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April 14-20, 2008 ST US POSTAGE
SCopyright 2008 PERMIT NO. 3

The Community Newspaper Since 1972 St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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2 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008

Constitution Should Include Safeguards

Against High Property Taxes on St. John

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Although delegates of the Fifth Constitutional
Convention's committee on taxation, finance and
commerce all expressed their desires to hear from
the people of St. John, it was the committee members
themselves who did most of the talking at a Thursday
evening, April 10, meeting at the St. John Legislature
With the District Court mandated territory-wide
property revaluation program wrapping up, St. John
residents are facing stark increases in their property
taxes. Some residents are seeing increases of hun-
dreds and even thousands of dollars in their bills.
Residents recently filed a lawsuit (see related ar-
ticle, page 3) against the VI. government and Tax
Assessor Roy Martin, who arrived at the meeting an
hour and a half late and did not testify.
The Thursday evening meeting drew the biggest
turnout of any Constitutional Convention hearing on
island thus far. While about 25 residents filled the
room, only four people testified and it was Crucian
delegate Adelbert Bryan who did the lion's share of
talking during the two and a half hour meeting.
St. John Has "Major Problem"
When given the opportunity, however, testifiers
urged convention delegates to include language in a
new constitution that would work to ensure the cur-
rent skyrocketing property taxe rates would not be
repeated in the future.
"We have on St. John a major problem with proper-
ty taxes," said Pam Gaffin. "The government has be-
trayed the citizens of St. John. They want to fleece us
and have us be the goose that lays the golden egg."
Governor John deJongh has projected a $50 million
increase in property tax revenues which will come out
of St. John only, Gaffin explained.
"If taxes are going down on St. Thomas and St.
Croix, guess who is going to pay all the property tax-
es and the extra $50 million," said Gaffin. "We are.
That is not fair."
"Your job is to make sure this doesn't happen again
on St. John," Gaffin continued. "We need to have
laws that protect us from this."
Not Everyone Is a Millionaire
Property values should be based on what that prop-
erty last sold for, Gaffin recommended. For instance
if a property last sold in 1822 for $25, that should be
the assessed value, she explained.
Despite what the government believes, not every-
one on St. John is a millionaire, explained delegate
Wilma Marsh Monsanto.
"Not everyone on St. John is a millionaire and be-
cause of the assessment the government has made

"How am I going to keep the
land that I live on and that I want
to pass on to my children. This is
a very sad state. Most Virgin Is-
landers don't want to move to the
Ronnie Jones

everyone on St. John a millionaire," said Marsh Mon-
santo. "The tax assessor, the governor, these are na-
tive born Virgin Islanders who did this. No outsiders
came and did this to us."
"Looking at my assessment, I'm ready to tell the
government to take the land or just take me," Marsh
Monsanto added.
Must Be Able To Come Home
Virgin Islands residents always want to be able to
come back home and if the rising property costs trend
continues, that will not be the case, according to Ron-
nie Jones.
"How am I going to keep the land that I live on and
that I want to pass on to my children," Jones said.
"This is a very sad state. Most Virgin Islanders don't
want to move to the states."
"We always want to say, 'I can go home,'" con-
tinued Jones. "Please help us. We are bordering on a
Exemptions to protect ancestral land need to be in
place, Jones explained.
"I believe anyone who has ancestry here and doesn't
want to sell, needs to be protected in the form of some
type of exemption," he said.
The biggest problem in the Virgin Islands is lack of
leadership, explained Lorelei Monsanto.
Lack of Leadership in Virgin Islands
"The government has put us in tyranny," Monsanto
said. "Our biggest problem is a lack of leadership. St.
Johnians are fighting our own government."
"You are the ones who can protect us from our gov-
ernment," continued Monsanto. "You can protect our
interest and our pursuit of happiness. We can work
together to find out what is best for the whole Virgin
Instead of the gross receipts tax structure currently
in place in the Virgin Islands, the territory should in-
stitute a sales tax, according to St. John Community
Foundation executive director Paul Devine.
"To tax a product or service more than one time
is a burden on the people as a whole," Devine said.
Continued on Page 23

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Local Chamber Chapter Meeting April 15
St. John Tradewinds
There will be a St. John Chapter of the St. Thomas-St. John
Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m.
at St. Ursula's multipurpose center in Cruz Bay. Chamber mem-
bers, potential members and interested parties are invited to attend.
The meeting will end promptly at 6:30 p.m.

SJSA Presents Comedy Show on April 18
St. John Tradewinds
St. John School of the Arts will present Executive Monkeys, a
comedy improvisation show, on Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets
will be available at the door for $10. This is the show's seventh
year at the Arts School.
The very funny trio includes Matt Donnelly, Stephen Boothe,
Jim Festante and special guest Rebekka Johnson. The trio has
been performing their successful show THREAT at the People's
Improv Theatre in New York City for the past four years. Johnson
starred in four seasons of MTV's Boiling Points, CW's Schooled,
and NBC Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
Donnelly most notably inducted Maurice Jones-Drew into
the Fantasy Hall of Fame in a national ESPN commercial and
appeared in several episodes of All My Children and General
Hospital. Festante helped launch the Political Video site Slate
V.com this year.
Come for fun, laughs and the hysterical, show stopping hit rendi-
tion of "El Burro De Muerte The Donkey of Death."

JFLI Anniversary Celebration Is April 19
St. John Tradewinds
Come celebrate the 12th anniversary of the John's Folly Learning
Institute at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the learning center.
Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen will be the guest speaker
and, as always, no one will go away hungry. See you there!

Historical Society To Host Potluck Dinner

at Season's Final Meeting on April 19
St. John Tradewinds
Residents are invited to the St. John Historical Society's potluck
supper on Saturday, April 19, at the Bethany Moravian Church at
5 p.m. Come hear about the island's past from society historian
Elroy Sprauve and a number of St. John elders and culture bear-
ers, and learn of Virgin Islands Carnival traditions from professor
Robert Nicholls. This is the society's final meeting of the season.
Nicholls, of the University of the Virgin Islands, will present a
slide show on Masquerade and Carnival Traditions in the Virgin
Islands at 6:30 p.m. following a short business meeting, where
members will vote on the society's slate of officers and directors
for the coming year.
Nicholls is a cultural anthropologist who has studied both West
Indian and African traditions of music, dance and masquerade for
many years. He is the author of Old Time Masquerading in the
U.S. Virgin Islands, published by the V.I. Humanities Council,
and Remarkable Big Trees of the Virgin Islands.
Guests are asked to bring a potluck dish, but no alcohol. SJHS
will provide drinks, plates and utensils. Everyone is welcome.

Public Input To Be Gathered
at Constitutional Convention Forums
St. John Tradewinds
Informational public forums led by St. John residents Paul
Devine and Ronnie Jones are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Julius
E. Sprauve School on April 24, May 29, June 27 and July 17. The
forums are intended to gather public input and to provide updates
on what is happening with the Fifth Constitutional Convention. All
input will be sent to Constitutional Convention delegates.

St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008 3

Derr Files Objection To Special Master's Favorable Review of Tax Revaluation

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
VI. Unity Day Group Attorney James
Derr filed an objection to a favorable review
of the court-mandated property tax revalua-
tion system in District Court last week.
Special master Joseph Hunt, a North
Carolina-based mass appraisal specialist ap-
pointed by the court to review the required
appraisal project, filed a positive report of
the tax revaluation system with District
Judge Curtis Gomez on Monday, March 31.
Hunt's review is the final step in the years-
long ordeal since District Judge Thomas
Moore ordered the government to revaluate
all commercial and residential properties
across the territory in 2003.
An injunction was placed on the tax col-
lection system at that time and rates were
frozen at the 1998 level. The VI. govern-
ment contracted Georgia-based Bearing-
Point to conduct a mass revaluation to
the tune of $6.5 million which the com-
pany completed recently.
Procedures Are Proper, Says Hunt
The process was subject to the review of
Hunt, who deemed the government in com-
pliance with the court's directive in his final
"It is my opinion that the government of
the Virgin Islands is in compliance with the
court's directive to put in place an assess-
ment system and procedures that are proper
and capable of producing credible and re-
liable assessments as required by law," ac-

cording to Hunt's report.
Based on the merits of Hunt's review,
Assistant Attorney General Carol Thomas-
Jacobs moved to lift the court-ordered tax
rate injunction ahead of a scheduled May 16
District Court hearing on the case.
Countering Thomas-Jacobs' filing, Derr
filed an objection to Hunt's report based in
part on the special master's favorable re-
view condition of a functioning Tax Review
Board of Tax Review Condition
"My opinion of project completion, as
stated on page one of this report, is condi-
tional on a functional Board of Tax Review
being in place with decisions on all appeals
being made, as required in the court's ruling
dated May 12, 2003," according to Hunt's
The V.I. Tax Review Board, however, has
not met in more than a year, according to
Derr's objection.
"The Tax Review Board is not presently
meeting and has not met for something in
excess of one year, and there is no indica-
tion whatsoever that it 'consistently holds
hearings and reaches determinations on ap-
peals within the 60 days' required by the V.I.
Code," according to Derr's filing.
"Therefore, regardless of whatever else
Mr. Hunt has to say about the revaluation
process, he is clear that the project is not yet
complete and will not be complete because
an integral part of the property tax system -
a functioning Tax Review Board simply

does not exist," according to Derr's filing.
Derr's objection also cites several recom-
mendations which appeared in a 2005 report
Hunt wrote, but are missing from the 2008
"For example, in his [Hunt's] report of
June 15, 2005, Mr. Hunt noted that there
was only limited linkage between the As-
sessor's Geographic Information System
and the Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal
system," according to Derr's objection.
In Hunt's 2005 report, he considers the
GIS and CAMA linkage a requirement of
conducting a fair mass appraisal.
"The limited linkage between the GIS and
CAMA, and the unacceptable percentage
of matches between databases for the two
systems was never resolved," Hunt wrote
in 2005. "This project is currently a work-
in-progress and is providing support to the
revaluation. The GIS should be totally func-
tional by the end of the project."
Hunt's 2008 report makes no mention of
the GIS and CAMA linkage.
Any mention of the serious problem
with identifying properties in the territory
- which Hunt relates in detail in his 2005
report is also missing from his 2008 re-
The special master's final report lacks a
number of facts, explained Derr.
Short on Facts
"If you read Hunt's report, it is long on
conclusions and short on facts," said Derr.
"I think there there are a lot of unexplained

issues with Mr. Hunt's report."
Hunt does mention St. John issues spe-
cifically in his final report, but states Bear-
ingPoint officials did their job tracking the
numerous appeals to the skyrocketing tax
"St. John's property increases ran sharply
higher than other locations, and can account
for the higher number of appeals from that
location," according to Hunt's final review.
"BearingPoint carefully tracked the reason
for the appeals for vertical and horizontal
analysis of assessment patterns."
Additional Information Needed
Additional information is needed before
the court can deem the revaluation process
successfully completed, according to Derr's
"Pending further work by the govern-
ment, or further explanation by Mr. Hunt,
the conclusory statements contained in the
2008 report are simply insufficient for this
court to make an independent determination
regarding completion of the project or the
accuracy of the new assessments," accord-
ing to Derr's filing.
Derr requested a hearing on Hunt's report
and his other suit, on behalf of the VI. Unity
Day Group against the government of the
Virgin Islands and V.I. Tax Assessor Roy
Martin alleging BearingPoint did not con-
duct a fair revaluation remain pending.
Judge Gomez had not ruled on any of the
pending motions related to the property tax
revaluation process as of press time.

VIPD Commissioner Commends Community for Arrests, Illegal Gun Seizures

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
V.I. Police Department Commis-
sioner James McCall credited the
community for an increase in il-
legal gun seizures in the territory,
and discussed efforts the depart-
ment is undergoing to address its
manpower shortage at a Tuesday,
April 8, press conference on St.
Thomas with V.I. Attorney Gener-
al Vincent Frazer (see related story
on page 7).
Seventeen illegal firearms were
recovered by VIPD officers in the
month of March 11 in the St.
Thomas-St. John district. With a
total of 64 illegal firearms recov-
ered to date in 2008, the territory
is on track to far exceed last year's
total of 120, according to McCall.
"A lot of this would not be pos-
sible without the assistance of the
community," said McCall. "We
will never remove all of the illegal
firearms from the community, but
we will do our best to put a dent
in them and to work with the attor-
ney general's office in making the
arrests we need to prevent these
people from bringing firearms into
the territory."

"A request for 200 new vehicles was recently
approved. These vehicles run 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, and suffer more than the
normal wear and tear on any normal vehicle.
We have to look at the safety of our officers,
who are out there trying to keep the commu-
nity safe."
VIPD Commissioner James McCall

McCall did not elaborate on
what measures the VIPD is taking
to prevent illegal firearms from
coming into the Virgin Islands.
Manpower Shortage
The VIPD commissioner did dis-
cuss in detail the steps the depart-
ment is taking to address its man-
power shortage, including a Cadet
Program and recruiting officers
from outside the Virgin Islands.
"We have 70 auxiliary officers
going to work with us now, and
training for them begins May 5,"
said McCall. "We're very excited
to have a cross section of the com-
munity, and we're reaching out
for additional people who may be

interested. With a majority of the
community involved in the auxil-
iary program, we wouldn't have as
much crime in our community."
There are approximately 50 ca-
dets already on board with the pro-
gram, which trains students ages
16 to 19 who are interested in pur-
suing a career in law enforcement.
The students meet three times a
week to learn a condensed version
of curriculum used at the VI. Po-
lice Academy.
"By doing this, we can keep the
best and the brightest in our com-
munity to serve the community,"
said McCall. "We will assist them
with a four-year degree if they

continue on in the path of law
enforcement. We need additional
manpower here in the territory."
Approximately 30 officers have
been recruited from outside the
territory. They will begin training
May 19, McCall added.
The manpower shortage has not
affected the VIPD's ability to ad-
dress traffic problems officers
issue around 800 traffic citations
each month territory-wide, ac-
cording to the department's com-
McCall also announced the pur-
chase of a new fleet of vehicles for
VIPD officers.
Assistance from Community
"A request for 200 new vehicles
was recently approved," said the
VIPD commissioner. "These ve-
hicles run 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, and suffer more than
the normal wear and tear on any
normal vehicle. We have to look at
the safety of our officers, who are
out there trying to keep the com-
munity safe."
Police vehicles are replaced na-
tionally after an average of 80,000
miles or three years, according to
McCall. The VIPD's current vehi-

cles have been in service approxi-
mately two and a half years.
The most important tool for
helping the VIPD solve crimes is
Continued on Page 23

Business Directory .............23
Church Schedules ..............24
Classified Ads ..................... 27
Crossword Puzzler .............24
Ferry Schedules .................24
Historical Bits & Pieces ......17
Letters ......................... 18-20
Paws for a Moment ............16
Police Log ................ ..... 25
Real Estate ................. 28-31
Rhythm & Views ..............15
Wha's Happ'nin' ...................4

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By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
On a Wednesday morning in
January, a woman escorted two
young girls from the sidewalk near
the Front Yard Bar to the Julius E.
Sprauve School and away from an
alleged sexual assault.
Now the Attorney General's Of-
fice hopes the woman does another
good deed and contacts officials to
detail what she saw that morning,
explained Assistant Attorney Gen-
eral Douglas Dick, the acting chief
of the Department of Justice's
(DOJ) criminal division.
"Basically what we have is an al-
leged crime which was committed
in St. John on Wednesday morn-
ing, January 16," said Dick. "Two
young girls 10 and 13 were
on their way to school around 7
or 7:30 a.m. when one of the girls
was allegedly sexually fondled by
an adult male."
"According to the little girls,
there was a lady they saw in the
area that morning who intervened

"According to the little girls, there was a lady
...that morning who intervened in the situation
and pulled the girls away from the adult male.
She took the two kids over to the gate where
their school was and left after they went into

the gate."

Assistant Attorney General Douglas Dick

in the situation and pulled the girls
away from the adult male," Dick
continued. "She took the two kids
over to the gate where their school
was and left after they went into
the gate."
The woman could be a possible
eyewitness to the alleged crime -
a possible unlawful sexual contact
case but the girls don't know
the woman's name or how to con-
tact her, according to Dick.
"The woman was a person not
known to the girls and they didn't
get her name," said the assistant
attorney general. "I'm hoping this

person will come forward and
contact me. I'd really like to know
what, if anything, she saw."
The girls described the wom-
an as having blonde hair, being
around five feet and seven inches
tall, in her 40s and smoking a ciga-
rette, Dick explained.
The woman also might have
been wearing jeans and a black
jacket, the assistant attorney gen-
eral added.
The woman in question or
anyone who knows the woman
- should call Dick at the DOJ at
774-5666, extension 190.

Wha's Happ'nin'

by Sis Frank

St. John Tradewinds
Papaya Cafe Has New Transfer Day
Book at Marketplace
Every young student should read Anecia Sewer's
new book explaining the basics of Transfer Day.
Illustrated by Karen Samuel, it's truly a pleasure
to see the first of many educational and easily-
read books to come. Congratulations to Anecia
and Karen!
Hurry Back, Steve Simon, From Iraq
From all reports, the Bluzapalooza was a great
success. We want to hear all about it! In Steve's
absence, the regulars were hot and sit-ins Jerry
Harris, Dennis Frett, Roan Creque and Jael
Breckinridge were out of this world in their own
way "Poison Ivy" was a blast!
Check Out the New Mini-marts
All the basics are there at Meada's Plaza and
next door to Fish Trap. Congratulations to the
Nice Bright Lights on Connections' Side and
Front Walls
How about the back? I'm sure that the owners of
the buildings care about safety. Downtown Cruz
Bay needs lights for all areas.
Prayers For Our Sick Friends
Our love to Avilda Mathias and her family.
Jane Bowry has returned to New Hampshire
safely and has good reports from the hospital.

Andy and Janet Have Another Successful
Benefit Tournament
It's pretty exciting to see all the young ball play-
ers racing around the ball park in the Ruby Rutnik
Memorial Softball Tournament! Antilles School
won that was Ruby's alma mater.
People You Meet at The Beach Bar
A very attractive young couple from California
told me of their wedding plans for this Monday.
The bride-to-be had researched wedding oppor-
tunities in the Caribbean and selected St. John!
They had the usual upsets like having their plane
delayed for four hours, arriving on St. Thomas
to find the license bureau closed for two hours,
and finally obtained their license only to miss the
"It is always like this?"
"Yes," I replied.
They were so charming and so excited about
their upcoming marriage. It was refreshing to
share their happiness, especially when the bride
started to cry when she said I reminded her of her
I was fascinated to hear what their jobs were
back home. She was the manager of 10 men at
Home Depot and the groom was a refrigerator
repair man. You could tell immediately that they
loved their work.
Sundays at the Beach Bar isn't all about jazz.


St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008 5

St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Tom Oat

Skid marks lead straight into Marina Market, left; the driver of a white Chevy truck is
pulled from his vehicle after it flipped over in Guinea Gut, above.

Weekend Single-car Accidents Result of Intoxication, Speeding

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
Two separate single-car accidents which occurred on
Friday evening, April 4, and Saturday evening, April 5,
were the result of intoxication and speeding, respectively.
The first accident occurred on Friday night, when a
59-year-old male lost control of his white Chevy truck near
Guinea Gut on his way out of Cruz Bay, and flipped over
into the gut across from the Westin Resort and Villas. It
was determined the driver was intoxicated, but he has not
yet been charged.
"Preliminary investigation by police determined the

"Preliminary investigation by police
determined the driver was intoxicated
and that he lost control of the vehicle
at the corner."
Melody Rames, VIPD spokesperson

driver was intoxicated and that he lost control of the vehicle
at the corner," said V.I. Police Department spokesperson
Melody Rames. "He was taken to the hospital for superfi-

cial wounds. That investigation is still ongoing, and police
are waiting for some additional information to close out the
case and determine if the driver is going to be charged."
The second accident occurred on Saturday night, when a
24-year-old Estate Enighed resident lost control of his 2001
Suzuki Vitara on South Shore Road, slamming into the
Marina Market building, which suffered minimal damage.
The driver broke his left leg in the accident.
"The driver told police that he had no brakes, but subse-
quent investigation proved the car did have brakes," said
Rames. "He was driving too fast and he lost control of the
vehicle. He was charged with negligent driving."

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NPS Freezes Entrance Fees at 2007 Level

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
Thanks to a National Park Service-wide initia-
tive to freeze entrance fees at the 2007 level, the
cost to enter Trunk Bay the one place the V.I.
National Park charges a fee will remain the
same until at least 2010.
The fee freeze directive came from NPS Di-
rector Mary Bomar, who decided national parks
should remain accessible to everyone, explained
VINP Superintendent Mark Hardgrove.
"The director of the National Park Service has
decided that it's in the best interest of the NPS to
freeze entrance fees at 2007 levels for this year,"
said Hardgrove. "Costs are rising all around us,
and it's good to know the NPS takes into consid-
eration costs for visiting national parks and wants
the parks to be available to all people."
The VINP currently charges $4 per person 17
years and older per day; $15 for an annual family
pass; and $10 for an annual individual pass. Chil-
dren age 16 and under may enter Trunk Bay for
free. Seniors and those with physical disabilities
may obtain a pass for $10 and for free, respec-
tively, which allows them to pay half price at all
national parks.
Fees Implemented in 1998
The fees at Trunk Bay, 80 percent of which go
toward deferred park maintenance, have remained
at the same level since their inception in 1998.
Once the fee freeze is lifted, the VINP will likely
consider raising the fees, Hardgrove explained.
Public input will be gathered before any changes
are made, according to VINP Chief of Conces-
sions and Fee Program Elba Richardson.
"If we were to make any changes, we'd have to
do a civic engagement before the fees change,"

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move forward, we might look into adjusting some
of the fees."
The NPS memo regarding the fee freeze instructs
national parks not to host civic engagements be-
fore 2009, Richardson continued.
"It would take a year to have the community
meetings and get feedback, so nothing would
occur before 2010," she said. "The community
would get to play a role and voice their opinions
as far as any fee increase."
For now, residents and visitors alike can rest
easy knowing the fees at Trunk Bay will not be
increased any time soon.


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DeJongh Given Short List

of Potential Candidates

for St. John Planner Post

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Relief might finally be in sight
for the congestion, unchecked
development and parking woes
plaguing Love City.
A full year after Governor John
deJongh's campaign promise to
hire a planner for the island of St.
John by his first quarter in office,
the administration is reviewing
a short list of nominees to fill the
Department of Planning and Nat-
ural Resources officials submit-
ted about eight nominees for the
St. John city planner to Govern-
ment House for review, explained
DPNR Division of Comprehen-
sive and Coastal Zone Planning's
Director of Planning Wanda Mills-
"I submitted a short list with
about eight nominees to the com-
missioner and the commissioner
submitted the names to the gov-
ernor," said Mills-Bocachica.
"Right now the decision is really
to be made by Governor John de-
DeJongh will soon review the
list and shorten it even further,
according to Government House
spokesperson John Greaux.
Interviews Are Next Step
"We'll get that list down to about
three or four people and set up
personal interviews," Greaux said.
"That should take about 30 to 45
days and shortly after that the gov-
ernor will make a final decision.
The goal is to find the most quali-
fied person for that position which
will drive the governor's final de-
All of the prospective nominees
are qualified individuals, Mills-
Bocachica added.
"We have a really good cross
section of people up for the po-
sition," said DPNR's director of
planning. "I think St. John will be
in good hands."
The principal planner position
- as it will be officially called -
will be based in DPNR's St. John
office on the third floor of The
Marketplace, according to Mills-
St. John-based Position
"As a clarification, the St. John
planner will be based on St. John
and we've already purchased a
computer for the office," Mills-

Bocachica said. "We are moving
forward with plans and the posi-
tion will be based in the DPNR of-
fice in The Marketplace."
Whoever fills the planner posi-
tion will be expected to advise
DPNR officials on St. John-spe-
cific issues, Mills-Bocachica ex-
"What we anticipate is that the
principal planner will provide in-
formation on problematic areas
such as hillside guidelines, density
studies, transportation circulation
issues, congestion and overall
quality of life issues," said DP-
NR's director of planning.
The deJongh administration has
faced several delays in trying to fill
the position. Actually defining the
position, where it would be based
and who the person would report
to contributed to initial delays in
even advertising the job.
Initial Applicants Denied
Further adding to the delay, all
applicants who replied to a DPNR
advertisement for the position
which ran in local newspapers in
August 2007 were denied.
While Government House offi-
cials confirmed the lack of a suit-
able applicant last year, Greaux
declined to comment on specifics.
"Nothing emerged out of the first
round," Greaux said at the time.
"There was nothing that jumped
out at us. I don't have a 'why. "
Finally, the administrationposted
the job opening on the American
Planning Association's Web site in
January 2008 with last month set
as the deadline for submitting ap-
The ideal planner would serve
"as the primary subject matter spe-
cialist in select areas of assignment
to include: hillside development
guidelines; land use and density
studies; long range planning; urban
design; transportation planning;
conflict resolution regarding iden-
tity politics and differences over
the use of property; in addition to
other planning related concerns,"
according to the job posting on the
Web site www.planning.org.
If the Government House time-
line is adhered to, the position
could be filled by the end of May
or the middle of June which
would be well into the second
quarter of deJongh's second year
in office.

St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008 7

A large column of smoke rising from St. Thomas' Bovoni Landfill could be seen
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Attorney General's Office Thanks Public

For Help on Felony Convictions in V.I.

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Public safety officials thanked community mem-
bers for their support in coming forward to help fight
crime in the territory at a Tuesday morning, April 8,
press conference at the attorney general's conference
room in St. Thomas.
"We've had a number of successes over the past
few months of this year and these recent successes
are due in large part to our newest partner in our crime
fighting endeavors," said VI. Attorney General Vin-
cent Frazer. "This new partner is really an old partner
who has returned the residents of this community
who help us prove our cases in court."
Although a number of cases remain unsolved, the
attorney general's office has not given up, Frazer ex-
"Unfortunately we still have a number of outstand-
ing unsolved cases," said the attorney general. "We
are working on those cases every day as we gather
leads and pursue those leads. We will not rest until we
find the perpetrators of those crimes and have them
safely behind bars."
No Tolerance for Lawlessness
"We will not tolerate lawlessness in the Virgin
Islands," Frazer continued. "We will tackle it every
where it rears its ugly head."
For a variety of reasons, investigations can some-
times take a long time and the public should bear with
the attorney general's office, added Frazer.
"We're working hard to solve unsolved cases," he
said. "We cannot take rumors before a jury. Some-
times it takes a long time to investigate cases."
"We ask the public to bear with us and and give
us time with these unsolved cases," Frazer continued.
"We are working every day as hard as we can."

Five murder cases have gone to jury this year al-
ready in the territory and all but one have resulted in
first degree murder convictions thanks in large part
to residents' testimonies, according to the attorney
Residents Integral to Solving Cases
"Residents are an important part of this process,"
said Frazer. "We've brought witnesses from distant
places to come back and serve. Felony arrests have
been significantly raised and felony convictions have
gone up as well."
"Justice is what we are pursuing," he added.
The community can expect some previously dis-
missed cases to reappear in the public eye next month,
explained Frazer.
"We are looking at some older cases that were dis-
missed without prejudice," he said. "You will hear
announcements in the future about old cases we will
be recharging and taking back to court. The commu-
nity will know that we serve on their behalf."
High-profile Cases Coming Up
"The month of May will be an active month in
terms of high-profile cases that will be coming up,"
Frazer added, but declined to comment on specific
Recent successful arrests and convictions are help-
ing to restore public faith in the territory's criminal
justice system, according to Frazer.
"We've made tremendous headway and great in-
roads in restoring public confidence in the criminal
justice system," said the attorney general. "We want
to ensure the public this administration is working
very hard to keep a handle on crime. Where we have
been able to make arrests, we have made arrests."
"When we haven't made arrests, believe you me,
we are working very hard on that," Frazer said.

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New Jersey Family Donates $10,000

To GBS for New Cafetorium Project

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
New Jersey residents Anthony
and Sandi Forlini put their money
where their mouths are on Wednes-
day afternoon, April 9, donating
$10,000 to the Guy Benjamin
The couple, who have been visit-
ing St. John since 1998 and pur-
chased land in Chocolate Hole in
2001, hopes their donation helps
the small Coral Bay elementary
school get closer to securing a new
cafeteria and auditorium on cam-
They were inspired to give to
the school after reading about the
need for the facility and the lack of
funds in the St. John Tradewinds,
explained Anthony Forlini.
"We read an article in the
Tradewinds about the kids not
having a cafeteria out here," For-
lini said. "We didn't understand
how the government could lose
federal funds because they weren't
GBS has long been in need of a
cafeteria which could also func-
tion as an auditorium and meet-
ing space for the entire Coral Bay
community. A federal Commu-
nity Development Block Grant
of $325,000 was secured back in
2000 for the project.
After years of talk and no action,
however, the funds were re-pro-
grammed to a different organiza-
tion in order to be used instead of
reverting back to the federal gov-

ernment. Numerous obstacles con-
tributed to the delay, chief among
them being the former Department
of Education commissioner's re-
fusal to sign off on the project.
Eight years later, and with a new
DOE commissioner in place, GBS
officials hope to get back on track
with the cafeteria project and the
Forlinis hope their donation will
"We have concerns that the sys-
tem here should be working on
behalf of the kids instead of bring-
ing tears to peoples' eyes," Forlini
said. "Why is the government giv-
ing grant money back. We hope to
push the officials a little to fix the
system and get funds to the neces-
sary locations."
"They seem to have an imple-
mentation plan, but then things
never get implemented," contin-
ued Forlini.
While the sale of the Forlinis'
Chocolate Hole land put the cou-
ple in the position to give back to
the community, they also want to
help St. John live up to its name.
Walk the Walk
"It's important to always give
back to the community," said For-
lini. "Everyone says this island is
Love City. Everyone can talk the
talk, but I don't see much walk-
"Everyone wants to do things
for the kids, but there is no final
push," he continued. "That's why
we're giving this donation, to try
to give a little push to get things

As the GBS student body contin-
ues to grow, the need for a cafeto-
rium is greater than ever, explained
the school's principal.
"On behalf of the faculty and
staff, I want to thank the Forlinis
for their donation," said GBS prin-
cipal Dionne Wells. "As the popu-
lation at GBS continues to grow,
we have a definite need for an in-
terior cafeteria/auditorium."
"We've been going through this
process since 2000 and it's time to
get the ball rolling," Wells contin-
ued. "It's ridiculous that we lost
the grant because we couldn't get
the previous commissioner to sign
off on it. It's not fair to the students
or the faculty."
With LaVerne Terry now at the
helm of the DOE, and public sup-
port like the Forlinis, the GBS
cafetorium project has new life,
according to Wells.
"This is a good start," she said.
"Hopefully the new commission-
er would agree to get the project
moving and we'll get somewhere
on this."
Although the Forlinis sold their
Chocolate Hole property, the fam-
ily has no plans to stop visiting St.
John they recently purchased
property in Francis Bay and will
soon start construction.
The New Jersey couple hopes
to set an example for other island
"We hope to inspire others to
give too," said Forlini.

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St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008 9

Antilles Takes Title at Ruby Rutnik Memorial Softball Tournament

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
Antilles School's win at the
12th annual Ruby Rutnik Memo-
rial Softball Tournament April 4-6
was a fitting tribute to the tourna-
ment's namesake it was her
alma mater.
Approximately $20,000 was
raised at this year's tourna-
ment, which is hosted annually
by Ruby Rutnik's parents, artist
Janet Cook-Rutnik and former
Licensing and Consumer Affairs
Commissioner Andy Rutnik, in
conjunction with their daughter's
birthday, April 9. Ruby would
have been 33 years old this year.
The money raised goes toward
an endowment which supports the
Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund.
The fund awards a two-year
scholarship to a St. John girl at-
tending college in the amount of
$2,500 per year and a $2,500 one-
year scholarship to a qualified
applicant from the tournament's
winning team.
This year, for the first time, a
$2,500 scholarship will be award-
ed to a student attending Ruby
Rutnik's other alma mater, the
former Pine Peace School, now
the Gifft Hill School.
Since the first tournament in
1997, the endowment has award-
ed $74,000 in scholarships to 24
girls. Although less money was
raised at this year's tournament
than in the past, the softball action
provided for an exciting weekend,
explained Cook-Rutnik.

USVI, BVI Represented
"It seems money was tight this
year, but the tournament was very
exciting," she said. "We had six
teams this year, which was really
a lot."
The action continued through
Sunday, April 6, at 5 p.m., and
teams from each of the U.S. Virgin
Islands and Tortola participated in
this year's tournament, which was
greeted by perfect weather and
enthusiastic supporters.
"We had fabulous weather,
which was a real blessing," said
Cook-Rutnik. "Each year it's
different, but it's always a great
The weekend brought several
touching stories of residents'
memories of Ruby Rutnik and the
tournament, said Cook-Rutnik.
"There's a fellow who comes
over from St. Thomas every sin-
gle year to give his $100 for an in-
ning," she said. "Ruby gave him a
ride once when he was hitchhik-
ing in Fish Bay, and he's come
to the tournament every single
year to buy an inning. Also, I'm
seeing girls playing in the tour-
nament who are children of kids
who went to school with Amos
(Ruby's brother)."
The girl who threw out the first
pitch at this year's tournament
was inspired to play softball when
she attended the first annual Ruby
Rutnik Memorial Tournament,
Cook-Rutnik continued.
"She was here as a little girl,"
she said. "Her mother called and

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat

Softball tournament action kept fans on the edge of their
seats all weekend.

told us she was so inspired that
she wanted to go on and be in the
tournament someday."
Modest, Smart, Sweet and Fun
Cook-Rutnik recalls her daugh-
ter as a "special girl." To this day,
she still enjoys hearing stories

about Ruby, who died during her
senior year at American Univer-
sity in a car crash just two weeks
before she was scheduled to come
home for Christmas in 1996.
"We still have people coming up
and telling us wonderful stories

about how well remembered she
is," said Cook-Rutnik. "She was
a windmill pitcher in high school
at Antilles, and she was just really
good. When all the bases were
loaded and she was under pres-
sure, that was when she'd really
"She was very modest and very
smart, and she was sweet and
fun," Cook-Rutnik added.
The local artist is thrilled by the
support of the community.
"The tournament is a great
event," said Cook-Rutnik. "We
feel the community has given us
this gift because everything we've
been able to give was given to us
by the St. John and Virgin Islands
community. It's a wonderful and
special thing to see Ruby's name
all over the place, and her face on
the t-shirts."
Cook-Rutnik thanked St. John
Tradewinds for coverage of the
event, and Starfish Market, which
is one of the tournament's big-
gest donors. She also thanked the
Love City Pan Dragons, who ran
the concession stand at the tour-
nament, with proceeds going to-
ward the youth steel orchestra.

The VI Waste Management Authority advises solid waste and septic haulers of impending permit
expiration, April 30, 2008. Application packets can be picked up from the VI Waste Management
Authority's Division of Compliance Management and Environmental Enforcement, at the following
St. Croix- #941-946 Estate Williams Delight, Frederiksted;
St. Thomas -#8244 Subbase (Department of Public Works); and
St. John #6506 Susannaberg (Department of Public Works).

All companies, including Government Agencies, who utilize the landfills or wastewater treatment
plants for disposal are required to have a Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Permit or Septage
Disposal Permit. To obtain a waste haulers' permit, the following are to be presented at the time of
submitting the application: alid vehicle registration and insurance, current business license, proof
ofliabiliyinsurance and a VIPD Inspeion Repot ifapplicable.

An appointment will be given for vehicle inspections after review of the permit application.
Vehicles must successfully pass an inspection, the following shall be assessed: hydrma si system
vehicles' body and dump box, lights and tools (Tarpaulin, Rake/ShovelBroom, and Scones/Refector

VIWMA Representatves will be on St. John on April 17th and 18th, between the hours of 9:00 am
to 300pm to process applications.

Please make money orders or certified checks payable to VIWMA.

For more information and associated fees, please contact the Division of Compliance Management
and Environmental Enforcement at 712-4956, St Croix, and 776-4844 ext 292, St. Thomas.

Ruby Rutnik Memorial Softball

Tournament Results

Friday, April 4
Tortola 8 Antilles 2
Ivanna Eudora Kean High School 18 St. John 5
St. Thomas All Stars vs. Tortola All Stars won by forfeit
St. Croix's Central High School 18 St. John 2

Saturday, April 5
Tortola 10 St. John 8
Antilles 16 Central High 4
Eudora Kean 15 All Stars 11
Central High 11 Eudora Kean 5
St. John 12 Antilles 11
All Stars 4 Central High 3
All Stars 15 St. John 2
Antilles 11 Eudora Kean 5

Sunday, April 6
Central High 12 Tortola 8
Antilles 10 All Stars 8
Antilles 8 All Stars 3

10 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008

Claflin Launches New Island Non-profit Kids First!

Report Cards To Be Distributed
St. John Tradewinds
Third marking period report cards distribution has begun in the
St. Thomas-St. John district. Distribution at Charlotte Amalie
High School is scheduled for Thursday, April 17, from 1 to 3:10
p.m. Report cards will be distributed at Guy Benjamin School on
Tuesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Julius E. Sprauve School
will distribute report cards at its PTA meeting on Wednesday,
April 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the school cafeteria.

Cruz Bay Plant Sale April 19
St. John Tradewinds
The Green Sanctuary Committee will host a plant sale in Frank
Powell Park Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The com-
mittee has many homegrown varieties at great prices. The event is
sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John.

Alva C. McFarlane Scholarship Available
St. John Tradewinds
The V.I. Water and Power Authority's Alva C. McFarlane
Scholarship will provide up to $60,000 of financial support for
a bachelor's degree to graduating high school seniors in the ter-
ritory, or to University of the Virgin Islands freshmen or sopho-
mores who are presently enrolled, or plan to enroll, in the 3-2
Engineering Program (electrical engineering).
Students must be U.S. citizens or residents with no criminal
record. The scholarship also provides $20,000 for associate's
degrees in electrical engineering technology, electronics engineer-
ing or a related field.
The application is available at www.viwapa.vi. Select the Alva
C. McFarlane Scholarship link under "Welcome." The applica-
tion may be filled out online, and should be submitted by April
15. Applications are being accepted at WAPA's business office in
Cruz Bay, or can be mailed to V.I. Water and Power Authority,
Personnel Department, PO Box 1450, St. Thomas, VI 00804.

SJSA Raffle Drawing Set for May 16
St. John Tradewinds
Instead of hosting a major fundraiser this year, the St. John
School of the Arts will have a raffle drawing at its student music
recital on Friday, May 16, at the art school.
Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from any SJSA student.
Residents do not have to be present to win.

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
A St. John villa owner recently formed a new non-
profit organization dedicated exclusively to the is-
land's children.
Kids First! was founded by Estate Catherineberg
home owner Bruce Claflin who has made his own
headlines recently penning several Letters to the Edi-
tor in St. John Tradewinds opposing the push for an
island educational facility on National Park Service-
controlled land also located in Estate Catherineberg.
The latest island non-profit organization, however,
is not an instrument to steer the location of a new
school, according to Claflin.
"Our view is quite simply if it ends up the best
place to build a school on this island is park land,
we'll support that," Claflin said. "We're not predicat-
ing our involvement on buying alternative land for a
Discussion about the need to relocate the Julius E.
Sprauve School out of Cruz Bay has been circulating
for years. There has been momentum recently, how-
ever, for the V.I. government to enter into a long-term
lease with the National Park Service for land in Es-
tate Catherineberg exclusively for a new educational
Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen drafted
legislation for the lease which has already passed the
U.S. House of Representatives. The bill has not yet
been heard by the U.S. Senate.
Don't "Hold Kids' Futures Hostage"
Although explaining that Kids First! will be an ad-
vocacy organization working on behalf of the youth
of the island, Claflin maintains that the community
should not be solely devoted to the Estate Cathe-
rineberg property as the new school location.
"Right now we have the government of the Virgin
Islands saying they don't want to swap land," said
Claflin. "There is no bill for a lease in committee,
let alone before the full senate. So we're at a stale-
"We shouldn't hold our kids' futures hostage based
on land negotiations," Claflin continued. "It shouldn't
take an act of congress to build a school. We will be
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and determine where the school should be."
While Claflin explained that he has always want-
ed to get more involved with the island's issues, he
was actually inspired to start Kids First! after meet-
ing with members of the One Campus organization
which is committed to securing land for a new school
facility on St. John.
"I've always wanted to get more active and in-
volved in the island in a meaningful way, but I didn't
know where to start," said Claflin. "I met with repre-
sentatives of the One Campus group and I was hugely
impressed with the zeal they had to do something
positive on the island."
"While I had been writing letters, I felt that it was
woefully inadequate and I wanted to do more," Cla-
flin continued. "I approached a few friends and they
were feeling the same way. We've been working for
several weeks to determine our mission and how to
be organized."
Board Members to Represent Island
Kids First! will register as a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization with a board of directors comprised of
about 10 people representing a cross section of the St.
John community, explained the Catherineberg home
Claflin will be the first president of the board of
directors and, as all of the board members, will be an
unpaid volunteer, he added.
Kids First! will work "to provide a quality educa-
tion for the children of St. John in a safe and nurturing
environment," according to the group's mission state-
ment. "To that end, Kids First! intends to raise funds
from private individuals, businesses and other inter-
ested parties and to engage with educational leaders
and others in the community to determine how best to
support the needs of our children."
Put simply, the group represents exactly what its
name implies, Claflin explained.
"Our name says it all," he said. "It's all about the
kids. It's not about money or about land."
"This is about what we do for the kids," Claflin
said. "We're looking forward to getting started."
Kids First! has registered a URL and intends to cre-
ate a Web site by next month. For more information
contact Claflin at info@kidsfirststj.org.

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Library Renovations Miss Start

Date Due to Real Estate Issues

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
Long-awaited renovations to the Elaine I. Sprauve
Library, which were scheduled to begin April 7, will
have to wait just a little longer thanks to problems
with the lease of a temporary home for the library
during the approximate six months of renovations at
the historic Cruz Bay building.
A lease was worked out for the long-vacant Simple
Feast location in Palm Plaza, however the building's
recent sale caused problems, according to Department
of Planning and Natural Resources Division of
Libraries, Archives and Museums Assistant Director
Donald Cole.
"We had a commitment from a real estate agent for
the space over at Palm Plaza, but the day we were
going to sign off on the lease, the agent told us that
he'd received an offer to purchase the entire build-
ing," said Cole. "That just threw us back. We had to
start from ground zero."
The library will now be moved into several storage
containers on the library's property, one or two of
which will remain open to the public. Negotiations
with Storage on Site are currently underway, and the
renovations are now slated to begin later this month.
Contractors Ready to Go
"We have to get the deal for the storage containers
wrapped up and get approval from the Department
of Property and Procurement," said Cole. "We're
almost there."
Cole is confident that Property and Procurement
will quickly approve the lease for the storage contain-
ers, he continued.
"We're confident it's going to go because it's just

"We had a commitment from a
real estate agent for the space over
at Palm Plaza, but the day we were
going to sign off on the lease, the
agent told us that he'd received an
offer to purchase the entire build-
ing. That just threw us back. We
had to start from ground zero."
Donald Cole, Assistant Director
DPNR's Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums

a short-term lease," said Cole. "We've been assured
by Property and Procurement Commissioner Lynn
Millin-Maduro that exigency will be given to us."
Despite the project contractor Custom Builders'
advertisements in the Virgin Islands Daily News for
a project foreman, they are ready to begin work, Cole
"They are ready to go," he said. "We've got the
contract in place, but we are the ones who are keep-
ing them from moving forward."
The renovations will include enclosing the historic
building for air conditioning, painting and installing a
generator. A second phase where a parking area will
be constructed to the east of the library may also be
completed during this time.
"It's been long and arduous, but we're going to
get there," said Cole. "We're not going to leave the
people of St. John without library services during the

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St. John Community Foundation Names

Resident Paul Devine Executive Director

By Andrea Miam
St. John Tradewinds
The position of St. John Community Foundation
executive director, which has been vacant for more
than a year since Carole DeSenne's passing, has fi-
nally been filled. The foundation named community
activist and retired electrician Paul Devine as its ex-
ecutive director last week.
Devine is already involved in several local orga-
nizations, including the American Legion Viggo E.
Sewer Post 131 where he serves as adjutant and
helped organize the American Legion Youth Co-ed
Flag Football League the St. John Youth Commit-
tee and the Epiphany Theatre Company. Devine, an
outspoken supporter of the Fifth Constitutional Con-
vention, also hosts community meetings regarding
the constitutional process in an effort to get the public
SJCF, whose mission is to promote programs which
strengthen community and family values and enhance
the quality of life for all members of the community,
recognized Devine's dedication to the community as
a positive asset, explained former acting executive di-
rector Lonnie Willis.
"Paul is already out in the community doing great
work," said Willis. "We're very impressed with the
way he handles himself, how he's respectful of peo-
ple, and his sense of humor. He's always there when
you need him."
Moving Forward
The foundation is excited to finally move forward
with some of its initiatives which have been on hold
since the 2006 passing of past executive director De-
Senne, Willis continued.
"I think Paul is going to represent the foundation in
a wonderful manner and move forward some of the
things that have been on hold the last year and a half
since we lost our last executive director," she said.
Those plans include organizing activities for seniors
such as karaoke, exercise and arts and crafts, which
they can get to using Dial-A-Ride, and the construc-
tion of a civic and community center at Bellevue,
where affordable housing developer Reliance Hous-
ing Foundation donated more than two acres of land
to the foundation. SJCF will also continue to host its
popular Children's Carnival in conjunction with St.
John Festival.
Devine was not the only applicant for the position
of executive director, and he's thrilled to have been
chosen for the position, he explained.
"I'm just pleased as punch," said Devine. "I've
been hoping all along that I'd get the job. Being semi-
retired, it gives me an opportunity to continue what I
really want to do, which is community activities."
No Sitting on Sidelines
Devine was raised in the Boston area and lived in
Massachusetts until nine years ago, when he moved
to St. John after a divorce. The new SJCF executive
director has owned electrical businesses for the past
45 years, and he's always been involved in his com-
munity, he explained.
"Being involved in the community has always been
important," said Devine. "In Massachusetts, I was in-
volved at state-level positions including the Board of
Public Safety and the Traffic Committee. I've always
wanted to be involved in my surroundings; I wanted

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SJCF's acting executive director Lonnie
Willis hands over the reins to Paul Devine.

to know how the rules are made, so I got involved."
"I always want to know what's going on around
me," Devine continued. "I'm never satisfied sitting
by the sidelines, and I continued that when I came to
St. John."
"He's not a sideline type of person, and that's why
we wanted him," Willis added.
The Community Foundation was born out of crisis
following Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The foundation
formed as a central place for residents to discuss com-
munity issues.
"The people who started the foundation felt we
could be an organization for the whole island, which
everybody else's organization could fall under," said
Willis. "That was the idea at the time."
Community Support Needed
The organization eventually divided into two groups
- the Community Foundation and the St. John Ac-
commodations Council, which collected money from
its members to go toward mini-grants and SJCF's en-
dowment, which continues to partially fund the ex-
ecutive director position today.
The foundation also relies on the support of com-
munity members, explained Willis.
"We still have operating expenses," she said. "In
order to keep running good programs, we need to be
able to pay our overhead. At the moment, we don't
have a lot of money to support that."
The foundation is also seeking volunteers to help
with its programs, including the upcoming Children's
Carnival. Anyone interested in donating money or
their time to the Community Foundation should call
In the meantime, SJCF can look forward to Devine's
energy and fresh perspective as its new leader.
"I'm anxious to get going and start bringing in new
initiatives," said Devine.

St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008 13

Frank Powell Park Renovations Hit Yet Another Bump in the Road

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The long-plagued renovations
to the Frank Powell Park have
hit yet another snag some of
the labor the V.I. Department of
Public Works originally thought
it was receiving for free will, in
fact, draw from the project's fund-
ing, and additional funding for the
project may now be necessary.
The discovery was made that
the V.I. government will indeed
be charged for labor by subcon-
tractors of Carlson Construction,
who is on board to do the renova-
tions, after a recent meeting with
Governor John deJongh, accord-
ing to DPW St. John Deputy
Director Ira Wade.
"St. John Administrator Leona
Smith, DPW Commissioner
Darryl Smalls and I met with
Governor deJongh, and he had
some questions he wanted us to
answer in reference to what the
total cost of the project would be,
and whether the amount of money
we have would cover that cost,"
said Wade. "We found that some
of the items we thought were
labor cost free were not neces-
sarily labor cost free, so we are
trying to get additional funding
so we can complete the project.
After reading a piece of corre-
spondence, it was right there in
front of us what the labor costs
would be."

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The Frank Powell Park continues to deteriorate as it awaits renovations which have
been in the works for years.

Services such as paving
are extremely expensive, and
Carlson's subcontractors are
unable to donate the labor because
of the cost, Wade explained. The
basic components of the project
can still be completed with the
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explained Wade.
"We need to make the entire
park handicap-accessible, which
will drive the cost up," he said.
"Most of the work we have to do
is concrete work, and the price of
concrete now is ridiculous."
"The lack of additional fund-

ing would stop us from taking
the project to another level,"
Wade continued. "We can do the
basic project with the funding we
already have."
The plans also call for the
construction of a sidewalk from
Connections through the Frank
Powell Park, and administrator
Smith also hopes to incorporate
the renovation of the nearby St.
John Tourism office and park, she
"I want Tourism to get involved
also, because they need a good
renovation," said Smith. "We're
trying to do everything at once to
be ready for the upcoming season.
I've spoken to V.I. Department of
Tourism Commissioner Beverly
Nicholson-Doty, and she's inter-
The park renovation project is
now scheduled to begin after St.
John Festival, and Smith hopes to
have it completed in time for the
2008-2009 tourist season.
Although Wade has ushered the
project through several bumps in
the road over the past few years,
he remains optimistic about its
eventual completion.
"After a while, you plan for the
worst and hope for the best," said
Wade. "You will meet with some
obstacles, but we're going to make
it. It may take a little longer, but
we will get it done and most of all,
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Simon's Bluzapalooza Military Tour Impresses Troops and Musicians

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Although island producer Steve
Simon has had some amazing
times in his life, nothing com-
pared to the experience he re-
cently had touring military bases
in the Middle East as part of the
historic Bluzapalooza.
"It was the most inspiring mu-
sical experience of my life," said
Simon, who returned home on
April 10. "We performed for some
of America's greatest heroes.
Everywhere we went, we were
greeted by thousands and thou-
sands of young men and women
in uniform in all the branches of
Bluzapalooza the first blues
concert to ever tour a war zone
- was produced by Simon and
John Hahn and presented by
Armed Forces Entertainment.
The show featured Bobby Rush,
Janiva Magness, Billy Gibson
and Tony Braunagel heading the
All-Stars Blues Band.
The musicians shipped out
on April 1 for the nine-day tour
which found the blues legends
playing three hour gigs in Kuwait
City and several different bases in
The soldiers enjoyed the shows
just as much as the musicians, Si-
mon explained.
"After the second day we were
there, every time we walked into

a building, be it a mess hall or an
office, everyone would stand up
and applaud us," he said. "They
usually don't see shows like we
did. They'll see one band play for
45 minutes."
"We played for three hours
non-stop every night and some
days we did two shows," Simon
continued. "We were able to make
them forget where they were dur-
ing each one of our shows."
While the soldiers were able
to escape from their reality for a
short time, a close call during the
last show reminded the musicians
about the soldiers' stark reality.
"On the last night in Iraq we
were playing at a base in Baghdad
called Victory and in the middle
of the show the siren went off
which is an indication of a rocket
attack about to happen," said Si-
mon. "They have sirens all over
the base for their sophisticated
electronic system which detects
incoming mortars and rockets.
You have about eight seconds
from the time you hear the siren
to seek cover."
"And believe me, within eight
seconds we stopped the show and
all the soldiers and musicians got
to the nearest bunkers," Simon
Only a few seconds later, the
performers and audience heard
just how close of a call the rocket
attack was, Simon explained.

Photo Courtesy of Steve Simon

Steve Simon in helmet
and vest during the tour.

"A few seconds later the ground
shook with the explosion of the
incoming rockets," he said. "It
turned out they had targeted the
base we were at and actually hit
200 yards from where we were in
the bunker. It rattled your teeth -
it was a very surreal experience."
"As the music gave the troops
a break from their reality, this in-
cident reminded us what their life
is all about," Simon said. "That
made our experience that much
more real."
Bringing the blues to America's
soldiers had "nothing to do with
politics" according to the pro-

"I've always been proud to be an Ameri-
can, but after this trip, I've never been more
proud. We have the most special young men
and women in America over there. The cama-
raderie, dedication and commitment these
kids have to their mission made us all very,
very proud."
Steve Simon, St. John resident and music producer

ducer. "It wasn't about whether
we should be there or not or why
we went there. We toured there to
give these kids a break and it was
incredibly inspiring to all of us."
After spending time with the
troops, Simon was more excited
than ever to be American.
"I've always been proud to be
an American, but after this trip,
I've never been more proud," said
the producer. "We have the most
special young men and women in
America over there. The camara-
derie, dedication and commitment
these kids have to their mission
made us all very, very proud."
The day after Simon returned,
officials from the Armed Forces
Entertainment contacted him im-
"I got a call this morning from
Armed Forces Entertainment to let
us know they've never gotten the
kind of response from any show
that they got from our show," said

Simon on Friday morning, April
11. "They congratulated us on do-
ing a great job and said they've
gotten tons of emails and faxes
coming in since we were there
saying the Armed Forces of the
United States love the blues."
"Bluzapalooza is America's
greatest artists saluting America's
greatest troops," the producer
The experience is one no one on
the Bluzapalooza tour will soon
forget, according to Simon.
"We spent every day from 9 a.m.
to 6 or 7 p.m. on different bases
with the troops talking to them,
signing autographs, taking pic-
tures," he said. "The response we
got from these troops just touched
all of our hearts. If you were
standing in front you couldn't see
a dry eye on the stage."
Simon is putting together a sec-
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VIPD Use Stun Gun To Subdue

Man Attempting To Incite Riot

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
A VI. Police Department officer deployed his
department-issued taser to subdue a man who was
attempting to incite a riot early Monday morning,
March 31, at the Cruz Bay Creek following a boat
"The police responded to a call for police assis-
tance, and the officer deployed the taser's drive stun
application on an unnamed person who was stating
his intentions of disarming the police officer," said
V.I. Police Department spokesperson Melody Rames.

"The suspect was inciting the large crowd, declaring
the crowd should rebel against the police because
they stand for injustice. When the drive stun applica-
tion was deployed, the crowd disassembled."
The officer used the drive stun application of the
weapon a secondary function of the taser which
causes localized pain but doesn't affect the nervous
system, and the victim did not require medical atten-
All VIPD officers carry tasers, and officers are re-
quired to file a report any time any of their weapons
are used, according to Rames.

Rhythm & Views

An outlook on young adult interests and concerns
by Malik Stevens

Pros and Cons of Technology Today

St. John Tradewinds
The development of tools and gadgets in America is
on the move. Every day there are new advancements
and inventions which make life for Americans a bit
easier and more entertaining. But, are these improve-
ments always beneficial?
Like anything else, these advancements and inven-
tions come with pros and cons, most noticeably with
electronic devices. The electronic devices which play
the biggest roles in student's lives are the computer,
cell phone, television and MP3 player. All of these
devices make life for students less complicated, more
manageable, and a lot more enjoyable. Sometimes,
however, they become a big problem. These devices
can be extremely time-consuming and in many cases,
students will not prioritize and will use these devices
instead of completing their school work and chores.
This can sometimes result in a drop in grade point
The MP3 Player
Portable music devices have definitely evolved.
First there was the battery-powered radio, then walk-
man and CD players. Now we have become even more
advanced with MP3 players. There are not many cons
to the MP3 player, but these sleek new music devices
can sometimes be a pain. All kids end up wanting to
do is listen to their MP3 players for hours and hours.
This then takes away from necessary study time.
The TV
The television can sometimes be a friend and a foe.
With it, students can wind down, watch the news,
easily learn about life around the world, and with all
the great educational programming it can sometimes
even be considered a learning tool. On the other hand,
television can make students lazy and with so many
shocking TV shows on air, students may learn bad
ethics and emulate inappropriate conduct from TV
personalities. Studies also suggest that watching TV is
bad for the brain, it lowers one's intelligence, and kids
who watch less TV do better in school. Middle school

students who watch TV or play video games during
the week do worse in school, but weekend viewing
and gaming doesn't affect school performance much,
according to the New York Post.
Cell Phones
What once started out as only a means of communi-
cation has now evolved into something far more im-
pressive. People can watch TV on their cell phones,
play video games, take pictures, listen to music, text
message and there is GPS. Still everyday something
new is being conjured up with the cell phone. The big
problem is, once kids get to talking on their phones,
they do not know when stop. If they are always on
their phones, when will they do their homework and
The Computer
The computer is the most controversial of the elec-
trical devices. With a computer and internet, students
can type school work, do research, communicate with
people all over the world, play educational games,
and so much more. It is obvious that the computer
has made life easier for everyone. Nevertheless, the
computer has become addictive for many. Some kids
cannot go a day without MySpace, Hi5, Facebook,
MSN Messenger, etc. Many students spend an aver-
age of two to three hours on the computer daily. Also,
with the Internet, kids can easily be exposed to many
things that they should not be witnesses to at all.
How to Cope
Luckily, making these devices more of a plus to so-
ciety rather than a problem is actually quite easy. All
a parent has to do is supervise what their kids are do-
ing with these devices as well as manage the amount
of time they spend using them every day. Students
would still be able to use the devices, but in a moni-
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Just imagine if kids were not investing so much of
their time into these devices. They would have more
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SGPaws or a Moment

Wagapalooza Soon Come

By Bonny Corbeil
St. John Tradewinds
Our eighth annual St. John Animal Care Center
Wagapalooza event, the doggone, tail waggin'
family and furry friends fun island-style dog
show, is fast approaching!
It will be on Saturday, May 17, from 5 to 9
p.m., at the Winston Wells Ball Field in Cruz
Bay St. John. Roger W. Morgan, last year's
fabulous emcee and this year's winner of the
Virgin Islands Daily News Best of the V.I. Radio
Personality, has generously offered his time to
emcee once again this year. Thank you,
Roger, for your constant support of
community needs throughout all of
our Virgin Islands!
Whether you register your dog
in the show, or come for the fun,
this is one event that you do not
want to miss. This year's event
has some added creativity and
fun. The Waga committee
has come up with a new way
to judge our registered dogs
in show with an island-made
"Wagameter!" You, the audi-
ence, will be judging which dog
wins the best of in specific areas
of competition with your thunderous
These fun areas of competition include: Best
Trick, Best Lap Dog, Best Dancer, Best Spots,
Best Old Timer, Best Puppy Love, Best Costume,
Best Jumper, and Best Tail Wagger. Register
your dog for only $20 per category. Forms are
available at the ACC, Connections or at www.
Admission to the event is free. There will be
live music, food, drinks and an opportunity to
meet family and friends in a pooch-friendly
party atmosphere. Let's celebrate the joy that
our canine friends bring to our lives. Please bring
your socially friendly pet on a leash and be sure
to demonstrate responsible animal ownership
with everyone who participates.
All proceeds go to the ACC for its work in
helping abandoned, lost, hurt and needy animals
on St. John.
We are also in need of volunteers to help out.
Please contact the ACC at 774-1625 with your
name and number if you can volunteer anytime
throughout the day in a number of capacities.
Wagapalooza Art T-Shirt Contest
The ACC and Wagapalooza committee are
once again calling all St. John students to use
their creative drawing skills for a good cause.
Are you a St. John school student who loves ani-
mals and drawing? The ACC needs your talents

to help us get the message to our community that
we must learn to love and respect all animals.
There are two categories, junior (K-6) and
senior (7-12). Your picture can include any
island animals that you love. It should incor-
porate the message "Love and Respect All
Animals." Artwork must be submitted to the
ACC by Monday, May 5. Entries should be on a
8.5- by 11-inch sheet of paper, in a plastic sleeve
for protection, and signed and dated with the
name of your school on the back.
All pictures willbe displayed at The Marketplace
for one week during "Be Kind to Animals"
week, May 4-10. The two winning
pictures will be officially announced
at this year's Wagapalooza fund-
raiser on Saturday, May 17. This
A is your chance to demonstrate

S you can make a difference in
helping them.
The two winners will be
given a number of prizes
including free t-shirts with your
picture on it for family and
friends and a letter of acknowl-
edgement of your art being the
winning piece, and your artwork
professionally matted and framed for
you by Frames of Mind Studio at The
Lumberyard. Winners will also receive a gift
certificate for pizza from Donkey Diner and a
gift certificate from Kaleidoscope Video for 10
free movie rentals!
Your picture will also be taken with radio per-
sonality and emcee Morgan, and will be in the St.
John Tradewinds newspaper! More importantly,
your artwork will be acknowledged and will be
instrumental in helping others in our community
remember to be kind and respectful to animals.
Call me at 693-5874 for more details or ques-
Christmas for The Animals 2007 Photos
St. John photographer Bob Schlesinger of
Tropical Focus was very busy at our last ACC
Christmas for the Animals fund raiser,"Arabian
Nights," in January of this year, snapping photo-
graphs of guests and the incredible Kismet villa.
Schlesinger has generously offered to make his
incredible photographs available for review and
for purchase, with all profits going to our ACC!
Go to www.pictage.com/419838. You may need
to enter an event key to view these photos. If you
have any questions e-mail Bob at bob@tropical-
focus.com. My apologies for not getting your
generous donation out sooner to the public, Bob.
A special thank you from the animals for using
your great talent to help them.

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Citizens Encouraged To Apply

I for Passport, Beat Summer Rush

St. John Tradewinds
Lt. Gov. Greg Francis is encour-
aging citizens of the United States
living in the territory and planning
to travel overseas this year to be-
gin the process of applying for a
passport to beat the summer rush
or any potential delay.
Francis, who oversees the Pass-
port Office, reminds the public
that a passport is required for in-
ternational travelers to or from the
United States and its territories.
"New laws that went into effect
at the end of January already re-
quire travelers by air to present a
valid passport or other approved
document signifying proof of citi-
zenship to enter the United States,"
Francis said. "From all indica-
tions, only valid passports, pass-
port cards, alien registration cards,
traveler program cards, Merchant
Mariner Documents, or U.S. mili-
tary identification cards will be ac-

cepted for re-entry at land and sea
ports next year."
Francis also reminds citizens or
residents traveling between the
U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico,
and the mainland that passports
are not required and travelers will
only need to present proof of iden-
tification such as a valid driver's
To apply for a passport, U.S. citi-
zens will need a completed passport
or passport renewal application,
which is available at the Office of
the Lieutenant Governor or online
at www.ltg.gov.vi; proof of citi-
zenship; proof of identity; two 2x2
photos and associated fees. Addi-
tional requirements apply for chil-
dren. The average time to process
new passports is currently four to
six weeks. For more information,
please call the Passport Division
within the Office of the Lieutenant
Governor at 774-4024.

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Football League Results

Raiders 24 Rams 19
Good short-game offense by the Raiders and terrific defense by
the Rams was the order of the day. Aspen Moore tossed three TDs
for the Raiders and the Rams' Justin Doran tossed three of his
own. Safeties proved to be the determiner as the raiders prevailed.
Miquan Wilkerson was on the receiving end of two of Doran's
passes while Alexander Kellogg caught two for the Raiders. On
Saturday, April 12, the Raiders went against the Packers in a 3:30
p.m. game while the Rams met the Broncos at 2:15 p.m. Check
next week's St. John Tradewinds for results.
Broncos 32 Bengals 18
Kassahun Stapleton-Harris played a spectacular game as a
receiver and led his team to a hard fought win. Jay William con-
tributed with five TD passes for the game. The second half brought
the Bengals within striking distance as Marquis Pilgrim passed for
two TDs and three on the game. The Broncos finished the game
with a Williams to Bradley Fessale combination to put it away.
The Bengals met the Patriots Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. Check
next week's St. John Tradewinds for results.
Packers 31 Patriots 0
Carson Wessinger tossed four TDs as the Packers used their
speed and an unusual offensive attack. Using a short-yardage,
delaying strategy they were able to lull the Patriots' defense and
then use the long pass effectively. Bryan Morton and Careem
Albert were on the receiving end of Wessinger's passes while
receiving one of his own for scores.

Standings as of April 8
Team W-L PF PA
Raiders 3-0 84 69
Packers 2-1 83 22
Broncos 2-1 80 65
Patriots 1-2 80 69
Bengals 1-2 52 97
Rams 0-3 57 114

St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008 17

Historical Bits

& Pieces

by Chuck

The National Park Service and the Rockefellers

St. John Tradewinds
I recently came across an interview with the first
chief historian of the National Park Service, Verne E.
Chatelain, in "The Public Historian," Vol 16, Winter
1994, No. 1. He and his staff were pioneers in the
field of historic preservation and an important part of
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal Program to
regenerate the economy during the Great Depression
of the 1930s. These programs provided the oppor-
tunity in money and manpower to develop, protect,
and interpret historic sites nationwide. They provided
meaningful work for a full range of professions from
academic scholars to building trades.
Even on St. John there was a Civilian Conservation
Corps group, who were charged with developing and
fixing roads at Calabash Boom as well as planting
mahogany trees. The money and crews were also used
for the December road cleaning and leveling. It was
called Christmas work. On St. Thomas, Bluebeard's
Castle was built as a WPA project, initially to pro-
vide government housing. Eventually it was used to
house tourists and island roads were beautified with
trees, both stately and flowering. Federal officials dis-
covered that St. Thomas roads were too narrow for
trees to be planted. They had to get permission from
adjacent landowners to plant trees on their properties.
The CCC records contain thank you notes to Messrs.
Lockhart, Fairchild and Christiansen for their assis-
The often-cited paper on the feasibility of St. John
as a park is a product of this program. Author Harold
Hubler was the commander of St. John's CCC pro-
"For CCC camps as well as PWA and WPA pro-
grams, this was the largest influx of historians in the
history of the country working in the federal service,
and certainly it was unprecedented in the history of
the National Park Service," said Chatelain. "Some-
thing like 500 historians were appointed."
Although being new to the federal bureaucracy, he
quickly learned how it worked. The eastern United
States was loaded with historically significant sites
which were spread out of innumerable political sub-
divisions. Also, the service had master plans based
upon a thorough knowledge of the land, how people
would use it and quantitative use factors supported
by maps and written development outlines. This made
for quick turnaround time.
"We began to see what we could do, for instance,
the minute that the CCC camps were proposed,"
Chatelain recalled in the interviews. "We could put
camps to work in the park areas. We knew what the
parks needed roads, trails, service buildings, mu-
seums, etc."
"And so the proposed projects were approved,"
Chatelain continued. "We often each day literally pre-
pared for immediate action projects employing many
men and costing thousands and even millions of dol-

Or. W. A. R. Goodwin (left), wvo driMand f raoring eignml-nmh-ry Witfufnburg,
and Mr. John D. Rockefeller, Jr..,, wo arad the dream a remity.

lars. We had PWA work and WPA activities in most of
our park areas almost immediately."
"And each one of these programs, as they came on,
called for administrative and technical personnel,"
he continued. "Nobody had thought in their wildest
moments about appointing historians up to that time,
but this was the way that we could appoint historians.
Well, what we did was to get the program approved for
particular historical areas, and then as a result of that
we would justify the appointment of administrators
or superintendents and various specialists and techni-
cians, as well as commanders for the CCC camps."
"And we would also appoint personnel to consult
with CCC administrators and to advise them on the
proper development," Chatelain continued. "There's
where the historians began to come into the program
in large numbers."
Chatelain also soon realized that outside pressures
had to be considered in his decision making.
"The spectacular Williamsburg program had com-
menced," Chatelain said. "Yorktown and Jamestown
were to be annexed under federal auspices and made
side shows, as it were, to the main attraction of the
Rockefellers. They, incidentally, were old park ser-
vice friends of Stephen Mather and Horace Albright
and had been very much involved in western scenic
areas, which they were then, and continued to be later,
helping to acquire for the service."
"Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton are an excellent
example of what I refer to, but they are only one of
several great areas thus acquired with private Rock-
efeller financing," he continued. "In short, the Rock-
efeller enterprise at Williamsburg was one that would
easily lead to a Colonial National Monument and it
"The Rockefellers an American Dynasty" by Peter
Collier and David Horowitz published by Holt, Rine-
hart & Winston, NY 1976 presents a definitive family
history. The Rockefeller family's involvement with
the National Park Service began when Laurance's
Continued on Page 23

St. John Tradewinds News Photo Courtesy of VINP

Volunteers pose for a photo.

NPS and Friends of VINP

Thank Volunteers
St. John Tradewinds
VI. National Park Superintendent Mark Hardgrove and Friends
of VINP President Joe Kessler extended their heartfelt thanks last
week to all volunteers who contributed their time and efforts to
help make the park a great place to visit.
This past winter season, the park received quite a bit of help
from some very dedicated volunteers. From November 30, 2007
to March 31, 2008, more than 400 individuals volunteered more
than 2,000 hours of their time to assist the park directly by work-
ing at the Visitor Center or behind the scenes in the Visitor Center
archives, and through Friends as an Annaberg Docent, office as-
sistant, or as a volunteer for the Volunteer Trail Crew Program.
Whatever the job, these volunteers worked collectively to help the
VINP run more efficiently and to help protect and preserve the
park's precious resources.
Highlights of this volunteer season are the achievements of the
Friends' Volunteer Trail Crew, and Annaberg Docents Programs.
Trail Crew volunteers donated more than 1,184 hours this season
alone clearing vegetation from historic structures, removing debris
from trails and coastlines, and reducing erosion on hiking trails,
making them more user friendly. These volunteers, many of whom
are visitors to St. John, worked to reclaim several of the park's cul-
turally significant sites, which in recent years have been overtaken
by fast growing brush. In addition, the groups conducted beach
cleanups at Mennebeck Bay and the coastline from Annaberg to
Brown Bay. Erosion work was also accomplished on the Lameshur
A constant source of pride for the Friends and the park is the
Annaberg Docent Program, which continues to provide visitors
to Annaberg Plantation ruins with an unforgettable glimpse at the
earlier days of the plantations and St. John. These devoted vol-
unteer guides share the story of this historical site and the VINP,
while walking visitors through the process of producing rum and
molasses. Annaberg Docents have been on site Monday through
Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. since December, providing a wonderful
consistency to this volunteer program.
Recently, Hardgrove, along with Friends Program Manager
Kristen Maize and VINP Chief of Interpretation Paul Thomas,
presented certificates to some of these volunteers at a reception in
their honor. At that reception, Hardgrove thanked all in attendance,
and stated that the park simply could not keep up with all the tasks
required in order to properly maintain it without their contribu-
Both Hardgrove and Kessler would like to extend an open invita-
tion to all who may be able to donate some of their expertise and
time, and make a difference in keeping the VINP a high tourist
destination. For more information on volunteering, please contact
Thomas at 776-6201, ext. 252, or Maize at 779-4940.

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Letters to St. John Tradewinds

The Power of Youth

& inner

n Free items

Dear Editor,
I am a concerned parent of a student at the Guy
Benjamin School on St. John. What the Department
of Education is doing to the children of this school is
beyond comprehension.
The school year started with a reading coach. The
goal of the reading coach was to get all the children
at the school at their reading level or above. My son
was a good reader but now he above his reading level.
That is excellent for my son, but there are many more
kids at the school who are not reading at level.
The problem is the reading coach is no longer em-
ployed at the school and the reason is one that doesn't
make sense. The Department of Education is refus-
ing to give her a NOPA. The department started the
confusion with this employee and now it appears that

because of some bruised egos within the department
this specific teacher can't or won't be hired by the
My question is to the higher ups in education: What
about the children who are caught up in this unnec-
essary mess? Why are the children not first on your
agenda? Aren't the children the top reason for all
of you as educators? Governor deJongh, I thought
education was on the top of your priority list? I am
pleading with the governor, if you have the power to
pardon a criminal then please use that same power
and rehire Guy Benjamin School's reading coach. Do
it for the children and the future of the Virgin Islands.
Remember, the children are our future.
Lois Simmons,
Parent of Guy Benjamin School Student

Satyamuna -F ood forte soul
Vegetarian Mediterranean cuisine

breakfast, .Organic

Dear Editor,
The St. John Youth Committee met with the Senate
Committee on Housing, Sports and Veterans Affairs
on April 3 to address the many problems affecting
youth on St John. From poor to non-existent recre-
ational facilities, to traffic conditions that pose a dan-
ger to students, the Youth Committee explained these
pressing issues through thoughtful testimony and a
video which was made expressly for government of-
ficials to see.
Far too often, we attend public hearings where de-
mands are shouted and much rhetoric is passed from
both sides. During this meeting, however, the Youth
Committee members were able to persuade a major
senate committee and the top brass at the Department
of Housing, Parks and Recreation and earlier this
year, the governor himself that their concerns were,
in fact very real. The extraordinary part of this story
is that these Youth Committee members are just that
- youth.
Using no shouting, no yelling and no pointing of
fingers, these fine youngsters did what many residents
felt could not be accomplished they got what they
asked for.
What a feeling of pride to see these fine youngsters
face the power of government head on and not only
push them to take action, but affect them emotionally
and personally.
St. John has few recreational facilities. These facili-
ties have been neglected by the government for many,
many years. One testifier reminded the committee that
things haven't change since he was a youth, some 30
years hence. Another testifier showed that family land
sold to the Virgin Islands government in 1967 which
was intended to be used for children's recreation, was
never developed and remains dumped on and com-
pletely uncleared to this day.

Other testifiers showed just how dire the circum-
stances are on St. John for youth, but the youth them-
selves really affected the government officials pres-
ent. They approached the issue using the system as it
should be used. They worked within the system and,
rather than sit back and complain, they dutifully ad-
dressed the problems at the highest levels of govern-
ment. They were clear and concise with their remarks
and they spoke from their hearts about their unabashed
love for St. John.
What was more impressive is that most of these stu-
dents will be soon leaving island to pursue college.
The fact that they didn't do it for themselves speaks
volumes about their dedication. They realized that the
next generation would have to face the same problems
and they wanted the buck to stop here. They succeed-
ed with grace and determination.
Because of direct communication with government,
commitments were made by HPR that programs were
in place. They stated that most funding was, or will
be, in place and that work would begin soon. The
senators insisted they follow up with their promises
and prodded them constantly on commitment. In the
end, the issues the youth presented were addressed
and work will begin soon as fields will be spruced up,
the basketball court modernized, fences repaired and
our only indoor recreational building revamped. Plans
will start on a new recreational facility for Coral Bay.
All these issues were part of the objectives the youth
set for themselves and all were accomplished.
The people of St. John should be proud and are
indeed fortunate to have such intelligent and loving
children of the island. Their determination should be
a lesson for all Virgin Islanders that sometimes the
system will work if you fight the good fight. These
children fought, and won!
Paul Devine

Please Think About the Children

Thursday, April 10th by 5 p.m.

Email: editor@tradewinds.vi
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or Mail: P.O. Box 1500, STJ, 00831

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Letters to St. John Tradewinds

Dalmida-Thompson Addresses Moorehead's Accusations

Dear Editor,
My name is Barbara Dalmida-Thompson. I am the
manager of office and operations at the St. John Ad-
ministrator's office and I am the vice president of the
Coral Bay Community Council. I am writing to clear
up the misunderstanding regarding the presentation
of "the truth surrounding transfer day."
I am amazed how a simple phone call to Mr. Shelley
Moorehead to inquire about a flyer that is intended to
be thought-provoking can be turned into an issue of
opposition. It seems to me that there was, and obvi-
ously still is, a hidden agenda behind the so-called
truth. If an organization called to voice their interest,
it's their constitutional right to do so. If concerned
citizens think this behavior was the past and don't
think that people behave this way any more, it's still
their right to voice it. Individuals should not be penal-
ized or ostracized because of it. After all, Mr. Shelley
Moorehead is doing the same thing, exercising his
constitutional right.
Administrator Smith and I spoke with Mr. Moore-
head and company that Sunday evening regarding
some comments he made from the podium and he
said he would follow up on his sources and if it was
misrepresented, he would retract the statements he
made on air.
We have since tried three times to reach him to no
avail. It seems there are unresolved issues with Gov-
ernor deJongh and this venue is being used to moti-

vate the public to become involved. We spoke with
Mr. Mario Francis, and in speaking he referred to
Shelley as a female, so we knew that he did not have
any contact with Mr. Moorehead because he did not
know his gender. The only contact he had with this
organization was through Ms. Kim Lyons, organizer
of this presentation.
We are still waiting on Mr. Moorehead to retract
his statements regarding the governor's so-called at-
tempt to cancel this forum and the implications that
Mr. Mario Francis could be fired for disobeying a
direct order. This is simply not true. The only calls
to Mr. Francis came from this office and it was to
inquire what the flyer was about. No call came from
Government House. The administrator or myself did
not threaten this function in no way, form, or fashion.
The fact that we were present states so. I myself had a
sincere interest in knowing the truth and I apparently
missed that presentation, because there was too much
propaganda to digest.
I challenge Mr. Moorehead to stick to the real issues
and stop manipulating the facts. In his own words
according to the April 7-13, 2008, issue of St. John
Tradewinds, "Our movement is not based in hatred,
racism or revenge. We have taken a very balanced
view of this."
So have the people of St. John.
Barbara Dalmida-Thompson,
Concerned citizen

Dear Editor,
In spite of the many hearings and discussions by
various branches of the government there has not been
any serious review of the important issues relative to
real estate taxes and the effects on V.I. residents.
1. The average residential property on St. John is
valued at approximately twice the equivalent prop-
erty on St. Thomas and three to four times the evalu-
ation on St. Croix.
2. The evaluation was done at the very peak of mar-
ket value of real estate on St. John and actual market
values have dropped considerably since then. Prop-
erty values on St. Thomas (including Water Island)
have not dropped nearly as much and property values
on St. Croix have not gone down and may in fact be
still rising.
3. The island of St. John receives far less return for
tax dollar contributed to the VI. government in jobs,
services (such as education, recreation, medical fa-
cilities, etc.) and capitol improvements than either St.
Thomas or St. Croix.
This can create a situation where St. John residents
are in a position of paying two to four times as much
taxes for an equivalent home compared to other resi-

dents of the Virgin Islands and at the same time re-
ceiving far less in return per dollar paid in taxes.
Because of the lack of infrastructure, St. John is far
more expensive to live on than either St. Thomas or
St. Croix and the territory's government has never
taken any positive action to address this problem.
There are many ways to begin to eliminate the in-
equality of this situation. One way would be to in-
clude in the real estate tax system a substantial tax
credit for residents, such as 50 percent reduction in
evaluation for residents. This combined with a fac-
tor to balance the average evaluation of each island
such as a multiplier of 1.0 for St. Croix, 0.5 for St.
Thomas and 0.3 for St. John would create a real estate
tax system that is fair and equitable to all residents of
the Virgin Islands.
To address the problem of unequal services provid-
ed by the government it is not difficult to determine
the percentage of real estate tax dollars paid by each
island. An equivalent percentage of government mon-
ey spent on jobs, services and capitol improvements
should be allocated for each island.
Greg Miller,
St. Thomas

St. John Tradewinds

Keeping Track

Homicide: 3
Solved: 0

Shootings: 2
Under Investigation: 1
Solved: 1

Stabbings: 0
Under Investigation: 0
Solved: 0

Armed Robberies: 1
Under Investigation: 1
Solved: 0

Arsons: 0
Under Investigation: 0
Solved: 0

1st Degree Burglaries: 1
Under Investigation: 1
Solved: 0

2nd Degree Burglaries: 13
Under Investigation: 13
Solved: 0

3rd Degree Burglaries: 71
Under Investigation: 72
Solved: 1

Grand Larcenies: 89
Under Investigation: 89
Solved: 0

Rapes: 4
Under Investigation: 2
Solved: 2

Homicide: 0
Solved: 0

Shootings: 0
Under Investigation: 0
Solved: 0

Stabbings: 1
Under Investigation: 1
Solved: 0

Armed Robberies: 0
Under Investigation: 0
Solved: 0

Arsons: 0
Under Investigation: 0
Solved: 0

1st Degree Burglaries: 0
Under Investigation: 0
Solved: 0

2nd Degree Burglaries: 2
Under Investigation: 2
Solved: 0

3rd Degree Burglaries: 13
Under Investigation: 13
Solved: 0

Grand Larcenies: 15
Under Investigation: 15
Solved: 0

Rapes: 0
Under Investigation: 0
Solved: 0

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Editor's Note: St. John Tradewinds' Keeping Track data comes from the V.I. Police Department's
Leander Jurgen Command Incident Log, an unofficial record of calls to the Cruz Bay station, reports and
arrests on St. John.

20 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008

Burning Ban in Effect on Islands
St. John Tradewinds
Due to the extremely dry vegetation that currently exists on St. Thom-
as, St. John and Water Island, the VI. Fire Service is placing a ban on
burning brush. Effective Thursday, April 10, no burning permits will be
issued for St. Thomas, St. John or Water Island.
Persons with valid burning permits who are affected by the ban can
bring their permit to the V.I. Fire Service administrative office at the
Cruz Bay fire station for credited time once the ban has been lifted.
Conditions will continue to be monitored and the status will be ad-
justed accordingly. This ban will remain in effect until further notice. For
more information, call 776-6333.

Sprauve Library Awarded

NEH We the People Bookshelf
St. John Tradewinds
The National Endowment for the Humanities announced that
3,000 public and school libraries, including the Elaine I. Sprauve
Library on St. John, will receive a free collection of classic books
for the fifth annual We the People Bookshelf.
Libraries across the nation will each receive 17 hardcover books
for young readers related to this year's "Created Equal" theme,
inspired by the 2009 bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
The bookshelf includes Spanish translations to accompany four of
the selected titles.
"The We the People Bookshelf introduces young readers to im-
portant literature and promotes the understanding of vital ideas in
our nation's history," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. "Through
the power of these stories millions of young readers will have the
opportunity to examine the central tenet of our American identity:
that all human beings 'are created equal.'"
The bookshelf is awarded through the NEH We the People pro-
gram, which supports projects that strengthen the teaching, study,
and understanding of American history and culture.
One of the aims of the bookshelf is to bring additional educa-
tional resources to the nation's schools and to local communities.
First awarded in 2003 to 1,000 libraries, the We the People Book-
shelf has achieved significant growth in the past five years as the
NEH has increased the number of book sets available annually and
encouraged larger numbers of libraries to apply.
The We the People Bookshelf on "Created Equal" contains the
following books:
Grades K-3: The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen;
The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Mi-
chael McCurdy; and Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco (also in
Spanish translation by Alejandra Lopez Varela).
Grades 4-6: Saturnalia by Paul Fleischman; Give Me Liberty!
The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Russell Freed-
man; Lincoln: A Photobiography also by Russell Freedman; Many
Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
by Virginia Hamilton; and Lyddie by Katherine Paterson (also in
Spanish translation by Rosa Benavides).
Grades 7-8: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis; Free-
dom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Rus-
sell Freedman; Abraham Lincoln the Writer: A Treasury of His
Greatest Speeches and Letters ed. by Harold Holzer; and Breaking
Through by Francisco Jim6nez (also in Spanish translation).
Grades 9-12: Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Nata-
lie S. Bober; That All People May Be One People, Send Rain to
Wash the Face of the Earth by Nez Perce Chief Joseph; Flowers
for Algemon by Daniel Keyes (also in Spanish translation by Paz
Barroso); Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography by William Lee
Miller; and Amistad: A Novel by David Pesci.
In addition, each library receiving the "Created Equal" Book-
shelf will receive a bonus "History in a Box" resource kit on Abra-
ham Lincoln created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American
History, and supplementary programming materials, including
bookplates, bookmarks, and posters.

Letters to St. John Tradewinds

Visitor Commends Chabot's Volunteer Efforts
Dear Editor, admit to being senors, but it was very rewarding. The
The people of St. John, the trail walkers, and total work party of about 15 was supplied with gloves,
the National Park Service have a very real asset in lopers, saws, and water.
Jeff Chabot. Thanks to recent articles in St. John Jeff does this at least twice a week and seems tire-
Tradewinds, we learned of his organized efforts to less. His regular on-island volunteers form the nucle-
clear ruins, beaches, cemeteries and trails on island, us for this dedicated bunch. Please keep up this work.
Our family group of four joined him on March 27 to We don't know if the NPS appreciates their blood and
help clear the view near Annaberg School. It was a sweat, but it should.
strenuous three hours, especially for those of us who Jim Golden

PC User Enjoyed Mac Article
Dear Editor, about this subject because I'm the only one I know
I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your article on who does everything on a PC. I'm just waiting for
Macs. I went to the Tyler School of Art and the first someone to start making beautifully designed PCs.
day of graphics design class in 1996, if I recall cor- There's no PC that beats Apple in the appearance cat-
rectly, we threw out all the Macs and replaced them egory.
with PCs. As a designer, I have lots of conversations Mark Simkiss

The Wonder of St. John

The wonder of St. John?
It's more than just the park
And more than clean air
Both morning and after dark.

It's more than the ocean
In multi-colors of blue
Or reefs with beautiful angel fish
That pause to pose for you.

No, the wonder of St. John
Is the beauty of all who live here
Who smile and greet each one of us
When we return each year.

If the ruins of the sugar mills
Could only their stories proclaim
We'd all know much better
From whence these dear friends came.

The long history of St. John
Rich with tales of pain and joy
But heaven is claiming the story-tellers
Like Miss Alma and Uncle Roy.

We need to carefully listen
Hear their many stories true
To continue the wonder
Of St. John, refreshed and new.
Muse of Reef Bay

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Part-time Resident Campbell Included

in Upcoming Editions of "Who's Who"

St. John Tradewinds
Marquis Who's Who is pleased
to announce that its 110th anni-
versary special edition of "Who's
Who in America" will include
the biography of teacher, author
and editor Dr. Elaine Campbell.
Campbell, who lives in St. John
and Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Campbell is a retired university
teacher and the author of numer-
ous articles published in scholarly
journals around the world.
The forthcoming edition "will
feature the career histories and
credentials of the country's most
accomplished and influential in-
dividuals," according to Who's
Who's Managing Editor Karen
In addition, Campbell's biog-
raphy will again be featured in
the forthcoming 26th edition of
"Who's Who in the World," to be

Dr. Elaine Campbell
published in November.
"This exciting 2009 edition will
chronicle the lives of global lead-
ers in every significant field of
endeavor from over 215 nations
and territories," said Chassie.
Campbell has been an honoree

of "Who's Who in American
Education;" is a member of Pi
Lambda Theta, the U.S. educa-
tion honorary fraternity; and has
been included in Britain's World's
"Who's Who of Women." She
has also been included in "Who's
Who of American Women" since
ACC Board Member
On St. John, Campbell is a
member of the board of directors
of the Animal Care Center. She
is married to John Bruce Camp-
bell. Their daughters are Jennifer
Campbell Vesey, Dr. Rebecca
Campbell and Dr. Sabrina Camp-
Since retiring from university
teaching, Campbell has served
as a lecturer aboard Celebrity,
Crystal, Silver Sea and Seabourn
cruiselines. She currently lectures
aboard selected Cunard sailings.

St. John Tradewinds
Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen is pleased
to announce that the Environmental Protection Agen-
cy has begun soliciting for the 2008 Northeast Diesel
Collaborative program to reduce harmful diesel pol-
The EPA is accepting proposals for funding from
regional, state, local or tribal agencies or port authori-
ties with jurisdiction over transportation or air qual-
ity. Proposals will also be accepted from nonprofit or-
ganizations or institutions which represent or provide
pollution reduction or educational services to persons
or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or
that have as their principal purpose, the promotion of

transportation or air quality. School districts, munici-
palities, metropolitan planning organizations, cities
and counties are eligible provided that they fall withir
the definition above.
The deadline for application is June 12. The EPA
will host two question and answer sessions via tele-
conference on April 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, anc
on May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m., to answer questions anc
provide additional information about this funding
competition. The call-in number for both session,
is 1-866-299-3188, enter conference code 212 635
For additional information please visit the EPA Wet
site at www.northeastdiesel.org.

5th Annual Beach to Beach

Power Swim Set for May 25

St. John Tradewinds
Friends of Virgin Islands Na-
tional Park will host the fifth an-
nual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim
on Sunday, May 25, at 8 a.m. Reg-
istration is now open.
But first, residents can start
by practicing strokes, kicks and
breathing techniques at the first
training swim on April 20 at 8
a.m. at the north end of Maho Bay
beach. This first practice swim will
start at Maho and finish at Cin-
namon Bay beach. There will be
kayaks monitoring the course as
swimmers make their way around
America Point to Cinnamon Bay
beach, which is approximately
one mile in distance. There is no
fee for this event, and the Friends
encourage all to participate in this
group swim.
The Beach-to-Beach Power
Swim is four simultaneous events:
A short course (approximately
one mile) solo swim from Maho
Bay to Cinnamon Bay
An intermediate course (ap-
proximately 2.25 miles) solo swim
from Maho Bay to Trunk Bay
A long course (approximate-
ly 3.5 miles) solo swim from Maho
Bay to Hawksnest Beach
A long course (approximate-
ly 3.5 miles) three-person relay
team swim from Maho Bay to
Hawksnest Beach, with transition
points at Cinnamon and Trunk
Awards will be given in age
groups, and to cap off the event,
the awards ceremony will be host-

ed along with a beach barbecue at
Oppenheimer Beach.
The Beach-to-Beach Power
Swim is for both competitive
swimmers and relatively serious
recreational swimmers. To make it
as accessible and fun for as many
participants as possible, swimmers
may compete using snorkels, fins,
exposure suits, etc. in a separate
"assisted-swimmer" category.
The Power Swim will be in VI.
National Park waters.
"This event has become part of
the list of challenging sporting
events in the Virgin Islands and
features the incredible waters and
beaches of Virgin Islands National
Park, two very special attributes of
the park," said Power Swim race
director and Friends Executive Di-
rector Joe Kessler.
Advance registration through
May 9 is $30. General registration,
May 10-23, is $40, and late reg-
istration, available only at the pre
race meeting on May 24, is $50.
The registration fee for youth age
17 and under is $15 through May
23, and $25 on May 24. It pays to
register early.
Swimmers can register online
at www.friendsvinp.org/swim, by
phone at 779-4940, or in person
at the Friends of the Park Store
in Mongoose Junction as well as
other locations.
For complete information about
the Beach-to-Beach Power Swim,
including the course description,
course maps, competition rules,
and to register visit www.friends-
vinp.org/swim or call 779-4940.

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Judith Plair, the
island's immunization
coordinator, shows off
a diabetes prevention
exhibit at the Morris
F. deCastro Clinic on
Tuesday afternoon,
April 8. Exhibitions
were on display ev-
ery day last week at
the Cruz Bay clinic as
part of the territory's
celebration of National
Public Health Week
which this year was
based around, "Climate
Change: Our Health in

Starfish Market Seeking Fresh Ideas

St. John Tradewinds
Starfish Market has been making changes to their product offering in
order to better satisfy the unique needs of St. John residents.
One exciting addition is the introduction of in-store product sampling.
Store Manager Nedra Ephraim launched the program Wednesday, April
9, with the introduction of four new frozen vegetarian entrees by Abso-
lute Vegetarian. Representatives were on-site to offer tasty samples to
eager shoppers. Starfish Market will be promoting more sampling pro-
grams in the coming weeks.
In addition to in-store sampling, Starfish Market recently began pro-
moting weekly specials, offering more organic produce and vegetarian
meals and has extended the Hot Deli's hours to include delicious dinner
meals prepared by Executive Chef Ted Robinson. Future Starfish Market
transformations will include an exciting new store design this fall.
Ephraim has been working with her staff on ways to develop the store
and improve service to the community. Starfish Market recently com-
missioned a research study to better understand customer needs and
Ephraim encourages shoppers to use the suggestion box located at the
service desk or talk to her in-person.
For more information, please contact Nedra Ephraim, Starfish Man-
ager, at 779-4949.

Grant Solicitation for Reduction of Harmful Diesel
Pollution Program Has Begun

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Red Hook Family Practice Offering

Free Skin Cancer Screenings

New Centerline Street Lights

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott

Driving between Coral Bay and Cruz Bay after the
sun has set is now a little easier thanks to the instal-
lation of three new street lights on Centerline Road,
including this one at the Cinnamon Bay trail head.
St. John Administrator Leona Smith commended the
V.I. Water and Power Authority last week on the new
street lights.
"They're going to be putting up more street lights,"
said Smith. "People will see more light on the road to
Coral Bay. It's finally come to fruition."

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The year-round sunshine is part of what makes liv-
ing in the Virgin Islands so enjoyable, but it's also
quite dangerous, as direct exposure to the sun can
be a risk factor in developing skin cancer. Residents
can find out just how at risk they are and determine
whether they are actually on the road to developing
melanoma thanks to Red Hook Family Practice's free
skin cancer screening April 15 through June 1.
The practice offers the free screenings twice year-
ly in an effort to both educate the public on how to
monitor themselves, and to catch early melanoma,
which is 100 percent curable if caught early enough,
explained Red Hook Family Practice Medical Direc-
tor Dr. James Clayton.
"It's a good service because it allows us to both
teach people how to identify which skin lesions are of
concern and which ones are not," said Clayton. "Ev-
ery year we're lucky enough to identify several early
melanomas or pre-melanoma lesions, which if not
caught could cause significant trouble. Being able to
do a simple screening and saving a couple of people's
lives every year in and of itself is very gratifying."
Everyone Is At Risk
Most patients will not walk away with a fatal, or
even serious, diagnosis. The majority of people who
take advantage of the free skin cancer screening have
varying degrees of solar radiation damage. Catching
melanoma early can help patients avoid disfiguring

surgery and even death, Clayton explained.
"When precancerous skin lesions get more aggres-
sive or larger, they can be disfiguring if they require
specialized types of surgery," he said. "Melanoma,
when caught early, is 100 percent curable. If caught
later, it's almost always fatal."
While other problems such as high blood pressure
and diabetes are prevalent on St. John, Clayton felt it
was important to share his expertise when it comes to
cancer screening, the medical director explained.
"I think blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes
screenings are very valuable tools, and many commu-
nity organizations do those as well as employers, but
there are very little people with cancer screening ex-
pertise who are willing to do that," said Clayton. "It's
something I've been doing for a lot of years, and it's
very gratifying to be able to actually see the results
of the skin screening: saving a few people's lives by
catching early melanoma."
Although those with darker skin may think they're
safe from melanoma, everyone on St. John is actually
at risk for developing skin cancer, Clayton added.
"Fair skinned people with blue eyes definitely have
a lower tolerance for total accumulation of solar ra-
diation and part of it is genetic, but anyone is at risk
including dark-skinned and light-skinned people," he
said. "Melanoma is not a function of skin type."
To make an appointment for a free skin cancer
screening, call 775-2303. Red Hook Family Prac-
tice's St. John office is in the Boulon Center.

Bird on a Wire

Three parrots relax on a telephone wire
high above Cruz Bay early Sunday morn-
ing, April 6. Three parrots were counted
for the first time in this year's Christmas
Bird Count on January 5, however it's
believed more than three parrots current-
ly inhabit Cruz Bay. The parrots' species
has not yet been determined.

St. John Tradewinds News Photos by MaLinda Nelson

St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008 23

Constitution Should Include Safeguards

Against System of High Property Taxes

What's Epstein Up To?

Continued from Page 2
"This method of taxing is 'grossly'
unfair, it raises the cost of goods
and services on every citizen, and
it must be abolished."
"Only constitutional language
can cause the statutes which cre-
ated this unfair burden to be re-
pealed," continued Devine. "If
taxes must be collected for goods
and services then let it be done
at the final point of sale one
If a sales tax was to be imple-
mented, certain necessity items

could be exempt, Devine ex-
"An advantage we could not
have with the gross receipts tax
is the ability to exempt food and
prescription drugs and possibly
other basic products that all people
need," he said. "As it is now, all
these products, and the labor it
takes to provide them, are taxed
through the gross receipts tax sys-
tem several times."
"Reducing taxes for those most
in need is fairness," Devine add-

VIPD Comm. Commends Community

for Arrests, Illegal Gun Seizures

Continued from Page 2
the community, the commissioner
"I am sincere about thanking the
community for its support and ac-
tive participation that has been ex-
hibited in the last several months,"
said McCall. "I know that Gover-
nor John deJongh is also sincere
about reaching out to members
of the community for their assis-
Along those lines, the St. John
Community Integration Team is
being revitalized, McCall added.
"This utilizes members of the
community in both the public and
private sector to assist us by mak-

ing recommendations and also
bringing us information that we
can use to make this a safer com-
munity," he said.
McCall invited community mem-
bers who feel the VIPD should re-
open an investigation that has yet
to be solved to call him at his of-
fice at 715-5524.
"We'll be more than happy to
take a look at that case again, as
will Attorney General Vincent
Frazer," said McCall. "We can
all get together and work some of
these old investigations."
McCall and Frazer did not an-
swer questions regarding specific
cases during the press conference.

St. John Tradewinds News Photos by MaLinda Nelson

While government officials are closely monitoring plans for development of several
off-shore islands and cays, at least one appears to be already under development.
A wood frame structure on a stripped knoll and shoreline beach nourishment on the
bay facing St. John appear on the eastern portion of Little St. James, above.

The National Park Service

and the Rockefellers

Continued from Page 17
father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
bought his vacation home at Seal
Harbor, Maine. He and his neigh-
bors were concerned that Mount
Desert Island would be adversely
altered by tourists and traffic. He
took the lead role in assembling
5,000 acres and gifted it to the
federal government for the first
national park in the eastern states;
Acadia National Park was estab-
lished in 1919.
In 1924 Junior and his wife
Abby took their three oldest boys
John III, Nelson, and Laurance
west to visit Yellowstone and Gla-
cier National Parks. In 1926 Ju-
nior returned to Yellowstone with
his three youngest sons, Winthrop,
David, and Laurance. Please note
that Laurance, the middle son, got
to go on both trips. Who said mid-
dle children have it tough!
Superintendent Horace Albright
showed them the Grand Teton

range and the Snake River wind-
ing through the Jackson Hole val-
ley. Junior bought the entire valley
and helped establish the 95,000
acre park called Grand Tetons in
1929. He also contributed more
than $2 million for Redwood Na-
tional Park where he also encour-
aged Newton Drury, president of
the Save-the-Redwoods League,
to join the National Park Service.
He gave money for Big Trees
and the Great Smoky Mountains
Parks. Park service administrators
who helped with Junior's projects
soon found their careers acceler-
ated into the high reaches of the
Interior Department.
Thus by the mid 1930s, profes-
sionalism and public funds were
in control in the park service and
inspired powerful benefactors who
created and guided conservation
programs to fruition.
NEXT: Son Laurance inherits
the conservation mantle.

Little St. James owner Jeffrey Epstein's residence is visible in the middle of the island
overlooking the cut between Little St. James and Great St. James, and at least two
trackhoes can be seen working on something above the home, above.

24 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008

3 Sail Church
10 Sunday
Bellevue Community Center

Baha'i Community of St. John
Race Unity Devotions
7:30 p.m. Fridays;
Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundays
776-6316, 776-6254

Bethany Moravian Church
Cruz Bay, St. John
11 a.m., Sunday School

Calvary Baptist Church
13 ABC Coral Bay, 776-6304
Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Sunday evening 6 p.m.,
Thursday 7 p.m.

Christian Ministry
Cinnamon Bay Beach
Sunday 8:30 a.m.

Christian Science Society
10:45 a.m. Sunday- Marketplace
Wednesday Testimonials
7:45 p.m. on last Wed. of Month

The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints
Sun. 9 a.m., STT. 776-2379
Sun., 5 p.m., STJ, Lumberyard

Cruz Bay Baptist Church
Sunday 11 a.m.,
6 p.m. 776-6315

Emmaus Moravian Church
Coral Bay, Sun. 9 a.m.

Jehovah's Witness
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays,
10 a.m. Sundays
(no contact information given)

Missionary Baptist Church
9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, 10:45
Worship, Tuesday 7 p.m.
Bible Study 693-8884

Nazareth Lutheran Church
Sunday 9 a.m.,
Sunday School 8:00 a.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Sat. 6 p.m., Sun. 7:30 & 9:30 a.m.,
Spanish Mass 5:30 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.

St. John Methodist Church
Sunday 10 a.m, 693-8830

Seventh Day Adventist
Saturdays. 779-4477

St. John Pentecostal Church
Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays Prayer 7:30 p.m.,
Thursdays Bible Study 7:30 p.m.

St. Ursula's Episcopal Church
Sundays, 7:15 am, 8:30 a.m.
Bible Class, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332

Word of Faith Church
Sunday, March 2, at 1 p.m. at the
Gifft Hill School. Call 774-8617

Cruz Bay to Red Hook
Every hour on the hour from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cruz Bay to Downtown Charlotte Amalie
Leaves Cruz Bay Leaves Downtown
7:15 a.m. 9 a.m.
9:15 a.m. 11 a.m.
11:15 a.m. 1 p.m.
1:15 p.m. 3 p.m.
2:15 p.m. 4 p.m.
3:45 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

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Community Calendar

St. John Tradewinds
St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-oriented,
not-for-profit events for inclusion in this weekly listing. Call
776-6496, e-mail editor@tradewinds.vi or fax 693-8885.

April 13-19
April 13-19 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, spon-
sored by the U.S. Department of Justice and coordinated by the
Office for Victims of Crime in Washington D.C. www.ovc.gov/
ncvrw. The theme for this year's campaign is "Justice for Victims,
Justice for all."
Tuesday, April 15
There will be a St. John Chapter of the St. Thomas-St. John
Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m.
at St. Ursula's Multipurpose Center in Cruz Bay. Chamber mem-
bers, potential members and interested parties are invited to attend.
The meeting will end promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16
On Wednesday, April 16, there will be a sexual harassment work-
shop at the Westin Resort, Coral Bay Room. The SJCCC in col-
laboration with the Virgin Islands Department of Labor presents:
"Sexual Harassment in the Virgin Islands."
Friday, April 18
St. John School of the Arts will present Executive Monkeys, a
comedy improvisation show, on Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets
will be available at the door for $10. This is the show's seventh
year at the Arts School.
Saturday, April 19
There will be a Moonlight Fungi Fish Fry and Night of Storytell-
ing on Saturday, April 19 at the Cruz Bay Basketball Court at 5:0
p.m. until Sponsored by the The St. John Methodist Church.
Saturday, April 19
Come celebrate the 12th anniversary of the John's Folly Learn-
ing Institute on Saturday, April 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the learning
center. Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen will be the guest
Saturday, April 19
The Green Sanctuary Committee will host a plant sale in Frank
Powell Park Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The com-
mittee has many homegrown varieties at great prices.
Saturday, April 19
Residents are invited to the St. John Historical Society's potluck
supper on Saturday, April 19, at the Bethany Moravian Church at
5 p.m. Come hear about the island's past from society historian
Elroy Sprauve and a number of St. John elders and culture bear-
ers, and learn of Virgin Islands Carnival traditions from professor
Robert Nicholls. This is the society's final meeting of the season.
Sunday, May 25
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park will host the fifth annual
Beach-to-Beach Power Swim on Sunday, May 25, at 8 a.m. Reg-
istration is now open.

AA Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45
a.m. at Hawksnest Bay Beach; Closed meeting for alcoholic
only at Nazareth Lutheran Church at 5:30 on Tuesdays; Open
meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at
Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay; Tuesdays, Thursdays
and Saturdays at 6 p.m. at Emmaus Moravian Church, Coral
Al-Anon Meetings
Al-Anon meets on St. John every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the
picnic table at the VINP ball field, and every Thursday at 5:30
p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

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Friday, April 4 12:25 p.m. A resident of Es- 11:30 a.m. A resident of Es-
5:05 p.m. A resident of Bel- tate Bethany p/r someone stole tate Caneel Bay p/r a burglary.
levue p/r someone has been the tags for her vehicle. Burglary in the third.
calling her phone harassing her. 4:10 p.m. A resident of Estate 2:34 p.m. A citizen c/r a trac-
Telephone harassment. Nazareth p/r someone removed tor trailer rolled into a pole by
6:45 p.m. A citizen p/r some- his items. Burglary in the third. Jacob's Ladder.
one struck her rental vehicle 7:10 p.m. A citizen c/ from 4:18 p.m. OfficerD. Matthew
while parked at Mongoose Junc- Coral Bay stating an adult male c/ requesting assistance with a
tion. Auto accident, is harassing her daughter. mental patient by Cruz Bay. Po-
7:15 p.m. -A citizen c/r an auto 9:10 p.m. A citizen c/r a lice assistance.
accident with injuries in the area disturbance at the Tradewinds Thursday, April 10
of Guinea Grove. Auto accident, building in Cruz Bay. Police as- 2:00 a.m. A citizen p/r an un-
Saturday, April 5 sistance. known individual stole his mo-
1:20 p.m. A citizen c/r an auto Tuesday, April 8 torcycle from the Subway park-
accident in the area of Centerline 11:30 a.m. A resident of Es- ing area. Unauthorized use of a
Road. Auto accident. tate Adrian p/r he was involved vehicle.
5:15 p.m. A citizen r/ two in an auto accident with the VI- 4:00 a.m. A resident of Es-
missing dogs from the George TRAN bus on Route 107. Auto tate Enighed c/r a disturbance
Simmonds Terrace. Grand lar- accident, at home with his stepson. Dis-
ceny. 5:05 p.m. A resident of Cala- turbance of the peace, domestic
11:45 p.m. A citizen c/r an bash Boom c/r someone entered violence.
auto accident in the area of San- his residence and removed sev- 11:25 a.m. A resident of Es-
to's Laundromat. Auto accident. eral items. Burglary in the third. tate Grunwald p/ requesting po-
Sunday, April 6 5:30 p.m. A citizen c/r some- lice assistance with another male
8:03 a.m. A resident of Es- one stole his money. Grand lar- on the taxi stand. Police assis-
tate Contant p/r someone fired a ceny. tance.
single gunshot at her in the area Wednesday, April 9 4:40 p.m. A resident of John's
of the Faith Christian Fellowship 9:35 a.m. A guest at St. John Folly p/r she is being harassed
Church. Assault in the first, do- Inn p/r he was assaulted and by a female. Disturbance of the
mestic violence, robbed by three unknown males, peace.
Monday, April 7 Robbery in the second. Friday, April 11
10:15 a.m. A third degree 10:05 a.m. A representative 9:45 a.m. -A resident of Estate
burglary was reported. Burglary of Scotiabank p/r a credit card Grunwald c/r a disturbance with
in the third, fraud. Credit card fraud, a male at her residence.

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St. John Tradewinds

Business Directory

Caribbean Villas & Resorts
tel. 1-800-338-0987
or locally 340-776-6152

Carefree Getaways on St. John
tel. 779-4070 or 888-643-6002

Catered To, Inc.
tel. 776-6641 fax 693-8191
5000 Enighed #206, STJ, VI 00830

Island Getaways
888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com
kathy @islandgetawaysinc.com

Suite St. John Villas/Condos
tel. 1-800-348-8444
or locally at 340-779-4486

VIVA Vacations
tel. 779-4250
P.O. Box 1747, STJ, VI 00831

Crane, Robert Architect, AIA
tel. 776-6356
P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 00831

Barefoot Architect, Inc.
tel. 693-7665 fax 693-8411
P.O. Box 1772, STJ, VI 00831

Building Products
St. John Hardware
tel. 693-8780 fax 776-6685
Located at The Marketplace

Tropic Service & Supply Company
Tel. 626-4946 or 779-8000
building supplies, furniture, lumber, etc.

Maho Bay Art Center
tel. 776-6226 Glass blowing, pottery,
recycled art, tie dye, paper making

Quin House Galleries
773-0404 or 715-0070
Fine mahogony furniture

Dolphin Market
tel. 776-5322- Organic produce,
low prices, Located in Boulon Center

St. John Dental
Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
tel. 693-8898, walk-ins welcome

Dr. Robert J. DeBonis
tel. 775-9950, Cell: 340-626-0000

Gym in Paradise
3rd floor Marketplace
776-0600, M-Sat 6-9 Sun 6-12

Theodore Tunick & Company
Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002

Interior Design
Designs Of Aqua Bay, Inc.
Mary Ellis (340) 693-8487; (508) 385-7614

R&I PATTON goldsmithing
776-6548 or (800) 626-3455
pattongold.com, Chat@pattongold.com

Contractors an ain
Breckinridge Custom Homes Landsca ing
tel. 715-0262 fax 715-0264 Alfredo's Landscaping
Web-based project reports and pictures tel 774-1655 cell 513-2971
P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831

tel. 779-4047, "Three Hour Tour"
Classic Wooden Picnic Yacht

Coral Bay Garden Center
tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628
P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831

tel. 643-6348
Landscaping & Irrigation

Real Estate
American Paradise Real Estate
tel. 693-8352 fax 693-8818
P.O. Box 8313, STJ, VI 00831

Cruz Bay Realty
tel. 693-8808 fax 693-9812
P.O. Box 66, STJ, VI 00831

Farchette & Hanley Real Estate
340-773-4665 ext 30 or 340-513-3268
cynthia@ cynthiataylorstx.com

Holiday Homes of St. John
tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665
P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831
info @holidayhomesVI.com

Islandia Real Estate
tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499
P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831
info @islandiarealestate.com

John McCann & Associates
tel. 1-888-STJOHN8(7856468) fax 693-3366
info@ realestateonstjohn.com
Located at Wharfside Landing

RE/MAX St. Croix Team San Martin
tel. 773-1048 fax 773-1917

St. John Properties, Inc.
tel. 693-8485 fax 776-6192
P.O. Box 700, St. John, VI 00831

Town & Country Real Estate
tel. 693-7325 fax 693-7331
Coral Bay: t 774-7962 f 777-5350

Baked in the Sun Bakery
tel. 693-8786, Call for Take-Out
Third Floor, The Marketplace

Compass Rose at Pastory Gardens
tel. 777-3147 mini golf course open
Serving dinner nightly 4 to 10 p.m

Concordia Cafe
Dinner 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday
Just above Salt Pond 693-5855

La Tapa
tel. 693-7755
P.O. Box 37, STJ, VI 00831

Lime Inn, The
tel. 779-4199 or 776-6425
Located in Cruz Bay

Morgan's Mango
tel. 693-8141 fax 693-9061
P.O. Box 37, St. John, VI 00831

tel. 774-3663 We Deliver!
Vegetarian and Mediterranean Cuisine

Skinny Legs
tel. 779-4982; www.skinnylegs.com
"A Pretty OK Place"

Jolly Dog
tel. 693-5900, "Stuff You Want"
Located in Coral Bay

de Tax Rescue
Tax Preparation & Representation
715-3425 or 777-7011

tel. 774-2000; 1-887-716-2002
All digital high speed internet access

Solar Products
Solar Products & Services
West Indies Solair serving all islands
776-9048 773-4790

BGM Engineers & Surveyors
tel. 776-6770 fax 693-7700
P.O. Box 1103, STJ VI 00831

St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008 27


Hot! Hot! Hot!
Full time, part time, lots of benefits, free scuba, snor-
keling, sailing trips to the BVI, etc. Growing
watersports company has immediate openings:
Beach Attendants at Westin Resort
Retail Store Staff
PADI Instructors

Cruz Bay Watersports 776-6857

Retail with a Mission FT. manager needed. Some manage-
rial experience necessary. Excellent opportunity to be part
of an exciting new retail store on STJ. Friends of the Park
Store located in Mongoose Junction. Comp wage, great
benefits. Send resumes to amigos@friendsvinp.org, or fax
to (340) 693-9973. For more info call (340) 779-4940

Grad Student Seeking Summer Job
25 y/o, very responsible female getting MSW. Taught HS
and coached for 2 years. Long-time St. John visitor here for
summer. Contact Maggie: 301-467-4476 hillmb gmail.com

es L F Sa I

Dramatic and private
waterfront property sur-
rounded by Virgin Islands
National Park. Parcel is
flat and subdividable.

$180,000. .25 acres.
Driveywat Cut. Cistern
Built 12,000 Gallons,
Expired Plans (Milne)/
Permits Avail. Lovely
Northern Valley View
of Sugarmill. Call Sarah:
or Dana: 347-225-4950

Old Post & Beam on 70 acres,
Bordered by National Forest
on Quiet Road. Lovely Brook-
fed Pond, well landscaped
with gardens. House with
4 Bathrooms, 8 Fireplaces,
Small Greenhouse. Listed at
$650,000 by: Peter Nehring
peter_nehring @ yahoo.com
Also: 121 Acres
of Forest Land @ $425,000

1/4 ACRE LOT located
in Coral Bay, flat lot with
water views, affordable.

S I(Vi/est itA


why poa the highest eLeotrio rates tno(er a Mts. ftag?

West Indies Solair
for details call: 776-9048 or 773-4790
e~ "

Brand New
Two Bedroom Apt., Estate
Bethany, above Westin,
A/C. Also, efficiency over-
looking Enighed Pond.

House for Rent: 2 bd/2
ba Mt. top house, 30 mile
views, paved road, 5 min
to Coral Bay, 20 min.
Cruz Bay, wrap around
covered porches, A/C,
W/D, annual lease. $2200/
mo. 561-832-3040 or

340-693-7777 Cruz Bay
Efficiency apt. $1000.00
1 Bd, 1 Ba: $1300.00
3 Bd, 2 Ba, W/D on-site,
very nice view: $2800.00
Coral Bay
2 Bd, 1 Ba, great view,
open: 3-18-08 $2100.00

Coral Bay. Furnished 1
bedroom lower. Appliances,
laundry, elec. Huge covered
porch. Awesome valley
view. $1395. You will love
it! 715-853-9696 Ron

Furnished 3/2 native stone home w/covered decks and
view $2,700/mo. www.copoweron.com
970-385-3416 w / 970-382-6683 h

Painter & Cistern Cleaner, Refrigerator Refinishing,
Masonry + Carpentry + Tile Work
P.O. Box 304524 St. Thomas, VI 00803
"Guaranteed Professional Service Always"
(340) 775-6923 Cell: (340) 642-7452

The Lumberyard

Down Town Cruz Bay
Where St. John Does Business

Commercial Space Available

For Space Call Nick 771-3737

Retail Space Available
Excellent location
on 2nd floor, 808 s/f,
front and back entrance.
Office Space Available
271 s/f and 454 s/f
in Office Suites II
Small Storage Spaces
Plenty of Parking.
Short walk to town.
Elevator. Generator.
Call Barbara at 776-6455

1999 29' FOUNTAIN
Two 2002 200 HP engines,
GPS included. Great fishing
and island hopping boat. Call
(340) 690-9898,
ask for Junior.

Tremendous location right
next to the Westin Resort!
New two-level retail/office
complex with lots of on-site
parking. Spring 2008
occupancy. Call 473-9670
or email:

Sizes to 10' x 12',
Autos, Boats, Trailers.
Call For Rates: 779-4445

'96 Nissan Pathfinder
4WD, auto, 20" chrome
rims, black, tint, CD,
sunroof. 135k, runs great!
$7,900. 340-690-2420.

FOR SALE: 2003 Coleman Pop Up Trailer Fleetwood -
Bayside Elite, excellent condition. Features include: 2 king
beds, stove (never been used) outside shower, dinette and more.
$6,000. Great Deal! Must Sell! 340-642-7638

Saturday, April 19th 11:00 am-3pm at St. John
Tradewinds Newspaper office, The Marketplace, 3rd
floor, Office Suites II. Contact: 998-1013 for more info.

Professional tiling services
available on St. John
(marbel, porcelain,
ceramic). Contact Jeff
today at 340-3445334

Rea Es at

Id\I i U lir 'ri

Farchette & Hanley
Real Estate
52 King Street
Christiansted, St. Croix 00820
340-773-4665 ext 30 or 40
cynthia@cynthiataylorstx. com

Feel Like you "missed the boat" in St. John?

Act now and get in on Real
Estate in St. Croix. Still climbing
but room to grow. Land is still
comparatively low. Greatviews and
locations under $100K. Waterfront
under $500K. Condos across from
the beach with fees starting at
$700. Low $300s. There is a broad
range of homes, land, condos and
commercial properties on St. Croix.
Visit my web page or better yet,
Don't let opportunity pass you
by twice. Call me now to find all
the great prices available on St.

Croix before they continue to go up.
There is still room here for you!
Cynthia Taylor

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28 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008

Team San Martin waterfront Unit
Teamwork makes dreams work. on Condo Row
Imagine waking up to this
view! This enviable 2bdrm,
2 bath top floor end unit is
completely furnished with
fantastic rental history.
With one of the best views
MLS 07-1589 $295,000 in Colony Cove enjoy
gazing out to the Caribbean
Sea, Buck Island and
5 Company Street sandy beaches. Get ready
Christiansted, VI 00820 to enjoy island life at it?s
utLndnfinest available
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Marina Market Dolphin Market Caneel Bay Resort Connections East
Bringin' the Fun Cinnamon Bay Keep Me Posted
Cruz Bay Gallows Point Maho Bay Camps Love City Mini-mart
Baked in the Sun The Mail Center Lily's Gourmet Mkt
Book & Bean Natures Nook South Shore Road Concordia Resort
Connections Starfish Market Pine Peace Market
C&D Bakery Westin Resort

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TOWN Coral Bay
from a NY 340-774-7962
t/ p 340-777-5350 fax
REAL ESTATE, INC. PO. Box 1191, St.John, VI 00831

6-3-55 Carolina -Ridgetop lot in Upper include a common beach front lot, paved
Carolina with expansive down island views of roads and underground utilities. A perfect spot
the BVI's and Drake's Passage. Actual building for your Caribbean dream cottage! 0.25+/
envelope is very level. This parcel represents the acre. R-2 zoning. ........ Reduced to $299,000.
best of St John at a reasonable price. Deeded 7C Carolina Expansive views to East
access to beach at Johnson's Bay. 0.47+/ acre an E o e 's nerron ilii
R-1 w/C&R's.................................. $599,000. and NE to the BVI's. Underground utilities
and paved estate road in place. Driveway
449 Chocolate Hole Downhill build and house site are already excavated. Expired
parcel on top road in prestigious North plans are available. Private neighborhood
Chocolate Hole. 0.45+/- acre. R-2 with with quick access to north shore beaches.
C&R's............................................ $499,000. Moderate grade, R-1 zoning...........$500,000.
6-o-2B Rem Hansen Bay -Prime land 6-0-22 Hansen Bay Unofficially named
located in Privateer Bay Estates with dual views "Pirates Peak", this amazing parcel is a great
of Coral Bay as well as to the north and east lookout spot with its 360 degree views from
British Virgin Islands and Caribbean Sea. the top of Nancy Hill. Located at the top of
Amenities include paved roads with under- Dreekets Bay, the parcel enjoys paved roads
ground utilities and deeded access to two with hand built stone walls and underground
beaches and exclusive rental privileges to the utilities. 1.130+/ acre parcel with R-1 zoning
Privateer Bay Beach Cottages. 0.62+/ acre of ............................ $1,550
R-1 w/C&R's.................................. $475,000.
6A-1-C-4 Estate St Quaco & Zim-
71-14 Fish Bay -A large sloping parcel merman -Outstanding Flanagan's Pas-
located at the very top of Fish Bay in sage land. Knoll lot with sweeping views
Skytops. Excellent location in highly desirable from Coral Bay Harbor to Le Duc Islands
neighborhood yet close to town. R-1 with and eastwards. Hear the waves break
C&R's ......... Very well priced at $280,000. against the shoreline while watching the
3B-2 St Quaco & Zimmerman -A flat moon rise over the East End. Price dra-
walk within a three minute walk to a beautiful matically reduced for quick sale!............
swimming beach. Subdivision amenities ............. ...................$300,000.

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this pril1 2 BR, 1.- BAcondo unit is just parcel hae
include a one mile ifrm (.' Cr ItXiy. ILnjoy Park with
rslainless amrazing suitlel water viewrl fr om I n
eLAbinILes, from bhe o verszed veranda or beach on
tone sinks, simply relaX by 1hc hugr remarkable
I and huge 1immo n pool. Gtl t wkhill with the
1,293,0l0. you can. Now only 5S49,000. crahitngB b
popuLar 3br, 3ba rental Clatd nhirlnuniy,. luxi i-
home w ih pi 10resque ous 4BR. 4.5BA villa with
viewt over Rendezvouu Ilarge pool a.reFa just slepr
Bay. Large pool 3od deck away from a whilt aandy
are,. JUST S1,060,00.O. beach. Just I6,000000

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derriin tlh Nalidinal
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clew. 52,7$0,00f0.

TWO HOMES F1earing comple ion, A 2br. 2.in and abr, I b ciollitgy. Itlgs views,. Jus1 $99P5,JO.
AWESOME 2br/2ba csile and ia .wall o f gl sis capilrsiim 1he Caribbean water view; $1.175,000.
NEAR TOWN A newly constructed villa with two separate 2BR/1BA units & pool. T1,999,999.
Dbvlopir U3iLi GRANDE BAY luxury LUXURY Condomin.um
Now Availablel. eacifroni devel. Walk lo Development. Nearing
Sfro hm ese (2)2h 2hba (ompltIn1 on thCs 2,
unilE starting at g875,000. aid 4 bedroom unita witlh
And, (2) 'br 2ba unils unparalled finishes. Pricesl
Slarti ix at 51.,1 0,00q-0 begi~mingat I ,100,000.
CRANDE BAY "Assignimeni or :U1rrI.ractls sIrlLg it i 839jg.O. Penthouse unit for iS875,000.
WHY RENT Sunncl Ridge 2 nciw Ibr, ba units w? huge water vLews. $279.000 & $299,000.
GQEAT OPPORTUNITY & location. Villa L.eeAnna remindled 2hr/Ihs. Walk to towIn. S37$,00Q-
LAVENDER HILL In (.'r iftt ty- lovely 2br/Ibfa pen1h4Ua wilh ecellier reulal i ncome$995,00O,
-W DEVELOPMRNT oporlu- SPECTACULAR 29 parcel ---
riily wiih pi4lr; and :pihredJ Iub-division n L! acres
percmiItL far a IS unit high thbovc Pouin Hendex-
condomaiium project. Inl uu. Molt roads paved aild
town Iocatior. ins .ell ulilities are roughed in.
water views. 62,70,00.I CALL FOR DETAILS!
ON TOP OF THE WORLDI ihe highetl piiinmt Maneyy Peak. Amazing 360 views. $1,$94,O00-
LOWER PETER BAY priIe buildIJiig IL wiLh iincomparable n lrh shore view ........ 52, 00,000.
EMMAUS A gerat itL at a great price with huge C lal Bay harhbr cview....... N julI 517 00-
WHAT A DEAL C(hocola:e llpie lol wLth vciive plans & permit in pl ,,..............,... 229.D00.
PASTORY beautiful walker viewI from this eearcd lot close t town................. Only 2 15,000.
PRIVATEER BAY lot wwlklg palh in heaeh $47$,000 or add adj. wa.irefront bhah at 1 ,250,000.
REDUCED Pversiked I1 a Cort+ ] Ilay "neIar pro~posd maTrinvt project ...-.......- JUST $310,000.
NEW L[STING! WATERFRONTI! absolutely beautiful L.I +?- Ares in Fish Bay....... I925000.
BORDEAUX Fantastic down island views from Josi and Sandy Cay to Lcduck-............l429,000
FREEMAN5 GROUND 1-irge sub-dividiabic 1.73 a. IOI, I. Wh great water views .... S449.999.
CAROLINA licailil'fl m lm i hbty views fro(m this paIrel over CortIl ...........................199, .
BORDEAUX 3,3 I. *.ki,knll top wpano pram i visui f ec 7eIllcm dev c~lrpmcIr poenkial1.$ .299,999.
JUST REDUCED11 Lowest price parcel In prestligiou Chaolale Hole................... 5225,000.
WESTIN VACATION CLUB Moat weekl availahle. Prices aingi e lriA $11,500 lto 512,000.

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St. John Properties, Inc.

(340) 693-8485 FAX (340) 714-5320 www.stjohnproperties.com 1

Now Serving St. Thomas and St. Croix I

SJohnson Bay Estates
Adjacent parcels 150' from beautiful sandy
beach. Easy build flat lots with under-
ground utilities and paved roads in this
quiet friendly neighborhood.
Almost waterfront for: $285,000 each

Two contiguous R-2 parcels overlook-
ing Cruz Bay feature rolling hills, knoll
tops and sunset views over St. Thom-
5.11 Acres $4.5 Million or
9.45 Acres $6.2 Million

2br/lba home. Front and rear
decks, ceramic tile throughout,
including the decks. Vaulted
ceilings w/exposed beams &
ceiling fans in the living room
and bedrooms. Full tiled bath
w/shower & tub. A/C in the
master bedroom.
GRUNWALD Starter cottage, move right in!
Callfor details. $209,000.
CHINA SHACK St. John's onlyChinese restaurant. Lo-
cated in the heart of Cruz Bay. Call for details. $100,000.
Premium Cruz Bay condo $698,000

CRUZ BAY BUILDING LOTS St. John Properties is the only St. John real estate agency
Quiet wooded lots with sunset-water views. Walking distance to Cruz Bay with an office on St. Groix. Long-time St. John resident
Vicky Pedersen is the St. John Properties representative
restaurants, shops and trails into the V.I. National Park. One-quarter to on t. roix. Her enthusiasmfor both St. John and
one-half acre. Priced at $200,000 to $500,000. St. Croix is contagious and her knowledge of both
islands is extensive. Call Vicky at 626-8220

St. John Properties welcomes referrals of clients from cooperating Brokers on St. John and St. Thomas.

h caeb and dinghy landing A

"Colibri" Superb sunset and
water views from this 3
bedroom waterfront home in
Great Cruz Bay. Features
include native stonework, large
pool deck with gazebo,
masonry construction, air condi-
tioning, water views from every
room and pool, and lots of room
for expansion. Deeded rights to
erncent refurbishinn has ist hbeen

Battery Hill Condos Two lovely ground
floor 2-bedroom units with spacious, private
sun decks and delightful water views. Taste-
fully furnished and completely air-condi-
tioned, these units are walking distance to
town and Frank Bay Beach. Just steps away
from both the spacious pool deck amid
tropical landscaping and the ample parking
area. Excellent rentals, $575,000 & $895,000

".,, ... .Palm Terrace Villas"- Four of the newest,
completed. Colibri is a very popular short term rental. $3,495,000 most spacious condos be found n St.
"Snail's Pace" Cute As A John. New construction finished in 2005,
Button" and "Clean As A beautiful views, sun deck and pool area, walk
Whistle" are phrases that to town and Frank Bay Beach. The two
describe this cottage perfectly. bedroom is over 1700 sq. ft. and the three
Fronted by a white picket fence, bedroom penthouse units are over 2100 sq.ft.
this cozy studio home has all All feature large kitchens, granite counter-
!'1 new cabinets, furniture, bath, tops, stainless appliances, large closets, 000
paint, pumps, etc. Landscap- private washer and dryer and ample storage. Excellent rental histories. These
ing is extensive and beginning condos have it all. $975,000 to $1,400,000
to fill in nicely. Includes 1996 Jeep Wagoneer and furniture. The flat lot COMMERCIAIDEVEOPMENT -
is a gardener's delight. Walk to Reef Bay Beach. $549,000 COMMERCIAL/DEVELOPMENT -
"La Sirena" Walk to the beach "COMMERCIAL ZONING" Dramatically Reduced Busi-
from this beautifully crafted villa ness Zoned (B-3) Property. Excellent long term invest-
overlooking the sparkling waters ment. 43 Acres conveniently located between Cruz Bay
of Kiddel Bay on St. John's quiet and the Westin Resort, on the way to the many rental
southeastern shore. Near some villas on St, John's South Shore, and abutting the now
of the best snorkeling and hiking undr construction, fully leased office building and Guinea Grove Apartments,
on the island. Booked year- VI Zoning Laws allow for 3 stories, 50 people, & commercial and residential use
round, masonry construction, combined Preliminary use plan available. Call for more information.$595,000
common beach lot at Kiddel Bay, CR CRUZ BAY LEASE B-3 ZONING- Office or commercial
a great place to relax and rejuvenate. Priced to sell at $1,495,000. E f.i J space for rent. The former Oscar's store building, across
"Calypso By The Sea" is a charm- from Lime Inn, is being renovated. The second and third
ing Caribbean style beachfront villa floors are available and floor plans are still flexible. One
with an impressive rental history L block from the ferry dock. Call for information.
located in tranquil Johnson's Bay
Estates a truly picturesque and AND MUCH MORE . This is a small sample of over 400 residential,
idyllic tropical site. Two luxurious condo, land and commercial listings currently available through Islandia Real
master suites separated by a central Estate. We can offer almost any size, view, location and price on the island of
great room which includes kitchen, St John. Feelfree to visit our website at wwwislandiarealestate.com or call
w dining and living areas, all opening and speak with one of our full-time, professional agents at: (340) 776-666.
on an oversize deck with covered outdoor dining and a sunken spa We will be happy to help you find the perfect property to fulfill your needs and
Excellent condition and great rental history $1.8M dreams. Serving St. John for over 36 years.

illifon t ~Iiaraesat oi

(340)~E 7666

CRUZ BAY Prime .75 acre property on the knoll of the hill above Cruz Bay Town offering panoramic views of
Cruz Bay Harbor and St. Thomas. Zoned R-4, this very large site is ideally suited for development. Also
featuring a 3 bedroom short term rental home known as "Tamarind" and an enormous inviting pool.
$2,950,000 ...


MAHOGANY TREE VILLA, Create a charming
B&B. This compound offers a gated entry, near to
lovely Frank Bay and town. Multi unit property
consisting of (4) 1 bd/1 ba units with A/C, common pool
and garage. Motivated Seller! $1,195,000
ADVENTURE VILLA is a 3 bdrm 3 ensuite
bathroomvilla located within a lush setting with Coral
Bay views. This 4 bdrm villa is built for comfort and
privacy with trex decks, cathedral ceilings, native
stone, mahogany & cypress, great breezes.
INN LOVE A tasteful Great Cruz Bay 5 bdrm, 5
bath gem with a pool, spa tub, a/c bdrms, marble and
hardwood floors, professional landscaping, and
beautiful water views. Stone entry and courtyard and
create an atmosphere of old world charm. $1,795,000
LESPRIT DE LA VIE Gorgeous home in upscale
Pt.Rendezvous. 180 sea views, spacious great
room,dining for 8, gourmet kitchen. 4 large bdrm/bath
suites. Infinity edge pool w/spa. Excellent rental
income. SELLERS WANT OFFER! $2,950,000. Virtual
tour available at: www.americanparadise.com
CORAL HAVEN has fabulous breezes and
sweeping Hurricane Hole & Coral Bay views. Private
but accessible location on Seagrape Hill. Live in the
upper level apartment and continue to rent the
popular lower short term rental apartment. The hard
work is done for the main 2 bdrm/2bath main house
with the foundation, 21,000 gal. cistern and lower deck
completed. Room to add a pool. Many fruit trees and
local plants Priced to sell. $745,000
RENDEZVOUS GARDENS Finish building a
beautiful home with outstanding westerly views.
Stonework highlights the upstairs master suite,
ensuite bath and kitchen/greatroom. Walls and roof
are complete. Beautiful landscaping. Plenty of room to
add..46 acre $1,095,000
classic three bedroom, 3.5 bath villa with superior
craftsmanship, Caribbean stonework, Spanish tile roof
and wonderful attention to every detail. Stunning 180
degree view from every room with a huge deck
surrounding the large pool and sunken hot tub on this
.61 acre parcel. The luxurious home features
mahogany cabinets, doors andfurniture, a gourmet
kitchen, ac in bedrooms and much more. A must see!

LOVE NEST Welcome to this sparkling, bright &
airy, brand new cottage overlooking Hurricane hole,
Coral Bay, & BVI. A C/O has been obtained for this
gem, and plans approved for an additional 2BR, 2BA
w/pool on the 1/2 acre site. Move right in! Park your
money here & watch it grow. $559,000.
ESTATE ROSE The largest private estate listed for
sale on St. John's South Shore. Double parcel knoll
top site offers spectacular views. Completely
refurbished main house includes 3 bdrms, 41/2 baths,
mahogany library, office/media room, spacious great
room, mahogany kitchen, spa, 12'x40' pool, plus a
caretaker's cottage. 2.2 Acres. $4,950,000
ADURO A cottage in a tranquil setting. Water views
of Fish Bay & Ditleff. A/C, pool, & professional
landscaping, 2 kitchens, 3 bdrms. Offering a
comfortable setting for residences and visitors alike.
WATERFRONT on Maria Bluff in Great Cruz
Bay,"Villa Belvedere" offers unobstructed 180views.
This 3 bdrm/3 /2 bath top income producer offers one
level of living, generous entertainment areas, cov.
decks, and 3 equal bdrm/bath suites, inviting
swimming pool/deck and mature landscaping Deeded
dinghy landing. $2,995,000.
TEMPTRESS has been recently renovated, painted
and the pool has been resurfaced. 2 bdrm suites are
separated by 2 buildings, a living area and an
impressive kitchen with granite countertops. All rooms
open onto spacious, private decks, affording dramatic
sunsets and sweeping views of the South Shore,
including Great Cruz Bay, Chocolate Hole Bay and
Hart Bay. $1,650,000
outside this Hart Bay waterfront villa. "Rendezview"
has been extensively renovated and features 4 bdrms
& 4 baths with tasteful furnishings, enormous
swimming pool, expansive decks, & stonework. Also
enjoy the lower 3 bdrm beach house. Excellent short
term rental income $2,895,000
ENIGHED Many possibilities! Currently configured
as long term rental units: (1) studio, (2)one bdrm units
(non-conforming) and (1) 4 bdrm. A 5th unit is being
renovated. Views of STT, expansive decks, lap pool,
satellite & DSL. $885,000 or $385,000 for a 45%

VIRGIN GRAND ESTATES Seller financing with CHOCOLATE HOLE .5 acre site with beautiful
ust 10% down, no payments for 6 months, then ocean views for $409,000.
make interest only payments for 30 months at 7%! R-4 ZONING! Turn key opportunity for Cruz Bay
Gated community of multi-million dollar homes, preconstruction condos. Plans included. Views of
offering fabulous views of the Caribbean Sea. Located Caribbean Sea, Little St James and outer islands.
above the Westin Hotel, subdivision amenities include Reduced to $795,000.
native stone walls, stamped concrete roads, & HARD LABOR! Walk to the beach or Miss Lucy's
underground utilities. Prices start at $449,000. Restaurant via deeded beach easement! Moderately
HANSEN BAY 200' of usable beach front! Fabulous sloped .25 acre parcel with subtle breezes and
views & breezes, private and secluded location! beautiful views of Friis Bay and beyond. Reduced to
Driveway cut to access beach. $820,000 $299,000.
CHARMING SERENDIP STUDIO. Least expensive condo on the market! Panoramic sunset views, small
complex w/lush gardens, on site mgt & established rental program, NEW pool, deck, and BBQ area $295,000
BATTERY HILL LISTING! B-2 is a tastefully furnished 2nd floor unit with tiled floors, attractive covered
outdoor deck, beautiful views of Cruz Bay, pool and a short walk to town. Impressive rental history. $699,000
DELI GROTTO! Consistent sales growth of this three year old Deli and internet cafe located in prime
commercial space. Catering to tourist & residents alike, Deli Grotto offers baked goods, smoothies, cold beer,
extensive breakfast & lunch menu w/sandwiches, salads, pastries & ice cream available to eat in the a/c, on
the outside terrace or take out. $475,000
MARINA MARKET SITE, zoned B-2! This one of a kind commercial real estate consists of 4829 sq.ft. and
features a 2,999 sq. ft. building and adjacent parking area. Bordering the busy south shore road, this is a
choice location and convenient to Cruz Bay Town. An excellent potential income producer with tremendous
possibilities for a variety of business uses. NOW $995,000.

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OAURORA- Luxurious 4 bedroom / 4 bath
masonry villa on Contant Point. Enjoy
180' views from Great Cruz to St. Thom-
as, great privacy, pool, multiple outdoor
areas, gorgeous landscaping, beautiful
furnishings, and excellent vacation rental
history. Priced to sell at $2,495,000.

FISH BAY Charming masonry home with one bedroom
/one bath plus plans for additional bedroom pod. Beautiful
mahogany kitchen, tiled floors, covered porch, brick entry,
and terrific views of Fish Bay and beyond. $599,000.
WATERFRONT WI DOCK Poured concrete 3 bd/2 bath
home on a flat 3% acre site adjacent to Natl Park. Enjoy all wa-
tersports from shared private dock, & hiking along the secluded
shoreline. Priced below appraised value at $1,385,000.
RENDEZVOUS VILLA- in prestigious Boatman Point. Im-
macul m ated
swim lan
spectacular unobstructed views on 0.90 acre. $1,850,000.
LOCATION, LOCATION! Dramatic cliffside setting, on
coveted Maria Bluff, with sunrise to sunset views. 3 bedroom
/2 bath stone and concrete home with large wraparound ve-
randa, travertine floors, mahogany cabinetry, tile roof, large
spa, full A/C, large circular drive. $2,200,000.
WATERFRONT VILLA Spacious 3 bd/3 ated
just 4' t for
boat .. .. poo, marble floors,
A/C. Vacation rental history. $2,774,000.
CHEZ SHELL Beautiful, newly renovated, rental villa
in prime area near Westin. 3 bd/3 baths w/ac., gorgeous
kitchen, fantastic views, decorator furnishings, spa, walk to
beach. Turnkey. $1,399,000.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Mini estate features tennis
court, 2 pools, 2 hot tubs, seven bedrooms 7.5 baths, on
one acre. Impressive rental history, awesome views, walkto
Chocolate Hole beach. Was $2,995,000 NOW $2,495,000.
WINDSONG-Stately Boatman Point villa, w/separate cot-
tage, situated on a lac parcel w/panoramic views. 6 bdrms.,
7 baths, huge pool, excellent vacation rental history, fully
furnished. $3,750,000.
GOLDEN DRAGON Magnificent stone villa w/excep-
tional craftsmanship throughout. 4 bd/4 baths, infinity pool,
exquisite furnishings, multi patios/decks, lush gardens, ter-
rific Point Rendezvous location. $2,395,000.
RAINBOW PLANTATION -Wonderful "old St. John" style
home on a beautiful 1.58 ac. lot. 4 bd/4 baths, extraordinary
landscaping, huge pool, water views. $2,245,000.
PLUMB GUTT Spacious 1 bd/1 bath tropical hardwood
home, w/separate cottage, nestled on a lush V2 ac. on east-
ern side of Bordeaux. $574,900.
CHOCOLATE HOLE Unique ruins of 1700's Great
House, along with 1960's island home on a beautiful 1.42
ac. lot. Reduced to $1,099,999.
UPPER CAROLINA 1 bd/1 bath cottage, w/Cert. of
Occupancy, on lush 0.44 ac. lot. Reduced to $380,000.
BORDEAUX Force 10 system home has 3 bd/ 2 baths,
Ig. covered porch, water view, V2 acre w/gentle slope, room
for expansion. $760,000.

NEW CONDOS- Attractive 1 bedroom/1 bath units priced
to sell. Beautiful water views, solid masonry construc-
tion, shared pool. Small 4 unit complex at Sunset Ridge.
$279,000 and $299,000.
WESTIN Choose from over 200 resale timeshares at the
beautiful Westin Resort. Enjoy all the amenities of the hotel.
Priced from $10,500.
ESTATE BELLEVUE Views from Ram Head to Ditleff Pt.
from this 6 acre parcel suitable for subdivision. R-1 zoning
with C&R's. Access through Bellevue Village. $1,500,000.
WATERFRONT ON MONTE BAY Spectacular 13.44ac
site, located between Boatman Pt. & Klein Bay on South
Shore. Ideal for subdivision or private estate. $4,700,000.
ADRIAN Off the beaten path, wooded /2 acre w/
underground utilities and paved roads. $250,000.
CRUZ BAY TOWN R-4 zoning, plans and permits. Walk
to Frank Bay Beach. Reduced to $340,000.
REDUCED TO $150,000 -Water views of Coral Bay, won-
derful Est. Eden location. GREAT BUY!
CONTANT- 3 extra large homesites overlooking Cruz Bay.
Paved streets, underground utilities. $292,500 to $315,000.
Waterfront lot, $1.4 m.
POINT RENDEZVOUS Two superb parcels w/outstand-
ing views. Priced to sell at $425k & $495k.
LEINSTER BAY Great Thatch to Mary's Point views, ac-
cess from Johnny Horn trail. $265k & $329,000.
ZOOTENVAAL Terrific water views of Hurricane Hole,
paved streets, underground utilities. $450,000.
GREATCRUZBAY- 1.05 acre site w/fantastic harborviews
& architectural plans. Walk to dingy landing. $895,000.
FLANAGAN'S PASSAGE Panoramic views, 0.89 acre
lot, paved roads, house plans available. $490,000.
CATHERINEBERG Incredible north shore views, 1.05 ac.
surrounded by Nat'l. Park. $2,100,000.
DITLEFF POINT 3 waterfront parcels SOLD! 14 spec-
tacular parcels available, starting at $895,000.
Water views, moderate slope, topo map................$199,000
Great Fish Bay & Ditleff views, privacy....................... $250,000
Water views, borders green belt, paved access........$275,000
Walk to beach, dingy dock, topo included .............$349,000
Direct water view, corner parcel............................$389,900
Borders Nat'l. Pk., 0.87ac .....................................$425,000
Pebble Way location, 0.65ac, water views..................$359k
Coral Hbr & Moravian Church views, 0.34ac.............. $185k
Great Buy! 0.35ac. w/waterview, paved road............. $186k
Lower Bordeaux, beautiful BVI views, paved rd......... $199k
Ironwood Rd, great Coral Bay views, house plans.......... $360k
Upper Carolina, great views! 0.506 acre .................. $395k
Spectacular views, high on Bordeaux............................... $599k


Holiday Homes of St. John



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Exclusively Listed Preferred Properties

custom designed with 2 pools, (5x3) "LIME TREE BAY" 490'
luxurious shoreline
master&6 on Round
additional Bay. White
bdrms, sand beach

cabinetry. Walk to beach & dinghy kitchen,4A/C BRs, gated w/carport. stunning north shore views, pool $4a995 000al Spectacular views to St. Thomas. Westin Resort $3,700,000 Price
p uExc l plus private
soaring CATHERINEBERG'S "MANGO BAY" coEte it h
ceilings, has amazing north shore views, b e a c h

extensiveated.5 ac. estate; $2,200,000. CATHERINEBERGtential. $1,390,000. homewithpoolandprivacy
extensive ultotal privacy! + lushacre(fruittrees 5X5 Adjacent 4 "CONTENTMENT" Fabulous BEACHFRONT4X4"HARBOUR
stone work, exotic African & exotic orchids), stone showers, "CINNAMON RIDGE" 1+ private acres also Contant villa, 6 bdrms, 6.5 baths, VIEW" new 1 ac. estate on Great

cabinetry. Walk to beach & dinghy kitchen,4 BRsgatedw/carportstunningnorth shore views, pool 995000 Spectacular views to St. Thomas. WestinResort. $3,700,000 Price

RENDEZVOUSBAY$(5x5) "VISTAERO"br 0 Rendevo s i s tmeio Sce t TCOLO mRFUL WeSH ti B R ETrEt i Im u, a te w
dock. $8,400,000. Exquisite Charm! 5,950,000. & spa $5,250,000. $4,200,000. reduced!

Exclusively Listed Homes
( 5x4 STUNNING in Virgin Grand Estates! Spacious rooms with 3.5 BA home, pool, private lower BR w/separate Delightful 3 bedroom
n.VIEWS! Charming, top of the line amenities. Views, pool, privacy! entry, large room for addl. BR, excellent rental incomeproducingmasonry
gated .5 ac. estate; $2,200,000. potential. $1,390,000. homewith pool and privacy.
spa, fireplace, "VILLA FAR "SE AV I E W" Beautiful waterviews to St.

ultimate privacy. construction Charming 4 landscaping. TRADE or
$3,450,000. in prestigious bdrm, masonry $999,000.
RENDEZVOUS BAY (5x5) "VISTAERO" breathtaking P o i n t homeinexcellent o COLORFUL FISH BAY RETREAT! Immaculate 3
views, huge pool & spa, fabulous villa or residence! Rendezvousis condition with bedroom /3 bath home, borders National Park, views
$3,000,000 Price reduced! ready for you large pool in of Fish Bay & Ditleff Pt. $795,000.
WATERFRONT Great views Chocolate Hole. huge panoramic views and quiet location. $750,000.
3x3 and artistic $1,395,000. "SANCTUARY GARDEN" Serene well-built home
HDOLCE VITAt landscaping. $2,1100,000. "SEABISCUIT" with 2 units, lovely pool, gardens & expansive decks
with boat J "x2( Caribbean in this quiet, private location. PRICE REDUCED
mooring. 376 ft. "SEACAY VILLA", pool villa has unobstructed,
shoreline. W-1 panoramic ocean views and good short term rental style, masonry, $725,000.
zoning allows history. Short drive to Cruz Bay. $1,995,000. panoramic "CAROLINA
zoning allows views, pool FIXER-UPPER"
commercialuses "COCONUTS" 3X3 GIFFT HILL VILLA, impressive & hot tub. Two bedroom
$2,995,000. views with awesome sunsets & St. Thomas lights. li Immaculate, family home plus
Caribbean style. sa1,499,999. bcsa vews P Coral F
"GREAT EXPECTATIONS" (7x71i/2) 1 ac., tennis, Caribbean style. $1,499,999. above Coral separatel studio
2 homes, pools, spas, walk to beaches. Impressive NEWCONSTRUCTION CHOCOLATEHOLEtotally .H a r b o u r. rental downstairs
rental. $2,495,000. charming, 2x2 with private gated courtyard, large 11, $1150000. View to Tortola.
pool,planters&columns,archeddoorsandwindows, =SAGO COTTAGE", adorable Caribbean style $415,000.
"POINCIANA" 1.24 acres beachfront on Hart Bay. 3 island stone showers, a/c, hi tech kitchen, etc. masonry cottage with wonderful down island views
bedroom beach house with spa, views and breezes. $1,495,000. and great rental history. $1,100,000. OWN A MONTH (OR MORE) in a 3 or 4 bedroom
$2,495,000.luxury home. Magnificent views and sunsets
$2,495,000. "WINDWARDSIDE COTTAGES"; super privacy "CASA NITA" 3 bed/3 bath St. Quacco villa from 3 homes with all amenities, pools w/
CHOCOLATE HOLE NORTH (5x5) "SOLARIS" highlights these two charming masonry cottages. with spacious & light rooms, big views to BVI. waterfalls and spas. Deeded home ownerships
Spectacular views of 5 bays. 60' lap pool, courtyard, Hot tubs, bricked courtyards and wonderful decor $1,050,000. from $79,000.
and great amenities. $2,400,000. make this a very special offering. $1,400,000.

Exclusively Listed Land

Great Cruz Bay, .78 acre, walk to Westin & amenities
Chocolate Hole, .50 acre, moderate slope downhill build w/dual bay views
Chocolate Hole, .56 acre, tropical breezes & great views to St. Croix
Rum Point, outstanding views, 0.75 acre parcel in Upper Peter Bay
Passport to Privacy, superb views from this .67 acre Upper Peter Bay parcel
Whistling Cay, striking water views from this .69 acre Upper Peter Bay lot
Tropical paradise with stone entry, flat .79 acre parcel, gated entrance, cistern slab.
End of road privacy, .61 acre lot with beautiful views.
Flat land, walk to beach location, diverse development options
Views across Round Bay to Coral Bay Harbor, .55 acre PRICE REDUCED
Quiet East End's Privateer Bay, over-sized parcel, waterfall, panoramic views
Privateer Bay, views of Coral Bay, .44 acre

CONTANT..5 ac. with 180 degree
views over Pillsbury Sound to
St. Thomas & St. James islands.
Quiet, breezy convenient to Cruz
Bay. Owner financing. $650,000







WATERFRONT parcels ranging from .5 1.36 acres in
some of St. John's best areas! $635,000-$2,500,000.
"LOVANGO CAY" 3 waterfront & hillside properties
feature upscale amenities and infrastructure; barge
landing with piers, paved roads, underground electric,
access to beach and much more! Amazing views,
realistically priced from $600,000 to $899,000!
in new subdivision offer exciting views and adjacent to
National Park. Underground utility access and paved
roads. From .5 .91 acre, $299,000- $795,000.

VIEWS. Low density
subdivision with
7 large lots, great
breezes, paved roads
& underground utilities
above Rendezvous
Bay. $1,000,000 to

"VIRGIN GRAND ESTATES" Gated community featuring
underground utilities, paved roads, & gorgeous sweeping views.
Five fabulous lots ranging from $469,000 to $785,000.
"ESTATE CONCORDIA PRESERVE" Premier location, with
extraordinary water views, some border National Park -some
are waterfront! From .78 acre to 3 acres. 7 parcels priced from
boasts spectacular BVI
views, quality paved roads,
undergrnd. utilities, stone
wall & planters, common
beach. Just 8 minutes from
Coral Bay. 12 parcels priced
from $450,000.
IN CORAL BAY ranging from parcel adjacent to Sago Cottage.
.340-.51 acres just$177,500 Great views, private. Topo map
- $495,000. available. $550,000.

Condos & Timeshares

EXCEPTIONAL PASTORY- 1 bedrm condo, great
views, close to town, quiet neighborhood. Turn key.
"RAINBOW'S END" Battery Hill condo, 2 bedrms,
poolside, close to town. Priced to Sell! $625,000.
under construction, overlooking Cruz Bay Harbor.
Walk to town & restaurants. 2 bdrm $895,000; 3
bdrm $1,100,000 (Seller/Broker)
upper & 1-lower) ea. w/ deck/patio, walk to town
$1,400,000, $1,275,000 & $1,200,000.

JOHN every year at the Westin Vacation Club!
Inventory available in many unit sizes. These
platinum++timeframes have great trade potential
and rental options!

Development Opportunity

(2x2) .58 ac. R-4 &
W-1 zoning allows
multifamily dwellings
& commercial uses.
Spectacular views.
Walk to beach & town.

32 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2008

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