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DPNR Ofcer Reprimanded for Waving Gun in Coral BayPage 6 ST.JOHN,USVI Relay for Life February 9-10Page 2Energy Costs and Economic Development Are Top ConcernsPage 5Illegal Trail Cutting Prompted Park Closure of 325 Acres To Protect Native ShrubPage 4 February 4-10, 2013 Copyright 2013 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Bill StelzerBroadway Comes to St. John SoonGet ready to enjoy a night of top-notch entertainment, while supporting St. John School of the Arts, on Saturday, February 16, when Broadway Comes to St. John with One World, One Heart. Students have been working hard like the fourth graders at Gifft Hill School, above. SEE STORY ON PAGE 9. Cruz Bay One of Three Communities Selected for Street Naming InitiativeInside on Page 3 VINP Annouces Smoke-Free BeachesPage 2
St. John Tradewinds Effective immediately the prohibition of smoking and tobacco use on all National Park beaches within 50 feet of the water line in both directions, Virgin Islands National Park and Coral Reef National Monument Acting Park Superintendent Mike Anderson announced on Thursday, January 31. The decision was made after the VINP Superintendent reviewed several public comments related to the impacts of smoking on park visitors and the marine environment. The full extent of this action is outlined under the 2013 Park Compendium and 36 Code of Federal Regulations 2.21 Smoking. 36 CFR Section 2.21 Smoking: (a) The Superintendent may designate a portion of a park area, or all or a portion of a building, structure, or facility as closed to smoking when necessary to protect park resources, reduce the risk visitor use activities. Smoking in an area or location so designated is prohibited. 2013 Park Compendium: 61. Smoking is prohibited as follows: A. Within the interior portions of all NPS buildings. B. At locations posted as no smoking areas C. Within 50 feet of a gas pump area. D. Smoking is prohibited on all Park beaches within 50 feet of the waterline in both directions, Park picnic pavilions, and inside restrooms. The purpose of the tobacco prohibition on park beaches is to protect all visitors and the marine environment. Smoking and smoking debris pose a second hand smoke hazard to park visitors and constitutes a general safety and sanitation hazard especially to small children playing on the beach. The accumulation of toxic cigarette butts and other tobacco byproducts directly onto Park beaches is a preventable hazard to park marine life. 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 within one hour of contact with water. Over time this leads to the bioaccumulation of toxins from cigarette litter which is ultimately passed up the food chain throughout the marine environment. Research has shown every lit tered cigarette butt can take from two to 25 years to breakdown as toxic chemical compounds continuously leaching into the environment. Smoke Free Beach signs along with cigarette disposal receptacles will be ordered and installed in heavy visitor use areas. Smoking will be allowed in all other areas of VINP, but excluded in areas smoking as outlined in the Parks Compendium. The VINP Compendium is available to the public upon request. This notice also serves as a reminder that throughout VINP, discarding cigarette butts, tobacco products or any containers is considered littering thus is prohibited. This regulation is under 36 Code of Federal Regulations 2.14 Sanitation and Refuse. heard positive responses to the smoking ban, explained VINP Chief Ranger Lloyd Morris. Most people are happy about it, said Morris. Most people are compliant. We havent had anyone being negative about this smoking ban. Some people who were smokers were disappointed, but no one has been adamant or angry about this, Morris said. This has been greeted with a lot of positive responses. For more information contact Morris at (340) 776-6201, ext. 254, or write to VINP Deputy Superintendent, Mike Anderson; Virgin Islands National Park; 1300 Cruz Bay Creek; St. John, Virgin Islands 00830. EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott email@example.com COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTORS Andrea Milam, Mauri Elbel, Chuck Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Ewald, Andrew Rutnik, Craig Barshinger, Bob Schlesinger, Jack Brown, Mares Crane, Dan Boyd, Bob Malacarne NEWSLINE Tel. (340) 776-6496 www.tradewinds.vi firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING email@example.com CIRCULATION Rohan Roberts MAILING ADDRE SS Tradewinds Publishing LLC P.O. Box 1500 St. John, VI 00831 SUBSCRIPTIONS U.S. & U.S.V.I. only $85.00 per year THIRD CLASS PERMIT U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 3 St. John, VI 00831 COPYRIGHT 2013 All rights reserved. No reproduction of news stories, letters, columns, photographs or advertisements allowed without written permission from the publisher. TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 2 St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 The Coral Bay Community Council is hosting NOAAs Water shed Coordinator for the Caribbean Rob Fergeson, and a team of people involved in sediment prevention habitat restoration work on February 8 and 9. There will be a discussion meeting open to the public on Friday, February 8, at 4 p.m. at Guy Benjamin School, Room 6. At 5:30 p.m., the group will move over to Skinny Legs to continue informal discussions. All are welcome. On February 9, the group will tour various neighborhood watersheds in Coral Bay to view the CBCC NOAA-ARRA projects done in 2010 and 2011 and see the successes in reducing sediment plumes reaching the bay, and stopping erosion. To participate on Saturday, call CBCC at 776-2099 or email cor firstname.lastname@example.org. This is part of Coral Bay Community Councils Watershed Management Project: Phase 2. CBCC Hosting Touring of WatershedsVINP Announces Smoke-Free Beaches Join the love on Thursday, February 14, at 5 p.m. at Trunk Bay Beach at a free vow renewal ceremony hosted by Minister Anne Marie Porter. Known as the islands barefoot minister, Porter has been hosting this free event for the past decade. She has been joined on the beach by 875 couples and many tourists who return annually to meaningful way to celebrate Valentines Day. No reservations are necessary. Couples just show up and many bring their families and friends to witness their wedding vow reFree Vow Renewal on Valentines DayA full night of entertainment and fun is in store this weekend. Join the American Cancer Society at the third annual St. John Relay for Life. The event starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, A total of 26 teams are set to walk around the make-shift track in Sleeps. The event will include plenty of entertainment and even an appearance by Miss St. John Shanelle Thomas. An exciting, and cer tainly soon-to-be-famous, chicken wing eating contest is planned glow of the luminaries lit in memory of loved ones during a spectacular ceremony starting at 9 p.m. And its still not too late to get involved. Join a team or sponsor a luminary bag by calling 775-5375.St. John Relay for Life Feb. 9 and 10Come out to the St. John Montessori School at the Johns Folly Learning Institute just before Concordia for a full day of fun starting at noon on Saturday, February 9. There will be face painting, donkey rides, crab races, games, home made sides, and drinks galore will be available! Come have fun for the whole family while supporting the chil dren of the St. John Montessori School. Look for the signs just after Aqua Bistro to the event. Everyone is welcome and the day promises to be fun for all ages! For more information, or to volunteer for this event, call the school at 775-9594.Annual Kids Fest and Fish Fry Feb. 9
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Giving directions in the Vir gin Islands, which often consists of turn right at the mango tree, might one day actually involve a street name. Cruz Bay, along with a section of Mon Bijou on St. Croix and Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas, has been chosen to be a part of a pilot project for the territorys Street Addressing Initiative. The projects goal is to name all streets and number all buildings across the territory in order to bring local addresses into conformity with national standards. which is overseeing the USVI Street Addressing Initiative, hosted a public meeting at St. Ursulas Multipurpose Center on Wednesday afternoon, January 30, which drew about 10 people. Senator at Large Craig Barshinger sponsored legislation in September 2010 to fund a program to transform the territorys current estate-based addresses to streetbased addresses. The pilot program, expected to kick off in March and wrap up by the end of June, spells out a process for the territory to adopt uniing with a single neighborhood on each of the three main islands. The program will not remove the territorys traditional estate names, but will add numbers and street names to the current estate system, explained Raymond Williams, Lt. Gov. Gregory Francis Chief of Staff. The project, which has been discussed for years and planned for the past two, will improve public safety, explained Williams. We are far, far behind the ball in developing a uniform street addressing system, he said. In or der to get better safety and security in our communities we need a uniform system of addressing. The process has already taken about two and half years and we are now ready to begin the pilot projects. tracted the University of the Virgin Islands for the project, which in turn subcontracted AppGeo and Spatial Focus. Those two statesidebased companies have experience creating the type of street-based addresses which are expected to improve everything from public safety response, to parcel deliver ies and car navigation systems, acEvery year people die because it takes emergency services 35 minutes to arrive instead of 10 minutes, said Sen. Barshinger. AppGeo and Spatial Focus ofwith Department of Public Works staff to collect information on all street names in the territory, Williams explained. We do have some information on the Danish names and were asking residents for more informa tion, he said. Some areas have been subdivided and there are no names for them. In addition to the public safety aspects, logical street-based addresses make it easier for everyone to navigate, explained Spatial Focus Martha Wells. Good addresses can make a big difference, she said. Address systems work when they are logical and visible on the ground, with numbers and street signs. Parcel numbers are not designed for an addressing system. Many streets in the territory simply have no names and often building numbers make no logical sense, Wells added. the information on street names and identifying all streets which lack names, according to Wells. Every street needs a name, she said. If your street has one, well use it. If it doesnt have a name. well name it with the help of the community. As the pilot project gets under way next month, AppGeo and Spatial Focus will hire UVI students to go house to house in the Cruz Bay area hanging information packets on every door. These packets will or contest, their street name and building number. We are going to be putting street names and numbers on all houses and businesses in the pilot project area, said Wells. The packet allows residents to reply via mail, telephone or email. Were asking people to please respond with the requested infor mation, Wells said. If you dont respond, well be back. Once the streets are all named, tem of numbering the buildings. continue to host public meetings throughout the process in order to engage the community, Wells added. how best to do this without causing disruption, she said. Thats before we go out to do this for all three islands. tion collected in the pilot project areas to create a data base and eventually name all streets and number all buildings across the ter ritory. In order for that to happen, however, the initiative needs community support, explained Wells. We need you to be on board and support this, she said. We need help with existing street names and we need you to review the information packet and conCrews are expected to begin placing information packets on doors in March. The pilot projects should be wrapped up by the end ing to expand the program across the territory. Were hoping to smoothly run into expanding this to territorywide, said Wells. Wed like to keep moving once we get going on this. We will need more grants and funding for the project. Once all the addresses are aswill be to obtain the actual signs and numbers for installation. The initial legislation appropriated about $500,000 for the projlike $1.5 million to complete the Street Addressing Initiative, according to Barshinger. For more information about the USVI Street Addressing Initiative, 776-8505. St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 3 Thursday, Feb. 7thDelinquent Property Auctions Scheduled for STT/STJ District Feb. 27 and 28 INDEXBusiness Directory ..............18 Church Directory .................16 Earth Talk ............................16 Island Green Living .............15 Letters .................................14 On the Market .....................13 Police Log ...........................19 Cruz Bay One of Three Communities Selected for Street Naming InitiativeSt. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime ElliottCCZP Planner Stuart Smith and Real Estate Broker St. John Tradewinds The Division of Real PropGovernor, announced last week that the next round of auctions for properties in delinquent payment status of 10 or more years has been scheduled for the St. Thomas/St. John District on February 27 and 28, in the courtyard of the GERS Building on Kronprindsens Gade. The property auctions will begin at 9 a.m. on each of the scheduled auction days. In the event the aucday, it will continue on the second day. Potential bidders must register by 9 a.m. on the auction day in order to participate. Bidders cannot register in advance of the auction or register once the auction has begun. Potential bidders are also advised to view the properties in advance of the auction. Delinquent properties are sold as is, where is. Owners of delinquent proper ties can either pay their balances in full or enter into an installment arrangement in order to avoid the sale of their properties. Property owners interested in making ar rangements are advised to contact 776-6737 on St. John. Property owners whose proper ties are in probate are reminded to fore the scheduled auction. A list of the properties that are slated for auction in the St. Thomas/St. John District can be viewed at www.ltg.gov.vi.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds When V.I. National Park of325 acres of parkland recently in order to protect an endemic and rare shrub species only found within park boundaries, they didnt make the decision lightly, explained VINP Acting Superintendent Mike Anderson. We considered all other alternatives to closing the area, as were required to do under the regulations, said Anderson. For example, we looked at the possibility of issuing permits for individuals to go into the area or putting enclosures around the plants, but until we know where the plants are and their numbers, we had to close the area. Concern over the rare plant, Eugenia earhartii, prompted the closure of 325 acres in the remote White Cliff area of VINP located near the Reef Bay, Lameshur and Europa Trails, explained Ander son. (See related story on page 17). An illegal trail was continually cleared through the White Cliffs area, disturbing a population of the Eugenia earhartii, despite ongoing attempts to block access, he said. Someone cut a trail down through the middle of this population of rare and endemic plants, he said. Unfortunately this species only grows a half a millimeter a year. So even those small cuttings at the base could take decades for the plant to recover in height. Last year a ranger tried to disguise the trail and put brush across it, said Anderson. Someone came by and removed the brush and they kept being put back up. The VINP ranger even tried to close the trail, Anderson added. The ranger put up a closed sign which was vandalized, broken in two and thrown aside, said the VINP Acting Superintendent. At the time we didnt want to draw attention to this rare plant species, self saw this, that they were cutting right through the middle of this we had no choice but to close the area until we can do some research. Anderson himself toured the area and was convinced it needed to be closed, he explained. I walked with the resource age that had been done and the condition of the unauthorized trail and I looked at safety, he said. I looked at relying on the experts as far as this plant that is endemic to St. John and found only within the park. That is a population of those plants that needs to be protected. The habitat of the plant in question was untouched before this illegal trail was cut, according to local botanist Gary Ray, who has studied the species for years. Its habitat was completely pristine prior to the illegal cutting of a trail, said Ray. The trail cut threw two populations harboring 4 St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 St. John Tradewinds News PhotoEugenia earhartii, a rare plant found only on St. John will be evaluated. Illegal Trail Cutting Prompted VINP Closure of 325 Acres To Protect Rare Native Shrub 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! www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4892 Follow us on facebook Kinja, a St. John Villawww.stjohnproperties.net/villas/villas_kinja.html www.stjkinja.com St. John Tradewinds News Graphic Continued on Page 19
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Transportation, energy costs and economic development were the main areas of focus during a town hall meeting hosted by Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen on Tuesday evening, January 29, at Julius E. Sprauve School. The meeting drew about 20 residents, several of whom asked about how to lower skyrocketing Water and Power Authority electrical rates. As, perhaps, the single most critical element in determining the sustainabilty of our economy at the territorial level, what role should the Federal Government play in assisting us to determine a long-term strategy to cope with our crumbling infrastructure at WAPA, asked Hugo Roller. Could a federally funded costs sible options be considered as an appropriate starting point for us to avoid further costly mistakes as our community grapples with this issue. The federal government does provide utilities with long-term loans and technical assistance, Christensen explained. A resource integration plan would look at the best way to be cost, said the Delegate. We have to look at our needs and see what will give us the most bang for our buck. I am meeting with WAPA. Albert Willis waited almost two years for an inspector from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources to inspect the solar panels on his roof and continues to wait for WAPA to install a new meter, he explained. Were kind of on our own here, said Willis. I dont feel we are getting the help we need to get the projects done. These energy costs affect everyone; more things have to be done. Christensen agreed with Willis and suggested several federal grants, available for businesses and low income homes to offset electrical costs. Most are designed to help rural communities so well have to make sure that the territory qualiProblems with WAPA are nothing new, but its time that something is done, explained William Wade. These problems with WAPA go back so many years, said Wade. Something must be going on that they are not telling the public. I just got a WAPA bill and it was $27 for usage and then $147 for LEAC. to ensure that future generations of Virgin Islanders dont have to ment, explained Jose Penn, who is a member of the EDA Board of Directors. Our biggest resource is our young people, said Penn. We have to ask ourselves how the future generations are going to make a living. We dont want change, but our grand kids need work. Two years ago when landslides threatened to close the lone access road to Coral Bay, residents were reminded of the need for an St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 5 Energy Costs, Economic Development Are Top Concerns Voiced at Delegate to Congress Christensens Town Meeting 340-693-8141 Continued on Page 19St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime ElliottDelegate to Congress Donna Christensen, above seated at far meeting.
6 St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds After more than six months of silence, Department issued a press release related to their Enforcement OfBay in July 2012, cutting mooring lines and threaten ing citizens, according to several eye witnesses. One waving his gun around on the public dock with chil dren and other citizens in the area. Those actions prompted wide-spread and vocal protests by Coral Bay residents, who asked DPNR ofDPNR Commissioner Alicia Barnes announced that the Department of Justice was leading an investiga tion into the matter. Finally last week, DPNR issued a press release on the DOJs report on that investigation. The actual DOJ report, however, was not available last week. Repeated calls to Attorney General Vincent Frazers The press release from DPNR in its entirety: Department of Planning and Natural Resources Commissioner Alicia Barnes said Thursday that her ings on the Coral Bay, St. John investigation. The investigative report was prompted by allega tions from the Coral Bay community of intimidation and improper enforcement actions by DPNR Enforce[DPNR] Commissioner Barnes considered these allegations to be serious and solicited the assistance of the Department of Justice to carry out an indepen dent investigation. The investigation included interviews with cer tain members of the boating community in Coral Bay incident. Director Roberto Tapia of the Division of sion was involved in a week-long initiative in Coral Bay to rid the area of illegal moorings and to enforce on the large number of unregistered vessels in that area. The Department of Justices report reiterates that any vessel to enforce the safe operation of all motor vessels. cers exercised poor judgment in the handling of their weapon and in the execution of their duties. The Justices report has recommended that DPNR rior Court, which allows the person to contest the ticket if they wish. This will reduce the occurrences of these incidents and allow the Court to interpret the law and provide guidance to both parties involved in the matter. The Justice report also recommended that 1) all proper handling of his departmental-issued weapon. DPNR has followed the guidance from the DepartWhatToDo-VI.comFREE APP *USE WIFI TO DOWNLOAD One DPNR Ofcer Reprimanded for Waving Gun on Coral Bay Dock www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 St. John Tradewinds News Photo Files with his gun clearly out of its holster. Continued on Page 18
St. John Tradewinds On Friday, January 25, The Ahn Trio dazzled the audience at St. John School of the Arts, which was a sold out crowd! This is exactly what St. John needs a shot of three very talented and beautiful sisters who can play an instrument to its max, according to SJSA Director Kim Wild. Their music comes from their lifting us all on a higher and meaningful plane, said Wild. But the evening would never have happened without the help of some St. John residents, Wild explained. In this particular instance and without the courtesy of Caneel Bay and Nikolay Hotze, Jim and Carol Furneaux and Harvey and Glenda Werbel, this concert would have never been possible, she said. SJSA is so very grateful to them. The entire SJSA concert series would not exist without sponsors as well, Wild added. Of course none of our concerts would be happening without the rest of our sponsors: Barefoot Design Group, LLC; Robert F. Crane, AIA; Furneaux and Company; Ronnie and Pat Lee; The Lumber yard; The Marketplace; Merchants Bank; Scotiabank; and Andy and Joy Stillman, Wild said. Thank you for your support.St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 7 Ahn Trio Dazzles Sold Out Crowd at SJSA Reduce your carbon footprint before and after the race.Proud Sponsors of the 8 Tuff Miles Participate in the clean up of Centerline Road February 9 Use a uid pack with re-usable bottles instead of buying water Carpool to the race instead of taking separate vehicles Run an errand instead of using your vehicle. Park in a central location and walk to the post ofce, bank, etc. www.thinkrstthinkgreen.com ATMs located at our Cruz Bay BranchMember FDIC St. John Tradewinds News PhotoThe talented sisters of the Ahn Trio wowed the crowd at St. John School of the Arts on Friday evening, Saturday, St. John Tradewinds A V.I. Police Department ofas/St. John District has been arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Battery Domestic Violence. ary 28 at about 6:30 p.m. the ofpushed and struck the mother of his child causing her injuries. He was arrested at about 10:50 p.m. and held without bail pending his Advice of Rights hearing. At the Advice of Rights on January 29, Wyatt was released on his own recognizance by the presiding judge. At this time Wyatt is on leave with pay, pending further internal review of his case. Its a sad day anytime an oflaw is arrested for breaking the law, said VIPD Acting Commissioner Rodney Querrard. the consequences of Domestic Violence, Querrad added. It is part of the Police Academy curriculm, and in my address to every graduating class I emphasize that Domestic Violence can ruin your police career, Querrard said.V.I. Police Ofcer Charged with DV
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds those 8 Tuff Miles runners to enjoy a day of relaxation on Oppenheimer Beach. Oppenheimer Beach from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to recover from cer. Soak in the water, feast on an island-style clam bake and BBQ, and enjoy some cool libations, all while grooving to great DJ tunes and live music right on the beach. Attendees are asked to park in Cruz Bay public parking areas and take a $5 shuttle to the beach. There is no parking at Oppenheimer Beach. was established last year in order for Love City residents to There is no cover charge to get into the party, but St. John plained Advisory Board member Hank Slodden. There is no cover charge, but it is a donation-based event, said Slodden. Well accept donations for food, beverages and the entertainment we are providing. hills of the 8 Tuff Miles course, will enjoy indulging in New England lobster rolls, little neck clams, oysters, hot dogs, hamburgers as well as vegan rotis. There will also be massage therapists on hand to help ease those sore muscles, Slodden added. There will be some sore legs out there so, were hoping people donate a little something to get a rub down, he said. nations for prizes. The St. John Cancer Funds mission is to provide monies against cancer on behalf of the community of St. John. The fund was formed by a committee of St. John resian expanded list of eligible expense coverage, additional cording to information from the group. About 75 percent of our residents are small business owners and independent contractors, according to St. John Cancer Fund. Most do not have access to corporate or government offered insurance coverage, and individual health insurance policies are expensive and restrictive. St. John Cancer Fund mission is to invest in the health of our community, and although the advisory committee, may vote to make donations to other organizations who have and continue to support our residents, the primary distribution of the funds raised by St. John is to St. John residents, according to the group. in helping support the groups efforts to become involved in its plans to host an array of fund raising events throughout the year. Individuals and businesses may contribute to the fund at any time. Visit the website www.stjohncancerfund.org for more information or email email@example.com. For more information about the February 24 event and firstname.lastname@example.org.There is no cover charge, but it is donations for food, beverages and the Hank Slodden, advisory board memeber8 St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 St. John Cancer Fund Hosting 8 T uff Recovery Party February 24
St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 9 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Get ready to be wowed St. John! Four professional Broadway actors have been working with fourth graders at Julius E. Sprauve School, Guy Benjamin School and Gifft Hill School on an original musical production which will be presented at the Westin Resort and Villas ballroom on Saturday, February 16. The Broadway Comes to St. John event is a fundraiser for the St. John School of the Arts and promises to be a night of top-notch entertainment. The evening, however, is really about much more than teaching dance steps and song lyrics to local students. The four accomplished actors John Tartaglia, Laura Barnao, Rhonda Miller, Michael Shawn Lewis and Donna Drake pay for their own travel expenses and donate all of their time in teaching and creating the production. The group began planning this years show before they even returned to New York following last years performance, explained Lewis. We technically started talking about this years show on the plane ride back home after the show last year, he said. We were so happy with last years show and the reaction it got and we all started talking about whats next, said Barnao. Thats where the idea for One World, One Heart came from, but all we knew was we wanted it to be about celebrating what we all have in common, said Tartaglia. But, the real work started in mid-Sepmeeting about the show. Its a lot of pre-planning before we ever come will sing, how many dances, projections, how we travel down the special effects, the schedule for building the costumes and props, said Miller. We try to plan out as much as possible before the holidays hit, then usually after Christmas we really ramp into gear and build and write and sew and create for the next few weeks before we hop on a plane and get here, said Drake. worthwhile to spend so much of their energy working with St. John students. Without a doubt what makes it worthwhile is seeing the children learn not only about what goes into creating and putting on a show, but learning more grow in kids who have very little self-esteem, watching a song or a dance instill some self-worth in someone. successful as we are doing what we do, said Lewis. Were working in an industry that isnt the easiest to be employed in and we are very thankful for that. The Broadway Comes to St. John SJSA fundraiser is the perfect way for the actors to give back to the community of St. John, a place they have grown to Get Ready for Broadway Comes to St. John February 16 at Westin 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 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Bill StelzerFourth graders at GHS, above, practice dance steps with Donna Drake, far left, and Rhonda Miller, center.Continued on Page 18
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12 St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 St. John Tradewinds Rotary Club of St. John members honored winners of the groups annual Flavors fundraiser last week. During Rotarys weekly meeting at the Westin Resort and Villas, members distributed awards to winners of several categories from the groups November 2012 Flavors fundraiser. Flavors 2012 Chair and Rotary Past President Bruce Munro presented an award to la Plancha del Mar owner Jason Howard for Best Mixology, and to Julie van Pelt of St. John Farm to Table Caterers for the Overall Peoples Choice. T elemedicine Project Also, Rotarys speaker at its January 30 meeting was Dr. Joseph DeJames of Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center. The club awarded a check for $32,179 from Rotary President Joan Bermingham pilot telemedicine project, partially funded by Rotary Club of St. John.Rotary Honors Flavors Winners, Helps Fund Final Year for Telemedicine Project ISSUE NO. 7 2013 NOW ON NEWSSTANDS HURRY, GO GET IT! Rotary Club Past President Bruce Munro, above at right in both photos, awarded project to Dr. Joseph DeJames, bottom right photo.
St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 13 Enjoy Sunsets and Privacy at Villa Ellison By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds and stunning sunset vistas, Villa Ellison offers plenty of privacy while still being locating only a few minutes outside of bustling Cruz Bay. Nestled in the gated subdivision of Virgin Grand Estates, Ellison is a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath villa for sale for $1.75 million, explained Islandia Real Estate broker/owner Merry Nash. The home includes three large bedrooms, each with en suite bath, a masonry pool and an expansive great room. Living areas are spread over three levels offering privacy and plenty of spaciousness for everyone. Soak up those beautiful Caribbean sunsets from the masonry pool and pour yourself a cold one from the pool deck wet bar. Villa Ellison has great privacy and beautiful sunset views west to St. Thomas, said Nash. custom hard wood cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The ability to whip up gourmet meals without having to be separated from your guests, is one of the best features of Villa Ellison. The best feature is the large and open great room in the villa, which includes dining, living and kitchen areas, said Nash. Stretch out on one of the king size beds found in all three of the oversized bedrooms which also feature native stone details in the charming outdoor, garden showers. Those three master bedrooms at Ellison make the home a popular short-term rental, Nash added. This is an excellent property for short term rentals with those three equally spacious and well appointed bedrooms, said the Islandia Real Estate broker/owner. Enjoy the view from the covered deck area or work on that tan from the pool deck, which enjoys day-long rays and those amazing sunsets. The most outstanding feature of Villa Ellison is the absolutely gorgeous sunsets, said Nash. Located in Virgin Grand Estates, Ellison is also just a short drive to the dining and nightlife of Cruz Bay. The villa is also close to the Westin Resort, which offers restaurants and more, only a quar ter of a mile away. So whether youre looking to lounge on the endless decks or hike down the hill for happy hour, Villa Ellison has it covered. For more information on Villa Ellison, call Nash at Islandia Real Estate at 776-6666. St. John Tradewinds News PhotosThree levels of deck mean plenty of sun, or shade, at 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 St. John Tradewinds News Photos
14 St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 NEXT DEADLINE: THURSDAY, FEB. 7thHomicides: 1 Shootings: 1 Armed Robberies: 1 1st Degree Burglaries: 3 Rapes: 1 Letters To St. John TradewindsAs evident by the popular car commercial, customers try out a new automobile and assume ownership without paying the cost. They are so wrapped up in the beauty, comfort and performance that they forget true ownership comes from signing the dotted line. How ironic is it that some young men today want to test drive the ladies The philosophy of these men is that they have to ping the question. Well I have a question or two of my own. How many encounters in the bedroom does it take but folks are still living together after many years. Apparently the test drive was good, so the next logical step is to make it legal. How do you realistically expect a virgin to know Within the bounds of marriage, the wife can explore, understand and satisfy her husband. It takes time and patience for both persons to enjoy this union. That being said, buying a vehicle today is a costly endeavor. Walking onto a car lot and seeing all the makes and models complicates the decision process. You must choose carefully in order to get your moneys worth and the peace of mind knowing that this automobile will last. This same consideration should be given when choosing a mate. Factors such as maturity, religious responsibilities, goals in life are essential to insure a It would certainly help the young men to see the other ones treat women with utmost respect. But sadly, many of them, through lack of discipline and motivation, have caused many bodies to be used and hearts broken. So how can we turn the tide of this self-indulgent 6-13; and 1 Corinthians 7: 1-9. Use these Biblical texts to transform your hearts and minds while raising the moral standards in our family and yes, your own body, in order to remain true. By replacing lust with love, we can begin to improve the relationships between man, woman and God. Antique cars are worth more today than when they given to preserve their uniqueness. Dont forget the way, Emmanuel Prince Continued on Next Page St. John Tradewinds Members of the Clergy, Lieutenant Governor Francis, Delegate Christensen, members of the Judiciary, members of my Cabinet and other agency heads, Mrs. Francis, my wife Cecile, other distinguished guests, laevening. have adjusted to the legacy of the Great Recession and in the last year we endured a major setback with the closing of our largest employer and taxpayer. But ours is a history of overcoming challenges, and now we must continue our path forward. For ours is a journey that remains incomplete. We have gone from a municipal council to a legislature, from an appointed Washington representative to an elected delegate, from appointed governors to those elected, and, more recently, we saw gress of the United States. And while we still grapple to draft and approve a constitution, we clearly know our future is ever brighter as we continue toward our full destiny as Americans. Full political maturity, however, is dependent upon restoring full integrity to our election system. We must eliminate the cloud that hangs over the process, and utilize available new technologies to address valid concerns, and put in place the improvements required. This can be done as we also implement needed reforms to achieve these objectives by the next election. State of the Territory Address, it was in the wake of the deeply stunning and painful realization that the era of Hess and Harvey the half-century of heavy indusmessage as our community remained weary from the the very unpopular, but necessary, decisions we made The statistics of this moment in time portray a story nancial numbers change constantly, and we must plan and act accordingly. closure. Governmental tax and fee revenues remain 19 per While the total number of cruise ship passengers are near pre-recession levels, and air visitors are now cantly. tinue, though they have declined appreciably due to the expenditures and there remain substantial obligations that are not funded. Our healthcare costs are rising
St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 15 I G L by Lovango Cay resident Dan Boyd Appliance Energy Savingseach year, as our population is aging. And we have a pension system with an unfunded liability that has been underfunded for decades. essential public services, serves our elders, gives a voice and meets the needs of those most in need, pays our debts, and creates opportunities so our young people can realize their full potential. Our efforts over the years have continued to focus on the three cornerstones of our long-term future economic development, education and public safety. Our tourism sector continues to grow, and both cruise and air passenger visits are at or near their highest levels in a decade. Our challenge now is not just to attract the cruise lines and airlines, but to expand on the range and diversity of landside activity and retail options; to increase our air lift by continuing to reach out to partner airlines; and to build the resorts and marinas that have long been on the drawing board. Carambola on St. Croix was strengthened by its branding as a Marriott, Seaborne Airlines has stepped in where American Eagle exited, William & Punch is close to full permitting, and we anticipate the renovation of an existing resort on St. Thomas and the construction of a marina on St. John. But even as we are making strides, there are clear challenges in our path. Our energy costs remain unacceptably high. They drain cash resources from our family budgets and cripWater and Power Authority to deliver to me a revised and realistic plan to get us moving on a path that will bring the cost of electricity down substantially. And they have done so. While the timeline will not change things overnight, capacity so that it can always use the lowest cost available fuel be that diesel, propane or natural gas to reduce electricity costs by one-third, while the lonable further reductions in electricity costs. Never before has the value of an education been so vividly proven as during this painful national recession, when those with an education stayed employed and those without lost their jobs. Our initiatives in education have been designed to broaden the possibilities for each student to achieve her goals, to realize his dreams. We continue our commitments to and investments access to parents to look at their childrens grades and attendance, see homework assignments, send messages to teachers and receive instant alerts from either the school or teachers. to better prepare their children for kindergarten and helping kindergarten teachers to better provide that Continued from Previous Page St. John Tradewinds The number one appliance consumer of energy in your home is most likely your refrigerator. If you have a refrigerator that is more than 10 years old, replacing it now will save you enough money that it will pay for itself in about one year. Heres the math on an old refrigerator: 4.2 amps 110 volts = 462 watts per hour. The average refrigerator runs about 12 hours a day, so 12 462 = 5,544 watts. Multiply by 30 days per month and you have 166,320 watts every month. At WAPAs $0.50 per kW rate, this refrigerator would cost about $83.16 a month to run. Take the new model that uses only 110 watts per hour 12 hours a day = 1,320 30 days = 39,600 watts. At $0.50 per kW, that is $19.80 per month. Thats a savings of $63.36 a month and $760.32 a year! The next big consumer of elec tricity in your home is your water heater. An electric water heater can be as much as a quarter of your electrical costs every month. One easy to way to save is to turn it off when you are not using it. Turn the water heater on half an hour before you shower, do dishes, or wash laundry, then shut it off. Televisions, computers, and cell phone chargers draw power even when they are not turned on. The best way to shut them completely off is to plug them into a power strip. When you are done using those devices, simply shut off the power strip switch. Do you realize that our over night temperature on St. John lateShut it off! If you do run A/C, set the ther mostat to 78 degrees so the unit will not run as much. One A/C unit can cost as much as $300 a month to run. One ceiling fan will cost only $36. Its your money and our environment. Its smart business to save both! For a greener tomorrow. authorized vendor. For more information contact Boyd on his by email at islandsolarvi@gmail. com. Continued on Page 24
Dear EarthT alk: What is the purpose of National Melissa P., Burlington, NJ National Wildlife Week is a tional Wildlife Federation that is designed around teaching and connecting kids to the wonders of wildlife. Each year, the group picks a theme and provides fun and informative educational materials, curriculum and activities for educators and caregivers to use with their kids. This coming March 18-24, the theme of National Wildlife Week is Branching Out for Wildlife with a focus on trees. Participating kids will learn about the parts of a tree, the role of trees and how wildlife depend on trees for survival. They can also participate in environmental service projects addressing climate change, healthy habitats, reforestation and connecting with the environment. Teachers, instructors, coaches and parents can sign up with NWF and get a wide range of free resources lesson plans, posters, trading cards, etc. to help spread the educational messages of National Wildlife Week into school curricula, after-school and even at-home activities. The year 2013 marks the 75th year NWF has run National Wildlife Week, making it the groups longest running educational program. To mark the milestone anniversary, NWF has adopted the goal of planting 75,000 trees across the country. School and youth groups can apply to host a tree planting event with NWF, which will provide native trees adapted to the local climate, as well as tree guards, shovels, mulch, watering supplies and gloves. Beyond National Wildlife Week, all year long NWF will feature detailed information on their website about different types of wildlife that live in or are dependent upon trees across the country. Young people are encouraged to stay on the lookout for wildlife near them throughout National Wildlife Week and log their sightings accordingly and can share them online via NWFs interactive Wildlife Watch Map. The Branching Out for Wildlife Mega-Poster is comprised of smaller sections that each graphically display the different parts of a tree roots and soil, forest half feet tall, the complete megaposter is a real attention grabber in any room. Anyone can print out the sections for free as they are all available via the NWF website as PDF downloads. Wildlife Week is not the only way NWF educates kids and inspires a lifelong love of nature. The group has worked with teachers for decades to get kids learning outdoors. Recently NWF launched a campaign to get 10 million more American children out of their indoor habitats and into the great outdoors over the next three years. And its Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitats programs har ness the power of teachers and students to green thousands of K-12 schools across the country. And the groups Earth Tomor row campaign is a multi-cultural youth environmental program that creates opportunities for under served youth to learn about their world and contribute to the ecological health of their communities. For more information check out www.nwf.org/national-wildlifeweek.aspx.16 St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 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 Inter-Denominational, Sunday 8:30 a.m. Christian Science Society 10:45 a.m. SundayMarketplace Wednesday Testimonials 7:45 p.m. on last Wed. of Month The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sun. 9 a.m., on St. Thomas 776-2379 Sun., 5 p.m., STJ, Lumberyard Cruz Bay Baptist Church Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 776-6315 Emmaus Moravian Church Coral Bay, Sun. 9 a.m. 776-6713 Jehovahs Witness 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7 p.m. Saturdays (Espaol), 10 a.m. Sundays, 340-715-053 Missionary Baptist Church 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, 10:45 Worship, Tuesday 7 p.m. Bible Study 693-8884 Nazareth Lutheran Church Sunday 9 a.m., Sunday School 8 a.m. 776-6731 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saturdays 6 p.m.; Sundays 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. 776-6339 St. John Methodist Church Sunday 10 a.m, 693-8830 Seventh Day Adventist Saturdays, 779-4477 St. John Pentecostal Church Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Prayer 7:30 p.m., Thursdays Bible Study 7:30 p.m. 779-1230 St. Ursulas Episcopal Church Sunday Church Service, 9 a.m. 777-6306 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332 Word of Faith Church Word of Faith International Christian Center, Sundays 7:30 a.m. Gifft Hill School 774-8617 Church DirectoryNational Wildlife Week St. John Tradewinds News Photo theme is Branching Out for Wildlife, with a focus on how wildlife depend upon trees for survival. Pictured: A pair of Northern Cardinals on a tree branch.
This year the St. John Film Society will host a number of kicking off with Ring of Fire, on Wednesday, February 20, at Cases by the Sea at 7:30 p.m. We are very excited to have after a brief hiatus, said Andrea Leland, SJFS Director. ticularly happy to have found a partner in Cases by the Sea which features a large screen and food and drink for sale. It can be an evening out. Cases by the Sea and Reggies BBQ feature food and drink at picnic tables under an open-air pavilion or, bring your own chair if you like, suggested Leland. Join SJFS in kicking off the Coral Bay season with Ring of Fire, about St. Thomas boxing welterweight champion at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $5. SJFS is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Virgin Island Council on the Arts, and St. John Community Foundation. For more information contact Leland at (340) 715-0551 or Michelle Ward at (340) 2012407.St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 17 The Unitarian Universalists of St. John meet every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in the Great Room at Gifft Hill School Lower Campus. The guest speaker for Sunday, February 10, is Merry Stockwell who will speak on The Fear Factor How Can We Deal With Childcare is available. For transportation from Cruz Bay ferry dock call 776-6332 in advance.Power GenerationMerry Stockwell Speaking at UU Feb. 10 in Ring of FireSt. John Tradewinds Virgin Islands National Park and Coral Reef National Monument Acting Park Superintendent Mike Anderson announced the temporary closure of approximately 325 acres of park land to visitor access in the area of White Cliffs. This remote area is located on the south side of St. John and this temporary closure does not affect public access to any VINP beaches or designated VINP trails. The closed area (see related image) is described south of Lameshur Bay Trail, west of Europa Bay Trail and east of Reef Bay Trail/Reef Bay Sugar Mill. Whereas the actual shoreline remains open, no access to the closed area is permitted from or between the shoreline at Reef Bay and Europa Bay. This includes rock climbing as well. In addition, the temporary closure does not restrict use or access to the adjacent southern shoreline. Visitors are reminded there are no authorized or maintained park trails inside this temporarily closed area but there are authorized VINP trails that delineate the external boundary of the designated closed area. The Reef Bay Trail, Reef Bay Factory Ruins, Lameshur Bay Trail, Lameshur Bay Factory Ruins, and the Europa Bay Trail surrounding the area of temporary closure will remain open to the public. The National Park Service is dedicated to conserving unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The purpose of the closure is to protect a rare plant, Eugenia earhartii, a very slow growing shrub in terms of height and circumference, found in the remote White Cliff area of VINP. The plant is endemic to St. John and is known to be found only within VINP. The temporary closure of the 325 acres will remain in effect while the plant and the surrounding plant habitat undergo further evaluation. Eugenia earhartii will be evaluated for potential listing under the Endangered Species Act. A botanist mens of Eugenia earhartii plants had been cut by unknown person(s) in the process of opening and/or maintaining an unauthorized trail. Prior to August of 2012, VINP Rangers made several attempts to disguise an unauthorized trail in the White Cliff area and remove evidence of pink pear, and illegal trail and area closed signs were then posted. In December 2012, VINP Rangers discovered the closed area signs had been torn down, broken and tossed aside. VINP Management would like to remind the general public that 36 Code of Federal Regulations Section 2.1, prohibits unauthorized plant or trail cutting. Section 2.1 states the following is prohibited: possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing from its natural state (ii) plants or the parts or products thereof. Furthermore, anyone low without written permission or permit from Virgin violating 36 CFR 1.5, Violation of Closure and Public Use Limits.325 Acres in White Cliffs Land Area Closed S t J o h n M o n t e s s o r i S c h o o li n v i t e s y o u t o o u r f i r s t a n n u a lF l a m e & F u s i o n D i n n e r A u c t i o nf e a t u r i n gC o n c o r d i a E c o R e s o r t 4 : 3 0 p m t o 9 : 3 0 p m S a t u r d a y M a r c h 2 n d S a t u r d a y M a r c h 2 n d T i c k e t s a n d I n f o A v a i l a b l e A ts t j o h n m o n t e s s o r i v i o r g / a u c t i o n 3 4 0 7 7 5 7 1 0 8( t a x i f r o m c r u z b a y u p o n r e q u e s t ) Three Musical Performances with Headlining Talent Silent Auction Stunning Fire Dancing Cocktail Hour and Moonlit Dinner St. John Film Society Returns To Coral Bay on February 20 at Cases by the SeaGet ready for a evening of dance, music and exciting entertain ment while supporting education on Saturday, March 2, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Concordia Eco-Resort. Fusion Dinner Auction at Concordia to support the schools scholarship fund. The evening will feature three musical performances Tickets are $125 each and are limited to only 60 guests. Transportation from Cruz Bay is available upon request. Enjoy cocktail hour and a moonlit dinner at the beautiful pavilion at Concordia Eco-Resort overlooking Salt Pond Bay. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 775-7108 or check out www.stjohnmontessorivi.org/auction.St. John Montessori Flame and Fusion Dinner Auction Set for March 2 at Concordia Eco-Resort Cafe
18 St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com email@example.com Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486 VIVA Vacations tel. 779-4250 P.O. Box 1747, STJ, VI 00831A/C & RefrigerationDr. Cool | St. John 693-9071 A/C Refrigeration and Appliances Mitsubishi A/C Diamond Dealer Sub-Zero, Wolf, Bosch, VikingArchitectureCrane, Robert Architect, AIA tel. 776-6356 P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 00831BankingFirstbank Located in downtown Cruz Bay 340-776-6881 Scotiabank #1 Mortgage Lender in the VI The Marketplace (340) 776-6552Green BuildingIsland Green Building Association check www.igbavi.org for Seminar Series info and ReSource Depot inventoryInsurancePGU Insuracne Located at The Marketplace 776-6403; firstname.lastname@example.org Theodore Tunick & Company Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 www.theodoretunick.comJewelryR&I PATTON goldsmithing Located in Mongoose Junction 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445 Chat@pattongold.comLandscaping Alfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831Real EstateDebbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 email@example.com www.stjohnvirealestate.com Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 info@holidayhomesVI.com Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 firstname.lastname@example.orgRestaurantsFish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Skinny Legs A Pretty OK Place tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral Bay Island Solar "Off the Grid Living for 10 Years" tel. 340-642-0531Villa ManagerSeaview Vacation Homes, Inc. tel. 340-776-6805; 1-888-625-2963 www.seaviewhomes.comWedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsB usiness Directory Get Ready for Broadway Comes To St. John Feb. 16Continued from Page 9 love, explained Barnao. Weve all been best friends for many years and fell in love with St John together on a vacation and always desired to spend more time down here, she said. When this opportunity came along it was just the perfect blend of passing on what we love to do to the younger generations and celebrating this incred ible island and its people. It really does feel like home to us, said Tarta glia. Plus, though were working professionals, we all seem to share that love of lets put on a show, said Lewis. Yeah, its very Mickey and Judy in a barn with only an hour to pull the show together, Tartaglia said. Without fail, the actors are actually able to watch the students grow through the show preparation process. Weve had several kids who had never sung a note before, never danced in public before, never held a puppet before, said Miller. They suddenly get this a great experience to watch the parents faces when Its amazing when you get a kid who doesnt think he or she is good enough and then ends up loving the spotlight, said Tartaglia. I think one of our favorite moments is the day of the show when all three of the schools come together together, Lewis said. Not only do new friends get made, but suddenly the kids within each school form a bond thats very trusting. The program also teaches self-expression, collabo ration, teamwork and more, according to Lewis. We think the arts provides a healthy and safe outlet for so many behavioral and growth-based issues for kids, he said. Its self-expression and that is something that is not covered in a typical STEM curriculum in schools. We hope that kids walk away with a better under standing and respect for collaboration and teamwork as well as honesty, discipline, respect and tolerance, said Barnao. Thats also why we try to theme the show around positive themes so that hopefully they can walk away with that as well, Miller said. In addition to raising much-needed funds for SJSA and imparting critical lessons to students, the show is going to be a highly entertaining evening. Weve decided to raise the stakes a bit this year, said Tartaglia. Since its an international theme, were featuring a lot more of a variety of music, more tal projections, professional lighting, new puppets and even some true surprises. Everything the audience has come to enjoy over the past two years will be there, but just pumped up another few notches, said Drake. Plus there will be dinner and dancing at The Westin, said Lewis. Its exciting to see how its grown. Weve had packed houses and everyone here on the island just seems to love the show, said Barnao. Honestly, thats what drives us to make each year even better, Miller said. Dont miss out! Angel tickets, for $200, include a seat the 6 p.m. premier of One World, One Heart, plus dinner and dancing on the beachfront at the Westin Resort and Villas. There will also be an 8 p.m. will accept any donations. for the chance to win a trip to London. The St. John two, tickets to a show in Londons West End, dinner and three nights hotel accommodation. The winner may then choose to take advantage of an additional three nights in Paris or Scotland, but must make travel arrangements on their own. are available now at SJSA or online at www.stjohnschoolofthearts.org. For more information about Broadway Comes to St. John, call SJSA at 779-4322. ently complete annual, week-long, refresher courses The Department of Planning and Natural Resources will continue to enforce all laws which govern our territorys marine industry but at the same time, will take serious note and action when complaints of concluded DPNRs press release, however, did not satisfy many Coral Bay residents. I hope the reprimand and the training for those guys is about their attitude, not just about that gun, said one Coral Bay resident, who asked to not be theyve done it before. Coral Bay residents allege that this type of behavior is This press release is totally ridiculous, said Will Hudson. The way they treated us goes way beyond getting a little slap on the wrist. They violated our This type of thing happens across this island, not just in Coral Bay, and on other islands too, said Hudson. This is the way they operate at DPNR. This cannot continue. Coral Bay Community Council President Sharon Coldren and Coral Bay Yacht Club Commodore Stephen Hendren both declined to comment until they could read the DOJs report. We would like to see the report from the AGs have all the information. and we need to see that report, said Coldren.Continued from Page 6
alternative route to the community. Roller questioned the delegate about plans to open Kings Hill Coral Bay has, in recent years, seen the possibility that its remoteness and limited road access can have potentially life-threatening implications as storms have resulted in landslides and an existing primary roadway has shown ongoing deterioration due to structural weaknesses in its design and construction, said Roller. The existing and original road into the area, known as King Hill Road, offers a secondary access route that could mitigate the risks that the community now faces. For that road to become completely serviceable will require concrete paving and a much needed bridge, without which its use is severely restricted during heavy rainfall events, Roller said. While there was at one point federal funds appropriated for Kings Hill Road, the project was scrapped after it was determined to be an engineering nightmare, explained Coral Bay Community Council president Coldren. The $850,000 was not spent because when engineers looked at it, the project was way bigger than that, said Coldren. Kings Hill Road meets Center line Road at an angle which makes it too dangerous, according to Coldren. In order the make the road usable, the north and south sides of the road need to be built up to be terline Road, she said. A fourway intersection with no visibility would be way too dangerous. And to build up the roads would be very expensive. opening South Shore Road, according to Yvonne Wells. In addition to Kings Hill Road, we need to open South Shore Road to Coral Bay, said Wells. Its been too many years weve been talking about this and its the same story. We will eventually just have to react instead of act, because something will happen. Coral Bay was the hub of St. John in the 30s and 40s and it will become revived and be a shining light on St. John, said Wells. With so many issues facing St. John, the island needs better representation in government, explained Bonny Corbeil. Can we get better representation than this ridiculous position of Senator at Large, said Corbeil. We are in dire need to be able to identify and prioritize our needs. How can we do this better than we do it now. There has to be a better way, Corbeil said. If we have better representation, we will have the opportunity to put the democratic process in place. During the meeting, Christensen also outlined the bills she introduced during her last term as well as areas she intends to focus on in her current term. We must deal with violent crime and guns, said Christensen. Guns, drugs and other contraband are carried in here. We will continue to work with Homeland Security to give added help and the territory.St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 19 Continued from Page 5 Friday, January 25 1:20 p.m. A citizen p/r that his landlords brother is leaving disturbing messages on his door. Disturbance of the peace. 3:20 p.m. An Estate Emmaus resident p/r that the manager of his business is stealing money. Embezzlement. 6:57 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Cruz Bay. Loud music. Saturday, January 26 2:47 a.m. A citizen c/r an auto accident on Centerline Road in the area of Bordeaux Mountain. 4:37 a.m. Badge #1250 p/ at Lean der Jurgen Command with one Lindsay Gage of Estate Adrian under arrest and charged with DUI and negligent driving. Bail was set at $500 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. 9:17 a.m. A St. John Animal Care Center employee r/ that she is receiv ing threatening messages. Disturbance of the peace, threats. 9:57 a.m. A citizen p/r a possible DOA at Estate Mandahl. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 8:04 p.m. An Estate Contant resident c/r a disturbance with her nephew. 8:30 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that his neighbor is creating a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace. 10:00 p.m. A resident c/request ing police assistance to remove a male from his familys property. Police assistance. Sunday, January 27 12:41 a.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance with some passengers who were drunk. Simple assault. 1:22 p.m. A Spring Garden resident p/r that he was assaulted. Simple assault. 4:13 p.m. A citizen p/r that someone damaged his door. Accidental damage. 11:24 p.m. A resident c/requesting police assistance with having a male removed from Caneel Bay Resort. Police assistance. Monday, January 28 8:27 a.m. A citizen p/r an auto collision in the area of Santos Laundry. Auto collision. 11:06 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Loud music. T uesday, January 29 1:10 p.m. A citizen p/r that someone is sending threatening text messages to his cell phone. Harassment. No time given An Estate Contant resident p/r that the starting motor to her vehicle was removed. Grand lar ceny. 4:56 p.m. A visitor from Canada c/ husband. Police assistance. 10:12 p.m An Estate Bethany resident r/ that she was assaulted by another female. Simple assault. W ednesday, January 30 10:20 a.m. An Estate Haulover Bay resident p/r that he lost his wallet. Lost wallet. 8:24 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Loud music. 10:12 p.m. A visitor from Florida r/ that he lost his wallet. Lost wallet. 10:29 p.m. A Coral Bay resident c/ requesting police assistance with helping his friend who overdosed. Police assistance. Thursday, January 31 9:13 a.m. An Estate Bethany resident p/requesting police assistance with her neighbor. Police assistance. 10:40 a.m. An Estate Glucksberg resident p/r that a male is making remarks to his grandson. Police assistance. 11:00 a.m. An Estate Bethany resident p/r that he is being harassed. Disturbance of the peace. 11:52 a.m. A Cruz Bay resident p/r that she was assaulted by a female. Simple assault. 2:10 p.m. A citizen c/r that a government vehicle caused him to run off the road. 2:30 p.m. A citizen p/r that he bought a vehicle and the seller refused to give him the registration. Police assistance. 3:23 p.m. A citizen p/r that she was bitten by a dog in the area of Gifft Hill Road. Dog bite. 6:10 p.m. An Estate St. Quacco and Zimmerman resident c/r that a male came to her door and threatened to kill her. Disturbance of the peace. 6:11 p.m. An Estate Glucksberg resident c/r that her sister threatened to slit her throat. Disturbance of the peace, threats. 8:00 p.m. Badge #1090 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Kaya Charles of Estate Glucksberg under arrest and charged with destruction of property, D.V. No bail was set by order of the court. She was detained at Lean der Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas to be remanded.perhaps 95 percent of the species global numbers. For a perspective, imagine 650 plant species native to this island only two species are endemic. This one is the most threatened with extinction, Ray said. My new burden is to clean up weeds, replace shrubs these vandals destroyed, and watch for a long list of new disturbance problems. By clearing this illegal trail, the plants were also made vulnerable to a host of exotic and feral animals, Ray added. When trails are built, animals use them, he said. White-tailed deer and goats, key habitat destruction factors, are all over these populations now. There are other problems, including rats, and this is not a simple issue. There is a list of rare plants in this habitat, not just one plant species, Ray said. The remainder of our native forest has been compromised by human activities over the years, and this is one of the last relicts of primordial forests. Now, Continued from Page 4 even this is getting hammered by Closing the area will allow Ray and other scientists to study the plant and identify all other rare species in the area, Anderson explained. The Acting VINP Superinten dent, however, could not estimate for how long the area would be closed to the public. Its going to take some time to do the research, he said. Once we get more information we will be able to determine how long the area will remain closed. Its a temporary closure, but until I get that information, I cant say how temporary is temporary. line the area with Closed signs, but will post several signs along closed land and will monitor the area, Anderson added. Its a large geographic area so we wont be putting up signs in sight of distance along the entire length, he said. We will post signs at access points leading to the closed area and we have a ranger who lives out there who will be monitoring. We will also have researchers out there. into removing feral and exotic animals from the White Cliff area, Anderson explained. Our biologist will be removing any feral animals or exotic animals where there is heavy grazing, said the Acting VINP Superintendent. I think its either deer or goats, but well take a look at that. The issue is simply about protecting resources, according to Anderson and Ray. We are about preserving and protecting park resources; that is our main objective, said Ander son. The core problem is that thousands of trees have been cut by these people without authoriza tion directing all into habitat that is highly sensitive and already compromised, said Ray. It is completely within the charter of our National Parks to protect rare own or hired expertise. Government by law is about both rights and responsibilities. You cannot complain that the NPS is unfairly keeping you out of sensitive areas after you pushed beyond your legal rights and violated federal law by cutting thousands of plants, Ray said. This is the most serious breach of land ethics I have ever witnessed on this island.
20 St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 I LIKE YOUR STYLEACROSS 1 Decorated military pilot 7 Teacher of Jewish law resort) tradition 36 Porkpie, e.g. 37 Actress Chase 38 Thick-piled 96-Down 41 Runway guess: Abbr. 45 Ends early, as a mission 53 Developing fetus, slangily Nautilus 58 Tidal mouth of a river 59 Gosh darn! 69 What a burnt child does, in an old proverb 73 Propyl ending 74 Not a single soul 76 Pet dog in The Thin Man 77 Like pets 78 Title in Uncle Remus stories 79 Not stored on disk, say Gardner 86 Nickname of Utah 89 Berate loudly 93 Wood and Wynn 94 Wrist-related 95 Quadriless one 97 Wipe the chalk from 98 Singer Folds moon Hebrew and Somali 113 Gear part 115 Astonishment 117 Yardstick 118 Region between the Adirondacks and Catskills 1 Bug trappers 3 Hearty beef cut 4 Sitcom ET 5 Co. biggies 6 Typo list 8 Dada artist Jean 13 Something to Talk About singer Bonnie 15 Untidy sort 16 Ashy-faced 18 Inventory 31 Leering 34 Fish snarer 35 Skewers, e.g. 39 Showed up 46 No. on a map 47 Dodgy type? 49 Beat poet Gary 51 Love, in Lima 54 Suddenly rich sort 55 Yes, to Yves 61 Snaring loops 65 Allot 69 Contraption 71 Computer since 1998 into from behind 81 Article in Ulm 83 Stop bugging 85 Film segment 87 Butter knife, 88 Tease 89 Shirt tag info 91 So to speak 96 Wall-to-wall, for one 98 Jane Eyre novelist Wheat 111 Shore grains 114 Clue is one 116 Leering sort 119 Sod buster St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail email@example.com or fax 693-8885. ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Alcoholics Anonymous meets as scheduled: Sundays, 9:45 a.m. at Hawksnest Bay Beach; Closed meetings for alcoholics only at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay at 6 p.m on Tuesdays; Open meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at Nazareth Lutheran Church; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. at Moravian Church, Coral Bay. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Narcotics Anonymous has open meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Saturday at St. Ursulas Church. AL-ANON MEETINGS For Al-Anon meeting location and times, please call (340) 642-3263T uesday, February 5 The Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Care Relay for Life team is hosting a bake sale on Tuesday, February 5, at MKSCHC from 8:30 a.m. until the goodies run out. St. John Film Society from the 4th Annual Travel ing Caribbean Film Showcase this year. The group kicks off Cuba on Tuesday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John School of the Arts. Saturday, February 9 The St. John Relay for Life is just around the corner and planned activities have kicked into high gear. Teams from across St. John and even St. Thomas are expected to pack the Winston Wells ball off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 9. Thursday, February 14 Join the love on Thursday, February 14, at 5 p.m. at Trunk Bay Beach at a free vow renewal ceremony hosted by Minister Anne Marie Porter. Saturday, February 16 The Third Annual Broadway Comes to St. John the St. John School of the Arts Fundraiser of an original musical featuring fourth graders from across St. John will be Saturday, February 16, 2013. February 16-20 This years St. John Arts Festival, set for February 16 through 20, will include a Caribbean Film Festival, historical explorations and more W ednedsay, February 20 This year the St. John Film Society will host a numferings, kicking off with Ring of Fire, on Wednesday, February 20, at Cases by the Sea at 7:30 p.m. February 21-23 The Annual Folklife Festival in celebration of Black History month in February will be on Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, February 23, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Annaberg Sugar Planta tion ruins. Saturday, February 23 The 9th Annual Friends of VINP Gala at Presidio del Mar in Estate Peter Bay on February 23. Saturday, March 2 Get ready for a evening of dance, music and exciting entertainment while supporting education on Saturday, March 2, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Concordia Eco-Resort.
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HH-TW 2.4.2013 B.indd 1 1/30/13 2:53 PM St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 23 DLCA W arns Residents of Fake USVI Hospital Scam St. John Tradewinds The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Consumer Protection Services Division. virginislandshospital.com and all information included on the site are indeed fraudulent. There is no United States Virgin Islands Hospital in existence on St. Thomas, said DLCA Commissioner Wayne Biggs. The website mentions the hospitals location as, at the corner of Smith Bay and Shirley Street. It also details the address as Estate Smith Bay, Ste 235; St. Thomas, VI 00802 and provides a Google map image of the location. However, no such address exists, no such structure exists, and no such hospital is licensed with DLCA, aqccording to Comm. Biggs. The United States Virgin Islands Hospital is bogus and nonexistent. Residents faThomas should be aware that there is only one hospital on island, Roy Lester Schneider Hospital, he added. The website features various tabs which provide adgin Islands Hospital. A lengthy history of the hospital and all of its amenities are outlined in the About Us tab. The site also highlights employment opportunities available through the hospital with a program called project5. This program claims to provide healthcare assistance to the unprivileged families in the Slum areas of South and East Africa and in the world. It also encourages persons to send their resume for review and that the hiring coordinator who is listed as Bill Martins would contact you to discuss suitable positions. DLCA has reviewed the website in its entirety and conIslands Hospital is a scam. As a result of this scam being presented via the internet, DLCAs CPS Division has reported the website and scam to the National Fraud Infor mation Center. logged into the National Law Enforcement Database operated by the Federal Trade Commission. This particu lar database is used extensively by the FBI, FTC, Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Department of DLCA also reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigations Internet Crime Complaint Center to advise them of the website and its fraudulent claims. Additional agencies alerted by DLCA on the matter include the National Consumer League and the Federal Communica tions Commission which was advised as a precaution since much of the internet is wireless. Residents are reminded to be cautious and on the lookout for any offer, claim, or solicitation that are unfamiliar to them. The originators of these and other scams try to make the scheme sound legitimate by adding a story line behind of it, said Biggs. They will go to every extent to sell the story and convince potential victims that it is legitimate. For this particular scam, they created an entire website to sell the scam. Through the submission of something as basic as a resume, they can access your personal information, said the commissioner. People are generally careful with releasing their social security number, credit card numbers, or bank information but may not be as protective with their name, age, and address. This information in the wrong hands can yield access to your most secured infor mation and money. DLCA also implored consumers to be aware that every and anything can be posted on the internet. Just because something appears on the internet does not make it credible. As the leading agency of consumer protection DLCA will continue to monitor the existence of potential scams that are circulating throughout the territory to heighten complaint, call DLCAs Division of Consumer Services at 774-3130.
24 St. John Tradewinds, February 4-10, 2013 10.25 wide by 6 high Alfredos Landscaping Alisha Duplisea Alyce & Paul Jordan Antonio Herrera Aqua Bistro Arawak Expeditions Asolare Avelino Samuels Bajo el Sol Gallery Beachwalk Charters Beauty Lounge Big Planet BJ Harris Bou-Quet Florist Bruce Munro Bryan Salinas Calypso Catamaran Caneel Bay Resort Canines Cats & Critters Caravan Auto Parts & Service Caravan Gallery Catered To Vacation Homes Christine Ransley Christys of St. John Cimarron Yacht Charters Cleveland Design Concordia Connections Coral Bay Garden Center Coral World Core Pilates with Keryn Bryan Corsairs Craig Roub Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel Cruz Bay Watersports David Guidi Debbie Duplisea Deborah St. Clair Denise Walker Denise Wright Diamonds International DriftAway Day Spa Driftwood Davids East West Catering Eddie Barrie Elaine Estern Elena Glenn Fabric Mill Farm to Table Catering Fatty Crab Fish Trap Foxys Boutique Frames of Mind Freebird Creations Gallows Point Gourmet Gary Sinbad Cox Gecko GazeboGrande Bay Resort & Residence ClubGrapevine Salon & Spa Greg Damron Gypsea Girl Charters Helen Simon Henry & Maia Mongie High Tide Hypnosis & Life Style Options Into the Blue Jack Brown Jane Kyser Jason Corley Jason Monigold Jeff Parsons Jennifer Troisi Jillian Dray John Baldwin Joy Stillman Julie Van Pelt Karen Bryant Karen Radtke Kate Swan Kate Webster Kathy Depree Katie Peterman Katilady Kaye Thomas Kekoa Kelly Cruikshank Kickboxing with Yvonne La Plancha Laurie Damron Lime Inn Lina Guild Massage Linda Whittington Livy Hitchcock Lone Star Taqueria Low Key Watersports Lucy Banks Lucy Portlock Lynda Whittington Maggi & Jon Ward Mariah Scheer Mary Anne Campbell Mary Bartolucci Island Style Weddings Mathayom Private ChefsMeagan CrandallMermaid Charters Miss Lucys Missie Hensel Monica Munro Motu Nest New Paradise People Band Nicole Morrisette Ocean Grill Pampered Pause Paradise Gas Paradise Lumber Passion Fruit Chefs Patty Taquard Paul Helson Pine Peace Mini Market Pink Papaya Premier Wines Property King Queen of TartsRich SchulenbergRob Upham Roses Too @ Sub Base STT Ryan Moore Saint Jan Botanical Sally Furlong Sally Nelson Sand Castle & Soggy Dollar Sara Swan Shangrila Spa Sharon Phinney Shipwreck Landing Singing Dog Sailing Skinny Legs Spyglass St. John Repair Shop St. John Catering St. John Dental St. John Hardware St. John Inn St. John Maintenance St. John Source St. Johnimals St. John Sun Times Sugarbirds Sun Dog Caf Susan Pratt Tap Room Thomas Hanna Tourist Trap Tradewinds News Westin Resort Woodys Yalfri Santana Yelena Rogers Zo Zos help children be more successful. in mathematics, reading, science, English, and social studies. towards increasing the graduation rates for high school students with disabilities. technology-based foundations to our middle and high school students with the ability to And we continue to move ahead with a new school on St. John. Public safety is the third cornerstone of our future development and the quality of life problem of violent crime in our community yet one where everyones initial instinct is to bling that half of the murders involved people astonishment as the parents of young people committing crimes point to the government for its failures to address the problems of crime, while in their own homes they ignore the obvious signs of illicit gains and behavior. Elementary School, our Nations attention on gun control, and our Presidents plan to address the issue of guns in our society, we have initiated a review of our gun licensing procedures, the security measures at our schools, and the over-arching issue of guns in our territory. Our laws do not allow for the ownership or licensing of assault weapons. We restrict ammunition capacity to no more than twelve rounds, and we require background checks. of illegal weapons by seven percent. However, the fact remains that we do not manufacture or assemble guns in the terriwere brought here. We need to eliminate the unregulated and uncontrolled entry of weapons, as well as their transport between our islands, and new measures to detect such transfers will be put in place. We need the Postal Service to reinstate the postal inspectors it transferred to other jurisdictions, as the Delegate has requested. Our public safety challenges confront us all all across the Territory. The courts. Our parents. The family circle. Police recruitment. Church involvement. Police retrenchment. From posses to gangs. Easy access to The prison system. None of this is a secret. ress in improving our police department. And tors set out in the consent decree under which our police department has been operating for a number of years, but other measures that redence and take pride. That all segments of the community are coming forward and offering more and more information and assistance to the police is just such a measure. Our police department has been working not only harder, but smarter, in identifying where to apply its still-stretched resources. From all sources, including community input, the department has been gathering and using intelligence on who and where to target their efforts. We all know that most in our territory have heard it said that in a place this small are. Well they do, and they do with increasing information and better targeting. Each of our agencies and departments has their performance. Our government today is ment, those paid from local as well as federal General Fund, we have reduced employment But for whatever strides we have made in reducing the cost and size of our government, the simple truth is that we have a long way our economic situation is that our revenues penditures. We have not seen the end of the need for budget cuts. We have made great strides and we have grown as a community. We have come too far, and worked too hard to win our rights, to now lose that future. We know all of us know that if we are to make it through these tough times, we cannot stand still and we cannot of days when others did for us or to us what today we are challenged to do for ourselves. We all know that to build the future we want for ourselves and our children will take comknow that this we can do. Continued from Page 15