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Resident Releases Mystery Novel with Local FlairPage 8Hundreds Turn Out for Fourth Breast Cancer Block PartyPage 12Federal Government Back To WorkPage 6 PGU INSURANCE SERVICESServing the Community Since 1972 Lumber Yard Business Center, St. John, VI Email: email@example.com Web: www.pguinsurance.com (340) 776-6403 Arrival of New Passenger Ferries Is Delayed, But Soon ComePage 5 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Yelena RogersHundreds Enjoy Fifth Annual Just Play Day Change. See full story and additional photos on page 4.October 21-27, 2013 Copyright 2013 Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Against WAPAINSIDE ON PAGE 3
2 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Mares Crane 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 Photo of the Week: Check Out That View St. John Baby Boom Photo Is Nov. 3rdAll parents are invited to the St. John baby boom photo and beach picnic at Hawksnest Beach on Sunday, November 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. asked to bring a dish to share. Parking is limited and residents are asked to carpool or take a taxi shuttle. For more information call Connections at 776-6922. CBCC Annual Meeting and Potluck Set for November 4 at Miss LucysNovember is the beginning of Coral Bay Community Councils membership year. Please consider becoming a member this year and supporting CBCC with participation in its numbers; which stands at 400 now! Annual dues are $50 a person, but any amount will be welcomed. Applications are on the website www.coralbaycommuniand Keep Me Posted. CBCC is hosting its Annual Meeting and potluck on Monday, November 4, at Miss Lucys from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. St. John Racquet Club will sponsor a V.I. Tennis Association Junior Tennis Tournament in honor of Dr. Gilbert Sprauve the weekend of October 25. Dr. Sprauve has been an avid tennis player and advocate for the game of tennis for years. He would always assist the juniors whenever possible with line-calling, scoring, providing transportation to tournaments or just watching them play and encouraging their efforts. Thank you Dr. Sprauve. The tournament will take place in two parts. Players 8 years old and under, as well as those who are 10 years old and under, will play on the weekend of October 25, 26, and 27 using the Quick Start format. The 8 and unders will use mini-nets, shortened courts, under players will use the regular net, shortened court, orange low pressure balls and two out of three sets to four game scoring. The weekend of November 1, 2, and 3, will see the juniors 12 and under to 18 and under in action. The entry fee for each of the tournament-weekends is $20 and all entry forms should be received by October 20. For more information or to call in or fax entries, contact Patrice Harley at 776-6643. St. John Racquet Club Hosting Tennis Tourney in Honor of Gilbert Sprauve Free Flu Shots in Coral Bay on Oct. 31ber 31, at the Coral Bay Fire Station from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marketplace on Saturday, October 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. and get in Starsh Halloween Party October 26
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds As V.I. Water and Power Authority electric rates have steadily increased, many residents on St. John have invested in photo voltaic systems as a way to offset costs while using the islands most abundant free energy source, the sun. After investing anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars, however, many residents who were expecting to watch their WAPA bills drop, were stunned to realize they were in fact charged for the power they had produced. The problem was so widespread on St. John, Island Green Building Association hosted a meeting with WAPA and net metering customers in December 2013 to discuss the residents complaints at that meeting and subsequently changed their net metering system. What WAPA has failed to do, despite repeated requests from co-counsels Attorneys Clyde Mur phree and Raf Muilenburg, is compensate those customers who were wrongfully charged by WAPA for the power they were putting back into the electric system from their solar panels. attention some months ago when the affected folks, said St. John Attorney Muilenburg. But WAPA has done nothing since then to make them whole. In fact, we have been asking WAPA for many months to compensate our clients and to identify and compensate those other customers whom injured, but WAPA has made no effort to avail itself of that oppor tunity. mitted they made a mistake, customers who were wrongly charged were left with no other choice except to take legal action, Muilenburg explained. It is apparent that only a court order and civil judgment will motivate WAPA to right this wrong, and we expect to obtain both through this lawsuit, said the St. John attorney. As the sole commercial electric provider in the territory, WAPA customers have the right to be treated fairly, explained St. Thomas Attorney Murphree. WAPA enjoys a monopoly for commercial electricity production in the USVI, said Murphree. In exchange for this monopoly, electricity consumers are entitled to be treated fairly and expect that WAPA operate within the law. Governor John deJongh has set a 60 percent fossil fuel use reduction over the next 15 years as a goal to begin in his administration. As a step in that direction, the V.I. Legislature passed the Net Meter ing Act which was intended to be an incentive for residents to invest in solar energy systems, explained Murphree. Consumers whom have elect ed to participate in net metering, called Customer-Generators by the Net Energy Metering Act, have not been treated fairly nor as required by law, said Murphree. Instead, many have been and continue to be charged for electricity they them selves produce, and are not receivin green energy as intended by the VI Legislature. WAPAs fraudulent practice of charging customers for that energy breaks the Net Metering law and acts as a deterrent to the governments very goal of reducing fossil fuel dependence, Murphree explained. As a result, the incentive for private persons to invest in green energy for the long term betterment of our islands is diminished, said the St. Thomas attorney. WAPA seems reluctant to correct the er rors and compensate those whom have been overcharged. This lawsuit is important as it provides a St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 3 Thursday, Oct. 24thConsumers whom have elected to participate in net metering, called CustomerGenerators by the Net Energy Metering Act, have not been treated fairly nor as required by law. Instead, many have been and continue to be charged for electricity they themselves their investments in green energy as intended by the VI Legislature. St. Thomas Attorney Clyde Murphree St. John Tradewinds News Photo Files INDEXBusiness Directory ..............18 Church Directory .................16 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Cryptoquip ...........................16 Earth Talk ............................17 Island Green Living .............11 Letters ......................14-15, 17 On the Market .....................13 Police Log ...........................19 Rhythm and Views ................9 Continued on Page 16 Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Against WAPA, Allege Fradulent Net Metering for Solar Customerslever to insist that WAPA comply with the statutory mandates enacted by our elected representatives in the Legislature. All WAPA has to do to settle
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Using Sport for Social Changes signature Just Play Day event drew a record number of students who spent Monday, October 14, tossing footballs, kicking soccer balls and bouncing tennis balls in Winston USFSC founder Dean Doeling has been hosting the Just Play Day event on Columbus Day each year since the sight of a few students inspired him to improve local accessibility to sports and sports equipment. As resident of Oregon and a graphic designer for Nike who visits Love City regularly, Doeling was in the perfect position to do just that; help St. John youth enjoy quality sports equipment. He returned to Oregon and ganization dedicated to health and supplying those students with the equipment necessary for success. While never missing an oppor tunity to secure donations from Nike, Doeling works closely with a group of volunteers on St. John and has been gaining support from local businesses as well. Since founding USFSC, in addition to hosting the annual Just Play Day, Doeling has donated hundreds of soccer balls, footballs and basketballs to St. John schools and V.I. Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation. For the past three years, Doeling has also partnered with the Global Backpack Project and distributed plies to St. John students in Coral Bay and Cruz Bay. But each year on Columbus Day, Doeling gets to host the event closest to his heart, Just Play Day. This years attendance of a reported 225 students between the ages number of participations in the day dedicated fun and positive compe tition. Brenda Reckor-Wallace was back this year as the emcee for Just Play Day, which also featured singing by Shikima Jones and DJ music by Adonis Morten. This years guest of honor was Charlie Palminteri, a Gifft Hill School student whose vision and plan transformed a rocky dirt expanse to a grassy Charlie Palminteri and his mother Laura Palminteri will be the guests of honor because of their incredible vision and follow through in cleaning up Winston Wells Ball Field and planting new grass in time for this event, Doeling said. Palminteris plan was hatched as a science fair project, which eventually drew the attention of With volunteer help and professional assistance, Palminteris 4 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 Just Play Day Draws Huge Crowd to Winston Wells Ball Field Exclusive Rates from $155for residents of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico*. CALL OR BOOK ONLINE WWW.WESTINRESORTSTJOHN.COMLOCALS U S V I BV I R ESIDENTS: M ENTION RATE PLAN VIRES PR R ESIDENTS: M ENTION RATE PLAN PRRES Continued on Page 18 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds While sea trials for two new passenger ferry boats slated to ply the waters between St. Thomas and St. John were postponed recently, the vessels are still expected to be in operation by the end of the year. The vessels are being built by Harvey, Lousiana-based Midship Marine which was forced to postpone its scheduled sea trials. The vessels were scheduled to do their sea trials as Hurricane Karen threatened the Louisiana and Florida coasts, according to a new released issued by V.I. Public Services Commission. A sea trial is the testing phase of a watercraft including boats, ships and submarines and is designed to test a boats seaworthiness. It is also referred to as a shakedown cruise by Navy personnel and is the last milestone before the shipbuilder turns the vessel over to the owner. With the sea trials postponed, the vessels expected arrival in the territory was postponed last week as well. Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls granted Midship Marine a 30-day extension to deliver the vessels. The new sea trials were set for Monday, October 21, and Tuesday, October 22, after which they will be inspected by thr U.S. Coast Guard before setting sail for the Virgin Islands. The vessels are expected to arrive by late November at which point they will again be before accepting passengers riding between St. Thomas and Cruz Bay. The new vessels will be 85-foot catamarans capable of carrying 250 passengers. They will replace the aging ferry boats currently being used by Varlack Ventures and Transportation Services, which own the franchise to operate the runs between St. Thomas and Cruz Bay. Varlack and Transportation Ser vices own the current boats, but the new vessels will be owned by the V.I. government. They are being paid for with $7.6 million in federal funds, from Department of Transportation and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants. The new vessels should be in the territory next month and hopefully in operation by the end of the year, according to the PSC news release. St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 5 Arrival of New Passenger Ferries Is Delayed, But Soon ComeSt. John Tradewinds News Photo File SKINNY LEGS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST INNER-VISIONS 8 PM ??Get your costume ready and enter the islands best COSTUME CONTESTGrand Prize: Weekend trip for 2 to St Croix courtesy of BELLOWS, INTL. And Skinny legs HALLOWEEN PARTY!
6 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS FACE ADVERTISE ON... WhatToDo-VI.com ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM KIDS AFTER PARTY! Ages 2-15 ~ OCTOBER 31 2013~ 3-6pm~ $5 .00 ** WIN CANDY** (near Mongoose Junction) GAMES B OUNCE HOUSE FRESHWATER CHURCH St. John USVI ~ Alcohol Free Zone Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewinds Preparation is underway for the 5th Annual Friends of VI National Parks Online Auction, a signature event that raises funds to support programs and projects in V.I. National Park. services that will promote St. John businesses while helping the park. The popular online auction grows each year and includes a wide variety of retail goods and services such as jewelry, dining, hotel and villa stays and excursion packages. Friends is calling on villa owners and managers to consider donating a week of lodging to promote their property and bring repeat business. The auction will be marketed to over 200,000 online contacts including Friends of VINP members who visit St. John often and the Bidding for Good community. Many bidders eagerly await the online auction as a way to build vacation packages on St. John, so the businesses that advertise through donated goods and services reach a frequent-visitor market. Donations are also tax deductible as allowed by law. Auction items and packages are available just in time for holiday gift giving. This years auction opens for bidding on November 16 at 9 am EST and will run until December 8 at 8 p.m. EST. This years goal is to raise $40,000 to support Friends of VINPs mission to protect and preserve of the natural and cultural resources of VINP and to promote the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure. Anyone who has a business they would like to promote through donating goods or services or a special item theyd like to make someone happy with should contact Friends of VINP to donate or plan to bid. Bidders can shop the growing list of items and build a favorites list prior to the auction opening. tions through Monday, November 13. Contact Karen Vahling at 779-4940 or firstname.lastname@example.org, The auction site is www.biddingforgood.com/ friendsvinp or visit the Friends of VINPs website at www.friendsvinp.org to link directly and see all the good things the auction will support! Friends of V.I. National Park Seek Donations for Annual Online Auction Federal Government Back to WorkSt. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds John when she began visiting the island as a small child with her mother. Since then, she has visited frequently and even spent a summer during college living on Love City. Now graduated from James Madison University and working in the Tamulis recently launched Sweet Escape Destinations, combining her love for St. John and her career expertise. Ive been coming down since around time, said Tamulis. I moved down in 2007 with my best friend from college and we lived here for the summer after our freshman year. I fell in love with the island and Ive been coming back three or four times a year since. Inspiration struck for this 25-year-old as more and more friends and family members began asking her advice when planning trips, Tamulis explained. What happened was a lot was my friends and family members would ask me to help plan their St. John vacations, she said. Ive really been doing this, planning vacations on St. John, for years in my spare time. So I thought why not start a personal destination planning business. Recently, Tamulis did just that; launching her website www.sweetescapedest.com just last week. Both knowledgeable and passionate about St. John, Tamulis offers packages down with a big group? Let Tamulis plan a guys day for the gents while the ladies enjoy a spa day. A sample Ladies Day outing outlined on Tamulis website starts off with Bloody Marys and Mimosas at brunch, followed by a spa day and a rejuvenating yoga session on the beach. End the girly day with a shopping trip at Mongoose Junction and a cocktail at happy hour. While the ladies are being pampered, a sample guys day with Sweet Escape Destinations will feature a morning scuba dive or a round of golf at Mahogany Run on St. Thomas. The men can also enjoy hiking one of the many trails on the island before meet ing up with the ladies at happy hour. Although Tamulis offers sample outings on her website, the destination planner I have some sample packages outlined on my website, but I can add or change anything for people, said Tamulis. Its all about creating something special for the cli ent that is tailored just for him or her. I can plan for groups or families or couples. From villa provisioning to a meal whipped up by a private chef, Tamulis new company offers a range of services. I can plan a full seven day itinerary for people or just plan one day of their vacation or even just stock their villa with their favor ite foods and drinks, she said. Tamulis is dedicated to keeping her cli ents trips stress-free, she added. Its all about being able to relax down here, said the Sweet Escape Destinations owner. Ive been on most of the boats, so I know what they offer. I can help make sure someone has fun and isnt stressed out on their vacation. The new entrepreneur is even offering the ultimate in personal service; herself as a tour guide. I am available as a personal tour guide as well, said Tamulis. If someone wants me to come down on their trip and show them around, Im available for that too. While Tamulis continues to tweak her website which she described as a work in progress Sweet Escape Destinations already offers exclusive trips with Calypso Charters. Tamulis is also working to offer planned trips to the British Virgin Islands as well, she added. I havent done anything like this before, said Tamulis. But this is my passion and Im up for the challenge. Tamulis website, www.sweetescapedest. com, is up and running and she is working on a mobile app to be released soon as well. For more information about Sweet Escape Destination, email Tamulis at dtamu email@example.com; call (203) 9079837, or visit the companys web site at www. sweetescapedest.com.St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 7 Let Sweet Escape Destinations Plan the Perfect St. John VacationSt. John Tradewinds News Photo Open Sat. 8 a.m. to noon, Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to noon, at Git Hill & Centerline, across from the Transfer Station Youve helped us keep more than 60,000 pounds of waste out of local landlls by donating and purchasing household goods from the ReSource Depot. Imagine how many more thousands of pounds could be saved by recycling the islands glass.Help us purchase a glass crusher by donating at http://www.razoo.com/story/ Island-Green-Building-Association 60,000 THANKSGlass crushing/recycling coming to St. John with your help! ISLAND SOLAR V.I. 300-watt panels 300-watt inverters SunDrum solar hot water systems Battery stand-alone systems Energy audits Diesel generators Conventional solar hot water systems Power management systems Off-grid living for over 12 years on Lovango Cay. Dan Boyd t: 340-626-9685 e: firstname.lastname@example.org We are anAuthorizedV.I.EnergyDealer& Grid-Tie Systems as low as $3.50 per watt and Nohidden SAY NO TO W APA
8 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 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! St. John Tradewinds Gifft Hill School is proud to announce the 4th Annual Gifft Hill School Gives Back community service day on Friday, November 22. All students and faculty from preschool through 12th grade will take part in this event and give back to the community with service projects throughout the day, all over the island. For more information, to volunteer, or looking for help with a project at an organization, contact Meghan Duffy or Molly Murrill at 7761730.GHS Gives Back Day Is November 22St. John Tradewinds News Photo By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds St. John resident Jeffrey McCord recently released his novel Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea, An Investigation of Certain Caribbean Phenomena by Dr. Thayer Harris. The novel centers around the work of a professor at the University of the Virgin Islands, one Dr. Thayer merged Objects. With St. John landmarks and char acters peppered throughout this entertaining pageturner, Love City locals and visitors alike will enjoy Undocumented Visitors. McCord is no stranger to writing. He has been a free-lance journalist for more than 30 years as well as a public relations and public affairs consultant in both Washington D.C. and New York City. McCords bylines have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, South Jerseys Courier-Post and Barrons among others. The book is available on Amazons Kindle and will soon be available on island in paperback as well. Look for a copy of Undocumented Visitors soon at St. John Spice Shop in Cruz Bay and Papaya Cafe in The Marketplace. McCord lives on St. John with his wife Martha Toomey and the couples son Jeffrey.St. John Resident Releases Mystery Novel with Local FlairSt. John Tradewinds St. John School of the Arts is planning an Alumni Concert in who would like to participate and perform in this event. Please call SJSA Executive Director Kim Wild at 779-4322. SJSA Seeking Alumni to Join ConcertSt. John Tradewinds SJSA is looking for volunteers to help with its major fundraiser Broadway Comes to St. John. Do you sew; would you like to help make props and scenery; or be a part of the back stage crew? Please call SJSA at 779-4322 for more information on how to get involved. SJSA Seeking Volunteers To Help With Broadway Comes to St. JohnSt. John Tradewinds The V.I. Humanities staff has been furloughed until the budget crisis in Washington has been resolved. The decision to furlough staff followed National Endowment for the Humanities closure and a notice on the website www.neh. gov that states Due to the unavailability of appropriated funds to continue the operation of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the agency has been shut down. Funding for the VIHC was immediately impacted by this and the group could not continue to operate and incur expenses during the government shutdown.VIHC Loses Funding with Government Shut Down, Closes Doors
St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 9 ber O pen 7 Ni ghts a Week open 6 days closed sundays693.7755 o r w w w .la t apas tjoh n.c o m St. John Tradewinds Thanks to the fund raising in August done on St. John, a group of wounded veterans with the Team River Runner program will once again spend a week at the Cinnamon Bay Campgrounds for rest, relaxation and strengthening themselves with kayak trips. On Saturday, November 9, after a day kayak trip, the St. John American Legion and AARP Chapter get together to put on a BBQ featuring local dishes and drinks as well as the faithful stand-bys. This is our small way of saying thank you for given, said Beverly Biziewski, President St. John AARP Chapter #4777.AARP and American Legion Hosting BBQ for T eam River Runner Nov. 9 PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Nyah is a 5-yr-old Rottweiler. She would probably due best in a single dog home, nice large yard and without cats. Nyah is over 100lbs but is easy to walk. She is prone to some hip issues. Very sweet and loving St. John Tradewinds Letting go of the past is a crucial step towards real izing a brighter future. You cannot spend your whole life holding on to bad experiences; it keeps you from being happy. You must understand that bad experiences and painful memories plague all ages from all over the world. As a human being, its just something you need to learn to move on from. Now I dont want you to think Im completely attacking people with traumatic pasts, because I am not. I believe that they have every right to be upset and it is perfectly normal for their memories to bother them. But when it gets to the point where those memories are stopping you from being happy and enjoying life; that is a problem. It should never get that far. That is Assess your life and the choices youve made thus far. Figure out what it is that you need to do to be happy. Remember, you arent alone. You can turn to friends and family for support; its what theyre there new friends. Or better yet, get professional help. If youre an adult, see a therapist. If youre afraid that those around you will judge you for seeing one, go anyway. By this point their opinions dont matter anymore. If they are not willing to be there with you to help you through your problems, then they should have absolutely no say in what you decide to do with your life. They dont want to help, so youre going to someone who does. If youre a student, go to your guidance counselor. There isnt a doubt in my mind that if they cant help, they can get you into contact with someone who can. I like to compare life to mountain climbing; everyone is doing what they can to reach the peak. At the Every person starts at a different place on this mountain. The choices you make while living will determine how long it will take you to get there. The people with pent-up animosity and depression are climbing with a giant invisible weight on their backs; no one can see it, but its heavy and drags them down constantly. What you may not realize is that youre missing out on so many opportunities to be happy in the present, because youre still stuck in the past. Im not saying that you just drop it like it never happened. No, thats not how things should be done. You need to accept it. Yes, it happened, yes it nearly broke you to pieces, and yes its still breaking you down at this very moment. Next, you must embrace it. Why? Because youre still alive. It didnt kill you, youre still breathing. You had the strength to live through it, why dont you think you have the strength to get past it? You have so much potential and you dont even realize it. Learn to love you for who you are. Stop focusing on the things you cant do and hone in on the things you can. You are a beautiful and strong human being who can and will get through this as long as you keep trying. It may not come today, tomorrow, or even next week, but it will come. With each day that you try, the weight get lighter. Once its gone, remember what you went through; itll keep you from making the same mistakes again. The only person who can get you to the peak is you, so start today and Ill meet you at the top. Rhythm & ViewsAn outlook on young adult and student interests and concerns by Raven Phillips-Love Heading towards a brighter future
10 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 St. John Tradewinds Okay Wine Lovers, we want to learn about wine. We want to know how to taste. We want to expand our knowledge and we are curious about the Wide World of Wine. Happily, there is a simple for mula: Taste, Learn, Repeat! If you begin with an easy-going yet pensive intention, you are half way there. Simply activate your sense of curiosity and bring it along with your nose and taste buds and soon you will be blending learning with fun. Swirl the wine in your glass, sniff and sip. Taste, Learn, Repeat. Everyone has a different experience (somewhat) so simply explore what comes to mind. If you want to learn about the Syrah varietal, select a few or more over a short period of time. Sample from different regions, price levels and vintages and make a few notes. Tasting them side by side would be ideal. A few simple words to describe your experience easier to refresh your memory and easier for you to ask for it at Island Cork! If you can log in your mind that Syrah wines are full-bodied with a to rich dark berries, you can begin to contrast how the soils of one other. You will be able to learn from tasting the Syrah from California vs. France and further still, compare with the Shiraz of Australia and note the difference. For those who love California Cabernet and drink only those wines, you may be in danger of locking your palate out of developing more capability, so dont get stuck in one place too long. Remember also to always simply enjoy wine; keep that as a message in the background. Knowledge and experience as many of you know from other skills and interests you have add to the enjoyment. Taste, learn, repeat. Today, people are interested in why a white wine has such minerality. We want to understand the difference between warm and cool climates and between alluvial and volcanic soil. We are interested in wines that are unique, balanced, affordable and enjoyable. Fun and unusual wines are the focus of many Sommeliers today who are responding to people who want to set themselves apart from the mainstream of supermar ket wines. Such are the wines of Greece, where, for over a decade one great thing has been happening there (amidst their crisis); the wine industry has enjoyed a massive infusion of capital that reinvigorated their wine making. We have reinvented the clasand implementing new wine making techniques, says Apostolos Spiropolous of Alpha Estate. With education from the Univer sity of California at Davis, there is now the combination of youth and enthusiasm while respecting tradi tion at the same time. The wines of Greece are eter nally modern, unique, undiscovered and uncommon. It is no surprise that they have notable achievements in International Wine Competitions. Greeks like to linger at the table, to philosophize of course, and luckily, Greek wines are meant for food. The wines seem to cry out for food. Pair these spectacular sit back while the charred bits, lemon and herbs are washed down with a mouth-watering Assyritko from Santorini and you may possibly be transported there! Interestingly, in Greece, there are hundreds of grape varieties of Their terroirs have unique weather patterns and complex soils that naturally produce low yields from vines that have had to struggle. The uncommon wines of Greece serve up wines with a rich concentration of fruit. However, even more interestingly, the wines produced are low in alco hol. Seemingly a paradox full ripe fruit with low alcohol yet as Spiropolous and Boutari under score it happens naturally. Wine makers today strive for these conditions as minimal inter vention is important for authentic ity and low alcohol is better for proper aging of wine. Certainly this has been a huge discovery/reevaluation in California winemak ing. Some of those exquisite fruit bombs it was discovered have not aged well. Excluding Diamond and Howell Mountain or Atlas Peak, for example, as these wines age beautifully. Nevertheless even these wines and most of the other great Cabs of California are blending now in the French style with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot for balance, structure and longevity, low alco hol being a prime variable. This is one of the challenges in making wine: getting ripe fruit with low alcohol. The wines of Greece are ancient, they have adapted to their terroir not by accident, but by natural selection. For example, Assyrtiko from Santorini is 3,000 years old. Some of the vines are 80 or 90 or even 110 years old. Furthermore Greeks live organically, it is their way of life. They have been farming according to what today is called biodiversity or sustainable farming; in other words non chemical. It is a way of life for them, not a label. With such diversity of soils, slopes, elevations and their aspects, winemakers are duly excited. In relating this diversity, Spiropolous said of one terroir that he could live a lifetime at the vineyard and never make the same wine twice. How interesting and exciting!! Since wine is somehow better when shared with friends and family what better reason to expand your palate while lingering at the table with food and the uncommon wines of Greece to promote healthy conversation and connec tion. There is a sensibility in young Greek winemakers today and most are estate wines, made at the vineyard. Wines of place, from high elevations, with ancient soils set in a remarkable landscape with ocean Island Cork will be featuring a small selection from some of the best Greece has to offer. Follow Island Cork on Facebook for updates and offers. Taste, Learn, Repeatoopa!! The Uncommon Wines of Greece
St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 11 Many of these properties have been in families for generations, and have historic and sentimental value.For many of our local families, I realize that economic challenges and what is often a lack of clear ownership has led to the current delinquent status. Lt. Governor Gregory Francis 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 WE HAVE FISH www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 St. John Tradewinds Lately we have been discussing sustainability. On St. John, sustainability is talked about a great deal among our many green-minded residents, but is it realistic when it comes to trash? Our trash is hauled to St. Thomas in dumpsters, that has been accepting our trash is now piled higher than the hills that surround the dump! We need to stop generating so much trash. And thats hard when so much of what we buy has been shipped in, protected by boxes, bags, plastic, and containers. Where can we start? Plastic grocery bags are one problem we can do something about. After theyre thrown away, these bags are often washed out of our dumpsters by our heavy rains and winds. From there they go downhill, into our fragile bays, and out into the ocean. Endangered sea turtles, dolphins, and whales often bags block their digestive system, they can starve and die. Did you know that the St. John Rotary has a Bring Your Bag campaign? These organic cotton tote bags, made in the USA and printed locally, can be used over and over again, which keeps plastic bags out of the trash. The bags are available for free to anyone who wants one; contact me to get yours. Through Rotary and the Island Green Living Associations Green Villa program, villa owners can also order cloth bags with the villa name and logo on them for guests to use during their stay. Many stateside visitors are accustomed to going grocery shopping with cloth bags, but of course they dont travel with them. Why not offer vacationers an alternative to throwing away dozens of plastic bags at the end of a trip? Did you know that Island Green Builders, St. John Community Foundation, St. John Rotary and Gifft Hill School are raising funds to buy an aluminum can compactor and a glass crusher? The aluminum cans would be compacted into small two-foot-cubed bales that could easily be shipped inside a container and sold off island (prices for recycled materials on the U.S. mainland are much higher than local rates). That money would pay for the labor costs of collecting, bundling, and shipping the cans, and any additional funds would go toward education and promoting other sustainable methods. The glass crusher would either pulverize glass mixes or break down the glass into three-quarter-inch mixing into concrete, and even erosion control. If you would like to donate to this wonderful project, please visit http://www.razoo.com/story/IslandGreen-Building-Association. It will not just help little St. John; it will also keep as well as reducing the impact on our roads and quality of life. Your effort in any one of these categories will help our islands move toward sustainable living. For a greener tomorrow.Delinquent Property Auctions PostponedSt. John Tradewinds The Division of Real Proper Governor, has postponed the sale of delinquent properties scheduled for October 30 and 31 on St. Croix and November 6 and 7 in the St. Thomas/St. John District. The auctions have been postponed in an effort to allow more affected property owners to make the arrangements needed to retain their properties. Property owners whose names were recently published in local newspapers and on the Lt. Governors website, www. ltg.gov.vi, are advised to conin their respective district to make arrangements to resolve their outstanding property tax balances. Family members of now deceased property owners whose names were published are also encouraged to contact the Tax owners whose properties are their cases with the Recorder of Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis hoped that property owners would take advantage of the auction delay. Many of these properties have been in families for generations, and have historic and sentimental value.For many of our local families, I realize that economic challenges and what is often a lack of clear owner ship has led to the current delinquent status, Francis said. By postponing these auctions, I hope that property owners can take those necessary measures to retain their properties whether it is making arrange ments for a payment plan or taking legal action to establish clear ownership of family properties. can be reached at 776-6737 on St. John. email@example.com% OFF EVERYTHING! 4 Days Only STOREWIDE SALE!Oct. 23-26 I G L by Lovango Cay resident Dan Boyd Plastic bags and recycling
12 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena RogersCruz Bay Comes Out for Woodys Fourth Annual Save Second Base Block Party
St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 13 Enjoy Spectacular Water Views from Villa LumineriaBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds With the V.I. National Park as a neighbor, the only thing better than the views at Villa Lumineria is the quiet peacefulness. This three bedroom, three and a half bath villa is for sale for $2.195 million, explained Islandia Real Estate broker/owner Merry Nash. Villa Lumineria is located in the desirable neighborhood of Estate Upper Carolina, which affords easy access to the alabaster beaches of the islands north shore as well as the fun restaurants and shops of funky Coral Bay. Perched on a beautiful hillside, the north boundary of the proper tys half-acre parcel is bordered by VINP, explained Nash. One of the greatest points about this home is that the north boundary is shared with the National Park, said Nash. So the view will never be impeded. It is like having hundreds of acres of undeveloped land as your front yard. In addition to the protections in place on the bordering VINP land, an adjacent lot is also for sale, Nash added. Also, the adjoining lot right next to Villa Lumineria is available for purchase for even more privacy, said the Islandia Real Estate broker/owner. The location also affords spectacular views from Villa Lumineria. Stretch out on one of the expansive decks found at the home and soak up those 270-degree water views. Gaze out over the Sir Francis Drake Channel to the British Virgin Islands to the north and watch the boats bobbing on their mooring just below in Coral Bay harbor. The views from Villa Lumin eria look both ways; north to the British Virgins as well as south over Coral Bay, said Nash. ing yourself away from the elegant designer pool which includes a calming waterfall feature. It will be easy to enjoy hours lounging pool side while enjoy the cooling trade winds and the pool decks outdoor wet bar. Step inside Villa Lumineria and an open concept sitting and dining area. Gourmets will delight in the chefs kitchen, complete with hard wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a double oven and a large island. conveniently located covered deck area, perfect for enjoying meals al St. John Tradewinds News Photos Lumineria. fresco. Each of the three bedrooms at Villa Lumineria boasts an en suite bath and beautiful, beachy decor. The master bedroom also features a cozy deck with commanding water views. Plus all three bedrooms are located under the same roof, which is a perfect situation for families, Nash explained. All bedrooms at Villa Lumine ria are under one roof so it is great for families with children, said the Islandia Real Estate broker/ owner. Another great feature at Villa Lumineria is one not found at many island residences, Nash added. The huge garage at Villa Lumineria is great for an owner with a boat for storage of spars and sails or a boat on a trailer, said Nash. For more information on Villa Lumineria call Nash at Islandia Real Estate at (340) 776-6666 or on her cell at (340) 642-2246.
My friend Michael designed and funded a few Christian Churches in villages in Nepal. Recently, Michael and I went to a church in Kathmandu which was part of the same Christian organization. He gave a sermon on Jacob and I told everyone that Jesus told us to love each other as he loved us. When we dont, to recognize it, and to forgive ourselves and try again. I told them that this does not mean to let people abuse us, but to get away from abusers and try to forgive them and dont be like them. Then I asked everyone to tell the person sitting beside them I love you and I went and told a man and an older lady I love you and hugged them. They seemed to enjoy it. The next day we went to the mountains to dedicate and cut the ribbon on two of the churches. Where I got to do the same. Everyone that I met in Nepal was extremely nice. The people in the mountains were even nicer than in the cities. Everyone seemed to treat everyone else with respect. The thing that stood out the most was that they did not discipline the toddlers and the kids. They let them explore life. It sometimes created a little chaos, but no one seemed to notice. If the parents wanted the kids to do something different than they were doing, they would address them in a very loving way. Maybe that is why everyone seemed so nice. Maybe they can teach us all something. Greg Miller14 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE: THURSDA Y, OCT 24th 2012Homicides: 1 Shootings: 1 Armed Robberies: 1 1st Degree Burglaries: 3 Rapes: 1 2013-TO-DATE 1st Degree Burglaries: 1 Grand Larcenies: 55 Rapes: 1We at Caravan Auto Parts and Repair have pur chased a coolant recycling machine. We are asking that all automotive repair shops and do-it-yourselfers to please bring in your waste coolant. Coolant is a toxic chemical that can create devastating effects to the environment, humans, and the local wildlife. Waste coolant contains heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and chromium in high enough levels to make it a regulated hazardous waste. Coolant generators and local businesses should not dump waste coolant on land or discharge it into sewers, storm drains, open ditches, dry wells or septic systems. Dumping waste coolant can cause serious water quality problems, and harm humans, animals and marine life. This coolant recycling machine is an essential addition to our growing standard. Being a very expensive machine, we are asking that a $4 charge be paid per gallon to recycle the used coolant. The charge is to cover the chemicals required in the recycling process. Caravan Auto also takes great measures to ensure our facilities are environmentally responsible and sustainable. All of the used tires that we take are shipped to Miami where they are then recycled and used for roads and playgrounds. In addition, these used tires are kept in a container to ensure they are not exposed to standing water prior to shipping. This measure helps to ensure that there is no chemical run off getting into our precious water system. Any and all used batteries and oil are picked up by a licensed DPNR vendor. We at Caravan Auto are dedicated to meeting EPA standards so we work directly with our DPNR representatives to make sure that these standards are either met or exceeded. Thank you, The Caravan Auto Parts and Repair T eamCoolant Recycling Has Arrived on St. John With the recent arrest of V.I. Police Department vated assault and attempted rape and his subsequent release on $1,000 bond after a prior arrest record, its evident the justice system in the U.S. Virgin Islands needs a revamping from top to bottom. his disdain and singling out local residents for various offences. I myself was stopped and given a summons for not having a spare tire on the rear of my vehicle. equal justice for all. While someone convicted of petty larceny would be sent to the Bureau of Corrections and unable to make bail. St. John will pay the price as tourism will decline. First time visitors who inadvertently talk on cell phones or forget to wear their seat belts are given $200 tickets instead of a courtesy stop. Let the justice system protect their own while those of us who loved the island watch its demise. Name W ithheld Upon Request of Virgins Islands Justice System Kindness Goes a Long Way
St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 15 Correction:The caption which ran with a photo on page 12 in the October 14 issue of St. John Tradewinds included incorrect information. The caption should read Johns Whites painting of Native American Indians eating corn. Over the recent months we have seen an increase in shooting incidents here in the territory. From (based on medical opinion) bemurders taking place in the presence of numerous people. It is disturbing to know that in many of the cases bystanders associates, family and friends of the deceased or injured are dence from the deceased or injured person or crime scene prior to police arriving on the scene. That, along with bystanders failing to come forward to state what they witnessed even if their own family member was the per son killed or injured, is hampering police efforts in having timely closure in the investigation. If an investigation leads to the identity of a person or people who tampered with, or removed evidence from a crime scene, we will move forward in prosecuting that person or people to the full extent of the law. We understand the concern some may have in coming forward with information on a crime that took some of the very same people who are withholding information, even if the information would bring closure to a murder investigation involving their family member as a victim or suspect, are either becoming victims themselves, or are being suspects in crimes that occur after the initial incident. This must cease. Two wrongs dont add up to a right no matter how many times you add it up. Families are losing their loved ones one by one because of this one word, retaliation. When will this end? When will people realize this is putting their entire family and anyone in their presence in jeopardy? As a result of this ongoing retaliation, innocent bystanders are being seriously hurt or killed. This in turn begins another spiral of retaliations involving other families. Business owners, managers and security at some of the locations where these incidents are occur ring have to do their part also in preventing some of these occur rences. Moving those involved in a disturbance outside, or turning a blind eye to a disturbance and not notifying law enforcement only leads to the matter resulting in people being seriously hurt, or worse. Illegal activity is being condoned by some employees, including security, at some of these late night businesses. Business owners have a responsibility to its patrons by having adequate security, lighting, and by taking all necessary steps to ensure their safety at all times. The V.I. Police Department and other departments and agencies having oversight in the licensing process of these businesses will closely monitor them to ensure that all necessary requirements and obligations are met. Failing to follow protocol will result in a recommendation for the revocation of the license to operate. We as a community are hurting. We are being terrorized by a small few who have no regard for their safety, their families and loved ones safety, and for everyone elses safety. Be cognizant of who your friends are, who they are associated with, and the places you frequent. If you observe that cer tain illegal activity is being condoned at establishments you may frequent, refrain from patronizing them. Look out for your friends and loved ones. If a situation arises, try and get him or her to leave the area before the matter gets out of control leading to someone getting seriously hurt or killed. We as a community have to take whatever steps necessary to deter this ongoing disregard for life and property. Police but the reality is, our fellow citizens are, in most instances, present when these serious crimes occur. as many inspections as possible at the businesses in question. We will continue to follow up on every the person giving the information feels it is. We as a community can accomplish great things, and we have seen this by the countless people who call with information assisting in bringing closure to crimes that have occurred, or crimes being planned in some instances. Crime Stoppers is a great tool and have assisted in numerous cases. Information can be passed on anonymously to law enforcement by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have done their part by stepping forward with what they know either in person, or through crime stoppers. Please continue this effort for the betterment of our people here in the United States Virgin Islands. Rodney F. Querrard VIPD Commissioner Island Green Building Association Police Need Help from Community To Fight, Solve Crime
16 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 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 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 Freshwater Church Sunday Service 10 a.m; Monday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Thursday Womens Bible Study 9 a.m. Saturday Mens Bible Study 10 a.m. Follow us on Facebook for Locations or call (340) 514-6578 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 Church Directory LIONFISHPublic Forums St Croix: Tuesday, October 22, 4 6pm The Nature Conservancys Estate Li le Princess St Thomas: Thursday, October 24, 4 6pm UVI Administra on and Conference Center, Rm 203 public forums Jeanne Brown Territorial lion sh ac vi es, Dr. William Coles, Division of Fish and Wildlife US Virgin Islands Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Against WAPAContinued from Page 3 the suit is comply with the Net Metering Act, according to the cocounsels. We simply want WAPA to comply with the Net Energy Metering Act going forward and to compensate those who have been overcharged, said Murphree. WAPA could have easily settled this months ago and just compensated their customers who were wrongfully charged, said Muilenburg. They have refused to do that. If the civil suit against WAPA is successfully settled with customers compensated for the power they produced and were wrongfully charged for this case could actually help the territorys public utility in the long run, Murphree added. Success in this case will restore engaged in net metering and to encourage others to engage in net metering, which is precisely what the Net Energy Metering Act is intended to incentivize, said the atthe many solar contractors whose potential customers have become leery of making the investment investments. The attorneys estimated that about 30 people on St. John are involved with the civil suit and the number is even greater on St. Thomas. ing a judge a certify that the group of customers constitute a class, which Muilenburg expected to happen in the next few month. burg. The court must recognize that there is a group of people with a common interest and theyll cer tify that as a class. Well hopefully see that happen within the next two months. Its not too late for residents who have been charged for their solar energy production to join the suit, Muilenburg added. We encourage anyone who has installed solar panels and thinks they may have also been over charged or otherwise wronged by WAPAs Net Metering Program to contact us, he said. Residents should send an email with their name, WAPA billing address and WAPA electric account number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 17 There has been reason for concern. Photo credit: abbyladybug, Courtesy Flickr Letter to TradewindsPresident Bush signed into law April 20, 2005, the second major piece of domestic legislation enacted by the Republican-controlled Congress: a massive restructuring of federal bankruptcy laws which punishes middle-class debtors and awards increased payouts of as much as $1 billion a year to their creditors, mainly banks and credit card issuers. had spent $40 million and eight years lobbying Congress for a measure The law imposed a two-stage means test on bankrupt debtors that which provides for liquidation of most debts, and force more debtors to sector for selling mortgages to people that could not afford them, so that they could gamble with the money. Only a few years after he signed this, millions of people had their homes taken away from them. Thousands of these homes were abandoned by the banks, creating slums out of neighborhoods. Twelve years ago, some bad guys hiding behind a religion crashed some planes into the United States. In stead of going after the guys in charge, we let that slide and started a war in Iraq. The leaders of America were so stupid they didnt have a plan to run the place after we got rid of the guy in power. These guys were smart enough not to have a draft, so that most Americans didnt care one way or the other, but they forgot that we have not won a war since 1946. Stupid and evil is an unbeatable combination for chaos. The clown was as good as Darth Vader at making a mess of things, and they were both very good at it. Now the guys we could have stopped 12 years ago are trying to use this under control without creating another war. I think it is time that Iran, Saudi Arabia and a few of the other successful Arab countries need to get involved. They have a lot at risk. This problem is not going away unless we can stop them from training kids, Just think were we would be now if America stayed on the path it was on in 2000. We were controlling bad guys without having a war. We had a balanced budget and we were getting over the dot-com bubble. There were a lot of positive things going on. Now we are starting to come back from the real estate bubble. The starting to surgically remove leaders of the gangs that are teaching the kids the fast path to heaven. This is much more likely to succeed than starting another war. Its too bad we stopped doing it 12 years ago. Now the creators of the bubble that just blew up are demanding that America stop giving an opportunity for poor kids to group up successfully or have health care that does not require them to go to the emer gency room to receive. Since they didnt get their way, they got mad and stamped their feet and shut the government down. All because the Supreme Court made W the clown president. Republicans have not helped this country for a long time. It is not easy to be a Democrat Black President in America. It is time that the Democrats start to begin helping put this country back on track. That means giving up your fundraisers and the people that create your political power and start working with each other and focus on helping everyone. This Democracy cannot stand another go at having the Supreme Court pick the president. If you know any Democrats, send this to them. Greg MillerKindness Goes a Long Way Sugar vs. Articial Sweeteners Dear EarthT alk: I saw an article on sugars effects on the environment. Has anyone compared different mental impacts? T erri Oelrich, via e-mail The production of sugar has indeed taken a huge environmental toll. Sugar has arguably had as great an impact on the environment as any other agricultural commodity, reported the World Wildlife Fund, citing biodiver sity loss as a result of the wholesale conversion of habitat on tropical islands and on coastal areas to grow sugar. WWF added that the cultivation of sugar has also resulted in considerable soil erosion and degradation and the use of large amounts of chemicals across the tropics and beyond. Some natural food markets now carry sustainably sugars ugly history has led many eco-conscious consumers to look elsewhere to satiate their sweet teeth. Fortunately there are several natural and arti nign for the environment. Perhaps the most popular choice is stevia, a sustainably harvested herb from Latin America that is 30 times sweeter than table sugar but without calo ries. Other natural alternatives include coconut palm sugar, barley malt syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup and raw honey. These choices may not save on calories like stevia, but they do sweeten without environmental guilt. As for synthetic sugar alternatives, there has been considerable talk of how dangerous they may be for health, but little evidence of harm has actually come forth and their environmental impacts may be more reason for concern. Aspartame, for example, used in Equal and also in diet sodas, is made by fermenting corn and soy, the two biggest genetically engineered crops in the U.S. Environmentalists are concerned that such tinkering with nature could have unexpected and potentially disastrous results down the road. Another common sugar alternative, sucralose (trade name Splenda) has its issues, too. A study released in 2013 by researchers from the University of North Carolina found that the majority of Splenda used around the world ends up in the Gulf Stream, the fast-moving ocean current that starts in the Gulf yond into the coastal waters of Europe and Africa. Sucralose cannot be effectively broken down by the bacteria in the human digestive tract, reported UNC. As a result, the body absorbs little or no calories and 90 percent of the chemical compound leaves the body through human waste and enters sewage systems. Since this sucralose cannot be broken down by most water treatment systems, it ends up in the oceans, where the long-term effects remain unknown. Saccharin (trade name SweetN Low) got a bad rap in the 1970s when rats exposed to large amounts got bladder cancer, but it has since been vindicated. The Food & Drug Administration removed warning labels in 2000 and the Environmental Protection Agency removed it from its lists of hazardous constituents and commercial chemical products in 2010. Nonetheless, saccharin can cause problems for pregnant women and infants who consume large amounts, and also gets a veto as a petroleum deriva tive.
cleared, seeded and maintained as grass was allowed to grow over the summer months. Palminteri was honored during last weeks Just Play Day, which also drew about 75 volunteers who helped oversee sports stations Julius E. Sprauve School kitchen, Mathayom Private Chefs/St. John ing sure all children as well as volunteers enjoyed a hot pasta lunch. The afternoon wrapped up with another hilarious tug-of-war, something the students have started looking forward to each year at Just Play Day. And no one went home empty handed; in addition to medals for Just Play Day participants took home a goodie bag, T-shirt and water bottle. Each Just Play Day event costs about $60,000 to host, with about $54,000 coming from donations of product from sponsors, according to information on the USFSC website, www.usingsportforsocialchange.com. Which leaves the group needing donations of more than $6,000 to cover expenses each year for Just Play Day. The group always accepts donations and this year Doeling also hosted a fundraiser at the Beach Bar on Saturday night, October 12. The event featured live music by St. John reggae superstars Inner Visions and live USFSC. For more information on USFSC and how to donate to the group, check out www.usingsportforsocialchange.com.18 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 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 340-779-4486A/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.comLandscapingAlfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 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. 340-642-0531Wedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena Rogers Just Play Day Draws Crowd to Winston Wells Ball FieldContinued from Page 4
St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 19 Crime prevention is up to all of us, and thanks to you, the community, we are seeing a reduction in crime. Please continue to speak up. If you know something, say something and help get the criminals off our streets. St. John motoring public to come to a complete stop when they encounter a school bus dropping off or picking up students. If vehicles do not stop, they vioan innocent child. If you see anyone passing a bus illegally, please call 911 immediately, providing as much information on the driver and the vehicle as possible. The safety of our school children is of utmost importance. St. Thomas On Friday, October 4, a man was walking in the area of Jala Jala, Kronprindsen Gade when he heard several gunshots. The man then realized that he had been shot in the chest. Help put an end to these shootings by telling us what you know. St. Croix On Friday, October 11, at about 7 a.m., a 29-year-old man was shot as he was getting ready to leave home for work. The victim said an unknown male wearing a white shirt, black pants and a cloth covering his face ran up to him and shot him once. If you were in the residential area of Barren Spot leading to Estate La Reine, and saw please tell us what you saw. You are making a difference as evidenced by the 1,945 tips submitted to date; these tips have now produced 200 arrests that occurred because of your willingness to tell us what you know. Lets continue to help make our community a safer place to live by submitting information on these or any other crimes at www.CrimeStoppersUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting USVI plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers U.S. Virgin IslandsFriday, October 11 10:10 a.m. A visitor from South Carolina p/r that someone stole his iPhone 5 out of his room in Cruz Bay. Grand larceny. 3:37 p.m. A citizen c/r an auto collision in the area of Hard Labor. Auto collision. 5:22 p.m. A citizen c/r a petit larceny in the area of Cruz Bay. Defrauding a restaurant. 9:44 p.m. A citizen c/re questing police assistance in the area of Wharfside Village. Police assistance. 10:01 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. Saturday, October 12 10:42 a.m. A security ofand Villas c/r that an unknown vehicle has been parked on the resorts property for a week. Police assistance. 6:10 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that his ex wife threatened him. Distur bance of the peace, threats. 7:10 p.m. A Cruz Bay resident p/r that a male came to his house arguing. Disturbance of the peace. 8:58 p.m. An Estate Grunwald resident c/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. Saturday, October 13 6:40 a.m. A citizen c/r an overturned vehicle in the area of Estate Rendezvous. Auto collision. Monday, October 14 10:36 a.m. A citizen c/re questing police assistance to have a female removed from a business. 3:26 p.m. A citizen c/r a burglary in the area of the Cruz Bay Battery. Burglary in the third. T uesday, October 15 12:45 p.m. A visitor p/r that someone removed the spare tire from his Jeep Wrangler rental. Larceny. 3:34 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that someone damaged the windshield of his vehicle. Damage to a vehicle. 7:43 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. in the area of Pine Peace basW ednesday, October 16 11:00 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/requesting police assistance to retrieve some belongings. Police assistance. 11:00 a.m. An Estate Gifft and Regenback resident p/r that someone broke into her vehicle and stole parts. Brandishing 5:20 p.m. A Guinea Grove Apartments resident p/r that someone stole his vehicle but he recovered it. Unauthorized use of vehicle. 7:35 p.m. A St. Thomas resident p/r that threat. Distur bance of the peace, threats. LAND LINE: 911 CELLULAR: 340-776-9110 POLICE DEPT: 340-693-8880 / FIRE: 340-776-6333St. John Tradewinds on St. Thomas last week arrested one of their own. Derrick Callwood, an 11-year veteran with the VIPD, was arrested on October 9 and charged with Assault and Battery DV after his girlfriend told police he grabbed, dragged and pushed her out of his apartment, causing minor bruising. Callwood is employed by the VIPD and, upon his arrest, has been placed on leave without pay pending the outcome of the investigation. The victim attempted to call VIPD around 6 p.m. on October 8 and called back at about 8:50 p.m. at which time police were dispatched to the scene at a residence in Hidden Valley, according to the preliminary police report. VIPDs Domestic Violence ofand arrested Callwood at about 1:15 a.m. on October 9. He was held in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections and attended his Advice of Rights hearing later that day. The victim did not seek any medical treatment. Every VIPD commissioner, sistently emphasizes the consequences of Domestic Violence to at graduation and numerous times during their employment with the involvement in domestic violence can be the end of their career in cers they must practice restraint, rise above personal disputes and just walk away. with Domestic ViolenceSt. John Tradewinds on St Croix have arrested Fitz Tar shish, who is wanted on charges in Arizona. Tarshish was arrested based on a warrant just before 5 p.m. on October 17 in Christiansted. at a residence in Estate Fredenthe residence. Tarshish, 35, was born on St. Croix. He was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana. The suspect is wanted in Arizona on charges of Money Laundering and two counts of Possession of Marijuana. Tarshish was held on a $25,000 bail and is awaiting extradition to Arizona. Fugitive from Arizona Arrested on St. Croix
20 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 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 p.m. every Saturday at St. Ursulas Church. AL-ANON MEETINGS For Al-Anon meeting location and times, please call (340) 642-3263October 25-27 St. John Racquet Club will sponsor a V.I. Tennis Association Junior Tennis Tournament in honor of Dr. Gilbert Sprauve the weekend of October 25. Saturday, October 26 The Marketplace on Saturday, October 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. and Thursday, October 31 ber 31, at the Coral Bay Fire Station from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, November 3 Registration is now open for Friends of VI National Parks Paddle the Park. The standup paddleboard race is set for Sunday November 3 and registration closes November 1. For more infor mation go to Friends of VINPs website at www.friendsvinp.org/ paddle. All parents are invited to the St. John baby boom photo and beach picnic at Hawksnest Beach on Sunday, November 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, November 4 CBCC is hosting its Annual Meeting and potluck on Monday, November 4, at Miss Lucys from 4:30 to 7 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, November 9 On Saturday, November 9, after a day kayak trip, the appetites Legion and AARP Chapter get together to put on a BBQ featuring local dishes and drinks as well as the faithful stand-bys. Friday, November 22 Gifft Hill School is proud to announce the 4th Annual Gifft Hill School Gives Back community service day on Friday, November 22. Saturday, December 7 The CBCC is planning a Coral Bay Bizarre Bazaar, a large community outreach program and fundraising event on Saturday, December 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pickles in Paradise.HOLDING THE LINE ACROSSACROSS 1 Boat docks 8 Mere penny 15 Stair face dioxide 31 Thing swung on a court 34 Undermined 38 Federal case, so to speak headwear for doing laps 46 William Tell wielded one 53 Game with a cue stick 55 Bakery treat 56 Atypical pets 57 Taco sauce brand 59 Everyone, in German 61 Topic in question 65 Gravity-defying party decoration 69 Have a go at 73 Running back Smith 75 Pro at PR 78 Crude abode 84 Pinocchio, for one relative 88 Like a spud-slicing GI 89 Aide to Santa 91 Holiday tree topper 95 Film director Martin 98 Alternative to drapes capital leaves 111 What eight of this 115 Saw wood 116 Capital of New Jersey 117 Paying to stay at 118 Disburdened 119 Like mustard DOWN 3 Seldom seen 4 Pupil site 5 Greek letters Robert 7 Arab, e.g. 8 Unduly quick 11 Shutting in 13 Court divider 14 Grid stats 15 Annul 17 Smell awful 18 Uncanny 31 Defreeze 34 Tinfoil, e.g. 35 Irish money 36 BP gas brand 37 Painter Frida 44 Acquire, as debt 45 Stroll 47 Be worthy of dishes) 55 Blatz brewer 64 Smarmy smile 66 Pouty face 68 Smarmy 74 Some minors 76 Boxing combo 81 Wise soul 83 Cruise stop 85 Big brand of nonstick cookware 86 Joking types 87 Cowshed site 95 Ward of TV 96 Fidel of Cuba 97 Sounded off 98 Poorer novelist Kazantzakis 111 Fuel additive brand product)
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CAROLINA from $ 55,000 EMMAUS hillside $ 75,000 FISH BAY from $ 79,995 HANSEN BAY hillside & WATERFRONT $ 144,000 CHOCOLATE HOLE from $ 175,000 GLUCKSBERG from $ 199,000VIRGIN GRAND ESTATES from $ 206,000CALABASH BOOM hillside $ 229,000 LOVANGO CAY WATERFRONT South shore from $ 250,000CONCORDIA from $ 295,000UPPER MONTE BAY/RENDEZVOUS from $ 799,000SABA BAY hillside & WATERFRONT from $ 999,000 PETER BAY/NORTHSHORE from $ 1,500,000 WESTIN TIMESHARES from $ 500/weekONE MONTH FRACTIONALS from $ 54,000 HH-TW 10.21.2013 A.indd 1 10/16/13 6:21 PM St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 23 St. John Tradewinds On Thursday, October 17, Governor John deJongh resubmitted to the 30th Legislature the Fourth Amendment Agreement to the HOVENSA Concession Agreement, ate. said was our best chance to jump start the economy and create jobs in the territory. Since a previous bill to ratify the Fourth Amendment was rejected by the Legislature last August 7th, deJongh has engaged in ongoing discussions with members of the Legislature in an effort to address their concerns. On October 1, the Legislature adopted a resolution making several recommendations which were intended to resolve the issues raised by the Senate during the July hearings and the subsequent discussions between the senators and the governor. Upon receipt of the senate resolution, the governor began negotiations with HOVENSA and its owners to Legislature. Following weeks of discussions, he succeeded in obtaining from HOVENSA and its owners a formal document setting forth the requested assurances The temporary adjustment in property tax payments under the Agreement is only a deferral of the unpaid an oil storage facility, or until August 15, 2019, whichwill make a lump sum payment to the Government of all amounts deferred, plus interest at the statutory rate. the government the greater of the amount of property taxes deferred, plus interest at the statutory rate, or 20 percent of the gross sales proceeds up to $50 million. HOVENSA will consider purchase offers by potenapproval of the government. HOVENSA will operate and continue to make fuels available to the government and the public at the fuel loading rack for so long as HOVENSA is operating an oil storage terminal at the site, with fuel supplied by HOVENSA or a third party supplier approved by the government. agree to open up the Limetree Bay Channel to commer cial vessels en route to the St. Croix Containerport, subject to any necessary approvals by the U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Department of Homeland Security and receipt of age by transiting vessels. HOVENSA has no objection to the Government taking over exclusive control of the nearly $5 million in Supplemental Environmental Project funds, plus interest, that HOVENSA has paid as part of its Clean Air Act Consent Decree. The Agreement does not cause a loss of legal rights The document, which has been executed by HOVENincluded in the document are, if the Fourth Amendment company, deJongh explained. The Governor also announced last week that, at the request of several senators, he had secured a commitment from HOVENSA to provide health insurance to all employees of the contractors working at the HOVENSA site, at a cost to the company estimated at more than $1 million annually. I am pleased that, by working together, we were sucFourth Amendment Agreement and the beginning of the economy moving again.
24 St. John Tradewinds, October 21-27, 2013 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott and Yelena RogersNo Fleas, Please ACC Flea Market Draws Crowd