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January 24-30, 2011
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The Community Newspaper Since 1972 * St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
V.I. National Park
and Friends of VINP
Jeff Chabot stand at
the bottom of a new
staircase, built by
Chabot with the help
of fellow volunteers,
at the Lind Point
Trailhead behind the
VINP Visitors' Center in
See story on Page 2.
St. John Tradewinds News
Photo by Jaime Elliott
Friends of VINP
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Stairway to Heaven Rises at Lind Point Trailhead
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
A new wooden stairway at the
trailhead to the Lind Point Trail
has been attracting a lot of traffic
and has garnered a popular nick-
"We are calling it 'Stairway to
Heaven,'" said V.I. National Park
Superintendent Mark Hardgrove.
"And it really does lead to some of
the most beautiful beaches."
The stairway was constructed
after VINP officials discovered
that the previous trail up the hill-
side in the rear of the Visitors'
Center parking lot was actually on
private property, explained Friends
of VINP volunteer coordinator Jeff
Chabot, who built the staircase.
"It actually started about three
years ago when the park discov-
ered that the land here was private
property," said Chabot. "The old
trail scrambled up the hillside to
the road above and went through
The property owners granted
the VINP an easement across their
land and paid for the materials
used in construction of the stair-
case, Chabot explained.
"They gave us an easement
and they also indicated that they
would fund it as far as materials,"
Chabot drew a few rough
sketches and enlisted the help of a
Sierra Club group of volunteers to
dig holes for the footings and lay
out the preliminary stakes for the
"I had 15 people here digging
footings and laying out stringers,"
Instead of the dirt path leading up the hill, a new
staircase welcomes hikers to Lind Point Trail, above,
behind the V.I. National Park Visitors' Center.
Another group of volunteers
then helped mix and pour cement
for the footings.
"We had 15 ladies out here
mixing the cement in buckets and
pouring the footings and the plat-
form," said Chabot.
The Friends volunteer coordi-
nator then took care of the rest,
completing the staircase in about
"I spent all of my free time here
working on it until we got it done,"
The 32 stairs at the head of Lind
Point trail now welcome a steady
stream of hikers and stand testa-
ment to the power of private and
public partnerships, explained
"The landowners wanted to be a
partner with the park and together
we were able to improve access to
the trail for our visitors," said the
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Love City Pan Dragons Hosting Boat
Trip To St. Croix Agriculture Fair
The community is invited to join the Love City Pan Dragons as
they travel to the St. Croix Agriculture Fair by ferry.
The boat leaves on Thursday, February 17, at 1:30 p.m. from
the Cruz Bay bulkhead and returns on Monday, February 21, at 2
p.m. The cost for adults is $85 round-trip and $65 for one-way. For
children the cost is $65 round-trip and $50 for one-way.
Transportation will be provided by Native Son Inc. Tickets can
be purchased at Courtesy Car Rental or on board.
STJ Chamber Chapter Meeting Jan. 25
The January meeting of the St. John Chapter of the St. Thomas/
St. John Chamber of Commerce will be on Tuesday, January 25,
at Ocean Grill Upstairs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The group plans to
review 2010 accomplishments and plan an agenda for 2011.
ACC Annual Meeting Set for Jan. 26
The St. John Animal Care Center's annual meeting is Wednes-
day, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Gifft Hill School's lower cam-
Free Vow Renewal Ceremony Feb. 14
It's that time of year again! Love City's own Barefoot Minister
Anne Marine Porter is hosting a free marriage vow renewal cer-
emony on Monday, February 14, at Trunk Bay Beach at 5 p.m.
For more information call Porter at 693-5153 or 626-4658.
Property Tax Waiver Ends Feb. 2011
Tax Collector Valencio Jackson advised Virgin Islands prop-
erty owners that pursuant to Act. No. 7241, penalties and interest
will be charged on the revised 2006 bills beginning February 16,
The revised 2006 property tax bills were issued in July 2010
and became delinquent on November 15, 2010. In accordance
with prior legislation, property tax payers were not required to pay
any penalty and interest on the 2006R tax bills.
"Notwithstanding the penalty and interest provisions of Title 29
Virgin Islands Code, section 2494, no interest or penalty may be
levied on any assessment for the property tax years 2006, 2007,
and 2008 for six months after the date of issuance of the respective
year's tax assessment," according to Act 7241.
Accordingly, Virgin Islands property owners are encouraged to
pay their 2006 property tax bills before February 16, 2011 in order
to avoid the assessment of penalty and interest. After that date,
penalty and interest charges will be assessed.
For more information, call the Tax Collector at 776-6737.
Audubon Society Annual Plant Sale
Set for March 5 in Frank Powell Park
The V.I. Audubon Society will host its annual plant sale on
March 5, in Cruz Bay's Frank Powell Park.
Mary Moroney and Dave Spoth are chairing the plant sale this
year. One gallon pots are needed, and can be dropped off at Elaine
Estern's studio. The group is trying to propagate more native and
non-invasive plants to sell this year.
With that in mind, anyone who has Bay Rhum trees, any edible
fruit or vegetables potted, are asked to donate these to the sale.
Spoth will also be propagating some vegetables and ornamentals
for the sale and orchids will be ordered.
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St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011
VINP Completed Major Projects in 2010
Virgin Islands National Park Continues To Face Funding Shortfalls
"The NPS is in the process of finalizing
a special use permit to public works which
will permit a resource inventory and analysis
by conducting surveys of the Catherinberg
property for a new school. The Catherinberg
property is located at the park boundary on
Centerline Road. Survey work will also include
a storm water management study."
- VINP Supterintendent Mark Hardgrove
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
V.I. National Park expanded
its boundaries in 2010, completed
several major projects and has a
few more in store for 2011, VINP
Superintendent Mark Hardgrove
told about 75 people gathered at
Cinnamon Bay Campground's
T'ree Lizard Restaurant for the
Friends of VINP's annual meeting
on Sunday, January 16.
In his State of the Park address,
Hardgrove highlighted some ma-
jor accomplishments and thanked
numerous partners who helped the
park to accommodate the 1 million
people who visited VINP and the
Coral Reef National Monument
National Park Service Invests
$13 Million To Economy
"This year the NPS invested
over $13 million into the local
economy through the payment of
salaries, contracts, projects, sup-
plies, materials and utilities," said
Hardgrove. "That is $2 million
more than last year. And that does
not include the positive impacts
having five NPS units has on the
local economy, three of which are
in St. Croix."
The non-profit Trust for Public
Land donated the 2.2-acre Nancy
Cay parcel of land to the VINP last
year and Estate Concordia officials
granted visitors use of their access
road, Hardgrove explained.
"This year TPL donated and the
NPS accepted the 2.2-acre Nanny
Point property at Estate Con-
cordia," said the superintendent.
"This magnificent oceanfront par-
cel, which contains some incred-
ible cactus gardens, is now part
of your National Park. You can
access it on the road by Concordia
and enjoy the incredible resources
Maho Bay Camps
TPL also continues to work
toward saving Maho Bay Camp-
ground and was able to convince
the landowners to extend the lease
for the popular eco-resort, which
was set to expire this year, Hard-
"TPL is still in negotiations with
the owners of the property now
leased to Maho Camps," said the
superintendent. "If successful TPL
will launch a major fund raising
campaign to raise the funds for the
acquisition, similar to what they
did at Estate Maho Bay. The good
news is that the lease which was
to terminate last year, closing the
campground, has been extended
allowing the Maho Campground
to continue to operate while nego-
North Shore Shoulder Repair
Improvement and paving of
North Shore Road was almost
wrapped up in 2010, complete
with speed bumps and a center
line, Hardgrove explained.
"The North Shore Road paving
project is 99 percent completed and
totaled $5.2 million, only the last
of roadway striping and direction-
al arrows remain," he said. " Last
week we were able to add $70,000
in repairs to road shoulders. This
work will start next week as a
modification to the project and add
an additional 30 days."
The year would not have been
St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott
VINP Superintendent Mark Hardgrove thanks VINP
Volunteer of the Year Jane Bowry at the Friends of VINP's
annual meeting on January 16.
a success without the volunteers
who supplied thousands of hours
of labor to keep trails clear and
ruins standing, according to the
"This year volunteers donated
over 15,000 hours in support of
the NPS programs," said Hard-
grove. "Volunteer crews, some led
by Jeff Chabot, worked on trails,
signs, cleaned up beaches, cleaned
roadsides and installed trail signs,
removed vegetation from cultural
landscapes, staffed our historic
sites, archives, libraries, curation
facilities, led park interpretive
tours, and staffed visitor facilities
including the Visitor Center in
Monument Open for Permits
The park issued more than 100
commercial use permits and has
started accepting permits for the
Coral Reef National Monument
after suspending commercial use
in that area for several months,
"We issued 101 Commercial
Use Authorizations to local busi-
nesses, which provide necessary
and appropriate visitor services
and recreational opportunities such
as day sailing, scuba diving, un-
derwater photography, snorkeling,
hiking, cultural and natural history
walking tours, kayaking and wed-
dings in the park," he said. "Com-
mercial Use Authorization Permits
are being accepted for the Virgin
Islands Coral Reef."
The park continues to work to-
wards renewing the concessions
contract for Trunk Bay services
and Cinnamon Bay Campground,
the superintendent added.
Rcltnc'cd efforts are well un-
derway for a new concessions
contract," he said. "The prospec-
tus development process is for the
Cinnamon Bay Campground and
Trunk Bay concessions contract.
With the new timeline, it is ex-
pected to have a new concessions
contract awarded for these conces-
sion operations in Fall of 2013."
"A new contract would provide
a contract term of between 10 to
20 years, providing the new con-
cessioner with financial stability
to invest long term and make the
much needed capital improve-
ments to the Campground at Cin-
namon Bay and snack bar and
souvenir shop at Trunk Bay," said
Hardgrove. "That translates into
an improved visitor experience.
We are using our experiences at
Maho Bay Campground and Con-
cordia as our models."
The National Park Service is
close to finalizing a special use
permit to allow the Department of
Public Works to inventory a parcel
of land in Estate Catherinberg as a
possible site for a new elementary
and high school on St. John, Hard-
"The NPS is in the process of
finalizing a special use permit to
public works which will permit a
resource inventory and analysis by
conducting surveys of the Cather-
inberg property for a new school,"
he said. "The Catherinberg proper-
ty is located at the park boundary
on Centerline Road. Survey work
will also include a storm water
"This project was funded
through a technical assistance
grant in December 2007 by the De-
partment of the Interior and is an
eight month study, which should
be complete this September," said
Hardgrove. "This is a feasibility
study for the NPS to determine if
the property holds nationally sig-
nificant or other natural or cultural
resources. As we continue to work,
we're looking at three to five years
out if all goes well."
Other VINP projects slated for
2011 include new lifeguard stands
at Trunk Bay and the long-awaited
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Thursday, Jan. 27th
4 St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011
(L to R) National Park
Neil Mulholland accepts
a Friends of VINP license
plate from Friends president
St. John Tradewinds News
Photo by Jaime Elliott
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St. John Tradewinds
Just as most National Parks across the United
States were founded by individuals, citizens still have
important roles in supporting those parks, National
Park Foundation president and CEO Neil Mulholland
explained at the Friends of V.I. National Park's annual
meeting on January 16.
Mulholland, who oversees the philanthropic arm
of the National Park Service, was the guest speaker at
the Friends' annual meeting. He discussed the impor-
tance each individual has in supporting NPS in gen-
eral, and specific parks in particular.
"There are 84 million acres of parkland in the Unit-
ed States and the territories," said Mulholland. "If you
break that down, every one of us owns one-third of an
acre on a per capital basis. Many National Parks were
started by individuals and then the government took
over the responsibility of managing them, but the role
of the individual cannot be lost in this."
"It's a reality that budgets will continue to be
strained all across the country," he said. "We really
need public and private partnerships to ensure the
continued preservation of our natural resources. Your
voice must be heard in Washington, D.C."
Citizens should urge their elected officials to in-
crease funding to National Parks and to support spe-
cific parks with volunteer efforts, Mulholland ex-
"We all talk about the importance of parks, but
you have to share that with your elected officials,"
he said. "The current administration in Washington
is committed to keeping parks viable and educating
the next generation, but we have make sure that con-
tinues. Parks are not a right, they are a gift that we've
been entrusted with."
"There is a great deal you can do through volun-
teering," Mulholland said. "Donating money is very
important but volunteering and introducing neigh-
bors and friends to parks can shape their lives. The
more we participate, the more these places become
The NPF will donate two tickets to the National
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington,
D.C. to Friends of VINP as an additional fundraising
opportunity, Mulholland announced.
"We're giving Friends two tickets for them to raffle
or give to a donor," said Mulholland. "It will not in-
clude room or airfare, but you will be our guest at the
ceremony and after-party and it's a whole lot of fun."
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Kids First! and St. John Eyecare Offer
Free Eye Care for Needs-Based Children
St. John Tradewinds
Kids First!, a Virgin Islands-based non-profit
that supports education on St. John has formed a
partnership with St. John Eyecare to provide free
eye care for needs-based children on the island.
Kids First! has provided a $2,500 grant to fund
this initiative. Using this grant, St. John Eyecare
will perform free eye exams for children both at its
clinic and at St. John schools.
If eye glasses are required and the parents are
unable to pay, St. John Eyecare will use this grant
to offset some or all of the costs.
"Children face enough challenges mastering
the skills necessary for school and beyond," said
Bruce Claflin, Kids First! president. "That task
becomes far more difficult when the student is
burdened by problems with his or her sight. This
program makes it possible for every child on St.
John to enter school with the eyesight necessary
"It's great for me to be able to serve the commu-
nity by going into the island schools and screen-
ing the children for eye diseases and vision dif-
ficulties," said Dr. Craig Friedenberg, owner of
St. John Eye Care. "The first mother whose child
qualified for free eyeglasses under this program
actually cried. Tears of gratitude streamed down
St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011
Kessler Marks Decade of Leading Friends of VINP
Friends, VINP Volunteers and Partnership of the Year Awards Announced
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
About 75 residents packed the
Cinnamon Bay Campgrounds'
T'ree Lizard Restaurant on Sun-
day afternoon, January 16, for the
Friends of V.I. National Park's an-
The afternoon marked a decade
of Friends' president Joe Kessler's
leadership of the non-profit arm of
V.I. National Park.
"This is my 10th meeting with
you," Kessler told the group. "It's
kind of scary to tell the truth,
but here we are. It's St. John, the
Friends, the Park and all of you
who make it all worthwhile."
Friends of VINP had a big year
in 2010, and met its fundraising
goals for the first time in years,
"Despite financial woes here
and around the world, members
and donors continue to feel that
supporting Friends is a worthwhile
investment," said Kessler. "We
had a modest increase in member-
ship and our general fundraising
was on target for the first time in
a long time."
The archaeology program at
Cinnamon Bay, completing the
accessible trail at the Cinnamon
Bay ruins, new tables and grills at
Francis Bay and other beaches, the
underwater camera at Lameshur
Bay and continued support of the
annual Folklife Festival were just
a few of the many projects Friends
supported over the past year, ex-
"We're especially proud of our
work getting school kids in the
park," he said. "More than 800 St.
Thomas and St. John students at-
tended last year's Folklife Festival
and we had more than 700 stu-
dents at our Earth Day Fair. One
hundred kids spent between three
and five days at VIERS eco sum-
"Eight high school students,
four from the states and four from
the Virgin Islands, took part in
the summer trail crew program,"
said Kessler. "And we started our
Ranger in Training program thanks
to the National Park Foundation."
Looking ahead, Friends expects
to be just as energetic and effective
in 2011, according to Kessler.
"We have every hope that 2011
will be just as good, if not better,"
he said. "The second phase of our
accessible trail at Francis Bay will
be completed. We expect to com-
plete the renovation of the archae-
ology lab at Cinnamon Bay and
we'll continue for the support of
the cultural and education projects
which we do every year."
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weekly plays at the Cinnamon Bay
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Martha Hills thanks the organization for the honor at
Friends' annual meeting.
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St. John veterans no longer have
to travel to St. Thomas Veterans
Affairs clinics for primary care,
radiology or laboratory services,
thanks to a new outreach partner-
ship with Myrah Keating Smith
Community Health Center.
Lieutenant Governor Gregory
Francis joined Veterans Affairs
officials from Puerto Rico and St.
John American Legion Post #131
members, at a Wednesday morn-
ing, January 19, meeting celebrat-
ing the new services at MKSCHC.
The VA Caribbean Health Sys-
tem currently runs a main facility
in San Juan as well as nine clin-
ics across Puerto Rico, St. Thomas
and St. Croix. The outreach ser-
vices at MKSCHC mark the first
time Love City veterans will be
able to get healthcare on the island
through the federal VA Healthcare
"Today is a special celebration
to kick off the collaboration be-
tween VA Healthcare System and
MKSCHC," said Wanda Mims,
VA Caribbean Health System di-
rector. "One of our main focuses
is to improve healthcare access for
our veterans. The Department of
Veteran's Affairs' goal is to pro-
vide care closer to where veterans
"We are all about serving Amer-
ica's veterans where they live,"
said Mims. "Taking the ferry over
here was an eye-opening experi-
ence for me. It almost lulled me
to sleep and I can imagine having
to take that ferry when you're not
Patient records and the entire
VA Caribbean Healthcare System
will now be linked to MKSCHC,
explained Dr. Ramon Guerrido,
VA Caribbean Healthcare Sys-
tem's associate chief of staff for
primary care services.
"Primary and preventative care
services will all be available right
here," said Guerrido. "Those ser-
vices will include all aspects of
primary care, health management
and preventive management care.
Management of chronic condi-
tions, vaccines, lab tests, nutrition-
al evaluations and X-rays will be
available here as well."
Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis, above, joined the
celebration at MKSCHC announcing the new services last
"We have the same computer
system at all of our facilities so
this facility will be linked in and
will provide full patient records,"
Guerrido said. "They will have re-
cords and will be able to reference
all documents pertaining to that
The VA Caribbean Healthcare
System also contracted Chelsea
Drug Store to provide emergency
prescription drug services to vet-
erans on St. John, according to
"We have contracted Chelsea
Drug Store to provide emergency
medication refills and renewals,"
he said. "They can provide up to
10 days of medication and the
rest would be received via mail.
We can't emphasis enough that
we want to provide care closer to
home for our veterans, wherever
they live; they have earned it and
The partnership is a significant
milestone in veterans services, ex-
plained Lt. Gov. Francis.
"The availability of these ser-
vices represents a significant mile-
stone in our collective efforts to
serve the residents of St. John,"
said Francis. "The men and wom-
en of our territory have served our
country with pride and bravery.
We appreciate and are grateful for
their service to our territory and
"And we must fulfill our own
responsibility to serve our veter-
ans and ensure that we are able to
meet their health-related and other
needs, without the expectation
that they incur additional costs to
travel to St. Thomas for services,"
The partnership with MKSCHC
also signifies the unparalleled lev-
el of care provided by the health
center, Francis added.
"This outreach health service
is now a part of the extensive net-
work of VA hospitals and offices
throughout the United States," said
the Lt. Gov. "I can personally attest
that the care received through our
VA facilities throughout the ter-
ritory is second to none and I am
immensely pleased that this same
quality of care will now be avail-
able to our veteran community on
St. John right here at MKSCHC."
"This partnership would not
have been possible if the services
already being provided here at
MKSCHC were not exemplary,"
In order for the services to be
remain available, however, all
veterans on St. John should take
advantage of the outreach clinic,
"When it comes to government
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Get Ready To Boogie - Blues Cruise Is Coming
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
St. John will be full of the Blues
on Wednesday, Janaury 26.
More than 1,000 passengers
from the Legendary Rhythm and
Blues Cruise will descend on Love
City when the cruise ship docks
offshore of Cruz Bay Wednesday
morning for an island-wide party.
This isn't the first time the popu-
lar Blues cruiseline will visit Love
City. Several years ago the ship
docked in St. Thomas and hun-
dreds of Blues fans came over to
St. John for concerts across Cruz
This year the party will be in
Cruz Bay's Frank Powell Park, at
all three island schools and across
the island to Coral Bay.
"Last time the ship docked in St.
Thomas and we had a pub crawl in
Cruz Bay," said devoted St. John
Blues fan Yvonne Tharpes, who
is helping to organize the festivi-
ties and will be cruising as well.
"This time, they are anchoring off
of Cruz Bay and we expect about
1,500 of the more than 2,000 pas-
sengers on board to come ashore.
There are a lot of things happening
To kick off the St. John Blues
day, Department of Tourism of-
ficials are hosting a cultural ex-
change concert in Frank Powell
Park at 11 a.m. which will fea-
ture local musicians, according to
Aftrer enjoying tunes in the
Cruz Bay park, the Blues cruis-
ers will be able to take the groove
out to Coral Bay for a pub crawl,
"Cruise ship guests rarely go to
the heart of Coral Bay," she said.
"They may see an overlook, but
this time they'll get to explore
Coral Bay and visit the businesses
and have a little exposure to the
other side of the island."
Shuttle service will be provided
from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay ven-
ues including Skinny Legs, Island
Blues and Shipwreck Landing
where the music is scheduled to
start between 11:30 a.m. and noon,
according to Tharpes.
Skinny Legs will be full of
New Orleans Blues as Chris Klein
and the Boulevards entertain the
crowd. Cruisers will stop by Island
Blues to hear the Van Gills Band
and Mitch Woods and His Rocket
88s will keep the crowd at Ship-
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Guests aboard the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise
get their groove on.
wreck Landing entertained.
Blues fans can expect some
surprises at each venue as well,
"All of the musicians from the
ship, and there is an incredible line
up there, are encouraged to come-
out and jam at all of the different
locations," said Tharpes.
Shuttles will be circulating to
each venue, giving Blues fans the
chance to hear all three bands and
enjoy the full pub crawl, Tharpes
The Coral Bay concerts are ex-
pected to wrap up around 3 p.m.
when the cruise ship guests will
be transported back to Cruz Bay
for an afternoon Blues concert in
Frank Powell Park featuring Bob
Margolin and Zac Harmon, ac-
cording to Tharpes.
But the Blues isn't slated just for
pubs and parks; St. John students
at all three island schools will get
some serious entertainment on
January 26 as well, Tharpes ex-
"We're hosting concerts in all
three schools as part of the Blues
in the Schools program," she said.
"Corey Harris will be playing at
Guy Benjamin School, Zach Har-
mon will play at Gifft Hill School
and Rick Estrin will play at Julius
E. Sprauve School."
After the late afternoon Frank
Powell Park concert, several other
venues in Cruz Bay are expected
to host Blues concerts as well.
Specific details, however, were not
finalized as of press time.
Tharpes encouraged as many
people as possible to come out to
the various venues and take part
in a true Blues explosion on St.
"Everyone should take the day
off and come out and support the
Blues," said Tharpes. "This is a
real cultural exchange and there is
going to be a ton of talent playing
across the island that day."
The Legendary Rhythm and
Blues Cruise, which will have
Tharpes and Love City's Blues
king Steve Simon - who will be
hosting the Ninth Annual St. John
Blues Festival March 16-20 - on
board, departs Ft. Lauderdale on
January 22 and stops in Antigua
and Barbuda on January 25 before
docking off Cruz Bay around 9
a.m. on January 26.
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endary Rhythm and Blues Cruise
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8 St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011
Kids First! Supports GBS E-Books Reading Program
St. John Tradewinds
Kids First!, a VI based non-
profit which supports education
on St. John, announced a grant of
$1,500 to Guy Benjamin School
to support an innovative reading
program using Kindle E-Book
Age appropriate books will be
downloaded into four Kindles
which will be used by 4th to 6th
grade students at the Coral Bay
public elementary school.
On-line instruction materials
linked to downloaded books will
be used by teachers and students
to develop their understanding of
the materials being read. Class-
room curriculum including tests,
will also support instruction.
Kindle E-books support reading
instruction in several ways. First,
there are over 30,000 children's
books available on-line, that can
be reviewed and purchased in a
matter of minutes at a cost up to
80 percent less than a bound book.
They never "wear out" and can be
shared among students.
Children also like the "cool fac-
tor" of buying and reading books
on-line and they can also down-
load magazines, newspapers and
other reading materials from all
over the world, in a matter of min-
"We applaud the creativity of
the Guy Benjamin staff for devel-
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this new program," said GBS Prin-
cipal Dionne Wells. "Reading is
an essential skill which must be
mastered in the early years to sup-
port learning in higher grades and
beyond. Kids First! recognizes
this and has generously supported
reading programs at Guy Benjamin
School over the past few years."
In operation for over two
years, Kids First! has provided
over $100,000 of grants to island
schools and programs. To learn
more about Kids First! go to www.
St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott
Beckowitz had 14 inches of her hair clipped off for Locks
of Love last week.
Carol Beckowitz Gets
Shorn for Good Cause
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Carol Beckowitz cut her long, flowing locks last week and by doing
so helped out a disadvantaged teenager.
Michelle Collins, co-owner of Grapevine Salon along with Colleen
Moore, snipped off 14-inches of Beckowitz's blonde hair on Thursday
afternoon, January 20. Beckowitz, who hadn't cut a significant amount
of her hair in more than a dozen years, mailed the tresses off to Locks
Located in West Palm Beach, Florida, Locks of Love is a non-profit
organization which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged
children in the United States and Canada under the age of 21 suffering
from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Beckowitz, Senator at Large Craig Barshinger's chief of staff, was
moved to donate to the organization because she won't be on Love City
for the first ever St. John Relay for Life American Cancer Society fund-
raiser on Saturday, February 19.
"I can't be here for Relay for Life and I wanted to make a contribu-
tion," said Beckowitz. "So this is my contribution, to send my hair to
Locks of Love."
Locks of Love accepts any hair at least 10 inches in length. To find
out more about the organization check out the website www.locksoflove.
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Friends of VINP Will Come Out and
Dance Under Stars at February 5 Gala
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
It's time to mark those calenders for one of the is-
land's biggest events of the year.
The Friends of V.I. National Park's 7th Annual
Gala is on Saturday, February 5, at Cheryl and David
McDaniel's stunning "Butterfly Beach" home right
on the water in Fish Bay starting at 6 p.m.
"This is our signature social event of the year,"
said Friends' development director Heather Ruhsam.
"We're very proud this year to have DIAGEO USVI
as our sponsor."
The night will feature dancing under the stars to
live music on the McDaniel's waterfront lawn, mouth-
watering fare by Mathayom and plenty of opportuni-
ties to win exciting prizes.
Raffle packages include a ladies' day with lunch
at the Lime Inn and gift certificates to some of Love
City's most popular shops. A men's day package con-
sists of a sport fishing charter on World Class Anglers
and a few rounds of beers at a local watering hole.
"We're trying to think outside the box a little bit
this year as far as the raffle prizes go," said Ruhsam.
"But we also kept some raffle prizes that were popular
in the past."
Those always popular raffle prizes include a cus-
tom wood cutting board from Gerry Hills, blown glass
from Maho Bay Glassworks, a keg party furnished by
St. John Brewers and tickets to the Aspen Santa Fe
Ballet's performance at the Reichhold Center for the
Raffle tickets, $25 each or five for $100, are avail-
able through Friends of VINP Store, both Connections
locations, the Friends' office in Mongoose Junction
and will also sold the night of the soiree as well.
Party-goers can even choose which raffle packages
to try for by placing their tickets in a basket in front
of the prize they want to win. For people who aren't
attending the gala, they just have to tell one of the
Friends' staff which prize they want and it will be
placed in that basket, explained Ruhsam.
"We did the raffle that way last year and people
really enjoyed being able to choose what they try to
win," she said. "You can put your tickets into a few
different baskets or, to increase your chance of win-
ning one package, put them all in one basket. Or just
tell us what prizes you want and we'll do it for you."
There will be several silent auction items available
to bid on at the gala as well, including an original oil
painting by Elaine Estern. Ruhsam is also still accept-
ing donations of items or services for the raffle pack-
ages, she added.
As Friends supporters don their island elegant at-
tire for a night under the stars, there could be no better
venue than the McDaniel's Fish Bay home, explained
"The way the house is situated, it's almost a small
representation of the VINP with mangroves and grassy
areas and it's right on the water," said the Friends'
development director. "The McDaniels are also inter-
ested in bringing back the butterfly population in Fish
Bay and the surrounding area by reintroducing native
plants on their property."
As one of the three major fundraisers for Friends
of VINP, the gala goes a long way toward ensuring
that the group's many programs and projects continue
throughout the year.
From Friends' summer eco-camps and ranger in
training programs to the group's lionfish response
program and cultural events at Cinnamon Bay am-
phitheater, gala-goers will be truly doing good while
having a blast.
"This is one of our major fundraisers, besides the
online auction and the Beach to Beach Power Swim,"
said Ruhsam. "The funds we raise go to support all
of the different programs we host and our efforts on
behalf of V.I. National Park."
The event is also an opportunity for Friends to
thank the people who support the organization, Ruh-
"More than anything, the gala is a chance for us
to publicly thank our donors and our members," she
said. "A lot of our members come to the event and it's
a great opportunity for us to say 'Thank you' face to
face. We also use the night to celebrate our accom-
plishments and honor our relationship with the Na-
tional Park Service."
Last year's gala raised $20,000 for Friends of VINP
and this year Ruhsam hopes to top that by $5,000, she
Shuttle service to the McDaniel's home will be
provided from the Westin Resort and Villas vaca-
tion villas area as well as from the Cruz Bay dock
after the 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. ferries. The night kicks off
with cocktails at 6 p.m. on the McDaniel's lawn and
Friends staff request RSVPs by January 30.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the
gala call Ruhsam at Friends at 779-4940.
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10 St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011
A Caribbean Consignment Shop and So Much More
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Behind the brightly painted
doors of Caribbean gingerbread
detailed building in downtown
Cruz Bay is the home of Encore,
a combination art gallery and con-
signment shop recently opened
by Dr. Iris Kem and husband Bill
Kern and Needham's newest
venture is located across the street
from Da Livio's Restaurant, in an
historic building which housed the
island's first bank at one time.
Today the shop is full of paint-
ings by Madeleine Meehan, silk
batiks by Eunice Summer, African
masks, Maasai wedding necklac-
es, collectibles, clothing, jewelry
The shop isn't easy to catego-
rize, since it's not necessarily a
second-hand store, or a classic art
gallery. More than anything En-
core is more a reflection of Kern's
"It's something the Virgin Is-
lands hasn't had before," she said.
"It's really an upscale consign-
ment shop. Some items are new,
some items are really gently used
and there is artwork and collect-
"It's really something you
wouldn't expect to find on St.
John," said Kern.
While Kem has a full time job
with the Department of Justice on
St. Thomas, she is also an avid art
collector who yearned to get her
creative juices flowing again.
"I almost majored in Art Histo-
ry back in college," she said. "I re-
ally like African art and I've been
collecting it for 40 years. This is a
great excuse to get more and then
share it with others."
"I adore my job with the De-
partment of Justice, but, like I told
the Attorney General, I need an
opportunity to do something more
creative," said Kern. "Plus I really
like start-ups and I think this is re-
Encore truly is a reflection of
Kern's personal and exotic taste.
There are two main rooms in the
shop, one dedicated to art, masks,
collectibles and jewelry and the
other mostly filled with cloth-
ing, shoes and some pottery and
"The art will be very selective,"
said Kern about the paintings, mu-
sical instruments and small sculp-
tures. "We're going to be changing
up the art as well and one of things
we might do is feature one artist
and have an opening of sorts dedi-
cated to that particular artist."
Women, men and children can
look to Encore for their wardrobe
needs. From a hot-pink corset and
designer capes to vintage beaded
dresses and Egyptian cotton skirts,
the store has a wide array of attire,
all chosen by Kern herself.
"I really just picked things that
I like and I was very particular
about what I put in here," she said.
"Not everything in here is super
cheap. When you know the value
of something, like a vintage bead-
ed dress, you know you are getting
a good deal; but that doesn't mean
it is necessarily cheap."
Kern's husband Needham
agreed that the store is almost an
out-post of the two's family home.
"The idea was really to show a
combination of all the things that
Iris loves," said Needham. "Iris is
the consumate consumer and I see
this as sort of the realization of a
fantasy of hers to have this shop
full of all the things she loves and
she believes others will love too."
Encore should really be browsed
through for full enjoyment. Stop
by the store located next door to
the Lime Inn shops in downtown
Cruz Bay. Encore is open Tuesday
through Saturday from 11 a.m. to
7 p.m. Kern accepts consignments
on Saturday only.
For more information call 626-
0927 or just stop by.
St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott
Store owners Dr. Iris Kern and Bill Needham pose in
the doorway to Encore, above. A peek inside the new
Caribbean consignment shop, below.
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Calling All Bridge Players and Potential
Bridge Players - Lessons Available
for Beginners, Advanced Games Too
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Calling all St. John residents
who have been looking for a new
hobby that is challenging, stimu-
lating and just plain fun.
Michael and Lauri Weinman
and Glenda Werbel are looking for
more bridge players of all ages and
abilities in order to organize dupli-
cate games and share their passion
for the age-old card game.
The core group of Love City
bridge players has been meeting
and playing the game for almost
15 years, but more interest recent-
ly has prompted the Weinmans
and Werbel to put the call out for
others and to organize the St. John
"Since we don't have a movie
theater or concert hall here, this is
something really fun to do," said
Werbel. "It's very social and it's
like mental aerobics. It's good for
all ages and abilities."
The game can be as complicat-
ed or challenging as one makes it,
explained Lauri Weinman.
"Bridge can be as competitive
as you want," she said. "But it
doesn't have to be super serious
in order to be fun. We don't say,
'how could you have played that
"It can be played enjoyably at
any level and it makes for a really
fun evening," said Werbel.
The group is inviting anyone
interested in learning the game,
brushing up on their skills or those
who are advanced bridge players
to contact them to join the fledg-
For beginners, the group has ar-
ranged for accredited bridge teach-
er Barbara Hollingsworth, who
heads up the St. Thomas Bridge
Club, to give lessons. For more
advanced players, Hollingsworth
can also run sanctioned duplicate
games so players can get master
But talk about points and ac-
credited games should not scare
anyone, Werbel added.
"You don't have to know any-
thing about the game really," said
Werbel. "It will take a few lessons
and it just gets more fun the more
you learn how to play. We all help
each other out because we all want
to keep learning too."
Part of what makes the game so
much fun is that players are con-
tinually improving and learning
new strategies, explained Werbel,
who has been playing the game
"It's engaging and you can for-
ever learn how to play bridge bet-
ter," she said. "It's a game of com-
munication with your partner and
it's the most intellectual of card
Once the group gets a sense of
how much interest is out there,
more details about lessons and
bridge club gatherings will be
determined, explained Michael
"I'd love to see us get togeth-
er once or twice a week and run
games and give lessons," he said.
"St. John School of the Arts has
agreed to let us use their Lum-
beryard Complex space and if we
need more space we can find it. A
lot will depend on how much in-
terest we get."
Games usually take between
three and four hours, but players
are so engaged, the time flies by,
according to the group.
"It's very stimulating mentally,"
said Michael Weinman. "Every
hand is different and there are bil-
lions of combinations possible so
you're always learning."
Anyone interested in joining
the St. John Bridge Club should
contact Weinman at mhw@mor-
riswco.com, or write to Michael
Weinman at P.O. Box 1510, St.
John, VI., 00831.
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St. John Tradewinds
Greetings! I and my staff wish you a healthy and
This is my first Senator at Large report for the
new year and the new legislative term. The year
started with the inauguration of Governor John P.
deJongh and Lt. Governor Gregory R. Francis to a
second term. The following Monday, the members
of the 29th Legislature were sworn in. Both events
took place in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas.
Citing budget constraints, the Governor sensibly
scaled back the inaugural activities, yet still St. John
had a beautiful service in the Anglican Church, led
by clergy from the many faiths that are embraced
on St. John. Afterwards, a delightful reception was
hosted at the Battery. Both events were open to the
public, and I saw many of you there.
I am optimistic about the prospects for the 29th
Legislature, but I have some bad news to report,
hopefully to be followed by some good news.
The Senate majority caucus controls the alloca-
tion of all resources at the Senate except senator's
allotments. (I am not in the majority caucus.)
On Wednesday, January 19, the majority caucus
terminated the employment of my St. John office
manager and community liaison Catherine Stephen.
How could the majority do this, you ask? Catherine
was actually a Central Staff employee for St. John,
officially working for all senators in the St. Thomas/
St. John District.
Those who have worked with her know how pas-
sionately and effectively Catherine dealt with your
constituent issues. She loves to help the community
and she's good at it. The firing was heart-wrenching
to Catherine, to me and to my whole staff.
I believe it is wrong to terminate someone's em-
ployment when they are performing their job well.
In fact, my objection to the willy-nilly firing of Cen-
tral Staff employees last December was one of the
reasons that I was ousted from the majority.
The Central Staff has funded a helper for the
Senator at Large for many years, because the budget
given to the at-large senator is not sufficient to staff
an office on all three islands to standard.
St. Thomas/St. John District senators have 80
percent of the senator-at-large budget, yet they only
staff one office. Because I am the only senator who
lives on St. John, I naturally looked after St. John,
and Catherine essentially became part of my staff
for St. John.
How to deal with this crisis? The good news is
that there are options. Perhaps public outcry can
convince the senate majority to bring Catherine
back to the position in which she worked so well.
I will of course do all that I can do personally.
And please take some action on this situation if it
In other news...
The St. John ambulance boat is progressing well
and is on schedule for February delivery. I will be
providing photographs to St. John Tradewinds,
hopefully they can do a story on this long-awaited,
much-needed replacement for our aging Star of Life
In the next report....
I will tell you more about progress on the new
Legislature for St. John and how your activism has
helped chart a better course.
11th St. John Arts Festival
Will Feature Caribbean
Music, Arts, Food and
Crafts Through the Ages
By Senator Craig Barshinger
Some Bad News and Some Good News
St. John Tradewinds
The St. John Arts Festival is
off and running again with a great
program for the week commenc-
ing February 19 through February
The program kicks off with the
73rd Army Band playing in Cruz
Bay Park from 12:30 p.m. through
the afternoon with an exhibition of
Caribbean-made arts, crafts and
foods, which runs for the whole
week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 20, is a spe-
cial Gospel Concert of local
church choirs together with the
UVI "Anacrusis Brass" band pro-
viding music reminiscent of the
lazy Sunday afternoons of old.
Sunday evening at the Westin
ballroom at 8 p.m. will be a guar-
anteed sizzling performance of the
Caribbean Ritual Dancers who
personify the essence of all that
is Caribbean and, moreover, what
visitors and locals alike expect to
see when they speak of "Carib-
Monday keeps the beat going
with the reggae band of St. John
Inner Visions playing in Cruz Bay
Park all afternoon. There just isn't
a better reggae band, as their ex-
tensive global tours can attest.
Monday evening at the St. John
School of the Arts at 6 p.m. is a
special St. John School of the Arts
Performs show covering the whole
range of student activities rang-
ing from instrumental, vocal and
dance through all ages to highlight
the exuberance and talent of the
children of St. John.
Tuesday, February 22, in Cruz
Bay Park rolls back time to the
days when voice and percussion
instruments were the only form of
musical expression along with sto-
ry-telling, portrayed by the Echo
People ensemble of St. John.
Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.
at the St. John School of the Arts,
the St. John Film Society will be
showing the award-winning docu-
mentary "Taking Root: The Vision
of Wangari Maathai" by Lisa Mer-
ton and Alan Dater.
Then on Wednesday in the park,
the festival moves along in time
to when island songs and musical
instruments were simple and inex-
pensive (home-made mostly) with
Koko and the Sunshine Band tak-
ing everyone back to those uncom-
Thursday, February 24, in Cruz
Bay Park it's time to switch to
the smooth Latin-American-influ-
enced music of the Samba Combo
band which adds another interest-
ing facet to the tropical setting of
Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at
the St. John School of the Arts, it's
time to go way back, before the
Europeans discovered St. John and
the other Caribbean islands, with a
film presented by the St. John His-
torical Society entitled "La Buena
Herencia" depicting the life of the
earliest inhabitants - the Taino
Indians from South America.
Translated from Spanish, the
title means "The Good Heritage"
which, compared to what followed
these peace-loving people, is in-
deed the "good" heritage of the
Also on Thursday the V.I. Na-
tional Park kicks off its annual
three-day Folklife Festival at the
Annaberg sugar mill ruins further
expounding on the culture of the
islands in all its forms.
Rounding off the week on Fri-
day, February 25, a new local St.
John band "Musical Vibrations"
will play in the park which bring
the festival right up to the present.
Concurrent with the seven-day
festival is the Restaurant Live Mu-
sic Program listing all the island
restaurants and the various band
and instrumentalists playing each
evening for diners to choose ac-
cording to both cuisine and music.
An updated printed program
will be available soon and the
com, will also be updated soon.
Do not miss this unique Arts
Festival of the U.S. Virgin Is-
St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011 13
Broadway Is Coming to
St. John in February with
"Dream, Wish, Believe"
By Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds
Students at Julius E. Sprauve School, Guy Benjamin School, Gifft
Hill School and St. John School of the Arts will have 15 hours to learn
choreographed dances, Broadway tunes and puppetry before taking the
stage on Friday, February 18, to perform the original musical "Dream,
Wish, Believe" at the Westin Resort and Villas.
While it might sound like a tall order, the students will be learning
from some of the best talent seen on the Broadway and beyond. The
program will also raise much-needed funds for the St. John School of the
Arts through a special donors performance and raffle.
The program was the brainchild of the vice president of St. John
School of the Arts' board of directors Ronnie Lee who approached John
Tartaglia after seeing his off-Broadway original show "ImaginOcean."
Tartaglia, who fallen in love with the island during previous visits,
enlisted a group of equally talented friends and created an original musi-
cal for St. John students.
Tartaglia, one of the youngest ever Sesame Street cast members, will
be teaching puppetry, both helping students to make their own puppets
and to then perform with their creations.
"Learning puppetry from John Tartaglia is like learning painting from
Michelangelo," said the St. John School of the Arts board of directors
Michael Shawn Lewis, who has numerous cast credits to his name
from touring productions of Les Miserables to Broadway's Phantom of
Continued on Back Page
Broadway Comes to St. John
Five Broadway professionals including Tony Award
nominated actor John Tartaglia, will work with our island fourth
graders to put on two shows on Friday, February 18, at the Westin
Ballroom. The first showing, at 6 p.m., will be for the St. John
"Angels" who will pay $200 for a ticket, followed by a reception
and then gourmet dinners at various restaurants. The 8 p.m.
show is open to everyone with no set charge, but a request for a
donation. All proceeds benefit the St. John School of the Arts.
ANGEL TICKETING INFORMATION
The "Angel" tickets to the 6pm performance will go on sale
January 19th at 10am at Connections & Chelsea Drug Store. If you
purchase an Angel ticket you will also have access to our pre-sale
of Raffle tickets. For $ 100 you have the chance to win a three day
trip to New York Cityl Details are below. There is a limit of 1 Raffle
ticket per person.
RAFFLE TICKETING INFORMATION
SJSA will kick off the sale of Raffle tickets on February 7th from
4-6pm in front of Starfish Gourmet Market at The Marketplace.
Starfish Gourmet will be having a wine tasting. There will also be
meet & greet with the Broadway actors at 5pm. Tickets sold are
on a first come first serve basis.
Due to popular demand we have increased the amount of Raffle
tickets available to 2001 The winner will receive:
* 2 roundtrip airline tickets to NYC
* Nice hotel accommodations for three nights
* Tickets to three Broadway shows (CHICAGO, LA CAGE AUX
FOLLES, & QUEEN OF THE DESERT) & backstage passes to
* Dinner at 2 restaurants, The famous Sardi's and Etcetera
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 779-4322
Dream, Wish, Believe A 4
Friday, February 18, 6:00 Westin Ballroom
100 tickets Available at $200
2nd performance to follow at 8:00 pm
Free to the General Public
St. John School of the Ar
St. John Goes to Broadway Raffle! $100/Ticket
Round Trip Air Fare for Two to New York City, Three Night Hotel
Accommodations, Dinners, Tickets to Three Broadway
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14 St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011
The Merchant's Commercial Bank Robbed article in the Janu-
ary 17-23 issue of St. John Tradewinds did not include the fact
that the bank hired a security guard the day after the robbery.
Merchant's Commercial Bank officials have had a security
guard in place, in addition to keeping the bank's door locked until
clients present identification, since Wednesday, January 12.
Keeping Track of Crime
Armed Robberies: 1
1st Degree Burglaries: 3
2nd Degree Burglaries: 22
3rd Degree Burglaries: 70
Grand Larcenies: 67
Armed Robberies: 0
1st Degree Burglaries: 0
2nd Degree Burglaries: 2
3rd Degree Burglaries: 1
Grand Larcenies: 2
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Letters To St. John Tradewinds
ACC Becoming Lean, Mean, Animal Machine
The Animal Care Center of St. John is switching
gears and becoming a lean, mean, animal machine!
We have reduced the size of our formerly elephantine
board of directors to a manageable eight and have cre-
ated the new position of Shelter Administrator.
This person will have key responsibilities for ACC
business affairs, coordinating communications, vol-
unteers, website and events, among other things. We
are developing committees called "packs" and invit-
ing the public to join them.
These committees will do the heavy lifting and be
task-specific so everybody can enjoy their contribu-
tion of energy and time without feeling that it never
We want to thank all or our loyal employees and
volunteers over the years, especially Connie Joseph,
who has been the caretaker of our cats and dogs, and
the glue that held things together, for the last five
years. We wouldn't be at this new level in our de-
velopment without her selfless dedication to the ani-
mals and to the ACC, and we are looking forward to
her continued service to our wonderful cat family for
years to come.
We also thank you, St. John, for your unending
generosity and support.
ACC Board of Directors
No Health Insurance Options for Virgin Islands Residents
I am writing to you in regards to the lack of ad-
equate health insurance programs for Virgin Islands
residents. My wife and I own and operate a small pho-
tography business in the Virgin Islands and have been
doing so for the past 20 years.
During that time we have enrolled in numerous
health insurance programs only to have the policies
canceled after several years because the insurance
company no longer wishes to carry policies for Virgin
We currently have no health insurance. On Tues-
day last week we went for a complete medical check-
up on the recommendation from Peterson Insurance
group only to find out on Friday that they are no lon-
ger accepting new policies in the Virgin Islands. This
is very distressing to us because we virtually can not
find a health insurance option living here in the Virgin
I am writing to you asking your help.
I'm not sure what President Obama's health care
plan has done. But it is not helping us one bit. And
I'm not sure what our local government has done or if
they are even aware of this dilemma.
That is why I'm writing you asking you to look
into the problem and see what can be done to attract
an insurance company to the Virgin Islands that will
remain here and be honest and offer good service to
The Virgin Islands has had a history of insurance
companies closing their doors after major catastro-
phes such as Hurricane Hugo and Hurricane Marilyn.
I think it is criminal that insurance companies can
take the premiums for years and then when a claim
is made close up their doors and leave the territory.
That is criminal. What do my wife and I have to show
for years of paying premiums to insurance companies
that are no longer here in the territory ... nothing!
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Christensen Fights Against Repeal of Health Care Reform
St. John Tradewinds
Delegate to Congress Donna Christensenjoined
her colleagues last week to fight the repeal of the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Christensen led a special order on Tuesday eve-
ning, January 18, hosted a press conference with
the Tri-Caucus on Wednesday morning and gave a
five minute speech on the floor on Wednesday eve-
ning pointing out that health care reform has begun
to improve the health of Americans and that repeal
is a step in the wrong direction.
The Republican led House of Representatives
was expected to pass their repeal bill, but the mea-
sure was expected to die in the U.S. Senate or be
vetoed by President Obama.
Christensen told the body that health care reform
has already begun to improve the health and well
being of our nation's most vulnerable residents.
The new law has already begun to help Ameri-
cans whose health care needs exceed their budgets
by expanding and bolstering Medicaid programs,
Repealing health care reform will take away the
significant gains that the historic law has already
made, explained Christensen.
Christensen emphasized that repealing health
care reform will mean that the health equity provi-
sions which include strengthened data collection,
more equitable treatment of the Americans in the
U.S. territories, increased support for community
health workers and community health centers,
greater accountability for and coordinated efforts
to reduce health disparities across HHS and greater
support for programs to strengthen and diversify
the healthcare workforce will cease to exist and the
promises of reform will disappear.
St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011 15
DeJongh Welcomes Sandra Day O'Connor
To Second Annual District Court Conference
St. John Tradewinds
On Monday evening, January
17, Governor John deJongh wel-
comed Supreme Court Justice San-
dra Day O'Connor to the Virgin
Islands describing her as a revered
jurist, groundbreaking public ser-
vant and extraordinary woman.
"I also want to extend a very
warm welcome to Chief Judge
Theodore McKee of the Third Cir-
cuit Court of Appeals; Professor
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the
UC Irvine Law School; Professor
David Sonenshein of Temple Uni-
versity Law School and all who
are visiting the territory to attend
the Second Annual District Court
Conference," said deJongh.
"For 25 years, Sandra Day
O'Connor exerted a tremendous
influence on the course of Ameri-
can progress as an Associate Jus-
tice of the United States Supreme
Court," said the governor. "After
breaking the highest glass ceiling
of the time, she embarked on a ca-
reer that shaped American law in
a way few others - even her col-
leagues on the high court - ever
have. She has witnessed, and pro-
foundly influenced, the progres-
sion of our nation's history, and for
those reasons, she is undeniably a
Justice O'Connor is rightfully
celebrated as a staunch defender
of judicial independence and as an
advocate for a truly non-partisan
judiciary, explained the governor.
She has spoken so eloquently,
and with such insight and pas-
sion, on the importance of ensur-
ing that judges are selected on the
sole basis of fairness and merit, he
"During her two and a half
decades sitting on the Supreme
Court, and in the many writings,
speeches and other work she has
offered since her official retire-
ment, Justice O'Connor has been
a voice of wisdom and caution,"
The governor noted that since
the Virgin Islands joined the
United States of America almost
a century ago, the citizens of this
territory have been blessed with
the benefits of the American legal
system and the freedoms it guar-
St. John TradewindsNews Photo Courtesy of Government House
St. John TradewindsNews Photo Courtesy of Government House
V.I. First Lady Cecile deJongh, above at left, and
Governor John deJongh, above at right, welcome Supreme
Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to the territory.
"That great system, one ex-
tended to us by an act of Congress,
has allowed us as Virgin Islanders
to continually develop our terri-
tory's political and social institu-
tions and peacefully solve the dis-
putes that could have derailed our
march toward greater freedom and
prosperity," said deJongh. "With
great pride Virgin Islanders have
watched their territory's court
system expand over the years, as-
suming greater jurisdiction and
more autonomy. It was only a few
years ago that the territory reached
another milestone with the forma-
tion of the Virgin Islands Supreme
The governor also said in his
remarks during the Government
House reception that this is the
second major legal conference
hosted on St. Thomas in a very
short span of time.
"A year ago, Virgin Islands
Chief Justice Rhys Hodge played
host to State Supreme Court Chief
Justices from across the nation,"
said deJongh. "This week, our
island again extends warm greet-
ings to some of the greatest legal
minds in this country. That we are
not only participating, but hosting,
these conferences tells me that the
Virgin Islands has come into its
own as a respected member of the
national legal community."
In these days, when absolutist
ideologies are distracting us from
the important work of solving our
nation's all too real economic, le-
gal and social challenges, deJongh
said it is useful to take a moment
to consider the judicial career of
"As a jurist, she recognized and
was comfortable with nuance, and
therefore never ignored the com-
plexity of the cases that were before
her by taking cover with ideologi-
cal rhetoric," said deJongh. "Her
decisions were always grounded
in an intricate understanding of
the law, but were still informed
by the real world implications and
consequences they would have on
In the many landmark opinions
she has authored, and the many
more for which she has cast decid-
ing votes, the people of this coun-
try were well-served by a Justice
who understood their values, and
who believed in practical solutions
and fair remedies.
"Justice O'Connor never was
willing to be boxed in by strict
and overly-simplistic rules," said
the governor. "She did not allow
herself to be bound by ideological
associations and political loyal-
ties. That independence endowed
her vote - often the swing vote
- with a moral authority that
gave credence to the court's prec-
"She has left an indelible mark
on the practice of law and admin-
istration of justice in this country,
and we live in a more equitable
and civil society as a direct result
of these efforts," said deJongh.
Governor Nominates Alicia
Barnes as DPNR Commissioner
and Victor Browne To Head LEPC
St. John Tradewinds
On Monday, January 17, Governor John deJongh nominated Ali-
cia Barnes to be the next Commissioner of the Department of Plan-
ning and Natural Resources effective January 18.
Upon confirmation by the 29th Legislature, Barnes would re-
place Robert S. Mathes who retired from government service on
Barnes comes to the position having served two years as DPNR
Assistant Commissioner during the first term of the deJongh/Fran-
cis Administration. Most recently, she was Assistant Chief Execu-
tive Officer at the Economic Development Authority.
"During her tenure as Asst. Commissioner, Alicia Barnes served
as the department's Chief Operating Officer and was responsible
for the administrative oversight of all department functions includ-
ing federal delegated programs to ensure compliance with environ-
mental, planning and assessment of operational and administrative
policies to foster effective management functions and the efficient
delivery of services to the public," deJongh said.
Barnes holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from
the University of the Virgin Islands and a Bachelor of Science de-
gree in Marine Science and Environmental Studies from Hampton
Her professional career has evolved around government service
having held positions including: Environmental Affairs and En-
ergy Resources Manager; Assistant Environmental Manager and
Environmental Specialist at the V.I. Water and Power Authority;
Director of the VI Energy Office; Chief of Staff to then-Senator
Norman Jn Baptiste; and as an instructor at the University of the
Also on Monday, deJongh appointed Victor Browne to lead the
Law Enforcement Planning Commission. Browne replaces Mere-
dith Nielsen. Browne has served four years as Fire Services Direc-
tor during which he has used his financial management background
to support the mission of the V.I. Fire Services.
A certified public accountant, Browne holds a Bachelor of Sci-
ence degree in Accounting and an Associates of Science degree in
Management and Accounting. Browne came to the deJongh/Fran-
cis Administration in 2007 having had the position of Fiscal Officer
for the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development.
Browne has more than 25 years of credentials, having served as
staff accountant for a financial management company, educator in
the subject of mathematics for grades nine through eleven and as an
assistant supervisor for a financial brokerage company.
Browne's appointment took effect on Tuesday, January 18. St.
Croix Fire Chief Steve Brow will serve as Acting Fire Services
Director until a permanent director is named.
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16 St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011
Virgin Islands National Park Completed Major Projects in 2010
Continued from Page 3
renovations to the Maho Bay beach pavil-
ion, according to Hardgrove.
"Maho Bay pavilion was finally funded
and I can't wait," he said. "The project in-
cludes new parking areas, new comfort
stations, a new shade pavilion, new picnic
tables and grills and the existing historic
structure will be preserved and restored with
the non-historic elements removed. And to
the community thank you for your patience,
I know this has been a long time coming."
VINP continues to experience serious
budget shortfalls and will be forced to do
without three employees in 2011, according
"The most significant factor affecting a
park's ability to protect its resources and de-
liver visitor services is the funding a park
receives from Congress," said the superin-
tendent. "With our operating shortfalls we
are only able to fund 56 of the 76 authorized
positions with our existing budget and as
each of you know operational costs rise sub-
stantially each year on our islands. We have
lost three more staff again this year."
Hits $17 Million
"In addition to staffing shortfalls, the park
faces a maintenance backlog of $17 million
just in front-country cultural resources and
facilities at today's costs," Hardgrove said.
"A full time project planner has been added
to the staff to support the two to three mil-
lion additional project dollars and continue
to build five year plans for each NPS fund-
Looking ahead, VINP continues to work
with government officials on a Cruz Bay
waterfront plan, Hardgrove explained.
"We continue to participate in numerous
important planning projects working along
with the Governor, Delegate Christensen
and Senator Barshinger looking into is-
sues such as illegal immigration, waterfront
planning, parking, transportation and other
capital improvements," he said. "Only with
the necessary partnerships in the Virgin Is-
lands can we move forward together. Plan-
ning and public scoping through community
involvement will allow us to move forward
at a pace that governments can follow."
Cruz Bay Waterfront
"The Cruz Bay waterfront planning com-
mittee started work this year and the NPS is
proud to be included in the planning oppor-
tunities working along with the Port Author-
ity, USCG, U.S. Customs, DPNR, Housing
Parks and Recreation, the Island Adminis-
trator and the community," said the superin-
tendent. "Our goal is to allow the communi-
ty to speak to each issue so that alternatives
can be developed, considered, and decided
upon in an open forum and then task the re-
sponsible agencies with implementation and
"A successful waterfront plan would ben-
efit the economy of St. John by improving
the visitor's experience and island resident's
life by planning for parking in Cruz Bay and
off-site parking at the pond," the park super-
The waterfront plan will also allow VINP
to take a look at transportation issues as it
continues to support a North Shore shuttle
service, Hardgrove added.
"This plan will also allow us to evaluate
and consider traffic flow, pedestrian safety,
boating access, and establish maintenance
dredging partnerships for a long term main-
tenance dredge program in Cruz Bay," he
said. "We continue to encourage a scheduled
hourly shuttle, during our visitor season on
North Shore. If successful these services
would be provided by our St. John taxis."
"We have high hopes and with the leader-
ship of Judith Wheately our Taxi Commis-
sioner and our local operators we can be
successful," said the superintendent.
Kessler Marks Decade of Leading Friends of V.I. National Park
Continued from Page 5
amphitheater, Eddie Bruce will lead drumming and music
sessions at the campground once a week starting in Febru-
ary, which Friends is supporting.
The group will also focus on improving the local lionfish
response, conduct an assessment of the VINP and rate the
trails for difficulty, Kessler explained.
"We are grateful to our contributors and donor base and
thank our board for its leadership and guidance as well as our
effective staff which makes the VINP a model of resource
protection and cultural preservation," said the Friends presi-
Volunteerism is the core value of Friends and 2010 saw
2,000 individuals giving their time to the group, according
"With so many volunteers it is difficult to decide who to
single out, but this year we honor Martha Hills as volunteer
of the year," he said.
Hills has worked in Friends of the Park store since it
opened three years ago and was honored with a plaque nam-
ing her the 2010 Friends of VINP Volunteer of the Year.
"I love St. John and the fact that I can contribute to the
park makes me really happy," said Hills.
Kessler also acknowledged volunteer coordinator Jeff
Chabot for his continued work improving trails and clearing
ruins throughout the VINP.
"Jeff Chabot continues to be our volunteer extraordi-
naire," said Kessler. "He puts in an amazing amount of work
to make this park what it is."
Superintendent Mark Hardgrove announced that long-
time VINP Visitors' Center Volunteer Jane Bowry was hon-
ored as 2010's VINP Volunteer of the Year.
"I have the easiest job on Earth - telling people about St.
John," said Bowry. "It's a lovely place with lovely people."
The 2010 Partnership Award, given to a VINP employee
who best exemplifies the Friends and park relationship, was
bestowed on Jessica Hornbeck who led the Ranger in Train-
ing last summer.
"Jessica has since left the park, but that doesn't diminish
the contributions she made while she was here," said Kes-
While Friends continues to do all it can to support VINP,
the park still faces serious threats, Kessler told the group.
"There is chronic underfunding by the federal govern-
ment," he said. "You can help by contacting your elected
representatives and urging them to increase support to Na-
Speaking before Kessler took the podium, Friends of
VINP's board of directors president Fraser Drummand an-
nounced that two long-serving members of the board re-
signed in 2010, Harry Daniel and Glenn Spear. Those open-
ings were filled by Julius E. Sprauve School vice principal
Brenda Dalmida and former Department of Licensing and
Consumer Affairs Commissioner Andy Rutnik.
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25th Annual GHS Auction March 12
The 25th Annual Gifft Hill School Auction will be Saturday,
March 12, at the Westin Resort and Villas. For more information
call the GHS development office at 340-776-1730 or email ghsde-
GHS Second Annual "Seeds for
Success" Matching Program Deadline
Scheduled for January 31, 2011
St. John Tradewinds
Gifft Hill School is pleased to announce the second annual
"Seeds for Success" matching program.
Generous donors have agreed to match any donations made
to GHS by January 31, 2011 based on the following structure:
Grandparent donations: 5 to 1 match; and Student and Alumni
donations: 9 to 1 match.
Faculty and Parent donations are based on participation as fol-
50-59% participation= 5 to 1 match
60-69% participation= 6 to 1 match
70-79% participation= 7 to 1 match
80-89% participation= 8 to 1 match
90-99% participation= 9 to 1 match
100% participation= 9 to 1 match
Community donations are matched 2 to 1 provided they are
new or increased by 10 percent over last year's Annual Fund
Donations can be mailed to the school at P.O. Box 1657, St.
John VI 00831 or made via the website: www.giffthillschool.org.
Donations must be received or post-marked by 1/31/11 in order to
qualify for the matching funds, but all donations received in 2011
will be eligible for 2011 tax credit. Contact the Development Of-
fice with any questions at 776-1730.
VA Outreach Health Services at MKSCHC
Continued from Page 6
resources, if these resources aren't
being used you can't retain them,"
"It's a numbers game when you
are dealing with the federal gov-
ernment," said Francis. "It wasn't
easy to convince Washington that
we needed this here, so we have to
use it to prove that. It's very rare to
have these services on St. Thomas,
St. Croix and St. John."
St. John American Legion mem-
bers, who have been working to
get VA health services on St. John
since the group was reactivated in
2006, celebrated the new partner-
"Really every commander
we've had since we reactivated
has worked on this," said Ameri-
can Legion Post #131 Past Com-
mander Jerry Runyon. "This is
really great and everyone worked
hard on this. Now we have to use
While celebrating the new ser-
vices, VA Caribbean Healthcare
System officials still have much
work to do on behalf of veterans,
"We know and recognize that
our work is not done and we have
a lot of work to do," said Mims.
"You have my pledge that I will
continue to fight for resources that
are needed in the VA Caribbean
VA Caribbean Healthcare Ser-
vices are available to veterans
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
by appointment. Call MKSCHC
at 693-8900 to make an appoint-
In order to use the services,
veterans must be enrolled in the
VA Caribbean Healthcare Sys-
tem, which can be done online at
calling 1-800-449-8729 ex. 31158
or at St. John Administrator's of-
fice at the Cruz Bay Battery.
Friday, January 14 late Hole resident r/ a distur- 6:25 p.m. -An Estate Contant
11:55 a.m. - A citizen p/r that bance in the area of the Lumber- resident r/ an accidental injury.
she deposited money into her yard. Disturbance of the peace. Accidental injury.
bank account and the money 2:00 p.m. - An Estate Grun- Wednesday, January 19
was never credited. Embezzle- wald resident r/ a disturbance. 9:07 a.m. - An Estate Choco-
ment by clerk. Disturbance of the peace. late Hole resident c/r a burglary.
7:48 p.m. -An Estate Enighed 11:27 p.m. - A citizen c/r Burglary in the third.
resident c/r that a male was shots fired in John's Folly. Ille- 3:05 p.m. - A citizen p/r a
throwing rocks on his wall. Dis- gal discharged of firearm. simple assault. Simple assault.
turbance of the peace. Monday, January 17 11:44 p.m. - An Estate
9:20 p.m. - A citizen p/r that 12:09 a.m. - An Estate Glucksberg resident r/ a second
someone removed one pair of Enighed resident c/r a distur- degree burglary. Burglary in the
foam rubber from his dinghy. bance with her boyfriend. Dis- second.
Grand larceny. turbance of the peace, D.V. Thursday, January 20
Saturday, January 15 9:07 a.m. - An Estate Con- 1:25 a.m. - A visitor from
9:55 a.m. - A citizen p/r that tant resident r/ a grand larceny Florida p/r that his wallet was
she lost her resident card. Lost aboard the barge. Grand lar- taken in Cruz Bay. Police assis-
document. ceny. tance.
10:57 a.m. - A citizen p/r that 4:15 p.m. - An Estate Grun- 2:36 a.m. - Badge #742 p/ at
she was assaulted by her mother. wald resident c/r that she has a Leander Jurgen Command with
Simple assault, problem with her tenant. Land- one Darrel Ward of Cruz Bay
6:45 p.m. -A citizen p/r that a lord/tenant dispute. under arrest and charged with
male pulled a knife on him. Dis- Tuesday, January 18 possession of a controlled sub-
turbance of the peace. 7:05 a.m. -An Estate Enighed stance with intent to distribute.
Sunday, January 16 resident c/r a disturbance of Bail was set at $10,000 by order
12:14 p.m. - V.I. Fire Depart- the peace. Disturbance of the of the court. He was detained at
ment r/ a structural fire in the peace. Leander Jurgen Command and
area of Calabash Boom. Struc- 2:12 p.m. - A citizen r/ dam- later transported to the Bureau
tural fire. age to a vehicle in Cruz Bay. of Corrections on St. Thomas to
1:40 p.m. - An Estate Choco- Damage to a vehicle, be remanded.
CRIME STOPPPERS U.S.V.I.
Organization Seeks Information on Recent Crimes
St. John Tradewinds
Crime Stoppers is asking the
community's help to solve the
following crimes throughout
the territory. Even the smallest
bit of information may be just
what law enforcement needs to
identify and arrest the criminals
On Tuesday, January 11,
at 2:02 p.m., police were dis-
patched to Merchants Com-
mercial Bank on St. John in
response to a bank robbery.
Sources stated that around 2
p.m., two armed men stormed
into the bank, robbed it of an
undisclosed sum of money, and
escaped in a GMC Jimmy. The
minimum cash reward for the
arrest of a bank robber is $900
plus 10 percent of any cash re-
coverd. The maximum cash re-
ward is $2,500.
On Thursday, January 13, at
10 a.m., police were dispatched
to the Smith Bay area in re-
sponse to a report of shots being
fired. Shortly afterwards, infor-
mation came in that there was a
gunshot victim at the hospital.
The victim, Rashailey Jah, died
of multiple gunshot wounds.
Sources stated they saw a slim-
built male running from the
scene of the shooting. The mini-
mum cash reward for the arrest
of a homicide suspect is $1,500.
Over the past several weeks,
there have been a number of
burglaries in Estates Barren
Spot and Strawberry. These bur-
glaries have occurred mostly
between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., with
perpetrators taking electronic
items, jewelry, etc. Help the
V.I. Police Department identify
burglars by reporting any sus-
picious activities, license plate
numbers of unfamiliar vehicles
and descriptions of strangers
lurking in the area. The mini-
mum cash reward for the arrest
of a burglar is $714.
Submit information on these
or any other crimes at www.
CrimeStoppersUSVI.org or by
calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Tips are completely anony-
mous, and the stateside opera-
tors are multi-lingual. If a tip
leads to an arrest or the recovery
of stolen property, illegal drugs,
or weapons, tipsters receive a
cash reward to be paid accord-
ing to their instructions. Only
anonymous callers to Crime
Stoppers are eligible for these
18 St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011
L e Se -y O n
ST. JOHN BUSINESS
1Mb service $70/mo.
340 779 4001
No Worries Painting.
Interior, exterior, roofs and
cisterns. Home/villa main-
tenance and repair. Call
Jon Moore 340-626-6083.
Caribbean Villas & Resorts R&I PATTON goldsmithing
tel. 1-800-338-0987 Located in Mongoose Junction
or locally 340-776-6152 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445
Suite St. John Villas/Condos
or locally at 340-779-4486
tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971
P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831
Coral Bay Garden Center
tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628
P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831
P.O. Box 1747, STJ, VI 00831 PROPERTYKING
Architecture Landscaping & Irrigation
Crane, Robert - Architect, AIA PrOperi MWimt
tel. 776-6356 Cimmaron Property
P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 00831 Management
Barefoot Architect, Inc. St. John's Premier Property
tel. 693-7665 fax 693-8411 Manager
P.O. Box 1772, STJ, VI 00831
Seaview Vacation Homes, Inc.
tel. 340-776-6805; 1-888-625-
#1 Mortgage Lender in the VI
The Marketplace (340) 776-6552 Real Estate
American Paradise Real Estate
Beauty/Spa tel. 693-8352 fax 693-8818
Westin Resorts & Villas P.O. Box 8313, STJ, VI 00831
tel. 693-8000, ext. 1903/1904
St. John Hardware
tel. 693-8780 fax 776-6685
Located at The Marketplace
Theodore Tunick & Company
Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002
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
John Foster Real Estate
tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995
Available For Your Estate
MBA professional available to
take care of your property while
living on premises. Real estate
experience with local references.
Holiday Homes of St. John
tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665
P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831
Islandia Real Estate
tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499
P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831
John McCann & Associates
tel. 693-3399 fax 888-546-1115
Located at Wharfside Landing
Concordia Cafe, 693-5855
Happy Hour 4:30-6pm
Dinner 6-8:30pm Tues-Sat
Fish Trap Restaurant
and Seafood Market
tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays
La Tapa Restaurant
Open 7 Days a Week
Skinny Legs "A Pretty
Sun Dog Cafe
Located at Mongoose Junction
Saltwater Gypsy Consignment
Located in The Lumberyard
St. Johnimals, Island Pet
Located at Wharfside Village
C4th Custom Embroidery
Located in Coral Bay
Professional and experi-
enced. Brakes, CV Joints,
Alternators, Timing Belts,
General Engine, Repair,
Foreign & Domestic.
All Work Guaranteed.
April 30 to May 14
(timeshare weeks 18 & 19),
Sat - Sat Sleeps 6. Two
separate buildings with
private courtyard and plunge
pool. Large common pool
overlooking Cruz Bay and
St. Thomas. Rent $3,000
or buy for $12,000.
Call 717-203-3716 or
LAND FOR SALE BY OWNER!
This is an offering that won't be matched for St. John property.
Fabulous, 0.393 breezy acre with a beautiful view of Coral
Bay harbor is definitely a great site to build your dream home.
Call today for price on this amazing value (340)-626-2192.
STORAGE: Offices near
SECURED LOCKERS Mongoose Junction,
Sizes to 10' x 12' starting at $370/mo.
Autos, Boats, Trailers. Bright, secure building
Call For Rates: 779-4445 AC, Ample parking
Commercial spaces available at Raintree Court,
large or small retail or office spaces.
Call Albert at 693-8590
Baha'i Community of St. John
For Devotions and Study Circles,call 714-1641
7:30 p.m. Friday; Study Circles 9 a.m. Sunday
Bethany Moravian Church
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
Inter-Denominational, 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., on St. Thomas . 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, 340-715-0530
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. 776-6339
St. John Methodist Church
Sunday 10 a.m, 693-8830
Seventh Day Adventist
St. John Pentecostal Church
Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
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, 776-6332
Word of Faith Church
Word of Faith International
Christian Center, Sundays 7:30 a.m.
Giffl Hill SchoolCall 774-8617
St. John Tradewinds
St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011 19
_I Classifieds I
ON EVERY LEVEL
TO SHOP, DINE
COME JOIN US
RETAIL or OFFICE
Cruz Bay-Nice, furnished
house, great view, 2
Bedrooms A/C, 2 Bath,
W&D. Pets considered.
March 1. $1950/mo. Year
lease. (340) 690-4532
AVAILABLE FEB 1:
Furnished 3/2 native stone
home w/covered decks,
View w/privacy on 1.22
ac. 3k/mo 970-382-6683
* One bedroom, one bath
* One bedroom, one bath
* Two bedroom, three
bath, w/d, pool
* One bedroom, one
CAR FOR SALE:
SYMONS RESI-PLY FORMING PANELS FOR SALE
Used on one house
and stored, good
condition, over one
included. Call for
pricing and leave
693-8991 or (508)
Hot! Hot! Hot!
Full time, part time, lots of benefits, free scuba,
snorkeling, sailing trips to the BVI, etc. Growing
watersports company has immediate openings:
* Beach Attendants at Westin Resort
* Retail Store Staff
* PADI Instructors
Cruz Bay Watersports 776-6857
Needed-VIVA Villas. Inc.
- Maintain properties with emphasis on preventative maintenance
- Regular villa maintenance for guest readiness
- Respond to guest emergencies
- Deliver villa supplies as needed
Musts: St. John resident with 4wd vehicle, cell phone w/voice mail,
can work weekends/flexible with hours. Solid references.
Please fax resume to VIVA! Villas, Inc. at (703) 940-4571 or apply
in person- 3rd floor, Boulon Center.
Environmental Communications Job
- $20/hr - flexible 20 hours a week for 4 to 5 months
Preferably with Publisher 2007 skills to make posters & write bro-
chures; and quick ability to learn new software. Will be responsible
for writing up and publicizing the NOAA Watershed stabilization
project in Coral Bay, including interpretative signage, maps and bro-
Job location: Coral Bay
Please see detailed job description for application instructions at
CBCC is an Equal opportunity employer and Drug Free Workplace
FOUND: 42-foot ketch in Coral Bay Harbor at 18.20.84
North and 64.42.68 West. Registration # 1562-TB. Hull
I.D. 7292101. Call Richard Conners 340-244-6649
COMMERCIAL SPACE AVAILABLE
At The Lumberyard
first floor space available
Downtown Cruz Bay
Where St. John Does Business
For Space Call Nick
VIRGIN ISLANDS WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) is soliciting proposals for:
RFP-WMA-003-T-2011 Transport and Unloading of Solid Waste Compactor Trailers from the St.
John Transfer Station, Virgin Islands
RFP-WMA-004-T-2011 Management and Transportation of Solid Waste on St. John, VI in and from
Roll-On/Roll-Off Bin Sites and St. John Transfer Station to the Bovoni
Landfill on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Documents pertaining to this Request for Proposal (RFP) may be obtained from the VIWMA's Division of
Procurement and Property, St. Thomas-St. John District Office at 9500 Wheatley Center II, Suite 2 or from
the St. Croix District Officer at #1 La Grande Princesse, Suite BL1, Christiansted between the hours of
8:00am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, or by contacting the Director, Mrs. Cecile Lynch, directly via
phone or email.
PROPOSAL DUE DATE and TIME: Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 2:00pm Atlantic Standard Time
PROPOSAL DUE PLACE: Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority
9500 Wheatley Center II, Suite 2, St. Thomas, VI 00802
P. 0. Box 303669, St. Thomas, VI 00803
#1 La Grande Princesse, Suite BL 1, Christiansted, VI 00820
P. 0. Box 1689, Kingshill, VI 00851-1689
(Six (6) Sealed Proposal Packages Marked Proposal for RFP
No. RFP-WMA-003-T-11 OR RFP-WMA-004-T-11, DO NOT OPEN)
NOTE: The proposal number must be placed on the outside of all
Bid Packages. Proposals may not be withdrawn for a period of
ninety (90) days from the date of the submission deadline.
DIRECT INQUIRIES: Mrs. Cecile Phillip-Lynch
Director, Procurement and Property Division
Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority
#1 La Grande Princesse, Suite BL1, Christiansted, VI 00820 OR
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 340-718-4489
All questions pertaining to the submission of proposals, scope of services and the award process should
be directed in writing either in hard copy or by email to Mrs. Cecile Phillip-Lynch, Director of Procurement
and Property, at email@example.com.
The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority reserves the right to waive any non-substantive
informalities, technicalities, or irregularities; or reject any or all qualifications and proposals; or to
re-advertise for proposals, and to award or refrain from awarding the contract for the work. The Virgin
Islands Waste Management Authority also reserved the right to accept or reject any Proposal or any item
listed therein. VIWMA further reserves the right to waive any informality in Proposals received.
May Adams Cornwall
20 St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011
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.
Tuesday, January 25
The January meeting of the
St. John Chapter of the St.
Thomas/St. John Chamber of
Commerce will be at Ocean
Grill Upstairs from 5:30 to
6:30 p.m. The group plans to
review 2010 accomplishments
and plan an agenda for 2011.
Wednesday, January 26
St. John Animal Care Cen-
ter's annual meeting will be at
6:30 p.m. at the GHS's lower
Monday, February 7
St. John School of the
Arts will kick off the sale of
"Broadway" raffle tickets
from 4 to 6 p.m. in front of
Starfish Gourmet Market at
The Marketplace. Tickets sold
are on a first come first serve
Meet the five Broadway pro-
fessionals who will teach island
fourth graders singing, danc-
ing, puppetry and choreogra-
phy to produce a show entitled
"Dream, Wish, Believe," dur-
ing a meet and greet in front
of Starfish Gourmet at 5 p.m.
Monday, February 14
Love City's own Barefoot
Minister Anne Marine Porter is
hosting a free marriage vow re-
newal ceremony at Trunk Bay
Beach at 5 p.m.
Friday, February 18
Five Broadway profession-
als along with island fourth
graders will put on two shows
at the Westin Resort ballroom.
The first show, at 6 p.m., will
be for St. John "Angels," fol-
lowed by a reception and then
a gourmet dinner at an island
restaurant. The 8 p.m. show is
open to all with no set charge,
but a request for a donation.
Saturday, February 19
St. John Relay for Life will
be at Winston Wells ball field.
Saturday, March 5
The V.I. Audubon Society
will host its annual plant sale in
Cruz Bay's Frank Powell Park.
Saturday, March 12
The 25th Annual Gifft Hill
School Auction will be at the
Westin Resort and Villas.
The 9th annual Johnnie
Walker Blues Festival will
feature two nights of celebrity
concerts in the Coral Bay ball
field starting at 8 p.m.
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ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS
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 MEETINGS
Narcotics Anonymous has open meetings 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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spectacular views of Francis Bay and west (sunsets). Gentle grade, and
easy build. These lots are ideal/unique for one seeking a private estate/
compound within the National Park, desiring lots of land /gardens/privacy
with convenient beach access.
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Rules) as this lot will be sold to highest qualified Bid!
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"Plumiea"- a well-appointed &
successful short term rental villa
with 2 bedrooms plus a loft
offering panoramic views of
Pillsbury Sound & SL Thomas &
beautiful sunsets every night
The gated design ensures urtl-
male in privacy for pool &
outdoor living area. Lush tropical
gardens surround the FLAT
yard. Large storage area can
store 2 cars or a boat. $1.299M
"L'Autre Monde"- This unique,
gated custom villa was bull with
entertaining in mind & includes
views of sunsets & lights of St.
Thomas. The main house has 4
bedrooms with gourmet kitchen,
outdoor dining, pool & barbeque
area. A covered walkway joins a
separate guest house with 3
bedrooms & open air kitchen,
living/dining area & healed
indoor pool Just $6L8M
"Cloud 9 Villa" - Speclacular
sunsets & breathtaking views
over Pillsbury Sound to SL.
Thomas & south over Great Cruz
Bay are highlights of this
masonry home with pool, spa, air
conditioning, wi-fi, & large, new
sun deck with gazebo. The lot is
almost Nat & tropical landscaping
abounds. Two bedrooms adjoin
the pool deck and a comfy loft is
above the living room S1 499M
"Bo Atabey"-a new solid masonry pool home in a quiet & private location
on Seagrape Hill The spacious open style floor plan featureE a central gieat
room. kitchen & dining area flanked Dy a master bedroom suite on eacfn side
for guest privacy There is space below for a proposed one bedroom
apartment The grounds are beautifully landscaped with stone walls arind
lush gardens that surround the sunny pool and entertainmenI deck $1.35M
-Deja View" is an immaculate two bedroom one bath masonry nome an
Oversized lot with end of road privacy situated high atop Gift Hill wiin
sweeping views southeast to northwest Income producing Sludio unit with
separate parking and entry located or, lower level Thougnfltilly and
beautifully designed with many high end unique and practical touches 10o
r make island life comfortable and easy Plenly of iorom for e-pansiori arid/or
pool addition on this moderately flal lot $875,000
"Surlside" - This is a rare chance to own a home ir. Ihe exclusive Reef Bay
enclave Surfside is a beautifully appointed Mediterranean style three
S bedroom, three bath pool villa situated on the edge of undeveloped park land
-1 wllt fabulous ocean views and breezes. Stroll via pathway to secluded white
sand beach from this oversized lot. Very successful rental home with plans
for another 2x2 villa with separate entrance- Price reduced to $1,550,0001
SPalm Terrace Villas"- Some of the most spacious condos on St John tlbh
beautiful views generous balconies common sin deck and pool area. walk
to town and Frank Bay Beach The 2 bedroorr. unr is oCer 1700 Iq h All
feature Ig kitchens. granite coun ierfops mtairiles appliances pnvate weaser
& dryer and ample storage These condos have it all $600.000 to $999,000.
-HANSEN BAY 7A" - 18 Acres. oa waterfront trade wind br-'eez and qrteal
- water views over Long Bay Round Bay to the north. wesal 1 Raims Head and
south to St Croix Deeded rights to sandy beach at Long Bay Proposed
subdivision map available An easy project for the firsr tirne davaloper or
perfedly suited for a very prwate estate $2.99M reduc-ed from $15 51
Space Available for Lease in a brand new relaillofflice 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 more! Ideally located on the south shore road
walking distance to the Westin Resort and Guinea Grove Apartments. Call Islandia for more details.
Great Deals: Seagrape Hill - $85,000 & $99,000. Calabash Boom lot with fantastic water views
loi list $145.000. Bethany building lot over looking the Westin reduced to $99,000, Hanson Bay -
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GOLDEN DRAGON - Beautiful stone villa w/exceptional craftsmanship. 4 bds./4 baths, infinity pool, multi patios &
decks, lush gardens, Pt. Rendezvous location. Reduced to $1,925,000.
CBR HOME LISTINGS
LIZARD HILL - Exclusive North Shore property, overlook-
ing Cinnamon Bay, one of the only privately owned homes
bounded on all sides by Ntnl. Park. Extraordinary landscap-
ing enhances magical views from 2 bd/2 bath main house
w/separate luxurious master bdrm wing & private pool. The
charming cottage is ideal for a caretaker. $3,100,000.
EXCITING NEWS OF ST. JOHN... Blue Tang is for Sale!
- Delightful 2 bdrm, 2 bath pool villa nestled high on the
hillside in the prime neighborhd of Great Cruz Bay. Privacy,
vibrant sunset views, gourmet kitchen, 60' covered veranda
& sunny pool. Catered To's top rental villa. $1,295,000.
GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY - Apt. building
w/adjacent parcels in Cruz Bay, newly renovated & well
maintained. Only $490,000.
WATERFRONT with DOCK - Masonry 3 bed/2bath
home on Ig. flat lot, with direct access to Fish Bay at your
doorstep. Now only $920,000.
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.
VILLA ROMANCE - New, luxury villa built to highest
quality. This well-designed villa provides privacy, comfort
& exquisite detail. Gated entry leads to heart of villa,
overlooking the 30' pool, w/a tropical courtyard setting. Tile
roof, coral flooring, fountains, arches, columns, covered
galleries, & gazebo. This is a MUSTSEE! $2,150,000.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS is the ultimate St. John 7 bed-
room, 7.5 bath compound comprised of a main house,
guest house, 2 swimming pools, 2 hot tubs & a private
regulation doubles tennis court! This popular turn-key villa
has very impressive rental income! $2999,500.
CHEZ SHELL - Charming 3 bd/3 bath, w/ gorgeous sun-
set vi ' fully
decor , A/C,
custom cabinetry, inviting spa & excellent floor plan. $999K.
CALYPSO del SOL - Very successful rental villa w/
excellent views of Chocolate Hole & St. James islands.
Newer masonry home w/3 equal bdrm suites, Ig. screened
porch, A/C, beautiful pool & hot tub. $1,950,000.
PERELANDRA - Excellat 2hI/Khhigh
abo T pool
set in . uya 050000
BORDEAUX MT. - REDUCED! - Well built home on
Bordeaux Mt. with 3bd/2baths, large covered porch &
south shore views. Bay rum trees abound on this lush,
gentle sloping site with ample room to expand. $525,000.
SEASCAPE - Fabulous location on Bovocoap Point!
Spacious 2 bd main house w/lap pool & spa, plus a sepa-
rate caretaker's cottage. Panoramic sunset views, privacy
& successful vacation rental. $1,200,000.
CHOCOLATE HOLE - Unique ruins of 1700's Great House,
with a 1960's home on a beautiful 1.42 acre lot. $799,000.
CHRISTY ANN - New rental villa in upscale neighbor-
hood. Masonry construction w/low maintenance features.
3 bd/2 baths, large covered veranda, spa, 20' vaulted ceil-
ing in greatroom, ample room for expansion. $1,595,000.
REEF BAY VIEW - Absolutely stunning, unobstructed,
views of National Park land, w/secluded white sand
beach below. Attractive 4 bd/3 bath,w/pool, spa and
vacation rental history. Reduced to $1,395,000.
A BEST BUY! - Well built, poured concrete cottage w/
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.
STONE HOUSE - Unique native stone 3 bd/3 bath villa
w/covered rotunda, freeform pool, and spectacular Coral
Bay views. $1,620,000. With adjacent parcel $1,890,000.
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
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.
SILVER IGUANA- Beachfront shop w/eclectic collection
of sterling silver jewelry & locally crafted gifts. $75,000.
CBR CONDO LISTINGS
WESTIN TIMESHARES - Call for a complete list of re-
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24 St. John Tradewinds, January 24-30, 2011
Broadway Is Coming to St. John
Continued from Page 13
the Opera, will be heading up the
vocal portion of the program along
with long-time friends Laura Bar-
The two will be teaching choir
and melodies and have great hopes
for the students, explained Bar-
"We're kind of just hoping for
the best, but we know that all kids
love to sing," said Barnao. "Most
kids do perform in some way and
it's just a matter of training their
While discovering the next
Michael Buble is a distinct pos-
sibility, Bamao is hoping to spark
something within each child.
"I really hope kids go away
with a sense of accomplishment,"
she said. "I hope they get a sense
of being able to try something new
and different. We're trying to bring
them a taste of something new and
give them the confidence that they
can really do anything."
What the students learn on the
stage will also come in handy in
other parts of their lives, Barnao
"I think this will translate into
other parts of their lives too," she
said. "Once you try something
new and you know you can do it,
you can do that with other things
in your life too. Anything is pos-
sible if you work for it and I hope
this program gives them a glimpse
Donna Drake and Rhonda Mill-
er will be leading the choreogra-
phy end of the program and the
students are in for a treat. Students
will learn three different choreo-
graphed numbers encompassing
popular jazz, contemporary mod-
em and even a bit of hip-hop ele-
ments, according to Miller.
"I think most people will think
of it as pop jazz," said Miller.
"There will be a little bit of hip-
hop, which I'm sure the students
will enjoy and then we're also
putting in a little contemporary
modem feeling too. There is a nice
combination of lyrical dance and a
little bit of everything so the kids
will have a lot of fun with it."
A seasoned dance instructor,
Miller is hoping the students walk
away with a sense of what they are
capable of accomplishing.
"I want them to feel empow-
ered," she said. "I want them to
believe in themselves and to trust
their own strength and just see
what they can do. I have been
teaching dance to young children
for a lot of years and one of my fa-
vorite things in the world is to try
to inspire greatness in children."
"We need to spend time with
children and to really cultivate
what they have and point them
in the direction to achieve their
dreams," Miller said.
Growing up in a small Southern
town, Drake dreamed big and has
been living that dream her entire
life. She wants St. John students to
have that same opportunity.
"Why can't you do whatever
you want," said Drake. "I am a
small town little Southern girl and
it just never occurred to be that I
couldn't have my dream. Why
can't children anywhere do it?"
"If you can dream it, and you
are willing to put the work in, you
can certainly do it," said Drake.
While mastering dance steps
and learning a variety of styles,
Drake hopes her students also
walk off the stage with more self-
"I hope the students come away
with a sense of appreciation, not
just of the art forms we are bring-
ing down, but also of themselves,"
said Drake. "This is about them
and when you achieve something
that is gives you confidence. Stand-
ing on stage in front of people and
performing isn't easy."
"I hope they walk away with
knowing something about them-
selves and with a sense of pride,"
After studying with these talent-
ed professionals, students will per-
form Tartaglia's original "Dream,
Wish, Believe," in two shows on
February 18 at the Westin.
The first show, at 6 p.m., will
be a special St. John School of the
Arts sponsorship show for $200
a ticket, which also gets audience
members a champagne reception
and dinner at one of Love City's
A second performance will be at
8 p.m. and will be open to the en-
tire community for any donation.
St. John School of the Arts offi-
cials expect standing room only
for this performance. For more
information call the arts school at
"Once you try something new and you know you can do it, you can
do that with other things in your life too. Anything is possible if you
work for it and I hope this program gives them a glimpse of that."
- Laura Barnoa, broadway actor
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