St. John tradewinds
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Place of Publication: St. John, V.I
Publication Date: 02-06-2012
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Expect Shorter Lines and Faster P.O. Box Service, Says U.S.P.S. District ManagerPage 2Three St. John Men Arrested for Janaury 2011 Robbery of Local BankPage 3 February 6-12, 2012 Copyright 2012DPW Preparing Bids To Repair Portions of Centerline RoadPage 7 ST.JOHN,USVI St. John Relay for LifeCount Down: 5 DaysSt. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime ElliottWhile offering remarks, Senator Louis Hill, below standing, confronted controversy which arose during the Legislature's construction which he oversaw as Senate President of the 28th Legislature as current Senate President Ronald Russell, seated next to Hill, looks on. Continued on Page 3Senators and Residents Celebrate Opening of New Legislature AnnexBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds About 100 residents, six sitting senators and two former senators celebrated the grand opening of the Legislature of the Virgin Islands St. John annex on Friday evening, February 3. The pale yellow building had been a point of controversy dur ing the more than 12 months of construction, as Senator Louis Hill pointed out in candid terms emony. I was lambasted by a senator sitting here tonight who misguided the population about what we were doing in this building, said Hill, who launched the project to construct a new St. John Legisla ture building when he was President of the 28th Legislature. Im not being politically cor rect here, said Hill. I have waited to say this in public. There are people here who misguided this community without recourse. I still have the emails from people who reacted to that misguided information telling me all sorts of nonsense, said the senator. Hill seemed to be pointing a Barshinger, who had circulated several photographs of the building during construction, which showed a lack of adequate public meeting space. Despite the public elbow rubbing, the meeting site issue seemed to have been hammered ing is slated for conversion into a public meeting space, explained Pamela Samuel, executive director of the V.I. Legislature. The lower level of this building is intended to be developed into a meeting site, said Samuel. for the at Large Senator and vishere is the Legislative meeting hall, said Samuel. The Legislative hall is equipped with cameras capable of streaming hearings live on the local government TV channel,


EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson malinda@tradewinds.vi NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott jaime@tradewinds.vi WRITERS Andrea Milam, Mauri Elbel ADVERTISING advertising@tradewinds.vi CIRCULATION Rohan Roberts COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTORS Tristan Ewald, Maggie Wessinger, Bob Schlesinger, Jack Brown SUBSCRIPTIONS U.S. & U.S.V.I. only $85.00 per year THIRD CLASS PERMIT U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 3 St. John, VI 00831 NEWSLINE Tel. (340) 776-6496 Fax (340) 693-8885 www.tradewinds.vi editor@tradewinds.vi MAILING ADDRE SS P.O. Box 1500 St. John, VI 00831 COPYRIGHT 2012All rights reserved. No reproduction of news stories, letters, columns, photographs or advertisements allowed without written permission from the publisher. TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 2 St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 The Island Green Building Association will host a free public seminar on Thursday, February 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Renata Platenberg of the U.S. Division of Wildlife will share her knowledge and passion for protecting wildlife around new and existing island homes. eas can stabilize healthy ecosystems and ensure a beautiful environment for the future an important aspect of green building. lower landscaping costs, less excavation costs and less water usage. Gail Karlssons book, The Wild Life in an Island Home, will be available at a discount to attendees. The public is welcome to this Expect Shorter Lines and Faster P.O. Box Service Soon, Says USPS District Manager give the senator a warm St. John welcome.Sen. Millin-Young Speaking at RotaryBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Since closing the parcel pickup plained about standing in lines for more than 45 minutes at a time. The move, however, is just one step in an on going process of improvements planned for the to USPS District Manager Steven Hernandez. I will be glad to share an abbreviated list of improvements that email to St. John Tradewinds. As you know, we have already made some changes with our processes moved the package pick up service from the trailer on the side of the building to the pick up door inside the building. This allows us to use employees once assigned to work at the trailer to perform other tasks, such boxes, when they are not assisting customers with package pick ups, Hernandez wrote. While painting the trailer closure in a positive light, Hernandez explained that a misunderstanding led to the long lines seen last week. Unfortunately, there was a misdays of operation under this new process, wrote the USPS District Manager. Our intention was to keep the package pick up separate from the retail window queue. A package pick up-only' line helps us to quickly serve customers without impacting those who are at the retail window to purchase stamps and other postal services. the new process, the two queues were combined, but that has been corrected, Hernandez wrote. By placing the package pick up within the building instead of outside in the trailer, we will insure the security of our packages while providing our customers shelter from the heat and rain. We still have to work out a few glitches, but we will get them resolved quickly. Being able to use additional USPS manpower inside the Post P.O. Boxes quicker, Hernandez added. Also, by increasing the efprocess, we can also redirect our resources to another timely cusmail by 11 a.m. everyday, he wrote. It is important that we attain that target daily to meet our customer expectations for reliable, regular delivery of mail through this premium service. slated for a new high-tech upgrade this week which should cut down on manual mail processing and actually improve service. We will expand our highspeed, computer-aided sorting of Delivery Point Sequencing next Tuesday, the USPS District Manager wrote. Our DPS process uses the mail processing equipment here in San Juan to put letter mail in the order in which it is to be delivered. This will reduce the handwork needed to sort post ofAgain, this new automation process will help us insure that all up by the 11 a.m. cut-off and keeps our trained personnel dealing with too, will aid in relieving the conHernandez is aware that customers were not pleased with the mitment to improve service at the improve service and customer satisfaction, Hernandez wrote. We believe these steps will move us in the right direction. Residents can share their comnandez himself by emailing steven. hernandez@usps.gov. On Saturday, February 18, at 9 a.m., naturalist and St. John Historical Society Historian Eleanor Gibney will offer an informative glimpse into the shifting cultural landscapes of St. John from the grounds of the historic Estate Bellevue great house. Agriculture of the past, including the sugar era and the many decades that followed, will be discussed. Everyone is invited to at the beginning of the unpaved road just past the Bellevue housing development. Parking is limited, so carpooling is suggested.Eleanor Gibney Leading SJHS Tour of Estate Bellevue Cultural LandscapeIsland Homes in Harmony Will Be Featured at February 9 IGBA MeetingPlease join the St. John Historical Society on Tuesday, February ist, artist and architect Gerville Larsen presents How and Why the USVI.Larsen Speaking to SJHS February 14 Annual Plant Sale Set for February 18The V.I. Audubon Society is hosting its 15th annual plant sale 10th Annual Vow Renewal Is Feb. 14The public is invited to Trunk Bay on Tuesday, February 14, for ister 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


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The presence of Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforceand Border Protection agents at Bay early Thursday morning, Febthe island. The droning of a black helicop ter which landed in the Sirenusa that morning added to the islandwide speculation. When the dust settled, federal agents had nabbed three St. John men charged in connection with over a year ago. Kevin Fessale, 22, Shevaun Browne, 24, and Kadeem Thomas, 22, were nabbed by federal ofJohn on February 2 and charged in connection with the January 11, 2011 armed robbery of Merchants a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. The three men were advised of their rights in federal court on February 2, and charged with robbing the bank of $47,529.38, according to the release. The robbery occurred around 2 p.m. on January 11, 2011, when two masked men walked into the dered everyone to the ground, according to a V.I. Police Department prepared statement issued at the time. After sifting through drawers and collecting cash from several mained at large until last week. A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging tions. The indictment was returned on Thursday, January 19, and unsealed on February 2, when the three St. John men were arrested, according to the U.S. DOJ release. The indictment charges Fessale and Thomas with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, aiding and abetting bank robbery during the commission of a crime of violence. Browne was charged with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting bank robbery. Surveillance video cameras recorded the men arriving at the bank, recorded the actual robbery as it was taking place and recorded the robbers leaving Mer to Browne, according to the DOJ press release. Fessale, Browne and Thomas were also charged with Hobbs Act conspiracy, according to a report in the V.I. Daily News. Hobbs Act conspiracy allows the federal government to try robthe report. Thomas was arrested in Estate Bethany and Browne was nabbed in the Estate Bellevue affordable housing development on Gifft Hill, while Fessales arrest location was not detailed in court documents, according to last weeks V.I. Daily News report. The defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, February 8, at 9 a.m. before U.S. District Magistrate Ruth Miller, according to the report. The case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nelson Jones, according to the US DOJ press release. Senators and Residents Celebrate Opening of New Legislature Annex 2012 RAIN DATAat Trunk BayJANUARY2.96 inchesAVERAGE3.12 InchesTOTAL Y-T-D2.96 InchesAVERAGE Y-T-D3.12 Inches Thursday, Feb. 9th St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 3 Continued from Front Page INDEXBusiness Directory .............14 Community Calendar ...........16 Crime Stoppers ...................15 Crossword Puzzle ...............16 Ferry Schedules .................14 Letters ...........................12-13 On the Market .....................10 Police Log ...........................15 Real Estate ....................18-19St. John Tradewiinds News Photo File Three St. John men were arrested last week in connection with robbing Merchants Commercial Bank, above, of more than $40,000.Three St. John Men Arrested for 2011 Robbery of Merchants Commerical Bank The old St. John Legislature building, located next to St. John cording to Hill, the current senate vice president. When I took over as senate president many of the government buildings in the territory were in states of total disrepair, he said. The St. John building in particular was in the worst mess. The staff was working in mold; in a totally mold-infested building. there was a river running through the building, said Hill. former Senator at Large, the government was able to secure use annex. rence Nelson, Barshinger, St. John Administrator Leona Smith and Senate President Ronald Russell. With construction of the stately building complete, the senators were in a mood for celebration, not solemnity, explained Russell. This is a happy moment for the Virgin Islands, said the Senate President. Tomorrow we deal with things that are sad. Tonight we are happy. racy in the territory, he said. Lets be happy and enjoy this. in a Litany for Blessing the building, Shawn Auguste sang the moving and motivational a capella number during the ceremony as well.


4 St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewinds Bennet arrived on St. John on Monday, January 30, on a boat vealed that Bennet was wanted on drug charges in Ohio and she was detained. VIPD arrested Bennet at about 7:30 p.m. the same day. According to the Ohio arrest warrant, if located, Bennet is to be arrested and returned to face charges in that state.Woman Arrested on St. John on Ohio Warrant 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: islandsolarvi@gmail.com SAVE $$$$$$$ Katarina Bogus Bennet VIPD Arrest Two for Domestic ViolenceSt. John Tradewinds on St. John made two arrests on Friday, January 27. old Juana Reynoso, also known as ney Matthias at about 1 a.m. on Friday, January 27, after they were involved in a domestic dispute. caused a disturbance and threw rocks at the home of Matthias, who is her ex-boyfriend. Police also said Matthias assaulted Reynoso with a machete, cutting her left and right forearm. Both suspects were arrested and held without bail due to the domestic violence law pending their court appearance. Courtney Matthias Juana Reynoso Two Men Arrested in Frank Powell ParkSt. John Tradewinds on St. John arrested Steven Dean charged them Aggravated Assault and Battery, Disturbance of the Peace, Threats and other charges. One man was arrested after a poon the benches of the Franklin to have his personal possessions strewn about in the area. Just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, 47-year-old Steven Dean Reichel, who was reclined and appeared to be sleeping on a bench on the north eastern side of Frank Powell Park, according to a VIPD report. sleep on the benches and to pick up the personal property that was strewn about and Reichel began to use profanity and be aggressive, according to the VIPD report. grabbing her hand and then pushsistance, according to the VIPD report. Reichel was arrested on charges of Aggravated Assault and cer While Discharging Their Duties, Destruction of Government Property and Resisting Arrest. At the same time a man later came into the area where Reichel started to pick up the personal property that was in the area, according to the VIPD report. ened to physically harm Reichel and was arrested for Disturbance of the Peace and Threats, the VIPD report continued. Both suspects were held in the their Advice of Rights hearing.Scott Chamberlain Steven Dean Reichel


St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 5 DPW Preparing Bids To Repair Portions of Centerline RoadPortions of Centerline Road Were Damaged in 2010 Hurricanes 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 After almost 15 months, St. John residents can expect to see repairs to the under end of March, according to Wystan Benjamin, Federal Aid Program Manager with the Department of Public Works. We are getting ready to put out the bid packages right now, said Benjamin. There are quite a few projects that are part of this program. Those funds just became available and were working on the scope of the projects now. DPW has been awarded about $1.2 million for the St. Thomas./St. John District from the Federal Highway Administration for repairs to roadways and infrastructure damaged in Hurricanes Otto and Tomas, which blew through the territory in October 2010, according to Benjamin. $800,000 in federal funds to repair roadways damaged by the 2010 hurricanes, Benjamin added. There are a bunch of sites that are approved as part of the damages from Hur ricanes Tomas and Otto, said Benjamin. There are a lot of locations that need some clean up and sites that have been washed out and collapsed. Heavy, sustained rains from Hurricane Tomas and Hurricane Otto pounded St. John in October 2010, causing severe mud slides and undermining quite a few portions on Bordeaux and along the southern shore were even cut off from the rest of the island when the roadways were blocked by mud slides, forcing neighbors to dig themselves out. Since October 2010, the various under were damaged during the storms have been marked with orange cones and lane delineators; but that is basically the extent of work which has been done to date. DPW crews buried two large drainbut the parts of the road which have been washed out underneath, have only been marked with cones for the past 15 months. There has been no large-scale work done which is the sole thoroughfare across the isBay. By the end of next month, however, resirepair projects, according to Benjamin. The way were doing it, all of the washtogether in one contract and there may be a separate package for repairs to Kings Hill Road, said the Federal Aid Program Manager. The scopes are pretty much ready and Federal Highway will need to take a look and approve them and then theyll go out for bid. Right now were working to get the notices out and Ill say probably we will receive bids in the end of February and sometime in March, said Benjamin. If all goes well, we should be seeing some activity to repair those sites within 60 days or so. tion about the scope of work planned for the how long the work will take or how the St. John Tradewiinds News Photo File Hurricanes Tomas and Otto inundated St. John with heavy rains and washed out many portions of Centerline Road, above.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds When an emergency occurs, most people dont think about things like the islands stockpile of oxygen which is where St. John Rescue comes in. The groups 14 active responding volunteer members make it their business to know exactly how much oxygen is on island because they are the ones who have to go to St. Thomas each time more is needed, explained SJR training of and that includes SJR, Myrah National Park have for oxygen is on St. Thomas, said Malacarne. The oxygen originates in Miami is converted into a gas and shipped to St. Thomas. Each time it is needed, we must travel to St. Thomas to purchase oxygen for medical applications on island. If there is a problem in Miami gen, Malacarne said. A natural or man-made disaster can deplete our oxygen supply in short order. SJR is hoping to change that, and improve emergency response by eliminating the chance of running out of emergency oxygen. The group has written a grant proposal for the purchase of an oxygen generator for St. John, which would be capable of producing oxygen and inders for all emergency response agencies on the island, according to Malacarne. While SJR, VINP and EMS always try to keep oxygen in stock, costly and time-consuming. All emergency services agencies need to replenish oxygen supplies as quickly as possible since St. John is an island with no mutual aid assistance available in case of natural or man-made disaster, according to SJRs grant proposal. If we run out of oxygen there is no readily available source of medical oxygen to replenish our supply. Our only source of medical oxygen is located on St Thomas. This privately owned business is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays only, according to the grant request. If we require oxysupplier is open for business. The tles takes at least four hours and can take up to 24 hours or more if the he has run out of oxygen. SJR, which responds to about 150 emergency calls each year, projected the total cost of the oxygen generator at $55,865, according the groups grant. That cost breaks down to $52,000 for the system and then several hundred more for cylinders, manifolds, wall mount After the initial investment, however, the oxygen generator would reduce oxygen supply costs responders, according to the grant. This system produces medical grade oxygen in accordance with reduce oxygen supply costs by at least 80 percent, according to the SJR grant request. Less than one kilowatt-hour of energy is required and all transportation, handling, and labor costs involved in transporting tanks to St Thomas including a $50 round trip fee for the barge will be eliminated. The generator would also eliminate the uncertainty related to obtaining oxygen from St. Thomas, Making oxygen and having the site eliminates the uncertainty and logistics of traveling to St Thomas for oxygen replenishment, according to the grant proposal. With this system in place emergency responders are also assured that in the event of a disaster we are located in an earthquake and hur ricane zone our oxygen supply will not be in jeopardy. The system itself can also be transported for use at a disaster site. SJR does not have the funds to purchase the oxygen generator; the group already relies on donations to cover the $11,000 difference between its annual expenses and government funding. With VINP, EMS, erating in similar cash-strapped cir cumstances, the islands emergency equipment is quickly deteriorating, according to SJRs grant proposal. For more information about St. John Rescue or the groups oxygen generator grant proposal check out www.stjohnrescue.com.6 St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 St. John Tradewinds St. John Rescue First Responders and EMTs received training on rappelling skills by veteran mountaineer Greg Wingate on Sunday, January 29. SJR is the only agency on St. John with the equipment and skills for rappelling and the group trains frequently to hone its Since rappelling down a steep slope is the most dangerous operation we perform we must be always practicing the safest possible techniques, said Malacarne. Not only are we responsible for rescuing an injured person; we must also be able to ascend steep embankments or cliffs ourselves. SJR volunteers and EMTs who participated in the training were EMTs Jason Moody and Malacarne. Anyone interested in joining St John Rescue should visit the website www.stjohnrescue.org for more information or for an application.SJR and EMT s Brush Up on Rappelling Skills C M Y CM MY CY CMY K CafeTWind12Ad.pdf 11/10/11 8:44:15 AM 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! St. John Rescue Hopes To Improve Emergency Response with Oxygen Generator for IslandSt. John Tradewiinds News Photo bring the "patient" up the side of the hill.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds didnt know about the American she was diagnosed with stage three melanoma cancer in 2006, but looking back, she wishes she had. great resource for people, especially for people who seek medical atThere are so many facilities to where to go and how to get there. My doctor told me to Do a little research, and I thought, My god, I dont know what to do. fer support to people and I think just having someone explain the options would have been a huge help, she said. Strong is just one of the more than 30 teams expected to pack the 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, for the second annual St. John ReThe event will run for 18 hours before wrapping up at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, February 12, with the expectation that at least one member from teach team will keep to the make-shift track in the Relay for Life events, which are hosted across the country, serve as reminders to communities that ing funds for the organization. The funds raised at the St. John event remain in the St. Thomas/St. John treatments while supplying the during her ordeal. discovered when she found a mole on her leg which had changed shape and color. I had a mole on my leg that would change in color and texture at times and it was something I went to my local doctor for, said it and it came back that it was malignant melanoma and I ended up going off-island for surgery. With the mole removed, was solved. Just about a year later, however, she noticed problems with her lymph nodes. About 14 months later the melanoma returned to my lymph my lymph nodes in my groin area were enlarged. It started out the size of a golf ball and within a months time it quickly progressed. I suspected that something was wrong and I went to my local doctor for a consultation, she said. He pretty quickly advised me that I needed to go off-island to have a scan and seek additional care. was diagnosed with stage three melanoma. She underwent a lymph excision at a Miami area hospital, which removed most of her lymph nodes on one side of her groin, but she still faced the question of which follow up treatment to pur sue and where to have it done. After my surgery it was recommended that I have follow up treatment done and that is when I came back to St. John, said out what treatment was the right treatment for me and that is where I could have really used help from in my immediate family or circle of friends had ever experienced this and they didnt really have any idea what to do. ment that is recommended post-sur gery and they are still researching what is really right for melanoma patients, she said. The hospital I went to in Miami told me to Do some research, which was not a where to go. Faced with daunting confusion about post-surgery treatment, it was a family friend who actually explained. This small community of St. John is amazing and a good family friend put me in touch with a young man who had the exact same surgery which I did, she said. It still would have been very nice to talk to someone about my options and where I could go which big help. After being directed to the St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 7 Continued on Page 15St. John Tradewiinds News Photo daughter Olivia, will on the Relay for Life track with her Live Strong team Feb. 11 and 12.Why Cancer Survivor OConnell W ill W alk in 2012 Relay for LifeAnnual St. John Relay for Life is this Saturday, February 11


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds After a month of intense training, rehearsals and production meetings, when the curtain in the Westin Resorts and Villas ballroom rose on Friday evening, January 27, it was show time for World of Dreams. The St. John School of the Arts fundraiser show brought in more than $45,000 for the school and amazed audiences who raved about the original musical production. Five Broadway actors, Michael Shawn Lewis, John Tartaglia, Laura Barnao, Rhonda Miller and Donna Drake, donated countless hours of their time and paid for their own travel expenses which included several trips back support the second annual SJSA St. John. While last years Broadway this years show brought in about $10,000 more in fundraising for SJSA. The brainchild of SJSA board of directors member Ronnie Lee, the fundraiser brought together top Broadway actors with fourth grade students at all three St. John schools to work in a collaborative, not competitive, atmosphere. The actors spent about 40 hours each week for three weeks at Guy Benjamin, Gifft Hill and Julius E. Sprauve Schools working on the original musical production World of Dreams. After three weeks of intense work, the students wowed the audience at both the 6 and 8 p.m. performances of the musical. Audience members at the 6 p.m. show paid $200 for angel tickets, which included dinner at one of champagne reception following the show. SJSA sold 101 angel $100 each, for the chance to win a with theater tickets and dinners. The 8 p.m. performance of World of Dreams drew more than 230 people, who offered donations of their choice, which totaled $1,800 by the end of the night. In total, the Broadway brought in $45,417 for the islands arts school. The fundraiser was a success on several levels. First of all the students performances were impressive, bringing the audience to its feet several times during the production. My favorite part of the whole the show, said SJSA acting director Kim Wild. It was really magical to see it all come together in an amazing performance. I had been seeing pieces of it and then sometimes I went to rehearsal and things werent going as smoothly as I would have liked. But then all of a sudden, its lights, camera, action and the audience is there and the atmosphere changes, said Wild. Its just magical. There is really no other word for it. fourth graders more than rose to high standard which was expected. audience reaction was a resounding success and that the children made us all so proud, said Lee. In short, the kids were amazing. While the audience and SJSA the real success of the night was the $45,000 raised which will allow the school to continue its classes and expand a mentoring through music program, explained Wild. The funds raised through allow us to keep on doing what were doing and even try to expand, she said. The Mentoring Through the Arts of Music which was started by Dion Parsons on St. Thomas last year was one program that needed funding. The program is now territory-wide and our director of music education Eddie Bruce is our instructor. Its basically a youth band for kids who show proclivity and commitment to music, said Wild. In March Dion Parsons and Victor Provost, who are both members of to give a week-long workshop and that program needed funding too. also offered the islands fourth graders an amazing opportunity to work with world-renowned actors, dancers, singers and choreographers. While the next Baryshnikov might not have been discovered, many students raved about the program being fun, while also honing their concentration, memorization and collaboration skills. With so many positive outcomes John, residents can expect SJSA to bring the program back for a third time next year, but this time with explained Lee. Although the date isnt set yet, you can count on a sparkling new to St. John, in February or March, starring next years 4th grade students, he said. A new twist on the dine-around is being considered. Stay tuned for more news. Instead of a St. John Goes to and Miles Stair won this time one lucky winner to London, Lee added. With a St. John Goes to Lonnext year, we expect to set a new fundraising record, he said. The value of the package will be in the can anticipate round-trip air fare for two from any city served by nental U.S. or St. Thomas, an outstanding, luxury Starwood Hotel for seven nights in London, theatre tickets and a dinner for two at one of Londons top restaurants and other enticing goodies. No one will want to miss opportunity! For more information about the school, call 779-4322 or check out their web site at www.stjohnschoolofthearts.org.8 St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 Experienced Personalized Professional ProvenSeaview Vacation Homes, Inc. Short Term-Full Service Since 1985 VACATION VILLA MANAGEMENT24 years of on island rental servicee: info@seaviewhomes.com w: www.seaviewhomes.com t: 340-776-6805; toll-free 1-888-625-2963 Broadway Comes to St. John Fundraiser Brings in More Than $45K for St. John School of Arts Programs


St. John Tradewinds The historic Grand Banks schooner Roseway al Bay, St. John! Dont miss the chance to sail on this 137-foot pilot boat built in 1925, one of the last of her kind cruising the worlds oceans. The Sea (KATS) on Saturday night, March 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a sunset sail aboard this registered U.S. National Historic Landmark. Departure will be from the KATS dinghy dock directly behind Skinny Legs at 5 p.m. Tickets, $75 which includes light refreshments, are available at opportunity and support youth sailing on St. John. The number of passengers is limited, so dont wait to buy those tickets! For more information call Jennifer Robinson at 340-514-3718.St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 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 PhotoThe St. John youth sailing program Kids and the Sea is hosting a fundraiser sunset sail aboard s/v Roseway above. FEBRUARY IS DENTAL HEALTH MONTHBring in your pet this month for a FREE dental evaluation. Call to make an appointment.Canines, 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: k9catscritters@yahoo.com FULL VETERINARY SER VICES Weve M oved Historic Grand Banks Schooner Roseway Sailing to St. John March 31Maho Bay Camps Staffers Remove 14 Bags of Trash from Oppenheimer St. John Tradewinds On Wednesday, February 1, 10 bers decided to spend a couple of their off-hours picking up trash around the Oppenheimer Building on Gibney Beach. The goal was to pick up as much trash on the beach and the surrounding area, the parking lot, the driveway, and the community center near the beach. In two hours the staff members collected 14 bags of trash, one tire the back of a Ford Ranger. The most common item collected were glass bottles! There were so tles. About up to 5 percent of the trash collected was from the beach with the vast majority of trash found in the woods surrounding the community center and driveway to the beach. The idea of collecting trash at Oppenheimer Beach came from Stephen Rinaldi started the season with a goal of collecting trash at each beach on St. John before the end of the season. The idea has certainly spread, as he was able to gather support from nine other co-workers for the Oppenheimer clean-up. People who litter are trash, was the best quote of the day. St. John Tradewiinds News PhotoMaho Bay Camps staffers are all smiles after cleaning litter from their favorite North Shore beach.


10 St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 Orion's Hill: Majesty Atop Ajax PeakContinued on Page 15 By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds Imagine sitting high atop Ajax Peak, and experi encing a feast for the senses: you cant believe your eyes as you gaze upon the jaw-dropping 360-degree al Bay and down the BVI island chain to the north shore, Jost, and even to St. Thomas; you smell the fresh island breeze as it rustles through the trees; off in the distance, you hear a pleasure cruiser heading into Maho Bay. Permeating it all is a feeling of complete solitude and privacy. Theres no better place to delight the senses than Orions Hill, located high on Ajax Peak on what one local surveyor called the best piece of land on St. John. This beauty and solitude is thankfully not hard to come by accessing the property is easy, explained Orions Hill listing agent Jane Kelly of Islandia Real Estate. Ajax Peak is all paved and it just meanders to the top where Orions Hill is, said Kelly. Its such an Peak is so close to Maho, and so easy to get to from The home was built to last, ensuring minimal maintenance for future owners. Masonry construction, poured concrete cisterns and epoxy coated rebar, to minimize rusting, mean that Orions Hill will stand strong for decades to come. An historic welcoming arms Danish staircase invites visitors inside the more than 2,000 square foot main house, which features vaulted ceilings and two master bedrooms, each with its own en suite bath. There are also two half baths in the main home. A one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest cottage offers On the MarketA feature dedicated to special homes on the market listed with Tradewinds real estate advertisers St. John Tradewiinds News Photo The grand entrance at Orion's Hill beckons. St. John Tradewiinds News Photo Orion's Hill boasts impressive views and an expansive pool.


St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 11 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds one of the islands overlooks, get out on the water and see the island from a new perspective. sengers on full and half day cruises aboard his 40-foot Liberty dive boat Seabiscuit which features a fresh water shower and easy boarding swim ladder. Boyd, who grew up on the water in Massachusetts, has had his captains license since he was 18 years old. 24 years and is excited to be back out on the sea. while and I always missed it, said Boyd. I grew up Nova Scotia. I love the water. Trying to phase out of the construction business which has kept him busy for the past few years, Boyd ters offers twice weekly circumnavigations of St. John or can tailor a special trip, but Boyd is determined to keep his charters in U.S. Virgin Islands waters, he explained. For starters we will be doing circumnavigations of St. John on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Seabiscuit is available for private charters any other days, said Boyd. We will be doing only US Virgin Islands char ters. To be truthfully honest the boat has all the gear to do BVI trips but I am getting sick of spending money, clearing in, to go spend more money at their bars and restaurants and boutiques. I would like to see more money spent here in the US Virgin Islands, Boyd said. The money that goes to the BVI never comes back here. If we support our local businesses restaurants, bars, T-shirt shops and boutiques we are supporting our island. The boat captain might be a bit biased, but he has another reason for wanting to remain in local waters. Also I believe we have much nicer beaches here on St. John, much more undisturbed land and much less over-development, said Boyd. St. John is gor geous from the water. We are also available to do trips to Big and Little Hans Lollick, Water Island, Hassel Island and most all of the out lying cays. Boyds St. John circumnavigation trips depart from 9 a.m. and head along the islands North Shore where the captain shares his knowledge of local sights and history. The captain makes one snorkeling stop along the way, usually at Flanagan Island, an off-shore cay with for lunch at Miss Lucys, perched right on Friis Bay Miss Lucys is awesome, said Boyd. There is a big sandy spot where we are able to anchor right there and then dinghy in to shore and have lunch. We usually sit outside under the big sea grape tree. After lunch, guests cruise along the islands south shore and take one more snorkel stop before returnSeabiscuit can carry a maximum of 24 guests, but Boyd likes to keep the head count for the circumnavigation trips to about 18 people. The trip costs $100, which includes complimen tary soda, water and beer and use of snorkel equipment, but not lunch at Miss Lucys. Seabiscuit is also available for private charters. For more information, call Boyd at 340-626-9685. St. John Tradewiinds News Photo Dan Boyd's Seabiscuit above, offers day sails around St. John with fantastic snorkeling stops.See a Different St. John Aboard Seabiscuit with Lovango Charters


12 St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 16 WHAT DO YOU THINK?Send your letter to editor@tradewinds.viNEXT DEADLINE: THURSDAY FEBRUAR Y 9TH Keeping Track of Crime2011Homicides: 0 Shootings: 0 Stabbings: 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 1st Degree Burglaries: 3 2nd Degree Burglaries: 0 3rd Degree Burglaries: 10 Rapes: 0 SJSA Thanks All Supporters of Broadway Comes To St. John SEND LETTERS, GUEST OPINIONS & OBITUARIES: editor@tradewinds.vi Letters To St. John TradewindsRegarding the package trailer closing at the U.S. the USPS Regional Administrator, Steven Hernandez, to instruct our Postmistress to put two clerks on duty at the main counter at all times, now that the trailer is closed. to lower the standard of service and information given to the taxpaying public by the USPO, she is succeed ing admirably. Perhaps she wasnt at the public meeting convened by the same unit, with at least two mainland USPO be built in proximity of Enighed barge dock would be ready within six months. How easy and sensible it would be for St. John residents to be able to park legally and walk in to get our mail at a new facility built with adequate space. An improved facility and better service might even Name W ithheld Upon RequestSt. John School of the Arts wishes to thank all who Dreams and/or bought St. John Goes to Broadway There were 101 Angel ticket holders; 30 senior citizens; more than 230 audience members for the SJSA would not have had the success that it was without the support of Donald Sussman, those who In-kind services are vital to ensure the highest quality and professional output. Thanks to: The Broadway actors: Laura Barnao, Donna Drake, Michael Shawn Lewis, Rhonda Miller and John Tartaglia. Without these extraordinary artists, we would not have had the high caliber, collaborative effort leading to the amazing experience and production; The St. John restaurants that participated in giving 10 dinners each as part of the Angel ticket fundraiser were insurmountable in their support and success of Lime Inn, Morgans Mango, Ocean Grill, Rhumb Lines, Spyglass, and ZoZos; giving the actors a way to get to all four schools for rehearsals. able to transpose a fresh new concept as well as create highly visual artwork for this event; The Westin St. John, its staff and manager Mike Ryan allowed us to house this production in a space where the magic could happen; MaLinda and Jaime at St. John Tradewinds Newspaper for expert coverage of this event and all SJSA events; Ronnie and Pat Lee, who have started growing wings, provided a home for the actors for the entire time on St. John; crew for constructing the stage and creating a the ater-like space. Supporters and Volunteers to this event are numer ous. Their contribution is immeasurable and we thank in 2012: Luba Dolgopolsky, Epiphany Theater, Teresa Fraguada, Rob Glabach, Alesia Georgiou, Tim Jackson, Andrea Leland, Mindy Michtner, Sesyle Moorhead, Puffs Taxi Service, Dr. Bern Putnam, Steve SimonRescue, Earl Thomas, Tall Ship Trading, Jonathan Werbel And... Donna Joyce, Ronnie Lee, Michael Weinman, Glenda and Harvey Werbel. Thank you to those persons/businesses participat cago and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Alecia Our biggest thank you is to the 4th Grade class at Gifft Hill School, Guy Benjamin School, Julius E. Sprauve School, and the Principals and Teachers And students at St. John School of the Arts: KaitWilliams and Zoya Otto. With your support and participation, the communi ty had the enthusiasm and anticipation of watching it all come together like magic; making SJSAs Broadway event a fundraiser that brings the community together while instilling the importance of the arts for all of us... .and last but not least, the Board of Directors of SJSA would like to give a hearty thanks to Kim Wild and Kazumi Schaub for their tireless efforts in keeping it all together and making it happen. Board of Directors and Staff St. John School of the Arts


St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 13 ACC Thanks Many for Snow Ball Help 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 mahobayclay@earthlink.net Vezio Ricciardi / License #91505 (tel) 340-776-6134 (email) design_envir@yahoo.comVezios Custom Painting Love City Paddleboards(SUP) STAND UP PADDLEBOARD RENT ALS & LESSONSComplimentary Board Delivery and Pickup 340-642-9419 By Elaine Campbell Special to St. John Tradewinds The directors, staff, and volunteers of the St. John workers who made the groups January fundraiser tory. The villa was beyond gorgeous, and I do have a nodding acquaintance with gorgeous villas! How gener ous of the owners to donate it for the gala! The food was delicious and plentiful and was out and well distributed early a boon for those of us who no longer keep late hours, Duffy wrote. We felt next year, but we are looking forward to 2013! First thanks go to the owners of A La Mer, the Great Backing up owners Janet and Martin Marshall was management company. And very special thanks go to Marianne Giovanna, A La Mers house manager, who made sure that the cleaning crew had the villa cleaned and ready for the gala. The departing villa guests left Saturday morning set-up crew who arrived at 2 p.m. with icicle lights, yards and yards of cotton snow, a snowman, a snow dog, and sparkle wands, to name some of the winter wonderland decorations. well as faithful volunteers; all deserve a nod of appreciation for working hard and quickly to prepare for the party. Zac Hales, Brenda Hooper, John Fuller, Oriel Smith, Monica Munro, Bruce Munro, BJ Harris, Kar in Schlesinger, Jayne Kaiser, Denise Walker, Diana Ripley, Nancy Grayhek, Brian Ust, Bob Schlesinger, and Rob Upham of St. Johnimals completed their task just in time to race home to change into party attire and hurry back to greet early party guests. Behind the scene workers and donors included Zac Hales of St. John Properties who worked the phones for weeks before the event, canvassing St. John caterers and chefs, Karin Schlesinger who created the concept and posters for the event, Susan Pratt who dotickets, and The Marketplace who lent the snowman presiding over the buffet area. ed over a dozen volunteers to work in the kitchen and never ceased bringing replacement platters of food to the huge circular buffet table and who took time to collect empty paper plates and plastic glasses. Debbie Duplisea and her daughter Alisha Duplisea worked tirelessly before the event to solicit the Very much on the scene were the Welcome Table ender Hills Brian Ust. As guests passed beyond the Welcome Table, volunteers at the Favor Table helped guests choose from among the sparkling party favors: rings; clear plastic blinking bracelets; ropes of faux offered to arriving guests before they even passed into the great room of A La Mer on their way to the pool and gazebo area. The ISH band under the baton of Jared Warren was already playing when early arriving guests entered the main party scene, and the two open bars were already dispensing a wide choice of bottled water, sodas, and alcoholic beverages. Among the busy bartenders were Mary Heath, Stephanie King, Dana Heuschkel and Kevin Baker. Fabulous Foods Snow Balls main attraction was the enormous na Nichols and Laura Nichols Samms from Passion food. Throughout the evening, the impressive working kitchen, located indoors right behind the outdoor buffet table, was a beehive of activity. In addition to the various chefs who were on the scene were many kitchen helpers including Mark Horgan, Mark Harvath, Mia Dixon, Jill Dray, Laurie willingness of the following restaurants and chefs. donated foods. Baked in the Sun for coconut macaroons, Banana Deck for brownies, Westin Resort for assorted desserts, Queen of Tarts for veggie and cheese tartlettes and fruit platters, DaLivio for Italian pizza, East/West for spinach taquitos, Katylady for seafood ceviche, for assorted pizzas, Rhumblines for veggie samosas, platter, St. Thomas Seafood for shrimp scampi, SunShipwreck Landing for ceviche and smoked salmon canapes, Skinny Legs for crabcakes, Donkey Diner for salmon wrapped cream cheese with dill, Mathayom for assorted delicacies. food at Snow Ball, BJ Harris donated fourteen pounds of shrimp for the shrimp scampi! Fantastic Entertainment When ISH took a well-deserved band break, Pyros Once again, the Pyros team donated their extraor dinary talents to Snow Balls ultimate purpose: the care and feeding of St. Johns homeless, hungry, and sometimes abused companion animals. Continued on Page 14


Performing on the far side of A La Mers gorgeous, large free-form pool, Gina Wellner, Fuego, and Sandwich recruited wheels, and multi-branched candelabra, the three Pyros, separately or ensemble, displayed their unique skills to the silent admiration of Snow Balls guests. Ending with donation of time and talent won the ovagenerous contribution to the success of its fund-raising event! After a second interlude of ISHs danceable music, the tempo of the party again changed pace. At nine oclock the action changed to the announcement of the Grand The Grand Prize winner was Forrest Hall who won a sunset sail for 40 guests. This and Jamison Witbeck, owners of the sailboat Kekoa amazing generosity and sends its best wishes to Forrest Hall for a joyful party aboard Kekoa. and Debbie Duplisea and her daughter Alof Snow Ball with the aid of Joe Zackary and Katie Peterman who had come from St. a large number were bundled together into donations, the bundling helped cut down the possibly over-long time for winner announcements with the result that Snow Ball could be ended at ten oclock as promised. hopes that no one has been left unrecognized. Michael Banzhaf for a necklace, The lyn, Seaborne Airlines roundtrip to SJU, LaPlancha del Mar, Kalina sunset sail, Asolare, High Tide, Ocean Grill, La Tapa, Bamboula, Best of Both Worlds, Big Planet, Bougainvillea Shop, Just Beach, Gerry Hills cutting board, Arawak Expeditions dry bag, free videos, St. John Hardware, Tap Room, sports, Driftaway Daves, Kathy Depree for a will, Liv Hitchcock for an animal portrait, Ritz massage, Ritz facial, Frenchmans Reef for two nights for two, String of Pearls two nights, Waterfront Bistro, Grapevine Salon massage, Val Donohue for one month gym, toring, repair, St. John Dental whitening, charter, Drift Away Spa, Mathayom dinner for four with wine included and Big Blue Boat charters. Etra, Judith Whitley, Tiff Thomas among others. One of the most special parts for us was how well attended the gala is by the St. John community, said Duffy. We always know that we will have the opportunity to reconnect with friends and acquaintances in a lovely setting with good food while supporting a cause dear to our hearts critters! As for the critters, they in their quiet manner, sometimes silence, sometimes little meows or purrs or barks, are the most grateful of all to the myriad of supporters who donated to or attended Snow Ball. adoptable kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs, all hoping for forever homes, either here on St. John or as an Off-Island Adoption by some of our island visitors. Please stop by Tuesday through Saturday after ten a.m. to visit our formerly homeless creatures. One or two may capture your heart and go with you to bring happiness and companionship into your home.14 St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com kathy@islandgetawaysinc.com 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 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; pgunow@gmail.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 LandscapingAlfredos 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 debbiehayes@debbiehayes.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 info@islandiarealestate.com RestaurantsConcordia Cafe, 693-5855 Happy Hour 4:30-6pm Dinner 6-8:30pm Tues-Sat Fish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market 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 693-8340; www.sundogcafe.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Island Solar "Off the Grid Living for 10 Terminix Problem Solved Guarantee 340-777-4423 Vezio's Custom Painting Special Techniques 340-776-6134 design_envir@yahoo.com 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.mContinued from Page 13ACC Thanks Many for Snow Ball Help St. John Tradewinds WeddingWire, the nations leading wedding Marketplace, announced last week that StJohnWeddings.com has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire 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. 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an additional 1,120 square feet of space, and underground utilities are in place for the addition of a second guest cottage, should the new owners desire. The home has been utilized as a short-term rental, generating great income for its owners. Families with small children appreciate the fact that the two bedrooms are located in the same building, and couples traveling together rave about the privacy the layout affords. It would also make a fantastic second, or even permanent home, for someone looking to make the move to St. John, Kelly added. The widows walk, dubbed the Happy Hour Tower, is the per fect place to kick back after a day of beaching it and watch the sky and pinks during sunset with a frosty tropical beverage in hand, of course. Orions Hill, listed at $1.65 mil lion, has been on the market since the end of November 2011, and Kelly has stayed busy showing the property to prospective buyers. So, if you think this could be your home away from home, give Kelly a call today, before Orions Hill is gone! Kelly can be reached at Islandia at 340-776-6666 or on her cell phone at 941-544-5855. To view photos of Orions Hill, or to see other St. John real estate listings, visit www.islandiavi.com. St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 15 Friday, January 27 ployee r/ damage to a company truck. Damage to a vehicle. 12:00 p.m. An Estate Adrian resident r/ a bur 1:40 p.m. A citizen p/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. 3:30 p.m. An Estate Bethany resident r/ a bur glary. Burglary in the third. 3:38 p.m. An Estate Bethany resident r/ a bur glary. Burglary in the third. 5:00 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident r/ a missing vehicle. Unauthorized use of vehicle. No time given An Estate Glucksberg resident c/requesting police assistance to remove his girlfriend from his residence. Police assistance. Saturday, January 28 dent r/ an assault. Assault and battery, D.V. 5:54 p.m. Badge #720 p/ at Leander Jurgen John Doe was placed under arrest and charged with Disturbance of the Peace. One Steven Reichel was placed under arrest and charged with aggravated assault and battery. The men were detained at Le10:15 p.m. An Estate Bethany resident p/r a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace. Sunday, January 29 2:15 p.m. A citizen p/r a disturbance of the peace and threats. Disturbance of the peace, threats. 4:16 p.m. A citizen r/ an auto accident on North Shore Road. Auto collision. 5:54 p.m. A citizen p/r a lost wallet. Larceny. Monday, January 30 11:18 a.m. An Estate Susanaberg resident c/r 1:35 p.m. A New Jersey resident r/ his phone 4:01 p.m. A resident r/ an assault in The Mar ketplace. Assault and battery. 5:48 p.m. The manager of Dolphin Market r/ a larceny. Petit larceny. 8:07 p.m. Badge #729 p/ at Leander Jurgen resided on M/V Dreamweaver She was placed under arrest and charged with drug possession on a warrant issued from the Sheriff of Thomas. T uesday, January 31 arm. 6:58 a.m. The manger of Paradise Lumber c/r a disturbance at the business. Disturbance of the peace. 11:35 a.m. A citizen p/r an auto collision on Bordeaux Mountain Road. dent p/r that her brother pointed a handgun at her head and punched her in the face. Assault in the third. W ednesday, February 1 6:33 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. Thursday, February 2 10:00 a.m. A citizen c/r an auto accident on Rock Ridge Road. Auto collision. 11:24 a.m. A citizen c/r a black helicopter landing on an adjacent property in the area of Sirenusa. Police assistance. Friday, February 3 2:46 a.m. A citizen p/r a robbery at knife point. solve the following crimes. If anyone knows something, they should say something, as law enforce ment cannot control crime without help. Even the smallest bit of information may be just what law enforcement needs to solve these cases. On January 9, 19, 22, and 24, residences in Estate Enighed and Pocket Money were burglarized. The suspects in these burglaries were armed with knives or handguns and gained entry via screen doors, glass doors, and unlocked doors, while the victims were either sleeping or getting ready to go to bed. The burglars demanded or stole money, electronics, and iPhones. Tell what you know, and please lock your doors. Please continue to help make the community a safer place to live by submitting information on sUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). All tips are completely anonymous, and the stateside operators speak several languages. 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. The minimum reward for the arrest of a murder suspect is $1,500. CRIME STOPPPERS U.S.V.I.Organization Seeks Information on CrimesOn the Market: Orion's HillContinued from Page 10Why Cancer Survivor OConnell W ill W alk in 2012 Relay for Life matologist and oncologist who were facilitating a trial treatment for melanoma. that time for monoclonal antibody treatment which teaches your natural antibodies in your system to attack and kill cancer cells, said ment was only one dose, she had side effects for months afterwards and spent several months in New six months for scans and follow-up visits, but is usually kept busy running around after her six-monthold baby girl Olivia. I had Olivia in July 2011, which was just a couple of months While Olivia might not make it for the entire Relay for Life, track all night long, she explained. I will be out on the track for Relay for Life, said the cancer survivor. My motivation is really just for awareness. Id love to help anyone who might be in a similar situation to myself. Its not too late to get involved with the second annual St. John Relay for Life. Luminary bags are available for purchase in The Mar ketplace most afternoons, stickers are also for sale around the island and on February 11, be sure to be at hours of fun, music and entertain ment while raising much-needed funds for local cancer patients. Continued from Page 7Breathtaking views abound from Orion's Hill.


16 St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail editor@tradewinds.vi or fax 693-8885.IN TWOACROSS 1 Edible gifts for teachers 11 Sudden gush 16 Partners for pas 19 Lead-in to I cant hear you! 20 Corrida yells 22 ETs carrier 23 Philadelphia museum since 1824 26 Rapper Jon 28 1836 Texas siege target 29 Morsel for an echidna 33 Chou En- 34 They may result in amnesia 38 Sounded like an explo sion 41 Surreptitious 42 Picture prop 43 Ross of pop 48 Habitation 49 Not fore along the Ottawa River 58 Evening meal 59 Letters before rhos 61 Song from South 63 Turn to hit, in baseball dish 80 Chiang -shek 84 Great pitcher 85 Turns bad 86 Get liberated 90 Be in the red 91 William of Hopalong Cassidy 92 Banishes 94 Rodeo rope 96 Pay-to-stay place 100 Line of Japanese sport bikes 105 Round body 106 Many a yuppies deg. 109 Molecules makeup 110 Go off tangent 111 Prod 113 Santa (hot desert winds) 114 Road goo 115 Conditions of dermatitis 120 Class 121 Church path 122 Charles Lambs pseud onym 123 Clan cloth 124 City trains 125 Chest pictures, perhaps 126 City in west Germany DOWN 1 Woodard of Hollywood 2 Peeling knife 3 Deli item with no toppings 5 Wild bugler 6 Bow of respect 9 Operatic male 10 Horse cousin 11 8-Down, as a tree 12 Singer LaBelle 13 Country south of Braz. Brooks and Sharon Stone 16 Like onions 18 Recital highlights 24 Why would ? 25 Shadowed 31 Up til 33 Shylock 35 P Peter 36 Bright colors 39 Lennon lover 40 Faucet noise 43 Finger-paint 44 Ricks love in a classic 46 Hexender 48 Voodoo land 50 Munich Mrs. 51 Bill & Excellent 53 State bird of California 54 Curl bed 56 With 83-Down, terrier from Tibet 60 Behaved like a bone head 62 Did something? 64 Take a shot 65 Goat hangers? 66 Using ink, as a signature 68 See 95-Down 69 No, in Essen one starts crying 80 Canoe type 83 See 56-Down 86 Ray Charles I Woman 88 Former senator Sam 89 Detroit-to-Toronto dir. 91 Large reed instrument Neil Diamond hit 96 Some navels 98 Hotel unit 99 Very fancy 101 In any way 102 If Had a Heart 103 Jiggly food 104 From the top 112 Fed of a sort 113 Snootiness 116 Dry white wine apritif 118 Short mo. 119 Small bit PREMIER Crossword ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45 on Tuesdays; Open meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Bay. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Narcotics Anonymous has open meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 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 Thursday, February 9 The Island Green Building Association will host a free public seminar on Thursday, February 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 Marketplace. Friday, February 10 Senator Janette Millinof St. John meeting on Friday, February 10. Stop by the Resort and Villas at 12:15 p.m. to give the senator a warm St. John welcome. Saturday, February 11 Relay for Life at the Winston Well Ball Field on Satur day, 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, Febrution of Love. St. John barefoot minister Anne Marie Porter will lead a vow renewal cer emony at 5 p.m. Join the St. John Historical Society on Tuesday, February 14, at 7 p.m. at the Bethany ervationist, artist and architect Gerville Larsen presents How and Why We Need to Preserve Heritage of the USVI. Saturday, February 18 The V.I. Audubon Society is hosting its 15th annual plant sale on Saturday, February 18, in the Nazareth Lutheran 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Saturday, February 18, at 9 a.m., naturalist and St. John Historical Society Historian Eleanor Gibney will offer an informative glimpse into the shifting cultural landscapes of St. John from the grounds of the historic Estate Bellevue great house. Friday, March 9 Virgin Islands music lovers are invited to come out and enjoy a unique aural experi ence as Ashu performs classical saxophone music beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Tillett Gardens on St. Thomas. Tickets are $30 each. Saturday, March 10 Myrah Keating Smith offering free HPV Vaccines on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 19 Continued on Back Page St. John Tradewinds As I deliver this State of the Territory face a moment in time that requires nothing less than for each and every one of us to acknowledge the change thrust upon us and to rise up and work together if we are to ensure our survival as a government and as a community. One year ago almost to the day I dress, I emphasized then that our territory was at a Tipping Point. I stressed then that it was still within our grasp to decide the type of future, the kind of community we wanted to build. This state of affairs our Tipping Point was a result in part of actions we had taken as well as actions taken by others who came before us, but it was predominantly driven by global and national forces that had undermined our economy and ripped apart The sharp decline in our tax revenues that we have experienced is a simple and straightforward measure of an economy that fell off a steep cliff, as tourism, manufacturing and investment declined, and world markets collapsed. We acted aggressively when we borrowed to maintain public employment and government spending during the early years of the recession. Had we not, the recession would have devastated what was left of our business community and compromised our future. The social safety net of our community would have become unglued, placing untold stress on our families and communities. We hoped that the nations economic recovery, and our recovery, would have come more quickly, but it has not. And our ability to fully insulate our people from its effects has run its course. We began 2011 confronted by the strong likelihood that public sector employee dismissals like those that had already been experienced by our private sector workers would be needed as we adjusted governmental expenses to the reality of our revenues. I met and you also met with union T ext of Governor deJonghs State of the T erritory Address


leaders who requested we take this path, only to have them then sue us for having honored their request. We remain certain that we acted then, and must continue to act now, in a manner that is best for the greatest number in our community. We ended 2011 without resolulast month we began the process of employee dismissals and reductions in some services. This was not something I wanted to do, but it was caused by your inaction last year and your continuing unwillingness to deal with the problems we face. new year that we all wished would mark a time of recovery, we are confronted by a new tsunami, the announcement that the company that has been the largest private employer in the territory ever since its plant construction in the 1960s nating the employment of its employees and its subcontractors. This is a catastrophic decision that will effect workers and their families, support to community or ganizations, the sales of local businesses and all they support; quite frankly, our entire territory. The HOVENSA announcement has caused a universal shudder of fear and anxiety to pass through our islands, not unlike the emotions that we all experience with the coming of a hurricane. The news of HOVENSAs closing is causing many of us to fear for our future. We feel uncertain of the next step, uneasy about the payment of the next bill, worried about how we will meet our childrens needs, and worried about our future. And while this impact will be felt more immediately on St. out the entire territory because we are a community connected each and every day by links of family, business and politics. If you did not believe so before accept it now. So, as we embrace this new reality, as we work to stabilize our tion and growth going forward, we have been rocked by these recent announcements, we have been tipped to one side. The State of our Territory tonight can best be described as troubled. These are, indeed, the times that try mens souls. We have made great progress in many areas that will serve us well going forward. We have 100,000 our territory and three new air car riers. We have rationalized and streamlined licensing and permitting. Our outreach programs are reaching displaced workers, and citizens will no longer have to go eligibility for social programs. We are investing more than $100 million to assure all have access to high-speed Internet. And for the be building new senior housing on St. Thomas. However, tonight I must speak to you in this chamber, and on this occasion to the people who put us public trust, on where we are as a community not just as a result of the shock of the announcement of the closure of HOVENSA, but as a result of the actions and inaction of the 29th Legislature over the past year, your inaction in the Special Session I called a month ago, and your votes of last Tuesday. I think by now it is clear to all Virgin Islands voters that there is a block in this Legislature whose politics requires them to oppose each and every action I propose, be they large or small, whether the approval of a new rum distillery, the merger of government agencies to reduce long-term costs or a vote to raise the revenues necessary to support a borrowing so that we could pay our bills and maintain government services and personnel. So, where are we now? Had we not had the announcement from HOVENSA that 2,000 people were to be put out of work. Had we not learned of this drastic action the night before it was announced publicly, and if we had not already come to appreciate how these ter minations will affect so many other we would still know that our budget crisis was dire. We knew that actions we thought were to be taken last week might not prevent all cutbacks, all future dismissals, but we knew we had to act and we knew 20 St. John Tradewinds, February 6-12, 2012 Continued from Page 19Governor John deJongh's State of the T erritory Address that time was not on our side. We do not yet know the full impact of HOVENSAs actions. But we do know that the taxes paid by HOVENSA and its subcontractors total more than $50 million. And we know that the payroll of HOVENSA and its subcontractors causes over $30 million of payroll withholding taxes to be paid into the treasury of the territory. And we know that the past income taxes we collected when they were profitable will not be collected if they are not operating and operating the gross receipts taxes paid by the businesses that serve HOVENSA and its workforce will go down. We know that the gap between our revenues and our expenditures is widening, and we have a duty to make every effort to meet these challenges head on. Limited resources require us to terminate areas of service that are no longer critical to our mission that we do more with less and for our departments and agencies to their goals and mission with fewer resources. Now, we will have to take ever more drastic steps to bring our revenues and expenditures into balance. And we will have to take those steps to reduce spending that I can order as Governor, as it has become clear that the Legislature has made its decision and new revenues will not be part of their solution. Accordingly, I shall act as I must, because all know that it is unlawful to issue checks that cannot be covered, and we will not break the law. On top of the 8 per cent salary reduction and the dismissals which have already taken place, we must turn to the narrower range of options available to us, including: more dismissals; shorter work weeks; additional school closures and classroom consolidations; shorter hours at senior centers, public health clinics and recreational facilities. We also know that we must begin to acknowledge and address the real costs of what we owe and what we want to do. This is true about GERS, that is unfunded by over $1 billion dollars. This is true about our Medicaid program, where we risk losing more than $300 million if we fail to set aside our local match. This is true about the Waste Management Authority, where proposed plans would require tens of millions of dollars beyond what we currently spend. And this is true about the costs of uncompensated care at our hospitals. And we do not know how much worse the situation will be because of HOVENSA. But we know it will be worse, and we know that we cannot wait and see. We must take steps now in what we can reasonably predict will be a dramatic further reduction in our revenues. And everyone who is listening to me tonight or who reads this later needs to know that we will come through this economic crisis and move forward to the future that we all wish for ourselves, our families, and most keenly for our children. The people of the Virgin Islands have endured much in our history and we will come through this crisis as well. Visit www.tradewinds.vi for a more complete excerpt of Gover nor deJongh's Monday, January 30 State of the Territory address.