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December 12, 2019

U.S. Virgin Islands

Some passing showers and brief, localized heavy rain likely

Source: St. John Source An upper level trough, located northeast of the Leeward Islands, may lead to the development of some passing showers through at least Friday across the… Link: Some passing showers and brief, localized heavy rain likely

MASA Assist Opens Location on STT

Source: St. John Source MASA Assist staff gets ready to cut the ribbon for the emergency assistance service’s new location in Charlotte Amalie. From left, Janelle Ennis, Juan Gonzalez,… Link: MASA Assist Opens Location on STT

Saturday Studio Show Will Benefit Scholarship Fund

Source: St. John Source Janet Cook-Rutnik Most people remember July 20, 1969, as the day that Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Artist Janet Cook-Rutnik remembers it as… Link: Saturday Studio Show Will Benefit Scholarship Fund

Berris Fleming Dies

Source: St. John Source Berris Fleming Berris Fleming died on Nov. 5. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bianca Oliver Cornwall. Berris Fleming is survived by his… Link: Berris Fleming Dies

Patrick Scott Hensley Dies

Source: St. John Source Patrick Scott Hensley Patrick Scott Hensley passed away peacefully Dec. 8 on St. Croix, surrounded by his loved ones. Pat was a loving husband to… Link: Patrick Scott Hensley Dies

Partly Sunny, Isolated Showers, Breezy

Source: St. John Source It will be partly sunny today and while a few showers are in the forecast, rainfall amounts will be on the light side. The potential… Link: Partly Sunny, Isolated Showers, Breezy

Cobblestones In, Parts of Main Street Reopen

Source: St. John Source Market Square, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee) Cobblestone pavers along Main Street and Post Office Square have been fully installed and… Link: Cobblestones In, Parts of Main Street Reopen

In His Own Words: Kenneth Blake Put His Life in Song

Source: St. John Source The cover the the memorial booklet cover for Kenneth ‘Lord Blakie’ Blake. Saturday was a day for people on St. Thomas to say goodbye to… Link: In His Own Words: Kenneth Blake Put His Life in Song

Drier Air Moving In Tuesday and Wednesday

Source: St. John Source Although drier air is moving into the local area, showers are possible throughout the day today. Drier air in the upper levels of the atmosphere… Link: Drier Air Moving In Tuesday and Wednesday

Congress Closer to Helping USVI Avoid Medicaid Cliff

Source: St. John Source U.S. Capitol. (NBC News image) The U.S. Senate Finance Committee reached an agreement on a drug pricing and health extenders bill, which includes a package… Link: Congress Closer to Helping USVI Avoid Medicaid Cliff

STT Could End Up Hosting Competing Carnivals

Source: St. John Source The fun, color and pageantry of Carnival on St. Thomas might get double exposure in 2020. (Source file photo by Gerard Sperry) St. Thomas may… Link: STT Could End Up Hosting Competing Carnivals

Rebates Available for Energy Efficiency

Source: St. John Source A St. John villa has a full array of solar panels. Rebates are available on certified solar panels. (Source file photo) The V. I. Energy… Link: Rebates Available for Energy Efficiency

Plaskett Announces Senate Deal to Provide Multiyear Medicaid Certainty

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (VI) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s deal to provide multiyear Medicaid certainty for… Link: Plaskett Announces Senate Deal to Provide Multiyear Medicaid Certainty

‘I Was in Prison and You Visited Me’

Source: St. John Source Alexander A. Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex Every Monday night a few dedicated men and women of the St. Thomas Reformed Church bring fellowship to a… Link: ‘I Was in Prison and You Visited Me’

Mostly Sunny but Some Showers Possible

Source: St. John Source Moisture extending from the northeast ahead of a stalled cold front could lead to some showers developing from time to time today. An area of… Link: Mostly Sunny but Some Showers Possible

4-H Holds Christmas Ornament Festival at UVI on STX

Source: St. John Source Amya Tyson chooses brightly colored spangles to decorate her Christmas ornament. (Source photo by Linda Morland) Jordin Jackson holds her two favorite Christmas ornaments from… Link: 4-H Holds Christmas Ornament Festival at UVI on STX

Tree Lighting Brings Christmas to Havensight

Source: St. John Source The line for Santa, who gives out presents to the first 1,000 children, was long Friday night. (Source photo by James Gardner) While earlier in… Link: Tree Lighting Brings Christmas to Havensight

FEMA Pledges to Expedite Recovery Through Better Collaboration

Source: St. John Source Gov. Bryan with FEMA Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor in Washington, D.C. during a meeting in October Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., Office of Disaster Recovery Director… Link: FEMA Pledges to Expedite Recovery Through Better Collaboration

Salvation Army Officer Shares Story of Deliverance

Source: St. John Source Maj. Steve Pearl and Maj. Irma Pearl (Submitted photos) St. Thomas Salvation Army Officer Maj. Steve Pearl had what he called a tragic childhood and… Link: Salvation Army Officer Shares Story of Deliverance

Op-ed: Cedric Henry’s Death Will Not Be in Vain

Source: St. John Source Cedric Henry (Submitted photo) I had only known Cedric Henry for about a year, but I loved him. There are so many things to love… Link: Op-ed: Cedric Henry’s Death Will Not Be in Vain

Fair and Sunny Sunday, Christmas Winds Arriving Later in Week

Source: St. John Source With a drier airmass having moved into the local area, there is little shower activity forecast. There may be some light showers later this evening.… Link: Fair and Sunny Sunday, Christmas Winds Arriving Later in Week

Cruise Ship Schedule for St. Thomas for December 2019

Source: St. John Source Carnival Breeze cruise ship These are the cruise ships calling on St. Thomas at the West Indian Co. Dock in Havensight, unless otherwise indicated by… Link: Cruise Ship Schedule for St. Thomas for December 2019

Beach Advisory for December 2-6

Source: St. John Source Sunset at Ha’ penny Beach. (Source file photo) The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which… Link: Beach Advisory for December 2-6

Passing Showers Saturday, Highs 85-90

Source: St. John Source Passing showers are in the forecast today as daytime highs reach into the middle 80s to 90. An easterly wind on the order of 10-15… Link: Passing Showers Saturday, Highs 85-90

Sen. Jackson Remembers Tradition Bearer, Calypsonian Lord Blakie

Source: St. John Source Kenneth “Lord Blakie” Blake Tradition bearer and a renowned Calypsonian, the Lord Blakie has left an indelible mark on Virgin Islands history and culture. In… Link: Sen. Jackson Remembers Tradition Bearer, Calypsonian Lord Blakie

Leonard Amey Christopher Dies at 64

Source: St. John Source Leonard Amey Christopher Leonard Amey Christopher, better known as “Shup,” died on Nov. 13 at the age of 64 on St. Thomas. He is survived… Link: Leonard Amey Christopher Dies at 64

Olando A. Donadelle Dies at 71

Source: St. John Source Olando A. Donadelle Olando A. Donadelle, also known as “Lanny,” died unexpectedly on Friday, Nov. 15, at the age of 71. Olando was born Jan.… Link: Olando A. Donadelle Dies at 71

Erma B. Sewer Dies

Source: St. John Source Erma B. Sewer Relatives and friends are advised of the death of Erma B. Sewer, who passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 8,… Link: Erma B. Sewer Dies

Passing Showers Through the Morning Hours

Source: St. John Source Passing showers will continue through the morning hours and some may make landfall from time to time. Since winds are out of the east today,… Link: Passing Showers Through the Morning Hours

Video Crew Highlights USVI Tourism for Global Market

Source: St. John Source Sage Stephens and Clare Thurkett of Beautiful Destinations film the Guardians of Culture MokoJumbies on the Frederiksted waterfront for a tourism video. (Source photo by… Link: Video Crew Highlights USVI Tourism for Global Market

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Reopens

Source: St. John Source The newly reopened Ritz-Carlton has plenty of green space. Balconies enable guests to enjoy the vistas. (Source photo by Linda Morland) The Ritz-Carlton reopened on… Link: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Reopens

Disability Rights Center Offers Workshop on Transitioning Students

Source: St. John Source Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands (DRCVI) will host a Workshop on Transition: how to successfully transition… Link: Disability Rights Center Offers Workshop on Transitioning Students

Drier Weather Next Few Days, Moderate Rip Current Risk

Source: St. John Source A drier weather pattern is forecast for the next few days. Patches of clouds and showers embedded in the trade winds may move across the… Link: Drier Weather Next Few Days, Moderate Rip Current Risk

Mangroves: Not Your Average Tree

Source: St. John Source A healthy mangrove lagoon at Magens Bay, a protected nature preserve. (Source photo by Shaun Pennington) This is the first in a series of stories… Link: Mangroves: Not Your Average Tree

AARP President Opens STX Bike Path

Source: St. John Source Joining the ribbon cutting for the new bike path on the Christiansted Bypass are bicyclist Mario Peters, AARP National Volunteer President Alicia Georges, AARP-VI State… Link: AARP President Opens STX Bike Path

St. Croix Seashell Society Gearing Up for Christmas

Source: St. John Source A seashell snowflake. (Photo by Elizabeth Robb) Christmas is coming and the St. Croix Seashell Society is busy creating exotic designs for seashell ornaments to… Link: St. Croix Seashell Society Gearing Up for Christmas

V.I. Energy Office Resumes Energy Star Rebate Program

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Energy Office The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) informs all U.S. Virgin Islands residents of the start of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable… Link: V.I. Energy Office Resumes Energy Star Rebate Program

DHS Reminds SNAP Customers to Keep Appointments

Source: St. John Source Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services’ Division of Family Assistance is in the process of preparing for the closing of… Link: DHS Reminds SNAP Customers to Keep Appointments

Armando Cece Suarez Dies in Florida

Source: St. John Source Armando Cece Suarez Armando Cece Suarez, also known as “Nandy,” died on Nov. 14 in Tampa, Fla., at the age of 80. Armando C. Suarez… Link: Armando Cece Suarez Dies in Florida

Bryan: Expand Cannabis Law, Send Taxes to GERS

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (Government House photo) Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has unveiled legislation broadening the territory’s new medical cannabis law, with new taxes directed… Link: Bryan: Expand Cannabis Law, Send Taxes to GERS

HUD Allocates Territory Another $53.59 Million

Source: St. John Source The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated more than $2.3 billion Tuesday to support the long-term disaster recovery process in hard hit areas… Link: HUD Allocates Territory Another .59 Million

STX Beauty and the Beast Triathlon Welcomes Past Winners Sunday

Source: St. John Source Volunteers help a swimmer out of the water during the 2016 St. Croix Triathlon. (Photo from gotostcroix.com) Four previous winners of the St. Croix Triathlon… Link: STX Beauty and the Beast Triathlon Welcomes Past Winners Sunday

Cafe de la Creme Caters to the Crucian Sweet Tooth

Source: St. John Source Laura and Frank Leone, owners of Cafe de la Creme at Sunny Isle Mall on St. Croix. (Source photo by Denise Lenhardt-Benoit) Folks of all… Link: Cafe de la Creme Caters to the Crucian Sweet Tooth

Billy Bohlke Wins Chosen Half-Marathon in San Antonio, Texas

Source: St. John Source Billy Bohlke winning 10K in the early 2000s in Nevis, West Indies The top native-born male and female marathon runners were born in the Charles… Link: Billy Bohlke Wins Chosen Half-Marathon in San Antonio, Texas

Department of Education Releases Holiday Concert Schedule

Source: St. John Source The following schools will be holding holiday concerts in the Virgin Islands. Charlotte Amalie High School Music Department presents “Do You Hear What I Hear?”… Link: Department of Education Releases Holiday Concert Schedule

UVI Bulletin Board for December

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus At Your Service: University Bound to Offer Gift Wrapping Service on St. Croix The University Bound… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for December

Showers from Time to Time Tuesday – Rip Current Risk

Source: St. John Source The existing moist southerly wind flow along with instability in the atmosphere may give way to additional shower development in and around the islands from… Link: Showers from Time to Time Tuesday – Rip Current Risk

CBCC Works With Community to Clean Up Old Hurricane Debris

Source: St. John Source Coral Bay Community Council and volunteers cleaning up boats at Coral Bay. Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC), with the help of community members, is in… Link: CBCC Works With Community to Clean Up Old Hurricane Debris

Bryan Says Rate Increase Would Not Raise WAPA Bills

Source: St. John Source Surrounded by his team, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. addresses frustrations about an upcoming WAPA base rate increase, which he said will actually not affect customers’… Link: Bryan Says Rate Increase Would Not Raise WAPA Bills

Senate Panel OKs Bill on Exploitation of Seniors

Source: St. John Source People who take advantage of seniors unable to care for themselves are the target of a bill approved and moved forward Monday by the Senate… Link: Senate Panel OKs Bill on Exploitation of Seniors

Governor Tells Investors, ‘We’re Rebuilding’

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (File photo) Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. invited investors to take another look at the U.S. Virgin Islands during a conference call… Link: Governor Tells Investors, ‘We’re Rebuilding’

The Forum Presents London Live Screening of ‘Small Island’

Source: St. John Source The Forum presents a live screening of National Theater of London’s production of “Small Island.” The Forum presents a live screening of National Theater of… Link: The Forum Presents London Live Screening of ‘Small Island’

St. Clair R. Bradshaw Dies

Source: St. John Source St. Clair Bradshaw is survived by his daughter, Bianca Bradshaw; sons: St. Clair L. Bradshaw and Alex Bradshaw; sister: Raseline Wilson, Audrey Bradshaw and Catherine… Link: St. Clair R. Bradshaw Dies

Soccer Association Releases Scores of Soccerama Games Played Sunday

Source: St. John Source U.S Virgin Islands Soccer Association (USVISA) The USVI Soccer Association St. Thomas Region played two Soccerama games on Sunday, Dec. 1, at Lionel Roberts Stadium.… Link: Soccer Association Releases Scores of Soccerama Games Played Sunday

Bryan Gets Update on Construction of Lovango Beach Club

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. met with developer Mark Snider (left). Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. met with Mark Snider, the owner and developer for the resort… Link: Bryan Gets Update on Construction of Lovango Beach Club

Program Seeks to Educate the Next Generation on Water

Source: St. John Source A student compares filtered water samples. (Photo provided by Howard Forbes Jr.) Water is the most basic life sustaining need. There is no living thing… Link: Program Seeks to Educate the Next Generation on Water

Winter Biannual V.I. Archery Championships to be Held on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source The V.I.’s archery team (from left:, coaches Noelle Arnold and Angelo Ruiz; archers William Coles, Nicholas D’Amour, Bruce Arnold; Team manager and VIAF President Kevin… Link: Winter Biannual V.I. Archery Championships to be Held on St. Croix

This Week’s Senate Calendar Dec. 2- 6, 2019

Source: St. John Source Gov. Juan F. Luis Cardiac Center on St. Croix Senate Calendar 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Monday, Dec. 2 10 a.m. Agenda: Committee on… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar Dec. 2- 6, 2019

Plaskett Reintroducing STX National Heritage Area Bill

Source: St. John Source Fort Christiansvaern stands guard over Christiansted Harbor. (Source photo by Bill Kossler) In 2002, then-Delegate Donna M. Christensen proposed to Congress that St. Croix be… Link: Plaskett Reintroducing STX National Heritage Area Bill

Deadlines Looming for Crucian Xmas Applications

Source: St. John Source The deadline is looming to register for Crucian Christmas Festival events and the Department of Tourism is urging applicants to submit their forms before it… Link: Deadlines Looming for Crucian Xmas Applications

Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers, Highs Low 80s

Source: St. John Source Partly to variably cloudy skies with some isolated showers are forecast today. Rainfall accumulations should remain on the light side. Daytime high temperatures will top… Link: Partly Cloudy, Isolated Showers, Highs Low 80s

Boston Puts On Show as Top Teams Fall in Paradise Jam Finale

Source: St. John Source Alyah Boston lights up the court at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. (Photo by Basketball Travelers) Gov. Albert Bryan, in the white shirt, poses… Link: Boston Puts On Show as Top Teams Fall in Paradise Jam Finale

Hurricane Season Ends; 2019 Was Above-Average

Source: St. John Source Satellite photo from Sept. 3 shows, from left, Fernand, Dorian and Gabrielle. (Photo from NOAA) The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends at midnight, was… Link: Hurricane Season Ends; 2019 Was Above-Average

Darrell Corbin McFarlane Dies at 52

Source: St. John Source Darrell Corbin McFarlane Darrell Corbin McFarlane, also known as “Slim,” died on Nov. 9, at the age of 52. Darrell Corbin McFarlane is survived by… Link: Darrell Corbin McFarlane Dies at 52

Francisca H. Fleming Dies

Source: St. John Source Francisca H. Fleming Francisca H. Fleming also known as “Cica,” “Ms. Jeff” or “Aunty,” of Whim Garden, Frederiksted, St. Croix, died on Nov. 8 at… Link: Francisca H. Fleming Dies

Annual Crucian Coconut Festival Set for Sunday

Source: St. John Source Contestants dig into the coconut jelly scoop competition during 2018’s Crucian Coconut Festival. (Submitted photo) The coconut is one of the Caribbean’s royal treasures. And… Link: Annual Crucian Coconut Festival Set for Sunday

Central High School to Reopen Monday, Dec. 2

Source: St. John Source St. Croix Central High School Central High School and all other Virgin Islands public schools will open on Mon., Dec. 2. Given the extended period… Link: Central High School to Reopen Monday, Dec. 2

Beach Advisory for Nov. 25-29

Source: St. John Source Brewers Bay Beach, St. Thomas The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water… Link: Beach Advisory for Nov. 25-29

V.I. Track and Field Federation Gives Results of Development Meet

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation Development Meet, Nov. 22, 2019 The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) held its first development meet following… Link: V.I. Track and Field Federation Gives Results of Development Meet

USVI Population Likely Lower As 2020 Census Ramps Up

Source: St. John Source Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas (Stock photo) The U.S. Census has opened offices on St. Croix and St. Thomas, as well as in each of… Link: USVI Population Likely Lower As 2020 Census Ramps Up

VICA to Celebrate a Very Madras Christmas

Source: St. John Source Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Nights (Submitted photo). The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts will kick off the 2019 Christmas season with “A Madras… Link: VICA to Celebrate a Very Madras Christmas

Delegate Plaskett Announces $10 Million Grant for JFL

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement regarding an important $10 million grant for Governor Juan F. Louis Hospital… Link: Delegate Plaskett Announces Million Grant for JFL

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: The Myth of Thanksgiving

Source: St. John Source Shaun A. Pennington (Source file photo) I have been musing about how to write a realistic Thanksgiving piece, while not spoiling anyone’s day of overeating… Link: Reflections of an Evolving Elder: The Myth of Thanksgiving

Feds Questioning Who Represents V.I. Republicans

Source: St. John Source The Federal Elections Commission headquarters in Washington D.C. (Shutterstock image) A recent request from the Federal Election Commission on top of a recent guilty plea… Link: Feds Questioning Who Represents V.I. Republicans

Starving Artists Day Set for Dec, 1 at the Whim Museum

Source: St. John Source A Christmas Cactus by Lea Ann Robson Sea Glass. (Submitted photo) Set on the Whim Museum grounds the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Starving Artists Day draws… Link: Starving Artists Day Set for Dec, 1 at the Whim Museum

Opinion: V.I. Board of Education Responds to Leaked Draft Audit

Source: St. John Source Arah Lockhart and other members of the Board of Education answer senators’ questions during an April, 2019 legislative hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the… Link: Opinion: V.I. Board of Education Responds to Leaked Draft Audit

Precious Few Walk with Peace Officers for Peace

Source: St. John Source Police car follows a smattering of marchers through Bovoni Housing Community. (Source photo by sap) Silhouetted by flashing lights under the startlingly picturesque, darkening sky,… Link: Precious Few Walk with Peace Officers for Peace

Coast Guard Medevacs Stricken Seaman to St. Croix

Source: St. John Source The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter assists a crew member of the Marella Eplorer 2 Cruise ship. The crew member had… Link: Coast Guard Medevacs Stricken Seaman to St. Croix

V.I. Pension Giving Away A Million Again As Collapse Nears

Source: St. John Source The GERS office on St. Thomas. Just days after Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and his staff met with Government Employees Retirement System staff, board members… Link: V.I. Pension Giving Away A Million Again As Collapse Nears

VIWMA Schedules Thanksgiving Holiday Hours of Operation

Source: St. John Source Anguilla Landfill on St. Croix. (File photo) The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team advises the community of operation hours for its… Link: VIWMA Schedules Thanksgiving Holiday Hours of Operation

Fishermen Desperate for Hurricane Disaster Relief

Source: St. John Source Approximately 75 fishermen find their seats during the St. Thomas/ St. John Fisherman’s Association meeting. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee) U.S. Virgin Islands fishermen aired… Link: Fishermen Desperate for Hurricane Disaster Relief

Nevada Dominates on Way to Paradise Jam Title

Source: St. John Source Jalen Harris of the University of Nevada was named MVP of the Paradise Jam after leading the Wolfpack to the title. (Source photo by Kyle… Link: Nevada Dominates on Way to Paradise Jam Title

Charles H. Bølling Sr. Dies

Source: St. John Source Charles H. Bølling Sr. Charles H. Bølling Sr, also known as “Harry,” “Harry Biff” or “Biff,” of Estate Peter’s Rest died on Saturday, Nov. 9.… Link: Charles H. Bølling Sr. Dies

Gisselle Henry Francis Dies at 76

Source: St. John Source Gisselle Henry Francis Gisselle Henry Francis, also known as “Momma G” of Estate Tipperary, Christiansted, St. Croix, died on Nov. 6. She was 76 years… Link: Gisselle Henry Francis Dies at 76

VIMAS Launches Pilot Water Quality Education Program at CAHS

Source: St. John Source CAHS students working on the Water Quality Education Program On Monday, Nov.18, the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) launched a Water Quality Education Program,… Link: VIMAS Launches Pilot Water Quality Education Program at CAHS

Showers Early, Then Clearing

Source: St. John Source A tropical wave will increase low level moisture levels across the Virgin Islands and Caribbean waters today. As the bulk of the moisture moves to… Link: Showers Early, Then Clearing

Defendant in Casino Control Case Faces New Charges

Source: St. John Source Problems mount for problem-gaming contractor Stephanie Barnes as federal prosecutors file new charges against her in a superseding indictment. Federal prosecutors brought new criminal charges… Link: Defendant in Casino Control Case Faces New Charges

STX Central High to Reopen After Thanksgiving Break

Source: St. John Source In this 2011 photo, Central High students leave school early after a mysterious odor caused classes to be canceled. (Source file photo) St. Croix Central… Link: STX Central High to Reopen After Thanksgiving Break

Ethlyn Augusta Freeman Dies at 95

Source: St. John Source Ethlyn Augusta Freeman Ethlyn Augusta Freeman, also known as “Mrs. Ethie,” died Nov. 10, at age 95 at Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas.… Link: Ethlyn Augusta Freeman Dies at 95

Mostly Fair With Relatively Light Showers from Time to Time

Source: St. John Source A slight increase in low-level moisture is forecast through the middle of the week with relatively light showers occurring from time to time. High temperatures… Link: Mostly Fair With Relatively Light Showers from Time to Time

Buzzaar Makes Ag Grounds Bee-autiful

Source: St. John Source Jen Valiulis talks to people about care for honey bees Saturday during the Bee Buzzaar. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) Beekeeper Roniel Allembert talks about… Link: Buzzaar Makes Ag Grounds Bee-autiful

Consultants Tell Court Government Owes GERS As Much As $5 Million

Source: St. John Source The GERS office on St. Thomas. A preliminary report submitted to a federal judge says the shortfall in employer contributions to the Government Employees Retirement… Link: Consultants Tell Court Government Owes GERS As Much As Million

Limetree and EPA’s Promises Ring Hollow, V.I. Deserves Better

Source: St. John Source Government House image of the Limetree Bay facility. The St. Croix Environmental Association humbly asks the people of the United States Virgin Islands, especially the… Link: Limetree and EPA’s Promises Ring Hollow, V.I. Deserves Better

School’s Out at Central: Parents Invited to Join Campus Tour

Source: St. John Source The St. Croix Central High School will remain closed on Mon., Nov. 25, as Virgin Islands Department of Education officials and partner agencies continue to… Link: School’s Out at Central: Parents Invited to Join Campus Tour

This Week’s Senate Calendar November 25 – 29, 2019

Source: St. John Source Ornate entrance to Legislature of U.S. Virgin Islands in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Senate Calendar 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Monday, November 25 No… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar November 25 – 29, 2019

Fair Weather Sunday

Source: St. John Source A fair weather pattern is expected to prevail today with only one or two showers forecast. Conditions are stable, and dry air will continue to… Link: Fair Weather Sunday

Kimberly Boulon Gallery to Hold ‘Turtles and Friends’ Art Event

Source: St. John Source SJSA performers interpret the Protection and Preservation of our Turtles’ and Friends’ Environment for Posterity, with Starry Walker’s play “Love Potion for the Ocean” Kimberly… Link: Kimberly Boulon Gallery to Hold ‘Turtles and Friends’ Art Event

Beach Advisory for November 18-22

Source: St. John Source Shoy’s Beach on St. Croix The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water… Link: Beach Advisory for November 18-22

Jeremie Ed St. Rose Dies

Source: St. John Source Jeremie Ed St. Rose Jeremie Ed St. Rose, also known as “Jay,” died on Nov. 10. He is survived by his father, Gerard Roberts St.… Link: Jeremie Ed St. Rose Dies

Little to No Rain Over the Weekend

Source: St. John Source A fair weather pattern is expected to prevail today as a stable and drier air mass moves over the local area. Only a few showers,… Link: Little to No Rain Over the Weekend

All Island Holiday Party Planned for December 14

Source: St. John Source Mongoose Junction, St John The 22nd Annual All Island Holiday Party will take place at 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in Mongoose Junction. The event… Link: All Island Holiday Party Planned for December 14

Transportation Awards $2 Million Grant to Cyril E. King Airport

Source: St. John Source Passengers queue up in the Cyril E. King Airport (V.I. Port Authority file photo) The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $2 million in… Link: Transportation Awards Million Grant to Cyril E. King Airport

Richard Howard Foy Dies at 95

Source: St. John Source Richard Howard Foy On Nov. 9, Richard “Howard” (Fahie) Foy, age 95, a high-spirited and spunky family man, born to Theophilus “Wally” Fahie and Clemencia… Link: Richard Howard Foy Dies at 95

Halvor A. Silcott Dies in Kentucky

Source: St. John Source Halvor A. Silcott Halvor A. Silcott died on Oct. 12 in Kentucky and was buried on Oct. 19. He was preceded in death by his… Link: Halvor A. Silcott Dies in Kentucky

Yvonne Grosvenor Dies in Atlanta

Source: St. John Source Yvonne Grosvenor Yvonne Grosvenor died on Sunday, Nov. 3, in Atlanta, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her mother, Miriam Grosvenor; father, Lionel Duncan… Link: Yvonne Grosvenor Dies in Atlanta

Rehenia Brathwaite Industrious Dies

Source: St. John Source Rehenia Brathwaite Industrious has died. The first viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, at Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services. The… Link: Rehenia Brathwaite Industrious Dies

Alphonse Olanzo Steele Dies at 75

Source: St. John Source Alphonse Olanzo Steele Alphonse Olanzo Steele died Nov. 3. He was born July 7, 1944. He was preceded in death by his son, Alphonse Jr.… Link: Alphonse Olanzo Steele Dies at 75

Passing Showers Friday, Drier Saturday, Possible Showers Sunday

Source: St. John Source Lingering moisture associated with a cold front will continue to prevail across the local area today. Therefore, continue to expect passing showers across the islands… Link: Passing Showers Friday, Drier Saturday, Possible Showers Sunday

St. Thomas High Schools Schedule Christmas Concerts

Source: St. John Source Christmas singers The Music Departments of the Charlotte Amalie and Ivanna Eudora Kean high schools invite the public to their annual Christmas concerts on Dec.… Link: St. Thomas High Schools Schedule Christmas Concerts

V.I. Has Tax-Exempt Companies, Why Not Tax-Exempt Educators?

Source: St. John Source Michael Bornn Acknowledging that education is important to the growth and improvement of the Virgin Islands is a step in the right direction. A bigger… Link: V.I. Has Tax-Exempt Companies, Why Not Tax-Exempt Educators?

Tiptoeing On the Edge: V.I. Medicaid Funding Extended One Month

Source: St. John Source U.S. Capitol (public domain image) On Thursday, Congress extended vital Medicaid funding for the U.S. Virgin Islands by one month, briefly holding off damaging cuts… Link: Tiptoeing On the Edge: V.I. Medicaid Funding Extended One Month

Judge Tells Hospital Prosecutors To Calculate Embezzlement Losses

Source: St. John Source Schneider Regional Medical Center. (Source photo by Judi Shimel) One week after a jury found three former top hospital executives guilty of racketeering and embezzlement,… Link: Judge Tells Hospital Prosecutors To Calculate Embezzlement Losses

Agriculture Committee OKs Bills to Help Farmers Access Water

Source: St. John Source A farm in the Dorothea area on the West End of St. Thomas. (Photo by Bethaney Lee) The Committee on Economic Development, Regulations and Agriculture… Link: Agriculture Committee OKs Bills to Help Farmers Access Water

Thanksgiving Free Turkey Giveaway Scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 24

Source: St. John Source Thanksgiving Free Turkey Giveaway Alpine Securities USVI, in collaboration with the Office of the Governor, the administrator of St. Thomas/ Water Island, Law Enforcement Planning… Link: Thanksgiving Free Turkey Giveaway Scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 24

Virgin Islands Department of Health Offers Free Flu Shots

Source: St. John Source Flu vaccine The Virgin Islands Department of Health is offering residents free flu vaccinations in the upcoming flu season by hosting and collaborating in two… Link: Virgin Islands Department of Health Offers Free Flu Shots

Passing Showers Thursday, Fair Friday

Source: St. John Source Passing showers are forecast to move across the islands from time to time under a northerly wind flow. The remnants of a cold front are… Link: Passing Showers Thursday, Fair Friday

Double Dining Pleasures Coming Soon to Oceana Restaurant and Bistro

Source: St. John Source Proprietor Patricia LaCorte expresses delight with Oceana’s spacious open concept kitchen. (Photo provided by Oceana Restaurant and Bistro) The recent opening of Oceana Bistro reflects… Link: Double Dining Pleasures Coming Soon to Oceana Restaurant and Bistro

Court’s Waste Management Hearing Focuses on EPA plans

Source: St. John Source The goal of the court in moving landfill progress forward comes despite fiscal limitations, frequent fires and failures by V.I. Waste Management to meet schedules… Link: Court’s Waste Management Hearing Focuses on EPA plans

NOAA Marine Debris Program Gives UVI $100,000

Source: St. John Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program has given $100,000 to the University of the Virgin Islands’… Link: NOAA Marine Debris Program Gives UVI 0,000

Gov Re-Establishes V.I. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration’s priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on… Link: Gov Re-Establishes V.I. Interagency Council on Homelessness

UVI Bulletin Board for November

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands Sports & Fitness Center, St. Thomas Afternoon on the Green 2020 Theme Solicitation The University of the Virgin Islands Afternoon… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for November

Viya’s St. Thomas-St. John Turkey Bowl Slated for Nov. 27

Source: St. John Source Viya Turkey Bowl in 2017 The Viya Turkey Bowl, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 27, will again serve as the venue to showcase gifted Virgin Islands… Link: Viya’s St. Thomas-St. John Turkey Bowl Slated for Nov. 27

USDA Invests $1.3 Million to Expand Rural Education, Health Care in V.I.

Source: St. John Source Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett (USVI) released the following statement regarding a multi-million-dollar investment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in… Link: USDA Invests .3 Million to Expand Rural Education, Health Care in V.I.

A Few Passing Showers Possible Wednesday Morning

Source: St. John Source A few passing showers could affect parts of the islands through the morning hours, but mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies should prevail through the… Link: A Few Passing Showers Possible Wednesday Morning

Finance and OMB Heads Disagree With Legislative Plans

Source: St. John Source Jenifer O’Neal testifies Tuesday. (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam) Jenifer O’Neal, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Clarina Elliott, executive assistant… Link: Finance and OMB Heads Disagree With Legislative Plans

Senate OKs Sub Base Leases for Music Makers and Cement Producer

Source: St. John Source Vincent Richards, left, and Eric Castro testify at Tuesday’s hearing. (V.I. Legislature photo by Barry Leerdam) Members of the Senate Committee on Finance want the… Link: Senate OKs Sub Base Leases for Music Makers and Cement Producer

Clement Boston Pemberton Dies at 80

Source: St. John Source Clement Boston Pemberton Clement Boston Pemberton, also known as “Sage,” of Estate Mount Pleasant died on Oct. 29. He was 80 years old. He is… Link: Clement Boston Pemberton Dies at 80

V.I. Department of Health Provides Suicide Prevention Training

Source: St. John Source Sharifa J. Charles, professional development specialist currently with The Center for School Behavioral Health Eighty-seven Department of Health (DOH) staff and community stakeholders recently participated… Link: V.I. Department of Health Provides Suicide Prevention Training

District Schools Schedule Report Card Distributions, Open Houses

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Department of Education The St. Thomas-St. John District Office of the Insular Superintendent has announced report card distribution/open house dates for the first… Link: District Schools Schedule Report Card Distributions, Open Houses

Sunny to Partly Cloudy Tuesday

Source: St. John Source Sunny to partly cloudy skies are expected today. Light winds from the east to southeast will prevail with temperatures ranging from the mid 80s to… Link: Sunny to Partly Cloudy Tuesday

Senate Forwards Stay Left and Driving Under the Influence Bills

Source: St. John Source Acting Deputy Chief of Police Operations David Cannonier testifies Monday on two traffic bills. (V.I. Legislature photo) The U.S. Virgin Islands is known for its… Link: Senate Forwards Stay Left and Driving Under the Influence Bills

No End in Sight to St. Thomas Landfill Metal Ban

Source: St. John Source Metal debris cannot be brought to the Bovoni Landfill, so a lot of it ends up on the side of the road. (Source photo by… Link: No End in Sight to St. Thomas Landfill Metal Ban

Ag Plans Community Events and Trainings, and Issues a Warning

Source: St. John Source Agriculture commissioner Positive Nelson introduces Deputy Commissioner Khadija Blyden, left, and Assistant Commissioner Dianna Callwood. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson on… Link: Ag Plans Community Events and Trainings, and Issues a Warning

My Girlfriend’s Closet and YAG Host Breast Cancer Event

Source: St. John Source YAG Vice President Cassandra Dunn talks about the purpose of the organization during at the My Girlfriends’s Closet/YAG Breast Cancer Event. (Source photo by Denise… Link: My Girlfriend’s Closet and YAG Host Breast Cancer Event

More Income Tax Refunds On the Way

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has authorized the Bureau of Internal Revenue to pay out an additional $11 million in income tax refunds to tax filers… Link: More Income Tax Refunds On the Way

Light Showers Monday

Source: St. John Source Showers associated with a weak trough will move across the regional waters and over portions of the islands, but no significant rainfall amounts are expected.… Link: Light Showers Monday

Gallows Bay Marine Facility Welcome Center Opens

Source: St. John Source The Gallows Bay Marine Facility Welcome Center as seen from the bypass. (Source photo by Linda Morland) The entrance to the new Gallows Bay Marine… Link: Gallows Bay Marine Facility Welcome Center Opens

Limetree Executives Meet and Greet at Open House

Source: St. John Source Limetree Bay holds open house for the community Saturday. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) About 150 people had a chance to meet top executives of… Link: Limetree Executives Meet and Greet at Open House

This Week’s Senate Calendar: November 18 – 22, 2019

Source: St. John Source Cleone H. Creque Legislative Conference Room, St. John Senate Calendar 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Monday, November 18 10 a.m. Committee on Homeland Security,… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar: November 18 – 22, 2019

Dental Board Nominee Says V.I. Needs More Dentists

Source: St. John Source Dr. Emmanuel Delano (Photo from Island Dental Services website) The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee approved five nominees on Friday, moving the names on to… Link: Dental Board Nominee Says V.I. Needs More Dentists

Bill Would Require Teachers to be Trained for K-3

Source: St. John Source Sen. Janelle Sarauw said she couldn’t sleep the night after touring some V.I. public schools, wondering ‘What in the world are we doing to our… Link: Bill Would Require Teachers to be Trained for K-3

No Significant Rainfall Sunday

Source: St. John Source While one or two passing showers cannot be ruled out today, significant rainfall is not forecast. Daytime high temperatures are likely to reach the mid… Link: No Significant Rainfall Sunday

Beach Advisory for November 11-15

Source: St. John Source Oppenheimer Beach, St. John The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality… Link: Beach Advisory for November 11-15

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Salutes Family Caregivers

Source: St. John Source AKA Caregiver Presentation that took place in 2018 Back in 2014, through a presidential proclamation, President Barack Obama designated November as National Family Caregivers Month.… Link: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Salutes Family Caregivers

Sernatra Willie Dies at 37

Source: St. John Source   Sernatra Willie It is with immense sadness and pain that we announce the untimely death of our beloved mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend… Link: Sernatra Willie Dies at 37

Sofia S. Martinez Dies at 82

Source: St. John Source Sofia S. Martinez Sofia S. Martinez, also known as “Sofi,” “Abuela,” “Hermana Sofia” and “Doña Sofia,” of Estate Calquohoun died on Monday, Nov. 11. She… Link: Sofia S. Martinez Dies at 82

Gloria Laureen Challenger Dies at 73

Source: St. John Source Gloria Laureen Challenger of Estate Cane Carlton died on Oct. 27. She was 73 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, George… Link: Gloria Laureen Challenger Dies at 73

Reinaldo Bennette Dies at 70

Source: St. John Source Reinaldo Bennette, also known as “Reyi,” of Estate Mon Bijou died on Saturday, Oct. 23. He was 70 years old. He was preceded in death… Link: Reinaldo Bennette Dies at 70

A Few Showers But Mostly Sunny

Source: St. John Source A few showers are expected from time to time today but skies should be mostly sunny. Winds will remain from the northeast at 7-14 miles… Link: A Few Showers But Mostly Sunny

Jury Finds Defendants Guilty in Schneider Hospital Retrial

Source: St. John Source Former Schneider Regional Medical Center Chief Rodney Miller exits Superior Court with his legal team late Thursday afternoon. (Source photo by Judi Shimel) Two former… Link: Jury Finds Defendants Guilty in Schneider Hospital Retrial

Bryan Lays Out Economic Plan Long on Goals, Short on Detail

Source: St. John Source Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his plan to bolster the territory’s economy with a sustainable and robust workforce at his workforce development summit Wednesday on… Link: Bryan Lays Out Economic Plan Long on Goals, Short on Detail

Sparks Fly at Town Meeting About Floating Lounge Proposal

Source: St. John Source Amy Dempsey delivers a comment on the Cowgirl Bebop proposal to attorney Alex Golubitsky and the business owner, Bill Perkins. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)… Link: Sparks Fly at Town Meeting About Floating Lounge Proposal

Charles Winford Thomas Dies at 81

Source: St. John Source Charles Winford Thomas Charles Winford Thomas, better known as “Tommy” or “Doc,” died on Nov. 3 at Schneider Regional Medical Center at the age of… Link: Charles Winford Thomas Dies at 81

Interior Assistant Secretary Domenech Completes USVI Trip

Source: St. John Source Doug Domenech (U.S. Department of the Interior photo) U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Doug Domenech just completed a trip to… Link: Interior Assistant Secretary Domenech Completes USVI Trip

Senate Committee Forwards Nine Nominees to Full Body

Source: St. John Source Dr. Laura Palminteri, renominated for the Board of Examiners for Practice of Veterinary Medicine (File photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands) The… Link: Senate Committee Forwards Nine Nominees to Full Body

Mostly Dry Thursday

Source: St. John Source A drier than normal airmass will prevail across the local area today although one or two showers may make landfall. Northeasterly winds of 10-15 miles… Link: Mostly Dry Thursday

VIWMA, UVI-CES, Island Green Offer Free Composting Workshops

Source: St. John Source Composting is a way for people to reduce, reuse and recycle organic waste from the kitchen. In observance of VI Recycles Month, the Virgin Islands… Link: VIWMA, UVI-CES, Island Green Offer Free Composting Workshops

Interest is Growing in Commercial Use of V.I. Breadfruit

Source: St. John Source A mature breadfruit is near ready for picking. (Source photo by Kelsey Nowakowski) Spurred by Mutiny Island Vodka’s breadfruit spirit that’s produced on St. Croix,… Link: Interest is Growing in Commercial Use of V.I. Breadfruit

Nominees for Cannabis, Chiropractic and Other Boards Move to Senate

Source: St. John Source Sen. Kenneth Gittens speaks on his reservations about medical marijuana at a recent Senate committee meeting. (V.I. Legislature file photo by Barry Leerdam) Experience as… Link: Nominees for Cannabis, Chiropractic and Other Boards Move to Senate

Silver Airways Enters Codeshare Partnership with Delta

Source: St. John Source Now part of Silver Airways, Seaborne still connects the islands of the Caribbean. (Photo submitted by Silver Airways) On Wednesday, the company that a year… Link: Silver Airways Enters Codeshare Partnership with Delta

Mostly Fair Wednesday

Source: St. John Source Mostly fair weather with sunny skies are forecast today. Brief, isolated showers are possible from time to time. High temperatures will reach the mid to… Link: Mostly Fair Wednesday

Closing Arguments in Hospital Retrial Set for Wednesday

Source: St. John Source Schneider Regional Medical Center. Testimony in the retrial of hospital officials concluded Tuesday. (Source photo by Judi Shimel) As the fifth week of testimony came… Link: Closing Arguments in Hospital Retrial Set for Wednesday

EPA Awards $412,101 to U.S.V.I. to Improve Air Quality

Source: St. John Source United States Environmental Protection Agency As part of its continuing efforts to help the Caribbean recover from the long-term impacts from hurricanes Irma and Maria,… Link: EPA Awards 2,101 to U.S.V.I. to Improve Air Quality

Bryan Meets With Local and Regional Cricket Organizations

Source: St. John Source Leeward Islands Cricket Board President Enoch Lewis, left, makes a point to Governor Albert Bryan Jr. and Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach during a meeting… Link: Bryan Meets With Local and Regional Cricket Organizations

Felipe Ayala Sr. Dies

Source: St. John Source Felipe Ayala Sr. Felipe Ayala Sr., an educator in the Virgin Islands public school system for over 40 years, including adult continuing education, died on… Link: Felipe Ayala Sr. Dies

USDOH Pilot Project Makes 43-Mile Ocean Crossing With Drone

Source: St. John Source A drone recently was tested to transport medicines from St. Croix to St. Thomas. In a first for the unmanned aerial system (UAS) industry, Skyfire… Link: USDOH Pilot Project Makes 43-Mile Ocean Crossing With Drone

Francois Marcellin Dies

Source: St. John Source Francois Marcellin Francois Marcellin, better known as “Bance” or “Sonny Boy,” formerly of Ti Rocher Micoud and a longtime resident of Freedom City, Frederiksted, St.… Link: Francois Marcellin Dies

Mostly Dry, Possible Isolated Showers Through the Week

Source: St. John Source A drier air mass will limit rainfall activity in and around the Virgin Islands today. However, a few trade wind showers cannot be ruled out,… Link: Mostly Dry, Possible Isolated Showers Through the Week

Bajo El Sol Gallery to Host Sherman Thomas Book Signing

Source: St. John Source Sherman Thomas Bajo el Sol Gallery in Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay, will host author Sherman Thomas for a book signing of “A Bottle of Water”… Link: Bajo El Sol Gallery to Host Sherman Thomas Book Signing

Men and Women of Service Honored in Veterans Day Parades

Source: St. John Source Girl Scouts skip while holding hands as they parade through Veterans Drive on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee) A large military truck rolls… Link: Men and Women of Service Honored in Veterans Day Parades

STX Veterans Day Parade Honors All Who Served

Source: St. John Source Dignitaries greet the crowd with smiles and waves as they lead the parade down King Street in Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands during the… Link: STX Veterans Day Parade Honors All Who Served

WAPA Identifies Cause of STT-STJ Power Interruptions

Source: St. John Source A generating unit with past reliability challenges was the cause of electrical service interruptions in the St. Thomas – St. John district on both Sunday… Link: WAPA Identifies Cause of STT-STJ Power Interruptions

Colorful Turtles ‘Hatch’ Beachside

Source: St. John Source More than 200 people enjoyed “Turtle Hatching Saturday” on the beach at Sand Castles. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) Chris and Sarah Lima show off… Link: Colorful Turtles ‘Hatch’ Beachside

Port Authority Gets Push Back on Red Hook Parking Fee Increase

Source: St. John Source Port Authority Director Carlton Dowe leads the discussion of proposed fee hikes at the newly opened Red Hook double-decker garage. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)… Link: Port Authority Gets Push Back on Red Hook Parking Fee Increase

UVI Women Pick Up First Win; Men Fall to 4-6 on Year

Source: St. John Source Tavion Pierson fights through a screen during UVI’s loss on Friday Night Against Keiser University. (Source photo by Kyle Murphy) The University of the Virgin… Link: UVI Women Pick Up First Win; Men Fall to 4-6 on Year

Local Businesses Recommend Limetree to EPA

Source: St. John Source Altoglacio Straun, at 19 years old the youngest employee at Limetree, speaks at the EPA hearing. (Source photo by Susan Ellis) Ten people recorded positive… Link: Local Businesses Recommend Limetree to EPA

Bars and Lazy Leisure Show Lack of Vision for St. John

Source: St. John Source Cruz Bay, St. John I find the proposed floating restaurant and bar off Grass Cay by Cowgirl Bebop LLC. to be alarming and disconcerting. It… Link: Bars and Lazy Leisure Show Lack of Vision for St. John

This Week’s Senate Calendar Nov. 11-15

Source: St. John Source Legislature Building on St. Thomas. Senate Calendar 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Monday, November 11 HOLIDAY – Veterans Day Tuesday, November 12 No meetings… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar Nov. 11-15

Hundreds of Residents Attend Housing Program Applicant Meetings

Source: St. John Source VI Housing Finance Authority’s “EnVIsion Tomorrow” Town Hall Meeting on St. Thomas The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (HFA) hosted three town hall meetings on… Link: Hundreds of Residents Attend Housing Program Applicant Meetings

Alfred Augustine Dies at 71

Source: St. John Source Alfred Augustine Alfred “Sogo” Augustine, age 71, died on Tuesday, Oct. 22. He was born on Jan. 22, 1948, in Roseau, Dominica, West Indies, son… Link: Alfred Augustine Dies at 71

Edith Peters Dies at 86

Source: St. John Source Edith Peters Relatives and friends are advised of the death of Edith Peters, who died Monday, Oct. 21, at the age of 86. She is… Link: Edith Peters Dies at 86

Nina Minerva Phillip Dies

Source: St. John Source Nina Minerva Phillip Friends and family members regret the death of Nina Minerva Phillip. The viewing for Nina Minerva Phillip will be held from 9-10… Link: Nina Minerva Phillip Dies

Curtis Clint Webbe Dies

Source: St. John Source Curtis Clint Webbe Curtis Clint Webbe, better known as “Blackiest” or “King Malak,” died on Oct. 19. He is survived by his mother, Phillippa Webbe;… Link: Curtis Clint Webbe Dies

Mostly Sunny Saturday, Sunday

Source: St. John Source A gradual clearing by late morning will lead to mostly sunny skies this afternoon. One or two isolated showers may affect the islands. Daytime highs… Link: Mostly Sunny Saturday, Sunday

Beach Advisory for November 4-8

Source: St. John Source Lindqvist Beach, St. Thomas The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality… Link: Beach Advisory for November 4-8

Acting Governor Roach Says Payroll Issue Resolved

Source: St. John Source Lt. Gov.Tregenza Roach. (File photo by Barry Leerman for the V.I. Legislature) Today, Nov. 8, Acting Governor Tregenza A. Roach Esq. extended his apologies to… Link: Acting Governor Roach Says Payroll Issue Resolved

Election System Offices to Close for Staff Training

Source: St. John Source Elections System of the Virgin Islands Supervisor of Election Caroline Fawkes informs the public of the closing of the Election System offices in the St.… Link: Election System Offices to Close for Staff Training

VIWMA Releases Veterans Day Holiday Schedule

Source: St. John Source Bovoni Landfill on St. Thomas. (File photo) The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) Preserving Paradise team advises the community of operation hours for VIWMA’s… Link: VIWMA Releases Veterans Day Holiday Schedule

Tradition and Innovation Share Focus at Islands In Between Conference

Source: St. John Source Dr. George A. Franklin delivers the keynote address for the Islands In Between Conference while Dr. Chnzira Davis reacts. (Source photo by Denise Lenhardt-Benoit) While… Link: Tradition and Innovation Share Focus at Islands In Between Conference

Mainly Fair Friday/Saturday

Source: St. John Source Once again today, mainly fair weather conditions are forecast but one or two showers may develop from time to time. High temperatures are expected to… Link: Mainly Fair Friday/Saturday

Veterans Bring Grievances to Plaskett Town Hall

Source: St. John Source From left, Tionee Scotland and Patricia Frorup watch Delegate Stacey Plaskett talk to Lisa Ojeda and Martin Caballero of the U.S. Postal Service about Frorup’s… Link: Veterans Bring Grievances to Plaskett Town Hall

Bill Would Bar Subcontractors from Placing Liens On EHRVI Homes

Source: St. John Source VIHFA Executive Director Daryl Griffith testifies before the V.I. Senate in April. (V.I. Legislature file photo by Barry Leerdam) Legislators on Thursday approved a bill… Link: Bill Would Bar Subcontractors from Placing Liens On EHRVI Homes

Senate Panel OKs Bill to Streamline CZM Process

Source: St. John Source Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. (Submitted photo) A Senate panel voted favorably Wednesday to move a bill to amend… Link: Senate Panel OKs Bill to Streamline CZM Process

Plaskett Was Reluctant on Impeachment, But No More

Source: St. John Source Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett questions Michael Cohen during the House Government Oversight Committee’s March 1 hearing. Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett says her seat on the… Link: Plaskett Was Reluctant on Impeachment, But No More

Turbine’s High Temperature Triggered Tuesday STT Power Outage

Source: St. John Source Randolph Harley Power Plant A generating unit’s high temperature triggered a district-wide power outage on St. Thomas on Tuesday, according to the Water and Power… Link: Turbine’s High Temperature Triggered Tuesday STT Power Outage

D.C. United to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Source: St. John Source The D.C. United team ahead of their 5-0 win against Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer in 2019 (Photo credit: Xavi Dussaq / D.C.… Link: D.C. United to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Senators Drill Limetree Bay on Environment and Payments

Source: St. John Source Limetree Bay (Government House photo) Brian Lever, president of Limetree Bay, told the V.I. Legislature’s Committee on Government Operations, Consumer Affairs and Energy Wednesday that… Link: Senators Drill Limetree Bay on Environment and Payments

GERS Officials Found in Contempt Over Employee Contributions List

Source: St. John Source The GERS office on St. Thomas. The Government Employees’ Retirement System did not do enough to follow a judge’s order to provide information about employee… Link: GERS Officials Found in Contempt Over Employee Contributions List

NRCS Caribbean Area Names Luis A. Cruz-Arroyo as New Director

Source: St. John Source Luis A. Cruz-Arroyo Luis A. Cruz-Arroyo joined the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Caribbean Area as its new director on Oct. 28. He is… Link: NRCS Caribbean Area Names Luis A. Cruz-Arroyo as New Director

At Optimal Printing, ‘It Takes a Family’

Source: St. John Source Nyla Monlouis, left, receives an award from Rotarians Milagros Romero, Liz Goggins and Sandra Leung.(Submitted photo) Optimal Printing, located at the corner of the strip… Link: At Optimal Printing, ‘It Takes a Family’

Dry and Breezy Wednesday

Source: St. John Source Drier air and breezy conditions across the regional waters will bring brief light showers in and around Virgin Islands today. Daytime high temperatures will average… Link: Dry and Breezy Wednesday

Limetree Officials Are a No-Show at Community Meeting on Refinery

Source: St. John Source From left, DPNR Commissioner Jean-Pierre Oriol, VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen, Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. and Sen. Kurt Vialet discuss Limetree Refinery at Tuesday’s town… Link: Limetree Officials Are a No-Show at Community Meeting on Refinery

Remembering Arnold Highfield: Historian, Professor, Writer, Linguist, Poet

Source: St. John Source The Highfield family, from left, Christopher Highfield, Leslie Carter Highfield, Arnold Highfield, Shirley de Chabert Highfield, Kimberly Highfield, Kevin Highfield. (Submitted family photo) Arnold Highfield… Link: Remembering Arnold Highfield: Historian, Professor, Writer, Linguist, Poet

CBP Releases FY 2019 Border Enforcement Review for the Caribbean

Source: St. John Source Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley crewmembers with a seized cocaine shipment in Puerto Rico, following the interdiction of a drug smuggling go-fast boat Oct. 13,… Link: CBP Releases FY 2019 Border Enforcement Review for the Caribbean

UVI Bulletin Board for November II

Source: St. John Source University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus UVI President David Hall to Host Dean’s List Receptions on Nov. 3 and 17 UVI President… Link: UVI Bulletin Board for November II

Governor to Host First Workforce Development Summit

Source: St. John Source The Governor’s Workforce Development Summit On Nov. 13-14, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. will host his first Governor’s Workforce Development Summit, which will be an annual… Link: Governor to Host First Workforce Development Summit

Brief morning showers, dryer afternoon

Source: St. John Source Brief showers associated with a surface trough and higher than normal moisture levels will continue to affect the local area. By this afternoon, slightly drier… Link: Brief morning showers, dryer afternoon

U.S. Virgin Islands Sailing Charter Business Growing

Source: St. John Source A sailboat makes its way past St. Thomas. (Source photo by Dave MacVean) Sailing through the emerald blue waters of the Caribbean is a prime… Link: U.S. Virgin Islands Sailing Charter Business Growing

Miss St. Croix Festival Queen Contestants Bring the Sunshine

Source: St. John Source Miss St. Croix Queen contestants, from left, Allayeah John-Baptiste, Izhani Rosa and Tatyana Massiah. It had rained most of Sunday on the west end of… Link: Miss St. Croix Festival Queen Contestants Bring the Sunshine

Rough Week for UVI Sports as Basketball Loses Three

Source: St. John Source Keith Gilmore hits a buzzer-beater at the end of the first half against University of Michigan Dearborn on Saturday night at the Sports and Fitness… Link: Rough Week for UVI Sports as Basketball Loses Three

UVI Board Approves 2020 Budget and Fundraising Goals

Source: St. John Source The UVI St. Croix campus. At its regular meeting Saturday on St. Croix, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees approved the university’s… Link: UVI Board Approves 2020 Budget and Fundraising Goals

Department of Health to Host Health and Preparedness Fair

Source: St. John Source Virgin Islands Department of Health The V.I. Department of Health (DOH) will host a Health and Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday,… Link: Department of Health to Host Health and Preparedness Fair

Some Showers Across STT-STJ

Source: St. John Source Some shower activity is forecast across St. Thomas and St. John today. The potential wet weather is in association with a trough located just north… Link: Some Showers Across STT-STJ

WAPA’s Finances Part 2: A Case of Chronic Starvation

Source: St. John Source St. Thomas’ first power plant under construction, long before the creation of the V.I. Water and Power Authority in 1964. (Photo provided by the St.… Link: WAPA’s Finances Part 2: A Case of Chronic Starvation

Friends Remember Blakie’s Life of Duty, Music and Culture

Source: St. John Source The late Carnival Committee Chairman Kenneth Blake chats with Village Committee Chairman Edgar Baker Philips at an event in 2018. Blake died Nov. 1 in… Link: Friends Remember Blakie’s Life of Duty, Music and Culture

Event at Undercover Books Will Show How to Play the Piano in Ten Minutes

Source: St. John Source Philippa Smith-Tyler will present her book at Undercover Books in Gallows Bay. (Photo from Smith-Tyler’s Facebook page) Philippa Smith-Tyler, classical pianist, piano teacher and author… Link: Event at Undercover Books Will Show How to Play the Piano in Ten Minutes

Department of Health Is Proactive About Suicide Prevention

Source: St. John Source Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion (Government House photo) The Virgin Islands Department of Health, under the leadership of Commissioner Justa Encarnacion — in collaboration with The… Link: Department of Health Is Proactive About Suicide Prevention

NHIT – Virgin Islands Health Innovation Summit Set for Nov. 4

Source: St. John Source NHIT – Virgin Islands Health Innovation Summit The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT®), in collaboration with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of… Link: NHIT – Virgin Islands Health Innovation Summit Set for Nov. 4

WICO Board Defends Its Havensight Management, Moves On

Source: St. John Source At the head of the table, WICO Chairman Joseph Boschulte says the company is moving forward. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee) The board of the… Link: WICO Board Defends Its Havensight Management, Moves On

This Week’s Senate Calendar Nov. 4-8

Source: St. John Source USVI Legislature Building on St. Thomas 33rd Legislature of The Virgin Islands Senate Calendar Monday, November 4 10 a.m. Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public… Link: This Week’s Senate Calendar Nov. 4-8

Frequently Cloudy and Rainy Sunday

Source: St. John Source A surface trough will maintain cloudy and rainy weather conditions across the region today. Periods of sunshine can be expected but showers are forecast to… Link: Frequently Cloudy and Rainy Sunday

Crowd Clamors at Return of CostULess on St. Thomas

Source: St. John Source Crowds throng the checkout lines at the grand reopening of CostULess on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Judi Shimel) There may be no Apple store… Link: Crowd Clamors at Return of CostULess on St. Thomas

Men’s League Pre-Season Soccerama to Begin Nov. 3

Source: St. John Source The U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association’s (USVISA) Premier Men’s League will kick off this Sunday, Nov. 3, with a pre-season Soccerama. Games will be played… Link: Men’s League Pre-Season Soccerama to Begin Nov. 3

Beach Advisory for Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

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

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

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

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

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

Child Marriage Bill Has Momentum

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

UVI Student Government Association Installs New Officers

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

UVI Hackathon 2019 Winners Present Solutions to Power

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

Mostly Fair Friday

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

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