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Coral Bay Job Club Students Demonstrate Impressive SkillsPage 7DPW Selects Contractor for Centerline Road RepairPage 3 July 29-August 11, 2013 Copyright 2013 Winston Wells Ball Field Closed for Renovations and LandscapingPage 2DPNR Issues North Shore Developer, Ingrao, $10,500 in FinesPage 7Stranded Couple Robbed of IDs, In Need of Help To Get HomePage 9 New Bank Coming SoonPage 2 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime ElliottScotiaBank Wins Third Annual Chaotic Kayak RaceSt. John residents packed Oppenheimer Beach on Sunday, July 28, to support Team and more. See back page and the next issue of for additional photos and a full story. RESERVE YOUR AD SPACE FOR 2012!ISSUE NO. 6 IS IN THE WORKS.email: email@example.com for more information. Tapia Faces Additional Charges in Drug Trafcking CaseTwo New Co-conspirators from St. Thomas Arrested Inside Page 3
2 St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 St. John Tradewinds Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation Commissioner St. Claire Williams announced last week that the Winston Wells Ball Park on St. John will be closed until October 1 to allow for ongoing renovation and landscaping of the facility. Williams noted that residents of St. John in collaboration with the department have organized a group of community volunteers to enhance the have begun to rake, remove stones and begin the process of seeding the ground for grass to grow. Although the ball park will have to be closed for a short period of time, the work being done will insure to make it much safer and a better playing The commissioner also thanked all the volunteers, businesses, government agencies and staff who are working together to make this project possible. cepted. Call the shelter at 774-1625 for information about pickup of furniture and volunteering to help with setting up the fair.ACCs Flea Market Set for October 19thBall Field Closed for Renovation and LandscapingCoral Bay Community Council is hosting an AIA workshop follow-up meeting on Monday, July 29, at 6 p.m. in room six at Guy Benjamin School. presentation of the American Institute of Architects and commu nity concerns from the May workshop which included more than 120 Coral Bay residents and property owners. The Coral Bay Vision survey results, available at http://sdrv. CBCC Next Steps Meeting July 29thWendy Davis of the V.I. Fire Service will host a two hour CPR awareness session on Wednesday, August 7, at Cases by the Sea starting at 6:30 p.m. This is an awareness session about what anyone can do to help save a life before emergency medical techni cians arrive.CPR Awareness Class Set for August 7 Division of Real Property Issues 2012 Property Tax BillsThe Division of Real Property has begun to issue the 2012 real property tax bills to Virgin Islands property owners. The 2012 bills are issued to all property owners of record as of January 1, 2013. Property owners will again have the opportunity to take advantage of early payment discounts. A 5 percent discount will be applied to bills paid by August 15, 2013. Property owners who pay their 2012 bill after that date and before the bill due date of August 30 will receive a 2.5 percent discount. Property owners are encouraged to pay their 2012 tax bill by October 30 in order to avoid late payment fees. The deadline for ments is November 15, 2013. Virgin Islands property owners are reminded that they can pay their 2012 property tax bills even if they have not yet received are able to access property information to facilitate the payment transaction. Payments for the 2012 property taxes and all past due years can Building. Payments can be made in person or by mail. Payments of checks, cash, money orders, ATM, debit and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only) are accepted at the window. Property owners submitting their payments by mail are advised not to send cash and also enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope in order to receive proof of payment. For more information about the 2012 property tax bills, contact St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott 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 (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 $90.00 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 New Bank Branch Soon Come
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Department of Planning and tor of Enforcement Roberto Tapia was hauled back to V.I. District Court last week to face new chargring he is accused of running with help from former St. John Police Sergeant Angelo Hill. In addition to the charges of conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute cocaine and use of a he already faces, Tapia is now charged with seeking bribes for DPNR contracts, embezzling federal money and illegally selling DPNR equipment, according to a recent report in the V.I. Daily News. Tapia was originally nabbed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on May 17 and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and use Tapia was arrested in Red Hook wearing a DPNR uniform and car rying his department-issued handgun, after returning on the ferry from St. John in possession of seven kilograms of cocaine with a potential street value of $1 mil lion in his backpack, according to authorities. Former V.I. Police Department St. John Chief and Acting ComJurgen Command Sgt. Angelo Hill was arrested on May 24 and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Federal agents allege that Hill supplied Tapia with the drugs pack when he was arrested. Two other co-conspirators, Stephen Torres and Eddie LopezLopez both of Puerto Rico, were also arrested in mid-May. They too face charges of cocaine possession with intent to distribute for alleg edly setting up the purchase of several kilograms of cocaine from Tapia. According to a new indictment made public last week, Tapia faces charges under the Racketeering InAct (RICO) accused of abusing his position with DPNR to further a criminal conspiracy. now faces charges of interstate travel in aid of racketeering because he travelled to the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to arrange drug shipments, according to the report in the V.I. Daily News. The new charges against Tapia include multiple counts each of of interest, embezzlement, wire fraud, extortion, solicitation of a bribe and interstate transportation report. In addition, the indictment includes new charges of possession and conspiracy to possess with inillicit sales of at least 58 kilograms of cocaine from September 2012 Tapia stands accused of attempting to extort $40,000 from a St. Thomas business owner in exchange for a DPNR contract, according to the report. cial used DPNR vessels to transport drugs and conduct illegal activity, he faces embezzlement and federal program theft charges stemming from two State Recre ational Boating Safety Program grants issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, each in excess of $10,000. The funds are supposed to provide facilities, equipment and supplies for boating safety education and law enforcement, according to the V.I. Daily News report. Two new co-conspirators, Raymond Brown and Edwin Monsanto, were also arrested, advised of their rights and arraigned in V.I. District Court last week. Brown, an alleged cocaine supplier and distributor, pleaded not guilty Wednesday, July 24, to two charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine and federal use of a communication facility to facilitate a drug crime, according to a report on the St. Thomas Source website. V.I. District Court Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller released $250,000 bail, which was covered by his family putting its 10-acre Estate Dorethea property up for collateral, according to the report on St. Thomas Source. Monsanto also pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and use of a communi cation facility to facilitate a drug crime, according to the report. Miller granted Monsanto home ter his family pledged to put their St. Thomas and St. John land up for collateral, according to the St. Thomas Source report. Tapia, Hill, Lopez-Lopez and Torres last week also all renewed their pleas of not guilty to all charges laid out in the new indict ment, according to the report. Tapia was arrested on May 17 in Red Hook after returning from St. John with 7.72 kilograms of cocaine. Federal agents allege that Hill supplied Tapia with the cocaine; handing it over from an unmarked VIPD vehicle in front of FirstBank VI, in the heart of Cruz Bay, according to the initial arrest Federal agents listening to phone conversations between Tapia, Hill and a buyer in Puerto Rico, received word that Tapia was meeting with unknown individuals from Puerto Rico on the waters near St. Thomas, USVI, to pick up a large amount of money in association with the purchase Agents watched as Tapia, using a DPNR vessel, met up with a power boat near Sail Rock off St. Thomas on May 17, according to Tapia was under surveillance when he was seen taking a backpack from the second vessel. He took the backpack with him from the DPNR boat and was seen putting it in his DPNR pick-up truck. Agents listened in as Tapia called Hill and asked if he could ernment document. Federal agents watched as Tapia boarded the 7 p.m. ferry from Red Hook to St. John carrying the backpack. Tapia exited the ferry and sat down on a bench in Cruz Bay, acAgents listened as Hill told Tapia over the phone to walk in the direction of the bank where Hill was parked in his unmarked VIPD Tapia was seen walking back to the ferry dock with the backpack which was now carrying sigdocument. When Tapia exited the 8 p.m. ferry in Red Hook, he was nabbed by federal agents and the contents of the backpack proved to be 7.72 kilograms of cocaine. The next day, May 18, LopezLopez and Torres, the men in the power boat from Puerto Rico, were arrested by federal agents. On Friday, May 24, federal agents arrested Hill. The trial is expected to begin in September. St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 3 Thursday, Aug. 8th DPNRs Tapia Faces Additional Charges in Drug Trafcking CaseTwo New Co-conspirators from St. Thomas Arrested Roberto Tapia ATTENTION:St. John Tradewinds has commenced its Summer Publishing Schedule:NEXT ISSUES: August 12th and 26th, September 9th and 23rdINDEX Earth Talk ............................23 Real Estate ....................22-23
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Department of Planning and slapped the developer of a major residential construction site in Estate Denis Bay with $10,500 in building code provisions, according to the notice of violation. Denis Bay Properties, owned by reknowned New York-based interior designer and architect Anthony Ingrao, who owns Ingrao Inc. with partner Randy Kemper, was issued violations for excavations on two parcels of adjacent land owned by V.I. National Park without a permit, according to the violation notice. The construction site is located on about an acre of land overlooking sensitive VINP resources below as well as Denis Bay and Gibney and Oppenheimer beaches, at Estate Denis Bay Parcels 2-A and 2-B. In addition to removing trees on VINP land, Denis Bay Properties exceeded the scope of their building permit because the property was altered not in accordance with approved plans, according to the notice of violation. ing a mechanical/electric room on one of the parcels, failing to get an earth change permit for one of the park parcels and constructing a gabion basket retaining wall that was not included in his approved plans. within 30 days and the developers must submit plans and applications for a building permit to stabilize the site and improve drainage and retaining structures, according to the notice of violation. DPNR also instructed Ingrao to conduct activity on the site in a manner to minimize any effects on adjacent properties, submit mitigation agreements or plans approved by the national park with regard of Building Permits before doing any work at the site and repair the road within 45 days or tell DPNR 45 days, according to the notice of violation. Permits Bevan Smith who could not be reached for comment last week previously told St. John Tradewinds that the department was fully aware of the concerns residents have about the potential impacts of this construction site. been to the site and we are over The construction site is accessed by a recently renovated and widened road in Estate Susanaberg near Chelsea Heavy Equipment. There were previously two homes used to be in the short-term vacation villa market. Ingrao bought one of the two houses and began construction, reportedly disturbing guests in the other house. She [Vicki Bell] said that one of those houses was in the vacation villa market, but once Ingrao started construction as close to the property line as possible, renting the house was impossible and the a report on the St. John Source on line news website.4 St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 DPNR Issues North Shore Developer Anthony Ingrao $10,500 in Fines St. John Tradewinds News Photo File crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! Help Cafe Roma Reopen at August 4th FundraiserSt. John Tradewinds tion of Caf Roma on Sunday, August 4, starting at 5 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy some Caf Roma signature dishes, such as the Rajun Cajun, Penne Broccoli, salads and zepolis. Food tickets are available in advance at Connections in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay for the price of $20 in advance or $25 at the door. In addition to the sale of food, there will be a silent auction, a items like boat trips on charters such as Wet Woody, Sadie Sea, Cloud 9, Nightwind taurants, hotels, and retail stores. at Connections in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, Across the Street, Tickets are also on sale on St. Thomas at the Nisky Center Mansales, will go directly to help with the renovation of Caf Roma. A portion of bar sales will also be donated by Castaways. Caf Roma Night at Castaways kicks off at 5 p.m. and will feature live entertainment throughout the evening. To donate to the restoration of Caf Roma, please go to www. stjohn-caferoma.com.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds spokesperson Jean Greaux that a contractor was selected for the Centerline Road repair project last week, Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls released little information about the project. In response to numerous calls from St. John Tradewinds to DPW, Government House director of public information Greaux sent an email on Wednesday, July 24. Bids were received on Friday, July 19, 2013 for the road repairs to be completed along Centerline email. Bids were evaluated on Monday, July 22, and a contractor was selected. Once all the required documentation has been received, DPW will be moving forward with the assistance of the Departments of Property and Procurement and Justice along with the contract at which time the name of the contractor can tal amount of the bid, however, a report on the St. John Source last week claimed it was for a little Several sections of Centerline Road the sole road connecting the towns of Cruz Bay and Coral Bay as well as a section of Fish Bay Road were initially damaged in the wake of heavy rains from Tropical Storm Otto in 2010. The roadbed underneath Centerline Road, the only route across the island for commuters, students, delivery trucks, emergency vehicles and visitors, continued to degrade over almost three years while DPW from the Federal Highway Administration. The only actions taken by DPW during that time were placing orange cones in the damaged areas of the roads. By the time a section of Centerline Road near the Upper Carolina subdivision turnoff crumbled off the hillside during a rain storm in early May, residents had had enough. With only one lane passable on the partially blind curve, residents circulated petitions and riers in the area and installed signs warning of the Service warning drivers of the single lane ahead. In late June, DPW poured asphalt speed bumps on either side of the expanding hole as well as a berm around the hole itself. The FHA grant was approved in mid-May and DPW advertised for bids this month. The initial deadline for bids was July 16, which was apparently extended to July 19. The overall project was supposed to include all three sections of Centerline Road as well as the damaged section of Fish Bay Road. Commissioner Smalls did not return Tradewinds package scope or amount of the winning bid. St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 5 R&I PA T TONgoldsmithing DPW Selects Contractor for Centerline Road Repairs, Doesnt Release Name GOING ON VACATION?Canines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com Dont forget to plan for your pets vacation, too. Canines Cats and Critters Boarding Facility and Day CareCall 693-7780 for a reservation or tour today! Its hurricane season...are you prepared? Open Sat. 8 a.m. to noon / Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to noon Located at Gifft Hill & Centerline, across from the Transfer Station Now at the ReSource Depot: St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott
6 St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Twix is a 1 -year-old Red Chihuahua mix. She is shy at up to you very quickly. Twix is fully vaccinated/ spayed and is great on the leash and the shelter to meet this special friend! www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds St. John residents kept an eye on the weather late last week when the fourth storm of the 2013 Hurricane Season was named before all but falling apart. Tropical Storm Dorian, the second storm of the season to pass near the territory, was named on Wednesday afternoon, July 24. The storm was predicted to strengthen over the weekend, but still pass well north of the Virgin Islands on Monday, July 29, according to information from the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency. By Sunday morning, July 28, the storm began losing organization and was expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm when it passed north of the terri tory on Monday. Dorian was very disorganized on Sunday as it continued to interact with a dry air mass and wind shear associated with a large system to the west of it, according to information from the National Hurricane Center. Given the hostile environment for development, Dorian could weaken to become a remnant low by Monday or open up into a tropical wave, according to NHC. At 11 a.m. Sunday, the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 18.5 degrees north, longitude 52.1 degrees west. Dorian was moving toward the west near 23 miles per hour and this general motion was expected to continue during the next two days. Maximum sustained winds were near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center. Based on the forecast track, the center of Dorian was expected to make its closest point of approach to the territory very early Monday morning when the storm is expected to pass about 140 miles north of St. Thomas. There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect. VITEMA encouraged the public to monitor local radio and TV and NOAA weather radios for updated weather information on Tropical Storm Dorian. For real-time Virgin Islands weather advisories via text message, voicemail or email, register with VI Alert at www.VITEMA.gov. TS Dorian Predicted to Pass Well North of TerritorySt. John Tradewinds In response to numerous inquiries, Department of Finance Commissioner of Finance Angel Dawson last week advised V.I. government employees that their eight percent salary reduction will be discontinued as follows: In accordance with Act 7261, The Economic Stability Act of 2011, as amended, the eight percent salary reduction ended at the close of the July 13, 2013 pay cycle, therefore, the eight percent salary reinstatement took effect for the pay cycle July 14, 2013 through July 27, 2013. system, government employees will be paid as follows: All government employees, except the 10 month employees of the Department of Education and Dewill receive the 8 percent salary reinstatement on their August 8, 2013 pay check. The 10 month employees of the Department of EdStart Program will receive the 8 percent salary reinstatement on their September 19, 2013 pay check. Additionally, within two weeks of the salaries being restored, the Division of Personnel will issue Notice of Personnel Actions, NOPAs, to each departmental who were impacted. For further information, employees are asked to Time Table for Reinstatement of 8% Salary Reduction Set
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds While there are no classes at Guy Benjamin School this summer, 10 students were perched in their chairs in Room Six at the Coral Bay elementary school last week politely listening to the speaker. My name is LaTiah Jackson and I am the class. I have experience watching my little cousins and I really enjoy it. I would Jackson is one of the 11 students between the ages of 14 and 18 taking part in the Cor al Bay Job Club, a three week program led by Coral Bay Community Council board member Bonny Corbeil. Coral Bay Job Club is not a summer camp. The job skills program is funded through a Department of Labor grant which allows the students to earn $15 per day of class they attend. Coral Bay Job Club meets Monday through Thursday and wraps up its third week this Thursday, August 1. beil. If you know you are going to be late you must call if you can. Of course the stuSince none of the students have their own transportation, getting to and from the class can be tricky, Corbeil added. and we have three students who come from thought he would be late. But he ended up here one hour early because he knows how important it is to be punctual and gave himOnce the students arrive at Coral Bay Job Club, they are expected to have a positive attitude and contribute to the class, Corbeil explained. our one minute speeches and developof these kids really want to work and earn ally hard on how to handle a job interview and how you only have one opportunity to This is the second summer which Cor beil has offered the class to local students. The program was so popular, in fact that many of the students who took part last year signed up again; and their enthusiasm is infectious. I like this program because there are lots St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 7 Continued on Page 18Coral Bay Job Club Students Demonstrate Impressive Public Speaking SkillsSt. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott Island Solar SAY NO TO WAPA Grid-Tie Systems Battery Stand Alone Systems Solar Hot Water Systems Solar Pool Pumps Off-grid living for 10 years on Lovango Cay. Dan Boyd t: 340-642-0351; 340-626-9685 e: firstname.lastname@example.org SAVE MONEY! email@example.com 340.201.9788 FREE ESTIMATES PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST IDENTITY THEFTVIPD Safety TIPS Do not give any person information over the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you are the one who called them, or you know who you are dealing with. Even in those circumstances always be cautious. If you have doubts about who you are talking to hang up and call a friend or relative you trust to get a second opinion. Do not put your social security number on your checks or your credit receipts. Only put your social security number on documents that have a privacy notice on it. Check your bank account balances regularly. You will be able to detect fraud much sooner.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds St. John artist Gail van de Bogart opened Maho Bay Clay Works in 2002, cultivating a loyal and talented pottery following and place for fellow ceramic artists. When Maho Bay Campground closed in May, the popular pottery studio was left homeless. But thankfully not for long. Van de Bogart, along with partner Casey Giakas, a potter who worked at Maho Bay Clay Works for six years, opened Clay Works Pottery at Pickles in Paradise in Cor al Bay in late June. A functional potter, sculptor and water colorist, van de Bogart is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. She moved to St. John in 1989 from Long Island and opened Bajo el Sol Gallery with Aimee Traysor and Kat Sowa in 1991. Since opening Maho Bay Clay Works more than a decade ago, van de Bogart continues to teach watercolor classes as well. Giakas, a talented potter and teacher, Montana and LaMeridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany before moving to Love City. van de Bogart. The Pickles in Paradise location is just great for the Maho Bay Clay Works Potthe community atmosphere that Bev Melius has created with its delicious food and cool The area is attracting a nice mix of local artists, musicians, honey and sushi makers, boaters, woodworkers, plumbers, electri Van de Bogart opened a small retail shop and as well as her watercolor paintings. A pottery studio, created from an old shipping container with screened doors and windows, sits just in the back yard area at Pickles. the studio, which is scheduled to open this month. The studio will open in August and has electric and kick wheels, an electric kiln and oil kiln from Maho Bay Camp will be rebuilt here as well. The 30 cubic foot kiln burns used vegetable oil from local restaurant kitchens and uses 35 gallons of oil per Clay Works at Pickles will be hosting sevfor both adults and children. The studio will also host hand building and sculpture classes as well as watercolor painting instruction, van de Bogart explained. There will also be open studio sessions available very soon for those who like to are designed for locals or people who will Local artists and visitors can expect exciting things coming up at Clay Works at Pickles, van de Bogart added. We are planning to host Visiting Artist Workshops for off-island clay enthusiasts said the artist and studio owner. Last year at Maho Bay we hosted three artists, one from Spain, one from England and one who is a professor of ceramics at Austin Peay University in Tennessee. That is a great way 8 St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 Aer 11 Years at Maho Bay, Clay Works Pottery Finds New Home at Pickles in Paradise St. John Tradewinds News Photos
St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 9 Stranded Couple Robbed of IDs, In Need of Assistance To Get HomeBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Nathan Hart and Ebonie Bess Arizona, on May 4 hoping to spend an enjoyable summer in the Virgin Islands before their luck took a swift turn for the worse. Hart, a chef, even had a job lined up at a St. Thomas restaurant, according to Cid Hamling, who owns Connections, where the two turned for some help recently. ing at a downtown St. Thomas holen, Hamling explained. With no ID, they were unable to get their health cards and so he could not take the job he had secured before traveling to the terristate of Ohio, and it will take about 90 days before he is able to receive a duplicate license, Hamling explained. When Hart and Bess heard of the work stay program at Estate Concordia, where employees work several hours per day in exchange for room and board, they thought it could solve their problems, Hamling added. here to St. John to see about workagain, they have no health cards or The two have no family mem bers who can help them with air fare costs and while they are both they are looking for help from the community, Hamling explained. ment of Human Services and were Hart and Bess are willing and hoping to work for money to buy a plane ticket back to Arizona, Hamling added. Anyone willing to help Hart and Bess can send an email to editor@ tradewinds.vi and the information will reach the couple in need; or call Connections at 776-6922. Dr. Cool AC, Refrigeration & Appliances is NOW OPEN!visit our new showroom where we oer the most exclusive Dr. high-end kitchen appliance brands on the market, including ... Our showroom is located in Palm Plaza on St. John. Check out our website at www.drcool.com, or call (340) 693-9071. Dr. Cool is the leader in USVI in air conditioning services! GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS FACE ADVERTISE ON... WhatToDo-VI.com ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM FSB0 $649,000 SPECTACULAR VIEW INNSTEAD 8B ENIGHEDA private, single family, masonry home since 1975, currently with a very strong rental program, now available FSBO. Contact Jerald Grimes 978-652-5115; firstname.lastname@example.org and see ID#23936306 at www.forsalebyowner.com BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. PRICE REDUCED Bess have had trouble or a way home.St. John Tradewinds News
(Eretmochelys imbricate) and seven endangered green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). Hawksbill and green sea turtles are protected by Puerto Rican law, nationally under the Endangered Species Act, as well as internation ally under CITES [Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and FauService Resident Agent in Charge David Pharo. The protection from the illegal take and sale of this and of other marine life organisms is a priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is instrumental to the health of marine ecosystems These charges stem from a collaborative effort amongst law enforcement agencies to achieve a common goal of protecting our our commitment to pursue those for the purpose of personal and or commercial gain as well as those that drive the illegal trade of marine life nationally and internation The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Car men Mrquez. If convicted, the defendants face a maximum senonly charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. The waters around Puerto Rico are designated as a critical habitat for the hawksbill and the green sea for the hawksbill within the U.S. occurs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each year, about 500 to 1,000 hawksbill nests are laid on Mona Island, Puerto Rico. The green sea turtle population has declined by 48-65 percent over the past century. Puerto Rico is also home to nesting sites for the endangered leatherback sea turtle, the largest species of turtle in the world. The leatherback sea turtle suffered a severe population crash due to human harvesting of its meat and eggs and the destruction of its nesting habitat by beachfront development. Puerto Rico Environmental Crimes T ask Force Also last week, representatives of federal criminal investigative tice Environment and Natural Resources Division announced the creation of a Puerto Rico Environmental Crimes Task Force to investigate and prosecute environmental crimes on the island. The commonwealth of Puerto Rico contains six national wildlife refuges (Cabo Rojo, Culebra, Desecheo, Laguna Cartagena, Navassa Island, Vieques) and is home to 25 endangered and threatened animal species, 21 of which are found nowhere else on earth. For instance, there are only 200 Puerto Rican parrots (Amazona vittata) remaining, with less than 50 left in the wild, making it one of the 10 rarest birds on Earth. The island is also home to 49 endangered and threatened plant species. There are 37 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Superfund cleanup sites on Puerto Rico. Through the new task force, federal investigative agencies will coordinate their efforts to investi gate and prosecute those responsible for committing serious environmental crimes. Federal laws have been enacted to protect the environment, but their enforce ment requires the coordinated efforts and involvement of multiple federal law enforcement agencies with the assistance local law enSt. John Tradewinds Federal authorities arrested eight people in Arroyo and Patil las, Puerto Rico, last week on felony and misdemeanor charges for the illegal taking, possession, and sale of endangered sea turtles and their parts for human consumption, as well as aiding and abetting violations of the Endangered Species and Lacey Act. The arrests were announced by Robert Dreher, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the and Natural Resources Division and Rosa Emilia Rodrguez-Vlez, U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico. Roberto Guzman Herpin, 34; Madelyne Montes Santiago, 37; Edwin Alamo Silva, 50; Juan Soto Rodriguez, 45; Ricardo Dejesus Alamo, 33; Jose Javier Rodriguez Sanchez, 40; Iris Lebron Montanez, 53; and Miguel Rivera Delgado, 55, all residents of Patillas and Arroyo, were arrested Thursday, July 18, and made their appearances in federal court. The takedown was led by special agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with assistance from the recently formed Puerto Rico Environmental Crimes Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Puerto Rico Police Department, and the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources. Participating agencies of the task force currently include prosecuEnvironmental Crimes Section the District of Puerto Rico, FWS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the FBI. In 2011, the FWS initiated an undercover operation to investigate the illegal trade in sea turtles for human consumption. During this investigation, it was deter mined that these illegal sales of DNA analysis conducted by the FWS Forensic Lab, have resulted in the illegal take of 15 individual endangered hawksbill sea turtles 10 St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 FBI Arrest Eight in Puerto Rico for Illegal T rade in Endangered Sea T urtles for Human Consumption 4th Annual 5th Annual4th Annual 5th Annual Monday October 14, 2013 Thanks to these early sponsors! Continued on Page 16
St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 11 Governor Signs Transfer of $1 Marine Terminal TaxSt. John Tradewinds Governor John deJongh last week signed a bill allowing the V.I. Port Authority to collect all revenues derived from a $1 marine terminal tax formerly collected by the central government. The VI 30th Legislature approved Bill No. 30-0091 on June 28, which allows VIPA to collect a dollar-perpassenger tax from each cruise line that visits the territory. The tax amounts to approximately $1.7 million annually. VIPA previously only received 30 per cent of the tax collected but will now receive the full amount for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins October 1, 2013. I would like to thank Governor John said VIPA Executive Director Carlton Dowe. I would also like to thank Senator Donald Cole for sponsoring the bill, and the other senators who voted in favor of this much needed revenue stream for the Port Authority. This will go a long way in starting the process to imgo towards improvement of our ports which will indirectly help increase gross receipt taxes, excise taxes, and increase income taxes by providing jobs via port development projects and port related The upgrades and expansions that VIPA has planned will ensure that the U.S. Virgin Islands remains a strong competitor with other global destina tions, Dowe added. These are some very challenging gateway to the USVI economy; therefore, it is prudent to start our plans for economic growth by improving our port Whether it is tourist related visitors, goods or equipment moving through our ports, an investment in our port facilities will bring a tremendous return said. VIPA will use the monies collected from the tax as leverage to present to potential lenders when the agency apoverhaul of its most deteriorated port facilities. VIPA is mandated by law to maintain and develop the public airports and seaports of the U.S. Virgin Islands. VIPA is a semi-autonomous agency that gener ates its own revenues via fees charged for use of its facilities and services. It does not receive an annual appropriation from the central government. For more information about VIPA projects, contact the public informa Mmarrero@viport.com. DO YOU OWN A RENTAL VILLA? IF SO, ADVERTISE YOUR VILLA FOR THE 2014 SEASON. EMAIL email@example.com TEL 340-642-5365 OWNER'S SPECIAL10% Discount 1/6 PAGE VILLA AD$850.00 Reg. / Special $765.0020% Discount 1/3 PAGE VILLA AD$1,500.00 Reg. / Special $1,200.00OFFER ENDS: JULY 31, 2013 IT'S EASY: owner provides photo and text Sailview Guest SuitesReasonably priced well appointed guest suites with views of Coral Bay Harbor, A/C, Cable TV, DVD, WiFi, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, beach chairs, beach towels and cooler. Each suite has sepa rate entrance, private bath and private terrace. Sailview is only ve minutes to Coral Bay. $775-$945 per suite per week; $125-$145 per suite per night. 340-514-0315; www.sailviewstjohn.com GREAT EXPECTATIONS 4 Master Bedrooms Plus 3 Guest Bedrooms Pool, Hot Tub, Tennis, WiFi Walking Distance to Beaches Spectacular Sunrise/Sunset Views www.GreatExpectationsUSVI.com See Website for Specials. 1-800-553-0109 VILLA RENTALS GIBNEY BEACH VILLASLuxury air-conditioned West Indian cottages with the white sand beach at your doorstep. Located on Hawksnest Bay within the Vir gin Islands National Park. For more information or reservations visit www.gibneybeachvillas.com or call 340-643-2936. Southern SerenityA magnicent luxury 3 bedroom/2 bath resort condo located on the Cruz Bay waterfront with spectacular views. Sleeps 6-8, fully equipped kitchen, heated pool and hot tub, gym, reserved parking, WiFi, plasma TV and more. A short walk from the ferry dock and convenient to grocery, shopping and restaurants. Visit our website at www.stjohnvacationrental.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org ISSUE NO. 6 ST. JOHN MAGAZINE l 111 GIBNEY BEACH VILLASLuxury air-conditioned West Indian cottages with the white sand beach at your doorstep. Located on Hawksnest Bay within the Virgin Islands National Park. For more information or reservations visit www.gibneybeachvillas.com or call 340-643-2936. St. John Tradewinds The Department of Health began soliciting vendors last week to participate in the second Annual Health and Wellness Expo, which is intended to showcase a wide variety of services that target health and exer cise, and provide education and awareness to assist employees in making healthier lifestyle choices. These H.E.A.L.T.H and Wellness Expos are scheduled to be on Saturday, September 7, in the St. Thomas/St John District at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, and on Saturday, September 14, in the St. Croix District. Both events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tact Jervon Ottley at the Division of Personnel via email at Jervon.Ottley@dopusvi.net or call 774-8588 ext. 5114 to receive their vendor package and complete a provider information form. Provider Information forms must be submitted by Friday, August 9, to secure a space. The Division will provide booth space free of charge, a table and two chairs. Vendors Sought for Health Expo
12 St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott Quite a ViewSt. John Tradewinds The Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is seeking applicants for its fall internship in New York City. record, Development Counsellors International, the program provides one vibrant young Virgin Islander with the opportunity to develop skills and obtain the experience necessary to pursue a career in marketing communications. The intern will also play an important role in promoting the USVI, in order to increase visitor arrivals and expenditures. As our inaugural New York City-based summer internship program comes to an end in late August, we thank St. Thomas native and Rider University public relations major, Diandra Capdeville, for her contri olson-Doty. We are eager to identify another ideal candidate to join the program this fall and ask everyone to spread the word about this Candidates must be Virgin Islands residents who are recent graduates university program with a major in marketing, mass communications, public relations and/or tourism studies. Desired applicant qualities include sound writing and verbal communication abilities, exceptional organization skills and an eye for detail. A proven ability to adapt to new conditions, adhere to deadlines for assuccess in this role. It is recommended that applicants also be able to tage. The chosen candidate will receive round-trip airfare to New York City with a monthly stipend of up to $2,500 to cover housing, transportation and other living expenses. The fall intern will support the USVI account University class schedule. Daily tasks will include, but will not be limited to media pitching, assisting with event planning, drafting and editing client documents, industry and/or consumer behavior research and developing content for Interested candidates may e-mail their resume and cover letter by For more information about the internship program, contact Allegra Kean-Moorehead at email@example.com. DOT Looking for New Y ork Intern St. John Tradewinds Governor John deJongh announced last week that the Virgin Islands has applied for a federal grant which, once secured, will pave the way for the ter nationwide communications network to exclusively If approved, the $515,000 planning grant will facilitate data collection necessary to identify the ter wide Public Safety Broadband Network, according The V.I. Bureau of Information Technology applied on behalf of the government for the State Local Implementation Planning Grant. Governor deJongh understands that broadband adoption is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way The governor has also made public safety a priority of his administration. The Nationwide Public Safety Wireless Broadband Network represents an ing these two priorities. The nationwide initiative parallels our local eftions infrastructure and proliferate broadband access across the Virgin Islands, increasing the capabilities tact with the community. The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created as part of The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. It is an independent authority within the National Telecommu nications and Information Administration (NTIA), a division of the Department of Commerce, responnationwide network dedicated to public safety. The NTIA is coordinating closely with FirstNet to identify data states and territories must provide data collection study that the government hopes to fund by this grant will help the Virgin Islands prepare for upcoming FirstNet consultation meetings. Representatives of the Virgin Islands attended the for FirstNet Planning Grant
St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 13 Enjoy the Convenience of In-Town Living at Grande Bay Unit By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Sipping a glass of wine on your private covered porch, watch the sailboats in Cruz Bay harbor below bobbing on their moorings in the gentle breeze. Enjoy views of the bustling harbor and shoreline of Cruz Bay as well as all the conveniences of in-town living at Grande Bay Resort. A one bedroom, one bathroom unit in the upper level building (D104/4-104) is for sale for $745,000, explained Holiday Homes broker associate Jan Courlas. Located across the street from Cruz the shopping, dining and nightlife of Wharfside Village, Grande Bay could not be more conveniently located, Courlas explained. What owners love most about Grande Bay Resort condos is the convenient location in Cruz Bay along the lapping blue waters of the harbor and their guests love that they can This corner unit includes a wraparound covered deck, sure to entice you as the perfect place to watch the ferry boats from St. Thomas come and go. Stretch out and soak up the breeze, or enjoy a meal al fresco, while the business of Cruz Bay unfolds just off your spacious deck. Step inside the unit to a tiled entry hall and a cozy great room. The Grande Bay one bedroom condo unit includes a fully equipped kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances and a breakfast bar with several cafe chairs. The tastefully appointed master suite boasts a private balcony as bathroom. A pull-out sofa will offer plenty of space for visiting guests, who might likely spend more time enjoying the Cruz Bay scene than sleeping. With elevator access to the unit and air conditioning throughout, this upper level building unit offers a lot of perks, Courlas added. A typical buyer will appreciate the tastefully-furnished and fullyequipped unit with its covered porch and great view, its spacious rooms, the elevator access and a deeded inHomes broker associate. Amenities at Grande Bay include elevator access, an indoor parking space, a shared pool and deck area Anyone feeling the effects of age on knees and hips or having a disability, will like the easy access around the Grande Bay property, its pool and For more information on this Grande Bay Resort unit, call Courlas at Holiday Homes at (340) 776-6776 or on her cell at (340) 643-5102. St. John Tradewinds News Photos
14 St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE: FRIDA Y, AUG. 8st2012 2013-TO-DATE Letters To St. John TradewindsDear Port Authority (I presume you do read the St. John Tradewinds), Now that you have spent some money repainting the lines in your St. John parking lot, I have a few suggestions. First and foremost, either enforce the 45 minute parking limit or remove the meaningless signs. If this is meant to be a short-term lot (and Lord knows we so. I noticed that after all the cars were removed from the lot for repainting, that it took only a short time spaces. And as for enforcement, I know it might be an unpopular move, but have you considered parking meters? Surely 25 cents for 45 minutes would not discourage too many of us if we could count on getting a simple (and revenue enhancing) matter. There are so few public parking spaces in town that actually controlling the parking in this central lot Please give some consideration to helping resolve a serious problem. John Fuller St. JohnThere is no greater supporter of our system of justice than I. Habeas corpus and the concept of insystem. And yet, there are some defendants who are so obviously guilty that their proclamation of not ciently opaque cloud of doubt. Right or wrong, the jury found the only way they could, under the law. On the other side of the coin, we have the surviving per Ariel Castro and our own DPNR Chief Enforce clear, incontrovertible evidence is so highly stacked as to make the presumption of innocence almost an absurdity. How dare these people, we ask, plead other than guilty? I was in the audience during the Town Meeting held to respond to complaints from the Coral Bay his dress white uniform, bedazzled with ribbons and merit badges. At the time, I wondered how had this dumpy-looking dude earned all those medals (especially the deep water rescue awards)? And the answer is clear. He cheated. I remember watching the Chief during the testimo ny of the 8-year-old boy who boldly told how scary it was to see guns being waved around in the air. Tapia was actually laughing. He found that profound and innocent proclamation a big fat joke. Justice, regardless of its glacial progress, will run its course. Meanwhile, the brave law enforcer, sitting a big fat joke. Jeff Smith St. JohnFear and Loathing There are no ghettos on St. John. So why do our We were named among the best beaches, marriage sites, hotels and islands in the world. Yet we drive around and see litter all over our beautiful home. It should not take a community clean-up or the Public Works Department to maintain our pristine condition. This should be the mission of the entire island on a (daily) basis. St. John is the center of the U.S. Virgin Islands and we are doing a disservice by allowing this shameful condition to continue. Our island has seen a steady growth in villas, private homes and businesses over the last several years. These places know that in order to attract and retain loyal customers, you must beautiful and maintain your surroundings. Why then do we not get it? We cannot complain about the economy, government and outsiders, yet fail to protect the one thing that brings in the most revenue. If our guests enjoy the beaches and trails, but comment on the unsightly mess, we will lose repeat business. perspective. How can we rush about from house to job to do it. No, it is our job, we who were born here, transplanted here, work here and live here. Do we not love our island enough to keep it clean? Are we so busy with our own lives that our blinded eyes cannot be opened? I hope and pray not. people. It is time to stop asking what others can do for us. We can take care of this problem ourselves. Long-term goal: To beautify and maintain the cleanliness of St. John. Short-term goal: To improve our current bin bites by enlarging the drop off points and taking bulk items There Are No Ghettos Continued on Next Page
St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 15 ATTENTION:St. John Tradewinds has commenced its Summer Publishing Schedule:NEXT ISSUES: August 12th and 26th, September 9th and 23rd Delegate Christensen Mourns Passing of Emile Grifth St. John Tradewinds died July 17, 2013. She was born in Jersey City, N.J., on April 15,1953. She received a bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University and graduated from Rutgers Law School. for Almeric L. Christian, chief judge of the District Court of Virgin Islands. After two years, she worked for Maria Takinson Hodge, P.C., until she opened her own practice on St. John in 1990. During the 29 years of her residence on the islands, Nancy established a community of good friends and ued some long-standing friendships from her youth and college years, most notably Hank Skalka. Nancy leaves behind her sisters, Jean Branham She was preceded in death by Edmund Foreit, the love of her life, and her parents, Nicholas and Rita Those of us who know her and love her will miss her in so many ways. She will be with us always. There will be a memorial service for Nancy Arrangements were by Davis Funeral Home. Obituaryto the dump. Enforcing regulations that businesses clean up immediately after closing hours. Remove unwanted signs and posters. Issue tickets to folks caught littering. Teach our children to put all trash in bins. Instruct all newcomers of our strict trash removal policies. We, the people of St. John deserve to live in a clean and safe environment. We will not tolerate any one, local or foreigner, using and abusing our beautiful home. Our home, our island, our way Emmanuel PrinceThere Are No GhettosContinued from Previous Page St. John Tradewinds V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen expressed her condolences last week to the family and friends of Virgin Islands boxer and former July 23 at the age of 75. world champion and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990, which is the last time that I saw and talent in the ring, Emile was also a fun, humorous, warm and kind-hearted person. He also exhibited courage and grace throughout his life and leaves at a time when his life and legacy are Paret in 1962, which overshadowed his career, was the subject of 2005 documentary Ring of miered at Opera Theater of Saint Louis in June. miration later in life, but suffered from pugilistic dementia which required full-time care at an extended care facility in New York, where he died.
16 St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 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 Divine Worship 10 a.m., except second Sundays start at 9 a.m., 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. Bible Class on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. 777-6306 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332 Word of Faith Church Word of Faith International Christian Center, Sundays 7:30 a.m. Gifft Hill School 774-8617 Church Directory Continued from Page 10FBI Arrest Eight in Puerto Rico for Illegal T rade in Endangered Sea T urtles for Human Consumptionforcement and the citizenry. Improve investigative coordination among the federal authorities who are responsible for protecting public health and the environment, Coordinate the available federal resources and improve the dissemination of information between the federal law enforcement agencies to better protect human health and the environment, Improve environmental awareness of the commu nity to recognize violations of federal environmental laws and regulations. of federal agencies who will jointly investigate and prosecute environmental crimes on the island, the natural resources and wildlife, including endangered ment and Natural Resources Division. It is our hope and vision that these efforts will raise greater awareness about environmental crime, bring those who knowingly harm the environment to justice, and help With the creation of this task force, we aim to proRodrguez-Vlez United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. We will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who do not comply with the ennatural resources make pollution prevention, together with the rigorous enforcement of environmental laws, gional Administrator Judith Enck. By pooling EPA Environmental Protection Division can maximize the ability to ensure that those who willfully violate enviThe task force will strengthen already existing enforcement partnerships that help protect Puerto RiAgent in Charge Luis Santiago, who oversees U.S. operations in southeastern states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This enforcement task force will be a great help for us in our mission to conserve, protect, and mansaid Otha Easley, Acting Special Agent in Charge of sion, which covers eight southern states and all U.S. Caribbean territories. Puerto Rico has a rich and diSea turtles, such as this protected under Puerto Rican law as well as the national
St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 17 DeJongh Thanks Malone for Hosting Public Hearings on HOVENSASt. John Tradewinds Governor John deJongh last week thanked Senate President Shawn Michael Malone for hosting two days of hearings on the proposed agreement between the government and HOVENSA. The agreement would govern the process by which HOVENSA The two days of hearings, in both island districts, provided an opportunity for the lawmakers and the public to address their and get a better understanding of the agreement my administration government and represented months of negotiations between both The agreement and its rationale are well known by the public, the governor added. What has not been widely reported until these public hearings is that the alternative to this approach is the uncertainty and great either of which will be a slow process that will do nothing now to The governor understands that there are some in the community that believe HOVENSA has short-changed the Virgin Islands by I must remind everyone that HOVENSA has long stated that bankruptcy was the outcome they foresaw if we did not come to The governor recalled that since the January 2012 announce model that their proposed oil storage facility entailed. I still do not believe we can get any positive results from lawWhatever delay in any payments we believe we are entitled to under the Concession Agreement in place, but already breached by HOVENSA, that we accepted in the negotiations in order to get far shorter in time than would be the delays of years of litigation term agreement with this government and such an agreement must be approved by the legislature, deJongh explained. This agreement is the one that will lead us into the long future he said. Until that agreement is made, I am persuaded that everything else is secondary to the effort to see if a new owner and operator can be found. For without such a new operator, the facil ity on the south shore of St. Croix will slowly rust away as the economic recovery of the island is postponed and the revenues of The governor believes it to be the duty of government to take all reasonable steps to determine whether there is a new owner and St. Croix a reality, he explained. deJongh. HOVENSA has agreed to undertake such a process to they will work together to give us the chance to see if we can jump start the economic recovery of the territory and put us back on the St. John Tradewinds The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority announced on Thursday, July 25, that it has signed an agreement with leading global energy supplier, the Vitol Group to use propane as the primary fuel for power generation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. voted unanimously to proceed with the agreement. ers. Using propane will also decrease greenhouse gas emissions by about 20 percent. Switching from fuel oil to propane will save approximately $90 million in annual fuel costs at recent prices, reversing the dramatic price increases that WAPA has been experiencing in its fuel purchases. By saving approximately 30 percent in fuel costs, tricity rates for all of its customers beginning fall of years. This is tremendous news for the U.S. Virgin Iscant reductions in monthly bills for customers. As a result of this project, households, hospitals, schools, businesses and the Virgin Islands government will all This reduction in the cost of electricity will provide families more money to spend on other essentials, allow businesses to make investments or hire more workers, and create job opportunities and inWAPA is partnering with a leading global energy supplier, Vitol, to supply the new fuel and to develop the new facilities with the best-available technology in the world. The project includes the construction of the infrastructure necessary to deliver, receive, and by General Electric at the St. Thomas and St. Croix plants to burn both propane and diesel fuel, if necessary. project construction, meaning WAPA will pay no upfront costs for the project, and will only begin to pay for the new facilities when propane begins to be used in 2014. Construction is set to begin by the end of 2013 or early 2014, and WAPA is anticipating being able to use propane as its primary fuel source by the fall of 2014. The agreement, the result of a competitive bidding 30-percent fuel cost reduction factors in all costs associated with construction, operation, maintenance and propane supply for the project. The capital costs of the new facilities and the conversion of the turbines to burn propane will be amWAPA will fully own all of the new infrastructure and facilities. said Governor John deJongh. The increasing price of fuel oil has been the main driver of utility rate increases for more than a decade, and propane is the customers from the burden of having to pay higher utility bills every time the market price of oil inproject will ensure that WAPA will be able to gener ate electricity from a variety of sources, so the Virgin propane is one of the cleanest-burning of all fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide emissions of propane are 20 per cent lower than that of fuel oil and 50 percent lower than coal. Propane is also nontoxic, so it does not pose any risk to soil or water. This project will also allow WAPA to advance a number of initiatives to modernize existing facilities, continued investments in the use of renewable energy sources including projects to bring 18 MW of solar power to St. Thomas and St. Croix by early 2014, as well as create 7MW of renewable electricity utiliz ing a St. Croix-grown feedstock called giant king WAPA plans to meet with communities and stakeholders across the Virgin Islands in the coming weeks and months. The meetings will inform residents about the project and be an opportunity to receive feedback, take questions and interact with customers. Be sure to follow PoweringVI on Facebook and check the project website www.poweringvi.vi about upcoming stakeholder meetings. For more informa tion, visit: http://www.poweringvi.vi. traders, moving energy from where it is produced to where it is needed. Vitol trades more than 5 million barrels of crude oil and oil products a day, and has 200 ships at sea at any one time transporting these products Vitol distributes and trades includes: crude oil, coal, gasoline, diesel, heating oil, fuel oil, jet fuel, naphtha, propane, natural gas and power. Vitol is a truly global company, with a major presence in Houston, Geneva, London and Singapore, is built on long-term relationships with the clients it ent oriented approach means it can be innovative and is a partnership and is owned by about a third of its 1,000 plus employees. This enables Vitol to focus on the long-term, rather than the short-term. For more information, visihttp://www.vitol.comW APA Announces Switch to Propane for T erritorys Electricity Generation
18 St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sunset Ridge Villas Interval Ownership or Rentals www.sunsetridgevillas.com Sales: email@example.com Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486A/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.com LandscapingAlfredos 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 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. 340-642-0531Wedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott lips-Love. We are all here to help I took the class again because I thought I needed more experience every job is a good job and how important it is to have a positive Loran Jackson, a recent graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School who will study at University of the Virgin Islands next year, is another Coral Bay Job Club graduate who came back this year. But Jackson is not a student, I really liked this program last year and I wanted to come back a lot faster this year and the stuCoral Bay Job Club students last week were demonstrating their impressive one minute speeches, a quick introduction in a clear voice which tells someone about themselves and their interests. On Thursday morning, July 25, that John president Joan Bermingham and Rotary member Helen Simon. Rotary donated funds to Coral Bay Job Club last year for the group to purchase a video camera, which students use to record role play job interviews and review their skills. By the end of the program Corbeil hopes to have respeech, she explained. In addition to thanking Rotary for the donation and showing off their newly mastered public speaking skills, the students got the chance to learn about the Rotary organization from Bermingham. While there might be a few future Rotarians in the Coral Bay Job Club, there certainly are future Pickles in Paradise customers. Students toured the Coral Bay eatery last week and learned all about the running and managing of the establishment, explained Corbeil. Bev was fantastic and she had all of her staff come out and talk to the new pottery studio and Gail even demonstrated how to make a Coral Bay Job Club students also heard from guest speaker Jen Dale, a Coral Bay entrepreneur, and chiropractor Dr. Bob DeBonis, who shared the story of his The group will tour the Westin Resort and Villas this week and hear from a Caribbean Villas employee who will talk about the important villa management and other tourism based businesses. The hotel industry presents important job opportunities for these have one of the best customer service representatives on this island coming to talk to the students about how important the tourism Corbeil, an entrepreneur her self who has owned restaurants in the past and currently owns and Company, also practices what she preaches. Two of the Coral Bay Job Club students are now employees of her management company. Judging by the impressive skills demonstrated by the eager students in Coral Bay Job Club, many more will soon be successful employees as well. CBCC environmental projects manager Patricia Reed also helped Club, Corbeil added.Job Club Students Demonstrate Impressive Speaking SkillsContinued from Page 7
St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 19 Crime Stoppers empowers you, the law abiding citizens, to make your neighborhoods, schools and businesses safer by reporting information while remaining anonymous, and you are doing it. If you know something, say something as law enforcement needs to know what you know. Even the smallest bit of information may be just what is needed to identify and arrest the criminals involved in the following crimes. St. John On Tuesday, July 16, police responded to a bur glary in the area of Fish Bay at Casa Del Sol villa. The residents reported that while they were home, someone entered their living room area between 6 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and took several items inPlease tell us what you know about this theft. St. Thomas On Saturday, May 11, at about 7:30 p.m., three individual car owners parked their vehicles in they discovered that their vehicles had been broken into. Items stolen include a Pandora bracelet, a car stereo system, and $110. Help police identify the thief(s). St. Croix On Tuesday, and Wednesday evening, July 16, and 17, separate robberies occurred in Estate Williams Delight. They involved three armed males dressed in black, and their faces were covered with black or white masks. Two citizens, who were your friends and family members, were robbed. Somebody knows who these robbers are. Take back your community before someone is hurt or killed. Tell Crime Stoppers who they are. Our technology submitted the tip. telling us what you know about these, or any other crimes, at www.CrimeStoppersUSVI.org.Crime Stoppers U.S. Virgin IslandsSaturday, July 20 12:14 a.m. A Wharfside Village resident c/r a male trespassing. Police assistance. 8:40 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/requesting police assistance to pick up his minor son from his mother. Police assistance. 9:19 a.m. An Estate Beverhoudtsberg resident 9:50 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/re questing police assistance to get custody of her minor son. Police assistance. 10:19 a.m. An Estate Bethany resident p/r that a male was at her bedroom window exposing himself. Indecent exposure. 8:45 p.m. A citizen p/r that she was bitten by a dog in the area of Great Cruz Bay. Vicious or mischievous animal. 10:40 p.m. A citizen p/r that she struck a vehicle that suddenly stopped in the road in Coral Bay. Auto collision. Sunday, July 21 12:35 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that his 13-year-old daughter had left the house. Police assistance. 1:18 a.m. Government of the Virgin Islands c/r a disturbance in progress in downtown Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. 1:37 a.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. 8:26 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that a minor threw a battery and cracked his vehicle windshield. Damage to vehicle. 1:30 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/requesting police assistance to see her minor son. Police assistance. 7:30 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance with someone in his yard. Police assistance. 9:10 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/requesting police assistance to see her minor son. Police assistance. Monday, July 22 1:57 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/re mother who is creating a disturbance at his house. Disturbance of the peace. 4:00 p.m. An Estate Chocolate Hole resident p/requesting a disturbance at her residence. Distur bance of the peace. W ednesday, July 23 8:48 a.m. A ScotiaBank employee c/r that a gun was found in the security deposit box. Recov2:15 p.m. A citizen p/r that her ex husband is spreading false accusations about her. Slander. 6:50 p.m. A citizen p/r that her brother is harassing her via telephone. Telephone harassment. Thursday, July 25 12:44 p.m. An Estate Adrian resident p/r a disturbance of the peace. Disturbance of the peace. 6:21 p.m. A citizen p/r that he lost his passport in the ocean. Lost documents. 10:40 p.m. A visitor from Georgia p/r that an unknown individual removed the spare tire from his rental vehicle. Grand larceny. Friday, July 26 yard with a man on the ground. Disturbance of the peace. 2:48 a.m. A citizen c/r loud music. Loud music.Second Man Arrested in 2009 Cold CaseSt. John Tradewinds On November 16, 2012, V.I. Police Department Major Crimes detectives on St. Thomas secured First Degree Murder arrest warrants for Ibn Anderson and Stephenson Peltier for their involvement in the March Estate Bovoni. his brother as they walked up the hill. Joseph was shot and later died. Detectives said Anderson and Peltier left St. Thomas on one-way air line tickets within days of the incident. Arrest information was placed On May 6, 2013 Anderson was picked up by the Montgomery County 2013 Major Crimes and Intelligence Agents extradited Anderson back to St. Thomas. Detectives travelled to the Oakdale Federal Correctional Facility in Oakdale, Louisiana where Peltier was serving an eight year sentence for armed robbery and served him with the First Degree Murder arrest war rant for his participation in the Joseph murder. On July 23, 2013 Peltier was extradited back to St. Thomas and ar raigned on the First Degree Murder charge. Peltier was held on $500,000 bail and remanded to the Bureau of corrections pending further court action. St. John Tradewinds Governor John deJongh last week announced his renomination of a sitting Superior Court judge to serve as presiding judge in his second term, and has sent the 30th Legislature the names of two respected Virgin rent six-year term will expire on September 25. In the St. Thomas/St. John District, deJongh has selected Denise Francois to replace Judge James Carroll. Francois, formerly a partner in the School of Law, and before that, Amherst College. To replace Donohue in the St. Croix District, the governor has nominated Robert Molloy. Since September 2007, Molloy has served as an Business Administration and a law degree, both from American Univer sity. Judge Michael Dunston has served with great distinction for six proud to offer the nominations of attorneys Francois and Molloy to join Governor DeJongh Sends Judicial Nominees to V.I. Legislature
20 St. John Tradewinds, July 29-August 11, 2013 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail email@example.com or fax 693-8885. ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS All meetings are now open. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6 p.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay; Thursday 7 a.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay; Sunday 9:45 a.m., Hawksnest Bay Beach; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 6 p.m. at Moravian Church, Coral Bay NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Narcotics Anonymous has open meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 AL-ANON MEETINGS For Al-Anon meeting location and times, please call (340) 642-3263Monday, July 29 Coral Bay Community Council is hosting a follow-up meeting on Monday, July 29, at 6 p.m. in room six at Guy Benjamin School. At the meeting, residents will discuss Next tion of the American Institute of Architects and community concerns from the May workshop which included more than 120 Coral Bay residents and property owners. Friday, August 2 The Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is seeking applicants for its fall internship in New York City. The intern will also play an important role in promoting the USVI, in order to increase visitor arrivals and expenditures.Interested candi dates may e-mail their resume and cover letter by Friday, August 2, to Development Counaboutdci.com. For more infor mation, contact Allegra KeanMoorehead at akmoorehead@ usvitourism.vi. Sunday, August 4 Castaways in Cruz Bay renovation of Caf Roma on Sunday, August 4, starting at 5 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy some Caf Roma favorite dishes, such as the Rajun Cajun, Penne Broccoli, salads and zepolis. Food tickets are avail able in advance at Connections in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay for the price of $20 in advance or $25 at the door. W ednesday, August 7 Wendy Davis of the V.I. Fire Service will host a two hour CPR awareness session on Wednesday, August 7, at Cases by the Sea starting at 6:30 p.m. This is a session about what anyone can do to help save a life before EMTs arrive. Saturday, September 7 The H.E.A.L.T.H and Wellness Expo will be on Saturday, September 7, in the St. Thomas/St John District at the University of the Virgin Islands from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 19 Saturday, October 19, at the 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Donated wares are now being accepted. Call the shelter at 774-1625 for information about pickup of furniture and volunteering to help with setting up the fair. THE THIN, THE FLAT, AND THE ROUNDACROSS component 38 Baseball card stat Salander dramatist Joe Ultimate stop pieces DOWN
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Scott P. recorded, in 1870, global averages have risen almost eight inches. The annual rate of rise has been 0.13 inches over the past 20 years, which is close to twice the average from the previous 80 years. Future estimates for sea levels vary according to region but most Earth scientists agree that sea levels are expected to rise at a greater pace than during the last 50 years. Predicting the amount of rise is an inexact science and depends on many factors includ U.S. National Research Council predicts a possible sea level rise of between 22 and 29 inches over the 21st century in the U.S. Sea levels are anticipated to continue rising for centuries. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, land elevation changes also have a large impact on the effects of rising water levels. Subsidence (sinking) or uplift (rising) of the land can help determine tive sea level estimates, assuming a two foot global sea level rise by 2100, are 2.3 feet at New York City, 2.9 feet at Hampton Roads, Virginia, 3.5 feet at Galveston, Texas and one foot at Neah Bay in Washington state. The main factors contributing to sea level rise are thermal expansion (created by an increase in ocean water temperatures) and the melting of ice caps and glaciers. Human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels, combined with natural activities, have temperature over the past century. According to National Geographic, about 80 percent of this additional heat is absorbed by the oceans. The above factors are well studied, but more research is still being done on how climate change will impact large ice sheets in areas such as Greenland and the Antarctic. An extra foot of sea level rise could be a possibility depending on what happens with these larger ice sheets. Even small changes in sea levels can have adverse effects on coastal areas. Erocultural soil contamination and habitat loss resulting from rising sea levels. Also, higher sea levels usually mean more destructive weather events as storm surges get bigger and more powerful and devastate everything in their way. Coastal communi rising water levels will force millions of people out of their homes. As for what can be done, reducing the collective carbon footprint is no doubt the more and take advantage of public transit. But sweeping policy changes will have the most impact. A recent commitment by the Obama White House to require coalburning power plants and other large industrial operations to minimize greenhouse gas States started on the right track, but many wonder if such moves represent too little too late.
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