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Affordable Health Care on Horizon for Small BusinessPage 4Powell Park Gets Signage and PlantingsPage 239th USVI-BVI Friendship Day CelebratedPage 3Plane Crash UPDA TE:Downed aircraft located, raised and towed; bodies of two missing passengers recovered; pilot is still missingPage 6 PGU INSURANCE SERVICESServing the Community Since 1972 Lumber Yard Business Center, St. John, VI Email: email@example.com Web: www.pguinsurance.com (340) 776-6403 October 22-28, 2012 Copyright 2012St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime ElliottCrowd Packs Winston Wells Ball Field for ACC Flea Market SEE FULL STORY AND MORE PHOTOS IN NEXT ISSUE. BACK TO WEEKLY! Get the new edition every Monday!
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St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 3 Thursday, Oct. 25thBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Dignitaries from across the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands gathered in Cruz Bay on Saturday morning, October 20, for the 39th annual celebration of USVI-BVI Friendship Day. Last week's festivities was the St. John. Following speeches and songs at the Cruz Bay bandstand, Love City Pan Dragons entertained a huge crowd, which also enjoyed a free and healthy breakfast spread. A mini-parade from the Cruz Bay Battery along the water front was headed by the Julius E. Sprauve School Marching Band, followed by the Love City Leapers, Gifft Hill School dancers, King Shaka Zulu and his Queen and colorful Mocko Jumbies. The St. Thomas Majorettes completed After the Cruz Bay fun wound down, revelers decamped to Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins, where more dancing and cultural music was featured. Attendees at last week's USVIBVI Friendship Day festivities included Governor John deJongh and his wife, Cecile, Lt. Governor Greg Francis and his wife Cheryl, Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls, Senator at Large Craig Barshinger as well as BVI Premier Dr. Orlando Smith, and numerous other USVI and BVI INDEX St. John Tradewinds News Photos 39th USVI-BVI Friendship Day Celebrated
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Twenty years ago Omar Haedo brought affordable health care to the Virgin Islands. The Puerto Rican businessman was instrumental in getting government health care coverage and establishing a network of healthcare and dental providers. With no competition, however, CIGNA rates and premiums, as well as those of many other local insurance providers, have ballooned to proportions which are not realistic to many small businesses. to build his own business, IKON solutions in insurance, administration, human resources, business consulting and job placement. Now, Haedo is back in the insur ance world. He returned to the ter ritory last week as a representative of BlueCross and BlueShield, determined to offer affordable health care to local small businesses. I am the guy who brought CIGNA to the islands 20 years ago, said Haedo. I actually signed the contract with the government on May 2, 1992. I built up CIGNA here and then I built my own company. Im selling my company now and I went to BlueCross and BlueShield and said The folks in the Virgin Islands need affordable health care, said Haedo. Instead of approaching the government this time around, however, Haedo is offering his services to private enterprises. We can do this right, he said. I told them, Im not going to government; there are 125,000 small business employees who dont have a good choice and are facing very high rates. BlueCross and BlueShield of cally adapted to the territory, Haedo explained. My primary focus is on small businesses with 50 employees or less, he said. I am working with prescriptions. That way its more convenient and supports the local economy by not doing mail or der. Although the focus remains on local needs, residents who travel would be covered under the worldwide BlueCross and BlueShield providers, Haedo added. It is a part of VI Equi Care which is the biggest network of all here, but the network is huge too, he said. So no matter where you are, youre covered in the worldwide network of BlueCross and BlueShield. The company also offers discounts of about 15 percent off competitors rates, Haedo added. I am lowering my manuals by a lot and Im giving employers an average discount of between 10 and 15 percent and that includes tors, he said. There are 60 different plans with a variety of options and premiums, Haedo added. We offer multiple-design plan options with medical, pharmacy, age in one package, he said. All plans include health, dental and vision as well as MASA coverage, according to Haedo. Were not encouraging people to go to Puerto Rico, but if you do, we hired someone full-time to take care of Virgin Islanders who might need help with translation or transportation, he said. When and if you have to go to Puerto Rico for care, we want to make it a really good experience. BlueCross and BlueShield USVI also hired a medical liaison in Miami in the event that clients have to travel to Florida for care, Haedo added. And dont expect to see glossy advertisements for BlueCross and BlueShield USVI. Were not doing any advertising, said Haedo. We want all of our efforts and money to go to our network and our clients. Its really about making this right for the locals. The coverage is available to any small businesses with two or more employees, according to Haedo. Were looking for volume, he said. Were doing it all. Haedo is also seeing interest in BlueCross and BlueShield USVI, he explained. wave of interest in the market, he said. What is going to happen is our competitors are going to have to sharpen their pencils and change some things. That is only good for the community. Haedo already has a personal stake in bringing BlueCross and BlueShield to the territory, he added. I am trying to right my sins of the past, bringing CIGNA here, said Haedo. But without competition, you become very complacent. There are a lot of people and a lot of kids who do not have insurance. For more information check out BCBSusvi.com4 St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 Experienced Personalized Professional ProvenSeaview Vacation Homes, Inc. Short Term-Full Service Since 1985 VACATION VILLA MANAGEMENT24 years of on island rental servicee: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.seaviewhomes.com t: 340-776-6805; toll-free 1-888-625-2963 www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 Affordable Health Care on Horizon for Small Businesses in Virgin IslandsSt. John Tradewinds News Photo
St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 5 SKINNY LEGS Wed, October 31st Inner-visions 8 PM ??Get your costume ready and enter the islands best COSTUME CONTESTGrand Prize: Weekend trip for 2 to St Croix courtesy of BELLOWS, INTL. And Skinny legsHALLOWEEN PARTY! St. John Kids of All Ages Get Active at Fourth Annual Just Play DayBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds With the image of several children in make a difference. With nothing except his determination and perseverance, he returned home to Or tion Using Sport for Social Change with the mission of improving access to sports and sports equipment for local children. Four years later and after countless donations of soccer balls, footballs, basketballs and sneakers to local schools and organiza tions including the V.I. Department of Parks and Recreation, Doeling watched as chil dren of all ages packed the Winston Wells It was the Fourth Annual Just Play Day, the signature event of Doelings USFSC, which continues to put sports equipment in the hands of local youth. Just Play Day is a free event open to all local youth. Students gather in the Cruz activities, from a soccer kick to a football toss. While winners in each age group are awarded medals, the event offers students the chance to compete in a healthy and positive environment. It was another wonderful event this year, said Doeling. For me, Just Play Day seeing the kids out there having fun. The weather was great and the DJ was great. There were so many positive vibes this year, Doeling said. We saw some kids for the fourth year in a row and we saw some teers; weve had some who come out each year and each year we get new volunteers too. USFSC has enjoyed wide community support since its inception, which in no small part accounts for its success, Doeling added. I have been blessed to have a lot of community support and community involve ment, he said. I had a lot of people come up to me and say, youre still here. And that is the point. I want those kids to know that I do follow up and I will be here for them year after year, said Doeling. I look forward to our 24th Annual and our 25th Annual Just Play Days. This years event featured St. John Festival Queen Shanell Thomas, who sang the V.I. Anthem and U.S. National Anthem and stuck around all day, taking part in games and even helping to helm a winning tug-ofwar game, Doeling explained. Shanell was fantastic, he said. She is beautiful and her voice is amazing and her personality is great. She was so sincere and was hopping right in to help wherever she was needed. I think she had a lot of fun with the kids too, said Doeling. University of the Virgin Islands basketball team head coach Sean Georges was the guest speaker for this years Just Play Day. Georges arrived early in the morning and spent the entire day at Winston Wells ball Sean was there from the beginning all the way until we all went home, said Doe- I have been blessed to have a lot of community support and community involvement. I had a lot of people come up I want those kids to know that I do follow up and I will be here for them year after year. I look forward to our 24th Continued on Page 18
6 St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 SUMMER TIME% Local Discount 00 Maho double occupancy 50 Concordia double occupancy per night for USVI/BVI & PR Residents 00 Maho & 00 Concordia low season rate for non-residents Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and hiking at Maho Bay Camps and Concordia Eco-Tents340-715-0500 www.maho.org PO Box 310, St. John USVI 00831 Sunday Brunch 9am-1pm LIVE Classical Guitar Music 50 Maho double occupancy 00 Concordia per night for USVI, BVI & PR Residents 00 00 Concordia per night for non-residents (low season) crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 Applications 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 2013Kids and the Sea, St. John is launching its rowing and introduc tory seamanship program for new sailors this month. Students must be eight years old by December 1, 2012 in order to be eligible to participate. Meet at Skinny Legs at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, for the mandatory swim test. Children should wear a swimsuit and bring a towel. Children dont need to be able to swim, but must be willing to learn and want to be part of the rowing program. KA TS St. John Launching Introductory Seamanship Program This MonthGifft Hill School has announced the third 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. 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 Community Service Day Scheduled for November 16St. John Tradewinds Recovery crews working in the eighth straight day to locate a missing aircraft, the pilot and two passengers struck a positive chord on Saturday afternoon, October 20, when they located the Piper Aztec air of where the plane fell off radar a week ago. Recovery crews including a number of local government agencies, a salvage company as well as seva rescue mission augmented by U.S. Coast Guard aslocate the missing passengers and aircraft. Following the suspension of the rescue effort last Monday night, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources led a recovery mission with the ultimate objective being to locate the aircraft and recover the missing passengers. The multi-agency recovery team nor and the V.I. Port Authority and Sunday, October ment of Justice and the V.I. Police Departments Forensics Unit. On October 18, government responders obtained the last recorded radar position of the aircraft from federal authorities which allowed the mission to be On Saturday afternoon at about 1 p.m. an oil sheen was discovered on the ocean surface and dive crews entered the water at that location in search for the missing aircraft. Divers went into about 100 feet of water and spotted the aircraft lying on its roof with one wing separated but the fuselage generally intact. Divers also spotted one body in the aircraft. planes openings and began the slow process of towing the aircraft to St. Thomas to facilitate removal of the body and securing the aircraft for a subsequent investigation into the cause of the crash. Pilot Kirby Hodge and three passengers took off from St. Croixs Henry E. Rohlsen airport at about 4:40 a.m. on the morning of October 13 destined for St. Thomas. Hodges last radio contact to the FAA control tower on St. Thomas came when he was about eight miles out from the King Airport. Hodges plane fell off radar shortly thereafter at 4:57 a.m. A rescue mission was activated and a U.S. Coast Guard chopper found Valerie Jackson Thompson in the waters southwest of St. Thomas about 2 p.m. some nine hours after the plane crashed. The missing passengers include: Darwin Carr, Rachel Hamilton and pilot Kirby Hodge. After the aircraft was raised from the waters near the Cyril E. King Airport, recovery crews removed the bodies of the two missing passengers from the downed Piper Aztec airplane on Sunday morning, October 21. The missing passengers were Darwin Carr and Rachel Hamilton. There were no signs of the missing pilot, Kirby Hodge. Late Sunday morning, government Darwin Carr that the aircraft had been found, that the two bodies had been recovered and that in all likeli hood, the bodies were those of Hamilton and Carr. An the identities and determine the cause of death. Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been noare expected on island shortly to begin the process of determining the cause of the October 13 crash.Downed Aircraft Located and Bodies of Two Missing Passengers Recovered St. John Tradewinds News Photo
Happy Fall and Happy Halloween! This is such a great time of year, when the heat of summer starts to subside and the worst of Hurricane Season is behind us. Even down here in the Caribbean where we dont get those beautiful Autumn colors, we can still cel ebrate this season. Here are some traditional recipes to celebrate All Hallows Eve and Guy Fawkes Day! Enjoy! YORKSHIRE P ARKIN This sticky cake is served warm with butterscotch sauce (see below) or cold on its own. It is tradition ally eaten on November 5, which is the celebration of the famous failed attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. village greens with an imitation Guy in the middle 8 oz butter, softened 4 oz soft dark brown sugar 2 oz molasses 7 oz corn syrup 5 oz medium cut oatmeal 1 tsp baking powder 4 tsp ground ginger 2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp mixed spice 2 large eggs, beaten 2 Tblsp milk Heat oven to 275; Grease an 8x8 square tin In a large, heavy bottom saucepan, melt the butter, sugar molasses and corn syrup over a gentle heat. Do not boil. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Gradually add butter to mixture. Beat in eggs one at a time and slowly mix in milk. Pour into the greased tin and cook for 1 and 1/2 Allow to cool in tin. Store in an airtight container vored and sticky. Will keep for up to two weeks. BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE Melt 4 oz butter with 4 oz light brown sugar in saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Add 100 ML of heavy cream or milk. Heat gently until bubbling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and serve. T OFFEE 1 lb sugar 1/2 pint water 3 oz unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 4 oz black treacle 4 oz corn syrup Heat sugar and water until sugar is dissolved. Do not let it boil Add all other ingredients, stir until bubbling and boils. Do not leave for a second! Stir constantly. Test to see if it is ready by dropping a teaspoonful into a cup of cold water. If it sets, its ready. pour in mixture. Leave it to set. When it is rock hard, shatter it and enjoy! PUMPKIN, CHILI AND COCONUT SOUP 1 medium pumpkin 1 large yellow onion, chopped 400 ML coconut milk 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme Salt and Pepper to taste Cut pumpkin in half and then into wedges. Peel and de-seed each wedge and cut into 1 inch cubes. Put pumpkin in large pan with onion, garlic and chili. Strip the thyme and add to pan. Pour in about 400 ML of water and bring to boil. Cook until the pumpkin has turned to a pulp (if not smooth enough, puree in blender and then add back to pot). Add coconut milk and season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve in hot bowls. V AMPIRE COCKT AIL 1 scoop vanilla ice cream 1 oz Triple Sec 1/2 oz White Creme de Cacao Drizzle of Grenadine Blend all ingredients except Grenadine until smooth. Pour into stemmed cocktail glass and drizzle Grenadine on top. MULLED WINE 1 Liter dry red wine 2 cinnamon sticks 1 tsp whole cloves 1 tsp whole all spice 1 large piece of lemon rind and orange rind 4 Tbsp sugar Combine everything except sugar in a saucepan. Heat gently. Do not boil. Stir in 2 Tbsp sugar until dissolved. Add more sugar, or not, to taste. Leave on medium heat for 20 minutes to allow Serve in warms glasses or mugs.St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 7 Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 Happy Holidays! Halloween and Autumn Recipes by Mares Crane
St. John Tradewinds The U.S. Postal Service hosted an event on St. Thomas, Tuesday, October 14, to unveil a new stamp for the Virgin Islands. As you can see, the stamp has the Virgin Islands past featuring the U.S. Virgin Islands include a 1937, 3-cent stamp which shows the harbor at Charlotte Amalie, then the center of activity in the islands. This was followed by a 94-cent stamp featuring Trunk Bay in 2008. The latest stamps actually were released this summer on August 10 one of six stamps on a coil. The full moons of July and August bring the migrat for two of the biggest blue marlin tournaments; the Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament otherwise called the Super Bowl of Sports Fishing. A kid from Kansas, Johnny Harms, who became ing grounds in the world. The nautical charts showed him a steep drop off north of St. Thomas of 100 fathoms. He knew that the deep sea currents bring up the Laurance Rockefeller was interested in providing his guests with water sports activities. He called Johnny Harms to a meeting in New York City and Caneel Bay Resort became the site of his charter entertain his guests but also to attract both tourists and local residents. Harms sent pictures and weekly catch reports to Rockefeller. He boated 22 blue marlin, 96 Harms anchored his boats in Mangrove Lagoon on St. Thomas. In 1967 he purchased land in Red Hook Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He enlisted his forward-thinking angler buddies to start a tag and release program that is the standard practice today. Harms made 73 years before he passed 8 St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 New Stamp Honors Virgin Islands Tradition ber REOPENING IN NOVEMBER St. John Tradewinds Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Alicia Barnes announced on Friday, October 19, that as a result of the recent rains throughout the territory, the Division of Environmental Protection anticipated negative environmental impacts caused by storm-water runoff. DPNR advised the public to refrain from using the waters throughout the territory until these effects subside. DPNR also advised parents to instruct their children to keep away from storm-water-impacted beaches as well as areas with manholes and stormto anyone swimming in storm-water-impacted areas as a result of increased concentrations of bacteria. All persons should also be aware that storm-water runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health and therefore all persons should avoid areas of storm-water runoff (i.e. ghuts, puddles, and drainage basins). DPNR will continue to monitor the impacted areas and waters. For more information regarding water quality call the Division of Environmental Protection at 774-3320 in St. Thomas. DPNR W arns of Storm W ater Runoff
St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 9 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! Adult Education classes will begin on Monday, October 22, according to St. Thomas/St. John District Principal Dahlia Adams. Registration for all Adult Education evening programs will run through October 31. There is a $100 registration fee, which is payable by money order to the Government of the Virgin Islands. For more information, call (340) 774-8399 or (340) 227-5295.Adult Education Classes Begin Oct. 22Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation Commissioner St. Claire N. Williams last week encouraged the general public to par ticipate in free, after-school tennis clinics available to residents in both districts. On St. John, after-school tennis clinics are being conducted at the Cruz Bay tennis courts every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. for youth ages 8 and up, said Williams. Plans are also in place to re-activate the after-school tennis program at the Doris E. Hodge Tennis Courts at Sub Base on St. Thomas.Free After-School T ennis ClinicsSt. John Tradewinds Caravan Auto Parts recently opened a new store located directly behind its Estate Pine Peace location Caravan Automotive Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by for shocks, struts, alternators, starters, batchanges, brakes, bearings, exhaust, Fuel Induction Services, belts, hoses, radiators, water pumps, power steering pumps and much more. Caravan Auto also has a huge tire inventory, inTechnician Barry Nolan and two other technicians will take care of all those car needs. For more information call the new Caravan Repair Shop 779-4803 or 779-4800.Caravan Auto Launches New Repair ServiceSt. John Tradewinds News Photo The joint performance of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and the Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra, originally scheduled for October 13, was postponed due to the threat of a tropical storm. The show has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, November 2. Ticket holders who are unable to attend on the rescheduled date can receive a refund by presenting their tickets at the Reichhold 1559. The show will feature more than 100 performers on stage as the two orchestras collaborate on a number of musical selections. Then each will present their individual brand of music. The Symphony, under the direction of Chilean Maestro Maximiano Valds, will conclude the evening with Beethovens Fifth Symphony. Puerto Rico Symphony and Rising Stars T o Perform at Reichhold Center T rackhoe Flips in Estate Chocolate Hole St. John Tradewinds News Photo
10 St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 SELLING? BUYING? RENTING SEEKING? GET RESULTS!St. John Tradewinds SJSA Fundraiser Broadway Comes T o St. John Set for February 16 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: firstname.lastname@example.org SAVE MONEY! St. John Tradewinds The Third Annual Broadway Comes to St. John the St. John School of the Arts Fundraiser of an original musical featuring fourth graders from across St. John is set for Saturday, February 16, 2013. That date is fast approaching and SJSA wants to make sure the public has a leg up on this highly anticipated production! So mark those calendars! John Tartaglia, Donna Drake, Laura Barnao, Michael Shawn Lewis and Rhonda Miller are coming back to St. John, giving back and not holding back on this years original musical, One World, One Heart. Angel Tickets for the premiere show will be on sale soon! Only 150 angels will have the thrill of watching the 4th graders perform and entertain at the Westin Resort and Villas grand ballroom at 6 p.m. Once everyone has dried their happy tears, join SJSA right down on the beach at Great Cruz Bay as the Westin Resort caters to those mouth watering-desires. dancing to Paradise People and $200. And, if you miss the premiere, dont worry! There will be a second perfor mance (show only) at 8 p.m. with a suggested donation of $20. But those donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and help support programs and scholarships at SJSA. St. John Goes to London! support quality arts education for St. John children. The lucky winner and one friend will enjoy round-trip airfare to London from any American Airlines city in the continental U.S., Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands; a threenight hotel stay in London; plus a three-night stay hotel in Scotland or Paris; two theatre tickets in London; and one dinner for two. be announced soon, are subject to availability, and must be used within 11 months. Early bird reservations are being accepted now, with no deposit required. Simply send an email to email@example.com or a note to SJSA, PO Box 180, St. John, VI 00831. Be an Angel! This event is sure to sell-out as capacity is strictly limited. St. John Tradewinds News Photo File New Backpacks for GBS StudentsSt. John Tradewiinds
St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 11 St. John Tradewinds I realize we all want to bash WAPA for the price of electricity in the Virgin Islands. The fault, however, is not theirs alone. Much of the blame lies with the governor and the legislators of the Virgin Islands. There is a great big elephant in the Virgin Islands, and no one is talking about it during this election season the Virgin Islands government does not pay its electric bills! WAPA is owed more than $30 million from the government. If the government paid that money, your electrical bills would be lower! (At this time the Government of the V.I. is borrowing money to pay its WAPA bills!) If you or I were to not pay our WAPA bills, we would be disconnected until the account was paid in full. Not so with the VI Government. The Legislature of the Virgin Islands made it a law that WAPA could not disconnect any Pretty convenient! Who pays the tab for their nonpayment? You and I do. Even if you live off-grid like I do, you are still affected by the high cost of electricity. Every business in the Virgin Islands passes that cost on to its customers. Sadly, many businesses have folded and more continue to go under because of their high electric bills. They simply cannot stay competitive in light of the rates they are forced to pay. Even if the government cannot afford to pay its bills, at least it could start using less power! Turn up the thermostat on the A/Cs, turn off lights at night and limit the use of government vehicles. Make each department director responsible for their divisions energy usage. This next election, we all have a good chance to make a change. Out of the 15 Senators in the Vir gin Islands, only three are standing for re-election. That means we can vote in 12 new Senators who should work for the people of the Virgin Islands. Ask these candidates if they will get the government current on its WAPA bills. Tell them that the people own the Government of the Virgin Islands, that it is we the people who own WAPA. The future of the Virgin Islands lies in your vote. Dan Boyd of Island Solar can be reached via telephone at 340626-9685 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and is a Virgin vendor.I G L by Lovango Cay resident Dan Boyd Solar Industry Problems EVERY SATUR DA YBEGINNING OCTOBER 20LIVE MU SIC FRESH CARIBBEAN LOBSTER EVERY TUESDA Y!LIVE MUSIC TUES-THURS-FRI-SAT. 340-693-8141 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 When the new stone an early Halloween St. John Tradewinds News Photo Egyptian Spotted at Frank Powell Park Pyramid
12 St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 St. John Tradewinds St. John School of the Arts is collaborating with Kimberly Boulon in celebration of her themed art showing: CARIBBANESE Caribbean-Japanese Fusion in Art. Boulon is celebrating Caribbean people and motifs with Japanese esthetics and artistic sensibilities. SJSA will explore its own inter pretation in movement, costuming, body art and music while Boulon will be showing her new Impressionistic and Contemporary paint ings along with a guest ceramic artist. Each of three Friday night gallery receptions at Kimberly Boulons Fine Art Gallery on the will have subthemes. December 7 will feature The People along with guest ceramist Helen Dunkerley. The Land will take center stage on February 8 with guest ceramist Jerilee Roberts. And on March 8, The Sea will be featured with guest ceramist Kaye Thomas. Each reception will begin at 5 p.m. At each reception, there will be one oil painting and one ceproceeds! The receptions will also feature special performances by SJSA around 7:45 p.m. with the reception closing at 8 p.m. Each reception will be a wonderful night of artistry and the public is invited to join in this cel ebration! each or six tickets for $50. Its a chance to win one of Boulons beautiful paintings and a ceramic piece from a guest artist. Tickets are available at SJSA (Monday through Friday 9 a.m. 3 p.m.) or Kimberly Boulons Fine Art Gallery Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Call 779-4322 or 690-3332 for more information. SJSA and Kimberly Boulon Fusing Caribbeanese at Three Gallery ReceptionsSt. John Tradewinds The Unitarian Universalists of St. John meet every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the Great Room at Gifft Hill School Lower Campus. The guest speaker for Sunday, October 28, is Phyllis Benton, who will speak on From Hummingbirds to Pelicans helping injured and orphaned birds here on St. John. Benton believes in giving wild birds a second chance and she is trying to encourage others to get involved. Benton grew up in Connecticut in a tradition of being kind to animals, moved to St. John in 2003 and soon found herself caring for a temporally blind feral chicken, then an orphaned nestling scaly-naped pigeon. She is a federally-permitted migratory bird rehabilitator who has worked with many native bird species including doves, hummingbirds, water birds and raptors. That is only the beginning of her story. Childcare is available. For transportation from the Cruz Bay ferry dock call 776-6332 in advance.Benton To Speak at Next UU Meeting Music Fills The Marketplace St. John Tradewinds News The University of the Virgin Islands will launch its new strategic plan Pathways to Greatness with special events on St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas on October 22, 23 and 24, respectively. On St. John, the meeting will be at the UVI St. John Academic 22, at 6:30 p.m.UVI Launching New Strategic Plan Oct. 22
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Two exceptional condominium units are available for purchase in the beautiful and quaint Palm Terrace Condos. There is no sharing a wall in this complex, or a dark bathroom or bedroom with nary a window in sight. Palm Terrace Condos consists of a total of six units spread over two, three-story buildings, explained Islandia Real Estate broker/owner Merry Nash. so there are windows on all four sides, said Nash about both condo opportunities. Tucked away in a quiet area of Estate Contant and Enighed, the condo building is conveniently located just a short walking distance to town, yet far enough away to feel secluded. The idyllic and off-the-beaten-path shoreline of Frank Bay beach and the nearby bird viewing pond are also a short stroll away. Palm Terrace Condos are located in a quiet residential area of Cruz Bay, yet still its easy to walk to town or Frank Bay beach, said Nash. The condos are spacious and offer plenty of outdoor space as well, Nash added. Palm Terrace Condos are some of the most spacious condos to be found on St. John, she said. They were just completed in 2005 and all have beautiful views and generous balconies. As an added bonus, condo owners can enjoy a common sun deck and even cool off in a shared pool, Nash explained. purchase is Unit #3, a 1,300 square-foot space. There are two bedrooms and two full bathrooms in Unit #3, which was recently reduced in price from $599,000 to $525,000. The second unit available in Palm Terrace Condos is Unit #6, a spacious four-bedroom and three full bathroom space with more than 1,700 square-feet of living area. Unit #6 is priced at $849,000, explained Nash. I believe Unit #6 is the only four bedroom condo on St. John, said the Islandia Real Estate broker/ owner. Both units boast large, open kitchens with beautiful granite countertops and chic stainless steel apdryers and ample storage in both Palm Terrace Condo units as well, Nash added. These units have it all, she said. Both condo units are also popular short-term rentals with many repeat guests. For more information on Unit #3 and Unit #6 at Palm Terrace Condos, call Nash at Islandia Real Estate at 776-6666, or on her cell phone at (340) 642St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 13 Live the Dream at Palm Terrace Condos Natures WayFollow Coral Bay Community Council, Inc. #3 DO respect our natural ghuts; they inltrate water into the ground, provide habitat, and carry water to the ocean. DONT throw litter or debris in ghuts, or remove plants and trees in ghuts. CBCC-Educational Ads 8.13.2012.indd 3 8/13/12 11:32 AM mongoos e junct ion 10am 6pm 7 76-61 94 fabricmill@eart hlin k netOur Annual Pre-season sale 50% off everything 4 Days o nly! October 24-275 0% o f f Blo w o u t Sale !
14 St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE: THURSDAY, OCT. 25thI have been taking the North Shore Road home from Cruz Bay lately because its much more peace ful and makes my life here on St. John enjoyable. As I was coming to the end of the Big Maho Bay lete running on the left side of the road in the same direction I was driving. I had never seen her before. Was it a tourist? She seemed to be between 22and 24-years-old and her hair was pulled back in a single Her most outstanding quality was her running style. Her cadence and timing were perfect: smooth, broad strides and fast. Her shoulders and upper body were in rhythm with the rest of her body. As I passed her, I was initially not going to give her a second look, but I couldnt resist as I glanced into the side-view mirror. I was so glad I did because I would have snubbed a friend of over 20 years and was able to give Jodi Tanino a sincere and friendly wave. Name withheld upon request 2012-TO-DATE A thoughtlessly cruel handling of young cats occurred this past weekend. Three little kittens, only a few months old, had been separated from their mother cat, collected, and deposited at the Gifft Hill dumpster. One of the three was ill and lying in the rain by the dumpster. A caring resident, Denise Wright, saw the kittens and called the Animal Care Center. ACC board member Monica Munro found the sick kitten and took him to the veterinarian. The side of his head was severely injured and he was suffering greatly. Canines, Cats, and Critters made the medical decision to euthanize him because of the extent of his suffering. Monica and Lucy Portlock have been trying to catch the other two kitties before they, also, become too ill to survive without adequate food, water, and needed medical attention. There is absolutely no need to dump little kittens at the islands dumpsters if you dont want to keep them at home or at your property. Even if its a Sunday or after work hours and you believe the Animal Care Center shelter is closed, please call (340-774-1625) and there will be an automatic message giving you an emergency cell phone number to call for help. You will get through to Kate Webster, the Shelter Manager, and she will arrange to have the kittens picked up and brought to the shelter. Residents and visitors can report abuse and neglect with total conSt. John takes pride in being Love City. All the real estate and travel agents advertise it as Paradise. The truth is that it is not Paradise for many of our companion animals. Heartless residents who cant be bothered to feed the hungry creatures in their neighborhood or even bring their cat and dog babies to the shelter for care and feeding, cannot place blame upon the shelter for being unavailable. Although the shelter currently houses over forty cats and kittens, the manager and her staff do not turn away needy ones. St. John residents, you can do better than whoever placed three very young brotherand-sister kittens at a dumpster, especially during an expected tropical storm. Shelter activity indicates that numbers are rising of homeless adult and young cats on St. John. St. John residents can help prevent cruelty such as practiced on X and X and X (yes, they deserve to live, have names, and be given medical help), by reducing the number of new-born kitties through the ACCs trap, spay and neuter program. ACC needs more volunteers to assist with its trap, spay/neuter, return program on both the Cruz Bay side of the island as well as on the Coral Bay side. Prospective volunteers can contact Shelter Manager Kate Webster, Petsmart Coordinator Lucy Banks, or ACC is fortunate to have a large group of volunteer dog walkers; now it needs an increased number of responsible trappers to help control the growing population of hungry, homeless, and often sick cats and dogs. For help, please call the shelter at 774-1625 any time, or contact Monica at email@example.com or Lucy Banks at 693-7448. Its time to practice the much-publicized love in Love City for our animals as well as for our human neighbors. Elaine CampbellPlease Use ACC Emergency Number If Needed There's a New Athlete on Island The Virgin Island Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Council and Family Resource Center, Inc. would like to apologize to the St. John community for the confusion surrounding the location of the Domestic Violence Awareness month gathering on October 18. Due to the construction and improvement activi ties for the BVI/USVI Friendship Day going on in the Frank Powell Park, we were unable to use the park and the location for the gathering had to be changed to the Lutheran Churchs yard on the day of the event. Many thanks to Pastor Sampson of the Nazareth Lutheran Church for graciously allowing us to use the church yard and helping to set up for the occasion. The agencies were not able at this late time to get the information regarding the change of location out to the St. John community and for this we apologize. We would like to thank those who found the loca tion for attending. Annette Small FRC Social W orker, STJ Domestic Violence A wareness Event Relocates to Church
St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 15 The U.S. is having a serious problem with the amount of money that the 1 percent is giving their candidate to get elected. There is no question that buying politicians is the result. In the Virgin Islands we are trying to understand and learn what Democracy is. The Senate President went to court and spent our money to hide informa tion on which Senators stole our money. Is he is running for re-election? I do have to say, we have come a long way. Do you remember former Senator Bryan We need to have a method of electing our representatives which is better than this one. There are 36 people running for the seven positions for St. Thomas, St. John Senate. There are 30 people running for the seven positions for St. Croix I can understand that the incumbents would rather why the other candidates all avoid the issue of the missing $6.9 million. Crime, education and the economy is what they are all campaigning on. As if they knew anything about any of that stuff. The community has been doing getting better in a lot of areas in the last few years without their help. I think that we could do a lot better job if we had their help. The trouble is, with this system senators dont even try to learn anything about that stuff. They just live the good life for a few years. It would not take much to change it. These guys are not really bad guys, neither is Rodney Miller, who actually did a very good job upgrading the health care at Schneider Hospital. Willis Todd did a good job as well but he also could not prevent himself from taking the opportunity to get over-paid when it was presented to him. They contributed a lot to the community, but they did was they were unable to resist the temptation. Until we start to hold people in government accountable, that is the way it will be. We are making great strides in holding people in government accountable, except for the Senate. There is only one candidate who is campaigning on reducing the pay Tietje. As far as I know, there is no one campaigning on opening up the records so we can see where the money went and who took it, or even developing ways to prevent it from happening again. We have 65 people running for 14 senate seats. The way we have to vote for them is to look at the list and check off seven of them. Is there anyone on St. Thomas who even knows what issues seven of these candidates are campaigning on? How many of us even know all the candidates well enough to make a decision? Friends, think about a voting district as a village. Annas Retreat? Peterborg? Wintberg? Bordeaux? Would those communities like to have a representa tive to the Senate? I think that they would. These guys dont mean to become bad Senators when they get elected, but they are not running for would they have given themselves such big raises at the same time that they are cutting the pay of the rest of the government work force by 8 percent? We have a Majority Party, a Minority and some decided by themselves after the election. What is the common goal? They decide. I expect that membership is achieved by those willing to cater to groups like the taxi drivers, people in certainly is not crime, or education or the economy that they are picking sides on. I got Senator Berry to write a letter to DPW requesting a sidewalk in Red Hook, so the kids did not to walk to school in the road. Every morning until the sidewalk was completed, the kids were part of the or school or to St. John. About seven years after she wrote the letter, they started building a sidewalk. What if Senator Berry had represented the Red Hook area? I doubt that it would have taken seven years to start build a sidewalk to the high school. Think about voting districts as villages which each have a representative to the government, who will work to make things better for us. At least with voting districts we can get to know who we are voting for and what they intend to do. If we make a mistake and vote someone in who steals from us, we can vote them out the next time. Dont forget that in this free-for-all system each This is the reason incumbents keep getting re-elect ed because more people recognize their names on the ballot than they do the name of any other candi date. Vote Wisely. Greg Miller with District Voting
16 St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 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 DirectoryOn Tuesday, October 16, Governor John deJongh Council, bringing together government leaders from the U.S. and British Virgin Islands to work together to solve mutual concerns and advance common interests. The Council was formed through a joint memoran time the Virgin Islands has hosted the meeting since The governor began his remarks by welcoming BVI Premier Dr. Orlando Smith, his fellow co-chair of the council, and the entire BVI delegation. The governor said he shares with Dr. Smith a common vision for cooperation and mutual progress, and a belief in the same approach to realizing a vision for the We must continue to engage each other in this way, because our islands are inextricably connected by their geographic proximity, the close ties of their citizens and a binding historical legacy, deJongh said. During a day of meetings, updates and presenta tions, counterparts from multiple agencies in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands governments discussed topics ranging from the development of clean energy resources, cultural preservation, educational and higher learning opportunities for young people, commercial gangs, and the development of common tourism interests. VIPD Commissioner Henry White, Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Alicia Barnes, Department of Tourism Assistant Commissioner Monique Sibilly Hodge, Water and Power Authority Director Hugo Hodge, University of the Virgin Islands President Dr. David Hall, and Territo rial Archivist Susan Lugo from the Division of Libraries all made presentations. They discussed cooperative efforts in the areas of ism, energy, higher education, and archives and record management. USVI representatives on the completion of the new Pockwood Pond Incinerator Plant, a project mitigat ing air pollution that affects St. John. Governor deJongh thanked his British counterparts for advancing their project and keeping his adminis tration informed on its progress throughout construction. Among our shared resources is the very air we breathe, and political borders cannot contain environmental problems, deJongh said. We have a responsibility to honor each others environmental integrity, After the opening ceremony at which the two heads gin Islands Council hosted in May of last year. The meeting took place just days before BVI and USVI citizens celebrated the relationship between the two territories on St. John at the 39th USVI/BVI Friendship Celebration on Saturday, October 20. The diverse topics that will be addressed today are vital to the economic, social and cultural health of the U.S. Virgin Islands, deJongh said. We are eager to hear the plans of our British counterparts, and their insights into our own efforts. The Governor praised the Council for the positive developments it has contributed to both territories since its inception. He shared his belief that the special relationship between the United Kingdom and in 1944 is nowhere in the world more special than it is in the Caribbean, where the two great nations have only a slight geographic and cultural divide. At the conclusion of the meeting, deJongh and Smith sat down with the two heads of their respective police departments to sign a Memorandum of Under standing regarding the analysis of DNA evidence. The BVI delegation to the Council consisted of Tourist Board Chairman Russell Harrigan; Inter national Affairs Secretariat Director Sylvia Moses; Ag. Commissioner of Police David Morris; Natural Resources and Labour Permanent Secretary Ronald Berkeley; BVI Ports Authority Chairman Claude Skelton Cline; Health and Social Development Deputy PS Carolyn Stoutt-Igwe; BVI Ports Authority Managing Director Gener Creque; Ag. Chief Records Penn; Anslem Meyers from the Solid Waste Department; Assistant Secretary for External Affairs Najan Secretary Desary Cameron-McDowell; Information General Manager Leroy Abraham.St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott USVI Hosts BVI Delegation for Fifth Inter Virgin Islands Council Meeting
St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 17 SEND LETTERS, GUEST OPINIONS & OBITUARIES: firstname.lastname@example.orgDear EarthT alk: I heard of an effort to save what are being called BioGems. What are BioGems and what is being done about them? Larry Dibner T allahassee, FL BioGems, a term created by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), describe the most endangered natural treasures around the Americas. NRDC selects special places in the hemisphere that face an imminent threat of destruction, from pristine coastlines that could become industrial ports to ancient forests that could be stripped of trees to oil and gas drilling. Our imperiled BioGems are irreplaceable remnants of wilderness that curb global warming, preserve biodiversity and provide sanctuary for rare and extraordinary wildlife, from threatened polar bears to endangered gray whales, reported NRDC. NRDC launched its BioGems Initiative back in 2001 as a way to harness the power of online citizen activism to help save threatened lands. The group mobilizes its 1.3 million members and online activists to bring overwhelming pressure to bear on governments and companies bent on industrializing the worlds last wild places. Never afraid of a little attention, NRDC has enlisted the help of several celebrity partners in championing the cause of saving the BioGems. Robert Redford is spearheading NRDCs campaign to keep the Polar Bear Seas safe from oil drilling, while Pierce Brosnan is leading the charge to try to bring an end to the commercial slaughter of whales. The group has also brought the star power of Leonardo Di Caprio, Paul McCartney, Alec Baldwin, Seth Myers, Jason Mraz and others to bear for the sake of saving BioGems. Together, BioGems Defenders and our local partners on the ground have scored dozens of historic victories for the environment, proving that individuals can be a powerful force for conservation, reported NRDC. Some of the campaigns recent successes include: hunt for the second year in a row; protecting the last ing a lawsuit; helping secure a breakthrough agreement for wild buffalo that allows them to roam outside Yellowstone National Park during the harsh winter months; and winning in court over trophy hunters keen on stripping the polar bear from its endangered status. Currently NRDC is focusing on a half dozen primary BioGems campaigns: keeping Shell out of the American Arctic (unfortunately the companys drills just went in); stopping Big Oils attack on whales in Alaskas Cook Inlet and up and down the Atlantic seaboard; stopping the pipeline from Albertas tar pipeline for now); stopping the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska; and saving British Columbias Spirit Bear coast. Individuals can get involved by customizing and sending pre-written e-mail messages to decision makers who are key to the particular locales in need of protection. NRDC will also gladly take donations of any size toward the BioGem campaign of the givers choosing. Of course, telling friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members about the potential despoliation of natural treasures is also a big help.FYI: Halloween Is Next Wednesday, October 31stSt. John Tradewinds ant Governor will open on Saturday, October 27, in order to accommodate residents who are unable to ment House on St. Croix, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for or renew their passports in preparation for holiday travel. In addition to the completed passport application, persons planning to apply for or renew their tradition al passports or passport cards are also required to provide proof of citizenship and identity, two 2x2 photos and associated fees. Additional requirements apply for minor children. Copies of the passport application are available at the ltg.gov.vi. Passport Ofces T o Open on Saturday, October 27 Saving BioGems
and spend the entire day with the kids and that really meant a lot to me and them. The basketball coach also shared an important message with the kids at Just Play Day, Doeling added. His message was how instrumental sports are to a happy, healthy life, said the USFSC founder. He talked about coaches, such as himself, who are not only coaches in the game of basketball or any sport, but are there to help shape you and help you do better things in life. His job doesnt stop in basketball. cial issues, and he told the kids how he is there for his athletes their coaches are there for them for their whole lives, said Doeling. unteers enjoyed a healthy and delectable lunch cour tesy of Mathayom/St. John Catering, Doeling added. Mathayom was fantastic; he always does an amaz got to stop and take a break and have lunch. And it was great. Its a lot of logistics and hes just great at it, said the USFSC founder. And hes on board for next year again. While Doeling works as a senior production artist at Nike, the sports company does not fund his initia tive. Doeling uses his vacation time to travel to St. John for USFSC events and spends his own money on those travel expenses. This is not a paid thing through Nike or anything like that, said Doeling. This is just my love and my dream to see this come through to fruition. But just seeing all those kids using good sports equipment and having fun in a positive environment makes it all worth it, Doeling explained. I just it love it, he said. Its so nice to be able to give back to the community and the island that I love so much. This is something that is really near and dear to my heart. This is not about anything other than just trying to give back, Doeling said. Community Foundation. All funds raised by USFSC remain on St. John, either going to fund the Just Play Day event, or for a different type of sports donation to local youth, Doeling explained. All the money we raise staying right on St. John, he said. Donations for the organization can be made through SJCF, just write USFSC in the memo line. Donations can also be made through the Global Giving initiative at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/ using-sport-for-social-change/wall. For more information about the group, check out www.usingsportforsocialchange.com.18 St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com email@example.com Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486 VIVA Vacations tel. 779-4250 P.O. Box 1747, STJ, VI 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; firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com www.stjohnvirealestate.com Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 info@holidayhomesVI.com Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 firstname.lastname@example.orgRestaurantsConcordia Cafe, 693-5855 Happy Hour 4:30-6pm Dinner 6-8:30pm Tues-Sat Fish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Skinny Legs A Pretty OK Place tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.com Sun Dog Cafe Casual Dining at Mongoose 693-8340; www.sundogcafe.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral Bay Island Solar "Off the Grid Living for 10 Years" tel. 340-642-0531Villa ManagerSeaview Vacation Homes, Inc. tel. 340-776-6805; 1-888-625-2963 www.seaviewhomes.comWedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsB usiness Directory Kids of All Ages Get Active at Annual Just Play DayContinued from Page 5 More Hours Added T o Pick up Deals at ReSource DepotSt. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Eilliott
St. John Tradewinds Governor John deJongh has signed a proclamation designating this month as Cyber Security Awareness Month in the Virgin Islands to increase awareness among Virgin Islanders about online threats to their Technology plays a vital role in daily lives as well as in the future of the territory. Many Virgin Islands residents, government agencies, schools, libraries, businesses and other organizations use the Internet for a variety of tasks, including keeping in contact with family and friends, performing research, and enhancing access to education. Critical sectors are increasingly reliant on information systems in or tation, utilities, health care, and emergency response systems. The use of the Internet at our territorys primary and secondary schools enhances the education of our youth by providing them access to online educational and research materials, said deJongh. At institu tions of higher education, the use of information technology is integral to teaching and learning research, and outreach and service. Internet users and the information infrastructure, however, now face an increasing threat of malicious cyber-attacks, loss of privacy from spydue to identify theft and fraud. The Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign is a national effort coordiorganizations to help all digital individuals stay safer and more secure online. The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center provides a collaborative mechanism to help state, local, territorial and tribal governments enhance cyber security. These national efforts compliment our own work through the Virgin Islands Bureau of Information Technology to provide a comprehensive approach to help enhance the security of the technology operations of the Government of the United States Virgin Islands, deJongh said. Maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility and awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of the United States Virgin Islands information infrastructure and economy. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (www.dhs.gov/cyber), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (www.msisac. nascio.org), and the National Cyber Security Alliance (www.staysafeonline.org) have declared October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. DeJongh encouraged all Virgin Islanders to visit these sites, along with the Virgin Islands Bureau of Information and Technology (http:// www.vi.gov/bit/) and Stop. Think. Connect (www.stopthinkconnect.org) to learn about cyber security in order to implement security practices in their homes, schools, workplaces, and businesses. Through these websites we can learn about and recognize the impor tance of online cyber security and incorporate such knowledge into our personal and professional lives, the governor said. St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 19 Friday, October 12 10:48 a.m. A citizen c/r of Gifft Hill School. Illegal disSaturday, October 13 8:40 a.m. A visitor from PA p/r that his rental vehicle was broken into. Grand larceny. Sunday, October 14 2:23 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that someone vandalized her apartment. Landlord/tenant dispute. Monday, October 15 11:00 a.m. An Estate Adrian resident p/r that her minor daughter ran away. Run away minor. 1:38 p.m. An Estate Adrian resident p/r that his residence was burglarized. Burglary in the third. T uesday, October 16 10:36 a.m. An Estate Adrian resident r/ a disturbance. Distur bance of the peace. 11:21 a.m. An Estate Carolina resident r/ a suicidal male. Attempted suicide. 2:01 p.m. An Estate Pine Peace resident r/ a disturbance of the peace, domestic violence. Disturbance of peace, D.V. 10:58 p.m. A citizen c/r a Restaurant. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 11:29 p.m. Badge #1161 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Sylvia Pearson of Estate Adrian under arrest and charged with Destruction of Property, Domestic Violence. No bail was set by order of the court. W ednesday, October 17 3:37 p.m. Badge #1242 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Angel Bolques of Estate Chocolate Hole under arrest and charged with possession of set at $25,000 by order of the court. Unable to post bail, he was detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas to be remanded. 3:38 p.m. Badge #1242 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Jose Bolques under arrest and charged with cultivation. 4:25 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that her husband came to her residence and ar gued with her. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 10:46 p.m. An Estate Freemans Ground resident r/ a missing canvas bag. Thursday, October 18 3:52 p.m. A visitor from North Carolina c/r that a diamond ring was stolen from his rental vehicle. Grand larceny. Friday, October 19 3:10 a.m. An Estate Upper Carolina resident r/ someone trying to break into his home. Suspicious activity. St. John Tradewinds The cost of crime is always paid by the law abiding citizens of the community through higher prices and higher taxes. Reducing that cost puts money back in our pockets. If anyone knows something, they should say something as law enforcement cannot control crime without help. St. John On Sunday, September 30, at 10:30 a.m., a woman returned to her home at Estate Zootenvaal and discovered it had been burglarized. Items stolen include a black and red pocket book that contained $1,680 in cash, plus her passport, social security card, drivers license and some prepaid ferry tickets. St. Thomas On Wednesday, September 12, at 10:15 p.m. at Magens Point Resort, three masked men broke a glass window and entered the lobby area of the resort. The armed robbers pointed black handguns at two women, ordered them not to move, and then robbed the resort of $443 and the women of an iPhone in a black case and a purple bag that included $100 cash, a driver license and a social security card. St. Croix In the past month there have been three armed robberies of restaurants: Subway near Sunshine Mall on September 15 at about 9:20 a.m.; the Golden Rock McDonalds on September 17 at about 5:40 a.m.; and Pizza Hut in La Reine Shopping Center on October 3 at 11:45 a.m. Help poknow. Tell us what you know so law enforcement can identify and arrest these criminals. Submit 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. The minimum cash reward for the arrest of an armed robber is $900. For the arrest of a burglar it is $714. In both cases the reward is increased by 10 percent of the retail value of property recovered. The maximum reward is capped at $2,500.Crime Stoppers U.S. Virgin Islands EM E RG E NCY NUMB E RS:EMERGENCY LAND LINE: 911 EMERGENCY CELLULAR: 340-776-9110DeJongh Proclaims Cyber Security Awareness Month
20 St. John Tradewinds, October 22-28, 2012 NONDIGITAL DISORDERACROSS 9 Final Morissette was too hot John horse hit about an with a bat St. John Tradewinds 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 693-9410 to make an appointment at the St. John Community Foundation Monday, October 22 The University of the Virgin Islands will launch its new strategic plan Pathways to Greatness with special events on St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas on October 22, 23 and 24, respectively. On St. John, the meeting will be at the UVI St. John Academic Center ketplace on Monday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. 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. Sunday, October 28 The Unitarian Univer salists of St. John meets every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the Great Room at Gifft Hill School Lower Campus. The guest speaker for Sunday, October 28, is Phyllis Benton, who will speak on From Hummingbirds to Pelicans helping injured and orphaned birds here on St. John. 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 Gives Back Community Service Day is Friday, Nov. 16, at various locations across St. John. The schoool is also hosting a shoe drive which will end on its 3rd Annual community service day, Gifft Hill School Gives Back on Nov. 16. Saturday, November 24 The annual Rotary Club of St. John Flavors fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, November 24, at the Westin Resort and Villas.
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The purpose of the meetings was to request ratings on the pending sale by the V.I. Public Finance Authority of Gross Receipts Tax bonds. The PFA is planning to sell Gross Receipts Tax bonds to refund outstanding Gross Receipts Tax Bonds, Series 1999A. The refunding of the Series 1999A Bonds is expected to produce as much as $10 million in savings to the government over a multi-year period. It is also anticipated that proceeds of the bonds will be used to pay off outstanding bank loans that provided funds for working capital and for the governments broadband initiative. posed energy savings initiative and capital projects, these bonds will provide funding for those projects as well, enabling us to move forward to implement energy saving projects and projects that will meet public need and provide economic stimulus, deJongh said last week. This spring, in the wake of the HOVENSA closure announcement, each of the bond rating agencies conducted reviews of their ratings on the Gross Receipts Tax Bonds. At that time, Moodys downgraded the Gross Receipts Tax Bonds from Baa1 to Baa2 due to the anticipation of the adverse economic impact of the HOVENSA closure on the territory. Moodys also changed the outlook on the rating of the HOVENSA action. At that time, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poors afGross Receipts Tax bonds, and Fitch also moved the outlook from stable to negative, indicating that a downgrade is a possibility, primarily based on the ultimate impact of the HOVENSA closure on the territorial economy and on gross receipts tax collections. These were productive meetings, said deJongh. The bond rating agencies, and the institutional investment community for which they serve as important intermediaries, are critical stakeholders for our community. They have consistently paid close attention to our efforts, and provided important feedback. They understand that this is an important moment for our community, said the governor. The action by HOVENSA came right at the moment that we have been anticipating recovery in our economy and key revenues. The rating analysts questions focused on the important growth at this critical time, deJongh added. Institutional investors demonstrated their strong support for our efforts when we sold Matching Fund Bonds in August, said Commissioner of Finance and PFA Execu tive Director Angel Dawson. We were able to secure our securities. The meetings with the rating analysts were productive and we look forward to continuing to respond to their information requests as they complete their rating analysis, Dawson said. DeJongh Meets Bond Rating Agencies To Request Ratings on Pending Sale of Territory's Gross Receipts Tax Bonds
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