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March 29, 2017

U.S. Virgin Islands

Centennial Song Balances Conflict of History and Emotion

Source: St. John Source | Centennial Song Balances Conflict of History and Emotion For multi-faceted local musician Gylchris Sprauve, creating a song that commemorated this year’s Centennial Transfer Day while still honoring the complex nature of the territory’s move from Danish to U.S. ownership was a “mixed bag of emotion.” “The Centennial in general is

NSF $300,000 SEAS Your Tomorrow Grant Educates Youth for Careers in STEM

Source: St. John Source | NSF 0,000 SEAS Your Tomorrow Grant Educates Youth for Careers in STEM                The University of the Virgin Islands-led project, “Supporting Emerging Aquatic Scientists (SEAS) Your Tomorrow,” was chosen out of 36 grants distributed across the country to be featured in the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Inclusion across the Nation

DPNR to Close St Thomas Offices Early on March 29

Source: St. John Source | DPNR to Close St Thomas Offices Early on March 29 The Department of Planning and Natural Resources will close all offices in the St. Thomas-St. John District, including the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. The purpose for the early closing is to allow

IFB–DOE-2017-009

Source: St. John Source | IFB–DOE-2017-009 Invitation to Bid; IFB–DOE-2017-009 Upgrade of BlackTop Asphalt at the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School- JROTC Announcement Date:  March 29, 2017 Bid Deadline:  April 20, 2017 at 12:00 PM Pre Bid Walk Thru:  April 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM at IEKHS (optional) Bid Opening:   April 20, 2017 at

VIDE RFP-003-2017(P)

Source: St. John Source | VIDE RFP-003-2017(P) Request for Proposal No: RFP-003-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Education is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Professional Architectural/Engineering Design Services in the St. Croix District. Proposals will be received by

Personnel Announces Territory-wide Exams for Police Officer, Correction Officer

Source: St. John Source | Personnel Announces Territory-wide Exams for Police Officer, Correction Officer Milton E. Potter, director of the V.I. Division of Personnel, has announced 2nd quarterly territory-wide exams for rank of police officer or correction officer. Qualifications: A candidate must have completed 12th grade or possess an equivalency certificate (GED); a candidate must

Danish Moravians Apologize For Slavery

Source: St. John Source | Danish Moravians Apologize For Slavery The Moravian Church in Denmark and several Danish citizens have released a statement apologizing for the atrocities of slavery in the Virgin Islands, as its former territory reflects on the Transfer Centennial and one hundred years under the American flag, according to Senate President Myron

VIEDA Notice of Governing Board Meetings

Source: St. John Source | VIEDA Notice of Governing Board Meetings 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, a decision meeting for the V.I. Economic Development Commission (“VIEDC”) a subsidiary entity of

St. Thomas Regatta Wraps Up with Thrilling Finishes

Source: St. John Source | St. Thomas Regatta Wraps Up with Thrilling Finishes Action in the Large Offshore Multihull Class of the St. Thomas International Regatta was so close that the final day of racing came down to a tie-breaker. (Photo © STIR/Dean Barnes) Several classes were too close to call going into the final

Virtue of the Week: Honesty

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Honesty Honesty is being truthful and sincere. It is important because it builds trust.  When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat, or steal.  Being honest means that you accept yourself as who you are.  When you are open and trustworthy,

DHS to Hold Annual Career Fair Focusing on Job Opportunities

Source: St. John Source | DHS to Hold Annual Career Fair Focusing on Job Opportunities The V.I. Department of Human Services (DHS) Head Start Program, in collaboration with other programs such as JOBS Program, Vocational Rehabilitation and the Senior Citizen Education Program (SCEP), will host the 2nd Annual Career Fair from 9 a.m. to 3

Beach Advisory for Week of March 27-31

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for Week of March 27-31 The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that due to heavy rains in the past 24-hours, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff and high surf zones. DPNR advises the public to

Economic Development Authority to Convene Governing Board Meetings

Source: St. John Source | Economic Development Authority to Convene Governing Board Meetings The V.I. Economic Development Commission (VIEDC), a subsidiary of the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA), will hold a decision meeting on Thursday, April 6. The meeting will address compliance matters for beneficiaries: CBI Acquisitions LLC, Healthquest Inc. and St. Croix

Downtown Revitalization to Hold Town Hall on Private Sector Project

Source: St. John Source | Downtown Revitalization to Hold Town Hall on Private Sector Project Downtown Revitalization Inc. [DRI], in partnership with a growing number of local entities including the VI Territorial Association of Realtors, the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce and the India Association, seeks to launch a new Private Sector Project for

Jury Convicts Saldana of Wife’s Murder

Source: St. John Source | Jury Convicts Saldana of Wife’s Murder Former police captain Enrique Saldana was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections Friday night, minutes after a jury found him guilty of killing his wife almost three years ago, according to the V.I. Department of Justice. After five days of testimony and four hours

Schneider Performs Territory’s First Cleft Palate Repair

Source: St. John Source | Schneider Performs Territory’s First Cleft Palate Repair A team of clinicians at Schneider Regional Medical Center, led by Dr. Eric J. Stelnicki, has performed the first ever cleft palate repair in the Virgin Islands, the hospital announced Friday. The patient, a 3 year old girl affectionately known as “Angel” is

In the Matter of the Estate of James B. Steichen, a.k.a. James B. Steichen, M.D., a.k.a. James Baptiste Steichen, M.D., Deceased

Source: St. John Source | In the Matter of the Estate of James B. Steichen, a.k.a. James B. Steichen, M.D., a.k.a. James Baptiste Steichen, M.D., Deceased IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF                      JAMES B. STEICHEN, a.k.a. JAMES B. STEICHEN,

Election System to Conduct Early Voting for Special Election

Source: St. John Source | Election System to Conduct Early Voting for Special Election After consulting with legal counsel, Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes announces that early voting will be conducted for the April 8, 2017 Special Election for a limited number of days. Early voting will take place in the St. Thomas-St. John

Invitation for Bid No: IFB019DPWT17 (C)

Source: St. John Source | Invitation for Bid No: IFB019DPWT17 (C) Invitation for Bid No: IFB019DPWT17 (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

Request for Proposal: RFP-009-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | Request for Proposal: RFP-009-2017 (P) Request for Proposal: RFP-009-2017 (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) or individual(s) to provide Capital Project and Program Management Planner/Scheduler Services to the

Mapp Signs Sin Tax Measures

Source: St. John Source | Mapp Signs Sin Tax Measures Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed into law this week the unpopular “sin tax” measures aimed at reducing structural deficits. The measures are intended to both help the government raise funds to keep government agencies open amid ongoing budget shortfalls and to reassure markets that have downgraded

WICO Confirms Boschulte’s Ouster

Source: St. John Source | WICO Confirms Boschulte’s Ouster WICO CEO Joseph Boschulte before the V.I. Legislature in 2016 (photo courtesy of the V.I. Legislature). West Indian Co. Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boschulte is leaving that post but will remain on at WICO in some other capacity, as previously reported. WICO operates

2017 Territorial Spelling Bee Slated for March 30

Source: St. John Source | 2017 Territorial Spelling Bee Slated for March 30 The V.I. Department of Education invites the community to the 44th Annual Territorial Spelling Bee, which will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 30, at John H. Woodson Jr. High School Auditorium on St. Croix. The territory’s top 12 spellers will

Federal Grant Management Remains Issue at Labor Department

Source: St. John Source | Federal Grant Management Remains Issue at Labor Department Ten areas of concern are keeping some federal grants awarded to the V.I. Department of Labor designated as “high risk” by the department’s federal counterpart, Labor officials told senators Tuesday. Labor Commissioner Catherine Hendry and members of the department’s senior management testified

V.I. Central Cancer Registry Will Report in 2018

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Central Cancer Registry Will Report in 2018 After a very slow start, the three-person staff of the V.I. cancer registry, with help from an outside contractor, plans to make public information on the incidence, risk factors and mortality of cancer in Virgin Islanders towards the end of 2018. The

The Bookworm: Have You Heard the One About?

Source: St. John Source | The Bookworm: Have You Heard the One About? “Flying Lessons & Other Stories,” edited by Ellen Oh c.2017, Crown Books for Young Readers $16.99 227 pages So, have you heard the one about … ? Of course you have. You’re all over social media. You know what’s going on; sometimes

Cruise Ships Are Finding Other Destinations

Source: St. John Source | Cruise Ships Are Finding Other Destinations The West Indian Company Limited (WICO), Disney Cruise Lines and Yacht Haven Grande (YHG) had a shared vision. Build a new cruise pier to the right of YHG. Although no additional retail was contemplated, an important element of the design provided public space for

Six to Vie for 37th Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition on April 8

Source: St. John Source | Six to Vie for 37th Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition on April 8 2017 Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition contestants with the present Miss UVI The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Student Government Association invites the public to the 37th Annual Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition set for 6 p.m. on Saturday,

V.I. Energy Office to Close for One Day

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Energy Office to Close for One Day The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) on St. Croix and St. Thomas will be closed on Friday. The entire staff will be on hand to assist as the VIEO hosts the 16th Annual Junior Solar Sprint Competition at the Sunshine Mall Parking

Request for Proposal: RFP-008-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | Request for Proposal: RFP-008-2017 (P) Request for Proposal: RFP-008-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Education is requesting proposals from qualified firm(s)/ individual(s) to provide an Early Intervention Management System (EIMS) for the Virgin Islands Department

Task Force Discusses V.I. Impact of ACA Repeal

Source: St. John Source | Task Force Discusses V.I. Impact of ACA Repeal Sen. Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly, Aracelis B. Walcott, Tracy Saunders and Shauna Richards discuss impending ACA repeal at a task force meeting (Susan Ellis photo). V.I. government officials and other stakeholders discussed potential risks Virgin Islanders face upon the repeal of the Affordable Health

St. Croix Boat Parade Group Helping with Centennial Fireworks

Source: St. John Source | St. Croix Boat Parade Group Helping with Centennial Fireworks St. Croix Christmas Boat Parade and Fireworks in 2014 (Source file photo). The V.I. government, struggling with a budget crisis and unpaid bills even as celebrations for the centennial of the V.I. transfer from Denmark to the U.S. approached, canceled plans

Farmers on Government Land Required to Have Insurance

Source: St. John Source | Farmers on Government Land Required to Have Insurance The many farmers leasing farmland from the V.I. government must purchase liability insurance, which is available, Agriculture Commissioner Carlos Robles said in a statement this week. More than 100 farmers lease land in the community gardens behind the Rudolph Schulterbrandt Agriculture Complex,

Afternoon on the Green: Going Beyond the Food

Source: St. John Source | Afternoon on the Green: Going Beyond the Food UVI’s academic and science tent at Afternoon the Green attracted students interested in the hands-on activities and displays. Despite heavy rains for most of the morning, the University of the Virgin Islands’ annual Afternoon on the Green on St. Thomas still gave

Official List Released of Transfer Centennial Events

Source: St. John Source | Official List Released of Transfer Centennial Events The following is a list of the Centennial Events Scheduled for March 24 Through April 2: March 24: Fort Fete – Fort Christian, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 9 a.m. – “In De Yard” in Emancipation Garden Noon – Boat Parade in Charlotte Amalie

V.I. Carnival Committee News

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Carnival Committee News VICC Children’s Activities Sub-Committee Chooses T-Shirt Design Contest Winner        The V.I. Carnival Committee’s Children’s Activities Sub-Committee has announced that the winner of the Carnival 2017 T-shirt Design Contest is Laanaal Samman. Samman is a ten-year-old, 5th grader who attends the Joseph A. Gomez Elementary School. Participants

Virtue of the Week: Tact

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Tact Tact is telling the truth kindly, considerate of how your words affect others’ feelings. Think before you speak, knowing what is better left unsaid. When you are tactful, others find it easier to hear what you have to say. Tact builds bridges. You are practicing

Three Danish Ships to Pay Call on V.I.

Source: St. John Source | Three Danish Ships to Pay Call on V.I. Three ships from Denmark, including the tall ship Danmark, will call on the U.S. Virgin Islands to mark the centennial of the transfer of the territory from Danish to U.S control. The boats will be open for visits by students and teachers,

Human Services to Have Mass Consultation With Summer Camps in Territory

Source: St. John Source | Human Services to Have Mass Consultation With Summer Camps in Territory The V.I. Department of Human Services Commissioner Designee Felicia Blyden has announced that the Office of Child Care and Regulatory Services will be conducting a mass consultation for summer camps throughout the territory.  “We understand the importance of children

Beach Advisory for March 13-17

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for March 13-17 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

Humane Society to Host Next Business After Hours

Source: St. John Source | Humane Society to Host Next Business After Hours  The St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours   will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23, at the Humane Society Campus (across from Cost U Less). Since 1957, the Humane Society of St. Thomas has been sheltering abandoned animals,

Pistarckle to Teach Theater Classes for Children, Adults in April

Source: St. John Source | Pistarckle to Teach Theater Classes for Children, Adults in April Pistarckle Theater will teach these theater classes during April at Pistarckle Theater, 4126 Anna’s Retreat, Tillett Gardens, St. Thomas. Class: Stage Combat: “Slaps, Knaps & Sells” Learn how the professionals never get hurt. Learn to portray a believable manifestation of

Canceled SAT Tests in the USVI Back On for June

Source: St. John Source | Canceled SAT Tests in the USVI Back On for June Students in the U.S. Virgin Islands may now take the SAT test in June, after the College Board reversed an earlier decision to cancel the test, according to Delegate Stacey Plaskett’s office. The College Board is a nationwide association of

BVI Poet to Hold Book Launch on St. John

Source: St. John Source | BVI Poet to Hold Book Launch on St. John Richard Georges Bajo El Sol Gallery at Mongoose Junction will host a book launch for BVI writer, lecturer and editor Richard Georges’ debut poetry collection on March 25. Georges’ book, “Make Us All Islands,” was recently listed by the Trinidad Guardian

VIHFA Notice of Public Hearing

Source: St. John Source | VIHFA Notice of Public Hearing COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA), as the administering agency for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), announces that a series of public hearings has been scheduled to present projects which are being considered for funding

Division of Corporations and Trademarks to Close on Wednesdays

Source: St. John Source | Division of Corporations and Trademarks to Close on Wednesdays The St. Thomas-St. John Division of Corporations and Trademarks will be closed on Wednesdays commencing on March 22 until further notice, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.  The closure is necessary for the

VIEDA, DPNR Seeking to Help Small Local Manufacturers

Source: St. John Source | VIEDA, DPNR Seeking to Help Small Local Manufacturers The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA) and the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) are partnering in an initiative to assist local, small manufacturers in securing locations for their business within the territory. VIEDA and DPNR are seeking

UVI to Celebrate Emerald Jubilee March 16-26

Source: St. John Source | UVI to Celebrate Emerald Jubilee March 16-26             The University of the Virgin Islands will celebrate its 55th anniversary (the Emerald Jubilee) during March with multiple events and activities. Originally chartered by the 4th Legislature on March 16, 1962, the then College of the Virgin Islands served the community as

VIPD Changes Office Hours for Firearms Bureau

Source: St. John Source | VIPD Changes Office Hours for Firearms Bureau The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) advises the public that the Firearms Bureau’s hours of operations have changed. Effective immediately these are the new hours for the Firearms Bureau: Renewal applications will be accepted on Mondays and Wednesdays only from 8:30 a.m. to

Two More Top Executives Bite the Dust

Source: St. John Source | Two More Top Executives Bite the Dust Two V.I. executives with long-term relationship to the agencies they led lost their jobs this week. Steven Aubin, chief operating office for the V.I. Waste Management Authority since 2007, was placed on administrative leave, but will not be returning to the agency, according

Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owner’s Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Joaquim A. Pereira and Karin J. Pereira, Defendants

Source: St. John Source | Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owner’s Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Joaquim A. Pereira and Karin J. Pereira, Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN FRENCHMAN’S COVE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, vs. JOAQUIM A. PEREIRA and KARIN J. PEREIRA, Defendants. __________________________________________ ST –

Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owner’s Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Jenny L. McCracken, Defendant

Source: St. John Source | Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owner’s Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Jenny L. McCracken, Defendant IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN FRENCHMAN’S COVE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, vs. JENNY L. MCCRACKEN, Defendant. __________________________________________ ST – 16 – CV 528 ACTION FOR DEBT, FORECLOSURE

Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owner’s Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Lorraine Sexton, Defendant

Source: St. John Source | Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owner’s Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Lorraine Sexton, Defendant IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN FRENCHMAN’S COVE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, vs. LORRAINE SEXTON, Defendant. __________________________________________ ST – 16 – CV – 271 ACTION FOR DEBT, FORECLOSURE OF

Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owner’s Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Walter L. Davis, Defendant

Source: St. John Source | Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owner’s Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Walter L. Davis, Defendant IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN FRENCHMAN’S COVE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, vs. WALTER L. DAVIS, Defendant. __________________________________________ ST – 16– CV – 536 ACTION FOR DEBT, FORECLOSURE

Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owner’s Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Clarence B. Canson and Patricia B. Canson, Defendants

Source: St. John Source | Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owner’s Association, Inc., Plaintiff vs. Clarence B. Canson and Patricia B. Canson, Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN FRENCHMAN’S COVE CONDOMINIUM OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, vs. CLARENCE B. CANSON and PATRICIA B. CANSON, Defendants. __________________________________________ ST –

The Bookworm: ‘Scores’

Source: St. John Source | The Bookworm: ‘Scores’ “Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted Out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia informants in FBI History” by Michael D. Blutrich c.2017, BenBella Books $26.95 328 pages “I’m telling!” If you

Marriott Ownership Resorts (St. Thomas), Inc., Plaintiff vs. Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., Barbara J. Floyd and The Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Defendants

Source: St. John Source | Marriott Ownership Resorts (St. Thomas), Inc., Plaintiff vs. Samuel A. Floyd, Jr., Barbara J. Floyd and The Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN MARRIOTT OWNERSHIP RESORTS (ST. THOMAS), INC., Plaintiff, vs. SAMUEL A. FLOYD,

Marriott Ownership Resorts (St. Thomas), Inc., Plaintiff vs. Cheryl A. George and The Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Defendants

Source: St. John Source | Marriott Ownership Resorts (St. Thomas), Inc., Plaintiff vs. Cheryl A. George and The Frenchman’s Cove Condominium Owners’ Association, Inc., Defendants IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN MARRIOTT OWNERSHIP RESORTS (ST. THOMAS), INC., Plaintiff, vs. CHERYL A. GEORGE and THE FRENCHMAN’S COVE

Special Election Moving Forward Despite Lawsuit, Budget Constraints

Source: St. John Source | Special Election Moving Forward Despite Lawsuit, Budget Constraints Despite a new lawsuit that seeks to stay the upcoming special election and a tight budget that eliminates the option for early voting, St. Thomas-St. John District Elections Board members said Tuesday that they are still moving ahead with their preparations unless

Big St. Thomas Tax Beneficiary Lays Off 60

Source: St. John Source | Big St. Thomas Tax Beneficiary Lays Off 60 One of St. Thomas’s most visible tax beneficiaries has given the pink slip to 60 employees, or roughly a third of its workforce. The company International Capital & Management Co. LLC is 100 percent owned by Richard Stephenson, according to the company’s

EDC Recommends Some Tax Breaks, Reconsiders Others

Source: St. John Source | EDC Recommends Some Tax Breaks, Reconsiders Others The Virgin Islands Economic Development Commission reversed its January decision and has recommended to the governor that Air Ambulance Caribbean receive tax breaks. At its Tuesday meeting the commission also decided to reconsider its January decision concerning Carambola Zip Line and to recommend

Transfer Commission Announces Cardow Jewelers’ Centennial 2017 Timepieces

Source: St. John Source | Transfer Commission Announces Cardow Jewelers’ Centennial 2017 Timepieces V.I. Transfer Centennial 2017 timepiece (limited editions) The Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial Commission and Cardow Jewelers have announced the arrival of the limited-edition VI Centennial 2017 timepieces. The Centennial 2017 clocks and watches are beautifully crafted of stainless steel and feature Cardow’s

Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Applications Are Available

Source: St. John Source | Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Applications Are Available The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) has announced that its application deadline for its scholarship program is Thursday, March 30. These scholarships are open to Caribbean students and industry professionals pursuing higher education or professional development in the hospitality

UVI Launches Multi-Lingual, Campus-Based Fundraising Calling Program

Source: St. John Source | UVI Launches Multi-Lingual, Campus-Based Fundraising Calling Program Linda I. Smith (‘98, ‘03), director of annual giving and alumni affairs for UVI.The University of the Virgin Islands alumni and friends are asked to once again lend support to the university’s annual telephone fundraising drive to support academic scholarships for students in

Sharpe Resigns as U.S. Attorney

Source: St. John Source | Sharpe Resigns as U.S. Attorney U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe. (Photo from the District of the U.S. Virgin Islands website) U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe, who has been in charge of the District of the Virgin Islands attorney’s office since 2011, resigned effective midnight Friday, one of 46 U.S. attorney’s asked to

Invitation for Bid No: IFB010DPWC17(C)

Source: St. John Source | Invitation for Bid No: IFB010DPWC17(C) Invitation for Bid No: IFB010DPWC17(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 Masonry Wall at the Kingshill Cemetery, St. Croix. Bids will be received by

Island Profile: Pastor Sampson Works Quietly Behind the Scenes

Source: St. John Source | Island Profile: Pastor Sampson Works Quietly Behind the Scenes The Rev. Carlyle O. Sampson The doors to the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay are always open from early morning to sunset. That’s because the pastor of the church, the Rev. Carlyle O. Sampson, believes in making himself available to

Virtue of the Week: Consideration

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Consideration Consideration is being thoughtful of other people and their feelings. You consider how your actions affect them. You pay careful attention to what others like and don’t like, and do things that give them happiness. You are practicing consideration when you: – Respect other people’s needs and

UVI Solar Project Stagnant, but Maybe Not Dead

Source: St. John Source | UVI Solar Project Stagnant, but Maybe Not Dead Rendering of solar installation as it was to look on St. Thomas. In July of 2013, amidst great fanfare, the University of the Virgin Islands signed a power purchase agreement with New Generation Power (NGP) USVI. NGP was to build a three-megawatt

Pistarckle to Present Musical ‘Working’ March 16 to April 1

Source: St. John Source | Pistarckle to Present Musical ‘Working’ March 16 to April 1 The next play appearing at Pistarckle Theater will be the musical “Working.” It is adapted from the book by Studs Terkel, with songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manual Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor.

VIEDC Governing Board Decision Meeting to Continue March 14

Source: St. John Source | VIEDC Governing Board Decision Meeting to Continue March 14 All interested persons are hereby notified that in accordance with the law, the decision meeting that was held by the Virgin Islands Economic Development Commission (VIEDC) on Thursday, March 9, will be continued at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 14, according to

DPNR Warns Public to Use Caution: Storm Water Beach Advisory

Source: St. John Source | DPNR Warns Public to Use Caution: Storm Water Beach Advisory Due to heavy rains and high surf zones this week, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff, according to a press release issued Friday by the V.I. Department of Planning

DPNR Warns Public to Use Caution: Storm Water Beach Advisory

Source: St. John Source | DPNR Warns Public to Use Caution: Storm Water Beach Advisory Due to heavy rains and high surf zones this week, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm-water runoff, according to a press release issued Friday by the V.I. Department of Planning

WAPA Approves Procurement of New Generating Units, Line of Credit

Source: St. John Source | WAPA Approves Procurement of New Generating Units, Line of Credit The V.I. Water and Power Authority board moved ahead Friday with a procurement contract that would bring three new generators to St. Thomas, along with financing for another leased unit that will bring the district close to 100 percent liquefied

Mapp Ousts Communications Director

Source: St. John Source | Mapp Ousts Communications Director Gov. Kenneth Mapp has ousted his latest director of communications, Cherie Munchez, administration officials confirmed Friday. Munchez was the third person in the post since Mapp took office in January 2015. Cherie Munchez (Profile photo from public LinkedIn account). A statement from Government House on Friday

Attorney General: V.I. Anti-Discrimination Law Applies to Transgender Students

Source: St. John Source | Attorney General: V.I. Anti-Discrimination Law Applies to Transgender Students The V.I. Civil Rights Act’s prohibition against sex discrimination applies to transgender students and V.I. schools should let them use the bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity, V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker has determined. Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum wrote

Senate Committee Hears WAPA Woes

Source: St. John Source | Senate Committee Hears WAPA Woes The Committee on Government Affairs, Veterans, Energy and Environmental Protection grilled representatives from some of the territory’s most financially strapped agencies Friday and heard, once again, that in most instances their inability to pay bills is due to low or late allocations from the V.I.

Lecture on Alexander Hamilton’s Youth Draws Crowd

Source: St. John Source | Lecture on Alexander Hamilton’s Youth Draws Crowd Local history buffs and Alexander Hamilton enthusiasts came out en masse on Thursday night to learn more about the founding father’s early years on St. Croix. Organized by The Friends of the St. Croix National Parks, the large turnout was evidence of the

CFVI Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Academic Scholarships

Source: St. John Source | CFVI Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Academic Scholarships The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has announced that its annual academic scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students are now available. The foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for children, youth and families in the territory by

The Bookworm: ‘Madame President’

Source: St. John Source | The Bookworm: ‘Madame President’ “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf” by Helene Cooper c.2017, Simon & Schuster $27 336 pages Your friends follow what you have to say. Whether on social media or otherwise, they listen to you and understand, ask your opinion, seek your wisdom and

EDA Delays Tax Break Decisions, Raises Concerns about Dilapidated Buildings in Enterprise Zones

Source: St. John Source | EDA Delays Tax Break Decisions, Raises Concerns about Dilapidated Buildings in Enterprise Zones The Economic Development Authority’s Enterprise and Commercial Zone Commission director emphasized to commission members Thursday that a lack of government funds puts a hindrance on the commission’s goal of revitalizing blighted and distressed communities on the islands.

Invitation for Bids: IFB017VIEOT17(S)

Source: St. John Source | Invitation for Bids: IFB017VIEOT17(S) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31, Virgin Islands Code, request sealed bids in QUINTUPLICATE (1 original and 4 copies) for the following: IFB017VIEOT17(S) – Qualified contractors to furnish all labor, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide Janitorial Services to the Virgin Islands Energy Office in the

Invitation for Bids: IFB018DHST17(S)

Source: St. John Source | Invitation for Bids: IFB018DHST17(S) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31, Virgin Islands Code, request sealed bids in QUINTUPLICATE (1 original and 4 copies) for the following: IFB018DHST17(S) – Qualified contractors to furnish all labor, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide Janitorial Services to the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services

Illegality of Marijuana Causes Weighty Problems

Source: St. John Source | Illegality of Marijuana Causes Weighty Problems Dear Source: I Am Wondering… After attending last night’s March 7,2017, meeting on the Legalization of Marijuana in the Virgin Islands, after all the research, financial, economic, social and health benefits have been presented to our Elected Government Officials, after it has been voted

John Jowers, Advocate for V.I. Artists, Dies at 81

Source: St. John Source | John Jowers, Advocate for V.I. Artists, Dies at 81 John Jowers. John M. Jowers, a passionate advocate for the arts during his more than three decades at the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, died in New York City on March 2. He was 81 years old. Jowers was born

$220,000 Available for Innovative Conservation Projects in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Source: St. John Source | 0,000 Available for Innovative Conservation Projects in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Caribbean Area Director Edwin Almodóvar has announced the availability of up to $220,000 in 2017 Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption

Government Announces It Will Fund Program for Homeless

Source: St. John Source | Government Announces It Will Fund Program for Homeless A day after it became public that the “Home at Last” program was already in the process of closing because the government had failed to fund it since Oct. 1, 2016, the Department of Human Services announced it will tap its “Crisis

Plaskett Alarmed at Reports V.I. Government Stopped Paying into GERS

Source: St. John Source | Plaskett Alarmed at Reports V.I. Government Stopped Paying into GERS Delegate Stacey Plaskett recently wrote Gov. Kenneth Mapp and the V.I. Legislature to raise her concerns about recent reports that the V.I. government has not paid its required matching contributions to the Government Employees Retirement System since December 2016. At

V.I. Schools Commemorating Transfer Centennial

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Schools Commemorating Transfer Centennial Muller Elementary bamboula dancers at Friday’s social studies fair on St. Thomas (photos courtesy of the V.I. Department of Education). As the days count down to the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States on March 31,

Special Election Voter Registration Deadline Is March 9

Source: St. John Source | Special Election Voter Registration Deadline Is March 9 Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes informs the public that the deadline to register to vote in order be to eligible to participate in the April 8th Special Election is Thursday, March 9. Voter registration is closed for 30 days preceding and

V.I. to Celebrate National Agriculture Week on March 22, 23

Source: St. John Source | V.I. to Celebrate National Agriculture Week on March 22, 23 The V.I. Department of Agriculture and the V.I. Department of Education will celebrate National Agriculture Week throughout the territory March 22 and March 23, with the theme “Agriculture: Food for Life.” “Virgin Islands-Grown for Virgin Islands Kids Week.” All schools

Territorial Hospital Board Approves Medical Staff

Source: St. John Source | Territorial Hospital Board Approves Medical Staff The Territorial Hospital Board met briefly Tuesday to approve more than a dozen medical personnel for the Schneider Regional Medical Center since that district board lacked sufficient members to reach a quorum and approve the appointments. The four current members on the governing board

Official Commemorative Coin Minted for V.I. Centennial

Source: St. John Source | Official Commemorative Coin Minted for V.I. Centennial Official V.I. Centennial Coin (photo courtesy of 340 Group). The V.I. Centennial Commission has chosen a brass commemorative coin minted by the 340 Group as the official V.I. Transfer Centennial Coin, something Virgin Islanders and collectors can purchase and have as a keepsake.

Invitation for Bid No: IFB009SPRC17(C)

Source: St. John Source | Invitation for Bid No: IFB009SPRC17(C) Invitation for Bid No: IFB009SPRC17(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 Recreational Center in the Community of Estate Barron Spot Christiansted, St. Croix U.S.V.I.

Flood Warning in Effect

Source: St. John Source | Flood Warning in Effect A coastal flood warning is in effect for St. Thomas and St. John, effective until 6 p.m. Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, conditions include a high risk of rip currents and coastal flooding along the northwest to northeast shores of the islands, with waves

‘Jazz for Young People’ Livens Up Ulla F. Muller Elementary

Source: St. John Source | ‘Jazz for Young People’ Livens Up Ulla F. Muller Elementary The Ulla F. Muller Elementary School’s cafeteria was buzzing Monday morning with the rhythmic sounds of upbeat jazz encouraging students to clap and sing along throughout their lively music lesson. The Jazz for Young People Program is part of a

One Down, Two to Go: Denmark-Virgin Islands Transfer Marathons

Source: St. John Source | One Down, Two to Go: Denmark-Virgin Islands Transfer Marathons Danish and Virgin Islands Marathoners get instructions. On Sunday, March 5, 54 runners toed the line at Mandela Circle for the first Denmark–Virgin Islands Marathon that was offered as a contribution from a group of veteran Danish runners to the Centennial

VIBE Commemorates V.I. History Month, Women’s History Month

Source: St. John Source | VIBE Commemorates V.I. History Month, Women’s History Month The estate of Dr. Rehenia Gabriel gives check to support scholarships. As the Virgin Islands Board of Education (VIBE) continues to simultaneously commemorate V.I. History Month and Women’s History Month, it is appropriate to pay homage to the women of the territory

GOP Voucher Bill Worries Francis, Plaskett

Source: St. John Source | GOP Voucher Bill Worries Francis, Plaskett Even as multiple recent studies show school voucher programs producing worse student performance than public schools, GOP voucher legislation is moving forward in Congress. And that worries some V.I. senators and Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett. Sen. Novelle Francis, (D-STX) recently wrote to Plaskett,

Homicides 2017

Source: St. John Source | Homicides 2017 STT – 1 Territory – 1 Date of death – Jan. 1 Tahien Thomas died of gunshot injuries at the Schneider Regional Medical Center about nine hours after being shot. The shooting took place  minutes after midnight in the Bovoni area. By the time homicide detectives arrived at

@Work: New Company Delivers Fresh Concrete

Source: St. John Source | @Work: New Company Delivers Fresh Concrete Adam Cook, left, and Tom Buttermore stand with their high-efficiency LO-PRO 327. The January start-up of St. John Concrete’s new, state-of-the-art batch plant has brought relief to St. John contractors who faced a shortage of concrete. Since the recession in 2009 brought on the

Virtue of the Week: Friendliness

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Friendliness Friendliness is being a friend, through good times and bad. You take an interest in other people and make them feel welcome. You share your belongings, your time, and yourself. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness. You are practicing friendliness when you: – Like

UVI Trustees Learn Campuses are Safe Places for Students to Excel

Source: St. John Source | UVI Trustees Learn Campuses are Safe Places for Students to Excel According to statistics, the University of the Virgin Islands campuses are safer than their counterparts in the states. Also, according to internal reports, UVI has cut its energy consumption through energy efficiency measures as well as cutting its dependency

Tsunami Preparedness Week Set; Sirens to Be Tested

Source: St. John Source | Tsunami Preparedness Week Set; Sirens to Be Tested Because tsunamis remain a serious threat to the territory, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) is encouraging the community to learn more about this deadly force of nature during Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 19 – 25. VITEMA is also urging

Mapp Signs Election Reform Paving Way for Special Election

Source: St. John Source | Mapp Signs Election Reform Paving Way for Special Election Gov. Kenneth Mapp approved legislation Friday clarifying a 2016 law unifying the territory’s boards of elections into a single board, delaying its effective date and paving the way for the April 8 special election for the vacant St. Thomas/St. John Senate

Account Ability: Why Not Collect Wire Transfer Fees?

Source: St. John Source | Account Ability: Why Not Collect Wire Transfer Fees? This article is one in a series about how to strengthen the V.I. government’s finances without raising tax rates. Each deals with a specific proposal. One of the things that the V.I. government needs is more cash income – right now. While

Black History Month: A Summing Up

Source: St. John Source | Black History Month: A Summing Up The Source’s Black History Month series was unusual. It focused on white leaders who have produced generations of misery and oppression for black people in the United States. Why write such a series? The trigger point was the launch of this year’s Black History

Beach Advisory for February 27 to March 3

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for February 27 to March 3 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,

Majority Senators Justify Tax Increases at Town Hall

Source: St. John Source | Majority Senators Justify Tax Increases at Town Hall The crowd was attentive and polite Thursday night while majority senators justified recent tax increases at a town hall meeting on St. Croix, but when the audience began asking questions, it was clear voters had issues with not only taxes, but also

Seussical the Musical Opens this Weekend

Source: St. John Source | Seussical the Musical Opens this Weekend Cast and crew of Seussical the Musical (photo courtesy of Antilles School). Antilles School opens its latest play – Seussical TYA! (Theater for Young Audiences) – a musical performance for young audiences featuring some of Dr. Seuss’s best loved characters. Based on his works,

Account Ability: The Elephant in the Room Called GERS

Source: St. John Source | Account Ability: The Elephant in the Room Called GERS This article is one in a series about how to strengthen the V.I. government’s finances without raising tax rates. Each deals with a specific proposal. Charged by the Source to figure ways to help the territory’s financial situation without raising tax

Kean High Aquaponics Brings Fresh Produce to St. Croix Schools

Source: St. John Source | Kean High Aquaponics Brings Fresh Produce to St. Croix Schools Boxes of lettuce from Kean High School’s aquaponics farm are loaded on to an airplane headed to St. Croix (photo courtesy of the V.I. Department of Education). Ivanna Eudora Kean High School students on St. Thomas recently supplied St. Croix

UVI Astronomers Granted Access to World’s Largest Telescopes

Source: St. John Source | UVI Astronomers Granted Access to World’s Largest Telescopes Two telescopes, in Hawaii and Chile, comprise the Gemini Observatory (photo courtesy of UVI). Astronomers at the University of the Virgin Islands were granted access by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory to two of the world’s largest telescopes, located in Chile and

DeGraff to Hold Office Hours Friday, March 3

Source: St. John Source | DeGraff to Hold Office Hours Friday, March 3 The Office of Sen. Dwayne M. DeGraff will conduct office hours on island.  The senator will be present from 9:30 am. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 3, at the St. John Legislative Annex. Any St. John resident wishing to speak to him

Black History Month’s Dishonorable Mention

Source: St. John Source | Black History Month’s Dishonorable Mention In this unusual political year, there has been an effort to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. This is the last in a series of biographical sketches that present a different narrative of historic events. In a large country

Final Ironman Triathlon May 7

Source: St. John Source | Final Ironman Triathlon May 7 May 7 will mark the end of a St. Croix institution when several hundred athletes will compete in the final Ironman 70.3 St. Croix. Matt Chrabot from Colorado crosses the finish line first in the 2015 70.3 Ironman St. Croix (Susan Ellis photo). Originally named

The Bookworm: ‘Dodge City’

Source: St. John Source | The Bookworm: ‘Dodge City’ “Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West” by Tom Clavin c.2017, St. Martin’s Press $29.99 400 pages It’s only a piece of metal. Star-shaped, circular, oval, or shield-like, it’s so small, it could fit in your hand or your

Award for Environmental Leadership in Caribbean Given to Tadzio Bervoets

Source: St. John Source | Award for Environmental Leadership in Caribbean Given to Tadzio Bervoets The Advisory Committee of the Euan McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award of the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has announced the selection of Tadzio Bervoets in recognition of his important work as a dedicated and passionate Caribbean conservationist. Recipients

VING to Conduct Symposiums on Officer Career Opportunities

Source: St. John Source | VING to Conduct Symposiums on Officer Career Opportunities The Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) will conduct two symposiums throughout the territory to share information on careers for military officers. On St. Thomas, the VING Officer Symposium will be held on Friday, March 3, at the Sergeant First Class Leonard B.

H.S. Students to Compete in National Poetry Recitation Contest

Source: St. John Source | H.S. Students to Compete in National Poetry Recitation Contest The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation organizes Poetry Out Loud (POL). The poetry recitation event encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance

CAHS and Danish Students Collaborate on Centennial Project

Source: St. John Source | CAHS and Danish Students Collaborate on Centennial Project For the last six months, AP (advanced placement) English Language and Composition students at Charlotte Amalie High School (CAHS) have been hard at work on a collaborative research project with high school students in Denmark that shed light on an aspect of

St. Thomas Army Recruiting Office Firebombed *Updated*

Source: St. John Source | St. Thomas Army Recruiting Office Firebombed *Updated* Firebomb damage at Nisky Center recruiting station The Navy, Army and Air Force recruiters office in Nisky Shopping Center on St.Thomas were firebombed Tuesday, along with several other federal government offices on St. Thomas. As of Tuesday evening there had been no reports

Follow the Money; Where Is the Money?

Source: St. John Source | Follow the Money; Where Is the Money? Dear Source: I recently attended a town hall meeting hosted by our Delegate to Congress Stacy Plaskett. I would like to thank her for hosting such an informative and engaging town hall meeting with the public and hope that other governmental agencies and

WAPA Restores Full Power to St. Thomas-St. John District

Source: St. John Source | WAPA Restores Full Power to St. Thomas-St. John District The V.I. Water and Power Authority restored full power to the St. Thomas-St. John district at 8:20 p.m. Monday, the utility reported. The two islands had been on a rotating power interruption Friday and Saturday nights and most of Monday after

Judge Approves Tighter Tax Payment Plan for Cohen

Source: St. John Source | Judge Approves Tighter Tax Payment Plan for Cohen The V.I. government and Jonathan Cohen came to an agreement Monday for Cohen to pay more than $800,000 in back taxes, a deal that was acceptable to U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon. But Cohen, even though he was avoiding

V.I. Culture Bearers Pass Down Knowledge at Folk Life Festival

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Culture Bearers Pass Down Knowledge at Folk Life Festival Donald Christopher cooks up dumb bread old-fashioned style, while in the background Allegra Christopher teaches bamboula dancing to Antilles School students and Mocko Jumbie Yisrael Petersen takes a rest on a ruin wall. An extensive list of activity stations and

Virtue of the Week: Courtesy

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Courtesy Courtesy is being polite and having good manners. When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected. Greet people pleasantly. Bring courtesy home. Your family needs it most of all. Courtesy helps life go smoothly. You are practicing

More than 1,000 Cross 8 Tuff Miles Finish Line

Source: St. John Source | More than 1,000 Cross 8 Tuff Miles Finish Line 8 Tuff Miles organizer Peter Alter congratulates Travis Strong, the first person ever to complete the race using a handcycle. The 21st running of the 8 Tuff Miles road race Saturday on St. John saw 1,063 participants cross the Coral Bay

Beach Advisory for February 20-24

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for February 20-24 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

Sean Hannity: The Voice of White Nationalism

Source: St. John Source | Sean Hannity: The Voice of White Nationalism In this unusual political year, there has been an effort to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. This is the 12th in a series of biographical sketches that present a different narrative of historic events. As the

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on March 4

Source: St. John Source | UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on March 4 The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The meeting will begin with regular session agenda items. UVI

Schneider May Cut Back Services

Source: St. John Source | Schneider May Cut Back Services Schneider Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Bernard Wheatley at the Health, Hospitals and Human Services Committee on Friday (photo courtesy of the V.I. Legislature). Schneider Regional Medical Center is struggling to make ends meet and may cut back on services at the main hospital

Fourteen Candidates File for April 8 Special Election

Source: St. John Source | Fourteen Candidates File for April 8 Special Election Eight Democrats, one Republican, one ICM party member and four non-partisan candidates have filed to run in the April 8 special election to fill the St. Thomas/St. John V.I. Legislature seat left vacant after the V.I. Supreme Court ruled winning candidate Kevin

Court Pleased with Progress on Jail Consent Decree

Source: St. John Source | Court Pleased with Progress on Jail Consent Decree The V.I. Bureau of Corrections’ movement towards compliance in a decades-old jail consent decree case is now steadier than the progress in some of the territory’s other enduring consent decree cases, Judge Curtis V. Gomez said Friday. The jail case began in

Request for Proposals: VIDE Safe Schools Program

Source: St. John Source | Request for Proposals: VIDE Safe Schools Program The VI Department of Education Safe Schools Program St. Croix district, hereby is seeking Request for Quotes (RFQ’s) from Service Providers for the following programs: 1.   After- school Leadership/Mentoring Program The District is seeking after- school leadership/Mentoring Program that contains Project-based learning activities for its junior high schools to

Waste Management Pressed on Failure to Meet Consent Decree Deadlines

Source: St. John Source | Waste Management Pressed on Failure to Meet Consent Decree Deadlines During a federal court hearing on Wednesday morning on St. Thomas, the V.I. Waste Management Authority was scrutinized for failing to address longstanding wastewater issues on time despite federal funding being readily available to so. Missing deadlines is a common

JFL Works to Correct CMS Deficiencies

Source: St. John Source | JFL Works to Correct CMS Deficiencies The governing board of the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital learned Wednesday more about a revised plan of correction accepted by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to bring the medical facility back into compliance and avoid decertification and losing around 70 percent

Casino Commission Authorizes Racetrack Changes

Source: St. John Source | Casino Commission Authorizes Racetrack Changes The Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission acted Wednesday on a promise for a new era in Virgin Island horse racing. St. Croix’s Randall ‘Doc’ James racetrack. The commission authorized a transition of operations of the horse racing tracks and racino facilities from Treasure Bay V.I.

Senate Keeps Single V.I. Election Board

Source: St. John Source | Senate Keeps Single V.I. Election Board The V.I. Legislature voted Tuesday to amend a recent law unifying V.I. boards of elections to clear up problems that could get in the way of a planned special election to fill a St. Thomas/St. John district seat in the Legislature, in the wake

Undercurrents: Researchers Delve into Head Start, TANF Programs

Source: St. John Source | Undercurrents: Researchers Delve into Head Start, TANF Programs A regular Source column, Undercurrents explores issues, ideas and events developing beneath the surface in the Virgin Islands community. Each year 894 children in the Virgin Islands attend free public Head Start programs to prepare for kindergarten; about 120 even younger children

St. Croix No Longer Snake Free

Source: St. John Source | St. Croix No Longer Snake Free A red tail boa constrictor found in Estate Butler Bay at the end of January (photo courtesy of William Coles). St. Croix can no longer claim to be a snake-free island! Since 2004, more than 40 snakes of various sizes have been spotted and

Nine UVI Students Receive $750 Business Design Grants

Source: St. John Source | Nine UVI Students Receive 0 Business Design Grants                      Nine students have successfully completed the second Business Design Grants Program (BDGP) at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), which is the first step on the road to victory in the annual 13D Entrepreneurship competition where students compete for $60,000

EAST to Hold Annual Whale Watch March 5, March 11

Source: St. John Source | EAST to Hold Annual Whale Watch March 5, March 11 The Environmental Association St. Thomas -St. John (EAST) invites the public to participate in its annual whale watches on Sunday, March 5 and Saturday, March 11. A UVI marine science expert will lead the group as it looks for humpback

Juvenile Loggerhead Turtle Spotted in Brewers Bay

Source: St. John Source | Juvenile Loggerhead Turtle Spotted in Brewers Bay A juvenile loggerhead turtle swims in Brewers Bay. (Photo provided by John Cassel) Source reader John Cassell spotted a young loggerhead sea turtle Friday while swimming with a group inside the Brewers Bay no-wake zone. This may be the first time one has

Nathan Bedford Forrest: American Terrorist

Source: St. John Source | Nathan Bedford Forrest: American Terrorist In this unusual political year, there has been an effort by some in high places to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. But not all white contributions have been toward progress. This is the eighth in a series of

Mia Nicolosi Wins Cruzan Open Regatta Among Advanced Optimists

Source: St. John Source | Mia Nicolosi Wins Cruzan Open Regatta Among Advanced Optimists Mia Nicolosi from St. Thomas won first place among Advanced Optimists (Photo credit — Anne Salafia) The 2017 Cruzan Open Regatta drew 55 junior sailors from across the USVI, the BVI and Puerto Rico this past weekend.  While beginner Green Fleet

Woodrow Wilson: The South Moves North

Source: St. John Source | Woodrow Wilson: The South Moves North In this unusual political year, there has been an effort by some in high places to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. But not all white contributions have been toward progress. This is the seventh in a series

UVI Celebrates 55th Anniversary With Revolutionary Fundraising Campaign

Source: St. John Source | UVI Celebrates 55th Anniversary With Revolutionary Fundraising Campaign The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is celebrating its Emerald Anniversary with a revolutionary philanthropic initiative: “55 for 55: The Great Alumni Challenge!” The campaign encourages UVI alumni to make history by achieving a 55 percent alumni giving rate in honor

Virtue of the Week: Forgiveness

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Forgiveness Being forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. Instead of revenge, make amends. Forgive yourself, too. Instead of feeling hopeless after a mistake, decide to act differently, and have faith that you can change. You are practicing

Rotary Clubs to Host Next Business After Hours

Source: St. John Source | Rotary Clubs to Host Next Business After Hours The Rotary Clubs of St. Thomas and St. John will host the next St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at Yacht Haven Grande next to Fat Turtle. Rotary is an

Correction Plan Accepted by CMS for St. Croix Hospital

Source: St. John Source | Correction Plan Accepted by CMS for St. Croix Hospital During a brief board meeting to approve medical staff applications for the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center on St. Croix, board chair Aracelis B. Walcott announced she received notification Thursday night that the hospital’s second plan of correction

Beach Advisory for February 13-17

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for February 13-17  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

Magistrate Rejects Government Settlement with Cohen

Source: St. John Source | Magistrate Rejects Government Settlement with Cohen The V.I. government negotiated another settlement plan so Jonathan Cohen can stay out of jail and pay a tax debt, but U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon did not agree. At a Friday morning hearing, Cannon disagreed with the nine-year period that

George Wallace: Taking Southern Racism National

Source: St. John Source | George Wallace: Taking Southern Racism National In this unusual political year, there has been an effort by some in high places to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. But not all white contributions have been toward progress. This is the seventh in a series

Entire Community Can Participate in Annual Backyard Bird Count

Source: St. John Source | Entire Community Can Participate in Annual Backyard Bird Count Bananaquit (Conrad Hoover photo). A pair of binoculars is all you might need to participate in this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count, which invites community members to simply step outside and take stock of the number and different kinds of birds

Reader Asks Elected Officials to Consider Colonial Aspects of Transfer

Source: St. John Source | Reader Asks Elected Officials to Consider Colonial Aspects of Transfer Dear Source:                                           I’m writing to gain a better understanding of [government officials’] perspective on the Transfer Day Centennial Commemoration. The Centennial Commission’s position as mentioned by Executive Director Kevin Jackson is that the purpose of these events is to focus

V.I. Casino Control Commission Calls Special Meeting

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Casino Control Commission Calls Special Meeting The Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission (VICCC) has announced that a Special Commission Meeting has been scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22. VICCC will also act on the regular meeting agenda items to be published prior to the meeting to include the

V.I. National Track and Field Members Gear Up for Outdoor Season

Source: St. John Source | V.I. National Track and Field Members Gear Up for Outdoor Season A strong group of Virgin Islands National Track and Field Team members are competing in the indoor season, and they include college student/athletes and professionals.  The professionals are gearing up for the outdoor season while earning needed funds.  The

V.I. Agog at Protester Waving Lynched Baby Doll

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Agog at Protester Waving Lynched Baby Doll One protester objecting to higher tobacco, alcohol and soda taxes Wednesday on St. Thomas has social media pages on fire after making the incredibly poorly thought out choice to prepare a sign with a doll of a black baby with a hangman’s noose

Account Ability: An Opportunity for Tax Collection Assistance

Source: St. John Source | Account Ability: An Opportunity for Tax Collection Assistance This article is one in a series about how to strengthen the Virgin Islands government’s finances without raising tax rates. Each deals with a specific proposal. There is a fleeting opportunity for the Virgin Islands government to obtain – for free –

Senate Supportive of St. Croix Zip Line

Source: St. John Source | Senate Supportive of St. Croix Zip Line Senators were supportive of a Carambola Golf and Country Club request for a variance to allow a zip line, during a Committee of the Whole hearing Thursday. The line is expected to run a windy route of more than 4,900 feet through the

Antilles Sweeps District Mathcounts Competition

Source: St. John Source | Antilles Sweeps District Mathcounts Competition Antilles School’s mathletes took the award Thursday for Top Team and filled nine of the top 10 competitor slots. For another year, Antilles School took home the award for Top Team at the St. Thomas-St. John District Mathcounts competition, with nine students also filling most

Strom Thurmond: The Intergenerational Racist

Source: St. John Source | Strom Thurmond: The Intergenerational Racist In this unusual political year, there has been an effort by some in high places to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. But not all white contributions have been toward progress. This is the sixth in a series of

My Brother’s Workshop Pushing Ahead with Help from Donors

Source: St. John Source | My Brother’s Workshop Pushing Ahead with Help from Donors Flanked by trainees, staff and members of the board, My Brother’s Workshop officials thanked their community donors Thursday night with a reception that also showcased the future of the organization as it pushes more toward self-sustainability. MBW Executive Director Jenny Hawkes

Bermudez Charged with Federal Program Fraud

Source: St. John Source | Bermudez Charged with Federal Program Fraud Celeste Bermudez, a former St. Croix resident now living in Massachusetts, was indicted by a Virgin Islands grand jury on a six-count indictment charging her with defrauding a federal program, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe reported Thursday. According to Sharpe’s news release, the indictment was

Request for Proposal: RFP-007-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | Request for Proposal: RFP-007-2017 (P) Request for Proposal: RFP-007-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Education is requesting proposals from qualified firm(s) or individual(s) to conduct the Virgin Islands Department of Education 2017 Biennial Physical Inventory

Request for Proposal: RFP-006-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | Request for Proposal: RFP-006-2017 (P) Request for Proposal: RFP-006-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Education is requesting proposals from qualified firm(s) or individual(s) to provide Therapeutic Services to Students with Special Needs in the St.

V.I. National Park Service to Hold 26th Folklife Festival

Source: St. John Source | V.I. National Park Service to Hold 26th Folklife Festival Virgin Islands National Park will commemorate Black History Month with its Folklife Festival 2017. The annual festival will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, at the Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins, St. John.  The theme

Roger Taney: Architect of Disaster

Source: St. John Source | Roger Taney: Architect of Disaster In this unusual political year, there has been an effort by some in high places to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. But not all white contributions have been toward progress. This is the fifth in a series of

Climate Change Workshop Stresses Need for Multi-Sector Mitigation Efforts

Source: St. John Source | Climate Change Workshop Stresses Need for Multi-Sector Mitigation Efforts During a workshop held at Government House on Wednesday, presenters stressed that climate change will have cascading impacts and that mitigating these effects will take cooperation from all parts of society. Parris Glendening, president of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design

The Bookworm: ‘Boomer’s Bucket List’

Source: St. John Source | The Bookworm: ‘Boomer’s Bucket List’ “Boomer’s Bucket List” by Sue Pethick c.2017, Kensington $9.95 256 pages You always wanted to jump from an airplane. It’s something you dreamed about doing, just as you’ve always dreamed of walking the Appalachian Trail, seeing the Great Pyramids and visiting China. So will you

DPNR Deploys New Fish Aggregating Device

Source: St. John Source | DPNR Deploys New Fish Aggregating Device The Division of Fish and Wildlife deployed a new fish aggregating device (FAD) in the territory on Tuesday, Feb. 14, according to a press release from the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). FAD T12 was deployed south of St. Thomas, approximately

V.I. Businesses Oppose Revenue Enhancements

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Businesses Oppose Revenue Enhancements The Chambers of Commerce, the USVI Hotel and Tourism Association, and American Resort Development Association reached out to Gov. Kenneth Mapp on Friday to request that he withdraw Bill No. 32-005, which proposes to tax marine parts, boats, bicycles, wine, beer, cigarettes, distilled spirits and

2017 Cruzan Open Regatta Set for February 18-19

Source: St. John Source | 2017 Cruzan Open Regatta Set for February 18-19 Cruzan Open Regatta Junior sailors from St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John, the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will vie for honors at the 2017 Cruzan Open Regatta, Feb. 18 and Feb. 19. Regatta committee member Morgan Dale expects 50-60 racers,

DOE Special Education to Conduct Parental Survey Territory-wide

Source: St. John Source | DOE Special Education to Conduct Parental Survey Territory-wide Renee Charleswell, Ph.D., director of the Virgin Islands Department of Education’s (VIDOE) State Office of Special Education (SOSE), informs parents and guardians of children with disabilities, between the ages of three through 21, of the Annual Parental Survey to be conducted territory–wide

Mapp Issues Executive Order Cutting Spending

Source: St. John Source | Mapp Issues Executive Order Cutting Spending Gov. Kenneth Mapp issued an executive order Tuesday slashing spending to try to preserve essential services as the government struggles to deal with a tightening budget crisis. The territory has a $98 million current year budget shortfall, with years of budget cuts in most

Rush Limbaugh: Mainstreaming Racial Bigotry

Source: St. John Source | Rush Limbaugh: Mainstreaming Racial Bigotry In this unusual political year, there has been an effort by some in high places to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. But not all white contributions have been toward progress. This is the fourth in a series of

USVI Governmental Finances: ‘Account Ability’

Source: St. John Source | USVI Governmental Finances: ‘Account Ability’ Sometimes when there are serious problems – as there are with the V.I. government’s finances – it is useful to ask for comments from disinterested but caring observers. With that in mind the Source has enlisted David North, a former Office of Insular Affairs official

Mapp Asks Business Leaders to Support His Revenue Proposals

Source: St. John Source | Mapp Asks Business Leaders to Support His Revenue Proposals In a statement Monday night, Gov. Kenneth Mapp asked V.I. business leaders to support his revenue enhancing proposals, arguing they are needed to maintain basic human services, including programs for vulnerable children and the elderly as well as school bus and

Special Election for Vacant Senate Seat Slated for April 8

Source: St. John Source | Special Election for Vacant Senate Seat Slated for April 8 A special election to fill the vacant V.I. Senate seat has been set for April 8, nomination packages have been put together and on Monday, the St. Thomas-St. John District Board of Elections called for any registered voter interested in

Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor: Police Power in Racist Hands

Source: St. John Source | Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor: Police Power in Racist Hands In this unusual political year, there has been an effort by some in high places to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. But not all white contributions have been toward progress. This is the third in

2017 Special Election Calendar Now Available

Source: St. John Source | 2017 Special Election Calendar Now Available Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes has announced that the 2017 Special Election Calendar is available Monday, Feb 13. Any registered voter who meets the requirements for the Office of the Legislature can participate in this Special Election, which is scheduled for Saturday, April

V.I. Board of Education to Hold Regular Board Meeting

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Board of Education to Hold Regular Board Meeting The Virgin Islands Board of Education Governing Board will convene in a regular board meeting from 3:30-7 p.m. Feb. 17, in the VIBE office located in the Sunny Isles Professional Building, Suites 5 and 6, Christiansted to allow for discussion on

V.I. Sues Terminix Over Illegal Pesticide Use

Source: St. John Source | V.I. Sues Terminix Over Illegal Pesticide Use The U.S. Virgin Islands has filed a lawsuit against Terminix over the company’s use of methyl bromide in the territory, which has already led to a $10 million settlement in a federal civil action in March 2016, V.I. Attorney General Claude Earl Walker

The Caribbean Writer Seeks Submissions for Next Volume

Source: St. John Source | The Caribbean Writer Seeks Submissions for Next Volume The Caribbean Writer has announced its call for submissions for Volume 32. It is seeking works that explore the many variations of the theme: “Rough Tides, Tough Times: Reflections and Transitions.” The Caribbean Writer hopes to highlight and document the many permutations

CAHS to Distribute Report Cards Tuesday, Feb. 14

Source: St. John Source | CAHS to Distribute Report Cards Tuesday, Feb. 14 Report cards will be distributed to Charlotte Amalie High School 10th, 11th and 12th grade students at the end of the school day on Tuesday, Feb. 14.  Report cards for 9th grade students will be distributed to parents only, also on Feb.

Innovative-UVI Scholarship Applications Available

Source: St. John Source | Innovative-UVI Scholarship Applications Available Innovative, the leading telecommunications provider in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has announced that applications for the 2017 Innovative-UVI Scholarships are available at UVI’s campuses in each district. Innovative Telephone will once again donate $20,000 for four graduating high school students, two per district, to receive a

Friends of V.I. National Park to Hold Gala on Feb. 18

Source: St. John Source | Friends of V.I. National Park to Hold Gala on Feb. 18 The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park’s (Friends) Annual Gala will be hosted by Pamela and Steve Deckoff at their home, “Presidio del Mar,” in Peter Bay on St. John. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18. Friends manages 28 programs in

Request for Proposal: RFP-005-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | Request for Proposal: RFP-005-2017 (P) Request for Proposal: RFP-005-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Planning and Natural Resources is requesting proposals from qualified firm(s) or individual(s) to provide Mooring Area Assessment and Maintenance/Repair Services to

Request for Proposal No: RFP-002-2017 (P)

Source: St. John Source | Request for Proposal No: RFP-002-2017 (P) Request for Proposal No:  RFP-002-2017 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Human Services is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) for the Architectural/Engineering Services (A/E) for the Department of Human Services

Rodriquez Again Calls on Legislature to Seat Him

Source: St. John Source | Rodriquez Again Calls on Legislature to Seat Him Based on his reading of a recent V.I. District Court ruling, senator-elect Kevin Rodriquez again called for the Legislature to seat him, saying that Judge Curtis Gomez didn’t specifically address issues relating to his eligibility to run for office and that the

Conversations Are Needed to Reform Education

Source: St. John Source | Conversations Are Needed to Reform Education Dear Source: Congratulations to the new leadership of the VI Board of Education, Chair Winona Hendricks, Vice Chair Arah Lockhart and Secretary Judy Gomez. I pledge to support the leadership in the best interest of the children of the Virgin Islands territory. “The public-school

J. Edgar Hoover: Racism and Power

Source: St. John Source | J. Edgar Hoover: Racism and Power In this unusual political year, there has been an effort by some in high places to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. But not all white contributions have been toward progress. This is the second in a series

Parity Policy Academy Selects USVI as New Member

Source: St. John Source | Parity Policy Academy Selects USVI as New Member The U.S. Virgin Islands is one of 20 United States jurisdictions selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Commercial Parity Policy Academy, according to a press release from

Virtue of the Week: Peacefulness

Source: St. John Source | Virtue of the Week: Peacefulness Peacefulness is being calm inside. Take time for daily reflection and gratitude. Solve conflicts so everyone wins. Be a peacemaker. Peace is giving up the love of power for the power of love. Peace in the world begins with peace in your heart. You are

Discussion of Sin Tax Dominates Smith’s First Town Hall Meeting

Source: St. John Source | Discussion of Sin Tax Dominates Smith’s First Town Hall Meeting Senator-at-Large Brian Smith listens to citizens expressing their opinion at Friday’s town hall meeting. A majority of those who spoke up at Senator-at-Large Brian Smith’s first town hall meeting on St. John on Friday were opposed to proposed “sin taxes”

Walker Announces Second Guilty Plea in Alleged Auction Scheme

Source: St. John Source | Walker Announces Second Guilty Plea in Alleged Auction Scheme Sylvester Warner, 43, of Estate St. Peter pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in exchange for his testimony in an alleged plot to rig government auctions of property, Attorney General Claude Earl Walker announced in a Friday news release. The

Beach Advisory for February 6-10

Source: St. John Source | Beach Advisory for February 6-10 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

Special Education Federal Grant Application Available for Review

Source: St. John Source | Special Education Federal Grant Application Available for Review Renee Charleswell, Ph.D., director of the Virgin Islands Department of Education’s (VIDE) State Office of Special Education (SOSE), informs the public that copies of the Division’s FFY 2017 IDEA Part B Federal Grant Application are available for public review in both Virgin

John C. Calhoun: Champion of Slavery and Disunion

Source: St. John Source | John C. Calhoun: Champion of Slavery and Disunion In this unusual political year, there has been an effort by some in high places to make Black History Month a celebration of white contributions to racial progress. But not all white contributions have been toward progress. This is the first in

Mosler Bonds a Path to Low-Interest V.I. Borrowing?

Source: St. John Source | Mosler Bonds a Path to Low-Interest V.I. Borrowing? St. Croix business man, iconoclastic economist and potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate Warren Mosler is suggesting the V.I. government try issuing a type of bond he devised several years ago, secured not by tax revenues but by highly transferrable V.I. tax credits. According

St. Croix Restaurants Voted Top Ten in the Caribbean

Source: St. John Source | St. Croix Restaurants Voted Top Ten in the Caribbean Balter restaurant was voted one of the top ten restaurants in the Caribbean (Susan Ellis photo). St. Croix’s Savant and Balter have both been included in the recent Top Ten List from USA Today’s best restaurants in the Caribbean. Initially four

USVI Soccer Association Schedules 2016 / 2017 Club Championship

Source: St. John Source | USVI Soccer Association Schedules 2016 / 2017 Club Championship The USVI Soccer Association has announced its 2016/2017 Club Championship Tournament, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and Feb. 12, at Lionel Roberts Stadium. The four clubs competing this year to become champions are Helenites SC and Rovers

SRMC’s Bernard Wheatley Named One of Nation’s Top CEOs Again

Source: St. John Source | SRMC’s Bernard Wheatley Named One of Nation’s Top CEOs Again Dr. Bernard Wheatley For the second year in a row, Becker’s Hospital Review has recognized Dr. Bernard Wheatley of Schneider Regional Medical Center (SRMC) as one of the “60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.” The list, published annually, recognizes CEOs

Trash Fees Delayed a Full Year Awaiting New Scale

Source: St. John Source | Trash Fees Delayed a Full Year Awaiting New Scale VIWMA Executive Director Roger Merritt at Wednesday’s Housing, Public Works, Waste Management and Planning Committee hearing. (photo courtesy of the V.I. Legislature). Trash tipping fees put in place because the V.I. Waste Management Authority is starved for funds to run its

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Inspires at UVI Convocation

Source: St. John Source | Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Inspires at UVI Convocation Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, middle, stands with UVI president David hall, left, and Henry C. Smock, chairman of the university’s board, after Sotomayor received an honorary degree (Kelsey Nowakowski photo). During a special convocation celebrating the University of the Virgin

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