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December 13, 2019

U.S. Virgin Islands

Beach Advisory for Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

Source: St. John Source Brewers Bay Beach, St. Thomas The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water… Link: Beach Advisory for Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

U.S. Agriculture Increases Rate for School Breakfast/ Lunch Program

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI) released the following statement regarding a reimbursement rate increase for National School Lunch Program and… Link: U.S. Agriculture Increases Rate for School Breakfast/ Lunch Program

Interior Announces $625,000 to Support Energy Project in USVI

Source: St. John Source U.S. Department of the Interior’s Insular and International Affairs U.S. Department of the Interior’s Insular and International Affairs Assistant Secretary Doug Domenech has announced $5,017,021… Link: Interior Announces 5,000 to Support Energy Project in USVI

Child Marriage Bill Has Momentum

Source: St. John Source Sen. Myron Jackson speaks at Thursday’s hearing. (USVI Legislature photo by Omari Hicks) A bill to close the loophole permitting men to avoid rape charges… Link: Child Marriage Bill Has Momentum

UVI Student Government Association Installs New Officers

Source: St. John Source SGA President Christopher McDonald speaks to audience The University of the Virgin Islands’ Student Government Association (SGA) Installed newly elected officers this fall at a… Link: UVI Student Government Association Installs New Officers

UVI Hackathon 2019 Winners Present Solutions to Power

Source: St. John Source (Center) Dean Kendra Harris; Albert A. Sheen Campus participants including Dr. Timothy Faley and Leon Hughes The University of the Virgin Islands has announced the… Link: UVI Hackathon 2019 Winners Present Solutions to Power

Mostly Fair Friday

Source: St. John Source Fair weather conditions are expected across the territory this morning, some showers may develop this afternoon. Winds remain northeasterly at 10-15 miles per hour. A… Link: Mostly Fair Friday

Humane Society’s ‘Nightmare Manor’ Startles and Delights

Source: St. John Source A foggy cemetery draws guests in where a frightening surprise awaits. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee) Swarms of guests of all ages wearily entered the… Link: Humane Society’s ‘Nightmare Manor’ Startles and Delights

Governor Issues Proclamation Honoring USVI Icon D. Hamilton Jackson

Source: St. John Source D. Hamilton Jackson Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. issued a proclamation declaring Friday, Nov. 1, as ‘David Hamilton Jackson (Liberty) Day’ and designating the month as… Link: Governor Issues Proclamation Honoring USVI Icon D. Hamilton Jackson

Mostly Fair Halloween

Source: St. John Source Although fair weather conditions are expected to prevail across the islands today, patches of moisture may lead to the development of showers across the local… Link: Mostly Fair Halloween

Whiskey Business Brings New Tastes to Tillett Gardens

Source: St. John Source Proprietors Brandon Lutzy and Brian Cox man the bar at their new eatery, Whiskey Business. (Source photo by Teddi Davis) In addition to the spacious… Link: Whiskey Business Brings New Tastes to Tillett Gardens

“Abled, Not Disabled,’ Take to the Streets of Cruz Bay

Source: St. John Source The White Cane Day celebration treks through Cruz Bay. The march up the hill to the roundabout is a challenge for those in wheelchairs. (Source… Link: “Abled, Not Disabled,’ Take to the Streets of Cruz Bay

2011 Testimony Reenacted at Hospital Corruption Trial

Source: St. John Source Schneider Regional Medical Center in May of 2019. (Source photo by Kelsey Nowakowski) Testimony continued in the Schneider Hospital corruption case, producing information gleaned from… Link: 2011 Testimony Reenacted at Hospital Corruption Trial

Caribbean Genealogy Library Offers Orientation Event on Nov. 3

Source: St. John Source Caribbean Genealogy Library on St. Thomas The Caribbean Genealogy Library is offering a library orientation at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3. It will cover some… Link: Caribbean Genealogy Library Offers Orientation Event on Nov. 3

Noriel Harrigan Callwood Dies

Source: St. John Source Noriel Harrigan Callwood Noriel Harrigan Callwood, also known as “Isha” or “Da Sha,” died on Oct. 2. He is survived by his daughter, Aisha Aniele… Link: Noriel Harrigan Callwood Dies

Philibert Ledee Dies

Source: St. John Source Philibert Ledee Philibert Ledee died Oct. 16. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Marthe Ledee; and brothers: Louis Ledee, Jean “Be Bet”… Link: Philibert Ledee Dies

Doris Davis Dies at 98

Source: St. John Source Doris Davis Doris Davis, also known as “Mrs. Dolly,” died on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the age of 98 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is preceded… Link: Doris Davis Dies at 98

John L. James Sr. Dies

Source: St. John Source John L. James Sr. John L. James Sr. died on Oct. 11. He is survived by his wife, Grace James; son, John L. James Jr.;… Link: John L. James Sr. Dies

Police Department Reminds Public of Halloween Safety Tips

Source: St. John Source A Halloween pumpkin grins The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) reminds parents, children and guardians who will be handing out and collecting treats to remain… Link: Police Department Reminds Public of Halloween Safety Tips

Isolated, Light Showers Wednesday, Dryer Thursday

Source: St. John Source Patches of moisture embedded in an east-northeast wind flow will result in isolated to scattered showers. Light rainfall amounts are expected with these showers. Winds… Link: Isolated, Light Showers Wednesday, Dryer Thursday

Physicians Say Cannabis Therapy is Not Religion, It’s Science

Source: St. John Source Dr. Janice Vaughn-Knox tells the gathering at a St. Thomas conference that learning about the medical benefits of cannabis “rocked my world.” (Source photo by… Link: Physicians Say Cannabis Therapy is Not Religion, It’s Science

Senate Panel OKs Bill to Shut Teen Marriage Loophole

Source: St. John Source According to the World Bank, 41,000 girls younger than 18 are married every day. (Image from Shutterstock) Members of the Senate’s Committee on Youth, Sports,… Link: Senate Panel OKs Bill to Shut Teen Marriage Loophole

Gladys’ Cafe Rises from the Ashes After Devastating Fire

Source: St. John Source Pauline Alexander, left, and proprietor Gladys Isles-Jones welcome customers to Gladys’ Cafe in the restaurant’s new Royal Dane Mall location. (Source photo by Teddi Davis)… Link: Gladys’ Cafe Rises from the Ashes After Devastating Fire

GERS Takes Direct Control of Havensight Mall, Cuts Out WICO

Source: St. John Source The GERS office on St. Thomas. The Government Employee Retirement System governing board voted this week to not renew the West Indian Company’s management agreement… Link: GERS Takes Direct Control of Havensight Mall, Cuts Out WICO

Senate Tells Summers End Developers to Revise their Proposal

Source: St. John Source Lining up to testify, from left Jeff Boyd, Chaliese Summers, CZM Director Marlon Hibbert, Robert O’Connor Jr. and community activist Wayne Chinnery. (Source photo by… Link: Senate Tells Summers End Developers to Revise their Proposal

Young Scientists Wanted for STEMPREP Summer Program in 2020

Source: St. John Source STEMPREP students work on a science project. The Distance Learning Center (DLC) is recruiting high achieving 7th and 8th graders — who love science and… Link: Young Scientists Wanted for STEMPREP Summer Program in 2020

After brief, passing morning showers, a sunny day

Source: St. John Source Brief passing showers are expected during the early morning hours, but sunny to partly cloudy skies will prevail today as a drier air mass promotes… Link: After brief, passing morning showers, a sunny day

Public Invited to STJ Community Foundation’s 30th Anniversary

Source: St. John Source Celia Kalousek has served as SJCF executive director since 2011. (Source photo Amy Roberts) Everyone in the territory is invited to St. John on Saturday… Link: Public Invited to STJ Community Foundation’s 30th Anniversary

Class Surprises STX Teacher of the Year with Party

Source: St. John Source Zarah O’Reilly-Bates stands in front of colorful balloons as her students wave and smile celebrating her award as St. Croix Teacher of the Year 2020.… Link: Class Surprises STX Teacher of the Year with Party

Pirates Give Instead of Take at Ricardo Richards Treasure Hunt

Source: St. John Source DoDat Founder Nora James poses with children and Principal Avion Matthew-James from Ricardo Richards Elementary School. (Source photo by Darshania Domingo) Pirates, freebooters and wenches… Link: Pirates Give Instead of Take at Ricardo Richards Treasure Hunt

Children’s Museum Calls Up Jumbies in the Garden

Source: St. John Source The Thalema Williams Dance Academy perform several dance numbers. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) Children of all ages joined in interactive play at the Halloween… Link: Children’s Museum Calls Up Jumbies in the Garden

Oscar W. Buntin Dies at 88

Source: St. John Source Oscar W. Buntin, also known as “Sonny Boy” or “Joshua Mack,” died at the age of 88. Oscar passed away on Oct. 10 at his… Link: Oscar W. Buntin Dies at 88

Coreen Aloma Forbes-Matthew Dies

Source: St. John Source Coreen Aloma Forbes-Matthew Coreen Aloma Forbes-Matthew has died. She is survived by her husband, Vincent “Shine” Matthew Sr.; children: Dawn Matthew-Maynard, Vincent “Vince” Matthew Jr.,… Link: Coreen Aloma Forbes-Matthew Dies

Beach Advisory for October 21-25

Source: St. John Source Buccaneer Beach on St. Croix The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water… Link: Beach Advisory for October 21-25

This Week’s Senate Calendar October 28 – November 1

Source: St. John Source Cleone H. Creque Legislative Conference Room, St. John 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Senate Calendar Monday, October 28 10 a.m. Committee of the Whole… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar October 28 – November 1

Local Food in Traditional Setting Takes Center Stage at STX Event

Source: St. John Source Passionate about agriculture and education, Yvette and Dale Browne of Sejah Farm V.I. take a minute together during the Bush Cook Chef Cook Competition. (Source… Link: Local Food in Traditional Setting Takes Center Stage at STX Event

Fundraiser Using VIGOP Name Pleads Guilty

Source: St. John Source A statue of “Blind Justice” graces the entrance to the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, where Scott MacKenzie pleaded guilty to election… Link: Fundraiser Using VIGOP Name Pleads Guilty

UVI Men’s Basketball Improves to 4-1 Over Weekend

Source: St. John Source Keith Gillmore follows through on a jump shot in UVI’s Sunday night victory at the Sports and Fitness Center. (Source photo by Kyle Murphy) The… Link: UVI Men’s Basketball Improves to 4-1 Over Weekend

Rules Committee OKs 8 Nominees, Passes on 2 Others

Source: St. John Source Sen. Janelle Sarauw chairs a September meeting of the Senate Committee on Rules and the Judiciary. (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)… Link: Rules Committee OKs 8 Nominees, Passes on 2 Others

Minor Traces of Rainfall Possible

Source: St. John Source One or two passing trade wind showers could move over portions of the territory today, leaving minor traces of rainfall. Daytime highs are expected in… Link: Minor Traces of Rainfall Possible

Rotary Club Postpones ‘Flavors’ Event Until 2020

Source: St. John Source ‘Flavors’ event offered numerous tasty treats at the Westin St. John in 2016. The Rotary Club of St. John regrets to announce that “Flavors” will… Link: Rotary Club Postpones ‘Flavors’ Event Until 2020

Aerial Silks Workshop Coming to St. Croix Nov. 22-24

Source: St. John Source Aerial Silks Workshop Professional aerialist Ana Prada will return to the Virgin Islands to teach a series of aerial silks intensives on St. Croix Nov.… Link: Aerial Silks Workshop Coming to St. Croix Nov. 22-24

2019 Wahoo Windup Tournament Set for November 9

Source: St. John Source 2012 Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club’s Wahoo Windup Winner. (L to R): Clive Mahabir, Rob Richards, James MacNeil, Clay Gaffney and Sarah Faist, with Robbie… Link: 2019 Wahoo Windup Tournament Set for November 9

No Significant Rainfall Saturday, Passing Showers Sunday/Monday

Source: St. John Source Through the remainder of the morning, one or two passing showers may affect portions of the islands. However, no significant rainfall amounts are anticipated. High… Link: No Significant Rainfall Saturday, Passing Showers Sunday/Monday

Virgin Islands National Park to Begin Road Repairs Along North Shore

Source: St. John Source St. John’s North Shore Road — Easter Rock Virgin Islands National Park, in cooperation with The Federal Highway Administration Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, will… Link: Virgin Islands National Park to Begin Road Repairs Along North Shore

Vincent Claxton Jr. Dies at 55

Source: St. John Source Vincent Claxton Jr. Vincent Claxton Jr., also known as “Papus,” of Estate Peter’s Rest died on Thursday, Oct. 10. He was 55 years old. He… Link: Vincent Claxton Jr. Dies at 55

Baha’is to Celebrate Birthdays of Baha’u’llah and the Bab

Source: St. John Source The Shrine and the Terraces on Mt. Carmel Virgin Islands Bahá’ís will join millions of their fellow believers in universally celebrating the Births of Bahá’u’lláh,… Link: Baha’is to Celebrate Birthdays of Baha’u’llah and the Bab

St. Thomas Solar Farm Being Rebuilt Bigger Than Before

Source: St. John Source Much of the solar farm in Estate Donoe, St. Thomas was destroyed by last year’s hurricanes The V.I. Water and Power Authority board approved an… Link: St. Thomas Solar Farm Being Rebuilt Bigger Than Before

Census 2020 U.S.V.I. Offices Open on St. Thomas, St. Croix

Source: St. John Source (Group photo) Left to right: Kevin Rodriguez on behalf of Gov. Albert Bryan, Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory, Dr. Frank Mills, Dr. Jennifer Kim of the US… Link: Census 2020 U.S.V.I. Offices Open on St. Thomas, St. Croix

Decreasing Chance of Showers, High Surf Possible

Source: St. John Source Although moisture levels are expected to gradually decrease throughout the day today, showers are possible from time to time. High temperatures are forecast in the… Link: Decreasing Chance of Showers, High Surf Possible

Racial Harmony Task Force Gives Diversity Award to Brandon Kalloo

Source: St. John Source Ocala’s Mayor Kent Quinn presenting award to Brandon Kallooo on the right. (photo courtesy City of Ocala) The Racial Harmony and Cultural Awareness Task Force… Link: Racial Harmony Task Force Gives Diversity Award to Brandon Kalloo

DOH Set to Launch Community Project in Estate Whim

Source: St. John Source Government of the United States Virgin Islands Department of Health Department of Health (DOH) officials met with Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) personnel… Link: DOH Set to Launch Community Project in Estate Whim

V.I. Film ‘Sarah & Addie’ to be Shown on the Big Screen in November

Source: St. John Source “Sarah & Addie,” a new film directed by Valrica Bryson and produced by the V.I. Department of Education’s Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education and… Link: V.I. Film ‘Sarah & Addie’ to be Shown on the Big Screen in November

Marriott Owners Donate to Renovate Frenchtown’s Ballfield

Source: St. John Source A $45,000 check is presented to Commissioner of Sports, Parks and Recreation Calvert White for the renovation of the Joseph Aubain Ballfield in Frenchtown. (Source… Link: Marriott Owners Donate to Renovate Frenchtown’s Ballfield

V.I. Board of Education to Hold Regular Meeting

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Board of Education The Virgin Islands Board of Education will convene a regular meeting via video conference at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25.… Link: V.I. Board of Education to Hold Regular Meeting

Post-Storm Recovery Contractor AECOM Donates Defibrillators

Source: St. John Source AECOM, the main company overseeing dozens of subcontractors doing hundreds of millions of dollars in federally funded hurricane recovery work in the territory, donated seven… Link: Post-Storm Recovery Contractor AECOM Donates Defibrillators

Showers from Time to Time

Source: St. John Source As moisture associated with an old cold front lingers around the region, showers will be noted from time to time. Daytime high temperatures are forecast… Link: Showers from Time to Time

47th St. Thomas International Regatta Set for March 2020

Source: St. John Source Competitors at a previous St. Thomas International Regatta. [photo by Dean Barnes]Register now and get ready to STIR up the fun. The St. Thomas International… Link: 47th St. Thomas International Regatta Set for March 2020

What Is Happening to the Government Artifacts?

Source: St. John Source Julio Encarnacion As a concern citizen of the U.S. Virgin Islands, first Chief Conservator of The Government of The Virgin Islands, a 5th generation born… Link: What Is Happening to the Government Artifacts?

Turtles Spread Across STX in Fundraising Art Project

Source: St. John Source Becky Snodgrass works on her turtle for the HeArt of the Turtle Project. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) The HeArt of the Turtle project is… Link: Turtles Spread Across STX in Fundraising Art Project

School Kitchen Workers Get a Chance to Learn from Chefs

Source: St. John Source Chef Larry Nibbs of St. Thomas, center, offers kitchen tips and instruction on food prep. (Photo submitted by Government House) School-based kitchen workers had the… Link: School Kitchen Workers Get a Chance to Learn from Chefs

Lovango Cay Development Moves Forward

Source: St. John Source The Snider family, from left, Matt Snider, Yaoyao Kelley (married to son Oliver), Gwenn, Mark, Oliver, daughter Anne. (Photo submitted family) Halloween should be especially… Link: Lovango Cay Development Moves Forward

Carmen Belardo Santillan Dies at 82

Source: St. John Source Carmen Belardo Santillan Carmen Belardo Santillan, also known as “Cabelo,” of Estate La Grande Princesse died on Oct. 7. She was 82 years old. She… Link: Carmen Belardo Santillan Dies at 82

VIWMA Reminds Public to Use Tarps When Transporting Loose Waste

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA or the Authority) reminds the general public, as well as commercial haulers, to… Link: VIWMA Reminds Public to Use Tarps When Transporting Loose Waste

Light, Passing Showers Through The End of The Week

Source: St. John Source An upper level trough located north of the area, and a band of moisture from an old cold front will prolong the period of light… Link: Light, Passing Showers Through The End of The Week

Bovoni Community Gets Support in Its Grief

Source: St. John Source Community members hold hands and candles in remembrance of those who have died violently. (Source photo by Shaun Pennington) With the scent of fresh cut… Link: Bovoni Community Gets Support in Its Grief

New Net-Metering Program May Find Few Takers

Source: St. John Source This is the sixth installment in an ongoing series on issues facing the Water and Power Authority. Energy Office technician Carl Joseph inspects a net-metering… Link: New Net-Metering Program May Find Few Takers

35th Agriculture and Food Fair Set for Nov. 30/ Dec. 1

Source: St. John Source Fresh locally-grown and packaged items such as fruits, vegetables, nursery plants, fruit trees, vegetable seedlings, peppers sauce and fruit stews will be for sale. The… Link: 35th Agriculture and Food Fair Set for Nov. 30/ Dec. 1

UVI Bulletin Board for October and November

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands Sports & Fitness Center, St. Thomas Breast Cancer Awareness Events Planned for Albert A. Sheen Campus Oct. 21-24 The Albert… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for October and November

Nominations Open for Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award

Source: St. John Source For over three decades, one Caribbean award has consistently recognized and honored individuals in the insular Caribbean who demonstrate exceptional environmental leadership. Since 1987, 27… Link: Nominations Open for Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award

Hit or Miss Showers Tuesday and The Rest of the Week

Source: St. John Source With an upper level trough moving across the waters northwest of the local area today and Wednesday, hit or miss showers are in the forecast.… Link: Hit or Miss Showers Tuesday and The Rest of the Week

Joseph Emanuel Rabsatt Dies at 76

Source: St. John Source Joseph Emanuel Rabsatt Joseph Emanuel Rabsatt, also known as “Big Joe,” died on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Schneider Hospital. She was 76 years old. He… Link: Joseph Emanuel Rabsatt Dies at 76

Lindora Southwell Williams Dies at 86

Source: St. John Source Margaret Lindora Southwell Williams Margaret Lindora Southwell Williams, 86, born in the Dominican Republic and residing on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., died Sept. 21, in Charlotte,… Link: Lindora Southwell Williams Dies at 86

Rita Celestine Breedy Pole Dies at 92

Source: St. John Source Rita Celestine Breedy Pole Rita Celestine Breedy Pole, affectionately known as “Muddy” and “Sister Pole,” was 92 on Sept. 14. She died on Saturday, Sept.… Link: Rita Celestine Breedy Pole Dies at 92

Shorna P. Elizee Dies

Source: St. John Source Shorna P. Elizee Shorna P. Elizee has died. She is survived by her mother, Mariana Vanterpool; stepfathers: Patrick Vanterpool and Oscar Francis; sisters: Bernadette Elizee,… Link: Shorna P. Elizee Dies

A Cry of Pain: Understanding Suicide and Where to Get Help

Source: St. John Source As in many jurisdictions of the world, the U.S. Virgin Islands sees far too many people taken before their time through suicide. Hurricanes Irma and Maria… Link: A Cry of Pain: Understanding Suicide and Where to Get Help

Genealogy Library Is Offering Workshop on BVI Family History

Source: St. John Source October is Family History Month and people can celebrate their ancestors by learning about them. The Caribbean Genealogy Library (CGL) on St. Thomas will offer… Link: Genealogy Library Is Offering Workshop on BVI Family History

Mostly Sunny and Breezy

Source: St. John Source A few bands of showers are expected to move through the local area today bringing some light showers to the territory. Otherwise, mostly sunny and… Link: Mostly Sunny and Breezy

Businesses Lose When WAPA Goes Down

Source: St. John Source A customer carries her groceries out of Food Town. The store has a monthly utility bill of $15,000, and that’s with a solar power system… Link: Businesses Lose When WAPA Goes Down

UVI Basketball: Men Start Strong, Women Fall to 0-4

Source: St. John Source The man’s basketball team from the University of the Virgin Islands opened the season with two home victories, over the University of Maine at Fort… Link: UVI Basketball: Men Start Strong, Women Fall to 0-4

SRMC Trial Week Two: Witnesses Pressed on Contract Details

Source: St. John Source Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas. In the second week of the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center corruption trial the jury… Link: SRMC Trial Week Two: Witnesses Pressed on Contract Details

RT Park Summit Draws Potential Investors to St. Croix

Source: St. John Source An unidentified participant reads the program at the Business Attraction Summit. (Photo provided by the Research and Technology Park) Peter Chapman addresses the Business Attraction… Link: RT Park Summit Draws Potential Investors to St. Croix

Roach Shares a Vision of Unity at Friendship Day Celebration

Source: St. John Source Enchanted Entertainment CEO Camelia Frebes pulls an audience member from the crowd to dance during the entertainment at Saturday’s celebration. (Photo Bethaney Lee) Lt. Gov.… Link: Roach Shares a Vision of Unity at Friendship Day Celebration

This Week’s Senate Calendar October 21-25

Source: St. John Source Gov. Juan F. Luis Medical Center on St. Croix 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Senate Calendar Monday, October 21 No meetings will be held… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar October 21-25

Beach Advisory for October 14-18

Source: St. John Source Ha’ penny Beach on St. Croix The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly… Link: Beach Advisory for October 14-18

Hospital Dialysis Units Are Surviving, not Thriving

Source: St. John Source Temporary dialysis units on the south side of the Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital. (Source file photo) Hemodialysis units at the territory’s two hospitals have… Link: Hospital Dialysis Units Are Surviving, not Thriving

Showers Likely Early, Then Drier

Source: St. John Source While the lingering moisture associated with a tropical wave continues to move away from the local area, showers may affect the islands from time to… Link: Showers Likely Early, Then Drier

Showers Saturday

Source: St. John Source A tropical wave may bring additional showers to the local area today. Lingering moisture from the wave should affect weather conditions until early tomorrow. Highs… Link: Showers Saturday

Race Track Gas Station Reopens After Fuel Spill Cleanup

Source: St. John Source Race Track Gas Station on St. John The Race Track Gas Station, located on the southeast end of St. John on Southside Road, reopened for… Link: Race Track Gas Station Reopens After Fuel Spill Cleanup

Tourism Updates Senate Panel on Festival Functions

Source: St. John Source American Airlines will fly from Miami to St. Croix three times daily from Nov. 23 through 25. Senators on Thursday pressed officials of the V.I.… Link: Tourism Updates Senate Panel on Festival Functions

Children Lead March Against Domestic Violence

Source: St. John Source Children were prominent in the annual Domestic Violence Awareness march Thursday night, (Source photo by Judi Shimel) The recent brutal death of a 4-year-old St.… Link: Children Lead March Against Domestic Violence

ALERT: VITRAN Temporarily Out of Service on St. John

Source: St. John Source Due to fuel shortages, VITRAN is temporarily out of service on St. John until further notice, according to a press release issued Thursday by the… Link: ALERT: VITRAN Temporarily Out of Service on St. John

Millennials Are Scared to Death About the Future of the V.I.

Source: St. John Source Amaziah George Millennials are classified as the generation born between 1981 and 1986, though there is some spillover with Generation Z who are now coming… Link: Millennials Are Scared to Death About the Future of the V.I.

Cloudy Skies, Rain Likely Through the Weekend

Source: St. John Source Expect increasing cloudiness across the islands today as a tropical wave enters and move across the northeastern Caribbean. In addition, a mid to upper level… Link: Cloudy Skies, Rain Likely Through the Weekend

Cloudy Skies and Rain Likely Through Saturday

Source: St. John Source Expect increasing cloudiness across the islands today as a tropical wave enters and move across the northeastern Caribbean. In addition, a mid to upper level… Link: Cloudy Skies and Rain Likely Through Saturday

St. John’s Bethany Moravian Church Celebrates 265th Anniversary

Source: St. John Source Bethany Moravian Church on St. John The Bethany Moravian Church will be celebrating its 265th Anniversary of Ministry, Mission and Making disciples in the five… Link: St. John’s Bethany Moravian Church Celebrates 265th Anniversary

After Alpine: A Short History of WAPA Part IV

Source: St. John Source Generating Unit on St. Thomas (Source file photo by James Gardner) Concurrent with Alpine Energy Group’s demise, Hovensa refinery announced on very short notice it… Link: After Alpine: A Short History of WAPA Part IV

Senate Questions WICO About $7 Million Tax Bill

Source: St. John Source Anthony Ottley and Mark Sabino testify before the Economic Development, Regulations and Agriculture Committee. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) Senators grilled the West Indian Company… Link: Senate Questions WICO About Million Tax Bill

GERS Ups Government Contributions But Still on the Road to Collapse

Source: St. John Source The GERS building on St. Croix. (File photo) After members of the Government Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees heard their treasurer’s report Thursday, board… Link: GERS Ups Government Contributions But Still on the Road to Collapse

Gov. Bryan Bypasses Procurement Rules for JFL Hospital Work

Source: St. John Source Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital in March 2018. (Source photo by Bill Kossler) Gov. Albert Bryan has issued an executive order declaring a state of… Link: Gov. Bryan Bypasses Procurement Rules for JFL Hospital Work

Pleasant Thursday, More Rain Friday and Saturday

Source: St. John Source A somewhat drier air mass is expected to filter in across the region today. High temperatures will generally range from the upper 80s to near… Link: Pleasant Thursday, More Rain Friday and Saturday

Fact and Reality Check: A Short History of WAPA Part III

Source: St. John Source In September 2009, after receiving a petition signed by 700 Virgin Island consumers, the Interior Department’s Inspector General’s office got involved in the issue of… Link: Fact and Reality Check: A Short History of WAPA Part III

Street Addressing Initiative Gets Second Wind

Source: St. John Source Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach announces the relaunch of a territorial Street Naming Initiative during a press conference on St. Thomas. (Source photo by James Gardner)… Link: Street Addressing Initiative Gets Second Wind

Senators: Recovery Funds Going to Contractors, Consultants

Source: St. John Source Modular campus at Ricardo Richards School. Senators said Wednesday that for the cost of the temporary facilities the territory could have built four permanent schools.… Link: Senators: Recovery Funds Going to Contractors, Consultants

Angela Browne Dies

Source: St. John Source Angela Browne Angela Browne has died. She is survived by her children: Adrienne Carson and Amberky Watlington; grandchildren: Laila Kennerly and London Carson; son-in-law, Arturo… Link: Angela Browne Dies

Winston Churchill Phipps Dies

Source: St. John Source Winston Churchill Phipps died on Oct. 4. He is survived by his wife, Helena Straker-Phipps; son, Winston Phipps Jr.; daughters: Joy Phipps-Harrigan, Denise Phipps-Tann, Diana… Link: Winston Churchill Phipps Dies

Governor Designates October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Source: St. John Source Cybersecurity Concept “As we move to digitize our government and our economy, we must remain vigilant to the growing threat of cyberattacks,” Bryan said. “I… Link: Governor Designates October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The Power Players: A Short History of WAPA Part II

Source: St. John Source In the beginning there was CWT In early 2000s, during the administration of Gov. Charles W. Turnbull, Caribe Waste Technologies was the first entity to… Link: The Power Players: A Short History of WAPA Part II

Pink Fancy Hotel Reopens as Sugar Apple Bed and Breakfast

Source: St. John Source Corina Marks and Ryan Flegal, new owners of the Sugar Apple Bed and Breakfast pose with the new sign. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) The… Link: Pink Fancy Hotel Reopens as Sugar Apple Bed and Breakfast

Town Hall Discusses Breaking Mental Health Stigma

Source: St. John Source From left David Cannonier, Nicole Craigwell-Syms, Dionne Simmonds and Sheena Walker discuss mental health. (Source photo by Nour Suid) Kamille Willis told the audience of… Link: Town Hall Discusses Breaking Mental Health Stigma

Health to Conduct Recovery Surveys in Neighborhoods

Source: St. John Source Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion (Government House photo) The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health (DOH) will be conducting door-to door interviews for a hurricane recovery… Link: Health to Conduct Recovery Surveys in Neighborhoods

Norma Louise James Jarvis Dies

Source: St. John Source Norma Louise James Jarvis Norma Louise James Jarvis, also known as “Chun,” of Estate Glynn died on Saturday, Sept. 21. She was preceded in death… Link: Norma Louise James Jarvis Dies

UVI Bulletin Board for October II

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands Law School UVI to Observe World Food Day on Oct. 18 – 20 On Friday, Oct. 18, the University of… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for October II

Companies Get Leases to Renovate Sub Base Properties

Source: St. John Source From left, Raquel John-Baptiste from Commercial Property Management LLC, Deputy Commissioner of the Property and Printing Division Vincent Richards and Jason Jackson, owner of Total… Link: Companies Get Leases to Renovate Sub Base Properties

Melee and Missed Opportunities: A Short History of WAPA Part I

Source: St. John Source When storms strike the territory, WAPA’s power plants and electric grids can be adversely affected. As a bevy of Monday morning quarterbacks continue to amuse… Link: Melee and Missed Opportunities: A Short History of WAPA Part I

Alert: STT Main Street Work Causing Localized Water Outage

Source: St. John Source A potable water service interruption resulting from overnight work on the Main Street enhancement project is affecting customers in Long Path, Garden Street, and the… Link: Alert: STT Main Street Work Causing Localized Water Outage

Showers Forecast from Time to Time Tuesday

Source: St. John Source A tropical wave is expected to move across the local area today causing an increase in moisture and instability. Showers are forecast in and around… Link: Showers Forecast from Time to Time Tuesday

IGY Introducing Dining, Entertainment Venues

Source: St. John Source Artist’s conception shows a ship arriving at Yacht Haven Grande. (Image from the IGY website) An international marina management company recently announced a partnership with… Link: IGY Introducing Dining, Entertainment Venues

STJ Artifacts Display Part of Archaeology Month

Source: St. John Source A replica of an ancient Taino artifact found on St. John. (Source photo by Amy Roberts) October is International Archaeology Month and to celebrate, the… Link: STJ Artifacts Display Part of Archaeology Month

The Forum Releases Schedule for 2019-2020 Season

Source: St. John Source The Forum has sponsored musicians, artists, speakers, theater, dancers, poets and films in order to challenge, educate, uplift and astonish! It is entirely reliant on… Link: The Forum Releases Schedule for 2019-2020 Season

Runners Predict Their Times in 33rd West Indies Lab Smile

Source: St. John Source 2004 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium, with Billy Bohlke chasing the great Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia V.I. Pace Runners Bulletin: Long distance runners… Link: Runners Predict Their Times in 33rd West Indies Lab Smile

The Forum to Present the World Premier of The Baku Trio

Source: St. John Source Nargiz Aliyarovo, pianist On Saturday, Oct. 19,The Forum, a nonprofit organization since 1996, will present the World Premier of The Baku Trio, a powerhouse under… Link: The Forum to Present the World Premier of The Baku Trio

Beach Advisory for October 7-11

Source: St. John Source Dorsch Beach, St. Croix The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality… Link: Beach Advisory for October 7-11

Possible Occasional Scattered Showers Monday

Source: St. John Source A slight increase in low level moisture may result in the development of some scattered showers from time to time today. Across the local waters,… Link: Possible Occasional Scattered Showers Monday

CONCACAF Nations League: USVI vs. Barbados Game Set for Oct. 15

Source: St. John Source Bethlehem Soccer Complex on St. Croix (photo by USVISA) The USVI Soccer Association (USVISA) Senior Men National Team will be taking on Barbados in home… Link: CONCACAF Nations League: USVI vs. Barbados Game Set for Oct. 15

Senators Get Close Look During Tours of WAPA Plants

Source: St. John Source Senators of the 33rd Legislature listen to a briefing by WAPA officials at Estate Richmond Power Plant Electrical Substation on St. Croix. Several lawmakers toured… Link: Senators Get Close Look During Tours of WAPA Plants

VIPA Delays Re-Opening of Gravel Lot Near Cruz Bay

Source: St. John Source Abandoned cars such as this were removed from the lot last summer. (Source file photo by Amy Roberts) The Virgin Islands Port Authority has delayed… Link: VIPA Delays Re-Opening of Gravel Lot Near Cruz Bay

SRMC Trial: Witness Details Challenges Collecting Advances

Source: St. John Source Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas The first of several witnesses took the stand last week in the long awaited Schneider Regional Medical Center… Link: SRMC Trial: Witness Details Challenges Collecting Advances

Mostly Sunny but Possibly One or Two Showers Sunday

Source: St. John Source A surface trough located north of the region will maintain a light easterly wind flow today. This trough, combined with daytime heating could lead to… Link: Mostly Sunny but Possibly One or Two Showers Sunday

Fair Saturday, Possible Isolated Showers As Usual

Source: St. John Source Fair weather will continue through the morning hours. A surface trough to the north of the local area, and an increase in moisture levels may… Link: Fair Saturday, Possible Isolated Showers As Usual

Bahamas Relief Drive on St. John Begins Saturday. Oct. 12

Source: St. John Source The Bahamas one week after Hurricane Dorian St. John residents who wish to donate relief supplies to residents of the Bahamas who are still reeling… Link: Bahamas Relief Drive on St. John Begins Saturday. Oct. 12

Education to Hold Public Meetings to Get Input on New, Modernized Schools

Source: St. John Source Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin testifies before the Senate. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature) The Virgin Islands Department of Education New Schools Advisory… Link: Education to Hold Public Meetings to Get Input on New, Modernized Schools

DHS Observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Human Services Nominee Kimberley Causey-Gomez (photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands). The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS) has… Link: DHS Observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Tranquil, Hazy Skies, Isolated Showers

Source: St. John Source Tranquil weather with hazy skies prevailed across the local area this morning and these conditions are expected to continue. Moisture embedded in the easterly trade… Link: Tranquil, Hazy Skies, Isolated Showers

Personnel and Payroll Methods the Subject of Day Two of Hospital Trial

Source: St. John Source Rodney Miller (Source file photo) The first full day of testimony in the corruption case against former executives at Schneider Regional Medical Center featured witnesses… Link: Personnel and Payroll Methods the Subject of Day Two of Hospital Trial

Personnel Offices to Close to Attend Health and Wellness Expos

Source: St. John Source USVI Division of Personnel Director for the Division of Personnel Dayna Clendinen advises the public of the Division’s office closures scheduled for St. Thomas on… Link: Personnel Offices to Close to Attend Health and Wellness Expos

Open forum: It Is Unwise to Let White Collar Crime Go Unchecked

Source: St. John Source Attorney General Denise George Dear Source: “I am very disappointed that the 33rd Legislature chose to reject and redirect the funding necessary to reestablish and… Link: Open forum: It Is Unwise to Let White Collar Crime Go Unchecked

Two Years After Irma: Turtle Populations Prove Resilient

Source: St. John Source   A hawksbill turtle soars through the sea. (photo by Caroline Rogers) When Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck in September 2017, hundreds of people who… Link: Two Years After Irma: Turtle Populations Prove Resilient

Mostly Tranquil Thursday

Source: St. John Source Tranquil weather conditions with hazy skies have prevailed across the local area for the last few hours. These conditions are expected through the remainder of… Link: Mostly Tranquil Thursday

AT&T Selling Puerto Rico, USVI Assets to Liberty PR

Source: St. John Source Liberty Puerto Rico, a growing telecommunication company with landline and internet business in Puerto Rico, is buying AT&T’s wireless and wireline operations in Puerto Rico… Link: AT&T Selling Puerto Rico, USVI Assets to Liberty PR

Department of Health Completes 2019 Cistern Study

Source: St. John Source a cistern In the U.S. Virgin Islands, 90 percent of houses rely on rainwater collected in catchment systems such as cisterns as the main residential… Link: Department of Health Completes 2019 Cistern Study

Modesta Ursula Larsen Thurland Dies at 92

Source: St. John Source Modesta Ursula Larsen Thurland Modesta Ursula Larsen Thurland of Estate La Grande Princesse died on Sept. 19. She was 92 years old. She was preceded… Link: Modesta Ursula Larsen Thurland Dies at 92

National Title III Scholarships Are Awarded to 4 UVI Students

Source: St. John Source Kelvina Salters In September, the National Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Title III Administrators Inc. awarded scholarships to four University of the Virgin… Link: National Title III Scholarships Are Awarded to 4 UVI Students

Climate Change Is Destroying Coral Reefs: How to Help

Source: St. John Source The white areas on the coral reef near Flat Cay are areas of disease. Photo by Marilyn Brandt The Department of Planning and Natural Resources… Link: Climate Change Is Destroying Coral Reefs: How to Help

V.I. Parole Board to Host Town Halls

Source: St. John Source Golden Grove Correctional Facility on St. Croix The Virgin Islands Parole Board will host a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the St.… Link: V.I. Parole Board to Host Town Halls

ALERT: St. John’s BMV to Close Early on Oct. 9

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Bureau of Motor Vehicles Director Barbara Jackson-McIntosh informs the motoring public that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles office on St. John will close… Link: ALERT: St. John’s BMV to Close Early on Oct. 9

Hazy Skies, Little to No Rain Wednesday, Thursday

Source: St. John Source Hazy skies will persist as a Saharan air layer maintains a firm grip on local weather conditions. Although pockets of moisture could bring cloudiness and… Link: Hazy Skies, Little to No Rain Wednesday, Thursday

FBI Checks Security at STT Elections Office

Source: St. John Source The Board of Elections discusses the budget for the election system. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) An FBI agent paid an unannounced visit to the… Link: FBI Checks Security at STT Elections Office

Culture Committee OKs Holiday Honoring V.I. Flag

Source: St. John Source May 17 will become Virgin Islands Flag Day if a bill approved Tuesday by members of the Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation and Aging… Link: Culture Committee OKs Holiday Honoring V.I. Flag

Bryan Signs Budget and Bills, with Some Reservations

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed a slew of bills into law Tuesday, including the Fiscal Year 2020 V.I. Government budget bills.… Link: Bryan Signs Budget and Bills, with Some Reservations

VIUCEDD’s Annual ‘Voices That Count’ Policy Forum Set for Nov. 5, 7

Source: St. John Source The University of the Virgin Islands Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will hold the 15th annual ‘Voices that Count’ Policy Forum. The community-at-large… Link: VIUCEDD’s Annual ‘Voices That Count’ Policy Forum Set for Nov. 5, 7

Roach Extends Property Tax Payment to October 15

Source: St. John Source Lt. Gov.Tregenza Roach. (File photo by Barry Leerman for the V.I. Legislature) Lt. Gov. Tregenza A. Roach Esq. informs Virgin Islands residents that they will… Link: Roach Extends Property Tax Payment to October 15

Health Department Reports No Dengue Cases in Territory

Source: St. John Source The Aedes aegypti mosquito carries the Zika virus. (Yale University School of Public Health photo) There have not been any laboratory-confirmed cases of dengue in… Link: Health Department Reports No Dengue Cases in Territory

Open forum: Disaster Recovery Reform Act Has Made a Big Difference

Source: St. John Source Dear Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency One year ago, Congress transformed the field of emergency management with the passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act… Link: Open forum: Disaster Recovery Reform Act Has Made a Big Difference

VIPD Arrests Suspects in Cool Out Bar Shooting

Source: St. John Source St. Croix Police Chief William Harvey watches over a cache of weapons confiscated by the VIPD.(Source photo by Susan Ellis) Nine unregistered guns have been… Link: VIPD Arrests Suspects in Cool Out Bar Shooting

Hazy Mid-Week, Fewer, Isolated Showers Possible

Source: St. John Source A tropical wave will exit the region, leaving a Saharan air layer in its wake with hazy skies. The hazy conditions are expected through much… Link: Hazy Mid-Week, Fewer, Isolated Showers Possible

Bryan Signs Hotel Development Act

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signs into law new amendments to the territory’s Hotel Development Act during a ceremony Monday. Joining him were: Lt. Gov. Tregenza… Link: Bryan Signs Hotel Development Act

Judge Overturns Arbitration Ruling on Donated Leave

Source: St. John Source The R.H. Amphlett Leader Justice Complex, home of the Superior Court on St. Croix. (File photo) A Superior Court judge has rejected a decision on… Link: Judge Overturns Arbitration Ruling on Donated Leave

U.S.V.I. Mourns Cultural Icon Lena Schulterbrandt

Source: St. John Source Lena Schulterbrandt The U.S. Virgin Islands is mourning the loss of Lena Schulterbrandt, one of its cultural icons, who has been long recognized as a… Link: U.S.V.I. Mourns Cultural Icon Lena Schulterbrandt

CAHS Schedules Parent Meetings for Week of Oct. 7-10

Source: St. John Source Charlotte Amalie High School (File photo) The Charlotte Amalie High School Administration has announced a series of parent meetings scheduled for 5:30 p.m., during the… Link: CAHS Schedules Parent Meetings for Week of Oct. 7-10

Celebrate Family History Month at the Caribbean Genealogy Library

Source: St. John Source Caribbean Genealogy Library October is Family History Month. People can celebrate their ancestors by learning about them. The Caribbean Genealogy Library (CGL) will offer a… Link: Celebrate Family History Month at the Caribbean Genealogy Library

V.I. Charter Association, DPNR, CZM Plan to Install 170 Moorings

Source: St. John Source Crown Bay Marina moorings, St. Thomas The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA) will be partnering with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Division… Link: V.I. Charter Association, DPNR, CZM Plan to Install 170 Moorings

This Week’s Senate Calendar October 7-11

Source: St. John Source Legislature Building on St. Thomas. 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Senate Calendar Monday, October 7 No meetings will be held today. Tuesday, October 8… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar October 7-11

Hazy Monday, Possible Passing Showers

Source: St. John Source An air mass with Saharan dust will create hazy skies across the local area today. However, pockets of moisture embedded in the trade winds may… Link: Hazy Monday, Possible Passing Showers

Two Years After Irmaria: V.I. Bats Hanging On

Source: St. John Source This is the latest in a series of stories on the U.S. Virgin Islands two yeas after the territory was devastated by hurricanes Irma and… Link: Two Years After Irmaria: V.I. Bats Hanging On

Media Day Introduces UVI Fall Athletics

Source: St. John Source Athletic Director Wilberto Ramos address audience during UVI’s first media day. (Submitted photo) The University of the Virgin Islands hosted its first Media Day on… Link: Media Day Introduces UVI Fall Athletics

Rules Committee OKs Cannabis Advisory Board Nominees

Source: St. John Source The three nominees for the Cannabis Advisory Board talk with Sen. Janelle Sarauw during the Rules and Judiciary meeting Friday. From left, Miguel Tricoche, Hugo… Link: Rules Committee OKs Cannabis Advisory Board Nominees

Senators OK Monument, Roundabout Name to Honor Vets

Source: St. John Source Sen. Alicia Barnes chairs the hearing at which the bill honoring veterans was advanced.. (Photo by Alvin Burke for the USVI Legislature) The Senate’s Government… Link: Senators OK Monument, Roundabout Name to Honor Vets

Mostly Fair, Possible Brief Passing Showers Sunday

Source: St. John Source  A seasonable weather pattern is forecast today with trade wind showers moving over the islands from time to time. Hazy skies and fair weather conditions,… Link: Mostly Fair, Possible Brief Passing Showers Sunday

Beach Advisory for Sept. 30 – Oct. 4

Source: St. John Source Oppenheimer Beach, St. John The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality… Link: Beach Advisory for Sept. 30 – Oct. 4

Showers Likely Saturday,

Source: St. John Source A tropical wave is forecast to move across the region today, increasing the potential for shower activity. On Sunday and Monday, a seasonable weather pattern… Link: Showers Likely Saturday,

OttWorks Seeks Actors for Short Film to Be Made on St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source Naeem Cobb, director OttWorks is casting for a short film entitled “Heaven’s Hill,” which will be directed by Naeem “6ix” Cobb from Washington, D.C. The… Link: OttWorks Seeks Actors for Short Film to Be Made on St. Thomas

St. Croix Remembers: The Fireburn Rebellion of 1848

Source: St. John Source Ancestral shrine at UCA for Fireburn commemoration Tuesday. (Denise Lenhart-Benoit) The United Caribbean Association hosted its annual commemoration of the “1878 Fyah Bun” rebellion Tuesday… Link: St. Croix Remembers: The Fireburn Rebellion of 1848

Claudia Valderia Willocks Dies at 95

Source: St. John Source Claudia Valderia Willocks Claudia Valderia Willocks, also known as “Claudie,” “Mother” and “Neni Claudia,” of Union, Mt. Washington died on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the… Link: Claudia Valderia Willocks Dies at 95

Gustave Josephus Lawrence Dies at 93

Source: St. John Source Gustave Josephus Lawrence Gustave Josephus Lawrence Dies at 93 Gustave Josephus Lawrence, also knownas “Winchy,” of Estate St. John died on Sept. 15. He was… Link: Gustave Josephus Lawrence Dies at 93

More Potential For Showers into the Weekend

Source: St. John Source Moisture is expected to gradually increase today due to a surge of moisture across the Atlantic and surrounding waters of the islands. Passing showers could… Link: More Potential For Showers into the Weekend

Tomas Cruzabra Evangelista Sr., MD Dies at 88

Source: St. John Source Dr. Tomas Cruzabra Evangelista Sr. Tomas Cruzabra Evangelista Sr., MD, also known as “Tommy, “Tom,” “Doc,” or “Doctor,” died on Sunday, Sept. 22. He was… Link: Tomas Cruzabra Evangelista Sr., MD Dies at 88

VITEMA to Conduct Live Test of Public Alert System Oct. 17

Source: St. John Source VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen. (VITEMA photo) At 9 a.m., Oct. 17, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communication… Link: VITEMA to Conduct Live Test of Public Alert System Oct. 17

Senators OK Bill Mandating Businesses Hang Labor Law Posters

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Labor Gary Molloy testifies at Thursday’s committee hearing. (Photo by Alvin Burke) The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs, Energy, Environment, and… Link: Senators OK Bill Mandating Businesses Hang Labor Law Posters

For Hospital Heads, Slow Recovery is Still Progress

Source: St. John Source Schneider Regional Medical Center in May of 2019. (Kelsey Nowakowski photo) One year after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the territory’s project manager… Link: For Hospital Heads, Slow Recovery is Still Progress

St. Ursula’s Episcopal Church Women to Hold Soup Sale

Source: St. John Source St. Ursula’s Episcopal Church on St. John St. Ursula’s Episcopal Church Women will hold a soup sale starting at 6 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, in… Link: St. Ursula’s Episcopal Church Women to Hold Soup Sale

PFA Moves Forward on Re-Financing Island Crossing

Source: St. John Source PFA members Kirk Callwood, Jenifer O’Neal, Keith O’Neale, Gov. Albert Bryan, Nathan Simmonds, Dorothy Isaac and Adrienne Williams-Ocatalien at a previous meeting. (Source file photo)… Link: PFA Moves Forward on Re-Financing Island Crossing

Mainly Fair Thursday

Source: St. John Source Mainly fair weather conditions are expected to prevail across the Virgin Islands  today. However, passing light showers cannot be ruled out. Moisture is expected to… Link: Mainly Fair Thursday

Senators Grill WMA Director About Why Garbage Hangs Around

Source: St. John Source Adrian Taylor, acting executive director of the V.I. Waste Management Authority, told senators why garbage has piled up at bin sites. (File photo by Barry… Link: Senators Grill WMA Director About Why Garbage Hangs Around

Summit Suggests USVI Has the Means to Reduce Violence

Source: St. John Source Ray Martinez (Source photo) The unearthly wail from deep inside a mother who has, in the flash of a speeding bullet lost her child, is… Link: Summit Suggests USVI Has the Means to Reduce Violence

New Mobile Echocardiogram Serves Uninsured

Source: St. John Source Echo technician Georgia Moorman shows off her new portable echocardiogram equipment. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of… Link: New Mobile Echocardiogram Serves Uninsured

NPS Downscales Search for Missing Kentucky Woman

Source: St. John Source Ken Kreis, seated, and Scott Guenther show a map of the search area. (Source photo by Amy Roberts) National Park Service technical climbers search Ram… Link: NPS Downscales Search for Missing Kentucky Woman

Vance Antonio Monsanto Sr. Dies at 71

Source: St. John Source Vance Antonio Monsanto Sr. God has called home a great solider, Vance Antonio Monsanto Sr. He was affectionately known as “Grandfather” to many or “Kossa”… Link: Vance Antonio Monsanto Sr. Dies at 71

Sandra Williams Dies

Source: St. John Source Sandra “Sandy” Williams died on Sept. 7. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services. She… Link: Sandra Williams Dies

Aaron Francis Dies

Source: St. John Source Aaron Francis Aaron Francis died Sept. 5. The viewing will be held from 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Turnbull’s Funeral Home with services to… Link: Aaron Francis Dies

Ronald Todman Sr. Dies

Source: St. John Source Ronald Todman Sr. Ronald Todman Sr. died on Sept. 14 in Puerto Rico. The viewing will take place from 9-10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.… Link: Ronald Todman Sr. Dies

Senators Pounce on WAPA Credit Card Use, Contract Overruns

Source: St. John Source WAPA officials are sworn in Tuesday to testify before the USVI Senate, meeting as a committee of the whole. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the… Link: Senators Pounce on WAPA Credit Card Use, Contract Overruns

Two Years After Irmaria: Getting a Count of Frogs

Source: St. John Source This is the latest in a series of stories on the U.S. Virgin Islands two yeas after the territory was devastated by hurricanes Irma and… Link: Two Years After Irmaria: Getting a Count of Frogs

Lucille Estelle Daley Dies at 92

Source: St. John Source Lucille Estelle Daley Lucille Estelle Daley of Estate Richmond, born Sept. 7, 1927, in Gingerland, Nevis, died on Wednesday, Sept. 25, surrounded by family and… Link: Lucille Estelle Daley Dies at 92

Lillia C. Frorup Dies in Illinois

Source: St. John Source Lillia C. Frorup Lillia C. Frorup died on Monday, Sept. 16, in Olympia Fields, Ill. Lillia was a longtime resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., before relocating… Link: Lillia C. Frorup Dies in Illinois

Desmond B. Walters Dies at 79

Source: St. John Source Desmond B. Walters Desmond B. Walters of Herman Hill died on Sunday, Sept. 22. He was 79 years old. He was preceded in death by… Link: Desmond B. Walters Dies at 79

USVI Soccer Association Recruiting Referee/Match Officials

Source: St. John Source The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association is in search of individuals interested in being referees/match officials for the upcoming Soccer Premier League and Youth Competitions.… Link: USVI Soccer Association Recruiting Referee/Match Officials

Mainly Fair Tuesday

Source: St. John Source Mainly fair weather conditions are forecast across the local area for today with just a slight chance of an isolated shower or two. High temperatures… Link: Mainly Fair Tuesday

Open forum: Senate Vice President Jackson Reflects on Contract Day

Source: St. John Source Copyright Elroy Simmonds: detail from the mural at the Legislature of the Virgin Islands (photo taken by Senator Myron D. Jackson) Dear Source: Senate Vice-President… Link: Open forum: Senate Vice President Jackson Reflects on Contract Day

Governor Says WAPA Has a Big Week Ahead

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan (file photo) Talk about WAPA has been widespread online, in the press, on the radio and behind the closed doors of Virgin… Link: Governor Says WAPA Has a Big Week Ahead

West End Farmers Produce Meat and Cultivate Honey

Source: St. John Source Nathaniel Tuitt owns and operates a sheep farm in the Dorothea area on the West End of St. Thomas. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee) The… Link: West End Farmers Produce Meat and Cultivate Honey

Arbor Day Ceremony Launches ‘Trees 4 St. Croix’ Project

Source: St. John Source In the SGVBG nursery, the trees to be distributed in 2020 are being grown. Dewey Hollister, executive director, shows the seedlings that are carefully being… Link: Arbor Day Ceremony Launches ‘Trees 4 St. Croix’ Project

Commerce Invests to Support Growth of Medical Sector in V.I.

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is investing $28.6 million in the University of the Virgin Islands… Link: Commerce Invests to Support Growth of Medical Sector in V.I.

Delegate Plaskett Announces Three Transportation Grants for V.I. Airports

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, a member of the House, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement announcing three important grants… Link: Delegate Plaskett Announces Three Transportation Grants for V.I. Airports

Open forum: GRUFF Supports Return of Gasoline Excise Taxes

Source: St. John Source Limetree Oil Refinery (File photo) Dear Source: Government Retirees United for Fairness (GRUFF) supports Bill No. 33-0052, a resolution to petition the governor and our… Link: Open forum: GRUFF Supports Return of Gasoline Excise Taxes

Bryan’s ‘Vision 2040’ Economic Plan Stalled

Source: St. John Source Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas (Source file photo.) Gov. Albert Bryan’s hopes for a 20-year grand economic development plan has been sidetracked so long that… Link: Bryan’s ‘Vision 2040’ Economic Plan Stalled

Horse Racing Commission Chairmanship Still Under Dispute

Source: St. John Source Sen. Kurt Vialet at a Sept. 27 Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation Committee hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature) Senators voted Friday… Link: Horse Racing Commission Chairmanship Still Under Dispute

Ban on Plastic Straws to Begin October 1

Source: St. John Source Plastic straws on Coki Beach, St. Thomas. (Photo by Kitty Edwards) The ban on disposable, plastic drinking straws and plastic tubular stirrers, which was passed… Link: Ban on Plastic Straws to Begin October 1

WAPA Lifts Precautionary Boil Water Advisory in Both Districts

Source: St. John Source No more need to boil the water Precautionary boil water advisories that were issued in advance of Tropical Storm Karen’s anticipated impact are now lifted.… Link: WAPA Lifts Precautionary Boil Water Advisory in Both Districts

FEMA Gives $3 Million Grant to VITEMA for Hurricane Recovery

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flag Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement regarding a $3 million grant for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency… Link: FEMA Gives Million Grant to VITEMA for Hurricane Recovery

WAPA Completes Post TS Karen Restoration Work Territory-wide

Source: St. John Source V.I. Water and Power Authority On Thursday, line department personnel of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) completed post-Karen service restoration at isolated… Link: WAPA Completes Post TS Karen Restoration Work Territory-wide

James David Michelson Dies at 75

Source: St. John Source James David Michelson James David Michelson, 75, of Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 22. James was born to… Link: James David Michelson Dies at 75

Raheem A. Thomas Dies at 26

Source: St. John Source Raheem A. Thomas Raheem A. Thomas died on Sept. 5. He was 26 years old. He was preceded in death by Diane Horsford (mother), Ray… Link: Raheem A. Thomas Dies at 26

Dolphus MacDonald Ramsey Dies at 58

Source: St. John Source Dolphus MacDonald Ramsey, better known as “Timmy” or “Rasta Man,” died at the age of 58 on Sept. 7, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami,… Link: Dolphus MacDonald Ramsey Dies at 58

Jose Anselmo Ortiz Jr. Dies at 67

Source: St. John Source Jose Anselmo Ortiz Jr. Jose Anselmo Ortiz Jr., also known as “Baro,” of Mount Pleasant died on Sept. 9. He was 67 years old. He… Link: Jose Anselmo Ortiz Jr. Dies at 67

Senators OK Group Health Insurance

Source: St. John Source Chairwoman of the GESC Health Insurance Board of Trustees Beverly Joseph testifies before the Committee of the Whole Thursday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the… Link: Senators OK Group Health Insurance

A Taste of Nostalgia is Brewing at the Northside Grind

Source: St. John Source Sparkling showcases display tempting selections of grab ’n go sandwiches, baked goods, fresh fruits, and deli delights including house-made salads (Source photo by Teddi Davis).… Link: A Taste of Nostalgia is Brewing at the Northside Grind

CZM Streamlines Limetree Permits

Source: St. John Source Amy Dempsey of Bio Impact explains work to be done on the Molasses Pier by the V.I. Port Authority. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) The… Link: CZM Streamlines Limetree Permits

Pleasant V.I. Weather Friday

Source: St. John Source A very light south to southeast wind flow will prevail across the local area today. While some afternoon showers are possible, significant rainfall is not… Link: Pleasant V.I. Weather Friday

Territorial Nurses Are Advised of 2020-2021 License Renewal Process

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Board of Nurse Licensure (VIBNL) Chairperson Ann Douté has announced that the packets for the biannual nurse licensure renewal for the 2020-2021 registration… Link: Territorial Nurses Are Advised of 2020-2021 License Renewal Process

Raymond A. Williams Sr. Dies at 71

Source: St. John Source Raymond A. Williams Sr. Raymond A. Williams Sr., also known as “Bobby,” of Estate Sion Farm died on Wednesday, Sept. 11. He was 71 years… Link: Raymond A. Williams Sr. Dies at 71

WAPA Board Approves Several Water System Projects

Source: St. John Source WAPA offices on St. Croix The Governing Board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) approved a number of water system related projects,… Link: WAPA Board Approves Several Water System Projects

The Nature Conservancy Aims to Regenerate Coral Reefs

Source: St. John Source A diver surrounded by worms associated with coral spawning. (Photo by Robin T. Smith) The Nature Conservancy is building a seawater nursery to conduct assisted… Link: The Nature Conservancy Aims to Regenerate Coral Reefs

Sustainable Roof Project Creates Shingles from Recycled Plastic

Source: St. John Source Kimberly Shumaker holds up a completed shingle. (Photo submitted by Kimberly Shumaker) The VI Wise Sustainable Roof Project is the brainchild of Kimberly Shumaker, who… Link: Sustainable Roof Project Creates Shingles from Recycled Plastic

Light, Sporadic Showers Thursday

Source: St. John Source A southerly surface wind flow ranging between 10-15 miles per hour with higher gusts will prevail across the area today. This will continue to pull… Link: Light, Sporadic Showers Thursday

Jackson Fitness to Host Business After Hours

Source: St. John Source St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Jackson Fitness will host the next St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday,… Link: Jackson Fitness to Host Business After Hours

Administration Pays Out $5 Million More in Income Tax Refunds

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Finance Kirk Callwood and his staff prepare income tax checks for distribution at the V.I. Department of Finance on Wednesday. Governor Albert Bryan… Link: Administration Pays Out Million More in Income Tax Refunds

Plaskett Thanks Legislature for Resolution on Her Gas Tax Bill

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement today regarding the introduction of H.R. 4198 – a bill dealing gasoline… Link: Plaskett Thanks Legislature for Resolution on Her Gas Tax Bill

UVI Bulletin Board for September/ October

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands Law School Miss UVI to Vie for National HBCU Title Miss UVI 2019-2020, Sherquan Henry, will compete in the 2019… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for September/ October

Swanton, Ellis Dominate Wall-to-Wall Triathlon

Source: St. John Source (left to right): Robin Seila (3rd), Esther Ellis (1st), Megan Mault-Lambert (2nd) In spite of the turbulent sea on Sunday morning at Cane Bay Beach… Link: Swanton, Ellis Dominate Wall-to-Wall Triathlon

St. John Schools, Offices Closed, Flash Flood Watch Wednesday

Source: St. John Source Tropical Storm Karen did relatively little damage Tuesday but there are isolated power outages, St. John ferries won’t start until noon and more rain is… Link: St. John Schools, Offices Closed, Flash Flood Watch Wednesday

Flood Watch Still In Effect All Day Wednesday

Source: St. John Source Although Tropical Storm Karen will continue to move away from the region, moisture trailing behind the system has the potential to generate or enhance showers… Link: Flood Watch Still In Effect All Day Wednesday

VIWMA Issues Advisory as TS Karen Passes Over Territory

Source: St. John Source As the territory experiences the effects of Tropical Storm Karen currently affecting the Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise Partners… Link: VIWMA Issues Advisory as TS Karen Passes Over Territory

Stay Off Roads, Governor Urges in Tuesday Morning Press Conference

Source: St. John Source Light rain over Christiansted Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Karen approaches. (Susan Ellis photo) Flooding is possible and Virgin Islanders should try to stay indoors… Link: Stay Off Roads, Governor Urges in Tuesday Morning Press Conference

Tropical Storm Warning Continues as Karen Reaches Territory

Source: St. John Source Satellite photo Tuesday morning shows Tropical Storm Karen moving over the territory. (NOAA photo) A tropical storm warning remained in effect Tuesday morning for the… Link: Tropical Storm Warning Continues as Karen Reaches Territory

Bryan: Karen Downgraded to a Depression, Lots of Rain Expected

Source: St. John Source Monday evening satellite photo shows Tropical Depression Karen approaching Puerto Rico from the south. (NOAA image) Tropical Storm Karen has been downgraded to a depression… Link: Bryan: Karen Downgraded to a Depression, Lots of Rain Expected

WAPA Advises All Residents to Boil Water as Precaution

Source: St. John Source WAPA potable water service The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) is issuing a precautionary boil water notice for potable water customers territory-wide. Due… Link: WAPA Advises All Residents to Boil Water as Precaution

VIWMA: Advisory on Waste Water, Solid Waste as TS Karen Approaches

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority facility The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority Preserving Paradise team issues the following advisory to the public in anticipation of… Link: VIWMA: Advisory on Waste Water, Solid Waste as TS Karen Approaches

Legislature Cancels Two Sessions due to TS Karen

Source: St. John Source The new Senate majority: Sens. Janelle Sarauw, Allison DeGazon, Marvin Blyden, Myron Jackson, Novelle Francis, Alicia Barnes, Steven Payne and Javan James. Not shown are… Link: Legislature Cancels Two Sessions due to TS Karen

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