Title: St. John tradewinds
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St. John tradewinds newspaper
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Publication Date: September 20, 2010
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Barshinger Top
Primary Election
for Democrats
Page 3
Health Dept. Issues
Dengue Fever Alert
Page 2
Land Use BoanI
To Hear Grande
Bay, Bordeaux
e- Mt. Villa Cases
Page 2
Determined Divers
,-,; Catch Lionfish
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Customs Agents
Arrest 16 Cubans,
Three Brazilians
St. John Tradowinds News Photo by Judi Shimel As illegal Entries
Page 4
St. John registered Democratic voters braved a few downpours outside the Julius E. Spruave School polling station, above,
to cast their votes for Democratic candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Senator at Large, District Senator and Board of Wounded Veterans
Elections in the Primary Election on Saturday, September 11. Returning to Island
Page 7

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"People should go to this meet-
ing so BLUA knows that St. John
CareS. It's also important to sup-
pOrt the residents who have been
WOrking on these appeals.,,

Cor I C tpr ide

the island's Tier 2 designation, was not subject to the
scrutiny of the St. John Coastal Zone Management
At a 2008 DPNR public hearing regarding Bor-
deaux Mountain Villas, residents contended that the
development was not in keeping with the nature of
the neighborhood. Other concerns raised by residents
included the area's steepness and accessibility.
BLUAwill also hear an appeal to DPNR's decision
to approve Bay Isles Associates' request for a permit
of certificate of use and occupancy at Grande Bay. An
appeal of DPNR's decision to disapprove "On The
Shelf LLC" Development's request for the paying of
the roadway associated with Plots 9-14, 9-16 and 9-17
Estate St. John is on the docket as well, according to
BLUA's agenda, which did not include any additional
information about this case.
The final St. John case on BLUA's September 22
docket is related to Pond Bay Club's ongoing legal
battle with European bank WestLB. The bank is ap-
pealing the St. John CZM Committee's decision to
deny its application for Pond Bay Club developer
First American Development Group Inc.'s pledge of
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The Community Newspaper Since 1972

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
After cancelling several meeting dates, the Board
of Land Use Appeals is scheduled hear an appeal of
the Bordeaux Mountain Villas' group dwelling permit
on Wednesday, September 22, at the Government Em-
ployees' Retirement System Building on St. Thomas
at 10 a.m.
The Bordeaux Mountain case is just one St. John
case which is included on BLUA's docket. In addi-
tion to several high-profile St. Thomas cases, other
St. John matters on the docket include an appeal of
Grande Bay's certificate of use and occupancy and an
issue related to Pond Bay Club's pledge of permit.
While many of these cases have been on hold for
months and even years, residents are encouraged to
attend the BLUA hearing to have Love City's voice
heard, explained Sharon Coldren, president of the
Coral Bay Community Council.
People should go to this meeting so BLUA knows
that St. John cares," said Coldren. "It's also important
to support the residents who have been working on
these appeals.
A resident of the Bordeaux Mountain neighbor-
hood filed a case with BLUA in opposition to a group
dwelling permit which Department of Planning and
Natural Resources officials granted to developers in
early 2009.
Plans for the project include construction of 16
four-bedroom units in four clusters of four attached
buildings, a gym and pool on a 5.623-acre site at 10-
10 Remainder Estate Carolina, Coral Bay Quarter.
Property owners Scott Humphrey and Enc Mun-
son, represented by project architect Michael Milne
of Barefoot Architect Inc., requested the group dwell-
ing permit from DPNR in order to cluster the build-
ings on one portion of their land.
The development, located within the confines of

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Board of Land Use Appeals SetS

Dengue Outbreak Alert issued

in St. John/St. Thomas District
A Dengue Fever outbreak warning has been issued for the St.
Thomas/St. John district. Residents are urged to seek immediate
care if they fall ill, according to Department of Health Commis-
sioner Julia Sheen.
"If you don't seek immediate medical care, Dengue Fever can
lead to death," Sheen said.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever include persistent headache, joint
and muscle pain, nausea, vonutmg and loss of appetite.
More complicated cases of Dengue Fever can result in Dengue
Hemorrhagic Fever whichis characterizedby high fever, bleeding
and circulatory failure in rare instances, may result in death.
Dengue Fever canbe causedby four different viruses which are
called Dengue 1, Dengue 2, Dengue 3 and Dengue 4.
Epidemiologist Dr. Eugene Tull identified the Dengue Fever
circulating on the islands of St. Thomas and St. John as Dengue
2 and urged healthcare providers to report cases to the Health De-
"We have laboratory testing confirmation from the CDC that
it is the same type of Dengue that we experienced on St. Croix in
2005, Tull said. "Physicians who are seeing suspected Dengue
cases in their offices, however, are not reporting the information to
the Department of Health, as required by law. This has the effect of
making it difficult to effectively confirm the level of transmission
of the active Dengue virus.
To date, of 19 suspected cases, there have been nine laboratory
confirmed cases in the St. Thomas/St. John district. On St. Croix'
there have been four suspected cases with no confirmed cases.
DOH stepped up its Dengue Education campaign in June when
the initial case of Dengue was laboratory confirmed. Residents
have been urged to scour their yards after heavy rains to empty out
man-made receptacles as part of that effort to prevent their homes
kom being a haven for the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits
he Dengue from person to person.
Dengue is usually contracted inside of the home, Tull said "If
you are ill and the mosquito bites you and that same mosquito bites
me several days later, the virus may be transmitted.
On average, it takes about a week before an infected mosquito
can transmit the virus when it bites another person, Tull said.
Sheen also reminded health care providers that Dengue Fever
is a reportable disease and that all medical agencies, climes and
private physicians territory-wide are required to report any cases
to 773-1311, Ext. 3241.
To report large pools of stagnant water, contact the Environ-
mental Health Division on St. Thomas at 774-9000, Ext. 4641 or
dial 715-5111. For more information on Dengue Fever, visit www.

Road Work on Trunk Bay Switchback

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Delays of More Than 1-Hour Expected
Island Roads Corporation will be working on the roadway at
the Trunk Bay switchback on North Shore Road on Thursday, Sep-
tember 23, and Friday, September 24.
Access through the portion of the road between the entrance
to Trunk Bay and the entrance to Peter Bay will greatly hindered
because of the nature of the work. Access for emergency vehicles
will be available, however, all other traffic will experience delays
Of One hour or more. Island Roads is strongly encouraging motor-
iSts to use alternate routes on those days.

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Police Log ...........................15
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St. John residents braved several downpours on
Saturday, September 11, to cast their votes in the territory's
Primary Election. After the votes were counted, Governor
John deJongh, above far right with First Lady Cecile, and
Lt. Gov. Gregory Francis, above far left with wife Cheryl,
made it through to the November 2 General Election.

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Judi Shimel

DeJongh/Francis Win Primary for Democrats

Craig Barshinger of St. John Is Senator at Large Candidate

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
St. John residents hit the polls
on Saturday, September 11, to elect
their party candidates for seats as
district senator, senator at large,
govemor, lieutenant govemor and
district board of elections during
the territory's Primary Election.
In the Democratic govemor's
race, Govemor John deJongh and
running mate Lt. Gov. Gregory
Francis prevailed over three also-
rans. DeJongh and Francis cap-
tured 53.3 percent of the vote, or
about 7,487 votes, eating the in-
cumbents a chance for re-election
in the November 2 General Elec-
'The support we have seen will
no doubt take us through the No-
rember 2 General Election and
beyond," said deJongh. "We thank
each and every Democrat who
came out to vote today and we in-
vite all Democrats from the other
campaigns and all voters through-
out the territory to join us as we
continue the work we have started
for all Virgin Islanders. Together,

we can build a better tomorrow for
The deJongh/Francis ticket
beat out fellow Democratic Gov-
emor/Lt. Gov. candidates Adlah
Donastorg/Samuel Baptiste, who
gamered 30.61 percent or 4,300
votes, Gerard Luz James/Glen
Smith, who took 12.98 percent or
1,823 votes, and James O'Bryan
Jr./Pamela Richards-Samuel who
received 432 votes, about 3.08
percent of the vote.
In the November 2 General
Election, Democratic govemor
and lt. gov. candidates deJongh
and Francis will face Kenneth
Mapp and Malik Sekou, who have
no No Party.
On the Democratic senator
at large ticket, incumbent Craig
Barshinger overcame an Elections
System of the Virgin Islands er-
ror to capture 64.44 percent of the
Gamering 6,348 votes territory-
wide, the fact that Barshinger's
name was omitted from absentee
ballots had no bearing on the re-
sults, according to officials.

Barshinger beat out fellow
Democrat senator at large candi-
date Ronnie Jones, who took 35.54
percent of the vote or 3,501 votes.
In the November 2 General
Election, Barshinger will face Ale-
cia Wells and Lorelei Monsanto,
both of No Party affiliation, ac-
cording to the Elections System of
the Virgin Islands.
In the Democratic district sena-
tor race, Shawn-Michael Malone,
Carlton Dowe, Janette Millin
Young, Louis Hill, Patrick Sim-
eon Sprauve, Alvin Williams and
Clarence Payne gamered enough
votes to advance to the General
Of the winning candidates, Ma-
lone drew the most votes taking
13.1 percent of the tally or 4.140
votes. He was followed in votes
by Dowe, who gamered 3,778
votes for 11.96 percent of the total
votes cast. Million Young rounded
out the top three Democratic sena-
tor seats, gamering 3,313 votes or
10.49 percent.
The seven top Democratic can-
didates for St. Thomas/St. John

district senator bested Simon
Canes, Kent Bemier, Stedmann
Hodge, Allron Monsanto, Moses
Carty and Patricia Thompson.
On November 2, the seven win-
ning Democratic district senate
candidates will face Paul Alex-
ander-No Party, Joseph Gumbs-
No Party, Wayne Adams-ICM,
TregenzaRoach-NoParty, Stephen
Frett-ICM, Dolores Todman-No
Party, Celestino White-No PartV,
Darryl Williams-No Party, Elvin
Fahie-No Party, Raphael Comei-
ro-No Party, Shirley Sadler-No
Party, Horace Brooks-No Party,
and Dwane Callwood-No Party.
For the Democratic St. Thomas/
St. John Board of Elections, Wilma
Marsh Monsanto and Claudette
Georges gamered the most votes,
taking 1,474 for 24.17 percent of
the vote and 1,303 for 21.37 per-
cent of the vote respectively.
The two Democratic candidates
will be joined on the November 2
ballot by Lydia Hendricks-No Par-
tv, Albion Lambertis-ICM Party,
and Harry Daniel-Democrat.
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Early Monday, September 13,
U.S. Customs and Border Protec-
tion (CBP) agents and officers ap-
prehended 19 aliens, 16 of whom
were Cuban nationals picked up in
Cruz Bay.
CBP also apprehended three
female Brazilian nationals at the
Red Hook ferry terminal on St.
Thomas a few hours later.
Ramey Sector Border Patrol
Agents arrested the 16 Cuban
aliens in the Cruz Bay area of St.
John after receiving information
of an alleged disembarkation.
Upon arrival from St. Thomas,
Border Patrol Agents interviewed
a suspected group and confirmed
their nationality and immigration
The group is composed of 11
males, three females and two ju-
Yeniles, who are in good physical
CBP Air Operations aircraft
transported the migrant group to
the Ramey Border Patrol Station
in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, for fur-
ther immigration processing.
Later in the morning, CBP
Field Officers arrested three fe-
male, undocumented. Brazilian
nationals during an inspection at
the Red Hook Ferry Terminal on
St. Thomas.
Initial immigration status veri-
fication revealed that Maria Cam-
pos, 59, had a prior record when

in 2006 federal authorities at the
Miami International Airport re-
moved her.
The females were being trans-
ported, by Immigration and Cus-
toms Enforcement (ICE) Deten-
tion and Removal Operations.
to the Luis Munoz Marin Inter-
national Airport in San Juan, for
transfer to Aguadilla for further
After processing at the Bor-
der Patrol Station, the 13 Cuban
adults will receive a Notice to Ap-
pear (NTA) before an Immigra-
tion Judge for further proceedings
under the Cuban Migration Agree-
ment of 1995 and the Cuban Ad-
This case demonstrates the
joint working effort by federal and
territorial agencies on the island
under the Caribbean Border Inter-
agency Group (CBIG), to secure
operational control against illegal
aliens who attempt to penetrate
U.S. borders.
Wet Foot, Dry Foot Policy
The wet foot, dry foot policy is
the name given to a consequence
of the 1995 revision of the Cu-
banAdjustmentActof 1966that
says, essentially, that anyone who
fled Cuba and got into the United
States would be allowed to pursue
residency a year later.
After talks with the Cuban gov-
ernment, the Clinton administra-
tion came to an agreement with

Cuba that it would stop admitting
people found at sea.
Since then, in what has become
known as the "wet foot, dry foot"
policy, a Cuban caught on the
waters between the two nations
(i.e., with "wet feet") would be
sent to the place of embarkation.
One who makes it to shore ("dry
feet") gets a chance to remain in
the United States, and later would
qualify for expedited "legal per-
manent resident" status and U.S.
CBIG is a joint venture between
the U.S. Customs and Border Pro-
tection (Office of Air and Marine
Operations. Office of Field Opera-
the U.S. Coast Guard, ICE, the
United States Attorney's Office
and the Puerto Rico Police Joint
Forces of Rapid action. CBIG has
a common goal of securing Puerto
Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
gaining control of the nation's Ca-
ribbean border.
U.S. Customs and Border
Protection is the unified border
agency within the Department of
Homeland Security chargedwith
the management, control and pro-
tection of the nation's borders at
and between the official ports of
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St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Judi Shimel

V.I. National Park Rangers and technicians from the medical examiners' office
were spotted leaving Coral Bay dock on Saturday, September 11, for Hurricane Hole
along the eastern coast St. John, above.
The body of a sailor, who had taken refuge in the area during Hurricane Earl, was
reportedly found on board his vessel.

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Transports Critical Patient for MKSCHC

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
While most residents were as-
sessing the damage from Hurri-
cane Earl late last month, medical
officials at Myrah Keating Smith
Community Health Center were
dealing with a critical emergency,
which could have been worse if
Cancel Bay Resort had not come
to the rescue.
On Tuesday aftemoon, August
31, just a day after Hurricane Earl
passed north of the territory, a pa-
tient at MKSCHC neededtranspor-
tation to R.L. Schneider Regional
Medical Center on St. Thomas.
With the island's emergency
boat Star ofLife out of operation
health center officials have been
relying on a water taxi to transport
patients to the St. Thomas hospital.
On August 31, however, the water
taxi was not available, explained
MKSCHC's Dr. Joseph DeJames.
When they opened the port
back up on Tuesday aftemoon, we
had a critical patient at MKSCHC
who needed to be transported to
St. Thomas," said DeJames. "The
water taxi has been the emergency

medical transport since Star ofLife
has been out. We had a critical pa-
tient that day and the water taxi
wasn't available."
After making a few phone calls,
the doctor contacted Caneel Bay
Resort's director of facilities Al-
vin Nazario, who, in tum, put De-
James in touch with Caneel Bay
Resort managing director Nikolay
-Nikolay gave us the okay and
put me in contact with Captain
Calvin Thomas and they let us use

a Cancel Bay boat called 'Peter
Germain' to transport the patient,"
said DeJames.
Emergency Medical Technician
Seneca Lindo, V.I. National Park
Ranger Terry Rogaczewski and
MKSCHC's Tonya Jackson also
assisted with the emergency trans-
port, DeJames added.
"I want to give all of those
guys a big kudos," said the doctor.
"Caneel did a great community
service. It was an emergency situ-
ation and they were there for us.

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Scientists fear the predatory invasive
lionf ish could potentially wreak havoc on
local fish populations and, in turn, sensitive
coral reefs.

Everyone was awestruck with the catch. Dameff
was extremely proud that his determination had paid
off and Lennon was all smiles. As for Teddi Dameff.
she hoped they could now get back to their vacation.

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Alex Dedes

Vacationers Emil and Teddi Dameff and Ryan Lennon, above, show off the lionfish they

By Alex Dedes and Corie Harder
Special to St. John Tradewinds
On Sunday, September 12, around 10 a.m., Emil
Dameff and Ryan Lennon captured a large lionfish off
the west side point of Chocolate Hole.
Dameff and wife Teddi, from Punta Gorda, Flori-
da, have been visiting St. John for years, and are loyal
customers of Cruz Bay Watersports. This year on one
of his daily dive adventures, Dameff spotted some-
thing locals have been tirelessly hunting.
He nearly bumped into a lionfish measuring be-
tween eight and nine inches in the Chocolate Hole
area. Excited with the buzz on island about the ex-
otic and dangerous fish he was determined all week
Emil and Teddi Dameff teamed up with Cruz Bay
Watersports staff member Ryan Lennon in efforts to
Remembering landmarks and locating lionfish
markers helpfully placed on Dameff 's previous dives,
the two descended to about 42-feet on the morning
of Sunday, September 12. The pair needed help from
torpedos" to fight the strong current.
Once they located their target they carefully di-
rected the fish into a net, using a lobster snare from a
safe distance. After safely and successfully complet-
ing their dive, the group brought the fish to the Cruz
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"We have to teach these veterans how tO
live again. A lot of these guys and girls, since
they got blown up, aren't getting out there
anymore. The sky, the water these guys
haven't been out in nature so we want to get
them over the edge where they want to live."
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By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
While many travelers visit St.
John for therapeutic getaways,
for one group of wounded Ameri-
can service men and women, their
Love City trip is also a time to re-
build self confidence and regain a
sense of independence.
Team River Runner is plan-
ning its third trip to St. John this
November, and while soaking up
the rays is definitely on its agenda,
so are adaptive kayak training ses-
sions and long-distance snorkeling
Originally launched at Walter
Reed Army MedicalCenterin2004
by D.C. area kayaker Joe Momini,
the adaptive kayak program TRR
now boasts chapters at veterans'
hospitals across the country.
The program has proven to be
a popular and effective therapy for
wounded veterans as adaptive kay-
aking is an inclusive sport while
still being plwsically and mentally

In addition to the St. John tray-
els. TRR leads numerous kavak
trips and adventures across the
country from the rushing Salmon
River in Idaho to the calm waters
of Key Largo. Participants in these
trips master kayak skills while
building relationships with fellow
veterans and family members.
TRR is so popular, in fact,
alumni of the program are taking
leadership roles in the organiza-
tion. This is the first time that TRR
participants are organizing the
Love City kayak trip, planned for
the first week of November.
Two ofTRR's three St. John
trip team leaders were on island
last week planning their upcoming
kayak adventure.
"This is the first time that veter-
ans are the team leaders for the Vir-
gin Islands trip," said Leif Lange,
one of the three veteran leaders for
TRR's St. John trip. "There are so
many different organizations out
there, but this one is nw favorite
because they do so much to help

group's kayak trips to St. John and
Lange recently completed TRR's
training stateside.
Rooney is the team's veteran
participation coordinator, Lewis
oversees fundraising and project
coordination while Lange is the
team's kayak leader and he's look-
ing to add some fishing to the out-
ings as well.
While TRR's St. John trip offers
veterans a tranquil Caribbean get-
away, the time these team members
spend on the island really means a
lot more than just a vacation, ex-
plained Lewis.
"St. John is the perfect place
for us to come because it's beauti-
ful and the people are wonderful,
but also the spirituality of it," said
Lewis. "Think of it as being rebom
in a way. A lot of these guys and
girls are really being plwsically re-
bom into life."
"Can you pick a more beauti-
ful place to be rebom than this,"
Lewis said.
Continued on Page 17

the guys and girls."
"It's really hard for some to
adapt or find a network of other
wounded veterans," said Lange.
"Through TRR, they can come out
here and really just enjoy it, but
also meet other wounded vets. It
really opens up a lot."
Twenty wounded veterans,
along with one family member or
guest each, will spend a week at
Cinnamon Bay Campground from
November 1 through 7. While ac-

accommodations and many meals
the group, they still need funding.
"The biggest part of this whole
tlung is raising the funds," said
Lange. "It costs $45,000 for 20
veterans for one week. We have so
much support on the ground, but
we need money."
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By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Students at the Gifft Hill School are pitching in
their pennies to help the island's abandoned animals.
The school's "Pennies for Puppies" program kicked
off this year after students from kindergarten through
fifth grade read books about dogs during their summer
break, explained GHS literacy coach TerriParker.
"Each class had a book to read over the summer
that had to do with dogs, said Parker. "When the stu-
dents returned this month, our back to school activi-
ties were related to those stories they had read over
the summer."
While younger students read stories about cute
dogs and puppies, older students read books in which
the dogs face difficult situations, explained Parker.
"The older kids' books had something to do with
an issue about pet care and pets, said the literacy
coach. "In addition to discussing the books, we want-
ed to relate what they had read to their lives. We also
wanted to start a program so that all students would
recognize how they are part of the community and
that they could do something to help."
We talked about what we could do about these
types of things that happen on St. John and one way
was by supporting the Animal Care Center," said
Stories like Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Be-
cause ofWinn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and 4 Dog on
His Own by Mary Jane Auch, detail how animals are
sometimes abused and abandoned.
'Shiloh, a Newbery Medal winning book, is about
a little beagle who is being abused by its owner and
a young boy who is trying to protect the puppy," said
Parker. "Just like the boy in the story, we discussed
what students could do to help an abused animal."
While the "Pennies for Puppies" program was ac-
tually conceived in May before the summer break,
recent news of the St. John Animal Care Center's dire
financial straits underscored the need to support the
group, Parker added.

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GHS students are opening their piggie
banks to help Love City's no-kill shelter.

"As we were discussing with the students what
we could do to help animals here on St. John, they
decided they wanted to bring in their spare change
to support the Animal Care Center," she said. "This
was all decided back in May before we knew that the
ACC needed financial help. Now it's certainly perfect
Students have been donating their spare change
all month and will welcome a special guest this week
when ACC president Diana Ripley brings her furry
friend Marigold to the school.
GHS students will continue to collect their spare
change for the "Pennies for Puppies" program for the
next few months. The program will culminate on No-
vember 12 when the entire GHS student body will
celebrate "Give Back Day," explained Parker.
"November 12 is going to be our big 'GHS Gives
Back' day where every student will be doing some-
thing for the community or having some kind of out-
reach," said the GHS literacy coach. "That willbe our
closing activity for the program.
In addition to working with Ripley, GHS lower
school head Beth Knight and GHS parent, board
member and Canines, Cats and Critters owner Joe
Palminteri have been long time supporters of the St.
John ACC.
For more information about the island's no-kill
shelter and how to help keep its doors open, call the
ACC at 774-1625 or check out www.stjohnanimal-


St. John Tradewinds
Saturday, September 25, is International Coastal
Cleanup Day, and also marks the beginning of VI
Coastweeks, a three-week long period where com-
munity members rally together to remove debris from
beaches and coastal shores.
This year the Ocean Conservancy is also celebrat-
ing its 25th Anniversary of the International Coastal
Dunng this time debris will be counted and re-
moved, not only to beautify the island, but also to pro-
tect marine species and habitats and collect valuable
information on the amount and type of debris found.
This territory-wide event is supported by Friends
of VI National Park, Ocean Conservancy, the V.I.
National Park, V.I. Marine Advisory Service, V.I.
Coastal Zone Management Program and V.I. Waste
Management Authority.

Friends of VINP would also like to thank this
year's sponsors Estate Concordia Preserve, FirstBank,
Just Beach!, Lana Vento Charitable Trust, Maho Bay
Camps, RAVI St. John, St. John Community Founda-
tion, VIMAS, VIRC&D and VI Ecotours.
During last year's Coastweeks nearly 150 volun-
teers on St. John pitched in by removing more than
3,000 pounds of debris from 17 beaches and trails.
Be a part of the growing success of this event and
join Friends' sponsored beach cleanup of Drunk Bay
on September 25 at 9 a.m., or consider joining the
Adopt-A-Beach/Trail Program and adopt a beach or
trail to clean throughout the year.
To find out more about VI Coastweeks, join the
coordinated cleanup throughout the territory, or
Friends' Adopt-A-Beach/Trail Program, contact Au-
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By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
The Reichhold Center for the
Arts took over The Marketplace
on Wednesday evening, Septem-
ber 15, as officials unveiled the
center's exciting lineup for 2010-
11 during a Business After Hours
Hosted by the St. John Chapter
of the St. Thomas/St. John Cham-
ber of Commerce in conjunction
with Reichhold Center, the BAH
soiree drew a crowd of more than
40 residents who enjoyed snacks
fromLaPlanchadelMarand Star-
fish Gourmet while listening to the
sounds of Paradise People.
Reichhold officials took their
team over to Love City to share
their upcoming performance line-
up and entice St. John residents
to support the center and make
the trip to St. Thomas to hear top-
notch talent.
From platinum selling record-
ing artist Chaka Khan and the imi-
table Michael Bolton, to legendary
reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff and
breakout solo artist Gramps Mor-
gan, Reichhold's upcoming season
includes something to entice ev-
Previous complaints about the

St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott

Reichhold Center for the Arts co-drector Pamela

time and expense to travel from St.
John to Reichhold's site at the Uni-
versity of the Virgin Islands, were
put to rest as officials announced a
shuttle service from Red Hook to
the center.
The free service is available for
all St. John residents, but Reich-
hold officials do need advance no-
tice to determine how many riders
will need accommodation.
Reichhold co-director Pamela
Toussaint shared an exciting video
showcasing the new lineup, which

drew cheers from the crowd. Par-
ty-goers also had the opportunity
to purchase tickets and member-
ships during the BAH event.
Reichhold's season kicks off on
Saturday, October 9, with Rhyth-
mic Circus: A Tap Dance Extrava-
ganza, which part of the center's
family series.
For a full list of performances
or to purchase tickets, check out
www.reichholdcenter.com or call
693- 1559. Tickets are also avail-
able at Connections in Cruz Bay.

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JESS Students Enjoy Bookmobile

The Department of Libraries and Archives hosted
a bookmobile on St. John Friday, September 10.
Students from the Julius E. Sprauve School enjoyed
reading inside the spacious bus, which was parked at
the Winston Wells ball field from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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History xcal Bits

&~ P xeces

by Chuck Pishko

SEner v O flic e has movedI I

hurricane season were offered.
Around October 25, a "hurri-
cane Thanksgiving service" was
held. These services began when
there was no warning of a hurri-
cane except for a few learned en-
slaved Mricans' innate feelings -
to a time when a cannon shot and
two red and black hurricane flags
gave untimely warning, to today
with the Weather Channel an-
nouncing the storms as they leave
the Cape Verde Islands.
One of our friends, Mrs. Andro
Childs, shared her grandmother's
prayer book with us. Theodora
Keating's book entitled Lutheran
Manual of Hymns, Liturgy and
Prqvers was printed in Copenha-
gen in 1904.
We were really honored that
she shared this family treasure
with us. We found a very timely
prayer entitled "Under Hurricanes
and Earthquakes" printed below.
Change a few words if warranted
and address it to your higher pow-
The book was well used and the
prayer pages have thumb prints in
the lower corners, obviously where
it had been gripped tightly during
a storm. The book has witnessed
many hurricanes over the last
100 years, including 1916 when a
storm destroyed every building on
St. John save one.
An account of the 1916 event
is available on the intemet in a
book by Luther K. Zabriskie, The
Virgin Islands of the United States
of America, Chapter 27. (Google
Zabriskie's full name and the book
title.) It sa very chilling read.
And so after your shutters are
fastened, your outdoor furniture
secured, your loved ones account-
ed for, and the only thing you have
to do is wait for an all clear, take a
minute and relieve the stress.
O Lord, thou hast been our
cht'elling-place in all generations.

O Lord, being afflicted, we prqv:
we set our faces to seek thee in this
To thee, our God belong mer-
cies and forgiveness, #;..;,-.;it we
have rebelled against thee.
Lord, thou hast watched upon
the danger and brought it upon us.
For every;ite g; in which our heart
is concerned is polluted.
If thou wert to deal with us ac-
cording to our sin, thou wouldst
sweep us awqv from the face of
the earth. Our flesh trembleth for
fear of thee, and we are afraid of
thy judgments. Thou turned man to
destruction, andsqvest, Return, ve
children ofmen.
O grant, in this terroig that we
niqv be found in Christ. Afgy he be
all our righteousness.
Love us freely, be like the dew
upon our souls. Teach us that he
who holds the winds in the hollow
of his hands, is the same who was
nailed on the accursed tree for us.
Afgy time.
Lord, increase our faith: Lord,
teach us to prqv: Make us willing
to be in quiet, and willing to be
exposed to the wrath of thy hand:
willing to live, and willing to die:
willing to depart and be with
Christ, which is far better
Give us peace andjoy in believ-
ing. Make us more than conquer-
ors dae..te...;it him that loved us.
Turn us, O God of all conso-
lation, and cause thine anger to
Revive us, O Lord, quicken
our hearts, make us humble, holy
watchful, instant in prqveig see-
ing we lovow not when the time is,
lest the Master counting suddenly
should find us sleeping.
O Lord, hear:
O Lord, forgive:
O Lord, save us, for Christh

Hurricane Time Is Here

St. John Tradewinds
Well, it happened again! As we
all know by now, St. John was hit
by Hurricane Earl traveling 65
miles north ofus.
If you don't know the particu-
lars see Jaime Elliott's excellent
summary in the September 6 edi-
tion of St. John Tradewinds.
The hurricane and its aftermath
were an excellent introduction for
newcomers to the fury, not too

devastating, but enough to get a
taste of what we can look forward
Our power was out from Mon-
day until Friday. I have nothing
but praise for the WAPA crews
who worked so hard and so late to
insure that as many homes as pos-
sible would be restored as quickly
as possible. Well done!
The recipes that evolve and the
quietude that prevails is amazing

but somewhat disconcerting.
This is nothing new on St. John
and the help systems appear to get
better withpassingyears. One sys-
tem developed by Lutheran Pastor
Philip Adam Dietrichs in 1726 is
still observed in island churches.
On July 25, 1726, Pastor
Dietrichs conducted the first
"hurricane intercessory service"
in which prayers that everyone
would be spared in the upcoming

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main office building next to the St. John Legislature.
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festivities in Coral Bay on Monday, September 6. The governor, along with Senate
President Louis Hill and Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen, talked with resi-
dents and enjoyed delicious local food and drinks in the Coral Bay ball field. While
the annual event did not include a parade this year, children enjoyed the inflatable
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Sorry if I step on anyone's toes but I am not a
dancer. I love us and who we are, but I have to say
something about what we are becoming.
We must start loving each other today. Not when
someone apologizes to us or shows us respect we feel
entitled to... today!
We have to stop emying one another and stop view-
ing the next Virgin Islander as our competition. When
we fail to contribute to the success of each other, we
only help to create a failing "social circle."
W1w have a circle of friends that are failures? Is it
to boost our own ego? Our children are not crazy to
be killing each other, killing for turfs they have no
deed for.
They are carrying out the plwsical crimes while we
carry out the social crimes. We should be prosecuted
right beside them. They watch us emy each other,
value entertainment more than education.
They watch us party with no purpose and not prac-
tice what we preach. They see us go into our pockets
for culture and arts and avoid spending on literature
and learning.
They witness our fear of failure and fear of embar-
rassment instead of a display of courage for success.
They study us cover our mistakes instead of covering
our mistakes with humility, learning and confidence.
We have to get over our prideful hang-ups and see
that the rest of the world is moving past us. There is
too much talent in our communities for us to be in a
state of social emergency.
We are the only Caribbean area that is under the
protectionandindigenous supportoftheUnites States.
We have little to be angry about. We are blinded by
the problems and not seeing the opportunities.
We have the ability to get grants for businesses,
qualify for social programs, and even get federal aid
for natural disasters. Other "Caribbeanites" should be
jealous of us, but guess what? They are not.
They are not because they witness us being divid-
ed. They see us as no threat. Our bark is much bigger
than our bite. When will we step forward collectively
and make sure we do not leave each other behind.
Other groups have civic organizations and support
systems immigrants can rely on when they enter into
the mainland United States. Meanwhile, we are too
busy arguing about, "who will be in charge of the or-
ganization and who will hold the money!"

gai si a c ilslanderst that leave1the territB
cause we put them under attack. We criticize them
into oblivion and never hear from them again,
They go on to be successful, lose their accents and
forget where they came from. Becoming castaways
and Facsimmer Yankees," partly "our" fault. We

have let our insecurities kill the progress of our peo-
ple for too long.
It is getting out of control and it is now showing in
the increased crime rates. We are territorial and criti-
cize the expertise of Virgin Islanders who return with
newfound knowledge.
It is hard to recognize the island I grew up on. It
seems like a large tourist accommodation, dismissive
of those who live or are from here.
We even have educated folks that steal from the
Government for self gain. We have a Government
that is quicker to hire or contract a foreigner at much
higher pay before they do so for a native.
We have private businesses that come there, set up
shop and import their own workers. Advertisers don't
invest as much money into our radio stations because
they feel all we do is "talk" andbeg instead of invest-
ing in products that would make our lives better.
Our problems are not economic. We see millions of
tourists and hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Our problem lies in judging and grudging. It lies in
our philosophical beliefs. It lies in not wanting to see
the person next to us be successful, if it means giving
them support.
How many Virgin Islanders do you know, who rose
to major fame solely because of the support of other
Virgin Islanders? If you know any, feel free to tell
Pay close attention political candidates. Vote for
what they did after they were voted in, not what they
do during campaigns. Give new people a chance. Get
those who been there for years and know the system
too well but has done little for the people, out of of-
We had more freedom as slaves. We were released
from slavery 60 years before American slaves. We
served under the flags of multiple nations in our his-
tory. We should have the expertise. We should under-
stand diversity.
The world is at our fingertips but we use it to "pose-
off in Facebook. We use it to get the most "posts"
instead of how we all can get the most prosperity. We
use it recklessly and forego gaining respect.
We can't be mad and blame our children while
we attempt to justify our behavior. We can't blame
Government when we keep voting for them. We can't
blame teachers when we never visit them. We have

aondd better as teachers, parents, community leaders,
"Do as I say, not do as I do," has sailed a long time
ago. Our children are smarter these days and, hon-
estly, even with all this technology, we seem dumber
not to understand this.



We Must Do Better as Parents, Teachers and Citizens

Blessed with Friendly and Helpful
Costumer Service
I don't know what they do on the other islands, but on St. John
we are blessed with the friendly and helpful customer service staff of
Leona and Cherise who seem to really care about us.
And thanks to those who tried to keep the power going through
Earl and then spent nights and days getting it back. WAPA has come a
long way in the 15 years I've lived here. And due in large part to the
dedication of men like Alvin of the Lines Department, a man of his
word. I salute you.
John Fuller

Keepmg Track of Crame

2009 2010 TO-DATE
Homicides: 1 Homicides: 0
Shootings: 0 Shootings: o
Stabbings: 0 Stabbings: 0
Armed Robberies: 5 Armed Robberies: 1
Parsons: 0 Arsons: 0
1st Degree Burglaries: 6 1st Degree Burglaries: 2
2nd Degree Burglaries: 17 2nd Degree Burglaries: 16
3rd Degree Burglaries: 70 3rd Degree Burglaries: 53
Grand Larcenies: 67 Grand Larcenies: 43
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Letters to St. John Tradewinds

Serious Form of Dengue Fever Must Not Be Ignored

There is a very bad form of Dengue here and it has Do your mosquito control on your property, suit up
been here for months. I strongly advise anyone with and spray I know I hate the smell and all too!
flu like symptoms fever, headache, rash, muscle Please pass this along so we are informed. The
pain go directly to seek medical help and get a health department has not been informing the public
complete blood count, including platelets. of this health threat.
There have been many deaths in Puerto Rico and Be Well,
several here. There are a lot of cases on St. John and Judith Whitley
St. Thomas. Take this seriously. Health Care Connection

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On Saturday, August 14, America's most success-
ful social program, the Social Security Administra-
tion, celebrated its 75th Anniversary.
Without a doubt, over the last 75 years the Social
Security program has single-handedly taken Ameri-
can seniors out of poverty allowing them to live their
golden years with dignity and purpose. And, in the
Virgin Islands where our population is estimated at
101,000, over 20,000 individuals or approximately
20 percent of our residents receive $18.2 million in
monthly benefit payments that keep them from pov-
While Social Security forms the bedrock of retire-
ment income security for older Virgin Islanders, it is
not just for retirees. In fact, in addition to the financial
support it provides retirees, the Social Security pro-
gram also gives financial support to retiree spouses
and dependents, their survivors, the disabled and the
spouses of the disabled. It is a self-funded program
financed by money from hard-working people who
make contributions throughout their working lives.
In the last decade policymakers in Washington re-
peatedly voiced concems about Social Securitv "go-
ing broke." However, according to AARP's research,
today Social Security is financially strong and in no
immediate danger of "going broke."
In fact, over the years it has built up a surplus of
$2.5 trillion dollars. Even without changes, Social Se-
curity will be able to pay full benefits until 2037 and
nearly three-quarters of promised benefits for decades
At AARP we feel that adjustments could be made
to strengthen the system so that it can continue to pay
the benefits that have been promised to current and
future generations our children and grandchildren.
We feel these changes do not have to be drastic, but
the sooner we act, the easier and more manageable
the solutions will be.

Our greatest concem for the program is not the
past discussions on solvency. Instead, we are far more
conceded about the more recent Washington discus-
sions about reducing the massive American deficit by
cutting benefits to those dependent upon Social Se-
Already, the Deficit Commission appointed by
President Barack Obama last December has gone on
record and is zeroing in on Social Security as part of
the solution to bringing down the deficit. At AARP
we believe this line of thinking is flawed. Social Se-
curity has not contributed a single dime to the deficit.
and therefore should not be on the table for deficit
AARP believes that targeting Social Security ben-
efits as a means to close the budget gap would be un-
fair and unwarranted. Furthermore, we believe that
Social Security benefits for future generations should
continue to be eamed, guaranteed, inflation-protected
and last a lifetime.
For the last three-quarters of a century Social Secu-
rity has been a guaranteed source of income security
for working Virgin Islanders. After a lifetime of hard
work, Virgin Islanders and their families should col-
lect on the retirement benefits they've eamed. Fami-
lies in which workers die prematurely or becomes
disabled should continue to have this measure of eco-
nomic security.
If Virgin Islanders want to protect this vital pro-
gram, they can make their voice heard in Washington
by going to: http://action.aarp.org and signing a peti-
tion that tells Congress not to reduce the deficit by
cutting Social Security benefits.
Social Security is a promise that all working Virgin
Islanders depend upon. There is no good reason to
break that promise.
Denyce Singleton
Senior State Director, AARP Virgin Islands


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Commumty Calendar

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

Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45
a.m. at Hawksnest Bay Beach: Closed meetings for alcohol-
ics only at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay at 6 p.m
on Tuesday: Open meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Friday at 6 p.m. at Nazareth Lutheran Church: Tuesdays,
Thursday and Saturdays at 6 p.m. at Moravian Church, Coral
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.


Wednesday, September 22
After cancelling several
meeting dates, the Board of
Land Use Appeals is scheduled
hear an appeal of the Bordeaux
Mountain Villas' group dwell-
ing permit on Wednesday, Sep-
tember 22, at the Government
Employees' Retirement Sys-
tem Building on St. Thomas at
10 a.m.
Friday, September 24-Mon-
day, September 27
St. John School of the Arts
is hosting registration Monday
through Friday until September
24 between 1 and 5 p.m. in the
main office building next to the
St. John Legislature.
Saturday, September 25
Saturday, September 25,
is International Coastal Clean-
up Day, and also marks the
beginning of VI Coastweeks, a
three-week long period where
conununity members rally to-
gether to remove debris from
beaches and coastal shores.
The St. John Animal
Care Center is participating in
'Responsible Dog Ownership
Day" on Saturday, September
25, at the Marketplace.
Sunday, September 26

The St. John Land Sharks
are hosting the 12th Annual
Love City Triathlon on Sun-
day, September 26, at 7 p.m.
The course starts at Maho Bay
and in addition to the triathlon,
there is also an aquathon for
participants who wish to only
swim and run.
Tuesday, September 28
The V.I. Public Services
Commission special meeting,
which was originally scheduled
for Monday, September 20, has
been re-scheduled for Tuesday,
September 28, at Barbel Plaza
at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, October 11
Using Sport For Social
Change, in conjunction with
the St. John Community Foun-
dation and the St. John Parks
and Recreation, will host its
2nd annual Just Play Day on
October 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. in Cruz Bay.
Saturday, October 23
The St. John Animal Care
Center "No Fleas, Please" event
will be on Saturday, October
23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 9th annual Johnnie
Walker Blues Festival.


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Ezekiel Wiltshire, 67, Passes

Services were Saturday, September 18, for Ezekiel He is survived by his mother, Mary Roberts Wilt-
Wiltshire, also known as "Zeke," 67, who died Sep- shire: daughter, Sheniqua Wiltshire; brothers, Freder-
tember 1 at Schneider Hospital. ick, Alexander and Clarence Wiltshire: sisters, Mariel
The first viewing was Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Matthias, Veronica Wiltshire, Florica Wiltshire and
Davis Funeral Home Chapel. The second viewing Ivania David: four grandchildren; and many other
was on Saturday at the Calvary Baptist Church. Buri- loving relatives and friendS.
al was in the Calabash Boom Cemetery. Arrangements were by Davis Funeral Home.

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Baha'i Community of St. John
For information on Devotions and Study
Circles, please call 714-1641
7:30 p.m. Friday:
Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundaes
776-6316, 776-6254

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

Calvary Baptist Church
13 ABC Co al Bay 7 6-6104

Sunday evening 6 p.m.,
Thursday 7 p.m.

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

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

The Church ofJesus Christ
of Latter-dar Saints
Sun. 9 a.m., STT. 776-2379
Sun., 5 p.m., STJ. Lumbervard

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

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

Jehovah's Witness
7:30 p.m. Tuesday: 7 p.m.
Saturday (Espahol), 10 a.m. Sundaes

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, 73p).m.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 9 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.
Gifft Hill SchoolCall 774-8617

Friday, September 3
11:50 a.m. A citizen r/ he was
assaulted by a male. Assault in
the third.
2:00 p.m. A citizen r/ some-
one stole something from his
truck. Grand larceny.
6:30 p.m. An Estate Calabash
Boom resident c/r that she is be-
ing harassed by her neighbor. Po-
lice assistance.
Saturday, September 4
4:30 p.m. A citizen c/r an
auto accident in the area of North
Shore Road. Auto accident.
Sunday, September 5
10:25 a.m. An Estate Caro-
lina resident p/r that someone has
been using her vehicle without
her permission. Unauthorized use
of vehicle.
4:35 p.m. An employee of
Bayside Mini Mart p/r his vehi-
cle was stmck while parked at the
store. Auto accident.
No time given A citizen c/
requesting police assistance with
his dinghy. Police assistance.
7:06 p.m. An Estate Enighed
resident p/r having a verbal dis-
turbance with her boyfriend. Dis-
turbance of the peace, D.V
Tuesday, September 7
9:50 a.m. An Estate Susanab-
erg resident r/ his vehicle was hit
while parked. Auto accident.
11:37 a.m. A citizen p/r that
someone trespassed on her yard.
8:06 p.m. A citizen c/r an
auto accident in Estate Gmnwald.
Auto accident.
Wednesday, September 8
7:47 a.m. A citizen c/r an
auto accident in Estate Gmnwald.
Auto accident.
12:34 p.m. A citizen c/r an
auto accident in the area of Estate
Susanaberg. Auto accident.

Thursday, September 9
1:45 p.m. An Estate Carolina
resident c/r a disturbance with
her husband. Disturbance of the
2:30 p.m. An Estate Enighed
resident p/r she hit a wall. Auto
Friday, September 10
10:23 a.m. A Bellevue Vil-
lage resident p/r that someone
spray painted in front of his resi-
10:45 a.m. An United States
Postal Service emplove c/r find-
ing drugs on the premises. Re-
covered narcotics.
3:30 p.m. A St. Thomas resi-
dent p/r damage to her property.
Damage to a vehicle.
9:55 p.m. An Estate Adrian
resident c/r her boyfriend took
her ATM card and refused to re-
tum it. Police assistance.
Saturday, September 11
11:52 a.m. An Estate Cala-
bash Boom resident r/ her neigh-
bor damaged her property.
Sunday, September 12
11:55 p.m. A citizen p/r that
his father threatened him. Distur-
bance of the peace.
Monday, September 13
1:46 p.m. A citizen p/r he lost
his wallet. Lost wallet.
10:14 p.m. An Estate Grun-
wald resident c/r a disturbance.
Disturbance of the peace.
Tuesday, September 14
12:19 a.m. An Estate Bor-
. .
deaux resident c/r his friend stole
his vehicle. Police assistance.
11:00 a.m. An Estate Contant
resident p/r a petit larceny. Petit
12:26 p.m. A citizen p/r a hit
and run in the parking lot of The
Marketplace. Auto accident.
1:47 p.m. A nurse at My-

rah Keating Smith CommunitY
Health Center c/r that a patient
left the center without permis-
sion. Police assistance.
Wednesday, September 15
12:40 p.m. -AnEstateEnighed
resident p/r an auto accident in
the area of Gallows Point. Auto
Thursday, September 16
12:31 a.m. An Estate Zoo-
tenvaal resident c/r that a male
threatened him at his establish-
ment. Disturbance of the peace.
6:38 a.m. A citizen c/r a dis-
turbance with a vagrant at the
Cruz Bay dock. Disturbance of
the peace.
11:41 a.m. An Estate Pastory
resident r/ that his home was bro-
ken into and his roommate's lap-
top was stolen along with 10 rolls
of quarters. Burglary in the third.
6:00 p.m. Badge #108 and
#1001 p/ at Leander Jurgen Com-
mand with one Teresa Marie Noe
Arciniega of Estate Enighed un-
der arrest and charged with DUI.
Bail was set at $1,000 by order of
the court. She was detained at Le-
ander Jurgen Command to later
be transported to the Bureau of
Corrections on St. Thomas. DUI.
8:56 p.m. John Leet of Es-
tate Enighed posted bail in the
amount of $1,000 for the release
of Teresa Marie Noe Arciniega.
Friday, September 17
1:37 a.m. Badge #255 and
#734 p/ at Leander Jurgen Com-
mand with one Allen Lancaster
Jr. of Estate Bordeaux under ar-
rest and charged with DUI. Bail
was set at $1,000 by order of the
court. He was detained at Lean-
der Jurgen Command to later be
transported to the Bureau of Cor-
rections on St. Thomas.

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The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) is soliciting prices for:
SC-WMA-003-C-10 Soliciting prices for Tims and Batteries for the islands of St. Thomas/St. John and
St. Croix.
Prospective submitters may secure a bid package for their use from the Authority's Procurement and
Property Division, St. Thomas-St. John District Office at Wheatley Center II, Suite 2, St. Thomas, or from
the St. Croix District Office at No. 1A La Grande Princesse, Suite BL1, Christiansted, St. Croix.

Get a Tan and a Paycheck!
Full time, part time, lots of benefits, free scuba,
snorkeling, sailing trips to the BVI, etc. Growing
watersports company has immediate openings:
Beach Attendants at Westmn Resort
Retail Store Staff
PADI Instructors

CITIZ Bay Watersports 776-6857

Seeking honest, reliable, self-starter to manage Thrift
Boutique in Coral Bay, St. John. Room for creativity and
individuality. Advertising allowance available. Salary
commensurate with experience, potential. Open Tuesday
- Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 340-626-0927 to arrange
for interview. Three references required.

East End St. Thomas
Anchorage Condo, beauti-
ful 2 bedrm, 2 bath, fully-
Beach, Pool, Complex has
illStant-on generator avail.
now $2600.00 month long
terin, 110 smoking, no pets.

Need to rent a home with
good water view
3 bedrooms with A/C,
from Cruz Bay to Fish Bay.
January 4 April 21, 2011
Call 802-457-1291

Coral Bay-Fully Fumished,
2 bed 2 bath $1750 A/C
MLR at 715-853-9696

Cruz Bay: One bedroom/
one bath $600.0 One

$950.00; One bedroom/
one bath $1100.00;
One bedroom/one bath
$1300.00; One bedroom/
one bath w/d$1400.00-
Two bedroom/one bath ly
$1500.00; Two bedroom/

oneobath w/d$1200.00;
bath/w/d/pool $3200.00-
Three bedroom/2 '
bath/w/d $1700.00; One
M bedroom/one bath
Ty/d $1700.00 Fish Bay;
Three bedroom/one
bath $1950.00; Three
bedroom/2 bath/w/d

C8o0r0 0 a oaopn1/
one bath $1100.00;
One bedroom/one bath
$1300.00; One bedroom/
One bath $1250.00

FOR SALE: Partially
Renovated $1500 OBO
Richard 340 642-5358

Super moto 2009 Suzuki
DRZ400 $4 500 OBO.

Professional and experi-
en edpB1raike1ss CV Joints

Altemators. Timing Belts
General Engine, Repair,
Foreign & Domestic.
All Work Guaranteed.
Call 227-9574

Affordable Reliable Intemet
IMb service $70/mo.
340 779 4001

White and gold Gucci
aviator style sunglasses.
Sentimental value.
REWARD! 998-0423

A resident lost a gold ring
about two weeks ago in the
Coral Bay area. If anyone
found a gold ring with a
pink coral center stone
flanked by two small clear
stones, call 715-3192.

Coral Bay Studio
Apartment downstairs,
sleeping area, kitchen
partially furnished, shared
e/D rO rbsedtaandd

security, 203-216-8959

Sublet Coral Bay rustic
studio. New screens, full
kitchen, large bedroom/liv-
ing, fresh paint, linoleum
floors. Shared W/D. $700/
mo. First and Security.

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

St. John Saltpond Bay Area:
Beachfront, masonry villa,
3 bed/2 bath, queen size
beds, all A/C, plus ceiling
fans, 60 ft treetop deck.
$595,000. Call Peter Mollo
Check inny.villamollo.net


Monday, September 27, 2010 at 10:30am Atlantic Standard Time
On Monday, September 27, 2010 at 10:30am the St. Thomas Bid
packages will be picked up and opened at the VIWMA's Offices at the
Department of Public Works' Confemnce Room in Subbase. The St.
Croix Bid Packages will be picked up and opened at the VIWMA's
Williams Delight Office.
Bid packages can be delivend to the following addresses before the
opening date:
Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority
#1 La Grande Princesse, Suite BL 1 9500 Wheatley Center II, Suite 2
P. O. Box 1689 P. O. Box 303669
Kingshi i S Id posal Package t. Thomas, VI 00803-3669


DIRECT INQUIRIES: Mrs. Cecile Phillip-Lynch
Dire t r, Pr u at n nd Per ti ii yn
#1 La Grande Princesse, Suite BL1, Christiansted, VI 00820 OR
P. O. Box1689, Kingshill, VI 00851-1689
Email: clynch@viwma.org
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informalities, technicalities, or irregularities; or mject any or all qualifications and proposals; or to
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Lange adopted a powerful motto for
TRR's November trip Fight to Live, Live
to Serve.
"We have to teach these veterans how to
live again," said Lange. "Alot of these guys
and girls, since they got blown up, aren't
getting out there anymore. The sky, the wa-
ter these guys haven't been out in nature
SO we want to get them over the edge where
they want to live."
"But there is also a lot of guilt involved
With living in a situation where other people
getyouphysically on your feet," Lange said.
"So when you're maintaining you cannot
11VC FOr yourself, you have to live for your
brothers and sisters. That is the purpose of
'Live to Serve."
As Lewis, Rooney and Lange work to
make the upcoming TRR trip a success, the
trio are also looking for local veterans to
jOin NOVember's kayak adventure.
"We want to expand next year to include
a second week just for Virgin Islands veter-
allS," said Lewis. "We know there are a lot

of veterans here, but they don't really get
recognition. For our November trip we have
one room set aside for a veteran from the
U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico."
As TRR continues to expand, it never
deviates from its onginal intent to help
wounded veterans through therapeutic
kayaking. For his years of dedication, TRR
founder Mornini was recently granted the
Silver Helmut Award, the highest possible
honor awarded to a civilian for serving vet-
Lewis, Lange and Rooney are also work-
ing to expand the group's St. John trips in
the future to include two additional weeks,
one for TRR leadership training and the sec-
ond for veterans from the Virgin Islands and
Puerto Rico.
In addition to donating funds, the group
can always use donations of kayaks, goggles
and snorkel gear, Lewis added.
For more information about making a do-
nation to TRR's St. John trip or to contact
the group, check out www.teamriverrunner.

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*Ridgetop" is a two-story, two-bedroom private getaway vacation rental
nestled in the hills overlooking Coral Bay. From it's locate in Eden Place, a
small pnvate neighborhood, it is an easy drive to the island's beautiful
Deaches, hiking trails, restaurants and entertainment. A shared swimming
pool with deck and gazebo is ocated adjacent to the house and is used by
only 4 other homes. Walk to the world famous Skinny Legs. $895,000
"Cruz Views" Unit 7 is a very popular rental. featuring beautirell vieWS to
--- ... -- St. Thomas and sunsets, proximity to the pool and deck, aDd Walk to town,
This unique air-conditioned carrier unit has been recently refurbished
inCIUding new tile floors. mahogany cabinals, furniture and bath LUSh,
Iropicallandscaping adds the perfect touch. Taseful furnishings are included
in the sale. This is the only unit listed for sale at Cruz Views.$525,000,
"Zootenvaal Cottages" A unique St John properly with 850 of waterfront,
including a white powder sand beach Almost 5 acres at pristine Hurricane
Hole a National Marine Monument on beautrful BOrck Creek There are 4
Short term rental Cotlages on the DFDDerty Cottages are ma50nry
Construction and in excellent condition One is right on the beach There is
room to ada more conages $9.7M Adjoining 20 acre parcel is also
available for $7M. PerfeCI lor developing with estate size 10tS
**'"" "Fish Beach" Brand New Measierranean Style 2 bedroom luxury pool villa
Incated in Cocoloba Beach Estates, a private waterfront neighborhood with
community beach parcel & dock near Reef Bay and all the amenities of CruZ
**I Bay. Villa features premium finishes including travertine floors, tile roof,
antique brick & coral patios, cook s kitchen with stone countertops and
stainless steel appliances and luxurious baths. Just Reduced to $995,000
"Seashore Allure' New waterfront condos set a higher bar for quality .ri
St John concros Just completed. liese are a "must see" with such features
as travedine tales Braellan hardwood DOOrs STOne accent walls graCelul

Irade wind breezes and beachfront location make these condOS a tropical
dream come true $1.97M to $3.39M
"Southern Cross" This traditional Danish style stone home offers the
IC ulmost pnvacy yer only a ten minute drive to Cruz Bay Town. Features
include large covered porches, beautiful custom mahogany cabinets and
built-in bar, exposed ConCrete beams and window sills and tile floors all
combine to create an elegant atmosphere. Cooling tweezes and water views

a ma tc II Fou on dos s u n oe found on $1-
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over 2100 sq ft AII feature Ig kilchens granite countertops slainless
appliances pnvate laundry & ample storage 5749,500 to 5999,000
"Villa Hibiscus"- Masonry consinchori on a large corner lot .n Estate
Chocolate Hole just 1 5 miles hom Cruz Bay dock on paved roads Deeded
beach rights to Hart Bay & Chocolate Hole & plenty of nat parking Successful
Short term rental with two prware units wilh separate drrve way Like on one
Unit and rent the other or rent them Dolh $895,000
"Home Port" in Estare Hansen Bay ori SI John a quiet East End has ternfic
laws north over Long Bay. Rams Head & south to SI Croix. The collage is
the lower secIlon of the lot with a large level site for a main house above.
End of the road location insures privacy 5675,000.
Great Deals. Seagrape Hill 595,000 & 599,000, Calabash Boom for with fantastic water views
For just $149,000, Bethany building lot over looking the Westin just reduced to $99,000, Hansen
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retailloffice building built in
2009. Beautiful architecture with
stone work, columes & arches,
on-site parking & generator.
Great tenancy in place with
supermarket, bank branch.day
spa. ared more? Ideally located
on the south shore road walking
distance to the Wester Resort
and Guinea Grove Apartments.
Call islandia for rnore details.

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'He always pushed his limits and was always
COurageous. He was a very competitive basketball
player and this is something that Nekwan would have
Ioved to have at the school."
-Angelita Bolques, teacher
Gifft Hill School

St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott

Family members and classmates gathered to dedicate the Nekwan Sprauve
Memorial Basketball Court, at right. Following the emotional ceremony, the Gifft Hill
School's basketball team hit a few layups on the new court, above.

GHS Dedicates Nekwan Sprauve Memorial Basketball Court

By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
After a few months of intense work, the
Nekwan Sprauve Memorial Basketball
man in whose honor it was erected.
Friends, classmates and family mem-
bers of the late Nekwan Sprauve gathered
at the Gifft Hill School on Friday morning,
September 17, for an emotional ceremony
dedicating the basketball half-court in the
young man's honor.
Sprauve lost his long battle with sickle
cell anemia on May 2, when he died a few
months shy of his 16th birthday. Despite
suffering from the genetic blood disorder
for years, Sprauve never stopped enjoying
life or touching the lives of those around
A member of the GHS flag football and
basketball teams, Sprauve also played
steel drum with the Love City Pan Drag-
After his death, school officials unani-
mously agreed that building a memorial
basketball court and establishing a schol-
arship fund in his honor would be the per-
fect way to keep Spraure's memory alive.
'Any of you who are familiar with GHS
will know that consensus doesn't come
easy for us," said new GHS head Judy
Chamberlin. "We celebrate each other's
differences and agreeing on something of-
ten takes time. Such was not the case with
the Nekwan Sprauve Memorial Basketball

of Spraure's passing, is still available for
anyone who needs her services, she ex-
"This is a day of joy and celebration of
Nekwan's life," said Cunningham. "But
sometimes to get to that point, you have to
go through a process of grief. I just want
you to know there is a safe place if you
need to talk."
"If you're heart is breaking, make it
break open," Cunningham quoted from
the Dalai Lama, urging people to honor
their feelings.
"Honor Neko by honoring your feelings
and honoring your grief," she said.
Following the ceremony, Spraure's
mother cut a ribbon around the court and
thanked everyone for their support.
"Thank you all so, so much for all that
you have done," said Sonson. "Nekwan
loved you all."
Numerous people and businesses
helped to make the Nekwan Sprauve Me-
morial Basketball Court a reality, includ-
ing Andrew Barlas, Iowa State University,
Iroquois Builders and GHS art teacher
Rosemary Richards.
GHS officials continue to accept dona-
tions to the Nekwan Sprauve Memorial
Scholarship Fund. To make a contribu-
tion to the scholarship fund established
in Spraure's name, go to https://secure.
portdonate.html, or send a check to PO
Box 1657, St. John, VI 00831.

"There was unanimous agreement and
the decision was made to go forward with
the project and things happened very
quickly," said Chamberlin. "This is yet
another example of Neko's ability to bring
out the best in everyone."
The entire GHS Upper Campus student
body gathered at the new basketball court
along with Spraure's mother Brenda Son-
son, brothers Nekwante Sprauve and Nek-
hori Sprauve and community members.
GHS teacher Angel Bolques emceed
the ceremony during which friends shared
stories and read poems about Sprauve and
played music in his honor bringing
most of the audience to tears.
GHS alumna Autumn Orlandini shared
several personal and humorous stories
about the young man and Sheniqua Davis
read a touching poem about Sprauve titled
"Best Friend" written by Kareem Albert.
Monique Edward and Nekhori Sprauve
played a piece on steel pans and J'Keil Ja-
cobs performed an original composition

on keyboard in honor of Sprauve.
"Nekwan was a very fun person," said
Bolques. "He was quite the prankster and
he was always smiling. He was just a re-
ally fun character."
"He always pushed his limits and was
always courageous," Bolques said. "He
was a very competitive basketball player
and this is something that Nekwan would
have loved to have at the school."
Sprauve was also a talented steel pan
player and was like a son to his teacher
Love City Pan Dragons musical arranger
Samuel Lawrence.
"I taught Neko how to play steel pan
and he wasn't like a player to me, he was
like a son," said Lawrence. "My wife still
can't believe he is gone, and neither can
I. He might be gone, but he is not forgot-
"His flesh has gone to the maker, but
his spirit is here," Lawrence said. "Rest in
Counselor Katie Cunningham, who
worked with GHS students in the wake

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