St. John tradewinds
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Title: St. John tradewinds
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Publisher: Tradewinds Newspaper Inc.
Place of Publication: St. John, V.I
Publication Date: 07-30-2012
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EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson malinda@tradewinds.vi NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott jaime@tradewinds.vi WRITERS Andrea Milam, Mauri Elbel ADVERTISING advertising@tradewinds.vi CIRCULATION Rohan Roberts COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTORS Chuck Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Ewald, Andrew Rutnik, Craig Barshinger, Bob Schlesinger, Jack Brown, Mares Crane SUBSCRIPTIONS U.S. & U.S.V.I. only $85.00 per year THIRD CLASS PERMIT U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 3 St. John, VI 00831 NEWSLINE Tel. (340) 776-6496 www.tradewinds.vi editor@tradewinds.vi MAILING ADDRE SS Tradewinds Publishing LLC P.O. Box 1500 St. John, VI 00831 COPYRIGHT 2012All rights reserved. No reproduction of news stories, letters, columns, photographs or advertisements allowed without written permission from the publisher. TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 2 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 Jackhammers pounded through several parking spaces in front of First Bank last week in the heart of Cruz Bay, spelling less parking and more noise and dust during the construction work.St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott Jackhammers Pound in Cruz Bay Governor, has scheduled the third round of auctions for properties in delinquent payment status of 10 or more years. In the St. Thomas/St. John District, the auctions will be from August 22 to 24 in the courtyard of the GERS Building on Kronprindsens Gade. Delinquent property auctions on St. Croix will take place from August 29 to 31, at the Virgin Islands Cardiac Center. The property auctions will begin at 9 a.m. on each of the scheduled auction days. In the event the auctions do not conclude on the Owners of delinquent properties can either pay their balances in full or enter into an installment arrangement in order to avoid the sale of their properties. Property owners interested in making at 776-6737 on St. John. Property owners whose properties are in A list of the properties that are slated for auction can be viewed at www.ltg.gov.vi. John Dial-a-Ride programs 20th Anniversary with a Tea Party on Grandparents Day, Sunday, September 9, at St. Ursulas Multipur pose Center from 12 to 3 p.m. Everyone encouraged to bring their special Grandparent for an afternoon of fun and refreshments, or just come and help honor island elders. St. John Tradewinds Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Alicia Barnes last week announced that an internal investigation has been launched into allegations of intimidation and improper enforcement actions by DPNR EnOn Wednesday and Thursday complaints from several St. John brandishing weapons and cutting mooring lines in the Coral Bay area, said Commissioner Barnes. DPNR Division of Environmen tal Enforcement Director Roberto was involved in a week-long initiative in Coral Bay to rid the area of illegal moorings and to enforce regulations on the many unregistered vessels in that area. This effort was initiated by written correspondence and verbal requests from the many St. John residents who have registered vessels and legal moorings and by concerned Coral Bay residents who want to see increased enforcement in the bay, according to Tapia. Barnes acknowledged that while the scheduling of the initiative may have been untimely, it was in no way connected to the proposed increase of mooring fees. I consider these allegations of intimidation to be serious, and have solicited the assistance of the into these claims, said Barnes. Orientation for new and transfer students for UVIs Fall 2012 Semester is scheduled to take place from Monday, August 13, through Friday, August 17. Complete schedules for both campuses and important informa tion on UVI policies regarding placement exams and student rights have been posted on the admissions section of the UVI website at http://www.uvi.edu. There is help for home-bound Seniors on St. John. Daily nutritional program geared to your needs. Applicants and caregivers, please call (340)693-8580 for further information. St. Ursulas Multipurpose Center. Please, will be on Saturday, October 20, at the Winston Wells ball the event. Corley can be reached at jrcorley5@gmail.com. The Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority is hosting a town meeting on Friday, August 3, at 6 p.m. at St. Ursulas Multipurpose Center. The public is invited to come and learn about WMAs plans to construct a new wastewater pump station in Cruz Bay adjacent to the gravel parking lot. For more information call WMAs Division of Engineering at 777-3073.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Despite the lack of a Mooring Plan, Water Use Plan or providing any services to the boating community including dock maintenance, pump out facilities, security and trash services Department of Planning and Natural Resources will raise mooring, anchoring and registration fees by as much as 700 percent over the next two years, public meeting at the Westin Resort and Villas on Thursday night, July 26. It was standing room only in the Westin ballroom at the planned 6 p.m. start of the meeting, yet DPNR Commissioner Alicia Barnes didnt arrive until 6:35 p.m. When Barnes did arrive, the commissioner laid out rules of engagement for the well-attended meeting, in light of DPNR enforcement action earlier in the week which had riled Coral Bay residents (see sidebar below and related investigation on page 2). Tonight we are dealing with mooring fee increases only, said ing the meeting on task during the evening. We will provide an appropriate forum to address your concerns. This is not the forum for that. Mooring fees have not increased since 1986 and DPNR hosted a series of meetings last week across the territory to gather information about the proposed fee structure from stakeholders, Barnes explained. This is just the beginning, of meetings for information exchange and for us to gather input from stakeholders. While promising a minor increase in 2013 which will raise mooring fees from $5 per foot to $8 per foot annually and hike anchoring fees from $2 per foot to $5 per foot monthly followed by larger spikes in the fees the following year, Barnes said the proposed fees were not written in stone. Any fee changes must ultimate ly be approved by the V.I. Legislature before going into effect, Barnes added. The increased fees will not serve as a revenue stream for DPNR, but instead will sustain the departments initiative to endeavor to improve services provided to the boating community, said Barnes. When asked what services DPNR plans to provide, however, Barnes did not elaborate. Through this process we are endeavoring to comply with our mandate and provide infrastructure improvements, said the DPNR Commissioner. We will a mooring plan by 2013 and with these increases, when we roll out a mooring plan, we will have the come on the backs of boaters who are being asked to pay more in mooring fees than homeowners pay for property taxes, pointed out Dick Burks, who was one of 14 residents to testify at the meeting. Looking at the annual cost you are proposing, a lot of people pay less for property taxes than what you propose for mooring fees, said Burks. How can mooring fees be more than property taxes. DPNRs proposed fee structure also pins the highest cost on liveaboard boaters, Burks added. There are different fees for pleasure craft and live-aboard pleasure craft, Burks said. Are you discriminating against people who live aboard their boats and giving them a penalty. Commercial operators barely eking out a living are also being punished, explained Dan Boyd. According to your proposed increase, I would have to pay 500 percent more for my vessel, said Boyd. I wish my business would increase by 500 percent too. Weve already been hit by the increase in St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 3 Continued on Page 16 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Department of Planning and Natural Resources reportedly swept through Coral Bay harbor on Wednesday, July 25, with guns drawn, cut legal mooring lines, fouled other mooring lines and harassed several residents, according to numerous eyewitnesses. While DPNR Commissioner Alicia Barnes tried to keep about 150 residents who attended a public hearing the next night on proposed mooring and anchoring fee increases (see related stories above and on page 2) from discussing the Coral Bay incident, residents would not be silenced. I love my home in Coral Bay; the community is nice, 11-year-old Gabe Brooker said at the July 26 DPNR meeting at the Westin Resort and Villas. I love my school and I love the KATS program. People are really nice and I feel safe in Coral Bay. On Wednesday when I was walking down the dock, a man was waving a gun and I didnt feel very safe, said Brooker. Brookers testimony got no response from laugh from DPNR Director of Enforcement Roberto Tapia, who sat at the front of the room during the meeting. The Guy Benjamin School student was not the only person to share concerns at the meeting about earlier in the week. St. John Tradewinds News Photo guns drawn during a sweep through Coral Bay harbor last week.Continued on Page 18


4 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime ElliottCZM Director J.P. Oriol, above, discusses suggested revisions to the CZM Act with residents during a public meeting, at right. SUMMER TIME% Local Discount 00 Maho double occupancy 50 Concordia double occupancy per night for USVI/BVI & PR Residents 00 Maho & 00 Concordia low season rate for non-residents Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and hiking at Maho Bay Camps and Concordia Eco-Tents340-715-0500 www.maho.org PO Box 310, St. John USVI 00831 Sunday Brunch 9am-1pm LIVE Classical Guitar Music 50 Maho double occupancy 00 Concordia per night for USVI, BVI & PR Residents 00 00 Concordia per night for non-residents (low season) crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The Coastal Zone Management Act should close loopholes, be as transparent construction, according to residents who weighed in on how Department of Planning and Natural Resources CZM Act should be revised at a Tuesday night, July 24, public meeting at the Julius E. Sprauve School cafeteria, which drew seven people. For a number of years, CZM has discussed ways the act and rules and regula regulatory side as well as users, said CZM Director Jean Pierre Oriol. The CZM Act has not undergone complete revision since 1978 except for small changes in 1989 and 1991. Were at a period where we can take a look at the act and see in what ways we can revamp it to make it more useful, said Oriol. vamping the act in-house, conducting meet ings with various divisions and employees, explained Oriol. Now were at the stage to go to the public and see if there are ideas we didnt think The division has not prepared language for the CZM Act revision, which will come later during a draft recommendation period followed by additional public hearings, Oriol added. The Tier I and Tier II designation which separates the island into coastal and non-coastal areas on St. John should be Tier designation should not be subjecthing above 200 feet in elevation and that could be cast in concrete. We have plenty of examples about how to cheat and this should be not changeable or cheatable. These rules need to be crystal clear and The Tiers should be based on distance from the coast, not elevation, according to David Silverman. I recommend a single Tier since all development has the potential to impact the coastal waters, said Silverman. Elevation does not mean it wont impact the coastline. The designation should be in distance from the shoreline, not elevation. While some portions of the CZM Act make sense, there is room for improvement, Silverman added. There are large portions of the act that make good sense, he said. You should revisit it to include climate change. But it seems like a good act; dont throw out the baby with the bath water. many loopholes in the CZM Act. We have private residences that are way larger than hotels, she said. As long as you use the term residence then you dont have to get a major permit. That is a loophole. square feet to set apart what needs a major the building is 20,000 square feet, I dont care what the purpose is, it has a huge impact. I dont care what you are building how is it going to impact our land and our water. when a development has been issued a stop work order, Bob DeBonis explained. It would be useful to make stop work orders public information, said DeBonis. That way if we heard work being done, we could call DPNR and inform them. DPNR also needs to update its website in order to improve communication with the public, Silverman added. A better website is needed for the public to be able to access information, he said. suggestions, the CZM Act is designed to balance environmental protection with a property owners rights, explained legal counsel Winston Brathwaite. As much as we are talking about the environment, we are also talking about a fundamental right, the right to private property, said Brathwaite. We have to keep that consideration in mind and respect those rights. For more information about the CZM Act revision process, call the division at 7743320.


St. John Tradewinds On July 20, the Island Green Building Associations ReSource Depot program for recycled building supplies exceeded 10,000 pounds of materials kept in As we are only open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, by volunteers, these are amazing results, said Karen Vahling, IGBA executive director. We have been open 28 Saturdays since January, for an average of 180 pounds per hour. Savings for the community vs. retail costs are estimated in the high thousands 60 to 80 percent less than retail. Savings for our environment in terms of sourcing, shipping, packaging and disposal of materials priceless, said Vahling. Anyone who hasnt stopped by the Resource Depot, located across from the Susanaberg Transfer Station on Gifft Hill Road, should consider making a tax deductible donation, Vahling explained. We accept almost anything in good condition that can build or furnish a home or garden, she said. Residents can now drop items off anytime in the at the Resource Depot. Just stack the items neatly and call Vahling at 227-1110 to let her know about the donation. Residents are also invited to stop by on Saturday to get a tax deductible receipt and shop the wares. IGBA always needs volunteers for the store, someone to do pickups with a truck, and wonderful donors to Adopt-a-Box and pay the groups container rent, or Adopt-an-Ad and cover the cost of newspaper adver tisements. While the depot is only open for two hours each Vahling added. We plan to add more hours soon, she said. An inventory list has been updated on our website, which changes quickly. It will be updated every two weeks. Check out www.igbavi.org for the inventory list. We are proud of what weve done and plan to do much more, said Vahling. Its been so nice to hear the comments of shoppers like Thanks for doing this, I would have paid three times that, and Keep up the good work. St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 5 St. John Tradewinds News PhotoSt. John resident Lina Guild gives the thumbs up on her new purchase from IGBA's ReSource Depot. P R O P E R T Y K I N G T M The ReSource Depot is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and is located just off Centerline Road on Gifft Hill, above.


6 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 Island Solar SAY NO TO WAPA Grid tie systems Battery stand alone systems Solar Hot water systems Solar Pool Pumps Off-grid living for 10 years on Lovango Cay. Dan Boyd t: 340-642-0351 e: islandsolarvi@gmail.com SAVE $$$$$ www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 By Poin T Enn Y achting Editor St. John Tradewinds The 280-foot motor yacht, Royal Scion, was spotted in the channel near Caneel Bay Resort. This super yacht was built by Camper and Nicholson at their Portsmouth, England, yard in 1951. It was a very modern design for its time and was originally named Fiona Mae. It was presented to Fidel Castro after it had been conmunist Party of Cuba in the summer of 1966. treme luxury. The last update included three hot tubs, a tennis court, a modern library with over 150,000 e-books and a 1,200-square-foot galley designed by Emeril. Asked about the name change, Ral said that Fidel didnt think it proper to keep the name of the capitalists wife on his private yacht. Also he You think the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba should have to put up with Jos, said Ral. After a couple of years Fidel grew tired of it and gave it to Ral. With a staff of over 280, it has a minion for every foot. An island dinner party is set for August 1. It will be hosted by Niles and Susan Chair, longtime Castro family supporters, with special guest, Elsa Engel, heiress to the Winnebago fortune. The last time Raul, we call him Raul at our house, was here he kept saying he wanted to shoot whales that were just outside Hart Bay, said Mrs. Chair. He brought one of those Kalashnikov BB guns with a scope. Niles and I did what we could to divert his attention. We knew hed be on to something else soon. Hes such a dear. According to Mrs. Chair, recent visitors to the yacht included Warren, Sunday and Jimmy Buffet. Hughie Chavez kept circling in a dingy, but Raul wouldnt let him aboard, said Mrs. Chair. Chris Christie was there in his famous Speedo he always makes such a splash and George W. Bush who did a lot behind the scenes to keep the Castros in power. Poor Dubya, we call him Dubya at our house, was seasick the whole time, said Mrs. Chair. Almost the Local News by Rudy Patton http://almostlocalnews.blogspot.com allmostlocalnews@gmail.com Cy Thompson of St. Thomas and Mayumi "Mimi" Roller of St. John posed on their laser boats in southern England last week, showing off their new Olympic sails and ready to go head to head with the world's best sailors. Good luck Mimi and Cy!St. John Tradewinds News Photo


St. John Tradewinds Scientists at the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge (SPNWR) were thrilled to encounter an old friend nesting on the beach this year. Leatherback sea turtle number AAG322, to lay another nest at SPNWR. Other projects studying nesting leath erbacks have recorded females returning to beaches for 18 and 19 years but none of them coming close to 31 years, said SPNWR biologist Claudia Lombard. AAG322 has returned many times through the years to lay a total of 59 nests at Sandy Point, a fact that is known thanks to the consistent monitoring efforts of many different scientists and volunteers. Every leatherback that nests at SPNWR so that scientists can track individual turtles through time as well as assess the population status. Although AAG322 is the turtle that has been coming to Sandy Point for the longest time, there are a couple of other turtles that are not far behind her, said Jennifer Valiulis, director of the sea turtle project for Geographic Consulting, the group which currently does the sea turtle monitoring at SPNWR. Each year between 90 and 200 leather back turtles migrate from feeding grounds in the North Atlantic to nest at SPNWR on St. Croix. SPNWR hosts the largest nesting population within United States jurisdiction and in the Northern Caribbean. The leatherback sea turtle recovery program at SPNWR began monitoring and protecting turtles in 1977 and has since devel oped into one of the most unique, long-term sea turtle research and recovery efforts in the world. The number of nesting females has grown from under 20 in 1982 to more than 100 in most recent years. The 2009 nesting season set a record with 202 nesting females and over 1000 nests. The endangered leatherback sea turtle is the largest, deepest diving, most migratory, and widest ranging of all sea turtles. The leatherback turtle is distributed worldwide in tropical and temperate waters of the AtIt is also found in small numbers as far north as British Columbia, Newfoundland, and the British Isles, and as far south as Australia, Cape of Good Hope, and Argentina. Throughout this entire range, the leath erback sea turtle is considered endangered. Adult female leatherbacks migrate to tropical sandy beaches to nest every two to three years. Females emerge from the ocean at night and lay approximately 80 to 100 eggs deep in the sand. They nest an average of 5 to 6 times each season, typically at 10-day inter vals. The excitement of this new record is diminished by the fact that the turtle later suffered a serious head injury. When scienMarch 16 she appeared healthy. Only two weeks later she emerged to nest again, but this time had multiple wounds to her head, mostly around her eyes. These wounds appeared to be caused by a boat propeller. She was able to lay one more nest about 10 days later, her last of the season, and scientists documented a rotten smell coming from her wounds. Wounds from boat propellers are not uncommon here, and hers were especially severe, said Valiulis. A disturbing increase in the number of boat strike injuries to sea turtles has been documented at SPNWR. All sea turtles spend time at the surface breathing, basking in the sun, and searching for suitable beach nesting habitat. At these times, sea turtles are very susceptible to boat Sea turtles can be seriously injured or killed if hit by the hull of a boat or a boat propeller. Boats operating erratically or at high speeds do not allow turtles enough time to dive and avoid a boat. Lombard and Valiulis urged boaters to operate boats responsibly and at safe speeds to protect sea turtles, especially when driving close to nesting beaches or foraging ar eas.St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 7 FULL VETERINARY SER VICESCanines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com Weve Moved 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 by D. Dutton photo was taken.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds After six weeks of hard work, six women strutted their stuff on Tuesday afternoon, July 24, showing off their tailored seams, perfect zippers and pin tuck pleats in recently completed garments. The six women were most of the students who completed a Clothing Construction and Pattern Drafting class at the Cooperative Extension Services at the University of the Virgin Islands St. John Academic Center at The Marketplace. The students, along with instructor Caryl Johnson, program supervisor of Family Consumer Science and 4-H for the St. Thomas/St. John District, hosted a fashion show and luncheon celebration to show off their work and share their excitement for the class. I learned a lot and really enjoyed working with everyone, said Sonia Penn, who showed off an ankle length a-line maxi skirt. It was really interesting and Id like to do it again. Many of the students had not sewn in years, including Yvonne Wells, pressive pleating around the yolk. Last time I sewed was in high school about 50 years ago, said Wells. My mother was a seamstress, but for me it never took. When she passed I said, In her remembrance, I will take this class. After completing the class, Wells admitted there was room for improvement, but was still pleased with her effort. Im rather proud of myself, she said. Showing off a skirt, tunic and sash ensemble, Myrtle Callwood said she learned a lot and had a great time in the clothing construction class. Im so happy to be here today, said Callwood. I would like to thank all the ladies. We all worked so well together and had a lot of fun. Rosa Samuel vowed to show off her recently completed short sleeved a-line maxi dress in church. I have to wear this to church because Im so proud of it, said Samuel. The last time I made a dress was in the eighth grade. I didnt remember how to thread a needle or put in a bobbin. CES should offer future clothing construction and pattern making classes, Samuel added. I hope you do this again because there has been a lot of interest in this, she said. Myrtle Isaac spun around in her a-line knee length skirt with almost completed cotton batik sleeveless top. said Isaac. Sewing is a lot of fun and it eases your mind and makes you relax. I had a lot of fun in this class with all of these ladies. Wanda Burgos showed off an up-cycled vest with recycled earrings as buttons.8 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 Last time I sewed was in high school about 50 years ago. My mother was a seamstress, but for me it never took. When she passed Yvonne Wells, sewing class student St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott Clothing Construction students, above, with instructor Caryl Johnson, center, and Extension Agent II Carmen Wesselhoft, far left, pose in their new frocks during a celebration last week. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO A TOWN MEETING 6:00PM FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2012 Learn about the construction of a new wastewater pump station to be located in Cruz Bay Town adjacent to the public parking lot. CONTACT: VI WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY DIVISION OF ENGINEERING 340 777 3073 ST. URSULAS MULTIPURPOSE CENTER CRUZ BAY Continued on Page 23


St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 9 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds St. John Community Foundathe completion of phase one of work on the groups community garden, located on 2.5 acres on Gifft Hill Road. With phase one wrapped up, the community garden land has now been cleared, pathways have been created and 40 native trees have been planted, explained SJCF executive director Celia Kalousek. But there is still plenty of work to do before the area is transformed into the garden park which Kalousek envisions, complete with hosting a phase two kick off work day on Sunday, August 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. on the site, according to Kalousek. Everyone is invited to grab their favorite garden tool or just a pair of gloves and come stake your claim at the community gar den park on Gifft Hill by adopting a designated area that you would like to help maintain with other community members, she said. den, an herb garden, a bush tea garden, a provisions garden similar to those planted by the propertys homesteaders back in the 1700s, and more. for experienced farmers to help in the effort and are hoping a local beekeeper will bring some hives to the property, Kalousek added. We are also looking for creative people to help us paint the temporary work container and brainstorm a name for this special outdoor community space, she said. While there is plenty of work celebrating how much progress has been made at the island community garden park, Kalousek explained. With funding from V.I. Department of Agricultures Urban and Community Forestry Program and a grant from the U.S. Department of Agricultures Forest Service, volunteers from SJCF, St. John Historical Society, Audubon Society, Gifft Hill Schools EARTH program and numerous community gardeners worked tirelessly to get us this far, said the SJCF executive director. We now have an application in for an orchard containing Mamee Apple, Sour Sop, Guava and Sugar Apple trees, and a pending Community Development Block Grant for a community meeting pavilion space. Volunteers were also careful to retain the historically and cultur ally rich area in its beautiful state, Kalousek added. The paths were swept clear and weeded weekly by hand, so the numerous pieces of pottery said. We are working around the ruins and are counting on the experienced local experts from the Historical Society to take the lead on any work near the ruins to make sure their integrity is not compromised. Lee and John Horner made sure that the 40 native trees which were planted under the supervision of experts Eleanor and Alex Gibney were watered all through the severe dry spell the island experienced, according to Kalousek. Residents are already investing personally in the up-and-coming garden park, she added. Lee and John have adopted a space we call the Horner Cor ner, said Kalousek. Paul Devine helped design a water catchment system we now call the Devine Water Source. We also have a donor who expressed an interest in a commemorative bench along the path looking out over one of the many beautiful vistas, in honor of his daughter. organized community work day To pitch in on one of the numer ous garden park projects, call Kalousek at 693-9410 and be sure to attend the August 5 kick off work day from 1 to 5 p.m. and stay for refreshments. Happy Holidays! www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 St. John Tradewiinds News Photo Paths are cleared and volunteers are needed to take


10 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 Continued on Page 19 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 Tradewinds On Monday, July 23, the VI Legislature met on St. John as a Committee of the Whole to discuss how to complete the mission of the Fifth Constitution Convention. The draft forwarded to the U.S. President and Conbe addressed and changed to pass Federal review. If we continue without a Constitution voted on and accepted by the people, we are subject to the vagaries of the U.S. Congress. Theoretically, they could transfer the territory to another nation, like China! With a Constitution in place, the people of the Vir gin Islands are in control of their destiny. Weve come a long way on the road to full citizenship but were not there yet. The road has been rocky. While the U.S. Naval Administration accomplished important health and educational programs, it failed to foster and grant those political and democratic freedoms necessary to attain full development. The administration allied itself with the existing Danish government and Congress kept the Danish Colonial Law of 1906 in effect. Secretary of State Robert Lansing who negotiated the 1916 Transfer falsely observed the political incapacities and incom petence of the Afro-Caribbean people from his deal ings with Haiti. (Langley p. 72) Also the Navy and Marine Corps recently bloodied in Haiti brought a plethora of their Southern prejudice with them. This temporary government lasted in principle for some 20 years. Initially V.I. patriots Rothchild Francis, Hamilton Jackson, Casper Holstein, and Ashley Totten peti tioned Congress for citizenship. Congress was eventually moved to grant U.S. citizenship to most Virgin Islanders in 1927, a full 10 years after the transfer. Subsequently, a 1932 Act of Congress granted American citizenship to all natives of the Virgin Islands, regardless of their place of residence on January 17, 1917. The Organic Act of 1936 called for two Municipal Councils and a Legislative Assembly to be made up of the two Councils and convened by the Governor at least once a year to enact legislation applicable tions were abolished. Women were included in the franchise. Voters, however, had to be able to read and write English. The Organic Act of 1936 was followed by elections dum on self-rule was held in which voters wanted to elect a resident commissioner to Congress. The Revised Organic Act of 1954 extended the franchise to our Spanish speaking citizens. It also established a unicameral legislature for the territory. However, Virgin Islanders still did not have full citizenship. In 1958, 3,000 Virgin Islanders marched on Government House demanding the removal of an appointed governor and declaring readi ness for self-government. In 1965 the First Constitutional Convention was was never adopted but several provisions were enacted by Congress. Congress chose to address the matter of more selfexample, the Elective Governor Act of 1968 led us further down the road. It also contained provisions relating to the elimination of the Presidential veto of VI legislation and selective Constitutional safeguards: the writ of habeas corpus; forbidding bills of attainder; and ex-post facto laws. (Boyer p. 275). Incremental rather than radical change appears to be the law of the land. The Second Constitutional Convention draft included the Congressional acts passed as a result of the First. However, the Second failed passing by a majority of the voters in the general election of 1972. Again Federal legislation was enacted to facilitate the process. A Third Constitutional Convention (1978) included a system of local government. The turnout in March 1979 was low (38 percent) and 56 percent of those voters rejected it. The Fourth Constitutional Convention in 1980 lander; native-born or descended from one or more native-born residents. Also US citizen residents of longer than one year were Virgin Islands Citizens. At any rate, it was defeated in 1981 by a margin of three to two. A further referendum on status in 1993 failed to attract a viable turnout, only 27 percent. The Fifth Constitutional Convention was convened in 2007. The solution lies in the Fifth Constitutional Convention. Hopefully its a sign of a serious attempt at a Constitution. We should all be embarrassed over the United States annually reporting USVI as a Non-Self Governing Territory to the United Nations. We need to determine our political status once and for all. According to federal law, an unincorporated terri tory is pertinent and belonging to the United States, but it is not part of the United States. Congress has


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The 18 students in Johns Folly Learning Institutes summer program have been enjoying everything from swimming lessons to hikes in the V.I. National Park, organic gardening instruction and more thanks to an exciting collaboration. Former JFLI summer instructor Crystal Fortwangler, who is now an assistant professor of sustainability at Chatham University in Pennsylvania, tapped current and former students as well as local St. John businesses to help make sure students are offered an enriching summer program, she explained. Earlier in the year, JFLI founder Alvis Christian contacted me to see if I would be able to get some graduate students down to teach during the summer program, said Fortwangler. He thought it would be great if they could come down and teach at the school. Fortwangler thought it would be ideal to have graduate students sharing their knowledge with JFLI summer program students, but didnt know where those college students would stay on St. John. Alvis approached Wayne Lloyd at Concordia who donated housing for the students, said Fortwangler. We couldnt afford to house the students on our own, so its a perfect situation. Its a win for Concordia who gets to help the community, a win for the institute to have the instructors and a win for Chatham which gets to collaborate on this program. Lloyd, the resort manager at Concordia Eco-Resort, was happy to assist the JFLI summer program. JFLI and St. John Montessori School are sort of our adopted projects, said Lloyd. We help them out whenever they call to be good neighbors. Also a lot of our staff have children involved with the JFLI program. In addition to the donated housing, JFLI students have also been enjoying swimming lessons in the Concordia swimming pool. We have resources that they can use and we can share, said Lloyd. We are happy to help. Whenever they need something, we contribute whatever we can. The collaboration has resulted in excellent instruction for the students, who also seem to be having a great time as well. The summer program is going great, said JFLI founder Alivs Christian. The students who came down with Crystal are really doing well and weve had some other instructors as well. Theyve been doing swim lessons in the pool and last week we went to Trunk Bay to go snor keling with Ranger Laurel Brannick, Christian added. Making sure that each activity goes off without a hitch is JFLI summer program manager Aja Love, who said the students are learning and have been on their best behavior. The kids have been just great, said Love. They have been doing so many different things and we try to keep it fun too. In addition to the teaching gardening and sustainable water use to JFLI campers, the college students have also been able to conduct research, Fortwangler added. Seth Nyer is a student in the masters program of food studies, she said. Hes been working with the kids and teaching them about soil and sustainable agriculture. Hes also had the oppor tunity to do research on his own work as well. You cant ask for anything better than that, said Fortwangler. For the graduate students, they get to do research and volunteer at JFLI and its exactly what the residents hope for from the business community. what Fortwangler believes will be a long and fruitful relationship between Chatham University, JFLI and Concordia. This is the plan were looking for each summer, said Fortwangler. Im hoping for three or four students to be out there teaching next summer. And we hope to have those graduate students do even more focused research work as well. Its a great partnership, she said. This is what you want; research, academic, community and businesses interests all working together. That is where you get really fruitful results and kids get exposed to all sorts of opportunities. St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 11 OPENING SOONNatures Way, a new health food store is opening soon (August) at The Market Place Let us know at www.natureswayvi.com 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 Friends of Irene and the late Steve Levin are invited douevres with select wine and drinks on Saturday, August 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fatty Crab. The night will feature a art and jewelry from Les Anderson, Kimberly Boulon, Michael Banzhaf Studio, Lisa Etre, George Hollander, Maho Bay Glassworks, Catherine Perry, R&I Patton Goldsmithing, Schnell Studio, Kat Sowa, Joy Stillman, Aimee Trayser, Tutu Much and Denise Wright. There is a requested donation of $20 at the door and six for $50 for the chance to win one of $5,000 in prizes will be available. For more information call 7766922.


12 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The Fenway Park green and red stockings give away this new Cruz Bay bar and grill as a diehard Red Sox venue. But Yankees fans need not be scared, one of the two owners is actually a Cubs fan, there are jer seys from several different teams hanging from the rafters and even a picture of Yankees third baseman Alex A-Rod Rodriguez hanging on a wall, albeit one where he is getting his face smashed. ation, 420 To Center offers hearty, affordable fare, cold beer, a full bar and friendly help from owners Ryan Sharkey and Drew Cooper as well as events planner April Delude. The bar, located in the former Larrys Landing location across from Wharfside Village, boasts four televisions, a menu with nothing topping $10 and a relaxed atmosphere with a great patio section. Both Sharkey, who has called Cooper, who has lived in Love City for eight years, used to man the bar at Larrys Landing before it closed last year, and had ideas for opening their own spot. We really wanted to have a comfortable place where everyone wanted to come and just hang out, St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott Drew Cooper and April Delude are ready to serve up cold beer and hearty fare. 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 info@stjohnvacationrental.net 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. Continued on Next Page


St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 13 St. John Tradewinds News PhotosEnjoy a refreshing dip while soaking up views of the BVIs and Coral Bay harbor, above. said Cooper. We are both avid sports fans, so we had the idea to make it a sports bar type of place. Before Larrys closed we wanted to do something like this, said Sharkey. Im from New England and Im a big Red Sox fan, but its really for all sports and teams here. Its for everyone. Despite being linked to other, less than legal connota tions, Sharkey and Ryan got the idea for the name of their new venture from Fenway Park; there are exactly 420 feet from homethe venerable Boston ball park. The guys have heard the jokes before and have a laminated information sheet about where the name of the bar originated for the curious. What is unquestionable about 420 To Center is the comfortable atmosphere and great pub food. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the bar, food is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Popular dishes include an authentic Philly Cheese steak complete with Chez Whiz a la Pats, said Cooper nachos, hot wings, chili, burgers and more. Prices range from $2 for a plain hot dog, to $9 for homemade meatloaf or baked penne, a recipe from Sharkeys mom. Stop by for lunch or dinner and grab a seat the bar or on the open patio and enjoy a cold one while watching the game. 420 To Center is cash only and the guys are planning to start a weekly movie night soon. Red Sox fans will also want to pick up one of the bars new baseball style three-quarter sleeve t-shirts with the 420 To Center logo inside a Greateful Dead Steal your Face logo. There is also a Cubs style baseball tee and regular short sleeve tees with the 420 To Center logo. For more information check out the bars Facebook page or just stop by sometime. 420 To Center is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to about 1:30 a.m. By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds With stunning views of the Cor al Bay harbor and the jewel-like string of British Virgin Islands, it away from the private plunge pool and expansive deck at St. John Livin. Located in an elevated portion of Estate Carolina, yet close to the dining and shopping of the quaint town of Coral Bay, the one-bedroom, one-bath home is for sale for $649,000, explained Islandia Real Estate sales associate Jane Kelly. While the view alone will make your jaw drop, St. John Livin boasts numerous amenities as well as the latest in green construction, Kelly explained. There are a number of great things about St. John Livin, said Kelly. Part of what makes this a great purchase are the green decking, and the photo voltaic system, to name a few. The photo voltaic system (or PV system) is a system which uses solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, Kelly said. This duce the cost of electricity for the villa. The outdoor space also includes a buyer with a green thumb, Kelly added. This is a picture perfect home with attractive, indigenous landscaping, said the Islandia Real Estate sales associate. And there perfect for a garden. This Caribbean cottage style home includes a great room, complete with a tiki bar, and open style kitchen with custom hard wood cabinetry. Open the sliders and stop out onto the 700-foot trex deck to soak up those views and enjoy the increased living space. This home has over 700ft of trex decking which totally enhances the livable outdoor space with the phenomenal Caribbean, down island and Coral Bay views, said Kelly. Designed by local Architect Bill Willegerod, the high quality home takes advantage of cooling trade winds and views while supplying the perfect Caribbean charm. Tucked on the hillside in the laid-back Coral Bay area, St. John Livin will sway you into a relaxed lifestyle. This sweet neighborhood has underground utilities, a gate to keep out the donkeys and a paved drive for easy access to the home, said Kelly. High quality construction, custom cabinetry, tasteful decor, a pool and a spa are what gives this villa value. Add that to the easily accessed drive to St. John Livin and it culminates in a very relaxing, low maintenance, stress free lifestyle. St. John Livin would be per fect for someone looking for their second home and, with its successful short term rental history, the villa could even off-set some of those second home costs, Kelly explained. The ideal buyer would be someone who is looking for a second home and someone who would also like to defer some of the costs of maintaining a second home by continuing it as a short term rental, said the Islandia Real Estate sales associate. Continued from Previous Page


14 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 2012-TO-DATEHomicides: 0 Shootings: 0 Stabbings: 0 Armed Robberies: 1 Arsons: 0 Rapes: 1You cant solve todays problems with yesterdays solutions. We all know there are serious problems facing our What we dont have is leaders with vision to imple ment them. The neglect of 40 years cannot not be solved by spending money. It seems as if the larger the Virgin Islands budget; the more problems are created by corruption, wasteful spending and lack of transpar ency. How can anyone conceive of an island of 100,000 residents and an annual budget of almost a billion dollars not being able to provide its citizens with a decent There have been improvements over the last four decades; a higher standard of living, improved roads and facilities, creation of the University of the Virgin Islands, environmental protections, better health care, to name a few. But with it has come an increase in crime that ranks among the worst in the world, a school system that has lowered standards and therefore expectations, a retirement system that teeters on insolvency, a materi alistic society that cares more about what to wear than how to share, and leaders that react rather than act. I decided to enter the race for Senator at Large because I have a vision for the future and can articulate that vision to others so that they may begin to open their minds and hearts to do what needs to be done. Leaders are generally not idea people, they rely on others for fresh approaches and new solutions. Lead ers know how to take an idea and turn it into a vision with passion and clarity. It is this approach that I will take to serving the people of the Virgin Islands. My experience in government, private sector, noncommunity leadership is where my strength and conI know hardship and pain, optimism and hope, right and wrong. This is how I connect to my neighbors, my community, and all Virgin Islanders. I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Senator at Large and encourage you to join my campaign of change and hope. Yes, that sounds like Obama 2008 but what can I say, hes my hero. To become a member of my campaign please contact Cid Hamling at Connections in Cruz Bay (340776-6922) or Coral Bay (340-779-4944) or call me, Andy Rutnik at 340-693-8069. There is also a petition for registered Democrats only to sign so that I may run in the Democratic primary on September 8, 2012. Whether Democrat, Independent or Republican you are welcome in my campaign for Change and Hope, but please register to vote, it matters. Andy Rutnik erything started when we heard some rattling in the front area of the vehicle. A mechanic glanced under our car and told me we needed inner tie rods for both sides of the car. I traveled to St. Thomas and purchased the parts. They looked like two oversized pencils so when I got to the mechanic I asked him if this was a job I could handle. He said, Sure. So in the security of his mechanic shop I started the repairs. While removing the old tie rods I noticed I needed lower ball joints and PV joints for both sides. I am in no way a mechanic. I possess a BA Degrees in Accounting and Mass Communication. I have over 10 years of experience in health services, money management, law enforcement and working with our youths. It took two days and more than one trip to St. Thomas for additional parts, but I got the entire job completed. My wife is happy but moreover this experience helped to reinforce what I stand for, leading by example. We have just experienced a rash of government layoffs and there are many more that have been unemployed from our private sector. When companies downsize or reduce staff mainly due to payroll issues, those positions are forever lost. So when these people go to the Department of Labor or straight to potential employers, they are faced with a simple fact in todays market place. They have to re-invent themselves, meaning they might have been on their former job for years but they have to do something that they never thought they would ever be doing as a form of employment. The Department of Labor makes it clear that those who have skills will be back to work relatively soon but for those without skills, which to date represents too many people in this territory, they will have to ments reaches its term. Judging from my mechanic example above; I could have been paid quite well for that skilled work task. I could even become an Independent Contractor and hire workers one day. Skilled employees have so many options. So when I ask someone to try something new or different and that someone may be a recently laid off person or even my children. When I suggest that our communities start focusing on legislation to strengthen our job offerings in the skilled areas, I must be willing to be that example. I must practice what I preach and lead by example. Ronnie Jones


St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 15 ATTENTION: St. John Tradewinds Newspaper will begin its Summer Schedule in August.August 6th and 20th & September 3rd and 17th Since DPNR has historically provided no services for the fees they extract from boaters, what do they protection. Protection from harassment for not paying the fees. That is their essential function and will continue to be so, regardless of their assurances of services to come (meaning more protection) for these extortive fee increases. Mike Kolb St. John Tradewinds Last week, the Department of Public Works debuted a new initiative, in cooperation with VIT RAN, to showcase a creative approach to achieving new sources of revenue. DPW Commissioner Darryl Smalls is generating income for his department by selling advertising space on VITRAN buses to clients like Choice Wireless, providing greatly needed funds to help maintain the infrastructure and transportation system of the government of the Virgin Islands. This is a project we have been looking into for some time, said Smalls. By allowing advertising on strategic VITRAN buses, we are assisting the business community in getting their messages to the public, while contributing to government coffers. This is a winwin situation for the territory. DPW started the program with Bus 55 operating on St. Thomas busiest route. Thousands of motorists, pedestrians, both locals and visitors, will view the advertising messages every day, said Smalls. The buses are very tastefully done with professional graphics. Very visible on its route from the west end to Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas, Bus 55 is decked out as the Choice Wireless bus. Tony Shepherd, CEO and General Manager for Choice Wireless, was tion to wrap a full VITRAN bus in the territory with an advertising message. As a company that got its start with support from the community, Choice Wireless wanted to showcase local talent and culture in our message through the programs we sponsor; Cricket, Carnival, the 2012 USVI Olympic Team and soca artist Rudy, said Shepherd. Bus advertising is something thats done in many communities in the United States and provides municipalities with thousands of dollars each year in extra revenue, said Smalls. The advertising revenues can offset anticipated rises in gas prices and help us to hold bus rates at current levels to provide VI residents with affordable transportation. Smalls retained local advertis sales and the application of graphics on the sides and back of the buses, or completely wrapping a bus with promotional messages, as Choice Wireless has done. is that the advertising wrapping around the buses gives the vehicles a brand new feel, an aesthetic boost, explained VITRAN Operations Manager Steve Monsanto. We were able to see the entire transformation, said Monsanto. we couldnt believe it. It looked brand new like it just came off the assembly line. The VITRAN bus which debuted to the community last week is the prototype for this public/private initiative. Similar buses are planned for the St. Croix district, and various major advertisers are approaching the commissioner to discuss the project. Seeking additional funds from the private sector by offering advertising space on VITRAN buses is another way Smalls hoped to make sure we can continue operating at a level that allows us to provide quality services to the people of the Virgin Islands.


16 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 Bahai Community of St. John For Devotions and Study Circles,call 714-1641 7:30 p.m. Fridays; Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundays 776-6316, 776-6254 Bethany Moravian Church 11 a.m., Sunday School 776-6291 Calvary Baptist Church 13 ABC Coral Bay, 776-6304 Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday evening 6 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. Christian Ministry Cinnamon Bay Beach Inter-Denominational, Sunday 8:30 a.m. Christian Science Society 10:45 a.m. SundayMarketplace Wednesday Testimonials 7:45 p.m. on last Wed. of Month The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sun. 9 a.m., on St. Thomas 776-2379 Sun., 5 p.m., STJ, Lumberyard Cruz Bay Baptist Church Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 776-6315 Emmaus Moravian Church Coral Bay, Sun. 9 a.m. 776-6713 Jehovahs Witness 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7 p.m. Saturdays (Espaol), 10 a.m. Sundays, 340-715-053 Missionary Baptist Church 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, 10:45 Worship, Tuesday 7 p.m. Bible Study 693-8884 Nazareth Lutheran Church Sunday 9 a.m., Sunday School 8 a.m. 776-6731 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saturdays 6 p.m.; Sundays 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. 776-6339 St. John Methodist Church Sunday 10 a.m, 693-8830 Seventh Day Adventist Saturdays, 779-4477 St. John Pentecostal Church Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Prayer 7:30 p.m., Thursdays Bible Study 7:30 p.m. 779-1230 St. Ursulas Episcopal Church Sunday Church Service, 9 a.m. 777-6306 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332 Word of Faith Church Word of Faith International Christian Center, Sundays 7:30 a.m. Gifft Hill School 774-8617 Church Directory Commercial boat operator meeting on proposed mooring fee increases. DPNR's Director of Environmental Enforcement Roberto Tapia, at left, listens while an 11-year-old resident detailed dangerous actions by the division's week.St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliottgross receipts and now youre asking for more money too. nothing about on-going dinghy theft in Cruz Bay har bor, Boyd added. Weve had a lot of dinghies stolen in Cruz Bay, Boyd said. DPNR has been no help at all. Although proposing fee increases, DPNR has not detailed what the fee increases will fund, explained Jamie Brown. I feel like this is half of a proposal, said Brown. I wish we saw where these fees are going. Has anyone looked at the economic impact of these fees. Although Barnes said her department had endeav ored to collect information about similar mooring programs, DPNRs proposed fee increases are no in like with nearby systems, explained Jason Hayman. The fees you are suggesting are not based on local similar programs, said Hayman. These fees are in line with an area like Key West, Florida, where the government owns the moorings and checks them every two weeks and maintains them. There are dinghy docks and pump out facilities there that justify those fees. Without even a plan, it is not realistic to charge these kinds of fees, said Hayman. While DPNR expects to collect more money with the increased fees, that might not be the case, explained Larry Best. We all know that compliance with the moor ing and registration system is probably about half, said Best. With these huge increases, compliance is bound to go down. And with any organized boycott, that revenue increase will go way down. Barnes encouraged anyone who wanted to comment on DPNRs mooring fee increase to email her at alicia.barnes@dpnr.gov. Continued from Page 3


St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 17 St. John Tradewinds Home instruction in the territory is governed by provisions in the V.I. Code that require parents or under 18 years old to school regularly, or to educate them at home. In order to home school a child, however, the following is required in accordance with the Virgin Islands Board of Educations policy: cation a Notice of Intent: Instruction of Student at Home form. The Notice of Intent will be effective for up to one year. Filing of a Notice of Intent must occur within 10 days of the start of the home instruction program. edges full responsibility for the education of their child in accordance with the requirements of the Vir gin Islands law. Receipt of a Notice of Intent in no way constitutes approval by DOE of a program of home instruction. Parents who wish to instruct their children at home need to complete the Notice of Intent form that can Curriculum and Instruction, located at 1834 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas. Letter of Intent forms are also available on DOEs website at www.doe.vi and www.myviboe.com. Dear EarthT alk: Has an alternative to air conditioning to keep than traditional air conditioning? Ashutosh Saxena, Allahabad, India Unfortunately the modern day air conditioner, with its constantly cycling, energy-hogging compressor and environmentally unfriendly chemical coolant, still reigns supreme throughout the world and increasingly so in rapidly developing countries like India and China where possession of air conditioning connotes middle class status. used in air conditioners through the 1980s was phased out because its emissions were causing damage to the globes protective ozone layer, the chemicals that replaced it worldwide, and which are now in use in hundreds of millions of air conditioners, are some 2,100 times stronger as greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide. We may have saved the ozone layer, but whoops! there goes the climate. Just because people arent using them much doesnt mean there arent some good alternatives. The best known is an evaporative cooler (AKA swamp coolcool outdoor air through evaporation and then blow it inside. They make for a nice alternative to traditional air conditioners, using about a quarter of the energy over all. They are also quicker and cheaper to install, and can be moved around to different rooms as needed. But swamp coolers can require a lot of maintenance and may not keep the interior space as cool as some AC-hungry inhabitants might like. Apartment/condo and commercial/industrial buildings might consider augmenting their existing rooftop air conditioning systems with the cooling power of ice. California-based Ice Energy makes and sells the Ice Bear system, essentially a large thermal stor age tank that makes ice at night when the cost and demand for energy is lower and then doles out ice water into the air conditioning system during the day Since the air conditioners energy-intensive compressor can remain off during peak daytime hours, the electricity required for cooling can be minimal, with some customers achieving 95 percent electricity savings using the system. And utilities across the country are starting to encourage its use by large customers. Stanford University has been utilizing its own version of similar technology since 1999 to keep its campus buildings cool. Since upgrading to an icebased cooling system, Stanford saves some $500,000 a year on its campus cooling bill. If such technology could be adapted to augment home air conditioning systems, it could go a long way toward reducing air conditionings environmental footprint overall. Of course, lets not forget that a small investment in a fan or two to create a breeze or wind tunnel through inhabited interior spaces can go a long way to offset summer heat. Even better, get a professional to install a whole-house fan, which draws in cooler air through lower level open windows and exhales hotter air through specially designed attic vents synced to open when the system is operating. The race has been on in the air conditioning busistroy the ozone or add to global warming, but progress has been slow. Meanwhile, global warming itself will beget the need for more air conditioning, which will only exac erbate an already dire situation, especially as the rest like weve enjoyed in the West for decades. SUMMER SPECIAL10% OFF DISPLAY ADS(new or existing clients)Advertising Reservations 340-642-5365 info@stjohnmagazine.com


guns pulled and were demanding peoples ID and taking pictures of IDs, said Colin Hanson. They treated a lot of people like they were criminals. They were being downright dangerous. I am upset about DPNR being on the dock with guns, said John Costanzo. Those are my grandchildren and my friends. were spotted around 9 a.m. in Cor al Bay harbor on July 25 and were seen cutting a legal mooring line, according to eyewitnesses. When DPNRs vessel got fouled in another mooring line, several boaters in the area laughed, which Coral Bay dinghy dock gun display, according to witnesses. They were laughing when they cut a legal mooring line, said one eyewitness. When they fouled their motor on a mooring line, we laughed. And then they drew their ones ID. There were several residents in the area and several small children, including Brooker and at least one toddler, who were present when the according to eyewitnesses. Several DPNR Enforcement ofrine, which has been in business for more than 25 years, according to eyewitnesses. point, to see Coral Bay Marines business license, which had been paid for but not yet received by Department of Licensing and Conened to shut the business down, eyewitnesses explained. backed down from the threat, their business in Coral Bay was not complete. were spotted again in the Coral Bay area on Thursday morning, July 26, when they put removal stickers on St. John Kids and the Sea vessels (KATS) for not having proper registrations, according to witnesses. run youth sailing program which DPNR does not charge to register tration for weeks and the stickers are still being processed, explained Thatcher Lord. all KATS boats and threatened to remove them within 48 hours, said Lord. Weve been waiting for stickers to come, since they have been being processed for several weeks. We tried to tell them this, but it didnt matter. Despite raising thousands of dollars to support the Emmaus Moravian Church, the local public elementary school and more, boaters in Coral Bay are routinely treated like second class citizens, explained Philip Stringer. We have a sense that we are considered second class citizens or worse, said Stringer. We have raised large amounts of money raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Moravian Church and Guy Benjamin School. We also organize twice yearly clean ups of the entire harbor area in collaboration with Department of Public Works, Stringer said. We are not violent and we are not criminals. Yet we seem to get picked on. Although Barnes refused to disactions during last weeks moor had started a preliminary investigation and had spoken to several residents about the incidents. Barnes encouraged anyone who or email her at alicia.barnes@dpnr. gov.vi.18 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com kathy@islandgetawaysinc.com Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486 VIVA Vacations tel. 779-4250 P.O. Box 1747, STJ, VI 00831ArchitectureCrane, Robert Architect, AIA tel. 776-6356 P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 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; pgunow@gmail.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. 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St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 19 Friday, July 20 12:45 p.m. An Estate Glucksberg resident p/r that his tools were stolen from his tool shed. Grand larceny. 3:09 p.m. A Westin Resort and Villas employee c/r that someone accidentally fell down. Accidental injury. Saturday, July 21 9:05 a.m. An Estate Contant/ Enighed resident c/r a distur bance at his residence. Distur bance of the peace, D.V. 10:56 a.m. A citizen c/r Estate Adrian. Illegal discharge 11:00 p.m. A citizen c/r suspicious activity in the area of Bellevue Village. Suspicious activity. Sunday, July 22 11:40 a.m. A citizen c/r being involved in an auto accident in the area of Estate Pine Peace. Auto collision. No time given A visitor c/r that he found a man sleeping in his villa. Unlawful entry. 6:05 p.m. A citizen r/ that someone removed his iPhone from the area of Wharfside Village. Grand larceny. 10:33 p.m. Badge #1205 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Maxian Ashton of Estate Grunwald under arrest and charged with Possession of Stolen Property. His 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 Corrections on St. Thomas to be remanded. 10:43 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Loud music. Monday, July 23 5:25 a.m. A Lumberyard resident r/ that her boyfriend threw a rock and broke her window. Destruction of property. 5:58 a.m. Badge #1049 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Jose Bolques of Estate Chocolate Hole under arrest and charged with Destruction of Property, D.V. No bail was set by order of the court. He was detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas to be remanded. 9:08 a.m. An Estate Johns Folly resident c/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. 11:09 a.m. A Pine Peace Minimart employee p/r a distur bance at the store. Disturbance of the peace. T uesday, July 24 12:45 a.m. A Moorhead Point resident r/ that her boss vehicle was taken by her mechanic without her permission. Police assistance. 11:00 a.m. An Estate Johns Folly resident p/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. 1:00 p.m. A citizen p/ to vehicle which was found in Estate Bethany. Police assistance. 3:00 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that she was assaulted in the area of Global Marine by another female. Simple assault. W ednesday, July 25 5:08 p.m. An Estate Carolina resident p/r a disturbance with another female. Disturbance of the peace. 5:30 p.m. A visitor p/r damage to a vehicle. Damage to a vehicle. Thursday, July 26 12:43 p.m. An Estate Contant resident c/r that an unknown male was pounding on his door. Disturbance of the peace. 8:22 a.m. A Department of Tourism employee c/r a possible Attempted burglary. 6:31 p.m. A Calabash Boom resident c/r a disturbance with her roommate. Disturbance of the peace. 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 the help of the citizens. Even the smallest bit of information may be just what law enforcement needs to solve these cases. St. John On Sunday, July 15, at 2:45 p.m., a woman residing at #31L Estate Bellevue returned home and discovered that her residence had been burglar ized. Items stolen included an Acer laptop computer, speakers and over $3,000 in cash. The victim could not determine how the burglar(s) gained access to her home. The minimum reward for the arrest of a burglar is $714 plus 10 percent of the value of all property recovered. The maximum reward is $2,500. St. Thomas On Sunday, July 15, around 10 p.m., 9-1-1 in the area of Soto Town Mini-Mart in Contant. When police arrived on the scene they discovered Ali Yanes of Jerusalem had been killed. The mini mum reward for the arrest of a murder suspect is $1,500. Continue to help make the community a safer place to live by submitting information on these or any other crimes at www.CrimeStoppersUSVI. org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips are completely anonymous, and the stateside operators speak several languages. If a tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, illegal drugs, or weapons, tipsters will receive a cash reward to be paid according to their instructions. Only anonymous callers are eligible for these cash rewards. Continued from Page 10 the jurisdiction to make many decisions related to the territorys governance, and it has only the sovereignty that the federal government allows it. Incorporation is regarded as a permanent condition.Once incor porated, an incorporated territory can no longer be de-incorporated; that is, it can never be excluded from the jurisdiction of the United State Constitution. Under our current status an unincorporated territory is an area under U.S. jurisdiction to which only certain natural protections (e.g. freedom of speech, due process) of the Constitution are proCongress has added apply. If a territory has no constitution, the ultimate authority over the ter ritory is not held by the territorial government, but rather by the U.S. Congress. The right of self-government is supreme. Once Virgin Islanders create a territorial constitu tion, Congress, after initial approval, shall not have the power to override its provisions. The 10th Amendment restricts federal government intrusion upon the reserved powers of the states. The adopted Constitution of the Virgin Islands would restrict similar national intrusion upon the powers exercised under its provisions. Rather than the amended process recommended by the proposed legislation which may need additional legislation and time. Let the Fifth Constitutional Convention return to the table and develop an acceptable document. I further believe that St. John residentes should have meetings scheduled so that they dont have to wait for people to arrive a half hour after the meeting is scheduled to begin. This scheduled 6 p.m. meeting had to be delayed for a half hour for Legislators who came on the 6 p.m. ferry. Meeting schedulers take note! Works Cited: Boyer, William W., Americas Virgin Islands, Durham NC, Carolina Academic Press, 1985; Dookhan, Isaac, The History of the Virgin Islands of the United States, Jamaica, Canoe Press, 1995; Langley, Lester D., The United States and the Caribbean in the Twentieth Century, Athens, GA, The University of George Press, 1985. St. John Tradewinds St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island Police Chief Darren Foy last week cautioned the motoring public on St. Thomas that adhering to all rules and regulations while driving is the law, and offenders will be ticketed Laws against driving over the speed limit, using a cell phone without an earpiece, texting while driving and not obeying posted signs are all in effect to protect the public, said Foy. Violating these laws can result in the injury or death of another person or yourself. Recent reports circulating in the territory advising the public that poexplained Foy. This is completely untrue, and for anyone to advise motorists to break the law is irresponsible, he said. Although the Superior Court presently does not have ticket books to and are not in danger of running out of the reserves, explained Foy. ticketed for motorists for DUI and other violations, the VIPD Chief explained. Foy also reminded the community that the VIPD is one department and if necessary, ticket books can be sent from St. Croix or St. John for throughout the month and beyond.


20 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail editor@tradewinds.vi or fax 693-8885.COMPONENTS IN COMMONACROSS 1 Precede all others 10 At the apex president way, say series populous city in war hangar Sheba playwright William know ... 59 Granters of three wishes on its roof 99 Bleating female performers 115 Met offering hunters DOWN 1 Plotting band 5 Pervade 9 Fashionable Banks 10 Iridescent 15 Singer Mel organisms 19 Gives assent gear 51 Arcing throw 55 Silverstein of kid-lit 91 Private eyes 95 Employee hirer, e.g. 100 Furies 101 Avoid really yells at be true 109 Have a spat 115 Possesses 119 Actress Long 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 Services meeting room in Mongoose Junction from 6:30 to 7:30pm; and every Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at 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 Friends of Irene and the late Steve Levin are invited douevres with select wine and drinks on Saturday, August 11, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fatty Crab. Friday, August 17 Orientation for St. John Christian Academy School Year 2012-2013 will be Friday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m. School day-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Application forms may be picked up during this time. Call 693-7722 for more details. Monday, August 20 St. John Christian AcadMonday, August 20. Sunday, August 26 The 2nd annual Chaotic Kayak Race is set for Sunday, August 26, at Oppenheimer Beach. 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. Love City Triathlon and Aquathon is set for September 2 Sunday, October 7 A fundraiser for the 4th Annual Using Sport for Social Change Just Play! event aboard the Kekoa catamaran is set for Sunday, October 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. For more informa tion, go to www.usingsportforsocialchange.com. Monday, October 8 Using Sport for Social Change is hosting the 4th Annual Free Just Play! day event on Monday, October 8, Bay. Saturday, October 20 The Animal Care CenFleas, Please, will be on Saturday, October 20, at the Win


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This is one part of what we do at CES, extend services to the community. I am proud and happy you have had the opportunity to do what you did for the past six weeks at a nominal cost of $10, Robles said. Spread the word and let others know that we are here and we are here to serve you. Thanks for allowing us to serve you. Wesselhoft vowed to offer additional sewing classes at UVI St. John Academic Center. Sewing will continue on St. John, she said. There is more interest out there and the schedule is taking off here at the center. Wed like to hear about other ideas for classes as well. Clothing construction instructor Johnson loved working with the students as much as the students enjoyed taking her classes, she explained. I really loved working with these ladies, said Johnson. I am proud of this group. I would love to come back and do more classes. CES and UVIs St. John Academic Center should play a vital role in the community, explained center director Kent Wessinger. We want you to know that the center is about and is here for you and this community, said Wessinger. There is a lot going on here in the fall, but it is my intention to make sure we establish more community classes that elevate St. John and bring us further as a community. Think about what we can offer to elevate the community and bring the community together, said the St. John Academic Center director. It is the institutions of education which will help us hold onto our culture. We need you to help us to understand what we need to offer; we are listening. In only four semesters, UVIs St. John center has grown from offering no accredited classes to offering 40 classes in the fall. Despite how busy the center is, there will always be space and time for CES. We will never be too busy to have classes for the community, said Wessinger. It shows there is a hunger and a need for these toward the future. 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24 St. John Tradewinds, July 30-August 5, 2012 Support your local newspaper! We need your support to report. By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Students in the Julius E. Sprauve Schools summer program learned all about different law enforcement careers during a special presentation at the schools cafeteria on Wednesday afternoon, July 25. bers of the St. John Citizens Integration Team, the law enforcement career day opened students eyes about what it a detective. The presentation was also designed to promote law enforcement careers and help students feel comfortable with Green, Ohio. Weve been talking at our monthly meetings about how said Bechstein. Wed also like kids to feel comfortable St. John CIT members hosted a summer youth fair in May, which is when the idea was planted for a career day, Bechstein added. cials and decided this would be a great way to reach the kids, she said. The career day will hopefully inform kids about law enforcement and how to steer their lives to one hear from VIPDs Sergeant Clayton Browne about the various divisions within the department. We all wear the same uniform but did you know there are many jobs within the police department, Browne said. Today you will learn about some of those different jobs. ritorys laws regarding young children in vehicles and urged the students to always use their seat belts. Most of you dont buckle up when you are in a car, said Charles. Most of the accidents in the territory where a child is killed is because that child was not buckled up properly. Children under the age of 13 are required by law to sit in the back seat of a vehicle and all passengers should wear seat belts, Charles added. In the front seat it is a law, you must wear your seat back seat, which you must be if you are under 13, then I suggest you buckle up. And if your parents dont wear their seat belts, tell them to buckle up too. VIPD Detective Kenneth Smalls Jr. always wanted to be I grew up on St. John and I went to school right here at Sprauve, said Smalls. I have always wanted to be a police Detectives begin work on a case after it is sent by a conto investigate, Smalls said. Investigations can take days, weeks or even months. But after we have gathered enough evidence, we go out and arrest the bad guys. Despite what is routinely shown on TV, it takes more than an hour to solve a crime, VIPD Crime Scene Investigator I get called when there are bad crimes and very bad crimes, said Las. I gather evidence by dusting for prints, the evidence a criminal leaves behind. It takes a little longer than an hour to solve a crime, Las said. The most popular presentation of the day was the K-9 If you love animals, the K-9 unit is a great place to be, said Dominguez. Aries works with me, lives with me and in sick. Police departments use dogs because of their keen sense of smell, Dominguez explained. The dogs smell better than we do, so when we are lookmonths of training every day for a dog to become a K-9 unit. They follow commands and protect and do a lot. school and work hard, Browne added. If you want one of these jobs, or any job, you must go to ate, you will probably have to go to college for at least two years to get a job too. So study hard and get your diploma. St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime ElliottStudents in Julius E. Sprauve School's Summer Program learned all about VIPD