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St. John tradewinds
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U.S. Coast Guard and Marines Corp Team Up To Drop Navigational TowerPage 2Students Learn Beekeeping, Bread Making & More at Folk Life FestivalPage 3Ninth Annual Friends of the Park Gala Raises $56,000Page 4 March 4-10, 2013 Copyright 2013 St. John Tradewinds News PhotoRock Royalty Spotted on Love CityBruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were spotted on St. John last week. The Rising Sun earlier in the week and Rising Sun was seen at anchor in Round Bay on Sunday PSC and Ferry Companies Propose Hiking Fares for Tourists, Students and TeachersPage 5


EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTORS Andrea Milam, Mauri Elbel, Chuck Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Ewald, Andrew Rutnik, Craig Barshinger, Bob Schlesinger, Jack Brown, Mares Crane, Dan Boyd, Bob Malacarne NEWSLINE Tel. (340) 776-6496 ADVERTISING CIRCULATION Rohan Roberts MAILING ADDRE SS Tradewinds Publishing LLC P.O. Box 1500 St. John, VI 00831 SUBSCRIPTIONS U.S. & U.S.V.I. only $85.00 per year THIRD CLASS PERMIT U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 3 St. John, VI 00831 COPYRIGHT 2013 All rights reserved. No reproduction of news stories, letters, columns, photographs or advertisements allowed without written permission from the publisher. TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 2 St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 All are invited to Family Movie Night at Bethany Moravian Church in the Fellowship Hall. On Friday, March 8, watch The Root of All Evil, at 7 p.m. On Friday, March 29, at 7pm watch The Passion of Christ.Bethany Moravian Movie Night Mar. 8Support youth sailing on St. John and enjoy a sunset sail aboard the historic schooner Roseway on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9. Enjoy appetizers prepared by KatiLady Catering, St. John Catering, Mares by la Mer, St. John Farm to Table and drinks provided by St. John Brewers and Dionysis Wines. Kids and the Sea St. John volunteer youth sailing program. Tickets are available at Connections East and West and from KATS St. John Opti racers.KATS Fundraiser Set for Mar. 8 and 9 The 27th Annual Gifft Hill School Auction will be on Saturday, March 16, at the Westin St. John Resort & Villas. Tickets are $125 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. Please call the GHS Development GHS Auction Scheduled for March 16 Sail on the historic schooner Roseway above, and support youth sailing. The Guy Benjamin School will host a PTO meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the school. Parents, students, faculty and members of the community are welcome to come. This will be the groups third meeting in 2013. GBS PTO Meeting Set for March 19 Cruz Bay. Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Cases by the Sea. The suggested donation is $5. Surng for Life Screening March 20 USCG and Marines Drop Navigational TowersSt. John Tradewinds News Photo Courtesy of Facebook navigational towers at Stephens Cay and the Brothers, according to retired USCG


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The sound of the conch shell echoed across the hillside at Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins on Thursday morning, February 28, Annual Virgin Islands Folklife Festival. The festival, funded in part by Friends of V.I. National Park, ran Thursday and Friday last week as students from across St. Thomas and St. John toured the ruins and learned about everything from dumb bread baking to beekeeping. A number of local crafts people and artisans set up wares and tables on the Annaberg grounds offering hands-on demonstrations. St. John artist Avelino Samuel showed how to fashion a mortar and pestle from mahogany wood. With wood to watch the lathe carve away the center of the wood. In the shade of the old Annaberg oven area, Miss Olivia showed a crowd of St. John Christian Academy students how to make dumb bread. The bread actually is derived from a European scone recipe, she told the students. The name comes from people calling it dumpling bread, because people thought it looked like dumplings. Eventually the name was shortened to just dumb bread. After mixing, kneading and forming their balls of dough, the students baked their bread in the wood-fueled oven at Annaberg and were able to enjoy the fruits of the mornings labor. Elmo Rabsatt showed students the components of a beehive and how to calm the bees with the use of smoke. Nearby Edmund Roberts demonstrated how to weave broom palm fronds into a useful sweeping tool while Mario Benjamin showed off the old craft of seine net making. Ive been doing this since my father taught me when I was kid, he said. Students also enjoyed old time treats like coconut water and sugar cane juice, while other vendors sold chicken legs and johnny cakes. This years theme was From Where we Came to Where we Are, and from the scratch band Smalls and the Merry Makers, who kept the tunes going all morning, to the talented Gladys Abraham School Quadrille Dancers, the students learned all about Virgin Islands living history at this years Folklife Festival. Friends of VINP docents also toured students around and shared the rich history of the area. Thursdays crowd was mostly younger students, while Fridays events were geared toward students from St. Thomas and St. John high schools. St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 3 Thursday, Mar. 7thINDEX Students Learn Beekeeping, Bread Making & More at Folklife Festival entertain the crowd at the folklife festival last week.St. John Tradewinds


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds From the very minute guests ar rived at this years Friends of V.I. National Park Gala on Saturday evening, February 23, they were treated to a night of high-style to honor the groups 25th anniver sary. Under a full moon, more than 250 guests including Lieuten ant Governor Gregory Francis and his wife Cheryl enjoyed the lavish soiree while helping Friends of VINP raise more than $56,000 to continue its work supporting cultural and natural resource programs in the park. A red carpet lined with white roses greeted guests to Steven and Pamela Deckoffs Estate Peter Bay home Presidio del Mar. The fun continued inside as guests began to dance to In the Sand Band before the sun sunk below the horizon. Guests bid on exciting silent auction items for everything from and shops to boat charters and more and one lucky guest took home a $6,800 pendant. Always a highlight of the auction were no exception, said Karen Vahling, Friends of VINPs development director. Lucky winners took home artwork, jewelry, dining packages and lots of other great prizes, and everyone with Friends logo items, GoVino wine glasses and biscotti from East/West Catering. Leona Smith was the lucky stunning Tahitian pearl and diamond pendant valued at $6,800, donated by R&I PATTON goldsmithing, said Vahling. Her smile was equally stunning. Gala-goers enjoyed a scrumptious buffet courtesy of Mathayom Private Chefs and St. John Cater ing while sipping wines provided by Premier Wines and Spirits, ABCellars and Skurnik Wines. Other sponsors for the night included Queen of Tarts, Merchants Mar ket, Baked in the Sun, Josephines Greens and Caneel Bay Resort. After dinner, many guests enjoyed a Taste of History bar helmed by rum expert Kim Holland, of Asolare, who shared more than just a few shots of the hard stuff, explained Vahling. The Taste of History bar was literally that, with aged Caribbean rums, Vahling said. Kim did a great job, she even had a smoker under a dome which she put the glasses under before pouring the rum. It was really dramatic and people loved it, she said. The bar also featured gourmet added. It was like a speak-easy feel ing, said Vahling. It was set off a just felt really private and fun. troduced unbreakable, reusable glassware at the groups gala last year, which proved so popular, the GoVinos found their way into this years thank you bags, Vahling explained. The GoVino reusable travel wine and champagne glasses are really classy looking and they travel well, said Friends develop ment director. They dont break and theyre great for the beach. Last year we had them at the event and people loved them so much, they grew legs. So this year we decided to put them in the thank you bags and give them away, she said. While a chance to dress up and boogie down, the Friends Ninth 4 St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Yelena Rogers Ninth Annual Friends of VINP Gala Raises $56,000 Continued on Page 23 Island Solar SAY NO TO WAPA Grid-Tie Systems Battery Stand Alone Systems Solar Hot Water Systems Solar Pool Pumps Off-grid living for 10 years on Lovango Cay. Dan Boyd t: 340-642-0351; 340-626-9685 e: SAVE MONEY! Canines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com WE HAVE FISH


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds St. John ferry companies facing expected losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars if the current ticket prices continue recently requested another fare hike from the Public Services Commission. The companies, Varlack Ventures and Transportation Services of St. John, operate a single franchise for the ferry runs between St. Thomas and St. John and must get approval for fare increases by the PSC, whose mission is to balance the interests of the utility as well as the rate payer. hearing on the requested fare hike on Wednesday evening, February 27, at Julius E. Sprauve School, which drew about 30 residents. After long and at times hardfought battles the companies and proposal to increase fares for students, teachers and bulk ticket riders while creating a new category plained PSCs counsel Attorney Tanisha Bailey-Roka. Currently there are seven categories of riders; adult, child, senior, commuter, bulk, student and teacher. The new category of tourist would apply to any passenger of any age who does not tion card of some sort. The proposed fare structure for trips to Red Hook would keep fares the same for all categories of riders except students, teachers, bulk riders and the new tourist designation of rider. Students, who currently pay $2 each way, would see fares hiked to $3.25, while teachers would pay $4 each way, up from $3. Bulk riders will pay $3.50 instead of $3. Tourists, whether one year old or 80 years old, will shell out $7 for the one way trip to Red Hook. The proposal also calls for an increase in baggage fees from the current $2.50 per bag to $4 per bag. For the downtown Charlotte Amalie run which does not include student or teacher fares one-way fares would up to $10 for bulk riders and $13 for tourists. The baggage fee would be $4 per bag. The proposed fare increases were designed to cause the least amount of hardship for local residents, explained Attorney Maria Hodge, legal counsel for the St. John ferry companies. This proposal was designed to minimize the burden on the community, said Hodge. We worked, with some effort, with PSC staff to agree to impart the revenue bur den on tourists who can afford to pay more and on the government, which pays the fare for teachers and students, to make a reasonable contribution to the public transpor tation system. There was a lot of discussion to minimize the impact on the travelling public, said Bailey-Roka. Bare in mind this is a compromise document and the best we could get to take the burden off the public and the utility. This, we think, is a creative way to make the revenue infusions the ferry companies needed while being mindful of the public reality. Bailey-Roka read the nine page document, which spelled out estimated losses of about $650,000 for the ferry companies under the current fare system. The companies are supposed be entitled to a rate of return between six and eight percent. After reading the proposed fare increases, the public had to a chance share their concerns and ideas with Hearing Examiner Attorney Dolace McLean, who will ultimately make a recommendation to the PSC board. St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 5 PSC and Ferry Companies Propose Hiking Fares for Tourists, Students and Teachers 340-693-8141 St. John Tradewinds Continued on Page 18


St. John Tradewinds The 40th annual Around St. John Race, sponsored by the St. John Yacht Club, will be Sunday, March 10. The race will begin at 10 am near Two Brothers rocks off Cruz Bay. One of the oldest and most var ied sailing races in the territory the Around St. John regatta requires a full circumnavigation of St. John with a multitude of challenges for the spinnaker and non-spinnaker racers. The racers will deal with many changes of winds and have the need for many tacks as the racers make their way through the Drake Channel, and then have a chance to let it all out along the south shore, said Jim Swan, commodore of the St. John Yacht Club. The sight of many racers with full spinnakers deployed makes the long reach in the latter stages of the race especially beautiful. This year a special prize of $400 for a haulout will be offered. Instead of awarding the prize to the winner, the club will host a special drawing for which all entrants qualify. Other prizes, sponsored by the club and Budget member of the St. John Yacht Club and helped orgaThe prerace captains meeting and race registra tion will take place at the Tap Room at Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. A postrace award ceremony and party will be at the Banana Deck in Cruz Bay immediately following the race on Sunday. 6 St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 40th Annual Around St. John Race Scheduled for Sunday, March 10 PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Frankie is a beautiful kitty with awesome blue eyes. Shes about two years old and has lived at the shelter for more than a year. Frankie is very mellow, relaxed and likes to hang out in her hammock and watch all the action. 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 trees at Maho Bay beach, growing near the power lines at the beach and parking area.St. John Tradewiinds News VINP Removing Coconut Trees at MahoSt. John Tradewinds News Photo line. For sales contact Dave Conroe ( For rental contact Cimmaron Property Mgt. ( Interval Ownership or St. Johns best price per sq. ft. Sleeps 6 to 8. Great Sunset views. See our Web cam* *SUNSET RIDGE VILLAS


St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 7 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Residents can expect to hear V.I. Port Authoritys plans for the future of the U.S. Customs parking lot in Cruz Bay in short or der, the agencys new director told about 15 people at a Chamber of Commerce meeting last week. VIPAs recently appointed director, former senator, Carlton Dowe met with members of the St. John Chapter of the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday afternoon, February 26, at the Cruz Bay Battery. Along with VIPA Marine Manager Kelvin Industrious, Dowe listened to members questions and concerns while laying out VIPAs previously looked into converting the current unregulated U.S. Customs parking lot in Cruz Bay into short-term parking, explained St. John Chamber representative Don Porter, who questioned VIPAs current plans for the area. One thing that was put in my face was this issue of parking, said Dowe. In short time well make an announcement. Were looking at different scenarios and these are decisions we are going to have to come to terms with. There will be a decision made in short order, Dowe said. There couple of weeks. We will make a the community at large. testing the dredged materials from Enighed Pond to see if the area can accommodate expanded parking, Dowe explained. How can we maximize the use of the Enighed Pond gravel lot, he said. We must look at the stability of the dredged material, where there are just weeds growing up now. no decisions regarding possibly installing turnstiles in the Red Hook Marine Facility, the agency is exploring the possibility of adding a according to Dowe. Part of our plans moving for ward is to look at $680,000 that was set aside to proceed to get Red Hook, he said. We will not eliminate customs on St. John, but Miami in less time than it takes to leave Tortola and get to St. Thomas, thats wrong. VIPA will discuss a design with engineers to possibly add a secFacility which would house a fuadded. Fielding concerns about congestion at the Cruz Bay Loredon Boynes Sr. Ferry Dock, Dowe suggested that chamber members meet with V.I. Police Department VIPA cannot do anything about the unpopular black fence sur rounding the Cruz Bay bulkhead area, Dowe explained. Since 9/11 all of our lives have changed, he said. Homeland Security has regulations that we must abide by and the U.S. Coast Guard had mandated that we do that. That is not VIPA, that mandate came from the federal government. The new Dock Masters Building at Enighed Pond is expected to be completed in the next few weeks, Dowe added. It will open in a month or so, odds and ends but everything is pretty alright. Happy Holidays! Present this ad and receive $10 o any 50-minute treatment.* BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY. CALL .., EXT WR-Spa Services DN 8.20.2012.indd 1 8/16/12 6:13 PM Decision on Customs Lot Coming in Short Order, says Dowe Moravian Mid-Week Lenten ServicesServices Begin at 7 p.m. March 6 Open Air Emmaus March 13 Bethany Emmaus March 20 Open Air Bethany For more information call (340) 776-6291. 2013 RAIN DATAat Trunk BayFEBRUARYFEB. AVERAGETOTAL Y-T-DY-T-D AVERAGE


8 St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 The islands premier magazine.By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Residents and tourists with achy muscles from the 8 Tuff Miles Road Race relaxed at Oppenheimer Beach on Sunday, February 24, Fund Recovery Beach Party. Cruz Bay to Coral Bay the day before, many took advantage of massages, enjoyed a huge spread of food and danced in the sand to DJ music at the beach party fundraiser, which netted St. John Cancer Fund about $7,000. It was a great party, said Mary Bartolucci, a member of St. John Cancer Fund. We raised about $7,000, which was great. The key we didnt have a ton of time as far as planning. What was nice was that people really had a lot of fun, Bartolucci year; well be back and bigger next year. Bellows International was the support from Mongoose Mer chants Association, Island Style John Brewers and Woodys. Organizers of the fundraiser wanted to offer an island style beach party to the many people who dont get to experience such an occasion, Bartolucci explained. We had a lot of people from the race who came to the party and thats what we wanted, she said. We are very thankful to [8 Tuff Miles Race Director] Peter Alter, who supported the event and helped us get the word out to the race participants. Joy Maziar, a massage therapist at the Westin Resort and Villas, and Dana Neil, a masseuse at Drift Away Spa, were kept busy all day giving massages, Bartolucci added. Joy and Dana were great, she said. They were both part of the organizing committee and they party. After getting a rub down, par ty-goers enjoyed vegetable and chicken roti, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. The afternoon also featured a New England style clam bake, lobster rolls and oysters and clams on the half-shell, which Hank Slodden of St. John Phone Book donated. Phillip Grasshopper Picker ing and Adonis Morten shared DJ duties while James Penn provided taxi shuttle service from Cruz Bay to the beach. The St. John Cancer Fund also party. Teri Gibney donated a pearl and leather bracelet and Sadie Sea donated a 30 person sunset sail, which Bartolucci herself won. I won the sunset sail so we are going to throw a party for all of us volunteers, she said. While deeming the party a success, the group also has plans to expand the event next year, Bartolucci added. Next year were thinking of doing some more games at the beach party and were talking about doing a pre-race dinner the night before 8 Tuff as well, she said. It was a big weekend between the Friends of VINP Gala and the race, but wed like to see more of the local community come out and join us. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised at the event will go toward helping St. John residents who are battling cancer, explained Bartolucci. Money in The St. John Cancer Fund is managed by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, Bartolucci added. with the CFVI is the no administrative fees, a full time staff with salaries paid through grants and angel donations and the ability to hours, she said. After working with a different organization for several years, Bar tolucci and other St. John Cancer Fund founding members decided cancer patients, Bartolucci added. The St. John Cancer Fund is not restricted to how we can assist our residents, she said. In 2012 the St. John Cancer Fund has paid back rent for a St. John cancer patient unable to work, hotel lodging for a patient travelling off island, provided gas and food dollars for another, paid for cancer screening for a survivor who lost their job, and helped a cancer survivor with outstanding doctor expenses. The groups mission statement says it all, Bartolucci explained. St. John Cancer Fund provides monies for prevention, treatment against cancer on behalf of the Community of St John, USVI, according to the groups website. For more information about the group, email stjohncancer or check out John Cancer Fund Beach Party Raises $7,000 Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 Keep up with sales and events! GreenBuildingAssociation Become a member of IGBA today at www.igbavi.orgOpen Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to noon & Sat. 8 a.m. to noon at Git Hill & Centerline Road Make an Oer! Gently used Lexxus ve-person hot tubThis gorgeous hot tub retails for $8k. Well sell it to the highest bidder over $1,000 by March 15Contact Barry Devine at (340) 514-3532 or Bill Willigerod at (340) 643-5313 to make your oer today! FOR SALE BY OWNER SPECTACULAR VIEWINNSTEAD 8B ENIGHEDA private, single family, masonry home since 1975, currently with a very strong rental program, now available FSBO. Contact Jerald Grimes 978-652-5115; and see ID#23936306 at BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. St. John Tradewinds News Photos fundraiser for St. John Cancer Fund.


St. John Tradewinds The Best of Both Worlds Fine Art and Craft Gallery at Mongoose Junction is hosting a trunk show featuring the artwork of T. Breeze Verdant on Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. Claiming Geographical Addiction as an ailment that forces Ver dant to seek the cure, the artist returns yearly to revel in the healing environment of St. John. An inlay artist who creates jewelry from exquisite woods, shells and metal, Verdant aims to display maximum beauty with minimum consumption. He uses unusual woods which have already lived a previous life, such as ebony from piano keys that get intercepted on the way to the dump. In this lucky case, he has made some beautiful earrings and pendants from a stump of the gorgeous dalbergia genus species Tulipwood, which he was given during a previous visit to St. John. This rare wood is a true rosewood with its famous cousins being Brazilian Rosewood, Kingwood, Indian Rosewood and Blackwood to name a few. Bright scarlet streaks blend with creamcolored sapwood on these pieces which Verdant dowsed with alcohol and peroxide to create unusual and captivating effects. Verdant likes his work to take people places. Using mother of pearl for moons, paua abalone to represent oceans, sailboats, and multiple inlaid precious metals for shooting stars and constellations, the little pieces transport the viewer to a convincing beautiful earthy vista. He has been pursuing this career full-time for 25 years, has won many awards, been featured in seven books and guitar catalogs (which he inlaid) and sells through galleries beyond coast to coast in the U.S. Verdants work consists of everything from earrings to boxes, money clips, guitars and furniture, all exquisitely veneered and inlayed. He also conducts workshops on the art of Marquetry. For more information contact Best of Both Worlds at (340) 6937005 or by email at thebestof@ John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 9 Best of Both Worlds Hosting Trunk Show Featuring Inlay and Marquetry Artist Verdant on March 7 and 8 If You Currently or Previously Owned, Purchased, or Leased Certain Toyota, Lexus, or Scion Vehicles,You Could Get Benets from a Class Action Settlement.There is a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (Toyota) concerning certain vehicles with electronic throttle control systems (ETCS). Those included in the settlement have legal rights and options and deadlines by which they must exercise them. What is the lawsuit about? The lawsuit alleges that certain Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles equipped with ETCS are defective and can experience unintended acceleration. Toyota denies that it has violated any law, denies that it engaged in any and all wrongdoing, and denies that its ETCS is defective. The Court did not decide which side was right. Instead, the parties decided to settle. Am I Included in the proposed settlement? Subject to certain limited exclusions, you are included if as of December 28, 2012, Subject Vehicle that was residual value. website and in the full settlement notice available on the website or through the toll-free number below. The This settlement does not involve claims of personal injury or property damage. What does the settlement provide? The proposed settlement provides for: (a) cash payments from two funds totaling $500 million for certain eligible class members; (b) free installation of For more information or a claim form: 1-877-283-0507 Legal Notice a brake override system on certain Subject Vehicles; (c) a customer support program to correct any defect in materials or workmanship of certain vehicle parts for other eligible class members; and (d) at least $30 million toward automobile safety research and class members by or before certain deadlines. such as the number of claims submitted, the amounts claimed, and other adjustments and deductions. What are my options? If you do nothing, you will remain in the class and will not be able to sue Toyota about the issues in the for which you may be eligible. by May 13, 2013, if you dont want to be part of the settlement. Toyota about the issues in the lawsuit. by July 29, 2013, if you you are eligible and which require a claim form. by May 13, 2013, if you dont exclude yourself. The full settlement notice describes how to exclude yourself, submit a claim form and/or object. The Court will hold a fairness hearing on June 14, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. to (a) consider whether the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate and (b) decide the plaintiffs lawyers request for fees up to $200 million and expenses up to $27 million you are not required to and you may hire an attorney to appear for you, at your own expense. Support your local newspaper: St. John Tradewinds St. John Tradewinds News Photo T. Breeze


10 St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 Experienced Personalized Professional ProvenSeaview Vacation Homes, Inc. Short Term-Full Service Since 1985 VACATION VILLA MANAGEMENT24 years of on island rental servicee: w: t: 340-776-6805; toll-free 1-888-625-2963 2013 EDITIONON NEWSSTANDS NOW!For more details, email info@stjohnmagazine.comCaribbanese: The Sea at Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery Is March 8By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery, on the second Caribbanese opening on Friday, March 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening will celebrate the Caribbean and Japanese fusion in art with a theme of The Sea. Boulon will show new work based on the theme and will rafavailable at Kimberly Boulon Fine Art as well as at SJSA. Tickets will also be available the evening of the show. In addition to Boulons latest paintings, Caribba nese: The Sea will also feature work by guest cera SJSA. Thomas is a clay artist who has been living on St. John and working at Maho Bay Clayworks for the from her surroundings. As an artist and resident of St. John, I am greatly inspired by my surroundings, especially the forever jaw dropping beauty of the Caribbean Sea, the exquisite coral reefs and brilliant beauty of each sunset over the Caribbean, said Thomas. This captures my attention on a daily basis. For Caribbanese: The Sea, I have incorporated these elements, along with Japanese motifs and forms to create a body of work that expresses such beauty in the water, over the water and The night will also feature an original dance choreographed by SJSA instructors Kim Wild and Jude Woodcock and performed by SJSAs younger students. The dance is expected to be performed around 6:30 p.m. Our interpretation of the water theme will be presented by our younger students ages 4 to 10, said imagination, creating above and underwater scenes. Music will be provided by Michael Banzhaf and Katha Ricciardi. There will be hors doeuvres preChef Gail Anderson will be whipping up confections for the night. West Indies will host a wine tasting the season on Friday, March 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. Rafpainting, which is hanging in her gallery, are $10 each or six for $50. Call 779-4322 for tickets or stop by Marketplace.


St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 11 MARK YOUR CALENDARS!ACC Wagapalooza Set for May 18 at VINP Ball FieldSt. John Tradewinds The Animal Care Centers spring fundraiser Wagapalooza will be Saturday, May 18, at the V.I. National Sally Furlong and Viky Becker are co-chairs for the event, and Elaine Estern of Coconut Coast Studios will be designing the 2013 Waga T-shirt. St. John Tradewinds The V.I. Audubon Society will screen The Wild Parrots of Telegraph at 7 p.m. Hill area of San Francisco and their closest human companion, Mark Bittner. In a cinematic portrait, we are introduced to his colorful companions and the relationship they share as well as the realities of urban wildlife that would cange Bittners life forever. Join us to view a great movie! Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 Audubon Society Movie Night March 6: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Chabuz Runs for Team River RunnerMoe Chabuz, at far left, Race as a fundraiser which supports wounded veterans through adaptive kayak sports. Chabuz raised about organization which visits St. John yearly. St. John Tradewinds News Photo Breeze has a passion for wood that's contagious. As a master of marquetry, he creates images "paints" pictures with woods. It's painstaking work of high detail using veneer (ultrathin slices, 1/40th-inch thick) to create elaborate designs on boxes, guitars, jewelry and small tabletops.~ Chicago TribunePlease join us for a trunk showfeaturing Marquetry and Inlay ArtistT. Breeze VerDantThursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9 4-7 pmARTS & DESIGN GALLERYMONGOOSE JUNCTION St. John Tradewinds Kids First! last week awarded $750 in support of Governor John deJonghs Summer Reading Challenge. age and culturally appropriate books at the start of the summer break, according to Kids First!. Many of the learning gains children make during the school year are lost over the summer if they dont continue to develop their skills, the most important of which is reading, said Kids First! President Bruce lighted to be able to support this effort on St. John. Parents should look for a Summer Reading Challenge package that will be sent home with each child K through 8th grade at the end of the school year. Any books read over the summer can be counted. Books read are tracked on tracking sheets or online on the Read Five site. Tracking sheets will be collected from the schools and libraries at the start of the school year. Make sure when a child completes the Challenge, their information gets turned in so they get included in the awards festivities! tion on St. John. With a focus on early learning, Kids First! grants have allowed numerous St. John children to have positive learning experi ences during their earliest years, preparing them for success in formal school and life beyond. Kids First! Supports Governor deJonghs Reading Challenge


12 St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 Green Thursday Residents enjoyed a beautiful spread of food at featured a potluck dinner and a talk with Nate Olive, St. John Tradewinds Gifft Hill Schools EARTH (Education And Resiliency Through Horticulture) Program in coordination with IGBA (Island Green Building Association) and NOAA are sponsoring monthly seminar series focused on making the Virgin Islands and St. John greener places to live. The path to this future includes each and every resident taking personal steps toward improving your quality of life for current and future island generations. If you have an idea for a future speaker, please contact us. Sarah Haynes EARTH Program Coordinator Barry Devine IGBA Director GREEN THURSDAYSISLAND SUSTAINABILITY SERIES LAST THURSDAY GHS UPPER CAMPUS ATRIUM Seminars on Island Sustainability:January 31, 2013: Plastic reduction, reuse or recycling. Showing of the movie "Bag It",followed by panel discussion. February 28, 2013: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) discussion led by Nate Olive of Ridge to Reef Farm on St. Croix. March 28, 2013: Renewable energy sources (sun, wind, wave). Panel Discussion and hands on demonstrations for ways to lower your WAPA bill. April 25, 2013: Virgin Islands Recycling Partnership; panel discussion and ways to get involved in trash reduction on our islands. May 23, 2013: NOAA Green Construction Rewards Program/IGBA Partnership Last Thursday of the Month @ 6pm. St. John Tradewinds The Department of Human Services will administer an extension of the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) to St. John residents at the departments multipurpose center in Cruz Bay. Eligibility Specialists from the Division of Family Assistance will provide Medicaid cer from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 776-6334 for more information. St. John Tradewinds The Unitarian Universalists of St. John meet every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the Great Room at Gifft Hill School Lower Campus The guest speaker for Sunday, March 10, is Rev Danielle Green who will speak on The Timeless Soul, Part 1 In this two-part sermon, Green will explore the nature of time as it speaks to the nature of soul. In part 1, she will explore the nature of time as it is unperspectives. Childcare is available.For transportation from the Cruz Bay ferry dock call 776-6332 in advance. The Coral Bay Yacht Clubs 17th Almost Annual Flotilla to set for Saturday, March 23, from noon to 4 p.m. at Miss Vies Campground on the East End. Enjoy lunch on the beach, live Participants can either enjoy a sail to the beach aboard a CBYC members vessel, for only $40 including lunch, or they can just drive to the beach party. Attendees who want to sail should meet at the Coral Bay dinghy dock at 9 a.m. Or arrive by car at noon and pay $20 for adults and $10 for children, which includes lunch. GBS students will gain free admission The Caribbean Groove Band, featuring Eric Provost and Lybia Callwood, will keep the crowd on its feet. Captain Will Hudson will be manning the grill and cooking up burgers and hot dogs. There will also be a full spread of local food prepared by GBS parents. A cash bar will be available. and tickets will be available before For more information call Mary Burks at (340) 513-8141.Almost Annual Flotilla Set for March 23Rev. Green Is Guest Speaker at UUDHS Offers St. John Residents Easy Access to Medicaid Services


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The stunning water views from Ixora are matched only by the elegant lap pool which stretches across the expansive deck. villa located on Ajax Peak adjacent to V.I. National Park land is for sale for $1.45 million, explained Islandia Real Estate broker/owner Merry Nash. Besides the sweeping water and island views, one of the best features of this house is really the long, lap pool, said Nash. Nestled on a hillside on Ajax Peak, Ixora is conveniently located close to just about everything on St. John. Another big plus is the midisland location which places the house midway between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay and just a short hop to the V.I. National Parks North Shore beaches, Nash said. morning laps, stretch out next to that spacious pool and soak up the stunning views from the expansive deck. Cool off in the shade from the perfectly situated gazebo. Watch the full moon rise over Coral Bay harbor below and enjoy the cooling breezes which grace Ixora on a steady basis. tear your gaze away from the British Virgin Islands lining the horizon past Hurricane Hole while the lush forests of Bordeaux Mounviews from the home. Ixora consists of three buildings connected by the 60-foot pool and tiled walkways through the mature fruit trees and lush landscaping. The bedrooms are located in two buildings nestled on each side of the pool, while the main living spaces are found in the main house in the middle. An east bedroom wing features a master bedroom with en suite bath as well as two additional bedrooms on a second level which share a bath. In the western room with en suite bath as well as an additional guest bedroom with en suite as well. The main living spaces in the home are located between the two bedroom wings, affording privacy and plenty of space for gatherings. dral ceilings with exposed cedar beams spell Caribbean charm in ing area great room. The kitchen features a large granite island as well as custom wood cabinets. And Ixora boasts a famous history. The well known American historian and author, the late Stephen E. Ambrose, previously owned Ixora. For more information on Ixora, call Nash at 776-6666 or 6422246. St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 13 Enjoy Stunning Down Island Views from Ixora Virgin Islands Vacations & Villas14th Anniversary Celebrating 14 years of providing exceptional property management & booking services to our clients!Want to list your home with VIVA? Call (888) 856-4601 for more details VIVA-we match your taste, style and budget! www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook WhatToDo-VI.comFREE APP *USE WIFI TO DOWNLOAD St. John Tradewinds News Photo


14 St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE: THURSDA Y, MARCH 7th2012 2013-TO-DATE Letters To St. John TradewindsOn Wednesday February 27, District of the Virgin Islands United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe released a press release reference to the conviction of Tyrone Reid, a resident of the state of Texas. This conviction was a result of a joint investigation ment, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Homeland Security. I want to say Congratulations on a job well done to everyone involved. This is a perfect example of the local and federal partnership people of the Virgin Islands have been asking for. All entities involved, working together, shut-off investigation were found in the Virgin Islands, one on a murder scene. It is a shame that anyone, especially someone with ties to the Virgin Islands would want This is a clear disregard for life, and will not be toler ated. The Virgin Islands Police Department is, and will continue to work jointly with all of our federal counin the deaths of many of our loved ones. Together, we can and will make a difference, along with your help. I am asking the people of these United States Vir gin Islands to continue to be our eyes and ears. Interritory, or any information on any crime, will be followed up. Even something you might overhear relative to guns coming in to the territory, or on a crime being planned, will be followed up. It is my vision for this department to be more proactive, than reactive. To accomplish this goal all of us must do our part. Again, I thank all those involved in the investiga tion leading to the conviction of Tyrone Reid. As a this territory was cut off. Rodney Querrard Acting Virgin Islands Police CommissionerGrowing up, you would see couples holding hands as they walked down the street. That symbol of love conveyed feelings of oneness, security and warmth. In a world where independence is placed high on the priority list, we lose that sense of commitment when we disconnect from the physical touch. Women especially need that intimate bond to reassure them their men will provide and protect. Holding hands is crucial while crossing the streets. It keeps everybody together and creates a bigger picture for the motorists to see. Therefore, walking on the sidewalk ensures that folks wont have to pass in between or wonder if youre together. Because men have a quicker tempo, they sometimes walk ahead of their ladies. This can potentially create a problem if the lady falls down, is attacked or gets lost. By holding hands, your pace is regulated and har mony exists. Take the time to also hold your chil drens hands. The guidance, strength and attention they receive molds their view of family structure. Holding hands can also patch things up after a allows the negative feelings to subside. Take a walk, hold hands and enjoy the moment. Love starts with a touch. Holding on, Emmanuel PrinceHolding Hands On February 20, I visited Car Quest on St. John, now under new ownership. I wanted to purchase oil so I could change the oil in my vehicle. The business had a sign in front advertising Oil Change and Rotation $49.99; 5 Quarts, Labor, Filter. Because I also needed to have the tires rotated on my vehicle, as recommended by a licensed mechanic, I elected to take advantage of the advertised price and service. I was asked to wait for a substantial amount of time, invoice for $54.09 and Car Quest did not rotate my tires on my vehicle. When I questioned the invoice, I was treated extremely rudely. Car Quest ultimately refused to rotate the tries and I noted that the invoice indicated that I was being charged for oil disposal and a shop fee. I later determined from the invoice that Car Quest tised. Car Quest did not give me the oil for which I (over) paid. Instead of conversing with me about my complaints, Car Quest asked me to cease doing business with that establishment and threatened me with physical harm. After years of good customer service with this business, I was appalled by the new owner ship policies. Two days later, on February 22, I had the tires rotated by E&C. Most businesses on St. John give adequate to excellent service, however, I found the bait and switch tactics, attempted intimidation and threats of physical harm, just because I questioned the invoice and service, were totally unacceptable and, not to my surprise, were standard procedure with this particular business when dealing with other customers. We are a small community on St. John and those of us who have lived here for many years have seen businesses like this come and go. Farewell. Adam EichenauerNot How Business Is Done


St. John Tradewinds Donna Marie (Sullivan) Joyce passed away Thursday, February 28, surrounded by her loving family. She remained strong and hopeful throughout her courageous 11 month battle with a rare and inoperable form of GI cancer. She was born and raised in Methuen, MA, one of three daughters of the late Atty. Donald and Madeline Sullivan. She was a 1963 graduate of the Presentation of Mary Academy and 1968 graduate of Boston University School of Nursing. Donna also received a Masters Degree in Nursing Education at The Univer sity of Virginia in 1969. Subsequently, she was accepted into The University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1979, but changed plans and moved to Connecticut as a result of her husband accepting a legal position at GE Corporate headquarters in Fair Donna subsequently obtained a Masters in Public Health at Yale University. After several years working at St. Vincents Medical Center, she had a long career in healthcare administration as the Vice President of The Jewish Donna generously gave back to each community that she lived in. She was on the Board of Education in Easton, a parishioner of Notre Dame, as well as a member of the Garden Club there for many years. In St. John, which became her principle residence after she was retired, she was on the Board of Directors of both the Gifft Hill School and the St. John School of the Arts. In Maine, where she spent summers, she was on the Board of Directors of The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust. She enjoyed travel, running, tennis, playing bridge, landscape gardening, reading and most of all, entertaining and enjoying the company of family and friends. Her greatest moments were those she shared with her daughters families and her six grandchildren in Maine and St. John. Donna is survived by her loving husband Atty. Arthur Joyce, her daughters, Colleen and Kelly, six adoring grandchildren, a sister, Geraldine, and a nephew and nieces. A private funeral mass and reception will be Friday, March 8, 2013 for family and friends. er making a donation to the Gastro Intestinal Cancer Institute or Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust http://www.rlht. org/.St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 15 Donna Joyce Donna Joyce, 67, Passes Obituary St. John Tradewinds News Photo Kekoa Guests Treated to Whale Sighting


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18 St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 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 340-779-4486 VIVA Vacations tel. 779-4250 P.O. Box 1747, STJ, VI 00831A/C & RefrigerationDr. Cool | St. John 693-9071 A/C Refrigeration and Appliances Mitsubishi A/C Diamond Dealer Sub-Zero, Wolf, Bosch, VikingArchitectureCrane, Robert Architect, AIA tel. 776-6356 P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 00831BankingFirstbank Located in downtown Cruz Bay 340-776-6881 Scotiabank #1 Mortgage Lender in the VI The Marketplace (340) 776-6552Green BuildingIsland Green Building Association check 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 Chat@pattongold.comLandscaping Alfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831Real EstateDebbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 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 Skinny Legs A Pretty OK Place tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral Bay Island Solar "Off the Grid Living for 10 Years" tel. 340-642-0531Villa ManagerSeaview Vacation Homes, Inc. tel. 340-776-6805; 1-888-625-2963 www.seaviewhomes.comWedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsB usiness Directory Jackie Clendinen suggested the ferry companies look into operating smaller vessels. The price of fuel will continue to go up and were likely to see even less ridership too, said Clendinen. We will be back here again in a few months. What about the possibility of reducing the size of the vessels. The PSC report detailing the gles, didnt mention any marketing data, explained Pamela Samuel. The report lacked marketing data and efforts to increase rider ship, said Samuel. Have you thought of seasonal discounts or cutting back on less popular runs. Department of Public Works should apply for more federal grants and the companies could get the subsidies in three year increments. While Lorelei Monsanto agreed with the fare increase, she questioned the Department of Educations ability to pay increased fares for students and teachers. Education is not sitting here situation, said Monsanto. DPW has ordered two new fer ries to be constructed, to the tune of $7 million, explained Senator at Large Craig Barshinger. The ferries are in the boat yard now, he said. Barshinger also proposed to reintroduce legislation which would set the ferry rates by law, he added. In the 28th Legislature I proposed a bill to set the rate at $2 each way for adults and $1 for children and seniors, he said. I am willing to reintroduce that bill if there is support. Then the gap We are missing the boat here, said Barshinger. the V.I. government might mean DOE simply cant afford to pay more for teachers and students to ride the ferry, explained Ira Stridiron. It seems that the ferry companies and the PSC have agreed to leave the government stuck with the bill, said Stridiron. The realtimes. The government might come back and say, Thats very nice that you increased fares; we cant pay. Hearing examiner McLean will continue to collect comments from the public. To share a comment with McLean, call PSC at 7761291.PSC Ferry Hearing for Rate IncreaseContinued on Page 5 Dear EarthT alk: What is biomass and why is it controversial as a potential source of energy? Edward White New Bedford, MA Biomass is plant matter that is burned as a source of energy. Fallen or cut wood that is burned for heat is one primary form of biomass, but another includes plant or animal matter that is converted into biofuels. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which was formed during the oil shocks of the early 1970s to help ward off future energy shortages, biomass combustion is a carbon-neutral process because the carbon dioxide released at burning has previously been absorbed by the plants from the atmosphere. Biomass resources, reports IEA, include agricul tural residues, animal manure, wood wastes, food and paper industry residues, municipal green wastes, sewage sludge, and a large variety of grasses and crops. But while biomass may be in theory carbon-neutral, green groups point out that there is no free lunch. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), for example, points out that some American timber companies are targeting whole trees from forests as an easy source of biomass and are pressuring Congress to open up additional National Forest acreage for this form of energy generation. NRDC says that, practically speaking, burning whole trees for biomass energy is far from carbonneutral, given that the carbon dioxide that trees accumulate over decades is suddenly released into the atmosphere upon combustion, just like when coal is burned. But unlike coal, however, trees will continue to absorb carbon if left alone, according to NRDC Therefore, the burning of forests for biomass energy both emits considerable amounts of carbon and destroys an important way carbon is prevented from entering our atmosphere. Deforestation isnt the only problem with biomass. Burning biomass also produces sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and other toxins harmrecently for violating emissions standards. mass as a fuel feedstock. Researchers have found that some common forms of biomass yield only 25 or 30 percent the amount of energy as an equivalent amount of coal. The 2011 closure of a biomass conversion plant in Georgia that reportedly spent $320 million to produce just 100,000 gallons of ethanol stands out as another black mark against biomass. Despite such downsides, reports NRDC, some policymakers seeking to promote alternative fuels are proposing actions and policies that would greatly increase the use of biomass. At the same time, the group says, industry lobbyists are pushing to relax biomass sourcing safeguards and pushing to give industrial biomass burning a free pass on complying with Clean Air Act mandates. Biomass can be a part of the effort to cut back on fossil fuels, but only if it is harvested and used in ways that reduce pollution, cut emissions and protect forests. NRDC and other green groups would like to see Congress impose stricter rules to rein in soot, smog and greenhouse gases at biomass power plants and pass measures that safeguard forests from deforesta tion for biomass development.A Closer Look at Biomass Combustion


St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 19 Friday, February 22 6:16 p.m. A Coral Bay resident c/r a distur bance. Disturbance of the peace. Saturday, February 23 2:08 a.m. A citizen c/r a man standing in the middle of the road in the area of Coral Bay acting crazy. Police assistance. 2:15 a.m. A citizen c/r a domestic distur bance in the area of Gifft Hill. Disturbance of the peace. 12:15 p.m. A Gifft Hill resident c/r loud music. Loud music. 11:08 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance in the area of Oppenheimer Beach. Police assistance. Sunday, February 24 12:48 a.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Estate Pastory. Disturbance of the peace. 12:15 p.m. An employee of Coral Breeze c/r that a customer damaged the windshield on the vehicle they rented. Damage to a vehicle. 2:55 p.m. A citizen p/r that someone struck her vehicle in the area of U.S. Customs Lot. Auto collision. 8:20 p.m. An Estate Carolina resident c/r a disturbance with her childs father. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. 9:25 p.m. An intoxicated male fell in the sidewalk and sustained a two centimeter laceration on the back of his head. Patient was transported to Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center by EMT. Monday, February 25 8:45 a.m. An Estate Regenback resident c/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. T uesday, February 26 10:25 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/requesting police assistance to talk to her neighbor. Police assistance. W ednesday, February 27 2:15 p.m. An Estate Grunwald resident p/r that one of her employees was removing items from her business. Grand larceny. 3:40 p.m. An Estate Grunwald resident p/r that someone used her credit card without her per mission. Fraudulent use of credit card. 5:10 p.m. An Estate Rendezvous resident c/r that another male damaged his vessel. Damage to vessel. Thursday, February 28 12:47 a.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. 9:49 a.m. A citizen p/r that he observed a yellow school bus speeding and driving recklessly in the area of Coral Bay. Police assistance. 5:58 p.m. A Bordeaux Mountain resident c/r that he was involved in an auto accident on Bor deaux Road. Auto collision. EMERGENCY CELLULAR: 340-776-9110 St. John Tradewinds Crime Stoppers empowers you, the law abiding citizens, to make your neighborhoods, schools and businesses safer by reporting information while remaining anonymous. If you know something, say something as law enforcement needs to know what you know. Even the smallest bit of information may be just what is needed to identify and arrest the criminals involved in the following crimes. St. John On Tuesday, January 1, at 1 a.m. at The Sports Bar located in the Lumberyard, a man was standing near the restroom when another man exited the restroom and passed close to him. He felt a sharp object move against and across his body. When he checked himself, he discovered he had been cut in the upper left side of his body. Tell us what you know about this incident. The minimum reward for the ar rest of the man with the knife is $900. St. Thomas On Tuesday, January 29, at 2 p.m., a man discovered that someone had stolen his Ralph Lauren 18-carat gold Rose Stirrup Swiss watch, valued at $17,000, from his home in the area of Bakkeroe. Help police locate the watch and the person who stole it. The minimum cash reward for the arrest of a burglar is $714 plus 10 percent of the retail value of property recovered. Our maximum reward is $2,500 St. Croix On Saturday, February 16, at 3:15 p.m., police responded to a vid Hamilton Jackson Terrace housing community. Upon ar rival they found a man lying unresponsive on the ground. The victim, a 23-year old male resident of the Bassin Triangle area, died as a result of several gunshot wounds. The shooter was described as a masked Hispanic male. Tell us what you know about this homicide. The mini mum reward for the arrest of a murder suspect is $1,500. All tips are making a differ ence. Continue to help make our islands a safer place to live and visit by telling us what you know about these, or any other crimes, at www.CrimeStopper or by calling 1-800222-TIPS (8477). You can also text USVI plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers United States V irgin Islands St. John Tradewinds V.I. Police Department St. Thomas/Water Island Deputy Chief a St. Thomas high school campus on Thursday, February 28, to the campus. As the simulation began shots echoed off the empty second Several minutes later, four mock shooters were gunned down the simulated heavy losses, 20 students and six administrators; both De Graff and Principal Dr. Sharon McCollum agreed that Hook shooting, De Graff explained. ed the impact to be as close to the real incident as possible, he said. Although the shots were blank they were really loud, he said tion. We took every precaution to ensure no one was hurt or injured, De Graff said. Since school shootings stateside have escalated in both severity and participated in several drills led by the VI Emergency Management Team, the VIPD Deputy Chief explained. in table top exercises and shake downs at the school, De Graff added. We were prepared and ready for every eventuality, he said. As the mock shooter walked slowly through the classroom ously placed there. Only a few administrators knew about the simulation, De inside the targeted classroom. They were instructed to move to a recessed corner of the classthe mock shooter entered, the VIPD Deputy Chief said. After the mock shootings, De Graff, VITEMA staff exercise coordinator Roy McFarlande, and training coordinator Irvin Mabanged on classroom doors and shook door handles saying, its okay, its the police, open the door. The doors remained locked. School protocol requires that any during a lockdown the teach er or administrator must ask a challenge question and hear predetermined answer before opening any door, explained IEKHS Principal McCollum. eral television screens displayed images of every section of the campus. It was hard for me to stay here and not go out there, with the students, she said.VIPD Conducts Simulated Shooter Exercise at IEK High School


20 St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 FREEDOM OF THE SEASACROSS often sold Gasteyer answer answer DOWN a position Cyclops St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail or fax 693-8885. 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) 642-3263W ednesday, March 6 The VI Audubon Society presents another movie night on Wednesday, March 6, on the place at 7 p.m.. The organiza tion will screen The Wild Par rots of Telegraph Hill. Saturday, March 8 Family Movie Night at Bethany Moravian Church in the Fellowship Hall is set for Friday, March 8, to watch The Root of All Evil, at 7 p.m. March 8 and 9 ing organization Kids and the Sea, St. John is hosting sunset sails on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, aboard the classic schooner Roseway. Tickets are $75 each, which includes light refreshments and beverages, and are available at Connections East and West and from KATS students. Saturday, March 16 The 27th Annual Gifft Hill School Auction will be on Saturday, March 16, at the Westin St. John Resort & Villas. Tickets are $125 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. Call GHS at 776-1730 for tickets. T uesday, March 19 The Guy Benjamin School will host a PTO meet ing on Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the school. W ednesday, March 20 The St. John Film SociWednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Cases by the Sea. The suggested donation is $5. Saturday, March 23 The Coral Bay Yacht Clubs 17th Almost Annual min School is set for Saturday, March 23, from noon to 4 p.m. at Miss Vies Campground on the East End. The 16th Annual Julius will be on Saturday, March 23, at Caneel Terrace, Caneel Bay Resorts. Thursday, March 28 Green Thursday: Renewable energy sources (sun, wind, wave). Panel Discussion and hands on demonstrations for ways to lower your WAPA bill. This island sustainable series will be at GHSs Upper Campus Atrium, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18 The Animal Care Centers spring fundraiser Wagapalooza will be Saturday, May 18, at the Cruz Bay. Sally Furlong and Viky Becker are co-chairs for the event.


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JOHN MLS, VIEW PROPERTY VIDEOS AND NEWSLETTER/SALES HISTORY AT WWW.HOLIDAYHOMESVI.CO M MAN DAH L $85,000CARO LIN A from $115,000E MMA U S hillside $85,000 F ISH BA Y from $153,000 HAN SEN BA Y hillside & WATERFRONT from $159,000S A UNDERS GUT hillside & WATERFRONT from $179,000 C HOCOLA T E HO LE from $180,000 GLUCKS B ERG $245,000 LOV A NGO CA Y WATERFRONT South shore from $285,000VIRG I N GRAN D E S T A T ES from $295,000C ONCORDIA from $335,000C ALAB ASH BOOM hillside $475,000 UPPER MONTE BA Y/REN DEZVOUS from $799,000PET ER BA Y /NO R THS HORE from $1,800,000 W EST I N TI M ESH ARES from $500 per weekONE MONTH FRACTI ONALS from $54,000 L OTS OF LAN D LIST I NGS !! MOTI V A T ED SELLERS!! S OME SELLER FI N A NCI NG!! HH-TW 3.4.2013 C.indd 1 2/28/13 6:20 PM St. John Tradewinds, March 4-10, 2013 23 Annual Gala helped the group raise critical funding for its many educational programs, Vahling added. We sold out of tickets and we exceeded our fundraising goal, she said. Consider ing it was the night of 8 Tuff Miles, which was not intended to happen, I am really pleased with the turnout. Even the volunteers who ran 8 Tuff that day or who had been at water stations, everyone came out anyway, which says a lot about our organization, Vahling said. The night would not have been a success without those volunteers, Vahling explained. We had about 40 volunteers and along who came to support the cause, that is what made the night a success, she said. While Friends of VINP always accepts donations, residents can start to look for ward to the groups next fundraiser on May 26, the 10th Annual Beach to Beach Power Swim. And its never too early to mark those calendars for the groups 10th Annual Gala, set for February 1, 2014, at a yet-to-be-de termined villa, Vahling added. For more information about Friends or to donate to the group, call Vahling at 7794940 or visit Annual Friends of VINP Gala Raises $56,000Continued from Page 4 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena Rogers Debbie Schnell pose for a photo during the fundraising event. Gala guests were busy with the silent auction


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