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Brion FitzGerald Named New VINP SuperindentantPage 4New Issue of St. John Magazine Continues ExcellencePage 5Boulon Retires from VINPPage 6 January 7-13, 2013 Copyright 2013The End of an EraThe Maho Bay Campground property sold for $13.95 million last week, spelling the end for the popular and long-running eco-resort on the North Shore of St. John. SEE STORY AND ADDITIONAL PHOTOS ON PAGES 3 AND 18St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Steve Simonsen Comments Accepted on Plan To Make National Park Smoke-FreePage 7
St. John Tradewinds The Department of Health will begin fogging of neighborhoods next week to decrease the population of nuisance mosquitoes. Cruz Bay and Coral Bay are set to be fogged between 6 and 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 17. immune systems to stay indoors and close windows at the time that fogging is being conducted. Fogging will be conducted in addition to other mosquito abatement efforts like Larviciding, which involves the treatment of water sources that hold mosquito eggs, or Larvae, to kill off the immature mosDOH Commissioner Darice Plaskett. This method of mosquito abatement was chosen because it is deemed more environmentally friendly and more effective in controlling Aedes mosquitoes, Plaskett added. Dengue Fever is caused by a virus transmitted by the female Aedes Aegypti mosquito. These mosquitoes lie in and around houses and buildings and are active during the daytime. They lay eggs around where people live in containers that hold water. These include old tires, plant containers, empty drums and even food containers for animals. Fogging helps to kill off the increase in mosquito population that normally comes with heavy rains but residents are reminded that fogging by itself does not effectively reduce the risk of Dengue transmission. The Health Commissioner reminds residents of steps that they can take to effectively protect them selves and their families from the Dengue virus: Avoid mosquito bites by closing windows and doors without screens; repair or install screens; Wear clothing that protect from mosquito bites (long sleeves, long pants, closed shoes, hats); Apply insect repellent only to exposed skin or clothing, follow product instructions carefully. Do not use repellents on babies less than two months of age; Protect infants: cover cribs, strollers and baby carriers with cotton mosquito netting at all times, day and night, both inside and outside of your home. Dress babies in loose cotton clothing that covers arms and legs; Empty water out of old drums, tires, plants in water, plastic containers, and other items that are not being used. Turn outdoor containers upside down when not in use to prevent water collection or drain them weekly; Make sure cisterns are tightly covered so that mosquitoes cannot get inside and lay eggs; eat mosquito larvae; and Repair broken septic tanks and cover vent pipes with wire mesh. Residents can help by contacting DOHs Environmental Health Division at (340) 715-5111 to report standing pools of water near their homes and in their communities that cannot be emptied by residents and Plaskett also reminded healthcare providers that dengue is reportable by law and that all suspected cases must be reported to the Health Department uswhich have been distributed to health care providers, can also be found on the home page of www.healthvi. org under Forms and Applications. 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TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 2 St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 The Animal Care Center (ACC) of St. John will hold its annual membership meeting on Wednesday, January 9, at 6 p.m. at the Gifft Hill School lower school greatroom. The agenda will include the following: Presidents report for 2012 Sheila Karcher Treasurers report for 2012 Monica Munro for the 2013 ACC Board of Directors. Brief biographies for the three candidates will be handed out with a paper ballot to each ACC member attending. Voting privileges are extended to all ACC members with paid-up membership dues. Expired memberships can be renewed and new member ships will be accepted at the door. Results of the voting may be announced at the conclusion of the voting. Electronic votes cannot be accepted. St. John Animal Care Centers Annual Membership Meeting Set for January 9The St. John Historical Society will explore the history of Hasp.m. at the Bethany Moravian Church Hall. St. Thomas Historical Trust Hassel Island Task Force Chairman Charles Consolvo will discuss the trusts efforts to preserve the historic island in Charlotte Amalies harbor. Consolvos presentation will be followed by an exclusive screening of a new 25-minute video on the history of Hassel Island, created by renowned local videographer Erik Miles. Members and friends are welcome to attend. The St. John Film Society kicks off its 2013 season with its rected by Briar March about the rising sea levels associated with climate change and islanders will be very interested to learn about this important topic. The January 15 screening takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the St. John School of the Arts. Local climate change subject experts will be screenings are free to the public. For more information visit www. SJHS Monthly Meeting Set for Jan. 8 STJ Film Society Kicking Off Season with Once Upon An Island Jan. 15On Saturday, January 12, St. John Historical Society members are invited to a three-hour tour of historic Hassel Island led by Laurel Brannick-Bigrigg of the V.I. National Park. She will guide hikers through the Creque Marine Railway, the and Careening Cove. The hike will continue on to Fort Willoughby. Hikers will be transported from Frenchtown to Hassel Island by SeaTow for a cost of $6 per person round trip, departing at 9 a.m. and returning to St. Thomas no later than 2 p.m. Members inter ested in attending should email Robin Swank at robinlynnswank@ gmail.com. To sign up to become a member of SJHS for just $20, visit www.stjohnhistoricalsociety.org. SJHS Touring Hassel Island Januray 12 DOH Set To Fog for Mosquitoes Jan. 17
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The end of Eden, is how one Maho Bay Campground fan explained the news which spread across St. John last week. After more than 36 years in operation, Maho Bay Campground erty upon which the campground sits was sold on December 27, 2012, for $13.95 million to Maho Bay Camps LLC. a notice to Maho Bay Newsletter subscribers on Tuesday, January 1, sharing the sad news. We have just discovered that the property which Maho Bay been sold, the newsletter read. The only information that has been released, is that a direct sale to an unknown buyer took place on 12/27/2012 for $13,950,000. No one is releasing any more details. We do not know who they are or their intentions, according to last weeks Maho Bay Campground newsletter. All we know is that we are only taking reservations until we close on May 15, 2013. We will continue to update And details about the new property owner remained unclear last week with hopeful rumors circulating that the buyer was an environmentally-oriented rich individual who planned to build a single family compound, according to Maho Bay Campground owner Stanley Selengut. We havent really the vaguest idea of who the buyer is, Selengut said last week from his Florida home. The rumor is that it is a wealthy, environmentally-oriented person who is going to build a single family estate. What we know is that my lease is over; that Maho is closing. Selengut signed the lease for hillside between Francis and Maho Bay beaches in 1974. He opened eventually become a 114-unit pioneering eco-resort, in 1976. The concept was basic provide simple accommodations while keeping people close to stunningly beautiful nature but just about unheard of at the time. The idea proved popular, however, and today Selengut is widely considered the grandfather of eco-tourism. Maho has been phenomenal, said Selengut. Its almost been like a miracle. It started with like keep people off the ground in accommodations that were simple, but comfortable and close to nature. It was successful from the minute it opened and it grew so successfully. It really stimulated a lot of change in how people address building on sensitive land, he said. Its been a great run for me. Maho Bay Campgrounds successful growth also impacted St. John. With 114 units and an additional 12 studio accommodations at Harmony Studios, the loss of Maho Bay Campgrounds estimated 12,000 annual visitors will surely be felt throughout the island. the island will be huge, said Selengut. We handle about 12,000 guests a year. Thats 12,000 roundtrip ferry rides and taxi rides, restaurant guests and more. Also consider the things that we buy on island and all of our employees and this is really going to have a major, major impact. With Maho Bay Campground being one of the few affordable accommodations to be found on St. John, the loss of those rooms will on Love City, explained Selengut. Someone estimated that we add 2012 RAIN DATAat Trunk BayM ONTH : DECEMBER2.11 inchesDEC. AVERAGE3.91 InchesTOTAL Y-T-D35.87 InchesY-T-D AVERAGE48.43 Inches St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 3 Continued on Page 18Thursday, Jan. 10th INDEXAlmost the Local News .........9 Business Directory ..............18 Church Directory .................16 Community Calendar ..........20 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Crossword Puzzle ...............20 Earth Talk ............................16 Historical Bit & Pieces ...........9 Island Green Living .............17 Letters ............................14-15 On the Market .....................12 Police Log ...........................19 Real Estate ....................22-23 To the Rescue .....................10Maho Bay Campground Land Ofcially Sold for $13.95 MillionCampground Operations Closing May 15 To Vacate Land by End of June It really stimulated a lot of change in how people address building on sensitive land. Stanley Selegut, Maho Bay Campground founder/owner St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Steve Simonsen remain on the property at least for now but reports are the property will become a family compound. Little Maho beach, above (to the left of the campsites).
4 St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds FitzGerald will take over as V.I. National Park Superintendent this year. Former VINP Superintendent Mark Hardgrove retired in August 2012 and since then Deputy VINP Superintendent Mike Anderson has been Acting VINP Superintendent. takes over the post in March, at which point Anderson will continue as VINP Deputy Superintendent. The selection was made and was announced to staff, said Anannouncement for the public, but I havent seen it yet. Being in the middle of the holidays, it may take a few more days before we hear something. Anderson will keep FitzGerald up to date on all VINP happenings of March, said Anderson. I will continue overseeing park operations while consulting with him. Well keep him posted on whats going on in the park and so forth. FitzGerald is currently Deputy Superintendent and Chief Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, where he has NPS. FitzGerald could not be reached for comment last week.Brion FitzGerald Named New VINP Superintendent St. John Tradewinds News Photo FitzGerald, second from right, should be on island in March to assume the position of VINP Superintendent. Continued on Page 17 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds V.I. National Park and Coral are considering adopting a smoking ban and the public has two weeks to have their voices heard on the matter. prohibiting smoking and tobacco use on all VINP beaches, pavilions and inside restroom facilities. If adopted, the action will be included in the 2013 VINP Compendium, which will be issued this month, explained VINP Acting Superintendent Mike Anderson. We wanted to give the public an opportunity to comment on this proposed action, said Anderson, who will serve as VINP Acting Superintendent until Brion FitzGer ald takes over the post in March. Once we review the comments, the 2013 Park Compendium, which will be completed this month, will contain guidance on visitor use for smoke-free beaches. cigarette disposal containers at heavily used areas like Trunk Bay, with signs announcing the Smoke Free area, Anderson explained. If adopted, VINP, with its sensitive marine environment, will beService beaches to ban smoking, the Acting VINP Superintendent added. As far as I know, well be one of with our situation with the marine environment, the sea turtles, our abundance of shore birds and marine animals, we need to mitigate the risk of wildlife choking on cigarette butts and becoming sick or poisoned by the accumulation of cigarettes, said Anderson. This is a really preventable impact to park resources that is going to be good for the children who may be playing on the beach, good for the marine life and certainly good for the water quality in the park, Anderson said. Smoking and smoking debris poses a second hand smoke hazard to all park visitors and constitutes a general safety and sanitation hazard to small children playing in the sand, according to a prepared statement by VINP. The accumulation of toxic cigarette butts and other tobacco by-products directly onto VINP beaches is a preventable hazard to park marine life, according to the statement. Birds and marine animals can ingest cigarette butts leading to choking, poisoning, and or death. The plastic and toxic chemicals found in cigarette butts leach into the marine environment leading to the bioaccumulation of toxins in the marine environment. cellulose acetate, a plastic that breaks down into smaller pieces over time. Research has shown every littered cigarette butt can take from two to 25 years to breakdown as toxic chemical compounds continuously leach into the environment, according to information from VINP. If adopted, VINP beaches will be posted with Smoke Free Beaches signs along with cigarette disposal receptacles in heavy visitor use areas. Smoking will be allowed in other areas of VINP, nated in the Park Compendium. The proposed rule is expected to also enhance visitor experiences especially at Trunk Bay where hundreds of cruise ship passengers enjoy the VINP daily, according to VINP information. The purpose of the park compendium is to provide the public and park employees with a document that lists the special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Super intendent, according to information from VINP. The Superintendents authority to implement these provisions is found in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 1.5(a). The compendium is available to the public upon request. The compendium will be reviewed and upparks to do this and I think with our situation with the marine environment, the sea turtles, our abundance of shore birds and marine ani mals, we need to mitigate the risk of wildlife choking on cigarette butts and becoming sick Mike Anderson, Acting VINP Superintendent VINP Accepting Public Comments on Action To Make Park Smoke Free
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The latest issue of St. John Magazine hit newsstands across the island last week to great acclaim from readers, advertisers and subjects alike. This seventh issue of Addy Award-winning maga zine, published by MaLinda Media covers topics ranging from the Cruz Bay local eatery Sogos to a history of the islands ghuts. The over-sized glossy publication also tells the story of Estate Concordia, the recent paddle board craze and Coral Bays tall ship Silver Cloud and its owner Elliot Hooper among its feture articles. The pages include stunning images from some of the most talented local photographers. The renowned Steve Simonsens aerial photos of St. John in A View while part-time resident photographer Fernando Ramos captures the action of paddle boarders and Gifft Hill School graduate Tristan Ewald captures the mysterious beauty of the islands colonial era ruins. Nature lovers will to take a kayak trip with writer Andrea Milam, learn about the islands crabs from Rafe Boulon and experience the attractions of environmentally friendly Estate Concordia with writer Mauri Elbel. Art adorers will spend some time in Donald Schnells studio as the ceramic artist creates the studios iconic sconces and signature platters and learn about painter Denise Wrights inspirations for her captivat ing abstract canvases. This years feature articles are stories that will inspire, education, intrigue and ground readers providing an understanding of the islands rich history, local people, fascinating tales, island life, our evercaring community and featuring its most famous and breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, wrote Publisher MaLinda Nelson in this issues Letter from the St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 5 New Issue of St. John Magazine Continues T radition of ExcellenceSt. John Magazine 2013 Cover: America Hill photographed by Tristan Ewald. R&I PA T TONgoldsmithing EVERY SATUR DA YBEGINNING OCTOBER 20LIVE MU SIC FRESH CARIBBEAN LOBSTER EVERY TUESDA Y!LIVE MUSIC TUES-THURS-FRI-SAT. 340-693-8141 Continued on Page 24 St. John Magazine Yelena Rogers.
6 St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Growing up on the shoreline of Trunk Bay, there was never any question that Rafe Boulon would spend his life working to protect local marine resources. After a storied career spanning of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife and another 14 years at V.I. National Park, Boulon retired late last year. Chief of Resource Management. Looking back over his career, Boulon, 60, was most proud of the land he helped to acquire for VINP. What has brought me the most satisfaction has been my land acquisition work, said Boulon. From Maho Bay Estate to Nanny Point, Beverhoudstberg and sever al different parcels at Hawksnest, in the time that I have worked with the park, the land area has been inBoulon said. I dont think the park is going to get much bigger; the rest of the land is either too highly priced or developed. Another area of particular accomplishment for Boulon was helping to create a successful Storm Mooring Program in Hur ricane Hole, he explained. Another thing that Ive been really proud of is the Hurricane Hole Storm Mooring program, which was something that I wanted to do back with DPNR in Benner Bay, the funding or the political will to do it on St Thomas. But when the water part of Hurricane Hole became a national monument, we had the opportunity to protect the resources there. Boulons work in the Hurricane Hole area dates back to the midMy history with Hurricane when I did a three-year habitat study in the area, said the VINPs former Chief of Resource Management. Hurricane Hole is one of the most pristine and valuable tire Virgin Islands. Its a super important area and the basis for it is the mangroves. The prop roots and the rest of it the clean water and the low disturbance we wanted to do that to make sure we maintain the area, he said. As a native St. Johnian and one time boat owner, Boulon also knew just how important the area is as a safe haven for vessels dur ing storms. I knew it was also such an important hurricane refuge area for local boaters as well, he said. With both his local knowledge and relationships with residents, Boulon was able to keep boaters happy while making sure the area was protected. tween use and conservation which you are always walking, he said. You are always looking for that balance between use and protection. That is was resource manways people can use and experience an area and protect the resources. While Boulon will not be the VINPs Chief of Resource Management next hurricane season, he has agreed to help make sure use of Hurricane Hole continues to go smoothly. And that is not the only post Boulon will be responsible for in the future. He already sits on St. John Historical Societys board of directors and he recently accepted an offer to join Friends of V.I. National Parks board of directors as well. Retirement will also give Boulon a chance to visit his grandchildren he has one in California and two more on the way and plan more trips on his beloved motorcycle. Boulon also has plenty of house projects on tap at Wind Swept, his Trunk Bay home, and plans to compile his familys history. I want to write a book about growing up on St. John and share some of my memories and pictures from our family, said Boulon. Im hoping to have time to do all the things that I didnt have time for when I was working full time. In Boulons absence, VINP Resource Manager Thomas Kelley has been appointed Acting VINP Chief of Resource Management, at least for now, explained VINP Acting Superintendent Mike Anderson. Thomas is in the post now and well rotate that responsibility at a future date to other staff mem bers, said Anderson. Rafe Boulon, photographed in uniform in 2009, retired from the VINP at the end of December.St. John Tradewinds News Photo File 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 East End Adventures VINP Chief of Resource Management Retires St. John Tradewinds One of the Coral Bay Watershed Management Project: Phase 2 activities will be to develop a community-based Marine Uses Plan for Coral Bays waters and shoreline. As has been long rumored, there are two proposals for mari nas in Coral Harbor in their early stages of concept development, although it will take many years for the planning and permitting processes to play out. Want to have a say in how Coral Bays beautiful blue waters are used and enjoyed? Join the Planning Team! The second Marine Uses Planning meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 6 at Guy Benjamin School. After a general discussion of progress to date, the group boat ramp, parking, dinghy docks; marina planning; water quality issues; and moorings and anchorage planning. The Marine Uses Plan will be developed by residents and stakeholders in the community, in conjunction with federal and territorial government representatives knowledgeable about environmental, economic and regulatory concerns. It is part of the Coral Bay Watershed Management Project Phase 2, being coordinated by the Coral Bay Community Council. Everyone in Coral Bay is encouraged to participate. More information about the overall project can be found at the CBCC website at www.coralbaycommunitycouncil.org.CBCC Marine Uses Planning Meeting for Phase Two Set for January 15 at GBS
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Determined to improve resources at the islands public schools, Ronnie and Pat Lee are hosting an Or More Party to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, January Chocolate Hole area home. The soiree is a non-political gathering to celebrate democracy and to raise funds to purchase computers for the Cruz Bay public elementary and middle school Julius E. Sprauve School as well as the Coral Bay public elementary school Guy Benjamin School. The Lees are hoping to raise at least enough money to purchase 75 computers for the two St. John public schools. Attendees are asked to RSVP to ronaldslee@att. net and the party will be capped at The minimum contribution is $50 per person, Or More, explained Ronnie Lee. If we raise more money, then well be able to buy even more computers, he said. Food and refreshments will be contributed by the Lees and all of the money raised will be used to purchase computers for the schools, Ronnie Lee explained. Pat and I are, in large part, the product of public school educations, he said. With Julius E. Sprauve and Guy Benjamin percent of the St. John children, we strongly believe that more attention and private funding needs to be provided for our long-term island residents in order to eventually improve their opportunities for higher education and the possibility of a better standard of living. Lee is no new-comer to fundraising. He is an integral part of the annual St. John School of the Arts successful Broadway Comes to St. John fundraiser and he secured enough funding last year to purchase a van for JESS, he explained. Pat and I usually attend the JESS Fundraising Gala each year, but last year we were not here when it was hosted, said Ronnie Lee. We still wanted to do something for the school so I went to speak with [JESS Principal] Ms. Wells and [former JESS Vice Principal] Ms. Dalmida and said What would you like to have for the school. She told me that whenever there is a sporting event, they have to beg for a ride from other schools or some other entity, he said. Ronnie Lee was happy to help with the van project; for which he was able to get 15 people to pledge $1,000 each which was matched by the JESS Parent, Teacher and Student Association. Now, he is excited to make an even bigger impact for students, Ronnie Lee explained. Although a school transportation van may be a small symbolic gesture, computers for at east 75 students would be an important chemistry of education, he said. We hope our small fundraiser on January 21 can make a big differ ence in the educational opportunities of our island children in the future. For more event details email the Lees at email@example.com.St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 7 Support St. John Public Schools and Celebrate Democracy at Or More Party January 21Standing Room Only at SJSA ConcertSt. John Tradewinds It was standing room only on Friday night, January 4, as St. John School of the Arts kicked off its Sis Frank Concert Series. The night featured New York City-based Jazz pianist Garry Dial with SJSA vocal instructor Luba Dologopolsky performing an exciting Jazz lineup. The turn-out was an amaz ing tribute to the memory of Sis Frank, a co-founder of the school, said SJSA board of directors member Ronnie Lee. Shes probably watching from that great Carnegie Hall in the sky, beaming with pride to know air in Cruz Bay and that the performers played to a packed house. There are three more concerts scheduled as part of the Sis Frank Concert Series. The Ahn Trio will play on Friday, January 25, SJSA Faculty will take the stage on Friday, March 29, and New York Empire Trio will per form on Friday, April 12. With such a great turnout for ited number of seats to be avail able for the remainder of the shows. Residents are encouraged to purchase their tickets early. For more information about the concerts or to buy tickets, $30 each, call SJSA at 779-4322. Happy Holidays! Present this ad and receive $10 o any 50-minute treatment.* BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY. CALL .., EXT WR-Spa Services DN 8.20.2012.indd 1 8/16/12 6:13 PM SELLING? BUYING? RENTING SEEKING? GET RESULTS!St. John Tradewinds Tradewinds News Photo by Bill Stelzer City-based Jazz pianist Garry Dial and SJSA vocal instructor Luba Dologopolsky wowed the crowd.
St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 St. John Tradewinds My name is Mariah Scheer, and I am a Senior at Gifft Hill School on St. John. Since the age of 10, I have acted in nine theater per formances on the island and at The New England Youth were with the Epiphany Theater Company and the St. John School of the Arts. The last six productions were with The New England Youth Theater (NEYT) company from Brattleboro, Vermont. This company, made up of professional teachers and performers and directed by Stephen Stearns, visits St. John every January and April to put on a full melodra ma show in just a few weeks with a group of Gifft Hill School students during our minimester classes. During each annual two-week minimester, Ive learned skills necessary to perform in front of a large audience. Also I have developed my voice and acting skills through techniques that Stearns and the NEYT family teach. There is no better feeling than getting ready to per form on stage. The mix of emotions that one has to deal dence from the time and effort one has put in to the show. I love the feeling of performing and actually having the mind of the character I am portraying. Acting has opened up new windows for me to grow as a person and and human being. With this being my last year to per form in the GHS theater production, I plan to continue to act in plays during college. For this years theater performance, my peers and I am excited to be performing Once Upon A Mattress, a musical retelling of The Princess and The Pea. I will be playing the overly comedic and overbearing Queen Aggravain. I hope you can come support me and my fellow students in this funny, engaging play. The performance dates are Friday, January 11, at 7 p.m. and January 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Gifft Hill School. Tickets are a suggested donation of $5 for kids and $10 for adults. And for those of you who are interested, there is a limited-seating farm to table tasting prior to the opening night show. As the culmination of another minimester program, a collaboration between the EARTH Program, Culinary Arts Class students and Chef Mathayom Vacharat will create delicious, locally grown tasters for you to enjoy. You will hear from the student chefs about their experience of growing, harvesting and cooking these yummy creations. This limited capacity tasting will be followed by the opening of Once Upon a Mattress. Tasting guests will enjoy reserved VIP seating for the performance and ticket cost is $75 per person. To RSVP email mollymur firstname.lastname@example.org.Earth Journal: Once Upon a Mattress ISSUE NO. 7 2013 NOW ON NEWSSTANDS HURRY, GO GET IT! Location: Gifft Hill School UPPER CAMP US A TRI U M Gifft Hill R oad, St. JohnFRIDA Y, JANUAR Y 11, 7PM SAT URDA Y, JANUAR Y 12, 2PM and 7PMADMISSION: Suggested Donation $10 Adult, $5 Children (babies free)T he Gifft Hill School and New E ngland Youth T heatre present Once Upon a Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller & Marshall Barer. Music by Mary Rodgers. Lyrics by Marshall Barer Directed by Stephen Stearns with Doran Hamm Musical Direction: Kristen Carmichael-Bowers with Luba Dolgopolsky Choreography: Crystal DAbbraccio Costumes: Sandy Klein Lighting: Jerry StockmanJANUARY 2013M ATTRE SS
St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 9 Special to St. John Tradewinds Tickets for the annual Animal Care Center of St. John Winter fundraiser Gala are still on sale at the ACC shelter as well as at Connections East and West, St. John Hardware, Nest & Co., St. Johnimals Chelsea Pharmacy and Catered To. Tickets are $125 each. The winter gala, formerly known as Christmas for the Animals will be on Saturday, January 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Great Cruz Bay villa LAutre Monde. will feature decorations appropriate to the theme An well. Black turtleneck shirts are suggested for gentle men and slinky dresses for the ladies. It is rumored that berets and boas will be in evidence. food and beverage offerings will be announced. As in past ACC galas, numerous St. John restaurants and tizers and desserts crafted for the event. Gala committee members include Kelly Cruikshank, ACC Shelter Manager Kate Webster and ACC Board member Monica Munro. Jennifer Troisi, head of Top Dogs catering service is in charge of food management. Well-known, hard-working ACC volunteers on the committee include Rob Upham of St. Johnimals, Missy Hansel of Nest and Debbie Dupleasi of Catered To. Sally Furlong, who chaired the 2012 Waga committee, Christine Ransley and Katie Peterman are also committee members. A very special committee member is Helen Simon, owner of LAutre Monde. At volunteered to design and donate the decorations that will transform her villa into a Parisian cafe for the evening. See you there!ACC W inter Gala T ickets Still on Sale 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 WhatToDo-VI.comFREE APP *USE WIFI TO DOWNLOAD St. John Tradewinds The St. John Film Society has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Virgin Islands Council on the Arts grant for the 2013 season. The grants will allow the group to present a robust in kicking off the season with its January 15 premiere, and stay tuned for more 2013 program details! mentary released in 2010 and directed by Briar March, will be screened on Tuesday, January 15, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John School of the Arts. The documentary tells the story of some the worlds community which considers leaving their homeland forever to escape life-threatening sea level rise. There Once Was an Island, presents the human face of climate change, challenging audiences everywhere to consider their relationship to the earth and to their neighbors. What if this community had to decide whether to leave its homeland forever and there was no apparent help available? This is the reality for the culturally unique PolyOcean atoll within Papau New Guinea. As a tidal nity they experience the devastating effects of climate In this documentary, the three intrepid characters of Teloo, Endar, and Satty allow viewers into their lives and culture, showing the human face behind environmental crisis. Two scientists, oceanographer John Hunter and geomorphologist Scott Smithers, investigate the impact of climate change on communities with limited access to resources and support, while the citizens of Takuu consider whether to move to an uncertain fua different, but equally uncertain, outcome.SJFS Screening There Once Was an Island January 15 at St. John School of the Arts St. John Tradewinds News Photo The affects of rising sea levels are already being felt in some parts of the world.
St. John Tradewinds Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Alicia Barnes last week provided an update on the St. John Bookmobile, which is set to debut early this year. It has always been the intent of the departments Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums to ensure that a bookmobile operated in St. John as one part of our commitment to exposure our children to the world of books and reading, said Barnes. There are some enhancements that must be completed on the bus and once done will allow us to introduce into the community. Currently located at the Department of Property and Procurement, the St. John Bookmobile, has been the American Disabilities Act. The Bookmobile is a state-of-the-art mini-library that will traverse the island of St. John to encourage reading in neighborhoods and at community events. The goal is for the bookmobile to make the offerings of the library more accessible to people who Sprauve Public Library in Cruz Bay. The air-conditioned vehicle will contain more than 500 books of various genres and provide Internet acOur roll-out dedication celebration is being planned for the long-awaited St. John Bookmobile and it will be one more vehicle that we are pushing and promoting to expose our children to books and ensure that library services are near to our seniors, said Ingrid Bough, Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums. The St. John Bookmobile will join its predeces sors the St. Thomas and the St. Croix Bookmobiles, Bough added. For more information about the St. John Bookmobile, contact Ingrid Bough, Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums at 773-5715 or visit the Virgin Islands Public Libraries website at www. virginislandspubliclibraries.org.10 St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 St. John Tradewinds News PhotoThe bookmobile, above, is slated to arrive on St. John soon to reach residents unable to use the resources of Elaine I. Sprauve Library in Cruz Bay. St. John Tradewinds News PhotoThe state-of-the art facility also includes monitors, above. St. John Bookmobile To Be Cruising Soon
St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 11 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! The committee for the St. John Animal Care Centers winter gala, formerly known as Christmas for the Animals, is delighted to announce that this seasons gala will be at LAutre Monde, Helen Simons home in Great Cruz Bay. The winter gala has always been the major fundraiser for the ACC. This winter it will feature An Evening in Paris as its theme. The gala will be from 6 to 9 p.m on Saturday, January 19. LAutre Monde will be decorated as a Parisian cafe. Favors will Kelly Cruikshank, gala committee chairwoman, announced that once again tickets will sell for $100 for each person. After December 31, however, they will be sold at $125. Plans are for tickets to be available at the ACC shelter, Connections East and West, St. John Hardware, Nest & Co. at Mongoose Junction, St. Johnimals, Chelsea Drug Store and the Catered To ofTradewinds will be publishing additional information about the gala in subsequent issues. Animal Care Centers Winter Gala at L Autre Monde Set for January 19Friends of V.I. National Parks Annual Meeting is set for Sunday, January 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tree Lizards Restaurant at Cinnamon Bay Campground. The keynote speaker this year is National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. Also on the program will be the newly appointed VINP Superintendent Brion FitzGerald, who will give a State of the Park address. Friends president Joe Kessler will present the Friends Annual Report. Light snacks and beverages will be provided and there will be a shuttle service from the VINP maintenance area near Mongoose Junction. For more information call Friends of VINP at 7794940.NPS Director Jon Jarvis Speaking at Friends Annual Meeting January 27 www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 I G L by Lovango Cay resident Dan Boyd St. John Tradewinds Our electrical power here in the Virgin Islands can be a little too much at certain times and not tuations can really wreak havoc on your refrigerator, A/C units and electronic equipment. Power surges, referred to in the industry as transients, are extremely brief, abnormally high voltage spikes on AC power. A number of conditions affect the quality of power you receive, and power surges are by far the most common. Every piece of electrical equipment in your home is designed to age, such as 120 volts AC. Most equipment is designed to handle minor variations in standard nominal operating voltage. Even the smallest power surges, however, can be very damaging to nearly all equipment. Surge protectors are designed to reduce and divert potentially damaging short-duration voltage spikes safely out of the system to ground. This is similar in concept to pressure relief valves that protect water heaters from overpressure. It is a common misconception that surge protectors absorb surges; in fact, they divert the surge away from the protected equipment. Low power can be even more of a problem for your electrical equipment. A brownout is a drop in voltage in an electrical power supply system. Intentional brownouts are used for load reduction in an emergency and lasts for minutes or hours, as opposed to shortterm voltage sag or dip. The term brownout comes from the dimming experienced by lighting when the voltage sags. A voltage reduction may be an effect of disruption of an electrical grid, or occasionally it may be imposed in an effort to reduce load and prevent a blackout. Different types of electrical apparatus will react in different ways to a brownout. Some devices can be severely affected, while others may not be affected at all. Refrigerators, A/C units, and electronic equipment are often the most severely affected. The effects of brownouts can be corrected by a power line conditioner, a device intended to improve the quality of the power delivered to electrical load equipterm most often refers to a device that acts in one or more ways to deliver a voltage of the proper level. Dan Boyd of Island Solar is authorized vendor. For more information contact Boyd on his cell phone at 340-626-9685 or by email at islandsolarvi@gmail. com. Surge Protectors and Line Conditioners
12 St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Yelena Rogers Residents Pack Bajo el Sol for Pirate Bill Art Show and Fundraiser Friends of long-time Coral Bay resident William Aiken, better known to all as Pirate Bill, packed Bajo el Sol on Friday evening, January 4. The Mongoose Junction gallery hosted a group art show and fundraiser for the ailing pirate, who has been diagnosed with cancer. The event featured images of Pirate Bill and his beloved cats of Johnson Bay by some of the most acclaimed artists on St. John, as well as live music and lots of laughs. The works will be featured at Bajo el Sol throughout January.
St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 13 Enjoy Endless Views from Villa Rendez-View By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Feel all your stress melt away as you gaze upon the mesmerizing Caribbean Sea from the expansive covered decks at Villa RendezView. This three bedroom, two and a half bathroom home located in Estate Rendezvous and Ditleff is for dia Real Estate Broker Associate Marty Beechler. The homes convenient midisland location is just one of its many draws, explained Beechler. Villa Rendez-View is conveniently located off Gift Hill Road, just above South Shore Road (Route 104) only a short drive from Cruz Bay, said Beechler. This charming three bedroom all masonry home features fabulous views of Rendezvous Bay, Ditleff Point, and the Caribbean Sea east to Rams Head and south to St. Croix. lack of stairs, both rare and covthe home inviting, Beechler added. Park your vehicles on the nice level area at the top of the paved driveway and walk just a few feet on a level path no stairs to the front entrance, he said. Every room is on the same level a available on St. John. Once you enter Villa RendezView, however, its all about that water view and the shaded, covered deck areas, Beechler explained. Enter into the great room and your attention is immediately drawn to the captivating view of Rendezvous Bay through the French doors that open to the covered deck which runs the entire length of the house, he said. The deck is completely tiled and is also accessible from the two cor ner bedrooms. It provides attractive, covered outdoor living area for dining al fresco or just limin around while taking in the view and enjoying a sea breeze. An indoor dining room locat ed between the living room and kitchen, offers another option for spending an evening in at Villa dining of Cruz Bay is only a short drive away, the professional grade kitchen at the villa will surely entice you to whip up a few meals at home. The kitchen features custom cabinetry, a six burner commer cial-quality range and oven, a large center island and two large identical refrigerators with pull out freezer drawers, said Beechler. There is also a comfortable living room, which offers the ideal spot to curl up with a good book, as well as a half-bath located next to the front entrance, Beechler added. With access to the main deck from the master bedroom and guest bedrooms, luxurious lazy mornings spent soaking up the view will hard to limit. The master bedroom opens to the main deck, has a king-sized bed and en suite full bath with a large tiled shower that opens to its own little deck with a privacy fence to provide a one-way view to the sea, said the Islandia Real Estate Broker Associate. The guest bedroom is located on the opposite corner of the house and shares a full bath with the third bedroom and also has an indoor/ outdoor shower with a one-way view of Rendezvous Bay. What really sets Villa RendezView apart from other properties on St. John is in the details, explained Beechler. The owner of the villa is an accomplished builder who constructed this home with special care and pride in workmanship, Beechler said. The foundation and exterior walls are solid poured reinforced concrete. The rafters are an integral part of the wall and are steel reinforced horizontally and vertically. With plenty of space to add a St. John Tradewinds News PhotoA professional kitchen, below, will have you dining al fresco and soaking up the views from Villa Rendez-View. 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 crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 pool and numerous amenities, Villa Rendez-View literally has it all. Amenities include DISH nettered exterior, a 5KW generator, 200 amp electrical service with transfer switch and sewage treat ment plant with gray water ir rigation system, said Beechler. Additional living space could be added by enclosing the lower level masonry foundation columns and beams. The home already has two separate electric meters for this purpose. While Villa Rendez-View is currently in use as a full time residence, the home would also make a great short-term vacation rental, Beechler added. fers the discerning buyer quality at a reasonable price, he said. For more information on Villa Rendez-View, call Beechler at 776-6666 or 626-1399
14 St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JAN. 10thMy New Years wish is that the American people can begin to stand up to the NRA and the weapons industry. It isnt just kids in Connecticut and the rest Amer ica, its kids all over the world, lots of them supplied someone else. Can you imagine: their solution is a gun in teach ers desk draws. The world is never going to get better if we allow them to keep selling guns to everyone that wants one. These killers arent bad people, they are just emotionally messed up. They should not be allowed to have guns. There are a lot of people that should not have guns, but that doesnt mean that the majority that could safely have guns should not be allowed to have guns if thats what they want. We need to stop arguing about guns and start to stop guns from getting to crazy people. The problem is the gun industry will have to agree to make fewer guns and they dont want to. We can have a gun under every pillow if that is what America wants; but lets make sure that everyone that has one is safe to other people. We can have the gun and still start to stop the guys who should not have one from getting them. I think that having guns is a great thing because they keep everyone from having no say in the way the government is run. National Service Drafts are a great way for kids to learn to grow up, and they could teach everyone how to safely use a gun. If the government gets really, really bad we can all protect ourselves if we have a gun. For us to be safe with these guns we have to stop people who cannot safely use them from having them. It is time that we started to tell the gun manufac tures that we need to change your business model. We dont want to worry about our kids going to school and a lot of us dont want to home school our kids. A gun in every teachers desk draw is not the solution to this problem. Greg Miller2012Homicides: 1 Shootings: 1 Stabbings: 0 Armed Robberies: 1 Arsons: 0 1st Degree Burglaries: 3 2nd Degree Burglaries: 3 3rd Degree Burglaries: 40 Grand Larcenies: 72 Rapes: 1 2013-TO-DATEHomicides: 0 Shootings: 0 Stabbings: 0 Armed Robberies: 0 Arsons: 0 1st Degree Burglaries: 0 2nd Degree Burglaries: 0 3rd Degree Burglaries: 0 Grand Larcenies: 7 Rapes: 0There is a reason folks pray before leaving their homes in the morning. Prayer for the elderly left at home, for those at work and for the children at school. Saying a prayer at school bonded teachers and students. This brought their minds to a singel focus; that God is in control. Bad things can still happen at home, school and work, but the invisible forces that threaten our lives have to get past Gods angels. Parents, pray over your children before sending them into the world. Husbands and wives, pray for each other before leaving home. Grandparents, rela tives and friends, pray for the safety of our commu nity. Everyone needs to bend the knee and ask the Almighty to protect and sustsain us in this New Year. Emmanuel PriceHedge of Protection Letters To St. John Tradewinds St. John Tradewinds Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen said last week that President Barack Obama signed her bill which authorizes direct review of decisions of the Virgin Islands Supreme Court by the Supreme Court of the United States, passed the U.S. Senate. I am pleased that the Virgin Islands has taken another step towards self governance, one that our local judiciary has worked hard to attain, Christensen said. Christensen sponsored the legislation, H.R. 6116, which amends the Revised Organic Act of the Vir gin Islands, with respect to the judicial procedure for appealing the decisions of courts of the Virgin Islands to courts of the United States, removing the temporary jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals the highest court of the Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands now joins every other high court in the states and territories, said Christensen. Virgin Islanders should be proud of this achievement, which brings us a step closer in the journey for further local self-governance which was begun Congress, Ron de Lugo, amended the Virgin Islands 1954 Organic Act to allow for the creation of an appellate court charted under local law. has issued opinions on such wide-raging cases as whether and when a judge could be disciplined to property, explained the delegate. 2007. The delegate commended Chief Justice Rhys Hodge, Associate Justices Maria Cabret and Ive Swan for their work to earn the recommendation of the Third Circuits Judicial Council for appeals of their decisions to go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. All Virgin Islands will look back upon this time with great pride and gratitude for the way in which they laid the foundation for appellate jurisprudence in the territory that is second to none, said Christensen.President Obama Signs V.I. Supreme Court Bill
St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 15 ISLAND NOTES from the publisherHappy New Y ear St. John! Congratulations R.B. on your retirement from the VINP! MN As reported in the Daily News, Coral World proposed to Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to expand their current offerings to include a dolphinarium. I believe this request should be denied for both practical and ethical reasons. inarium are cited as a reason to support their request. Since Coral World is now losing money despite the addition of sea lions some years ago, how might the bring Coral World into the black; that is, to stop it losing money? How well has Coral World evaluated the environmental problems a dolphinarium will bring to its bay? However, there is a larger overarching issue that has not been addressed by Coral World. Is it ethical to hold captive such sensitive and intelligent creatures as dolphins? This is a question that has been debated cetacean biology. Less than three months ago, on 25 October 2012, Sea Life, the worlds largest aquarium operator (including dolphinaria) decided against exploitation for (their entire letter is at http://www.wdcs.org/submissions_bin/SeaLife_Letter_re_GA_AQ_Permit.pdf.) I include here their salient points. ...Sea Life concurs with the view of all the leadordinary American citizens canvassed on this subject that cetaceans are not suited to captivityno matter how spacious or well-designed the facilities. They are wide-ranging, highly intelligent and social animals which suffer acute sensory deprivation The argument that such displays are good for education and conservation does not, in our view, come anywhere near to outweighing the undoubted suffering and stress incurred not only by the captured animals themselves, but also by the family groups from which they have been so cruelly and abruptly separated. America is an enlightened nation which should be leading the world in demonstrating care and compassion for special creatures like these. Instead we are one of the worst offenders in perpetuating an outdated and wholly unethical trade and practice. Sea Lifes parent company has itself through its acquisition of theme parks which already housed them become costodian [sic] of captive dolphins and whales. Rather than further exploit these animals for natural sanctuary where these and hopefully others from other public attractions around the world, can be re-homed, retired and if feasible, rehabilitated. Keeping cetaceans of any kind, even when there is some educational merit, is a vastly different proposigned and maintained aquarium tanks. Unless they are injured or ailing rescued animals requiring full time care, it is just plain wrongand we would be failing in our responsibility as the worlds largest aquarium operator were we not to say so publicly, for the long-term credibility of our industry... They said it, not me, but I am persuaded. There is more to the Coral World proposal than certainly important issues, where do they rank when phins). At various times of the year dolphins come into Cruz Bay and they swim with the humans who come out to greet them. It is the dolphins choice to come and go. Dolphins are encountered by boaters in the waters around St. John, and it is then that humans and dolphins can swim together. The dolphins may stay and prolong the encounter or they may go. They have a choice. Isnt that the better experience for us? The time for public comment to CZM is over, but I hope people will keep the issues alive through letters to the editor and posts to blogs. Dolphinaria deserve questions will come up again. Dave Murray Letters To St. John Tradewinds
16 St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 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 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, Nazareth Lutheran Church 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 Seventh Day Adventist Saturdays, 779-4477 St. John Pentecostal Church Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Prayer 7:30 p.m., Thursdays Bible Study 7:30 p.m. 779-1230 St. Ursulas Episcopal Church Sunday Church Service, 9 a.m. 777-6306 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332 Word of Faith Church Word of Faith International Christian Center, Sundays 7:30 a.m. Church Directory Geo-Tourism Dear EarthT alk: Ive heard of Eco-Tourism, but what on Earth is Geo-Tourism? Sally Kardaman Sumter, SC Geotourism describes tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a given place, including its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of local residents. The idea is travelers and local environments and economies. National Geographic Senior Editor Jonathan Tour tellot coined the term in 1997 to distinguish it from ecotourism or sustainable tourism, both which more narrowly focus on travels ecological impacts. In addition to a do-no-harm ethic, geotourism seeks to enhance prospects for sustainable develop rather than on standardized international branding, generic architecture and food, etc. In other words, a geotourism tour wont involve sending someone to an exotic locale only to be put up at a Hilton or Marriot and get discount coupons to Taco Bell and McDonalds. Today the worlds great destinations are under assault as visitor numbers rise exponentially every ciety, publisher of National Geographic. The result is damage to the sites, overcrowding and erosion of the local culture and environment. The Society hopes to reverse these trends with geotourism. Its Center for Sustainable Destinations (CSD) helps local communities, governments, tour ism bureaus and private businesses enhance and sustain their distinct character while harnessing the power of tourism for positive impact. Residents discover their own heritage by learning that things they take for granted may be interesting to outsiders, reports CSD. As local people develop pride and skill in showing off their locale, tourists get more out of their visit. The Societys Geotourism Charter lists 13 principles that qualifying sites must adhere to in order to earn a geotourism distinction. The main current running through the Charter is appreciation for the distinctive aspects of a given place and culture, and an eagerness to showcase them to curious and supportive visitors. The term geotourism is fairly new, but several places have offered geotourism-worthy travel for years. Costa Ricas Rio Tropicales Lodge takes visitors white water rafting, horseback riding, hiking and on other rainforest excursions. It hires and trains locals to manage operations and teach guests about reforestation efforts and an education program that teaches elementary students across Costa Rica about the importance of protecting the rainforest in their backyards. Another organization is 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking in Nepal, which trains local women to be tourism professionals and trekking guides. In just a few short years the group, which promotes low-impact treks in the Himalaya region, has trained 600 women as ambassadors to the outdoors across Nepal and beyond. Aspiring geotourism professionals can learn about their future profession by focusing on it as part of a new concentration within the geography department of Missouri State University.Geo-Tourism is becoming more and more popular.St. John Tradewinds News Photo
St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 17 Continued from Page 4 dated annually to ensure adequate protection of the parks resources, provide for public safety and enjoyment and to address changes in public use patterns. The provisions found in the compendium constitute only one of many tools designed to manage and protect the Virgin Islands National Park. It is impor tant to utilize this document in conjunction with Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, which includes the full text of National Park Service regulations, includ ing those authorizing the provisions outlined in this compendium. Chapter I, Parts 1-7, of Title 36, include sections addressing resource protection, public use, mercial operations, and special regulations. These regulations are applicable on all federally owned lands and waters within the boundaries of VINP and on lands and waters under the administra tive control of the National Park Service. In addition, certain regulations found within Title 36 are applicable on non-federally owned lands under the legislative jurisdiction of the United States. Inter ested parties may also wish to review the VINP planning documents including the General Management Commercial Services Plan (2001). 36 CFR Section 2.21 Smoking (As Proposed) 61. Smoking is prohibited as follows: Within the interior portions of all NPS buildings. At locations posted as no smoking areas. als storage area. Smoking is prohibited on all Park beaches, Park pavilions, and inside restrooms. Determining Factors: This regulation provides for a smoke free environment inside NPS buildings and provides for visitor safety and resource protection. St. John Tradewinds The U.S. Coast Guard and Caribbean Border Interagency Group law enforcement authorities seized more than 2,600 pounds of cocaine, a go-fast vessel and detained two Dominican smugglers during an atsea interdiction Sunday, December 30, in the Caribbean Sea. The drug shipment is estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $29 million. The interdiction was a result of a multi-agency law enforcement effort in support of Operation Caribbean Guard. The crew of a patrolling U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine surveillance aircraft detected two men aboard a suspicious 32-foot Cuddy-Cabin power boat December 30, approximately 60 nautical miles south of St. Croix. USCG watchstanders in Sector San Juan diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Matinicus to interdict the suspect vessel. The crew of the Matinicus interdicted the suspect vessel with the assistance of the CBP aircraft crew, who vectored the cutter to the vessels position. The crew of the Matinicus boarded the interdicted vessel and discovered 40 bales of suspected contra band in plain view in the vessels forward compart tained cocaine. The crew of the Matinicus embarked the two Dominican detainees and 40 bales of suspected contraband, and took the seized vessel in tow. The Matinicus transferred the detainees Monday night, December 31, along with the contraband shipPonce, Puerto Rico, who in turn, transferred custody of the seizure to Immigrations and Customs Enforce ment Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation. This is the third major cocaine shipment this Holiday season in the Sector San Juan area of responsibility in which the Coast Guard and Caribbean regional law enforcement partners have collectively detained a total of three vessels, six smugglers and kept over hands, said USCG Capt. Drew Pearson, Sector San drugs into Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as far off shore as possible is unwavering and will reduce crime across the region. Since May 21, 2012, the USCG has seized, under gional law enforcement authorities in the Caribbean, 21,711 pounds of cocaine and 1,576 pounds of mari juana during 19 law enforcement cases. The whole lion dollars. Operation Caribbean Guard is a Department of Homeland Security multi-agency law enforcement operation to support ongoing efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands being executed under the San Juan Regional Coordinating Mechanism/Carib bean Border Interagency Group. CBIG was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action, in their common goal of securing the borders of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against illegal migrant and drug smuggling. The USCG supports this initiative by forward deploying Coast Guard resources and capabilities from the United States, such as C-130 and HC-144 mari time patrol aircraft and additional Coast Guard cutters, to augment locally assigned federal resources and strengthen patrol efforts to deter, detect and disRico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Coast Guard Cutter Matinicus is a 110-foot island class patrol boat homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico. VINP Accepting Public Comments on Action To Make Park Smoke FreeUSCG, Caribbean Border Interagency Group Seize $29 Million Cocaine Shipment, Arrest Two St. John Tradewinds As a result of action taken by the Federal Communications Commission that affects carriers nationwide, Innovative Telephone, Innovative Wireless and Innovative Long Distance customers will notice a decrease in the Federal Universal Service charge effective January 1. The Federal Universal Service Charge (FUSC) Surcharge Factor recovers the costs associated with Innovative Telephones contributions to the federal universal fund program. The government-mandated program is designed to help keep telephone service rates affordable for all customers, in all areas of the United States. Effective January 1, there will be a decrease in the FUSC charge factor from 17.4 percent to 16.1 percent. For residential telephone customers and single-line business Multiline telephone business subscribers will experience a decrease from $1.72 to $1.66 per line. Multi-line subscribers, however, may be subject to additional regulatory fees. In addition to the FUSC rate changes, there will be a one-time adjustment to FUSC charges on January 2013 customer bills to make a correction to the FUSC charges billed in December 2012. This one-time adjustment will be a $0.07 charge related to the billing correction. Customers with questions regarding this notice should contact 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.Innovative Announces FUSC Rate ChangeSt. John Tradewinds Governor John P deJongh last week wrote to an American Air baggage fee waivers for liquor boxes. The letter to Art Torno, Vice President for Latin America, Caribbean and Miami, thanked the airline for its continuing partner ship with the territory, but expressed concern about suggestions that American is considering changes to the liquor box waiver policy that allows travellers to bring home spirits without incur ring additional baggage costs. Virgin Islands, deJongh wrote. The Virgin Islands is world-renowned for duty-free shopping, with a wide selection of retail offerings, including many spirits and locally produced rum. Those retail goods attract travelers from around the world, according to deJongh. Implementing baggage fees on liquor boxes would seriously affect sales of one of our most noted local products and dutyfree goods, affecting a large and key segment of our commercial trade, he said. The governor asked Torno to consider revenues generated by the new policy must be set against the loss of goodwill from travelers and the effect on continuing business, not to mention on our local industries and economy. DeJongh said he or Department of Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty would be happy to discuss the matter further with American Airline executives. DeJongh Urges American Airlines To Maintain Liquor Box Fee Waivers
as much as $20 million to the island of St. John and there is no other place to put these guests, he said. No one else can pick up the slack. Caneel and the Westin are too expensive for our middle class guests who save up all year long for their trip to Maho. The only other place is Cinnamon Bay Campground and they cant expand without all the approvals and stuff, Selengut said. Selengut does own the land under Harmony Studios and plans to continue renting those units as affordable short-term accommodations. He also owns the 51-acre Estate Concordia Preserve, half of which is an eco-resort with 42 units, with the other half being divided into lots for environmentally-sound construction. The eco-resort owner plans to expand Concordia, he explained. Eventually Concordia will be bigger than Maho, Ill be able to do, said Selengut. Maho Bay Campgrounds closing also threatens the future of the popular Trash to Treasures program, which included glass blowing using recycled glass bottles and batiking textiles. Selengut was unsure last week about what would happen to the program, he explained. Im fairly old and Im legally blind and the idea of closing Maho is a sadness, he said. The idea of closing the Trash to Treasure program is really devastating to me. Its been so successful and the last time I was down there I got to see what amazing pieces they are turning out. They seem to solve more and more problems, Selengut said. Its really amazing and its a win-win for everyone; its good for the environment, the guests love it and there are great classes for kids. Id really like to see the program continue. With only 42 units at Concordia currently, howa new home there. You need about eight staff to run the program and youre dealing with glass and waste paper and textiles and its a real production, he said. Also supporting the salaries and the insurance; we dont have enough customers at Concordia for it. The future of Maho Bay Clayworks, owned by ceramic artist Gail Van de Bogurt, is also in question. to do with the hundreds of mattresses, thousands of ment which must be removed from the land before the lease expires at the end of June. Maho Bay Campground is not accepting any reser vations after May 15 to allow time to clear the equipment. The buildings, however, will remain on the property, explained Selengut. The lease says that I have to leave all improve everything that is attached to the land; all the buildings, he said. But we will be getting rid of all the furnishings and tables and laundry and kitchen and Selengut was still unsure of what to do with all of the equipment last week, but was hoping to be able to donate most of it to families in need. Im really thinking of donating this stuff locally between St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix, he said. volunteers to help. When reached at his Florida home last week, Selengut was still processing the news of the imminent closure of Maho Bay Campground. I havent gotten to the point of making all the decisions that have to be made yet, he said. The deal just closed last week and until then I was hoping the sale would fall through or something. It isnt a happy time for me unfortunately. Selengut wasnt the only one saddened by the news of the campgrounds upcoming closure. Many Maho Bay Campground fans expressed their sadness on the companys Facebook page last week. I cant express how sad this makes me. I am really glad that I got to experience it. What a loss, makes me want to cry. Very sad. Im glad I got to spend a few weeks there over the past 25 years. I was hoping for another visit, but I guess its not to be. Cant believe it..my heart is breaking..thought someone would save us in the end...oh, well...guess is a former Maho guest or worker who hit it big and will continue a campground there. I will miss you Maho Bay Camps. Will come by one more time before you close since its because of you I fell in love with these islands and still call it my Sad day. Before the sad day in May arrives when Maho Bay Campground stops welcoming guests, however, Selengut is looking forward to one more great season at the campground, he added. Its going to be a great last season, he said. And loads and loads of people are coming over to check out Concordia, so thats good. For more information about Maho Bay Campground, check out www.maho.org or call 776-6226. St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways islandgetawaysinc.com firstname.lastname@example.org Suite St. John Villas/Condos VIVA Vacations tel. 779-4250 A/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 BankingFirstbank Located in downtown Cruz Bay Scotiabank #1 Mortgage Lender in the VI The Marketplace (340) 776-6552Green BuildingIsland Green Building Association check www.igbavi.org for Seminar Series info and ReSource Depot inventoryInsurancePGU 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 Chat@pattongold.comLandscaping Alfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 Coral Bay Garden Center PROPERTYKING Landscaping & IrrigationReal EstateDebbie Hayes, GRI firstname.lastname@example.org www.stjohnvirealestate.com Holiday Homes of St. John info@holidayhomesVI.com Islandia Real Estate email@example.comRestaurantsFish 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 www.skinnylegs.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. www.seaviewhomes.comWedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsB usiness Directory Continued from Page 3 St. John Tradewinds News Photo Stanley Selengut, center, with island architects Glen Speer, left, and Rob Crane, right.Maho Bay Campground Land Sold for $13.95 Million
St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 19 Friday, December 21 1:50 p.m. A visitor from Vir ginia p/r that her iPhone 4 was stolen from a bar in Cruz Bay. Grand larceny. 5:30 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident r/ that a male unlawfully entered her residence and went to sleep. Unlawful entry. Saturday, December 22 2:40 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that an unknown female struck her with a bottle. Assault in the third. c/r an overturned vehicle in the bushes. Auto collision. Sunday, December 23 1:00 a.m. A citizen p/r that tire while it was parked in Cruz Bay. Damage to vehicle. 2:00 p.m. A George Simmons Terrace resident p/requesting police assistance to retrieve his belongings from a residence in Bellevue Village. Police assistance. 6:05 p.m. A visitor from Michigan p/r that he lost his wedding band in the male restroom at Trunk Bay. Grand larceny. No time given An Estate Grunwald resident p/r she was in friend. Simple assault, D.V. Monday, December 24 12:32 p.m. Badge #1175 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Ivan Chinnery under arrest and charged with burglary in the second. Bail was set at $50,000 by order of the court. He was detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas to be remanded. Car Rental employee r/ that his rental vehicle was damaged in the parking lot of the Lumberyard. Damage to vehicle. 11:00 a.m. A visitor from Washington, D.C. requested police assistance to retrieve her belongings from where she and her husband were staying while on their honeymoon. Damage to property. 5:15 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that a truck struck his vehicle in the area of The Marketplace. Auto collision. T uesday, December 25 3:12 a.m. A citizen c/r that his daughter is being assaulted. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 4:40 a.m. A citizen c/r a D.O.A. W ednesday, December 26 7:40 a.m. A Bordeaux Mountain resident c/r a disturbance. Simple assault and battery, D.V. 11:54 a.m. A citizen p/r that her cell phone was stolen. Grand larceny. Thursday, December 27 9:15 a.m. A Hansen Bay resident c/r that her father was not breathing. D.O.A. 4:07 p.m. A George Simmons Terrace resident c/r that a female is calling her job and harassing her. Telephone harassment Friday, December 28 3:04 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that her engagement ring and wedding band were stolen on St. Thomas. Grand lar ceny. 6:16 p.m. An Estate Grunwald resident p/r that she was assaulted. Simple assault. 11:00 p.m. An Estate Contant resident p/r that he was assaulted by a male who struck him in the eye with a pen. Assault in the third. Saturday, December 29 7:42 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that her neighbor was talking too loud. Police assistance. vada c/r that his elderly mother fell and injured herself in the area of Wharfside Village. Accidental injury. Sunday, December 30 4:47 p.m. An Estate Johns Folly resident c/r that she was having a disturbance with her sister. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 10:30 p.m. An Estate Chocolate Hole resident r/ a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace. Monday, December 31 dent p/r that a taxi driver drove over his brooms in the area of the roundabout in Cruz Bay, causing damage to the brooms. Destruction of property. 1:20 p.m. A citizen c/r a collision in the area of Upper Pastory. Auto collision. 2:40 p.m. An Estate Rendezvous resident p/r a larceny. Grand larceny. T uesday, January 1 wald resident c/r a disturbance at her residence. Disturbance of the peace. 3:25 a.m. A citizen p/r that a male threatened to kill him. Disturbance of the peace, threats. 3:49 a.m. An employee of the Sports Bar in Estate Enighed c/r the peace. 4:32 a.m. A citizen c/r hearing 9:32 a.m. An employee of Big Planet c/r that an unknown woman came into the store and destroyed merchandise and the computer. Destruction of property. 11:40 a.m. The owner of Mar garita Phils c/r money missing from the restaurant. Grand lar ceny. 12:36 p.m. Security at the Westin Resort and Villas c/r a trespasser at the pool who is belligerent. Trespassing. 4:04 p.m Badge #1250 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with address under arrest and charged with destruction of property and trespassing. Bail was set at $1,000 by order of the court. She was detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas to be remanded. 5:20 p.m. A St. Thomas resident p/r that someone struck her vehicle and drove away in the area of Maho Bay beach. Hit and run. 10:15 p.m. A Cruz Bay resident c/r a disturbance at the Sports Bar. Disturbance of the peace. W ednesday, January 2 2:45 a.m. An Estate Carolina resident c/requesting police assistance with his roommate. Police assistance. 10:00 a.m. An Estate Bethany resident c/r a disturbance with a male on her property. Disturbance of the peace. 10:55 a.m. An Estate Bethany resident c/requesting police assistance on her property. Police assistance. Thursday, January 3 10:54 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that an engine was taken from his shop yard. Grand larceny. St. John Tradewinds submitted since the program began in January of 2009. In addition we would like to explain again exactly how you remain totally anonymous when you submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers program. Using the communication network provided by national Crime for us, law enforcement, an attorney, or anybody else to trace your phone call, text message, or web tip back to you. phone company in Virginia. They transfer your call to one of their own in-house phone lines and then forward it on to our answering service in Texas. Even if one of our Texas operators had caller ID, which they dont, the only number they would see is from Virginia, not your number. So, if someone were able to get the telephone records of our Texas answering service, the number recorded would be from the service in Virginia. The Virginia Company purges all of their transfer records at the end of each month. Web and Text Tips are handled in a similar fashion. The messages are routed to computers in Canada where it is legal to transfer your message to another computer before forwarding it on to us. Even though we can send messages back and forth, this makes it impossible for anyone to trace a message back to your computer or your cell phone. Finally, special IRS rules permit all Crime Stoppers rewards to be paid in cash with no tax reporting. One of our volunteers will deliver the cash to you, at a time and place of your choosing, or, we will even hide it somewhere for you to pick up later. Since the original Crime Stoppers organization began service in 1976, there are no known instances where an anonymous citizens identity has ever been revealed using Crime Stoppers information. If you know something, you can safely say something by submitting your information on any crimes at http://www.crimestop USVI plus your message to CRIMES (274637). CRIME STOPPERS United States Virgin Islands
20 St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 CALENDAR GIRLS PLAYLISTACROSS 5 Neighbor of Namibia 16 Tour vehicle 19 Eye drop 20 Luvs product 21 Turkic people 22 Transfer (cell stuff) 23 1972 Chicago hit 26 Intent 27 Is (has a penchant for) 30 Domingo 32 Mischievous little laugh 33 Soprano Sumac 35 1986 Bangles hit 39 Mohawk-sporting star 41 Hardly happy 42 Big ornate cabinet 43 1999 David Bowie single 48 Saw or heard 51 tide 53 Owns 54 Brick placer 59 Bird on a baseball cap 63 Rank below brig. gen. 64 Imbibing site 66 1977 Johnny Cash song 71 Asian portion of Turkey 74 Scull propeller 75 Neolithic time 76 1960 Oscar-winning Melina Mercouri song 80 Rodeo lady 81 Sweaters with high, snug collars, for short 82 Ohio city 84 Cautious 86 -cone 89 ICU locale 91 J-N link 92 Rapper Wayne 93 Pair 97 1992 hit for the Cure 103 Patriotic hymns 105 Round geom. shape 106 Stubbed digit 107 Adopt- (shelter program) 108 1967 Rolling Stones hit 111 Lazy sort aria) 114 Put icing on 115 Vocalist Vikki 121 Dhabi (sheikdom) 122 What there are songs for in this puzzle 126 With 100-Down, cutting kitchen tools 127 Fingerprint feature 128 Edict 130 Conclusion 131 Derisive look 132 Not asea DOWN praise another 3 Actor Walter 4 Stuck in 5 Find the total 6 American Falls locale 7 Marvin of R&B music 9 Fisheye, e.g. 10 Prado pieces 11 Boat back 12 Italian resort island 13 Lake that feeds the Mississippi 14 Quite a way 15 Annoying 16 Wave around threateningly 17 Square inch, say 18 Siberian sled dogs 24 Singer Clark 31 Ever and 35 -jongg 38 Duo + one 41 Secure by twisting 46 Novelist Uris 47 Has the guts 52 Cornet valve 54 Thom shoes 55 High-caliber 56 Bosnian, e.g. 57 Seussian spoilsport 60 Lysol target 61 Wool fat 62 With 100-Down, surprising revelations 65 Balm additive 68 Zoo pen 69 Bacterial culture base 70 Depend 72 Vietnamese festival 73 Request from 78 Annual: Abbr. 83 Forget to use 85 Scatting Fitzgerald 87 Away from the city 88 Away from the city, maybe 90 Enterprise captain JeanLuc 92 Stead 94 ed (gym class) 95 Missives 96 Aussie avian 98 Initialism for a handyman 99 Al Capone, for one 100 See 126-Across or 62-Down 101 Hanging-basket plant 102 Airport kiosk printout 104 Leave the country? 109 GI orderer 110 Alternative to a clothesline 116 Pro votes 117 Scottish body of water 120 Barter 123 Wine, in Nice 124 City in central Oklahoma St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 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) 642-3263T uesday, January 8 The St. John Historical Society will explore the history of at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Moravian Church Hall. W ednesday, January 9 The Animal Care Centers Annual Membership Meeting will be Wednesday, January 9, at 6 p.m. at the Gifft Hill Lower School greatroom. Saturday, January 12 On Saturday, January 12, St. John Historical Society mem bers are invited to a three-hour tour of historic Hassel Island led by Laurel Brannick-Bigrigg of the V.I. National Park. T uesday, January 15 The St. John Film Society kicks off its 2013 season with its rising sea levels associated with climate change and islanders will be very interested to learn about this important topic. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the St. John School of the Arts. One of the Coral Bay Watershed Management Project: Phase 2 activities will be to develop a community-based Marine Uses Plan for Coral Bays waters and shoreline. As has been long rumored, there are two proposals for marinas in Coral Harbor in their early stages of concept development, although it will take many years for the planning and permitting processes to play out. The second Marine Uses Planning meeting will be on Tuesday, January 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 6 at Guy Benjamin School. Saturday, January 19 The Animal Care Centers Winter Gala will be hosted on Saturday, January 19, at Lautre Monde, Helen Simons home Great Cruz Bay. Saturday, February 16 The Third Annual Broadway Comes to St. John the St. John School of the Arts Fundraiser of an original musical featur ing fourth graders from across St. John will be Saturday, February 16, 2013. Saturday, February 23 The 9th Annual Friends of VINP Gala at Presidio del Mar in Estate Peter Bay on February 23.
St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 21 Commerical/Ofce/Storage Space Available SCENIC PROPERTIES 340-693-7777 Cruz Bay Side: One bedroom, one bath, Gift Hill w/d $900 One bedroom, one bath, furnished, Cruz Bay $1250 One bedroom house, furnished, Bordeaux $1300 Two bedrooms, one bath, washer, Fish Bay $1500 Three bedrooms, two bath, 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 Real Estate FREE TV NBC 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 DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND NA TURAL RESOURCES PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ZONING MAP AMENDMENT TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OFFICIAL DISTRICT MAPS FOR ST. JOHN U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDSMarketplace, Cruz Bay St. John T uesday, January 15, 2013Application ZAJ-12-2: Daniel Kevin and Donna Mary Smith for Parcel No. 15C-10 Estate Rendezvous and Ditleff, No. 15 Cruz Bay Quarter, St. John from R-1 (ResidentialLow Density) to R-2 (ResidentialLow DensityOne and Two Family). The purpose of this request is to consolidate with an R-2 zoned lot and create three new lots of record. Files can be reviewed on St. Thomas at DPNRs Division of Comprehensive and Coastal Zone Planning, Cyril E. King Airport, Terminal Building Second Floor in front of the Elaine Sprauve Public Library, Cruz Bay a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Public Notice NEXT CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 THEMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org CALL 340-776-6496 For Rent For Rent HOUSE MANAGER NEEDED House Manager Part Time and Maintenance Wanted as needed. Contact by email email@example.com or cell (253) 740-1951 Services TRADEWINDS BUILDING FOR SALESouth Shore Road Cruz Bay Quarter Estate Enighed, St. John U.S. Virgin Islands.661 acres (.22 developed and .441 undeveloped) in 100-year land lease Three story mixed use building includes: Approx. 9,600 sf.: units on street level; WAPA electrical and water service; cistern storage. SERIOUS INQUIRIES: 5000 Estate Enighed PMB 55 TWBuilding@earthlink.net 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. 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 Jerry at 715-3421 GENERAL MAINTENANCE Maintenance on a villa as required. Must be close to Cruz Bay and capable of handling emergencies at all hours for guests. Versed in a little plumbing, electrical and anything required to satisfy a guest late at night or whenever. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (253) 740-1951. STORAGE: SECURED LOCKERS FROM $35 MONTH 643-3283 P ASTORY SELF STORAGE Available Immediately One mile from Cruz Bay. 340-776-1330 Storage Space Employment
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HH-TW 1.7.2013 A.indd 1 1/3/13 5:25 PM St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 23 St. John youngsters enjoyed a safe and Agenda.New Years Eve Youth Extravaganza Draws Crowd to Frank Powell ParkBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Almost 100 people packed the Franklin Powell Park in Cruz Bay on New Years Eve, Monday night, December 31, to ring in the year at Sisterhood Agendas Sisterhood/Broth erhood Youth Extravaganza. sic and positive vibrations, explained Sisterhood Agenda founder and president Angela Coleman. We had a wonderful Sisterhood/Brotherhood New Years Eve Youth Extravaganza event in Cruz Bay, said Coleman. Young people of all ages, local residents and visitors gathered together in Franklin Powell Park to celebrate 2013. With volunteer assistance, Sisterhood Agenda gave out necklaces, horns, rulers, chips, drinks and lollipops, Coleman explained. Throughout the event we thanked our corporate and community sponsors of the event because without them, the event would not be possible, she said. At various points during the night, we also encouraged everyone to keep the spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood alive in 2013 and to show love for each other in our community. Coleman thanked Darcaja Thomas for her community service during the entire evening as well as Sisterhood Agendas corporate partners: The Westin; Boyson Transpor tation; Scotiabank; Grande Bay; St. John Insurance Company; St. John Hardware; The Marketplace; Drift Away Spa; and St. John Dental. The group also thanked its community partners VI Police Department; VI National Park; VI Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation; and St. John Community Foundation.
Publisher. No matter what your interests are, there is a story for everyone. Each of the seven issues of St. John Magazine to date have enthralled readers, and Nelson approaches every publication with the same goals, she explained. Each issue is approached with thoughtfulness, she said. We think about What makes this island differ ent, What is special about this island, and What view havent we seen. My idea list is ever-growing, said Nelson. Howfar. While Nelson is thrilled with every single one of the features in this latest issue, having one writer return after a years absence is one her personal highlights in St. John Magazine Issue No. 7, explained the publisher. This issue highlights many wonderful stories about the island and its people, Nelson said. I am so thrilled to have Carol Beckowitz Traveling Backtime back in this years issue. She was not able to be part of the magazine last year due to overwhelming circumstances, Nelson said. But this year, shes back with the most marvelous story about Oscar James Sr. growing up in Coral Bay in the 1950s. Captured by photographer Bill Stelzer, James smiling face greets readers on page 22, as she tells stories about growing up in age not really that long ago, but vastly different from the St. John of today. Another recent addition to the St. John Magazine is the Business By the Bay Q&A, which this year features former Senator, V.I. Port Authority Board Member and businessman Robert OConnor, Jr. The concept of this feature was co-created by the late Ruth Sis Frank and the publisher, who was a St. John Magazine contributor as well, explained Nelson. The business Q&A is a relatively new feature that was created with the late Sis Frank, said the publisher. Sis thought it was a great idea and together we created a short but important list of people to interview; and the list continues to grow. As Nelson expands her ideas of subjects to grace the pages of future St. John Magazine issues, she continues My inspiration is the magic of St. John, said Nelson. This place never disappoints me and always sur prises me. Looking ahead, St. John Magazine fans can expect more of the same level of quality from MaLinda Media and her team, Nelson added. Readers can expect another stunning magazine next year, she said. I love the fact that nobody knows what the magazine content is and its a surprise until it hits the newsstands. Be sure to pick up copies of St. John Magazine Issue No. 7 John Spice Company, Now and Zen, Deli Grotto and other island outlets. For more information, check out www.malindame diallc.com. 24 St. John Tradewinds, January 7-13, 2013 photographed by Fernando Ramos. Continued from Page 5 New Issue of St. John Magazine Continues T radition of Excellence photographed by Tristan Ewald. Roberts and photographed by Tristan Ewald. photographed by Eliza Magro.