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St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Tristan Ewald and Tom Oat
Dancing Indians, stone age revelers, costumed major-
ettes and African warriors thrilled the crowd in Cruz Bay
during the Festival Parade on Friday, July 4.
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Westin Resort's General Manager David
Yamada, above left, leads the resort's stone
age Flinstone troupe.
A one man troupe: The Mighty Groover.
Middle Age Majorettes, above.
A Barack Obama supporter.
Miss St. John
We and Dem Youth's mocko jumbie.
Caneel's Nikolay Hotze.
A Shaka Zulu member.
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2008 Festival Parade Marshal Miles Stair.
St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Tristan Ewald and Tom Oat
Caneel Bay Resort's floupe donned feathers for their Tribal Escape in 2008 devoted to
Hopi Inidan flute dancers.
A Diamond and Gem.
Westin's Arno Pfeffer.
A feathered member of Shaka Zulu troupe. The Diamonds and Gems ladies get down.
Feathers, Beads and Music Fill St. John Festival Parade
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Crowds packed the streets of Cruz Bay, danc-
ing along with mocko jumbies and revelers in
florescent colored costumes for the St. John
Festival Parade on Friday, July 4.
Mocko jumbies, the Mighty Groover this
year pushing a fruit cart and dispensing poems
- and the Love City Pan Dragons were high-
lights once again as the fun-filled parade wound
through Cruz Bay delighting new-comers as
well as veteran Festival Parade-goers.
Bright costumes and feathers impressed first
time parade attendee, Maisie Loo.
"I'm having a ball," said Loo, who was vis-
iting from Georgia. "I love the costumes, the
entertainment and the mood of the city. There
is just a lot of gaiety."
"Everyone is in such a great mood," Loo
continued. "In how many parades do you get to
see so many feathers?"
Festival has become a tradition for long-time
St. John resident Gary Emmons, who attended
"You don't experience St.
John unless you've been to
Festival. It's part of the tradi-
tion here and it's just a lot of
veteran parade attendee
his 31st parade this year.
"You don't experience St. John unless you've
been to Festival," said Emmons. "It's part of
the tradition here and it's just a lot of fun."
The St. John Brewers' float was popular once
again this year, as owners Kevin Chipman and
Chirag Vyas handed out free samples of their
brew to the thirsty crowd.
The Westin Resort and Villas troupe trans-
ported the crowd back to the stone age as they
rocked out in animal prints and faux fur. The
resort's general manager David Yamada joined
the fun donning a Fred Flintstone costume as
he rode in a car straight out of Bed Rock.
Teepees and feathers were the theme of the
day for the Caneel Bay Resort troupe which em-
bodied Hopi Flute Dancers this year. Caneel's
managing director Nikolay Hotze showed his
spirit in a feathered head-dress as he danced
along with the troupe.
Towering mocko jumbies from the We and
Dem Youth troupe beckoned the crowd to join
in on the fun and even whisked a few adventur-
ous souls down the streets.
Majorettes from St. Thomas and St. John
entertained the crowds with intricate routines.
Love City's Middle Age Majorettes were on
hand again having an infectiously good time.
The members of the Shaka Zulu troupe were
stunning in feathers and body paint.
The great weather continued throughout the
afternoon and into the evening when a stellar
fireworks display lit up the skies above Cruz
Bay, wrapping up Jump Up and Congregate for
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Soca Explosion for Festival 2008
By Zarah Rose
St. John Tradewinds
The pre-J'ouvert night of July
3 was by far the most musically
exhilarating this year for St. John
In the Winston Wells ball field
Soul Bashment Entertainment
presented "Girl Fete 2008" which
featured Love City's very own
Cool Session Brass as an opening
act along with Jam Tyme, DJ Ava-
lanche and Icon Sounds.
Radio personality "Deh Realist"
hosted the event. Respect goes to
Cool Session Brass for their many
performances again this year, and
for setting a high standard for oth-
er artists to follow. Leading lady
Tishelle Knight sang many of our
favorite hits including a crystal
clear version of Alicia Key's "No
One" proving again how dynamic
her range can be.
A variety of Soca queens hit the
stage into the early morning hours.
Tizzy, hailing from Antigua and
famous for her song "Expose,"
and Senell Dempster from Trini-
dad and Tobago backed by the also
very sexy, all male Atlantik Band,
both celebrated the independence
and strength of women.
Headliner Destra Garcia, who is
known for her eccentric punk rock
fusion in both her fashion choices
and her soca music, closed the
In 2003 Garcia became a star
on the soca scene, with her first
album "Red, White and Black"
and the popular duet with Machel
Montano "It's Carnival" a song
that has since become an anthem
throughout the Caribbean.
Unfortunately the crowd didn't
funnel into the ball field until
Claudette Peters, above far left, entertains a packed
crowd at Festival Village on Thursday night, July 3.
around 2:30 a.m. because the ac-
tion was at Festival Village.
The crowd was packed in the
village to hear the other Trinidad
and Tobago stars, Traffik Jam,
with their sizzling hot front man
Winchester and Traffik per-
formed here for the fourth time,
as they continue to build a broader
fan base with their raucous soca
rhythms and pop covers.
"O.K. St. John, this is our fourth
time here, you know this is a fam-
ily affair now," Winshester said on
Band members threw bottles of
water and baby powder to the ex-
cited mob and nobody left without
getting powdered or soaked, part
of a tradition that is rooted in car-
Winchester was the winner of
the 2008 Groovy Soca Monarch
award in Trinidad and Tobago yet
again. In 2006 Winchester also
made history winning both the
Groovy Soca Monarch and the
Power Soca Monarch in the pres-
tigious International Soca Mon-
Traffik introduced their hot new
female lead vocalist Keran, who
was on stage with the band for
only the second time!
Judging from her performance
and solid vocals, she is a sea-
soned entertainer and no stranger
to the stage. Hailing from Turner
Point in Trinidad she "represents
the east" as she told me after the
"I am so excited to be here and
it's really extraordinary touring
with the guys," said Keran. "They
are all like my big brothers!"
We will undoubtedly see more
of Keran on the soca music scene,
and more than likely again for St.
John Festival next year.
St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Zarah Rose
St. John Tradewinds, July 7-13, 2008 5
Jahlil Ward Arrested for Jamie Cockayne Murder
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
The lure of Festival time on St.
John is so strong, even suspected
murderers can't resist.
More than a year after Jamie
Cockayne was stabbed to death in
Cruz Bay, V.I. Police Department
officials arrested Jahlil Ward on
June 27 at the Cyril E. King Air-
port on St. Thomas as the Gift Hill
man was returning to the territory
from the mainland.
Ward, 20, was the third man ar-
rested in connection to the high-
profile murder which occurred
during the early morning hours of
June 19, 2007. He faces charges of
first degree murder, first degree as-
sault and using a dangerous weap-
on in the commission of a crime of
At Ward's advice of rights hear-
ing on Monday, June 30, V.I. Supe-
rior Court Judge Brenda Hollar set
bail at $100,000. Unable to post
bail, Ward was remanded to the St.
Thomas correctional facility.
Following a media outcry by
Cockayne's parents who ap-
peared on several national cable
news outlets blasting the VIPD -
Kamal Thomas, originally from
Georgia, and Anselmo Boston, a
St. Croix native, were arrested in
August 2007 and charged with
murdering the 21-year-old Penn-
"We found the murderer and now they are
saying we aided and abetted him. This just
shows that no good deed goes unpunished.
They don't want to admit that they got the
wrong two people."
Attorney Michael Joseph, counsel for Kamal Thomas
Both Thomas and Boston face
first degree murder, first degree as-
sault and weapons charges. Thom-
as also faces a witness tampering
Ward's arrest came after Thom-
as's defense attorney Michael Jo-
seph submitted an affidavit nam-
ing the St. John man as a suspect
in a pre-trial motion.
In a May 12 affidavit, an Estate
Enighed resident explained how
he was at home with his girlfriend
when Ward started banging on his
door, according to written reports.
Ward bragged about killing
Cockayne to the Estate Enighed
man that night and to at least one
other person the following day, ac-
cording to a report in the VI. Daily
Despite Ward's arrest, the gov-
ernment has not dropped the charg-
es against Thomas or Boston.
Charges Against Three
"Friday's arrest of Jahlil Ward
does not exonerate, at this time,
either Anselmo Boston or Kamal
Thomas of their involvement in the
violent and fatal attack on James
Cockayne," Attorney General for
the Virgin Islands Vincent Frazer,
said in a prepared statement. "Each
of the men is charged, and will be
tried as principals, who aided and
abetted one another in carrying out
Department of Justice Officials
aren't dropping the charges against
Thomas because they simply can't
admit they made a mistake, ac-
cording to Joseph.
"We found the murderer and
now they are saying we aided and
abetted him," said Joseph. "This
just shows that no good deed goes
unpunished. They don't want to
admit that they got the wrong two
At the time of the murder Cock-
ayne had been on St. John for about
a month while he was awaiting pa-
perwork from the British Virgin
Islands for employment at the Bit-
ter End Yacht Club, where he was
hired to be a sailing instructor.
Front Yard Fight
On the evening of June 18, 2007,
just hours before he was stabbed to
death in front of the Fashion Pal-
ace, Cockayne got into a physical
altercation with Boston and Thom-
as at the Front Yard Bar, located
next door to the VIPD's Leander
Boston allegedly broke a pool
stick over Cockayne's head before
he and Thomas chased him up the
street stabbed him to death behind
wooden construction scaffold.
Witnesses say they saw Cock-
ayne stumble out from behind the
partition and say "why don't you
just go ahead and kill me then."
Thomas and Boston, both out of
jail but confined to house arrest,
are set to appear in court on Octo-
ber 6 with Ward.
Joseph predicted a contentious
courtroom if Ward's case is joined
with the case against Thomas and
"As far as we are concerned, it's
going to be a very brutal trial if we
are sitting next to the murderer,"
April 2006 Shooting
Ward's arrest late last month was
not his first brush with the law. The
Gift Hill man was involved in a
rash of violence that occurred over
two days across St. John in April
2006, which landed Ward in the
hospital and cost him a kidney.
First a 16-year-old boy was shot
in the hand on April 7, 2006 in Es-
tate Enighed. The next day Ward
ended up on the other end of a fire-
arm when he was seriously injured
in an apparent retaliatory drive-by
Ward pleaded guilty to posses-
sion of an unlicensed firearm in
connection to the April 7, 2006
shooting of the teenager. Judge
Hollar sentenced him to serve 15
months in jail and to pay a $5,000
Denzil Stevens, a 19-year-old
Estate Carolina man, was found
guilty of attempting to kill Ward in
the April 8 drive-by shooting. Ste-
vens was sentenced to 15 years in
prison for the shooting.
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Ground Broken for Town Home Phase of Calabash Boom Affordable Housing
By Tom Oatt
St. John Tradewinds
Workmen were carting away
the decorative plants installed for
the official groundbreaking for the
72-unit Calabash Boom afford-
able housing development as soon
as the gathered dignitaries and St.
Johnians went to the buffet in the
After more than a year of de-
lay due to legal challenges of the
V.I. Housing Finance Authority-
backed development on the shore
of Coral Bay, the trappings for the
formal groundbreaking were in the
way of a fast-moving construction
juggernaut that is expected to com-
plete the project in 18 months.
Public officials, other dignitar-
ies and their entourages almost
outnumbered the several dozen St.
Johnians in attendance, some from
neighborhood families who could
be future tenants of the new apart-
ments and town homes.
Nevertheless, the public good of
affordable housing development
was the main topic for speakers.
"St. John is an island that is
extremely expensive and hard to
build on," said VIHFA Executive
Director Clifford F. Graham. "St.
John has always had a lack of af-
Enticing Locals Back Home
Graham called the affordable
housing an "effort to retain the
workforce, to retain St. Johnians
and entice those (who have left) to
come back home."
"As he spoke, his commitment
to this project was clear," said
V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna
Christensen of Graham's work to
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Governor John deJongh, center, is joined by Reliance Housing President Bob Jackson,
far right, and other dignitaries and V.I. senators at the groundbreaking of Calabash Boom
affordable Housing on Monday, June 30.
"make it possible for average citi-
zens to rent or purchase... to make
homes for families."
"So many people can look for-
ward to having a safe, clean place
to raise a family," Del. Christens-
en said in praise of the Calabash
Sen. Celestino A. White made
note of the rapidly progressing
work on 48 units of affordable
rental apartments which towered
above the groundbreaking site
for the 24 affordable duplex town
homes which will be for sale to
A vocal and longtime supporter
of affordable housing in the ter-
ritory, Sen. White was critical of
opponents of the Calabash Boom
development who delayed the start
of the project for more than a year
with "frivolous obstructions."
"We are here to be friends of
homeowners," Sen. White told the
assemblage. "Absolutely no one
will get in the way."
Sen. Celestino White
"The court said 'Ah yo don't
come back,'" White said much
to the delight of the supportive St.
Johnian audience of lawsuits
filed by opponents to the projec-
tas he praised Reliance Housing
Foundation Inc.'s Robert Jackson
and John Wessel of contractor
"I encourage St. Johnians to be
sure to file," Sen. White said to
those potential apartment tenants
and townhome owners in the au-
dience. "You can't just say, 'I'm
from St. John so one is mine."'
"I want you living in your is-
land," Sen. White said. "I make no
apologies to anyone for my strong
efforts on home ownership."
"Let's find more land on St.
John," Sen. White said to the other
government leaders on the dais.
"Let's find more land on St. Thom-
as and St. Croix."
"I want to see Water Island with
units, so all the people of the Virgin
Islands will be able to live there,"
added Sen. White.
Commitment to Housing
Gov. John P. deJongh, who also
alluded to opposition to the project
"based on selfishness" and "based
on being restrictive," reaffirmed
his administration's commitment
to building affordable housing.
"It truly is about building a com-
munity," Gov. deJongh said. "It's
not just about tourism; it's about
being able to afford to have fami-
lies stay here."
"It is about an island that has
limited possibilities of home own-
ership," Gov. deJongh added. "It
shows people want the ability of
"It shows that in the long run,
if it's right, it will be able to be
done," Gov. deJongh continued.
"This project is going to cause de-
velopment out here that we haven't
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"Little St. Jeff's" for Sex Crime Time
By Tom Oat
St. John Tradewinds
One of the territory's wealthiest
and most well-connected residents,
billionaire Jeffrey E. Epstein, will
be registering as a sex offender
when he returns to the U.S. Virgin
Island he calls "Little St. Jeff's."
The New York money-manager
left Little St. James, the official
name of his private island south
east of St. Thomas, at the end of
June for West Palm Beach, Flori-
da, where he pleaded guilty to so-
liciting prostitution from underage
girls on July 1.
Epstein, who counts among his
friends former President Bill Clin-
ton, is building a reported 50,000
square foot house on the 78-acre
island south west of St. John
across Pillsbury Sound and regu-
larly travels by private jet between
the Virgin Islands and his state-
side residences, which include
a 50,000 square foot Manhattan
Prosecutors alleged Epstein had
a female employee hire young
women, some of whom were as
young as 14 years old, to give him
massages in his Palm Beach home.
Epstein was alleged to have solic-
ited some of the underage women
to perform sexual acts.
Former federal prosecutor Ken-
neth W. Starr and Harvard law pro-
fessor Alan M. Dershowitz were
part of Epstein's legal defense
team when a Florida grand jury
charged the investment banker
with one count of soliciting pros-
titution in 2005.
Defense attorneys claimed Ep-
stein had no knowledge the wom-
"The villa will occu-
py the island's prom-
ontory, which offers
views of the Atlantic
on one side and the
Caribbean on the oth-
er. It will have a sepa-
rate library to house
Mr. Epstein's 90,000
volumes, a Japanese
bathhouse and what
he calls a 'Ziegfeld'
Excerpt from the New York Times
en were underage.
"But then the United States at-
torney's office in Miami became
involved," The New York Times re-
ported July 1. "Last summer, Mr.
Epstein got an ultimatum: plead
guilty to a charge that would re-
quire him to register as a sex of-
fender, or the government would
charge him with sexual tourism,
according to people who were
briefed on the discussions."
The Times did not elaborate on
what would have supported charg-
es of "sexual tourism."
"Federal prosecutors initially
threatened to bring him to trial
on a variety of charges and seek
the maximum penalty, 10 years in
prison," according to the Times.
"After years of legal wrangling,
Mr. Epstein pleaded guilty to less-
er state charges."
When contacted by St. John
Tradewinds in 2006, the Palm
Beach Police Department de-
tective who followed Epstein
for months to bring the original
charges against him declined to
comment on whether he had tailed
Epstein on the financier's regular
flights to St. Thomas on his private
Tradewinds could not determine
if federally-required flight records
showed whether Epstein had been
accompanied by any underage
women on his regular trips to the
Circuit Judge Deborah Dale
Pucillo sentenced Epstein, 55,
to 18 months in the Palm Beach
County jail, followed by a year of
Little St. Jeff's?
Little St. James, is being devel-
oped by Epstein as a "palm-fringed
Xanadu," according to the Times.
While development plans of the
European owners of the neighbor-
ing Great St. James recently were
denied by the DPNR's Coastal
Zone Management, Epstein's
grand plans for his private island
have transformed its topography.
"The villa will occupy the is-
land's promontory, which offers
views of the Atlantic on one side
and the Caribbean on the other,"
the Times reported on July 1. "It
will have a separate library to
house Mr. Epstein's 90,000 vol-
umes, a Japanese bathhouse and
what he calls a 'Ziegfeld' movie
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"A lot of veterans feel we're be-
ing betrayed on both sides," said
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St. Thomas or Puerto Rico, it's an
inconvenience. I'd prefer to see
the VA inconvenienced instead of
There is a social worker in
Puerto Rico who is available to
help veterans who are homeless
or have substance abuse problems,
"We are also trying to form part-
nerships with other agencies who
provide these services in the terri-
tory to refer veterans to us," Reiss-
The VA clinic in St. Thomas will
soon offer expanded tele-medicine
capabilities to better monitor pa-
tients between appointments and
increase psychiatric services, ex-
"Tele-medicine is the capability
of using technology in remote ar-
eas when a specialist is not there,"
Gracia said. "With tele-medicine
we can have close follow-up of
our patients and cut down on their
travel time. We will also use it to
increase our psychiatry offerings."
"We can do psycho-therapy
through tele-medicine," added
Gracia. "Tele-medicine is being
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8 St. John Tradewinds, July 7-13, 2008
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
As Veterans Affairs (VA) of-
ficials in Puerto Rico strive to
improve services and efficiency,
St. John veterans should take ad-
vantage of resources available on
island, VA officials told about 25
residents who attended a Monday
morning, June 30, meeting at the
Cruz Bay Legislature building.
Delegate to Congress Donna
Christensen hosted the meeting
with Nancy Reissener, director of
Veterans Affairs in the Caribbean;
Sandra Gracia, chief of staff at the
VA hospital in Puerto Rico; My-
raim Zayas, chief of health benefits
and eligibility; and Axel Roman,
patient advocate and customer ser-
vice representative. Harry Daniel,
Assistant Director of the VI. Of-
fice of Veterans Affairs, was also
With no VA clinic on island, vet-
erans on St. John must travel to the
VA clinic on St. Thomas or the VA
hospital in Puerto Rico for treat-
ment. Not surprisingly, veterans
complain most often of long travel
time and high travel expenses, ex-
plained Jerry Runyon, commander
of the island's American Legion
Viggo E. Sewer Post #131.
"Transportation from St. John to
St. Thomas can be difficult," said
Runyon. "Sometimes taxi driv-
ers won't make the turn-around to
the clinic because they're too busy
taking tourists to the airport."
"The clinic here is affiliated
with St. Thomas, so why can't we
get lab work done right here," Ru-
nyon said. "We need some services
available here on St. John."
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Veterans on St. John often deal
with inconvenient appointment
times, Runyon added.
"We need to catch a 6 a.m. ferry
for a 7:30 a.m. appointment and
often we have very long waits to
see the doctor," he said.
To be reimbursed for travel ex-
penses, veterans need only stop by
the St. John Administrator's office
on Fridays when officials from the
local VA are on-island, according
"The local Veterans Affairs can
reimburse you now," Daniel said.
"It used to be 50 percent, but now
it's 100 percent. All you need to do
is bring your receipt."
"We work on the local side, but
we can help with the federal side
too," Daniel continued. "There is
often paper work to sign, so you
must be there in person."
Veterans, however, haven't been
taking advantage of the local re-
source, Daniel added.
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"We used to see a lot of people,
but lately no one has been coming.
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Residents Look To Sun for Relief from Rising Energy Bills
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
As V.I. Water And Power Authority rates
continue to skyrocket with no relief in sight,
more and more residents are turning to one
affordable resource the Virgin Islands has
plenty of the sun.
Households across St. John are already
seeing the benefits of solar power as they
switch appliances like pool pumps to run
solely off the sun.
Now residents can go one step further
than storing solar power in batteries, thanks
to the V.I. government's recent approval of
Instead of storing power generated by
solar panels in batteries which require
maintenance and get worn down grid
tie-ins allow residents who produce excess
power to put that energy back into WAPA's
Just imagine a power meter running in re-
verse to get the idea.
The technology, however, isn't that sim-
ple so luckily there is Pangaea Solar and
Electric on island.
Selling Energy To WAPA
Founded two years ago by Will Lloyd and
licensed electrician Steve Slade, Pangaea
can help residents drastically reduce their
WAPA bills, or even eliminate them all to-
Virginia Thornwaite can attest to that.
Slade recently installed what he believes
to be the first home net meter grid tie-in at
Thornwaite's Estate Chocolate Hole house.
"We installed six solar panels and a grid
tie inverter," said Slade. "It's fantastic.
St. John Tradewinds News Photo Courtesy of Pangaea
Solar panels in position soaking up rays from the Caribbean sun are a
great alternative source of energy.
She's sharing her produced energy with the
rest of us."
Thomwaite's system allows the hom-
eowner to use power when she needs it,
whether the sun is up or down, Slade ex-
"If the system is producing more than
she is using, like in the day when the sun is
strong, then the meter runs backwards and
the energy goes back into the grid," said
Slade. "Then at night when there is no sun,
the meter spins the normal direction and she
uses what she put in earlier."
"With enough solar capacity she can cut
her WAPA bill to zero," Slade added.
Cost of Solar Panels Covered
And Thomwaite didn't even have to shell
out any money for the solar panels. Through
the V.I. Energy Office's rebate program res-
idents can get refunds for solar panels ca-
pable of up to one kilowatt of production,
as long as they patronize a certified rebate
After the initial investment of installing
the grid tie in system which can run
about $10,000 residents only have to sit
back and watch their WAPA bills dwindle.
"It's quite simple," said Lloyd. "Place the
solar panels and then just let them soak up
the sun's rays."
And the strong Caribbean sun means VI.
residents can save even faster than their
neighbors to the north.
"This is the fastest return on investment
for saving electricity and cutting down on
electric costs," said Slade. "Usually it takes
eight to 12 years for the system to totally
pay for itself. Here it only takes five to eight
years for the return on investment, then the
electricity is yours free."
Residents producing their own power also
translates into WAPA not having to increase
production, which is already a problem
during the winter months of peak tourism,
As eco-consciousness continues to catch
on across the globe, solar energy and net
metering simply make sense, he added.
Clean and Maintenance Free
"Solar energy is the cleanest energy avail-
able and it makes no noise," said Slade.
"There are no batteries needed and really no
maintenance at all. These systems last basi-
"It seems so obvious," added Lloyd.
"There is all this sun and electricity is ridic-
ulously expensive. It just makes sense finan-
cially and the government is behind it."
To see how Pangaea can lower your elec-
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KATS St. John Celebrates 21st Annual
Promotion Ceremony at Skinny Legs
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
As another year of instruction
came to a close, young sailors, their
families and Kids And The Sea St.
John volunteers gathered at Skinny
Legs on Saturday afternoon, June
28, for the organization's 21st an-
nual promotion exercises.
The KATS achievement awards
celebration saw 26 students ad-
vance and continued the group's
restructuring focus, explained
KATS secretary Jennifer Robin-
"We have been restructuring
the KATS program, especially
our method of promotion for our
students," said Robinson. "U.S.
Sailing Association provides certi-
fication for sailors and this has be-
come the focus of our training. We
are teaching the 19 skills required,
using U.S. Sailing's standards of
Instead of basing students' ad-
vancement on how long they have
been attending the youth sail-
ing program, the new guidelines
are based on skill, Robinson ex-
"Each child is evaluated indi-
vidually and sails in the group
which reflects his or her ability,"
she said. "Within these levels there
are phases of competency which
allows us to track the kids' accom-
plishments and to determine their
advancement based on skill, not
length of time in the program."
"Experience has taught us that
both instructors and students ben-
efit from this approach," added
Robinson. "There is no finite time
frame for certification. When the
skills have been mastered, a log
book recording the achievements
is sent to U.S. Sailing for their ap-
St. John Kids And The Sea promotees gather on the
steps at Skinny Legs.
proval and issuing of the certifi-
After sailing with KATS for
10 years, Hugo Jr. and Mayumi
"Mimi" Roller graduated from the
non-profit all-volunteer program
in a June ceremony. Hugo has al-
ready headed off to the U.S. Naval
Academy and Mimi is awaiting
word of a Beijing Olympic wild-
For 26 other young sailors, their
KATS instruction will continue in
the fall. KATS officials are com-
piling a list of interested adults for
its Adults And The Sea program,
which is slated to run on Saturdays
for four weeks this summer.
The program fee is $200 and
will be taught on sailor-friendly
ensign jib and main keel
boats. To register for the summer
ANTS program call Connections
East at 779-4994.
Making U.S. History More Inclusive of V.I. Figures
St. John Tradewinds
A resolution which expresses
the sense of Congress that chil-
dren in the United States should
understand and appreciate contri-
butions of individuals from U.S.
Territories to U.S. History, was set
to pass the U.S. House of Repre-
sentatives Monday, June 23, ac-
cording to Delegate to Congress
Donna M. Christensen.
Christensen was expected to go
to the floor to speak on behalf of
the resolution's passage.
The amended resolution, H.
Con. Res. 2, calls for individu-
als from the USVI, Puerto Rico,
American Samoa, Guam and the
Northern Mariana Islands who
have made significant contribu-
tions to American culture, whether
through politics, music, arts, sci-
ence, sports, education and more,
to be included U.S. history teach-
ings across the nation.
"Our nation is strengthened by
the diversity of its citizens, and
individuals from the territories of
the United States contribute to that
diversity," said Christensen. "The
sad reality is that some students,
and some adults, do not know
where the U.S. territories are lo-
cated geographically or the impor-
tant contributions they have made,
not only to world history, but to
U.S. history, as well."
Christensen introduced the
resolution following a visit to the
Charlotte Amalie High School
campus on St. Thomas a few years
ago, in which the students ques-
tioned why children in the main-
land knew so little about the Vir-
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First Aid/CPR Class Set for July 12, 19
St. John Tradewinds
The American Red Cross is offering First Aid and CPR courses
on St. Thomas on July 12 and 19. Registration, on a first come, first
served basis, is required. The cost for the combined course is $60
for individuals and $55 for non-profit and government employees.
For more information or to register call the American Red Cross in
St. Thomas at 774-0375.
Wesselhoft Proposed Naming Cruz Bay
Creek Afer Victor W. Sewer
St. John Tradewinds
Senator at Large Carmen Miranda Wesselhoft proposed legisla-
tion to rename the Cruz Bay Creek the Victor W. Sewer Marine
Sewer, who was born in 1919 and joined the merchant marines
in the early 1940s, became the St. John Development Corpora-
tion's first boat captain in 1956.
A lifelong captain and business man, Sewer owned and operated
a community center, a guest house and began the first regular boat
service between St. John and Tortola.
ANTS Classes Starting This Summer
St. John Tradewinds
Kids And The Sea St. John is getting ready to offer an adult sail-
ing class on Saturdays this summer.
The four-week class costs $200 and will be taught on sailor-
friendly ensign jib and main keel boats. To sign up for the
class call Connections East at 779-4994 and leave your name and
Christensen Declares Re-election Bid
St. John Tradewinds
Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen will announce her
bid for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on Mon-
day, July 7, at 10 a.m. at The Balcony restaurant in Cruz Bay.
Christensen is seeking a seventh term in the Congress. Members
of the media and friends and supporters are invited to attend. The
press conference begins at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served.
Boating Registration and Commercial
Fisherman Registration Available
on Island Every Tuesday and Thursday
St. John Tradewinds
The Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces
that boating registration will take place on St. John every Tuesday
and Thursday from Tuesday, June 17, to Thursday, July 17, at the
DPNR Office (next to Julius E. Sprauve School's Industrial Arts
classroom) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact the Division of Environmental Enforcement at 774-3320
on St. Thomas for further information.
Additionally, commercial fisherman registration will be con-
ducted on St. John Tuesday, July 15, at the Division of Permits at
Commercial fishermen registered during the 2007-2008 fishing
year must have all catch records submitted to be eligible for a new
fishing permit. After July 15, commercial fisherman registration
will be conducted at the Division of Fish and Wildlife Contact the
Division of Fish and Wildlife at 772-1955 or 775-6762 for more
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By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
It's easy to complain about trucks speeding down
the road or lengthy police response times, but now
a group of St. John residents is doing more than
Governor John deJongh recently tapped Helen Si-
mon to head up a revived nine-member St. John Citi-
zens' Integration Team.
A partnership between VI. Police Department of-
ficials and a group of Love City residents including
business owners, teachers and retired public officials,
an island CIT is not a new idea.
Members of this CIT group, however, are deter-
mined to see this latest reincarnation make a differ-
"This is a direct relationship between the police and
the public," said Simon, chairperson of the St. John
CIT. "Our mission is to enhance the quality of life and
safety on St. John."
Goals Set By Community
"Our responsibility is to work with the police de-
partment to accomplish whatever goals the CIT and
community determines are the needs of St. John," Si-
mon continued. "Over time and as our goals are met,
those needs will change."
First on the group's agenda is tackling the alarming
crime wave sweeping across the island by empower-
ing individual neighborhoods, Simon explained.
"We will educate the community on neighborhood
crime watches," said Simon. "We'll set up training
sessions in different areas and have the community
participate with the police to learn how to take care of
their own neighborhoods."
Not only will police help inform citizens, but VIPD
officers will be getting a helping hand from Love City
residents soon as well, Simon added.
Reenforcements for Police Force
"We're setting up a training program on St. John to
bring on our own auxiliary police officers," she said.
"There will be a 19-week training program, which
will be offered here on St. John at night. The program
will first of all enhance the size of our police force
which is quite small."
Auxiliary officers are paid for their work and this
is the perfect time to offer additional employment op-
portunities, Simon explained.
"Secondly, the auxiliary police are paid two-thirds
of a police officer's salary so it is a way for people
to get some additional revenue," said Simon. "It's
perfect timing with the economy slowing down and
people in need of other types of work. This is perfect
for someone who wants to do something additional
and get paid and help the community."
The CIT group is set to do something about speed-
ing trucks, Simon added.
Stop the Speeding and Spilling
"We're setting up a phone number people can call
to try to stop the problem we're having with trucks
and large vehicles speeding on the roads," said the
CIT chairperson. "The number will be called by the
citizen, who can hopefully identify the vehicle, and
there will be someone assigned specifically for the
line. There will be warnings followed by ticketing
"We will do something about the speeding and
spilling concrete the things we all complain about
but because police manpower is so small it's hard to
get results," Simon continued.
Chance To Make A Difference
Being actively involved is the only way to combat
crime and other dangers, according to Simon, who
hoped more citizens jump on board to make the is-
land's CIT group a success.
"As we move forward as a group and a community,
people will realize the only way to keep our island
safe is for all of us to be proactive," she said.
Simon, who has been long active in education
and the arts, is confident the effects of the new CIT
group's efforts will soon be obvious.
"I got involved because I saw a real possibility that
we could make a difference," said Simon. "Govern-
ment officials are very focused on making the chang-
es necessary to make our communities safe. Honestly,
in two sessions I've seen a difference."
Similar CIT groups are being formed throughout the
territory. For more information about the CIT group
or auxiliary police program call Simon at 693-8834.
St. John Tradewinds
Insular Superintendent of Schools for the St.
Thomas-St. John District, Ms. Jeanette Smith-Barry,
advises parents and guardians and the general public
of the district's intent to host a Summer Enrichment
program scheduled to begin later this month.
"A free summer enrichment program will be hosted
for five weeks this summer for students who have been
recommended by their principals," said Smith-Barry.
"Students who scored below the 50th percentile on
the Virgin Islands Territorial Assessment of Learning
are encouraged to attend the program to get the help
needed to increase their scores for next school year's
"Students who have deficiencies in reading/lan-
guage arts or math are also encouraged to attend
toward making up those deficiencies," Smith-Barry
"Most importantly, this year's program is geared to-
ward helping students reach higher levels of achieve-
ment in school," the insular suprintendent said. "Stu-
dents and parents are urged to take advantage of the
services offered free of charge, in a very relaxed at-
mosphere where learning is made fun. "
"Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so
parents must complete the application forms they
received from their schools and return them to the
school or to the Curriculum Center quickly," said
The Summer Enrichment program will operate at
the following sites: Gladys Abraham; Ulla Muller;
Joseph Sibilly; Lockhart and Joseph Gomez Elemen-
tary Schools; Julius Sprauve School; Addelita Can-
cryn Junior High and the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle
School. Students can attend classes at any one of the
Smith said that the District is currently finalizing
details of the program and will announce the start and
end dates shortly. For more information contact the
Superintendent's Office at 775-2250.
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Hinds Restaurant Will Bring European Expertise and New York Flair to Cruz Bay
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Add a pinch of timeless Euro-
pean tradition to cutting edge New
York gusto and blend well with
fresh seasonal island sensibilities
and you start to get a picture of
the type of cuisine that chef Wal-
ter Hinds will present at his new
Hinds Restaurant, slated to open
this month at the former Tage lo-
"Contemporary French with
multi-ethnic influences," is how
Hinds, the former chef at Stone
Terrace, describes what to expect
at his new endeavor.
A native New Yorker, Hinds
knew from a young age that food
would be in his future.
"I always knew that I would be
a chef," said Hinds. "My parents
are from Panama and growing up
we had a housekeeper from Pan-
ama who was an incredible cook.
I always loved food and knew it
was what I wanted to do."
Instead of following in his fa-
ther's footsteps in architecture,
Hinds attended what was then
Peter Kump's New York Cooking
School (now known as the Insti-
tute of Culinary Education).
Gotham Bar and Grill
After culinary school, Hinds
served his first stint in the industry
at the James Beard Award-winning
Gotham Bar and Grill under world
renowned chef Alfred Portale.
"Alfred was my mentor," said
Hinds. "He taught me how to do
great food consistently. He was
phenomenal to work with and was
a real trend-setter."
Portale isn't the only talented
chef Hinds has had the privilege
with whom to share a kitchen. Af-
ter several years at Gotham and
75 Main in Southampton, the bud-
ding chef crossed the pond for a
taste of the Parisian life.
"I worked at a Michelin three-
star restaurant in Paris with Lucas
Carton," said Hinds. "It was tradi-
tional French cuisine and just an
incredible experience. It was off
After a year in France, Hinds
returned to his East Coast roots,
cooking at 75 Main and other New
York area restaurants for several
years before the Caribbean came
Bliss-ful in St. Maarten
"A friend of mine bought a
beach bar in St. Maarten, and
wanted to buy the property behind
it so I got a call to come down and
open a restaurant," said Hinds.
"We opened the restaurant and
nightclub Bliss in 2001. Now it's
one of the top clubs in the Carib-
Another stint in New York fol-
lowed the St. Maarten experi-
ence and then Hinds took another
phone call which would alter the
direction of his life.
"I was back in New York and
I got a phone call from the man-
ager at Stone Terrace," said the
chef. "He had just heard about
me and they needed a chef. I was
kind of open at the time, so I came
Hinds manned the kitchen at
Stone Terrace for two seasons.
Under his tenure, the Cruz Bay
mainstay and the new chef on is-
land both received rave reviews
St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tristan Ewald
Chef Walter Hinds
before the restaurant doors were
shuttered earlier this year.
One Door Closes,
With Stone Terrace closed, and
no intention of leaving Love City,
it was the perfect time for Hinds to
branch out on his own.
"I love the island and I've met
some really special people," he
said. "As soon as I heard Stone
Terrace was going to close, I want-
ed to do my own project and I fell
in love with the old Tage space."
"It has this really sensual feel to
it and when I heard it was avail-
able, I hopped on it," Hinds con-
The chef has been busy redeco-
rating the space and making it his
own. When he opens, patrons can
expect the atmosphere to be as en-
ticing as Hinds' cuisine.
"It will be very sensual and very
cool with sultry music," he said.
"It will be really inviting. Hinds
Restaurant will be a place where
you can go for martinis or a nice
bottle of champagne or to enjoy an
Hinds plans to offer weekly
menus featuring the freshest in-
gredients he can find.
Fresh and Exciting
"It will be cutting edge but also
approachable," said the chef. "I
want to have five and seven course
tasting menus available with or
without wine pairings. I'll have a
very strong wine program which
will include varietals from South
America, Europe, California -
the full gamut."
"My menu will be all about the
freshest ingredients with minimal
handling and simple presenta-
tions," continued Hinds. "I like
letting the food speak for itself."
While the feel of the restaurant
might transport diners with its ur-
ban vibe, the food will reflect the
"The food will cater to the cli-
mate," said Hinds. "Dishes won't
be heavy at all, but will be really
fresh and clean."
Keep an eye out for Hinds Res-
taurant to start operations with a
soft opening this month. The vet-
eran chef will close in September
and prepare for a grand re-opening
Make room on your social cal-
endar this summer to try the cui-
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chef with Latin American roots
who earned his stripes at some of
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St. John Montessori School Coming Soon
By Katie Tarta
St. John Tradewinds
If you have been off-island for a while
you might be noticing that there seems to
have been a baby boom over the past few
Strollers abound in The Marketplace,
Mongoose Junction and just about anywhere
there is a walk-able surface.
And don't forget the mommies-to-be.
Bellies and babies are the newest St. John
fashion trend and in-line with these new de-
velopments comes one in the world of child-
Whether you are an expectant parent or
have recently received a stork delivery or
two, you maybe interested to know a Mon-
tessori pre-school is slated to pop up in our
own Coral Bay.
Montessori St. John
Montessori schools have been widely
available in the states for more than 50 years
and while it has also been in existence on
St. Thomas and St. Croix, St. John has been
notably without one until now.
Opening mid-September at the John's
Folly Learning Institute is the island's own
Montessori School headed by Debra Polucci
and assisted by Amelia Jones.
"Amelia Jones is avery dynamic mom and
our goal is to bring St. John the very best a
Montessori school can offer," said Polucci.
"Amelia, a Montessori student herself, still
remembers the joyful learning experience
she had, as most Montessori students do."
"We are so grateful to Alvis Christian
who has embraced a pre-school, specifically
Montessori, in Coral Bay and feel very sup-
ported by him and his board," Polucci con-
The Montessori philosophy provides an
environment which encourages a child's
natural desire to learn while strengthening
self-esteem and offering a safe platform
which allows them to assert their own inde-
pendence, according to Polucci.
Children who learn in the Montessori
environment are well-rounded individuals
with moral focus and prove themselves to
be good citizens working to better their own
surroundings, according to the school.
St. John Montessori believes that educa-
tion is nothing less than preparing a child
for life by emphasizing respect for self,
others and the environment as the core of
their foundation. The school will admit 23
students this year of various races, religions
and backgrounds exemplifying the diversity
of the island, explained Polucci.
Learning Through Creativity
Students of the Montessori learning pro-
gram can expect to utilize their own creativ-
ity to further their education, she added.
Various stations are set up in the school
including writing, reading and arts covers.
Children chose where they want to spend
their time resulting in stronger self confi-
dence and increased skill sets, Polucci said.
Montessori kids tend to have a solid sense
of self and community. They learn to play
"nice" which is something everyone could
benefit from, according to Polucci.
All students children between 2.9 and
7 years old are welcome are taught in the
same room as they also benefit from being
around different ages, according to Polucci.
The younger ones learn by watching the
older ones and the older children discover
the benefits of showing and teaching. Truly
the setup is designed to bring the best of
each age to the forefront of learning.
Polucci has a BA in Early Childhood
Education and has been accredited by the
Association Montessori International. She
has spent over 25 years teaching children in
the Montessori classroom, most recently by
provided home schooling for several fami-
lies on St. John as well as private tutoring.
It was not very long ago, however, that
she worked at the Virgin Islands Montessori
School on St. Thomas and for the past 10
years has been running her own AMI Mon-
tessori school on Martha's Vineyard.
The need for inter-personal early child-
hood education on St. John will not only be
met but will be accomplished in an afford-
able way, explained Polucci.
"We want to provide this sort of education
for anyone on island who is interested," she
said. "Even with full enrollment we only
cover 50 percent of our operating costs."
"We are counting on participation from
the community in several ways by at-
tending our fund raiser, and perhaps hav-
ing products or services to donate," Polucci
continued. "Starting up a new school has
many initial costs. It's going to be very dif-
ficult if we don't get the participation from
families and general community.
and Scholarships Possible
The St. John Montessori will operate mid-
September through mid-June.
While it takes roughly $6,000 per child
for the school to operate as a non-profit or-
ganization, the St. John Montessori will be
starting tuition at $4,500 for half day stu-
Polucci and Jones hope to have scholar-
ships and financial aid available given that
there has been such vocal support thus far
by both families and the business communi-
ty. Anyone interested in sponsoring a child
or donating any amount is urged to email
Polucci at email@example.com. She is
also available to elaborate on the details of
the St. John Montessori School.
As the island's youth grows it is wonder-
ful to note that the children's options for
education increases as well. It has become
widely publicized over the past decade that
not all children learn the same way.
Having a Montessori school in our midst
certainly helps in this capacity allowing for
students who benefit from non-traditional
methods to become not only valuable mem-
bers of their community, but high achievers
in their own right using their personal cre-
ativity to foster growth and learning.
Each sunrise over Coral Bay brings a daz-
zling tomorrow. Parents take note the
future of our children is bright and getting
sunnier by the minute.
To find out more about the Montessori
message visit www.montessori-ami.org.
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a column by island health care professionals
MRSA: Methcillin Resistant Stap. Aureus
By Mark Livingston, M.D.
St. John Tradewinds
One of the most talked about
medical problems I am seeing in
our office today is a relative new-
comer to medicine.
Considering how quickly it is
spreading, however, it is behaving
like an epidemic. And it has many
names, just adding to the mystery
I sound like one of my long-
bearded, gray haired medical
school professors when I hear my-
self explaining to its latest victim
that "this disease didn't even ex-
ist when I was in medical school"
during my now almost daily dis-
cussions with patients.
The condition I'm referring to
is brace yourself methcillin
resistant Staphylococcus aureus
cellulitis. I guess the CDC ran out
of short names. "Staph infection."
"Spider bite." "It really hurts."
It has as many names as it does
symptoms a rapidly spreading
red patch on the skin which is in-
creasingly warm, tender and even-
tually grotesquely swollen and
We in the medical profession
have shortened our term for it to
simply "mersuh," which is our
pronunciation of the easy-to-ab-
Even we drop the "cellulitis"
part, which is the one word that
best describes the condition, a bac-
terial infection of the upper layer
of the skin. MRSA is a modem day
Andromeda Strain, except it didn't
come from another planet. We cre-
ated this menace ourselves.
First, doctors over-prescribed
antibiotics for what were more
than likely viral syndromes. Then,
patients didn't take all of their anti-
biotic prescriptions, stopping them
as soon as the infection started to
resolve, and hoarding the remain-
der to under-treat the next one,
too, but without having to go see
We mutated a harmless skin
bacteria covering all of us, into
this menace now colonizing more
and more of us as we infect one
another in ways we don't fully un-
Our own immune systems
struggle with this one, whereas the
garden variety Staph. aureus infec-
tion of the past was nothing more
than a paper cut that felt tender
for a few days, and resolved even
with one swipe of Neosporin and
When our own antibodies can't
arrest the growth of this new super
bacteria, our bodies do what they
think is the next best thing and wall
off the infection to starve it out.
That sealed chamber the con-
tainment of a hull breach to save
the ship is called an abscess.
Unfortunately, MRSA has
learned how to eat the wall, so the
abscess enlarges rapidly and can
cause some serious problems if it
ruptures internally instead of to-
ward the surface.
Every pimple we've ever had
was an abscess, but one success-
fully engineered and executed
to lift the infection up and out of
our skin, rupturing and emptying
harmlessly on the surface. MRSA
doesn't rupture on it's own in the
early stage, not before it has dug
deep and firmly entrenched itself
in our skin.
MRSA abscesses are incredibly
painful before they decompress,
but even when they do, they often
don't resolve on their own without
surgical and antibiotic therapy.
The first word in the ominous
name deserves a little further ex-
planation. Methcillin is a com-
pound used in a laboratory to
simulate the effect on bacteria of
penicillin and it's derivatives like
amoxicillin and ampicillin.
I'm sure it's all done with la-
sers and i-Pods now, but back in
my day in microbiology class the
method we would use to test a bac-
teria's resistance to antibiotics was
to spread the sample of bacteria
in question we'd collected (don't
ask) over a coaster-sized, clear
plastic plate filled half an inch with
a nutrient jell-o, and then apply
little discs the size of hole punches
soaked in individual varieties of
Throw it in a human body temp
oven for 72 hours and then see
which discs were overgrown with
little bacterial colonies, and which
ones commanded a wide berth
with the plate still clear. So when I
now take the pus from your neigh-
bor's elbow sore, his Staph. aureus
bacteria can override most of the
antibiotics we test resistance for in
A better name for MRSA might
be "multi-drug resistant staph. au-
reus," since it's notjust methcillin/
penicillin we're talking about, but
also old standbys used for skin
infections like Keflex (cephalexin,
for those of you now checking the
seven year old half empty medi-
cine bottle you are still saving in
your kitchen cabinet for that rainy
day), erythromycin, and even Cip-
For those of us unfortunate
enough to have ever had a nasty
spider bite, it does in fact look and
feel a lot like one but if you
didn't see the spider, I'd be suspi-
cious. Some of the world's most
menacing arachnids can cause ne-
crosis (cell death) at the site of a
bite, but they rarely cause sec-
MRSA often begins, though,
with a superficial injury: a scald
from a splatter of grease; a rope
burn; a blister; a splinter. What is
different than you've experienced
before is how fast it spreads.
Patients often tell me just 24 or
48 hours later it has not responded
to all the usual tricks of applying
aloe or Neosporin, cleaning it with
soap and water, poking a hole in
it and 'squeezing the stuff out' (a
personal favorite that makes all
The infections are treatable,
but often need to be opened and
drained first to allow the immune
system to get the upper hand. Yes,
we numb them first.
Many inexpensive and safe an-
tibiotics still work, but we some-
times need that culture and sensi-
tivity testing to guide us to which
ones. MRSA cellulitis is definitely
contagious to close contacts, and if
untreated, can lead to some major
medical problems, even hospital-
Less seriously but more annoy-
ingly, untreated MRSA is far more
likely to cause major scarring.
All kidding aside in this light-
hearted look at an illness I hope
you have the good fortune to never
experience, I ask that you please
get some professional help with
infections you suspect might be
MRSA, whoever is most acces-
sible and available to you.
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What an incredible week (month
acutally) of celebration. The St.
John Festival was glorious in all
its beauty from Pan-O-Rama
to the Miss St. John Show and the
opening of Festival Village to the
fireworks display over Cruz Bay
Harbor and everyone had a
St. John Festival is one of my fa-
vorite events of the year. It's a sign
of summer for our family, with the
school year ending and the genip
trees ripening, we can't wait for
Festival Village to open.
The opening of Festival Village
was alive indeed. Old friends and
familiar faces greeted each other
with smiles, hugs and kisses while
dancing to the rhythm and sounds
of the Love City Pan Dragons and
Cool Sessions Brass.
My son Oliver's favorite part
of village is hanging out with his
best friends from Guy Benjamin
School, Taevion and Tariq Calixte.
They've been friends since kinder-
garten and there's nothing that can
tear these eight-years-olds apart.
They run up and down the street
exploding stink bombs at each
other and unsuspecting pass-
ersby and they can't get enough
of that spray string, which makes
a terrible mess when it gets in Oli-
The sound of laughter and gig-
gles fill the air and it's priceless. It
is in the Village where memories
and long-lasting friendships are
St. John Hospitality
In true St. John hospitality, Gov-
ernor and Mrs. John deJongh and
Lt. Governor and Mrs. Gregory
Francis were on island and hosted
a fireworks party at the Battery af-
ter spending the afternoon review-
ing a colorful and enthusiastic pa-
This year's festival parade was
one of the longest and most well-
attended so far! The Shaka Zulu
troupe wowed the crowd with its
animated African atmosphere and
the troupes and floupes from our
two major resorts showcased our
island talents and spirit.
Congratulations to the all of
this year's festival honorees: Irene
Scatliffe, Yolonda Morton and
Miles Stair; and royalty: Princess
Ja'Leah Stephens and Miss St.
John Razzilee Oquendo.
A special thanks to the St. John
Festival and Cultural Organiza-
tion for putting on another unfor-
gettable and entertaining festival,
which brought thousands of visi-
tors to this island.
Sprauve School Gala Committee Issues Accounting
St. John Tradewinds
This year Julius E. Sprauve School, in partnership
with Caneel Bay Resort, has celebrated the Eleventh
Annual Sprauve Gala. Because of consistent support
of the entire community, this event has evolved into
one of the island's premier annual events.
Since its inception, the gala, as an event which
units the community in the interest of children, has
been well received. Our motto is, "making it better
for our children," has been a rallying point for the
kindness and generosity we have seen, and this year's
theme, "Our Children A Worthy Investment," kept
The Sprauve School Gala started as a post Hur-
ricane Marilyn idea to bring the community togeth-
er and help the school raise funds to augment the
school's meager resources.
Former principal, Shirley Joseph, and then manag-
ing director of Caneel Bay, Luis Agote, planned and
threw an elegant party at Caneel in six weeks in the
winter of 1997-98. The funds that were raised from
that gala were utilized to gut and restore conferences
to enhance their skills in behavior management.
In 1999 the then new managing director, Brian
Young, embraced the annual fund raising idea and
continued the tradition. The JESS Fundraiser Finance
Committee was established to formalize and continue
the fund raising effort stated two years earlier by Jo-
seph and Agote.
This committee presides as the custodian of the
funds and will release them only after they have met
and voted unanimously on proposals submitted by the
school. The members of the Finance Committee are
Myron Allick, president
Malcolm Preston, treasurer
Sis Ruth Frank, secretary
Nikolay Hotze, managing director Caneel Bay Inc.
Leona Smith, St. John Administrator
Faye Fredericks, JESS librarian
Evans Doway, PTSA president
Mario Francis, principal
In 2005, Rik Blyth became the managing director
when Young was promoted. Blyth also committed
to the Sprauve School Annual Gala which was in its
tenth year. In 2007, Blyth resigned his post at Caneel
Bay and Nikolay Hotze took over the post of manag-
ing director. He too upheld Caneel Bay's continued
commitment to JESS.
Over the years, the community's generous contri-
butions has totaled in excess of $500,000.
We, the community as a whole, should continue to
be proud of this collaborative effort despite the odds,
and continue to be confident that together we can
make it better for our children. We are grateful for all
the support we have received and look forward to see-
ing you at our Twelfth Annual Sprauve Gala.
2008 Gala Receipts
original budget $70,000
spent 07 $8,666
balance to spend
total project $79,666
white boards overrun $9,666
balance SJSA per contract $35,000
summer school $14,000
advance on 2009 gala $4,000
total committed $70,666
balance available $12,934
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St. John Tradewinds, July 7-13, 2008 17
An open letter to the Governor, Senators,
and the Delegate:
On June 30th, 2008, a groundbreaking ceremony
for the Calabash Boom Home Ownership Affordable
Housing Community was held at the Coral Bayproj-
ect site. Many dignitaries spoke and we assume that
people considered significant to the project such as
yourselves, were invited to attend. Yet it appears lo-
cal residents and potential future homeowners were
not invited. Apparently no invitations or notices were
made to any local organizations or churches, or gen-
erally to local residents. Are we not important to this
project's ultimate success? We are very disheartened
and disappointed that local residents missed your
speeches at the ceremony. We are sony we did not
get to hear you.
We don't know who was responsible for issuing the
invitations. Was it the VI Housing Finance Authority
or Reliance? It was not the St. John Administrator's
office. Why was almost everyone local left out?
It is a shame that nonprofit agencies and churches
were left off the invitation list. We are the ones who
will be dealing with welcoming new residents into
the community, helping to organize government/so-
cial services, organizing school and preschool oppor-
tunities, and upgrading the infrastructure. We want to
do this, so that everyone in the community feels con-
nected together. There is a potential for over 300 new
I think you're very brave because you made a
choice to join in the military and fight for our country.
I also think you're respectful. You're respectful be-
cause you respect your country and you will do any-
thing to keep it from wars,
I respect you very much.
My name is Isaac Samuel. I live on St. John. My
teacher, Ms. Munnelly, showed me pictures of sol-
diers in Iraq. I like your guns and your helmets. I hope
you get home safely.
My name is Ce-khoi Scatliffe. I live on St. John,
USVI. My teacher Ms. Munnelly wanted me to write
to you. I like your army trucks.
Come home safe and tell the other soliders the
same. Thank you for protecting my country, USVI.
I've heard Army life is a very dangerous life.
Why is the war still going on?
residents to be added to the 1500 people who now
live in Coral Bay. This will mean big changes. We all
need to work together to have a happy, functioning
This is a good time to point out that the Coral Bay
Community Council (CBCC) is aware that some par-
ties have incorrectly and willfully spread rumors that
CBCC has been opposed to this project and involved
in the lawsuit. It has also been said that I am person-
ally opposed. Both are totally untrue. We have sup-
ported the project actively from the beginning, and
continuously sought to have community input and
support. CBCC has only questioned the adequacy of
storm water drainage provisions. The developer has
recently upgraded these. This is important not only
for the health of the ocean waters, but also to prevent
flooding of the affordable housing units.
We are hopeful that this housing project will be a
realized success for all Virgin Islanders, especially
our community of St. John. Again, we are very sorry
we missed your visit to Coral Bay. We wanted to hear
you speak. It is time for the responsible parties to start
involving community agencies, including CBCC,
in all aspects of making this a successful affordable
Sharon Coldren, President
Coral Bay Community Council
Have you ever been shot before?
Do you miss your family and friends?
Are you afraid of dying?
Do you like the food there?
My name is Lashawn Jackson. I am in the sixth
grade and live on St. John.
I like your uniforms. What kind do you wear?
Is Iraq hot? It looks hot and dry.
I wish for you to come back to the United States
Hi, my name is Akiah Conliffe. I just want to
know how it is like in Irag. How do you sleep with
all the noise in your head, if I was you I would have
been very mad and scared at the same time. I live in
St. John, USVI. Do you get scared when you have
to fight and kill people? I know I would have been
scared. How old were you when you started in the
Army? Well I had a good time writing to you. I hope
you write back.
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Epstein Leaves "Little St. Jeff's" for Sex Crime Time
Continued from Page 7
VI. Department of Planning and Natural Resources
officials had no information on the approved plans
for development on the island when contacted by
Tradewinds. VI. State Historic Preservation Office of-
ficials reportedly toured the island before major work
began and found no historic sites would be impacted.
House Site Reported Moved
The plans to construct the massive residence have
been approved, although Epstein decided to move the
location of the massive residence to another point on
his island, according to the anonymous V.I. official.
"He moved the location," the St. Thomas official
told Tradewinds. A palm-tree-lined driveway from
J) the existing residence on the west end a road which
S runs the length of the island to a cleared knoll on the
east end which has been cleared and topped with a
towering flag pole.
Although the Times referred to his island residence
as "his pleasure dome, with its staff of 70 and its fla-
mingo-stocked lagoon," Epstein's development of his
private island which reportedly includes construc-
tion of an "office building," according to one contrac-
tor who was invited to bid on the work.
Whatever shape it may finally take, Epstein's de-
velopment of what the Times called his "palm-fringed
Xanadu" probably won't be done by the time the bil-
lionaires finished his 18-monthjail term.
Epstein's connection to the U.S. Virgin Islands
became a political hot potato in 2006 during John P.
deJongh's campaign for governor. DeJongh's wife
Cecile, a former banking professional, is the manager
of Epstein's Virgin Islands company.
Due to the territorial holidays, the V.I. Economic
Development Commission could not be reached to
comment on what V.I. Economic Development Com-
mission (EDC) tax benefits Epstein's company re-
One of the requirements for EDC participation is
residency in the U.S. Virgin Islands for 183 days per
year. It could not be determined whether Epstein could
maintain his residency requirement for tax benefits
while serving time in a stateside prison or whether he
could serve his probation on Little St.Jeff's.
Veterans: More Services Are Needed on St. John
SContinued from Page 8
used around the world when main services are located
S far away from patients' homes."
The Puerto Rico VA hospital is also restructuring its
Diabetes care under a new endocrinologist, explained
"We have a large amount of diabetes patients," said
Gracia. "The only way to control the end results -
Sblindness, renal failure, etc. is to watch patients'
blood pressure and blood sugar."
Giving patients the tools to keep track of their own
symptoms is another step toward bringing medical
care closer to home for veterans, Gracia added.
"We want to provide the right care at the right place
m at the right time," she said. "We think the right place is
closest to your home. We want to be very aggressive
with care at home to keep vets out of the hospital."
"A hospital is not a good place to be," continued
Gracia. "We want to give you access as close to home
VA officials will explore new partnerships to bring
more services to St. John and make off-island appoint-
ments, when necessary, more efficient, explained Re-
"We're here to partner with you," she said. "We
must look at creative things we can do to have alter-
natives for travel to St. Thomas or Puerto Rico. We
need to do a better job of communicating."
Summit Planned for August
"We need to look at opportunities instead of ob-
stacles," Reissener continued. "Ourjob is to take care
of our patients. We look forward to working with the
American Legion and the VA to improve our services
in the Virgin Islands."
Local VA officials are planning a summit in August
which will bring all stakeholders together, announced
For more information about the planned summit
call 774-6100. Daniel is at the St. John Battery every
Friday between 10 a.m and 3 p.m.
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Baby Shark Researchers Return July 7
St. John Tradewinds
Juvenile shark research is continuing this summer in Coral Bay
as researchers Bryan DeAngelis and Greg Skomal will be on island
July 5-11 using passive acoustic telemetry to monitor shark move-
ments along the coast of St. John.
This summer's research is being funded by two private grants
totaling $10,800 from the New England Biolabs Foundation and
Peter, Carol, Ian and Ilsa Bouyoucos, being channeled through the
Coral Bay Community Council.
Accommodations for the researchers are being donated by Maho
Bay Resorts Estate Concordia Reserve. Anyone who would like to
meet the researchers informally and ask questions about the shark
nursery in Coral Bay and the research, should meet at the Coral
Bay dock from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 7.
VIWMA Urges Hurricane Preparedness
St. John Tradewinds
The Virgin Islands Waste
Management Authority advises
residents to remove and dispose
of unnecessary debris, waste
and other non-hazardous waste
materials from around their
homes and properties.
VIWMA reminds the pub-
lic to refrain from disposing of
unacceptable waste, such as,
batteries, tires, medical, liquid
or hazardous waste, appliances
and vehicles, asbestos, grease,
junked cars, gas cylinders and
construction & demolition de-
bris at the public disposal bin
sites. Many of these items are to
be taken directly to the landfill
or transfer station.
Items that are acceptable at
the landfills and transfer station
include: appliances without flu-
ids; vehicles without tires; bat-
teries or fluids; gas cylinders
that are punctured or have the
tops cut off; and construction
and demolition debris in 4-inch
cubes; and yard waste and scrap
metal that is reduced to 4-feet
Hazardous waste, including
but not limited to medical and
liquid waste, fluorescent bulbs,
and electronic waste, are to be
disposed of through a permit-
ted private waste hauler and at
a permitted disposal site.
For more information, con-
tact your respective landfill:
Anguilla Landfill 778-1231,
Bovoni Landfill 775-3665, and
the Susannaberg Transfer Sta-
GERS Workshop Planned for July 25
St. John Tradewinds
Government Employees' Re-
tirement System invites mem-
bers and retirees to participate
in a retirement workshop on St.
John on Friday, July 25, at the
Cruz Bay legislature building
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The pre-registration deadline
is Wednesday, July 23. For more
information or to pre-register
call 776-7703, extension 4202.
Cultural Day Celebrated
-Tw W , 1
The Echo People perform during
Thursday, July 3.
Cultural Day in Frank Powell Sr. Park on
Native arts and crafts were available for purchase, including festive mocko jumb-
ies, above left, and carved calabash, above right.
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3 Sail Church
Bellevue Community Center
Baha'i Community of St. John
Race Unity Devotions
7:30 p.m. Fridays;
Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundays
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.
Cinnamon Bay Beach
Sunday 8:30 a.m.
Christian Science Society
10:45 a.m. Sunday- Marketplace
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.
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
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, 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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Monday, July 7 .
Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen will announce
her bid for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on .
Monday, July 7, at The Balcony restaurant in Cruz Bay, St. John. l
Christensen is seeking a seventh term in the Congress. Members
of the media and friends and supporters are invited to attend. The it
July 12 and 19 Sy ndiUIcated CoV t
The American Red Cross is offering First Aid and CPR courses
on St. Thomas on July 5, 12 and 19. For more info call 774-0375.
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The next St. John Chapter of the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber
of Commerce meeting is set for Tuesday evening, July 15, at 5:30
p.m. at St. Ursula's Multipurpose Center.
Thursday, July 17
An informational public forum led by St. John residents Paul -
Devine and Ronnie Jones is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Julius
E. Sprauve School on July 17. The forums are intended to gather U .
public input and to provide updates on what is happening with
the Fifth Constitutional Convention. All input will be sent to
Constitutional Convention delegates. -
Friday, July 25
GERS invites members and retirees to participate in a retirement -
workshop on St. John on Friday, July 25, at the Cruz Bay legisla-
ture building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. John Police Report
St. John Police Department: 693-8880 or 911
Cellular 911: 776-9110 St. John Fire Service: 776-6333
Saturday, June 28 9:30 a.m. An Estate Contant resident p/r someone un- Thursday, July 3
2:30 p.m. A nurse from Myrah Keating Smith Com- known stole her wallet. Petit larceny. 2:20 a.m. An Estate Beverhoutsberg resident p/r an
munity Health Center c/r an assault. 11:15 a.m. The general manager of Maho Bay Camps assault. Simple assault.
8:15 p.m. An employee of Cruz Bay water sports at the c/r a former employee was brandishing a bag that con- 2:55 a.m. An Estate Grunwald resident p/r an assault.
Westin Resort and Villas c/r a burglary at said business, tained a firearm. Recovered firearm. Simple assault.
Burglary in the third. 3:20 p.m. An Estate Contant resident p/r she lost her 1:30 p.m. A resident p/r a burglary in Estate Rendez-
1:50 p.m. The owner of s/v Dulcinea p/r that his ves- bag. Lost bag. vous. Burglary in the third.
sel was stolen on Memorial Day weekend. Stolen vessel. 6:06 p.m. An Estate Adrian resident p/r someone stole 4:15 p.m. A visitor p/r someone unknown removed a
4:37 p.m. A Cruz Bay resident p/r someone stole his his bag out of his vehicle. Stolen bag. Dell laptop from her suitcase.
briefcase from inside his vehicle. Grand larceny. Tuesday, July 1 Friday, July 4
Sunday, June 28 8:15 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r a disturbance 7:25 a.m. Badge # p/ at Jurgen Command with one
12:25 a.m. A resident p/r that he and his girlfriend got with a male. Simple assault, minor who has been detained.
into an altercation. Aggravated assault and battery. 4:00 p.m. A Cruz Bay resident p/r he was involved in 7:45 a.m. Badge # p/ at Jurgen Command with one
1:00 a.m. A resident r/ that she feels like committing an accident. Auto accident. Roger Fleming Jr. of Upper Bellevue arrested for delaying
suicide. Attempted suicide. 9:10 p.m. A resident c/r that her residence was burglar- and obstructing.
6:30 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that her resi- ized. Burglary in the third. 2:00 p.m. Central dispatch c/r four people in the water
dence had been burglarized. Burglary in the second. Wednesday, July 2 off Moravian Point. St. John Rescue notified.
10:50 a.m. An Estate Tutu resident p/r a disturbance 3:55 a.m. Badge #706 p/ at Jurgen Command with one Saturday, July 5
with her boyfriend. Disturbance of the peace, D.V Jose Bolques who was placed under arrest for disobeying 10:00 a.m. A resident r/ a larceny. Grand larceny.
12:35 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r on behalf of a lawful order. Disobeying a lawful order. 12:30 p.m. An employee at Santo's Laundry r/that her
her minor cousin who was assaulted by a male with a gun. 9:20 a.m. An Estate Contant resident p/r someone re- keys were taken.
Assault in the third, D.V moved documents from her vehicle. Stolen documents. Sunday, July 6
2:30 p.m. Badge #1099 p/ at Jurgen Command with 11:15 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that some- 10:50 a.m. A visitor p/r that someone burglarized her
one Charles Dore under arrest, one unknown removed several items from one of his ve- vacation villa in Chocolate Hole East. Burglary in the
Monday, June 30 hides. Grand larceny. third.
22 St. John Tradewinds, July 7-13, 2008
St. John Tradewinds
Caribbean Villas & Resorts
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
Suite St. John Villas/Condos
or locally at 340-779-4486
P.O. Box 1747, STJ, VI 00831
A/C & Refrigeration
Charlie Rock A/C & Refrigeration
Sales, Service & Installation
tel. 714-5977 or 643-1585 (cell)
Crane, Robert Architect, AIA
P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 00831
Barefoot Architect, Inc.
tel. 693-7665 fax 693-8411
P.O. Box 1772, STJ, VI 00831
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.
Breckinridge Custom Homes
tel. 715-0262 fax 715-0264
Web-based project reports and pictures
tel. 779-4047, "Three Hour Tour"
Classic Wooden Picnic Yacht
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
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
Westin Resorts & Villas
tel. 693-8000, ext. 1903/1904
Theodore Tunick & Company
Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002
Designs Of Aqua Bay, Inc.
Mary Ellis (340) 693-8487; (508) 385-7614
R&I PATTON goldsmithing
776-6548 or (800) 626-3455
tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971
P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831
Coral Bay Garden Center
tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628
P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831
Landscaping & Irrigation
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
Holiday Homes of St. John
tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665
P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831
Islandia Real Estate
tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499
P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831
John McCann & Associates
tel. 1-888-STJOHN8(7856468) fax 693-3366
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
Dinner 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday
Just above Salt Pond 693-5855
P.O. Box 37, STJ, VI 00831
Lime Inn, The
tel. 779-4199 or 776-6425
Located in Cruz Bay
tel. 693-8141 fax 693-9061
P.O. Box 37, St. John, VI 00831
tel. 779-4982; www.skinnylegs.com
"A Pretty OK Place"
tel. 693-5900, "Stuff You Want"
Located in Coral Bay
tel. 774-2000; 1-887-716-2002
All digital high speed internet access
Solar Products & Services
West Indies Solair serving all islands
BGM Engineers & Surveyors
tel. 776-6770 fax 693-7700
P.O. Box 1103, STJ VI 00831
St. John Tradewinds, July 7-13, 2008 23
Hot! Hot! Hot!
Full time, part time, lots of benefits, free scuba,
snorkeling, sailing trips to the BVI, etc. Growing
watersports company has immediate openings:
Beach Attendants at Westin Resort
Retail Store Staff
Cruz Bay Watersports 776-6857
Scotiabank is currently seeking applicants
for Telling positions on St. Thomas & St.
John. The tellers are responsible for servic-
ing personal and business customer needs,
promoting The Bank's products, services
and alternate delivery channels and refer-
ring opportunities identified as well as to
contribute to the overall business objec-
tives of the branch team.
Qualifications and requirements include a
High School Diploma, experience in cus-
tomer service and cash handling.
Interested applicants please apply in per-
son to the Human Resources Dept. located
at the Altona branch, 214C Altona &
Welgunst, St. Thomas USVI.
FT Prep Cook, Starfish
Market. Training & Benefits
Available. Great opportunity.
Contact Ted Robinson
PT Cleaning Help
Starfish Market on STJ
18+ y/o, legal citizen/
resident, English speaking
Hard working, dependable.
Call Nedra Ephraim, Store
Manager at 779-4949
Prestigious St. Thomas
Art Gallery for Sale. Great
Reputation, Main Street
Location, with Diverse Local
Please only Serious Inquires
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, a non-profit
organization dedicated to the preservation and protec-
tion of the natural and cultural resources of VI National
Park, seeks a talented program manager. The program
manager is responsible for the development of new
projects, liaising with park staff on Friends-funded
projects, overseeing projects implemented directly by
the Friends, recruiting and coordinating volunteers
and accurate and timely donor reporting. The PM also
performs certain administrative functions.
Successful candidates will have: a degree in environ-
mental studies or other relevant fields; two years proj-
ect management and office administration experience,
ideally in a non-profit organization; experience with
volunteers; strong computer skills in word processing,
spreadsheets, databases, and internet search skills;
excellent written and oral communication ability; and
a solid understanding of, and commitment to, conser-
vation and environmental issues. We seek a creative,
detail oriented, and enthusiastic team player.
The position is based on St. John. Salary and benefits
Interested and qualified candidates should send a letter
and resume to:
Program Manager Search
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park
PO Box 811, St. John, USVI 00831
e-mail: email@example.com (preferred)
fax: (340) 693-9973
Hole East Waterfront or
Coral Bay. $1395. Call
Ron (715) 853-9696
Cruz Bay: 1 Bd/1 Ba, Fish
Bay, Sept, $800; 1 Bd/1 Ba
$1400; 1 Bd/1 Ba, W/D, STT
view $1300; 2 Bd/1 Ba, W/D,
STT view, $1400; 2 Bd/1 Ba,
W/D, STT view, $1400; 2 Bd/2
Ba, washer, $1700; 2 Bd/1
Ba, washer, Fish Bay, $1800;
2Bd/ 2 Ba, W/D, pool, $2300;
2Bd/ 2 Ba, W/D, $2300; 3 Bd,
2 Ba, W/D, $2600; 1 Bd/1 Ba,
Power Boyd, $1100.Coral
Bay: 2 Bd/1 Ba house, great
view $2100; 2 Bd/ 2 Ba, W/D,
oceanfront, $2200; 1 Bd/1 Ba,
Two Bedroom Apt.
Estate Bethany, A/C,
Also, One Bedroom in
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.
$1595/mo. 561-832-3040 or
2 Large 1 Bd/1 Ba apt. fully
furnished overlooking Coral
Bay. A/C, wall mount TV/
DVD, king size bed, elec.
included, short term or long
term. No pets, no smoking.
Call Big Al at 340-779-4120
Brand new in-town
waterfront Grande Bay
Apartments for rent 2
br/2ba: $2750; 1 br/lba:
$2000; studio: $1300.
Each apt is fully furnished
and equipped, including
w/d. Available August 20 -
December 20. Contact
Tom Hill 202-246-7054 or
Retail Space Available
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.
Call Barbara at 776-6455
Sizes to 10' x 12',
Autos, Boats, Trailers.
Call For Rates: 779-4445
Johns Folly Private 1 BR
masonry home. Beautiful
ocean views, breezes.
Professional and experi-
enced. Brakes, CV Joints,
Alternators, Timing Belts,
General Engine, Repair,
Foreign & Domestic.
All Work Guaranteed.
Brand New Office/Retail
right next to Westin!
Join Gourmet Market,
Spa, Offices, & more
Only 2 spaces remain:
726 ft. / 837 ft.
Ample Parking, Generator,
Summer 2008 Turnover.
Call 473-9670 /
1/4 ACRE LOT
located in Coral Bay,
flat lot with water views,
paulm.stjohn @ gmail.com
$ 7.50 PER BOARD
Medtalic Black Baby
Grand Piano with
currently loated in Fish
Bay. Needs a new home.
Call Caroline toll free at
4WD, auto, 20" chrome
rims, black, tint, CD, sun
roof. 135k, runs great!
e rical ge Soae
Down Town Cruz Bay
Where St. John Does Business
Commercial Space Available
For Space Call Nick 771-3737
THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2006
24 St. John Tradewinds, July 7-13, 2008
John McCann & Assoc. .
ill Pr. Jain &fo
REDUCED BY $1g0,000 TWO LOTS 0.50+/- ares each LOWER PETER BAY villa in
This villa won'R I l 4ji1t ILthk in Priv lecr lav I sle.1 ,3 One aln xcluEive galcd community.
piJLe. ReL'enI cnl Ovitiotl S lot hIboaL I SSt S f S aidiJifiIl r riv ei. e cr pliional luIu ri-
include gormiet kitcheln,stain- beachfront. The adjacent lot ously appirnted 4BR. 4.SBA
Iss. cl .lom cabinels. grarLni has deeded betth plith, Thess with large pool area & just
SLtoie sinkc. amazirki deck. ptrivat steludLedw p are 11 als siepl awwry ftrm t while sitndy
pool and hiuge wtler views. cnjoy use of Association beach heaeh. Yu just can'i bh eaL ih
NOW ONLY ....... 1,295,000. CltIge s. Now just 1"99. 00. views & location. i.o000,000.
UPOeR CONTACT UNDER CONSTRUCTION PANORAMIC views ver
4BR, 4BA with panoramic Rendejvuf Ray from this
views pvtr jireSt C.:r.iz Ila u popular racial home with
1to SL. Th~as & T&halt greal C.lribbCLtn fillr. IlIR.
Cay. Pool, hot tub, game SRA will huge deLk ald
FrcPm, wCe bar $1,799,00. pooh area. $1.060,000.
TWO HOMES nearing comp]ilelon, A 2br. 2bh and ]br, I ba oliNttges, ltge views. lJstl $995,O010.
AWESOME br/2ba el a ile and a wall oI gls s. c Lpilr- im 1he C.rTibbeari waitr vitew. 1.17 ,000.
NBAR TOWN A newly constructed villa with two separate 2BR/2BA units & pool. T1,999k,99.
DV(Lopcr Unil GRANDE BAY luxury DEAL OF THE WERKI
JUST RBDUCED. bhejFchrron devel. Walk Io This 2BR, 1.5BA unil is W
linwn fro, thse (2)2bh 2ba j l one mile Iromn :rs
unils starting at 1789,000. Ray. Aiktzirti surisct viLr
And. (,) 1br 2ba rnils. views, oversized veranda
ml ,fItiiS At $ 1, 00,q) 000- 4rd huge pool, S549,00.
GRANDE BAY Assignmcnit or Co.Qntrac1". ssr ring alt 839.00. Pencthuse unit for $8751,OO0.
WHY RENT Sunscl Ridge 2 n w -I br, lba units w? huge water views. $279,000 & $299,000-
SIRENUSA l.uxuey L'ondo dvel, i iiearly L'omplie. 2. 3 & 4B R avail. & hbesi atL 1 ,10,0000"
LAVENDER HILL II C'rri ] tty- lovlcy 2br/I2b pen1lh4lai wihlh eceIllertl rcnlal in iom e$99 5, i00
SEXTRAORDrNARY parcel PHENOMENAL watlrtrr Ao
bordering Naliooal Park wl Pateell in peaceful FislI
270 r,. vC wtver rronlage Bay. The perfect building
rkall sindy beach oin Reerf lcadcri oTr yoUTr dream
Bay. Enjoy views & sound vacatlion villa w easy
tlhe swrf. S ,75.o00o. beach l aeeess. 192S,000
NEW LISTING Priced To Sell Motivrted O*ner! Caroliina .25+1.- e Orolt view. s209,999.
18 ACRES & 29 sub-divided lots above Rendezvous with most roads paved. Call us for dctaila.
DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY expired p]anls & permits rf4r 15 uinii coanda prj... $2,750,0000
LOWER PETER BAY prime building lol wilh Lncomptrnb]ie norlh lshoTr views....., S2.500,0S0.
ON TOP OF THE WORLDI the highest print on MamLy Peak. Anlazins 360 views. 31,99,0l0.
BORDEAUX 3.3+.ac.kiol I top wipa ndankiuic viiws ei cellrnlt devcloprniciit pO tenLtial. ,299,499.
WATERFRONT A RARE OPPORTUNITY in PRIVATEER BAY. A DEAL AT.........95v.000.
FREEMANS GROUND l.argpe uh-dividable 1.73+t- ae. I4L with geat waert views-.....444,999.
BORDEAUX Fantastic down iiLand views from JosI and Sandy Cay to Lcdulck............ 429,000o
REDUCED oversized lot in Coral Bay near proposed marina project ............. IUST 1310,1000
WHAT A DFAL ChroclaLe Ilile lot will active plar & peL lit i i plate................... $-22-4,00 .
LOWEST PRICED parcel in pre*ligious Choclite Holtr A STEAL AT JUST.......... 195,000.
EMMAUS A gre-a lot it a greil price with huge C( ral lily harbor views .......,Now just S7Il000. .
WESTIN VACATION CLUBMst weeks avail- |LOCATION, LOCATION Many opion s ens-i
able. Prices rave s.e rom S11,00 1o 5125,00. I for" this ReLail Shoppirg Center. 52,250,0040l
NEXT AD DEADLINE:
Thursday, July 10th
Governor Signs TIF Legislation
St. John Tradewinds
Governor John deJongh has approved leg-
islation which implements tax increment fi-
nancing in the Virgin Islands.
The administration proposal, which passed
the Senate on an 11-4 vote last month, cre-
ates another economic development option
for those interested in making significant in-
vestment in the territory.
"I applaud the passage of this significant
piece of legislation, and will work with the
VI. Economic Development Authority and
the V.I. Public Finance Authority to imple-
ment this program,"deJongh said in a letter
to Senate President Usie R. Richards.
The approval of this legislation puts the
U.S. Virgin Islands on par with the 48 states,
the District of Columbia, and the numer-
ous local governments which utilize this
vehicle to spur economic development via
public-private partnerships. The first project
anticipated to flow through this program is
targeted for the island of St. Croix, and will
help to stimulate that economy in particular,
and the Virgin Islands economy as a whole,
The governor approved other sections of
the bill but line-item vetoed some appropria-
tions contained in the measure.
"My actions were prompted out of concern
for the amount of funds available from the
General Fund in Fiscal Year 2008," deJongh
wrote. "As you are aware, I submitted pro-
posed legislation re-programming certain
funding in order for the government to meet
the financial challenges presented during this
Fiscal Year. In a similar vein, I have, and will
continue to, look at new appropriations with
these considerations in mind."
The governor line-item vetoed Sections
3, 4, and 5 of the bill. DeJongh said he does
not object to the purposes of these appro-
priations, but cannot approve them based
on previously delineated concerns regarding
the limited financial resources of the govern-
Section 3 would have provided $50,000 to
the Health Department to hire a dental hy-
gienist for the dental clinic on St. John.
Section 4 would have appropriated $27,200
for Little League district operations and Sec-
tion 5 would have provided $73,800 to cover
travel costs and expenses associated with
the 2008 Little League Inter-Island Regional
"I have approved Sections 6 and 9 of this
bill, but advise you that, at this time, the
government will only allot 50 percent of the
funds appropriated in both sections," wrote
DeJongh explained that his decision to
find funding to support Section 6 was driv-
en by his commitment to assist our young
people in their team sporting activities which
are beneficial for their health, as well as their
"I proudly note that the Virgin Islands
team is the defending champion of this tour-
nament, and I support its continued success,"
Allotting funding in support of Section
9 is consistent with the governor's theme
of developing private-public partnerships
which will inure to the benefit of the public
"I am acutely aware of the challenges fac-
ing the Virgin Islands in the area of mental
health care, and my approval of this measure
represents a step, albeit a small one, towards
beginning to address this concern," the gov-
DeJongh told senators that if additional
funds come available through the remainder
of Fiscal Year 2008, the government may be
able to allot additional monies in the future.
Section 6 requested $150,000, of which
only $75,000, will be provided to the Elrod
Hendricks West Charter Little League to host
the LatinAmerican/Caribbean Senior League
tournament in July.
Section 9 appropriates a $100,000 grant to
Clear Blue Sky for administering community
mental health programs, purchasing medical
supplies and materials and maintenance of
The Chief Executive vetoed Section 12 of
the Bill as it would impact some companies
which already receive tax incentive benefits
from the VI. Economic Development Com-
Section 12 would have prevented prohib-
ited any amphibian commercial boats, water
taxis or tour operators to be eligible for EDC
"Our waters are one of the Virgin Islands'
most precious natural resources and an inte-
gral part of our tourism product," wrote de-
Jongh. "There are challenges we face daily
on the appropriate balance between preserva-
tion of these resources and their use as an in-
tegral component of our economic activity."
"Therefore, a blanket prohibition as exhib-
ited in this legislation is counter-productive,"
deJongh continued. "This measure would
create a disincentive to develop water-based
businesses, and, therefore, adversely impact
our tourism product, and entrepreneurial op-
portunities that could be available to so many
of our young people."
DeJongh also said that there are local con-
cerns, such as a taxi organization, currently
exploring water-based activities to expand
their existing business, and this measure
would hinder this potential business expan-
sion, at a time when we need to encourage
economic development at all levels.
Sections 2, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 13 of Bill No.
27-0182 were approved.
Section 2 addresses administering the Tax
Increment Financing legislation; Section 7
speaks to provides funding for travel per di-
ems and retention bonuses for the V.I. Police
Department; Section 8 provides funding for
Kid Scope; Section 10 amends a technicality
in a previously enacted legislation; Section
11 provides funding to paint public school
buildings territory-wide; Section 13 makes
a technical adjustment to previously passed
legislation as regards the Virgin Islands Pub-
lic Finance Authority.
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"VILLA MISTRAL"- WATERFRONT
-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, custom hardwood doors and
windows, designer hardware, custom furniture, huge generator.
Arguably the most beautiful house and location on St. John! $7.995M
"Calypso By The Sea" is a charming
Caribbean style beachfront villa with an
impressive rental history located in
tranquil Johnson's Bay Estates a truly
picturesque and idyllic tropical site. Two
luxurious master suites separated by a
central great room which includes kitchen, dining and living areas, all
opening up to an large deck with covered outdoor dining and a sunken
spa. Excellent condition and great rental history. REDUCED TO $1.7M
"Snail's Pace" "Cute As A Button' and
"Clean As A Whistle" are phrases that
describe this cottage perfectly Fronted
by a white picket fence, this cozy studio
home has all new cabinets, furniture, a very private estate.
bath, paint, pumps, etc. Landscaping is
extensive and beginning to fill in nicely,
THINKING ABOUT SELLING- Includes 1996 Jeep Wagoneer and furniture. List price is below
CALL US FOR A FREE appraisal. Theflatlotisagardener'sdelight. Walkto Reef Bay Beach.
NOW JUST $499,000
ESTIMATE OF THE MARKE' a "Colibri" Superb sunset and water
VALUE OF YOUR PROPER views from this 3 bedroom waterfront
home in Great Cruz Bay Features
include native stonework, large pool
deck with gazebo, masonry construc-
tion, air conditioning, water views from
every room and pool, and lots of room
for expansion. Deeded rights to beach
and dinghy landing. A recent refurbishing has just been completed.
"Cruz Views" unit 7 is a very popular rental,
featuring beautiful views to St. Thomas and
sunsets, proximity to the pool and sundeck, and
walk to town. This unique air-conditioned comer
unit has been recently refurbished including new
tile floors, mahogany cabinets, furniture and bath.
JUST REDUCED TO $625,000
"Palm Terrace Villas"- Four of the newest and
most spacious condos to be found on St. John.
New construction finished in 2005, beautiful views,
sun deck and pool area, walk to town and Frank
Bay Beach. The two bedroom is over 1700 sq. ft.
and the three bedroom penthouse units are over
2100 sq.ft. All feature large kitchens, granite countertops, stainless appliances,
large closets, private washer and dryer and ample storage. These condos have
it all. $975,000 to $1,400,000
"HANSEN BAY 7A" 18 Acres, waterfront,
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
PRICED TO SELL AT $4.495M
Tillett Gardens St. Thomas -Two commercial
buildings for sale in popular Tillett Gardens.
High traffic area and plenty of parking. B-2
zoning allows for a multitude of uses and
expansion. Building 4 and 5 are adjoining lots
that can be purchased separately or together.
Call Islandia for more information.
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) 776-6666. We will be happy to help you find
the perfect property to fulfill your needs and dreams.
St. John Properties, Inc.
(340) 693-8485 FAX (340) 714-5320
Now Serving St. Thomas and St. Croix
Johnson Bay Estates
Adjacent parcels 150' from beautiful
sandy beach. Easy build flat lots with
underground utilities and paved roads "-
in this quiet friendly neighborhood.
Almost waterfront for $285,000 each
Stunning views north across
Dreekets Bay to Sir Francis Drake
Channel and Tortola from this
oversized waterfront lot .94 acre.
Easy downhill build in prestigious
Two contiguous R-2 parcels
overlooking Cruz Bay feature
rolling hills, knoll tops and
sunset views over St. Thomas.
5.11 Acres $4.5 Million
or 9.45 Acres $6.2 Million
Contact us at Crucian Properties
772-4182 for St. Croix listings!
LESPRIT DE LA VIE Gorgeous home in upscale Pt.Rendezvous. 180 sea views, spacious great
room,dining for 8, gourmet kitchen. 4 large bdrm/bath suites. Infinity edge pool w/spa. Excellent
rental income. $2,950,000. Virtual tour available at: www.americanparadise.com
RENDEZVOUS GARDENS Finish building a MAHOGANY TREE VILLA, Create a charming
beautiful home with outstanding westerly views. B&B. This compound offers a gated entry, near to
Stonework highlights the upstairs master suite, lovely Frank Bay and town. Multi unit property
ensuite bath and kitchen/greatroom. Walls and consisting of (4) 1bd/lba units with A/C, common
roof are complete. Beautiful landscaping. Plenty pool and garage. Motivated Seller! $1,195,000
of room to add..46 acre $1,095,000 BAREFOOT Newly constructed 2 bdrm, 1.5
CVISTA is a magnificent open air villa bath guest cottage in quaint Coral Bay
overlooking the alluring turquoise waters of neighborhood with paved roads, expansive
Rendezvous Bay. Situated in prestigious Klein Sunrise water views of BVI, Leduck, Flanagan &
Bay and featuring all amenities including gourmet beyond and steady gentle breezes, .5 acre with
kitchen, and tasteful furnishings, custom room for expansion of main house & pool. Lower
mahogany doors & windows, entertainment level has plumbing roughed in. $999,000.
room, outdoor bar and a/c in all bedrooms. This INN LOVE A delightful short term rental villa in
stunning residence exudes comfort, class & an excellent location in Great Cruz Bay! A
elegance. $3,895,000 tasteful 5 bdrm, 5 bath gem with a pool, spa tub,
FUN AND CONTENTMENT New masonry a/c bedrooms, attractive furnishings, marble and
home with 180 views Coral Bay & BVI. Tiled hardwood floors, professional landscaping, and
pool deck, 2 large ac. master suites. Stainless beautiful views of Great Cruz Bay Harbor and St.
appliances, mahogany hardwoods, hurricane Thomas. Stone entry arches lead to brick and
windows and doors, tasteful furnishing, stone stone courtyards and create an atmosphere of
accents. Plans for 3 more bdrms. $1,500,000 old world charm. $1,795,000.
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STONYBAY BEACH HOUSE-WATERFRONT 0 TEQUILA SUNRISE -two bedroom, 2.5
1 bdrm, 1 bath, high-quality masonry construction bath home with pool and guest cottage. From
beach house, located on a large 1.36+/-acre a location on north side of Bordeaux Mountain,
parcel in Privateer Bay. The house, designed by Tequila Sunrise is aptly named for its gorgeous
Michael Milne, is very private, cannot be seen down island, sunrise and moonrise views.
from the estate road & is only steps from the Quiet and private with lush tropical
water. It is fully shuttered with covered decks & landscaping, this home is a real value
clear cypress ceilings. Stony Bay Beach House .................... .................... $1,375,000.
can be purchased "as is" or can be finished out to
suit your taste. An excellent value with its pristine U LUMINARIA I
& private location, wonderful views & cooling has a com-
tradewind breezes. ... ......................... $1,550,000. manding and pri-
vate location on
c RIDGETOP a 2 the ridgetop in
bdrm, 2 bath Carib- Upper Carolina.
bean style vacation Extremely suc-
home located in a cessful short term
secluded enclave of rental with three rI. k
Estate Eden. Custom separate bedroom suites, spacious upper
mahogany doors, hibiscus motifs, outdoor and lower level decks take advantage of the
showers, decks off every living space and a wide ranging views overlooking Coral Harbor
welcoming grass backyard make this a easy and to Drakes Passage and the BVI's. Luxuriant
comfortable tropical home. Ridgetop enjoys landscaping surrounds the pool and villa. The
access to a shared pool, cabana and deck, large four car garage could easiy be converted
located just below the property ........$775,000. to living space. ............................ $2,925,000.
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AURORA Luxurious four bedroom / four bath masonry villa on Contant Point. Enjoy 1800 views
from Great Cruz to St. Thomas, great privacy, pool, multiple outdoor areas, gorgeous landscaping,
beautiful furnishings, and excellent vacation rental history. Priced to sell at $2,495,000.
EXCLUSIVE HOME LISTINGS:
GOLDEN DRAGON Magnificent stone villa with ex-
ceptional craftsmanship throughout. four bedrooms / four
baths, infinity pool, exquisite furnishings, multi patios/
decks, lush gardens, terrific Point Rendezvous location.
LOCATION LOCATION! Dramatic cliffside setting, on
coveted Maria Bluff, with sunrise to sunset views, three
bedroom / two bath stone and concrete home with large
wraparound veranda, travertine floors, mahogany cabin-
etry, tile roof, large spa, full air conditioning, large circular
WATERFRONT WITH DOCK Poured concrete 3 bdrm/
2 bath home on a flat 34 acre site adjacent to National Park.
Enjoy all watersports from shared private dock, & hiking along
the secluded shoreline. Priced below appraised value at
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Mini estate features tennis
court, 2 pools, 2 hot tubs, 7 bedrooms 7.5 baths, on 1 acre.
Impressive rental history, awesome views, walkto Chocolate
Hole beach. $2,495,000.
BORDEAUX MT. Three bedroom / 2 bath family home
with large covered porch on beautiful, almost level, 12 acre
lot. Southerly water views, including St. Croix in the dis-
tance, fragrant bay trees, lush vegetation. Take advantage
of all the benefits of owning a Force 10 home. $760,000.
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
RAINBOW PLANTATION -Wonderful "old St. John" style
home on a beautiful 1.58 ac. lot. 4 bd/4 baths, extraordinary
landscaping, huge pool, water views. $2,245,000.
PLUMB GUTT Spacious 1 bd/1 bath tropical hardwood
home, w/separate cottage, nestled on a lush V2 ac. on east-
ern side of Bordeaux. $574,900.
CHOCOLATE HOLE Unique ruins of 1700's Great
House, along with 1960's island home on a beautiful 1.42
ac. lot. Reduced to $1,099,999.
CONDOS & TIMESHARES
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.
$269,000 and $289,000.
WESTIN Choose from over 200 resale timeshares at the
beautiful Westin Resort. Enjoy all the amenities of the hotel.
Priced from $10,500.
EXCLUSIVE LAND LISTINGS
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.
CRUZ BAY TOWN R-4 zoning, plans and permits. Walk
to Frank Bay Beach. Reduced to $285,000.
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.
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. Reduced to $400,000.
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. $350,000.
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.
ESTATE FISH BAY-
Great Fish Bay & Ditleff views, privacy....................... $250,000
Water views, borders green belt, paved access........$275,000
Large parcel, excellent water views .......................... $295,000
Walk to beach, dingy dock, topo included.............$349,000
Marina Drive, ocean views, topo....................$375,000
Direct water view, corner parcel.............$389,900
Borders Nat'l. Pk., 0.87ac ............................... .$425,000
ESTATE CHOCOLATE HOLE -
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
Coral Bay views, dow nhill site .................................. $280k
Lower Bordeaux, beautiful BVI views, paved rd.......$199k
Ironwood Rd, great Coral Bay views, house plans.......... $360k
Upper Carolina, great views! 0.506 acre ....................$379k
Spectacular views, high on Bordeaux............................... $599k
View of Coral Bay, plans, driveway in................................ $255k
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Exclusively Listed Preferred Properties
"L'AUTRE MONDE" Exquisitely 1 PRIVATE 5 AC. BEACHFRONT
custom designed with 2 pools, ( 5x3) "LIME TREE BAY" 490'
master&6 on Round
additional Bay. White
bdrms, sand beach
p I u s -. plus private
soaring Iove with
soaring " CATHERINEBERG'S "MANGO BAY" cove with"CONTENTMENT" Fabulous
ceilings, "ISLA VISTA" Exceptional 5 has amazing north shore views, b e a c h. custom 8,000 sq. ft. villa close
extensive bedrm., 4 1/2 bath, private gated total privacy! 1+ lush acre (fruit trees CATHERINEBERG (5X5) Adjacent 4 to Cruz Bay, 6 bdrms, 6.5 baths,
stone work, exotic African villa with panoramic views. & exotic orchids), stone showers, "CINNAMON RIDGE" 1+ private acres also designer detail and furnishings
slate floors, custom mahogany Superior features throughout. fireplace, brick pool terrace, new acre, borders National Park; available. throughout!!! Spectacular views
cabinetry. Walk to beach & dinghy Richly landscaped. Pool & spa. 2 kitchen,4A/C BRs, gated w/carport. stunning north shore views, pool $4,995,000. of Pillsbury Sound & St. Thomas.
dock. $8,400,000. car garage. $7,000,000. Exquisite Charm! $5,950,000. & spa $5,250,000. $4,200,000.
Exclusively Listed Homes
new 1 ac. estate on
Great Cruz Bay harbor.
Boat & swim at Westin
gated .5 ac. estate;
spa, fireplace, poolside
RENDEZVOUS BAY (5x5) "VISTAERO"
breathtaking views, huge pool & spa, fabulous
villa or residence! $3,000,000 Price reduced!
WATERFRONT (3x3) "LA DOLCE VITA" with
boat mooring. 376 ft. shoreline. W-1 zoning allows
commercial uses $2,995,000.
"GREAT EXPECTATIONS" (7x71/2) 1 ac., tennis,
2 homes, pools, spas, walkto beaches. Impressive
acres beachfront on
Hart Bay. 3 bedroom
beach house with spa,
views and breezes.
CHOCOLATE HOLE NORTH (5x5) "SOLARIS"
Spectacular views of 5 bays. 60' lap pool,
courtyard, and great amenities. $2,400,000.
"VILLA SIBELLA" Beautiful new 5 bedroom villa
in Virgin Grand Estates! Spacious rooms with
top of the line amenities. Views, pool, privacy!
"VILLA FAR NIENTE", New construction in
prestigious Point Rendezvous. 3BR/3BA pool
villa has great views and artistic landscaping.
"SEACAY VILLA", pool villa has unobstructed,
panoramic ocean views and good short
term rental history. Short drive to Cruz Bay.
UPPER CAROLINA: 3 bdrm, 3.5 bath villa has
spectacular Coral Bay views from this custom 3
level home. Main level has spacious great room
and front porch. Interior staircase goes to 2
master suites & a lower level studio suite below.
"COCONUTS" 3X3 GIFFT HILL VILLA,
impressive views with awesome sunsets and St.
Thomas lights. Caribbean style. $1,499,999.
NEW CONSTRUCTION CHOCOLATE HOLE
totally charming, 2x2 with private gated
courtyard, large pool, planters & columns, arched
doors and windows, island stone showers, a/c,
hi tech kitchen, etc. $1,495,000.
"WINDWARDSIDE COTTAGES"; super privacy
highlights these two charming masonry cottages.
Hot tubs, bricked courtyards and wonderful decor
make this a very special offering. $1,400,000.
UPPER CHOCOLATE HOLE GEM! Masonry 3 BR
3.5 BA home, pool, private lower BR w/separate
entry, large room for addl. BR, excellent rental
"SEAVIEW" vacation villa. Charming 4 bdrm,
masonry home in excellent condition with
large pool in convenient Chocolate Hole.
"SEABISCUIT" (2x2) Caribbean style, masonry,
panoramic views, pool & hot tub. Immaculate,
above Coral Harbour. $1,150,000.
"SAGO COTTAGE", adorable Caribbean style
masonry cottage with wonderful down island
views and great rental history. $1,100,000.
3 bed/3 bath
St. Quacco villa
with spacious &
light rooms, big
views to BVI.
TRADE HOME FOR LAND PLUS $$ GIFFT
HILL Delightful 3 bedroom income producing
masonry home with
pool and privacy.
views to St. Thomas!
COLORFUL FISH BAY RETREAT! Immaculate 3
bedroom / 3 bath home, borders National Park,
views of Fish Bay & Ditleff Pt. $795,000.
3 UNIT INCOME PRODUCER! Two 3 bdrms plus
studio. Near town, all masonry, A/C. $775,000.
FISH BAY VALUE!
4 bed/2 bath
home with huge
and quiet location.
"SANCTUARY GARDEN" Serene well-built
home with 2 units, lovely pool, gardens &
expansive decks in this quiet, private location.
PRICE REDUCED $725,000.
family home plus
View to Tortola.
OWN A MONTH (OR MORE) in a 3 or 4 bedroom
luxury home. Magnificent views and sunsets
from 3 homes with all amenities, pools w/
waterfalls and spas, deeded home ownerships
Exclusively Listed Land
Dreekets Bay Estates, 2.5 acres, beachfront, BVI views, breezes, quality roads $2,500,000
Boatman Point, 1.2 ac, 5 bdrm house plans, cliff front $1,875,000
Boatman Point, .70 acre, 175 ft of east facing shoreline. $1,575,000
Lovango Cay, A Slice of Heaven, .75 acre $899,000
Lovango Cay, waterfront parcel, .65 acre $635,000
CORAL BAY LAND
Upper Carolina, .5 acre, Sunrise, Coral Bay Harbor views $495,000
Freeman's Ground, Down Island views, cooling breezes, .76 acre $425,000
Sugar Apple West, .5 acre, waterviews, easy build $349,900
Bordeaux Mountain BVI view, down hill build 0.537 acre. $345,000
Bordeaux Mtn, water views, .5 ac downhill build $239,000
Lower Bordeaux Mt, .27 acre, approved plans & cistern $208,000
Bonus Villa Use, Seagrape Hill, dual water view, 0.387 acre $177,500
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.
BEAUTIFUL LOTS ON QUIET EAST END in the original Hansen Bay subdivision, Dreekets Bay
and Privateer Bay, with pristine views & lovely beaches listed from $285,000 $2,500,000.
"DREEKETS BAY ESTATES" boasts
q uality i t y
wall & planters, common beach. Just
8 minutes from Coral Bay. 12 parcels
priced from $450,000.
PRIVATE SOUTH SHORE LOTS WITH PRISTINE
VIEWS. Low density subdivision with 7 large
parcels, paved road, stone walls & underground
utilities; above Rendezvous Bay. $1,000,000 to
"LOVANGO CAY" 3 waterfront & hillside
properties feature upscale amenities and
infrastructure; barge landing with piers, paved
roads, underground electric, access to beach and
much more! Amazing views, realistically priced
from $600,000 to $899,000!
CHOCOLATE HOLE VIEW
LOTS: Sunrise to Sunset
on two adjoining breezy
lots with views of Hart Bay
east and St. Thomas west.
$650,000, $675,000 or
$1,175,000 for both.
"CLIFFVIEW ESTATES" IN
FISH BAY Seven parcels in new
subdivision offer exciting views
and adjacent to National Park.
Underground utility access and
paved roads. From .5 .91 acre,
"VIRGIN GRAND ESTATES"
Gated community featuring
underground utilities, paved
roads, & gorgeous sweeping
views. Five fabulous lots
ranging from $469,000 to
"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
CHOCOLATE HOLE Tropical breezes and delightful south
shore views! Two parcels just over a half acre each. $399,000.
OVERSIZED FISH BAY lot
has expansive views and
cooling breezes. Paved
access and a moderate
slope provide for an optimal
down hill build. $389,000.
Condos e Timeshares
"GALLOWS POINT" Take
in breathtaking views and
cooling ocean breeze at
this top floor unit! Offered at
"VILLA LEE ANNA" Cozy 2 bedroom condo with waterviews.
Easy walk to Cruz Bay and low condo fees. $325,000.
EXCEPTIONAL PASTORY- 1 bedrm condo, great views,
close to town, quiet neighborhood. Turn key. $529,000.
"RAINBOW'S END" Battery Hill condo, 2 bedrms,
poolside, close to town. Priced to Sell! $625,000.
BEACHFRONT "GRANDE BAY" RESORT Condo under
construction, overlooking Cruz Bay Harbor. Walk to town
& restaurants. 2 bdrm $799,000.
"GALLOWS POINT" 3 OCEAN FRONT units (2-upper
& 1-lower) ea. w/ deck/patio, walk to town $1,400,000,
$1,275,000 & $1,200,000.
INDULGE YOURSELF WITH RESORT LIVING IN THE
COMFORTS OF YOUR OWN PRIVATE CONDOMINIUM.
Own a week, a month or more and enjoy all the Westin
amenities! Inventory avail in many unit sizes year round.
Great trade & rental options. Timeshares start at $11,000.
"GALLOWS SEAVIEW" (2x2 .58
ac. R-4 & W-1 zoning allows
multifamily dwellings &commercial
uses. Spectacular views. Walk to
beach & town. $3,200,000.
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