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Island Hotels Report Higher Occupancies Than Last Summer RatePage 5Town Meeting Is Scheduled To Discuss CZM ChangesPage 4 DPNRs Division of Enforcement Plan Will Raise Mooring Fees 60-700 percentPage 3St. John Makes Worlds BestTravel + Leisure Magazine Page 9 July 16-22, 2012 Copyright 2012 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott KICK IT Camp Films On LocationStudents in St. John School of the Art's KICK IT Camp strutted their stuff on Cinnamon Bay beach, above, last week during a live shoot of their self-written and scripted music video. Story and additional photos on Page 12
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By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Without much fanfare or public notice, Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division increase vessel registration and mooring fees in the territory by between 60 and 700 percent. The proposed fee changes have not yet been written in stone, according to Director of Enforcewant to hear from the public at a Thursday evening, July 26, meeting at the Westin Resort and Villas at 6 p.m. The proposed changes are supposed to be available on DPNRs website, but were not posted as of press time. A copy of the proposed fee changes can be obtained at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. The current registration fees range from $35 to $300 depending on the length of the vessel and whether it operates as in a commercial or noncommercial capacity. The proposed changes would increase those fees to between $45 and $325. The proposed mooring fees are a little more confusing. Currently boaters pay an annual mooring fee of between $125 to $600 to DPNRs Division of Enforcement based on the size of the vessel and whether it is used for a pleasure craft, a live-aboard or a commer cial vessel. The new fees would see increases of up to 700 percent and no lower than 60 percent. A person living aboard a vessel between 26and 40-feet in length who currently pays an annual mooring fee of $195, would have to pay $1,170, a 500 percent increase. The fee for a live-aboard pleasure boat greater than 65 feet would rise from $600 to $4,800, a 700 percent increase. The proposed mooring fee scale would give incentives for people to pay month by month, which currently does not exist. Under the proposed mooring fee scale a per son living aboard a vessel between 26 and 40-feet in length who paid month by month would end up forking over $780 to DPNR each year. The month-to-month pay structure was designed to stop boaters from paying $195 for the year to DPNR and then renting that moor ing out to someone for a higher amount, according to Tapia. What is happening is that they are paying a mooring fee for $365 for the year and then going out and renting that mooring for $500 a month and we are trying to combat that, Tapia said. These fees are for the use of moorings which the boat owner pays for, installs and maintains by his or herself. We dont provide any services right now except inspection and regulation, said Tapia. DPNRs Director of Enforce ment expected the new fees to allow the division to hire additional conduct additional inspections, he added. The fee changes as they are cur rently proposed, however, are not effect until 2014, according to Tapia. This is not going to happen overnight, said the Director of Enforcement. This process is going to start in 2014. The proposed increases were created by DPNRs Division of Enforcement personnel, according to Tapia, yet they have not been This is something that is not written in stone, he said. This is why we are having public meetings; to let the public know what we are doing and to get input from the public. We are increasing the fees and we want to hear what the public has to say, said Tapia. DPNRs Division of Enforce ment will host a public meeting on the proposed mooring fee changes on Thursday evening, July 26, at 6 p.m. at the Westin Resort and Villas. St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 3 Thursday, July 19thINDEXBusiness Directory ..............18 Church Directory .................16 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Earth Talk ............................17 Historical Bit & Pieces ...........8 Letters ............................14-15 Obituary ..............................15 On the Market .....................13 Police Log ...........................19The proposed mooring fee increases include "low" rates for monthly payments and "high" rates for yearly payments, above.DPNRs Division of Enforcement Looking To Raise Mooring Fees Department of Planning and Natural Resources Seeks Fee Hikes of 60 to 700 Percent VESSEL REGISTRATION FEES CLASS LENGTH TYPE CURRENT PROPOSED TITLE TWENTY-FIVE Navigation CLASS A Less than 16 Non-commercial $25.00 $45.00Chapter 15. Motorboats Commercial $37.50 $60.00 CLASS I 16 to less than 26 Non-commercial $50.00 $70.00 Commercial $75.00 $90.00 CLASS II 26 to less than 40 Non-commercial $100.00 $120.00 Commercial $150.00 $170.00 CLASS III 40 to less than 65 Non-commercial $150.00 $170.00 Commercial $225.00 $250.00 CLASS IV Greater than 65 Non-commercial $200.00 $225.00 Commercial $300.00 $325.00VESSEL MOORING FEESFEE per foot (Length over all) RANGE CURRENT* PROPOSED# ANNUAL COST MONTHLY COST CLASS LENGTH TYPE/USE Low High $ INCREASE % INCREASE Low High LowCLASS A Less than 16 Pleasure $75.00 $5.00 0% $75.00 Commercial $75.00 $8.00 60% $120.00 CLASS I 16 to less than 26 Pleasure $80.00 $125.00 $10.00 100% $160.00 $250.00 $13.33 Pleasure-Live Aboard $80.00 $125.00 $25.00 400% $400.00 $625.00 $33.33 Commercial $80.00 $125.00 $20.00 300% $320.00 $500.00 $26.67 CLASS II 26 to less than 40 Pleasure $130.00 $195.00 $15.00 200% $390.00 $585.00 $32.50 Pleasure-Live Aboard $130.00 $195.00 $30.00 500% $780.00 $1,170.00 $65.00 Commercial $130.00 $195.00 $25.00 400% $650.00 $975.00 $54.17 CLASS III 40 to less than 65 Pleasure $200.00 $320.00 $20.00 300% $800.00 $1,280.00 $66.67 Pleasure-Live Aboard $200.00 $320.00 $35.00 600% $1,400.00 $2,240.00 $116.67 Commercial $200.00 $320.00 $30.00 500% $1,200.00 $1,920.00 $100.00 CLASS IV Greater than 65 Pleasure $325.00 $600.00 $25.00 400% $1,625.00 $3,000.00 $135.42 Pleasure-Live Aboard $325.00 $600.00 $40.00 700% $2,600.00 $4,800.00 $216.67 Commercial $325.00 $600.00 $35.00 600% $2,275.00 $4,200.00 $189.58 *All owners of vessels shall pay an annual fee of five dollars ($5.00) per foot of vessel, based upon the deck length, to the Department for the use of the mooring. Virgin Islands Code 293 (n) Notwithstanding any other law, any boat owner who fails to obtain or renew a registration or certificate of number, as provided under the provisions of this section, and has not documented with the Division Environmental Enforcement Boat Registration Office of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources that their vessel will not be operated on territorial waters, will be subject to a fine of twenty dollars ($20) for each violation for each vessel not more than 15 feet in length, and fifty dollars ($50) for each violation for vessels more than 15 feet in length for each registration year missed. All vessels sold to new owners must be cleared of all fines assessed under this section. Propose: Change fine for failure to renew registration to "for each registration month missed." What is happening is that they are paying a mooring fee for $365 for the year and then going out and renting that mooring for $500 a month and we are trying to combat that. This is not going to happen overnight. This process is going to start in 2014. This is something that is not written in stone. This is why we are having public meetings; to let the public know what we are doing and to get input from the public. Roberto Tapia, Director of Enforcement, Department of Planning and Natural Resources
4 St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Department of Planning and Natural Resources thinks it can improve the Coastal Zone Management Code. are hosting a series of town hall meetings across the territory to get recommendations from the public on improving it. The St. John CZM town hall meeting will be at the Julius E. Sprauve School on Tuesday night, July 24. The CZM Code hasnt been substantially updated in quite some time, said Jean-Pierre Oriol, Director of CZM. What we are doing is on the front end, were asking the public for their opinions. Were especially inviting those who have a lot of interaction with the code, like architects, engineers, environmen tal consultants and attorneys. ternal interviews with staff and consultants, and are ready to hear from the public, Oriol explained. This process has been on-going, he said. We have a legal intern who is a recent graduate from Howard Law School and she has been working with us for a little over a month now. Weve been doing one-on-one interviews with staff and committee members and now were ready to go to the public and see if there is anything that we havent yet considered, said Oriol. price difference between what constitutes a major and a minor CZM permit, he explained. The difference is currently set at $75,000, said the CZM Director. If it is less than $75,000 it is a minor and if it is more than that, it constitutes a major permit. But we all know that you can barely build a retaining wall for less than $75,000 these days. That is one thing we know will have to change and there are others, said Oriol. Building professionals will be able to provide input into something like that. Oriol is also looking at areas of the code which ciently, he added. Another thing for myself in terms of making the act work a little better under the act is where a permit is required, said Oriol. The only time a permit is not required is if the work is maintenance work or emergency toward public services. Lets say for Reef Fest, for example, there is going to be a band and they need a stage for 48 hours, he said. Technically under the code that is considered development and needs a permit. We could change the code to say that structures temporary in nature standing no more than 14 days can be under an activ ity that doesnt require a permit. There are little things that we are trying to incor porate to make the act work better for us manage ment-wise and better for users too, said the CZM Director. After collecting and analyzing information from posed revisions to the CZM Code and host another series of public meetings, Oriol explained. Several months from now, after weve gone through all the input that is given to us throughout the territory, well come up out with a draft document and draft revision of the code and rules and regulations, he said. Then well host public meetings and hear from the public about the proposed changes. changes at the July 24 hearing, but want to hear what the St. John community thinks, DPNR spokesperson Jamal Nielson explained. People should come with suggestions, said Nielcally to those who are familiar with the current code like architects, engineers and builders. on Tuesday night, July 24, at 6 p.m. at the Julius E. 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Five Percent Early Discount on Property Taxes Through July 20St. John Tradewinds taxes has been extended until Friday, July 20, 2012 in order to allow more Virgin Islands property owners to participate in the discount opportunity. A discount of 2.5% will apply to payments made after July 21st through the bill due date of July 30th. The positive response from taxpayers prompted the extension uled to end on July 16th. We are hopeful that property owners the needs of our customers. Extending the discount period and installing collection drop boxes are just two examples of our efforts to improve our service to the community. Payments can be made at the following locations: St. John: Islandia Building St. Thomas: Builders Emporium (collection box available) sted) 1131 King Street, Suite #101 (Christiansted) Dept. of Finance, Sunny Isles (collection box available) #1 Lagoon Street, Frederiksted (collection box available) Property owners are reminded that they do not need to have their tax bill if they plan to pay their 2010 bill in person. Staff cainformation at their workstations in order to facilitate payment. Persons making their payment by mail are encouraged to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope to have their payment receipt returned by mail. Property owners utilizing the drop boxes are asked to include the bottom portion of the bill in the payment envelope. In addition, drop box users who would like a receipt are asked to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with their payment in order to receive a stamped receipt. Payments made with cash, ATM, debit and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only) can be made only at the window. Only check or money order payments can be deposited into the drop boxes.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Despite a lingering lagging to Love City. southern shore on St. John, from large resorts to small inns, hoteliers across the island recently reported an up-tick in business this summer. Both Westin Resort and Villas posted higher numbers this summer than last off-season. This summer was very good, said Westin general manager Mike cantly over last year and July is always a good month for us. Looking ahead, August is going to be up as well compared to last year. Westin saw an occupancy rate in the mid-80 percentile for June and that number crept up to the high-80 percentile for July, according to Ryan. week and half of July and that always drives a lot of business for us, he said. August numbers look strong for the beginning of the month, Ryan added. By the time August rolls around, were looking at just below 80 percent, he said. We have then things start to wind down. Despite a perhaps slow August, explained. year, so weve got no complaints at this point, said the Westin Resort and Villas general manger. Westin Resort will remain open all summer long, barring any tropical storms or disturbances, Ryan added. Over at Caneel Bay, things are looking brighter too, according to general manger Nikolay Hotze. percent ahead of last year, said Hotze. July is looking strong too. percent up from last year too. August is projected to be a bit slower at Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, but Hotze is seeing a trend of last minute bookings, he added. Were seeing a lot of last minute bookings for summer he said. They are booking this week for next week. Caneel Bay has enticed more visitors by dropping rates a bit and offering some incentives before the resort closes on August 26, Hotze explained. The rate dropped a little bit from last year in order to be a little more competitive through the summer months and that has really helped us, said the Caneel Bay Resort general manger. The week before we close, were giving a guaranteed upgrade so we hope that drives more people here too. Caneel Bay Resort will close its doors on August 26 and reopen on November 1 for season. In Cruz Bay, all three small inns reported increased business over last year and last minute bookings. Its looking a little slow for the summer, which is normal, said Inn at Tamarind Court general manager Stephanie King. But were getting a lot of last minute bookings and a lot of walk-ins, which is making a big difference. June was steady for the Inn at Tamarind Court and the hotel was fully booked for the St. John Fourth of July Festival events, King added. June held pretty steady for us this year compared to last and we were full for the fourth, said King. We have some big weddings in August which is great and I expect well continue to get a lot of walk-ins. St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 5 Continued on Page 18 R&I PA T TONgoldsmithing St. John Tradewinds News Photo FileCruz Bay Boutique Hotel, above, is enjoying a robust off-season as are other hotels and inns across St. John. P R O P E R T Y K I N G T M Island Resorts and Hotels Report Higher Occupancy Than Last Summer
Island Resident Gerry Hills Resigns from St. John CZM CommitteeBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds After seven years of service Hills recently resigned from his post on the St. John Coastal Zone Management Committee. CZM Committees are citizen on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. When a development is proposed in the CZM zone basically the waterfront and coastline Committee analyzes information provided by Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of CZM staff, has the authority to pose questions to the developer and ultimately rules to adopt staff recommendations or not, either in favor or against granting a permit for the project to move forward. Over the last seven years on the St. John CZM Committee, Hills proved himself to be a defender of the environment who made sure the Division of Fish and Wildlife knew what was going on along the Chocolate Hole waterfront during Pond Bay Clubs approval process. With Pond Bay I was able to get Fish and Wildlife involved to protect the beach, said Hills. I kind of took initiative on that and made them realize that the beach plan they were doing was totally bogus. Hills also made his mark by insisting that construction vehicles park on-site and not impede near by areas, an addendum which now routinely appears in CZM staff recommendations. One of the things that I always pushed for was when there was a project in the past, the construction vehicles would park anywhere willy-nilly near the project, said Hills. I started making the staff include a clause that all vehicles, including contractors trucks and delivery trucks, have to park on the job site. They started putting the clause in on all St. John projects because I kept insisting on it, he said. And now theyve started putting that clause in across the territory. Its pretty much a standard now. There is no pay for CZM Committee members, but they do get a $75 stipend for each meeting. Members can spend hours reading through material from CZM staff and making site visits before the public meeting convenes. But for Hills, who enjoyed his tenure on the committee, the post was more about civic duty, he explained. I am stepping down for personal reasons, Hills said. I enjoyed being able to help and feeling like I was doing a valuable service. I had a little background in real estate, but mostly I was concerned about the environment and over development. You do it for civic duty, he said. Hills resignation is the latest change up on the St. John CZM Committee. Former Committee Chairperson Madeline Sewer recently stepped down due to medical reasons. She was replaced by Attorney Brion Morrisette, himself a former member of the St. John CZM Committee. Committee member Andrew Penn is now acting chairperson and the third member is Edmund Roberts. Each CZM Committee is supmembers and three members are required to form a quorum, which is needed in order for the committee to take action. CZM Committees are vetted by also undergo questioning by the V.I. Legislature before being appointed to two year terms, which often turn into seven or more year tenures. Anyone interested in joining the St. John CZM Committee is urged to call St. John Administrator Leona Smith at 776-6484, Senator at Large Craig Barshinger at 6933603 or DPNR Commissioner Alicia Barnes at 773-1082.6 St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 I enjoyed being able to help and feeling like I was doing a valuable service. I had a little background in real estate, but mostly I was concerned about the environment and over development. Former St. John CZM Committee member Gerry Hills St. John Tradewinds News Photo File Gerry Hills, above at left, recently resigned from the St. John CZM Committee. Madeline Sewer, above at right, also recently stepped down from her post on the committee as well. 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 $$$$$ www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds With the vision of a needless marine death in his mind, Doug White is a man on a mission to eliminate the use of plastic bags on St. John. It seems like such an innocent thing, using a plastic bag, said White, a local architect and mem ber of the Rotary Club of St. John ciation. About a year ago there was an article about a whale which washed up on shore and had died of starvation from 10 pounds of plastic in the stomach. With the image of that whale along with the knowledge of documented cases of similarly affected sea turtles White was motivated to kick-start a grass roots movement to eliminate the use of plastic bags on St. John. By the unconscious act of taking a plastic bag home from the store, using it once, or maybe twice we initiate a process where we loose control of that plastic bag, which will live forever in the environment, said White. Should it get into the ocean, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. We have documented proof that plastic bags kill whales, turtles, other may end up back in our stomachs, harming us also. We, the residents and visitors on St. John, perform this act over 500,000 times a year, said White. White is partnering with the Rotary Club of St. John to launch a Bring Your Bag campaign tar geting local businesses and villas to encourage customers to stop using plastic bags. Rotary Club ofheavy duty, organic cotton reusable shopping bag and hired Tall Ship Trading Company in Coral Bay to print the Bring Your Bag and Rotary Club logos on them. We wanted a bag that was making a positive statement; not one that was made out of toxic materials, said White. We have to buy the bags in 500-lot quanti ties to get a good rate on them and St. John Printing created our logos which are being printed by Tall Ship Trading in Coral Bay. Were trying to keep it as local as we can, he said. There are two ways to get involved with the Bring Your Bag program; either through direct sponsorship or an exclusive printing run, White explained. We developed a system where if you contribute $300 you get your logo printed on all 500 bags and it takes 12 different businessprinting, said White. There are 12 logos on one side of the bag and on the other side is the Bring Your Bag and Rotary Club of St. John logos. The $300 contribution also gets you 40 bags which you can sell to recover some or all of that The other program with the Bring Your Bag campaign is aimed at getting tourists who rent villas to use the heavy duty shopping totes, White explained. For villas, we have a program where just their logo is printed on the bag, he said. You pay $300 and you get three dozen bags with just your logo on the bag. The idea is that if these bags are in the villa waiting to be used, tourists will gladly take part in this effort which has the potential to make a huge impact, White added. Were trying to get people into the habit of using their own bags, he said. Once you train yourself, it becomes second nature. It might take a while to get to that stage, but I think everyone who learns about this issue wants to help. Through the Bring Your Bag campaign, White is also trying to raise awareness about the impact of plastic bags on the environment; hoping that once those dots are connected people will embrace the program. Were trying to create awareness about this, he said. It seems like an innocent thing, but that innocent thing is going to kill a whale or a turtle. We have documented proof that these bags kill whales and turtles. Although people dont intend for that to happen, there is a real possibility that simply by taking a plastic bag, it will kill a whale or turtle, said White. So bring your own bag and become a speaker for the whales and the turtles, who cant speak for themselves. To sponsor a Bring Your Bag run, email White at dougkwhite@ gmail.com or call 690-0217. To learn more about the impacts of plastic bags, White suggested viewing The Majestic Plastic Bay: A Mocumentary Video www.youtube.com/ St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 7 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 MovedWE HAVE FISH Bring Your Bag Campaign Aims to End Plastic Bag Use on St. John 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! St. John Tradewinds News Photo Courtesy of Doug White After being used once or twice, plastic bags often end up in the stomach of marine animals, eventually causing death.
St. John Tradewinds The 1920 Volstead Act, which ried out under the 18th Amendment, outlawed the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquor. The Volstead Act was riddled with loopholes, including a lack of criminal penalties for possession and consumption of alcohol. The Anti-Saloon League kicked off its drive for a constitutional amendment in 1913 with a march on Washington and a massive letCongress with mail. The amendment failed in 1914 but the League raised the stakes by man hysteria during WW I sealed the deal on the 18th Amendment and Prohibition became the law of the land. The Volstead Act only applied to the 48 states, not the territorial possessions. Regulations had to be written by the U.S. Treasury Department to include Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Thousands of people on St. Thomas protested the new regulations. They marched and signed petitions. The residents had not been made U.S. citizens and therefore shouldnt be subject to the 18th Amendment. his dispatch to the Secretary of the Navy. The Danish corporations, the West Indian Company and the National Bank of the Danish West Indies, appealed on the grounds that the regulations violated the Transfer Agreement since Congress changed the laws adversely lessening the rights of Virgin Islanders. In this land of rum punch and painkillers, its hard to imagine that the United States applied the National Prohibition Act of 1920 to the U.S. Virgin Islands in light of the tough economic conditions at that time. World War I had literally shut down international commerce that was just coming back. Foreign ships entering Charlotte Amalie harbor had their stores of liquor violations of the regulation. Also, the bay rum industry was the one bright spot in the economy. St. John Bay Rum had an international reputation as a bath rub and aftershave lotion. Markets existed in Europe, the West Indies, Central and South America and the United States. There were setbacks when the Hamburg-America steamship line pulled out of St. Thomas (they had carried bay rum to Europe); Michelsen moved his bay rum business to New York City; and a devastating hurricane severely damaged the St. John bay trees. Initially, Prohibition was administered by the Puerto Rican Director, Mariano R. Pasquera. The titioned the Secretary of the Navy to transfer the administration of the National Prohibition Act to the VI and President Harding issued an Executive Order effecting the request. Black-strap molasses, the residue from sugar-making, had no market since rum production ceased. A group of American investors obtained a permit from distillery for the manufacture of industrial alcohol and related products. The distillery, called the Virgin Islands Products Corporation, was located in Frederiksted where they converted the black-strap molasses into alcohol which was sold to local pharmacists and bay rum manufacturers as well as into secondary products such as candy glaze, rose perfume spray, and virginol spray. Unfortunately, these alcohol products were being diverted into illegal channels. The spray products became potable alcohol with little manipulation. The Prohibition laws failed as a reaction against the powers of the federal government, a rejection of the effort to legislate social reform, and a fear that society would lose respect for all of the law. Also, in the states people had had enough of the gangsters in control of the liquor industry and the corruption of The government also lost $11 billion in liquor excise taxes. Prorepealed by the 21st Amendment. However, just as the Congress had to pass a special act to apply Prohibition to the Virgin Islands, they had to pass a special act to end it a few months after the 21st Amendment. At that time, seven permits were issued to manufacture rum. The permits were issued to Isaac Paiewonsky, Josephine and Marie Hoffmann, Santa Cruz Distillers, Bornn Distilling Company, the Diamond Rum Company, and the St. Croix Distilling Company. Six permits to import liquors were issued to Waldemar A. Miller, A.H. Lockhart, A. Lugo and Company, the West Indian Company, Daniel Valls, and M.E. Trepuk. Thus the noble experiment ended almost like it started. N.B. Information on Prohibition in the Virgin Islands is almost nonexistent or simply anecdotal. The an essay by Isaac Dookhan published in the Journal of the College of the Virgin Islands, No. 5, May, 1979 entitled Volsteadism or National Prohibition in the United States Virgin Islands. The only copy is in the Ralph DeChabert Collection at UVI on St. Croix. I borrowed very heavily from it.8 St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 National Prohibition in the Islands: 1920-1934 SUMMER SPECIAL10% OFF DISPLAY ADS(new or existing clients)340-642-5365 firstname.lastname@example.org Happy Holidays!
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St. John Tradewinds Is it 13th or the 14th? Is it bad luck to repeat the 13th annual Love City Triathlon? Who cares, the St. John Landsharks are just happy to be back. The group will host the race this year. Brush off those bikes, get out the WD40, and start getting ready for the triathlon. Anyone who doesn't have a bike can sign up for the aquathon, no bike required. Cant swim but want to race? Then form a team; relays are allowed in the triathlon only. New Course events will all be staged from Maho Bay. The triathletes will swim a half mile in Maho Bay, then bike to Cruz Bay, back up Centerline Road to the Colombo Yogurt stand and go down Kings Competitors will then run a new and challenging four-mile course The Aquathoners will swim the same half-mile course, and run a new and challenging three miles one needs to worry; the stairs are still on the running course, and a few hills have been added. Participants in the triathlon can do all three legs competing as an individual or form a relay team with one or two other athletes and each compete in one or two legs. Please note participants cannot compete as an individual and be a member of a relay team as well, nor can a participant be a member of more than one relay team. Triathletes and aquathoners will pay a $40 entry fee. Competi award, and support on the course, a beach picnic and awards for the Relay teams will pay a $35 entry fee and they will get a t-shirt, on the course, a beach picnic, and The inter-island competition is open to all residents of the Caribbean. A team must have three members doing the triathlon as individuals, and the team must have a female. The top three combined times will be declared the winner and will have their island's name mounted on a trophy which is displayed in the establishment of a sponsor. The last race, in 2010, had no-inter island winner, but St. Croix so far has the most wins historically. Registration Fees Love City triathlon and Aquathon is only taking 100 partici pants in total, so please dont wait until the last minute to sign up. If the race is rescheduled due to bad weather, there will be no refunds. Individual triathletes $40 Aquathon $40 Relay Triathletes $35 Online Registration will open sharks.com, and follow the directions. For those registering online, fees may be paid the night before at the pre-race meeting at Maho Bay Camps. Alternatively, registration forms can be picked up on St. John at the Tap Room on July 16. There will be no registration the morning of the race. Maho Bay Camps Registered participants can take advantage of a complimentary night stay at Maho Bay Camps the night before the event, Sepember 1. The complimentary night applies to the tent cottages. For more information about Maho, go to www.maho.org. However the complimentary night cannot be booked online. To make a reservation, contact Maho Bay Camps directly at (340)715-0500 and mention participation in the triathlon. The deadline to take advantage of this offer is Thursday, August 30. Race Check-in and Pre-race Meeting' At Maho Bay Camps Race numbers and t-shirts can be picked up on Saturday, September 1, at Maho Bay Campgrounds from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This is also the last opportunity to sign up for the race, if space is still available. Following the race check-in, there will be a mandatory pre-race meet ing at 5:30 p.m. For more information on the Love City Triathlon and Aquathon email Louise Wearmouth at Louise@surfbvi.com, or Jude Woodcock at woodjudecock@hotmail. com.10 St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 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 It's back! Love City Triathlon and Aquathon Is Set for September 2St. John Tradewinds All gasoline and diesel importers that effective Monday, July 16, the fuel tax rate will increase from 7 cents to 14 cents, Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue Claudette Watson-Anderson advised last week. The fuel tax will be collected at the time of importation into the territory, said Watson-Anderson. In St. Thomas, importers must pay the 14 cents tax before clearing the shipment. In St. Croix, importers port. Importers are reminded that there is no cash collection at the ports of entry on both islands, said Watson-Anderson. Credit cards and checks are accepted for payment of the fuel tax. gasoline or diesel being imported in order to calculate the tax due each and every time there is a shipment to be released. A new tax form has been implemented to assist with this process. In addition, the monthly fuel tax return has been revised to allow for the up-front payments of this tax to be treated as a credit towards each months tax liability. Fuel tax returns are due 30 days following the close of each month. Revised forms are available at the excise tax locations and also on the bureaus website at www.viirb.com. Questions concerning the fuel tax increase should be directed to Tamarah Parson-Smalls at 7149310.BIR Announces Fuel Tax Increase
St. John Tradewinds NOAA announced last week a major advance in the ability to predict mass coral bleaching providing the probability of bleaching up to four months into the future with a newly developed global seasonal outlook system. Using the new seasonal ecological forecast system, unveiled at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns, Australia, NOAAs Coral Reef Watch does not anticipate any large scale coral bleaching events in the Northern Hemisphere through October 2012. This advance in bleaching warning systems represents another milestone in our efforts to save the worlds critically important reef systems, said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, in the symposiums keynote address. The state of reefs today should raise concerns for everyone. Reef ecosystems are globally important, and healthy reefs are the life-line for local communi ties, said Lubchenco. Their continued existence is a moral imperative for the global community. NOAA change the current trajectory of loss of reefs and the services they provide. Every week, the new system uses 28 runs of NOAAs latest climate model to warn coral reef managers, scientists, stakeholders, and the public of large-scale sonal bleaching outlook system, released by NOAA in 2008. The new system uses sea surface temperature forecasts from NOAAs operational climate forecast system, the same system used for predicting El Nio and seasonal temperature and precipitation forecasts. Coral bleaching occurs when stress, usually high tem perature, causes corals to expel their symbiotic algae (zooxanthellae) and, if prolonged or particularly severe, may result in coral death.NOAA Expects Bleach-Free Summer for Corals in Northern HemisphereSt. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 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. St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Dr. Caroline RogersBleaching (paling) occurs when the coral skeleton is visible through the coral tissue after loss of the symbiotic algae, according to Mysterious Magical Mangroves of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands by Caroline S. Rogers, PhD. Continued on Page 18
12 St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime ElliottBroadway professional Rhonda Miller leads KICK IT campers during a run through of the group's dance moves. Students Learning Music, Dance, Acting and More at SJSA KICK IT Summer CampBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Singing, dancing, writing lyrics, playing music and for the past three weeks and they couldnt be more excited about it. My favorite part has been the dancing and act ing, but its all been really fun, said John Ovcina, a is that you get to take part in all these different things you didnt know how to do before. Ovcina is one of 17 St. John students between the ages of nine and 15 who have been taking part in St. John School of the Arts Kids Impacting and Connecting with Kids through Informative T.V. (KICK IT) summer day camp program. We are trying to show other kids that there is a better choice and a positive choice out there, said Kim Wild, SJSA director. There are so many positive things kids can do after school and do with their lives and that is our message. Not only are the students in KICK IT embracing that message, but they are poised to share that positive sentiment with their peers through a professional, three-minute music video. Starting off with the traditional Caribbean music Hold Em Joe, several students learned the tune on steel pan, while others chimed in on the horn and rhythm sections. Still other KICK IT students composed lyrics to go with the music, while other students helped create a story board for the video shoot, explained Wild. Every single student took part in multiple aspects of the project, said Wild. Either through playing instruments, writing lyrics, creating the story board, and then dancing and acting, all of the students worked on different facets of the video. Students were in charge of the entire video making process through KICK IT, from conceiving the idea for the song and video, writing the lyrics, performing the music and singing the words, acting and dancing in the video, and they even learned about production and editing, explained Wild. I dont think the kids realized how much work goes into the videos they watch on TV, said the SJSA director. Theyve all been pretty wiped out by the end of the day. KICK IT also incorporated basically SJSAs full staff from director of music Eddie Bruce, who taught drumming, Mike Sorzano, who led steel pan instruction, and Luba Dolgopolsky, who taught voice class, to Jeune Provost and Bill Stelzer, who both taught the students about producing and editing the video. After students perfected the song, Carlie Powell recorded the number so the KICK IT campers also experienced a professional recording session, Wild added. This was a really an entire staff effort, said Wild. There are so many different facets of the project, which is why its so amazing, but its also taken a lot of work from a lot of people. SJSAs KICK IT camp students also enjoyed instruction from Broadway professionals Michael Shawn Lewis and Rhonda Miller, who are no strangers to SJSA or St. John. Both Lewis and Miller were part of the four-person team who brought the beloved SJSA fundraiser Broadway Comes to St. John production to the Westin for the past two years. This time, Lewis and Miller spent several days creating and teaching choreography as well as leading the dance and shooting footage during live taping last week at Cinnamon Bay beach, the Catherineberg ruins, Dolphin Market and SJSA. The interdisciplinary aspect of KICK IT from what makes students work together so well, Wild explained. What this program does is give the kids a sense of responsibility for themselves as individuals and a sense of responsibility as a group, said the SJSA director. They know that if one of them goofs up, it will make the entire shoot messed up and they will all have more work. So they are really looking out for each other and working together. For Wild, the camp is also the realization of a dream she has been fostering for years, she added. It has been a dream of mine for years to put all of the arts together in a project like this, said Wild. This is really a dream come true for me. Judging from the smiles on students faces during the video shoot at Cinnamon Bay beach last week, they were enjoying the camp as much as Wild had dreamt. My favorite part has been learning to play steel ence playing steel. Its been so much fun, said nine-year-old Lilly Schutt. I loved the acting most of all. KICK IT camp wrapped up on Friday afternoon, July 13, and the students performed a live version of their song before an audience at SJSA on Saturday the video completed by the end of July and will plan a screening in the future. Registration for fall classes at SJSA begins on September 4. For more information about the arts school, check out www.stjohnschoolofthearts.org. Bill Stelzer and Rhonda Miller, far right,
St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 13 Stunning Views and Quiet Serenity Beckon from Estate ZootenvaalSt. John Tradewinds News PhotosViews, privacy and potential abound at Estate Zootenvaal property. By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Enjoy amazing views of Hurricane Hole and be enveloped in the quiet serenity of the East End from a two-bedroom high quality-constructed home in Estate Zootenvaal which is for sale for $950,000. A great option for new buyer would be to live upstairs in the one bedroom, one and a half bathroom unit in this built by owner home while renting out the downstairs unit, Winter Moon which already enjoys high volume as a short term vacation spot, explained Islandia Real Estate broker agent The Zootenvaal home could also be converted into two shortThis property has some options, she said. It is a great investment property and a buyer could have the entire property in short term rentals. Or it is ideal for someone who would like to live in the one bedroom main house, or keep it available for their private use, and continue to rent the lower one bedroom apartment Winter Moon for supplemental income. Like to hike? Excellent trails through the Brown Bay area are a short walk away. Or just sit on the deck and soak up the stunning views of the calm waters of Hur ricane Hole. Youre sure to feel a million miles away from the stresses of everyday life, yet the funky town of Coral Bay with its dining and shopping is only a few minutes The property is located in Estate Zootenvaal where you are only minutes to Coral Bay dining and shopping, she said. There is easy access to a stony beach below and you are walking distance to Brown Bay hiking trail. There is plenty to do or just relax and enjoy the tranquil setting, said the Islandia Real Estate broker agent. The home was constructed with the best materials, expertly built and a loft area upstairs could be additional bedroom. The home is located on a full half-acre parcel with plenty of space to add a pool or spa. If you are looking for quality construction, then this is a property was built by owner and is constructed above and beyond building code with plenty of room to expand or add a pool. With the potential of one or two income producing units, top-notch construction and easy access to water and land sports, this Estate Zootenvaal home offers tons of options to a new buyer. But the most impressive feature is by far What really stands out about this home is those amazing views of Hurricane Hole and beyond that are mostly V.I. National Park land, she said. So you will always have unspoiled views. For more information about 3A-6, 3A-7 Estate Zootenvaal call
14 St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE: THURSDA Y, JULY 19th 2012-TO-DATE Armed Robberies: 1 1st Degree Burglaries: 3 3rd Degree Burglaries: 19 Grand Larcenies: 41 Find True Customer Service at Chelsea Drug StoreWatching the news it all sounds pretty exciting The Rich People were able to get all kinds of small are sure the are right but they dont know why, or what to do. Look at what we are doing to this planet, this is our home and we are severely damaging it. This could be a very critical election for all of us. Hopefully the it is. The Rich People have all the money so they can tickle all our hot buttons salt, sweet and fat, fear, greed, sex, drugs and rock-n-roll and all the others. going to do to help us change the direction of the way we live. To enable us to become a species that can thrive (or survive) in this country and on this planet. Our country has had quite a shock during the last 10 years. We went from a balanced budget, being friends with almost everyone in the world and a good world leader; to starting two wars, heightened tensions with all of which we created. We are still spinning from the shock of it but its time to slow down and look at what we are doing. We have stopped being the leader in the world of what is good democracy. We got stuck on money and we made it into what is not good. This has been I was growing up, we were all improving, we could see ourselves having a bright future. If you wanted to go to college you could or if your parents thought you should, you could. This last 10 years was a shock to that feeling of tomorrow will be better. The majority of us dont feel that way anymore. We have not done well as leaders of the world. We have shown the world that by making things for money you can get more things for the thing that you make. Whatever your thing happens to be. The only problem with the system is that as soon as that happened, the guys gambling with the worlds money started to really have fun. They found that money could buy you love. At least with the guys who make the rules, or the guys you can pay to cancel the rules. So our leaders are being bought and we are being sold by the money changers. What is really sad is while we are doing this we are disrupting billions of people who are still in the tomorrow will be better mode. It is time that we make the transition to a species that cares about the wellbeing of the rest of life on this planet. Once upon a time we were all one with the cosmos. There are very few peoples left that are one with the cosmos today. We left the garden of Eden to see what we could do. But the step was traumatic and we have ever since. Some ways worked for a while, but we turned them into religions and then we out grew the religions. Religions can all be taught to us by celebrant priests or great orators but we are capable of much more than what they can teach us. We can all get to the point that we care about all other life, and the planet in general. It is not that hard, do what Christ said to do. Be nice to each other. Keep doing it until everyone is nice to you. It really will not take very long. We really have to allow that some people are not yet into the capitalism system and maybe thats OK and we should try to help them survive in their way of life while we decide if we are going to self destruct or change the way we live on this planet. We were almost at a point were America could lead the world towards trying to resolve differences and then everything switched you couldnt go to college anymore unless you got a scholarship or were rich, or came out owing tens of thousands of dollars to someone, jobs dont offer stability or retirement programs, the only jobs that kept up with the rising cost of living were government jobs and now everythem too. That is quick change. I thought that my grandfathers life from riding horses to a man on the moon was a giant step; a giant step for mankind. Now we seem to be headed in a non-sustainable direction and going as fast as we can. Did you know that you can probably survive 30 days or so without eating, but that you can only go about two days without water? Make sure your sur vival kit has plenty of clean water. Greg Miller On our small island we often lament that we pay way too much for health care. Last fall I was diagnosed with a bizarre auto-immunity disease and spent about seven weeks in Atlanta for medical care. My so I was sure I was getting the best prices. Three months into a six month medication plan, my non-automatically renewable insurance policy expired and I had to pay for everything out-of-mypocket. Upon returning to St. John, I took my prescriptions to Chelsea Drugs and explained that I would like to buy locally, keeping the money on St. John. The phar macists there researched generics, dosages and prices which has helped me tremendously. Thank you, Chelsea Drugs for true customer ser vice. Cid HamlingAmerican Politics
St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 15 SEND LETTERS, GUEST OPINIONS & OBITUARIES: firstname.lastname@example.org ATTENTION: St. John Tradewinds Newspaper will begin its Summer Publishing Schedule next month.August 6th and 20thSeptember 3rd and 17thSt. John Tradewinds Jeff Brown was born in Illinois to James and Dixie Brown on October 2, 1964. He moved from Colorado to St. Croix in 1989 where he worked in construction. He had an opportunity to help build the water tower in Cruz Bay, St. John. Later he moved St. John permanently in 1995 in time to help repair the damage of Hurricane Marilyn. Jeff worked with several notable builders including Bill and Susan Osborne and Jim Phillips in Coral Bay until joining forces with Dana at the Carolina Corral. His love for animals was obvious as well as his appreciation for people of all walks of life. He didnt shy from hard work, giving his all to everything he put his hand to. His pasttimes were Jeffs presence was well known in Cruz Bay, especially in the park where he lived homeless for over 12 years. His struggles and victories were witnessed by many, bringing to the forefront an appreciation of life. Unfortunately it was one of those struggles that eventually took his own life. All who knew him well will miss his general spirit and smile. A memorial service is being planned at Nazareth Lutheran Church for the end of the month. Details will be announced shortly.Jeff Brown Oct. 2 1964 July 9, 2012 ObituaryPlease Help St. Ursula's Multi-purpose Center Fix Its VanThe St. Ursulas Multipurpose Center wishes to thank you for your assistance in helping us with our appeal to the general public. We are asking the people of St. John to help us with our transportation needs. Since December, the Human Services van assigned for our use has been out of service. The mechanic says it has a transmisThe estimated cost of repair, plus tune up and oil change, amounts to about $2,500. Since 1986 St. Ursulas Multipurpose Center has served the senior citizens of St. John, providing congregate meals at two locations on island, and through the Meals on Wheels program for the home-bound. who wish to attend the congregate meal centers but dont have transportation of their own. It also allows us the means to take part in social events, workshops and an occasional shopping trip. All of these are important for helping our seniors to thrive. Here is how the public can help: Please visit one ter on the counter for the St. Ursulas Transportation Fund. Drop in some spare change. Participating merchants include: E & C Service Station St. John Hardware Paradise Lumber and Hardware Santos Laundromat Connections in Cruz Bay Baked in the Sun St. John Spice Caravan Auto Chelsea Drug Store The staff and management at St. Ursulas Multipur pose Center thanks all of them, and you, our generous friends and neighbors, for supporting our efforts. We also invite other St. John businesses, villa managers and property owners who wish to help to contact the center at 693-8580. For those who wish to contribute by check, we welcome your donations. Please send your contribu tions to St. Ursulas Multipurpose Center Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 199, St. John, VI 00831. And once again, we thank you. Judith Freeman-Shimel Executive Director St. Ursula's Multi-purpose Center Failure Is Not an OptionWe wait to read about someones child being a victim of gun violence or assault. We are constantly asking for our government, our teachers, our police department and our churches to intervene. The worst thing that I am hearing is this defeat ist attitude coming from us adults. We talk about our children as though they are so powerful that our love and attention cannot break through their walls. Do we understand that we made them create the walls (barriFirst take responsibility for the role you played or didnt play in their lives and then strategize your love attack. That is all they need. I dont mind us stating the facts, but I want us to forefathers were enslaved they kept the belief that they would one day be free. We have thrown our hands up on something simple like raising our chil dren. I know some of us want to say that raising chil want bad enough and if you look at our lives weve our marriages, our families and a better community. Our past had its problems, but with the growth of phant. We must start with our family and our children every circumstance one day at a time. Ronnie JonesThanks to the St. John Revolving FundI would like to thank the St. John Revolving Fund organization and all the people who have given donations or volunteered their time towards its cause. The St. John Revolving fund provided me with funds this past month allowing me to have surgery and enabling me to now walk without pain. After recovery, I will be able to continue to pursue my dream of opening my own business in Coral Bay, which I have been working towards for four of my nine years here. Once opened, I will have jobs available and will be part of the community providing service for tourists and locals. many. K. Granitz St. John St. John Tradewinds News PhotoJeff pictured here with his parents Jim and Dixie.
16 St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 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. Church DirectoryBy Army Sgt. Athneil Thomas St. John Tradewinds D.C. at National Harbor in Maryland on Saturday. Virgin Islanders from throughout the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area came out to support their hometown band, which featured a steel band and calypso combo. One special dignitary in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the steel band performance. And they were really cutting style out here too, you know, said Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen. Dancing around and moving from pan to pan. I was really enjoying it. Christensen squeezed her visit to National Harbor into her busy personal and professional schedule to see the concert. I know Ill enjoy it, Christensen said. My NaThe Delegate did indeed have fun as she was (Retired) Timothy Lake, as they cut a rug to Sgt. 1st Class Francis Callwoods arrangement of Lambada. here in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as many of the patriots here at the new National Harbor, Lake said of the steel bands performance. Absolutely wonderful and totally well-received. Lake and other Virgin Islanders sent text messages and used other social media to spread the word of the bands appearance. We have sent out a net call to all of the Virgin Islanders here in the Washington, D.C. area to come on down to the National Harbor, Lake said. The retired general saw great value for the Virgin Islands through the 73rd Army Bands performances. This is what you call being ambassadors of the Virgin Islands, said Lake. True ambassadors. Lots of respect for what the 73rd Army Band is doing whole. Members of the District of Columbias 257th Army Band enjoyed the week-long merger with the V.I. musicians. Just to hear the steel band and the calypso band, its just been great, Sgt. Alicia Coleman said. A great experience. Coleman, a clarinet soloist and saxophone player with the 257th said that if she had to choose between the steel band or the calypso band she would be a saxophonist in the calypso band. Trumpet player Sgt. Jessica Yocom also enjoyed the experience. Our product has been amazing and our audience loves the show, Yocom said. Were really going to miss that. When asked about the rumor of the 257th Army Band planning a trip to the Virgin Islands for perfor mances, Yocom said she was prepared. My bags are packed actually, said Yocom. Im ready at a moments notice. My biki..., I mean my V.I. National Guard 73rd Army Band Entertains Crowd at National Harbor St. John Tradewinds News Photo at National Harbor in Maryland.
St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 17 Is Natural Gas the Automotive Fuel of the Future? Dear EarthT alk: I recently saw an article extolling the virtues of natural gas as an abundant, inexpensive and domestically produced automotive fuel. Is this going to be the automotive fuel of the future and how green is it? Jason Kincaide, New Bedford, MA of fuel options will power the cars of the future. But natural gas, given its domestic abundance, low price and lesser carbon footprint, is certainly a contender, at least as far as researchers at the federally funded Argonne National Laboratory are concerned. Some of the same engineers there who developed the batteries now used in electric cars have been tasked with improving natural gas powered engine technologies, thanks to anticipated consumer demand for vehicles powered by something cheaper and greener than gasoline but without the hassles of other alternative fuels. Our conclusion is that natural gas as a transpor tation fuel has both adequate abundance and cost advantages that make a strong case to focus interest in the technology as a real game changer in U.S. energy security, Mike Duoba, an engineer at Argonnes Transportation Technology Research and Development Center outside of Chicago, told the Talking Points Memo news blog. In terms of consumer ownership and use costs, the case to make a switch from current fuels to comthan for other alternative fuels like ethanol and elec tricity, wrote Duoba. 2012 Department of Energy announcement of a $30 ness our abundant supplies of domestic natural gas for vehicles Duoba and his colleague have been ramping up vehicle systems analysis and engine reselves off of foreign fuel sources. out any trade-offs. cant consumer appeal, especially in light of sluggish sales of the latest round of electric vehicles from the major automakers. At least for some time, compared to plug-in vehigher energy storage and lower costs as well as faster refueling/recharging, he wrote. sions from their tailpipes, the Argonne team believes that their overall emissions footprint would be small er than that of an electric vehicle drawing power from the fossil-fuel-based electric grid. ducing Americas dependence on foreign oil sources than on saving the planet. Various technologies have been successful at reducing the environmental impact (criteria pollution) over the decades, Duoba wrote. To the extent that consumption of foreign petroleum has not been reduced to acceptable levels, this could be viewed as the principal motivation. widely accepted as any other challenger to gasoline as king of the road: a lack of refueling stations. doubt have to have a system for refueling that rivals the convenience weve come to expect from our cor ner gas stations. SUMMER SPECIAL10% OFF DISPLAY ADS(new or existing clients)Advertising Reservations 340-642-5365 email@example.comSt. John Tradewinds Beginning this month, V.I. Water and Power Authority customers will notice a change in the format of their monthly electric and water bills. The new design eliminates the use of the carbonized monthly statement and displays the billing infor mation in a simpler, more customer-friendly way, said WAPA Customer Service Director Monique Richards. Customers will still be able to access the same information displayed on their previous electric or water bill, including account number; service period; kilowatt and kilogallon usage; and last payment amount. white print, but starting in August, they will be produced in full color, Richards added. The new billing format will be more cost effective, she explained. In future months, the utility will be able to include informational inserts with the billing statement as part of its public education campaign. WAPA is also working on an electronic billing format for customers who would prefer that option. Customers are urged to make payments online at www.viwapa.vi. Payments can also be made by check or money order into the drop boxes at WAPA business For more information, call (340)774-3552.W APA Unveils New Bill Format This Month
18 St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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 776-6403; email@example.com Theodore T unick & Company Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 www.theodoretunick.comJewelryR&I PATTON goldsmithing Located in Mongoose Junction 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445 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 693-8340; www.sundogcafe.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral Bay Island Solar tel. 340-642-0531 Vezio's Custom Painting Special Techniques 340-776-6134 firstname.lastname@example.org St. John TradewindsB usiness Directory Bleach-Free Summer Expected for Northern HemisphereThe Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel has only been open for a year and a half, but occupancy looks strong all summer long, according to The summer is looking really 90 percent for this month and last month we were at about 95 per cent. While August at Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel is looking a bit slower, increase. August is a little slower; were were not there yet. Were getting a lot of last minute bookings and I think by the time August comes the low 90 percent for sure. Boutique Hotel open all summer long. Over at the St. John Inn, comanager Mary Kay OMadigan enjoyed a busier than normal June. Actually June was really pretty busy for us, said OMadigan. We saw a 35 percent increase over last June and July is shaping up to be quite well too. The bookings for the next two weeks are turning out to be a lot better than last year too. St. John Inn is also seeing a lot of last minute reservations, OMadigan added. The trend has been people calling one to two weeks ahead of time and making a reservation, she said. Both Maho Bay Campground and Estate Concordia Preserve have also seen steady and slightly better occupancy numbers compared to last summer, explained general manager Adrian Davis. At Maho were not full, but were not down either, said Davis. Our numbers have been pretty steady. For June we were about 75 percent and that is what were looking at for July as well. Thats about average for us for this time of year, Davis said. Concordia seeing more bookings this summer over last, Davis added. nitely up over last summer, he said. Estate Concordia was at 55 percent full last week, according to bookkeeper and personnel employee Kim Hayward. Were at 55 percent right now which I would say is about 10 to 15 percent up from last year, said Hayward. Were getting a lot of last minute bookings and a lot of Virgin Islands reservations since were doing a great local rate. Maho will remain open throughout the summer, but the eco-resorts sister property Estate Concordia will close for the month of September with both its kitchen and rooms open by the beginning of October. Hotels Report Higher Summer Occupancy Than LastContinued from Page 5 advanced near-real time satellite monitoring of the high ocean temperatures that can cause coral bleaching. A new generation ver sion of NOAAs product suite now provides daily 5-km satellite monitoring of coral bleaching thermal stress for reefs around the world. resolution, more frequent observations, and more data than the cur rent twice-weekly 50-km global satellite coral bleaching monitor ing. The new products use a blend of data from NOAA and international partner environmental satellites that orbit the globe with data from geostationary weather satellites, providing 10 to 50 times more observations each day than the old products. NOAA has been providing the current coral bleaching products to U.S. and international coral reef communities since 1997. These products have been very successful in detecting the thermal stress typically associated with mass coral bleaching. During most mass bleachings, high ocean temperatures usually occur over a broad area that includes both coral reefs and adjacent open ocean waters. Since coastal water temperatures over reefs often are higher than those in other areas, NOAAs old products often underestimated the thermal stress associated with a bleaching event or missed small-scale features found right over reefs. The new 5-km products should correct for this. Advances in coral reef management practices have driven the need for higher resolution monitoring and enhanced prediction of coral bleaching, said C. Mark Eakin, Ph.D., coordinator of NOAAs Coral Reef Watch program. Higher resolution products, which is the improvement to Coral Reef Watch products most requested by scientists and resource managers, allow us to more accurately predict mass coral bleaching events, as well as more accurately account for episodes of minor or no coral bleaching. Healthy coral reefs support eries as well as jobs and businesses through tourism and recreation. Local economies also receive billions of dollars from visitors to reefs through diving tours, recrerants, and other businesses based near reef ecosystems. NOAAs Coral Reef Watch partnered with the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction to develop the next-generation global seasonal bleaching outlook. Research and development of the high-resolution, 5-km coral bleaching thermal stress monitor ing products has been a partner ship between Coral Reef Watch, NOAAs Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NASA, the University of South Florida, the United Nations Environmental Programmes World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science. Both new products were supported by funding from the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program and are now available on the Coral Reef Watch website. NOAAs mission is to under stand and predict changes in the Earths environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Continued from Page 11
Missing T een Returned T o St. Croix DHS St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 19 Thursday, July 5 9:25 a.m. A citizen p/r that she was assaulted by a male. Simple assault. 11:15 a.m. An Estate Chocolate Hole resident p/r that her ex-boyfriend is harassing her via tele phone. Telephone harassment. arm. arm. Friday, July 6 1:18 a.m. An Estate Contant resident r/ that she needed police assistance with her father. Police assistance. 8:38 a.m. A citizen p/r that she was attacked. Aggravated assault and battery. 9:29 a.m. A citizen c/r that a mental patient was creating a disturbance in Cruz Bay. Distur bance of the peace. 1:15 p.m. Badge #1003 p/ at Leander Jur gen Command with one Cleston Wyatt under ar rest and charged with Disturbance of the Peace, Threats. Bail was set at $1,000 by order of the court. He was detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Cor rections on St. Thomas. that a male was unresponsive and not breathing. D.O.A. 1:30 p.m. A citizen c/r that a mental patient was creating a disturbance in Cruz Bay. Distur bance of the peace. 6:07 p.m. A Cinnamon Bay Campground employee c/r a possible drowning. Police assistance. Saturday, July 7 12:23 a.m. A Coral Bay resident c/r loud music. Loud music. 8:48 a.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in the area of Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace, threats. 10:54 a.m. An Estate Mandahl resident p/r that she was assaulted in Cruz Bay. Simple assault and battery, D.V. 5:32 p.m. An Estate Carolina resident c/r an auto collision in the area of Bordeaux Mountain. Auto collision. Sunday, July 8 3:00 p.m. A citizen p/requesting police assistance to retrieve his minor son. Police assistance. 5:52 p.m. A citizen c/r a male creating a disturbance in Cruz Bay. Police assistance. 8:10 p.m. An Estate Carolina resident p/r that a female was creating a disturbance in Coral Bay. Disturbance of the peace. Monday, July 9 r/ an auto collision in the area of Centerline Road. Auto collision. 1:17 p.m. A citizen p/r that a male hit him in the head with a plastic box. Simple assault. 6:40 p.m. A citizen p/r that a mental patient was grabbing his private parts in Cruz Bay. Police assistance. 6:44 p.m. A Calabash Boom resident p/r that a minor removed her boundary post. Police assistance. 10:33 p.m. A St. Thomas resident p/r that his childs mother violated a joint custody order. Police assistance. 10:39 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident r/ that a male was unresponsive and not breathing. D.O.A. T uesday, July 10 6:00 a.m. A citizen r/ that a male was unresponsive and not breathing in the Cruz Bay park. D.O.A. 11:33 a.m. A citizen p/r that a man was trespassing on his property. Trespassing. 7:01 p.m. A citizen c/r that a vehicle was tance. 7:10 p.m. A citizen p/r that a male struck him in the face. Simple assault. 10:14 p.m. An Estate Fish Bay resident c/r a disturbance at her residence. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 10:53 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Loud music. W ednesday, July 11 8:48 a.m. A citizen c/r an auto collision at the Cruz Bay roundabout. Auto collision. 9:25 a.m. A Calabash Boom resident p/r a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace. 10:00 a.m. An Estate Contant resident p/r a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace. 10:37 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Loud music. Thursday, July 12 12:12 a.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Loud music. 3:26 p.m. An Estate Contant resident p/r a disturbance with his neighbor. Disturbance of the peace. 3:55 p.m. An Estate Hard Labor resident p/r a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace. 11:20 p.m. A citizen c/r that a male was creat ing a disturbance in Cruz Bay. Police assistance. St. John Tradewinds Crime Stoppers needs the communitys help to solve the following crimes. If anyone knows something, they should say something, as law enforcement cannot control crime without help. Even the smallest bit of information may be just what law enforcement needs to solve these cases. St. John On Thursday, June 14, at 11 p.m., a woman left her brown backpack in her vehicle at the Westin Resort and Villas parking lot area near the tennis courts.When she returned to her vehicle two hours later she discovered that her backpack was missing. able to her, and her wallet. The wallet was found and turned in to the resort with its contents intact. St. Thomas On Monday, April 9, police received several calls from conthe bush, all in the area of Pillsbury Heights near the National Lewis unresponsive in a red Suzuki Vitara. The victim had been shot several times. Help put an end to all of the senseless kill ings. St. Croix Police on St. Croix are asking for help in identifying the person(s) responsible for the rash of burglaries that have plagued the residents of Estate Whim in recent weeks. Please report any unusual or suspicious activities, individuals or vehicles in the area. Be a nosey neighbor, look out for other neighbors wellbe ing and remember the next house you save from being burglarized might be your own. Tell us what you know about 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 burglary suspect is $714 plus 10 percent of the value of any property recovered. For the arrest of a homicide suspect it is $1,500. Only anonymous callers to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards.Crime Stoppers US Virgin IslandsSeeking Information EM E RG E NCY NUMB E RS:EMERGENCY LAND LINE: 911 EMERGENCY CELLULAR: 340-776-9110POLICE DEPT : 340-693-8880 FIRE STATION: 340-776-6333St. John Tradewinds Missing teen Manuel Davis was returned unharmed to the custody of the Department of Human Services on the evening of Tuesday, July 11, according to the staff of the Youth Rehabilita tion Center. The 15-year-old resident of YRC escaped custody on the evening of Wednesday, June 6, while attending The Strength Project treatment program at the Village Partners in Recovery in Sion Farm. Detectives of the V.I. Police Department received a tip about Davis whereabouts in Williams Delight, where he was apprehended.
20 St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail email@example.com or fax 693-8885.FIRST LETTER BEFORE YOUACROSS 1 See a therapist, say 8 Harvards city 17 Sleeping site Joe) 31 Bigoted title journalist of 33 He played Mowgli in Jungle Book 37 Didnt just talk 43 Somewhat 46 Daisy variety 47 Rivaling actress Adams 51 Big Blue co. 54 Word of woe 55 Honda model 56 Varieties 57 Take a pic of 59 Filmy strand 63 Why NASA requires 69 Torridly hot 71 BBQ fare 74 Nickelodeon explorer 78 Poem of 17 syllables 83 Cite baseball player 85 McCain mate Sarah 86 Newscaster Huntley 87 Berns land, in French 88 Doting too much on a 94 More clever 95 Terrapins 96 Becomes sickly pale 97 Drink to 99 Nebraskas largest city family 114 Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter, e.g. 115 Laredo co-star Brand 117 Requirement DOWN 1 Bike speed 5 Rescue squad VIP 6 Monkeys kin 7 Factory-made home 8 Lynxes, e.g. 9 Herrs cry 11 Whiskey type 13 Bitty lead-in 16 With a side foremost 17 Actress Candice 18 And so on and so on: Abbr. 19 Scarcity 31 Hellenic Bs 33 Discovered black gold 34 Very little 35 Put a spell on 36 Olympics swords 37 Songwriters org. 38 Task after printing out sheets 39 Traitors act 41 Exotic berry in juices 48 Yes, yes, Pedro! 49 League VIPs 51 Rapturous 53 Speed limit abbr. 56 Square head scarfs 57 Cain, to Adam 59 Twisted, as humor 61 Suppositions 64 Momentous period 65 Bismarck loc. 66 TVs Estrada 67 Analogous to 68 Lies against 69 Rx overseer 73 Live coal 75 Col. North 76 Pennies, say 83 At that time 84 Figure (out) 85 Essence 86 Dickens or Darwin 88 In storage 89 Abrasive stone stuff 91 Bird calls 93 Snooping (around) 111 NYCs Park, for one 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 T uesday, July 24 Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Alicia Barnes announced last week that the Division of Coastal Zone Management will host a series of Town Hall Meetings throughout the territory, in an effort to receive public input and feedback on the departments efforts to update and amend Title 12 Sections 901-914, of the Virgin Islands Code, the Coastal Zone Management Act. The St. John meeting is Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. at the Julius E. Sprauve School cafeteria. Barnes welcomes all persons. Friday, July 27 Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) is conduct ing a series of How to Apply workshops in preparation for the August 31, grant submission deadline. Information on project and budget develop ment will be discussed in detail. The workshop on St. Thomas is scheduled for Friday, July 27, More details call 774-5964. Sunday, August 11 fun(d)-raiser for Steve Levins family is planned for Saturday, August 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. at available at both Connections for $10 or six tickets for $50. 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. Sunday, September 2 The Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Alumni Association is hosting the 2nd Annual Devil Ray Reunion Beach Par ty Sunday, September 2 at Magens Bay Beach shed #4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, October 7 A fundraiser for the 4th Annual Using Sport for Soaboard the Kekoa catamaran is set for Sunday, October 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. For more info: visit http://www.usingsportforsocialchange.com. Monday, October 8 Using Sport for Social Change is hosting the 4th Anevent on Monday, October 8, Bay.
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HH-TW 7.16.2012 A.indd 1 7/10/12 4:22 PM St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 23 Division of Personnel Sets Civil Entrance Exam Dates for Police and Correction OfcersSt. John Tradewinds Division Personnel Director Kenneth Hermon announced last week that the scheduled entrance examinations for police John district will take place during the week of August 6 to 10. needed vacancies to ensure the safety of our community and to aid the government of the Virgin Islands in moving into compliance with the Consent Decree, said Hermon. While the administration is mindful of the Bureau of Corrections, two law enforcement agencies which provide the most basic of services to the residents of the Virgin Islands public safety. To qualify to sit the respective examinations, all candidates must have: Accredited high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma; Proof of US citizenship; Be at least 20 years of age with no criminal record and; Have a valid drivers license or be able to qualify for a motor vehicle operators license. All interested candidates must sign-up and submit a completed application package at the Division of Personnel in the St. Thomas/ are between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Applications are available at the Division of Personnel, from the website at www.dopusvi.org are required to visit the Division of Personthe study guide (police only) by the established deadline date. A study guide will be distributed to candidates the same day that the entire package is received by the Division of Personnel once deemed eligible. Additionally, applicants who have earned a degree in the following areas will be afbut are still required to meet all the other criscience, criminology, forensic science, accounting, public and business administration. For more details, call Millicent Aubain, or Loretta David at 774-8588. St. John Tradewiinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott Construction of a new gas station on Jacob's Ladder near Palm Plaza continues to rise. A towering retaining wall is almost complete at the site, above, as construction workers continue excavation. New Gas Station Construction Continues
24 St. John Tradewinds, July 16-22, 2012 St. John Tradewinds away last month at the age of 98, family members and friends packed with pictures and stories about his amazing life. A Funeral Booklet for the Books Support your local newspaper! We need your support to report.