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Ohio Students Teach Computer Technology To JESS SchoolersPage 4 Hydrogen Sulphide Release Causing Strong Coral Bay Mangrove SmellPage 3 PGU INSURANCE SERVICESServing the Community Since 1972 Lumberyard Business Center Bldg. 4 Suite #26, St. John Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.pguinsurance.com (340) 776-6403 Bus Driver in April School Bus Crash Found Negligible and RemovedPage 2 e statements Paperless Secure Convenient Green www.rstbankvi.comMake the paperless switch today!Log in to your account and choose the electronic only statement delivery option after selecting statements within the accounts section.Not available for Mortgage and Consumer loans, Passbook, Certicate of Deposit (CD) and IRA online accounts. FirstBank Virgin Islands is a division of FirstBank Puerto Rico. Member FDIC in the USVI and Puerto Rico only. Less paper, more green. Island Students To Compete in Ballroom DancingPage 5 June 11-17, 2012 Copyright 2012 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Chic Photography Three Contestants Vie for Princess Crown(Left to Right) Contestant #1 ShNyah Bacon, Contestant #2 LaMonee Morris, 2011 St. John Festival Princess Ashyria Kelly, the former contestant number three who is no longer taking part in the competition, and current Conestant #3 Tashyia King, are ready for the June 17 show. SEE STORY ON PAGE 5National Park Installing 15 Big Boat Moorings This SummerPage 3 Drowning Victims Daughter Writes Letter to TradewindsPage 2
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By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The driver of a school bus which crashed into a portion of guard rail with students on board has been removed from the job, according cials. A school bus carrying at least 15 students from Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay, was en route to Cruz Bay when it slammed into a portion of guard rail on Center line Road between Upper Carolina and Ajax Peak around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, April 4. Immediately following the accident, the bus driver whose referred to as Junior called a second bus to pick up the students. The students were removed from second bus before emergency responders arrived. the accident until students arrived in Cruz Bay. Several parents took their children to Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center for evaluation, but it took several days before DOE was able to contact all parents. Luckily, none of the children were seriously injured as a result of the accident. The buses are owned and oper ated by Varlack Ventures, a contract operator for the V.I. Department of Education, which initially caused confusion regarding emer gency procedures and protocol. who conducted their own investigation and met with concerned parents at two meetings in the weeks after the incident, V.I. Pothe April accident. The driver stated that the bus had a steering defect that caused the crash, said VIPD spokesper By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Coral Bay residents have recently been complaining about a strong sulphur-type of smell ema nating from the mangrove area, which is impossible to miss as anyone who passes near the area can attest. Some residents have chalked the stink up to seaweed decomposing on the shoreline, while others in the harbor. The real culprit, however, is the naturally occurring release of hydrogen sulphide, explained St. John plant ecologist Dr. Gary Ray. People are smelling the release of hydrogen sulphide, said Ray. That area releases hydrogen sulphide because decaying mat ter gets incorporated into the soil, which is saturated with water. So that matter is breaking down in an environment with no oxygen which alters the decompo sition route giving you hydrogen sulphide instead of carbon dioxide, which we would hardly smell, he added. When organic matter decom poses in a forest area, for example, there are fungi and bacteria breaking down the top layer of soil, but there is plenty of oxygen, so the decomposition results in odorless carbon dioxide, explained Ray. The forest is a mostly dry environment, but in a wetland, you always have a lens of water right near the surface and so all of this activity is going on in an environment that is pretty much anaerobic, said Ray. It could be a regular CO2 route, but here you have just stagnant water that will just sit there. When you have this with no oxygen because of all this water, it will choose a different route of decomposition. Instead of aerobic, you have anaerobic restoration which gives you hydrogen sulphide instead of carbon dioxide, Ray said. While this type of decomposi tion is occurring all the time, the smell grows stronger when the water table drops, Ray explained. It all depends on how much respiration is going on, said the plant ecologist. When we got the dry weather lately, the water level dropped and it exposed all of this area that held the hydrogen sulphide. Hydrogen sulphide release is common in wetlands areas, Ray added. The hydrogen sulphide was there, but we were just smelling the top part which was not strong, he said. It was there and you knew you were in a wetland, but when it gets dry that hydrogen sulphide is now being released. Its a gas now and its a heavier gas, so it doesnt just go way up into the atmosphere, Ray said. It kind of hovers near the ground and that is why its been a strong smell, he added. Also, there hasnt been much wind, which would have helped disperse the smell. With winds last week hovering between 15 and 19 knots, the hydrogen sulphide smell improved somewhat, but what will really help is more rain, according to Ray. the air space in the soil, which can happen pretty quickly, that will help with the smell as well, said the local plant ecologist. St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 3 The driver stated that the bus had a steering defect that caused the crash. However, after a Motor Carrier inspection, the bus was found to be safe and in good working condition. The driver was found to negligible by failing to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Continued on Page 19 St. John Tradewiinds News Photos by Jaime ElliottThe release of the heavy gas hydrogen sulphide is a normal occurrence and has brought an impossible to miss odor to the Coral Bay mangrove area, above.Hydrogen Sulphide Release Causing Strong Coral Bay Mangrove Smell Thursday, June 14thINDEXBusiness Directory ..............18 Church Directory .................16 Community Calendar ..........20 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Crossword Puzzle ...............20 Letters ............................14-16 Obituary ..............................17 On the Market .....................13 Police Log ...........................19 Real Estate ....................22-23Bus Driver in April School Bus Crash Found Negligible, Removed from Job
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds After more than a decade and about $600,000 in funding from Friends of V.I. National Park, ofphase of the mooring program this summer in VINP and Coral Reef National Monument waters. VINP contractors this summer will install 15 big boat moorings, capable of accommodating boats measuring between 60 and 100 feet. Thirteen of those moorings will be in VINP waters, from the Leinster Bay area to Lameshur Bay, and two moorings will be installed in V.I. Coral Reef National Monument waters. Were so excited about this of the mooring plan which will accommodate boats from 60 to 100 feet, said VINP Superintendent Mark Hardgrove. Making VINP anchor-free by implementing the mooring program was already a goal of Friends of VINPs even before the groups current president took over the reigns in 2001. The mooring program was already going on when I got here moorings, about 200 of those white overnight moorings on North and South Shore, went in around 2000. When I got here, I started work on the Hurricane Hole portion of the program. A total of about 345 moorings, use and overnight moorings, have been installed in waters off St. John since the program kicked off in 2000. In the decade since installing the VINP mooring system, the program has been a success for both the environment and for visiting boaters, Kessler explained. Its a win-win for everyone, said the Friends of VINP president. Its a win for the environment because you dont get the damage to the seagrass beds and corals and its also so much easier and safer for boaters. There are a lot of boaters who dont have a lot of experience anchoring. They might have a boat in the states and come down and get a bareboat charter, but theyre used to coming in and out of a marina, Kessler said. Theyre not used to anchoring in 15 to 20 knots of breeze in open water. This way, they just pull up to the mooring and its safe and secure and they dont have to worry. Before the moorings were inwith anchors with most of the seagrass beds destroyed, Kessler added. If you snorkel out to the moor ing areas like Francis and Maho today, you can see how much the seagrass has really grown, he said. Ten years ago it was all torn up. mooring program consisted of the installation of about 200 over night moorings in 10 bays around the island and was funded by Friends of VINP to the tune of about $265,000, according to the Kessler. The next phase of the moor ing program saw about 125 storm moorings installed in the Coral Reef National Monument in four different phases between about 2003 and 2008, Kessler explained. When Hurricane Hole was designated a National Monument, one of the mandates was that no anchoring was allowed which precluded most of the traditional uses of those waters, he said. tinue the traditional uses while furthering the protection of the monument. Instead of tying to the mangroves in the area during storms, boaters now secure to a storm berth chain installed in Hurricane Hole which accommodates about 125 vessels. Friends of VINP also oversaw the installation of 11 moorings in Coral Reef National Monument waters. That phase of the program cost about $340,000, according to Kessler. mooring program, expected to cost about $100,000, of which the National Park Service will cover about $40,000, Kessler explained. Weve been wanting to do this for a while, he said. This is all part of an overall plan of the park that weve been promoting of making the park basically anchorfree. There are 13 moorings for boats 60 to 100 feet which will be installed in VINP on North Shore from Honeymoon to Leinster Bay and on South Shore at Salt Pond and Lameshur. Two of the big boat moorings will be installed for day-use in Coral Reef National Monument waters. be wrapping up the mooring program, explained Hardgrove. Were so excited about implemooring plan; its a wonderful success story, he said. Friends did a great job fundraising for this program. Were proud of them for making this one of their goals and sticking with it from the beginning to the end. This program has gone a long way to help the environment, said Hardgrove. The impacts of this program are obvious on North Shore, South Shore and in Hurricane Hole. The monument is so beautiful and so clear and pristine these days. The public notice for the moor ing installation was issued two weeks ago and work should be completed this summer, Hardgrove added.4 St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 VINP Installing 15 Big Boat Moorings this Summer, Wrapping Up Plan Happy Holidays!
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Get ready St. John! place to be on Sunday evening, June 17, when the St. John Festival Princess Selection Show kicks off at 6 p.m. Always an enjoyable night, this year the crowd is in for a treat as three talented young girls have been perfecting their dance steps and stage walks for months in preparation for the show. Contestant number one is ShNyah Bacon, a nine-yearold fourth grader at the Julius E. Sprauve School. Bacon decided to throw her hat in the Festival Princess ring in order for the community to learn about her. I decided to run for princess because I thought it would be a good experience for me, said Bacon. I think it will be nice for people to get to know me better. While putting in long hours of work with chaperones Shatik Stevens and Lee Ann Oquendo, Bacon has still been having fun through the experience, she explained. The best part of running for princess has been hanging around the other girls and getting to know them, Bacon said. This poised young lady is not scared at all about taking the stage on Sunday night, June 17, she added. Ive been dancing for a while, said Bacon. Im not nervous at all. Contestant number two is LaMonee Morris, a 10-year-old Ulla L. Muller Elementary School fourth grader who is excited to show off her years of dance experience. Ive been dancing since I was four-years-old, said Morris. Jazz is my favorite type of dance. Morris decided to enter the competition as away to set an example for younger students at her school, she explained. I wanted to run for Festival Princess because you get to make new friends and I wanted to be a good role model for people at my school, Morris said. Morris has been working hard on those dance steps with her chaperone Teryssa Thomas, but still loves practice. Practice is the best thing about running for princess, she said. I love practicing the dance routines. Contestant number three is Tashyia King, an 11-year-old sixth grader at Joseph Gomez Elementary School who is competing in her second Festival Princess Selection Show. Although King did not end up taking home the crown two years ago when she vied for the title of St. John Festival Princess, she takes her hard-earned experience on stage in front of the crowd into the June 17 competition. I decided to run for princess again because they teach you etiquette, poise and you get a lot of exercise, said King. Also its a lot of fun. While she wouldnt divulge what talent she will be showing off at the Selection Show, King is excited to wow the audience, she explained. Im really excited about the swimsuit portion and the talent portion of the show, said King. Kings chaperones are Tashya Deyonca and Renee Wilkinson. Whoever ends up taking the crown on June 17, the St. John Festival and Cultural Committee has a fantastic Princess Selection Show in store for Love City. So mark those calendars, for Sunday, June 17, at 6 p.m. and pick up tickets at Chelsea Drug Marketplace or W&W Fast Food in Cruz Bay. St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 5 St. John Tradewiinds News Photos by Chic Photography(L to R) Contestant #1 ShNyah Bacon, Contestant #2 LaMone Morris and Contestant #3 Tashyia King will vie for the St. John Festival Princess crown on June 17. P R O P E R T Y K I N G T M Princess Show Sunday, June 17th6 p.m. Winston Wells Ball Field Bacon, Morris and King Vying for Princess Crown June 17 at Winston Wells Ball Field
6 St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 WHAT DO YOU THINK? SEND YOUR LETTERS TO EDITOR@TRADEWINDS.VI USCG and CBIG Arrest Smugglers and Seize Vessel and $8 Million in Cocaine Shipment Off Coast of PRSt. John Tradewinds Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency Group law enforcement authorities, working in support of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force, arrested six Dominican smugglers, seized a boat and approximately 330 kilograms of cocaine and over one kilogram of heroin Monday, June 4, approximately 50 nautical miles north-northwest off the coast of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The drug shipment was estimated to have a street value of over $8 million dollars. This is the second major drug bust in less than two weeks resulting from the close coordination between all law enforcement agencies in the region, said Capt. Drew Pearson, Sector San Juan commander. Inter agency outcomes like this keep drugs off the streets and puts criminals in jail where they belong. Our commitment is strong, as we continue aggressive interagency efforts to ensure the safety of the citizens in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents onboard a CBP DCH-8 marine surveillance detected the six men aboard a suspicious 25-foot unPuerto Rico. CBP agent of the ongoing situation and proceeded to divert the USCG Cutter Matinicus to interdict the suspect vessel. The Matinicus arrived on scene, interdicted the suspect vessel and detained the six men onboard. Matinicus boarding team members searched test conducted by Matinicus crewmembers on the contents of the shipment revealed the contraband to be cocaine, including over one kilogram of heroin. The crew of the Matinicus rendezvoused with the USCG Cutter Vigilant and embarked the suspected smugglers to run a biometrics background check and verify if any of them had a previous criminal or illegal immigration history with the U.S. government. The Matinicus transferred custody of the six Dominicans, the suspect vessel and the seized contraband to awaiting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Tuesday afternoon. These arrests and multi-kilogram seizure are a clear indication of the success of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force Initiative, said Rosa Emilia Rodrguez-Vlez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. We will continue maximizing all of our combined resources to investi of life try to smuggle illegal contraband into our area of jurisdiction. By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Each year during the St. John Festival Celebration, the Rotary Club of St. John hosts a Childrens Village, a drugand alcohol-free area full of games and activities in the V.I. National Park parking area across from Mongoose Junction. The club is hoping to keep the tradition alive and is asking for community support. The Childrens Village runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 29, through Tuesday, July 3. Volunteers willing to set up the area should arrive at 5:30 p.m. and volunteers who help close the village and secure games can expect to stay until about 9:30 p.m. July 3, will run later since all games and prizes need to be stowed away inside Rotarys trailer, explained the groups president Bruce Munro. The local Rotary Club is looking for about 20 to 25 volunteers for each night of Childrens Village to ensure that all kids and parents have a safe and enjoyable Festival, Munro explained. Were asking for 20 to 25 volunteers each night, and we know that some people will do multiple nights as they have done in the past, said Munro. This a great opportunity to serve your community and to bring much happiness to our young people. And everyone, even the volunteers, has fun. For more details, call Joan Bermingham at 7766182 or email@example.com. Volunteers can also contact Debbie Flemming, at 693-9130, BJ Harris at 693-7104, Bill Willigerod at 776-0883, Dulcey Rood at firstname.lastname@example.org or Patrick Pearson at 776-1166. Rotary Seeks Volunteers To Staff Childrens Village Gifft Hill School is proud to announce the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2012 on Thursday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. on Trayser Field. This years commencement speaker will be Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz, former Astronaut and President/CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company. A reception will follow. GHS Class of 2012 Graduation June 14
St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 7 GROOMING SERVICE AVAILABLECALL FOR AN APPOINTMENTCanines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline R oad (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com Weve Moved Cyndi A lvarado Professional Groomer Now at Canines, Cats and Critters Every Other T hursday St. John Tradewiinds News Photos by Bill StelzerFifth grade students from Julius E. Sprauve School above, and Gifft Hill School, at left, get ready for the big Colors of the Rainbow competition on June 12 at the Reichhold Center of the Arts. Continued on Page 18 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Get ready for the show of the year! The wildly popular Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands Colors of the Rainbow competition is set to take over the Reichhold Center for the Arts on Tuesday night, June 12, Thomas showing off their dance moves. Fifth grade student teams from St. Thomas and St. John will represent the E. Benjamin Oliver School, Gifft Hill School, Guy Benjamin School, Joseph A. Gomez Elemen tary School, Julius E. Sprauve School and Ulla F. Muller Elementary School who will show off their mastery of Merengue, Fox Trot, Rumba, Tango and Swing. The show promises to be an exciting competition as the culminating event of the Dancing Classrooms program for this year. Dancing Classrooms was founded by legendary ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine in 1994 as a way to teach respect, selfSince then, the program has expanded across the globe and inspired both the award-winning documentary Mad Hot Dulaine, who was played by Antonio Banderas in the feathe show. The Dancing Classrooms program, which was introduced to St. John three years ago, focuses on building soweeks and use dance techniques to foster teamwork and the results are impossible to ignore. You absolutely see the difference in the kids who go through the program, said Dancing Classrooms VI Teaching Artist and Executive Director Katie Zaytoun. Ive lit erally said, Wait a second, this is a completely different kids who come out and shine through Dancing Classrooms Dancing Classrooms Colors of the Rainbow Set To Impress June 12 Virgin Islands Vacations & Villas14th Anniversary Celebrating 14 years of providing exceptional property management & booking services to our clients!Want to list your home with VIVA? Call (888) 856-4601 for more details VIVA-we match your taste, style and budget!
8 St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 SUMMER TIME% Local Discount 00 Maho double occupancy 50 Concordia double occupancy per night for USVI/BVI & PR Residents 00 Maho & 00 Concordia low season rate for non-residents Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and hiking at Maho Bay Camps and Concordia Eco-Tents340-715-0500 www.maho.org PO Box 310, St. John USVI 00831 Sunday Brunch 9am-1pm LIVE Classical Guitar Music 50 Maho double occupancy 00 Concordia per night for USVI, BVI & PR Residents 00 00 Concordia per night for non-residents (low season) 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! By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Nine young ladies enjoyed a weekend of treat at the Westin Resort and Villas at the completion of Sisterhood Agendas mentor ing program. Shadiyah Boynes, Len-Nika Charles, Ayana Coleman-Dixon, Zakiyah Gregorie, Diane Jackson, AlliYah Henry, Destynee Hill, Kemisha Hoheb and Darcaja Thomas Sisterhood Agenda on Thursday, June 14, at Julius E. Sprauve School. The students, all in grades six through eight, met every week since February with Sisterhood Agenda president Angela Coleman for the mentoring program and covered resolution. We met every week for one hour after their lunch at JESS, said Coleman. We went over topics like sisterhood, which entails how to be a resource and positive support for your fellow female students. Its all about being a positive peer group as opposed to a negative peer pressure. Other topics covered during the four month program included self-esteem, history and heritage and public presentation, Coleman added. As a conclusion of the program, the students enjoyed a two day retreat at Westin, where they worked out at the resorts gym, enjoyed the swimming pool and were feted at a celebratory dinner at Cruz Bay Prime. The kids loved exercising at the gym, Coleman said. They say kids dont like to work out, but they loved it; they had so much fun. Dont prejudge kids, just give them an opportunity to do something they dont nor mally do, and youll likely be surprised. The Sisterhood Agendas mentoring retreat weekend also included sessions on healthy relationships, public speaking and etiquette, Coleman added. The whole weekend was really great, she said. It gave us a chance to really bond together as a group and get to know each other. We were able to discuss more inti mate topics like healthy relationships and we practiced our social skills. We also dressed up and got to practice our etiquette at our celebration dinner, said Coleman. Everyone had a great time. While the ladies certainly enjoyed them selves, they also took home some important lessons, the effects of which will be seen for years, explained Coleman. I think we are planting seeds that will sprout and grow as the girls mature into adulthood, she said. As we add new girls to the program, I hope we have the chance to work with these same girls as well. Their experiences as teenagers will be really different if they have this positive peer group and mentoring and group activities. The girls need to hear they are cool and beautiful and great people, Coleman said. We need to encourage them to have a plan for their lives that will be able to take them different places. While Coleman is dedicated to continu ing Sisterhood Agendas mentoring program, the lessons the ladies learn through her must be reinforced in other areas of their lives, she explained. I think its really important that these lessons are reinforced, said the Sisterhood Agenda president. The program by itself is great, but its more effective when its reinforced by other people as well like school, home and their church environment. Sisterhood Agenda mentoring group enjoyed a tour of Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center and met with Dr. Veronica Powell. Sisterhood Agenda has started registra tion for the next group of girls interested in the program. To register, call at 714-7076 or visit www.sisterhoodagenda.com.St. John Tradewinds News Photo students enjoyed a weekend retreat at Westin Resort and Villas recently. Nine JESS Students Complete Sisterhood Agenda Mentoring Program
St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 9 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds While the national Scripps National Spelling Bee wrapped up last month with Snigdha Nandipati, an eighth grader from San Diego, California, taking top honors, young Love City spellers got into the action last week. Students in second and third grades at Gifft Hill School and Julius E. Sprauve School went head to head in a highly competitive elementa ry spelling bee on Tuesday, June 5, at the GHS Lower Campus. The spelling bee was great, said Molly Murrill, assistant to the development direc tor at GHS. It was well attended. We had 10 students from JESS against 10 students from GHS. It was a nail-biter, said Murrill. In the end, GHS swept the podium with third grader Naheem Modeste winning it all. Adelaide Jones came in second place and Lyric Vacharat placed third in the competition. Congratulations to all the spellers!Modeste Wins Elementary Spelling Bee 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 SPRING SPECIAL10% OFF* DISPLAY ADS*(new or existing clients) offer extended to June 30, 2012; payment requirements apply; call or email for more details.340-642-5365 email@example.comSt. John Tradewiinds News Photo Vacharat. St. John Tradewinds In 2008, the Gifft Hill School Middle School Student Council decided to start raising some money to Headed by Middle School Student Council elected President 6th grader Jackson Barry, they managed to raise $600 through school dances, movie nights and bake sales. Unfortunately, this was not enough to purchase a ing school year. A whole new group of children were elected to student council in 2009, but their ambition was once again set aside. In 2010, the same group of students who had run the 2008 student council were again brought back into ofCraig Dawson, Treson Challenger, Makeda Dawson, had more dances, bake sales, movie nights and even A stateside company, Discount Flags and Poles, was very generous in working with the GHS students on a price. The wonderful folks at St. John Hardware shipped the pole through their shipping company at no cost to the school. Fred Traysers construction crew donated their time and graciously dug the hole and got the pole standing. And St. John Blues Festivals main man, Steve Siing Operation Iraqi Freedom in honor of the men and to remind everyone how precious freedom is. he approached Jackson Barry (now a 9th grader at the student council members on Tuesday, June 12, at 1 public is invited to join this wonderful dedication.After Y ears of W ork, GHS Hoisting New Flag on New Flagpole June 12St. John Tradewinds Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation Commissioner St. Claire Williams last week outlined his departments plans for the 2012 Annual Summer Sports Camps, scheduled from June 25 through August 3. A total of 18 sports camps will be conducted; par ticipants can choose skills training options in baseball, tennis, basketball, cheerleading, boxing, swimming and cultural and outdoor adventure camps. The camps are designed for children with a true interest in a variety of sports and recreational activi ties and are open to boys and girls, ages 7 thru 15, said Williams. The Department is focused on ensuring a fun, safe, healthy, well-organized and wellsupervised program for all children, in an engaging learning environment. The program helps participants to achieve a positive self-image and encourages creativity, a sense of learning and respect for others. HPR encourages early registration as space is lim ited. Applications are available at the Cruz Bay Recreation Center. For more information call 776-6531. GERS Hosting Count Down to Retirement Workshop on June 19
St. John Tradewinds Members of the United Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan Association pose with association Chairman and Grand Master Hyun Ok Shin June 3 on St. Thomas. Master Shin traveled to St. Thomas to evaluate students from St. Thomas and arts. Promotional exams were hosted at the Do Tang training facility in Charlotte Amalie. During the year, students train at St. Ursulas Multipurpose Center on St. John and the Methodist Training and Outreach Center on St. Thomas. St. John Tae Kwon Do student Adam stance at a qualifying exam June 3 on St. Thomas. He was one of several members of the United Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan Association from St. Thomas and St. John who were awarded promotions.10 St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 COMPLIMENTARY Wagapalooza Photos: T o download photos visit tropicalfocus.zenfolio.com/waga2012 ber O pen 7 Ni ghts a Week open 6 days closed tuesdays693.7755 o r w w w .la t apas tjoh n.c o m St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Judi ShimelAdam Eichenaur demonstrates a Tae Kwon Do move. St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Judi ShimelUnited Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan Association students. United Tae Kwon Do Chung Do Kwan Association Promotes StudentsSt. John Tradewinds V.I. Police Department Commissioner Henry White announced last week that applications are available for the VIPD-sponsored summer programs including P.A.L., S.A.D.D, Weed and Seed and DEFY. These programs are police sponsored juvenile crime prevention programs which offer recreational, educational, cultural and social programs to youth aged 6 to 16 while strengthening the bond between White encouraged parents to sign their children up for the program. Studies show that youth who interact favorably and this contact lessens the chances of them being involved in criminal activity in the future, he said. For more information on the summer programs and to download an application, visit the VIPD website at www.vipd.gov.vi A link is also posted on the VIPD Facebook page. Program applications are also avail able at any police station in the territory. For more information on the VIPD summer programs on St. Thomas or St. John call the Crime Precontribute to the programs or sponsor a youth; call the VIPD Summer Camp Applications Available for Kids 6-16 Years
St. John Tradewinds from throughout the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe who are already signed up to race in the 2012 Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta (SIOR), June 22 to 24, and race prep Sea Star Clinic and Sea Star Team Race, June 18 to 21. Entrants include 2011 SIOR champion Wiley Rogers and the U.S. Worlds Team who will compete in the Optimist World Championships in the Dominican Republic in July. The schedule of international regattas this summer created an opportunity for sailors to come to the SIOR as well as train in the Virgin Islands, said regatta director Margo Lynch. We have teams arriving early to train and teams that are staying late to take advantage of the great sailing conditions in the USVI. The entry fee for the SIOR is $250. Final registration takes place June 21. The entry fee includes an event T-shirt, registration goodie bag, and all meals from Thursday, June 21, through Sunday Brunch. Shore side activities include an opening Parade of Party, ice cream social and Caribbean-themed night beachside brunch and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 24. include the Peter Ives Perpetual Trophy, the Chuck Fuller Sportsmanship Award and the top female sailor. The Sea Star Perpetual Trophy will be inscribed with the names of the sailors on the winning team racing team. This years event will follow an eco-friendly theme. Sailors will be urged to recycle all plastic water bottles, use the reusable water bottle in the goodie bag throughout the regatta, keep all lunch bags and wrapping out of the water and pick up any trash on shore and accept drinks without straws. For more information call 340-775-6320; fax: 340775-3600, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Notice of Regatta, Registration Forms, infor mation on hotel discounts and other information, visit the St. Thomas Yacht Club web site at www.styc.net.St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 11 Sailview Guest SuitesReasonably priced well appointed guest suites with views of Coral Bay Harbor, A/C, Cable TV, DVD, WiFi, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, beach chairs, beach towels and cooler. Each suite has sepa rate entrance, private bath and private terrace. Sailview is only ve minutes to Coral Bay. $775-$945 per suite per week; $125-$145 per suite per night. 340-514-0315; www.sailviewstjohn.com GREAT EXPECTATIONS 4 Master Bedrooms Plus 3 Guest Bedrooms Pool, Hot Tub, Tennis, WiFi Walking Distance to Beaches Spectacular Sunrise/Sunset Views www.GreatExpectationsUSVI.com See Website for Specials. 1-800-553-0109 VILLA RENTALS GIBNEY BEACH VILLASLuxury air-conditioned West Indian cottages with the white sand beach at your doorstep. Located on Hawksnest Bay within the Vir gin Islands National Park. For more information or reservations visit www.gibneybeachvillas.com or call 340-643-2936. Southern SerenityA magnicent luxury 3 bedroom/2 bath resort condo located on the Cruz Bay waterfront with spectacular views. Sleeps 6-8, fully equipped kitchen, heated pool and hot tub, gym, reserved parking, WiFi, plasma TV and more. A short walk from the ferry dock and convenient to grocery, shopping and restaurants. Visit our website at www.stjohnvacationrental.net or email email@example.com ISSUE NO. 6 ST. JOHN MAGAZINE l 111 GIBNEY BEACH VILLASLuxury air-conditioned West Indian cottages with the white sand beach at your doorstep. Located on Hawksnest Bay within the Virgin Islands National Park. For more information or reservations visit www.gibneybeachvillas.com or call 340-643-2936. Scotiabank International Regatta June 22 to 24The St. John AARP Chapter #4777 is looking for members to join the group in walking in the St. John Festival July Fourth Parade. Contact Bev Biziewski at 776-6833 if interested. All national AARP members are welcome!AARP Seeking Troupe ParticipantsA fundraiser for the 4th Annual Using Sport for Social Change Just Play! event aboard the Kekoa catamaran is set for Sunday, October 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this unforgettable and intimate evening of food, fun and sunset sailing, all in support of Using Sport For Social Change. Enjoy a one and a half hour sunset sail with complimentary food and beverages provided by Mathayom and St. John Catering. The sail St. John Brewers. Tickets are $100 per person, (checks made out to SJCF Memo: USFSC sail) adults only please. Only 50 tickets will be sold for this fun sunset sail so get those tickets early at one of these sponsoring St. John businesses: High Tide Bar; The Tap Room; Kekoa John Community Foundation For more: visit http://www.usingsportforsocialchange.com.USFSC Hosting Sunset Sail on Kekoa
12 St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 Details include a native stone oval pool, above, and brick lined dome ceiling in the kitchen, below. Custom Details Abound at Casa de SonadoresBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Its the details, both small like the option of a garden shower and grand how about an eight seat movie theater-style media room which set Casa de Sonadores apart from other properties for sale on St. John. half bath home in Virgin Grand Estates is for sale for $2.99 million and boasts simply amazing views to go along with all the unique features, explained Merry Nash, broker/owner of Islandia Real Estate. There are so many features are impressive and there are a lot of hard wood doors, shutters and windows. Everything is custom made. Designed by Michael Oxman and nestled in the gated enclave of Virgin Grand Estates, Casa de Sonadores includes a coral stone deck and large oval pool overlooking Pillsbury Sound. The sweeping views from the deck stretch from St. Croix in the south to St. Thomas and ensure amazing sunsets all year long. Cook up some amazing meals outside on the custom designed native stone and stainless steel BBQ and dine al fresco on the shaded deck. Lush landscaping and covered parking are also included in the Casa de Sonadores property, which is located on a 0.43-acre lot. Step inside and enjoy native stone walls and built-in bookcases in the great room. A nearby dining room accommodates large dinner parties just off the professional kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The kitchen also includes a brick lined ceiling, a granite island and a semi-circular native stone bar area. suite baths and several also boast garden showers and decks upon which to soak up those amazing views. Casa de Sonadores also has plenty of fun for the whole family. Play billiards in the game room or pull a bottle from the wine cellar and take in the latest DVD release in the movie theater style media room. The villa is already a popular rental and would also make a great home for a potential buyer, Nash explained. Casa de Sonadores is located in a quiet, gated community not SELLING? BUYING? RENTING SEEKING? GET RESULTS!St. John Tradewinds 2011 12 USDOJ Grants to State Sexual Assault Coalitions. This project was supported by Grant No. 2010 -MU AX -0018 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. I will teach him to tie his sneakers. I will teach him how to read. I will teach him how to share. I will teach him how to drive a car. When the time is right, I will teach him how to be BOLD, how to be STRONG, how to take ACTION and how to PREVENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE. I WILL teach him how to 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 far from Cruz Bay, said the Islandia Real Estate broker/owner. Just a short drive to beaches, dining, shopping and nightlife, Casa de Sonadores, offers the convenience of Cruz Bay in a private, quiet area just far enough to give one a true sense of paradise. For more information about Casa de Sonadores, call Nash at Islandia Real Estate at 776-6666 or on her cell at 642-2246.
St. John Tradewinds Dion Parson & 21st Century Band will be performing at Dizzys Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC, June 27 through July 1, with Special Guest Marcus Printup on the trumpet. Sets are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with an extra set at 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening. On Thursday, June 28, at 9:30 p.m. EST, performances will be streamed live at www.jalc.org/live, courtesy of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Fans, friends, and family who are unable to attend in person are encouraged to tune in live. On Wednesday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. Dion Parson & 21st Century Band, with special guest trumpeter Marcus Printup, will present their new CD, Live at Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Vol. 2, to the press and public. The entire band will be on hand to explain the origins of the groups unique sound, which is inspired by their Caribbean-Af rican cultural heritage and modern American jazz. Parson, who hails from St. Thomas, and his band members have wowed audiences around the globe with their amazing musical style, which blends jazz, calypso, soca, reggae, mento, quelbe, rara, ska, zouk, steel pan, bouyon, gombay, salsa, chutney, compas, tam bu, spouge, and merengue with a pinch of African and New Orleans rhythms. The eclectic sound harks back to 56 years ago, in 1956, when fellow Virgin Islander Sonny Rollins introduced the world to a new musical style with his groundbreaking song, St. Thomas. Now Dion Parson & 21st Century Band serve as the inheritors, innovators, and leaders of what has been dubbed the Pan Caribbean-African Jazz Movement. Band members are Dion Parson, drums; Ron Blake, saxophone; Marcus Printup, trumpet; Reuben Rogers, bass; Carlton Holmes, piano; Victor Provost, steel pan; and Alioune Faye, sabar/percussion. Dizzys Club Coca-Cola is located in Jazz at Lincoln Centers Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time War ner Center, 5th Floor, New York City. For tickets or more info, call 212-258-9595 or visit www.jalc. org/dccc. St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 13 Support your local newspaper! We need your support to report. Dion Parson and 21st Century Band W ill Perform Jazz at Lincoln Center June 27-July 1
14 St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JUNE 14thHugo Roller's Proposed Coral Bay Development Is T ourist Destination, Not CampsiteThe Detailed Description of Proposed uses on Mr Rollers DPNR rezoning application states: A multiuse commercial area with both businesses and residential units. Types of business activities to include Health Spa services, food vendors, convenience mar ket, etc. ground label that Mr. Roller uses to describe his project in his two previous letters, in explanations of his proposal, or in his beautiful poster board presenta tion of his project. I have absolutely no problem with Mr. Rollers plans to have a campground on his farm in Coral Bay. And no one else at the public hearing had a problem with that. (There is a question on how two story concrete tree houses with bathrooms can be considered must not be permanent and usually include cooking facilities). The existing .89 acre of B-3 zoning would provide plenty of space for any and all retail, restaurant, commercial space for a campground of 13 tree houses and about 9 additional bare campsites a potential of about 44 guests. So for Mr. Roller to have a Maho Bay type campground he simply needs a variance for his A2 parcel. But Mr. Rollers is asking for more than that variance. His is asking for an additional 2.5 acres to become B-3 a high density zoning designation that would permit up to 420 people to live on his property. The architectural drawing (created by the master of zoning exploitation, Michael Milne) shows a 50 car parking lot, two restaurants, a large grocery store, a spa, and retail shops for a total of about 18 structures. When Mr. Roller was asked why he needed so much parking and commercial services for such a of the master plan is to create a St. John Tourist Destination, with bus loads of hundreds of cruise ship passengers coming to visit a working farm. In addition, all of these 18 or so buildings would to guests who would not want to camp. Mr. Roller could not tell us how many hotel rooms he intended to build and seemed to resent them being called hotel rooms which may be because B-3 zoning does not allow Hotels. But this problem appears to be resolved by simply calling these rooms residential units rather than hotel units. After all, the same architect successfully used this technique to get the enormous Grande Bay Resort built and operating in a residential zone where hotels are not permitted. So the actual proposed development is a large Resort with both Hotel rooms and Campsites, plus a Mountain Top type high volume tourist destination, with most of the details of the commercial operations with that. I would like Mr. Roller to present to the public details for the entire proposed project, including number of hotel rooms, sewage, garbage and water plans, etc. And to either alter his plans or change the zoning being requested so that his Hotel/Campground/Tourist Destination is legal. Then the public will be able to accurately judge whether they are for or against the project. As it stands now, we simply do not have enough informa tion to do anything except say no to another potential zoning disaster. Sincerely, St. John School of the Arts is so very grateful to the following people and businesses for helping with our music and dance/tumbling/theater recitals: Bill Stelzer, Andrew Penn and Penns Trucking crew, Car li Powell, Epiphany Theater, Paul Devine, Paco Jones and last but not least the Westin and their staff. Both recitals were well attended and the students really shined! SJSA has created a wonderfully diverse curriculum for after school activities and our faculty could not be more pleased with how well the students performed. We look forward next year! Kim W ild, Executive Director St. John School of the Arts SJSA Thanks Recital SupportersThanks for the laugh even if parking has always been a problem on island! Here is what my son and I concluded about the airport. Having been visiting the island almost every year for 30 years we know that the seaplane idea was eventually abandoned. We think the new airport will be located in the roundabout which replaced the Texaco Station! Is that right??? Also noted another home we have rented from Windspree over the years Tree House is for sale. Hope there might still be some places available for my next visit. Pablo Machetzki Pretend President of the Imaginary St. John Far North Fan Club T rump Parking T ower Made Us Laugh 2012-TO-DATEHomicides: 0 Shootings: 0 Stabbings: 0 Armed Robberies: 1 Arsons: 0 1st Degree Burglaries: 3 2nd Degree Burglaries: 1 3rd Degree Burglaries: 17 Grand Larcenies: 33 Rapes: 0
St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 15 ISLAND NOTES from the publisherGood luck to GHS, JESS and GBS students at the Dancing Classrooms Competition on Tuesday evening, June 12th. Break a leg!Thank you for the article about the rescue attempts to save my mother, Linda Kay McCasland, the 64-year-old woman who drowned near Waterlemon Bay. ally happened to her that day, and am still waiting, waiting, waiting for the report on the autopsy which after her death. I realize the medical examiner was off island, but the waiting has been absolutely excruciat ing, painful, and heart wrenching. I have only been able to get snippets of information article shed more light on her last hours than I have been able to obtain in the last nineteen days. And, of course, it hurts no less knowing the facts. I didnt expect it to. deCastro Clinic merely sat in the emergency vehicle within sight of my dying mother because whatever rules, laws or guidelines that exist disallowed them to get wet was maddening. I understand an ambulance cannot be driven across the water to a boat, but perhaps making a call for appropriate help, somehow offering instruction to the panicked people who were trying to save her life, or motioning the dingy to come pick them up would have been actions to take. But to read that my mother was eventually placed into that ambulance, and then later pulled out and essentially dumped, regardless of how gently, onto the beach to wait for whoever was next in charge, ripped a hole in my chest bigger than what was already there. Has fear of litigation, rules of jurisdiction, or the simple game of Not My Job stripped our society of its humanity and compassion? How can anyone be so callous as to pronounce a woman dead, dust the sand off their sleeves, and drive away, leaving her companions stricken, stunned, and along that is willing to accept responsibility? Words like accountability and liability and blame echo fearfully in these peoples actions. Words like apathy and indifference resonate as well. Drowning may have been the primary cause, but all these words my mothers death. I understand I may not know all the details, and I understand there are complications and consider ations I do not know either. She is gone, and it hurts like hell. Nothing can be changed. I am thankful she was at least among friends, no matter how short a time they may have known her. But to learn that there was a window of oppor tunity that maybe, just maybe, she could have been saved if only someone cared enough to ask the right questions (where exactly are you perhaps the 911 operator could have asked), cared enough to get their feet wet, and cared enough to take compassionate action regardless of whose jurisdiction or responsibility it may have been, saddens me greatly. Candace Ace McCasland The daughter of Linda Kay McCaslandApathy and Consequence Vezio Ricciardi / License #91505 (tel) 340-776-6134 (email) firstname.lastname@example.orgVezios Custom Painting First off, I want to say that Im a regular visitor of St. John and I view your website on a daily basis. I really appreciate your articles that you provide. Your staff does a great job and I hope that you continue for years to come. I noticed that the comments sections were removed and I wanted to comment on the recent drowning at Leinster Bay. It sounds like a tragic circumstance that occured and I hope the friends and family of the victhis case against the emergency workers for neglect and poor decisions in patient care. Poor decisions resulting in delayed response within your control and removing the patient from the ambulance after calling From the facts listed in your article, I am shocked by what occurred and would not be surprised if jobs emergency workers. This is a bad one and Im confullest for the untimely death. I hope you follow this story and post any new details. I will be curious how this is handled and I hope other emergency workers can learn from the mistakes made. Thanks, Nate DavisLawsuits Inevitable in Leinster Bay Drowning Incident
This week, I kicked off of my fourth Summer Reading Challenge, an initiative that encourages the choice over their summer vacations. The effort promotes reading for entertainment, personal enrichment and literacy among young Virgin Islanders. The program provides students with a great oppor tunity to get involved in a community-based initiative promoting reading and educational achievement. By exercising the mind through reading outside of the academic school year, students remain sharp and engaged in topics that can help to minimize the learning loss associated with the summer months. I encourage students to embrace the 2012 Challenge. Studies show that children score higher on tests and show comprehension and vocabulary gains if While the program will distribute books for free on all three islands, I ask all Reading Challenge par ticipants to also visit their local library or exchange books with friends and family members to make sure By inspiring readers of all ages and all reading levels to take up the Challenge, we take steps to increase reading comprehension levels, which promotes better school performance. Its also a great way for young Virgin Islanders to participate in a shared goal amongst peers. As an incentive to participate in the program, Day with the governor. Special events are planned throughout the summer in both districts to recognize student achievement. I encourage students to access free e-books towards liclibraries.org. Books and tracking sheets will also be available to Reading Challenge participants at distribution events scheduled in both districts on Saturday, June 23, at the Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas and at a Fathers Day event on Saturday, June 16, at the Sunny Isle Mall on St. Croix. Times will be announced once Students are also encouraged to write to me throughout the summer to share their progress at contact@ governordejongh.com or they may post comments at I hope you will join me in supporting this impor tant initiative. Sincerely, John P. de Jongh, Jr. Governor16 St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 Bahai Community of St. John For Devotions and Study Circles,call 714-1641 7:30 p.m. Fridays; Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundays 776-6316, 776-6254 Bethany Moravian Church 11 a.m., Sunday School 776-6291 Calvary Baptist Church 13 ABC Coral Bay, 776-6304 Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday evening 6 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. Christian Ministry Cinnamon Bay Beach Inter-Denominational, Sunday 8:30 a.m. Christian Science Society 10:45 a.m. SundayMarketplace Wednesday Testimonials 7:45 p.m. on last Wed. of Month The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sun. 9 a.m., on St. Thomas 776-2379 Sun., 5 p.m., STJ, Lumberyard Cruz Bay Baptist Church Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 776-6315 Emmaus Moravian Church Coral Bay, Sun. 9 a.m. 776-6713 Jehovahs Witness 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7 p.m. Saturdays (Espaol), 10 a.m. Sundays, 340-715-053 Missionary Baptist Church 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, 10:45 Worship, Tuesday 7 p.m. Bible Study 693-8884 Nazareth Lutheran Church Sunday 9 a.m., Sunday School 8 a.m. 776-6731 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saturdays 6 p.m.; Sundays 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. 776-6339 St. John Methodist Church Sunday 10 a.m, 693-8830 Seventh Day Adventist Saturdays, 779-4477 St. John Pentecostal Church Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Prayer 7:30 p.m., Thursdays Bible Study 7:30 p.m. 779-1230 St. Ursulas Episcopal Church Sunday Church Service, 9 a.m. 777-6306 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332 Word of Faith Church Word of Faith International Christian Center, Sundays 7:30 a.m. Gifft Hill School 774-8617 Church Directory DeJongh Kicks Off Fourth Summer Reading Challenge Steve paved the path for the Levin family to make St. John our home. We are so grateful he chose St. John. There are so many to thank for Saturdays memorial service. Heartfelt thanks go out to Skinny Legs and Doug Bean and his staff for hosting the event; to Deli Grotto for great sandwiches and cake; to Baked in the Sun for delicious quiches; and to the musicians Jared, Troy, James, Greg and Matthew from the band Ish for the wonderful music. A special thanks also goes to the air guitarist Seala Matthias who entertained us all. Wed also like to thank Bernie Sheehan for being the perfect MC who brought us all together in this celebration of Steves life. To all others who helped and to all who attended, we thank you too. Well be strong for you, and youll be strong for us, for it does take a village to survive. From our hearts we are sincerely grateful to our St. John family, Irene, Casey and Chris Levin Levin Family Thanks Friends and SupportersA large group of friends attended a Celebration of Life for Steve Levin on Saturday, June 2, at Skinny Legs.
St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 17 Penny Haste Ramsdell March 1, 1934 Mothers Day, May 13, 2012 Obituary In the Historical Bits and Pieces article on Ethlyn Hall in last week's edition, author Chuck Pishko misrepresented the amount of land that Mrs. Hall inherited from her mother Emily Harthman. Mrs. Hall received one-sixth of the 52-andthree-fourths acres. The point the author was trying to make was that Mrs. Hall did not sell any portion of the family land that she owned, but actually increased her holdings by buying more land in Cruz Bay; thus respecting the St. John adage that you never sold your land unless it was an absolute last resort. Also, Mrs. Hall never sold land to the Peter Bay developers. Tradewinds thanks Elsa Hall, Ethlyns daughter, for helping with this correction. Please consider visiting Mrs. Halls beautiful gravesite at Cinnamon Bay. Historical Bits and Pieces CorrectionSt. John Tradewinds Though she was only a Penny, she was worth a million! Penelope Haste Ramsdell is survived by her brother, Jeffery Haste; four sons: Jamie, Adam, Eben, and Thad Snow; her daughter: Amy Ramsdell. She is also survived by four grandchildren, two great grandchil dren, and Ziggy, her cat of 16 years. (Also survived by Tina, who decided to be her other daughter in 1987, and Penny had been recovering ever since. J) Miss Penny moved to St. John from Cape Cod in the early 70s. She came here to live a happy and free way of life. She loved to paint, to garden, to read, to cook, to sail, and to enjoy a good Martini at the end of the day. And that is exactly what she did. Inn, The Out, Gallows Point, and she helped to start Pine Peace School. Many will remember her from Sailors Delight, The Clothing Studio, Paradiso, and St. John Water Sports, just to name a few. Her most recent job on St. John was at Sea Leathers. Penny returned to Cape Cod in the end of 2010 for medical reasons, and to be closer to her daughter. While on Cape Cod, she made many friends and renewed old friendships. Penny worked at the Newcomb Hollow Shop, and made hand-painted ceramic tiles. Recently her work was entered in an art show in her artwork. She will be missed for her sense of humor, her laughter, and her independence. Penny was a caring person, but was also very private and careful in whom she chose to love. If you were lucky enough to be one true. She had a way of really listening to the words that you spoke to her, and giving her honest advice, whether you were ready to hear it or not. We would like to thank everyone who sent their years. Penny fought a long, hard battle with cancer. When she became too exhausted to live the life she felt was truly hers, this beautiful and strong woman chose to drift away from us in a peaceful and digniA memorial on St. John will be announced at a later date St. John Tradewinds The Virgin Islands Department of Justice reminds all who have been convicted of a sex offense that they are required to register as a sex offender and to keep their registration current. Registrations can be renewed until Friday, June 15, through the Department of Justice. Failure to register is a violation of Virgin Islands law, and will result in arrest and prosecution. Sex offenders who reside in the District of St. Thomas/St. John and Water Island can appear at GERS Building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 774-5666 for more information. The Department of Justice asks all Virgin Islanders who know a sex offender or the whereabouts of a sex offender who has failed to register to call and report the violation. To view all sex offenders in the territory who are listed as absconders for their failure to register or to renew their registration, visit the sex offender public website, which can be accessed through the Department of Justices website, www.doj.vi.gov.V.I. Department of Justice Reminds Convicted Sex Offenders To Register
and want to do demonstrations dence. I tear up just talking about it, said Zaytoun. Its a difference you can see and teachers see it too. Zaytoun, who runs the entire Dancing Classrooms program in the Virgin Islands, is also the teaching artist for the three St. Thomas schools. On St. John, Gina Wellner is the teaching artist for all three Love City schools. The two dance instructors have been working hard months and are excited for their students to show off their skills for the community. Students will compete in each three rounds during the exciting and impressive show, which this year is being hosted in a top-notch venue. While Zaytoun admitted that Reichhold Center is not the closest venue for St. John residents to attend, the amphitheater at University of the Virgin Islands the premier stage in the territory. Its an amazing venue and the Reichhold has given us the deal of the century; we couldnt turn it down, said Zaytoun. It is the ultimate community venue. Pierre is going to be here and its going to be an incredible night. St. John residents planning to attend can either take the barge over since Zaytoun has worked with Boynes Inc. to offer a late barge returning to Cruz Bay one hour following the end of the show. There is also a discounted shuttle for people who are taking the ferry to Red Hook, Zaytoun added. And residents can text Cindy Rutnik to inquire about transpor tation options as well. For the shuttle, contact Rutnik, call or text 690-3455. After starting out as a teaching artist in 2010, Zaytoun took over as executive director this past year and kept the program alive in the Virgin Islands. The program is opof the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, yet still needs Zaytoun explained. We still need support for this program, she said. If it were not for CFVI, there would not be a Dancing Classrooms in the Vir gin Islands this year. They are our able to get grants from V.I. Council on the Arts and donations from large corporations in order to keep Dancing Classrooms going. Now is the perfect time to donate to the program as the Lana Vento Charitable Trust has offered a generous matching program, Zaytoun added. No matter how big or small, Lana Vento Charitable Trust has offered to match dollar for dollar anything that anyone can give, she said. To make a donation through CFVI, call the group at 774-6031 or check out www.cfvi.net. Although Zaytoun has been working almost around the clock on Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands, she wouldnt have it any other way. Its a labor of love, she said. I really love and believe in what I do. I feel that if you combine love with hard work, the result will be a positive one. I feel so grateful for all of the support Dancing Classrooms has received, allowing DCVI to bring the Dancing Classrooms program to more than 350 children across St. Thomas and St. John, said Zaytoun. Be sure to attend the Colors of the Rainbow competition at Reichhold Center for the Arts on Tuesday, June 12. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and no tickets are necessary. For more information about Dancing Classrooms, check out www.dancingclassrooms.com. For more information about the competition call Zaytoun at 513-9361. 18 St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com email@example.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 776-6403; firstname.lastname@example.org Theodore Tunick & 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 Real EstateDebbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 email@example.com www.stjohnvirealestate.com Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 info@holidayhomesVI.com Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 firstname.lastname@example.orgRestaurantsConcordia Cafe, 693-5855 Happy Hour 4:30-6pm Dinner 6-8:30pm Tues-Sat Fish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Skinny Legs A Pretty OK Place tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.com Sun Dog Cafe Casual Dining at Mongoose 693-8340; www.sundogcafe.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral Bay Island Solar "Off the Grid Living for 10 Years" tel. 340-642-0531 Vezio's Custom Painting Special Techniques 340-776-6134 email@example.com St. John TradewindsB usiness Directory Dancing Classrooms Colors of the Rainbow on June 12 St. John Tradewiinds News Photo Bill Stelzer Rainbow competition.Continued from Page 7
son Melody Rames. However, after a Motor Carrier inspection, the bus was found to be safe and in good working condition. The driver was found to negligible by failing to operate the vehicle in a safe manner, said Rames. Besides being found negligible, the driver was not charged with a crime. of installing video cameras on school buses, DOE did not have tape from the accident. For some unknown reason, that video camera was never at a late April meeting. DOE St. Thomas/St. John District Insular Superintendent Jeanette Smith-Barry was off-island last week and unable to answer questions about the departments investigation of the April accident. nior was no longer driving students on St. John The superintendent said in terms of the bus service, the driver has been removed, said Pancham. In the wake of the accident, St. John Rescue members volunteered to ride the bus as monitors and help discipline students. No progress has been made on that front, according to the groups communications ofWe offered to volunteer and it was up to the Department of Educahelp. If we could monitor the ruckus on the back of the bus, the driver could worry about driving and thats all. People are willing so well see if we hear from them, said Grimes.Driver in School Bus Crash Found Negligible, Removed from RouteSt. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 19 Friday, June 1 5:07 p.m. A Calabash Boom resident c/r that he was involved in an auto collision in the area of The Marketplace. Auto colli sion. 8:00 p.m. A Gifft Hill resident p/r that his brother threw beer in his face. Simple assault. Saturday, June 2 12:13 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Disturbance of the peace. 3:00 a.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in the area of Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. 5:51 a.m. A citizen p/r an auto accident in the area of Susanaberg. Auto accident. 4:35 p.m. A visitor from WI p/r that someone broke into the glove compartment of his rental Jeep in the area of Kings Hill Road. Damage to a vehicle. Sunday, June 3 2:00 p.m. An Estate Adrian resident c/r that he was threat ened by another male. Distur bance of the peace, threats. 7:57 p.m. An Estate Quacco and Zimmerman resident c/r someone trespassing on his property. Trespassing. 9:13 p.m. An Estate Glucksberg resident c/r that she struck a tree on Centerline Road. Police assistance. Monday, June 4 7:45 a.m. A St. Thomas resident p/r that someone struck his vehicle in the area of Dreekets Bay. Auto collision, hit and run. 1:50 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that someone has been using his credit card without his knowledge. Fraudulent use of credit card. 4:50 p.m. An Estate Adrian resident p/r that his daughters mother didnt show up with his daughter. Police assistance. 5:10 p.m. A citizen c/re questing police assistance with a boat that ran aground. Police assistance. Tuesday, June 5 11:31 a.m. A citizen p/r that someone threatened her employees. Police assistance. 1:36 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that a male was disorderly. Police assistance. 6:50 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that he was harassed by four minors. Harassment. W ednesday, June 6 11:51 a.m. An Estate Adrian resident c/r an auto accident. Auto accident. 5:15 p.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in the area of Wharfside Village. Disturbance of the peace. 6:03 p.m. A citizen c/r a male having an allergic reaction in the area of Wharfside Village. Police assistance. Thursday, June 7 1:13 p.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance with her boyfriend in the area of Coral Bay. Distur bance of the peace, D.V. 6:06 p.m. A citizen p/r that he was assaulted in the area of Cruz Bay. Simple assault and battery. 7:00 p.m. A citizen r/ that two minors threw eggs and rocks at him. Police assistance. 9:15 p.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance of the peace, threats. Disturbance of the peace, threats. Crime Stoppers needs the community help to solve the following crimes. If anyone knows something, they should say something, as law enforcement cannot control crime without the help of the community. Even the smallest bit of information may be just what law enforcement needs to solve these cases. St. John On Friday. September 9, 2011 at about 7:00 p.m. in the area of #3G Enighed, a verbal confrontation between two males turned physical and one of the males was stabbed several times. The suspect who is wanted in this case is Jason Williams, AKA Ras. Several photos of him can be viewed on our website at www.CrimeStoppersUSVI.org. Help police locate him. St. Thomas In the very early morning of Friday, May 11, in Estate Solberg, 18-year-old Mohammed Salem was shot and killed in his vehicle. Tell what you know so police can identify and arrest the suspect(s) in this murder. St. Croix V.I. Police Department detec tives are investigating a shooting death that occurred a few minutes after 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, in the LBJ housing community. A 24-year-old man was found dead in a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds to his body. Another victim was shot at least once in the upper body. Tell what you know so police can identify and arrest the killer(s). Please 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. If a tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, illegal drugs, or weapons, tipsters will receive a cash reward of up to $2,500. The minimum reward for the arrest of a fugitive is $357. For the arrest of a murder suspect it is $1,500. Only callers to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these rewards. Crime Stoppers has recently authorized nine new rewards. Anyone who submitted a tip since September 2011, should check to see if they qualify for a reward. Continued from Page 3 St. John Tradewinds Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis last week encouraged all Virgin Islanders to review their insurance coverage as part of their preparations for the 2012 hurricane season. Francis, who serves as the territorys Commissioner of Insurance and is a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, hoped that both homeowners and renters will make review of their coverage an annual activity as coverage needs change over time. Francis urged residents, whether their primary resident is a house or a boat, to be proactive in their hurricane preparations in order to avoid any surprises in the event of a disaster. Talk to your insurance agent before the threat of a storm, he said. Find out what is included in your coverage and what isnt. Know what your deductible or out of pocket expenses will be if your property is damaged. Francis also reminded residents to do the following in order to prepare for the onset of hurricane season: chases and increased rebuilding and replacement costs. If renting, secure renters insurance to cover any losses of their per sonal property, since a landlords coverage may only cover the building. Take photographs of their home; and also photograph and inventory valuables and other personal property inside of the structure; and Store important documents such as insurance policies, deeds, propisland location. For more information on disaster preparedness and to download a disaster inventory checklist, visit www.ltg.gov.vi. Lt. Governor Francis Shares Hurricane Preparedness Tips
20 St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 693-8885.MOUNTAIN OPENINGSACROSS 1 Sorry, I goofed 6 Take a shot at 13 __ Vineyard (island south of Cape Cod) 20 Guitar Town singer Steve 21 Italian wine 22 So-so 23 Venue for American art in Manhattan 25 Hyperactivity medication 26 Mauna (volcano in Hawaii) 27 Walk- (minor roles) 28 Mazda car 30 Young horse 31 Mozart work 33 California city south of Monterey 38 Pep 39 Miracle Mets member Tommie 40 German for three 41 Given a makeover 44 Air passage of the lung 47 Loafs about souvenirs 54 Kim (rapper) 55 rasa 56 Competes (for) 57 Dark deli bread 58 Place to vote 59 Tehran inhabitants 60 Hdqrs. of law enforcers 61 Ontarios capital, on a sports ticker 63 Garden plants with large 66 Like charged atoms 68 Ovine mother 69 Author Bret 70 Exterior car adorners 75 Store (up) 76 Toward a boats stern 79 kick (football action) 80 Cheer yells 81 Jurists gp. 83 Rural tower 84 Hawked anew 85 Crusty treat 86 Some crisp red fruits 89 Swirly marble 92 Knocks it off 93 Sad notice in the paper 95 With 124-Across, yonder 96 Stuff making a big bang 97 Mom on Rhoda 107 Nothin at all 108 Tax cheats dread 109 Lanka 110 Hee- 111 Carrier to Muscat 113 Ensure a persons ruin 119 Enormous 120 Wrap around 121 Sprayed, as a sidewalk 122 Renters 123 Substance in chemical analysis 124 See 95-Across DOWN 1 Whimpers 2 Boorish sort 3 The Beach Boys Wilson 4 Fliers stat 5 Standing for 6 Brenneman and Tan 7 Highland hat 8 Capote, to his pals 9 Curve in a driving exam 11 Long feather 12 Language of India 14 Fly a jet, say 15 Like many sr. citizens 16 Faint residue 17 Saintly glows 18 Quick-footed 19 message to (got in touch with) 24 Nail varnish 29 King of Saudi Arabia 33 Taxi driver 34 Matches up 35 Vintage Olds cars 36 Grown-up boys 37 Intense mirth 41 Abbr. on an invitation 42 City NNW of Oklahoma City 43 Bucks partners 45 Place to hang apparel 46 Sword part 48 Humiliate 49 New Mexico tribe 50 Nobelist Wiesel 51 Back-talk 53 Utah senator Hatch 58 Puts in hock 61 So long! 64 Sneaky laugh 65 Lama 66 Bozo 67 Having a rug 70 Joyous Israeli dance 71 Certain blood type, 72 Greek peak 73 Motel employee 74 Cup holder 76 Feels sickly 77 Skip town 78 Pitch 82 Borg of tennis 86 Smallish bill 87 One- (short plays) 88 Illuminator in a shirt pocket, perhaps 90 Puzzles (out) 91 Spoil, as food 94 Brown in fat 97 How fries are fried 98 Jean-Claude Van 99 Singer Edie 100 Lion features 101 Less mean 102 Plum center 104 Picked out 105 Zapping gun 106 82-Down, by birth 109 Back-to-school mo. 112 Ending for propor hex114 Fertilized cells 115 Tavern barrel 116 Corrida cheer 117 NCO part 118 Nice one! PREMIER Crossword ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45 a.m. at Hawksnest Bay Beach; Closed meetings for alcoholics only at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay at 6 p.m on Tuesdays; Open meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at Nazareth Lutheran Church; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. at Moravian Church, Coral Bay. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Narcotics Anonymous has open meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Saturday at St. Ursulas Church. AL-ANON MEETINGS Al-Anon meets on St. John every Monday at Scandic Executive Service's meeting room in Mongoose Junction from 6:30 to 7:30pm; and every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Tuesday, June 12 Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands will present the Colors of the Rainbow team match competition on Tuesday, June 12, at Reichhold Center for the Arts starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will be emceed by legendary ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine. The event is free and open the public. No tickets or reservations are required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Transportation from Red Hook is being arranged. For more information about transportation, text Cindy Rutnik at (340) 693-3455. W ednesday, June 13 Guy Benjamin School will host commencement exercised on Wednesday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at the Emmaus Moravian Church. Julius E. Sprauve School will host commencement exercises on Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Westin Resort ball room. Thursday, June 14 Gifft Hill Schools graduation ceremony for the Class of 2012, is set for Thursday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. at Trayser Field. Saturday, June 16 SJSA will host auditions for the Ruth Sis Frank Perfor mance/Merit Scholarship on Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. Monday, June 18 The Coral Bay Community Council is hosting a community meeting on Monday, June 18, at Guy Benjamin School from 6 to 7 p.m. to engage residents in planning the wetlands restoration at 11 Estate Carolina, the Agriculture Department property, at the junction of Kings Hill Road and Route 107. Sunday, August 26 The 2nd annual Chaotic Kayak Race is set for Sunday, August 26, at Oppenheimer Beach and last years winner is already talking smack. Monday, October 8 Using Sport for Social Change is hosting the 4th Annual Cruz Bay.
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St. John Tradewinds Public Finance Authority Executive Director Angel Dawson ture today about the allocation of federal stimulus dollars received by the Virgin Islands. The presentation to the Senate Committee of the Whole account ed for all the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) money spent from 2009 through the end of 2011. Economic Opportunity, was designated by Governor John deJongh to manage and monitor ARRA spending in the territory. Government agencies that received stimulus funds were the departments of Human Services, Health, Labor, Planning and Natural Resources, Public Works, Law Enforcement Planning Commission, the Virgin Islands Energy ernor. Also, semi-autonomous agencies like the PFA, the University of the Virgin Islands, Housing Finance Authority, West Indian Company and the Waste Management Authority. The rest of the stimulus money went to non-profits, business, and federal agencies that serve the territory. The awards to the Virgin Islands, allocated across 14 catego ries of expenditures, totaled almost $367 million, of which more than $283 million has already been spent, Dawson told legislators. The largest category funded was Fiscal Relief to Individuals and Business, with almost $81 million allocated to personal and business loans, social security payments, college tuition grants and assistance to needy families. The V.I. Department of Education received the most of any one government agency, with $87,423,781 for teacher retention and education jobs funding. The PFA won $67,454,924 to improve telecommunications infrastructure and create business opportunities. And the Housing Finance Author ity received funds to support replacing housing stock, provide tax credit conversions to affordable housing, and conduct homelessness prevention and urban blithe reduction programs. The allocation to projects on Thomas was awarded $36 million, St. Croix more than $25 million and St. John $10,543,321. The remaining $295 million will be spent territory-wide. The almost $81 million still obligated will be spent within awards, Dawson explained. Of that amount, almost $55 mil lion is allocated to the Broadband Program that will bring high-speed Internet service to the Virgin Islands. nancial management and program management policies were all the reporting period. Several awards have already been closed with demonstrable ritory, Dawson said. The close out process for the grants requires assurances that the funds were put to appropriate use, without fraud, abuse or misuse. The PFA will meet all obligations in this regard as set by the Recovery Accountability and Transpar President Biden, Dawson added. Let me assure you that the Public Finance Authority and the Governor of the Virgin Islands will continue to be vigilant unto the end, said Dawson. 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24 St. John Tradewinds, June 11-17, 2012 Ohio Students Teach Computer Technology To JESS SchoolersContinued from Page 2 initiative at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The XO laptops were designed for children with little or no access to computers or computer networks. They cost $200 each, have a special screen for outdoor use, include open source software and are made to withstand high heat and even rain. The Columbus School for Girls Falconers Waveplace Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing digital technology to Caribbean chil dren. Waveplace has hosted XO laptop training at Guy Benjamin School in the past as well as other areas of the Caribbean. Murakamis independent study course students deliver the laptops to JESS students, but as a service learning class, the students engage in much more than just handing over the machinery. Columbus School students learn all about the laptops, from networking with other XO laptops to repairing hardware and software. The students then develop a nally spend two weeks on St. John teaching computer technology. The girls work with me all year long and develop everything themselves, said Murakami. Among the 15, mostly sophomores and juniors, who spent two weeks teaching at JESS and staying at Maho Bay May 20 through June 2, were three young ladies who had also taken the class last year, explained Murakami. Another thing that seemed to make a difference this year is that we had three girls who returned for their second trip, she said. We were in three classrooms this year and the returning girls were our team leaders. The girls were more independent than theyd ever been and these three team leaders had a lot do with that. Due to the Memorial Day break, the girls spent a total of nine days in three different JESS classrooms teaching XO laptop use to students in second, third and fourth grades. After their XO laptop sessions, the girls then taught JESS sixth, seventh and eighth grade students computers in the JESS computer lab. While the Columbus School for Girls students were fully prepared for the elementary school XO laptop work, the computer lab sessions were somewhat of a surprise, Murakami explained. The middle school teaching was a last minute addition, said Murakami. Due to circumstanc es, they didnt know until the day before we got there that they were going to teach middle school computer classes. The Columbus School girls their trip to St. John and Murakami didnt want to add any stress with the middle school class information, she explained. But true to form, the girls accepted the challenge and shined, Murakami added. They are an impressive group of girls, she said. They realized the challenge and did a great job. They are really extraordinary. Murakami already has students signed up for next years XO laptop service learning class and expects the program to continue improving each year, she explained. it was like, they were here and that was nice, now lets get back to normal, said Murakami. But the fact that we continue to come back and have built that trust, the effort is now coming from JESS as well which is really important. Murakami estimates that her program has distributed about 160 laptops to St. John students over the years, most of which are likely stuck in various closets around the island, and shed love to have them back. There are over 160 laptops on St. John somewhere and wed really like to get them back in cir culation, said Murakami. If anyone has an old laptop, even if it is broken, please consider giving it back to JESS. My girls would love to work on the broken laptops; it would be great practice for them. We have this ongoing exchange of broken computers, so we can still use them, said Murakami. Anyone with an unused XO laptop is urged to turn it in at JESS or email Murakami at cmurakami@ columbusschoolforgirls.org.Columbus School for Girls teacher Christine Murakami, far left, with a Columbus student help a JESS student to use his new XO laptop.St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Bill Stelzer