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BarshingerProposed Bill May Drastically Alter Formula for Renewable Energy in USVIPage 3E-C Service Station ExpandsPage 5 PGU INSURANCE SERVICESServing the Community Since 1972 Lumber Yard Business Center, St. John, VI Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.pguinsurance.com (340) 776-6403 May 26-June 1, 2014 Copyright 2014 Sweetie Pie and Denzel Named King and Queen of Waga 2014Page 7 Favorite Dalmida and Newcomer Hodge Bumped from at-Large RacePage 6 Both Ferry Companies Prepare for Inspections of New VesselsPage 8By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds NORTH SHORE Just about 300 swimmers kicked off from Maho Bay beach on Saturday morning, May 24, in the 11th Annual Beach to Beach Power Swim hosted by Friends of Virgin Islands National Park. The event offered three different courses and three differ ent categories for the swimmers. The short course, about one mile, ended at Cinnamon Bay; the intermediate course, about two and one quarter miles, ended at T runk Bay; and the long course, about three and one half miles, ended at Hawksnest Bay. Competitors were able to swim assisted, with the use of and either complete solo or in a three-person relay. One hour, 12 minutes and 43 seconds after jumping into the Continued on Page 22About 300 Fill VINP Waters for 11th Annual Beach to Beach Power SwimRex Tullius and JJ Washshah Win Long Course SoloLaundromat Suffers Heavy Smoke Damage in Vent FirePage 2 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Yelena Rogers Hawksnest Bay.
By Tom Oat St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y A Friday evedamaged Lookshins Super Wash Laundromat on South Shore Road between Donald Schnells Amore complex and Baked in the Sun bakery. The tenant escaped from one of metal building covered in soot. The other tenant, a Cruz Bay pizza chef known as Jose, was not home T wo battalions of the V.I. Fire Service responded to the initial time after midnight apparently in an area of dryer vents between the rear of of the laundromat and the neighboring bakery tastrophe to hit Lookshin family properties in little more than one year. Cafe Roma restaurant on the Bay building which houses the Lookshins Joes Diner was gutted didnt reopen until early 2014. T rent Lookshin said the laundromat property was insured and bris from the family property and making arrangements to have the 2 St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson email@example.com NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott firstname.lastname@example.org COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTOR S Andrea Milam, Mauri Elbel, Chuck Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Ewald, Andrew Rutnik, Craig Barshinger, Jack Brown, Mares Crane, Dan Boyd, Bob Malacarne, Raven Philips NEWSLINE (340) 776-6496 www.tradewinds.vi email@example.com ADVERTISING firstname.lastname@example.org MAILING ADDRESS Tradewinds Publishing LLC P.O. Box 1500 St. John, VI 00831 CIRCULATION Call the newsline to be added as a newsstand site SUBSCRIPTIONS U.S. & U.S.V.I. only $90.00 per year email: email@example.com THIRD CLASS PERMIT U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 3 St. John, VI 00831 COPYRIGHT 2014 All rights reserved. No reproduction of news stories, letters, columns, photographs or advertisements allowed without written permission from the publisher. TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 Fathers Day Luncheon Set for June 15St. Ursulas Episcopal Church will be honoring four commu nity leaders at their annual Fathers Day Luncheon on Sunday, June 15. Vernon Parsons, Robert OConnor, Carl Penn and Julien Har ley will be recognized at the annual event at noon at the St. Ur sulas Multipurpose Center. T ickets are $35.Lookshins Super Wash Laundromat Suffers Heavy Smoke Damage in Vent FireSt. John Tradewinds St. John Tradewinds The Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Y outh and Recreation, chaired by Senator Myron D. Jackson, will conduct a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, at the St. John Legislature in Cruz Bay on the public use of Oppenheimer Beach, progress on the St. John Vendors Plaza and the purchase of land for the Coral Bay T erritorial Park. Members of the public are invited to share their concerns regarding public uses of the beach and recreational center located on land that once belonged to the Gibney family and the family of Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called father of the atomic bomb. The popular site was donated to the Virgin Islands government by Oppenheimers daughter and has served as a place for picnics, weddings and gatherings by senior citizens and community groups, often with live music. Committee members will also hear testimony regarding the governments progress in constructing a vendor plaza on St. John. Act. No. 7267 appropriates $300,000 from the St. John Capital Ima traditional vendors plaza on St. John to sale items that are made, grown or harvested in the Virgin Islands. The law names multiple agencies as stakeholders in seeing the project to completion. Senators also will get an update on the purchase of Parcel No. 7 Remainder & Parcel No. 12 Est. Carolina approximately 170 acres in Coral Bay for the development of a territorial park. Acts No. 7233 & 7574 appropriate $1,000,000 from the St. John Capital Improvement Fund annually from 2011 to 2014 toward the cost of the land. The intent is to preserve the history of the old sugar plantation and ruins such as a sugar mill, which served as a prominent site in the 1733 St. John Revolt, as a public park with hiking and biking trails, including 20 acres to be used as a waste recycling facility. The 30th Legislature of the Virgin Islands Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Y outh and Recreation Chaired by Sen. Myron D. Jackson invites public testimony as these issues surrounding cultural heritage activities and resources on St. John are considered. For more information, call Senator Jackson at 340-693-3519.Committee on Culture To Discuss St. John Cultural Heritage Issues May 29:Public Use of Oppenheimer, St. John Vendors Plaza and Coral Bay Territorial Park Gifft Hill School is proud to announce the Graduation Ceremo ny for the Class of 2014 on Friday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. on T rayser Field at the Upper Campus. The Commencement Speaker will be Dr. Elenoe (Crew) Smith, post doctoral research fellow with appointments at Boston Childrens Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Reception to follow. Please call (340) 776-1730 for more information.GHS Class of 2014 Graduates June 13building power-washed of the thick black soot in preparation for reopening. Lookshin had not determined what damage had been done to equipment.
By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds An amendment to a bill that changes the way net metering works in the territory had solar customers and installers up in arms last week. Amendment 30-1019 to Bill 30-0347, proposed by Senator at Large Craig Barshinger, would change the current V.I. Water and Power Authority 1:1 net metering program to a feed-in tariff program, allowing solar customers to sell the power they generate back to WAPA at a rate set by the Public Services Commission. The amendment would also limit the size of net metering systems, prevent renters from install ing solar panels on their leased property, and would require a plumbing permit from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources for the installation of solar hot water heaters. It all adds up to more money for WAPA at the detriment of solar customers, and effectively, the Virgin Islands environment, said Solar Systems V.I. owner Ed McKenzie. Ultimately its all about dollars and cents, and WAPA wanting more than the current law provides, said McKenzie. Instead of getting one kilowatt hour of credit for every kilowatt hour you gener ate, youll instead get a credit of about 28 cents based upon guidelines that the senate has provided. With the current rate of more than 50 cents a kilowatt hour, theyre effectively taking away 29 cents per kilowatt hour from customers who spent tens of thousands of dollars on solar systems expecting to make a long-term investment for the future. Those who currently have net metering contracts with WAPA would see this change to their net metering accounts on January 1, 2025, while anyone who signs up for net metering after the amend ment has passed would immedi ately fall under the feed-in tariff program. The limiting of the size of net metering systems would also have a negative impact on customers who invested in larger systems, said Eclectic Electric owner Chris Clark in an open let ter to Barshinger last week. Y our recent amendment limits the size of all net-metering systems to a maximum of 10 kw, said Clark in his letter. Since these limits are currently 20 kw residential, 100 kw commercial, and 500 kw public, this is a DRASTIC cur tailment. The provision of the amend ment requiring a DPNR permit for the installation of a solar hot water heater would essentially halt that industry, McKenzie explained. T erritory-wide, we only have about 70 licensed plumbers, and I can tell you from experience that more than half of those plumbers dont want to install hot water heaters, he said. The bottleneck that will ensue will effectively stop the installation of solar hot water heaters. Residents were left wondering why Barshinger, a longtime proponent of renewable energy in the territory, would propose an amend ment thats seemingly harmful to the local solar industry. Barshinger did not respond to requests for an interview last week, but he did address the issue via an open letter on his website. Those with larger net meter ing systems want to sell at 53 cents under net metering rather than 26 cents under FIT , he said in the let ter. In 2025, they can start earning 26 cents cash money under FIT With FIT your production is actually paid for by WAPA at the avoided cost rate. It only costs 12 cents per kw to produce solar elec tricity, and you get paid 26 cents. Its a good deal. While WAPA currently provides net metering customers with a 1:1 credit on their bill for the power they generate, WAPA does not pay for power that customers generate but do not use. Net meter ing balances are reset each year on January 1. McKenzie, who also owns Wharfside Village and has decades of experience practicing environmental law, alleges that not only is Barshingers amendment contrary to public consensus, but it violates the Contract Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits states from enacting laws that retroactively impair contract rights. I have customers who are prea lawsuit against the government in the event that this passes despite the fact that its evident that its unconstitutional, said McKenzie, who last week met with some of his customers and other V.I. solar contractors to discuss the proposed bills amendment. We agreed we would all make it known to our senators that we oppose this. Its absolutely contrary to what the public consensus clearly is. The bill and its amendment, which were considered by the V.I. Legislature on May 12, were held until the next legislative session, which has not yet been scheduled according to the senates website. Barshinger urged residents to submit their suggestions regarding his amendment to RenewableEn firstname.lastname@example.org. St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 3 Thursday, May 29thBarshinger-Proposed Bill Could Drastically Alter Formula for Renewable Energy in the TerritoryMary Wiltshire, Islands Centernarian, Dies at 100 St. John Tradewinds By Judi Shimel St. John Tradewinds JOHNS FOLL Y Mary Wiltshire, St. Johns oldest living resident died peacefully May 21 at her home in Johns Folly. She was 100 years old. Wiltshire passed away in the same home where dozens of friends, family and the islands seniors gathered to celebrate her reaching her centennial in November. She passed on the 21st, last week Wednesday, said Veronica Wiltshire, one of Miss Marys 13 children. I live here and I used to take care of her. My mother was a loving per son but she was on the quiet side. Anything she had, shed give me if I asked. She was a beauti ful mother In her younger years, Mary Wiltshire worked as a seamstress. For most of her working years she was employed by the Department of Human Services. Veronica Wiltshire also said her mother regularly attended Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday and weekdays when services were held. As she got into her advanced years, though, travelling back and forth from the church became more than she could manage. Those who remembered and loved her set up tables, tents and musical instruments to cel ebrate and serenade the centernarian for her recent birthday. Choirs from Calvary Baptist and Emmaus Moravian Church sang. Relatives stood nearby as streams of well wishers stepped through the doors of the modest sea side home to convey their best wishes. Calvary Baptist in Estate Friis will be the site of a scheduled funeral service June 24. Mary Wiltshire was born November 22, 1913. INDEX
By Tom Oat St. John Tradewinds Wednesday, May 29. Parents of St. John K-6 school children have one day to register their children for either Guy H. Benjamin Elementary School or the Julius E. Sprauve School. While encouraging St. John parents who are inter ested to register their children for Guy H. Benjamin School, St. John Senator at Large Craig Barshinger is not optimistic the government will keep both island schools open in the face of government budget woes. We think they are going to close Guy Benjamin School, Sen. Barshinger said Thursday, May 15. In fact, Sen. Barshinger intimates the Department of Education may be misrepresenting St. John school chestrate the closing of the Guy H. Benjamin School as a cost cutting measure. In recent months, 70 St. Johnians called my St. registering their children for GBS, Sen. Barshinger wrote in his regular legislative report in St. John Tradewinds May 19. However, I have heard from Department of Eduregistered to attend GBS next year, Sen. Barshinger continued. We need 100 children registered to attend GBS by May 29, Sen. Barshinger wrote. If there are only 60 or 50 or 40, that is not enough to keep the school open. Weve got the numbers if we have 100, Sen. Barshinger asserted. Will GBS Closing Save $1 Million? The St. John Senator at Large reiterated his warning that the Department of Education could propose to save $1 million by closing the Coral Bay elemen tary school. The V.I. Department of Education is desperate to cut expenses, Sen. Barshinger wrote. The DOE is faced with a 10 percent budget cutback on top of the already big cuts of the past two years. The DOE can save $1.1 million by closing GBS, the senator at large wrote. Johnians dont register their children for GBS until the summer or fall, Sen. Barshinger continued in his newsletter. This would allow the DOE to close GBS and blame it on lack of money and lack of on-time registrations. Wednesday, May 29, Registration the actual enrollment or registration numbers for Guy the Wednesday, May 29, registration date for new students in recent weeks. It is not known what grades any DOE enroll planned for 2014 at the former kindergarten through sixth grade GBS. Several GBS grades were eliminat ed recently and the students consolidated into JESS It could not be determined how many former GBS students who were previously moved to JESS remain at JESS or whether the registration of any speenough to keep the school open. The Department of Education nor the Board of Education have discussed a new public school, although at least one formal community scoping discussion of the St. John education needs has been conducted. New Mid-Island Education Complex ? a new St. John educational complex long-planned for a mid-island location out of Cruz Bay. Incorporating the Guy H. Benjamin Elementary School and the Julius E. Sprauve School in the Hor ace Mann Educational Complex?4 St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 We need 100 children registered to attend GBS by May 29. f there are only 60 or 50 or 40, that is not enough to keep the school open. PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION FENWAY is around 8 months old. He is very friendly, but can be meets you. Fenway loves to be around other dogs, and seems to be more social when he is. He is up to date on his shots and neutered. Consider giving him a loving home. ber O pen 7 Ni ghts a Week open 6 days closed sundays693.7755 o r w w w .la t apas tjoh n.c o m Education Department, Sen. Barshinger Disagree on St. John Enrollment Figures Judi Shimel St. John Tradewinds S T THO MAS A federal magistrate ordered a St. John man held in the custody of U.S. Marshals pending trial after he was arrested on charges of bank fraud. U.S. Magistrate Ruth Miller found probable cause after reviewing statements that alleged Alfred presented ten fraudulent checks worth $29,450 to two different banks over a two-month period. At a detention hearing on May 21, prosecutors with the U .S. appeared to come from a St. John homeowner where the defendant had been working as a contractor. after reviewing his criminal record and noting there was a recent prior conviction on an unrelated charge. T he Federal Bureau of Investigation gathered evidence that was used to present charges to the magistrate. U nited States Attorney R onald Sharpe reminded the public that the defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If convicted, Alfred could face up to 30 years in prison at sentencing.Davidson Alfred Arrested on Bank Fraud Charges
St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 5 E-C Service Station ExpandingFounder Josephus Williams Knew Value of Hard Work By Amy Roberts St. John Tradewinds ENIGHED E-C Service Station is getting a makeover. But dont worry. Business will continue as usual throughout the construction process at the familyowned gas station and auto repair center. E-C plans to double its square footage to approximately 8,000 square feet by adding a second story to the building that now houses two repair bays and a small store. When construction is complet ditional work bays on the second level. Theyll gain access to the second level with a new driveway which will be constructed at the rear of the building to take advantage of the natural slope of the hillside and minimize the need for excavation. Diverting most of the repair Continued on Page 18 By Amy Roberts St. John Tradewinds Josephus Williams, the founder of EC Service Station, knew hard work from an early age. One of nine sons, he left of school in the second grade to help support the family by carrying bags of coal on his head from the West India Company docks on St. Thomas to a warehouse near Market Square. Josephus was born in Longlook, T ortola, in 1914, to Charles and Christophena (Frett) Williams and raised in Hospital Ground, St. Thomas, according to Myrtle Barry, his daughter. During his life, he worked as a nally, as an entrepreneur. Before he came to St. John, Williams leased land where the Marriott Frenchmans Reef Hotel now stands to raise goats, pigs and chickens. The desire to farm his own land impelled him to move his family to St. John in the 1940s. When you see that water and land, it does something to you, said Barry. Williams arrived on St John by rowboat and purchased land on the western side of what is now known as Great Cruz Bay, where members of the Williams family still reside. (From the water you can still see an old stone structure that Josephus built.) There he raised animals and took his children on boating expedi tions. St. John Tradewinds St. John Tradewinds News Photo Continued on Page 19
By Tom Oat St. John Tradewinds The long-time St. John businesswoman called to add her voice to reports of unsettling encounters with a stranger in the isolated Salt Pond and Drunk Bay area of park which did not involve any physical or verbal threats and was not reported to police. The second report to St. John Tradewinds of a lone male stalking women on the beach at Salt Pond and on the trails between the popular isolated bay on the southeastern tip of the island and Drunk Bay and Ram Head also involved a guy who approached us and said his name was Brian. I was down there at Drunk Bay with two friends from Norway, doing a kind of mud bath thing, the businesswoman explained of the purported therapeu tic mud of the salt pond near the isolated beach. He approached us, too, and he followed us, too. This same guy approached me and two of my friends, the businesswoman related. He didnt come much closer when he saw there was a male with us. But, he followed us and he approached us several times, she said. We went in the water to avoid him. That was on the afternoon of May 12, the St. John businesswoman reiterated. The report that Tradewinds had is not unfounded. Other Incidents Not Reported to VIPD The visitor who had e-mailed St. John Tradewinds about the Salt Pond encounter and was interviewed by telephone, said she did not report the incident to authorities and she and her husband left the St. John the next day. The incident happened May 8, the woman said. On May 8, a caller to police reported lewd beresponded to the isolated scene they found no one, VIPD spokesperson Melody Rames told Tradewinds. That report was listed as unfounded, Rames said. Thats the same day as the incident reported in the Tradewinds story which the police listed as unthe incident reported to the police with her own unreported encounter. The woman visitor who called St. John Tradewinds also said she just wanted to make sure everyone knew that the report by another person of lewd behavior in the area of Salt Pond was not an exaggeration nor unfounded as it was categorized by V.I. Police Department spokesperson Rames. The St. John businesswoman who called to say she also had an uncomfortable encounter at the isolated beach said she just wanted to reiterate that there has been a lone male acting suspiciously, if not menacingly, at Salt Pond in recent weeks. Posters alerting the public that women have been getting raped in St. John while hitch hiking or hiking Solomon T rail have been posted around the island in recent weeks. Most of the incidents apparently have not been reported to the VIPD or VINP, according to law enSt. John Tradewinds said three incidents had been reported.6 St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 I was down there at Drunk Bay with two friends from Norway, doing a kind of mud bath thing. He approached us, too, and he followed us, too.Businesswoman Reports Menacing Male at Salt Pond Who VIPD Labeled Unfounded Favorite Dalmida and Newcomer Hodge Bumped from 2014 at-Large RaceContinued on Page 19 FULL VETERINARY SER VICESCanines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com By Tom Oat St. John Tradewinds A favorite and a political newcomer were scratched from the St. John Senator at Large race Friday, May 24, when the 2014 candidates or their representatives picked numbers out of a box to determine their positions on the primary election ballot. Former St. John Administra tor James Dalmida Jr. did not respond to a notice of a defect in didate and his name was withthe media. Dalmida did not respond to requests for comment from St. John Tradewinds. The candidates were given three days to correct notices of ings meaning that something was missing from their nomina tion packets, according to Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes. The Democratic primary for Senator at Large now involves only perennial candidate St. Johnian Ronnie Jones and political newcomer B. Gregory Miller. The primary winner will face only Independent candidate former Senator at Large Almando Rocky Liburd. The Supervisor of Elections date Jodi Hodge did not meet the St. John residency requirements to run for senator at large as a Republican. Hodge, 24, who will be allowed to run for St. Thomas-St. John District senator, did not respond to requests for comment from St. John Tradewinds. Hodge has been dating Sen. Barshinger after they met during his 2012 re-election campaign. Senator at Large race will allow Deomcrat Barshinger to endorse a candidate in his partys primary for his replacement. St. John businessman B. Greg Miller, a political newcomer as candidate for Senator at Large, is registered to vote on St. John with the legal address of a home he owns in Fish Bay. He also has a St. Thomas residence, The territorys primary elec tion is scheduled for August 2. www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757
St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 7 Sweetie Pie and Denzel Named King and Queen, Callie Takes Babe Award at 14th Annual Wagapalooza 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: email@example.com We are anAuthorizedV.I.EnergyDealer& Grid-Tie Systems as low as $3.50 per watt and Nohidden SAY NO TO W APA By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y overrun with dogs on Saturday evening, May 24, as the islands four-legged residents and their owners gathered for the 14th Annual Wagapalooza. The distinctly St. John style, annual dog show is one of the main fundraisers for the St. John Animal Care Center, the islands sole animal welfare organization. The St. John ACC cares for the islands abused and abandoned cats and dogs and operates with scant government funding; relying on fundraisers like Wagapalooza to keep its no kill shelter open. One of the main highlights of Waga, as it has come to be called, is the Babe Award, handed out to the dog that has made the most miraculous change in spirit and health since it entered the shelter, according to information provided by St. John ACC. This years honor was awarded posthumously to Callie, a three-year ACC shelter dog who was recently adopted, only to succumb to cancer on May 8. Callie passed away on May 8 due to cancer, Michael Beason, one of the nights emcees, told the crowd. Callies journey began three years ago when she was brought to the ACC shelter undernourished and abused. She lived at the shelter for three years and then she was adopted by Denise Walker and David Guidi who gave her a loving home. Walker was on hand to accept the Babe Award in honor of Callie and even showed off a painting of the beloved rescue dog looking like Mona Lisa. We had her for four months and we had such a great time with her, said Walker. Shes buried under a mango tree so shes still with us. And we just rescued another pup so she passed the baton. While the ACC board of directors had determined the Babe Award recipient prior to the evenings show, there were plenty of close competitions in the numerous catego ries. This years Waga featured categories ranging from Best Haircut to Best Look Alike and included a hilarious Best Costume. year were architect Rob Crane, V.I. Junior Olympic Sailor Paige Clarke, veterinarian Laura Palminteri and St. John Community Foundation Executive Director Celia Kalousek. The judges were obviously impressed by 12-year-old Golden Retriever Sadie, who won Best T rick for her sur prising math skills. She adds and subtracts, said Sadies owner Jim Bowen. I ask her What is two plus one, and she barks three times. St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena Rogers Continued on Page 17
8 St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 Both St. John Ferry Companies Prepare for Inspections of Government Vessels GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS F ACE AD V E R T I S E ON. . ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM WhatT oDoVI@gmail.com 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 By Tom Oat St. John Tradewinds The new St. John-St. Thomas ferries could soon come into service more than seven months after arriving in the territory and almost three months after Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls target date. Now it all depends on saving a dummy. to put their new government-owned passenger fer ries into service, the islands two franchisees will be undergoing U.S. Coast Guard safety and operating cials. The USCG provided a dummy to help the St. John based crews prepare for the required rescue drills. We loaned Varlack Ventures our Rescue Dummy to practice lifesaving, man-overboard drills, said Lt. Cmdr. Bryson Spangler of the U.S. Coast Guard St. Thomas. Well throw the dummy overboard and theyll have to demonstrate rescue procedures. The USCG inspections are scheduled for T uesday Were hoping the practice will make them good to go for the run, Lt. Cmdr. Spangler told St. John Tradewinds. Both companies have gotten vessel security plans in place to operate with more than 150 people, Lt. Cmdr. Spangler added. If everything works out I can see them in operation shortly, he said. DPW Staff Gets Sneak Preview St. John Department of Public Works employees of the Cruz Bay 1 with a ride along the north shore of St. John during their annual employes picnic at Oppenheimer Beach on T uesday, May 20. The USCG dummy, named Oscar by the Var lack Ventures crew, was left behind at the Varlack Neither Oscar nor Varlack Ventures Delrise Var lack had any comment. St. John Tradewinds Recently, I was able to attend the awards ceremony for this years Laws of Life Essay Contest. This contest tasked students of two public high schools, Ivantheir lives and write essays about one lesson theyve learned. The lesson could have been about anything the writer pleased, just as long as it was something that they remembered and lived by. Some rules were that the essay had to be an original, it must have been typed by the student entering the contest, it needed to be kept at around three pages long, and there could be no calling of names in the essay. Students only competed against students of their same grade and school. Essays in the contest could be about anything the student had learned. Ive heard essays discuss everything from light topics such as community service and helping others; while some other essays tackle very serious issues like the death of a parent or friend, dealing with depression, and even issues with selfimage. Last year I wrote about the power of change and love. I am very happy that I participated both years. The contest gives those who enter a chance to share their experiences and perspectives on life. Y ou may even get some money in the process. Honorable mentions get $50, third place winners get $150, second $500. experience if you just show up. Ask anyone that has attended a Laws of Life Essay Contest awards cer emony, and theyll tell you about how powerful the essays are. By the time the presentation is over, youll rethink the way you look at life. Each essay voices the opinions of teenagers today in ways that are not usually seen. Normally when one hears about teenagers its attached to a negative event or trend like gang violence or a statistic about how many are dropping out of school. I feel that the news outlets of the Virgin Islands should really focus on this contest more; it needs more exposure. This year there was no contest for the 10th graders of my school because of a lack of entries. I feel that a combination of more exposure and encouragement from teachers will lead to more entries in this wonderful contest. Rhythm & ViewsAn outlook on young adult and student interests and concerns by Raven Phillips-Love Laws of Life Essay Contest
By Tom Oat St. John Tradewinds Former Maho Bay Camps and Estate Harmony condominiums owner Stanley Selengut is a real estate agents worst nightmare as he tries to market his Concordia Resort and extensive real estate holdings on the southeast tip of st. John. Selengut hasnt really set a price for his properties and the New Y ork City resident who now resides in Florida says hes willing to take less from the right buyer. I would probably take less from someone following in my footsteps, Selengut told St. John T radewinds. I can afford to hopefully pass it along. Selengut is using the services of an island acquaintance, long-time/part-time St. John resident New Jersey Attorney would continue Selenguts eco-tourism vision at Concor dia. Atty. Zakim has the opposite marketing problem in trying to sell Selenguts closed Harmony studios to the stateside buyer who acquired the neighboring Maho Bay Camps property when Selenguts long-term lease there expired last year. Selengut Wants Eco-tourism To Continue Selengut told St. John Tradewinds earlier this year that he would prefer to work with a buyer who wanted to contin ue his eco-tourism approach at Concordia and Zakim hopes to accomplish that as well. An experienced real estate lawyer, Zakim shares Selengrenowned eco-tourism efforts on St. John at the eco-resort in Estate Concordia on the southeast tip of the island. casually, Atty. Zakim told St. John T radewinds. lots overlooking historic Rams Head, Salt Pond Bay, Drunk Bay and Nanny Point which Selengut previously deeded to the V.I. National Park. Concordia is located on the pristine southeast corner of St. John overlooking Salt Pond Bay, Ram Head and the Caribbean with fabulous vistas, according to Zakims promotional literature. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a special propU.S.A. that can be absentee operated by a great manage ment team with room to grow the business and continue the mission of my good friend who has been an inspiration to many, Zakim wrote St. John Tradewinds. The eco-resort caters to tourists who enjoy quiet relaxing vacations with close proximity to beautiful beaches, hiking trails and the splendor of the National Park which cottages constructed with recycled material and 25 ecotents, Zakim continued. The eco-resort is operated by a dedicated manage ment team who love the property and enjoy their work as evidenced by a virtual 100 percent occupancy rate during the season and a healthy bottom line, Zakims promotional literature adds. Additional Property Holdings for Sale In addition to the resort which sits on an assemblage of approximately twenty acres zoned W-1 (waterfront pleasure tacular views, that will be offered as an assemblage with the eco-resort to the right party, according to Zakim. A description of the lots is available in the link http:// www.digitaldudes.com/concordia-index.html under Downloads/Land Parcels. Since two-thirds of St. John is owned by the U.S. National Park Service which surrounds the eco-resort, there is virtually no commercial development in the area where the few isolated parcels of private property that occasionally come to market are sold at a premium, Zakim added. Selengut also owns a nearby guest house in Estate Mandahl leased to resort employees for affordable housing and eco-resort, Zakim added. For information and photos of the island and eco-resort, please click on http://www.digitaldudes.com/concordia-in dex.html and if you have questions call (201) 488-7211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 9 Former Maho Bay Camps Owner Seeks Right Deal for Concordia, Harmony A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about the Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure Assist Flushing System (Flushmate System). You may be eligible for cash payments from a proposed $18 million Settlement. The money compensation is in addition to the Flushmate System recall remedy you may have received and may request from Flushmate as part of its recall program. Whos Included? The Settlement includes anyone who owns or owned a toilet with a Flushmate System manufactured from October 14, 1997 through June 30, 2009. Flushmate Systems were installed in various toilet brands sold at Home Depot and Lowes stores and through distributors and plumbing contractors. Installed in: American Standard, Crane, Ecotech, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Mancesa, Manseld, Orion, St. Thomas, Universal Rundle, Vitra, Vitromex and Western Pottery toilets. What does the Settlement provide? Subject to Court approval, and to the extent not previously reimbursed, Class Members can receive a distribution from the Settlement Fund for having installed: (1) a Flushmate Repair Kit, (2) a replacement pressure vessel, or (3) a replacement toilet. Depending on the number of qualied claims, it is possible that Class Members will For more information or a Claim Form: 1-877-412-5277 or www.FlushmateClaims.com If Your Toilet Looks Like This: Legal Notice You could get money from an $18 million Flushmate Settlement receive less than the full amount of their out-of-pocket expenses. To the extent not previously reimbursed, Class Members can also receive reimbursement for any direct property damage caused by a Flushmate System that leaked or burst. Any money left in the Settlement Fund after two years will be divided among Class Members who le valid claims or will be donated to a charitable organization. How can I get a payment? File a claim online at www.FlushmateClaims.com or call 1-877-412-5277. (For questions related to the Flushmate Recall, please visit www.ushmate.com or www.ushmate.com/recall.) What are my rights? Even if you do nothing you will be bound by the Courts decisions. If you want to keep your right to sue the Defendants yourself, you must exclude yourself from the Settlement Class by July 25, 2014. If you stay in the Settlement Class, you may object to the Settlement by July 30, 2014. The Court will hold a hearing on August 25, 2014 to consider whether to approve the Settlement and a request for attorneys fees of up to 25% of the Settlement Fund, plus reimbursement of attorneys costs and expenses. You or your own lawyer may appear at the hearing at your own expense.
10 St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 St. John Tradewinds Island brewing company St. John Brewers launched its new Small Batch Series line last week with the release of bottled Amber Ale, to be sold for a limited time exclusively in the Virgin Islands. The medium-bodied, well-balanced Amber recipe was perfected over time at St. John Brewers Mongoose Junction brewery, and has been served on draft at the T ap Room for several years. Subtle Amber Ale drinkable even in the V.I.s warm climate. Its a darker beer with hints of roasted grain as well as just a little bit of chocolate, said co-owner Kevin Chipman. Its very food friendly and extremely drinkable. This Small Batch Series will give St. John Brewers a chance to showcase some of the other styles of beer that were created locally, said Chirag Vyas, co-owner. Patrons to our brewpub have enjoyed our small batch brews on draft and this is an opportunity for folks to try our island recipes on a larger scale. The new Amber Ale can be found alongside staple beers Island Summer Ale, Island Hoppin IPA, and T ropical Mango Pale Ale at grocery stores, bars, and restaurants throughout the Virgin Islands for a limited time. St. John Brewers Liquid Sunshine Belgian Ale, released in 2008, will now be placed into the Small Batch Series. St. John Brewers was founded in 2004 by Kevin Chipman and Chirag Vyas, who met as students at the University of Vermont. The brewing duo initially gained notoriety with their T ropical Mango Pale Ale. T oday, St. John Brewers operates its own brewpub, the T ap Room, an apparel shop, the Brewtique, and Chipman and Vyas brew small batches of several different kinds of beers that are served on draft at the T ap Room. For more information, visit www. stjohnbrewers.com. STJ Brewers Launches Small Batch SeriesSt. John Tradewinds St. John Film Society (SJFS) T uesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay. T ilikum, a performing killer whale that has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. Directorproducer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creatures extraordinary nature, the species cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2013, and was picked up by Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films for wider release. Like many of us would, Cowperthwaite had initially come to the project thinking whales were some sort of gentle giants of the ocean, eager to live alongside mankind. I had come in very naively, thinking that I was doing a documentary about human beings and their relationships with our animal counterparts, that these animals were our comrades, cetaceans here to save us and protect us from great white sharks, she recalls. But one question kept haunting her. How did a top trainer come to be killed by a killer whale who, presumably, she loved and loved her? That was the question that drove me. And as I started digging in, what I learned was shocking. I knew I had no choice but to tell the truth. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. conversation about animals in captivity for public entertainment in light of the dolphin habitat proposed for Coral World. There is a suggested donation of $5 or become a St John Film Society Member ($35. for individuals / $50. for families). SJFS is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Virgin Island Council on the Arts and St John Community Foundation. For more information contact SJFS at email@example.com St. John Film Society Screening Blacksh on Tuesday, June 3St. John Tradewinds Auditions for the Ruth Sis Frank Performance/ Merit Scholarship will be conducted on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. at the St. John School of the Arts for all outstanding and talented students on St. John and St. Thomas. The scholarship is applied to tuition for the 2014-15 school year at SJSA. Requirements are as follows: 11 to 17 years old. A reference letter from a teacher or professional must accompany your completed application. Application forms must be completed and re2014. No applications will be considered after or download an application from our website at www.stjohnschoolofthearts.org Students are awarded based solely on exceptional noted talent during the audition process. Scholarships will be given in art, music, theater and dance. At least a two-minute performance will be required for music, dance and theater students. At least a two-minute presentation of art work will be required. Three upstanding community leaders will be conducting and judging the audition. Participants should be prepared to answer questions. For additional information, call Kim Wild at 779(c) (3) corporation. We are partially funded by Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).Applications Available for Sis Frank Merit Scholarship St. John Tradewinds
St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 11 Camp Barracuda Gif f t Hill School Ocean Day Campers learn about the ocean surrounding this beautiful island through field trips, science experiments, and more. Nature Day Not only do campers learn how to identify plants and wildlife of the island, they also discover how to tend to a garden of their very own. Creativity and Literacy Day Campers participate in mind building activities, keeping them sharp and inventive over the summer. T run k Bay Day A fun filled day lea r ning how to swim and snorkel at the beach. Campers are shown how to identify marine life and given lessons on the local environment. VI Adventures Day Campers get to know the Virgin Islands through field trips, guest speakers, and by strengthening their research/computer skills. Registration Information o Camp Barracuda is open to children ages 3 11. o Camp hours are 9AM 4PM. o Registration fee of $10 (nonrefundable) o Cost: $225/week (10% discount for each additional child). o Payment is due on or before the Monday of each week. o Aftercare is available until 5PM for $50/week. o Children should bring a snack, lunch, and water bottle every day. o Campers must be dropped off and picked up at Trunk Bay on Wednesdays. o All children must have a completed medical form to attend camp. o Schol arships are available! Weeks of Enrollment June 23 rd June 27 th June 30 th July 4 th July 7 th July 11 th July 14 th July 18 th July 21 st July 25 th July 28 th Aug 1 st Aug 4 th Aug 8 th Aug 11 th Aug 16 th Weekly Activiti es St. John Tradewinds By Tom Oat St. John Tradewinds Dr. James P. Clayton of Estate Rendezvous died at his second home in Canmore, Canada, on May 11 after a seven-month battle with lung cancer with his wife Lee Eng Khauv at his side. Dr. Clayton was the island doctor on St. John since he arrived in1990 to work at the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center after visiting the island over the 1980s and opened Cruz Bay Family Practice in 1991. James Clayton was my doctor for the last 20-plus years on St. John. It was easy to recognize James patients, including me, for the Band Aids covering areas where Dr. Clayton had methodically frozen suspicious skin lesions with his handy canister of liquid nitrogen. I traveled to Red Hook a few months ago for the free skin screening James always offered at his practices. Seeing James for the with lung cancer last year, he asked how I was and I said Nevermind me, how are you? matter-of-factly. We didnt talk about his illness. Dr. Claytons examination was clinical, quick but thorough. As I left, Dr. Clayton was busy consulting in the hallway with in his practice and I left with a Thanks, Doc. called over my shoulder. James, an accomplished general practitioner and businessman, was an early proponent of internet medicine, bringing the latest medical information to St. John. As an island doctor, James took advantage of the evolving communication technology of the past two decades to bring the most up-to-date medical care to his little island practice and to consult with his peers whenever necessary. We are reminded of that everyday in our family. Dr. Clayton put a few stitches in our infant son Olivers forehead when he was no more than two years old and fell face forward on a Duplo Lego building block on building block stuck in the skin between his fair eyebrows. with a clatter, Oliver was left with a perfect bloody O cookie-cut into his forehead and held in place by one thread of skin on one side of the circle. Dr. Clayton called called one of the worlds pre-eminent plastic surgeons, Dr. Nip and T uck T attersall on T ortola, British Virgin Islands, for an international consultation late on a weekday evening. After a technical, international consultation, Dr. Clayton deftly administered anesthetic with a needle between the eyes of a writhing infant and deftly put in three stitches around the circular cut while anxious parents pinioned their child to the examining table forever preserving a faint scar of Olivers initial on his forehead as a reminder of James skill. As private a person as he was, James got me involved in his date island artist Lee Eng Khauv, a close friend of my wife. James had a crush on Lee Eng and tracked me down to ask if I thought he should ask Lee Eng out. I encouraged James to contact Lee Eng and let nature take its course. They quickly married in 2004. The two truly and sincerely loved one another til death due us part. James and Lee Eng spent the last few weeks of his life together in Canada and Lee Eng spent the last few precious moment by his side I love you. were his last words before he went on to his next adventure. With the help of a few St. John friends, Lee Eng spread some of James ashes in the mountains of Canada which James loved as much as the waters of the Virgin Islands, and has brought James home to St. John. A memorial service is currently being planned for early June on St. John.Remembering James P. Clayton A Modern Island Doctor
12 St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Y oull never tire of listening to the waves lapping the shoreline just a stones throw away from this unique and private Calabash Boom home. This three bedroom, two bathroom, pod-style house was recently reduced to $595,000 from $655,000, explained 340 Real Estate broker/owner T ammy Donnelly. What makes this property unique is that great sound of the surf from the homes quasi-water front location, said Donnelly. Located across the street from the Coral Bay harbor area, this Calabash Boom home affords sweeping views of the East End and the British Virgin Islands and allows you to keep an eye on your boat as you relax on your deck. Y ou could keep your own boat or a dinghy just across the street, sailors delight. While this Calabash Boom home is found on the quiet side of St. John in the Coral Bay area, its convenient location means youre never really isolated. This house is nestled among mature trees just across the street from the waters edge, Donnelly said. And it is on the bus line. Plus you can walk right over the hill to Shipwreck Landing Restaurant and shops. Relax on one of the multiple decks at this Calabash Boom home while soaking up those cooling trade winds. There are two separate units on the roughly one-third of an acre of property. The layout of an upper home and a lower home offers plenty of possibilities, Donnelly explained. There are multiple options for living either in one section and renting out the other section, or rent out both for two separate, income producing units, she said. spacious and airy living room, a comfortable loft bedroom, a bathroom, a second pod bedroom and a recently remodeled kitchen. The kitchen was recently upgraded and features new tumbled marble counter tops and brand new cabinets, said Donnelly. The upper home on the proper ty consists of a bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen and living room as well as both upper and lower decks with water views. With a fully fenced yard and even space to expand, this Calabash Boom home would be ideal for families with children or dogs, Donnelly added. There is a fully fenced in yard, so the property is dogand kidfriendly, said the 340 Real Estate broker/owner. And the property goes up the hill a ways from the upper cottage so there is room to add on as well. For more information about this Calabash Boom home, call Donnelly at 340 Real Estate at 779-4478 or (340) 643-6068. Enjoy the Sound of the Surf at Recently Reduced Calabash Boom St. John Tradewinds News Photo
St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 13 By Judi Shimel St. John Tradewinds ST THOMAS The Port Authority Governing Board approved a lease last week for Inter Island Boat Services to operate a ticket counter at the Urman Victor Fredericks Marine T erminal. The lease, approved May 21, allows the St. Johnbased transportation company to lease counter space for three years with a three-year option for renewal for $316 a month. VIPA Board Chairman Robert OConnor said it was nice to see Inter Island have a presence in the ter minal at Red Hook, since they have vessels that arrive and depart from the busy East End area. Inter Island Boat Services provides ferry and charter service between St. Thomas, St. John and destinations in the British Virgin Islands for more than 30 years. The Urman Fredericks terminal operates as part of the Port Authoritys Marine Division. St. John Tradewinds Cruz Bay IRed Hook I Oscar Gets Oscar Inter Island Boat Service Approved for Red Hook Terminal Ticket CounterSt. John Tradewinds The Rotary Club of St. John will host the organizations annual Flavors of St. John fundraiser on Saturday, November 22, in the Westin Resort ballroom. The fundraiser will include about 24 participating restaurants, live music by Cool Sessions, a number of wine distributors and silent auction. More details to follow later. Residents Run Against Gun Violence St. John Tradewinds News Flavors of St. John Fundraiser Nov. 22 UU Meeting June 1St. John Tradewinds Join Reverend Jay Uhler at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service on June 1, at 10 a.m. at Gifft Hill School Lower Campus, for the topic: Y ou Are Light.
14 St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 Crossword Answers (Puzzle located on Page 20) Letters To St. John Tradewinds In the May 12 edition of your newspaper, there was an ad for the and music. However, one line, at the bottom of the ad, disturbed me. Y our rights, as guaranteed by the US Constitution, are yours whether your people were granted citizenship in 1776 or 1927. Y ou are still protected against illegal search and seizure by the Fourth Amendment. Y ou still have the right to remain silent, protected by the Fifth Amendment. The TSA is trying to insinuate its way into our our private lives more and more. They are popping up at music festivals and sporting events. This must stop, and its up to us, the people, stop it. ed boundaries and controlled and paid admission have the right to conduct searches of attendees. If you dont want to be searched, you can choose not to attend. This is not the case for free events held in public places ordinarily accessible by the public. People should plan to attend as many events of the St. John Festival as possible. It looks like they have a great line-up of events and it will be a lot of fun. The ad is right about being prepared for TSA checks, though. Basically, be prepared to stand up to unwarranted searches by the TSA. T o help you prepare for random TSA checks in public, remember these three things: 1. Ask Am I being detained or am I free to go? If you are being detained, you must be told what law youre suspected of breaking. If youre not being detained, walk away. 2. Say I do not consent to a search. 3. Say I choose to remain silent. For more preparation, I recommend that people Google articles for the sake of irrational fear and false security. They were purchased at too high a price. Larry GilbertTSA Random Searches for FestivalSamuel Thanks Community for Support, Lasting MemoriesIt has been nearly two years since Ive been home, and it may be a while until my next return. Neverthe less, as I sit here at my desk, I cant help but to look over my 22 years and the favor that has shadowed me throughout. T o think, that I was once a little, black, Virgin Islands girl with bigger-than-island dreams I readily recall my training with the St. John School of the Arts and the numerous opportunities offered to me through that organization, from singing with its choir, to performing in An Island Nutcracker. Experiences such as those can never be forgotten. I reminisce upon my Gifft Hill days, and the countless individuals who contributed to my edugrateful to the Ms. Marys, Mr. Jims, Ms. T eresas, and the Mr. Bens, teachers who pushed me to be a critical thinker and forced me to take on challenge and refuse mediocrity. I recall the tremendous ways that the St. John Y outh Committee and its founding members assisted and political equity. The experiences Ive had with SJYC were truly invaluable. Y ou, people of St. John, have been there for me through my greatest ups and hardest downs. When I was hurt and had almost lost my life, you were there running to share your love, prayers and donations. When I earned a full scholarship to Wesleyan University, you were there to rejoice with me and for me, praying for my safe passage to the mainland and success throughout my years at college. It has been just about a year since Ive graduated from college and I am proud to say that I managed to do so with honors in both African American Studies and Cultural Anthropology. T oday, I am a High School English T eacher in St. Louis, Missouri through T each for America. And I am grateful to have such a rich past, such encouraging people, such a strong culture to represent in every bit of my work and life. you helped to instill in me, as a young girl, is what I now aim to instill in the young males and females I teach. I am able to love them and commit wholeheartedly to their journeys, their growth and achieve ment because, once upon a time, you all were able to do the same for me. For that, I say Thank Y ou. My past and past challenges are what will continue to keep me humble through all the successes God has in store for me. Y ou are my extended family and a huge part in why I will never stop representing home wherever I am, and in whatever I am doing. With Love, Jessica S. SamuelAnother day, another dollarImagine that I have given you a dollar bill. What would you do with it? Maybe purchase something on the dollar menu, split it with a friend or invest it in a mutual fund. There are different types of people reading this article so therefore each one has their own perspective. Someone may be hungry, so that burger might hit the spot, Others are charitable in nature so looking out for others will achieve their goal. Another set might see the money as a way to earn interest while preserving the principle. I never told you how much the dollar was worth. We assume different things in life. Thats why communication is so important. But, whats more real is the information that is in our mind. Our mind-set concerning money will determine if the dollar is spent wisely or squandered away. Our battle is not the the job that we have, the wage that were working for or the size of the bonus. Its the allocation of our hard-earned resources that deter mines our lifestyle. Many millionaires today are living like common folks. And many poor people are living like million aires. Which one is better? Which household will sur vive the emergencies of life? Which one is a stable environment? Which one are you living? ances, gadgets, clothes and automobiles and hardout of the house wearing the best and not knowing the true cost. Expecting that life will continue to give them whatever they desire. And then, reality hits, credit cards are maxed out, loans denied and creditors calling. This wasnt the future they were looking forward to. Some folks get it and are able to modify their lives, but others continue to live betting that the money tree will give more. If your money tree happens to be welfare, rich parents or hard work, I pray that you will survive and be alright. ernment increases its fees yet is late on payments. Utility bills go up as services are interrupted. Food and gas are at record high prices. With the last two, you have to eat and get around so those are necessities. The others are going to be lower down on the priority list, depending on what your lifestyle is. money is important, even more so is our childrens view on it. They are the ones who will have to pay off this debt were digging ourselves into. Some will make it and others will turn to crime. Its just a matter of time before the truth hits us depending on us. Another day, another dollar. Emmanuel Prince
St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 15 ISLAND NOTES from the publisherTo my dear friend LEK, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you. With much sympathy, MN Is is with a heavy heart that David and I say goodbye. We have sold our home here and will no longer be part of this wonderful and beautiful community. We will miss you and think of you often. Of course we will come back to visit and hopefully do some sailing. St. John has changed so much since the 70s and its been amazing growing with you all. There are so many treasured memories here and we will cherish them. Be kind to one another, you deserve it. Y oure a wonderful group of people living in an Sincerely, Sue and David VosbeinThe Vosbeins Say Goodbye Letters To St. John Tradewinds Legislature Is Voting on Changes to Net MeteringIn 2009 Act 7075 was voted into law and netmetering was born in the USVI. Net metering allows homeowners and business owners who install solar panels or other clean energy systems to feed any other customers. In return, the solar owners receive a credit on their electricity bill at a rate equal to what the utility charges. They can then use these credits to purchase power from the grid when their renewable systems are not generating power (such as at night for solar systems). This simple idea, has helped democratize the electric grid and enabled more clean power generation during peak demand periods the time of day when electricity is most needed and expensive, and when the dirty power plant is typically cycled on. Customers who produce a portion of their power through renewable energy are, of course, paying less money to the utility company. A proliferation of these customers seems to have caused concern that the benIn the past few months Senator Barshinger hosted round table sessions, attended by representatives from WAPA, VI Energy, & DPNR, during which a new bill (30-0347) was drafted. Among other things, Bill 300347 will limit the size of net metered solar systems to 10kW and will decrease the credit (by about 50%) net metered customers receive from WAPA for the power put back onto the grid. I am uncertain of the arguments against the cur rent net metering law but can hazard a guess that opponents are concerned that net metering unfairly punishes non-solar ratepayers by reducing the amount of money that solar customers contribute to pay for the upkeep of the electric grid. Essentially the argument is that net metering customers are not paying their share to support the utilitys grid infrastructure because they can reduce their monthly electric bill to nearly zero, but still use the grid when their solar panels are not generating electricity. I argue that distributed solar energy actually saves costs to WAPA because we are reducing the demand for electricity produced by consuming expensive fossil fuels. Additionally, more solar power generation at the point of use means that WAPA has to spend less money in new transmission and distribution capability. These savings in production and distribution should then be passed on to all WAPA customers. As previously mentioned, net-metered customers are currently credited for any net excess power gener ated generation at WAPAs retail price of generation (about $0.52/kWh). Any credits are carried over from month to month, limited to a 12-month billing cycle. At the end of each 12 billing-month cycle (in Decem ber) any cumulative credits, are retained by WAPA and the customers credit is reset to zero. The value of these credits can be substantial. For example, if one customer has accumulated $2000 worth of net credits throughout the calendar year, and in December they only use $1000 worth of electricity; WAPA keeps the $1000 difference come January. Imagine the total amount given to WAPA by all net-meter customcosts associated with net-metering these credits pay for them. and neither sides argument is, at this point, substantiated with proof. Before any laws are changed and/or legislation passed we deserve to know the facts. Right now, important decisions are being made based on unfounded information and opinions. More analysis of net-metering. An independent study of net meter ing in the territory should be commissioned. Bill 30-0347 is scheduled to be voted on on Wednesday, May 28th. Please tell your senators that you will not abide legislation that was developed on conjecture and without input from the constituents who will be affected. T ell them to vote no to Bill 30-0347. Maya Matthews-Sterling Kevin Schnell Caribbean Solar Company Owners
16 St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 693-8885. Thursday, May 29 The Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Y outh and Recreation, chaired by Senator Myron D. Jackson, announces its upcoming hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, at the St. John Legislature in Cruz Bay, on the public use of Oppenheimer Beach, and the progress of the St. John Vendors Plaza and the purchase of land for the Coral Bay T errito rial Park. Sunday, June 1 Join Reverend Jay Uhler at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service on June 1, at 10 a.m. at Gifft Hill School Lower Campus, for the topic: Y ou Are Light. Friday, June 13 Gifft Hill Schools Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2014 on Friday, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. on T rayser Field at the Upper Campus. The Commencement Speaker will be Dr. Elenoe (Crew) Smith, post doctoral research fellow with appointments at Boston Childrens Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Reception to follow. Please call (340) 7761730 for more information. er, for Saturday, May 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Winston Wells Ball Field in Cruz Bay. Sunday, June 15 St. Ursulas Episcopal Church will be honoring four community leaders at their annual Fathers Day Luncheon on Sunday, June 15 at noon at the St. Ursulas Multipurpose Center. T ickets are $35. Saturday, June 21 Auditions for the Ruth Sis Frank Merit Scholarship will be conducte on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. at the St. John School of the Arts for all outstanding and talented students on St. John and St. Thomas. The scholarship is applied to tuition for the 2014-15 school year at SJSA. Monday, June 30 Lt Gov. Gregory Francis is strongly encouraging and reminding corporate citizens to meet the June 30 deadline for ing requirements. Failure to requirements will result in the assessment of penalties and interest, withdrawal of good standing status, or even admin istrative dissolution. Saturday, November 22 The Rotary Club of St. John will host the organizations annual Flavors of St. John fundraiser on Saturday, November 22 inside the Westin ballroom. ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS All meetings are now open. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6 p.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay; T hursday 7 a.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay; Sunday 9:45 a.m., H awksnest Bay Beach; T uesday, T hursday 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) 642-3263As Chairman of the Legislatures Energy and Environmental Protection Committee, I am pleased to report that renewable energy has grown rapidly in the Virgin Islands. Water and Power Authority (WAPA) customers who go green save a lot on their WAPA bills and solar installers earn good money. The renewable energy helps WAPA by reducing the power demand during the peak usage time, which is around 2 oclock each day. Renewable energy also challenges WAPA because WAPAs electric grid is not yet set up to handle large injections of intermittent energy. There is a cap of 5 megawatts on St. Croix and 10 megawatts on St. Thomas-St. John. The Legislature spurred the renewable energy growth in 2009 with Act 7075. It offered incentives for Virgin Islanders to invest in renewable energy such as Solar Water Heaters and Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) panels. In recent weeks, the Legislature passed the FeedIn T ariff Act (FIT) and the Governor signed it into law as Act 7586. This establishes the right of every WAPA customer to become a customer-generator and receive payment from WAPA at the avoided cost (presently 26 per kilowatt-hour). This opens the door to any lar and wind energy, even without up-front money of their own. We are ready to pass Bill 30-0347 which amends is in need of revision. The Legislature must update legislation as more residents utilize renewable energy and as conditions change. The most important change is to correct a tech nicality to allow Main Street Power Corporation to complete the 4.2 Megawatt solar array in Donoe that was originally contracted by WAPA with Lanco. This solar array will reduce the LEAC by producing elec tricity without the expenditure of any fuel. There is a cap (capacity limit) set by Act 7075 for renewable energy in the Net Metering and Feed-In T ariff programs of 5 megawatts for St. Croix and 10 megawatts for St. Thomas-St. John. These numbers came through negotiations with WAPA and express the maximum intermittent renewable energy the presSt. John will soon reach the cap. If we as a people do nothing, the renewable energy industry will come to a screeching halt. Bill 30-0347 brings a stay of execu tion: Act 7075 did not specify how WAPA was to calcu late the cap. Following suggestions from Karl Knight lows for 15% more solar energy to be installed. This is a stop-gap measure that buys us some time. In the coming months our next step is to work with WAPA, VIEO, the PSC, and the solar industry to increase the cap by giving WAPA stabilization and storage. 0347 and Act 7586) by using a Roundtable format in which we brought together 24 stakeholders. We rolled up our sleeves and went through the proposed Legislation line-by-line. It was unbelievable how much discussion each line produced. We thoroughly vetted consensus. (Y ou can read about the Roundtables on my website www.visenate.org by clicking on Committee on Energy.) Clearly we must pass Bill 30-0347. However in recent days, Senators have received dozens of calls from individuals asking us to hold or kill 30-0347. Some come from people who are afraid that the investment they made under Act 7075 may be in jeopar dy. Other callers know the truth, but they simply dont for Net Metering as relates to the new Feed-In T ariff Program. As I write, I interrupt the call to speak with a caller for the 4-kilowatt systems that he and his neighbors have installed will be terminated under 30-0347. I tell him, If your net metering system is larger than 10 kilowatts, it will sunset in 2025. However, if it is smaller than 10 kilowatts, it will not expire at all, so you will see no change to your net metering arrangement. I add that large systems of over 10 kilowatts can convert to FIT program at any time. He hangs up It seems that most of those who call are fearful due interest in keeping Act 7075 exactly as it is because of special treatment. Thankfully, there are a few who have valid issues that could improve Bill 30-0347. I have something to say to each of these groups: and information, I am setting out the facts in this let ter and on visenate.org. I am also asking VI Energy call or check their website, vieo.org. Just as the rebates expired, so to must the Net Metering program evolve to harmonize Feed-In T ariff, with new Net Metering being reserved for systems under 10 kW. Larger systems will be built henceforth under the provisions of the Feed-In T ariff Act. Net Metering is an early adopter incentive and install ers knew that from the start. Large systems of 10 kilowatts and above must convert to FIT in 2025, because FIT is sustainable and Net Metering is not. Installers have known from the start that if literally everyone went with Net Metering, WAPA would have no income and would collapse. If everyone went with Feed-In T ariff, WAPA would transition from being a generator of power to a broker of power. WAPA would have to modernize, and it could modernize because the buy and sell price are different, so it earns money handling the transmission and distribution. The Legislature gave powerful incentives to invest in renewable energy generation, Barshinger Explains Net Metering Bill 30-0347 Letter To St. John TradewindsContinued on Page 19
St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 17 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena Rogers ORIGINAL LISTING COURTESY OF RICH GREENGOLD The live music scene on St. John is bigger and better than ever! Quantitywith over 25 local businesses supporting weekly live music for the season, there are days of the week with over 10 gigs. music this good in their stateside cities. All postings are regular weekly events booked for season. Please excuse any omissions. Keep eyes and ears open for annoucements of other gigs featuring a variety of visiting bands. Cut out, save, laminate and post in your homes, cars and rentals. SUNDAYS 10a-1p Concordia Bo Guitar 3:30-6:30 Aqua Bistro Lauren Guitar Vocal 4-7 High Tide Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan 5:30-9:30 Asolare David Laabs Classical Guitar 5:30 8:30 Sun Dog Cafe Various Open Mike 7-10 Shipwreck Landing Hot Club Coral Bay String Swing Vocals MONDAYS 4:30-7 Concordia Lauren Johnny B Open Mike 5-8 Cruz Bay Landing Chris Carsel Guitar Vocal 5:30-8:30 Virgin Fire Rich & Gregg Sax Guitar 5:30-8:30 Aqua Bistro Matt Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 Ocean Grill Rascio Steel Pan TUESDAYS 6-9 Ocean Grill Lauren Guitar Vocal 6-9 High Tide Chris Carsel Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 La Tapa Sambacombo Latin Jazz 6:30-9:30 Barefoot Cowboy Erin Hart Guitar Vocal 6:30-9 Tamarind Inn Steel Pan Tropical WEDNESDAYS 4-6 High Tide Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan 5-8 Cruz Bay Landing T Bird Guitar Vocal 5:30-7 Coconut Coast Studio St John Flutes Classical Duets 5:30-8:30 Virgin Fire Hot Club Coral Bay String Swing Vocals 6-9 Pickles Micheal Beason Open Mike 6:30-9:30 Barefoot Cowboy Ike Guitar Vocal 6:30-8:30 Ocean Grill David Laabs Classical Guitar 7-10 Shipwreck Landing Chris Carsel Guitar Vocal THURSDAYS 4:30-6:30 Concordia Wayne & Pam Guitar Vocals 5-8 High Tide Erin Hart Guitar Vocal 6-9 Skinny Legs Lauren & Bo Guitars Vocal 6-8 Pickles T Bird Guitar Vocal 6-9 Ocean Grill Chris Carsel Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 Barefoot Cowboy Ike Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 Tamarind Inn Brothers Nature Rock 7-9 Banana Deck Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan 8-11 Beach Bar 3rd String Allstars Rock FRIDAYS 5-8 High Tide Mikey P Guitar Vocal 5:30-8:30 Aqua Bistro Steven Sloan Guitar Vocal 6-9 Balcony James Guitar Vocal 6-9 Skinny Legs Chris Carsel Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 Ocean Grill Rascio Steel Pan 6:30-8:30 Cinnamon Bay Eddie Bruce Drumming 6:30-9:30 Shipwreck Landing Tropical Sounds Guitar Keyboard Vocal 7-9 Barefoot Cowboy T Bird Guitar Vocal 7-10 Rhumb Lines Erin Hart Guitar Vocal 8-11 Beach Bar Flipswitch Rock SATURDAYS 5-8 High Tide Jason Jones Guitar Vocal 6-9 Ocean Grill T Bird Guitar Vocal 6:30-9:30 Skinny Legs Hot Club Coral Bay String Swing Vocals 7-10 Rhumb Lines Lauren Guitar Vocal To be added to this live music schedule, the event must be a regularly scheduled event (sorry, no temporary performances), email email@example.com with: day, time, location, performer and style. NO PHONE CALLS. She can subtract too; its pretty cool. Sadie also won third place for Best Old T imer, which was won by Judy and Mike Buccholzs Y oda, who was originally adopted by the Buccholzs landlord. Decked out in a sparkly red feather and sequins show girl ensemble complete with a jeweled headpiece, eight-year-old T aliah, a Chihuahua and Corgi mix, was dressed to the nines. Looking equally impressive was T aliahs owner, Crystal Allen, who donned a matching red sequins bustier as the duo won Best Look Alike. I made this costume for T aliah, said now people expect to see us at Waga. Its like What is T aliah going to wear this year. udder, Dan Boyds two-and-a-half-year-old, 130-pound Great Dane Olive Oyl took the blue ribbon for Best Costume for her Lovango longhorn look. She runs Lovango Cay, said Boyd. Shes in charge over there. Before the night ended, four sets of dogs competed for the coveted title of Waga King and Waga Queen, which was open to all par ticipants. decision, in the end they crowned Jodie T aninos Denzel Washington and Deanne Somervilles Sweetie Pie Waga King and Waga Queen, respectively. Every time Denzel runs away, which is often, it is Sweetie Pie who brings him home, said T anino about the relationship between her dog and neighbor Somervilles dog. In addition to the dog competitions, Wagapalooza also featured a bounce house, by KatiLady Catering and Queen of T arts and a full bar. nings fundraising amount as of press time, but expected good news based on the crowd size. This is a wonderful event and we know our numbers increased because we ran out of hot dog buns and had to go out and buy more, said ACC Board of Directors mem ber Lucy Banks. 14th Annual WagapaloozaContinued from Page 7
work to the back of the building should improve the as well as give more space to the mechanics, explained general manager Myrtle Barry. Wed been thinking of making changes in response to customer requests for a couple of years, she said. Well move the store from where it is to a more central location. Well offer more car products and snacks. There will be a little sitting area for customers. Weve been seeing whats happening [at service stations] on the mainland where you go in at 7:00 in the morning and get a cup of coffee. E-C has already improved conditions for customers by installing two restrooms last summer. If youre going to stay in business, you have to upgrade, Barry said. When you build something, you have to build for 20 years ahead; otherwise by the time you build it, its outdated. Contractor Jimmy Oyola is overseeing the construction which should be completed in December, and Barry promises that the public will be invited to the grand opening. E-C recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a musical radio commercial composed and recorded on St. John and featuring the voices of St. Johnian musicians. When Josephus Williams opened E-C Service Station in March 1984, his children immediately took active roles in the family business. Son Joe Williams is currently the head mechanic, shop manager, and CEO. Daughter Chris (Williams) T odman is the front end manager and service writer. Son Ernest Williams Sr. (better known as John) now works for WAPA but remains involved as a co-owner. Daughter Myrtle (Williams) Barry joined the family enterprise later as Some members of the third generation work there as well. Chris T odmans daughter Kisha T odman serves as administrative assistant and personnel manager, and her son Charles Hedrington is a mechanic and shop foreman. And when construction at E-C is completed, Barrys husband Jerome, a mechanic, will move his operation there. The company offers a full range of services, according to Barry, including Brake jobs, oil changes, tire repair, electrical diagnosis, replacing shocks, struts, starters everything but rebuilding engines. We no longer do that, she explained, because people have brought in some pretty old and dilapidated enginesby the time you replace all the parts, its too much of a surprise for the customer, and for us as well. Barry sympathizes with customers who want the mechanics to rebuild old cars Sometimes we get attached to our vehicle, we forget that theyre material, and their time comes to pass. I myself was attached to a Land Rover I inherited from my mother. There comes a time when you have Barry did not seem disturbed by the opening of the gleaming new Racetrack Gas station located just over the hill. Competition is healthy. Its good not to take your customers for granted. She recalled that when E-C opened, the T exaco station had been in business for years. Then Domino came to Coral Bay, and the island could sustain the business. Whats important to me in any business is that your community by paying taxes and providing cour teous service, she said.18 St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 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. 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 Saturdays: 6 p.m.; Sundays: 7:30 & 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. in Coral Bay at the Johns Folly Learning Institute & 6 pm. in Spanish; Mondays: 12:15 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7 a.m. & Fridays: 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 Continued from Page 5E-C Service Station Is ExpandingSt. John Tradewinds
St. John Tradewinds, May 26-June 1, 2014 19 St. John Tradewinds Crime Stoppers would like to ask you to help make the US Virgin Islands one of the safest places in the world to live, work, and raise a family. T o do that, we have to make sure that no crime goes unsolved and to do that, everyone needs to speak up. If you know something, say something. St. John On May 13 police received a report of a burglary in the area of 3ABG Cruz Bay. The burglary occurred between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The suspect or suspects entered the residence through a door and stole several items, includ ing an iPhone and a large sum of money. Please help police solve this crime. St. Thomas On Thursday, May 1, during the early morning, a male observed a group of people running while he was at Jouvert dancing in the area of the Fort Christian parking lot. The man stated that he felt a sudden thump on left side of his body; he was stabbed on the left side of his chest area. T ell us what you know about these crimes, at www. CrimeStoppersUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 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 IslandsBusinesswoman Reports Menacing Male at Salt Pond With the glow of memories lighting her face, she described how her father would dig a coal pit and start roasting a pig at 3:00 in the morning. Friends would come over throughout the day and pour beer and wine on Josephus wife, Floresa Williams, was more of a silent partner, according to Barry. She was a stay-at-home mom. We always had fresh cooked meals. She sewed and baked tarts and bread. Williams went to work for the Virgin Islands National Park using his skills to reconstruct old ruins. He retired from his job as maintenance foreman when he was 65 and set to work on the plans for the EnighedContant Gas and Service Station. EC Service Station opened in 1984 and at one point held a franchise agreement with Domino Oil which was the stations supplier. In 2007, the station closed for nine months to remove the old tanks and refurbish the facilities. Now a fully independent company, E-C purchases its fuel from HOVENSA, LLC, on St. Croix and from Peerless Oil and Chemicals, Inc. in Puerto Rico. When HOVENSA stopped producing fuel in 2012, It sent everyone into a scurry, said Barry who serves as E-Cs general manager. The possibility of running out of fuel was a concern. We take it seriously. For a long time we were the only gas station on St. John. The fuel supply stabilized once HOVENSA established a storage facility, she added. Asked if EC would consider opening a gas station in Coral Bay, Barry admitted that the company considered it. Other companies have looked into it. I do acknowledge that Coral Bay does need a gas station, she said. E-C has grown from the days when it began with three employees, and Josephus would come to open the shop and chat with the customers. T oday, his legacy continues through the company he built and the chil dren he raised who continue to operate it. Founder Josephus Williams Knew Value of Hard WorkContinued from Page 5St. John Tradewinds Only Incident Reported incident which was reported in the Gifft Hill area in early May and was being investigated. There have been no arrests in that case or other incidents reported vestigating the reports of sexual assaults after receiving multiple calls asking about reported attacks on in early May that no incidents have been reported. Despite widespread on-line and on-island conver sation and posted anonymous warnings that women have been getting raped in St. John while hitch hiking or hiking Solomon T rail, V.I. Police Department spokesperson Rames told St. John Tradewinds the reports were unfounded. One long-time resident who works in Cruz Bay, said he had met the young woman who reported being the victim of a sexual assault by two men while hitch-hiking alone late at night on North Shore Road. The victim said one of the men raped her while A couple of other victims moved stateside as long ago as March, according to the source who to March. Continued from Page 6 but they were not perpetual. Early adopters who built large systems will make their investment back several times over by 2025. They then can switch to to FIT and receive payment from WAPA for the electricity they produce. Of course they have the right to lobby senators for what they want. However Senators have a duty to look out for the the whole population; it our goal is to create green opportunity and price relief for all Virgin Islanders, not just those who were blessed to have the resources and vision to invest early. If early adopters of large net metering systems feel that 2025 is not a fair transition year, I ask that they publicly explain their rationale for another date. Thanks to those who are calling and emailing with suggestions to 30-0347, we will review them as possible amendments to the Bill. The Roundtable will reconvene via teleconfer ence next week, tentatively 2 pm on May 28. Obtain 30-0347 and amendments 31-1019 at visenate.org. and email us (RenewableEnergy@visenate.org) your written suggestions by Friday May 23 so that it can be circulated and analyzed. The correct email address appears next to the bill on visenate.org. Late submissions will be considered subsequently. Weve been working on 30-0347 for six months. It has been vetted thoroughly in an rigorous Roundtable process. It contains vital and urgently needed changes to Act 7075. I urge every Virgin Islander who is struggling under the burden of high electricity costs and low reli ability to go green with the Net Metering or Feed-In ates, while our Creator has set a stable price for the Thank you for the opportunity to update the People of the Virgin Islands on where we are with renewable energy, and where we are going. Craig Barshinger, Senator at large, Chairman of the Energy and Environmental Protection Committee Continued from Page 16Barshinger Explains Net Metering Bill 30-0347 Letter To St. John Tradewinds
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This was pretty long for me, but it was really nice out there. positioned at each of the three course beaches and an awards ceremony and after party at Oppenheimer Beach featuring freshly grilled food, cold drinks and DJ music the logistics of Beach to Beach Power Swim seem daunting. Friends of VINP Executive Director Joe Kessler chalked the days success up to experience and plenty of help. Weve learned a few things over the years, said Kessler. But we could not do this without our volunteers. For a full list of results from the 11th Annual Beach to Beach Power Swim go to http://www.friendsvinp.org.
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