Title: St. John tradewinds
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St. John tradewinds newspaper
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Publication Date: September 21, 2009
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September 21-October 4, 2009
Copyright 2009


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

St. John TradewindsNews Photo by Eliza Magro

Jerome and Teresa sell their farm goods on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, in Coral Bay. They sell their
fresh produce, preserves, rum, and spices at many Virgin Islands festivities.
Additional photos on page 6.

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DLCA Enforces
Noise Pollution
Control Act;
Numerous Bars
in Violation
Page 4
North Shore
Road Repairs
Begin this Week
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St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat

One of the many potholes on North Shore Road that will soon be filled.

North Shore Road Repairs Begin This Week

By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
Eight years of planning and preparation will come
to light on September 28, when reconstruction and re-
surfacing will commence on the island's badly dam-
aged North Shore Road.
The weathered and worn road has not been com-
pletely repaved in 16 years, but islanders can look
forward to a smoother drive within a year, according
to Mark Hardgrove, Superintendent of the V.I. Na-
tional Park.
"The project is expected to take nine to 11 months,"
Hardgrove said. "We'll have the potholes filled within
the first week and we think there will be about nine
months of reconstruction and one month of paving."
St. Thomas-based Island Roads was awarded the
$4.5 million contract on August 6, according to Keith
Macneir, VINP's Chief of Maintenance.
In an earlier Tradewinds interview, Hardgrove said
the project was originally funded at $4.9 million but
received extra funding to meet an increased budget of
$8.1 million to cover the rising costs of construction
over the past eight years.
Because the bid from Island Roads came in at just
over half of the project's current budget, Macneir
said the remaining money will be returned to Federal
Highway to be funneled into other projects.
Filling the potholes along the road and setting up
safety and traffic management signage will be the first
steps in the project.
"The patching of the potholes was not originally in
the scope of the project, but the contractor has offered

to fill in the potholes at no additional charge to the
park or government," Macneir said.
Once the potholes are filled, reconstruction of the
road will begin at Cruz Bay and head toward Annab-
erg, Hardgrove said.
"We've got major sections of the outer road that
are failing," he said. "The road is in a very unsafe
condition, but we are building them back to federal
highway standards."
Hardgrove said heavy weight from traffic on the
worn road has pushed the soft surface from under the
road and an 18-inch excavation on the outer edges of
the road will be required to reinforce it.
"We are not just repairing the road, we are actually
reconstructing the base of the roads and putting new
pavement surface on top of the new road bed," the
superintendent said. "We can't just put a band aid on
it we have to do surgery first."
Flashing signs to manage traffic will be in place
during road work, which will be underway five days
a week.
"The road traffic will be down to one lane at a time
in some areas," Hardgrove said. "But the traffic wait
is not expected to exceed five minutes."
Macneir also said drivers can look forward to hav-
ing a yellow center stripe down the length of North
Shore Road again.
"We are just looking forward to having this com-
plete," he said. "But we do need to exercise caution
during the project, not only for the other vehicles on
the road, but also for the workers who will be out on
the roadside."

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Battery Open House Is September 22
St. John Tradewinds
St. John Administrator Leona Smith will be hosting an open
house on Tuesday, September 22, at the Battery from 3 to 6 p.m.
Present will be Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of
Tourism, Julia Sheen, Commissioner of Health and Laverne Terry,
Commissioner of Education.
The community is encouraged to come out and meet Governor
DeJongh's Cabinet. If you cannot make the open house please sub-
mit your concerns and suggestions in writing.

Homeowner's Associations Seminar

Scheduled for Sept. 28 in Coral Bay
St. John Tradewinds
Need your dirt road fixed? Have you considered forming a vol-
untary homeowner's association to share fairly the maintenance
cost and work for your road with your neighbors. You and your
neighbors can design it just for the purposes you would like.
"Home Owner's Associations (HOAs): Taking the First Steps"
is a workshop to answer questions and obtain some sample docu-
ments. The workshop will be on Monday, September 28, from 6:30
to 7:30 pm in the Coral Bay Community Council office. Sharon
Coldren, President of the CBCC, will lead the discussion.
Please call the CBCC in advance if you will be attending so the
organization can get a larger venue if needed. If your neighbor-
hood is already interested, a special meeting can be set up for your
specific neighborhood.
For more information, call the CBCC at 776-2009.

STJ Chamber Chapter on Sept. 29
St. John Tradewinds
The next Chamber St. John Chapter meeting will be on Tues-
day, September 29, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at Gifft Hill School.
The meeting will feature a presentation by The VI Energy Of-
fice. The VI Energy Office is launching its programs funded by the
American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.

Public Hearing on Rezoning Requests
St. John Tradewinds
There will be a public hearing on two rezoning requests on
Thursday, October 1, starting at 6 p.m. at the St. John Legislature.
1. Application ZAJ-09-2: Breeze Enterprises, for Parcel No.
131, Estate Contant & Enighed, Cruz Bay Quarter, St. John from
R-4 (Residential Medium Density) to B-2 (Business Second-
ary) for the development of a post office.
2. Application ZAJ-09-1: Grande Bay Isles, LLLP, for Parcel
No. 3Abc Cruz Bay, St. John, from W-1 (Waterfront-Pleasure) to
R-4 (Residential- Medium Density) with use variances for a res-
taurant and sundry shop. The zone change will allow for the con-
solidation of Parcel No. 3Abc with Parcel No. 86-3 in order to
complete the permitted design.

St. John Singers To Start Rehearsals
St. John Tradewinds
The St. John Singers is a choral group of people from St. John
and St. Thomas who just love to sing.
Rehearsals for the Christmas holiday concerts begin on Mon-
day, September 21, 2009.
Women begin rehearsing at 6:30 p.m. and men at 7:30 p.m. ev-
ery Monday at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay. All are
welcome. Call 693-7406 for more information.

St. John Tradewinds, September 21-October 4, 2009 3

St John Tradewinds News Photos by Tropical Focus and Mauri Elbel

John Santangelo, above, demonstrates the dermscope.
Left: (L to R) Dr. Mercedes Dullum, Dr. Joseph DeJames,
Joan Bermingham and BJ Harris pose in front of the new
telemedicine infrastructure.

St. John Is Territory's Trailblazer for Telemedicine

By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
St. John residents will now have
access to expert physicians on the
mainland without ever leaving
their island via a new innovative
medical technology available at
Myrah Keating Smith Community
Heath Center.
There was standing room only
at the island's health clinic on
Thursday, September 10, as medi-
cal professionals, local dignitaries
and community members gathered
to witness the unveiling of a new
state-of-the-art virtual technol-
ogy called telemedicine which
will link doctors at the prestigious
Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Flori-
da, with patients on St. John.
The advanced video conferenc-
ing system allows for real-time
interaction between doctors and
patients through technological
features such as: a digital stetho-
scope for listening to the heart and
chest; a high fidelity otoscope for
examining ears, nose and throat; a
dermscope for skin examinations;
high resolution video monitors for
displaying microscopic detail and
a special document camera for dis-
playing x-rays, scans and medical
"This has been a long road to
pull this project together," said
Harold Wallace, MKSCHC ad-
ministrator. "It has been a unique
collaboration of public, private,
civic and a philanthropist to get
this project done."

Dr. Mercedes Dullum explains how telemedicine will link
patients with stateside doctor in real time.

In collaboration with the Cleve-
land Clinic, plans for telemedicine
has been in the works since sum-
mer 2007, Wallace said.
St. John Rotary funded the
technology infrastructure which
facilitates telemedicine costs
which include $39,000 for a T-1
line, a dedicated DSL connection
between St. John and the stateside
clinic, and a $1,000 monthly ser-
vice fee as well as $23,000 annual-
ly for three years which will cover
equipment leasing, insurance and
maintenance for exclusive access
to Cleveland Clinic specialists, ac-
cording to BJ Harris, St. John Ro-
tary President-elect.
Local philanthropist Donald
Sussman donated $72,000 to get

the project started and Rotary will
host various fund raising initia-
tives to meet its pledge to support
the innovative project for the next
three years, Harris said.
"It has been very much a com-
munity effort," Harris said. "We
(St. John Rotary) are only cover-
ing the costs for three years, so
Senator Hill, we will be looking
for something in the Budget."
Senate President Louis Hill,
who attended the unveiling, said
having access to the Cleveland
Clinic will be a tremendous benefit
to Virgin Islanders and the govern-
ment should be prepared to make
a significant contribution to keep
the service going three years from

Telemedicine specialty ser-
vices at the clinic will include
pulmonology, dermatology, rheu-
matology and cardiac surgery pre-
and post-evaluations. Patients on
St. John will initially be evaluated
by a MKSCHC provider before
being referred to the telemedicine
services where a virtual visit will
allow mainland doctors to commu-
nicate with physicians and patients
on St. John.
"Telemedicine is not to replace
the physicians we have on- or off-
island," Wallace said. "But it will
enhance patient care."
The objective of telemedicine is
to expand medical services and in-
crease medical access on St. John
while decreasing the need for resi-
dents to travel off-island to meet
their health care needs, Wallace
The new cutting-edge technol-
ogy will allow for more rapid di-
agnosis and treatment as well as
access to medical specialists in an
array of different areas for patients
on the remote island of St. John,
according to Dr. Mercedes Dul-
lum, a cardiac surgeon at the non-
profit, physician-led Cleveland
"This is really taking video
conferencing to a new level," said
John Santangelo, director of infor-
mation technology for Cleveland
Clinic. "We are integrating diag-
nostic technology into telemedi-
cine and we have the ability to in-
tegrate new, upcoming technology

into the camera system."
Dr. Thelma Watson, medical
director of Schneider Regional
Medical Center, said St. John is
a trailblazer for a technology that
will allow Virgin Islanders to re-
ceive medical attention from spe-
cialists who the territory could not
otherwise attract.
"Instead of you on St. John
sending patients our way (to St.
Thomas), we'll be sending our pa-
tients your way," Watson said.


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DLCA Enforcement Finds Numerous

St. John Bars and Restaurants in Violation

By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
Complaints from St. John resi-
dents about noisy bars and restau-
rants in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay
prompted a visit by Department of
Licensing and Consumer Affairs
Commissioner Wayne Biggs and
its enforcement and management
team on Thursday, September 10.
"Violations were found at a
number of bars and restaurants
and those establishments were
issued a warning by our enforce-
ment team," said Shayla Solomon,
DLCA's public information offi-
cer. "A lot of them have licenses,
but they are operating outside of
their license's specific guidelines
and restrictions."
The Noise Pollution Control
Act prohibits unreasonable, ex-
cessive and annoying noise levels
in the territory and maintains that
all bars and taverns located within
500 feet of a school, church or res-
idential area must be enclosed and
While bars and restaurants may
be allowed to play music, each
license specifies the type and vol-
ume of the music being played,
Solomon explained.
"There are specific guidelines
and restrictions; for example, a
nightclub can have speakers and
music, but it has to be enclosed
and soundproofed," she said. "You
have to make sure that the license
that you have correlates with how
you are operating your business.
And that is the big issue."
Solomon said DLCA is not
releasing the names of establish-
ments issued warnings, but the de-

"There are specific guidelines and restric-
tions; for example, a nightclub can have
speakers and music, but it has to be enclosed
and soundproofed."
Shayla Soloman, public information officer
Dept. of Licensing and Consumer Affairs

apartment was scheduled to follow
up with the venues the following
week and issue citations for those
which did not rectify the viola-
"These establishments have to
rectify the violations or else cita-
tions will be issued," she said, add-
ing that names will be disclosed if
citations are issued.
Solomon said she did not have
a report on the follow-up visit and
Biggs did not return calls by the
time St. John Tradewinds went to
The DLCA crew travelled to St.
John not only to get a first hand
assessment of various complaints,
but also to work toward establish-
ing a greater presence on the is-
land, particularly as it pertains to
"There are a number of areas
that need enforcement on St. John
and our enforcement efforts are
going to be improved," Solomon
said. "We will make it a weekly
thing to make regular visits to
St. John, not only for enforcement,
but to have a greater presence on
the island."
Thursday's visit was the first
phase of weekly trips that Com-
missioner Biggs and his enforce-
ment team will be making to St.

Enforcement officials inspected
St. John establishments for re-
quired documents and signs and
to find out whether the establish-
ments were operating within the
scope of their license, according to
a DLCA statement. Establishment
owners also had the opportunity
to meet with the commissioner to
personally address issues and con-
Solomon reminded St. John res-
idents that the DLCA has a Icoal
office at the Battery.
"And we are working hard to
get our Web site up and running
so we can streamline the licensing
process and people don't have to
worry about going to an office,"
Solomon said. "It should be up and
running by the end of this month
or early October."
DLCA reminds all bars, taverns,
restaurants, and nightclubs of the
following requirements: they must
secure the correct license corre-
lating with their operations; busi-
ness licenses must be posted; signs
prohibiting the sale of alcohol and
tobacco to minors must be visibly
posted, and separate licenses are
required for selling tobacco prod-
ucts and using coin operated pool
tables and jukeboxes.

American Cancer Society
Has Presence on St. John

Fern LaBorde, Executive Director
for the USVI American Cancer Society,
and Acting Chairperson Julien Harley,
will be available to assist clients with
medications, off-island travel and
equipment as well as other services on
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the
St. John Community Foundation office
on the third floor of The Marketplace.

St. John Tradewinds, September 21-October 4, 2009 5

Caneel Closes for First Time in History, Reopening Nov. 1

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
For the first time ever, the
Caneel Bay Resort has closed its
doors to guests.
The resort, which has wel-
comed guests to its charming,
low-key North Shore property
for more than 50 years, closed on
September 1 and will not reopen
until October 31.
September and October are the
quietest for most Love City busi-
nesses, and Caneel has not been
exempt from the annual slow sea-
"The decisionto close the resort
is based on historically low occu-
pancy levels during these months,
which is true for most Caribbean
properties like Caneel Bay," said
Kristin Hutton of Hawkins Inter-
national, which handles public
relations for the resort. "We also
have some maintenance which
needs to be done, and saw this
as a good opportunity, before the
high season begins."
The current state of the econo-
my also factored into the resort's
decision to close, according to
Caneel's Managing Director,
Nikolay Hotze.

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat

Guards at the Caneel Bay Resort entrance will only grant access by foot to Caneel Bay
and Honeymoon beaches. Cars cannot park on the resort property during its closure.

During the two-month closure,
a program of maintenance to the
resort buildings is being imple-
"We've already repainted the
entire hotel," said Hotze. "We're
doing general maintenance and
upgrades to guest areas, just to

make sure that they are all in tip
top shape."
Hotze expects most of the re-
sort's employees to return when
Caneel reopens on November 1.
Workers were given nine months
notice, he explained.
"I believe everybody is coming

back," said Hotze. "We communi-
cated nine months ago, so every-
body had time to prepare."
Caneel's fiercely loyal guests
have also taken the closure in
stride, Hotze continued.
"We have a lot of loyal guests
who usually come in October,

and they've all rebooked," he
said. "We haven't lost anybody.
They've happily moved their va-
cations to the first of November."
If the two-month closure
proves beneficial to the resort, its
October guests may have to per-
manently reschedule their annual
vacations. Once the pros and cons
of shutting down for two months
have been weighed, a decision
will be made regarding the pos-
sibility of closing to guests during
slow season each year, explained
"We need to see how we come
out on October 31 and we'll take
it from there," he said.
During the two-month closure,
no residents or guests are allowed
on the resort's property; however,
its Honeymoon and Caneel beach-
es are still open to the public,
which must access the beaches by
foot from North Shore Road.
Upon reopening, guests can ex-
pect to find business as usual at
Caneel, explained Hutton.
"Guests can expect the same
great experiences Caneel Bay has
continuously offered throughout
the resort's stellar history," she

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WMA's Tire Removal Efforts Take a Hit as U.S. Stops Accepting Used Tires

Old used tires pile up in
Estate Enighed, causing a
neighborhood eyesore.

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The VI. Waste Management
Authority (WMA) has long battled
to keep used tires from piling up in
the territory, and now they'll have
to work even harder thanks to U.S.
Customs' prohibition of Virgin Is-
lands tires entering the U.S. main-
U.S. Customs has tightened
its regulations and is now stop-
ping loads of tires from entering
the mainland because they are not
clean, explained WMA spokesper-
son Stella Saunders.
"The current issue that is pre-
venting WMA from collecting tires

and shipping them off-island as we
used to do is that Customs has be-
come very stringent with inspec-
tions of loads when they arrive in
Florida," Saunders said. "They are
being stopped due to the tire sup-
posedly not being 'clean' so they
cannot enter U.S. mainland soil."
WMA hopes to develop a long-
term plan addressing the life cycle
of a tire from the time it arrives in
the territory until it leaves, or is
used locally for a "beneficial end
product," according to Saunders.
"WMA is working on a long-
term plan to effectively man-
age the used tires from cradle to
grave," she said. "This will in-

volve legislation requiring citizens
to leave their used tires at the tire
vendors, who will in turn be man-
dated by law to dispose of their
collected used tires in a compliant
fashion via an approved disposal
process. Whether this disposal
process means that the tires might
be recycled locally, turned to fuel
or shipped elsewhere remains to
be determined."
The authority is addressing the
tires that are once again piling up
in the territory by putting together
a request for proposals to collect
and remove all abandoned and
stored tires at local landfills and
transfer stations, as well as illegal

piles that are on public property.
Until WMA implements its
long-term plan, residents are ad-
vised to return used tires to the
vendor where they were pur-
chased. Improper disposal of tires
can cause a myriad of problems.
"Improper tire disposal, particu-
larly in an unmanaged site such as
the bush, can cause standing water
inside the tire which can lead to
mosquitoes and other bugs," said
Saunders. "It is also an eyesore.
The WMA has been spraying its
tire piles on the landfills with mos-
quito prevention sprays to curb the
breeding of mosquitoes on a regu-
lar basis until they are removed."

St. John Rotary Club Gives Planners to Students

Above: Cars lined the
road by the Love City
Mini Mart in Coral Bay,
on Labor Day afternoon,
Monday, September 7,
for the much celebrated
car races.

Left: Children enjoy
the blow-up jungle gyms
at the 2009 Labor Day
celebration in Coral Bay.

St. John Tradewinds News
Photos by Eliza Magro

Wha's Happ'nin'

by Sis Frank

Great Jazz Jams
St. John Tradewinds
Jazz on St. Thomas and St. John
The postponed Moonlight Jazz was held last Saturday night on
Wikked's lawn a large crowd of devotees enjoyed Joe Ramsay's
All Stars as the rainy weather cleared at Yacht Haven Grande.
The V.I. Jazz All Stars attracted the usual crowd plus a few rath-
er different personalities at the Sunday Beach Bar Jam. The music
was great, in fact, there's nothing else going on in town, so this was
the main attraction!
Don't miss this weekly show 4 to 7:30 p.m. -you'll love the
atmosphere! Come and support the newest band in town (with the
oldest masters of jazz).
Rich Greengold is back from vacationing in the USA -just in
time to sit in.
Introduction to Telemedicine
at MKS Community Health Center
We are fortunate to have Donald Sussman and Rotary finance
this fascinating new system for St. John!
Harold Wallace led the presentation along with Dr. Mercedes
Dullum and John Santangelo from Cleveland Clinic (branch in
Weston, Florida). It was thrilling to see your arm on the screen as
they examined it in Florida! Many thanks to those who worked so
hard to make this giant advancement in medicine a reality!
Tennis Courts Are Repaired
After waiting for painting, paving and many repairs, the St. John
Racquet Club met to organize future instruction for young people
and tournaments. We were assured that the area would be cleaned
within the week.
Pat Harley continues her classes on Sundays thanks, Pat, for
all that you do to keep the game alive!
Fireman from Washington State Visits St. John
It's always gratifying to hear a young visitor say that St. John is
paradise! He read about us on the Internet and has a week-long rest
here. His enthusiasm made me happy I still think of it as a spe-
cial place on Earth, but to hear it from a stranger is very special!

St. John Tradewinds, September 21-October 4, 2009 7

New Owners Considering Purchase of Sirenusa from Banco Popular Affiliate

By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
A company is now assessing the
unfinished multi-story condomini-
um project above Cruz Bay and
has until the end of the month to
decide whether it will purchase the
property from its current owner,
BP Sirenusa International LLC, an
affiliate of Banco Popular.
Carlo Marzano, Sirenusa's
original developer/owner, gave the
property to Banco Popular in lieu
of foreclosure on his more than
$50 million mortgage with the
bank in late August.
"The bank received an offer on
the property subject to due dili-
gence, but the due diligence time
period has not expired as of yet,"
said George Dudley, a partner in
the law firm, Dudley, Topper and
Feuerzeig, counsel to Banco Pop-
ular and its affiliate. "They have
until the end of September to com-
plete their due diligence."
Likening the due diligence pe-
riod to test driving a car before

purchase, Dudley said the poten-
tial buyers are in the process of ex-
amining the current state of affairs
pertaining to construction, permits,
the relationship with the contrac-
tors and various matters related to
the unfinished property.
"There is a company that is ex-
amining the property, and if it is
found to be satisfactory, then they
will proceed with the transaction,"
he said.
Dudley would not disclose the
names of the potential owners nor
the price tag of the hillside prop-
"I know that they are represent-
ed by several persons from Puerto
Rico, but I have not met the prin-
ciples, I've only dealt with their
agents," Dudley said.
Controversial Variance
Originally zoned R-2, Sirenusa
received a controversial zoning
variance to accommodate its larg-
er-than-allowed development in
April 2007.
The Act (6925) granted a vari-

St. John Tradewinds News Photo File

The unfinished Sirenusa development may be pur-
chased by the end of the month, according to a bank

ance to the property from R-2 (res-
idential low-density, one and two
family) to R-3 (residential medium
density) for the construction of
two, four-story buildings and one
three story building and mak-

ing a $50,000 appropriation to the
Juan F. Luis Hospital on St. Croix
for two hemodialysis machines.
Governor John deJongh vetoed
the variance, but all senators in the
27th Legislature, with the excep-

tion of Senator Louis Hill, voted to
override the veto in May 2007.
"The property is zoned R2 but
the legislature gave the variance
to allow R3 and that was illegal,"
explained Jamal Nielsen, public
information officer for the Depart-
ment of Planning and Natural Re-
sources. "A variance does not al-
low for changes to the dimensions;
it allows for the use, not the dimen-
sions, of the building, so that was
an illegal act by the legislature."
Nielsen said a variance should
not allow a development to go
from R2 to R3.
If iI \\" a variance of a use, we
would stop it, but when the build-
ing is built already, then there is no
use for a variance to be transfer-
able because it was already built,"
he said. "The whole thing was cor-
rupt from the beginning."
Variances are granted to the
subject property, not the property
owners, according to V.I. zoning
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About 40 community members participated in this year's Freedom Walk to remember those who
lost their lives on Friday, September 11, during a terrorist attack. Left: Paul Devine rings the bell at
N O R k 'Nazareth Lutheran Church to commerate each of the plane crashes on September 11, 2001.

Community Commemorates September 11 with Freedom Walk

By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
Around 40 people gathered under the Cruz Bay sun to
participate in a freedom walk to remember the tragic day
that occurred eight years ago and will forever be etched in
Americans' hearts.
The freedom walk began at the National Park Visitors
Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 11, and continued
to Franklin Powell Park for a noon-time commemoration
The American Legion Post 131, the St. John Administra-
tor's office and the Delegate's office organized the walk as
a way to remember the price America paid for its continued
freedom and to honor the victims of those who died in the
terrorist attacks.
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This was the second year the American Legion organized
the freedom walk, and Runyon said this year's event brought
four times as many walkers, including representatives from
St. John's police and fire departments, U.S. Armed Forces,
National Park Service, U.S. Customs, National Guard and
AARP members.
"It gives us a chance to give credit to our first respond-
ers," Runyon said. "They are on our frontline of defence and
this is about giving them credit for the freedom that they are
giving us every day."
St. John Administrator Leona Smith voiced her concerns
that the memory of September 11 is beginning to fade, and
she commended the U.S. military for continuing to fight for
America's freedom.
"Let it be said on this day that we shall win," she said.
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By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
Janet George-Carty had a big
smile on her face as she snipped
the bright red ribbon that hung
loosely across the entrance of
Francis Bay's new accessible trail
and glided in her wheelchair across
the elevated wooden boardwalk.
The 650-foot boardwalk, un-
veiled during a Wednesday morn-
ing ceremony on September 9,
now makes up the lower section
of the popular Francis Bay walk-
ing trail and signifies a first step in
the drive to make rugged St. John
a more accessible island.
"It's something else I can do on
St. John as a mobility impaired in-
dividual," said George-Carty, who
has lived her entire life in the U.S.
Virgin Islands with a mobility im-
pairment. "And I would hope it's a
new mind set for the island."
The idea for a more acces-
sible island stems back from the
"Building a Destination for All"
vision spearheaded by Maho Bay
Camp's founder Stanley Selengut,
but when national park trails were
accessed for handicapped-poten-
tial, only two trails were deemed
capable of improvements at
Francis and Cinnamon Bays, ac-
cording to Friends of the Virgin
Islands National Park President
Joe Kessler.
"We've been talking about this
for a while now," Kessler said.
"We've been wondering how we
can make the park more acces-
sible, but clearly St. John is not an
easy place to make accessible."
The National Park Service and
the Friends partnered to apply for
a cost-share grant to fund a por-
tion of the project more than two
years ago. The roughly $40,000
cost-share challenge project was
supplemented with a $20,000 in-
kind donation from MSI Building
Supplies which donated over 95
percent of the lumber, the national
park which bought the foundation
pads, fasteners and hardware, and
donations from Maho Bay Camps
and Maggie Day, Kessler said.
About 20 volunteers with car-
penter, construction and boat
building skills contributed more
than 500 man hours to complete
the boardwalk within seven days,
he said.
"A lot of people came together

Janet George-Carty takes her first stroll down Francis
Bay's new accessible boardwalk.

to make this happen," Kessler
said. "The quality of the work is
striking and really speaks to the
Given the hilly terrain on St.
John, Kessler said it is not just
people with wheelchairs who have
difficulty accessing the trails and
beaches on the island. Improving
accessibility will benefit those
who have difficulty walking or
children in strollers as well.
VINP Superintendent Mark
Hardgrove said Friends groups are
instrumental in breaking the barri-
ers that often plague governmental
agencies and they also challenge
the park to do new and different
"Hopefully this is the beginning
of meeting the needs for greater
handicapped accessibility for our
visitors and residents," Hardgrove
The popular trail at Francis was
the first on the list to be improved,
but Kessler said the next goal is
raising funds to make the trails
running through the Cinnamon

Bay ruins more accessible.
The national park recently
made the amphitheater at Cinna-
mon Bay more accessible by ex-
tending the concrete walkway and
will be purchasing another special
wheelchair designed for ease of
movement in the sand similar to
the one already available at Trunk
Bay, Hardgrove said.
St. John Administrator Leona
Smith said plans are in the works
to build a Cruz Bay boardwalk
stretching from the ferry dock, the
Battery and the Creek designed to
reduce traffic and ease accessibil-
ity for residents and visitors carry-
ing luggage.
As George-Carty wheeled
herself around to gaze out at the
boardwalk's overlook perched in
front of a small salt pond dotted
with the various birds that call
Francis home, she couldn't hide
her excitement.
"This is awesome I love it,
I love it!" she exclaimed. "I have
to bring my grandson here. He'd
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St. John Tradewinds
The VI. Police Department's Leander Jurgen Com-
mand in Cruz Bay is receiving minor renovations to
its decade-old building.
Glass Rays, Inc. has been priming, sealing and
painting since August 12 and hopes to have the proj-
ect completed by November 1, according to owner
Ray Berg.
"We are painting the police station inside and out,"
said Berg, adding that other minor renovations are
Glass Rays, operating under its general contractors
licence, is replacing ceiling tiles and doing light plas-
tering repairs where water infiltration has come into
the walls and made the surface blister in addition to
priming, sealing and painting the inside and outside
of the building, Berg said.
"These repairs are not unique to St. John," said
Melody Rames, VIPD's public information officer.
"The department is doing repairs to the police stations
on all three islands."
Other Leander Jurgen renovations include: air con-
ditioning system repair of leaking pipes, complete ex-
terior repairs, repair of broken siding on the building,
pressure washing and painting of the entire building,
complete inspection of roof integrity, interior repairs
of water damaged walls, complete overhaul of the cell
to include a new all-in-one toilet system, repair and
replastering of all offices, complete interior painting

"These repairs are not unique to
St. John. The department is doing
repairs to the police stations on all
three islands."
Melody Rames,
Public Information Officer,
V.I. Police Department

and replacement of damaged tiles on the ceiling, ac-
cording to Rames.
The money for the repairs came from a special
general fund account designated specifically for St.
John by the Legislature, according to Rames.
Rames said she did not have the cost of the proj-
ect at the time of press, but said that any project over
$5,000 must go through a formal bid process.
Berg said he was one of three contractors who
walked through the job to see the scope of the work
and bid on the project.
Although Berg declined to comment about finan-
cial costs associated with the job, he said his employ-
ees are working full time, 6 days-a-week to get the
project complete by November.
"I brought enough people in to make sure it hap-
pens," he said.

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St. John Tradewinds, September 21-October 4, 2009 11

Injured Robbery Victim Finds Police Station Vacant

By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
The victim of an early morning
robbery Thursday, September 3, in
Cruz Bay was severely wounded
by three men who armed them-
selves with weapons found in the
victim's apartment and after
waiting for officers to show up
for nearly 45 minutes, he walked
to the police station to find no one
Mon Phon, the chef at Morgan's
Mango, wanted to set the record
straight regarding an article enti-
tled "Victims Injured During Early
Morning Knife and Machete Rob-
ber," that was published in the pre-
vious issue ofSt. John Tradewinds
that contained statements made by
a V.I. Police Department official
he claims are incorrect.
Phon said he and a friend were
attacked in his apartment, located
behind Morgan's Mango, by three
black men with black t-shirts
wrapped around their faces who
appeared to be in their early 20s
and in good physical condition.
Contrary to a VIPD press release
which stated three suspects armed
with knives and a machete entered
the victim's apartment, demanded
money and a fight began between
the victims and the suspects, Phon
said the men were not initially
armed and a fight broke out before
any money was demanded.
"The three guys were originally

without weapons," Phon said. "All
the weapons they got were from
my room except the rock, which
they got outside. So after they left,
yeah, they were armed."
Phon and two of his friends were
in his apartment playing hockey on
PlayStation 3 and doing a fantasy
football draft around 1:30 a.m., ac-
cording to the chef.
About 15 to 20 minutes after
one of his two friends left to go
home, two men entered the front
door, which was left unlocked,
and immediately threw a rock at
Phon's other friend's face.
"Then I got up from the sofa,
grabbed my sushi knife from the
wall and got really close to the
guy's stomach, but I hesitated
for half a second and someone,
who had crawled in through the
window, hit me with a rainstick
(a percussion instrument made
from a dried cactus branch that
is hollowed out, filled with small
pebbles, and capped at both ends)
from behind," Phon said.
Phon said the attackers hit him
with a rainstick and then cracked
his head open with a glass vase. He
owned both items, which left him
with head injuries that required 10
staples and 18 stitches.
"Then I threw a bottle of ses-
ame oil at one of the attackers,"
Phon said. "We were slipping and
sliding on the oil, trying to get the
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with the rainstick."
One of the attackers grabbed the
knife and held it to Phon's throat.
"And I stopped struggling after
that," Phon said.
Phon said the three attackers
then sat he and his friend, who
were both injured and bleeding,
down near the couch and demand-
ed money.
"He put the knife between my
eyes and I told them I didn't have
any money because I don't get
paid until Friday and we explained
it's been really slow," Phon said.
"Then he went to my friend and
asked for his wallet, and he gave
him his wallet which only had $30
in it."
The three men then proceeded
to rob the apartment.
"Then they started going
through the room and taking what
they could our PlayStation 3,
our laptops, our games and mov-
ies, and both of our cell phones,"
Phon said.
Once the robbers left, Phon said
he and his friend discussed their
next steps.
"We were all bloody, but the
first thing we did was lock the
door," Phon said. "They took our
cell phones, so I decided to come
down to Morgan's Mango and set
the alarm off."
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"We waited and waited and
nobody came," he said. "So then
we waited in front of Morgan's
Mango and sat there bleeding with
my head basically cracked open
for another half hour. And nobody
showed up. And the alarm was go-
ing off the whole time."
After the alarm had been sound-
ing between 35 and 45 minutes,
Phon said he finally convinced his
friend they had to go to the police
station for help.
"So we were walking down to
the police station and I was bloody
from head to toe," Phon said.
"And by the time we got there,
there was no one at the police sta-
tion either."
Phon said they waited inside the
police station for five or six min-
utes, yelling for help the whole
time but no one came.
VIPD's public information offi-
cer Melody Rames said two police
officers were at the front desk of
the station and saw the two gentle-
men come in that night.
"According to Deputy Chief
Darren Foy, the gentlemen did not
try to initiate any contact with po-
lice and then they left," she said.
"There were officers right there,
and I would suggest, if there is a
discrepancy, that they take it to
VIPD's internal affairs which in-
vestigates all complaints against

police officers in an unbiased in-
Phon said after leaving the sta-
tion, the two noticed The Quiet
Mon bar was still open, some time
between 2:15 and 2:30 a.m., so
they went there for help and a pa-
tron at the bar called 911..
Phon said it took police between
10 to 12 minutes to show up at The
Quiet Mon after the call.
"And then they finally called
St. John Rescue and that is when
I started fading and needed to lie
down," Phon said.
A St. John Rescue member sta-
bilized Phon until the paramedics
got there and took him to Myrah
Keating Smith Community Health
Phon's injuries included a deep
cut in his head, a broken and
bloody nose, and cuts in his wrists,
right thumb and lower knee that
required stitches. His friend sus-
tained a broken jaw from the rock
that was thrown at his face.
"I want people to know that this
could happen to anyone," Phon
said. "It is fun going out, but this
time of year, during slow season,
try not to walk alone after you
have been drinking."
"And always check to see if your
door and windows are locked," he
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Guardrail Safety Project To Begin on Centerline Road

By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
Plans to install new guardrails
and replace old ones on the windy
Centerline Road are underway
as part of the Federal Highway's
safety program which is using
stimulus funds to improve roads
throughout the territory, according
to Department of Public Works St.
John Deputy Director Ira Wade.
"Guardrails will be put in
throughout various areas on Cen-
terline Road and all the way out
to the East End," Wade said. "We
will be installing new guardrails in
areas we do not have them right

now and we will be replacing the
old ones that have become ineffec-
This means good news for is-
land drivers traveling along par-
ticularly dangerous areas, such
as the scene of last month's fatal
car accident heading west on Cen-
terline from Coral Bay above the
Reef Bay Trail.
"In the last two or three years,
we have had three accidents in
that exact area," said Mike Jordan,
public information officer for St.
John Rescue. "It's been a signifi-
cant danger area. In the last five
years that I've been with Rescue,

we have had to rappel down that
hill three times."
Jordan said if a person is driving
the speed limit, they should never
have a problem with that part of
the road.
"But when people speed, com-
bined with the fact that they are
going downhill, especially when it
is raining, it can be very danger-
ous," he said. "There should defi-
nitely be a guardrail there. It is in
an area going downhill where cars
have more speed than when they
are going uphill, and it also seems
that he embankment falls off a bit,
which would further encourage a

problem for those going faster."
When St. John Rescue called
the Department of Public Works
to discuss installing a guardrail in
that particular area, even offering
to help fund it, Wade said plans
were already in the works.
"He said Public Works already
had it under control and funds
were set aside, but I let him know
that St. John Rescue would be
happy to help in any way that we
can," said Chris Jordan, St. John
Rescue's president.
The Federal Highway's safety
program which will bring more
guardrails to St. John has already

been approved, and Wade said as
soon as the funding is in hand,
Public Works will send out the re-
quest for bids.
"We will review the bids, pick
the best and most responsive bid
and award a contract," he said.
Wade estimated the project will
commence within the next six
months but said the time line is
contingent upon how busy the is-
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"The problem is we only have
three major contractors here,"
Wade said. "With all the work they
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when they can fit the project in."

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Bay roundabout, right, could
be finished six months
ahead of its scheduled
completion, according DPW .
Materials Program Manager
Thomas Jones.

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by T. Oat

Roundabout Construction Ahead of Schedule

By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The Department of Public Works and contractor
Island Roads have encountered little to no snags dur-
ing the year-long construction of the Cruz Bay round-
about, and thanks to this smooth sailing, the project
could be finished six months ahead of its scheduled
completion date of June 2010.
Crews are close to completing the burying of all
utility lines in the area, with just a small amount of
work left on Route 104 by Boulon Center and on Cen-
terline Road in front of Dolphin Market.
"We're getting down to the wire now," said DPW
Materials Program Manager Thomas Jones. "Once
we get those two runs of electric in on 104 and in
front of Dolphin Market, we'll be done with the util-
ity work."
Burying the utilities has gone much more smoothly
than anticipated, especially on Centerline Road head-
ing west into Cruz Bay.
"We did not know what we were going to get into
by the school," said Jones. "We thought it was going to
be a lot more difficult than it was. The contractor kept
the traffic one way, and had stop lights in place during
the off hours, when the flaggers weren't there."

Work on Centerline Road in front of Dolphin Mar-
ket also proved unproblematic for DPW, Jones con-
"I thought it would be a major, major issue," he
said. "When we moved the road over, that just gave
us so much more room. We hardly disrupted traffic
at all."
As Island Roads wraps up utility work, the con-
tractor will continue regrading the roundabout's five
points of entry and get the roads ready for asphalt.
Centerline in front of Dolphin Market will likely
see the most change during this phase, as the road
needs to drop approximately six feet. Route 104 in
front of Boulon Center will be lowered approximately
one foot.
Once grading is completed, the roundabout will be
at a 4 percent slope, according to Jones.
DPW does not anticipate any major road closures
in the future; however, the stop lights may be imple-
mented again during utility work on Route 104. Jones
remains optimistic that the project will finish well
ahead of schedule, he explained.
"We're still extremely ahead of schedule," said
Jones. "The contractor is really trying hard to get out
of there before the next tourism season."

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Rain Tapers Offfor Love City Triathlon

By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
Despite pre-race worries brought on by Tropical
Storm Erika, Love City's llth annual triathlon on
Sunday morning, September 6, was a success.
"It was very stressful every time we would hear
the rain, it was like, 'Oh no, here it comes again!',"
said Jude Woodcock, president of St. John Land-
sharks which puts on the annual event. "But Jeff, my
husband, bless his heart, kept saying, 'It will all be
okay, and he was right'."
Eighty-six athletes turned out for the 7 a.m. three-
pronged event: a half-mile swim in Maho Bay; a 14-
mile bike ride from Maho to Cruz Bay, up Centerline
Road and down King's Hill to Annaberg; and a 4-mile
running course between Annaberg, Francis and Lein-
The Landsharks also hosted the Aquathon for the
third year in a row a shortened version of the tri-
athlon that gives athletes who only want to swim and
run the chance to compete in the inter-island event.
"The Aquathon is a swim- and run-event only
because of the challenge of biking on our island,"
Woodcock explained.
About 30 minutes after the triathletes exited the
water, Aquathon participants set out to complete the
same swim and a revised portion of the run a 3.4
mile race from Maho to Annaberg that ended at Fran-
With more than 40 volunteers who devoted time
and energy into this year's event, the high cost of trav-
el for off-island participants and insurance and park
permits reserved specifically for race day, Woodcock
said cancelling the race wasn't an option.
"Saturday night when we were having the
athlete meeting, we were really worried," she said.
"The athletes were shaking their heads too because
biking on wet roads is treacherous and there was pud-
dles and debris everywhere!"
But by Sunday morning, organizers were surprised
to find the roads had begun to dry.

Triathlon Female Finishers
1st -Theresa Harper, 43, Total 2:00:10
2nd Janelle Zachman, 41, Total 2:15:17
3rd Sally Blackmore, 48, Total 2:19:52
4th Carol Murphy, 50, Total 2:21:08
5th Ziya Neema, 32, Total 2:25:21

Triathlon Male Finishers
1st Matt Halk, 31, Total 1:47:38
2nd Frits Bus, 53, 1:51:25
3rd Matt Crafts, 31, 1:52:52
4th Thomas Layer, 40, 1:57:35
5th Mark Smith, 37, 2:00:09

Regardless of the wet weather and consequential
worries, Love City Triathlon had a successful race
without any accidents largely due to safety mea-
sures taken on race day, Woodcock said.
This year, the V.I. Police Department allowed the
Landsharks to spray paint the potholes for added bik-
er safety.
"The paint made a huge difference in safety we
are really grateful the police department allowed us to
do it this year," Woodcock said. "And St. John Rescue
was awesome. They had cones out and were stationed
at all the key places where there was high potential
for an accident and the police officers were stationed
at all the Cruz Bay danger areas."
The only race on St. John offering a free nights stay
with a post-race picnic and beer party at Francis Bay
drew residents from all around the Caribbean.
"We were just thrilled because we had athletes
from St. Thomas, St. Croix, Tortolla, St. Martin and
Saba this year," said Woodcock, who placed sixth in
the female triathlete finishers.
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The V. I. Code allows building in R3- Residential/
Medium Density zoning to be six (6) stories tall. In
B2-Business/neighborhood zoning districts there is
no height limit on St. John!
People have asked how can you set St. John aside
and limit building height only on St. John. There is
precedent in the V.I.Code for making special excep-
tions relating to specific areas of the Virgin Islands.
Gambling is only legal on St. Croix.
In fact, B2 zoning has no height limits, except in
historic districts, where it is limited to three stories.
Senator Barshinger's bill proposes to change the ex-
isting height limit wording for B2 zoning to say, "No
requirement except that in any historically certified
area and on the island of St. John, the height of any
structure shall not exceed three (3) stories."
When Senator Barshinger asked me to testify at
the Legislature in support of this Bill, I was happy to
explain why I believe this legislation is important to
preserve the natural and cultural heritage of St. John.
It is also important for all people who care about
St. John to put aside their differences and come to-
gether in "Unity" to help preserve the "St. John we
know and love."
"St. John is a very unique place." I do not think
many people would take issue with that statement.
St. John was, until recently, the least developed
and most natural of our three Virgins.
St. John also has other qualities that make it a very
special place. St. John has a slower pace and a more
laid-back lifestyle than the other two islands. It has a
special character and identity all of its own that is part
of its natural and cultural heritage. It is the preserva-
tion of this heritage that is one of the most important
core values that creates St. John's "identity" and sets
St. John apart as a very special place.
When I first started practicing architecture in the
Virgins, more than 25 years ago, we had a saying
"that a building should not be taller than the tallest
palm tree." Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous Ameri-
can architect had a saying "that a house should be 'of'
a hill, not 'on' a hill." Both of these characterizations
were true of St. John for many years.
Today, when one takes a ferry ride over to St. John,
one realizes that things have certainly changed drasti-
At both of our ports, Cruz Bay and Enighed Pond
you are now visually assaulted by massive and tall
building developments that protrude high above the
other surrounding buildings and the natural land-

I just read the editorials in the Tradewinds regard-
ing the horrid mega condo developments current state.
I have often tried to think of ways to turn this monster
into something good.
How about St. John buying it and making it the

If we continue to allow the proliferation of this type
of over development with tall, out-of-scale buildings
and developments, they will have a negative visual
impact on the island, thus threatening to destroy St.
John's unique natural and cultural heritage.
They also have an additional negative impact on
many areas of the public health, safety and welfare of
St. John. They create a greater, unsustainable demand
on the infrastructure; sewage treatment, fire safety,
traffic congestion, parking, and the water supply.
They may also eventually have a negative economic
impact on tourism, the main stay of the Virgin Islands
St. John, along with our other two islands, is a ma-
jor economic 'engine' for our tourism industry. One
major reason people come to the Virgin Islands is for
the natural beauty.
Will people still want to come to St. John on vaca-
tion, when it looks like a mini "St. Martin" with tall
condo skyscrapers protruding high above the natural
landscape? Maybe they will just go straight to St.
Martin, where they can go to the beach, gamble and
shop all on one island.
Several years ago, the same developers who
brought us Sirenusa, the now bankrupt, unsustain-
able, massive, overdeveloped condo project above
Enighed Pond also proposed to build a nine (9) story
condo project high on the hillside at Pastory Gardens,
above Cruz Bay.
This project, which thankfully did not get out of
the concept stage, would have been allowable, in B-2
Zoning and could have been built without a public
hearing or public notice of any kind because it is lo-
cated in Tier 2 of the Coastal Zone, as is Grande Bay,
the other massive, out of scale condo project on the
beach front in Cruz Bay.
IGBA, the Island Green Building Association of
St. John, which supports "sustainable and responsible
development," is conducting a grass roots petition
drive in support of limiting the height of buildings on
St. John to three stories.
To date, we have collected over 25 pages of sig-
natures, names and addresses of island residents in
support of this bill. We are continuing to collect sig-
natures. Anyone may download the petition from our
web site, www.igba-stjohn.org click on 'Call To Ac-
tion" tab and double click on the 3 Story Petition line
at the bottom of the page to download the .pdf petition
file. The completed petitions may be dropped off at
the Friends of the Park office in Mongoose Junction.
Doug White, Architect
President, IGBA

most beautiful high school anywhere! Why not? It's
a win-win for us all. Include a pool, media center,
acting theatre, you name it. Is there a line for back
property taxes?
Marjorie Jones,
St. John resident

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Letters to St. John Tradewinds

Referencing the article, "Grande Bay Calls for
Public's Support in Rezoning Request," September
7-20, 2009, St. John Tradewinds. First, by the way,
let's set the record straight, the Trey/Jadan families
are not in mediation with Bay Isles Associates.
According to the article, Kelly Frye, in his habitual
style, once again fails to disclose elements pertinent
to the matter.
In this case, he omits a number of important facts
that have a direct bearing on his request to rezone and

Dear Commissioner Biggs,
I was thrilled to see in the newspaper your recent
enforcement efforts related to noise pollution on St.
John. I thank you for these visits and attempts to have
residents and business owners do the right thing. The
following comments come by way of letting you
know about several other kinds of noise we experi-
ence in Coral Bay so that you have them on your ra-
dar as well.
1. Road noise: On a daily basis, there are several
large noisy trucks which take trash and equipment be-
tween Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. They have no lead car
(they should) and so they rest on their horns the entire
ride of turns down into Coral Bay so they can go as
fast as possible. One horn sounds like a train whistle!
Two of these trucks have the loudest engines and it is
hard to imagine them passing any kind of inspection
in order to be permitted to be on the road.
2. Music noise: I am told there is a group that re-
ceives from the VI. Government a "night club per-
mit" several times per year to host a music party event
on Sputnik's porch. This facility is located next to the
Moravian Church and across the road from Guy Ben-
jamin School. On the recent Labor Day weekend, the

his intention to borrow additional funds. One for ex-
ample is truly an eye opener, it is a mortgage and se-
curity agreement between Elita K. Kane, as Trustee of
the Grand Bay Project Trust and Bay Isles Associates
LLLP, "Mortgagor" filed on August 3, 2009 with the
Recorder of Deeds.
The local population and surrounding neighbors
deserve to know the contents of this agreement, which
in part was based on assumptions rather than existing
Liza Trey

III Conceived Project Crying for Help

When a newly born enters this far from perfect
world, it vacates space where it grew and developed.
The supreme wisdom created this divine process and
keeps it going.
There is, however, another occasional process of
growth and development, a malignant one called can-
cer. It may destroy the potential source of life or at
worse kill the owner.
I am not a medical specialist but these thoughts
come to my mind when I look at the first page of
Tradewinds (September 7, 2009) and read the article
about Grand Bay Resort calling for public support in
it's quest for rezoning.
First the picture. I don't see the mother of St.
John, the Virgin Island, the natural source of joy, love
and growth! It is gone. Instead, there is a malignant
concrete tumor with hundreds of windows staring
at us. A tumor "developed" by an uninvited foreign
force while disfiguring God's created shape. All along

it violated the concept of proportions and aesthetics
and above all completely disregarded the interests of
surrounding local population.
On top of it all, now the "developers" after admit-
ting themselves that the whole project "is not accept-
able" and was "developed irresponsibility" have the
nerve to ask the public for help. For crying out loud!
It is our island, not theirs, where we grew up, went to
school, got married, had kids, and enjoyed our lives.
It is our home, our land, our children's future and, it
is the site of the cemetery where our loved ones rest.
The codes and laws of the island are there to protect
us, and are not there to protect the interest of a "de-
So, do not expect St. Johnians to support Bay Isles
plea for rezoning and I as you may read between the
lines will not cast my support for it either.
Alexander Jadan
Former resident of Cruz Bay since 1955
(I no longer have a home I can go home to)

live music began on Friday, Sept. 4, at about 11 p.m.
It went on until 3 a.m. very, very loud. This oc-
curred again on Sunday, Sept. 6, again beginning at
about 11 p.m. and ending exactly at 3 a.m. I know
many neighbors who lay awake as this music ruined
more than one night's sleep over that weekend.
3. Drag racing: On Labor Day morning, Monday,
Sept. 7, we learned there would be no Labor Day pa-
rade due to a lack of people. But by noon, there were
hundreds of people in Coral Bay for an unannounced
event. There were drag races of cars and motorcycles
all day long on the Kings Hill Road next to Love City
Grocery. It was very, very loud once again. There
were three microphone systems going; It was a virtual
"cacophony" of noise on the Carolina hillside for two
nights and one entire day.
When we have other large events in Coral Bay,
such as the Blues Festival, we know it is coming
due to previous announcements and it ends exactly
at midnight in order to not disturb the community. I
don't know the solutions but we hope you can find
some for Labor Day weekend 2010. Thank you for
considering my comments.
Anonymous Resident of Coral Bay

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Letters to St. John Tradewinds

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St. John Noise Pollution Needs To Be Addressed

16 St. John Tradewinds, September 21-October 4, 2009

Letters to St. John Tradewinds

Thank You from St. John Land Sharks

The llth Annual Love City Triathlon & Aqua-
thon took place over Labor Day weekend. Despite
the threatening forecasts, the weather cooperated and
sent the rain through a day before the event leaving
race day cool and dry. The event was a huge success
and all who attended had a great time.
The St. John Landsharks would like to thank all the
volunteers who manned the course, as well as the VI
Police Department, the National Park Service, and St.
John Rescue. The event could not be possible without
the support of each and everyone of you. We would

also like to thank our sponsors, Maho Bay Camps,
Skinny Legs, St. John Hardware, Big Planet, Carib-
bean Surf Co., West Indies Corporation, 96.1 Pirate
Radio, 8 TuffMiles, and The Tap Room. It is through
their generous support that we are able to continue
holding the event for the enjoyment and benefit of the
And last but not least, a big thank you to all the
participants for coming out and making the llth An-
nual the best year ever!
Louise Wearmouth,
The St. John Landsharks

Post Thank You To the Mash Up Party

Fidemio Limas, Gerald Bechstein, Chris Angel and
Richard Burk at Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay.

GBS Bell System Working Now
The entire Guy H. Benjamin Family would like to extend a heart-
felt thank you to Fidemio Limas, Gerald Bechstein, Chris Angel
and Richard Burks all from Angel Electric, for taking time out of
their busy schedules to install our new electronic bell system at the
These guys worked tirelessly on Saturday and Sunday to put in the
bell system and their commitment to being a part of our team at GBS
is truly appreciated.
I am happy to say that the bell system is working beautifully and
has helped to eliminate the confusion of all classes being on the same
time schedule. This has really made our lives a lot easier. Once again
kudos to the team, you did an awesome job!
Ms. Dionne Wells,
Guy H. Benjamin Elementary School


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You would think it a bit un-kosher to brag about
your own party, but I am going to go ahead and do so
because I truly have the best family of friends on St.
John. I warned in my pre-thank you there would come
a post thank you and here it is.
We often complain of not enough time, not enough
money and what happens? Your true friends find time,
more time than they thought they had to plan a party
in my honor.
People took that same time to collect donations,
food, wine and wonderful raffle prizes.
And then those same people plus others came out
on a Saturday night to support my cause. In hard eco-
nomic times, the generosity of donated food, wine,
and money was overwhelming to me. I was speech-
less for days after, not knowing how I could thank
everyone, and hope they would "feel" how grateful I
am for each and every person involved in the "mash-
up" party. I can't begin to mention names, because to
forget one of you, would not be acceptable. So if you
had anything to do with this wonderful party, thank
you. I would like to add that the addition of Theo's
Chocolate delivered via postal from Adrian really
lifted all our spirits! Even felt the long distance love...
thank you!
I have to mention that the ladies were HOT! This
was the swing era, where hair took some time to
do and lips were red and luscious. The ladies at the

Grapevine Salon donated their time to beauty us up,
and they did it all night long. Thank you for that!
It was a very hard step for me to accept help, but as
my good friend told me, to not accept it is like turn-
ing a gift a way from a friend. So, to my friends, your
wonderful gift was one I will never forget. It allows
me to make sure on my own promise to pay all the
bills that have risen from my bike accident, from den-
tal and medical. I also made sure my own efforts went
into it, plus donating some back to ensure anyone else
ever having to got thru a situation similar to mine will
have some funds available.
On June 20th, when my crash happened, I couldn't
ever believe there would be a lesson in all of this as I
looked at myself in the mirror of the emergency room
and now over two months later I got it.
The island of St. John is so magical. Home to so
many diverse people, somewhat dysfunctional at
times, a bit of crazy with a side of odd, but I love
it here. I truly believe this support of a community
would never happen in mainland USA. We come to-
gether when the need is there. I appreciate you giving
of yourselves, and I will be here when you need me to
give it backatcha!
In spirit of kindness, friendship, love and compas-
Thank you all very much,
Jodie Tanino

Farewell Gathering for Pastor Glendon Cross

We extend christian greetings to you in the name of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our Pastor, Glendon Cross, who served our con-
gregation for six years will be leaving us during the
month of October for another assignment.
Our congregation will be having a farewell gather-
ing for the pastor and his family on October 3. at 7

p.m. Because of his involvement in the community
we are extending an invitation to the community
members to join us as we bid Pastor Cross and his
family farewell.
If you will be attending the farewell gathering and
would like to make a presentation, please call 776-
Kenrick Bartlette

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Letters to St. John Tradewinds

St. John Is the Next Paradise Lost
Editor: gold mine exists in St. John. The fact is there are many
If the V.I. Government does not take stock and do people on the island that are at or below the poverty
right by its citizens, St. John will be the next "Para- level. But, by the way costs have been escalating even
dise Lost". St. John will soon be experiencing its the working middle class will have to pack their bags
own exodus. These governments (VI. and Florida) because it is not cost effective to live on the island.
are forcing their citizens out of their homes by bad We have to pay the Port Authority a tax to go home
decision making and "politricking". From giVI.ng or get our food or any other consumer goods (which
themselves hefty raises to jacking up the already ex- by the way is already being taxed for excise tax). We
orbitant property taxes to approVI.ng increases of pay the enormous cost of public marine transportation
the public utility serV.I.ces, these public officials are which is the lifeline to the residents of St. John and
making it "... difficult for the working middle class to the VI. government wants us to pay ridiculously high
justify liVI.ng here," as Mike Jones, president of the property taxes. No other island in this territory is so
Palm Beach County Economic Council puts it. This heaV.I.ly taxed.
is a mockery! The government, because of its unpaid bills to
It is an outrage and an insult when public officials St. John vendors plus the raising of fees and taxes
can conjure up themselves hefty raises and then look is driVI.ng the costs of goods and serV.I.ces on the
to make cuts from the lay workers. They further in- island up. Salaries and wages are on the decline be-
sult us when they ignore our requests for meetings cause our biggest employers have closed their doors.
and serV.I.ce and our cries for help. When the V.I. However, all of our cries have fallen on deaf ears. Our
Unity Day Group, their constituents, requested a pub- officials go through the motions of hearings, but they
lic meeting of the Senate's Committee of the Whole are not listening. When the government cries that it
(which includes all senators), many had the nerve is broke, we must accept it; even when we do not see
not to show up. There should be some type of sanc- any reductions, drastic or otherwise. But when the
tioning; they should show more respect. Kudos to citizens say, "we can't afford it", even in the face of
Senators Craig Barshinger, Louis Patrick Hill, Sim- losing our jobs, they just raise fees anyway. What a
eon Sprauve, Michael Thurland, Samuel Sanes, and disingenuous process! We are expected to pay and the
Shawn Michael Malone for showing up; however, we government is not.
are still waiting for some answers to our questions. These are economically bad times for everyone
We are paying so much money to our officials to and the thought of our government raising fees and
help resolve our issues and make our lives a little bet- taxes on us is overbearing and outrageous, especially
ter. But in fact, it's the bread and butter issues that are when the root cause of our problems stem from the
not being addressed. Jobs are being cut, our safety is mismanagement of funds as well as the lack of plan-
an everyday concern, our kids are missing the edu- ning and foresight. In the eyes of the government, its
cation boat, and we will soon have to eat the rocks citizens should pay for this ineptitude.
on the islands because we cannot afford the price of People of these islands; we need to stand up and
food. shout out: NO MORE! We will not pay for your in-
St. Johnians, in particular, have been hit left and competency. If we don't we will be taking up resi-
right with increased fees and taxes; from the Port dence somewhere else.
Authority to the Public SerV.I.ces Commission to the Lorelei Monsanto, president
V.I. Government each perhaps belieVI.ng that some The V.I.rgin Islands Unity Day Group

St. John Police Report

September 4 September 12
No reports listed on the police log. 1:25 a.m. Disturbance at The Quiet Mon.
September 5 September 13
11:35 a.m. Enighed resident reports neighbor No reports taken.
destroyed several houseplants. September 14
1:40 p.m. -Auto accident, Peace Hill. 6:50 p.m. Auto accident. Area of Colombo.
3:38 p.m. Auto accident, Centerline Road. September 16
September 9 8:30 p.m. Citizen called to report shots fired
12:30 p.m. Accidental Injury at Marketplace in area of Love City Mini Mart.
rest room. September 17
September 10 6 a.m. Citizen called to report shots fired in
No reports listed on the police log. Fish Bay.
September 11 September 18
No reports. Two cases "not entered." No reports listed on the police log.

18 St. John Tradewinds, September 21-October 4, 2009

Community Calendar

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

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Monday, September 21
St. John Singers rehears-
als for their Christmas holiday
concerts begin on Monday,
September 21.
Tuesday, September 22
There will be an open house
on Tuesday, September 22, at
the Battery from 3 to 6 p.m.
Present will be Beverly Nich-
olson-Doty, Commissioner of
Tourism, Julia Sheen, Commis-
sioner of Health, and Laverne
Terry, Commissioner of Educa-
Tuesday, September 22
The St. John Chapter of the
Recycling Association of the
Virgin Islands will have its
monthly meeting on Tuesday,
September 22 at 6 p.m. on the
third floor of The Marketplace
in the St. John Community
Foundation office.
Sunday, September 27
The National Parks Ameri-
ca 's Best Idea for six nights, be-
ginning on Sunday, September
27, at 8 p.m. The film series will
be shown in the restaurant pa-
vilion at Maho Bay Camp from
September 27th to October 3rd
from 8 10 p.m. nightly.
Monday, September 28
"Home Owner's Associa-
tions (HOAs): Taking the First
Steps" is a workshop to answer
questions and obtain some sam-
ple documents. The workshop
will be on Monday, September
28, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the
Coral Bay Community Council
Tuesday, September 29

The next Chamber St. John
Chapter meeting will be on
Tuesday, September 29, from
5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at Gifft Hill
Thursday, October 1
There will be a public hear-
ing on two rezoning requests on
Thursday, October 1, starting at
6 p.m. at the Legislature.
1. Application ZAJ-09-2:
Breeze Enterprises, for Par-
cel No. 131, Estate Contant &
Enighed, Cruz Bay Quarter,
St. John from R-4 (Residen-
tial Medium Density) to B-2
(Business Secondary) for the
development of a post office.
2. Application ZAJ-09-1:
Grande Bay Isles, LLLP, for
Parcel No. 3Abc Cruz Bay, St.
John, from W-1 (Waterfront-
Pleasure) to R-4 (Residential-
Medium Density) with use
variances for a restaurant and
sundry shop. The zone change
will allow for the consolidation
of Parcel No. 3Abc with Parcel
No. 86-3 in order to complete
the permitted design.
Friday, October 2
The St. John Montessori
School is hosting a fundraiser
Friday, October 2nd from 4-7 at
Aqua Bistro.
Saturday, November 7
The Veterans Ball will be
November 7 from 6 to 11 p.m.
at the Westin Resort and Villas
ball room. In celebration of the
90th Anniversary of Veteran's
Day, Post 131 is hosting a cer-
emony and BBQ/pig roast in
Coral Bay on November 11.

AA Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45 a.m.
at Hawksnest Bay Beach; Closed meeting for alcoholic only at
Nazareth Lutheran Church at 5:30 on Tuesdays; Open meetings on
Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at Nazareth Lutheran
Church in Cruz Bay; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m.
at Emmaus Moravian Church, Coral Bay.
NA Meetings
Narcotics Anonymous has open meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
every Saturday at St. Ursula's Church.

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Scenic Properties
Cruz Bay Apartments:
Efficiency apt/w/d $600.00;
Large efficiency apt
$950.00; Efficiency w/d
$1400.00; One bedroom/
one bath $1300.00; One
bedroom/pool/w/d $1700.00;
Two bedroom/one bath
$1600.00; Two bedroom/
one bath/w/d $1850.00; Two
bedroom/two bath/pool/w/d
$2200.00; Two bedroom/
loft/two bath/w/d $2300.00;
Three bedroom/two bath/w/d
$1700.00; Three bedroom/
one bath $1900.00; Two
bedroom/one bath/washer/
no pets $1750.00; One
bedroom/one bath $875.00
Coral Bay
One bedroom apt/one bath
$900.00; One bedroom
house w/d $900.00; One
bedroom apt/w/d $1250.00;
Two bedroom house/ washer
$1700.00; Two bedroom/
two bath house/washer

Off Season Rental
$2800 + utilities, 3 bdrm/
3 bath, 5 min. from Cruz
Bay, great view, pool
& jacuzzi. Sept Dec.

Cruz Bay Apartments
1 and 2 Bedroom Apt
Rental rates start at
$1203 plus utilities.
Rental Assistance
available to qualified
applicants. Certain
income restrictions
apply. Rental Office
located at: Cruz Bay
Apts., Apt. C1
Monday and Friday,
9:00 AM 1:00 PM
Equal Opportunity
Provider and Employer

St. John Tradewinds

Cruz Bay furnished house,
view, 2 Bedrooms A/C, 2
Bath, W&D. Pets considered.
Nov 1. $2400/mo. Year lease.
(340) 690-4532

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.
$1995/mo. 561-602-9484

Two Bedroom, 1 Bath
Apartment in Estate Bethany,
overlooking Westin Resort
withA/C. Call 340-690-1104

House for rent in Upper
Pastory. Two bedrooms,
two baths, spectacular
views, semi-furnished, fully
air conditioned, parking.
$1800/mo., water included.
Available Sept. 1.
Call 344-5800.

St John Eye Care
boulon center



& Teachers

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

Satellite TV & Internet
Crystal clear TV from
Dish Network starting @
$9.99/mo. 1 MB Internet
service from Hughesnet
starting @ $70/mo.
Satellites survive hur-
ricanes. "When the poles
and wires are on the
ground, the satellites will
still be up there spinning
round. (340) 779 4001

Professional and experi-
enced. Brakes, CV Joints,
Suspensions, Shocks,
Alternators, Timing Belts,
General Engine, Repair,
Foreign & Domestic.
All Work Guaranteed.
Call 227-9574

Honest Cheerful Carer
available Christmas, New
Year. 47 yr old British
woman. Experienced with
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catheters and continence
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The Lumberyard

Down Town Cruz Bay
Where St. John Does Business

Commercial Space Available

For Space Call Nick 771-3737

No. 45 Estate Mars Hill, Frederiksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands 00840


St. John Legislature Conference Room
Thursday, October 1, 2009
6:00 pm

ZAJ-09-1: Grande Bay Isles, LLLP, for Parcel No. 3 abc Cruz Bay, St. John, from W-l (Waterfront-
Pleasure) to R-4 (Residential- Medium Density) with use variances for a restaurant and sundry
shop. The zone change will allow for the consolidation of Parcel No. 3 abc with Parcel No. 86-3 in
order to complete the permitted design.

ZAJ-09-2: Breeze Enterprises, for Parcel No. 131 Estate Contant and Enighed, Cruz Bay Quarter,
St. John from R-4 (Residential- Medium Density) to B-2 (Business-Secondary/Neighborhood) for
the development of a Post office.

Files can be reviewed at DPNR's Division of Comprehensive and Coastal Zone Planning, Cyril E.
King Airport, Terminal Building, Second Floor between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Friday except holidays.

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

Cruz Bay Watersports 776-6857

Seeking Professional Individuals for two dynamic
positions at VIVA Villas (St. John)

Customer Services skills/experience, Computer literacy skills, Sales
experience, Teamwork skills

Maintain properties with emphasis on preventative maintenance,
Plumbing, electrical and/or carpentry skills, Regular checks for
guest readiness, Respond to guest emergencies, Deliver villa

MUSTS: St. John resident w/ 4wd vehicle, cell-phone w/voicemail,
can work weekends/flexible with hours. Solid references.

Please apply in person, 3rd floor, Boulon Center, St. John

Affordable, clean, cute apartment for rent short-term.
Ideal Cruz Bay location provides an easy short walk to
ferry, taxi stand and V.I. National Park hiking trails.
Accommodates up to four people comfortably with air-con-
ditioning, wi-fi and off-street parking. For availability
and more information, email: stjohnrental@earthlink.net.

3 Sail Church
10 Sunday, St. John School of the Arts

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

Bethany Moravian Church
Cruz Bay, St. John
11 a.m., Sunday School 776-6291

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

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

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

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

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

Emmaus Moravian Church
Coral Bay, Sun. 9 a.m. 776-6713

Jehovah's Witness
7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 7 p.m.
Saturday (Espaiol), 10 a.m. Sunday

Leaves Cruz Bay
7:15 a.m.
9:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
1:15 p.m.
2:15 p.m.
3:45 p.m.

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 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

Seventh Day Adventist

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

St. Ursula's Episcopal Church
Sunday, 7:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Every 3rd Sunday: Servce 9:30 a.m.
Bible Class, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
9:45 a.m. Sunday

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

Leaves Charlotte Amalie
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

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City, State, Zip

St. John Church Schedule &D direct

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

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

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

Century Hill Estates Vacation
(340) 779-1804; 340-227-6688

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

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

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

Appliance Services
Appliance Paul
"A1,, ,,u on, only on St. John"

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

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

Most Convenient Bank in the V.I.
Cruz Bay Branch, 340-776-6881

#1 Mortgage Lender in the VI
The Marketplace (340) 776-6552

Westin Resorts & Villas
Spa Services
tel. 693-8000, ext. 1903/1904

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

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

St. John Eye Care 779-2020
27 years serving Virgin Islanders
Dr. Craig Friedenberg

Theodore Tunick & Company
Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002
www.theodoretunick. corn


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

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

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

John McCann & Associates
fax 693-3366
Located at Wharfside Landing

RE/MAX Island Paradise Realty
tel. 775-0949 fax 888-577-3660
P. O. Box 646, STJ, VI 00831

R&I PATTON goldsmithing
776-6548 or (800) 626-3455 Restaurants
pattongold.com, Chat@pattongold.com Concordia Cafe, 693-5855
Happy Hour 4:30-6pm
Dinner 6-8:30nm Tiie-Sat

Alfredo's Landscaping
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

tel. 643-6348
Landscaping & Irrigation

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

Skinny Legs "A Pretty OK Place"
tel. 340-779-4982
www. skinnylegs.com

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

Property Manager S es
Cimmaron Property Management Services
tel. 340-715-2666 C4th Custom Embroidery
St. John's Premier Property Manager tel. 779-4047
Located in Coral Bay

Seaview Vacation Homes, Inc.
tel. 340-776-6805; 1-888-625-2963

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

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National Parks Documentary Series To Show

St. John Tradewinds
The Friends of Virgin Islands National
Park is pleased to announce that in partner-
ship with Channel 12-WTJX TV and Maho
Bay Camps, we will jointly be hosting the
showing of the six-part documentary series
The National Parks America's Best Idea
for six nights, beginning on Sunday, Sep-
tember 27, at 8 p.m.
The film series will be shown in the res-
taurant pavilion at Maho Bay Camp from
September 27th to October 3rd from 8 10
p.m. nightly.
The National Parks -America's Best
Idea is a six-episode series directed by Ken
Burns and written and co-produced by Day-
ton Duncan.
It tells the story of an idea as uniquely
American as the Declaration of Indepen-
dence and just as radical: that the most spe-
cial places in the nation should be preserved,
not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone.
As such, it follows in the tradition of Bums'
exploration of other American inventions,
such as baseball and jazz.
The narrative traces the birth of the na-
tional park idea in the mid-1800s and fol-

lows its evolution for nearly 150 years.
Using archival photographs, first-person
accounts of historical characters, personal
memories and analysis from more than 40
interviews, and what Burns believes is the
most stunning cinematography in Floren-
tine Films' history, the series chronicles
the steady addition of new parks through
the stories of the people who helped create
them and save them from destruction. It is
simultaneously a biography of compelling
characters and a biography of the American
The film will be shown on Channel 12 -
WTJX TV, the Virgin Islands' PBS affiliate.
However, as Channel 12 is only available to
cable TV subscribers, we are hosting these
showings so that subscribers to Dish Net-
work or Direct TV, and others who do not
have access to PBS, will be able to experi-
ence this spectacular film.
For more information on the film, visit
the website: www.pbs.org/national parks.
For more information about the show-
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in Estate Chocolale Hole just 5
miles from the Cruz Bay dock on
paved South Shore road.
Deeded beach rights to Hart Bay
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plenty of flal parking. Vila Hibis-
cus has been a successful short
lerm rental wilh two bedrooms
and spa on Ite main level and a
studio apartment with spa on the
lower level. There is a separate
storage building, and a large
work shop/home office space
below with separate drive way
Live in one unit amd rent tir
other ot rent them both Tropical
IandLcajping is well established

"El Cieof NEW USTING -
New masonry home with an
ideal location midway between
Cru Bay & Coral Bay, This 4
bedrom home is perdaed on a
fiat ridge just above Upper Peter
Bay & is bordered by National
Park to the iorth & east to
insure quiet and privacy. Grace-
ful arches frame sweeping views
from Lovango Cay to Jost Van
Dykre A large deck & pool are
accessea from the living room &
master bedroom. Features
ndide custom mahogany doors
& windows, stainless appliF
ances air conditioned bed-
roomrn. easy handicap access,
lairg great roam & an office.

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"Cruz VIWVW unit 7 is a very
popular rental condo. FeatursB
include beautiful views west to
St, Thomas and evening
sunsets, proximity to Ihe large
pool and sundeck, and walk to
town, This unique and cozy air-
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been recently refurbished
including new tie frlors,
maorgany cabinets, furniture,
updated bath and flat screen
TV, Lush, tropical landscaping
throughout Ihe grounds adds
the perfect toud). Ample paved
parking space is available. This
very attractive condo is listed at
only $599.000

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24 St. John Tradewinds, September 21-October 4, 2009

By Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds
Pierre Dulaine swept St. John off its
feet as he graced the island with a mix of
ballroom grandeur and humorous dance
instruction only the world renowned ball-
room dancing instructor himself could
Dulaine, whose life provided the basis
for "Take the Lead" starring Antonio Ban-
deras and whose unique teaching philoso-
phy led to the creation of "Mad Hot Ball-
room," the award-winning documentary
about the successful dancing program he
began in New York City classrooms, came
to St. John for a whirlwind visit to kick off
Dancing Classrooms on the island.
"I am not personally interested in turn-
ing these boys and girls into world cham-
pion dancers, but into ladies and gentle-
men who have respect for themselves and
each other and the ability to develop confi-
dence," Dulaine said of his 10-week long,
twice a week pilot project which is being
implemented in fifth grade classrooms at
all three island schools.
Dulaine said Dancing Classrooms is
such a success because it is a social de-
velopment program that teaches students
skills that are transferable to real life situ-
"We work with these children at the age
of 10 years old when they are still mallea-
ble," he said. "I really don't care if they re-
member the steps 20 years from now, but
they will remember having danced with a
lady and being gentle and being respectful
of each other and all the various manners
that are inherent in ballroom dancing."
Dulaine said when he was 14, he was
very shy and timid but dancing changed
his life.
"I wanted to give something back to so-
ciety, and I get to see the results in these
kids' faces and smiles," he said. "At first,
they don't want to do it, but 45 minutes
later, they become ladies and gentlemen
and they love it."
Seeing him work his magic on Friday,
September 11, during 45-minute intro-
ductory sessions with youngsters at Guy
Benjamin, Gifft Hill and Julius E. Sprauve
schools, left no doubt that this seasoned
dancer knows how to transform the shy-
est and most resistant student into an eager
ballroom dancer.
"I think it was really nice," said Kem-
isha Hoheb, a JESS fifth grader, of her
dance lesson from Dulaine. "I love the
Marangue and Pierre is so funny."
"And yes, I did like dancing with the

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Mauri Elbel
St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Mauri Elbel

Kemisha Holeb dances with a JESS fifth grader in their first official
Dancing Classroooms lesson.

boys," she added.
Even Lewis Gil, a JESS fifth grader
who seemed a bit shy at first, described the
ballroom intro as "good" and admitted he
liked dancing with the girls.
Perhaps one of the reasons Dulaine
knows how to reach children through
dance is because this is where he found
confidence as a child beginning dance
lessons in Birmingham, England when he
was 14-years-old.
"I was not very good at it, but some-
thing stirred inside of me and I stuck with
it," he said.
Dulaine's father passed away when he
was 15 so he took on a paper route job to
pay for dance lessons and subsidized the
cost by helping his dance teacher until he

moved to London at age 20 to work as a
full time dance instructor.
Dancing with a partner earned him
award-winning titles throughout his early
20s, and soon Dulaine's success landed
him work as a dancer all over the world
- from London and Nairobi to Cabaret
dancing on Caribbean-bound cruise ships
departing New York City.
"Then one day I got off in New York
and stayed there for 38 years," Dulaine
It was in 1989 when Dulaine was danc-
ing on Broadway in the musical Grand
Hotel with his dancing partner, Yvonne
Marceau, when he started volunteering at
a New York City school in his spare time.
"And that was the seed that created the

beginning of Dancing Classrooms," he
said. "Every one told me I could do it as
an after school program, but that doesn't
work then you get 20 girls and three
The real success of the program comes
from it being integrated into the school
day as part of the curriculum, said Dulai-
ne, whose persistence landed him a con-
tract with the Department of Education in
New York City.
"Many doors were shut in my face by
parents, principals and teachers," he re-
called. "But if a door closes, there is al-
ways a window."
Dancing Classrooms is entering its 16th
year in New York City schools where 240
schools participate and 60 trained dance
artists teach 28,000 kids on an annual
basis. Today more than 40,000 students
participate in 15 cities around the United
States, and the program is being taught in
schools in Toronto, Geneva and now St.
"I have taught students from Tokyo to
Jordan all over the world," Dulaine
said. "I love kids and I have a way with
children because dancing did so much for
me personally."
Dulaine said his dream is to see chil-
dren all over the world dancing together,
but he is especially excited to bring Danc-
ing Classrooms to St. John, where the West
Indian culture is ripe with natural rhythm
that cannot be taught from lessons alone.
"The local people here are such rhyth-
mic people; such dancers," Dulaine said.
"I am going to teach them steps and civil-
ity, but I don't know if I can teach them
to dance and shake what their mama gave
them they do that on their own."
St. Johnians and residents young and
old showed up to dance with Dulaine in
Franklin Powell Park Thursday evening,
September 10, in a festive kick-off that
featured root beer floats, pizza and a lot
of what the dance instructor referred to as
.shking \\ lui their mama gave them."
The following evening, a dance-filled
fundraiser at the Westin Ballroom to raise
money for the new Mad Hot St. John
scholarship, drew around 100 people,
slightly over $3,000 and a greater respect
for ballroom dancing by all who attended.
Even I, who was inappropriately
equipped with zero ballroom dancing
skills and way-too-high heels, had the
honor of dancing with Dulaine whose
seasoned steps and graceful lead during
a brief moment left me longing for more
ballroom bliss.

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