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Recent Rains Raise Fears of Centerline Road CollapsePage 3 2013 Thanksgiving Regatta ResultsINSIDE: PAGE 6Photos from 1920s-1950s Will Take Center Stage at Next Historical Society MeetingPage 5 Mongoose Junction Merchants Get Festive for Holiday Decoration ContestStop by Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay and check out all the detailed holiday decorations as merchants have fully embraced this ADDITIONAL PHOTOS INSIDE ON PAGE 23. News Photo December 9-15, 2013 Copyright 2013 IGBA Announces New Group and Logo with Focus on Sustainable LivingPage 717th Annual JESS Gala Set for January 18 at Caneel BayPage 4

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By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds As repair work to Centerline Road continues to be delayed, new questions are now swirling around the federal funds which have reportedly been in place for months. Three years after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Otto undermined several sections of Centerline Road and seven months after a section of that road crumbled down the Carolina Valley hillside (see related story on page 3) there has been no sign of work in the area. ing for Federal Highway Administration funds. After by FHA on May 23, 2013. Bid packages for the estimated $1 million project were issued in mid-June and initially due by July 16. That deadline was extended an extra 60 days and Island Roads was chosen as the contractor in August. Although work was supposed to begin in October, date back, according to Smalls, who declined to comment on the nature of those legal issues. been executed, but could not be reached by St. John Tradewinds for more information. No sign of road work was seen in the area as of press time. Adding confusion to this long-delayed project is a recent bill signed by Governor deJongh which appropriated $500,000 from the St. John Capital Improvement Fund to DPW for road repair work on Centerline Road. Despite the fact that DPW Commissioner Smalls said for months that federal fund were in place, the money was to be repaid when federal funds were made available in April. Smalls said at the Legislature this past Spring and Summer that the repairs to Rte. 10 [Centerline Road] would be affected by federal funds in April, said Senator at Large Craig Barshinger. I felt that April was too late for such a high priority project, so I appropriated money from the St. John Capital Improvement Fund to get it done now, with the understanding that the money will be put back into the St. John Capital Improvement Fund. When the Governor signed this bill, TV2 did a story and got Smalls on the record acknowledging that this appropriation was an advance that will allow immediate commencement of repairs to Route 10, said Barshinger. When reached for comment, Smalls had no idea about the St. John Capital Improvement Fund, he said, and asked to be called later for further comment and additional information. Repeated attempts by St. John Tradewinds to reach the commissioner were unsuccessful. Although the status of federal funds remained unclear last week, even with the St. John Capital Improvement Fund allocation, however, there was no sign of road repair work on Centerline Road as of press time.2 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 Questions Remain About Federal Funds for Centerline Road Repair EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson malinda@tradewinds.vi NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott jaime@tradewinds.vi COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTOR S 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 editor@tradewinds.vi ADVERTISING advertising@tradewinds.vi 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 Smalls said at the Legislature this past Spring and Summer that the repairs to Rte. 10 [Centerline Road] would be affected by federal funds in April. I felt that April was too late for such a high priority project, so I appropriated money from the St. John Capital Improvement Fund to get it done now, with the understanding that the money will be put back into the St. John Capital Improvement Fund. Senator at Large Craig Barshinger Mongoose Junctions 18th Annual All Island Holiday Party will be on Saturday, December 14, from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. This party has become a yearly tradition for full-time residents of St. John as well as many seasonal residents of the island. Sponsored by Mongoose Junction Merchants, Virgin Fire Bar and Grill, Sun Dog Caf and Gecko Gazebo Bar, this years party will feature local favorite band The Ish. Cash bars will be set up throughout the festively decorated Mongoose Junction. Come celebrate the holidays with St. John! Adults only and island fancy attire, please. For more details, email michael@sundogcafe.com or michelle@paradiseplanningusvi.com.All-Island Holiday Party Is Dec. 14 SJHS Holiday Party Is December 14On Saturday, December 14, at 5 p.m. on the terrace of the Estate Lindholm Guest House, the St. John Historical Society will welcome members and friends to A Celebration of the St. John Market Basket. All are welcome to relax, enjoy the sunset, and savor an eclectic cance of the islands iconic market basket. Attendees are encour aged to bring their locally made baskets to share with the group. luck. There will be a holiday sales table, wine and punch, so come with friends and family, have a good time and help support SJHS. Bethany Moravian Church Hosting Pre-Christmas Dinner on December 14The community is invited to join the Bethany Moravian Church at its annual Pre-Christmas dinner and fashion show on Saturday, December 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children and are available at the door. For more information call (340) 776-6291 or email Opti93@yahoo.com.St. John Singers Holiday Concerts Scheduled for December 13 and 15 The St. John Singers, now in its 32nd year, will present two holiday concerts this season. Choir director Janice Ballard has chosen music from a range of time periods and countries of origin. This seasons concerts will include settings of traditional carols, classical and contemporary pieces, and an upbeat calypso Christmas tune. As always, the audience is invited to join the choir in a traditional carol sing-along. Featured guest artists include Dr. Leroy Trotman, Clayton Emanuel, and Wendy Ramos, who will perform instrumental works for brass trio under the leadership of Dr. Trotman. Luba Dolgopolsky is the guest pianist for these concerts and will accompany the choir. the Nazareth Lutheran Church. The second concert will be in Coral Bay at the Emmaus Moravian Church on Sunday, December 15. Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children and will be available at the door. The St. John Singers are dedicating this years Christmas per formances to the memory of long-time member Joyce Ballard.

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By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds More than three years after a portion of Centerline Road was undermined and following months of promises from the Department of Public Works nothing has been done to stop the islands sole road connecting Cruz Bay and Coral Bay from continu ing to crumble. As heavy rains lashed St. John last week many residents feared Centerline Road would be washed out completely. The work was supposed to be started in October and the funds were supposedly in place, said one resident who commutes from Coral Bay to Cruz Bay on Center line Road. I feel enraged and lied to. And its really scary especially with all the rain weve been having. Several sections of Centerline Road and at least one section of Fish Bay Road were undermined by heavy rains during Tropical Storm Otto in October 2010. DPW crews on St. John placed orange cones near the worst sections of Centerline Road and Fish Federal Highway Administration Two years of delays were blamed on the lengthy FHA appli cations process, according to DPW Commissioner Darryl Smalls. Heavy rains this past May sent a section of Centerline Road near the Estate Upper Carolina subdivision tumbling down the Carolina Valley hillside. Since then, the par tially blind corner has been passable only in one lane. Following months of pleas and installed signage and speed bumps on either side of the compromised roadway and erected a berm around the crumbling section of Centerline Road. estimates for the road repair projon May 23. Bid packages for the estimated $1 million project were issued in mid-June and initially due by July 16. That deadline was extended an extra 60 days and as the contractor in August. Sometime during the three year process of completing the FHA application, the Fish Bay Road section seems to have been scrapped from the overall project. DPW Commissioner Smalls pledged that work on the crumbling section of Centerline Road would begin no later than the end of October, a date which passed with no sign of road repair activ ity. In early November, Smalls legal issues with the government contract. I had anticipated that the contract would have been signed and executed but there was a legal issue that has now been resolved, DPW Commissioner Smalls said At that time, the DPW Commissioner said the contract would be executed any day. I anticipate the contract to be executed and signed any day, vember. The contractor knows the importance of the project and has a number of items in place so he can get started as soon as possible. Despite those assertions, the month of November passed with no sign of repairs to Centerline Road and no explanation for the delay from DPW. Following multiple phone calls from St. John Tradewinds, on Wednesday, December 4, Smalls to be executed. to tell you when theyre going to start, Smalls said, and asked to be called later when he had more information. Subsequent phone calls to Smalls from St. John Tradewinds were not returned by the DPW Commissioner and as of press time there was still no sign of work on Centerline Road. At this point many residents are simply fed up with DPW. This is infuriating to me, said a resident who asked to not be ey was there and they said they would start this work months ago. Theyve just been lying to us over and over again. 2013 RAIN DATAat Trunk Bay(Courtesy of Rafe Boulon)MONTH: NOVEMBER 201310.44 inchesAVERAGE NOVEMBER6.92 InchesTOTAL Y-T-D48.89 InchesY-T-D AVERAGE44.52 Inches St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 3 Friday, Dec. 12thContinued on Page 18Rains Raise Fears of Centerline Road Collapse as DPW Continues to Drag FeetINDEXBusiness Directory ..............18 Church Directory .................16 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Cryptoquip ...........................16 Letters ............................14-15 On the Market .....................12 Police Log ...........................19 Real Estate ....................22-23 A section of Centerline Road near the Estate Upper Carolina subdivision, left, initially damaged more than three years ago, has been passable in only one lane News Photo by Jaime Elliott

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4 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Get ready for one of the most hotly anticipated events of the year where guests support one of the The 17th Annual Julius E. Sprauve School Gala is Saturday, January 18, at Caneel Bay Resorts Terrace Grill. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with cocktails followed by dinner and dancing. This years theme is Colors of the Rainbow Flowing Together, Growing Together, Celebrating Diver sity and Unity. Tickets, which often sell out quickly, are for sale taurants and shops, hotel stays and more. The night will also feature both a live and silent auction for guests to bid on an array of exciting prizes. portion of the funds raised each year, said JESS Principal Dionne Wells. The exciting, high energy atmosphere that is generated during this part of the evenings events has always provided great entertainment and fun to all our attendees. They will be on sale at various locations in Cruz Bay as well as the school Guests can also expect to be amazed by the talented students who will perform at the gala, explained Wells. Be prepared to be dazzled with student perfor mances, captivated by the many prizes that are beserenaded by the wonderful live music and enchanted by the ambiance, she said. No more sit down program. There will be featured presentations at differ ent times throughout the evening. this years gala, which will be used to improve the schools music and playground areas, according to Wells. Music, as they say, is soothing to the soul and our children can use music to guide them through the to learn music we need to purchase new instruments, said the JESS Principal. For our elementary students, a playground would encourage more structured playtime for them instead of the normal run around the make it better for our children. Support the St. John public elementary and middle school and enjoy a night of dancing to live music at the beautiful Caneel Bay Resort at the 17th Annual JESS Gala on Saturday, January 18. For more infor mation call the school at 776-6336.17th Annual Julius E. Sprauve School Gala Is January 18 at Caneel Bay 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 Kittens Interested in a cute little kitten? Stop by the ACC. Currently there are 20 plus kittens up for adoption from the ages of 3 weeks to 5 months. Both male and females all different colors and patterns. Fifth Grade at GHS Gives Back To STJ Cancer Fund News Photo

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St. John Tradewinds The St. John Historical Societys December meet ing on Tuesday, December 10, at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Moravian Church Hall, will feature a captivating presentation by member Valerie Sims, who will share a wealth of rare family photos and recollections of Life at Estate La Mesure from the 1920s to the 1950s. At the conclusion of her presentation, Sims will offer helpful tips on compiling unique family histories based on the various documents, photos and written materials that many people have. Members and guests are warmly welcomed. St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 5 Photos from 1920s-1950s T ake Center Stage at SJHS December 10 Meeting News Photos Courtesy of

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6 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 Botox Barbie, White Album, Odege, Kalina, Buxom II W in Classes in 32nd Annual Thanksgiving Regatta St. John Tradewinds The Coral Bay Yacht Club hosted the 32nd Annual Thanksgiving Regatta Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30. A total of 24 boats entered the two-day racing event, which featured single-handed sailing on Friday and crewed sailing on Saturday. The Thanksgiving weekend event is one of the oldest continuously run regattas in the Virgin Isvolunteer youth sailing program St. John Kids and the Sea (KATS). The regatta was headquartered at the primary sponsors location, Skinny Legs Bar and Restaurant in Coral Bay. Plenty of quality Cruzan Rum was on hand at all of the after parties and at the awards ceremony, thanks to the other main sponsor, Premier Wines and Spir its. Even though the Thankgsiving weekend weather was very windy and squally, the boats all managed the course in good times. 2013 Thanksgiving Regatta Results News Photos by Jaime Elliott 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: islandsolarvi@gmail.com We are anAuthorizedV.I.EnergyDealer& Grid-Tie Systems as low as $3.50 per watt and Nohidden SAY NO TO W APA GOING ON VACATION?Canines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com Dont forget to plan for your pets vacation, too. Canines Cats and Critters Boarding Facility and Day CareCall 693-7780 for a reservation or tour today! FRIDAY SINGLE HANDED RACING Traditional gaff rigged boats 1st Place Buxom ll 1st place Botox Barbie 4th place Southern 5th place Kaya Multi Hull 1st place Yee Haw SA TURDAY CREWED RACING PHRF 1st place Botox Barbie 4th place Reality Switch 6th place Serena Laser class 1st place Missy Muilenburg Muilenburg Gaffers 1st place Buxom ll Multihull 4th place Kaya 1st place Kalina 4th place Katama

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St. John Tradewinds As the Island Green Building Association approaches its 10th anniversary in 2014, the local sustainable and environmentally responsible development and construction in the Virgin Islands has decided to expand its mission and broaden its membership. IGBA is proud to announce the creation of the Island Green Living Association, which will act as a larger umbrella organization, on wider solutions for the issues facing St. John, including loss of natural resources, mounting waste and recycling challenges, crippling energy costs and economic uncertainty. With the creation of IGLA, the group hopes to brand St. John as a green tourism retreat and tackle other issues by joining forces with the public and other organizations to develop sustainable living programs. IGLA will continue to run the popular Green Thursdays Seminar series, and is excited to announce its brand new Green Villa Program, which aims to address the impact of the approximately 1 million people who visit St. John each year. IGLA hopes to preserve and encourage the villa rentals that repreislands economy while addressing the fact that vacationers who stay in the islands estimated 1,000 villas each year freely use electricamounts of solid and organic waste, gray water, and recyclable lution caused by vehicles, poor land use, and inadequate septic systems. The Green Villa Program offers guidance to guests and rewards to villa owners who take steps to make their vacation rental more environmentally friendly. The program seeks to encourage vacationers to take part in keeping St. John green. IGLA members believe that through their new Green Villa visitors to the environment and foster a world view of St. John as a green island, encouraging sustainable tourism and a sustainable future. In addition to the Green Villa Program, IGLA plans to establish a Green Business membership program, as well as a Sustainable Living Center at the current site of the ReSource Depot. IGBA will continue as an important component of IGLA, with plans to expand the ReSource Depot, promote the Residential TropProgram and get a glass crusher up and running for the island. There are also plans in the works for IGLA to foster green jobs and green business opportunities with the development and operation a state-of-the-art Resource Recovery Facility for island-wide recycling and recovery, a largescale composting area for organic waste, and a native plant nursery. For more information on IGBA, IGLA, or the Green Villa Program, or to help support the association, visit www.igbavi.org, or contact IGBA Executive Director Barry Devine at (340) 514-3532.St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 7 IGBA Announces New IGLA Group with Focus on Sustainable Island Living Happy Holidays!Tradewinds wishes the community a joyous holiday season. Happy Holidays! Fifth Annual Reindeer Run December 22 at Annaberg LotSt. John Tradewinds The St. John Landsharks present the Fifth Annual Reindeer Ramble Christmas Run on Sunday, Decem ber 22, at Annaberg parking lot. This fun 5K run will give all the reindeer, elves, and of course Santa, a much needed warm-up for the big day! Registration begins at 7:30 and the race starts at 8 a.m. on Sunday December 22. Donations are not required, but will be greatly appreciated given in the form of pet food or treats and Meet at the Annaberg parking lot. Parking is limit ed, please sleighpool with other elves and reindeer if possible. Participants are encouraged to show their Christmas spirit by donning hats, antlers, tinsel, ornaments, etc. There will be a prize for most creative costume. Jingle bells will be distributed to tie onto shoelaces for an added touch of whimsy. The course is from Annaberg to Big Maho then back to Annaberg. There will also be a Kids Short Course for the little reindeer. The event will feature fun Christmas themed prizes and awards as well as sweets and treats for everyone! For more information email Louise Wearmouth at louise@surfbvi.com

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8 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 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! By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Students at Guy Benjamin School took a break from classes on Thursday, December 5, to hear from local professionals about their exciting careers during the Coral Bay public elementary schools annual Career Fair. WTJX Production Supervisor Robert Wilson talked to students about much more than the ins and outs of running a public broadcasting company. Its important for you all to have a positive attitude, Wilson told students gathered in the schools library. Its important for you to do well in school and to have a positive attitude. Marine Biologist Dr. Caroline Rogers with the U.S. Geological Survey shared a slide show of her impressive underwater photography in a nearby classroom. Rogers showed students pictures she took while snorkeling in local waters, showing everything from a conch to an octopus. Rogers also had several marine animal plush toys, which were a big hit with the GBS fourth grade class, as the marine biologist discussed the importance of coral reef and mangrove health. Private pilot Shawn James delighted students as he showed them images of Cessna planes and discussed how fast and how far the heard from many students in the second grade during one of James presentations.Students Hear from Pilot, Marine Scientist and Ride a Bucket Truck at Career Fair News Photos by Jaime Elliott Continued on Page 18

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St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 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 www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook St. John Tradewinds Although Black Friday has already passed and we are now on our way to Christmas, theres something that is still bothering me. It all started the day before Thanksgiving. I was sitting in our living room watching TV while just a few feet away, my mother stood busy cooking for the impending feast. While enjoying the aromas of the food cooking, I was snapped to awareness by a commercial on TV. It was for a store that had opted not to wait until midnight to start their seasonal sales. They made the decision to have their Black Friday begin the day of Thanksgiving instead of the traditional time for it (between midnight of Thanksgiving and the early morning hours of the following day). Even though Thanksgiving was a little over a week ago, the anger I felt at that store still resonates with me. How dare they be so money hungry! They would stoop as low as pulling people away from Thanksgiving, just to start their Christmas shopping early? On a certain level, Ive always had more respect for Thanksgiving than Christmas. It is a day that has always been about spending time with friends and family, and has not been completely dominated by commercialism like Christmas has. Now bear in mind, I dont necessarily have any grudges against Christmas. I celebrate it every year like many other people in the world. Its just that as Ive gotten older Ive noticed certain negative behaviors and patterns that occur around this time of year (which I intend to delve into later with a different column). it goes the same each year. During November they show a myriad of Thanksgiving themed commercials until the day of, my family enjoys each others company and food, we put it away, and while my brother and I rest my parents prepare to go to war. I remember Black Friday being the scariest day of the entire day nestled in front of the TV with a look of pure horror on my face as I watched the latest news stories. Deaths, people who were trampled, people who were robbed, people who were beaten up, and all this occurring during the so called Happiest time of the year. I would sit and anxiously wait for my parents to what they purchased, but to make sure they were unharmed! To this day, I still remember the heartbreak ing story of an elderly womans plight during Black Friday. She camped outside of her local mall like all her neighbors just to buy her grandson an Xbox 360. it, then returned home. While standing directly in her driveway a man with a knife stopped her, stole the console, then ran off with it. This happened several years ago, and I still cant believe that a person would resort to robbing an elderly woman, just to give someone a gift (or to give himself a gift, I guess he could have very well just wanted it for himself). Horrible acts of desperation like this occur every year during Black Friday. All this negativity sur rounding this day still did not deter the store from wellbeing of their customers, and this makes me near ly sick to my stomach. www.igbavi.org www.facebook.com/Island GreenLivingAssociation Eight containers full of hardware, electrical, plumbing, house/garden/pool, furniture, doors, windows/glass, lighting xtures/fans, and much more!Open Sat. 8 a.m. to noon, Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to noon, at Git Hill & Centerline, across from the Transfer Station STRONGHOUSE CONSTRUCTIONThe Concrete Specialist Excellence in quality work on schedule T: (340) 513-4538 (340) 777-7556 E: stronghouse1@hotmail.com Rhythm & ViewsAn outlook on young adult and student interests and concerns by Raven Phillips-Love Black Friday St. John Tradewinds Westin Resort and Villas ofGuest Relations Manager Shamir Joseph, was recently awarded the prestigious 2013 U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel Associate of the Year Award. The award was announced at the 12th Annual Tommy Star Awards and Gala and was presented by the USVI Hotel and Tourism Association on November 16. Joseph was awarded the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel Associate of the Year Award based on his demonstration of excellent customer service, pride in his work and knowledge of the USVIs hospitality industry. Shamir Joseph embodies our entire teams commitment to providing the best Caribbean experience for our guests in St. John, said Mike Ryan, Westin Resort and Villas general manager. He is both an ambassador for our island and a delight for our guests. Josephs integral role in the propertys team began in February 2012, when he started as a Guest Relations Agent before being promoted to his current position as Guest Relations Manager. Among his ongoing responsibilities to heighten each guests experience, Joseph is tasked with GPS initiatives, owner relations and more. Additional categories were presented at the 12th Annual Tommy Star Awards. Shamir JosephWestins Shamir Joseph Named Hotel Associate of Year

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10 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 Donate to Philippines Relief Fund at Coral Bay Garden CenterBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds When Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines on November 8, it was 300 miles across and was recorded as one of the most intense tropical storms to ever make landfall anywhere. As new information of the suffering, loss of life, and forced relocation of hundreds of thousands of people, continues to emerge, St. John farmer and owner of Coral Bay Garden Center Josephine Roller has launched a local fundraising campaign. Roller, a native of the Philippines, is donating 20 percent of all garden sales during the month of December to the Filipino American Association of St. Thomas/St. John. She is also accepting outright donations of cash and checks for the organization. While Rollers family in the Philippines is safe, she has many friends, among countless villagers, who have not been heard from, she explained. All of the help is going to the main city, but there are so many small towns that you are not seeing footage from that were just washed away, said Roller. I am doing this to help out. We need to help. Coral Bay Garden Center, on Kings Hill Road, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about donating to the Filipino American Association of St. Thomas/St. John, call Dora Tira at (917) 742-5411. www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 Vicky Ann Pedersen of Frederiksted, St. Croix passed away peacefully in her brother and sister-in-laws Dupuyer, Montana home on November 1, 2013. She was 49. Vicky was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 7, 1964 to Robert and June Pedersen. She graduated from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn IL in 1982, 20th in her class and already an accomplished cross country runner. She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a BA in anthropology in 1986. Vicky moved to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands in the fall of 1986. On St. John, she became an esteemed yoga instructor, massage therapist, realtor and owner/ operator of her own vacation rentals. In 2004, Vicky moved to Frederiksted St. Croix and purchased a Danish Parsonage built in the 1800s. She worked tirelessly to renovate the property and developed a successful vacation rental business featuring yoga, massage and the wellattended Jasmine Manor Concert Series. Vicky ran the Chicago Marathon in 2008 and the Boston Marathon in 2009. Vicky is predeceased by her mother, June Pedersen. She is survived by her father, Robert Pedersen; her brother and sisterin-law, Virgil Pedersen and Laura Miller; her sister, Susan Pedersen-Wilson; niece and nephew, Melissa and R.J. Wilson and so many friends and extended family members too numerous to mention. In lieu of owers, donations to Cancer Support VI, St. John Revolving Fund or hospice care in your area are much appreciated.Sunday, November 24, 2013, 3:30pm St. Croix Country Club, Frederiksted, St. Croix, VI Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2-5pm Salon Estem, 490 Crescent Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL Sunday, December 15, 2013, 5-6:30pm S/V Kekoa, St. John, VI GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS FACE ADVERTISE ON... WhatToDo-VI.com ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM News Photo by Jaime ElliottStop by Coral Bay Garden Center during the month collecting money and donating a portion of the garden Nogueira Showcases Automata at Bajo Show News Photos by Jaime Elliott

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St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 11 I G L by Lovango Cay resident Dan Boyd Non-Business Energy Credits Not Expiring Located within Mongoose Junction t: (340) 228-2090 / e: info@islandcork.com Come in and discover taste the exciting selection of wines for the holidays. Discover what is in the silver, gold and platinum case selections. All at 10% o. St. John Tradewinds Lately there has been a lot of talk about the expiration of federal tax credits for residential energy systems such as photovoltaics (solar panels), solar hot water systems, and wind generation systems. This 30 percent investment tax credit for commercial and residential solar energy systems began in 2006, and the program has been extended several times since then. I have seen ads that claim that the tax credits are expiring at the end of 2013, so you need to act now to get in on that money. Well, it is not so! These federal tax credits for solar energy, small wind turbines, and geothermal heat pumps do NOT expire until December 31, 2016. If you go online to EnergyStar.gov and click on Tax Credits, you can read for yourself that these tax credits are not expiring this year. On the residential tax credits page on EnergyStar.gov, I found the following information: Tax Credit: 30 percent of cost with no upper limit Expires: December 31, 2016 Details: Existing homes and new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify. Requirements: At least half the energy gener ated by the qualifying property must come from comparable entity endorsed by the government of the state in which the property is installed. Note: The credit is not available for expenses for a swimming pool or hot tubs. The water must be used in the dwelling. Photovoltaic systems must produce electricity and electrical codes. I would like to point out that a solar system is not just an economic factor for your house. It will also drop the carbon footprint of your dwelling, cutting down on the greenhouse gases being emit ted into the atmosphere. You see, solar is a real win-winner! You dont just save green cash, you save our green environment! For a greener tomorrow. Dan Boyd of Island Solar is a Virgin Islands mation call Boyd on his cell phone at 340-6269685 or by email at islandsolarvi@gmail.com.ACC Christmas Open House Is Dec. 18Dont miss the St. John Animal Care Centers Christmas Open House on December 18 at the groups animal shelter on Library Road in Cruz Bay. The event will feature yummy food and beverages and lots and lots of adorable kitties and dogs. ACC Winter Gala Set for January 18Mark 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. This years theme is Party Like a Rock Star and guests are encouraged to embrace their inner rocker. Hosts are Joann and Glenn Hall and Adonis Morton will lead the nights Karaoke. Sis Frank Concert Series Kicks Off with SJSA Alumni Concert January 4St. John School of the Arts presents the 2014 Sis Frank Concert Series. Saturday, January 4 Alumni Concert Tuesday, February 11 Benjamin Beilman Thursday, March 6 Shel Friday, March 14 Trio Arbos Tuesday, April 15 Faculty Concert for $125 or $30 for an individual concert. To learn more visit www. stjohnschoolofthearts.org or call 779-4322. Gabriella Brand Speaking Dec. 15 at UUGabriella Brand will speak on Patterns at the Unitarian Univer salist Fellowship of St. John Service on Sunday, December 15, at 10 a.m. at the great room at Gift Hill Schools Lower Campus. Brand is a writer, educator and counselor. A former school head, she now directs Synapse Education International.

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St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 13 Coqui Cottage Offers a Tranquil Setting and Expansion OpportunityBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Anyone dreaming of a little peace and tranquil ity nestled on an oversized lot near a lush greenbelt, An open-plan studio-style home with one bathroom, Coqui Cottage is for sale for $372,500, explained Holiday Homes broker owner Miles Stair. The home is located on more than a half an acre in Estate Fish Bay in a quiet area with mature trees, Stair explained. The cottage is bordered by greenbelt and the beautifully treed location is peaceful and serene, said Stair. Despite feeling worlds away from it all, Coqui Cottage is located in the convenient neighborhood of Estate Fish Bay, Stairs added. This cottages Fish Bay location is on a paved road not far from Cruz Bay and all the North Shore beaches just beyond, he said. The cottage itself is a masonry structure with a generous main room where a cozy bedroom and reading area are currently found. A bright and cheery kitchen is located beyond a partial wall in the cottage and includes a small dining area as well. Coqui Cottage also boasts a full bathroom. The cottage is all masonry and is a super cute studio, said Stair. Coqui Cottage has been rented short-term to many happy guests. Several large windows and a sliding glass door in the main living area provide plenty of air and sunlight in the cozy cottage. cious area for al fresco dining. And there are plenty of possibilities for people looking to expand at Coqui Cottage, explained Stair. There are already footings in place for a main house and pool, he said. Expansion plans matching the footings will make for an easy build-out. A new owner could either call Coqui Cottage home or rent it out while building the main house, accord ing to the Holiday Homes broker owner. Or new owners could keep the quaint cottage just as is for themselves, Stair added. Coqui Cottage is a great starter cottage, said Stair. With a price that takes home ownership on St. John out of the millionaire league, Coqui Cottage is a peaceful studio home nestled on a nicely wooded lot not far from the shopping, dining and nightlife of Cruz Bay. For more information about Coqui Cottage call Stair at Holiday Homes at 776-6776 or on his cell phone at (340) 998-7351.HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The staff of St. John Tradewinds News Photo Villa owners and managers!Become a member today of the Island Green Living Associations Green Villa Program!* Want a competitive edge in the rental market? Want to lower your energy costs? Want your villa to be featured in popular tourist magazines, newspapers, travel blogs, and more? Want to help establish St. John as an ecotourism destination while preserving the natural beauty of our island? Green up your villa to earn various rewards and incentives. Youll be improving your villas operations while helping to promote St. John as a green island. Learn more at www.igbavi.org. SELLING? BUYING? RENTING SEEKING? GET RESULTS!St. John Tradewinds

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14 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE:FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12th2012 2013-TO-DATE Letters To St. John TradewindsNEXT ISSUE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 16-22, 2013 There will be no issue published on Monday, December 30 I had cautiously hoped that through the earlier news of Governor deJonghs decision to move the operation of the waterfront parking spots from our Taxi Drivers to VIPA, that just maybe the chaotic, unsafe, moving forward in a positive manner! Alas, once again, the politically powerful Taxi Drivers who runs tings (and badly!) at our Cruz Bay Waterfront area are to again have their way. Why in Gods name do we allow our main entrance way and impression of St. John to our hospitality industry to be so inhospitable and, more importantly, such a public safety issue? Why do we spend millions of dollars on enticing guests to visit our islands and then treat them so badly once they arrive at our Cruz Bay dock because we are totally disorganized and badly managed? Again, I have personally spent years, yes years, trying to help resolve this major, glaring issue as a concerned citizen, yet the same problem continues to exist. The fact is that it is compounded with rental car companies taking their Jeeps down to park early for guests arriving at the end of the day. Will we only respond when a crisis like someone getting run over because of the chaos there, especially at high season? We also put VIPD in a really tough position as there are some people on this island who feel they can do what they want when they want. I have heard repeatedly, You know we do things our way on St. John, Bonny. Sadly this is true and what it is doing is truly under mining this entire community and our values. In fact, it is fair to say that bad behavior is too often rewarded! And we wonder where our young people are learning inappropriate behavior? Take a look at our villa management rental industry, the large number of them and the 10 percent hotel taxes that are paid. Add to that the money spent at restaurants, renting jeeps, grocery stores, etc., the list is very long. Why doesnt this government better support an industry that is the backbone of our island? As a villa manager, I hear repeatedly from guests that they plan on staying away from Cruz Bay town because of this dock chaos. Many guests have travmeeters. This time at the dock is horrendous to endure. driving looking for a way to help guests lug their luggage. This will escalate as season nears, just as it usually does. And once again-nothing constructive has been planned. This is so disappointing and counterproductive to good customer service. There have been many solutions made to address this issue, again, for many years now. Nothing is done. We wonder why people get fed up with trying to impact positive change here. It appears that a few people or groups interests regularly and repeat edly outweigh the highest good of all for the island of St. John. How can we change this? There is only one way: People must pressure those running for election to consider either geographical districting so that a punch list of must dos can measure the work our senators in our Legislative Branch, the supposed Peoples House. Until this is done, I have very little hope for this island to truly represent St. John residents and their needs. A new Senator at Large cant do it. That in itself is a crazy position and it insults St. John residents as representing all islands! That would be like rearranging the furniture on the Titanic. Until this island can have a say in what is best for this island, we will not grow and develop properly. The fact that our only island road from Coral Bay to Cruz Bay, Centerline Road, is crumbling and we have tried to bring this issue to the front with little action to date three years later is pretty well the way that problems are resolved here. This is not acceptable to me or many others. Neither is this supposed newest solution to the ferry Dock chaos. Yes, we have made some progress: the new parking basketball court. But why does it have to take so many here? Why do we have to spend so much money and time on meeting after meeting after meeting and then again different branches of Government in their many meetings to impact simple common sense problems (and of course spending way too much money talking the problem to death and in power struggles within the government branches) ? I just keep thinking how frustrating it is that this present system of Government and its lack of effective or management simply keeps shooting itself in the foot. That certainly seems to be one constant in the 30 years that I have lived here. Is anyone listening out there? If so, please voice your concerns. You are needed if there is to be any hope for St. John to have a voice and get back on track so we can start somehow developing faith in Government. Bonny Corbeil, St. JohnW aterfront Is Chaotic, Disorganized and Unsafe

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St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 15 Correction:The cutline accompanying a photograph of lamb chops being cut on page 17 in the December 2 issue of St. John Tradewinds included incorrect information. Mathayom Private Chefs/St. John Catering won best entree at Flavors of St. John. Vision Without a vision, the people perish. This paraphrase was taken from the Bible and accurately describes the fate of two meetings that Ive attended recently. In one, the people were happy, enthusiastic and looking forward to the future. They were congratulat ing each other on past accomplishments and gearing up for the push ahead. ty and blame as persons were struggled with a mess caused by a lack of vision. Many people believe that just getting up and doing the work will get the job done. However, without a vision, careful planning and checks and balances, many organizations will start strong but lose momentum and die over time. the right leadership who will then sustain them with long-term policies. There are some visions that people will buy into right away and others that will take a while for folks to comprehend and understand. The true test is whether you have enough people to support the endeavor while it is being tested. In the short-term, folks with different visions will ply our ear waves with messages about their futures. They will seek to entice us with words that sound good and pictures that look appealing. Can we really hope in their vision? Is there a bright tomorrow for St. John? Will there be a majority willing to reinvest? Oh yes, St. John is a big draw in that tourist and business sectors, but will we commit to its long-term sustainability? Which candidate has the courage, stamina, morals and vision for this task? In my earlier statements, one group saw the future and was ready. The other saw the present was sad. Which one will we be after the next elections? Only time will tell, but beware, the vision doesnt have to be popular. It has to be right. Amen, Emmanuel Prince Letters To St. John Tradewinds A young man passed away the other day, so suddenly his smile was spirited away When the morning sun brightened the sky, Mother and Father had only tears to cry Wife and daughter who had held him so dear, with outstretched hands pulled him near Sister and Brother who were born of the same love, now seek their solace from the heavens above The moment of death so suddenly appeared, leaving little time to allay all that he feared While his love and soul still hovered around, the lightness of his being escaped the ground No longer his touch or embrace to feel, His loss is so hard you fall to a kneel You know he is there but no eyes can see, what now is a spirit so joyously free When alone in our sorrow we cry many tears, so lonely for him we pray he appears No time to settle all the things that we regret, we are left to remember what we want to forget But dawn is the time our sorrow will understand, that each time the sun rises he offers his hand Andy RutnikGreiving for CJ

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16 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 Bahai Community of St. John For Devotions and Study Circles, call 714-1641 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 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 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 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 Cruz Bay Landing Opens at Frank Powell Park News Photos by Kelly Morris

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St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 17 Friends of VINP Celebrates 25 Y ears with Vistor Center ExpoSt. John Tradewinds Friends of VI National Park is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month and in recognition of this important milestone, the group is hosting a 25th Anniversary Exposition at the National Park Visitor Center December 19 to 21. Friends will take the opportunity to thank the community, its members and the V.I. National Park while showcasing the history of Friends and its accomplishments over the past 25 years. The celebration will kick off on Thursday, December 19, with a reception, displays, cocktails and appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will be hosted by Friends board members, staff and national perintendent Brion Fitzgerald. The exposition will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, December 20, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 21. Please join Friends of VI National Park as it celebrates 25 years of its mission to protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources of VINP and promoting the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure. All are welcome and the event is free of charge. Also as part of the 25th anniversary celebration, The Friends of the Park Store is offering a 25 percent discount each Saturday and Sunday through December 22 to current Friends members as a token of appreciation for their support. The Store is also offering a $25 discount to the general public on Friends license plates (both numbered and vanity plates) dur ing December. For more information call Kar en Vahling at 779-4940 or email kvahling@friendsvinp.org. New Map, Guidebook Hit Island News Photo AARP, SBA Offer Free Entrepreneur W orkshop for People Ages 50+St. John Tradewinds In May 2012, the Small Business Administration and AARP entered into a strategic alliance to provide Americans over the age of 50 with the real-world information they need to start and grow a small business. For many 50+ individuals, entrepreneurship training is the toolkit that empowers them to use their experience, knowledge, and skills to become job creators. In addition, entrepreneurship training focuses on helping experienced professionals leverage their career. In continuation of this alliance, AARP is pleased to announce the second workshop in the series on Tuesday, December 10. AARP Virgin Islands, will be teaming up with SBA, to host an Encore Entrepreneur event in the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Training Center, Sion Farm, Christiansted, St. Croix and video conferenced live with the UVI Administration and Conferencing Center in St. Thomas from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. AARP continues to create real possibilities by connecting professionals with the information and practical guidance they need to start or grow a small business. As part of this Encore Entrepreneur Workshop, AARP and SBA are teaming up with viNGN and ConnectSpace.vi to offer assistance to par ticipants seeking to create an online business. The three hour workshop is designed to give the participants the insight into how to effectively become a telework contractor. The workshop will include information about a look into the future of work and the potential for the USVI, where the Telework opportunities for Virgin Islands residents are and about starting an online business. The VI Small Business Development Center will present an overview on the logistics of being a business owner, i.e. business licensing and registration, business planning, etc. To register for this event call SBA at (340) 776-3206.

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18 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com kathy@islandgetawaysinc.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 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 debbiehayes@debbiehayes.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 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 www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory logging in-coming complaints about the condition of Centerline Road and DPWs stalling since February 2012, according to the senator. for the status of road repairs on February 14, 2012. At a Committee on Finance meeting on September 24, 2012, Barshinger questioned Smalls on the record regarding what was at that time eight months of run-around about Centerline Road repairs. Again the senator got nowhere. On September 24 2012, I confronted [DPW] Commissioner Smalls in Chambers, on the record, regarding the eight months of run-around, informing him that the log of attempts to obtain information by a senator on behalf of the public was not complimenta ry to the DPW, said Barshinger. He [Smalls] asked for a copy of that log. We supplied it in St. Thomas Chambers in under 10 minutes. After that Finance hearing, he nonetheless contin ued to ignore the requests, said Barshinger. The Senator at Large, a St. John resident, knows full well the importance of Centerline Road, which is vital to residents in Coral Bay for work, school, wor ship, emergency services and more. We have repeatedly pointed out that the washed out portion of Route 10, Centerline Road, is a hazard on a daily basis, with the potential to wash out in a The next step might be for the Legislature to subpoena Smalls to answer questions about the project delays, according to the Senator at Large. has broken promise after promise for information and action, said Barshinger. I have written to Senator Capehart, suggesting that the next step is a subpoena to appear before the Committee on Government Operations of which she is chair and Im vice-chair to respond under oath to questions about roads and striping territory-wide. A date for that meeting has not yet been set, Barshinger added. In the meantime, residents continue to fear for the condition of Centerline Road as repairs continue to be delayed without explanation. Look at this rain, said one Coral Bay resident. Its scary and its infuriating.Recent Rains Raise Fears of Centerline Road CollapseContinued from Page 3 James discussed different mechanisms on different airplanes and showed students images of the inside of different cockpits. There are certainly quite a few GBS students who are now dreaming of becoming a pilot one day. Members of the V.I. Fire Department and Emer gency Medical Services hosted demonstrations in the GBS basketball court area. Students helped to transwere on hand showcasing both main aspects of the public utility. WAPA Environmental Lab Supervisor Randa DeSuza discussed water and water treatment with students, who enjoyed looking through the microscope she brought along to GBS. however, hosted what was certainly the most exciting presentation of the day. After learning all about how WAPAs bucket trucks are designed to ensure operators safety, the students had the opportunity to climb aboard for a ride. Riding along with a WAPA employee, students took turns climbing into the buckets and taking in the impressive views as they were lifted about 70 feet into the air. WAPA bucket truck rides, students enjoyed hearing from all the of the different professionals who took part in the annual GBS Career Fair. GBS Career FairContinued from Page 8 News Photo by Jaime Elliott

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St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 19 Crime Stoppers empowers you, the law abiding citizens, to make your neighborhoods, schools and businesses safer by reporting information while rethanks 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 rest of the criminals off our streets. Even the smallest bit of information may be just what is needed. St. John On Tuesday, November 22, during the day, someone entered Villa #148 Estate Chocolate Hole and stole $800 from a wallet that also contained IDs and credit cards. Help police identify the thief by telling us what you know about this incident. St. Thomas On Wednesday, November 27, at 7:20 p.m. in the area of Limas Laundry, a man in the company of several other men was shot when a vehicle entered the parking lot and the occupant(s) victim nor the witnesses were able to provide a description of the vehicle or the shooters. Help put a stop to these shootings by telling us what you know about this shooting. Please 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). Your tips are completely anonymous, and our stateside operators speak several languages. The minimum cash reward for the arrest of a homicide suspect is $1,500. For the arrest of an armed assailant it is $900. Crime Stoppers U.S. V irgin IslandsFriday, November 29 7:55 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance in the area of Mongoose Junction. Police assistance. 10:58 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Loud music. Saturday, November 30 2:25 p.m. A St. Thomas resident p/requesting police assistance to retrieve some items from a male. Police assistance. 3:19 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Estate Upper Carolina. Disturbance of the peace. 4:46 p.m. An Estate Carolina resident p/r that he damaged his vehicle. Damage to vehicle. 5:57 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that she was involved in an argument with her brother. Disturbance of the peace, threats, D.V. 6:40 p.m. A Guinea Grove resident c/r that he was involved in an argument with his girlfriend. Police assistance. 10:08 p.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance with her boyfriend. Disturbance of the peace. Monday, December 2 10:50 a.m. A citizen c/r that her father locked her out of the house. Police assistance. 1:08 p.m. A citizen p/r that her wallet and cell phone were stolen. Grand larceny. 5:03 p.m. An Estate Fish Bay resident c/r a D.O.A. D.O.A. 6:10 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r that a male was at his residence creating a disturbance and threatening him. Disturbance of the peace, threats. T uesday, December 3 11:10 a.m. A citizen c/r that he lost his cell phone in the area of Cinnamon Bay. Lost cell phone. 12:35 p.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in the area of Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. 5:28 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance to remove items from her boyfriends house. Police assistance. 5:36 p.m. A citizen c/r that she was attacked in the area of Wharfside Village. Simple assault. 6:00 p.m. A citizen p/r that someone is lying about him. Slander. 8:20 p.m. Badge #1161 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Ivan Penn of Estate Pastory under arrest and charged with Simple Assault. His bail was set at $1,000 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. W ednesday, December 4 4:40 p.m. A St. Thomas resident p/r that he was assaulted and threatened by a female in the area of Cruz Bay. Simple assault. Friday, December 5 2:54 a.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in the area of Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. 2:54 a.m. A citizen c/r that her purse was stolen with her IDs, passport and cell phone in the area of Cruz Bay. Grand larceny. 1:13 p.m. A citizen p/r that he was in an auto collision in the area of Estate Chocolate Hole. Auto collision. LAND LINE: 911 CELLULAR: 340-776-9110 POLICE DEPT: 340-693-8880 / FIRE: 340-776-6333St. John Tradewinds to verify the adequacy of the wind resources at their prospective sites before making an investment in a wind energy system. The Wind Anemometer Loan Programs goal is to spur small-scale wind development in the territory. Anemometers are wind measuring instruments used to collect wind data that can be used to determine the To ensure that the installation of a wind turbine is worthwhile at any location, the wind resource should be measured exactly at that location. Wind resources can vary over short distances. Trees, hills, buildings all have an effect on how much wind reaches a certain place. Although wind resource maps are helpful, they are not always precise. Wind anemometers will be available for loan throughout the territory. They will be loaned to residents for a 12-month period, based on avail ity for funding for transporting the anemometers, their installation and for collection of the data. For more information about the program, contact Carl Joseph at (340) 714-8436 ext. 4304 or Patricia Lord at (340) 713-8436 ext. 3603. The program is made possible with assistance from the U.S. Department of Energys State Energy Program. Measuring Devices for LoanSt. John Tradewinds Governor John deJongh will convene a meeting of the Board of Directors of the V.I. Public Finance Authority on Tuesday, December 10, at 11 a.m. Thomas, VI. For more information contact Angel Dawson at PFA at 714-1635. PFA Board T o Meet December 10

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20 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail editor@tradewinds.vi or fax 693-8885. ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS All meetings are now open. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 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) 642-3263December 13 and 15 holiday concerts this Christmas season. The choir will perform at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay on Friday, December 13, and at the Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay on Sunday, December 15. Both concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, and will be available at the door. Saturday, December 14 The community is invited to join the Bethany Moravian Church at its annual Pre-Christmas dinner and fashion show on Saturday, December 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children and are available at the door. On Saturday, December 14, at 5 p.m. on the terrace of the Estate Lindholm Guest House, the St. John Historical Society will welcome members and friends to A Celebration of the St. John Market Basket. Mongoose Junctions 18th Annual All Island Holiday Party will be on Saturday, December 14, from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Sunday, December 15 Gabriella Brand will speak on Patterns at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John Service on Sunday, December 15, at 10 a.m. at the great room at Gift Hill Schools Lower Campus. Sunday, December 22 The St. John Landsharks present the Fifth Annual Reindeer Ramble Christmas Run on Sunday, December 22, at Annaberg parking lot. This fun 5K run will give all the reindeer, elves, and of course Santa, a much needed warm-up for the big day! Registration begins at 7:30 and the race starts at 8 a.m. For more infor mation email Louise Wearmouth at louise@surfbvi.com W ednesday, December 18 The St. John Animal Care Centers Christmas Open House is 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.X-TENSIONSACROSS 6 1980s Chrysler line 15 Stockpile 26 Corn-on-the-cob units 29 Input info 32 System of pontiffs 35 Plea from an allergic person to a pair of 46 Derby, e.g. 53 Young baby 81 Take sailor Drake for 93 Copy cats 94 Miami loc. 104 See 106-Down 113 Twinkling 115 Part of EDT 122 Chem lab reaction all 126 Hershey toffee bar 133 Ecstasy 1 Bix four New Orleans in 1862 9 Part of ROM 16 Be in store 18 New Jersey county west stick) 33 Church projections 42 Dec. 25 51 Hip (to) 54 City in Texas 63 Seen less 64 Respectful bow 68 Plow team 83 Deli creation 85 Initial 90 Belgian king who wells 103 Tank topper 105 Main points 1/24 of a foot 112 Opponent 123 Dunk

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St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 21 Tutor Available FOR RENT: One ($1150) and two ($1600) bedroom apartments across the street from the Westin Resort. Unfurnished except for washer/dryer, stove and refrigerator. Apply at St. John Properties. 693-8485. TUTOR AVAILABLE: Veteran teacher available for enrichment or remedial tutoring for children 5 to 14 years old. Very experienced in individual learning styles and furthering motivation. 617-688-3818 For Rent/Space Available COMMERCIAL SPACE AVAILABLEPrime street level retail location, first month FREE with one year lease For more information: or AndyNick at (340) 771-3737 / Andy at (340) 690-1260 EVERYTHING YOU NEED ON EVERY LEVEL GREAT PLACE TO SHOP, DINE AND WORK COME JOIN US WE HAVE SPACES AVAILABLE RETAIL, OFFICE OR STORAGE340-776-6455 Commercial/Ofce WERE BACK TO PUBLISHING EVERY WEEK!TO ADVERTISE EMAIL: advertising@tradewinds.vi CALL: 340-776-6496Get the new edition every Monday! For Rent STORAGE: SECURED LOCKERS, AUTOS FROM $35 MONTH 643-3283 PASTORY SELF STORAGE Available Immediately 5x5x8 up to 10x20x8 Starting at $85/mo. One mile from Cruz Bay. 340-776-1330 CORAL BA Y HOUSE for Rent, 2.5 Bedroom 1 Bath, Unfurnished, Located near Love City Grocery on Kingshill Road, $1,425/mo, call 1.480.626.7571. Storage BUYING? SELLING? RENTING? SEEKING?CALL: 340-776-6496 EMAIL: advertising@tradewinds.viGET RESULTS!Credit Cards Accepted Two bedroom, two bath, for rent. A/C, fans, tile throughout, front door parking, microwave/gas cooking, fridge, W/D, 30 mile views, very quiet, pets. $1,800/mo. Annual lease. 561-602-9484 Homes For Sale CRUZ BAY VALLEY HOME W/6 BRS, 3 APTS, POOL. PRICE LOWERED TO $505,000 MOTIVATED SELLER 340-776-3455

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22 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 Providing professional rental management and marketing services for St. John s finest vacation villas and condominiums.For reservations For St. John or brochures business call1-800-338-0987 340-776-6152Vi e w o u r v i l la s a t w w w c a r i b b e a n v i l l a c o m Lumberyard Complex P .O. Box 458 St. John USVI 00831 C a r i b b e a nV i l l a s & R e s o r t sM A N A G E M E N T C O Restaurant/Commercial Space for Lease in Tradewinds BuildingSOUTH SHORE ROAD IN CRUZ BAYRESTAURANT SPACE 800 to 3,200 sf. W/1,000+ sf. outdoor space for patio dining and substantial private parking. Four 800-sf. street-level commercial units available to lease. Connected units, tile oors throughout. Public water and cisterns. Reply to twbuilding@earthlink.net Exceptional St. John Villa Offered Through Debbie Hayes E XCLU SIVE REAL EST A TE SERVICE IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DEBBIE HAYES, GRILICENSED U.S VIRGIN IS L ANDS REA L ESTATE BROKER/ OWNER Ofce: 340 714 5808Cell: 340 642 5995DH@DH. www.StJohnVIRealEstate.com I C B r Br V I f r nf t t r Eb V R. O .M DebbieHayes-TW CasaBueno 11.26.2012.indd 1 11/30/12 2:37 PM $1.550M

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COMPLETE REAL ESTATE SE R VI C ESST JO HNS OLD EST R EAL ESTATE F I R M SE R VI N G ST. JO HN F O R 53 YEA R S! INFO@HolidayHomesVI.com TOLL FREE: WWW.HOLIDAYHOMESVI.COM JUNGLE STONE gated estate prop erty in Catherineberg w/ big views of the North Shore & BVIs, custom-designed main house & Pebble Cottage w/ 5 bdrm suites, exquisite great room, chefs kitchen, outdoor dining & sitting areas, pool, hot tub, t ness room, 1100 bottle wine closet, shuffleboard breezeway & more! BEACHFRONT VILLA ST. JOHN a luxury 6 bedroom pool villa has sand beach plus STUNNING views! Great rental or residence with potential for family compound. Moor your boat here too! VILLA KALORAMA Panoramic views from classic modern 5 bdm, 4.5 bth rental villa in Virgin Grand Estates features native stone, ipe hardwoods, glass walls & a secure property. Dramatic great room opens onto 40 foot pool and large verandas for spectacular indooroutdoor living. STONE COURT is a 3 bedroom haven. 1 acre of privacy with sweeping views from Rams Head to St. Thomas. Island inspired architecture of stone and wood. SONNENBERG AMAZING VIEWS Perched above Coral Harbor and Hurricane Hole with large pool, 4+ bedrooms and private apartment, Close to town in gated community. TREE PALMS Versatile 5 BR 5 BA property with solid rental history. Charming home w/ 2 kitchens, covered verandas, stone entrance, garden foun tain, concrete pool and spa deck. Solar panels, and ocean views complete the package! COQUI COTTAGE Caribbean cute and ready to be loved! Studio layout with king bed in a solid masonry building makes a great start on this .5 acre lot. CARIBBEAN COTTAGE RETREAT Relax in this comfort able home surrounded by trees, orchids and birds. Quiet private neighborhood has deeded rights to a beach. You wont get peace like this at a bet ter price. Dont miss this opportunity! ENIGHED GARDENS is a 5x4 ma sonry home in gated .46 ac. garden setting with spectacular views over Pillsbury Sound. Flexible oor plan, ex pansive decks, won derful poten tial as is. KABEJ PATCH Caribbean style 5 bdrm pool villa, in a quiet, breezey location in desirable Chocolate Hole. Beautifully nished Brazilian hard wood home w/ stone accents is charming! Walk to beach. Excel lent short term rental or private residence. DAY DREAM IN UPPER CAROLINA Fabulous views Coral Bay to BVI in masonry 3 bdrm/3.5 bath Majestic Mile home. New furnishings, private pool & bdrm suites, hot tub, stone/brick landscap ing, solar hot water, shutters, custom cab inets & 10k generator. Cute wood cottage (NC) on property. I NCOME PRODUCER 4 Unit Multifamily. Rare opportunity to own a multiunit property close to Cruz Bay with big ocean views sitting on the hillside above the Westin Re sort! INNSTEAD IS AN INCOME PRO DUCER! Charming private retreat in a quiet neighborhood convenient to Cruz Bay features exible oor plan (1X1 + STUDIO; or 2X2) for rental & INCRED IBLE water views! Is land stonework, a/c & large covered deck w/ roll up hurricane shut ters. Great value all masonry! VERY MOTIVATED SELLERS! Three income producing apartments. Live in one and rent the other two. Easy access to Cruz Bay & beaches. The Company that gives back to St. John OWN A MONTH IN A LUXURY HOME Choose a 3 BR 3.5 BA or a 4 BR 4.5 BA villa in upscale Virgin Grand Estates. These 3,000 sq ft villas feature STT & sunset views, pool, AC & more. Priced from $54,000 $849,000 MLS 13-500 VIDEO $249,000 MLS 12-177 $895,000 MLS 13-128 $395,000 MLS 13-410 $3,450,000 MLS 13-83 BEACHFRONT VIDEO $3,095,000 MLS 13-454 VIDEO $1,325,000 MLS 12-31 $795,000 MLS 11-359 RAINBOWS END AT BATTERY HILLclean and cheerfully decorated poolside condo is conveniently close to town w/ nicely manicured grounds. Seller says make an offer! $465,000 MLS 12-358$995,000 MLS 13-3 $8,340,000 MLS 12-404 VIDEO PASTORY CONDO PALMY DAZE breezy, vaulted-ceiling, 2 bdrm/2 bth condo overlooks outer cays & sunsets. Well-maintained, com fortably furnished w/ attractive fully-equipped kitchen! Great condo community offers lush landscaping, view, pool and convenient parking. $499,000 MLS 13-381 $1,200,000 MLS 13-392 $795,000 MLS 13-467 $649,000 MLS 13-472 $372,500 MLS 13-498 BEACHFRONT GRANDE BAY RE SORT Has great views! Beautifully furnished & easy access to shop/res taurants. Large pool & deck area, tness & reception center, indoor parking & elevator service. GRANDFATHERED HOA FEESTwo 3 BR/2 BA from $1,139,000 and 1 BR/1 BA $745,000 NEW LISTING SEARCH ENTIRE ST. JOHN MLS, VIEW PROPERTY VIDEOS AND NEWSLETTER/SALES HISTORY AT WWW.HOLIDAYHOMESVI.CO M LOTS OF LAND LISTINGS!! MOTIVATED SELLERS!! SOME SELLER FINANCING!! CAROLINA from $ 55,000 EMMAUS hillside $ 75,000 FISH BAY from $ 79,995 HANSEN BAY hillside & WATERFRONT $ 149,000 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 12.9.2013 B.indd 1 12/6/13 11:01 AM St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 23 Cast a Vote in Mongoose Junctions Decoration Contest Mongoose Junction and take a look at the merchants participating in the shopping a vote, or more than one, for any of the stores

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24 St. John Tradewinds, December 9-15, 2013 HAPPY HOLIDAYS! from the staff of St. John Tradewinds Estern Art Unveiled at Ocean 362 News Photo