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December 16, 2017

U.S. Virgin Islands

BMV to Close for One Day

Source: St. John Source The Bureau of Motor Vehicles of St. Thomas and St. John will be closed on Monday, Dec. 18. It will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Dec. 19, according to Director Lawrene A. Olive. for more information, contact Saitah N. Aubain, executive assistant to the director, at 774-4268, ext. 1262.

In the Matter of the Estate of Stephen Jonathan Hood, 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: STEPHEN JONATHAN HOOD,                                                             Deceased. PROBATE NO. ST-17-PB-61 NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, if you have any cause to show…

American Cancer Society Closes V.I. Operations

Source: St. John Source Men, women and children participate in 2016 Relay for Life on St. Croix. Despite restructuring last August, the American Cancer Society was rendered “operationally unstable” by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September and the national non-profit announced this week it is suspending operations in the Virgin Islands. “After careful consideration,…

V.I. Guardsman Receives 4-year Minuteman Scholarship to UVI-ROTC

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands National Guard The Adjutant General for the Virgin Islands (VING), Brigadier General Deborah Y. Howell, announced her selection for the Army National Guard (ARNG) Minuteman Scholarship. General Howell nominated Private (PV2) Resean Donastorg for the scholarship on Aug. 15. The scholarship benefits include full tuition and fees (uncapped)…

St. John Continues on the Road Back

Source: St. John Source Patrick Cornbill of FEMA, left, listens as Steve DeBlasio speaks to crowd at a November VITEMA briefing. last month. As FEMA Division Supervisor Patrick Cornbill prepares to leave St. John after a three-month stint on the island, he says that things continue to get a little better every day. “Our…

45th St. Thomas International Regatta Set for March 23-25, 2018

Source: St. John Source Pictured: IC24s sailing in the 2017 STIR (Credit: Dean Barnes/STIR) Anyone who enjoyed Caribbean racing in the 1970s and 1980s – or heard the stories and wished you were there – this year’s St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR), set for March 23-25, 2018, is the place to be. After some…

UVI Board to Meet in Special Session on December 19

Source: St. John Source   University of the Virgin Islands – St. Thomas Campus A special meeting of the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, in Room 303 in the Administration and Conference Center, St. Thomas Campus, and in the Provost Conference…

Hurricanes Exacerbate Territory Housing Problems

Source: St. John Source Sen. Marvin Blyden. (File photo) Senators and testifiers at a Wednesday Senate committee hearing agreed that the housing situation in the U.S. Virgin Islands was not good before the back to back hurricanes in September – and now it is worse. “Before the storm we had a mental health crisis,…

St. John Celebrates Restoration of Power

Source: St. John Source Sharon Coldren of Coral Bay Community Council and Linda Titre, a Hard Labor resident, enjoy the Bizarre Bazaar. The restoration of power to much of Coral Bay and eastern portions of St. John has provided a surge of optimism among community members, who had been without electricity since Hurricane Irma…

An Expansion Plan Is Given for Cyril E. King Airport

Source: St. John Source Passengers crowd into the Cyril E. King Airport (V.I. Port Authority photo) Dear Source:       In the month of September, the territory was hit by two catastrophic hurricanes that caused destruction on the islands of St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. During…

New Venue Announced for Water Island Music Festival

Source: St. John Source Julian Gargiulo and Joe Burgstaller perform at the Water Island Music Festival in 2012. (Photo from the Water Island Music Festival Facebook page) In spite of the storms that raked the islands, there will be a Water Island Music Festival in January, but in a new location and for a…

USVIEDA Office to Be Closed for Dec. 15

Source: St. John Source Economic Development Authority The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA) advises the general public that the USVIEDA Offices in the districts of St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix will be closed on Friday, Dec. 15, to allow the staff to participate in a professional development workshop and other USVIEDA…

GERS Offices to Close for Employee Recognition Ceremony

Source: St. John Source Government Employees’ Retirement System The Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS) offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be closed on Friday, Dec. 15, to allow employees to participate in the Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony and Social. Regular business hours will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18.

UVI Bulletin Board for December II

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands – St. Thomas Campus VIMAS and VI-EPSCoR Hosting Plastic Bottle Collection Drive VIMAS and VI-EPSCoR are collecting 16 oz. plastic bottles for a myriad of upcycling arts & crafts projects that will occur in 2017 and 2018. Bottles can be brought between 9 a.m. to…

Sen. O’Reilly Calls for Halt to Plans for Debris Burning

Source: St. John Source Sen. Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly during an August Senate hearing. (Legislature photo by Onaje Simmonds) In a letter to federal partners dated Tuesday, Sen. Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly expressed opposition to the proposed burning of wood debris and waste on St. Croix and St. Thomas, and demanded that any burning be halted until the…

BIR Office on St. John to Close for One Day

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue The Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) informs the public that its St. John tax office located at the Government Complex at Cruz Bay will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 12, for repairs. The office will re-open at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13,…

AARP Asks Public to Support New Bill on Digital Assets

Source: St. John Source Troy deChabert-Schuster Have you ever wondered what happens to online accounts once someone passes away? Not so long ago, we kept our important documents in file cabinets, our photos in photo albums, and a human being delivered most of our mail. Today, many Virgin Islanders use the Internet instead, and…

Giving Thanks Is Essential

Source: St. John Source Dear Source: Two category five storms, Irma and Maria, have indeed tested the core of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and have taught us that in all things we must give thanks.  Today, I join the many in giving thanks as a people for life; thanks for the…

SBA Loans to Virgin Islanders Top $108 Million

Source: St. John Source The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $108 million in low-interest disaster loans for businesses and residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the SBA announced recently. “Currently, 1,450 disaster loans have been approved in the amount of $108,570,500 for affected survivors. The…

Amali Krigger Crowned Mr. Incredible at UVI Contest

Source: St. John Source Amali Krigger Crowned Mr. Incredible Amali Krigger, a senior computer science major, was crowned Mr. Incredible on Friday, Dec. 1, at the third Mr. Incredible contest on the Albert A. Sheen Campus, St. Croix. Krigger also won Best Professional Wear, Best Talent and Mr. Popularity. The contest was sponsored by…

4-H Christmas Ornament Festival Draws Children, Adults and Even Santa

Source: St. John Source D’enoia Webbe, 7 works on a penguin ornament with her mother Carmen. The arrival of Santa added to the already excitement-charged 4-H Christmas Ornament Festival at the University of the Virgin Islands Sunday afternoon. Scores of small children bounced from station to station and created ornaments from bright shiny beads,…

Virtue of the Week: Patience

Source: St. John Source Patience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right. You wait without complaining. You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes. You picture the end in the beginning and persevere to meet your goals. Patience is a commitment to the future. You are practicing patience when…

Registration for Disaster Assistance Extended Through Jan. 8

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Virgin Islanders affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria now have until Jan. 8, 2018, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The registration deadline has been extended for individuals and families affected by the hurricanes to apply for grants for rental assistance, essential…

Update: WAPA Says Over 25,000 Customers Now Energized; Efforts Continue

Source: St. John Source WAPA workers repairing electrical lines HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM     With more than 25,000 customers re-energized territory-wide, restoration and reconstruction efforts continued in both districts on Thursday.         On St. Thomas, some customers were restored in the following areas: Lindbergh Bay, Solberg, Altona, Caret Bay, Dorothea, Frenchman’s Bay, Bolongo,…

Beach Advisory for December 5-8

Source: St. John Source Maho Beach 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 the following:…

In the Matter of the Estate of Walter Zirpolo a.k.a W. Zirpolo, 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 WALTER ZIRPOLO a.k.a W. ZIRPOLO, _______________________Deceased.____ PROBATE NO. ST-17-PB-20 ACTION FOR ANCILLARY PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS               It is hereby brought to public notice that a…

IFB004DPWC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB004DPWC18(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 Demolition of Stadium Stand Located at Dr. Randall James Race Track, St. Croix. Bids will…

Five Killed in STX Plane Crash

Source: St. John Source Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (Susan Ellis photo) Four passengers and the pilot on board a twin engine plane died Thursday night after a crash landing at St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen airport. According to the V.I. Port Authority, the small plane crashed at 8:54 p.m. Thursday. The aircraft was a…

Senators Like Plans for Halfway House

Source: St. John Source Sen. Novelle Francis chairs a Rules Committee hearing in May. (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature) Virgin Island senators Thursday warmly received a request for a zoning use variance by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to allow a halfway house at 45-A Estate Glynn on St. Croix, but a request…

Community Activist Alphonso Franklin Leaves a Legacy of Advocacy

Source: St. John Source Alphonso Franklin, right, hosts an Our Town Frederiksted town hall in 2015 with, from left, Franz Christian of the Law Enforcement Planning Commission, VIPD Commissioner Delroy Richards, St. Croix Administrator Stephanie Williams and Senate President Neville James. Frederiksted lost one of its staunchest advocates when Alphonso Franklin died Sept. 23.…

In the Matter of the Estate of Stephanie Rogers a/k/a Stephanie M. Rogers a/k/a Stephanie Mildred Rogers, 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:                STEPHANIE ROGERS A/K/A STEPHANIE M. ROGERS           A/K/A STEPHANIE MILDRED ROGERS,                                                                                                 Deceased.        PROBATE NO. ST-17-PB-74 NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND DEBTORS                       NOTICE,…

In the Matter of the Estate of Gloria Leonard a/k/a Gloria P. Leonard a/k/a Gloria Patricia Leonard a/k/a Gloria P. (Rogers) Leonard, 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:                                  GLORIA LEONARD A/K/A GLORIA P. LEONARD      A/K/A GLORIA PATRICIA LEONARD A/K/A                GLORIA P. (ROGERS) LEONARD,                                                                                                          Deceased.      PROBATE NO. ST-17-PB-75 NOTICE TO…

USVI Gets Another Extension on REAL ID

Source: St. John Source Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke (U.S. Department of Homeland Security photo) Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke has granted the territory yet another extension to comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005, a federal law put in place to make official government identification more secure, in the wake…

Viya Updates Free Hotspots on Dec. 6

Source: St. John Source Viya releases an updated List, as of Dec. 6, of all current free hotspots across the territory. St. Thomas Tutu Park Mall (Vitamin world, Viya Kiosk and Champs) – Tutu Park Tap & Still – Red Hook Cyril E. King Airport – Airport Road, Charlotte Amalie West GERS Building –…

Senators Seem Satisfied With Health Insurance Deal

Source: St. John Source GESC Chair Beverly Joseph testifies at a 2015 senate hearing. (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam) Most Virgin Islands senators at the Committee on Finance hearing Wednesday were satisfied with the deal being struck between the government and Cigna for health insurance for government employees. Beverly Joseph, chairperson of the…

CEO Alvaro Pilar Writes a Letter to Viya Customers

Source: St. John Source Viya executive Alvaro Pilar addresses the company’s first ‘Tech Talk.’ (Marina Ricci photo) Dear Virgin Islands Customers: As we prepare the expanded launch of the Viya-Connect Mobile Data Hotspot Devices (MiFi), Viya wants you to know that we hear you. We are a company comprised of employees from, living in,…

Just an Observation

Source: St. John Source Dear Source: On the way to work this morning I felt the sudden urge to write about some of the different types of drivers I see daily. I am by no means a perfect driver and probably fit into some of these categories at times; either way here is my…

December 18 Is Deadline to Register for FEMA Assistance

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria on the U.S. Virgin Islands have until Dec. 18 to register with FEMA for assistance: More than $230 million in total federal recovery dollars has been approved for the U.S.V.I., including more than $33 million in grants for individuals and…

Pistarckle Theater to Stage ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!’

Source: St. John Source Cast of the ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ rehearsing Each year, Pistarckle Theater, located in picturesque Tillett Gardens, presents a special holiday-themed play. This year, it will delight audiences with a popular comedy about Christmas, chaos and kids. The central theme revolves around the trial and tribulations of a couple producing…

Eduardo Garcia Does Well at NACAC Half-Marathon Championships in Cuba

Source: St. John Source Eduardo Garcia (#1112) 1st NACAC Half-Marathon Championships 2017 The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) announced today that V.I. National Track and Field Team long-distance runner Eduardo Garcia made history running in the first NACAC Half-Marathon Championships. He had a strong performance in the race held in Havana, Cuba,…

V.I. Is Buffeted by Hurricanes, Flattened by Debt

Source: St. John Source The federal government is requiring we descend the proverbial rabbit hole and go further into debt to defray the cost associated with hurricanes Irma and Maria recovery. Government leadership should have rejected this offer.  To do so would have required unity of purpose. It would not have been an easy…

VIEDA Notice of Public Hearing

Source: St. John Source 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 Economic Development Commission (VIEDC), a subsidiary entity of the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic…

Congressional Group Tours St. Croix

Source: St. John Source Eight members of Congress and other officials joined Gov. Kenneth Mapp and Delegate Stacey Plaskett for a listening session at Juan F. Luis Hospital following a brief tour to assess hurricane damage and the ongoing recovery effort. (Government House photo) Eight members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce…

Mapp: Virgin Islanders Deserve Same Aid as Other Americans

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp speaks Monday at Government House. (Jamie Leonard photo) Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Monday that he urged visiting members of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce to treat residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories the same as all other American citizens. The…

Symposium Explores Converting Old School into Museum, Learning Center

Source: St. John Source Senate President Myron Jackson (File photo) More than 20 government, non-profit, and community stakeholders talked about the scope, sustainability, and organizational structure to revitalize the Jose Antonio Jarvis Elementary School as a museum, cultural and learning center, during a three-day symposium that wrapped up Monday on St. Thomas. According to…

Chamber of Commerce Cancels Miracle on Main Street 2017

Source: St. John Source a past Miracle On Main Street As the holidays are approaching, the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce has given a serious look at hosting Miracle on Main Street 2017.  The partners for this event are very stretched in their own recovery, and as much as all desire to do…

There is No Free Lunch

Source: St. John Source The decision to accept disaster recovery funding from FEMA in the form of senior lien pari passu debt is the tip of the iceberg of problems to come.  Over the past weeks and months, we willingly deluded ourselves that the federal government will see the Territory through to full recovery,…

Ocean and Coastal Observing VI to Hold First Meeting Dec. 16

Source: St. John Source Map of the Caribbean Regional Association Ocean and Coastal Observing — Virgin Islands (OCOVI) invites friends, associates and the public to participate in its first meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at E’s Teagarden & Things, 12 Commandant Gade, St. Thomas (two doors from the traffic…

IFB003DPWC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB003DPWC18(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 Construction of a new VITRAN Maintenance & Operations Facility, St. Croix. Bids will be received…

Trunk Bay Cleaned Up and Winning Recognition

Source: St. John Source Trunk Bay, which was recently reopened, has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 best beaches. (V.I. National Park photo) Trunk Bay Beach is not only cleared and open for visitors; it is receiving international recognition again. FlightNetwork, which bills itself as is one of the largest Canadian-owned online…

Inspector General Says Audits Back on Track

Source: St. John Source Steven van Beverhoudt testifies before the Senate in June. (File photo) Virgin Islands Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt said Friday that his office was getting close to normal operations after almost three months after a pair of hurricanes threw “normal” out the window. One difficulty holding back his staff of…

Legislature Looks for New Building on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source The Legislature building on St. Croix (Susan Ellis photo) The Legislature approved a bill Friday intended to appropriate about $4 million to rent a temporary office for the Legislature on St. Croix and to build a new complex in Estate Golden Rock, near Christiansted. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Myron…

Senate OKs Burning Ban, Horse Racing Laws

Source: St. John Source A big debris piles near Addelita Cancryn Junior High School on St. Thomas. The V.I. Legislature approved a bill Friday to ban the large-scale burning of wood and vegetative debris from the recent storms. Environmental groups and others raised concerns about the health impacts of large-scale incineration after Gov. Kenneth…

Update: WAPA Continues Restoring Electrical Service to All Three Islands

Source: St. John Source WAPA workers repairing electrical lines HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM     On St. Thomas, Friday, some customers were restored in Frenchtown, the Demarara community, Old Tutu, Estate Mafolie, Altona and Welgunst, Mahogany Estate, Mariendahl and Nadir. The Arturo Watlington Sr. Post Office in Frenchtown was also energized. Over the weekend,…

Virtue of the Week: Tolerance

Source: St. John Source Being tolerant is accepting differences. You don’t expect others to think, look, speak or act just like you. You are free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams. Tolerance is also accepting things you wish were different with patience and flexibility. You are practicing tolerance…

Restoration Progress of viNGN All-Fiber Broadband Continues to Move Quickly

Source: St. John Source The U.S.V.I. is now seeing tremendous benefits of design and construction of   the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) through quick restorations and more high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the Islands. The viNGN has announced that progress around the recovery and restoration efforts throughout the territory continues to move quickly. Credit…

VIWMA Resumes House-to-House Collection on St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) advises the public that house-to-house collection on St. Thomas will resume on Dec. 4. The schedule for pickups is as follows: Monday (Dec. 4) Old Tutu (McBean), Estate Bovoni, Estate Nadir, Nadir Circle, Nadir Hill Tuesday Anna’s Retreat…

SFG FSC INC.

Source: St. John Source GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI 00802 ______________________________________ CD-0001-2018 CERTIFICATE OF DISSOLUTION It being within the province of my office, I, the undersigned Osbert E. Potter, Lieutenant Governor of the Virgin Islands, being satisfied by due proof, hereby certify that consent by…

Update: Additional Manpower, Materials Arrive to Augment WAPA Recovery Restoration

Source: St. John Source WAPA workers repairing electrical lines HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM     Additional manpower and shipments of materials and supplies are on island to augment Water and Power Authority’s (WAPA’s) restoration efforts in both districts.        On St. Thomas, Thursday, additional customers in Frenchtown and Hull Bay were energized while other…

Breach Advisory for Nov. 27 – Dec. 1

Source: St. John Source 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 the following: DPNR performed…

2015 MMES Cohort Publishes Study in Major Scientific Journal

Source: St. John Source John Cassell examines a squirrel fish. Each fish caught is photographed, identified by species or family, its length recorded, and is then identified as herbivores, diurnal carnivores or nocturnal carnivores. The University of the Virgin Islands’ Masters of Marine and Environmental Studies (MMES) 2015 cohort has had its capstone manuscript…

Hurricane Season Ends: CSU Says Season Was Worse than Forecast

Source: St. John Source In the weeks after Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit, the Slim Mans parking lot in Cruz Bay shows the damage. (Amy Roberts photo) With the disastrous 2017 hurricane season finally officially over, the Colorado State University team that monitors and predicts hurricane activity said Thursday that the season was extremely…

PFA Ramps Up Budget To Deal with Disaster Loans

Source: St. John Source The PFA board discusses hurricane relief aid from the federal government Thursday. The V.I. Public Finance Authority added $4 million to its $7.1 million annual budget Thursday at the recommendation of Gov. Kenneth Mapp, chairman of the authority, and approved extending $20 million in annual contracts to process expected disaster…

Instead of Building Rooms, VIGL Buys Two Hotels

Source: St. John Source A view of Christiansted shows the Caravelle, King Christian and Company House hotels marked. (Image provided by VIGL) VIGL Operations, owners of Christiansted’s 44-room Caravelle Hotel and Casino, has purchased the nearby 44-room King Christian Hotel and the 36-room Company House Hotel and plans to use those pre-existing hotel rooms…

Senate OKs Nominees for PSC, PERB

Source: St. John Source Kent Bernier Sr. is sworn in for testimony at his nomination hearing in August. (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature) The Senate approved the nominations of Annie Day Henry to the Public Employee Relations Board, and Kent Bernier Sr. to the Public Services Commission, and rezoned a property in…

Power Restored to More Than 100 Customers in Williams Delight

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM The number of restored customers across the territory continues to increase as significant work is being carried out on all three islands by WAPA Line Department personnel as well as by on and off-island contractors. On St. Thomas, Wednesday,…

IFB002GVIC18(S)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB002GVIC18(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 Purchase & Delivery of Household & Cleaning Supplies, St. Croix. Bids will be received by the…

Parents of IEP Students Reminded of Program’s Status

Source: St. John Source Government of the United States Virgin Islands The Office of the Governor’s Americans with Disabilities Act reminds parents of students enrolled in IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) that their child’s IEP continues to remain valid. Services identified on the student’s IEP must be provided to each child. The child’s IEP is…

VITEMA and FEMA Advise Hurricane Survivors to Hire Legitimate Contractors

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency With millions of dollars in recovery funds flowing to Virgin Islanders whose homes were damaged or destroyed during the hurricanes, territorial and federal emergency management officials are offering some sound advice: hire legitimate contractors for your repair or reconstruction jobs. The Virgin Islands Territorial…

Hurricanes May Have Cost V.I. Government $1.5 Billion Over Three Years

Source: St. John Source Valdamier Collens testifyies at an earlier hearing. (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature) Along with billions in property damage, Hurricanes Irma and Maria have wiped out a peak tourism season, shrunk economic activity and greatly reduced tax collections to run the territory’s schools and agencies, V.I. officials told senators…

Education Department to Launch Second Storytelling Academy in January

Source: St. John Source The Virgin Islands Department of Education – Division of Cultural Education (VIDCE) will be launching its second annual Storytelling Academy in January 2018. The academy teaches the art of cultural storytelling in the Virgin Islands’ local oral tradition and will be facilitated by master storyteller Yohance Henley. The program is…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Nov. 28

Source: St. John Source V.I. Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM     WAPA’s restoration efforts continued in both districts on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Additional customers were restored in some areas while crews performed reconstruction work such as planting poles and stringing lines.         On St. Thomas, areas from the bottom of…

Health Commissioner Seeking V.I. Medevacs in Puerto Rico

Source: St. John Source Health Commissioner Michelle Davis (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature) More than two months after two catastrophic hurricanes left the Virgin Islands unable to serve its sickest patients, a top health official set out to see where they went and how they’re doing. A spokeswoman for the Department of…

Three Groups Say They’ll Sue Over Plans to Burn Debris

Source: St. John Source Senate President Myron Jackson chairs legislative session. (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature) The Sierra Club, Island Green Living Association and the Virgin Island Conservation Society have notified FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they will sue to prevent large-scale burning of debris from Hurricanes Irma…

USVIEDA and Subsidiaries to Hold Governing Board Meetings on Nov. 30

Source: St. John Source The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA) and its subsidiary entities (the Economic Development Commission, Economic Development Bank for the United States Virgin Islands, and the Enterprise Zone Commission) will convene board meetings beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30.  These…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Nov. 27

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM     As restoration work continued in both districts over the weekend and on Monday, Nov. 27, more than 20,500 customers in the territory have been restored. The total represents restoration of 36 percent of St. Croix, 47 percent of…

UVI Bulletin Board for December

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus UVI Today Blog; VI Caribbean Cultural Center at UVI Celebrates 5th Anniversary Despite the damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria to the Albert A. Sheen Campus and in proactive recovery mode throughout the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), the…

The Bookworm: ‘The Trick’ is Enchanting

Source: St. John Source Emanuel Bergmann “The Trick,” by Emanuel Bergmann; © 2017, Atria; $26.00; 378 pages Now you see it, now you don’t. You know it’s all an illusion, but the hand really is quicker than the eye. It’s just that sometimes, like in the new novel “The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann, the…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for November 24

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE Speaking at a news conference hosted by Acting Governor Osbert Potter on Wednesday, Executive Director Julio Rhymer Sr. thanked WAPA’s employees, along with the on and off-island contractors, and the public, who continue to support the ongoing restoration of electrical service…

GERS Wants Federal Disaster Funds

Source: St. John Source Austin Nibbs (Source file photo) Austin L. Nibbs, chief administrator of the Government Employees Retirement System, has urged the 32nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands to consider requesting funds for the system from the federal government. In a letter dated Nov. 20, Nibbs urged the senators to discuss the plight…

Ineligibility Letter from FEMA May Not Be the Last Word

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency Some Virgin Islanders who have sustained damages as a result of hurricanes Irma or Maria may receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stating they are ineligible for disaster assistance. Any hurricane survivor who has received an ineligibility letter, should not give up.…

Beach Advisory for November 20-24

Source: St. John Source Maho Beach  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 the following:…

VIEDA Notice of Governing Board Meetings

Source: St. John Source U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY NOTICE OF GOVERNING BOARD MEETINGS All interested persons are hereby notified that in accordance with V.I. CODE ANN. tit. 1, § 254, as amended, the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (“USVIEDA”), and its subsidiary entities, the Economic Development Commission (“VIEDC”), Economic Development Bank…

St. Croix Ex-Pat’s Novel Tells the Story of Fireburn

Source: St. John Source Apple Gidley’s novel, “Fireburn,” hit bookstores on Oct. 1, and that was no accident. Amazon released its copies that same day, also intentional. Oct. 1 marked the anniversary of St. Croix’s 1878 worker rebellion known as Fireburn. Undercover Books & Gifts will host a book signing with Gidley from 4:30…

New, Stronger Utility Poles

Source: St. John Source A new WAPA utility poles dwarfs the original pole it replaces on St. Croix. (Anne Salafia photo) Many Virgin Islanders have noticed that as the Water and Power Authority puts up new utility poles to replace the many, many poles that were knocked down and snapped in half in the…

In the Matter of the Estate of Martin Peck Merrick, Deceased

Source: St. John Source IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. CROIX **************  IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF, MARTIN PECK MERRICK,                                                                                             Deceased.       CASE NO. SX-16-PB-030 ACTION FOR PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS               It is hereby brought to public notice that a Petition for Probate…

WAPA Releases Restoration Update for November 21

Source: St. John Source V.I. Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM     At the end of the work day, Tuesday, Nov. 21, V.I. Water and Power Authority (WAPA) reported significant progress on its restoration effort in both districts. With the primary circuits on most feeders significantly reconstructed, the restoration of service…

Hastily Removed, Medical Evacuees Now Feel Adrift

Source: St. John Source Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas ties up at Charlotte Amalie, where it took on about 560 passengers, part of a contingent of 1,400 evacuated Saturday from the territory. (SAP photo) Wind howling, roofs flying and flood waters rising – all combined to leave thousands of Virgin Islanders feeling vulnerable…

Potter: Friday is Not a Holiday for Government Workers

Source: St. John Source At a Wednesday news conference, Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter announces that Friday will not be a holiday for government workers. (Jamie Leonard photo) Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter, acting as governor while Gov. Kenneth Mapp is out of the territory, announced Wednesday that “Friday is not going to be a holiday”…

Temporary Relocation of TSA Causes Heavy Delays at King Airport

Source: St. John Source Cyril E. King Airport (File photo) Outgoing passengers at Cyril E. King Airport waited for several hours for flights Wednesday due to delays in passenger screening by the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration. The delays were due to temporarily relocating the passenger screening area to make room for repairs to that…

Bay Vista Owners’ Association, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. John G. Pruitt, Chad D. Pruitt, and Charles G. Pruitt, Defendants

Source: St. John Source IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN BAY VISTA OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION,                    INC.                                                                                                  Plaintiff,                                               vs. JOHN G. PRUITT, CHAD D. PRUITT and                  CHARLES G. PRUITT,                                                   …

Bluebeard’s Castle Pirates’ Pension, Bluebeard’s Castle Villas I, Bluebeard’s Castle Hilltop Villas III and Bluebeard’s Castle Hilltop Villas, A Condominium, Plaintiffs, vs. Callahan and Zalinsky Associates, LLC, Defendant

Source: St. John Source IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN Bluebeard’s Castle Pirates’ Pension          Bluebeard’s Castle Villas I               Bluebeard’s Castle Hilltop Villas III       and Bluebeard’s Castle Hilltop                       Villas, A CONDOMINIUM,                                             …

Bluebeard’s Castle Pirates’ Pension, Bluebeard’s Castle Villas I, Bluebeard’s Castle Hilltop Villas III and Bluebeard’s Castle Hilltop Villas, A Condominium, Plaintiffs, vs. St. Hamm Management, Defendant.

Source: St. John Source IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN Bluebeard’s Castle Pirates’ Pension          Bluebeard’s Castle Villas I                  Bluebeard’s Castle Hilltop Villas III       and Bluebeard’s Castle Hilltop                        Villas, A CONDOMINIUM,                                           …

Virgin Grand Villas-St. John Condominium Owners’ Association, Plaintiff, vs. Gayle Abramson, Defendant

Source: St. John Source IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN VIRGIN GRAND VILLAS – ST. JOHN                 CONDOMINIUM OWNERS’                                  ASSOCIATION,                                                                              Plaintiff,               …

VIPA Announces TSA Relocation at Cyril E. King Airport

Source: St. John Source           Passengers crowd into the Cyril E. King Airport Thursday to get the first fights out. (V.I. Port Authority photo) The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) passenger screening area has been temporarily relocated in the Cyril E. King Airport (CEKA) Terminal to begin the process of completely reopening the terminal and…

V.I. National Parks Reopen

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (U.S. Department of Interior photo) Christiansted National Historic Site and Buck Island Reef National Monument on St. Croix and Trunk Bay Beach at V.I. National Park on St. John all reopened Monday, the U.S. Interior Department announced. The territory’s national parks…

Power Returning to the Islands

Source: St. John Source V.I. Water and Power Authority truck (V.I. WAPA photo) Virgin Islanders are beginning to see the light. As power returns to neighborhoods throughout the territory, street and traffic lights are becoming a familiar sight again, with more and more businesses and homes illuminated after dark. According to a news release…

IFB002DOAT18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB002DOAT18 (C) Pursuant to Title 31, Chapter 23, Section 236 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture is requesting bids from qualified Contractors to furnish all labor, tools, equipment, machinery and supplies necessary for…

In the Matter of the Estate of Benedikt K. Karalius

Source: St. John Source 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-14 ACTION FOR: ADMINISTRATION OF TESTAMENTARY ESTATE NOTICE OF FINAL ACCOUNT HEARING    Notice…

Salvaged Vessels Returned to Owners, Operations Continue

Source: St. John Source Five vessels either sunk or run aground by Hurricanes Irma and Maria have been salvaged from Flamingo Bay and returned to their owners at no cost to the owner, as salvage operations on St. Thomas continue. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, more than 50 vessel owners have requested and…

Disaster Recovery Centers to Be Closed for Thanksgiving

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency All nine Disaster Recovery Centers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The centers will be open normal hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the centers helping hurricane…

St. Croix Residents Line Up Early for VI-R3 Distribution

Source: St. John Source Volunteers hustle to hand out supplies and keep the line of cars moving quickly at Saturday’s VI-R3 event. When organizers of Virgin Islands-Relief, Recover, Rebuild, known as VI-R3, arrived at their most recent distribution event, they found residents had been waiting in the Sunshine Mall parking lot since 6 a.m.…

Grant Will Pay for Four VIPD Officers

Source: St. John Source The Virgin Islands Police Department will be able to hire four additional full-time officers for three years due to a $586,920 grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program, acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced Monday. The VIPD is one of 179 law enforcement…

V.I. Caribbean Cultural Center at UVI Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Source: St. John Source Celebrating VICCC’s 5th Anniversary Despite the two recent hurricanes causing so much damage to the Albert A. Sheen Campus, the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) celebrated its 5th anniversary on Nov. 9 in the VICCC Administrative Conference Suite in the Delta Jackson Dorsch Residential Complex. The anniversary celebration had…

Five Contenders to Vie for UVI’s Mr. Incredible on Dec. 1

Source: St. John Source The five contenders for the Mr. Incredible title The University of the Virgin Islands’ Office of Student Activities invites the public to the “2017 Mr. Incredible Show” at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, in the cafeteria on UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The Mr. Incredible contest was…

‘Hurricane Edition’ of Dollar fo’ Dollar Tour Remembers 1916 Gale and Coal Carrier Strike

Source: St. John Source The Dollar fo’ Dollar tour passes through Emancipation Garden. (Priscilla Hintz Rivera photo) Organizers of Saturday’s 12th annual Dollar fo’ Dollar Culture and History Tour used the territory’s post-storm mood to highlight the history of another devastating hurricane, one that directly preceded a coal carrier strike in 1916. Coal carriers…

Iggi the Iguana is Back to Help Kids Heal from Storm Trauma

Source: St. John Source Kids watch a puppet show featuring iggi the iguana at Roosevelt Park Saturday. A kid-focused hurricane recovery program featuring an iguana character named iggi (with a small i) is being revived by local therapists to help children and families deal with trauma after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The “iggi Project”…

VIPA Updates Public on Hurricane Restoration Progress of Airports, Seaports

Source: St. John Source           Virgin Islands Port Authority Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) Executive Director David Mapp issued an update on the authority’s hurricane restoration progress post Hurricane Irma, which struck the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sept. 6, and Hurricane Maria which struck on Sept. 19.  VIPA sustained over $85 million in hurricane-related…

Mapp Meets Interior Secretary Zinke in D.C.

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp and a financial advisor meets with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Washington D.C. on Thursday Gov. Kenneth Mapp met with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Thursday to discuss hurricane response and recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to a news release from the Interior…

Fed Disaster Supplemental “Woefully Inadequate” Says Plaskett

Source: St. John Source The Office of Management and Budget sent down its third supplemental budget request Friday, asking Congress to appropriate $44 billion for every U.S. jurisdiction, from Texas to the Virgin Islands, impacted by this year’s hurricanes, but without funding for rebuilding. “This supplemental request of $44 billion is woefully inadequate for…

viNGN Making Inroads on St. John Internet Connectivity

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Next Generation Network The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) has announced that for the week of Nov. 13 significant progress was made in Cruz Bay, St. John, with several businesses and government offices being brought back online. St. John, which had been severed from all utilities in…

Hurricane Disaster Recovery Recommends to Keep Track of Important Dates

Source: St. John Source V.I. Department of Human Services Eligible survivors across the territory may apply for food aid under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), according to a press release issued Friday by the Department of Human Services (DHS). D-SNAP provides food assistance to low-income households with food…

Beach Advisory of November 13-17

Source: St. John Source Magens Bay 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 the following: …

UVI Planetarium Event Set for Saturday, November 18

Source: St. John Source UVI’s Etelman Observatory at night The University of the Virgin Islands Planetarium invites the public to its next “UVI Astronomy Day,” which will feature UVI’s new mobile-planetarium. The event will be held at the UVI library on Saturday, Nov. 18, inside the library. The UVI physics faculty and students will…

Salt River Bay Vessel Removal Underway

Source: St. John Source Vessels are salvaged in Salt River Bay. The U.S. Coast Guard has been working alongside Department of Planning and Natural Resources and other agencies to complete the safe removal of the sunken vessels in Salt River Bay. Similar operations are being conducted throughout the territory utilizing available Federal Emergency Management…

2018 Ag Fair Canceled as V.I. Farmers Struggle to Rebuild

Source: St. John Source Bordeaux Farmer’s Market after Hurricane Irma (We Grow Food Inc. Facebook page) Mother Nature did not spare her caretakers – the farmers – when she rolled through the territory with two Category 5 hurricanes in September. Not only did growers lose livestock, trees, crops and infrastructure, but the V.I. Department…

RFP-002-2018 (P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No:  RFP-002-2018 (P)  Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Labor is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Air Conditioning Services for the Virgin Islands Department of Labor, St.…

Confidence Buoys Attendance at Charter Yacht Show

Source: St. John Source Luxury boats line the pier at the Charter Yacht Show in Charlotte Amalie. A few weeks after majestic cruise ships returned to Charlotte Amalie Harbor, another segment targeting vacationers at sea made its grand entrance as 66 luxury yachts and sailboats occupied the berths at Yacht Haven Grande, starring in…

Dollar fo’ Dollar Commemoration Set for Saturday

Source: St. John Source The 12th annual “Dollar fo’ Dollar Culture & History Tour: A Remembrance of the 1892 Coal Workers Strike on St. Thomas,” returns Saturday to the streets of Charlotte Amalie. The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 9 but was postponed because of Hurricane Irma. Commemorating the 1892 coal workers’ strike,…

ASPCA Helping St. Croix’s Distressed Pet Population

Source: St. John Source Professional responder Lindsey Cooke from North Carolina comforts a puppy at the ASPCA shelter on St. Croix. While most of the buildings and trees at the Department of Agriculture Complex on St. Croix suffered major hurricane damage, the barn is functioning as a temporary home for hundreds of homeless pets,…

Former STJ Student Faces Attempted Murder Charges in Vermont

Source: St. John Source Tyreke Morton (Photo from Facebook) A tragic incident that unfolded Nov. 5 in Calais, Vermont, left one former St. John resident seriously injured and another charged with two felony counts of second-degree attempted murder. Vermont State Police records identify the alleged assailant as 18-year-old high school student Tyreke Morton. Morton…

Health Experts Remind Public About the Dangers of Mold

Source: St. John Source A poster in the Morris de Castro Clinic in Cruz Bay offers tips on how to remove mold. While the visible signs of hurricane recovery greet Virgin Islands residents as they step outside their homes, experts say more subtle signs of an incomplete recovery may be spreading around them. Concerns…

VICC Marks Five Years of Celebrating and Preserving Caribbean Culture

Source: St. John Source Chenzira Kahina (Source file photo) Nestled on the University of the Virgin Islands campus, the V.I. Caribbean Cultural Center has been promoting, preserving and archiving Virgin Islands and Caribbean cultural resources for five years, under the tutelage of Chenzira Davis-Kahina. Launched in November 2012, VICCC serves as an educational research…

USDA Approves Department of Human Services for D-SNAP Extension

Source: St. John Source V.I. Department of Human Services The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (USDA, FNS) has approved DHS’s waiver request for an extension of the Virgin Islands Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). “We continue to press forward with our efforts to serve the needs of the public as…

V.I. Parole Board Schedules Parole Hearings

Source: St. John Source Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex The Virgin Islands Parole Board (Board) will convene over the course of several days, beginning next month, to hear testimonies from persons for and against inmates incarcerated at various penal institutions, according to a press release from the Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General…

DPNR Announces Important Storm Water and Beach Advisory

Source: St. John Source Dorsch Beach The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that due to the impact and continuing effects of Hurricane Maria, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff, high surf zones and anticipated sewer system overflows. DPNR advises…

St. Thomas Veteran’s Day Celebrations Honor ‘Women Warriors’

Source: St. John Source U.S. Army SHARP Director Monique Ferrell honors women veterans Saturday in her keynote address. Along with celebrating the territory’s veterans Saturday, speakers at an afternoon program on St. Thomas paid tribute to the “women warriors” who they said have blazed trails not only on-island but around the world while defending…

A Burning Question: What to Do with Dead Wood?

Source: St. John Source A big debris pile near Addelita Cancryn Junior High School on St. Thomas. To burn, or not to burn. That is the question facing the territory regarding the immense piles of fallen trees and branches that are now considered debris, the unwanted results of two category 5 hurricanes. Burning debris…

US2020 STEM Coalition Challenge Seeks Applications

Source: St. John Source US2020STEM Coalition Challenge US2020 is igniting moments of discovery in students across the country through networks of local coalitions that embed Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) mentorship in their DNA. The challenge seeks to strengthen current STEM partnerships or spur new ones that bring new mentorship and Maker-centered learning opportunity to kids —…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Nov. 10

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WAPA’s crews continue a steady and progressive reconstruction and restoration effort each day. With supplies to include poles, transformers, wire and other hardware arriving weekly, the Authority remains committed to its goal of restoring 90 percent of all areas…

Tech Experts Team Up to Connect St. John

Source: St. John Source Days after Irma, St. John residents cluster around the Boulon Center on Sept. 10. The center was only spot with cell service in Cruz Bay. The scene is now a common one on St. John. A dozen people are poring over phones and laptops in the public space at the…

Virtue of the Week: Thankfulness

Source: St. John Source Thankfulness is being grateful for what we have. It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being. Appreciate the little things that happen around you and within you every day. Think positively. Thankfulness brings contentment. You are practicing  thankfulness when you: – Are thankful for the gifts of…

Veterans Day Parade in St. Croix Salutes Women Who Served

Source: St. John Source Crucian veterans march through Frederiksted Saturday in honor of Veterabs Day. Virgin Islanders pulled up chairs along King Street in Federiksted Saturday to watch military service members, led by the Virgin Islands National Guard 73rd Army Band, parade through town in St. Croix’s Veterans Day observance, an event that paid…

Mapp Sends Legislature Bill that Would Make Recycling Mandatory

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp at Friday’s Government House news conference (Jamie Leonard photo). Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced Friday that he has sent the Legislature a bill that, if enacted, would eliminate 80 percent of the trash currently going into the territory’s landfills by making recycling mandatory. Mapp made the announcement at…

Norwegian Dawn Cancels Frederiksted Visit

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp demonstrates a solar light donated by the V.I. Humanitarian Relief Fund. (Jamie Leonard photo) The cruise ship Norwegian Dawn has canceled its call on Frederiksted, which was scheduled for Saturday, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced at a Government House news conference Friday. Mapp said the reason for the…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Nov. 9

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WAPA crews continued to re-energize residential and commercial customers in both districts as restoration continues at a steady pace. Reconstruction and/or restoration is being done on all feeders in both districts. o   On St. John, Thursday, Bellevue Housing was…

IFB001OSET18(S)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31, Virgin Islands Code, request sealed bids in QUINTUPLICATE (1 original and 4 copies) for the following: IFB001OSET18(S) –Janitorial Services for the Office of Supervisor of Elections in the District of St. Thomas/St. John. Bids will be received by the…

U.S. Education Secretary Visits CAHS, UVI

Source: St. John Source U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy deVos, center, visits Charlotte Amalie High School as part of her visit to observe hurricane damage to the territory’s schools. Education Secretary Betsy deVos, the top education official at the U.S. Department of Education, toured Charlotte Amalie High School Wednesday, listening more than she spoke…

Health Committee OKs Bill to Relax Physician Requirements

Source: St. John Source From left, Dr. Anthony Ricketts, Dr. Jan Tawakol, Tracey Sanders, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Attorney Frederick Handleman testify before the Health Committee Wednesday. A bill to ease requirements for physicians who provide services in the territory was moved forward Wednesday by the Health, Hospitals and Human Services committee, at a…

Beach Advisory for November 6-9

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…

7,400 USVI Residents Apply for DSNAP in Three Days

Source: St. John Source DHS Assistant Commissioner Evril Powell talks about applications for DSNAP. (Jamie Leonard photo) In the first three days applications have been open, about 7,400 Virgin Islanders have applied for benefits under the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or DSNAP – Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner Evril Powell said.…

WAPA OKs Resolution for $75 Million Community Disaster Loan

Source: St. John Source WAPA Executive Director Julio Rhymer. (File photo) The governing board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority on Wednesday authorized Executive Director Julio Rhymer Sr. to apply for a $75 million FEMA Community Disaster Loan. The unanimous action came at an emergency meeting on St. Thomas. “The loan represents…

Department of Labor Waives Penalties, Interest for VIESA Reports

Source: St. John Source U.S. Department of Labor The Virgin Islands Department of Labor has announced the waiver of penalties and interest for Employment Security Agency (VIESA) reports for the third quarter that were due Oct. 31. Commissioner Catherine A. Hendry Esquire has the authority to require reports and to prescribe the manner in…

VIEDA Governing Board Meeting November 16, 2017

Source: St. John Source U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority and Subsidiary Entities Governing Board Meeting rescheduled to November 16, 2017 CONTACT: Carol V. Chapman, Board Liaison U.S.V.I. Economic Development Authority 340-714-1700 cchapman@usvieda.org CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – November 6, 2017 All interested persons are hereby notified that in accordance with V.I.…

In the Matter of the Estate of Caryl N. Ford

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 CARYL N. FORD,                                                                                                   Deceased.                   PROBATE NO. ST-16-PB-01 ACTION FOR SETTLEMENT WITH ADMINISTRATION NOTICE OF FINAL ACCOUNT HEARING               It is hereby given that Erika…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Nov. 6

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE At Gov. Mapp’s Monday night news conference, WAPA Executive Director Julio A. Rhymer Sr. provided a broad overview of the restoration work underway and that which is already completed. o   On St. Croix, Rhymer spoke of plans to energize from Hannah’s…

Mapp Says GESC Claim About Cigna Is ‘Untrue’

Source: St. John Source Mapp speaks Friday at his Government House news conference. (Jamie Leonard photo) Gov. Kenneth Mapp said he wants the Legislature to approve legislation changing employee insurance contribution levels and asserted it is “untrue” that Cigna demands the employee/employer shares be left unchanged. Mapp addressed the issue Friday at his Government…

Mapp: Congressional Visit Sends ‘Powerful Message’

Source: St. John Source From left: Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Tom Carper and other representatives from the United States Congress spent Sunday afternoon with Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp on a tour of severely damaged areas throughout St. Thomas, including the Tutu High Rise housing projects and Schneider…

Some St. John Trees Struggling to Recover

Source: St. John Source A damaged tree and brown hillsides on St. John’s north shore. When the first trees started to grow leaves within a week or two of Hurricane Irma’s onslaught, residents were ecstatic. They passed around photos on cell phones of new mampoo tree buds and frangipani blossoms like proud grandparents showing…

Wayne James Corruption Trial Postponed Again

Source: St. John Source Wayne James conducts a Senate hearing in 2009. The trial for former Sen. Wayne James on federal corruption charges has been postponed until 9 a.m. Jan. 8, pending the outcome of James’ most recent appeal of a U.S. District Court’s decision not to dismiss the charges. If the appeal has…

Postal Jobs Open in Virgin Islands, Need to Apply Online Immediately

Source: St. John Source Postal officials report an application period for letter carrier and mail processing positions (Delivery/Customer Service) in the U.S. Virgin Islands is now in effect, according to a press release from the Unites States Postal Service. Applications are available at: http://about.usps.com/careers/.   Follow the blue search button to listings for the Virgin…

RFP-001-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No:  RFP-001-2018 (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 VITRAN Maintenance & Operations Facility in Estate Anna’s Hope, St.…

VIBE Asks Scholarship, Financial Aid Applicants to Contact Office

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Board of Education On behalf of the 18th Virgin Islands Board of Education (VIBE), Executive Director Debra E. Gottlieb requests that the following scholarship and financial aid applicants come into or contact the VIBE’s St. Thomas-St. John Office, located at 60B, 61, 62 Dronningens Gade (also known as…

Flights To and From St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source FLIGHTS OFF STT AA 943 MIA AA 1391 MIA DL 674 ATL Spirit 6212 FLL Wed & Sat JetBlue 8074 FLL FLIGHTS TO STT AA 943 MIA AA 1391 DL 571 ATL Spirit 6201 FLL Wed & Sat JetBlue 8973 FLL Cape air service available Link: Flights To and

STT-STJ Flood Advisory For Monday Til Noon

Source: St. John Source Shortly after 9 a.m. the National Weather Service in San Juan issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for St. Thomas and St. John until noon Monday. Showers with isolated thunderstorms will continue to move inland affecting the local islands through at least noon.These showers and thunderstorms will result…

Court Official Predicts Return to Regular Calendar Soon

Source: St. John Source The top administrator of the Virgin Islands’ court system said she expects to see a resumption of daily operations within a few days, although adjustments will have to be made due to damage to many of the court buildings. Attorney Regina de Chabert Petersen, administrative director of the V.I. Supreme…

BIT Director Says ‘Stovepipes’ Are a Problem During Recovery

Source: St. John Source Sen. Novelle Francis, left, questions Angelo Riddick during Friday’s committee hearing. (V.I. Legislature photo) When Angelo Riddick, director of Bureau of Information and Technology (BIT), testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security Justice and Public Safety Friday, he highlighted what worked right during September’s hurricane onslaught. Senators were concerned…

Blyden Announces Disaster SNAP Application Process

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Human Services Felecia Blyden discusses Disaster SNAP Friday at Government House on St. Croix. (Jamie Leonard photo) The U.S. Virgin Islands has been approved for $23 million in Disaster SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,) which would cover 38,000 qualifying residents, Commissioner of Human Services Felecia Blyden reported Friday.…

Blue Roof Program Application Period Extended

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp provides an update of the territory’s hurricane recovery during his Friday news conference. (Jamie Leonard photo) The U.S. Virgin Islands has received an extension to Nov. 23 for residents to apply for the Blue Roof program, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced at a Friday news conference. The original…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Nov. 3

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM     On St. Croix, Friday, crews working on Feeder 1A in downtown Christiansted energized from Hospital Street to the VIPD marine base, Hotel on the Cay and Bryan’s Marina. On Feeder 2A, reconstruction of primary circuits continued along Gallows…

FEMA Extends Deadline to Request Public Assistance Grant Funding Until November 20

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency The deadline for government departments, semi-autonomous agencies and private non-profits to request FEMA Public Assistance (PA) funding has been extended until Nov. 20. Through VITEMA, FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Nov. 2

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM     On St. Thomas, Thursday, Nov. 2, restoration crews energized additional customers in Lindbergh Bay, Contant and along the Red Hook Road from WAPA’s electrical substation to Sapphire Beach Resort.  Additional customers were energized in the Tutu and Anna’s…

VBS Mutual Bank Confirms It Has No One In USVI

Source: St. John Source VBS Mutual Bank says it has no one in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so anyone claiming to represent the South Africa-based bank is doing so fraudulently. Monday, Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter, acting for the V.I. Banking Board, warned Virgin Islanders not to do business with VBS Mutual Bank or its…

CONCACAF Disaster Evaluation Task Force to Visit USVI

Source: St. John Source The USVI Soccer Association is welcoming the (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) CONCACAF Disaster Evaluation Task Force to the U.S. Virgin Islands, which is set to visit Nov. 4-5.  The purpose of the visit is to discuss and assess the damages done to the soccer infrastructure…

HHS Activates Aid for Uninsured V.I. Residents Needing Medicine

Source: St. John Source  As part of the Trump Administration’s government-wide response to hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) for the U.S. Virgin Islands to give residents access to the…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Nov. 1

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM     On St. Croix, restoration and reconstruction work continued in the Sion Farm area where additional poles were planted on Wednesday. Primary circuits in Barren Spot as well as some residents in Hannah’s Rest will be energized by the…

Department of Human Services Disaster Recovery Gives Progress Report

Source: St. John Source V.I. Department of Human Services The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS) continues its recovery efforts by focusing on the many programs administered throughout the territory. To that end, the department’s sheltering responsibilities encompass the periods of preparation, relief and recovery. Currently, shelter operations are facilitating the housing needs…

Expedited FEMA Funding Supports Recovery in the Territory

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided more than $41 million in expedited funding to support efforts by the Virgin Islands government to clean up storm-related debris, restore power and protect residents during and after hurricanes Irma and Maria. The assistance comes through FEMA’s Public…

Viya Releases Restoration Update for October 20 – 27

Source: St. John Source The following is a selection of highlights from the restoration work Viya has been doing or completed the week of Oct. 20-27 on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. Viya crews are dispatched seven days a week assigned to teams including clean-up, running fiber/fiber splicing, wireless tower and network…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Oct. 30

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WAPA’s reconstruction and restoration crews continue to report significant progress in the buildout of primary electric circuits on all three islands. o   On St. Thomas Monday, primary circuits along with residential and business customers were energized on portions of…

DHS Prepares for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Source: St. John Source V.I. Department of Human Services The Presidential Declarations for hurricanes Irma and Maria pertained to the U.S. Virgin Islands as a disaster area.  Additionally, the president must also declare Individual Assistance for the disaster area.  This gives authority to the Virgin Islands to offer the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…

U.S. Virgin Islanders, FEMA Speaks Your Language

Source: St. John Source Virgin Island hurricane survivors who speak a language other than English should know that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has many ways to help. One of FEMA’s top priorities is to ensure equal access for all Virgin Islanders affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria, and to ensure that language…

DPNR Halts Unpermitted Heavy Equipment Work in Hull Bay

Source: St. John Source An excavator within feet of protected monagroves. The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources on Monday told the owner of popular Northside hang-out Hull Bay Hideaway to halt work being done near the restaurant, work that brought an excavator within feet of protected mangroves. The presence of the excavator…

Banking Board Warns Virgin Islanders Against VBS Mutual Bank

Source: St. John Source Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter, acting for the V.I. Banking Board, warned Virgin Islanders Monday not to do business with VBS Mutual Bank or its alleged affiliates, US Virgin Islands Money PLC and Virgin Money Offshore Group PLC. “Consumers in the territory and stateside are receiving telephone…

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Virgin Islands

Source: St. John Source The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6-7 and Hurricane María…

Virgin Islands Next Generation Network Recovery Updates for Oct. 30

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Next Generation Network The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) shares these newly restored Internet sites with the public in cooperation with its partner Internet Service Providers (ISPs): On St. Thomas: A.H. Riise All Saints Cathedral School Board of Education Department of Finance Inspector General’s Office Little Switzerland…

Curfew Permanently Suspended; Tax Refunds Mailed

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp on Monday suspended the territory’s post-hurricane curfew, saying that all Virgin Islanders are free citizens. Mapp announced the end of the curfew Monday at a Government House news conference. The announcement came as more and more of the territory has been lit up by power crews, with…

Disaster Unemployment Relief Deadline Extended to Dec. 29

Source: St. John Source Labor Commissioner Catherine A. Hendry speaks at Government House Monday. (Jamie Leonard photo) The U.S. Virgin Islands has received an extension to Dec. 29 for all individuals in the territory who need to apply for disaster unemployment relief, USVI Labor Commissioner Catherine A. Hendry announced at Monday night’s Government House…

Virtue of the Week: Cooperation

Source: St. John Source Cooperation is working together and sharing the load. When we cooperate, we join with others to do things that cannot be done alone. We are willing to follow the rules which keep everyone safe and happy. Together we can accomplish great things. You are practicing cooperation when you: – Work…

Lights Are On in Cruz Bay

Source: St. John Source A line crew from BBC Electrical Services of Joplin, Missouri, connects a home to the newly energized power grid on St. John. Cool Sessions’ lead singer Tishelle Knight broke into song on Friday afternoon for good reason: For the first time since Hurricane Irma hit on September 6, she could…

DPNR Urging Boat Owners to Claim Sunken Vessels

Source: St. John Source A sunken boat lies int eh water off St. Thomas. It is on of at least 336 sunken vessels recorded int he territory. Since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the territory in September, Planning and Natural Resources officials have partnered with the Coast Guard to identify and tag the 336…

WAPA Board Ratifies Storm-Related Purchases

Source: St. John Source The Water and Power Authority governing board ratified a bunch of purchases Friday to help restore electrical service in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes. Those included purchases from Peco International Electric and Electric Supply of Tampa for materials, supplies, and equipment, and several digger derricks for both districts, according…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Oct. 27

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority HURRICANE RESTORATION UPDATE ELECTRIC SYSTEM     Electrical service was restored to portions of Cruz Bay, St. John, on Friday afternoon following weeks of reconstruction of primary circuits in the downtown area. Service restoration extended from portions of Cruz Bay to just before the Myrah…

Department of Human Services Releases Disaster Recovery Update

Source: St. John Source U.S. Housing and Urban Development The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS) continues its recovery efforts by focusing on the many programs administered throughout the territory. To that end, the department’s sheltering responsibilities encompasses the periods of preparation, relief and recovery. Currently, shelter operations are facilitating the housing needs…

Congressional Delegation Tours Damaged Areas on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer shares insights from his tour of the hurricane damage on St. Croix, surrounded by, from left, Elaine Duke Jenniffer Gonzalez, Stacey Plaskett, Anthony Brown, Norma Torres, Jeff Denham and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives toured devastated wings of…

Coastweeks Cleanups Continue on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source Good Hope Country Day School volunteers help clean up St. Croix beaches Oct. 27 Although hurricanes Irma and Maria curtailed many planned coastal cleanups across the territory, some St. Croix groups have been able to participate in Coastweeks. Friday, a group of about 40 fifth and sixth graders from Good…

RAMSEY INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Source: St. John Source GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI 00802 ______________________________________ CD-0020-2017 CERTIFICATE OF DISSOLUTION It being within the province of my office, I, the undersigned Osbert E. Potter, Lieutenant Governor of the Virgin Islands, being satisfied by due proof, hereby certify that consent by…

DOH: No Spike in Mosquito-Borne Illnesses So Far, But Stay Cautious

Source: St. John Source The Aedes aegypti mosquito carries the Zika virus. (Yale University School of Public Health photo) There has been no increase in reported mosquito-borne illnesses in the V.I. since Hurricanes Irma and Maria according to the territory’s epidemiologist Esther Ellis, but residents are still being urged to take precautions. Viruses such…

Bureau of Internal Revenue Resumes Operations at All Offices

Source: St. John Source Marvin L. Pickering, director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), informs all taxpayers that, effective Monday, Oct. 30, all bureau offices in the territory will operate between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  On St. Croix, the Estate Diamond office is open. For excise tax clearances, BIR is…

Senators Concerned About Snack Lunches, Homework Ban

Source: St. John Source Sen. Jean Forde (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam) Members of the Senate Education, Youth and Recreation Committee expressed appreciation to the Department of Education for getting many schools operating after the islands were hit by two devastating hurricanes last month. However, at a hearing Wednesday they expressed concerns about…

State-of-the-Art Solar Streetlight Lighting Up Susannaberg Dump

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority Since Oct. 12, there has been a light shining all night just inside the entrance area to the Susannaberg Transfer Station on Gifft Hill, St. John, as a result of an initiative by the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) and Roger E. Merritt Jr.,…

Virgin Island Property Owners Can Help Disaster Survivors

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency If an individual owns a multi-family dwelling that needs repairs and is willing to lease to eligible Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hurricane survivors, he or she may be interested in the Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program (MLRP). This FEMA program provides funds to make rental…

UVI Bucs Men’s Basketball Season Opens Oct. 26

Source: St. John Source The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Bucs Men’s Basketball season for 2017-2018 will begin on Thursday, Oct. 26. The UVI Classic, the first tournament to open the UVI basketball season had to change locations to Florida because of the unavailability of the Sports and Fitness Center on the St.…

RFQ 201801

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands Architectural/Engineering Services RFQ 201801 The University of the Virgin Islands is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for licensed architects, engineers and other design professionals in the US Virgin Islands who are interested in assessing the University’s hurricane damages and providing complete reconstruction design services…

Frederiksted Disaster Recovery Center to Be Closed Oct. 29

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency The Disaster Recovery Center at the Rotary Club West in Frederiksted, St. Croix, will be closed this Sunday, Oct. 29. All other recovery centers across the Virgin Islands are open every day, including Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a press release from…

WAPA Releases Hurricane Restoration Update for Oct. 25

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority ELECTRIC SYSTEM     Reconstruction and restoration work continued in both districts Monday.  On St. Thomas, crews re-established primary circuits from the UVI campus to Blackpoint Hill and also from Crown Mountain intersection to Shubui Hotel on Feeder 6A; from Four Winds to Cassi Hill…

Education, Teacher’s Union at Odds in Senate Appearance

Source: St. John Source Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum (File photo) The V.I. Department of Education and the union representing its teachers disagreed on almost everything about the delayed start of the school year when they appeared Wednesday before the Senate Education, Youth and Recreation Committee. “Our first priority has always been to provide a…

UVI Bulletin Board for October/November

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands – St. Croix Campus Come Learn About the Stars at the First UVI Astronomy Day The UVI Physics Department, in collaboration with the ITS staff, invite the public to the first UVI Astronomy Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, at the…

Two Fed Supplemental Appropriations Are Good News for USVI

Source: St. John Source Delegate Stacey Plaskett (Source file photo) The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a $36.5 billion supplemental appropriation for disaster relief Tuesday, including potentially hundreds of millions of dollars or more to aid the U.S. Virgin Islands recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The measure was passed by the U.S. House of…

Lawyers Offer Free Legal Advice to Hurricane Victims

Source: St. John Source Attorney Tom Bolt (Photo from the BoltNagi PC website.) Imagine standing in line for a few hours to get a bag of ice and returning home to find the landlord has put your clothes outside your apartment and locked you out. The reason? His home was destroyed by a hurricane…

PSC Waives Viya Customer Service Credits and Audited Report

Source: St. John Source The Public Services Commission voted Tuesday to waive credits that Viya would otherwise have to give to customers due to service outages, and temporarily waived audited reporting requirements for Viya for the next reporting period. The commission also denied WAPA’s request to suspend docket and reporting requirements for 180 days.…

Pistarckle Schedules Auditions for 2017 Christmas Pageant

Source: St. John Source Pistarckle Theater Pistarckle Theater’s holiday play will be “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Cast roles are available for adults (male/female) and children (male/female). Auditions will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, at the theater, far back of Tillett Gardens. For more information, email Frank Bartolucci, resident director, at…

GERS Might Be a Disaster, But There’s No Relief on the Horizon

Source: St. John Source Austin Nibbs (Source file photo) More than 8,500 Virgin Island residents received their annuity checks from Government Employee Retirement System in September. However, with two hurricanes, government contributions stalled and the GERS not receiving payment for rent and loans one wonders how long that will continue. Austin Nibbs, GERS administrator,…

Schools Starts on St Croix Despite Challenges

Source: St. John Source Students arrive for the first day of school – at last! – Monday at St. Croix Central High School. Schools reopened on St. Croix Monday amid a bevy of challenges for the Department of Education, including a delayed opening at St Croix Educational Complex High School and concern from the American…

Federal Aid May be Available to Fishers Who Sustained Losses

Source: St. John Source Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Dawn L. Henry Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Dawn L. Henry said Monday that federal aid may be available to commercial and private fishers who have sustained losses due to the hurricanes. Commercial and private fishers who have sustained losses due…

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