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St. John Vendors Plaza Advisory Council MeetsPage 3Gov. DeJongh Authorizes Island Car Rental Quota To DoublePage 3Mystery Marlin Photo: Tell Us Who Caught ItPage 2 Leander Jurgen Command October 8-14, 2012 Copyright 2012St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Yelena RogersV.I. Police Department stations across the territory, similar to Leander Jurgen Command in Cruz Bay, honored the SEE PAGE 19. BACK TO WEEKLY! Get the new edition every Monday! Charity Golf Tournament Set for Oct. 17Page 7
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Its an impressive catch, but who reeled it in? That is the question and several residents have been unable to answer about this photograph. The picture was taken by Guy Benjamin in June 1963 and the slide was recently expertly conformat. V.I. National Park Chief of Resource Management Rafe Boulon and it looks to be at least six feet long. The photograph might have been taken in front of the Dalmida store or at a different location in Coral Bay, according to several residents. Yet the question about who these men are who were photographed proudly showing off their catch remains a mystery. Anyone with information about the photograph is welcome to call at 776-6496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott WRITERS Andrea Milam, Mauri Elbel ADVERTISING CIRCULATION Rohan Roberts COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTORS Chuck Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Ewald, Andrew Rutnik, Craig Barshinger, Bob Schlesinger, Jack Brown, Mares Crane, Dan Boyd 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 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 October 8-14, 2012 The St. John Racquet Club will sponsor a V.I. Tennis Association Junior Tennis Tournament at the Cruz Bay tennis courts November 2 to November 4. This tournament will once again honor and say thanks to Vic Ebbesen for his dedication and commitment to the development of junior tennis on St. John. The event is for girls and boys ages 8 and under to 18 and under. The entry fee is $15 and the deadline for entries is Tuesday, October 30. Off-island players can check with VITA for the limited availability of funding for travel. For more information contact Pat Harley at 776-6643.Junior Tennis Tourney Set for Nov. 2-4 St. John Singers To Begin RehearsalsRehearsals for the St. John Singers Christmas holiday concerts begin on Monday, October 8, at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay. This season the group will be directed by Janice Ballard. Men and women rehearse together at 6:30 p.m. every Monday evening and new members are welcome just bring a desire to sing. Its not too late to pick up vouchers from the American Cancer Society for free or discounted mammograms. The original program offered the vouchers to St. John residents throughout the month of September. Now residents have until the end of October, or until the vouchers run out, to pick them up. the vouchers are available at the St. John Community Foundation Call SJCF Executive Director Celia Kalousek at 693-9410 to make an appointment.Vouchers for Free or Discounted Mammograms Available from ACSThe Blue Marlin MysteryGifft Hill School announced the 3rd Annual Gifft Hill School Gives Back Community Service Day will be Friday, November 16, at various locations across St. John. The school is organizing teams of faculty and students (ranging in age from preschool through 12th grade) to do service projects in the community throughout the day, and would like to understand how best to assist any St. John organizations. churches, and St. John School of the Arts; visit to the senior centers to provide companionship and singing by the youngest students; and gardening help at Julius E. Sprauve School. Gifft Hill School is the only preschool through high school program on St. John, currently serving over 160 students. Community service is an important part of the GHS curriculum as well as a graduation requirement, and this day of service has become a tradition to which students and staff look forward. For more information call 340-776-1730 or email mollymur email@example.com.GHS Gives Back Day Set for Nov. 16 Please, will be on Saturday, October 20, at the Winston Wells ball the event. Corley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.ACC Flea Market Set for October 20St. John Tradewinds News Photo
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Last week, Governor John deJongh authorized Bureau of Motor Vehicles Director Jerris Browne to increase the total quota of rental cars on St. John from 625 to 1,250. The quota has not been increased in 17 years and St. John rental car agencies have been begging for the ability to offer more cars for rent. Last week, those pleas were heard. There are 19 car rental agencies on St. John and they have been begging for this for years, said doesnt mean that we are giving out this quota all at once. Of the 19 existing car rental agencies on St. John, 16 of those companies have requests pending to increase their quotas, according to Browne. There are pending requests and Director. Those requests are for 270 additional cars and then there are some new businesses who have quota requests. While Browne has no jurisdic tion to rule on the controversial inter-island rental car issue, he hoped this quota increase would help St. John companies compete on a fairer footing with St. Thomas companies. I have no jurisdiction about the cars going back and forth, said Browne. I know there were some complaints and a number of years ago the Attorney General issued an opinion related to the federal Commerce Clause. There is a new request that the AG is supposed to be looking at to see if there is anything different now. I have no control over that right now, Browne said. But they have been complaining for ing over from St. Thomas. Hopefully lets see what happens now that they can meet their demand. Whether this car rental quota increase results in fewer people renting cars on St. Thomas and taking them on the barge and instead renting their vehicles on St. John remains to be seen. I think St. John companies could get some relief through this, said Browne. We have helped with what we could have helped with. Those businesses have been stymied for almost 18 years. Browne thanked the St. John car rental companies for their patience. Its been so long that they have been asking for this, said the BMV Director. Throughout that time they have continued to do their jobs and continued to be patient. They asked for an opportunity to compete [with St. Thomas car rental companies] and thats what weve given them. Browne has already issued let ters to each car rental business which had a request pending, he added. BMV Assistant Director Myrna George was on island last week meeting with business owners to ensure their records and requests were in order, Browne explained. We are happy to be able to meet those requests, said Browne. With peak season coming up, this will give those businesses that extra asset they might need. I think this is the best thing. For more information, contact George at 776-6262 or 643-5110. 2012 RAIN DATAM ONTH : SEPTEMBER2.16 inchesSEPT. AVERAGETOTAL Y-T-DY-T-D AVERAGE October 8-14, 2012 3 Thursday, Oct. 11th Jerris Browne, DeJongh Authorizes St. John Car Rental Quota to Double to 1,250St. John Tradewinds INDEXBusiness Directory ..............18 Church Directory .................16 Community Calendar ..........20 Crossword Puzzle ...............20 Obituary ..............................16 Police Log ...........................19 St. John Tradewinds Senator at Large Craig Barshinger announced that work has begun on the advisory phase of the St. John Vendors Plaza. Representatives from the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs along with the Advisory Council for the Vendors Plaza met Tuesday, October 2, at time. Barshinger sponsored Bill No. 29-0072, now Act 7267, which appropriated $300,000 from the St. John Capital Improvement Fund to the Department of Public Works for the construction of a vendors plaza on St. John. at the plaza must be made, grown or harvested in the Virgin Islands. Section 2 of the Act commissions the DLCA to establish an advisory council which would advise and assist DLCA, in conjunction with the Department of Property and establishing vending rules, and developing policy for the plaza, among other things. This initial meeting was for the members of the advisory council and agencies involved to meet and familiarize themselves with each other, Barshinger said. The council will meet on a monthly basis until all plans and I am excited that we are moving along towards the construction of this much needed vendors plaza,: said the senator at large. It is my desire to see St. Johnians retain their culture and pride, and showcase it to the world. We have a lot of local crafts, produce and talent to offer right here on St. John. St. John Vendors Plaza Advisory Council Meets
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Fund explained the groups mission and inspiration at a Rotary Club of St. John meeting on Wednesday, October 3, at the Westin Resort and Villas. Founding St. John Cancer Fund committee mem bers Hank Slodden, Cynthia Smith, Phillip Grasshopper Pickering and Mary Bartolucci assured local Rotary members that, while they have launched a new group to support St. John cancer patients, they support the local chapter of the American Cancer Society 100 percent. We absolutely support the American Cancer Society and believe that we can work in concert with them, said Slodden. They do great work and anything that can help local people suffering from this terrible disease is just a great thing. We whole-heart edly support the American Cancer Society. Far from being a splinter group, the founding committee members of the St. John Cancer Fund were inspired to form the organization as an additional way to help Love City residents facing cancer diagnosis. People living on this small island who often have to travel great distances for treatment have many needs, said Smith. We were looking for a way to just meet more of those needs. We felt there might be a way that we could more The groups mission is to provide monies for prevention, treatment and supportive services in the St. John, according to information provided by the group. The St. John Cancer Fund currently has empty coffers, but that is about to change. There were three events planned in the month of October, cancer awareness month, which promise to give the group an statement. High Tide Bar and Grill and Noahs Little Arks hosted a Dinghy Poker Run on Sunday, October 7, which found boaters picking up poker cards at differ ent locations and returning to High Tide to play their hand. Supporters without boats were welcome to join the poker game as well, for the price of a buy-in. As of press time, the amount raised by the Poker Run was not available. Some People on St. John are hosting a Charity Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 17, at Mahogany Cancer Fund as well. Teams of four or individuals can register for the email@example.com for more information. Fund might be the largest one planned. Woodys Seafood Saloon will be hosting its Third Annual Save Second Base Block Party on Saturday night, October 26, in Cruz Bay. This year the party will snake around the corner as Cafe Roma and Castaways Bar will be joining the festivities as well. St. John reggae sensations Inner Visions will provide live entertainment and there will sale. Once the group has some funds in its coffers, the fund will be managed by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. When we decided to form the group, we knew 4 October 8-14, 2012 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott Continued on Page 18Island Rotary Club Members Hear from St. John Cancer Fund Committee Happy Holidays! 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 Its almost time for the most exciting night of cuisine on St. John the annual Flavors fundraiser is set for Saturday, November 24, at the Westin Resort and Villas. As the premier event for the Rotary Club of St. John, the annual Flavors fundraiser offers the group a way to support its scholarships and community service projects. This year, members are gear ing up to make the exciting St. John culinary event better than ever, explained organizer Bruce Munro, a past president of the Rotary Club of St. John. There are already 14 local restaurants and caterers signed on to compete for best appetizer, best entree, best dessert, best drink and crowd favorite. And we expect even more restaurants to be on board soon, said Munro. In addition to the fantastic food available in the ballrooms of the Westin, Flavors will also which were still be worked out as of press time. But rest assured a ticket to Flavors, $90 in advance, $100 at the door and $75 for residents with food handlers cards, will get one entrance to a great night of food and fun. An exciting silent auction will also be featured at Flavors. Last years auction featured the chance for attendees to bid on packages ranging from car reExpect another amazing silent auction this year, said Munro. The annual event actually began as a dance in honor of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, explained members. After that turn the night into a fundraiser to help support its scholarship fund, which awards funds to local students pursuing higher education. This year, funds will also help community service projects as well, Munro explained. We have decided to use the funds for scholarships and also to allow us to meet more needs locally through our community service projects, he said. Keep an eye on future which will announce a list of participants, their planned menus and more exciting details of the upcoming Flavors Rotary Club of St. John fundraiser. October 8-14, 2012 5 Rotary Gearing Up for Another Flavors Gifft Hill School Hosting Shoe DriveSt. John Tradewinds Gifft Hill School is pleased to announce a shoe drive beginning Monday, October 8, and ending on its 3rd Annual community service day Gifft Hill School Gives Back on November 16. GHS is partnering with Soles4Souls as well as collecting shoes for needy St. John families in addition to students at the GHS partner school in Uganda. Shoes will be collected until November 16, when a team of students and faculty will clean, organize and pack donated shoes for delivery. Soles4Souls has distributed more than 19 million pairs of shoes around the world with the help of partners like Gifft Hill School. With one in every four adults in the world living in extreme poverty, basic necessities like shoes are simply unavailable. In developing nations like Haiti, Honduras, and Tanzania, walking is the main form of transportation, and shoes can protect a persons feet from cuts and infections. Also, children in other parts of the world cannot attend school without a pair of shoes. GHS is the only preschool through high school program on St. John, currently serving more than 160 students. Community service is an important part of the curriculum as well as a graduation requirement, and this day of service has become a tradition to which both students and staff look forward. Collection boxes will be located at both the Lower and Upper Campuses of GHS. Any style of new or gently used shoes will be accepted. Donations of $1 per pair of shoes are greatly appreciated to help with the cost of shipping. For more information call the school at 776-1730 or email mollymur firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds For the second year in a row, St. John School of the Arts is offer ing free dance, music and theater classes for local children. In conjunction with the V.I. Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation, SJSA is offering six free after school arts classes for students between 7 and 12 years old. The program offers free Drumming and Dance, Contemporary Dance, Choir, Tap, Ballet and Theater classes which meet once a week at different times and locations after 3:15 p.m. While the classes are free, there is a $10 fee for insurance for each class and parents must register their children at SJSA. Classes are up quickly, explained SJSA Executive Director Kim Wild. Wild. Last years program was successful, but the school has expanded its offerings this year and is hoping more parents will take advantage of the free classes. We did the partnership last year and wanted to expand it for this year, said Wild. So we now have six classes that we are offer ing under this program with the Department of Housing, Parks and Recreation. register their children for the classes offered in the program. SJSA will not accept cash, but parents are welcome to pay with a money order or check. Immunization cards are also required for enrollment, Wild added. SJSA is excited about being able to offer these classes free of charge to the public, explained the SJSA director. What is not to like about free arts classes, she said. Its a great way for children to get some quality arts classes and youre only paying $10 [insurance fee] for that experience. This is great opportunity for families and more parents should take advantage of this program. This is something that you dont want to see go unused, said Wild. For more details call 779-4322.6 October 8-14, 2012 Dont Miss Out on Free Arts Classes at SJSA www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 The Highly Anticipated 2013 EDITION Is Coming Soon!For more Information 340-642-5365 The Island Green Building Association has announced that beginning Monday, October 15, residents and contractors will have at the ReSource Depot. In addition to the Depots regular hours of Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, it will now also be open on Mondays from 7 a.m. to noon for donations and purchases. Additional hours are available by appointment. The ReSource Depot offers a wide selection of new and gently used building materials for new builds and home renovations, sold at 50 to 80 percent below retail value. Its located on Gifft Hill Road right off Centerline Road, across from the Susannaberg Transfer Station. To view a partial list of the ReSource Depots inventory, please visit www.igbavi.org. ReSource Depot Expanding HoursThe Department of Human Services and the St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of the United Way are hosting the second annual Day of Caring/Project Homeless Connect in Cruz Bay on Friday, October 26. To help ease the suffering of those living without homes, the groups are asking for donations of clothing and toiletries. Especially in demand are mens shorts sized 28 to 32, mens shirts sizes Residents are also asked to donate canned goods and toiletries like toothpaste, deodorant, soaps, shampoo and razors. Donations of clothing can be dropped off at Kilroys Laundry. St. John Community Foundation Executive Director Celia Kalousek will accept all other donations. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Kalousek call SJCF at 693-9410.Clothing and Toiletries Donations Needed for Project Homeless ConnectApplications for the 2013 Carnival Queen Competition Pageant are now available for pick up from the Virgin Islands Carnival or from any of the St. Thomas public or private high schools. The Committee is encouraging community groups and schools to send their best, brightest and most-talented to vie for the title of Queen of Carnival 2013. Applications can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and must be completed and returned no later than November 14. For more information contact the Carnival Committee at 776-3112.Applications for Carnival Queen 2013St. John Tradewinds theater.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Its time to dust off those golf clubs and pull out those knickers, the Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Some People on St. John is set for Wednesday, October 17, at Mahogany Run Golf Course on St. Thomas. Organized by Meaghan Enright and Tim Hanley, the second annual tournament will be full of fun holes, exciting sponsorships and the chance to win some big bucks, against cancer. This years tournament will Cancer Fund, which provides money for prevention, treatment against cancer on behalf of the community of St. John, according to the group. Its still not too late to sign up for the tournament. Register by October 12 as an individual for $125, or form a foursome for $500. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, golf club rentals for people who dont have their own set, use of a golf cart, transportation from Red Hook to the course, a T-shirt, and light refreshments at the 19th Hole After Party. The tournament kicks off at 11 a.m. and will be a four-person shotgun scramble format, which should make for some exciting golf action. Local businesses have sponsored holes along the course, with the most exciting being Hole #8, a par three. If some lucky golfer plunks a hole in one on that hole, shell take home a cool $25,000, courtesy of High Tide Bar and Grill. There are also prizes for closest to pin, the best dressed team grabs. Enright and Hanley are still well. Any non-duffers out there are welcome to come out just for fun on the course, volunteer or join the crowd at High Tide, which is hosting the 19th Hole After Party starting at 7 p.m. The after party is open to everyone and will feature DJ Adonis, an additional prize giveaways. Attendees are asked to wear golf attire if possible to keep the tournament theme going. A portion of the proceeds from the 19th Hole will also be donated to St. John Cancer Fund. While Hanley and Enright are planning an exciting tournament sure to be a seriously good time for all, supporting cancer patients is their true motivation. My brother passed away from a brain tumor 13 years ago, said Hanley. So my family has always Cancer touches so many lives; if not your immediate family, then your friends or someone you know has been affected. I have been blessed that no one in my family has been diagnosed with cancer, but being here on St. John, there are so many people whom I love dearly who have been affected, said Enright. Its a great feeling to be able to help out in any way. Some People on St. John decided to donate to St. John Cancer Fund this year because of the groups commitment to distributing funds on Love City, explained Hanley. We really liked the fact that the funds would be donated locally and help people here on St. John, said Enright. The group also can fund a lot of different needs, not just transportation and things like that, said Hanley. Its a great cause to help meet the needs of local people here on St. John. Last years tournament, which was the brainchild of Vic Brocato who is off-island this year, netted the group $6,000. This year, with months of additional planning, Hanley and Enright are hoping to top that amount. There are already 14 teams signed up and the duo are expecting their radio ads on 103.5 the Buzz, which were donated by the station, to help draw additional teams from St. Thomas. And Love City can expect more fun fundraisers planned by Some People on St. John in the future, explained Enright. We have some really good ideas for fundraisers and wed like to do quarterly events to raise money for St. John Cancer Fund, she said. To stay on top of all the Some People on St. John happenings, be sure to like the group on Facebook. Dont miss the fun at the Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Some People on St. John. Register teams by Octoprize. For more information about registering for the tournament or making a donation, email email@example.com.Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament Set for October 17 October 8-14, 2012 7 St. John Tradewinds News Photo Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! Exclusive Rates from $149for residents of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico*. CALL OR BOOK ONLINE WWW.WESTINRESORTSTJOHN.COMLOCALS U S V I BV I R ESIDENTS: M ENTION RATE PLAN VIRES PR R ESIDENTS: M ENTION RATE PLAN PRRES WR-Local Rate TW 9.2012.indd 1 8/23/12 3:04 PM 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)
St. John Tradewinds Play Day was hosted on St. John on Friday, September 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Cruz Bay Tennis Courts. Fourteen youngsters took advantage of the free tennis instruction as they were coached and encouraged by eight tennis enthusiasts. Parents were also in atten dance, sitting in the stands while their children threw and hit tennis balls, learned the forehand, played had fun. At the end of the three hours, the young players were asked to recall one item they learned and were all rewarded with a local treat called a special. The successful Play Day ended with the players asking for the instructions to continue the following Friday. Free Tennis instruction will be available on St. John each Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and each Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more infor mation contact Pat Harley at 7766643.8 October 8-14, 2012 St. John Tradewinds The annual Animal Care Center day, October 20, is all set to go. The banner reminding St. John visitors and residents is up on the fence of the Winston Wells ball market will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on October 20. Jennifer Troisi, creator of ACCs special caterer, Top Dogs, promises that good, old-fashioned fair foods will be available in abundance like icy cold drinks, fresh salad and designer hot dogs. for donating $100 towards food also thanked Merchants Market for giving Top Dogs and ACC a 15 percent discount above its wholesale prices to help out with ACCs expenses for hosting the fundraiser. Top Dogs Sally Nelson, Kate be helping Troisi prepare food and serve it on the day of the event. Island residents who have goods to donate for sale at the market can still bring them to the ACC shelter on the library road in Cruz Bay. Kate Webster, ACCs Shelter Manager, said she still has space for storing smaller donated goods. ACC Flea Market Chairperson Jason Corley thanked Sky Blue Development for donating storage ty above Kilroys Dry Cleaners. ACC Director Oriel Smith is now back on island after his September holiday and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for pickup of larger donated items. Although this years No Fleas, Please will not be selling used clothing, ACC is working with Celia Kalousek of St. John Community Foundation to see that any donated clothing which comes to ACC will be distributed at the forthcoming Homeless Connect. The ACC is suffering from a $20,000 funding shortfall this year to date. Expenses have been high with primary costs going to veterinary fees and for salaries of the shelters two full-time and two part-time staff members. market will bring in money to help defray the shortfall. Last years that sum can be matched this year, ACC can continue providing food, shelter, and medicine for the islands homeless cats and dogs. market will go directly to caring for the islands needy companion animals. ber REOPENING IN NOVEMBER St. John Tradewinds ACC Flea Market Set for October 20 at Cruz Bays W inston W ells Ball Field
St. John Tradewinds gearing up for the groups 4th Annual Online Auction and looking to make this years event memorable. The organization is marking its 25th anniversary and seeking unique items for its signature online auction, which raises money to support programs and projects in VINP. Were seeking unique items from the community and businesses of St. John, said Karen Vahling, Friends of VINPs develop ment director. This year we are reaching out to the community as well as businesses In addition to retail goods and services such as jewelry, dining, hotel and villa stays and excursion packages, Friends is also call ing upon people to see what they might have around home that would help with the auction, Vahling explained. Friends is calling on people to look around home for a unique item that is special enough to auction for this important cause, she said. Whether its a piece of original artwork, historic item, a unique collection of some sort or even something popular like airline miles, a car or a boat, it the online auction. Potential auction items must be of excel lent quality and condition and with as much history as possible, so details can be described correctly online. Donations are also tax deductible as allowed by law. The popular online auction features items and packages for bidding in time for holiday gift giving. This years auction will open for bidding on November 16, at 9 a.m. and will run until December 9, at 8 p.m. This years goal is to raise $30,000 to support Friends mission of the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of VINP and to promoting the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure. If you have a business you would like to promote, or a special item youd like to make someone happy with, and want do some good at the same time, please get in touch to donate, said Vahling. Friends will be accepting donations through Monday, November 13. For more information or to make a donation, call Vahling at 779-4940 or email kvahling@ friendsvinp.org. Residents can also donate directly through the auction site as well at www. biddingforgood.com/friendsofvinp or visit www.friendsvinp.org for the link. October 8-14, 2012 9 St. John Tradewinds News Photo Karen Vahling, Friends of VINP Looking for Unique Auction Items P R O P E R T Y K I N G T M 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; 340-626-9685 e: email@example.com SAVE MONEY! 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!
10 October 8-14, 2012 St. John Tradewinds Acting Governor and Commissioner of Finance, Angel Dawson said last month that the Department of Finance would complete the payment of all income tax refunds submitted for processing by the Bureau of Internal Revenue by Friday, September 28. This is in keeping with promises that we made to aggressively pay outstanding income tax refunds upon closing the Series 2012 Working Capital Bonds, Dawson said. We closed on the sale of these bonds in New York just two weeks ago and, working together with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, we have almost completed the payment of all pending income tax refunds. by Dawson, in Fiscal Year 2012 the Department of Finance has processed refund payments for tax years 2010 and prior totaling $38.2 million to approximately 15,500 taxpayers. For 2011, the latest tax year for which refunds are due, the Department of Finance will have processed payments totaling $56.8 million to approximately 23,500 taxpayers. Altogether, $95 million will have been paid to approximately 39,000 taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2012. Of this amount, $73.9 million was processed in just the last two weeks alone, representing payments to approximately 31,000 taxpayers. This is a tremendous amount of money to hit the streets of our territory at one time, said Dawson. And we trust that it will help to stimulate our economy, as residents give a much needed boost to our local merchants. Governor John deJongh, who is presently off-island, commended Dawson, BIR Director Claudette Watson-Anderson and their respective staffs for working diligently to ensure that all pending income tax refunds were processed and paid before the close of Fiscal Year 2012. He also echoed Dawsons hope that the almost $74 million of income tax refunds paid out in the last two weeks will greatly assist the territorys residents and businesses. DeJongh noted, however, that according to information received from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, over $30 million of income tax refunds paid in 2012 are attributable to tax credits, such as Earned Income and Childcare, that are contained in the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. While these are well-intentioned mechanisms utilized by the Federal Government to assist families, they amount to unfunded mandates under our Mirror Tax System, deJongh said. Dawson also indicated that by Monday October 1, all income tax refund checks processed by the Department of Finance will be in the mail and encouraged persons expecting a check to allow a reasonable period of time for delivery. Should a check not be received by the end of next week, Dawcontact the Bureau of Internal Revenue, as there may be a sperefund has not yet been processed and transmitted to the Department of Finance for payment. He also encouraged refund recipients to exercise caution as large amounts of cash circulating in the community become a tempting target for the criminal element. Gifft Hill School Seeks Featured Artists for 27th Annual Auction FundraiserGifft Hill School is seeking artists of all media to be considered for Featured Artist positions in the gallery venue of the 27th Annual Auction in March, 2013, at the Westin St. John Resort and Villas. Paintings, pottery, glasswork, wood workings, sculpture, photography, furniture, etc. are welcomed. This is a wonderful opportunity to support Gifft Hill School, showcase work in a gallery setting and to network with other artists and clientele. Featured Artists will be given the opportunity to receive a commission for the sale of their work or receive a tax Gifft Hill School plays a vital role as the islands only preschool through high school program. Gifft Hill Schools Annual Auction serves as the schools largest fundraising event each year and draws an audience of over 200 guests. Auction guests enjoy the Art Auction, Silent Auction, and Live Auction with dinner. All proHill School. For more information about becoming a Featured Artist, contact Tina Petitto at 305-299-4411 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional auction information, call 776-1730.Government To Complete 2010 and 2011 Tax Refunds by Last Month
October 8-14, 2012 11 St. John Tradewinds Economic depression had begun in the Virgin Islands in 1922 with the extension of the Prohibition Act in 1921, long periods of severe droughts, a drop in sugar prices, increasing unemployment, an inadequate revenue system, a substantial emigration of Virgin Islanders (Boyer, 2010). Times were extremely tough on all three islands but as the 30s progressed, life became more livable. A woman could earn $3 to $4 a month cleaning houses, you could sold in heaps or butter pans for 2 was 3 cents, and a heap of vegetables cost 5 cents. Fish was also sold in large chunks and referred to as Junk. On St. Thomas, farmers from the country would bring their fruits and vegetables into town to sell every Saturday morning. Meats, St. Thomas from Tortola. Real delicacies were grapes, apples, peaches, and plums. The majority of people rented houses. The average rent was $2 a month which provided for one 12foot by 12-foot room partitioned either by screen or curtain. Entire families lived in this one room. Water was always a concern. It was collected in empty salt pork rain barrels, cisterns, and by catchments. Mosquitoes were a problem and were controlled by burning cornmeal in a coal pot to smoke them out. On St. John, pieces of termites nests were burned. Some homes had hand pumps for water but most islanders would carry pails of water from the wells. In times of drought, you would buy water for 5 cents to 10 cents from people with large cisterns. One of the leading sources of income was on the West Indian Company docks. St. Thomas was a fuel stop for ships from all over the world. Ships put into port to load on coal, water, fruits, and vegetables. Islanders could earn 2 cents a basket for carrying 98 pounds of coal, on their heads from the dock, up the gangway, dropping it into the ships hold. Men worked as trimmers in the ships hold spreading the coal for 40 cents a day. Everyone knew when ships were coming into port by a system of signal balls on Signal Hill on Hassel Island. A lookout was stationed there to watch for ships. When one was spotted, the town, through the combination of balls on the yard-arm, would know if the ship was motor, schooner or Navy, as well as the ships nationality. People in town needed to know which ships were coming so that they could report to work if the ship was to be coaled at their station. Coal had to be carried on board by the basketful. Several St. Thomians have proudly told me of their relatives who worked coaling From the Depths of Depresssion SELLING? BUYING? RENTING SEEKING? GET RESULTS!St. John Tradewinds 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 ships. Most of the ships coming in were Navy ships and women would do the laundry and sewing for the crew. You could get 12 pieces of laundry done for 40 cents. There was some electricity on St. Thomas but most people used lamps and lanterns. The real poor with a rag on top that was burned for light. While prohibition stopped the processing of rum for export, it did not stop West Indians from making their own cane rum or anison (similar to Anisette today). Dances were a primary enter tainment. Gentlemen were required to pay 10 cents to 25 cents to get in, but women didnt have to pay. Calypso from Trinidad and other islands was popular. Steel drum music had not been invented, but the Bambula drum was popular. Special balls like the Bluebell Dance were hosted, where everyone dressed in blue. It sounds like the forerunner of our Valentine Dance where everyone here wears red and white. I heartily recommend reading the book Legacies of UpStreet, by Ruth Moolenaar which contains a lot more information on day-to-day life in these arduous times, as well as Harlems Danish-American West Indians 1899 -1964, by Geraldo Guirty which vividly recalls the attempts by the powers to keep Virgin Islanders separated into small groups to limit their political effectiveness as well as the local day-to-day life in the islands.
12 October 8-14, 2012 St. John Tradewiinds News Photo the VIPD. St. John Tradewinds More deadly weapons were removed from the St. Thomas community last month as a result of by St. Thomas V.I. Police DepartThree persons, and a minor, were arrested and charged with suspect was charged with possession of controlled substance. Response Team patrolled high crime areas with increased visibility Friday, September 28, into the early morning hours of Saturday, September 29. They later conductpoints. At about 12:30 a.m. Septem violations. There were three passengers inside the vehicle. An ofwas attempting to cover it with a baseball cap. on and ordered the passengers out of the car. Another passenger, later was acting in a suspicious manner, police said. The minor was searched and was found to be car Police also found two small bags of marijuana in the vehicle. Taurus .45 caliber weapon from the minor, a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver from Jahani Joseph. Both were arrested and charged arms. Jamal Joseph, 30, the third occupant of the vehicle, was also arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. At about 1:30 a.m. VIPD stopped a green Chevy Malibu for and found to be carrying a fully loaded Glock handgun. Heyliger was arrested and charged with possession of an unlia second weapon found inside the vehicle and arrested Gerald Lewis, who was a passenger in the car. Lewis was charged with construcsuspects are 20-years-old. VIPD St. Thomas/St. John Chief Darren Foy commended the work ened alert and are taking all precautions to remain safe as they protect the public from persons carrying illegal weapons, said weapons this weekend and four weapons were taken off the streets last week in Contant Knowles. trol our streets, Foy said. Every weapon taken off the streets prevents further loss of life, injuries and robberies. Chief Foy urged the community to continue to call police and report criminal behavior. Lets move forward with one purpose in mind, that is a safer Virgin Islands for all of us, Foy said.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds If the idea of living a mere stones throw from the calm waters of a crystal clear lagoon is a dream come of yours, look no further than Casa Tua. This two-bedroom home with a separate private guest cottage perched directly on the Lagoon Point waterfront, between Coral Bay harbor and the V.I. National Parks south shore beaches is for sale for $2.1 million, explained Islandia Real Estate sales associate Jane Kelly. The home, with a total of three bedrooms and three and a half baths, is located in Estate St. Quaco and Zimmerman, just a short drive from the quaint town of Coral Bay, explained Kelly. Casa Tua offers someone the perfect dream of living on St. John, said Kelly. Its a classic island style villa with phenomenal waterfront views. This choice property is located in St. Quaco & Zimmerman Estates, a short drive with fetching coastal views from Coral Bay. The home is situated at the end of a long, well maintained drive from Route 107, affording you solitude, privacy and easy accessibility, Kelly said. Constructed in 2009 by local builder Jim Phillips on a little more than a third of an acre, Casa Tuas location is simply stunning and literally no detail was overlooked, Kelly added. This masonry constructed designer home includes furniture, soothing colors and textiles that are in per fect balance with the phenomenal views of the tur quoise Caribbean waters, she said. Find hard wood cabinets and stainless steel appli ances in the open-plan kitchen which leads right to a comfortable living and dining area. Spacious decks, both shaded and open to sunning, on two levels and an expansive pool area allow for plenty of space to soak up those tropical sunsets and cooling trade winds. With views from each room and large windows, one is never far from the amazing water views at Casa Tua, explained Kelly. A wall of sliding glass doors open to your spaarea seating and a second dinning table, she said. Downstairs are two of the en suite bedrooms, both having full water views and sliding door walk-outs to the brick paved lower level, which includes a large sunbathing area and an iridescent blue tiled pool. The expansive pool area separates the main house from the idyllic guest house, which itself is equipped with a living room and kitchenette in the upper level and an en suite bedroom below, said the Islandia Real Estate sales associate. Both upper and lower levels open up to full water views and private porches. Stretching out on that deck and gazing out at the October 8-14, 2012 13 Casa Tua Makes those Waterfront Dreams Come True Continued on Page 18 Natures WayFollow Coral Bay Community Council, Inc. #1 DO stop erosion at its source with plants, terraces, and careful paving. DONT let muddy water reach our ocean coral reefs. FIND OUT WHO WON Next W eek's Tradewinds!
14 October 8-14, 2012 th This letter on behalf of Virgin Islanders for a Better Community commemorate the work and dedication of civic leader Rothschild Francis who was born on October 5, 1891. He died on April 25, 1963. a bill to create a permanent form of civilian government. His foray into politics was borne from consideration of the plight of the people. To address the needs he engaged in diligent study of various government ideals of people as diverse as Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas and Karl Marx. His design was founded on the idea of greater selfgovernment to address social oppression and economic development. It was to minimize the inherent autocratic political powers in order to maximize the social and economic wellbeing in the Islands. In comparison, the current constitution initiative which appears to be void of ideals and due diligence failed to perform critical needs assessment that considers the social; historical and cultural as well as operational, organizational, and economic factors that need to be resolved in the process of improving Constitution Conventions 5, and 5.5 should be laid to rest. The new constitution should not be a frivolous enadministration should assist with the development and presentation of constitution options that are suitable for the current and future Virgin Islands. The design teams could objectively evaluate the economic, social and political needs by assessing the history and culture, island logistics, population demograph ics, intergovernmental relations, budgeting, taxation, human resource management, natural resource management, zoning, environmental protection, planning ations. The complexity of issues in the Virgin Islands requires a comprehensive approach. Due to a legacy of colonialism in government, the current system is unable to produce an objective process. The new constitution should include all provisions necessary to establish a government that is capable of responding to current and future internal and external dynamics that may occur in the progression of globalization. The current approach to developing a constitution is misguided because it lacks adequate preliminary research, objectives, and guidelines that come from a needs assessment. Adequate consideration of Virgin Islands history and culture as well as evaluation of the failures of the previous conventions could have provided valuable insight for the successful development of a new constitution. Policy analysis is a tool that enables organizations to learn. Five failed constitution conventions Second, the organization of the convention did not include the input or guidance of organization design and change, and policy analysis professionals. According to modern public management standards, ment that represents the Virgin Islands. Surely, a government with more than 150 thousand people, complex island logistics, and historic baggage would start such an important initiative with research and development performed by public policy institu county or city management staff. But, the Virgin Islands colonial government format has no county or city manager system. It operates without research, development and planning systems. Third, 5.0 only considered the political aspects of government and the legality of implementing it. Government is much more than a political and legal system. The political and legal authority should be secondary to the desired social and economic structures and framework. In other words, they put the cart before the horse. In sum, the Virgin Islands already have a constitution named the Organic Act. A new constitution tended harmful effects. Rather than perpetuating political symbolism, it would be better to change the name of the Organic who are willing and able to address the complex issues in the interest of the people of the Virgin Islands. In colloquial terms, the 5.5 is a 6 for a 9. Unfortunately, 5.5 would only provide a dose of nostalgia for doing what the founding fathers did more than 200 years ago, and provide the political symbolism that comes with having a constitution. It does nothing to move the Virgin Islands forward out of the era of colonialism. It revisits it. If 5.5 passed the low level of scrutiny it has been it would do more harm than good. There would be far reaching and irreversible negative social, politi cal and economic impacts for the foreseeable future. The 5.0 convention failed to perform proper impact studies and assessments on the applicable initiatives in the document. Finally, 5.5 is a waste of government funds that could be better used to contract research universities to produce the research and development needed to create viable constitution options. Hopefully, the tocols. The ideals of greater self-government to address social reform and economic development champi oned by Rothschild Francis cannot be achieved via the 5.5 Convention. As the elders would say, let sleeping dogs lie. Dale Francis SEND LETTERS, GUEST OPINIONS & OBITUARIES: email@example.com
Tired of feeling youre being ripped off by WAPA? If you really want to do something about WAPAs 25 percent increase in electric bills (average increase per ratepayer will be $38.35/month) or 10.2 percent ($6.84/month) in water bills, do something that will make them pay attention. Dont pay your electric/water bills! Dont fall for the theyre going to shut off my electric/water scare. How can WAPA shut off many services when some government agencies owe mil lions in delinquent bills? Why should you, in effect, be expected to pick up the tab for these delinquent government agencies? A few years ago many St. John residents refused to pay outrageous increases in their property tax bills and eventually it was resolved. By paying your WAPA bills, youre enabling WAPA to continue down the road of the economic misery. Be prepared as theyll try to scare you with the a severe cash crisis, WAPAs Georgetown Consulting analysis. Excuses only lead to misery. Arent you tired of being subjected to WAPAs misery? Gerry Londergan October 8-14, 2012 15 The On the Market feature in the October 1-7 issue of included the wrong villa name. The villa is Sunset Vista. The property is managed by Cimmaron Property Management. apologizes for the error. I went to New Hampshire for a few days. I listened PACS are funding campaigns for State Governors, State Senate and Legislatures and even judges. Money is buying the government on all levels. Its going to be really interesting if they win. I thought a least we dont have to put up with that. Then I got home and the headlines read, LEAC: How Can The Fuel Surcharges Rise 783 percent While Fuel Goes Up Only 281 percent. ures of technology, administration and math. How much do you think this lack of bothering to do maintenance has and is going to cost us? This is a burden that we cannot afford in this economic environment. What if the leaders of this community tried to make things work instead of making excuses for why it doesnt? There was a time when people wanted to sell WAPA and there were buyers ready but the lead ers of the community did not want to disrupt the job environment at WAPA and they did not want to have to pay their electric bills. If WAPA had been sold, the employees would either have to learn to do their jobs and perform or like a win-win to me. It would have cost us much less for electricity and lots of people would learn to do their jobs. Some employees might have been able to teach the new company employees and maybe even its bosses. Instead we are stuck with this mess. The same leaders are doing this all over the island...responding to political pressures from all kinds of groups. A lot of the things they do for the groups hurt the rest of the people that live here. away. My plan was to tell everyone these buildings do not pass any kind of life safety codes and we cannot lease them to you because the risk is too high to the government. to do is to get rid of the junked cars and other trash that people are leaving around their property so the PA can mow the grass. Then we will have electri cal and plumbing inspectors come in, inspect and go from there. Another option is that the government will give you these houses and we will keep a lease on the land, and you can pay the V.I. government $100 per year. You leave now we will give you $10,000, next year $8,000 one liked my idea. Just because this is a political group the members should not be living in homes that cost almost nothing to live in and that are not safe and that the leaders ants. This kind of politics is not good for this community. It is bad enough that they steal $6.8 million on top of the $19 million that they cost us last year. We should pay them that and tell them to stay home. It would be a lot cheaper in the long run. Continued on Page 16
This place is getting better and better, and as bad is WAPA is, the sooner we start to make things work, the better for all of us. We have a lot of good things going on here including the weather. WAPA even allowed privatization our water system. This is the only place that I have been in the world that I thought privatization of a community water system is a good thing. Our supplier will never dry up and if they charge us too much we can just make our own again. That was a great decision for the community and some WAPA employees may even go to work for them. If they dont, maybe 7 Seas will train them to do something else if we ask them to. The police are getting better and better and they are getting friendpot holes. It seems to me that we are making great progress as a community. I think that we would be better off if we asked the senators to stay home. It would be a lot cheaper and we would get a lot more done. Or we could just keep working at it and let them do what they want to do, hoping that we will get there sometime; if we are lucky. I would like to hear some suggestions on how to make the leaders of the community begin to really try to help the community. Districting is my proposal. Its like the village representative who goes to the meet ings of all the village leaders in the area. Its an old American Indian way for villages of a tribe interacting with each other and it has been used in lots of places in the world. In America they call it Democracy. I have told many of my friends that since I moved here I have watched the VI get better and better, while America is going the opposite direction even faster. I think that we could really progress if we got the lead ers of the community to help us. Who has another idea? Maybe if we keep trying we can make the community a lot better and the leaders will get on board. Hope it doesnt turn the other way and we have to resort to a revolt. Who are they accountable to? Greg Miller16 October 8-14, 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 Obituary Letters to St. John TradewindsContinued from Page 15 away on October 2.St. John Tradewinds Ms. Iva E. Smith nee Frett, 79, passed away Tuesday morning, October 2, at home with her son, Frankie by her side. Ms. Iva was born on June 4, 1933, on Tortola to Laurence Frett and Sarah Mercer. She is survived by seven sisters and three brothers, Elice, Renelda, Rehena, Aldin, Carol, Adelita, Beryl, Steadwin and Louis; sons Franklin and Leslie; daughters Theresa and Patricia; daughter-in-law Valerie; grandchildren, Dontrell, Inzinga, Rakhim, Raheem, Ramiah, Zyheem, Zah'Quan, Z'nique and Zah'keem and many friends whom she loved dearly. Her loving husband Arnold Smith precedes her in death. Services will be conducted at Bethany Moravian Church on Saturday, October 13th, 2012. A viewing will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral and burial at 10 a.m. Flowers can be sent to the church or donations can be made in Ms. Ivas name to Bethany Moravian Church. Ms. Iva lived simply, in faith, love and gratitude for her bountiful life. She was known to have a sparkle in her eyes and smile on her lips. We will miss you and your memory will be eternal in our hearts.
October 8-14, 2012 17 St. John Tradewinds On Monday, October 1, Governor John deJongh or dered a period of mourning in the territory following the cer Colvin Georges who succumbed to the injuries he reGov. deJongh explained. our community comes together to honor his memory, said the governor. On Saturday, September 29, Gov. deJongh expressed Colvin Georges. As I said a couple of days ago, we will remember Ofcareer with the VIPD and perhaps, more importantly, we sustained on that fateful night in May, deJongh said. Hodge, were shot on the night of May 26 after approaching of a group of men loitering in the Contant area. injured, remained paralyzed and undergoing treatment at various hospitals and health-care facilities in the state of Florida. He died from complications of those injuries early Saturday morning, September 29.October Is Energy Awareness MonthImpact from Over Population St. John Tradewinds Governor John deJongh proclaimed October 2012 as Energy Awareness Month in the Virgin Islands to champion territorywide awareness and implementation of energy conservation and renewable energy alternatives. We in the Virgin Islands are currently challenged by limited energy resources, but this provides us with great incentive to embrace the technologies that can assist us in utilizing energy more sun, wind and sea that surround us, deJongh said. This month has been set aside for residents, energy vendors, methods to our quality of life. The celebration of Energy Awareness Month, both territorially and nationally, promotes awareness of energy issues, appliance newable energy. lic awareness campaign to provide information to low-income residents about its weatherization program through outreaches, door-to-door visits in various neighborhoods and newspaper advertisements. ciency at the Small Hotel conferences scheduled for October 10 and 12, and will host, along with WAPA and the EPA, Energy Star Days on St. Thomas and St. Croix. servation and other important information at the Mon Bijou Community Center Grand Opening, and will make presentations at Rotary Clubs and the American Legion in October in both districts. DeJongh called upon all Virgin Islands residents, students and organizations to join him in observing and participating in the activities scheduled for Energy Awareness Month. Dear EarthT alk: Aaron Rodriguez T ucson, AZ Unchecked human population growth could be a recipe for doom for the planet and its inhabitants. And it has reached staggering levels in recent years the number of people on the planet has doubled from 3.5 billion to seven billion in just a half century. While great strides have been made in educat ing people around the world about family planning and birth control, the global fertility rate still hovers around 2.5 children per woman. At that rate, population will grow to 11 billion by 2050 and nearly 27 billion by 2100. While such a scenario is unlikely given that fer tility rates tend to decline as countries develop and modernize, the prospect of a planet with tens of billions of people on it is scary indeed. impacts of too much human population growth was Englishman Thomas Malthus, whose 1798 An Essay on the Principle of Human Population warned that violence, genocide, nasty weather, disease epidem ics and pestilence would be precursors to widespread famine in a world with too many humans. The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race, he wrote. History views Malthus as an extremist and many would argue that, despite population having swelled some seven times since his day, we have so far managed to avert a planet-wide Malthusian catastrophe whereby population has simply outpaced our ability to feed ourselves. Nonetheless, a 2007 UNICEF report indicated that around the world, with malnutrition and other hunger-related diseases responsible for 60 percent of the tragedy. And a 2009 World Health Organization and UNICEF study found that some 24,000 children in devel oping countries were dying each day from prevent able causes like diarrhea resulting from lack of access to clean water for drinking and sanitation. The most obvious issue with seven billion of us ral resources and the waste and pollution generated in the process. A recent joint study by the World Wildlife Fund and the Worldwatch Institute found that humans now use 20 percent more renewable resources than can be replaced each year. And while many would say that climate change has eclipsed overpopulation as the major issue of the day, others counter that atmospheric temperatures wouldnt be growing nearly as much if there werent so darn many of us burning so many fossil fuels. Human population numbers are predicted to trend downward around the world within a few generations. This so-called demographic transition is already underway in the U.S. and other developed countries where fertility rates have dropped due to lower infant mortality, increased urbanization and wider access to contraceptives. Given that fertility rates drop as countries develop, and that lesser developed countries have begun to leapfrog ahead in their urbanization and adoption of technology, the United Nations Population Fund predicts that population may peak in the late 21st century and then begin to shrink. DeJongh Declares Period of Mourning To Honor Memory of Late VIPD Ofcer Colvin George
that we didnt want to deal with the money part, said Bartolucci. We realized we are all really good at raising money and hosting events, but we had no interest in managing the fund. The group interviewed several different organiza tions before unanimously deciding to have CFVI take care of logistics, Bartolucci explained. They have zero administrative costs because angels take care of that, said Bartolucci. Once a request comes in, and the requests are anonymous, they from a doctor. Then we sign off on it and they can cut a check within 24 hours. ering. Honestly, we wanted to be able to make a differ and we thought we could do that through this group, he said. While committee members of the St. John Cancer Fund are not actively planning this years American Cancer Society St. John Relay for Life, the members completely support the society and the event. After hearing from the committee members, who were able to clear up several misconceptions about the St. John Cancer Fund, Rotary members expressed support for the group and its events. Rotary Club of St. John is also enjoying a few new ing in the late 1990s, the group is meeting in Cruz Bay on Wednesdays instead of Fridays. The local Rotary group now meets each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Westin Resort and Villas beach-side cafe. The group also recently began meeting in Coral Bay. A portion of the Rotary Club of St. John now meets each Friday at Chateaux Bordeaux at 12 p.m. For more information about the group, stop by either the Cruz Bay or Coral Bay meetings. yourself to one of the easily accessible beaches near by. Dont feel like driving? Just follow a path right from Casa Tua to the shoreline, Kelly added. There is an easy walking path which leads to the beachcombing right from the home, said Kelly. Casa Tua offers that special Caribbean charm and unparalleled water views. Amazing views abound from this home, said Kelly. You can just loose yourself looking down at the expansive Caribbean view of the East End, the British Virgins and beyond. The sounds of the surf is music to your ears and the cool easterly breeze is a sensual delight, said the Islandia Real Estate sales associate. This dream will be someones reality. For more information or to view Casa Tua call Kelly at 941-544-5855.18 October 8-14, 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 00831A/C & RefrigerationDr. Cool | St. John 693-9071 A/C Refrigeration and Appliances Mitsubishi A/C Diamond Dealer Sub-Zero, Wolf, Bosch, VikingArchitectureCrane, 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 & IrrigationReal 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 "Off the Grid Living for 10 Years" tel. 340-642-0531 Vezios Custom Painting Special Techniques 340-776-6134 firstname.lastname@example.orgWedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsB usiness Directory Continued from Page 4Rotary Hears from St. John Cancer Fund CommitteeCasa Tua Makes those Waterfront Dreams Come TrueContinued from Page 13
October 8-14, 2012 19 Friday, September 28 3:20 p.m. A St. Thomas resident r/ an auto accident. Auto accident. 6:08 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/requesting police assistance to retrieve money from a friend. Police assistance. 7:01 p.m. An employee Uncle Joes BBQ r/ that she was assaulted by a customer. Simple assault. 11:57 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Loud music. Saturday, September 29 10:09 a.m. A Cruz Bay resident p/r that her ex-boyfriend threatened to kill her. Distur bance of the peace, D.V. 2:39 p.m. A citizen c/r hear Coral Bay. Illegal discharge of 4:55 p.m. A St. Thomas resident p/r her rental car glass was shattered by an unknown object in the area of Kings Hill Road. Damage to a vehicle. Sunday, September 30 11:47 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/requesting police assistance with a customer. Police assistance. 9:29 p.m. An Estate Upper Carolina resident c/r a distur bance with his neighbor. Distur bance of the peace. Monday, October 1 1:45 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that she was assaulted with a rock by her neighbor. Assault in the third. 8:10 a.m. A citizen c/r that someone burglarized her home. Burglary in the third. 11:10 a.m. A citizen p/r that her ex-boyfriend came by her residence and created a distur bance. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 6:49 p.m. A citizen c/r someone screaming in the area of Great Cruz Bay. Suspicious activity. T uesday, October 2 8:05 a.m. An Estate Contant resident c/r that he found his mother unresponsive. D.O.A. 1:56 p.m. A citizen c/r that a vagrant fell and sustained injuries. Accidental injury. 2:40 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident p/r that his ex-girlfriend came to his house and created a verbal altercation. Disturbance of the peace. 10:22 p.m. An Estate Carolina resident p/r that her iPhone was stolen from her bag. Grand larceny. W ednesday, October 3 12:20 p.m. Estate Contant resident p/r that someone cut down trees on his property. Destruction of property. Thursday, October 5 10:29 p.m. An Estate Emmaus resident p/r that his sons mother violated their custody order. Violation of court order. St. John Tradewinds Crime Stoppers is asking the communitys help to solve the following crimes. If anyone knows something, they should say something, as law enforcement cannot control crime without your help. Please note, technology makes it impossible for anyone to trace a tip. To learn how it works, visit www.CrimeStoppersUSVI.org St. John On Saturday, September 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Annenberg area, a man locked and secured his vehicle. Later, before going to dinner he returned to his vehicle and although he noticed that the vehicle door was not closing properly, he did not realize it had been burglarized until later that evening. Items stolen include $140 in cash and several documents. Help police identify the burglar. St. Thomas On Friday, September 7, at 10:30 p.m. in the 30-year-old David Payne, was found lying motion less and unresponsive near the entrance to his residence. Payne died from multiple gunshot wounds. Tell what you know about this murder. St. Croix On Saturday, September 22, in the vicinity of Morena Bar to the rear of the Watergut bus shanty, man down. Upon arrival they found a man, later ground and unresponsive. Tell what you know about this senseless murder so police can identify the killers. Be part of the solution. 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 1-800-222TIPS (8477) or by texting USVI plus the message to CRIMES (274637). Tips are completely anonymous, and the state side operators speak several languages. If a tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen proper ty, illegal drugs, or weapons, tipsters will receive a reward to be paid according to their instructions. Crime Stoppers U.S. Virgin Islands EM E RG E NCY NUMB E RS:EMERGENCY LAND LINE: 911 EMERGENCY CELLULAR: 340-776-9110POLICE DEPT : 340-693-8880 FIRE STATION: 340-776-6333 afternoon. St. John Tradewinds Acting Governor Gregory Francis led a brief ceremony on the tarmac of the Cyril E. King Airport Thursday as the reColvin Georges were returned to St. Thomas for funeral ser vices and interment on Thursday, October 4. Joining Francis were V.I. Police Department Commissioner Henry White, St. Thomas/St. John Police Chief Darren Foy, Deputy Chiefs of Police Maria Jones and Dwayne de Graff, and a number of Georges felA large number of Georges family and friends were also present when the body arrived on American Airlines Flight days after he succumbed to his injuries. During a solemn moment before Georges body was recer Aaron Hodge, who was also shot on the night of May 26, climbed into the planes cargo bay to assist airline personnel in draping the transfer case The body was later lowered from the aircraft and escorted by six members of the VIPD Special Operations Bureau to a waiting hearse. Georges and Hodges last assignment were as members of the departments Special Operations Bureau. The hearse traveled under police escort to Turnbulls Funeral Home. Funeral services two year veteran of the department, are scheduled for Satur day, October 13. Earlier Thursday, South Florida law enforcement paid a police procession from a funeral home in Hollywood to the Miami International Airport. Police Commissioner top brass salute as the hearse on the tarmac of the Cyril E. King Airport
20 October 8-14, 2012 SWISHING SOUNDSACROSS 11 Adieu! 14 Locale 18 Retro hairdo 24 Not banned double gun laws 36 Part of the farm where door neighbor 49 Rural repository 60 Bias against seniors 63 Decompose Arg. 82 Is right for the club breach 98 Utopias 121 Against 122 Appointed time to hope community 128 City in Utah 129 Professional org. DOWN 2 Anew 6 Rubbing the wrong way 13 Era 14 A bit brainy 16 Norse hub 20 Caribbean country 29 Alley hisser 31 Very hungry 38 Yalie 39 Animation bit 89 Kind of cattle or beetle 99 Is in a pew 102 Pi follower 108 Radiator emission 114 Nos. on college transcripts 116 Jug type welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail email@example.com or fax 693-8885. 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 For Al-Anon meeting location and times, please call (340) 642-3263October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month The American Cancer Society United States Virgin Islands reminds the community that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The ACS encourages all men and women over the age of 40, to get a mammogram from October 1, through October 31, at a low cost for those with insurance and no-cost for those without insurance. Call Celia Kalousek at 693-9410 to make an appoint ketplace. Monday, October 8 Using Sport for Social Change is hosting the 4th Annual Free Just Play! day event on Monday, October 8, at Winston Gifft Hill School is pleased to announce a shoe drive beginning Monday, October 8, and ending on its 3rd Annual community service day Gifft Hill School Gives Back on November 16. W ednesday, October 10 The local Rotary group now meets each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Westin Resort and Villas beach-side cafe. Saturday, October 20 Please, will be on Saturday, October 20, at the Winston Wells Friday, October 26 The Department of Human Services and the St. Thomas/ St. John Chapter of the United Way are hosting the second annual Day of Caring/Project Homeless Connect in Cruz Bay on Friday, October 26. November 2-4 The St. John Racquet Club will sponsor a V.I. Tennis Association Junior Tennis Tournament at the Cruz Bay tennis courts November 2 to 4. Friday, November 16 Gifft Hill School is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Gifft Hill School Gives Back Community Service Day on Friday, November 16, at various locations across St. John.
October 8-14, 2012 21 Commerical/Ofce/Storage Space Available SCENIC PROPERTIES 340-693-7777 Cruz Bay Side: near Weston $700 Cruz Bay $900 One bedroom, one bath $1000 One bedroom, one bath, great view, $1300 Two bedroom, one bath, washer in Fish Bay $1600 Two bedroom, one bath, IN TOWN, $1700 Two bedrooms, two bath on Gift Hill $1600 Three bedroom, two bath, w/d $1800 Two bedroom, two bath, pool $2000 Two bedroom, loft, one bath, IN TOWN $2000 Two bedroom, one bath, furnished, A/C, w/d in Cruz bay $2000 EVERYTHING YOU NEED ON EVERY LEVEL GREAT PLACE TO SHOP, DINE AND WORK COME JOIN US WE HAVE SPACES AVAILABLE RETAIL or OFF ICE 340-776-6455 FREE TVNBC Olympic's, Baseball, Football, PBS, Telemundo, NBCU. OTA ANTENNAS $30. Or Pay TV wi. DISH NETWORK 779 4001 RELIABLE MOBILE AUTO REPAIR: Professional and experi enced. Brakes, CV Joints, Suspensions, Shocks, Alternators, Timing Belts, General Engine, Repair, Foreign & Domestic. All Work Guaranteed. Call 227-9574 Commercial/Ofce Wanted Gently used plywood/2x4's for concrete framing and leftover rebar. firstname.lastname@example.org or (972) 679-9937. NEXT ADVERTISING DEADLINE: THURSDAY, OCOTBER 11 TH For Rent Chocolate Hole 1Bed/1Bath. W&D Fully Furnished. Electric included. Close to Westin and beach. $950. Call Ron 715/853/9696 STORAGE: SECURED LOCKERS FROM $35 MONTH 643-3283 P ASTORY SELF STORAGE Available Immediately 5x5x8 up to 10x20x8 Starting at $85/mo. One mile from Cruz Bay. 340-776-1330 Wanted For Rent Spacious three bedroom, three bath home on breezy Bordeaux Mountain with large garage and shop space. Perfect for woodworker with small family, or professional couple. Available immediately. $2000 per month. First and last month's rent required. One year lease. 202-812-5930 Meat Department Manager Work in a friendly family-type atmosphere in a newly renovated modern supermarket. Strong orientation toward quality and customer service a must! Minimum three (3) years management experience in a meat department Supervisory experience High School Graduate or GED equivalent Would consider an experienced assistant meat department manager. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. repeatedly and work in a cold environment. Work schedule 5 days a week, including Saturdays, 45 hours a week Food handlers card required. Would consider relocation expenses reimbursement (St. Croix residents) Excellent starting salary commensurate on experience. and Vacation pay, Emergency Medical Air Service, 401K Retirement Plan. Continuing training available. This is a great and rare opportunity. Market, located at the Marketplace shopping center, Estate Enighed, Cruz Bay St. John. Call 340-779-4949. Email email@example.com for a classied quote CHOCOLA TE HOLE: Share 2/2 Split Plan Large 2/2 with 1/1's split by living areas. Fully Fur nished. Electricity Included. $1100. Close to Westin a nd beach. Call Dyana 704-453-6951 For Rent Journeyman Electrician no job to big or small. Excellent pricing and available references. Call 340 201-4625 Storage Space Services For more information call 776-6857 Expanding Watersports Company is accepting applications for:RETAIL SALES BEACH ATTENDANTSMUST BE: reliable and professional, detail-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills, clean cut and able to swim. Employment APARTMENTS FOR LEASE A/C, Washer/Dryer, balcony, clean, great location next to Westin, 1BR @ $1,150, 2BR @ $1,650, Security & 1st mo. Month to Month lease available. Call Laurie at 779-1804 or 227-6688 Four bedroom, two bathoom Fish Bay home for rent, families only. $2,500 monthly. Tenant pays utilities. Call Nancy 776-6518. Two bedroom apartment for rent in Fish Bay. $1,000 month. First month plus security. Tenant pays utilitites. Call Nancy 776-6518.
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JOHN MLS, VIEW PROPERTY VIDEOS AND NEWSLETTER/SALES HISTORY AT WWW.HOLIDAYHOMESVI.CO M MAN DAH L $85,000CARO LIN A from $115,000E MMA U S hillside $85,000 F ISH BA Y from $153,000 C HOCOLA T E HO LE from $180,000HAN SEN BA Y hillside & WATERFRONT from $199,000LOV A NGO CA Y WATERFRONT South shore from $285,000 GLUCKS B ERG $245,000 VIRG I N GRAN D E S T A T ES from $295,000C ONCORDIA from $335,000S A UNDERS GUT W ATERFRONT from $345,000 C ALAB ASH BOOM hillside $475,000 UPPER MONTE BA Y/REN DEZVOUS from $799,000PET ER BA Y /NO R THS HORE from $1,800,000 W EST I N TI M ESH ARES from $3,750 per weekONE MONTH FRACTI ONALS from $55,000 L OTS OF LAN D LIST I NGS !! MOTI V A T ED SELLERS!! S OME SELLER FI N A NCI NG!! HH-TW 10.8.2012 C.indd 1 10/6/12 4:32 PM October 8-14, 2012 23 St. John Tradewinds erating beyond three nautical miles offshore will be required to have a U.S. Coast Guard dockside safety examina tion as of October 16. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands has been made aware of the new requirements and many vessel operators have been proactive and requested to receive Coast Guard safety exams on a volunteer basis, said Lt. j.g. Juan Ramrez, Secsafety specialist. The examination is free of charge and covers regulatory topics including: lifesaving equipment, communications, readiness measures. Vessels that pass the exam are awarded a decal noting compliance with appli cable regulations, which remains valid for up to two years. If discrepancies are found during a required examination and not corrected on the spot, they could result in the vessels operations being restricted until the vessel complies with all applicable safety requirements. Conducting a dockside safety examination is all about saving lives and improving the safety of our commercial Berliner, Sector San Juan chief of predangerous maritime occupation in the United States. We want every commer Commercial Fishing Vessel operators in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are asked to contact their nearest Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety representative to schedule an exam: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands: 340-772-5557 and operators can review information about the new regulations at the Coast St. John Tradewinds In two high energy presentations, police and civil ian employees of the V.I. Police Department were given tips on improving their customer service recently. The presentations were hosted by the Department of Tourism at the Sugar Bay Hotel and Resort on Thursday, September 27, and the UVI Great Hall on Friday, September 28. More than 150 VIPD per sonnel attended and agreed that the presentation was timely, needed and taught several valuable skills. The presenter was St. Thomas born Bryan Williams, a former Ritz-Carlton Hotel employee turned motivational speaker and author of the book Work Like You Own It! His approach to customer service is to always perform a job with pride, passion and professionalism. The presentation included role playing and collaborating in deliver good service with a good attitude. VIPD personnel have attended Customer Service training in the past, explained VIPD Commissioner Henry White, who acknowledged that since then some employees have left the department or have been reassigned. He was very pleased that DOT Commissioner Beverly NicholsonDoty made this training available to the VIPD staff, White explained. We are making all efand civilian personnel with the tools they need to impart good customer service skills, said White. I am aware that even in such a high stress environment as the police department our the life blood of our economy. It is imperative that we foster good community rela tions where ever and whenever we can. Bryan Williams, standing, hosts the training.
24 October 8-14, 2012 St. John Tradewinds More than 600 Virgin Islanders participated in a series of Department of Tourism training events hosted last week on St. Thomas and St. Croix. As part of its ongoing campaign to raise customer service standards in the territory, DOT hosted customer service workshops in both districts aimed at the service industry and law enforcement in the territory. These free events attracted approximately 400 members of the general public and 150 members of the V.I. Police Department. Concurrent to the customer ser vice workshops, DOT hosted its 3rd Annual Small Hotels Confer ence which provided marketing and technical support to small hotels and businesses throughout the territory. About 100 participants attended the free full-day confer ence hosted both on St. Thomas and St. Croix. We are thrilled with the level of participation in last weeks events, said DOT Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. The large showing demonstrates the strong interest in professional development of our workforce in the Virgin Islands and a commitment by VI business owners to enhance their product through customer and creative marketing. Topics covered in the Small Hotels Conference included mar keting and public relations, energy property enhancements, hospital ity research and customer service. Discussions were led by expert panelists from both the Virgin Islands and abroad. The customer service workshops were conducted by VI native and service expert Dr. Bryan Williams of BW Enterprise. The workshops focused on techniques to deliver world-class service by engaging customers in a consistent manner. Anyone can decide to provide excellent service on any given day, said Williams. But providing world-class service requires a commitment to consistently giving excellent service at each and every opportunity. At the close of each workshop Williams led participants in the USVI customer service pledge. Virgin Islanders interested in taking the pledge can do so online at www.usviservicepledge.com or contact the DOT.Department of T ourism Hospitality T raining Draws Big Crowd SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER!