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Banco Popular To Open Electronic Service Center at Mooies BarPage 3No Relief In Sight for VINP Stafng WoesPage 7Westin Resort Kicking Off $12 Million RenovationPage 3 PGU INSURANCE SERVICESServing the Community Since 1972 Lumber Yard Business Center, St. John, VI Email: Web: (340) 776-6403 August 12-25, 2013 Copyright 2013 Basketball Court Renovation UpdatePage 5Vessel Operator Nabbed for Damaging Resources in Johnson Reef GroundingPage 2 St. John Tradewinds News PhotosBall Field FaceliftThe tilling, planting of new grass, and removal of trash from the Winston Wells ball place to play. See page 4 for additional photos and a full story.


2 St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 The Public Services Commission will host a special meeting on Thursday, August 15, at 5 p.m. at the PSC Conference Room in Barbel Plaza, St. Thomas. The petition for a ferry boat rate increase by Transportation Ser vices and Varlack Ventures will be heard, with the hearing exam The matter of the Waste Management Authoritys application for environmental user fees and wastewater user fees will also be heard.Ferry Rate Increase To Be Considered By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The operator of a vessel which destroyed endangered elk horn coral colonies and other sensitive natural resources off the north shore of St. John almost got away. A vessel, a 43-foot power boat called Heartbeat, grounded on the well-marked Johnson Reef on Thursday evening, July 25, yet was on its way to St. Thomas The incident was reported to us by a concerned citizen who saw it from shore on Thursday evening, July 25, said VINP Superintendent Brion FitzGerald. The vessel was trying to get off the reef and someone with the operator of the vessel which had managed to get off Johnson Reef by that time, FitzGerald explained. We were able to get out there as he was heading to St. Thomas, said the VINP Superintendent. We stopped him, made contact and brought the boat back here. We had him leave it here tied up to the park dock to do an underwater survey to match any damage to the reef to damage on the vessel. While VINPs investigation into the grounding is age caused by the late July grounding, according to FitzGerald. Basically the vessel ran about 400 feet across the reef damaging underlying reef structures, and eight elk horn coral colonies which are listed as threatened on the endangered species list were broken or pulverized and a number of other species of corals were damaged, broken or torn from the bottom, he said. charge the vessel operator with criminal or civil charges, FitzGerald added. The next step is to decide if we are going to go criminally or civilly yet, he said. We are still conducting the investigation but well certainly go after the cost for resource mitigation. While it is impossible to repair the reef, VINP ofassessing the reef damage, explained FitzGerald. You obviously cant put this reef back together but weve had other groundings before where we used the process which allowed us to have the owners pay for the damages and pay for measuring those damages and pay for monitoring and recovery efforts, he said. It will be at least a few weeks to a month before age to Johnson Reef from the grounding, FitzGerald added. Johnson Reef is located off-shore of the Peter Bay point area on the islands north shore and is marked with at least four bright yellow buoys that display yellow lights at night. FitzGerald likened the grounding on Johnson Reef to the collapse of a gabion basket and other damages caused to VINP resources from a construction site in Estate Denis Bay, which is accessed via a road in Estate Susannaberg. Its the same thing that were doing at Susannaberg, he said. Thats just something that happened on land and this happened on the water.Vessel Operator Nabbed for Damaging Resources in Johnson Reef GroundingThe Island Green Building Association will host a meeting on Thursday, August 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Gifft Hill School Upper Campus atrium, to gather opinions as the organization prepares to roll out its new Green Villa Program. The goal of the program is to offer villa owners and managers practical and attainable steps to minimize the footprint of their villas operation and their guests stay. Potential incentives for joining the program include IGBA consulting advice on green rental villa management, listing in IGBAs annual Green Villa Guide, use of conservation signage, and free advertising in numerous local publications. Please join IGBA at the August 15 meeting to offer ideas and suggestions on the new Green Villa Program. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Sarah Haynes at 643-2273 or Barry Devine at 514-3532.Villa Owners and Managers Invited to Green Villa Program Meeting Aug. 15On Sunday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 97 years old. To celebrate, admission to all national parks will be free so that everyone can join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. National parks belong to all Americans, and we invite everyone to join us and celebrate this special day, said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. ity of Americas national parks, the NPS has created an online hub to help visitors plan their personal National Park Service birthday trip at Visitors to the site can share birthday wishes or stories, along with pictures or video from their favorite national park adventure. Each and every day of the year, the National Park Service protects our countrys treasures, our national parks, said Neil Mulholland, National Park Foundation president and CEO. This month we are excited to celebrate the 97th birthday and extend our thanks to the National Park Service for their vital role in preserving Americas awe-inspiring landscapes and rich history. Visit to see how the National Park Service helps local communities.Celebrate NPSs 97th Anniversary CBCC Meeting with DPW August 20The Coral Bay Community Council will host a community meeting with Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls on Tuesday, August 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Guy Benjamin Schools room six in Coral Bay. Smalls will give an overview of current and potential Public Works projects in Coral Bay. There will be time for discussion. 2099. 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 (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 $90.00 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 The next step is to decide if we are going to go criminally or civilly yet. We are still conducting certainly go after the cost for resource mitigation. Brion FitzGerald, VINP Superintendent


By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds The Westin Resort and Villas St. John is getting a $12 million facelift starting this week. The major refurbishment of existing hotel space, according to a Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. press release, will include a complete refresh of the 96 beach and poolside hotel rooms. Renovations will focus on both the exterior and interior of hotel room buildings, explained Westin General Manager Mike Ryan. What we are doing is a total exterior renovation, including new roofs, siding, windows, and doors, he said. We are doing upgrades to the interiors with new carpeting, paint, and soft goods. So its a pretty good renovation for those buildings. Work is expected to continue through the second week of March 2014, and care will be taken to ensure the impact on guests is minimal. Well take a building out of service, start working on it, then take a second building out, and by the time were ready to take a ing should be completed, so weve always got inventory, said Ryan. Entire buildings will be shut down and refurbished, so guests will not be staying in buildings where work is underway. In addition to the hotel buildings facelift, the Westin will also undergo renovations to its infrastructure in an effort to prevent the resort during Tropical Storm Otto. Well be doing work on stormwater management, upgrading sanitary lines, and other needed work like that, said Ryan. The stormwater management is to help prevent issues in the future. Not only does this refurbishment ensure an even higher quality of accommodations and services for our guests, but we are also pleased to continue our commitment to the island, Ryan said in the Starwood release. 2013 RAIN DATA(Courtesy of Rafe Boulon)MONTH: JULY 20133.06 inchesAVERAGE JULY 3.49 InchesTOTAL Y-T-D21.81 InchesY-T-D AVERAGE21.11 Inches St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 3 Thursday, Aug. 22nd ATTENTION: St. John Tradewinds Newspaper has started its Summer Publishing Schedule. The next issues are as follows:August 26th, September 9th and 23rdWestin Kicking Off $12M Renovation that. The stormwater management is to help prevent issues in the future. Banco Popular to Open Electronic St. John Tradewinds News Photo File By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds Banco Popular will soon expand to St. John with an elec tronic services center inside the iconic island bar Mooies. Cost assessments are still underway for the necessary renovations, explained Banco Populars Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Operations and Administration Oran Bowry. Well have a night depository, payment station and an ATM terminal, said Bowry. Teller service will not be avail able; however, there will be a meeting facility where commer cial, mortgage, and other clients can meet with Banco Popular staff. Bowry anticipated the elec tronic service center will open in October.INDEXBusiness Directory ..............18 Church Directory .................16 Community Calendar ..........20 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Crossword Puzzle ...............20 Cryptoquip ...........................16 Historical Bit & Pieces .........10 Island Green Living ...............9 Letters ............................14-15 Real Estate ....................22-23 Police Log ...........................19 St. John Tradewinds News Photo File October.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Thanks to about 15 volunteers who showed up for a work day in mid-July, grass has already started to grow on Winston Wells ball We got a whole bunch of big machines and about 15 people came out, said Charlie Palminteri, the 10-year-old mastermind behind the plan to transform the Cruz Bay bunch of compost and sand and then we spread seeds and fertilizer to start the grass growing. Palminteri, who will enter the sixth grade at Gifft Hill School in the fall, came up with a plan project two years ago when he was in the fourth grade. He was inspired to devise a way to improve the condition of the football on Winston Wells ball I knew some people who had said Palminteri. My bother got a and then we saw someone break his femur bone during an adults was really hard and there were cePalminteri knew just where to look for guidance too. GHS has had a partnership with Iowa State University for several years as the two institutions collaborate on the Education and Resiliency Through Horticulture program. It just so happens that Dr. David Minner, an faced Yankee Stadium. After consulting with Minner and doing lots of research, Palminteri developed a plan to till the donated from Caneel Bay Resort, Carolina Corral and Gifft Hill School mixed with soil and seed tered, mowed and maintained by volunteers who already stepped forward. Palminteris project made so for materials and volunteers for manpower, his science teacher encouraged him to pursue renovating Everyone has said, yeah thats a really good idea, said Palminteri. We had a meeting with the Department of Sports and Recre ation and they approved. Palminteri obtained government approval for the plan during the school year and waited until after St. John Festival events wrapped up to launch the seeding project. Department of Sports, Parks and release last month announcing closed until October 1 to allow for renovation and landscaping. We planned to do this during the summer when no one was going to use it for a month or so, said Palminteri. After tilling and seeding the some help from volunteers who installed a timed water sprinkler system, he explained. We put the sprinklers in place and turned them all on and now theyre on timers, said Palminteri. go by. Palminteri and his family keep added. We drive by every day and look at it, he said. Grass is starting to grow already. Although not ready yet, new players who show up to play this 4 St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 W inston W ells Ball Field on Its W ay to Getting Green crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewinds News Photos should be ready to reopen in October.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds The days when any amount of rainfall would swamp the Pine Peace basketball court are over, according to Gary Swanny. Swanny is the owner of Stone Masonry who recently wrapped up renovations to the islands sole basketball court. We raised the whole site up two feet; and did a lot of drainage, he said. With the drainage issues under control, Pine Peace basketball court renovations also included pouring a restrooms and installing new fencing in the area. While not included in the government contract, Swanny made sure grass would grow next to the court as well. We did put in an irrigation system so the grass would grow, he said. We didnt get paid for that. We had to grow grass and its hard to grow grass without regular water so we did that. The project took 120 days, starting on March 18 and wrapping up in mid-July. ment, covered bleachers and a scoreboard were purchased with community and private sector donations. That equipment was scheduled for shipment from Miami in early August and expected to arrive this week. Were just waiting for the rest of the equipment, said Swanny. Its supposed to be here the second week of August and then were going to install all of it. the new court has already been attracting a steady stream of grateful basketball players. There are kids out there every day, said Swanny. up. They all knew my name and thanked me. I couldnt be happier, he said. Once the playground equipment and bleachers are grand opening at Pine Peace basketball court which is expected to feature a tournament and shoot around. St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 5 After Renovations, No More Flooding at Pine Peace Basketball CourtWe did put in an irrigation system so the grass would grow. grow grass without regular water so we did that. Gary Swanny of Stone Masonry 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 St. John Tradewinds renovations.


6 St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Sher KhanThis is Sher Khan. He is 3 years old and gets along great with people and female dogs. He is named after the tiger from Disneys The Jungle Book. Sher Khan will be coming up on a year at the shelter and gets overlooked even though he is one of the sweetest dogs we have. www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds The St. John School of the Arts Kick It! summer program really put its students to the test in just three weeks, 16 children ages 8-13 put together both a live per formance and a music video. The theme of the performances was The Life and Times of a Coral Polyp, based on a dance drama written in 2006 by SJSA instructor Jude Woodcock to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Virgin Islands National Park. Throughout their three weeks in Kick It! Kids Impacting and Connecting with Kids through Informative Technology students from St. Thomas and St. John learned about production, steel pan, drums, acting, singing, songwriting, dance, storyboard writing, and much more. While learning about the arts, Kick It! students simultaneously learned about coral reefs and how to protect them. The live performance at the Gifft Hill Schools Upper Campus attracted more than 100 audience members. They did some acting and some movement; we had narrators, and some really cute props that the kids and Jude worked on, said SJSA Director Kim Wild. One part which was really lively was a fashion show. Most of the kids dressed up as a different coral. made an appearance, only to be captured by the performers. While the music video was based on the same theme, it gave the kids the opportunity to learn very different skills, Wild explained. The kids learned what a storyboard is and what the differ ent camera angles are, she said. I dont want to give too much away. The music videos song was based on a traditional Caribbean steel pan folk song whose lyrics were changed by the students to suit the coral polyp theme. With the help of local organizations like Arawak Expeditions, Kekoa, and the V.I. National Park, scenes were shot out on the water and at Cinnamon Bay. Two days of shooting are cur rently being edited by local videographer Bill Stelzer. Wild anticipates the video will be ready for its public debut in about a month. The kids did great, said Wild. We got a lot done in three weeks. It was fun. Kick It! would not have been possible without funding by the and Virgin Islands Council on the Arts. An announcement for the screening of the music video will be forthcoming. For more infor mation on the SJSA, visit www. SJSA Kick It! Program Culminates in Live Performance, Music Video St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Bill Stelzer a performance based on the theme, The Life and Times of a Coral Polyp.St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Bill Stelzer The live performance included movement, singing, and even a fashion show.


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Even before the national budget sequestration went into effect earlier this year, the V.I. National Park was understaffed and underfunded. Then the sequester went into effect on budget. While up to now there have been no obvious disruptions to VINP programs and ser vices, the park faces additional cuts in the coming year. 2014, there is little relief in sight to ease Superintendent Brion FitzGerald. Were trying to prepare for FY 2014 said FitzGerald. We didnt have the money dont have the money. tions a Chief of Resource Management, two Protection Rangers, one Interpretive Ranger and an Information Technology Specialist for more than a year. There is no end in sight to the funding decrease, said FitzGerald. We dont know what Congress is going to do in FY 2014. So far people have only complained about how long it takes to get on a plane and theyve addressed that. While national parks across the country are facing similar budget cuts, the problem added. Were really still going through the throes of it, he said. The park was so poor to begin with and we were so short staffed to begin with, its tough to sort out the effects from the lack of a base funding increase in years and the sequestration. Blame on the lack of VINP leadership to secure routine base funding increases over the past several years or U.S. Congress Budget Control Act, but St. John residents and visitors alike might begin to see some effects of the parks money problems soon. I cant tell you at this point in time when people will start to complain about the bathrooms and garbage and see that we havent been able to mow the brush on the roads as often as wed like, said FitzGerald. There are some impacts that are visible if people are paying attention. People like to complain about the park, but it is in fact a result of being understaffed and way underfunded. Dont be surprised to see the VINP Visitors Center in Cruz Bay shuttered more often next year. Most likely well wind up with some closure of the Visitors Center next year, said the VINP Superintendent. I dont want to close just because we can. We want to take the measure that we have to. It might be a matter of do we close the Visitors Center, or not do programs for school groups and visitors, FitzGerald said. Im still trying to get a good feel here from my staff about which makes the most sense. Were not at that level of planning yet. A recent arson at VINPs maintenance area which destroyed three vehicles only added Weve asked for funding to replace the vehicles which amounts to about $90,000, said FitzGerald. We have not heard back those will be replaced. The incident certainly As the VINP scrambles to keep up with maintenance and interpretative needs, the loss of the parks transportation van spelled the end to one volunteer groups needed trail help, FitzGerald added. One of those vehicles was our van which was transporting the Youth Conservation Corps who were helping with trail maintenance, he said. We had to stop that work cause we didnt have another van for transportation. Anyone with information about the arson is asked to contact VINPs Chief Ranger at (340) 776-6201 ext. 228 or 254, or call Crime Stoppers V.I. at 1-800-222-8477.St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 7 St. John Tradewinds loss of funding from national budget sequestration. 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! 340.201.9788 FREE ESTIMATES Open Sat. 8 a.m. to noon / Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to noon. Located at Git Hill & Centerline, across from the Transfer Station Calling all villa owners/managers!IGBA needs your input for our new Green Villa Program. FREE ADVERTISING Join us Thursday, August 15, at 5:30 p.m. More information: Sarah Haynes 643-2273 or Barry Devine 514-3532


By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Love City showed up in force late last month to support Team River Runners adaptive kayak program for wounded veterans. More than 100 people packed Oppenheimer Beach on Sunday afternoon, July 28, for the third annual St. John Chaotic Kayak Race, raising $30,000 for TRRs St. John program. A total of 32 teams went head to head in six separate heats over three rounds of competition. While Arawak Adventures entered the water as the two-time winner of the event, a new team took home the coveted golden paddle this year. Scotiabanks three person team, which was anchored by the banks regional vice president Laurence Aqui, won the third annual St. John Chaotic Kayak Race. People were pretty serious about the race this year, said John Schuld, TRRs St. John program coordinator who organized the event with help from numerous volunteers. Some of the teams really wanted to win and take that paddle home. I remember when I bought the paddle on eBay, I had no idea anyone would want to win it. Now I hear that Scotiabank is getting someone to build a case so they can display the paddle in the bank, said Schuld. featured a Stand Up Paddle race. A total of 13 men and women showed up with their paddles and completed the short course from the beach around the motor vessel Sadie Sea, moored off shore. Nat Ford of St. John, who has had impressive SUP races this year, continued to show his is a force to be reckoned with on the SUP board, cruising to victory ahead of the rest of the pack. The Stand Up Paddle race was fantasnitely have separate mens and womens cat race and I think it went really well. The St. John Chaotic Kayak Race is such a successful event because it taps into residents competitive spirits while raising funds for a worthy cause. TRR was founded by Washington D.C. area kayak enthusiast Joe Mornini who began teaching adaptive kayak skills in the pool at Walter Reed Army Medical Center back in 2002. Today there are TRR chapters at Veterans Affairs centers across the country. Once wounded veterans master their skills, TRR leads trips across the country from white water adventures to ocean kayak programs. Schuld lived on St. John for of wounded veterans to visit the island with TRR back in 2009. 8 St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Yelena Rogers team beat out 32 other teams to claim the title.Third Annual Chaotic Kayak Race Raises $30,000 for Team River RunnerTeam Scotiabank Takes Home Golden Paddle 4th Annual 5th Annual4th Annual 5th Annual Monday October 14, 2013 Thanks to these early sponsors! Hey, villa owners and managers! Join the Island Green Building AssociationFor more information, contact Sarah Haynes at 643-2273 or Barry Devine at 514-3532Interested in:Thursday, August 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Git Hill School Upper Campus atriumto learn about our new Green Villa Program, oering villa owners practical and attainable steps to minimizing their carbon footprint, along with attractive incentives for joining the program. Reducing the carbon footprint of your villa? Helping your guests to make their stay as green as possible? Incentives like free green consulting advice, conservation signage, and FREE advertising for your villa? Continued on Page 18


By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds The V.I. Waste Management Authority will soon be saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on the cost of transporting waste from the Susannaberg Transfer Station to St. Thomas Bovoni WMAs Board of Directors, at its July 30 meeting, unanimously approved a measure authorizing a contract with Rumina Construction LLC to construct the tipping of a concrete slab where garbage trucks can dump their loads, which will then be sorted and pushed off tainers. Metals and various other bulk waste items will be sorted and transported to St. Thomas Bogarbage will be compacted before being transported. What were looking to do is turn about four normal garbage bins into a single load by using the compactor, explained WMAs Chief Engineer Jim Grum. The savings will be in the transpor tation of the trash. Well reduce transportation costs by about 75 percent, because the trash is being sorted and compacted prior to transportation. been awarded to Rumina Construction LLC. Costs will not exceed $271,128 and will be paid year 2010 U.S. Department of Interior grant, according to a WMA press release. Grum expects construction to begin sometime in the next two complete. Well keep doing business as usual, which is bascially transporting a lot of bins of uncompacted material, until the facility is built, said Grum. Currently, VIWMA spends about $94,000 per month for the collection and transportation of solid waste from the island of St. Thomas. Grum estimates the tipping ment about a quarter million dollars each year in transportation costs.St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 9 I G L by Lovango Cay resident Dan Boyd Got Wood?St. John Tradewinds Believe it or not, scientists have been working on a battery made up of tin, wood, and sodium as a new type of battery. It works, too! No harmful or dangerous chemicals, either! Scientists are speculating that sodium ion batteries, currently in an early stage of development, could suit large-scale energy stor age much better than the current lithium ion batteries, partially because sodium is cheap and plentiful and because sodium is environmentally benign. But sodium ion batteries still face many obstacles to become a viable option, the greatest of which is a phenomenon called sodiation. With each charge/discharge cycle, the sodium ions swell up the batterys anode by as much as 420 percent and then return to normal. Sodiation can literally pulver ize an anode after only 20 cycles, which obviously kills battery life. So two University of Maryland researchers started experimenting to The stiff bases currently used in most batteries are too brittle to withstand the swelling and shrinking caused by sodiation, so the researchers turned to wood. It turns to withstand these forces extremely well, because trees use capillary forces to transfer the sodium ions from the soil around them up to their leaves. The researchers wood-based sodium ion battery is 20 times more durable than the original design. rich water when they were part of a living tree, so they are ideal for storing liquid electrolytes. So the wood becomes not only a base but an active part of the battery. Cool! Unfortunately, sodium doesnt lithium, so you probably wont be using a wood battery in your cell phone anytime soon. But they will be great for storing large amounts of energy for renewable power sources like wind and solar, because of their low cost and use of common, environmentally benign materials. This would be a winner for green technology. Think of it as greener green energy! For a greener tomorrow.The savings will be in the transportation by about 75 percent Dr. Cool AC, Refrigeration & Appliances is NOW OPEN!visit our new showroom where we oer the most exclusive Dr. high-end kitchen appliance brands on the market, including ... Our showroom is located in Palm Plaza on St. John. Check out our website at, or call (340) 693-9071. Dr. Cool is the leader in USVI in air conditioning services! 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 GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS FACE ADVERTISE ON... ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM Tipping Floor Coming to Susannaberg Transfer Station


St. John Tradewinds The New York Times Magazine for June 9, 2013 was dedicated to short accounts of innovations and the history thereof. The articles covered air bags to zip lines. The editor referred to the book A History of the World in 100 Objects written by MacGregor of the British Museum and based on a BBC Radio 4 series. The articles are presented in a format that is enjoyable to all. For example, the book and the Times article lead off with the stone handax. The major article written by Hugo Lingren began with, If you were trying to name the greatest invention in human history it would be hard to beat the stone chopping tool and the hand ax. They werent very impressive to look at, just roughly shaped chunks of rock, but they opened new vistas for mankind by showing the world as malleable to our needs. Lingren goes on to say, The handax was a dominant technology for over a million years. The tools were made in several areas of the world. Its worth noting that both tools were found in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. Some of the other articles related to island experi ences. A History of the World in 100 Objects includes items relating to the West Indies, like ceremonial ball game belts and pieces of eight. The book is a must read for anyone interested in history. 10 St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 Rocks of Ages includes items relating to the West Indies, of eight. Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 FREE EXPERT ADVICE IN AN EMERGENCY 24 HOURS A DAY Florida/USVI Poison Information Center Olduvai Stone Chopping Tool Ceremonial Ballgame Belt Taino Ritual Seat (Duho)


St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 11 St. John Tradewinds A large sampling of school lunch menu items, from tropical fruit sides to a Creole chicken entre, got high marks from the hundreds of students, parents and government ofCancryn Junior High School. Hosted by School Food Authority Director Esther LynchIzaak, the testing was meant to give Department of Educa hand look at what exactly would be hitting the cafeterias once school starts in September. Getting more involved in the school lunch process, from what the students issues and concerns are when it comes to what is being served, explained DOE Acting Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory, who also participated in the testing. Frett-Gregory has also continued to push for more accountability within the program, and has tasked the territo with turning around the publics perception of the taste and tato puree, a Creole chicken (or boil-in-the-bag) entre and other dishes that were surveyed during the testing. Proper training for the schools kitchen staffs, particu larly in the area of food preparation, is also a top priority, according to Frett-Gregory. Responding to the concerns, chefs from Chartwells Dining Services, contracted by DOE to streamline the schools kitchens, were also on hand during last weeks testing to prepare some of the dishes, which all received high marks from the participants surveyed. The Creole chicken which was prepared by the chef by removing the contents and putting it in the oven was a potato puree, and a new peanut butter and banana wrap. What we really wanted to do is show the public that we are bringing in good, nutritional products, Special Nutrition Programs Director Angela Frett said after the event. This testing allowed us to get the feedback we needed from our clients the students and now we really have to be responsible for training our staff in following the recipes and preparing the dishes so that they not only taste and look good, but meet our federal nutritional guidelines. Young and Tregenza Roach participated in the survey, more than 200 students from local summer camps were also served at the event, with their feedback recorded by School Food Authority director Esther Lynch-Isaak. DO YOU OWN A RENTAL VILLA? IF SO, ADVERTISE YOUR VILLA FOR THE 2014 SEASON. EMAIL TEL 340-642-5365 OWNER'S SPECIAL10% Discount 1/6 PAGE VILLA AD$850.00 Reg. / Special $765.0020% Discount 1/3 PAGE VILLA AD$1,500.00 Reg. / Special $1,200.00OFFER ENDS: JULY 31, 2013 IT'S EASY: owner provides photo and text Sailview Guest SuitesReasonably priced well appointed guest suites with views of Coral Bay Harbor, A/C, Cable TV, DVD, WiFi, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, beach chairs, beach towels and cooler. Each suite has sepa rate entrance, private bath and private terrace. Sailview is only ve minutes to Coral Bay. $775-$945 per suite per week; $125-$145 per suite per night. 340-514-0315; GREAT EXPECTATIONS 4 Master Bedrooms Plus 3 Guest Bedrooms Pool, Hot Tub, Tennis, WiFi Walking Distance to Beaches Spectacular Sunrise/Sunset Views See Website for Specials. 1-800-553-0109 VILLA RENTALS GIBNEY BEACH VILLASLuxury air-conditioned West Indian cottages with the white sand beach at your doorstep. Located on Hawksnest Bay within the Vir gin Islands National Park. For more information or reservations visit or call 340-643-2936. Southern SerenityA magnicent luxury 3 bedroom/2 bath resort condo located on the Cruz Bay waterfront with spectacular views. Sleeps 6-8, fully equipped kitchen, heated pool and hot tub, gym, reserved parking, WiFi, plasma TV and more. A short walk from the ferry dock and convenient to grocery, shopping and restaurants. Visit our website at or email ISSUE NO. 6 ST. JOHN MAGAZINE l 111 GIBNEY BEACH VILLASLuxury air-conditioned West Indian cottages with the white sand beach at your doorstep. Located on Hawksnest Bay within the Virgin Islands National Park. For more information or reservations visit or call 340-643-2936. St. John Tradewinds News Photo school lunch offerings.


12 St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 Enjoy 270 Degree Views from Villa Lumineria By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Stretch out on a comfortable chaise lounge chair among the lush tropical poolside landscaping and feel all your worries melt away while soaking in seemingly endless water views at Villa Lumineria. Nestled on a hillside in Upper Carolina with commanding views, the three bedroom, three and a half bath Villa Lumineria is for sale for $2.195 million, explained Islandia Real Estate broker owner Merry Nash. Villa Lumineria is located high on a ridge with views to Virgin Gorda and Tortola as well as over Coral Bay, said Nash. Lounge by the pool and gaze out to the north to enjoy 270 degree water views over Sir Francis Drake Channel and the gems of the British Virgin Islands in the distance. Or take in the sailboats bobbing on their moorings off to the south side of to tear yourself away from the stunning scenery enjoyed from Villa Lumineria. Step inside the homes elegant main entrance to Villa Luminerias expansive great room. Encompassing an indoor dining, living and sitting areas, the tiled great room is airy and breezy with exposed beams and lots of windows. The open plan kitchen at Villa Lumineria boasts stainless steel appliances and hardwood cabinets. A spacious deck with an outdoor dinning table found just off the kitchen will make casual entertaining a breeze. With a stunning view of Coral Bay harbor below, your guests wont want to leave. The master bedroom is located on the main level and features a private deck with sweeping water views. The master en suite bath includes a beautiful over sized, curved native stone shower. with en suite baths and private sitting ar eas. With so many pod style homes on St. John, Villa Luminerias access to all bedrooms in one building is sure to appeal to families, explained Nash. The home is great for children as the bedrooms are all under one roof, she said. Villa Lumineria also boasts another rare feature on St. John; an oversized garage. One of the interesting features of Villa Lumineria is its very large garage, said Nash. The garage offers lots of storage for cars, boats, sails and more. Another great feature about Villa Lumineria is its location. The home is perched high in the well-established Upper Carolina neighborhood, only a short drive to the fun restaurants and funky shops of Coral Bay and a few minutes from the islands famed North Shore beaches. The home also offers plenty of privacy. Villa Lumineria is located on a ridge top which bounds the V.I. National Park on the north side and an adjoining parcel is also available for purchase. For more information about Villa Lumineria call Nash at Islandia Real Estate at (340) 776-6666 or on her cell at (340) 642-2246. St. John Tradewinds News Photos


St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 13 St. John Tradewinds Its time to get ready for the 14th Annual Love City Triathlon and Aquathon, which will be Sunday, September 1, at 7 a.m. starting at Maho Bay. race is 14 years old now, but its only getting better with age. The aquathon continues to attract newcomers while the triathlon has its loyal following of repeaters. Dust off that bike, get out the WD40, and start getting ready for the triathlon. Dont have a bike? Sign up for the aquathon, since there is no bike required. Cant swim, but want to race? Form a team. Relays are allowed in the triathlon only. The Love City Triathlon and Aquathon is only taking 100 par ticipants in total, so please dont wait until the last minute to sign up. The registration fee for the triathlon and aquathon is $40, the fee for the relay is $35. The registration fee includes a race T-shirt, course and a beach picnic after the event. Register online at and click on the link. Registration forms can be picked up at on St. John at The Tap Room. All participants are required to ceive their race numbers, T-shirts and to receive course instructions. Race check-in will be at The Tap Room at Mongoose Junction from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 14th Annual Love City Triathlon and Aquathon Is September 1 will begin. This is also the last opportunity to sign up for the race, if space is still available. For more information about the course and the race in general, check out the organizations web site at www.stjohnlandsharks. com. The schedule for Charlotte Amalie High School students to come in and take ID photos, pay fees, and present immunization information will begin on Tuesday, August 20, and will run through Thursday, August 22. Orientation and class schedule distribution will take place at Char lotte Amalie High School on August 28, 29, 30 and September 3 in the schools Ruth E. Thomas auditorium. Attendance is mandatory. For orientation and class schedule distribution, students must report in proper school uniform accompanied by their parents according to the schedule given below. Students must present a photocopy of their updated immunization record and be able to pay the following fees: $15 for ID, $17 for school accident insurance, and $10 for PTSA dues. Students who do not wish to purchase accident insurance must present a photocopy of an insurance card (front and back) under which they are covered. The schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Aug. 28: 8 a.m. All ninth graders with last names A-L and their parents Wednesday, Aug. 28: 12 noon All ninth graders with last names M-Z and their parents Thursday, Aug. 29: 4 p.m. All 10th graders and parents Friday, Aug. 30: 4 p.m. All 11th graders and parents Tuesday, Sept 3: 8 a.m. All 12th graders and parents Returning students must take care of all outstanding obligations before receiving a schedule. All students must have attended orientation of school. The ID schedule will be as follows: All new ninth graders will report to CAHS to take photographs for name. Students must wear the uniform shirt. Tuesday, August 20: 8 a.m. Last names A-F Tuesday, August 20: 12 noon Last names G-M Wednesday, August 21: 8 a.m. Last names N-S Wednesday, August 21: 12 noon Last names T-Z Thursday, August 22: 8 a.m. All new students who need to pur chase a permanent school ID.CAHS Announces 2013-2014 Orientation, Photo ID Schedule


14 St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE: FRIDA Y, AUG. 22nd2012Homicides: 1 Shootings: 1 Stabbings: 0 1st Degree Burglaries: 3 2nd Degree Burglaries: 3 3rd Degree Burglaries: 40 Rapes: 1 2013-TO-DATEHomicides: 0 Shootings: 0 Stabbings: 0 1st Degree Burglaries: 1 2nd Degree Burglaries: 1 3rd Degree Burglaries: 14 Grand Larcenies: 48 Rapes: 1 Letters To St. John TradewindsCongratulations to the Love City community for face for the school kids, as well as for those who use it for sport. a metric hex nut into my hip pointer. I knew right then that something needed to happen. Way to go! a community effort. It builds pride and character. I am looking forward to seeing the park bloom into what it should be; an emerald green gem you can all be proud of! Way to go Charlie! Best successes to you all. Mark Campion Aspen, COA Beautiful Thing on Love CitySt. John School of the Arts had a fabulous three week summer camp KICK IT! I would like to thank our faculty for putting our 16 participants up for success: Jude Woodcock, Eddie Bruce, Mike Sorzano, Luba Dolgopolsky, Alesia Georgious, Jeune Provost and Bill Stelzer. We started the camp off with an interesting and educational video from Jeff Miller, Fisheries Biologist for the U.S. Geology Survey. It gave our kids an overview of what our theme was all about: The Life and Times of a Coral Polyp. A huge thank you to Arawak Expeditions and Ar we are also looking forward to Jones debut in the video! I would like to thank the V.I. National Park and at Cinnamon Bay for the music video. Also, many thanks to Kekoa; they took our kids from Cruz Bay to Cinnamon and will be featured in the music video, too. A special thanks to John Hoerner who came out days of camp; we are thankful for his efforts, exper tise and time! Thanks to Gifft Hill School for donating the space for the live performance as well as GHS students John Spinale and Gemmal Ashly for their help with lights and sound. And thanks to Ms. Rosemary who helped in many ways! and VI Lottery for their direct sponsorship and par tial funding for this program as well as Virgin Islands Council on the Arts who has supported the arts school annually for many years! A special thanks to Joe Kessler with Friends of the Park and Pretlow Majette with Waterbase who initially endorsed and supported our program. The music video will be premiered soon once the editing is complete, which will also be launched on YouTube and Facebook and put on our website at Kim W ild, SJSA Executive DirectorSJSA Thanks Supporters of KICK IT! Camp Borrowing the title of a recent movie, lets exam ine the home in which the President of the United States lives. It is (architecturally) beautiful, maintained pristine and full of living history. It is equipped with every for royalty. Our White House can hold its own against any palace. Now let me make another point. All of these luxuries are owned and paid for by the American people. pect our tenants, namely our President, to adhere to this rules of the lease agreement. During your four or eight years of employment, all conduct within those walls should be honorable. If for any reason, actions within the house become disruptive, such as damage to property, excessive noise or illegal activity, such occupants would then be asked to leave, minus the safety deposit. This is the standard format for any rental agreement. I can hear you saying that the President isnt renting the White House and that is true. However, the rules still apply to the behavior of its occupants. On a recent political show, a question was posed as to the difference between a former Presidents conduct The answer given was the Presidents matter was private and the mayoral candidate was public. Hmm, lets pause for a moment. What?!! If the President of the United States cheats on his wife in a government building on government time with a government employee, how is that private? We dont need to go into the whole lying coverup issue. Lets just stick to this point; he made poor judgement. We know this, but why after all these years are people still covering for this guy? If he had smoked pot, brought in strippers, guzzled down a 40, would that be okay? There is no way we can have an honest discussion about race, politics or money unless people think objectively. It doesnt matter what political party we belong to. We should all agree that conduct within the White House should follow strict principles. It has been said that America cared more about the economy than the Presidents personal life. Thats who think so too. Free your mind from political slavery before its too late. Emmanuel PrinceWhite House Down


St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 15 ATTENTION:St. John Tradewinds has commenced its Summer Publishing Schedule:NEXT ISSUES: August 26th, September 9th and 23rdDo your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. Desmond Tutu Trying to put into words the enormity of the grati tude we feel...each hug, kiss, smile, and handshake, each and every donation no matter how big or small, each offer of love and support is so incredible. To work on an event of this size, to plan, to wonder and worry for weeks and then in an instant, to look around and see everyone you know, doing whatever they can to take a part and lift the burden is awe-inspiring. Thank you to the moon and back for giving of yourselves: your time, your energy, your hard-earned money, your love. Thank you for taking ownership of this event and the program that it supports. Thank you for loving and accepting our wounded veterans. Thank you for showing them that there is a special place, in the middle of the sea, that honors them, reof all, thank you for being our chosen family: a family with hundreds of siblings, our brothers and sisters with whom all things are possible. One person can make a difference and everyone should try. JFK The following people not only tried, they succeed a big way: Extra special super-duper thanks to the following: Glazers Premier Distributors and Miller High Life for their tremendous support of this event; Bill and Olivia hearts with love on a bun with a side of baked beans; Kevin, Cheech and Tim of St. John Brewers, who have come through for us three years running; Steph, Holly, and Laurie for the time and effort it took to make a gazillion Jell-O shots; Scott Johnson our tent master (and three time event team member); Craig Crandall and all the guys who pitched in to get the job done; Yelena Rogers for yet another set of beauti ful photos; Lauren Jones Magnie for performing our National Anthem; Adonis Morton for sharing his DJ talents, Johnny B, Tyler Perrino and Jared Warren for bringing their instruments; Ms. Laurelly Anthony at the National Park Service; Shikima at Housing and Rec; Dean and Celia at the St. John Community Foundation for shuttle service; Doug Benton at Crabbys Watersports; and Eddie Pool at V.I. Ecotours for the use of their kayaks and paddle boards. The hotter the battle, the sweeter the victory. Bob Marley Huge thanks to our record 32 Chaotic Kayak teams paddleboard competition! Thank you for your enthusiasm, your participation, and sportsmanship. This years race was by far the most exciting yet! Congratulations to Nat Ford who took home the title of 2013 SUP Champion and to ScotiaBank, the 2013 St. John Chaotic Kayak Champions! This year it was anyones race and ScotiaBank stepped up and claimed it as their own. We are looking forward to seeing the Golden Paddle displayed at ScotiaBank! We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill There were some Chaotic teams that really embraced the spirit of giving this year and took fundraising to a whole new level. They opened their hearts and put out their hands, collecting donations from folks on island and back in the states. Friends, family, tourists and locals alike, no one was out of the reach of these fundraising monsters. The top three fundraising teams this year were the Westin St. John with over $4,000 in their donation bucket, Matt Mikrut and his Shipwreck Landing Crew netting over $2,300 in fundraising dollars, and Team Beach Bar raised an amazing $1,700 in tips that they donated to buy a head start in the race. An honorable mention goes out to Veteran Eddie Pool from Team V.I. Ecotours who raised $1,156. Huge thanks to all of our teams who got into the spirit and held their own fundraisers to I get by with a little help from my friends. The Beatles In addition to hosting the Chaotic Kayak, we also had the great honor of hosting our visiting veterans, Ryan Major, Nathan Rimpf, and Taylor Morris. Thank you to Grande Bay for our amazing accommodations, to Clay and Mike at Across the Street for the tasty dinner, and to Nikki and the Beach Bar staff for your generosity and hospitality. To list everyone who lent a hand would take more pages than the Tradewinds has to offer. If you cant oughly enjoyed every minute spent on this event and look forward to bringing a new team of veterans to St. John this November. You should be proud of your selves, Love City, your accomplishment as a commu nity is overwhelming! One Love, John and Brandi Schuld, T om and Amy Larson, and all the TRR W ounded VeteransTeam River Runner Thanks Chaotic Kayak Supporters Letters To St. John Tradewinds Iggy and J uana SMALL TALK b y Lar r y S afad y Lar r y S afady all r igh ts r eser v ed You ok ????Nice day isnt it? What on earth ... Cat got you tongue? Speak up!Im ne. How bout those Dodgers? Same ol same ol. Have a nice Day :)


16 St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 Bahai Community of St. John For Devotions and Study Circles, call 714-1641 7:30 p.m. Fridays; Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundays 776-6316, 776-6254 Bethany Moravian Church Divine Worship 10 a.m., except second Sundays start at 9 a.m., 776-6291 Calvary Baptist Church 13 ABC Coral Bay, 776-6304 Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday evening 6 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. Christian Ministry Cinnamon Bay Beach Inter-Denominational, Sunday 8:30 a.m. Christian Science Society 10:45 a.m. SundayMarketplace Wednesday Testimonials 7:45 p.m. on last Wed. of Month The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sun. 9 a.m., on St. Thomas 776-2379 Sun., 5 p.m., STJ, Lumberyard Cruz Bay Baptist Church Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 776-6315 Emmaus Moravian Church Coral Bay, Sun. 9 a.m. 776-6713 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 Saturdays 6 p.m.; Sundays 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. 776-6339 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 Word of Faith Church Word of Faith International Christian Center, Sundays 7:30 a.m. Gifft Hill School 774-8617 Church Directory St. John Tradewinds While living in a tropical environment, you get pretty good at pairing wines for spicy dishes, grilled I get a personal kick each year, when the food magazines publish their best selections for the summer. We get to make those selections all the time since here on St. John it seems its always Saturday and its always summer. Let the games begin, is often the cry. With that about some mouth-watering pairings we can enjoy year round. First of all, remember that sparkling wines are the only wines appropriate before, during and after a meal. One of my favorite best buys is the Gloria Ferrer Brut. There is an appealing toasty richness to it and it is made almost entirely of Pinot Noir. A Spanish Cava is bone dry with aromas of white fruit and white pepper and an overall freshness on the nose. It has a foamy palate which brings apple, lime, an olive and tomato bruschetta. Interestingly, sparkling wine is good with fried food too. Or imagine a homemade macn cheese with just the right ingredients and toppings; a cava is acidic cos, your pool side guests would be enthralled. A very unique wine and another of Pauls Picks is the Pine Ridge Winery Chenin Blanc & Viognier. With its balanced acidity, this versatile wine pairs with a number of dishes. Snow crab claws with their succulent white meat would be an elegant choice. Its subtle sweetness provides a balance alongside a touch of heat, so try it next to a spicy Thai curry or spicy sushi roll. For me to suggest a seared halibut is just teasing! place which I described last month. It is a fresh and It enjoys a salinity from the soil which is loaded with seashells. The whole area between the Sevre and Maine Rivers in France was once underwater! No wonder it is perfect with oysters, but try it with any There are a lot of reasons to include Rose on this list. Its a fun, festive and beautiful wine. Its Mediterranean and its dry acidity strikes a perfect balance oil, seafood and vegetables. Hosts will love its versatility. The offering from Jean Luc Colombo has a soft, delicate pink color with subtle aromas of peach, rose petal and pepper. From a cheese board or a Spanish Paella a dry Rose is a real quaffer, especially if you love anchovies with your charcuterie board. A cold poached salmon with a sauce verte is impressive and grilled shrimp would be easy to picture too. Finally, to get a red wine into the mix, remember to pick up a bottle or two of Beaujolais. Seemingly delicious, light, simple and juicy. Its as versatile as many dishes. A Gruyere cheese would work well or a roasted chicken for the comfort of a peasant feast. The Beaujolais by Louis Jadot has a strong red and purple color. It is slightly spicy with a touch of grey pepper. Appropriately paired with a terrine, charcute salad of wild greens, fresh tomatoes and cheese. I wish I was in the kitchen instead of at my desk! Bon appetite. All the wines mentioned in this article are under $20 at Island Cork. See you soon!! by Paul Tsakares Wine Pairings for a Hot AfternoonWine Talk


St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 17 Special to St. John Tradewinds In 1985 Shaky Acres (the recovery program that Tuts and I had started in 1981) was going along fairly well, but was in need of a fund-raiser or two. Tuts heard (along with everyone else) of a proposed St. John swim (everybody heard of it because it was considered impossible by most folks, and suicidally dangerous by local folks who knew that there were sharks, starvin hungry sharks, out there the size of the battleship Bismarck). The UDT (The Frogmen, The Navy Seals, The toughest hombres on or under the sea) while training for many years in St. Thomas, had given up on swimming to St. John because it was simply too crazy and dangerous a deed. The well-intentioned local lady legislator who had proposed the swim was unaware of the deep and When Tutsie was a young boy, riding back across Sir Francis Drakes Passage coming home with his Mother from a harvest festival in Cane Garden bay in Tortola, he looked out from the deck of The Joan Of Arc or The Bomba Charger at Pillsbury Sound Thomas and St. John) he said to her I cou swim crass dat yu kno. His usually gentle and loving mother, scared to death by what she was hearing, tried to discourage this crazy idea once and for all by replying, Man hush up yu schupid mout, why yu like tu talk such schupid craziness? Tuts didnt see any reason to discuss it any further, but, he says, the conviction that he could do it, was locked in his mind for ever after. It was July the third, 1985, Emancipation Day in the Virgin Islands. (Emancipation Day is the day in Danish West Indies had won their freedom and were now and forever more free.) Freedom was a long time coming for the children of Africa in the DWI, and very hard-won, as was Tuts own personal freedom from drugs and alcohol. There were forty eight entrants all together, most of them young white kids from the hot-shot St. Croix Dolphins Swim Team, they came prepared and ready to succeed, with sleek buoyant body suits, well A number of the St. Thomas swimmers, were runners down from the states, budding tri-athletes, an elderly white gent determined to show his wife he still had it and half a hand full of locals with a misTuts on the other hand was wearing one pair of big and baggy boxer trunks, y nada mas As the other swimmers did warm ups and calisthenics on the sand at Vessup Bay, Red Hook, a tough old Tortola sailor, pulled Tuts aside and said, Buaayyy yu, yu crazy buaay? Yuh following de damn schupid white people dem? Yuh don kno de real name fo red hook is shak waff? Buaayy!! Shak ow de biggah den uh submarine! Yu is a black man gon follow dem schupid white people? Buaayy wha rang wid yuh, yuh crazy o something? Tuts concedes that the strongly delivered warning did cause him much concern, but that he had already told everybody over and again that he was going to do it, told them in the strongest terms, in the face of the harshest ridicule. It was common knowledge that no (sane) black person from the Islands could ever, should ever and would ever attempt to make that swim. Therefore, as his sanity was in question, it was also a crucial moment for recovery in the Islands. At this moment he was demonstrating clearly (to local folks) that local people who went to fellowship meetings wid de crazy white people dem were demonstrably nuts (just like they thought) and for him to chicken out before he even hit the water would have sealed it once and for all. Tuts has since confessed that on that particular morning he had decided that he would rather be eaten alive, than quit. Once the old Tortola man realized that he was not talking to a sensible gentleman of color, he began to encourage him with information about what to exyuh cant swim directly East ta St. John, yuh have tu swim for Loango (Loango Key, a small Island East North East of St. John) and as yuh hold Loango as your goal, the current will be sweepin yuh south, look sharp! Buaay, dat is de onliest way to get dare. As the swim began, the fast and the fancy took off due East for Cruz bay and before you knew it half of them had been swept away and were heading backwards around Cabrita Point towards Big and Little St. James, then out over the Anegada Trench, (on the bottom of which the scariest bug eyed things on earth, with jumping, wiggling electro bait worms dangling in front of foot long razor teeth, swim around four miles down, snapping steel trap jaws, and saything, anything, slathered in coconut oil, or greasy mango scented sun tan lotion) and then south and west for St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Haiti, The Caymans, The Isle of Pines Cuba, and New Orleans. (Of course by the time they got to New Orleans there would be nothing left of them but a Speedo tag and whatever plastics theyd swallowed along the way) Needless to say, an armada of rescue boats started pulling people in over the gunnels, like langustas on Tuts was heading for Loango. white gents wife, standing in his rescue boat started screaming hysterically, A Shark! A Shark! Oh my God, I see a Shark! Pull my husband out, pull my husband out, pull him out right now!! Oh my GOD! Pull my husband out right now! Tuts says the poor old gent was utterly dejected as they pulled him up, his bathing suit drooping below his pale old, pink old, shiny old hiney. from the states, who had looked most disdainfully upon our mans baggy boxers and boney bare feet but of the heaving boat. Copyright 2012, Scott Fagan Music ASCAP Editors Note: See the next issue of St. John Tradewinds Who Swam to St. John The Man Who Swam to St. John Part I


18 St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, Sunset Ridge Villas Interval Ownership or Rentals Sales: Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486A/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 LandscapingAlfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831Real 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. 340-642-0531Wedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena Rogers Race, which raised $30,000 for Team River Runner.Chaotic Kayak Race Raises $30,000 for Team River RunnerIn 2010, TRR was forced to cancel its planned trip to St. John due to lack of funds. I wanted to help make sure that never happened again, said Schuld, who began as a volunteer and now coordinates the St. John and Florida Keys trips for TRR from his Gulf Coast home. Thanks to others who felt just as Schuld did, TRR has been able to afford to bring a group of wounded veterans and their partner or caregiver to Cinnamon Bay Campground each November for a week of health, healing and adaptive ocean kayak adventure each year since 2010. And thanks in large part to the St. John Chaotic Kayak Race, TRRs St. John program is now year, said Schuld. Well be down in November with a group of wounded veterans. Attendees of this years Chaotic Kayak race never forgot the reason for the event. Among the 32 three-person teams, representing most island restaurants and businesses, a few of the wounded veterans who benJohn program were at Oppenheim er Beach for the Chaotic Kayak Race on July 28. Nathan Rimpf, a double amputee who lost his legs in July 2012, raced with team Skinny Legs while Ryan Major, also a double amputee who lost his legs seven years ago, paddled with team Shipwreck Landing. Quadruple amputee Taylor Morris was also on hand cheer ing on the kayak teams. I think its really powerful for these guys to feel the love and support of the St. John community, said Schuld. In addition to the kayak and SUP action, the day featured food donated by Cafe Livin, beers by Miller High Life and St. John Brewers and music by DJ Adonis. From the perfect weather to the camaraderie to the amount of money raised, the Third Annual St. John Chaotic Kayak race was a true success, explained Schuld. We really lucked out on the weather and the event was amazing, said Schuld. It exceeded my expectations. For more information about TRR or to donate to the group, check out www.teameriverrunner. org. Continued from Page 8


St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 19 Friday, July 26 4:00 p.m. A citizen p/r that someone was trespassing on her property. Trespassing. Saturday, July 27 2:43 a.m. A citizen c/r an auto accident in the area of Estate Pastory. Auto accident. 4:01 a.m. A citizen c/r someone playing loud music in the area of the Lumberyard. Loud music. Sunday, July 28 5:31 a.m. A citizen c/r that his girlfriend destroyed several items in his home. Assault in the third. 8:27 a.m. Badge #1200 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Samantha Denny of Estate Carolina under arrest and charged with destruction of property, D.V. No bail was set by order of the court. She was transported to the Richard Callwood Command to be processed and then remanded to the Bureau of Corrections. 8:29 a.m. Badge 1236 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Buster Brady Jr. of Estate Little Plantation under arrest and charged with assault in the third, D.V. No bail was set by order of the court. He was transported to the Richard Callwood Command to be processed and then remanded to the Bureau of Corrections. 5:04 p.m. A Westin Resort and Villas employee c/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. Monday, July 29 12:34 p.m. An Estate Contant resident p/r that his wallet was stolen from his vehicle. Grand lar ceny. T uesday, July 30 10:00 a.m. A citizen c/r that someone left several cupboards outside of her business. Littering. 3:39 p.m. A citizen c/r a veW ednesday, July 31 5:00 p.m. A citizen p/r that he lost his wallet. Lost wallet. 7:20 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance in the area of Cruz Bay. Police assistance. 8:51 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Estate Enighed. Loud music. 10:24 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident c/r that his son is creating a disturbance. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. Thursday, August 1 4:12 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r a suspicious person in her yard. Suspicious activity. 7:20 a.m. A citizen p/r that someone stole landscaping equipment from his vehicle. Grand lar ceny. 2:26 p.m. A Cruz Bay resident c/r a disturbance with a male. Disturbance of the peace. 4:28 p.m. An Estate Contant resident c/requesting police assistance with her daughter. Police assistance. 4:57 p.m. An Estate Pastory resident r/ a disturbance with a customer. Disturbance of the peace. 9:43 p.m. A citizen c/r a bush 10:20 p.m. A citizen c/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. Friday, August 2 10:30 a.m. A citizen p/ at Jur gen Command and r/ an auto collision that occurred in the area of Jacobs Ladder. Auto collision. Saturday, August 3 8:52 a.m. A citizen c/ requesting police assistance at her residence in Estate Adrian. Police assistance. 6:53 p.m. A citizen c/ via control to r/ loud music at the Beach Bar, Wharfside Village. Distur bance of the peace. Sunday, August 4 5:12 p.m. A citizen p/r a boat trailer struck her rental vehicle. Auto collision. Monday, August 5 11:36 a.m. A citizen c/r she was involved in an auto collision in the area of EC Gas Station. Auto collision. 12:00 p.m. A resident of Coral Bay p/r he was involved in an auto collision on 7-20-13 in the area of Shipwreck. Auto collision. 12:23 p.m. A resident of Estate Carolina c/r her house was broken into. Burglary. 3:27 p.m. A resident of Bellevue c/r a female threw a water bottle inside her house. Disturbance of the peace. 9:00 p.m. A resident of Estate Enighed p/r her tenant changed the lock on the door and turned off the water pump. Landlord/tenant dispute. T uesday, August 6 2:50 a.m. A citizen p/r someone stole her vehicle out of the Enighed barge ramp parking lot. Unauthorized use of a vehicle. 9:30 a.m. A citizen p/r a male threatened her. Disturbance of the peace (threats). 10:55 a.m. A resident of Estate Adrian c/ requesting police assistance in removing her boyfriend from her residence. Police assistance. 1:16 p.m. A resident of Cruz Bay p/r he was being threatened at Joes Rum Hut. Disturbance of the peace. 4:22 p.m. A resident of St. Thomas p/r someone stole the keys out of the ignition of his delivery truck in the area of Pine Peace Mini-Mart. Petit larceny. 6:21 p.m. A resident of Estate Susannaberg c/r the church bus that usually parks on his proper tys windshield and windows were broken. Damage to a vehicle. 8:35 p.m. A resident of Bellevue c/r a female is constantly driving in front of her residence. Suspicious activity. 8:40 p.m. A citizen p/r she needs an escort to her home because her husband was going there. Police assistance. W ednesday, August 7 9:55 a.m. A concerned citizen c/ request a wellness check on a resident. Police assistance. 11:11 a.m. A resident of Estate Grunwald p/ at Jurgen Command and r/ he was threatened by a prior foe. Disturbance of the peace, threats. 12:00 p.m. A resident of Italy p/r he lost his camera bag while on the public bus service. Lost property. 3:20 p.m. A resident of Abrahams Fancy p/r someone picked up his iPhone in the area of the fer ry dock, Cruz Bay. Grand larceny. 6:09 p.m. A resident of Chocolate Hole r/ an assault at home. Aggravated assault and battery (DV). 6:51 p.m. Badge #1177 p/ late Hole under arrest and charged with aggravated assault and battery, DV. No bail was set by Order ported to Richard Callwood Command to be processed and turned over to the Bureau of Corrections. Friday, August 9 11:15 a.m. A resident of Estate Enighed p/r that a man threatened to kill him and pushed him. Simple assault. Crime Stoppers needs your help to solve the following crimes. If you know something, say something, as law enforcement cannot control crime without your help. Even the smallest bit of infor mation may be just what law enforcement needs to know to take these criminals off our streets. St. John Sometime between Monday, July 15, and Thursday, July 18, at the dock in Coral Bay, someone stole a Yamaha boat engine from a dingy. The model number of the dingy is E15CMHS. Tell us what you know so police can identify the thief and recover the engine. On Friday, July 26, at about 2:50 a.m., police responded to a they arrived they found a male with a large laceration to his head. If you know something about this matter, say something. St. Thomas Police need your help to identify and arrest the person(s) involved in a rash of vehicle break-ins that resulted in a substantial loss of personal items by the victims. The break-ins occurred from April 20 through April 29, mostly between midnight and 2 a.m. from Norre Gade to Market Square, including near Seven Wonders, the Lutheran Church, Nye Gade, Kronprindsens Gade, Wimmelskafts Gade, and Veterans Drive near the Windward Passage Hotel. St. Croix During the past two weeks, robberies have occurred throughout St. Croix by masked men dressed in black carrying various types of guns. In most instances, the robbers were described as being black or Hispanic and 5 to 6 feet in height. The robberies occurred primarily in Estate Glynn, Williams Delight, and Christiansted town. Help police identify and arrest these robbers before someone is seriously hurt or killed. Lets continue to work for the good of all by telling us what you know about these, or any other crimes, at www.CrimeStop or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also text USVI plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, illegal drugs, or weapons, you will receive a cash reward to be paid according to your instructions. Crime Stoppers U.S.V.I. DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR!VIPD Safety TIPS V ehicle burglary is a crime of opportunity. Leaving a purse, backpack, shopping bag or other similar bag where it can be seen gives criminals the opportunity to break into your car. If your car cannot lock, dont leave ANYTHING valuable inside. Never leave you car running or the keys in the ignition when you are away from it, even just for a minute. Always roll up the windows and lock the doors.


20 St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 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) 642-3263Thursday, August 15 The Island Green Building Association will host a meeting on Thursday, August 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Gifft Hill School Upper Campus atrium, to gather opinions as the organization prepares to roll out its new Green Villa Program. The Public Services Commission will host a special meeting on Thursday, August 15, at 5 p.m. at the PSC Conference Room in Barbel Plaza, St. Thomas. T uesday, August 20 The Coral Bay Community Council will host a community meeting with Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls on Tuesday, August 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Guy Benja min Schools room six in Coral Bay. The schedule for Charlotte Amalie High School students to come in and take ID photos, pay fees, and present immunization information will begin on Tuesday, August 20, and will run through Thursday, August 22. See page 13 for full details and additional information. Sunday, August 25 On Sunday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 97 years old. To celebrate, admission to all national parks will be free so that everyone can join in the festivities taking place coast-tocoast. Sunday, September 1 Its time to get ready for the 14th Annual Love City Triath lon and Aquathon, which will be Sunday, September 1, at 7 a.m. starting at Maho Bay. Saturday, September 7 The H.E.A.L.T.H and Wellness Expo will be on Saturday, September 7, in the St. Thomas/St John District at the University of the Virgin Islands from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 19 No Fleas, Please, the St. John Animal Care Centers annuaccepted. Call the shelter at 774-1625 for information about pickup of furniture and volunteering to help with setting up the fair. TAKING OUT THE MIDDLEACROSS 1 Musical pace 6 -you note 14 LaBelle with a Grammy 20 Perfume queen Lauder 21 Pal, to Gigi 22 One of the Three 23 LOUIS 26 Painter Dufy 28 Zero in (on) 30 Speed 35 LLOYD up) 39 Pre- (bump, so to 44 Caesar of old comedy 45 Severe 46 Hides from view 56 Copy a bunny 63 Pep rally cry 65 Tarot card reader, e.g. 66 Singer Donny members present 89 Ulysses star Milo 91 Cumulative pay abbr. 105 No, mein Herr 106 Peruvian of long ago 109 Tropical grassy plains 112 Brand of fat replacer 113 University in North Carolina 114 1836 siege setting Ginsburg 123 Highway with a no. 125 With 59-Down, crude oil, in slang 126 Deep pit soap) 129 Build, as a building DOWN 3 Unruly throng 4 District police station 5 How right turns are often allowed 6 Mosaic tile 8 Lunched, e.g. 12 Total number 13 Capital of Belarus 15 1980s video game consoles 16 Despite the fact that companion 25 Par for the course 30 Hindu prince 31 Mobil rival 32 Settle the tab 33 Boozing sort 34 Fr. ladies with haloes 44 IRS ID 48 High on the draft list 50 Grow dim 52 Financial tipster Suze 58 Response to 60 Dentists scrape it off 62 Houses for students 63 Music style 68 Steinhauer who wrote the 2009 bestseller The Tourist 80 Ill-bred guy 85 Epic tales 88 Cotton deseeders 90 Less chubby scoreboards 94 Grassland 95 Resident maids 96 Wholly 98 Place to sculpt in school, say 99 Dependable 100 English river 101 Blaze actress Davidovich 102 Tennis shoe hole 104 12th grader 116 old way 118 Gained 120 Freddie


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C AROLIN A from $ 55,000 EMMAU S hillside $ 75,000 FISH BAY from $ 79,995 S A UNDERS G U T hillside & WATERFRONT $ 99,000 H A N SEN BAY hillside & WATERFRONT $ 144,000C HOCOLATE HOLE from $ 175,000 GLU C K SBERG from $ 199,000V IRG I N GRAN D ESTATES from $ 206,000 CALABASH BOOM hillside $ 229,000 L OVA NGO CAY WATERFRONT South shore from $ 250,000C O N CORDIA from $ 295,000U PPER MON TE BAY/REN DEZ VOU S from $ 799,000 SABA BAY hillside & WATERFRONT from $ 999,000 P ETER BAY / NORTHSHORE from $ 1,500,000 WESTIN TIMESHARES from $ 500/weekO N E MON TH FRACTION ALS from $ 54,000 HH-TW 8.12.2013 A.indd 1 8/9/13 11:02 AM St. John Tradewinds, August 12-25, 2013 23 Cats and Birds Dear EarthT alk: I understand that pet cats prey on lots of birds and other neighborhood wildlife, but isnt it cruel to force felines to live indoors only? And isnt human encroachment the real issue for bird populations, not a few opportunistic cats? Jason Braunstein Laos, NM While it is true that habitat loss as a result of human encroachment is a primary threat to birds and wildlife of all kinds, outdoor cats are no doubt exacerbating the loss of biodiversity as their numbers swell and they carry on their instinctual business of hunting. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institutes Peter Marra estimates that outdoor cats in the United States, counting both pets and feral animals, kill up to 3.7 billion birds each year along with up to 20 billion other small mammals. Researchers estimate that roughly 114 million cats live in the contiguous U.S., 84 million of them pets and the rest feral and that as many as 70 percent of pet cats spend some time roaming outside and hunting. Cats are a nonnative species, said Marra, adding that they often target native species and can transform places that would normally harbor many young birds into sinks that drain birds from neighboring populations. As a result of this ongoing predation, many environmentalists and animal lovers think cats should stay inside. The big message is responsible pet ownership, Marra said. He acknowledged that feral cats may be the bigger problem, but pet cats still catch as many as two billion wild animals a year. ciation reports that there are several ways to keep indoor cats happy even though they are restricted from chasing and hunting wildlife. Getting Fluffy a companion (another cat or even a dog) is a good way to provide an outlet for play. Likewise, interactive toys, scratching posts, cat perches and other ame nities check with any well-stocked local pet store can make the indoor environment a stimulating yet safe one for housebound cats and should serve to prevent stircrazy behavior. American Bird Conservancy, added another reason why cat owners might want to think about restricting their pets territory to inside: Research shows that indoor cats live roaming counterparts. Life for outdoor cats is risky, reported the group. They can get hit by cars; attacked by dogs, other cats, coyotes or wildlife; contract fatal diseases, such as rabies, feline disget lost, stolen, or poisoned; or suffer during severe weather conditions. But the fact that feral cat populations have gotten so large in recent years makes the problem that much more vexing. Research ers concede that efforts to catch and either neuter or euthanize feral cats have proven ineffective given their booming populations, leaving cat owners wondering whether jeopardizing Fluffys mental health for the sake of saving a few birds is really even worthwhile.While habitat loss as a result of human encroachment is a primary outdoor cats, counting both pets and birds each year along with up to 20 billion other small mammals.


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