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Native Plantings Flourish at Maho Bay Beach Thanks to Eco Serendib SupportPage 4Sen. Meets with Senior Citizens To Discuss Adrian Senior CenterPage 2 PGU INSURANCE SERVICESServing the Community Since 1972 Lumber Yard Business Center, St. John, VI Email: Web: (340) 776-6403 First V.I. Feature Film Timeless by Ed La Boarde Launches CampaignPage 9 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Yelena Rogers First Annual Paddle the Park Challenges SUPersFriends of VINP volunteers and staff greet SUPers at the Paddle the Park race SEE FULL STORY AND ADDITIONAL PHOTOS ON P AGES 8 AND 17.November 18-24, 2013 Copyright 2013Wounded Vets Enjoy a Week of Health and HealingPage 2 St. John Youth Flag Football League Needs Coaches, RefsPage 6


St. John Tradewinds Senator Tregenza Roach met recently with about 30 seniors who are strongly opposed to the Department of Human Services plan to close the Adrian Senior Center at George Simmons Terrace and move them to a program at St. Ursulas Anglican Church in Cruz Bay. Further deepening the seniors opposition and frustration is the departments move to offer the activity and enrichment programs only two days per week. In listening to the seniors at the Adrian Senior Center, it goes without saying that they are passionate about their facility, said Roach. Continuously, they have expressed that they are a family at the center. The seniors strongly shared their desire for the Adrian Center to remain open on its regular scheduled days. Several seniors voiced their dissatisfaction of having to relocate, he said. I am concerned of the currently attend the Adrian Center, will not partici pate in the activities at St. Ursulas if the change in location is put into effect. It is a hardship to seniors, only two days per week and then to further exacerbate that action by moving them to another site. A similar action took place on St. Thomas with the Annas Retreat Senior Center. The facility closed and those seniors were then required to utilize the Hospital Ground center. Following this action, a number of seniors did not attend, and certainly their quality of life declined. Some seniors who utilize the Adrian Center have worked for the Government of the Virgin Islands for 27 to 40 years, said Roach. Now in their twilight years, the Government should surely bend over backwards to accommodate them by providing the services and facilities they need and enjoy. Also at the meeting was Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner Michal RhymerBrown who assured seniors that the department will continue to look into viable solutions based on the concerns raised and will close the center only as a last resort. Roach was encouraged by the departments recep tivity to the concerns and desire to not cause undue cant part in the lives of the seniors, he added. 2 St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 Senator Roach Meets with St. John Senior Citizens To Discuss Adrian Senior Center EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott 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 ADVERTISING 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 Several seniors voiced their dissatisfaction of having to relocate, he said. I am concerned of the likelihood that Center, will not participate in the effect. It is a hardship to seniors, them to another site. Senator Tragenza Roach 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 776-1730.GHS Gives Back Day Is November 22 Audubon Meeting Set for Nov. 19 Audubon Club meeting of the season on Tuesday, November 19, Kessler will tell the group about the childrens book she wrote Hope is Here, about Hope the Whimbrel, which will be given to Virgin Islands school children at First Lady Cecile deJonghs Christmas parties and at local schools. CBCC Annual Meeting, Potluck Nov. 18The Coral Bay Community Councils Annual Meeting and potluck is rescheduled for Monday, November 18, at Miss Lucys from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the business meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m., during which time the group will elect board members. great effort to prepare delicious food for what was a rain-cancelled event. We were disappointed too, said CBCC President Sharon Coldren. We hope you will surprise us with another wonderful dish on November 18! And to those who cannot make this rescheduled event, we also apologize.GHS Hosting Strategic Planning Workshop at Westin on November 16Gifft Hill School will be hosting a Strategic Planning workshop on Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westin St. John. The purpose of this workshop is to consider the needs and future direction of the school and create action steps to implement this plan. Input from the community is welcomed. To participate call Molly Murrill or Beth Jones at 776-1735. IGBA Green Thursday at GHS Nov. 21The Island Green Building Association will kick off the 2013/2014 season of its popular monthly Green Thursdays seminar series on Thursday, November 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Gifft Hill Schools upper campus auditorium. Villa owners and managers, as well as anyone whos interested in IGBAs drive to green the tourism industry, is invited to attend this months seminar, where IGBAs new Green Villa Membership Program will be discussed. The Green Villa program aims to guide villa owners and managers toward a less expensive and lower-impact lifestyle and busiprovide tips on reducing energy and water costs, and show villa owners and managers how the program offers a competitive advantage in the rental market.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The pristine beaches and lush hillsides of St. John draw thousands of vacationers each year. Yet none of those honeymooners or family vacationers likely enjoy the islands warm waters and calm seas, as well as its peace ful tranquility and healing energy, more than a group of wounded veterans who stayed at Cinnamon Bay Campground recently. The 14 veterans were part of the latest leadership program with Team River Runner, an adaptive kayak program founded at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center by Washington D.C. area paddler Joe Mornini. Mornini, a recently retired special education teacher, launched the program with a few donated boats stored in his garage in 2004. Today Team River Runner has 40 chapters mostly started and run by veterans at VA hospitals across the country. The group is run largely by its hundreds of volunteers and only employs six parttime helpers and two full time staff members. Team River Runner has been hosting a leadership trip to St. For the past three years, the trip has been organized by former St. John residents John and Brandi Schuld, who have also been able to a popular annual fundraiser. Participants in the leadership trip are recommended by their local chapters and spend a week learning more about Team River Runner while also forming impor tant bonds and challenging them selves with daily kayak and snor kel excursions. While former participants have included paraplegic and even quadriplegic veterans, this years Team River Runner group had wounds no less dire, yet unseen by the naked eye, explained John Schuld. This year we really want to emphasise the invisible wounds being suffered by our veterans, said Schuld. Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries comprise the largest segment of wounded veterans. These injuries cant be seen, but they are there and they are taking a toll on our veterans. The incidence of PTSD in returning veterans is staggering. At least 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD with many military counselors putting the real The statistics linking PTSD and suicide are even graver. According to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Public Health (Vol 102, Issue S 1, p.S21-S23, 2012), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, resulting in 33,000 fatalities, according to the website. Being in the military doubles your risk of suicide. An estimated 5,000 veter ans die by suicide each year. The issue is compounded by preconceived notions about mental disorders and depression as well as years of denial and misdiagnosis. This years Team River Runners group included veterans ranging in age from 25 to 51 and hailing from Oregon to Virginia, yet they all shared one thing; PTSD and/or TBI. All of the veterans were recom mended by their chapters as potential leaders who could return and start new chapters or take leader ship roles in their local groups. Sergeant. Major Tom G. grew up on the New Jersey shore and was drawn to Team River Runner due to his love of anything on the water. A HALO veteran with more than 2,000 dives under his belt, he was drawn to the physicality of kayak, but also to the chance to help fellow veterans, he explained. I had a career for over 30 years that most people would consider adventurous, he said. And now I have 32 years of experience and I have a lot to share with the younger guys. Some people have aspirations to climb mountains, I wanted to work with people I knew about and who I knew needed help. Working with his local Team River Runner chapter in Alexandria, Virginia, allows Sgt. Major G. to engage wounded veterans to join the groups kayak outings. Ive been mentoring and coaching wounded veterans for years and this program puts it all together, he said. Its way to reach some folks who you wouldnt otherwise be able to help. the impact Team River Runner can have on veterans who return wounded from war, he explained. You see these 20-year-olds, some with serious injuries who cant do a lot of the things they could do before, he said. People dont join the military because theyre couch potatoes. When you are injured physically or emotion ally, it can be really challenging to Kayak is so inclusive and adaptive, anyone can really do it, said Sgt. Major G. It allows them to become a part of society again. This program helps their selftheir self-pride. Sgt. Major G. is relocating to Savannah, Georgia, where he plans to start a new Team River Runner chapter. Its about so much more than paddling, he said. Its about mentoring and helping people who are struggling. Its an opportunity to learn a sport and meet a bunch of people and make bonds through that sport. The group arrived on St. John on Sunday, November 3, and ensnorkel trips, meals at local restaurants and even entertainment at the campground. St. John homeowner author Homer Hickam screened his book Rocket Boys. A Viet nam War veteran, Hickam also led an open discussion with the group following the movie. Sadie Sea Charters helped transport the veterans to and from Red Hook. Ocean Grill, Barefoot Cowboy Lounge, Castaways, Skinny Legs and Across the Street Bar hosted the group for dinner on different evening either at their establishments or at Cinnamon Bay Campground. St. John Brewers hosted a beer and root beer tasting. Crabby Watersports, Arawak Adventures and Cinnamon Bay Watersports donated kayak equipment and hosted paddles for the group. St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 3 Thursday, Nov. 21stContinued on Page 18Wounded Veterans with Team River Runner Enjoy a Week of Health and Healing on St. JohnINDEXBusiness Directory ..............18 Church Directory .................16 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Cryptoquip ...........................16 Letters .................................14 Police Log ...........................19 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott


4 St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 2013 celebration with st johns best restaurants & caterers!COOL OUT AND ENJOY AIR CONDITIONED BALLROOMS AT THE WESTIN RESORT NOVEMBER 23, 2013tickets: Connections (Coral Bay & Cruz Bay) 6:00 PM 11:00 PM WINE RECEPTION AND FLAVORS TASTING SILENT AUCTION PEOPLES VOTE DANCING LIVE MUSIC BY COOL SESSION BRASSAll proceeds benefit The Rotary Scholarship Fund and other community projects, your donation is tax deductible.A ROTARY CLUB OF ST. JOHN CHARITY EVENT 2013$75 DONATION $100 DONATION $110 DONATION Turkey Day 5K Set for November 28Well, its that time of year again and before long the holidays will be here. That can only mean one thing the Annual St. John Turkey Day 5K!! What better way to prepare for a day of feasting than by working up an appetite with a vigorous morning run? The course is a mix of road and trail running and spans from Annaberg out toward the Francis Bay walking trail, then back through parking lot. Is it scenic? Yes! Is it challenging? Yes!! Is it fun? Yes!!! Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Annaberg parking lot and the race begins at 8 a.m. Although not required, donations would be greatly appreciated in the form of a canned or non-perishable food item. These will be collected and donated to a local charity. Parking is limited so runners are asked to carpool. For more details email John African Revolution Commemoration Committee Issues Call for VolunteersSt. John Tradewinds Dr. Gilbert Sprauve, Chairman of the 1733 St. John African Revolution Commemorative Committee, has issued a call for volunteers to assist in the presentation of this years annual 1733 St. John African Revolution Commemoration, which is scheduled for November 29 on St. John. We need persons to help with pre-event marketing and outreach and to assist with on-site coordination of our tours and activities on November 29, said Sprauve. There are many ways to assist. We need help with mailings, public relations and marketing, fundraising and soliciting donations. We are interested in speaking with individuals who wish to promote the continued growth of this Volunteering is a learning and growth experience that will never be forgotten, Sprauve said. The committee is seeking volunteers who are interested in becoming part of a growing celebration of the culture and history of St. John through recognition of the historic 1733 Revolution in ford an up-close view of the unique history of the Revolution. For more information contact Sprauve at (340) 776-6087 or (340) 344-2756, or email St. John Tradewinds The Pine Peace basketball court opening tournament, hosted following the venues rededication ceremony on Thursday, November 8, was full of excitement. The Heat 12 and under beat the Bulls 14 to 10 in a thriller. The Heat were led in scoring by Claesa Stephenson, who recorded eight points, while the Bulls were led by Jenekia Magras who had six. The other games planned for that night were rescheduled due to darkness. When action resumed on Friday, November 8, the Heat beat the Lakers 18 to 12. The Heat were led in that effort by the Stephenson sisters and Nekwante Sprauve while the Lakers were led by Kaleem Powell and Dillan Gumbs. The second planned game was stopped due to rain and will be rescheduled. At the time it was called, the Spurs were leading 8-4 over the Bulls with 40 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Games will continue each Thursday and Friday. See next weeks St. John Tradewinds for more Pine Peace basketball tour nament scores.Claesa Stephenson Leads Heat Over Bulls at Pine Peace Basketball Opening TourneyThe St. John Historical Society will join the Forstberg Commit tee of St. John-St. Thomas on Friday, November 29, for the annual walk to Fortsberg. Participants are asked to park near the V.I. National Park visitors center and meet at the entrance to the Cruz Bay Battery at 9:10 a.m. An orientation will then take place at the VINP visitors center. Those going by bus are asked to make a $25 cash contribution for adults, and $12 for children. Those going in their own vehicles are asked to make a $15 cash contribution. For more information, contact Dr. Gilbert Sprauve at 344-3556.Annual Fortsberg Hike Set for Nov. 29


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds on St. John, from parking vehicles along the shoreline at Maho Bay to thousands of feet walking to the beach at Cinnamon Bay, have caused severe shoreline erosion throughout V.I. National Park. Several years ago, local plant ecologist Dr. Gary Ray devised a native plant restoration plan for north shore as a way to anchor ing erosion. The plan included banning vehicles from parking on the coastline at Maho and planting mon, Trunk, Hawksnest, Francis and Maho Bays. Although Ray had the plan completely designed, it needed funding in order to take root. When environmentally conscious villa owner Harith Wickrema who owns the progressively green Eco Serendib Villa and Spa heard about the with his rental villas mission. We became involved in the Eco Serendib Beach Restoration Project because we very much wanted to give back to the St. John community while supporting our mission to reduce carbon emissions, said Wickrema. This program not only protects the island from the devastating impact of erosion preserving our natural beauty and supporting the tourism industry which is so vital to our local community but also counteracts the carbon footprint we all create. The project is coordinated by Friends of V.I. National Park, which is committed to protecting local resources. The Friends is deeply concerned about the ongoing deterioration of the beaches along the north shore and would like to do what we can to mitigate this damage and protect against future damage, said Friends of VINP Executive Director Joe Kessler. The program is supported by a portion of each stay at the eightsuite Estate Chocolate Hole villa. Wickrema was recently on island and presented Friends of VINPs Development Director Karen Vahling with the latest donation from Eco Serendib. Our objective is to set aside a portion of income for every night the villa is rented while educating our guests about the vital work of Friends of VI National Park, Wickrema said. Eco Serendib Villa and Spa is only eight suites but we have contributed nearly $20,000 to this program. The project began two years ago with a pilot program at Maho Bay and has since spread to Hawksnest Trunk and Cinnamon Bays, with work at Francis Bay planned next. The money has been used to fund the propagations and reintroduction of native plant species along the shoreline as a way to halt the destructive erosion which St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 5 Native Plantings Flourish at Maho Bay Beach Thanks to Eco Serendib SupportContinued on Page 18 Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewinds


6 St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 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 PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Peaches is about 2 years old, and a Pit/Hound Mix. She is a very sweet dog can be a bit shy. Peaches is great with of potential to make a loving companion. St. John Tradewinds By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds St. John offers a limited amount of recreational opportunities for local children and one popular league needs the communitys support in order to continue. After the St. John American Lesix years ago, local youth did not have the chance to play football for two years until Kent Wessinger and Brummell Germain stepped up to the plate and formed the St. John Football Association, launching both a mens adult and youth The two organized the leagues, secured donations, dealt with permits and insurance and even coached youth teams as they watched the programs more than quadruple in size over four years. The American Legion was doing a league and then they stopped and nothing happened for two years, said Wessinger. Then Julius E. Sprauve School playing football with my son and within 30 minutes I had 25 kids out there playing football with me. They wore me out, so I retreated to the stands. I was sitting there and I looked around and there was a rat under ing and there was not a blade of And here were these guys on the and the chance to play. I thought, Here I am. I can do this and Im just bailing out. And so the St. John Football Association was formed and with a small but dedicated group of coaches and organizers, the weekly games have drawn a steadily growing group of supporters and players to their Friday night games. 39 players in the youth league and this past year we had 160-something kids, said Wessinger. The kids love it and are ridiculously passionate about it. With increasing demands on their time this year, Wessinger and Germain decided not to host the mens adult league, Wessinger explained. We just dont have the time to do both, he said. We dont really have the time to do either, but the kids need the youth league. In order to continue this season and into the future, the youth Wessinger explained. Weve been running the league by ourselves for our years now and this year were both really busy he said. We need the community to take ownership and buy into this a little more. Its really important to the kids and its really important to the community. Residents can help by coaching a team, being a referee for games or making donations to the league. The league has two divisions one for 8to 12-year-olds and one for 13to 15-year-olds each with six teams. In addition to needing 12 coaches, the league port, Wessinger explained. We need 12 coaches and four referees, he said. It would be great if they knew or played the St. John Y outh Flag Football League Needs Coaches and RefsContinued on Page 16


St. John Tradewinds The St. John Junior Tennis Tournament in honor of Dr. Gilbert Sprauve, wrapped up recently after having been postponed due to rain. These junior players played their hearts out, making parents, coaches, other players and spectators very proud. They displayed sportsmanship, poise and gamesmanship beyond their tender ages. Girls 14 and under Boys 14 and under Girls 12 and under Boys 12 and under Thanks to all the parents, coaches, and tennis enthusiasts for giving the players a chance to show their skills on the tennis court. It takes all of us to raise our children. St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 7 Tayler Robinson and Jaydan Jacobs Among St. John Junior Tennis Tournament WinnersSt. John Tradewinds Join us for our rst Green Thursdays seminar of the season: Help us purchase a glass crusher by donating at Island-Green-Building-AssociationGlass crushing/recycling coming to St. John with your help! Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m. Git Hill School upper campus auditoriumOn the agenda: IGBAs new Green Villa program. Green your villa for a competitive advantage and cost savings 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: We are anAuthorizedV.I.EnergyDealer& Grid-Tie Systems as low as $3.50 per watt and Nohidden SAY NO TO W APA


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St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 9 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 Caravan Gallery invites you to register to win aFree Boat Shackle BraceletIn special recognition of our boat captains and crews, one lucky person will win a FREEHandmade Boat Shackle Bracelet Raffle drawing: Friday, November 29th during Evening in the Courtyard at Mongoose Junction, STJ Register at Up to $230 value, with free engraving! Made on St. John by Tom and Alice Krall www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook First Virgin Islands Feature Film Timeless by Ed La Borde, Jr. Launches Kickstarter CampaignBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds While the Virgin Islands is often a beautiful backmin Button and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1, islands or use local cast; until now. Timeless, the movie weaves a compelling story that instantly resonates with the viewer. Even from the short trailer available to view, its obvious that this production is no amateur effort. Timeless, is writer and director Edward La about the Virgin Islands and featuring local actors. La Borde is originally from St. Thomas and attended after serving in the Navy for four years. is still in distribution today. La Borde made his secPayne II in 2003. Hes been working on Timeless while also racking up local Addy Awards, producing music videos and more. La Borde formed Cutting Edge Entertainment with University of the Virgin Islands theater instructor Daproducer. The two are working with local production company Digitek and have a strong cast of Virgin Islands actors. 19th century Ghana and transcends to modern day St. Thomas. The movie is about the lives of Asante and Akwasi, who are ripped apart by slave traders in Ghana in 1800, but their love survives and their souls Nothing is easy, of course, as the couple is once more plagued by slavery, this time in the form of poverty, prostitution and racism. Audiences will relate to the romance, corrupt politics, folklore and Caribbean culture displayed in the explores the idea that hurricanes are really the souls of people that suffered during the Middle Passage. There appeal to those interested in the historic connection between West Africa and the Virgin Islands. The cast includes female leads Kmisha Counts and Sulay de la Rosa and Love Citys own Brummel Ger main as the lead male. Germain plays Alphonse Walcott, a best-selling author who recently retuned to the Virgin Islands from the mainland. Counts character is a St. Thomas senator who St. John Tradewinds News Photo Continued on Page 19


10 St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 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 Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 P U M P K I N C H E E S E C A K E K E Y L I M E C H E E S E C A K E C A R A M E L A P P L E C H E E S E C A K E C H O C O L A T E A L M O N D T O R T E R U M P E C A N T A R T P U M P K I N B R E A D C R A N B E R R Y N U T B R E A D A N D M O R E . Call 340-513-7058 to order or stop by the Fish Trap Seafood Market HOLIDAY DESSERTS St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena Rogers


St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 11 I G L by Lovango Cay resident Dan Boyd St. John Tradewinds With WAPA rates being sky-high and soon to go up again the latest increase is set to take effect on December 1 I thought it would be a good idea to discuss energy saving ideas. Hot water. Did you know that with an electric water heater, your hot water is about 25 percent of your electricity bill? The average house spends about $75 per month on electric hot water alone. You can cut that way down. Solar hot water systems are great, and getting better and better all the time. Of course, it does involve an investment to install solar hot water at your home. One quick payoff is to simply to use less. When you are not home or when you do not plan on using your hot water, shut it down. You can turn off your water heater either on the unit or at the breaker. If its not turned on it will not consume power! You can even have a timed switch installed, the type that you twist to 30 or 60 minutes, and that way you will not forget to shut it off. Or if you keep a regular schedule, you could set up a timer that will turn the heater on and off around the times you will be using hot water. Electronics. Be mindful of standby or ghost power. TVs, cell phone chargers, computers, and printers all are drawing electricity, even when they are off and not being used. Plug them into a strip cord, and switch off the strip cord when not in use. You will be amazed at how much energy this simple trick will save. Solar powered cell chargers also work great! You do not have to leave your phone in the sun, either. Just lay the small 4x4 solar panel in the sun for a Energy Savings Gadgets SPACE IS LIMITED, PLEASE SIGN UP BY 12/08 $35/pp payable by cash or check made out to Vicky Pedersen Pay at Connections Cruz Bay or Connections East Be at VI National Park Dock in Cruz Bay no later than 4:45p.m. light refreshments provided Memorial Sunset Sail on Kekoa forV PSunday, December 15 few hours, and it will store the solar energy in its built-in batteries. When your phone starts running low, all you do is plug it in! I paid $15.00 for the charger I have, and it has saved me from a dead battery on a number of occasions. Solar-powered generator. The SUNRNR (pronounced sun runner) is a renewable energy storage device, much like a portable gas-powered generator, but it makes no noise and does not consume fossil fuels. You plug the solar panel into the SUNRNR to charge it up. When electricity goes out or when you want to run without WAPA power, you just plug your appliances into the SUNRNR and you are ready to go with 2,000 watts of power. These units are great for boats, camping, or just living off grid if you so desire. (Island Solar is an authorized SUNRNR dealer; contact me if you want to learn more.) nances and your energy consumption. Turn off lights when youre not in the room, use fans instead of air conditioning, wash large loads when washing clothes, and hang your clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer. A clothesline will not only save you money, your clothes will smell better, too! For a greener tomorrow. vendor. For more information call Boyd on his cell phone at 340-6269685 or by email at


12 St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 Calabash Boom Cottages Offer Unobstructed ViewsBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Perched on a lush hillside on the quiet side of St. John, the views from the Calabash Boom cottages will make you want to linger on your deck all day. These two private cottages are each one-bedroom and one bathroom, are for sale for $675,000, and offer plenty of opportunities for a home buyer, explained Islandia Real Estate sales associate Lynn Giovanna. Enjoy extraordinary unobstructed views of Coral Bay, East End, Tortola, the British Virgin Islands chain and beyond from these two, well-appointed one bedroom cottages, said Giovanna. The cottages are located in Calabash Boom with lush landscaping throughout. Both cottages are currently income producing short term rentals, or you can live in one while you rent out the other. Located on a quiet, dead-end road, the two cottages are privately situated on a 0.23-acre parcel of land with plenty of space to install a luxurious hot tub or even a refreshing swimming pool, Giovanna explained. These cottages are privately situated on 0.231-acre of land and have a lot to offer, said the Islandia Real Estate sales associate. There is room to add a main house, pool and even a hot tub. Or, simply leave it as is, and enjoy plenty of green space. There are even architectural plans already completed for a two bedroom and three bathroom main house, for a buyer interested in expanding, Giovanna added. The main cottage is called Giovannas Giardino Al Mare (Joannes Garden at Sea), and currently enjoys robust short-term rental bookings. The masonry cottage, built in 2007, can accommodate up to four people. There is a bedroom and bathroom on the lower level and a Queen sofa is found in the main living area, Giovanna said. There is also a kitchen and bathroom on the upper level. Details in Joannes Garden at Sea include Cyprus ceilings throughout, extensive decks offering breath-taking views, native rock features and an attached outdoor, screened showers. The upper wooden cottage, completed in 2009, is called Francesco Sorride In Mare (Francesco Smiles at Sea), It too is a popular short-term rental, Giovanna explained. This small, comfortable one bedroom cottage sleeps two and offers big views, she said. The cottage has a fully-equipped kitchen and new appliances as well as an interior bathroom with a private, outdoor mason and stucco shower. Sliding glass doors in the bedroom/living room area open to a deck where you can relax and read in the sun or barbeque and dine outdoors while enjoying the views and trade winds, said the Islandia Real Estate sales associate. The deck has a rattan loveseat, marble table for two with benches and a gas barbeque for grilling. The buyer of these cottages wont even have to purchase fur nishings, Giovanna added. The cottages are both being sold furnished with lovely furnishings and a fully-equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, as well as indoor and outdoor dining or barbecue on the deck, she said. For more information on these two Calabash Boom cottages call Islandia Real Estate sales associate Giovanna at (340) 344-1825. St. John Tradewinds News Photos GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS FACE ADVERTISE ON... ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM STRONGHOUSE CONSTRUCTIONThe Concrete Specialist Excellence in quality work on schedule T: (340) 513-4538 (340) 777-7556 E:


St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 13 St. John Tradewinds evening with the arts, at Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery on the secThis is the second season in which Boulon is exploring the Caribbeancus on Miniature Musings are Magical. The show will include original oil paintings by Boulon as well as ceramic pieces by three of the islands most talented potters. visual and performing arts event, said Boulon. Each artist has been challenged to present their own interpretation of the Caribbean-Japanese fusion in art. Boulons gallery will feature work by ceramic artists Kaye Thomas, Gail Van de Bogurt and Casey Giakas at the December 6 show. Van de Bogurt, was a co-founder of Bajo el Sol Gallery at Mongoose Junction and spent 10 years developing a ceramic arts program at Maho Bay Camps. With business partner Casey Giakas, she currently offers classes in ceramics and watercolor painting at their Maho Bay Clay Works Pottery Studio in Coral Bay and watercolor painting classes for Caneel Bay Resort. The December 6 art opening will also feature a dance performance by ing with proceeds going to support St. John School of the Arts. Kimberly Boulon Fine Arts Presents First Caribbeanese2 Opening on December 6


14 St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 NEXT DEADLINE: THURSDAY, NOV. 21st Letters To St. John TradewindsAnyone who plans to carry a cat into a new island home might need to remember a basic truth about cats on St. John: it takes a month or more of explore outdoors. Allowing a newcomer immediate outside-access can be disastrous A cat who is new to a place is entering a territory most likely held by a small resident colony of homeless cats, some abandoned or lost, others born in the wild. They may hide in the bush and never be seen until a new foodsource appears. For survival, a colony guards its territory from newcomers. If threatened or stressed by resident cats and unfamiliar territory, a weak or old newcomer cat may fail and die. A young frightened newcomer may bolt and try to return to her old home, often getting lost or killed along the way. tion about her new environment. She and the outdoor residents will have time exchange signals, each becoming accustomed to the presence of the other. At the end of that month, the door can be left open for her to explore her neighborhood. The more time she and others have to adjust their instinctual responses to each other, the better life will be for everyone sharing that place: the newcomer, her owner and the resident colony. Name withheld upon requestGuy Benjamin School students would like to thank the V.I. Audubon Society for making their Positive Behavior trip to Trunk Bay on Wednesday, November 13, possible. V.I. National Park Ranger Laurel Brannick took the students snorkeling and Earnest Matthias helped to lifeguard. The students enjoyed lots of fun in the sun, and plenty of food! who were give few We Expect Better Behavior (WEBB) notices. St. John Tradewinds News Photo Courtesy of Mary Burks St. John Tradewinds News Photos on cats.


St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 15 Friends of VINP Annual Gala Set for February 1St. John Tradewinds The world of pageantry has had an important world before I could even walk or talk. just an infant. Some may see this as my mother attempting to live vicariously through me, but theyre wrong. She and my aunt had done pageants in the past and they both decided that they loved the experi ence, and thought I might look cute in a small frilly dress and win a few prizes for doing it. In the beginning my mother had no idea that I would pursue pageantry feverishly as I got older. She only placed me in the occasional pageant or two until I got to an age where I could make the choice myself. On that day we were sitting on the couch looking at an advertisement for a nearby pageant. My mom put down the paper, looked at me and said, Now Raven, youre old enough to decide on this. Is this what you want to do? Without hesitation, I quickly nodded my head yes and picked the paper back up. In all honesty, I was very much preoccupied with the girl in the picture. She was so pretty, so poised, and so happy looking. I immediately felt the need to be her or just like her. My mom picked up on this immediately as well. That day, a long journey began for the both of us. While I trained, practiced, and memorized, she coached, preached, and lectured. Not only did she have to prepare me for each pageant I decided to par take in, she also needed to teach me about and protect me from the evils of the pageant world. You can catch a glimpse of it on the show Toddlers and Tiaras. My issue with that show is that it gives pageantry a bad name. It makes all pageant moms seem like horrible monsters and their daughters seem like shallow brats. I will admit that you will see a lot of that in pageantry, but its not the only thing you see. What you may not know is that you could be watching bright futures form right before your eyes. Pageantry is what helped give me excellent public speaking skills and a love for the art of performance. It opens up so many doors by offering scholarships and teaching young girls the importance of hard work. The harder you work and the more you focus and practice, the better scores youll get. You learn positive and worthwhile skills like public speaking, word pronunciation/ enunciation, poise, and more. All the negative side effects from pageant ry (shallowness, bratty attitudes, promiscuity in the future, a sense of entitlement etc.) can be prevented. If you teach your daughters about their inner beauty and that winning isnt everything, shell turn out for fun, not for the prizes. Amongst the bad examples on that show, there are some good people. The reason you never really see them is because no one would watch the show if there wasnt anything to start an uproar over. The more outrageous the story is, the better the ratings are. Pageantry should not be seen as an evil ploy to exploit young girls; it should be seen as a gateway. This gateway can lead down bright path towards a progressive future if you choose to let it. It all comes down to how you choose to expose yourself or your daughter to it. I still use many of the things I learned in past pageants to this day. As I prepare to partake in the 2014 Junior Miss St. John pageant later this year, Ill be sure to put these lessons to the test, and I hope to see more girls showing an interest in the world of pageantry. Rhythm & ViewsAn outlook on young adult and student interests and concerns by Raven Phillips-Love The World of Pageantry, an Insiders Perspective St. John Tradewinds a grand bravo gala this year to celebrate the groups 26th Anniversary and the accomplishments their supporters have helped it achieve. Save the date; February 1, 2014. This National Treasures gala will celebrate the treasures of Virgin Islands National Park and thank donors who have made it even better. By popular demand, Friends 11th annual gala will be at the breathtaking villa Presidio del Mar, home of Steven and Pamela Deckoff, on the point in Peter Bay. The night will feature sumptuous gourmet catering with passed appetizers all night long, dancing under the stars to In the Sand Band, and three bars Guests can take home a treasure from the abundant guests throughout this enchanted evening. This is the Gala of Galas and known as the islands social event of the year. Invitations will be sent shortly. For more info contact Friends of VINP Development Director Karen Vahling at kvahling@


sport, but what we really need is people with enthusiasm who are passionate about kids. The commitment for coaches entails two practices and one game each week for the eight week season, followed by playoff games and the championship. Many teams are coached by two people, ibility. Referees are needed for the Friday evening games only. More important than having encyclopedic knowledge of football for coaches is the desire to help children and offer much-needed guidance and leadership, according to Wessinger. The kids are looking for leader ship and they are longing for it, he said. This is not just important for the boys physical well-being, its important for their development too. Its important for the whole community to buy into this. The league teaches them how to be a team and they learn a lot more than just how to play football, Wessinger said. Players deal with a variety of issues on the grid iron and pay the price for not acting in a respectful manner, Wessinger added. When the kids have anger issues, they get kicked out of the game and have to go to the police station, he said. They talk to the those experiences. When the St. John Football Asfootball team four years ago, only two Love City players were on the Eudora Kean High School football team, according to Wessinger. There were 18 players from St. John on the team this past year and that is because of the football league, he said. The league has brought the kids together and taught them how to be a part of a team. In addition to volunteers, the Each season costs about $10,000 to host, with costs adding up for and more, Wessinger explained. There is a $20 registration fee for kids, but that doesnt come close to covering the insurance we phies and our awards dinner, he said. We need some help fundraising for that. The St. John Football Associazation and donations are tax deductible, Wessinger added. Anyone interested in coaching or refereeing for the league should attend a meeting on Tuesday, December 2, at 6 p.m. at the Univer sity of the Virgin Islands annex place. the youth football league will be on Friday, January 24. For more information about the league or to make a donation, email kwessin@ or brummellg@hotmail. com. 16 St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 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 We need 12 need is people with kids. St. John Tradewinds News PhotoYouth Flag Football League Needs Coaches and RefsContinued from Page 6


St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 17 minutes and 40 seconds. Picard was celebrating her birthday the day of the race and couldnt think of a better way to mark the occasion. It was tough, she said. The wind got strong out behind the little island, but it was really fun. I saw sea turtles and sting rays. It was a great course, said Picard, an artist who has several murals on St. Croix to her credit. After work I love to paddle. My husband and I both paddle and its great exercise. Thais Taylor, 30, of St. John took second in the womens elite division with a time of one hour, 38 minutes and 49 seconds. Love Citys Jude Woodcock, 57, came in third in the division with a time of one hour, 48 minutes and seven seconds. Six men and 13 women completed the three mile open course, which ran from Maho Bay to Whistling Cay and back. Todd Clements, 44, of St. Thomas won the mens open division in a time of 41 minutes and 48 seconds. It was beautiful, said Clements, who thanked his 14-foot board for the victory. a sting ray out there. second in the mens open division with a time of 48 minutes and 33 seconds, followed by Mathew Lasota with a time of 49 minutes and 25 seconds. In the womens open division 68-yearwith a time of 54 minutes and four seconds. A retired school teacher from Cali fornia, Smyth-Seibert credited paddle boarding for keeping her healthy. Its wonderful exercise and its wonderful to be out on the water, she said, who donated one her own invention, a Taloo-ard sail used to cruise downwind on a SUP board, to the race winners. The course didnt seem far from shore, but once out there, proved to be a differ ent story, Smyth-Seibert added. That was a lot longer than it looked, she said. Julie Lonski, 43, of St. John took second place in the womens open division with a time of 57 minutes and 10 seconds ished third with a time of 59 minutes and 32 seconds. The winners of each division took home beautiful wood and glass awards win a band new SUP board, which Jessica Schnell took home. St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena Rogers division. Paddle the Park Draws 48 SUPers to Challenging Maho Bay CourseNat Ford Tops Elite Course; Todd Clements Wins OpenContinued from Page 8


18 St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, 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 for Seminar Series info and ReSource Depot inventoryInsurancePGU Insuracne Located at The Marketplace 776-6403; 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 Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 info@islandiarealestate.comRestaurantsFish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Skinny Legs A Pretty OK Place 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 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory St. John Tradewinds News Photo Veterans with TRR Enjoy Week of Health and HealingThe trip is funded by in-kind donations and the revenue gener ated from the annual Chaotic Kayak Race hosted at Oppenheimer Beach each July. It was really great to see this community support, said another veteran with Team River Runner who asked to not be named. This makes you realize that there is a lot of support for us, which you dont see a lot of. What started in 2004 with a only four donated boats, has grown to a nation-spanning organization which saw 1,500 wounded veter ans in kayaks, according to Mor nini. We started this with a desire to do something and a budget of donation we bought a few kayaks last year alone and got some guys into the pool at Walter Reed. Last year we had 1,500 buts in boats. While that is impressive growth, Mornini has an even bigger plan. Our goal is to have 15,000 wounded veterans take part in adaptive kayak, said Mornini. Well get there. For more information about Team River Runner or to make a donation check out Continued from Page 3 threatens both natural and cultural resources, explained Ray. This erosion harms natural communities, but also threatens cultural resources, particularly at Cinnamon Bay beach where active archeological sites are getting undermined by massive dune wasting attributable mostly to winter storm events, said the local plant ecologist. Simply eliminating vehicle tires from Maho Bay Beach is not enough to bring back native plants to the and nutrients, according to Ray. exotic species with shallower root systems, including limeberry (Triphasia trifolia) shrubs, coconut (Cocos nucifera), and the expansion of a cosmopolitan weed tree called seaside maho (Thespesia populnea), said Ray. These introduced species compete with our naSo far, the project has seen about 60 trees planted To date, more than 60 trees have been planted at more saplings are needed at most beaches, he said. Seagrape (Coccoloba uvifera) composes most of the saplings being planted in this phase of our beach restoration project. It is a species of choice due to its massive root systems, which can help re-stabilize primary dunes. The plant list also includes smaller numbers of orange manjack, a deep-rooted, fast-growing coastal tree that attracts hummingbirds; false nutmeg, an evergreen shrub with woody seeds dispersed by bats; and canella, a handsome, red-berried evergreen tree of sand dunes, according to Ray. The local plant ecologist has also overseen the installation of hardward cloth cages to protect the seasgrape saplings at Maho Bay beach from white-tailed deer, he added. As Ray continues his work along the shorelines, Wickrema pledged continued support of the beach restoration project and hoped to inspire others to do the same. It continues to be our hope that our efforts will be an inspiration to others in the hospitality industry and beyond, said the Eco Serendib Villa and Spa owner. the effects of erosion. Besides the technical solution of replanting trees, tors and residents on this issue, Kessler said. We are very grateful to the Harith Foundation for the forethought on the issue and generous support of this project. For more information about the beach restoration program, contact Friends of VINP at 779-4940. For more information about Eco Serendib Villa and Spa check out the website Plantings Flourish at Maho Thanks to SupportContinued from Page 5


St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 19 Friday, November 8 8:30 a.m. An Estate Contant resident p/r that a taxi driver made comments about his wife that he did not like. Police assistance. 1:30 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance to remove a male from Cruz Bay beach. Police assistance. 3:53 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r that he lost some documents. Lost documents. 6:54 p.m. An Estate Grunwald resident c/r that she is having a dispute with her landlord. Landlord/tenant dispute. Saturday, November 9 1:16 a.m. A citizen c/r that her son was creating a disturbance at her residence. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 1:09 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance to remove her belongings from her previous residence. Police assistance. 8:40 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance with a male. Police assistance. 9:29 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance with her boyfriend. Police assistance. 9:30 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance with his tenant. Landlord/tenant dispute. Sunday, November 10 while on patrol in the area of Caps Place. Disturbance of the 9:35 a.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance to remove his brother from his vehicle. Police assistance. 11:13 a.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance at the Enighed barge ramp. Disturbance of the peace. 12:52 p.m. A citizen c/r a possible drowning in the area of Hansen Bay. Police assistance. 11:10 p.m. A citizen c/r that he was assaulted in the area of Frank Powell Park. Assault in the third. 11:10 p.m. Badge #117 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Kenson Jolly of Estate Pastory under arrest and charged with assault in the third. His bail was set at $25,000 by order of the court. He was detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas to be remanded. Monday, November 11 6:07 p.m. The owner of Uncle Joes BBQ c/r loud music in Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. 7:23 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident p/r that a Rasta male approached her in a disturbing manner. Disturbance of the peace. 10:05 p.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in the area of Cactus Hill. Disturbance of the peace. T uesday, November 12 12:34 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that he was assaulted near the Cruz Bay ferry dock. Assault in the third. 11:37 a.m. A Great Cruz Bay resident c/r that he fell off his balcony. Accidental injury. 8:10 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident p/r that a male stole his money when it dropped out of his pocket at Wharfside Village. Petit larceny. W ednesday, November 13 10:04 a.m. An Estate Carolina resident c/r a disturbance at Mongoose Junction. Disturbance of the peace. 10:51 a.m. An Estate Contant resident c/r a disturbance at Elaine I. Sprauve Library. Police assistance. Thursday, November 14 12:38 a.m. A citizen c/r an auto collision in the area of Estate Enighed. Auto collision. 8:30 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/r an auto collision, hit and run, at Mongoose Junction. Auto collision. 3:34 p.m. A citizen p/r that her iPhone 4S and $1,000 were stolen from her bag in the area of downtown Cruz Bay. Grand larceny. she expects in return. De La Rosa plays a recent transplant from the Dominican Republic with less than perfect English, who falls for Germains character and things quickly start to get interesting. Timeless has plenty of talent, creativity and professionalism at its core. What it doesnt have is funding. Far from being even a low-budget The actors are not being paid for their work they have agreed to work on deferred payment contracts and continue to work their full time jobs while Digitek, which owns its equipment, and Cutting Edge Entertainment are working gratis and have used their own funds for the Thomas Carnival, the crew is beginning work on the second half of the starter campaign to help cover costs of traveling to St. Croix, historical scene building, costumes and marketing, and is hoping the Virgin Islands community steps up to the plate. shoot, which is why we need your support, according to the Timeless Kickstarter campaign website. We will be shooting in St. Croix and building sets for Timeless West African scenes. The cast that has been will need to transport the crew as well as equipment over to St. Croix from St. Thomas. Islands, according to Timeless kickstarter website. rectly involved but it will help to serve as kick-starter (no pun intended) by the wayside, according to the site. Before Timeless, Germain had no professional acting to his credit, explained the father of two and St. John business owner. It was really crazy, said Germain. I have not had professional act ing experience and Ive never been in a full-on movie. I went to the audition and got the call back and its just been crazy since then. to buy into it 100 percent. Working with the seasoned director La Borde was a great help, Ger main explained. It was tough in the beginning but once we started getting together and doing readings and started practicing, I learned so much from Ed La Borde, he said. His tutelage made me realize he really knows what hes doing and he can really help me. the movie, he added. Its addictive, said Germain. You look at the takes and you cant believe its you on the screen. Its really fun. has agreed to deferred payment, its been a rewarding experience, he explained. basis, I have two kids and a business to run, said Germain. Its been a all perfect strangers and now everyone on the set is family. as funding comes through and the production schedule remains on time. To help ensure that happens, go to First V.I. Feature Film TimelessContinued from Page 9 To date, no tipster has ever been discovered due to a fault in the system, anywhere. If you know something, say something as law enforcement needs to know what you know. Between 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, and Thursday, October 30, at about the same time, a dinghy, engine and trailer were stolen from the area of Great Cruz Bay. The dinghy is a grey length, and 5 5 in width. The outboard engine is a Yamaha E15. Crime Stoppers U.S.V.I.


20 St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail 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) 642-3263Monday, November 18 The Coral Bay Community Councils Annual Meeting and potluck is Monday, November 18, at Miss Lucys from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. T uesday, November 19 Author Cristina Kessler will Audubon Club meeting of the season on Tuesday, November 19, at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday, November 21 The Island Green Building Association will kick off the 2013/2014 season of its popular monthly Green Thursdays seminar series on Thursday, November 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Gifft Hill Schools upper campus auditorium. 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. Thursday, November 28 The St. John Landsharks will be hosting their annual Turkey Day 5K on Thanksgiving morning, November 28. Friday, November 29 The St. John Historical Society will join the Forstberg Committee on Friday, November 29, for the annual walk to Fortsberg. Participants are asked to park near the V.I. National Park visitors center and meet at the entrance to the Cruz Bay Battery at 9:10 a.m. An orientation will then take place at the VINP visitors center. Those going by bus are asked to make a $25 cash contribu tion for adults, and $12 for chil dren. Those going in their own vehicles, $15 contribution. For more information, contact Dr. Gilbert Sprauve at 344-3556. 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. W ednesday, December 18 Dont miss the St. John Animal Care Centers Christmas Open House on December 18 at the groups animal shelter on Library Road in Cruz Bay. Saturday, January 18 Mark those calendars for January 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. when the St. John Animal Care Center will host its annual Winter Gala at the Hall House in Estate Chocolate Hole.PICTURE OF ANCIENT CONFLICT 1 Jokester Johnson 5 Witch trials town cry) perhaps 68 Mob group as a pet 86 Leisurely gait 114 Nemesis as a former habit DOWN 1 Japanese cartoon style 4 Character of a culture 5 Most aching 11 Drone 14 Mourning people 15 Cheri formerly of 16 Constellation Cygnus 18 Left a lasting mark on 46 Location 51 Baglike part 61 Bits of sparkly stuff 64 Former New York senator 65 Trial promise positions or poll France


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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 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 11.18.2013 A.indd 1 11/15/13 5:11 AM St. John Tradewinds, November 18-24, 2013 23 Concerns Over Essential Oils Dear EarthT alk: Whats the skinny on essential oils? I love them, but a friend told me they are no good for the environment. Mary M., via e-mail Essential oils are more popular than ever for medicinal ings for food and drinks. Typically produced by harvesting and distilling large amounts of various types of plant matter, essential oils are in many cases all-natural and can take the place of synthetic chemicals in many consumer applications. But some wonder whether this fascination with essential oils is so good for the planet, now that their popularity has turned them into big business. It often takes hundreds of pounds of plant material to make one pound of essential oil, reported aromatherapist and author Mindy Green of It takes 50 to 60 pounds of eucalyptus to produce one pound of eucalyptus oil, 200 to 250 pounds of lavender for one pound of lavender oil, 2,000 pounds of cypress for a pound of cypress oil and as many as 10,000 pounds of rose blossoms for one pound of rose oil, Green added. Production of these source crops takes place all over the world and is often organized by large multinational corporations with little regard for local economies or ecosystems. Growing the substantial quantities of plant material needed to produce essential oils results in a monoculture style of farming, with large swaths of land dedicated to a ciently managed by intense mechanization, and irrigation is frequently used for optimal oil production of the plants. As global citizens we have not learned how to equitably distribute vital resources like food, and water resources are trending toward a crisis of the future, she said. So there are deep ethical concerns about devoting croplands to essential oils destined for use in candles, bath oils, perfumes, or lavish massage and spa purposes. Many essential oils are not produced from sustainable sources, Green added. Some species are at risk, particularly those occupying marginal habitats such as dwindling tropical forests, she said. The poverty-stricken in developing countries will harvest and sell whatever they can, in order to put food on their own tables, Green added. omatics industry, maintains a list of wild species threatened by the fast-growing essential oil trade. Of particular concern are essential oils derived from rosewood, sandalwood, amyris, thyme, cedarwood, jatamansi, gentian, wormwood and cinnamon, among others, as they may well be derived from threatened and illegally harvested wild plant stocks. Also, some essential oils must be treated as hazardous if spilled and should be kept out of sewers and local water ways. Mountain Rose Herbs, a leading retailer of essential oils, reports that if its tea tree oil spills, it should be absorbed with inert material and sealed it in a container before disposal at a hazardous waste collection site. Such information is included on the companys Material Safety Data Sheet for every essential oil and includes infor sumers would be well served to check the MSDS for any essential oils they might like Mountain Rose will supply them to customers by request to make sure they are using (and disposing of) them correctly. with essential oils is so good for the


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