St. John tradewinds
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Title: St. John tradewinds
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Publisher: Tradewinds Newspaper Inc.
Place of Publication: St. John, V.I
Publication Date: 02-13-2012
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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 Chuck Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Ewald, Maggie Wessinger, Andrew Rutnik, Craig Barshinger, 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 Tradewinds Publishing LLC 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 13-19, 2012 Guy Benjamin School is set for Saturday, March 24, at Miss Vies Campground starting at noon. Join CBYC members for a sail to the beach and back for only $40, which includes lunch. Dont feel like sailing? Drive out to the beach and pay $10 for children and $20 for adults for lunch and entertainment by local reggae favorites Inner Visions. See you there! By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Rumors spread across Coral Bay last week that the V.I. Department of Education was planning to close Guy Benjamin School. First whispered over the February 2 weekend, the rumors of shutting the Coral Bay elementary school reached a fever pitch by Thursday afternoon, February 9. Parents need not fear, however, the rumors are false, according There is no truth to the rumors that Guy Benjamin School is closing, said Ananta Pancham, DOEs Director of Public Infor mation. 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 meet at the St. John Community Foundations Bellevue property, at the beginning of the unpaved road just past the Bellevue housing development. Parking is limited, so carpooling is suggested. Please join the St. John Historical Society on Tuesday, February 14, at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Moravian Church Hall as preservation ist, artist and architect Gerville Larsen presents How and Why We Need to Preserve and Conserve the Built Cultural Heritage of the USVI. St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tropcial FocusSenator Jeantte Millin-Young was the featured speaker at last week's Rotary Club of St. John meeting. 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 Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue Claudette Watson-Anderson, CPA, remind returns in the territory with the Bureau. or by mail with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This is a violation of the law. the date that it is received by the Bureau, not the date received by the IRS. Taxpayers who receive erroneous refunds from the IRS will have to repay the er roneous refund issued by the IRS, and will be subject to penalties and interest. tax returns. The individual income tax return (Form 1040) and the self-employment tax return (Form 1040SS). The self-employment tax return should be submitted to the IRS. Please do not include payment of self-employment taxes on your Form 1040, which Virgin Islands, said Watson-Anderson. It is, however, a work in progress. Taxpayers are asked to submit paper returns to the Bureau for processing. 715-1040, ext. 2249 or 714-9312. The 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 We work for you, Senator Jeanette Millin-Young told about 15 members of the Rotary Club of St. John on Friday afternoon, February 10, at the groups weekly meeting at the Westin Resort and Villas. A Rotarian herself, and a past president of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas, MillinYoung shared her plans for an upcoming Economic Summit during the meeting and encouraged members to take active roles in government. We are your government, said the senator. But if we dont hear from you we cant represent you as well as we would like. Im making a personal invitation to you to be a part of this government.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The 12th Annual St. John Arts Festival kicks off on Saturday, February 18, with entertainment in Frank Powell Park and Caribbean food, arts and crafts exhibition in the little park near the Department of Tourism Visitors Center. Local crafts people will be on hand all week long in the small park just off Frank Powell Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day through February 22. Stop by for local food, jewelry, hot sauce, paintings, clothing and more. The musical portion of the 12th Annual Arts Festival gets under way at the Cruz Bay park at noon when Love City Pan Dragons Youth Steel Orchestra will enter tain the crowd. Stop by the park before 4 p.m. to hear the talented youth of St. John on steel pan. The Love City Leapers will also dazzle the crowd on Saturday with their acrobatic feats from 2 to 2:30 p.m. On Saturday night, St. John School of the Arts is the place to be for the 2nd VIP Mini Film Festival, produced by Janet CookRutnik and Sigi Torinus in conjunction with the Arts Festival. ago, was a huge success and features both short humorous works as well as professional videos The festival fun continues on Sunday, February 19, with a Gospel Concert at Frank Powell Park at 2 p.m. followed by the Mongo Niles Dancers who will perform traditional Quelbe numbers beginning at 3 p.m. St. John youngsters will take center stage on Sunday night, when SJSA students will perform music and dance numbers for the audience in a special Arts Festival recital. Its all about Old Time Caribbean fun on Monday, February 20, when the Caribbean Ritual Dancers along with a few Mocko Jumbies perform at 2 p.m. at Frank Powell Park. Popular local scratch group KoKo and the Sunshine Band will keep the vibe going as they perform at the park from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Reggae is the theme of the day for Tuesday, February 21, when local favorites Inner Visions share their positive roots reggae stylings from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Music will swing from reggae to jazz on Wednesday, February 22, when Samba Combo entertains the crowds at Frank Powell Park from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The brainchild of Frank Langley, the St. John Arts Festival promises to be as entertaining and educational as ever this year, bouncing back from being displaced last year. Frank Powell Park was under renovations for most of the winter last year, and the Arts Festival was pushed out with attendance suffering. This year, Langley is delighted to be back in the central Cruz Bay park with a full line up of enter tainers and musicians. Dont miss any of the excitement of the 12th Annual St. John Arts Festival. By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Keven Fessale, Shevaun Browne and Kadeem Thomas were arraigned in federal court on Wednesday, February 8, in connection with a 2011 armed robbery of Merchants Commercial Bank. The three St. John men are accused of robbing the Estate Chocolate Hole bank of $47,529.30 during an armed robbery on January 11, 2011. All three men were nabbed by federal agents in separate locations across St. John on February 2. A federal indictment handed down on January 19, 2012, charges Fessale, 22, with Hobbs Act conspiracy, bank robbery by force or violence and possession of a Act conspiracy and robbing a bank 22, with Hobbs Act conspiracy and bank robbery by force or violence, according to a report in the V.I. Daily News. Hobbs Act conspiracy allows the federal government to try robU.S. District Court, according to the report. Browne was painted as the ring leader of the three, who organized the robbery and supplied the guns, according to the V.I. Daily News story. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller allowed Browne to return to St. John, on supervised release with electronic monitoring, in his mothers custody on a 10 percent $25,000 bond, according to the St. Thomas newspaper. Thomas also returned to St. John last week when Miller or dered his supervised release with electronic monitoring on a 10 per cent $25,000 bond and allowed him to work with his mother at an unnamed St. John grocery store, according to the report in the V.I. Daily News. Fessale remained behind bars last week on a $25,000 bond, according to the report. 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 a blue GMC Jimmy and had remained at large until their February 2, 2012 arrest. Surveillance video cameras recorded the men arriving at the bank, recorded the actual robbery as it was taking place and recorded the robbers leaving Merchants Commercial Bank in a blue Chevy Jimmy, which belonged to Browne, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. The three St. John men will face a jury during a trial tentatively set to begin on March 26 in U.S. District Court, according to the V.I. Daily News report. St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 3 The 12th annual festival will bring arts, crafts, music and more to the Frank Powell Park starting on February 18.St. John Tradewiinds News Photo File


By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds The entire St. John community is invited to help Gifft Hill Students Bloom and Grow at the schools 26th annual gala and auction on Saturday, March 10, at the Westin Resort. The Bloom and Grow theme highlights the schools Education and Resiliency Through Horticulture program, a partnership with Iowa State that promotes sustainability among GHS students. And along the lines of sustainability, the islands only private school is also working to ensure the auction is as environmentally friendly as possible, starting with the invitations and response cards, explained Our invitations were printed with plantable seed paper, so people can plant their invitations at home, said Murrill. All the response cards sent back to us will be planted by our EARTH program students. The auctions dinner menu, a buffet created by the Westins executive chef, will be inspired by local ingredients as much as possible, and some of the aucand sustainability. Event-goers can expect to be dazzled by the auction items, which include everything from jewelry donated by R&I Patton to trips to Washington, D.C., New York, Colorado, and even Africa. Pre-bidding is expected to begin this week on the schools web site, www.giffthillschool.org. Golden tickets will be sold for $100, and the winbeginning of the evening, can choose from the list of travel packages, meaning a trip to Africa could be scored for just $100. Local items up for bid include a sunset sail on Kekoa, a Mongoose Junction shopping spree, and a catered dinner by Mathayom Private Chefs. Auctioneer Darron Meares of Meares Auction Group will return for the third year in a row to get the crowd hyped up and excited about bidding, and if last indication, Meares has what it takes to encourage the community to support education on St. John. More than 60 percent of our students are on tuition assistance, said Murrill. Our students need a raising event of the year. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cham pagne reception and silent art auction, where works by 10 featured artists, in every medium from photography to ceramics to paintings, will be up for bidding. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the live auction begins at 8 p.m. The event ends at 10 p.m., but the party doesnt stop there it just moves over to La Plancha for the prizes. Its a really fun, elegant event that supports eduition assistance programs, said Murrill. A lot of peoThey just come because its a way to be involved in the community and have a really good time. Tickets are $125 apiece, or $1,000 for a table, and seats sell out fast. To book your spot at the event, contact Murrill at 776-1730 or mollymurrill@ giffthillschool.org. 4 St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center is offering free HPV Vaccines on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The vaccines are available to all males and females between the ages of 11 and 26 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by a parent and all attendees are asked to bring their immunization cards. 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! Using Sport for Social Change invites the public to a social gathering at the St. John School of the Arts on Tuesday, February 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. Using Sport For Social Change, in conjunction with the St. John Community Foundation and Department of Parks and Recreation, invite everyone to attend this social gathering at St. John School of Arts. During this fun, casual event, an update will be given on what USFSC is, what it has accomplished in the past years and the publics support. USFSC will also be unveiling its sponsorship levels for the 4th Annual Free Just Play event scheduled for October 8, 2012 Email Dean Doeling at islandsun40@yahoo.com for more info. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John meets at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday in the Great Room at Gifft Hill School. The guest speaker for February 19, is Dan Zuckergood, who will speak on The Power and Beauty of Music in our lives. For transportation from Cruz Bay call 776-6332. Childcare is available upon prior request. For more details, visit www.uufstjohn.org. Virgin Islands music lovers are invited to come out and enjoy a unique aural experience as Ashu performs classical saxophone music beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Tillett Gardens on St. Thomas. Known for his dynamic performances, 26-year-old concert saxophonist Ashu has been captivating audiences across the world since making his recital debut at Carnegie Halls Weill Hall in New York, and his concerto debut at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., at age 16. Drinks and a casual dinner will be available. Tickets are $30 each. For more information about the concert, dinner or to reserve tickets, contact Arts Alive at 776-8566. St. John Tradewiinds News Photo FileGuests should be ready for another funon March 10.


St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 5 R&I PA T TONgoldsmithing By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The 21st annual St. John Folklife Festival has a clear message this year Wake Up and Plant a Seed! While the annual festival which runs from Thursday, February 23, through Saturday, February 25, at the Annaberg Plantation Ruins in V.I. National Park will focus on agriculture, the theme stands for even more, explained St. John Folklife Festival founder Denise Georges. Every Saturday on his radio program, Gene Emmanuel would end the show by saying, Wake up and plant a seed, said Georges, a V.I. National Park interpretive ranger. He meant it literally, go out and plant a seed. But he also yourself and what makes you happy and then to go out and cultivate that. The University of the Virgin Islands professor Gene Emmanuel, who passed away last year, had played an integral role in each folklife festival, Georges explained. Gene contributed so much to the festival each year, she said. We worked together right from Dr. Gilbert Sprauve. So this years festival is really a tribute to both of them in helping to put the festival together and to educate the youth and adults and park service. val, Thursday and Friday, kick off at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 3 p.m. Students from across St. Thomas and St. John will attend these days, with younger students enjoying day and older students taking part the second day. All three days of the festival, however, are free and open to the public. cials Carlos Robles, Mario Francis, Elridge Thomas and Chico will be on hand to discuss local agriculture practices, crafting and more, explained Georges. Well learn about agriculture, planting and grafting, she said. Well learn about soil and what crops grow here and how to be successful at growing food crops and more. Josephine and Hugo Roller of Coral Bay Organic Garden Center will be on hand with an array of cuttings and Elmo Rabsatt will demonstrate his bee keeping savvy. Raymond Thomas from the Department of Agriculture Station on St. John will also be on hand discussing local growing methods and crops, Georges added. Tregenza Roach, Sprauve and other local tradition bearers will also discuss local literature, verse and language while live music will be provided by Smalls and the Merry Makers. Volunteers will also be on hand both days to lead tours of the extensive Annaberg ruins while Kala will take guests around the provision garden at the site. Local crafts people will also be present, selling their wares along with local fruit drinks and food. The big old oven will be lit up and well be making and handing out dumb bread and Im looking too, said Georges. On Saturday, the St. John Folklife Festival takes on an entirely different vibe. Gone are the crowds of students and in their place is an inviting calm while guests sit among the ruins under the stars. The festival runs Satur day night from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will feature two impressive Carnival Troupes from St. Thomas, according to Georges. This year we are doing dancing only on Saturday night, she said. Were going to have the St. Thomas Tropical Masqueraders and the Traditional Indians. The crowd is in for a treat this year. Saturday night festival attend ees should bring along a chair and bug spray and be ready for a great time. While soaking up the sights and sounds of the St. John Folklife Festival, festival goers should also walk away with a better under standing of the days of old on St. John, Georges added. Were doing this to keep the culture alive and keep the past alive, she said. We do this to bring the past back to the present so that we all can have a better understanding of where we come before you can move forward. Only once you know your own resources can you go out and embrace other culture and environments, said Georges. But you must know where you come from in order to be open to the wider world. Georges thanked all community sponsors, Friends of V.I. National Park, VINP staff and V.I. Council on the Arts for support in ensur ing the success of the 21st Annual Folklife Festival. Keep an eye out for the St. John Folklife Festival poster, designed by Les Anderson, which should be popping up across the island this week. For more information on the festival call the VINP Visitors Center at 776-6201.


St. John Tradewinds Cheese and Bread! Its Black History Month once again. I think by now were all aware of the ar ray of famous Black men and women who are deserving of our accolades and honor as well as the along their way to fame. Howard Louis Gates, Jr. has published a new book, Life Upon These Shores, highlighting these tics, religion, scholarship, enter tainment, sports, and others. Professor Gates is also well known as head of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard. Before you add Harvard to a long list of outstanding Black Spelman, Morehouse, Grambling, etc., think again. Its almost an impossible dream. Dont give up, but be realistic. My point is where are the stories of the average African American and/or better yet the African/Caribbean? These stories exist but their well-hidden in obscure sociology studies such as Caste and Class in a Southern Town by John Dollard or lesser known authors and storytellers like Amiri Baracka, Geraldo Guirty, Claude Brown, and our own Gilbert Sprauve. Stories and remembrances of St. Johnians exist as interviews in the ciety, but they have not been published. Publication would encour age others to share their stories. Also culture bearers are passing at what seems to be an alarming rate. Missed opportunities abound. The only true St. John society has only existed since the Danes and Dutch abandoned St. John. One noted historian and sociologist, Karen Olwig, has noted: Many of the abandoned estates on St. John were parceled out to the local population, for example Gift of Regnback and Grynvold among the plantations and even big estates which were kept in tact but not operated as great plantations had important functions. They were areas where the St. John small holders could burn charcoal, make a ground for cultivation and graze goats and cows. In this way, the waste land of the great estates provided extra land for the small farmers who might not have been able to subsist on the few acres they owned. When you examine the ruins of the old days of slavery and sugar cultivation it might thus be worthwhile to consider that the adventure of the European planters was relatively short and unsuccessful, whereas the independent small farmers, who arose out of the failing plantation system, established a long, living pattern of life and livelihood and can be seen to be the true founders of the islands present culture. 6 St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 By Elaine Campbell Special to St. John Tradewinds villas, and time shares, the Animal Care Center (ACC) of St. John is calling attention to its Off-Island Adoption program whereby visitors to the island can help homeless companion animals by taking home a shelter kitty or dog. Flying home with a kitty or small dog from St. John is not complicated. One can borrow or purchase an airline-safe soft carrier from the ACC shelter or from Canines, Cats, and Critters (CCC). If someone has a kitty visitor to their villa that theyve become attached to, can invite him or her in for a welcome good meal and then take her to the nearby veterinarian at CCC for a rabies shot, Thomas airport. Its even easier to adopt a kitty or puppy from the shelter. Sally Nelson, Shelter Administrator, will help equip anyone for their airline-approved, soft carrier cases for in-cabin use. Or invest in a collar and leash or a little harness to make sure kitty doesnt escape in the airport when at the TSA checkpoint. If anyone doesnt feel at ease taking a new pet out of the car rier so the security guard can examine the bag, simply ask to have a supervisor come and assist. At the St. Thomas airport, Ital is one of the TSA supervisors who is most helpful. Hell take passengers to a special area and gently hold the new family member while running a wand inside the carrier. Continued on Page 15 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 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


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds From funny outlandish stunts to art house imagery, the second Vir festival is sure to impress viewers looking for laughs as well as those seeking inspiration. Curated by St. John artists Janet Cook-Rutnik and Sigi Torinus, the set for Saturday, February 18, at 8 p.m. at St. John School of the Arts. The festival is being produced as the kick-off event of the 10th annual St. John Arts Festival, which features dance, music and more all week long across the island. In addition to Cook-Rutnik and Torinus, fellow video artists LaVaughn Belle of St. Croix and Love Citys own William Stelzer, Tommy Ferrell and Andrea Leland will also be taking part in the festival. But one does not have to be an acclaimed artist to show their work at SJSA, explained Cook-Rutnik. The festival is open to people of all experience levels, said the local artist. Two years ago we and we had videos which ranged from funny home movies to professional animation right up to award-winning work by international artists. Anyone with any interest in video is encouraged to submit DVDs of 10 minutes or less to the Mail Marketplace or mail to c/o Rutnik, PMB 192, 5000 Estate Enighed, St. John, VI, 00830. Submissions should include ones name, telephone number, email and mailing address along with any other pertinent information. Artists are asked to submit work no later than February 15 for inclusion in the festival. A life-long mixed media artist, Cook-Rutnik herself turned to the medium of video several years ago as a way to freely explore concepts of identity and family. I like the medium because I like the moving images, said the artist. I like what you can do with video. Its very contemporary and ties you can shoot video clips, you can work with still images, you can add music or animation or subtitles. Cook-Rutnik started experimenting with video images in 2006 when she was in residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Since then, she had debuted several impressive works including The Rock and Moments in Time. The artists latest work is titled Our Father, which literally depicts peace within chaos. shot on the grounds of a home on St. Croix which has been lived in for 84 years by a man whose refuge has been to organize this very personal inventory system, said the artist. In the midst of this chaos there is this peaceful landscape. I focus on the dolls that were or ganized and assembled in different ways. screened at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts on St. Croix as part of the show Daily Strife and at the New Media Festival in Cologne, Germany. Following the screening of work members will have the chance to discuss the work with the artists themselves, Cook-Rutnik added. For more information about the festival or how to submit work, contact Cook-Rutnik at cookrutnik@gmail.com. St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 7 St. John Tradewiinds News Photo during the festival. Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewinds The deadline for submissions for the 2nd VIP Mini Film Festival is Wednesday, February 15. DVDs, 10 minutes or less, should be sent or dropped off at the Mail Center, c/o Rutnik, PMB 192, 5000 Estate Enighed, St. John, VI, 00830. Submissions should include name, telephone number, email address and mailing address with DVDs along with any other pertinent information. The 2nd VIP Mini Film Festival is on Saturday, February 18, at the St. John School of the Arts at 8 p.m. Produced by Janet Cook-Rutnik and Sigi Torinus, in conjunction with the St. John Arts Festival, the festival will feature local video productions by Virgin Islanders from all three islands.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Looking for the perfect accessory for that one knock-out dress or an elegant purse perfect for every day use? How about an exotic iPad or iPhone case? Look no further than Sea Leath ers and Antique Jewels, which recently opened in the former Coral Bay Jewelers location right off Frank Powell Park in Cruz Bay. Chris Ball bought Sea Leath ers from the original owner eight years ago and operated the store in its former location in Mongoose Junction. Nest has taken over Sea Leathers former location and Ball, after closing her shop in September, recently opened for business in her new digs, complete with fresh paint and a shiny new awning. While Sea Leathers is famous for its collection of sting ray accessories everything from change purses to tote bags in natural colors and brightly dyed hues Ball also carries an impressive selection of other leathers harvested both below and above the waves. Ostrich, alligator and snake skins adorn accessories like purses, bracelets and belts. From the snake and shark skin items ranging from eyeglass cases to passport covers and over-sized hobo bags. Ball also carries the LAND line of supple leather travel accessories for him and her. Computer bags, backpacks, messenger bags and roller bags as well as ladies clutches, purses and tote bags are availLAND, based in Colombia. accessories available at Sea Leathers, Balls sting ray goods are her most popular items. Choose from natural black and white motifs in bags of all sizes, wallets, checkbook covers and iPhone cases, or opt for a bright red bag dyed for attention. One sting ray skin dyed Tiffany blue iPad case was certainly begging for attention on a recent visit to Sea Leathers. As the stores name states, there is also jewelry available at the newly reopened Cruz Bay store. Ball carries one line of ster ling silver and Swarovski Crystal bracelets and charms in whimsical designs shoppers can pick up a sting ray purse and then a crystal studded sting ray charm and a simple, but charming line of pencil silk bracelets. There are also several larimar and sterling silver earrings, bracelets and necklaces and several pieces of estate jewelry, ranging from a small opal ring to a stunning amethyst cabochon. Antique silver ware and a unique embroidered purse round out Balls estate collection, which she is always looking to expand. Ball also offers Darleens Designs, a line of glass bead adorned sterling silver bracelets and ear rings hand-sculpted in Washingtons San Juan Islands. Bright pink sting ray magnetic the shelves of Sea Leathers soon. So stop by and grab one of the cheery-colored, goes-with-everything accessories. Ball also carries blue and green sting ray bangles to set off those pink cuffs and adorn those wrists. Sea Leathers and Antique Jewels is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call the store at 777-6850 or stop buy and say hello to Ball at the Cruz Bay store right off Frank Powell Park.8 St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 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 St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott Sea Leathers and Antique Jewels, above, recently opened in a new location right off Frank Powell Park in Cruz Bay.


St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 9 By Mares Crane St. John Tradewinds Valentines Day is right around the corner and its the perfect time to impress that special someone. But who wants to spend all day in the kitchen? These two decadent desserts will look like youve spent hours over the stove, yet are deceptively simple. But shhh...who needs to tell? The secret can be all yours! Enjoy and Happy Valentines Day! This iced chocolate terrine is always a hit with my guests who have no idea how easy it is to prepare. I have served it many times. Iced Chocolate T errine W ith Strawberry Coulis 6 egg yolks 8 oz. sugar 8 oz. semi sweet chocolate 4 oz. chopped walnuts 4 oz. chopped pistachio nuts 1 bag frozen strawberries or raspberries Preparation: Whisk egg yolks and sugar until color is pale and doubled in volume. Melt chocolate in double boiler and allow to cool. Add to yolk mixture with chopped nuts. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Fold cream into chocolate mixture. Line a rectangular terrine/loaf tin with cling wrap. Pour in mixture and freeze. Coulis: Blend strawberries/raspberries in a food processor and push through a sieve. When ready to serve, take out terrine tin and turn upside down on a board. Peel off cling wrap and slice accordingly. One terrine will serve up to eight people. Slice for serving and put cling wrap back on and return to freeze for another time. Serve with a spoonful of the strawberry or raspberry coulis. just as satisfying. This is a simple recipe which always warms the heart. with Chocolate Covered Strawberries 2 oz. semi sweet chocolateSt. John Tradewiinds News PhotoM 4 Tbsp unsalted butter 4 Tbsp sugar Pinch of salt 2 eggs Dash of vanilla essence Pinch of cream of tartar Vanilla ice cream 6 strawberries and 4 oz. semi sweet chocolate Preparation: Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Melt 4 oz. of the semi sweet chocolate and half dip the strawberries in and place on waxed paper to cool. Set aside to enjoy with that special someone. Fill a saucepan about one-quarter full with water and bring to a simmer. Place a metal bowl on top. Add 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 oz. chocolate, butter and salt. Melt gently and allow to cool. Separate the eggs. Add yolks to chocolate mixture with the vanilla and stir well. Whisk egg whites until soft peaks form and then add cream of tartar and the other 2 Tbsp of sugar. Place into two buttered ramekin dishes on a baking tray. Heat oven to 200 degrees. bit, but not too much. Serve immediately with a spoonful of ice cream in the center and accompanied by those chocolate covered strawberries and enjoy! ready to serve, heat oven to 200 degrees and bake. Mares Crane is a Cordon Bleu trained chef with over 20 years experience in catering. She has cooked in kitchens all over the world and owns Mares by La Mer Catering on St. John. Email your cooking and culinary questions to mares28@hotmail.com or call the chef at 340-244-6992.


10 St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 St. John Tradewiinds News Photos Sea Blossom's pool is the perfect spot to cool off after a long day. By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds location for a swing set or a chil drens play area to its expansive covered decks, Sea Blossom in Estate Fish Bay offers quaint Caribbean charm and water views at a price that makes it an option for people outside of Mitt Romneys tax bracket. The three-and-a-half bedroom, three-bath cottage style home is listed on the St. John MLS for $810,000. The house, which was built in 1994, has extensive covered decks and lush landscaped grounds, explained listing agent Abigail Schnell OConnell of Holiday Homes. with an interior staircase and two bedrooms in one pod, Sea Blossom would be ideal for families either calling the island home full time or part time, explained OConnell. One of the things that is really neat about Sea Blossom is that two of the three bedrooms are under one roof so the house would really nicely accommodate a family either residing full time or on vacation, said the Holiday Homes listing agent. The interior stair case allows access to the lower level where there is also a smaller room currently housing two twin size beds. But that room would also make OConnell. The third bedroom is located in a separate pod, which could either offer guests privacy in their own unit, or would make for a spacious master suite, OConnell added. Along with lush tropical landmake it perfect for a playground area, something almost unheard of on St. John. Another factor that I like too is that it has a really nice yard, said if a family were to live there, they could easily turn the space into a great play area with a swing set and all. Inside the cottage, a great room the open kitchen area, all with tiled living space to the upper level covered decks overlooking the pool below and even out to the Caribbean Sea. Even more outdoor space is afforded on the lower pool level where there are also several peaceful nooks begging for blissful afternoons of relaxation. The house is a popular shortterm rental, which just adds to its I think Sea Blossom is a good value in todays market, said OConnell. It could be a residence or a short-term rental property and it is in mint condition. The home has been beautifully maintained. The quiet Fish Bay neighbor hood, popular with joggers and walkers is an added bonus for this moderately priced home, located about two miles from Cruz Bay. With solid masonry construction, airy Caribbean charm, endless decks for relaxing both in and out of the sun, and a pool for rejuvenating dips, all priced to move, Sea Blossom might not be on the St. John MLS long. For more information about the home call Holiday Homes listing agent OConnell at 774-8088 or at 998-1934.


St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 11 St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Yelena RogersGala guests mingle at Marea while enjoying the stunning views from Ditleff Point. 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 Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Two amazing bands, one stunning location and more than 250 guests added up to a fabulous and successful Friends of V.I. National Park Gala on Saturday night, February 4. and Judy Skurniks expansive villa Marea on the very point of Ditleff Point for the eighth annual Friends gala which raised about $37,000 National Park. While the crowd might have set a record for Friends gala attendees, Mareas graceful layout allowed guests to mingle without feeling crowded. It was a fantastic venue and the layout of the house lent itself to hosting a party with that number of people, said Friends development director Heather Ruhsam. I only realized how many people were there on Monday morning when I was reading the guest list and realized that there were a lot of people that I just never saw. The popular St. John group In the Sand Band got the crowd was full even before the sun went down. Following cocktails, the Jon Herington Band from New York City, kept the crowd on its feet. Guests enjoyed a lavish spread created by Mathayom Private Chefs/St. John Catering while sipping vintages and cocktails from Skurnik Wines and Premier Wines and Spirits in some pretty fancy, and recyclable plastic stem-less vases. All of our sponsors did such a wonderful job, said Ruhsam. Mathayom did a great job once again with the food and everyone loved the wines from Skurnik Wines and drinks from Premier. That cool glassware was from GoVino and we recycled them. We try to practice what we encourage so we had the reusable plastic glassware and the compostable corn cups, said the Friends development director. When taking a break from the tion items with winners picked by the music, explained Ruhsam. Continued on Back PageThe energy was really high and even the band was having so much they didnt want to stop playing. The time they were going to end came and went and they just wanted to keep playing. It was just the right vibe and everyone had a great time. Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park


12 St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 16 Cutline: Now 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 48-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 Gledhill Editors Note: When this letter ran in the January 30 issue of St. John Tradewinds it included an error. Thanks to our wonderful island community and our visitors, the 8th Annual Friends of VI National Park was our best yet! About 275 guests gathered at Michael & Judy Skurniks new home, Marea, on Ditleff Point, St. John on February 4th to celebrate and raise funds for a great cause. Funds raised from the gala will help support Friends efforts on behalf of VI National Park in 2012. Thank you to Michael and Judy for hosting and sponsoring the event, and to all those who attended to show their support of our mission. We hope you had a great time! A party like ours doesnt throw itself, and we would like to thank all those who helped us put on the event. Thank you to our sponsors and partners Baked in the Sun, Caneel Bay Resort, Sean Claxton, deSIGNS, GoVino Glassware, Grande Bay Resort, In the Sand Band, Jon Herington Band, Josephines Greens, Merchants Market, Premier Wines & Spirits, Skurnik Wines, Steve Smith, St. John Catering and St. John Rescue. Additionally, over 60 businesses and individuals helped us assemble a fabulous group of our volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules, and from their jobs, to join us for the event, ensuring its success. Mae Agna, Richard Baranowski, Justin Bartosh, Mike Bertolino, Mary Pat Brown, Courtney Christiansen, Brenda Dalmida, Meaghan Enright, Randy Fish, Toya Frazer-Ellis, Ned Gerard, Angela Gonzales, Allison Gould, Brian Grassi, Steve Debbie Hayes, Bradford Hunter, Donna Joyce, Cristina Kessler, Jess Kimball, Allen Lancaster, Tom & Amy Larson, Thomas Layer, Pat Lodge, June Mays, Erica Miner, Mike & Barbara Moroski-Browne, Lauren Pawlowski, Diana Ripley,Yelena Rogers, Vicki Rogers, Darcy Ryan, Kent & Paula Savel, Joy Still man, Sarah Swan, Brenda Wallace, Weldon and Ellie Wasson, Larry and Joan Wilson, Teri Wine and Steve Yerger. We are incredibly grateful, without your help, it would not have happened! We all know how special the Virgin Islands are, and the businesses and people who attended and assisted with 8th Annual Friends Gala are prime examples of how generous and thoughtful our community is. Friends appreciates your support, and promises to continue our dedication to the unique national trea sure that is Virgin Islands National Park for this, and generations to come. W ith gratitude, Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Staff I would like to express my most sincere thanks to the community for its unending support of the Animal Care Center, particularly dur ing the years I have been involved as a director. There have been ups and downs, strong and weak personalities, achievements and hardships, joys and sorrows. But through it all, the citizens of St. John have remem bered that Its for the animals and always come through. As my leadership tenure ends and I become a worker bee again, I am humbled by the dedication and love all the directors over the years have poured into the care of the islands abused, lost and homeless animals. I know this pattern will continue and that the ACC will grow and prosper. This is critical to our community because the way we treat our animals is the example we present to our children for how to treat each other. Thank you one and all, B. J. Harris, past president ACC


St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 13 A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter about the idea of reducing the amount of legislators/Senators and Governor staff, we have in the USVI. Normally, I would not pursue an identical letter, written in such a short time, but the closure of Hovensa was so shocking, I thought it would be a good idea to re-write, with some additional thoughts. Look, I understand why there are 15 Senators. I understand why so many of our people work for the Government. I understand the reason why this government functions the way it does. I understand... But, given the fact that almost $70 million, will blow a hole, a very debilitating hole, in the an already nothing is off the table! The Governor needs to get rid of employees. There very strongly, that he should start at the top. It should start like this... First: Ten Senators and their staff must go...A savings of $15 million per year. That would leave two Senators from St. Thomas, two Senators from St. Croix and one from St. John. Vote them out, however it gets done legally, this should happen as soon as possible! Second: Reduce salaries...Go back to pre Act 6905 salaries for the Governor and the Senators and anyone who was affected by this act. Third: The governor needs to reduce his staff, drastically. Im not sure where, I dont know how its made up. Fourth: Reduce salaries for upper tier management (everywhere) 20 percent across the board. I say these things because, it is fair. The President of the United States, just gave his State of the Union speech based on fairness. Im not sure what other cuts should be made, how theyre made and for what reason. I only know, what I just outlined is proper. We are in a critical situation, here in the islands. We are all affected. Im not sure how all this will pan out. What I do know, is that were in for some hard times and hard decisions have to be made. I would like, for once, that the little guy isnt the no personal animosities, towards anyone in government. I am only giving my opinion! I have given it before! I hope some are listening! Best Regards, George Hollander Im writing to bring to your attention as well as your readers my huge disappointment with the latest to deliver our packages. When the package distribution was moved inside, It turns out that they dont have room inside the store our packages until they can make room inside the building. Most people dont know this but that trailer is completely full of packages that just sit there for days waiting to make their way inside the building for distribution. I used to receive packages on almost a daily basis but now sometimes days go by before I get a package. When I passed by the trailers open door on Wednesday, I saw a package sitting on the shelf that Id been waiting for days to receive. Upon research ing my package tracking numbers over the past two weeks it is clear that after they leave the sort facility in Catano, Puerto Rico and they seem to disappear into that trailer on St. John for on average six days and many times longer. The next problem is that there are many times people milling around the inside door waiting for the magic door to open up even after several times pushing the buzzer. It seems to me that the person we were told was going to be assigned to the distribution window is too busy many times to answer the buzzer. The reason given by Mr. Hernandez, the district manager in Puer to Rico, for moving the packages out of the trailer was security, then why is the trailer loaded to capacity with our packages. Perhaps Mr. Hernandezs concern that someone was going to break into the trailer and steal all of our packages comes from the skyrocketing crime rates hes accustomed to in Puerto Rico. I have to question whether Mr. Hernandez has ever even set foot on St. John. If he had, Im quite certain he would see that its highly unlikely that our trailer would be in any danger of bandits robbing it. Our package distribution trailer has been operating for years without anyone attempting to break into it, so why all of a sudden has this become such a concern that hes willing to compromise our package service and inconvenience every person on St. John that receives mail? I strongly urge ever person on St. John to call Mr. Hernandez at 1-800-275-8777 and complain about the closure of the package trailer. If you dont call, nothing will happen and well be stuck with ever worsening package delivery. Jack Brown Kerr, which raised over $5,317! Thanks to Cafe Livin for dinner and donating all proceeds to Russ. it happen! Thanks to everyone for your time and donations. So many people, be with us. Love and miss Russ! Sheree Y ork Calypso Charters If I could turn back the hands of time is a popular song by R Kelly. It is basically about going back in the past to make a different deci sion. Wouldnt that be wonderful? If you had the opportunity, what would you change? Would you marry that person? Not spend all that money? Stay sober or change that vote? Whatever the case may been, life has some regrets. For others, its a lot! How do we make decisions that will impact our lives in a positive way? How much should our emotions play into making those decisions? to take life seriously. Its just fun and games until someone gets hurt. Many valuable lessons come from the mistakes made in the past. But how many of us stop, analyze and learn from them? Our lives become a repetition of bad choices. And we wonder dren are exhibiting wrong behavior shown on television, simply unthan you, the parents. Set parameters in place for obstacles. Learn why you react negatively when that person is near. Then make a conscious effort to be nice or keep quiet. Check your attitude and put the big picture in action. Youve made a bad choice today. But youre trying to make amends by apologizing, writing down the situation and what you plan to do next time. Its probably a good thing that we cant go back in time, even if it was to correct a grievous mistake. Folks would probably make things worse by playing God. So how can you and I steer a straight course through life? Trusting in God, obeying His proven word, research and prayer, making the best decisions and accepting the consequences. Looking forward, Emmanuel Prince


St. John Tradewinds Christopher John Angel passed away very peacefully at home on St. John on January 17, 2012 after a long struggle with cancer. He was born on December 16, 1946 to Nicholas C. and Herborg Barhaug Angel. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Elsa Behn Angel, very special friends David Dostall, Patricia Capuano, Lani Clark, James Clayton and Crystal Gillich, all of St. John, Ellen Link of Newburyport, MA, and Alex Quintard and Diane Milners of Hernando Beach, FL, brothers Ron Cutts of Casper, WY and family, Philip Angel of Churchville, MD and family, Nicholas Angel of Sheridan, WY, John Angel of Denver, CO and family, father-in-law Frederick E. Behn of Columbus, OH, brother and sister-in-law Phil and Susan Behn of Houston, TX. And his faithful companion and service dog Phineas. Chris was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and served as an infantryman in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Bronze Star. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wyoming in 1974. He went on to become the Director of Governors Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, Cheyenne, Wyoming from 1974 1977, a Grant Writer for the Wyoming Emergency Services Association in 1978, and a Marketing Administrator for Mountain Bell/ US West 1979-1987. Chriss experience in Vietnam was a life-changing event, encour aging him to live life to the fullest, which quickly translated into sailing. On his 40th birthday, Elsa said chased and they set off down the Intracoastal Waterway in search of up on St. John in December 1988. They fell in love with the island and made it their home. After Hurricane Hugo in 1989 Chris began doing electrical work, and Angel Electric, Inc. was formed in 1994. Over the years Chris was involved as a volunteer with Rotary St. John serving as Secretary, Vice President and President, Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, St. John KATS, Animal Care Center of St. John and St. John Car nival. Chris and Elsa continued to sail the Virgin Islands, snorkel, scuba dive, travel, hike and bike. Chris was known for his caring, kindness, quick wit and sense of humor. He was a good listener and problem solver as well. Chriss memorial service will be on February 26, 2012 at 5 p.m. at the Lime Inn in Cruz Bay. It will be a celebration of his life. In lieu his name to the American Cancer Society St. John Relay for Life.14 St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 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 Located in downtown Cruz Bay 340-776-6881 Scotiabank #1 Mortgage Lender in the VI The Marketplace (340) 776-6552InsurancePGU Insuracne Located at The Marketplace 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 & Irrigation Property MgmtSeaview Vacation Homes, Inc. 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.comRestaurantsConcordia 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 ServicesC4th 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 design_envir@yahoo.com St. John TradewindsB usiness Directory Cr uz Camer on Buchalter Bor n at Home J an 22nd, 2012 @ 3:20 pm 7 1bs 10 oz 20 inches W elcomed with Lo v e b y J essa, Br ian and Big Sister Cor al Chris Angel


Just keep in mind that once through the TSA security checkpoint at the airport, passenger and kitty or puppy are home free! Shelter and Vet Locations The ACC shelter is located on the library road off from the South puppy or kitty of their dreams from among the many adoptable cats and dogs in residence. All of the kitties are acclimated to living with other cats in the shelter and to being handled by humans. The dogs have all been leash trained, and ACCs many faithful volunteers walk them several times a day. They are all up-to-date with shots. The island veterinary center CCC recently moved from near the Westin Resort to Centerline Road, two miles uphill from the Cruz Bay rotary. Dr. Laura Palminteri and Dr. Julie Overland are there to assist visitors wishing to adopt a cat or dog to take to a forever home in the States. CCC also sells soft, airline approved cases for under the seat in front of your seat on the plane. Plane Reservations for Pets Once on board the plane, stow that new pet under the seat in front. Do not plan on placing a kitty or small puppy in the cargo compart ment in the hold. A large dog must, ment. Sometimes climate conditions prohibit that, but the current season appears to be safe for cargo transportation of animals. Be sure to call the airline ahead of time for a reservation for a pet because each plane limits the number of pets in each cabin. The cost of a plane ticket for pets varies with each airline. The price, however, is per carrier and not per the number of animals. For example, if someone adopts two little kittens (to keep one another company), they can put them together into one car rier and the cost is for one. ACC Flying Corps The ACC has many happy stories of formerly homeless island cats who have adapted perfectly to an indoor life on the mainland. Caneel, Suzie, Grey Guy, Mushi, Stripey, Sheba, Maho, Orange, Calypso, Brassy, Peachum, Pussy Willow, Tiger Lily, Brindle, Little Lady and her son Tripod are only a few of the shelter cats whose owners have sent photos and news of their beloved companions adopted from St. John. High Season has barely begun and the shelters kennel tech, Kimber Marnen, reports that two shelter dogs have already started on their journey to homes in the into an under-seat soft carrier, the shelter has a few used hard carriers, mediumand large-sized, that adopting visitors may have for transporting their new pets. Such carriers will be marked Live Animals and will be processed through the cargo area at the airport rather than through the TSA in-cabin checkpoint. In this respect, its somewhat easier to have large animals approved for passenger security check point, but its important to allow plenty of advance time for cargo pets to be processed at the airport. A Last W ord of Advice Some of the multi-passenger taxi drivers going from Red Hook, St. Thomas, to the airport will not accept cats or dogs. Its wise to prepare in advance for this possibility by telephoning ahead to reserve a private taxi. Islander Taxi is one company that does accept four-legged passengers and theyll have a taxi waiting at Red Hook. Another option is to ask the shelter staff if anyone is going over to St. Thomas on the car barge and would be willing to drive to the airport. Its well worth the higher car barge fee (which saves the cost of a taxi) to have safe and welcome transportation from Love City directly to the St. Thomas airport. Contact Information Stop by the shelter to visit kittens, cats, puppies and dogs. Many of visitors have found that the shelter visit adds a new dimension to their vacation. The shelter is open on Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information call 774-1625. Canines, Cats, and Critters can be reached at 693-7780. Call ACC member Dr. Elaine Campbell at 693-7093 for a ride to the shelter, up to the vet center, or to the ferry dock with that new family mem ber. St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 15 Friday, February 3 6:09 p.m. A citizen c/r an auto accident in the area of Jacobs Ladder. Auto accident. Saturday, February 4 7:30 a.m. A citizen p/requesting police assistance with his son. 3:23 p.m. A Housing Finance Authority employee r/a damaged car. Damage to a vehicle. 4:55 p.m. An Estate Grunwald resident r/ a larceny. Grand larceny. 8:44 p.m. An Estate Johns Folly resident r/ a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 11:24 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance with his son. Police assistance. Sunday, February 5 11:20 a.m. An Estate Power Boyd resident p/r a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace. 1:20 p.m. A citizen c/r an accidental injury. Accidental injury. Monday, February 6 9:31 a.m. An Estate Johns Folly resident p/r that a woman harassed her at her job. Distur bance of the peace. 10:50 a.m. A citizen p/r that she was in a verbal dispute. Disturbance of the peace. 3:19 p.m. Badge number 1105 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Darcy Thomas of Estate Adrian under arrest and charged with brandishing and exhibiting, assault in the third, D.V. and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. No bail was set. He was detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas. 3:31 p.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in the area of Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. 7:30 p.m. A doctor at Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center c/requesting police assistance with a patient. Police assistance. T uesday, February 7 2:35 a.m. A citizen p/r a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace. 7:10 a.m. A citizen p/r a disturbance of the peace. Distur bance of the peace. 1:12 p.m. A Transportation Services Inc. employee r/ that someone broke into the safe in Cruz Bay ferry dock. Grand lar ceny. 2:00 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. W ednesday, February 8 7:20 a.m. A citizen p/r being in an auto accident in the area of Jacobs Ladder. Auto accident. 10:00 a.m. An Estate Johns Folly resident p/r that someone entered her home and damaged her things. Burglary in the second. 8:52 p.m. A citizen r/ his vehicle was damaged in Estate Adrian. Damage to a vehicle. Thursday, February 9 3:55 a.m. A citizen r/ and requested police assistance in removing individuals from the Cruz Bay Battery yard. Police assistance. 8:35 a.m. A citizen p/r an auto collision at the Cruz Bay roundabout. Auto collision. 11:51 p.m. An Estate Chocolate Hole resident r/ a distur bance. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. Crime Stoppers is asking your help to solve the following crimes. If you know something, say something, as law enforcement cannot control crime without the help of the community. St. John On Friday, February 3, at approximately 2:45 a.m., two visitors in the area of Mongoose Junction agreed to give a stranger a ride to the Westin in their open Jeep. In the area of the Caravan Automotive store the man asked to be dropped off. He then produced a knife and a pitch fork and demanded money. One victim gave him $20. The other victim exited the Jeep and ran westward in the direc tion of EC Gas Station. The suspect chased him to the gas station where he robbed him of $250 and a black AT&T Pantech 7040 cell phone. The suspect is described as a black male with a slim build, approximately 5 to 6, who was wearing a white baseball cap, white shirt, and dark jeans. St. Thomas On Saturday, January 28, at 10:22 p.m., V.I. area of Mountain Top Shops. On arrival VIPD ofSolberg area adjacent to the roadway. He had been stabbed several times and showed no signs of life. An hour later at about 11:35 p.m., police respondin Contant. It was later discovered that the vehicle belonged to the murdered male. St. Croix On Monday, January 9, at about 8 p.m., 27-yearold Manuel Alfonseca, Jr. was shot several times in the area of Building #1 of Paradise Housing Community. Alfonseca died as a result of the shooting. According to VIPD information, a 23-year-old male was also shot, but he survived. Continue to help make the community a safer place to live by submitting information on these or any other crimes at www.CrimeStoppersUSVI. org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips are completely anonymous, and the stateside operators speak several languages. Continued from Page 6


16 St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail editor@tradewinds.vi or fax 693-8885.STEALING HARTSACROSS 1 iPad downloads 5 Erie, for one 10 Up high 15 Weapons 19 Doggone! 20 Greek salad morsel 21 Soprano Lehmann 22 Lunch, e.g. 23 Mouselike rodent 24 Kind of pie 25 Civil War side 27 Start of a riddle 31 Smoothing tool 32 A Streetcar Named Desire director Kazan 33 Sauna sitters sigh 34 Big stink from Microsoft 38 Riddle, part 2 43 Bog grass 44 Tip of a pen 47 Spongy ball brand 51 Dawdle 52 James Clavells 54 Riddle, part 3 73 Largest city in Cyprus 78 Itty bit 80 Big chipmaker 81 Riddle, part 4 88 USMC VIP 89 Nonethical 90 Snowy birds 93 Nerds cousins 95 Neither go-with 100 End of the riddle 105 Like some snowy hills 107 Catch, as a perp ter 111 MMMBop boy band 112 Riddles answer 118 Slimy veggie 119 Stick shift selections 120 Photocopier additive 121 Pulitzer-winning playwright William 122 Satyric look 123 Accept the loss, in slang 124 The Prophecy co-star Koteas 127 Mamba, e.g. 128 American patriot Silas 129 E-mail button DOWN 2 Irreverent 3 Jack of City Slickers 4 Acquired pop 5 Equal business associate 7 Specialized market 8 Is of use to Briscoe 11 Filmmaker Wertmller 12 Ken or Lena 13 Floodwater of a stream 14 Inaptitude for music 15 Lady friend, in Lyons 17 Big stink 18 Guileful 28 Atop, to a poet 29 Build up 30 Fraternity letter 35 See 59-Down 37 Man Friday 39 French writer mile 42 Module 45 Pals 48 Docs 49 Incision reminder 53 Unlike a people person 54 Circus site 55 Garciaparra of baseball 59 With 35-Down, leave in a hurry name 71 Forum wrap 72 Fruit waste 77 Seraph, say 79 Middle name of Presley 82 Fliers home 84 Cross in hieroglyphics 85 Lovers god 91 Swatted 92 Worked hard 93 Neighbor of a Liberian 94 Toast 97 Truancy, e.g. 98 Sweet red liqueur 99 Actor Paul who played Victor Laszlo 101 Typing class stat 103 Conveyed via a tube 104 Lord Jim star Peter 114 Statistics 115 Parade penner Satie 118 Bullring call PREMIER Crossword ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45 ics only at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay at 6 p.m 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 T uesday, February 14 The public is invited to Trunk Bay on Tuesday, February 14, for the annual Celebra tion 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 Moravian Church Hall as preservationist, artist and architect Gerville Larsen presents How and Why We Need to Preserve and Conserve the Built Cultural Heritage of the USVI. Saturday, February 18 15th annual V.I. Audubon Society plant sale on Saturday, February 18, in the Nazareth Lutheran Church yard in Cruz Bay from 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. Sunday, February 19 The UUF guest speaker is Dan Zuckergood, who will speak on The Power and Beauty of Music in our Lives at 9:45 a.m in the Great Room at GHS T uesday, February 21 Using Sport for Social Change invites the public to a social gathering at the St. John School of the Arts on Tuesday, February 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. 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 Community Health Center is offering free HPV Vaccines on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The vaccines are for people from the ages of 11 and 26 years of age. Minors must be accompanied by a par ent and attendees should bring their immunization cards. Saturday, March 24 The almost annual Coral Bay Yacht Club Flotilla to benis set for Saturday, March 24, at Miss Vies Campground starting at noon.


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well, she said. We didn't want to bore everyone with pulling each name and reading them, so we did that kind of behind the scenes. We have the list of winners posted at Connections and the Friends of the Park Store. While guests nibbled on desserts from Caneel Bay Resort and Baked in the Sun, In the Sand Band returned to the stage. Dancers kicked off their shoes and even strutted their stuff right in the shallow end of the swimming pool. The energy was really high and even the band was having so much they didnt want to stop playing, said Ruhsam. The time they were going to end came and went and they just wanted to keep playing. It was just the right vibe and everyone had a great time. When not preoccupied with the music, food and some of the important work the Friends gala will fund, Ruhsam explained. We had story boards placed around the party letting people know about some of the projects we are working on, said the development director. We didnt want to lose sight of the real reason we have the party and we wanted to make sure to highlight some of the different things that were working on and what those projects actually cost. the sound of crashing surf below could be heard once again, the eighth annual Friends gala was deemed the best yet. how much we raised, which we are really happy to say, and were still accepting donations, said Ruhsam. The only problem for Ruhsam might just be Friends of VINP will celebrate its 25th anniver sary. way to top this party because next year is our 25th anniversary, said Ruhsam. But people can expect that were going to have a fabulous event next year. Were going to ask people to RSVP in adof tickets just like we did this year. The next Friends fundraiser is the ninth annual Beach to Beach Power Swim on May 27. Registration is already open for the popular swimming race. For more information, to register or to donate to Friends check out the groups website at www. friendsofvinp.org or call 779-4940.20 St. John Tradewinds, February 13-19, 2012 Continued from Page 11 St. John Tradewiinds News Photos by Yelena RogersPopular local entertainers In the Sand Band, above, kept the well-dressed crowd, at right, on its feet throughout the night.