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St. John Boat Captain Walter Hill Convicted of Drug TrafckingWalter Hill convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, and using a communication device to facilitate drug trafckingPage 3 March 31-April 6, 2014 Copyright 2014 Fuel Truck Stops Trafc on Jacobs Ladder for HoursPage 2 Martha Stewart Magazine Photospread Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine Features a St. John WeddingIsland Style Weddings, Grapevine Salon, East West Catering, Creative Cakes and more were part of the Hawksview Estate wedding of Samantha and Peter Ostrega, above, who were featured in Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine. SEE STORY ON PAGE 15 Aquanauts Return 45 Years After Tektite IPage 8 18th Century Warehouse Gets New Life at MahoBorn as a warehouse for a small sugar plantation, this building is getting new life as part of a single-family homePage 5Basketball Court Slated for RepairsCoral Bay basketball getting repaired thanks to private partnershipPage 4St. John Resident Adds $5,000 To Malfetti RewardPage 4
2 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson email@example.com NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott firstname.lastname@example.org COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTORS Andrea Milam, Mauri Elbel, Chuck Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Ewald, Andrew Rutnik, Craig Barshinger, Jack Brown, Mares Crane, Dan Boyd, Bob Malacarne, Raven Philips NEWSLINE (340) 776-6496 www.tradewinds.vi email@example.com ADVERTISING firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email: email@example.com 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 St. John Singer Spring Concerts SetThe St. John Singers will present two concerts to celebrate the spring season. St. John Concert: Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Concert: Wesley Methodist Church, Tutu, on Sunday, April 13, at 4 p.m. V.I. Fire Service Sets Ban on BurningDaryl A. George, Assistant Director of the Virgin Islands Fire Service announced that effective immediately, a ban on burning throughout the territory (St.Croix and St.Thomas/St.John) until further notice. It is appropriate that this ban be put in place as a precaution Director George stated. We apologize to the public for the inconvenience this temporary action may cause. If anyone should have any questions contact the Arson and Prevention Unit at 340-773-8050 or 340-774-7610. Family Resource Centers Women of Worth (WOW) Lunch Series is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, from 12:30 to 2 p.m on St. John. The guest speaker will be Shaun Pennington, President of Rotary Sunrise, who will deliver information on empowerment, communication skills, self-advocacy and more. WOW has proven to be a source of comfort, empowerment and education for women and meets monthly. A light lunch will be provided. Call 340-514-1823 for more details and to register for the WOW St. John lunch. WOW Lunch Set for Tuesday, April 15 Ruby Rutnik Scholarhip Applications Available; Deadline Set for May 15The Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund, Inc. scholarship applica tions are now available for the 2014-2015 school year. This year two $2,500 annual awards are being offered to two qualifying St. John females whose families or selves have resided on St. John accredited college or university. Applications may be picked up at Connections in Cruz Bay (776-6922) or Coral Bay or by contacting the Rutniks at 693-8069. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2014. Notice will be given on or before June 5, 2014. Applications are also available at Gifft Hill School or by call ing Beth Jones at 776-1730. The Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund and the Rutnik family wish to thank the community for their continued support of this Scholar ship fund established in 1997 in memory of their daughter, Ruby Rutnik. St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Alfredo Alejo to Cruz Bay. The driver made a second attempt to make the delivery by trying to go through Contant to the top of the hill, where it became stuck again, and St. John Rescue responded once again as a backhoe was brought in to turn the truck around. JFLI Anniversary Party April 19The Johns Folly Learning Institute will be celebrating its 18th Anniversary on Saturday, April 19, starting at noon, at the JFLI building. The guest speaker will be Delegate to Congress, and candidate for governor, Donna Christensen. All are welcome. Join Liz and Francis Brown for Unitarian Universalists Fellowship of St. John Service on Sunday, April 6, at 10 a.m., Gifft Hill School, Lower Campus Great Room for the topic for the topic: Living With Full Wattage. Join the Browns at UUF on April 6
By Judi Shimel St. John Tradewinds A St. John ferry boat captain was convicted March 26 in Walter Hill was found guilty at the end of a three-day trial that began March 23. Defendant Hill worked in the maritime industry for Transportation Services of St. John and later for an on-island resort. Hill was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and using a communications device to facilitate Five co-conspirators, including two law enforcement oftion pending sentencing. Another co-defendant, Raymond Brown Jr., was convicted Wednesday, March 26, along with Hill on the lesser charge of using a communications device District Court Judge Curtis Gomez set sentencing for July 31. Brown and Walter Hill were arrested as part of a continuing investigation that came to light on May 17, 2013, when Department of Planning and Natural Resources Chief of Environmental Enforcement Roberto Tapia was arrested at the Urman Victor Fredericks Marine Terminal in Red Hook, St. Thomas. Several days after Tapias arrest, Virgin Islands Police Department Sergeant Angelo Hill was also arrested and charged as part of the conspiracy. Angelo Hill, a 25-year veteran of the VIPD, has family ties to Walter Hill. during the three-day trial. Both admitted under questioning by defense attorneys they did so in hopes of mitigating harsh prison terms they both face. U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe issued a statement late Thursday, March 27, summing up the prosecutions case. According to the evidence presented at trial, in May of 2013, Walter Hill supplied Roberto Tapia with seven kiproximately three miles off the coast of St. Thomas, using a DPNR vessel to pick up money which he used to purchase at least two occasions Walter Hill and Roberto Tapia transcording to the statement. Angelo Hill, who is Walter Hills cousin, was a Sergeant with the Virgin Islands Police Department at the time of the offenses. The trial evidence also showed that in December of 2012, Raymond Brown spoke to Roberto Tapia via cellular telephone in connection with a In his testimony, Tapia admitted that he worked the drug trade in the Virgin Islands for 10 years, while he was employed by the VIPD and later when he assumed the duties as DPNRs Chief of Environmental Enforcement. Angelo Hill said during his testimony that he was inled to his arrest. He also told the court he got involved with the hand-off of cocaine to Tapia after he took a loan from Walter Hill. After accepting the loan, Angelo Hill said his cousin offered him forgiveness of repayment if he helped to move seven kilograms of cocaine from a pick up point to the Loredon Boynes ferry dock in Cruz Bay. Walter Hill transported cocaine on separate occasions to Puerto Rico; Tapia by using his DPNR-issued patrol boat, Walter Hill by using a vessel owned by the St. John ferry company he worked for at the time. Because of his involvement in the current conspiracy and a prior conviction on similar offenses 20 years ago, Walter Hill faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 3 Confusion continues to reign at the Cruz Bay waterfront, left, during a quiet weekday morning. The area has been operated by V.I. Port Authority since December 2013. St. John Boat Captain Convicted of Drug Trafcking INDEXAsk the Auto Doctor ............21 Business Directory ..............24 Church Directory .................22 Community Calendar ..........20 Connecting with Nature ......19 Crime Stoppers ...................23 Crossword Puzzle ...............24 Cryptoquip ...........................21 Historical Bits & Pieces .......12 Island Green Living .............11 Letters .................................16 On the Market .....................13 Police Log ...........................23 Real Estate ....................26-27By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Three and a half months after taking over operations of the Cruz Bay taxi stand, the area has not seen much change. The area had been administered by the St. John Taxi Association for years until a court ruled in November 2013 to evict the organiza tion from the Cruz Bay waterfront. The St. John Taxi Association was evicted from the area on November 30, 2013 and Governor John deJongh transferred the property from the Department of Property and Procurement to V.I. Port Authority to run taxi operations. VIPA Executive Director Carlton Dowe hosted an emergency meeting with St. John taxi operators in late November, during which he laid out new rules and regulations includ ing charging a $10 fee for anyone picking up guests at the waterfront and limiting the number of taxi safari vans allowed at the waterfront on a given day. While operations at the dock seem to be running smoothly and no one has yet to report being charged $10 to pick up a guest at the Cruz did not return repeated St. John Tradewinds phone calls requesting an interview with the VIPA Executive Director. Some residents are thrilled that operations seemingly remained the same as before VIPA took over while other residents lamented the and safety in the area. We had such a great opportunity there to take our waterfront back and make it function Not Much Different at Cruz Bay Waterfront Under VIPASt. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott
St. John Tradewinds Governor John deJongh executed an agreement between the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation and Moravian Church Virgin Islands Conference for repair of the Coral Bay basketball court through funding provided by the Rotary Club of St. John, according to a Government House press release issued last week. Located next to Guy Benjamin School, the basketball court is Parcel 10, Estate Emmaus, property owned by the Moravian Church Virgin Islands Conference and currently under a 100-year lease to T-Rex St. John, LLC. Through the government agreement, the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation will undertake the repairs, estimated at about $50,000, upon receipt of the funds from the Rotary Club of St. John. This is a win-win situation for the entire commembers of Rotary Club of St. John and the community-minded leaders of the Moravian Church, we have developed a partnership to repair a neglected Although the court is on private property, once the repairs are completed, it will be open to the public and remain that way until a new public basketball I want to express my thanks to everyone who worked The refurbishment of the court will involve resur facing and repairs to the bleachers, goals and baskets, and will be supervised by the staff of the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation. The public-private partnership, which also involves the Coral Bay Community Council, is similar to the one that spearheaded the successful Pine Peace Basketball Court renovation project completed in October 2013. Over the last three or four years, we have been able to refurbish close to 40 recreational facilities across the territory, providing needed after-school said deJongh. One of the foundations of my administration has been the improvement of life for our children, who are the future of the Virgin Islands. From early learning programs to meaningful recreational outlets and healthy lifestyle choices, I have been committed to making a difference for our boys Rotary Club of St. John is accepting tax deductible donations to the Coral Bay basketball court refur written in the memo line, can be made out to Rotary Club of St. John Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 710, St. John, VI, 00831. For more information, call Coral Bay Community Council president Sharon Coldren at (340) 7762099.4 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 Coral Bay Basketball Court Slated for Repairs Thanks to Private Parternship 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 www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 www.igbavi.org www.facebook.com/Island GreenLivingAssociationDonate, donate, donate!Shop our wide range of housewares and building materialsTuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our next Green Thursdays seminar is coming up April 24 : St. John in Layers: Maps of Paradise An Aerial Tour of St. John St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Jaime Elliott The dilapidated basketball court in Coral Bay, above, is owned by the Moravian Church Virgin Islands Conference and is St. John Tradewinds A St. John resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, has added $5,000 to the reward for information about the January 18 murder of Jimmy Malfetti. The reward now stands at $30,000. The island resident contacted the Malfetti family by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, writing, My family is praying for your family and Jimmy. We are residents of St. John and would like to add $5,000 to your reward. A lot of locals are praying for you and share the same concerns Rosemary Malfetti, Jimmys mother, expressed her familys feelings, saying This expression of caring and generosity has left us speechless with gratitude. Everyones prayers bring us a measure of comfort and are a powerful force for hope during this tragic The Malfetti family has received many other messages from USVI residents, urging them to press on with their efforts. Residents have conveyed their own tales of frustration and fear, such as: We hope the many wonder ful people that consider the USVI home will engage in this battle for justice, and demand more from their civic employees that pledge to serve & protect the islands they love & call home. We wish you strength and peace as you search for truth and justice. You are not alone. We feel for you. It is a true shame that the VIPD will not ask for the help that it needs. Never give up, you have support. dence to the Malfetti family at email@example.com. St. John Resident Adds $5,000 To Jimmy Malfetti Reward, Now Totaling $30,000
By Judi Shimel St. John Tradewinds Motorists travelling along Route 20 past Maho Bay Beach have noticed it for years, at the end of the straightaway; a small stone building, shaded by trees, shuttered windows and doors. Recent activity in the area of that building has brought new interest to beach-goers, passersby and the Virgin Islands State HisRenovations on the 18th century warehouse dating from the Danish plantation era began in February in the area, which was acquired through a deal with Trust for Public Land. As the required Coastal Zone Management permitting process took shape, more information surfaced about the once innocuous structure and the role it played in Virgin Islands history. The factory is now being incorporated into the construction of a single family private house, with work taking place under the eye of VISHPO. The old stone warehouse was a strategic location for rebel slaves who captured St. John from Danish planters during the 1733 Forstberg Slave Revolt, according to documents kept by the Virgin Islands National Park. During that slave revolt, the island was held for six months until it was re-taken by French and British military. building appeared on 18th century maps and the structure is believed to have been built around 1723, along with an adjacent animal-driven mill. According to records found in the St. John Sites Report 1981-82, the property originally belonged to William Vessup, who was prosecuted for killing a neighboring landowner but later found leni ency by helping to round up rebel slaves. ...the Vessup Estate ruins are notewor thy as a representative buildings of the early settlement period in St. John and as the site of the rebel headquarters during the famous slave uprising of 1733. The association of ed in the court history of the islands, adds an incidental interest. The factory itself is one of the oldest ones on St. John as suggested by its building materials and its modest size. This gives the estate even greater distinc St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 5 Historic Warehouse Gets New Life at Maho Bay...the Vessup Estate ruins are noteworthy as a representative buildings of the early settlement period in St. John and as the site of the rebel headquarters during the famous slave uprising of 1733 according to VINP documents Continued on Page 22 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Judi Shimel Born as a warehouse for a small sugar plantation, circa 1723, this building is getting new life as part of a single-family home renovation at Maho Bay. A descendant of the family that purchased the 18th century Vessup Estate plantation is now converting it into a dwelling. Because of certain architectural features be preserved.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Westin St. John Resort and Villas launched its year-long Well-Being Movement in style on Wednesday morning, March 26. More than 30 hotel associates, includ ing Westin St. John general manager Mike Ryan, and guests hoofed it up the hills of Great Cruz Bay in a 2.2 mile run/walk led by Virgin Islands Olympic boxer Julius Jackson. The event marked the kick-off of Westins year-long Well-Being Movement, featuring new collaborations and programs dedicated to health and wellness. The $15 million campaign will introduce a string of innovative partnerships and programs across Westins six brand pillars: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well. The Westin St. John run certainly had people moving well, as the fastest runners completed the 2.2 mile course in exactly 16 minutes. Westin staff also supplied runners full of nutritious foods to keep them fueled throughout the day. Were proud to lead this global movesaid Westin St. John general manager Mike Ryan. We hope youll join us for our upcoming new activities moving forward as we continue our efforts to celebrate wellThe hotel groups Well-Being Movement launch, which coincided with the International Day of Happiness, also marked Westins partnership with Headspace founder and former Buddhist Monk Andy Puddicombe, widely hailed as a meditation pioneer. Puddicombe will lead the charge as the authority for the brands Feel Well pillar being Council; a diverse advisory board composed of renowned thought leaders, provided by Westin St. John Resort and Villas. Headspace is a program accessed through 6 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 W estin Kicks Off W ell-Being Movement with Run2.2 mile run/walk led by V.I. Olympian Julius JacksonContinued on Page 20St. John Tradewinds News Photos Guests and Westin staff, at right, kicked off the hotel in Great Cruz Bay last week led by Julius Jackson, above left with Westin GM Mike Ryan. 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!
St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 7 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds A little more than a year after forming, St. John Cancer Fund is being honored by the community. The group is being given the nity Service Award by St. Thomas/ St. John Chamber of Commerce during the groups annual award banquet on Saturday, April 12, at St. Peter Greathouse on St. Thomas. Community Service Award, established in 1983, recognizes the contributions to the U.S. Virgin Islands and private citizens whose achieve commitment and dedication exemand work of Bill LaMotta. Prior to his death in 1980, LaMotta was President of the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce, a Small Businessman of the Year, a civic leader and renowned Caribbean composer and musician. The awards are presented to individu als who exhibit dedication, sincer ity, forthrightness and ethics in the performance of his or her duties or in the practice of his or her business or profession. otta Community Service Award recipients are Adriane Dudley, Esq., Partner, Dudley Rich & Davis; Mary Gleason CEO, Hospitality Consulting Services; and Darryl Smalls, P.E., Department of Public Works Commissioner. In 1999, the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors added the recognition of an individual involved in the lead organization or an organization for the service it provides to the community to its annual Awards Banquet. This year the group is honoring the India Association of the Virgin Islands and the St. John Cancer Fund. We are thrilled to be honored Cancer Fund board member Mary Bartolucci. Were still trying to get the word out about who we are what we do, so this type of recogwe are going in the right direction Bartolucci said. What the St. John Cancer Fund does is provide money to people in need who are suffering from cancer or who are affected by the disease. Funds can be used for anything from paying back rent for cancer patients who can not work to covering the cost of airfare for patients seeking treatment stateside. St. John Cancer Fund works with the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands which administers the fund with zero overhead. Thanks to community angels, CFVI is able to charge St. John Cancer Fund no administrative costs while processing patient requests usually within 24 hours, explained Bartolucci. We get money to people who need it quickly and easily and allow them to use it for whatever Before Debbie Apples recent passing, for example, St. John Cancer Fund was able to pay for beloved sister Connie. That was really important to ally nice that the funds were able The St. John Cancer Fund patient funding cap is dictated solely by the amount of money in the groups coffers. Thanks to fundraisers like Woodys Seafood Saloons Save Second Base Block Party, the Dinghy Poker Run and more, St. John Cancer Fund was able to raise its patient cap to alone. With recognition like the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Community Service Award, St. John Cancer Fund volunteers hope to be able to continue serving the needs of St. John cancer patients. Tickets to the STT/STJ Cham-Chamber Honoring St. John Cancer Fund with LaMotta Community Service Award $30,000.00 REWARDFor information leading to the arrest and conviction for the murder of Jimmy Malfetti Some items that were stolen at the time of the murder of Jimmy Malfetti on January 18, 2014, in St. John, USVI46 HD Flat Screen TV Iphone 5S Bose Soundlink snorkel gear If anyone knows the whereabouts of these items, or info on his murder, please call CRIME STOPPERS or email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com www.facebook.com/justiceforjimmymalfetti ber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet, A Celebration of ColPeter Greathouse are $140 each and can be reserved by calling (340) 776-0100. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner, dancing and the awards program.
8 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 VIERS Welcomes Home Aquanauts 45 Years After Tektite I By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds There were more than a few tears shed on Saturday morning, March 29, as four aquanauts shared per sonal stories of what life was like 50-feet under the waves at Lameshur Bay 45 years ago. Aquanauts John VanDerwalker, Ed Clifton, Ian Koblick and Gary Davis told a packed house at the V.I. Environmental Resource Station about the fears and excitement of being a part of the ground-breaking underwater habitat program Project Tektite I and II. VIERS, owned by the University of the Virgin Islands and operated by Clean Islands International, was home base to Project Tektite and this weekend days in the spring of 1969 living under the water in nearby Lameshur Bay. Project Tektite took shape during the Cold War and a little of its success to what was learned under the water at Lameshur Bay. Tektite was so important it brought together the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of the Navy, the Department of Interior, General Electrics Missile and Space Division and the Virgin Islands government. In 1968, VIERS was almost as remote as one can imagine. What roads led to the area were so bad that scientists would opt to travel by boat instead. At that time Ian Koeblick, now 74, had left a position at Charlotte Amalie High School to become the sole employee of the Caribbean Research Institute. The institute was operating at Lameshur in 1968 as the government was looking for a site for the under water habitat program. Jack Damon asked me to take around this group from Washington who were looking for a good place them out diving and we went all over and I showed them how beautiful it was out here. Then I told them you could buy a bottle of rum for 88-cents and you said. Remote Lameshur Bay on little St. John became a hub of activity over the next two years. In addition to the four aquanauts and three alternates who took part in Project Tektite I in spring 1969, Project Tektite II saw a total of 53 aquanauts participate in 11 missions lasting from 13 to 20 days each through November 1970. And that was just under water. Topside, more than 500 people from numerous government agencies and departments and universities around the world took part in studies of Project Tektite I and II. It was an interesting path from a North East Ohio Clifton, who picked up the emerging sport of scuba in order to study gold deposits off the Oregon coast. If you dont do this you might regret it for the reason for him to really take part in Project Tektite I; and it was enough. Clifton, 80, was originally asked to take part in a study for 60 days at 600 feet under the water off the California coast, he explained. said. But then it became 60 days at 50 feet off a coral reef off St. John island in the Caribbean. That soundSt. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott VanDerwalker and Ed Clifton, above right, shared personal stories of Project Tektite. The aquanauts were greeted with fanfare when they returned topside on April 15, 1969, above. Continued on Page 20
St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 9 Caneel Bay Resort Stars in TV and Web Campaigns Targets TV commercial features St. Thomas model Hannah Davis Sunday 10am HAWKSNEST BEACH facebook Freshwater Church St. John USVITerry Lansdale, Pastor 340.514.6578(CHILDCARE AVAILABLE) By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Take one of the most beautiful beaches on St. John and add one of the most beautiful models from St.Thomas, and it adds up to one impressive Target commercial. Hannah Davis, a 23-year-old former standout tennis and volleyball athlete from St. Thomas, has taken the modelling world by storm since making her debut in Sports Illustrated s Swimsuit Issue last year. Shes back again in this years SI Swimsuit Issue and has also appeared in campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Victorias Secret, and more. This winter Davis and another ing with the Target crew on one of the seven stunning beaches on the Caneel Bay Resort property. sands of Scott Beach and enjoyed according to the luxury resorts ternational PR. The result is a gorgeous commercial and print ad campaign featuring the distinctive turquoise waters of St. John, which have lured many other national brands to Caneel Bay Resort. Polo/Ralph Lauren, Eddie Bauer, Lands End, J.Crew, Macys, and Sports Illustrated have all shot at Caneel Bay. Most recently clothing and jewelry brand Kiel James Patrick wrapped a shoot at the luxury resort last week and boasted about the warm sand and crystal-clear waters on the companys blog. With New England still exfreezing temperatures earlier this month, it felt more like the depths signer. Luckily, we were able to travel to the picturesque Caneel Bay Resort on St. John and get some much needed vitamin D. As far as tropical getaways go, Caneel Bay was perfect. Warm sun, soft sand, crystal-clear water, and plenty of rum drinks, we couldnt have had a better time at the resort. Check it out at keiljamespatrick. com/about/lifestyle. 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 Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewinds News Photo Collage Courtesy of keiljamespatrick.com Resort and St. John, above, shooting their summer ad campagin.
10 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 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! Soda jerk hats, bow ties, and cherry aprons bring a for a taste of their delicious ice creams.St. John Tradewinds Almost everything there is to do on St. John can be made better with ice cream relaxing after a day at the beach, satisfying that dessert craving after a lovely dinner, or browsing the islands shops. With the opening of the new St. John Scoops, conveniently located at the front corner of Mongoose Junction, life on St. John has become that much sweeter. Nowhere else on St. John will collection of homemade creams and ices, superfood smoothies, coffee, and other snacks. The ice creams, sorbets, and alcoholinfused concoctions, changes daily. St. John Scoops owner Colette Rethage, who formerly owned I Scream!, has been in the ice cream business for more than eight years on St. John. She makes all the Scoops on-site fresh daily and uses all-natural ingredients whenever possible. 100 Different Flavors The fruit ice creams are all natural, made with fruit purees, and then on the other end of the thage. I have almost 100 different sion fruit, tamarind, and guava are current customer favorites, while Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, York peppermint chip, Oreo cookies and cream, Ghirardelli double chocolate chip, and espresso are also tantalizingly delicious. Some soon hit the menu include green tea, strawberry basil, lavender honey, maple bacon, and of course, salted caramel. Adults Only Menu items like Cruzan rum runner, Stoli Orange creamsicle, and painkilleramazing champagne sorbet thats been a huge hit in the two short weeks that St. John Scoops has been open. Fans of St. John Brewers beers will be happy to know that Rethage plans to feature whatever Kevin and Cheech are creat ing in the brewery that week, like their Coffee Stout or the new Amber Ale, in her ice creams. In addition to a wide range of frozen sweet treats, Rethage is selling her raw, vegan, gluten-free superfood smoothies that earned her a following at I Scream!. Theyre made with fresh frozen fruits, no ice, and Ive created a proprietary blend of more than 65 different superfoods for each mixed with hemp milk, almond milk, or pineapple juice, and you can add vegan plant protein or hemp protein to the smoothies to Rethage makes a mean quinoa granola thats packed with protein, which shes also selling at St. John Scoops, and she even puts the granola in a few of her smoothies. too, with a nice strong cup of Vir gin Islands Coffee Roasters Fair Trade Organic Sumatran Mandheling coffee, as well as iced coffee and green tea. Mongoose Junction owner and original builder Glen Speer was so excited about the idea of an ice cream shop at the beautiful island shopping center, he built out an entirely new spot for St. John Scoops, right on the corner of Mongooses entrance under the steps leading to St. John Insurance. Glen had this amazing vision of a lovely little ice cream shop him the dimensions of every piece and he built exactly what I wanted. What transpired from his vision is A small patio with tables and chairs gives patrons the oppor tunity to sit, relax, and savor the ations. Soda jerk hats, bow ties, and retro cherry aprons worn by those behind the counter at St. John Scoops lend an air of nostalgia to the whole experience. St. John Scoops is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. To see made each day, follow St. John Scoops on Facebook.St. John Scoops Brings Sweet Nostalgia to Mongoose Junction
St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 11 I G L by Lovango Cay resident Dan Boyd Rubber-Modied AsphaltSt. John Tradewinds Have you been to our waste transfer station lately? you have noticed the mountain of used tires at both locations. There are thousands and thousands of old tires here in the Virgin Islands that just keep piling up. One big pollution problem is old tires. In the United States alone, there are more than two billion used tires. Thats just too many tires. If the tires were stacked one on top of the other, theyd reach halfway to the moon! Old tires are a problem for a number of reasons. First, tires take hundreds of years decom can burn uncontrollably, sending toxic smoke into the air. That could be a serious danger to our health. Another problem comes from tires that are buried in garbage dumps. These tires can trap poisonous gases that would otherwise escape into the air. When the gases trapped by tires escape all at once, they can be dangerous for anyone who is nearby. Sometimes the trapped gases make the tires shoot straight up out of the ground! A good solution to tire pollution would be to reuse these tires, not bury them. There is a solution, though. Those tires could be shredded and ground up to be used in paving our is not new. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protective Agency has endorsed the use of this type of paving material, and a number of states are already using it. In the United States alone, more than 280 million Depending on the application selected, between 500 and 2,000 scrap tires can be used in each lane mile of pavement. This means that for a one-mile section of a two-lane roadway like Centerline, anywhere between 1,000 and 4,000 tires could be used in creat ing a safer, quieter, longer-lasting road. The cool part is, asphalt rubber not only puts our waste tires to good use, but it also creates a safer pavement. The road surface lasts longer compared with traditional asphalt, so we would need less frequent repaving, which also saves money. The road surface is also quieter, and braking distances are reduced. A safer road made out of recycled materials is a win-win! We would not have to ship the old tires off island to have them shredded; we could do it right here with the proper equipment. Tire shredding machines are not cheap. They start at around $100,000.00 and go up from there If our local Waste Management Agency cannot afford a tire shredder maybe a company could do it for a fee ? Ground tire rubber can be blended with asphalt in road construction. It can also be used in seal coat, cap-seal spray, joint and crack sealant, or as an aggreArizona and Florida have already paved the way as leaders in asphalt rubber utilization. Texas, Nebraska, and South Carolina are also using it, and New York and New Mexico are experimenting with using it more widely. This is how Waste Management should be manag ing our wastereusing and recycling! The time is not later; the time is NOW! For a greener tomorrow. Dan Boyd of Island Solar is a Virgin Islands Encall Boyd on his cell phone at 340-626-9685 or by email at email@example.com. 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 Arthur Malley took these incredible photos of two brand new baby goats birth. Way to capture the moment! (Share your St. John moment by sending your photograph(s) to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
12 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 St. John Tradewinds There is a point in time in the early 1900s when the number of Virgin Islanders in New York City was greater than the number of Virgin Islanders in the Virgin Islands. The reason was econom ics. People here realized that they ue to maintain their families here. The land could only maintain a limited number of people and land became scarce. All this began to change in the mid-1940s. The Municipality of St. Thomas and St. John began parcelling out land under a Homestead Program. The program included land in Estate Enighed and other parts of Estate Contant and Pastory. The program provided affordable home sites in the Cruz Bay area for per sons who either owned farm land in the outer reaches of the island or persons who never owned land who had previously worked the land plots on estates belonging to others. Within 10 years, the economy changed to tourism-based rather than agriculture with the development of the Virgin Islands National Park and the Caneel Bay Resort both brainchilds of Laurance Rockefeller with able assistance of the Virgin Islands government through St John Senator Julius Sprauve. With the eager support of local citizens and a cadre of professional hoteliers, St John under went amazing changes. In 1954 there were no tele phones, no regular ferry services, no library, no police station, no company, no ambulance services, no paved roads and 12 hours a day of electricity in Cruz Bay only. In 1952 there were only three automobile registrations. (Its not true, however, that the number of parking spaces hasnt increased since then even though it seems like it at times.) Wages and salaried positions developed and increased dramatinot only Caneel guests but also day-trippers from St. Thomas. Some St. Johnians came back from New York and others moved to the expanded Cruz Bay to meet the needs of the tourism trade as well as constructing the necessary infrastructure. The changes and additions created the Cruz Bay we have today. Even in 2000 census tracts had to Subdivision of homestead lots in Estate Enighedbe subdivided to allow an accurate and timely count. Visiting census amazed at the hills in Pastory and Contant lit up by residences. The studies of George Tyson and Karen Olwig needed to be our rapid growth and we needed urban planners and studies so that we could see our way into the 21st century.
St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 13 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Imagine yourself enjoying a refreshing cocktail as you stretch out next to your swimming pool and soak up the views of Hurricane Hole and the British Virgin Islands in the distance. At Villa Mahr Units 1 and 2, that dream could become a reality. The two-story Estate Carolina home with two separate units and a total of four bedrooms and two baths is for sale for $725,000, explained Tammy Donnelly owner/broker of 340 Real Estate Company. This property has a lot of potential to live in one unit and rent the other or to have two income producThe home is nestled in a quiet neighborhood in the Estate Carolina area of Coral Bay offering plenty of peace and tranquility while still having fun shops and restaurants nearby. And the beautiful V.I. National Park South Shore as well as North Shore beaches are both just a short drive away. The Villa Mahr units are located in a quiet area of Coral Bay where you dont hear road noise like said. Villa Mahr Units 1 and 2 are spread over a twostory home which is located on about a third of an acre with mature landscaping. open-plan great room and dining area which leads right into the bright and cozy kitchen. The master bedroom has plenty of Caribbean charm while guests will be more than comfortable in the second bedroom. A completely screened in gazebo room rounds out this unit. That tropical charm continues at Villa Mahr Unit additional master bedroom and a guest bedroom with twin beds. The great room provides plenty of light and encompasses the living and dining areas. A modern compact kitchen will have you enjoying plenty of meals at home. A new deck stretches around this unit at Villa Mahr and offers additional living space and a great vantage point to take in the valley and water views. One of the biggest draws at this property is undoubtedly the enticing masonry swimming pool. Its easy to imagine plenty of afternoons spent with good friends or good books, enjoying the very best that Caribbean life offers. With the adjacent property for sale as well, Villa Mahr Units 1 and 2 offer an exciting opportunity, explained Donnelly. The sister property, Villa Mahr Units 3 and 4, is for sale for $725,000. It is also a stand alone home with a masonry pool and two levels with the two unit For more information about Villa Mahr Units 1 and 2, or Units 3 and 4, call Donnelly at 340 Real Estate Company at (340) 779-4478 or on her cell phone at (340) 643-6068. PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHIP is about 2-3 yrs old and is as sweet as can be. She loves being around people, both adults and kids, and is great with other dogs. Her tounge is always hanging out of her mouth. Whip would add alot of love to any home. St. John Tradewinds News Photos High ceilings, a bright kitchen and a pool await at Villa Mahr Units 1 and 2 in the Estate Carolina area of Coral Bay.
St. John Tradewinds Thousands of visitors to Walt Disney Worlds Epcot International will be getting a taste of the Virgin Islands thanks to St. John Brewers Tropical Mango Pale Ale, which is being served at the resorts Flower & Garden Festival, happening March 5-May 18. The partner ship between St. John Brewers and Epcot brings the talents of the small, local brewing company and the Virgin Islands themselves in front of the hundreds of thousands of people who will visit Epcot during the festival. The Tropical Mango Pale Ale is being featured in the parks Pineapple Prommally Canada, in keeping with festivals Flower & Garden theme. Served alongside the Tropical Mango Pale Ale at the Pineapple Promenade is a pineapple soft serve with Myerss dark rum, Parrot Bay coconut rum, and a sweet potato St. John Brewers Tropialone as the only ale being served in the Pineapple Promenade section. Although the local brewing companys beers have been served in Walt Disney World hotels for the past few years, their appearance at the major Epcot festival is a whole new ballgame, explained co-owner and brewer Chirag Vyas. We are now being recognized well beyond the said co-owner and brewer Kevin Chipman. This cements the idea that our Vir gin Islands beers can be showcased on an international level, as the audience at any Disney To learn more about St. John Brewers, visit www. stjohnbrewers.com. To read about the food and drink at Epcots Flower & Garden Festival, visit https://disneyworld. disney.go.com/events-tours/ epcot/outdoor-kitchens/ 14 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds son Tredgetts original paintings at the next Bajo el Sol Gallery opening reception on Friday evening, April 4. Many residents will recognize Tredgetts work as one of the featured artists at this years Gifft Hill School Auction where he sold all six of the prints he brought and even started a bidding war but the original paintings. that is all St. John oriented work. None of these have Originally from Leicester, England, Tredgett was classically trained at Coventry College of Art and completed a Master Printer Apprenticeship before entering the world of professional printing. An avid traveller, Tredgett moved across the pond to North Carolina and launched the sought-after Carson Tredgett Serigraphs in 1979. cades, instead of making prints of other artists work, Tredgett now mostly makes prints of his own paint ings. Ive done limited edition lithograph and art prints for well known artists and corporations for 30 years that and quite frankly, Ive learned a lot in the proTredgett brings the experience gleaned from those years of printing to his paintings often acrylic or gesso on Masonite panels as he prefers the surfaces understanding of color and form. But what really elevates Tradgetts paintings are the stories he tells with his brush strokes. a story with may paintings because there is a story behind each one. You might have to look for it, but Tredgett never lost his adventurous spirit and with friends on St. Thomas and a love for the Caribbean, Id been down a number of times over the years and I just decided that I needed to be in the place that colors are electric azure blue and coral pink. Im inspired by anything to do with Caribbean life, culture, Azure Blue and Coral Pink Its all about the tropics for me; all the changing moods, the natural beauty of the ocean and that elec The artist doesnt just want to simply please the viewer, but engage her to make a connection to the art work. My intent is to capture the feel of a place and share it with the viewer in a way that offers them the strong feeling for the scene and inspire the viewer to Join Bajo el Sol on Friday evening, April 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. to check out original paintings by Tredgett, ception. The evening will also feature live classical guitar music by David Laabs. Tradgetts work will be featured throughout the month of April. Bajo el Sol is located up the stairs at Mongoose Junction and regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the show or Bajo el Sol check out www.bajoelsolgallery.com or call (340) 693-7070. For more information about Tredgett, check out his website www.carsontredget tartist.com. Turtle Beach, above left, and Palms on Solomon Beach, are two new works by Carson St. John Brewers Featured on International Scale at Epcots Flower & Garden Festival
St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 15 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds St. John continues shining in the national spotlight thanks to a beautiful three-page destination wedding feature in the March issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Mag. The statuesque couple Samantha and Peter Ostrega a musician in the Marine Band and a management consultant from the Washington, D.C. area wed at Hawksview Estate last summer with plenty of Great Gatsby-style lace and glamour, explained Island Style Weddings owner Mary Bartolucci, who designed and planned the jaw-dropping event along with couple. They got engaged down here and contacted me because been planning and designing destination weddings on Love City for more than a decade, and was in the event planning and coordination business long before that. We found them a place to stay at Hawksview Estate The Ostregas had a clear vision of their wedding and the result is nothing short of breath-taking. Taking clear cues from the sensual Great Gatsby style of the roaring 20s, both bride and groom looked plucked from a movie set. to the hair, created by Grapevine Salon, Samantha Ostrega was a vision of beauty on her big day. The bride wore a custom-made long-sleeve lace wedding gown with a dramatic open back and designer blue to meet her groom, who was equally stunning in a white three piece tuxedo with white suspenders. The couple exchanged vows before about 27 family and friends in the courtyard of Hawksview Estate with its commanding view of the Windex colored waters of the North Shore. The reception at Hawksview Estate followed featuring food by East West Catering, a specialty bar by Kim Holland and music by Lemuel Callwood and Rich Greengold. Following dinner, the couple shared a piece of wedding cake prepared by Lori Dudkin of Creative Cakes by Lori. It was the Ostregas photographer New York and Parisbased Fiona Conrad who got the couple noticed by the Martha Stewart team, explained Bartolucci. Fionas blog, Mademoiselle Fiona, was noticed by someone from Martha Stewart Weddings and they apBartolucci had a blast planning and designing the Ostregas wedding and especially enjoyed working with a couple who knew exactly what they wanted, she explained. Everyone who worked on the wedding did a beautiful Its fun to have someone who knows what they want The March issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Magais on sale now. Part of the feature can be seen online at www.marthastewartweddings.com/272506/destinationweddings.Martha Stewart Magazine Festures St. John Destination Wedding Spread in March Issue Samantha and Peter before friends and family in an intimate and stunning wedding at Hawksview Estate in July 2013.Photos by Mademoiselle Fiona
16 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 Homicides: 0 Shootings: 0 Stabbings: 0 Armed Robberies: 0 Arsons: 0 1st Degree Burglaries: 1 2nd Degree Burglaries: 2 3rd Degree Burglaries: 23 Grand Larcenies: 68 Rapes: 1 Homicides: 1 Shootings: 0 Stabbings: 0 Armed Robberies: 0 Arsons: 0 1st Degree Burglaries: 0 2nd Degree Burglaries: 0 3rd Degree Burglaries: 3 Grand Larcenies: 11 Rapes: 2 Letters To St. John TradewindsMy husband and I moved from Tortola to St. John over twenty years ago. In those days I was younger and healthier and hiked trails, learning about my new island. Walking down a dirt trail not too too far from Centerline Road, I was suddenly hit by a maimed rooster who was still alive and had just been thrown way. The poor creature was obviously in agony. He had done his job and fought but lost, so he was discarded like so much garbage. I held him as he died soon afterwards. This was by way of my introduction If any of our St. John citizens or any of our St. form of entertainment, he or they have sub-human relands. Our Senators must discontinue the fallacious prolands West-Indian culture. It has been brought to our islands by non-West Indians. By that term I mean by people from the Spanish-speaking islands who imbibed competitive creature-torture as sport from their is now a Federal crime in the United States of Amer ica. Elaine Campbell, Ph.D. St. JohnThe Coral Bay Yacht Club thanks the following businesses and individuals for helping them make the 2014 Guy Banjamin Flotilla a success. Special thanks to Dunia Rodriguez, Thalia Reyes, the Battiste, Christian and Lambertus families and the Wilmar Corporation for letting us use the camp ground. Coral Bay Yacht Club members for set up and take down of the site Lee at St. John Printing The trucker gang Stephen Hendren, William Willegerod, Dave Dostall, Thatcher Lord, Ken Betts and Jason Hayman William Willegerod, Skinny Legs and Jason Hayman for the wonderful tents Ken and Sandy Burt for the signage Julie Fortunato, Trish and Dave Dostall and Vickie Lord for the bartending All of the boats and skippers that participated Ernest Mathias and crew for the lifeguard support St. John Rescue for the standby ambulance and Mark Maunder for his being available Food donations: Skinny Legs, Concordia (also Beverage donations: Tourist Trap, Miss Lucys, Shipwreck, Aqua Bistro, Sweet Plantations and A.J. at St. John Ice Co. Special thanks to all of the parents and teachers for providing the cooking Special thanks to Bill Wilson for the grill work Thanks as always to the members of the Coral Bay Community Council and Sharon Coldren, Patricia Reed Elliot Hooper (Silver Cloud) you are the Best! Thank you very much for all of the work throughout the years! Coral Bay Y acht Club Have any the leaders in this community read Rape If not maybe there is a copy in the Library that you could borrow and read. If the Library on St. Thomas up. It is a story of the transition in government from a side government and some of its cronies, to a self cronies. It is understandable that this created a community where leaders work for their own best inter ests but it is time for a change. This is a small insular community and there is absolutely no reason that we do not begin to require that the leaders of this community begin to work for the their cronies. A big part of the problem is the lack of account ability that comes with the lack of direct representa tion. During the last election there were over seventy candidates for the senate, none of which represented the community of St. John or any other area smaller than St. Thomas or St. Croix. I cannot imagine how we would expect that any of these candidates would more that twenty or thirty of them. We really should consider electing an island administrator that is representing the people not the governor and smaller districts for Senators so that they begin to represent Continued on Page 18
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Crime Stoppers USVI has put more than 200 criminals behind bars and helped to solve almost 250 cases across the territory. gram was founded in 1976 by a New Mexico detective concerned by the number of unsolved cases, and particularly moved by the murder of a young college student. By bringing together media, law enforcement and members of the local community with the protection of anonymity, the program empowered residents to speak up and help solve crime. Within 72 hours of the media resulted in the arrest of three men involved in the homicide of the young college student. Today there are Crime Stoppers programs across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, Europe, Australia and The program came to the Vir gin Islands at a time of escalating crime when many people were fed up with corruption and had no conThe bottom line is when you have a culture that is afraid to speak up to begin with and you have these other factors like cor ruption, the only answer to the problem is an organization like beil, a member of the organization since its inception who now serves as chairperson. Coral Bay was experiencing a high rate of home invasions at that time with many residents afraid of both criminals and law enforcement. Coral Bay was a bit wild and The police were incompetent and Corbeil was approached by Crime Stoppers USVI founders, St. Croix community activists Alan Brown and Senator Judi Buckley. I knew that if we didnt have a say in our community we were all going to be in major trouble was joined by Karen Samuel and Andy Rutink in launching Crime Stoppers USVI. The group is completely nonon a completely volunteer basis; which is not to say that they dont work hard. beil said. Its very time consuming, but the program is highly professional, which was set from the The program works by offering the public the chance to share information about crimes with complete anonymity. If a tip leads to the arrest of a criminal or the recovery of stolen property, the tipster is given a cash reward. Tipsters can earn awards up to $2,500, yet many people choose years since Crime Stoppers USVI has been in existence, the group has paid out $65,606 in cash rewards to tipsters. The program is funded through memberships, available to individuals and businesses ranging from $50 to several hundred a year, with all proceeds going to those cash rewards. Crime Stoppers shared their information by working with the local media. Local newspapers and radio and TV stations publicize a program in the publics eye and makes people aware of unsolved crimes in their communities. Law enforcements role in the program is to follow up on those tips and making arrests. Five years after launching across the territory, Crime Stoppers USVIs numbers speak for themselves. Tips received by Crime Stoppers USVI have been responsible for the arrest of 206 criminals and cleared 245 cases. Tips have led to the recovery of $229,871 and the removal of $331,850 worth of drugs off the territorys streets. Crime Stoppers USVI has been lauded as one of the organizations making the biggest impact in reducing crime in the territory, yet the program continues to struggle chairperson. We have to have more member Corbeil said. Our memberships have really dropped off. We had a few big donors in the past but they We really need lay people who care about this community who recognize that $50 a year membership is basically putting in place some of the most impor said. This program basically lets everyone be the eyes and ears of Five years ago, the crime wave at the time was such that Crime ing support, explained Corbeil. Today, thanks in part to the groups success in putting highranking criminals behind bars without taking the spotlight, that support has dried up, the Crime Stoppers chairperson explained. Sadly, when we started off there was so much craziness going on that people were in a panic and they were ready to become mem along the line its like the better you do, you lose support. We dont St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 17 As Crime Stoppers USVI Marks Five Years, Program Needs More Support to Continue 206 Island Green Building Association Continued on Page 21
18 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 Letters To St. John Tradewinds As Crime Stoppers USVI Marks Five Years, Program Needs More Support to Continueus not voting blocks like the Taxi Association, community housing residents and their cronies. Some of the issues that this community faces needs to be adeveryone not just to accumulate votes for incumbents. Resolving issues by actions like legalizing illegal apartments, forgiving debts to the hospitals owed by people who can well afford to pay are not What they do is create a total disregard for government in general and eliminates personal responsibility in the individuals effected. Which is all of us. On November 5, 2012, days prior to the last election the Demoran an advertisement called Goals Education Public Safety Health/human services Youth and Recreation Energy Economic development Election reform There is no doubt that there has been some progress in a lot of these areas, there is also no doubt that it is time to really get serious about solving some of the problems that keep us from becoming a community that functions for the and their cronies. Education. How much progress has been made to assure that all kids learn to read by the third grade? We have kids going off to be high level professionals in all performing arts and we have the highest rate of illiteracy in our children in the country. We have a population of 110,000 people and we have a problem with kids joining gangs. This is not a problem that we should ignore or blame kids or blame the education department, this is a problem that the future leaders of this community need to address and eliminate. These kids need a better alternative to get a feeling of acceptance and self worth than joining gangs. Public Safety. The police department has made great strides and we still have one of the highest murder rates in the world. How gun control laws that worked? Is it lack of desire or is there some other reason Senators dont seem to want to address it in an effective way. Health/human Services The time for studies has past, now it is time to do something about this. Again there has been great progress, I had an opportunity to have a procedure at the Schneider Hospital and I was overwhelmed by the caring attitude of all the people there that I came in contact with. There are still a lot of people living on the streets in Charlotte Amalie, Cruz Bay and Frederiksted and in the undeveloped areas of all the islands that have serious medical and emotional problems. There are children and adults that have been seriously abused and require and also deserve all the help that we can give them. Y outh & Recreation Why do the leaders of this community think that community volunteers should be responsible for developing programs for the kids? Yes there are some basketball courts located around the islands but the only semi public swimming pool on STT was built and maintained by a Community Organization. Public tennis courts, recreation do not exist. The cost over runs are astronomical and because of faulty design, lousy construction and extremely poor construction management by the government it may never be posed to astro-turf of some kind so maintenance will be a very serious problem and it will not be usable for days after each time it rains, which is quite often. Energy Duh? We are constantly informed that the use of renewable energy such as solar, thermal, tides, wind are of limited value because a problem and it will take some serious thinking to over come it, but shouldnt we try to overcome it? There must be someone somewhere in the world that could help us design a distribution system that can help us design an energy of us in this community. serious joke. It is hurting the economy of the community, eliminating businesses and is an unnecessary burden to everyone that lives here. Why do we limit solar to 10 mw? Why dont we encourage the owner of every building in the VI to install Solar? We could use net metering owners pay for the installation and then we could reduce the pay back to the highest amount that WAPA pays for electricity from any source. The rest of the savings they could keep to pay for distribution. Shouldnt we require that all new construction install solar? side the box and start to take advantage of our wonderful environment. Economic Development One of your ideas was a Central Government Complexs. I havent heard much about this. I cannot imagine anything that could bencreation of Central Government Complexs. Clean modern buildings, located near each other so that one trip to one place with adequate parking could take care of all your government business. The employees could have a medical center and training and conference rooms. Nice idea. Election Reform Allow voters to decide between sub districts and a numbers system to eliminate the current system that sets up colleagues to work against, rather than with each other. Consider a level of municipal govcloser to the people in the community that it is meant to serve. Well Senators, you still have several months to do something about this if it was more than just a good idea to help you get elected. If you really would like to help this community you could start now and not wait to use these ideas to get re-elected. You could begin to help the government to provide the services that it is designed to provide. You could require that every government job have a written job description that the employee and their supervisor understands. You could require that each position have a description and list employee has to have to be in that position. You could require that every government employee receive training in provide the service that their position is designed to provide. You could require that each government employee has a per formance evaluational every year and if with in a couple of years if they cannot be trained to have the that they replaced. The cost of the pay for a government employee that does not do but the cost to the community in productivity and the general econall be a lot better off if you would pay your cronies to go and play golf and stop giving them positions of responsiblity in the government. Greg Miller Continued from Page 16 want to take credit for anything because we are based on anonyIts hard to really tell people the good impact weve had in the Despite the numerous hours spent promoting, running and sharing the importance of Crime Stoppers with residents, church groups and organizations across the territory, Corbeil would not have it any other way. It takes so much time and energy to run this organization and ganizations and Ive never been so proud to be a part of anything than I am of Crime Stoppers. I truly believe that Crime Stoppers has had the biggest impact in terms of empowering people in the Crime Stoppers is essentially about one thing everyone can agree on; making communities safer, according to Corbeil. said. Everything is based on the safety of the community. Our communities are safer than they used to be and I think that Crime The only way Crime Stoppers USVI can continue is by attract ing more members, Corbeil added. This program has had the biggest impact on this territory and challenge every single villa management company and I chal lenge any business that they need to get a membership to Crime To become a member of Crime Stoppers USVI go to the groups Residents can also call Corbeil at (340) 693-5874 for more infor mation about Crime Stoppers USVI memberships. Continued from Page 17
St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 19 St. John Tradewinds Members of the St. John community recently organized again to speak out against a developers request for a Group Dwelling Permit from the Department of Natural Resources. For large parcels, these permits allow clustering of the allowable number of buildings into one portion of the lot to create multi-unit dwellings. Without such a special permit, the buildings in low-density zoning areas have to be spread out in a Residential-1 zone, only two buildings per half acre. In theory, clustering the buildings in a large parcel could limit environmental damage by leaving large portions of the land undeveloped. That would reduce the need for road cuts and disturbance of the land for installation of infrastructure; that could help prevent loss of trees, erosion and destruction of natural habitats. However, a high-density the creation of condo-style rental facilities that are not in keeping with traditional low-density residential uses. These commercial enter prises can also lead to unwater and energy use, and other pressures on St. Johns limited resources and fragile ecosystem. I recently noticed an interesting two-story structure in Fish Bay made up of a series of cylindrical dwelling pods or cells. It was quite compact and appeared to be made out of a substance resembling dried mud. Very bare and minimalist. When I investigated it more closely I learned that it had been built by local engineers using entirely organic materi very low demands on natural resources. I was told by one local architect that this represented an important example of biomimicry in building design. She explained that the structure was based on the work of St. John residents known as Sceliphron Caementariums, aka Mud Daubers. She suggested that people could learn more about this artisanal low-tech style of construction on a YouTube video: www.tvplayvideos. com/7,BWr66LEqav0/nest/ Mud-dauber-making-nest. eco nature of the structure, some neighbors have nevertheless been buzzing about the construction of this high-density facility and the subsequent swarm of strange looking occupants wandering around the area. One complained that the owners did not have the proper building permits and appeared to be illegal aliens. Gail Karlsson is an environmental lawyer and parttime resident of St. John. Her book The Wild Life in an Island House is available some of her other writing at gvkarlsson.blogspot.com. ORIGINAL LISTING COURTESY OF RICH GREENGOLD The live music scene on St. John is bigger and better than ever! supporting weekly live music for the season, there are days of the week with over 10 gigs. music this good in their stateside cities. All postings are regular weekly events booked eyes and ears open for annoucements of other gigs featuring a variety of visiting bands. Cut out, save, laminate and post in your homes, cars and rentals. SUNDAYS 10a-1p Concordia Bo Guitar 5:30 8:30 Sun Dog Cafe Various Open Mike MONDAYS 5:30-8:30 Aqua Bistro Matt Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 Ocean Grill Rascio Steel Pan TUESDAYS 6-9 High Tide Chris Carsel Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 Barefoot Cowboy Erin Hart Guitar Vocal 6:30-9 Tamarind Inn Steel Pan Tropical WEDNESDAYS 6-9 Pickles Micheal Beason Open Mike 6:30-9:30 Barefoot Cowboy Ike Guitar Vocal THURSDAYS 5-8 High Tide Erin Hart Guitar Vocal 6-8 Pickles T Bird Guitar Vocal 6-9 Ocean Grill Chris Carsel Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 Barefoot Cowboy Ike Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 Tamarind Inn Brothers Nature Rock 8-11 Beach Bar 3rd String Allstars Rock FRIDAYS 5-8 High Tide Mikey P Guitar Vocal 5:30-8:30 Aqua Bistro Steven Sloan Guitar Vocal 6-9 Balcony James Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 Ocean Grill Rascio Steel Pan 6:30-8:30 Cinnamon Bay Eddie Bruce Drumming 7-9 Barefoot Cowboy T Bird Guitar Vocal SATURDAYS 5-8 High Tide Jason Jones Guitar Vocal 6-9 Ocean Grill T Bird Guitar Vocal To be added to this live music schedule, the event must be a regularly scheduled event (sorry, no one-night performances), email email@example.com with: date, time, location, performer and style. NO PHONE CALLS. Connecting with Natureby Gail Karlsson St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Gail Karlsson Mud Dauber Wasp
Clifton conducted numerous Bay and was a pioneer in using People talk about The Right Stuff for astronauts and aquawas having a little experience with Before the mission, Clifton spent three days in a decompression chamber during which he got the bends, he explained. It was useful for me to know what that felt like during the missaid. After meeting his fellow aquanauts at a press conference at the Philly Navy Yard where the habitat and the aquanauts were introduced to the world, they spent three days in the University of Pennsylvania hospital, Clifton explained. We got poked and probed in imaginable and unimaginable became aware that we were lab The mission could have easily been different had it not been for the aquanauts quick thinking and a vacuum and duct tape used for a make-shift scrubber when the car bon dioxide levels were climbing just a few days into the program, explained John VanDerwalker. During their 60 days under water, the aquanauts made daily research dives and conducted numer ous studies. They too were studied closely and monitored at all times. Each week, they had to have blood samples taken and endure inhaling and swallowing a gag-inducing balloon to check their lung capacity, VanDerwalker, 77, explained. Returning topside after the mission, the aquanauts were celebrated across the country. They met Vice President of U.S. Spiro Agnew and neglected to mention they had named a barracuda after him and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. While each of the aquanauts went on their own paths, what they took part in at Lameshur Bay 45 years ago was special, explained Gary Davis, 69. For many of us in many differ ent ways, this was a turning point a lot together. But its not so much Its our presence that meant spark we lit in others. Its the spark of human connection that makes Following the aquanauts talk, guests enjoyed lunch and a tour of the recently expanded Tektite Museum at VIERS. The museum a labor of love for Clean Islands International Executive Director Randy Brown, VIERS administrator has recently added a life size replica of the control room and living quarter in the habitat.20 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 693-8885. T uesday, April 1 St. John Film Society (SJFS) will host the St. John preat St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay. Director and producer Andrea E. Leland will be present to disFriday, April 4 Gifft Hill Schools EARTH Program Farm to Table Dinner Arts programs. W ednesday, April 9 The Government Employees Retirement System invites its members to participate in a Financial Literacy Workshop on Wednesday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at the GERS Conference Room on St. Thomas. Sunday, April 6 Join Liz and Francis Brown for UUF Service on Sunday, April 6, at 10 a.m., Gift Hill School, Lower Campus Great Room for the topic for the topic: Living With Full Wattage. Step into your Core Brilliance and nurture the fullest expression of who you are and why you are here. Service will include a guided medita tion. Friday, April 11 The St. John Singers will present a concert at Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13 The St. John Singers will present a concert on St. Thomas at Wesley Methodist Church, Tutu, Sunday afternoon, April 13 at 4 p.m. T uesday, April 15 Family Resource Centers Women of Worth (WOW) Lunch Series is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, from 12:30 to 2 p.m on St. John. The guest speaker will be Shaun Pennington, President of Rotary Sunrise, who will deliver information on empowerment, communication skills, self-advocacy and more. A light lunch will be provided. Call 340-514-1823 for lunch location and to register. Saturday, April 19 Johns Folly Learning Institute will be celebrating its 18th anniversary on Saturday, April 19, starting at noon, at the JFLI building. The guest speaker will be Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen. The St. John Singers will present two concerts to cel ebrate the spring season. Saturday, May 10 The Animal Care Center of St. John will have its annual spring fundraiser Wagapalooza on Saturday, May 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Winston Wells Ball Field in Cruz Bay. Randy Brown 2.2 mile run/walk led by V.I. Olympian Julius Jackson a smart phone application and website dedicated to bringing meditation to the masses. Here at Headspace were on a mission to get as many people in the world as possible to take 10 minutes out of their day, to practice a simple and easygetsomeheadspace.com. And if you like the way it makes you feel, then wed love to show you how to make that a life-long skill. This is meditation for modthat you can use every day to experience a healthier As part of the partnership with Westin, Headspace will provide customized content through a dedicated space on www.westin.com, which will include videos as well as seven custom meditation exercises. gram was designed to address the needs of both lei sure and business travelers, pre and post-stay and including programs to help guests get ready for the journey, sleep, switch off from work, how to use tech release from Westin St. John Resort and Villas. And, the hotel chain is not forgetting about its associates needs either. Westin will also introduce Headspace modules that were developed exclusively for its associates around the world to help promote wellness in the For more information on the Westin Well-being Movement and Westin St. John Resort and Villas, check out www.westinresortstjohn.com. For more information about Headspace, go to www.getsome headspace.com. Continued from Page 6VIERS Welcomes Home Aquanauts 45 Years After Tektite IContinued from Page 8 GHS Elementary Soccer GamesFriday, April 4 Gifft Hill School vs. Montessori @ HOME, 3:45 PM Thursday, April 10 Gifft Hill School vs. Montessori 2 @ HOME, 3:45 PM Friday, April 11 Gifft Hill School vs. Antilles @ HOME, 3:45 PM Friday, April 25 Gifft Hill School vs. Antilles 2 @ HOME, 3:45 PM
St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 21 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) 642-3263St. John Tradewinds remain in compliance with federal regulations by updating its USVI State Hazard Mitigation Plan, the group hosted a series of town hall meetings across the territory last week. VITEMA faces a May 25 deadline to update the current plan, which that can be undertaken by both the public and private sectors to reduce The purpose of the USVI Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify strate gies and actions that can be taken before a disaster strikes that can great ly reduce the human suffering, damage to property, and the longterm economic impact of natural hazards. The current Hazard Mitigation Plan is a behemoth of a document with seven sections and nine appendixes which covers capability assessments, risk assessments, mitigation strategies and more for St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. The plan must be updated every three years to ensure that the Virgin Islands government maintains its eligibility for future FEMA funding, including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and competitive grants awarded under the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program. their neighborhoods. Over the past several years, the costs associated with disasters have location of residences, businesses, and other infrastructure in hazard prone or susceptible areas. Community input is essential to our planning While last weeks St. John VITEMA meeting was not well attended, according to several reports, Farquhar still wants to hear from residents. To read the current Hazard Mitigation Plan go to http://www.vitema.gov/ mitigation/mitigation-plan.html. For more information and to provide feedback about the current plan and suggestions for hazards which need mitigating in different neighbor hoods across St. John, call Farquhar at (340) 774-2244 or email haldor. email@example.com.VITEMA Updating USVI State Hazard Mitigation Plan St. John Tradewinds Q: My owners manual says that I only need to change my oil every 7,500 miles but after my last oil change, I checked my oil level after about 2,000 miles and it was already pretty black and thicker than it should be. Should I wait for another 5,500 miles or get it changed sooner? A: What you need to know right out of the gate, is that here on St. John the demands on engine oil are extreme because of the heat and that we are always driving up hills which puts extreme loads and demands on the engine and especially the oil. I have a term for this extreme mileage on St. John roads called known fact that for every year a dog lives its equivalent to 7 years in human terms. So one mile driven on St. John is equal to 7 miles on normal roads. Over the last decade of repairing cars here on St. John, Ive found that this is true for miles driven on St. John, compared to highway miles driven on is to do what I recommend to all of my customers. Tear that page out of your owners manual and, if you can, change your oil every 2,000 miles, or at the very most, every 3,000 miles to get the most miles from your engine. If you decide to change your own oil dont make the same mistake my good friend did when changing the oil on his 2010 Ford pick up. Because his truck sits so high off the ground he was able to drain the he jumped into his wifes car to go back to the parts home his truck was missing from the driveway. He that she was gone to the store and would be back in about an hour. With no oil in the truck, he could only sit by the phone and wait for the phone call he knew was about to come from his wife telling him that the engine was making some terrible knocking noises. So, the point of this story is that if you do decide to change your own oil and leave the job, for any reason, you need and drives it away. And dont just take the keys like he did, she had her spare set. Now lets talk about oil. Theres no such thing as a good bargain when it comes to oil. Its the lifeblood of your engine. If you needed a transfusion you wouldnt shop around for the cheapest blood you could buy, so dont scrimp on the most impor tant thing to keep your engine alive. Make sure your mechanic is using the best oil available. Unfortunately, some shops dont see it this way and in or use, and ask them to please bag the empty plastic oil bottles and leave them in the back of your car. This provides you with proof that youre getting the best oil, and gives you a place to store your old cooking oil before properly disposing of it. Every mechanic has their preference, but I per sonally only use Castrol GTX high performance oil in my shop. Its a hold over from when I used to build Porsche racing engines for a living. There are other brand name oils that are good, but Id rather pay a little more money for the best and get a lot more protection. tend to clog more quickly. hold no more dirt, then a pressure relief valve in the circulating through the engine over and over without engine. The most common problem with oil that becomes to dirty and thick is that it can create hard deposits on the inside of the engine. These deposits and into your oil pump pick up screen thus starving the engine for lubrication which means game over for your poor engine. So, whether you decide to change your own oil at home or have it done by a professional repair shop, the best way to avoid the extremely expensive nightmare of having to replace or rebuild your engine is to spend your money on more frequent oil changes, and by Jack Brown Ask the Auto Doctor St. John Dog Miles
22 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 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 Sunday School 9 a.m., Divine Worship 10 a.m. 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, Divine Worship 8:30 a.m., 776-6713 Freshwater Church Sunday Service 10 a.m; Monday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Thursday Womens Bible Study 9 a.m. Saturday Mens Bible Study 10 a.m. Follow us on Facebook for Locations or call (340) 514-6578 Jehovahs Witness 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7 p.m. Saturdays (Espaol), 10 a.m. Sundays, 340-715-053 Missionary Baptist Church 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, 10:45 Worship, Tuesday 7 p.m. Bible Study 693-8884 Nazareth Lutheran Church Sunday 9 a.m., Sunday School 8 a.m. 776-6731 Our Lady of Mount Carmel 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 Directory The Vessup property operated as a small sugar plantation during that era but later fell out of use after Emancipation in 1848. Over the next several years, the land was incorporated into a property called Abrahams Fancy, which was purchased by Harvey Monroe Marsh. The current owner, Alva Marsh, applied for the permits that led to the current renovation. Permits were approved in February by Department of Planning and Natural Resources Coastal Zone Management Director Jean-Pierre Oriol. In a letter dated February 15, 2014, Oriol told Marsh the building he wanted to modify had historic mentation. Therefore, the proposed architectural plans for the rehabilitation of the historic Warehouse will be The doorway entrance facing south towards the had to be preserved, Oriol explained. Since renovations began in February, one of the factory walls has been taken down by builders, allowing for the attachment of an adjoining room. The proposed conversion of a historic doorway to a window on the south side of the Warehouse will tors letter. This recessed detail will allow for the historic doorway opening appearance to remain, but The CZM Director also noted that archaeological or historic resources may be present below ground in and around the construction site. That detail was also referenced in the 1980s records. The whole site has considerable documentary interest in understanding the early settlement patterns and agricultural development on the island of St. John and possesses a rich potential as an archaeological Historic Warehouse Gets New Life at Maho Bay St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Judi Shimel The original shutters still hang from the windows of an 18th century warehouse that sat largely undisturbed in a shaded corner of Maho Bay Beach for decades. Although it is not a registered historic site, documents kept by the National Park Service say this plantation Continued from Page 5
St. John Tradewinds Police on St. John arrested 28-year-old Kamal Hendricks and charged him with Illegal Discharging of a Firearm. Hendricks was arrested on March 26 at about 3:10 p.m. Police said Hendricks was detained at the Cyril E. King International Airport where he was attempting to leave the territory. Police said Hendricks was wanted on St. John in connection with a discharging of shots that occurred in Suzannaberg on March 1. Acwho is from St. Thomas and lives on St. John, was at a bar in the area and became involved in an alterca tion with another individual. Hendricks brandished a weapon and vehicle and threw the weapon out of the car. Hendricks then abanPolice recovered the weapon and several spent shell casings. Police issued an All Point Bulletin for Hendricks and he was detained by US Customs and Border VIPD. Hendricks was charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, First Degree Reckless Endangerment and Interfering with Hendricks was placed on a $60,500 bail and remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action. St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 23 St. John Tradewinds Crime Stoppers pays. Lets make sure that crime doesnt pay. If you know something, say something as law enforcement cannot control crime without the help of the law abiding community. Even the smallest bit of information may be just what law enforcement needs to solve these cases. St. John On Friday, March 14, police responded to a burglary at 16A 32 REM Mandahl, in the area of Salt Pond in Coral Bay. The burglary occurred between 9 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. the same day. Items stolen were a Mac Air laptop, a Nexus 5 Android cell phone and an iPod. Please help police solve this crime by telling us what you know. St. Thomas On Saturday, March 15, at 9:50 a.m., Imperial Jewelers on Main Street was robbed by seven armed, masked men. Thanks to communitys help police were able to capture six of the seven in the Fireburn Hill area, but one suspect escaped. Help police identify and arrest the remaining robber. Lets continue to work for the good of all by telling what you know about these, or any other crimes, at www.CrimeStoppersUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also (274637). If your tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, illegal drugs, or weapons, you will receive a cash reward to be paid according to your instructions. The minimum reward for the arrest of a murder suspect is $1,500. For an armed robber it is $900. For a burglar it is $714 plus 10% of the retail value of any stolen property recovered.Crime Stoppers U.S. Virgin IslandsFriday, March 21 10:00 a.m. A citizen c/r an auto collision in the area of the V.I. Port Authority dock. Auto collision. 12:15 p.m. A citizen p/r that her ex husband has been harassing her via text message. Harassment by telephone or written communication. 6:17 p.m. A citizen p/requesting police assistance to retrieve personal items from a residence. Police assistance. 6:34 p.m. A citizen c/r someone trespassing at the Tradewinds Building. Trespassing. 11:31 p.m. A St. Quacco-Zimmerman resident c/r a D.O.A. D.O.A. Saturday, March 22 3:42 a.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of South Shore Road. Disturbance of the peace. 7:00 p.m. A Hansen Bay resident p/r that a white truck reversed into the fence of her property damaging same. Auto collision. 8:13 p.m. A citizen c/r that she was assaulted by her boyfriend. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 8:45 p.m. A citizen c/r a vagrant operating a vehicle in the area of the Caneel Bay overlook. Suspicious activity. in the area of Estate Upper Carolina. Illegal disCaps Place. Disturbance of the peace. Sunday, March 23 9:11 a.m. An Estate Fish Bay resident c/r that he was in an auto collision in the area of Estate Pine Peace. Auto collision. 1:09 p.m. A Cruz Bay resident c/r that someone defaced his private property. Police assistance. Monday, March 24 8:49 a.m. A citizen c/r an auto accident on Centerline Road in the area of Mamey Peak. Auto collision. 4:27 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance in the area of the Boulon Center. Police assistance. 7:30 p.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance. Distur bance of the peace, threats. 8:55 p.m. An Estate Grunwald resident p/r a grand larceny. Grand larceny. T uesday, March 25 arm. 12:00 p.m. VIPD Ofc. Gonzales p/r a distur bance of the peace in Frank Powell Park on March 19. Disturbance of the peace. 12:21 p.m. An Estate Bethany resident p/r a disturbance of the pace at his home. Disturbance of the peace. 1:22 p.m. A citizen p/r that he lost his wallet on March 17 in the area of Cruz Bay. Lost wallet. 7:20 p.m. A citizen p/r that a female called her job threatening her. Disturbance of the peace, threats. arm. W ednesday, March 26 8:00 a.m. A citizen p/r that a male is stalking her. Stalking. 7:45 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Disturbance of the peace.Kamal Hendricks, 28, of St. John Arrested Attemping To Flee Territory St. John Tradewinds Major Crimes and Intelligence Unit detectives on St. Thomas ar rested two suspects and charged them with the shooting death of Kenroy Davis. Davis and female minor were shot during an altercation at the Tutu Hi-Rise community just before 9:30 on March 25. Detectives said their investigation revealed that Tutu Hi-Rise Housing community residents Akeel Owens age 21 and LaMar Richardson, age 19 were involved in an altercation with Davis. Both Owens and arms striking Davis and a 17-year-old female minor. Detectives requested that the Virgin Islands Superior Court issue search and arrest warrants. On March 27 Major Crime and Intelligence the warrants on the residences of Owens and Richardson. The suspects were taken into custody without incident. They were charged with First Degree Murder, Second Degree Mur der, two counts of First Degree Assault, four counts of Third Degree Assault, eight counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime of Violence, Reckless First Degree Endangerment and Aiding and Abetting. The suspects each placed on a one million dollars bail, which they were unable to post and they were remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending further court action. While arrests have been made, Major Crime Detectives said the case is still under active investigation and they are still seeking the commu nitys assistance in to get additional information on the incident. If you know something, please contact the Major Crimes Unit directly at (340) 642-8449, Emergency 911 or Crime Stoppers VI. Information will be Two Charged with St. Thomas Murder
24 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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 00831Art GalleriesBajo el Sol Gallery Located in Mongoose Junction tel. 340-693-7070 Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery Located at The Marketplace 340-693-8524BankingFirstbank 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 776-6403; email@example.com Theodore Tunick & Company Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 www.theodoretunick.comJewelryR&I PATTON goldsmithing Located in Mongoose Junction 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445 Chat@pattongold.com LandscapingAlfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831Real Estate340 Real Estate Company, LLC 340-643-6068 or 340-779-4478 firstname.lastname@example.org www.340realestateco.com Debbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 email@example.com www.stjohnvirealestate.com Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 info@holidayhomesVI.com Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 firstname.lastname@example.orgRestaurantsFish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Ocean 362 American Contemporary Cuisine 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 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory THE ARTIST WITHIN 1 Pink bird 9 -jongg 12 Return 20 Spray types 21 Simian beast 22 The college world 23 Displayed collection of choice coffees? 26 Spanish for those 27 Displayed collection of animals 28 Certain Nebraskan 30 Most draftable 31 Brew for a Brit 33 Group of connected electric generators? 36 2012 Robert Pattinson 41 Stale-smelling 42 Period when some buttercup-family plants are grown? plain 61 Daddy deer 62 Group overseeing quadrennial games? 67 Cartoonist Bil of The Family Circus 72 Beijing locale 73 Engine fuel sold all over the country? 79 Razor option 80 Lampoon 81 Combo punches 87 Cousin of a 401(k) 89 Austrian peak 90 Inner Hebrides isle 91 Muscle jerk 92 Slammer used by a agency? 96 En (all together) 99 Tree with acorns 100 Rate 101 The Netherlands before 1939? 107 Stuff in soap 109 Name of 11 pharaohs 110 Actress Dawn Chong 112 Generic dog say 118 Entertainer Rita did a pressing job? 122 Greatest 123 ... man mouse? 126 degree 127 Their names are hidden in eight answers in this puzzle 1 Stardom 2 Most August-born folks 4 scale of hardness 6 Yuletide beverage 7 Doughnut coating 8 Capital near Lillehammer 12 Actor Rory 13 Liner locales 14 Refrigerator stick-on 17 acid 18 Person quoting 19 Inuit canoe 24 Metallic veins 32 Tedious list 34 YSL part 36 A-F link 37 Joie de vivre 38 a hand 40 Supersecret org. 43 News note 44 part (play on stage) 47 Principles of artistic beauty 49 The Evita of Evita 60 -tiller 63 Ark unit 67 Tree knots 68 Accept avidly 69 Skylit courts 74 It airs Fresh Air 78 Like a live ball 82 Stirred to life 83 Obligation 84 Devitalizes 86 Austen title 88 Middle name of Elvis 89 Just swell 92 Compound variants 93 Guitarist Cline 94 Italian father 97 Make it there 98 Schick tool 101 Members of the masses 102 Japanese noodle soup 104 Offscourings 106 Of (in some way) 107 Helmsley or Lewis in the air 112 Citadel 113 Concerning 119 Stadium cry
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Priced from $42,000 $8,000,000 MLS 14-100 BEACHFRONT VIDEO $875 ,000 MLS 14-97 $2,990,000 MLS 13-481 $249,000 MLS 12-177 $795,000 MLS 13-128 $395,000 MLS 13-410 $3,095,000 MLS 13-454 VIDEO $1,325,000 MLS 14-79 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 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 $1,235,000 MLS 13-523 $699,000 MLS 13-129 $3,650,000 MLS 14-51 $1,300,000 MLS 14-56 $849,000 VIDEO MLS 13-500 $7,485,000 VIDEO MLS 12-424 VIDEO $4,900,000 MLS 13-512 WATERFRONT VIDEO PRICE REDUCED 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 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds to its feet and mostly stayed there on Saturday night, March 29, at the First Annual St. John Blues Blowout. Organized by Ronnies Pizza owner Ronnie Klingsberger and Ian Samuel, the night featured music by four impressive blues bands. T.C. Carr kicked the concert off with his distinct harmonica playing. A smooth and soulful Johnny Rawls kept the crowd going and Anthony Gomes was full of energy and some serious guitar skills. But it was the smoldering Samantha Fish, who rocked out in a sequin mini-dress and platform stilettos, who seemed to be the crowd favorite. Fish played up-beat favorites and drew a large crowd dancing at the front of the stage. cue and hosted in collaboration with Rotary Club of St. John. St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott left, which also featured Anthony Gomes. above center, and Jimmy Rawls, above right. St. John Blues Blowout Rocks Love City
28 St. John Tradewinds, March 31-April 6, 2014 Enjoy a Day Sail and Gourmet Fare While Stepping Back in History on s/v PepperBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds After cruising and entertaining Maho Bay Campground guests for more than a decade, the sloop Pepper is back to her original home in Coral Bay with new owners Kim Sammartano and Lance Davies at the helm. After she was built in the parking lot of Skinny Legs in 1998, Peppers original owners sailed her directly to the north shore, where she was moored off-shore of Maho Bay Camps and operated as a successful day charter until the campground closed last summer. Pepper is now back home in Coral Bay where Sammartano and Davies offer both full day and sunset cruises, with gourmet food, delicious libations and the opportunity to appreciate a traditional island boat. From its very beginning, the wooden island sloop Pepper was meant to pay homage to the Caribbeans boat building history. Her story begins back in the late 1990s when captain Lisa Nathan was running a day charter business at Maho Bay Campground with her Morgan 34 Perstare. Nathat was more in line with the rich history of boat building in the Greater and Lesser Antilles. She commissioned Jody Culbert, who himself had fallen in love with traditional island sloops through an acquaintance in Anguilla and eventual sailing experience on similar vessels. After an unsuccessful attempt to launch a traditional boat building program in the BVI, Culbert offered his services to Nathan. He built the vessel by hand in the shade of a tree next to Skinny Legs using Spanish cedar planking and the lead off nearby wrecked boats for ballast. The 23-foot vessel is a true day sailor with no cubby and an open cockpit. But with her elongated boom and oversized sail area, Pepper can put many vessels in her wake even without all the bells and whistles found on most charter boats. After she was completed in 1998, Culbert and Nathan launched Pepper from the beach behind Skinny Legs. Just about 15 years later, shes now moored only a few feet away under the loving care of Sammartano and Davies, who bought her last year. Seeking a respite from her busy life in Atlanta, Sammartano signed up as a volunteer employee at Maho Bay A planned month-long stay turned into several as she bewas through Maho Bay that Sammartano met the former owners of Pepper and learned of their plans to retire. Fred Renner and Renee Procter had bought Pepper from Nathan and her husband, former Skinny Legs bartender Kevin Block. Renner and Procter enjoyed a robust business with Pepper, taking out Maho guests year after year. With Maho Bay Campground closing, the couple was looking for the perfect buyer for Pepper, explained Sammartano. martano. It was bittersweet, that I got to be there for the Fred and Renee were really worried about who would buy Pepper moved away or fall into someones hands who didnt really care about her. They wanted to keep the spirit of Maho Sammartanos then-boyfriend, now husband, Lance Davies, made the move to St. John after visiting and getting bitten by the island bug himself. A former commercial photographer, Davies worked as a dive master at Caneel Bay Resorts Patagon Dive Center before the couple bought Pepper. Now Davies and Sammartanos days are spent cruising out of Coral Bay with up to six guests who get to enjoy island sloop. While Peppers transom sports a four-stroke outboard motor, Davies only uses it to get off the mooring and its basically the sole nod to post-industrial age technology on the boat. Once out in Coral Bay harbor, Peppers sails do all work as guests enjoy the serene beauty of island sailing, not much differently than they would have 100 years ago or more. Day trips usually depart around 9:30 a.m. with a cruise out along the islands ruggedly beautiful East End. Depending on conditions, Davies who helms the rudder while Sammartano handles the foredeck work will make a stop near the Round Bay area for a guided snorkel. Davies years of both diving and photography experience means guests get to enjoy expertly guided snorkel trips and the added bonus of stunning underwater snapshots of their sightings. While Davies is leading the snorkel, Sammartano is busy topside putting out a gourmet and vegetarian-friendly spread. Snacks might include hummus made with Sammar tanos home-roasted sesame seeds or creamy tofu salad pita sandwiches. There is always plenty of fresh fruit, gourmet cheese and crackers and energy bars made with Proctors famous recipe. To wash all that down, Sammartano also whips up the boats signature Pepper Punch; a refreshing concoction of natural guava and passion fruit juices and a combination of rums. After a leisurely lunch and a cocktail or two, guests enjoy a cruise back into Coral Bay harbor where they arrive around 2 p.m. Full day cruises aboard Pepper run $95 per person with only a two person minimum. The cost includes water, soft drinks, cocktails, Sammartanos amazing lunch and the guided snorkel. For a shorter excursion, book the two-hour sunset cocktail cruise aboard Pepper. This trip runs from about 4 to 6 p.m. depending on the time of year and takes guests out past Leduck Island to offer views of Ram Head. Sunset ings, beer and cocktails. Sammartano and Davies also keep Maho Bay Camps eco-conscious spirit alive by offering only reusable plastic cups, water bottles and plates. For more information about Pepper or to book a char ter, call (340) 771-7011 or check out www.sailpepper.com. St. John Tradewinds News Photos Courtesty s/v PepperPepper