March 8-14, 2010
The Community Newspaper Since 1972 St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Two Rezoning Requests Face Little or No Opposition
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2 St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010
Roundabout Construction Wrapping Up
- Project expected to be complete within two months
By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The Cruz Bay roundabout project, which has re-
mained ahead of schedule since contractor Island
Roads broke ground in July 2008, is still expected to
finish before its contract closes in July, albeit a bit
later than anticipated.
Crews are now working on wrapping up the proj-
ect, and finishing up odds and ends before the final
paving is applied.
Motorists can expect one more traffic disruption
before the project is complete, explained Department
of Public Works Materials Program Manager Thomas
"We still have a few pieces of conduit to run at the
top of the hill, near Dolphin Market on Route 10,"
he said. "Just a very short portion of the road will be
torn up, and that should be starting this week. We'll
have the road down to one lane with flagmen direct-
Centerline Road will be down to one lane for ap-
proximately a week, according to Jones.
Crews are also working on finishing the round-
about's center circle, which will be made with
stamped concrete designed to look like rectangular
cobblestone in a pale yellow color to match the Dan-
ish yellow hue of historic buildings on St. Thomas.
The old Texaco gas station, which the Virgin Is-
lands government purchased by imminent domain
for the roundabout project, was torn down last week.
Island Roads will continue to work on removing the
building's remaining concrete foundation, and creat-
ing a grassy knoll in its place.
There will also be a turnoff lane at the Texaco site
for motorists traveling from Route 10 westbound
to South Shore Road, allowing traffic to bypass the
Over the next two months, workers will be lev-
eling the roundabout in an effort to smooth out the
circle before its final pavement, known as the wearing
course, is applied, Jones explained.
"What you see now is just a base," said Jones.
"We still have a few pieces of
conduit to run at the top of the
hill, near Dolphin Market on Route
10. Just a very short portion of
the road will be torn up, and that
should be starting this week. We'll
have the road down to one lane
with flagmen directing traffic."
Public Works Materials Program Manager
"You really want the wearing course to be the very
last thing to happen, because you don't want your
construction equipment driving on it. We've got to do
the wedge and leveling and correct any mistakes we
have in the base mix before we do that."
The wearing course will likely be applied over-
night, as it's important for all of the final pavement to
be laid at once, Jones added.
Motorists can also expect to see some electrical
work in the area over the next two months. The Virgin
Islands Water and Power Authority recently put out to
bid the task of pulling, splicing and connecting wires
at the roundabout, where all utilities were buried dur-
ing the construction process.
"You'll see trucks out there with spools of cable
going underground, and men working in manholes,"
said Jones. "There shouldn't be any disruption of traf-
fic while that goes on."
Despite delays caused by the burying of utili-
ties, the roundabout will still be completed ahead of
"We're a little behind because of decisions that had
to be made about rerunning conduit and other related
matters," said Jones. "We lost about two months, but
we'll still finish before the scheduled closing date."
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Lt. Gov. Proposes New Regulations
for Real Property Tax Payers -
Public Review, Comments Urged
St. John Tradewinds
Newly proposed regulations established for the payment of real
property tax in the territory are now available for public review
and comment for a period of 20 days, according to Lieutenant
Governor Gregory Francis.
These rules and regulations which are promulgated and will
be implemented pursuant to Act 7064 of the 28th Legislature of the
Virgin Islands provide for installment plans and early payment
incentives for current and delinquent real property taxes.
The new rules and regulations will allow for installment pay-
ment plans that will grant property owners the opportunity to pay
their yearly tax bills semi-annually, quarterly or monthly.
Taxpayers will have to apply to enroll in an installment plan.
The new regulations also provide for an early incentive discount of
up to five percent of the amount of tax due for those who pay their
property tax bills in full before the due date. Installment plans for
delinquent taxes are also provided.
Francis said he hopes the new proposal will be encouraging to
property owners and will allow them to meet their tax obligations
in a manner that minimizes the financial impact.
"We realize that property taxes could pose a significant burden
to some of our property owners but we are committed to exploring
every option that reduces that burden," he said. "We welcome and
appreciate feedback on the proposed rules."
The general public is urged to review and comment on the pro-
posed rules. They are available for viewing on the Lt. Governor's
website at www.ltg.gov.vi or at the main administrative offices
of the Lieutenant Governor located in Government House on St.
Croix and on Kongens Gade on St. Thomas.
The rules will also be available at public libraries throughout
the territory. The public is asked to use the email address, com-
email@example.com, to comment on the proposed rules.
Knight's Historic St. John Photos
To Be Featured at March 9 Meeting
The St. John Historical Society's next monthly meeting will be
on Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Moravian Church
Hall at which time historian David Knight will continue to take
the group on a photographic journey with "The Awakening of an
American Paradise Three Decades that Transformed St. John."
This is part two of his presentation featuring photographs of St.
John taken by his parents, Anna and George Knight, which focus
on the 1950s and 60s. Bring a friend or neighbor and arrive early
for good seating. No one will want to miss this wonderful look
back at St. John at an earlier time.
Whale Watching on Kekoa on Mar. 14
The Environmental Association of St. Thomas/St. John will be
hosting a whale watch on March 14 aboard the catamaran Kekoa.
Humpback whales migrate through Virgin Islands waters each
winter, with the migration peak usually occurring in February.
The boat will depart from the National Park Dock in Red Hook
at 8:30 a.m. Whale watchers should bring lunch, sun screen, bath-
ing suits and binoculars.
Since space is limited, interested whale watchers should get
tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are $55 for EAST members and
$65 for non-members. On St. John tickets are available at Connec-
tions. For more information call 774-1837 or 777-7190.
St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010 3
"Tentative" Post Office
Site Rezoning Faces No
Opposition at Hearing
Bay Isle attorney Robert Messick, center, with Elita Kane, left, testifies on behalf of
Grande Bay development at a V.I. Senate Committee of the Whole meeting.
Grande Bay Rezone Request Gets
Overwhelming Support at Hearing
By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The tide has undoubtedly turned
for Grande Bay developer Bay Isle
Associates, who has faced strong
opposition and numerous lawsuits
during the years-long construction
process of the Cruz Bay luxury
The developer's request for re-
zoning of its 0.26-acre lot, 3Abc
in Cruz Bay, from W-1 to R-4 was
met with almost unanimous sup-
port from the numerous testifiers
who crowded the St. John Legis-
lature hall at a Thursday evening,
March 4, hearing of the V.I. Sen-
The developer is seeking its re-
zoning due to proposed changes
to Grande Bay's building E. The
building is currently built out as
an empty shell. Bay Isle initially
hoped the building would contain
two dwelling units, as allowed un-
der W-1; however, due to financial
constraints, the developer now
wants to construct six condos in
building E three two-bedrooms,
and three one-bedrooms.
Bay Isle is also seeking a vari-
ance with its rezoning request for
the construction of an on-site sun-
In addition to the shell of
building E, an amenities building
and pool deck have already been
constructed on the 0.26-acre par-
cel, which is directly adjacent to
Grande Bay parcel 86-3, where
the development's buildings A, B,
C and D are located.
Bay Isle attorney Robert Mes-
sick described the rezoning request
as "reasonable," and the new plan
for building E as "compatible"
with the neighborhood.
More than 10 people testified at
the hearing, from island residents,
to Bay Isle employees, to Grande
Bay owners. Several testified to
the complete 180-degree turn-
around in the project's manage-
ment since co-manager Elita Kane
came on board a year ago.
Thomas Hill, who purchased a
Grande Bay condo in 2003, was a
leader of approximately 20 Grande
Bay owners who sued the devel-
oper on two separate occasions.
Since the change in management,
Bay Isle has acted both responsi-
bly and honestly, Hill explained at
"The 32 owners are virtually
unanimously very much in sup-
port of the rezoning," said Hill.
"It's the right thing to do for the
community of St. John. We want
what's best for St. John, and an
empty shell doesn't accomplish
St. John resident Pam Gaffin,
the lone testifier who spoke out
against the rezoning, urged the
Senate not to reward a developer
who has not always acted in the
best interests of the community.
"When is enough enough?"
Gaffin said. "When do we send a
message to developers that the Vir-
gin Islands is not a Banana Repub-
lic where you can buy your way
around any law? I hope the time is
now for the senators here to prove
they do not care how much money
the developer has, and instead pro-
tect the citizens of St. John and the
St. Johnian Robert O'Connor
Jr. urged the senators to ensure re-
sponsible developers are welcome
on the island, citing the fact that
tourism is Love City's main indus-
"We need to embrace this type
of development," said O'Connor.
"When we get more rooms on St.
Continued on Page 16
By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The packed St. John Legislature
hall remained silent except for one
lone voice of support at the Thurs-
day evening, March 4, VI. Sen-
ate hearing for the rezoning of a
planned St. John post office site.
The Boynes family is seeking
to have its 7,800 square foot par-
cel, located at 131 Estate Contant
and Enighed, rezoned from R-4 to
B-2 for the construction of a three-
story building, with space to be
leased to the U.S. Postal Service
for a new post office for St. John.
The property's current zon-
ing does not meet the V.I. Code
requirement that a lot be at least
15,000 square feet for the con-
struction of a post office in an R-4
zoned area. The Boynes family-
owned piece of land falls short by
The Department of Planning and
Natural Resources, which hosted
its own hearing on the matter in
October 2009, recommended that
the Legislature approve the rezon-
ing, provided current walls which
are located on two of the parcel's
borders remain in place as a buffer
at Trunk Bay
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to neighboring properties.
Senator at Large Craig
Barshinger expressed hesitation at
rezoning the parcel.
"When we change the zoning,
we open up a whole new set of
possibilities," said Barshinger. "I
don't think the Legislature has any
business rezoning properties."
The senator at large would have
preferred a zoning variance, he
explained, which does not change
the overall zoning of a property;
however, he said he would sup-
port the rezoning provided all the
property's neighbors have been
apprised of the situation.
DPNR Director of Comprehen-
sive and Coastal Zone Planning
Marjorie Emanuel confirmed that
all neighboring property owners
had been contacted regarding the
The Legislative hearing was just
one step of a years-long process
the Boynes family has endured
in order to reach its goal of con-
structing the new post office build-
ing. The USPS initially signed a
lease with the Boynes family in
May 2007, but let the lease lapse
Continued on Page 16
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4 St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010
Lt. Governor Francis To Start
Street Naming Initiative Soon
St. John Tradewinds
Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis is preparing to implement street
addressing throughout the territory, a move that will establish a consis-
tent and comprehensive system for public roads throughout the Virgin
Implementation of street naming will be a joint effort of the Office
of the Lt. Governor, which administers the territory's GIS and the Vir-
gin Islands Geospatial Information Council (VIGIC), a group comprised
of various government agencies, to include the University of the Virgin
Islands, the Water and Power Authority and the Departments of Public
Works and Planning and Natural Resources.
A similar street naming initiative was undertaken in the early 1990s
by DPW with moderate success.
The development of a comprehensive street naming system, which
would enable greater use of GPS technology, has been identified as a
critical component in the development of the territory's GIS program.
"The passage of time, technology and a greater awareness of the need
for a consistent system of street naming have created a perfect opportu-
nity for the territory to move forward with this project," said Francis.
The Lt. Gov's office is the best positioned to manage the Virgin Islands
Street Naming Initiative through its administration of the GIS program
and its established relationships with local and federal partners involved
in GIS technology, according to Francis.
Over the last few months, the Office of the Lt. Governor, in conjunc-
tion with VIGIC, has taken great strides in advancing its planned street
naming and addressing initiative.
Francis knows that the success of the project hinges on community
"We will be asking residents to submit names that they feel are repre-
sentative of their neighborhoods and areas," he said. "Everyone's voice
is important in moving this project forward."
Communities that previously submitted recommendations to the DPW
in the 1990s will also have an opportunity to review their recommenda-
"Moving this project forward will take the combined effort of our
community, administration and legislators," said Francis. "Street nam-
ing has been a goal of this territory for many years, and if we all work
together we can create a system that we can all be proud of."
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911 Emergency Number Taken Off Hawksnest Sign
St. John Tradewinds
A brand new V.I. National
Park sign was installed last week
at Hawksnest Beach, replacing
a sign that was erected a few
weeks ago which contained in-
The VINP sign formerly in-
structed beachgoers to call 911
in an emergency, despite the fact
that there is no available land-
line at the beach, and calls to
911 from cell phones could be
routed to Puerto Rico, resulting
in a longer emergency response
The VINP was aware of the
problem and changed the sign
quickly, according to VINP
ranger Jeff Mihan.
"When I designed the signs a
year and a half ago, we had a pay
phone right there," said Mihan.
"In the meantime, the pay phone
is gone and we're trying to get
VINP staff is working with In-
novative in an attempt to get pay
phones returned to both Hawk-
snest and Trunk Bay beaches,
Mihan explained. The park rang-
er did not know when the phones
would be reinstalled.
In the meantime, beachgoers
are encouraged to call 340-776-
9110 from their cell phones, not
911, in the event of an emer-
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V.I. on Track To Meet July Deadline To
Comply With Federal Sex Offender Law
The St. John Band
By Andrea Milam
St. John Tradewinds
The Virgin Islands task force
responsible for bringing the ter-
ritory into compliance with the
Sexual Offender Registration and
Notification Act (SORNA) by July
of this year is well on its way to
accomplishing its goal.
The V.I. Department of Justice
is also just a month away from
revealing its new Web site, which
will feature an online registry of
local sex offenders.
The SORNA task force, which
met for the fifth time last month,
must bring the territory into "sub-
stantial compliance" with federal
law, according to the act, or face
a 10 to 15 percent loss of Edward
Byrne Memorial Justice Assis-
tance Grant Program funds.
The group is reviewing pro-
posed legislation in order to re-
write Virgin Islands law, and is
following a Model Tribal Sex Of-
fender Registration Code provided
by the Office of Sex Offender Sen-
tencing, Monitoring, Apprehend-
ing, Registering and Tracking for
use by Native American tribes in
complying with federal law.
Amendments which have been
proposed by the task force thus far
largely deal with keeping registra-
tions current; addressing offenders
who move to other jurisdictions,
including foreign countries; and
notifying offenders that they are
required to register where they re-
side, work and go to school.
On the agenda for the task
force's next meeting are reviewing
penalties for failing to register, and
evaluating proposed definitions of
terms to be included in the new
laws governing sex offenders in
Offender: Vere Daley
Birth Date: 2/4/1975
Race: African American, 57"
Weight: 135 Ilbs
Hair Color: black
Eye Color: brown
Markings: tatoos on upper left
and right arms
Crime: 2nd Degree Rape
Conviction Date: 3/5/2005
Last Known Address:
Contant 1-H, Cruz Bay
Employer: Max Griffith
In Compliance: Yes
The task force has yet to tack-
le more complicated aspects of
sex offender law, including how
to treat juveniles and whether to
provide treatment for offenders,
explained V.I. DOJ spokesperson
"Treatment is a consideration
and is also the reason why the
task force is comprised of repre-
sentatives from the Department
of Health, Department of Human
Services and the Sexual Registry
Board," said Lezama. "These rep-
resentatives are expected to weigh
in heavily when it comes to this
Another difficult issue faced
by the task force is the restriction
of where sex offenders can live.
Many states do not allow offend-
ers to live within a certain distance
from schools and day care facili-
ties; however, the small size of
the islands could prohibit such a
clause from being included in the
new Virgin Islands law.
"As far as residence restric-
tions in and around schools, the
task force is in discussion regard-
ing this issue," said Lezama. "The
small size of the territory may
make implementing such a restric-
tion quite difficult."
Failure to comply with SORNA
by July would result in a 10 to 15
percent loss of Edward Byrne Me-
morial Justice Assistance Grant
Program funds, and although the
cost to come into compliance is
greater than the amount of funding
that would be lost, the Virgin Is-
lands is committed to bringing its
sex offender laws up to date.
"The Virgin Islands, and the
attorney general specifically, are
committed to coming into com-
pliance with this deadline," said
Lezama. "The Department of Jus-
tice and the task force are excited
by the progress that has been made
thus far, and the task force looks
forward to continuing its work."
The task force is comprised of
representatives from the Office of
the Governor, V.I. Police Depart-
ment, V.I. Superior Court, Of-
fice of Probation and Parole, V.I.
DOJ, V.I. Department of Health,
V.I. Bureau of Corrections, VI.
Department of Human Services,
Sexual Offender Registry Board
members and the U.S. Department
St. John residents should note
that one offender on the DOJ's
current registry resides near Cruz
Bay The offender, Vere Daley, is
described as an African American
male, 5'7" tall and 135 pounds.
Daley, who was born in 1975,
has tattoos on his upper left and
right arms, and was convicted of
rape in the second degree in 2005.
His last reported address was in
Contant, and he is employed by
Max Griffith, according to the on-
Ancient Shiva-Shakti Teachings Coming to St. John
St. John Tradewinds
Chinello and Nadira Seeram-Haney, two of Sri
Kaleshwar's senior teachers, will be coming to St.
John this month to give healings, teach classes, per-
form sacred homas (fire pujas) and to host open lec-
tures on some of the divine ancient teachings passed
on to them by their guru.
The St. John free lecture will be on Wednesday,
March 17, at Trinidad Charlie's house.
Until recently, these teachings have not been wide-
ly taught or available outside of Penukonda, India.
Sri Kaleshwar, a personal student and devotee of
Shirdi Sai Baba, aims to bring a new kind of spiritual-
ity that creates happiness in every person's heart, to
change the world's belief system about the way spiri-
tuality is practiced, and to create spiritual masters, not
For directions to Trinidad Charlie's home, call
Suki Buckhalter at 642-3739 or for more information,
check out www.wayofyoursoul.com/usvi.html.
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Gifft Hill School Celebrates "World of
Opportunity" at March 13 Gala Auction
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
For almost a quarter of a cen-
tury, St. John private school sup-
porters have gathered once a year
for a chance to win exotic trips,
exciting water adventures and cu-
linary delights all while raising
money to ensure the continua-
tion of quality education on Love
On Saturday, March 13, the
Gifft Hill School will host the
24th Annual Gala Dinner Auction
themed "Open a World of Oppor-
tunity," at the Westin Resort and
Villas and the auction items are
more enticing than ever.
The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. when
attendees will have the chance to
bid on the works of featured artists
during the silent and art auction.
Featured artists this year include
Livy Hitchcok, Denise Wright,
Ziya Neema, Tristan Ewald, Jona-
than Duran, Elaine Estem, Larry
Lipsky, Toni Craft, Patricia Orlan-
dini and Aimee Trayser.
Travel packages up for bid
range from a week in Maine to a
five night stay in the Mayan Rivi-
era. Other auction items include
gift certificates to local restau-
rants, jewelry and a full day boat
rental complete with captain and
Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and,
playing off the "World of Oppor-
tunities" theme, organizers are
changing the dining plan this year,
explained GHS development di-
rector Beth Jones.
"Instead of having a sit down
dinner, we're going to have three
different food stations," said
Jones. "I think a lot of people don't
see each other until this event each
year and this gives them time to
catch up. And we're going with
our global theme so we're having
Asian, Caribbean Continental and
Mediterranean food stations."
The live auction which in-
cludes more travel packages, jew-
elry, art, electronics and services
- takes place after dinner, when
auctioneer Darron Mears com-
mands the microphone to the de-
light of the crowd.
"He is a professional auction-
eer from South Carolina who has
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Guests will have a chance to bid on artwork like this
piece by Denise Wright, above, as well as works by Aimee
Trayser, Tristan Ewald and other local artists.
come down for the past two years
to volunteer for us," said Jones.
"He's always a lot of fun and peo-
ple really have a good time."
The popular champagne raffle
is back this year as well. Attend-
ees can buy a $25 flute of Veuve
Clicquot for the chance to win a
stunning diamond and platinum
beaded necklace from R&I Pat-
Gala organizers are also offer-
ing $100 golden raffle tickets for
the chance to claim any trip pack-
age in the live auction.
The creative minds at GHS
have devised a new fund raising
activity for the 24th annual gala.
A spirited game and $50 raffle
tickets, will end up with one per-
son taking home a wall of wine -
up to 100 bottles to fill their own
For the past several years, lo-
cal filmmaker Steve Simonsen
has unveiled a short film about the
school during the gala dinner and
he has a new one ready for March
13. Past films have brought the
house down and left not one dry
eye in the ballroom.
"Steve Simonsen's film has be-
come a very anticipated part of the
gala each year," said Jones. "It's
always so much fun to see what he
All proceeds raised at the event
will go to GHS' scholarship fund,
which benefits 60 percent of the
school's student body.
The annual auction is so suc-
cessful annually thanks to a small,
but dedicated organizing team -
led this year by co-chairs Molly
Murrill and Lori Barlas and
the entire St. John community, ex-
"We've had a great response
from the community and everyone
has been excited to participate,"
she said. "We have people who
have been coming to this for 24
years which is really exciting. Lori
herself has been involved with the
auction for 12 or 13 years."
"We have a very small but
mighty group of volunteers who
put this whole thing together,"
said Jones. "Also, on the night
of the event we have students,
alumni and community members
who come and volunteer in vari-
ous capacities. I feel this is a true
All auction items can be pre-
viewed and bid on at www.bid-
Tickets for the dinner auction are
$125 and are available through
GHS. For more information or to
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St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010 7
St. John Runners Raise Money for Team
River Runner During 8 Tuff Miles Race
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
While most people ran the 14th Annual 8 Tuff
Miles road race on Saturday, February 27, to beat
their times from last year or dismantle the course
record like race winner Jeff Chomy two runners
hit the pavement for a purpose.
Veteran runners Maurice Chabuz and Hank Slod-
den used their legs to raise money for wounded mili-
tary veterans. They started the race at the back of the
pack of about 900 participants and raised money for
each person they passed.
The two St. John business owners and runners
were moved by Team River Runner (TRR), a non-
profit organization which teaches adaptive kayaking
to wounded veterans at about 20 veterans hospitals
across the country including Walter Reed Army Med-
The group has brought veterans to Love City twice
to put their training to good use, kayaking the beauti-
ful waters off St. John.
After meeting TRR executive director Joe Mor-
nini, Chabuz and Slodden were inspired to help the
group any way they could and the runners natu-
rally thought of the island's biggest road race as the
11 \ as just a vehicle to raise some money for what
TRR does," said Chabuz. "Most of what they do is
all volunteer work. Joe [Mornini] is a guidance coun-
selor, and he does this for nothing."
"I wanted to raise money to try to get them down
here again because what they do is so impressive,"
With people pledging anywhere from a few pen-
nies to several dollars for each runner passed, Chabuz
was able to raise about $6,000 for TRR by passing
750 people. Slodden raised even more by passing
about 558 people on his way to the finish line.
When word spread about Chabuz's plan, residents
from across the island and the mainland supported
him in full force.
"I got everything from spare change up to a pledge
of $1,000," said Chabuz. "I got a lot of encourage-
ment and a lot of people supported me. Even when
I was running, people called out to me saying they'd
"Some people came up and gave me money for
passing them," Chabuz said. "One person gave me 50
cents per person I passed and then an extra $50 for
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After 10 Years, St. John Arts Festival Becomes Mature Local Show
By Frank Langley
Special to St. John Tradewinds
To acknowledge the sincere efforts of the exhibitors in
this year's Caribbean Food and Crafts Show, first, second
and third place prizes were awarded on Friday, February 26,
the official last day of the Festival.
The festival was, however, granted a gratis extension by
the Housing, Parks and Recreation for Saturday, given the
success of previous days and the delay of visitors to return
to the mainland due to extremely bad weather and flight
Criteria for the awards was fourfold. First place was for a
seven day exhibitor of all Caribbean made items, tradition-
al Caribbean dress and good quality of the exhibits. Sonia
Sprauve walked away with the prize.
Second place prizes were awarded to exhibitors who of-
fered all Caribbean made items of good quality for seven
days. Sheri Bunge, Shirley Gallagher and Carolyn Roust
won the awards.
Third place prizes were awarded for exhibitors with all
Caribbean made or cultural items of good quality and tra-
ditionally Caribbean for the week. Laura Rabsatt and Ital
Anthony won the awards.
It should be noted that Ital Anthony's unique folk craft
exhibits echoed times gone by on St. John even if for only
three days of the exhibition.
The "bottom line" concerning the exhibits is that visitors
walking off the ferry see things Caribbean and not foreign
(e.g. Asian/Indonesian as in earlier shows). To do or show
other than that is to deny due recognition of the special gifts,
talent and traditional culture of the people of St. John and
The Echo People concert on Friday triggered a number of
the exhibitors to leave their booths and dance to the rhythm
St. John TradewindsNews Photo Courtesy of Frank Langley
The Franklin Powell Park was the site of the
in front of the bandstand.
Looking back over the years it is interesting to note the
evolution of the St. John Arts Festival.
In 2001 on the first Saturday we had three concerts in the
Franklin Powell Park the Love City Pan Dragons, Music
Makers Scratch Band and the Ah We Band. Later in the fol-
lowing week a modem dance event was hosted on a stage
erected on the unfinished third floor of The Marketplace by
Jim Swan and helpers.
Bands in the evening were poorly attended so we settled
back to one band every day from noon to 4 p.m. with what
was called a food and craft "fair" in those days. Only to dis-
cover that it was viewed as "open season" for the vendors
who would be selling knock-off Gucci bags from China and
anything else they could lay their hands on without concern
for the fundamental "made in the Caribbean" theme.
Elevating the show to an "exhibition of Caribbean food
and crafts" has greatly helped to eliminate the "vendor's
plaza" perception of the show and refine it to have exclu-
sively Caribbean exhibits.
Moreover, exhibitor name tags and booth number tags
bring a higher degree of professionalism and authenticity
to the show.
Thereafter, we brought in music from Puerto Rico, Ar-
gentina and crafts from Ghana, as well as sponsoring "Ka-
kuta from Kenya," essentially to enrich the island with the
music, crafts and culture from other lands.
We even tried to bring a dance group from Cuba but not
only did they need an entry visa from the U.S. no prob-
lem but an exit visa from Cuba. Checking up on this, we
discovered they received their exit visa from Cuba only two
to three days before a previous engagement at the Guggen-
heim Museum in New York!
It leaves nothing to the imagination to realize that after
booking flights and hotels, the whole thing could be scut-
tled after cliff-hanging until the last days before the perfor-
We had a similar experience with the artist who came
from Ghana. There was a strike at the airport in Accra which
delayed her arrival and her exhibits (paintings and crafts)
did not arrive until a week later.
In these times with heightened security one could say
Puerto Rico is as far abroad as we can rely on for alternative
Oddly enough, the Caribbean Ritual Dancers from St.
Thomas included "Salsa" in their program which was a siz-
zling change in rhythm and costumes.
These past 10 years of sticking to it have borne fruit in
the caliber now of the St. John Arts Festival as far as exhib-
its, music, dance and the arts are concerned. In one word it's
now a mature show.
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St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010 9
Villa Owners Improve
Early Education Through
Non-profit Kids First!
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Just a year and a half after be-
ing formed, Kids First! has already
made strides to improve early
childhood education on St. John.
The group was incorporated in
June 2008 when a group of Love
City second home owners decided
they wanted to do something to
help improve life on the island, ex-
plained Bruce Claflin, one of the
Kids First! founders.
"Basically how I and a few of
us got into this is we all wanted to
do something constructive for the
island and increasingly we agreed
that education was an area that
could be improved upon," said
Claflin. "We discussed the idea
with school administration and
faculty and everyone we talked to
pointed to the lack of early child-
"Some faculty members talked
about kids coming into kindergar-
ten who had never read a book,"
The most effective way to ad-
dress any educational lapse is early
on in a student's academic career,
"Many times children come
into a school system and they're
already behind," he said. "They
need remedial action immediately.
If you don't have kids at grade lev-
el in core skills at grade four, their
chance of success is really low.
We were looking at why kids were
so often showing up not ready to
With a drive to make positive
change on St. John, the group de-
cided early education would be the
most effective way to improve is-
"Public schools on St. John sim-
ply do not have early learning, so
private schools are the only ones
that offer it," said Claflin. "The
good news is that there are private
schools on St. John that do offer
early learning, but the bad news is
that they are expensive. Your cost
per student is going to be $10,000,
which is impossible to charge on
"So what schools often do is
charge substantially less than
that, usually between $5,000 and
$6,000," Claflin said. "But that
is still too high of a cost for the
vast majority of students and it
doesn't begin to cover the cost of
the school. So what you have is
unaffordable education and under-
Weighing that very dilemma,
Claflin and a few friends launched
"Looking at this dilemma, it
was clear that intervention was
required and it was going to have
to come from private individu-
als since it was not going to come
from the Department of Educa-
tion," he said. "That is one of the
things that led us to create Kids
First! We want to work to make
early education affordable."
The group has awarded thou-
sands of dollars of grants to fill
the gap between what a parent can
afford to pay and what a school
needs to run, Claflin explained.
T% o thirds of our grants have
been to help parents send their
children to a quality pre-school
and have much or most of the cost
covered," he said. "It helps the fi-
nances of the schools themselves
and helps get the kids into these
early learning centers."
Gifft Hill School, St. John Mon-
tessori School, Here to Grow and
St. John Christian Academy are
the only early childhood education
centers on St. John. As Kids First!
helps to ensure that parents can af-
ford to get their children started on
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By Chuck Pishko
St. John Tradewinds
It has been five years since
the Commission on the Status of
Women inducted 14 distinguished
women into the Virgin Islands
Women's Hall of Fame.
Governor Tumbull cited the
women as role models whose
brilliance have gained them great
respect and admiration in the Vir-
gin Islands and abroad. Two St.
Johnians were among those hon-
ored Senator Lucinda A. Million
and Mrs. Myrah Keating-Smith.
One person overlooked was Ms.
For her many good works and
her contributions to the commu-
nity, Ms. Myrah's younger twin
sister, Adromeada Keating Titley,
is an excellent choice for honors
at the beginning of Virgin Islands
History Month, March 2010.
The Keating twins were born
on St. Thomas on June 1, 1908,
but soon moved to St. John where
their new father Edward Moore-
head bought a small house onto
which he kept adding porches and
The Keating Inn was finished in
by Chuck Pishko
of Note A Woman of V.I. History
1910 and the surrounding "Yard"
soon became the center of the St.
John community. Their mother
entertained visitors from far and
wide dignitaries of the Lu-
theran Church, Danish officials,
and in time American Naval and
civilian authorities. In 1922 they
were joined by vacationers from
the states and Canada.
The Yard contained among
other structures a stable for rid-
ing horses and a super cookhouse
where Ms. Meada was soon help-
ing her mother by broiling fish
and chicken over charcoal, bast-
ing them with butter and carefully
turning the grill. Guests paid $5
for a room and three meals with
One of Ms. Meada's favorite
people was Governor Paul Pearson
who was the first civilian governor
of the Virgin Islands. He was a
real nice friend who loved music.
On his tour of the inn, Ms. Meada
told him that she needed a piano.
Several months later, the governor
sent her a piano and a piano tuner!
Ms. Meada took over manage-
ment of the Keating Inn. She ex-
hibited all the administrative and
executive talents of today's top
female executives. During the De-
pression, the Yard was the heart of
the St. John community said Lito
Valls, a noted St. John historian.
No one who was hungry ever
went away without a plate of food.
Old people, sick people, and chil-
dren always received special atten-
tion and moral support. Ms. Myrah
would nurse her patients back to
health at the clinic and then send
them to Ms. Meada at the Yard for
that all-important aftercare, good
food and support.
In addition to being an outstand-
ing administrator she was a fabu-
lous cook whose guavaberry rum
surpassed Isidor Paiewonsky's
and whose delicious fish pudding
amazed Danish Queen Margrethe
on her visit to Annaberg in 1975.
Ms. Meada was also actively in-
volved in several formal humani-
tarian efforts including Business
and Professional Women, Helping
Hands and the Girl Scouts.
The above is based on recol-
lections of her beloved niece An-
dromeada Childs, Doris Jadan,
Lito Valls, Janet Boyte, and Anna
St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010 11
Enjoy the Water in Style and Comfort Aboard Angel's Rest
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Maybe it's the perfect Caribbean hues or
the gingerbread detailing, but the first time
anyone lays eyes on Angelk' Rest, a smile
inevitably creeps across their face.
The floating lemon yellow and bright tur-
quoise cottage in Coral Bay harbor was the
brainchild of Peter Hoschl, who conceived
of the idea years before he even bought the
two 40-foot aluminum pontoons for the ves-
"I always had this idea to build a comfort-
able pontoon boat," said Hoschl, a veteran
builder and sailor who had called St. John
for more than two decades. "I saved money
every year and kept planning this really is-
landly pontoon boat that I wanted to build.
I've done charters for years but I wanted to
do something that was different and was a
real one-of-a-kind experience."
Best described as a house boat, Angel s
Rest is a 40-foot long by 14-foot wide alu-
minum welded cottage that might look more
at home perched on a St. John hillside rather
than moored in the harbor.
Powered by eco-friendly twin 115
Evinrude E Tec outboards, however, Angel '
St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott
Angel's Rest, above, is the perfect vessel on which to explore Coral Bay
harbor and Round Bay in comfort.
Rest is certainly a lot more fun floating and
plying the waters around Coral Bay than it
would be ashore.
"People just love the boat," Hoschl said.
"You can't help but smile every time you
The only thing more fun than seeing An-
gel's Rest cruising through the harbor, is en-
joying the comforts of the house boat first
A round glass-topped wooden table in
the main salon sits six people, who can dip
their toes in the water or watch fish swim by
through a hole in the floor below.
A full kitchen allows Hoschl's partner
Nancy "Sas" Nemeth to whip up gourmet
lunches of baked Brie, hot crab dip, fresh
mango salsa, individual white pizzas and
even flan for dessert. An oversized cooler
ensures that the beverages, including beer,
sodas and a full top-shelf bar, are icy cold.
Guests can either lounge in the shade of
the main salon on two fluffy day beds and
gaze out over the view or kick back on the
top deck and soak up the tropical sun.
A popular day charter for Angel s Rest
takes guests out to Round Bay from Coral
Bay harbor for a snorkel stop on one of the
most pristine coral reefs around. An accessi-
ble snorkel platform a mere two inches from
the water allows swimmers of all physical
ability to easily enter and exit the boat.
Since Angel's Rest draws only two and a
half feet, the boat is ideal for accessing al-
most any beach in the area. The two pon-
toons also cut through the water smoothly,
making for a comfortable ride in most con-
"It's a really comfortable boat," said Ho-
schl. "People who get seasick will not get
seasick on Angel s Rest. I call it a floating
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St. John Tradewinds
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park's annual Scholarship
Program is again being offered to Virgin Islanders at the university
level studying fields related to marine biology or natural resource
management and protection.
Eligible students must have Virgin Islands residence, have com-
pleted high school in the Virgin Islands (or are currently in their
last semester of high school senior year), and have attained a "B"
(3.0) average during their previous three semesters of high school
In addition, Friends is offering a scholarship for children of
VINP staff at the university level. Eligibility requirements are the
same as those listed above.
Priority will be given to students pursuing a degree related
to cultural or natural sciences. Both scholarships will be in the
amount of $1,000 per academic year.
Applications for Friends' scholarships can be obtained from
Friends of VI. National Park's office or from the website www.
friendsvinp.org. The deadline for applications is April 30.
Contact Audrey Penn at Friends for more information at 779-
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St. John Tradewinds
The Virgin Islands Association (VIA) of the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan region announces the launch of its scholarship pro-
gram for the 2010 academic year.
VIA is dedicated to supporting the academic excellence of Vir-
gin Islands youth and is committed to raising funds to sustain this
For its inaugural year, scholarships in the amount of $1,000
each will be awarded to three students seeking to attend college in
Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.
For complete details on VIA and applications, visit the web-
site, www.viadc.org. Scholarship applications must be postmarked
CFVI 2010 Academic Scholarship
St. John Tradewinds
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands announces the
availability of 2010-2011 school year scholarship applications.
CFVI has added three new scholarships to its list this year, the
Richard Noel Allen Scholarship, and two graduate scholarships,
the Cynthia De Haynes Health Science Scholarship and the CAHS
Physicians Alumni Scholarship.
Applications are available on St. John at Connections. Forms
may also be downloaded directly from the CFVI website at www.
cfvi.net, or picked up at CFVI's office at 5600 Royal Dane Mall,
Ste. 19 on St. Thomas.
Completed scholarship applications and all accompanying
documentation must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 16,
and mailed to: CFVI Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 11790, St.
Thomas, VI 00801. CFVI will formally announce award winners
in June at the group's annual meeting.
St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010 13
Groove Thang Back on St. John This Month for Ninth USVI Tour
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Dave Gerard is bringing his signature
eclectic, funky but down-home sound back
to St. John this month.
The New Hampshire-based musician
with his band Groove Thang has been rock-
ing crowds on Love City for almost a de-
cade and this year's tour is sure to be an-
Groove Thang composed of Gerard,
who sings and plays guitar, along with
David Bailey on bass and vocals and Kent
Raine on drums and percussion will be
playing material from their new CD "Zoomy
Trail" which the group recorded over a few
months last year.
The new CD showcases Gerard's passion
for beautiful organic music juxtaposed with
experimental industrial sounds.
"I feel like this new CD is very much
what I'm all about as far as the sound," said
Gerard. "It's basically a live organic kind
of vibe and on top of that we've added this
dreamy experimental sound. It's really fun
and shows our range I think."
"There is everything from some solo
acoustic guitar to full band stuff and then
the industrial sounds, so it's a really a good
representation of what we do," Gerard said.
The group kicks off its ninth annual U.S.
Virgin Islands tour on Thursday, March 11,
at Jack's on St. Thomas and will play eight
confirmed gigs, with a ninth night possible,
before heading back up north on March 22.
Groove Thang will entertain on St. John
on March 13 at the Beach Bar, March 14 at
Skinny Legs, March 16 at Shipwreck Land-
Groove Thang on the beach.
ing and on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, will
be back at the Beach Bar.
All those gigs won't leave the band mates
much time for soaking up the tropical sun,
but they don't seem to mind.
"We play a lot while we're down, but this
is what we do for a living," said Gerard. "We
can't leave our families and go tour the Vir-
gin Islands and only play half the time. We
have a lot of overhead getting down there so
for us to make it work financially we have
to play a lot."
While Groove Thang's trip is definitely a
working vacation, the group looks forward
to its USVI tour each year for more reasons
than just sneaking out of the harsh New
England winter, Gerard explained.
"It's laid back down there and it's just al-
ways nice to come and enjoy a place where
life moves a little bit slower," he said.
Don't miss Groove Thang on its ninth
USVI tour this month across St. John and
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14 St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010
Letters to St. John Tradewinds
Return St. John Capital
Improvement Funds to St. John
Dear 28th Legislature of the Virgin Islands,
Please override the Governor's Veto of the Bill which returns the
St. John Capital Improve Funds to actual improvements for St. John.
Since 1990, the St. John Capital Improvement Fund has been used
by Public Works and now the Waste Management to haul the island's
trash. St. John is the only island which pays an extra "tipping fee."
If you can haul the trash from Botany Bay to Bovoni for free, why
is St. John singled out? St. John residents actually pay an extra "tip-
ping fee" by having to pay with our Capital Improvement Funds and
our taxes for such services. Double dipping our community should be
Any senator from St. Croix who voted against the original Senate
Bill should consider that several times the St. John Capital Improve-
ment Funds were used to support St. Croix's Capital Improvement
Fund's balance and other capital benefits for St. Croix, with nothing
ever being returned to St. John.
Senators, St. John needs this fund for our future. If you calculate
this fund from 1986 when it was started, St. John has not had money
for capital improvements since it's inception, the total St. John has
not received is over $40 million. Just imagine what St. John would be
like if this fund were actually used for our capital improvements all
of these years.
The Governor, in vetoing this Bill, stated that his Administration
was looking out for St. John issues and improvements, and so we
won't need these funds. This Governor has been in office for over
three years, and the only improvement is our "Federally Funded
If his Administration is looking out for St. John, I would hate to see
what "neglect" would look like. The management and future of our
community should not rest on the whims of an Administration, but
in the proper managing of funds and growth of our capital improve-
It is time to stop the raiding of this Capital Improvement Fund
away from St. John's needs.
Override the veto!
Steve Black, St. John
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Virgin Islands Code Title 29 Public Planning and
Development, Chapter 3 Virgin Islands Zoning and
Subdivision Law, 296 (6) states any building,
structure or sign set up, erected, constructed, recon-
structed, structurally altered, enlarged, moved, or
converted contrary to the provisions of this subchap-
ter is unlawful and a public nuisance.
So far this code has been violated by the Grande
Bay construction project in Cruz Bay, St. John, VI in
respect to density, parking and the height of the build-
ings. If Bay Isles Associates request to rezone their
W-1 parcel to R-4 is granted, the scope of these viola-
tions will continue to grow. Numerous phone calls,
emails and letters on the subject addressed to DPNR
have not produced any results.
Senators, I ask you to think of the community as a
whole and the surrounding Grande Bay property own-
ers before granting Bay Isles' rezone request in order
to appease a developer and the 30+/- condo owners.
Bay Isles has not only created a public nuisance
Today I entered the St. John, or the Elaine Sprauve
Library, after publishing a letter on discrimination by
the agency in The Avis, seeking counsel by the VI legal
services and filing a complaint with the Department of
Justice, and, while I was on the computer minding my
own business, a man in a security uniform, pretend-
ing to be an employee of the DPNR approached me,
with the librarian knowing this, and insisted that my
backpack was incorrectly placed along the railing up-
stairs actually, it was the way the DPNR's assistant
director approved of last week when he was here.
The security guard turned out to be an employee
for a private company totally unrelated to the DPNR
and was just visiting the library staff.
At this point I was scared. I was being attacked. Di-
rector of Library Services, Ingrid Bough, is not taking
my phone calls and I am being provoked to the point
of self-defense by speaking assertively which the li-
brary staff is calling "screaming and yelling."
I come from a military family: they have no idea
what "screaming and yelling" is. I feel that I am being
set up to be not allowed in the library and VI Legal
by violating zoning codes, but has permanently de-
stroyed the livelihood of surrounding neighbors and
devalued their properties. These neighbors will never
recover their losses.
The owners of Grande Bay units claim they look
forward to add to the tourist driven economy of St.
John, yet they have failed to mention that jobs, tax
revenue and enjoyment of properties has been lost be-
cause of this project.
Seven years ago, numerous property owners to the
east, southeast, south, and west of the complex were
able to enjoy their rental properties, add to the tourist
trade and tax revenue to the VI government. All this
has been taken away or severely minimized because
of the Grande Bay complex.
I urge you to please insist that DPNR reexamine
the plans for the Grande Bay complex and explain in
full how the buildings meet all the provisions of the
Virgin Islands Zoning Code. Thank you.
Services warned me that it could lead to this.
I was aggressive with DPNR staff on the phone as
they were being uncooperative: again, Ingrid Bough
would not take my phone calls and when a phony
DPNR "employee" was harassing me while in the
library and Commissioner Mathes' secretary, Ms.
Moorehead, was downplaying the seriousness of this
infraction of the law.
I have sent the Federal Bureau of Investigation a
copy of my discrimination complaint. Although they
wouldn't even get involved with the David Geiger
murder as it wasn't "their jurisdiction," we are now
dealing with a government agency.
I am making phone calls until a special agent con-
tacts the commissioner about this before it escalates
into violence I will not be the instigator if it does.
All I want is to be left alone but the librarian is not
willing to back down she keeps coming at me
from the publisher
JE and EV: You are rock stars! Wine-down-Fridays are a must!
Bay Isle Created a Public Nuisance
Harrassment at the St. John Public Library
St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010 15
Letters to St. John Tradewinds
Stand Together for the Good of All
We need our government to act now.
Since May 12, 2003, the District Court made provision for the tax as-
sessor to issue property tax bills at the 1998 level until the government
complied with the mandates of the injunction. The government neglected
to issue property tax bills for three years creating financial hardship for
Waive the 2006, 2007 and 2008 tax bills and issue the 2009 property
tax bills at the 1998 level.
The office of the tax assessor has contacted the financial institutions
of property owners and collected payments for the rescinded 2006 prop-
erty tax bill. In response financial institutions immediately increased
the monthly mortgage installment to property owners who are burdened
with the eminent fear of loosing their homes.
Contact the financial institutions and remove levy. Refund the all
monies collected for the rescinded 2006 property tax bill.
Update the real property records in the office of the tax assessor with
subdivisions filed with the office of cadastral and certificate of occu-
pancy issued by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
The $6.5 million Bearing Point revaluation is seriously flawed. De-
lete the database and formula from the property tax system and conduct
a completely new assessment in accordance with IAAO (International
Association of Assessing Officers) standards as stated in Section 7 para-
graph (a) of Act 6991 passed by the 27th Legislature of the Virgin Is-
The formula and rate for assessing real property tax must be com-
parable to the entire territory and district. Bearing Point's base rate for
houses on St. John is $360 per square foot, St. Thomas is $93 and St.
Croix is $89. The base rate for land on St. John is $25.12 per square foot,
on St. Thomas is $7.41 and St. Croix is $2.78.
Amend Act 6991 seniors and veterans should not have to choose
which tax credit they cannot take when they are eligible for both.
Give property owners whose assessments have increased over 125
percent from the previous year a 40 percent tax credit annually for five
It is unconstitutional to require tax payers to pay 50 percent of the dif-
ference of the previous bill and the new bill in order to appeal.
The following senators stood up for the people by voting against Act
6991on January 31, 2008. They are Sen. Neville James, Sen. Ronald
Russell, Sen. Terrence Nelson and Sen. Juan Figueroa Serville.
Voting for Act 6991 were Sen. Shawn-Michael Malone, Sen. President
Usie Richards, Sen. Celestino White, Sr., Sen. Liston Davis, Sen. Carl-
ton Dowe, Sen. Louis Hill, Sen. Norman Jn Baptiste, Sen. Basil Ottley
Jr., Sen. Alvin Williams, Jr., and Sen. James Weber III. Sen. at Large Car-
men Wesselhoft was excused. Now we have an unbearable situation.
Any formal appeal that the Board of Tax Review does not resolve
within 120 days should automatically revert to the last uncontested as-
Provide property owner with guidelines of what to expect and how to
prepare for the formal appeals process.
Mass appraisal contracts ought to have provisions for recourse and
compensation for flawed revaluations and useless work which must be
exercised by the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, boards,
tax assessor and involved parties.
Be transparent. Any decision made must encompass the general good
of all Virgin Island property owners.
The Virgin Islands are already two districts. Three districts should not
be created simply for assessment purposes. This is inconsistent.
In conclusion, a government "for the People, by the People" is what
the Virgin Islands need.
Myrtle Barry, Property Tax Committee
Virgin Islands Unity Day Group, Inc.
Doesn't anyone else but me
notice that the paper keeps a
score on bad guys vs. police? For
the last five years they have been
showing us the score and every
year the police loose.
'tt W&Wa^e AuWW
Isn't it time that it focuses on
something more competitive.
Let's Make It a Fair Competition
SATURDAYA MARCH STH
16 St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010
Improving Early Education
Through Non-profit Kids First!
Continued from Page 9
the right educational track, the group also helped to make sure the
schools were prepared, Claflin added.
"We also wanted to improve the quality of the preschool environ-
ment," he said. "You need things like maps, puzzles and educational
toys so we've provided grants to improve teaching tools for the early
Taking stock of the group's accomplishments to date, Kids First!
members are proud of their achievements.
"About 50 kids enter early childhood centers each year and if we
can do this right, we can dramatically change the outcomes for their
formal school years and beyond," said Claflin.
With a clear focus on its goals, the group is just trying to keep its
coffers full in order to see results, according to Claflin.
"We're long on good intentions, but we need money," he said.
"When we first formed it was me and a few neighbors, but we need a
bigger base of support. So I'm starting a villa rental program."
Since Kids First! was launched by residents who own vacation vil-
las, Claflin decided to try to get more villa owners to support the
group's efforts by donating a small percentage of what they make
through renting their St. John houses.
"The villa rental program works by a villa owner agreeing to give
two percent of his rental income to Kids First! and we agree to pro-
mote the relationship to prospective renters," said Claflin. "More than
60 percent of the people who come here and rent villas, come back
more than once. These people develop an emotional connection to the
island and this is something people can do differentiate their villa."
Claflin has been working with several villa management agencies
and hopes the villa program expands to be a steady revenue stream for
Kids First! and the kids of St. John.
"This will do two things," said Claflin. "We can raise money to
make real changes in education and we can change the image that
rental villa owners don't' really do their part for the community.
We're doing everything we can to bring us all together."
To support Kids First! or for more information, check out the
group's website at kidsfirstsj.org.
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Grande Bay Gets Overwhelming Rezoning Support
Continued from Page 3
John, everybody benefits. There is
no negative impact to St. John."
Local contractor Todd Wil-
son, who has been involved with
Grande Bay as a consultant, asked
the senators to approve Bay Isle's
rezoning request as a means for
providing jobs to St. John resi-
"It's important to help devel-
opers be successful so they will
invest in the Virgin Islands," said
Wilson. "Any jobs that are avail-
able nowadays is a good thing."
Senators expressed both sup-
port and hesitation at Bay Isle's
rezoning request. Senator Wayne
James wondered how Grande Bay
was allowed in the first place, and
said he was "stupefied" when he
first saw it.
Senator at Large Craig
Barshinger claimed the develop-
ment is "out of scale" with sur-
rounding properties, and alleged
that Bay Isle partners David Band
and Kelly Frye wondered ho"\ to
pack the most stuff into this very
valuable piece of land."
"We allowed it to happen," said
In addition to Barshinger and
James, senators present at the
hearing included Senate President
Louis Patrick Hill, and senators
Terrence Nelson and Patrick Sim-
eon Sprauve. The Legislature will
vote on the rezoning in the near
The Senate also heard a request
for rezoning at the March 4 hear-
ing by the Boynes family for con-
struction of a post office (see re-
"Tentative" Post Office Site Rezoning Hearing
Continued from Page 3
May 2007, but let the lease lapse
after three years of no progress.
Officials said the lease would be
renewed once a zoning change
was obtained by the family.
The Boynes family has never
stopped trying to move forward,
family spokesperson Cheryl
Boynes-Jackson explained at the
"The process has been ongo-
ing," said Boynes-Jackson. "We
are trying to fulfill each and every
requirement along the way."
Senate President Louis Patrick
Hill expressed distaste at the fact
that the process has taken nearly
three years thus far.
"It disturbs me greatly that this
project was held up by govern-
ment bureaucracy," said Hill. "It's
St. Johnian Robert O'Connor
Jr., who was the lone testifier in
the matter, expressed support for
the rezoning. O'Connor, a former
senator himself, asked the Senate
to approve the Boynes family's re-
"I have always looked out for
what is best for St. John, and this
application serves the people of
St. John well," said O'Connor.
"The post office is essential to St.
John. This is a good time to move
All of the senators in attendance
- Barshinger, Carlton Dowe,
Hill, Terrence Nelson and Patrick
Simeon Sprauve expressed
their support for the rezoning. The
Legislature will vote on the rezon-
ing in the near future.
The Senate also heard a request
for rezoning at the March 4 hear-
ing by Grande Bay developer Bay
Isle Associates (see related story).
St. John Runners Raise Money for Team River Runner
Continued from Page 7 "Those of us that work almost daily with the in-
passing him. Everyone just was really encouraging." credible individuals from America's Armed Forces
Many veterans who travel with TRR are athletes returning from war abroad are energized by those
who don't let their disabilities stop them, which is ex- citizens that step up to the task of helping welcome
actly what inspired Chabuz to use his legs to help. them home to healing, hope, and honor," said Mor-
One veteran, who has been to St. John twice, com- nini. "Moe, Hank, and Ted will be going 8 Tuff Miles
peted in the Boston Marathon and other paraplegic to support the troops but beyond that, they are go-
sports, Chabuz added. ing that extra mile this country has always gone for
"It's really amazing that these men and women, the troops. We can't ask for more than that."
who are so active before they're injured, don't have TRR would simply not be able to make trips like
to stop being active thanks to this group," he said. the one to St. John on a regular basis without help.
"Peter, who did the Boston Marathon, was a big in- "The island community has done so much to help
spiration for me because I saw such a transformation us, without this type of support we could never pull
in him from one year to the next." these trips off," said Gary Clark, TRR VI program co-
"People often get upset by the littlest things and ordinator. "We are a small organization, but we have
to see these guys and girls and what they go through chapters at over 20 hospitals and 95 percent of the
and how they just keep doing more, it's amazing," people associated with us are volunteers. The bottom
said Chabuz. line to us is that these vets deserve all we can do for
In addition to Chabuz and Slodden, Ted Kelliher them because they have sacrificed so much."
also raised funds for TRR through his 8 Tuff Miles After putting eight miles behind them, Slodden
participation. who finished the race in one hour and 36 minutes
TRR officials were delighted with the unsolicited and Chabuz, who finished in one hour and 17 min-
St. John fundraising efforts for the group. utes, were happy just to be able to help TRR.
"There is great news from the islands," said Joe "I just wish there were more runners so I could
Mornii, TRR executive director. "That local people have raised more money," said Chabuz.
on the island spend their energy and skill developing Both runners are still accepting donations. Call
a creative fundraising strategy is just beyond words. Chabuz at 779-4982 to donate or check out the web-
But words will need to suffice." site www.teamriverrunner.org.
St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010
Place, Overall Time, Name, Age, Hometown
1 1 46 26 Thomas Chomy 33 Bloomington IN
10 58 03 Ruth Ann David 36 St Thomas VI
Female 12 and Under
1 451 1 41 35 Anna Russell 10 St John VI
2 454 41 42 Alison Bartsch 10 St Thomas VI
3 456 1 41 49 Melia Scott 9 St Thomas VI
4 497 1 45 14 12 34 Marina Parlato 11 St Thomas VI
5 518 1 47 29 Hannah Clements 10 St Thomas VI
Male 12 and Under
1 32 1 06 12 Evan Jones 10 St John VI
2 151 1 19 48 Jonathon Qualls 11 St Thomas VI
3 265 1 28 41 Noah Stolz 12 St Thomas VI
4 275 1 29 14 Karson Kendall 9 St Thomas VI
5 283 1 29 37 Noah Ramos 11 South Pomfret VT
Female 13 to 16
1 318 1 31 32 Maddie Russell 15 St John VI
2 340 1 32 56 Nikole Barnes 16 St Thomas VI
3 343 1 33 03 Ariel Stolz 14 St Thomas VI
4 463 1 42 22 Kendall Hebert 13 St Thomas VI
5 468 1 42 37 Coral Breuning 14 St John VI
Male 13 to 16
1 37 1 07 10 Ryan Carroll 16 Arlington VA
2 41 1 07 37 Rohit Galkwad 15 St Thomas VI
3 80 1 13 47 Austin Pippen 16 Water Island VI
4 107 1 16 32 Nathaniel Fuller 16 St Thomas VI
5 187 1 22 41 Brenon Joseph 15 St John VI
Female 17 to 19
1 24 1 03 21 Emily Egelhoff-Whalen 18 Raleigh NC
2 273 1 29 02 Marie McNamara 18 Lakewood OH
3 332 1 32 26 Diana Sorrentino 17 St John VI
4 487 1 44 22 Melissa Van Drleson 17 St Thomas VI
5 791 2 21 59 Caitlyn Horsfall 17 Ballwn MO
Male 17 to 19
1 646 1 59 34 Jay Toole 19 Lakewood OH
Female 20 to 24
1 59 1 10 27 Emily Menzen 22 St Thomas VI
2 82 1 13 49 Sarah Swan 23 St John VI
3 86 1 14 10 Amanda Hill 23 St John VI
4 94 1 15 16 Layla Jaramillo 22 St Thomas VI
5 114 1 17 15 Ealiane Joseph 23 St Thomas VI
Male 20 to 24
1 17 1 01 08 Mark Crawford 23 St John VI
2 39 1 07 13 Clinton Snow 24 St John VI
3 49 1 09 07 Ryan Costanzo 22 St John VI
4 51 1 09 11 Brad Ernst 24 Lake Forest IL
5 102 1 16 14 Christopher Loeffler 24 St Thomas VI
Female 25 to 29
1 61 1 10 51 Bonnie Wood 27 Kaysville UT
2 95 1 15 20 Molly Lawton 25 Hoboken NJ
3 103 1 16 14 Christina Ang 26 St Thomas VI
4 106 1 16 32 Jaimis Huff 26 St John VI
5 113 1 17 10 Jillihan Faker 26 Tacoma WA
Male 25 to 29
1 2 46 56 Christopher Reis 28 Cincinnati OH
2 3 51 30 Brian Shonebarger 25 Montreat NC
3 4 52 42 David Alcock 29 London England
4 20 1 01 40 Colgan Allen 25 Kennett Square PA
5 21 1 02 14 Adam Wood 28 Kaysville UT
Female 30 to 34
1 26 1 03 41 Delene Jewett 31 Seattle WA
2 35 1 07 04 Jennifer Brown 33 Houston TX
3 70 1 12 05 Kara Pomicter 34 Christiansted VI
4 89 1 14 35 Becky Brost 34 Sioux Falls SD
5 98 1 15 35 Jacquelyn Rodgers 32 St Thomas VI
Male 30 to 34
1 6 54 53 Court Lilly 32 Batavia OH
2 7 56 08 Joe Oviedo 34 Houston TX
3 14 59 37 Kevin Chipman 33 St John VI
4 23 1 02 53 Travis Graves 32 Las Vegas NV
5 29 1 04 28 P J Catalono 30 St Thomas VI
Female 35 to 39
1 28 1 04 11 Reshanna Taylor 36 Wiscasset ME
2 57 1 10 03 Jessica Wagner 37 St Thomas VI
3 85 1 14 01 Kristen Hammes 37 Omaha NE
4 90 1 14 42 Melissa King 37 St Thomas VI
5 93 1 15 11 Julie Brown 38 St Thomas VI
Male 35 to 39
1 9 57 48 Brad Dunlevy 36 Cold Spring KY
2 11 58 37 Scott Bihl 36 Cincinnati OH
3 15 59 44 Jeffrey Branhan 37 Cincinnati OH
4 18 1 01 13 Sean Meade 39 Pinon AZ
5 27 1 04 08 Rob Campbell 39 Manchester NH
Female 40 to 44
1 50 1 09 10 Kim Russell 42 St John VI
2 55 1 09 49 Wendi Sylvia 41 East Greenwich RI
3 60 1 10 40 Anna Helm 44 Houston TX
4 71 1 12 17 Lisa Viergutz 41 Niles MI
5 125 1 18 08 Regina McMurray 41 St Thomas VI
Male 40 to 44
1 5 53 57 Joseph Rogers 42 Lyndeborough NH
2 8 57 12 Andy Cherry 44 Philadelphia PA
3 13 59 33 David Szeremet 42 Fort Thomas KY
4 19 1 01 21 Mark Speets 41 Houston TX
5 22 1 02 32 Adam Thill 44 St John VI
Female 45 to 49
1 53 1 09 41 Gretchen Leslie 45 Harrisburg PA
2 74 1 12 41 Maria Siska 48 Fort Thomas KY
3 142 1 19 21 Laurie Graham 46 Milwaukee WI
4 156 1 20 06 Brenda Simpson 49 Queenstown MD
5 162 1 20 28 Cathy Clements 45 St Thomas VI
Male 45 to 49
1 62 1 11 02 Jeff Miller 48 St John VI
2 81 1 13 48 Dan Carroll 47 Arlington VA
3 87 1 14 21 Mike Beaty 46 St John VI
4 111 1 17 00 Louis Patrick Hill 49 St Thomas VI
5 122 1 17 55 Rick Sylvia 49 East Greenwich RI
Female 50 to 54
1 91 1 14 46 Jodie Tanino 50 St John VI
2 139 1 19 01 Billie Hodges 53 St Thomas VI
3 172 1 21 15 Jeanette Voas 52 Greenfield MA
4 173 1 21 38 Colette Monroe 52 St Thomas VI
5 182 1 22 32 Mary Anne Taylor 53 Carrollton GA
Male 50 to 54
1 43 1 07 45 Miguel Lopez 50 Houston TX
2 56 1 09 50 Greg Smith 52 Bozeman MT
3 73 1 12 39 Lulgi Costello 53 St John VI
4 83 1 13 51 Roger Davis 52 Rydal PA
5 96 1 15 21 Sean O'Connor 50 Fairfield CT
Female 55 to 59
1 297 1 30 35 Kate Campbell 55 St John VI
2 376 1 35 15 Lusane Worth 55 St John VI
3 408 1 37 34 Betty Story 57 St Thomas VI
4 437 1 40 24 Lisa Etire 55 St John VI
5 502 1 45 38 Jan Fielding 56 St John VI
Male 55 to 59
1 12 59 05 Bob Benedum 58 Amery WI
2 16 1 00 01 Calvin Dallas 57 St Thomas VI
3 63 1 11 18 Dave Mahar 59 Dowagiac MI
4 64 1 11 23 Mark Pippen 58 Water Island VI
5 84 1 13 51 Jeff Sambur 55 TucsonAZ
Female 60 to 64
1 436 1 40 22 Jean Hale 61 Palm Harbor FL
2 444 1 41 10 Sharon Omdorff 63 Stanwood WA
3 461 1 42 13 Judy Reilly 61 Brownfield ME
4 616 1 56 56 Susan Stair 62 St John VI
5 656 2 00 30 Christie O'Neil 60 St John VI
Male 60 to 64
1 33 1 06 31 Bill Reilly 62 Brownfield ME
2 120 1 17 41 Maurice Chabuz 60 St John VI
3 157 1 20 08 Jerry Roberts 60 Rochester NY
4 167 1 20 47 Miles Stair 60 St John VI
5 251 1 27 33 Todd Lamm 63 Maplewood NJ
Female 65 to 69
1 201 1 23 51 Patricia Mahoney 65 St John VI
2 304 1 30 50 Morag Leitch 66 Midlothian Scotland
3 782 2 19 51 Ce Ce Burns 65 St John VI
4 874 2 41 12 Ann Barnard 65 St Thomas VI
Male 65 to 69
1 225 1 25 18 Tim Wenger 68 St Thomas VI
2 237 1 26 34 Vincent Fuller Jr 68 St Thomas VI
3 248 1 27 22 Ted Seymour 68 St John VI
4 294 1 30 27 Simon Manoman 65 Villanova PA
5 326 1 31 54 Doug Pfaff 66 Minneapolis MN
Female 70 and Over
1 735 2 10 07 Cathy Thorn 70 West Chester PA
2 758 2 14 39 Ann Glenn 70 St John VI
3 850 2 32 32 Velma Pullen 81 St John VI
4 855 2 34 57 Ellen Frankel 71 New York NY
Male 70 and Over
1 300 1 30 42 Marvin Glenn 72 St John VI
2 567 1 52 29 Jack Lawson 74 St Thomas VI
3 668 2 01 37 William Fisk 72 St John VI
4 676 2 02 30 Kent Savel 72 St John VI
5 680 2 02 45 Ronald Lee 72 St John VI
2010 TOP FIVE 8 TUFF MILES RESULTS:
St. John Police Report
Friday, February 26
3:22 p.m. A citizen r/ being in an auto accident in the area of
Enighed Pond Road. Auto accident.
4:26 p.m. A citizen c/r bike riders in the area of Fish Bay
7:25 p.m. A Estate Grunwald resident r/ someone tampered
with his vehicle. Damage to a vehicle.
Saturday, February 27
9:00 a.m. A citizen r/ a break-in at a work trailer in Virgin
Grand Estates. Burglary in the third.
Sunday, February 28
No time given A citizen r/ a hit and run on Centerline Road.
5:21 p.m. An employee at Uncle Joe's BBQ r/ loud music
coming from a nearby bar. Loud music.
7:53 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident r/ something suspicious.
11:07 p.m. A Coral Bay resident r/ a disturbance at her resi-
dence. Disturbance of the peace.
Monday, March 1
11:00 a.m. A citizen c/r that she is having a dispute with her
ex-boyfriend. Disturbance of the peace, threats, D.V
12:30 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that she had a dis-
pute with her neighbor. Police assistance.
5:25 p.m. A Coral Bay resident requested police assistance.
7:48 p.m. A citizen r/ a disturbance at Cruz Bay Apartments.
Aggravated assault and battery, D.V
9:30 p.m. Badge #732 p/ with one Jonique Clendinen of Cruz
Bay Apartments, under arrest and charged with simple assault and
battery, D.V No bail was set. She was transported to the Bureau
of Corrections on St. Thomas.
9:40 p.m. Badge #732 p/ with one Glenville Frazer of Estate
Contant under arrest and charged with simple assault and battery,
D.V No bail was set. He was transported to the Bureau of Correc-
tions on St. Thomas.
Tuesday, March 2
8:35 a.m. A U.S. Postal Service employee r/ that someone
passed out while in line. Police assistance.
10:00 a.m. A citizen c/r someone struck a vehicle in the area
of Gifft Hill. Auto accident.
7:42 p.m. -A citizen c/r two males throwing stones at cars in the
area of Mongoose Junction. Unfounded rock throwing.
11:21 p.m. A citizen r/ hearing shots fired in the area of Estate
Contant. Illegal discharge of firearm.
Wednesday, March 3
2:55 a.m. Badge #117 p/ with one Jesse Lee Richards of Es-
tate Rendezvous under arrest and charged with assault in the third.
Bail was set at $25,000 by order of the court. He was remanded to
the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas.
2:50 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident requested police assis-
tance. Police assistance.
8:15 p.m. Avisitor from Connecticut r/ an auto accident in the
area of Upper Carolina. Auto accident.
Thursday, March 4
1:00 p.m. An employee at Cool Breeze Jeep Rental r/ that he
had a dispute with a customer. Police assistance.
2:58 p.m. An Estate Glucksberg resident r/ a break-in. Bur-
glary in the third.
5:07 p.m. An Estate Grunwald resident r/ a break-in. Burglary
in the third.
18 St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010
St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient-
ed, not-for-profit events for inclusion in this weekly listing. Call
776-6496, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 693-8885.
PRI. %If i. ,
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Presently-Saturday, April 10
The Taxpayer Assistance
Program will begin on all three
islands on Saturday, February
20, 2010 and will run every
Saturday until April 10, 2010.
There will be no taxpayer as-
sistance on Saturday, April 3,
Tuesday, March 9
The St. John Historical So-
ciety's monthly meeting will
be on Tuesday, March 9, at 7
p.m. at the Bethany Moravian
Saturday, March 13
Gifft Hill School's 24th
Annual Dinner Auction will
be Saturday, March 13, at the
The Reichhold Center for
the Arts continues its 2010 sea-
son with the conscious sounds
of the United Kingdom's award
winning reggae band Steel
Pulse on Saturday, March 13,
at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17
The St. John free lecture to
be on March 17 at Trinidad
Charlie's house. Please call
Suki Buckhalter at 642-3739
for more information and di-
rections to lecture.
Steve Simon's eighth annual
blues festival will rock St. John
from March 17 through 21.
Saturday, March 20
The Coral Bay Yacht Club is
hosting the almost annual flo-
tilla to benefit Guy Benjamin
School on Saturday, March 20,
at Miss Vie's Campground on
the East End.
Friday, March 26
The Department of Human
Services, in conjunction with
other departments and organi-
zations will host Child Find, a
free developmental screening
for children up to five years
old. The screening will be
on Friday, March 26, from 8
a.m. to 3 p.m. at Myrah Keat-
ing Smith Community Health
Saturday, April 10
Julius E. Sprauve School
Fundraising Gala will take
place on Saturday, April 10, at
Cancel Bay Resort.
Saturday, May 22
Mark those calendars the
Animal Care Center will cel-
ebrate Wagapalooza's tenth
anniversary on Saturday, May
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Alcholics Anonymous Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45
a.m. at Hawksnest Bay Beach; Closed meeting for alcoholic
only at Nazareth Lutheran Church at 5:30 on Tuesdays; Open
meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at
Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay; Tuesdays, Thursdays
and Saturdays at 6 p.m. at Moravian Church, Coral Bay.
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
Narcotics Anonymous has open meeting from 6:30 to 7:30
p.m. every Saturday at St. Ursula's Church.
Al-Anon meets on St. John every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the
picnic table at the VINP ball field, and every Thursday at 5:30
p.m. at St. Ursula's Multi-purpose center.
Alateen will meet on Mondays at St. Ursula's Church from 6
to 7 p.m. and is open to anyone interested in attending.
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2/2, A/C, fans, W/D, paved
road, at door parking, mt. top
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secure, private, $1300
One Bed, furnished in
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6331 or 678-715-1129.
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776-6994. Leave message
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Dr. Craig Friedenberg
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The Directors of St. John Homes, Inc. hereby advise
the St. John community, and the public at large, that
Jane Thompson (a/k/a Jane Stuckert) is NOT a Director,
Officer, nor Agent of this Company and she is NOT
AUTHORIZED to represent, bind, nor conduct business
on behalf of the Company in ANY capacity. Any person
or entity doing business with Jane Thompson ak/a Jane
Stuckert on behalf of St. John Homes, Inc. does so at
their own risk, and the Company will not honor any
representations, commitments or undertakings made by
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Retail Store Staff
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Gifft Hill School is now accepting applications for the 2010
/ 2011 school year in both elementary and secondary. We
are an independent private school located on St. John US
Virgin Islands, serving students from preschool through
12th. For an application or for additional information,
please call 776-1730 or email email@example.com
Two cottages, 1BR 2BA and 1BR 1BA in Coral Bay
completed 12/07, income producer, underground utilities,
solar HWH, outrageous views, main site still available
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MARCH I I THE
3 Sail Church
Baha'i Community of St. John
Race Unity Devotions
7:30 p.m. Friday;
Study Circles 9 a.m. Sunday
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.
Cinnamon Bay Beach
Sunday 8:30 a.m.
Christian Science Society
10:45 a.m. Sunday- Marketplace
7:45 p.m. on last Wed. of Month
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints
Sun. 9 a.m., STT. 776-2379
Sun., 5 p.m., STJ, Lumberyard
Cruz Bay Baptist Church
Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 776-6315
Emmaus Moravian Church
Coral Bay, Sun. 9 a.m. 776-6713
7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 7 p.m.
Saturday (Espafol), 10 a.m. Sunday
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 1st Sunday: Service 9:30 a.m.
Bible Class, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
9:45 a.m. Sunday
Word of Faith Church
Word of Faith International
Christian Center, Sundays 7:30 a.m.
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Westin Resorts & Villas tel. 693-8352 fax 693-8818
Spa Services P.O. Box 8313, STJ, VI 00831
tel. 693-8000, ext. 1903/1904 info @americanparadise.com
St. John Hardware
tel. 693-8780 fax 776-6685
Located at The Marketplace
Cruz Bay Realty
tel. 693-8808 fax 693-9812
P.O. Box 66, STJ, VI 00831
Debbie Hayes, GRI
tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995
Dinner 6-8:30pm Tues-Sat
Fish Trap Restaurant
and Seafood Market
tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays
Ronnie's Pizza and Mo'
tel. 693-7700 Call for Delivery
Located in Boulon Center
"A Pretty OK Place"
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Sun Dog Cafe
Located at Mongoose Junction
Located at Mongoose Junction
C4th Custom Embroidery
Located in Coral Bay
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Guests can soak up the sun on the top deck.
Style and Comfort Aboard Angel's Rest
Continued from Page 11
Wluit. -i, ',l Rest is not is a power boat,
"There is nothing quick about this," he
said. "It's all about having fun, taking it easy
and having a stress free time. It's really a lei-
sure cruise to just relax and enjoy the boat,
the bay and the day."
Two fresh water showers let guests rinse
off the salt water after their snorkeling ad-
ventures to enjoy the boat in the utmost
comfort. An iPod docking station ensures
the afternoon will be filled with everyone's
The boat is available for full and half day
charters for up to six people and the cap-
tain requests no guests under the age of 13.
Hoschl is even open to custom charters like
Sunday brunch, yoga or spa-themed trips.
"I think the boat would be perfect for
massage cruises or spa treatments," said
Hoschl. "There is plenty of room for yoga in
the shade in the salon or upstairs on the sun
deck. The boat would be great for parties or
weddings or retreats."
"There are so many possibilities," Ho-
Above all, Hoschl wants to offer a unique
experience for his guests, he explained.
"We want to make it a comfortable and
luxurious cruising day around Coral Bay
harbor and Round Bay with guests enjoying
the utmost in comfort," said the captain.
No matter how one whiles away the time
aboard Angel Rest, the experience is sure
not to be forgotten. For more information
call 514-6270 or 776-0609.
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breezes & spectacular sunrises
enhance this beautifully built
mission style home. Features
include extensive covered decks
on all levels, 3 private bedrooms
with marble tile baths, lower
level access to a Ig
apartment, & a large pool &
"4VOYAGES BUILDING" Rare opportunity to own a combination commercial & residential property
im their heart of Coral Say. Located between the Cocolobia Sh~oppin'g Center & a proposed 116 slip
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VILLA ROMANCE is a brand new, luxury, villa built to the highest quality & craftsmanship. This well-designed
villa provides privacy, comfort & exquisite detail. The gated entry leads to the heart of the villa, overlooking the 30
ft. pool, with a tropical courtyard setting. Tile roof, coral flooring, fountains, arches, columns, covered galleries, &
romantic gazebo. This is a MUST SEE! Reduced to $2,400,000.
CBR HOME LISTINGS
A BEST BUY!- Well built, poured concrete cottage with
lovely covered wraparound porch in Est. Carolina. Tile
floors, louvered windows w/complete hurricane shutters,
flat lot for gardening & concrete slab in place for future
garage & expansion. Only $349,000.
CHRISTY ANN New rental villa in upscale neighbor-
hood. Masonry construction with low maintenance fea-
tures. three bedroom/two baths, large covered veranda,
spa, 20' vaulted ceiling in greatroom, ample room for ex-
LUMINARIA Luxurious ridge-top villa with incredible
views of North shore and down island. Large pool with
waterfall, 3 bedroom/ bath suites, 4 car garage, gated
entry, beautiful furnishings and landscaping, vacation
rental history. $2,495,000.
PERELANDRA Excellent 2 bd/2 bath rental villa high
above Cruz Bay. Stunning water views, privacy, lovely
pool set in lush gardens. A good buy at $1,050,000.
CHOCOLATE HOLE -Masonry 2 bd/2 bath home
with carport/workshop, on an absolutely gorgeous 0.86
acre lot with panoramic views. End of the road privacy.
CALYPSO del SOL Very successful rental villa w/
excellent views of Chocolate Hole Bay & St. James
islands. Newer masonry homewith 3 bdrms/3 baths, large
screened porch, A/C, beautiful pool & hot tub. $1,950,000.
NAUTILUS Dramatic WATERFRONT setting on Ma-
ria BI .tt A h, und
vera 0, si ,
circular drive. $1,495,000.
SEASCAPE Fantastic location on Bovovoap Pt!
Spacious 2 bd main house w/lap pool, plus a separate
caretaker's cottage. Panoramic sunset views, privacy.
AURORA Luxurious 4 bd/4bath masonry villa on
Contant Pt. Enjoy 180' views from Great Cruz Bay to
St. Thomas, great privacy, pool, multiple outdoor areas,
excellent vacation rental history. $1,995,000.
WATERFRONT WITH DOCK Concrete 3 bd/2 bath
home, on large, flat 1 ac.flat lot, with direct access the bay
at your door step. Now only $980,000.
CHEZ SHELL Charming 3 bd / 3 bath, w/gorgeous
sunset views, & prime Great Cruz Bay location. This
beautifully decorated, & maintained rental villa has mar-
ble floors, A/C, custom cabinetry, inviting spa & excellent
floor plan. $1,295,000.
TESSERACT Popular 3 bdrm / 3 bath rental home w/
fantastic la P, in my to
St. T yt iple
decks, privacy & extensive landscaping. $1,200,000.
STONE HOUSE Unique native stone 3 bd/3 bath villa
w/covered rotunda, freeform pool, and spectacular Coral
Bay views. $1,800,000. With adjacent parcel $2,100,000.
PLUMB GUT- 1 bd/1 bath home w/adjacent 1X1 cottage.
Lush setting on eastern side of Bordeaux. $574,000
BOATMAN POINT Masonry 4 bd. home on spectacular
1 ac. waterfront site with amazing views & outstanding
WINDSONG Stately Boatman Pt. villa, w/separate
cottage, situated on a lac parcel w/panoramic views. 6
bdrms., 7 baths, huge pool, fully furnished. $3,495,000
BORDEAUX MT. Family home w/3 bd./2 baths, large
porch, water view, 1/ ac. lot w/large trees. $575,000.
GOLDEN DRAGON Beautiful stone villa w/exceptional
craftsmanship. 4 bds./4 baths, infinity pool, multi patios &
decks, lush gardens, Pt. Rendezvous location. $2,195,000.
CBR CONDO LISTINGS
BETHANY CONDO Spacious, free-standing 2 bd/2
bath unit w/ amazing views, new common pool. $495,000.
GALLOWS POINT CONDO Waterfront, 1/bd/1 bath
condo in resort setting. Pool, restaurant, swimmable
beach, hotel amenities. $695K.
SELENE'S- Ideal in town location, w/parking, for living/
rental or business. Terrific views. Reduced to $399K!
CBR LAND LISTINGS
CANEEL HILL Gorgeous panoramic views. Improved
property w/driveway & foundation slabs in place for 4 bed-
room villa. Paved roads, underground utilities. $580K.
DITLEFF POINT Extraordinary sites on magnificent
peninsula w/sandy beach, gated entry, beautiful landscap-
ing, and incredible views. Prices start at $895,000.
KLEIN BAY Small upscale neighborhood, gorgeous
views, commonly owned beach. $799K & $995K.
WATERFRONT ON MONTE BAY Spectacular 13.44
ac. site, ideal for private estate or subdivision. $3,400,000.
CRUZ BAYTOWN-Walkto FrankBay, R-4zoning. $249K.
CHOCOLATE HOLE -Waterviews, 12 ac. $299K&$379K.
GLUCKSBERG Gentle grade, 12 ac., Ig. trees. $130K.
PT. RENDEZVOUS- Outstanding views. $325K & $415K.
LEINSTER BAY 2 lots on Johnny Horn Trail. $225K
ZOOTENVAAL- Hurricane Hole views, paved road. $400K.
GREAT CRUZ BAY 1.05 acre site w/fantastic har-
bor views & architectural plans. Walk to dingy landing.
ESTATE FISH BAY- Many parcels to choose from, start-
ing at $150K. Call US for a complete list.
ESTATE CAROLINA/EMMAUS Time to buy.
Affordable lots, with water views, $88k and up.
CBR BUSINESS LISTINGS
FABRIC MILL Very successful clothing business, es-
tablished in 1982, in Mongoose Junction. Price includes
inventory & equipment, owner will train: $150,000.
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"-tncore nis new IIsung in i-mne asue is a one-oi-a-.ino
Estate Hansen Bay on St. property with a startling vista
John's quiet East End has that few homes can match. A
terrific views north over Long secluded enclave bordering
Bay, west to Rams Head and National Park lands. this villa
south to St. Croix. The cottage was lovingly hand-built by the
is on lower section of lot with a designer over eight years. Since
large, level bu.Id. g site for a it's completion in 1995 this
main house above. Other fea- treasure has become a popular
tures include end of the road rental. Words nor pictures can
privacy, solar power & mature describe the other-worldly
plants with drip watering feeling of romance, spirit and
system. A perfect island hide magic that is SI- John's little
away $675,000 castle. $1,485,000.00
"Surfside"- Rare chance to own a home in the exclusive Reef Bay
enclave Surlside is a beaulijfuly appointed Mediterranean style three
bedroom three baeh pool %.iIIa situated on the edge of undeveloped
park land wilh fabulous ocean views and breezes. Strol via pathway
to secluded while sand beaci iron- Iinis oversized lot Very successful
S"i rental home with prans for anolter 2x2 villa with separate entrance.
Price reduced to $1.550.0001
"'Limin' Time" The perfect Caribbean cottage with a sandy pocket
beach on Great Cruz Bay & a very large pool & deck. Completely
redesigned and refurbished in 2009, Limin' Time is better than new &
ready to move in with new high end fixtures, furnishings,new pool &
a perfect location in this well established neighborhood. Keep your
yacht moored wrihin sight & just pull your dinghy up on your own
property, Swim and snorkel without driving, $1.75M
"Coyaba" This newly constructed three-bedroom home sits on a flat
one acre lot with sweeping water views of the Caribbean Sea and the
bay below. The large open-style great room, kitchen and dining area
plus three bedrooms are located on one level, Enjoy the sounds of the
surf together with breezy easterly trade winds from your pool deck.
Purchase includes deeded beach rights to Hart Bay Beach and
Chocolate Hole Beach. Priced to sell $4,413,000
"Seashore Allure" These new waterfront Condos set a higher bar
for quality in St. John condos. Just completed these are a "must see"
, with such features as travertine tiles. Brazilian hardwood floors, native
stone work, graceful arches framing water views, mahogany doors,
custom cabinets, rain head ceiling mounted showers, bidets, spa jet
tubs, high end appliances, and twice fired Brazilian clay roof liles. The
-- sounds of the surf, trade wind breezes and beachfront location make
these condos a tropical dream come true. $1.97M to $3.39M
"Palm Terrace Villas"- Four of the most spacious condos to be found
on St. John. Completed in 2005 with beautiful views, generous
balconies, common sun deck and pool area, walk to town and Frank
Bay Beach. The two bedroom unit is over 1700 sq. ILt and the three
bedroom penthouse units are over 2100 sqft, AN feature large
kitchens, granite countertops, stainless appliances, large closets.
private washer and dryer and ample storage. These condos have it
all. $975,000 to $1,299,000
j Shopping Center Investment opportunity in this brand new
retail/office building' Built in 2009. Beautiful architecture with stone
work, columns and arches. Ample on-site parking and back up
generator. Great tenancy in place with supermarket, bank branch, day
spa, and morel Ideally located on the south shore road walking
distance to the Westin Resorl. hundreds of rental villas and Guinea
Grove Apartments. Call Islandia for more details.
Holiday Homes of St.
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on Peter Bay Point, has private path to
gated estate on
1.63 acres with
by 645' shoreline
$32,000,000 Park waters.
300M offers 2 cottages with hot tubs
over harbor to
1250 brick courtyard,
$11275.000 Excellent rentals.
-LAU I hf iviunuI DrealnmaKing views:
Privacy is pa-ra
porary gated estate
$6,800,000 (Great Cruz Bay).
"COCONUTS" 3X3 GIFFT HILL VILLA
impressive water views to St. Thomas,
good breezes, Caribbean style with cen-
ter, 6 additionalcourt-
ing and a
$995,000 flat yard!
fKiV=IML=LL, a reter Day V Iiia 01 cias-
4. r o 0 m s,
walk to the
"LITTLE PLANTATION" IS A BEST
BUY! 4 bedroom private rental home-
& Coral Bay
SQQ nooo to sell.
"Ha Ul=L OuL riegant 4 Dearoom
villa in Rendezvous Bay offers privacy
and includes amenities such as a spa,
"86 FISH BAY" WHY PAY RENT? Af-
fordable home with income producing
apartment has ocean & mountain views,
$425,000 floor plan.
uis LLUvva ruin i OaVIrVV great
location for development, walk to beach
home on .58
tion of R-4 &
allows for con-
dos or com-
$2,999,000 mercial uses.
"GALLOWS POINT" 3 premier
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24 St. John Tradewinds, March 8-14, 2010
Women Pilots of World War II Finally Get Recognition
Local Musician To Attend Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Better late than never.
Almost 70 years after being the first
women in history to ever fly for the U.S.
Military, Women Airforce Service Pilots
(WASP) are finally getting the recogni-
tion they deserve and one St. John musi-
cian will be there.
Jay Keefe one third of the popular
bluegrass-twinged band The Hot Club of
Coral Bay along with his wife Laurie and
Ike Eichenberg will be taking a little
break from entertaining this week in or-
der to accept a long-over due award on
behalf of his mother.
Keefe will be in Washington, D.C. on
March 10 to attend a ceremony in honor
of the WASP, who include his late mother
among their elite rank.
The groundbreaking women pilots
will join the likes of George Washington,
the Dalai Lama, Rosa Parks and Pope
John Paul II, when they are awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal, the high-
est accolade possible for civilians in the
Lyda Keefe, nee Dunhman, was one of
only about 1,000 women who flew planes
during World War II from mid-west air-
craft factories to ports of embarkation
and military training bases.
She was a student at Boston Universi-
ty when she signed up to take flying les-
sons from the Civil Air Patrol, which was
offering a class for nine students eight
men and one woman, explained Keefe.
"That is where my mother and father
met," said Keefe. "They both went to
Boston University, class of 1942, and
flew together at what was Revere Airport,
which is now Logan. They both got their
pilots' licenses but he couldn't join the
Air Force because he was color blind."
"So my father joined the infantry and
was an officer," Keefe said. "He fought in
Europe and the Pacific for the entire war.
They got married in 1944 during the war
before he got shipped to the Pacific."
As the U.S. entered World War II, it
became obvious that the Air Force had
a manpower shortage and women could
help fill the gaps. Thanks to the unwaver-
ing insistence of women pilots Jacqueline
Cochran and Nancy Harkness Love as
well as the support of Eleanor Roosevelt
- the WASP were created in 1942.
Once the word was out, more than
25,000 women applied for about 1,800
positions. The women, who all had their
pilots licenses and an average of 1,400
Women Air Service Pilots were the first women ever to fly for the
flying hours, voluntarily put their lives
on the line for a government that barely
even acknowledged them.
The WASP paid their own way to get
to training in Texas, and when they were
disbanded, had to pay their own way
"They had to do all of this on their
own dime," said Keefe. "They even had
to buy their own uniforms."
In total, 38 WASP and trainees were
killed flying for their country, but they
received no recognition, no benefits and
the American flag was not even allowed
to cover their coffins. Friends and fami-
lies had to take up collections to pay for
their final costs.
While the women were all pilots, they
had to receive training to learn Army
paperwork and to fly by military regu-
lations. After completing her training
in Sweetwater, Texas, Lyda Keefe was
shipped out to Romulus, Michigan near
an aircraft manufacturer.
"Being based in Michigan, she flew
both to the east coast and to the west
coast to deliver planes," said Keefe.
"And back then it was really flying by the
seat of your pants. This was before radar
or GPS and all she had was a compass, a
speed indicator and a flight map."
"Also the planes could only fly a few
hundred miles before you had to refuel,"
Keefe said. "You always had to be look-
ing for the next airport or base to refu-
Before being unceremoniously dis-
banded in 1944 the women weren't
needed since men returning from Europe
needed new roles to take on the WASP
flew 60 million miles in every single type
of aircraft in the Air Force arsenal.
Despite serving their country during
World War II, the women pilots weren't
even recognized as veterans for more
than 35 years, Keefe added.
"Senator Barry Goldwater was instru-
mental in getting legislation passed in the
"She flew both to the east
coast and to the west coast
to deliver planes. And back
then it was really flying by the
seat of your pants. This was
before radar or GPS and all she
had was a compass, a speed
indicator and a flight map."
1970s that finally recognized the women
as veterans so they could get veterans'
benefits," he said.
With the WASPs disbanded, Lyda
Keefe bought her own train ticket back
east and settled down to her marriage,
family and career. The Keefes eventually
moved to New Jersey, where Lyda raised
three children who didn't even know
about her brave and pioneering history
for a long time.
"When I was a little kid, I didn't even
know my mom was a pilot," said Keefe.
"One of her girlfriends was a pilot who
had married a pilot and they owned an
airport in New Jersey. One time we all
went there to go flying and while we
were cruising over New Jersey, my mom
"I was amazed," he said. "She never
even told me she was a pilot. Then we
found out that my mom had been a WASP
and all this history."
As Lyda Keefe got older, she proudly
shared the history of her flying days and
service to her country, Keefe added.
"Later on, after we were grown up, she
started going to WASP reunions and talk-
ing about the old times," he said. "She
would go to schools sometimes in her old
uniform and talk about how women can
do anything as good as, and usually bet-
ter than, men."
While Lyda Keefe, who would have
turned 89 this year, passed away 10 years
ago, her son Jay will proudly accept a far
too belated award.
"This was a big part of her life and she
was very proud of her service," Keefe
said. "She just didn't get her recognition
when she was younger. But this is very
Officials expect about 300 surviving
WASPs the youngest of which is 85
years old to attend the March 10 cer-
emonies in the nation's capital on March
10, as the women pilots are finally recog-
nized for their brave and selfless service.