Title: St. John tradewinds
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Publication Date: April 21, 2008
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April 21-27, 2008
Copyright 2008



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

Almost $1 Million Worth of Heavy Equipment Torched at Pond Bay Club
Four Construction Machiness at Resort Site Heavily Damaged Page 3
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St. John Magazine
To Wow Readers
Once Again
By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
After months of anticipation, the spring/
summer issue of St. John Magazine has fi-
nally arrived on island and will be on sale at
newsstands this week. The magazine, which
is 16 pages longer than the inaugural fall/
winter issue, is chock-full of content high-
lighting the best of what Love City has to
Renowned local photographer Steve Si-
monsen's work once again graces the cov-
er, and Simonsen also lends his talents in a
photo essay capturing a true day at the beach
from sunrise to sunset. The skillful photog-
rapher is thrilled to once again be a part of
St. John Magazine, he explained.
"There is nothing better than having the
cover of St. John Magazine," said Simonsen.
"The style is nice and clean that's what
sets this magazine apart."
St. John Magazine publisher MaLinda
Nelson, who worked tirelessly on the sec-
ond issue of the glossy magazine for several
months, said she loves the spring/summer
issue just as much as the inaugural issue,
which was released in November 2007.
"I think it has just as much of a wow factor
as the first time around," said Nelson. "Once
again, I thank all the contributors photog-
raphers, writers and editors for their profes-
sional contributions. And I thank my family,
who sacrificed many days, if not months, of
Continued on Page 15

St. John Magzine Cover Courtesy of MaLinda Media

Steve Simonsen's photograph of Hawksnest Beach graces the cover of
the Spring/Summer edition of St. John Magazine.

Red Cross

Goes Inactive

as Hurricane

Season Nears
Page 3
USCG Suspends
Sundance Queen

Captain's License
Page 4
Visitor Alleges

VIPD Officer

Removed $900

from Lost Wallet
Page 5
V.I. Fisherman
Fredericks Is

Missing at Sea
Page 6
New Equipment
Aids Emergency
Page 2

2 St. John Tradewinds, April 21-27, 2008

St. John Rescue's New Equipment

Will Aid Emergency Communications

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
Thanks to a grant from the De-
partment of Homeland Security's
Commercial Equipment Direct
Assist Program, St. John residents
can rest assured that local agencies
will have no problems communi-
cating with one another to coordi-
nate emergency services during a
time of disaster.
The grant provided for the pur-
chase of radio interoperability
equipment, which allows govern-
ment agencies to communicate
over many different frequencies,
phones and radios.
St. John Rescue's Radio Com-
munications Specialist George
Cline applied for the grant, and he
traveled to Chicago last month to
receive training on how to use the
radio bridge, known as an Incident
Commanders' Radio Interface
(ICRI), made by Virginia-based
Communications-Applied Tech-
nology (C-AT).
"The most obvious use for the
technology is a mass casualty with
multiple groups responding," said
Cline. "Should four groups show
up in response to the incident,
there's no fishing for frequencies,
because all radios come through
this one."
The ICRI, valued at more than
$13,000, operates on eight AA
batteries for 30 hours of use, and
can also be plugged in to a car's
cigarette lighter. It was designed to
eliminate the need for a specialist
who may not always be available
when an incident requiring re-
sponse from more than one agency
While all agencies on St. John
operate using the VHF frequency,
different bands and transmission
modes are used. V.I. Territorial
Emergency Management Agen-
cy's emergency operations cen-
ter vehicles already have radio
bridge technology, however theirs
is a software-based system which

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Andrea Milam

St. John Rescue's George Cline demonstrates the
group's new equipment for VINP Ranger Kishma

requires the use of a computer to
"It's very cumbersome com-
pared to the ICRI," said Cline.
"C-AT really thought this equip-
ment out. It's in widespread use by
many government agencies."
Only One in U.S.V.I.
St. John Rescue's ICRI, which
allows communication between
up to five different radio systems,
is the only one of its kind in the
Virgin Islands. While the radio
bridge can be used routinely, the
volunteer rescue group will use it
only in emergencies.
"I view it as a community as-
set," said Cline.
V.I. National Park Ranger
Kishma Christian, a trained first
responder who assists with EMS
situations in the VINP, received a
hands-on demonstration last week
at Cline's Coral Bay home.
"It seems great compared to

what we have now," said Chris-
tian. "The way it is now, no one
else can hear us transmitting. This
will work better."
The technology could have been
valuable in New York City during
the tragedy of September 11,2001,
according to C-AT spokesperson
Bob Morrison.
"When the towers were burn-
ing, police couldn't talk to firemen
who couldn't talk to EMTs, be-
cause all their radios were differ-
ent," said Morrison. "This equip-
ment enables all types of users of
different radio equipment even
cell phones and land lines to all
plug in and be able to talk to each
Another benefit of the ICRI is
that it's very user-friendly, Morri-
son continued.
"The equipment is kind of intui-
tive," he said. "It doesn't require a
lot of training."

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Public Presentation Set To Highlight

State of VINP on April 24
St. John Tradewinds
The Friends of the V.I. National Park is sponsoring a presenta-
tion of two reports providing information regarding the health
and well-being of the VINP, compiled by the nonpartisan advo-
cacy group which works to protect and enhance the National Park
System, the National Parks Conservation Association.
The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m.
at the Westin's Coral Bay Room opposite the ballroom. Senior
officials from the VINP will also be on hand and will provide
additional insights into the reports and the implications which the
reports' findings have for the park.
The first of these reports is the Virgin Islands National Park State
of the Park report. This report assesses the condition of natural and
cultural resources in the park, and determines how well-equipped
the National Park Service is to protect the park. The goal of this
report is to provide information to help policymakers, the public,
and the NPS improve conditions in VINP, share successful models
for other parks and ensure a lasting legacy for future generations.
The second of these reports provides the first comprehensive
look in decades at development threats to land within U.S. national
parks. This new report, America's Heritage: For Sale, highlights
55 national parks with critical land now on the market, including
an in-depth case study on the VINP, and calls on the U.S. Congress
to provide the funding needed to acquire the land.

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.

Taxi and Tour Certification on May 1
St. John Tradewinds
Taxi and tour operators who wish to join their peers in receiv-
ing certification are being urged to register for the upcoming
course. The Taxi and Tour Certification program will begin Thurs-
day, May 1, on St. Thomas from 6 to 8 p.m.
The six-week program educates taxi and tour operators on cus-
tomer service, V.I. history and culture, points of interest and pre-
sentation skills. The training will cost $250 and includes materials.
Students are required to pass a 100-question exam and put the pre-
sentation skills acquired in class to use in order to receive certi-
fication. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a
certificate of completion and a certification identification card.
The certification program was developed by the University of
the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning
Center and is endorsed by the USVI Hotel and Tourism Associa-
tion and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.
To register, call the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://

Governor Issues Administrative Leave
St. John Tradewinds
Governor John deJongh has issued a proclamation granting
administrative leave for the 56th anniversary of Virgin Islands
Carnival. In the St. Thomas-St. John district only, deJongh granted
administrative leave from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23,
and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.
The annual Food, Arts and Crafts Fair which honors Ruth
Anthony will be on Wednesday in Emancipation Garden and
J'ouvert will be on Thursday along St. Thomas' Veterans Drive.

St. John Tradewinds, April 21-27, 2008 3

St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Tom Oat

Only four pieces of heavy equipment owned by WMK of St. Thomas were set ablaze in
the arson, above. The cabs of the equipment, were gutted, right. ______i___,7-

Almost $1 Million Worth of Heavy Equipment Torched at Pond Bay Club Site

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Almost a million dollars worth of heavy
equipment was torched early Friday morn-
ing, April 18, at the Chocolate Hole con-
struction site of the luxury fractional
ownership resort Pond Bay Club, where a
groundbreaking celebration is scheduled for
next week.
Four uninsured pieces of heavy equip-
ment ranging from bulldozers to trackhoes
- each worth about $200,000 were de-
stroyed in what appeared to be an arson at
the site around 2:15 a.m. on April 18.
All of the equipment was owned by St.
Thomas-based WMK Mechanical Group,
which recently won the competitive bid to
handle excavation at the Pond Bay Club
construction site.
The site was locked down Friday as V.I.
Fire Department officials, including the St.

Thomas-based arson inspector, investigated.
Local officials were expected to contact the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as
Preliminary investigations indicated that
an accelerant was ignited in the cab of each
of the pieces of heavy equipment, accord-
ing to officials. No one was injured in the
WMK officials also suspect foul play as
employees had recently been threatened
by individuals who lost out in the bidding
process, explained WMK president William
"There have been threats made by disap-
pointed bidders which have been reported to
the fire marshal and it's being investigated
as we speak," Koenig said. "They threatened
me and my superintendent and independent
people working for us. They told us that our
equipment would be destroyed if we put it

on the site."
Koenig placed some blame on the general
contractor Florida-based Wharton-Smith,
Inc. which didn't act after being informed
of the threats.
"I'm disappointed in the general contrac-
tor," said Koenig. "They said they were
looking into getting a security guard and
we thought they would have done that by
WMK's four pieces of equipment were
the only ones targeted, further arousing sus-
"None of the other equipment at the site
was touched," said Koenig. "There is more
than a million dollars worth of equipment
at the site and only our four pieces were
torched. There is newer and nicer equipment
at the site and only our isolated equipment
was touched."
Despite the set-back, WMK will continue

its work, Koenig explained.
"We're moving more equipment over
here as we speak," he said. "We will finish
this job and comply with the terms of our
contract. We won't let threats or any retalia-
tory actions like this stop us."
WMK has been in business for 30 years
and has never been the victim of retaliation,
according to Koenig.
"Never before have I had these kinds of
problems," he said. "It's a sorry state of af-
fairs that disappointed bidders resort to this
kind of action."
Wharton-Smith has retained security de-
tail at the site and WMK is offering a $5,000
reward for information leading to the con-
viction of those responsible for setting the
fire. VIFD officials are still investigating the
Anyone with information is urged to call
(340) 473-6658.

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
Less than two months before the beginning
of the 2008-2009 hurricane season, Love
City's Red Cross volunteers have thrown in
the towel as a result of numerous issues in-
cluding a lack of communication and faulty
The majority of the island's volunteers ei-
ther resigned or went on inactive status last
week after their requests to meet with Ameri-
can Red Cross Puerto Rico Executive Direc-
tor Carmen Canino to express their frustra-
tions were denied.
Many of the problems experienced by lo-
cal Red Cross volunteers stem from the fact
that the V.I. Red Cross has been under the
auspices of Puerto Rico since July 2007.
Soon after, the V.I. Red Cross lost its chapter
president, who quit, and director of emer-

gency services, who moved to the states.
The positions remain vacant, and officials in
Puerto Rico claim the director of emergency
services position will not be filled until a new
chapter president is hired, explained former
local communications chair Ian Satchell,
who applied for the director of emergency
services position late last year.
"My application was being processed when
Puerto Rico made the decision to hire head
hunters to fill the position," said Satchell,
who resigned from his post as communica-
tions chair last week. "I got a call that some-
one was interested in talking to me about the
position, but when I tried calling back, I just
got a voice mail. Then I was told they pulled
the job posting because they want the new
chapter president to hire the position."
In addition to failing to implement new
leadership, Red Cross Puerto Rico dropped

the ball on training and providing volunteers
with adequate equipment, Satchell contin-
"Since we've been acting under the aus-
pices of Red Cross Puerto Rico, they have
not done a single bit of training," he said.
"They've got communications equipment
but it's not in service. We have zero train-
ing, zero preparedness and that's not the way
I want to play coming in to hurricane sea-
Eight St. John volunteers met on April 9
with Disaster Services Human Resources
Senior Associate Tim Bachman in an effort
to express their concerns, and their desire to
meet with Red Cross Puerto Rico's Canino
- a paid Red Cross employee. The Puerto
Rico executive director was unwilling to ar-
range for a meeting at a time convenient to
Continued on Page 23


Business Directory .............23
Church Schedules ..............24
Classified Ads ..................... 27
Crossword Puzzler .............24
Ferry Schedules .................24
Horoscopes....................... 25
Letters ......................... 8-19
Living Well in Love City ......16
O bituaries ......................... 18
Police Log ................. .... 25
Real Estate ...................27-31
W ha's Happ'nin' ..................4

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US Coast Guard Suspends License

of Sundance Queen Captain

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
U.S. Coast Guard officials suspended the license of
an Inter-Island Boat Services ferry captain who re-
portedly struck a female crew member in front of a
vessel full of passengers.
The Sundance Queen was en route from Virgin
Gorda to St. John on January 3 when the captain al-
legedly punched a female crew member in the face,
according to a passenger aboard the fery.
After interviewing several witnesses, USCG of-
ficials determined the captain did touch the female
crew member, but did not establish that he actually
punched the woman, explained USCG investigating
officer Lieutenant Sancho Johnson.
While the USCG suspended the captain's license,
Johnson would not comment on the duration of the
USCG officials also instituted "other remedial
training," for the Sundance Queen captain, but John-
son did not specify what that training entailed.
The USCG's investigation is now closed and any

St. John Tradewinds News Photo File

The Sundance Queen ferry, above.

additional ramifications would come from Federal
Bureau of Investigation agents, who were also look-
ing into the incident, Johnson explained.
FBI officials in the St. Thomas office referred inqui-
ries regarding the Sundance Queen violence to their
Puerto Rico office. Several telephone calls to the FBI
office in Puerto Rico went unanswered last week.

St. John Tradewinds
Sunday's Jazz Islanders show was the best ever!
Steve Simon returned in one piece from his "life-
changing experience," full of praise for our sol-
diers who raved about the Bluzapalooza concerts.
At least 25,000 attended each show given by top
blues entertainers.
We all could see that it was an unforgettable
experience for Steve, the entertainers and the
troops. Steve is already planning the next concert
tour for October.
The overflow crowd at the Beach Bar celebrated
his return with expressions of love and gratitude
for his courage and determination. (Those are two
qualities of life that our Steve has plenty of!)
The music was wonderful played from the
heart plus an attractive couple who over-
whelmed us all with their dancing! "Wow" is the
only comment I can make!
The evening ended with Steve playing his clari-
net from the top of the bar!
If you have never enjoyed the Jazz Islanders on
Sunday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. you had better do it
soon before they run out of energy!
I hope that Steve is resting all week long!
Jude Woodcock Discovers Her New Identity
We all know that our crazy girl is full of talent,
but she was introduced at Brown University as an
eminent dance scholar this past week.
She was the dance captain for the famous group,
Pilobolus, for 10 years before she landed on St.
John to teach at St. John School of the Arts and
build muscles at Gym in Paradise. Now we dis-
cover that she is known as a scholar! I think she is

a little undone by this label oh my, she'll have
a new t-shirt to wear.
Her students at Brown will perform a piece from
Ciaon (choreographed by Pilobolus in 1972) in
A strict disciplinarian, Jude fined dancers who
arrived late for class one candy bar. Yes, she
brought back a bag full!
The university does not offer dance classes, their
majors are law, education, math subjects, etc. You
can imagine that they loved the challenges of
dance with Jude.
Watch for the Next Issue
MaLinda Media's spring/summer edition of St.
John Magazine is on its way! Can't wait!
Thanks to Ira Wade for His Help
I, personally, am grateful for his picking up the
waste at the JESS annex. Often, in the past, boxes
and chairs were left for weeks on the comer.
The Cruz Bay park and the Texaco roundabout
are still waiting for more money or something.
Personally, I think the Texaco comer will be
nothing short of a disaster for all in that neighbor-
Avilda Thomas-Matthias Passes
My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
I'll miss waving to her as she walked down the
hill to town. Her father, Thomas Thomas, was
one of my first friends on the island. We worked
together at Denis Bay. Avilda brought him to
Peace Hill where we gathered to scatter Colonel
Wadsworth's ashes. He owned Denis Bay and was
the model for the Christ of the Caribbean statue.
An important memory of the past.

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Visitor Alleges VIPD Officer Removed Money from Returned Wallet

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Losing a wallet while on vacation can be
a devastating occurrence, unless, of course,
it's found by an honest person and returned
in tact.
That is almost what happened to New
York tourist Terrence Bender, who lost his
wallet while vacationing on St. John last
An island landowner found the wallet and
turned it over to the V.I. Police Department
and thought all was well except a large
sum of money allegedly went missing after
it was in the possession of VIPD officials on
St. John.
Bender a civil engineer and part time
magistrate judge and a group of family
and friends spent two nights on St. John last
month and then took a ferry to Tortola and
rented a charter boat for a week.
The group arrived on island late Saturday
night, March 22, and the next day, Sunday,
March 23, they rented several vehicles to
tour the island, Bender explained.
Wallet Out the Window
"I was driving one of the jeeps and I put
my wallet on the dashboard so someone
could put drinks between the seats," said
Bender. "We drove up above the Westin
where my brother had rented a house previ-
ously and wanted to show me. We drove a
loop road above the Westin and then headed
out to Trunk Bay."
Bender arrived at Trunk Bay around 10:30
a.m. and realized his wallet was no longer on
the dashboard. Figuring it must have flown
out the window, he got back in the jeep and
set out to retrace his steps.
Around 11 a.m. back in Great Cruz Bay a
St. John landowner was walking along Ro-
man Road and discovered a wallet on the
side of the street. As soon as he returned
home, the man called the VIPD station in

"I don't want to cast a bad shadow on anyone, however,
you'd like to think that anything turned into the police
would be safer than it apparently is. While I don't want
to see anyone lose their job, I don't want someone to get
away with this."
Terrence A. Bender,
tourist visiting St. John

Cruz Bay and informed them of his find.
Nine $100 Bills
"At first it appeared that the wallet had no
money in it," said the landowner, who asked
not to be identified. "Upon further inspec-
tion, however, I discovered nine $100 bills
tucked inside a pocket in the wallet."
Meanwhile, Bender was driving through
Cruz Bay and stopped at the VIPD's Lean-
der Jurgen Command to see if anyone had
turned in a lost wallet.
"When I walked in there was a female po-
lice officer behind the desk and I told her
who I was and that I had lost my wallet,"
said Bender. "The officer told me someone
had called and said they would turn it in in
the next few hours. It was a great load off
my shoulder and I returned to Trunk Bay."
The landowner dropped off the wallet at
the VIPD Cruz Bay station around 1 p.m.,
but was careful to document who took pos-
session of it and the cash inside.
VIPD Officer Signs Receipt
"I wrote out a receipt on a VIPD supple-
ment report paper which stated that I was
turning the wallet and its contents, includ-
ing $900 cash that belonged to Terrence A.
Bender of New York, that I had found on
Roman Road over to the police," said the
landowner. "I had the officer sign the piece
of paper and took it with me."
A VIPD officer did sign the receipt, a
copy of which the landowner supplied to the

St. John Tradewinds.
Thinking all was in order, the landowner
returned home believing Bender would go
back to the station that day and pick up his
When Bender did return to the station
between 3:30 and 4 p.m. more than two
hours after the landowner had left the wallet
at the front desk he was told there was
no wallet.
"When I returned to the station after the
beach to get my wallet, the same female po-
lice officer was at the desk," Bender said.
"She said no one had turned it in yet."
Days Later and Still No Wallet
Bender, who was staying in Cruz Bay, re-
turned to the VIPD's Leander Jurgen Com-
mand at 6 p.m. that evening to inquire about
the wallet. There was a different police of-
ficer at the front desk this time, and he told
Bender no one had dropped off the wallet,
the tourist explained.
"We ate dinner in Cruz Bay and were re-
turning to our inn around 9:30 and I stopped
by the station again," said Bender. "The
same man was at the desk and he said no
one had yet turned it in."
On Monday morning, March 24, the group
loaded into a taxi to catch the 8 a.m. ferry
to Tortola to charter a sail boat for a week.
Bender's daughter jumped out of the taxi at
the Leander Jurgen Command that morning
around 7:30 a.m. and inquired after the wal-

let once more.
Daughter Tries Too
"My daughter ran into the station and said
there was a woman there who told her no
wallet had been turned in," said the visitor
from New York. "We got on the ferry and
headed to Tortola and I thought my wallet
was gone but I wasn't going to let it ruin
my trip."
Later that morning, the man who recov-
ered the wallet on Roman Road stopped
into the Leander Jurgen Command to see if
Bender had retrieved his property.
"I went to the station around 2 p.m. to see
if the wallet had been picked up and (the
female officer) was at the desk again," said
the landowner. "She told me that the man
had gone to St. Thomas for the day but his
daughter was going to pick it up around 3
Calling from BVI
On Wednesday, March 26, Bender, who
was aboard the charter boat in the BVIs,
phoned the Leander Jurgen Command to
ask once more after the wallet.
"My nephew had his cell phone out so I
tried the station one more time," said Bend-
er. "I called and a lady officer answered the
phone and identified herself. She told me to
call back the next day between 7 a.m. and
3 p.m."
Bender called the VIPD station at 11 a.m.
on Thursday, March 27, and talked to the of-
ficer again.
Getting the Run-around
"She told me there was a wallet there, but
that there was no money in it and then she
started reading me the cards," the visitor
said. "It was my wallet she had and I told
her that I wasn't going to be returning to St.
John. The officer said that she would mail
the wallet to me in New York."
On Friday, March 28, the landowner who
Continued on Page 22




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6 St. John Tradewinds, April 21-27, 2008

Fisherman Phillip Fredericks Missing at Sea

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
Local fisherman Phillip Fredericks, age 45, has
been missing at sea since Wednesday, April 16.
The fisherman, a fixture on the Cruz Bay water-
front where he sells his freshly-caught fish, was
traveling alone from St. John to Vieques, where he
was expected to arrive late Tuesday, April 15.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan controllers
received a phone call at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday re-
porting Fredericks never arrived.
Fredericks departed from St. John Monday
afternoon, April 14, on his 27-foot fishing ves-
sel, Don Chepo, a fiberglass and wooden boat
with a blue hull powered by two 200 horsepower
Evinrude outboard engines. He reportedly had
three life vests, a VHF radio, three flares and two
cell phones aboard the fishing vessel, according to
a USCG press release.
Coast Guard aircrews from a Clearwater, Florida
HC-130 Hercules aircraft and Air Station Borin-
quen HH-65 Dolphin helicopters are searching
waters from St. John and surrounding Vieques.
The search area spans approximately 2,483 nauti-
cal miles.
"Every day that passes the search area could in-
crease," said USCG spokesperson Ricardo Castro-
dad. "The area we're searching has been saturated
and we'll continue to fly there until we either have
better information, or find anything that could lead
us to believe the search area should be taken else-
The Coast Guard is currently broadcasting an
Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to
mariners over VHF radio requesting mariners
keep a lookout for the missing fisherman, render

St. John Tradewinds News Photo File

Local fisherman Phillip Fredericks
cuts a yellowfin tuna for customers on
the Cruz Bay waterfront, where he was
often found selling his fresh catch.

assistance if needed and report sightings to the
Coast Guard.
Nearly 10 searches had been conducted as of
Friday afternoon, April 18. Fredericks remained
missing as of press time.

Rupert Walters Arrested

for Gun, Drugs in Fourth

Firearms Arrest of 2008

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
V.I. Police Department officers
made the year's fourth arrest for il-
legal firearms on St. John on Mon-
day, April 14, when Estate Pastory
resident Rupert Walters was taken
into custody and charged with
possession of an unlicensed fire-
arm and possession of a controlled
At around 5 p.m. on Monday,
April 14, VIPD officers observed
Walters and other individuals loi-
tering at Nature's Nook in Cruz
Bay, which has been closed since a
government task force raid in No-
vember, when the establishment
was cited for a licensing violation.
Officers detected the odor of
marijuana when they approached
the group, and observed Walters
walking away, according to a
VIPD press release. Walters was
then detained and searched by
police, who found a handgun and
ammunition in his front pocket,
along with what appeared to be
marijuana in his back pockets.
Officers recovered a Taurus 38
Special handgun with six bullets
and a speed loader with six bullets,
along with an unspecified amount
of marijuana, all recovered from
Walters' pockets. Walters told
police he found the weapon "in a
trash can," according to the VIPD
release. He did not have a permit
for the weapon. Unable to post a

"We are recovering
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VIPD Commissioner James McCall

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VIPD officials have recov-
ered a total of 37 firearms in the
St. Thomas-St. John district, St.
Thomas-St. John Chief of Police
Rodney Querrard explained at a
Tuesday, April 15, press confer-
ence at the St. Thomas Attorney
General's conference room.
"This just goes to show the num-
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Querrard. "If you see something
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VIPD Commissioner James Mc-
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St. John Students Enjoy Friends

of VINP's Early Earth Day Fair

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Love City students celebrated Earth Day a week
early at a Friends of the VI. National Park-sponsored
fair at the VINP ball field on Tuesday morning, April
The Earth Day festivities were scheduled ahead of
time in order to include all of the islands' students,
explained Friends' program manager Kristen Maize.
"We're having our celebration today to accommo-
date all of the schools on St. John because some are
going on spring break during the real Earth Day on
April 22," Maize said. "So we're having this to gear
kids up for Earth Day and get them to think of ways
they can celebrate the day."
"We have 500 kids here which is our biggest turn-
out ever," added Maize.
Representatives from a variety of agencies erected
booths at the student fair this year, setting a record for
the number of participants as well, Maize added.
"We have a lot of new presenters this year," she
said. "We have new presenters from St. Thomas and
even one from St. Croix."
"It's nice that we're spreading out the Earth Day
celebrations in the territory this year because it gives
people time to get involved in several different ones,"
said Maize.
Sunny Day After Heavy Downpour
Despite the heavy downpour which saturated the
island and the VINP ball field the night before
the event, the Earth Day fair went off without a hitch,
according to Maize.
"The rain definitely threw us for a loop," said the

Friends' program manager. "I was especially worried
about the field where the flag football teams play. But
we managed to set everything up on the perimeter and
it's fine."
"Considering this morning there were huge puddles
everywhere, we're really excited that things turned
out so well," Maize added.
Upon arrival, each of the students was given a ques-
tionnaire and had to go to each of the booths to find
the answers, explained Maize.
"It was kind of like a scavenger hunt," she said.
"Depending on their age, the students had to fill out
questionnaires and at the end they got prizes like
stickers and pencils and an activity book."
EPA Fosters Conservation Efforts
Presenters at the Earth Day fair included the Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency for the Virgin Islands
whose booth focused on environmental conservation.
"We're here to support the Friends of the Park and
their Earth Day festival and to support their education
for the kids," said the V.I. coordinator for the EPA,
Jim Casey. "We're focusing in large measure on envi-
ronmental health practices at home and schools."
"We're trying to foster environmental conservation
early on," Casey added.
Representatives of the University of the Virgin Is-
lands were on hand with a variety of household prod-
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Development at Creek, Enighed Pond Moving Slowly

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The V.I. Port Authority is still progressing albeit
slowly on plans for the beautification of the Cruz
Bay Creek and the development of facilities at the
Enighed Pond Marine Facility.
No decisions have been made on what the VIPA-
owned Creek, which stopped accepting barge traffic
in April 2006 due to the opening of the Enighed Pond
Marine Facility, will be used for.
"DeJongh Associates is working on the creation of
a plan from which we would probably determine what
structures to build, but that will be down the road,"
said VIPA spokesperson Marc Stridiron. "Right now
they're looking at what's feasible, what's desirable,
the cost and benefits, etc."
The process of deciding what to do with the proper-
ty will include gathering input from St. John residents
via a town hall meeting, Stridiron continued.
Town Hall Meeting in "Near Future"
"Having local involvement and getting the input
of the St. John community is very important at all
phases of the master planning process," said the VIPA
spokesperson. "One of the first steps of the process is
going to be a town hall meeting to inform the com-
munity of what is going on and the scope of what is
being considered in the master planning process, so
they can provide input on what they want and need."
The town hall meeting will take place in the "near
future," according to Stridiron, who added that ad-
vance notice of the meeting will be given in an effort
to ensure as many residents as possible are able to
attend the meeting.
Over at the Enighed Pond, negotiations are ongo-
ing between VIPA and the V.I. Waste Management
Authority (WMA) over a more than half-acre portion
of the property which may be transferred to WMA.
VIPA has considered paving the area at the northeast
side of Enighed Pond, however that decision will not
be made until it's determined whether the piece of
property is transferred to WMA.
"The paving project can't proceed until that detail is
worked out," said Stridiron. "If it were transferred to
them, we wouldn't want to spend the money to pave
the area, especially not if it would have to be ripped

"One of the first steps of the
process is going to be a town hall
meeting to inform the community
of what is going on and the scope
of what is being considered in the
master planning process, so they
can provide input on what they
want and need."
Marc Stirdiron, VIPA spokesperson

up subsequently by Waste Management."
Enighed Improvements Not Yet Funded
In the meantime, trailers are being stored on the
property, many at no cost to the trailer owners. The
trailers are stored for free for the first five days. The
rate for the following five days is 50 cents per hun-
dred pounds or 30 cents per cubic foot, and for the
next five days, the rate increases to 90 cents per hun-
dred pounds or 45 cents per cubic foot. VIPA encour-
ages residents to remove the trailers long before fees
are implemented, explained Stridiron.
"Because storage is so limited at the facility, we try
to get the containers moved in and out as quickly as
possible maybe after one or two days," he said.
"There really is not sufficient space to accommodate
multi-day storage for a lot of containers. It's a gen-
eral understanding among users of the facility, as it's
fairly obvious there isn't a lot of storage space."
Further improvements at Enighed, including a ter-
minal building where VIPA business will be conduct-
ed, won't be constructed any time soon. The project
may not even be funded until 2009, explained Strid-
"That project is being looked at at the earliest for
next year's budget," he said. "We've also just com-
pleted a grant application to the Department of Home-
land Security to get funding for additional lighting
and camera installation at the facility. The grant was
just submitted recently, and we don't have a timetable
on when the federal government would respond to
that or when we'd be able to proceed."

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St. John Tradewinds, April 21-27, 2008 9

Chamber of Commerce, Dept. of Tourism Join Forces To Improve Visitors' St. John Experience

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
Tourists visiting St. John may
soon notice a friendlier welcome
experience when arriving in Love
City thanks to the St. Thomas-St.
John Chamber of Commerce and
V.I. Department of Tourism's ef-
forts to enhance tourism-related
services at Cruz Bay.
The Chamber of Commerce's St.
John chapter has taken on tourism
as one of its initiatives, and mem-
bers of the chapter's tourism com-
mittee met with Department of
Tourism Assistant Commissioner
Monique Sibilly Hodge on Thurs-
day morning, April 17, for a walk
through in Cruz Bay.
Walking Tour
The group walked from the ferry
dock to Mongoose Junction, stop-
ping at the Creek and the V.I. Na-
tional Park visitors center.
"We just looked at the entire area
to see where we can have a wel-
coming booth serving Cruzan rum,
and where we can start working
with our greeters program," said
Hodge. "I think it'd be great to
have greeters at the Creek, where
cruise ship passengers come in,
and the ferry dock."

The Department of Tourism is
seeking to hire greeters to both
welcome visitors to the Virgin Is-
lands at various ports of entry, and
to bid them farewell upon their
departure and ask about their ex-
Chapter tourism committee
member Debbie Hime was im-
pressed with Hodge's enthusiasm
and willingness to work with the
chamber, she explained.
Already Seeing Results
"She had a lot of great ideas and
she's totally engaged in making
this happen in the very near fu-
ture," said Hime. "It's going to be
a really great boost to get us ahead
of the game. St. John is a great
destination, but we want to make
it better."
The chamber hopes to partner
with numerous government agen-
cies to improve everything from
crosswalks to signage, Hime
added. A second meeting between
Tourism and the chamber is set for
sometime in mid-May.
"We're looking at the bigger pic-
ture," said Hime. "What is the first
impression coming off the cruise
ship? Where can we put signage,
and how can we help people better

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Andrea Milam

Joe Aubain and Debbie Hime, left and center, greet
Tourism's Monique Sibilly Hodge in Cruz Bay.

enjoy a day or more on St. John?"
The Department of Tourism has
already stepped up to the plate and
chapter tourism committee mem-
ber Cid Hamling is happy to see
results, she explained.
"When we first met with Depart-
ment of Tourism Commissioner
Beverly Nicholson-Doty, we told
her there are three things on St.

John that were worthy of their
promotion 8 Tuff Miles, the
Friends of the VI. National Park's
Beach to Beach Power Swim and
the St. John Blues Festival," said
Hamling. "Since then, Tourism
sponsored the Blues Fest and they
sponsored the last gate as well
as hats and t-shirts at the power
swim. It's very positive, and it's

just left everybody feeling very,
very hopeful that this administra-
tion really wants to do something
Warm Welcome, Farewell
Hodge looks forward to working
with St. John Administrator Leo-
na Smith to improve Love City's
tourism experience, she explained.
Smith was off island last week, but
Barbara Dalmida-Thompson of
the administrator's office attended
the meeting in her place.
"I'm going to let Leona take the
lead, and we'll be supporting her
and working with her on this," said
Hodge. "We definitely want to cre-
ate a warm welcome and a fond
farewell experience."
Hodge is impressed with the
energy and dedication of St. John
chapter members, she continued.
"The St. John members are hard-
working individuals and very
community-minded," said Hodge.
"The group is energetic and always
ready to go to work, and the De-
partment of Tourism is definitely
in favor of working along with the
Chamber of Commerce in doing
anything we can not only for
our visitors, but for all of us who
live here as well."

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VIPD Chief Querrard Readies Community for Carnival

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 was 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 dis-
tribute report cards at its PTA meeting on Wednesday, April 16, at
5:30 p.m. at the school cafeteria.

Audition Date Scheduled for
Ruth "Sis" Frank Merit Scholarship
St. John Tradewinds
The St. John School of the Arts will be hosting auditions for the
Ruth "Sis" Frank performance/merit scholarships on Sunday, June
1, at 2 p.m. at SJSA. All outstanding and talented students on St.
John and St. Thomas are welcome to apply.
Qualified students must be at least 10 years old, and a reference
letter from a teacher or professional must accompany the applica-
tion. Application forms must be completed and returned to the
SJSA office no later than Monday, May 26. Forms may be picked
up at SJSA, located next to the Legislature building in Cruz Bay.
Applicants do not need to be students of SJSA, however students
who are awarded a scholarship will be considered an SJSA student
and will be placed in the appropriate field of study for the upcom-
ing school year.
For more information, contact Kim Wild at 779-4322.

St. John School of the Arts Raising Funds
with 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.
Purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win some great prizes
including a one week stay on Fire Island, New York, a two night
stay at the Westin Resort and Villas and a two night stay at the Sand
Castle Hotel on Jost Van Dyke. One lucky person will win a 60 sec-
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By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
St. Thomas-St. John Chief of Police Rodney Quer-
rard outlined the VI. Police Department's plans
to keep everyone safe during St. Thomas Carnival,
which culminates on Saturday, April 26, at a press
conference at the St. Thomas Attorney General's con-
ference room on Tuesday, April 15.
Querrard warned revelers not to drink and drive,
and not to carry weapons of any type during Carnival
"If you plan to drink, get a designated driver be-
cause you will end up getting arrested," said Quer-
rard. "We'll be enforcing seatbelt, window tint and
cell phone laws. I'm just giving everyone a heads up
in advance, so if you get stopped and ticketed, it's
your fault."
Querrard advised residents that items such as
sticks, bottles or anything else which could be used
as a weapon found at J'overt will be confiscated. No
trench coats should be worn, he added.
"We're taking all measures to make sure everyone
has a safe and festive Carnival," said Querrard. "It
will take effort from all of us to make this happen.
We're asking everyone to assist us."
The police chief also asked residents to be alert for

Miller Secures $50 Million Environmental Cleanup Contract

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
St. John based engineer Greg Miller secured a
multi-year $50 million contract with the Department
of the Army last week, according to a U.S. Congress
news release.
Miller, who owns BGM Engineers and Surveyors,
partnered with Minnesota-based international disaster
recovery company Ceres Environmental Services for
the contract, which is scheduled to expire on April
10, 2013.
The partners will design disaster mitigation mea-
sures on an as-needed basis following natural or man-
made catastrophes in the Virgin Islands and meet Fed-
eral Emergency Management Agency requirements.
Miller has been in business in the territory for 13

years and has forged relationships with various gov-
ernment officials.
"The relationships I have with Department of Public
Works, Port Authority, Waste Management Authority
and Property and Procurement will help designing
mitigation measures in the event of an emergency,"
said Miller.
While he was pleased that the contract which
has been in the works for more than a year was
finalized, Miller hoped it would not be necessary.
"I'm hoping we don't have to collect any money
because that means there won't be any disasters
here," Miller said. "But I'm certainly happy to help
out if there is one."
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"If you plan to drink, get a desig-
nated driver because you will end
up getting arrested. We'll be en-
forcing seatbelt, window tint and
cell phone laws. I'm just giving ev-
eryone a heads up in advance, so
if you get stopped and ticketed,
it's your fault."
Rodney Querrard,
VIPD Chief of Police

possible fights brewing, and to notify a VIPD offi-
cer immediately should such a situation arise. Park-
ing will be available on the Veterans Drive waterfront
apron, and anyone parked in a handicap space, load-
ing zone or on a corer will be towed, according to
The police chief also discussed firearms arrests.
There have been 37 in the territory during 2008, in-
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page 6).

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St. John Tradewinds, April 21-27, 2008 11

The new Cinnamon Bay museum will expose residents and tourists
ral and cultural history.

Rendering Courtesy of VINP

to the island's natu-

Friends of VINP Leading Fundraising

Drive for Cinnamon Bay Museum

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
There's just one problem with all the artifacts
the history-rich soil of St. John continues to reveal
- there is no place to put them where they can be
easily enjoyed by the public. The Friends of the V.I.
National Park hope to change that with its upcom-
ing fundraising drive to outfit the Cinnamon Bay
Archaeology Lab with shelves and display cases,
turning the lab into a museum.
The goal of turning the archaeology lab into a
central location for displaying the island's many his-
torical artifacts is to allow residents and visitors alike
the opportunity to learn more about the history of St.
John, explained VINP Archaeologist Ken Wild.
"The primary goal of the whole thing is to have
something that would allow a teacher and their class,
or anybody really, to be able to walk through the his-
tory and heritage of our island," said Wild. "It kind
of grounds you to know where you're from, and who
came before you. It gives you a sense of place, which
is something that everybody needs."
Museum Important to Cultural Preservation
The VINP archaeologist plans to keep the exhibits
new and fresh, and hopes to set aside one display
case to show off what his team discovered recently.
Security of the artifacts has also been considered in
the plan.
"We realize the museum is right on the water, and
we designed the exhibit so we could get everything
out of there within an hour," said Wild. "The main
thing is the objects have to be safe and secure."
The project will cost around $200,000, and $45,000

has already been contributed by one anonymous
donor. Construction could begin by the end of this
year, according to Friends Development Director
Karen Brady.
"We're interested in funding this project because it
will be a great educational tool for both visitors and
residents particularly school-age children here
on the island," said Brady. "It will be a place where
they can go and learn about the history of the various
peoples who have lived here. That's not something
we have right now, and it's so important to cultural
The Friends will begin a more public fundrais-
ing campaign for the museum shortly, and Senator
Shawn-Michael Malone has shown interest in help-
ing find funding for the museum, Brady added. The
Friends development director expressed the need for
historical artifacts to be on display.
New, Permanent Museum in Future
"We have all these fascinating artifacts, but we
don't have anywhere to display them," she said.
"I've had the opportunity to see some of them, and
it just breaks my heart that they're sitting in a build-
ing where nobody else gets to see them. They really
help illustrate the story of the people who have lived
Converting the archaeology lab into a museum
is just an interim move toward what the Friends
eventually hope to accomplish the construction
of a brand new museum. The new museum could be
funded under the National Park Service's Centennial
Challenge $100 million in mandatory federal fund-
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Laurel Brannick-Bigrigg

By Andrea Miam
St. John Tradewinds
V.I. National Park Education
Specialist Laurel Brannick-Big-
rigg loves what she does, and it
shows. The wife and mother, who
grew up a self-proclaimed tomboy
in New York, gets to spend most
of her time outdoors with children,
who help her to constantly view
the VINP's natural resources in a
new light.
"I'm always seeing something
new," said Brannick-Bigrigg.
"I've been here 17 years, and a kid
will ask me, 'what's that bug?' and
I'll have to go home and Google
it. There are so many things to see
here on St. John so many dif-
ferent habitats, coral reefs and for-
The VINP's education special-
ist always knew she wanted to
someday work with children. She
studied sports management and
recreation as an undergrad and in
graduate school with the intention
of following in her mother's foot-
steps by becoming a teacher. In
grad school, she interned at a chain
of health clubs in eastern New
York, where she ended up work-
ing for nine years, rising in ranks
to eventually become aquatics di-
rector. There, she enjoyed teaching
children how to swim and working
as a lifeguard.
Brannick-Bigrigg first vaca-
tioned on St. John in 1986, and
after several subsequent visits dur-
ing which she made friends who
convinced her to move to the Vir-
gin Island, she became a Love City
resident in 1991. She went straight
to the V.I. Department of Labor to
apply for a job, where she was re-
ferred to the VINP.
Specially Created Position
"I came over and interviewed
and got hired as a lifeguard at
Trunk Bay, which I did for about
three years," said Brannick-Big-
rigg. "After a while, I got kind of
burnt out because of the wind, the
sun, and just the job. It's busy, and
it's very physical."
Brannick-Bigrigg then moved to
the Interpretation Division in 1995,
where she was excited to share her
love of nature with others.
"This was a chance for me to
use my teaching skills," she said.
"I like to share information with
people about nature. I was one of
six interpretive rangers, but not
everybody likes kids and I gravi-

Information Specialist Laurel Brannick-Bigrigg

tated toward them."
In 2005, former VINP Superin-
tendent Art Fredericks helped cre-
ate a position for Brannick-Big-
rigg which could not have suited
her more perfectly education
specialist. She was named to the
position around the same time she
was getting ready to take maternity
leave for the birth of her son, Den-
ny Bigrigg affectionally called
"Little Rig" and celebrating her
recent marriage to Marc Bigrigg.
She came back from three months
at home ready to jump head first
into her new job.
"When I came back in February,
that's when the field trips were re-
ally starting to gear up," said Bran-
The education specialist spends
most of her time sharing the natu-
ral wonders of the VINP with stu-
dents of all ages from throughout
the Virgin Islands, and even from
the states.
"I get to work with all kinds of
kids," she said. "I get to work with
kids from both public and private
schools, and I also recently did
two trips with students from Ohio
and Maryland. The kids are all in-
terested in the VINP and careers,

and they're always picking my
brain about how to get a job in the
Enjoys Job, VINP
Brannick-Bigrigg's enthusiasm
for the park is now shared with
even more students thanks to a
grant from the Friends of the VINP,
which covers the cost of transpor-
tation to the VINP for classes who
would not otherwise be able to af-
ford such a trip.
"Ijust got aphone call from apre-
school in St. Thomas that wants to
come over, but they don't have a
lot of money," she said. "So, I'll
call the Friends' Program Manager
Kristen Maize, and she'll hire the
taxi to pick the kids up. They don't
pay anything except the ferry to
get here."
For Brannick-Bigrigg, who is
happiest outdoors with children,
life could not be better.
"I like how the kids get excited
about the things I show them," she
said. "I like their questions. Kids
are observant, always looking at
"I didn't plan on this; it just kind
of happened," Brannick-Bigrigg
continued. "Everything seemed to
Continued on Page 23

St. John Tradewinds, April 21-27, 2008 13

Island Employers Learn How To Eliminate

Sexual Harassment at Workshop by SJCCC

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Sexual harassment is a crime, the Department of
Labor's Acting Assistant Commissioner told about 15
people gathered in a conference room at the Westin
Resort and Villas for a St. John Community Crisis
Center-sponsored workshop on Wednesday morning,
April 16, as part of the organization's celebration of
Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Virgin Islands residents do not often take sexual
harassment issues seriously and that attitude doesn't
change when people enter their places of employ-
ment, Glen Smith explained to attendees of the SJC-
CC's sexual harassment in the workplace seminar.
"We have a somewhat cavalier attitude toward
sexual harassment here in the territory," Smith said.
"I don't think that we'll ever get rid of it completely,
but it's up to us to step up and take some level of
Not A Part of Local Culture
"People think this is a part of our culture and don't
do anything about it," Smith continued. "But it's not
a part of our culture and it is against the law. It is in
the community and it doesn't just disappear when you
cross the threshold to the workplace."
While changing long-held views regarding what
is acceptable in the workplace can be difficult, that
doesn't mean it can't happen, according to Smith.
"We're trying to change attitudes here," he said. "I
know sometimes that isn't easy, but trust me, it can be
done. It's like trying to break a boulder."
"You can't do it in one day," Smith continued. "But
if all of us chip away, one day that boulder will crum-
Laws providing sexual harassment protection for
employees from both co-workers and superiors -

which are included in the federal Civil Rights Act of
1964 and the local Virgin Islands Code were hard-
fought victories by civil rights pioneers.
Civil Rights Protect From Harassment
"People died to have these laws passed," said Smith.
"Civil rights leaders spent their lives fighting discrim-
ination and fighting for civil rights for all Americans.
We need not take these things lightly."
When sexual harassment occurs in the workplace,
victims can file a report up to 180 days after the in-
cident occurs and the company itself can be held ac-
countable, explained Smith.
"Local law requires all employers to have a sexual
harassment policy and to post that policy," the DOL
acting assistant commissioner said. "The organization
itself is responsible for sexual harassment occurring
in the workplace so employers should be proactive."
"In order to protect the organization from punitive
damages, the employer must show due diligence and
investigate all allegations of sexual harassment," con-
tinued Smith.
Victims Should Seek Counsel
Victims of sexual harassment who can be either
male or female are often scared and shy and should
seek legal assistance, Smith urged.
"The process can be intimidating," he said. "And
once you file a complaint that is what we base the case
on. So I always recommend people seek out the assis-
tance of someone to help put the best case forward."
Workplace harassment can sometimes lead to vio-
lence, and proactive employers can often avoid these
issues, according to Smith.
"You have to deal with the small issues so they don't
build up and up," he said. "Violence in the workplace
happens. You can't ignore these issues."
Continued on Page 23

A trailer will be used to store books from the Sprauve
Library during renovations.

Library Prepares for Renovations

St. John Tradewinds
The Department of Planning
and Natural Resources advises
the community that the Elaine I.
Sprauve Library on St. John will
be closed for circulation from
Wednesday, April 16, through
Monday, May 12.
This will allow staff to pack
and relocate to temporary quar-
ters adjacent to the existing
library. Library services will
resume regular working hours
at the temporary quarters from
May 12.
The Sprauve library will
undergo extensive renovations
to include: electrical upgrade,

windows, doors and shutter
repairs, air condition installa-
tion, interior and exterior paint-
ing, landscaping, signage and
the installation of a new gen-
erator. The cost of construction
is $689,000 and is funded by
the Public Finance Authority.
Construction is expected to last
for six months. Custom Builders
has been selected as the contrac-
The department apologizes for
any inconveniences this may
cause and asks for the com-
munity's patience as necessary
improvements are made at the
Sprauve Library.

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John's Folly Learning Institute Announces Plans for Marine Science Program

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
The John's Folly Learning Institute, lo-
cated on the site of the island's historic Hor-
ace Mann School above John's Folly Bay,
will grow from a neighborhood after-school
center to a marine science destination under
plans announced at the 12th anniversary cel-
ebration of the institute on Saturday, April
VI. Delegate to Congress Donna Chris-
tensen was the guest speaker at the annual
celebration at the neighborhood center,
which primarily serves the St. Johnian fami-
lies of the southeastern end of the island,
during which JFLI founder Alvis Christian
announced plans for the expansion of the
institute's educational efforts.
Schneider Regional Medical Center CEO
Amos Carty was master of ceremonies.
Expanded Marine Program
Christian unveiled plans to restore a mil-
itary-style boat for use in an expanded ma-
rine science program at the learning center.
JFLI is hoping to present a summer ma-
rine science program in June, according to
In addition to its long-standing agricul-
tural program which has nurtured native
island provisioning and medicinal plants,
the institute has presented numerous edu-
cational programs in recent years including
the construction of traditional fish pots and
skiffs, in addition to environmental studies
and collection of specimens for display in
aquaria at the restored school building.
"The JFLI marine science project will
seek to enhance the natural environment to
nurture our pristine ecosystem," said Chris-

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat

JFLI volunteer Don Lynch stands before the military boat, No. 8, which
was donated to the institute for its marine science program.

JFLI representatives have met with con-
sultants from major marine attractions about
the creation of a sea horse "farm" and other
marine ecology and husbandry projects
which would include the involvement of is-
land high school and university students in
studies in the protected waters of the bay.
At all times the integral goal is to support
JFLI's after-school programs for neighbor-
hood children including the marine sci-
ence curriculum rooted in the history of the
neighboring island community, according to

"The goal of JFLI continues to be to en-
hance the educational resources available to
the children of St. John and provide employ-
ment training and opportunities," Christian
Funding is being sought and educational
staff for the after school and marine science
curriculum is being interviewed, he added.
Mechanics Training Program Begins
At the close of the anniversary program,
Christian announced the start of a JFLI me-
chanics training program for neighborhood

youth in which participating students also
will be involved in a tutoring and mentoring
The program will be centered around the
restoration of the military-style boat former-
ly owned by the late George "Yogi" Tuttle
of St. John, which will be used as a marine
science research vessel in the planned June
summer program.
The documentation and title to the vessel,
which recently was removed from Cruz Bay
beach by the V.I. Department of Planning
and Natural Resources, has been donated to
the institute.
Christian thanked DPNR officials; the V.I.
National Park; Yogi's widow, Anna Tuttle,
of Great Cruz Bay, and St. John mechanic
Ross Ortiz for their support in expanding
the JFLI marine science program.
Cooking Oil-power Conversions
Under the direction of experienced island
mechanic and JFLI volunteer Don Lynch of
Cruz Bay, students in the after-school train-
ing program will convert the military-style
boat and other vehicles to burn used cook-
ing oil from island restaurants, according to
"We want to clean up a major environ-
mental problem on St. John caused by waste
cooking oil in the public sewer system and
other improper disposal," Christian said.
Christensen and other dignitaries and
guests enjoyed the annual luncheon with lo-
cal families after a program of presentations
about the institute's history, including its
2006 educational trip to Washington, D.C.
to tour the Capitol with the Delegate.
JFLI students hope to travel to Puerto
Rico this summer, Christian announced.



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me being at work."
Nelson had a hard time choosing
one article as her favorite.
"I love them all," said the pub-
lisher. "When I look through the
magazine, there's not one article
that I love more than another. I re-
ally think they all stand on their
Several of the magazine's sub-
jects spent significant time with
St. John Magazine writers and
photographers to be a part of the
spring/summer issue, including
Sheila Liburd.
"I want to sincerely thank Sheila
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cooking and her patience with my
photography team," said Nelson.
The publisher also spent a whole
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bert Parsons, who "took a full day
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The publisher also enjoyed get-
ting to know St. John resident
Robin Clair-Pitts, whose sailing
vessel Liberty is featured in the
Up-and-coming island photogra-
pher Tristan Ewald's work debuts
in the spring/summer issue. The
local teenager's eye for photogra-
phy is apparent in his photographic
essay on surfing.

"I'm thrilled to have Tristan lend
his talents in this issue," said Nel-
son, who also enjoyed working
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Devine, Jones Reviving Constitutional

Convention Forum Series on St. John

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
With the Fifth Constitutional Convention well un-
derway including several committee hearings on St.
John, Love City residents Paul Devine and Ronnie
Jones have decided to resurrect their monthly Con-
stitutional Convention forums, which the two hosted
last July through October, when the convention began
meeting. The forums are scheduled for April 24, May
29, June 27 and July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Julius E.
Sprauve School.
Devine and Jones welcome residents to share their
ideas on issues they consider important to St. John,
such as municipal government and property taxes, in
an informal setting. Despite sparse attendance at last
year's forums, Jones is optimistic that residents realize
the importance of the Constitutional Convention now
that the process is more than halfway completed.
"We're hoping that because there has been some ac-
tivity by the delegates already, that will help to boost
our numbers a little bit," said Jones. "We understand
people have things to do, but we're just trying to keep
the doors open."
Input Delivered to Delegates
Input gathered at each forum will be personally de-
livered to convention delegates by Devine and Jones.
Residents shouldn't be concerned that the discussions
which will take place at the forum won't have as much
weight as formal testimony, according to Jones.
"I know for sure that delegates are eager to gather
information from anyone in the public, because it
builds the body of information they have to make de-
cisions which will truly impact us," he said. "They've
complimented us on our efforts for everything we've
presented to them so far. Delegates are very willing to
receive information from the community."
"We still need residents' thoughts because the del-
egates have not entirely made up their minds on some
things," Devine added. "We still need input to show

what we want."
Residents have had the opportunity to speak direct-
ly with delegates at several committee hearings on St.
John over the past few months, however people may
be more comfortable discussing important issues in
an informal setting with people they know, Devine
"You don't have to stand in front of the committee
and testify," he said. "You have the opportunity to do
it informally with your friends and neighbors. This
might be the last chance you'll ever have to get your
points made, as it doesn't appear there will be many
more committee meetings on St. John."
Convention To Close July 27
Time is running out for residents to help craft a
Virgin Islands constitution, Devine added. The con-
vention is set to close on July 27, when, with a two-
thirds vote of the delegation, the constitution will be
approved. The document will then be submitted to
both Governor John deJongh and President George
W. Bush for review, and then to the U.S. Congress
for further review. Following the review period 10
days for the governor, 60 for the president and 60 for
Congress the constitution will be returned to the
Virgin Islands, where residents will vote on whether
to adopt the document.
"What we're trying to convey in these forums is
that if the constitution is approved, your life will be
changed," said Devine. "I think if it does pass the way
the delegates have written it, it'll be a change for the
good. That's why people should be involved with this
process you shouldn't turn around one day and re-
alize that your life has changed."
"We just want people to understand this is history,"
Jones added. "It's something that's going to impact
us for the long haul. It's very important that everyone
participates so we can sit down with our grandkids
and great-grandkids and say, 'yes, I was involved in
this process.'"


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Study Shows Chiropractic Lowers High Blood Pressure

By Dr. Robert De Bonis
St. John Tradewinds
Chiropractic is not just good
for bad backs. Hypertension or
high blood pressure affects one in
four Americans or over 75 million
A diagnosis of hypertension can
mean being dependent on drugs
for a lifetime. In the United States,
the incidence of this chronic con-
dition is greater in African Ameri-
can communities and often goes
A recent study published in the
"Journal of Human Hyperten-
sion," by a medical research team
from the University of Chicago
Medical Center, shows that chiro-
practic spinal adjustments to the
upper neck can assist the body in
properly regulating normal blood
Many individuals, while moni-
toring their blood pressure, are
able to normalize their condition
with dietary changes, exercise and
weight reduction. Massage, medi-
tation, and other stress reduction
behavior methods may be helpful
as well.
New Weapon in Fight
Against Hypertension
Now science looks to an addi-
tional and alternative weapon in
combating this health crisis the
inclusion of chiropractic.
In a pilot study, Dr. George
Bakris, director of the hyperten-
sion center at the University of
Chicago Medical Center, discov-
ered that test subjects receiving
chiropractic care had their blood
pressure reduced by an average of
17 points. This is equivalent to si-
multaneously taking two prescrip-
tion medications.
The study was conducted with
an initial group of 50 hypertension
patients, with only half of them
receiving chiropractic care. The
control group received a sham or
"set-up" procedure.
Further Research Needed
A follow-up measurement eight
weeks later concluded that the
beneficial effects of those who re-
ceived the chiropractic care were
still present. No other lifestyle
changes were introduced or re-
While these are very interest-
ing findings, further research
with greater sample sizes is being
planned before final conclusions
are reached. But what is signifi-

cant, is how chiropractic affects
a change in the body's ability to
regulate an important function like
blood pressure.
The underlying theory of chiro-
practic was established more than
a hundred years ago in 1895. It
is based on a simple concept that
structure determines function. In
other words, how well you are built
determines how well you work -
a concept which is universal in ap-
plication to all systems.
The body is a self-regulating,
self-healing organism which has
an innate intelligence. This inborn
intelligence is the same which runs
the universe.
Bodies Out of Balance
When the intelligence of the
body is interfered with, either by
being inhibited or excited, bod-
ies go out of balance and develop
signs, symptoms and disease.
Chiropractic discovered that
one of the major interferences to a
properly working body can be the
misalignment of the spinal bones.
These misalignments, referred to
as vertebral subluxations, alter
the working of the nerve system.
When the brain and spinal cord
can't communicate properly with
the body, the body doesn't know
what to do and reacts to stresses
A chiropractic adjustment is a
gentle force applied to the spine
by hand. The misaligned or sub-
luxated vertebra is released from
its stuck position.
Removing Pressure to Nerve
This procedure is done by the
chiropractor for the purpose of
removing pressure to the nerve.
the nerve is restored, proper func-
tion follows to whichever organ,
tissue or cell awaits its orders.
The upper neck region of the
spine is rich with nerves which
make up the autonomic, sympa-
thetic and par-sympathetic sys-
tems. The brain stem is in close
proximity and also influences ba-
sic body functions.
Major blood supply to the brain
has to go through this critical area.
Pinch a nerve and the signals get
interrupted or negatively affected.
Silent Killer
While some people are very
sensitive to body changes, most
patients with high blood pres-
sure don't feel it. Hypertension is
sometimes referred to as the silent

killer because, if left untreated for
years, it wreaks havoc on the or-
gans and body systems.
It isn't until those systems can
no longer function that the body
breaks down and symptoms ap-
pear. For many it's too late by then
- the damage is done.
Most nerve fibers don't carry
pain signals and aren't pain recep-
tors. While some people can have
extreme pain and discomfort when
they pinch a nerve, most of the
time when a spinal nerve has pres-
sure on it there is no pain.
Signs and Disease
The pressure on the nerve just
alters the nerve's ability to carry
the signals to tell the body what to
do. It is only after a period of time,
when the body can no longer cope
that symptoms, signs and disease
The integrity of the body's nerve
system determines the level of
function and health expressed. The
goal is proper blood pressure to
meet the needs of the body not
just trying to reduce some numbers
artificially to fit into a range.
If a person is 50 pounds over-
weight, abuses alcohol, eats poorly,
smokes, has blocked arteries, and
high cholesterol, his or her body
may be trying to cope with these
unhealthy situations by raising the
blood pressure to force blood into
and through the organs.
Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
So is high blood pressure good,
or is it bad? In and of itself it's just
a number. The question we should
be asking is is it appropriate for
that body or is it detrimental? How
can we better get the body into bal-
ance and improve overall function
and health?
Chiropractic should be a part of
a healthy lifestyle which includes
a good diet, proper exercise and
getting enough rest.
A chiropractor can locate and
correct vertebral subluxations.
The wisdom of the body can con-
trol and coordinate proper func-
tion, thus allowing that individual
the greatest opportunity to express
health to the fullest.
The patient's responsibility is
a lifestyle of balancing the mind,
body and spirit connection. The
chiropractor's role is to find the in-
terference and help correct it when
possible. Together we make a win-
ning team.

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Accepting Applications

St. John Tradewinds
The Elaine lone Sprauve Schol-
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high school seniors to apply for
the Elaine lone Sprauve Scholar-
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local high school may obtain an
application form from any high
school principal or counselor,
as well as the Elaine I. Sprauve
Library on St. John. The applica-
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gave them a scare. Veteran quarterback Nick Lopez tossed four
TD passes to Weston Patrie to lead all scorers. The Bengals started
the scoring in the second half to make it close at 18-14 but the Pats
scored two TDs in the half and the Bengals made the final score of
the game but it wasn't enough to stop the powerful passing attack
of the Patriots.
Broncos 37 Rams 24
The Rams scored the opening TD of this hard-fought game but
the Broncos came roaring back with three unanswered TDs. As the
first half progressed the Rams tightened up and showed true signs
of offensive power but trailed at the half 25 to 18. The second half
was a defensive battle but the Broncos managed two TDs to the
Rams' one to take the contest.
Packers 24 Raiders 18 (OT)
This contest was a thing of beauty as two tough teams battled
it out and forced the first-ever tie breaker in league history. The
Packers scored on the first play of the game and throughout the
first half the teams traded TDs but the Raiders found themselves
trailing 12 to 18 at the close of the first half. Aspen Moore for the
Raiders and Carson Wessinger for the Pack were spectacular at
quarterback with Steven Conley at the receiving end of Moore's
tosses. Bryan Morton was also stellar as he received two TD passes
from Wessinger and played great defense. The second half was a
true defensive battle as the only score was by the Raiders to tie
it up. The score remained tie as the clock ran out. League rules
allow a 10 minute, sudden death overtime where each team has
three tries to score before having to turn it over. Over a six minute
span the two teams remained tied but the Packers managed to run
a TD in with Careem Albert speeding along the sidelines for the
winning score.




Check next week's St. John Tradewinds for results from Raiders
vs. Bengals and Rams vs. Packers on April 19; a special matchup
between St. John vs. St. Thomas, also on April 19; and Patriots vs.
Broncos on April 21.

St. John Tradewinds, April 21-27, 2008 17

Veteran Island Musician Mark Wallace

Releases First CD "Cornerstone"

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Anyone who is too busy to stop
by one of long-time island musi-
cian Mark Wallace's weekly gigs,
can now enjoy his signature sound
right at home because after
playing across Love City for the
past 25 years Wallace released
his first CD last month.
Three years in the making, "Cor-
nerstone" is a full-length recording
Wallace laid down on weekends
between his carpentry day job, al-
most nightly music gigs both solo
and with the In the Sand Band, and
shuttling his two young sons be-
tween school and activities.
"I couldn't have done it and
wouldn't have done it without my
wife Brenda," said Wallace, about
his manufacturing, marketing and
life partner for the past 17 years.
Documenting Music
While some spousal urging
helped, the musician was inspired
to record the CD for posterity as
well, he explained.
"My grandfather played music
with a group called the Hawai-
ian Cats and they never recorded
or documented anything for my
dad," Wallace said. "So I felt like
if I could document something for
my children that would be pretty
"Cornerstone" features a collec-
tion of original tunes including
a Scottish-style lullaby written for
Wallace's children peppered
with a few popular cover songs
from his repertoire.
Like the musician himself, the
CD is hard to pin down to just
one category. Instead it includes
highlights of blues, rock, jazz and
some examples of Wallace's latest
passion, finger styling.
Never Stop Learning
"There is always something
new to learn," said Wallace. "I still
study the guitar on the internet or
I'll pick up new pieces to play.
There's always advancement, like
the finger styling that I'm into
right now which is a hybrid classi-
cal jazz interpretation."
When talking about music, Wal-
lace sounds like it's just his second
nature, which is close to the truth.
Back when the musician moved to
St. John in 1983, he was already a
10-year veteran guitarist.
"I was in the fourth grade and
my parents made me take piano
lessons," said Wallace, about his
start in the music world. "I hated

it. I had to practice in this cold, wet
basement in Michigan."
It didn't take long before Wal-
lace found his true musical love,
the guitar.
"I switched to the guitar pretty
quickly and I loved it right away,"
he said. "I was pretty much self-
taught and I did go to Lava Stu-
dios, a guitar institute in Detroit."
Wallace, whose brother is also
an esteemed guitarist, grew up
in the Motown mecca of Detroit,
which definitely left its mark on
the musician.
Steeped In Motown
"When I was a kid, we used to go
to the state fair grounds and we'd
see groups like the Supremes, the
Jackson Five and all these great
Motown bands who would play all
the time," said Wallace.
"As far as playing with the band
we do a lot of Motown music,"
Wallace continued. "I don't think
of it consciously, but I know it's
there subconsciously that I know
how to play that music the way it's
supposed to be played."
Wallace originally heard about
St. John from a student he was
teaching guitar to back in Detroit.
Soon after hearing about the is-
land, Wallace and a friend made
their way down to Maho Bay
Campground, and what was sup-
posed to be a short trip turned into
something much bigger.
"I wanted to get out of Detroit
so it seemed like a good idea," said
Wallace. "I had never heard of the
Virgin Islands before and I figured
I would be here two weeks."
Before long, Wallace and his
friend were entertaining fel-
low campers at Maho Bay and a
short trip turned into a permanent
"The general manager at Maho
noticed that we had guitars and
some P.A. equipment and he asked
us to play," said the musician. "We
played at Maho for a long time af-
ter that. After a while the manager
took us out into the community and
we met people and started playing
Still Loving the Music
Today Wallace continues to en-
tertain crowds across the island
both solo and with the In the Sand
Band which consists of Wallace,
Shikima Jones, Greg Kinslow and
Lemuel Liburd and still loves
every performance.
"I still enjoy it as much as I did
when I came here," said Wallace.

"I am very happy that I get to play
music so much. I'll keep doing it
until I can't anymore."
Be sure to check out one of Wal-
lace's gigs before he reaches that
point. He performs solo on Mon-
days at Ocean Grill at 6:30 p.m.,
Wednesdays at the Sun Dog Cafe
at 7 p.m., Thursdays at Morgan's
Mango at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at
Aqua Bistro at 5:30 p.m.
Pick up a copy of Wallace's
"Cornerstone" CD at any of his
gigs, or at Connections, St. John
Hardware, Papaya Cafe and Big
Fish in Cocoloba.
For more information about
Wallace check out his Web site at

Cornerstone is Mark Wallace's first CD.


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Services were Saturday, April 19, for Avilda
Thomas-Matthias, 64, also known as "Avie" or
"Auntie Vilda," who died on April 10, 2008, at Sch-
neider Regional Medical Center.
The first viewing was from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday
at Davis Funeral Home. The second viewing was at
9 a.m. on Saturday at Bethany Moravian Church,
followed by reflections at 10 a.m. and the funeral at
10:30 a.m. Burial was in Bethany Moravian Cem-

She is survived by her former husband and friend,
Elvin Matthias; sons, Charles Jackson, Gary and
Thomas Matthias; daughters, Corine and Monique
Matthias; brothers, Noel Boynes Sr. and Carl Powell
Sr.; sisters, Elsie Thomas-Trotman, Lydia Thomas-
Brow, Carolyn D. Thomas, Carolyn A. Thomas and
Cecile Thomas-Richards; grandchildren, Shania,
Genece and Genae Matthias and Eric and Marcus
Andrews; aunts, Ina Lee and Beryl Byard; and many
nieces and newphews.
Arrangements were by Davis Funeral Home.

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Dear Editor,
Nuclear power. When one thinks of that form of
energy production, we often think of Chemobyl or
Three-Mile Island and the disasters they produced.
One also has to consider the terrorist threat and se-
curity issues surrounding nuclear power plants. Yes,
there have been and could be many problems con-
cerning nuclear power but times have changed, so we
have to look deeper.
Throughout the world, there are many manufactur-
ers of nuclear plants. These "pre-packaged," "turn-
key" plants have been reduced in size to serve smaller
communities. Usually, a "small" plant is considered
in the 300MWe (mega-watt electrical) range although
much smaller packages are available.
These manufacturers have been able to come into
existence primarily because of the new technologies
and, in recent years, their ability to make them safe
from possible acts of terrorism. Modem methods of
producing nuclear power have shown increased safe-
ty through various methods of cooling. This is why
the world-wide Nuclear Regulatory Agencies have
proliferated its use.
China, India, Iran and many communities across
the United States have installed nuclear plants to
serve small populated areas instead of the large 300
to 1,000MWe plants of old. Russia is now produc-
ing plants which are sold world-wide. The U.S. Army
is now developing nuclear energy as portable small
field-operated plants with safety and protection from
explosions being the primary concerns. Because of
increased technology and safety, nuclear plants can
now be "custom-made" to suit virtually any condition
of use.
Because the world lacks sufficient water, small
nuclear energy plants have been installed around the
world. In most cases, the "plant" is already pre-pack-
aged and simply "dropped into place." They use the
same desalinization methods (reverse osmosis, etc.)
as before except the power source is nuclear, not fos-
sil fuel based. These same small plants can also be
outfitted to produce electricity and thus have a dual
purpose. The cost is not staggering, in fact, it costs
about the same as fossil fuel plants of similar size.
The long-term benefit is the fuel itself.
Usually, a plant does not have to be re-fueled for
20 to 30 years and the by-products (tritium a form
of gas) are recycled into medical use (inserted heart

monitors and defibrillators) or to power low-level
equipment such as exit signs, watches and the like.
Technology has increased where nuclear power can
be used as battery sources and research is being done
to create tiny nuclear cells cheaply which would re-
place expensive solar cells for producing electricity.
Should the Virgin Islands consider the use of nucle-
ar power? Many would say no because of the omi-
nous history of disasters most of us have witnessed.
In recent years, even though the use of nuclear power
world-wide has spread exponentially, we hear little
about catastrophic events.
Safety and cooling being the primary issues, it can
be said that the industry has solved those past prob-
lems. The fact that so many nuclear manufacturers
have sprung up with approvals from world-wide mon-
itoring agencies is reason enough to believe that the
technology has made great strides in recent years.
The Virgin Islands needs to produce energy and it
needs to desalinate water. It also needs to find ways
to eliminate trash in a less costly way. The combina-
tion of trash burning plants and nuclear power plants
just may be the answer. It would work like this: the
old fossil fuel plants would be removed and a nucle-
ar source would take its place. Desalination plants,
which use huge amounts of electrical power, would
use nuclear as its source.
Modem trash to energy plants could also produce
electricity or simply bum the trash. Because the
plants are relatively small, the actual footprint would
be less than the existing fossil fuel plants. A benefit
for the Virgin Islands is that we have an abundant
water source for cooling and for making desalinated
water. Ninety seven percent of the world's water is in
the oceans.
I should think that the Virgin Islands government
should consider every possible remedy when attempt-
ing to solve its energy and trash woes. I would also
suggest that citizens seek information on modem nu-
clear use before making judgements on the industry
or its ability to operate safely. If this government is
serious about reducing our dependency on fossil fuel,
efficiently ridding ourselves of trash and reducing
power rates, then they should look into every option
available to us. Nuclear is one of them.
Paul Devine,
St. John


St. John Tradewinds, April 21-27, 2008 19

Dear Editor,
Real estate taxes everywhere pay for services as-
sociated with living in the area. They pay for schools,
police, court, garbage collection and local adminis-
tration. The tax rates should be set so as to pay for
these services. However, common sense is complete-
ly inverted: tax rates for houses are lower than rates
for land. How can this be justified? Empty land does
not require any services; there is no need for schools,
police, garbage, etc. Apparently, the tax rates for land
are proposed to be higher in order to put a higher tax
burden on people who own large properties.
Obviously, this will have also unintended conse-
quences: people will try to sell their empty lots be-
cause taxes will become prohibitive and empty land
does not bring any return because there is practically
no agriculture on this land. Land sales will increase
and more remaining land will be taken over by devel-
opers. Small people who own only one lot and intend
to build there sometime will have to abandon their
plans and sell. Developers will speed up the develop-
ment on their expensively taxed land to shorten their

Dear Editor,
I happen to agree that issues of native rights, if not
kept in perspective, will be the downfall of this con-
stitutional process.
I have testified at several constitutional hearings. I
have tried to bring forth relevant dialogue regarding
the substance and objectives of the hearings. Often,
that dialogue is lost in speeches by delegates having to
do with nativity and not the issues at hand. This kind
of long-windedness takes time away from the real is-
sues which is to put language into a constitution that
affects government operations and a better life for all
our citizens. It takes away from the people who want
to address the issues of government reform.
I testified, as did others, on April 10 on St. John to
the Committee on Taxation, Finance and Commerce.
The big issue was property taxation and the hardships
that St. John residents will have to endure if the tax
laws as they are written now are enforced. Other is-
sues on gross receipts taxes and alternatives to that
tax were brought up. We listened as one delegate took
up well over an hour of our time bantering about na-
tive rights. This inappropriate dialogue took away our
time as citizens of the Virgin Islands to express our
views on taxation. To be honest, I would say that the
delegates went away without ever really listening be-
cause of the near shouting down of testifiers. I was

Dear Editor,
Last month (March 15, 2008) several hundred peo-
ple enjoyed an afternoon of good food, music, bever-
ages, and company at Vie's Beach on the East End of
St John. Due to generous gifts from local businesses,
our benefit for the Guy Benjamin School children was
very successful. The flotilla/beach party raised in the
neighborhood of $8,500!
The Coral Bay Yacht Club would like to thank:

tax liabilities and will build bigger dwellings. This
is not desirable in the current transport situation be-
cause more traffic can be expected on our bad, small
and insufficient roads and the impossible situation
with parking will become still worse.
Apparently, the purpose of real estate taxes pay
for local services is forgotten and more money is
required by the government without proper justifica-
tion. Individual townships, or islands, should have
their own budget for local services and determine
their tax rates according to their needs. Centrally
mandated real estate taxes are totally unjustified. The
government did not tell us what it is going to do with
the increased taxes. Will they improve services like
more police and teachers? It looks that this tremen-
dous increase will not go into improved services and
I doubt that they will decrease fees and other taxes
or improve and enlarge roads and their maintenance.
They should tell what they are going to do with the
Z. Hruza,
St. John

sickened by the rhetoric.
Not only do I feel we all have a stake in this consti-
tution, I feel we must be an integral part of it. When
citizens do want to express their desires and when
delegates all but ignore us, then the process is great-
ly flawed. This doesn't mean that any citizen cannot
speak out on what is closest to their hearts. Delegates
certainly have agendas but it is completely inappro-
priate to drown out the issues at hand with views that
may not be shared by all. They were elected by us and
their job is to listen to us and not to tell us how we are
supposed to think. Leave issues of native rights to the
committee on nativity only.
I firmly believe that this constitution will go for-
ward despite the annoying few delegates who would
attempt to be its downfall. I have no doubts that the
people of the Virgin Islands are intelligent about the
issues at hand and will look through the smoke screen
and conclude that we are a diverse community where
every person is equal. We are attempting to change our
government, not our way of thinking. When the citi-
zens of this great land have a constitution and when
our freedoms are intact in its wording then we will
truly be a free society. That is what this constitutional
attempt is all about.
Paul Devine,
St. John

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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: 16
Under Investigation: 16
Solved: 0

Rapes: 0
Under Investigation: 0
Solved: 0

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Ruby Rutnik Scholarship

Fund Taking Applications
St. John Tradewinds
The Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce that
scholarship applications are now available for the 2008-2009
school year. This year's renewable $2,500 annual award is offered
to a qualifying St. John female whose family or self has resided on
St. John for five years or more.
A one-year, $2,500 scholarship award is also being offered to a
qualifying girl from this year's tournament championship winning
school, Antilles High School of St. Thomas, to attend the college
of her choice. Last year's championship winners, Central High of
St. Croix and the 2006 championship winners, Elmore Stout High
School of Tortola, are also eligible for the one year $2,500 cham-
pionship scholarship award.
Girls interested in applying should contact the Rutniks at
693-8069 or pick up an application at Connections in Cruz Bay or
Coral Bay. The deadline for submission is May 15. Notice will be
given on or before June 1. The Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund is
supported by the annual Ruby Rutnik Memorial Softball Tourna-
ment which was hosted in the Winston Wells ball field the weekend
of April 4. The Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund and the Rutnik fam-
ily wish to thank the community for its support of this event, which
was the 12th tournament.

Cook-Rutnik Awarded Fellowship By
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and VCCA
St. John Tradewinds
St. John artist Janet Cook-Rutnik has been awarded a fellowship
to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The fellowship is made
possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its
ongoing efforts on behalf of working artists.
The VCCA is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Moun-
tains in rural Virginia. Cook-Rutnik will be in residence with ap-
proximately 20 other artists focusing on their own creative projects
at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers.
A typical residency ranges from two weeks to two months. Each
artist is provided with a comfortable private bedroom, a private
studio and three prepared meals a day. Beyond the breakfast hour
and dinner hour, there are no schedules or obligations. This distrac-
tion-free atmosphere, as well as the energy that results from having
20 artists, writers and composers gathered in one place, enables
artists to be highly productive.
Serving more than 300 artists a year, the VCCA is one of the na-
tion's largest year-round artists' communities. For more informa-
tion, visit www.vcca.com or call 434-946-7236.

Homeowners Encouraged To Take

Advantage of Property Tax Credits

St. John Tradewinds
Lieutenant Governor Greg Fran-
cis is encouraging property own-
ers to take advantage of the prop-
erty tax credits, formerly known
as exemptions, which were recent-
ly signed into law by Governor
John deJongh. Property owners of
record as of January 1 have until
May 30 to apply for tax credits
against the 2006 tax year.
The law does not permit prop-
erty owners to receive more than
two tax credits.
"Rumors of multiple tax credits
are unfounded," says Tax Asses-
sor Roy Martin. "Property owners
may not apply for more than two
credits homestead and any one
of the other categories for which
they may be eligible."
Property tax credits are offered
in six categories. Two of these cat-
egories one, for owners who
have inherited less than five acres
of unimproved property, and the
other a tax credit circuit breaker ap-
plicable to property owners whose
property tax bills have increased
by 125 percent or more and whose
gross income is less than $135,000
- are newly established. The Tax
Assessors Office is presently ac-
cepting tax credit applications for
the following categories:
General Homestead: Property

owners who occupied the home as
their primary residence as of Janu-
ary 1, 2007, are eligible. Appli-
cants must show proof of residency
by providing a valid USVI drivers
license or voters registration card.
Applicants are also asked to show
proof of occupancy by providing a
current utility bill. Maximum tax
credit: $400.
-Veterans: Property owners must
meet occupancy requirements and
been honorably discharged from
the U.S. Armed Services. Appli-
cants must provide a copy of their
DD-214 at the time of filing, in
addition to a valid USVI drivers
license or voter registration card.
Maximum tax credit: $650.00
Seniors: Property owners must
meet occupancy requirements. Ap-
plicants are also eligible to claim
this credit for properties held by
tenants in their entireties, if either
spouse is 60 years or older on Janu-
ary 1, 2007. The credit is available
only when individual annual gross
income is less than $30,000 and
household AGI does not exceed
$50,000. Applicants are asked to
provide a stamped copy of their
2006 tax return and proof of age
at time of application. Maximum
Tax Credit: $500.00
Disabled: Applicants must
meet occupancy requirements and

be suffering from a disability as
determined by the Social Secu-
rity Administration as of January
1, 2007. Applicants are required
to provide documentation from
the SSA at time of filing, as well
as a stamped copy of their 2006
tax return. Maximum Tax Credit:
Class 1 inheritance: Applicants
must be owners of unimproved
property of five acres or less.
The property owner must have
acquired the property through in-
heritance. Tax Credit: Credit equal
to 80 percent of the real property
taxes levied until $5,000 or more
of improvements are made on said
Tax Credit Circuit Breaker:
Available to property owners
whose property tax bills increased
by 125 percent or more and whose
household gross income is less
than $135,000. Tax Credit: Cred-
it equal to 40 percent of the real
property tax increase for home-
stead and unimproved property.
Tax credit not to exceed $5,000.
Property owners who have not
applied for the tax credits, for-
merly known as exemptions, are
encouraged to visit the Tax As-
sessors Office on their respective
island, or contact the office at

Burning Ban in Effect on St. Thomas, St. John, Water Island

St. John Tradewinds
Due to the extremely dry vegetation that currently
exists on St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island, the
V.I. 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 Ser-
vice 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 adjusted accordingly. This ban will re-
main in effect until further notice. For more informa-
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Present Grant Award to V.I. Energy Office

St. John Tradewinds
The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, Ur-
ban and Community Forestry Assistance Program
has announced the availability of grants for the 2008
Challenge Cost-Share program.
Non-profit organizations, neighborhood associa-
tions, territorial government agencies and educa-
tional institutions operating within the U.S. Virgin
Islands may apply for a grant. Grants require a 50-50
match to the amount requested from the program.
Awards will be allocated on a competitive basis un-
til all funds are exhausted. The deadline for proposal
submissions is May 2.
The primary goal of the U&CF Assistance Pro-
gram is to encourage citizen involvement in creating

and supporting long-term and sustainable Urban &
Community Forestry programs throughout the U.S.
Virgin Islands. Urban Forestry activities include all
of the practices undertaken by community members
to plan for and ensure the conservation of existing
native species as well as the establishment, main-
tenance, and protection of trees, green spaces and
related natural resources within urban settings.
Proposal packets can be obtained at the Virgin
Islands Department of Agriculture on St. Croix, or
via the internet at www.viucf.org. For more infor-
mation, contact U&CF Coordinator Marilyn Chak-
roff at the V.I. Department of Agriculture, #1 Estate
Lower Love, Kingshill, VI 00850, call 778-0998 or
email marilynchakroff@hotmail.com.

ACC's Annual Dog Festival,

Wagapalooza, Is May 17

St. John Tradewinds
The most anticipated "island-
style" dog festival has been sched-
uled for Saturday, May 17, from 5
to 9 p.m. at the Winston Wells Ball
Field in Cruz Bay.
Now in its eighth year, the an-
nual oddball animal event inspires
dogs and their owners to show off
their talents, tricks and good looks,
and attracts animal lovers from
across the islands. Wagapalooza
raises much-needed funds for the
St. John Animal Care Center and
directly benefits the island's dogs
and cats in need of care and tem-
porary shelter.
Wagapalooza festivities include
hot food, cold drinks, live music,
great raffle prizes, police K-9 dem-
onstrations, free dog nail clipping,
fun activities and, of course, the
popular dog show.
People are encouraged to bring
their well-behaved dogs to the
event, as both human and dog ac-
commodations will be available,
and the evening hours will help
keep everyone cool.
The dog show marks the main
attraction of Wagapalooza and
dogs and their owners are honing
their tricks, ironing their costumes,
and fluffing their look-alike hair in
preparation for the big event. New

to the dog show this year is the
Waga-Meter! Designed to mea-
sure the level of applause emanat-
ing from the audience, the Waga-
Meter will determine the dog show
winners by increasing the wag of
its tail.
Roger W. Morgan of Paradise
Radio 93.5 is back for a second
year as Wagapalooza's master of
ceremonies, alongside St. John ce-
lebrities Paul Devine and Paul Jor-
dan. In addition to the coronation
of a Waga King and Queen, there
will be nine competitive dog show
categories: Best Old Timer; Best
Puppy Love; Best Costume; Best
Tail Wagger; Best Trick; Best Lap
Dog; Best Jumper; Best Spots and
Best Dancer.
Dog owners are encouraged to
register for the event early. Reg-
istration is $20 per category and
forms are available at the ACC
shelter, Connections and at www.
Many volunteers are needed for
this exciting event. Businesses can
help by buying space on the cov-
eted Wagapalooza t-shirts or by
providing raffle prizes. Anyone
interested in helping should call
774-1625 or stop by the shelter.
The St. John ACC is open Tuesday
to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dept. of Ag Offering Grants for 2008

Challenge Cost-share Program
St. John Tradewinds
The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, Urban and Community
Forestry Assistance Program has announced the availability of grants
for the 2008 Challenge Cost-Share program. Non-profit organizations,
neighborhood associations, territorial government agencies and educa-
tional institutions operating within the U.S. Virgin Islands may apply for
a grant. Grants require a 50-50 match to the amount requested from the
program. Awards will be allocated on a competitive basis until all funds
are exhausted. The deadline for proposal submissions is May 2.
The primary goal of the U&CF Assistance Program is to encourage
citizen involvement in creating and supporting long-term and sustain-
able Urban & Community Forestry programs throughout the U.S. Virgin
Islands. Urban Forestry activities include all of the practices undertaken
by community members to plan for and ensure the conservation of exist-
ing native species as well as the establishment, maintenance, and protec-
tion of trees, green spaces and related natural resources within urban
Proposal packets can be obtained at the Virgin Islands Department of
Agriculture on St. Croix, or via the internet at www.viucf.org. For more
information, contact U&CF Coordinator Marilyn Chakroff at the VI.
Department of Agriculture, #1 Estate Lower Love, Kingshill, VI 00850,
call 778-0998 or email marilynchakroff@hotmail.com.

The St. John Community Foundation partners with the St. John
Rotary Club for the annual Children's Carnival Village.

Calypso Charters Adds Bad Kitty to Fleet

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by MaLinda Nelson

Calypso Charters showed off their new 49-foot Wavepiercer "Bad Kitty" during a
sunset sail on Thursday afternoon, April 17.

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St. John Red Cross Volunteers Go Inactive

Two Months Before Hurricane Season Starts

Continued from Page 3
local volunteers, according to a slew of emails be-
tween her and St. John Disaster Chair Carol McGuin-
"Carol, I cannot meet at 5 p.m.," Canino wrote on
Wednesday, April 16. "The meeting has to be be-
tween 11 a.m. and 2 p.m."
When McGuinness pointed out to Canino that
most volunteers work and can only meet after 5 p.m.,
Canino simply responded, "Sorry then, I will not be
able to attend."
Puerto Rico has its hands full dealing with its own
disaster preparedness, Satchell explained.
"I just don't think we've reached their threshold of
consciousness," he said. "A little communication, a
little direction that's essentially all we were asking
for, and we couldn't get a response. The Red Cross is
best known for being able to rally troops together to
bring them into an area of crisis and deliver services,
so if we're shouting that we're having a crisis here in
terms of management and training, it'd seem to me
they could easily do that."
Lack of Respect for St. John
St. John has long been treated poorly by the Red
Cross, according to one volunteer who went inactive
last week, who asked to remain anonymous. The vol-
unteer, who has been on island for three decades, has
personally witnessed the national Red Cross' lack of
respect for the island, she explained.
"During Hurricane Marilyn, the local volunteers
really held it together until the national people got

down here," she said. "People here know the com-
munity and know the people, but national comes in
like gangbusters: 'hurray, we're here now and we'll
take over.' It seems like a lack of respect."
Love City volunteers are dedicated, and it's sad
the Red Cross is not working harder to keep them on
board, explained nurse Fran Talbot, who went inac-
tive last week.
"It makes me feel very bad to see our disaster team
fall apart, because these people have been very dedi-
cated and they've given a lot of time and energy,"
said Talbot. "You usually only get a core group of
people who will faithfully volunteer. People have
given countless time and energy, and it's horrible for
them to be treated this way over something that could
be resolved with a serious meeting."
Although the situation seems dire, Satchell has
confidence in the Love City community and believes
residents would not go unassisted should a disaster
strike while the local Red Cross attempts to work out
its issues.
"Any community is going to pull together and do
what needs to be done, and St. John is probably better
at that than just about anywhere else in the world,"
said Satchell. "We live here, and we'll do what has to
be done. It may not say 'Red Cross' on our foreheads,
but we're still going to jump in and help our neigh-
bors and friends."
Red Cross Puerto Rico and the St. Thomas Red
Cross office did not respond to requests for an inter-
view last week.

Visitor Alleges VIPD Officer Removed

Money from Returned Wallet

Continued from Page 5
found the wallet phoned the VIPD station to in-
quire about the wallet one more time.
"I spoke to the officer and asked if Mr. Bender
had picked up his wallet yet," said the island land-
owner. "The officer told me that the gentleman's
daughter Amy had picked it up on Wednesday,
March 26."
Bender flew from St. Thomas to New York on
Monday March, 31, and expected to see his wal-
let in the mail shortly. When it never arrived, he
first faxed the VIPD's Leander Jurgen Command
on Thursday, April 3, and then called the station on
Monday, April 7.
Wallet Mailed by Officer
"The same officer answered the phone and said
she had mailed the wallet that morning," said
Later that night, Bender received a phone call
from the landowner who had found his wallet on
Roman Road.
"He told me how he had found the wallet and the
$900 inside," said Bender. "He told me when he
turned it in to the police and that he had put a note
inside the wallet with his phone number on it so I
would call him when I picked it up."
"That is when things started to seem strange,"
Bender continued. "I don't have a daughter named

Amy and nothing was making much sense."
The wallet finally arrived in New York on Thurs-
day, April 10, in a package with the police officer's
home address as the return address. Bender had the
postal clerk witness him opening the package.
"I took out all of my credit cards, my license
and everything seemed intact at first," said Bender.
"But the note from the man who found the wallet
and the cash were missing."
Complaint Filed with Internal Affairs
Hoping for restitution and a conclusion to the
wallet saga, Bender filed a complaint with the
VIPD's Internal Affairs Division last week.
"I mailed a certified letter to Internal Affairs and
to the commissioner of the police department,"
said Bender. "I don't want to cast a bad shadow on
anyone, however, you'd like to think that anything
turned into the police would be safer than it appar-
ently is."
"While I don't want to see anyone lose their
job, I don't want someone to get away with this,"
Bender continued.
VIPD's Department of Internal Affairs is look-
ing into the case, explained VIPD spokesperson
Melody Rames.
"Internal Affairs has started an investigation
which is currently in the preliminary stages," said
Rames. "The investigation is ongoing."

New Sign Posted at Caneel Bay Entrance

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by MaLinda Nelson

This Marine Security sign was recently erected near
the entrance to Caneel Bay Resort. MARSEC Level
One is the new security standard for routine maritime

St. John Tradewinds, April 21-27, 2008 23

Fundraising Drive for Cinnamon Bay Museum

Continued from Page 11
ing proposed by President George
Bush to match donations made
by citizens to improve national
parks in an effort to prepare NPS
operations, staffing, services and
facilities for its 100th anniversary
in 2016.
"We're really hoping with-
in the next 10 years, as part of
the National Park's Centennial
Challenge, that we'll be able to
build an actual museum on the
island somewhere," said Brady.
"That's our ultimate goal, but

that's far down the line and will be
millions of dollars. We're doing
the Cinnamon Bay museum in the
meantime to share these artifacts
with visitors and residents."
Blending Natural,
Cultural History
Bids on the project have already
been received, but a contractor has
not yet been selected. The plans
were designed approximately two
years ago by a Barefoot Architects
"We want to take you from 800
BC up to the founding of the

VINP," said Wild. "We'll have a
tank where you can see the con-
servation of metal artifacts from
shipwrecks, and we designed it
so there's a discovery area where
you'll be able to see the blend of
natural and cultural history. There
will be plants past inhabitants may
have used for medicine and stones
they made their beads from."
Anyone interested in donating
to the museum should call Brady
at 779-4940. Donations to the
Friends, a non-profit organization,
are tax deductible.

Better Know a Ranger: Laurel Brannick-Bigrigg

Students dig for artifacts
Department's attraction.

a the VINP Cultural Resource

Friends of VINP's Earth Day Fair

Continued from Page 7

tives that people can use instead of
chemicals in their homes like bo-
rax, baking soda and vinegar."
"We also have hydrogen perox-
ide which many people don't real-
ize has bleach and can be used as
an alternative to Clorox," Morton
Animal Care Center volunteers
were on hand promoting kind-
ness to animals. Members of the
St. John Historical Society set up
a table with local fruit and veg-
Officials from the Department
of Planning and Natural Resourc-
es' Energy Office displayed solar
panels and light bulbs.
Energy Saving Displays
"We're demonstrating electric-
ity today and showing kids they
can save energy by using different
light bulbs," said Don Buchanan, a
representative of DPNR's Energy
Ital Anthony displayed his hand-
made crafts created from local nat-
ural objects.

"Children need to know more
about nature and their environ-
ment," said Anthony.
VINP officials had several dif-
ferent informational booths. Edu-
cation Specialist Laurel Brannick
led students in a rendition of Jeop-
ardy based on marine questions.
Resource Management Ranger
Christy McManus showed off a
computer program she created
called "Reef to Ridge," which il-
lustrated how what happens on the
hillsides impacts coral reefs.
Carrie Stengel, also from the
VINP Resource Management De-
partment, taught students about
endangered species and how im-
portant they are to protect.
Officials from the VINP Cultur-
al Resources Department got their
hands dirty in the ball field's sand
box, where they helped students
dig for buried artifacts.
FirstBank VI representatives
handed out reusable grocery bags
to promote their "Think First,
Think Green," campaign.

Continued from Page 12
fall into place really well. I've al-
ways been in the right place at the
right time."
Not only is the VINP education
specialist happy with her position,
she enjoys the organization she
works for as well. The VINP takes
good care of its employees, she ex-
"The organization's been good
to me," said Brannick-Bigrigg.
"The park gave cash advances to
employees during hurricanes, and
there are a lot of benefits like health
insurance, life insurance and credit
unions, which are important. I'm
really just doing my job, and I'm
lucky that I really enjoy it."
Brannick-Bigrigg hopes to ex-
tend her influence to the VI. De-
partment of Education in an effort
to encourage them to promote
swimming. Public school students
are currently not allowed to swim
on field trips, but the VINP edu-
cation specialist hopes to change
that, she explained.

Continued from Page 13
It is important to report in-
stances of sexual harassment
when they occur, Smith ex-
"Let employers know that sex-
ual harassment will not be toler-
ated," said Smith. "Sexual ha-
rassment is illegal and we need
to work together to reduce, if not
eliminate, sexual harassment in
the workplace."
The SJCCC will sponsor fu-
ture workshops on sexual ha-
rassment and other issues to em-
power the community, explained
the group's director Shelley Wil-
"Over the past year SJCCC has

"It's amazing how many kids
can't swim, and they shouldn't
be told that it's dangerous," said
Brannick-Bigrigg. "If you know
your abilities and you're super-
vised, swimming is a good thing.
I would like to ask DOE Commis-
sioner LaVerne Terry what we can
do to allow kids to swim at super-
vised locations with a lifeguard
and flotation devices."
EPA Recognition
Swimming is an especially im-
portant skill for island children,
who grow up surrounded by water,
according to Brannick-Bigrigg.
The ability to swim can open up
new job opportunities, and allows
children to experience the island's
underwater resources first hand,
she explained.
"Instead of learning about sci-
ence from a textbook, they learn
about it on their own island," she
The VINP education specialist's
efforts to share nature with chil-
dren were recently recognized by

DOL Acting Assistant
Commissioner Glen Smith

conducted multiple outreach pro-
grams to educate the community
about sexual harassment, sexual
assault and violence," Williams
said. "If we are going to have a
healthy and vibrant community

the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, which awarded her with
its highest recognition given to the
public a U.S. EPA Environmen-
tal Quality Award. She will miss
an upcoming reception in New
York, but will be recognized at a
local awards ceremony, which has
not yet been scheduled.
"It seems like she's gone above
and beyond what she's supposed
to do for her job," said local EPA
Life Scientist Keshema Webbe.
"She always takes extra time with
the kids, and it's great to give her
this honor. She's been working
really hard and we figure she de-
serves it."
Brannick-Bigrigg is excited to
be recognized for her efforts, she
"It's thrilling, very exciting,"
she said. "I just feel like I'm doing
my job, but it's nice to be recog-
To schedule a field trip with
Brannick-Bigrigg, call 776-6201
ext. 257.

it's important to provide infor-
mation which is power to
the people."
Solving society's ills is up to
each and every individual, ac-
cording to Williams.
"Gone are the days when you
can just sit back and not be ac-
tively engaged," she said. "It is
going to take a community-wide
effort to solve our problems and
we should all be a part of that ef-
For more information about
sexual harassment in the work-
place, contact the SJCCC at
693-7233 or the DOL's division
of labor relations on St. Thomas
at 776-3700.

Employers Learn to Help Eliminate Sexual Harassment

24 St. John Tradewinds, April 21-27, 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


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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.

Thursday, April 24
The Friends of the V.I. National Park is sponsoring a presenta-
tion of two reports providing information regarding the health and
well-being of the VINP, compiled by the nonpartisan advocacy
group which works to protect and enhance the National Park
System, the National Parks Conservation Association. The pre-
sentation is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at the
Westin's Coral Bay Room
April 24, May 29, June 27 and July 17
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.
Thursday, May 1
Taxi and tour operators who wish to join their peers in receiv-
ing certification are being urged to register for the upcoming
course. The Taxi and Tour Certification program will be begin
Thursday, May 1, on St. Thomas from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, May 16
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.
Saturday, May 17
The most anticipated "island-style" dog festival has been sched-
uled for Saturday, May 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Winston Wells
Ball Field in Cruz Bay. Wagapalooza festivities include hot food,
cold drinks, live music, great raffle prizes, police K-9 demonstra-
tions, free dog nail clipping, fun activities and, of course, the popu-
lar dog show.
Through Tuesday, May 20
The Elaine lone Sprauve Scholarship Committee invites St. John
high school seniors to apply for the Elaine lone Sprauve Scholar-
ship. Students graduating from a local high school may obtain an
application form from any high school principal or counselor, as
well as the Elaine I. Sprauve Library on St. John. The application
deadline is May 20.
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.
Sunday, June 1
The St. John School of the Arts will be hosting auditions for the
Ruth "Sis" Frank performance/merit scholarships on Sunday, June
1, at 2 p.m. at SJSA. All outstanding and talented students on St.
John and St. Thomas are welcome to apply.

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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St. John Police Report

Friday, April 11 12:10 a.m. An Estate Adrian shots were fired in the area of
10:30 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident r/ her boyfriend assaulted Power Boyd Plantation. Suspi-
resident p/r someone collided into her. Assault in the third, D.V cious activity.
his vehicle causing damages. Auto 11:30 a.m. An employee at 5:00 p.m. A visitor r/ his villa
accident. Chelsea Drug Store c/r a distur- was broken into. Burglary in the
12:45 p.m. An Estate Contant bance with two individuals. Dis- third.
resident p/r she lost her nurse's as- turbance of the peace. 5:34 p.m. A Methodist Church
sistant license. Lost license. 4:25 p.m. An Estate Contant employee reported that a male
3:45 p.m. An Estate Grunwald resident p/r that she was harassed picked up a child from the school
resident p/r that her house was by two individuals at The Market- without the parent's permission.
broken into. Burglary in the third. place. Disturbance of the peace. Police assistance.
4:00 p.m. A visitor p/r some- 4:55 p.m. A citizen c/r that 6:00 p.m. A citizen r/ a distur-
one struck his rental jeep while several individuals were smoking bance (possible D.V.) in progress
parked at Wharfside Village on marijuana in the area of Nature's at Cruz Bay Apartments. Police
4/7/08. Hit and run. Nook. Possession of unlicensed assistance.
Saturday, April 12 firearm. Possession of controlled Wednesday, April 16
1:55 a.m. A citizen c/r a car substance. 6:40 p.m. A citizen c/r that a
over the embankment with some- 5:16 p.m. A Calabash Boom vehicle overturned in the area of
one trapped inside. Auto accident. resident c/r that someone broke Paradise Lumber. Unfounded.
11:41 p.m. ADT c/r an acti- into her property. Burglary in the 7:09 p.m. A resident c/r that
vated alarm at the National Park third. she was assaulted by her sister at
Service's building 2. Activated 5:18 p.m. A citizen c/r several George Simmonds Terrace. Dis-
alarm. people were fighting in the area of turbance of the peace, D.V
Sunday, April 13 Joe's Diner. Simple assault. Thursday, April 17
10:00 a.m. An Estate Carolina 6:35 p.m. A resident c/r that 9:10 a.m. A Cruz Bay Vil-
resident p/r that her minor daugh- someone destroyed some property las resident p/r that someone un-
ter is missing from last night. at his business AC Art. Destruc- known cut the chain to his prop-
Missing minor. tion of property. erty. Destruction of property.
7:33 p.m. A citizen p/r an auto Tuesday, April 15 Friday, April 18
accident on Centerline Road. Auto 4:45 p.m. An Estate Rendez- 2:20 a.m. A citizen c/r a fire
accident. vous resident p/r that someone in the area of Chocolate Hole. Ve-
Monday, April 14 was following her an she believes hide fire.

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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 21-27, 2008 27


Watersports Jobs!
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

St. John Tradewinds is looking for a news and feature
reporter while current staff writer takes maternity leave.
Candidates must be able to work with weekly deadlines
in a fast-paced environment. Proficiency in AP style pre-
ferred. Please email resumes to malinda@tradewinds.vi.

Name: Miss Ann Otoo; Age: 27 (single); Height: 5'6.5";
Hobbies: General Interest; Interest: Seriously looking
for marriage partner. Post Office Box Ad 597,
Adisadel Central Region, Ghana, West Africa

Hes L F Sale

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

Wanted used chest freez-
ers. Any outside dings or
dents ok. Must run fine.

2 houses, 1/4 acre,
stonework, water views,
furnished, great rental
history. $850,000.00 St.
John, U.S.V.I. Call (941)

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

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.

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

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

Furnished, Long-Term,
Chocolate Hole East,
Waterfront. $1400 includ-
ing elec. A/C. Call Ron
at (715) 853-9696

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

Chocolate Hole Apt. for Rent: Large 1 bedroom/1 bath,
fully furnished, new home with outstanding water views,
large office/computer room, full A/C, washer/dryer/
dishwasher, Dish network, patio, parking for 2 vehicles.
$1800 a month plus utilities. Non-smoking property,
2 people max. Call Jon at 715-1914 or 998-1274.
Available 5-1

Coral Bay, St. John USVI
Spacious 1 BD/1 BA apt.
with washer/dryer and full
kitchen overlooking tranquil
bay. Rate is $140/night
and available for weekly or
monthly rentals.
Call 340-776-6440.

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

The Lumberyard

Down Town Cruz Bay
Where St. John Does Business

Commercial Space Available

For Space Call Nick 771-3737

IV- (vest itA


why poa the highest eLeatrio rates ntoder a Mts. ftag?

West Indies Solair
for details call: 776-9043 or 773-4790

2000 Chevy Blazer
V6, Automatic, A/C,
60,000 miles,
$5,000. OBO

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:
GreenleafHolding @aol.com

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

Rea Esat

ki \I I I T I I-L

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

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


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

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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 en island life at it?s
u~tn Lfinestavailabl.
340.773.1048 www.teamsanmartin.com RnA T finestavailable.

Pick up a copy of TRADEWINDS at:

St. Thomas Deli Grotto North Shore Road Coral Bay
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

340-693-7331 fax
TOWN Coral Bay
O U UNTRY T340-774-7962
/ Ce o T340-777-5350 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.

LqvJM_4r. U IUI
Villa uon'l Ilst at
Reuenl renovalioas
gpurmel k4lchen.
appliarnces, custom
granite counters, s
LmUning dek., poo
view. Now only $

this prlel parcel in the quiet and pea&e- 2 BR, I.5
include a fuL neighborhood of Estate one mile fr
.lainlcss IFish lalny, T''his 1.001. aCl-re sic ariniiig s
I eabinLs, ih the pte feL building IoCa- from Ihe o
tone sinks, lion for your dream vacalioa simply re
I and hige villti wf easy btch 4cees. A I cmirKmon p
1,29,,000- a n al a/.i lg p iLe 'r s92 5,000 you can.
popuLar 3br, 3ba rental Gated ckirimhunity, luIwui-
home w3ih pR c1resque ous 4BR, 4.5BA villa with
views over Rendezvous Ilarge pool a1ren fa just s.lep'
Bay. Large pool nod deck lawy from a while 4aaidy
area, JUS'I l1,060,00o.O bcah. Just $6,000,000.

I Hh whL! I Ills
BAcondo unit is just
om (.'rCFn Italy. I1njoy
uliifl wnter Cewl
vcrstzed veranda or
lai by 1ht huge
IOul. Get t wkhllO
ow only $s549,000,

TWO HOMES nearing completion. A 2br. h. anid ]br, I b, I olltgs, litig vi ews, Jus! $99?5,0O.
AWESOME 2br/2ba e sile d ia .wall of glnss c plIres 1he CUITibb~eai water viwf S 1,175,OO.
NEAR TOWN A newly constructed villa with two separate 2BR/2BA units & pool. T1,999,999.
Devlopecr UiLi GRANDE BAY luxury LUXURY CondominiLm
Now Availabll. beachtroni devel. Walk lo Development. Nearing
iown rom tLh (2)2he 2hba ompletio on thtet 2, .'
unilE starting at 1875,000. aid 4 bhdrc m ruits witLlh
A d., (2) 1br 2ba ini!s. unparalled finishes. PriCes
M-latiinj at 51,i10,00 beguniing at 1,10 O0.DOO.
GRANDE BAY *Assignmcni or ':onltri;Fc" slnUrtg ai g.39.OO. Pcnthouse unit for F875,000.
WHY RENT Sun5cl Ridge 2 necw Ibr, ]ba units w? huge water vLews. $279.000 & $299,000.
OREAT OPPORTUNITY A locatiii. Villa .reAnna remodeled 2hr/Ih.- Walk to towIn. S37$,00Q-
LAVENDER HILL In (.'rF. itly- lovely 2br/I2b prehlaize w ilh em ellren relial income$995,00 i
nil witkh plFlr;s and epiredJ Iub-dLvisio n on I acres
permit for a IS unit high tbovc Po uti Hendex-
Scondomioium project. In vous. Mot toads pa~ed aid m
town Icatiov ins el llulilities are roughed in.
water vi$ws. 62,770,00. CALL FOR DETAILS!
ON TOP OF THE WORLDI ihe highest pinlt Im Manrey Peak. Amazing 360 views. $1,$9',00-
LOWER PETER BAY prime building IL wiLh ir nompatable nurth shore viewc ........ 52,100,000.
EMMAUS A grrat I4L at a great priLe with huge Cu al Bay hiarhor iew --.......N--- juuI 517,00 .
WHAT A DEAL ChoIolale 10Ile lot wLth ihverC plans & pMermL$ in pi4Gc ..............-... .229.D00.
PASTORY beautiful waler view from this eLearcd lot close to town ............... Only $2 15,000.
PRIVATEER BAY lot wwlklg path in heaeh $47,000 or add adj. waierr~lrit bhah at $ ,250,000.
REDUCED oversi'ed l,1 in Cori] Ilay mner proposed marinr pTrjet, ............ JUST $310,000.
WATERFRONT with 270 ft of water frontage and small sandy beach on Reef Bay.... 12,750,000.
BORDEAUX Fantastic down island views from Josi and Sandy Cay to Lcduk ............-429,000.
FREEMANS GROUND 1-irge su -dividab Ic 1.73 a4. i, I hTlh great water v iews .... 449,.99.
CAROLINA lien i l'ifl m lu i bhty views from ti his parcr l over Coritl I 4 ..................... 99,00O.
BORDEAUX 3.3 I/.n4,knqill lop wpano ra m i viiewC excllcemd devclopmenr polen ial$. 1,2999,999.
JUST REDUCED1! Lowest price parcel In prestigiouQ Cholalt Hole................... 5-22,000.
WESTIN VACATION CLUB Moat weekl availahlL. Prices eange ritm $11,500 lto 125,000.

NEXT AD DEADLINE: Thursday, April 24, 2008

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Add your.fome to our group and share the
Catered to...Vacation Homes advantages.
Westill have room for 2 or 3 special villas with pools.
.ent profitable rental histories Extensive advertising program
plete anagement and maintenance 24 years on-island experience
4 CQntelent Marketplace office (Second Floor) On-line Booking
r .LI* F.

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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 & I
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!
Cal for 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.

FRONT -This beautiful 5
bedroom home is right on the
water at dynamic Hart Bay.
Watch or join the surfers riding
the waves or watch and listen
to the surf from the 2 separate
swimming pools each with a
spacious sun deck. This very
special home includes such
features as infinity edge pool,
grotto and waterfall, coral stone floors, decks and railings, stainless
appliances, air conditioning, gazebo, dual sinks in baths, custom
hardwood doors and windows, custom ceramic roof tile, designer
hardware, custom furniture, huge generator. Arguably the most
beautiful house and location on St. John! $7.995M
"Casa Bueno" Enjoy Spec-
tacular panoramic views from
Bordeaux Mt. looking up the
Sir Francis Drake Channel to
the BVI, Sandy Spit, Tortola,
Virgin Gorda, Norman island,
and beyond. This just com-
pleted 4 bedroom 4 bath
masonry home features
native stonework, air condi-
tioning, pool, central location
and includes beautiful sun
rises and moon rises. Near north shore beaches. $2,100,000
"Surfside" is a three
bedroom home located in the
uniquely beautiful Reef Bay
area of Fish Bay. Situated on
the edge of undeveloped
National Park land, the home
is a short stroll via nature path
to the white sand beach of
Reef Bay where you can
enjoy snorkeling, surfing,
swimming and beach
combing. Features include ample porches, sunning decks, pool and
Jacuzzi, air-conditioned bedrooms and lush landscaping, grat breezes
and paved access. $2,100,000

"Mango Terrace Condos" Michael Milne
designed condos under construction in
Cruz Bay. Two, three and four bedrooms
available, A/C, walk to Frank Bay beach
and town. Water views, high quality
appliances. These will be some of the
most spacious condos on St. John. Only
20% down. Completion scheduled for mid
2008. Special pre-construction prices: $825,000 to $1.6M
Battery Hill Condos Two lovely ground
floor 2-bedroom units with spacious, private --
sun decks and delightful water views.
Tastefully fumished and air-conditioned,
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. these units are both excellent rentals. $575,000 & $895,000
"HANSEN BAY 7A" 18 Acres, water-
front, trade wind breezes and great water
views over Long Bay, Round Bay to the
north, west to Rams Head and south to St.
Croix. Deeded rights to sandy beach at
Long Bay. Proposed subdivision map
available. An easy project for the first time
developer or perfectly suited for a very private estate. Reduced to $4.495M
"THE SHOPS AT COCOLOBA" This is an exciting new shopping complex
on the water's edge in Coral Bay. "Tumkey" operation with over 10,000 total
square feet with room to expand under W-1 zoning guidelines. 125 KW
generator, waste water treatment plant, drip irrigation system, plenty of parking,
fully occupied, plus over 400 feet of water-frontage. $4,500,000.

AND MUCH MORE .This is a small sample of over 400 residential,
condo, land and commercial listings currently available through Islandia Real
Estate. We can offer almost any size, view, location and price on the island of
St. John. Feel free to visit our website at www islandiarealestate. com or call
and speak with one of our full-time, professional agents at: (340) 776-666.
We will be happy to help you find the perfect property to fulfill your needs and
dreams. Serving St. John for over 36 years.


I Estate


(340) 776-6666

Islandia Building
Cri-iz Bav
P.O. Box z'56
St. Jolin, Nq 00831
(340) 693-8499 FAx

All of our agents arc
ffill-firne, professional Realtors.
In business for over 36 years.

Approved EDC Supplier


ISLAND MANOR Hear and view the surf of beautiful Hart Bay. Walk to Hart Bay or Chocolate Hole Beach.
Newly remodeled offering 4 large bdrms with ensuite baths and elegant furnishings sited on .51 acre. Spacious
kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances that opens to living room and pool deck. Multi-level
floor plan offers privacy. REDUCED TO $1,700,000. SELLERS ARE MOTIVATED.
ZOOTENVAAL Quaint Caribbean cottage tucked in at GARDEN BY THE SEA Bed and Breakfast is a
the end of the road for added privacy. Walking distance quaint Caribbean home with West Indian gingerbread
to Coral Bay. Currently configured as two separate rental architecture, lively colors, and island style furnishings.
units. Solar water heater, bedrooms wired for AC, Live in the spacious newly renovated owners apartment
organic garden, washer/dryer. Room to add. Approved while renting the 3 income producing air conditioned
buildings plans available for additional home. Reduced units. There is room for expansion to a maximum of 12
to $749,000. units as per the R-4 zoning. Outstanding rental history
CAROLINA Sunrises all year round overlooking and just a short walk to Cruz Bay Town as well as Frank
Coral Bay up to Norman Island and Sage Mountain and Turner Bays. $1,800,000.
This well maintained fully shuttered two unit cottage MERRYHAVEN is a 3 bdrm, 3 bath Bordeaux home
offers a 1 bedroom 1 bath on the upper level with a cozy featuring tile floors, cozy furniture, hardwood doors,
covered porch. Lower level unit offers a studio spacious closets, and private outdoor galleries. Enjoy
apartment..26 acres $625,000 expansive views over the lush Carolina Valley to Virgin
REDUCED $100K! Bordering greenbelt, this Gorda.$1,100,000
tastfeully crafted Fish Bay home features beautiful stone BAREFOOT Newly constructed 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath
and hardwood accents, vaulted ceilings & large guest cottage in quaint Coral Bay neighborhood with
living/dining area & 3rd bdroom on lower level along with paved roads, expansive Sunrise water views of BVI,
a lower level apt. Water views of Fish Bay. Private Leduck, Flanagan & beyond and steady gentle breezes,
location. $550,000. .5 acre with room for expansion of main house & pool.
MYSTIC RIDGE perched high on a mountain ridge Lower level has plumbing roughed in. Plans for main
offers dramatic, "down-island" views. This 4BR/4.5BA house & original guest house blue prints are available.
luxury villa has an impressive split level great room Just entered a short term rental program and should
featuring a gourmet kitchen, a formal dining area & prove to be very successful. A must see! $1,150,000
complete entertainment center. Magnificent seclusion CVISTA is a magnificent open air villa overlooking the
can be yours as you lounge by the large pool or relax in alluring turquoise waters of Rendezvous Bay. Situated in
the hot tub.$2,795,000 prestigious Klein Bay and featuring all amenities
BEACH FRONT! "Sunset Beach" is a fabulous including gourmet kitchen, fabulous and tasteful
beachfront villa set at the water's edge on Dever's Bay furnishings, custom mahogany doors & windows,
that is luxuriously appointed and tastefully decorated spacious entertainment room, outdoor bar and
with antique reproductions. The impressive "great room", air-conditioning in all bedrooms. This stunning residence
opens on to a comfortable verandah and the 4 elegant exudes comfort, class & elegance. $3,895,000
bdrms feature antique four poster beds. The beach is at CHOCO CRUZ is a very successful three bedroom
your doorstep. $3,750,000 vacation villa situated on Maria Bluff offering stunning
ENIGHED JUST REDUCED TO $659,000 Lots of South Shore views. Set on a prime lot and featuring one
opportunity for this nearly flat town lot overlooking Turner bedroom on the main level and two bedrooms set off of
Bay and zoned R-4. Currently configured as two units for the lower pool level. This mildly sloped lot also has
a total of four bedrooms and two baths. Out buildings plenty of room to build additional guest bedrooms and/or
allow for ample storage and/or additional living space. a master suite. A hilltop showplace for $2,595,000.
Motivated seller. Masonry home with lots of potential!

ESTATE FISH BAY Enjoy expansive Fish Bay water
views from either of these downhill builds. A .5 acre
with downhill & uphill access for $375,000 or a .78 acre
parcel for $499,000
ESTATE RENDEZVOUS! Stunning views of the
turquoise waters of Rendezvous Bay from this .50 acre
site. Excellent location in great neighborhood! $475,000
GRUNWALD Many parcels to choose from. Two
adjacent parcels, nicely wooded for $190,000 each.
.27 acre parcel with expansive Pillsbury Sound views
$199,000. .25 acres with South shore water views,
cistern, slab and storage is place. Ready for 2nd floor
walls. $379,000
PASTORY Westerly views overlooking Pillsbury
Sound, .34 acre property w/cistern and living
accommodations. $450,000
WATERFRONT LAND with spectacular year round
sunsets! Oversized downhill building site with gentle
slope. Views from St. Croix to Thatch Cay. 0.71 acres,
privacy, lush vegetation & water views of the South
Shore. Three .25 acre lots ranging from $170,000 -
DREEKET'S BAY .762 acre parcel directly above a
pristine, sandy common beach (deeded access).
Outstanding views of the BVIs and great snorkeling.
Driveway cut. $595,000!

spectacular sunsets, the lights of St. Thomas, and 180
degree views stretching from St. Croix to Mingo. 1.03
acres $2,250,000
PETER BAY Deeded white sandy beach access and
gated community with paved roads and underground
utilities. A .5 acre in Lower Peter Bay for $3,700,000.,
.50 acre in Upper Peter Bay for $2,900,000 and
includes preliminary drawings for 6 bdrm/6 1/2 bath
pool villa.
ESTATE CONCORDIA Large .81 acre parcel, easy
build, good ocean views, and breezes. close to NPS
beaches. $550,000
CATHERINEBERG! Breathtaking, pristine North
Shore views of Cinnamon Bay, Tortola, Jost and the
Caribbean Sea; within National Park boundaries;
excavated with driveway. 1.14 acre for $2,250,000.
Upper Carolina .5 ac, expansive water views....$199,000
Upper Carolina middle tier great views.51 ac ... $385,000
Upper Carolina w/driveway adj. lot avail. 5 ac...$450,000
Expansive Views, dual building sites, .75 ac.....$459,900
Mill Vista, small apartment w/ plans .52 ac .......$499,000
Ajax Peak, Stunning STT Views .504 ac...........$540,000
Upper Carolina, two lots 1.00 ac w/ driveway... $895,000

LAVENDER HILL! Fabulous unit in excellent condition on middle level; stunning views of Pillsbury Sound to
STT, wrap around decks, new kitchen & a/c. Newly redecorated and strong rental program $875,000
available in this one of a kind complex. Excellent rental program, ocean and harbor views, tastefully appointed
and fully air-conditioned. $980,000 and $1,275,000.
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.

sCHEZ SHELL Beautiful, newly renovat-

ed, rental villa in prime area near Westin.
Three bedrooms / three baths w/ac., gor-
geous kitchen, fantastic views, decorator
furnishings, spa, walk to beach. Turnkey.

AURORA Luxurious 4 bedroom / 4 bath masonry villa
on Contant Point. Enjoy 180" views from Great Cruz to St.
Thomas, great privacy, pool, multiple outdoor areas, gor-
geous 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 W/ 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-
mac ated
swim r plan,
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 bath situated
just f r t for
boat e oors,
A/C. Vacation rental history. $2,774,000.
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. $3,495,000.
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 /2 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, /2 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 harbor views
& 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

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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

soaring CATHERINEBERG'S "MANGO BAY" ovc k wi th
ceilings, has amazing north shore views, b e a c h .
extensive k i total privacy! 1+ lush acre (fruittrees CATHERINEBERG (5X5 Adjacent 4 "CONTENTMENT" Fabulous BEACHFRONT(4X4)"HARBOUR

dock. $8,400,000. Exquisite Charm! $5,950,000. & spa $5,250,000. $4,200,000. reduced!

breathtaking views, huge pool & spa, fabulous "SEACAY VILLA", "SEAVIEW" vacation villa. Charming 4 bdrm, HILL Delightful 3 bedroom income producing
villa or residence! $3,000,000 Price reduced! pool villa has masonry home in excellent condition with large masonry home with pool and privacy. Beautiful
WATERFRONT (3x3) "LA DOLCE VITA" with unobstructed, pool in convenient Chocolate Hole. $1,395,000. water views to St. Thomas! Extensive exotic
boat mooring. 376 ft. shoreline. W-1 zoning allows panoramic ocean U P P E R landscaping. TRADE or $999,000.

"GREAT EXPECTATIONS" (7x71/2) 1 ac., tennis, short term rental HOLE GEM! COLORFUL FISH BAY RETREAT! Immaculate 3
2 homes, pools, spas, walkto beaches. Impressive history. Short Masonry 3 BR bedroom 3 bath home, boardr s National Park,
rental. $2,495,000. drive to Cruz Bay. 3.5 BA home, views of Fish Bay & Ditleff Pt. $795,000.
"POINCIANA" 1.24 acres beachfront on Hart $1,995,000. pool, private INCREDIBLE FISH BAY VALUE! 4 bed/2 bath
Bay. 3 bedroom beach house with spa, views and "COCONUTS" lower BR w/ home with huge panoramic views and quiet
breezes. $2,495,000. 3X3 GIFFT HILL separate entry, location. $750,000.
CHOCOL AT E VILLA, impressive large room "SANCTUARY GARDEN" Serene well-built
HOLE NORTH views with for addl. BR, home with 2 units, lovely pool, gardens &
(5x5) "SOLARIS" awesome sunsets excellent rental potential. $1,390,000. expansive decks in thi quiet, private location
Spectacular views and St. Thomas "SEABISCUIT" (2x2) Caribbean style, masonry, PRICE REDUCED $725,000.
of 5 bays. 60' lap lights. Caribbean panoramic views, pool & hot tub. Immaculate,
pool, courtyard, and style. $1,499,999. above Coral Harbour. $1,150,000. "CAROLINA FIXER-UPPER" Two bedroom
great amenities. NEW CONSTRUCTION CHOCOLATE HOLE A G family home plus separate studio rental
$2,400,000. totally charming, 2x2 C O T TAG E" downstairs. View to Tortola. $415,000.
I "VILLA SIBELLA" with private gated a d o r a b I e
S Beautiful new 5 courtyard, largepool, Caribbean style
bedroom villa in planters & columns, masonry cottage OWN A MONTH (OR MORE) in a 3 or 4
Virgin Grand Estates! arched doors and with wonderful bedroom luxury home. Magnificent views
Spacious rooms windows, island down island and sunsets from 3 homes with all amenities,
with top of the line stone showers, a/c, views and great pools with waterfalls and spas. Deeded home
amenities. Views, pool, hi tech kitchen, etc. rental history. ownerships from $79,000.
privacy! $2,200,000. $1,495,000. $1,100,000.

Exclusively Listed Land

Dreekets Bay Estates, 2.5 acres, beachfront, BVI views, breezes, quality roads
Boatman Point, 1.2 ac, 5 bdrm house plans, cliff front
Boatman Point, .70 acre, 175 ft of east facing shoreline.
Lovango Cay, waterfront parcel, .65 acre
Upper Carolina, .5 acre, Sunrise, Coral Bay Harbor views
Sugar Apple West, .5 acre, waterviews, easy build
Bordeaux Mountain BVI view, down hill build 0.537 acre.
Bordeaux Mtn, water views, .5 ac downhill build
Lower Bordeaux Mt, .27 acre, approved plans & cistern
Bonus Villa Use, Seagrape Hill, dual water view, 0.387 acre



ENDLESS VIEWS ACROSS THE WATERS from these three premiere lots in Upper Peter Bay.
This gated community is in the midst of Nat'l Park land, beaches & deeded beach access.

"LOVANGO" Build your
dream home on this
parcel. $899,000.

PRISTINE VIEWS. Low density subdivision with 7 large
parcels, paved road, stone walls & underground utilities; above
Rendezvous Bay. $1,000,000 to 1,400,000.
Bay subdivision, Dreekets Bay and Privateer Bay, with pristine
views & lovely beaches listed from $285,000 $900,000.
"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
"VIRGIN GRAND ESTATES" Gated community featuring
underground utilities, paved roads, & gorgeous sweeping
views. Five fabulous lots ranging from $469,000 to $785,000.

subdivision offer exciting views and adjacent to National Park.
Underground utility access and paved roads. From .51 to .91
acre, $299,000 $795,000.
"CANEEL HILL"- SELLER FINANCING is a very private residential
community just minutes from Cruz Bay with beautiful water views
to St. Thomas. The gentle grade and easy access make these 3
parcels very desirable, easily buildable homesites. Total 1.78 acres
for $700,000.
"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 $550,000.
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.
breezes and delightful south shore parcel overlooks Pillsbury
views! Two parcels just over a half Sound and site has new
acre each. $399,000. Sound and site has new
acre each. 399,000.and easy access. Seller
FISH BAY Two Great parcels one including permitted plans
with improvements & active plans for 3 bedroom, 3 bath
and one with great views & end of home!! $350,000.
road privacy. $375,000 $385,000.

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 21-27, 2008

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