St. John tradewinds
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Title: St. John tradewinds
Alternate title: Saint John tradewinds
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
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Publisher: Tradewinds Newspaper Inc.
Place of Publication: St. John, V.I
Publication Date: 04-09-2012
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Animal Care Center volunteers got into the Easter spirit during the groups weekly hike on Sun day morning, April 8. The hikers walked the dogs, all available for adoption at the ACCs Cruz Bay shelter, along the Lind Point trail before playing it up for the cam era on Cruz Bay beach. April 9-15, 2012 Copyright 2012Eco Serendib Joins Friends of VINP Erosion Control ProjectPage 4 The Jeep That Keeps Giving Being Auctioned for Third TimePage 94 Drug Ring Participants Convicted on All CountsPage 5 VINP Archaeologists Seeking VolunteersPage 10GBS Parents Fuming Over School Bus Crash, Driver ActionsBus driver did not call 911, transported students before VIPD arrived on scene Page 3St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Yelena Rogers Dog-Gone Good Easter


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, April 9-15, 2012 The Island Green Building Association will have a free, public seminar on Thursday, April 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the secDavid Hamada, Executive Director of St. George Village Botanical Gardens on St. Croix, will be the main speaker. Hamada will share a virtual tour of the botanical gardens as well as his part of green building on St. John. Come learn how beautiful island homes can be when surroundand support local ecosystems. Other experts and homeowners will share knowledge and discussion as part of this meeting. ing. The public is welcome to this free seminar. Call 227-1110 or visit www.igba-stjohn for more information. All are welcome to join the St. John Historical Society on Tuesdevelopment of the Anguilla racing sloop. More than just a tale culture, passion, geography and spirit. From the founding of the community on the East End of St. John by Anguillan settlers in the 18th century to the transport of phosphate miners and sugarcane laborers aboard Anguillan schooners in the late 19th century, the connections between the islands run long and deep. Come out and learn more about the little-known history of Anguilla, the Leeward Islands neighbor closest to St. John.SJHS Screening Nuttin Bafin Apr. 10April 12 IGBA Meeting To Focus on Native Landscaping for Green Homes How about some face paint? Want to join in some crab races, or perhaps create a beautiful craft? Learning Institute just before Concordia, is once hosting its Third 5 p.m. Call 775-9594 for details or to volunteer for the event.Old-Fashioned Fun for Good Cause St. John Tradewiinds News Photo hulking heifers forced several cars to slow well below the posted 20 miles per hour limit. Centerline Cows Not Keeping SpeedThe St. John Singers will present their annual spring concert at the Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay on Sunday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. In addition to selections by Bach, Haydn, Vivaldi and others, John Cahill, who has directed the singers for more than 30 years, has selected a special surprise guest artist to perform. Janice Ballard will accompany the choir on piano. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and will be avail able at the door.St. John Singers Performing April 15


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds just about came true last week when a St. John school bus almost Road and careened down the 200foot hillside. Instead, the school bus slammed into a portion of the recently installed guard rail on Centerline four wheels around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, April 4. At least eight Guy Benjamin School students were treated for injuries at Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center, but not until after they were taken off the bus, transferred to a second bus and dropped off in Cruz Bay. The school bus, which is run by Varlack Ventures, a contract operator for the V.I. Department of Education, was traveling to Cruz Bay from the Coral Bay elementary school with between 15 and 21 students on board when it slammed into the guard rail just past Upper Carolina on Centerline Road around 3:30 p.m.. provide details on the exact number of students who were on the bus at the time of the accident or the number of students who were treated at MKSCHC. None of the students were seriously injured, according to oftroubled by the fact that neither the accident. The school bus driver called the V.I. Police Department to report the accident but reportedly told ofdetermination which the bus driver had no right to make, according to St. John Rescue communications The driver took it upon himself to call another bus to pick up dispatched the children before the VIPD even showed up. When he called to report the incident, he said there were no injuries, which he was in no position to deter He should have called for emergency medical responders immediately and not allowed any of the children to leave the scene Grimes. Why would you not call for help unless you had something Once students arrived in Cruz Bay, it was parents who took their children to MKSCHC for treatment, Grimes added. I got word from one of our was not dispatched because it was reported that there were no injuries. But there were no medical professionals there who could 2012 RAIN DATAat Trunk BayMONTH: MARCH1.81 inchesAVERAGE1.76 InchesTOTAL Y-T-D6.32 InchesAVERAGE Y-T-D6.94 Inches St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 3 Continued on Page 18The driver took it upon himself to call another bus to pick up the children. He dispatched the children before the VIPD even showed up. When he called to report the incident, he said there were no injuries, which he was in no position to determine. Thursday, April 12thINDEXBusiness Directory .............18 Church Directory .................16 Community Calendar ...........20 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Crossword Puzzle ...............20 Letters ...........................14-15 On the Market .....................13 Police Log ...........................19 Real Estate ....................22-23GBS Parents Fuming Over School Bus Crash and Driver ActionsBus driver did not call 911, transported students before VIPD arrived on scene belts and you have to treat everyone like they are injured in a case Parents of GBS students were not informed of the school bus accident until after their children were dropped off in Cruz Bay. After several children reportedly complained of neck pain, at least eight parents took their children to the health center to be checked, according one GBS parent. St. John Tradewiinds News Photos A school bus with as many as 21 students from Guy Benjamin School was en route to Cruz Bay when it slammed into a section of guard rail on Centerline Road. Several students were injured in the crash which investigate.


St. John Tradewinds Eco Serendib Villa and Spa, a new eco-friendly, luxury retreat on island, has initiated a conservation program in partnership with the Friends of the Virgin Islands pristine beaches from the devastating impact of erosion while reducing the carbon footprint. The Eco Serendib Beach Restoration Project will re-introduce indigenous trees and shrubs, such as sea grape, at beaches throughout the island beginning in Spring 2012. The program is funded by Eco Serendib Villa and Spa. In addition to providing seed money to kick start the program, the Restoration Project will sponsor one tree per day of each reser vation in the name of guests. Villa guests will have the opportunity to become involved hands-on with the green project should they wish and may also contribute directly to the Friends of the VINP fund. The St. John coastline features some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world and is one of the most compelling Superintendent Mark Hardgrove. However, over time the effects of erosion can be catastrophic. sionaries, native plantings will be brought back to offer protection, 4 St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 Continued on Page 16 St. John Tradewiinds News Photo File(L to R) VINP Superintendent Mark Hardgrove, Friends of VINP president Joe Kessler, Harith Wickrema of Eco Serendib, VINP's Rafe Boulon and Dr. Gary Ray at the VINP Visitors' Center. 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! for precancerous or unidentified skin lesionsApril 15th to June 1st, 2012~ By Appointment Only ~James Pace Clayton, MDEinstein University of Medicine, NYC University of ConnecticutFamily Practice, Post Grade Emergency Medicine and Dermatology WE'RE WORKING ON OUR 2013 EDITION!CALL 776-6496 FOR ADVERTISING INQUIRIES Eco Serendib Joins Friends of VINP on Restoration/Erosion Control Project


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Just before midnight, late Thursday night, April 5, a jury handed down convictions in the federal case against four defendants charged with operating a complex cocaine and crack ring on St. Thomas and St. John. After a four day trial, the jury presented the verdict to District Court Judge Curtis Gomez at 11:30 rors had requested to go home and return the next day, according to a report in the V.I. Daily News. Instead of sleeping on it, the jury found the defendants guilty on all charges. Convicted last week in District Court were Earl Skelton of the British Virgin Islands, Jerome Potter of St. John, James Stephens of St. John and Kassar Chitolie of St. Thomas. Skelton was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and use of a communications device during the disStephens was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and the sale or distribution of a controlled substance, according to a report in the V.I. Daily News. Chitolie was convicted of the sale or distribution of a controlled substance, sale or distribution of marijuana, and the use of a communications device during the distribution of marijuana, according to the V.I. Daily News report. The four men, and at eight other St. John and St. Thomas residents, were nabbed by federal agents on May 6, 2011, after a sting operation which involved an early morning drop of a fake 300-kilogram bail of cocaine off the coast of St. John. Over four days of testimony in District Court last week, federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation shared details of their more than year-long investigation into the St. John and St. Thomas drug ring, according to reports. dential informants and more than 10,000 hours of wire-tapped cell phone conversations about drug deals, according to the V.I. Daily News report. In addition to the four men standing trial last week, federal agents also arrested St. John residents Herbert Ferguson, his wife, Marisol Ferguson, and their son Mason Ferguson and Robert Shinners on May 6, 2011. St. Thomas resident Terrance Martin was also arrested on May 6. Felix Olivieri, Lincoln Son and Evan Johnson were also arrested in connection with the federal drug ring investigation, according to published reports. During the Ferguson family arrests, agents found more than a pound of marijuana, two unlipounds of cocaine at the Ferguson home. All of the Fergusons have taken plea agreements. Shinners, who was charged with eight counts of using an electronic device during the distribution of a controlled substance and eight counts of possession of a controlled substance, pleaded guilty to one count of simple possession in an agreement with the prosecution, according to the report in the V.I. Daily News. Shinners faces a maximum of one year behind bars and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 7 in District Court. The prosecution dismissed without prejudice the charges against Olivieri and Son while Martin and Johnson have accepted plea agreements, according to the report. Local attorneys Rafael MuilenSprehn represented Chitolie and Francis Jackson Jr. represented Stephens, according to the V.I. Daily News report. Potter was represented by Philadelphia-based attorney Daniel Cevallos, according to the report. The defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on July 12 in District Court, according to reports. St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 5 Jury Hands Down Convictions on All Counts in St. John/St. Thomas Drug Ring Trial Island Solar SAY NO TO WAPA Grid tie systems Battery stand alone systems Solar Hot water systems Solar Pool Pumps Off-grid living for 10 years on Lovango Cay. Dan Boyd t: 340-642-0351 e: islandsolarvi@gmail.com SAVE $$$$$ Queen Elizabeths Island Visit Well ReceivedBy Rowan Adkinson Society Editor St. John Tradewinds stay. dies in Wading attending her at all times. She looked amazingly By all accounts Her Majesty was a pretty nice girl. The highlight of the visit came last Monday evening with a casual, sit-down dinner for 80 that was hosted by Elsa Engel, island resident and direct descendant of Ludwig II of Bavaria. the design of Neuschwanstein Castle and was catered by Rich Lyminn. Mr. Lyminn, a descendant of nobility himself, produced an invaluable, 89-page manual on how to be casual. A running commentary on the event was broadcast by St. Thomas radio fossils, Lee Coral and Eddie Oddly. But we were able to do it by calling on our many friends to volunteer downstairs rooms next to their cisterns. Also, we had to But overall the stay went very smoothly. The Queen plans to make St. John a regular stop on her yearly Rock the Empire Tour.


6 St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 All Proceeds BenefitTHE RUBY RUTNIK SCHOLARSHIP FUNDwhich awards annual $2500 scholarships to Virgin Islands students through the sale of innings. TO SPONSOR INNINGS Contact: Connections Cruz Bay 776-6922/Coral Bay 779-4994 or Andy/Janet Rutnik 693-8069, andrewrutnik@gmail.comCOME OUT AND CELEBRATE Concession sales support Love City Pan Dragons


St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 7 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds After spending months pouring over documents in the Copenhagen Archives, history is coming to life for two Danish V.I. National Park Archaeology interns who are spending a month on St. John. Tilde Jessen and Tilde Christensen, both history during their month-long internship, made possible from a grant from the Friends of V.I. National Park. erhoutsberg operated as a sugar plantation, but other There was a physician who lived at the estate from For the Danish interns, being on St. John brought the pages of their archival studies to life, explained Jessen. We had images in our heads about what things Jessen and Christensen plan to share details of their research with the St. John community at two tenta tively scheduled public forums at Maho Bay Campground and St. John School of the Arts. Call Maho at 776-6226 and SJSA at 779-4322 for details about the forums.St. John History Comes Alive for Danish Interns Danish students Tilde Christensen, at left, and Tilde Jessen, at right, are watching history come alive on St. John.St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott P R O P E R T Y K I N G T M SELLING? BUYING? RENTING SEEKING? GET RESULTS!St. John Tradewinds Special to St. John Tradewinds The beautiful, historical land at Haulover on the East End is a favorite of snorkelers, swimmers, kayakers and just about everyone else. Last August the property was put up for sale to, most likely, offisland condominium developers. Before a sale could happen, the St. John Land Conservancy (SJLC) purchased the land to conserve it and protect the public access to it for all residents and visitors. However, the seller had a few conditions. One was that SJLC must transfer ownership of the land to the V.I. National Park. This transfer should take place later this year. Until then, SJLC will continue to steward the property. People are very glad Haulover has been saved and are supportsaid Mercadante. Next we cleared brush and debris from one side of the road to expand parking. Then we protected the beach from Now Haulover beach on the pristine East End of St. John will be forever protected, explained Mercadante. SJLC has created an umbrella of protection over the entire VINP W ill Be New Guardians for Haulover Beach Later this Y ear All but one business promptly removed their advertisemen. Next we cleared brush and debris from one side of the road to expand parking. Then we protected the beach from being further eroded by cars. George Mercadante, St. John Land Conservancy secretary


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Hill School athletes will compete in the the territory-wide baskball all star game. Tenth grader Viniqua David and senior Bryan Morton will represent GHS and St. John in the Sun Stroke All V.I. Hoop Classic at Central High School on St. Croix, April 13 and 14. This is the fourteenth year that the hoop classic is happening and GHS students ever selected for letic director Barbie Barry. What they do is have all of the coaches and athletic directors at the end of the baskteball season, submit 10 names of girls and 10 names of boys who played exceptionally ry. The list is supposed to be who you think the best playes are. They compile that information and pick Despite a less than stellar record for the GHS hoops boys and girls teams, both Morton and David made coaches aware of their skills, explained Barry. Both of these student athletes said. Morton scored a total of 71 points during the season, aver aged 12 points a game and put up 21 points against Antilles School in his high-scoring game of the sesaon. David scored a total of 62 points during the season, averaged 10 points a game and twice put up 15 points, against Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and Charlotte Amalie High School, the most she scored during a game last season. David also impressed coaches for her consistenly high scoring, Bar ry explained. What is unique about Viniqua is that she was our high scorer for every GHS girls game the whole The two GHS athletes will do St. John proud during the all star game, Barry added I am really proud of these stutime anyone at GHS has been picked for the all star game and 8 St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 St. John Tradewiinds News Photo Viniqua David (left) and Bryan Morton (right) are the territory-wide all star basketball games. GHS Hoopsters Selected to All Star Team Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewinds Earth Day Environmental Fair which is scheduled for Friday, April 20. This year the fair will once again be hosted at the Virgin Islands National Park and the Friends of The Waste Management Authority will also be cohosting the second annual Litter Stomp Parade from the Julius E. Sprauve School to the fairgrounds starting at 8:45 a.m. On the following day, Saturday, April 21, Friends of VINP will be hosting the third annual Reef Fest, which will coincide with the Earth Day celebration as St. John youth and their families spend an educational fun day at Hawksnest Beach from 12 to 5 p.m. Exhibits, activities, and events will happen in an out of the water throughout the day. The goal is to educate, inform, and inspire V.I. youth and the community on the importance of preserving and protecting the environment. All events are free and open to the public, and all St. John schools and families are invited. Last year more 600 St. John students attended the Earth Day Fair and more than 150 participants attend ed Reef Fest. These events are great ways to teach V.I. youth about the environment and issues that are a threat to the islands. It is also an excellent opportunity the ability to attend fairs in St. Thomas, to important environmental programs on other islands. Island-wide beach clean-ups will be happening throughout Earth Week and a cleanup of Trunk Bay, the newly inducted Blue Flag beach, will be on April ages volunteer groups to adopt a site and become responsible for keeping it clean. Remember that volunteers are needed to help make these events a success. Those interested in volunteer ing should contact Audrey Penn at 779-4940. Friends of VINP Celebrating Earth W eek 2012


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds A customized yellow and black Jeep Scrambler is the vehicle which keeps on giving to the Gifft Hill School. not just once, but twice, the Jeep is now up for auction once again. The Jeep was originally purchased in late 2011 by GHS for $10,000 from Alvin Nazarrio, explained Molly Murrill who works in the GHS development February 14. After raising about $7,000 from the sale winners of the Jeep. A few days before our annual fundraising gala in early March, Fernando Ramos contacted us and let us know that they wanted to donate the Jeep back to the the Jeep parked at the Westin near the entrance to the It was all decorated with balloons and we used it was available during our live auction and on-line with GHS supporter Rob Garver ended up winning the Jeep for $11,000, Murrill explained. Rob and his wife Niki are from Des Moines, Iowa, ally need to keep the Jeep. So it came back to us and they suggested that we put it back up on line for biduntil Monday, April 16. All proceeds from the Jeep, those already collected and those yet to be collect ed, are earmarked for the upper campus school trip to Costa Rica, set for April 19 through 26, explained Murrill. was not enough to send all 13 high school students said. But since we were able to auction the Jeep off a second and now third time, the trip is back on. And any additional funds raised through the Jeep auction Be sure to place those bids by April 16 at www. St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 9 The Jeep That Keeps on Giving Being Auctioned for Third Time by GHS Present this ad. Save 10% ABOVE THE MA IN LOBBY SERVING WEDNES D A Y SUND A Y : : P M BAR & LOUNGE OPEN : : P M R E S ERV A TIONS HIGHL Y RECOMMENDED EXT. WR-TW 3.19.2012 CBPrime.indd 1 3/15/12 5:29 PM on Monday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at the Fish Trap Restaurant in Cruz Bay. The SJCF staff and Board of Directors encourage the public accomplished in 2011 and hear about the goals and objectives for This dinner event is free to St. John residents and supporters. Reservations are required. Call Celia Kalousek at 693-9410 by Thursday, April 12, to make a reservation. Residents are encouraged to come with ideas of how the agency can help promote programs that strengthen community and family values and enhance the quality of life for all members of the community. This is an opportunity to thank those who helped pull the St. John Dial-A-Ride Transportation Program through the government funding crisis, hear about new fund development initiatives and meet collaborative community partners. Award winning author T.J. Stiles will speak at the Friends of Elaine I. Sprauve meeting on Monday night, April 16, at the Cruz Bay library. The event is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. and Friends of the Library will provide refreshments. For more information call the library at 776-3659.Renowned Author TJ Stiles Speaking at Elaine Sprauve Library on April 16Annual SJCF Meeting Set for April 16


10 St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Dario Moore, founder and artistic director of Moore Dance Project, hosted a free African Dance class at St. John School of the Arts on Wednesday, March 28, which was a hit with dancers of all ages. Pat Harley brought her Love City Leapers to the class. We had a total of 23 young and older students who came out and joined Dario in some It was a blast and we hope to see Dario return to the arts school for a SJSA offers instruction in music and dance to students of all ages. To Dario Moore Hosts Superb African Dance Class at SJSA www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 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 FULL VETERINARY SER VICESCanines, 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: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com Weve Moved St. John Tradewiinds News Photos Students of all ages got into the groove at SJSA's special free African Dance class. By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds A new sewer line project at Cinnamon Bay Campground has already unearthed a possibly V.I. National Park archaeology more interesting objects. Contractors are installing new sewer lines and re-digging a trench at Cinnamon Bay Campground which was originally dug in the 1960s or 70s, explained Ken Wild, VINP chief of archaeology. That time around, there was no archaeologist overseeing the project and artifacts were moved, explained Wild. Since the objects were already dug up and replaced, they are not considered historical ar they were in and exactly where they were found originally. But these objects are still interesting and still have educational Contractors will remain in the original ditch line, so VINP ar have been busy screening the upturned dirt for ceramic, Taino found and more, explained Wild. The ditch line goes through the exact area where the village anything in the area from Zumi used on pottery and to represent ancestors to artifacts from the With a limited staff, VINP ar that the public will pitch in the treasure hunt, Wild explained. to help us screen all the dirt in the will be looking to separate the ceramic pieces and other artifacts from rocks and debris. And who Interested volunteers should show up at Cinnamon Bay Campground anytime after 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and be ready to get their hands dirty. For more information call the VINP archeology lab at 7158580.Archaeologists Looking for Volunteers For Cinnamon Bay Campground Dig St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott


St. John Tradewinds Chamber of Commerce 2012 Annual Awards Banquet and Dinner Dance, A Spiffy Year In14, 2012 at the St. Peter Greathouse. Community Service Award and the Award for Design Excellence will be presented at the gala. The chamber will also celebrate its 85th anniversary this year. Community Service Award was established in 1983 and recognizes the outstanding contributions to the U.S. Virgin Islands citizens whose achievements reExecutive Director Joe Aubain said. Prior to his death in 1980, Mr. LaMotta was President of the Commerce, a Small Businessman of the Year, a civic leader and renowned Caribbean composer and The award is presented to individuals who exhibit dedication, sincerity, forthrightness and ethics in the performance of his or her duties or in the practice of said Aubain. otta Community Service Award recipients include: George Dudley, Esq., partner, Dudley TopRonan, Vice President Government Relations, Caribbean, Latin America and Asia Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. In 1999, the Board of Directors added the recognition of an individual involved in the leadership ganization or an organization for the service it provides to the comSusan Lugo, C.A., Caribbean Genealogy Library, Co-founder and territorial Coordinator for the Ar chives, Government of the Virgin Center. The Award for Design Excellence was established in 1999 to recognize an individual or corpoterritory, which demonstrates outstanding achievement in quality design, improvement to the environment, commitment to the community, and economic growth. Long Bay Road Landscaping Improvements by the VI Department of Public Works. There are still advertising and sponsorship opportunities available. Tickets for the gala are $130 per person and may be reserved by calling or emailing the chamber at chamber.vi@gmail.com. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m., followed by dinner, dancing to Milo and the Kings and the program. The attire for the evening is island elegant. St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 11 CARIBBEAN NIGHT Local Music Local FoodFriday April 13TH & Friday April 20TH @ TAMARIND COURT LOCAL MUSIC by PARADISE PEOPLE ROTI ~ CASSAVA CAKES ~ KALALOO STEWED GOAT ~ FISH & FUNGI and more local dishes! LOCA L MUSIC by PARADISE PEOPLE St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet Set for April 14St. John Tradewinds Join Friends of V.I. National Park on Sunday, April Meet at Maho Bay beach at 8:30 a.m. and swim the short course portion of the race to Cinnamon (approxsnorkel) or swim unassisted, just come swim! Safety boats will be in the water for support. St. Thomas residents, there is plenty of time to take the 7:30 am ferry and join! Just inform Friends of VINP Email Heather Ruhsam at hruhsam@friendsvinp. org or call 779-4940. Two more practice swims will be offered on Sunday, April 29, (Maho to Cinnamon or Trunk) and Sunday, May 13, (Maho to Cinnamon, Trunk or Hawksnest), at 8:30 a.m.. The race itself will be Sunday, May 27, at 8 a.m.. Registration is now open. Go to details and to register.First Beach to Beach Power Swim Practice April 15St. John Tradewinds The public is invited to the Julius E. Sprauve School on Wednesday, May 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the St. John Summer Youth Fair. Stop by the school and apply for a summer job or sign up for a summer program. Participants will include 4-H Summer Camp, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Program, Department of Labor, Friends of V.I. National Park, Gifft Hill School and many more. Bring the whole family, a complementary buffet dinner will be served. For more information call V.I. Police Department 7728.St. John Summer Youth Fair at Sprauve on May 22012 Wilbur Bill LaMotta Award RecipientsGeorge Dudley, Esquire Partner Dudley Topper & Feuerzeig Michael Ronan Vice President Government Relations, Caribbean, Latin America & Asia Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Susan Laura Lugo, C.A. Caribbean Genealogy Li brary, Co-founder Territorial Coordinator for the Archives, Government of the Virgin Islands Family Resource Center Award for Design Excellence V.I. Depart. of Public Works Long Bay Road Landscaping Improvements


12 St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 Vezio Ricciardi / License #91505 (tel) 340-776-6134 (email) design_envir@yahoo.comVezios Custom Painting Special to St. John Tradewinds Vicky Becker and Sally Furlong, chairwomen of gapalooza, last week announced the 10 categories for the costume star of the group. Best Old Timer Some dogs grow old more grace fully than others. How well do these old timers keep up their spirit and energy? Best Puppy Love All puppies are cute, but some are more irresistible than others. Who is the favorite in this group? Best Rescue Dog Whether from the ACC on St. John or from another shelter, the judges want to pick the nicest of the bunch. Best Junior Handler For juniors 16 years old and Best Adult Handler For persons over 16 years old. The ACC is looking for the best performer of Come, choose from, each worth different point values, and the dog with the most points in the time allowed will win. Best Look-alike Some dogs really do look like their dogs? what the judges think is the best freestyle trick. Babe Award Most improved rescue dog. And in addition, ribbons and trophies will be awarded to the Waga King and the Waga Queen the Registration forms are now available for pick up at Connections, in both Coral Bay and Cruz Bay, as well as at Canines, Cats, and Critters up on Centerline Road, at Catered To in The Marketplace, and at the ACC shelter on the library road in Cruz Bay. Regulations state that dogs must be on a leash at all times. All well-behaved dogs are welcome to partici pate in the show and to attend the event. Aggressive dogs are not welcome and will be asked to leave. The cost of registration is $20 for each class or $50 for three classes if registration is completed before May 14. Canines, Cats, and Critters is offering a very special drawing for early registrants of a $50 gift cer After May 14, registration will cost $25 for each class. Children 16 and under enter free but they must be registered and accompanied by a responsible adult. ACC Treasurer Monica Munro urged registrants to use Paypal for their registration fees. Alternatively, personal checks made out to the Animal Care Center of St. John are welcome. Money orders are also welcome as are credit payments on Visa or Mastercard. Please bring completed registration forms and payment to the ACC shelter on Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Waga 2012 Is Coming Soon St. John Tradewiinds News PhotoThe 135-foot classic schooner Roseway above, hosted several sails out of Coral Bay harbor the weekend of March 30. The former pilot boat took Gifft HIll School students and St. John Kids and the Sea students on full day sails, in addition to hosting a KATS St. John fundraiser and donor's sail. Classic Schooner Roseway Sails into Coral Bay


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Perched atop the Estate Carolina mountainside, Day Dream boasts stunning panoramic views, steady, cooling breezes and plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy it all. The four bedroom, four and a half bathroom Upper Carolina home, for sale for $1 million, offers simply breath-taking views from Coral Bay harbor below all the way out to the chain of British Virgin Islands dotting the horizon. the hillside with three bedrooms, each with en suite baths, spaced out in separate structures. Each area affords private living quarters and shaded porches for plenty of privacy. And a separate one-bedroom cottage offers several options for the buyer of Day Dream, explained Jan Courlas, broker associate at Holiday Homes. hill with separate living spaces Courlas. This home is suited to people who want a home active in the short-term rental market, because each couple can have their own private cottage feel in one of the three separate bedrooms, each And the owner can enjoy the little cottage while rental guests broker associate. And everyone the expansive covered porches and pool side lunges which will keep you dreaming the day and evening away at Day Dream. A new plenty of open deck space will surely make the cares of the world slip away. Located in the quiet and tranquil Majestic Mile area of the Upper Carolina neighborhood, Day Dream sits on just over a half-acre of landscaped property complete with stone walls and brick pavings. Inside, the home boasts custom Spanish Cedar cabinets, arched doorways and glass sliders leading right out to the sprawling deck and that impressive view, which will beg you to sit down and soak it all in. Day Dream takes in all of Coral Bay from high atop Carolina breezes and big, wide panoramic view of the harbor and beyond out For more information about Day Dream, call Courlas at Holiday Homes at 776-6776 or at 6435102. St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 13 Panoramic Views and Cooling Breezes at Day Dream St. John Tradewiinds News PhotoCoral Bay harbor stretches out along the horizon. St. John Tradewiinds News PhotoThe view from the pool certainly invites day dreaming. St. John Tradewiinds News PhotoThere is plenty of seating on the shaded deck space at Day Dream.


14 St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 WHAT DO YOU THINK?Send your letter to editor@tradewinds.viNEXT DEADLINE: THURSDAY APRIL 12TH Keeping Track of Crime 2012-TO-DATEHomicides: 0 Shootings: 0 Stabbings: 0 Armed Robberies: 1 Arsons: 0 1st Degree Burglaries: 3 2nd Degree Burglaries: 3rd Degree Burglaries: 11 Grand Larcenies: 22 Rapes: 0 fully attended and supported events with spectacular amenities and services, we are a much younger organization. Our school of 15 children is Montessori Accredited and serving a unique purpose on this island providing an alternative learning environment for children 2-and-one-half-years-old through 7. We cordially invite you and everyone you know to on Saturday, April 14. We hope you will join us to celebrate with food, bar, games, donkey rides and more activities that are children focused (well, not the bar). We also kindly ask for a humble donation of $20 There will be various prizes ranging from jewelry to weekend villa stays as well as restaurants, boat trips, salon services, private in home massage and yoga ser vices as well as more grass root items like our Get school volunteered to join up and come to the winman projects needing attention). Please pledge your donation to me and I will enter cash or check payment (Made out to St. John Montessori) or you can pop it in Box #14 at Post Net with your name inside and your phone number. items to include we would be most grateful. Anything from a donated meal for two or hand made artwork or photography, anything you provide would be most appreciated. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for indulging our plea. Education is paramount Katie and Gabriel T artaHelp Out or Just Come Out To Support Kid's FestKids and the Sea, St. John (KATS) volunteers send deep thanks to all of the businesses and community members who helped to make our sunset sail fundraiser aboard the classic schooner Roseway such a success. Big thanks to Bellows International, West Indies Inc., Dionysus Distributors, Premier Wines and Spir its and St. John Brewers for their generous donations. supplying delicious fare for our sails. Also thanks to the captain and crew of Roseway for their hard work and professionalism. And more thanks to the many people who came out and supported youth sailing on St. John while enjoying a sunset sail aboard the beautiful vessel Roseway. Sincerely, Vicki Rogers, Jennifer Robinson and the KA TS St. John volunteersKATS Thanks Supporters of Roseway Fundraiser who, with Doug [Sica], two guys working for the Park Service about 25 years ago, started a little bar in Coral Bay. They called it Skinny Legs, in honor of their own gams, which were so. It is more than a bar. More than even a community center. It is both, and much more. Well, last night Moe turned the place over to new owners, a nice young couple. It was good for them, but sad for the commu one special. places left. There was one on St. Thomas, but that got bought and torn down by Marriott. There was one on what I see in advertisements, the trend is to shore their construction. Somebody said that one of the biggest changes over the next 100 years will be the end of nature. Could be. Maybe these young people will see what they have, and try to keep it. I hope so. Robert KlenkeSad and Glad ISLAND NOTES from the publisherSupport the 16th Annual Ruby Rutnik Memorial Softball Tournament April 13-15! Peter & Dorothy Muilenburg are leaving say goodbye on April 15 at Hawksnest.


There are many branches that make up the Napark rangers. someone who works for the park carrying a gun, that is a park ranger. A park cop. They are in the park doing the same kind of work that the local police do visitors, locals and the resources of the park. When I see St. John police, I make sure I am following the V.I. laws. The same is true when I am in the park, which is every day. That ugly electric sign even tries to educate the public about the rules while in the park. But still people get tickets for breaking the law. know. But I do know, if I see someone with glass on the beach or not using the channel markers, I believe it is a civic duty to educate them on park policy. I usually say, If a park ranger sees you with glass of the time the visitor is grateful for the advice, and complies. battle. Jude W oodcockSt. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 15 DID YOU KNOW... THAT YOU CAN SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE NON-PROFIT GROUP AN D YOUR ISLAN D NEWSPAPER AT THE SAME TIME?Animal Care Center of St. John Coral Bay Community Council Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park Gifft Hill School Island Green Buidling Association Kids First! Kids in the Sea (KATS) St. John Audubon Society St. John Christian Academy St. John Community Foundation St. John Film Society St. John Historical Society St. John Montessori School St. John Recycling Association St. John Relay for Life St. John Revolving Fund St. John School of the Arts STT/STJ Chamber of Commerce STJ Chapter Team River Runner Using Sport for Social Change (and many more) IT'S A SIMPLE SOLUTION: Underwrite a yearly advertising budget for your favorite community group. St. John Tradewinds supports For more information, call 776-6496. Its a VINP Rangers Duty to Enforce VINP Laws I just returned home from a couple of weeks in Liberia. I went there to work with a team of volunteers sign a hospital. While I was there I went to visit an orphanage which was the second one built using the design of an orphanage we drew in 2001. It was really great to see the kids and how they got along with each other. This was the third time that I have done projects in Liberia. The last time was at the very end of the civil war in 2006 and the country burned out many injured people on the streets, U.N. Liberia has made remarkable progress. All the roads were repaved, striped, and clean which created a huge amount of energy. The people were feeling good and looking towards the future. The buildings were repaired and the shops were all open. There were There were several local newspapers and they all who were not serving the country wisely. Some were critical of the fact that some of the leaders of the community came back from America to help but they left their families in the U.S., where they had gone during the 30 years of war. When I got back from Liberia, I bought a newspaper at the airport and the headlines were Senators These are the same people that refused to work with the Governor to come up with a plan to help resolve ones that only cater to small special interest groups so they can get re-elected. The same ones that stole $6.5 Folks, aiding and abetting crime is a crime. Now that they can solve the problems which they have created and perpetuated is to create voting districts and a truly representative Senate which the voters can hold accountable. Then they might start working to help this community instead of just using it. There was one bright spot in the paper, buried on page 9 Ex Puerto Rico senator to spend four years ways. Greg MillerVoting Districts Are Needed To Solve Territorys Woes How many of us are sleeping with someone we only to end up hating the person in the morning? Our skin is so sensitive that a mere touch can send us into a climax. Yet the consequences of this act can down that its true meaning has become lost. After that, the decision is either control or discard. We all are guilty of one of these methods. And its not the young ones only. Many other folks still play this game. A certain television ad says that we are going to do it anyhow. What they fail to mention is that we are not They also make mention of wearing protective cover ing. How is that supposed to protect your heart when they walk out in the middle of the night? you have. you are dead inside. Good examples of real love can Emmanuel PrinceReal Sex, Fake Love


combat carbon emissions as well as bring welcome Our organization is committed to supporting our dent Joe Kessler. The Eco Serendib Beach Restoration Project is just the type of vital, privately-funded program we encourage and are proud to make a realHarith Wickrema, the visionary behind Eco Ser endib Villa and Spa, fell in love with St. John upon When I debuted Eco Serendib last year, it was with the commitment that I would not only offer an experience melding luxury with green elements, but also give back to this amazing island where two-thirds of Wickrema. I learned from Rafe Boulon, chief of the we can be of service and hope this project inspires Wickrema, who is also president of Harith ProSchool of Tourism and Hospitality Management, was recognized by Lodging magazine as one of the top 10 hospitality innovators of 2011 in the area of sustainability for his efforts on-site at Eco Serendib Villa and Spa. Harith actively sought out a way to contribute and his commitment to social and environmental responsibility is to be admired. Maho Bay Beach will be the Restoration Project, with future work planned at Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay, Hawksnest, Saltpond and Gary Ray, Ph.D., a restoration ecologist and proprietor of Virgin Forest Restorations, an eco consultEco Serendib Beach Restoration Project under the guidance of the Virgin Islands National Park. nothing nut, orange manjack, black torch and barbastive to the Virgin Islands while discouraging invasive We will create areas of shade and new walkways said. Guests of Eco Serendib will also be able to participate in the efforts including tours, demonstrations and even hands-on planting, cultivating and ir 16 St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 Bahai Community of St. John For Devotions and Study Circles,call 714-1641 776-6316, 776-6254 Bethany Moravian Church 11 a.m., Sunday School 776-6291 Calvary Baptist Church 13 ABC Coral Bay, 776-6304 Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday evening 6 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. Christian Ministry Cinnamon Bay Beach Inter-Denominational, Sunday 8:30 a.m. Christian Science Society 10:45 a.m. SundayMarketplace Wednesday Testimonials 7:45 p.m. on last Wed. of Month The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sun. 9 a.m., on St. Thomas 776-2379 Sun., 5 p.m., STJ, Lumberyard Cruz Bay Baptist Church Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 776-6315 Emmaus Moravian Church Coral Bay, Sun. 9 a.m. 776-6713 Jehovahs Witness Saturdays (Espaol), 10 a.m. Sundays, 340-715-053 Missionary Baptist Church 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, 10:45 Worship, Tuesday 7 p.m. Bible Study 693-8884 Nazareth Lutheran Church Sunday 9 a.m., Sunday School 8 a.m. 776-6731 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. 776-6339 St. John Methodist Church Sunday 10 a.m, 693-8830 Seventh Day Adventist Saturdays, 779-4477 St. John Pentecostal Church Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Prayer 7:30 p.m., Thursdays Bible Study 7:30 p.m. 779-1230 St. Ursulas Episcopal Church 777-6306 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332 Word of Faith Church Word of Faith International Christian Center, Sundays 7:30 a.m. Gifft Hill School 774-8617 Church DirectoryContinued from page 4Eco Serendib Joins Friends of VINP on Restoration/Erosion Control Project Whether harnessing engines, boaters were cruising the St. John waters in style last week aboard the 173-foot sailing yact Drumbeat (top) and the 219-foot mega power yacht Archimedes (bottom). Not too shabby.St. John Tradewiinds News Photos by Mares Crane Mega Yachts for Sailing and Motoring


St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 17 St. John Tradewinds Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen last week announced her ofmeetings on the Buck Island Reef National Monument General Management Plan with her staff, who attended both meetings, corresponTutein. Having not been a regular visitor to Buck Island in recent years, I will go out there to directly observe what is being proposed and the loSt. Croix public that all their comments will be taken into consideration as the National Park Service, in conjunction with the community, work appreciate that many took time to come out and give their views and In the interim, Christensen said she will ask that the GAO report foor extinguished and under what circumstances those changes could be made. The suggestion came from a constituent, Phillip Holzman. My interest is to see that access to Buck Island continues and also Del. Christensen Responds T o Buck Island Reef Plan Concerns St. John Tradewinds The Rotary Club of St. John is pleased to announce the 2012 Rotary St. John Scholarship to assist a resident of St. John graduating from a high school in the US Virgin Islands in the pursuit of higher education. This need and merit based scholarship will be a one-time award of $5,000. Eligibility require ments for the Rotary St John Scholarship are: The student must be a resident of St John graduating in June from a high school in the US Virgin Islands The student must have a 3.0 or better cumula tive grade point average The student must have been accepted to an institution of higher education previous year). tained from high school guidance counselors, at Connections of St. John, or by email from william@willigerod.com or jfuller@rotarystjohn.org The following information must be submitted with the application form: Transcript of credits S.A.T. score Record of extracurricular activities Three letters of reference. One must be an academic reference. The other two may be selected from a previous employer, guidance counselor, or character reference. A short (300 to 500 words) essay regarding Excellence. All applicants meeting the eligibility requirements will be interviewed. The interviews will be conducted in May. Eligible applicants will be notiThe applications, including the essay, letters of pleted and submitted to the Vocational Services nections of St. John or William Willigerod, 16213 Spring Garden, St. John, VI 00830, no later than 5 p.m. April 30.St. John Rotary Accepting Scholarship ApplicationsSt. John Tradewinds On behalf of my wife, Cecile, and our children, may I extend my warmest greetings to you and your families on this Easter holiday. For those of us in the Virgin Islands family who celebrate this as a religious holiday, let us all be mindful of the joy of the Resurrection. Let us draw from the teachings of Scripture which remind us that with faith That lesson, and the power of hope and common cause, as we each play our role and do our jobs, is one that all Virgin Islanders may well take to heart as it will speed us all on the path to a better future. Whether you celebrate the holiday in church or camping at Cramers Park, may we all look out for each other and, most especially, those for whom the extra kindness, the extra assistance, the extra time and care, will mean so much. Be safe. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Happy Easter to all.Easter Greetings from GovernorSt. John Tradewinds Governor John deJongh last week extended best wishes to all in the Jewish community of the Virgin Islands as Jews around the world celebrate Passover. The story of the Exodus from Egypt resonates with all freedomWe in the Virgin Islands under stand in a deep and personal way, the struggles that those who came before us endured so that we might live together in peace and harmony. We do well to remember the During the Passover holiday, which lasts for eight days, families gather to remember the time when the Jews were held captive in Egypt and to celebrate the story of their deliverance: the Exodus ised Land. The traditional Seder, which took place on both Friday and Saturday nights April 6 and 7, is a meal where the story of the Exodus is retold and where all of the foods are symbolic, most well-known of which is the unleavened bread, captivity in Egypt.Governor deJongh Extends Best W ishes for Passover


My concern is that there were children who were not taken to the these kids walk home from school about the accident. If one of those kids had a concussion and went to sleep, they could have never woBeyond not informing parents, cident, the school bus driver yelled at students, according to the par ent. The kids were telling me how the driver was yelling at them and the parent. More troubling details about emerged last week as well. Several other drivers who saw the accident reported that the bus had been swerving for several miles before plowing into the guard rail. time this same school bus driver well-known fact that the driver is unsafe, according to several GBS parents. This guy should not be on the road much less driving a school fact that this guy drives like a macently had an accident on Supreme Corner but luckily no children were on the bus that time. I hope this driver never gets behind the Several students said that he had been talking on his cell phone, according to parents. My son said that the bus driver is usually frowning and unhappy but on Wednesday he was smiling And several kids said they saw ing into the school bus accident last week and were especially concerned about the way the driver reacted in the wake of the collision, District Insular Superintendent Jeantte Smith-Barry. The way this was handled is one of the areas that I am very conI too am asking those questions and that is part of our investigation. We do not feel that the matter most concerned with the safety of the children aboard the school bus, Smith-Barry explained. Right now I am very concerned about the students who were not taken to the clinic which is where said the DOE District Superintendent. The children should not have been taken from the scene. I am trying to tell all parents to take their children to the clinic if they We are especially concerned about the fact of having the children transported and not ensure that they were alright before letThe driver needed to make sure that not one student left the scene until authorities got there. That is The school bus driver did not cials either, Smith-Barry added. promptly of these kinds of incisome parents and that is unacceptSmith-Barry declined to comment last week on any disciplinary actions or criminal charges DOE planned to pursue against the school bus driver. I cannot say at this time besaid the DOE District Superintendent. I am looking very, very sericontact all GBS parents last week, Smith-Barry added. One of the things I am doing is I want to be able to allay their fears. I understand very well that they are very concerned. This inciWhen accidents happen we have a responsibility to make sure that we promptly notify our said Smith-Barry. A decision was made by the bus driver and that is Since the same school bus driver has also transported students to and from Gifft Hill School and Julius E. Sprauve School in the past as well, this issue is bigger than just GBS, explained one parent. Varlack Ventures is the contractor for the DOE and they opsaid the parent. This is not about just one small school in Coral Bay. This affects all students on St. Smith-Barry planned to schedule a meeting with GBS parents, but the date had not been set as of ing their monthly PTO meeting on Tuesday evening, April 10, at 5:45 p.m. at the school and invited any interested parents or residents to attend. PTO meeting as of press time, the department is taking this incident seriously, explained Smith-Barry. she said. We are not just going to let this pass by. 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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 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 Vezio's Custom Painting Special Techniques 340-776-6134 design_envir@yahoo.com St. John TradewindsB usiness DirectoryOne of the things I am doing is trying to contact parents. I want to be able to allay their fears. I understand very well that they are very concerned. This incident was not handled properly. Insular Superintendent Jeantte Smith-Barry St. Thomas/St. John District GBS Parents Fuming Over School Bus Crash and Driver ActionsContinued from Page 3


Report Misuse of Funds T o Federal Call HotlineSt. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 19 Friday, March 30 11:38 a.m. An Estate Bordeaux bance of the peace. Saturday, March 31 12:05 a.m. An Estate Bethany Cruz Bay with a knife. Disturbance of the peace. 4:20 a.m. A Cruz Bay resident following him. Disturbance of the peace. 3:51 p.m. An Estate Contant unresponsive. D.O.A. 5:14 p.m. An Estate Grunwald the side of her car. Police assistance. female fell in Cruz Bay. Accidental injury. Sunday, April 1 1:59 a.m. The people of the way near Leander Jurgen Command. Simple assault and battery. Leander Jurgen Command with one Edgar Augosto Peguero of Estate Enighed under arrest and charged with simple assault and battery, disturbance of the peace and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $1,500 by order of the court. He was detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas to be remanded. 8:10 a.m. An Estate Pastory reschain. Grand larceny. ented female near St. John Market. Police assistance. sic in Coral Bay. Disturbance of the peace. music in Coral Bay. Disturbance of the peace. Monday, April 2 2:40 a.m. A Grande Bay Resort took a bottle of champagne from the kitchen, but he was able to get it back. Attempted petit larceny. that he was in an auto collision. Auto collision. 10:55 a.m. A Cruz Bay resident documents. 12:35 p.m. An Estate Power ing police assistance to remove a male from her property. Police assistance. No time given A Bordeaux Police assistance. T uesday, April 3 3:04 p.m. An Estate Hansen trespassing on her property. Police assistance. 3:09 p.m. The manager of the Destruction of property. 8:09 p.m. An Estate Power bance on her property. Disturbance of the peace. music in Coral Bay. Disturbance of the peace. W ednesday, April 4 7:15 a.m. A V.I. National Park ered bleeding from the head in the street in the area of Mongoose Junction. Accidental injury. that someone stole $150 of his while he was at Salt Pond Bay. Grand lar ceny. 1:15 p.m. An Estate Adrian resisexually harassed by a male. Police assistance. of a school bus on Centerline Road. Auto collision. music in Coral Bay. Disturbance of the peace. Thursday, April 5 that he lost his passport. Lost documents. female was struck by a vehicle in Auto collision. 10:30 p.m. An Estate Enighed creating a disturbance outside of her residence. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. help to solve the following crimes. If anyone knows something, they should say something. St. John On Saturday, February 18, at 6 a.m., the housekeeper for Villa Venuroso at 17A-1 Enighed was robbed by a male who came through the northern front door, pointed a knife at her, and demanded her money. She gave him $300 from her purse, and then he slapped her on both sides of her face before running away. The suspect, who was barefoot, was wearing short black pants and a long black hoodie with a black shirt over his face. The minimum reward for the arrest of an armed robber is $900. St. Thomas Between 9 p.m. on November 13, 2011 and the following morning at 6:30 a.m., East End Lumber was burglarized. The suspect(s) gained entry by prying open the bottom of the eastern door after climbing over the northern locked gate. The bur glars opened a safe with a jackhammer and stole a Dell laptop and $70,000 in cash. The minimum reward for the arrest of a burglary suspect is $714. safer place to live by submitting information on these or any other crimes at www.CrimeStopper sUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips are completely anonymous and the state side operators speak several languages. If a tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen proper ty, illegal drugs, or weapons, tipsters will receive a cash reward to be paid according to their instructions. Crime Stoppers recognizes that times are tough, CRIME STOPPERS U.S.V.I. Organization Seeks Information on CrimesSt. John Tradewinds Department of Labor Commissioner Albert Bryan announced last week that the department continues to address the in-house technical issues regarding the printing and issuance of Unemployment Insurance checks. weekend to manually process over 500 checks for Emergency Unemployment Compensation, regular Unemployment Insur pared and mailed out to claimants on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The department has experienced hardware failures and sought As the department continues to address this issue, the public is encouraged to hold calls regarding the processing of UI checks so that staff may focus on processing the checks as expeditiously The department will continue providing updates to the public as information becomes available. The staff at the DOL apologized for the inconvenience and thanked the public for their patience and understanding.DOL Provides Update on Delay of Printing of Unemployment Insurance ChecksSt. John Tradewinds Department of Education Commissioner Dr. LaVerne Terry last week Inspector General. In an effort to continue meeting the mandates of the Compliance Agreement between the U.S. Department of Education and the V.I. government, the Department of Education is required to publicize the tollfree telephone numbers that residents can use to call in any misuse or fraud. These numbers are available to all schools, teachers, parents, and participants of the adult and vocational programs, VIDE employees, all The numbers are: 1-800-MISUSED 1-800-424-5081 For more information regarding the misuse of federal education funds, contact Clarrisa Warrington, Director of Federal Grants, at 774-0100, extension 8155. Residents may also visit the U.S. Department of Education


20 St. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail editor@tradewinds.vi or fax 693-8885.V 8ACROSS 1 Beseech 4 Weeding implement 7 White rat, e.g. 21 Kill, as pain 22 Beloved 23 V 25 Holiday Inn alternative 26 Agee of the Miracle Mets 27 Be shown on TV Sam 30 Vagrant 31 V 36 As a result 39 Singer Brenda 40 Borgnine of the screen 42 V 46 Bread bakers buy 47 Lousy review 48 Thats more than I author Levin 50 Tilex target 54 Quick AOL exchanges 56 Mother Teresas city 61 V 67 Thunderpeal 68 Seat of Fayette County, Iowa 69 Truckloads 70 V 75 Almost-new 76 Library array: Abbr. 77 Very long time period 78 Banned thing 79 -Mart 81 Geraints title 82 Big Mac part 89 V 93 iPad extras 94 Big name in pizza crust 97 Stylists goop 98 Major fair 99 V 104 Leisure top 105 Made lighter 106 Maj.s superior 107 Erupted 111 Angle measure in math 113 V 117 Reluctant 118 Its often left in a will 119 Study of verse writing 120 Buoyed (up) 121 Pianists dexterity exercises 122 Misstep 123 Maui neckwear DOWN 1 Finest 2 Cavern effect 3 Latch (onto) 6 That, in Cuba 7 One being counseled 8 Wary 9 Soap buy 10 Age-verifying cards 11 Impulse conductors 12 Bargain-priced 13 Bushy-tailed rodent 16 Coffee type 17 Free-swimming jelly 18 Unbudging 20 In the Morpheus (asleep) 24 Yard tools 29 Stipulations 32 156, to Livy 33 Golda of Israel 34 Californias La Tar Pits 35 Contend 37 Rival of JVC 38 Vodka alternative 43 Response to Whos 44 IRS enforcers 45 Meet, as a challenge 46 Urban rec facility 50 Ice cream portions 52 New , Minnesota 53 Blood bank technician 54 By the Time 55 Fit together, as gears 57 Provo native 58 One of the Jackson 5 59 Bugs, Daffy, or Elmer 60 Sothern of movies 61 Arctic chunk 62 Rolling rock 63 Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tony 64 Adding result 65 Provide with the means 66 Baseball Hall-of-Famer Carlton 67 Wolf Blitzers channel 71 K followers 72 Life leader? 73 Sedaka of song 74 Umbilical 79 Basketballer Chamberlain 80 Tel , Israel 81 Retailed (for) 82 Be pugilistic 85 Dilapidated digs 86 Lift from seismic action 87 Driver doing 90, say 88 Dir. from Reno to L.A. 89 Most affectionate 90 Disregards 91 Greasy of football 92 Convene again 94 Bopped on the noggin 95 Syllables of meditation singer 100 Flat contract 101 Intense (1991 Amy Grant hit) 103 Stiff lip 108 Cry loudly 110 Actor Arnaz 112 Bug greatly 114 Beatle buddy Sutcliffe 115 Just a 116 Unlock, to bards 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 AL-ANON MEETINGS Al-Anon meets on St. John every Monday at Scandic Executive Service's meeting room in Mongoose Junction T uesday, April 10 the St. John Historical Society on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Church Hall for W ednesday, April 12 ing Association will have a free, public seminar on Thursday, April 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 Marketplace. Friday-Sunday, April 13-15 Memorial softball tournament at Winston Wells ball park. Saturday, April 14 sori School will host its annual day, April 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the school. Chamber of Commerce 2012 Annual Awards Banquet and Dinner Dance, A Spiffy day, April 14, 2012 at the St. Peter Greathouse. Sunday, April 15 present their annual spring concert at the Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay on Sunday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. tional Park on Sunday, April before the big race. Meet at Maho Bay beach at 8:30 a.m. and swim the short course por tion of the race to Cinnamon. W ednesday, May 2 the Julius E. Sprauve School on Wednesday, May 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the St. John Summer Youth Fair. Saturday, May 5 Gala is set for Saturday, May Estate House from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $100. For more information call JESS at 776-6336 or check out www. jessgala.com. Saturday, May 12 Spring Art in the Garden is coming once again to Tillett Gardens on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19 major fundraiser of the year, on Saturday, May 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the V.I. National Park


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St. John Tradewinds nance Authority Gross Receipts Tax Bonds. its BBB+ rating on the PFA Gross Receipts Tax port the continued efforts of the V.I. government cally a result of the courage shown by the Legislature in increasing the gross receipts tax rate at The closing of HOVENSA was a real blow, cal stability. This action by Fitch, and by S&P as well, is an important step in assuring that we In its review, S&P noted the action taken to increase the tax rate as offsetting the anticipated adverse impact of the HOVENSA closing. We expect the rate increase combined with Both Fitch and S&P have left the investment grade ratings on PFA Matching Fund Bonds unchanged, and view them as insulated from the Fitch reduced its shadow general obligation rating on the government from BB+ to B, though that rating has no impact on outstanding bonds, and revised its outlook to negative outlook on the GRT and general obligation ratings, citing economy due to the HOVENSA closure, beyond The bond rating agencies and the institution investor community understand the strength of PFA Executive Director Angel Dawson. What ever challenges we face, we are addressing head on, and the pledged revenues dedicated to our bonds and to our bondholders are unaffected and We have worked diligently with the rating analysts to make sure they have been fully apprised of the HOVENSA situation, but also of the strong rebound in our tourism and other new son. 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TREE F ROG COTT AGE Charming 1 x 1 home, surrounded by lush tropical forest with views of Coral Bay and the BVI. Close to shopping and restaurants, but very private. Good short term rental history. VILLA FAR NIENTE Turn-key 3 bedroom, 3 bath villa in Pt. Rendezvous offers big views, breezes & great rental history. Beautifully-appointed, fully furnished, infinity-edge pool, interior staircase, artistic lighting and super sun and moonrises! STONE COUR T is a 3 bedroom haven. 1 acre of privacy with sweeping views from Rams Head to St. Thomas. Island inspired architecture of stone and wood. TREE PALM S Versatile 5 BR 5 BA property with solid rental history. Charming home w/ 2 kitchens, covered verandas, stone entrance, garden fountain, concrete pool and spa deck. Solar panels, and ocean views complete the package! D A Y D REAM I N U PPER CARO LIN A Fabulous views Coral Bay to BVI in masonry 3 bdrm/3.5 bath Majestic Mile home. New furnishings, private pool & bdrm suites, hot tub, stone/brick landscaping, solar hot water, shutters, custom cabinets & 10k generator. Cute wood cottage (NC) on property. SEA V IEW vacation villa. Charming 4 Bedroom, masonry home in excellent condition with large pool in convenient Chocolate Hole with deeded rights to two nearby beaches. I NCOME PRO D UCER 4 Unit Multifamily. Rare opportunity to own a multiunit property close to Cruz Bay with big ocean views sitting on the hillside above the Westin Resort! The Company that gives back to St. John G RAN DE BA Y C OND O S E njoy life at this condo group in the center of town. Fullyfurnished with equipped kitchens, easy walking access to shops/restaurants. Large pool deck, tness & reception center, indoor parking & elevator service. 1 bd/1 bth $715,000 3 bd/ 2 bth $949,000 $2,300,000 DVD $2,450,000 DVD $795,000 $1,695,000 $949,000 $595,000 $589,000 $439,900 $1,075,000 $1,800,000 $1,000,000 $3,999,000 Call for details P ASTOR Y CONDO This 1 bd, 1 bth spacious condo overlooks Pillsbury Sound & St. Thomas sunsets. Newly renovated kitchen & bath, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, mahogany doors, windows, pool & lush landscaping. $372,000 $1,400,000 $3,450,000 $750,000 CALAB ASH BOOM hillside $475,000 FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL ST. JOHN MLS PROPERTIES, DVD TOURS OF THE PROPERTIES, AND/OR A COPY OF OUR NEWSLETTER CALL OR E-MAIL US. EST A T E MAN DAH L $85,000E S T A T E CARO LIN A from $115,000C ONCORDIA PRESER V E from $275,000D REEKET S BA Y hillside & WATERFRONT from $300,000 PRIV A T EER BA Y /HAN SEN BA Y hillside & WATERFRONT from $199,000S A B A BA Y 19 ac. WATERFRONT $9,990,000PET ER BA Y /NO R THS HORE from $1,500,000 LOV A N G O CA Y WATERFRONT South shore from $285,000 UPPER MONTE BA Y hillsides from $799,000B O A TMA N PT ./R E N DEZVOUS WATERFRONT $825,000VIRGIN G RAN D E S T A T ES from $499,000C HOCOLA T E HO LE from $195,000 S A UNDERS GUT two W ATERFRONT lots $345,000 each A LSO W EST I N TI M ESH ARES from $2,000 per weekONE MONTH FRACTI ONALS FROM $69,000 L OTS OF LAN D LIST I N GS!! MOTI V A T ED SELLERS!! S OME SELLER FI N A NCI N G !! Warning Posted at Frank BaySt. John Tradewinds, April 9-15, 2012 23 of VIPFA Gross Receipts T ax BondsSt. John Tradewinds News Photo by Mares CraneVirgin Islands Water and Power Authority tore down their old eye sore in Frank Bay and replaced it with this sign which warns of the high voltage cable line submerged in the area.


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