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2012 Festival Honorees:Grand Parade Marshal Rodney VarlackPage 7Food Fair Honoree Gwendolyn HarleyPage 9Village Honoree Ashley BoynesPage 9Learn How To Combat Risks of Dengue Fever and Ciguatera Poisoning at June 28 ForumPages 2 and 13 Graduation:Gifft Hill SchoolPage 3Julius Sprauve SchoolPage 2Guy Benjamin SchoolPage 4 June 18-24, 2012 Copyright 2012 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Chic Photography Who Will Win the St. John Festival Queen Crown?Five of these lovely young ladies, above, will take to the stage on Saturday night, June 23, at Winston Wells ball CONTESTANT INTERVIEWS ON PAGE 5
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TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 2 St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 The St. John Community is invited to participate in the St. John Peoples Agenda Town Meeting Tuesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the Julius E. Sprauve School. The purpose of the meeting is to give the St. John community an opportunity to discuss: concerns regarding an additional access and up-keep and maintenance of beaches, trails and signage etc. The Peoples Agenda suggests that with the limited summer employment opportunities for St. John youth, a partnership with St. John community organizations, private sector and V.I. Nationyouth in the areas of making signs for various sites and locations and learning how to restore and maintain trails. The St. John Administrator, VI Fire Services, VIPD, VITEMA, DOI, and the Delegate to Congress have been invited to attend and participate in providing information to the St. John community. 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. Dr. Gary Ray, botanist of Virgin Forest Restorations and CBCC staff, will lead the discussion of possible plans for species removal and new planting in the wetlands and siting a nature trail, as well as future plans for a small park area on the corner and a farm stand. CBCC is partnering with the VI Agriculture Dept., the Coral Bay Yacht Club, Guy Benjamin School and seeking individual volunteers to undertake this wetlands restoration under a matching grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. Work will begin this summer and be completed in the fall. For more information call CBCC at 776-2099. By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Family members and friends of Julius E. Sprauve School eighth graders packed the ballroom at the Westin Resort and Villas on Wednesday evening, June 13, for the schools 46th annual promotional exercises. Island dignitaries including Lieutenant Governor Greg Francis and his wife Cheryl, Senator Patrick Sprauve, Senator at Large Craig Barshinger and St. John Administrator Leona Smith also attended last weeks eighth grade graduation. Welcoming the crowd, JESS Principal Dionne Wells told the graduates that hard work pays off in the end. You are a testimony that hard work pays off, said Wells. You all have made my homecoming to JESS after six years one I will always remember. A new coat of paint and inspirational murals painted across the JESS campus are just the beginning of changes for the school, Wells added. Things have just begun to change at JESS, she said. Be informed that JESS is back. As the eighth graders look ahead to high school, the graduates should know that the entire community of St. John is behind The University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, the Medical University of South Carolina and the Coral Bay Community Council are hosting a community forum on Thursday, June 28, at Guy Benjamin School from 6 to 7 p.m. to provide a explanation of the UVICERC-MUSC project: A Collaborative Response to Public Health Challenges Linked to Climate Change Impacts in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Implementation of On the Ground Mobilization Campaigns funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. LaVerne Ragster, the project leader, will speak. The program will include a presentation on Dengue Fever and Ciguatera Fish Poisoning Prevention and Awareness, and an opportunity for residents to ask questions and express their concerns, and suggest solutions to these issues. Refreshments will be served. CBCC, under this grant, partnered with UVI to provide presento three St. John schools and several churches. Any St. John groups which would like to have the 20 minute presentation should call For more information or to schedule a presentation for a group, Nineteen Eighth Graders Graduate at JESS Promotional ExercisesWetlands Restoration Meeting June 18 Town Hall Meeting June 26 at JESSDengue, Ciguatera Program June 28The Cruz Bay Customs parking lot will be closed to the public lage. Vehicles which are in violation will be towed at the owners expense. Customs Parking Lot Closing June 19St. John Tradewiinds Continued on Page 23
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Eleven seniors graduated from the sole St. John high school in an intimate commencement exercise ceremony at Gifft Hill Schools Trayser Field on Thursday evening, June 14. The event was a celebration of all that GHS, a private pre-K through 12th grade, stands for, explained Head of School Judy Chamberlain. Today we celebrate all that lence, dedication to the creative arts, active citizenship, passion for learning and the pursuit of dreams, said Chamberlain. Guest speaker Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz, a former astronaut and president of Ad Astra Rocket Company, was introduced to the crowd by his daughter, Liz Kinsella, GHS Upper Campus Dean. ized citizen accepted into NASAs astronaut corps, was born in Costa Rica and overcame seemingly overwhelming odds on his way to logging hundreds of hours in space, Kinsella explained. You may think you are have nothing in common, but along the way, it was mentors who inspired and supported Dr. Chang-Diaz to achieve his dream of going to space, she said. While the road ahead might seem scary, the graduates are prepared for what comes next, ChangDiaz told the GHS class of 2012. This is one heck of an accomplishment today and there are more to come for you, he told the graduates. Some of you may be scared of the road ahead, but just look behind you. Look at what you have already achieved and be conDont be afraid to look for help, Chang-Diaz added. No one gets anywhere without someone elses help, said the former astronaut. You have many people who have helped you reach this point and there are many more people who will help you in the future. Stay with your dreams. Following Chang-Diazs inspirational remarks, Love City Pan Dragons played Dont Leave Me This Way as a dedication to GHS graduating senior JKeil Jacobs, a long-time member of the steel band and a mentor to many young players. The competition and, in the end, the difference between valedicto rian and salutatorian was so close, the two students chose to address the crowd together. Coral Breuning, who graduated at the top of the GHS class, and Patrick Smith, in second, thanked their parents, their teachers and the community for supporting GHS. Today is not just about GHS seniors graduating, but its reminder that all of you have raised great children and supported us all, said Breuning. This year was full of ups and downs, said Smith. Weve experienced life-changing experiences this year. These are times we will never forget. As the students head off to college next year, graduates should remember to listen to their hearts, Breuning added. The wisest follow their own direction, she said. The 2012 GHS senior class was a special one, school college counsellor Meghan Duffy explained before handing diplomas. This class is fun-loving, closeknit and full of adventure, said Duffy. Every single one was accepted to college and as of now and this continues to come in they have earned a total of $300,000 in merit-based scholar ships. After speaking about each graduate individually, Duffy distribut ed diplomas the graduates. The graduates are sure to accomplish great things in the future, Chamberlain said in closing remarks. Each of you has chartered a unique course to get here today, said the GHS Head of School. We know you are going to be doing great things in the future. And with that, the GHS seniors tassels from right to left and cel years. Graduating from GHS were Coral Breuning, Shavoni Chichester, Justin Doran, Bradley Fessale, Keneeka Hodge, JKeil Jacobs, Kanika Liburd, Aspen Moore, Bryan Morton, Jeanie Patrie and Patrick Smith. Congratua tions to all the graduates! St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 3 T oday is not just about GHS seniors graduating, but its reminder that all of you have raised great children and supported us all.This year was full of ups and downs. W eve experienced life-changing experiences this year. These are times we will never forget. St. John Tradewiinds Gifft Hill School Class of 2012 Graduates 11 Students Thursday, June 21stINDEX
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Friends and family members of Guy Benjamin School sixth graders gathered at the Emmaus Moravian Church on Wednesday morning, June 13, to celebrate the schools annual promotional exer cises. GBS Acting Principal Brenda Dalmida, who recently stepped in when Principal Whitman Browne took time off for medical reasons, welcomed the crowd to the excit ing and heart-warming event. Dalmida, who has been the assistant principal at Julius E. Sprauve School for several years, was careful not say JESS instead of GBS during her speech, and she nearly succeeded, only slipping once to understanding laughter. Today is a day for joy and cel ebration, said Dalmida. Were celebrating all that you have learned and achieved here and I extend major kudos to all of the promotees. Dalmidas welcoming speech set the stage for an entertaining and intimate graduation for the Coral Bay public elementary school, with speeches by Department of Educations Deputy Superinten dent Michael Harrigan and Senator at Large Craig Barshinger. The guest speaker was Savannah Lyons-Anthony, who graduated from GBS herself just six years ago. Harrigan presented top honor student Khalid Smith with a gift shop and a plaque proclaiming Continued on Page 184 St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 Eleven Students Graduate Sixth Grade at Guy Benjamin School Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewiinds
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Get ready to for a night full of glamour and glitz when the St. John Festival Queen contestants take to the stage for the Queen Selection Show on Saturday 8 p.m. The night will feature music by Cool Session Brass will strut their stuff in swimwear, active wear, ball gowns and show off their model walks and talent. Eighteen-year-old Sheniqua Davis, Contestant Number 1, graduated from GHS in 2011 and just Islands where she is pursuing a degree in accounting. Ive loved math ever since the second grade, she said. Davis was inspired to join the competition in order to push herself, she explained. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, said Davis. I am an athlete and played a lot of basketball, so I wanted to try something different. The best part of the experience for Davis has been getting to know her fellow contestants, she added. Its been a lot of fun, Davis said. The best part is learning new stuff and being around the other contestants. Davis has been working hard and practicing every day with her chaperones Ywardia Wesselhoff and Tasheda Kelch, she explained. Im really excited for the show, said contestant number one. Im trying not to get nervous. St. John Queen Contestant Number Two is Clar issa Doyling, a 17-year-old who just graduated from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. Doyling plans to attend Florida State University in the fall where she will work towards a degree in meteorology. I have always been fascinated with weather ever since I was a little girl, said Doyling. I have always wanted to be a meteorologist and Im excited to follow my dream. Doyling threw her hat in the St. John Festival Queen ring in order to inspire others, she explained. I joined the competition because I wanted to be a role model for other girls in my school and my community, said Doyling. Contestant number two had some advice for future Festival Queens dreaming of running for the title. Keep your head up and stay in school, she said. St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 5 Continued on Page 17 young ladies are sure to entertain the crowd during on Saturday, June 23, at St. John Tradewiinds News Photos by Chic Photography P R O P E R T Y K I N G T M 1 A Night of Glamour in Store at June 23 St. John Festival Queen Selection Show 2 3 4 5
6 St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary School W ins Dance CompetitionBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds It was a packed house at Reich hold Center for the Arts on Tuesers from across St. John and St. Thomas showed off their dancing skills at the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match Competition. The competition was the culmi nating event of the Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands ( DCVI) program, which wrapped 10 weeks of in-school dance instruction. Gina Wellner led classes at Guy Benjamin, Gifft Hill and Julius E. Sprauve Schools, while DCVI executive director Katie Zaytoun also acted as teaching artist at E. Benjamin Oliver Elementary, Joseph A. Gomez Elementary and Ulla F. Muller Elementary Schools on St. Thomas. The competition was hosted by legendary ballroom dancer and Dancing Classrooms founder Pierre Dulaine, who wowed the audience himself. After going head to head in Merengue, Fox Trot, Rumba, Tango and Swing, third place. While all of the teams performed professionally and impressed the 800 person strong crowd, in the end E. Benjamin Oliver Elemen tary School took home the gold Second place silver medal winners were the Ulla F. Muller Elementary and Julius E. Sprauve Schools. Third place bronze medal winners were Guy Benjamin, Gifft Hill and Joseph A. Gomez Schools. Congratulations to all of the 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: email@example.com SAVE $$$$$ St. John Tradewiinds
St. John Tradewinds 2012 St. John Festival Parade Grand Marshal Rodney R. Var lack was born on the island of St. Thomas some 81 years ago to Sylvia James and Cecil Varlack. Dur ing his early childhood he moved to the island of Puerto Rico where he resided for seven years and time, it even became the only language he understood! Except he was taught by his Mom to recite in English Yes, Mom, No, Mom, Thank you, Hail Mary and the Lords Prayer. Varlack, also known as Chief, returned to St. Thomas at age seven aboard the M/V Catherine after missing the vessel the week before because of the late arrival of his horse-drawn taxi to San Juan. On St. Thomas Varlack and his mother resided on Garden Street and he attended the Catholic School. He was retained in the cabulary was limited. The family moved to Savan, and then to Hospital Ground. Varlacks mother fell ill and remained in the hospital for a period of two years during with time he visited her three times a week until she passed on. Chief was left in the care of his father, Cecil and his wife Edith, and his Uncle Charles and his wife Chrisi. Varlacks daily routine included fetching dog food, buying bush tea for breakfast and clean ing lampshades. All this had to be completed before he went to school. After school he had to take lunch to his father who worked at a grocery store located at the present day Department of Education. Not in agreement with his life style, which included punishment, Varlack ran away from both homes on many occasions. While out on his own, he maintained himself by of genips at the market. Varlack bought and delivered groceries and bottled soda for anyone who was willing to pay between .50 cents and $1. He walked cruda bag and walking stick to torch crabs, which he also sold. Some days a Frenchie would give the beach. He slept in old abandoned cars and arches and washed his clothes by the well, all the while still attending school on most days. For entertainment, he played softball as a pitcher or at shortstop. He also enjoyed swimming at Magens Bay where he met his long time friend Austin Brathwaite, better known as Pilot, who passed on a few years ago. After being fed up with his vagabond lifestyle he went to live with his Godmother Magalivetha Richardson, and told her of his desire to be admitted to the boys home. When that did not work out, being determined, he spoke to Ms. Proudfoot, a welfare personnel employee. Chief told her he wanted to move to St. John, but was disappointed when he was told he needed his fathers consent. His Godmother eventually was able to convince his father to let him relocate and Chief entered the boys camp at age 11. He remem was aboard the M/V Watts. Varlack was under the watchful eye of Mr. Scott who ran the camp in Calabash Boom. At camp he felt good being around other boys of similar nature and his own age, like Lawrence Satory, Clyde Williams, Vern Callwood, Leando Hendricks, Raphy Hendricks and Andrew Prentice, to name a few. At camp is where he met Mr. Guy tial persons in his life. Varlacks daily routine at Cala bash Boom was to pump water from the well to tanks. He also had kitchen duties and helped with the cooking and baking and planted lettuce and cabbage. For recreation the kids played ball and went to the beach. On moon-lit nights they would catch lobster and whelks. They worked during the day and went to school at night from 7 to 9 p.m. Varlack stayed at Calabash Boom for just one year. At the age of 18, he returned home from camp and got a job with the Department of Public Works on St. Thomas as a Machinist/Mechanic and at the Hilton during its construction period. The labor was hard and he only earned $100 per week. Still determined to gain more knowledge and earn more money, Varlack quit the Hilton and went to work for Tropical he continued to improve his skills. With a few dollars in his pocket, Island Girl Audrey. Varlack turned that over and purchased a red convertible Studabaker, which he sold before he entered the U.S Army. He was stationed at Fort Knox for four and one-half years. Chief was honorably discharged in 1956 and returned to St. Thomas, but worked on St. John. He continued to execute mechanic work and service cars with his partners Urman Fredericks and Edmond Thomas. Varlack then leased property St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 7 GOING ON VACATION?Canines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com Weve Moved Dont forget to plan for your pets vacation, too. 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8 St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 St. John Tradewinds This years applicants for the Rotary Club of St. John Scholarship were all outstanding. It was a chal lenge for the Scholarship Committee to select a winner from this talented group of St. John graduating seniors. uning, Julia Hogroian, Grace Bartolucci and Patrick Smith. The Rotary Club of St. John is pleased to announce that this years scholarship has been awarded to Patrick Smith. Smith is graduating second in his class from Gifft Hill School and has been accepted to attend the School of Engineering at Seton Hill University to pursue a degree in forensic science or engineering. Upon graduation, Smith plans to eventually return home to the Virgin Islands to give back to the community. The Rotary Club of St. John congratulates Smith for all his achievements in life and wishes him luck in his pursuit of a higher education. Patrick Smith Wins Rotary Club Scholarship Register for JFLI Summer Program This Week By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Registration will be ongoing all week for students to enroll in Johns Folly Learning Institutes Summer Program. The program, which costs $75 per family and is open to students from 7 to 15 years old, kicks off on Monday, June 25, and wraps up on August 17. Sessions will be hosted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. JFLIs Summer Program will introduce students to arts and crafts instruction, gardening, swimming, hiking, yoga, sports and more. Students enrolled in JFLIs Summer Program will also enjoy a trip to St. Croix July 18 through 22, where they will learn all about Crucian arts, food, music and history at the Whim Plantation House. ing food sales at the Coral Bay Triangle each Wednesday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and pick up some local juices, pates and help support JFLI students. Register for the summer program at JFLI on the South Shore or at the Coral Bay triangle. For more information call 775-9594 or 693-5202.
Festival Village Honoree: Clifton Ashley Boynes, Sr. St. John Tradewinds 2012 St. John Festival Food Fair Gwendolyn R. Harley was born on the beautiful island of St. Thomas under the sign of Aries on April 14, 1931. She is the fourth of eight children born to the late William and Lolita Chinnery Blyden. Gwendolyn Harley obtained her elementary and secondary edcuation in the USVI public school system. She continued her studies with Polytechnic Institute of Puerto Rico (Inter-American University), Hampton-On-Islands (Hampton Institute, VA) New York University, Hartford University Right to Read Project, and the University of the Virgin Islands. Mrs. Harley is a teacher by profession, retiring from the Department of Education in June 1990. Later, she taught at the Moravain School on St. Thomas. In her community, Harley was a Girl Scout leader, a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Business and Professional Womens Club. She is a mem ber of the American Legion Auxiliary, Patrick V. George Unit #90, a member of Christchurch Methodist Church Womens League and of the Community to Revive our Culture. At the age of seven, she was taught to sew by her mother, Lolita Chinnery Blyden. That is when she began making dolls from her mothers sewing scraps. What began as a hobby, eventually developed into a busy enterprise. In the late summer of 1984, Mrs. Harley decided to make historical dolls and animals with the idea that the dolls had to be handmade, because at that time, there were not many arts and craft stores in the Virgin Islands. The inspiration for Gwens Dolls and Animals are based on Virgin Islands culture. Each doll costume is historically detailed right down to the lace-edged pantalets and hand-woven straw hats. The dolls include Market Ladies, party ladies known as Quadrille Dancers, Bamboula Dancers, French Ladies and French Men. The animals are donkeys, mongoose and iguanas. Her dolls and animals, which represent the USVI prize and two special awards Tillett Gardens Arts Alive Fair in 1986-90 and 1992. At the Virgin Islands Carnival Fair, Mrs. Harleys In November 1990, at the St.Thomas/St. John AgriTortola, BVI during Farmers Week 1995. Mrs. Harley was honored for her cultural dolls and animals in November 1996 at Tillet Gardens 50th Annual Arts Alive Fair. Again in 1997, the V.I. Carnival Fair Committee honored Mrs. Harley and named the Carnival Food Fair in her honor. The Carnival Food Fair was named Gwens Doll House. prize for her cultural dolls and animals at the Carnival Fair on St. Thomas. She also won for her replicas of historical buildings such as Government House, Fort Christian, Emancipation Garden, Senate Building, and the Annaberg Plantation, which was donated to the Elaine I. Sprauve Library on St. John. Each doll is one of a kind and are named with the enterprise is called Gwens Historical U.S. Virgin Islands Dolls and Animals. The dolls and animals are sold at her Mahogany Estate home on St. Thomas, where she also takes special orders. For more information about Harleys dolls, call her at 776-2706.St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 9 R ed Hook F amil y Medical Group Fran Jacobson, CNM is now offering Womens Health Care Services at Cruz Bay Family PracticeFran is a Certied Nurse Midwife who has been serving the Virgin Islands for 25 years Call 776-6789 for an appointment today. RHFMG-Fran in Cruz Bay ad.indd 1 4/23/12 11:03 AM 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 Festival Food Fair Honoree: Gwendolyn Rosetta HarleySt. John Tradewinds 2012 St. John Festival Honoree Clifton Ashley Boynes, Sr., better known as Ashley Boynes, is a resident of the island of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. He commuted to the island of St. Thomas to attend the Charlotte Amalie High School, where he graduated as a member of the class of 1962. After graduation, Boynes worked with the Department of Education until he enlisted in the United States Army in 1963, and was stationed in South Car olina, Colorado and Korea. Upon his return home, Boynes attended the then College of the Virgin Islands, now known as the University of Virgin Islands, where he studied construction technology. During that time, Boynes worked as a Vocational Teacher at the Julius E. Sprauve School for two years. He has been a licensed boat captain for the past 41 years. Boynes joined Transportation Services, Inc. in 1971 as Boat Captain and served as the companys Operations Manager until 2002. In 1981, Boynes opened his own business Inter-Island Boat Service, which he currently still runs. Boynes has been an active member of the St. John Action Committee as well as the Friends of the V.I. National Park. In 1966, Boynes married his high school sweetheart, Lydia Harrigan, who was also a member of the class of CAHS 1962. The couple has two children, grandchildren.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Two lucky people enjoyed a free seven night stay last week at a luxurious villa just for liking Cimmaron St. John on Facebook. Margarete Loghry and her daughter Hannah left St. John on Wednesday, June 13, after spending a week at Sweet Surrender, in Virgin Grand Estates. All Loghry did was like Cimmarons Facebook page, which has almost 64,000 fans. Loghry was one of thousands of people who entered to win the free St. John stay in a contest run by an independent third party, which is just one facet of Cimmarons online social media marketing initiative, explained Cimmaron owner Dave Conro. Were investing pretty heavily in social media on Facebook and Twitter, said Conro. Facebook just under 64,000 fans and we have a daily dialogue twice a day with all of those people. Our reach is pretty good too. Using our benchmarks, our total reach is up to 18.5 million people and were basically using the social media right now to drive ly our villas, said Conro. Conro whose wife Robin posts to Facebook twice daily and receives hundreds if not thousands of likes and shares for each one began embracing the new marketing platform about a year ago and the response has been great, which might have more than a little to do with the free weeks stay the company was giving away, he explained. Last year when we started this we had a contest which were going to now do annually where we give a free weeks vacation away, said Conro. A woman and her daughter, who just left [island], won the contest through a random drawing. The contest was administered by a third party and an independent, outside agency made the drawing. Everyone who liked Cimma rons Facebook page was entered into the contest, which the company hosted in October. The contest was a huge hit and since then, Cimmaron has watched as its online presence and popularity have skyrocketed. Were really banking heavily on the social media concept of marketing for our vacation rentals, said Conro. We think its the new wave and weve started to experience this. Not only is Cimmaron reach ing people all over the world, the company is targeting its exact demographic, Conro added. Interestingly enough, what weve found is that the demographics that were hitting are mostly in the United States, but were also getting a great following out of Canada, the UK and Germany, he said. The gender is primarily female, about 76 percent, and the age group that were attracting is mostly in the 45 to 54 year bracket. Were hitting the people we really want to connect with. Conro and his wife have owned Cimmaron, which began as a construction company, since 2000. The company launched its villa management services in 2005 and then two years ago decided to get into the marketing world as well. We started with the villa manseveral years all we did was pure management, said Conro. Then two years ago we decided to make the move into bookings and mar keting. I became a licensed real estate sales person in the Virgin Islands and were now actively marketing the properties that we manage. We have control over the quality of the experience for visitors and control for the owners of the properties, Conro said. For more information, check out Cimmaron St. John on Facebook or on the web at www.cimmaronstjohn.com.10 St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 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 Cimmaron St. John Enjoying Marketing Popularity on Social Media Sites
St. John Tradewinds This month marks the twelfth summer that Friends of Virgin Islands National Park has worked in partner ship with Student Conservation Association (SCA) trail crew for four weeks during June and July. This years crew will arrive on Monday, June 18, and work on island through July 17. Friends SCA Trail Crew Program provides students ages 15 to 19 with a unique outdoor experience repairing and main taining hiking trails while living in VINP. Through this program, trail crew members are introduced to a variety of topics including outdoor work, camping and hiking skills, low impact outdoor living, and a basic cultural and ecological knowledge of the island. This summers crew consists of four Virgin Islands students and two crew leaders from the continental US. At the request of VINPs maintenance depart ment the crew will be clearing vegetation, building and repairing stone steps, repairing damaged drainage ditches, and removing loose rock on trails. The effects of their work will reduce erosion to trails vulnerable to deterioration due to steep slopes, shallow topsoil, and severe rain. In addition to learning about trail maintenance and developing an understanding of their role as responsible stewards of the environment, the students will learn important team building and leadership devel opment skills while living together at Cinnamon Bay Campground. The crews combination of local residents and non-Virgin Islanders also provides the par experience. At the end of the four-week program, the park will have between six and eight miles of its most heavily utilized trails in safe and environmentally sound condition. The nations National Parks continue to face severe maintenance challenges due to continued federal budget cuts. More and more, VINP relies on volunteer groups, like SCA, to help maintain the natural and cultural resources of the park. For more about this annual program or provide support in any way, contact Audrey Penn, Friends of VINP Program Manager, at 779-4940. St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Friends of VINPs SCA Summer Trail Crew Arrives 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 help set up, should arrive at 5:30 p.m. and volunteers who help to close the village and secure games should expect to stay until 9:30 p.m. The local Rotary Club is looking for about 20 to 25 volunteers for each night of Childrens Village. To volunteer, contact overall leader Joan Bermingham at 7766182, or email email@example.com. To volunteer on Friday, June 29, com. To volunteer on Saturday, June 30, call BJ Harris at 693-7104 or email BJ@StJohnProperties.com. To volunteer on Sunday, July 1, call Bill Willigerod at 776-0883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer on Monday, July 2, call Dulcey Rood at 244-5814 or email email@example.com. To voluneer on Tuesday, July 3, call Patrick Pearson at 776-1166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers Needed To Help Staff Rotary Clubs Childrens Village
12 St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 St. John Tradewiinds News Photos Soak In 180-Degree Water Views from Villa IntimaseaBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds With 180-degree views of the Caribbean Sea stretching out to the horizon, you might not want to leave the shaded deck at Villa Intimasea. A refreshing pool, however, might tempt you to brave the sun for a few hours or get your feet sandy as you enjoy deeded access to two beaches, Hart Bay and Chocolate Hole Bay. Villa Intimasea, a four bedroom, four bath home situated on a little more than a half acre in Chocolate Hole north, is for sale for $1.825 million and that view is just one detail which sets this property apart, explained Holiday Homes owner/broker Christie ONeil. I was just speaking to the owner and she said the covered deck in front of the villa is one of her favorite places in the whole world, said ONeil. Its cool, with great breezes and amazing views and provides excellent outdoor space which greatly expands the living space. 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! Soak up stunning sunsets each evening from either the covered deck or the expanded pool-side deck from this home perched high atop Rock Ridge Road. BBQ under the stars or dine alfresco as you watch the sun sink below the horizon. Step inside to enjoy the spacious great room and cozy kitchen. Take in the views from each bedroom or curl up with a good book on the covered deck area. The home contains two separate pods and includes a small grassy backyard. Villa Intimasea includes a garage, which could easily be enclosed to provide either more living space or a modern gym. The property even includes space to expand, with the potential of creating a comfortable family compound. The villa is already a popular short-term vacation rental, but would also make an ideal home for a family, explained ONeil. With so many possibilities, potential buyers should not forget the best feature of Villa Intimasea, ONeil added. The very best feature of this home is the view, said ONeil. There are amazing sunsets every night. And the home is also conveniently located close to restaurants and our beautiful beaches. For more information about Villa Intimasea, call ONeil at Holiday Homes at 774-8088 or on her cell phone at 998-7451.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds With warming air and water temperatures, experts foresee Caribbean residents facing increased rates of dengue fever and Ciguatera poisoning, and University of the up to combat what is expected to be a serious public health issue. Coral Bay Community Council has been working with UVI on the initiative and is hosting a public forum on Thursday evening, June 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. in room six at Guy Benjamin School. A Collaborative Response to Public Health Challenges Linked to Climate Change Impacts in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Implementation of On the Ground Mobilization Campaigns, is an initiative of the UVIs Caribbean Exploratory Research Center. Its all about collaborating on how to address linkages between climate change and public health mobilizing the public, said Dr. LaVerne Ragster, Professor of Marine Biology at UVI. As air temperatures continue to higher incidents of conditions, like more rain and storms, which breed the dengue fever carrying mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, as well as more toxic mosquitoes, explained Ragster. We have an environment that has a lot of variability and trends towards increased temperatures, said Ragster. One of the things that people have learned is that with increased temperatures, mosquitoes will have a shorter devel opmental larvae stage. So there will more mosquitoes and theyll bite more. Also there will are more intense rain events expected which means well have more mosquito breeding areas and more mosquitoes, Ragster said. Experts also expect increased rates of dengue hemorrhagic fever, Ragster added. There are four different types of the virus that gives us dengue fever and the territory has already seen three of the types, said the UVI professor. Weve had four outbreaks in the last 25 years and the latest was a minor one in 2010. While air temperatures will affect the mosquito populations, rising sea temperatures are expected to result in high concentrations Ciguatera poison, Ragster explained. Ciguatera is a trickier one, but we expect that even with slight temperature increases, there will be more algae and algae in more places like on rocks and ledges, she said. If temperatures increase too much, the Ciguatera seems to die off. So we dont really know how this is going to affect the poison, but Ciguatera is one of the things that makes people very ill in this part of the world. at one time, said Ragster. The Virgin Islands population, with high incidents of obesity and diabetes, is at an even greater risk of these illnesses, which have no cures, explained Ragster. The part that relates to health disparities is that you have a community that does not have the best level of health, said the UVI professor. You have a lot of people, 35 percent, with an incident of car diovascular disease, and high rates of obesity and diabetes. When you get dengue fever, you are at higher risk for dengue shock or dengue hemorrhagic if your health is already compromised. People who have already suffered from one strain of dengue fever are also more susceptible to getting a more serious type of the virus, Ragster added. There are indications that once bit again, that second time you are more likely to have the hemorrhagic or shock syndrome and those will kill you if you do not get immediate medical attention, she said. to spread the word about control St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 13 Support your local newspaper! We need your support to report.Learn How To Combat Risks of Dengue Fever and Ciguatera Poisoning at June 28 Public ForumContinued on Page 19
14 St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JUNE 21st hours of taking the report he arrived with the good news that he had found it. We cannot begin to express our gratitude. He is a true St. Johnian. Henry and Maia Mongie ISLAND NOTES from the publisherFYI In our move to be more environmentally friendly and to cut paper waste and expenses, we are no longer accepting faxes. Please email us instead. Editor@Tradewinds.viI read J. Wellers letter which blames the litter at and around the Susannaberg Transfer station on animals. I have to wonder what kinds of animals have produced this mess. And if a secure well-built fence surrounds the mess, I wonder how animals manage to drag pieces out onto the road. Paula MylesHow Did Animals Create This Mess? 2012-TO-DATE Anyone who calls 911 can be sure to set the proper nature of the emergency. Tell the operator where you are exactly, whether you are on the water or on land, whether you are on a trail in the V.I. National Park or on a boat. If you are in the VINP, the park has jurisdiction there and if you are on the water they can make a determination about making a water rescue. Name W ithheld Upon Request
St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 15 The unnamed source quoted in the Faster Response Could Have Saved Leinster Bay Drowning Victim in the June 4-10, 2012 issue of St. John Tradewinds was not speaking on behalf of St. John Rescue. The individual was speaking as a citizen familiar with the situtation and in no way representd the views of St. John Rescue. I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People, a new feature on WhiteHouse. gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by July 13, 2012, the White House will review it and respond! We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an ofYou can view and sign the petition here: http:// wh.gov/htz Heres some more information about this petition: Endorse the position of an elected US Virgin Isests in Government. An elected U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General is needed in order to: est between the Judicial and Executive Branches of government, as the position is presently appointed by their subordinates that have violated the laws of the 3. Promote uncompromising adherence to the rules 4. Demand accountability to the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thanks! Colleen ClarkeNew Petition Calls for Elected USVI Attorney General I note with amusement that the VI Police Department and the Department of Education have deter mined that the driver of the school bus which ran into the guardrail, and then failed to follow reasonable procedures afterward has been deemed negligible. As he was the one at the wheel of the bus it would but clearly negligent. Probably negligence could war rant a criminal charge, while being negligible is not (correctly) against the law. You dont suppose that our educators and protec tors of the law dont know the difference. Could be that a Virgin Islands education is negligible. John Fuller, St. JohnNegligent, Not Negligible Vezio Ricciardi / License #91505 (tel) 340-776-6134 (email) email@example.comVezios Custom Painting www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 I wanted to just give a big thank you to the St. John community for coming out in droves to the Reich hold Center Tuesday night for the 2012 Colors of the Rainbow Team Match. It seemed that there was just as much school support from St. John as there was St. Thomas. A huge thank you to Boynes for providing a late barge return to St. John, and for giving each school four free roundtrip tickets. I heard that even though the barge didnt leave for Cruz Bay until an hour and a half past time, the staff was so cheerful and they did barge. I heard that they even picked up a car by hand to move it over to make more space. All cars got on but one. Another thank you to the Westin St. John and Tropic Tours for providing roundtrip transportation for the Guy Benjamin students and support staff and families. Also to Nancy Bauman for purchasing the ferry tickets for the Guy Benjamin students. One last thank you of course to the Principals, teachers, and families from Gifft Hill, Julius E. Sprauve and Guy Benjamin Schools for pulling together to make this happen. We understand it was not an easy feat, but everyones effort is so appreciated to make the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match an unforgetable event at the Reichhold Center in support of our children and community. The staff at the Reichhold Center said this was the most attended local/school event they have ever had almost 800 people! So far $900 and counting was raised from the audience members who donated to our challenge grant, awarded to DCVI by the Lana Vento Charitable Trust, who is matching every dollar that DCVI raises with another dollar. We appreciate everything that was given as this will help us to continue to provide this amazing program to the Virgin Islands elementary and middle schools. Katie Zaytoun Executive Director Dancing Classrooms Virgin Islands, Inc.St. John Community Supports Colors of the Rainbow
16 St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 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 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 DirectorySt. John Tradewinds Environmental Security + Energy Security + Food Security = Economic Sustainability If we, as individuals, focus our intention and ener gy toward creating Environmental, Energy and Food Security for our communities, those actions will create Economic Security. Environmental Security is created by the protec tion of our incredible natural environment, through green building/construction practices, environmental conservation and organic farming. Our natural environment is the basis for our main source of economic income. If we focus our attention on keeping the natural environment vibrant and healthy, that will also help to maintain a healthy and vibrant economy. Energy Security is created by the transition from a fossil fuel based economy to a renewable energy based economy. The Virgin Islands most abundant, available and never ending (we hope) source of energy is the Sun (and Wind). It makes the most sense to generate energy where it is used, not in some distant single source power plant. Distributed, grid interac tive solar (PV) generation systems with storage, have no moving parts, make no noise, require almost no maintenance and just sit there and produce power for years! PV modules have a 25 year warranty to back them up! As a community, we need to begin to think and act outside of the box We need a forward thinking distributed, interactive renewable energy based grid with storage and digital grid management software. Once a renewable energy grid is established, there is no fuel cost, and LEAC goes way down! We need to ask the question. Is a $300 to $400 million dollar undersea cable to Puerto Rico, after which we will still have to buy power from Puerto Rico, thus keeping LEAC high, the highest and best use of our scarce economic resources? For the same expenditure, the VI could install a state of the art, micro-grid solar internet system on every business and home with energy storage, all digitally interconnect to form a giant virtual solar power plant to provide power on demand to the grid. To use a telephone analogy, we need iPhone thinking, not old Vitelco land line thinking regarding the develop ment of our energy security. Our scarce economic resources should be used for a forward thinking interactive, distributed renewable energy grid with zero fuel cost which provides real energy (grid) security and job growth in the VI for the future. Food Security, a topic that is rarely on the table for discussion, is really the most important of the 3 S. What good does Environmental and Energy Security do, if we cannot feed ourselves? Food Security is created by utilizing our local resources to the fullest extent, which includes supporting and expanding our local organic farmer networks with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and developing Community Vegetable Gardens (CVGs) throughout the Territory. The Virgin Islands has a 365 day, year round growing season! This is unheard of in most places with short growing seasons and cold weather requiring expensive heated greenhouses in the winter! For years, we have been brain washed into thinking that we cannot grow food in the Virgin Islands because we have no soil or water! That is not true! 60 percent of our waste is compostable. If we establish municipal and home composting systems we can produce huge quantities of rich compost to enhance our soil for growing food. The Virgin Islands is currently dumping (throwing away) 4.5 million gallons of fresh water a day into the and should be used (reprogramed) for agriculture or other useful purposes. Water is Life, we must use or resources wisely! We need a coordinated grassroots plan to create a local sustainable organic food production and distribution system for the Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean region. We need to know where our food comes from and how it is grown! UVIs and Eudora Keans Acquaponics systems, if implemented throughout the community, can help provide food security for the VI. We can grow both provides the nutrients which are used to grow veglar. They can be scaled for both home and commercial use. They use no toxic chemicals to grow food. On an individual level, home organic container gar dening with a simple drip irrigation system is another option (Earth Boxes are an example). Home container gardens, have a water reservoir below the soil, so the soil stays moist. Container gardening helps manage soil based pests and conserves water. Organic gardening does not use toxic petroleum based chemical fer tilizers, herbicides and pesticides, which is healthier for us and the environment. Remember the old days when our parents and grandparents had their home gardens? We can all grow a portion of our own food. If we grow excess we can have community based Farmers Markets were residents can come together weekly to share (sell or Environmental, Energy, Food and Economic Security for the Virgin Islands are within our reach! We just need the will and the leadership to get there. Where there is a will, there is a way! Occupy Yourself! Change starts with us! By Doug White3-S Master Plan for Economic Security for V irgin Islands Guest Opinion SEND LETTERS, GUEST OPINIONS & OBITUARIES: firstname.lastname@example.org
Respect yourself, because if you dont, no one else will. And always be yourself. Working daily with chaperones Tamika Santos, Kevin Swanston and Christopher Rivera, Doyling is excited to take to the stage on June 23. Im a little nervous, but more excited, she said. The best part of this whole experience has been learn ing the dances and getting to know the other girls. Recent Charlotte Amalie High School graduate Shelsea Jean is Contestant Number Three. The 18-year-old is looking forward to heading off to Clark Atlanta University where she plans to study early childhood education with a goal of opening a day care center one day. Jean grew up watching Festival Princess and Festival Queen selection shows and dreamed of being on stage herself one day, she explained. Ive been watching the shows for years and Ive they are, said Jean. I loved the gowns and the dances and thought, I want to do that someday. Jean is most looking forward to two segments of the Festival Queen Selection Show, she added. Im excited for the International Wear segment and the Talent segment, Jean said. The best part about the experience of running for Festival Queen for Jean has been practicing with her chaperones Loren Abramson, Shatik Stevens and Lee Ann Oquendo, according to contestant number three. Through all of the hard work and all of the practice, you really learn a lot about yourself, she said. Khadijah Athanase, who just graduated from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, is Contestant Number Four in the St. John Festival Queen Selection Show. Athanase is looking forward to attending Savannah State University in Georgia in the fall where she plans to study psychology. I want to be a social worker one day and come home here to help my community, said Athanase. Contestant number four has been enjoying dance practice, she added. The best part is the great exercise you get, said Athanase. Its a lot of work running for queen, but its a lot of fun too. It all pays off in the end. Athanase had a few words of wisdom for future queen contestants. Go for it, she said. This experience will help you in the future. Athanase has been working hard with her chaper one Nya Edward Marsh, who is also her aunt. Contestant Number Five is 21-year-old UVI student Shanell Thomas, who is studying to become a pediatric nurse. My mother is a surgical technician and I want to follow in her footsteps and have a career in medi cine, said Thomas. A native Virgin Islander, Thomas moved to Atlanta with her family when she was young, but never forgot where she came from, she explained. I left here when I was young, but would come back every summer, Thomas said. I would go to the Queen and Princess shows every summer. This is part of my culture and I wanted to be a part of it. The best part of the experience of running for Festival Queen has been meeting the public, according to Thomas. Its a lot of work, but the best part is when we go to public outings, she said. Its fun to go out and meet new people. Thomas has been logging long hours of dance practice with chaperones Midalia Feliciano and Richie Welch, but wouldnt trade the experience for anything, she explained. This has taught me to really step up my time management skills which has been a great lesson, said Thomas. Be sure to get those tickets for the St. John Festival Queen Selection Show on Sunday, June 23, at Winand at W&W Fast Food. See you there!St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 17 St. John Festival Queen Selection Show Set for June 23Continued on Page 5 St. John Tradewinds Innovative Cable TV reminds its customers that the National Emergency Alert System, which provides information locally through the Vir gin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agencys Emergency Alert System, will display critical disaster preparedness alerts on Channel 3 on Innovative Cable TVs system in the districts of St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix. When an alert is sent to our system, regardless of the channel that a viewer may be watching at the time, the digital converter will automatically retune the channel to Channel 3 so that all viewers can see the message displayed, said Terry Falls, Senior Vice President of Network Operations for the Innovative Companies. Innovative Cable TV performs monthly internal tests of the Emergency Alert System to ensure that all procedures are functional. Customers may have already seen the alerts on the cable TV system. According to the Federal Communications Commission, the EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable tele vision systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service providers and direct broadcast satellite providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a national emergency. State and local authorities may use the system to deliver important emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather information targeted The FCC, in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the NOAAs National Weather Service, implements the EAS at the federal level.Tune Into Channel 3 for VITEMA Alert System
his achievement. Sharing a poem written by a middle school student, Harrigan tried to ease GBS graduates fears about going to a larger school next year. Next year these students are going to be heading off to middle school and they will grow from kids to teens, said Harrigan. It can be a scary time, but maybe we can unlock some of the mysteries of middle school. The poem What are Middle Schoolers detailed the often contradictory experience of being teenagers, with futures unfolding each day. Harrigan also shared some hard-earned advice with the GBS graduates. Celebrate this day, he said. You are all smart and motivated to do your best. Keep your love for learning and you will be outstanding middle schoolers. Board of Education member Oswin Sewer urged graduates to make their families and their community proud. Youve made us proud so far and you need to continue to represent your family, your school and your community, said Sewer. GBS teachers and the community like to show off, so give them reason to. Well be watching. Despite various rumors, DOE ing GBS, Senator Barshinger assured the crowd. Despite all the great work that goes on at GBS, there is always talk about the school closing, said Barshinger. I asked DOE if they had any considerations of closing the school and Im happy to report that they said No. GBS is too precious to lose. Second honor student Jenekia Magras thanked her parents for her success, as they were the people who motivated her to achieve good grades. I didnt always realize the importance of reaching for the stars, said Magras. I love basketball and that is all I wanted to do. I was just passing in classes until they called my mother in to school. She told me I had to pull up my grades or give up basketball, Magras said. I couldnt give it up, so I pulled up those grades. I want to thank my parents for pushing me to achieve and for my teachers for knowing my potential. First honor student Khalid Smith urged his classmates to keep their positive attitudes as they continue in school next year. We are the future and we must keep our positive attitudes and our strong spirit, said Smith. V.I. Carnival Queen and recent Charlotte Amalie High School graduate Savannah Lyons-Anthony, who is heading off to Bard College in the fall, told the graduates to remain determined and always work hard towards their goals. Success is a journey, not a destination, said Lyons-Anthony. You have begun this journey and every journey is different. Its important to have high expectations for yourself and always work on being your very best. The entire sixth grade class entertained the crowd with a rendition of Aint No Stopping Us Now, and Coral Bay Community Council president Sharon Coldren distributed books to each class out of the church and posed for pictures with family members and friends. Graduating from GBS were Khalid Smith, Jenekia Magras, DMoi Martin, JahNyah DalmidaMcCain, Naiquan Frett, Tyreke Morton, Shanika Clendinen, Keegan Bertrand, LionEss Bruce, Caliyah Stephenson and KLan Thomas.18 St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 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 00831BankingFirstbank Located in downtown Cruz Bay 340-776-6881 Scotiabank #1 Mortgage Lender in the VI The Marketplace (340) 776-6552InsurancePGU Insuracne Located at The Marketplace Theodore T unick & Company Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 www.theodoretunick.comJewelryR&I PATTON goldsmithing Located in Mongoose Junction 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445 Chat@pattongold.comLandscapingAlfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831 PROPERTYKING tel. 643-6348 Landscaping & Irrigation Real EstateDebbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stjohnvirealestate.com Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 info@holidayhomesVI.com Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 email@example.comRestaurantsConcordia Cafe, 693-5855 Happy Hour 4:30-6pm Dinner 6-8:30pm Tues-Sat Fish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Skinny Legs A Pretty OK Place tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.com Sun Dog Cafe Casual Dining at Mongoose ServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral Bay Island Solar "Off the Grid Living for 10 Years" tel. 340-642-0531 Vezio's Custom Painting Special Techniques 340-776-6134 firstname.lastname@example.org St. John TradewindsB usiness Directory Eleven Students Graduate Sixth Grade at GBSContinued from Page 4 from the Morrisette family and sold gas. It did not island. He then resorted to selling tires and batteries and repaired transmissions. erty and then moved the entire operation. He became a Car Broker for Tropical Motors and Toyota. Varlack is the one who is responsible for the creative design and construction of the present day safari buses which are used territory-wide. Next, he experi was rented below the Customs Building in the park by miss Dorothy Bottom. He then rented the notorious Mini Mokes, the Thing, Jeeps and the like. Island tours for visitors were the next venture. Varlack provided daily escorted full or half day tours Johnny cakes and lively scratch band music. These tours buses soon became school buses early in the morning and late in the afternoon. M/V Mein Kapitan. Chief was also responsible for Veendam and Radadam, and the Skyward to the shores of St. John. As that grew, and with the addition of the exclusive franchise, he purchased or built several other vessels to include Cindy D, Bomba Challenger, Venture, Nicky V, Venture Star, Missy V, Venture Pride, Lady Venture and last but not least the Capital Venture. Along the way he sold ice, provided wrecker ser vice, sold vehicle parts and supplies, provided welding service, and transported U.S. mail by land and sea. All of the mentions are the foundation for what is known as Varlack Ventures, Inc. Even though Chief is in retirement, he still aspires to do as much as he can for the sea transportation between the U.S. Virgin Islands. He believes in keeping idle hands busy and has employed, trained and nur tured many young people in the community. Varlack envisions a vocational school on the island of St. John one day that will afford the young ones an opportunity to learn a skill if moving away is not an option. Meanwhile, he continues to enjoy a quiet lifestyle, occasional reminiscing of his ventures, festive visits from his 13 children, 33 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.Festival Parade Grand Marshal: Rodney R. VarlackContinued from Page 7
ling the mosquito population and protecting the public. You can do some level of control on mosquitoes but that is not going to take care of the problem, Ragster said. You have to under stand how to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your environment, but also protect yourself from being bitten. And if you are bitten you have to go to the hospital. If you have dengue fever, you know it, said Ragster. If you get it a second time, especially if you have cardiovascular disease or diabetes, you have to go to the hospital immediately. Ciguatera and dengue fever are both reportable diseases to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Ragster added. We need the statistics so we know when there is a real problem in the area, she said. On a per sonal basis, you dont want to put your health at risk. UVIs CERC has partnered with different organizations on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John to get the word out about these expected public health risks. On St. Thomas, the Environmental Association of St. Thomas/ St. John is planting trees in Estate Smith Bay to reduce mosquitoes and We Grow Food Inc. is working to protect farmers from dengue fever. Other organizations are working to develop a video, target the homeless population and raise awareness among boaters. On St. John, CBCCs environmental projects manager Patricia Reed and president Sharon Coldren have brought the message about increased risks of dengue fever and Ciguatera to church groups and schools. On June 28, the group will bring their message to the public at a forum at GBS. The night will also be a chance public about initiative, explained Reed. Were focusing on an educational public awareness campaign, said Reed. Our presentation is on prevention and then what to do once you have the illness. So far, weve targeted schools and church groups and this next presentation will be open to the public. Were inviting anyone who wants to come to hear our presentation and were looking for feedback too, Reed said. The leaders of the organization will be there so we want to hear what people think about the presentation and the campaign. able to share their presentation with any St. John group which is interested. For more information, call CBCC at 776-2099.St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 19 Friday, June 8 12:30 p.m. A Gifft Hill resident p/r that he was threatened by a male. Disturbance of the peace, threats. 1:41 p.m. A St. Thomas resident p/r that her minor son ran away. Runaway minor. 4:30 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident r/ a dispute. Violation of custody agreement. 5:29 p.m. A citizen r/ someone falling in the area of the U.S. Customs Dock. Acciden tal injury. Saturday, June 9 8:16 p.m. An Estate Chocolate Hole resident c/r that someone stole his vehicle. Unauthor ized use of vehicle. Sunday, June 10 12:45 p.m. A citizen r/ a disturbance in Cruz Bay. Distur bance of the peace. 9:00 a.m. An Estate Pastory resident r/ a dispute. Police assistance. 4:30 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/requesting that her ex-husband is harassing her via the telephone. Telephone harassment. 4:37 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r a disturbance at Wharfside Village. Disturbance of the peace. 6:59 p.m. A citizen c/r an auto collision. Auto collision. 7:28 p.m. A VIPD Offc. p/r a lost police badge. Lost government property. 9:40 p.m. A citizen c/r hear Klein Bay. Illegal discharge of Monday, June 11 12:40 p.m. A citizen p/r an auto collision in the area of Maho Bay. Auto collision. 3:07 p.m. A citizen c/r being involved in an auto collision in the parking lot of Hawksnest Bay. Auto collision. T uesday, June 12 11:00 a.m. An Estate Hard Labor resident p/r a larceny. Grand larceny. 12:00 p.m. An Estate Contant resident r/ that he was threatened. Disturbance of the peace, threats. 6:54 p.m. A citizen p/r that her ex-boyfriend is threatening her. Disturbance of the peace. 9:25 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/requesting police assistance to remove someone from her residence. Police assistance. W ednesday, June 13 3:10 p.m. A Department of Public Works employee r/ that three tractor tires were stolen from DPW. Burglary in the third. Thursday, June 14 6:56 a.m. An Estate Emmaus resident c/r a disturbance with his wife. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 8:20 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r a disturbance at her residence. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. Law Enforcement needs the communitys help to solve the following crimes. If anyone knows something, they should say something, as police cannot control crime without help. Even the small est bit of information may be just what they need to solve these cases. St. John Between Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m. and May 24 at 3 p.m., a residence at #11A Glucksberg was burglarized. The burglar(s) broke into the home and stole cash and jewelry worth approximately $6,000. For details on the items stolen go to the website at www.CrimeStoppersUSVI.org. The minimum reward for the arrest of a burglar is $714 plus 10 percent of the retail value of items recovered, up to a maximum reward of $2,500. St. Thomas On Friday, June 1, at 1:30 a.m., a woman was at Starz Night Club with a friend. While outside the club, she was approached by an unknown male who held her against the wall while punching her several times in her face and body. The victim sustained lacerations and a fracture to the face. Help police identify and arrest this thug and earn a mini mum of $900 in cash. St. Croix Cases involving illegal guns are on the rise. In recent days VIPD has had encounters with indiknow of anyone who illegally possesses, sells, or us know. The minimum reward for the recovery of Lets continue to help make the community a 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 property, illegal drugs, or weapons, you will receive a cash reward to be paid according to the tipsters instructions. Crime Stoppers recently approved nine new rewards. Anyone who has submitted a tip, should check to see if they qualify for a reward as unclaimed rewards expire after six months. Continued from Page 13 Dengue Fever, Ciguatera PoisoningThe Unitarian Universalists of St. John meet every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the Great Room at Gifft Hill School Lower Campus. The speaker for Sunday, June 24, is David Dorney who will speak on Spiritual Occupations: The Spiritual Aspects of the Occupy Movement. able. Transportation is also available upon request from the Cruz Bay ferry dock. Call 776-6332 for more information. Dorney Is Guest Speaker June 24 at UUSt. John Tradewinds Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation Commissioner St. Claire Williams recently outlined his departments plans for the 2012 Annual Summer Sports Camps, scheduled to start June 25 and continue through August 3. skills training options in baseball, tennis, basketball, cheerleading, boxing, swimming and cultural and outdoor adventure camps. HPR encourages early registration for the summer sports camp programs for they are very popular and space is limited. Applications can be obtained on St. John at the Cruz Bay Recreation Center. For more information call 776-6531.HPR Offers Summer Sports Camps
20 St. John Tradewinds, June 18-24, 2012 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail email@example.com or fax 693-8885.DADS ACTING GENEACROSS party 22 Spartacus; Wall Street Halloween been told Honor DOWN 3 Spill catchers 32 Model Macpherson and others 33 Foliage bit short ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45 ics only at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay at 6 p.m Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. at Moravian Church, Coral Bay. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Narcotics Anonymous has open meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Saturday at St. Ursulas Church. AL-ANON MEETINGS Al-Anon meets on St. John every Monday at Scandic Executive Service's meeting room in Mongoose Junction 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, June 24 The Unitarian Univer salists of St. John meet every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the Great Room at Gifft Hill School Lower Campus. The speaker for Sunday, June 24, is David Dorney who will speak on Spiritual Occupations: The Spiritual Aspects of the Occupy Movement. T uesday, June 26 The St. John Community is invited to participate in the St. John Peoples Agenda Town Meeting Tuesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the Julius E. Sprauve School. Thursday, June 28 The University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, the Medical University of South Carolina and the Coral Bay Community Council are hosting a community forum on Thursday, June 28, at Guy Benjamin School from 6 to 7 p.m. to provide a explanation of the UVICERC-MUSC project: A Collaborative Response to Public Health Challenges Linked to Climate Change Impacts in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Implementation of On the Ground Mobilization Campaigns funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Monday, July 9 St. John School of the Arts will present An Over ring Nance, Namik Minter and Chanelle Pearson on Monday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. 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 Free Just Play! day event on Monday, October 8 Bay.
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