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Local Vet Moves To New Location and Now Offers Boarding ServicePage 7 Gov. deJongh Approves Basement Law; and Ends Island Dial-a-ridePage 5 The Marketplace / Suite 302 / Cruz Bay / St. John / Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 / www.theodoretunick.com The Marketplace / Suite 302 / Cruz Bay / St. John / Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 / www.theodoretunick.comJanuary 2-8, 2012 Copyright 2012Vacationer Dies After Swimming Off Denis BayPage 5 Bomb Threat Closes V.I. National Park Visitors Center for HoursSEE STORY INSIDE PAGE 3 ST.JOHN,USVI St. John Relay for LifeCount Down: 40 DaysHappy New Year!Local photographer Steve Simonsen captured the Westin Resort's annual New Year's Eve 2012
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TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 2 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 The Government meet and greet, which was scheduled for Friday, December 23, at the Cruz Bay Battery was canceled. The event will be hosted instead during the second week of January 2012. Vacationer Drowns Off Denis Bay BeachEffective Wednesday, December 28, and until further notice, all previously issued burning permits are revoked, and there will be no issuance of new burning permits until further notice throughout the St. Thomas/St. John District, Assistant Director of the Virgin week. We must be mindful of the circumstances of the limited water supply and rotation throughout the community, said George. At Assistant Director George apologized to the public for any inconvenience.District-Wide Burning Ban in EffectThe Island Green Building Association will host a public presentation on Solar, Wind and Saving Energy on Thursday, Januplace. The night will also be IGBAs annual meeting to elect board members. Dan Boyd, who lives off the grid on Lovango Cay, will share his experience with sustainable electrical systems and how to conserve energy wisely. Boyd will also give a glimpse into Living Green on Lovango and show the group how to do it here on St. John. Boyd is living proof that WAPA bills are optional, and that everyone can have a comfortable lifestyle using renewable, sustainable energy. Dont miss this interesting story about Boyds life on a neighboring island, and learn about renewable energy, and power-saving tips that save money and the environment. The public is welcome to this free seminar. Call 227-1110 for more information.Dan Boyd To Share Solar Knowledge at IGBA Meeting on January 12St. John Tradewinds have reported that a man who was vacationing on the island drowned on Wednesday, December 21, at about 5 p.m. while swimming in Denis Bay. James Dale Lane of Kyle, Texas. scene and told by a friend of the victim that he saw the victim in distress in the water and tried to assist him, however the current was strong. A St. John resident noticed the pair in the water and was able to bring them both to shore with the assistance of his surfboard, according to VIPD ofThe victims friend performed CPR until the EMTs arrived and took over the life saving efforts. The victim was taken to the Myrah Keating Community Health Center where he was later pronounced dead. St. John Tradewinds Governor, Division of Property paring for the sale of properties that are in delinquent property tax payment status of 10 or more years. owners of the properties slated which are scheduled for January 18-19, 2012 on St. Croix and January 25-26 in the St. Thomas/St. John district. In both districts, the auctions will be at the Division of Personnels A combination of 25 commercial and residential proper ties per district will be sold at the January auctions. In accor dance with Virgin Islands Code Title 33, the Lt. Governors Ofhas served the affected property owners with notice of the attachment and sale. The names of the property owners, parcel number and physical address of the proper ties will also be published in the territorys newspapers as required by law. Over 1,000 parcels are cur rently in delinquent payment status of 10 or more years, with a total of $8,887,633 owed to the Government of the Virgin Islands. Because of the volume of delinquent properties, the property sales are expected to take place over several months. Property owners who have are strongly advised to contact their respective district to make arrangements for payment in order to avoid the sale of their properties. The Tax Collectors 6737 on St. John. An updated list of the properties that have been attached in preparation for sale can be viewed at www.ltg.gov.vi.Final Preparations Underway for Auction of Properties with Delinquent Tax PaymentGovernment Meet and Greet CancelledGet ready for the St. John School of the Arts fundraiser Broadway Comes to St. John, January 27, 2012. sale. This package is valued at $5,000, and at $100 a ticket, this is the hottest ticket in town! The prize is two round-trip airfare tickets to New York City, tickets to three Broadway shows with a back stage tour to one of the shows, dinners and hotel accommodations for three nights. St. John School of the Arts will also launch its new logo in all advertisements for this fundraiser. Its going to be a new look for the New Year as SJSA looks forward to implementing new ideas and creating exciting arts programs for the children on St. John.Broadway Rafe Tickets on Sale; Arts School To Unveil New Logo Christmas for Animals Set for Jan. 21The St. John Animal Care Centers Annual Christmas for the Animals fundraiser gala will be Saturday evening, January 21, at A La Mer villa overlooking Great Cruz Bay. The Snow Ball will be island fancy and will feature a live band. All proceeds will go to fund the ACCs important work for the neglected and abandoned animals of St. John.
Last weeks bomb threat was cording to Anderson. To my knowledge, weve never had anything similar to this in the past, he said. As far we know, no other federal or government ofBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds A bomb threat to a V.I. National Park Rangers personal cellphone shuttered the VINP Visitors Center in Cruz Bay on Thursday morning, December 29, and resulted in several canceled activities for the park. While the roughly four-hour inconvenience put VINP rangers away from their desks and out of doors in Cruz Bay last Thursday morning, no one was injured and no bomb was discovered, according to VINP Deputy Superintendent Mike Anderson. One of our employees who works in the visitors center received a threatening message on her cellphone early this morning, Anderson said on December 29. When she listened to the message and we determined the threat to the facility, we called 911 and the V.I. Fire Department and V.I. Police Department responded very quickly. Our concern was the safety of and visitors center and the public, said Anderson. We have a bomb threat protocol which is to secure all buildings, which we followed. helped VINP rangers establish a secure perimeter around the area and by 10:30 a.m. yellow warning tape was stretched near the Cruz Bay Creek entrance to the visitors center. The back parking lot to the Visitors Center was blocked by a VINP vehicle and rangers were turning cars around and cautioning Lind Point Trail hikers to use the Cruz Bay Apartments road entrance. The dock in front of the visitors center and the VINP Cruz Bay boat fuel dock was also closed for several hours due to the bomb threat. Investigation, which will lead the criminal investigation into the incident, explained Anderson. When word of the threat reached VINP rangers just before employees inside the visitors center, the deputy superintendent explained. When the message was received, the building was not open, he said. There were several rangers inside, however, and they were evacuated. As VINP rangers arrived for work on Thursday morning, they were not allowed into the building until a VIPD canine unit arrived. While St. John has its own canine unit, the Love City police pooch is not trained to sniff out explosives, according to Anderson. They are sending a canine unit with training in detecting explosives from St. Thomas, Anderson said. VIPD was alerted to the bomb threat just after 8 a.m. and the needed canine unit arrived from St. Thomas around 11:15 a.m., according to the VINP Deputy Superintendent. A quick search of the area and the two-story roughly 7,000-square-foot building did not turn up any suspicious packages fairly certain the threat was a hoax. was still closely followed, Ander son explained. We always have to take precautionary measures in these cases, he said. There were no suspicious boxes or anything around, but you cant take chances. There are a lot of security measures in place for federal buildings. Its better to be overly cautious than to regret anything, said the deputy superintendent. I dont anything, but we have to be sure. Sure enough after about an hour of searching, by around 12:15 nine unit pronounced the building safe and VINP rangers returned to work. The canine unit arrived about 11:15 a.m. and were here for a little over an hour, said Anderson. There were no signs of problems which was fortunate. We reopened the visitors center and everyone got back to work. In addition to a few hours of idle time, the bomb threat also canceled last weeks popular VINP ranger led Reef Bay hike. Visitors have been very under standing and everything is going smoothly, said Anderson. Local boaters might have suffered the most with the fuel dock closed during one of the busiest local boating weeks of the year. th St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 3 St. John Tradewiinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott The V.I. National Park Visitors Center, above, was evacuated after a bomb threat message was received by a ranger who works in the building. The rear parking lot, at left, was also closed for the morning. Bomb Threat Closes V.I. National Park Visitors Center for Hours center received a threatening message on her the message and we determined the threat to the VINP Deputy Superintendent Mike Anderson INDEXAsk the Auto Doctor ...........12 Business Directory .............18 Church Directory .................18 Community Calendar ...........20 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Crossword Puzzle ...............20 Ferry Schedules .................18 Letters ...........................14-15 Police Log ...........................19 Real Estate ....................22-23
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Julius E. Sprauve School students got an early Christmas present last month, thanks to Innovative, the local telephone, internet and cable TV company. The company donated three computers to the Cruz Bay public elementary and middle school on Tuesday, December 20, to assist JESS with technology needs, explained Innovatives vice president of public rela tions Jennifer Matarangas-King. I met Dionne Wells back when she was at Guy Benjamin School, which was one of Innovatives adopted schools, said Matarangas-King. We had talked about doing a few different things, but then Dionne was transferred to JESS. GBS is still an adopted school of Innovatives and were going to be doing things out there. But we had a relationship with Dionne, said the VP of public relations. When I told her that Innovative wanted to do more on St. John and I mentioned that we had some computers that were practically new, she said Whatever you have, wed love it. And with that, Matarangas-King arranged for the almost new computers to be delivered to JESS just before the holiday break. We know that resources are tight right now with everything the government is going through and the ahead and made the donation before students left for the holiday vacation. Last months computer donation to JESS was not The company was a major sponsor of the inaugural St. John Project Homeless Connect and is once again sponsoring the Love City Live! reggae concert later this month. Were really coming over to St. John a lot, said Matarangas-King. We want to make sure that all three islands get attention. Youll be seeing a lot more of us on St. John in 2012.4 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewiinds News Photo Courtesy of Innovative Innovative employees present Julius E. Sprauve School with three almost new computers. (L to R) Sergio Adams (installer/repairman), JESS principal Dionne Wells, Antonio "Pumpkin" Lewis, service formeman, and Travis Rogers (installer/repairman). JESS Gets Early Christmas Presents Thanks to InnovativeSt. John Tradewinds The Relay For Life was created in honor of the courage and strength the survivors have in memory of those who lost the battle. These survivors are honored at this event by walking their special Survivors Lap at the opening ceremony wearing their survivors tee shirt. This is followed by a wonderful Survivors Dinner at 6 p.m. to which a caregiver is also invited. In the evening, the survivors walk the candlelit track during the beauti ful Luminary Ceremony. Cancer survivors can register for the dinner by calling Beverly Biziewski at 776-6833 or Carolyn Weinstock at 779-4556 or one of the tables selling luminar ies. Join Relay for Life at Julius E. Sprauve School Field on Saturday, February 11, at 4 p.m. for 18 hours of friendship, food and fun and help to make a differ ence! There is no end until a cure is found!STJ Relay for Life Invites Cancer Survivors to Dinner
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds With a few strokes of his pen, Governor John deJongh last week approved a controversial basement legislation and spelled the end of the St. John Dial-a-Ride. Despite objections from Department of Planning and Natural violations of the V.I. Zoning Code, senators passed Bill No. 29-0166 in mid-December and on Thursday night, December 29, deJongh signed it into law. The bill, sponsored by Senator Carlton Dowe, basically allows homeowners with extra space under their residential buildings to enclose the space and create additional living units. While the concept for the bill which arose from discussions cials intended to clear a path for illegal dwellings to comply with zoning laws, in its current state the be amended, according to DPNRs Coastal and Comprehensive Zone Planning director Stuart Smith. The bill gives us 60 days to develop a program with rules and regulations and that is where the details will have to hashed out, said Smith. We wont allow anything to happen that goes against the health and safety of the community. Were working with it as it is and well probably have to ask for some amendments to make it legally binding. It is not uncommon for DPNR dures after a bill has been signed into law, Smith added. A lot of times bills are passed and we have to make the rules and regulations to implement them; that is not uncommon, he said. For this bill, a lot of things have to be worked out as far as how this program will work. Through the drafting of those procedures and regulations, thats where well see the amendments which have to made to the bill itself. Well send those back to the senators and ask them to help make some corrections to make this a legal program, said Smith. The bill, as written, allows for a two-year amnesty period for all existing structures with proper septic and parking requirements with open space underneath to for building illegally. No later than 60 days after the passage of this Act, the Commissioner of DPNR shall establish an amnesty program for a period of and penalties on building code violations for residential property owners who have made additional improvements or alterations outside the permitted scope to a residential building or structure without prior approval or requisite permits required from DPNR will be waived, according to the bill. Allowing residents to add units to their residential buildings, however, could change ones zone, which would alter the V.I. Zoning Code and essentially create spot zoning across the territory. All alterations to the zoning code require public notice and public meetings, which could make the law unenforceable, Smith said a December Island Green Building Association meeting on St. John. While the intent of the bill makes sense, I cant wrap my head around the zoning code implications, said Smith at the December meeting. The zoning code would have to be amended I see about 12 zoning code violations in this bill. Then once you talk about amending the zoning code, its impossible to do that without giving public notice and having public hearings. Smith anticipated that amendments would have to be added to the bill before it can be enforced, explained the CZZP director. Well have to revisit the bill in its current form and make sure that what were doing is right in the long term, said Smith. We dont want to do something that we look back on in 10 years and regret. DeJongh line-item vetoed only one measure in the bills passed by the V.I. Legislature in midDecember, a provision to provide critical funding for the St. John Dial-a-Ride. More than 20 St. John senior citizens, and St. John Community Foundation executive director Celia Kalousek, traveled to St. Thomas on December 15 to explain to senators the importance of the islands Dial-a-Ride program to seniors and disabled residents. The senators heard and approved a measure to add $56,000 to the programs operating budget, which is coordinated by SJCF. Citing the inability of the General Fund to cover the appropriation, deJongh vetoed the amendment last week. The blow to the Dial-a-Ride program comes after the programs funding was already cut in half by the Department of Human Services. If no additional funding is found, the program will cease at the end of February, explained Kalousek. St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 5 program with rules and regulations and that Stuart Smith, CCZP Director DeJongh Approves Basement Law and Spells End to St. John Dial-a-Ride R&I PA T TONgoldsmithing Present this ad and receive $10 o any 50-minute treatment.* FOR MORE INF ORMATION, PLEASE CALL .., EXT WR-FitnessClub TW 3.2011.indd 1 3/23/11 6:44 PM
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Since 1995 the local Sigma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has hosted an annual Kwanzaa celebration in Frank Powell Park in Cruz Bay. Each year, the celebration has grown in attendance nual celebration, with a fashion show, singing and dancing performances and honoring of island elders. A large crowd gathered on Monday evening, Deell Park at 6 p.m. to join sorority members in honoring Ernestine Bertrand, a retired educator and art enthusiast from St. Thomas, and Gwenavire Hyndman, retired principal and active Bethany Moravian Church member on St. John, as the 2011 Community Elders. tion of the Kwanzaa principle Kuumba (Creativity) which is to do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beauTheta Omega Chapter of AKA Sorority Inc, president Elisa Hodge. Mrs. Hyndman was recognized for her pose) and Imani (Faith). Nia is to make our collective vocation, the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness, Hodge said. While Imani (Faith) is to believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. This years St. John Kwanzaa celebration featured a sorority fashion show with audience participation. The event also featured performances by Love City Pan Dragons, St. Thomas Majorettes, Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers, Love City Leapers, Nazareth Lutheran Church Ribbon Dancers and NHarmony. in 1966-7 after it was created by Maulana Karenga as a way of honoring universal African-American heritage and culture. Each year, Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 through January 1 with each night dedicated to a different principle ranging from Ujima, which represents Collective Work and Responsibility, to Kuumba, representing Creativity. Today, millions of people around the world cel ebrate Kwanzaa, which has grown to attract people of all races and religions. Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration that is a part of our African heritage that we can celebrate with family and friends regardless of our religion, said Hodge. It does not replace Christmas which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is an international community service organization of university women founded January 15, 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. organization of its kind for black women with over 250,000 members in more than 900 chapters around the world. There are four chapters in the Virgin Islands, two in the St. Thomas/St. John District, Sigma Theta Omega Graduate Chapter and Rho Omicron Undergraduate Chapter at the University of the Vir gin Islands.6 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 Local AKA Sorority Chapter Celebrates Kwanzaa and Honors Retired EducatorsSt. John Tradewiinds News PhotosLast week's Kwanzaa celebration included honors for Gwenavire Hyndman above at left and Ernestine Bertrand, right, pictured with Elisa Hodge, center. crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! C M Y CM MY CY CMY K CafeTWind12Ad.pdf 11/10/11 8:44:15 AM
St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 7 By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds After 13 years at Palm Plaza, the islands only near Paradise Lumber with the intent of expanding current offerings and adding new services. The move started last week, and owner Dr. Laura Palminteri hopes to be up and running at the new location by the end of this week. Finishing touches, including the installation of an AstroTurf play yard, were being completed last week. At the new location, Canines, Cats and Critters will be able to offer a service thats long been lacking on St. John: dog and cat boarding. The veterinary Palm Plaza location, but in Susannaberg, there will be 20 kennels and an 800 square foot dog play yard. The biggest thing about the new location is boarding, said Palminteri. Theres a big play area in the back that will have AstroTurf, and art classes from Gifft Hill School will put a mural on the back wall. We have dog runs, some of which are connected with a removable door to offer more room for one pet, or for two pets who want to board together. There will be a staff member dedicated to the boarding pets, ensuring theyll be taken out three times a day and given the opportunity to run and play in the AstroTurf yard. Six to eight dogs were already boarding at the new facility last week. Once able to board a total of 20 dogs and up to 15 cats. Other exciting offerings at the new location include a grooming facility, where residents can bring their pets for bathing, nail clipping and haircuts. Canines, Cats and Critters current groomer expertly a groomer to come from St. Thomas one or two days a week for specialty cuts. The pet shop will also be widely expanded, Palminteri explained. Well have all-natural pet foods, a more complete line of prescription diets available for animals with special needs, and well have more in the way of toys, treats, leashes and collars, said the veterinar ums. Even the veterinary services will be expanded. Palminteri, who graduated in 1991 from Penn Vet at the University of Pennsylvania and moved to St. John and opened her business in 1998, also operates a satellite clinic on Tortola and takes care of horses on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Outland, a doctor of veterinary medicine, was hired in September, meaning veterinary services will be call for emergencies. Palminteri encourages the public to stop by and check out the new facility. People can come, walk around and see whats available, and well be happy to meet with them any time to show them around, she said. Additionally, Canines, Cats and Critters will host an open house once theyve settled in to their new location. To learn more about their new services, call 693-7780.Canines, Cats and Critters To Offer Expanded Pet Shop, Grooming and More at New Location St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Andrea Mialm Dogs were already checking out the boarding facility at the new Canines, Cats and Critters Susannaberg location last week.
8 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 Island Girl Swagg Shines at Premier Concert EventSt. John Tradewinds What girls dont like to sing and dance at home in front of the mirror? Sisterhood Agendas Girl Band program is a 10-week project partnering with the St. John School of the Arts to teach sisterhood and the arts in a video reality series-style production. Girls learn sisterhood, positive self-expression, vocal coaching and dance. On Saturday, December 17, 2011, Island Girl Swagg hosted its premier concert at the St. John School of the Arts. Watching the girls perform made it clear to me that a program like this that allows young girls to let go and have fun, is a program worth continu ing, said SJSA Acting Director Kim Wild. The program is such that it can develop in so many ways. SJSA Musical Director Eddie Bruce called the event a resounding success. I think it was great and the community is looking forward to their next performance, he said. The group performed three choreographed dancing and singing routines together as a group (Baby, Whip My Hair and Walking on Sunshine) and each girl had a chance to shine with seven individual performances. With the fun atmosphere of a neverending dance party, the girls excited the crowd of parents, peers, family and supporters while showing off their tal ents. There isnt just one star in our group were all stars, said Lioness Bruce, member of Island Girl Swagg. I am really proud of what the girls were able to do in a short amount of time, said Angela Coleman, Sister hood Agenda President and Girl Band instructor. They have so much positive energy and they were very supportive of each other. Proper musical selection, appropriate dances, and critical thinking about pop culture are all integrated into the program. But of course, the girls had to have fun also. Girl Band is so much fun, said Emeline Reynoso. We get to sing and dance; we go to concerts and stuff. Its just fun. Girl Band, part of Sisterhood Agendas Positive Media Project, will be online at www.sisterhoodagenda.com. By learning positive self-expression, teamwork, and how to develop their artistic talents, Sisterhood Agenda is giving girls a renewed sense of self and exposure to positive experiences. Excited about the future, Island Girl Swagg is available to perform at par ties and special events. SJSA and Sisterhood Agenda are currently fundraising for its next session of Girl Band. Donors can make contributions to girl band at http://www.globalgiving.org/ projects/girl-band or call SJSA at 7794322. St. John Tradewiinds News PhotoIsland Girl Swagg members (L to R) Emeline Reynoso, Alahna Lopez, Ayana Coleman-Dixon, Lioness Bruce, Allegra Muilenburg, Jomeiry Garcia and Joneidy Garcia. There isnt just one star in our group Lioness Bruce, member of Island Girl Swagg.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Fresh pepper sauce making, ethnic drumming under a full, bright Caribbean moon and cruising the turquoise waters off St. John are just a few of the exciting events planned during the 2012 Friends of V.I. National Parks seminar series, which runs through the end of April. Created and coordinated this year by Friends of VINPs program manger Audrey Penn, the 2012 seminar series also ing a seminar herself. I will be leading a full moon hike to Rams Head on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. said Penn. Im looking lot of the seminars and Ill be taking part in even more this year. Be sure to sign up for Penns seminar, but dont wait until March to take advantage of the many educational and excit ing seminars being offered. Friends 2012 Seminar Series kicks off this Wednesday, January 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. with Trinidad Charlie Deyalsingh of the famous Trinidad Charlies Hot Sauce, showing room in Deyalsinghs seminar as of press time, so interested parties should call Friends at 779-4940 to inquire. The series continues its quick start with Delroy Ital Anthony leading a native arts and crafts seminar on Thursday, January 5, at St. John School of the Arts from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. On Saturday, January 7, the fun continues with a native bird and plant hike on the south shore. Participants will meet at the Salt Pond parking lot at 9 a.m. for the hike, which will last until noon. Other January Friends Seminar highlights include a pastel workshop with esteemed artist and Bajo el Sol Gallery owner Livy Hitchcock on January 8 and an archaeology boat trip around St. John on January 24. The popular Hassel Island boat tour will be on Sunday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with guests meeting in Frenchtown, St. Thomas. From art and anthropology, the seminar series will take a turn to languages when linguist Dr. Gilbert Sprauve leads a Caribbean Creole seminar on January 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. John School of the Arts. January 28, when Maho Bay Campground glassblower Greg Lee will lead a series of three small class seminars on recycled glass blowing. Each class will run for an hour and is limited to two participants. While Penn was careful not to exclude any popular seminars, shes added a few exciting new ones this year as well. Weve got the tried and true popular seminars like the boat trips and Eleanor Gibneys botanical and historical hike to Murphys Great House, said Penn. But this year we also have some really cool new seminars too. The archaeol ogy interns are going to lead an investigation into osteology, looking at the bones which were found at Cinnamon Bay and discuss burial practices. Were also hosting a few seminars on St. Thomas this year which is exciting, she said. We have a Treasures of the Virgin Islands which will deal with jewelry making and gemology in the Caribbean. Also Felipe Ayala will lead a walking tour of Charlotte Amalie. The Investigating Island Bones seminar will be on Wednesday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cinnamon Bay. There will be two Treasures of VI seminars, one on Wednesday, February 8, and again on Wednesday, March 7, both from 1 to 4 p.m. Felipe Ayala will lead the historical walking tour of Charlotte Amalie on Sunday, March 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. starting at Blackbeards Castle. Friends and Penn is thrilled about the partnership. One of the highlights for me this year was getting Felipe to say yes to leading a seminar, said the Friends program manager. Weve been working hard to foster partnerships with many groups and one group is the St. Thomas Historical Trust which weve been working with on Hassel Island. I met Felipe at Historical Trust seminar and he agreed to lead one of our seminars, said Penn. Other seminars will give participants the chance to learn photography from renowned local shutterbug Steve Simonsen, Taino pottery making from Maho Bay Clayworks owner Gail Van de Bogurt and ethnic drumming with St. John School of the Arts musical director Eddie Bruce. The seminar series is pretty much the best way to learn anything and everything about the Virgin Islands from the rangers and retired teachers, said Penn. And all of the funds go a great cause, the Friends of VINP. Seminar fees run from $25 for a hike event to $95 for a boat trip. Children receive half off seminar fees except for boat trips and Friends of VINP members receive $10 off each fee. The Friends website is currently being revamped and should be updated soon. Check out a full list of seminars at the Friends Store, at the Friends Facebook page or look for a brochure at various outlets across St. John. Sign up for 2012 Seminar Series at Friends of VINP Executive Suites or email email@example.com. For more information call Penn at 779-4940.St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 9 Learn About Art, History and Science Through Friends 2012 Seminar Series Island Solar SAY NO TO WAPA Grid tie systems Battery stand alone systems Solar Hot water systems Solar Pool Pumps Dan Boyd Off-grid living for 10 years on Lovango Cay. t: 340-642-0351 e: firstname.lastname@example.org SAVE $$$$$$$ barefootdesign group,llclicensed architect AIA member NCARB certifiedmongoose junction, po box 1772 st. john, us virgin islands 00831 tel (340) 693-7665, fax (340) 693-8411 barefootaia.comprofessional design and development services St. John Tradewiinds News Photo FileResident and Friends of the Park volunteer Chuck Pishko, center, leads a seminar tour at the Caneel Bay Ruins during last year's series.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Ready to get those hands dirty and learn something new for the New Year? Look no further than Maho Bay Clayworks where owner Gail Van de Bogurt is kicking off three new exciting classes this month geared for each skill level, from true beginner to advanced. class in the new Sculpting the Figure from Life in Terra Cotta series, being led by well-known St. John painter Les Anderson. While many residents are familiar with Andersons realistic portraits and vivid Caribbean landscape East End artist will be leading a class in clay. Les has been coming to the Clay Studio for a while now and working on a bunch of different projects, said Van de Bogurt. He brings his knowledge of art, anatomy to the clay studio for this class which features a live model. This is a great opportunity to work with a very experienced artist with a wonderful understanding of anatomy. has a great understanding about it, she said. Its really fun to work with Les. Participants will ideally have some experience with clay and added. First of all to work with a live model you have to have a certain level of maturity, she said. And it would be really helpful if people had some experience with clay and be really hard to start completely from scratch for this class. Van de Bogurt is hoping to attract some local artists who may not have worked much with terra cotta, she explained. Wed like to attract some artists like Les who normally work two dimensionally, she said. Many of the great artists in the past, like Degas and Picasso, worked in clay and bronze and different three dimensional materials. It would be a great class for artists. with assistance by Van de Bogurt, starts on Saturday, January 7, and runs for four Saturdays. Each class will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maho Bay Camps pottery studio. The class fee is $250 ing and four additional open studio sessions. For those with no experience with clay, mark those calendars for Tuesday, January 10, when Kaye Thomas will start a four session Potters Wheel for Beginners. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. over the next four Tuesdays and students will learn the basics of the pottery wheel. The class will cover centering and making tumblers, mugs with handles and bowls on the potters wheel, said Van de Bogurt. Its geared totally for beginners and students will learn all of the steps to make stoneware they can actually take home and use. The tuition cost is $200, which four open studio sessions in addition to the classes. art recycling will not want to miss Van de Bogurts special four day workshop on Vegetable Oil Firing. Maho Bay Campgrounds dedication to recycling inspired resident technical wizard Dan Kreofsky to construct a kiln burner capable ing on used vegetable oil from local restaurants, explained Van de Bogurt. Dan designed a burner made of plastic pipes and things you can pick up right at the hardware store which uses compressed air and she said. The great thing about it is that it has a much smaller car bon footprint and doesnt produce as many carbons as burning wood to recycle used vegetable oil. Van de Bogurt and Kreofsky used 60 gallons of used veggie oil temperature rose to over 2,340 degrees, according to the Maho Bay Clayworks owner. The workshop runs from January 18 through 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $200. Participants will learn about burner design, ideal glazing, kiln loading and kiln unloading, set for January 23. Veggie Oil workshop students should bring their bisque ware, or of the classes or to register call Maho Bay Camps activity desk at 776-6226, extension 212, or call Van de Bogurt at 514-6594.10 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 Mermaid, by Les Andeson Exciting New Maho Bay Clayworks Classes Kicking Off in January
St. John Tradewinds Caneel BayResort has enhanced its already renowned tennis experience with the launch of the 10 and Under Tennis program. The all-involving, age-appropriate United States Tennis Association (USTA) program uses kid-size equipment from low-bouncing balls to junior-sized courts to make learning easier. The program has been widely hailed for getting kids active. First Lady Michelle Obama recognized the 10 and Under Tennis as part of her Lets Move! campaign for a healthier generation of children. Caneel Bays 10 and Under Tennis program is overseen by Donald Becker, Director of Tennis at the resort. The program invites kids to hone their skills and practice in a beautiful setting. The process follows the Quick Start Tennis for mat, with active instruction layered with fun and the more fun kids have, the more theyll play and the faster theyll learn. Whatever the age, Caneel Bay is superb destination for tennis, with 11 courts (seven hard courts and The program, directed by Peter Burwash Internation al, has earned Caneel Bay rankings as the #1 Caribbean Tennis Resort and #6 Tennis Resort worldwide by Tennis Resorts Online. Caneel Bays new 10 and Under Tennis program is served daily in half-hour classes for students ranging from 4-to-10 years of age. All programs are $15 per child: 3 3:30 p.m. Ages 4-5; 3:30 4 p.m. Ages 6-7; and 3 4 p.m. Ages 8-10. Winter rates at Caneel Bay from $495. For reservations call 888-ROSEWOOD or visit www.rosewoodhotels.com.St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 11 St. John Tradewiinds News Photo Caneel Bay is expanding its tennis classes for youngsters this season. Caneel Bay Resort Serves Up Tennis for Junior Set with 10 and Under Experienced Personalized Professional ProvenSeaview Vacation Homes, Inc. Short Term-Full Service Since 1985 VACATION VILLA MANAGEMENT24 years of on island rental servicee: email@example.com w: www.seaviewhomes.com t: 340-776-6805; toll-free 1-888-625-2963 ber O pen 7 Ni ghts a Week open 6 days closed tuesdays693.7755 o r w w w .la t apas tjoh n.c o m St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Bill Stelzer Dr. Caroline Rogers signed copies of her new book "The Mysterious, Magical Mangroves of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands" at an artist's reception at Bajo el Sol last month. The book is available at the gallery and at retail outlets across St. John.
12 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 By Jack Brown St. John Tradewinds Welcome to Ask The Auto Doctor, a fun column to discuss your car, car problems and car repairs. Each week, Ill answer your questions in an effort to help as many car owners as possible here on St. John. This weeks column is going to focus on the Jeep Liberty and some of the special problems Ive gotten several letters about. Q: I just had one of the lower ball joints on my 2004 Jeep Liberty separate causing me to loose steer ing control and skid off to the side of the road. Luckily I wasnt at a place where I would have gone off the side of a drop off and gotten hurt. I had to have it towed to my mechanic. I paid for the replacement of both lower ball joints and I did some research and found out that my 2004 Jeep Liberty is under a factory recall for the same front lower ball joints. When I called the Jeep dealer they told me I could have it towed in for an inspection and that they would only take about an hour for the recall. What kind of recall repair could they possibly do in only one hour and why didnt my mechanic tell me about this recall? A: To start with, I cant tell you why your mechanic didnt tell you about the recall. Its pretty widely known in the repair business, but perhaps he didnt know about it. The truth about the Jeep Liberty lower ball joint recall is this Jeep has a critical design problem with all Jeep Libertys built from 20022007. The lower ball joint is probably the most critical component in the front suspension and when it fails, the suspension separates and, as you found out for yourself, you will loose control of the steering which, on our winding roads could be disastrous and potentially deadly. The lower ball joint performs the same function, and is as important to your car as your knee is to you. The upper ball joint performs the same function as your hip joint and is just as important to you as it is to your car. Jeep has issued two recalls on the Liberty lower ball joints. The initial Jeep recall, designated, C36, was for the 2002 and 2003 Liberty and was issued in late 2003. All this recall required was for the dealer to inspect the lower ball joint rubber boots to see if they had cracked allowing the grease to leak out and road grit to enter this critical suspension joint. If the boot was cracked then Jeep was obligated to replace only the effected ball joint with the same original design ball joint. If the ball joint boot was not cracked then the dealer was only obligated to install a simple clip on heat shield that goes between the brake rotor and the ball joint boot. This is supposed to help dissipate the heat generated by the brake rotor from reaching the lower ball joint rubber boot which gets brittle and cracks with continued exposure to high heat. All 2004 and newer Libertys were supposed to come with the new heat shields installed but many did not get this heat shield installed at the factory. Now heres where it gets inter esting. Because of the limited action of the initial C36 recall, nearly all 2002 and 2003 Jeep Libertys are at risk of lower ball joint failure for two distinct reasons. Once the lower ball joint boots have been exposed to the heat generated by the brake rotors two things happen. rubber boot gets so overheated that it dries out and stops lubricating the joint. The second thing is that the rubber boot holding the grease becomes extremely brittle and will crack, allowing the grease to leak out and water and road grit to enter the ball joint, causing accelerated wear and failure. The next chapter in the Jeep Liberty recall takes place in 2006. Because of all the Liberty lower ball joint failures, the National Highforced Jeep to recall nearly 800,000 Libertys built between 2002 and 2006. This time Jeep was mandated to replace both lower ball joints and install the new heat shields no matter how worn they appeared. Jeep makes no effort to publicize this latest recall other than sending out one letter to the original owner Give Me Liberty! Ask the Auto Doctor as required. Since most of the Jeep Libertys here in the Virgin Islands were originally purchased by rental car companies, this notice was sent to them, in late 2006 and by that time they had sold most of their Liberties to individuals. So there are hundreds of Liberties out there on the road with dangerous lower ball joints just waiting to fail. Heres the real truth and tragedy. The whole reason Jeep had this problem is due to a design and construction failure of the old design lower ball joint. The Jeep ball joint that the dealer will install as a replacement, or that you can buy at the local parts store, is the same light duty, old design ball joint that the factory originally installed that is destined to fail prematurely. The correct solution is what I do at my shop. I only install an upgraded, newly designed heavy duty lower ball joint manufactured by a suspension specialty company. This heavy duty replacement joint has a much thicker composite rubber boot that resists heat. It also has a grease lubrication during routine maintenance. I also install the new heat shields if they have not been previously installed. It makes no sense to replace the original faulty ball joints installed by the factory with the same original lower ball joints or its just going to fail again. Now heres the great news. The Administration has mandated that if you pay, or have already paid, to have your Liberty lower ball joints replaced by an independent repair shop, than Jeep is obligated to reimburse you for the entire cost of your repair. Your choices are to take your Liberty over to St. Thomas to the Jeep dealer for replacement with the original design lower ball joints at no cost. The second choice is to that knows about the new design ball joints and will install the new heat shields during the ball joint replacement. If you choose this option you will need to pay for the repair yourself out of pocket. Then you will need to mail your paid receipt and the proper documentation to Jeep and in a few weeks they will mail you a check for the entire cost of the repair. Some shops will even prepare and mail the documentation to Jeep for you so all you have to do is wait for your reimbursement check to arrive. It gets even better because even if youve had your Liberty ball joints previously replaced with the old design ball joints, Jeep will pay to have them replaced again if necessary. The current Liberty recall issued in 2006 is valid for 10 years, as are all recalls, so your Jeep Liberty is eligible until 2016 to have the new upgraded ball joints installed. The other problem with the Liberty is that the upper ball joint, while not under recall, is just as prone to premature failure. Part of the reason for this is that it is under designed and most importantly there is no way to lubricate it periodically due to the lack of a grease into the upper control arm and the ting. Whenever I replace the upper control arm and ball joint I install a newer heavy duty design and now modify the joint at my shop to inservice life of the new joint. In theory, Jeep should have recalled the upper ball joint as well as the lower but for some reason the NHTSA only mandated that Jeep replace the lower joints. Sorry this was a long answer but your question deserved the detailed and somewhat long answer. If I can eliminate even one accident or injury then it was worth taking the time to explain.
St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 13 Bajo el Sol January 6 Opening Reception T o Feature Artists Lucy Portlock and Ayn RiehleSt. John Tradewinds Bajo el Sol Gallery will host an opening reception for Lucy Portlock and Ayn Riehle on Friday, January 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mongoose Junction gallery. Both artists enjoy the wonderful environment with all its colors and contrasts. Using different medi ums and approaches, they are sure to delight the viewers. A great pleasure is watching tions and colors of water, said Riehle. Living on St. John provides lots of opportunities to do that. My paintings of water come from my love of those very illu sive patterns in the water. In a nice contrast and compli ment to Riehles acrylics, Portlock will unveil new work painted in water colors. Porlocks capture of the underwater world around St. John gives the viewer the feeling of being there and reminds all why they are responsible for its preser vation. Come celebrate with these St. John artists at the reception, accompanied in part by classical guitar music of David Laabs. The gallerys regular hours are Sunday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the artists will be featured during the month of January. For more information call 6937070. HAS MOVED and is open for businessOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) FULL VETERINARY SER VICESBOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIESmore info: 693-7780 k9 catscritters @yahoo .com Canines, Cats & Critters Surf Patterns by Ayn Riehle Bedazzling Bromelliads by Lucy Portlock By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The 133-meter motor yacht Al Mirqab was spotted in Cruz Bay over the Christmas weekend. Al Mirqab was built in 2008 by Peters Schiffbau was designed by Tim Heywood with interior design by Andrew Winch Designs. The massive motor yacht was built for Middle Eastern Royalty and is one of the largest and most beautiful yachts on the water, according to www. superyachts.com. Al Mirqab won the coveted Motor Yacht of the Year award at the 2009 World Superyacht Awards and won Best Interior Design in the motor yacht category for her Andrew Winch-designed interior. Al Mirqab has an aluminium superstructure and a steel hull with a beam of 19.5-meters and a 4.9-meter draft. She can accommodate up to 60 guests and is capable of carrying up to 60 crew members onboard, according to www.superyachts. com. The 133-meter displacement yacht is capable of 21 knots. Al Mirqab also features at anchor stabicreasing onboard comfort at anchor and on rough waters, according to the Superyacht website.St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Mares Crane
14 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 Send your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org TH Keeping Track of Crime Homicides: 0 Shootings: 0 Stabbings: 0 Armed Robberies: 0 Arsons: 0 1st Degree Burglaries: 2 2nd Degree Burglaries: 8 3rd Degree Burglaries: 51 Grand Larcenies: 58 Rapes: 1 Continued on Page 16 Letters To St. John TradewindsMy New Years Wish is for a functioning, representative Government. Our kids are in pro sports and on great college teams, sailing and wining in world class events, becoming doctors and musicians. Many have gone off to war and have honored themselves and us. They have done all this in spite of a political sysThese kids are going off the islands and doing great. What if our politicians did as good a job here at home by helping our community? Instead of helping us, they spend their time and our money politicking. They give little pieces of the pie to small groups rather than the community. Groups like that have illegal and unsafe extra housing units on their property. Instead of being accountable to all of us, the Senators are accountable to none of us. The election system that they set up for Senators is designed to be a free for all. The ballot lists all of the applicants and if you vote for more than one canare at all serious about a candidate you cant vote for any others, except the St. John Senator. This system is totally biased to the incumbents whose name we recognize and have made contributions to our little group. We just found out that they spent $6.5 million of our money on themselves and did not leave any record of where it went. Can you imagine how much of our money they spend in ways that they do write in the record, like giving $70 million to the hospitals? Rather than helping the hospitals to change their operation and to develop a plan to provide a system of health care that functions, they used our money to pay for all the health care that patients received and did not pay for. community and maybe I am just jealous because Red Hook doesnt appear to be represented at all. Isnt it time that the politicians in this community started to help our whole community? Recently the Senate decided that they are going to help our children become successful by teaching agriculture in grade school. There are three main employers in our islands, the government, the hospitality industry and trades. A lot of our citizens are doing very well in the hospitality industry, in spite of the Ever have problems deciding what your resolution will be for the New Year? Here are some ideas we 1. Lets all adopt one day a month (or just a couple of hours) to pick up the litter. That way we can get exercise to make ourselves healthier and make St. John even more beautiful! No one likes seeing litter lying around our island. 2. Heres another goodie: Lets not cut the inside of our roads curves as we drive around our island. This way we wont hit pedestrians, donkeys or other innocent beings that are around the corner and out of sight. 3. Another resolution could be to drive only on the correct side of the road while negotiating the curves. This is for those drivers who try to straighten out the curve (road curves to the left) and on the wrong side of the next curve (road curves to the right). Again, we would all be healthier for not being killed by oncom4. How about stopping the noise pollution? That includes music blaring from houses, cars, bars, par ties. Wed all get more sleep, be less angry and there fore healthier! And those closest to the noise wont lose their hearing so quickly and need hearing aids while they are still young! 5. One more.....lets all be friendlier and respectful to all people and all animals on our island. If some person or animal is hurt, needs help, is lost or lonely, please lets all act like kind human beings and help them. We are all on this planet together, and we all need help somewhere along the line. No one is exempt! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Name W ithheld Upon RequestNew Year people and businesses involved in making the Top and Kitchen Lab such a success! The dinner was hosted at ZoZos Ristorante on Sunday, December 18. A total of 62 people attend courses with wine pairings, prepared by Top Chef Season 5 winner, Hosea Rosenberg, with the help of former ZoZos Executive Chef Brett Smith and cur rent ZoZos Executive Chef Michael Fortino. Zozos owner John Ferrigno came up with the idea for the event and made it a reality. Thanks also to event sponsors: Gallows Point Resort; Premier Wines and Spirits; Bellows International/West Indies Corporation; Sea World Fisheries; S&P Seafood; Martinelli cial extra thanks to John and the chefs for such an amazing event, which raised more than $30,000 for the GHS Culinary Arts Program! Molly Murrill and GHS
St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 15 Its very sad that the Senators lost all that money nearly $7 million. Ive spoken to a number of Senators, but its very to the money. After a great many hours spent in a island whispered in my ear that what really happened was all that money was on a table in the Senate. I think the Senators were trying to divide it up for there was no air conditioning working due to the great WAPA, so someone opened the window and, low and behold, the money just blew away. I cannot verify this story, but ask any of the Senators and see what they say. The people have to decide if this is the true story this coming year. Happy New Year to all, especially to those who Norm Gledhill Letters To St. John TradewindsOn top of every evil in this territory, its bad enough that we now have to deal with the shaming Legisla tive audit which incriminates a slew of members of While audits are good even great when the recommendations are not satisfactorily met, they serve no purpose other than information, exposure, and exploitation of the facts. Yes, indeed we demand action to recover our losses. However, people, let us not lose focus. The sooner-or-later resolution of nothing else going on will console us when on a fast-come monthly basis our pockets are negatively affected by our payments to WAPA. To all concerned about the few possible solutions toward the lowering of the L.E.A.C. portion of your WAPA bills, on November 21, 2011 a letter [authored by the group Virgin Islands United for Social Justice and Accountability, an Ad-Hoc Community Or ganization representing the People of Water Island, St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix, U.S.V.I., which marched to Government House and our Senate from November 9, 2011 onward] was put forth to Governor John deJongh. It was delivered to our Governor and shared with our LLC. A copy of Resolution #1720 was attached. It authorizes and requests Governor deJongh to promptly V.I. Governments Agreement with HOVENSA; aspects which will greatly reduce the LEAC portion of our WAPA bills; an obligation our Governor has long ignored. You can obtain a copy of Resolution #1720 from the Legislatures Archive, call the Senate, or visit www.legvi.org. The Resolution clearly portrays one of the best measures of relief for us at this time. It calls for practical, and achievable demands. By Resolution #1720 and our letter, we the people are demanding that in short order our Governor approaches HOVENSA. To help relieve us all, VIU4SJ & A needs your help to turn up the heat on this issue. You, the reader, must call on the Governor to promptly approach HOVENSA and in good faith start the re-negotiation. Please share this letter with all you know; especial ly those abroad anyone who can blow the conch shell. Urge them to call our Governor too. This is a job for everyone. All hands on deck. We believe that this avenue is just one of the few answers to this big but simple problem of the LEAC. We also believe that more people need to be educated about Resolution #1720 by reading it for themselves. And we agree with many that we must also target our Senators; but when the 27th Legislature of the 2007, they did their job. While our past and present senators (and others) must be forced to return what they have stolen based on the present audit, our Governor is not exempt from the general inept run of our Government of which he at hand (the infamous LEAC), he must now do his job and promptly meet with HOVENSA per Resolution #1720. Harriet Mercer, member VIU4SJ & A On this holiday season I just want to express my anger at the fact that the VI government is a thief!!! I submitted my tax return, in April 2011, requesting a $1,000 refund, which had been rolled over for many years. I understand this was my legal duty and right. Now, eight months later, I have still not received my refund. I have repeatedly called the V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue and been told lies. Today I was has no money to pay refunds. This is illegal!!!! I have paid my property taxes, but will not until the amount I havent paid equals what the VI government is past due on paying me, with interest. I am very sorry I paid my last tax bill. Had I known the depths of thievery the VI government could stoop to, I would not have paid. Thank you for making this holiday season misera ble for me!!! I suggest the legislature begin impeach ment procedures for Governor John deJongh. Deborah Ramsay The VI Government continues to support the Dinosaur Economy. There is a better alternative!! Watch The Story of Broke, at the link: http://www.storyofstuff. org/movies-all/story-of-broke/ Begin by taking action on a personal level. Our apathy is the reason our government and economy are in the mess they are in today. We are the consumers! Make wise, healthy choices. We are the voters! Vote the bums out! We are the tax payers. It is our money they are wasting! Occupy yourself and change will happen! Seasons Greetings! Doug White David John (Paco) Ward passed away peacefully December 20 at his home in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. He was 62 and had been battling pancreatic cancer for three years. Paco and his wife of 27 years Cindy, moved to St John in 1990, started a business on St. John, Carefree Getaways, and met many wonderful people. Paco was an avid skier, won several mogul competitions, and went Paco was very passionate and accomplished with skiing, sailing and loved to play pool. His smile and positive attitude with all will be missed. His wife Cindy considers him the nicest person she has ever known. Paco and Cindys extended family has been important to them, especially his sister Susan and her husband Glen, and nephews Conor Taylor, his brother Robert Ward, John Turner, Gail Turner, Haley, Barrett, Jacque and Jeff Guthrie (who honeymooned on St. John). Also Gene and Sally Turner, beloved godchildren Andrew and Kristine Becht. All have been incredibly supportive. Any contributions in his memory should be sent to the Animal Care Center on St John (340-774-1625) or a charity of your choice. Obituary
16 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 lack of training in the public schools. The only ones that I know who are doing well in agriculture are the ones that grow pot. Maybe they should consider exposing our children to hospitality and the trades and make agriculture an elective. In the meantime, why dont you Senators has been closed for several years because of a clogged drain? You could do a lot better at working with the existing agriculture businesses to provide markets for them and help them get into the organic food business before you begin to teach kids how to What if our leaders decided to help the community? I think that if they were to develop a system where there were sub-districts such as Christiansted, Frederiksted, and using the existing estates that border on each other combined together to make subdistricts they would really make a contribu tion to our community. Other communities have tried this and it has worked very well. my district because of their political clout. The next thing that they could do would be to develop a school system that is designed to teach our children how to do math, to read and write, to learn what they want to be when they grow up and help them get started on being successful at it. We have produced some very successful children, but most of them are on the other end of the scale. Almost twice as many of them are arrested for violent crimes per thousand as in the US. Eighty-three percent the seventh graders do not read at grade level, by 11th grade it drops to 74 percent mostly due to dropouts. Almost 25 percent of the kids age 16-19 are not in school and do not have jobs. Our children need to be taught by people who want to help them learn and we have to provide an environment where the teachers want to teach. Teachers who no longer want to teach should be given other jobs that they do want to do and are capable of doing. Maybe we should consider active schools all year round, with extra help for all the children that need it. If we did that, we could raise teachers pay to what they need and deserve. With a little effort we could make sure every kid who wanted to go to college goes. The kids who dont, could be exposed to trades, and hospitality as well as farming. All students could learn to read, stay in school and graduate. Our children really are worth the effort. A while ago the Governor put forth an economic proposal to require all Commissioners to reduce 10 percent of their staff. If this were passed by the Senate many of the people that were not doing their jobs would be asked to retire or leave. If they retired, they could go to work for a charity that they want to help, if not they liked doing. What a wonderful way to provide a morale booster for the government workers that stayed on. They would no longer have to look at the dead wood that is not doing their job at the next desk. They could feel good because they were doing a good job and doing a good job feels good. Instead, the Senators decided to keep the dead wood and cut everyones pay. I bet that encouraged everyone to work harder to do a better job. They also gave a bonus to everyone who retired, and promised to reduce the so all the good workers who could retire had to. This does not appear to be a good deci sion for the well being of the community. Senators, I think it would be great if you tion sub-district system so that each Senator is accountable to a community which he or she represents and each of these communi ties gets to vote on who they want to represent them and help them the most, and only their representative. Let St. John decide who is going to represent them. You would truly become community leaders if you put this together before the next election. Oh yes, one other thing how about all businesses pay gross receipts tax. The Government should require that all contractors working on government contracts provide proof that they and all their sub contractors are paying the tax. checks on all contracts. The EDC compa nies would help this community a lot if they paid the gross receipt tax. They get tax benthe gross receipt tax would not be an undue burden. You could start them out at 1 per and work up to 4 percent. Then you could reduce the tax on those of us who are paying now back to 4 percent. I usually dont like to write long letters but if you read this far maybe you could make a wish for the New Year too. Greg Miller Letters To St. John TradewindsContinued from Page 14 St. John Tradewinds After lamenting the lack of action by the 29th Legislature during an emergency session December 23 intended to keep Governor John deJongh expressed disappointment last week with senators. The continued lack of appreciation of crisis and the effect that their continued failure to act will have both on government employees and their families and provision of government operations, is troubling, deJongh said, as it leaves us with an ever-narrowing range of options all of which will cause great hardship on many now employed by our government and on our private sector as well. Further explaining the governments conference on Wednesday morning, December 28, at Government House: Thank you for being here this morning and for joining me and the other members of my Administration including Finance Commissioner Angel Dawson and the OfDebra Gottlieb. Last week, I called the 29th Legislature into special session to take up a set of measures that I proposed as essential if we are to be able to continue to operate our government. These measures sought to increase our revenues and give us the authority to borrow short term to manage tinue to work towards reducing our over all expenses in an orderly manner. After a day of political posturing and increased rhetoric we saw senators do everything from launch personal attacks management issue, to outrageous requests such as access to the governments bank access codes. tive for the bill sent down to them. What we saw was a complete lack of leadership and sensitivity to our community when we needed it most with one member going so far as to say: They didnt want to be there. cial team, led by Dawson, I laid out the are almost out of cash and we cannot issue checks without money in the bank to cover the checks. Not only will the checks bounce, but the act of issuing such checks is unlawful. at the same time, offered no solutions of their own, just as they have failed to come up with any ideas other than the 8 percent pay cut and the early retirement incen tive, and they now fear that the 8 percent pay cut will be struck down by the court as having been beyond their authority to My lawyers and theirs are arguing that the pay cut is permissible, but if it is ruled that it is not, our problems only get worse because of the failure of the 29th budgetary crisis they have been ducking right along. decided last Friday when they took the positions that they took and when they voted as they did was quite simple and understood by them and by all who listened to the proceedings. What they did was decide that the dismissal of government workers was the best solution. able set of actions, they have left us no choice but to take some steps that I have worked hard to avoid over the last three years which is discontinue certain programs and dismiss government workers. They have said, Governor: You do it; we dont want to have to be any more visible than this, we will do all we can to blame you. Over the last three years we have bor rowed the necessary monies to avoid what we are now being forced to do, and were criticized for taking this approach; we executed agreements to assure a new and larger revenue stream and we were fact we were receiving nothing before. We have cut operating expenditures, limited our hiring, we have raised revenues, and we continue to nurture existing projects, while ensuring some stability to operations and employment. The December 23rd decision will have a real impact on families, on children, on caregivers, and our community and their ability to meet their daily needs. It will also have far reaching impacts on the private sector that depends on the demand created by public employees for the goods and services provided by private Government Almost Out of Cash, First Round of Layoffs Coming in January, Says Governor John deJonghContinued on Next Page
St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 17 community, but I have no choice but to implement the collective will of the Senators. To that end I have taken the following actions: On Tuesday, December 27, I requested that the Director of Personnel, Kenneth Hermon, complete the preparation of the lists of those employees of the government whose tasks and functions have been deemed by the heads of the departments or agencies where they serve not to be essential; executive branch departments and agencies noting the amount of reductions required. These agencies include Waste Management Authority, University of Virgin Islands, Housing Finance Authority, Economic and Governor Juan F. Luis Hospitals; On December 30 letters will be delivered to 143 temporary, per diem, and part time employees who will be informed of their dismissal. December 30 will be their last day on the job, but they will placed on administrative leave so they can be paid for two weeks; On January 5 an additional 350 employee dismissal letters will be sent out informing those employees of their termination. I have been very clear that this is not the course of action that I wished to pursue, and my actions over as clear that the lack of action by the 29th Legislature requires these steps. We have no other choice given to us at this point. And all should understand that these are but the initial steps. Further actions, including additional dismissals, will be required, and the combined impact will be dramatic. We have spoken countless times about the state of to be taken in order to continue to lead us through these times. And we have outlined the current cash isby them and the community the pension systems unfunded liability, the incremental costs of waste disposal and healthcare reform and the solvency of the workmens compensation program. Given the fact that our latest set of our proposals were summarily rejected by the 29th Legislature and choice the only choice now. We must continue to function as a government but we must also continue to function within our means. While I will continue to look to work together with any, and all, who wish to come to the table with real solutions for our territory, the time for talk and half measures is over. And just so there will be no mistake, everyone should know that the doctrine of separation of powers certainly does not extend to the Legislature being entitled to the access codes and passwords of the governments bank accounts. Not to mention that I explain providing such information to an entity whose management discipline has been so clearly illustrated to be suspect and also shown to be in complete disarray in the recently published Inspector Generals audit. and were fortunate enough to be successful have two primary responsibilities to make decisions in the best interest of our community and to work together as we make those decisions. We have watched on a national level the absence of this type of behavior lead to inaction, which by itself is an action that hurts so many. The pockets of local self-interest are becoming too great and can have a disastrous impact on us unless we re-focus on community needs. To my fellow elected common good. To my friends in the private sector, I would suggest that it is time that they appreciate the extraordinary steps to keep our economy intact over these past three years when the private economy contracted, here and across the nation. Those in the private sector cannot continue to believe that they can go over 20 years without a tax increase. To the union leadership, I would submit that we have made tremendous efforts to keep our government workers working, and avoid this day. It is time that those leaders explain to their members that a decrease in government revenues can effect negoti taxpayers understand that not paying what they are suppose to only leads to those that need government help the most not getting it. I have acted, and will continue to act. I regret that after all we have tried to do to save peoples jobs, to maintain a level of stability in government programs and execution of operations that it has come to this point, but I know there is little else I could do. I am concerned for every family that depends on their job or the assistance it provides and for our businesses that depend on contract work and purchases. We have permitted hotel resort projects in the works, strategies to implement alternative and renewable energy programs, installation of a broadband infrastructure, new air carriers, improved discussions with cruise lines, plans to enhance our downtown areas and an exciting project for a sports complex in Frederiksted. It is truly unfortunate that the senators did not want to work with us to provide the bridge until these initiatives take hold. Government Almost Out of Cash, Says deJonghContinued from Previous PageGovernor John P. deJongh during his December 28 press conference at Government House. AV AILABLE A T THE FOLLOWING OUTLETS:CRUZ BA Y Bayside Mini-Mart Chelsea Drug Store Connections Every Ting Gallow Point Store Nest & Co. 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18 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com firstname.lastname@example.org Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486 VIVA Vacations tel. 779-4250 P.O. Box 1747, STJ, VI 00831ArchitectureCrane, Robert Architect, AIA tel. 776-6356 P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 00831 Barefoot Design Group, LLC tel. 693-7665 fax 693-8411 P.O. Box 1772, STJ, VI 00831BankingFirstbank Located in downtown Cruz Bay 340-776-6881 Scotiabank #1 Mortgage Lender in the VI The Marketplace (340) 776-6552 Beauty/SpaW estin Resorts & Villas Spa Services tel. 693-8000, ext. 1903/1904 ConstructionSt. John Hardware tel. 693-8780 fax 776-6685 Located at The Marketplace InsuranceTheodore T unick & Company Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 www.theodoretunick.comJewelryR&I PATTON goldsmithing Located in Mongoose Junction 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445 Chat@pattongold.comLandscapingAlfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831 PROPERTYKING tel. 643-6348 Landscaping & IrrigationProperty MgmtSeaview Vacation Homes, Inc. tel. 340-776-6805; 888-625-2963 www.seaviewhomes.comReal EstateAmerican Paradise Real Estate tel. 693-8352 fax 693-8818 P.O. Box 8313, STJ, VI 00831 email@example.com Cruz Bay Realty tel. 693-8808 fax 693-9812 P.O. Box 66, STJ, VI 00831 firstname.lastname@example.org Debbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 email@example.com www.stjohnvirealestate.com Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 info@holidayhomesVI.com Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 firstname.lastname@example.orgRestaurantsConcordia 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 tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Skinny Legs A Pretty OK Place tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral Bay Island Solar "Off the Grid Living for 10 Years" tel. 340-642-0531 Terminix Termite, Pest, Rodent Control Problem Solved Guarantee 340-777-4423 How can you cut your energy bill immediately and 340-714-8436 St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory Ferry Schedules Cruz Bay and Charlotte Amalie Every hour on the hour from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Every hour on the hour from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 3:45 p.m. Leaves Charlotte Amalie 10 a.m. 1 p.m. 5:30 p.m Bahai Community of St. John For Devotions and Study Circles,call 714-1641 7:30 p.m. Fridays; Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundays 776-6316, 776-6254 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. Christian Ministry Cinnamon Bay Beach Inter-Denominational, Sunday 8:30 a.m. Christian Science Society 10:45 a.m. SundayMarketplace Wednesday Testimonials 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 Jehovahs Witness 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7 p.m. Saturdays (Espaol), 10 a.m. Sundays, 340-715-053 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. 776-6731 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saturdays 6 p.m.; Sundays 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. 776-6339 St. John Methodist Church Sunday 10 a.m, 693-8830 Seventh Day Adventist Saturdays, 779-4477 St. John Pentecostal Church Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Prayer 7:30 p.m., Thursdays Bible Study 7:30 p.m. 779-1230 St. Ursulas Episcopal Church Sunday 9 a.m.; Bible Class, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. 777-6306 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. Gifft Hill School 774-8617 Church DirectoryGet Ready for Second Annual Broadway Comes to St. John on Jan. 27 at W estin Resort and VillasSt. John Tradewinds St. John School of the Arts is presenting the Second Annual Broadway Comes to St. John premiering a new work World Of Dreams on Friday, January 27, at the Westin Ballroom. be working for three week with the fourth graders from all St. John schools. The premiere performance will be at 6 p.m. for those who purchase a $200 Angel tickets. This ticket includes admission, a champagne reception and dinner following the performance at one of the islands Crab; Fish Trap; La Tapa; Lime Inn; Mor gans Mango; Ocean Grill; Rhumb Lines; and ZoZos. Tickets can be purchased at Connections and St. John School of the Arts. The second performance of World of Dreams at 8 p.m. is free for the general public. Any contributions will be most appreciated. As part of this fundraising event, St. John School of the Arts will also host another package is valued at $5,000 and includes round trip airfare for two to New York City; tickets to Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Chicago with a back stage tour; plus a third show that will be announced; dinner at Sardis and Etcetera Etcetera; and three nights hotel accommodations. at Connections and St. John School of the Arts. The drawing for the winner of the rafand the winner does not need to be present fore September 30, 2012. As part of this promotion, St. John School of the Arts is proud to launch its new logo. Cheryl Geller designed the schools new image as well as the promotional posters, tickets and banner for Broadway Comes to St. John event. Her contributed talents and skills have given the school a creative and dynamic new look for 2012. For more information call 779-4322.
St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 19 Friday, December 16 10:32 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Loud music. Saturday, December 17 8:55 a.m. A citizen p/r that someone was in Cruz Bay making a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace. 11:52 a.m. A citizen c/r a man down in the area of the barge ramp. Police assistance. Sunday, December 18 12:01 a.m. A citizen c/r a domestic disturbance at the Westin Resort and Villas. Police assistance. 11:01 a.m. A St. Thomas resident p/r that she was assaulted at Wharfside Village. Simple assault. 3:47 p.m. An Estate Emmaus resident p/r that her vehicle was struck while parked in Coral Bay. Hit and run. 8:16 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that he was threatened by another male. Disturbance of the peace, threats. Monday, December 19 9:23 a.m. The manager of Aqua Bistro c/r a burglary at the business. Burglary in the third. 10:00 a.m. A visitor p/r that she lost her documents. Lost documents. 11:00 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in Coral Bay. Disturbance of the peace. T uesday, December 20 12:52 a.m. A doctor from Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center c/r that one of his hospice patients passed away in Estate Enighed. D.O.A. 2:57 p.m. A citizen p/r that someone stole the stereo system from her vehicle. Grand larceny. 6:24 p.m. A citizen r/ a distur bance in Coral Bay. Disturbance of the peace. 6:51 p.m. An employee of the Westin Resort and Villas c/r a room W ednesday, December 21 1:30 p.m. The principal of Guy Benjamin School r/ a disturbance at the school. Disturbance of the peace. 3:19 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance to remove vagrants from a park bench in Cruz Bay. Police assistance. 3:56 p.m. Central Dispatch r/ a drowning at Dennis Bay. D.O.A. 4:09 p.m. A citizen r/ a collision with two vehicles at Department of Public Works. Auto collision. 10:08 p.m. A citizen p/r a lar ceny in Cruz Bay. Grand larceny. Thursday, December 22 10:34 a.m. An Estate Bethany resident p/requesting police assistance to remove someone from her property. Police assistance. 5:09 p.m. An Estate Contant resident c/r individuals on her property. Trespass. 5:20 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that his car was hit in the BMV parking lot. Auto collision. Friday, December 23 10:12 a.m. A Caneel Bay Resort manager c/r a weapon was found in one of the restrooms. Re4:54 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident r/ an accident. Accidental fall. 5:27 p.m. A visitor from Puerto Rico r/ that someone was not properly clothed in Cruz Bay. Indecent exposure. Saturday, December 24 5:39 a.m. A nurse from Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center c/r an attempted suicide. Attempted suicide. 11:07 a.m. A citizen p/r being in a verbal altercation with his ex-girlfriend. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 11:45 p.m. An Estate Chocolate Hole resident p/r that her car was broken into. Grand larceny. Sunday, December 25 2:10 a.m. A citizen c/r an auto accident on Centerline Road. Auto accident. 2:26 a.m. A nurse from Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center c/requesting police assistance. 6:40 p.m. Jurgen Command Unit recovered three small plastic bags with what appeared to contain crack cocaine. Recovered narcotics. 8:04 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident p/r that his keyless entry remote from removed from his parked vehicle. Petit larceny. Monday, December 26 10:00 a.m. An Estate Mandahl resident p/r that he was threatened by his wife. Disturbance of the peace, threats, D.V. 12:15 p.m. An Estate Glucksberg resident p/r that his iPad and gas burner were stolen. Grand lar ceny. 6:52 p.m. A visitor staying in Estate Rendezvous r/ an open door. Burglary in the third. 10:56 p.m. A visitor r/ that the villa he was staying in was burglar ized. Burglary in the third. T uesday, December 27 8:49 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that a male is making a disturbance at his place of business. Disturbance of the peace. 3:09 p.m. A citizen c/r hear arm. 3:53 p.m. A citizen r/ someone falling in the area of Wharfside Village. Accidental injury. 3:56 p.m. An Estate Glucksberg resident r/ a two car collision on North Shore Road. Auto collision. 7:30 p.m. A citizen r/ a verbal disturbance in the area of Wharfside Village. Disturbance of the peace. 11:15 p.m. Badge #1021 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Rich Gammley of Burlington, Vermont, under arrest and charged with aggravated assault and battery. No bail was set due to domestic violence laws. He was detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas to be remanded. W ednesday, December 28 10:10 a.m. A citizen p/r that the license plate on his rental vehicle was lost or stolen. Lost/stolen property. 10:51 a.m. A citizen c/r a possible drowning at Trunk Bay. Police assistance. 6:50 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident r/ a disturbance. Distur bance of the peace. Thursday, December 29 8:22 a.m. A National Park Ser vice ranger c/r a bomb threat at the Cruz Bay Visitors Center. Bomb threat. 3:42 p.m. A citizen r/ an assault in the area of Estate Enighed. Assault in the third. 3:15 p.m. People of the Virgin Islands r/ a man on the ground in the area of the Cruz Bay roundabout. Accidental fall. 7:10 p.m. A Gifft Hill resident r/ an auto collision in the National Park Service parking lot. Auto collision. Crime Stoppers is asking the communitys help to solve the following crimes. If anyone knows something, they should say something, as law enforcement cannot control crime without help. St. John Between 10:30 p.m. Monday, December 19, and the following morning at 9:23 a.m. Aqua Bistro, located at #13 Estate Carolina, was burglar ized. The burglar(s) exited through the kitchen door taking a black safe with them. Help law enforcement identify the burglars. St. Thomas On Saturday, December 17, at 2:19 p.m. police responded in the area of Bergs Home. They found the body of a male, blood, behind building C with a wound on the left side of his neck. Due to dried blood on his body, it is possible Youngblood may have been there for some time. Help law enforcement determine what occurred. St. Croix Law enforcement needs help solving the murder of 35-yearold Robert OConnor, III, whose lifeless body was found on December 10, 2003 at about 10 p.m. on Spring Gut Road. Lets work together to bring closure to OConnors family. Community members can submit tips on these or any other crimes at www.CrimeStop persUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips are completely anonymous, and the stateside operators are bilingual. If a tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, illegal drugs, or weapons, the tipster receives a cash reward to be paid according to their instructions. Only anonymous callers to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards. The minimum reward for the arrest of a murder suspect is $1,500. For a burglary suspect it is $714 plus 10 percent of the value of any property recovered. Technology makes it virtually impossible for anyone to trace a tip back to anyone. To learn how it works, visit www. CrimeStoppersUSVI.org. Crime Stoppers USVI is run entirely by volunteers and is and sponsor contributions. To please visit the website and become a dues-paying member. Crime Stoppers U.S.V.I St. John Tradewinds Fatty Crab St. John will be kicking off 2012 on a good note with three nights of exclusive live performances by New Orleans resident and legendary Boogie Woogie, Blues, and Professor Longhair piano disciple, Joe Krown. On January 4, 5 and 6, Krown will be taking up residence at the restaurant with free solo concerts each night from 9 p.m. to midnight. In honor of the occasion, a special late night menu featuring a variety of Nawlins-inspired food and drink specials will be available at the bar starting at 10 p.m.St. John Tradewinds The Unitarian Universalists of St. John meet at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday in the Great Room at Gifft Hill School. The guest speaker for January 8, 2012 is Rev. Kathryn Barley who will speak on Earth Honoring: Four directions, Sacred Tree of life. For transportation from Cruz Bay, call 776-6332. Childcare is available upon prior request. For more informa tion visit www.uufstjohn.org.
20 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail email@example.com or fax 693-8885.NEW 130-ACROSSESACROSS 1 Boxing punches 5 Bulk-buying chain 13 Professional copyists 20 Balls 21 Represent as perfect 22 Ballerina Galina 23 Something bad that has to be done 25 Kind of comb 26 Picnic crawler 27 PIN-taking dispenser 28 Sealant stuff 29 One-eighty on the road 30 One-named Deco artist 31 Beastly 33 Actor on The Dick Van Dyke Show 37 Samuel with a code 39 Act of keeping watch 40 Arsenal stuff 43 Three-horse carriages 47 Complains 52 Longtime classroom magazine 55 Dutch banking giant 56 Notorious emperor 57 Curry of Today 58 Wide-shoe letters 59 Very interested in 61 Turn into a mummy 63 Thither 64 Not far from 66 18-yard box, in soccer 68 Bear, in Mexico 70 Serving several functions 73 -K (tykes class) 74 Match Game host 77 Joke-telling Jay 79 Relaxing resort 82 Actor Platt 83 Last Greek letters 86 Antique Olds 87 Ill-bred fellow 88 Head, in Cannes 91 Engage in silly play 94 Intimidate 96 Rio de , Brazil 97 Court partitions 100 Previously, in poetry 103 Knighted English portraitist 110 Life forms 115 Hardly rigid 116 Yearbook bit 117 Grazing ground 118 Amazed cry 119 Call to mind 121 Fosse, e.g. 125 Neil of the Pet Shop Boys 126 Pep up 127 Put on, as cargo 128 Socks with diamonds 129 Like a fez 130 Word rearranged and hidden in this puzzles eight longest answers 1 Brothers (boy band) 2 Vying venue 3 Doctor Who airer 4 Cleveland-to-Akron dir. 5 Nun 6 Eves mate 7 Sea, to Simone 8 What do you that? 9 With 40-Down, erase 10 French for book 11 Israeli arm 12 Air or ami lead-in 14 Thing shot in skeet shooting 15 -a-tat 16 Entomb 17 Two-by-four 18 Title role for Patti LuPone 19 Bay State port 24 Starch-yielding palm 29 Ballpark arbiter 32 Crazedly 33 Paltry 34 Pining type 35 Horse kin 36 Do Ya gp. 38 Flowing steadily 40 See 9-Down 41 Ask questions ... 42 Akin to Amish 44 Acorn maker 45 Ending for cyan 46 Continuing 48 Open, as a gate 49 Coast Guard coup 50 Detective novelist Stanley Gardner 51 Cell body 53 Poe maiden 54 -haw! (Whee!) 55 As a whole 60 Beatle bride 62 I lost meatball ... (On Top of Spaghetti lyric) 65 Apply, as ointment 67 Wary about 69 Break off 71 Abners radio partner 72 Johnny 74 Attend 75 Height: Abbr. 76 Is anyone else here? 78 Teachers gp. 80 Huff and puff 81 Appends 85 Do moguls 90 New rough sketches 92 Periods 93 Finally know! 95 Cartoon shopkeeper 96 Great elation 99 Critic Reed 101 Did as told 102 Hindquarters 103 Certain Volkswagen 104 Additional 105 Wasp attack 106 Youngman of oneliners 107 Wind quintet instruments 108 Fibbers 109 Avoid slyly 111 Stellar phenomena 112 Mild cheese 113 Utter 117 Lie around 120 Kan (old dog food brand) 121 Track wager 122 Cell material 123 Wheaton of TV 124 TV Tarzan player Ron PREMIER Crossword ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45 a.m. at Hawksnest Bay Beach; Closed meetings for alcoholics only at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay at 6 p.m on Tuesdays; Open meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at Nazareth Lutheran Church; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. at Moravian Church, Coral Bay. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Narcotics Anonymous has open meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Saturday at St. Ursulas Church. AL-ANON MEETINGS Al-Anon meets on St. John every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Thursday, January 12 The Island Green Building Association will host a public presentation on Solar, Wind and Saving Energy on Thursday, January 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the secThe night will also be IGBAs annual meeting to elect board members. Saturday, January 14 The best in old-school comes to the Reichhold Center for the Arts on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 8 p.m.The Commodores, the Grammy Awardwinning musical group and legends of Motown, will be live in concert singing classic hits such as Three Times a Lady, Easy, and Brickhouse. Get tickets today to groove to these favorite hits! Call 693-1559 or purchase online at www.reich holdcenter.com. Tickets are available on St. John at Connections and St. John residents should call 6931550 to sign up for the discount shuttle. Saturday, January 21 The St. John Animal Care Centers Annual Christmas for the Animals fundraiser gala will be Saturday, January 21, at A La Mer villa. The Snow Ball will be island fancy and will feature a live band. All proceeds will go to fund the neglected and abandoned animals of St. John. W edensday and Thursday, January 25-26 tenant Governor, Division of stages of preparing for the sale of properties that are in delinquent property tax payment status of 10 or more years. The of the properties slated for the are scheduled for January 1819, 2012 on St. Croix and January 25-26 in the St. Thomas/St. John district. In both districts, the auctions will be at the DiviFriday, January 27 Get ready for the St. John School of the Arts fundraiser Broadway Comes to St. John, January 27, 2012. Saturday, February 11 Join Relay for Life at Julius E. Sprauve School Field on Saturday, February 11, at 4 p.m. for 18 hours of friendship, food and fun and help to make a difference!
St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 21 Commerical/Ofce/Storage Space Available COMMERCIAL SPACE AVAILABLEAt The LumberyardUNUSUAL OPPORTUNITYfirst floor space availableDowntown Cruz Bay Where St. John Does BusinessFor Space Call Nick 340-771-3737 NEXT CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 TH SCENIC PROPERTIES 340-693-7777 Cruz Bay Apartments: Two bedrooms, two bath, Gift Hill $2000 Coral Bay: One bedroom, one bath $900 One bedroom, one bath $1100 Check out www.stjohnlive.com for more details. EVERYTHING YOU NEED ON EVERY LEVEL GREAT PLACE TO SHOP, DINE AND WORK COME JOIN US WE HAVE SPACES AVAILABLE RETAIL or OFF ICE 340-776-6455 Coral Bay 1100sqft newly renovated cottage 2-bdrm 2-bath semi-furnished views breezes w/d d/w dish tv pets $2000/mo 693-5554. STORAGE: SECURED LOCKERS 4X6X7 $80 MO. 643-3283 Gorgeous .73-acre in Flanagans Passage, 180-degree view from Moravian Church to LeDuc Island, straddles ridges. Priced to sell at $167,000. Owner will buyer. Serious inquiries. 340-643-7615. Services Apartments For Lease A/C, Washer/Dryer, balcony, clean, great location next to Westin, 1BR @ $1,250, 2BR @ $1,650-$1,750, Security & 1st mo. Month to Month lease available. Call Laurie at 779-1804 or 227-6688 Get the picture with DISH NETWORK Always online with HUGHESNET Service on St. John firstname.lastname@example.org 340 779 4001 RELIABLE MOBILE AUTO REPAIR: Professional and experi enced. Brakes, CV Joints, Suspensions, Shocks, Alternators, Timing Belts, General Engine, Repair, Foreign & Domestic. All Work Guaranteed. Call 227-9574 Large 2 BR Apartment in Bethany overlooking the Westin. Great views, A/C; Call 690-1104 14-foot, 6-foot-eightinch beam white boat, some red paint, located in Chocolate Hole north. Center console, hard able, holds no air. Call 344-6038. Com/Ofce/Storage New large 2BR, large bath, off-street parking, ceiling fans, microwave, security lights, spacious porch, gorgeous view overlooking Westin, $1800/month 340-776-6331 or 678-715-1129 Land For Sale For Rent Notice Coral Bay, Carolina Long Term, Furnished 2 Bed 2 Bath, Full Upper level, A/C in Bedrooms, Large covered deck, W&D, $1650/mth. Call Ron 715-853-9696 Upscale Retail Gift Shop Lease option Available with inventory serious inquiries call or email 340-228-1840 email@example.com For Sale CARNIVAL BOOTH FOR SALE! Professional T 1/11 wood construction, plumbing, electric and gas line equipped. Ready to roll on a steel chasse and trailer. Includes 3 fryers, 2 marine coolers, 2 drink coolers and kitchen and bar supplies. $10,000 Call 244.4663 HAPPY NEW YEAR from TRADEWINDS BUYING? SELLING? RENTING? SEEKING?CALL 340-776-6496 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.orgGET RESULTS!VISA & MC Accepted
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VILLA KALORAMA Panoramic views from classic modern 5 bdm, 4.5 bth rental villa in Virgin Grand Estates features native stone, ipe hardwoods, glass walls & a secure property. Dramatic great room opens onto 40 ft pool & large verandas for spectacular indooroutdoor living. INVESTMENT POTENTIAL; APART MENT COMPLEX 3 nished 2 bdrm units w/ permits in place for 5 more. High cash ow, all masonry building, water views, breezes. CORAL POINT BEACH HOUSE for the active waterfront lifestyle. Ridgetop, waterfront, open air solid masonry 3 bedroom home. Must be seen to be appreciated. V ILLA S ERENDIPITY spectacular 270 views to St. Thomas/St. Croix w/ a quiet hilltop location & great rental history. 4 spacious bdrms each w/ their own bath. Great pool deck! AC or open windows & sliders to the Caribbean breezes. D OVE C OTTAGE St. Johns rst luxury eco-villa 2 BR, 1.5 BTH w/ 280 views & pool. Solar & green building materials, recently remodeled w/ custom mahogany doors, room to expand or build more in upscale Dreekets Bay. 3 UNIT INCOME PRODUCER! Near town, all masonry. Top oors each 3 bedrooms with decks, A/C, plus lower studio. Renovated 2003: Corian counters, new appliances & tile oors. TREE FROG COTTAGE Charming 1 x 1 home, surrounded by lush tropical forest with views of Coral Bay and the BVI. Close to shopping and restaurants, but very private. Good short term rental history. FISH BA Y 4X2 INCREDIBLE VALUE! Huge panoramic views and a quiet, private, breezy location that bor ders Nature Conser vancy property make this home a must see! COMFORTABLE C AROLINA C OT TAGE offers open oor plan & views of historic sugar mill with room to expand this well-maintained home that features 2 parcels. Close to Coral Bay shopping and services. VILLA F AR N IENTE Turn-key 3 bedroom, 3 bath villa in Pt. Rendezvous offers big views, breezes & great rental history. Beautifully-appointed, fully furnished, infinity-edge pool, interior staircase, artistic lighting and super sun and moonrises! WINDCHIME is a very private 1.4 ac. estate set high atop Gifft Hill. Dramatic views to the east w/ spectacular breezes and sunrises. This 3 bdrm villa has room to expand with an over sized pool facing the terric view. POINCIANA is an island classic home on 1.24 acres of prime waterfront overlooking Hart Bay. 3 bedroom popular rental with one of the best views of the south shore. PARADISE ON THE ROCKS Tropical living, big views & masonry home-centrally-located on Ajax Peak. Two units: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths & Great Room upstairs; private entry 1 bedroom apartment downstairs. Rent one, live in the other! D A Y D REAM IN U PPER C AROLINA Fabulous views Coral Bay to BVI in masonry 3 bdrm/3.5 bath Majestic Mile home. New furnishings, private pool & bdrm suites, hot tub, stone/brick landscaping, solar hot water, shutters, custom cabinets & 10k generator. Cute wood cottage (NC) on property. T REE H OUSE offers spectacular views from Upper Carolinas ridge top. This gentle parcel features a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home which is bordered by National Park. The Company that gives back to St. John $285,000 CORAL BREEZE Well kept 2br, 2ba condo live in or continue successful short term rental. Beautiful views of Great Cruz Bay & beyond. Convenient to town & recently added common pool and deck make Bethany Condos unit 6 a great investment. $415,000 CONCH VILLAS : Why pay rent? Opportunity to own a 2br, 1ba &/or a 1br, 1ba condo close to Cruz Bay! Purchase one for yourself and stop throwing money away on rent or purchase both for additional income. $205,000 & $230,000 $1,695,000 $1,050,000 $540,000 $4,900,000 DVD $2,300,000 DVD $1,850,000 $1,800,000 $1,350,000 $1,000,000 $685,000 $590,000 $535,000 PRICE REDUCED $3,700,000 $2,350,000 DVD $1,419,000 C ALABASH BOOM hillside $475,000 FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL ST. JOHN MLS PROPERTIES, DVD TOURS OF THE PROPERTIES, AND/OR A COPY OF OUR NEWSLETTER CALL OR E-MAIL US. ESTATE MANDAHL $85,000E STATE CAROLINA from $115,000C ONCORDIA PRESERVE from $275,000D REEKETS BA Y hillside & WATERFRONT from $300,000 P RIVATEER BA Y/HANSEN BA Y hillside & WATERFRONT from $199,000S ABA BA Y 19 ac. WATERFRONT $9,990,000P ETER BA Y/NORTHSHORE from $1,500,000 L OVANGO CA Y WATERFRONT South shore from $285,000 UPPER MONTE BA Y hillsides from $799,000B OATMAN PT ./RENDEZVOUS WATERFRONT $825,000V IRGIN GRAND ESTATES from $499,000C HOCOLATE HOLE from $365,000 S AUNDERS GUT two W ATERFRONT lots $345,000 each A LSO WESTIN TIMESHARES from $2,000 per weekONE MONTH FRACTIONALS FROM $69,000 LOTS OF LAND LISTINGS!! MOTIVATED SELLERS!! SOME SELLER FINANCING!! HH-TW 1.2.2012.indd 1 12/29/11 12:17 PM St. John Tradewinds wishes the community aHAPPY NEW YEAR Exceptional St. John Villa Offered Through Debbie Hayes E XCLU SIVE REAL EST A TE SERVICE IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DEBBIE HAYES, GRILICENSED U.S VIRGIN IS L ANDS REA L ESTATE BROKER/ OWNER Ofce: 340 714 5808Cell: 340 642 5995DH@DH. www.StJohnVIRealEstate.com Impressive Custom Built 5 bedrm/5 bath European-Style Villa located in Coral Bay with commanding water views. Fractional Ownership Possible. Oered at $2.5M DebbieHayes-TW VA 11.21.2011.indd 1 11/17/11 8:01 AM
St. John Tradewinds Visitors from Canada were greeted with a warm USVI welcome last week when the touched down in St. Thomas. weekly Air Canada service that will increase visitor arrivals from the territorys second largest international market. Department of Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty and Assistant Commissioner Monique Sibilly Hodge met on Monday, December 26, which included Air Canada representative Louise Le Beau, Vice President of Product Development and Revenue Management. In true USVI style, passengers received a taste of Virgin Islands culture upon ar rival including live steel pan music, greeters dressed in traditional Madras, samples of Cruzan Rum and welcome bags. With a dedicated presence in Canada for over two years, DOT has implemented mar keting initiatives designed to grow awareness and interest in travel to the territory, including travel agent outreach, industry trade shows and media relations efforts. Based on DOTs research, the Canadian market continues to demonstrate strong demand, despite the recent economic recession. We are extremely thrilled to welcome to St. Thomas, said Nicholson-Doty. We also look forward to showcasing the destination to the 2,000 inbound passengers expected to visit during the winter months, as result of this new service. Annually, we receive approximately 7,000 visitors from Canada and with this new airlift we anticipate growth of at least 20 percent from the territorys second largest international market, she said. Pearson International (YYZ) at 9:45 a.m. and arrived at Cyril E. King airport (STT) at 3:54 p.m. a little later than its scheduled 3:15 p.m. arrival. 4:15 p.m. and arrive in Toronto at 9:25 p.m. This added airlift will offer Canadians nonstop service once every Saturday between Toronto and St. Thomas, through April Canadas Airbus 319-100 aircraft featuring a new cabin interior, 14 executive seats and 106 economy seats. In anticipation of the new service, and to increase awareness and bookings to the territory in time for holiday and winter travel, DOT activated a series of activities and events across Canada this fall, targeting travel agents, meeting planners, media and consumers. In October, representatives participated in a number of activities including a presentation to top retail travel agents and partners of Air Canada Vacations (the vacation package division of Air Canada), and presentations to a group of well-respected travel agents at New Wave Travel Agency a member of the prestigious Virtuoso network. The DOT also hosted a VIP reception with Air Canada Vacations, which was attended by more than 120 travel industry members, including consumer and trade media. The sales team also attended a variety of trade shows to share the news about the ser vice and new developments throughout the territory. To keep the momentum going, Air Canada Vacations executed a USVI-focused national sales blitz across Canada last month with 13 of the companys sales representatives, who promoted the new service to travel agents across the country. To augment these efforts, DOT will be running ongoing trade and consumer adver tisements in leading Canadian outlets, including Travel Courier, Dreamscapes Magazine and Travelweek, to further promote travel to the territory this winter.24 St. John Tradewinds, January 2-8, 2012 DOT Welcomes Inaugural Air Canada Flight from Toronto to St. ThomasSt. John Tradewiinds News Photo Thomas landing last month.