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St. John Police Investigate Burglaries in Cruz Bay, Estate Enighed and Sirenusa CondosPage 2Package Trailer at Cruz Bay Post Ofce Closed by USPS OfcialPage 3 Chabot Is Named Friends of VINP Volunteer of Year Page 4 RESERVE YOUR AD SPACE FOR 2012!ISSUE NO. 6 IS IN THE WORKS.email: email@example.com for more information. January 30-February 5, 2012 Copyright 2012Resident Throws Dial-a-Ride a Lifeline But More Support NeededPage 7 Did you know that we're working on our next issue? ST.JOHN,USVI St. John Relay for LifeCount Down: 12 DaysWorld of DreamsDinosaurs and masks were just a few of the exciting features of the impressive St. John School of the Arts original musical production World of Dreams fundraiser at the Westin Resort and Villas on Friday night, January 27.St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Steve Simonsen
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TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 2 St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 Governor John deJongh will deliver his annual State of the Ter ritory Address before a formal session of the 29th Legislature on Monday, January 30. Senate President Ronald Russell will convene the Senate Session at 7 p.m. The Address will be delivered at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Chambers on the grounds of the Capitol Building, St. Thomas.VIPD Investigates St. John Break-InsSenator Janette Millin-Young will be the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of St. John meeting on Friday, February 10. Stop by the Beachfront Cafe at the Westin Resort and Villas at 12:15 p.m. to give the senator a warm St. John welcome.Sen. Millin-Young Speaking at RotarySt. John Tradewinds week began investigating three separate break-ins which occurred at the Cruz Bay Apartments, in Estate Enighed and at Sirenusa Condos. On Saturday, January 21, VIPD were advised of a break-in at the Caneel Bay Apartments. The victim told police that he left the apartment at about 10:45 a.m. When he returned later that day at about 9:30 p.m. he realized that an unknown person had entered the apartment through a glass door and removed a 50inch television and a black and red laptop computer. John responded to two break-ins. The victim told police that he was inspecting the Sirenusa Condos and noticed damages to one unit including a broken glass dining room table, broken ceiling tiles and damage to a door. Nothing, however, seemed to be missing. when he returned to this Estate Enighed home at about 11 p.m. after being gone for several hours, he noticed that someone had broken into his apartment through a locked door. Several pieces of jewelry valued at $4,000 were missing. These cases were being followed up by VIPD Criminal Investigations Bureau detectives on St. John last week. Anyone with any information regarding these break-ins is urged to call 911, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS or call the Leander Jurgen Command at 693-8880. St. John Tradewinds Last week the planning committee of the St. John Relay for Life 2012 addressed question about its role in the community which have been circulating within the community recently. The American Cancer Society St. Thomas/St. John Chapter has been in existence for 20 years. contributed to the local chapter as a community raised over $140,000 for the local chapter. The ACS St. Thomas/St. John is a communitybased voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, educa tion, advocacy, and service. The ACS prevention programs focus on tobacco cessation, sun protection, diet and nutrition, comprehensive school health education, early detection, and treatment. A variety of services and programs are available for patients, caregivers, and their families. Through its advocacy program, ACS educates policy makers about cancer and how it affects the individuals and families they represent. The monies raised by the St. John Relay for Life stays in the St. Thomas/St. John Chapter bank account. Most communities on the mainland and in Puerto Rico contribute 40 percent to the National Chapter of the ACS. This is not the case for the US Virgin Islands since the communitys needs are unique and the ACS recognizes this. The St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of the American Cancer Society is composed of people. People army of thousands of dedicated volunteers. As a volunteer-driven grassroots organization, the ACS is composed of volunteers at every level. It is only through that partnership that the group can accomplish its goals. The community is invited to be part of a life changing event beginning at 4 p.m. on February 11 until 10 a.m. on February 12. St. Ursulas Multipurpose Center, in conjunction with St. Ur sulas Anglican Church, is hosting a Second Chance Sale on Saturday, February 4. Pick up bargains on gently used and new clothing, accessories, childrens clothes, plants, household goods and more. There will be special deals on books and movies on the 99-cent table. Food and drinks will be on sale. To make a donation call 693-8580Second Chance Sale on February 4State of Territory Address January 30Senate President Ronald Russell invited the members of the 29th Legislature to join him for a re-scheduled Town Meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 3, in Cruz Bay, to discuss property taxes and other issues of importance to residents. of the St. John Legislatures building in Cruz Bay. Topics slated for discussion include property taxes, parking, crime prevention, homelessness, public transportation, ambulance services, etc. tures new St. John facility. For more information call the Legisla tures St. John staff at 776-6285. Town Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 3 Annual Plant Sale Set for February 18The V.I. Audubon Society is hosting its 15th annual plant sale on Saturday, February 18, in the Nazareth Lutheran Church yard in Cruz Bay from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Relay for Life Committee Explains Cancer Society RoleWoodys Seafood Saloon is hosting the Second Annual Breakfast at Woodys and just like Groundhogs Day this once-a-year event will be on Thursday, February 2, from 7 to 11 a.m. sponsor for the St. John American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser. All proceeds will go towards Woodys Relay team contributions. The St. John Relay for Life begins at 4 p.m. on February 11 and ends at 10 a.m. February 12.Annual Breakfast Fundraiser Is Feb. 2 10th Annual Vow Renewal Is Feb. 14The public is invited to Trunk Bay on Tuesday, February 14, for the 10th annual Celebration of Love where St. John barefoot minister Anne Marie Porter will lead a vow renewal ceremony starting at 5 p.m. All couples are invited to celebrate Valentines Day in a most meaningful way, said Porter. Its free and fun. Over the years, about 800 couples have renewed their marriage vows at this annual Celebration Of Love.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Give us a little time; well get better, U.S. Postal Service Public ion said last week about changes recently implemented at the Cruz Customers who waited in line more than 45 minutes last week, however, were not thrilled to hear the USPS asking for more time. At issue is the closure of the trailer next to the Cruz Bay Post years as a place for customers to pick up packages and free up some space in the over-crowded main facility. With no notice to the public, USPS Regional Administrator Steven Hernandez decided to close the trailer effective Monday, January 23. Customers accustomed to retrieving packages at the trailer last week found the facility locked and a notice on the door announcing the closure with no explana tion. The use of an outside facility to store mail is not a common practice within the USPS, according to Marion. We want the St. John Post Ofbean and the contiguous United States, said Marion. We do not use separate facilities. We want to keep all of our stuff in one spot. The fact that we had a separate facility just for packages for pick up is not typical, Marion said. Marion was not sure if Hernandez actually visited the Cruz Bay cision or not. The decision came from the district manager who is based in Puerto Rico, said the USPS PIO. I am not sure if he visited the facility or if he was in contact with the staff at the facility. But he is at the top for the decision and the buck stops right at his table. Closing the package trailer has also enhanced security for USPS customers on St. John, according to Marion. One of our concerns is to have mail in the most stable location, she said. Mr. Hernandez is new and is taking security with mail very seriously. He believes shortterm maybe you have a question mark, but long-term this change is going to help us with a lot of the issues that we need to address. We want mail inside our buildings for security reasons, said Marion. While admitting that the USPS did not get off on the right foot in terms of the trailer closing, Marion explained that the move is just one step in an overall planned revamping of the facility. We know that there is a lot of work that needs to be done and that the start of this process was not a smooth one, said the USPS PIO. We are committed to making it better for people on St. John. For our purposes this is a very unusual situation and were going to handle it as a priority because we want to get it right. We know that it is going to get better; there is no question, said Marion. The district administra tor knows that there is a need for us to re-access what were doing at this facility and we believe that having separate units is not going to be helpful. fully aware that they have a lot of work to do to improve service at ing not even relocating to a new facility is off the table, accord ing to Marion. We are just at the beginning of this resolution process, said Mar ion. We are certainly not even at mid-stream, much less the end of this. We have a lot of work to do and we are committed to doing what we have to do. hands around the whole of the situation, said the USPS PIO. Were looking at our space and our foot ing is possible. Nothing is off the table at this point. While reopening the package pick-up trailer is not likely, customers can share their opinions about the USPS move by calling 1-800-275-8777, according to Marion. At this juncture, I dont think the storage unit for use as a distribution point for parcels is going to happen, but Im not going to take anything off the table, she said. situation but Mr. Hernandez is committed to making it better for St. John. Thursday, Feb. 2nd St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 3 Continued on Page 20 INDEXBusiness Directory .............14 Church Directory .................14 Community Calendar ...........16 Crime Stoppers ...................15 Crossword Puzzle ...............16 Ferry Schedules .................14 Letters ...........................12-13 Obituary ..............................13 On the Market .....................10 Police Log ...........................15 Real Estate ....................18-19 Senator at Large Reports ...11St. John Tradewiinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott Expecting to pick up packages at the USPS trailer, above and at right, customers were instead informed of the facility's closing. U.S. Postal Service Regional Administrator Orders Package Trailer Closed at Cruz Bay Post Ofce
4 St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewiinds News Photo Friends of VINP President Joe Kessler presents Friend Volunteer of the Year award to Jeff Chabot during the group's annual meeting. Chabot Is Friends Volunteer of Year, UVI Presidents Gives Keynote Address at Annual Friends of the VINP MeetingBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds About 100 Friends of Virgin Islands National Park members and supporters packed the Tree Lizards Restaurant at Cinnamon Bay on Sunday afternoon, January 22, for the groups annual meeting. While enjoying light refreshments and snacks, guests heard from Friends President Joe Kessler who spoke about the groups accomplishments and programs in 2011 as well as its upcoming plans for the year ahead. Kessler also presented Friends Volunteer of the nal year of supplying endless hours of volunteer manpower clearing trails throughout VINP. This is Jeffs last year working with us since, as he says, hes moving on to greener pastures, said Friends development director Heather Ruhsam. Hes looking forward to switching gears and we are Jeff before he leaves. Jeff is irreplaceable, but wed Friends also honored VINP Deputy Superintendent Mike Anderson as the groups Park Partner of the Year. The keynote speaker for the event was University of the Virgin Islands president Dr. David Hall, who spoke about how much of the work which Friends and UVI accomplish intersects, explained Ruhsam. Taking off from a book he wrote about sacred rivers, Dr. Hall spoke about how UVI and Friends of VINP are sacred rivers which crisscross in the Virgin Islands in terms of educating our youth and working to preserve not only the environment, but also the culture and the people, said Ruhsam. During the meeting, VINP Superintendent Mark Hardgrove gave the State of the Park address and honored Cherry and Richard Glass as the VINP Volunteers of the Year. It was wonderful to have all of our speakers and to honor the volunteers who work so hard for us, said Ruhsam. It was a great turn out and people were very supportive. It was a nice event. 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 $$$$$$$ Richard and Cherry Glass accept park volunteers of the year awards from VINP Superintendant Mark Hardgrove.
St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 5 World of Dreams Musical Wows Audience 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 Amazing, stunning, and incredi ble, were just a few of the pronouncements the Westin Resort and Villas ball room on Friday night, January 27, following both performances of World of Dreams. After three weeks of tireless work all tors who also paid their own airfare to the island and spent about 40 hours each week with students fourth grade students from across St. John amazed their family mem bers, friends and St. John School of the Art supporters with impressive performances of the original musical production of World of Dreams. Fourth grade students from Gifft Hill School, Julius E. Sprauve School and Guy Benjamin School, along with St. John School of the Arts students, led the audience on a wild, wonderful, scary and fantastical journey through the dream world. From piies, World of Dreams kept the audience on the edge of its seat and alternating between jump up and dance along. The brainchild of SJSA board of directors member Ronnie Lee, who has extensive ties to Broadway dating back to his teen dancing years, last week marked the second Broadway Comes to St. John SJSA fundraiser. The program funds the only St. John arts school, which in addition to offering an ar ray of classes at its facility also leads arts classes at schools across the island. Each school agreed to work with SJSA on the program which imparts cooperation, coordination and camaraderie along with the actual learning of the dances and songs, not to mention being a part of a critically acclaimed show. Five professional Broadway actors, John Tartaglia, Laura Barnao, Rhonda Miller, Michael Shawn Lewis and Donna Drake, ar rived on St. John in early January and dove in each dance and each word to each song to the students. The actors also worked closely with SJSA dance students who rounded out the January 27 performance, taking the lead in the crowd favorite Thriller number. There was no one star in World of Dreams, instead each student played a vital role in the show which added up to one impressive evening. SJSA sold angel tickets for $200 each for the 6 p.m. performance, which also included a champagne reception and dinner at one of Cruz Bays top restauselling out of the 100 seats set aside. The 8 p.m. performance was open to the public for a suggested, but not mandatory, donation and the community came out in force. There was standing room only for the 8 p.m. show, but not one member of the audience was heard complaining about having to stand. night New York City stay, tickets to three Broadway shows, and dinner at several top restaurants and Miles and Susan Stair were the big winners! SJSA board of directors member Lee also auctioned off two tick ets to the widely popular Tony-winning Broadway show Book of Mormon, which fetched SJSA about $2,000, thanks to Andy and Joy Stillman who won the bidding war. Before the last piece of glitter even fell to the night was proclaimed a rousing success! Bravo! St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Steve Simonsen Students from JESS, GBS and GHS and SJSA thrilled the audience during two sold-out performances of "World of Dreams."
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Heard some dogs barking along Centerline Road near the old Moses Laundromat lately? Dont be alarmed, its just the new home of the islands only veterinary Canines, Cats and Critters. To be sure that everyone knows where the new hosting an Open House on Friday, February 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to stop by the new Center ity, see the new boarding and grooming areas and check out the expanded pet supplies and pet food available. Open House guests will also not want to miss the recently painted walls of the new doggy play area, will also enjoy drinks and food, explained Canines staff member Laurie Damron. We really just want to invite the island to come and visit and see what we are all about, and enjoy some cocktails and socializing while here, said Damron. Its a great opportunity for people to meet the staff who will be taking care of their animals while they are away.6 St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 DPW Accepting Construction Bids for New St. John Basketball CourtSt. John Tradewinds Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls announced on Friday, January 26, that the V.I. government is requesting proposals from contractors interested in working on a project to upgrade and improve the basketball courts in Pine Peace, St. John. Contractors who are interested in working on the project can submit bids to the Department of Property and Procurements Division of Procurement for $75. The Pine Peace basketball court improvement project is an important part of our overall effort to improve recreational areas and facilities throughout the territory, especially for our young people, Smalls said. Along with our partners on this effort, especially the Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation and the this upgraded court to the people of St. John. The Request for Proposals is currently being advertised in the Virgin Islands Daily News, the St. Croix Avis and the St. Thomas Source. Documents can be obtained from Property and Procurement at www.pnpvi.org. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K CafeTWind12Ad.pdf 11/10/11 8:44:15 AM St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott Check out Canines, Cats and Critters new digs during an open house this Friday. 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! New Canines, Cats and Critters Is Hosting February 3 Open HouseBIR Main St. Thomas St. John Tradewinds Claudette Watson-Anderson, CPA, Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue, reminded all taxpayers last Hook at the East End Plaza, which is directly across from the Red Hook dock. for all types of taxes. Taxpayers unable to travel to the Red Hook any outstanding taxes. Watson-Anderson is pleased to offer services at these two loca tions to provide taxpayers with alternate sites to conduct business with the Bureau. All telephone numbers remain the same. Taxpayers with questions about refund inquiries, audits and delinquent 1040.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds After more than 20 years of serving St. John senior citizens, Governor John deJongh, with a stroke of his pen, spelled the end of Dial-a-Ride last month. The governor line item vetoed a measure which would have enabled the St. John Community Foundation to continue operating the vital service for the islands elderly and disabled citizens. Facing accumulated costs of $40,000 since the beginning of the year, the SJCF board voted in midJanuary to discontinue the transportation service, explained the groups executive director. We were forced to cancel Diala-Ride because we had accumulated over $40,000 in costs which we were hoping would be covered by a government appropriation, said SJCF executive director Celia Kalousek. With no appropriation thanks to deJonghs veto, SJCF could not continue to rack up debt. Last week, however, the program was thrown a life line thanks to Andy Stillman, who gave a $20,000 donation which SJCF ofditional donations in order to keep Dial-a-Ride running at least in a limited capacity. On Thursday afternoon, Andy asked What do we need to do to save Dial-a-Ride, said Kalousek. I told him we were trying to get the government to give us the $56,000 we requested which would get us through the end of the year. He wrote a check for $20,000 which needs to be matched by businesses or individuals in the community in order for Dial-a-Ride to continue. to obtain government funding in order to secure full Dial-a-Ride Kalousek added. We still need that $56,000, she said. We need those funds in order to reinstate full service, but with this donation, along with the matching donations were hoping for, we will be able to reinstate limited services for our seniors. About 20 St. John senior citi zens traveled to St. Thomas on Friday, January 20, to tell their senators how important Dial-a-Ride services are during a scheduled hearing on the matter. The senior citizens arrived at the St. Thomas Legislature building about a half hour early for the scheduled 10 a.m. meeting. Without even entering the meet ing hall, however, senators voted to reschedule the meeting for that afternoon at 1 p.m. The seniors returned to the Legislature meeting room at 1 p.m. only to be informed that senators had voted to reschedule the Dial-a-Ride hearing for the following week. We couldnt afford to bring everyone back over the next week again, said Kalousek. While the senators did not have a chance to hear directly from the islands seniors, it seems at least some St. John residents were listening. The Stillmans contribution is certainly a step in the right direction for the program, but additional support is needed, Kalousek explained. As Andy put it, These seniors support businesses in the community and now those businesses need to support the seniors, she said. For more information about St. John Dial-a-Ride or to make a tax deductible donation, call Kalousek at 693-9410 or send a check to P.O. Box. 1020, St. John, VI, 00831, and write Dial-a-Ride in the memo line. In an effort to save as much funding as possible, SJCF is also The group is looking for alternatives to the rent it pays for its cur Marketplace and would be inter phone line and internet access, explained Kalousek. Were trying to cut our expenses down to the wire in order to shift all of those funds to provide actual services for residents, 16 feet by 16 feet, which is plenty of space for us. A phone line and internet connection would be nice too. on its two-and-a-half-acre Gifft Hill parcel by the end of the year, Kalousek added.St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 7 We still need that $56,000. We need those funds in order to reinstate full service, but with this donation, along with the matching donations were hoping for, we will be able to reinstate limited services for our seniors. Celia Kalousek St. John Resident Throws Dial-a-Ride Lifeline, But More Support Needed O'Neil Approved for V.I. Real Estate CommissionThe St. John Board of Realtors is proud to announce that long time Broker/Realtor Christie ONeil, of Holiday Homes of St. John, Inc., has been nominated and received Senate approval to serve on the Virgin Islands Real Estate Commission. The Board congratulates ONeil and is grateful for her willingness to serve on the commission.
8 St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 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 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The Second Annual American Cancer Society St. John Relay for Life is just around the corner and cancer survivors are invited to an exquisite and exciting dinner. Team members and ACS volunteers across St. John are gearing up for the 18-hour event which kicks off on Saturday, February 11, at 4 p.m. and runs until 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 12. The event will feature music, dancing, games and more throughout the night in order to motivate teams to keep one member on the makeshift all times. The all-night fundraiser is designed to drive home the message that Cancer Never Sleeps but the Relay for Life is also all about Celebrating More Birthdays, explained planning committee mem ber Steve Yerger. Its about hating cancer and celebrating more birthdays for everyone, cancer survivors and everyone, said Yerger. Each Relay for Life ACS fundraisers are hosted in communities across the country features a Survivors Dinner, which offers those who have beaten the disease along with one caregiver, a complimentary meal during the event. Relay for Life featured a luxurious Survivors Dinner complete with linen tablecloth, napkins and stemware. Cancer survivors and caregivers were served by volunteer waitstaff and enjoyed a scrumptious feast prepared by some of the islands top chefs. This year, Yerger along with Tim Hanley is planning a birthday party celebration for the Sur vivors Dinner. Out are the linen tablecloths and in are 10 food stations offering a slice of the bounty found on St. John, explained Yerger, a chef with St. John Catering/ Mathayom Private Chefs. This year, the Survivors Dinner a is birthday party since our theme is Celebrating More Birthdays, he said. Were going to have 10 stations with different types of food because we are also celebrating the melting pot that is St. John. So were going to have Caribbean food, and also barbecue and Asian food. Other food stations at the Survivors Dinner will feature Mexican cuisine, vegetarian fare, tapas and raw food, Yerger added. Were also doing a clam bake thanks to Hank Slodden of Storage on Site, he said. Hank is supplying the event with oysters, lobsters and clams thanks to his brother-inlaw on Marthas Vineyard who has a hook up with that. Dinner will be a casual affair this year with the 10 food stations arranged in different styles and served buffet style, Yerger explained. This dinner is not about bemaking great food that everyone can enjoy, he said. Were going to have 10 different tables with 10 different stations and were hoping for some collaboration with differ ent chefs. The other perk to having this style of dinner is that we were able to invite everyone to take part and we dont have to cap that number really. tion from about 40 restaurants and caterers who have already signed on to provide fare for the event, he added. Everyone has been really supportive, said Yerger. All of the restaurants and caterers, even our competitors, have really stepped up to the plate for this event. Things are coming together really nicely. Its still not too late to get involved with the dinner. Contact Yerger at culinarysteve@gmail. com or call 998-6417 to get involved with the Relay for Life Survivors Dinner. Cancer survivors are welcome to register for the dinner by contacting Beverly Biziewski at 776-6833. WE'RE WORKING ON THE NEXT ISSUESecond Annual St. John Relay for Life Celebrates More Birthdays February 11-12
By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds slice of St. John for just one evening as approximately 200 attendees partied the night away on Saturday evening, January 21, at the Animal Care Centers annual Snow Ball fundraiser. A La Mer, the sprawling Great Cruz Bay home of Mart and Janet Marshall, played host to the event, where guests were welcomed to a winter wonderland. We got fake snow and put it everywhere, and there were hanging icicle lights between all the palm trees, as well as little plastic ACC board past president B.J. Harris. The color scheme was predominantly white and blue. We had three snowmen, one of which had a face cutout where people could don a fake carrot nose and have their photo taken. The Marshalls opened their home for the event, despite the fact that there was a scheduled vacation rental at the villa just two days later. Normally, no house would ever welcome an event like ours with a rental that soon after, but the Marshalls were kind enough to open the home to us, said ACC board member Monica Munro. Entertainment was provided by St. John groove band The ISH, and by Pyros of the Caribbean, who lit up the night with their noted Harris. Several St. John restaurants and caterers donated food for the event, making for a diverse spread. I think it was the crowd and the venue and the food and the music all together that made it such a fun evening, said Harris. Everybody was having a good time, and it was nice to see people we hadnt seen in a while. Everybody came out in support of the ACC, which was wonderful and for which were very grateful. I can tell you that it was the best event the ACC has ever sponsored, added ACC board member Dr. Elaine Campbell. It was the most beautiful, best attended, best food, delightful decorations, great band, etc., etc. Early estimates put the evenings muchneeded fundraising at somewhere between tion of the annual budget for the islands lone animal shelter. It costs approximately $150,000 per year to run the ACC, and the shelter receives just $13,000 annually from the V.I. government. The rest is made up by fundraisers like the Snow Ball and additional donations. The money goes to the shelter, for food for the feral cats, and for our spay and neutering program, said Munro. We run on 90 percent donations and volunteers. All the money raised goes back to the animals. The evening was especially poignant for past president Harris, whose term on the board recently ended after seven years. Im still walking on snow clouds, she said. It was, I think, one of the best fundraisers the ACC has ever put on. The venue was magical, the turnout was amazing and the food was phenomenal. Wed like to thank everyone who came, and especially everyone who volunteered and donated their time, Harris added.St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 9 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 PhotoACC board of directors members, supporters and guests enjoy Pyros of the Caribbean and fabulous food at the annual fundraising gala for St. John Animal Care Center. OPEN HOUSEFriday, February 3 5 to 7 p.m.Come meet our staff and see our new facilityCanines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: firstname.lastname@example.org FULL VETERINARY SER VICES Weve M oved
St. John Tradewinds Bajo el Sol Gallery hosting an Opening Reception for Gail Van de Bogurt and Karen Samuel on Friday, February 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mongoose Junction gallery. Both artists will be displaying new work at the opening. During her years on St. John, artist Van de Bogurt has become know primarily for her work in clay. Her functional and sculptural ceramics grace the homes of many private collectors. Van de Bogurt continues to grow as an artist in both her three-dimensional work, which will be featured, and in her two-dimensional ability which will grace many of her ceramic pieces. Samuels work for the show will capture the people of the island. Working in her favorite medium, oil paints, her ability to capture the environment in which she has grown up and lives is unparalleled and her work as a seamstress is detail in her paintings. Samuel is recognized for both her art and her giving back to her community. Come celebrate with these St. John artists at the reception. Enhancing the evening will be beauti ful classical guitar music by David Laabs. The gallerys regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located at the top of the stone steps in Mongoose Junction. For more information call 693-7070.10 St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 Dove Cottage: Low Impact Green Living in LuxuryContinued on Page 14 Bajo el Sol Gallery Features Gail Van de Bogurt, Karen Samuel in February ShowBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds What could be better than a private ridge-top home above Dreekets Bay with views stretching from Tor tola to Hurricane Hole? What about if that home incorporated top-of-the line eco-conscious designs from solar panels right down to 100 percent recycled paper counterpoise? Dove Cottage, located on a half-acre parcel in Dreekets Bay among the islands quiet East End neighborhoods, is for sale for $1.8 million on the St. John MLS. Holiday Homes real estate agent Sara Lovegreen is the listing agent for the property, which boasts a solar water heater, recycled and hand-painted tiles, low toilets, among other low-impact features. The two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath house also has a few exciting features thanks to mother nature. An expanse of green grass not often seen on this tropical island invites guests to stretch out on the lawn while the homes site affords 280-degree views from Tortola to St. Croix and below to Hurricane Hole. Dove Cottage was originally constructed in 2000 as an off-the-grid home. It was then purchased by the current owner in 2007, when it was completely refur bished but maintained the eco-conscious design ele ments, explained Lovegreen. The property is unique because when it was originally built it was designed with solar panels and was completely off the grid, said the real estate agent. When it was purchased in 2007, the new owner put in a pool and connected the cottage to WAPA, while maintaining the environmentally sensitive designs, according to Lovegreen. On the MarketA feature dedicated to special homes on the market listed with Tradewinds real estate advertisers St. John Tradewiinds News Photo edge. New works by Van de Bogurt and Samuel will be on display during February. St. John Tradewiinds News Photo Eco-conscious design elements continue in the living space with recycled countertops and reclaimed wood.
St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 11 Senator-at-Large ReportsBy Senator Craig Barshinger St. John Legislature Annex Grand Opening and Town Hall Meeting Set for February 3 BE CREATIVE Glazing Guidelines Feb 2 The English Potter Feb 9-12 Potters Wheel 2/14,21,28 3/6 Watercolor on Beach Feb 22 Sculpting the Figure Feb 25 340-776-6226 ext 212 340-514-6594 mobile email@example.com Vezio Ricciardi / License #91505 (tel) 340-776-6134 (email) firstname.lastname@example.orgVezios Custom Painting Love City Paddleboards(SUP) STAND UP PADDLEBOARD RENT ALS & LESSONSComplimentary Board Delivery and Pickup 340-642-9419 St. John Tradewinds St. John residents are invited ing of Legislature of the Virgin Islands, St. John annex. It will be February 3, at 6 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by a general town meet ing. The new building is beautiful. Come out, see it, and enjoy it! The Vendors Plaza legislation passed in late 2011 empowers local vendors to plan a traditional vendors plaza for St. John, working with the Department of Licensing and Consumer affairs. The bill gives a unique opportunity for St. John to have a hand in its own planning. A sum of $300,000 was appropriated and is still available. Catherine Stephen is prodding vision. Firstly, because we need it, and secondly, because the funding source could be raided at any time. Use it or loose it! A traditional vendors plaza is necessary for Cruz Bay to continue to be the charming Caribbean town that it still is; but will not remain so unless we keep working at it. their democratic muscle and per suaded the senators of the 29th Legislature to reinstate funding for the Dial-A-Ride program which has served the seniors for more than 20 years. Unfortunately, the Governor vetoed the funding. The St. John Community Foundation and the seniors continue to work to save it despite the veto. Simply overriding the governors veto would be possible, but the general fund is over-tapped, so an override might be an empty victory. Instead, we have another funding source and a compromise position that we are working on. A word to the wise: The Governor told the Senators in a meet ing that he is planning to close some senior centers. He did not say which. We should be ready to and I would recommend that each and every senior write a letter to the governor now telling him how important the services are which they receive from the St. John senior centers. It is crazy politics going on. First of all, the Governor is now by law required to list all bank accounts held by the Government of the Vir gin Islands, and make the current balances available to the Legisla tures Post Auditor at all times. He is blatantly violating this law. Of course this leads to mistrust, so when he says that we need to borrow $90 million dollars, then $120 million dollars, how can the Legislature know what is real and what is false? The Governor has dismissed two waves of government workers, and plans to dismiss more. He said to the Legislature in recent meetings, Give me authorization to borrow $90 million plus an increase in the gross receipts tax or I will dismiss 2,000 government workers. We said, If we authorize you to borrow, will you stop dismissing government workers? He said that he could not promise that. Such craziness! Nuttin tall go so! There were several meetings of the entire Legislature in recent weeks, some with the Governor and Cabinet, as we sought to hamdays Session was a pitched battle, in which I was a lone pariah for much of the morning. However, as the day evolved, it became clear that other senators were not going to authorize increased taxes and huge borrowing without a clear promise from the Governor workforce would be maintained. At the end of the day, borrowing was authorized, but with no tax increase to support it. The Gover nor complained that evening that he could not borrow anything, and that more workers would be dismissed. This is a big topic that cannot be fully explored in this column, but look on www.visenate.org to see the Legislation that I proposed to solve this impasse between the Governor and the Legislature. First and foremost, it will improve the level of government ser vices. Secondly, it calls for lateral transfers, with cross-training, to be offered when possible, instead of outright dismissals. Thirdly, it doesnt interfere with the Gover nors executive authority, it just tells him what to do, and it is up It requires him to submit a plan to the Legislature by March 1. I will offer this bill on the February 8 session. cries from the public about the Legislative Audit. I have written two strongly worded letters to the senate president, urging him to report the facts behind the Legislative Audit, including names. He has not responded. If you, too, are concerned about the Legislatures misspending of $6.9 million, write, call, or email the senate president, the attorney general, and the US Attorney. Be sure to cc me. I am pushing this issue as hard as I can. As you can imagine, any senator who has taken money illegally is not happy with my decision to stand with the public on this issue. But I decided some time ago that my loyalty is to you, not my colleagues. Sadly, I can tell you that some of the bad practices have continued, even after the Legislative Audit was released on November 28. 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I recently had elective surgery in the St. Thomas hospital and wanted to thank all of the staff for their professionalism, competence, and care. We have a very well trained, polite, and caring group of individ uals employed by the Schneider Hospital. During the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to train or be employed at a number of hospitals in various states. The care I received at the St. Thomas hospital was as good as or better than any of those in the states. For a community the size of St. Thomas, we are fortunate to have a facility of such high caliber as Schneider Hospital. Being able to shop locally and recover in the comfort of ones own home is a winwin both for the patient and the community. If you are considering an operation or procedure in the future, I would recommend that you start by considering the facilities we have right here in the Virgin Islands. Don Porter, Pharmacist St. John, VI12 St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 16 WHAT DO YOU THINK?Send your letter to email@example.comNEXT DEADLINE: THURSDAY FEBRUAR Y 2ND Keeping Track of Crime2011Homicides: 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 2012-TO-DATEHomicides: 0 Shootings: 0 Stabbings: 0 Armed Robberies: 0 Arsons: 0 1st Degree Burglaries: 2 2nd Degree Burglaries: 0 3rd Degree Burglaries: 8 Grand Larcenies: 6 Rapes: 0 Letters To St. John TradewindsNow that HOVENSA is to close its doors in February and lay off over 2,000 people and the government will lose an estimated $150 million, its time to get out the old oil lamps or go to bed early. This means no oil for WAPA and now that they will have to bring oil from the states, the price of electric ity will go up from 8-cents a kilowatt to a lot higher. But the roads will be a lot nicer and more quiet as there will be no gasoline or diesel for the trucks to bring the food from St. Thomas, no ferries and no barges. But not to worry! Anybody with a boat can go to the Better Virgin Islands (BVI) where they have a lot of food and all of it at a cheaper price too. But the governor has it all under control, and promises that things will be alright in the distant future. Rest in Peace, Norm GledhillThe End Is Near Stop Digging. The second rule is to devise a plan that all of the parties to the plan agree is the best plan for the long-term good of all affected parties; checking it along the way with objective experts with no axe to grind. Then, and not until then, you implement it, tweaking it only when necessary and only if all parties to the original agreement concur. With this as the concept I suggest we get the necessary people, at least one each from the Executive, Judicial, and Legisla tive branches of government, plus the commissioners, the unions, and private industry, in a single room and keep meeting until you all agree the plan you have come up with is the best one for the territory. I would hope the group would keep the rules simple. Some examples: All sessions start and end on time Only one person speaks at a time No profanity, personal attacks, tirades, etc. You get to speak in the order that you raised your hand You listen when not speaking No cell phones Fifteen minute breaks every 60 minutes so you can handle any personal emergencies Replace anyone who breaks the rules. the understanding they will print nothing derogatory until the plan is complete. Will this take time? Yes. Therefore proceed with the layoffs, elimination of perks, and please, no more long-term borrowing. Stop digging. As the song says, Lets walk togeth er for a while Alan BrownWhen You Find Yourself In a Hole Stop DiggingSchneider Hospital Has Great Service ISLAND NOTES from the publisherDid you know 386,000 visits were made to our website in 2011?That's pretty impressive for a small newspaper on the tiny island of St. John! MN
St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 13 ObituariesI just returned from a six-day stay with friends who own a house up the hill from Cruz Bay. They had been robbed at knife-point in this home the previous year and burglarized the previous year, and as such instructed me to make sure the doors and windows were locked and blocked before I turned in for the night. I was also issued a stout club which I kept next to the bed just in case. me and said she had seen the shadow of a person outside our bedroom and what sounded like someone trying to force the door on an adjoining room. Club in hand, I checked the doors which were still secure so we went back to bed but not to sleep. About 10 minutes later she saw the persons shadow again and I jumped out of bed with the club and went to the sliding glass door and sure enough there was someone slinking around on the outside patio. I raised the club and shouted a few choice exple direction pointing a large frame semi-auto pistol at me through the sliding glass door and said give me the money, give me the money. Had I been in my own home in Colorado my club would have been my 12 gauge Remington pump and he would have ended up about a head shorter. Realizing that the gun/club issue was not going to work in my favor, I told him the money was in the other room and Id go get it. I walked over to the dresser grabbing my cell phone, and my girlfriend, and I ducked into the bathroom which was out of the We called 911 but unfortunately did not know the street address of the home we were in. Meanwhile, my homeowner friends and another guest showed up outside my door clubs in hand, apparently scaring off the intruder in the process. I handed the phone over to the owners who told the 911 operator the correct address. Once the police arrived, we answered questions for a while, most of them pertaining to who I was and where was I from? And then they did a rather cursory sweep of the immediate area and left. They did drive by once the next night but that was about it. I did manage to enjoy the rest of my time on St. John but slept with one eye open the remaining nights. A few other points: Armed home invasions appar ently dont represent enough of a threat in the minds sponding to the 911 call. Neither were in use in response to my call. Dont assume the police will step up patrols in the the four policemen that responded to my situation told me they were under instructions not to be overly visible in areas like the one I was staying in (that is tourist/rental areas) because it might alarm the folks vacationing there. Call me old-fashioned but Id much prefer being alarmed and alerted than being totally relaxed right up to the point before I got shot/stabbed/robbed etc. The robbers/burglars/whiff-heads/ whatever have graduated from knives to guns. I would recommend having a pre-arranged plan as to what your response is going to be should a similar scenario happen to you. A safe room, potential self-defense weapons, writing down the address you are staying at and having it easily accessible along with your phone, and by all means locked and secured doors and windows. Im not making any blanket endorsement of homif you are comfortable and capable with one they can make a nice out-of-any-other options fallback. I spoke with quite a few locals and overwhelming ly they took the position that the police are ineffective and are far more concerned with protecting the tourist industry than the actual tourists. Al W oodcock Longmont, Colorado St. John Tradewiinds News Photo UVI President Dr. David Hall, above, and past president LaVerne Ragster, below, both shared remarks during the Jubilee celebration at the St. John Academic Center.Sandra Porter-Englehart died on Friday, January 20, just nine days short of her 75th birthday. A musician, she was full of life and joy. Porter-Englehart was a concert pianist and contributor to the St. John School of the Arts. She was a great friend of the late Sis Frank and loved the beauty of the island, its people and the piano Isabelle, whom she visited annually. Porter-Englehart is survived by her son, Mike Porter, a 17-year resident of St. John; two daughters, Adrienne Gibson (nee Porter) of Tennessee, and Dr. Lynn Porter, noted Pediatrician of the Boston area; and She loved us all and was always there for everyone she touched until the day she died. Services were hosted in Newton, Massachusetts on Saturday, January 28.Sandra Porter-Englehart Passes Sandra Porter-Englehart Letter To St. John TradewindsVisitor Recounts Attempted Burglary at Cruz Bay VillaSt. John Tradewinds More than 80 University of the Virgin Islands alumni, students, staff and supporters packed the universitys St. John annex on Wednesday night, January 25, for a reception marking the beginning of UVIs year-long Golden Jubilee celebration. The reception took place at UVIs St. John Academic Center on similar reception Thursday, January 26, on St. Thomas. The third Sheen campus on St. Croix. Speaking before a supportive crowd of well-wishers on St. John, UVI President Dr. David Hall recognized the dedication of former presidents, administrators, staff, students and alumni and said he was optimistic about the universitys future. Hall encour aged UVI alumni to support the Universitys at 50 campaign, which aims to get 50 percent of UVI alumni to give to the univer sity during its 50th year. Also speaking at the receptions were Past President LaVerne Ragster, President Emeritus Orville Kean and Pamela RichardsSamuel representing her father, President Emeritus Arthur Richards. President Emeritus Lawrence Wanlass presented a video message. UVI St. John Administrator Leona Smith and Senator at Large Craig Barshinger were also in attendance. UVI Kicks off Year of Golden Jubilee Celebration with Reception at St. John Academic Center
The owner bought the home based on the extensive green features it already had, said the real estate agent. She added a pool and some other upgrades but kept with the whole dedication to green design and living. Dove Cottage also boasts local stone work, mahogany pocket doors and a large screened in porch. Sustainably harvested teak outdoor furniture, organic bedding and linens and low-impact landscaping round out the green elements of the cozy East End cottage. The cottages Dreekets Bay location also affords some unparalleled advantages as well. Deeded beach access to the pristine beach below and the stunning reef just off-shore paved roadways lined with native stone walls and underground utilities are already in place. And Dove Cottage could offer even more than it does already. The 0.5-acre parcel is zoned Residential-2, which allows for expansion, Lovegreen added. The property is 0.5 acres which allows for a second dwelling or expansion of the current cottage, she said. The land is rela there is plenty of room for building an additional pod or a whole new building. For more information about Dove Cottage call Lovegreen at Holiday Homes at 774-8088.14 St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 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 InsurancePGU Insuracne Located at The Marketplace 776-6403; email@example.com Theodore 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 EstateDebbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.comRestaurants Concordia Cafe, 693-5855 Happy Hour 4:30-6pm Dinner 6-8:30pm Tues-Sat Fish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Skinny Legs A Pretty OK Place tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.com Sun Dog Cafe Casual Dining at Mongoose 693-8340; www.sundogcafe.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 Vezio's Custom Painting Special Techniques 340-776-6134 firstname.lastname@example.org St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory Ferry Schedules Cruz Bay and Charlotte Amalie CRUZ BAY TO RED HOOK Every hour on the hour from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. RED HOOK TO CRUZ BAY Every hour on the hour from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. CRUZ BAY TO DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTE AMALIE Leaves Cruz Bay 8:45 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 3:45 p.m. Leaves Charlotte Amalie 10 a.m. 1 p.m. 5:30 p.mOn the Market: Estate ZootenvaalContinued from Page 10 St. John Tradewiinds News Photo Dove Cottage also incorporates native stone and reclaimed wood in its low-impact design features. Logan Michael Prout, son of Megan Prout and the late Mike Prout, La Plancha del Mar chef/ owner, was born in California on November 8, 2011, at 7:59 a.m. He weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces and was 18 inches long. Big brother Parker was initially upset that Logan was not a girl, but quickly got over his disappointment and enthusiastically proceeded to count all 20 were there (they were). Megan is now residing in California with family. Donations to help Mikes family in the wake of his passing can be made via the St. John Revolving Fund at both Connections locations.Birth Announcement: Logan Michael Prout
St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 15 W ednesday, January 18 9:56 a.m. Gifft Hill resident p/r that the motor on his boat was stolen. Grand larceny. 12:45 p.m. An Estate Peter Bay resident p/r that she collided into a wall in Peter Bay Estates. Auto collision. 2:05 p.m. A Water Island resident p/r that she lost her bag with her ID, cellphone and credit cards. Lost property. 3:15 p.m. An Estate Carolina resident p/r a landlord and tenant dispute. Landlord/tenant dispute. Thursday, January 19 10:25 a.m. An Estate Bethany resident p/r that she needed police assistance with two backhoes that were tearing down her property. Police assistance. 11:42 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that his residence was burglarized. Burglary in the third. 12:45 p.m. A Serendip Condo resident p/r an assault. Simple assault and battery. 1:37 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that he was robbed while 3:21 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r an attempted burglary. Attempted burglary. 11:24 a.m. An Estate Carolina resident p/r that his vehicle was damaged by a rock. Damage to vehicle. 3:29 p.m. A V.I. Fire Department Cpl. r/ a D.O.A. at Estate Zootenvaal. DOA. Friday, January 20 3:42 p.m. An Estate Hansen Bay resident r/ that someone destroyed signs on her property. Destruction of property. 6:09 p.m. A citizen p/r an as8:56 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident r/ a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace. Saturday, January 21 8:26 p.m. A Caneel Bay Apartments resident r/ that his residence was burglarized. Burglary in the third. Sunday, January 22 7:49 a.m. A visitor p/r that someone broke into his residence while he 9:39 a.m. A citizen c/r hearing 1:52 p.m. A Gifft Hill resident c/r that his home was burglarized. Burglary in the third. Monday, January 23 3:51 a.m. A citizen c/request police assistance in removing a female. Police assistance. 4:14 a.m. A citizen c/r that someone removed a cash box from a VIT RAN bus. Vehicle tampering. 2:07 p.m. A visitor p/r that he lost his passport. Lost documents. 4:05 p.m. A citizen p/r harassment. Harassment. 5:05 p.m. A citizen p/r a lost passport. Lost passport. T uesday, January 24 9:01 a.m. An Estate Carolina resident p/r being involved in a ver bal altercation with his girlfriend. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 10:55 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. 2:27 p.m. A visitor c/r that his rental home was broken into. Bur glary in the third. 4:54 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that her cellphone and camera were stolen. Grand larceny. 5:25 p.m. EMTs c/r that an elderly man fell in the area of the Cruz Bay dock. Accidental injury. 9:13 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident c/r a disturbance at her residence. Disturbance of the peace. 11:39 p.m. A citizen c/r that her boyfriend was assaulted in Coral Bay. Assault in the third. W ednesday, January 25 3:36 p.m. A citizen c/r a bur glary. Burglary in the third. 10:40 p.m. An Estate Adrian resident c/r that her ex-boyfriend assaulted her. Aggravated assault and battery. Thursday, January 26 7:30 a.m. A Gifft Hill resident p/r that a vehicle drove in the direction of students coming off the school bus. Police assistance. 3:52 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that he lost his keys. Lost keys. 5:25 p.m. An Estate Chocolate Hole resident c/r a burglary at his residence. Burglary in the third. Friday, January 27 12:01 a.m. An Estate Johns Folly resident c/r a disturbance at her residence. Assault in the third, D.V. 8:20 a.m. Badge #1035 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Juana Reynoso address unknown, under arrest and charged with distur bance of the peace. He was detained at the Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas. 8:30 a.m. Badge #1035 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Courtney Matthias of Estate Johns Folly under arrest and charged with assault in the third, D.V. He was detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas. 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 the help of the community. On Friday, January 13, a visitor dining at a restaurant in downtown Cruz Bay was asked by a black male to borrow his iPhone 4GS to make a call. After a few minutes the visitor observed the individual walking away from the restaurant. When the visitor tried to approach the individual to retrieve his iPhone the black male took off running. Also, earlier that afternoon at about 3:20 p.m., a white iPhone 4S was stolen from the counter at Turquoise Turtle when the owner went to assist a customer. Please continue to help make the community a safer place to live by telling what you know about these or any other crimes at www.CrimeStopper sUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips are completely anonymous, and the state side operators speak several languages. If a tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, illegal drugs, or weapons, the tipster will receive a cash reward to be paid according to their instructions.CRIME STOPPPERS U.S.V.I.Organization Seeks Information on CrimesSecond VIP Mini Film Festival Set for February 18 at SJSA St. John Tradewinds Despite wide-spread rumors, including a photo which ran in the January 23-29 issue of St. John Tradewinds, the motor yacht Guitar does not belong to rock legend Eric Clapton. The 103-foot luxury yacht was built in 1967 by Camper & Nicholsons, can accommodate up to seven guests and terworld.com. The vessel is not, however, owned by Clapton, according to several St. John residents who contacted Tradewinds. CorrectionSt. John Tradewinds The St. John Arts Festival in conjunction with artists Janet Cook-Rutat the St. John School of the Arts on Saturday, February 18, starting at 8 p.m. The festival is being produced during St. John Arts Festival week. VIP makers and video artists from all three Virgin Islands to submit short DVDs of videos, 10 minutes or less (exceptions may be made ask) should be sent or dropped off at the Mail Center c/o Rutnik, PMB 192, 5000 Est. Enighed, St. John, VI 00830 no later than February 15. Kindly include name, telephone number, email address and mailing address with DVD and any other pertinent information. Notice will be sent out immediately regarding selection. There will be a question and answer period for VIPs; Virgin Islands are on island. For more information contact Cook-Rutnik by email at email@example.com. St. John Tradewiinds News Photo School of the Arts on Saturday, Feburary 18.
16 St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 693-8885.OPPOSITE EFFECTACROSS 1 Microwave brand 6 Elocution pro 12 Where to trade used articles 20 Actresses Rue and Ramirez 21 Kid-lit pest 22 Slim cigar 23 He acquired 1,093 U.S. patents 25 Drastic measures 26 Fashionable Giorgio 27 Bouncers requests 28 Tree for a bark beetle 29 accompli (thing done) 30 Wiped out 31 Unlawfully loud sound 37 Boss (The Dukes of Hazzard role) 39 Creature catchers 40 Milk Oscar winner Penn 41 Entreat 44 Waitress at Mels Diner 46 Boise-to-Phoenix dir. 47 German a 48 Postopposite 51 Moo shu and fu yung, e.g. 55 Little (small fry) 56 Lab rodent 57 Giving sort 58 Hebrides isle 60 la vie 61 Top-billing sharers 63 Pants folds 67 Kansas city 69 Area with lots of lofts 72 Noreasters, e.g. 74 Eyeballer 75 Joy, for one 78 With 109-Down, military centers 79 Conan airer 81 Be on a slant 83 New, to Juan 84 Poolroom stick 85 Big beagle feature 86 Judges rejection 90 Hes a real doll 91 Lilted song syllable 92 Rainbow part 93 Cameron of In Her Shoes 94 Three, in Bari 95 Killer serves 96 Perfect 99 Individuals 101 Its often given by business suppliers for bulk ordering 106 Melville whaler 110 Baldwin of The Edge 112 Catering vessel 113 91-Across follower, perhaps 115 Opened, as an envelope 118 Theyre hidden in this puzzles six longest answers 121 Revealed 122 Meets with old classmates 123 Unsensible 124 When required 125 Is napping 126 Big parties DOWN 1 Take at (attempt) 2 Olympic skier Phil 3 Sweet smell 4 Football great Joe 5 Comfortable old shoe 6 Galena, e.g. 7 Circle lines 8 In among 9 One hurling something 10 Lady with Lennon 11 Legged it 12 Wheat sold in healthfood stores 13 Madame Tussauds, e.g. 14 Colony critter 15 Duffers goal 16 Tennis great Edberg 17 Virile dude 18 acid (fat substance) 19 Cut and 24 Scorches 28 Tricky curves 32 Monstrous 33 Bit of pepper 34 dixit 35 Notify again 36 Makes taboo 38 Kind of pitch 42 Scat! 43 Sisters and aunts, e.g. 45 Hoopla 48 Most beautiful 49 Skin problem 50 Disk attachment? 52 Document validator 53 Enter via keyboard 54 Zesty dip 59 Mag. edition 60 Sticking plant 62 Pull-off place 64 At any time, to a bard 65 One-named singer of Someone Like You 66 Fatigued 68 Treat as a celebrity 70 Old spy gp. 71 Tight feeling 72 Bag 73 Provable 76 Completed 77 Lymph bump 80 Lingerie top 82 Give support 85 Scratch with acid 86 Rebuke 87 Autobahn auto 88 Eyeballs 89 Mickey of the diamond 95 Consent (to) 97 Contact lens brand 98 Yarnell of Shields and Yarnell 100 Briny 101 Zahn of TV 102 Lower arm bones 103 Pine product 104 Completed 105 Diplomat in NYC, maybe 107 Lit into 108 Coeur d, Idaho 109 See 78-Across 114 Yeah, right! 116 Honest guy 117 Tyke 118 Monopoly buys: Abbr. 119 Electric 120 Mil. draft org. 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 Monday at Scandic Executive Service's meeting room in Mongoose Junction from 6:30 to 7:30pm; and every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Monday, January 30 The increase awareness about HIV, Hepatitis C, diabetes and hypertension/heart disease, HOPE Inc. is conducting a series of screenings with information tables during the month of January. HOPE will be at Julius E. Sprauve School on January 30. Monday, January 30 Governor John deJongh will deliver his annual State of the Territory Address before a formal session of the 29th Legislature on Monday, January 30. Senate President Ronald Russell will convene the Senate Session at 7 p.m. The Address will be deliv ered at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Chambers. Thursday, February 2 Woodys Seafood Saloon is hosting the Second Annual Breakfast at Woodys and just like Groundhogs Day this once-ayear event will be on Thursday, February 2, from 7 to 11 a.m. Friday, February 3 Senate President Ronald Russell invited the members of the 29th Legislature to join him for a re-scheduled Town Meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 3, in Cruz Bay, St. John, to discuss property taxes and other issues of importance to residents. Saturday, February 4 St. Ursulas Multipurpose Center, in conjunction with St. Ursulas Anglican Church, is hosting a Second Chance Sale on Saturday, February 4. Saturday, February 11 Relay for Life at the Winston Well Ball Field on Saturday, February 11, at 4 p.m. for 18 hours of friendship, food and fun and help to make a difference! T uesday, February 14 The public is invited to Trunk Bay on Tuesday, February 14, for the annual Celebration of Love. St. John barefoot minister Anne Marie Porter will lead a vow renewal ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, February 18 The V.I. Audubon Society is hosting its 15th annual plant sale on Saturday, February 18, in the Nazareth Lutheran Church yard in Cruz Bay from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 17 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, FEB. 2 ND SCENIC PROPERTIES 340-693-7777 One bedroom, one bath, in Cruz Bay $1400 Two bedrooms, one bath, Fish Bay $1800 Two bedrooms, one bath, A/C, in Cruz Bay $2200 Two bedrooms, two bath, Gift Hill $2000 Coral Bay Apartments 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 LOCKERS 4X6X7 $80 MO. 643-3283 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 email@example.com 340 779 4001 RELIABLE MOBILE 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-eight-inch beam white boat, some red paint, located in Chocolate Hole north. Center console, Call 344-6038. Com/Ofce/Storage Real Estate For Sale For Rent Public 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 Boat found in Coral Bay. Vessel is 8 x 32. Registration #VI9428TA Serial #XAU0500SJ293. Contact Irvin Stevens 340-201-3862. Employment Looking to buy used weed whackers, chainsaws, pole saws, leaf blowers and other landscaping equipment. Call 340-643-2998. BUYING? SELLING? RENTING? SEEKING?CALL 340-776-6496 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.orgGET RESULTS!VISA & MC Accepted New large 2 BR, large bath, off street parking, ceiling fans, microwave, security lights, spacious porch, gorgeous view overlooking Westin, $1600/month. 340-776-6331 or 678-715-1129 Wanted Chocolate Hole Furnished, one-bedroom apartment for rent in Chocolate Hole. Long breezy deck, quiet and private. $1,000 includes electricity, laundry room, Wi-Fi. One person, non-smoking. 12-month lease, monthly afterward. $1,000 security Call 693-7093 or email email@example.com. PT cert massage therapist with table & transport to travel to villas on St John. Min 3 hour shift, call 340.690.2540. PT Basket weaving instructor call 340.690.2540 Steel pan musician needed for dinner/wedding entertainment. Call 340.690.2540. PT cooking instructor who can teach & cook 1 meal, West Indian recipes, for private villa 3-4 hours lunch or dinner, transport required, call 340.690.2540 PT photographer for weddings needed Call 340.600.2540 PT Yoga instructor for private instruction. Call 340.690.2540 Cruz Bay Apartments, 20 unit apartment complex (6 one bedroom, 14 two bedroom) on St. John, USVI. Minimal acceptable bid is $3,800,000. The Property nanced by USDA Rural Development, which may provide funding for purchase. Funding includes 100% rental assistance, 1% loan and $50,000 grant for expenses. All processing subject to USDA Rural Development regulations in 7 CFR 3560. Contact Cruz Bay Apartments, 21400 Ridgetop Circle, Suite 250 Sterling, VA 20166, attn: Roy Pingitore 703-406-3471 x119 for more details. Local USDA Rural Development Area ofce is St. Croix Area VII Ofce. (340-773-9146 x4)
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St. John Tradewinds of delinquent property auctions with the conclusion of the St. Thomas/St. John district auction, which was hosted on Wednesday, January 25, at the GERS Building in St. Thomas. Seven properties six on St. Thomas and one on St. were presented for auction on St. Croix. These sales represent a small portion of the more than 1,000 properties that ments for 10 or more years. Because of the number of properties involved, the Division of Real Property Tax has scheduled the auctions to take place over several months. The next round of auctions for both districts is expected to take place in March. Delinquent property owners are reminded to contact the arrangements for payment in order to avoid the sale of their properties. Property owners whose properties are in probate at 776-6737 on St. John. INFO@HolidayHomesVI.com Toll Free:www.HolidayHomesVI.com HALF MOON HOUSE Reef Bay Beachfront is the dramatic setting for this uniquely modern home. 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Quiet neighborhood, mesmer izing sunset views! SEAVIEW vacation villa. Charming 4 Bedroom, masonry home in excellent condition with large pool in convenient Chocolate Hole with deeded rights to two nearby beaches. VILLA MOLLO A nature lovers dream, walk to 2 beaches! 3BR/2BA villa sits on the waters edge of a salt pond and features custom stone and wood work and amazing Caribbean views. BEST BUY MUST SELL! Newer masonry Flanagans Passage income producing 2x2 with flexible floor plan, spectacular water views to BVIs, easterly breezes and end of road privacy! UPPER CAROLINA 3X3 Recently upgraded & well kept house with 3 income producing units. Easy access to Cruz Bay and beaches. VISTAERO offers total privacy with breathtaking views over Rendezvous Bay & St. Thomas. 5 spacious bedroom suites, huge pool, gazebo & hot tub make this a top rental villa. VILLA INTIMASEA a beautiful newer Chocolate Hole 4 bedroom pool villa has 180 degree water views! Great rental or residence with potential for family compound. Access to 2 beaches & dinghy landing. WHALE W ATCH Enjoy pristine East End in this lovely, 2 bedroom villa with big water views. Downstairs apartment offers additional living & income space. Hear the sound of the waves lapping below. D AY 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. WILD ORCHID VILLA in Skytop features privacy and amazing 270 panoramic views! Flexible oorplan 4 bdrm, 2 level villa is custom crafted in exotic hardwoods & stonework. Awesome sunrises! Beautiful sunsets! Cool breezes! SAGO COTTAGE adorable Caribbean style masonry cottage with wonder ful down island views and great rental history. The Company that gives back to St. John $3,900,000 $3,450,000 PASTORY CONDO This 1 bd, 1 bth spacious condo overlooks Pillsbury Sound & St. Thomas sunsets. Newly renovated kitchen & bath, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, mahogany doors, windows, pool & lush landscaping. $372,000 $2,300,000 DVD $2,450,000 DVD $495,000 $949,000 DVD $1,875,000$1,825,000 $595,000 $980,000 $1,000,000 $975,000 $3,999,000 Call for details DVD $1,275,000 PRICE REDUCED! PRICE REDUCED! PRICE REDUCED! $499,000 G RANDE B AY C ONDOS E njoy life at this condo group in the center of town. Fullyfurnished with equipped kitchens, easy walking access to shops/restaurants. Large pool deck, tness & reception center, indoor parking & elevator service. 1 bd/1 bth $715,000 3 bd/ 2 bth $949,000 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. 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HH-2RVSD TW 1.30.12.indd 1 1/26/12 12:15 PM St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 19 St. Thomas/St. John Auction Completes First Round of Deliquent Property Tax SaleSt. John Tradewinds WeddingWire, the nations leading wedding Marketplace, announced last week that Mary Bar tolucci of Island Style Weddings was selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Brides Choice Awards 2012 for Wedding Coor dination for the third year in a row. The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Island Style Weddings was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients. 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First and foremost I would suggest that customers be patient because we are working hard to assess the situation behind the scenes, said Marion. Then we always tell our customers to call our 1-800 number because it really helps and people really listen to the comments. Calls to the 1-800-275-8777 number are recorded and the messages are listened to by the top brass at USPS, Marion added. If 10 or 15 people call with the same ismation goes upstream and goes a long way to helping us improve service, she said. There are more actions being taken behind the scenes to improve service and the decision to close the package trailer was not made on St. John, Marion explained. I hope that people will be patient and be a part of the remedy, they are not imme diately able to make a day-one change, she said. We are working on the issues here and there are things going on behind the scenes to improve service.20 St. John Tradewinds, January 30-February 5, 2012 Continued from Page 3 Package Trailer Closed at Post Ofce St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott for more than 45 minutes to just pick up a package.