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Thanks to ASCAP Grant, Students Learn Songwriting from a MasterPage 11Customers Question STT-STJ Barge DelaysPage 7 One Ferry Operator Delays USCG Tests, Second Operator Doesnt Show UpPage 3 Continued on Page 4 PGU INSURANCE SERVICESServing the Community Since 1972 Lumber Yard Business Center, St. John, VI Email: Web: (340) 776-6403 LETTERS: PAGES 16-17April 14-20, 2014 Copyright 2014By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds Although the farm to table movement thats become popular in the states hasnt quite gained as much steam here in the V.I., entire meals can in fact be made with local foods. Gifft Hill School students proved it on Friday evening, April 4, when they presented a stunning six-course meal made from all locally-sourced foods to 41 guests at the home of Glen and JoAnn Hall. The sixth event put on by GHSs Education and Resiliency Through Horticulture program both wowed and surprised attendees, many of dinner, which helped raise money to fund the EARTH program. We heard multiple times from people at the dinner that theyve never had goat, said EARTH Outreach Coordinator Sarah Haynes. One of our students really wanted to do a curry really impressed, and those who love goat said it was the best goat theyd ever had. Historical Groups To Preserve FreeColored CemeteryPage 5 Seara Samantha James Is Buried Two Years After Disappearance, Questions RemainPage 2Photos by Steve Simonsen Photography Island chefs, local businesses, Iowa State interns, including Macy Mears, above, along with Gifft Hill School students, including JoAnne Attika, left, worked to impress 41 diners at April 4, at the home of Glen and JoAnn Hall. locally-sourced food. Additonal photos inside and on back page. Young Rotarians Team Up In Support of Helipad at ClinicPage 8 Gifft Hill School Students Impress Diners with Local Foods at Farm to Table Dinner


2 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott 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 ADVERTISING 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: 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 JFLI Anniversary Party April 19The Johns Folly Learning Institute will celebrate 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. Town Style Meeting in Coral Bay Apr. 16The Coral Bay Community Council is hosting a Town Meeting style forum on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 pm at Guy Benjamin School, Rm. 6. Senators have been invited to come and participate. A full range of community issues will be discussed, from education to solid waste management to potholes. What are Coral Bays chief issues in 2014? Everyone is encouraged to come. For more information, call 776-2099 or email Celebrate Library Week on April 16National Library Week will be celebrated throughout the Ter ritory this week. This years theme, Lives Change @ Your Library, celebrates the transformative impact of the public library outreach services of the Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The public is invited to attend an event to meet Regional Librarian Letitia Gittens and learn more about the Regional Library and its exceptional resources on Wednesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Elaine Ione Sprauve Public Library in Cruz Bay. Gittens will be available for patron consultations, to demonstrate assistive hardware devices and software tools, and to receive input and feedback from the public. Seara Samantha James Is Buried Two Years After Disappearance While Questions RemainBy T om Oat St. John Tradewinds The remains of Seara Samantha James, the young St. John woman whose October 2011 death at age 21 was the result of suspected foul play, were buried on Monday, April 7, with little attention or further information from V.I. law While the unsolved murder of a stateside man in a St. John rental apartment in January has put the island in the national spotlight, the family of Samantha Seara James was left with few answers about her 2011 death despite new questions raised by V.I. law enforceThere was suspected foul play, V.I. Attorney General Vincent Frazer told the media on the day James was buried at the Cruz Bay Cemetery following a belated memorial service at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Cruz Bay that had been announced on Friday, April 4. Foul Play Atty. Gen. Frazer did not return telephone calls from St. John Tradewinds for comment on what evidence indicated to authorities that James death resulted from foul play or a criminal act. The cause of James death has not been released. The case is being handled by of the V.I. Attorney General. to release its opinion on the case before moving forward, Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard told the media on Monday, April 7, without any further information. No case is more important than the other, but I want closure for this family, Querrard was quoted as saying in one media report. While there have been unconin the investigation, Querrard did not return telephone calls from Tradewinds for additional infor mation on the investigation into James murder or what further action the VIPD would take. James, then 21 years old, last contacted her family on October 11, 2011, two days before she was reported missing by her mother on October 13, 2011. The St. John Community Foundation conducted a candlelight vigil on November 8, 2011. Then-VIPD St. John Deputy Chief Darren Foy said several ar eas of the island were searched by ter James was reported missing. Skeletal remains later identi August 1, 2012, in Estate Adrian. information on the condition of the remains or the exact location where they were found. A VIPD spokesperson referred all inquiries to the V.I. Attorney The young woman had been seen last in Cruz Bay, two days before she was reported missing. James reportedly left Cruz Bay at around 7 p.m. on October 11 to walk to her home in Estate Bethany just outside of Cruz Bay up the hill known as Jacobs Ladder on Southshore Road, according to her mother. She did contact her boyfriend and said she was down by the Westin (past Jacobs Ladder) and would be home in a minute, Searas mother Victoria James told Tradewinds in November 2011. Current St. John Deputy Chief Lt. Maria Jones did not return a telephone request for information on the status of any VIPD investigation into James death. Anyone with information about Seara James death is urged to call the VIPD Leander Jurgen Command at 340-693-8880, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS or 911. 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 Jennie Alvarez, advocate at Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands. Learn about I.E.Ps, rights and services for persons living with disabilities. 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 Starsh Market Hosting Easter Events ty will take place on Saturday, April 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Beyond Babysitting Apr. 16 at SJSAIn celebration of the Week of the Young Child, the Department of Human Services will host a free public screening of Beyond Babysitting, a short documentary about child care quality, why it matters and how it can be attained in the territory. A discussion will follow about the involvement of teachers, parents, community members, and policymakers in supporting high quality early care and education in the Virgin Islands. The public forum will be on St. John on Thursday, April 16, at 2 p.m. at the St. John School of the Arts. Please RSVP by April 14 to 340-774-0930, ext. 4187. Seara James


By T om Oat St. John Tradewinds Only one of the islands two franchised passenger ferry companies showed up for V.I. Public Works Department-requested U.S. new government-owned ferries on April 11 and that crew didnt try to pass a safety inspection. They didnt necessarily fail the inspection, said Lt. Cmdr. Bryson Spangler of the USCG St. Thomas. They were just not ready. They were working on the boat a little bit and they didnt have time to practice; it can be rescheduled, explained Lt. Cmdr. Spangler, who said the safety inspection is not time-consuming. They (the Transportation Ser vices crew) admitted they werent ready for the drills, Lt. Cmdr. Spangler told Tradewinds. They will reschedule, the whenever they are. We also found they didnt have a few of the necessary docuEverything was in order but they were missing a couple of pieces of paper. Varlack Ventures Doesnt Attend Varlack Ventures, the other franchisee for the passenger ferry service connecting Cruz Bay, St. John, and Red Hook, St. Thomas, did not send a crew for the USCG Cmdr. Spangler said. My crew went with me to the states to see the vessels, Delrise Varlack of Varlack Ventures told Tradewinds, saying her crew mem bers were already familiar with the vessels which have been docked in Crown Bay since their arrival in the territory last fall. Varlack refused to comment on her companys on-going negotiations with the government over putting the new ferries into service after telling Tradewinds in March the government needed to get serious. While Transportation Services crew was not ready for its safety inspection, Varlack Ventures has three operating boats and doesnt need a government-owned boat, Varlack told Tradewinds in January. Transportation Services, on the other hand, has one operating vessel and a scheduled weekend ser vice to Puerto Rico which would make that one boat unavailable for the Cruz Bay-Red Hook route, according to observers. TS needs the government boat, one person familiar with the negotiations told Tradewinds. Varlack doesnt. There are also lingering rumors that the new vessels were not built with appropriate space for bagcapacity in addition to not being designed to operate in the swells which are predominant on the passage between Red Hook and Cruz Bay. DPW Comm. Smalls W ithholds Information Ironically, Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls had called Tradewinds personally on Tuesday afternoon, April 8, in response to a previous request for comment, and explained that he had nothing to announce but would call back on Wednesday, April 9. Although one of the new ferries subsequently was photographed in Cruz Bay on Wednesday, Smalls never called Tradewinds again and did not return subsequent tele phone calls for comment during the scheduled Thursday crew tests or after. been scheduled by DPW the previous week before Comm. Smalls called Tradewinds. Smalls had met with representatives of both ferryboat franchises in January to discuss the time line for placing the two governmentowned ferryboats for the Cruz Bay to Red Hook route into service. The discussion centered on insurance policies for the new ferries, the Management Service which must be completed prior to the maiden voyages of Red Hook I and Cruz Bay I, according to ofIt still has not been announced which company will be operating which vessel. Commissioner Aimed for February Start While the initial plan was to have these vessels in service by December 2013, obtaining the requisite insurance and securing the necessary approvals from the regulatory agencies took longer than anticipated, DPW Comm. Smalls said in January. I am anticipating that once these requirements have been met, the vessels will be placed into ser vicewithin the next 30 days, Smalls said at the meeting January 22. At the time, Smalls added that his department and the franchised operators remained committed to ensuring the timely completion of all of the prerequisite requirements to obtain full compliance and certi of passengers and crew as well as the vessels. Reports that Smalls recently which manufactured the two vessels to take them back, were refutIt could not be determined, however, whether the V.I. government had yet paid the Louisiana shipyard for the two million-dol lar-plus vessels. St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 3 Thursday, April 17thMy crew went with me to the states to see the vessels, Delrise Varlack of Varlack Ventures told Tradewinds, saying her crew members were already familiar with the vessels. One Ferry Operator Delays USCG Tests, Second Operator Doesnt Show Up INDEXBusiness Directory ..............24 Church Directory .................22 Crime Stoppers ...................23 Cryptoquip ...........................21 Letters ............................16-17 On the Market .....................13 Police Log ...........................23 Real Estate ....................26-27 News Photo by Tom Oat to take possession of the new government-owned ferries which have been docked on St.


4 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 News Photos by Steve Simonsen Photography With the help of local chef Mathayom Vacharat, who donated his time, and others including EARTHs Iowa State interns and GHS Chef LaShanda Francis, students created the entire menu based on foods they sourced locally. This was no easy feat, explained Haynes. We start weeks in advance by gathering a list of produce that may be available from local farmers, she said. Oftentimes it changes last minute, so our students and In fact, we dont print the menu until the day of the event. This dinner was no different, last-minute changes, but somehow they brought it all together really nicely to highlight both the students education throughout the school year in culinary arts, and also the local foods we can get here throughout the islands. Contributing farmers included Pie in the Sky Gardens, Coral Bay Organic Gardens, poultry farmer who supplied eggs used in both the homemade pasta and the sour sop ice cream. Students were on their feet cooking for more than 12 hours the day of the event, giving them a taste of life as a chef. Although theyve been learning about farm to table food preparation for the entire school year, the culminating dinner still proved to be a learning experience for the students. Jackfruit was something Id never heard of, said GHS 10th that was featured in a cake during the dessert course. Finding out that it grows near me was cool. The dinner even proved to be a learning experience for GHS Chef Francis. Although I was born and raised on St. Thomas, Ill admit I was unfamiliar with so many of the fruits and vegetables found at the farmers market, said Francis. Farm to Table has been an incredible and challenging experience for me as a professional chef and ber, my eyes have been opened as to just how much quality produce is available year-round on these islands. Francis urged residents to try cooking with locally sourced foods for themselves. I would recommend that anyone interested in cooking farm to table at home make a trip to the weekend farmers market, she said. Many of the farmers gave me tips on how to use the crops in cooking. As the EARTH program continues to expand, GHS welcomes the communitys input. To contribute knowledge and expertise, kitchen equipment, or time working in the schools garden, contact Haynes at Gifft Hill School Students Impress Diners with Local Foods at Farm to Table Dinner 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 ~ A GHS student Elena Glenn helps Chef Mathayom Continued from Front Page


St. John Tradewinds Tucked away in a corner of Cruz Bay between establishments place of six free-colored Danish West Indians who died in the 19th century. Although the cemetery is reasons, it had been all but for gotten until last month, when the Virgin Islands government joined forces with the St. John Historical Society to lead restoration efforts at this important site. St. Thomas-St. John Historic Preservation Committee Comleading the initiative, which began March 19 with a clearing of the site, adjacent to Roger Harlands commercial building and behind the Banana Deck restaurant. The sites been totally desmarkers that remain in the cem etery, which both date from the 1800s, are broken. Someone recently smashed one of the memo rial plaques and attempted to access the burial. The HPC will bring together the State Historic Preservation concerned citizens or groups to help with the restoration, which will take an estimated three to six months and cost approximately $24,000. In addition to the clearing that has already taken place, the restoration process will include the treatment of stumps and roots with approved herbicides and removal of stumps and roots from within the cemeterys monuments; the collection of loose artifacts and architectural components and the re-association of these materials with their respective monuments; the stabilization and rebuilding of the six historic monuments and replacement of memorial plaques; the repair and stabilization of the historic perimeter wall; restoration of the cultural landscape; and installation of a historically appropriate security fence with gate and access steps. The Cruz Bay free-colored cemetery holds the oldest marked St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 5 St. John Historical Society, V.I. Historic Preservation Committee T o Join Forces in Historic Cruz Bay Free-Colored Cemetery Continued on Page 22 R&I PA T TONgoldsmithing


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds struction of a shared use path to connect the V.I. National Park Visitors Center and Honeymoon Bay along part of Lind Point Trail. While the paved path will not be an inclusive trail the staircase at the Lind Point trail head means people with lim walking down to Honeymoon an easier endeavor, explained V.I. National Park Superintendent Brion FitzGerald. The trail will not be fully accessible, but it will be easier for people with some mobility issues, said FitzGer ald. The trail will help some of our visitors and will be a place for people who might not be stable on their feet or who dont want to hike some of the rougher trails. Or for someone who shows up unprepared for hiking from a footwear standpoint. In many areas of the trail, the pathway is wider than the proposed four foot wide distance for the new paved trial, FitzGerald added. posed trail, the next phase of the project will be to receive funding expected to be around $500,000 and granted in FY 2015, according to FitzGerald. Given how long it takes to get accounting passed, our in the fall and by early January we would have the ability to bid the job with work starting in the off season during the summer months, said the VINP Superintendent. It has not been determined what material will be used for the paving of the trail, FitzGerald added. able at the Park Visitor Center at 1300 Cruz Bay Creek in Cruz Bay, St. John. Directions to the center are available online ( or by phone (340.776.6201). on the National Park Services Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website Under Documents by Park click on Virgin Islands National Park and follow the link to Shared Use Path. 6 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 NPS Finds No Signicant Impact To Pave Part of Lind Point Trail News Photos by Jaime Elliott PET SUPPLIESCanines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING FISH tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com FULL VETERINARY SER VICES


St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 7 By T om Oat St. John Tradewinds ing stories and a few schedule lapses regular customers of the three inter-island barge companies servicing the St. John-St. Thomas route have been expressing concern about the reliability of the inter-island barge service. On Tuesday afternoon, April 8, St. John Tradewinds from the Mr. B barge operated by Boyson Inc. at about 2:30 p.m. to ask if the newspaper knew why the vessel had been waiting outside the Enighed Pond commercial port for almost one-half hour after arriving from Red Hook while waiting for room at the ports bulkhead. A regularly-scheduled commercial barge was off-loading at one of the three interior barge ramp spaces and only one space was available for the three vehicle barges regularly operating between St. John and St. Thomas to load and unload, according to an panies. They were waiting for the dock to clear, Cheryl Boynes Jackson of Boyson Inc. said of the Mr. Bs delayed arrival. Repair W ork Crowds Car Ferry Ramps Crowded conditions in the port include a number of large vessels which have been undergoing extensive long-term repairs in violation of the V.I. governments federal permit for construction of the port which prohibits major repair work on vessels. Since vessels not in regular service have been allowed to dock for extended periods of time in the Enighed facility, homeowners in the residential neighborhood of Estate Contant overlooking the former mangrove-fringed salt pond have contacted Tradewinds repeatedly with complaints about the noise from metal work being conducted on vessels in the port in violation of its federal permit. In early April, a V.I. Port Authority spokesperson told Tradewinds any repairs to vessels in the port, including two large vessels which have undergone exentirely repainted in port over the past year, are allowed under the ports federal permit because the work is incidental. After Tradewinds spoke with the VIPA spokesperson, a large tarp was used to cover continuing work on the deck of one vessel. Former Senator Dow Not Available The former snorkel tour boat Leland Sneed, which suffered major storm damage after being sold to new ownership, has been undergoing extensive repainting and repairs along the bulkhead of the port for more than one year in apparent violation of the federal permit for construction of the port which only allows incidental repair work on vessels. A second large car ferry which has not been in service from Enighed has been undergoing extensive repairs while at the port bulkhead adjacent to the VIPA admuch of 2013. They are literally building a new boat at the dock, one resident of the neighborhood overlooking the port who said he had also Customers Question St. John-St. Thomas Barge Delays and Vessel Repairs in Port St. Ursulas Episcopal Church Cruz Bay, St. John The Rev. Canon Lionel S. RymerSchedule of ServicesMonday in Holy Week: April 14thA Public Service of Healing at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Holy Week: April 15thThe Way of the Cross at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Holy Week: April 16thTenebrae at 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday: April 17thAgape Meal at 5:30-6:45 p.m. Holy Eucharist with the Foot-washing Ceremony at 7 p.m. Good Friday: April 18thThe Celebration of the Lords Passion at 12 Noon Holy Saturday: April 19thThe Great Vigil of Easter at 7 p.m. Sunday of the Resurrection: April 20thSolemn Eucharist of Easter at 9 a.m.For more information, call 340-776-6306 or 775-2497 Holy Week & Easter News Photo by Tom Oat Roanoake was out of service and appeared to be undergoing sandblasting and repainting while docked with its ramp in the mangroves on the south side of the Enighed Continued on Page 20


By Judi Shimel St. John Tradewinds As the start of hurricane season approaches, a group of St. John youth are doing their part to make munity Health Center is ready for anything. Students from Gifft Hill School, Guy Benjamin School and the Julius E. Sprauve School are part of the St. John Rotary Interact Club. Club President Joan Birmingham says the groups have been looking for a community service project they could join forces around. Theyve all been doing projects in their area of the community and they wanted to paint the clinic. The clinic doesnt need painting inside or out but they needed painting on the helipad, said Bir mingham. Hurricane Marilyn, when badly injured residents were carried off island for medical treatment. Over the helipad, along with a large H in the center, have faded. a helicopter pilot to safely land in the event of an emergency, added Birmingham. When students execute their painting project, they will be provided with a design that will instruct them where to paint and how large an area to cover. Were in the process of organizing the studets to go up there and do that, said the St. John Rotary Club President. Were not sure of the dates yet but I think its being done in May. About 48 students make up the Interact group. Birmingham explained having the youngsters getting involved in smaller community service projects through their individual schools has helped to foster a spirit of belonging. all three groups have had to work as a team providing service over self.8 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 Y oung Rotarians T eam Up In Support of Myrah Keating Smith Health Clinic News Photo by Tom OatSt. John students and Rotary team up to repaint the helipad at Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center. Happy Holidays! GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS F ACE AD V E R T I S E ON. . ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM WhatT App-solutely Fabulous W hatT oDoV I www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook News Photo by Tom Oat Governor deJongh Spotted in Cruz Bay


Johns Folly Learning Institute Celebrates 18th Anniversary, Plans Expanded Role St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 9 By T om Oat St. John Tradewinds The Johns Folly Learning Institute is celebrating its 18th anniversary and founder Alvis Christian Sr. is looking to expand the institutes after school programs for children on the isolated southeast end of St. John. The refurbished building on the bluff overlooking Johns Folly Bay will mark its anniversary on Saturday, April 19, at noon with special quest speaker Donna M. Christensen, USVI Delegate to Congress. A special guest at the anniversary celebration will be Paul of Public Engagement. School, the Johns Folly Learning Institute is concentrating on children living in one of the most isolated areas of the island. With the threatened closure of the Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay, Christian sees an even more important role for JFLI to provide educational opportunities for students in the Coral Bay, Calabash Boom and Johns Folly neighborhoods. Now that GBS doesnt have an after school program, JFLI needs teacher volunteers, Christian said. The facility also is available to other organizations for events, Christian said. nizations, Christian said. There is no fee for the use of the facility, he said, but organiza tions using the facility are expected to pay associated utility and maintenance costs. One Cruz Bay church is already utilizing the facility for Sunday services for members in the surrounding community and othadded. to say about her race for Governor Signs of the T imes


By T om Oat St. John Tradewinds The exasperated older couple from Atlanta need police assistance when the arrived in the lobby of the Leander Jurgen Command at 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning. They were visibly agitated, pacing nervously. We just had a problem returning our rental car and we need assisWe turned in a rental car up (up the street) and the woman was very rude and threatening, the husband added seamlessly. The stage was set for another USVI hospitality horror story. Of course I admit I was supposed to turn in the car the day before, Now, the story was getting complicated. She did charge us for the extra day, but that was okay, the husband added, but she wouldnt do the inspection and sign the release. We didnt want our credit card to get charged for any damage after we left, the wife explained. We wanted her to inspect the vehicle with us. A valid point. I told the woman I wanted her to go down and inspect the vehicle with us and have her sign off on the rental return, the husband inter jected. I said I was going to take her picture if she wouldnt inspect our vehicle and sign off that there was no damage, he added. Now, any casual observer of island etiquette could see trouble brewing. Then she said if I took her picture she was going to call the police, so we came right here, the husband added apprehensively. I was on the telephone and I just told them to go ahead and leave the key, the rental agent subsequently explained to Tradewinds. Actually, I told him if he took my picture I would call the police and I told him where I would put the camera. Which may explain why the visitors immediately went to the police station. managed to diffuse the volatile situation without any cell phone cam eras being used inappropriately or otherwise damaged. The visitors from Georgia, meanwhile, left with an unfathomable tale of perceived inhospitality.10 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 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! Visiting Couple Requests VIPD Assistance in Returning Rental Car One Day Late welcome customers to their newly refurbished shop. Ali and Maria say they set up and refrigeration. along with all the basics and more. the convenience of having their daily needs just a walk away. over for guests and beach goers. Shoppers Enjoy Convenience of Calabash Market


St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 11 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds St. John School of the Arts may just have tapped the next Irving Berlin or Otis Redding. Thanks to a lasting impression by SJSA co-founder Ruth Sis Frank and continued excellence at SJSA, Julius E. Sprauve School sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have been learning the music composition. Many years ago in New York City, Frank met Attorney Peter Strauss, who oversaw the trust for the famed lyricist Irving Caesar, who penned Tea for Two. Franks meeting with Attorney Strauss proved to leave a lasting impression, SJSA Executive DiMost of Irving Caesars money went to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers [ASCAP] and the ASCAP Foundation, said Wild. But $100,000 of it came back to us at SJSA and thats when we did the renovations to the school on the outside.Thanks to ASCAP Grant, JESS Students Learning Songwriting from a Master News Photo by Jaime Elliott with their songwriting. $30,000.00 REWARDis offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible 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 you know the whereabouts of any of these items, or info on his murder, you may reach us 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 Continued on Page 22 Ivanna Eudora Kean Report Cards To Be Distributed April 15 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Any questions can be directed to Principal Sharon McCollum at (340) 775-6380 ext 4801.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds For anyone feeling pain in their back, knees, wrists, ankles, or anywhere really, Melissa Luterek could hold the alternative to sur gery. Luterek recently opened a spacious, air conditioned Pilates Worx studio in The Lumber Yard bringing 17 years of Pilates instruction experience with her to Love City. She has been working with patients suffering from arthritis, scoliosis, sciatica, herniated disks, carpal tunnel and more. It was an injury she suffered Pilates. Originally from the East Coast, Luterek was just about to begin a four-year dance scholar ship at Marymount Manhattan College, when she blew out her knee, she explained. I was a professional dancer and just before heading off to college for dance, in my very last audition, I blew out my knee, said Luterek. The doctors said I would never dance again and that I needed sur gery. Undeterred, Luterek put on a brace and showed up to dance school anyway. My instructor told me I couldnt perform on stage with the brace, Luterek said. She told me I had to go take Pilates classes two or three times a week. I danced for four years on that knee and after the use of Pilates. Having earned her BFA in dance, Luterek had also discovered an exercise method long known in the New York City professional dance world, Pilates, which became her lifes work. The method was created in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates and quickly became popular among dancers looking to ease terek explained. Pilates was big among the dance community for a long time, she said. Martha Graham practiced and so did many gymnasts and acrobats. Luterek studied at Romanas Pilates in NYC, owned by Master who was directly taught by Jack Pilates. What Luterek teaches is called classical Pilates and emphasizes both apparatus and mat work. Jack Pilates developed all the apparatuses which use your own body weight and springs for resistance, said Luterek. You devel op nice, tone, lean muscles but you also build muscles because you are always stretching your body and building strength. Each exercise also entails its own breath work, Luterek added. For each of the exercises, there is a certain way to breathe, she said. In Pilates we inhale on the move and exhale on the relief, so each exercise has its own set of breath-work. Jack Pilates impressive-looking apparatuses can be found in Lutereks tidy Cruz Bay studio. From the Cadillac, so named for its versatility and quality, to the Reformer, which often gets results, Luterek shipped the apparatuses down from her former Pilates studio in LA, where she enjoyed a successful career before moving to St. John this year. Back in LA, Luterek was voted Best Pilates Instructor by LA Daily News, appeared as a model in the Pilates book The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning and starred as a Pilates instructor on the TV show Reba. On St. John, Luterek has enjoyed a stream of new clients, both 12 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 News Photo by Jaime Elliott Lengthen, Loosen and Ease Pain with Melissa Luterek at Pilates Worx Sunday 10am HAWKSNEST BEACH facebook Freshwater Church St. John USVITerry Lansdale, Pastor 340.514.6578(CHILDCARE AVAILABLE) ISLAND SOLAR V.I. 300-watt panels 300-watt inverters SunDrum solar hot water systems Battery stand-alone systems Energy audits Diesel generators Conventional solar hot water systems Power management systems Off-grid living for over 12 years on Lovango Cay. Dan Boyd t: 340-626-9685 e: We are anAuthorizedV.I.EnergyDealer& Grid-Tie Systems as low as $3.50 per watt and Nohidden SAY NO TO W APA GreenLivingAssociation Next Green Thursdays seminar April 24 : St. John in Layers: Maps of Paradise An Aerial Tour of St. John PRESERVE ST. JOHN Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Git Hill & Centerline Road, across from the dumpGet a leg up on the competition by reducing your villas carbon footprint and enjoy program incentives like free advertising Continued on Page 20


St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 13 St. John Tradewinds Coral Rays is a newer four-bedroom luxury villa high on cool Bordeaux Mountain with great sunrise water views over Coral Bay to Tortola and the British Virgin Islands. On the main level is a large great room and a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, stainless appliances, and a bar with fridge overlooking the pool and Carolina Valley. On the lower level are two bedrooms, a large pool, sundeck and a spa. The separate garden pod has two large master suites with private baths and native stone garden showers. This beautifully appointed home is a popmetering solar power to ensure low WAPA bills. The home, located at on 0.44 acres at 1030C-4 Carolina is offered at $1,800,000. For more information about Coral Ray, call Nash at Islandia Real Estate at (340) 776-6666 or on her cell at (340) 642-2246 Coral Rays Offers Bordeaux Mt. Breezes and Sunrise Views of Coral Bay and the BVI News Photo Vocational School Ban Plastic Bags Downtown Shuttle Habitat Restoration Recreational Facility Upgrades Professional Sports Programs Services for the Homeless Bike Paths on North Shore Road Keep STJ Beautiful Anti-Litter Plan Town Council Development Its election time at the St. John Community Foundation & theres just one question on the ballot What can we do to make St. John a better place? Go to www.sjcf.orgMake your vote COUNT! community FOUNDATION JOHN ST selected at Impact Meet!These issues ...and more 4 youth Because you LOVE the ROCK! we need YOUR help to pick the top 10 from 40 needs NOW on St. John PrioritiesSpeak up NOW!Voting ends April www.sjcf.orgyou have a say! News Photo


14 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 You are cordially invited to: The J F olly Learning I nstitute s 18th A nniversary Celebration Saturday April 19th, 2014 12:00 pm 14 C St. John, V.I. The Honorable Donna M. Christensen United States Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Paul Monteiro Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Visit the Institute at St. John Tradewinds The Virgin Islands National Park and the Friends of V.I. National Park are excited to announce this years Earth Day events.The fun starts with the 2014 Earth Day Environmental Fair which is scheduled for Friday, April 25. The fair will be held once again at the National Park Ball Field in Cruz Bay, St. John from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year, ocean/reef exhibits, activities and presentations will be included as a marine component to the Earth Day Fair. The Waste Management Authority will also be co-hosting the third annual Litter Stomp Parade from Julius E. Sprauve School to the fairgrounds starting at 8:45 a.m. The Friends goal is to educate, inform, and inspire V.I. youth and the community on the importance of preserving and protecting our land and marine environments. The events are free and open to the public, and all St. John schools and families are invited. Last year over 500 St. John students attended the Earth Day Environmental Fair. This event is a great way to teach V.I. youth about the environment and issues that are a threat to our islands. It is also an excellent opportunity to expose St. John students, who generally dont have the ability to attend fairs in St. Thomas, to important environmen tal programs on other islands. Island wide beach clean-ups will be happening throughout Earth Week as participants of the Friends Adopt-A-Beach/Trail program are asked to remove debris from their adopted beach/trail as part of an island-wide cleanup. The Adopt-A-Beach/Trail program encourages volunteer groups to adopt a site and become responsible for keeping it clean. Volunteers are needed. Those interested in volunFriends of the Park T o Celebrate Earth Day 2014! St. John Tradewinds The Island Green Living Association is proud to announce the launch of a major fundraising campaign in support of its mission to appointed Margaret Fitzsimons as Director of Sustainable Development to help with this effort. Together with the board of directors and Executive Director Barry Devine, IGLA intends to undertake key initiatives that will more aggressively target issues of recycling, resource conservation, responsible building and living, and preservation of St. Johns natural environment. Collectively, the islands residents, businesses, and more than 1 million visitors per year are utilizing St. Johns natural resources at a rate that poses a growing threat of degradation to the island. St. John faces unique economic, cultural, and environmental problems associated with its geography and tourism base; namely, tons of waste with little recycling, high energy and food costs, increasing pollution, decreasing land mass, and endangered wildlife. These are all key issues targeted in IGLAs fundraising campaign, PRESERVE ST. JOHN. bers and generous donors. To date, public support has enabled IGLA to help St. John in many ways, and now more than ever, the nontiatives including island resource recovery, glass and aluminum can recycling, composting, green villa and green business membership programs, and green living education. a part of PRESERVE ST. JOHN, and share IGLAs mission with friends, family, neighbors, and visitors. With help from the public, IGLA can enable St. John to move toward a sustainable future and preserve the island for the continued enjoyment of all.IGLA Launches Fundraising Campaign: Preserve St. John


St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 15 Annual Dog Show Wagapalooza PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION FATTY here is about 4-years-old and would probably do best as a single cat. He can by shy sometimes but has a loving disposition. Consider giving Fatty a loving home. St. John Tradewinds The Animal Care Centers Spring fundraiser. Wagapalooza, the islands unique dog show, will be Satur day, May 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. Every dollar collected will be used for the care, feeding, and medical needs of St. Johns homeless dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, both those at the shelter and those depending on feeding stations that ACC maintains throughout the island. As in past years, Wagapaloozas show classes unlike those of conventional dog shows will include Best Old Timer, a Costume Class, Best Trick, Best Look Alike (dog and owner), Best Friend as well as Best Junior Handler and Best Adult Handler. The very special Babe Award to a most improved dog Queen. The winners of all classes will be awarded winners will also receive an ACC trophy. Parade of Paws In addition, this year a Parade of Paws will be held before the regular show classes. The Parade of Paws will be open to dogs with their owners who are just visiting Wagapalooza without being entered in a show category. Handlers and dogs of all ages will be donation to the ACC. Participants in the Parade can register at the gate at 4:15 p.m. This year, instead of purchasing registration tick ets for regular show classes at island stores in advance of Wagapalooza, participants for all classes are asked to register at the gate, starting at 4:15 p.m. The registration fee for each class is twenty dollars and regispersonal checks are requested. Special Attractions A special attraction this year will be a Bouncy House for the entertainment of children attending the event with an adult. There will be no charge for chil dren using the Bouncy House. Another attraction will be the popcorn machine that is being lent to ACC by the Freshwater Church of St. John. ACC also plans to provide a coloring book table to entertain the children with coloring books featuring animal subjects. Musical entertainment is also being planned for throughout Wagapalooza. and charter boat trips as well as for animal boarding, wedding packages, villa offers, attractive pottery, artavailable at several shops in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. Watch for a future news release on the location of the shops. In the meantime, please direct questions about Fair Food and Drinks chili dogs, regular hot dogs, and her renowned veggie burgers. She will also be taking advance orders for veggie burgers by the half dozen for home use. For pre-event orders of veggie burgers call 340-6938500. The Queen of Tarts (Liz Lowe) will also be at Waga with her famous home-made cookie bones for dogs as well as home-made cookies for people. Lowe has sold her dog cookies at past Wagas and has received raves from both her dog and dog owner customers. New to the Waga fair food scene will be Becky Reinbold who will be offering samples of healthy food products that she will soon be featuring at her St. John outlet. Faithful ACC supporter Joe Palminteri will again be serving beverages to thirsty fairgoers. Expected offerings include beer, water, and soft drinks. As in past years, ACC is also planning to offer a signature beverage (with or without alcohol) during the fair. More T o Come ACC will soon be announcing the design for the 2014 t-shirt that is being created by Cynthia Swan, the daughter of our St. John Hardware family. Collectors of the annual Wagapalooza t-shirts should watch Tradewinds about the availability of this years t-shirts. Also forthcoming will be the names of the dog show judges, the name of this years Waga DJ and other late-breaking news. ACC President Lucy Banks is serving as the 2014 Waga point-of-contact. Call Banks at 340-693-7448 for additional information. The next Island Green Living Association Green Thursdays seminar, entitled St. John in Layers: Maps of Paradise An Aerial Tour of St. John, will feature a map exploration of the island, nearshore marine communities, and data layers developed using Geographic Information Systems technology. More than 30-plus data layers of information on the St. John environment will be displayed and used to show how we can better understand the island environment, how it has changed in the recent past and how we can use this technology to plan from individual parcels to island sustainability planning. The seminar will be on Thursday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Gifft Hill Schools upper campus atrium. Come out and youre sure to be amazed by seeing St. John as you never have before. All are welcome to attend.Green Thursday Seminar Set for April 24 at GHS


16 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 24 NEXT DEADLINE:THURSDAY, APRIL 17th2013-TO-DATE 2014-TO-DATE Letters To St. John TradewindsOur legislators in Washington must stop playing politics with our veterans, this is especially true of Vietnam war veterans. Will the game playing carry over to our veterans of present day wars? Will they too become pawns? Veterans have few friends in Washington. Just like the Vietnam veterans, todays veterans will face what we are up against, little to no support. When our men and women in uniform come home hand shakes by politicians and photo ops. Parades are organized by veterans groups for a Welcome Home. Most of these veterans groups are comprised of Vietnam Vets, they make up for the welcome home they did not receive, the Vietnam war offered them only shame and are forgotten. will itself be forgotten President Calvin Coolidge. Many veterans suffer with cancer, brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder. Normally these diseases are not noticed and in some cases go untreated until they become severe. Our Congress needs to wake up The American people are urged to write, call their members of Congress and Senate and demand they need. John J. Bury, U.S. Navy, retired, Vietnam veteran Media, PAStop Playing Politics With Veterans ISLAND NOTES from the publisherIf anyone knows any information regarading the deaths of Seara Samantha James or James Jimmy Malfetti call USVI Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). MN We are cutting back our military because the current administration believes the world is a safer place. The administration wants to cut the Army by 80,000 to 440,000, which is the smallest since 1940, just prior to our unprepared entry into WWII. It wants to eliminate the A-10 aircraft, which is a tank killer that supports our ground troops. It announced a cut in the Navy, building only 32 Littoral Combat Ships, versus the 52 originally planned. The savings will be years. Our military cuts are proposed while potential adversaries increase their military power. Russia grabbed the Crimea and is expanding its military, which has 760,000 active troops and 2,500,000 reservists, along with 43,000 armored vehicles. China has 2,285,000 active troops and 2,300,000 reserv690,000 active troops and 4,500,000 reservists, and 9,000 armored vehicles. Although our technologically advanced military take back territory occupied by our enemies. Military might, not beautiful words, will deter potential adversaries. Donald A. Moskowitz Londonderry, NHMilitary Power Deters Adversaries The Virgin Islands Police Department urges the the Easter Holidays. Historically, families chose to leave their homes for extended periods and camp on our pristine beach es during this period. We are asking that every effort be made to properly secure your homes. Be sure that all windows & doors are properly secured and all unnecessary electronics devices are turned off. and from the camp sites. We are urging the motoring and posted signs. We wish everyone a HAPPY and enjoyable EASTER HOLIDAYS. Police Chief James Parris, St. Croix, VISecure Homes During the Holiday


St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 17 Here are a few simple ideas to help solve some of the territorys problems. 1 The Senate should come up with a bill to change the number of senators to nine members with four being from the island of St. Croix, four from the island of St. Thomas and one senator from the island of St. John. This is how it was in the past and this is what it should be again. 2 St. John must be its own District. We have no local voice with our district being a part of St. Thomas. We must have our own voting district. 3 Each island must have its own Mayor, elected by the people, and its own council members. No more government-appointed administrators. 4 Instead of paying government employees every two weeks, reduce the government payroll to twice a month; on the 15th and the 30th of every month. 5 Elect heads of each department permanently. We have so many changes each time a new adminis tration comes in, nothing gets done. We need to have people elected to these positions who remain in these positions. 6 The government must pay its WAPA bill. panies should pay 10 percent of their income to the government. 8 Enforce gun license laws in the territory. Licenses should be $50 per year and must be obtained by all gun owners within three months of the law passing. The penalty for not having a license will be Norm Gledhill St. John, VIThe Future of the T erritory Letters To St. John TradewindsThe applicants for the Group Dwelling Permit at Privateer Point received a very warm welcome at the Coral Bay School recently, and not in the touchy feely Coral Bay way. Im not part of the group doing the beach devel opment but our history in the area goes back to the with the original developers and I was the contractor for the upgrade to the utility infrastructure when the Homeowners Association took over. I also installed the roads and utilities at Privateer Point. The Dwell looking cottage you may have seen from the water way out there is our house. From the earliest design stage for lot layouts and access planning, Mark Davies set aside an eight acre parcel in the center of the property to be used for some type of common amenities. Clubhouse, pool, something to create a there out there. I certainly didnt anticipate anything like what was feared at the meeting. Like everyone else I dont want a Sirenusa and Pond Bay all over again. Totally out of scale for St. John, which has been very successful in punishing overzealous developers. That is also not what I expected from Davies, who never held back a dime when it came to using environmentally sound practices when we built his roads, so after the smoke cleared from the meeting I contact ed Mark and his partners to get their version. What I learned has assuaged the worst of my concerns: Are you planning to throw up 32 buildings and 1. hope for another real estate bubble? No, they are going for approval to do 21 buildings they want start with the clubhouse and pool and maybe three or four cottages. They have no appetite to sit on a pile of non-producing assets. The era of build it and they will come is over. Sirenusa, et al, were products of the time. The stream of dough and buyers was never going to end right? Indeed... Why ask for permission to build so many units? 2. It cost the same amount of money and time to do a permit for 5 as 28. If the demand isnt there they wont get built, if it is they dont have to do another permitting ordeal. My guess is I wont live long enough to see units climbing up the hill. Wont this be out of scale for the east end of St. 3. John (28 units on 8 acres)? Not if you compare this to Gallows Point (60 units on 3 acres) or Botany Bay on St. Thomas. Both pretty taste ful developments. Botany Bay is particularly analogous since its as far away from town in St. Thomas as Privateer is from Cruz Bay. They both have oversize lots and some kind of group amenities so the 1% wont get lonely. These folks may go berserk and put in an X Games go-cart track (which I personally would really like), they have a truckload of details with the Privateer Bay Homeowners to deal with, not to mention the whole CZM process. But for now Im going to keep my black shirt in the closet, monitor the process, and Captain Bob CarneyPave Paradise? The headline accompaning the article regarding the Friends of the VINP Beach to Beach Power Swim incorrectly announced the date of the event. The 11th annual Beach to Beach Power swim is scheduled for Saturday, May 24. St. John Tradewinds apologizes for the error.Correction


18 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 VINP To Host Summer Youth Coservation Corp ProgramSt. John Tradewinds Virgin Islands National Park Superintendent Brion Fitzgerald is pleased to announce that Virgin Islands National Park will host its Annual Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) Program again this summer (2014). The YCC Program provides an opportunity for youths to be employed for an 8 week period while gaining an understanding and appreciation about the conservation mission for the National Park Service. This upcoming summer, the program will employ 8 students. Participants will be involved in a variety of duties associated with park operations, and earn $7.25 an hour. June 23-August 15 The 8-week program will begin on June 23 and end on August 15. Applicants must be 15-18 years of age and a U.S. citizen, or have per manent residency status. Interested youths may pick up an application at the National Park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay, St. John between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., beginning May 19 and must be returned by May 30. Returned applications must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the students Home Room Teacher. Selections will be made by random drawing. For more information, contact Vanessa Taliaferro-Robinson at (340) 776-6201, ext. 260; and/or Paul Thomas at (340) 776-6201, ext. 252. St. Thomas: April 28, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. University of the Virgin Islands Administration & Conference Ctr. St. Croix: April 30, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. University of the Virgin Islands North West Wing Great Hall University of the Virgin Islands The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Virgin Islands Autism Network (VIAN) 7th Annual Autism Conference Somer Bishop, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Clinical Psychologist at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain Ann W. Cox, Ph.D., Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina and Co Principal Investigator/Director of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders REGISTER ON LINE AT: For more info call: 340 -693 1173 or 340 -776 -9200 ext. 2334 (STT) 340 -692 -4266 (STX) 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.Wagapalooza Set for Saturday, May 10The 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. Show classes to be announced shortly. All St. John schools are invited to participate in the dog-themed poster contest. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 9. Please submit entries to BJ Har ris via email: The class with the winning entry will be awarded an ice cream party. Demonstrations Set for Library WeekFriends of the Elaine I Sprauve Library are sponsoring make your own book mark and a cake decorating demonstration during library week. For more information, call the library at 776-6359. ReSource Depot Open Five Days/Week Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to browse our ever-growing collection of new and gently used housewares and construction materials. Our friendly Depot manager, Buddha Gary Emmons will come donations of household items and building materials as well. Youll not only be helping to PRESERVE ST. JOHN by keeping The ReSource Depot is located at Gifft Hill and Centerline across from the Susannaberg Transfer Station.Elections Packages Now AvailableSupervisor Caroline Fawkes advises the following: Any Candidate who hasnt paid their late fees (penalty) on the Campaign Disclosure reports will not be able to pick-up or return a Nomination Package, as per 18 VIC, Chapter 29, Section 911. Supervisor Fawkes further states that: Additionally, the names of all delinquent Candidates will be published in the newspapers on April 30th, as per 18 VIC, Chapter 29, Section 909 (c)(6). Elections determine who is in power, but they do not deter mine how power is used. Paul Collier


St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 19 By Sabrina Burkiewicz (lover of St. John, hater of spiders) Special to St. John Tradewinds From time to time on the news and blog sites for St. John, we see people posting videos of tarantulas outside or sharing a tale on an encounter. I read them, shake my head and think; these people have no right to complain unless theyve encountered the bedroom tarantula. My husband and I were staying in a villa in Fish Bay in June of 2012. Wed been to the island many times, never being alarmed by any wildlife weve encountered. I do have a terrible fear of spiders, but had found no cause for panic ever before. As an arachnophobe, we see pictures of tarantulas in magazines and on TV. All arachnophobes like to tell themselves that tarantulas dont really exist, because they represent the apex arachnophobia. On the tail end of a splendid two week trip, my husband and I had spent a long, wonderful day at the beach and had come home in the early evening. We came into our on the bed. I grabbed the remote to see what was on TV. My husband was standing to the side of the TV, beside the sliding glass door with long white curtains. He was in the process of removing his sandy clothes for a shower. As I pointed the remote toward the TV, to my utter and absolute horror, there was a large black tarantula, about the size of goodsized orange, clinging to the long, white curtain at about waist height. I began screaming in terror and disbelief. My shocked husband looked at me, panicked because I was screaming, then turned to his left, to see what I was screaming about, and realized he was mere inches from the black menace resting on the cur of the headboard on the bed, like two geckos about to climb the wall. After the screaming stopped, I realized I was taking lots of long, deep breaths; i.e. hyperventilating and was growing more light-headed by the second. It dawned on me, if I fainted, Id likely hit my head on the my husband would be forced to focus on me, allowing the giant tarantula to run wild in our bedroom. your mind during those moments of blurred and blinding fear. ORIGINAL LISTING COURTESY OF RICH GREENGOLD supporting weekly live music for the season, there 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 MONDAYS TUESDAYS WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS FRIDAYS SA TURDAYS To be added to this live music schedule, the event must be a regularly scheduled event (sorry, no temporary performances), email with: day, time, location, performer and style. NO PHONE CALLS. The Bedroom TarantulaI spotted a large plastic cup on the nightstand next my husband. He slowly reached down and grabbed the cup and spilled the the headboard. Next, I cautiously reached down to my nightstand for a magazine. And we regroup on the headboard again. Then, we agreed I had to leave the room, because if the operation failed, well, I would die of cardiac arrest. Fortunately, I was on the side of the room with the bathroom, so I slithered along the wall to the bathroom, where I exited through the bathroom door to the outside and immediately began screaming as I ran upstairs and called my Mom back in the states at $1.99 a minute to scream some more. Mom and Dad had been staying with us, but had gone home two days earlier. Amazingly, my brave husband crept toward the black jungle creature, and, with the precision and speed of a Jedi Knight, forced the cup over the tarantula, sealing it between the cup and against the window. He said it the cup with such force, he didnt think hed be able to hold it. My husband said in that moment, he realized, if he let that thing escape into our bedroom, its eight big legs would ensure wed never catch it, forcing us to: a. Call the police who would surely laugh at us; b. Sleep in the car; and c. Well, there were no other options. Carefully, he took the magazine and slid it between the opening of the cup and the window, with his palm pressed down over itself around in a wild frenzy. He quickly exited through the bathroom and hurled the whole thing, cup, magazine and tarantula, over the balcony and into the blackness of the jungle. He returned to the upstairs, white This encounter was so unbelievable, I wondered if we were on some kind of reality show for spider haters. It was so perfectly placed on the curtain, and in the bedroom of all places, that I expected to hear the Alfred Hitchcock horror music at any moment. So, for the next local or tourist who complains about big spiders, just remember this story and be glad you havent encountered the bedroom tarantula!


complained to VIPA told Tradewinds. V.I. Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dow, a former V.I. Senator, was not available for numerous telephone requests from Tradewinds during the week for information about overcrowding at the Enighed port due to ship repair work. Barge Undergoes Repairs in Mangroves The port bulkhead became so over-crowded with repair work that by April 10 the car ferry Roanoke had been taken out of service and moved to the south shore of the port where it deployed its ramp over the interior bulkhead protecting the mangrove mitigation area of the former salt pond. A truckload of processed sand on board was being used to sandblast paint off the vessel as it was moored alongside the protected mangrove shoreline. told Tradewinds last year that the V.I. Port Authority the mangrove mitigation area replanted as part of the federal permit for the construction of the port project by another car ferry company to reach the same shoreline property upland of the mangrove. was not available for comment for this report. Meanwhile, residents who rely on regular barge service are keeping a wary eye on the islands motley islands commercial port.20 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail or fax 693-8885. 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 Jennie Alvarez, advocate at Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands. Learn about I.E.Ps, rights and services for persons living with disabilities. A light lunch will be provided. Call 340-514-1823 for lunch location and to register. W edensday, April 16 The public is invited to attend an event to meet Regional Librarian Letitia Gittens and learn more about the Regional Library and its exceptional resources on Wednesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Elaine Ione Sprauve Public Library in Cruz Bay. A free public screening of Beyond Babysitting, a short documentary about child care quality, why it matters and how it can be attained in the territory on Thursday, April 16, at 2 p.m. at the St. John School of the Arts. A discussion will follow about the involvement of teachers, parents, community members, and policymakers in supporting high quality early care and education in the Virgin Islands.Please RSVP by April 14 to 340-774-0930, ext. 4187. The Coral Bay Community Council is hosting a Town Meeting style forum on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Guy Benjamin School, Rm. 6. 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. party will take place on Saturday, April 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24 The next Green Thursdays seminar, entitled St. John in Layers: Maps of Paradise An Aerial Tour of St. John will be on Thursday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Gifft Hill Schools upper campus atrium. Friday, April 25 The 2014 Earth Day Environmental Fair is scheduled for Friday, April 25. The fair will at the National Park Ball Field in Cruz Bay from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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. News Photos by Jaime Elliott Customers Question St. John-St. Thomas Barge Delays GHS Elementary Soccer GamesFriday, April 25 Gifft Hill School vs. Antilles 2 @ HOME, 3:45 PMContinued from Page 7 Pilates novices and experienced practitioners. If youve never done Pilates its best to come in and have an introduction session which is about 30 minutes and see if you like it, said Luterek. Pilates will show you where your strengths and weaknesses instance, and Pilates helps balance out the body. From the introductory session well plan a workout from there depending on the clients needs, she said. Luterek offers individual and semi-private (two students) sessions with the apparatuses as well as group mat classes. She recommends clients do at least one session and one mat class per week. Two private or semi-private sessions a week is ideal but if you cant afford that, one mat class and one session is a good plan, said Luterek. It doesnt take long before Lutereks clients feel and see results, she added. The Joseph Pilates intention is you start to feel it in 10 sessions, you start to see it in 20 sessions and you have a new body in 30 sessions, said the Pilates Worx owner. Eventually Pilates can be a cardio workout because as you advance you learn more and move faster. Lutereks clients have also enjoyed pain-free lives after devoting themselves to Pilates, she added. Ive worked with clients who have had hip replacements and titanium rods in their spines, people They strengthen their muscles and get pain relief. Pilates helps clients who are stiff because it makes you more aware of your body. It works on alignment and posture too. People are known to become taller through Pilates, she said. I dont make you taller, but I help correct your posture and you become stronger and straighter. imagine doing anything else. This is my passion, she said. My reward is seethey love it. Lutereks rates are $45 for a private introductory session and then $85 for private sessions. For semiprivate sessions, Luterek charges $60 per session and mat classes are $15 each. Luterek is offering a special free introductory session with the purchase of three private sessions for $199 or three semi-private sessions for $139 each. For more information check out Lutereks website at or call the Pilates instructor at (877) 249-9679. Lengthen, Loosen and Ease Pain at Pilates WorxContinued from Page 12Customers Question St. John-St. Thomas Barge Delays, Vessel Repairs in Port


St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 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) 642-3263 Harmonic Rays and Hawks Unity Choir Heading to London Heritage FestivalSt. John Tradewinds Rays choir is gearing up once again for its annual trek to the WorldStrides Heritage Performance Festival but this time around, the students are packing Rays have joined forces with the Charlotte Amalie High School Chickenhawks to form a dynamic unity choir that could help them bring home the gold. The WorldStrides Heritage Performance program organizes annually a range of festivals, bowl games, and other customized events that allow student groups to show off their musical skills. This years event will be held in London, and will give participating choirs the opportunity to be graded by a panel of renowned music professionals in catego ries that measure, among other things, tone, balance, blend interpretation, rhythm and intonation. The choirs will receive gold, silver or bronze awards based on their grade. In 2012, the Harmonic Rays returned from the WorldStrides Festival in Washington, D.C., with silver awards for excellence, along with the prestigious Esprit de Corps award for team spirit and Maestro Award for best solo vocalist. This time, Harmonic Rays choir mistress Jeanette Rhymer anticipates that the newly formed Harmonic Rays and Hawks Unity Choir will do just as well, as the combined team prepares to unleash a powerful blend of traditional and Caribbean mistress Neomie Toussaint-Williams (the decorated musician responsible for catapulting Gladys Abraham Elementarys choir into the local spotlight) will help direct. Two acapella numbers and an instrumental ar choir will also perform three jazz selections. The students have just been working together so beautifully for the past few months, and its been really wonderful to see them perform as a unit, Rhymer said this week. Weve put in a lot of hard push this collaboration. We cant wait to see what they do up on the stage. 30 Students Make Unity Group CAHS students, both choir directors and several parents will be leaving Monday. The students are slated to perform early Wednesday morning at grade just a few hours later, as they join the other participating choirs around 6 p.m. for a medieval banquet dinner at Beefeaters Hall. Rhymer said that to make the trip, the choir hosted various fundraising events but also received substantial donations from local churches, private organizations and businesses, government agencies, and parents. Gov. John de Jongh Jr. and Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory also lent their support early on, approving travel for the group St. John Tradewinds The Rotary Club of St John Scholarship is offered to assist a resident of St. John graduating from a high school in the US Virgin Islands in the pursuit of higher education. A need and merit based scholarship award will be a one-time scholarship totaling $5,000.00 Eligibility requirements for the Rotary Club of St John are: The student must be a resident of St John graduating in June from a high school in the US Virgin Islands The student must have a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point aver age The student must have been accepted to an institution of higher education Application forms can be obtained from high school guidance counselors, at Connections of St. John, or by email from william@willigerod. com or The following information must be submitted with the application form: other two may be selected from a previous employer, guidance counselor, or character reference. All applicants meeting the eligibility requirements will be inter viewed. The interviews will be conducted in May 2014. Eligible appli cial need must be completed and submitted to the Vocational Services Committee of the St. John Rotary Club, c/o Connections of St. John or William Willigerod, 16213 Spring Garden, St John, VI 00830, no later than 5 p.m., April 30, 2014.Applications Available for $5,000 St. John Rotary Club ScholarshipApplication Deadline Set for April 30 News Photo


Peter once again has been watching us and seeing all the great things weve been doing, he arranged for a meeting for me at the ASCAP Foundation, Wild said. I went up there this summer we discussed a Songwriting Composition Class for SJSA. After going through the formal grant process sucComposition Class in January. Each week, JESS sixth, seventh and eighth grade students spend 45 minutes with SJSA instructor Luba Dolgpolsky, a singer, songwriter and pianist. St. John musician Lauthe JESS students, Wild added. Last week, students got an extra treat in the form of an artist in residence. Professional musician and songwriter Terre Roche, who has been an active per formance and recording artist since the mid-1970s, spent a week of intensive training with the students in late March, Wild explained. Part of the grant includes an artist in residence, a professional musician who comes down from the states and gives a more intensive songwriting composition study, said the SJSA Executive Director. Terre has so much experience in the music industry and is so talented, the week has been amazing. For the artist in residence portion of the class, JESS students spent an hour and 15 minutes each day with Roche, and spent time writing their own songs and performing impressive renditions of other songs in three part harmonies with percussion accompani ment. Its been really impressive what Terre has been doing with the kids, said Wild. They learned all the different components of a really fun song and sounded great. The students will all be composing their own song together and they learned so much from working with Terre. again next year and even offer the Songwriting and Composition Class to other schools, Wild explained. want to include Gifft Hill School as well, she said. Its been such a great class, we are really excited about it. burials within the town of Cruz Bay. Its the site of the only marked burial of an individual born into slavery on St. John in the 18th century, and its the only cem etery on St. John dedicated exclusively to members of the islands free-colored community. The cemetery is the resting place of Sarah Elizabeth Martin and at there were born between 1774 and 1817, and were buried from 1820 to 1879. St. Thomas-St. John Historic Preservation Committee Chairperson Felipe Ayala II hopes the restoration of the site will facilitate a greater awareness of Cruz Bays historic past. It is unfortunate that so many people do not show proper respect for our historic burials, said Ayala in response to the recent desecration. It is my hope that out of this tragedy will come a heightened apprecia tion for the rich history of Cruz Bay, and that the restoration will bring the memory of those buried there, and the free-colored community as a whole, back into the publics consciousness. Several businesses and organizations have already signed on to help with the restoration including the St. John Community Foundation, Roger Harland, V.I. ologist Emily Lundberg, naturalist Eleanor Gibney, and licensed St. John contractors Eric Couzobon and Brent Squiress Stonemasonry Inc. To donate time, funds, or expertise to the restoration of the Cruz Bay free-colored cemetery, contact the St. John Historical Society at or 22 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 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 Historic Cruz Bay Free-Colored Cemetery Continued from Page 5 Continued from Page 11 News Photo by Jaime Elliott class at the arts school.


St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 23 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. We know people are hesitant to speak out because it is hard to know who to trust. Thats why Crime Stoppers was started. In the three decades since Crime Stoppers has been in existence, no one providing a tip has ever been compromised. St. John VIPD continues to seek the communitys assistance in solving the homicide of James Jim Malfetti, who was found dead in his apartment in Chocolate Hole. A 46 Sanyo TV and a silver/ white iPhone 5S were stolen from his home. Please tell us what you know about this murder, or of anyone selling a 46 Sanyo TV or a silver/white iPhone 5S. Please note: it is our understanding that the family of Mr. Malfetti is offering a much larger reward than Crime Stoppers. To qualify for that reward you MUST CALL 305-814-9691. St. Thomas On Monday, March 31 at 2:50 p.m., two employees of Innovative were providing technical service at Doctor Maynards Building when two masked males approached them from behind and robbed them at gun point. A black weapon was used by one of the suspects. They removed a 14kt gold wedding band, chain and hand chain before running off into the short cut that leads to Paul M. Pearson Garden. Please continue to work for the good of all by telling us what you know about these, or any other crimes, at www.CrimeStop or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also text USVI plus your message to CRIMES (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.Crime Stoppers U.S. Virgin IslandsBy T om Oat St. John Tradewinds There is no police report this week from the Leander Jurgen Command of the Virgin Islands Police Department. Its not that the men and women in blue didnt do anything law enforcement related in the week before former St. John VIPD commander Angelo Hill was scheduled to be sentenced for cocaine er V.I. law enforcement crony, one of his cousins and a few business associates Its just that, after collecting the police log for the Tradewinds for more than 20 years, I couldnt pass up the chance to not transcribe the record of police activity on the island which is usually writindecipherable and often better off that way. noon, appeared old enough to remember me from tion card, but I presented my 2002-03 edition so I wouldnt be accused of vanity for using a photo ID in which I still had most of my hair at least my beard was graying in 2002. The sergeant on duty must have noticed that I was no longer 6 as listed on the VIPDs 2002 MEDIA PASS, if I ever was, nor did I weigh 185 pounds as listed, which I never have. (I ruefully admit I am old enough to be shrinking literally just as my number three son, 14, is passing me in height at 51.) informed her he had previously told me I should pired VIPD photo MEDIA PASS was not valid. VIPD Media Pass Discontinued The sergeant also acknowledged the V.I. Police Department no longer issued a MEDIA PASS. I assured the sergeant that my access to the police log had only been questioned once in the last provide. There ensued some references to false IDs and misrepresentation and I was repeatedly remind ed I was not being argued with during the 15-minute discussion. would have to show to look at the public record and offered the sergeant my valid, current V.I. Drivers License as a current photo ID. I offered her my business cards from St. John Tradewinds. minutes, the sergeant asked for my expired MEDIA PASS and said she would make a photocopy to investigate the issue further with her superiors. I stepped outside the Jurgen Command to call St. John Deputy Chief Lt. Maria Jones on the cell phone number I had been privileged to be given by the Deputy Chief herself and left a message. Lt. Jones did not return the call. I tried to leave a message for VIPD St. Thomas-St. John Chief Darren Foy on the cell phone number he had provided me. My call was not returned, so I must have been unsuccessful. I did not have a telephone number for Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard, although I seem to remember calling him about something recently and I seem to recall he was helpful. VIPD Commissioners I Have Known I wanted to call Raymond Davilla, VIPD Commissioner 1995-1999, or James McCall, 2007-09, with whom I actually had professional relation ships, but I didnt have their current numbers and they probably screen calls from the USVI, anyhow. I did not try to bolster my by presigned by then-Commissioner Anthon L. Christian. (Milton Frett would have signed my 1992 credential, if the VIPD was issuing one when I ar rived on St. John full-time.) I just decided to spend my Saturday afternoon issue of St. John Tradewinds for reprinting the police log to keep the public informed. I missed spending a Saturday afternoon or usually a pedantic Sunday morning sitting in the lobby of the Leander Jurgen Command watching our island law enforcement in action. (See related story.) The Good Old Days I enjoy reminiscing about the good old days when St. John Commander Sgt. Hill once ordered Thomas for attacking two 250-pound guys at the dump with my camera sometime in 2000. No matter how much Sgt. Hill tried, St. Thomday afternoon after a few hours handcuffed to a table in the VIPD command ready room and even after they cordially asked me to drop my pants in the jailhouse stairway for a body search. three young trustee prisoners I met while being processed into the jail and they had already gone inside to inform the appropriate parties that the newspapermon was coming in for a weekend visit. reporter in their jail or maybe they had found out from the third trustee, the jailhouse snitch, that I also knew the longest serving prisoner inside the jail and had been sending him cartons of cigarettes for years through his cousin, a friend. But thats another story It all worked out because Cruz Bay denizen Greenie enjoyed a nap on the holding cell bench next to me before I was released its a bond we share to this day. St. John Tradewinds participants that any other of its kind in the U.S. Virgin Islands will take place on July 13. tournament last year attracted 211 anglers, including 39 junior anglers, aboard 55 boats. 34.26-pounder aboard the Calypso 34, Emanuel. Laban took home many prizes which included $2,000 in cash. In addition, there are a dozen more prize categories that include Best Boat, Best Captain, Best Male, Best such as Largest Jack, Barracuda, Bonito and Mackerel. beachside party begins with food, music and fun lasting right up until the time of the Awards Ceremony. ties that celebrate French Heritage Week in July. ganizations. For more information, call (340) 998-0854.Bastille Day Kingsh Tournament July 13Wheres the Police Log?A Letter from Outside the St. John Jail


24 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486ArchitectureCrane, 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 for Seminar Series info and ReSource Depot inventoryInsurancePGU Insuracne Located at The Marketplace 776-6403; Theodore Tunick & Company Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 www.theodoretunick.comJewelryR&I PATTON goldsmithing Located in Mongoose Junction 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445 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 Debbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 info@islandiarealestate.comRestaurantsFish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week 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 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory LITERAL LANGUAGE LESSONACROSS 1 Brings together 21 Took steps 26 Lessens in worth 27 Congeal 33 CORNE 37 Skull mayonnaise 79 Eur. country or Can. province 99 Troubles terribly visiting 119 Poe poem 121 Make current 122 Most cheeky DOWN 1 Israeli mentalist Geller 3 Lyric-writing Gershwin 7 Tramway vehicle 12 Symbol 13 Beauty shop support 16 Eye covers 19 Ruhr city 29 Swabs 39 Simile center Robert 47 Rip anew 116 Rat-a-


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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 St. John Tradewinds Virgin Islands In 2013, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) gave away more than two hundred thousand dollars in scholarship and grant money to Virgin Islands youth. CFVI is pleased to announce that it is that time of the year again. The main goal of the Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for VI youth and to open up opportunities that would not otherwise be available. One of the ways that mission is accomplished is through the annual offering of Enrichment Grants and postsecondary academic scholarships. Funds for both of these offerings are provided through the generosity of CFVI donors. The CFVI Enrichment Grant Program is designed to work in partnership with community organizations or individuals that are providing enriching opportunities for children and youth in the Virgin Islands community. The ing organizations and individuals who are making available enriching opportunities for low to moderate income young people. CFVI will support the work of existing community programs by providing grant monies for direct scholarships to children & youth to participate in qualifying programs. Grant amounts will range from $500-$2,500. Support for multiple students can be included on a single application. The purpose of the grant is to open up opportunities for students who would not be able to participate without this ticipating in order for the program to qualify for this Enrichment grant. Additionally, the student(s) must display Groups or individuals interested in applying must meet the basic criteria: The program must be able to prove its historical existence (at least dated back one year). Programs must serve children ages 0-18 and be designed to enrich a childs life. Applicants must provide details about their program and the selection process which will be used to select the child(ren)/ young adult(s) awarded scholarship(s), should grant monies be awarded to the organization. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands will also be awarding annual scholarships based on the following criteria requirements. An applicant must: Be a graduate of a high school in the US Virgin Islands; Be currently enrolled in or have applied for admission to, an accredited four-year institution with a program leading to a Bachelors degree; For graduate scholarships, a student must be currently enrolled in or have applied for admission to, an accredited institution with a program leading to an advanced degree (Masters, PhD, JD, MD, etc.) For scholarships that require college enrollment, a student must have completed at least 2 semesters of study by June 2014 with a minimum 2.5 GPA. need, academic progress, extracurricular activities and answers to essay questions. Applications for both Grants and Scholarships can be submitted through an online portal; applications and full directions can be retrieved on the CFVI website at The deadline to submit an Enrich ment Grant application is April 30, 2014 and the deadline for scholarship applications is May 16, 2014. For almost 25 years, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has been bringing positive changes in the Ter ritory through programs committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment. With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of local community leaders, CFVI is the leading advocate and supporter of programs that give children the best starts possible while ensuring opportunity and sustainability for our community in the future. CFVI operates or funds close to 50 communi scholarships, teacher grants, emergency grants to families and elderly residents of the USVI. CFVI is a registered noncorporate donations and estate planning. CFVIAnnounces Availability of Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Scholarship and Enrichment Grant Applications


28 St. John Tradewinds, April 14-20, 2014 Photos by Steve Simonsen PhotographyFarm T o T able Collage eving, April 4, at the beautiful home of Glen and JoAnn Hall. Story begins on Page 1.