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1900s Photographs Provide Window of Life in Danish V.I.Page 8Malfetti Murder Private investigator examines possibilty of mistaken identityPage 5 NJ U.S. senator strongly criticizes VIPD investigation, asks FBI to assistPage 4 VIPD Commissioner responds to criticismPage 5 TN SEE PAGE 3 PGU INSURANCE SERVICESServing the Community Since 1972 Lumber Yard Business Center, St. John, VI Email: email@example.com Web: www.pguinsurance.com (340) 776-6403 LETTERS: PAGES 18-19February 17-23, 2014 Copyright 2014 Class Action Wood Lawsuit Focuses on U.S. ManufacturerPage 6 DPNRs Alicia Barnes To Meet Monica BoydRichards Over Land DisputePage 9GHSs 28th Annual Dinner Auction Set for March 8 at Caneel BayPage 11St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena Rogers Fourth Graders Dazzle at Hooray for Hollywood EventFourth graders from all St. John schools performed an array of musical numbers for an appreciative dinner audience at the St. John School of the Arts Hooray for Hollywood fundraising event at the Westin Resort on Saturday night, February 15. STORY AND ADDITIONAL PHOTOS INSIDE ON PAGES 3, 27 AND 28. Donna 2014Delegate Christensen is running for somethingPage 2 Chess in the Park Hoping to Spark Love of the GamePage 7
St. John Tradewinds There is something missing from Delegate to Congress Donna Christensens early-season cam paign signs which began sprouting up around St. Thomas in mid-February. term Delegate will be seeking. While political circles are buzzing with speculation Del. Christensen will run for Governor to succeed two-term Gov. John P. deJongh, the Delegate was busy traveling the territory during a Congressional break. After a meeting with supporters in Cruz Bay, St. John on Friday, February 7, Del. Christensen said pending congressional matters precluded her making an announcement on her next political campaign until March. But that doesnt mean the Delegate is undecided. I have made my decision, Del. Christensen told Tradewinds emphatically. I will announce my decision in March. chooses to seek, the signs will still be good. 2 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 St. John Tradewinds News Photo Dr. Donna ChristensenThe Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl A. Smalls informs the general public that VITRAN Fixed Route Bus Service will be suspended on all three islands on Monday, February 17, 2014 in observance of Presidents Day. VITRAN will reopen on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 with the regular hours of operation. The ADA Paratransit Service will operate as normal on all three islands. Contact the VITRAN Bus Terminal at (340) 7745678 with any questions or concerns. The Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC) will have a public meeting on Wednesday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sustainable Design Report for Coral Bay, St. John, and next steps for Coral Bays future. The meeting will be at the Guy H. Benjamin School, Room 6, in Coral Bay. This report is the product of the AIA Planning Workshop in May 2013, which brought together more than 140 residents, public future. The report can be downloaded at the AIA website http:// www.aia.org/about/initiatives/AIAS075425 or at www.CoralBayCommunityCouncil.org. Printed copies of the 58 page report are available at the CBCC costs, leave a deposit of $5. If you return the copy, you will get the deposit back. For more details contact the Coral Bay Community Council ofPublic Meeting To Discuss Sustainable Design Report for Coral Bay Feb. 19 EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS EDITOR email@example.com COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTORS Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Barshinger, Jack Brown, Mares Crane, Dan Boyd, Bob Malacarne, Raven Philips NEWSLINE (340) 776-6496 www.tradewinds.vi firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING email@example.com MAILING ADDRE SS Tradewinds Publishing LLC P.O. Box 1500 St. John, VI 00831 CIRCULATION Call the newsline to be added as a newsstand site 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 2014 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 Bus Service Not Running Monday 28th Annual GHS Auction March 8Gifft Hill School is pleased to announce the 28th Annual Gifft Hill School Auction to be on Saturday, March 8, at Caneel Bay Resort. Please call 776-1735 for more information.Donna Is Running For Something General Meeting for Veterans Feb. 26There will be a general meeting for all veterans of the armed forces living on the island of St. John on Wednesday, February 26, located at the Battery in Cruz Bay. Veterans should bring documents and other veteran issues and concerns. Couples Say I Do Again on T runk BayReverend Anne Marie Porter hosted the annual Vow Renewal Ceremony on express their love to each other all over again.Photo by Ann SewerCivil Rights Night at GHS on Feb. 26The The National Honor Society will sponsor a Fight for Civil Rights Night on Wednesday, February 26, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at Gifft Hill Schools Upper Campus atrium. Pats, johnny cakes, drinks and cookies will be for sale. Per formances by Gifft Hill School students will be begin at 6 p.m. All Primary School. Ten tickets ($10 adults) or 5 tickets ($5 students) to vote for the top 3 performances. Additional voting tickets will be available.Next Audubon Meeting Set for Feb. 18
By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds An impressive roster of stars walked the red carpet at the St. John School of the Arts major annual fundraiser, Broadway Comes to St. John, on Saturday evening, February 15, at the lie Chaplin to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers came out to see the culmination of weeks of hard work by Love City fourth graders and the Broadway Five, as theyve become affectionately known on the island. More than 100 residents, who dressed to the nines or donned costumes evocative of their favorite stars, came out to support the show. We support children everywhere on this island all the time, said Lonnie Willis as she and her husband Albert arrived at the red carpet. The people from Broadway give their all, and we want to support them. The fundraiser typically has brought in upwards of $45,000 during each of the past four years for the arts schools scholarship fund, program expansion, and general operations, and of how much was raised at the show was not available at press time. Im feeling wonderful, said Wild prior to SJSA board member Ronnie Lee, who conceived of the idea for the Broadway Comes Broadway stars in his home during their three weeks on island, was looking dapper dressed as Fred Astaire. Were excited to see all the stars here, but the real stars are the fourth grade students of St. John, said Lee. Tonight is the culmination of months of hard work by the faculty and board, and three fantastic weeks that the children and their teachers have put in. Their focus and dedication have been amazing. The students three weeks of hard work paid off, as they dazzled a packed house with their show, Hooray for Hollywood, in which fourth graders from each island school per formed numbers from Hollywood classics. Judy Garlands hit Get Happy from the 1950 three schools sang a sweet rendition of Over the Rainbow from 1939s Wizard of Oz. Gifft Hill School students sang Follow the Yellow Brick Road as the beloved munchkins from the movie. Dramatic performances captivated the audience, including an epic battle from the movie torious over Darth Vader, and a passionate reenactment of scenes from the movie Rocky by Guy Benjamin School fourth graders. The islands students didnt miss a beat during their 22 numbers, evoking laughter, applause, and cheers from the audience. It takes all of us to do what we do, Wild said to the audience. These children have been given a huge gift the arts. After three weeks of pouring their hearts and souls, time, energy, and effort into the SJSA fundraiser for which they were not paid student Sanijah Gris at the culmination of the evenings show. St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 3 Thursday, Feb. 20thFourth Graders Dazzle at Hooray for Hollywood EventINDEXAsk the Auto Doctor ............17 Business Directory ..............24 Church Directory .................22 Crime Stoppers ...................23 Cryptoquip ...........................21 Letters ............................18-19 On the Market .....................13 Police Log ...........................23 Real Estate ....................26-27 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena Rogers Fourth graders from all three island schools wowed the at Westin Resort and Villas. More photos on back cover and Red carpet photos on page 27.
By T om Oat St. John Tradewinds U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has strongly criti cized the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department and asked Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James B. Comey to provide assistance to the parents of James Malfetti III, a Scotch Plains, NJ, native who was found stabbed to death on St. John on January 19. The mans parents claim U.S. Virgin Islands law enforcement failed to perform a meaningful investigation into the death of their son, according to a letter from Sen. Menendez to the FBIs Comey. In investigating the murder, Jims parents state that the police discarded forensic evidence, failed to collect potentially crucial evidence, incorrectly stated the date of death parents that they have not begun to trace the stolen cell phone. VIPD Response Completely Unacceptable This police response seems completely unacceptable, Sen. Menendez wrote. If my constituents reports are true, the investigation raises serious professionalism concerns for the police force, and it raises serious safety concerns related to the USVI. After Sen. Menendezs letter was released on Tuesday, February 12, VIPD Commissioner Rodney Querrard said that local FBI agents are assisting with the VIPD investiga tion. We will continue to work all angles of this case until we identify the perpetrator(s) who fatally stabbed Mr. Malfetti on St. John, Comm. Querrard said in his press statement. Malfetti had been living in the Virgin Islands for about a year and was staying in a small guest house on the property for the past two months, according to the letter Menendez sent to FBI Director Comey. On January 18, thieves alleg edly broke into the main house and the guest house Malfetti was renting, according to the press release from Menendez. Malfetti was stabbed in the neck and robbed of his monletter. Menendezs letter to the FBI states that the robbery of the main estate was reported Jan. 18, but police failed to check the entire property and missed the second break-in, even though the guest house is nearby and both homes share a driveway. Malfettis body was discovered a day later by his landlord, according to Tradewinds sources. James and Rosemary Malfetti, the parents of James Malfetti III, said they found out about their sons death from a third party, not police or the landlord, according to the letter from Sen. Menendez. My constituents also repeatedly called the local police for updates into the investigation, but were rebuffed and told that if they continue to call their case will be moved to the bottom of the pile, the senator wrote. After the unthinkable death of their son, the last thing any parent needs is a hostile and uninterested law-enforce ment response, the senator wrote. I am deeply troubled by reports that the police treated a grieving mother and father as a nuisance to be ignored. investigation, but the family deserves a competent investi gation Sen. Menendez continued. That is why I asked that federal resources be used to supplement this investigation, so these parents can get the justice they deserve. Malfetti graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 1991 and Clemson University in 1995. In 2004, he founded Brandywine Data Management, a company specializing in SAP archiving consulting work, according to his obituary. St. John friends of Malfetti attended a memorial service at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Cruz Bay on Friday, January 24, before Malfettis parents returned to New Jersey with his body. Funeral services for Malfetti were Saturday, February 8, in Fanwood, NJ. 4 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 MANY THANKS TO MANY FRIENDS!SPECIAL THANKS TO THESE BUSINESSES AND MORE THAN 35 VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED OUR 10TH ANNUAL GALA TO RAISE $60,000 TO PROTECT, PRESERVE AND EDUCATE IN OUR VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK:Q Across the Street Bar Aqua Bistro Bamboula Banzhaf Gallery Bary Rum Tasting/Kim Holland Beach Bar Beach Scooters Bellows/West Indies Corps. Blue Sky Provisions Bouganvillea Boulon Gallery Calypso Caravan Castaways Clos du Val Winery Cloud 9 Sailing Coconut Coast Studios Computer Express Concordia Eco-Camps Connections Coral Bay erapeutic Massage Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel Cruz Bay Landing Dionysus Fernando Micheletti Boating Fernando Micheletti Plumbing Fish Trap Gerald Singer Guide Books Helen Eltis Hook, Line & Sinker Isla Vista Island Massage Co Janet Rutnik Jolly Dog Trading Co. 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By T om Oat St. John Tradewinds The private investigator working for the parents of a New Jersey man who was found stabbed to death in his apartment on the grounds of a south shore luxury home on January 19 has tracked down the former tenant of the apartment who claims he may have been the intended target of the fatal attack. But the investigator, (William) Todd Phoenix, of St. Petersburg, Florida, isnt sure the V.I. Police Department know about the possible case of mistaken identity which could have led to Malfettis murder or that the young man who was the intended target of the fatal attack was still on island or if the police want to know. We attempted to meet with VIPD and the Commissioner, Phoenix told Tradewinds. We were told that they would not share any information on an open investigation. We have since had telephone conversations with Sgt. (Diana) Martinez (the lead detective in the VIPDs Malfetti investigation) and had the same response, the private investigator said. Based on that information, I do not know their level of awareness of the situation. Similarities to Cockayne Murder The situation involves a young man working at an island resort who says he was the intended target of the attack for pressing the prosecution of a man for assaulting him in Cruz Bay, according to Phoenix. The private investigator named the former tenant without hesitation, although he did not say whether he had talked with the young stateside man who was still working at one of the islands resorts three weeks after the murder. A Tradewinds source said the VIPD investigators have not been able to locate the man who was charged in that criminal case. As far as his testimony, it was related to a battery that occurred in town (Cruz Bay) in which he was the victim, said Phoenix, who also worked for the family of Jamie Cockayne, a young Pennsylvania man who was stabbed to death in Cruz Bay in June 2007. The Cockayne murder attracted international media attention for the way the V.I. Police Department responded to the Cockayne family and was reported on by Anderson Cooper of CNN. Cockayne, a short term visitor to the island, died in Cruz Bay when he bled to death from a knife wound suffered in an assault by several young island men in the continuation of a bar argument. Phoenix spent almost a week on St. John investhe information which had already been provided to Tradewinds by sources and added a few more details dence on the morning of January 18. The burglary (to the main residence) occurred between the hours of 11:00 p.m. Friday night (January 17) and the time they awoke and reported it Saturday morning (at 8:15 a.m. January 18), Phoenix told Tradewinds. (The owner) reported the burglary to their residence. They were home at the time the burglary occurred. His car and Jimmy were discovered on the 19th, Phoenix said of Malfetti. Their caretaker discovered Jimmy Sunday morning. There is no evidence to support that the homicide did not occur during the same time frame as the burglary to the home, Phoenix continued. Jimmy Malfettis car was located on Rendezvous the same day his body was found, January 19, the No Comment on Victims Wounds Phoenix would not comment on a report to Tradewinds that Malfettis throat had been slit. Police reports have said the man suffered puncture wounds to his neck. I cant comment on, Phoenix told Tradewinds. St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 5 Private Investigator Examines Possible Mistaken Identity in Malfetti Murder Happy Holidays! Police Commissioner Responds to Criticism of VIPDs Investigation of Malfetti MurderBy T om Oat St. John Tradewinds An active police investigation continues into the stabbing death of James Malfetti III, 41, on St. John sometime before his body was discovered on January 19 as well as other homicides in the Territory, but no sensitive information would be released while the investigation was underway, according to V.I. Police Commissioner Rodney F. Querrard. We will continue to work all angles of this case until we identify the perpetrator(s) who fatally stabbed Mr. Malfetti on St. John, Comm. Querrard said in a press statement February 12 in response to criticism of the VIPD investiga tion into the death of Malfetti. This case is an active investigation and we will continue the process of investigating the unfortunate death of James Malfetti until we arrest in the case, the Commissioner said in a prepared statement. A criminal investigation is a process and in some instances the process takes time to yield results. The VIPD team has taken all necessary steps from the day the victim was found to process the evidence at the crime scene, determine that the case was a homicidal death and begin the process of securing statements from potenContinued on Page 22 Continued on Page 22
By T om Oat St. John Tradewinds A team of U.S. Virgin Islands and stateside lawyers are chasing a major U.S. lumber company in a class action U.S. District Court lawsuit over the sale of inad equately treated lumber in the U.S. Virgin Islands which has left scores of homes and structures susceptible to wood fungi, termites or other organisms. Great Southern Lumber of Atlanta, Georgia, is the only defendant in the second amended complaint in the lawsuit, according to Atty. Lee Rohn of the Rohn Law Firm on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Local counsel has managed to mediate local clients out of the lawsuit, but that doesnt mean the class action lawsuit complete with stateside counsel special izing in class action lawsuits is any easier to explain to potential plaintiffs. Lumber inadequately treated to resist insects, moisture and fungi was sold by Paradise Lumber on St. John and MSI and possible other retailers on St. Thomas in the years following January 1, 2004, according to a lawsuit, the ad in the February 2, 2014, edition of Tradewinds read. counsel Lee Rohn of St. Croix, who is working with the Washington, D.C., based national con& LaDuca, LLP, claims that Great Southern knew the wood was substandard and dumped it in Caribbean markets to escape stateside accountability, the ad continued. Paradise and MSI Not Defendants Paradise and MSI are not defendants, Atty. Rohn told Tradewinds on Thursday, February 6. In this class action they are not defendants; Great Southern is the only defendant. We havent dropped any defendants. We never sued Paradise Lumber. The actual party responsible for the substandard wood is Great Southern Wood Preserving Inc., based in Atlanta, the ad in Tradewinds continued. Our case is primarily against Great Southern because they are the ones that failed to properly treat the wood and they knew they were sending out defective wood, Atty. Rohn subsequently reiterated in an interview with Tradewinds. a class action lawsuit to protect anyone who may have been affected by the inadequately treated lumber, the attorney explained. All the plaintiffs wanted to do was protect their neighbors, Atty. Rohn said. The defendant, Great Southclass action, which could stall the case, Atty. Rohn acknowledged. single person affected and give them the opportunity to join the lawsuit a mass tort suit. We have been contacted by about 30 people, Atty. Rohn said plaintiffs even if they had previously signed a release of their claim. A release is not enforceable if it is obtained under fraud, Atty. Rohn explained. They (Great Southern) knew the wood was defective. Tradewinds read: Thus far about 40 St. John residents have joined a suit seeking damages in federal court against Great Southern.) Closed Mediation Session in January Lawyers representing the multiple potential parties and island residents already involved in the legal action met in a closed media tion session at the Westin Resort over several days in January bewas published seeking other potential clients who could join the class action. Victims (known as plain tiffs) are entitled to recover damages beyond the cost of replacement lumber, the Rohn ad continued. Among those damages are labor costs to remove, replace and dispose of the defective wood, replacement and installation of any other materials damaged by the wood, and compensation for diminished property values and suffering and mental anguish. A forensic wood technolo with the defective wood includ ing inadequate penetration depth and incorrect ratios of chemicals used to treat the wood, the Rohn ad explained. The wood does not meet the standards of the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) or the International Code Island Expert Shut Out of Mediation Ironically, the only AWPA member in the Caribbean, longtime St. John resident Todd Roskin of St. John Solutions pest control, wasnt allowed to attend the closed mediation session in January. side the meeting room appeared to have been removed during the mediation, so he also paid to inoff-island circulation of St. John Tradewinds to reach island property owners with the professional information about treatment for wood used in construction in the Caribbean environment. The expected life of properly treated wood should be 30 years or more, with numerous companies offering lifetime warranties, according to the Rohn Law Firm ad in Tradewinds. The substandard wood sold in our islands, however, can fail as early as two-to-three years because it cannot resist wood fungi, termites or other organisms, the ad continued. Degradation of inadequately treated wood can spread to adjacent wood products and threaten the entire structure and electrical, plumbing and gutter systems. Roskin agreed, but the wood 6 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 Lawyers in Class Action Wood Lawsuit Focusing on Major Manufacturer Continued on Page 22
By Judi Shimel St. John Tradewinds A few years ago the pocket park across the street from the Loredon Boynes Ferry Dock in Cruz Bay took on a new appear ance. Last week the park, with its parquet brickwork, brick bordered trees and low stone walls got another taseful touch. Two chekered gameboards with bench style tables were added to the park, courtesy of VI First Lady Cecile de Jongh and a nonMrs. deJongh came to admire the new installation Wednesday, February 12, accompanied by St. John Adminitsrator Leona Smith and students from Gifft Hill School Interact Club. tiative Chess in the Park. Its designed to encourage students to learn more about the centuries old Persian strategy game. The idea came to her during a visit to New York, the V.I. First Lady explained. I was in Central Park and I was walking through, I saw the chess tables, people playing chess and having a good time, she said. Upon her return to the territory, Islands parks would also be a good setting for chess enthusiasts. With help from donors, who raised $5,000 and helping hands from My Brothers Workshop, the tables were made. Led by Scott Bradley, My Brothers Workshop is well regarded among some disenfranchised young men and boys. Bradley gives them a chance to learn building trades and carpentry and along the way, self-worth. VI parks already set the scene for domino table games, something that can be seen almost daily in Franklin Powell park. Several members of the Interact Club said they played dominoes but were just being introduced to chess. showed them how. She said she learned by playing with her brother at home. Although he is a better player, she explained, occasionally she beats him. I like chess very much because its a nice challenge, and its interesting to see whos going to win, Bruce said. Chess is part of the school cur riculum in several nations worldwide, including China, Brazil, Venezuela, Russia and Greece. According to a website promoting children, the game shows children how to use planning, patience, disSixteen-year-old Maysonne Attika, a tenth grader at GHS, said he used to play in the territorys World Chess Federation. Taking a seat at the board in the park with said he was glad for a chance to play. I havent been playing for a while but its still fun, he said. Chess benches are also being set up in Roosevelt Park on St. Thomas, across the street from St. Croix at Limpricht Park in Christainsted. Mrs. deJongh said shes hopeful students on St. John and St. Thomas will use the new facilities to grow a passion for the game. Resident Ronnie Jones said he used to teach students in Cruz Bay encouraged residents with an interest in the game to make time for students willing to learn.St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 7 Chess In the Park Hoping To Spark Love of the GameSt. John Tradewinds February 12. 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! ISLAND SOLAR V.I. 300-watt panels 300-watt inverters SunDrum solar hot water systems Battery stand-alone systems Energy audits Diesel generators Conventional solar hot water systems Power management systems Off-grid living for over 12 years on Lovango Cay. Dan Boyd t: 340-626-9685 e: firstname.lastname@example.org We are anAuthorizedV.I.EnergyDealer& Grid-Tie Systems as low as $3.50 per watt and Nohidden SAY NO TO W APA
8 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 Photos Courtesy Eleanor GibneyABOVE LEFT: This early 1900 photo shows traditional architecture on St. Croix at the time, including the arched cistern at right, and gingerbread detail on the home. ABOVE CENTER: Children at the John Lindquist-owned home at America Hill. ABOVE RIGHT: The view of undeveloped Peter Bay from America Hill (what is now the Cinnamon Bay archaeology building is visible).By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds A nearly full house was treated to rare images of life in the Virgin Islands in approximately 1910 at the St. John Historical Societys Tuesday, February 11, meeting at the Bethany Moravian Church. The photos were presented by SJHS ly acquired the two leather-bound volumes of approximately 100 photographs. All my life Ive loved looking at old photos of the Virgin Islands to see what things have changed and what things havent changed, said Gibney. Although not much is known about the collection, Gibney surmised that the images were all taken by the same photographer with the intent of documenting the economic conditions of the islands. In 1910, an attempted sale of the Danish West Indies to the U.S. had just fallen through, and Denmark was exploring the idea of putting in more infrastructure in an effort to turn things around in the islands. Gibneys presentation began with photos taken aboard the 310-foot-long SS St. Croix, the steamship that brought the photographer and several others to the Virgin Islands on lands was documented, with the majority of the photos representing St.Croix. In addition to photos of St. Croixs rolling landscape and vistas that are still recognizable today, the images depict the essence of life in the V.I. in the early 1900s. Gibney shared photographs of men working in a yard in Frederiksted, a large group of people walking to church, and an inkberry tree the traditional Christmas tree of the Virgin Islands decorated for the holidays inside a private residence. Several photos of cotton plantations were presented, including plantation owners checking out their crops and women in long sleeves, long skirts, and head scarves working with harvested cotton inside a plantation building. Cotton was in heavy production when these photos were taken, said Gibney. On St. Croix, cotton was as economically important as sugarcane. In one of the images, a gentleman sits on a rocking chair ubiquitous during that time, explained Gibney on a balcony lined with potted plants, while photos of residences capture traditional architecture of the time including arched cisterns and gingerbread detail. St. Croix had wealth, unlike St. John, said Gibney. The few photos of St. John depicted the home at America Hill one of the few places you could stay overnight, said Gibney along with views from America Hill of Maho Bay to the east and an undeveloped Peter Bay to the west. An image of Hurricane Hole showed extensive pasture where cows had grazed, and the 1910 photographer captured a breathtaking view looking from Bordeaux Mountain toward the isPhotos of St. Thomas depicted a working coaling station at Hassel Island, warehouses each with their own wharf lining the waterfront at Charlotte Amalie, and aspects of everyday life including men making a laundry at the shore. Its a really, really valuable collection, Gibney said of the photos, which she plans to donate to the SJHS archive once the society constructs its planned permanent home at Gifft Hill. 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! Early 1900s Photographs Provide Window Into Life in V.I. Under Danish Rule looking at old photos of the V irgin Islands to see what things have changed Eleanor Gibney
St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 9 Eos Dwarfs Silver Cloud in Round Bay One of the largest sailing vessels in the world, the 300-foot Eos, left, was spotted moored in the Round Bay area of Coral masted Bermuda rigged schooner dwarfed Coral Cloud, seen at left sailing past the Barry Dillerowned Eos.St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime ElliottBoyd-Richards Wants Support for Meeting with DPNR Commissioner on Land DisputeBy T om Oat St. John Tradewinds Dr. Monica Boyd Richards has been called to a meeting on Tuesday, February 18, with Commissioner Alicia Barnes of the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) to discuss her standoff with the developers of the South Shore Road gas station over encroachment on her family land handed Dr. Richards, an attorney and retired U.S. Army to the meeting and she wants to bring her minister and Tradewinds. Boyd, who left his heirs major land holdings in the valley overlooking Great Cruz Bay and what is now the Westin Resort. Y ears-long Battle Over Family Property Throughout its extended construction, Dr. Richgas station and adjacent commercial development on the north side of South shore Road on the steep hill from the Westin Resort to the top of Jacobs Ladder are on her familys land and the project should never While Dr. Richards said the developer of the gas station complex offered compensation for encroach ing on Boyd family property, Dr. Richards has consistently said the entire project is on her familys property and the property is not for sale at any price. Judge Validates Claim in Recusal In a story in the February 10 issue of Tradewinds, leen Mackay. Judge Mackay recused herself from hearing Dr. Richards case and asked that the court the developer of the gas station to another judge. The legal action, Monica Boyd-Richard vs. No. 481-1 Chocolate Hole Realty LLC and Nadal Salem Race Track Gas is now awaiting reassignment to another judge. Judge Mackay, who had probated the estate of Richards late father, wrote in the order removing herself from Dr. Richards case and asking the court to assign the case to another judge that her previous necessitated the reassignment. Judge Mackay, however, did provide Atty. Richards with some additional legal validation of her claim of ownership of the parcel involved in her legal action against the development which abuts her family property, an Action for a Temporary Restraining Order, Injunctive Relief, Declaratory Judgment and Damages, Reversion Trespass and Damages, Civil No. ST-13-INJ-0000001. from the matter to avoid the appearance of impropriety as while in private practice she probated the which remainder Parcel No. 1 (a/k/a Parcel No. 1-W) uted to Monica Boyd Richards and others , Judge Mackay wrote in her recusal order. the aforesaid parcel appears to be the precise parcel that Monica Boyd-Richards asserts is being damaged by the Defendants, Judge Mackay wrote in the order recusing herself. Therefore, (the undersigned) returns same to the Clerk of the Court for re-assignment, Judge Mackay wrote in her November 22, 2013, Order. The case has yet to be reassigned to another judge. role in the situation before getting further involved in Dr. Richards legal action. Tradewinds has told Dr. Richards a reporter will Carlos FURNITUREHAS IT ALL!FREE Delivery/Setup to St. John at Tutu Park Mall Queen Beds....................from $399Living Room Sets ............from $999Fridge & Stove Combo ...from $1100Open 7 Days a Week340-693-0016 / 340-642-7926Come see what everyones talking about! ~ Large selection of bedroom sets to choose from ~ GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS FACE ADVERTISE ON... WhatToDo-VI.com ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook
10 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 Sunday 10am HAWKSNEST BEACH facebook Freshwater Church St. John USVITerry Lansdale, Pastor 340.514.6578(CHILDCARE AVAILABLE) St. John Tradewinds Greetings to all our friends and neighbors. St. John Rescue held our February 6 meeting. The elections will be held at be elected to the following positions: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, chief, training to engage our younger members in the administrative activities of ST. John Rescue. We are still searching for members of the community who can assist us with the day to day operations of St. John Rescue. Building and vehicle maintenance, radio dispatching and services, and administrative work. You would not be required to answer emergency calls and you could set your own hours. Please consider helping out your volunteer emergency medical agency so the responding members can spend more time training. The Coral Bay Open golf tour nament was a super success. The support we received from our friends and neighbors exceeded all expectations. We had a great time and the funds we received from the maintain our building, equipment, and to support our training schedule. We have several more advanced training sessions set for April and May. These training sessions are invaluable but costly. directly to the purchase of medical and training supplies, training nance and upkeep of our building and vehicles. So many businesses and individuals helped us with the golf tournament. The members of St. John Rescue are so very grateful to them for giving up their time Thank you. need is to raise funds towards the purchase of our headquarters. We are asking for our friends and neighbors to get together to form a syndicate that would provide ST. John Rescue with a loan of $240,000 that we could use to pur chase our headquarters building. It would take a group of our supporters to pool their resources and provide us with the funding we need. We would make monthly payments at a negotiated amount including interest. Please help support us. We are currently paying nearly interest only on our lease. We need your help. If you can help please call me at (340)626-5118. We now have agreements with their oxygen tanks for free. This service saves the taxpayer money. Previously agencies had to send tanks to St. Thomas or St. Croix cause of the transport costs. to sign the agreement. It seems would rather use taxpayer dollars them for free. In addition, St. John Rescue has been trying to get a signed agreement with the Department of Justice for responding to DOA calls on St. John. After eight years of trying to get someone in the DOJ to prepare and sign an agreement we still have no such agreement. Another example of government at work. Please consider taking a CPR class. We offer CPR every month on the second Saturday starting at 9:30AM. Please contact me at msn.com to sign up. The fee is $30.Elections Set for March 6 MeetingSt. John Tradewinds News Photo ST. JOHN S LAW FIRM SINCE 1989Real Estate / Land Use / Environmental / Trusts and Estates / Probate Business Entities / Consulting / Litigation / Personal InjuryLocated at beautiful Est. Lindholm, aboe Asolare, 340-693-8255, www.stjohnilaw.comJ. Brion Morrisette & Raf Muilenburg, Partners Clyde Murphree, Of Counsel Dont miss this wonderful evening of art, music and wine!LIVE MUSIC AND NEW ARTbyT. BREEZE VERDANTINLAY & MARQUETRY ARTIST AND MUSICIANWINE TASTINGatISLAND CORK FRIDAY NIGHT FETE BEST OF BOTH WORLDSFebruary 21, 2014 6-9 P.M. Mongoose Junction, St. John To The Rescueby Bob Malacarne, NR-EMT, ASHI, NAEMT JANUARY During the month of to the following calls for assistance: Jan 9: motor vehicle Jan 13: Patient Transport Coral Bay J an 14: DOA service Catherineberg Jan 26: Marine Rescue Jan 31: Patient Transport from Myrah Keating Smith Center class for the crew of Kekoa.
St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 11 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds One of the islands most hotlyanticipated fundraising events of the year is drawing near, and promises to be a night to remember. The 28th Annual Gifft Hill School Auction is Saturday, March 8, at 5:30 p.m. and while this years event is in a new venue, residents can expect the same exciting opportunities to support the St. John private schools scholarship fund. many years that were having the auction at Caneel Bay Resort, said Molly Murrill, GHS assistant to the development director. With renovations planned for the schools usual auction home at the Westin Resort and Villas conference rooms, Caneel Bay ofcilities, explained Murrill. great and everyone at the Westin is being just as helpful as always to help us make the event a success, she said. While GHS looks forward to returning the auction to the Westin next year, the events new site offers long-time organizers an exciting change. Were excited for the new venue, said Murrill. Well be down nitely use the pretty breeze-way area as well. is professional auctioneer husband and wife team Darron and Hope who will lead the entertaining live auction portion of the night. Our auctioneer team is returning again this year from South Car olina and volunteering their services, Murrill said. They love doing this event and they love coming to St. John. They really believe in what were doing and were so excited to have them back. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception and silent auction kicking off at 5:30 p.m. with the chance to bid on a variety of items and peruse work by this years featured artists. Dont miss the chance to bid on artwork by painter Lucy Portluck, sculptor, jeweler and automata tor Larry Lipsky and print-maker Carson Tredgett. Silent auction items available to local restaurants and shops to jewelry, boat trips and more. Before dinner and the live auction get under way, at 7:30 and 8 p.m. respectively, guests will have the opportunity to support the school in several fun games. The GHS Auction will feature again this year, Murrill explained. We will again be offering our $100 Golden Tickets and we will release the list of prizes this week, happens during the live auction and the winner gets to choose from any of the prizes on our list, which includes most of the live auction items. And you dont have to be present to win. There will only be 200 Golden Tickets sold and the prize list promises to include luxurious vain the coming weeks for GHS students and faculty selling Golden Tickets at The Marketplace, Mur rill added. There will also be a special explained. Were going to do the jewelry tiful sapphire bracelet from R&I Patton, she said. The tickets for that are $25 each and you get a a speciality cocktail made by one of our fabulous teacher/bartenders. That happens during the live auction and you do have to be present to win. The Wall of Wine game will be featured at the auction again this year as well. In order to get in $50 blinkie light. Then later in the evening Darron Meares leads the Heads and Tails game, where players must make the call by placing their hands on their heads or their bums. Players who guess wrong must sit down until eventually only one person is left standing, and taking home a wine collection to be envied by any oenophile. Sure be a new hit this year is a photo booth courtesy of photographer Savanah Loftus where guests can mug for the camera with a variety of props. Renowned local videographer Steve Simonsen is busy wrapping up his always poignant GHS video presentation, Murrill added. And of course the live auction itself will feature exciting travel packages ranging from an African Safari to a week in idyllic Maine. GHS supporters who cant make it to the event can get online and bid on the live auction items and even outright purchase a few, Murrill explained. We have a lot of trips lined up already for the live auction from a cruise to the African trip, several Westin and Sheraton stays and boat trips, said the GHS assistant to the development director. Some of the exciting sports packages and special event trips often featured in the live auction are lined up as well, Murrill added. We have a trip to the World Cup in Brazil and a trip to the practice round of The Masters, she said. We also have a trip to the Telluride Film Festival and a weekend in New York City with Broadway show tickets and tickets to a Yankees game. And the fun wont end when the last bid package is won. Motu will host the GHS Auction After Party which will feature DJ Top Notch, plenty of dancing and fabulous drinks. While there are many exciting happenings planned for the 28th Annual GHS Auction, its impor tant to remember how vital the funds are to the school, Murrill explained. We have a wonderful group of grade and all the proceeds we raise at the auction support the scholar student body said Murrill. Tickets to the auction are $150 each or buy a 10 seat table for $1,250. Tickets are available online at www.giffthillschool.org/ auction, or call the school at (340) 776-1735. Also online, check out the packages already available for bid and to purchase.Gifft Hill Schools 28th Annual Auction Set for March 8 at Caneel Bay Resort Paul owner of Island Cork located in Mongoose Junction. Island Cork as a the best selection of wines on St. John, with tastings daily. (340) 228-2090 www.islandcork.com email@example.com within Mongoose Junction Shopping Center in Cruz Bay Uncorked every Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat. 10-5 and Sunday by appointment only.From the uninitiated to those wanting to further their knowledge and experience, Island Cork offers an easy guide through the basics to an exploration of pairings to enhance any occasion. Anyone with an interest in wine will be thrilled at the variety of wine as well as the camaraderie found in the store. Fine Wine Craft Beers Premium Cigars www.iglavi.org PRESERVE ST. JOHN Help usGain a competitive edge in the rental market while lowering your energy costs by joining our Green Villa Program*Become a member of the Island Green Living Association today!*
12 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jim Furneaux pass Mingo Cay, right. St. John Tradewinds The St. John Yacht Clubs Island Hopper regatta last week featured an 82-foot entry, a demasting, a protest (upheld) and strong competition among the nine entrants. Starting from Two Brothers off Cruz Bay in 10 to 15 knot countered shifting winds as they raced toward Henley Cay The spinnaker boats were closely matched on the downwind spinnaker leg. As the wind shifted to southeast and dropped off to 8 to 10 knots, the race committee shortened the course from the original 17.5 miles to 13.5 miles. The tacking duels as the boats sailed from Coki Point up past Grass, Mingo and Lovango Cays were impressive. At one point the 82-foot Aiyana with Pete Core at the helm had to give way to Chuck Pesslers IC-24, Desperado only to see Desperado give way to Aiyana moments later. All of the racers were challenged by continuously changing winds. Gallows Point a distress call came in from Sarah and Jim Swans Kate which had just suffered a demasting. The committee boat assisted lifting the mast out of the water and towed Kate back to Cruz Bay. Aiyana minutes. The non-spinnaker class was however won by Neil Newharts Flying Circus on the basis of adjusted time. The Desperados SPINNAKER (TIMES ARE ADJUSTED) 1. Desperado 3:13 2. All In 3:22 3. MT -3:25 NON-SPINNAKER 1. Flying Circus 3:54 2. Aiyana 4:04 The after race awards ceremony was hosted at the Banana Deck where tales of the days racing were recounted by the boisterous participants. The next race sponsored by the St. John Yacht Club will be the 41st annual Around St. John Race on March 16. Call St. John Yacht Club Vice Commodore Mike Feierabend at (340) 524-3244 for information.Flying Circus and Desperado W in Island Hopper Regatta
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Looking for a charming, move-in ready villa which boasts breath-taking views as well as a notyet-completed, but already stunning dream home to Look no further than Southern Cross and Dolce Vita, two houses nestled on a bluff overlooking Chocolate Hole Bay. Both houses are being sold for $3.5 million, exNash. These two houses are on one lot and are being offered at one price, Nash said. The homes are located on a 0.68-acre parcel in brightly colored bougainvillea and more on the lush property. Southern Cross and Dolce Vita are just a Cruz Bay, while the alabaster beaches on the islands North Shore are only a short drive away as well. Southern Cross is the move-in ready villa on the land. The home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms and features mahogany and native stone details throughout. The impressive great room boasts cathedral ceilings and offers sweeping views of that stunning water just outside. The great room at Southern Cross leads right into the open-plan kitchen, which features beautiful cabinetry and stonework created by local craftsmen. en-suite bath, offering guests total comfort and privacy. shade and plenty of sunshine. A covered outdoor dining area is nestled just off the great room; making it a perfect place for romantic al fresco evening meals. Or watch the sun peek over the horizon as you sip your morning coffee on the oversized deck to start a perfect Caribbean day. A few steps down from the main deck, leads to the refreshing pool. Stretch out on a lounge chair while soaking up those beautiful water views and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing onto the rocks below. Included in the price of the meticulously maintained and beautifully constructed Southern Breeze is Dolce Vita, an impressive stone house that is 80 percent complete, Nash explained. The all-stone Dolce Vita is a perfect project for project from scratch, said Nash. Dolce Vita is actually two structures; a main house and a guest house. While the home is not a completed project, what is there is stunning. From the conch shells nestled into the stone over the arched brick windows and the towering great room to the pillar-lined walkways, slate roof and copper gutters, Dolce Vita is a masterpiece just waitFor more information on Southern Breeze and 776-6666 or on her cell phone at (340) 642-2246. St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 13 Opportunity and Stunning Views Await at Southern Breeze and Dolce Vita PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION St. John Tradewinds News Photos Views abound from Southern Breeze in Estate Chocolate Hole.
14 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 St. John School Choirs 2:30 pm 3:00 pm Childrens Art ShowThe Marketplace, 2nd Floor
St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 15 Love City Radio owners Jamie Gladman.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. By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds Die-hard St. John lovers are known for infusing a bit of Love City into their everyday stateside lives however they can, from visiting island news blogs to drinking island-inspired concoctions like painkillers even as the snow falls down around them. Now theres another way that visitors can stay connected to the island in between their St. John vacations: Love City Radio. The brainchild of St. John resGladman, Love City Radio plays everything from reggae to country to pop in an effort to bring the warmth and spirit of the island to listeners around the world. The internet radio station launched quietly in December 2013, and Burgess and Gladman expect to be up and running at full capacity within the next month or so. Gladman, who currently does marketing and design for local restaurants and other businesses, and Burgess, who runs an audio/ visual business and owns Wet Woodys Boat Charters, became friends during Gladmans stint at the Barefoot Cowboy Lounge. With 15 years of experience in raGladman approached Burgess with the idea to start an islandthemed radio station. I was looking for something new or different to do, said Gladman. I was originally thinking of doing a small broadcast covering convinced me that internet was probably the best solution. We know the passion that comes with the people who visit here, as well as the people who live here, so the overall concept is to let them stay connected to where they are when they go home. Listeners who visit www. lovecityradio.com are treated to an island-inspired, eclectic mix of music meant to evoke memories of St. John. Love City Radio corded live performance of South Carolina-based Sol Driven Train, who played on catamaran charter boat Kekoa. Weve slowly been tweaking the programming, said Gladhow to do live events and local programming. The station is hosted on a server in the states and streamed from St. John, which, as anyone whos experienced the typical blips and outages of local internet providers and WAPA can imagine, presents its own set of Its been a challenge with the internet infrastructure we have here, said Burgess. Its an ever-evolving process, added Gladman. The technology piece is so critical, and its taken some time to get the right making it streamline and sound the way it does. operation, Love City Radio has already streamed music to listeners across the U.S., and even has a like on their Facebook page from a person in Bangladesh. Listeners have been offering feedback on everything from what kind of music theyd like to hear to how well the music is streaming, all of which is welcomed by Burgess and Gladman. The whole idea is we want to be able to broadcast the things our listeners are interested in, so they can hear what they want to hear while theyre sitting in their ever they may be, said Burgess. To learn more about Love City Radio, visit www.lovecityradio. com, or visit the stations Facebook page.Love City Radio Delivers Taste of St. John to Listeners Across the GlobeThe whole idea is we want to be able to broadcast the things our listeners are inter ested in, so they can hear what they want to
16 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 St. John Tradewinds that it has awarded a $36,000 grant to Gifft Hill School which will be early learning program and Camp Barracuda. the development of intelligence, personality and social behavior, said education improves childrens cognitive abilities and shapes important behavioral traits such as sociability, motivation and self-esteem. An investment in early education pays tremendous dividends down the road enables Gifft Hill School to provide more children access to our wonder ful school community and resources. Gifft Hill School and its Camp Barracuda offer a high quality early learning experience and is open to children from across St. John, said families. provided over $250,000 of grants to island schools, parents and children over the past six years. These grants have allowed countless St. John children to have positive learning experiences during their earliest years, preparing them for success in formal school and life beyond. To learn Kids First! Awards $36,000 Grant to GHS Financial Aid for NeedsBased Families To Attend Early Learning Program St. John Tradewinds News Photo FOR SALE:Beautifully Carved Indonesian Teak Door and Window Shutters3 Windows & 2 Doors Available (buy separately or as package deal) CALL 340-642-5386 T O MAKE AN APPOINTMENT T O VIEWSt. John Tradewinds The Best of Both Worlds Fine Art and Craft Gallery is pleased to invite the public to a series of Friday Night Ftes beginning Friday, February 21. of T. Breeze Verdant on February 21 and February 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mongoose Junction. Paul Tsakeres of Island Cork will be offering a wine tasting of his favorites from around the world and other shops and restaurants will be open. Claiming Geographical Addiction as an ailment that forces Breeze to seek the cure, he returns yearly to revel in St. Johns healing environment. An inlay artist who creates jewelry from exquisite woods, shells and metal, Breeze aims to display maxi mum beauty with minimum consumption. He uses unusual woods that have already lived a previous life, such as ebony from piano keys that get intercepted on the way to the dump. In this lucky case, Verdant has made some beauti ful earrings and pendants from a stump of the gor geous dalbergia genus species, Tulipwood, which he was given during a previous visit to St. John. This rare wood is a true rosewood with its famous cousins wood and Blackwood to name a few. Bright scarlet streaks blend with cream-colored sapwood on these pieces that Breeze dowsed with alcohol and peroxide to create unusual and captivating effects. By T. Breeze Verdant. I know trees, said Verdant. Ive been climbing in them since I was young, and... dont let my age fool you, because I still climb them. When Im not writing or performing environmental tunes, I can be found working with trees in the form of marquetry and inlay. My aim is to display the maximal beauty of wood while consuming the minimal amount of it, Verdant said. My work began by building my own log cabin and home out of my own trees and recycled wood. I as possible. Mystery wood shows up outside my door boiled twigs (shellac) and dairy protein. For more information, contact Best of Both Worlds Friday Night Ftes Begin February 21
St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 17 St. John Tradewinds Q: Im considering buying a used car here on St. John and want your advise on what would be the best way to go about this. A friend of mine bought what he thought was a great deal and it ended up being a total nightmare with major repairs right after he bought it. A: been more appropriate than when purchasing a used car or truck. Im glad you asked this question because position. You need to have the car checked out by Pre-Purchase Inspection and anyone considering buying a used vehicle needs to make this minor investment to help prevent them from a major repair cost after the purchase is complete. Before taking the car for its Pre-Purchase Inspection, ask the seller if you can take the car for an extended test drive across the island, not just a quick 5 minute drive. I always suggest that you take this test drive with a friend, with the windows down, the radio OFF and no talking so theres no distractions and you can both listen very carefully for any noises coming from the engine or suspension. This test drive is a most critical time, so you both really do need to pay close attention to any problems or concerns you have during a 30 minute test drive as opposed to a quick spin around the block. Make notes so you can explain any noises or concerns you have to the mechanic that checks the car out for you. He wont be able to take it for as long a test drive as you. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, did I say ALWAYS, have any car or truck checked out by a reputable, PROhard earned money. Dont check the car out yourself or ask your friend or neighbor who knows a little about cars to check out the used car or truck youre interested in buying. This situation seems to be most prevalent with guys. My experience is that most guys that have ever had their head under a hood, changed oil, replaced spark plugs or put on a new fan belt feel that they are an expert mechanic and capable of knowing if a used car is a good buy or not. Fortunately, most women have enough smarts to realize that they dont have the exmechanic to render a realistic assessment of the cars condition. Sorry guys, the ladies win out on this one. Its called a Pre-Purchase Inspection, and is the best money you could ever spend before buying a used car. Some shops will only charge you a few dollars to walk around the car, kick the tires and stick their head under the hood to listen to the engine run. This is not the PPI youre looking for. You want to the car up and inspect the entire underside, remove all the wheels to check the condition of the brakes and hydraulics as well as do a complete inspection of the suspension, especially the front end. A thorough PPI should include performing a computer diagnostic scan to check for any trouble codes that have been to a seller that tells you not to worry about the check engine light because its always been on. It can be a minor problem or a major expense to repair what is acutlly causing the check engine light to come on and youll want to know this before you buy. For a complete and comprehensive PPI you will end up spending $75-$100 and should get a full written report that lists any problems found and an estimated cost to do those repairs. This is invaluable information so you can make an informed decision whether to buy the car and spend the money for the needed repairs or pass and keep looking for another car. Most times if you confront the seller with the written report and estimate of what it will cost to perform all the needed repairs you can get the seller to negotiate and lower the price the amount of the repairs needed, or at least not a perfect car so you cant really expect the seller to restore the car to perfect condition. So try to be reasonable, and try to come to a compromise on the price. Anyone selling a vehicle should be happy to allow you to take a vehicle theyre selling to your mechanic for this inspection prior to purchasing. Any seller that wont allow you to take the car to YOUR mechanic usually has something to hide. If any seller is reluctant or refuses to let you have their vehicle checked out by you need to walk, no RUN away from that vehicle. then it probably is too good to be true and keep lookmechanic for the Pre-Purchase Inspection. Whenever by Jack Brown Ask the Auto Doctor Buying a Used Car on Islanda buyer calls me and wants me to perform a Pre-Purchase Inspection on one of my customers cars I always insist that they have a different shop do the inspection so they will get a completely independent, third party, have a mechanic that youve been dealing with, then ask your friends or neighbor if they can recommend a reliable mechanic to check out the car before you buy it. Always ask the seller if they know of any problems the car has been about the condition of the car being sold, even if its a good friend or someone youve known for a long time. Youd be surprised and amazed at just how dishonest some people can be when it comes to selling a car. turns out that I got burned by people I knew and thought were honest, Continued on Page 23 The annual sale will include a variety of colorful colius, above, as well as native plants.Annual Audubon Plant Sale Is March 1St. John Tradewinds If youre looking for a great variety of plants and tress at reasonable prices come see us at the The Marketplace (2nd level parking lot) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Once again the VI Audubon Society will offer a wide variety of plants and trees; most obtained from various VIAS members and from local growers/landscapers, who generously donate plants for the groups annual fundraiser. If youre looking to add palms, bay trees, mahogany trees, some natives, desert rose, agaves, ornamentals such as Josephs Coat, lantana, ruellia, plumeria, periwinkle and other garden favorites to your landscape make sure to stop by. Vegetable plants will also be available including: tomatoes, lettuce greens, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, kale, collards, edaname and banana root stock. Many diverse herbs will be for sale including: cilantro, parsley, dill, basil, mint and garlic chives. This list is only a portion of what will be available. The organization will have orchids for sale, too. This event is the major fundraiser for VIAS. Money raised is used to sponsor programs for school children and to continue efforts to, preserve, restore and enhance the wildlife sanctuary at the Small Pond at Frank Bay, a Virgin Islands designated Wildlife & Marine Sanctuary. For further information contact co-chairs Dave Spoth at (716) 472-6888 or Mary Moroney at 779-8091.
18 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 24 NEXT DEADLINE:THURSDAY, FEB. 20th2013-TO-DATE 1st Degree Burglaries: 1 Rapes: 1 2014-TO-DATE Rapes: 2 Letters To St. John TradewindsThe current investigation into the stabbing mur der of James Malfetti and the frustration his parents are experiencing is all to similar to the situation we faced for years and continue with since our son Jamie Cockayne was stabbed to death on ST. John June 19, 2007. of compassion and communication is a repeat of our experience. Our prayers are many and our hope for their sons killer to be arrested, tried and convicted is steadfast. Someone knows what happened please be brave and come forward. Sincerely, Jeanie and Bill CockayneCockayne Parents Pray for Malfetti FamilyIn response to the article written last week in the Tradewinds, and Senator Barshingers report. I would like to clear up a few things I feel are being misunderstood. First, I feel we were, as a parent body, taken aback by the forum of the meeting. I for one, thought it was going to be an open forum. Like the meeting we had back in October, where almost every parent that was there got up and spoke. I guess, I just wish we had known they were going to be calling people to testify, that way we could have been just as prepared as the Senate Committee were. To clear up what Senator Barshinger is doing; he is taking a tally, NOT registering children for school. He would like to have at least 100 children on that list so show that we have enough students for next year to a) keep the school open, b)keep all grades that are there grades. I just got off the phone with Ms. Catherine Stephen, whom we are to ask for, and she informed me that parents are confused. Rightly so, my goodness, registering your child for public school here is no easy task. There are a number of things (such as a Blue Slip) you have to have even before you make that trip to St. Thomas. If you are lucky you will have been told that you can register here on St. John, but only on certain dates. This year, Monday March 24, you can register your 1st-12th grader. Doesnt make it easy for parents that work through the week. If parents have any questions, they can contact me This, I believe is a critical time for the Guy Benjamin School, please take the time to be counted, or when more. Anna Adams A Coral Bay Mom Nancy was a sister to all. Nancy Hayes: February 13, 2011 In Memoriam Gennaro Francis Mancuso T ruly One of a Kind In Loving Memory of Gennaro Francis Mancuso Geeno Safe Travels.
St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 19 Letters To St. John TradewindsThe St. John Festival Committee will like to thank V.I. Lottery and Andrew and Joy Stillman for partnering to distribute Christmas gifts to 200 students from 4th through 6th grades on St. John. Also, for distributing about a 30 varieties of turkey, ham and salmon to our seniors. Without the above donors it would not be possible. Special thanks goes out to St. John Administrators staff for wrapping and helping deliver. St. John Festival and Cultural OrganizationFestival Committee Thanks StillmansThis might seem like a confusing question, however, many people seem to be caught in a paradox of emotions and goals. This would signify a possible aged, but these days, young teens without proper guidance and older folks who havent resolved their issues are acting out in ways contrary to normal societal standards. We know that teenagers will take some time to in many cases. In the case of adults, trial and error should have worked out the kinks in their personal and professional lives. When we look at the numerous accounts of people Attitudes and actions that are normally associated with adolescents are being played out in the lives of seemingly grown people. Are the adults who should be setting an example for teens to follow becoming rebellious. In a biblical sense, we can point to sin as the root cause. So how do we deal with a spiritual battle in this Sometimes it feels like we are children trapped in life, we bottle things up and push them down deep lying, gambling etc. I wish that there was more talk between parents and children growing up. Im only beginning to understand that most parents themselves didnt get much interaction. So we therefore have a lack of understanding being passed down between generations. We are at a loss concerning the importance of money, politics and God. Our maturity has been cut short because folks are afraid to open up, to admit that they dont know everything and that they too are hurting. The blind leading the blind is an appropriate phrase because our existence hinges on us knowing things in order and to align our lives with Gods principles. It is sad to witness grown folks act like chil dren and even more depressing to see their behavior played out in their old age. Some things about myself I dont like so therefore I have to work harder on it. And some things I do like about myself, so positive reinforcement will build on it. I hope that our journey together will yield fruits of compassion and peace. Its going to take lots of love fractured lives. Best wishes, Emmanuel PrinceWho Am I? Correction:A cutline in the February 10-16, 2014, issue of St. John Tradewinds about the Friends of the V.I .National Park Gala at Presidio del Mar, the Peter Bay home of Steve and Pamela Deckoff, on February 1, erroneously stated the location of next years fundraising event. Organizers of the annual gala have not chosen a location for the 2015 event. St. John Tradewinds regrets the error. ISLAND NOTES from the publisherCongratulations to St. John School of the Arts students and staff, SJSA Board of Directors, the Broadway actors, and the island fourth graders for a fantastic Hooray for Hollywood show. Bravo! MN
20 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient T uesday, February 18 Frank Cummings of at the V.I. Audubon Societys next meeting on Tuesday, FebMarketplace. W ednesday, February 19 The Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC) will have a public meeting on Wednesday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sustainable Design Report for Coral Bay, St. John, and next steps for Coral Bays future. The meeting will be at the Guy H. Benjamin School, Room 6, in Coral Bay. W ednesday, February 26 There will be a general meeting for all veterans of the armed forces living on the island of St. John on Wednesday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 Administrator located at the Battery in Cruz Bay. Veterans should bring documents. The The National Honor Society will sponsor a Fight for Civil Rights Night on Wednesday, February 26, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at Gifft Hill Schools Upper Campus atrium. Saturday, March 1 If your looking for a great variety of plants and tress at reasonable prices come see us at the The Marketplace (2nd level parking lot) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Once again the VI Audubon Society will offer a wide variety of plants and trees; most obtained from various VIAS members and from local growers/landscapers who generously donate plants for the groups annual fundraiser. Saturday, March 8 The 28th Annual Gifft Hill School Auction will be on Saturday, March 8, at Caneel Bay Resort. 776-1735 for more details. Saturday, March 15 The American Cancer Bark for Life event in the Bay, St. John. This event is a fundraiser, and proceeds will be used for cancer advocacy, prevention and education throughout the district. For more infor mation, call 775-5737. T uesday, March 18 The St. John Communi ty Foundations 25th Anniver sary Community Impact Work Session and dinner meeting will be Tuesday, March 18, at the Bethany Moravian Church from 6 to 8 p.m. 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) 642-3263 ObituarySt. John Tradewinds A celebration of life and public service for Victor of many, will be held on February 18, 2014. Victor Skep, went to be with God on February 6, 2014. In honor of all Veterans, the American Legion Hall in Subbase will be the site of the celebration starting at 10:30a.m. Born on March 15, 1925, in St. Thomas, Virgin lived on Garden Street. He was a member of the All Church, where he served as an acolyte for more than a decade. Victor, Sr. was an active member of the Charlotte Amalie High School Class of 1944. While at CAHS, Skep was really involved in Volleyball and Basketball with many of his lifelong friends including Mr. Wincompany of his friends at the Tau Beta Alpha Social Club. At CAHS, he also met his future wife Thelma ceived the Forsythe Scholarship to attend college at Syracuse University in New York. After attending the university for one year, Victor, Sr. was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950 and served until 1952. Prior to his deployment to Puerto Rico, Victor and Thelma were Successfully obtaining his Bachelors Degree, The Jeannette and Victor, Jr. After working his way up in the Virgin Islands Government, he became the Director of Personnel. While in this position he assisted the V.I. Government System. Victor contributed immensely to the formation of the Merit System and the policies guiding the Around 1963, Vic, Sr. was handpicked by the newly independent island of Trinidad, to assist them in developing their personnel division. This honor required him to relocate himself and his family to Trinidad for one year. After returning home, he completed his stint as Director of Personnel and move on to be the Director of Maternal and Child Health, from which he subsequently retired. Having more time to indulge in his love for tennis, Vic, Sr. became ranked #1 in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in both singles and doubles with his longtime friend and Islanders to compete in the U.S. Open. Another major accomplishment included the founding of the Virgin Islands native son. Victor was preceded in death by his loving wife Heaggans; sons-in-law, Julien Harley and Leif Johnson, Sr.; grandchildren, Julice Harley, Jaurel Harley, Jamien Harley, Jennelle Johnson, Monai Johnson and Leif Johnson, Jr.; great grandchild, Jordyn Powschulte, Christine Bryant, Roxanne Wheatley-Wright, Luana Wheatley, Dr. Clayton Wheatley, Maurice Ragster-Wilson, Albert Ragster, Fritzgerald Ragster, Sheryl OBryan-Johnson, Carol OBryan-Henneman, James OBryan, Jr., Meade Gordon, Oliver Gordon, Lt. Col Battalion Commander Janice Ross-Grant, Jewel Ross-Brathwaite, Rupert Ross, Raymond Ross, iver; and many other relatives included in the followGardners, Wheatleys, Barbels, Chardons, Cabalos, Aubains, Walkers, Fabayans. He was also preceded in death by sisters and brothers-in-law, Clarissa Oliver-Wiggins, Octavia Oliver-Ross, Agatha Oliver-Ragster, Doris Oliver, L. Denise Bryant-Moolenaar, Stuart Wheatley, and Brent Wheatley. Thomas Racquet Club. The donations will be evenly distributed to all Virgin Islands tennis clubs as well as VITA, who all continue to foster the passion of Vic Virgin Islands, especially the youth. Obituary submitted by the family. Victor Leopold Ebbesen, Sr.
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tial witnesses to include following all leads that have been provided, according to Comm. Querrards written response to criticism of the VIPD investigation into Malfettis death in an apartment in a luxury home on the south shore of the island outside Cruz Bay. There are sensitive issues regarding this investigation that should not be included in any public statement, Commissioner Querrard said. However we will update the victims parents and address their issues to the best of our ability without compromising the case. No Response to Criticism Commissioner Querrard did not respond to criti cism from the victims family that police failed to properly investigate their sons murder including: not checking Malfettis apartment after the main residence had been the target of a burglary reported to police on the morning of January 18, the day before Malfettis body was discovered and subsequently prints at the scene; not informing the Malfettis of their sons death; and not keeping the family informed on the investigation. (See related story on Page 5.) Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, wrote Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey asking for the FBI to become involved in the investigation of Malfettis murder. (See related story on Page 4.) Querrard said local FBI agents were assisting with the VIPD investigation. Commissioner Querrard expressed his condolenc es to the family of Malfetti and announced that St. Thomas/St. John Chief of Police Darren Foy, along with Victims Advocate Desiree Lambertis will be the liaisons between the Major Crime detectives and the family on this matter. The day after Querrards public statement, Malfettis parents, James and Rosemary Malfetti, told the V.I. Daily News that they had not been contacted by the V.I. Police Department. VIPD Leadership Monitors Cases Querrard and his VIPD leadership team routine ly receive updates on open murder cases with the aim of bringing these cases to court by the arrest of suspect(s). Some recent murder cases in the Territory have been cleared by arrest and others are active and ongoing probes, he explained. Within the last two days I have met with all aspects of police operations involved in this ongoing investigation including the Forensics and Major Crime of Justice to update the case and layout the leads we are following, Querrard said of the Malfetti case. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 (TIPS) lands encouraged anyone with information on the cir cumstances that led to Malfettis death to call his ofor Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). The slightest bit of information we can gather from potential witnesses, family or friends of the victim could be what is needed to get us closer to clear ing this case with an arrest, the Commissioner said. I will never release anything that I feel would be detrimental to advancing the investigation. I am in daily contact with the Malfettis, he added. They have had very limited contact with VIPD. No Information Released by VIPD The V.I. Police Department is not releasing any information in the Malfetti case. tion they deem will assist the case by releasing it to the media they will inform me of that and I will release it with their permission and approval, a VIPD spokesperson said. This case remains under active investigation. The VIPD does not release regular updates to the media on active cases, said a VIPD spokesperson. To do so may jeopardize the investigation. The Malfetti case is already attracting stateside attention with the call by a New Jersey U.S. Senator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get involved. (See related story on Page 4)Criticism of VIPDs Investigation of Malfetti Murder22 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 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. 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 Catholic Church The schedule is as follows: Saturdays at 6 p.m. Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. Fridays at 7 p.m. Call 776-6339 for more information. 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 DirectoryContinued from Page 5P.I. Examines Possible Mistaken Identity in Malfetti MurderContinued from Page 5 treatment expert said the wood treatment problem in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean has not been corrected. Rampant Sale of Improper In 2014 we are still being sold lumber that will quickly fail in our environment, Roskin told Tradewinds in January. The rampant sale UC4A lumber in our UC4C environment has people sustaining severe damage to their lumber and personal injuries related to lumber failure after a 3-5 year service life, Roskin said. Pressure treated lumber is now designed for a speThe American Wood Protection Association sets standards for the treating processes, Roskin contin use of that treated lumber. The Use Category System lays all this out. We are being sold Use Category 4A Lumber for ground contact, Roskin continued. This is the lumber made for use in areas of low potential for wood decay and insect attack. The Virgin Islands is an area of extremely high potential for wood decay, Roskin said. The Use Category System tells us to use UC4C lumber. I advise anyone building to check your end tags and talk to your lumber dealer about what they have for sale, added Raskin. If it says UC4A its not made to be used in the Virgin Islands and it will not last.Lawyers in Bad Wood Case Focus on Manufacturer Continued from Page 6
St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 23 Crime Stoppers empowers you to make your neighborhoods safer by reporting information while remaining anonymous. Lets work together to safeguard ourselves. If you know something, say something as law enforcement needs to know what you know. St. John: On Monday, January 20, police responded to a break in at Love City Mini Mart in Coral Bay. The thieves broke in to the business and stole several phone cards, and a large amount of money. Based on information gathered, it was two males that committed this crime. Please help police identify these thieves. St. Thomas: On Tuesday, February 4, at 7:55 p.m., a man walking towards the area of Ivan Bar males. One pointed a gun at him and told him to turn over everything he had. The victim tried to grab the handgun; during the struggle the victim was shot once in his upper chest. The gunman lice identify these dangerous men before someone gets killed. Your tips are making a difference. So far they have helped police make 205 additional arrests, recover over $229,000 worth of stolen property, and take 100 illegal weapons off our streets. Please continue to make our islands a safer place to live by telling us what you know about these, or any other crimes, at www.CrimeStoppersUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers U.S. Virgin IslandsFriday, February 7 10:58 a.m. Virginia man present reporting a hit and run in there area of cident. Hit and Run. Hansen Bay called to report that someone was harassing her at her residence. Disturbance of the Peace. 1:19 p.m. Man of Honeymoon Beach called reporting a 70 year old woman fell and broke her arm. Accidental Injury. 1:54 p.m. Man called to report assault. Simple assault. 1:59 p.m. Man called to report of the Peace. reporting that a man rented his vehicle and returned it with damages. Damage to Vehicle. sistance at her residence. Police Assistance. 9:27 p.m. Citizen of Coral Bay called reporting loud music at Island Blues. Disturbance of the Peace. 9:50 p.m. Citizen present and turned in a lost wallet. Lost Wallet. 10:55 p.m. Auto Accident. Auto Collision. Hit and Run. 10:51 p.m. ADT called reporting an alarm sounding at 16c Mandahl. Saturday, February 8 3:22 a.m. Citizen called reporting a disturbance at Quiet Mon Pub. Disturbance of the Peace. 4:06 a.m. Woman called reporting someone stole her cell phone. Grand Larceny. 12:09 p.m. Manager of Woodys reported a disturbance. Disturbance of the Peace. 4:58 p.m. Man reported a distur Gade downtown. Disturbance of the Peace. present reporting a former tenant removed items from a rental apartment. Grand Larceny. 11:56 p.m. Man called to report an expected death in the area of Mamey Peak. DOA. Sunday, February 9 7:25 a.m. Bellevue man called to report a disturbance with stepson. Disturbance of the Peace. man present to report being harassed by a man. Disturbance of the Peace. 10:54 a.m. Woman of Lower lision in the area of Maho Bay. Auto Collision. called to report an auto collision in Collision. Monday, February 10 9:30 a.m. Massachusetts man present reporting he was involved in an auto accident on North Shore Road. Auto Collision. 2:16 p.m. Alarm company called to report an activated alarm at Peter Bay. T uesday, February 11 10:44 a.m. Bethany man called to report his apartment was broken into and items were removed. Burglary 3. No Time Posted Citizen called requesting police assistance with a male he wanted removed from his business. Police assistance. 5:37 p.m. Woman of Grunwald called reporting she was assaulted by her daughter. Simple Assault (DV). 6:08 p.m. Restaurant manager called requesting police assistance with male he wanted removed from his business. Police Assistance. der arrest and charged with Simple Assault. No bail by order of the court. Defendant transferred to Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas. Simple Assault (DV). 7:34 p.m. Alarm company called reporting an activated alarm at Peter Bay 13-B. Activated Alarm. 10:14 p.m. Citizen called to report loud music in the area of Motu Bar. Disturbance of the Peace. W ednesday, February 12 11:00 a.m. Florida man present reporting (electrical equipment) stolen from vehicle parked at Pearl Landing, Grand Larceny. 2:03 p.m. Man of no known address called to report that he was involved in an auto accident on Centerline Road. Auto collision. an called to report being involved in an auto collision in the area of Canines, Cats and Critters. Auto Collision. 6:09 p.m. Westin Resort called to report an auto collision in the parking lot at the resort. Auto Collision. 11:30 p.m. Man present reporting someone stole his backpack from a bar. Grand Larceny. 7:02 p.m. Citizen called reporting loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Unfounded Disturbance of the Peace. Todd V. Barnes under arrest and charged with Grand Larceny. Bail set at $35,000. 10:38 p.m. Man called to report that his wifes $4,000 watch was removed from hotel room. Grand Lar ceny (Unfounded).Continued from Page 17Buying a Used Car on Island problem and went out of their way to hide the problem. The couple that burned me had already warmed the car up for a while before I came by to take it for a test drive. When I took it for my test drive it ran and shifted great so I believed them when they didnt tell me about the transmission problem and bought the car. The next morning when I went to move it reverse. What I thought was a good deal turned out costing me just over trust anyone youre buying a car from and ALWAYS insist on test driving it after its been sitting overnight and not been started up yet. You can tell if someones started and warmed up the car before you arrive for the test drive by simply opening up the hood and putting your hand on the engine. It should feel cold, and not even the slightest bit warm. Again, Transmissions take a serious beating here in the islands, especially reverse gear so pay particular attention to see if it engages into reverse as soon as you shift it to reverse when the engine is cold. As dishonest as it is, a lot of times transmission problems are why people try to sell their cars, so they can pass the problem on to someone else before they have to spend several hundreds or thousands of dollars to have the transmission removed and rebuilt. Heres what to watch out for regarding automatic transmissions and this test that can only be done by you, not your mechanic. If a transmission is beginning to have a problem it will almost always take a few seconds when shifted into either reverse or drive to engage into forward and especially reverse when it is completely cold and likely to show this problem and will engage right away like it should. Youd be amazed at how many horror stories I could tell you about people that call me up just after theyve bought a used car and want me to just have a quick look and check it out. I explain that what they really need is a Pre Purchase Inspection even though theyve already bought the car. All too many times its too late and this can turn out to be a post mortem examination. In too many cases what looked like a good deal turned into costing the new owner hundreds and sometime thousands of ing a thorough pre-purchase inspection. I cant tell you how many times Ive performed this Pre-Purchase Inspection and found a vehicle that looks perfect from the outside but under close inspection revealed that it had been in a major accident and the States or worse, that there were major engine or transmission problems lurking just around the corner. I had one customer that brought three vehicles to me for inspections that I advised her to walk away from maintenance records from the owner and I advised her to buy it. She ended up spending a total of $280.00 for the 4 Pre-Purchase Inspections but at the end of it all she ended up with a great car and saving thousands of dollars in major repairs. So you can see that its money well spent to have any used car youre interested in purchasing checked out by a quali your friend open the hood and listen to the engine. Jack Brown has lived on St. John since 1999 and is a technically trained professional mechanic with over 35 years experience, including having owned the largest independent Porsche repair shop in Monterey, California for 14 years. For the last 13 years he has specialized in Jeep and Suzuki repair here on St. John. By popular demand, he will, once again, contribute to the St. John Tradewinds to help with your car questions and problems here on St. John. You can submit your questions to question to the Auto Doctor, you authorize the St. John Tradewinds to publish your question.
24 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486ArchitectureCrane, Robert Architect, AIA tel. 776-6356 P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 00831BankingFirstbank Located in downtown Cruz Bay 340-776-6881FurnitureCarlos Furniture 340-693-0016 Located at Tutu Park Mall on STT Free delivery and setup to St. JohnGreen 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 LandscapingAlfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831 Real Estate340 Real Estate Company, LLC 340-643-6068 or 340-779-4478 www.340realestateco.com Debbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 www.stjohnvirealestate.com 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 RestaurantsFish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Ocean 362 American Contemporary Cuisine Sunset dining at Gallows Point For reservations, call 340-776-0001 Skinny Legs tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral Bay Island Solar "Off the Grid Living for 10 Years" tel. 340-642-0531Wedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory SCRAMBLING SPORTS TEAMSACROSS 1 Mascara messes 7 Cover girl Cheryl laughter 21 Exasperate 22 Stirring to action 23 Northern Spanish city 24 Puerto (San Juan native) 26 Football team whose members wear stiff bracelets? 36 Baseball team whose members love barbecues? members have pet macaws? 61 British music co. 63 Yearn (for) 64 Loan sharks 67 Long ribbons 71 Augment 76 boom bah! 78 Football team whose members collect perfume bottles? 82 La , Bolivia 86 Suspenseful sleuth story 91 Popular fashion inits. 93 Basketball team whose members are always 99 Healer bashes? 114 Milk spokescow 116 Infallible 117 Train base 118 Free oneself DOWN 1 Jarring blow 2 Film 3 Hoops great Patrick 7 Theme (Gone With 8 for the long run 11 Neural gap 13 City SSW of Moscow 14 Not meant 16 Spanish that 17 Stingy ones 18 Short sock 19 Annual event run by ESPN 27 An absence of regret 28 Keeps after taxes 34 Is sick with 37 Elevator name 39 Shrimps 41 Narcissism 47 It comes price 48 Creator of Big Brother 64 Valuable hint 66 Mai 69 Hope (bygone soap opera) 72 Dinner fowl 83 Toothpaste box inits. 86 Golfer Michelle 89 Arctic chunk 111 Quirky habits
St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 25 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. Commercial Space Available COMMERCIAL SPACE AVAILABLEPrime street level retail location, rst month FREE with one year lease For more information: For Rent CORAL BA Y HOUSE for Rent, 2.5 Bedroom 1 Bath, Unfurnished, Located near Love City Grocery on call 1.480.626.7571. *3 ACRES* Adjacent to National Park, Gentle grade, easy build. Convenient beach access. Call Peter at John Foster Located at Battery Hill, only a short walk away from Cruz Bay. This 2bd/2ba Harbor View condo has breathtaking views and cool breezes. $475,000. Real Estate APTS FOR SALE: Two apartments in compound located in Cruz Bay Valley. 340-776-3455 SCENIC PROPERTIES 340-693-7777 CRUZ BAY Small private house, no pets, $800 One bedroom, one bath apt, w/d, no pets $1000 One bedroom, one bath apt, w/d, pool, awesome view, no pets $1800 CORAL BAY Two bedroom, one bath house, large deck, washer, awesome view $1800 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. $1,500/mo. Annual lease. 561-602-9484 For Sale: Tradewinds BuildingThree Story Masonry Building on South Shore Road 100 feet frontage on South Shore Road .411 acres total 75-year land lease Email: TWBuilding@Earthlink.net EXPERIENCED MAINTENANCE PERSON needed for busy real estate company. Some after-hours or call St. John Properties, 304-693-8485 for interview. STORAGE: 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 BUYING? SELLING? RENTING? SEEKING?CALL: 340-776-6496 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgGET RESULTS!Credit Cards Accepted Tutor Available 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 READING SPECIALIST AND TUTOR WITH 10+ YEARS EXPERIENCE. Available for short term projects or long term tutoring in reading, writing, homework help. Also experienced in reading level assessment and creating education plans. prep. Danette Plagge 690-8301 or EVERYTHING YOU NEED ON EVERY LEVEL GREAT PLACE TO SHOP, DINE AND WORK COME JOIN US WE HAVE SPACES AVAILA BLE RETAIL, OFFICE OR STORAGE340-776-6455 Commercial/Ofce Employment Storage FOR SALE BY OWNER Giveaway $695,000, turnkey condition, pool, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, cement, beautiful and views of Coral Bay and BVIs. Price. Call (508) 939-1414 Land for Sale
26 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 O: 340-776-6666 F: 340-693-8499 www.Islandiarealestate.com | www.Seaglassproperties.comCruz Views Unit 10 | $510,000 2 bedroom | 1 bathroom 993 sqft Carolina Cottage | $599,000 2 bedroom | 1 bathroom 1,563 sqft Southern Cross | $3,500,000 4 bedroom | 4 bath 4,800 sqft Serving St. John for over 40 years Palm Terrace Unit 3 | $525,000 2 bedroom | 2 bathroom 1,700 sqft Freemans Ground | $675,000 2 bedroom | 2 bathroom 2,010 sqft Milkmoon Cottage $995,000 2 bedroom | 2 bath 1,475 sqft Tree-Top Hideaway | $399,999 3 bedroom | 3 bathroom 2,040 sqft Cruz Views Unit 7 | $445,000 1 bedroom | 1 bathroom 720 sqft Dome House | $1,925,000 3 bedroom | 2 bath 2,500 sqft Ixora | $1,450,000 5 bedroom | 4 bath 4,658 sqft 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 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
St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 27 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 54 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! 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. VILLA MARBELLA Own this stunning 3 bedroom and 3.5 bath custom Virgin Grand Estates villa. View pool and large veranda. Great rentals and sunsets over St. Thomas and Pillsbury Sound. One level living with fabulous Great Room! ENIGHED BREEZES has designer air, great views, minutes from town! 3 bdrm main home plus 2 apts. Special features: contemporary kitchen, sky lights, granite slab counters, Soli Stone backsplashes, traver tine tile, stone showers, vessel sinks, spa tub, & Murano glass tiled pool w/ waterfall. 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. NEW CONSTRUCTION! Enjoy Fish Bay breezes & views to Ditleff Pt. in this new, 2 unit home. Masonry, nice nishes, separate entries to each level which feature 2 bdrms w/ bath, covered & screened wrap around porch, great room and kitchen. VERY MOTIVATED SELLERS! Three income producing apartments. Live in one and rent the other two. Easy access to Cruz Bay & beaches. 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 better price. Dont miss this opportunity! 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! 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 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. COMPLETE THIS DREAM The ground work has been laid for a new owner to step in and complete this house! Com pleted is a masonary 2x1 apartment and a detached 1x1 wood cottage. 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! 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 $42,000 $849,000 MLS 13-500 VIDEO $249,000 MLS 12-177 $395,000 MLS 13-410 $3,095,000 MLS 13-454 VIDEO $1,325,000 MLS 12-31 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 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 $1,235,000 MLS 13-523 $2,450,000 MLS 10-381 $745,000 MLS 13-129 $1,450,000 MLS 14-60 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 CHOCOLATE HOLE from $ 118,500 HANSEN BAY hillside & WATERFRONT $ 139,000 GLUCKSBERG from $ 195,000CONCORDIA from $ 225,000 FREEMANS GROUND from $ 225,000 CALABASH BOOM hillside $ 235,000 VIRGIN GRAND ESTATES from $ 249,900LOVANGO CAY South shore from $ 250,000UPPER MONTE BAY/RENDEZVOUS from $ 799,000 SABA BAY hillside & WATERFRONT from $ 999,000 PETER BAY/NORTHSHORE from $ 1,650,000 WESTIN TIMESHARES from $ 500/weekONE MONTH FRACTIONALS from $ 42,000 HH-TW 2.17.2014 B.indd 1 2/14/14 1:58 PM St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena RogersAngel Ticket Holders Get Red Carpet Treatment February 15.
28 St. John Tradewinds, February 17-23, 2014 Hooray for Hollywood was a night of singing and dancing and raising funds for the St. John School of the Arts.St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena Rogers