer, a Coral World veterinary technician, who is also a sea turtle assistance and rescue responder,…

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No: IFB027DPWC18(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 the Road Repairs for Route 64 (Adjacent to the Rum Factory Road), Christiansted, St. Croix. Bids…

IFB026DPPC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No: IFB026DPPC18(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 the Repairs to the USO Building Located at No. 3 Market Street, Frederiksted, St. Croix. Bids…

Elections Board Plans Appeal of Single Board Ruling

Source: St. John Source Carla Joseph (center) became chairwoman of the Joint Board of Elections after Barbara Jackson-McIntosh stepped down April 13. (Also pictured, Ivy K. Moses, right; Alecia M. Wells, left) One day after a Superior Court judge ruled against elected officials at the Board of Elections, dissident members set out to mount…

Rescue Search Ongoing for Displaced Manatee

Source: St. John Source An emaciated manatee in the waters around St. Croix. Animal rescuers are racing to get to the two marine mammals, strangers to the Virgin Islands, before their health can degrade much further. (Photo by Claire Beauregard) The search is still on for two manatee sighted by snorkelers in the waters…

Governor to Host St. John Town Hall Scheduled for May 15

Source: St. John Source NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 4 Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp invited and encourages St. John residents to share their ideas and concerns and hear from local officials about the recovery efforts and other matters affecting the island at a Town Hall meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday,…

Muller, Cancryn to Distribute Report Cards May 17

Source: St. John Source Students at Cancryn Junior High School surround Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett The Ulla F. Muller Elementary School will distribute third marking period report cards from 8-10 a.m., Thursday, May 17, in the school courtyard. The Addelita Cancryn Junior High School will distribute report card distribution from 8:30-11 a.m., Thursday,…

Now Is the Time to Prepare for Upcoming Hurricane Season 2018

Source: St. John Source Satellite view of Hurricane Irma taken in 2017. With Virgin Islands’ families and communities still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria, anticipation of the upcoming hurricane season could bring more anxiety. The 2018 hurricane season begins June 1 and ends on Nov. 30, with the peak occurring mid-August through late…

Rules Committee Oks Human Trafficking Bill, Six Others

Source: St. John Source Rules and Judiciary Committee Chairman Novelle Francis, Jr. The Rules and Judiciary Committee unanimously approved seven bills at a hearing Thursday, including one that takes its language from a national attempt to standardize human trafficking laws. The bills will move on to the full senate for consideration. The committee also…

USVI Firefighters Help Tortola Control Landfill Blaze

Source: St. John Source A debris pile blazes at Tortola’s landfill. Acting Governor Osbert E. Potter has authorized the USVI Fire and Police Departments to help the Government of the British Virgin Islands extinguish a massive landfill blaze that erupted Wednesday night. Potter’s action is in response to a request from BVI Premier Orlando…

Rumor of Former Delegate’s Death Refuted

Source: St. John Source Former V.I. Delegate to Congress Ron de Lugo. American novelist Mark Twain is often quoted as saying “The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated,” and now that can also be said by former V.I. Delegate to Congress Ron de Lugo. A budding rumor about de Lugo’s death was quashed…

Donation Helps Julian Jackson Teach Kids to Succeed in Life

Source: St. John Source Courtney Gabrielson joins Julian Jackson in his gym, where she saw her late husbands training gear, which she donated. Julian Jackson hails Courtney Gabrielson from the street in the Paul M. Pearson Gardens housing community. He leads her into a cavernous room dominated by a regulation boxing ring. This is…

Two Manatee Lost in St. Croix Waters

Source: St. John Source An emaciated manatee in the waters around St. Croix. Animal rescuers are racing to get to the two marine mammals, strangers to the Virgin Islands, before their health can degrade much further. (Photo by Claire Beauregard) Friends of the St. Croix National Parks sent out an alert this morning for…

DPNR Criticized Over St. John Permit Error

Source: St. John Source 5-C Estate Adrian as seen on the Lieutenant Governor’s MapGeo System. Click on image for larger view. A permitting error that allowed for construction of a gas station to begin in Estate Adrian drew criticism from St. John residents and Sen. Janelle Sarauw Tuesday at a public zoning hearing in…

USVI, BVI Confer on Voting Machines

Source: St. John Source From left, V.I. Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes, Business Development Manager of ES&S Willie Wesley Jr., BVI Supervisor of Elections Juliette Penn; and Sheri Menges of ES&S, meet on Tortola. (V.I. Elections Office photo) Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes met with BVI election officials recently to talk about the territory’s…

Police Investigate Shooting Death in Oswald Harris

Source: St. John Source The V.I. Police Department is investigating the shooting death of 42-year-old Pierre Nelson Brock early Wednesday at the Oswald Harris Housing Community. According to police, at about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday the 911 center received a report that “someone was crying” in the rear building – Building 4 – of the…

Evening Scheduled With Candidates Bryan and Roach

Source: St. John Source Albert Bryan Jr. and Sen. Tregenza Roach Following a campaign announcement on St. Croix on April 19, The Committee to Elect Albert Bryan and Tregenza Roach to be Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands will host an “Evening With the Candidates.” The event will take place from…

The Final Lineup: 120 Candidates Seeking Office in V.I.

Source: St. John Source Pending any additional information, there are 120 candidates for government and party offices who filed nomination papers to run in this year’s general election. The deadline for individuals to file nominating papers and petitions to run for office in this year’s primary and general elections was 6 p.m Tuesday, May…

St. John Farmers Disappointed by Missed Mulch

Source: St. John Source Josephine Roller holds a bag of her organic greens. Josephine Roller of the Coral Bay Garden Center gets choked up when she talks about the piles of vegetative debris on the Coral Bay ball field, but not because they remind her of the devastation of Hurricane Irma. The piles of…

WAPA Gives Overview of Projects Planned for St. John

Source: St. John Source WAPA line trucks were frequently seen sights on St. John in the months after Hurricane Irma. (File photo) A Water and Power Authority team gave St. John residents a broad overview of projects planned for the island of St. John during a community session last week. According to a news…

VITRAN Changes Its Phone Number

Source: St. John Source The Department of Public Works informs the public that, effective Tuesday, May 8, the VITRAN St. John office number was changed to 626-4010. This new number will remain until further notice. Follow the V.I. Department of Public Works on Facebook @usvidpw to stay abreast of all things DPW. Link:

SBA Deadlines to Apply for Working Capital Loans Are in June

Source: St. John Source U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reminds businesses in the Virgin Islands that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. “Businesses that suffered economic losses as…

UVI Bulletin Board for May

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands UVI Parking Regulations to be Suspended for UVI 2018 Commencement on St. Thomas Campus UVI Parking Regulations to be Suspended for UVI 2018 Commencement on St. Thomas Campus Parking regulations on UVI’s St. Thomas Campus will be suspended from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to…

Landlords Have Until June 1 to Sign Up for FEMA Repair Program

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency Landlords who own a multi-family dwelling in need of repairs and are willing to lease to eligible hurricane survivors have until June 1 to sign up for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program (MLRP). This program provides funds to make rental…

Mapp, Cabinet Convene on St. Croix to Plan Use of Recovery Funds

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp and Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter met with cabinet members Monday on St. Croix to discuss strategies to coordinate and accelerate the spending of anticipated federal funds to strengthen the territory’s recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, including increasing government salaries to improve…

Sen. Janette Millin Young Running for Governor

Source: St. John Source Sen. Janette Millin Young (File photo) Four-term V.I. Senator Janette Millin Young plans to announce her candidacy for governor Wednesday morning at the Emerald Beach Resort. Her notice to the media indicates St. Croix Chamber of Commerce President Edgar Bengoa will be her running mate. Bengoa is an executive at…

Donastorg Taps “Chucky” Hansen as His Running Mate

Source: St. John Source Adlah H. Donastorg, in a photo from his website. Former seven-term V.I. Sen. Adlah “Foncie” Donastorg announced Saturday that current 11-term V.I. Sen. Alicia “Chucky” Hansen will be his running mate this fall for the office of V.I. governor. The pair are running as independents. This is Donastorg’s fourth bid…

U.S. Virgin Islands 2018 Elections Calendar

Source: St. John Source May 1: First day on which nomination petitions/papers may be filed, after noon. May 8: Last day on which nomination petitions/papers may be filed, deadline 6 p.m. May 13: Deadline for withdrawal of nominated candidates; deadline for candidates for the same office with similar last surnames to request in writing…

Police Academy Begins New Recruit Training

Source: St. John Source New recruits going through training at Police Academy on St .Thomas At a time when recovery and rebuilding remain a top priority for the territory, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) has announced a new recruit class has commenced training at the Police Academy. This is the first group of…

IFB013DPWT18 (C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No: IFB013DPWT18 (C) Pursuant to Title 31, Chapter 23, Section 236 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Public Works is requesting bids from qualified Contractors to furnish all labor, tools, equipment, machinery and supplies necessary…

Police Seek 11-Year-Old Missing in Hidden Valley Area

Source: St. John Source Kylon WIlson Forbes. According to police, answers to Ky-Ky, Kylon or Ky. The V.I. Police Department is looking for a missing 11-year-old boy, who was last seen around 7 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Hidden Valley area of Annas Retreat on St. Thomas. Kylon Wilson Forbes was last seen…

Meet the New Enforcer – U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert

Source: St. John Source District Court Chief Judge Wilma Lewis administered the oath of office to the U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands Gretchen Shappert. Before she was tapped to be U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands, Gretchen C. F. Shappert had never even visited the territory. She did have a little knowledge of…

Two Men Injured in Saturday Shooting on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source Two men were injured by gunfire Saturday evening in the Estate Plessen area of St. Croix, according to the V.I. Police Department. At about 9:21 p.m. Saturday police received a report that a male showed up at the Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital and was being treated for a gunshot…

Police Investigate Rape in Altona Lagoon

Source: St. John Source A woman told the V.I. Police Department that she had been the victim of a rape that took place at about 11:50 p.m. Saturday at Altona Lagoon in Christiansted. The woman told officers she had been in Christiansted, going to meet with friends, when a “tan-colored” man met her and…

Virtue of the Week: Courage

Source: St. John Source 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 practicing courage when you: –…

Hospital Board Approves JFL Payments to GERS

Source: St. John Source Gov. Juan F. Luis Medical Center Employer contributions to St. Croix hospital worker pensions is expected to increase, now that the territory’s hospital board has approved a $12 million contribution. Friday’s board action follows a closed door executive session held earlier this week. Friday’s meeting also began with an ending,…

CAHS Schedules Report Card Distribution

Source: St. John Source Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas Charlotte Amalie High School has scheduled 3rd marking period report card distribution dates and times. Parents of students in the 9th grade are asked to pick up report cards on Thursday, May 17, in the Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium at the following times:  Team…

Career and Technical Education to Host Open House

Source: St. John Source U.S, Virgin Islands Department of Education The Virgin Islands Department of Education, State Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) has announced a CTE Open House for 8th graders in the St. Thomas – St. John District. It will be held from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May…

DHS to Host Workshops on Compassion, Fatigue, Grief Counseling

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Department of Human Services The V.I. Department of Human Services (DHS) is partnering with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to host workshops on post disaster stress and trauma.  Green Cross Academy of Traumatology will conduct the workshops on St. Thomas and St. Croix. “We…

EDA Program Teaches Small Businesses Resources to Grow

Source: St. John Source Attendees sat for five short presentations. Afterwards, there were refreshments and much one-on-one conversation with the experts. Entrepreneurs on St. Thomas learned Thursday about the many ways the federal and local governments can help businesses grow in the territory. They gathered at the University of the Virgin Islands campus on…

VIEDA Notice of Governing Board Meeting

Source: St. John Source U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY NOTICE OF GOVERNING BOARD MEETING All interested persons are hereby notified that in accordance with V.I. CODE ANN. tit. 1, § 254, as amended, a Governing Board Decision Meeting by the V.I. Economic Development Commission (VIEDC), a subsidiary entity of the U.S. Virgin Islands…

Beach Advisory for April 30 to May 4

Source: St. John Source Hull Bay Beach (Photo by Chuck Munson) 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…

Human Services Unveils New Senior Transportation Fleet

Source: St. John Source The Department of Human Services unveiled new buses for seniors and vans for the Meals on Wheels program this week. Gov. Kenneth Mapp hailed the arrival of the buses and vans and expressed gratitude to the staff and management of the Department of Human Services and Property and Procurement, at…

Mapp Hires Conservator for Government Art, Antiquities

Source: St. John Source The USVI’s new government conservator Julio Encarnacion. (Photo courtesy of Government House) The V.I. Government recently hired St. Croix cultural preservationist Julio Encarnacion III to catalog and manage the territory’s collection of antique artifacts and paintings. The move comes in the wake of reports of unsecured artifacts and antiquities at…

Stolen Private Photos Lead to Central High Brawl, Posted Online

Source: St. John Source   A fight erupted in late April at St. Croix Central High over a student distributing private photos from another student’s cellphone and the fight itself was videotaped and uploaded to social media, highlighting the loss of privacy that has come along with the latest technology. The Department of Education…

NWS Warns of Hazardous Weather, Possible Urban Flooding

Source: St. John Source Image from the GOES East weather satellite from about 10:30 p.m. (AST) Thursday night shows heavy clouds moving west of the Virgin Islands. (NOAA image) The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather conditions warning for the U.S. Virgin Islands, as the forecast through Sunday calls for a strong…

VINP Still Operating with Reduced Staff

Source: St. John Source Acting Superintendent Steve Black said the V.I. National Park has been shorthanded since the hurricanes of September. The Virgin Islands National Park has been running with a reduced staff since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the territory in September. Before Irma, the park had almost 50 employees. As of this…

How Will We Handle the Ongoing Exodus?

Source: St. John Source You to the left and I to the right, For the ways of men must sever— And it well may be for a day and a night, And it well may be forever. But whether we meet or whether we part (For our ways are past our knowing), A pledge…

Senate OKs Limetree Pipeline Permit

Source: St. John Source Limetree Bay Terminal, with storage tank farm to the right. (File photo) The V.I. Senate Thursday approved a Coastal Zone Management permit for Limetree Bay Terminals to build a mooring and underwater pipeline, which would allow larger and more full ships to offload oil at the terminal. Thursday’s approval was…

Emmanuel Sentenced to Prison for Two Jewelry Store Robberies

Source: St. John Source District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez on Thursday sentenced 21-year-old Jakeem Emmanuel to eight years and six months imprisonment and five years of supervised release, for Hobbs Act Robbery and related gun charges, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. Gomez also ordered Emmanuel to perform 400 hours of community service…

Healthcare career – Companion Staffing, CA

Source: St. John Source If you are looking for a healthcare career or more income, please visit Companion Staffing for California job offers.   Interviews will be held on Monday, May 7th, at The Buccaneer Hotel in St. Croix, from 9AM to 5PM.   Offering $15 an hour, paid training, 6 months of free housing, and…

Funding for Dredging, Other Bills OK’d by Governor

Source: St. John Source A cruise ship visits the Frederiksted pier on St. Croix. Under a bill signed by the governor, the Schooner Bay Channel would be dredged, allowing smaller cruise ships to visit Christiansted. (John Baur photo) Although local funding may not exist, Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed a measure appropriating $3.5 million for…

Mapp Vetoes Legislation Loosening Tax Break Rules

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp speaks at a news conference in October. (Jamie Leonard photo) Gov. Kenneth Mapp vetoed a bill this week that would have allowed tax breaks to be extended for 10 additional years without the approval of the Economic Development Commission nor the chief executive. Mapp also vetoed a…

Public Works Commissioner, OMB Director Sworn In

Source: St. John Source From left, Gov. Kenneth Mapp, Budget Director Julio Rhymer, Public Works Commissioner Nelson Petty Jr. and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter pose after Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony. (Government House photo) Nelson Petty Jr. and Julio Rhymer took their oaths of office Tuesday as public works commissioner and budget director, respectively, at a…

Deported St. Lucia National Charged with Illegal Re-Entry

Source: St. John Source Isidore Francis Isidore, 61, of St. Lucia, was detained Monday pending further proceedings stemming from his April 28 arrest on charges of illegal re-entry into the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. Isidore made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on Monday after being charged…

BIR Continues Gross Receipts Tax Amnesty

Source: St. John Source BIR Director Marvin Pickering (Source file photo) Marvin L. Pickering, director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), reminds the business community that the gross receipts tax amnesty remains in effect until Friday, July 7. All outstanding gross receipts tax obligations up to December 2015 are part of…

viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐008

Source: St. John Source      VIRGIN ISLANDS NEXT GENERATION NETWORK viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐008 ______________________________________________ Request for Proposals for Diesel Delivery to Fiber Access Points on St. Croix 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,…

Hurricane Insurance Payouts Top $1.2 Billion – So Far

Source: St. John Source Home damaged by hurricanes on St Thomas Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter, the territory’s Insurance Commissioner, said Tuesday that about 75 percent of property claims arising from September’s two hurricanes now have been closed, most them with payments to policy- holders, and the numbers suggest a wide disparity in the impact…

Feds Say Golden Grove Escapee Had Two Helpers

Source: St. John Source Nathaniel Thomas When Nathaniel Thomas escaped from Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility on St. Croix in March, he had help, according to two affidavits filed in U.S. District Court. Thomas, who also goes by Jahreek, J, Ringo and R, was convicted in March of unlawful possession of a firearm and…

Human Services Celebrates May as Older American Month

Source: St. John Source V.I. Department of Human Services The V.I. Department of Human Services (DHS) has begun preparations for the celebration of Older American Month, according to a press release from DHS Commissioner Felecia L. Blyden. “Every year the Department of Human Services sets-aside the entire month of May as we give reverence…

Treatment of Caneel Employees a Key Concern at STJ Town Hall

Source: St. John Source The crowd packs the St. John Legislature Annex for Sen. Smith’s town hall on Caneel Bay Resort. Issues related to conservation and the V.I. economy have figured heavily into community debates about Caneel Bay Resort’s unsure future, but at a packed town hall meeting on St. John Monday, another topic…

Administrative Assistant / Insurance Apprentice

Source: St. John Source St. John Insurance Agency is looking for an Administrative Assistant / Insurance Apprentice with computer skills, friendly personality, willingness to learn and desire to grow. Benefits include medical, disability and life insurance; 401(k); excellent working environment and more. E-mail resume to General Manager at tis@topainsurance.vi or fax to (340) 777-9466 Equal Opportunity Employer

Antilles School Represents at Children’s Parade

Source: St. John Source Antilles School students at Children’s Parade. (Antilles School photo) Antilles School’s troupe in the recent children’s parade had more than 50 students accompanied on the route by several first responder agencies, which had donated costume shirts for the students. They marched as: – Water and Power Authority linemen with rope…

RFP-017-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No: RFP-017-2018(P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Office of the Governor is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to Architectural Engineering (A/E) Services for the Restoration of 315 Prince Street, Government…

RFP-016-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No: RFP-016-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Office of the Governor is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) Architectural Engineering (A/E) Services for the Restoration of 1105 King Street, Government…

Cruise Group Praises Strong USVI Partnership

Source: St. John Source The cruise ship Viking Sea in port in Frederiksted St. Croix in March. (Bill Kossler photo) The cruise industry’s partnership with the U.S. Virgin Islands is “at an all-time high,” according to Michele Paige, president of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, who spoke during the group’s operations committee meeting this month.…

Potter Fines Insurance Adjuster He Says Exceeded Settlement Cap

Source: St. John Source Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter (File photo) Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter, through the Banking and Insurance Division he oversees, is enforcing the territory’s cap on fees that insurance adjusters can charge residents for helping them process insurance claims, limiting it to no more than five percent of the amount recovered. In…

Coral Reefs Show Signs of Recovery

Source: St. John Source Damaged Star Coral in Leinster. (Photo by Caroline Rogers) The waves from hurricanes Irma and Maria and a destructive winter storm at the end of February have taken a toll on coral reefs around St. John, according to marine biologists who work within the Virgin Islands National Park. But seven…

Police Continue Search for Missing 80-Year-Old

Source: St. John Source Mitchel MIcheal The V.I. Police Department is continuing to search for 80-year-old Mitchel Micheal, a native of St. Lucia who has been missing from the Frederiksted area since April 8. According to police, Micheal is a resident of the Mutual Homes Apartments in Grove Place. Family members told police he…

Body of Missing Man Found at Green Cay

Source: St. John Source A body identified as that of 46-year-old Jason Parr was found Friday morning in the water at Green Cay Marina, according to the V.I. Police Department. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death. According to the police, Parr was last seen at the…

Virtue of the Week: Commitment

Source: St. John Source 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 promises. You are practicing commitment…

Carnival Adult Parade Lights up the Streets of Charlotte Amalie

Source: St. John Source The Eagles Carnival Troupe floats down the parade route as butterflies returning to the islands after the hurricanes. (Gerard Sperry photo) Miss Universe USVI, Esonica Veira, was crowned in October 2017. She has devoted her time to the Atlanta Caribbean Relief Drive. (Gerard Sperry photo) Fireworks lit up the sky…

STJ Long Term Recovery Team Reports Progress

Source: St. John Source Ryan Cuevas talks about working with All Hearts and Hands. The 90 minutes scheduled for the monthly public meeting of the Long Term Recovery Team was barely enough to communicate all the good news from St. John Community Foundation/St. John Angels on Thursday night. The good news began with the…

Sevenminusseven Will Host Lane Sell Exhibition May 5

Source: St. John Source On Saturday, May 5, the nonprofit art space sevenminusseven will host “Nothing that has lived can be destroyed,” an exhibition event for Lane Sell, St. Thomas-born artist and owner of Shoestring Press. Sell, who graduated from Antilles School, has resided and worked in Brooklyn, New York since 2011. “Nothing that…

RFP-019-2018 (C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal: RFP-019-2018 (C) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFLH) is requesting proposals from qualified design/build firms/contractors to provide the design, construction/installation of a Temporary Medical Facility (Temporary Hardened…

IFB025JFLHC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No: IFB025JFLHC18(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 the Site Preparations, Structures, Mechanical and Electrical Services for Temporary Facilities Identified as Phase 1 (T.O.R.…

U.S. Department of Labor Continues Hurricane Recovery-Related Outreach to U.S.V.I. on Wage Enforcement

Source: St. John Source U.S. Department of Labor The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) continues to investigate wage issues on St. Croix and St. Thomas and provide compliance assistance related to recovery efforts following hurricanes Maria and Irma. WHD will review employers’ compliance with the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA),…

Beach Advisory for April 23-26

Source: St. John Source Lindqvist Beach on St. Thomas 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…

Morning Showers Energize 2018 J’ouvert

Source: St. John Source J’ouvert revelers were energized Thursday by the rain that came down heavy during the early morning hours. Heavy gray rain clouds opened up Thursday morning along the 2018 J’ouvert route, but in addition to adding a slight chill to the air, the downpour appeared to energize this year’s throng of…

FEMA Gives V.I. $11.5 million for Continuing Social Support

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Human Services Felicia Blyden. (File photo) Despite millions of dollars and countless hours spent on disaster assistance since Hurricanes Irma and Maria laid waste to the territory in September 2017, there are still thousands of residents dealing with personal, long-term consequences. Some have medical conditions such as diabetes…

Senate Honors Farmer, Journalist, and Jockeys

Source: St. John Source Alvin Gee, who was posthumously honored by the Legislature Monday. At a Perma-Plaque ceremony at Government House in Christiansted Monday, the 32nd Legislature recognized outstanding V.I. residents in the fields of journalism, agriculture, military service, horse racing, culture and quelbe music Alvin Southwell, or Alvin Gee, as he was know…

Cancer Support VI to Host Guest Speaker Dr. Petra Ketterl on May 2

Source: St. John Source Dr. Petra Ketterl Cancer Support VI, sponsored by International Capital & Management Company (ICMC), will host its next free presentation by Dr. Petra Ketterl, medical oncologist. She will discuss “Personalized Medicine in Cancer Treatment and Some Tips for a Healthier Life.” This free lecture will be held at noon on…

Plaskett Announces Important Federal Grant for USVI Recovery Efforts

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett (File photo) Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI), ranking member on the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment, released the following statement regarding two grants from FEMA for the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands associated with hurricanes Irma and Maria: “Today the…

VIDOA and UVI-CES Join to Offer Free Workshops for Arborists

Source: St. John Source The Forestry Division of the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDOA) and the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) are hosting a series of free educational seminars for tree care professionals and other interested persons. They will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Thursday,…

Open House Opens Enterprise Zones to Community

Source: St. John Source While the aromas of Wednesday’s Food Fair packed happy folks into Emancipation Garden and its environs, St. Thomas small business people gathered at E’s Garden Teas on Garden Street to learn how to keep opportunity on the front burner. Enterprise Zone Director Nadine Marchena Kean with radio hosts Addie Ottley,…

VITRAN Extends Hours for Carnival Week

Source: St. John Source Carnival bus VITRAN will run additional buses during Carnival week, adding three additional trips to its daily service, according to a press release from the V.I. Department of Public Works (DPW). From Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 27, in addition to the normal schedule, buses will leave the VIRTRAN…

Virgin Islands Association DC Announces Scholarships for 2018-2019

Source: St. John Source The Virgin Islands Association (VIA) of the DC (VIADC) metropolitan area was founded in 1980 as a non-profit association committed to the community, academic excellence and cultural traditions. VIADC is an active community network, supporting the enhancement of cultural diversity and providing professional development and mentoring to the territory’s college…

Caneel Bay Resort Management Responds to Concerns

Source: St. John Source As representatives of Caneel Bay Resort’s current and former employees, we feel compelled to write a response to the negative and erroneous information being circulated, regarding the plan to re-open the resort. We are saddened and dismayed that a small minority of people who live, but do not work, on…

Government Releases Funds to Non-Profits

Source: St. John Source My Brothers Workshop is one of the V.I. non-profit groups to receive belated funds from the Government of the Virgin Islands. (File photo) The Mapp administration is making good on its promise to release overdue funding to V.I. non-profits for the current fiscal year. However, there appears to be no…

Judge Hears Challenge to Elections Board Reforms

Source: St. John Source Barbara Jackson-McIntosh (File photo) A Superior Court judge is expected to rule on a challenge to laws passed by the Senate last year restructuring the entities that oversee the conduct of elections in the Virgin Islands. Judge Denise Francois heard testimony and legal arguments over the matter Monday on St.…

Fight for Presidential Vote Goes to Supreme

Source: St. John Source The plaintiffs in Segovia v. United States filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, taking another step in a decades-long effort to gain Virgin Islanders and resident of two other U.S. territories the right to vote for president. Virgin Islanders have been fighting decades for the right to…

Silver Airlines Completes Takeover of Seaborne

Source: St. John Source A Silver Airways Saab 340 plane. Silver announced Monday that it has completed the acquisition of Seaborne Airline. Silver Airways of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, announced Monday it has completed the acquisition of Seaborne Airlines, the one-time Virgin Islands-based carrier that operated sea planes between the islands. Silver announced its intention…

Finance Sending Out Tax Refund Checks on Tuesday, April 24

Source: St. John Source Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens (Photo by Barry Leerdam, courtesy of the V.I. Legislature) Just under $5 million in tax refunds will be sent out Tuesday, April 24, according to a press release from Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens. Approximately 1,500 refund checks will be mailed out totaling $4.95 million, Collens said.…

Labor Advises Public of Triangle Claimants’ Settlement Checks

Source: St. John Source Former Triangle employees who executed a “Release of Claims” in June 2017 in the matter captioned “Government of the Virgin Islands vs. Triangle Construction and Maintenance Inc. SX-11-CV-371,” are advised that their settlement checks are available and ready for pick up.  This settlement was coordinated by and between Triangle, the…

EPA Says Recovery Puts Focus on Solid Waste Management

Source: St. John Source Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas Putting in place a solid waste management plan and strategy to tap into millions in federal funds made available to deal with local health and safety issues is key to getting the territory out of response mode and on better footing for future disasters, Environmental…

Shappert Sworn in as U.S. Attorney for V.I.

Source: St. John Source U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert testifies to Congress in January. (CSPAN image) Gretchen C.F. Shappert, who has served as interim U.S. attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands since January, as sworn in Monday by U.S. District Chief Judge Wilma Lewis at the Almeric L. Christian Federal Courthouse on St. Croix. According…

Facing Reality: Climate Change

Source: St. John Source Sept. 19, 2017, satellite photo of Hurricane Maria. More frequent and more severe storms might be one consequence of global climate change. It is sometimes hard to get your arms around the idea that Earth Day will soon be coming up on its 50th anniversary. Since its inaugural date in…

Hull Bay Community Digs In to Celebrate Earth Day

Source: St. John Source The Hull Bay boat ramp can be used again after a backhoe cleared it of sand. (sap photo) Sunday was the celebration of Earth Day and at Hull Bay a dozen area residents armed with shovels, rakes and wheel barrows began the task of making the communal St. Thomas beach…

Most Recent Government Retirees Are Still Checkless

Source: St. John Source Austin Nibbs (Source file photo) This is not a good time to be retiring from the Virgin Islands government. Of the 250 who retired in 2017, 212 have yet to receive a retirement check. Only 38 of last year’s retirees have received a check from the Government Employee Retirement System.…

Carnival Village Honors Judy Watson and the Gypsies

Source: St. John Source V.I. Carnival Village honoree Judy Watson, center, leads her Gypsies Troupe from Emancipation Garden to the official opening of “Judy’s Gypsyville.” Judy Watson remembers when she was growing up, getting excited each year for Carnival – the parades and the costumes of her parents’ Carnival troupe, the Gypsies. That wonder…

Feds Award V.I. $11.5 Million Grant for Disaster Case Management

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Human Services Felicia Blyden. (File photo) The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (VIDHS) Commissioner Felecia L. Blyden announced Friday that the department is the recipient of a $11.5 million grant award from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). VIDHS…

The Forum Announces Upcoming Events

Source: St. John Source The Forum will present the opera “Cendrillon” Live in HD from the Met. The Forum’s Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Series will present ‘Cendrillon.’ In a storybook kingdom, Pandolfe, a country gentleman, has married Madame de la Haltière, an imperious countess. She and her daughters, Noémie and Dorothée, bully Pandolfe’s…

V.I. Parole Board Schedules Hearings Here and on Mainland

Source: St. John Source Golden Grove Correctional Facility on St. Croix The Virgin Islands Parole Board (Board) informs the public it will convene over the course of several days, beginning May 21, to hear testimonies from persons for and against inmates incarcerated at various penal institutions. During the following days, the Board will meet…

Homicide 2018

Source: St. John Source A chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2018 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases are broken down by island. The Source does not include suicides or vehicular homicides in its listing. STX – 1 Territory – 1 Date of death – Jan. 6 The…

Man Killed in Kirwan Terrace Shooting

Source: St. John Source A report of shots fired Friday afternoon left a man dead in the Kirwan Terrace Housing Community, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim’s identify was withheld by police pending notification of next of kin. It was the eight homicide in the territory since the beginning of the year, the…

RFP-014-2018 (P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No: RFP-014-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Public Works is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Asphalt Road Patching on the Island of St. Croix. Proposals…

DPW Begins to Remove Pile of Debris in Coral Bay Area

Source: St. John Source Debris on St. John The Department of Public Works (DPW) informs residents, specifically those living in the Coral Bay area of St. John, that a crew will begin working on Friday, April 20, to remove the pile of debris located near Love City Market. DPW personnel will work throughout the…

Applications Now Available for 2018 Crop Farmer of the Year Title

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands farmers The Virgin Islands Agriculture and Food Fair Planning Committee is now accepting applications from farmers who are interested in being considered for the title of 2018 Crop Farmer of the Year. The deadline for applications is May 4. “Despite the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria, farmers…

NRCS Announces 2018 Sign-up for Caribbean Conservation Programs

Source: St. John Source National Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) – Caribbean Area sign-up for fiscal year 2018 EQIP funding is now open. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help them install and implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural…

Beach Advisory for April 16-20

Source: St. John Source Oppenheimer Beach, St. John 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 of…

Governor Grants Administrative Leave for Virgin Islands Carnival

Source: St. John Source Carnival bus Governor Kenneth E. Mapp and Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter have encouraged residents and visitors to take part in the upcoming Virgin Islands Carnival celebrations and to enjoy the festivities responsibly. Gov. Mapp, by proclamation, has granted administrative leave for government employees. The public is reminded that most government…

Senate Honors Rodney ‘Chief’ Varlack With Perma Plaque

Source: St. John Source Rodney ‘Chief’ Varlack Rodney “Chief” Varlack, took center stage Friday, April 20, at the Cleone Henrietta Creque Legislative Conference Room on St. John as members of the 32nd Legislature, led by Sen. Myron Jackson, hosted a Perma Plaque Ceremony in honor of his outstanding contributions to the Virgin Islands. “It…

Let’s Build a Health Care System, Not Just the Buildings

Source: St. John Source Donna M. Christensen, MD Whenever our recovery discussion turns to health, the focus is almost always on hospitals. While ensuring that we have well built, sustainable, resilient facilities is important, our healthcare recovery requires much more than just rebuilding facilities. Understanding this, a broad cross-section of local healthcare stakeholders, led…

St. John Recovery Choir to Sing the Music of Motown

Source: St. John Source St. John School of the Arts The St. John Recovery Choir will perform concerts of Motown music at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, at the St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay. Admission is by donation. The Recovery Choir was launched by director…

Pistarckle Gives Results of Vento Shakespeare Festival Awards

Source: St. John Source Pistarckle’s Shakespearean scholar Pamela New greets all participants before the start of performances at the recent 13th Annual Vento Shakespeare Festival, hosted by Nisky Center Moravian Church. This year’s 13th Annual Vento Shakespeare Festival was an overwhelming success, with approximately 120 students and eight teachers participating. The event, well attended…

Insurance Funds to Cover Airport and Facility Improvements

Source: St. John Source St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. Facing a possible $85 million in hurricane damages, the V.I. Port Authority board worked Wednesday to make a dent in its list of repairs, approving more than $10 million in projects completely covered by insurance funds. Topping the list at $8.5 million was a…

V.I. Justice Department Closes Cancryn Burglary Investigation

Source: St. John Source Addelita Cancryn Junior High School Principal Lisa Hassell-Forde (V.I. Department of Education photo). The Department of Justice has closed its investigation into a reported burglary at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, and found no evidence of a criminal offense. Suspicions over money missing from the school’s safe prompted the investigation…

Two Arrested Bringing Cocaine From St. John to St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source Two men, Michael Leonard and Reinaldo Pierret Lerburds, were arrested at the Red Hook ferry terminal Thursday trying to bring 55 kilograms of cocaine to St. Thomas from St. John on the car barge. Police were tipped off that Lerburds would be bringing the cocaine over on the barge Thursday…

UVI Bulletin Board for April/May

Source: St. John Source The RT Park building on UVI’s St. Croix campus. (File photo) UVI Students, Faculty & Staff to Showcase Findings at Research Day Community Invited to Learn About Possible Future Careers The University of the Virgin Islands will host the 7th Annual Research Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on…

V.I. Government Announces New Career Opportunities

Source: St. John Source Government of the United States Virgin Islands A wide variety of new career opportunities within the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands are now available to the public. Job openings include positions in accounting, education, law enforcement and engineering. “Through the tireless and strategic efforts of Gov. Kenneth Mapp and…

Got FEMA Funds? The Feds Will Be Watching

Source: St. John Source Federal funds are coming into the territory to help the islands recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. And coming with those dollars are federal inspectors to make sure the money gets spent rightThe federal government may have deep pockets, but it’s also got big ears, sharp eyes, and patience. A…

Complex Back in Session after Mystery Odor Cancels Classes

Source: St. John Source The St. Croix Educational Complex. Classes at the St. Croix Educational Complex were back to normal this week after a “gassy smell” on Monday forced classes to be dismissed and students bused off campus. A worker at the school who spoke on the condition of anonymity said there have been…

Jury Convicts Trant on Firearm Charge

Source: St. John Source After a one day trial, a federal jury on Monday found Rehelio Trant, 39, of St. Thomas, guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, U.S. Gretchen C. F. Shappert announced. Trant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled…

Two Guilty to Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute

Source: St. John Source Tommy Ramirez, 29, of the Dominican Republic, and Ramon Clavel, 55, of Haiti, pleaded guilty Wednesday in District Court to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. According to court documents, on Feb. 12, Ramirez instructed Clavel to present himself at the Emancipation…

Gun Plea Nets One-Year Sentence for St. Thomas Man

Source: St. John Source A Hidden Valley man was sentenced Tuesday to a year behind bars for having pleaded guilty to a gun crime that occurred last August, according to the V.I. Department of Justice. Kareem Harrigan, 29, pleaded guilty to the single charge of failure to register. He had originally been charged with…

St. Croix Icon John Tranberg Turns 102

Source: St. John Source Editor’s Note: Born when the USVI was part of Denmark, St. Croix’s John Tranberg turned 102 on April 17. Wishing him a happy birthday, we are reprinting our June 10, 2016 feature celebrating his centenary. Centenarian John Tranberg recently sat in Buddhoe Park in Frederiksted. He had a story to…

RFP-015-2018 (P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal: RFP-015-2018 (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 firms to provide Third Party Fiduciary Oversight and Funds Management Services for the…

Plaskett Named Outstanding Legislator for Work on Health Care in Territories

Source: St. John Source Delegate Stacey Plaskett accepts the Distinguished Chairwoman’s Outstanding Legislator Award from the CBC Health Braintrust. Delegate Stacey E. Plaskett was honored Tuesday by the Congressional Black Caucus’s Health Braintrust with the award for Outstanding Legislator, according to a news release from her office. Plaskett is ranking member on the Subcommittee…

Senators Plan to Visit Corrections, BMV Offices

Source: St. John Source Sen. At Large Brian Smith. (File photo) The Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety will conduct a series of site visits to evaluate the state of the infrastructure at public buildings under the committee’s purview. “The main purpose of the visit is to gather information regarding the…

Marriott Ownership Resorts (St.Thomas), Inc., Plaintiff, vs. Anthony Scott, Ikyta J. Scott and Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Defendants

Source: St. John Source IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN MARRIOTT OWNERSHIP RESORTS                    (ST. THOMAS), INC.,                                                                     Plaintiff,                                 vs.                     …

Terminix Employee Charged in 2015 USVI Accidental Poisoning

Source: St. John Source Methyl Bromide A federal grand jury indicted Jose Rivera, 59, this week for applying the restricted pesticide methyl bromide throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands, including including the condominium resort complex in St. John, where a family of four fell seriously ill in March 2015. The indictment alleges Rivera knowingly applied…

V.I. Made Down Payment on Wastewater: It’s Safe to Flush – For Now

Source: St. John Source Interim Waste Management Authority Director Tawana Albany Nicholas speaks Monday at the legislative committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature photo) The V.I. Waste Management Authority made a partial payment to Veolia, the company that built and runs St. Croix’s Anguilla and St. Thomas’ Red Point wastewater treatment plants, staving off, for now,…

VIPD Announces Temporary Closure of Firearms Bureau

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Police Department The Virgin Islands Police Department advises the public that the Firearms Bureau will be closed to the public from Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 11, in both districts. This is due to necessary system updates. Exemptions include all firearm transactions such as new firearms, unregistered…

Property Tax Amnesty to Begin April 17

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue Pursuant to Virgin Islands law, property taxpayers may pay their delinquent taxes with 100 percent waiver of all interest and penalties, according to a press release from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. The waiver only applies to tax years 2015 and prior, and…

Board of Elections Schedules Voter Registration Drive

Source: St. John Source The St. Thomas-St. John Board of Elections will conduct a registration drive. The drive will take place between noon and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the center court of Tutu Park Mall, St. Thomas. As part of an ongoing effort to reach out to the voting public and as…

VIBE Applications for Loans/Grants Due by April 20

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Board of Education The 18th Virgin Islands Board of Education reminds the Virgin Islands (VIBE) public that April 13 marks exactly one week until the deadline for applying for the higher education loans and/or grants administered by the agency.  “April 20, 2018 marks the end of the loan/scholarship…

Jikelle Michael Wins 2018 Carnival Queen Crown

Source: St. John Source V.I. Carnival Queen Jikelle Michael takes part in the evening wear segment of the program. *Correction, see editor’s note* Three young women went up against April showers and technical difficulties during the 2018 V.I. Carnival Queen show Saturday, with Jikelle Michael of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School taking home the crown.…

Rotary Sunrise Creates New Course for Kids Tri

Source: St. John Source The first set of swimmers, in the 5-to-8 age group, heads for the shore. Two major storms and a recent nor’easter may have changed the race course a little, but didn’t dampen the spirits or organizers or participants of this year’s Rotary Sunrise Kids Triathlon. The eighth annual event, which…

DOE Tells Senate Schools Will Operate Close to Normal Next Year

Source: St. John Source Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum (File photo) Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum expressed confidence Friday that the school system, shattered by two Category 5 storms last year, will operate close to normal next school year. “Parents need to know that we are committed to rebuilding our territory’s public school system and should…

VIDOE to Celebrate Annual ‘Week of the Young Child’

Source: St. John Source The Virgin Islands Department of Education The Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDOE) will hold its annual celebration of the Week of the Young Child at elementary schools across the territory from April 16-20. The annual activity is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)…

Viya’s VI Open Tennis Tournament Names Winners

Source: St. John Source St. Thomas’ Alex Poe, Men’s Open Singles winner. (Credit: Dean Barnes). The saying “home court advantage” certainly rang true for St. Thomas’ Alex Poe, winner of the highly-competitive Men’s Open Singles at the Viya VI Open Tennis Tournament. In fact, he started playing tennis at age 7 at the St.…

WAPA Issuing Second Round of Post-Storm Bills

Source: St. John Source The V.I. Water and Power Authority is now issuing its second round of post-storm bills for electricity and water. Some of the bills will be based on actual consumption and others will be estimated, WAPA officials said in a statement Friday. WAPA installed automated metering systems, but they were damaged…

Reef Fest 2018 Draws More than 1,000 Marine Life Enthusiasts

Source: St. John Source The crew from Brix Wine Bar and Bistro took first place in the Lionfish Cookoff at Reef Fest 2018. (Dave MacVean photo) More than 1,000 people attended Reef Fest 2018 on St. Thomas, enjoying informative presentations and delicious, sustainable seafood in the event’s new location at Yacht Haven Grand for…

DLCA Sets $50 Fee for All General Licensing Applications

Source: St. John Source V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) has announced there is an official $50 fee for all board and commission applications. The fee, not to be confused with the TEMA application fee, is used to cover the costs associated with processing licenses…