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April 23, 2018

U.S. Virgin Islands

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

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

Facing Reality: Climate Change

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

Hull Bay Community Digs In to Celebrate Earth Day

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

Most Recent Government Retirees Are Still Checkless

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

Carnival Village Honors Judy Watson and the Gypsies

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

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

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

The Forum Announces Upcoming Events

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

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

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

Homicide 2018

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

Man Killed in Kirwan Terrace Shooting

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

RFP-014-2018 (P)

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

DPW Begins to Remove Pile of Debris in Coral Bay Area

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

Applications Now Available for 2018 Crop Farmer of the Year Title

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

NRCS Announces 2018 Sign-up for Caribbean Conservation Programs

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

Beach Advisory for April 16-20

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

Governor Grants Administrative Leave for Virgin Islands Carnival

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

Senate Honors Rodney ‘Chief’ Varlack With Perma Plaque

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

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

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

St. John Recovery Choir to Sing the Music of Motown

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

Pistarckle Gives Results of Vento Shakespeare Festival Awards

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

Insurance Funds to Cover Airport and Facility Improvements

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

V.I. Justice Department Closes Cancryn Burglary Investigation

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

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

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

UVI Bulletin Board for April/May

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

V.I. Government Announces New Career Opportunities

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

Got FEMA Funds? The Feds Will Be Watching

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

Complex Back in Session after Mystery Odor Cancels Classes

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

Jury Convicts Trant on Firearm Charge

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

Two Guilty to Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute

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

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

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

St. Croix Icon John Tranberg Turns 102

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

RFP-015-2018 (P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal: RFP-015-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Office of Management and Budget is requesting proposals from qualified firms to provide Third Party Fiduciary Oversight and Funds Management Services for the…

Plaskett Named Outstanding Legislator for Work on Health Care in Territories

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

Senators Plan to Visit Corrections, BMV Offices

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

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

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

Terminix Employee Charged in 2015 USVI Accidental Poisoning

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

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

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

VIPD Announces Temporary Closure of Firearms Bureau

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

Property Tax Amnesty to Begin April 17

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

Board of Elections Schedules Voter Registration Drive

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

VIBE Applications for Loans/Grants Due by April 20

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

Jikelle Michael Wins 2018 Carnival Queen Crown

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

Rotary Sunrise Creates New Course for Kids Tri

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

DOE Tells Senate Schools Will Operate Close to Normal Next Year

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

VIDOE to Celebrate Annual ‘Week of the Young Child’

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

Viya’s VI Open Tennis Tournament Names Winners

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

WAPA Issuing Second Round of Post-Storm Bills

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

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

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

DLCA Sets $50 Fee for All General Licensing Applications

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

Beach Advisory for April 9-13

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

Facing Reality: The Future as History

Source: St. John Source Sunset over Charlotte Amalie (Source file photo). In the Spring of 1988, two friends are sitting on a waterfront bench in St. Thomas. One asks, “What do you think things will be like thirty years from now?” His friend replies, “I don’t know, pretty much the same I guess. Things…

Coast Guard Rescues Two Boaters South of STX

Source: St. John Source A Coast Guard rescue swimmer grabs hold of a life raft Thursday about 32 miles south of St. Croix. The helicopter crew rescued two people who had abandoned their sinking vessel. (Coast Guard photo) The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday rescued two boaters from the water approximately 32 miles south…

Applications for the Ruby Rutnik Scholarships Now Available

Source: St. John Source Vela Culbert and Larisma Maduro, the 2017 Ruby Rutnik Scholarship recipients. (Photo by Janet Cook-Rutnik) Applications for the Ruby Rutnik Scholarships are now available for the 2018-2019 school year. This year one or two awards totaling $5,000 will be given to qualifying St. John females whose family or whose self…

Disaster Pushes Government Into ‘Voluntourism’

Source: St. John Source Two visiting volunteers snorkel in Brewers Bay and log the types of debris they find. (Photo provided by VI-EPSCoR) One recent day in Paradise, while hundreds of their traveling companions were sunning on the sand or stalking bargains at Main Street shops, a group of about 25 cruise ship passengers…

Love City Community Network Hopes to Continue Operations

Source: St. John Source Ivan Jacobs, LCCN’s outreach and development director, opens a self-contained, solar-powered communications pod. Love City Community Network (LCCN,) the community-based St. John internet service provider that grew out of the destruction of last September’s hurricanes, wants to continue working with the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, allowing St. John businesses…

St. Croix Man Sentenced for Involvement in Airport Cocaine Conspiracy

Source: St. John Source Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix (V.I. Port Authority photo) Dimitrous Jefferson, 29, of St. Croix, was sentenced Monday for conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced Wednesday. Chief District Court Judge Wilma A. Lewis sentenced Jefferson to 24 months in prison,…

Senate Hears Painful, Incomplete Picture on Medical Evacuees

Source: St. John Source At a Senate Hearing on Tuesday, a testifier describes the ordeal of loved ones evacuated from the Virgin Islands for medical treatment. Lawmakers joined health and hospital officials at a Tuesday hearing that took a look at what went wrong with the evacuation of medical patients during last year’s hurricane…

Conservation Innovation Grant Applications for Up to $250,000 Available for Innovative Projects in PR, USVI

Source: St. John Source USDA-NRCS: United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service Edwin Almodóvar, United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Caribbean Area director, has announced the availability of up to $250,000 in 2018 Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and…

UVI Bulletin Board for April III

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Literary Festival & Book Fair Set for April 13-14 The fourth Annual Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair is scheduled for April 13 and 14, 2018 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) on St. Croix. The program will be…

HUD Sets Aside $1.6 Billion For V.I. Pending Action Plan

Source: St. John Source Funding announced from HUD Tuesday will help the territory repair public facilities like the Tutu Hi-Rise Apartments, condemned after severe damage in last fall’s storms. (Bill Kossler photo) The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has set aside $1.6 billion to award the U.S. Virgin Islands for disaster recovery,…

Reef Symposium Urges Chefs to Be Part of Solution

Source: St. John Source Yellowtail Snapper are a local favorite seafood. (Dave MacVean photo) Organizers of Reef Fest are encouraging local restaurants to be active partners in efforts to restore and sustain the local marine ecosystem. As a precursor to the April 14 event at Yacht Haven Grande, organizers held an educational seminar for…

Science Teachers Association Gives Michaelrose Ravalier National New Science Teacher Award

Source: St. John Source Michaelrose Ravalier Michaelrose Ravalier, a third-year science teacher at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas, represented the Virgin Islands public education system at the 2018 National Science Teacher Association’s (NSTA) National Conference in Atlanta, Ga., held March 14-18. She is one of the nation’s 15 National New Science…

Two Brochures on Hurricane Insurance Now Available in Spanish

Source: St. John Source Lt. Gov. Osbert E. Potter The “Hurricane Insurance Fact Sheet” and “How to Avoid Being Underinsured” brochures, which are two crucial public education documents distributed by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Division of Banking, Insurance and Financial Regulation, are now available in Spanish in hardcopy and online. “The U.S.…

IFB024DPWC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB024DPWC18(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 Melvin Evans Highway Pavement Rehabilitation and Safety Improvements VI-66(012) from Hannah’s Rest to Good Hope…

RFP-011-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No:  RFP-011-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands Energy Office is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide The Development of an Energy Assurance Plan for the U.S.…

RFP-010-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No:  RFP-010-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Human Service is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Disaster Case Management Program for the Department of Human Services…

RFP-012-2018 (P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No:  RFP-012-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Bureau of Corrections is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Installation and Maintenance of an Emergency Generator at the Golden Grove…

Senate Passes Tax Break For Medicaid and Medicare Payments

Source: St. John Source Sen. Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly during a 2017 Senate hearing. (File photo) Doctors and medical facilities will pay a reduced V.I. Gross Receipts Tax rate of 2.5 percent for services paid through the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs if a bill approved in Senate last week becomes law. Sen. Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly, the…

Feds Approve Capital Tax Break Zones in the USVI

Source: St. John Source Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (U.S. Treasury Department photo) The U.S. Treasury announced Monday it approved 14 neighborhoods on St. Thomas and St. Croix as Qualified Opportunity Zones eligible for U.S. tax breaks under the massive tax bill passed by Congress last December. A statement from Treasury quotes U.S. Treasury Secretary…

ALERT: Electrical Service Interruption Affecting 11 Feeders

Source: St. John Source Customers in the St. Thomas – St. John District are experiencing an electrical service interruption following two of three generating units tripping at the Randolph Harley Power Plant, according to the Water and Power Authority. The service interruption is affecting customers on 11 feeders. Plant personnel are working to bring…

Reef Responsible Fish Fry Promotes Coral Reef Awareness

Source: St. John Source Hundreds gather Sunday in Fort Frederik for the Reef Responsible Fish Fry, the final event of the 2018 St. Croix Food and Wine Experience. Hundreds of folks gathered Sunday evening at Fort Frederik for the final event of the 2018 St. Croix Food and Wine Experience: the Reef Responsible Fish…

Veterans Affairs Schedule Town Halls on Finding a Physician

Source: St. John Source Members of the American Legion march in the Veterans Day parade Wednesday on St. Croix. (Credit: Cenita Heywood) The Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs (VA) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (U.S. VA) will host Town Hall meetings geared towards adding physicians to the network of physicians used by…

Call for PFA Reform Largely Unheeded

Source: St. John Source V.I. Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt testifies before the Senate in 2017. (File photo) The V.I. Legislature is in no hurry to tighten control over the Public Finance Authority, despite warnings from local and federal auditors that the semi-autonomous entity currently operates without sufficient internal guards and largely out of…

Governor Sketches Out School Remediation Plan

Source: St. John Source The Julius E. Sprauve School Annex after Hurricane Irma in September. (Amy Roberts photo) At a lengthy press conference in Christiansted on Friday, Gov. Kenneth Mapp laid out a preliminary plan for getting public schools ready for the 2018-2019 school year, a plan that should bring abbreviated double sessions to…

Reef Fest to Highlight Marine Ecosystem Health

Source: St. John Source Reef Fest 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, at Yacht Haven Grande. The theme for this year’s event is Marine Ecosystem Health. Reef Fest aims to “raise environmental education and awareness within the Virgin Islands community,” according to the University of the Virgin…

Sunny Skies, Warm Hearts at Special Olympics 2018

Source: St. John Source Athletes with Janice Lee, who has organized Special Olympics events in the V.I. since 1977. High clouds and sunny skies greeted a small parade of eager student athletes Saturday at Renaissance Park on St. Croix, scene of the 2018 Virgin Islands Special Olympics. Parents and others who care for special…

Jazz In the Park Returns to St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source Music fans gather for Jazz in the Park. After a forced hurricane hiatus, Jazz in the Park returned to Roosevelt Park in Charlotte Amalie Friday, drawing more than 1,000 music fans for free concerts by world-class performers. Promptly at 5:30 p.m., the stage was filled by the Lockhart Legends Elementary…

Senate Approves Rhymer as OMB Director

Source: St. John Source Julio Rhymer testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy Committee in November, while still executive director of the V.I. Water and Power Authority. The V.I. Legislature approved Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s nomination of Water and Power Authority Executive Director Julio Rhymer for the post of budget director this week, despite…

Senate Approves Rezoning For Wharfside Village

Source: St. John Source Aerial view of Cruz Bay beachfront including Wharfside Village During its April 4 session, senators approved rezoning Wharfside Village in Cruz Bay to bring its existing jewelry stores and other businesses into compliance with current zoning laws. The rezoning changes Parcel No. 4-A Estate Cruz Bay Town, Cruz Bay Quarter,…

St. Croix Woman Killed in Traffic Accident

Source: St. John Source Stephanie Ziegler (VIPD photo) A woman died as the result of injuries suffered during an automobile accident Thursday, according to the V.I. Police Department. Police said 25-year-old Fatima Brown was in the front seat of a Toyota Celica traveling eastbound on Queen Mary Highway in the vicinity of Central High…

VIPA to Temporarily Road Close Road at Red Hook Port

Source: St. John Source VIPA Director David Mapp (File photo) The Virgin Islands Port Authority advises the public that a portion of the entrance road leading to the Urman V. Fredericks Marine Terminal in Red Hook, St. Thomas, will be closed between 5 p.m. and midnight on Tuesday, April 10.  Vehicles will not be…

WICO Board of Directors Elects Three New Members

Source: St. John Source   Vivek Daswani Three new members have been elected to serve on The West Indian Company Ltd. (WICO) Board of Directors with immediate effect. Celestino A. White Sr. The Board of Directors of the V.I. Public Finance Authority (VIPFA) chose Commissioner of Sports, Parks and Recreation Pedro Cruz; businessman Vivek…

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Friday Shakes USVI, Makes Waves

Source: St. John Source U.S. Geological Survey map of Friday’s earthquake north of St. John. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey) A moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake rumbled through the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Friday evening. Initial reports suggest that many, if not most St. Thomas and St. John…

V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue: Tax Day Extended to June 29

Source: St. John Source V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue All income taxpayers are reminded that Tax Day, which is normally on April 15, has been extended to June 29. The extended tax date also applies to calendar-year corporations, according to Marvin L. Pickering, director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue (VIBIR). This…

CFVI to Host Open House Sessions for Scholarship Applicants

Source: St. John Source Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) will host open house sessions on Saturday, April 7, on St. Thomas and St. Croix for all CFVI scholarship applicants. Students that have limited access to technology are welcome to attend the open house from 10…

VIEDC Public Hearing, Governing Board Decision Meeting Set for April 10

Source: St. John Source U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority Acting CEO Wayne L. Biggs Jr. The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDC) will hold a public hearing on the Tax Incentive Program applications of five businesses; a Governing Board Decision Meeting will continue its last meeting concerning four businesses, according to a…

CSU Predicts 2018 Hurricane Season Will Be Slightly Above Average

Source: St. John Source Sept. 19, 2017, satellite photo of Hurricane Maria. Hurricane researchers on Thursday predicted a slightly above-average Atlantic hurricane season this year, citing the relatively low likelihood of a significant El Niño as a primary factor. In its pre-hurricane season report issued Thursday the team from Colorado State University predicted 14…

CFVI to Disburse $1.8 Million in Latest Round of Grants From Fund for the Virgin Islands

Source: St. John Source Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has announced grants totaling $1,851,350 from the Fund for the Virgin Islands (FFVI). CFVI’s latest disbursement of grants will enable 23 of the territory’s non-profits, community groups, religious institutions and educational initiatives to contribute their valuable…

DOE Cancels Classes at Julius E. Sprauve School

Source: St. John Source U.S, Virgin Islands Department of Education The Office of the Insular Superintendent, St. Thomas –St. John District announces that classes at the Julius E. Sprauve School on St. John are canceled for Thursday, April 5. Parts of the island, including Cruz Bay, are experiencing an electrical service interruption not expected…

U.S. Virgin Islands Men’s Pre-Season Soccer to Begin April 8

Source: St. John Source Having restarted Grassroots, Youth and Women’s Soccer after the hurricanes, the USVI Soccer Association (USVISA) has announced the start of Men’s Soccer. The public is invited to come out to the Soccer Association field located at 23-1 Bethlehem on St. Croix to see the St. Thomas clubs compete against the…

USVI Inter-Island Boys’ Youth Soccer League at Playoff Stage

Source: St. John Source The USVI Soccer Association (USVISA) has announced its first inter- island boys’ league has reached the playoff stage. The league, which started on Feb. 3 with seven clubs, played on Saturdays at St. Croix’s AYSO field and St. Thomas’ Ivanna Eudora Kean High School field. The St. Thomas 18.3 Massive…

Education Officials Absent from Hearing on Education

Source: St. John Source Sen. Jean Forde at Tuesday’s Committee on Education, Youth and Recreation hearing. A Senate committee hearing to gather information about the recovery at V.I. public schools was abridged Tuesday due to the absence of any representation from the V.I. Department of Education at the direction of the governor. When invitations…

AG’s Office Verifies V.I. Sexual Offenders

Source: St. John Source A team of special agents with the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Investigation, along with local and federal law enforcement officers, recently conducted a territory-wide operation to verify important information of registered sexual offenders. The initiative, dubbed “Operation Ponderosa,” lasted approximately eight days. During that time the group – four…

Mapp Applies For Federal Capital Gains Tax Break Zones

Source: St. John Source Gov. Kenneth Mapp Gov. Kenneth Mapp has nominated 14 neighborhoods on St. Thomas and St. Croix as Qualified Opportunity Zones, eligible for U.S. tax breaks under the massive tax bill passed by Congress last December, Government House announced. The nominated capital gains tax break zones, which are considered 14 “low…

Brodie Pleads Guilty to Filing False Claims with Post Office

Source: St. John Source Shaquan Brodie, 21, formerly of St. John, pleaded guilty Tuesday in District Court on St. Thomas to making fraudulent insurance claims against the United States Postal Service, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. Brodie appeared before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller. According to court documents, Brodie filed 201 fraudulent claims for…

Plaskett’s Caneel Bay Resort Bill Sparks Community Questions

Source: St. John Source Caneel Bay Resort showing damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The fate of St. John’s oldest and arguably most iconic tourism property, Caneel Bay Resort, is uncertain, and a bill that Delegate Stacey Plaskett says will speed up its reopening is raising some eyebrows. The bill, which was introduced in…

Bordeaux Welcomes the Return of the Ag Fair

Source: St. John Source Patrons view the varied displays at the Agriculture Fair. The annual Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari Agricultural and Cultural Vegan Food Fair returned Saturday and Sunday, a little late but as popular as ever, two days of local produce, drinks, dishes, art, and hair and beauty products. The array of handmade crafts…

UVI President Responds to Rape Reported on St. Thomas Campus

Source: St. John Source The University of the Virgin Islands is stunned by an alleged sexual assault that occurred on the St. Thomas Campus early Saturday morning, UVI officials said in a statement Monday. The young woman who was assaulted was a UVI student. However, the individual that is alleged to have committed this…

The Goal Is to Bring Back Five Star Tourism to St. John

Source: St. John Source Caneel Bay Resort Congresswoman Plaskett: As you are aware, Hurricanes Irma and Maria dealt a severe blow to the economy of the Virgin Islands.  The hospitality industry is central to our economy and bringing back Caneel Bay – a major hotel – as quickly as possible is critical.  St. John’s…

Chicken’n Bowling Coming Soon to St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source Chicken’n Bowling, a four lane alley, which will open soon on St. Thomas. (Photo provided by Chicken’n Bowling) By the time Hurricane Irma hit last September, St. Thomas businessman Hooman Pedram had already bought most of the equipment in the abandoned V.I. Christian Ministries Bowling Alley. “It was all for…

Virtue of the Week: Trust

Source: St. John Source Trust is having faith in someone or something. It is a positive attitude about life. You are confident that the right thing will happen without trying to control it or make it happen. Even when difficult things happen, trust helps us to find the gift or lesson in it. You…

Easter Camping on St. Croix: A Fellowship of Family and Friends

Source: St. John Source Easter camping near Frederiksted. (Anne Salafia photo) During Easter campign, Jamilah Haarvey Moorehead, who is retired from the military, shares a tent with her ‘girly-girly’ twin, Vivienne Harvey Pacquette. (Anne Salafia photo) From Cramer’s Park on St. Croix’s east end to Cowboy Beach on the west, Easter campers have pitched…

Police Release Name of Thursday Homicide VIctim

Source: St. John Source The victim of a fatal shooting that took place Thursday in Estate Hogensborg, Frederiksted on St. Croix has been identified as 23-year-old Robert Courtney Bascus, the VIPD Criminal Investigations Bureau announced. Bascus was identified by his mother. Police had discovered the body of an unresponsive black male shortly after midnight…

V.I. Pride: The Lifeblood of Culture and Identity

Source: St. John Source Mocko jumbies in madras pattern huddle along a parade route. The concept of culture is so ubiquitous in the islands of the Caribbean that you will find the word littered across every promotional brochure and advertisement. It encompasses the language and dialect, the food, the clothing, the traditions, the music,…

24-year-old Killed in St. Croix Water Gut Shooting

Source: St. John Source A St. Croix man was killed just after midnight Saturday in a shooting in Christiansted’s Water Gut area, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim was identified as 24-year-old Alex Gonzalez, who succumbed to injuries sustained from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was identified by a family member.…

V.I. Board of Nurse Licensure Extends Licenses to April 30

Source: St. John Source In October 2017, the Virgin Islands Board of Nurse Licensure (VIBNL) announced an extension of licensure set to expire Dec. 31, 2017, which was extended through March 30, 2018. However, due to circumstances that include the displacement of the VIBNL’s office and inaccessibility to the board’s records, the VIBNL is…

Pistarckle Seeks Submissions for New Playwrights Festival

Source: St. John Source Pistarckle Theater Pistarckle Theater is sponsoring a New Playwrights Festival for Virgin Islands adults and youth. Playwrights are asked to submit previously unproduced and unstaged plays as soon as possible. Submit the play in Word format by Friday, April 13, to marketing@pistarckletheater.com. Include your name, address and cell phone with…

V.I. Holds Naturalization Ceremony for 52 Petitioners

Source: St. John Source A Naturalization Ceremony Ceremony was held on May 29. In celebration of Transfer Day, the District Court of the Virgin Islands hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on St. Thomas on March 29.   The ceremony took place on the grounds of the Ron de Lugo Federal Building and Courthouse.  A total of…

Emergency Prescription Assistance Program Extended Into May

Source: St. John Source FEMA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have extended the deadline for the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program through May 15. If person does not have prescription insurance coverage or has lost medicine or medical supplies due to the hurricanes, he or she could qualify for a free…

V.I. Children’s Museum Reopens After Hurricanes

Source: St. John Source Children learn while playing at the V.I. Children’s Museum. Local children rejoiced as the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum reopened at its new location in the Buccaneer Mall in Havensight on March 25. The interactive museum hosts exhibits that explore science and technology, allowing patrons to learn while having fun. Topics…

Future History Makers: Dianna Arthurton and Vashti Parris

Source: St. John Source Vashti Parris and Dianna Arthurton at St. Croix Educational Complex. According to HuffPost, members of Generation Z have higher life expectations than previous age groups, and St. Croix Educational Complex students Dianna Arthurton and Vashti Parris are good examples – both are interested in pursuing two careers. Arthurton, age 15,…

Jah’Quane Graham Wins 2018 Territorial Intermediate Spelling Bee

Source: St. John Source Territorial Intermediate Spelling Bee Champion Jah’Quane Graham. Following an exciting 13 round competition, Juanita Gardine Elementary School sixth grader Jah’Quane Graham correctly spelled “exceedingly” to win the 2018 Territorial Intermediate Spelling Bee Tuesday at Charlotte Amalie High School. Graham will travel to Washington, D.C. to represent the Virgin Islands in…

Police Seek Help in Identifying Frederiksted Homicide Victim

Source: St. John Source Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the victim of a homicide that occurred Thursday in Estate Hogensborg in Frederiksted. According to the V.I. Police Department, the 911 center received a call at 12:42 p.m. Thursday reporting an unresponsive male. Officers at the scene discovered the body of a…

Human Services Extends Re-certification of SNAP, TANF Programs

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Human Services Felicia Blyden. (File photo) There will be a six-month re-certification extension for all ongoing cases in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps), and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, according to a press release from the V.I. Department of Human Services…

SBA to Close Two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers for Good Friday

Source: St. John Source U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Wednesday that the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) at the VIYA building on St. Croix and the Nisky Center on St. Thomas will close in observance of the Easter Holiday on Good Friday, March 30.  SBA representatives can provide…

UVI Bulletin Board for April

Source: St. John Source Institute for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (ILOE) Learning Programs Announces Two Programs The UVI Institute for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (ILOE) in association with Compliance Aid, announces two exciting new learning programs: Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes (AMLFC) Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Certification (CAMLFC) The program start date is…

Board of Elections Titling Board to Meet April 3

Source: St. John Source Elections System of the Virgin Islands The Titling Board will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, regarding the initiative proposal submitted by the St. Croix Government Retirees Inc.  (SCGR), according to a press release issued by Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes. The public hearing will be held via video-conferencing…

Jury Deadlocked on Main Charge in Hatcher Trial

Source: St. John Source Ronald Hatcher in 2009. (File photo) After deliberating for two days, jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict on whether retired V.I. Police Officer Ronald Hatcher was criminally responsible for the 2013 shooting death of 43-year-old Jose Edgardo Rivera Berrios. Hatcher was originally charged with second-degree murder, but the prosecution…

It’s Time for A Centennial Wake-Up Call

Source: St. John Source Ivan Butcher II Dear Source: I have expressed many times that we here in the Virgin Islands wouldn’t have to be struck by a devastating storm to feel its impact. Especially one that has gone up the east-coast of the United States, which is where the responders, resources and suppliers…

VIEDA Notice of Public Hearing and Governing Board Meetings

Source: St. John Source U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING All interested persons are hereby notified that in accordance with Section 717 Chapter 12 of Title 29, Virgin Islands Code, as amended, a public hearing for the Virgin Islands Economic Development Commission (“VIEDC”), a subsidiary entity of the U.S. Virgin…

Anonymous Allegations Lead to Audit of V.I. Public TV

Source: St. John Source Tanya-Marie Singh testifies before the Senate in 2016. (File photo) An anonymous current or former employee of V.I. Public Television WTJX has circulated a letter accusing WTJX Executive Director Tanya Marie Singh of a laundry list of misdeeds, from misusing funds, spending excessively on personal travel and dining and fostering…

Public Works Aims to Have All Traffic Lights Working by Summer

Source: St. John Source A broken traffic signal hangs over an intersection near Fort Christian. (David MacVean photo) The Department of Public Works is making the busiest intersections its top priority as it works to have all electronic traffic signals in the USVI operational “by summertime,” Commissioner Nelson M. Petty, Jr. said in an…

Williams Delight Shooting Leaves One Dead

Source: St. John Source A 43-year-old man, Raymond Melendez, was killed in a shooting Sunday evening in the Williams Delight Housing Community, the V.I. Police Department reported. According to police at 11:26 p.m. Sunday, residents in the Williams Delight Housing Community called 911 to report hearing the sound of shots fired. At the scene,…

USVI May Stop Treating Wastewater Without an Immediate $4.7 Million

Source: St. John Source Veolia’s wastewater treatment plant on St. Thomas. (Image from Veolia’s website) Veolia, the company that built and operates the territory’s St. Thomas and St. Croix wastewater treatment plants, may stop operations unless the government pays more than a year and a half in past-due invoices. On March 12, Stephen Kruger,…

More Than 450 Children Attend ‘Easter at the Movies’ ADA Event

Source: St. John Source Children and their parents were treated to popcorn and drinks during the weekend screenings of “Sherlock Gnomes” at Caribbean Cinemas on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Over the weekend, children with varying abilities flocked to the “Cultivating Inclusion – Easter at the Movies” event hosted by Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp.…

IFB023DPPC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB023DPPC18(C) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Bids from qualified firm(s) for the Repairs to the Veterans Affairs Office in Christiansted, St. Croix. Bids will be received by…

IFB022DPPC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB022DPPC18(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 Fence Repairs at the Department of Property & Procurement, St. Croix. Bids will be received by…

IFB021DPPC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB021DPPC18(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 Roof Repairs at the Department of Property & Procurement, St. Croix. Bids will be received…

RFP-010-2018 (P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal: RFP-010-2018 (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…

VIWMA Releases Easter Holiday, Transfer Day Schedule

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority facility The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team advises the community of the hours of operation for the VIWMA’s facilities and administrative offices in observance of the Easter Holidays and Transfer Day. Schedule for Landfills, Transfer Stations (TS), and Convenience Centers (CC)…

Tavarez Charged with Aggravated Rape of 14-Year-Old

Source: St. John Source Osvaldo M. Tavarez (VIPD photo) Officers from the Criminal Investigation Bureau on St. Thomas arrested 47-year-old Osvaldo M. Tavarez Saturday after he admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl a month ago, the V.I. Police Department reported. According to police, a person called the 911 call center at…

Reopening of STT Walgreens Draws Steady Stream of Customers

Source: St. John Source Customers line up at the checkout Monday at the re-opening of Walgreens on St. Thomas. (Kelsey Nowakowski photo) More than six months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused substantial structural damage to the pharmacy chain’s only location in the territory, Walgreens on St. Thomas reopened Monday. Throughout the day and…

Angel Dawson Running for Governor With Marise James as Running Mate

Source: St. John Source Angel Dawson and Marise James, center, seen here with their spouses Leslie Dawson and Anthony Paul, announced their campaign Saturday. (Submitted photo) Former Finance Commissioner and bank executive Angel Dawson introduced St. Croix attorney Marise James as his running mate Saturday as he announced his candidacy for governor at the…

WAPA Board Approves Insurance Policies

Source: St. John Source A WAPA line truck. (File photo) The governing board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority approved the purchase of both property and liability insurance policies Monday, according to the utility. Wortham Insurance will provide property insurance coverage at a cost of just under $1.5 million. The annual policy…

CFVI Announces Availability of Academic Scholarships for Students

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

Division of Personnel to Close for 3 Hours, Monday, March 26

Source: St. John Source USVI Division of Personnel The Division of Personnel Office will be closed territory-wide from 8 a.m. through 11 a.m. on Monday, March 26, according to Director of the Division of Personnel Milton E. Potter.  The staff will be participating in an in-service training.  Some staff members will be available for…

The Long Road Back for Nelthropp Arboretum Has Begun

Source: St. John Source Manu Afshar, Antonio Farchette, Owen Clower begin the work ahead of them. (sap photo) What a few short months ago was a muted haven for exotic trees gracefully sharing the fecund forest floor with invasive and native species alike is today a tangled, nearly impenetrable crush of mammoth felled trunks,…

Medicaid Registrations Way Up in Territory

Source: St. John Source Luis Sylvester While the territory’s hospitals were devastated by September’s hurricanes, more residents are eligible for medical assistance and the Virgin Islands government will be paying less for it. Luis Sylvester, representing Molina Medicaid Solutions in the U.S. Virgin Islands, gave members of the Senate Committee on Health, Hospitals, and…

Mapp Marks Passing of Author, Educator Moolenaar

Source: St. John Source Ruth-Marie Moolenaar, culture bearer, author and educator, died March 10 at the age of 99. Gov. Kenneth Mapp last week marked the passing of a well-known St. Thomas educator and author, Ruth-Marie Moolenaar, one of the territory’s significant culture bearers, who died at her home March 10 at the age…

V.I. Officials Travel to Taiwan for Energy Expo

Source: St. John Source Senate President Myron Jackson. (File photo) Senate President Myron D. Jackson is part of a delegation of Virgin Islands public and private sector leaders traveling to Taiwan to participate in the Taipei Smart City Summit and Expo 2018. The conference, a four-day event from March 27 through 30, at Taipei…

Senators Ask What’s Wrong at Youth Rehabilitation Center

Source: St. John Source Commissioner of Human Services Felicia Blyden testifies at a hearing Friday. Senators expressed concern Friday about the living conditions and the food served at St. Croix’s Youth Rehabilitation Center (YRC) during a Committee on Health, Hospitals, and Human Services hearing. YRC residents are automatically locked in their rooms for at…

Government House Gives Update on Debris Removal Details

Source: St. John Source T Hurricane debris being sorted in the USVI. o date, roughly 750,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris has been picked up across all islands and more than a thousand transformers have been removed from the territory, along with some three thousand power poles and almost two million feet of conductor…

WAPA Plans Rotating Power Outages For STT Saturday and Sunday

Source: St. John Source The Water and Power Authority is planning to rotate power outages Saturday night and Sunday morning on St. Thomas so it can install a new 24-megawatt gas turbine generator this weekend. The new generator will make WAPA’s power generation more efficient, reliable and stable, WAPA officials say. The service rotation…

Amid Blackouts, WAPA Board Approves New Generator Lease

Source: St. John Source The V.I. Water and Power Authority governing board authorized a multimillion-dollar lease on a new 20-megawatt generator for St. Croix Thursday, as WAPA worked to restore power to all parts of St. Thomas after a generator failure. The board authorized WAPA Executive Director Lawrence Kupfer to lease the unit from…

Coast Guard Repatriates 18 to Dominican Republic

Source: St. John Source Eight men and three women were taken from this 19-foot vessel in the Mona Passage. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) The U.S. Coast Guard returned 18 Dominican migrants Friday morning to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, following two at-sea interdictions authorities Tuesday just off Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Another eight interdicted migrants, all…

IFB017VPDC18(S)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB017VPDC18(S) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Bids from qualified firm(s) for Landscaping Services for the Virgin Islands Police Department, St. Croix. Bids will be received by the…

DOE Announces 2018 Territorial Spelling Bee Slated for March 27

Source: St. John Source V.I. Department of Education The Virgin Islands Department of Education invites the community to the 45th Annual Territorial Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium, Charlotte Amalie High School. The territory’s top 12 spellers will compete for the championship title and…

Court Says Pay Past-Due Pension Contributions – But How?

Source: St. John Source Pension Contributions, Pension Payments and Payment Deficits (Click on image for larger view) The Government Employee Retirement System has won a court order directing the V.I. government to make the pension system whole, but it is unclear if the government can make those payments and also pay its other bills.…

Slow Insurance Settlements Leading to Lawsuits

Source: St. John Source A damaged St. Thomas home with a blue tarp roof in March 2018. (Bill Kossler photo) Many Virgin Islanders are seeing long delays and some are complaining of low settlement offers as they negotiate insurance claims to repair their homes before hurricane season arrives again in June. There are two…

WAPA Discusses Resiliency Plan at Energy Roundtable

Source: St. John Source Much of WAPA’s solar farm in Estate Donoe was destroyed in the 2017 hurricanes. At an energy roundtable held this week to discuss recovery, rebuilding and sustainability, much of the focus was on what the V.I. Water and Power Authority has done in the wake of September’s hurricanes and how…

Devastating Natural Disasters Have More Than One Story

Source: St. John Source Piles of ancient timber, galvanized and hand carved artifacts await reuse at sacred site in Kathmandu. Crinkled galvanized, fallen trees and piles of debris and personal belongings fought for space along what remained of the roads, while downed utility poles were still creating dangerous obstacle courses as I left the…

St. Croix Triathlon Season Update: No Races Scheduled for 2018

Source: St. John Source Project St. Croix, the organization that for nearly three decades has brought world class triathlon events to St. Croix, has announced that due to post-hurricane infrastructure concerns, they will not be hosting any races on island during 2018.  The events are scheduled to return in 2019. Project St. Croix has…

FEMA Still Hiring for U.S.V.I. Recovery Jobs

Source: St. John Source Federal Emergency Management Agency The Federal Emergency Management Agency is continuing to hire Virgin Islanders on St. Croix and St. Thomas to work on recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria. Positions are available for community planners, historic preservation specialists, an environmental specialist, a flood insurance specialist, an administrative assistant and…

RFP-009-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal: RFP-009-2018 (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 licensed service providers to provide Asbestos Abatement and Disposal Services at the Charlotte Amalie High School…

IFB010DOET18(S)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31, Virgin Islands Code, request sealed bids in QUINTUPLICATE (1 original and 4 copies) for the following IFB010DOET18(S) – Provide Daily Inter-Island Ferry Transportation Services to the Department of Education for Students, Teachers & Administrators between the islands of St.…

VIPA Working to Repair Airports and Marine Facilities

Source: St. John Source Port Authority board members Jose Penn and Marvin Forbes discuss a compliance audit at Wednesday’s meeting. Damian Cartwright, assistant executive director of the V.I. Port Authority, told the VIPA board Wednesday that work is progressing on the taxiways, generators, lighting and the baggage claim at the Cyril King Airport, and…

Court Detains Two on Cocaine Charges

Source: St. John Source Dexter Harley, a 32-year-old resident of Tortola in the BVI, and Jose Squiabro, 44 of St. Thomas, were detained Wednesday on charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert, announced. Both men made their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on…

Greer Gets 10 Years for Biting Off Piece of Man’s Ear

Source: St. John Source V.I. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Mackay on Tuesday sentenced Emanuel Greer to 10 years in prison for an ear-biting incident that occurred in June 2016, according to the V.I. Department of Justice. In a news release, the DOJ reported that the 47-year-old Greer, of Calabash Boom on St. John, was…

Federal Funding for U.S. Virgin Islands Tops $1 Billion

Source: St. John Source Federal Coordinating Officer of FEMA Region II Bill Vogel (Jamie Leonard photo) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its partners have provided more than $1 billion to households, businesses, territorial agencies and flood insurance policyholders to help them recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria. As of March 19, the…

IFB020DPWC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB020DPWC18(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 Calquohoun Drainage Improvement in the Vicinity of Plot 17-4, Frederiksted, St. Croix. Bids will be…

IFB019DPWC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB019DPWC18(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 to Estate Calquohoun Residential Roadways in the Vicinity of Plot 54, Frederiksted, St.…

Some Nonprofits May Close as Government Cuts Off Funds

Source: St. John Source Kendall Tutein talks about funding for the Village Partners in Recovery during Tuesday’s meeting, After two days of meetings with government representatives, local nonprofit organizations said they still do not know when they will receive payments for the last three quarters and some say they may be forced to close…

In the Matter of the Estate of Eardley James a/k/a Eardley J. James a/k/a Eardly James, Deceased

Source: St. John Source IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. THOMAS AND ST. JOHN  IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: EARDLEY JAMES A/K/A EARDLEY J. JAMES A/K/A EARDLY JAMES,                                                                     Deceased. PROBATE NO. ST-16-PB-59 NOTICE OF HEARING ON FINAL ACCOUNT             NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,  that the…

UVI Bulletin Board for March and April

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands – St. Croix Campus UVI STEM Students Win National Awards at the 2018 ERN Conference Three University of the Virgin Islands undergraduate students emerged victorious after their presentations were judged at the Annual Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM, Feb. 22 – 24, at…

Dozens of Nonprofits Left In Lurch By V.I. Budget Crisis

Source: St. John Source Women and men of all ages join to march through the streets of Christiansted for the Women’s March. The St. Croix Women’s Coalition, Boys and Girls Clubs, sports groups, steel bands, the USVI’s only drug rehabilitation center and dozens of other nonprofits apparently will not be funded this year due…

Banco Popular Changes Name to Popular

Source: St. John Source Banco Popular will change its name in March 2018 Since 1981, Banco Popular has provided financial services in the Virgin Islands while also fostering strong community relationships. Now, continuing its commitment to the region, the financial institution will operate as ‘Popular.’ “Customers’ financial needs have evolved over time, driving to…

A Government the U.S. Virgin Islands Needs and Deserves

Source: St. John Source David F. Obando, pastor of Iglesia de Dios, Estrella de la Mañana. (Source file photo) For more than a decade and a half, the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands have not had a very good experience as it relates to our government. Unfortunately, this trend has been taking place…

GESC/Health Insurance Public Notice

Source: St. John Source GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES GESC/HEALTH INSURANCE BOARD OF TRUSTEES GERS Complex, 3rd Floor 3438 Kronprindsens Gade St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802 March 19, 2018 NOTICE: Please be advised that in accordance with Title 3 Chapter 25 Subchapter VIII Section 633(b) the GESC/Health Insurance Board is authorized to…

The V.I. Needs ACT Now

Source: St. John Source National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix applauds Senator Nereida “Nellie” Rivera-O’Reilly and Senator Janette Millin Young for hosting the VI Mental Health Forums on March 6, 2018 and March 7, 2018. The Virgin Islands community continues…

St. Croix Turns Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Source: St. John Source A festive crowd gathers to view the parade from the front steps of Government House in St. Croix. (Ivy Hunter photo) Christiansted sported all shades of green Saturday when the 49th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade tramped through the town from Hospital Street to Times Square and down to the…

Virtue of the Week: Tact

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

Tour Surveys Hurricane Damage in Historic Dronningens Quarter

Source: St. John Source Houses climb the hill on Garden Street. (David MacVean photo) The St. Thomas Historical Trust hosted a walking tour Sunday through one of the oldest neighborhoods on St. Thomas. About 30 members of the Historical Trust gathered at Emancipation Garden and were led up Garden Street by Felipe Ayala, Jr.,…

Future V.I. History Makers: Amira Claxton and Trey Francis

Source: St. John Source Editor’s note: “Future V.I. History Makers” is series of profiles on young Virgin Islanders destined to make their mark on the world. CHS sophomores Trey Francis and Amira Claxton are vice president and president, respectively, of their class. Even at the age of 15, Amira Claxton and Trey Francis think…

Kean H.S. ScubaRays Win 2018 District SeaPerch Robotics Competition

Source: St. John Source SeaPerch Robotics Competition The Ivanna Eudora Kean High School (IEKHS) ScubaRays won first place in the St. Thomas–St. John District’s 3rd annual SeaPerch Robotics Competition held Saturday, March 10, at Olga’s Fancy Pool in Frenchtown. Seniors Claudius Abraham Jr. and Joel Williams, who make up the ScubaRays, will travel to…

Cancer Support VI in St. Thomas to Present Lecture on Colon Cancer

Source: St. John Source Cancer Support VI lecture Cancer Support VI, sponsored by International Capital & Management Company, announces its next free presentation will be by Dr. Lawrence Goldman, gastroenterologist.  He will discuss colon cancer and procedures he performs in Suite 208 of the Paragon Medical Building. The lecture will be held at noon…

Viya to Update Cable TV Channel Line-Up on April 16

Source: St. John Source In Viya’s continuing efforts to provide an optimal entertainment experience in the territory, it announces the launch of nine new channels and other enhancements to the existing channel line-up.  Effective April 16, Viya will launch the following new channels: Channel Name: Viya Channel Number Olympic Channel: 49 Universal Kids: 79…

viNGN Reminds Community of Free Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Source: St. John Source V.I. Next Generation Network As the territory crosses over into its sixth month of recovery following hurricanes Irma and Maria, many are still in need of Internet services. Local Internet providers continue working diligently, but full restoration is proving to be a challenge. The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN)…

Lieutenant Governor Announces Increase in Passport Fees

Source: St. John Source United States Virgin Islands Office of the Lieutenant Governor The U.S. Department of State has increased passport execution fees from $25 to $35, effective April 2.  The $10 increase will only apply to U.S. passport applicants who are required to apply using the DS-11 form in person at the passport…

From Bad Things Good Things Can Come

Source: St. John Source Priscilla Hintz Rivera Knight Dear Source: Whenever something bad would happen to me as a child, my very wise Puerto Rican grandmother would comfort me by saying, “No hay mal que por bien no venga.” From bad things good things can come, or in other words, “Every cloud has a…

Non-Profit Expands Advocacy for Residents of U.S. Territories

Source: St. John Source Neil Weare Dear Source: We the People Project, a non-profit founded in 2013 to advance equality and civil rights in U.S. territories, recently changed its name to “Equally American.” “For the last five years we have been working to end the second-class status of Americans living in U.S. territories, so…

St. Thomas Native Raises $104,000 Online for Hurricane Relief

Source: St. John Source USVI Publishing Fundraiser, an online fundraiser begun by Kheryn Callender, has raised $104,695.77 for the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands’ hurricane relief efforts. Callender is an author of the forthcoming book “Hurricane Child” and works in book publishing in New York City. She was born and raised on St.…

Good News: Feds Pay All Debris Removal Costs Through May

Source: St. John Source Storm debris collected in Coral Bay ball field on St. John. In very good news for the territory, President Donald Trump has extended the period in which the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of hurricane debris removal and for emergency protective measures. Previously, the federal government…

IFB009DOJT18 (C)

Source: St. John Source Invitation for Bid No:  IFB009DOJT18 (C) Pursuant to Title 31, Chapter 23, Section 236 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands Department of Justice is requesting bids from Qualified Contractors to furnish all labor, tools, equipment, machinery and supplies necessary for Interior Renovation & Upgrade of…

LPP Mortgage, LTD., f/k/a Loan Participant Partners, LTD., Plaintiff, vs. Carol M. Burke, Calvin Burke, a/k/a Calvin D. Burke, Et Al., Defendants

Source: St. John Source IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DIVISION OF ST. CROIX LPP MORTGAGE LTD., f/k/a LOAN                      PARTICIPANT PARTNERS, LTD.,                                                  Plaintiff,                                             vs.            CAROL M. BURKE,  CALVIN BURKE,…

Baha’i Community Celebrating New Year 175 in Virgin Islands

Source: St. John Source Bahá’í study circle in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo March 1 through March 20, the Baha’i Community of the Virgin Islands joined five million Baha’is worldwide in their annual period of fasting and celebrating.  For 19 days, Baha’is abstain from food and drink during the daylight hours, sunrise to…

Alert: Escaped Golden Grove Prisoner Loose on STX

Source: St. John Source Nathaniel Thomas, convicted of reckless endangerment Tuesday escaped from Golden Grove Thursday night and was still missing Friday. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office) Nathaniel Thomas, who also goes by Jahreek, J, Ringo and R, escaped from Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility Thursday night and is still loose. Thomas…

FEMA Approves $182 Million More For WAPA

Source: St. John Source WAPA workers repair electrical lines after September hurricanes. (File photo) The Federal Emergency Management Agency is granting another $182 million to the Water and Power Authority and the Waste Management Authority to pay for restoration of electric power and debris removal. While the sum is large, WAPA officials say it…

WMA Board Puts Pressure on Staff to Complete FEMA Paperwork

Source: St. John Source Contracts are outstanding for WMA haulers who helped with debris removal after the hurricanes. Waste Management Authority staff were put in the hot seat Thursday by board members pressuring them to complete the paperwork required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover the payment of contracts for debris removal…

‘Your Silence Will Not Protect You’

Source: St. John Source Women’s Coalition of St. Croix On March 7, 2018, the non-profit organizations that receive “Miscellaneous” funding through the VI Department of Human Services received an email stating that we would not be receiving payment for Fiscal Year 2018, nor would we be receiving our allotment from the fourth quarter of…

RFP-008-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source Request for Proposal: RFP-008-2018 (P) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Office of the Governor is requesting proposals from Qualified Contractors to provide Architectural Engineering services required for the redesign and rehabilitation of Government House (The Battery) on the…

Genetic Study Finds Taino Live on in Modern Caribbeans

Source: St. John Source Worn by centuries of wind and rain, a hand-carved face peers out from a petroglyph. New studies suggest the Taino, who left behind this art, never really went away. (Bill Kossler photo) A new study finds close genetic links between ancient Taino and modern Puerto Ricans, calling into question old…

Territorial Hospital Board Fails to Approve Dialysis Contract

Source: St. John Source St. Croix Territorial Hospital Board members met on St. Croix, joined remotely by St. Thomas, discussing hospitals’ hurricane recovery Wednesday. The V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation Board approved a procurement procedure Wednesday, but not a contract to order dialysis chairs to replace hurricane damaged equipment for the Gov.…

Interior Announces $900,000 for Program to Bolster Education in Democratic Processes for Territorial Youth

Source: St. John Source U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech (US Department of Interior photo) U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech has authorized a payment of $900,000 for FY 2018 to fund the Close Up Insular Area Program.  This year’s program will bring approximately 190 high…

viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐006

Source: St. John Source VIRGIN ISLANDS NEXT GENERATION NETWORK  viNGN‐Solicitation‐2018‐006 ___________________________________________ Request for Proposals for Property and Liability Insurance Bidders may pick up a hard copy of the RFP package containing specifications and other requirements relating to this solicitation at viNGN, No 3 King Cross Street, Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands 00820, or at viNGN,…

Documentary on Main Street Dig to Air All Month

Source: St. John Source Dig in Charlotte Amalie uncovered Taino artifacts. More than 2,000 years ago there was likely a thriving Taino community in the heart of Charlotte Amalie. In 2013, contractors began turning up shards of pottery and other artifacts during otherwise routine roadwork on Main Street near Market Square. Work was temporarily…

Perma Plaque Honorees Receive Recognition at Ceremony at Capitol

Source: St. John Source Legislature of the United States Virgin Islands Irvin “Brownie” Brown, Delano “Pressure” Brown, Scott Bradley and Leona Wheatley and the V.I. Olympic Committee took center stage Tuesday at the Capitol Building as members of the 32nd Legislature, led by Sen. Myron Jackson, hosted the Perma Plaque Ceremony in honor of…

V.I.’s Hurricane Insurance Gamble Getting Riskier

Source: St. John Source Hurricane Irma’s force threw this catamaran on top of a dockside building. Dealing with damage like this can put a severe strain on insurance companies. (Love City Strong photo) As both the hurricane and the government budget seasons approach, the Virgin Islands is once again faced with a choice: Set…

V.I. Students Joining Nationwide Protest of Gun Violence

Source: St. John Source Students nationwide will protest gun violence Wednesday. The AR-15 is a focus of the gun debate. (Photo from Gun News) Many V.I. public and private schools are planning to join in a peaceful student-led protest against gun violence Wednesday. The walkout is part of a national movement to honor the…

VING, Veterans to Host Claims Clinic on St. Croix, March 15

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands National Guard The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the V.I. National Guard will host a Veterans’ Benefits Information and Claims Clinic Event. The clinic is for veterans, service members, their families and survivors. The event will…

Veterans Affairs, VING Salute the Territory’s Women Veterans

Source: St. John Source As part of Women’s History Month, the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the V.I. National Guard, will host a program to honor the military women of the community.  Female veterans, service members, their families and survivors are invited to…

CFVI Awards AT&T STEM Grants to V.I. Educators

Source: St. John Source Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) is awarding $31,500 in grants to support a variety of Science-Technology -Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) programs and projects within V.I. public schools and early childhood centers in the territory. For the third year in a row, these grants were made…

Congressional Committee Hears Testimony on Federal Hurricane Response

Source: St. John Source Rep. Blake Farenthold, chairman of the Congressional Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and the Environment The U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and the Environment held a formal hearing at St. Thomas’s Legislature Building Monday, where it heard testimony from officials on the federal response to Hurricanes Irma and…

RFP-007-2018(P)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Request for Proposal No:  RFP-007-2018 (P)  Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands, Department of Health is requesting Proposals from qualified firm(s) to provide Forensic Mental Health Residential Care for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proposals…

IFB008VIEOT18(S)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31, Virgin Islands Code, request sealed bids in QUINTUPLICATE (1 original and 4 copies) for the following: IFB008VIEOT18(S) – Janitorial Service to the Virgin Islands Energy Office in the District of St. Thomas/St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands Bids will be…

IFB016VEOC18(S)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB016VEOC18(S) Pursuant to Chapter 23, Title 31 of the Virgin Islands Code, the Government of the Virgin Islands is requesting Bids from qualified firm(s) for Janitorial Services for the Virgin Islands Energy Office, St. Croix. Bids will be received by the…

IFB015DPPC18(C)

Source: St. John Source DEPARTMENT OF PROPERTY AND PROCUREMENT Invitation for Bid No:  IFB015DPPC18(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 Perimeter Fence Repair at #4-B Estate Blessing, 6-D & 2-A Estate Hope and Others Christiansted,…

Teaching Teachers to Spot Marine Debris

Source: St. John Source Workshop participants take turns telling stories about marine debris. (Judi Shimel photo) A French love letter in a bottle. A dead blue whale. A pile of trash lying below a reminder to pick up the trash. Santa Claus, stripped of all his clothes. A vial of blood. An electric guitar,…

EU Adds Virgin Islands to Tax-Haven Blacklist

Source: St. John Source The U.S. Virgin Islands have come under the scrutiny of the European Union, although the report does not offer specifics of why. (Photo by Jap Lammerering of Caribbean Buzz Helicopter) It was not immediately clear why the territory was cited. However, the United States is not on the list, and…

Virtue of the Week: Consideration

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

WAPA Restores Electrical Service Following District-Wide Interruption

Source: St. John Source             WAPA workers repair electrical lines. Electrical service to residential customers in the St. Thomas – St. John District was restored at approximately 10:30 a.m., Sunday, two hours after a pair of generating units tripped at the Randolph Harley Power Plant.             “A combustion system issue with Unit 25 resulted…

Power Restored to All Eligible Electric Customers in U.S.V.I.

Source: St. John Source A WAPA crew works on a power line. (Photo provided by WAPA) The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) announced Friday that electricity had been restored to all eligible customers in the territory. In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, two Category 5 storms in September, approximately 55,000…

Love City Car Ferries Amends Ticketing Policy

Source: St. John Source Global Marine’s ferry, the General II, plying the St. Thomas-St. John route recently. (Bill Kossler photo) The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) has received notice from Love City Car Ferries Inc., that effective March 15, it will no longer accept tickets from Global Marine LLC.  Therefore, travelers will be required…

UVI Call Center Tele-Fundraising Drive to Resume March 12

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Alumni Affairs Call Center is set to have its third annual multi-lingual, campus-based fundraising calling program. Alumni and friends will be asked to show their support to the university’s tele-fundraising drive to support academic…

STT Walgreens Soon Come (Again)

Source: St. John Source In another sign of recovery on St. Thomas, repairs and renovations at Walgreens are nearly complete and the store will likely reopen before the end of March and possibly as soon as two weeks from now, according to several sources in a position to know. On Wednesday, workers could be…

Beach Advisory for March 5-9

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

Congressional Leaders to Join Plaskett for Field Hearing on ‘The Historic 2017 Hurricane Season’

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett Congressman Blake Farenthold, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment, and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy will host a subcommittee field hearing in the territory entitled “The Historic 2017 Hurricane Season:  Impacts on the U.S.…

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