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July 20, 2018

U.S. Virgin Islands

Interior Provides $1.2 Million in Grants for the U.S.V.I.

Source: St. John Source U.S. Department of the Interior Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior assistant secretary for Insular and International Affairs, this week announced $1,202,370 in fiscal year 2018 grant funding for the U.S. Virgin Islands, which supports a wide variety of needs. “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and I continue to support…

Congressional Republicans Question USVI State of Emergency

Source: St. John Source Rob Bishop (R-UT), chair of the Natural Resources Committee Two powerful Republican members of Congress are questioning the continuing state of emergency in the territory, expressing concern it might allow the V.I. National Guard to “seize lawfully owned firearms from their citizens, in violation of their constitutional rights.” Bob Goodlatte…

Senators Quiz OMB on ‘Unfunded’ Raises, Expired Federal Grants

Source: St. John Source OMB Director Julio Rhymer defends his agency’s budget at the Senate Finance Committee hearing on Thursday. The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday questioned the Office of Management and Budget on what they called unfunded salary raises and poor management of federal grants that often end up expiring and being returned…

Timeshare Developers Call for New Laws, Scrapped Environmental Tax

Source: St. John Source ARDA legal counsel George Dudley, right, and ARDA Vice President Robert Clements testify before the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Agriculture. The American Resort Development Association called on lawmakers Wednesday to eliminate the environmental impact fee affecting timeshare owners and craft new timeshare laws, saying their data on the…

Senators Critical of Judges and Budget Proposal for Courts

Source: St. John Source Chief Justice Rhys Hodge testifies Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee on the court system’s proposed budget. (V.I. Legislature photo) Rhys Hodge, chief justice on the V.I. Supreme Court, had 17 pages of testimony to justify his budget request of $46.6 million but it did not impress Finance Committee chair…

Summers End Launches Foundation for Aid to St. John

Source: St. John Source Robert O’Connor Jr., co-founder of the St. John Marina and Chaliese Summers, member manager of the Summer’s End Group, LLC, the group seeking to develop the St. John Marina. (Photo submitted by Chaliese Summers) The proponents of a controversial marina project have started a foundation to assist people who live…

JFL Operating Room Reopens After Six-Day Closure

Source: St. John Source Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital’s operating rooms are open again after being partially closed for a week due to air conditioning problems. Thursday, July 12, the hospital closed its operating rooms for elective surgery because of rising humidity levels. Hospital officials said services would still be provided where the patient’s…

Accounting Manager – St. Croix

Source: St. John Source Greenleaf VI II, Inc., a growing financial services company on St. Croix, is seeking a full time Accounting Manager to work in a team oriented atmosphere, providing a wide range of accounting functions including internal financial statement review, financial projects, coordination of year-end audit and tax preparation. Must be able…

IFB020DPWT18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB020DPWT18(C) Pursuant to Title 31, Chapter 23, Section 236 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands Department of Public Works is requesting bids from Qualified Contractors to furnish all labor, tools, equipment, machinery and supplies necessary for…

Notice of Vehicle Auction

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT The Department of Property and Procurement is accepting sealed bids on the vehicles listed below. Auction #002  – 2009  White Chevrolet Express Van – Starting Bid – $3500.00 Auction #008  – 2009  White Chevrolet Cargo Van – Starting Bid – $3800.00 Auction #011  – 2006  White Chevrolet Trailblazers…

Farmers Rebuild After Caribbean Hurricanes

Source: St. John Source Charles Leonard — Bordeaux Local Fresh Chicken, Eggs and Honey Originally, Charles Leonard came to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to work on sea planes as a staff sergeant for the U.S. Army, but since 1981, he has been farming. He was named “Farmer of the Year” three times and…

USVI Women’s National Team Going for Gold at CAC Games

Source: St. John Source The USVI senior women’s national team hits the hardwood Monday for a final shooting practice before this week’s CAC games. Just a little more than a year ago, the U.S. Virgin Islands senior women’s national basketball team was celebrating a gold medal win at the 2017 FIBA Women’s Centrobasket Championship,…

Tavarez Charged with Transporting Minor for Sexual Activity

Source: St. John Source Osvaldo Tavarez, 48, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller Tuesday for his initial court appearance after a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging him with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity. U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said Tavarez remains in custody…

VIPD Assists Probe of Bus Stop Shooting

Source: St. John Source A top police official said Tuesday the Virgin Islands Police Department is assisting the investigation into a recent shooting incident outside a Charlotte Amalie hotel. But Assistant Police Commissioner Curtis Griffin said that incident – in which a peace officer drew a firearm and discharged a shot – does not…

‘The Body Politic’ Is Next Whodunnit at Pistarckle Theater Aug. 18

Source: St. John Source Pistarckle Theater Audiences that attend the fourth installment of Pistarckle Theater’s ‘Pistarckle After Dark’ series, “The Body Politic,” will discover that politics is a laughing matter. The whodunnit, written and directed by Julie Baber, will be presented at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Pistarckle Theater in Tillett Gardens, St.…

Senators Grill Education Over Vague Positions, Teacher Raises

Source: St. John Source Sen. Jean Forde pushes Education officials for information about personnel issues in the department during Monday’s Finance Committee hearing. One hour into the Department of Education’s budget testimony to the Senate Finance Committee on Monday, sparks began to fly after Education officials declined to answer certain personnel questions without first…

At-Risk Youth Counselors Receive $4.6 million in Overdue Payments

Source: St. John Source Superior Court Judge Douglas Brady (File photo) The stateside agency hired by the V.I. government to counsel troubled youth recently received more than $4.6 million in back payments from the government. As a result of an agreement reached through mediation by a Superior Court judge, dozens of individuals designated as…

Internal Revenue Touts Performance on Collections, Tax Refunds

Source: St. John Source Internal Revenue Director Marvin Pickering defends his agency’s budget at Monday’s Finance Committee hearing. Bureau of Internal Revenue officials told lawmakers on Monday that the department exceeded its collection goals and to date has issued tens of millions in income tax refunds within the current fiscal year, prompting lawmakers to…

Man Found Dead Behind STX Gas Station

Source: St. John Source Police found the body of a gunshot victim Sunday morning behind the Gas for Less Service Station on St. Croix. The victim was identified by next of kin as 28-year-old Miguel Angel Cruz. According to police, at approximately 11:26 p.m. Sunday the 911 center received a call reporting reporting a…

Coast Guard Rescues Two North of STT

Source: St. John Source The boat crew of a Coast Guard SPC-LE stationed on St. Thomas take a pair of stranded boaters aboard off Hans Lollik Island. A U.S. Coast Guard boat crew on Saturday rescued two people from a disabled personal watercraft near Hans Lollik Islands, just north of St. Thomas. According to…

Kid’s Wet Fete Raises Funds for Music Scholarships

Source: St. John Source St. Thomas soca star BDJ, right, and a poolful of kids having fun in the water. The Fort Christian parking lot was awash with kids having fun Saturday, and those taking the splash seemed delighted that no expense had been spared to make the second annual Wet Fete Kids Edition…

What the Candidates Say: Soraya Diase Coffelt

Source: St. John Source In this series the Source introduces the community to the platforms of the candidates for governor and gauges their approaches to issues in the territory. The Source sent each gubernatorial team the same questions and is running the answers in the order in which the candidates responded. (See Related Links,…

Senators Talk of Merging Labor Boards, Snag of Emergency Declaration

Source: St. John Source Senate Finance Committee Chairman Kurt Vialet. (V.I. Legislature photo) The two agencies tasked with keeping relations between government employees and the government fair and civil may be merged soon, if suggestions made Friday at the Senate Finance Committee are acted on. No objections were made when committee chairman Kurt Vialet…

Researchers Update Residents on Results of Slave Wrecks Project

Source: St. John Source Slave Wrecks Project team photos: (from left) Meredith Hardy, Justin Dunnavant, Ayana Flewellen, Alicia Odewala, and William White. Archaeologists working on the Slave Wrecks Project, a long-term collaboration between the National Park Service and six other entities, presented Thursday at the University of the Virgin Islands summaries and results of…

IFB041DPWC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB041DPWC18(C) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Bids from qualified firm(s) for the Repairs to Estate All for the Better Residential Road, East End, St. Croix. Bids will…

IFB045DPWC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB045DPWC18(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 Concreate Road at all for the Better, East End, St. Croix. Bids will…

IFB044DPWC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB044DPWC18(C) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Bids from qualified firm(s) for the Repairs to Tipperary Residential Roads, East End, St. Croix. Bids will be received by the…

IFB043DPWC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB043DPWC18(C) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Bids from qualified firm(s) for the Road Repairs of Route 681 (Hess Road), St. Croix. Bids will be received by the…

DOA Launches ‘Fresh From the Farm’ Radio Talk Shows

Source: St. John Source Fresh local produce is sold at the Jackson Farm stand on St. Croix (Bill Kossler photo) The V.I. Department of Agriculture (DOA) has launched two “Fresh From the Farm” radio talk shows that have been created to promote sustainable agriculture, marketing and the competitiveness of specialty crops in the U.S.…

Public Defender, Legal Services Are Bargain for Senate

Source: St. John Source Senators on the Finance Committee on Friday appeared to want Samuel Joseph, chief public defender, to ask for more than his $4.5 million budget request. One actually told Shelby King Gaddy, the executive director of Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, she should. Sens. Kurt Vialet and Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly expressed…

Education Officials Show Off Progress on Modulars

Source: St. John Source From left, Insular Superintendent Dionne Wells Hedrington, Education Department Chief of Staff Anthony Thomas and Aecom Project Director Pat Mitchell meet reporters to discuss progress on installing modular classrooms across the territory. With most public school students enjoying summer vacation, Education officials showed off the preparation work now under way…

Baho El Sol Gallery Continues Mask Making Workshops

Source: St. John Source Mask-making Baho El Sol Gallery continues its “Mask Making as a Tool for Community Expression and Healing in the Aftermath” through the end of July with additional mask making workshops and community exhibitions. The St. John PoP-Up Community Mask Making Project Exhibitions, featuring over 300 masks, are now on display…

JetBlue Foundation, Black Aerospace Professionals to Introduce Nearly 200 Students to Careers in Aviation

Source: St. John Source JetBlue has announced a collaborative initiative between the JetBlue Foundation and the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) to introduce aviation careers to students traditionally under-represented in the field. This summer both organizations are working together to increase awareness of aviation-related careers through hands-on learning for minority students and girls,…

2018 Primary Election Early Voting Postponed Again

Source: St. John Source Elections System of the U.S. Virgin Islands Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes regrets to inform the voting public that the 2018 Primary Election Early Voting dates have been postponed due to the late receipt of funding to purchase the election ballots. The new early voting dates are now scheduled…

Petrus and Sanes Question Mapp Administration’s ‘Congratulatory Press Release’ Regarding GERS Failures

Source: St. John Source Allie Petrus and Sammuel Sanes Democratic Candidates for Governor Allison “Allie” Petrus and Lieutenant Governor Sammuel “Sammy” Sanes issued a statement Thursday questioning the Government House press release from earlier in the day where Governor Kenneth Mapp attempted to take credit for repaying monies owed to the Government Employee Retirement…

Israeli Government Official to Visit the Virgin Islands

Source: St. John Source Israel’s flag Israeli Consul-General Ambassador Dani Dayan will pay St. Thomas a visit on Thursday, July 19. A reception and conversation will be held at 6 p.m. at Lilienfeld Community House, Crystal Gade (Synagogue Hill). He will make remarks and address the community at 7 p.m. in the historic Sanctuary…

Humidity Levels Force Temporary Closure of JFL Operating Rooms

Source: St. John Source Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital on Thursday announced it was temporarily closing it operating rooms for elective surgery because of rising humidity levels. In a news release issued Thursday night, hospital Chief Executive Officer, Wanda M. Ruben said the decision was made after the facilities department noted that the humidity…

Delayed Vendor Payments Push Back Early Voting Again

Source: St. John Source With primary election funding held up and invoices for ballot printing still outstanding, Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes announced Thursday that she has decided to postpone early voting, again, until July 18. Currently, the outstanding invoice to Elections Systems & Software (ES&S), the independent contractor that has been producing the…

Government Completes Outstanding Payments to GERS

Source: St. John Source A press release from Government House announced Thursday that the V.I. Department of Finance has made payment of all outstanding contributions to the Government Employees Retirement System. The payment of approximately $38 million, including interest and fees, to GERS is in accordance with a proposal submitted in March to the…

Rules Committee OKs Insurance Regulation Bills

Source: St. John Source Sen. Kurt Vialet at a Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday. (V.I. Legislature photo) The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee approved three bills Thursday that lawmakers said would bring the Office of the Lt. Governor’s oversight of insurance in the V.I. closer to accreditation by the National Association of Insurance…

EPA Dismantles ‘Hazardous’ Storage Tank in Cruz Bay

Source: St. John Source The clean up process at the tank in May (Beverly Lockett photo). The Environmental Protection Agency has completed its operation to dismantle a problematic storage tank containing oily water and bitumen/asphalt in Cruz Bay. The process to empty and remove the 125,000 gallon tank, located on public land to the…

Facing Budget Cuts, Public Works Updates Senators on Long List of Projects

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Public Works Nelson Petty Jr. (V.I. Legislature photo) At a budget hearing Wednesday, Commissioner of Public Works Nelson Petty Jr. presented a list of extensive repairs planned for the territory’s storm-damaged and otherwise outdated infrastructure, prompting some senators to express worries about recommended cuts to the department’s budget.…

WAPA Budget Hearing Postponed After Utility Fails to Submit Information

Source: St. John Source Senate Finance Committee Chairman Kurt Vialet. (V.I. Legislature photo) Officials from the V.I. Water and Power Authority were dismissed from a budget hearing Wednesday after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Kurt Vialet said the Legislature’s post-audit division did not receive the necessary financial information from the utility. Each year the Legislature…

Mapp Says Federal Block Grant Funds Will Boost Housing

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp talks about HUD funds which were recently cleared for the USVI. Modernizing the territory housing stock, providing new opportunities for homeownership and expanding two local senior centers are among the top priorities detailed by Gov. Kenneth Mapp Wednesday as he discussed the federal government’s approval of a…

UVI Band Camp Grads Showcase Talent at First Summer Concert

Source: St. John Source UVI Band Camp graduates perform Wednesday at Emancipation Garden. Crisp, harmonious live music rang through Emancipation Garden on Wednesday when some 25 graduates of the University of the Virgin Islands’ 2018 Summer Band Camp showed off the fruits of their labor in their first concert of the season. Wednesday’s performance,…

Pistarckle Theater to Hold Auditions for ‘Dreamgirls’

Source: St. John Source Pistarckle Theater Vocal auditions will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5, at Pistarckle Theater, located in Tillett Gardens, for the season opener “Dreamgirls,” with book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger. “Dreamgirls” is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library…

Gomez Sentences Two in Separate Cases

Source: St. John Source St. Thomas District Courthouse In separate, unrelated cases Wednesday, District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced two men – Kenneth James, 51, of Dominica, and Dean Baptiste, 53, of St. Thomas – to prison, according to U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert. – James was sentenced to 78 months incarceration for…

Charles Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm

Source: St. John Source Lester Gabriel Charles, 35, pleaded guilty before District Judge Curtis V. Gomez to possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced. Gomez scheduled Charles sentencing for Nov. 15. According to Shappert’s news release, the V.I. Police Department responded to an altercation on April 5 involving…

FriendsVINP President Joe Kessler Announces Retirement

Source: St. John Source Joe Kessler at his desk Tuesday. (Amy Roberts photo) After almost 17 years as president of the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, Joe Kessler has announced his retirement at the end of the calendar year. But don’t try to stop him in the street with the old line,…

50-Year-Old Charged with Sexual Assault of Minor

Source: St. John Source On Monday, 50-year-old Glenroy Francis Sr. was arrested and charged in a sexual assault of a minor that took place in January, the V.I. Police Department reported. According to police, at approximately 11:12 a.m., Jan. 22, a minor reported being sexually assaulted and named Francis as the perpetrator. At about…

Progress Made in Disposal Operations of Hurricane Debris

Source: St. John Source Federal funds coming into the territory helped the islands recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria by being used to collect debris. Hurricanes Irma and Maria left behind 580,000 cubic yards of debris in the U.S. Virgin Islands, enough to fill 177 Olympic-sized swimming pools. All eligible debris has now been…

PSC: LEAC Could Go Down, But Ratepayers Could Pay More

Source: St. John Source PSC Director Donald Cole testifies before the Senate Finance Committee. (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam) The Public Services Commission on Tuesday told senators that, while it is possible the Levelized Energy Adjustment Clause, or LEAC, could go down in six months, Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority consumers could…

Julius Jackson is a Baker, Boxer, Author and Achiever

Source: St. John Source Julius Jackson hlds a copy of his new cookbook, ‘My Caribbean Kitchen.’ (Gerard Sperry photo) At age 30, Julius Jackson has accomplished more than some people twice his age. For the last two years he has been head chef and manager of My Brother’s Workshop Bakery and Café. The husband…

Viya Reaches Major Network Restoration Milestones

Source: St. John Source Viya, the leading telecommunications provider in the territory, has announced a major network restoration milestone that positions the company to complete the restoration of wired communications in the U.S. Virgin Islands, shortly. Viya completed this latest portion of the arduous restoration project on schedule based on projections provided to the…

Coffelt Asks V. I. Delegate Plaskett to Withdraw Bill From Congress, Hold Town Hall on Future of Caneel Bay Resort

Source: St. John Source Gubernatorial candidate Soraya Diase Coffelt Gubernatorial candidate Soraya Diase Coffelt has been following media reports closely concerning Delegate Stacey Plaskett’s Bill H. R. 4731 that proposes to extend the agreement between CBI Acquisitions, the current operator of Caneel Bay Resort, for an additional 60 years and under very special terms.…

What the Candidates Say: Moleto Smith

Source: St. John Source Moleto Smith and Hubert Frederick (Photo from the Moleto Smith and Hubert Frederick gubernatorial campaign) In this series the Source introduces the community to the platform of the candidates for governor and gauges their approach to issues in the territory. The Source sent each gubernatorial team the same questions and…

30th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament this Sunday

Source: St. John Source Anglers show off their catch during the 2017 Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament. (Photo by Dean Barnes) Registration is open for the 30th annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, which is slated to take place Sunday at Hull Bay Hideaway. The Northside Sportfishing Club hosts the popular tournament, which online travel advisor…

US Viking LLC

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES US Viking LLC, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types of goods…

Atlantic Industries, Inc.

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES ATLANTIC INDUSTRIES, INC, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types of…

Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, Inc.

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES Ocwen Mortgage Servicing, Inc, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types…

Sunshine Shopping Center, Inc.

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES Sunshine Shopping Center, Inc., a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types…

High Surf Advisory in Effect as Beryl’s Remnant Passes V.I.

Source: St. John Source Satellite photo shows the remnant of Beryl, the last white mass of clouds slightly up and right of center, passing into the Caribbean early Monday morning. The V.I. Emergency Territorial Management Agency on Sunday issued a high-surf advisory for the U.S. Virgin Islands as the remnants of what was once…

National Guard Ready for Hurricane Season, General Tells Senators

Source: St. John Source Adj. Gen. Deborah Howell (File photo) Brig. Gen. Deborah Howell, the adjutant general of the V. I. National Guard, said VING is ready for the next tropical weather event, whether it’s Monday’s near-miss by Tropical Storm Beryl or another event down the line. At its hearing Friday, the Senate Finance…

Cruise Ship Schedule for St. Thomas for July 2018

Source: St. John Source West Indian Co. Ltd. Cruise Ship Dock in Havensight Ships calling on St. Thomas dock at the West Indian Co. Dock in Havensight, unless otherwise indicated by AMNS (Austin Monsanto North Side) AMSS (Austin Monsanto South Side) AMHP (Austin Monsanto Home Port) or STJ (anchored at St. John; ships calling…

Potter Urges Community to Prepare for Hurricane Beryl

Source: St. John Source Sept. 19, 2017, satellite photo of Hurricane Maria. In response to the latest report of the first named storm of the Atlantic 2018 Hurricane Season, Lt. Gov. Osbert E. Potter urges the territory to be prepared and put protective measures in place before the storm approaches. Hurricane Beryl, which is…

Beryl Weakens to Tropical Storm

Source: St. John Source Saturday morning NOAA satellite photo shows Beryl, now a tropical storm, moving towards the Lesser Antilles. Beryl weakened from a hurricane to a tropical Saturday morning, and is not likely to bring tropical storm force winds to the U.S. Virgin Islands when it passes south of the territory. The National…

V.I. Council on the Arts Offers Workshops on Appling for Grants

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Council on the Arts Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) is conducting a series of “How to Apply” workshops for the Aug. 31st grant submission deadline. Information on projects and budget development will be discussed in detail. First time applicants are encouraged to attend. On St. Croix,…

V.I. National Park Has Not Issued Permits for Use of Berths

Source: St. John Source Hurricane Hole, National Park, St. John Although berths in Hurricane Hole have been assigned to all vessel owners who have sought them, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, has not yet issued permits for use of those berths because many vessels displaced during the 2017 hurricanes are still in the…

First Virgin Islands Israeli Film Festival Schedules 3 Films

Source: St. John Source The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas (St. Thomas Synagogue), the Jewish community of the Virgin Islands, Rabbi Michael Feshbach and other community partners present the first V. I. Israeli Film Festival. The first three films in the series are scheduled for July 12, Aug. 14 and Sept. 1. Israeli films…

UVI Schedules Orientation for New Students for July 12

Source: St. John Source UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas Campus The University of the Virgin Islands New Student Summer Orientation will be held for new students enrolling on both campuses. All newly accepted students are required to participate in orientation activities prior to the start of the fall semester for academic…

Coast Guard Urges Mariners, Boaters to Prepare for Hurricane Beryl

Source: St. John Source With Hurricane Beryl approaching the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, The U.S. Coast Guard advises the maritime community and boating public to monitor Beryl’s progress and take early action to protect themselves and their vessels, according to a press release issued Friday by the Coast Guard. “It’s never too…

Pride Month on St. Croix Hosted Nearly 20 Events

Source: St. John Source Pride Parade works its way down Strand Street in Frederiksted Saturday. (Photo provided by Johanna Bermùdez-Ruiz and Cane Bay Films) Pride month on St Croix has come to an end after nearly twenty events were held in June. Some of those events met controversy, but supporters say they hope barriers…

RFQ-001-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Quotations: RFQ-001-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Education is requesting quotations from Qualified Firm (s)/Individual (s) for the Purchase of a Customized Mobile Technology Lab for the St.…

RFP-031-C-2018(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No: RFP-031-C-2018 (C) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) for Repairs to the Music Rooms at Central High School Building 600 in the District of…

Yacht Haven Grande

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES Yacht Haven Grande, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types of…

Holiday Drowning: Father Dies at Magens Bay

Source: St. John Source A holiday father-son activity ended in tragedy Wednesday, the Fourth of July, when 40-year-old Ariel Ashby drowned at Magens Bay while swimming with his son, according to the V.I. Police Department. According to the police, at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday 911 received a call reporting that there was a possible drowning…

Cruise Executives Buoyed by U.S.V.I. Harbor Plans

Source: St. John Source The Ports of the Virgin Islands team met with cruise leaders in Miami. The Ports of the U.S. Virgin Islands recently completed its quarterly update with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) Operations Committee in Miami where cruise executives were briefed and provided feedback on port improvements, including the introduction of…

Primary Election Early Voting Postponed Until July 14

Source: St. John Source Supervisor of Elections Caroline F. Fawkes informs the voting public that the 2018 Primary Election Early Voting will be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Early Voting is now scheduled for 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., from Saturday, July 14 to Wednesday, July 25. Office locations are as follows: St. Croix…

‘Surprising’ Beryl Ramps Up to Tropical Storm Level

Source: St. John Source Meteorologists at National Hurricane Center have upgraded a mid-Atlantic tropical depression to Tropical Storm Beryl, calling the storm’s rapid development a surprise. The system is more than 1,300 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, but the NHC gives it only a 40 percent change of further formation through the next…

Opinion: Vote For Experts Not Friends

Source: St. John Source Lloyd Maynard What a timely year for an election. Roughly a year since Irma & Maria hit, demonstrating how vulnerable our infrastructure is, we now have a chance to change the direction in which the U.S. Virgin Islands is going. Still saddled with hurricane recovery, a struggling economy and a…

Carnival Parade Takes to the Streets

Source: St. John Source Chester ‘The Mighty Groover’ Brady sails his banana boat down the parade route. (David Knight Jr. photo) Pan in Motion heads up the street. (Amy Roberts photo) Volunteers from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, get the Carnival spirit. (Amy Roberts photo) Jodi Tanino and Wanda Burgos enjoy some…

Weather System Could Bring Rain, Wind by Sunday

Source: St. John Source The five-day tropical weather outlook issued Wednesday by the National Hurricane Center shows activity in the central Atlantic and to the north of the territory. Neither is expected to cause a severe threat to the V.I., though rain and wind are possible. A low-pressure system and tropical wave in the…

RFP Region 2 Public Health Training Center

Source: St. John Source Request for Proposals:  Community Based Training Partnership for Training the Public Health Workforce in the U.S. Virgin Islands Deadline for Submission of Proposals: 11:59 p.m. ET, August 10, 2018 The Opportunity With a total funding amount of $25,000 per year (including direct and indirect costs) from the Bureau of Health…

Tramway Properties, Inc.

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES Tramway Properties, Inc. a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types of…

LIAT Airlines Returns to USVI in July

Source: St. John Source Pictured (Left to right): Mitchell Todman, Aviation Director – Virgin Islands Port Authority; Shavar Maloney, Corporate Communications Manager – LIAT; Lieutenant Governor Osbert E. Potter; David Isaac, Regional Manager North – LIAT; Joyce Griffin, Assistant Commissioner – Virgin Islands Department of Tourism. LIAT Airlines, which suspended service in March of…

V.I. National Swim Team Is Competing at CCCAN Swimming Championships

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands National Swim Team: (from left) Max Wilson, Ky Odlum, Fairley Maltby, Lindsay Barr, Carter Maltby, Kyra Odlum, Jaidan Camacho, Adriel Sanes, Matthew Mays, Lidia Boguslawska, Webster Bozzo, Layalie Washshah, Victoria Sperber and Gabriella Brunt These are the daily results of V.I. National Swim Team at the Central American…

V.I. Educators Attend White House Summit to Plan Next 5-Year STEM Strategy

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands educators attend the first Federal-State Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Summit State STEM director Shamika Williams-Henley of the V.I. Department of Education, recently attended the first-of-its-kind Federal-State Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Summit, which was hosted by The White House Office of Science and…

Hotel Could Get $10 Million of Refinery Money

Source: St. John Source In a news release following his refinery announcement Monday, Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp said he is proposing that part of the money fro the deal be used for a hotel development. (File photo) Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s announcement Monday that a new St. Thomas hotel development was tied to the St.…

RFQ Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) NOTICE TO PROPOSERS: Pursuant to the regulations found at 2 Code of Federal Regulations (“C.F.R.”) Part 200 et seq, in addition to the statutory authority, regulatory requirements, and programmatic guidance governing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (“FEMA”) Disaster Recovery Programs, the Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas…

RFQ Catholic Diocese of St.Thomas

Source: St. John Source REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) NOTICE TO PROPOSERS: Pursuant to the regulations found at 2 Code of Federal Regulations (“C.F.R.”) Part 200 et seq, in addition to the statutory authority, regulatory requirements, and programmatic guidance governing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (“FEMA”) Disaster Recovery Programs, the Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas…

VIHFA Notice of Hearings-Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Source: St. John Source 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 have been selected for funding under the Fiscal Year 2018 CDBG grant allocation. St.…

Heavy Materials, LLC

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES Heavy Materials, LLC, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types of…

VIHFA Schedules Public Hearings on Community Development Grants

Source: St. John Source The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA), the administering agency for the Community Development Grant (CDBG), has announced that public hearings have been scheduled to present projects selected for funding under the Fiscal Year 2018 CDBG grant allocation. St. Thomas-St. John District Public Service Projects Pistarckle Theater Summer Production Camp…

VIEDC Board to Meet on Three Applications for Tax Incentives

Source: St. John Source USVI Economic Development Authority According to Wayne L. Biggs, Jr., acting chief executive officer of the VIEDC, the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA) will hold a Governing Board Decision Meeting for the Virgin Islands Economic Development Commission (VIEDC), a subsidiary entity of the USVIEDA, beginning at 9 a.m.…

Voters Flock to Register for Democratic Primary as Deadline Looms

Source: St. John Source Elections officials reported heavy traffic in both districts Monday, as residents took advantage of extended hours to register to vote ahead of the August 4 primary. Deputy Supervisor Terrell Alexandre said 29 people registered at the St. Croix office Monday, about three times as many as on an average day.…

Police: Missing Flags Found at Suspect’s Home

Source: St. John Source Alla H. Salem The suspect accused of hoisting black flags on poles outside the Cyril E. King Airport was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail after making an initial court appearance Monday. Defendant Alla H. Salem, 29, a native of St. Thomas, showed up to an advice of rights hearing…

Senators Hold Tree Protection and Plastic Straw Ban Bills in Committee

Source: St. John Source DPNR Education and Outreach Coordinator Kitty Edwards and IGLA President Harith Wickrema testify Monday. Two bills dealing with the territory’s environment were held Monday by the Senate Committee on Government Affairs, Veterans, Energy and Environmental Protection after lawmakers decided each needs additional discussion and amendment. The first of the two…

My Brother’s Workshop Is Recipient of dck worldwide’s ‘Building Better Community’ Award

Source: St. John Source From left: Scott Bradley, MBW program director; Jon Connette, dck worldwide project manager; Laurie Bowers, dck worldwide senior vice president of Organizational Development; and Jenny Hawkes, MBW executive director dck worldwide has given its “Building a Better Community” award to My Brother’s Workshop (MBW). This award is designed to recognize…

Cane Bay Partner’s VI, LLLP

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES Cane Bay Partner’s VI, LLLP, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following…

VIWMA Team Schedules Emancipation Day, 4th of July Hours

Source: St. John Source Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team informs the community of the hours of operation for the VIWMA’s facilities and administrative offices in observance of the Emancipation Day and Fourth of July holidays. Island – Facility – Emancipation Day Hours/ July 4th…

Contractors Begin Inspection for Repairs at Bellevue Village

Source: St. John Source Site manager Nancy Clendenin, standing, updates tenants at the meeting Tuesday. Seated, from left, are Christine Charles Laurent, Mary Castle Bartolucci, Kenisha Small, and Keryn Bryan. After months of inaction, contractors are on site at Bellevue Village on St. John to complete damage assessment and begin repairs at the 72-unit…

Virtue of the Week: Humility

Source: St. John Source Being humble is considering others as important as yourself. You are thoughtful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don’t expect others or yourself to be perfect. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful. You…

STX Man Killed in Frangiapani Shooting

Source: St. John Source Tahmal Brinkley, 30, was killed Saturday night in a shooting in the Frangiapani area, the V.I. Police Department reported. According to police, the 911 call center received a report of gunshots in Frangiapani at 9:21 p.m. Officers arriving at the scene found an unresponsive male lying on the ground in…

Prosperitas Investment Management

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES   Prosperitas Investment Management, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types…

CD Paradise Management

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES CD Paradise Management, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types of…

Black Diamond Advisors, LLLP

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES Black Diamond Advisors, LLLP, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types…

Black Diamond Holdings, LLLP

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES Black Diamond Holdings, LLLP, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types…

Denali Asset Management, LLLP

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES Denali Asset Management, LLLP, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types…

Police Arrest Suspect in Flag Tampering

Source: St. John Source Alla H. Salem (VIPD photo) The V.I. Police Department arrested 29-year-old, Alla H. Salem on Friday and charged him in the tampering that saw nine international flags removed from the entrance to the Cyril E. King Airport and replaced with black banners with the word “Allah” and other apparently Arabic…

Juan F. Luis Hospital RFP-006-2018

Source: St. John Source Invitation for Proposal No: IFP-006-2018 Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center is Inviting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide ER Improvements to include Bathroom facilities and alternate route for sewage lines that will terminate in Public…

IFB037PNRC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No: IFB037PNRC18(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 Gallow’s Bay Access Dock Repair Project, St. Croix. Bids will be received by the Department…

Viya Awards 2018 Scholarships for Two First-Year College Students

Source: St. John Source Varuna Marchandani Viya, the premier telecommunications provider in the U.S. Virgin Islands, has announced that two U.S.V.I. students were awarded 2018 Viya Scholarships for first-year college students in the territory. The scholarships are awarded to two high school seniors — one in each district — who have already been accepted…

Port Authority Marine Tariff Public Hearing Set for July 12

Source: St. John Source VIPA Executive Director David Mapp testifies. The Virgin Islands Port Authority’s (VIPA) Board of Governors has amended its marine tariff to address safety concerns regarding limited storage space, an increase in cargo activity and storage of flammable material at the Crown Bay Sandfill on St. Thomas. The board amended “Section…

Man Wounded by Gunshot in C’sted

Source: St. John Source A man was in stable but guarded condition Friday at the Juan F. Luis Memorial Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound Thursday night in Christiansted, according to the V.I. Police Department. The VIPD did not release the name of the victim in keeping with department policy. According to police at…

Pride Event at sevenminusseven Drew Dozens

Source: St. John Source LaAsia Campbell, Alexandria Holder, Augustine Holder, and Griffin McFarlane at sevenminusseven’s Pride celebration. On Saturday, June 23, members of the St. Thomas LGBTQ community and allies celebrated and recognized the diversity of the island community with a Gay Pride celebration at arts space sevenminusseven that drew dozens of supporters. True…

Medical Evacuations Weren’t Executed Properly, Says Senator

Source: St. John Source Health Commissioner Michelle Davis (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature) The V.I. Department of Health has taken some criticism for its handling of medical evacuees after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and Sen. Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly said Wednesday the issue has not been resolved. O’Reilly, the chairwoman of the Senate Committee…

viNGN Makes Moves to Harden Network

Source: St. John Source V.I. Next Generation Network While a step-by-step plan to harden the territory’s public telecommunications network was laid out this week at a lengthy meeting of the Governor’s Hurricane Task Force, some government agencies have already been moving to make improvements before the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak. Like the…

ALERT: Human Services Closes St. John Offices for Two Days

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Human Services Felecia L. Blyden (Jamie Leonard photo) The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services announces the closure of its offices on St. John on Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29. The decision to close the St. John Multipurpose Building is to provide for scheduled structural repairs…

Bohlkes Win Sapphire Pegasus Awards at Industry Event

Source: St. John Source Billy Bohlke, left, and his father, Bill Bohlke Sr., right, accept Sapphire Pegasus awards from Bud Slabbaert of St. Martin, founder the Caribbean Aviation Meetup. (Photo by Kemuel Stubbs) On June 11, Bill Bohlke, Sr. and his son William Richard Bohlke, known to most as Billy, took off in their…

RFP Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) NOTICE TO PROPOSERS: Pursuant to the regulations found at 2 Code of Federal Regulations (“C.F.R.”) Part 200 et seq, in addition to the statutory authority, regulatory requirements, and programmatic guidance governing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (“FEMA”) Disaster Recovery Programs, the Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas…

Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Foundation Announces 2018 Winners

Source: St. John Source Keanu Jacobs Three outstanding young women from St. John will share $5,000 in awards to attend college this fall, according to Janet-Cook Rutnik, one of the founders of the Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund. Two of the recipients are college students who have received awards from the Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund…

Frustrated Senators to Subpoena Carnival Committee’s Records

Source: St. John Source Sen. Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly introduced a motion Wednesday to subpoena the V.I. Carnival Committee’s records. (V.I. Legislature photo) At the end of a hearing Wednesday at which senators criticized the V.I. Carnival Committee for its “opaque” and “inadequate” accounting, members of the Legislature’s Committee on Workforce Development, Consumer Affairs and Culture…

Lee Vanterpool: Broadcaster, Performer, Spokesman Dies at 75

Source: St. John Source Lee Vanterpool A prominent face and voice of the Virgin Islands was lost over the weekend with the death of dancer, journalist and government spokesman Lee Vanterpool. Vanterpool, 75, died in Atlanta after a lengthy illness. Born Leon Vanterpool on St. Thomas in 1942, his physical dexterity and talent for…

DLCA Details Post-Hurricane Challenges

Source: St. John Source DLCA Commissioner Devin Carrington tells Senate Finance Committee about the challenges his agency faces in the wake of last season’s hurricanes. The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs is facing additional challenges after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, including the renewal of business licenses and monitoring price gouging after the storms,…

Judge, Lawyers Seek Resolution in WMA Dispute

Source: St. John Source The Pedrito A. Francois Wastewater Treatment plant on St. Thomas. The head of Waste Management detailed a plan Monday to have agency staffers take over operations at the wastewater treatment plants on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Whether the plan, discussed during a District Court hearing, will be adopted or…

Man Killed in Hospital Ground Shooting

Source: St. John Source A man was shot Monday evening in the Hospital Ground area and died early Tuesday from his wound, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim’s name had not been released by police as of Tuesday evening, pending notification of next of kin. According to police, at 10:48 p.m. Monday the…

Delroy Tonge Charged with Domestic Violence

Source: St. John Source Deloy Tonge (VIPD) A 49-year-old St. Croix man faces a domestic violence charge after being arrested Thursday, the V.I. Police Department reported. According to police, at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday a woman walked in the Ancilmo Marshall Command in Christiansted and reported that a male acquaintance assaulted her, causing visible…

USVIHTA Job Bank Now Open to Businesses and Job Seekers

Source: St. John Source Ritz-Carlton Hotel St. Thomas With the launch of the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association’s online job bank on June 20, employers and candidates have a new hub for listing and searching available jobs. Employers can log on today to begin advertising available positions and searching for qualified candidates while job…

USVI, Puerto Rico, on List of Most Endangered Historic Places

Source: St. John Source Fort Christian, Charlotte Amalie. Virgin Islands culture and historic traditions made this year’s list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. (File photo) The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have been placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The list,…

Coast Guard Promotes Biann Creque to Lieutenant Commander

Source: St. John Source Lt. Cmdr. Biann Creque U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Biann Creque, a 1999 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant commander (Lt. Cmdr.) at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C. She is currently in transit to her new assignment…

Senator Announces 2018 Marvin A. Blyden Scholarship Recipients

Source: St. John Source Sen. Marvin A. Blyden Annually, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands selects three students from the Charlotte Amalie High School, three from the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and two from the Raphael O. Wheatley Skills Center to be awarded the Marvin A. Blyden Scholarship based on academic skills…

V.I. Bats Struggle for Comeback after Hurricanes

Source: St. John Source This Jamaican fruit bat (Artibeus jamaicensis) was spotted last week on St. Thomas – the first known sighting of a fruit bat on the island since the September hurricanes. (Photos by Renanta Platenberg) The excitement in her voice was palpable. “Friday we just caught our first fruit-eating bat in the…

Schneider Execs Dispute Notion Hospital Lacks Blood

Source: St. John Source Dr. Luis Amaro, chief medical officer at Schneider Regional Medical Center. (2014 Source file photo) Schneider Regional Medical Center has never run out of a ready supply of blood for transfusions, hospital officials said on Monday, nor has it ever lost a life as a result of inadequate supply. “We…

Senators Keep Reapportionment Bill in Committee

Source: St. John Source Sen. Positive T Nelson, seen in this 2017 photo, said his measure is not a case of ‘political grandstanding.’ (2017 file photo) Senators voted Monday to hold in committee a bill that would change the size and make-up of the V.I. Legislature, a proposal that is similar in intent, but…

Plaskett, Christensen Host IT Recovery Briefing

Source: St. John Source The room was packed at the recent congressional disaster preparedness and IT infrastructure briefing in Washington D.C. (Photo: Plaskett’s office) Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) and the National HIT Collaborative for the Undeserved, Inc., hosted a congressional briefing on disaster preparedness and talked about building an innovative national response network in…

V.I. Government Performing Work on Territory’s Horse Tracks

Source: St. John Source The V.I. government is demolishing reviewing stands at the territory’s two horse tracks. (Government House image) The Virgin Islands Government is demolishing some of the older structures at the territory’s racetracks in preparation for construction, according to Government House. VIGL, the slot machine company the V.I. government gave the franchise…

Salt Pond Holdings, LLC

Source: St. John Source NOTICE TO ESTABLISHED VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSES SALT POND HOLDINGS, LLC, a participant in the Virgin Islands Economic Development Incentive Program of the US Virgin Islands, has a procurement requirement to purchase goods and services locally in the Virgin Islands to the maximum extent practicable and regularly purchases the following types…

Ketura Harrigan Becomes Belle of the Ball at CAHS Prom

Source: St. John Source Belle of the Ball Ketura Harrigan Intelligent, shy and polite are three words that describe this year’s Belle of the Ball, Ketura Harrigan, a 17-year-old honor student who is graduating 15th in her class from Charlotte Amalie High School. She became the seventh graduating senior within the past four years…

Broussard, Activist in Self-Advocacy Movement, to Speak at V.I. Developmental Disabilities Council Inc.

Source: St. John Source Ricky Broussard The Virgin Islands Developmental Disabilities Council Inc. (VIDDC) — in collaboration with UVI-Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (UVI-VICCC), Disability Rights of the Virgin Islands (DRCVI) and UVI University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities — is again bringing together some prominent leaders and advocates in the disabilities arena.…

Opinion: The American Experience Is Incomplete Without its Neighbor

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett (File photo) As Americans begin many of the pastimes of summer that are quintessentially American – baseball, backyard barbeques, family road trips – Caribbean Americans spend the month of June reflecting on their contributions and melded cultures in the United States. Ironically, this June, Congress…

DHS Officials Grilled on Conditions in YRC

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Human Services Felicia Blyden. (File photo) When Felecia Blyden, commissioner of Department of Human Services, presented her 2019 budget request for $64 million from the General Fund last week, she was peppered by senators concerning the condition of the Youth Rehabilitation Center on St. Croix. As Finance Committee…

Virtue of the Week: Creativity

Source: St. John Source Creativity is the power of imagination. It is discovering your own special talents. Dare to see things in new ways to solve problems. With your creativity, you can bring something new into the world. You are practicing creativity when you: – Discover your gifts, – Use knowledge and training to…

Sargassum: The Good, the Bad and the Smelly

Source: St. John Source Sargassum is breaking down near Coki Point, seen above, and Margaritaville, and creating a serious smell. (Photo by Alain M. Brin, Blue Glass Photography) You don’t have to see it to know it’s here. The brown sea grass called Sargassum has made a grand entrance into the territory. And it…

Assured Guaranty Donates $25,000 to Community Foundation

Source: St. John Source (From Left to Right): Brittany Brin Robinson, CFVI communications manager; Dee Baecher-Brown, CFVI president; Amanda Meehan, Assured Guaranty assistant vice president of public finance surveillance; Karen Hofstein, Assured Guaranty managing director of public finance surveillance; Valery Marfitsin, Assured Guaranty director of public finance surveillance Assured Guaranty has donated $25,000 to…

viNGN Board Decides in Private to Restock Inventory

Source: St. John Source Public access to a Thursday morning meeting of the V.I. Next Generation Network board was not available, but the agency’s spokeswoman said members focused on replenishing their inventory and “hardening” the network’s infrastructure as the territory approaches the peak of hurricane season. The Source received notice of the board meeting,…

Beach Advisory for June 18-22

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

viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐013

Source: St. John Source VIRGIN ISLANDS NEXT GENERATION NETWORK viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐013 ______________________________________________ Request for Proposals for Aerial Services for Fiber Optic Cable Maintenance on St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island VIRGIN ISLANDS NEXT GENERATION NETWORK viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐013 Request for Proposals for Aerial Services for Fiber Optic Cable Maintenance on St. Croix, St. Thomas,…

DLCA Offices to Close for Hurricane Season Planning

Source: St. John Source The U.S.V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) notifies the public that there will be closures due to strategic planning meetings for the 2018 Hurricane Season. Note the following closure dates and times: June 22, St. Croix District – Closed 10 a.m. to noon June 25, St. Thomas District…

AT&T Debuts ‘WatchTV’ With Two New Unlimited Wireless Plans

Source: St. John Source WatchTV Days after closing the AT&T*-Time Warner merger, AT&T is rolling out its newest video offering called WatchTV, available on the nation’s best network for streaming video.[i] Customers can stream through the WatchTV app or on select browsers at no additional cost with AT&T’s two latest unlimited wireless plans. The…

Health Department Moving to Modular Offices

Source: St. John Source Health Commissioner Michelle Davis at a previous hearing (Barry Leerdam photo for the V.I. Legislature.) The Department of Health will have two temporary modular buildings in which to work by late August at the cost of $10 million, according to Commissioner Michelle Davis. The St. Croix building will be located…

Caneel Bay: Owners Changed Approach After 2016 Election

Source: St. John Source This is the third of four stories on developments around the Caneel Bay Resort, which has been closed since Hurricane Irma struck the territory in September 2017. Gary Engle of CBI Acquisitions. Gary Engle is CEO and chairman of Stoneleigh Capital LLC, the parent company of CBI Acquisitions, which owns…

WAPA Board Approves Continued Hurricane Season Preparations

Source: St. John Source The governing board of the V.I. Water and Power Authority granted approvals Thursday to facilitate the utility’s continued preparations for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs through Nov. 30. At its monthly meeting on St. Croix, the board authorized the executive director to negotiate and enter into formal agreements…

Gladys’ Café Barely Breaks Stride After Storms

Source: St. John Source Gladys’ Cafe has become a symbol of fine West Indian cooking on St. Thomas. The irrepressible operator of Gladys’ Café met the aftermath of 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria with optimism and industry. While many in the territory were battling the feeling of being overwhelmed by disaster, Gladys was hard…

Man Charged with Vandalizing Christiansted Bandstand

Source: St. John Source Christiansted bandstand Park rangers arrested Vain Charles of St. Croix on June 16 for vandalizing the bandstand by Fort Christiansvaern near the waterfront in Christiansted. According to the arresting affidavit, surveillance cameras showed Charles remove a stud and start hitting and kicking the rails and frame. “He destroyed about two…

RFP-027-T-2018 (P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal: RFP-027-T-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Office of Management and Budget is requesting proposals from qualified Construction Project Managers to provide project management services to the Government of the…

RFP-026-T-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal: RFP-026-T-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Office of Management and Budget is requesting proposals from accounting firms to assist in the reconciliation of Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Accounts…

Opinion: Pride Marchers Showed Love in Face of Protesters’ Hate

Source: St. John Source Enthusiastic opponents of discrimination and supporters of equality and dignity for everyone lined the Pride Parade route in Frederiksted Saturday. (Photo provided by Johanna Bermùdez-Ruiz and Cane Bay Films) My youngest child, Lex, identifies as “non-binary.” This means Lex does not conform to the stereotypes of masculine or feminine, but…

Caneel Bay: Management Meets with Business Community

Source: St. John Source This is the second of four stories on developments around the Caneel Bay Resort, which has been closed since Hurricane Irma struck the territory in September 2017. Members of the V.I. business community get a firsthand view of the hurricane damage at Caneel Bay Resort in April. Caneel Bay hosted…

V.I. Still Digging Out Channels

Source: St. John Source Water flows through a gut in LaGrange after Hurricane Maria last fall, leaving galvanized roofing and other storm victims behind. (Photo by Julie Wright) Somebody’s 55-gallon blue metal water tank has been resting in a swale in LaGrange for no one really knows how long. Trapped further down the gut…

Campaign Disclosure Reports Due on June 30

Source: St. John Source Elections System of the Virgin Islands Supervisor of Elections, Caroline F. Fawkes reminds candidates and political committees, pursuant to Virgin Islands law, of the June 30 Campaign Disclosure Report. She said, “The June 30, 2018, Disclosure Report must be submitted to the Office of the Supervisor of Elections no later…

Stop Taking Photos of Dead Bodies for Social Media, AG Warns

Source: St. John Source Attorney General Claude Walker (File photo) It’s becoming a “disturbing trend” to see images of accident or homicide victims posted on social media and Attorney General Claude Walker had a clear message Tuesday to residents he said are infiltrating crime scenes to snap the pics: stop now or you could…

Slashed DPNR Budget Will Impact Agency Personnel, Senate Told

Source: St. John Source From left: VICA Director Tasida Kelch, Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Felipe Ayala, DPNR Commissioner Dawn Henry and DPNR Director of Administrative Services Althea Grant testify Tuesday before the Senate Finance Committee. With its budget slashed by 17.5 percent for the upcoming fiscal year, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources…

Governing Board Decision Meetings for VIEDC and VIEDB Set for June 21

Source: St. John Source Wayne L. Biggs Jr., acting chief executive officer of the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development (USVIEDA), has announced that a Governing Board Decision Meeting by the Economic Development Commission (VIEDC), a subsidiary entity of USVIEDA, will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, June 21, on the following matters: Compliance Matters:…

Judge Prompts Talks Over Child-At-Risk Lawsuit

Source: St. John Source Superior Court Judge Douglas Brady (File photo) Advocates for at-risk children went to Superior Court Monday hoping to keep a provider of counseling services on the job for those under supervision by the Department of Human Services. Instead, the judge in the case invited the parties to talk it over.…

Springette Pleads Guilty to Post Office Burglary

Source: St. John Source The Alvaro deLugo Post Office. Allen Springette, 45, of St. Thomas, pleaded guilty Thursday, June 14, to burglary of the Alvaro de Lugo Post Office, U.S. Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. Appearing before District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez, Springette admitted that, had the case proceeded to trial, the government would…

Local Music Producer/ Performer Robert Leonard Launches New Website

Source: St. John Source Robert Anthony Leonard in his recording studio Robert Anthony Leonard, a longtime fixture on the U.S. Virgin Islands music scene, has announced the launch of his newly-updated website at www.rslvirginislands.com. The fresher look and feel were implemented in preparation for the upcoming Fall 2018 season. Leonard’s music career spans over…

UVI Bulletin Board for July

Source: St. John Source UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas Campus Free Arborists’ Workshops “Preparing Your Trees for Hurricane Season and Restoring Storm Damage Trees” The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service’s (UVI-CES) Agriculture and Natural Resources Program in partnership with the V.I. Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division will hold…

RFP-030-C-2018 (P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No: RFP-030-C-2018(P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) for the Purpose of Administering an Aspiring Instructional Leadership Academy in the St. Croix District. Proposals will…

RFP-024-T-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal: RFP-024-T-2018(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 Contractors to provide School Bus Transportation Services on the island of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.…

RFP-022-T-2018 (P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal: RFP-022-T-2018 (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 firms to provide Next Generation Science Standards Professional Development Training and Job-Embedded Coaching in the…

Whirlwind Continues For Young V.I. Musicians

Source: St. John Source From left, V.I. musicians Howard Peters, Josh Farrell, Eljhaie Brathwaite, Jairay Patty and Shamoi Rodgers. Monday’s Delta flight from St. Thomas to the mainland was loaded with talent. Five of the Virgin Islands most promising jazz artists boarded a flight that would get them to Portland, Maine, and a seven-day…

Dynamic Dancers Represent V.I. in Stateside Recital

Source: St. John Source Dynamic Dancers Noelle Boynes, Jahslynn Clendinen, and A’Jehnyah Bramble (Photo by Michele Roy DuBois) St. John’s Dynamic Dancers have had an exciting summer, and it’s only June. Led by Pat Richards, the Dynamic Dancers, recently returned from the mainland, where they performed in a New Hampshire dance recital titled “The…

Rally Kicks Off Summer Reading Challenge on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source Students join author Rick Grant at Saturday’s rally kicking off the 10th Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge. The 10th Annual Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge kicked off in the St. Croix District with a pep rally Saturday for more than 400 Alfredo Andrews and Eulalie Rivera Elementary students that included guest speakers,…

Marriott Ownership Resorts (St.Thomas), Inc., Plaintiff, vs. Joseph Benitich, Marisa Doulos, Et Al., Defendants

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

STT Man Charged with Domestic Violence

Source: St. John Source Norman Bryan, 55, was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with simple assault/domestic violence, the V.I. Police Department reported. According to police, on May 12 the VIPD’s Domestic Violence Unit was notified of an incident that had taken place the previous week, on May 6, in which a woman reported she…

Dancing Classrooms Grads Take a Bow

Source: St. John Source Dancing Classrooms students take on the tango. If the goal of Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands was to help students break out of their shells in a safe environment, it certainly accomplished that with Antilles fifth-grader Samantha LeCuyer. “The most important thing I learned with the dances was not being scared,”…

VIWMA Evaluating Operating Wastewater Plants

Source: St. John Source Veolia’s wastewater treatment plant on St. Thomas. (Image from Veolia’s website) The V.I. Waste Management Authority said Friday it is evaluating plans to operate the wastewater treatment plants on St. Thomas and St. Croix without the help of third-party contractor Veolia, which announced Thursday that it is going to turn…

Government Vows in Court to Erase GERS Debt

Source: St. John Source St. Thomas District Courthouse Officials representing the Government of the Virgin Islands told a federal judge the government should have its debt to the Government Employees Retirement System paid up by July. Grace Fahie-Lindo, payroll director for the Department of Finance, made the statement Wednesday at an evidentiary hearing to…

Virtue of the Week: Enthusiasm

Source: St. John Source Enthusiasm is being cheerful, happy and full of spirit. It is doing something wholeheartedly and eagerly. When you are enthusiastic, you have a positive attitude. Enthusiasm is being inspired. You are practicing enthusiasm when you: – Smile, laugh and enjoy what you do, – Look forward to something eagerly, –…

Police Investigate Armed Home Robbery on St John

Source: St. John Source Two women were in their residence at Enighed on St. John Saturday night when the home was invaded by two armed, masked men who robbed them of cash and personal items, the V.I. Police Department reported. According to police, two women, whose named were not reported, told police that at…

Senate OKs Bill That Toughens Human Trafficking Laws

Source: St. John Source Sen. Sammuel Sanes at Thursday’s senate hearing (V.I. Legislature Photo.) Lawmakers on Thursday approved what they called a long overdue bill that increases penalties for crimes involving human trafficking in the Virgin Islands. “It is a worldwide problem and we have it right here in the Virgin Islands: women, children…

Beach Advisory for June 11-15

Source: St. John Source Hawksnest Beach on St. Johb 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…

IFB039DOEC18(S)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No: IFB039DOEC18(S) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Bids from qualified firm(s) to purchase Technology Equipment and Supplies in the St. Croix School District. Bids will be received by…

ALERT: VIPA Cruz Bay Parking Lot to Close Until July 9

Source: St. John Source   Victor Sewer Marine Facility in Cruz Bay The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) advises the public that its parking lot at the Victor Sewer Marine Facility (The Creek) in Cruz Bay, St. John, will be closed for three weeks to allow the Carnival Village to be constructed for St.…

UVI Offers Two Free Summer Computer Camps

Source: St. John Source Computer (Bill Kossler photo) The University of the Virgin Islands is offering two summer programs for computer skills. The ThunderbirdCup/Cyber Patriot Camp – St. Thomas (Middle and High Schools only) will be held for one week, from 9 a.m. to noon, June 25-20, at St. Thomas Campus (Lower Campus CAB…

BVI Native Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Conspiracy

Source: St. John Source Khadin Fahie, 23, pleaded guilty on Wednesday before District Judge Curtis Gomez to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 15 but less than 40 kilogram of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced today. Fahie sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18. The V.I. Police Department conducted a routine…

UVI Bulletin Board for June and July

Source: St. John Source UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas Campus Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training for “Renewal of Certified Commercial and Private Applicator License” to be held on June 11 and 12 on the St. Thomas Campus All certified applicators, especially those interested in having their applicator license renewed before expiration are…

Hostile Students Making Woodson School Bus Too Dangerous

Source: St. John Source A school bus picks up students at a St. Croix school in 2017. (Ivy Hunter photo) A group of hostile John H. Woodson Junior High students from the Harvey, Profit and Clifton Hill areas have repeatedly thrown cans and trash at the bus driver, intentionally yelled to try to startle…

Police Investigating Solberg Homicide

Source: St. John Source A man was found shot to death in his car in the middle of the roadway in Solberg on St. Thomas, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim was identified by next of kin as 23-year-old Jamal George. According to police, the 911 dispatcher received a report at 10:19 a.m.…

Summer Math Challenge Open to Students Completing Grade 8

Source: St. John Source The Virgin Islands Department of Education Office of Curriculum and Instruction encourages parents of students who have completed grades 1-8 during the 2017-18 school year to take advantage of the Summer Math Challenge, which is a free online math skills maintenance program based on grade-level standards that helps prepare students…

V.I. Youth Excel: Nathan Brathwaite and Ricky James

Source: St. John Source Lehigh University students line up for graduation. (Lehigh University photo) At any given time, students from the U.S. Virgin Islands are making their mark in academia outside of the territory. Nathan Brathwaite of St. Thomas graduated May 21 with a bachelor’s in business and economics with a major in accounting…

viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐011

Source: St. John Source VIRGIN ISLANDS NEXT GENERATION NETWORK viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐011 ________________________________________________________ Invitation for Bids for Cisco Smart Net Bidders may pick up a hard copy of the IFB package containing specifications and other requirements relating to this solicitation at viNGN, No 3 King Cross Street, Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands 00820, or at viNGN, 9015…

Emergency Prescription Assistance Extended Through Aug. 15 for Disaster Survivors

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency The U.S. Health and Human Services’ federal program that provides emergency prescription assistance for survivors who have no prescription insurance coverage has been extended through Aug. 15. “This program provides vital assistance to people without insurance who rely upon certain prescription medicines to protect their health…

Lawyer Warns Homeowners about Timely Insurance Settlements

Source: St. John Source Photo taken in September shows hurricane damaged property on St. John. Homeowners filing post-hurricane damage claims are being warned to check the terms on their insurance policies. The lawyer who issued this warning recently reached out to St. John residents to share the word with them. Most homeowners insurance policy…

V.I. to Receive $25,000 to Develop Outdoor Recreation

Source: St. John Source Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Monday that $25,000 in revenues available through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act will be distributed to U.S. Virgin Islands. The money is to be used for Land and Water Conservation Fund grants that support outdoor recreation and…

King of the Wing Competition Draws Crowd to Magens Bay

Source: St. John Source Magens Bay was packed with chicken wing lovers Saturday. (Gerard Sperry photo) French Quarter Bistro displays its exotic recipe infused with lemongrass, jalapeño pepper and unnamed spices. (Gerard Sperry photo) The ninth annual King of the Wing competition drew 42 teams to Magens Bay Beach on Saturday to battle for…

Ranger American to Host Business After Hours June 14

Source: St. John Source St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Ranger American will host the next St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 14, at Petite Pump Room. Everyone is encouraged to invite a business acquaintance to accompany them. Unwind, mingle and enjoy… There will be complimentary…

V.I. National Track and Field Championships Set for June 16

Source: St. John Source The new track and field at St. Croix Educational Complex The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) will host the Virgin Islands National Track and Field Championships from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 16, at the St. Croix Educational High School Complex track and field. The competition…

Attorneys Discuss Probate Problems at Town Hall Meeting

Source: St. John Source Janelle Sarauw (File photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature) Decisions on who gets what from an estate when the owner dies are made in in the Probate Division of the V. I. Superior Court. The decisions don’t take forever. It just seems that way sometimes. Sen. Janelle Sarauw…

Virtue of the Week: Generosity

Source: St. John Source Generosity is giving and sharing. You share freely, not with the idea of receiving something in return. You find ways to give others happiness, and give just for the joy of giving. Generosity is one of the best ways to show love and friendship. You are practicing generosity when you:…

Two Charged with Unauthorized Firearm Possession

Source: St. John Source Two men were arrested Saturday after a being stopped at a traffic checkpoint and charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, the V.I. Police Department reported. According to police, at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday officers were conducting a traffic check point on Upper Love Rd. near the Anglican Church when…

Homicides 2018 – A Chronological Log

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

Akeem Lettsome Killed in Tutu Hi-Rise Shooting

Source: St. John Source A 29-year-old man was killed by gunshot Saturday afternoon at Tutu Hi-Rise housing community, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim was identified by next of kin as Akeem Lettsome. At about 4:31 p.m. Saturday the 911 call center received a report that a man had been shot in the…

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